Raspberry Holiday Sparkler by Simply Happenstance for Momazine Magazine

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The holiday’s are upon us! Take a moment to enjoy this magical time of the year with a Raspberry Holiday Spritzer and life will be sure to be a little merrier!  As mothers we often put our social needs on the back burner during the holiday run around. A small festive get together with friends can be simple and fun with a good cocktail recipe.  Add in an appetizer or two, a little conversation,and let the fun begin!

What makes this sparkling drink so lovely, are its ingredients. This Raspberry Holiday Sparkler is made with a few bubbles, a dash of flower liquor, and pretty pink simple syrup. Doesn’t it sound like the perfect holiday drink?  Your holiday get together can feature this bubbly drink as well as using its simple ingredients to create your own cocktail bar.


Here is what you need:

1 bottle of Laetitita Brut Rose

1 part St. Germain Elderberry Liqueur

4 oz. Raspberry Vodka

1 cup frozen raspberries

1 tsp. cornstarch

½ cup of sugar plus 1 tablespoon

½ cup of water


Here is how to make the Raspberry Holiday Sparkler:


In a small bowl add the frozen raspberries, one tablespoon of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.

Mix the ingredients together and place in the fridge for 2 hours.

While the raspberries are in the fridge, make the simple syrup with ½ cup of sugar and ½ cup of water.

Pour these ingredients into a pot and bring the water to a boil.

Mix until the sugar has evaporated.

Pour in a small container and place in the fridge to cool.

Once cooled, add in the vodka to the simple syrup as well as the raspberries.

Mix until smooth.

Spoon in the raspberry simple syrup to the bottom of a champagne glass (about ¼ full), add the sparkling wine, and top

with St. Germain.



This recipe and photography belongs to the creative ladies over at  Simply Happenstance and was created for Momazine’s New Holiday Issue. You can find our newest issue in iTunes and Google Play depending on your mobile or tablet devices.


The Cutest Boo for Halloween

Have you seen our brand-new Fall Issue yet? It is now available for Apple users and goes to your Newstand when downloaded or in Google Play for Android users. Yay!!!

We would just like to share a few photographs from our very cute Halloween school party spread. Megan Nardino of Gold House Paper + Press designed all the fabulous printables! She

was so kind as to gift Momazine readers her Ghostie accessories to dress up your own paper ghost drawings or balloons! To complete the set, visit her shop. Megan also happens to be the

super talented photographer behind these adorable images.

What is so wonderful about this Halloween collection is how very cute it is!!!! It is so cute I simply could squuuuuueeeeezzzzeeee it!!!! EEEk! Plus, isn’t it refreshing to see Halloween as fun

and whimsical instead of icky scary? I think my favorite part are the drink wraps with a little Jack-O-Lantern kid. I used to have an imaginary friend that looked like that. Should I admit

that openly? Well, I did.


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Getting Mom’s (or Dad’s) Attention



You’re standing at church visiting with Mrs. Prim. Five year old Justin decides he NEEDS your attention. Whatever it is, he thinks it can’t wait. He is patting again and again on your arm or hip to get your attention, all the while saying, ‘Mom. Mom. Mom.” Each ‘Mom’ gets a little louder and more impatient. Mrs. Prim is looking –well, prim, as if her child NEVER did that! She finally gives you a look down her nose and you want to crawl under a pew. You’re embarrassed and that makes you angry at Justin for his behavior. You snap at him, but then feel guilty about the whole thing. What can you do!?! I have an idea that might help.

About 17 years ago I listened to a tape series called, Growing Kids God’s Way by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo. The tapes can still be found if you search the internet, but I’m guessing you don’t even own a cassette player any more. Over the last decade much of the material has been revamped into a whole series, beginning with On Becoming Baby Wise. It was in the original tape series that I heard a suggestion we put to use and found very valuable to our family for many years.

Take time as a family to talk about and learn the following steps when one of your children needs you or your husband’s attention. This can be any time you are already engaged in conversation to someone else, adult or child, or on the phone. I like things in nice easy 1, 2, 3 steps, so here they are:


  1. When Justin needs your attention, he will put his hand on your arm.
  2. He will stand quietly waiting to be acknowledged. He will not pat, beat, or say anything. Wait.
  3. You will touch Justin’s hand to let him know you are aware he is waiting for you.
  4. As soon as you can politely pause the conversation, you will give your attention to Justin and politely find out what he needs. (Yes, politeness is appropriate even to your children. Also, keep in mind the age of your child. One minute can feel like forever to a small child.)
  5. Later, you will praise Justin for his excellent and polite behavior.
  6. Be sure to discuss the difference between types of things to ‘wait’ for and a true emergency, i.e. his baby sister is toddling into traffic.


As you can see, both the parents and children have to be trained. My husband and I actually acted this out with our children one evening after supper, giving all of them a chance to try it. With a little practice you will begin to see a great deal of peace and order in this area.

Now just to find a solution to give you peace and privacy in the bathroom!


Love you much and praying for you,




Curls and Freckles

It has been down right difficult to capture a smile from these two dudes. They were playing in the back yard the other night and I noticed the lighting was just dreamy, so I grabbed my camera. I have decided instead of trying to capture those smiles looking at the camera straight on, I will find them in their element and capture those details I so love about them.


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OK. I admit it. My favorite cold cereal is that box of little round pink, green and orange O’s that float like little inner tubes in my bowl of milk. The trouble is, I can eat bowl after bowl of those things before I get full. And try as I may, I can’t justify all that sugar as a valid breakfast option, –no matter how yummy!

I’ve been told by my very health conscious friends that the most nutritious part of those cereals is the box. So, trying to be a responsible parent, I knew that as much as my kids loved colorful O’s or flavorful crunchy shapes with marshmallows I needed to have a breakfast plan. This plan needed to be lenient enough for an occasional bowl of colorful crunchies, yet actually be nutritious for my family.

The plan we came up with had lots of variety through the week, but we had cold cereal every Sunday morning. It was a fast alternative because getting six kids clean, dressed, fed and out the door in time for church was a major accomplishment. (We learned a few things that I’ll pass on sometime. They work great for school days, too.)

At that time, there were not as many store and alternative brand names available, so the two boxes of cold cereal my kids could eat every Sunday morning was not only too much sugar, but too much money. We eventually came up with the plan that each child could eat two bowls of cereal. The first bowl had to be a more nutritious type like wheat flakes, then; they could have a second bowl of whatever they wanted. This seemed a workable plan for us.

Here is a list of ideas that may help your family with this dilemma:

  1. Mix cereals in the box. One part wheat flakes, one part sugar flakes, nutritious O’s with sugar O’s. I don’t really like this taste, but it might work for your family.
  2. One bowl of nutritious cereal followed by one bowl of sugar cereal. (The plan we used.)
  3. A mini bowl of cereal with an otherwise nutritious breakfast.
  4. One bowl of sweet cereal as dessert after supper. This removes it from the morning line-up all together.
  5. Offer sweet cereals one time per month as a special treat.
  6. Only serve nutritious varieties for breakfast, but allow them to eat the sugary cereals when offered at their friends’ homes.
  7. Buy healthy versions similar to your child’s favorite. There are more and more of these available at health food stores, or in organic sections of the grocery.

Try not to become the ‘Food Police’. Unless your child has some serious allergies or health issues with certain foods like many boxed cereals, an occasional bowl is not worth fighting over. You will have many more important battles as they grow older. Let this one go.