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The Weekly Wine Down Returns with Sparkling Ciders!

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Beverage, anyone?

I don’t know about you but this week didn’t start so well for me. As I struggled to fight off a terrible cold, life continued at lightning speed around me. Between this cold, a teething 14 month old and two rambunctious preschool boys with two different classroom parties,  I am in need of some serious relaxation this weekend. Luckily I found a sparkling remedy for bringing my stressed-out week to a close: $9.99 custom 6 pack ciders.

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The Ultimate Kid’s Drink: Cotton Candy Delight!

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Do you need a tasty kid’s drink for a birthday party? Or a hit for your next sleepover? Or how about, just an idea for a fun night at home with the little ones? I’ve got you covered! Try this Cotton Candy Delight drink! The first time I made this fun concoction was for my kids’ New Year’s Eve party and it was a big hit with kids and adults alike. What makes this drink so fun, you ask? It’s a yummy science project! This party favorite goes over a lot like an experiment. Pour in the ingredients and then watch the action. The kids wow over the fizzy eruption!

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5 Quick Meals You Can Make in a Pressure Cooker

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Do you have an old-fashioned pressure cooker and can’t figure out what the heck to put in there? Or are you looking for quick meals during the week? Look no further! Your pressure cooker will come in handy and dinner will be ready in no time! Not only will your food cook super-fast, the tender taste of a pressured pot is to die for!

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What to Wear Wednesdays: Who Doesn’t Like Cookies?

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By 1MommyMD.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in Hyde Park. Some amazing mommy friends and I got together to bake some tasty treats as part of their “Cookies from the Heart” program. I mean who doesn’t like cookies?! 

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I Totally Wowed with This Budget-Friendly Birthday!

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Birthday parties are so much fun! Decorations, super cute themes, games, cake and children screaming for hours! Maybe not the screaming part, but hey, that’s what wine is for. Birthday parties are great, but I must admit that I don’t love attending birthday parties as much as planning them. It can be stressful, time-consuming and expensive (not to mention not altogether necessary), so it’s not something I do for every birthday. This year I threw a fun classroom party for under $80 with just a little elbow grease and several items I already had at home.

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Weekend Staples: Sangria and Sanity #winedown

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Wine. Fruit. Bliss. That’s what sangria means to me. I’m getting misty just thinking about it.  Over the past 10 years or so I’ve tried countless varieties. I offered three different kinds– including a sweet tea version– at my birthday celebration a couple of years ago. When it comes to sangria there are endless possibilities, flavors, and opportunities for fusion.

This week we are wine-ing down with a Sassy Sangria that’s super easy to make.

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Easy guacamole, plus a hack that’ll give you guac in 5 minutes or less!

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Who doesn’t love a good bowl of guacamole? It’s delicious, healthy (but watch those chips!) and it’s super easy to make. As an avocado lover, I could eat guacamole every day. Here’s my super easy guacamole recipe. You only need four ingredients plus seasoning! How simple is that?

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The Weekly Wine-Down is Here with Ménage à Trois Silk, a Soft Red Blend for a Crisp Fall Weekend!

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photo by M.Poole

Welcome to the Wine-Down!

It’s Thursday. That means it’s almost Friday. And that means it’s time to break out the wine and celebrate surviving another week of motherhood, mayhem and just barely making it. Go you!

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5 Easy Wine Tasting Tips for Beginners: Find a wine you like and get tasting!

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Are you the kind of mom who’s always been interested in trying wine but have no idea where to start? No idea what to buy or how to taste it? It’s not as intimidating as you might think. First, take this quiz to find out which kinds of wines you might like. Now go grab a bottle and let’s get tasting!

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Sassy Plum’s Weekly Wine-Down: Apothic Wines

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apothic wine
photo by M.Poole

Well hello there. Ready for wine? I thought so. Let’s do this.

It’s Thursday, and you know what that means… Yup! It’s Wine -Down time. This week’s challenge features four delicious variations by Apothic Wine.

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Wine Time! Introducing Sassy Meg’s Weekly Wine-Down

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Welcome to Sassy Meg’s Weekly Wine-Down Challenge, where I drink wine FOR YOU! Yes, I love you so much that I’ll drink lots of wine just for you. In fact, I’m such a good friend that I am willing to sabotage my weight loss “progress” (insert eyeroll) and sacrifice my weekly snacks to taste wine on your behalf. You’re welcome. Ok, ok… you got me. I’d be drinking it anyway. Who am I kidding? With all the momming going on around here I’m bound to pour a glass or three in the evening after a long day of blowouts, tantrums, sink/toilet/bath water flooded bathrooms and sibling rivalry. But drinking wine with my Sassy Plum Mamas makes winding down way more fun!

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Cocktails? Forget It! Restaurant Dining With Kids

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Courtesy of Pixaby

Restaurant date for a party of 5! Hold tight, because this isn’t for the faint at heart.  Let me set the tone for you. My 4 year-old is hangry (hungry + angry) and pouting because she “is starving” and cannot wait another second for her favorite spaghetti. My 2 year-old is climbing out of his high chair, trying to do a belly flop on the table. The bread bowl goes flying and all of us duck for cover. Sometimes full glasses of water get knocked over, drenching everyone. Silverware continues to mysteriously disappear into that black hole under the table.

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Online Grocery Shopping, My Secret Obsession

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Grocery Shopping
Courtesy of Pixaby

Grocery shopping has become the bane of my existence! From my kids asking for everything they see, to me gasping at my check-out bill, to us all lugging countless grocery bags into the house, this standing Saturday chore is anything but fun. My life changed when I discovered online grocery shopping and I wondered, why didn’t I think of it sooner?  Peapod happens to deliver to my area and I am happy to share some of the amazing benefits of online grocery shopping with you.

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