Archives for December 29, 2018

Sparkling NYE Cocktails are a must for New Years Eve! Sparkling Ice has you covered! Check out some of these recipes! There are even some great mocktail ones!

Cranberry Citrus Fizz

INGREDIENTS
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
½ oz Orange Juice
Juice of Half a Lime
1 ½ oz Vodka
DIRECTIONS
In a tumbler, mix cranberry juice, orange juice and juice of half a lime. Add ice, shake and strain into your glass of choice. Top with Sparkling Ice Cranberry Frost and garnish with a lime twist.
Prosecco Superiore Cranberry Skewer
INGREDIENTS
8-10 frozen cranberries
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp water
DIRECTIONS
Put cranberries on a skewer and rinse under cold water. Dip skewered cranberries in water, then roll in granulated sugar. Place skewers on wax paper and place in freezer for 5 minutes. Fill glass ¾ with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore. Place skewers on top of glass and serve.
**Optional: For a slightly sweeter garnish, soak fresh or frozen berries in maple syrup overnight, then skewer and roll in sugar.
And now for a couple of Mocktails!
Cran-Apple Smash
INGREDIENTS
5 Cranberries
1 ½ oz. Cranberry Juice
Citrus Bitters
2 ½ oz. Apple Cider
Orange Peel
DIRECTIONS
In a highball glass, muddle cranberries. Pour in Sparkling Ice Cranberry Frost and cranberry juice. Add 4 dashes of citrus bitter sand top with apple cider. Finish with ice and an orange peel garnish.
Cranberry Mock-Mosa
INGREDIENTS
4 oz. orange juice, chilled
orange peel
DIRECTIONS
Grab your champagne flute, add chilled orange juice and Sparkling Ice Cranberry Frost. Garnish with an orange peel twist
I actually can’t wait to try this one!
Happy New Year!
Self Disclosure: Thank you to our friends at Sparkling Ice for the great recipes! I received samples to post. Images and recipes were also provided. 

4 Kids Mattress Shopping Tips

While choosing a mattress for your own bed can be an easy task, choosing one for your child can be a daunting one. However, it should not be overwhelming if you can focus on the basic features. Unlike yours, your child’s mattress should keep growing in size to accommodate his or her growth.

Here are essential tips you could consider when shopping for your child’s mattress.

  1. Ensure It Is the Appropriate Size

The first task would be to determine your child’s bed size before setting out to buy a mattress. For instance, if the bed is a twin bed, then the mattress should be a twin mattress that fits perfectly. The age, weight, height, and health needs are the important guiding factors you should bear in mind.

Changing a mattress and a bed every now and then for your child can be costly. Therefore, it is essential to purchase one that can be used for a long period. For instance, if your child is 3 years old, the mattress should at least serve its purpose until his or her 6th or 7th birthday.

Check the details here for an in-depth twin mattresses guide for your child.

  1. Design and Color

A child will always be a child and it will be good to ensure that he or she gets to enjoy the childhood phase. When choosing a twin mattress, check for its design. Usually, mattresses have standard rectangular or square shapes, but they differ in terms of design. Mattresses have different inner layers designed to offer the desired weight support and spinal comfort. For a child with special needs, the design plays a very crucial part.

Moreover, you can also shop for a mattress that has colors your child likes. The mattresses are available in different color schemes from dark to light colors. Some even come with printed covers of cartoons or mosaic patterns. The important thing is to match the mattress with your child’s needs.

Important Advice: The perfect mattress for your child should be resilient enough to prevent flipping or rotating.

  1. Non-Chemical Materials

Children are sensitive to chemicals which can pose serious health risks to them. Mattresses that are made from synthetic materials should be avoided as they can cause skin irritations and allergies for your child. The perfect mattresses are those made from natural and fresh materials such as organic wool, silk, hemp, organic cotton, and natural latex.

Before buying any mattress for your child, thoroughly read through the manufacturer’s manual so that you are sure with what you are purchasing.

  1. Check the Price

When it comes to buying a mattress for your child, it boils down to what you can pay. High-quality mattresses are very costly compared to the low-quality ones. But, the good thing is that you will not miss something that comfortably fits your budget and needs. When shopping, always give the store attendant all the details so that he or she can know what will suit your needs.

Besides, do not overstretch your pocket if you cannot afford a particular mattress. What’s more, do not compromise on the quality. For twin mattresses, the price will range from $50-$1000.

Remember, a good mattress is one which you will use for a long duration due to its durability

Bonus Tip: Never buy uncertified twin mattresses since they pose health and safety risks.