Raising Memories

Monday, January 9, 2017

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Candy Cane Marshmallows

Whether they've been working hard outside shoveling the driveway, building a snow fort, making snow angels or just hiking home from the school bus stop, my kids love to come inside and warm up with a nice cup of hot chocolate. We decided to make it more fun during their winter holidays last week and make our own marshmallows! I have always loved adding candy cane to hot chocolate (there's just something so good about that hint of mint mixed in!),  so we tried coating our freshly made marshmallows in a mix of icing sugar and crushed candy cane and the result was fabulous!

How to Make Your Own Marshmallows

I'm going to share the recipe with you because I made some alterations to the original marshmallow recipe I shared on the blog 4 years ago. That recipe was great but it made a TON of marshmallows. Today's recipe makes a smaller batch so it's just right if you're making them just for your own family.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

January 2017 Sharing Time

Welcome to the January Link Party!

Friday, December 30, 2016

$125 Jo Totes Camera Bag Giveaway!

I've been spending a lot of time on Instagram this year. I love photography and I love meeting other moms- this is my favourite social media to use. It’s so fun to peek into some of the best (& craziest) parts of your lives, through the photos you choose to share there, and I love to read your comments on my posts, sharing your thoughts and experiences!

I was pretty excited when I reached 10k followers there recently and to celebrate this milestone, I’ve teamed up with one of my favourite photography-related brands, Jo Totes, to offer you a giveaway!

Their camera bags are gorgeous (if you read my blog, you know I’ve reviewed several of them & I’m a big fan!). They can be used for lots of things other than camera equipment, too. Pictured above is their Allison bag in butterscotch. I LOVE the colour and the size is awesome for everyday use!

I made a video all about it so you can see it up close and in detail:

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Top 10 Posts of 2016

While gathering the top 10 posts published in 2016, I noticed a theme. A lot of them are related to our trip to Florida in January! That may be because those posts were up the longest, so they had more time to get more traffic, or it may be because Florida and Disney World are pretty darn awesome. ;)  

I really hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season (it's not over yet- New Year's Eve is around the corner!) and that 2017 will bring fabulous things into your life! I wonder what the top posts for 2017 will be! :)

Click the "Read More" button below, to see the top posts on this blog from 2016!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Education Savings Plan Contribution- How to Make it a Fun Gift!

As Christmas time approaches, we're all thinking about how we can give to others. I see the malls fill, my shopping list grows, and I watch the traffic build on my Non-Toy Gift Ideas blog post! As parents, we know all too well that toys seem to have a way of multiplying! You start out with a small collection of baby toys in a little basket in the corner of your nursery, and then you blink and you've got bedrooms and playrooms bursting at the seams if you're not careful! I know parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends are looking for non-toy gift ideas this time of year, and today I'll share one with you that you may not have thought of, as well as some ideas for how you can make it a fun gift – even though it's meant for the future.

We've been talking about education savings plans on the blog lately. I've shared why I think RESPs are important and our experience looking for an RESP provider. So let's say you've decided to start an RESP, you've chosen a provider, and you're on your way to saving for your child's future education. Did you know that your friends and family can contribute to your child's RESPs, too?

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Eye Found It! Free Printable Christmas Game

Today I have a cute free printable Christmas game for you called "Eye Found It". This is another fabulous printable that was created for the #LightTheWorld Service Initiative (encouraging people to find 25 ways to serve in 25 days). This one was created by Sam from thekiwiintheclouds.com.

This would be a great gift for a child to give to another child, or for anyone to give to a person who they would like to spend some quality time with.  It's so simple to make- just print and cut out!

Instructions for how to play the game are included in the printable!

You can download this free printable kit here.

If you're interested to see how others are using this kit, LollyJane will be sharing some links to what others have done with it, as they are shared. You can also find more about the Worldwide Day of Service by visiting Mormon.org (where new content will be added each day in December).

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