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TIMELY SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR A GREAT HOLIDAY FROM CHEF AND LIFESTYLE EXPERT MANDY LANDEFELD

Lifestyle Expert Mandy Landefeld, Founder of The Sumptuous Living Blog, Explains How Savvy Shoppers can Save Money and Have Fun

Many people think of the holiday season as something you need to survive, while others look at it as a fun time to be cherished with family and friends. This year’s Holiday Survival Guide is all about making life easier for everyone. We have the queen of easy meal solutions, Lifestye Expert Mandy Landefeld, founder of the popular Sumptuous Living blog.  Mandy has a recipe index for insanely flavorful but simple dishes to serve at any time of day that are perfect for busy families, especially around the holidays.  This mother-of-three will share some unique holiday survival tips to give you more time to make memories.  Mandy is passionate about making the everyday easier. Her motto is, “you can have it all and not lose your mind in the process!”

WHERE TO START WHEN PREPARING YOUR HOLIDAY SURVIVAL KIT
My top tip is to find ways to save some time, and spend that time with family. This holiday season, Boston Market is helping every family put some joy on that table and get Thanksgiving dinner done right with many different meal options to suit any celebration. Here we have a Whole Roasted Turkey Meal for 12, which is a great buy at only $119.99, and there are multiple ways you can get it! It’s fully cooked, and you can pick it up chilled at any Boston Market restaurant prior to the holiday or even have it shipped and delivered directly to your door.  Simply re-heat & serve!  Check out BostonMarket.com or stop by any restaurant to plan out and order your perfect holiday meal solution. If unexpected guests have you stressed, you can also stop by any Boston Market and pick up hot, ready to eat entrees, sides, and desserts. And for parties of 10 or more, you can call on them to deliver a Holiday Catering spread right to your home or office. There’s simply zero need to stress this holiday season!

ANY BEVERAGE SUGGESTIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Back in time just for the holidays is Smirnoff’s limited-time holiday favorite, Smirnoff Peppermint Twist, which is a fun, festive and affordable must-have for any holiday party! And of course, you can never go wrong with the signature Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, which is made right here in America, 10x filtered, gluten free and now made with non-GMO corn. You can use both of these to create a delicious Jolly Peppermint Java cocktail. Or, if you are looking for an even simpler way to enjoy Smirnoff Peppermint Twist, you can easily mix it into a delicious cup of hot chocolate or enjoyed as a chilled shot. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist can also be used as a festive gift, party favor or stocking stuffer for friends & family over the age of 21 of course. For more information, visit www.smirnoff.com

Jolly Peppermint Java

Ingredients:

  • 4 ½ oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
  • 4 ½ oz. Smirnoff No. 21
  • 9 oz. Almond & Coconut Milk
  • 9 oz. Cold Brew
  • 3 oz. Coffee Liqueur
  • Crushed Candy Cane

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a coupe glass; garnish with crushed candy canes. For a fun twist, blend all ingredients with crushed ice.

SUGGESTIONS FOR GETTING GUESTS IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAY
Scientists tell us that the sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. That’s why adding fragrance is an easy way to add personality and character to your home, especially during the holidays. Air Wick seasonal scents such as Pumpkin Spice, Woodland Pine and Merry Cherry Holiday all have natural essential oils and can set the mood and draw your guest in, making them feel welcomed, especially during the holidays. They come in a variety of mechanisms, including a Scented Oil Warmer, Plug In Scented Oils, and Essential Mists, which is a first of its kind mechanism that transforms natural essential oils into mist with time bursts of holiday fragrance again and again. Air Wick seasonal scents, you’re bound to find the perfect holiday scent with the perfect device to deliver it. For more information, visit www.airwick.us