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Easy {Light} Red Sangria

I could really go for some cold sangria to help me get through this sweltering summer. Unfortunately, I won’t be having any for another three and a half months. So for all of you non-preggo folks out there, here’s a great recipe for a light version of red sangria that doesn’t require a special trip to the liquor store. Be sure to drink a glass for me!

I made this sangria while we were at the beach, and it was a huge hit! I took bits and pieces from several different recipes to come up with my own easier, lower calorie recipe. This recipe doesn’t call for any additional liquor (so you don’t have to buy an entire bottle of Triple Sec just for 1/4 cup), and it’s lower in sugar than your average sangria. I doubled the recipe since we had so many people, and it was still gone in a flash!

Light Sangria

1 bottle red wine (I used Cabernet Sauvignon)
1/2 cup light orange juice, such as Trop50
8 packets of Splenda (or 1/3 cup if using Splenda Granulated)
1/2 lime, sliced
1/2 orange, sliced
1/2 lemon, sliced
1 small red apple, diced
2 cups diet ginger ale

Combine wine, orange juice, and sugar and stir. Add the fruit and refrigerate 1-2 hours. Just before serving, add the ginger ale and stir well.

Find Your Perfect Valentine’s Dress

Admittedly, I’m not that into Valentine’s Day, but I do like a good excuse to step out of my role as mom for a night and put both feet firmly in the role of wife. Yes, I know yoga pants are ridiculously comfortable and practical. I am wearing them right now. But they don’t exactly make me feel sexy. This Valentine’s Day, I don’t want to feel like mom, with snot crusted on the shoulder of my shirt and jelly on my pants in the perfect shape of a little hand. I want to look hot, and more importantly, I want to feel like I look hot.

An amazing dress doesn’t have to be skin tight or cut down to there. It just needs to make you feel good; make you hold your shoulders back and stand up a little straighter; make you feel confident. Here are five dresses that will do just that. While you’re at it, pick up a fun little surprise to go underneath!

Bandana Dress, $24.80 from Forever 21

BB Dakota, $99.99

Prabal Gurung for Target, $39.99

Diane von Furstenberg, $135

The Candy Apple, $150 by Stop Staring Clothing

Seeing Red (Pants, that is!)

I am not usually one to jump on the latest trend (mostly because I’m too cheap to spend a lot of money on something I’m only going to wear for one season), so I surprised even myself when I decided to jump on the red pants bandwagon. Unless you’ve been living in a hole, I’m sure you’ve noticed that everyone and their mother is buying, selling, and wearing this trend. Even my daughter has an adorable little pair of red flared sailor pants. So this weekend, I went out in search of the perfect pair of red pants.

First Stop:  Gap
The Broken-in straight khakis were exactly what I was looking for, but apparently so was everyone else. I searched 3 Gap stores and the Gap web site and couldn’t find any of these bad boys in my size (or even close to it) in red. Bummer.

Slim Cropped, $49.95

Modern boot, $59.95

Broken-in khakis, $49.95







Next Up:  Target

I bought these coral-colored jeans thinking I found a steal (nevermind the fact that they were from the juniors section). I played it safe and bought a couple sizes up from my usual.  While I managed to get them on, they nearly cut off the circulation to my legs, and I have what my dad calls “chicken legs.” RETURN.

Mossimo Skinny Jean, $22.99







Third Try:  JCPenney

These bright MNG by Mango skinny jeans looked great on the mannequin. Note to self: the mannequin didn’t push a baby through her hips. Next.

MNG Ella, $40







Stop #4:  Old Navy

The Rock Star skinny jean wasn’t as bright and springtimey as I was looking for, but it didn’t matter—it was all sold out anyway.

Rock Star, $19







Fifth Stop:  MNG by Mango

I figured if the ones at JCP didn’t fit, maybe I’d have better luck at the actual store. Super cute on the web site; not so much on me.

Cropped Skinny, $59.99







Last Attempt:  J.Crew

I saved the best (and most expensive) for last, probably because I knew I’d find the right pair and I was hoping I’d come across something just as good somewhere else for less. I was right. I loved both the Toothpick Jeans and the Bennett Chinos.

Bennett Chino, $79.50

Toothpick Jean, $125







And the winner is. . . the J. Crew Bennett Chino! Bring on spring!