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The Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks for the Holidays
The holiday season is associated with good cheer, but not all of us want to drink alcohol when we have a party or visit family.
Whether it’s because you’re recovering or it’s just your choice, there are plenty of great drinks you can try during the holidays that have no alcohol.
Eggnog comes in two types: alcoholic eggnog you can find in any liquor store, or non-alcoholic eggnog you can find in the dairy aisle during the holiday season.
You can choose the latter and be able to celebrate in style. Nowadays, this drink is available in many flavors. You can also find vegan eggnog if you are a vegan or if you’re watching your calories.
Vegan eggnog tends to have half the calories of regular eggnog, making it a favorite for those who want to indulge but not go too hard.
You can find sparkling juices available at stores, usually in grape or cranberry. These juices generally come in regal bottles and give off the impression you’re drinking nice expensive wine.
However, they are affordable and lack any alcohol. They have plenty of flavors and make for a good conversation starter.
Here’s another holiday favorite that you can make that lacks any alcohol. A warm glass of hot cocoa with some marshmallows can be a great way to stay cozy and warm without drinking any alcohol.
Also, you can serve this favorite cold for a twist on the classic. Hot chocolate can warm up anyone’s day, so enjoy a cup on a cold day.
Another good way to have a holiday celebration is to look up themed mocktail recipes. For those who don’t know, a mocktail is a mixed drink that gives the impression of a cocktail, but contains no alcohol.
Look up some of them, or make your own. You may end up impressing your friends and family with what you can make.
Finally, when you’re trying to recover, there are some instances where you may not want to drink something that resembles a cocktail at all. Everyone is different, but the Master Center for Addiction Medicine points out the various triggers that can lead to someone relapsing.
In that case, drinking some water can be refreshing. Not only does it not add any calories, but many people get dehydrated in the winter without even realizing it. Winter dehydration can sneak up on you, as we associate summer with a lack of fluids.
Have a glass of water and enjoy yourself!
There is no shame in abstaining from alcohol during the holiday season, especially if you have an addiction.
You should not feel pressured to drink or do anything you are uncomfortable with this season. Remember that the holidays are about having a fun time and enjoying yourself, and you shouldn’t do anything that’s not fun to you.
We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season.
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The Best In Music For 2022 in Cabaret, Concert and Shows
This year the music that astounded was in Cabaret, Concert and Off Broadway shows. Here is T2C’s List for The Best in Music.
Jordan Donica: I was introduced to Jordan Donica via The New York Pops. Sounding like a cross between John Rait, Alfred Drake, John Cullen and Richard Kiley his performance was layered and nuanced, as he became the essence of the songs he sang. Though I had seen Donica in My Fair Lady, I wasn’t that impressed, but on this night I was so enthralled I called everyone I knew. When it comes to voices, I am picky and no one could believe how thrilled I was to discover this vocal powerhouse, who is sexy to boot. I can not wait to see him play Lancelot in the upcoming production of Camelot.
The New York Pops: Of all the things I review this is my favorite guilty pleasure. This year The New York Pops has out done themselves and I can not wait until Febuary 10th for their concert with Heather Headley, March 24th with Marilyn Maye and their gala on May 1st. The New York Pops is truly a New York treasure.
Audra McDonald is like fine champagne with effortlessness vocal prowess. Her concert at Carnegie Hall was the highlight of the year.
The Night of Inspiration: Going to this concert was one of the best mistakes I have ever made. I thought I was reviewing one concert but ended up at here. So spirit filled, with love, connection and God. Grammy and Dove winners, amazing voices soared with heart and soul. So uplifting! So full of light in a world that seems to be going dark. So blessed.
Louis Rosen: I am seriously in love with Louis Rosen’s music and talent. Recently I discovered two of his albums that are making me thrill, as they send me to a musicality induced heaven. Rosen’s melodically structured music reminds me of Adam Guettel’s pieces that cut into the heart and at the same time sooth and heal. Look for It Is Still Dark: Three Suites andSuite for Clarinet and Piano.
Heather Christian and Oratorio for Living Things was done by Ars Nova at Greenwich House. The score soared with intricate harmonies. Think Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, The Juliet Letters by Elvis Costello, the Brodsky Quartet, a little Tori Amos, with strains of The Beatles and Queen. Musically, this show bordered on genius.
Michael John LaChiusa’s music in Los Otros is haunting, subtly powerful and embeds itself into your soul. It is passionate with pulsating life, as he weaves the era of the 30’s all the way up to 2000. From bebop, to pop, to jazz, the music is lush, sweeping and masterful.
To Steve From Liz Callaway: Liz’s stories made us feel closer to the legendary composer, who’s death feels like a piece of your history has been erased. Liz’s voice is also pure and her wonderful song material made for an amazing, magical night of remembrance and song. You can catch Liz’s album of this show which just released.
The Islander was a new Scottish musical and spiritual feast. This a capella musical, is where exquisite harmony abounds. The music and lyrics by Finn Anderson, were soul-stirring, transporting you from the island, to the sea, to the mists beyond what is.
Cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf is a solo, chamber, Broadway and recording artist who appeared at Chelsea Table + Stage with guest stars Norbert Leo Butz and Jessica Vosk. Phaneuf was so smart when she chose her guests who are two of the best singers in New York.
Jason Robert Brown‘s concerts at Feinstein’s/54 Below equal musical nirvana. Brown showed off his musical prowess with a series of musical styles to be cherished. Brown’s music is so delicious it needs time to digest. Watching Brown you realize he is a showman besides being a genius songwriter, orchestrator, healer, a generous band leader who writes charts. Seeing Jason Robert Brown in concert is to discover joy. Brown is a musicians, musicians who heals the world with his profound lyrics.
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Cool Food News
Here is some great food news to keep foodies having a very cool summer.
M&M’S Ice Cream will announce the “Sammy Pack,” a temperature-controlled fanny pack, to offer fans a practical and fun way to carry their favorite frozen treat in style.
Fans can snag the limited-edition M&M’S Ice Cream Sammy Pack, along with M&M’S Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches. To enter, consumers can visit a microsite of mms.com, which will be shared closer to the announcement. Entries close on August 16 with the winners selected and notified shortly after. The fashionable, versatile pack features summer-inspired imagery influenced by classic and bright M&M’S lentils. The insulated pack also features a custom M&M’S Ice Cream cooling device that will keep the product chilled, allowing consumers to enjoy their favorite summer treat on-the-go during the hottest months of the year.
For the backyard bbq party be sure to try are new obsession – Chipotle Kebabs.
Basted in a smoky-sweet blend of Cholula® Hot Sauce and agave nectar, these chipotle flavored pork kebabs are an easy dish your whole crew will love. They only take 15 min to prep and 20 minutes to cook. For distinctive smokiness with a touch of heat, uncap Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce. We’ve blended sweet, smoky chipotles with arbol & piquin peppers along with our signature spices for an authentic Mexican hot sauce that offers rich barbecue flavor notes and color. Pair this sauce with salsa, corn on the cob, burgers and more.
And, finally even your little one can enjoy summer days with Happy Family Organics offers organic formula, meals and snacks with curated ingredients for your baby and toddler.
Happy Baby Clearly Crafted Pouches feature unique recipes crafted for budding palates, made with organic fruits and veggies traceable to the farms they came fro.
Cover Art – Etienne Girardet on Unsplash
Summer of Sensational Sunscreen
With the summer in full swing we took some time to test brands that stood the test of time from sun up to sun down.
Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30: Calling all city girls and gals! This roll-on application that protects you skin just makes you giggle with joy when you put it on. I mean how smart and it’s the thing we didn’t know we needed until we had.
A sheer, clean skin tint with SPF 30 sunscreen and hydrating skincare ingredients that quickly evens out your skin tone for weightless coverage and a radiant glow. The formula is vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, silicone-free, and gluten-free. Available in 14 shades on MilkMakeup.com for $42. Find a shade that matches your skin with ease. We love this!
Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen:
Brand ambassador Reese Witherspoon has been proudly promoting this line that we have also taken a small place in our heart for. If you are prone to breakouts – and who isn’t over the summer – this is a must. Protect your skin without issue!
This lightweight, deeply hydrating, and Squalane-rich clean sunscreen is a daily healthy-skin favorite of the stars from coast to coast. Its powerfully invisible formula blends in for all skin tones fast and without leaving a trace, giving you a soft, dewy finish. Available on Biossance.com for $30 (50ml/1.7oz).
JLo Beauty That Big Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizer:
Another big star who shines as bright as the sun itself is having us sing loud and proud this summer with her skincare line.
Jennifer Lopez’s luxurious, luminizing moisturizer that blocks UVA/UVB rays, street pollutants, free radicals, and blue light damage does it all while delivering a smoother, dewier, glowier complexion. Instantly, you’ll achieve that Jennifer Lopez glow. Available on JLoBeauty.com for $54 (1.7oz). Get your girl power on and get this!
Pipette Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50:
And for you and the whole family try this brand that always proves to be a refreshing product on the market. It protects young to old all while being ever so gentle to your precious skin. You don’t have to be a kid to have fresh skin to look like one!
A baby-friendly, family loved SPF 50 sunscreen that uses 100% mineral, non-nano zinc oxide for broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It’s lightweight, fast-absorbing, and formulated with Squalane for extra hydration. Available on PipetteBaby.com for $15 (4 fl oz).
Cover art by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash
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