I hope everyone is off to a good New Year! This week has been a little bit more mellow and I’m not going to lie, I’m enjoying it. I love the holidays but theres also stress and pressure that goes along with them. I’m excited to get back to normal life and a brand new year. I know its cliche to set all of these goals once the calender flips to January 1st, I know its not a clean slate, but it is a good time to get youself motivated to accomplish the things that maybe you’ve been putting off or didn’t have enough time for in the previous year. I did set a lot of goals for myself in 2016 and I am very proud of how far I’ve come, but there’s still work to be done!
Is there anything special that you’re setting some extra time aside for this year? Work goals? Relationship goals? Health goals? I’m looking forward to continuing the blog, I started running this week (I can only make it a 1/2 mile before dying), and I have some major home goals. I’ve been looking around at buying, but real estate is insane here in the NY/NJ area. If I can’t accomplish buying a house or condo in the new year, I’m going to do a major overhaul in the little rent controlled railroad apartment that I’ve been living in for the past 8 years. I’m going to be 30 in 49 days and I moved in when I was 21. THAT’S CRAZY!! The apartment has always been a work in progress but I have changed a lot and so have my tastes. I have been trying to slowly incorporate new things in over the past year but I’m getting a little overwhelmed. Someone please help me.
The most recent photo of my bedroom, which I hope to repaint and do some simple decor updates to. I painted the wardrobe myself and changed the hardware. Inside the drawers are ombre from light blue to navy. Salvation Army purchase along with that mid-century sideboard.
Anyways, since I got way off track, I’ve teamed up with The Hair Room here in Jersey City to bring you delicious drinks (my Sparkling Apple Cider Punch) for the Golden Globes tomorrow. If you’re local swing by for a cocktail, pajama attire is recommended! If not, I’m posting the recipe here for your at home enjoyment. This punch is yummy! Its resfreshing, super fragrant and fruity. Comment below to let me know what you think. Either about all of my random thoughts, the cocktail or your favorite red carpet looks. I’d love to hear from you. Cheers to all of you from snowy New Jersey!
Sparkling Apple Cider Punch
1 1/2 oz. Gin (I used Fifty Pound)
3/4 oz. Elderflower Liqueur (Giffard or St. Germain work)
1 oz. Apple Cider
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
Top Champagne or a Sparkling Wine, Club Soda also works in a pinch for something lower ABV.
You can make a batch of this cocktail by simply multiplying each ingredient by how many people you will be making drinks for. You can put it in a pitcher, build in a punch bowl or make to order. If you’re making to order add all ingredients besides sparkling wine to a tin, shake, strain into your desired glassware like a coupe or flute, and top with champagne/sparkling. Garnish with an apple slice. Cheers and enjoy!
This apple cider punch looks so tasty! And I love all the greens in your room! I picked up running (for a short while) last year and worked my way up to a 5K in a few weeks or so – which was a major accomplishment since I’ve barely run a mile in my life. Keep at it! You’ve inspired me to jump back in this year, too 🙂
This punch was a total hit! And thank you. A few years ago I killed every plant I bought but now I’m turning into quite the plant lady. I find myself checking them everyday, moving them around the room so that they get the best light, and reading about them constantly. Whoever said succulents thrive on neglect was lying. Some need to be watered all the time, some need to be watered once a month, they get too little light, they get too much light. Lol.
Thanks for the encouragement. I’m going to keep at it. I felt a little pathetic at first but I know that if I work on it I will be able to build it up over time. I’m not trying to run marathons, I just want to be more active and do good things for my body. Cheers Gabriella!