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Frozen Ice Cream Mudslide Pie Cocktail Recipe

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Messaging below is intended for ages 21+ and is intended to be enjoyed responsibly, in moderation. 

Lately, I have been finding myself needing a weekend to relax after my weekend. Life is hectic and busy all week long and instead of having a break on the weekends, it seems life is even busier. Surviving Saturday is the only reason I need to celebrate and this past weekend I celebrated with a frozen ice cream mudslide pie cocktail.

Frozen Ice Cream Mudslide Pie is the perfect treat for any occasion

Since my Saturday was so crazy, I decided to get a little crazy with my cocktail. Why not? Right? So I made my mudslide with a slice of Edwards Hershey Crème Pie. Edwards pies are perfect for ANY occasion whether you are celebrating a birthday, work event, graduation or surviving Saturday. Who says you can’t have your pie and drink it too!

Edwards Hershey Creme Pie is perfect for any occasion

Frozen Ice Cream Mudslide Pie Cocktail Recipe




Add all of the ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth. Drizzle chocolate syrup on the inside of the serving glass. Pour mudslide mix into the glass. Top with whipped cream and chocolate jimmies.


Edwards Pies are a perfect way to celebrate any occasion

 Surving Saturday is the perfect reason to celebrate with a frozen ice cream mudslide pie cocktail

 Where can I find Edwards Pies?

Your weekend probably includes at least one trip to Walmart. I know mine usually does. So while you are there head to the frozen dessert section in the freezer aisle and pick out your favorite pie flavor.  Whether it’s celebrating the week’s wins, reconnecting with friends, or making it through another day, Edwards® invites you to take a break and reward yourself during those everyday moments.


Edwards Creme Pie at WalmartEdwards Pie is available at Walamrt

Have your pie and drink it too by making a frozen ice cream mudslide pie cocktail

I hope you will remember to celebrate you successes in life no matter how big or small. Try a slice of pie or make yourself a frozen ice cream mudslide pie cocktail. 

How to Make Burlap Flowers

How to Make Burlap Flowers

I love love love the way these sweet flowers look. They are also easy to make and a great way to add a extra special touch to any project. You can use them to decorate vases, wreaths, or even make  a bouquet of burlap flowers. I hope you will enjoy learning how to make burlap flowers as much as I enjoyed doing it. Now that I know how to do this I want to glue these cute flowers on everything.

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How to make burlap flowers

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March 20, 2017

Top 5 Tips on How to Exercise Your Dog

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Our sweet fur baby has packed on a few pounds this winter and we are sharing our plan to help him trim the fat so you can learn how to exercise your dog too

If your dog or dogs are anything like mine they have spent the past few months of winter eating and sleeping. They are only outside long enough to relieve themselves and they are back seeking the warmth of the house. This has left them with some “Extra” Winter weight that they need to lose in order to stay healthy.  Yes, even our pets need to stay in shape in order to help them live a long happy life. While many dogs would prefer to sleep they do need to get up and get moving. With these Tips on How to Exercise Your Dog you will help your furry companion lose his Winter weight and be excited to get up and get moving. The best part is you will get in some exercise also.

Help your pooch lose his pooch by learning how to exercise your dog

Top 5 Tips on How to Exercise Your Dog


Tip #1Make your dog’s exercise fun. People don’t like to do boring workouts so why would your dog. Purchase a new ball and set aside time each day to toss the ball. They will enjoy chasing the ball and playing with you they won’t even know you are helping them get a work out. You can also use a new rope toy or their favorite toy to play with.

It is so important to keep your dog healthy check out our tips for how to exercise your dog

Tip # 2Take daily walks. Your dog is lonely while you are gone during the day or even if you work from home they have not had your attention. They will love seeing you get out the leash and use it to take him/her for a walk. If you dog gets tired easily then start slow and go a little farther each day. This is a double bonus because you will get more exercise too!

Tips #3 Provide Adequate Water Supply. Once your dog is up and moving more he/she is going to get more thirsty so make sure to provide plenty of fresh water. If you are going on long walks carry a portable collapsible water bowl with you so they can get a drink on the go.

Tips #4 – Offer Healthy Rewards. Dogs are very reward driven but giving them their favorite sausage treat or dog biscuits can defeat the exercise your dog has accomplished. In place of these high calorie treats, give them healthy options such as small pieces of green beans, carrots, apple pieces or  skinless chicken.

As our dog gets older we are amking some changes to eep him healthy including Healthy Weight Food choices and more exercise

Tips #5 – Feed Them Well. This means measured amounts of dog food with regular meal times and high quality food. As a puppy, we started feeding our dog: Dog Chow® Puppy Chow® Complete. From Puppy Chow, we moved onto feeding him Dog Chow® Complete Adult. But since our dog is closer to being an old man than he is a young pup, we have switched him to BENEFUL® Healthy Weight. With 10% fewer calories that BENEFUL® Originals with Real Beef, this dog food will help us manage his weight because let’s face it, we all slow down a bit as we get older. I also love that it is made with real farm raised chicken as the first ingredient and whole grains and vegetables. 

Target has a wide variety of Purina Dry Dog Foods

Target has a wide variety of Purina Dry Dog Foods

While I think it is safe to say that learning how to exercise your dog is important because every dog benefits from lots of healthy exercise and activity,  however every dog is different and needs different types of nutrition. No matter which food you buy there is an amazing variety of Purina dry dog food products available at Target in the pet aisle. You can also take advantage of these special cartwheel offers:

20% off Dog Chow (all sizes) – 3/5 – 3/11

20% off Beyond Dry (all sizes) – 3/12 – 3/18

20% off ONE dry (all sizes) – 3/19 – 3/25

Purina Dry Dog Cartwheel Offer at Target will help you feed your dog well

Before long you and your dog will notice that these simple Tips on How to Exercise Your Dog has you both feeling better. Use these as a stepping stone to get your dog active and discover how great you both feel. The sky is the limit when you get up and get moving.


Kids Smoothie Recipes: Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity Smoothie

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Kids Smoothie Recipes: Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity  Smoothie

If you are looking for some great kids smoothie recipes then you will love this Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity smoothie recipe! This recipe has all the yummy fruit flavor your kids will love with a full serving of veggies too! The best part is, your kids will never know that their fruit smoothie has leafy greens in it, and won’t even be able to taste it if they do know! Smoothies are great for breakfasts and snacks.

 Our Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity Smoothie Recipe is a breakfast that the whole family will love. The fruit flavors mask a hidden serving of superfood kale.

Here is how to make this Kids Smoothie Recipes: Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity  Smoothie:


1 c fresh kale leaves
1 c frozen berries
1 banana
1/2 c fruit juice
5.3 oz container Dannon Whole Milk Yogurt, any flavor


Put all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and serve immediately.

Yogurt is the key ingredient in any smoothe and especially if it is Dannon Whole Milk Yogurt
The key ingredient that you will find in every smoothie is yogurt. No matter which fruits, vegetables, juices, or supplements you add, if you don’t start with delicious, natural, whole milk yogurt your smoothie won’t be as healthy as it can be. We all want better more natural ingredients in our foods and I am happy to share that Dannon is listening. Dannon yogurt is now made with whole milk and all natural non-GMO ingredients.

Our rooty tooty smoothie is a delicious way to make a nutritious breakfast for your kids

The Dannon Pledge:

In addition to yogurt made with whole milk, natural and non-GMO ingredients, Dannon has also pledged transparency and sustainability. Labels will indicate presence of non-GMO and GMO products which is a huge step to help consumers make better food chooses. They are sourcing ingredients sustainably by working directly with farmers they know.

With a serving a both fruit and vegetables tis smoothie is a great way to sneak in some extra veggies

Why Yogurt?

If your like me, the main motivation behind making these smoothie is to get more fruits and vegetables into my kids. Trust me, they will have no idea you hid kale in this smoothie. But yogurt is also god for them (and you). The active cultures in bacteria help replenish the good bacteria in your gut. Those same cultures make yogurt easier to digest especially for folks who have trouble with lactose.

Fresh and fruity rooty tooty smoothies are so good and easy to make

What are your favorite smoothie ingredients? Do you have any tips and tricks for sneaking extra fruits and veggies into your kids diet? Please, share your ideas in the comments below.

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Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity Smoothie
Recipe type: breakfast smoothie
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  • 1 c fresh kale leaves
  • 1 c frozen berries
  • 1 banana
  • ½ c fruit juice
  • 5.3 oz container Dannon Whole Milk Yogurt, any flavor
  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and serve immediately.

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February 28, 2017

5 reasons why Project Based Learning helps our students

Disclosure: This review was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management and Future City was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Being a blogger can be one of the most rewarding jobs, and last week is a prime example of why I love what I do. I was invited to attend the 25th Annual Future City Competition and share with our readers more information about the competition.

To say I was blown away by this competition is an understatement. I left fired up to start my own team of homeschoolers to compete next year! Let me tell you why I went from knowing nothing about this competition to being all in to coach my own team in just one day.

One of my favorite cities at the Future City Competition was based on the city of Pompeii

What is the Future City Competition?

Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue.Why is Project Based Learning so great!

This is one of the awesome model cities at the Future City Competition

Why is Project Based Learning so Incredible?

  1. Project Based Learning (PBL) gives students opportunities to use and interact with technology. Kids love technology and chances are they know more than their adult coaches about how to use digital tools and platforms. I was impressed to learn that many of the teams at the Future City Competition used various online tools to track progress against deadlines and to coordinate teams as large as 25 students. That is a lot of moving parts to keep organized.

2. Project Based Learning answers the age old question when are we ever going to need to know or use this knowledge in the real world. Many projects directly connect the students with their communities and ask students to solve real world problems and viable solutions that don’t just work in the classroom. Future City sets the standard high for real world and community interaction as students work to solve problems and create cities that also build community.

Future City is an incredible project based learning opportunity

3. Project Based Learning improves learning, plain and simple. There is no doubt about it when you get to create with your hands, communicate your ideas in both writing, video, and live presentation, and most importantly have fun you will remember what you have learned. With so many ways to interact with what they have been taught, student are able to apply their knowledge in other situations as well.

4. Project Based Learning builds the skills needed for students to be successful in the future. Whether it is college, career, or life, students will build the skills they need through PBL including taking initiative, confidence, responsibility, time and team management, and communication.

5. Project Based Learning makes school more engaging and teaching more enjoyable. Students and teachers rediscover the joy of learning together as they work on meaningful solutions to real problems.

Live presentation by one of the teams at the Future City Competition

More about the Future City Competition:

Students present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.

The competition is open to public, private, and homeschool students.

Registration is only $25 per team and teams are limited to a $100 budget for materials to keep the competition affordable so that more students can participate.

Through participation in the competitions students will:

  • Develop writing, public speaking, problem solving, and time management skills
  • Research and propose solutions to engineering challenges
  • Apply math and science concepts to real-world issues
  • Discover different types of engineering and explore careers options
  • Learn how their communities work and become better citizens
  • Develop strong time management and project management skills
  • Experience synergy

We loved checking out all of the creative cities at the 25th annual Future City Competition


To learn more please visit the Future City Competition Website. After attending the competition and learning more about project based learning I am inspired to form a team and volunteer as their coach in next year’s competition. Hopefully, you will be inspired to lead students in your community as well.

 The Future City Competition is project based learning at its best
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