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Mommy Time-Out with Southern Living

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, Real Simple®, and Southern Living®. The opinions and text are all mine. Everyday life can certainly drain my creative reserves: work emails, laundry, chasing after a toddler at Gymboree, planning photo shoots, baby swim classes, more work emails. By mid-day, my brain is easily a ball of mush. So whenever I get the chance I try to take, what I like to call, a “mommy time-out.” It’s a few moments to recoup, sit quietly with a cup of coffee, and get inspired. But unlike a tantrum-induced break, this …

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Best January Recipes

Boozy Peach Lemonade With the close of January, it’s time for my monthly Pinterest round-up! For those of you not familiar with this series, I am (oddly enough) a pretty big in the Pinterest world. A few years ago, I received an email from a company I had never heard of… Pinterest. They were a start-up that was going to be launching a revolutionary website and they wanted to know if I would be a Beta-tester. Not one to turn down being on the forefront of revolution, I said “Hell yeah” and started my quick descent into pinning oblivion. By the …

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

If there is one thing I love on a cold winter’s day, it’s a cup of hot cocoa. Add to that another one of my loves, red velvet cake, and you have one heck of a drink recipe. Now, if you’re not too familiar with the world of red velvet, it is a red colored chocolate cake that is topped with cream cheese frosting. Yes, it is as divine as it sounds. So, it isn’t a huge leap to incorporate the two most famous elements of the dessert into a piping hot cup of cocoa. All we have to do …

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Spiked Spicy Peppermint Cocoa

Need a last minute drink recipe to impress your holiday guests? Then gather around and take notes! At the request of some of our loyal readers, I have whipped together a super easy, ridiculously delicious boozy hot cocoa recipe that you won’t want to miss. And since we’re doing this so last minute, let’s just cut to the chase… Spiked Spicy Peppermint Cocoa. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 cup of whole milk 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 ounces of peppermint liqueur 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon Step 1:  In a medium size sauce …

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Ninja Coffee Bar: Recipe + Giveaway!

This post was created in partnership with Ninja Coffee Bar® System. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own. There are things in life that are a given. The sun will rise with the new day. The wind will rustle the fallen leaves. You will be in dire need of caffeine on Christmas morning. The things that no one questions. So relish in this eternal knowledge by making that cup of caffeine the best, most lavish cup you’ve ever had. How will you accomplish this, you ask? With the new Ninja Coffee Bar® …

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Spicy Frozen Hot Chocolate

With the unseasonably warm temperatures this winter, one can’t help but feel a little wanting in the cold weather festivities.  It’s simply too hot to enjoy hot cocoa by the fire, while donning your chunky cable knit sweater socks.  So let’s cheat a bit and take a cue from today’s summer wedding in Charleston… spicey frozen hot chocolate.  Make the best of the atmosphere by trying out this recipe and learn more about the event that inspired it.  Photographer Priscilla Thomas introduces us to this happy couple: This romance began during a night out with friends and may have entailed lighting …

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Best Recipes of the Week

A few years ago, I received an email from a company I had never heard of… Pinterest. They were a start-up that was going to be launching a revolutionary website and they wanted to know if I would be a Beta-tester. Not one to turn down being on the forefront of revolution, I said “Hell yeah” and started my quick descent into pinning oblivion. By the time the website was officially open for public consumption, I was hooked. But what I didn’t know was that I was about to be launched into Pinterest fame and glory. The company suggested The Frosted …

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Goodbye, Sugar!

I like a good challenge. I am the person that will eat the bowl of jalapeños in under a minute just because you said I couldn’t do it. Does that make me stupid? Maybe. But am I fun at a party? Heck, yeah! So naturally, you can imagine my immediate response when I was approached to participate in the SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener’s #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge. They didn’t even need to tell me what it is about. I’ll do it. The reality set in when I heard all the details. No sugar for 30 days. Come on, Sam! It is called the …