I know how much many of you love infused water as a healthy alternative to juices and soda – it can be amazing. But are you still drinking enough of it when cooler temps roll around? The fruity, refreshing taste of infused water is ideal for summer, meaning you probably reach for that glass a whole lot more. But we need water year-round, every single day, which is why I wanted to create some recipes that you could easily find yourself enjoying while cozying up on the couch or hosting a holiday party. Gotta have that water!
Here are two tasty combinations to get you started:
Fall Infused Water Recipes
Apples + Cinnamon – You might think of this as the recipe for a great hot beverage, but you can infuse it into your 8 glasses a day too. If you’re making a whole pitcher, make sure you put enough apples in – at least two whole apples, thinly sliced. Add in 2+ cinnamon sticks, depending on how cinnamon-y you like it, and chill. This is one of your longer waters to infuse – it’s helpful to prep and throw in the fridge before bed so you can enjoy the full apple cinnamon taste the next day.
Orange + Pomegranate – Pomegranates are in tons of infused water recipes because they’re great detoxifiers thanks to their fiber, antioxidants and ability to reduce inflammation. They’re also super sweet, so it pairing it with orange makes for a refreshing burst of flavor that still looks beautiful on a fall table. For this combo, slice up a whole orange and add it to your pitcher. Add about ½ cup of pomegranate seeds and mix before storing. Let chill for at least a few hours before serving, and add more seeds if you’d like to up the intensity.
My tip? Single servings look cute in mason jars. Garnish with fresh ingredients when ready to drink.
If you have trouble reaching your recommended daily intake of water, infused is the way to go. See more infused water recipes here.
Did you guys get a head start on your holiday shopping over Thanksgiving? Shopping sales can be fun, but there’s plenty of time left to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life this month. Since so many people I know have little ones, I thought it would be fun to put together a gift guide with them in mind. (Plus, toys are just more fun!) Whether you want to wrap something up for your own, have some nieces and nephews to shop for or want to gift the mommas in your life with something special for their babies, this gift guide has you covered.
Here you’ll find a mix of toys like this cute retro kitchen and more practical gifts like a quality blanket and storage solutions. Love when something practical can act as décor too, such as those wheeled storage boxes with the fun sayings. Stylish, creative toys and wares like the pieces above are gifts that both mom and child can make use of (though I think we know who would prefer the toys ;)) and they don’t throw off the care you put into decorating your house and making it look welcoming for guests. Win, win.
Are you gifting with any little ones in mind this year? Stay tuned for more gift ideas!
Hi guys! Hope you all had a fantastic Easter. Mine couldn’t have been better! We were fortunate to be able to sneak away to Napa for a family weekend away. Time spent bonding with my loves always puts me in a happy mood.
Look who came out to join us! These two always have a good time when uncle Tavior is around.
He is Risen. Ariah in her Sunday best!
When you try to get little ones to look at the camera… Either you end up looking away or they do. Lol.
My loves. This girl is ALL smiles.
Absolutely loved celebrating Easter with everyone. We went to church and then it was off to an Easter egg hunt. Aden found so many! We’ll have to hide them better next year. ;)
Hey everyone! How is it possible that December goes by so fast every year? From baking cookies with Aden to dressing up in ugly sweaters on The Real, I’ve definitely had a festive holiday season to say the least, but it still feels like it’s flying by! I wanted to take a moment to share our favorite ways to celebrate the season in the Housley household.
Family photos + Santa photos.
Remember Aden’s Santa pictures from last year? We love the tradition of taking Christmas photos each year. It’s so fun to look back on them and see how things have changed and how we all have grown in the past year. It’s amazing to think that last year my pregnancy was a big secret, it was still early on, but now Ariah’s making her first debut in all our photos!
I always try to do some baking during the holidays, no matter how busy it gets. Festive treats and drinks are some of the best things about December, besides Christmas itself of course. Last year I baked yummy bread and whipped up the easiest hot cocoa ever (pregnancy cravings brought on that one, but I’m not opposed to making that a tradition), and this year, it’s all about Christmas cookies and warm comfort foods.
Elf on the Shelf.
It didn’t take long for The Elf on the Shelf to become a tradition in our house. If you don’t know what all the hype is about, the elf and book are a story that explain how Santa’s visit the family each morning (in a new surprising place that the littles can discover) and then report back to the North Pole each night before Christmas. Once you break this little guy out, it’s time to get clever with his hiding spots!
Whether it’s a few people stopping by or a full-on family reunion, who doesn’t love an excuse to hang out with their loved ones? Aden loves getting the chance to have other little ones around his age over, and it’s always fun to play hostess for a few hours.
These may not be the craziest activities you could spend the holidays doing, but quality time and quality food – you can’t beat it!
We love getting festive around here so the Christmas tree and holiday décor went up as soon as we came out of our turkey day food comas. It may look like summer outside those windows, but inside the Housley house is a winter wonderland. Take a look…
We’ve officially got four stockings on display now. I must say it fills out our mantel nicely. And yep, that is indeed Elf on that shelf.
We had to do a little rearranging to fit in our tree, so this spot is looking much cozier. I swapped out some throw pillows for more festive ones and hung our wreath in the window.
Hints of Christmas all over our home now…
Now onto the tree. This is a busy household this year so we opted for a fake tree to hopefully make decorating easier and quicker. I’m relieved that there aren’t pine needles everywhere, but perfecting this setup was a labor of love!
We have all our special ornaments, lights, garlands and this year – a full-on train too. Aden is obsessed so it had to be done.
As you might have guessed when I posted about how to make the perfect mini bar, I love playing hostess. Not only does it mean getting to spend a special evening with friends or family, but welcoming them into my home – sharing recipes, breaking out the décor and finding ways to keep everyone happy and entertained.
I also love to attend others’ gatherings and share a meal or drinks with friends. If you’ve ever hosted a get together, though, you know it is some seriously hard work! Especially during the holidays. There are different meals to prepare at different times, a whole mix of personalities to please and an entire house to clean. Trips to the grocery store even become major adventures. That’s why when I think of gifts that it’s extra thoughtful to give this time of year – the hostess always comes to mind.
It could be someone who just pulled off an epic Thanksgiving meal or someone who throws amazing parties throughout the year that you never want to miss – but either way, the hostess (or host) in your life definitely deserves some love!
There are two ways to go about a hostess gift, the practical “I’ve been needing one of those!” gifts, or more out of the ordinary, “I would have never thought of this!” items. Either can be a huge hit, of course. I love the serving trays and ceramic canister for practical tools that make heir parties even prettier. For a more unexpected gift, a cake stand that she might not have ever thought to buy herself, or even a wall print (#7) make thoughtful options.
Are you usually the host or do you have that friend or family member that loves to take on those duties herself?