Alicia Wood is a Dallas influencer, mother, wife, and list enthusiast who has created a blogging empire. Her blog, Alicia Wood Lifestyle, is a lifestyle destination for everyday living. From cocktails, to decoration, to vacation, to fashion — she does it all.
Her goal? To create timeless and fresh ways to approach fashion, entertainment, food, and more.
In preparation for our upcoming free virtual Herbal Mixology Event (May 21, 2020) during which Alicia will co-host a free herbal mixology masterclass, we spoke to Alicia Wood to get to know her, understand her brand, and peep details at the upcoming event.
Q: Alicia Woods Lifestyle is a destination for people everywhere. How did this come to be?
A: Well, actually, my girls have allergies — peanut, shellfish, gluten, and tree nut — and so my mother and I started recreating recipes that we’ve always used in our family. I began sharing these recipes with people who were newly diagnosed with allergies. Then, it was actually a friend who encouraged me to start a blog. When I asked what I would post, she said, “Everything you already do! Where you got this pillow, what you feed your family, where you found that top…”
So I started more heavily in food, but I knew I didn’t want to always write about food. I want to share the things that are happy for me and my family. So it’s expanded to lifestyle, including recipes, fashion, travel, home décor. My husband and I love to travel, so we just share our trips as a couple and as a family.
Whether you’re looking for entertaining tips, inspiration, or recipes for any season, you can find them on my website. I created Alicia Woods Lifestyle as a lifestyle destination for everyday living.
Q: How long have you been blogging?
A: This is my 6th year as a blogger. We rebranded a year and a half ago.
Q: What’s your current situation like during the pandemic?
A: We’re very fortunate to all be at home together. All my girls are doing online distance learning — my college student just finished her first year — and we get to have family dinner every night, which is something that’s very important for my family. We’re all homebodies at heart, so it’s ok for us.
My husband and I are obviously working from home, which is what I typically do anyway. I’ve done it for over 20 years. The only thing that’s changed for me is the carpool and that I’ve been able to add working out back into my schedule!
Q: Twenty years is a long time! What are you tips to being productive from home?
A: I don’t do house-related things when I’m working. I really focus only on my work during work hours. You have to be focused — you have to set aside home maintenance things and to-dos.
I also try to break the workday into pieces and into tasks to make the day more manageable. Then you take a few hours a week to do everything else.
Q: How are you juggling your work responsibilities and your life as a parent?
A: My kids always come first. So it doesn’t matter if it’s a typical school year or our life in quarantine, I always put them first. So, while I say I don’t like to break up my workday, if someone has a school presentation or needs me, then I work my schedule around that — and I’m very lucky to be able to do that.
Q: How do you create a balance for yourself and stay grounded?
A: I try to keep our routine as normal as possible in quarantine, and I cherish the extra time I’m getting with my college student. We’re a close family, so although it’s been strange to do, it’s been nice as well.
I really just try to find joy in everything and be thankful. We’re celebrating all we can during quarantine — we’ve had two birthdays and my husband and I had our 25th anniversary. So we find different ways to celebrate the milestones that are still happening.
Q: What can you tell me about this upcoming event?
A: It’s going to be a live zoom call where Gardenuity talks about gardening and the joy that comes from tending something (which I think is a fulfilling thing — especially right now). Then, Katy Trail Vodka is going to talk about their spirits, and I’m going to use a little bit of both to create some cocktails!
I think people will enjoy being connected from home in a truly relaxed environment. And I think it’s be great to use fresh herbs to create some delicious cocktails.
Alicia Wood will be Gardenuity’s guest this May 21, 2020 at our Virtual Herbal Mixology Party. The event will be free of charge and host Alicia Wood for a mixology masterclass, Donna Letier for a cocktail container garden class, and Katy Trail Vodka.
Herbal Mixology Party Details
When: Thursday May 21, 2020 at 5:30pm CST
Where: Your living room, patio, or couch via Zoom call.
What: Learn how to use the piquancy of herbs to create beautifully-crafted cocktails with Dallas influencer Alicia Wood, Katy Trail Cocktail, and Donna Letier.
Watch Gardenuity’s Co-Founder, Donna Letier, speak to the allure of herbal mixology and then demonstrate how to build your own portable cocktail container garden, complete with fresh cocktail-inspired herbs.
After the garden class, Alicia Wood will offer a mixology masterclass. Learn how to create mixology masterpieces using Katy Trail Vodka and a variety of Gardenuity’s fresh herbs. Follow along with Alicia and use her recipes to create world-class cocktails from home.