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I had this really sobering reality check today, can’t change the fact that When my husband is 80 I’ll be 65. And it probably won’t be pretty. And I’ll probably appear to strangers as his nursemaid as opposed to his wife. Unfortunately when I met him at the tender age of 23–I saw him as the handsome 38 year old man he was-I didn’t conceive of anything beyond that. Don’t get me wrong clearly I knew we had 15 years between us- but at the time I considered just the positives our union could yield me. Other than to joke about his old man status- I honestly didn’t contemplate what his age meant in real terms.
But here’s the truth of it-he is 15 years older than me– and I can’t believe I am 42, the age he was when we were still newlyweds. By the time I met him he had already lived a lifetime worth of memories and experiences, and how do I know this– because at 44 years old, that is exactly how I feel. Of course I didn’t realize this at 23, how much life experience he’d accrued at 38 and I think I just liked his maturity, his self-assuredness and his calming force. Even now at 57 ( he will be 60 on May 10th) he is still all those things– although he has slowed down considerably, and well-I imagine he will grind to an absolute HAULT by the time he’s 80. But here’s the thing I’ll still only be 65. Hopefully a gosh darn hot 65 year old, with plenty more spunk and joy to eck outta this world- and my husband— what will his energy level be at? I can’t say I ever contemplated this seriously until today– and I also can’t say that the thought of what we’ll be like in 25 years from now doesn’t frighten the hell out of me. Of course my husband says he will still be out-running me when he’s 80 and I’m 65…here’s to hoping he keeps his promise. Of course I also know that none of us has a crystal ball. None of us know how much time we have on this planet, and therefore we need to grab our joy- we need to take happiness wherever and whenever we can find it.
And while I can’t control the future- I can control the present- and marinating in it and enjoying the moments we do have right here and right now. And what better way to do so than with a festive drink? But wait! Did you know that one regular Margarita is over 600 calories per serving? Using Cascade Ice, I can knock that down to just around 55 and keep my husband healthy in the process– it’s a win win! Keep reading for a few festive drink recipes that are Low-cal, but full of flavor!
For a family affair, whip up the Pink Grapefruit Lemonade. Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour 6oz of Pink Grapefruit Cascade Ice and 2 oz of Lemonade Cascade Ice over the ice. Squeeze the lemon juice from a fresh lemon into your glass and make sure to strain the lemon seeds. Add a couple slices of fresh lemon to garnish.
Try a delicious Skinny Daiquiri. To create this sweet treat, add 1.5 cups of ice and 1.5 cups frozen strawberries into your blender. Pour in 8oz Cascade Ice Wild Berry and your choice of rum. Blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with fresh fruit.
This Watermelon Slushie is oh-so-delicious! In a blender, combine a few handfuls of ice, several seedless watermelon chunks and 8oz Blueberry Watermelon Cascade Ice. Then, pour in 6oz of club soda. Blend to desired consistency and enjoy!
So here’s to enjoying a cocktail with the one you love RIGHT NOW!