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Stress Free Summer Fun Ideas To Stay Busy

This post was sponsored by Budget Saver Twin Pops as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Stress Free Summer Fun Ideas To Stay Busy 

If you are looking for fun ways to create memories this summer than keep reading! I have got some great stress free summer fun ideas for you and your family to enjoy! I love the warm summer days, roasting marshmallows by a fire, catching fireflies, endless days at the pool, and the list can go on! 

Summer is on of my favorite seasons! I love being outdoors and getting to spend time with my family! I think if you can look back at your own childhood, I think you too will find a lot of great memories happen in summer. Getting to go on family vacations, pool days,  eating TwinPops on the front porch, as it drips down your face! 

Creative Ways to Make Memories This Summer 

Bucket List

Let your child create a bucket list of things they might want to do. Go fishing, spend the day at the park, have a picnic, visit a museum, etc. Help give them ideas and let them pick a few items that they want to do. Then create a little sheet with their ideas, and as you complete them they will have a blast marking it off their summer bucket list! 

Outdoor Games 

Create fun outdoor games the whole family will enjoy! You can have water balloon fights, make a life size twister game on your lawn, or play kick the can. Find fun and easy games that you could do on one cool summer evening! Games are such a great way to connect, and share lots of laughs! 

Treasure Hunt In Backyard 

Create your own treasure hunt in your own backyard! Get it all set up, create a little map for your child, and send them off to see if they can find the treasure at the end. You can find cheap dollar toys to have them win as their prize. They will have so much fun trying to find the prize at the end! Get creative and use things in your yard, like flowerpots, flowers, big rocks or wood to mark spots to find their next clue. 

Sweet  MOMents

Nothing is better than a Twin Pops on a hot summer day! Tasty and cool, to help cool you down after a hot summer day. You can get messy and then just rinse off with the hose or take a cool shower! Your kids will adore the fact that you are letting them get a little messy while they devour their sweet treat, great MOMents (short for mom moments)!

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If you didn’t know The Twin Pop was invented all the way back to the great depression! Two children would split one for a nickle, for a nice sweet treat. Budget Saver Twin Pops are great to create memories, and delicious! You can get the cutest pictures with them eating one, and it dripping down their face! Nothing screams summer more than this! You can buy Twin Pops in a variety of flavors, grape is the big winner in my books!

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Also, make sure to head over and share your own MOMents and enter the #twinpopscontest for your chance to win a grand prize!  Head over to Instagram or Twitter and and show how you make every moment sweet with Budget Saver Twin Pops while using the hashtag #Twinpopcontest. Your entry could be select as a Weekly or even the Grand Prize Winning MOMent!

You can enter by  By entering you have a chance to win a weekly prize or possibly the grand prize! 

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Drive In Movie or Movie Night at Home 

If you live somewhere near a drive in movie theater, consider taking the family to go watch a movie!! Sitting at a drive in makes for such a great time! Or create your own movie night at home! Find a movie the whole family can agree on and create fun movie theater style treats for the family to enjoy! 

What is your favorite summer activity?

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Hope your summer is stress free and full of fun, now let’s all enjoy some Budget Savor Twin Pops!

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Take a minute for yourself to enjoy dessert! Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Duncan Hines, All opinions are 100% my own.

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We’re busy moms, and as such we all know how few moments we get to ourselves a day.  Between the meals, cleaning, pickup lines, homework and everything in between, we must take full advantage of the minutes we get of silence without little people crawling on us.

 When I get that quiet couple of moments at the end of a long day, before I collapse on the couch, I am usually craving a warm sweet treat.  However, the last thing I want to add to my already crammed to-do list is baking or the mess that comes with it.

Now thanks to the new Perfect Size for 1 by Duncan Hines I can eat chocolate cake every night, if I want to with just a mug, some water, and about a minute!  No mess, no wait, no leftovers, but all the yumminess.  How perfect is that?

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Quick and Easy

Perfect Size for 1 is an individually portioned cake mix that is made quickly and easily in a 8oz coffee mug that is easy in about a minute!  That’s right 1 minute and you have a warm delicious treat just for you. 
Each box comes with 4 individual pouches so you can have a treat whenever you want!

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Customize your Favorite Treat

Craving something different?  Customizing any of the Perfect Size for 1’s varieties is easy.  Switch up the liquid, instead of using water to make your treat use milk, coffee, exc.  Also, the add-in possibilities are endless, mix nuts into the apple cinnamon muffin mix or extra chocolate chips into the chocolate cake.  My favorite is adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top of my cake and some caramel drizzle.

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There are 18 Varieties

Perfect Size for 1 comes in 18 different flavors, which are good for morning, noon, and evening indulgences!  School vacation is coming up soon, the breakfast options are going to be a hit in my house with three kids who are always hungry.

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These are a must have in my pantry now.  I look forward to sneaking away and indulging my sweet tooth every night. 
Have you tried the Perfect Size for 1 pouches yet?  What is your favorite flavor?

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Blueberry Shortcake Recipe with Fresh From Florida

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own. 

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Living in Florida has been fantastic for my taste buds!  The hot weather makes my family crave fresh fruit and veggies, and Florida delivers during every season.

Florida Farmers make it so easy for everyone to eat fresh produce year around!  Within a 5-mile radiance, there are over a dozen farmers markets held on various days of the week, and in Florida something delicious is always in season!  My favorite is the Dunedin Downtown Market, I love the quaintness of Dunedin with the cute shops and restaurants, and this market is held in the center of town so we can shop for our weeks produce and then enjoy a morning stroll around town.

One of my family’s favorite treat is Blueberry Shortcake, it combines one of our favorite fruits and an indulgent biscuit with whip cream.
We like to make this to enjoy after Sunday dinner or for breakfast on special mornings.  The only problem I encounter with this recipe is that if I shop with my children, the blueberries never make it home.

Being new to Florida, I was used to digging through a carton and finding a few big juice blueberries surrounded by small sour ones.  So, when I bought my first package of berries in Florida, I ate them all in less than 10 minutes and had to go back to the farm stand to get more for the kids.  Every blueberry was plump and sweet!  So now whenever I shop, I always look for the Fresh From Florida label on produce, seafood, and even wine!

Want to try some delicious Blueberry Shortcake?  Here’s the recipe:

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Blueberry Shortcake

Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cups of Flour
1/2 Cup and 3 Tbsp. of Sugar
2 Tsp of Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/2 Cup of Butter
1/2 Cup of Milk
1 Tbsp. of Lemon Juice
1/2 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tsp of Almond Extract
1 1/2 Cups of Cool Whip
2 Cups of Blueberries

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Shortcake Directions:

Heat oven to 425 degrees
Wisk together Flour, Baking Powder, Salt, and 2 Tbsp. of Sugar.

Using a mixer add in butter, once Butter has crumbled mix in Milk and Almond Extract.

Gather Dough and break into 6 pieces, place on a buttered baking pan.
Cook for 13 to 15 Minutes till the bottom is golden brown.

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Blueberry Jam Directions:

In a medium sauce pan simmer 1 1/3 cups of Blueberries. 1/2 cup of Sugar. and Lemon Juice on medium heat for 8 minutes.  

Once the blueberries have softened and the mixture has a syrup like look, Mix in 2/3 cups of Blueberries.  Remove from heat and let cool.

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Cream Directions:

My kids love cool whip, and I love shortcuts, so we use cool whip instead of making a whip cream from scratch.  However, this can easily be swapped out for any whip cream you like.

Take 1 1/2 cups of Cool Whip and fold in 1 Tbsp. of Sugar and 1/2 Tsp of Vanilla Extract.

Once everything is cooked and cooled down, it’s time to assemble.  
Cut the shortcake biscuit in half.
Spread the whip cream on both sides of the biscuit and add a large spoonful of the Blueberry Mix.

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Put the Biscuit back together, and add a dollop more of whip cream to the top of the shortcake with another spoonful of Blueberry Mix.
If you haven’t eaten all the left-over Blueberries yet, you can add a few to garnish the plate.

That’s all, a yummy, almost from scratch, delicious dessert!
What is your favorite was to cook with fruit?
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My Families 5 Favorite Foods this Winter with Fresh from Florida!

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own

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Winter is upon us down here in Florida and I think it might have dipped into the 60’s for a day or two.  With this being my families first winter after moving down from Boston, we were ready for the beach even on those 60 degree days.  

In New England that temperature is a cool summer night.  As you can guess, all the new northerners stand out from the true Floridians when “winter” strikes.  While my kids are at the bus stop in shorts and sandals, they’re in a sea of kids wearing fur lined hoodies.  

While it did dip into the “frigid” 60’s on a couple occasions, the rest of the winter has been incredible.  I didn’t really know what to expect weather wise in our first year, but I can honestly say Florida during the winter has my absolute favorite weather.  High 70’s and sunny pretty much 90% of the time, what’s not to love! Beyond the weather my favorite advantage of living in a region with such an amazing climate is the ability to get fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables all year round!

  I have fallen in love with being able to stroll the Tampa area farmers’ markets each weekend and pick up juicy fruits and crisp vegetables from local farmers all year long. 

With so many of my family’s favorite produce being in season this winter, my family has eaten healthier than ever before.

Curious when each fruit and vegetable is in season?  Find out here.

My Families 5 Favorite Fresh from Florida Recipes this Winter 

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Florida Grape Tomato and Orzo Pasta Salad
Tomatoes are in season all winter long in Florida and my kids would eat them by the dozen, so by putting them in a pasta salad they turn into a great afternoon lunch on a breezy sunny day.

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Cheddar-Bacon Florida Sweet Corn
Corn is another veggie the kids love that is in season all winter long, and Lilly has asked for corn-on-the-cob for breakfast on numerous mornings, so this recipe is a favorite in our house.

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Florida Strawberry Parfait
This is our go to dessert or afternoon snack.  Each member of my family says strawberries are one of their favorites and this recipe is beyond simple!

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Florida Avocado Smoothie
With 5 of us getting up and out the door during the week, mornings are crazy.  This Avocado Smoothie is an easy and quick breakfast that I can take with me and avocados are in season through January in Florida.

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Florida Beef and Sweet Pepper Skewers
My husband is Brazilian, he LOVES to barbeque and in Florida he does it constantly!  My favorite vegetable is Bell Peppers, I eat them raw, sautéed, grilled, any-way I love them.  So, this is a recipe he often grills us up and it’s delicious.

Want to check out some more yummy recipes?  Head over to Fresh from Florida!  

Whether I’m stocking up on produce at my local grocery store or at one of the cities farmers’ markets, I always look for the “Fresh from Florida” label.  That way not only am I getting fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, I am also helping the local farmers in my community profit and be able to continue a sustainable farm and keep growing quality food for all of our families.

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6 Yummy Beauty and the Beast Themed Sweet Treats

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Are you super excited about the new Beauty and the Beast movie coming out March 17th?  My family is!!! We keep watching the trailer repeatedly, and are completely obsessed with everything Belle related.


Having Beauty and the Beast sweet treats are a perfect way to prep for all the Disney magic!  Here are 6 great recipes worth trying this month.


Beauty and the Beast Sweet Treats

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Beauty and the Beast Rose Oreos by Chantel at Nerdy Mamma

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Enchanted Rose Cupcakes by Amy at As The Bunny Hops

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Beauty and the Beast Rose Oreos by Chantel at Nerdy Mamma

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Beauty and the Beast Cupcakes by Sara at SensiblySara

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Rose Bud Butter Cookies by Wendy on The Monday Box

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The Grey Stuff Brownie Recipe by Kim at Two Kids and a Coupon

From the most elaborate to the simplest recipe, these 6 treats will make everyone excited for March 17th!

What is your favorite Beauty and the Beast themed recipe?

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