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4/16/18

Waffle Bar Brunch with Sundae Bar

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As the school year wraps up, so does the year for my schools parent teacher organization, PTO, which I currently serve as the vice president. We have spent many hours and many days together planning, organizing and setting up of events, programs, lunches, and more for the teachers and students at our elementary school. 

To celebrate a great year I wanted to host a small get together for all the amazing ladies that have helped make this school year extra special with a waffle bar brunch and a make your own sundae bar complete with Kellogg's® Eggo® Homestyle Waffles, Banquet® Brown'N Serve™ Original Sausage Links, and Hungry Jack® Original Syrup. Get more great inspiration for your own waffle bar by stopping by the traveling Eggo® Waffle Truck traveling around the country.



The Waffle Bar Truck will be stopping at Walmart around the country from April through September and will move 200 times in over 100 days. I can't wait to head to my local Wal-Mart to stop in and see all the amazing creations!!! Be sure to click the truck below to find a truck near you.


When planning the waffle bar brunch I grabbed everything I needed at Walmart. They have a great selection and had everything I needed to plan a fantastic brunch for everyone. My list included:
  • Kellogg's® Eggo® Homestyle Waffles 
  • Kellogg's® Eggo® Chocolatey Chip Waffles 
  • Banquet® Brown'N Serve™ Original Sausage Links 
  • Hungry Jack® Original Syrup 
  • Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter 
  • M&M’S® Minis Milk Chocolate Candies 
  • Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream 
  • Reddi-wip® Original Dairy Whipped Topping
  • Smucker’s® Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping 
  • Fresh Fruits and Veggies
  • Great Value Croissants 
  • Deli Meats
  • Deli Cheese
  • Sandwich Condiments

There are 9 amazing women on our PTO executive board and wanted to gather them all at my home for a a great brunch to sit and relax while the kids were still at school. I set up and decorated a few tables out side so we can sit and chat and dine. I added a few rustic decor items to spruce up the table. Including mason jar mugs with straws, floral plates, and wired baskets.


We brunched and munch all afternoon to a delicious spread of Kellogg's® Eggo® Homestyle Waffles, Banquet® Brown'N Serve™ Original Sausage Link, Hungry Jack® Original Syrup, and more yummy foods! Delicious News! Eggo waffles now have no artificial flavors and colors from natural sources. 


Sandwiches, fruits, veggies, and even M&M’S® Minis Milk Chocolate Candies were all up for grabs during the brunch. I set everything out on a table topped with a beautiful floral print so everyone could help themselves to what ever they wanted. 


(418 calories per serving; serving size for one)


(755 calories per serving; serving size for one)

Croissants were topped with deli cut meats and a selection of fruit from the Walmart produce section paired well with Kellogg's® Eggo® Homestyle Waffles and Banquet® Brown'N Serve™ Original Sausage Links. The waffles were topped with fresh fruits and candy for a sweet treat! 



Of course brunch would not be complete with out a make your own sundae bar. Fresh fruits and M&M’S® Minis Milk Chocolate Candies made perfect toppings for Breyer's® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream. 

I can't wait to head to our Waffle Bar Truck to get more ideas and inspiration for our next waffle bar brunch. It was a huge hit and can't wait to do it again! 

Teacher Appreciation Tote Bag Gift Idea

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Teacher appreciation week is coming up in just a few short weeks and what better way to say thanks then with this fun Teacher Appreciation Tote Bag gift idea. Teachers work so hard all year long and and I can't wait to show them just how much they really mean to us. We are very lucky to have two amazing and wonderful teachers this year and I know they go out of their way to make sure my both my boys really love learning. That is why for this years teacher appreciation gift I created this custom tote bag full of their favorite items including Extra® Gum that I found at our neighborhood Kroger.


Extra® Gum is perfect for our teacher gifts because the new Extra® 35-stick pack is the perfect size for them to keep in their desk at school, purse when on the go, or even at home. The container is made from a durable, recycled packaging that hold more pieces of gum and let's face it, more gum is always better. 



To create our custom teacher tote bag gift idea, we took a plain tote bag and grabbed some of our teachers favorite things like cookies, scented foaming hand soap, note pad, a book, a tumbler to hold their favorite drink, and of course Extra® Gum Spearmint and Extra® Gum Polar Ice®


Creating our teacher appreciation tote bag was so easy and lots of fun and I cannot wait to surprise them with their gifts. To create your own tote bag, you just need a few things. Using a blank canvas tote bag from our local craft store, I created an iron on glitter decal using vinyl and cut out our teachers name. But, you can hand paint using fabric markers or fabric paint as well as using a stencil to add their name or any design you want. Make is special by adding a quote or phrase or something you know they would love.


Our school posts a list of all of our teachers favorites, so it was pretty easy for me to figure out all the things they like. So, to fill our tote I grabbed some gourmet chocolate chip cookies, a bottle of their favorite scented hand soap, and a plastic tumbler in their favorite color to hold their favorite drink. I even included a colorful note pad and their favorite book to enjoy over the summer break.


Everything fit perfectly into our custom tote bag. Because the bag is much bigger then our items and we wanted it to be a perfect presentation, we added some tissue filler at the bottom to help our items appear to fill it up. We also used some ice cream and fruit shaped erasers to add a fun to the bags.


How do you celebrate your favorite teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week? Visit Extra® for more great ideas. 

4/6/18

DIY Bathroom Cleaning Caddie for Kids

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Getting my two growing boys to complete their chores is not an easy task. But, cleaning their bathroom is not something I look forward to. As they are get older, they are beginning to take on a bit more responsibility and that means, they are now on bathroom duty. However, their "clean" and my "clean" is totally not the same. Not even close!!! So, to help them to make sure they get their bathroom somewhat clean and presentable, I put together a cleaning caddie with all the essentials they will need to make the bathroom sparking clean. Plus, a reusable cleaning guide to help them keep track of all the steps. 



I stored their fully loaded caddie in the linen closet in the hall right outside their bathroom. I also made sure to keep all extra supplies readily on hand and within reach in the closet as well. That way everything they need is in one spot and I wont hear "I didn't know where it is" or "There were no extra rags" or any other excuse they may use. 




Want to create your own cleaning caddie for your kids? It's so simple. First, download our printable cleaning guide HERE. Print, cut, and assemble. We laminated our to make it reusable and added a metal book ring to keep it safely attached to our caddie. 

Just grab these supplies:




Our printable cleaning guide comes with 3 different cards with 2 bathroom chores on each. Chores like clean mirror, wash sink, and restock toilet paper. Simple tasks that are important but easy to do. They check off each chore as they are completed. It's dry erase so they do it all over again next week. Plus, I try to make sure they mix things up a bit and rotate the chores each time.


To assemble your cleaning caddie:

1. Gather your items and fill your school supply bin, attach your cleaning guide, and get started cleaning! 
2. Kids can check off each item after they finish. By laminating the pages, it becomes reusable and can be used often.
3. To help them keep track of things so they are not fighting over who does what, I have each one complete a card with 2 chores on it and then they will split the 3rd card and do one of the two. 


Having two boys, toilets are the worst!!! If you have a boy, then you know what I am talking about. Thankfully we do not have to share a bathroom with them. But, it does get messy, quick! That's why I love the new Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber and stocked their cleaning caddie with lots of refills. So, while I'm scrubbing the toilet with the Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber.... my kids can do the rest. Plus, it has a built in bleach alternative cleaner that helps with a deep down clean and has a flexing head design allows maximum contact with the toilet bowl.




Don't forget to look for the Instant Redeemable Coupon on the Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber to save $2.00. The coupon can be redeemed at the register upon checkout at your local Kroger. So don't delay! Head out to Kroger to stock your bathroom cleaning caddie right away!!!


Looking for more great cleaning ideas? Check out this site to see how other bloggers are keeping their bathrooms cleaned with their Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber.

3/26/18

Free OREO Candy Bar at Walmart

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Did you know that OREO has a special flavored candy bar made with crunchy bits of OREO + mint creme filling + rich Milka chocolate candy? YUM! These OREO Mint Chocolate Candy Bars have delicious bits of OREO Cookie mixed in smooth, mint flavored creme filling and are coated in European Milka chocolate candy. You will want to be sure to stop by Walmart and pick a few of these OREO Chocolate King Size Bars while they are on Rollback for only $1!

While you are in store at Walmart picking up your $1 Rollback OREO chocolate candy bars, be sure to look and see if your store has the demo going on for the 1 Million Sample giveaway. During Easter weekend* participating Walmart stores are giving away these bars while supplies last. *March 29 - April 1.
Check the demo locator below to see if your local Walmart is participating!


+Limited to one sample per customer.
++Limited supply available.
+++All times/events are subject to change.
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