Archives for December 2012

One-Glass White Sangria Recipe

I enjoy a refreshing glass of sangria every now and then…notice I said one glass. I don’t like sangria enough to make an entire bottle’s worth for just me, so usually when I make it, I end up making it for parties and get togethers. And then I thought: why couldn’t I make just a glass? I don’t really need to use a whole bottle. That’s how I came up this One-Glass White Sangria Recipe.

Sometimes nothing sounds more refreshing than a glass of sangria. This White Sangria recipe makes just one glass! Also includes recipe for an entire bottle.

One-Glass White Sangria Recipe

One-Glass White Sangria Recipe
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  • 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 2 blackberries
  • 5 raspberries
  • 5 blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • Fruity Chardonnay or a dry Sauvignon Blanc
  • Splash of lemon lime soda (like Sprite)


  1. Cut up all of the berries and sprinkle the sugar on top of them. Place in the refrigerator and let sit while your wine chills, about 20 minutes.
  2. Put the berries into a wine glass. Pour a splash of Sprite over the berries (I use a little less about 1/4 cup). Fill with wine.


If you'd like to make this recipe using an entire bottle of Chardonnay, simply multiply all ingredients by four and use a full bottle of wine. If you pour glasses like I do, you'll get about four glasses per bottle. If you aren't as generous, you can get six or so.


Save time & money! You can buy frozen “berry blend” mixes in the grocery store…that’s what I used in the photo above. Instead of adding a specific amount of each berry, just put a couple of scoops of the mix in a bowl and top with sugar. Not only will you always have berries on hand, but they’ll also act as edible ice cubes.

I have also shared another white sangria recipe before! Check out my Peach and Orange Sangria, Amaretto Mimosa, and my Cranberry Mimosa recipes for more delightful sips. And check out my Beverages for Adults board on Pinterest.

Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2012: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

Last week, I told you that one of my favorite posts to write in last year around this time was  Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2011. This will be the third year now that I’ve done this. I went back through each month of the year and picked my favorite post of the month. It was fun to do because I found some posts that I really liked and had forgotten about, and ones that I wanted to share again.

I’m doing it again this year, and I want you to join me! Link up anytime through January 5th, grab the button, and slap the button on your post. Visit other’s who link up too. I can’t wait to see your favorites!

Here are mine…enjoy!


Fronts and Daisy  Nicknames are huge in our family, and they continuously change. This post updated you on the kids’ nicknames, including a couple that were given to the girls by Ethan.

Tater Tot Casserole Recipes People love tater tot casseroles apparently because this was one of my top 3 most popular posts of the year. It was also the recipe that made me want to start regularly sharing recipes. And it’s still a family favorite, too!


5 Moments I Would Live Over Again These are the moments that strike me every time I think about them. The ones that changed who I am as a person.


Oh How They Change: Our Family In Pictures Just looking at how much the kids have changed from last year at this time until now is amazing! I love looking back through old photos.

The Scents of Summer It’s amazing to me how strongly smells can take you back to a certain place in your life; how they represent so much.


50 Shades of Grey: Who Is Your Christian? This will come as no shock to anybody, but people also want to know who is playing Christian Grey in the movie, which made this one of my most popular posts of the year. I have since changed my list a little and have a few other guys I’d love to see in the role. Who is your Christian?


Why Two Year Olds Shouldn’t Wear Lipstick I think the title speaks for itself.

The Brazil Butt Lift: Does It Really Work? My most popular post of the year. I had no idea that this would be the post that would get me the most traffic I’ve ever gotten…otherwise I would have NEVER posted before and after pictures!


We’ve Got A Graduate In The House! Ethan graduated from preschool, and I was so excited for him. And just noticed his tan. And can’t believe how much he’s changed in 6 months.


Why I Love Playing Words With Friends No, it’s not to improve my vocabulary…it’s all about friendship.

We Are Back From Camping, Who Wants To Do My Laundry? We are actually gearing up to go again in 2013 and the kids are already how much longer until we go!


The Wall The first fiction I had written all year. I really need to do it more regularly.

Happy Birthday Girls I can’t believe they are 3!


Our 10th Wedding Anniversary Weekend Getaway Why can’t we do this every month?

It Was A Princesses’ Night Out It was all for the girls, and they loved it.


Belly Laughs Belly laughs with Lila. There’s nothing better in the world than a good laugh!


Sounds of Silence A spooky story just for Halloween. More fiction. I really need to write more this upcoming year.

My Blankee, Or Rather The Kids’ Blankies My kids love their blankies, and this is when I realized how much Ethan was growing up.

I Am Thankful A whole month’s worth of reasons to be thankful.


A New Version of Lil’ Jon’s Get Low And I still laugh every time I watch it!

And Then I OD’d On Cuteness The girls’ first dance recital. The cutest thing ever.

Now go find your favorite posts from this year, grab the button code from my sidebar, and link up!

Mommy of a Monster

There aren’t any rules – you can do what I’m going to do and share your favorite posts every month of the year or you can pick one post that was you feel was the most important one you wrote for the entire year. Or maybe you want to do it by categories: your funniest post of the year, the one that got the most comments, the one your readers liked most…or maybe it was a post written by somebody else. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it!

Happy New Year!

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Looking For A Cool iPhone Case? You Will LOVE BellaVita!

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite gifts that I received this holiday season. In fact, it’s one of the best gifts I’ve received this year! It’s a cool iPhone case that I now couldn’t live without – it’s my BellaVita wristlet.


I am one of those people who hate carrying purses, though I have many of them. Whether I’m running into the grocery store, taking the kids to the park, or going to pick Ethan up from school, I hate lugging my purse around. I was instead leaving my purse in the car and just taking my keys and iPhone with me.

But now I don’t have to do that anymore…in fact, I rarely carry anything other than my BellaVita wristlet.

These wristlets come in a variety of colors and are made from soft genuine leather. Not only will it safely house your iPhone, you can also keep your ID, credit cards, and some cash in it too. I even attached a key ring to it and I’m now using it as my regular purse.



These cool iPhone cases would make a great gift – just look at the box it comes in!

If a wristlet isn’t your thing, or maybe you are a man and wishing they had wallets, they do! The only difference is that the wallet doesn’t have the removable wrist strap on it. If you’re a woman, I suggest you get the wristlet and then remove the strap when you aren’t using it. Then you have the best of both worlds!

I can’t tell you how much I LOVE my wristlet! I really, really, REALLY love it. I also get a ton of compliments and “where can I get one of those” when I’m out and about with it.

Now I know you want one…and you should definitely get one! I’ve told you how crazy I am about mine – but the one thing I’m not so crazy about is the price. The wristlets are regularly priced $85, but are currently on sale for $65. Pricey, but I think it’s always worth paying for quality when you are buying high quality leather goods (hence my obsession with expensive purses, I guess).

If that seems out of your price range, you still have a chance to get one of your own! Go check out the BellaVita  monthly giveaway now through February 2013. You could win your choice of a a BellaVita iPhone 4,4S Wristlet or Wallet. A drawing will be held on the 15th of each month, and a lucky winner announced on their Facebook page, so make sure you “like” them there, too! Hurry! You have time to enter this month and the next two months…good luck!

Disclosure: I received a BellaVita wristlet in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. And yes, I have been raving about my wristlet online and offline and will continue to do so!

What I’ve Been Up To #2

I have been a busy little writing bee lately and I’m so excited to tell you what I’ve been writing about and where you can find me!

Everyday Family

I explain how you can avoid germs in public places this cold season. Simple tips that you can implement today!


Parenting is bittersweet isn’t it? I wrote a post about it, using the lyrics of one of my all time favorite songs: Bittersweet Symphony.

Chiquita Moms


We survived Christmas! The Day After Christmas explains how we celebrated and how I always feel let down the day after.

And right here on Mommy of a Monster and Twins, I’ve got an awesome review coming up for a product you will definitely want – and it may be one of my favorite reviews ever.

Did you see my chocolate pudding shots recipe? These would be great to make for New Year’s Eve…and if you have leftover candy canes like I do, why not make some candy cane infused vodka? Jolly Rancher infused vodka is always a hit too! And if you are looking for appetizer ideas you can find lots of them here.

For the last two years, I’ve ended the year with sharing my Favorite Posts Of The Year. Last year I did a link up so that all of you could share your favorite posts as well. I’m doing it again this year!

There aren’t any rules – you can do what I’m going to do and share your favorite posts every month of the year or you can pick one post that was you feel was the most important one you wrote for the entire year. Or maybe you want to do it by categories: your funniest post of the year, the one that got the most comments, the one your readers liked most…or maybe it was a post written by somebody else. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it! If you want to participate, the link will go up on Monday.

Last but not least, here’s a fabulous sale alert for one of my favorite site’s for the kids! Tea Collection’s semi-annual sale starts today, December 26th, and their entire fall collection is on sale with discounts of up to 50% off! And there is no promo code required. Browse Tea’s fall styles to find adorable outfits for both boys and girls! Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of this great sale from Tea Collection! Happy Shopping!