Caramel Fireball Hot Toddy

Last year I very randomly put two of the most basic things together. It was delicious. And I had a blog so I felt like I needed to share. Thousands of repins on Pinterest later, it has been my most popular post ever. Everyday I'm getting notifications that it's been pinned again. When you search "fireball hot toddy" on Pinterest, it's the first pin that comes up. I never really thought anyone would care that I basically dropped some Fireball in my tea and called it a night. But they did! And now I've revamped it. If "revamp" is even a fair word for this simplicity.



CARAMEL FIREBALL COCKTAIL



"It's so simple how could you ever think of changing it?" you ask. Well, while grocery shopping recently and stocking up on my tea (I have an endless amount of teas, I have a problem, tea is so good, I can't stop) I saw that there was a new apple tea. This one was Caramel Apple Dream. "Ok, but Kelly, you just posted about apples and cinnamon the other day". 

Right. But it's Thanksgiving week and they can go together and we can be festive. 
Don't judge me. Just drink. 



When I saw that new tea I immediately wondered how it would taste as the infamous Fireball Hot Toddy. I'm here to tell you that it tasted .... better. And the crowd goes wild!  I mean, obviously if there would be anything missing from something apple and cinnamon it would be caramel. Right? Right. Previously I used Cinnamon Apple Spice and thought it could never get better. 


Here is better. 


CARAMEL FIREBALL HOT TODDY


  • Grab your favorite mug, tea cup, toddy glass, whatever you choose
  • Add the appropriate amount of Fireball (see also: any amount you want)
  • Fill the rest with hot water (or not hot and microwave that ish)
  • Drop a Caramel Apple Dream teabag in and steep for a few minutes 
  • Garnish with a piece of apple sprinkled with Nutmeg
  • Sip. Close your eyes. Feel warm. Smile. Eat this yummy apple snack

You could play with this in so many ways. Add a cinnamon stick, drop a slice of orange in there, get creative!  I plan on making a pot of this for Thanksgiving and I think I'm going to add in a little bit of orange to give it a citrus touch.  


I'm actually going to go make another one right now so I'll leave you with this - HAVE A WONDERFUL, FULFILLING, YUMMY, AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!



hot toddy





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caramel apple fireball hot toddy





my hot toddy's are not sponsored by Fireball or Celestial Seasonings, but I wish they were ;)





Quick & Healthy Fall Snack: Spiced Warm Apples


It's finally starting to stay cool in Los Angeles, kinda. So I've been getting more in the mood of "fall" if we can even call it that. I mean, I don't have any scarves or cute sweaters, but I'm feeling the whole fall vibe when it comes to food and drinks. I'll be in Palm Springs for Thanksgiving this week and it's going to be pretty cold, so I already have my Fireball Hot Toddy recipe on mind to stay sipping on boozy warmth for 5 days.

[That recipe is my most popular Pin with thousands of repins but it's getting revamped this week, stay tuned!]



Today I want to share with you one of my favorite warm snacks though! You won't even believe how easy this is and you'll probably go back and do it again after the first bowl. It's really just your good old warm cinnamon apples but instead of using sugar and butter, I ripped away the guilt by using healthy ingredients!  I've been eating this snack for quite awhile, as seen here on my IG, but it's tough to get warm apples down your throat in the 100 degree summers. 



warm apple snack




Healthy Spiced Apple Snack



What You Need:
Bowl
Microwave
1 Apple
Coconut Oil Spray
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Stevia

Of course, you could measure those to your liking. Most of the time I don't even use measurements, I'm all about eyeballing it but I felt like getting fancy this time and using some kitchen utensils. 



What You Do:
  • Chop up your apple and place into a microwave safe bowl. 
  • Spray with coconut oil
  • Add vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon and stevia
  • Stir
  • Microwave for 1 minute (times vary depending on your watts)
  • Enjoy!

warm apple snack



Look, that took a total of what? Like, three minutes tops? Now go light up one of your Bath & Body Works candles that we all love, cuddle up under a blanket with your pet, turn on Bravo and enjoy your noms. Well, that's what I'm doing. DeNiro and I are chilling watching Real Housewives reruns but also flipping back to the Food Network because, hi thanksgiving side dish ideas. Also, hi I'm on vacation from work all week. 



fall apple recipe
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Do you like heating up your apples? If so, what is your favorite way to do so? 
And do you have any suggestions for Thanksgiving dishes? Nothing too crazy, you can tell by this recipe that I like simplicity ;)










Essentials For Your Everyday Makeup Drawer


As someone that has to be at work before the sun comes up, I've managed to perfect a quick and simple everyday makeup routine and figured out what my everyday essentials are! Once upon a time I made a short video on it but that was months ago and my routine has since changed. Who else has their makeup collection organized but then has that one messy drawer of the everyday stuff? Just me? Bueller?


Nah, I think many of us do...


Over the past few months I've been trying out new stuff and realizing what products qualify as "essentials" for me. I've also kinda cut back on repurchasing high end products that I love and I've been trying to stick more to quality drugstore makeup. There really are so many awesome drugstore products out there!


If you're on a budget and looking for something different, the majority of  my everyday essentials can be found at the drugstore!  Here are some things that I reach for everyday!


Essentials For Your Everyday Makeup Drawer




Dark Circles

I've recently started using the "orange concealer trick" to cover up dark circles. Like I said, I have to be at work really early and quite honestly I never get a good night of rest (the life of sleeping next to a snorer). If you didn't know any better, you could easily mistake me for an extra in The Walking Dead. The NYX Dark Circle Concealer has been really making a difference under my foundation and I highly recommend it.  And ya'll already know that I stand by my ride or die Garnier Dark Circle Roller, I've included that in so many posts.


Foundation

I usually reach for my all time favorite foundation (when I'm not choosing the L'Oreal Pro Matte or Rimmel 25hr) the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless!  I used this foundation in my old routine video but I hated it back then (my skin was icky) and now I adore this foundation. Like, ah-dore. I'm on my third bottle of it and even my little sister got it as her first ever foundation!





Concealer 

For concealer it's always a toss up between the Urban Decay Naked Skin and my recent new love, the Maybelline Better Skin. I used MAC Pro Longwear for so long but when the Urban Decay one came out it was hard to choose anything else. This is my first round with the Better Skin and I think it's pretty good.



Setting

I've noticed for a lot of people it's hard to find a good setting powder. But I'm in love with a few! For my under eyes (and forehead wrinkles, yikes!) I like to set with the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder. For the rest of my face, I choose between the Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent, the Cover Girl Professional Loose Powder, or the NYX Set It & Don't Fret It which is omg so good.
Oh and for finishing sprays, I'm currently using L'Oreal but my fave is Urban Decay.


Bronzer

To be honest, I'm still trying to find a bomb ass bronzer that I love. So if you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments! Currently I'm just using the Too Face Primed and Poreless Bronzer which is nothing special. Meh.








Blush

While I'm totally in love with the Makeup Geek blush in Romance, I stopped using it many months ago when I bought my first ever NYX Blush in Pinched and Milani Luminoso. I've been bouncing between those for awhile. And another one of my all time favorite blushes is the Maybelline Master Hi-Light in Mauve. So good!



Highlighter

If I feel like dropping a little bling on my face, I'll grab my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal and dust that in the necessary areas. I love Opal so so much!
(PS - I have 2 unopened Champagne Pop's that I wanna give away).



Brows

And now thy BROWS!  You know we're all about that brow game. Except, not really for me - I'm pretty simple. If I'm really rushed, I'll run the Maybelline Brow Drama through them and if I have a few minutes to spare, I'll toss in a few flicks of the Anastasia Brow Wiz, aka best thing ever. 



Eyes

Ok so I don't know where, why, how or when I developed this habit but, I completely cover my eyelids in MAC Mylar shadow every.single.day. No matter what. And then I'll typically toss a gray or brown into the crease real quick- currently I'm using the Urban Decay Smoky palette.  Not sure what's up with me and the Mylar. I just started doing it one day a couple months ago, liked it, and haven't stopped. Get on  my level. What. 

And to finish the eyes, of course I need mascara. This is another product that I have a hard time finding any that I love. I'm always going back to the CoverGirl Clump Crusher because it's like the only mascara that doesn't flake off into my eyeballs. 


Lips

This is gonna seem so basic, but I'm not the biggest fan of stuff on my lips. I've been using the It Cosmetics Lip Vitality since March and I don't plan on ever stopping.



I realize that may seem like a lot, but I'm not using every single one of these products at the same time. I just wanted to share the options of each step that I'm currently loving.  I hope you'll fall in love with some of these products too! 


Giveaway!

My friends and I have a GIVEAWAY FOR YOU!
Enter to win $140 Sephora Giftcard and the TooFaced Le Grand Chateau (3 palettes!)
You can ENTER HERE @ BeccaDorr.comgood luck!



Please let me know what your essentials are and if you have any bronzer and mascara suggestions for me!




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6 Things You Can Learn From Ronda Rousey


Even the mighty fall sometimes. But that doesn't mean they stay down. They rise again. We all can.  As a die hard Ronda Rousey fan you can imagine my broken heart watching her legit get beat up by Holly Holm. I froze in disbelief and I cried. Seeing your hero get crushed is like finding out Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy aren't real, all in the same day.


It was devastating.


But the thing about Ronda Rousey is that she truly is mighty. And she has fallen many times before. A lot of people only see her UFC record and not her whole life. She is a survivor - literally, she was born with the umbilical cord around her neck - life has knocked her down so many times and this is obviously not the end of her. Duh. She will heal and she will be back. And while she's resting up lets focus on how she is such an inspiration for so many people, especially women and young girls with a dream (which means this post could go on for miles... but I'll keep it reasonable.)




Ronda Rousey
photo via google images/edit made by sixonesix



Lessons From Ronda Rousey


- It's ok to have fear. "I'd rather expose myself willingly than wait in fear for it to happen against my will." Ronda stands by using fear as a motivator because fear is nothing more than a feeling and it can't actually hurt you. She believes that acting without fear is reckless and acting with fear is courageous. 



- Don't give up on yourself and what you want. Although she's an Olympic medalist, she lost her first go at it. She's been homeless and lived out of her car. But she knew she wanted to fight and she was determined for women to be allowed in the UFC. With all the road blocks she hit, she always found a way to keep going forward and she dominated her dreams above and beyond. Hard work pays off.



- You can't please everyone - and that's ok.  "No matter how much you try or what you say, people aren't going to fully understand you or where you're coming from. You just have to get used to being misunderstood". 




Ronda Rousey
via google images


A single defeat is not a final defeat.  Like I said, this is not the end of her. She rocked 12 fights in a row, 1 knock out is nothing. The many champs before her had a few losses as well. It's part of the ride. 

  • Mike Tyson (50W - 6L)
  • Muhammad Ali (56W - 5L)
  • Manny Pacquiao (57W - 6L)
  • Julio Cesar Chavez (107W - 6L)

And these are all legends that we still praise to this day.  (so if you're one of those "fans" that turned your back on her after one loss, fuck you.)



- Never underestimate the underdog.  Well, I don't think Ronda realized how ready Holly was, I don't think anyone realized that actually. It's no secret that Ronda is incredibly confident, which is amazing because I personally find that to be so incredibly hard. But a clear lesson on this one is to always take at least a bite of that humble pie to stay afloat. There is always someone out there that can be better, even if it's just for one night. 




Ronda Rousey
via google images


- Know when to walk away. Ronda has famously said that she wants to retire undefeated (of course, who doesn't?!) but she has also always been very well aware that someone, like Holly, would take her belt someday. A direct quote from the very end of her book - "I look forward to the day where I can give up my belt, and let two other girls fight for it... I will accept that it's their turn to carry the belt and the title and everything it represents.... that day is somewhere on the horizon, but it's not here yet..."  




Ronda will find her way back, she always has. There will be a rematch. 



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This quote has been sitting in my About page for a really long time and it's one of my favorites:


"I think there is an Eddie Murphy quote that I am probably butchering, but he said, Don’t let the compliments make you feel good because then you are going to allow the insults to make you feel bad. So I try not to let how people perceive me be how I perceive myself. I try not to take any of them to heart." 
- Ronda Rousey




If you are a Ronda fan, or are looking for inspiration from a story of tragedy to triumph, have days when you want to completely give up and live in a dark hole, need your spirit lifted, to understand that you are not alone - I highly highly recommend reading her book, My Fight/Your Fight. You will turn the last page with an extra pep in your step and your chin a little higher towards the sky. I promise.


Rousey My Fight Your Fight



For me, Ronda is the defiinition of perseverance.
#TeamRousey




CHECK OUT MY 1 MINUTE VIDEO "PERSEVERANCE: A SHORT BY KELLY LOUISE" 



Sephora VIB Sale Shopping List


When Sephora drops their VIB Sale emails on me like this, I immediately know it's about to get dangerous. I can already hear my bank account screaming in fear and my credit cards crying in the corner in a fetal position. I'm so over dramatic. Thankfully I need to get my sister some Christmas presents, so I won't be totally selfish this time around, that knocks a little bit of the guilt off. 


Sephora VIB Sale



I have purposely not purchased anything from Sephora since July. Do you have any idea how hard that has been? Can I get a high five for successfully making it through some sort of spending freeze? My body is so ready to press that red checkout button! Let's all press it together when the VIB Sale goes live! But first, let me know what your must haves are!



Related Post: Sephora Wishlist (find more products here!)



Here is what I've got waiting for me in my cart already... so far.


Sephora VIB Sale Must Haves


GlamGlow Gift Sexy Ultimate Anti-Aging Set: The "youth mud" is my favorite of the GlamGlow masks. Since it is so pricey, it's not something I repurchase often at all. This set is beyond worth it because for the normal $69 price of just the mask, you also get the cleanser mini, the clearing mask mini and an applicator brush, you can't lose with this one!  http://goo.gl/8Xe26h



Philosophy Purity Cleansing Wipes: If you've been with me for awhile, you know that I live and die for the Purity cleanser. I recently noticed that they have wipes and I'm so eager to try them out!  http://goo.gl/7VX0Gl



Urban Decay Naked Basics: This is what my sister wants for Christmas. I'm so proud. I'm actually shocked that she doesn't want any of the Naked palettes, she's just dying to get her hands on the first Basics. http://goo.gl/od0L8g



Urban Decay Naked Basics Double Ended Brush: I noticed this brush existed and figured she could use this too. She wants a bunch of other brushes too but I'm gonna head over to the Morphe Brush store for that. Shhh... http://goo.gl/F882eE



Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder: I personally think this is the best setting powder out there, at least for me it is. It gives me a velvety airbrush finish. http://goo.gl/bxQOJ8



Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer: This will be my first time using this product. I'm on the hunt for a good overnight moisturizer, and this one seems promising. We'll see! http://goo.gl/y1VuRZ



Rosebud Perfume Co. - Minted Rose Lip Balm: This lip treatment has been sitting in my "loves" forever. I'm finally gonna snatch it up! They call it a cult favorite so of course I need to be on board.  http://goo.gl/43G45z



Briogeo Rosarco Milk Replenishing Leave In Conditioning Spray: I have basically the worst hair ever and I'm constantly trying leave in conditioners until I find the perfect one. (Since the evil world discontinued my all time favorite ever one from Herbal Essences ugh). I hope this one does wonders! http://goo.gl/9LPRsQ


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Will you be participating in the sale this time around? I would love to know what you've got on your list!

VIB Members can save with code VIB20  November 13th - 19th.
Have fun!!






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