Life: A Side Hustle

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It seems the big buzz words of 2018 are “side hustle”. Wondering what that means? Seeing it more often? A side hustle is what is also known as a side business or a side gig. It’s something you do on the side, whether part-time or full-time. I work full-time in the corporate arena and my side hustle is ONEHOPE Wine. This means that I work full-time for my day job, work full-time as a mom and wife and on the side I’m building a business of my own. More and more men and women are finding side hustles that work for them. Is it time you find a side hustle?

Side hustles are stemming from direct sales or direct marketing companies and there are a TON of them. From clothes for women and children to health and wellness to makeup to fitness to tupperwear to kitchen supplies and all the way to wine. What’s something that interests you or that you have a passion for? Is there a product you’ve tried and thought, “Hey, I love this so much that I could totally sell it. I’d love to tell people about how great it’s been for me!”? 

Forbes did an article about side hustles last year and one of the big reasons people are starting them is to make extra money to cover credit card debt payments and student loans. You don’t have to change jobs or go to school to start a side hustle. You find something you believe in and know you could and want to invest your time in. On top of that…most side hustles have small start-up investments; from free and on upwards of $5K. 

My side hustle…It’s more than obvious that I love wine. I truly love it. I love a gorgeous label, I love popping the cork and giving it a sniff, pouring that first glass and giving it a good swirl, then sniff and then that first taste. Whether it’s a bottle I’ve tried and know what to expect, yet am still so happily surprised when it exceeds my expectations or it’s a brand new bottle that I’m experiencing for the first time…I love all of it. I love sharing a great bottle with friends and the simple clink of glasses as my husband and I wish each other ‘cheers’ on a Friday evening after having accomplished another work week and finally putting the tiny humans to bed. Finding a side hustle that had to do with wine was a dream come true. Finding a wine company that gives back to charities while you get a discount on your own wine and make money off the wine you sell? Oh that’s a no-brainer! The startup fee? $99 and that included 6 bottles of wine!

Personally, I’ve always been a go-getter. I enjoy keeping busy and working, so adding a side hustle makes sense to me. I also crave stability no matter what. Both my husband and I have been laid off while we’ve been together. It’s always a punch to the gut and makes you think what’s next? Will we find new jobs? What do we want to do next? A side hustle helps eliminate at least some of that worry. I also have a personal desire to be able to stand on my own two feet no matter what life throws at me. I enjoy the feeling of being an active participant in our household income and in contributing to our vacations, our savings account and everything that goes into having a family. I don’t want to be at the sideline watching my husband work hard to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. I want to be his teammate and for us to accomplish all of that and every single one of our financial goals together. 

If you could have a dream side hustle, what would it be? What’s a passion of yours? Could you turn that into a side hustle? Are you a stay-at-home mom who needs a bit more of a social life and would like to contribute to that vacation fund? Are you stuck in the corporate rat race and want to discover something that gives you more flexibility and could turn full-time? Maybe wine is the answer for you…to sell that is (and drink!) or maybe there’s another DS company out there that’s just for you. If you want to know more about my side hustle, drop me a note! Let’s chat and see if it’s right for you!

Wine: Girl Scout Cookies and Wine Pairing Tasting

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It’s that time of year…the Girl Scout cookies have arrived and those adorable girls are soon to be everywhere with their boxes of deliciousness! So what do these cookies and ONEHOPE Wine have in common? The no-brainer answer to that is that they are both oh so good! Did you know that you can put cookies and wine together as a pairing to bring out the flavors in both?! We are going to do just that!

So besides both being great tasting, what else do the Girl Scout cookies and ONEHOPE wine have in common? They both do GOOD! We are raising money for a specific troop in San Jose. These do-gooders are in turn giving their profits to our local hospital to support their cancer patients. ONEHOPE donates 50% of profits and sales during this event will also benefit this Girl Scout Troop with an additional 10% of sales going to them! 

Let me know if you’d like to join us for this fun and tasty event! Interested in learning more about ONEHOPE, hosting a wine tasting or fundraiser or looking for a fun side hustle? Send me a message

Wine Wednesday: Miraval Provence Rosé

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On Sunday we enjoyed our family day by hitting Half Moon Bay. If you haven’t been there before, it’s truly a small coastal community. On the two lane road in there are farms, Christmas tree farms, nurseries, flowers, a winery…it’s tree lined and just makes me smile. My favorite place is Sam’s Chowderhouse which is smack on the beach. They’re known for their lobster rolls (OMG) but I have a secret crush on their lobster ceviche which is to die for.

Anyway…let’s get to the wine that I had with all of my lobster. There were three rosé’s to choose from so I chose the middle…not too highly priced, not the lowest since I wasn’t familiar with any of the choices. It simply said Miraval Provence, so I knew at least it was from France. 

The color was a beautiful light pink, almost with a peachy hue. The taste…out of this world. I was loving it from the first sip. It was slightly fruity and not dry. I loved it. The Miraval Provence website states “A beautiful light pink color, fresh fruit aromas and refreshing acidity.” I was impressed, so next I had to use my awesome Google powers and find out where I could buy this wine. Oh but wait…who owns this winery??? Brad and Angelina!!! Holy cow you guys, you know your wine! It’s currently up for sale of course, but let’s hope whoever takes it over, ensures this wine continues to get made!

I found it online at (which recently opened up just a few miles from me!) for under $19! This is a total find and I will be heading out to get some of my own…even though we are currently overflowing with wine and I need to start researching more wine racks! 

Book Review: Loved Baby

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This morning I was going through a box of our receipts and suddenly the one from my miscarriage was in my hand. I quickly tossed it back in the box because it wasn’t the one for the refrigerator that I was looking for, but I couldn’t help but wonder why after 4 years it was still in that box and not tossed away. Every November I also think about that day. This past November was particularly hard because it was also the same week of the episode on This Is Us where Kate loses her baby. Too many memories that simply don’t leave you…

I was given the book, Loved Baby by Sarah Philpott, PhD last year to review (I’m way late and behind!). I did since then give a copy to a woman on my LuLaRoe team who came into my life right as she was experiencing her miscarriage. It helped her tremendously and came into her life at the perfect time. 

Loved Baby is 31 devotions that start with Sarah’s story and includes the stories of many other women, just like you and me. Sarah then gives us hope and strength with Bible versus, Soul Work and Prayer Time. She guides you through the grieving process and everything that you will feel and the next milestones you’ll go through as a woman, mother and wife. It’s a cathartic read and I truly wish I had this book 4 years ago. Even now I find that it’s an exceptionally healing read. 

If you’d like a copy, please let me know…I have an extra to gift to one of you special ladies and would love nothing more than to help you during this time. 

Thirsty Thursday: Champagne Recipes

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Can you believe New Year’s Eve is already on Sunday?! I am working on my menu plan for the evening because I think this occasion deserves to be properly celebrated. I am also working on my drink menu…bubbles are most certainly on the menu and I have a variety to choose from already in my bar this year ranging from Prosecco, Sparkling Brut, Sparkling Rosé and more. I know I want to have bubbles to ring in the New Year, but what about mixing things up a bit with some champagne recipes?! Yes, please!!!!

I’ve searched high and low for some fabulous looking and tasting champagne recipes and here are the best…classic, original, and fun! For the hibiscus, you can get it on Amazon but right now Bevmo has it on sale for $7.99! I always forget to stock up on mine, so I hit Bevmo today to get a couple of jars! 

Let me know what your favorite champagne recipes are! 

Solstice Sparkler by ONEHOPE Wine
Solstice Sparkler
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  1. ONEHOPE Italian Prosecco
  2. Vanilla Syrup
  3. Whipped Cream
  4. Rosemary Sprig for Garnish
  1. In a champagne flute, add vanilla syrup and fill with Prosecco. Then, top with whipped cream and garnish with rosemary.
Hibiscus Champagne by Olivia’s Cuisine
Hibiscus Champagne
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  1. Chilled Champagne, Prosecco or other Sparkling Wine
  2. 1/2 t to 2 t of Hibiscus Syrup
  3. 1 Wild Hibiscus Flower
  1. Place Hibiscus Flower at the bottom of a champagne flute. Pour champagne in a champagne flute. Slowly add the syrup.
Champagne Punch by Sugar & Soul Co
Champagne Punch
Serves 12
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  1. 1 cup Triple Sec
  2. 1 cup Blackberry Brandy
  3. 1/2 cup Chambord
  4. 2 cups Pineapple Juice
  5. 4 cups Ginger Ale
  6. 2 750mL bottles Pink Champagne
  7. Raspberries for Garnish
  1. 1. Combine the Triple Sec, blackberry brandy, Chambered, and pineapple juice in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Cover and store int he fridge for 4 hours or overnight.
  2. 2. Just before serving, add the Triple Sec mixture, ginger ale, and the champagne together in a large punch bowl. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh raspberries.
Champagne Fizz by Martha Stewart
Champagne Fizz
Serves 12
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  1. 6 pieces candied ginger (each about 2 inches)
  2. 1 bottle angostura bitters
  3. 2 bottles (750mL) Champagne Brut, chilled
  1. 1. Place ginger in a small bowl. Pour bitters over; cover. Let stand at room temperature 4 hours.
  2. 2. Strain, reserving liquid for another use. Slice each piece of ginger in half lengthwise. Drop one half into the bottom of each of the 12 Champagne flutes. Top with champagne; serve immediately.
Champagne Cosmo by Inspired Taste
Champagne Cosmo
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  1. 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  2. 1/2 oz Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
  3. 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
  4. 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  5. Dash simple syrup or agave
  6. Ice
  7. 2 oz chilled dry champagne or sparkling wine
  1. Combine vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, lime juice and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until very cold. Taste and if the mixture seems too tart, add a dash of simple syrup or agave.
  2. Pour into a chilled martini glass, then top with champagne or sparkling wine.
Champagne Cocktail by
Champagne Cocktail
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  1. 1 sugar cube
  2. 2 dash Angostura bitters
  3. Champagne
  1. 1. Place the sugar cube on a spoon and douse with bitters.
  2. 2. Drop into a Champagne flute and fill with Champagne.
  3. 3. Garnish with a lemon twist.