November 30, 2015

December Scopers

Welcome, December! There are so many fun traditions that come with this month for our family... and that has definitely been incorporated into this months #DecemberScopers list! Julie from and I came up with this scope a day challenge idea back in September and it has grown into an amazing monthly event. I have been MIA on Periscope lately, mostly since I was having technical issues... but I am ready for December and I look forward to connecting with my fellow scopers!

Anyone can join in, so if you have been wanting to get more involved in Periscope hop on! Just add #DecemberScopers to the title of your scope and be sure to share your scope to twitter, so we can search the hashtag and find your scopes! My periscope handle is Working Mom Magic, be sure to follow me so we can catch each other on there! Also, be sure to join our Scoper Support Facebook group. It is an awesome & supportive community so hope on Periscope and have fun!

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November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekend in Pictures

Happy Monday! I hope you guys had an awesome weekend! I had a wonderful Thanksgiving... I was off for 5 day in a row!! That NEVER happens! In case you missed my obnoxious amount of instagram posts this weekend, I figured I would do a quick post to share my weekend in pictures.

New tradition! Buying the giant $30 bear at Home Depot when we buy our Christmas tree!
Hudson's first time on the roof helping dad hang lights!
Gingerbread fun

2015 is almost over! (ahhhhhhhhh!) Let's make this a great month!

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November 24, 2015

Best Holiday Items at Trader Joe's

If you know me, you know I LOVE Trader Joe's. The supermarket chain just recently started building locations here in South Florida, so I am still working my way through trying all the fun items. I have noticed they are really stepping it up during the holidays.

Here are just a few of my favorite holiday items:

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Butter: Go buy this. Right now. If you love the original cookie butter cult classic, you will like this. Not sure how long this will be on store shelves, so grab a jar while you can!
Courtesy: Trader Joe's

Fall Harvest Salsa: This stuff is so good, I eat it on everything! I have been making spaghetti squash in the crockpot and then topping it with this and sauteed veggies. So good!

Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Gyoza: I love TJ's veggie gyozas... and these are also really good! They have squash, edamame and spices in the filling.

Candy Cane Green Tea: I love tea! I drink it every day at work and this candy cane green tea is one of my current favorites. It is minty and refreshing and I just love the adorable polar bear on the box!
Courtesy: Trader Joe's

Chocolate Advent Calendars: We got these last year for the kids and they were a huge hit. They are all chocolate and in different shapes. You can't go wrong for only 99 cents!
Courtesy: Trader Joe's

Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps: These are amazing. I can eat them plain or with cheese on them. If you are doing a cheese plate for your holiday events, be sure to get these... people are always comment on how good they are.

Pumpkin Pie Mochi: These are strangely addictive. The ice cream center is so good, with little bits of graham cracker and the mochi dough outside is the craziest consistency.. but I love it.
Courtesy: Trader Joe's
Pumpkin Waffles: I don't eat these, but my kids love them, so I figured I would throw them in here. It just goes to show you that my love for all things pumpkin was passed on to my sweet children.

What are your must-have seasonal items from Trader Joe's? I am always looking for fun new things to buy! 

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November 22, 2015

DIY Watercolor Mug

                                     This post is sponsored by Door County Coffee & Tea. Opinions are 100% my own
                 Holiday gift idea from

November is flying by, so if you have not starting thinking about holiday gifts... you better start! Each year I come up with all these fabulous DIY ideas that I convince myself I am going to make for the important people in my life. (I swear, one day I WILL give out little mason jars full of homemade sugar scrub! I WILL!) Then I obviously never make them... and end up scrambling to buy a bunch of (overpriced) gifts for all my kids teachers, neighbors... etc.

This year I finally found the PERFECT, meaningful, customized gift... that takes only minutes to make! Watercolor coffee mugs! I have seen a number of variations of this craft on Pinterest and I wondered if they were really that easy. (since I have tried the DIY sharpie mugs as well, and it took me forever to create something on there and it didn't look that great.) It turns out they ARE easy, and trust me when I tell you that if I can do it, so can you!

Since the supplies to make the mug only cost me $1, I decided to include coffee with the gift. When Door County Coffee & Tea contacted me, I was thrilled. Then when I tasted their coffee I KNEW I wanted to include their products along with my beautiful mugs!

Door County is a family-owned, artisan coffee roaster located in Door County, Wisconsin. Founded in 1993, they welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to their facility where they serve up breakfast or lunch along with their specialty.. gourmet coffee.. roasted right on the premises! (in fact, each bag is roasted, packaged and shipped right there!)  

They sent me a box full of coffee... including all their famous holiday blends! (they are only available from September through December... so you better stock up now!) 

Door County Coffee has 5 holiday flavors:

  • Candy Cane 
  • Hot Buttered Rum 
  • Jingle Bell Java 
  • White Christmas
  • Door County Christmas

All of them are really good, but Jingle Bell Java & White Christmas are my favorites. We have been LOVING this coffee and it is definitely a treat!

For this craft you will need: 

  • Mug (I got mine at the dollar store)
  • Nail polish
  • Toothpick
  • Tupperware or Tin baking pan (deep enough to dip the mug)

Fill the tub with warm/hot water (this is important since if you use cold the polish dries up right away)
Pour a small amount of nail polish on top (just one or two drops)
Swirl it a bit with the toothpick
Dip the mug in the water and pull it right out
Set the mug on a paper plate to dry

You need to work quickly, since even with the warm water the nail polish dries fast on top of the water. If you want to do 2 colors, I recommend doing one color at a time... and layering them on top of each other. I tried doing two at once and it clumped up. Also, don't be afraid of testing color combinations or doing a few colors at once... since if you don't like how it looks, you can clean it right off with nail polish remover and try again. (you can also clean up edges or anything on the bottom of mug with the remover as well)

These should be hand washed to keep them looking their best. (I did put one of them in the dishwasher, just to see what happened... the polish stayed on, but it changed color a little bit)

Be sure to check out Door County Coffee & Tea's website. They also have a Facebook & Instagram account! Right now they are running an awesome promotion, you can get 30% off with the code: DCDCHRISTMAS. 

Here's a quick video showing the process:

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November 19, 2015

How To Get Your First Sponsored Post

I recently did a Periscope for #NovemberScopers about blog tips. I was in the parking lot at work so I only had a few minutes. I gave a quick tip on how to get started with sponsored posts and I could not believe how many people reached out to me that day! I got emails and tweets from bloggers who wanted to know more... so many, in fact, that I decided to write a post about it.

Thanks to working in the news industry for 15+ years so I know a thing or two about PR. (which is something that has helped me tremendously as a blogger) At work, I get hundreds of emails a day... many are pitches from PR firms on why their product, client, cause, etc. should be on the news. I know a good pitch from a crappy one. When I decided I was ready to earn extra money by taking on sponsored posts, I didn't wait for companies to contact me. I pitched directly to them. I was surprised to discover both during and after my scope this is something many bloggers had never even THOUGHT of doing, or were too nervous to try.

So there I was... ready to take on paid sponsored posts, but I had one BIG problem. I had no sponsored posts on my blog. Why would companies pay me, if I didn't have any proof showing the types of posts I would write? I figured the best way to actually get a few was to email companies myself and offer the review for free, in exchange for the product.

Here's a few tips:

Choose companies that fit your brand: If you are a craft/parenting blogger... you may not want to reach out to a beauty company to try and get that $200 face cream you have been lusting after. Reach out to companies who make products that will fit seamlessly into your blog. You can start branching out once you get a few sponsored posts under your belt.

Email the RIGHT person: Don't email customer service and expect to hear back. Most companies have a media/press/PR contact on their webpage. Email them. Try to Google past press releases from the company and you may even find a direct name & email on the header. Send them a twitter message asking for a contact.

Have a pitch: Sell yourself to the company. Keep your email quick & to the point, but be sure to tell the company how you would showcase their product.

                   Don't do this: "Hi.. I am a fairly new blogger over at Working Mom Magic and my kids would love to try out your (insert awesome toy you REALLY REALLY want for free here). Thanks!"
                   Instead, try something like this: "Hi.. I am a full-time working mom with a sweet 7 year old son & a spunky 2 year old daughter. I have been blogging for (time) and my posts showcasing my kids favorite toys tend to do really well with my readers. I know my kids would love your new whatever-it-is & I could write an amazing post about (explain the awesome way you will craft your post to promote their product). I would be willing to write the review free of charge, in exchange for (product).

The second letter gives the company a visual of what you would do with the product. (the age of your kids, the idea for the blog post.. etc) I wrote each company a specific letter explaining how I would create the post.     

I emailed 5 companies and every single one of them was happy to collaborate. I put those first few posts on my "Work with Me" page, and before I knew it I was getting emails from companies asking for reviews. I set a low rate and got started. After a few months, I bumped up my rate. (I have continued to raise rates based on my pageviews and social media reach)

To this day, a majority of my sponsored posts are through companies (or PR companies) that contact me directly. I also use Collective Bias, Influence Central and Bloggin' Mamas for paid posts.

If you want to start getting paid for your posts you have to start somewhere. Why not contact companies yourself and get the ball rolling? Have more questions? You can ALWAYS email me at 

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November 17, 2015

Spiked Lemon Cider

This post is sponsored by Mike's Hard Lemonade. Opinions are 100% my own. 
The perfect fall drink!

I love everything about the festive season of fall! Except for the cocktails! Hot toddies and bourbon filled drinks just don't do it for me. I decided to create my own signature fall cocktail and let me tell you... it is GOOD! Like seriously, I missed my calling as a mixologist. This is going to be my go-to drink for all our holiday events... and my family is going to LOVE me when I bring a pitcher (or 5.. knowing my family) to Thanksgiving dinner!
             A perfect Fall cocktail

My spiked lemon cider is the perfect fall drink, since it makes you feel all warm & fuzzy, while still being light & tasty! I created it using Mike's Hard Lemonade since I wanted the perfect lemon flavor to create my new holiday favorite. (I am a huge fan of citrus in my drinks) The secret to making this drink pop is Spiced Apple Cider. Regular apple cider is just fine, but for this drink you really want to get the spiced kind. (which should not be very difficult this time of year, I have seen a version of it at almost every grocery store) Finally, maple syrup helps brings the whole drink together... with some serious fall flair! (be sure to buy the good stuff)

Spiked Lemon Cider:
  • 1 bottle of Mike's Hard Lemonade
  • 6 ounces Spiked Apple Cider
  • 1 teaspoon Grade A Maple Syrup
Mix well & garnish with a cinnamon stick. This drink is simple to make and oh-so-good. Even my husband was impressed.
                     The perfect fall drink!

Now that I have the adults covered for Thanksgiving... it is time for the KIDS! This year I decided we would create a "Thankful Wreath." It is really inexpensive to make and my kids had so much fun putting it together. I also loved hearing their answers when I asked what they were thankful for.

For this craft you will need:
  • Paper or foam crafting in fall shapes
  • 12 inch Floral & Craft ring (usually in the artificial flower section of your craft store)
  • Sting or Twine 
  • Sharpies
  • Glue
I got a huge foam fall crafting kit for 50% off at Michael's to use for this craft. My original plan was to only use the two leaf shapes that came with it, since I loved the idea of the wreath being all leaves, but my kids had a different (and much less cohesive) idea.

The kids selected which shape they wanted and then told me something they were thankful for. The kids had TONS of things they wanted to write down, which made me so happy. I wrote them on the foam shapes using a sharpie.
Mila is very thankful for herself ;) 
Then I let the kids go to town decorating the words they selected. We had a variety of pom poms, stickers, gems and sequins. I let them dry for a bit and then we planned out how we wanted them to go on the floral ring. Before you glue anything on... loop the string through one of the holes. This makes it easy to hang, and doing it before helps ensure your words and decorations will be the right way. We glued it all together and now it is hanging in our family room! So cute & super easy.
Love it!
So grab a spiked lemon cider, some craft supplies and remind yourself about all that you have to be thankful for! What are some of your favorite fall cocktails and crafts?

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