Candles We Love for the Holidays Part 3

   Bridgewater Candle Company

 Bridgewater Candles Lit

Reviewed by: Nicole


Note:  Bridgewater Candle Company graciously supplied me with one 18 ounce Large Jar Remember When, one Inspirations for Life Joy Tall Candle, and one Inspirantions for Life Peace Tall Candle for review.  No other compensation was received.  The review in this post is honest and my own.


Gift Guide Age Recommendation:­  12+



I buy a lot of candles and I love the idea that each purchase could help feed an orphaned child for a day.  At Bridgewater Candle Company, that happens every time someone purchases a jar candle.  Their motto is “Light a candle.  Feed a child.”  My 18 ounce Large Jar Remember When candle even came with a lovely tag to display.  I highly recommend you check out their Mission and Progress.

Bridgewater Candles Feed Children

I have sampled each candle I received and have loved each scent.  The Remember When candle takes me back to the smell of my grandmother’s home at Christmas.  Happy memories abound when I sit back and just smell the candle.  It’s a fabulous scent full of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  The Peace candle has layers of floral, sandalwood and vanilla.  Last, but certainly not least, the Joy candle can help you ring in the holidays with the scent of vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Bridgewater Candles

As for festiveness, the Inspirations for Life candles are decked out in holiday images.  Not only do they smell great, they function as holiday décor!  Win.  Win.


If you are looking to gift a beautiful candle that can be used year round, their jar candles are the way to go.  They have a beautiful lid and will easily fit with any décor.


Who would like this gift?

The Inspirations for Life Tall candles would be an amazing stocking stuffer. These and the Large Jar Candles would also make great gifts for co-workers, teachers, college students, friends and family.


Where to Buy

For $22 you can purchase an 18 ounce Large Jar candle or  an Inspirations for Life Tall Jar Candle.  You can peruse their entire catalog online at Bridgewater Candle Company.

Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning Mix – Mix up a “Merry Mary” For The Holidays!


Bloody Mary’s are the classic brunch drink, and are also popular for watching the game and for backyard barbeques.  Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning Mixes offer great convenience for making a really great tasting Bloody Mary.


We tried all four of the Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning Mixes as well as its two “RimShot” rimming blends.  I was really impressed with all of them! 

 Demitri’s Bloody Mary Classic Seasoning Mix This is a really rich blend of seasonings but they are not overpowering.  You can still taste the fresh tomato juice flavor.  Here is the recipe I made with the Demitri’s Bloody Mary Classic Seasoning Mix and for the Holiday Season, we named it “Merry Mary’s”  

Demitri's Merry Mary's
Serves: 1
  • 2 teaspoons of Demitri's Classic Bloody Mary Seasoning Mix
  • 8 ounces tomato juice, chilled
  • 2 ounces quality vodka ( to make a non-alcoholic Merry Mary, just omit the vodka)
  • Ice
  • Lime Wedge
  • Garnishes
  1. Gently moisten the rim of a 12 -16 ounce glass with the lime wedge, then press into the Demitri's RimShot Rim Salt.
  2. Combine Demitri's Bloody Mary Seasoning Mix with tomato juice, vodka and ice in a shaker and shake well.
  3. Pour the mixture into the rimmed glass and garnish.
  4. Enjoy!

You can watch the Make Life Special video and see how easy these are to make, just click here:  “Making Demitri’s Merry Mary’s”

A big part of the fun in making Bloody Mary’s ( aside from drinking them!) is making the great garnishes.  You can always just stick a stalk of celery in the glass, but why not make the Bloody Mary’s extra special by adding some of these garnishing ideas? 

Watch the Make Life Special how-to video and get some great ideas!  “ How to Garnish Bloody Mary’s

Demitri’s Chilies and Peppers  A spicy-sweet blend with mild jalapeno heat. I would say this one was a mild heat.  Very good.


Demitri’s Chipotle – HabaneroThere is LOTS of HEAT in this one!  If that’s what you like, you will love this!  I perfer a milder taste, but I have several friends who just can’t get enough heat and they will really like this.

Demitri’s Bloody Mary Extra Horseradish – This one has a mild horseradish taste without all of the chunks.  

Demitri’s Bloody Mary RimShot!  – Made with red and black Hawaiian sea salts, alder-smoked sea salt, celery salt, and black pepper.  I really liked this one.  The flavor was great and complemented our “Merry Mary” nicely.

Demitri’s Bacon RimShot!  made with BaconSalt ( a proprietary salt with a hickory-smoked, bacon flavor.)


There are several things that I liked about these products.  I liked the convenience of the Demitri Mixes and I also liked the flavor.  It’s also easy to offer your guests a variety of Bloody Mary flavors without having to mix up a whole pitcher of each flavor.  You can make these one glass at a time or a whole pitcher at a time.  It doesn’t matter, because with the Demitri’s Mixes, they come out perfect every time.  That’s why so many restaurants and bars use Demitri’s Bloody Mary Mixes.  And, I guess that’s why their slogan is ” Perfect Every Time in No Time”.    

Oh… and by the way.  Demitri’s Bloody Mary Mix is also great for cooking.  Their website has lots of recipes to get you started.  Click here for  Demitri’s Recipes .  I can’t wait to try  “Robert’s Bloody Good Shrimp” this weekend.  I think it will make a terrific appetizer!  You just marinate shrimp in a mixture of olive oil, Demitri’s Chilies & Peppers and thread on skewers and grill.  

Note: I received samples of Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning Mixes and RimShot Seasonings for this review.  No compensation was received.  These are my true and honest opinions.







ZinZig Wine Tasting and Trivia Game

 Play this great wine tasting game and learn more about wine!

ZinZig Wine Tasting game arrived at my door a week or so ago for our  Gift Guide and I have to admit I was very intrigued.  I have always loved board games and trivia games and to combine that with wine tasting just has to be fun.  So, we decided to grab a few bottles of wine and a couple of friends and play ZinZig.  Game  night started with my “Almost Famous Chili” with all of the fixins’ and then we moved into the living room to play a very competitive game of ZinZig.

The wine tasting game can be played with up to 6 people ( or by up to 6 teams) but there were only 4 of us for our initial run playing ZinZig.  We thought the instructions were pretty straightforward….nothing too complicated ( which is good considering you are drinking wine during the entire game!).  

The game started with us tasting all of the wines ( 3 bottles).  We each picked a winery and the figure to represent us on the board.  We each picked a winery for our figure to start on.  The board is circular and the game moves quickly as you move around the board, trying to answer trivia questions and then “swapping” , “trading” or the favorite of everyone “sip and savor” )where you get to sit back, relax, and enjoy your wine, while earning a free card)


Each trivia card has a resource printed on the back — barrel, grape, bottle or cork.  The point of the game is to collect one of each resource and then start production.  Once you do that, you move to the middle of the board and go through the stages of production ( crushing, fermenting, aging and bottling) by answering more trivia questions.  All in all, ZinZig has over 200 trivia questions about wine and 50 blind tasting cards.  

I did not win that night, but I had loads of fun.  We all thought the trivia questions were interesting and we all learned something new about wine.  The game lasted about 2 hours and got a resounding approval from all of us.  

 ZinZig is available from Amazon for anywhere between $ 38.00 to $ 49.95.

Note:  True Fabrications provided us with one ZinZig game to review for our Holiday Gift Guide.  No compensation was received.  These are my true and honest opinions.





Ravensburger Puzzles “Wrap Up” Fun This Holiday Season!

Ravensburger Puzzles bring new life to the puzzle world.   I received this great puzzle to include in our Holiday 2012 Gift Guide and I was so amazed at what Ravensburger has done for the world of puzzles!   Ravensburger Puzzles are the first to add video animation ( which they call Augmented Reality) to four new puzzles….just in time for holiday gift giving.

I have always enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and I can’t wait to get started on this 1000 piece “Underwater Realm” beauty.  We always have a house full of company over the holidays and I like to have a Jigsaw puzzle out on the coffee table so everyone can get involved in putting it together.  Sometimes we even have a contest to see who gets to put in the last piece!  

Now you are probably wondering what “Augmented Reality” means.  This is one of the most exciting technologies around and it brings these jigsaw puzzles to life!  Simply assemble the puzzle, download the free App to your iPhone or iPad, then hold your iPhone or iPad over the puzzle and you will be amazed at what you see!  

The “Underwarer Realm” puzzle that I received portrays a variety of marine animals and when the iPhone screen is placed over the completed puzzle,  a “Find the Fish” game begins which allows the puzzler to explore this underwater world even further.

Ravensburger has three other Augmented Reality Puzzles that would also make great holiday gifts.

“Lofoten, Norway”  This 1000 piece puzzle makes a trip to the fjords of Norway possible.  This puzzle depicts a  beautiful summer scene which can be transformed into a snowy winter wonderland by simply tipping your iPad or iPhone Screen.  Once you have downloaded the free App, you can sit back and watch the spring scene turn into a winter wonderland!


“Above the Roofs of Paris”  Once you’ve completed this 1000 piece puzzle, you can take a spectacular night-time tour over the rooftops of Paris!  Hover your iPhone or iPad over the puzzle and watch an amazing 360 degree tour of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower.    


”  Animals of Africa”  This 1000 piece puzzle shows an expansive safari scene which can be brought to life by tracking over the individual animals.


Another great puzzle creation by Ravensburger is the Puzzleball.  We received a 60 piece Christmas Puzzleball which actually makes an ornament when completed.  All of the pieces are curved — with no straight edges.  




Ravensburger  has a 125 year history as a toy and game manufaturer.  Visit their website to see all of the great products they have to offer:   Ravensburger Website    

The Augmented Reality Puzzles sell for $ 19.99  and are recommended for ages 10+. 

The Christmas Puzzleballs sell for under $ 15.00 and are recommended for ages 12+. 

Where to Buy   

You can order these online, direct from Ravensburger :  Ravensburger Online Store

Or, for a store locator, click here:  Store Locator for Ravensburger Puzzles

Note:  Ravensburger and Grand Communications supplied us with a sample of the Ravensburger Underwater Realm Puzzle for this review.   We also received one Christmas Puzzleball.   No compensation was received.  These are my honest and true opinions.  

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