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Holiday Trends with Momtrends & I’ve got the scoop!

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Who doesn’t love a party? For me, hosting a party is just as fun as being a guest except you have a lot more control of the food and drinks. Let’s face it. This is our time to shine! the time to show our friends and family who’s really a seasoned pro!

That’s why I always look forward to attending the Momtrends Annual Holiday Soiree. Where bloggers meet brands and are introduced to some of the hottest products out there for Moms and kids.

Whether you need a little inspiration on which toys will be a hit to inspirational ideas to get your own party started this holiday season, Momtrends had the scoop and I’m dishing it to you all! Let’s go!

Appetizers get the party started right? and chips and dip are always a hit but what about ditching that boring guac for something that will include this seasons favorite fruit. Pomegranate!

 

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POM Wonderful Pomegranate Guacamole

Ingredients

1/2 cup arils from POM Wonderful Pomegranates or 1/2 cup POM POMS Fresh Arils
2 ripe avocados, skin and pit removed
zest and juice of 1 lime
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 large jalapeño chili, deseeded and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
kosher salt to taste
tortilla chips or pita chips

Preparation

1. Prepare fresh pomegranate arils, if necessary.* 2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mash the avocado and mix in the lime zest and juice, red onion, jalapeño, and garlic. Season to taste with salt. 3. Stir in the arils. 4. Serve with tortilla or pita chips.

 
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Tessemae

Every party should have a salad bar! it’s the “safest” place in my home for anyone that is a health conscious eater. This why I instantly fell in love with their story, that serving a dressing full of artificial ingredients was not an option. From dressings to marinades you will enjoy the fresh flavors of Tessamae! Try this recipe at your holiday party.

Winter Green Salad with Chips, Pistachios & Blue Cheese

What you need

1 bunch red Russian kale, stems removed, leaves torn
5 ounces baby kale
1 small head radicchio, quartered, cored and leaves torn
5 ounces sweet potato chips (We used these)
½ cup pistachios
6 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (optional)
1 bottle Tessemae’s French Vinaigrette

What to Do

Toss the kale, baby kale and radicchio. Arrange in a platter or bowl. Top with the chips and pistachios. Serve the cheese and French Vinaigrette on the side.

Tip: Prep the greens up to 2 days ahead. Store in a plastic zip top bag with a dry paper towel to absorb excess moisture.

 

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POM Wonderful Pomojito

Ingredients

1 oz. POM Cherry 100% juice
1 1/2 oz. light rum
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup (equal parts sugar and cold water dissolved together)
Soda
4 mint leaves
Mint sprig for garnish

Preparation

In the bottom of a double old-fashioned glass bruise the 4 mint leaves with the fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Add crushed ice then the POM Cherry and rum. Top with a splash of soda and stir. Garnish with the mint sprig. Serve and enjoy!

 

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Teleflora

When hosting a party your tablescape should steal the spotlight and thanks to Teleflora you can really choose an impressive display.

All of our floral arrangements are artistically arranged by a local florist using only the freshest flowers available, and each gift is personally delivered in a vase – in most cases, the same day you place your order – to ensure that it arrives in premium condition, ready to be enjoyed immediately. More about The Teleflora Difference.

 

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Igloo

Look at all these fantastic products by Igloo. Perfect for the family who loves to celebrate everything in life! Igloo has really stepped it up with these amazing styles. From a removable lid and drink dividers to mobile-ready locking casters on a detachable base and best of all, it lights up! so your guest won’t have a hard time searching for their favorite drink in the dark. http://www.igloocoolers.com

 

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Cabi Clothing

When you walk into the party you want heads to turn and all eyes on you. That’s why I love Cabi Clothing. These are unique pieces that are not sold in stores. Heres how it works. Host and give your friends the gift of style!

It’s as easy as:

  1. Invite your friends over for an evening of fashion, style discovery, and fun.
  2. Relax as a Stylist shows you an unedited designer collection, working with you to define your personal style.
  3. Get beautiful clothes at half off (and more!) and say goodbye to shopping online or at the mall.

Learn more at http://www.cabionline.com

 

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Susan Mallery

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns with a classic story of destiny, desire and a little holiday magic! great stocking stuffer! http://www.susanmallery.com/book-christmas-wedding-ring.php

 

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SockTABS

I can’t tell you how many times I wash my kids laundry and lose thier socks! I end up spending more money on new pairs rather than finding a solution. Well, our prayers have been answered!

What are sockTABs?

sockTABs is a wearable solution to the missing sock, and ultimately a simple, discreet and effective product to combat the infamous sock monster. http://www.socktabs.com

 

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American Girl

Every little girl dreams of her 1st American Girl doll. It’s already on both my little girls Holiday Wish List.  This season, you can help donate dolls to the Children’s Hospital Association. When you purchase a doll for your special girl from 11/6 to 11/30, American Girl will give one to a girl in need. You can help light up her life with the gift of friendship. Learn more at http://www.americangirl.com

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Hasbro

 

The perfect time to unplug is during a Holiday Party! when we’re too busy having fun and catching up with our loved ones. That’s why Hasbro has been a part of my familys life for as far back as I can remember and I love that Hasbro encourages Family Game Night! check out all the latest games to keep the little ones partying along http://www.hasbro.com/en-us

 

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Bedgear

Perfect when accomodating your overnight guest this holiday!

Bedgear® is a leading manufacturer of performance bedding essentials with a philosophy centered on delivering superior sleep quality to enhance your active lifestyle.

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NetNanny

As much as I encourage unplugging during the holidays we can’t always monitor what our children are doing online.

Net Nanny® is the #1-rated parental controls software that protects your family from pornography, online predators, cyberbullying, and much more, keeping your family safe online.

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Dream On Me

I had the chance to feel and test out this DOM crib and I must say, I wouldn’t mind taking a nap in there myself! The DOM Family carries a large selection of gift sets, novelty gifts, diaper bag gift sets, and baby accessories. Perfect for holiday shopping!

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Epson

Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually printed all the beautiful photos we take? wouldn’t it be sweeter if you hosted a party and had your guest print out their photos as a little souvenoir? you could create an pretty awesome photo wall in the kids room!

Epson’s new EcoTank line of Supertank all-in-one printers features revolutionary ink replacement technology that offers an unbeatable combination of convenience and value, with super-high-capacity,
refillable ink tanks and ultra low-cost replacement inks. These all-in-one printers come with enough ink in the box to print for up to 2 years1, so you can print thousands of black and color pages before replacing ink.

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The Giving Tree

The holidays are the perfect opportunity to bring cheer to others through acts of giving. I loved that Momtrends had this set up to remind us of what is truly important about the holidays and that’s giving back. Whether you’re volunteering, donating to a local charity or supporting local businesses, let’s remember gratitude and giving.

  1. Write down what you are doing to “give back” for the holidays.
  2. Curl up your paper and place it inside of an ornament.
  3. Personalize it! write your name on a tag and add a sticker.

 

A special thank you to Nicole Feliciano and Team Momtrends for such a wonderful night filled with Holiday inspirations and AMAZING goodies!

 

 

*Disclosure: I was invited as Media to attend the Momtrends Holiday Soiree. As always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are of my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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