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Cheers to 2018!


Happy almost New Year!

If you are looking for a few great last minute cocktail recipes for that big New Year’s Eve party tonight, I have a quick roundup for ya!

I think 98% of us attempt to start each year on a new healthy kick…these recipes I’m sharing are made with fresh ingredients. We’re also kicking artificial sweeteners to the curb as there also aren’t any unnecessary sugars and syrups!

These cocktails aren’t just better for you…they’re going to taste better too!

Don’t drink? No worries…there’s a mocktail version for you too!

Bourbon Blackberry Rickey


1.5oz      Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.75 oz     Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

.75 oz     Simple Syrup

2-4 oz     Sparkling water                 

4 ea        Fresh blackberries

1 ea        lime wheel skewered with blackberry

In a cocktail shaker, crush the blackberries, then add Coopers Craft Bourbon, lime juice, simple syrup, and fill with ice. Shake for 15 seconds to combine and chill.  Strain into Collins glass, then add ice and top with sparkling water.  Garnish with Lime and Blackberry skewer and serve with a straw.

Mocktail version: Simply omit the bourbon!

The Golden Grapefruit


1.5 oz      Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.5 oz        Honey Syrup**

1 tbsp      Chopped Crystalized Ginger

3-4 oz      Grapefruit Flavored Sparkling Water

2-3 dsh    Grapefruit or orange bitters

1 ea         Mint Sprig   

In a cocktail shaker muddle the crystallized Ginger and Honey syrup.  Add Coopers’ Craft Bourbon and fill with ice, shake for 15 seconds until  chilled.  Strain into Ice filled Collins Glass, top with Grapefruit Seltzer and two dashes of bitters. Garnish with mint sprig and serve with a straw.

**  Honey Syrup (1/2 cup hot water +1/2 cup honey cooled to room temp)

Mocktail version: Replace the bourbon with lemonade

Cran-Orange Sparklercran

1.5 oz     Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.50 oz     Simple Syrup

6 ea        Fresh Cranberries

2-3 oz     Orange Flavored Sparkling Water

2 dash   Orange Bitters

1 ea        Orange Twist skewered with fresh cranberry

In a cocktail shaker, crush the cranberries to break the skins with the back of a spoon or a muddler.  Add Coopers Craft Bourbon, simple syrup, and ice, then shake for 15 seconds to combine and chill.  Strain into a coupe or flute and top with Orange Flavored Sparkling water, 2 dashes of orange bitters, and garnish with orange cranberry twist.

Mocktail version: Replace the bourbon with lemonade

I hope you all have a wonderful evening ringing in the new year with your friends and family!

Cheers to 2018!

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A Family Affair! – The AKC National Dog Championship

This post is sponsored by Royal Canin. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Royal Canin’s sponsorship of the AKC National Championship, but TastefullyKate only shares information I feel is relevant to my readers. <3 Royal Canin is not responsible for the content of this article.IMG_8287

If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember that a few weeks ago I was at the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) National Dog Show Championship with Royal Canin™ (who sponsored the event).  This was my first time ever attending a dog show of any kind and let me tell you, it was quite the experience!

One of the great things about this event is that it is family friendly, and the wonderful people over at Royal Canin urged me to bring the kiddos along to cover the event. Needless to say, my pup-obsessed two year old was in awe at every corner! 


Since the majority of my readers have probably never experienced attending the AKC National Dog Show before, I’m going to give you a simple rundown to understand how the winner is crowned. 

The Basics:

+The entire competition starts when more than 5,000 dogs compete with others of the same breed. The dogs must be AKC registered and at least six months of age.

+From then, a judge will select the dog that best “matches the Breed Standard”. This standard describes the ideal color, size, movement, temperament, etc. for that specific breed. The dog then closest to that standard is awarded the “Best of Breed”! 

+After the Best of Breed winners are selected, 190+ of these winners will go on to compete within their specific groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding.

+From this point the judge will select the top four in each group against their Breed Standard. One winner in each of these seven Groups is chosen!

+The 7 Group winners will then go to compete for the Best in Show and the title of National Champion!

Who won this year’s Best in Show title and $50,000? Tune into Animal Planet on January 1st at 7pm Eastern to find out who won the coveted crown!





Immediately walking into the event I was overwhelmed with just how serious the competition is. The stakes are high and the pressure was on!

If you have ever been to the Orange County Convention center then you know just how massive it is. The competition took up the entire North and South halls, and were divided into sections where different events were being held. Some of the events included obedience, agility, scent training, and dock diving.

Dock diving was one of the most fun events to watch. You could see the pure happiness, joy, and determination on the dogs’ faces as they leapt off the dock into the water!




Now, I have to be honest…my absolute favorite part about attending the AKC National Dog Championship was the “Meet the Breeds” area. This is most likely where you could’ve found Everly and I 98% of the time!

Who doesn’t love puppies and interacting with over 100+ different dog breeds?!




We loved being able to interact, ask questions, and play with the different breeds. Each breed of dog had their own dedicated booth. Some of the booth setups were incredibly impressive!

Everly’s favorite booth was the Golden Retriever’s…she cried when we had to move on to the next booth! lol

The event also had an amazing kids zone area equipped with a bounce house and face painting! Everly had her face painted for the first time and (I promise!) despite the look on her face in the photo, she loved it!…And literally has been asking me every day if we can go get “princess makeup” today. ha!


Now, on a serious note, many of you know that I am a huge advocate for rescuing animals and that I am the proud dog-mom of our rescue mutt, Maggie. After attending this event and working with Royal Canin I learned just how important it is that I find out as much as I can about what breed Maggie is mixed with so that I can better care for her and her future health.

Royal Canin has over 60 special, breed specific, dog food formulas and also a Genetic Health Analysis that I am excited about getting done! 

I also learned that the AKC has their very own rescue network so that YOU can find your fur-ever best friend, too!




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Don’t miss the AKC National Championship airing January 1st at 7pm Eastern on Animal Planet, presented by Royal Canin!

Accidentally miss it? No worries! There’s an encore airing at 11pm Eastern! 😉



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Give the gift of time this holiday season- jord wood watches



Good morning and happy December!

I’m currently sitting here curled up on my sofa dreaming of our upcoming snowy North Carolina adventure…wishing Florida would get some seriously cooler weather in time for Christmas!

Ok, so by show of hands…who here has finished all of their Holiday shopping? Anyone? Anyone?…yeah me neither…

This week I’m excited to share about my partnership with JORD Wood Watches and at the end of the post there is a great coupon code for you to use towards your purchase!



If you are struggling to come up with gifting ideas for your loved one, JORD offers beautifully crafted wooden watches for men and women that are sure to last a lifetime.

So, my “go-to” outfit nowadays is a pair of jeans, graphic T, and (if it’s cool) my favorite military jacket. It’s comfy, easy to run after the kids in, and I can glam it up with jewelry and accessories.


One of the features about JORD that I love most is that the watches scream minimalism but at the same time have the perfect amount of detail. Take the watch that I am wearing for example, the Frankie Zebrawood and Champagne. I have a slight obsession with all things gold right now. This watch is the perfect accessory to pull an outfit together.

And because of it’s simplicity, it’s easy to add some bangles beside it and create an arm party!

JORD currently uses 13 different types of woods to craft their watches. Sustainable consumer? JORD lists where they source the materials, the type of grain and finish used, and even the tree hardness and height! And since each ring of wood is as unique as a thumbprint, each watch is truly one of a kind!

The watch itself is made 100% out of the wood and surprisingly is very light! It makes wearing it effortless.



Now let’s get to the really good stuff!

Let’s talk shipping. Shipping is FREE worldwide!

JORD is offering my readers 25% off your entire purchase! The biggest discount they’ve had thus far, so don’t miss out! You can access the code HERE *The code expires 12/19/2017*

Giving the gift of time? Here’s the link for JORD Men’s Wooden Watches and JORD Women’s Wooden Watches.

The only thing that I wish JORD’s watches would do is turn back time. How is this guy almost a year old?



Thanks for reading! If you decide to invest in one of JORD’s beautiful and unique wooden watches, I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

Frankie Watch in Zebrawood and Champagne c/o of JORD Wood Watches.

This post is a sponsored partnership but as always, thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.


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