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2014 Organization

I love the new year! After all of the gluttony of the holidays, the new year is a time to start shedding those gained pounds on your body and around your home. I like to take the time to go room by room to see what is needed and what I haven’t used in a long time. It’s also the time to organize your closets and cabinets to make the rest of the year easier. (My sisters tell me I have OCD, but I see it as being prepared. Organization makes finding things less stressful)
mason jar storageWhile some people may fawn over the latest gadgets, I’m all over baskets and mason jars. I’ve also fallen in love with anything chalkboard and these 3 things together create the perfect storm (see what I did there) for organizing everything. Add some bookcases and a few other items here and there and you are on your way to creating extra space throughout your home.

Cabinets: Mason jars are both cute and functional. I love using the wide-mouth jars for storing dried goods such as sugar, flour and nuts. They make scooping easy. Get them in the same size, line them up and add these great chalkboard labels so you will never mistake the salt for sugar again.
magazine racksBookcase: These are perfect because they get items off of the floor, get them as tall and you have just added so much extra storage space. I like to store all of my magazines in these holders that I found at Target’s Dollar Spot. I cut chalkboard contact paper and can always make updates to my files as needed.
bedroom closetCloset: This is my pièce de résistance, I added a bookcase for folded jeans and sweaters (I was inspired by retail stores). For hanging, I put like with like: white shirts together organized by arm length, ruffles; skirts are put together by fabric, hem length etc. Getting dressed in the morning works out so much better because there’s no more guesswork as to what is where.
jewelryGetting into the groove of organization will save you in aggravation down the road. They say it takes 21 days to create a habit, once you’re organized and in the groove of putting things in their place, it will not only become a habit but automatic.

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Co-founder | Scarlett Rocourt
Scarlett creator of Wonder Curl is a Marketing Maven, DIY Diva & Glamour Girl! Her affinity for style, organization & discount designer shopping makes her a true Budget Socialite. Her flare for creativity allowed her to translate that into a career in marketing.

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Winter Sangria Recipe

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I dunno about you, but this girl is OBSESSED with sangria. It’s a summer drink, but my love cannot be contained to just one season. It’s not possible. So, I did what any crazed wino self-respecting sangria drinker would do. I winterized it! Now, you can sip sangria whilst sitting by the fire. Yeah, I said it whilst.  Let’s do this!

Winter Sangria

Instead of a summery juice, we are going to use apple cider; Lemon/lime soda? Nope, Ginger Ale. More you say? Ok, how about a winter-spiced simple syrup, some dried cranberries and cinnamon sticks? Yeah, baby…That sounds about right. It’s winter sangria time!

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I usually serve this cold, but really… it’s your world. Room temp works, it’s red wine after all. You wanna throw it in a crock pot and serve it warm? No one is gonna stop you. Pretty much the only thing I wouldn’t recommend is boiling it, because then the alcohol would burn off and that would be an epic tragedy.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground Cloves
  • 1 apple chopped
  • 1 pear chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 bottle of red wine ( I used Trader Joe’s Syrah)
  • 2 cups Ginger Ale
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ¾ cup brandy or cognac
  • Cinnamon sticks (optional)

Directions

We start by making a simple syrup. Emphasis on the word simple.

  1. In saucepan, combine the water, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Simmer that bad boy for 10 minutes.
  2. Let cool. It will magically turn into a thick syrup that smells like everything that has ever been good in life.
  3. In a pitcher combine your syrup and fruit.
  4. Add the cognac/brandy.
  5. Let that soak overnight. Impatient? Try streaming a netflix movie and wait at least 2 hours. It’s worth it, I wouldn’t steer you wrong.
  6. Resist the urge to eat the fruit, right then and there… or just do and make another batch. No judgments.
  7. Add your wine, ginger ale, apple cider and orange juice.
  8. Garnish glasses with cinnamon sticks and serve.

It’s delish! And it’s a great party drink. You can make a big batch of the fruit/syrup/cognac mixture and keep it in the fridge, then just add your liquids as needed. Perfection.

What’s your favorite winter drink? Let us know in the comments!

Images by Trinidad Pena – Branding + Design

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Trinidad Pena is a blogger, foodie, and design superhero bent on helping others kick-ass online, world domination and convincing the world that wine belongs in the fruit food group since it’s made from grapes.

 

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Crochet Coffee Cozy

Crochet Coffee Cozy | TheBudgetSocialite.comWhenever the weather gets cold, I inevitably begin to hibernate by curling up on my couch with my crocheting needle, loads of yarn as far as the eye can see and a glass of bourbon. I begin to imagine all of the amazing blankets and hats that I will create with my bare hands and then reality sets in that I can only make square & circle shapes and have perfected 3 different stitches.

Crochet Coffee Cozy | TheBudgetSocialite.comSince the holidays have snuck (sneaked?) up on us yet again, I decided to make these easy and fast crochet coffee cozies for my friends and to help keep disposable coffee cups from landfills, I paired them with the Starbucks reusable tumblers that are only $.99 in the stores. Once you get the hang of a certain stitch, you can crank these babies out in less than 20 minutes. It takes me 30 because I’m usually watching TV or doing other things while I crochet.

Crochet Coffee Cozy | TheBudgetSocialite.comNever heard of crochet let alone a coffee cozy? Check out this detailed DIY video on YouTube on how you can make your own crochet coffee cozy.

And if you want to get fancy, you can make a Cat Crochet Coffee Cozy

Don’t feel like making it yourself? Buy them from Etsy!

What do you think? Will you be making one of these yourself?

 

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Co-founder | Scarlett Rocourt
Scarlett creator of Wonder Curl is a Marketing Maven, DIY Diva & Glamour Girl! Her affinity for style, organization & discount designer shopping makes her a true Budget Socialite. Her flare for creativity allowed her to translate that into a career in marketing.

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