Sassy Confetti Guides – Part 3

Sassy Confetti Guides – Part 3

Maybe putting together lists of gifts to get your friends and family isn’t hard, but shopping for yourself? Ok, that’s a little harder! I’m not going to lie, I don’t suffer from this affliction myself but I know putting together a list for your family can be hard so below are a list of a few things people might want to add to their personal wish lists for the holidays.

Clothes, Accessories & Jewelry

Chill Pill Pendant (without chain) – $5 – Cause everyone needs a reminder to chill and just breathe.

“I’m Speaking” Sweatshirt – $29 – $35 – Kamala Harris “I’m Speaking” sweatshirt

Knit Clay Polymer Earrings – $10 – On my personal wish list! Love these clay polymer necklaces – they are so lightweight and don’t weigh down your earlobes but also are super chic and cute!

Name Bracelet Stack – $18 – Get the names of your kids, your star signs, your pet’s names in a stack! So cute!

Cooler on Instagram Keychain – $10 – for your perfect Instagram/TikTok famous friend/self

Glossier You fragrance – $60 – my absolute favorite perfume right now. Light, not too fragrant and luckily doesn’t give me a headache (which most scents do!).

Kitchen

Air Fryer – $65 – I got one last year for Christmas and it was literally life changing! This one is so cute and retro.

Spatulas from the movie Friends – $15 – $35 – With Friends paintings and quotes. So cute for your Friends loving friend or family member!

Kitchen Mixer Attachment Organizer – $12 – a place to display your KitchenAid attachments in your kitchen. Easy to get to and use and helps with space saving.

Ceramic Spoon-rest – $21 – gorgeous homemade spoon rest for when you’re cooking!

What Would Ina Do? Towel – $15 – towel to honor your favorite Hamptons chef.

For Home

Confetti Embroidery – $75 – If this isn’t the coolest thing you’ve ever seen then clearly we have different taste lol.

Hard Seltzer Ornament – $20 – a six-pack of hard seltzer…for your tree!

I’m Not Coming Unless There’s Wine Candle – $30 – hand crafted, 100% soy candle with funny saying and smells good too? I’ll take 3!

Come Together Pillow – $44 – a pillow with a good reminder.

Colored Double Glass Vase – $25+ – Homemade, hand-blown glass candlesticks – partially colored/half clear wholly unique!

Your State Embroidery Hoop – $65 – Cute addition to any home office. Again, something I want off my own wish list!

Wall Vases – $24+ – Vases for the wall aka greens as art!

Personalized Bluetooth Cooler – $170 – OK, I want to add this to my wishlist. Bluetooth speakers are set into this vintage looking cooler that you can personalize with your family name, initials or song lyrics!

Faribault Woolen Mill Throw – $150 – Lovely throw and it’s machine wash ready. So many pretty patterns. Getting one of these for my Dad for Christmas. Hopefully he doesn’t read my blog lol.

Sassy Confetti Gift Guides 2020 – Part 2

Sassy Confetti Gift Guides 2020 – Part 2

Overwhelmingly I got asked to make one for the men in our lives – mostly dads but also hard-to-shop-for brothers and husbands and for that guy who just has “everything.” My dad is one of those people – he buys everything he needs for himself so shopping is hard! Here is a list of so items by category that I think will wow those special men who we can never shop for.

Sentimental

  • Recordable Talking Picture Frame – $17 – my dad actually got these for me and my sister when my mom was sick and had her record her voice saying, “I love you” to us. It’s one of my most prized possessions after we lost her to cancer. Didn’t mean this to be a sob story about myself, but I think these are a great underrated gift for family. Record your kids, yourself, whoever saying something funny or sentimental and watch the tears roll in.
  • Custom Puzzle – $18 – use any photo to create a custom puzzle for that special dude in your life. You know, for all that lovely inside time we have coming up in 2021!
  • New York Times Cover Puzzle – $50 – take one of the special dates for your family or relationship and have a custom puzzle made of the cover of the NYT front page for that day, month and year!
  • Morse Code Bracelet – $34 – A bracelet with a hidden message! Put your own secret Morse code message on a bracelet. Cool, sexy look.
  • Head Chef, Sous Chef T-shirts – $48 – t-shirts for your husband and your little one to wear when cooking.

Practical

  • Allbirds Wool Runners – $115 – so yes these are pricey but they are a great every day shoe and surefire way to get your dad to stop wearing his New Balance shoes that everyone begs him to throw out. Super comfy, waterproof, stylish but not TOO stylish.
  • Fitness Dice – $19 – now I wouldn’t normally call this practical but we are in a pandemic so a personal trainer via dice isn’t such an impractical gift now. 7 different dice with different exercises on each side.
  • Weighted Blanket – $79 – Bad sleeper? Get a weighted blanket and see amazing benefits. Do I sound like an ad? That was the goal!
  • Wood Docking Station for Desk – $52 – practical. Great for that work-from-home dad/brother/in-law…aka all of them.
  • Indoor Electric Grill – $36 – Bring the grilling inside for the winter.
  • These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore – $35 – History buffs will need this book.
  • Dark Matter Coffee Subscription – Varying Prices – If you are local to Chicago then you know the power of Dark Matter coffee. A subscription of the coffee straight to your house – priceless!

For the Home

  • History Coffee Table Book – $25 – really cool picture book of different historical moments captured on film. Great for a history buff and will also be a great addition to your coffee table or book case.
  • Sudio Femtio Wireless Speaker – $87 – one of the best bluetooth speakers I have ever heard (and I’ve had many). It’s waterproof, holds a charge for 14 hours, and again sounds so fabulous. I use it for my sing-a-longs in the shower but could easily be for a boat, backyard party, or the kitchen! Use my code SASSY10TYS to get the extra 10% off!
  • Personalized Whiskey or Wine Barrel – $65 – personalize a small whiskey or wine barrel (you get to choose what it says so it really can be any liquor) and this is a great idea to help customize a bar cart or for the kitchen.
  • Outdoor Collapsible Wine Table – $44 – great for the backyard or social distancing picnic. Easy to collapse and stick in the ground to hold up all your wine and cheese needs.
  • Movie Bucket List Poster – $15 – poster of 100 must-see movies before you die. You can scratch them off as a couple or a family as you watch!

Funny

  • Golf Club Drink Dispenser – $44 – a drink dispenser that looks like a golf club! For the dad that doesn’t want to waste his money on the golf bar cart. Also just a funny gag gift for the backyard summer bbqs!
  • Custom Pet Blanket – $65 – personalize a blanket for the living room with your dog’s face on it – or even your dad with your dog on it! These are actually really gorgeous so I don’t think a mom or sister-in-law would mind having this around.
  • Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit – $40 – for the man who keeps his own hot sauce in his bag…swag.
  • Beer Preserver Koozie – $14 – miniature life preservers for your beers. Amazing stocking stuffer idea!
  • 5 Second Rule Board Game – $20 – one of our personal favorite family board games. You get 5 seconds to name 3 items from one category before the timer goes out. It gets real heated!

Sassy Confetti Gift Guides 2020 – Part 1

Sassy Confetti Gift Guides 2020 – Part 1

Local Chicago Stores

  • Babe Bombs – Local bath bombs company with all sorts of fun bath bomb scents like charcoal, cocoa, chai tea latte & peaches n’ cream. My fave scent though is peppermint which is perfect for Christmas!
  • Not Today Glass Mug – $12 – good for coffee or hot chocolate and reminds you that Satan shouldn’t mess with you today.
  • Midwest Honey Sweatshirt – $65 – Embroidered crewneck sweatshirt to show off your Midwest pride.
  • The Bristol’s Booze Box – $99 – Just like it’s namesake, this is a big box of booze from one of my favorite Chicago restaurants The Bristol. It comes with two bottles of wine, a premade cocktail, and an apertif. It changes monthly so check before you buy to make sure you like all the items in the box!
  • Gift cards to your favorite local Chicago restaurants – my favorites include Monteverde, Tzuco, and Gretel.

Etsy Homemade Gifts

Stocking Stuffers

  • COVID Ornaments – $15 – $22 – These Old World Christmas ornaments that are COVID themed – toilet paper, hand sanitizer, Santa in a face mask – are such a funny idea and a great way to commemorate the fact that this year was…interesting. I personally think this will get a laugh out of your friends or family.
  • PoshPeel Pedi Cure Foot Peel Treatment – $20 – Removes all that pesky dead feet skin. Sounds weird but this is the perfect time to be doing this peel when you don’t really need to leave the house.
  • West Elm Modern Elements Marbled Candle – $33 – Best smelling candle I have hands down in my house! And the exterior is such a cute marbled look.
  • Nat + Noor hair clips – $12 – cute matte hair clips in varying colors

A Sassy Guide to Door County, WI

A Sassy Guide to Door County, WI

My friend Regan grew up in Door County, Wisconsin so when she said we should go visit for the weekend this fall I jumped at the chance to get out of the city. Below is our itinerary of eating, drinking, and leaf peeping around Door County.

Also, a few people asked about our Airbnb…it was my friend’s parent’s house so not for rent unfortunately haha, but there are plenty equally as adorable places online that I saw.

DAY ONE

We got to Door County around 1pm and went straight to Highway 42 to leaf peep. At the tip of the peninsula just pass Gills Rock is this windy stretch of road that is amazing for photographs. And just about everyone and their mother gets out of the car to take pictures. If you have time, at the end of this road is the ferry to Washington Island. We didn’t go out there since we had other plans, but I’ve heard it’s gorgeous in the winter!

We were still in the mood for leaf peeping, so we drove over to Ellison Bay Bluff to the scenic overlook. We got there right in time for sunset and it was just epic gorgeousness with all the fall colors looking over the water. You can also hike around here if you are looking for more to do FYI.

For dinner, we drove to Ephraim to go to dinner at Trixie’s. To say this dinner was just next level amazing is not doing it justice. The service, ambiance, and food was above amazing and for sure one of the best meals I have had in 2020. Must orders: the sparkling Lambrusco, cacio e pepe (always on the menu!), and the pork chop. The pork chop 100% tasted like what fall is.

Before dinner, we had to wait a little bit and they sent us over to the Isley Coffee’s backyard for ciders & beers. It was so cute back there with little fires and Adirondack chairs. Perfect option if the wine bar across from Trixie’s is packed like it was when we were there.

DAY TWO

The girls all went for a walk in the morning while I slept (sorry not sorry I was exhausted), but there is plenty of hiking and walking trails around the area. After their walk, they brought back burritos from Good Eggs. They usually have a line out the door, but during COVID you can actually order online and pick up! Definitely recommend that!

We got ready and headed over to Bailey’s Harbor to grab coffee at Bearded Heart Coffee (100% get the Beautiful Burnt Goat which is goat milk and caramel!) and then go next door to Jackalope Trading Co. next door to go shopping. Bailey’s Harbor is a smaller town so not much else to do except a nearby brewery and a few food trucks. It would be perfect to come coffee, shop and then lunch and move on like we did!

Next we headed to Fish Creek for more shopping – Sister Golden, Alpaca to Apparel, Blue Ivy – and then a nice little walk along the water before heading to Stone’s Throw Winery for some afternoon wine and charcuterie. Stone’s Throw is doing winery tours, but we just got a picnic table behind the wine bar and hung out and drank a few bottles before going to Hatch Distilling for a pre-dinner drink and then home to make homemade pizzas and have a dance party.

DAY THREE

We got up early to head home stopping at Kick Coffee in Sturgeon Bay on our way out of town. It was a quick trip with just a few stops along the way, but it was exactly what we needed in a little escape from Chicago.

Sipping with Spirit Hub All Summer!

Sipping with Spirit Hub All Summer!

Over the last few months I have been working with Spirit Hub to bring you some delicious porch sipping cocktails for these summer months. Luckily, summer isn’t over quite yet so I am going to do a round-up of all the cocktails I have made so far so you can recreate well into October because I think we are all going to be trying to hang out on our patios for as long as humanly possible this year!

All of the below cocktails are all made with spirits that I got from Spirit Hub. They are a company that is all about bringing exceptional spirits from independent distilleries straight to your door. Most of the brands on their website are small-batch spirits that I had never even heard of before which was so fun to be transported someone different each month without ever having to leave my living room. I will include links to each bottle for each cocktail below but remember to use my code SASSY20 to get 20% off your order when you do!

EASY PALOMA WITH JUAN MORE TIME REPOSADO TEQUILA

Easy Paloma with Juan More Time Reposado Tequila
Juan More Time Resposado from Spirit Hub

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Squeeze about one lime (2 tablespoons) in the glasses.
  2. Add agave for taste. I added about 1 tablespoon per glass but if you like sweeter you might need more.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Fill the glasses with ice and equal parts tequila, grapefruit juice, and club soda.
  5. Garnish with lime!

RASPBERRY GIN SMASH FEATURING NEW ALCHEMY DISTILLING FLEURETTE GIN

Raspberry Gin Smash with New Alchemy Distilling Gin

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine the sugar & water in a small pot and heat over medium heat until it comes to a boil and dissolves. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Slice up your limes.
  3. Muddle 2-4 raspberries in each glass.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons lime juice, 2 tablespoons simple syrup (cooled sugar water mixture), and 3 tablespoons gin in each glass and top with more raspberries.
  5. Cover all of this with 1 cup of ice and a ½ cup of soda water.
  6. Garnish with mint & limes.

GIN MINT JULEP WITH NEW ALCHEMY DISTILLING FLEURETTE GIN

Gin Mint Julep with New Alchemy Distilling Gin

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Place mint leaves and simple syrup in the bottom of the cup.
  2. Muddle the mint and simple syrup in the bottom of the cup.
  3. Fill the glass halfway with crushed ice.
  4. Pour gin over the crushed ice and then top with more ice. Yes, MORE! 
  5. Squeeze lime in for taste and then garnish with a lime.
  6. Slightly stir and sip!