Mommy of a Monster’s Holiday Roundup From Christmas’ Past

I realize that Christmas is almost over, but I still thought it would be fun to share all-things-Christmas here on Mommy of a Monster! So I’ve come up with a Mommy of a Monster holiday round up…there’s some good stuff here!

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

Mommy of a Monster’s Holiday Roundup From Christmas’ Past

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

There are only a few days left, but I have ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas schedule, so set your DVRs!

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By this point, if your kids are anything like my kids, they are probably no longer listening to “Santa is watching!” and “I’m telling the elf that you’re being naughty!” And that’s where this Elf warning for naughty kids comes in handy.

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

Done with Elf on the Shelf? Next year, consider Roaming Reindeer.

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

Whether you are religious or not, The Sparkle Box book delivers a message about the importance of giving this holiday season, and my kids love it almost as much as I do. I cry (happy tears) every time that we read it.

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

There are SO many ways to get in touch with Santa during the holiday season…and the majority of these are free!

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

Do you know the story behind the Christmas Pickle? Do you have a Christmas Pickle?

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

Need some sweet treat and dessert ideas? I’ve got lots of them here.

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

Now here are some cleaning tips that will help get you ready for the big day…especially if you don’t have time to clean!

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

Safety is always a number one priority (obviously,) but do you realize that the National Fire Protection Association reports most home fires and CO poisonings occur during the winter? Besides heating appliances, seasonal activities such as increased cooking, using candles and decorating Christmas trees all add to the risk. So I’ve got some holiday safety tips to keep you, your family, home, and guests all safe.

Looking for ideas, traditions, and recipes? Here's of Mommy of a Monster's holiday roundup from Christmas' past, and there's something for everybody!

We are getting down to the wire this holiday season, and sometimes all you need is a good laugh with a glass of wine. And Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays e-book (only $2.99!) fits the bill perfectly. Did I mention I have a recipe in the book?

Looking for more all-things-Christmas? I’ve got lots of Christmas recipes, traditions, and ideas here, as well as my All Things Christmas board on Pinterest.

Share your favorite things about Christmas! I love hearing how others celebrate the season.

Kick Off Your Holiday Baking Like A Cake Boss!

Disclaimer:  I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Cake Boss. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating. All opinions expressed are my own.

I love to make desserts and sweet treats, and while I can throw anything into a pan or make cookies, decorating said treats is not something I’m good at. But one of my favorite bakers, my niece Nikki is really good at it and loves to do it! I was given the opportunity to try out some cake decorating supplies and other goodies by the Cake Boss at Michaels, and I jumped at the opportunity!

If you love to bake, then check out the Cake Boss baking and decorating line at Michaels. You'll find Cake Boss mixes, frostings, and bakeware. Too much fun!

I hosted a fun home cake decorating party using Cake Boss mixes, frostings, and bakeware that you can find at Michaels. I baked the cakes and cupcakes before hand, so everything would be ready for us to start decorating! The kids were here, along with my nieces and sister. We were all excited to try the variety of products they sent to us, especially the fondant, which none of us had used before.

If you love to bake, then check out the Cake Boss baking and decorating line at Michaels. You'll find Cake Boss mixes, frostings, and bakeware. Too much fun!

We started out by letting the kids use Cake Boss frosting and sprinkles to decorate cupcakes. One of my favorite Cake Boss products that we tried out was definitely the Cake Mix itself.

If you love to bake, then check out the Cake Boss baking and decorating line at Michaels. You'll find Cake Boss mixes, frostings, and bakeware. Too much fun!

Cake Boss’ Wanna Piece of This? cake mix is A-MAZ-ING. Seriously, I’m still thinking about how I want more of it! It contains the Cake Boss’ “secret” ingredient (a pouch of custard crème) that really make the cake velvety and moist. I could eat the cake all by itself, it’s that good! It’s rich, flavorful, and so moist. It’s easy to make, and you can find cake mixes in six flavors: Va Va Velvet, Chocolate Trifecta, It’s Your Party, Primo Yellow, Decadent Devil’s Food and Divine White. It’s a bit pricey for a cake mix, however I will definitely purchase more for special occasions.

If you love to bake, then check out the Cake Boss baking and decorating line at Michaels. You'll find Cake Boss mixes, frostings, and bakeware. Too much fun!

The kids of course loved all of the different sprinkles they were able to use to decorate their cupcakes with. We love the bold, bright colors that deliver a pretty pop to cupcakes and other baked goods (or hot chocolate…they actually put them in their hot chocolate too!)

If you love to bake, then check out the Cake Boss baking and decorating line at Michaels. You'll find Cake Boss mixes, frostings, and bakeware. Too much fun!

I also had fun playing with all of the different tips in the Cake Boss Decorating Tip Set. It was fun to see what all of the different shapes looked like, and after I figured out how to work with the tips, I got pretty good at making different designs. The plate above was my testing plate, before I got good at using the tips. There are 24 different tips and it also includes a flower tip and coupler, all in a convenient plastic storage case.

If you love to bake, then check out the Cake Boss baking and decorating line at Michaels. You'll find Cake Boss mixes, frostings, and bakeware. Too much fun!

But by far, we all had the most fun with the fondants and fondant tools. The Cake Boss Decorating Tools Fondant Ribbon Cutter is made from sturdy, durable plastic, and its simple to use: just slip the wheels and spacers together to make multiple strips of decorative fondant, gum paste, pastry or even cookie dough strips. It includes four full sets of wheels for cutting ribbon, straight, small and large fluted strips, along with two sets of spacers and locking rings, all in a handy tin box.

If you love to bake, then check out the Cake Boss baking and decorating line at Michaels. You'll find Cake Boss mixes, frostings, and bakeware. Too much fun!

It was also fun to play with the fondant smoother. We quickly realized it’s an essential piece of equipment when rolling or embossing fondant. The smoother’s edges are rounded to create even results without leaving marks, and it’s wide and long enough to use  across top surfaces and around cake sides.

If you love to bake, then check out the Cake Boss baking and decorating line at Michaels. You'll find Cake Boss mixes, frostings, and bakeware. Too much fun!

Nikki especially loved the Cake Boss Decorating Turntable. The rubberized ring around the turntable surface helps to hold layers in place as they’re frosted and the non-skid base helps to keep the entire turntable from moving around. There’s also a switch that locks the turntable surface in place when necessary during the decorating of cakes, pies and even cupcakes. “I Love Frosting” design right in the center of the turntable so it’s cute enough to use as a cake stand!

If you love to bake, then check out the Cake Boss baking and decorating line at Michaels. You'll find Cake Boss mixes, frostings, and bakeware. Too much fun!

Nikki did a fantastic job on her first fondant cake. I was both impressed and proud of her! She can’t wait to keep experimenting, and even plans to make her brother’s birthday cake next month!

It was such a fun way to spend the morning! There are so many tools we are still excited to try out. If you’d like to check out the Cake Boss mixes, frostings, and bakeware, you can find it all at Michaels.

If you love to bake, then check out the Cake Boss baking and decorating line at Michaels. You'll find Cake Boss mixes, frostings, and bakeware. Too much fun!