While this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Tropicana and Megan Media, all opinions expressed are my own.

I absolutely love entertaining in my home. You have complete freedom over all the courses served including my favorite part of every get together – the cocktails! I have come up with an incredible drink that is sure to be a hit with all of your guests and that will give your next party an extra KICK of flavor.

-Watermelon Jalapeño Cocktail- 

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What you need:

-Cocktail Shaker

-Ice

-Low Ball glasses

-Shot Glass to measure spirit

-Jalapeño

-Watermelon

Tropicana Watermelon

-Vodka of choice

-& last but not least… good company 🙂

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1. Start off by slicing the jalapeño and watermelon.

2. Take your shaker, fill with ice and pour in 3 oz of vodka (1 shot = 1.5 oz) + 6 oz of Tropicana Watermelon and add 2 jalapeño slices. If you want it EXTRA spicy, toss in another slice for good measure.

3. Shake, Shake, Shake!

4. Open shaker and pour contents into cocktail glass of your choice.

5. Finish by adding a watermelon wedge as a garnish.

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This is one of my favorite drinks to make for a Girls Night IN! It almost makes you feel like you are out at a fancy lounge since it’s definitely not your typical basic drink you would serve at home. Not only is it super simple to make but it isn’t overly sweet and the jalapeño gives it the perfect spicy kick. I love that the Tropicana Watermelon doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners or flavors and it’s actually super delicious by itself but using it as a cocktail mixer turns it up a notch.

Do you enjoy at-home mixology? If so – this is the perfect cocktail for your next get together!

Cheers!

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While this was a compensated campaign in collaboration with Tropicana and Megan Media, all opinions expressed were my own.

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

‘Tis the season!

Once November 1st rolls around everything becomes all about the upcoming holidays. I’m ok with that because I truly love this time of the year. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve – we end up spending a lot of time with family and nothing is better than good company and even better food. I remember when I was little, besides the obvious -Santa!, I was always excited to dress up for the holidays. Now that I’m a mom I really look forward to buying my son comfy holiday themed pjs as well as cute and fashionable outfits for our family photo ops and parties.

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Carter’s is truly a one-stop-shop for all of you holiday needs this season for your little ones. Their clothes are always on trend without breaking your pockets and are great quality. They have everything from baby holiday clothes to cozy girl and boy pajamas to trendy everyday neutrals.

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This year, Carter’s will not only have amazing Black Friday deals but they are also offering a “Dash In to Win” sweepstakes that day that will award promo cards to the first 100 people to arrive at their local Carter’s or OshKosh store. Make sure to check www.carters.com/store to confirm what date the sweepstakes will be held at your local store.

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Head over to your local Carters or Caters.com to check out their amazing holiday selection and don’t forget to print out this coupon for 20% off your purchase!

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There’s 20 days until Christmas… but whose counting 😉

I know how difficult it can be to shop for your loved ones, especially those who seem to have it all. Therefore, I wanted to introduce you to one of my favorite online shops —  UncommonGoods. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, NY – UncommonGoods is a privately owned retailer that features unique design and handcrafted gifts in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. Half of the products they carry are made by hand and most are created right here in the USA!

Here are some of my favorite items:

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Stocking Stuffers have always been my favorite type of presents; small enough to fit in the stocking but always a big hit! All of these are under $25.

Empanada Fork – A foodies magic tool! The secret to a perfect pocket has arrived. Whether you love empanadas, turnovers, or simply trying to fit your favorite fillings between two layers of dough, this handy kitchen tool seals the deal. Stainless steel prongs push down on your pastry to create a complete seal for seasoned veggies, sweetened fruits, and more.

Animal or Monster Hand Tattoo Set – Hands Gone Wild! A fun new take on hand puppets, these delightfully designed tattoos transform any hand into a wide-eyed animal or a colorful monster that the kiddies will love.

Record Coasters – Made of labels cut from the center of actual vinyl records, these hi-fi home furnishings will be a hit with any music lover. The discs are sealed so moisture won’t seep through to the surface. Comes in a set of six assorted labels packed in a clear, round case. Designed by Jeff Davis.

Fruit Keg Tapping Kit – Tap seasonal drinks straight from the source with this easy-to-use kit that turns summer melons and pumpkins into all-natural kegs. Simply slice the bottom off the fruit to create a level base, then hollow it out and fill with fruit juice, liquor, or a cocktail of your own creation. This is sure to be the Life of the Party.

Table Topics – Grab a Table Topics box and break the ice! Each clear acrylic “ice cube” holds a stack of 135 conversation starters to get guests thinking and talking. Created by Cristy Clarke so she could have compelling conversations at her cocktail parties, Table Topics lets you circulate the question at hand in the cube or pass cards out individually. This is a great gift for the Hostess in your life.

To check out more Stocking Stuffer ideas click HERE.

Under $50

These are the perfect gift for anyone in the family & they are all priced under $50!

Whiskey Wedge –  Create a sloping mini-glacier of ice that chills your libation with less dilution than faster-melting “rocks.” Enjoy your favorite spirits perfectly chilled–but not watered down–by filling the silicone mold with water and freezing to form a diagonally bisected glass that makes a modern statement for cocktail conversation. Great for whiskey and design enthusiasts alike.

Vinotini Flip Glass – I am OBSESSED with these.  A two-in-one design flips to accommodate the tastes of partygoers, whether you’d like to serve a round of that special vino, or you’d like to shake up a batch of your famous dirty martinis for the late-night crowd. The dual-function design eliminates the need for two sets of glasses, saving space when you set the bar or tuck them into storage.

Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank – Looking to spice up your culinary life? This hand-carved platter of Himalayan salt is your multi-tasking tool to do just that. Its beauty and unique properties will allow you to present and even cook your food in ways that will delight your tongue and dazzle your dinner guests.

Aromatherapy Shower Kit – A personal spa experience in your own home. The first of its kind, it features three different essential oil blends that are diffused directly through the hot water. The pods are mounted from an adjustable arm that easily attaches to almost any style of shower head.

Talk Dock – Acting as a dock, charging station, and receiver all in one, the Talk Dock lets you charge your phone, talk to mom, and finish your crossword all at once.

Click HERE to check out more gifts under $50.

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Not quite sure what to get that special someone in your life? How about one of these…

Wine Tasting Flight – With this elegant set, you can recreate this bar and restaurant trend in your own home. Appropriately, this gorgeous base is made from the stave of a retired French oak or Bordeaux wine barrel and bears the beautiful effects of time and wine. These four mini carafes are perfect the size to share with a date or a good friend, and make for a fun night full of mouthwatering discoveries.

BBQ Briefcase – Fire up a feast with this portable, grill-side case of 20 stainless steel utensils topped with heat-resistant handles. Perfect for the on-the-go grill master, this traveling case transforms day trips, parks and backyards with its fully-equipped set of flame-retardant cooking tools. Whether you’re flipping kabobs or charring fresh corn, you’ll always have the right tool for the job. It’s outdoor entertaining in a two snaps of its case.

Vintage Sar Kantha Scarf – Each of these vibrant scarves features disparate strips of sumptuous, 100% silk saris patched together by fair-trade Indian artisans into a one-of-a-kind pastiche. As each piece is painstakingly handcrafted out of a collection of reclaimed saris, the scarves will feature a unique palette punctuated by swaths of fiery fuchsias and pink tones. Handcrafted by a women’s collective, the production of these gorgeous scarves provides Indian artisans with a beautiful opportunity to create a better standard of living for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Magnetic Bottle Opener – This is an “attractive” bottle opener in more ways than one: the powerful internal magnets in the base catch up to thirty bottle caps from your favorite beer or soda, plus it’s crafted from reclaimed, oak bourbon barrel staves that impart smoky patinated appeal, with stainless steel hardware for rugged functionality.

Protection Necklace – You are surrounded by angels, whether you know it or not: friends, parents, or even strangers bringing joy, comfort or advice right when you need it. Honor those angels by wearing this enlightened necklace–or become one yourself by blessing someone with the reminder that they are not alone.

Mens Cotton Ikat Wrap Robe – Wrap yourself in tradition as you wrap yourself in comfort with this soft cotton robe featuring an Ikat weave. One of the oldest and most cross-cultural methods of textile decoration, Ikat is a type of yarn-dyeing that produces patterns celebrating the warp and weft of the fabric itself. This oversized robe is designed for comfort, with patch pockets, hanging loop and belt closure.

Click HERE to check out more gift ideas from UncommonGoods

…& while your at it, make sure to pick up something for yourself!

With the Holiday’s in full effect, you are bound to throw, as well as attend, a few get togethers. I came across this fast, fun and easy recipe on Pillsbury.com that will leave your guests beyond happy and waiting for your next party!

Doughnut Bar

Ingredients:

  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1 can (16.3 oz) of Pillsbury® Grands!® Flaky Layers or Homestyle refrigerated honey butter biscuits

Dips and Toppings:

  • Hot Fudge sauce
  • Caramel sauce
  • Coconut, flaked or shredded
  • Graham Cracker crumbs
  • Peanut butter, melted
  • Colored sprinkles
  • Chopped nuts
  • Miniature chocolate chips

Step 1:

  • In deep fryer or heavy saucepan, heat 2 to 3 inches oil.

Step 2:

  • Separate dough into 8 biscuits; using small round cookie cutter, cut 3 holes out of each biscuit.

Step 3:

  • Gently place 3 or 4 doughnut holes in hot oil. Fry on one side until golden brown. Gently turn with tongs; fry other side until golden brown. Place on cooling rack; cool 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 4:

  • To set up the Doughnut Bar, arrange doughnut holes in large serving bowl, dips and toppings in small bowls along with cocktail forks for dipping.

Expert Tips:

  • If you’d rather make doughnuts, just cut a center hole in each biscuit. Then fry both the doughnuts and the holes.
  • Add color to the bar with jewel-toned disposable cocktail forks, available at your local party supply store.

Let me know if you are able to try this delicious recipe out yourself!