Twinkies Recipe: Frozen Twinkie Pops, celebrating the new Twinkies cookbook

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I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Twinkies. I received samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating. I grew up knowing there would always be a stash of Twinkies on the top shelf of our kitchen pantry. While they weren't an everyday snack, it was always exciting when my two younger brothers and I enjoyed the treat on warm summer days. Since the historic comeback of Twinkies last summer, Hostess has baked Read More... {Read More...}

The truth about the SeaWorld soak zone

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My family visits SeaWorld® San Diego frequently because of the many learning opportunities there for my daughter. If you've visited SeaWorld before you are probably familiar with the soak zone seating at the shows. The clearly marked rows of seats are always full of guests in the SeaWorld soak zone. I'm sharing the truth about the SeaWorld soak zone so you can decide if it's the appropriate place for you to sit during your next family visit.  We recently visited SeaWorld Read More... {Read More...}

Save on last minute road trip essentials with paperless coupons

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Family road trips are fun but take quite a bit of planning to make them successful. By the time we have everything packed to go, I usually need to stop at the store for last minute road trip essentials. Traveling in a car with your family can be easy when you have everything you need for a pleasant time on the road. Picking up last minute essentials for road trips can be costly when you're in a hurry to start driving. I recently started using Walgreens paperless coupons to save on last Read More... {Read More...}

Teach your child about vaccinations

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When I noticed my daughter playing with her dolls and a doctor kit recently I wondered what she was doing. As I listened to her imaginative play, I overheard her telling the dolls they all needed their shots to go to kindergarten. My daughter is going to kindergarten in just a couple of weeks so back to school vaccinations have been a hot topic in our house. She knows about vaccinations and why she needs them to stay healthy but she doesn't know about all the children without access to a Read More... {Read More...}

Grill for America – help me win a donation to my local food bank

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Who doesn't love to grill in the summer? It's great for family meals and entertaining. It gets you outside with the warm weather. For me, it also means I don't have a big messy kitchen to clean after cooking dinner. In Arizona, it's warm all day and into the evening during the summer. We've been enjoying late dinners from the grill and having some fun with new marinades and hot & spicy mustard. The global flavors of World Harbors Marinades and the bold El Diablo Read More... {Read More...}

It’s okay to take a break, social media influencers can go on vacation too

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As a social media influencer, the work day never really ends. Growing your presence, consistently creating content, and fostering your online relationships takes time. Most often, more time than you can anticipate. With constantly changing goals and focuses on different platforms, it's easy to get overwhelmed and never walk away from your smart phone in fear of missing an important opportunity for engagement and growth. It's summer and that means my daughter is ready for some fun. I am extremely Read More... {Read More...}

DIY FROZEN shirt kids craft

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This summer my daughter has watched FROZEN well over a hundred times at home. While the DVD is getting played a lot in our home, the fun doesn't stop there. My daughter loves twirling around pretending to be Anna or Elsa, playing with homemade Olaf play dough, and singing her favorite songs from the movie. With a few upcoming visits to Disneyland planned, we had some fun making a DIY FROZEN shirt kids craft this week. My daughter is very proud of the shirt she made and is very excited to wear it Read More... {Read More...}

Share a Coke with the ones you love – my brother’s ARMY deployment

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The recent addition of personalized bottles with names and terms of endearment is adding to the fun when you share a Coke with the ones you love. This summer Coca-Cola brought the nationwide Share a Coke event to Walmart stores. The event was an opportunity for everyone to share a Coke with their favorite friends and family. Seeing the excitement for the new Coke bottles with your name on them had me shopping for the fun cans and bottles before I attended the nationwide event. The Read More... {Read More...}

Princess Festival (Mesa, Arizona)

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With a five year old daughter at home that loves princesses, she was so excited to learn about the Princess Festival in Mesa, Arizona this summer. Spending the day learning about how to be a princess sounds like the perfect summer play date with a best friend. My daughter and one of her closest friends from her Pre-K class had so much fun at the Princess Festival together. The entire event stays true to the theme teaching being a princess is about showing kindness to others. Read More... {Read More...}

VitaFrute Cocktails drink recipe: Light Watermelon Lemonade

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Disclosure: I received complimentary products and compensation in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. The following content is for readers 21 years of age and older. It's hot outside and I'm ready to host a Girls Night In with my some of my favorite friends. The thought of wine just isn't appealing because of the summer heat but are my friends going to appreciate a cocktail packed with sugar and calories? Probably not. This summer my Girls Night In will feature VitaFrute Read More... {Read More...}