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Life Uncorked: Finding Beauty in Unlikely Places ⎮ Lisa Hickman

Today in our series Life Uncorked: Inspiring Truths from Everyday People, Drinking the Whole Bottle brings you Lisa Hickman, an actress and author of Ordinary Magic. I actually have never met Lisa but when a mutual friend posted about Lisa’s new book on Facebook (proving that social media is as social as the name suggests), I reached out. Her book seemed to be about all things I love: New York City, magic in small moments, and “an appreciation for finding beauty in unlikely...

A Tree Full of Stories: The Evolution of Our Favorite Christmas Ornaments

What is more festive than twinkling lights on a beautiful tree as the backdrop to delicate, unique ornaments that each have their own story? The first Christmas tree Husband and I had together, in our first apartment, was pretty void of any such ornament. I had a couple of personal ornaments that I brought to the table and he had none so most of our ornaments were store bought. You know the kind; classic ornament balls – some with glitter, some shiny,...

7 Good Gifts for Bad Moms (and if you don’t like them you could f*ck off)

The reason the movie Bad Moms was such a stinking success – so much so that they made a sequel for the holidays – is because it’s so true. Every mom strives to make the holidays perfect for their kids. Waking up in the wee morning and elbowing other moms for the toy of the year is the least of it. We think of fun places to put our elf, we wrap until our fingers hurt, we egg nog with...

4 Uncommon and Clever Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Sometimes I feel like I missed my calling as a North Pole elf. I love giving gifts but I love wrapping them even more! There is pride in every present I wrap. Each wrapped with precision, each ribbon twirled perfectly. But not every present comes in a box. Some of the gifts I remember most weren’t the ones that were tied with a ribbon or stuffed in a bag. Here are some uncommon and clever Christmas gift wrapping ideas that don’t...

3 Awesome Small Businesses to Check Out this Black Friday Weekend

Looking for books this holiday season? I know a girl. Need nail wraps? I know someone. Looking for delicious scents to fill your home? I got you covered. Want some new makeup? I can help you with that too. What if for this Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday you didn’t just shop from anywhere but you shopped from me? Well, not me (exactly) but real people; a face instead of a logo. What if you put...

How to Make New Friends: 8 Ways to Put Yourself Out There

How f*cking hard is it to make new friends? I mean, other than college where a lifelong friendship can be forged over your love of Dave Matthews and cheap beer, making new friends could be really intimidating. Watching my child walk away from the playground with his head hung low is a reminder of that. Friends with teenagers talk about it and say the same thing. And most adults would agree. Walking up to a group of kids at the playground...

These 3 Lip Sync Battle Videos Explain Why It’s the Best Party of the Year

Imagine 15 mini surprise parties of hearty laughter and unadultered hollering. An evening of, willfully and gleefully, having no idea what to expect next… that’s Lip Sync. On an open air rooftop of Santo Domingo this past Friday night, the wind was howling and the sky was cloudy. If we were pirates on the high seas, I’d be worried. But the performers of our 4th Lip Sync Battle Party were on fire… if fire was doused with gasoline and then an explosive was thrown in....

Beware the Margarita Burn!

We all love a solid margarita, especially when you can enjoy one under the summer sun by a pool or on the beach. The tequila flashback of underage drinking in Mexico and the salty-rimmed reminder of What happened last night? Margaritas are big fun! They could also be the big brother of bad news. In this case, I’m specifically talking about the Margarita Burn. Hold up? Margaritas can burn you? You mean that figuratively, right? No I mean that literally. It’s all fun and...