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Plan the Perfect Movie Night to Celebrate the New Troll’s Holiday Movie!

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Plan the Perfect Movie Night to Celebrate the New Troll’s Holiday Movie!

We love family movie nights, especially around the holiday season.  There is just something about a lit Christmas Tree that makes me want hot cocoa and snuggling with my kids, in front of the tv and tree.

When we learned about the new movie Trolls Holiday release exclusively at Walmart, we got right into the Trolls theme to prep for the release on November 28th

Last weekend we planned to watch the Grinch after school because I had started to decorate the house for Christmas.  The kids are thrilled about the upcoming release, so I made sure to theme our night in with everything bright and Trolls themed.
I set up a colorful Trolls hot cocoa bar and made some fun Trolls headbands for the kids.  Then once we were all settled, I played the official Troll’s Holiday trailer for the kids before starting the Grinch.  Lilly is most excited about the new original song that is featured in the movie, and I can’t wait to see the whole cast back together for this epic movie debut!

Are you excited about the new Troll’s Holiday release?
Then make sure you whip up some Troll’s themed hot cocoa and make some bright headbands for your next movie night!

Trolls Hot Cocoa

What you need:
Hot chocolate recipe or packet of choice
Whip cream
Neon Food Coloring
Bright Colored Melting Chocolate
Bright colored sprinkles
Plastic Spoons


Mix whip cream and hot pink food coloring, I used seven drops in a cereal bowl of whip cream to get a bright enough color.  Add food coloring until you achieve the perfect Trolls color.

Melt coordinating chocolate melts.  I chose a bright blue.

Dip rim of the mug in melted chocolate and them quickly dip mug in sprinkles.
Dip plastic spoons in chocolate and then add coordinating sprinkles.

Enjoy the warm deliciousness!

Trolls Headband Instructions

What you need:
Plain Headband (I like using on that is about ½ inch thick)
Elastic
Roll of 6-inch wide Tulle
Scissors
Ribbon
Flower/Bow Decorations

Cut tulle into 21-25 12-inch strips.


Tie tulle strips onto headband.

Halfway up the tulle bunch together and wrap with elastic, then tie a bow with ribbon to cover elastic.

Decorate according to style desired with flowers and bows. We chose to add frayed tulle flowers in coordinating colors along the knots with hot glue.

(If the tulle is too soft and doesn’t stay up, you can spray with starch)

Now it’s time to get the new Troll’s Holiday movie at your local Walmart Supercenter, and create an amazing movie night!

 

 

 

Hot Chocolate Floats ~ Holiday Traditions with a Florida Twist!

Thank you to Mayfield Creamery for sponsoring this post.


Holiday Traditions with a Florida Twist!
After spending our first holiday season in Florida last year, we quickly realized our usual holiday traditions needed to be tweaked to align with the Florida weather.  My favorite part of the holiday season has always been family movie nights with hot chocolate and snuggling with the kids.  However, it’s hard to get into the hot chocolate when it is still reaching 80 degrees during the day.  So, we have turned our hot chocolate tradition into a hot chocolate float tradition and made our family movie nights even more fun, because ice cream always makes things better!

Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Float with Mayfield Creamery

We add our favorite Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream to our hot chocolate, along with some whip cream and sprinkles and Wala you have a perfect Hot Chocolate Float, it is that simple!

Our usual ice cream flavor picks are Vanilla Bean which gives it an extra creamy taste, Smoky Mountain Fudge for the over the top chocolate flavor, or Candy Jar Crunch because my kids love this flavor for every ice cream recipe we make. 

This is our favorite chocolaty yummy drink that pairs perfectly with our family movie night.

Why we choose Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream

Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream is now available at Publix in Florida, and since we first tried it, it has been well stocked in my freezer!  The creamy texture and delicious flavor choices have my family hooked.

Mayfield Creamery ice cream uses fresh cream from their own dairy, with no artificial growth hormones, and uses a family recipe that has been perfected over three generations!  They set themselves apart from other ice cream brands with their storied heritage, unique flavors, and commitment to making ice cream that mirrors the values of the Mayfield family.

Make sure you head over to Publix and try some Mayfield Creamery ice cream, and come back to tell me what your favorite flavor is!

Easy Mocha Icy Coffee Drink Recipe

I love my coffee, in all forms!  As the warmer weather of spring is nearing, I am dreaming of sipping my favorite iced coffee concoctions outside in the warm sun.
I know I may be getting ahead of myself, it’s only the end of February and in New England, that’s still the middle of winter.  Yet I have that summer itch, so for now I’ll make myself a cup of icy deliciousness and turn the heat up extra high while I dream of warmer weather.

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4 Must Have Items for a Fun and Sparkling Holiday Girls Night ~ Plus a Dirty Shirley Cocktail Recipe! #SparklingHolidays

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Every year around the holidays, my closest friends and myself all get together for a fun girls night in.  It’s a nice relaxing night in the middle of a very stressful time of year when us girls take a night to simply focus on ourselves and having fun with each other.  We have a simple grab gift, some yummy appetizers and sweets, along with a signature cocktail.

We take this time to unwind, laugh, and act silly while the forgetting about our endless shopping lists, decorating, and all our other holiday errands for the night.
Must Have Items for a Fun and Sparkling Holiday Girls Night:
1.  Yummy Appetizers, We are all escaping our mommy and wifely duties to unwind.  Having something delicious to refuel us is a must.
2.  Small Grab Gift, Nothing that is going to add extra stress to the group, just something small to get everyone giggly and having fun.  One year we did a silly socks theme, another was strange ornament themed.
3.  Games,  We want to unwind and what better way to unwind than with all your friends playing a round of twister or Jenga kid free!
4.  A Signature Cocktail,  No one has time to fully stock the bar and having one festive drink keeps things simple.
This year I was in charge of the signature cocktail and I chose to make an simple yet pretty Dirty Shirley cocktail, featuring DASANI Sparkling Water in Berry flavor.  This was a great refreshing and yummy cocktail that we all enjoyed.  All the girls were excited about using DASANI Sparkling water as our drink mixer, the holidays are overly indulgent as it is, finding a cocktail mixer that has Zero calories, is unsweetened, has zero artificial colors, and to top it off is caffeine-free is a great way to prepare a cocktail for girls night.
Dirty Shirley Cocktail Recipe:

Cocktail Ingredients
2 cups of DASANI Sparkling Water in Berry Flavor
1/4 cup of Strawberry flavored Vodka
Splash Grenatine
Garnish
Cherries
Sugar Crystals
If you would like to rim the glasses, add the colorful sugar crystals to the glasses.  Next fill a glass with ice, add DASANI Flavored Water, Strawberry Vodka, and grenadine.  Then stir and add cherries.
That’s all, no in-depth prep work.  Simple and quick so everyone can make their own cocktails all night.
Ready to make some yummy Dirty Shirleys this holiday season?  Head over to Walmart  and pick up a 12 pack of the 12 ounce cans of DASANI Sparkling Water!
Sparkling flavors available are Lime, Berry, Lemon, and Black Cherry.

Easy and Delicious Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe from the Hood Cream Free E-Cookbook! #CookWithHood

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Hood Cream. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
The holiday season is my favorite time of year as a mommy.  As soon as November 1st is upon us, we put away our apple cider and start enjoying hot chocolate as often as possible.
This year is unlike most, with each day this week being in the high sixties.  Usually living in New England means that by November we have already pulled out our winter coats and snow boots, and on most years we have already had at least one snow storm.  So as you can imagine, a great hot chocolate recipe is a must!

For me there is nothing better than sipping on hot chocolate with the kids while decorating, wrapping Christmas gifts, and watching movies at night.
We are thrilled to have this easy and delicious new hot chocolate recipe thanks to the free Hood Cream eCookbook!
The Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a must try!
Ingredients:
1 cup Hood Light Cream
1/2 cup Hood Heavy Cream
3 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp peppermint extract
Directions:
Bring the Hood Light Cream, Hood Heavy Cream and sugar to a boil.
Remove the cream mixture from heat and whisk in the dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and salt until chocolate is fully dissolved.
Add the peppermint extract last, then pour into cups and enjoy!

Serves 2-3 
This recipe was super easy to make, it only took about 10 minutes, so I loved it.
It tasted amazing and was perfectly sweet so the kids loved it more!
I have always been a fan of Hood Cream, It was what my Nana kept stocked in her fridge so the brand loyalty goes through generations in my family.  Now, knowing that it is also the brand choice of top restaurant chef’s, makes me feel like a better cooker every time I reach for it.
Now my recipe collection including Hood Cream has grown thanks to the Hood Cream E-Cookbook that launched on September 28th!  I am obsessed with all the delicious recipes it includes using Hood Cream by renowned Chef Chris Coombs!
The Hood Cream E-Cookbook is free and available for download here,  Make sure you head over and take advantage of this great opportunity to learn how to make more than 25 mouth watering recipes! 

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