Spice Up Your Cocktails With Spice Lab Botanicals for Cocktails Kits #Review


If you’re in need of some inspiration, The Spice Lab has lots of great products available that will be sure to spice up your life.  Whether you’re looking for different varieties of salt, spices, rubs, tea, sauces…you name it, The Spice Lab has it.  A must-have for this holiday season is the Spice Lab Botanicals For Cocktails Kits.  Spice up your gin, rum, or vodka with these imported delights.


The Spice Lab is the exclusive U.S. importer of Special Touch Botanicals for Cocktails Premium Gift Sets, what a great, unique gift to give this holiday season!  Designed to create unique cocktails, each gift box includes an array of hard to find botanicals, as well as a professional bar tool and drink recipe ideas from noted Spanish mixologist Pepe Orts.  (Check out this video of Pepe Orts mixing drinks with botanicals to get you inspired.)


The Vodka Cocktail Set includes 6 botanicals: Star Anise, Orange Blossom, Ginger, Malva Flower, Vanilla Pods,and Orange Strips. The gift box also includes a professional jigger and a set of cards to shape your best drinks and cocktails.

How these botanicals enhance your drink

  • Star Anise: Top your vodka with a star to add a mild aroma and flavor of aniseed to your drink, as well as adding an attractive, decorative touch.  You’ll notice the aroma instantly.
  • Orange Blossom: Sprinkle a few petals onto the drink to enjoy an elegant floral fragrance with slight citrus notes.  If you like, you can pre-soak some petals in your favorite vodka at room temperature for about 5 minutes, then strain, and serve to taste.
  • Ginger: A piece of ginger will add a refreshing touch to your vodka.  Don’t forget that ginger in an icon of Asian culture and it has vadodilator and aphrodisiacal effects.
  • Mallow Flower: Put a pinch of mallow blossom into a separate glass with your vodka and leave to soak.  After 3 minutes it will have acquired a spectacular shade of purple, giving your drink an unmistakable color.
  • Vanilla Pods: You can directly add a vanilla pod which, besides providing aroma, gives an elegant touch to your drink.  If you prefer an even stronger flavor, cut the pod open lenghtwise and remove what is known as the ‘caviar’.  Soak it in the vodka for 5 minutes, strain, and serve.
  • Orange Peel Strips:  The perfect citrus compliment for your glass of vodka.  Add a few strips of orange peel to add aroma and a touch of color to your drink.

Whether you’re looking for a great way to spice up your drinks at your holiday occasions or trying to find a great gift, you can’t go wrong with Spice Lab Botanicals for Cocktails Kits.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***


Welcome Old Man Winter With New Lugz Boots #Review #Giveaway


When old man winter comes around, you won’t have to worry as long as you’ve got an awesome pair of Lugz boots by your side (or, on your feet rather).  When I saw the new Lugz Tambora Boots in white/gum I knew I HAD to have them!  You wouldn’t think that living in Arizona boots would be a necessity, but I live in the high country and we may have triple digits temperatures in the summer, but we have single digit temperatures in the winter with plenty of snow and just plain COLD weather.


Look at these sexy boots!  The Tambora boot combines everything you could possibly want into one sexy shoe: comfort, functionality, and fashion!  You’ll love these Lugz boots for years to come, and I guarantee you’ll own more than one pair after trying them.  The Tambora is the perfect winter boot providing warmth, coziness, and unrivaled comfort.


  • Water resistant permahide upper- great for keeping feet dry and toasty warm
  • Soft acrylic fur lining to help hold in heat and are oh-so-soft
  • Cushioned insole to keep your feet comfortable all day long
  • Padded tongue making the entire boot foot-friendly
  • Rubber toe cap and heel for added traction and durability
  • Adjustable fold-down collar so you can rock these boots with or without the fur exposed.

Don’t just take my word for it…you have a chance to try these fabulous boots for yourself!!


Lugz has been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a pair of Lugz Tambora Boots in your choice of size!  Giveaway will begin 11/09/16 at midnight EST and will end 11/16/16 midnight EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Click the link below to enter:

Enter the Lugz Tambora Boots Giveaway Here!!


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Week 44 on Nutrisystem…Keeping Healthy Habits #NSNation #Ad


Week 44 is here and I’m feeling fabulous!  When I started Nutrisystem, my goal weight was 130 lbs.  Throughout the journey I decided I would try for 120 lbs instead and see how I felt.  Well, after reaching 125 lbs I actually felt pretty satisfied with where I was and now am entering my maintaining phase.  I would have never in a million years imagined that I would reach my goal PLUS an additional 5 lbs…CRAZY!!


I didn’t realize how much of a difference 55 lbs would be.  You can see from the BMI index above, when I started Nutrisystem at 180 lbs, I was not a healthy person, not even close.  Not only was I considered ‘overweight’, but ‘obese’.  Ouch…that one really stung.  As I’ve told you all before, losing my father due to his obesity related health issues was a big motivator for me.  I didn’t want my children to endure the same thing.  Not only are you losing weight, but you are improving your overall health and increasing your life span…what a wonderful gift to yourself and the ones that love you!

After telling my kids I had finally reached my goal, they were so excited and so proud of me and I can’t begin to describe to you how good that felt.  The next day, I had a Nutrisystem bar for breakfast, a Nutrisystem lunch bar for lunch, and one of my favorite flex dinners in a slightly larger portion.  By lunch time my 5 year old was questioning me why I was still eating ‘diet’, and that I could have anything I wanted now.  I explained to her that eating the same old way will do no good.  The biggest goal was for me to become healthy for life, and live a long time for her and her brothers.  She understood pretty well and has even started to make some healthier choices when it comes to snack time too!  Keeping these healthy habits that Nutrisystem helped me learn is key to maintaining my success, and the added benefit of my children making healthier choices is a huge mom-win!

Be sure to follow Nutrisystem on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for lots of great tips and tricks that are useful for everyone, whether you’re currently on Nutrisystem or not.


Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.