A Tasteful Holiday + A Nespresso Giveaway


I can’t believe that Christmas is just one week from today!  Between the hosting of parties and the attending of parties, December has felt like one big soirée!  Can anyone relate?  As much as I love wearing a new dress and a pair of sparkly shoes, I have to admit that my favorite holiday moments tend to be the quieter ones.  I love coming home after a long day and opening the door to the sparkling lights of our Christmas tree in the living room or baking in the kitchen with my mom on Christmas eve.  The early mornings I get to spend with Aaron enjoying a cup of coffee before the craziness of the day ensues are my absolute favorite.  When Nespresso asked if I would be interested in sharing what a tasteful holiday meant to me and hosting a giveaway for you, I jumped at the opportunity.  My favorite mugs have been filled with Nespresso coffee for years now.  It is my absolute favorite!  No other coffee that you can make at home even comes close to the taste of Nespresso.


Since I can’t partake in my usual Christmas cocktails this holiday, I have been making this delicious treat for myself.  I usually find hot chocolate to be too sweet after a few sips, so this is the perfect substitute!  Be sure to keep reading for details on our Nespresso giveaway below!


Holiday Cafe Con Leche Recipe

(makes 1 mug)

  • 1- Nespresso Grand Cru Capsule ( I have been drinking the Decaffeinato Lungo, but I recommend the Vanilio or Caramelito if you aren’t cutting back on caffeine.)
  • 1- cinnamon stick
  • 1- star anise
  • 2- homemade marshmallows
  • 1/2 c. 2 % milk

Combine your Nespresso coffee with the steamed milk and foam from your Nespresso Aeroccino.  Stir with a cinnamon stick and leave the cinnamon in the mug for added holiday flavor.  Top with one star anise and two homemade marshmallows.  Enjoy a very tasteful holiday treat!


Nespresso is giving away a Pixie Espresso Machine ($229) and Aeroccino ($99) to one lucky reader!

To Enter, simply simply enter the rafflecopter below.  This contest will run until midnight, Sunday December 22nd.  The winner will be announced on the blog on Monday, December 23rd.  Please note that all entry methods are verified.  Best of luck and happy holidays!


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  1. I would love to win a Nepresso machine! I’ve seen their stores in Europe and have always wanted to try it.

  2. How incredible does that drink look

  3. This would be great since I work from home so often!

  4. Summer


    I love hearing about your holiday moments! My favorite is making cinnamon roles for everyone to enjoy Christmas morning.

  5. That drinks sounds and looks delicious!

  6. Lauren


    I love decorating my house and going out to look at Christmas lights. Oh, and making cookies!

  7. Heather B.


    my favorite holiday moments are dressing up/pulling out all the sequin stops to attend holiday parties, quiet nights with mulled wine, the fireplace and a holiday movie with my husband and bundling up to venture outside once the temperature drops!

  8. I love walking around the neighborhood, admiring the Xmas lights. It’s that much more magical with some snow on the ground!

  9. Meredith


    My favorite holiday moment is watching all of the Christmas movies I watched as a child!

  10. Meredith


    My favorite holiday moment is watching all of the Christmas movies I watched as a child!

  11. sydney85


    Favorite holiday memories are when the family is gathered together talking about their memories of good times and enjoying foods and drinks.

  12. I’m upgrading my coffee maker at home and this would be perfect!

  13. Melanie L.


    I love trimming the tree!!

  14. I love watching Christmas specials and drinking tea during the holidays!

  15. My favorite holiday moments are the ones when the only light comes from the Christmas tree

  16. Love this! My husband is always saying he wishes we had one of these, and it would be a treat to win one for him! You are your bump are looking cuuuuuuteee as well!

  17. Blair Romer


    My fav holiday moment is binging on Monkey Bread and Gooey Butter Cake on Christmas morning 🙂 Calories don’t count on Christmas!

  18. Kay schoening


    I love following the Effortless Chic she is amazing

  19. Kay schoening


    I love following the Effortless Chic she is amazing

  20. Olivia


    My favorite part about the holidays is when Christmas finally comes and all of the stress leading up disappears! I am reminded what’s really important and why the holidays are so wonderful 🙂 XO!

  21. Julie B


    My favorite holiday moments are shared with our daughter, doing activities on our advent calendar each day!

  22. Emily Jones


    I love the quiet moments in the evening with the tree lights on, snuggled up with my hubby!

  23. This year we have a little one and it’s so much fun to see his excitement over the Christmas tree lights or ribbons as I wrap gifts.

  24. The ones that I spend with my little brothers and sister!
    Sincerely, Sara

  25. My favorite holiday moments almost all involve being in the kitchen with my mom.

  26. Chelsea


    This looks so good! I would love to curl up on the sofa with this drink!

  27. Kelsey


    There was a line at Target for trying a Nespresso machine but the boyfriend was antsy and didn’t want to wait. I’d love having espresso at home!

  28. I enjoy making a big breakfast Christmas morning! The Nepresso machine would be a great addition!

  29. Jen Miller


    I. Love. Espresso. And that recipe looks delicious!

  30. Erika W.


    My favorite moments are decorating cookies with my kids and seeing their faces on Christmas morning!

  31. Carolyn


    First of all, those are great pictures 🙂 You are so cute with your bump!
    Also, I’d love to have one of these machines. I love coffee in all forms !!

  32. Jess G.


    Fantastic giveaway and recipe… I’ve been wanting to try Nespresso and I definitely will now! Good luck everyone! (:

  33. Ashley


    I love the quiet, early mornings during the holidays, before the rest of the house wakes up. I curl up in my favorite chair with a steamy latte and just the Christmas tree for light. Heaven! 🙂 Your bump is adorable, lady! We’re due around the same time, so I love following your progress! 🙂

  34. Bridgette


    Wow…lovely gifts; can’t wait to try that recipe

  35. Trish B


    Would love a Nespresso machine! We are huge coffee & hot chocolate drinkers in my household!

  36. Thanks!!

  37. amanda


    Singing Christmas carols!

  38. Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try

  39. Drinks look delicious. Would be great while snuggling up by the fire.

  40. Drinking hot cocoa and eating yummy cookies with the family♥

  41. absolutely, definitely, fierce scrabble tournaments with my siblings that have only gotten more combative the older we get…and only on xmas day, before dinner and then continued after

  42. christmas eve, sitting by the tree, telling stories of christmasses past.
    ladies in navy

  43. Amazing giveaway…I’ve wanted a Nespresso for a long time!!

  44. Malerie C.


    I like to help my mom decorate with nutcrackers

  45. Theresa J


    Annual cookiebake

  46. So excited about this give away. We want an espresso machine in our new home!

  47. Melissa S


    Looks Yummy!

  48. Yummy drink!! i just love relaxing with my family and friends around me 🙂

  49. Christine


    It sounds perfectly cozy! I have had my eye on a capsule machine for a while, but haven’t yet taken the plunge. Fingers crossed….would be the perfect way to ease out of my Starbucks habit….

  50. My favorite holiday moments are when my boys and I are snuggled up together on the couch. No matter what we are doing, I just love being together!

  51. Jessica Lodge


    My most favorite Christmas memory is when I was about 10 and all of my extended family was visiting my Grandma’s house for Christmas. I was an only child so any time I got to spend around a lot of family was treasured. I especially remember singing carols around the piano while the snow fell outside. Christmas at my Grandma’s house was always magical like that.

  52. Dianne Hall


    Spending time with my family watching Christmas movies and decorating our tree..and great coffee! Thanks so much.

  53. Nicki Joseph


    My favorite moment is Christmas morning. I love waking up early with my family and laughing, exchanging gifts, and eating a great breakfast!


  54. Monique


    Great giveaway! One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is ski with my family… And drink lots of coffee to warm up!

  55. Kim Henrichs


    Being able to share some laughs and handmade gifts with friends and family!

  56. Laura L


    My favorite holiday moments are friends, family, and driving around looking at Christmas lights!

  57. Love Nespresso! Cool giveaway!

  58. My favorite holiday moments are based around spending quality time with friends and family. I think we all make an extra effort to see each other during this time of year and it’s usually so rewarding to catch up! Great giveaway!

  59. Kenny Hall


    We drive around as a family looking for the best Christmas light displays..so fun!

  60. Whitney


    My favorite moment is right when you pause and look around you and find that in that little moment you are so happy to be where you are with the people you love. (For me it typically involves lots of laughter)

  61. samantha p.


    I love tree decorating!

  62. Nadya A.


    I love watching my family open gifts. Especially the little ones. You get that little twinge of anxiety and excitement just before they open the gift, and then (hopefully) breathe a sigh of relief after you see their face light up in delight.

  63. Susan DeVaux


    Wow best giveaway! I love going to the Christmas tree farm every year with my family, and decorating our tree!

  64. I love seeing all the christmas lights all over town. Especially when its snowing

  65. I love everything about christmas

  66. Christy Peeples DuBois


    My favorite holiday moments are having my two daughters with me and watching them enjoying opening their gifts. Their enjoyment is all I could ever ask to see.

  67. vickie lee


    just found this site. enjoying it much and have saved to favorites for regular viewing and enjoying. Hope I wind this Nespresso. Merry Christmas to me. Happy Holidays!

  68. Michelle D...


    I love making a leisurely breakfast, complete with coffee of course, and just spending time with my husband. Our little “fur baby” figures into the picture as she is our only ‘ kid’ so we try to entice her to play with her new toys. She is a super cutie!

  69. Great giveaway!

  70. I love to go out and see the local Christmas displays with my husband.

  71. Always wanted a Nespresso machine! It would definitely make my Christmas all the more merry. 🙂

  72. Also, favorite holiday moments are definitely making cookies with my mom. Oh and eating them!

  73. rachel


    Big holiday dinners with my family!

  74. Urtaylor


    This year, it’s the birth of my son!

  75. Diane L.


    When I was about 7 I came home on Christmas Eve and there was a bicycle sitting on top of the piano for me. 56 years later it’s still one of my favorite Christmas memories.

  76. Denise Konkel


    Looking at Christmas lights with my family. And baking!

  77. I’ve always wanted to try one of these machines! They look so chic.

  78. My favorite holiday moment is cooking dinner for my family. I love trying to make something new each year.

  79. I love spending time with family – and eating. eating is a fave moment for sure. 😉

  80. J Seaman


    The moment the dinner is on the plate, turkey perfectly roasted, stress over!

  81. putting ornaments on the tree

  82. natalie


    I love Christmas morning breakfast in PJs.

  83. Stephanie Ann


    I love making Christmas cookies with my sisters & mom, decorating the house & tree, and giving presents to my loved ones!!

  84. Andrea Hurst


    Decorating the tree on the day after Thanksgiving 🙂

  85. I love our tradition of singing Christmas carols at the nursing home every year!

  86. I love eating (and drinking) with my family!

  87. Stephanie


    Nespresso is amazing. Would love the chance to own one of my own!