Sparkling Cotton Candy Mocktail

New Years Eve is traditionally has drinks all around. If you have kids or don’t drink, you HAVE to try this Sparkling Cotton Candy Mocktail.

Not only is it pretty and tasty, it’s easy to make with only four ingredients. Trust me, when the ball drops into 2022, you’ll want to be holding this drink in your hand.

I’m always on the look out for fun things to make Mila. When I was browsing Instagram a few days ago, I came across this fun cotton candy drink from @hecticmomlifestyle. Instantly I knew Mila would love it.

So I went and bought everything to test for NYE. Spoiler alert: she and I both loved it so I had to share @hecticmomlifestyle’s recipe!

Here’s what you need to make your NYE sparkle:

  • Sparkling grape juice
  • Cotton candy
  • Marshmallow creme
  • Sugar sprinkles

This drink is simple to make and Mila was amazed by the magic behind it.

First, dip your glass and cover the rim with marshmallow creme. I’ll admit, I made a huge mess on this part and gave it a thick coating. Mila still loved it.

Then, layer sugar sprinkles on the marshmallow creme rim. I suggest using a small plate or bowl.

Here’s the fun and interactive part for kids… or adults… put some cotton candy in the cup. We put a decent amount in since Mila loves the flavor. That’s up to whoever is making it though!

Then, pour in the sparkling grape juice. Of course the cotton candy disappears and your juice will slightly change colors.

After, I garnished her cup with another piece of cotton candy and let her enjoy.

I ended up tasting this drink, before she ate the entire bag of cotton candy. It was surprisingly not overly sugary. If you’d want this mocktail to be a cocktail, I’d suggest using champagne instead of sparkling grape juice to get the same effect.

We’ll definitely be enjoying this drink on NYE. Stay tuned for some fun activities you can do with your child this year.

Here’s some we did last year:


Do you make fun mocktails for NYE? Let me know your drink choice in the comments.

Easy Reindeer Pretzel Bites

Christmas and baking go hand-in-hand. Cookies are great, but these Reindeer Pretzel Bites are easy into make and oh so tasty!

You only need three ingredients and I’ll guarantee Santa will be happy on Christmas Eve.

I actually made these Reindeer Pretzel Bites for Mila’s preschool class. They’re a perfect snack! I only had three reindeer bites per student and filled the rest of the bag with pretzels. It’s great since the kids don’t get all the sugar if they had a bag full of these.

Anyways, here’s all you need for this recipe:

  • Mini pretzels
  • Rollos
  • Red and brown m&m’s

These are a lot of fun to make and Mila got to help a lot!

First, preheat your oven to 250 F.

I would suggest taking the foil off of all the rollos before baking. When I was doing this, Mila picked out the red and brown m&m’s. This small activity that helped me was great for her motor skills and talking about all the colors.

Once the foil was off and colors were separated, we lined as many pretzels as we could on a lined baking sheet.

Then, put rollos on top of the pretzels and bake them for two minutes.

Once they’ve been in there for two minutes, press the m&m’s into them. This is a little tricky. I would suggest holding the pretzels while pushing them down.

Then, place the baking sheet in the freezer for 5 minutes to set them.

These were a lot of fun to make and were pretty tasty too. I stole a few of them after I knew her classmates were covered.

To make these super cute, I added a Christmas tag to the bag and sent them on their way.

I would definitely suggest making these and would be perfect for a holiday party. You could put them in a big bowl and they’d be a hit.


What do you leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve? Or what’s your favorite holiday dessert?

The BEST and EASIEST Jiffy Corn Casserole

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without tasty sides. Even though I love all the classics like stuffing and green bean casserole, this Jiffy Corn Casserole is a staple for our family’s Turkey Day!

Like the title of this post says, it’s so easy to make and will be the BEST Jiffy Corn Casserole you’ll ever have.

Intrigued to try? Here’s all you need to make it:

  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of creamed corn
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 box of Jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 8 ounces of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of sugar

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Then, in a large bowl or your greased/nonstick sprayed casserole dish, mix in all the ingredients. Just mix until it’s all together, minus the corn!

Afterwards, stick the uncovered casserole dish in the oven for 45-50 minutes and you’re done.

The first time I ever made this recipe, I was shocked! It tasted so good. It’s almost like corn bread, but softer and better? I’m unsure how to explain it. My best comparison is to Chi-Chi’s corn side.

Hello to that Chi-Chi’s throwback!

If you don’t like corn casserole sweet, just take out the sugar and you can still make it. My family usually likes cheese on top of it too. If I decide to make the casserole with cheese, I’ll sprinkle shredded cheese on, then put it in the over to melt it.

It just makes it even tastier!

Mila usually helps me mix everything together, but it doesn’t take any time at all. It’s so easy and tasty that your family and/or friends will ask you to make it for all your get-togethers!


What’s your go to side to make for Thanksgiving or any other type of gathering?

Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls

Want to know my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner? The desserts! I think it’s a lot of people’s favorite part too. Pumpkin pie, in my opinion, is the best pie of the day.

This year, I’ve taken this classic dessert and out a little twist to it and made: Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls.

Even though I love pumpkin pie, these Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls taste even better!

Here what you’ll need to make them:

  • 2 crescent roll tubes
  • 1 cup of pumpkin purée
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

First, preheat your oven to 375 F. Then you can line your baking sheet with parchment paper or spray your sheet with nonstick spray.

I used nonstick spray and they turned out great.

Then, mix the pumpkin purée, sugar, brown sugar, egg yolks, pumpkin spice, and vanilla in a bowl.

Next, unroll your crescent rolls. You can cut them in half, but I just went with how they were packaged instead of making smaller rolls.

After unrolling the rolls, spoon one tablespoon (or make your best judgment) of pumpkin pie filling on to the crescent roll. I liked putting a little extra so some of the filling came out.

Next, put them in the oven for 10-12 minutes and they’re done!

I ended up putting sugar and pumpkin spice on them when they were finished. It just made the flavoring pop more.

And who doesn’t love extra pumpkin spice.

Although we ate them as is, I think they’d be delicious with whipped cream or ice cream. Maybe even some caramel drizzle over them too! Either way, you’ll want to take these to your Thanksgiving dinner!


What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?

Thanksgiving Treat: Rice Krispie Turkeys

The holiday season goes so quick! I’ve been thinking of Thanksgiving Treats and how to make them festive. Eventually, I came up with these Rice Krispie Turkeys.

All made from leftover Halloween candy, these turkeys are cute and perfect for Thanksgiving.

All I used to make these turkeys are:

  • Rice Krispies
  • Candy corn
  • Eye sprinkles
  • Twizzlers
  • Feathers

As I mentioned above, everything I used to make these came from Mila’s candy stash. We got a ton of mini Rice Krispie treats and this seemed like a fun way to use them. There was always an abundance of candy corn left from the Fall Scarecrow Snack Mix.

I ended up cutting little slices of a twizzler to make the turkey’s wattle. Yes, that’s what it’s called.

Then, of course, we used eye sprinkles to complete the look.

To assemble, you simple just press everything into the Rice Krispie. It’s not too difficult. One tip I’d give you is to use your hands to hold the shape of the Rice Krispie while pressing everything else in.

That way none of the ‘feathers’ or eyes fall out.

To complete the look, I added a craft feather to the back. I think it looked adorable. I’d suggest wrapping washi tape around the feather so it doesn’t stick to the Rice Krispie.

Another added bonus of this fun Thanksgiving treat is that Mila loved helping make the faces too! This could end up being a really fun activity for Thanksgiving day with the family. Im always looking for kids activities to keep them busy and smiling.

Either way, these Rice Krispie Turkeys are tasty, easy to make, and will be perfect for your Thanksgiving Day.


What foods or treats do you make for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving? Let me know in the comments.

Fall Scarecrow Snack Mix

This week was my first time ever sending in a preschool snack with Mila. It was an exciting mom moment for me! Of course, I made sure it was a nut free mix that everyone would enjoy. Then we came up with the Fall Scarecrow Snack Mix.

Here’s everything I used to make this nut free Scarecrow Snack Mix:

  • Pretzels
  • Chex Cereal
  • Caramel Corn
  • m&m’s
  • Candy Corn
  • Candy Pumpkins
  • Rollos

The best part of this mix is it’s super easy to put together. All you have to do is find a big bowl and pour everything in.

Unfortunately, my big bowls weren’t big enough, so I had to keep making the mix over and over again. Good thing it’s easy and doesn’t take a lot of time to do it!

One thing I wish I would have gotten more of was the caramel corn. When I went to Target, they were almost sold out of the ‘monster mix.’ The monster mix just have chocolate drizzle and sprinkles. Some of the other caramel corn had pecans and other nuts. Obviously, I didn’t want to send any type of nuts to a preschool classroom in case of allergies.

Mila loved this mix, but she was definitely picking out all of the chocolate and Chex cereal!

I loved making this Fall Scarecrow Mix for Mila’s preschool party… and keeping the extras at home for us to share too. Here’s the little Tik Tok video I made to show how I made it all. Even though it’s pretty self explanatory, I loved how it all came together.

The end result is beautiful too!


What is your favorite snack or food item to share at classroom parties? I’d love some Christmas suggestions.

Spooky Snack: Frankenstein Avocado Toast

After school during October is the perfect time for spooky snacks. Since we love avocado toast at home we made a fun creation: Frankenstein Avocado Toast.

Not only is it healthy for your boo, it tastes great too.

Mila absolutely loves avocados. Like all I have to do is cut one up and she’ll eat them plain. I love that she loves them, but I like making food fun for her. This spooky snack was a perfect solution.

It’s ALIVE! Or just ready to eat. Here’s what you’ll need to make this creation:

  • Avocado
  • Toast
  • Black olives
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Cherry tomato
  • Salt and pepper

First, toast your bread. Simple right?

While it’s toasting, cut and mash avocado in a bowl. I usually add salt and pepper to mine. Mila likes hers plain.

Then, it’s time to cut the black olives. Cut two circles for the eyes, then strips for the hair and the bolts in the side of Frankenstein’s neck. I did different sizes to make it textured… or because I don’t have the best knife skills.

Next, cut two slices of a hard boiled egg and a cherry tomato in half.

After all this prep work is done, it’s time to assemble.

I really think this turned out so cute. Mila loved it and did little voices with it before she ate it. Frankenstein Avocado Toast is a perfect after school spooky snack your child will love.


What Halloween character would you want to try and make? I’m always up for a challenge! Let me know in the comments.

Pumpkin Spice Yogurt Bowl

Pumpkin spice season is in full effect. Every basic witch has to start her day with something frightening good. This Pumpkin Spice Yogurt Bowl would leave all the witches AMUCK AMUCK AMUCK.

I think it looks really cute all put together too. A major plus in my book.

When assembling this Pumpkin Spice Yogurt Bowl, I tried to make it look like a PSL. Here’s the ingredients I used to make it look like that…

  • Yogurt (I use chobani vanilla)
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Granola
  • Pumpkin candies
  • Caramel drizzle

First, put the yogurt in a bowl and mix pumpkin spice in it. Like with most of my recipes, I eyeballed this one too. Depending on how much you like pumpkin spice depends on how much you’ll want to add.

For the coffee look alike, the yogurt looks like whipped cream on top.

Then, lay a nice layer of granola at the bottom part of the bowl. I think it’d be a good idea to mix pumpkin spice in here too.

I thought this mimicked the look of coffee.

Next, line up a few candy pumpkins between the granola and yogurt. I’m not a huge fan of these, but mixed with the yogurt and granola, I enjoyed it. Again, it also made the bowl super cute too.

To top it off, I added caramel drizzle. I love it on all my coffees and it made the yogurt a little sweeter too.

I actually loved how this turned out. It tasted yummy and was quick to make.

Yogurt bowls are quick and easy breakfasts for our typical busy mornings. I also love that you can premake them to easily grab too.

This Pumpkin Spice Yogurt Bowl makes me feel like a Halloqueen and I think you’ll love it too.


Do you like making yogurt bowls? What are your favorite things to add in?

Looking for other great Pumpkin Spice recipes? Check these out:

Fall Charcuterie Board

One of my favorite fall activities are watching scary movies under a ton of blankets on the couch with a fall charcuterie board. It makes for a perfect date night or just a fun night with Mila.

I mean, who doesn’t love a charcuterie board?

To amp up our normal grazing boards, I incorporated fall colors and tastes. It turned out so moody and tasted delicious too.

Here’s everything I added to this Fall Charcuterie Board:

  • Apple Cider
  • Munster cheese
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Mini cupcakes
  • Chocolate covered pretzels (that tasted like pumpkin spice)

Not pictured were raspberry jalapeño jam to put with the crackers and cheese. Jams are the best addition to charcuterie boards. I also usually try to add some type of meat like salami, but I didn’t have room to add it on here either.

To make it a little more festive, I added the white pumpkin and the extras from my DIY Fall Wreath.

Of course, I took a video to show you all the whole process.

I can’t wait to make a more Halloween inspired charcuterie board for Mila’s Halloween party. Stay tuned to check it out!


What’s your go to items for charcuterie boards? Let me know in the comments.

Halloween Treats: Monster Rolls

Happy Spooky Season everyone!

Today we’re celebrating October with Monster Rolls for a fun boo brunch. It’s not really a DIY recipe, but a way to make food festive for Halloween. Either way, you’ll love it.

Even though I’m SHOCKED it’s October, I’m so excited to bring you fun activities, crafts, and treats all month long. I absolutely love Halloween and everything that goes along with it. Let’s just say, Mila and I have a lot planned for you.

These Monster Rolls are really simple, which are perfect for fall mornings.

Here’s all you’ll need:

  • Cinnamon rolls and icing (I used Pillsbury)
  • Food coloring
  • Eye sprinkles
  • Colored sugar

First, cook the cinnamon rolls as directed. Since everyone has their own different recipes or favorite brands, I’ll just leave this up to you!

Next, divide icing in different bowls. Add food coloring and mix. Mila absolutely loved helping with this step. As always, you can make it educational by talking about colors and it’s a great way to work on motor skills.

Then, set out the eye sprinkles and sugar to decorate.

Once the cinnamon rolls are done, I suggest dipping them into icing instead of spreading. It’s less messy and just is was easier in my opinion. Mila also helped with this step too!

After they’re all iced, it’s time to be creative.

I promise you eye sprinkles are a MUST for spooky season. They make any food or treat extra special for halloween. Mila loves them too and I think all kids would think they’re fun too. The ones I bought actually taste pretty good too.

Anyways, I just put the eyes in a little bowl and let her use the sugar dispenser. I let her know we were making monsters and she just went for it!

They were so fun to make… and eat too! I loved how quick they were to bake and that it gave Mila some creative time in the morning. We’ll be making these again this month because we both enjoyed them so much.


What did you think of our Monster Rolls? Do you have any Halloween classic breakfast foods, snacks, or treats that you make every year?