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3 Cocktails to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

April 26, 2016

Editor’s Note: Alex Abbott Boyd is obsessed with cocktails. Fascinating and colorful histories, hidden bars, innovative ingredients – he’s hooked on it all. Once he’d devoured every book he could find on mixology, he began experimenting at home with his own drink recipes. Meanwhile, hoping to become an entrepreneur, he was searching for a product he could be truly passionate about. You can see where this is going, right?

In 2012, one year out of college, Alex founded his own company, Cocktail Crate, to sell cocktail mixes based on everything he’d learned about the craft. Initially, each bottle was handmade and labeled by Alex in his home borough of Queens, and deliveries were made to local stores via the NYC subway. Today, Alex is excited to be working seemingly non-stop to bring the mixers to more and more people who appreciate a really good cocktail!

We asked Alex for some cocktail recipes to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and he delivered con mucho gusto!

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Instagram Challenge: EARTH DAY

April 22, 2016
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Image courtesy of Meera Lee Patel’s beautiful Watercolor World Map.

Our planet has been called the “Goldilocks planet.” Just like in the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” conditions on Earth have been considered “just right” for living things to exist (at least compared to other planets). As we know it now, it’s warm, but not too warm to function. And it has water, but not too much water to drown us all, or too little water to dry out the entire planet. Since Earth Day first launched 46 years ago, it’s no secret that if there aren’t major changes on how we treat our planet, that things won’t be “just right” in the future.

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Handmade for Mom:
DIY Mother’s Day Card

April 19, 2016

DIY Mother's Day Card Printable Template

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve outgrown your macaroni art years. Maybe you already picked up the perfect Mother’s Day present, or maybe you’re still on the lookout for a creative gift for mom, but just because you aren’t sitting down to handcraft a gift masterpiece doesn’t mean you can’t include a little something handmade. Print off our template and follow the simple instructions below for a DIY Mother’s Day card and show mom that you’re not too old to whip up something she’ll be proud to hang on her fridge!

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#Momisms: Share Your Favorite Quotes From Mom

April 18, 2016

My Grandma Hannah was the first person to introduce me to palindromes, words that read the same backward and forward. Her name, with its impeccable symmetry and simple syllables, still wins as my favorite palindrome. “Mom” is another favorite, though for different reasons. Sure, it was one of the first words I uttered and it holds powerful meaning in my life. But what really tickles me is that the word “MOM” when written in all upper-case letters spells “WOW.”

How perfect is that? Seriously.

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Instagram Challenge: WANDERLUST

April 7, 2016

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The next Instagram Challenge theme is Wanderlust. For some of us, Instagram might fuel our foodie fire, or it might challenge us to master an unshakable crow pose. But for those who have a chronic itch to experience the world, Instagram presents a whole new can of worms. While your go-to #TravelTuesday accounts might temporarily alleviate your wanderlust, we know that the only real solution is to get up and go. Now that the weather is heating up, it’s time to get moving!

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Waves of Wisdom:
9 Uncommon Facts About Sea Glass

April 4, 2016

Imagine that you’re walking along the beach on a gorgeous sunny day when something shimmery in the wet sand catches your eye. At first you think it might be a rock, still glistening from the tide that washed it in. But as you get closer, you see that it’s really more of a gem. Not a gem in the precious stone sense, but in that “Wow, I just found something really special!” way. It’s sea glass–the smooth, frosty product of broken glass left to tumble in the waves.

Collectors scavenge the shores to find these tiny treasures, and some creative beachcombers even turn bits of found sea glass into beautiful jewelry pieces. Since we recently expanded our own collection of sea and beach glass designs, we decided to learn a little more about the glass “gems” at the center of these wearable works of art. Read on for a few of the uncommon facts we found about sea glass.

 

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