Candy Corn Cooler Halloween Mocktail Cocktail #PlatinumPoints #shop

Low Calorie Party Drink: Candy Corn Cooler Mocktail

cbias-disclaimer-june2014Are you having a Halloween party? Or do you sometimes have guests stop by at the last minute and then scramble to get something to drink for them? There are always options like soda, juice or beer,  that are high calorie, but with all the other candy and treats of the holidays and Halloween, how about having something in the pantry that would let you make a low calorie party drink that is still tasty? Crystal Light is a great option!

crystal-light-001I try not to drink a lot of soda and other high calorie drinks, but sometimes water gets boring! I once told you how to drink more water each day, but today – let’s try a different type of water – just in time for the Halloween holiday! This week I came up with what I call the Candy Corn Cooler. This is a “cocktail”, which is a cocktail without the alcohol. Feel free to make this into an adult beverage too!

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Candy Corn Cooler Mocktail

Serving: 4 Glasses

Ingredients:

  • Natural Lemonade Crystal Light On the Go Packet
  • Tropical Coconut Crystal Light Liquid Drops
  • Sparkling Mineral Water
  • Ice
  • Sugar (colored in a festive color) optional

How to Make 4 Glasses: 

  1. How to Make Color Tinted Sugar: If you are going to put sugar on the rim, and want to add some color to your glass, all you need to do is put some sugar in a ziplock back and a few drops of food coloring. Mix it together and pour onto a plate or shallow bowl. Wet the rim of the glass and dip the glass into the sugar!
  2. Add ice to your cup and any garnish (candy corn, lemon, orange, cranberries)
  3. In either a pitcher or shaker – mix together some Sparkling Mineral Water, (1) Crystal Light Natural Lemonade Packet, 3-4 liquid drops of Crystal Light Tropical Coconut. Note: If using a shaker, only shake once or twice, gently – as the carbonation will make it pop open (I may have made this mistake!)
  4. Pour over ice and serve! 

This is a refreshing low calorie drink that is fruity and a bit interesting in flavor! The combination of lemon and coconut with a hint of pineapple is very refreshing! If you do not add the sugar you have a drink that is only 5-10 calories! 

Candy Corn Cooler Halloween Mocktail CocktailNext time you are going to pick up some Crystal Light, you need to head to Walmart to purchase it so that you can take part in the latest rewards program that they have, featuring Miranda Lambert (Voice fans .. Blake’s wife)

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This rewards program is called Platinum Points! The program is simple. Create an account with Platinum Points, buy participating CRYSTAL LIGHT products at Walmart stores, scan your receipt, and earn rewards points! At the end of the program, they will randomly select one winner. All purchases must be made by December 31, 2014, receipts submissions must be submitted by November 15, 2014, and points redemptions must be submitted by January 15, 2015. See Official Rules for details. 

In the meantime, pick up all the yummy, low calorie Crystal Light flavors and have fun making your own festive party drinks!

Candy Corn Cooler Halloween Mocktail Cocktail

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias and the #PlatinumPoints campaign. All photos and opinions are 100% my own!

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Last Minute Halloween Costumes & the BEST Dress Up Clothes for Kids!

When I was in New York City for Blogger Bash and Sweet Suite – I had the opportunity to check out the BEST children’s dress up line I have ever seen. You guys? The quality and beauty of the dress up clothes that Just Pretend Kids offers is stunning.

just pretend kids sweet suite 2014Lennox couldn’t have been more excited when the Enchanted Sea Princess Dress (pictured above) showed up on our doorstep. I saw it in NYC and I knew she would just love it. Everything was perfect with this dress, right down to the packaging. Instead of being folded up in a plastic bag, it comes nicely in a larger box, in a wardrobe bag. It was so nice to take out of the package and not have it be wrinkled or cheap looking.

Lennox went and put it on and pretended to be a Mermaid as she “surprised” her Grandma & Papa with the dress!

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She “swam” around the room – her dress looking perfect! I will note – there is glitter on the bottom tiers which shed some at first – as any glitter item does – but honestly, I didn’t care – it was so pretty! She really looked like a sea princess or mermaid when she was playing in this outfit! This is her mermaid impression….

Enchanted Sea Princess Costume

If you are looking for a last-minute Halloween costume or even a gift for Christmas – you really need to check out Just Pretend Kids. Check out some of these cute Halloween costumes that they have – a baby owl, Ice Princess (This would work GREAT for Elsa!) or even the pumpkin witch!just pretend halloween dress up

Just Pretend Kids has a wide range of dress-up outfits, focusing on princess and fantasy themed! They are encouraging children to play, use their imagination and just pretend! Whether your child is having a princess birthday party or dressing up for Halloween, Just Pretend Kids has something for everyone.

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Fingerprint Fall Tree & Bottle Cap Pumpkins Art Project

Throughout the year I have been working on a four canvas series with Lennox – that will, when finished, be hung in our home office. I have been trying to find new ways for her to paint (using objects other than a paint brush) that are easy enough for a 4 year old to do and pretty to hang up in our house! I created the handprint winter bird painting, as well as the fork tulips painting and now we have a fall one complete; Finger Print Fall Tree with Bottle Cap Pumpkins

This is an easy art project for any toddler or young child to do on their own, or with a little help from mom or dad! Lennox had a lot of fun creating this. Here is what you need to do!

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Kid Art: Finger Print Fall Tree with Bottle Cap Pumpkins

Materials:

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  • Canvas
  • Decoart Acrylic Paints in a variety of fall colors
    • I used: Jack-O’-Lantern Orange, Light Cinnamon, Leaf Green, Canyon Orange, Golden Straw, Cinnamon Drop, Burlap, Foliage Green

  • Soda / Water Bottle Cap
  • Paint Brush

Directions:

STEP ONE: If you are like me, and can’t draw well – this is where you can cheat (or have your child do the tree part!). I traced my hand and arm and then turned it into a tree! It’s not perfect but it works for this! 

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STEP TWO: Let your child start dipping their fingers into lots of different paint colors. This is where I used a wide variety of DecoArt acrylic paints in fall colors.

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STEP THREE: We were trying to achieve a fall foliage tree! Lennox had fun getting her fingers dirty with paint! Let your child put on as many leaves (dots) as they wish and randomly! The more dots, the fuller of a tree you will get!

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STEP FOUR: Once your leaves are done, you can make some pumpkins to put on the ground next to the tree! Instead of painting little pumpkins with a brush, this is where your water bottle / soda bottle cap comes in! Dip the cap in orange paint and create little pumpkins! You can make single pumpkins or 3 dot pumpkins!

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STEP FIVE: Once you have your pumpkins, add little stems and vines! You could even add leaves or grass to the ground as well.

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I love the final touches, as your child can be as creative as they want! Here is how our final finger print tree and bottle cap pumpkin painting came out – what do you think?! 

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You can create this painting for very little money too! I always though canvas and paint was expensive but it doesn’t have to be. I pick up 2 packs of canvas for under $4 when on sale and paint is usually less than a $1 each! You start to have quite the collection of colors too when you do more and more crafts! DecoArt Americana Acrylics Paint is my favorite as well – they have an extensive selection of colors.

Disclaimer: I received free product in return for this post. All photos and opinions are 100% my own!