The Best Tote Bags For Summer

The Best Tote Bags For Summer

Summer is all about being outdoors and enjoying the warm weather. Tote bags are the perfect accessory for any summer activity, whether it’s either a day at the beach or a picnic in the park. They can carry everything from sunscreen and towels to snacks and drinks (even water), making them versatile. Whether you prefer a classic nautical stripe or a bold tropical print, there’s a tote bag out there that will suit your style.

Looking for more Summer Fashion tips? Check out this post!


The Perfect Summer Tote

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The Best Tote Bag For Summer

Introducing the Portovino bag!

Portovino bags are stylish and functional. These bags are durable, with a hidden wine or beverage compartment holding up to 1.5 Liters of liquid. It comes with a removable pouch that can be used to hold the wine bladder or other items. These bags are perfect for picnics, outdoor events, or any occasion you want to enjoy a drink.

Portovino bags are available in various styles and colors, including tote bags, backpacks, and crossbody bags. They are made from high-quality materials and are designed to be durable and long-lasting.

Check out all of the fantastic Portovino bags on Amazon. And, if you’re looking for replacement containers, remember to for later!

Portovino bags are a great addition to any group outing. These bags are designed to hold and dispense your favorite beverage, making them perfect for beach trips, lake days, and vacations. With various sizes and styles available, you can easily find one that fits your needs and personal style. Plus, they are reusable and eco-friendly, which is always a bonus.

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Without Alcohol

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Without Alcohol

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration and holiday that is widely observed across the world. Traditionally, it is a time when people celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, with parades, parties, and other festivities. However, it often means that alcohol will be involved. 

While alcohol consumption has become a standard part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in many places, not everyone wants to drink. Whether you’re sober or choose not to drink, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday in a fun and festive way. 

In this post, I will provide tips for an alcohol-free St. Patrick’s Day so that you can celebrate safely and enjoyably.


St. Patrick's Day Without Alcohol


Here are some tips for an alcohol-free St. Patrick’s Day:

Plan ahead.

If you’re going out with friends, plan and decide on alcohol-free activities, such as going to a museum, hiking, or movie night. Otherwise, if you plan on going out to dinner, you don’t need alcohol to have fun. Enjoy dinner with sparkling water instead. If they’re truly your friends, they shouldn’t pressure you to drink.

Attend a parade.

Many cities have St. Patrick’s Day parades that are family-friendly and alcohol-free. Check your local listings to see if there’s one in your area. In South Boston, we typically have a weekend-long celebration followed by a parade the weekend before or the weekend after. I went to the parade when I was in college, and it was a crazy environment… I don’t know if I could hold my own now!

Make festive non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.

You can still celebrate with festive drinks by making non-alcoholic versions of traditional Irish drinks, such as an Irish coffee without whiskey or a green shamrock shake. This is where these delicious booze-free, craft cocktails come in handy. Check out this recipe if you want to make some delicious chocolate bark for your get-together.

Host a sober party.

If you’re hosting a party, offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. You can also have games and activities that don’t involve alcohol. Focus on the food instead and enjoy each other’s company. There’s been such a stigma created that automatically makes you think a party equals a night of drinking; however, you can choose to allow your guests to BYOB “Bring their own beverages” or state that there will be no alcohol served. It’s your party, your choice.

Attend a virtual event.

Plenty of events are held online, and if you have friends that live all over the country or all over the world and still want to celebrate, use Zoom, Facebook Messenger, or Skype to chat! Look for online concerts, events, or cooking classes to celebrate the holiday in a safe and alcohol-free way, too!

If you’re keen on celebrating with friends with an actual happy hour, I got you covered. Check out this post on how to enjoy a virtual happy hour.

Focus on the culture.

Use St. Patrick’s Day to learn more about Irish culture and history. You can watch Irish films, read books by Irish authors, or cook traditional Irish dishes. There are so many resources online where you can find information; start with Google and Pinterest for ideas.

Remember, you can still have a fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day without alcohol. Enjoy the holiday in a way that works for you and your lifestyle.

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas For Her

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas For Her

The holidays are quickly approaching, and if you’re like most people, you still have no idea what to get your significant other! Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. Here are some awesome last minute gifts for her that are sure to please.

Whether she’s into fashion, beauty, or fitness, we’ve got something for everyone. So don’t wait any longer – read on to find the perfect gift for your special someone. 


Last Minute Gifts For Her

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Last Minute Gifts For Her

Relaxation Fans

Does she need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Treat her to a spa day or massage package. If that isn’t in your budget, opt for luxurious bath products like Epsom salts, essential oils, and body scrubs

Self-Care Sweeties

This season, show your lady how much you care by giving her a gift that encourages self-care. A yoga studio or meditation app subscription service is a great way to let her know you want her to take time for herself. You could also buy her some cozy sleepwear or an aromatherapy diffuser to help her relax and unwind.

Antique Collectors

If your girl is a fan of vintage items, you can’t go wrong with a unique antique item. Browse through flea markets and thrift shops for one-of-a-kind finds like jewelry, furniture pieces, or artwork. Etsy is also a great place to shop and some antique-looking items too!

Tech Savvy Boss Babes

If she loves the latest gadgets, consider getting her the newest tech accessory. A new, sturdy laptop tote bag or Bluetooth headphones might be just what she needs to stay on top of her work tasks or listen to music while commuting. 

Nostalgia Chicks

Does your gal have fond memories of past holidays? Put a nostalgic spin on the gift by scouring vintage stores and online retailers for items like old-fashioned candy, classic movies, or books from her youth. 

Fashionistas

If your significant other loves to stay on-trend, a new outfit or accessory is always a great option! Whether it’s an item she needs for winter weather, like a cozy sweater or hat, or something more versatile, like a statement handbag or pair of boots, you can’t go wrong with fashion items. 

Of course, you can also go with a traditional (and less expensive) fashion gift: Christmas Socks. If you are looking for a fun, colorful gift or stocking stuffer, knee-high socks are a popular fashion statement that coordinates with almost any outfit. See my two new pairs on Instagram!

Beauty Shoppers

There are plenty of options for the beauty enthusiast in your life! Skin care products and make-up are always popular gifts for her. You can choose from sets with everything she needs for her everyday routine or find special edition palettes and collections made just for the holidays

Fitness Fans

Activewear is another great gift idea if your special someone is into fitness. Look for stylish and practical pieces she can wear to the gym or for everyday activities – like a comfortable set of leggings and a trendy sports bra to match! 

Coffee Lovers

If your lady needs a pick-me-up, you can make her day with a coffee-themed gift. Gift sets that include mugs, espresso machines, and specialty flavors are perfect for the coffee connoisseur in your life. 

Mindfulness Ladies

Finally, if your significant other is into meditation and mindfulness, you can find plenty of gift ideas to help her relax. Specialty candles, diffusers, and yoga mats – are all great gifts that promote tranquility and peacefulness. 

No matter what type of gift you choose, make sure to add a special note or card expressing your love and appreciation. The holidays are about spending time with your loved ones and sharing joy – so don’t forget to show how much you care! With these last-minute holiday gift ideas for her, your special someone will surely feel the love this season. 

Tips for an Alcohol-Free Holiday Season

Tips for an Alcohol-Free Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. Unfortunately, for many people, the holiday season is also a time for drinking alcohol. If you want an alcohol-free holiday season this year, this post will give you tips and tricks for having a great time without drinking. 

We’ll also provide information on how to deal with situations where alcohol is present. So whether you’re abstaining from alcohol or just trying to drink less this year, read on for helpful tips and advice. 

This blog post does not constitute medical advice. Please see your medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.


Alcohol-free holiday. Booze-free holiday.

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Tips To Enjoy a Booze-Free Holiday

Have a plan

The first step to having a sober holiday season is to have a plan. If you know you’ll be in situations where alcohol is present, decide ahead of time how you’ll handle them. Will you avoid drinking altogether, or will you allow yourself to have one drink? What will you say if someone offers you a drink? Having a plan will help you stay on track and make better choices when faced with temptation.

Know the risky scenarios

Certain situations are more likely to lead to drinking, especially during holidays. If you know what these are, you can be better prepared to avoid them or healthily deal with them. For example, holiday parties are often full of alcohol, so it may be best to avoid them altogether. Bring a non-alcoholic drink with you if you attend a party (trust me, it’s okay), and don’t be afraid to say no if someone offers you a drink.

Find a support system

It can be helpful to have friends or family members understand that you are going to have an alcohol-free holiday or overall just trying to drink less. Having somebody to lean on for support can make it easier to stay on track. If you don’t have anyone in your life who is in the same boat, plenty of online support groups can offer advice and encouragement.

Find an alternative activity

If you’re used to drinking alcohol at holiday parties, finding an alternative activity to do instead can be helpful. This way, you won’t be tempted to drink and can still enjoy yourself. Consider playing games, dancing, or chatting with friends instead of drinking. If you’re attending a holiday dinner party, offer to help the host prepare or serve food, and let them know that you’re going alcohol-free this holiday season.

Bring your own drinks

If you’re worried about being tempted to drink alcohol at a holiday party, bring your own non-alcoholic drinks. This way, you’ll have something to sip on throughout the night and won’t be as likely to indulge in alcoholic beverages. Plus, your fellow partygoers will appreciate having a designated driver! Here are some great booze-free cocktails if you’re looking for ideas on where to start.

Have fun without alcohol

Just because alcohol is often present during the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time without it. There are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself without drinking. So whether you’re abstaining from alcohol or just trying to drink less, don’t let it ruin your holiday fun. With a little planning and preparation, you can still have a great time without booze. Cheers!

14 Unique Etsy Gifts

14 Unique Etsy Gifts

To support Small Businesses this holiday shopping season, I wanted to highlight some excellent and unique products on Etsy

I’ve been shopping on Etsy for years, mainly for KPOP Pins, random gifts, or crystals for my collection, but these unique gifts are better than store-bought items when it comes to the holidays. 

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Unique Etsy Finds For This Holiday Season:

CeeBee’s Cases LLC

CeeBee’s Cases LLC is based out of Chicago, Illinois. They created awesome iPhone Adapter Cases and Android Adapter Cases. If you’re anything like me, you’re always losing cords and adapters! This solution to that problem is excellent, and it was even featured in a Buzzfeed article! 

SibberryShop

SibberryShop is based out of Omsk, Russia, and has adorable handmade household and desk accessories. This Floral White and Turquoise Hanging Basket is beautiful and will add charm to any room in your home. They even have beautiful handmade business cardholders

Lyelasart

Lyelasart is based out of Charleston, South Carolina, and they make fairy-core handmade earring jewelry. Some of my favorite items include these Blue Weed Women’s Cottagecore Wire Wrapped Silver Dangle Earrings and these simple yet beautiful Sun and Crescent Moon Gold Dangling Handmade Earrings. 

RiyahSpeaksDesigns

RiyahSpeaksDesigns is based out of New York and has the cutest items! This Best Mom Mug would be great for any mom who needs coffee to refuel! They even have items you can buy, like this Be Yourself Hoodie. Who says you need to only buy other people gifts during the holidays? Treat yourself. 


Etsy Gifts Holiday

FlexiCraft

FlexiCraft is based in Indonesia, making embroidered jewelry, initial necklaces, earrings, and more. If you’re looking for unique embroidered jewelry, check out this Triangle Embroidered Necklace Pendant. It’s so colorful, unique, and simply beautiful. These Embroidered Metal Bookmarks are great for those who love reading, too!

Whimsymadness

Whimsymadness is a shop based out of Springfield, Missouri, making handmade jewelry and accessories. These items are perfect for you if you’re on the hunt for some unique jewelry. This Tri-Stand Necklace is beautiful, and it’s made out of glass beads. I also love this Druzy Necklace

Kurlowecz Designs

KurloweczDesigns is based out of Savannah, Georgia, and creates handmade collections of contemporary fine metal and found object jewelry. These Hour-hand Clockwork Drop Earrings are one of the most unique earrings I have found in a while, and the ear wires are made out of Sterling Silver.

Also, I am obsessed with this Raw Aquamarine and Sterling Silver Geometric Bar Ring. This ring has A beautiful modern 3-carat raw aquamarine set between two geometric .925 sterling silver bars and a band.

Have you found a great Etsy shop item you love? Add them to the comments below, and I’ll check them out. Maybe I’ll even add them to this gift guide post! 


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