Jessica Mae

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cupcake Party + Hot Chocolate Recipe {GIVEAWAY}

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How fun are the holidays?! I definitely try to do as much as I can as far as getting in my holiday baking. Today's post is just that! Ideas for decorating cupcakes, a delicious hot chocolate recipe, AND you can enter a giveaway to win one of eight KitchenAid® mixers! All you have to do is vote on your favorite photo of recipes that haven't been entered.

I went out to my local Walmart to pick up these great products from my baking needs. I grabbed a gallon of 2% Great Value milk, M&M's® Hot Chocolate, M&M's® Holiday Milk Chocolate, Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix, and, Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting. Here is a COUPON to save $1.00 on ANY TWO (2) M&M's® Chocolate Candies, 8 oz or larger. I'm so excited to share these ideas with you because everything was just so yummy!

I first followed the instructions to make cupcakes with the Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix. One of my favorite smells is when cake is baking in the oven. Mmmm.

I got everything out and ready to start decorating!

Here are three ideas to decorate your cupcakes. I've got a Christmas tree, an ornament, and a wreath.

Now for the HOT CHOCOLATE! I love sitting on the couch curled up with a blanket, watching a Christmas movie, and sipping on a cup of hot chocolate! They have a limited kind M&M's® Hot Chocolate that I used to make the hot chocolate.
I first put 1/2 cup of them in a food processor to grind them down as much as I could. It's ok if there are some larger pieces.

I added 1 cup of milk and added the M&M's® Hot Chocolate and let it heat up and melt down the rest of the larger pieces. Stir often.

Pour into your favorite mug! This hot chocolate was so good. I will honestly be making it this way again. It was very rich which I really enjoy.


-1/2 cup  M&M's® Hot Chocolate
-1 cup 2% Great Value milk

Part of this season is to give back. When you purchas2 bags of M&M’s® at Walmart (9.4 oz bags or larger) up to a gallon of milk will be donated to The Great American Milk Drive. When I think of  donating to a food drive I think of giving canned or boxed items, but one of the most asked for items is milk. A lot of children and families are missing out on the essential nutrients that's in milk. You can also make a small donation HERE.

What would you make with these items?! Here are some more ideas and also HERE is an idea for a M&M's® Holiday Snowflake Cookies recipe.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

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The Holidays are here! I know for me that means a lot of time spent with family and friends and a lot of food! Especially dessert. Pie is one of my favorite desserts. I will even ask my dad to make me a pie for my birthday and trust me it doesn't last very long around the house. Another pie I have always been a fan of as well is Marie Callender's® Dessert Pies. I'm telling you, they are so delicious!

We recently hosted a Friendsgiving at our house. That is where you invite your friends over for a Thanksgiving dinner! We had a lot of fun and we made it pot luck style. Along with other food items I also provided a Marie Callender's® Dessert Pie and some Reddi-Wip® to go on top. I went to my local Walmart to pick up both items. It was very convenient to get from the store and very simple to prepare.

A lot of people say that leftovers are always the best part of Thanksgiving. I do agree it's one of my favorite parts as well! I want to share how to make a delicious pumpkin pie milkshake with your leftover pies during the holiday season.

First you prepare your pie as directed on the box and share with your guests. Or you can make milkshakes right away.

Get your leftover pie! For us I made this milkshake the day after we ate the pie.

For one milkshake, put 1 cup of milk in your blender.

Scoop about 1 cup of vanilla ice cream in as well.

Add a slice of leftover pie!

Once it is all blended together, top with some Reddi-Wip®.

And there you go! A yummy alternative to your leftover pie.

What would you do with your left over pie?! Share the joy of pie at your holiday party and share your ideas! Here are some more ideas and go here for some coupons!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Mini Frozen Pumpkin Pies

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This time of year is my favorite! Mostly for the delicious treats and yummy goodies ;) We try to watch ourselves with how much dessert we are eating, but it can be difficult when people are dropping treats off at the house, when someone brings lots of sweets to your work, or all of those holiday get togethers. These pies are a great healthier option that is so simple to make. These effortless mini pumpkin pies are perfect to serve at one of those get togethers or to drop off to your neighbors. You may find yourself making them several times!

I first went to my local Walmart and picked upDannon® Greek Yogurt; Oikos® Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt, a Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust, and a Reddi-wip® Original. I also used some pumpkin pie spice and Fall sprinkles.

Depending on how many you want to make, for one pie I scooped around half of the Dannon® Greek Yogurt; Oikos® Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt out and put into the bowl. Then a couple sprays of the Reddi-wip® Original. Also a dash of some pumpkin pie spice into the bowl.

Next I mixed everything and started spooning into the Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crusts. Put in the freezer for about 30-60 minutes. Keep an eye on them because they will freeze faster since they are smaller in size.

Lastly, top the pies with some more Reddi-wip® Original and sprinkles of your choice!

Three main ingredients, effortless, and delicious!

How would you make your effortless mini pies?!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Conrad Wayne Photography

I love my hometown. I think it's perfect. I have the beach, the cute downtown with a riverwalk, and of course the fact One Tree Hill was filmed there! ;) But really. So recently my brother has developed a love of photography and has been taking beautiful photos. I like to brag about my family members so I wanted to share some of his photos. And again, One Tree Hill...if you're a fan you should recognize the bridge and some of the shots of downtown. Enjoy these pictures of my beautiful hometown and state North Carolina :) 

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall Eyes with Maybelline

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I love Fall colors, whether it's for clothes, decoration, or makeup. The browns, the beiges, I love it all! In the Summer I take it easy on the makeup, I usually go for a more natural look. I'll maybe put on a little mascara, but other than that I keep it simple. However, when Fall rolls around I like to kick it up a notch and go more dramatic with my eyes, mostly my eyelashes. I wanted to share a little 3 step tutorial on how to achieve a Fall look for your eyes. I found this Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara from Walmart that really amps up my eyelashes, as well as some other Maybelline products that help me get a Fall eye.

I started off with an eyeshadow compact. This one is called Chai Latte. The perfect brown and natural colors for the Fall.

For my eyes I didn't follow the numbers that were already on the eyeshadow, but above I have them in the order that I put them on. #1 I put on my lid. #2 I put all over my crease and under my brow, so basically everywhere except my lid. #3 I put on the outer angle on my eye, smudging it into the crease as well. Kind of like I was doing a smokey eye. #4 I lightly put over my lid to add a little copper shimmer.

For the second step I tackled my brows. I've only used one other brow filler before, but I have now found a new favorite. This is Maybelline's Brow Define & Duo that has two steps to it. You first use the pencil side to outline and fill in your eyebrows, then on the other side it finishes up your eyebrow with more of a matte look. I'm hooked!

The last step is applying the mascara.I know a lot of girls who get eyelash extensions that gives them a more dramatic look. I've never tried them before, mostly because I already have naturally, long eyelashes, but the money for upkeep has never been for me. This mascara is amazing! It really made such a difference and has that look that I'm wearing false eyelashes. It adds a lot of volume to my lashes and it's the world's first patented push-up brush has cup-shaped bristles which scoop lashes up from the roots, coating and lifting them up into a dramatic 45 degrees! So if you're wanting a a false eyelash look, I would give this a try for sure!

This was really simple to do and I'm in love with the colors of the eyeshadow and also how the mascara makes my eyelashes pop! Definitely going back to Walmart to get more!

What are your favorite Fall makeup items or tricks?!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Summer to Fall Romper

You know those days when you wake up and it's chilly and you're all about those boots, pumpkin spice, cardigans, sweaters, pumpkin spice (I've seen more pumpkin spice things this year than in my whole life!) anyways...then in the middle of the day you could be wearing your bathing suit....then that evening you need your Winter jacket. Well where I live we definitely get those days when Fall is trying to make it's entrance, but then Summer gets jealous and has to come back into the picture.

So I thought why not wear your Summer romper with some Fall touches. Add some ankle boots, a hat, and wallah! When it gets hot you can ditch the sweater :) I am super excited that it is officially Fall. My favorite holidays are in these next couple of months and it's my favorite type of clothing as well!

Also don't mind my scraped up knees. I got in a fight with the sand.

Romper-c/o Aeropostale
Cardigan-c/o Aeropostale
Purse-c/o Aeropostale
Boots-c/o H&M
Hat- Hallelu

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pink & Floral

Happy Fall by the way! Time for some pumpkin carving, caramel apples, and lots of hot chocolate and soup! The feelings of Fall just make me so happy. My favorite Fall days are the ones where it's that crisp feeling in the air, I've got my favorite Fall candle burning, and I'm bundled up with a sweatshirt. ahhhh

I thought I would share some more pictures of this gorgeous dress from Groopdealz. I absolutely love it! I think it makes a good transition dress into Fall. It's very comfortable!

Have a good day! Be nice to people!

Dress- c/o Groopdealz
Necklace- c/o Groopdealz
Purse- Coach
Shoes- Sole Society(old)