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5/23/17

Waffle Bar Brunch with Sundae Bar

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EggoWaffleBar #CollectiveBias


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! 

5/22/17

Pack the Perfect Summer Bag for Your Tennis Player

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #SaveSnackScore #CollectiveBias


Being a boy mom is always an adventure and there is never a dull moment. Especially now that my boys are getting older. Long gone are the days of building blocks, race cars, and trains. I have fully entered the older boys world that is full of video games, sports, and things I will probably never understand. But, now that we have entered this crazy world of boys, it seems that I am busier then ever. From practices and games to updating our latest equipment and replacing the clothes from recent growth spurts, we always seem to be on the go. 

Having two very active young, but older, boys, I always have to make sure that I am fully prepared for whatever life throws at us whether on the court, field, or in the car. RITZ Bits Cracker Sandwiches and POWERADE® help keep my summer bag stocked.



Both my boys love sports but my youngest son is a sports fanatic and loves all kinds. My oldest son is not the best sports player, but he does try. After trying basketball and flag football and no luck, I think he found his sport with tennis. We signed them both up for lessons to see how they liked it. Well, they loved it and now we have added tennis to our long list of sports to play. 


Now that summer has arrived here in Texas, we have to be prepared for outdoor time no matter what. The temps climb high in the 100s and even now we are pushing the 90s. I have to keep them, and myself hydrated, while outside. They may be doing all the work, but sitting on the sidelines cheering on my favorite players is hard work and POWERADE® keeps me fueled and ready to support my boys during practice or a tournament. Plus, practices are right after school and I have no time to eat and RITZ Bits Cracker Sandwiches is the perfect sideline snack. 


 I get to be the side line hero when I pack my summer bag for tennis practice with RITZ Bits Cracker Sandwiches and POWERADE® because as a mom I like to be prepared for everything! That's why I stock a bag with everything we need for on the court as well as off the court. For both myself as well as the boys. Afterall, I've been the mom that has forgotten sunblock before and had to rely on another mom to help me out.


You to can pack the perfect summer bag for your tennis player. It's very simple. Plus, this can work for other sports as well. Just change out the specific sports equipment with onese that coordinate to the sport they're playing. Just pack these essentials for your summer time tote:





Now you can be prepared for anything and be the cool mom on the sideline. Other moms will thank you when you offer to share your packs of RITZ Bits Cracker Sandwiches especially when practice runs long or tournaments run late. 



RITZ Bits Cracker Sandwiches and POWERADE® also makes a great snack while relaxing in the backyard watching them play and practice. 



You can be the sideline hero too when you head to your local Wal-Wart and stock up on RITZ Bits Cracker Sandwiches and POWERADE for the perfect way to keep fueled up for summer sports. Plus, be a hero in your home now that POWERADE 8pk 20oz is on rollback at Wal-Mart!!! Don't miss these two in-store coupon options from NABISCO that you need to be on the lookout for. A coupon neck hanger on POWERADE (8pk 20oz) to save $1.50 on NABISCO 20-pack Multipack and a coupon sticker on boxes of Nabisco snack packs with savings of .75 when you purchase a 12-pack or larger NABISCO Multipack. Be sure to check out other ideas for being a sideline hero here!


5/16/17

Summer Fun Activity Calendar

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BlueLizardSummer #CollectiveBias

I cannot believe that summer is just around the corner for us! We are literally counting down the days to our summer break from school. We only have a handful of days left then it's summer fun all day long! That means lots of outdoor time for all of us. Pool time, backyard play time, sports, and more. My boys love to be outside all day long if they could. But, the temps here in the summer climb well into the 100s and it is hot! So, whenever they head outdoors, I rely on Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen to keep us safe from the sun. 


My boys are pretty active and keeping them busy during the school year is not a problem. We have football, basketball, and even tennis. But, keeping them busy during the summer is a whole other ballgame. Somethings only last for so long then they get bored or want to do something else. I love that they are learning tennis since it's a sport they can play year round here, with inside and outside courts. Between practices and lessons and hopefully tournaments coming up, they are out in the sun a lot of the time. 


Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen is trusted by dermatologists, pediatricians, and especially moms. Plus, it has a unique zinc oxide formulation and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection from the harmful Texas sun. 


Just a few reasons why I choose Blue Lizard® for my family: 

  • Blue Lizard's® patented PBA-free Smart Bottle™ changes color from white to blue (or pink for Baby) when it is exposed to harmful UV rays, reminding you to put on sunscreen.
  • Ranked as one of the top sunscreens by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
  • Sport is extremely water resistant. This formula meets Australian standards of staying on 240 minutes of whirlpool water.
  • Originally created in Australia, where sunscreen standards are the strictest in the world. Blue Lizard® is now made in the U.S., in Johnson City, Tenn.

So now when the summer time hits and we head outdoors, I know they are protected and that makes this momma very happy! Especially when playing in the water.

How do you keep your kids busy this summer? I try to keep them busy by doing something fun and new each day. In order to keep track of this and not scrambling last minute to find something to do. I created a summer fun activity calendar full of activities that I know they will love! Movie nights, baking treats, star gazing, ice cream runs, summer reading, and even hosting a lemonade stand! Something fun each day and to keep them active and something to help make the most of the summer.


Download our printable summer fun activity calendar for June HERE and July HERE to keep your summer packed full of fun things! Plus, don't forget to stop by your local Wal-Mart to stock up on Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen to protect your family during all your summer adventures! Join iBotta and earn $4.00 when you purchase Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen  (baby or sunscreen based on round), 5 oz. bottle only.




5/12/17

18 Memorial Day Patriotic Pool Party Ideas

{Guest Blogger - Jordan S.} Memorial Day is such a wonderful opportunity to get together with your friends and family to enjoy the weather in a nice, cool pool. A pool party really hits the spot; it’s a chance for frozen drinks, cocktails for the grown-ups and lots of fun games for the kids.

As this is also a very important day of remembrance, you can show your patriotism amid all the mayhem with lots of great touches of red, white and blue. Here are some fun ways to put a flag motif throughout your next summer party.

A Proper Welcome
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A great way to get everyone in a party mood is to make a special entrance way at your door. Do the troops proud with this firework-inspired piece, bursting with our country’s colors. If you like, you can put some extra flags by the door for guests to carry home as a thank you gift.

A Flag Centerpiece
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Rather than just stick flags around at random, try making a beautiful centerpiece. You can pick up American flags for fairly cheap and then give them the place of honor in a great arrangement like this one. Who knew a colander could look so patriotic?

More Décor
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You can keep the fun, fiery theme going with the space above your porch or patio. Just use some red, white and blue streamers intertwined with soft lights to get a great glow as the sun sets. If your party is over before dark, you can omit the electric lights and just enjoy the colors.

You can incorporate the stripe theme into these gorgeous little pinwheels that also work as take-home gifts for your guests. Enjoy!

Fireworks That Make a (silent) Statement

Have you already tried out some pool noodles? If not, I insist you get a bunch of them before you do any party planning.

These amazing, versatile pieces are cheap and, well, essential for any neighborhood get-together. Just look at how well they brighten up a picnic table.

Popsicle Invitations
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Okay, now that you have some pool noodles on hand, you have to use the leftover pieces to make these outstanding invitations. They look just like popsicles, and you can easily use the colors of the flag to keep with your theme and help get everyone excited for the big day.

Still have some pool noodles left? Try making a great little popsicle garland to hang around or place above the snack table.

And Speaking of Treats…
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If you want to have a great party, you’ll have to have treats for the kids. When you have tiny guests on your hands, it is essential you have some Jello for them to snack on during breaks from the pool. A layered Jello cup will make any young guest screech with delight when they see its loud colors and taste its awesome flavor.

Beat the Heat with Homemade Popsicles
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These delicious popsicles get their inspiration straight from Old Glory. The blue is created with a blueberry puree, the red comes from raspberries and the white stripes are creamy Greek yogurt. Make plenty - they will fly out of your freezer.

Grill Up Some Special Hot Dogs
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You can always cook up some basic hot dogs on the grill, but why not keep with your patriotic theme and make some sparkler dogs? These amazing snacks take a basic hot dog in a bun and make them something special by wrapping the bun in a spiral around the center and then topping them off with a cheesy star. Again, make extra!

Sweet and Salty Popcorn that Salutes Our Troops
This delicious snack mixes crunchy, salty popcorn with melty marshmallows and red and blue M&M’s to create a textured, complex taste that any home chef can handle. You can serve it in a big bowl or just put out little flag-themed cups so guests can keep from overdosing on this highly addictive treat.

Fun with Fruit

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Let’s not forget to have some fruit while we’re out in the sun. You can make some special mini-cheesecakes right inside a strawberry with this delicious twist on a traditional cheesecake bite.

You can also just stick with watermelon, but be sure to cut it out into little stars for easy eating and to help the dessert fit in with your party. You can make some lovely little wands with added blueberries for any dreamers in your crowd.

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Of course, you must keep hydrated. This flag-inspired fruit water (scroll down a bit) is delicious, and the fruit adds a twist of flavor, as well as a deeper level of hydration. Note - make this the night before and keep it in the fridge until party time. The flavor will come out bigger and brighter, and your guests will adore it.

Play Some Pool Games
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Help the kids celebrate their second amendment rights with this awesome water gun station. They can use the toys in or out of the water. Just be sure you’re out of the splash zone once they find this super fun spot.

In the water, there are some great things you can do. Try just tossing some pennies to the bottom of the pool to have a treasure hunt.

Or, you can make hoops to swim through by cutting out a section in your hula hoops, filling them with water and then sealing them back up. Keep them off the bottom by adding a section of pool noodle to one side (they’ll hang in the water).

Want more pool fun? Try this great little number game. Kids can compete for the most points, search for odd or evens, you name it. Who knew math could be so entertaining?

You can also just add water balloons to the pool. They last much longer in the water and are just as much fun.

Want to do something beyond a water balloon fight? Try hanging filled water balloons and letting the kids pop them like piñatas. This is a winner with older kids!

Take a Swing at a Piñata After You’re Dry

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Don’t want to do a wet piñata? Come onto dry land and try this delivery-box-turned-flag instead. It’s an easy one to make because of its basic shape and small size. Try making several and placing them around the backyard so there’s a little less fighting for the goodies inside.

Final Thoughts

I hope you’re as inspired by these ideas as you are by the brave Americans who fought for our freedom. Say “thank you” to an active or former soldier and celebrate our beautiful country this Memorial Day.

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