Apple Cider Sangria Recipe 


Hello guys and happy Thursday. 

I hope you all are having a great week. 

Today I have for a drink that is one of my favorites. I am not a drinker but when I do go out for drinks with friends, I always order a sangria. Sangria is not a very strong drink so it is perfect for th non drinkers. This apple cider sangria makes the perfect drink for the fall. 

On my Favorite Fall Treats Post, this definitely made the list. A lot of my reader showed interest in this drink so I decided to share with you my simple recipe that is perfect for the Fall. 

What You Need: 

  • Pinot Grigio (one bottle) 
  • Apple Cider ( 2 1/2 cups) 
  • Club Soda ( 1 cup) 
  • Ginger brandy ( 1/2 cup) 
  • Pears ( 3, chopped) 
  • Honey Crisp Apples (3, chopped) 

Directions: 

Combine all ingredients together in a nice size pitcher. Stir, stir,stir….stir. Place in the refrigerator to chill. 

And that’s it folks. Nice, simple and easy, right?! I hope that you all enjoy this drink. 

Until next time…stay positive 💖

-Toya 


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My Favorite Fall Treats! 


Hello everyone & welcome back to my blog. I hope that you all are having a great Monday.  

Fall is here and in full affect. One of my favorite things to do during the fall is to eat all of delicious treats that comes along with Fall. We are leaving the tricks at the door with theses delicious treats because are easy to make and they are super tasty. 

They are also great to make with your family. Include your kids in the prep process  with a few of these and you are sure to turn any night into a fun family night. 

Here are some of my favorites…

  • Fall Party Mix ~ I got these recipe a few years back from one of my aunts. She used to make this and put it in pretty little bags and pass out to all of her nieces and nephews. Your can pretty much add anything to it that you want. I add pretzels, mini peanut butter cracker, and chocolate m&ms to mine. This mix is so delicious you guys! 
  • Pumpkin Bread ~ Y’all I love me some pumpkin bread and I am sure that all of my pumpkin spice lovers will appreciate this masterpiece as well. Definitely something that the kids will love to make with you! 
  • Taffy Apples ~ Come on, like who doesn’t like taffy apples!?! This is also great to do with the kids because they can decorate them how they want.
  • Apple Cider Sangria ~ This great is for us adults only. I love sangria and this apple cider sangria is so good! The recipe is easy to make and would be a great addition to any holiday party. 

So there you have guys! My favorite Fall treats! Comment below and let me know what kind of treats do you all like to enjoy during the Fall. 

Until next time…stay positive 💖

-Toya 

The Blogger Recognition Award!!


Hello everyone, happy Friday!

I am super excited to announce that I have been nominated for another award. Thanks to Lebana for even thinking of me and my blog for this award. I really appreciate the nomination. I would love for you all to check out her amazing blog, I promise you’re going to love it.

 

The Rules

  1. Write a post to show your award
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  3. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers
  4. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  5. Select fifteen or fewer other bloggers you want to give the award 

About My Blog: 

My blog is literally about everything! I write about what is on my heart at the time. I love to write about being a mom and all that comes with it. I also like to give tips about saving money and I tend to sprinkle in some motivational posts in here and there because I truly want you all to live happy positive lives! 

My Advice: 

My advice to new bloggers would be to stay true to yourself, write about what makes your heart smile and you will always be a great blogger. My second piece of advice would be to be consistent. No, you don’t have to post everyday, but post enough so that your reader will know that you are serious about your blog. Happy Blogging! 

Nominees:  

I nominate everyone that is reading this that wishes to participate to do so. Its so many bloggers that I think are truly amazing, that its getting hard for me to choose when it comes to these kinds of awards.  

Until next time…stay positive!

-Toya

Mid-Week Motivation: Some Words Of Encouragement 


Hello everyone, happy Wednesday 😊

I hope that everyone’s week is going good so far. 

This post is to give motivation to everyone reading it to remind you all to keep going. Keep pushing forward towards your goal, no matter what is going on in your life right now. 

**taken from Google Image

I know sometimes things happen that discourage us on continuing down the path towards our goals, but you have to keep going. Nothing in life is ways and I promise once you reach where you are trying to get to in life it will all be worth it. I know saying this is easier said then done, but remain positive through it all and always think positive about every situation you may encounter in your journey. Good or bad. 

I won’t ramble on, but I just wanted to give that person that is feeling a little down some words of encouragement. I hope this helps and I hope the rest of the week goes great for each and every one of you and that you move closer to achieving your goals. 

Until next time…stay positive! 

-Toya 

The Spooky October Tag 


Hey guys, happy Tuesday. 

I’m the spirit of October and all things scary I have here for you guys a spooky October tag. It was very fun to do and I hope you all enjoy. 

After reading, I would like for you all to answer one of the questions in the comment section. I look forward to hearing from you guys. So let’s jump right into it. 

  1. Do you get scared easily? Absolutely! I am such a scary cat! 
  2. Have you ever played Bloody Mary? No, never! I wouldn’t bring that type of energy into my life. 
  3. You’re home alone, but you hear footsteps. What do you do? I refuse to be scared in my own home. So I would call my husband to come home immediately lol. 
  4. Do you prefer gore or thrillers? Definitely thrillers. 
  5. Favorite scary movie? I would have to say The Skeleton Key and the Jason movies. 
  6. What was your scariest Halloween costume? I was a dead cheerleader when I was much younger. Lol. 
  7. If you were dead to spend the night in a haunted house, would you?  Nooo…I can’t even imagine having to do something like that. 
  8. Are you superstitious? No 
  9. Creepiest thing that has ever happened to you? I swear that my dolls spoke to me when I was little. Haven’t touch a doll since. 
  10. Did these questions scare you? Kinda sorta. 

Thanks so much for reading. Make sure to connect with me on Instagram

Until next time…stay positive 💖

-Toya 

My Life As Mommy And Student. 


Hey guys, happy Friday 😄

As some of you may or may not know I am a online student. I have been attending classes since before I had my son and I always enjoyed it. I always had the self discipline to do so what I needed to do as a student, so once my son was born I decided that I would continue my education. 

As a mother, being a student is very different for me. I have learned to manage my time better and get my school work done around my son’s schedule. My husband is a big help but sometimes my son just wants to be around mommy and doesn’t understand that I have to finish an assignment or study for a test. 


When my son was first born, I didn’t see a difference at all. You know, he was a little baby so he wasn’t doing much and I could take the time I need to be a student when needed. Now that he is a little older and walking and talking there’s no such thing. 

Here are some things I have learned being a Mommy and a student. 

  • Have A Schedule – I have learned that when I schedule my times to study or complete assignments that I don’t feel bad about leaving my child to do so. I usually schedule around his naps times which as worked out perfect for me. 
  • Multi-Task – At first I would feel like if I studied with him then I am taking away time to spend with him. But I have learned that it is actually including him in what I am doing. Plus he enjoys pulling his littl books out when he sees me get started with school work. 
  • Me Time – Through this whole process as mommy and student I have learned that it’s okay to take some me time. To turn my brain off from being a student and a mom and do something I enjoy like read a book or listen to music. 

Being a mom and a student is not easy but it can work. Also moms remember that it is okay to ask for help when you need it. I know we don’t like to ask for help, but we all need it at some point in our lives. 

Be sure to connect with _lifewithlatoya_ on Instagram. 

Until next time … stay positive! 💙 

-Toya 

D.I.Y Halloween Decoration Ideas 


Hello guys, happy Wednesday 😄

This year I am excited about Halloween because my son actually gets to participate. Last year my son was only three months old when Halloween rolled around. Before becoming a mother, I didn’t celebrate this holiday as an adult. Now as a mother, I want my child to have the full experience of this day. 

Decorating the house is very fun to do with him. I love seeing him happy and full of excitement as he helps me. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, you can make a lot of the decorations on your own. Here are a few D.I.Y Halloween decorating ideas that I think you guys will enjoy.  

  • Outdoor Pumpkin Light Cover ~ this is a very inexpensive and creative idea. Use $1 plastics pumpkins , cut them in half, and cover your outdoor light with. 
  • Flying Ghost ~ Another inexpensive idea. Use balloons and fabric to create “ghosts” that you can hang around the yard. 
  • Spider Wreath ~ Use a wreath form and wrap it in fabric then place tiny toy spiders around the wreath. This is sure to give a spooky welcome to your home. 

I hope that you all enjoyed these ideas. Comment below and let me know how to you like to decorate for Halloween. 

Be sure to connect with _lifewithlatoya_ on Instagram. 

Until next time… stay positive! 💙

-Toya