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do’s and don’ts of holiday presents for new babies!

November 18th, 2014 · No Comments

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Today on SheKnows, I wrote about a few do’s and don’ts when you’re shopping for holiday presents for new babies!  As everyone starts getting into the holiday spirit, spend a little time thinking about the gifts that a baby will love… that won’t drive mom nuts!

Head over here to read the full piece!

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Classic Cocktails, Remixed: The Pumpkin Parachute

November 8th, 2014 · No Comments

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Everyone loves a classic rum and cola, but do you know what spices things up a little?

Kahlúa and Cola. 

And do you want to know what spices things up a little further?

Pumpkin Spice Kahlúa and Cola.

I know.  It just keeps getting better and better and better.  This cocktail is a little sweet and a little spicy, the perfect drink to mix up when you want to curl up by the fire with your family or friends.  But it’s also a little bit of a novelty, the kind of drink that’s a little bit exciting. 

When you’re entertaining for the holidays, it’s always extra fun to add a seasonal twist to the food and drinks you’re serving.  I’m a sucker for recipes that include peppermint, gingerbread and pumpkin at this time of the year, and any time you can update a classic to make it a little bit seasonal, it’s extra special.  There are so many options for delicious seasonal drinks in the fall: try mulled cider with a splash of Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice, or hot chocolate with a little bit of Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha for a deliciously indulgent treat.

And this recipe?  It takes a classic and makes it even better, a little richer and spicier and more fun.  I named it the Pumpkin Parachute to capture some of that seasonal and exciting spirit, and I can’t wait for you to give it a try!

And when you’re decorating for the holidays, don’t stop at just the typical pumpkin-on-the-doorstep!  Incorporate festive gourds and mini-pumpkins into your table décor, and use holiday ornaments to create festive place settings! 

Finally, I love to stock up on mini poppers for special holiday dinners: they’re a great conversation starter at the beginning of the meal!  Serve your favorite seasonal cocktail, a few small finger foods, and your guests will be in the holiday spirit in no time.

Want more delicious fall cocktails?  Be sure to check out KahulaHoliday.com, or follow Kahlúa on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Pumpkin Parachute

INGREDIENTS
2 parts Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
3 parts cola
Ice

DIRECTIONS
Pour Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice in a highball glass filled with ice. Top with cola. Stir and enjoy.

The best cocktails are 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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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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