About Tonya Staab

Tonya Staab is a content creator and the creative mind behind Create-Celebrate-Explore, a lifestyle blog that inspires parents to craft, cook, travel, and celebrate every day.

An Oscars Viewing Night Cocktail

The Oscars is just around the corner. Break out the gold streamer's, get the girls together, and host an Oscars viewing night at home. And I've got the perfect Oscars cocktail for you. It's dessert and a cocktail all wrapped up in one. It's creamy, gold, and decadent. Serving size: The recipe below makes 2 cocktails Ingredients: Oscars Cocktail 4 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream 2 oz Vodka Breyer's Vanilla Caramel Gelato Sparkling Seltzer Water Edible gold sprinkles Step 1: Rim the glass in a little gelato, and then roll the rim in edible gold sprinkles. Step 2: In a blender, combine the bourbon cream, vodka, and 2 scoops of gelato. Pour into the glass. Step 3: Top with sparkling seltzer water, to about 1cm from the top. Step 4: Add another … [Read more...]

Paper Heart Art for Valentine’s Day

More often than not, I like to create holiday projects that I can keep up year-round. Sure it's nice to have a few things that you only bring out on holiday's to decorate, but I love being able to create something that doesn't have to be put back into a storage box again. This paper heart art is the perfect craft project to create with kids for Valentine's Day and can be displayed not only for the holiday but year-round in your home. Materials: Square canvas - the one I used for this project was 6x6" Scrapbook paper Tacky glue Gold paint and paintbrush Heart craft punch Using the heart-shaped craft punch, punch hearts out of the scrapbook paper. Mix and match as many colors, and patterns as you like. Some great color/pattern options are: black and … [Read more...]

Must-Have’s in Pantone’s 2017 Color of The Year, Greenery

Have you heard that Pantone has announced their color of the year for 2017? I think the best description for the new color trend that we will be seeing everywhere this spring, Greenery, would be green apple or spring green, but it also reminds me so much of matcha ... which in turn makes me hungry just looking at it.  And seeing as this is my favorite color, it sure does make me all kinds of happy. Pantone has predicted this lovely hue as a fashion color trend for spring, which is perfect seeing as it makes me think so much of foliage, moss, and fresh green shoots appearing on the trees.   So, in honor of this, my favorite color, I've rounded up a few fabulous ideas for bringing a little greenery into your life this year. FOR THE HOME There are so many ways you can add a little … [Read more...]

Easy Sparkling Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day, the day to toast love, is almost upon us, and you don't need to be a mixologist to create these four simple, sweet, sparkling cocktails for the one you love. The best part, they each only requires two ingredients, and you can customize most to fit your love's favorite candy or flavors. Tip: You can use a sparkling wine, champagne, or prosecco, but I recommend not using anything that's too dry, or too sweet. The Sparkling Float Whether you use a gelato, or ice cream, this simple cocktail is sure to be a hit. I used a raspberry cheesecake gelato to make this one because my boyfriend cannot have a lot of lactose, and seeing as ice-cream scoops are often too large to scoop ice-cream into a champagne glass, try a melon baller instead. Add 3 scoops of gelato to the glass, … [Read more...]

Easy Slow Cooker Apple Pie Filling

One of the topics I've talked about previously here on Blissfully Domestic is the importance of being organized when it comes to holiday entertaining. I put together this checklist for Thanksgiving some time ago, but it really does apply to all holidays when you are entertaining at home. One thing that many people overlook is how many appliances, burners, and how much oven space is needed to cook their holiday meal. Anything that can be prepared or made in advance, even a day or two beforehand, is essential to ensuring that things run smoothly on the day you have guests coming over. I have the added problem of ensuring I'm catering to one of my kids who is on a gluten-free diet, whilst the other kids don't enjoy the taste of a lot of gluten-free items so the more that I can make ahead … [Read more...]

Are You Ready To Fight Screen Addiction?

(Sponsored): Blissfully Domestic is partnering with KidzVuz to spread the word about TeenSafe #FightScreenAddiction.  We received some cool stuff in exchange for our support, but all opinions are our own, of course!  I have three children. My oldest has just turned 21, and my youngest two (twins) are 10. Screen addiction is something that I have battled with regularly over the years. I've found it's become harder as they get older and require computers more regularly for homework assignments and research, but I've always encouraged a healthy balance in our home. Have you noticed that one of the questions pediatrician's ask when doing annual physical exams is how much screen time is your child getting? That was my first indication that I need to stay on top of this and encourage … [Read more...]