December 29, 2018

100+ Fancy New Year's Eve Appetizers to Impress Your Guests

New Year's Eve is right around the corner and whether you are partying it up or making a family meal at home to celebrate, I have got a fantastically delicious collection of appetizer recipes that are perfect for celebrating!
Scroll down to see the list of over 100 Fancy New Year's Eve Appetizers to Impress Your Guests.

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December 21, 2018

Holiday Pecan Snowball Cookies

These melt in your mouth cookies are a classic buttery, 
soft cookie you will love to make and eat every holiday season!
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December 18, 2018

Christmas Tree Pesto Pizzas

Pizza night during Christmas week got a fun twist with these Christmas Tree Pesto Pizzas . My kids love helping make these festive mini pizzas and I love that they are eating flavorful pesto instead of boring traditional red pizza sauce! 

My little mini me is the best helper in the kitchen! And since pizza is one of her favorite foods she always volunteers to help me make pizza at home, especially if she can get the first piece for dinner before anyone else!
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December 16, 2018

Christmas Lights and Decorations Scavenger Hunt - Free Printable!

Family Christmas traditions are a big deal in my family and we have quite a few special ones we do together every year! One of my favorites is driving around together, sipping hot cocoa, and looking at neighborhood Christmas lights. Both grownups and kiddos {and the dog too} enjoy this and we do it multiple nights throughout the month. 
So I thought I would create a printable Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt list for my kids and for y'all, my awesome readers, that are Christmas fans too. Also be sure to check out my favorite light displays from all over the South in the photos below. 
Scroll down to download and print. Enjoy!
Christmas lights never get old! 
We love exploring our cities and checking out the beautiful lights all month long!
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December 15, 2018

Christmas Chocolate Coffee Fudge #ChristmasSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
It's the last day of #ChristmasSweetsWeek and I wanted to share something extra special. I combined two of my favorites , coffee and chocolate to make this Christmas Chocolate Coffee Fudge. With only 4 ingredients, this easy treat takes just minutes to make and is ideal for shipping to friends and family for the holidays! 

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December 14, 2018

65+ Last Minute, Easy Christmas Desserts

Christmas season is in full swing and if you are like me you have class parties to attend, edible goodies to ship, and work treats to give. This fantastic list of Easy, Last Minute Christmas Desserts will save the day this holiday season! Choose from over 65 recipes of delicious, kid friendly Christmas treats to make for any holiday occasion!

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December 13, 2018

Festive Coconut Macaroons #ChristmasSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
So many flavors in one little bite! 
These easy to make coconut macaroons have an added festive touch with red and green coloring.
The perfect last minute dessert, they only have 5 ingredients and take just 12 minutes to bake.  
Scroll down for this recipe and all of today's #ChristmasSweetsWeek recipe from my fellow bloggers.
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December 11, 2018

Grumpy Grinch Punch #ChristmasSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
 It's my favorite time of year and we're celebrating with this Grumpy Grinch Punch. This delicious bubbly drink is a refreshing lime flavor with sweet raspberry ice cube hearts and will put a smile on even the grumpiest of Grinches!
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December 10, 2018

Disney's Frozen Blue Hot Chocolate #ChristmasSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. 
All opinions are mine alone.
It's #ChristmasSweetsWeek and boy, do I have a fun recipe to start it off with a bang! This creamy and oh so sweet hot chocolate is made with melted blue tinted white chocolate and warm milk and is inspired by our favorite Disney movie, Frozen. Scroll down for the recipe and giveaway!
Welcome to #ChristmasSweetsWeek 2018 hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures! What better way to celebrate the holidays than with food and a fun giveaway? 44 bloggers from around the country have come together to share over 180 sweet Christmas recipes!! Deck the halls and get ready for very merry sweet treats, like fudge, cookies, Christmas morning breakfasts, layer cakes, martinis, cocoa, and more! Our #ChristmasSweetsWeek sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes. Thank you so much, Sponsors, for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below and would love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!


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December 6, 2018

Disney Gift Guide: Best Stocking Stuffers

We just got back from our first family of four trip to Disney World!

 Did you see our surprise trip announcement here

Since I have Disney on the brain after this amazing trip, I decided to share some of my favorite Disney themed items from small shops with y'all! They all would make great Christmas stocking stuffers, thank you gifts, and birthday presents for the Disney lovers you know. I enjoy shopping at the parks, but we all know how expensive that can be, so everything included in this gift guide is from small shops, all on Etsy and online sites.   
How's this for a throwback?! 
First family Disney trip 2014 and then this year's trip as a family of four!


 Scroll down to check out the Disney Gift Guide: Best Stocking Stuffers 
and let me know your favorite! #shopsmall
Merry Christmas from my Disney family to yours!
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December 5, 2018

The Best Disney World Surprise Vacation Announcements For Kids

Surprise are awesome, right? 
Well, I think they are especially when Disney is involved! Check out this collection of our Disney World Surprise Vacation Announcements for Kids along with my favorite Disney surprises by my fellow bloggers!
Ticket from Etsy store LemonBlvd

We just got back from our second Walt Disney World family vacation and first trip since having Stella. As a military family we do not get to go on many big vacations so we planned this big two week trip to combine three things: seeing my family, being in my hometown for Thanksgiving week, and spending a week in Orlando and Disney World.
 
It's amazing how well this trip went, with the occasional temper tantrum hiccup, considering we just moved to Missouri and did not plan out this trip as much as I would have liked. But hey it's Disney World, right?! Stay tuned for my blog posts about our trip and a Disney World Stocking Stuffier Gift Guide for Christmas. 
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December 2, 2018

Chick-fil-A Mom Photo Shoot

I love me some Chick-fil-A, don't you?!


These past two years I have been honored to be a select member of the Chick-fil-A Moms Panel. This was the last year for the panel and coincidentally we moved away from Texas and the 7+ local Chick-fil-A restaurants where we played, ate, and attending events at. In honor of this great company and my favorite quick service restaurant,  I decided to do a fun Chick-fil-A Mom Photo Shoot in San Antonio before our big move. The lovely Lauryn at Crow Photography captured these charming outdoor portraits and I adore them y'all! 

Check out my video here!


More about Crow Photography

A natural light photographer who specializes in child, senior, maternity, couples, & family photography. She loves to capture beautiful memories for clients that will be cherished for a lifetime. 
Also check out my Chick-fil-A Polynesian Chicken Casserole recipe.

Scroll down to view the whole session!
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November 29, 2018

35 Decadent Hot Chocolate Drinks and Treats

My favorite cold weather drink is a decadent cup of hot chocolate!
To celebrate the start of chilly December I decided to share 35 of my favorite Decadent Hot Chocolate Drinks and Treats today on the blog. Scroll down to check them out and comment and let me know your favorite! 
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November 27, 2018

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl

This post is sponsored by Wallaby Organic Greek Yogurt and Kefir and all opinions are my own.
This filling smoothie breakfast bowl is made in minutes and packed with hearty and
healthy pumpkin spice flavored ingredients you will love!

My sweet girl and I enjoyed an afternoon at our local Whole Foods the other day. We love to browse, share samples, eat soup for lunch, and buy a few of our favorite products. One of our favorites is Wallaby Organic Greek Yogurt and Kefir. Stella loves the big ol' tubs of strawberry and vanilla bean Greek yogurt. Ava and I love the Kefir drinks especially the mango and peach flavors.
Next time you are at Whole Foods check them out and let me know your favorites!
 
Wallaby Organic Greek Yogurt and Kefir is deliciously different!
Wallaby is slow-crafted in small batches with organic milk from family farms and premium organic ingredients. You will love the unique mellow taste you can truly savor!

More about Wallaby Organic Greek Yogurt and Kefir 

Wallaby Yogurt and Kefir is all Organic and made Aussie Style.
This means their products are slow crafted using an Australian-inspired organic recipe.
 At Wallaby they pride themselves on taking a slower, more mindful approach from the foods we make to the
people who enjoy them. They have a unique slow culturing process that takes twice as long and creates a tart free indulgent taste that’s twice as good!


Connect with Wallaby Yogurt


#WallabyYogurt #SlowYo

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November 26, 2018

"We're Going To Disney World !" Surprise Announcement

 

I have a secret and I cannot wait to share!
We're going to Disney World this week!

Somehow I kept our big trip under wraps for over a month and surprised my girls last week before we left for Thanksgiving with my parents in Florida. Check out our photos and video below of our fun surprise featuring a huge wrapped box with a special delivery inside! 

Here's our video! Think they were surprised?!



I found these printable Disney tickets online for $6.
They were easily customized and looked perfect tied to the balloons.
From shop Lemonblvd on Etsy.
 Start with a big ol' box. 
We used a wardrobe box from our recent move.
 Now add helium filled balloons on strings.
Disney balloons work best obviously but I added confetti filled
 along with mickey shaped. .
 I tied the balloons and Disney tickets to a large
 stuffed Mickey Mouse doll.
Set it in the bottom of the box. Now seal and if you want to go all out, wrap it in Disney wrapping paper{it took me two rolls} and add a Special Delivery sign. 
 It's surprise time!
 
Here's how it went down..
 We woke up my girls and told them a huge package was just delivered to them.
They ran outside to check!
 Hmmmm.... what is this?
 They start to rip the wrapping paper off.
 Then they rip open the taped box.
 The balloons float out first.
 Then they pull out Mickey Mouse.
 Finally, they see the tickets and know the BIG surprise!
 Truthfully, they were more excited about the balloons at first!
 Ava and Stella: We're going to Disney!
 I seriously cannot wait to show my girls the happiest place on Earth!
Last time we went as a family was 2014 and so much has changed since then {and I'm not preggers this time}! Stay tuned for lots of pics and posts on my Instagram and Facebook
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