Low Calorie Valentine’s Day Cocktails

In two weeks we will be celebrating MY favorite holiday – Valentine’s Day. Yes, I am that hopeless romantic that loves Valentine’s Day the way most people love Christmas. A whole day dedicated just to love? Yes. Awesome. And something that makes it even more awesome – tasty cocktails to set the mood. All this week I am going to be sharing some tasty libations mixed with some of my favorite liquors. If you are looking for low calorie cocktail recipes I suggest using Cascade Ice – a flavored sparkling water that is calorie-free, sugar-free, sodium-free and gluten-free. Talk about a win.

low calorie cocktails

Love Potion Pizzazz: To mix up the irresistible potion, mix 2oz of Cascade Ice’s Pomegranate Berry with 1oz of vodka. Add a garnish of fresh cherries and you’re ready to go!

 Cascade Ice Love Potion

Passion Pucker-Up Cocktail: Mix up this tantalizing drink by pouring 1.5oz of tequila and 3oz of Cascade Ice Black Raspberry over crushed ice into your mixer. Next, add the juice of a lime wedge and a handful of raspberries. Garnish the cocktail with an orange wedge and serve!

Passion Pucker Up

Blushing Sparkler: Mix 1oz of whipped vodka, 4oz of Cascade Ice Pink Grapefruit, the juice of a lemon wedge and a handful of ice in a mixer. Pour the cocktail into a chilled glass and garnish with lemon wedges.

Blushing Sparkler

The Day He Bought A Coffee Stand…

Two years ago I went to my grandmother’s house for Fourth of July. The girls always go to their Dads for the 4th and Mike had a big tournament – so I took the opportunity to unplug for a few days and go hang with the family. While I was there I received a text from Mike and the conversation went something like this:

Mike: Hey babe, what do you think about owning a coffee stand?

Me: Mike, do you even DRINK coffee?

Mike: What does me drinking coffee have to do with me selling coffee?

Me: Well I guess that’s a good point.

That was it.

Fast forward two days when I came home, and Mike proudly announced that he had purchased the coffee stand and we had a new business to fill the fourteen seconds of spare time we had one week. Naturally I hit the ceiling over this, all the while him insisting “WE DISCUSSED IT!”

Gentlemen, can I take a moment here to say that a four sentence text exchange is NOT in fact discussing it. At all. 

But the deal was done, the purchase was made, and the ink was dry. We were now the owners of a little coffee stand inside our civic center. Two people – neither of who even drank coffee – were now in charge of serving hundreds of people for every hockey game, seminar, concert, circus – you name it.

java hut

For the first year I was pissed. Honestly. I told Mike “This thing is YOUR responsibility. I am entirely too busy to go play at your little coffee shop.” But I worked a few hockey games… then a concert or two… then Pensacon (where I hung out with James Leary all day – that was all kinds of awesome.) I began seeing the same smiling faces coming to get their warm cup of happiness before heading back down to the ice to cheer for the home team. I learned how to make Cappuccinos and Lattes and Macchiatos and Americanos… and before I knew it, I was hooked.

I now know the schedule better than Mike does – and I work every single event. The back of my Acura stays empty because several times a week I am loading it up with espresso and milk and whipped cream and Hershey’s syrup.


I can tell you the Ice Flyers statistics, who all will be coming to Pensacola in concert, the names of just about every employee, and exactly how to make the most amazing Hazelnut triple shot cappuccino you have ever had.

Now here I sit – two years later – feeling sad because the season is almost over. In just a few weeks I will pack up our little stand and lock everything up for the Summer. I will say goodbye to all of my friends that call me “Mrs Java Hut” and tell them to have a great Summer. And then… when the temps start dropping again… I will load up my car and happily head back to my little coffee stand to do it all over again.

Never in a million years would I have thought I would want to own a coffee stand in the Civic Center. But now it’s something I can’t imagine ever doing without.


Daddy’s New Wheels – Tire Safety from Cooper Tires

You may remember last year when I went to San Antonio Texas to test drive the new Cooper CS5 Touring Tire. You know, that time I got to hang out with Indy Legend Johnny Unser to do some hot laps around the track?

No name dropping here… *cough* 

cooper tires

The thing is – while I was there I learned so much about tire safety that I had never even heard of before – it just wasn’t something I ever thought about. And ever since I got home, I have been a lot more aware of not only the tires on my Acura, but also on the rest of the family’s cars. The Rubber Manufacturers Association Tire Pressure/Tread Depth Survey in 2014 showed that 69% of all vehicles have at least one under inflated tire. In fact  17% of all vehicles have at least one tire under inflated by at least 8 pounds per square inch (psi) and 12% of vehicles have at least one bald tire. Not good statistics y’all.

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Have You Tried Oil Pulling? GuruNanda Pulling Oil Review

A few months ago I noticed a bunch of my friends trying this whole oil pulling thing and I pretended not to notice (read: avoided like the plague) because the whole idea sounded awful to me. First – I have seriously weird consistency issues and a major gag reflex and well honestly… eww. However, as with most everything I have said I will “never do” - like Whole30, running, teaching a Zumba class (you get my point) – I was offered the opportunity to try GuruNanda Pulling Oil, and I took it as a sign to quit resisting and give it a shot. After all, my friends claim it is incredibly good for you and as someone who is borderline OCD about dental hygiene and ducks into bathrooms at random times to brush my teeth, I should get past my reservations and go at it with an open mind.


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Evolution Fresh #3DaysToGreen

So here we are at the 12th day of the New Year. Did you know that by now 30% of people have already broken or abandoned their New Years Resolution? Sad right? Well, I am excited to say that I am not one of those 30% and that I am still holding on strong to new goal to continue losing weight and participate in my first Triathlon in October. One of the products helping me to achieve my goals is Evolution Fresh juices – cold pressed juices and smoothies now available at your local Publix.


Evolution Fresh juices have over one pound of green vegetables in every bottle and less than ten grams of sugar per serving. And there is nothing added – no preservatives, no sweeteners, no flavors – not even natural ones. All you get is pure, delicious juice. I picked up a couple bottles on my last shopping trip and let me just say – they are delicious. I especially loved the Defense Up which has orange, pineapple, mango, apple and acerola. Not only did it taste amazing, but I started my day feeling kind of puny, and I think the power blast of vitamin C and other great stuff is what had me feeling so much better by lunch time.


Right now Evolution Fresh is challenging everyone to #3DaysToGreen to take a small step toward a better self and a new healthy habit. All you have to do is commit to drinking one green juice a day for three days.

evolution fresh 3 days to green

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