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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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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?

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

This post is sponsored, all opinions are 100% my own.

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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