Holiday Home Scents: It’s Beginning to Smell A Lot Like Christmas

There’s an old trick real estate agents use when showing a house, they bake cookies so the house smells warm, homey and inviting. We’re going to do the same thing for our apartment during the holiday season, so we’re looking to aromatherapeutic home cleaning product brands, Method Home, Caldrea, and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, for our festive holiday scents. If you are also looking to having your home smell a lot like Christmas, continue reading on for some wonderful holiday home scents.

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This season Method welcomes two festive fragrances for the holidays, Peppermint Vanilla, a combination of the warmth of vanilla and the wintery wonderland that is peppermint, and Mulled Cider, a warm blend of apple, clove, and cinnamon. These two invigorating scents join their naturally derived, biodegradable formulas, and are available in two of their most favored products, the Method Gel Hand Wash, and Foaming Hand Wash.

 

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Are you ready for three limited-edition fragrances that capture the scents of the holiday season through the distinctive combinations of citrus, floral, and spice notes? Then say hello to Caldrea’s Christmassy Juniper Laurel Mint, warm Plum Bergamot Clove, and festive Saffron Winter Rose. Three wonderfully amazing scents that you can enjoy in five different cleaning products, including a candle, countertop spray, dish soap, hand lotion, and hand soap. Intrigued by the scents? Let’s get to know them. The Juniper Laurel Mint scents boast eucalyptus, juniper, juicy berries, fresh mint, and golden cypress; the Plum Bergamot Clove celebrates the warmth of the season with a combination of clove and amber over blood orange and floral mystery; and lastly, Saffron Winter Rose brings together rose and cardamon with a warm, woody (cedarwood) base, and fresh citrus.

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If you’re still looking for more household cleaners in glorious home fragrances, then you should also add Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day to your list. They too are greeting the holidays with three festive scents. Get ready to have your home filled with the aroma of warm and spicy Orange Clove, crisp and fresh Iowa Pine, or tart and sweet Cranberry. These holiday home scents are available in an array of cleaning products, candles and variety sets. Nothing says Christmas like the wonderful scent of a real Christmas tree, capture that fragrance with the combination of crisp Iowa Pine, with a touch of clove and cedar. Whether your tree is real or artificial, your home will smell like freshly cut pine; want to capture the warmth of the holidays? You can’t go wrong with Mrs. Meyer’s warm and spicy Orange Clove, a lovely scent that combines a combines citrus oranges and cloves; if one fruit had to be the mascot of the holidays, it’s cranberries. With the Mrs. Meyers Cranberry cleaning products, you will constantly be surrounded by the aroma of this festive, tart and tangy fruit. Get to know more of these Mrs. Meyer’s seasonal cleaning products.

We will be surrounding ourselves with one or more of these wonderful scents, will you? What’s your favorite holiday scents?

Give Your loved Ones Healthy Essentials this Holiday

While you’re shopping for the latest tech, fashion, and jewelry gifts to give your loved ones this holiday, don’t forget about the essentials, the health and wellness products that will keep them happy and healthy as we enter flu season, and the weather gets colder. Having healthy essentials is  absolutely necessary to live a healthy lifestyle. These are the personal care products that keep us going, from some of our favorite brands. Thanks to the wonderful team at Caravan Stylist Studio, we were introduced to Johnson & Johnson’s newly created HealthyEssentials.com website which provides tips and tricks on how to care for our loved ones, must-have Johnson & Johnson products all in one place, and monthly savings on those products, thanks to the available printable coupons.

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Whether you’re looking for holiday gift sets or stocking stuffers, know that these very useful, healthy essentials make excellent gifts. Who doesn’t need products such as Aveeno Skin relief Hand Cream, Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, Listerine Pocketpaks Oral Care Strips, Band-Aid Brand Star Wars Band-Aids, Johnson’s Baby Products, and ROC Daily Resurfacing Disks, to name a few.

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As we stated, the website also provides everyday tips you can add to your daily routine to start your journey on a healthy lifestyle. The tips are segmented to help you get through your day. Some of these tips include how to enjoy a sneeze free holiday season, tips for fighting puffiness, proper wound care, foods to feed your heart, ways your diet can affect your sleep, and much more. So whether you’re looking for flawless holiday makeup, allergy help, great deals on everyday, healthy essentials, or ways to stay healthy throughout the season, visit the HealthyEssentials.com website for everything you will need this season and beyond.

We’re all set to be as healthy as we can this season. How are you keeping yourself healthy this season?

Holiday Gift Guide: The Gift of Holiday Spirits

As fans of delicious cocktails and spirits that entice us, it’s natural that we should do a holiday gift guide of the most giftable liqueurs and spirits. Giving the gift of holiday spirits during the season of celebration is a given. Whether you’re a fan of rum, vodka, tequila, or liqueurs, we’ve got a list of alcohol brands everyone will be beyond thankful to receive this holiday. From such brands as Punzoné Organic, Fernet-Branca, Crystal Head Vodka, Templeton Rye, Zaya Gran Reserva (okay, it’s really our wishlist of what we want), we’re getting you and yours in the holiday spirit with the gift of holiday spirits.

PUNZONE ORGANIC 

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They say variety is the spice of life, so here’s a variety of holiday gift sets from Punzoné Organic. Whether you want to gift all three spirit varietals in an ultimate gift set, the ultra-premium Punzoné vodka, Punzoné “Blood Orange” Originale, or the Punzoné “Sicilian” Lemoncino. Select from these four newly crafted baskets and spend the holidays with these organic spirits. The Ultimate Punzoné Gift Basket, which features all three spirits, comes packaged in an oversized silver embossed ice bucket and includes Punzoné Organic Vodka, Punzoné Originale, Punzoné Lemoncino, and a variety of sweet and savory crackers, cheese spread, cookies, chocolates and more.

FERNET-BRANCA 170TH ANNIVERSARY 

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Know someone who prefers their cocktails to have a distinctive flavor? Then gift them a bottle of Fernet-Branca, a bitter, herbal Italian liqueur, founded in 1845, that features a variety of 27 herbs and spices sourced from four continents. This dark, oily alcoholic drink is said to boasts health benefits and is usually enjoyed after a meal as a digestive aid. It is also said to make an excellent hangover cure when mixed with coffee. This year marks Fernet-Branca’s 170th Anniversary and the brand is honoring the spirit with the above festively decorated tins, which retails for $29.99 each, and can be found wherever wines and spirits are sold.

CRYSTAL HEAD VODKA

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Know someone who is a Vodka fan? and maybe a bit of a badass? Make their holiday with the skull-shaped Crystal Head Vodka gift set. There’s much to love about this ultra premium vodka: Crystal Head’s pure, clean and smooth taste, its lack of additives, glycerol, citrus oils, and sugars, that fact that it’s quadrupled distilled, and triple filtered through Herkimer Diamonds, it’s awesome packaging, and of course its founder, Actor Dan Aykroyd. The Crystal Head Vodka Gift Set features the iconic skull-shaped bottle and a silver Boston cocktail shaker decorated with the Crystal Head Vodka bottle. The gift set retails for $49.99, and available where wines and spirits are sold.

TEMPLETON RYE WHISKEY

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We very recently highlighted this Templeton, Iowa-based Rye Whiskey, so we know you’re familiar with the subtle Christmas notes, and the caramel, butterscotch and toffee flavors of this herbal grain-like whiskey that is aged at least 4 years in charred white American Oak barrels. This festive gift set features a 750ml bottle of Templeton Rye Whiskey and a wide mouth, no funnel Flask, the perfect gift for any whiskey lover. get this gift set for $39.99 wherever wines and spirits are sold.

ZAYA GRAN RESERVA

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We recently discovered, and wrote about this Trinidadian rum and fell in love at the first sip of the decadent Zaya Gran Reserva sipping rum that boasts a blend of 12 aged rums. This divine dark amber-hued rum, with its smooth and sultry full-body, will soothe your soul after any stressful day. This wonderful holiday gift set comes with the delicious rum, and two Zaya-branded rock glasses, and is affordably priced at $34.99, get it wherever wines and spirits are sold.

We promise the cocktail lover on your holiday gift list will love receiving all of these as gifts. You can’t go wrong with when giving the gift of holiday spirits. what are you favorite spirits and liqueurs to enjoy during the holiday season?

Shopping NYC: Creeds Collective Charity Gift Emporium Pop-Up

We’re so excited to share another holiday pop-up shop that has a charity connection. Starting tomorrow, December 11th, Creeds Collective returns for another year of charity-supporting shopping fun when it opens its doors for a 3-day stint at the Redbird Gallery space, located at 72 Gansevoort Street in NYC’s Meatpacking District. For the 2nd time, this charitable holiday gift emporium will feature men’s and women’s brands across accessories, beauty, grooming, home, food and wellness products with 100% of the pop-up profits to be donated to charity.

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Along with the fabulous offerings, the Creeds Collective Charity Gift Emporium Pop-Up will also offer an in-house barber shop and beauty lounge. Creeds Collective will showcase 45+ brands with prices ranging from $5.00 to $750.00 at the 4000 square foot Redbird Gallery space. Some of these brands include Wholestory handcrafted hammocks, a company that builds a home for a family in need for every 100 hammocks sold; Conscious Step, an apparel organization that raises money and awareness for important causes through the production and sale of organic cotton men’s socks; Mestiza NY an ornate and exotic women’s cocktail line that partners with the Habi Foundation, with a percentage of sales allocated to employ women in the Philippines to weave textiles.

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For those of you who prefer to gift something home-grown, the pop-up shop will offer multiple MADE IN NYC brands like Carolyn Colby Handmade Jewelry, Sasha Essentials skincare for men and women, and CFDA Fashion Incubator participant, A Peace Treaty, whose caftans, capes and more, are designed in NYC and handmade globally.

Creeds Collective even gives you a place to relax if you break from holiday shopping. head over to their Don’t Peak Parlor, a small getaway lounge where you can sit, sip a cocktail, charge your phone, and even recline and relax. It’s Creed’s “Give Back & Relax” mantra at its best.

Head over to the Creeds Collective Charity Gift Emporium Pop-Up on December 11th, 12th, and 13th from 10 AM – 8 PM to shop for great gifts and support a great cause.

Holiday Gifting Made Easy w/ Accessories Council’s #ACTopPicks

Getting the perfect holiday gifts for the ones you love can be a difficult thing, luckily when it comes to holiday gift ideas, the Accessories Council’s #ACTopPicks has just what you need to make gifting during the holiday season easy. When it comes to what’s new and hot in jewelry, handbags, winter accessories, etc, look no further than the Accessories Council, the national, not-for-profit, accessory advocacy organization. Tis the season for great gifts, so we’re bringing you the latest and greatest holiday gift ideas in jewelry, handbags, scarves, footwear, etc from some of today’s leading brand names and upcoming designers. Ready for some of your new favorite accessory gifts?

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When it comes to jewelry, you can’t go wrong with the industry knowledge that the Accessories Council has. They know what gifts the jewelry lovers in your life will love, and pieces to fit every budget. Gift special ones with the stunning, luxury jewelry from Alex Soldier, Jewels of Ocean, John Brevard, or Dana Bronfman, and  unique, handcrafted pieces from Luca + Danni, Auburn Jewelry, StyleString, Christina Greene, etc. Maybe your loved one loves rings that are made to stack together which allows them to create their own ring designs, or maybe they’d love gorgeous sterling silver, 14K gold, brass, copper, or enamel pieces crafted by hand, whatever their tastes, you’re sure to get it here.

HANDBAGS

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Looking for the hottest new fashion handbags? We’re sharing some must-have bag styles that will have you shopping for yourself, as well as friends and family this holiday. From upcoming, and award-winning handbag designers, to luxe and innovative handbag brands, you will surely win best gift giver this season with the following Accessories Council’s #ACTopPicks.

SCARVES

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Everyone needs cold weather accessories this season. There’s no escaping the cold temperatures and thanks to these great cold weather accessories brands, there’s no need to give up style which keeping warm. With stylish scarves from Fraas and ShawLux, and cozy hats, scarves, and mittens from The Third Piece, your friends and family will be stylishly cozy.

  • Fraas Fall Feathers – $13.75
  • ShawLux Rome Coliseum, & Venetian Waterways – $148.00, Empire State – $95.00
  • The Third Piece Beacon Cable Infinity Scarf – $238.00, Soho Turban Headpiece – $82.00, & Beacon Fingerless Mitts – $98.00

FINAL TOUCHES

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Everyone needs that special thing to top off, or complete their look, and thanks to the Accessories Council’s #ACTopPicks, we have four great outfit toppers for you from Emy Mack, Girly Go Garter, Bijou Van Ness, and Pink Sheep Heiress.

  • Emy Mack Emily Black Satin w/ Silver Bow – $895.00
  • Girly Go Garter Black – $39.00
  • Bijou Van Ness Blue Fascinator w/ Swarovski Veil – $275.00, & Goose Biot Headband – $145.00
  • Sheep Shades Nassau Skull – $190.00 & Nassau Beachwood – $180.00

Aren’t you loving these Accessories Council’s #ACTopPicks gifts? We’ve already bookmarked a few for ourselves! What are your favorite accessory gifts to give?

Teleflora Celebrates the Peanuts Gang this Christmas

Did you know this year marks the 50th anniversary of  A Charlie Brown Christmas? This annually, televised holiday treat is one of the most beloved holiday favorites. This year also marks the release of the highly anticipated The Peanuts Movie….it’s sure to be a festive year for Charlie Brown. In celebration of those two great film moments, Teleflora celebrates the Peanuts Gang with a festive lineup of two floral arrangements that pays tribute to the Peanuts gang: the Snoopy’s Cookie Jar, which features lush arrangements of chrysanthemums and carnations that adorn a decorated doghouse (which also doubles as a cookie jar); and the Peanuts Christmas Mug Bouquet, also boasting lush arrangements of chrysanthemums and carnations that adorn a handpainted ceramic mug and captures Charlie Brown’s joyfully ice skating with his best furry friend. We’re sure both bouquets are sure to make great gifts for any collector or Peanuts Gang fan.

Snoopy’s Cookie Jar by Teleflora (Available on Teleflora.com for $59.95)

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Snoopy is the Flying Ace, the Joe Cool and Charlie Brown’s beloved beagle and confidante. This Teleflora arrangement is an ode to Snoopy’s decorated doghouse from the TV special. This holiday bouquet is perfect a collector’s dream and features the feisty beagle peacefully asleep atop his iconic red doghouse. The FDA-approved container, which doubles as a cookie jar for storing Christmas (or canine) cookies, boasts rich red and white blooms complete with greens, pinecones, and holiday ornaments to make the perfect gift for your most cherished and loyal friends and family.

Peanuts Christmas Mug by Teleflora (Available on Teleflora.com for $49.95)

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Who can forget the magical opening of the TV special with the adorable Peanuts gang singing and ice skating on a frozen pond? This hand-painted ceramic mug honors the opening scene with Charlie Brown joyfully ice skating with his best friend, Snoopy. The Teleflora arrangement comes overflowing with rich red and white blooms, holiday greens, red ornament balls, and is topped off with a candy cane striped ribbon. Perfectly sized for those who are always int he mood for extra hot chocolate, this over-sized mug is FDA-approved, microwave and dishwasher safe. Everyone on your list will appreciate this nostalgic gift.

To commemorate the release of its exclusive bouquets, Teleflora celebrates the Peanuts Gang by launching two national TV commercials entitled “Happy Dance” and “Ice Skating” that capture Teleflora’s Peanuts Christmas bouquets in nostalgic animated scenes based upon the legendary holiday classic. The two commercials began airing on November 30th on national prime time, cable and syndicated networks during the regular season and holiday special programs, including the premiere and encore of ABC’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” TV Special.

These two Teleflora’s arrangements join the already time-honored Christmas floral arrangements and collectibles including the Thomas Kinkade’s Country Christmas Homecoming Centerpiece, Teleflora’s Silver and Joy Centerpiece, Teleflora’s Sparkling Winter Wonderland, and the Send a Hug Open Sleigh Ride by Teleflora.

Iowa Takes The Reigns: Templeton Rye Whiskey

It should come as no surprise that I love a good cocktail.  I’ve been to some great venues in the city for (and written about) thought-provoking, complex and layered drinks that walk the line between ‘superb evening’ and ‘life-changing night out’.  What I find just as interesting as the rinds, the zests, the infused this, the pickled that, and the other dizzying array of garnishes are the complementing secondary alcohols. The liqueurs, the syrups, the dash of aperitifs and the splashes of digestifs all in the name of mixology harmony are just wonderful to experience and pinpoint as they blend with the star. For with all the glad tidings in a highball or flute, it’s the star that begins it all.  It’s the star that steals my heart (not to mention my taste buds). This star is Templeton Rye Whiskey.

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So it was that time of year for a Friendsgiving in Brooklyn which meant some very important decisions.  Of course, I was bringing a spirit as part of my culinary participation, but what spirit should I choose.  I had a lovely Kentucky bourbon whiskey and a bottle of Templeton Rye Whiskey, the pride of Templeton, Iowa. Well, I brought both to the affair and clearly one was the star.

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Templeton Rye Whiskey, the host-appointed star, captured that title for this very simple reason.  The presence of the rye takes away that sweet notes that can sometimes define the flavor of a bourbon whiskey.  Now while preference is always in the tastebuds of the beholder, on this day with all the sweet cranberries, candied yams, sweet potato and pecan pies and ambrosia salad remixes, the smoother rye-based Templeton offered up a more round and mellow flavor for a distinguished and crisp finish.  Interestingly enough, I enjoyed my glass of Templeton Rye neat and easily sipped away at delightful bursts of subtle spiciness with an herbal grain-like under-note as I laid back with a full belly and great cocktail in hand.  How also wonderfully fitting that Templeton Rye Whiskey also serves as a great digestif as well.

Templeton Rye Whiskey is available now at your finer Wine, Spirit and Alcohol retailers and as always please remember to drink responsibly!