Winter Cider Sangria Recipe

Holiday Sangria Recipe - The Inspired Room

Greetings! I’ve got a really deliciously festive drink recipe for you, it’s been a real hit around our house! We do love our ciders. I am just popping in to share it, I hope you all are enjoying a late Merry Christmas Eve! I’ve been way off my usual posting frequency so while I’ve been a wee bit scarce on the blog, I’m still here, just trying to be IN the moment with my family. It’s been wonderful! I miss you all though!

Over Thanksgiving we made a really pretty drink and after it was spied in a pic on my Instagram, I promised followers there that I would post the recipe! Well, a few weeks later (eh hem) but HERE IT IS!

We made it again today and snapped a few pics for you, and it’s quite festive and delicious for celebrating. It would be great to make over Christmas/New Years’ break for parties or celebrating all winter long.

Holiday Sangria Recipe-The Inspired Room

Festive Holiday Sangria Recipe -The Inspired Room

I’ll be coming back tomorrow for with some cell phone behind-the-scene snapshots from this week, to wish you all an official Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

Meanwhile, pin and save this recipe and enjoy! (of course, feel free to modify to be non-alcoholic by omitting the wine and bourbon, it will still be just as festive!).

Winter Cider Sangria Recipe - The Inspired Room

Festive Holiday Sangria:

You will need:

1 granny smith apple, chopped

1 honeycrisp apple, chopped

1 orange, chopped (you can keep the rind on!)

1-2 cups whole cranberries

1 bottle of Pinot Grigio

1 bottle of sparkling apple cider

1/2 cup of bourbon (optional)

Rosemary sprigs for garnish


Combine all ingredients and stir well. Chill until ready to serve!

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, and better yet, we like to dampen the sprig with water and roll in sugar for a little extra sparkle!


If you missed our cranberry hot cider recipe, see it here! >> Mulled Cranberry Cider

20 Little Attitudes of Gratitude for Your Home

20 little attitudes of gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Back in 2008 I shared a list of our family’s 20 Little Attitudes of Gratitude, things I wanted our son and our family to work on around the home. I’ve been thinking it is high time we revisit it, both for our own family and to hopefully inspire your family as well! I looked through the list I made back then and was thinking of updating it this week, but you know what? I still love everything on that list — so here it is!

20 Little Attitudes of Gratitude

  1. Mind your manners. Say please, thank you and excuse me.
  2. Smile when you see your family. Turn your frown upside down.
  3. Pick up after yourself.
  4. Notice when others do kind things for you, show gratitude by action or words.
  5. Say I love you before going to bed.
  6. Give hugs daily.
  7. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Focus on what you are happy about today.
  8. Create gratitude journals to keep track of daily blessings.
  9. Show thankfulness for even the little things others do for you.
  10. Leave love notes in unexpected places like lunch boxes and under pillows.
  11. Encourage someone with a compliment.
  12. Verbalize what you are grateful for when you feel like complaining.
  13. Keep a basket of small slips of paper on the table. Write notes of thankfulness during the week and read them to each other during a family meal.
  14. Remember to thank God for blessings each day.
  15. Surprise your family (or friends) with little gifts or treats to show you thought of them.
  16. No grumbling about minor annoyances around the house.
  17. Do special things to cherish time with your family. You never know what tomorrow will bring.
  18. Reflect on happy memories regularly. Make inspiration boards of special times.
  19. Help someone out without them having to ask you. Watch for someone in need.
  20. When you are doing household chores, be grateful you have a home to clean.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.” –Melodie Beatty

By making a list of 20 attitudes we can work on and putting them into practice, we can make our homes a much happier place to be not only for Thanksgiving but every day of the year. I encourage you to make your own gratitude list. Share it in the comments today, or create one with your family, and even write a post about it for your blog or Facebook and let me know you shared it!

Want more inspiration to love your home?

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas {The Vintage Pearl Giveaway!}


With Mother’s Day coming up, it is always nice to receive or give a sweet sentimental gift. But what to give? That is always the question.

Jewelry from The Vintage Pearl  has been one of my long time favorites to receive, I even like to give their jewelry to myself — that is how much I love it!

I have several pieces that are very near and dear to my heart.

Children’s names, initials, special words or sayings …. they all choke me up. They even have cute PUP CHARMS now, maybe I need one with Jack’s name on it since he is Pup of the Year and all.


I adore the new “love notes” necklace! They make the charms using your child’s handwriting or artwork, is that not THE SWEETEST thing ever?! You might want to send your hubby  a link to the Love Note necklace at The Vintage Pearl, you know, as a subtle  little hint. Or do what I do sometimes and just order it for yourself.  You know you’ll love it!

Love Links Bracelets for Mother's Day!

I love this little Love Links bracelet, too!

Pearl Bracelet gift idea

The Mother’s Day cutoff is April 24th for custom orders, so don’t delay if you want any of these little treasures for yourself or grandma or a sister or anyone else you love.

pearl nest ring

And remember, these aren’t just for Mother’s Day, you can give these sweet gifts any time! Isn’t that Pearl Nest ring sweet?

mother's day gifts

Check out The Vintage Pearl for all the lovely gift giving ideas.

HOORAY! I’ve got two $50 gift certificates to give away this weekend, too, so leave a comment telling me what piece you’d like to give and to whom if you win! You can’t win if you don’t enter, so if you are reading this via email, click leave a comment below!

Don’t forget to shop early and follow The Vintage Pearl on Facebook for special promotions, too! I see a Mother’s Day discount that is good today only!

The Vintage Pearl is a friend and sponsor of The Inspired Room.

This giveaway is closed, winners are Melle from Feathered Ruffles and Leigh from Funky Faith Girl.

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