Apple Cider Mimosa Recipe – With a Twist!

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I recently saw this recipe floating around the internet and decided that I NEEDED to try it immediately. I love my mimosas and had never contemplated adding in such a fun fall flavor! The recipe is ridiculously simple so I won’t even try to dress it up. Get a cup, some champagne of your choice, and some apple cider. Absolutely AMAZING! Super yummy and super sweet. I definitely couldn’t drink too many of these since they are way more sugary. Next time, I definitely want to try it with some local apple cider (couldn’t find anything but big name brand this time).

The Twist. I brought this drink to an early morning tailgate to share with my family and friends and we decided to kick it up a notch. We added a splash of Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka and that made the drink 10x more amazing. When I say splash, I mean just a splash (less than a shot). We aren’t trying to get too crazy. But the raspberry flavor added such a yummy twist on an already amazing drink. Let me know if you try this out. I’d love to get your thoughts! Enjoy!

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Flashback Friday – Scenic Heaven

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For those of you who don’t know, I went on a much needed vaca this summer to Colorado. I never got a chance to share all the wonderful views and places I went during my far too short week there. I wanted to take today to share some of my trip with you! I hope you enjoy. If you do, don’t forget to hit that like button! 🙂

One of the first places we always make sure we stop at, Arapahoe Cafe. Food is just as amazing as the views! Be sure to get there early for breakfast to you can have a beautiful seat out on their patio.

The drive/hike up to the top of Mt. Evans always proves to be a gorgeous can’t miss opportunity for us.

This wonderful little town is a hidden gem and can’t miss in my opinion. See my blog here about this place!

Garden of the Gods was a first for me this year. I can’t believe I had never been here before. It was absolutely breathtaking. Being a midwestern girl, I am always amazed by mountains but there is something about this place that gets me in the feels!

The hike up to Lily Pad lake was a gorgeous one and well worth the walk! The pond is so cute and there are plenty of spots to camp or have a picnic on the shores.

I can’t, and won’t, ever forget about visiting my favorite spot in the world (so far). Sapphire Point Overlook is my absolute favorite spot to go to. It’s a great place to just sit and enjoy the scenery. Luckily for us, we stumbled upon a few artists. I don’t blame them for setting up shop here. It’s extremely inspirational and a beautiful backdrop for a studio session.

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Preparing for Flawless Photos

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As many of you know, my fiancé and I just recently took our engagement photos. Our photographer, Kirstie of Capture Life Studios, was amazing! She definitely captured our personalities and made sure we got all the shots we wanted. She set aside so much time for us and made us feel like we were her top priority. She made this whole experience so wonderful and easy for us!

I used several staple products of mine to prepare for the photoshoot and I thought I would share! Each of these products made such a dramatic difference and I don’t know what I would’ve done without each and every one.

  1. Crest 3D Whitening Strips – I’ve used these for years along with Crest’s corresponding toothpaste and mouthwash. I use the toothpaste and mouthwash daily but the strips are only supposed to be used once a year. The toothpaste and mouthwash keep my teeth white all year; so, I just use treatment two weeks before the photoshoot just to freshen up my smile.
  2. Jergens Natural Glow – I don’t know which is whiter, my smile or my skin. Luckily, Jergens keeps my skin from reflecting sunlight. I use this after I shower to build up a gradual tan and keep my skin looking healthy and alive!
  3. Sally Hansen Gel Shine 3D Top Coat – With the engagement shoot being all about the ring, I had to make sure my nails were as flawless as possible! (Which was harder said than done since I’m a nail biter.) This product is great to prolong any nail polish since it is a clear coat. Plus, it is way less expensive than getting your nails professionally done but gives them the same effect.
  4. Benefit POREfessional Primer – Makes any foundation glide over it like a dream while making your face look flawless. Is there anything bad to say about it?
  5. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs – This is a new product (to me) I used for this photo shoot and I am officially hooked! It instantly made me 5 shades darker but managed to still look like a natural tan. Not to mention, I haven’t been very kind to my legs in the past. Being an athlete definitely left by legs bruised and scarred. This product did a great job disguising all of these marks! It has a slight glitter to it which adds a gorgeous glow to the skin and make it look, as the bottle suggests, air brushed! Must have in your beauty collection!

Again, I can’t thank Capture Life Studios enough. She made this such an incredible experience and we will definitely treasure these pictures for the rest of our lives!