May 16, 2016

Baby Face Cupcakes and Huggies Diaper Savings

Today I wanted to share these adorable Baby Face Cupcakes with y'all along with an awesome Huggies Diaper deal at Sam's Club. 
These simple cupcakes are made with any flavor cupcake {boxed mix or homemade} and tinted white frosting. Just add pacifiers and icing eyes and you have sweet treats that are always a hit at baby showers and parties! 
For my active one year old Huggies Little Snugglers is the diaper I trust to give Stella that #SecondHug! These comfortable, leak proof diapers have been a favorite of ours since Stella was a newborn. Be sure to comment below with the reasons you love Huggies, too! 

 This week I purchased large boxes of Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers and Natural Care Wipes during our monthly Sam's Club shopping trip. 
Sam's Club is offering a $3 off instant savings of Huggies Diapers and on top of that deal if you buy any two boxes of Huggies Snugglers and/or Huggies Natural Care Wipes between 5/9-6/30 you will get a $10 Sam's Club gift card!
Learn about this awesome deal here.
I buy Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers because they are comfortable and breathable for my wiggle worm Stella Rose. The GentleAbsorb Liner (sizes N-2), which has tiny, soft pillows that provide a cushiony layer of protection and the color changing wetness indicator, are my favorite features. 
Huggies Natural Care Wipes are gentle with TripleClean Layers and thick enough to handle any mess, with a texture that's soft against your baby's skin.
Hypoallergenic, fragrance and alcohol free, with a touch of aloe and Vitamin E, these wipes give a gentle clean for baby's naturally perfect skin.
Trying to get a picture with these two looking at the camera is like trying to wrangle cats!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen cupcakes, baked and cooled
  • 1 cup white frosting
  • skin tone icing coloring {I used Ivory}
  • black decorative icing
  • 12 clean pacifiers

Directions:

  1. Add white frosting {about 1/2 a jar of frosting} to a small bowl.
  2. Dip a toothpick into the skin tone icing color and swirl in the white frosting. A little goes a long way and the more you add, the darker the color.
  3. Frost each cupcake with the colored frosting.
  4. Cut the nipples off of each pacifier and press the pacifiers into the middle of the cupcakes.
  5. Using black decorative icing add eyes and optional hair.
Serve these cute cupcakes at a baby shower, birthday party, or make as a cute gift for a Mom to Be! 
I used a simple funfetti boxed mix for the cupcakes. 
Any flavor will work but lighter color
I used icing colors, found in the baking section at the craft store.
You any skin tone color you want. I used Ivory for these cupcakes. 
White frosting works best with the icing color.
Add white frosting {about 1/2 a jar of frosting} to a small bowl.
Dip a toothpick into the skin tone icing color and swirl in the white frosting. 
A little goes a long way and the more you add, the darker the color.

Frost each cupcake with the colored frosting.

Simple and delicious!
I started with small, clean pacifiers.
Cut the nipples off of each pacifier.
Cut as much off as you can so the pacifiers will fit right into the cupcake.
Press the pacifiers into the middle of the cupcakes.
Using black decorative icing, add eyes and {optional} hair.
If you run out of pacifiers you can make a mouth with the black icing too.
How adorable is this?!
You can customize these any way you want with hair, eyes, noses, rosy cheeks, and, of course, pacifiers. 
Serve these cute cupcakes at a baby shower, birthday party, or make as a sweet gift for a Mom to be! 
Of course my kiddos and hubby had to sample them! They were a hit!

We love shopping at Sam's Club for all our essentials, especially diapers!
Check out our favorite deal at Sam's Club here.
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May 13, 2016

Chill Out and Enjoy! Coffee Lovers Chila 'Orchata Gift Basket & Giveaway

I enjoy using Chila 'Orchata in my cocktails and coffee drinks at home and for special occasions, 
like this retirement basket for Ashton's First Sargent, I include a bottle of Chila 'Orchata as a gift.
Since so many of my friends and family are coffee lovers I decided to create this Chill Out and Enjoy! Coffee Lovers Gift Basket . It would make a great birthday or Father's Day gift for a coffee drinkin' {and rum lovin'} guy or gal in your life!
Check out my other recipes featuring Chila 'Orchata.

Be sure to scroll down to enter to win your own Chila 'Orchata Coffee Lovers Basket
Delicious Chila 'Orchata, Chila mugs and glasses, and local coffee could all be yours!
Enter to win the giveaway below.

You can include any coffee inspired products you want in your gift basket 
and of course tailor it to the recipient.
 For this Chill Out and Enjoy! Basket I included:
  1. A bottle of Chila 'Orchata Cinnamon Cream Rum
  2. Local ground coffee
  3. A fun coffee mug
  4. A personalized coffee tumbler
  5. Coffee themed beverage napkins
  6. A card for the occasion

I previously made a Love You a Latte Gift Basket for my Dad and included
one of these custom Starbucks cups. It was such a hit I ordered another for this basket too.
Find them on Etsy here
The final addition was a handmade sign - I used a paper bookmark, punch holes in the sides, added ribbon and tied it on. Since this was for a retirement gift I added military themed stickers that stayed with the "Chill Out" theme. 
Make this basket for any coffee lover and for just about any occasion. 
Great for retirement, birthdays, and Father's Day!

Enter to win!

Six ways to enter. Must be 21 years or older to win. Must have a US address. No P.O. Boxes.  

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I was provided Chila 'Orchata products to review however, all opinions are my own.


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May 8, 2016

Blackberry Brewed Sun Tea

The sun is out and the weather is warm and that means it's time to brew some sun tea!
Being a Southern lady we drink sweet iced tea all year round but come summer time I love to make fruit infused sun tea. Sun Tea means instead of boiling water inside you "brew" the tea in the warm sun. Simply place your tea bags in a large beverage jar filled with cool water and set in a sunny place {I use my backyard patio} and let the tea bags steep and brew. Then I add pureed and chopped fruit, sugar, and ice and serve! A refreshing cool drink for summertime! 

Before we get to the recipe I wanted to share some pictures with y'all from Mother's Day this year.
Muffins with Mom at Ava's preschool was such a special time. 
Even better I got to bring Stella Rose along too and she
 enjoyed hanging out with all the bigger kids.
Selfie with my girls!
 My little artist painted flower pots and we decorated a special one with glitter and stickers for her Oba {my Mom}. 
This weekend we attended a local festival, The May Fest, in downtown Leesville. 
Mama got to fill up on spicy boiled crawfish!
We drove to Lake Charles on Saturday 
and I got an hour of kid free shopping in while the babies napped in the car with Dad.
Woohoo!
Mama Bear, Little Bear, and Sister Bear before dinner at L'Auberge Casino.
A delicious cajun seafood buffet for dinner.
 I filled up on steamed crab legs, my favorite!
My beautiful babies after church on Sunday.
Bedtime and a sweet handmade necklace from my darling Ava. 
I am one blessed Mama! 
Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day too! 

Ingredients:

  • 6 bags family size Lipton iced tea bags
  • 12 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup sugar, or to taste
  • 1 cup blackberries, plus more for topping
  • ice, for serving

Directions:

  1. Start by filling a large jar or beverage container with cool water.
  2. Now add your tea bags- the rule is usually about 1 cup of water to every regular size tea bag. I used jumbo iced tea bags and those are equal to 2 regular bags.
  3. Add a lid to your jar and set outside in a sunny spot for 1-2 hours. Don't leave it longer than 2 hours or it may become bitter.
  4. Once your tea is brewed bring back inside and discard tea bags.
  5. Puree 1 cup of blackberries in a blender or food processor.
  6. Stir blackberry puree into tea and add sugar to taste. I added 1/2 cup. 
  7. Pour into glasses filled with ice and garnish with blackberries.
Also check out: Raspberry Sun Tea.
 Sun Tea means instead of boiling water inside you "brew" the tea in the warm sun. 
Fill a beverage container with cool water and add tea bags.
Add a lid to your jar and set outside in a sunny spot for 1-2 hours. 
Don't leave it longer than 2 hours or it may become bitter.
Once your tea is brewed bring back inside and discard tea bags.
Just about any berry would be tasty in this tea 
but my favorites are blackberries and raspberries.
Puree 1 cup of blackberries in a blender or food processor.
Blend until somewhat smooth and stir into tea. 
Add sugar to taste. I add about 1/2 cup.
Add ice to glasses, fill with tea, and garnish with fresh blackberries. 
Add a straw, sit back, and relax with your cold drink in hand! 
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