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 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!

A Sassy Guide to Galena & the Car That Got Us There the 2020 Toyota Highlander

My family and I usually take a big trip during the summer since my sister has it off from school, but 2020 is a weird one so instead of doing a trip to say Japan we decided to do a road trip to Galena, IL. It’s about 3 and half hours west of Chicago and has tons of history. 87% of Galena’s buildings are historic buildings and can’t be torn down so it’s literally like stepping into the 1800s when this town was in its heyday. Galena is located right on the Mississippi River so it used to get a lot of steamboat traffic, but when the rivers got lower the steamboats couldn’t get through because their cargo was too heavy and the city eventually lost its luster, but it makes it such a cute getaway today!

2020 Toyota Highlander – peep that sun roof tho!

Toyota loaned us their new 2020 Highlander for the weekend and it was literally the perfect car for a family road trip. Some of our favorite features as a family included:

  • Ventilated front seats (it was so hot out this was amazing!)
  • Three-zone automatic climate control with separate second-row control panel so we each could have individualized temperature settings!
  • Wireless smartphone charging station – key for doing directions from your phone and not losing battery
  • Jim’s favorite thing – the in-dash split level shelf where he could put his mask and napkins haha
  • The Head-Up Display with speedometer and navigation assistance that appears right above the steering wheel in the glass so you don’t have to turn your head to look at directions or what music is playing!

We arrived in Galena at our B&B Felt Manor Inn on Friday evening around 5pm. I had won a gift card for a stay at the inn last year so it came in super handy when we needed a getaway that was closer to home, in-state, and had a private coach house so we didn’t need to have contact with any other guests.

Felt Manor Inn.

The coach house is completely separate from the main inn and was recently renovated and is completely modern. The rooms in the inn are more traditional to a 1800s home with no TV, etc., so I am glad we picked the coach house because we decided to have a pizza & movie night our first night in Galena. We had originally planned to eat downtown but the pizza place we wanted to try was still only doing take-out. This ended up being a blessing because downtown was PACKED to the gills with people and bachelorette parties. We felt more comfortable doing our own thing at home. We got pizza from Cannova’s which was actually fabulous – get their speciality pizza with spinach – YUM!

We started Saturday morning early because we wanted to do some physical activity by renting bikes from Fever River Outfitters to ride along the Galena River Trail. 3 bikes for 2 hours were about $60 – a real deal to us city peeps! We went about four miles down the trail which ended at a really great view of the Misssissippi River and some really cute rainbow Adirondack chairs and then biked back.

We stopped at the Belvedere Mansion on the way back which was a real treat. This home was considered the first mansion in Galena and was owned by J. Russell Jones who owned a bunch of steamboats. The home was eventually sold after he got offered a job as a US ambassador to Belgium, but the home itself is still maintained in all its 1880s glory. A lot of the house has trinkets and treasures from all places over the US so each room has its surprises – like the original drapes from the movie Gone with the Wind are in the conservatory and there is a clock that possibly belonged to the captain of the Titanic!

Galena River Trail.

After our tour, we rode back downtown and got lunch at Dirty Gurt’s – good pub type food – and then went home to shower. I had convinced everyone that we needed to do a winery tour of Galena’s finest wineries in the area, but I failed to realize most of them closed at 5pm so we ended up only going to Galena Cellars Vineyard, but it has a gorgeous view of the hills and you can do wine flights for as low as $10. I did the rose flight and Jim did a dry wine flight.

That evening we went for dinner at a German/French hybrid restaurant called Fritz & Frites which was cute. Most of Galena’s Main Street is shut down so people can eat in the streets and it makes for a cute little view downtown.

Sunday morning we woke up relatively early again to pack up, eat our delicious breakfast from the inn (they make it fresh every morning! drool!) and went back to downtown Galena to do our own self-guided tour of the history of the downtown buildings and stopped in some of the shops like Galena Apothecary, Great American Popcorn, and Elle & Beck. On our way home we stopped at Thunderbay Falls which had these gorgeous falls and fishing (we just did the falls!), and then drove the 3 hours home.

Galena Cellars Vineyard.

COVID CONCERNS: This weekend away was literally just what the doctor ordered for me – I really needed to get out of the city. Downtown was a little crowded at times, but if you stayed at the beginning or ends of the closed off Main Street you could avoid a lot of the crowds. I would say 50% wore masks on the street and the other half didn’t so just be forewarned. All stores and restaurants require masks and a lot make you use hand sanitizer before coming in the store as well. Felt Manor Inn was completely contactless and we highly recommend it for someone looking for a hybrid Airbnb/Inn experience since you could be relatively alone but also got amazing happy hour platters, cookies, wine, and breakfast each morning left on the porch!

Drop any questions you have about our first road trip we’ve tried during the pandemic in the comments below!