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Easy Birds Nest Mini Egg Recipe

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If you’re anything like me (aka Last Minute Queen), you’re currently frantically scouring Pinterest for the perfect last-minute Easter treat to smush together for the 30 to 60 (maybe 90?) little ones in your kids’ classes.

Am I right?!

Looks like you’re in luck because I’m sharing that perfect treat for you right here!  While it’s not completely original (it’s a Pinterest find for sure), I always resort to these easy, no-bake, under-an-hour birds nest treats when I’m running behind or when it feels like the week has just creeped up to me and I have nothing.

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Bird’s Nest Easter Treats (No-Bake)

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups dried chow mein noodles
  • mini eggs (3 to 4 per nest)

DIRECTIONS

Melt butter and marshmallows together in a large saucepan on low heat.

Stir vanilla extract into the butter/marshmallow mixture and add chow mein noddles, stirring quickly to coat the noodles evenly.

Remove from heat.  You’ll want to work quickly for the next step (think Rice Krispie squares!). For each nest, form a ball and push down with your thumb in the middle of the ball to create the “nest”.  I used a mini cupcake pan, which made it easier to shape the nests.  Repeat.

Add 3 to 4 mini eggs to each nest and voila!

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This recipe should make about at least 30 nests (good for one class!) depending on the size of each nest.  Enjoy!

xo,
kristina

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Time Will Tell

To be completely honest, I’ve literally written and edited this post at least five times.  I should insert a disclosure that states that I’m not really sure what the essence of this post is, but that it’s well intentioned, haha!  It’s also not a sponsored post (although I did get a free watch from Daniel Wellington insert smiley face emoji here).

Basically the title of this post has never had a more profound impact on me than it does now.

[prepare to bust out the movie theatre popcorn right about now]

Ever since we’ve entered into the New Year, I feel like I’ve spent hours reflecting on life.  I don’t know if it’s because the kids are getting older or because I’m getting older.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m constantly wondering what I’m doing or where I’m going in life.  Is it because I doubt myself often?  There’s so many questions and I know these questions will be answered over time.

Often times, I end up in a café sipping on that perfect cup of latte and chatting endlessly with friends.  We tend to reflect on our lives and how we got there.  We inspire and encourage each other.  We push each other to do better, to do more.  We also remind each other to relax and take time for ourselves.  To stay true to ourselves.

I guess the reason behind this post is that what you see on social media isn’t real life.  I’m sure you’ve heard this time and time again, but I know we’re all guilty of scrolling through our Instagram feeds and stories, and wishing our lives could be like that other girl who has the “perfect life”.  I’m totally guilty of that on a daily!  It makes me feel completely overwhelmed and (almost) triggers the need to turn my back on social media altogether.

But then I always end up back in this very moment.  I honestly wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for social media and my Instagram/blog community.  I’ve met so many influential individuals and I’ve been honoured to work with so many businesses.  This platform has given me a voice and I’m so thankful for that.  So because of that, I’m going to keep pushing forward and hopefully become more inspired to create content that’ll keep bringing you guys back!

I’m not really sure where this post is going LOL, but if you’re still with me, THANK YOU (HAHA)!!  Thanks for listening to me ramble and thanks for following along.  It means the world to me!

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Speaking of Daniel Wellington, don’t forget to use code THESWANKSOCIAL for 15% off your next DW purchase!  Plus, they have a new website for our Canadian friends with free shipping and a no COD promise.  I’d say that’s a win-win!

Happy shopping, friends!

xo,
kristina

Photos:  Janelle Saccucci

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, but I did receive free product from Daniel Wellington in exchange for Instagram posts.  The opinions and views in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinion or views of Daniel Wellington and/or their affiliates.

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A Winters Dream Holiday Tablescape

It’s already December (how?!) and all I can do is reminisce about a holiday styled shoot I created a few years back with my lovely and very talented friend, Amy from Confetti and Co.!

When I started The Swank Social, it was all about celebrations, confetti and creative collaborations.  It was a fun time and I made so many connections through the work that I did, but it wasn’t fulfilling enough for me.  Plus, I had a personal reason why I decided to go back to work full-time (best decision ever!) and slowly concentrate on growing The Swank Social as a blog during my spare time lifestyle blog.  It only took a year to finally grasp and understand how to balance my time.

Actually, scratch that.

I still don’t know how to balance my time.  I’m almost certain that I’ll never figure that out, but here we are!

Okay, back to the holidays and Christmas.  And back to the days where a crisp, white studio space was extremely hard to come by.  We booked (the now defunct) Sugar Studios for our collaborative shoot and started working our magic:

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While I do miss the days where I got to plan and execute events that were dear to my clients’ hearts, I’m so fortunate to have this social platform that allows me to keep creating, collaborating and styling!  Currently, I’m just trying to let it settle in that it’s almost Christmas!!

xx Kristina

 

Collaborators:

Styling:  The Swank Social and Confetti & Co. | Photography:  Studio 86 Creative Design | Floral Arrangements:  Celsia Floral | Placecard Cookies:  Whisk | Wooden Name Placecards and Balloons:  Confetti & Co. | Custom Menu and Print:  Kardz Kouture | Plates and Table Decor:  The Cross Design | Chairs:  Eclat Decor

Vendors:

Flatware:  West Elm | Glassware, Wooden Chargers and Napkins:  Indigo

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