{RECAP} OUR FLUFFY YEAR, 2014!

2014 Recap of The Marshmallow Studio

At the end of every year, I like to take time to look back and reflect on all that took place throughout the year. If you’ve been following me for while, you know that I do this with my personal life as well as with The Marshmallow Studio.

Every January I like to post a recap of our year to highlight the good and learn from the ugly…. So here is the recap for 2014!

{PLEASE NOTE: Below each image there will be a link you can click to see the full post for that project which will include additional photos and details.}

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Here we go….

OUR PROJECTS FOR KRAFT JET-PUFFED MARSHMALLOWS

Scalloped Marshmallow Valentine's Day Cake by TheMarshmallowStudio

Scalloped Valentine’s Day Marshmallow Cake

Easter Marshmallow Wreath by TheMarshmallowStudio

Easter Marshmallow Wreath

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Patriotic Marshmallow Fondant Cake

Witch on a Broom Marshmallow Cake by TheMarshmallowStudio

Witch On A Broom Marshmallow Cake

Fall Harvest Marshmallow Cake by TheMarshmallowStudio2

Fall Harvest Marshmallow Cake

Santa Stuck In The Chimney Marshmallow Cake by TheMarshmallowStudio

Santa Got Stuck In The Chimney Marshmallow Cake

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PAST ORDERS

Although we really don’t take orders, here are a few that I made for my friends or wholesale clients:

New Balance Wall Art by The Marshmallow Studio

A marshmallow wall art to promote the launch of the brand new Fresh Foam shoes by New Balance.

Dinos - BellaGrey Designs

Cute dinosaur marshmallow pops for a birthday party.

Muppets Marshmallow Pops by TheMarshmallowStudio

Muppet inspired marshmallow pops for a special wedding.

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Olaf inspired marshmallow pops for a birthday party. This was fun because it included a little competition between my mom and I. You participated, remember?

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DIYs AND RECIPES

Slow Cookier CCC_TheMarshmallowStudio

Slow Cooker Chocolate Chip Cookie

Fondue Sweetness_Alejandra Morin

Fondue Sweetness

Father's Day MM Pops by TheMarshmallowStudio

Father’s Day Marshmallow Pops

Patriotic Red Velvet Star Cakes by TheMarshmallowStudio

Patriotic Red Velvet Star Cakes

Shortbread Cups with Grilled Peaches and Marshmallow Dip by TheMarshmallowStudio

Shortbread Cups with Grilled Peaches and Marshmallow Dip

Back-to-school Apple Marshmallow Pops by TheMarshmallowStudio

Apple Marshmallow Pops

Halloween Gravestone MM Cupcake Toppers-TheMarshmallowStudio

Marshmallow Gravestone Chocolate Cupcakes

Dia De Los Muertos Fondant Calavera Toppers_TheMarshmallowStudio

Dia De Los Muertos Fondant and Marshmallow Calavera Toppers

Mexican Champurrado by TheMarshmallowStudio

Mexican Champurrado

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies Treat Bundt Cake_TheMarshmallowStudio

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies Treat Bundt Cake with Drizzled Caramel

Fall Rice Krispie Treat Cake_TheMarshmallowStudio

Fall Rice Krispies Treat Cake

Gingerbread Marshmallow Brownie Man_TheMarshmallowStudio

Gingerbread Marshmallow Brownie

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BRANDS WE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH

Brands 2014

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CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

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Social Media Strategies Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada

Party Girls at 80s Party at SNAP

SNAP Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

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BlogHer Food in Miami, Florida

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International Food and Beverage Conference in Seattle, Washington

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MY BOOK!!!

mARTshmallows by TheMarshmallowStudio

This is the book that keeps giving, let me tell you! Exactly a year after we released mARTshmallows, we surprised every one with the release of the digital version which is available in English and Spanish too!

Now you can download a copy and not worry about shipping costs or having to wait for it to come in the mail. Not to mention, all of our Spanish speaking fans are now very happy :)

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GIVEAWAYS & PRODUCT REVIEWS

MM Galore

Marshmallows Galore by Donna Mae

Eat More Dessert Giveaway on TheMarshmallowStudio

Eat More Dessert by Jenny Keller

Sweet Treats Book Giveaway at TheMarshmallowStudio

Sweet Treats for the Holidays by Norene Cox

Nautical Marshmallow Baby Girl Nursery by TheMarshmallowStudio

Wallternatives – incredibly awesome wall decals.

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CELEBRATIONS

If you follow me on Instagram ,you know I love all things party and DIY.. After all, I do have a bachelor’s degree in Meetings and Event Management haha).

When I celebrate my boys’ birthdays we do it big around here. This year I also got to celebrate the arrival of our little girl.

Keiran Cookies and Milk Party

Keiran’s 3rd birthday party – Cookies & Milk!

Aiden Dinosaur Party

Aiden’s 5th birthday party  - Dinosaurs!

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Our Vintage Baby Girl shower

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Our Mexican Fiesta shower

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THE MORINS

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Our house was completed and we got to move in :)

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This home is a dream come true for us!

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And finally, the sweetest little blessing of this year is our little doll Kamilla!

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Here we are on Thanksgiving Day. Our first photograph as a family of 5. I LOVE it!!

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We always have so much fun with our Christmas cards. This year’s theme was sweets and gingerbread kids :)

Van

Then this happened. :( We got into a major car accident just a few days before Christmas. We were lucky to walk away with just burns and bruises.

This was a very scary reminder that everyday is precious and we must cherish every moment, family and friends.

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I am extremely grateful for everything 2014 gave us and I am thrilled to see what 2015 has in store for us.

Here’s to a fabulous 2015!!!

Cheers :)

{DIY} FALL RICE KRISPIE TREAT CAKE!

Fall Rice Krispie Treat Cake_TheMarshmallowStudio

Ooooh… I’m super excited to share with you another fun little DIY treat for this Fall or Thanksgiving.

You KNOW my favorite season of the year is Fall and there’s inspiration everywhere (well, mostly on Pinterest and Instagram because sadly there isn’t much of Fall going on in Las Vegas, ever). Anyway, recently I made a Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treat Bundt Cake drizzled with caramel for KraftRecipes.com and it left me wanting more. It was so good and easy to make that I knew I had to keep rolling with it. I remembered seeing the fabulous girls of Anders Ruff make several Rice Krispie Treat cakes in the past and thought…. I’ll make one for Fall!

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{DIY} DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FONDANT & MARSHMALLOW CALAVERA TOPPERS!

Dia De Los Muertos Fondant Toppers2_TheMarshmallowStudio

My boys are obsessed with Halloween. Whether it’s because of the thought of being allowed to get a major sugar rush all in one day or all the fun and spooky decorations in every store we walk in to, they love it! I think Halloween is cool but I’m more of a Dia De Los Muertos person. I remember growing up in Mexico celebrating this beautiful holiday with delicious bread, traditional clay dishes, flowers and artisan crafts.

Dia De Los Muertos (or Day Of The Dead as it’s known in the United States) is a Mexican holiday in which friends and family gather together to pray for and remember their deceased loved ones. Traditionally the celebration takes place October 31st- November 2nd. People build private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and favorite foods and beverages of the departed. They also visit their graves and leave some of these as gifts along with a few possessions of the deceased.

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{DIY} HALLOWEEN GRAVESTONE MARSHMALLOW CUPCAKE TOPPERS

Halloween Gravestone MM Cupcake Toppers-TheMarshmallowStudio

Halloween Gravestone Marshmallow Cupcake Toppers

Boooooo!! Halloween is coming up fast and I’ve got just the quick cupcake decorating trick so you can treat all your little favorite people!

Will you be hosting or attending a Halloween party this year? I love holidays, because they bring friends and family together to celebrate, interact and enjoy yummy food. How about all the cool Halloween party and Halloween food ideas out there? So many fun stuff!!

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{DIY} BACK-TO-SCHOOL APPLE MARSHMALLOW POPS

Back-to-school Apple Marshmallow Pops by TheMarshmallowStudio

Wowzers, this summer has flown by!!

Time to switch gears and get ready for my favorite part of the year – Fall and Winter. Sure I love having the kiddos at home, all the outdoor nights eating s’mores, and the hot water fun but there’s something magical about the leaves turning and the weather cooling down that makes me feel all giddy inside.

This year I’m particularly excited for back-to-school season. My boys are 3.5 and 5 years old. One will go into his second year in preschool and my other will go into Kindergarten. They are both finally going to be going to the same school and having the same schedule. Woohoo!! I’m that mom that make special gifts for the teachers and sends in special treats every special occasion. Teachers like me, haha!

To quick off this school year with A+ extra credit parent points, I’m going to be making my boy’s teachers baskets full of Apple Marshmallow Pops.

Making these pops is like second nature to me. I’ve been making marshmallow pops and art for over four years now.  Today you’re in luck my friend…. I’m going to teach you how to WOW your kid’s teachers too!

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Check out KraftRecipes.com HERE or HERE to see the full tutorial.

{DIY} FATHER’S DAY EASY MARSHMALLOW POPS

 Father's Day MM Pops by TheMarshmallowStudio

June is Dairy Month, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, Seafood Month and Turkey Lover’s Month…. but all I can think about in June is Father’s Day!

I have so many wonderful memories with my dad. I am lucky to say that he has been a great father to me and my siblings.

Now that I have children, he’s proven to also be an amazingly loving and fun grandpa or “abuelito” as we would say in Spanish. Every year we celebrate him with a little cake, lots of hugs, kisses and by reminding him how much we love and appreciate him :)

THE MARSHMALLOW STUDIO

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{DIY} DECORATED EASTER EGGMALLOWS

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Is Spring in the air in your city already? It’s definitely  here in Las Vegas as I type!

My second favorite season of the year is Spring. The air is crisp, the trees start getting green again and the flowers bloom all around. About this time, I get a burst of energy that makes me want to open up the windows, clean every cranny of my house and declutter everything. Hahaha, I guess that’s why they call it Spring cleaning.

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{RECAP} 2013 – AN UNBELIEVABLE YEAR!

2013 TMS Recap

At the end of every year, I like to take time to look back and reflect on what was  blessings and adventures occurred during that time. I do this with my personal life and with The Marshmallow Studio. You really learn a lot about your strengths, your weaknesses and it helps set new goals for the upcoming year. For me, doing annual recaps of each year on this blogs has helped me document the growth in my marshmallow skills, and my marketing abilities. Oh and to see the progress of my photography and Photoshop skills too which have a long way to go still haha.

{PLEASE NOTE: Below each image there will be a link you can click to see the full post for that project which will include additional photos and details.}

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{DIY} HALLOWEEN CAKE WITH MARSHMALLOWS

DIY Halloween Cake by TheMarshmallowStudio

Although this little Halloween cake of mine didn’t turn out as envisioned, I think it’s pretty fun after all!  It’s a two layer yellow cake, frosted with dark chocolate frosting and decorated with marshmallows…What’s not to love about this cute DIY Halloween Cake?!

Making fun projects like these for KRAFT Jet-Puffed Marshmallows every holiday is what I love the most about being their Community Manager. I seriously have the sweetest job ever!!

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SPOOKY-LICIOUS HALLOWEEN PARTY FOR KIDS + GIVEAWAY

Halloween entertaining with KRAFT Giveaway

Halloween is such a fun holiday for kids and adults alike. Above is a photo from last year’s Halloween. My family and I dressed up as the s’mores family. I made the costumes from felt! My boys love getting dressed up and playing pretend. They also enjoy helping me cook and bake when I’m making pumpkin recipes, ghoulish treats and other Halloween themed goodies. I believe it’s very important to get them involved in the kitchen so they can learn to be independent, improve their fine motor skills, as well as expand their cause and effect comprehension. It’s a win-win; they help me, they learn and they have fun!

Halloween entertaining with KRAFT Giveaway

I recently received a wonderful package filled with awesome goodies at no cost to me from my friends at KRAFT Recipes. The sweetest part of it was that I would also be able to give one away to a lucky reader of my blog. I love when I get to spread the love and share great products I enjoy with you all. Here’s a list of the cool products that I received and will be included in the giveaway package:

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HUGE KRAFT FOODS’ MAGAZINES FEATURE!!

Pinch me. Pinch me.Pinch me!!!!

I have been featured inside the Summer 2013 issue of KRAFT Foods’ Food & Family Magazine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Food & Family Magazine TMS feature
TMS feature

As if that wasn’t enough……………….

They also featured me inside their Spanish version, Comida y Familia!!!!!!!!

Comida Y Familia TMS feature

Food & Family TMS feature

I could not in a million years afforded to pay for this type of exposure. I am forever thankful to my team at KRAFT Jet-Puffed Marshmallows for making this happen.

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EPIC FAIL & SURPRISING RECOVERY!

This is a funny post… I’d love to sit here and tell you that all my ideas come out great and I never have total disasters but that would would be one big fat lie! There are times when I’m bored or feel overly creative and get these coo coo random marshmallow ideas. Sometimes they are cool and sometimes they leave me thinking “OMG, what the heck was I thinking”. The cool stuff is what makes it to the blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, on and on. Then the not-so-proud of stuff gets stashed somewhere in The Studio hidden from the public eye. It’s true! 

Well, I decided it was time to share with you one of my all-time epic fail projects = Hot Chocolate sticks

<<< This is the pretty one…. see below for the full story >>>

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{DIY} PUMPKIN SPICE MARSHMALLOW FONDANT

I had been wanting to make marshmallow fondant for almost 3 years now but I never actually took the time to look up a recipe and give it a shot. As crazy as that may sound, maybe I’ve seen too many cake show competitions LOL but fondant just intimidated me to the point that I felt if it didn’t come out right I’d feel like a total fake “marshmallow expert”.  Well, last night I decided to put my fears behind me and just do it!

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{DIY} JACK O’ LANTERN NECKLACE

As some of you might remember, a few months ago I designed several marshmallow necklaces. I thought people were going to laugh at my coo coo imagination but they actually loved them which was wonderful!!

I wanted to design a new necklace for Halloween that would be even easier to make. A necklace that kids can make at school, can be worn by anyone and can be eaten whenever. Sooooo, I wrapped Jet-Puffed’s Jumbo Pumpkin Mallows in plastic wrap, tied ribbon in between each pumpkin and then drew Jack o’ Lantern faces over each marshmallow. No need to run around looking for an edible pen, just draw over the plastic :) It only took me ten minutes to make!!

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