The Thanksgiving Table: A Simple Cranberry Décor DIY


Thanks to our partner Ocean Spray for sponsoring this post. Content and opinions as always, are my own. 

Do any of you ever feel overwhelmed with the weeks leading up to the holidays? Somehow our calendars have a way of becoming full, and while it’s all positive and exciting, I need to streamline Thanksgiving planning and preparations as much as possible. My recent experience at Ocean Spray’s #AskCranma event inspired me to get creative with cranberries with everything needed to make that first Thanksgiving-hosting experience a memorable occasion.


From fresh floating mini-cranberry-bogs to lavish centerpieces – you can add a seasonal touch of vibrant cranberry to elevate your Thanksgiving décor with the help of Ocean Spray® Fresh Cranberries.  I enlisted the kids in this simple project because they are always looking for ways to help! 


Alongside little eager hands, several of my favorite apothecary jars in various sizes and shapes were filled to the brim with Ocean Spray® Fresh Cranberries to function as a centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table – and as décor in several areas throughout the home.  A collection of seasonal odds and ends were added to the mix, to create a T-day vibe throughout the space.  


There are so many different ways to get creative with cranberries!  Clear vases of flowers can also be filled with cranberries to hide floral stems while creating pops of color.  And clear cylinders filled with a bit of water and cranberries can be topped with votive candles to adorn a mantle.  I went for a super time-efficient hack to weave a special Thanksgiving feel to our gathering. 


Best of all, cranberries can be mixed with evergreen and other touches to carry a bright red festive color into December.  Thanks so much to Ocean Spray for the inspiration! Find other recipe and DIY hacks here.  Wishing you a beautiful celebration filled with meaning, good food, and family! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ocean Spray®. The opinions and text are all mine.


Anime NYC 2017


When your dad whips up a pretty cool Samus Aran Varia suit and Megaman X light armor cosplay for Halloween, I suppose it’s natural to want to step into that armor more than once. And while we didn’t make it to Comi Con, the kids were super stoked to attend Anime NYC 2017 – this past weekend at the Javits Center.

At ages 7 and 9, the kids are already huge fans of Japanese animation, and it has a lot of influence in the art they create. It was our first experience at an event like this, and we were all pretty blown away with the anime superfans and the overall glimpse into anime culture.


The vibe was super positive, and most adults had a genuine curiosity in the kids’ interest in their cosplay creations. Our girl was so excited to connect with other females who have a love for Samus, and she also saw tons of her other cosplay favorite – Sailor Moon. Our Megaman X said it was the coolest day ever and both the kids were really intrigued with the otaku art on display in the artist alley.

They kept saying things like – “WOW, people really LOVE Anime!”


The kids were good sports about all the photo requests (there were a ton!).

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The highlight of our experience was stumbling in front of the Wize Guys Collectibles both when we first entered the venue. They hosted voice actor Christopher Sabat, and he actually looked up from his autographing and selfie-booth busyness to take a photo of the kids!  He then told our Samus all about his voice work in Metroid Prime and gave both kids autographed prints. Day made! It’s pretty incredible when a celebrity goes out of their way to be super kind and down to earth.


Now to convince the dad to whip up some new cosplay for next year!



Grandma Knows Best: CranMa’s Thanksgiving Hostess Tips & a Trip to Ocean Spray’s Cranberry Bog


Sponsorship provided by Ocean Spray. Thanks for reading! Content and opinions, as always, are my own. There’s nothing like ushering in November with a trip to Rockefeller Center® to wade and dine in a 1500 sq. ft. fresh cranberry bog, while getting whipped into Thanksgiving-hostess-extraordinaire shape by a team of Ocean Spray Grandmas, AKA CranMas.   As part of Ocean […]

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Your Kids Will Want These Hot Holiday Toys from Best Buy


This post is sponsored by Best Buy.  Although so much has changed since I was a kid waiting for Christmastime, my children constantly remind me of the many special things that remain the same.  Baking, decorating, giving to others – and carefully studying the coveted holiday toy catalog the day that it arrives in the […]

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Casual + Cool Kids’ Style for the Holidays and Beyond


Thanks to our partner Crazy 8 for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.  When my kids were little, I enjoyed spending time picking out somewhat ridiculous and impractical Holiday outfits.  My sweeties may have looked adorable all wrapped up like carefully adorned Christmas trees – but the poufy dresses and tailored tuxedos were […]

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November 2017 Free Printable Calendar


Happy November lovelies!  I hope it’s a beautiful and hopeful month filled with good people and togetherness. As always, here’s a free printable calendar sheet to help keep track of all those important dates.  Just click the image below to download and print.   xo, Monica

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