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Back to School Snacks with #LoveLittleBites & ENTER TO WIN!!!

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® provided me with coupons & a gift card so I could share my thoughts about Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.  All opinions are my own.

It’s back to school season!  That means school, and sports, and after school activities….which also means HUNGRY CHILDREN!   I’ve written about one of our favorite snacks before, Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® are so good, they are just for the kiddos.  They are soft baked mini-muffins and come in convenient pre-portioned pouches that make for the perfect lunchbox staple or easy after school snack.

Offering the great taste kids love and providing the good choice parents want, Entenmann’s Little Bites:

  • Contain no high fructose corn syrup
  • Use real ingredients like blueberries, bananas, strawberries and chocolate chips
  • Are certified Kosher
  • Most varieties are less than 200 calories per pouch
  • Contain zero grams of trans fat per serving

Entenmann’s Little Bites® offer more than 10 varieties of snacks that are perfect for a busy family:

And for a limited time they have a new Pumpkin flavor for fall!  Yippeeeeeeee!!!

These are a big hit in our household and it seems like we are buying them for snack time every time we are at the grocery store.

This guy’s favorite are the Chocolate Party Cakes with confetti.

They are the perfect school snack and so easy to pack in the mornings 🙂

As part of its continued partnership with TerraCycle, an international recycling company that turns waste into plastic that can be used for other products, Entenmann’s® Little Bites® will run a contest that encourages participants to send in their pouches in celebration of the back to school season.  Contest will run from August 15 – October 31

There are two ways to participate:

  1. Collection contest to send in the most Entenmann’s® Little Bites® pouches
  2. Schools can design and build a creative collection receptacle for the Entenmann’s® Little Bites® pouches
Entenmann’s® & TerraCycle will provide tiered prizing for winners

The Entenmann’s Little Bites ® Pouch Recycling Program is open to any individual, school or organization interested in reducing local landfill waste. To learn more about the Entenmann’s® Little Bites ® Pouch Recycling Program, please visit: HERE

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Twinkie Bomb Pops

Who doesn’t love a good Twinkie?  I do…I mean they have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  Except for now you don’t just have the regular Vanilla Twinkies to choose from you also have Fudge Covered Twinkies and Chocolate Cake Twinkies!  Anyone who knows me can tell you I’m a chocoholic so the chocolate version is my favorite!

Last week I made some fun Twinkie bomb pops to put my own #twistontwinkies.

These are super easy to make.  All you need are Twinkies (flavor of your choice), icing, sprinkles, and whipped cream.  The bomb pop plastic containers can be found at any craft store these days.

Then you just start to layer.  Icing, sprinkles, Twinkies, icing, whipped cream, and more sprinkles!

I cut the Twinkies into fourths to make them easy to fit in the bomb pop containers.

I can’t wait to see how you all put your own twist on Twinkies!  You can pretty much do whatever you want and it will taste great because it’s a Twinkie y’all!  Creating something fun is the most exciting part.

These were so easy to make and the perfect summer treat.  Find out more about Twinkies HERE.


An “Eggo-Cellent” Breakfast

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

This past weekend we didn’t just have a regular old breakfast of cereal…oh no…I created an Eggo Waffle bar!  A few weeks ago I visited the Eggo Waffle Bar Truck and was inspired to create my own “Waffle bar”.  The Waffle Bar Truck will be in 200 locations from April-September 2017.  Find where the Waffle Bar Truck will be next HERE!

While the boys were out getting haircuts I whipped up some of our favorite breakfast items.  It’s so hard during the week to sit down and have a nice meal together as a family.  The Waffle bar was a lot of fun and Connor LOVED it and he keeps asking when we can do it again!

Our Waffle Bar Items:

– Eggo Homestyle Waffles, Eggo Chocolate Chip Waffles, Banquet® Brown’N Serve™ Original Sausage Links, M&M’S® Minis Milk Chocolate Candies, Smuckers Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, Reddi-wip® Original Dairy Whipped Topping, Hungry Jack® Original Syrup, and fresh strawberries.

I had 1 Eggo homestyle waffle, 2 dollops of Reddi Wip, 2 Banquet sausage links, 3 sliced fresh strawberries, 1 tablespoon of Hungry Jack syrup, 1 teaspoon of M&Ms minis.  (1 serving- 1263 calories).
No matter how you make your waffles it’s a lot of fun to create your own.  Eggo waffles now have no artificial flavors and colors from natural sources.

All ingredients can be found at Walmart.

All of the products I used to create my waffle bar can also be found on the Eggo Waffle Bar Truck + so much more!

Here’s the Eggo Waffle Bar truck out and about.  It was so much fun creating my own waffle creation, and if you can’t think of what to make just spin the wheel and surprise yourself!


Starbucks Pink Drink – Copycat Recipe + Enter to WIN! #InTheRaw

The product, information, and gift card have been provided by In The Raw® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Agave In The Raw®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of In The Raw®.

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here….why do I find myself constantly saying that?  Probably because life itself is kinda crazy right?  Actually, life would be boring if it weren’t for a little crazy thrown in!  There ya go I just justified everything to myself in a couple of sentences…

Anyway…

I live in Texas and everyone is getting ready to party because Cinco de Mayo is this Friday, May 5th!   Cinco de Mayo is actually a celebration of the Mexican army’s victory over France at the 1862 Battle of Puebla…and…It’s also an excuse for everyone to eat tacos, drink sangria or margaritas, and have a huge bowl of guacamole.  A good reason to celebrate right?

No party would be complete without some good beverages. The Raw® can liven up your fiesta with a ton of festive drinks including a traditional Mexican Horchata Cinnamon & Rick Milk Drink, an Iced Coconut Milk Strawberry Tea, or a Sparkling Rosé Sangria.

Agave In The Raw® is an organic sweetener pressed from the core of the Blue Agave plant, and its liquid form makes Agave In The Raw® a great way to sweeten beverages.  Its liquid form makes Agave In The Raw® a great alternative to maple syrup and honey and is a delicious way to top pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, yogurt and more, and also blends easily to sweeten beverages.  This organic sweetener is gluten-free and approximately 25% sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way!

  • USDA Certified Organic
  • #1 selling Agave SKU in retail grocery in the U.S.*
  • Meets “Raw Food” standard
  • 25% Sweeter than sugar
  • Certified Vegan
  • Available nationwide

So I am sure most of you have heard of the “Pink Drink” from Starbucks.  This drink hit it big last summer and is a refreshing yummy beverage I want daily, so why not make it at home with Agave In The Raw®?

I always like to sweeten my strawberries and normally I would dump cups of sugar on them.  Not this time, for this beverage I’m going to sweeten with Agave In The Raw®.

I drizzled Agave In The Raw® over my strawberries to sweeten them, then stir.

I put my strawberries in the refrigerator overnight to “marinate” and get sweet.  After that the rest is a piece of cake!  I’ll share the recipe below!

Starbucks PINK DRINK Recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

Add two pods of the berry tea with 1/2 cup white grape juice.  Fill your glasses with ice and add the desired amount of coconut milk.  Top with strawberries.  You can make your beverage however sweet or milky you would like.  It’s delicious!

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Another fun recipe is this fruity Sparkling Rosé Sangria – featuring a combination of blanco tequila, Agave In The Raw® and fresh fruit – is the perfect way to celebrate the sweet taste of Cinco de Mayo!

Sparkling Rosé Sangria with Agave In The Raw® Recipe:

Prep Time: 10 mins| MAKES 10 SERVINGS

Ingredients

  • 1grapefruit
  • 2limes
  • 1cup strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1cup raspberries
  • 1cup blanco tequila
  • 1/4cup Agave In The Raw®
  • 1 (750 ml)bottle rosé wine
  • 2cups sparkling water, chilled

Wash all fruit thoroughly. Cut grapefruit into quarters or eighths, and cut limes into quarters. Juice limes and grapefruit pieces into a pitcher, then add spent fruit into pitcher as well. Add strawberries and raspberries.

In a cocktail shaker full of ice, shake the blanco tequila and Agave In The Raw® for about 10 seconds, until combined and chilled. Add to pitcher.

Add rosé to pitcher and stir with a long wooden spoon. You may refrigerate for 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to blend, but it is not required. Top with sparkling water and stir again when ready to serve. Spoon a few pieces of the boozy fruit into each cup.

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SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza- Southlake, TX – Come Join the Free Bike Ride Event for Kids

Don’t be a fool this April 1st – Come to SPIN! Neopolitan Pizza in Southlake, TX! 

When my sister was in town last week we visited SPIN! Pizza and had a blast!  We love to eat out and obviously the boys love Pizza.  

Everything at SPIN! Pizza is baked in ONE place- the wood fire pizza oven.  The dough is hand-spun and topped with fresh ingredients.  It was delicious.  Feast your eyes below…

We enjoyed an appetizer of flatbread served with 3 dips- Lemon Ricotta, Red Pepper, and White Bean Hummus.

The guys loved this stuffed meatball.

Bonnie and I enjoyed the salads too!  They were light and fresh on a hot day 🙂

Then the PIZZA came!!!  Delicious wood fired pizza straight from the oven!

Here is my BBQ Chicken Pizza.

Bonnie ordered the Primavera Pizza.  All of the pizzas were delish!

SPIN! Pizza also has a great happy hour every day from 3-6pm.  Tuesday nights they have $2 craft pints as well.  

Here is my brother in law Vinny (who is a total foodie) enjoying his giant meat ball.

The guys in the kitchen preparing pizza dough.  I would totally drop that…it probably takes practice right? Lol!

My sweet nephew Jarrett who loves anything with cheese.

So many different drink options….

Let’s not forget about dessert shall we?  SPIN! Gelato is made with All Natural Ingredients and comes in so many flavors.

I tried the pumpkin and it was DIVINE!!!

The boys eating their gelato outside on the patio.  Perfect for happy hours after work this summer or messy kiddos.

My HAPPY HOUR beverage of choice is the Sangria.  I probably could have drank a pitcher of this…it was that good!  So light and refreshing!

My hubby, Connor, me, Jarrett, Bonnie, and Vinny.  I miss them all so much already!

It’s moments like these that make memories and we are so thankful to SPIN! Pizza for hosting us and serving us the most delicious food.  I’m even more thankful it’s only 10 minutes from my house! Ha ha!!!

If you haven’t had the chance to visit SPIN! Pizza this Saturday, April 1st would be a great time to try it out.  They are having a free event for kids ages 4-12 and their families to learn about the importance of proper bike safety and to put it into practice with two different bike rides lead by the Blazing Saddles Bike Team.

EVENT INFORMATION:

Participants are asked to bring their own bikes to go through safety stations for helmet fittings, brake and tire checks, and lighting installations.

Then it’s time to ride! The younger kids will follow a course within the parking lot and the older kids will take a course through the square. The festivities also include a helmet decorating station and opportunities to meet their favorite costumed superheroes.

The proceeds from a raffle for the chance to win an adult bike will benefit Spokes 4 Hope, a local non-profit organization with a mission to provide bikes to children going through difficult times.

WHEN:                

Saturday, April 1, 2017

7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.                  

WHERE:              

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza Parking Lot

1586 E. Southlake Blvd.

Southlake, TX 76092

Capture kids and families enjoying the event in various ways, including:

– Meeting their favorite superheroes.

– Getting a helmet fitting and tuning up their bikes.

– Decorating their helmets.

– Riding the bike courses with the Blazing Saddles Bike Team.

For more information, please go to http://www.spinpizza.com/spin-around-the-square.