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Delicious Pink Hot Chocolate Drink Recipe

Delicious Pink Hot Chocolate Drink Recipe

Are you ready to curl up and snuggle with a movie this Valentine’s Night?  It’s cold outside, so why not plan a relaxing night in with some great Valentine’s Day themed food and drinks?  Make sure to include this simple and delicious Pink Hot Chocolate Recipe in your Valentine’s Day menu.  It’s yummy and pink and sure to be a hit with the entire family!

Delicious Pink Hot Chocolate Drink Recipe

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Ingredients
4 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
12 oz. bag of white chocolate chips
1/2 cup strawberry syrup
4-5 drops of red food coloring

 
Directions
Combine all of the ingredients into a large pot and heat on medium-low until chocolate is melted and ingredients are combined.
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Serve immediately with marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles, etc.
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Enjoy!
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Quick and Easy Pink Valentine’s Day Cake Bar Recipe

Easy Pink Valentine's Day Cake Bar Recipe

Easy Pink Valentine’s Day Cake Bar Recipe

Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love and sweets!  You can satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy and delicious cake bar recipe.  Plus it’s pink, making it fun and a perfect dessert the kids will love too.

Quick and Easy Pink Valentine’s Day Cake Bar Recipe

Makes 12-15 bars

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Ingredients
1 box Pink Velvet cake mix
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1 egg
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1/2 cup sprinkles

 

Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with parchment paper.
 
In a large bowl, mix together pink velvet cake mix, milk, oil, and egg. Then, stir in half of the white chocolate chips and half of the sprinkles.

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Pour the mixture into your 9 x 13-inch pan, spreading it to coat the entire bottom of the pan.

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Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and sprinkle over the top of the mixture.

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Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

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Cool and enjoy!

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How to Find Time in Your Busy Schedule to Focus on Yourself

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Twinings of London in partnership with the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Finding Time in Your Busy Schedule to Focus on Yourself

It’s that time of year for us moms, the whirlwind of the holiday season is behind us and we may just be able to take a breath before Easter and spring cleaning starts.
It always feels like I’m being pulled in a million directions, the house needs to be cleaned yet I should be at my desk working, but then who’s taking the kids to sports, and so on.  I know taking even just a moment to focus on myself can leave me feeling guilty, but we have to remember if we don’t take care of ourselves how can we take care of the ones we love?

My favorite way to de-stressed is to curl up with a hot cup of tea and watch a movie or read a book.  Since high-school, this has been my go-to easy way to relax, so I am excited to be teaming up with Twinings of London Tea to bring you my helpful mom tips.


As soon as I make a steaming cup of tea and curl up on the couch, I am immediately relaxed as my mind wanders off thinking about having tea with my Nana as a child and how my best friend would make me tea every Wednesday night all through high-school when we’d have sleepovers.

However, when we are being pulled in a million directions it is hard to find that time to sit and recharge.  So, us moms need to steal the moments when we can.


Here are my 5 easy tips to find time for yourself:

1. Put the kids to bed early!  This is so important in my house, this gives me time to clean up from the day, finish up some work, and most importantly destress and recharge myself.  Plus, kids need those extra hours of sleep to grow and learn.  The National Sleep Foundation recommends kids ages 6-13 get 9-11 hours of sleep.  I usually need 7, that gives me between 2 and 4 hours of time.  

Granted that is on a smooth day when my children go to sleep like clockwork, it’s not an every night thing, but when it goes as planned I am so grateful.

2. Lock your bedroom door.  Seriously, if your children are old enough, mine are 8 and 12, take 15 minutes and hide in your bedroom.  Tell them not to bother you unless it is a real emergency.  Kids will interrupt us while we use the phone, take a shower, and even while we are on the toilet, it does not make you a bad mom to put yourself in time out!

3. Get Some Outside Help.  Do you live close to your kid’s friends?  Or have some awesome neighbors?  Trade of 30 minutes of child care to give each other a quick break.  My neighbor and I used to take turns watching the kids play together outside so that we could each have some quiet time.

4. Get up early.  This one doesn’t work for me, I am so not a morning person but all my mommy friends swear by it.  Get up before the kids, sit in the quiet and enjoy a cup of tea as the sun comes up.

5. The electronic babysitter.  I know this has been controversial since the first technology with a screen was invented, but I honestly feel that in moderation screen time can be a sanity saver for busy moms.  If you are pulling your hair out from a super hard day, put on your kid’s favorite movie while you make yourself a cup of tea and read a book,  or give your child the tablet and let them play some games while you take a long shower.  You will be able to breathe and re-center yourself so that at the end of that little break, you are fully charged and able to go back to being the amazing mom you are!

It’s Tea Time!

Now that you have a few breaks in your day to enjoy yourself, let’s talk tea!  If your going to take some quality me time and enjoy a cup of tea, make sure it’s a good tea!  Twinings of London has been providing quality tea for more than 300 years, starting in 1706, when Thomas Twining opened the House of Twining in London with his vision to sell only the finest teas, herbs, and infusions. 

Now Twinings of London Tea is available at your local grocer and I have had at least a few boxes in my cabinet at all times for as long as I can remember.  However, just because we don’t have to travel to London to get a box of tea that doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing any of its amazing taste.  There are nine Twinings master blenders that travel the world to find only the best teas, spices, herbs, and fruit infusions to guarantee the perfect balance of taste, flavor, and aroma.  I love the 17 herbal flavor options they offer including the latest herbal blends Lemon Delight, Berry Fusion, and Buttermint.

What is your favorite Twinings of London Tea?

Mickey Heart Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipe

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Mickey Heart Valentine Cookie Recipe

My family is absolutely obsessed with Disney, if you follow my Instagram Stories you know, we can’t pull ourselves away from the magic of being among the pixie dust.  So of course, even Valentine’s Day has to have a touch of magic with these adorable Mickey Heart Cookies.  Do you have a Mickey fan with a sweet tooth in your home?  Then make sure you try out this delicious recipe!

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Materials:
1 Bag of sugar cookie mix
1 Box of Good and Plenty candy
1 cup of chocolate chips
Red food coloring

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Instructions:

 Prepare your sugar cookie mix according to the package directions. Add in red food coloring until the batter is the color you desire.

Spread the colored sugar cookie batter smoothly in a baking dish or cookie sheet. Bake according to the package instructions. Let cool completely.

When the cookies have cooled completely, cut out several heart shapes using a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

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Place a cup of chocolate chips into the microwave for 1 minute. Stir the chocolate chips and keep heating them at 30-second intervals until they are completely melted.

Hold each heart-shaped cookie upside down and dip the rounded ends of each heart cookie into the melted chocolate.
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Place a dot of melted chocolate on the back of a piece of white Good and Plenty candy. Attach the candy to the front of the heart-shaped cookie below where it was dipped in the chocolate. You will place two pieces of white Good and Plenty candy on the front of each cookie, parallel to each other. You can view the photo for reference on where to place the candies on the cookies.

Put the cookies in the freezer until the chocolate hardens completely and then serve.

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These are the perfect treat for any Disney fan with a sweet tooth!  Perhaps a fun way to tell the kids about your next magical trip?

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7 Tips for Entertaining with Ease This Holiday Season!

This Post is Sponsored by Babbleboxx.com

7 Tips for Entertaining with Ease This Holiday Season!

The best part of the holidays is spending time with family and friends, making amazing memories.  Each year we have a family Christmas party on my mom’s side of the family, A friends Christmas get together, and another big party with my Dad’s side of the family on Christmas Eve.  We all take turns hosting these parties, so I know how easy it can be to get bogged down with the cooking and cleaning so that by the end of the night you realize you didn’t get to truly connect with anyone. 
That is such a crummy feeling to have, especially during the holidays.  So, I have a round up of 7 great items that will have your family thinking you’re a hosting superstar with ease so that you can find time to enjoy the festivities yourself!

Simplify the Hors D’oeuvres but keep them delicious with Castello Cheese.  These gourmet cheeses make creating the ultimate cheese board easy and tasty.  I tried the Aged Havarti, Gouda, and Traditional Danish Blue Cheese and every bite was delicious!  A cheese board is a perfect appetizer that can be made up in minutes.  Plus, if you don’t know what to pair together on your board, Castello has an online Custom Cheese Board Builder, that asks you several questions then creates a list of the best variety for your taste.

Keep your appetizers looking festive and stylish with Snowflake Hors D’oeuvres Picks from Cracker Barrel.
I am very impressed by the quality of these holiday picks, the kick the look of your tablescape up a notch, and they would also make perfect holiday gifts if you’re not the one hosting this year!
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Reduce fat and calories while also making sure the dishes will be easy to wash while cooking your holiday dinner, by using PAM Cooking Spray.  These non-aerosol cooking sprays have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, and give you a superior non-stick cooking surface.  I love how these bottles make it easy to control how much I’m using, and not having to soak and scrub my pans after dinner is a huge win!
Download the ibotta app and you can earn cash back on your purchase of PAM Spray Pump.

Have something special on hand for the little guests, like these adorable Reindeer and Santa Glass Milk Bottles from Cracker Barrel.  These Christmas milk bottles will definitely bring lots of little smiles to your dinner table, and after dinner, they would make an adorable Christmas decoration too.
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Keep the four-legged guests happy too with Wellness CORE Natural Pet Food.  This 100% grain free dog food contains dried raw bites of 100% meat with no fillers.  The recipe is high in protein for lean body mass and muscle tone but best of all, it must be yummy because our Brady ate up his whole bowl before I had time to put the bag away.

After the pups have a nutritious meal of their own treat them to a WHIMZEES Daily Dental Chew.  These great treats contain all-natural ingredients, freshen your dog’s breath, promote gum health, and clean their teeth.  Plus, they look adorable, and the kids love that Brady is brushing his teeth with us now!

And of course, it wouldn’t be a perfect holiday party without some beautiful decorations.  Luckily Christmas Central has everything you could possibly need to make your home into a magical Christmas setting.  From lights and trees to table linens and candle holders, Christmas Central is your one-stop shop for holiday decor and you don’t even have to leave your house.


I am in love with their Snowy Pine Flocked Tree and Trim, it is stunning!  I can imagine curling up on the couch with some hot cocoa and just watching the lights twinkle.

Are you hosting over the holidays?  I hope these products help make your festivities exciting and let you host with ease.

 

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