Ho Ho, XO!

Welcome to my witching hour. I hope my post will be at it’s prime today because of the fact that I’m writing it during my favorite hours of the day — the wee hours of the morning.

`Everything is so peaceful between 5-7am. So peaceful. The peace is only intensified during the Christmas season. Everything during life is so chaotic during this time, I’m rushing back and forth from one place to the other, only to come home and have a to do list as long as my arm, so getting to spend a few hours knocking out the essential to do list items during a time of day when it’s oh so silent, my husband and sweet pups are sleeping, and the Christmas tree lights and twinkling just makes my soul soar. Now, of course I only get to enjoy these hours during the weekend – when I should be sleeping in – because I have to work at 6am during the week, and usually, I do sleep in..until at least 6:30 on the weekends, but today I had to take my parents to the airport, which means no “sleeping in” for me. {I foresee naps in my future..} Luckily, I got to spend some much needed time prepping for my husband’s 30th birthday lake weekend, and I can’t WAIT to share with you the fun things I have in store for him.

Okay. I’m sitting in bed with Milli the doberman curled up in the tiniest little ball next to me, I’ve got a cup of french vanilla coffee in the cutest sweater mug you ever did see {thanks, Katie!!}, and the winter morning light is starting to pour in the bedroom. Let’s start this post.

I know I just shared a few drinks with you a few months ago {ahem, I have been drinking that Cranberry Moscow Mule for WEEKS now..each time it just keeps getting better, so I hope you loved it too!} but I wanted to share a more “big batch” recipe with you that will be perfect for your holiday hostessing. I was doing a lot of soul searching Pinterest searching, and was trying to get inspired for a new Christmasy cocktail.

Can we pause for a moment to talk about the HYSTERICAL names for Christmas Cocktails? I’ve found everything from Santa’s little helper, Santa’s little ho ho, Jingle Juice, Grinch Green Punch, Rudolph’s tipsy spritzer, Yuletide Mules, the Red Rudolph..I could go on and on. I just love every single name! It makes me feel all holly and jolly inside. I perused all of the recipes, and I just couldn’t find one I was amazingly excited to make, so I decided to put my own twist on a winter sangria. I adapted this from a “secret sangria” recipe I found on Pinterest. First of all, why do people call things “secret recipes” even after they have shared them with you? I don’t understand. More like not so secret sangria.

I hope you enjoy this little recipe I’ve concocted, and I hope you get the chance to use this at your Christmas gatherings. Never miss an opportunity to get boozy with family and friends that you don’t always see! I’m giving you the “Big Batch” recipe, but feel free to adapt for yourself! Oh, and I’ve named this cocktail “Ho Ho, XO” 

  • 1 can La Croix {or Aquafina sparkling grapefruit water, or Fresca, or Squirt..}
  • 1 bottle champagne {Don’t use extra dry. Use either Brut or Spumante. I honestly think Spumante may make this drink too sweet with all of the other sweet flavorings in this sangria, so Brut would probably be your best bet. Because, you know, me being a professional bar tender and all…}
  • 2 cups vodka 
  • 1 cup white juice {You can use white grape peach, white grape, white cranberry..whatever you want, just make it kind of fruity tasting}
  • 1/2 can frozen limeade {softened..}
  • Garnish {cranberries, pomegranate seeds, rosemary..whatever you’d like, really!}

You stir it all together {..and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about! 10 bonus points to you if you read this singing “do the hokey pokey”} in a big pitcher, and let it chill. Letting it chill isn’t necessary, you can pour this into a glass and drink right away, however, one, I like to make things ahead of time when I’m anticipating a large group, and two, I like the different flavors to get a chance to blend a little bit better.

Now, clearly in the pictures below, I only made enough for one person. Do as I say, not as I do, alright? It was just myself drinking this and I didn’t want to make enough for a party until Christmas Eve. Also, I wrote this post on Saturday and didn’t get it uploaded until Monday..don’t hate me.

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Have a few glasses of this drink and it’s you that’ll be merry

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bottle popping struggles

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Glaring at your husband / photographer

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We interrupt this blog to bring you PUPPIES

Don’t worry – we will be back shortly to resume our #LiveLocalFS segment, but you know when get something so new and exciting, you just can’t contain it {and have to share it with everyone?!} This is one of those times.

Let me introduce you Cholla, Milli, & Hobbs new best friend: {drumroll, please…}

Introducing KAI KRATES!

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the “box of the month” clubs, I mean they pretty much have them in every genre imaginable: wine of the month {mm…wifey likes}, cheese of the month club {yep, I can come to terms with this..}, razor of the month clubs..you name it, you can get random varieties of it each month. Well Kai Krates is an affordable dog toy & treat of the month club. Let me first start by saying that Charles & I have been anxious to try a dog box for months now {if you’re a dog owner, you know that dog toys and dog treats? They’re not cheap y’all!} but they have seemed so expensive that it wasn’t worth it. Luckily, I was introduced to Kai Krates, which is an affordable option. Not only do they completely crush the competitors in terms of price, but you can get your dog boxes in different sizes, dependent on your furry friends size – and the prices fluctuate depending {check out their website here to look at their 3 different pricing levels!}

Not only does Kai Krates provide affordable treats and toys for your best friends {yeah, I don’t have kids, my dogs are my life, leave me alone}, but they also provide treats that are tested and GOOD for your dogs – and you’ll always get 4-5 toys and treats each month.

Okay..now for the story time {the true testament to the box}

I received my box in the mail on Monday evening of last week, and I was in the middle of packing / showering / getting my life in order to be in Houston for almost a week, and I knew I wanted to blog the dogs with their Kai Krate, so I didn’t want to open the box at that time. I set it on the kitchen counter, slapped on a hair mask and a face mask, and got to packing. While packing, I kept hearing our big dog, Milli, whimpering and trying to knock something off of the counter. I rushed into the kitchen to find that she was wanting the contents of our Kai Krate box – she could smell the treats even inside the packaging! I felt so guilty, but I had to place the Kai Krate in a high location in order to hide it from the girls {and our sweet puppy visitor, my in laws dog Hobbs!}

Yesterday, I decided it was time to give them their Kai Krate and reward them for being good puppies while we were gone, so I got the Kai Krate down and placed it on the counter {again..bad idea}. I started fiddling with my camera, and the whimpering from the girls started again. When I finally busted open the contents of the Kai Krate, these dogs flipped, they were jumping, hiding the toys from each other, calling dibs, sneaking around, giving each other sad puppy “share with me” eyes, and just pretty overall excited. I had such a relaxing lonely afternoon since the pups were so interested in their toys, I hardly saw them.

Since my precious fur children loved their Kai Krate so much, I wanted to help you all get your very own subscription! As a special treat, Kai Krates & I have partnered to do just that!

Use the code “rightupouralley” on the Kai Krates site {once again, found here!} to get 10% off your Krates! 

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