Friday, November 29, 2019

My Favorite Christmas Cookie #Recipes



These Oreo truffles are SO easy to make and super delicious! Perfect for the holidays.
Ingredients: 
36 Oreo cookies
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 package cream cheese (softened)
1 cup dark chocolate melting wafers
1 cup white chocolate melting wafers

Instructions:
Place Oreo's in a food processor. Blend 2-3 minutes. Set aside. Save 2 tablespoons for later.
In a separate mixing bowl beat cream cheese. Add Oreo's to the cream cheese and vanilla extract. Mix.
Scoop Oreo mixture into 1 tablespoon size balls and place on a lined cookie sheet.
Place cookie sheet with Oreo balls in the freezer to chill for 15 minutes.
Place dark chocolate melting wafers in a microwave safe container to melt. Repeat for white chocolate melting wafers.
Retrieve Oreo balls from the freezer and dip truffles into the melted chocolate. Sprinkle with Oreo crumbs that you saved.
Allow chocolate to harden. Tip-place Oreo balls in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden faster.
Enjoy!!

Andes Mint Cookies

Ingredients:
1 package Devils Food Cake
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 bag Andes Chocolate Mints

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350. In a mixer combine cake mix, oil and eggs. Mix until combined. Drop by level tablespoon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat mat. Bake for 8-9 minutes, remove from oven and immediately place an Andes mint on top. Let sit for 5 minutes and gently swirl the mint just enough to spread it out. Cool in refrigerator until set. Makes approximately 36 cookies.




M & M Cookies (Or can be made as a cookie bar)

My little helper enjoyed making this recipe almost as much as she enjoyed eating it! This is such an easy recipe ya'll! You can bake the M&M cookie bars in a 8x8 casserole dish OR you can use a 9 inch pie plate if you want to make a cookie cake instead.
Ingredients:
1/2 Cup butter (melted)
1 Large egg
3/4 Cup brown sugar
1/2 Cup sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups flour
pinch of salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup M&M's
6 mini peanut butter cups (if you prefer)

Directions: 
1. Melt butter
2. Add egg, sugars, vanilla & whisk
3. Add flour, salt & stir gently
4. Add chocolate chips
5. Add M&M's
6. Smooth batter into a 9 inch pie dish (or small casserole dish)
7. Add remaining M&M's & push gently down into batter
8. Back at 350' for 25 minutes
9. Let cool for 30 minutes


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Sunday, November 17, 2019

All About The New Disney +

Disney Plus is now available!! 10 million people have already subscribed!! WOW!!! Today I am going to share with you everything you need to know about Disney Plus including the various bundles available and pricing.

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*Image courtesy Disney*

How much does it cost?

Disney + is $6.99 per month and you can sign up for a free 7 day trial. The yearly price is $69.99 per year.

Disney + package including Hulu (with commercials) and ESPN is $12.99 per month.

Which package is the best deal?

The Disney + package with Hulu and ESPN+ is such a great deal. This will allow you to not only watch Disney movies but sports and tons of movies and shows are available on Hulu. I have been subscribing to Hulu (with commercials) and I pay $5.99 per month. So with this bundle deal you are basically getting ESPN + for free.

What is included on Disney +?

Disney original films, original series and tons of new release movies will be available! Pixar Animation Studios short film series "Spark Shorts".

How can you watch?
Disney + is available as an APP for laptops, tablets, phones, etc. Watch Disney + on 4 different devices at once! Perfect for families. Disney + can be streamed on Roku, XBox one, Sony Playstation 4, Apple TV. Also on Apple Ipads, Apple phones, Android devices and Chromebooks.


 
      I am super excited to see this  holiday movie!!


Films:
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • A Bug's Life
  • A Goofy Movie
  • An Extremely Goofy Movie
  • Bambi
  • Bao
  • Big Hero 6
  • Born in China
  • Cars
  • Fantasia
  • Finding Dory
  • Finding Nemo
  • Free Solo
  • Frozen
  • Fun and Fancy Free Hercules
  • High School Musical
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Inside Out
  • Iron Man
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
  • Moana
  • Monsters University
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Pixar Short Films Collection Vol 1
  • Ratatouille
  • Remember the Titans
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (animated film)
  • Steamboat Willie
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • The Incredibles
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Parent Trap (1961)
  • The Prince & The Pauper (1990)
  • The Princess Diaries
  • The Rocketeer
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (short)
  • The Sword in the Stone
  • The Three Caballeros
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Toy Story
  • Tron (1982)
  • Up
  • Wall-E
  • Zootopia

Television series:

  • Amazing Planet
  • Andi Mack
  • Boy Meets World
  • Brain Games
  • Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
  • Dr. K’s Exotic Animals
  • Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet
  • Drain the Ocean
  • DuckTales (1987)
  • DuckTales (2016, season one)
  • Earth Live
  • Goof Troop
  • Great Migrations
  • Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things
  • Kim Possible
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (animated series)
  • Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (animated series)
  • Mickey and the Roadster Racers (seasons one-two)
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  • Mickey Mouse Shorts
  • One Strange Rock
  • Raven’s Home
  • Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
  • Star Wars Rebels
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (series)
  • That’s So Raven
  • The Incredible Dr. Pol
  • The Simpsons
  • Unlikely Animal Friends
  • Wicked Tuna

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Christmas Shopping List #Printable


Christmas will be here in just 79 days!! I usually start my holiday shopping in October and space it out over 2-3 months. This year I am going to plan ahead and purchase my kids favorite advent calendars in October before they sell out. The Lego advent calendar is super popular and usually sells out mid November. 


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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Traveling With Kids Packing List Free Printable




Today I am going to share with you a free printable packing list! If you'd like to download your own copy click here to download.

Suitcase:


  • Outfits 
  • Extra Outfit for each child
  • Swimsuits
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear/Bra
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries: Brush, comb, shampoo, conditioner, soap
  • Suction cups (for swimsuits to hang in the shower)
  • Ziploc bags
  • Hair Dryer (if needed)
  • Makeup
  • Makeup removers
  • Tooth brush & tooth paste
  • BandAids 
  • Any Prescription Medicines
  • Adult Tylenol
  • Kids Tylenol (just in case)
  • Kids Benadryl (just in case)
  • Kids bath toys (just a few)
  • Qtips
  • Sunscreen 
  • Kids favorite blanket
  • Kids favorite stuffy
  • Cell phone charger
  • Ipad & charger
  • Book or magazine to read 


Kids Backpack:
  • A few small toys for the airplane or car ride 
  • Coloring book/crayons 
  • Snacks (nothing sticky or liquid)
  • Wet Wipes/Hand sanitizer
  • Small travel size pillow
  • Small blanket
  • Travel size games (Uno, Old Maids, etc) 


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Friday, September 20, 2019

Super Easy & Delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins #Recipes




These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are SO soft and yummy and the best part is they are SO easy to make!! Here are the ingredients you will need:

1 1/2 Cups granulated sugar
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 Cup vegetable oil
2 Eggs
4 Cups Flour
2 Cups Pumpkin (canned)
2 Cups Chocolate Chips (I prefer mini morsels)
1 1/2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons baking powder 

Instructions: Mix sugars, oil, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla & pumpkin pie spice with a mixer. Mix remaining ingredients in separate bowl (except chocolate chips, save these for last). Add flour mix to the pumpkin mix. Mix until your batter is a creamy thick orange color. (See photo below). Fold in chocolate chips and gently mix with a spatula. Line muffin pan with cupcake wrappers. Bake at 350* for 10-11 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes. 

Bake 350* for 10-11 minutes
This recipe will make 36 muffins 



Gently fold chocolate chips into the batter using a spatula


Fill wrappers 3/4 full and bake

I like to bake 2 dozen muffins and then use the remaining batter to bake cookies! The cookies bake at the same temperature for the same amount of time. 

Results! The softest pumpkin chocolate chip muffins ever! 



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Saturday, September 7, 2019

How To Help #HurricaneDorian Survivors in the Bahamas

I've been to the Bahamas many many times and I am so sad to see the images coming out of the Abaco's islands and Freeport, Bahamas. I spent many spring breaks in college in the Bahamas and it is such a beautiful, happy place. The Bahamians have always been such kind, loving people. I've put together a list of ways you can help the victims of Hurricane Dorian:

I am a big fan of Bethenny Frankel and I love how she charters planes and helps hurricane victims!
http://www.bethenny.com/bstrong/

Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation
https://www.gbdisasterrelief.org/

Green Turtle Cay Club
https://www.gofundme.com/f/green-turtle-cay-hurricane-dorian-relief-fund
All donations are run through Green Turtle Cay Foundation which is a 501c3 Charity so all your generosity will be tax deductible. ALL DONATIONS WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE RESIDENTS OF GREEN TURTLE CAY AND THE ROAD TO REBUILDING.

Green Turtle Club is also collecting donated items. High priority items needed:
Tarps
Generators
Chainsaws
Handheld radios
Bug repellent
Mosquito netting
Air mattresses
Warm clothes
Box fans
Hand Pumps
If you are located in Florida near West Palm Beach you can drop off items at the following locations:

Island Tyme Hangar - Lantana Airport
2633 Lantana Road
Lantana, FL 33462
Hangar 214

-Avid Warehouse
7656 Byron Drive #B12
West Palm Beach, FL 33404

-Grandview Public Market
1401 Clare Ave
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

-Yoga Path
4514 South Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

-Performance Nissan
1345 Federal Highway
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
https://www.gofundme.com/f/abacodorianrelief




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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Our Favorite Beaches In #Hawaii + Where To Find Sea Turtles

This week I am going to share with you our favorite beaches that we visited in Oahu, Hawaii. If you've been following along then you probably read all about the great places that we ate in Hawaii and all about where we stayed in Hawaii.

We ventured to many beaches in Hawaii during our vacation. We rented a car for the last half of the trip and we visited the North Shore, Aulani, Ko'Olina Lagoons, Kailua and Lanikai Beach. Out of all of the beaches we visited our absolute favorite beach was Kailua Beach. If you are trying to find it just put in this address: 526 Kawailoa Road Kailua, Oahu HI 96734


Kailua Beach is about 30 minutes from Waikiki and the parking was difficult. This beach is so gorgeous and many locals go here. The parking lot was full by the time we arrived but we circled around and eventually someone left. I would recommend arriving very early. You can read all about this gorgeous beach on Trip Advisor. The sand at Kailua Beach is so incredibly soft. This beach was just gorgeous. This is the type of beach that people dream about. Beautiful clear blue water, calm ocean and no rocks or shells.


Kailua Beach

Our second favorite beach was Lanikea Beach also known as "Turtle Beach". This is a must see for anyone visiting Oahu. We were on the way to the North Shore and noticed a lot of people were parking on the side of the main road at this little beach called Lanikea Beach. We weren't sure what was so special about this beach but we decided to stop and check it out. I am SO thankful we did!! When we crossed the road we noticed a big crowd of people standing on the beach. As we got closer and closer we realized they were watching the most gorgeous sea turtles! Read all about this beach on Trip Advisor We saw 5 + sea turtles on the beach and swimming in the ocean. This was such a special experience. 



Sea Turtles are a protected species and it is a law in Hawaii that you must not touch them, feed them or get within 10 feet of them. 



Lanikea Beach 

Another great beach for families and especially young children is Ko Olina Lagoons. We visited Lagoon #4 which is located furthest from Aulani. The lagoons closest to Aulani had no parking available when we arrived. The parking lots offer free parking which is so nice. We spent several hours playing in the protected calm waters of this gorgeous lagoon. Then we ventured up the sidewalk for a nice walk to Aulani Resort. The walk only took us about 10 minutes from Lagoon #4. 

Ko Olina Lagoon


Ko Olina Lagoon #4 

After playing in the lagoon we walked to Aulani and visited the gift shop. Then we grabbed pizza at the quick service restaurant called Ula Cafe. We were able to sit outside and enjoy a gorgeous view of the ocean. The pizza was very affordable and big enough for our family of 5 to share. I believe the entire dinner cost about $40 for drinks, pizza and Mickey ice cream bars. We also stocked up on some Mickey rice krispie treat's and pastries to take back to our condo in Waikiki. Here are a few photos I snapped while walking around Aulani. We hope to actually stay a few nights at Aulani on our next Hawaiian vacation. 


We visited around 5 pm and I think the pools had just closed or something because there were not many people out and about. 


                                                          Pizza dinner at Aulani's Ulu Cafe 

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