Raspberry Holiday Sparkler + {Giveaway Winner}

Raspberry Holiday Spritzer as featured from Simply Happenstance in Momazine.:: Raspberry Holiday Spritzer + {Giveaway Winner} ::

Did you all catch a glimpse of this Raspberry Holiday Spritzer in the latest edition of Momazine? Sara and I were featured in their winter edition of their online magazine!  {It’s available on Google Play or the App Store.}  It’s a beautifully curated magazine, chalk full of mommy moments, photography, and articles that inspire during this holiday season.  We hope you check it out!  In the meantime, we promised a few of you the recipe for this pink and sparkly bubbly drink.  It’s perfect for a date night in, while wrapping presents, or as part of a cocktail bar with all of it’s fixings handy for guests to create and enjoy!

Raspberry Holiday Spritzer

Oh, but wait! You were probably hoping to make this Raspberry Holiday Sparkler plus find out the winner of our Uncommon Goods Gift Guide + Giveaway… keep reading ahead, who knows it might be you?!!  [READ MORE]

Orange Marshmallow Mimosas

Orange Marshmallow Mimosa perfect for a holiday brunch or Christmas morning.:: Orange Marshmallow Mimosas ::

Cheers friends to the holidays! This month has been very busy, but we are planning to slow down, take a breather and enjoy a little downtime with this recipe for Orange Marshmallow Mimosas.  I love this time of the year, but with any holiday, you can get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle.  Sara and I have enjoyed you all stopping by, commenting, and liking our little Simply Happenstance.  We are very thankful this year for the support, but we will be taking a little break starting next week to enjoy this holiday season with our family.  I am looking forward to enjoying the good food, the good cheer, the smiling faces, and a couple of these Orange Marshmallow Mimosas on Christmas Day.  We hope you try them too!

Laetitia Brut Rose Sparkling Wine pefect for Orange Marshmallow Mimosas  [READ MORE]

UncommonGoods Holiday Gift Guide + Giveaway!

 Holiday Gift Guide by the Girls at Simply Happenstance using Unique Gifts from UncommonGoods!UncommonGoods Holiday Gift Guide // GIVEAWAY

Hi, friends! You are sure in for a treat today! We have a holiday gift guide + GIVEAWAY, to share with you, from the wonderful folks at UncommonGoods

It’s not everyday {or every month for that matter!} that we decide to promote a company and host a giveaway on Simply Happenstance. We are pretty particular about the brands we endorse and the businesses we suggest to our lovely readers. We want to make sure that if we’re giving our ‘thumbs up’ to a company or product… that it’s really worth your while to check it out! 

Well… UncommonGoods definitely has our support! We encourage you to take a look at their “unique gift ideas and unusual gifts!” The items are perfect for the person on your list that is hard to buy for… or for the individual that already has everything!

Using Business as a Force for Good | UncommonGoods {via simplyhappenstance.com}

This terrific company uses “business as a force for good!” Are you wondering how they do that? Well… you can fully read their mission statement {here}… but in a nutshell, UncommonGoods hopes to change the way that business is conducted by making sustainability a part of every decision they make. For example… the products on their site are carefully selected from artists and small manufacturers that are made in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. They feature products with recycled components and do not offer products that harm or hurt humans or animals. In fact, approximately one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled or upcycled materials! Futhermore, most of the products they carry are created right here in the United States! One of our favorite parts of the company, is that UncommonGoods has created the “Better to Give” program. This allows you to select a non-profit organization to receive a $1 donation {from them}, when you checkout. How great is that?!

As a part of this UncommonGoods gift guide and giveaway, Nicole and I were given a few fabulous items to review! Nicole chose two of their Moscow Mule Mugs, while I chose the Define Bottle and their Animal and Monster Hand Tattoos! All items came packed securely and were high in quality! I wouldn’t hesitate to send a gift to someone you love, directly from their site! You won’t be disappointed! {Check out our Instagram feed to see photos of the goods we received and love!}

While preparing for this post, I delved deeply into their site, paying special attention to their Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, and gifts priced under $50. What an amazing, unique selection! There are truly so many fabulous gift ideas offered by UncommonGoods! {There’s still time to order for Christmas!}

We thought it would be fun to highlight our gift giving choices for the foodie in your life {since we are mainly a food blog}, as well as, for the kids you adore {since we are parents, too}! Without further ado… here they are! 

UncommonGood Holiday Gift Guide for the Foodie! {simplyhappenstance.com}


  1. Oven-to-Table Entertainment Platter
  2. Define Bottle
  3. Foldable Market Basket
  4. Cheese and Crackers Serving Board
  5. i eight sum pi plates
  6. Agate Coasters
  7. Morning, Noon and Night Coffee
  8. Iced Tea Gift Set
  9. Moscow Mule Mug
  10. State Dish Towels
  11. Reclaimed Wood Cookbook Stand
  12. Capri Hand Painted Balloon Wine Glasses


DIY // Natural Christmas Garland

Natural Christmas Garland | Tutorial on simplyhappenstance.comDIY // Natural Christmas Garland

I love all things gold and sparkly {just take a look at my pinecone garland from last year!}… but I also love natural things, as well! I guess it depends on what I’m in the mood for… and the purpose of the piece. In this case, it was my sweet mama who planned this outdoorsy garland to make with her grandchildren over Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, we ran out of time, but she did leave the supplies with me to complete the simple DIY with my kids. {Thanks, Mom!} I’m crazy about how it turned out… and the kids and I had so much fun putting it together for the birds in our backyard to enjoy! 

Natural Christmas Garland | Tutorial on simplyhappenstance.com

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Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies | Simply Happenstance:: Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies ::

Well, it’s started! The Christmas Season is officially underway! Just this weekend, my sweet girl sang in our small town light parade with her school choir! Nothing puts you in the Christmas spirit quite like a parade filled with exuberant, marching, glowing kids! {Haha!}

Now that it’s truly feeling like Christmas is near, I have started planning what cookies and bars to make for neighbors, family and friends, to celebrate the joyous upcoming holiday. I know one thing for sure! These Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies, will most definitely, be on my list! 

Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies  Simply Happenstance -21Earlier this week, while doing a little grocery shopping, I picked up a bag of these little gems {Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses}! You guys! I hadn’t eaten one before! I wouldn’t consider myself a peppermint lover {although I don’t mind a little peppermint creamer added to my coffee this time of year}… well, let’s just say that I had to go out and buy bag *number two* before making these cookies! Ha! They’re really that good — and addicting, I might add! {You try just eating one!}  [READ MORE]

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine Recipe using Mulling Spices from Old Town Spice and Tea Merchants in Temecula.:: Mulled Wine ::

Did you happen to check out our post about our Lorimar Winery Sleepover? The local flavors and merchants of Temecula Valley inspired this recipe for Mulled Wine.  Sara and I really enjoyed the wineries, small shops, and old town feel of the town in which we have known for some time.  It was great to visit new places and discover small little treasures along the way.  This recipe was made with tasty wine from Lorimar Winery and sensational spices from Old Town Spice and Tea Merchant.  We hope you try this easy Mulled Wine Recipe during this holiday season.  Warm and cozy it will make you remember why you love the holidays.  [READ MORE]