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happy halloween & an exciting announcement!

October 31st, 2014 · 1 Comment

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Let’s face it: a baby’s first Halloween is one of those moments that new parents spend a lot of time looking forward to. Adorable kid, cute costume: it’s the stuff that memories (and great Instagram snapshots!) are made of.

And this year, I *may* have taken Halloween a step further than most moms might. In fact… I was so bonkers excited for Halloween that I bought Bear’s costume when I was four months pregnant.

Last year at Halloween, I was wandering through a store, thinking about how much fun it would be at this time next year, when our baby boy would be six months old and gearing up for his first Halloween. I thought about all the baby costumes we could choose from, the pictures we’d look back on for years to come. And even though it was a year too early, I bought our future son a Halloween costume. Months before he was even born.

But I didn’t stop there. Because as this Halloween approached, even though I already had a costume that I loved… they were just too cute to resist.  In the last few weeks, as Halloween got closer and closer, I was so excited to dress him up, that, yes, maybe I went a little overboard.

Because… I bought him two more costumes. 

In fact, at this point, I’m not even sure I can call them Halloween costumes.  When I posted this Instagram photo of our son in a Superman costume a few weeks ago, people asked me: is that for Halloween?

And the answer is: Sort of. It’s for Halloween, of course. Bear won’t be running around dressed up as a dino in November. 

But it’s also not just for Halloween.  I also went a little bit overboard because cute baby costumes are a rite of passage, a moment for new moms to plan and relish and share photos of. There are a lot of hard things about being a parent, but picking a Halloween costume? That one is just plain fun.

And you know what?  Bear has worn a bunch of different costumes this month, and it has been adorable. I won’t apologize for going a little overboard this holiday — it’s fun and really darn cute to see your cute little baby dressed up as Superman, a dinosaur, a pumpkin, or any other costume you have your eye on.

And to share in that first-holiday excitement, I’m so very excited to announce that I’m partnering with Fisher Price for the next few months to talk about some of the awesome moments that I’ve experienced as a new mom.  And we’re starting with Halloween!  To celebrate all those costumed kids out there, Fisher Price is asking you guys to post photos of your kids in their Halloween costumes to Instagram using the hashtag #FPHalloween! Some of the best costumes will be featured on the Fisher Price Instagram to celebrate the holiday! Feel free to dig up your favorite #tbt shot or snap a pic of this year’s costume — it’s a fun chance to show of your little cutie pies!

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Classic Cocktail Spotlight: the White Russian

October 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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I’m a bit of a cocktail purist.  Sure, I love new flavors and variations on the classics, but sometimes, when you really love a drink, you just want that drink.  No bells or whistles.  Just that pure, delicious flavor. 

And that’s especially true with classic cocktails.  Most classic cocktail recipes are easy to make and only a few ingredients, and they’re so deliciously satisfying when you get them right. 

Take this drink: the White Russian.  It’s three ingredients, and it tastes sort of like a boozy milkshake (as in: delicious).  Lots of lists call the White Russian one of the Top 10 cocktails of all time, and for me, it’s the absolute top. 

So, if you’re a purist like me, just mix up a glass, pour it over ice, and enjoy.

And if you want to spice things up (particularly if you’re think about including this drink in a holiday party lineup!), there are so many fun ways to update this classic cocktail for the holiday season.  Garnishes like crushed peppermint, fresh cinnamon sticks and shaved white chocolate will take this classic to the next level, and are beautiful to serve.  Or, if you want a particularly foodie-oriented variation, use a dried star anise or a split vanilla bean for a particularly beautiful finishing touch.  You could even host a make-your-own White Russian bar with Kahlúa, vodka, cream, and garnishes, and let your friends create their own!

Finally, once you’ve tried the classic, think about incorporating seasonal flavors to vary things up — the White Russian is just as delicious with the Kahlúa seasonal flavors, like Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice or Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha. For more ideas for holiday entertaining, visit KahulaHoliday.com, or follow Kahlúa on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Kahlúa White Russian

INGREDIENTS
1 part Kahlúa
2 parts Absolut Vodka
1 part Heavy Cream

DIRECTIONS
Fill a rocks glass with ice.  Swirl together the vodka, Kahlúa and cream, and pour over ice.  Sit back, sip responsibly, and enjoy! 

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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the perfect cocktail for an adult halloween party!

October 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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Halloween has always been one of my absolute favorite holidays.

See, it combines all my favorite things: Candy?  Check.  Playing dress up?  Check.  Staying up late?  Obviously!

And as an adult, I’ve added one more item to that list: Cocktails!

I’ve partnered with Kahlúa for the holidays to bring you guys some delicious, fun, easy recipes that are perfect for this time of the year.  This month, I’m kicking off with a delicious Halloween cocktail recipe for… dum dum dum… the Choco-Pumpkin Freeze!

Here’s the thing about this cocktail: it has two ingredients, and they’re both *amazing.* Chocolate ice cream and Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice, a special limited edition flavor that blends natural pumpkin and delicious autumnal spices with 100% Arabica coffee and sugarcane rum. In case it’s not obvious from the description, it is mind-bogglingly good.

And once you add chocolate ice cream? It’s out of this world.

So this Halloween, grab a few of your favorite grown ups for tricks, treats, and libations!  For more ideas on how to throw a wickedly amazing Halloween party, check out KahulaHoliday.com, which has custom recipes, entertaining tips and expert advice!  Or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram — happy trick or treating!

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Choco-Pumpkin Freeze

INGREDIENTS
1 parts Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
1 part chocolate ice cream

DIRECTIONS
Blend together in a food processor or blender, and serve over ice in a highball glass. Enjoy!

Of course, the best cocktail is one that’s sipped responsibly — don’t overindulge and never drink and drive!

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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