Christmas Smoothie with Cranberries

cranberries for a smoothie

Throwing frozen cranberries into your smoothie this holiday season will help strengthen your immunity and help protect your body from free radicals. Our Christmas smoothie combines kale and cranberries which makes for a gorgeous, dark, pine color – perfect the holiday season!  It’s delicious!

Why cranberries?  Cranberries are higher in antioxidants than other fruits and berries.  Antioxidants help detoxify the body of harmful free-radicals.  Since free-radicals play a role in the aging process and the development of diseases like heart disease and cancer,  it’s a good idea to add antioxidants into your daily diet. Plus, cranberries are known to help with urinary tract infections.  According to our friend Mykelle, just five cranberries a day can help in preventing UTIs.

Since cranberries can be a little tart, I sweetened the smoothie with frozen strawberries and a ripe banana.  It’s a great balance of flavors with a little bit of sweetness, but not too much.

 

Christmas Smoothie:

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup lacinato kale (other kale types or even spinach will work as well)
  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries (organic preferred)
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

Place water and kale in your Vitamix or blender of choice.  Make sure this is properly blended before adding any other ingredients so you get a nice smooth consistency.  Once this is blended well, add remaining ingredients and mix until blended.  Pour into a glass and enjoy 🙂

Christmas Smoothie with Cranberries

 

Looking for more healthy treats this holiday season?  In need of a few more gifts but not sure what to get?  Let us help you!  Follow Nearly All Things on the blog, Facebook and Instagram and please share with your friends and family too 🙂

 

Cranberry photo by Jessica Lewis from Pexels

 

Gifts for Friends You Like to Drink With

Gift Guide for Friends Who like to drink

Wondering what to get that friend you love to call and say, “Want to meet me for a drink?”  Here’s our top picks:

 

Alcoholic Cocktail Gummies
Alcoholic Cocktail Gummies- $18.99

 

Hooray for Rose Sweatshirt
Hooray for Rose Sweatshirt – $19.99

 

Funny Wine glass
Big Mouth Inc. – How Was Your Day Wine Glass – $9.99

 

Wine Tasting Sampler Set
Wine Tasting Sampler Set – $19.99

 

Breathalyzer
Breathalyzer- $33.99

 

Funny wine glass gift
Funny Wine Glass – Home Euphoria – $14.95

 

Drink Up Grinches Mug
Drink Up Grinches Mug – $22

 

I Like Wine and Maybe Three People Tee
I Like Wine and Maybe Three People Tee – $14.99

 

Gift for Whisky Lover
Whisky Wedge and Glass – $18

 

Need more gift inspiration?  Maybe you need a great cocktail to serve at your holiday party?  Looking for an app to bring over for Christmas Eve?  We’ve got you covered 😉  Follow us on our blog, Facebook, and Instagram.  And share, share, share….please💖

Gifts that Keep On Giving

Looking for a unique gift for that special someone?  Here’s our list of gifts that will continue to give well after Christmastime.  There’s a little something in her for everyone.

 

Jewelry:

Penny + Grace –

Penny + Grace caters to the simple yet elegant jewelry wearer (Great for tweens and teens!).  For $19.99/month, each subscriber will receive a trio of their very best coordinating picks for the month. Each delivery is guaranteed to contain a combined retail value of $55 in varying jewelry pieces tailored to your color/metal choice (18k Yellow Gold, Silver, + 18k Rose Gold ).  Deliveries can be skipped or canceled at any time.  All jewelry is 100% Lead and Nickel Free – Perfect for those with sensitive skin.

Penny + Grace Jewelry subscription
Penny + Grace

Emma & Chloe

Offers a subscription service ranging from $28-$33/month (can sign up for 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions).  Emma&Chloe selects and sends out a cutting-edge, unique piece of French designer jewelry each month from the latest collections by up-&-coming and independent French designers.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry

Twisted Silver

For $39/month, Twisted Silver hand selects $100 worth of our favorite jewelry designs and ships them right to your door. Each month is entirely risk-free, so if you don’t love a design, they’ll help you return it for free – just make sure it’s within the same month. Cancel at any time. The Earth Collection uses recycled chain, reclaimed materials, and up-cycled treasures.

Earth Collection from Twisted Silver
Earth Collection from Twisted Silver

Drinks

Wine

Winc is a personalized wine club that is a California-based winery offering an online membership experience, with wines that are featured at select retailers and restaurants nationwide. Winc connects you to a world of exclusive wines tailored to your tastes and offers wine delivery right to your door.  Bottles start at $13.

Wince Wine Club
Winc Wine Club

 

 

Beer

Beer of the Month Club
Beer of the Month Club

 

Treat yourself or someone special to great taste month after month by joining this Craft Beer of the Month Club. They hand-select microbrewed beer from across the nation. Each beer club monthly shipment contains a 12-pack with 4 different types of rare, craft beer in 12 oz. bottles— fresh from two different small American craft breweries. $42.95/month.

 

Coffee

Coffee of the Month Club
Coffee of the Month Club

Send a gift of gourmet coffee.  The Coffee of the Month Club member will receive monthly coffee shipments delivered straight to their door.  Each month, the recipient will receive 2 bags totaling 1.5 pounds of rare, exotic coffee from across the globe with your choice of ground or whole-bean. $27.95/month.

 

Food

Perfectly Imperfect Produce

Perfectly Imperfect Subscription
Perfectly Imperfect Subscription

Give a gift of imperfect produce and help reduce food waste.  And, for every box you purchase, produce is donated to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.  Produce is sourced from local farms and wholesalers. These are items that are unique in size, shape or color as well as surplus crops.  Subscriptions can be weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly.  Organic subscriptions and gift certificates also available.

 

Cosmetics

Ipsy

Ipsy Glam Bag
Ipsy Glam Bag

Send an Ipsy Glam Bag this Christmas to the girls in your life who love to try new products.  Each bag contains five products personalized for the recipient—plus articles, videos, and more on ipsy.com—they’re free to try new things and express who they are. $10/month

 

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It’s Bourbon Thyme!

Thyme Bourbon:

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • fresh thyme

thyme

 

Directions:

Simmer one cup of sugar and one cup water with fresh thyme till the sugar dissolves.  Then, strain the thyme.

Add the thyme flavored simple syrup to your favorite bourbon.  Some of you will like a whole lot of it while others may just need a dash.  We’ll leave that up to you 😉

Top the drink with a fresh piece of thyme and serve on the rocks.  This is a great Christmas warmer upper!!

Looking for holiday inspiration (gifts, fashion, cocktails, appetizers, and more)?Then follow us at Nearly All Things!  We’ve got a great December line-up of posts – don’t miss out 🙂

Gifts for Every Budget

Gifts Under $25

Sleigh Ride Woven Plaid Zip Clutch
Sleigh Ride Woven Plaid Zip Clutch – $18

Stembend Ear Jackets
Stembend Ear Jackets – $25

 

Gifts Under $50

Loafer Scuff Slipper
Loafer Scuff Slipper – $32

 

Betsy Moon Velvet Grab Bag
Betsy Moon Velvet Grab Bag – $45

Gifts $50 – $100

Monogram Marble & Wood Serving Board
Monogram Marble & Wood Serving Board – $63

 

Baylee Platform Slip-On Sneaker
Baylee Platform Slip-On Sneaker – $89.95

 

Gifts Over $100

Scuba Hoodie Light Cotton Fleece
Scuba Hoodie Light Cotton Fleece – $118

 

'50s Retro Style Electric Kettle
’50s Retro Style Electric Kettle – $139.95
Aviator Hat with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
Aviator Hat with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim – $295

Need more Christmas shopping inspiration?  Follow Nearly All Things on Facebook, Instagram, or on the blog.  And please share with your girlfriends – they may need some shopping inspiration too 😉

Top Gifts for the Men in Your Life

 

For the man in your life who enjoys a good cocktail or two:  This ‘Antlers’ Glass Decanter & Wood Stopper can even be monogrammed.  Pair this with their favorite spirit and you have a winner.  Order this one sooner than later!

Top Gift for Him Decanter

For the man in your life that isn’t afraid to cook:  Here’s three unique rubs and spices sure to “heat it up” in your kitchen.   Spiceology Black and Blue, Tandoori Glory, and Smoky Honey Habanero.

Top Gift for men spiceology gift set

For the man in your life that never leaves work at the office: This Lululemon Commute bag is perfect for that college student or laptop carrying man in your life.

Top gift for him commute bag lululemon

For the man who doesn’t like to leave the couch:  Perfect for a college dorm, bedroom,  home office , or just about anywhere, the Echo Dot with Alexa is a perfect gift for the music-loving, fact-finding techie who loves voice command.

top gift for him echo dot

 

For the man in your life who loves Star Wars: This R2D2 Car Charger is sure to be a fun surprise.

top gift for starwars geeks

 

 

For the man who likes to check the score:  North Face Etip Salty Dog Knit Tech Gloves are perfect for going out in the cold and still being able to check the score on his phone 😉

Top Gifts for Him Gloves

 

For the music loving man in your life:  If they don’t have them already, then they probably want them.  Forget the cord, and give them Apple AirPods this holiday season!

top gifts for him apple airpods

 

For the ‘early adopter’ man in your life:  I know what you are thinking, light bulbs, really?  These Phillip TP-Link Kasa Mart WiFi LED Light Bulbs are dimmable and work with Alexa and Google Assistant.  They are fun and useful for everyone 🙂

top gift for him phillips bluetooth lightbulb

 

For the boy at heart:  Here’s an oldie but goodie.  Who didn’t love this Handheld Electronic Football game?  This will take them back!

Handheld football top gift for him

These gift ideas are sure to make your holiday shopping for the boys in your life a little easier this season.  Click on the links and shop away! And please share with all those relatives asking,  “what can I get him for Christmas?”  They’ll thank you for it!  More gift guides on the way – follow us at Facebook, Instagram, and here on our blog so you don’t miss out!

Teen Gifts They’ll Love

Teen Gift Guide

This season it’s all about vintage for your teen!  Champion and Adidas sweatshirts, along with old school college sweatshirts are a hit for teen girls.  Rugbies? You know it!  Ahh, takes me back to the Coca Cola rugby I had in high school – anyone else?  Take a look at our top 9 picks for your teen this holiday season:

  1. Champion Sweatshirt – It’s all about the Champion logo.  My daughter found an old Champion sweatshirt I had from the 90s and couldn’t have been more excited!  Champion is making a comeback in a more pronounced fashion than before.  Pac Sun has a great collection of different Champion sweatshirts along with a lot of other vintage hoodies and sweatshirts.

Champion sweatshirt for teen gift

2.  Simple jewelry is another great idea for your teen girl.  This Kate Spade One in a Million Initial Pendant Necklace is a great way to make it more personal for your teen.

Monogram Necklace for Teen Girl

 

3.  Hoodies, hoodies, and more hoodies.  This Trefoil Hoodie (Adidas Originals) is also available in more colors if your teen isn’t a fan of army green.

Top hoody for teen girl

4.  Vans in all shapes, colors, and sizes – but we are loving the Vans with faux lining (available in hi-top and sneakers) – more colors available!

top teen gift ideasTop Teen gifts

5.  What teen doesn’t love to smell good?  Mixologie has these great Gift Set Trio Baskets that include a lotion, perfume roll-on, and a bath bomb – and I know from experience that they smell amazing!  I love the Crisp Vanilla, but there a bunch of other flavors too.

Top lotion gifts for teens

6. It may be winter, but Birkenstocks are still a hit.  Pair these ‘Arizona’ White Birko-Flor sandals with some big, furry socks and your teen is ready to go!

top gifts for teens birkenstocks

7. Adidas Training Pants never go out of style. Enough said.

Adidas training pants top teen gift

 

8.  Zip-ups and rugbies are also back in style.  Check out Pac Sun for some great options for both.

top gifts for teen girls

9.  The Hydroflask – also available in flamingo pink and mint green.  This is sure to be a hit!

top teen gift hyrdroflask

Well, there you go – shopping for your teen girl just got a LOT easier.  For more gift inspiration this holiday season, follow us here on the blog, Facebook, and Instagram.  We’ve got some great gift guides coming soon!  We hope you like our new site too!  Let us know in the comments – we’d love to hear from you!