sparkling wine…bottle

Wine?  Gimme.    If you’re a wine fan like myself you end up with a bottle or 4 that just ends up going out in the trash or with the recyclables.   Why not make it shine?    Break out the glitter and the modge podge and finish up your last glass of pinot noir.  We’re gonna need that bottle.



Wine bottle(s) label removed


Modge Podge

Red Solo Cup (to keep things classy)

Paint Brush or Foam Brush

Large Cardboard Box


Mix the glitter with the modge podge, I used about 3tbsp of glitter and about 1/4 cup of modge podge, add more glitter to make it shinier!


The mixture will not look very pretty, don’t be afraid, it’s gonna dry up and shine up nice.


You’re basically painting the modge podge/glitter mix on the wine bottle.  I suggest doing all of your work inside a cardboard box to reduce messiness…unless you genuinely enjoy scraping glitter off your surfaces for weeks.

bottle box

Once your workspace is set, just start painting.   Try to keep even strokes, and try to avoid dripping/clumping

start painting

Once you’ve completed your first layer of painting it should look something like this

first coatLet it dry for an hour (or until it’s no longer sticky) and paint your next layer.   I recommend 3 layers, but once a layer has dried you’ll know if you want more.

multiple coats

See my little clumps and runs?  Yea, don’t do that.  It’s a fun simple and fairly inexpensive way to add a little touch of sparkle to a little corner.   Depending on the glitter you use you can be as crazy or as subdued as you’d like.

sparkly wine bottle

Happy Sparkling!

holiday survival pack

When you’re a genius like me and decide to start your shopping 5 days before Christmas,  the week turns into a bit of a blur.   It’s manageable, but blurry.   Shopping and wrapping don’t stress me out.   It’s the crazy rush that starts on the 21st or so.  I love all of it, but here’s what I need to stay sane during the holidays.

1. Gift Cards.

Even though I’ll go over my shopping list ten times, I always forget someone –or– someone I wasn’t expecting a gift from will hit me with a gift.   Gift cards keep me prepared, and if they go unused, odds are good I can gift them to someone else down the line.

2. Cookies

My cookies look just like this too.   Christmas cookies are a necessity for family parties, neighbor gifts and more.   My dining room table often looks like it’s been consumed by cookie tins this time of year.

3.  Krause’s Candy

This is a 518 specific requirement, but I can’t get through Christmas without Krause’s.   Their gift boxes make the perfect gift for teachers and co-workers.   It’s crazy in there this time of year, but if I’m going to be in a crazy store I’d definitely prefer it be filled with chocolate.

4.  Gift Bags

The back of my truck turns into a mobile gift wrapping station this week.   I buy, I wrap, I deliver (or hide.)   I actually love wrapping gifts, but there’s nothing easier than a gift bag, especially when you’re dealing with an annoying hexagon shaped box or something ridiculous.

5. Batteries

I buy a ridiculous amount of batteries before Christmas hits.   I actually get this 40 pack available at CVS, it has every battery you could ever use for like $20 – steal.   Between battery powered toys kiddo will probably receive and stuff that we don’t even realize needs batteries, this is a lifesaver.

6.  School Pictures and Frames

I send kiddo’s school picture out with Christmas cards (wallet sized.)  But a few family members have asked for larger versions (awwww) so I make sure to stock up on frames for when I hand over the school pic.

7. Change of Clothes

In addition to the mobile gift wrapping station in the back of my truck, I’ll also have a mobile closet.   We’re invited to a lot of parties and family events and you can arrive in a dress and suddenly be on a muddy hike, it’s just easier to keep tons of clothes at the ready.

8. Lip Serum

Obsessed with Be Fine’s Lip Serum.  I first discovered this gem in a birchbox over the summer, but this is the perfect holiday rush gloss.  Keeps your lips moisturized, shiny, and you won’t need to worry about leaving lipstick stains behind on glasses!

9.   Nerf Blasters

Because these are just fun for all the kids in the family, and at some point the adults grab them too.   Just keep a couple tucked away for when kids might start to get a little restless.

10.   Wine

Great for gift giving, or enjoying a glass when you get home from the holiday cheer!

Do you have any necessities to get through the holidays?

super sized wine

Have you seen that massive wine glass?  The XL wine glass that claims to hold an entire bottle of wine, well I put it to the test:

I feel a bit cliche

It’s the night before Thanksgiving, and while society seems to scream GO OUT TO Asatc_wine2 CROWDED BAR AND SEE PEOPLE YOU DON’T LIKE WHILE PAYING TOO MUCH FOR DRINKS…I’ve kind of shunned the idea.   I love a good drink, I love going out every now and again…but on this eve of Thanksgiving I’d rather be plopped on my couch laying low.   Sadly an impending snowstorm took my couch dwelling buddy off to his homeland…but the solo couch dwelling does have it’s positives.   I’ve caught up on my old episodes of the West Wing on Bravo (I missed the show during it’s original run)  and now I’ve got Sex and the City on and a glass of wine close on hand.   Wouldn’t it be fabulous if someone just killed two birds with one stone and made a Sex and the City wine?   I would SO buy a Sex and the City wine…you could even make different varities for each character:  Carrie Champagne, Miranda Merlot, Samantha Sancerre, Charlotte Chablis…ohhhh the possibilities!!!

Oh dear, now I’ve wandered into a dangerous land, the glass of wine has been paired with Sex and the City the Movie….damn.   I love watching the opening credits, ahhhh it is such a beautiful thing, at least from a producer/editor/whatever it is I do with video person’s standpoint.   I know a lot of people…ok a lot of Sex and the City fans were a little let down by the movie but I adore it.  The only thing I dislike is the fact that Samantha moved to Hollywood.   Not only does that go against the independent nature of her character (to essentially move for a man) but it goes against her love for the city!   But I digress…it’s a lovely little movie to enjoy!

I’ll keep on dreaming about the creation of the Sex and the City wine while I enjoy the movie.  Happy Thanksgiving Eve!!