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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

by Josh Johnson

Kroger is sponsoring today’s post, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Well, y’all we survived yet another Derby season, and the countdown for the 145th Kentucky Derby is officially underway. But for now, everyone’s attentions are shifting to the next big holiday at hand: Mother’s Day. I do my best to pick up things for my mom on my travels and use them as gifts throughout the year. Sadly I used all of those up on her birthday last month. So I headed to my local Kroger to pick up a few things that my mom and any mom would love to receive. I started out this shopping trip by stopping by the Kroger Florist department to ask for their expert opinion. While roses may seem like a great idea for just about any occasion they’re also a rather safe bet! Really want to wow mom? Show that you’ve paid attention over the years and put together a bouquet of her favorites. Sunflowers always remind me of my mom because we used to grow them together every year growing up. So naturally I knew that had to be included in my bouquet for her. My Kroger Florist…

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KDF Beer Fest 2018

This post is being sponsored to you by Kroger, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. No better way to start off my Derby weekend than with a visit to Fest-A-Ville down on the Waterfront! Especially with a cold beer, or two, in hand. The city really does come alive in the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby, and there’s an event for just about everyone. Like last night’s Beer Fest for instance. It was a perfectly sunny day down by the water making it the perfect backdrop for the evening. There were two separate areas at the fest focusing on craft breweries as well as Kentucky breweries. Always love a chance to enjoy some of my go-to beers while also trying out new brews as well – such as Kroger’s Iron Line. Iron Line has something for every palate out there. My personal favorites were the Belgian White Ale and the Porter. They brew their Belgian White with orange peel and coriander making it the perfect light beer for the warmer months ahead, especially for those nights where I’ll be grilling out. While the brewing process for their Porter infuses the beer with flavors of…

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tomato margarita

Cinco de Derby

The best two weeks to call Louisville home are upon us, y’all! yes, you read that right. We party for a full two weeks leading up to Derby. The official kick off for Derby season was last weekend with Thunder Over Louisville. This Derby is going to be doubly as fun though. Why? Because it also happens to land on Cinco De Mayo! Which means there’s literally no better way to celebrate than with a margarita or two. Not just any margarita though, it is Derby season after all, but with one of the seven margaritas that are in the running this year for Patrón’s Margarita of the Year competition. In typical fashion they rounded up margaritas that offer a refreshing twist on the iconic cocktail. This marks the fourth year that Patrón Tequila embarked on its search for the margarita of the year. And I’m constantly blown away by the innovative cocktails they’re able to find. Like the one I’m sharing today for instance. A tomato margarita? I know, I know. It sounds crazy, but it’s easily one of the best I’ve had before. Safe to say, it’ll be on heavy repeat around my house during the summer. The “Search for…

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bloody mary with celery

Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar

Time flies, y’all! I swear it feels like it was just Derby a few months ago, but here we are again. And this year is shaping up to be one of my busiest Derby seasons yet. Can’t complain though. It’s easily one of the best times to call Louisville home. The whole city really turns it out for the few weeks leading up to the actual races. As of now right now, I’m only spending one day at the actual track, which is 100% fine by me. Why? Because locals, like myself, really enjoy spending actual Derby day at home with friends, where we’ll eat and drink for most of the day without battling the crowds. This year I’m hosting a Derby Brunch: A Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar. I’m coming stocked with every Bloody Mary Mix that Master of Mixes has to offer, and a spirit for each mix. Because Tequila and Bourbon make for as good of a Bloody Mary as Vodka does. Personally? I’m partial to Tequila over Vodka in almost everything, especially Bloody Mary’s or Bloody Marias in this instance. As far as my friends go? I’ve asked them to all pitch in and bring…

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Spring in Step

Sponsored by Zappos. TGIF, y’all! Who’s with me?! Even more excited for this weekend. Why? Because I’m headed to Chicago for some work and a little fun. After checking the weather though I realized I needed to quickly grab a few warmer things for the trip. As well as a pair of shoes for trekking around the city. This week has been crazy for me, from deadlines, events, meetings, and everything in between, which meant shopping in store was out. But thanks to Zappos’ fast, free shipping I was able to pick up a few much needed pieces from the comfort of my couch. Best part? They were on my doorstep in less than 48 hours. Meaning that even for my procrastinating self I had plenty of time to get what I needed. Because I know I’m not the only one who waits until the last minute to pick up what you need for a trip. So I picked up a few hoodies, a flannel (or two), and this new pair of Rockport TruFlex sneakers. They’re literally the perfect mix of comfort and style – making them the ideal kicks to trek through a big city like Chicago. Because we…

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