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Carrie Beth and Jen are both 30-something mothers and wives, who happen to be best friends. They both love all things preppy, southern, and just plain pretty. Between the two of them, they have 5 precious little ones and constantly have a text conversation going on about the day-to-day of their lives and the crazy adventure that is motherhood. Whether it's trying to keep up with current fashion trends, finally getting around to that DIY project, or just dealing with everyday life with kids, it always keeps them laughing and it's always real life. They share their ideas and stories on their blog, The Magnolia Mamas.

Spring is full of color and life, so why not let your new favorite cocktail share that same vigor? Inviting with their crisp bubbly taste. Enticing with just the right amount of fun sparkle. Then wowing with a whole lot of color. The one promise we can make is that these Rock Candy Cocktails won’t last long at your next soiree.

Rock Candy Champagne Cocktail

Rock Candy Cocktails are a colorful feast for both your eyes and your tastebuds. Don’t let all that pop and fizz fool you, though. The Rock Candy Cocktails are super simple to put together (hint: it’s all about the candy), and within seconds you can enjoy these delightfully sweet drinks as you entertain this spring!

Easy Rock Candy champagne cocktail recipe
Rock Candy Champagne Cocktail

Serving size: 1
Total Time: < 1 minute

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Rock Candy stick
  • 3-4 ounces of champagne

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Directions:

  1. Pour chilled champagne into individual champagne flutes.
  2. Place one Rock Candy stick into each flute. Let settle for a few seconds.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Rock Candy champagne cocktail recipe

Now here is where you can take the Rock Candy Cocktail to the next level with a little more “oomph”. Our second version of this delicious drink still has all that bubbly and colors, but packs a little more punch (pun intended).

Rock Candy Champagne Punch cocktail recipe
Rock Candy Champagne Punch

Serving size: 1
Total Time: 2 minutes

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of granulated sugar
  • 1 oz of vodka
  • 3 oz of lemonade
  • 1 oz of pineapple juice
  • 3 oz of champagne
  • 1/2 oz of St. Germaine
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 lime
  • 1 Rock Candy stick

Directions:

  1. Cut lime in half and rub lime juice on the rim of your glass. Dip glass in granulated sugar on a plate to garnish.
  2. Place ice in glass.
  3. Pour champagne, vodka, lemonade, pineapple juice, and st. germaine directly over the ice.
  4. Place Rock Candy stick in the champagne mixture and let settle for one minute.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Rock Candy Cocktail Recipes

What crafty way do you use candy in cocktails? Share with us!

Rock Candy Cocktail recipes for spring

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Easter is right around the corner and that means moms everywhere are busy preparing. We are pulling together everyone’s adorable Easter outfits and managing the mess that comes along with dying Easter eggs. Another thing to check off the list is shopping for goodies to fill everyone’s Easter baskets. This year we didn’t want to leave out the guys in our lives. We made our way to Walmart to stock up on all sorts of guy-approved items.  

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Baseball bold basket
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Our guys, both big and small, are big baseball fans! Walmart had everything we needed for a baseball themed bold basket. We skipped the candy and went straight for the meaty treat in the snack aisle, Slim Jim 26-Pack Original and Mild.

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Playing and watching the big games help work up an appetite, so Slim Jim and these other snacks will be sure to help satisfy and win them over. Since we found everything we needed at Walmart, it was an easy one-stop shopping day.  The added bonus was that we got it all at everyday low prices.

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Create and share your own Slim Jim Bold Basket

Guys everywhere love snapping into a Slim Jim. Whether it be for your husband, significant other or even teenage sons, head to Walmart and create a guy-approved, bold basket this Easter. Be sure to share your own Slim Jim Bold Basket for a chance to will a $100 Walmart gift card!

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We love fudge and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?! With spring temperatures arriving and flowers in full bloom we decided to put a lighter and spring twist on traditional chocolate fudge. We took a white chocolate fudge recipe and created a delicious spring treat by adding lemon flavoring and sprinkles. It’s perfect for nibbling at home or wrapping up and using as gifts this spring. One of the best things about this white chocolate lemon fudge recipe is that it only takes a few ingredients and can be made in your microwave!

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White chocolate lemon fudge

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute
Hardening time: 2 hours in the refrigerator

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Ingredients:
3 cups white chocolate chips
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons lemon extract
(optional: yellow food coloring and sprinkles)

Directions:
1. Line an 8×8 baking dish with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a microwave safe dish, combine chocolate chips, condensed milk and butter.
3. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Continue microwaving in 30 second increments and stirring until chips are almost melted.
4. Add lemon extract and yellow food coloring (if desired) and mix well.
5. Pour mixture into prepared pan and top with sprinkles.
6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow fudge to harden before cutting.

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Share the spring sweetness

If you can resist eating all of this white chocolate lemon fudge yourself, it also makes great gifts. There is no better way to say happy spring than with a sweet treat. We packaged ours in miniature mason jars and tied with colorful ribbon for a fun touch. Stick some in your neighbor’s mailbox, send some in to school to wish teachers a happy spring break or brighten a co-worker’s day by dropping some by their desk.
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St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun, and dare we say sassy, little holiday. From the green attire, to the sparkly gold accessories, green beer, and those mischievous little men running around town pinching people — St. Patrick’s Day provides the perfect excuse to throw in a little fun on the march to spring. In the essence of joining in on anything resembling a celebration we’ve crafted our very own cocktail,  The Sassy Leprechaun. After drinking this tasty green concoction, the only one doing the pinching this holiday will be you!

Sassy Leprechaun cocktail

A little sassy. A little sweet. This Sassy Leprechaun cocktail is a yummy blend of simple flavors that are most likely already in your pantry. One quick sip will leave you and your guests wanting to celebrate the lucky Irish long beyond St. Patrick’s Day. As an added bonus to this sassy drink: it’s low in calories (less than 70cal/per serving!)!       Sassy Leprechaun

The Sassy Leprechaun

Serves: 3 to 4
Prep Time: 5 mins

Sassy Leprechaun

Ingredients
– 1 bottle of Kiwi Strawberry Sparkling Ice sparkling water
– 6 oz. of tequila
– 1 oz. of triple sec
– 1 teaspoon of sugar
– 1 teaspoon of sprinkles (We used gold mixed with white, but would look just as fun with rainbow sprinkles.)
– 1 lime

Sassy Leprechaun
Directions
1: Mix sugar and sprinkles onto a small plate.
2: Cut lime in half and set one half aside.
3: Use other half of lime and use juice to wet the rim of your glass. Dip wet glass rim into sprinkle mixture.
4: Mix kiwi strawberry water, tequila, and triple sec into a pitcher.
5: Take the remaining half of lime and squeeze juice into the pitcher. Stir lightly.
6: Serve over ice, and try to keep the pinching to a minimum.

Sassy Leprechaun

For other pinch proof drinks check out our list of St. Patrick’s Day inspired cocktails.

What green cocktail recipe will you be serving this St. Patrick’s Day? Share with us!

The Sassy Leprechaun cocktail

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Celebrating birthdays and party planning is one of our favorite things. We love everything from choosing the invitations to finding the perfect decor. But sometimes we just can’t find time in the day to plan elaborate parties. We stumbled upon the most adorable (and super easy!) idea for our latest party — a donut party!

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Who doesn’t love donuts? Not only do donuts provide for a super tasty theme, we found putting together a donut party super easy. In just a few simple steps we created a fun, engaging, and not to mention YUMMY party, with very little effort.

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Donut worry, keep it simple

From decor to the actual food, putting together a donut party was a breeze. We guess everyone loves donuts as much as we do, because we found no shortage of fun decor to make the donut party super festive.

donutparty3Colorful donut bannerssprinkle covered tableware, super cozy donut themed pajamas — we saw donuts everywhere we looked.

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One of our favorite finds was a donut shoppe cardboard display. It doubled as our donut party table centerpiece and provided fun photo opportunities for all of our guests.

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We discovered some amazing home made donut recipes out there, but we secretly think the magic of this party is getting away with purchasing donuts from your local donut retailer or grocery store. No prep. No clean up. Just simply display a variety of donuts on some fun serving dishes and voila! Party food is served!

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We decided to keep it simple for drinks, too. For the kids we set up a fun milk bar with a variety of chocolate, regular, and strawberry milk. This was a huge hit for the kids. For the adult guests in attendance we mirrored this with a coffee bar. Everyone was fed, hydrated, and happy, while the hardest effort on our part was driving to our local donut shop.

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Make your own donut party

Now we know with kids parties, one of the tricks to success is to keeping them entertained. So on top of feeding them lots of donuts have them make them, too. (Sugar overload? Absolutely! But it’s a party, right?)

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The kids loved getting into this fun and simple activity. Simply get plain donuts from grocery store, some frosting and a variety of sprinkles. We found some inexpensive paint trays at our local dollar store to let each child have their own sprinkles and let them decorate away.

(Note: For a fun — and less sugary alternative — use bagels or apple rounds for this activity. Both would give that desired donut effect.)

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Thanks a hole bunch

The icing on the cake (donut?) at the end of each party is always the favors. For these favors we created a fun “thank you” printable to tie in our donut party theme and attached it to some yummy packaged donut holes. We included a small gift card to our local donut shop for each family, just in case their sweet tooth hasn’t been satisfied with the party alone. Because again, who doesn’t love a good donut?

Our gift to you: download these fun donut themed printables so you can throw your own donut party soon! From birthdays to playdates to simple get togethers the donut party will make your next get together a huge hit!

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Donut Party Thanks Favor Tag

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Chalk paint is certainly not anything new. Anyone that has spent any amount of time browsing Pinterest has seen many amazing transformations. Some of those before and after pictures might have you thinking that only professionals could have such successful results, but that isn’t the case. If you haven’t given chalk paint a try, now is the time! We’re sharing 5 reasons to give chalk paint a chance as a way to update your space.

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1. Less work than regular paint

With chalk paint there is no need to prime your piece and very little prep involved. You simply make sure it is clean, and then you are ready to go. It also dries very quickly so you can get multiple coats of paint on, seal it with a wax or clear coat, and finish a project very quickly.

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2. It’s easy

This paint goes on smooth and has excellent coverage. It is also very forgiving so drips or excess can easily be sanded and repainted, so even beginners can produce amazing pieces. Also, because it is water-based, it makes for very easy clean-up. Cleaning brushes and your hands after using chalk-paint is a breeze!

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3. Provides a creative outlet

We know a lot of moms go through a period of feeling stuck in a rut.  The same day-in and day-outs of motherhood can make you feel a bit crazy at times. By chalk painting a piece, you have a daily reminder of a project you completed, a task you performed and a beautiful transformation that you created. Chalk paint can be used on just about every surface and we just know you have something around your house that could stand to be updated.

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4. Brings new life to old pieces

By chalk painting old furniture, it suddenly becomes new again. Whether an antique family piece that has special meaning or something you picked up at a garage sale, when you chalk paint old pieces you completely transform them into something you will love to feature in your home decor. As an added bonus, it saves you from having to buy completely new furniture!

chalk-paint5. Environmentally friendly

Not only are you saving the landfills from that old furniture you otherwise would have gotten rid of, but you are also saving your health. Chalk paint contains very low VOC’s and virtually no odor, so you can paint without having to worry about breathing in fumes.

Have you used chalk paint? What have been your favorite projects to complete?
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Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays to celebrate with kids. There’s nothing like seeing the joy and celebration of love through our children’s eyes. From their sweet little handprint crafts to their giggles over passing out cards to their friends, it’s hard to not get excited about celebrating a day all about love. However, like many holidays during the school year, all those fun celebrations can create some extra work on the parents part. That’s why we like to keep it simple as possible, especially when it comes to the treats. We’ve crafted this simple, yet delicious, Cupid Crunch snack mix to make sure you (and your family’s)

However, like many holidays during the school year, all those fun celebrations can create some extra work on the parents part. That’s why we like to keep it simple as possible, especially when it comes to the treats. We’ve crafted this simple, yet delicious, Cupid Crunch Snack Mix to make sure you (and your family’s) taste buds have nothing but love this Valentine’s Day.

The Cupid Crunch is so easy to make, that within mere minutes the yumminess of this salty-sweet combo can be shared with all your valentines. Whether making a batch for a classroom party, gifting some to teachers and neighbors, or munching on it at home, Cupid Crunch might be what you fall in love with most this Valentine’s Day.

Cupid Crunch Snack Mix

Cupid Crunch Snack Mix

Serves 10-12
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes

Cupid Crunch Valentine's Day Snack Mix

Ingredients:
– 1 bag of popcorn
– 3 cups of Chex cereal or Chex snack mix
– 1 cup of Valentine’s themed M&M’s
– 1 cup of pretzels
– Meltable white chocolate
– Meltable red chocolate
– Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles
– Wax paper

Cupid Crunch Snack Mix

Directions: 
1. Pop the popcorn according to directions and place in large bowl.
2. Add cereal, pretzels, and M&M’s to the bowl. Mix and place on wax paper.
3. Place white and red chocolate in separate bowls. Microwave in 30-second increments until smooth.
4. Drizzle chocolates over the snack mix. Sprinkle as desired.
5. Let cool for 15 minutes or until chocolate has re-hardened.
6. Eat and enjoy!

Cupid Crunch Snack Mix

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Don’t keep it all to yourself! The Cupid Crunch Snack Mix makes for such a sweet little gift. Simply place the Cupid Crunch in a fun gift box or Mason jar, and top off with a festive ribbon. It’s the perfect little sweet treat to share this Valentine’s Day!

Cupid Crunch Snack Mix Recipe

What sweet treat will you be mixing up this Valentine’s Day?

Easy No-Bake Cupid Crunch Snack Mix

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Conversation heart candy goes hand in hand with Valentine’s Day and we have four Valentine’s Day ‘Minute to Win It’ games played with conversation hearts that are fun for all ages. Are you in charge of planning activities for a class Valentine’s Day party? Hosting a Valentine themed playdate? Or maybe you are just looking for some fun activities to do with your kids at home. No matter what the case may be, with only a few supplies you can create tons of Valentine’s fun.

Valentine's Day "Minute to Win It" Games

Set it up

We like to give each child a piece of construction paper as a placemat. It helps to mark their individual work/play space and it gives them a visual to help keep the candies and other supplies in their own area.

Seeing the brightly colored candies in front of them is quite the temptation, so before starting the games we like to allow the kids to each choose three conversation hearts to eat prior to playing the games. That way, it gets the curiosity out of their system and tides them over until the gaming is done.

Game #1: Pick them up

For this ‘Minute to Win It’ game you will need a handful of conversation hearts, two cupcake liners and a pair of chopsticks for each child. The kids have to use the chopsticks to move as many candies from one cupcake liner to the other in one minute. This is wonderful for fine motor skills and while little ones might use two hands to control the chopsticks, older children will most likely get the hang of using the chopsticks correctly.

Valentine's Day 'Minute to Win It' Games

Valentine's Day 'Minute to Win It' Games

Game #2: Stack them up

A simple stacking game gets a little more challenging with uneven and not quite perfect candy hearts. Kids have one minute to stack the candies in a tower as high as they can without letting their tower fall over.

Valentine's Day 'Minute to Win It' Games

Game #3:Suck them up

This ‘Minute to Win It’ game might be the most quite you will hear the kids during all of these four games. Using straws they use suction to suck up a conversation heart to the end of a straw and then drop it into a cupcake liner. The person who moves the most candies in one minute is the winner!

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Game #4: Match them up

Just like an old fashion game of memory match, these conversation hearts can also be used to match up.

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It takes just a little bit of planning ahead of time to match up the sayings. After all the pairs are found, lay them out, face down, and kids take turns flipping over the conversation hearts to try to find sayings that match.
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What are your favorite Valentine’s Day activities and games?
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A lot of planning goes into your Thanksgiving meal. For weeks you curate the perfect menu, you schedule the exact time to wake up to cook the perfect bird and you pay homage to your great-great-grandmother by making her infamous pumpkin pie recipe… from scratch. The big day finally arrives — you pay your thanks, you eat turkey like it was your job (because it was) and after you’ve come out of your food coma, the clean up begins. And, then, you carefully survey the damage and assess just how many days you will be eating turkey sandwiches post holiday. (Spoiler: It’s weeks, not days.)

Even with the most calculated of plans, we can drastically over estimate the amount of food we might need for Thanksgiving. Don’t get discouraged. Turn those boring Thanksgiving leftovers into anything but boring with these 10 delicious turkey recipes.

10 Turkey Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

10 Ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers

Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes by SkinnyMs.
Who doesn’t love a cupcake? These Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes, complete with mashed potato topping, are bite-sized perfection. Not to mention perfect for packing later in your lunchbox!

Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas by Little Dairy on the Prairie
Now this almost feels like cheating since we are putting two leftovers to good use. These yummy Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas will reinvent your view of how a quesadilla should really be done.

Turkey Bacon Sliders by Wine and Glue
Bacon. Turkey. Need we say more? Okay, we will. These Turkey Bacon Sliders sounded so good we had to taste test them ourselves. Trust us, you’ll be wishing for more leftovers just to make another batch of these.

The Best Healthy Turkey Chili by Ambitious Kitchen
After a day of glutton-filled eating that is Thanksgiving, healthy is just what we are looking for. This Turkey Chili recipe is also perfect for freezing — the leftovers that keep on giving!

Turkey Orzo Soup by Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
This simple soup is the perfect way to make great use of your leftover turkey and vegetables, not to mention this healthy recipe is a great option to warm you up after a cold day.

Turkey and Mashed Potato Casserole by Olivia’s Cuisine
Another recipe to double dip and knock out two leftovers from your Thanksgiving table. This yummy turkey dinner might even turn out to be a bigger hit than its predecessor.

Turkey Turnovers by Ann’s Entitled Life
Leftovers never tasted so yummy. This quick and easy all in one dinner recipe is sure to be a crowd pleasing favorite.

30 Minute Lighter Turkey Tetrazzini by Savory Nothings
Quick? Easy? Light? We don’t know about you, but that is exactly what we are looking for after a Thanksgiving feast. We can’t wait to test this recipe out on our leftovers.

Turkey Gnocchi Soup by Wholefully
After creating a magical Thanksgiving dinner, easy is what we are looking for. Wow your leftover holiday guests by turning your leftover turkey into this easy, yet super yummy, soup recipe.

Turkey Pot Pie by Sugar Spun Run
If it comes in a cast iron skillet… we’re in! This mouth watering Turkey Pot Pie is just the leftover comfort food we are seeking after a busy holiday.

10 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

What creative recipe do you plan on using for your Thanksgiving leftovers?
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With the winter holidays right around the corner we are trying to hold on to every last bit of fall that we can and that includes our favorite fall flavor, pumpkin spice! We decided to put a fall twist on one of our favorite cocktails, the Moscow Mule. Not only do we love the fun copper mugs these drinks are served in, but we also love the taste. Kick off your Thanksgiving with family and friends with this seasonal pumpkin spice Moscow mule.

Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule Recipe
Adding a fall twist

The basic recipe for a Moscow Mule includes vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. With the popularity of this cocktail comes many variations making it versatile enough for every season. By adding pumpkin spice syrup, it adds a fall twist on this cocktail and becomes perfect for all of your fall gatherings.

Pumpkin Cocktail Recipes

Ingredients
2 ounces vodka
6 ounces ginger beer
1 ounce pumpkin spice syrup (found on the coffee aisle at your grocery store)
Squeeze of lime juice
Cinnamon stick to garnish

Directions 
1. Combine vodka, ginger beer, pumpkin spice syrup and lime juice.
2. Shake well and pour over ice.
3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes
All about the mug

While the pumpkin spice Moscow mule could certainly be served in any type of glass, we personally think it tastes better in a copper mug. And, by taste better we actually mean looks better. You know that you will feel a little more festive with one in your hand so go ahead, mix up a few while you’re cooking all day with your family on Thanksgiving, and thank us later. Cheers!

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