• Military family guide to Disney World

    magic kingdom railroad

    Many years ago — long before Magic Bands, rose gold mouse ears, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train — Toby and I went to Disney World. It was the first time he had ever been to a Disney park, and the first time I had been since my high school graduation. We were going to […]

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  • Celebration sprinkle cookies

    celebration sprinkle cookies

    I have to apologize for not sharing these cookies with you sooner. They are amazing, and I was keeping them all to myself. Well, not totally to myself. I let my family eat some. These cookies are a much-more-delicious version of those rainbow sprinkle-covered cookies they have at bakeries–the kind that are so beautiful and […]

  • Rose gold everything

    rose gold everything

    Rose gold is everywhere right now, and it’s right up my alley: pink and sparkly! But, like blush pink, it can be a little tricky to wear, and even trickier to order online. I’ve tried rose gold dresses before, and they did not work at all with my skin tone. So I was pretty shocked […]

  • Dubai for New Year’s

    new years family photo

    Everything about Dubai — from buildings to brunches — is super luxe and over-the-top, so it’s not suprising that their New Year’s Eve celebration is one of the most opulent (and popular) in the world. But we learned last year that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars or stand outside for 18 hours to […]

  • Pumpkin cupcakes

    Pumpkin Spice Cupcake recipe at Marshmallows and Margaritas - perfect for fall!

    Pumpkin spice lattes have arrived at Starbucks, apple picking pictures are popping up all over Instagram, and temperatures here in Bahrain have dipped into the double digits (it was 95 today), which can only mean one thing: It’s fall! Let’s break out the canned pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg and make cupcakes. You don’t even need […]

  • Pink pineapples

    Barcelona rooftop bar

    Y’all know I’m a sucker for a colorful print, and when that print involves pineapples and is on a dress with super cute self-tie spaghetti straps and a twirly midi skirt? I couldn’t resist. I usually try to keep my shoulders covered in Bahrain, but my trip to Spain earlier this summer gave me a perfect reason to wear […]

  • How to make a unicorn cake – without fondant

    How to make a unicorn cake with no fondant

    You may have seen pictures of beautiful unicorn cakes floating around the Internet — the ones with lovely closed eyes and long lashes and swirly golden horns. I wanted to bake myself one for my birthday, but I didn’t want to have to use any fondant (or non-edible items), so I had to come up with […]