Tag Archives: Holidays

Sparkling Cranberry Mojito Mocktail

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Sparkling Cranberry Mojito Mocktail #NewWayToSparkle.

While I may not be a big drinker…I am a huge celebrator!  Taylor and I feel like the more sparkly and festive we can make things, the better.  Since we are hosting Thanksgiving this year for the first time in our apartment, we decided to create a fun Sparkling Cranberry Mojito Mocktail to serve to our family and friends.  This way everyone can join in on the fun regardless of their age or whether they drink alcohol.  Continue reading

Thanksgiving Prep and a Caramel Brownie Trifle Recipe!

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Caramel Brownie Trifle #HappyThanksGathering

Is anyone else just loving this time of year?  The kids are happily settled into their school routines, sports are wrapping up, Halloween is finished and the weather is a little cooler.  My house feels so cozy right now and I am starting to prep for my favorite holiday…THANKSGIVING!  I think Thanksgiving is the best because it is not focused on gifts.  It is about gathering around with family, eating a meal together, enjoying each other’s company and being thankful. 

While hosting any holiday can be chaotic, one of the best tips I can give to help make it easier is to take care of as many details as possible in advance.  I do this so I am not completely nuts on the day of and I get a bit of time to hang with my guests.  One of the ways I accomplish this is to clean the house the night before.  Even if I am up late, I would rather do that than rush around right before everyone is due to arrive.

I make sure to pay extra attention to the rooms my guests will use the most (like the living room, dining room and bathroom).  I picked up some new cleaning supplies to help me out while I was at Walmart last weekend since they are running some great deals! 

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  • Save $1.00 on any TWO (2) Scrubbing Bubbles® Bathroom Cleaning Products 

Windex Scrubbing Bubbles #HappyThanksgathering

I have seen commercials for  Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet Cleaning Gel before but I had not used it until the other day.  It is super simple and keeps your toilet clean just by flushing!

PicMonkey Collage

Another tip I have for the bathroom is to add some special touches.  Most likely every guest will stop in there at some point in the day and they will notice them.  Last year I transformed my spare toilet paper rolls into little pumpkins using orange and green tissue paper and I got so many compliments on them!  You just roll your orange tissue around the toilet paper and tuck it into the top and bottom ends of the tube.  Then, you take a piece of green tissue paper and twist it and then stick it into the top of the roll to make a stem.

Toilet Tissue Pumpkin Collage

Another great way to have a hassle-free Thanksgiving is to prepare as much food as possible in advance.  Obviously your turkey has to be cooked that day but there is nothing preventing you from making some delicious desserts the day before.  One of my favorites (since I am a chocolate lover) is a Caramel Brownie Trifle.  It could not be easier to put together and it looks so beautiful on your holiday table.

For this decadent Caramel Brownie Trifle, you will need:

2 boxes of brownies (and ingredients to make them)

2 (8 oz) containers Cool Whip

caramel topping

chocolate or hot fudge topping

chocolate covered pretzels for the topping

  1. Prepare the brownies according to directions and let them cool. Cut them into squares.
  2. Place a layer of brownies on the bottom of the trifle bowl.
  3. Spoon on a layer of Cool Whip. Drizzle on caramel topping and chocolate fudge.
  4. Repeat with layers of brownies, Cool Whip, caramel and chocolate fudge until you reach the top. 
  5. Cover the top with Cool Whip, caramel, and garnish with crumbled chocolate-covered pretzels.
  6. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Brownie Caramel Trifle #HappyThanksgathering

Click here for more great ideas, recipes and tutorials sure to make your Thanksgiving fabulous!  Do you have any tips to make holiday prep easier?  Please share them in the comments! 


Last minute gift guide for the gals…

Christmas Gifts


Every year (except this one) I start my Christmas shopping in August. I try my best to be prepared. This year I totally fell off and in the upcoming week I have some shopping to do but I do have ideas as to what I plan to buy and I thought I should make some suggestions for you as well. Here are some items that I own or that I would love to own:

1. Sorel “Joan of Arc” Boot. These are not the most glamorous boots but let’s face it – it’s cold out and I’m sick of Uggs. I think these would actually look pretty cute with some jeans.

2. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier. Ree Drummond is amazing and her recipes are so easy to follow and delicious. I am going to post my own modification to one of her receipes later in the week that is a staple at Bannon Castle.

3. Tocca Florence Candle. This is my favorite candle of all time. The packaging is gorgeous and the scent is sublime. This makes a great hostess gift.

4. Ellen Tracy Coat. I personally own this coat. I searched for years for a dress coat like this and finally discovered it in September. I know it is a bit pricey but it’s worth it. People stop me in the street to compliment me on it constantly. Definite show stopper. I want to buy three more and lay them up in case anything every happens to the one I own.

5. ShopNestled Turquois Bib Statement Necklace. I love this necklace. It is from a small business on Etsy and the seller is amazing. The jewelry is very high quality. It’s not for everyone though. Some people will prefer the daintier and more personal custom necklaces from the Name Necklace Official website.

6. J.Crew Glitter Minaudière. Perfect for a glam girlfriend or all those New Year’s parties!

7. Crate and Barrell Oslo Candleholders. These are stunning in person and so heavy and well made.

8. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. The latest installment in Urban Decay’s popular line of eye shadow compacts. This would be a wonderful gift for a sister, friend or me.


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