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Monday, July 28, 2014

Easy Kids Snacks + a Walk Down Memory Lane

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 Yesterday was a busy day for me – I finally put my “nurse” hat on and went to work. I knew it was going to be a busy day there and that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy any of the gorgeous weather outside, so I decided to sit out in the backyard with the kids before putting my scrubs on. Anika and Emma have already been talking about going back to school and I can just feel their anticipation and level of excitement, so I thought it would be fun to break out a couple of photo albums too reminisce on some of the past school years while we had a few fun snacks under our plum tree.

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At Walmart the other day I picked up some Bagel Bites and Delimex Taquitos. We don’t always just sit around and consume snacks, but I like to keep some on hand for quick bites or after school snacks.  The girls first found my Kindergarten photo and then had to grab their Kindergarten graduation magnet photos off of the refrigerator to compare them. Emma said, “Mom, you had blue eyes like me!” and Anika was somehow shocked at how much we looked alike. J

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 We then looked at a couple of other photo albums – one was a bunch of photos that I took when I was a kid- pictures of me, camp, my classmates, my animals,  and It was crazy to me to see photos of myself going into the 6th grade like Anika. Unlike her I had several awkward looking years and as a parent I’m happy that she hasn’t had too much difficulty adjusting yet.

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Easy #AfterSchoolSnacks + A walk down memory lane #shop #cbias

 My kids loved eating the Bagel Bites -  they are made with real cheese, homemade sauce and have 0g trans fat. They also quickly devoured the Delimex Taquitos! I poured some peach salsa for them to dip them in. I also bought some apple cinnamon taquitos for a little treat and then made a little whipped cream with caramel drizzle to dip them in.

Easy #AfterSchoolSnacks + A walk down memory lane #shop #cbias
Easy #AfterSchoolSnacks + A walk down memory lane #shop #cbias

 We don’t sit down and look at photos often enough. I know that sounds silly coming from me, the picture queen, but just because I’m constantly snapping away doesn't mean the whole family actually looks at all of them. It’s one of my goals this next school year to actually make a few more photo albums so that we can do this more often.

Easy #AfterSchoolSnacks + A walk down memory lane #shop #cbias
Easy #AfterSchoolSnacks + A walk down memory lane #shop #cbias
Easy #AfterSchoolSnacks + A walk down memory lane #shop #cbias
Easy #AfterSchoolSnacks + A walk down memory lane #shop #cbias

Oh and if you were wondering work was crazy yesterday but I survived ;)

Easy #AfterSchoolSnacks + A walk down memory lane #shop #cbias
Easy #AfterSchoolSnacks + A walk down memory lane #shop #cbias

Thanks #CollectiveBias for letting me share an #AfterSchoolSnacks moment with you!
~Melissa


Our New Kellogg's #GoodNightSnack #Cbias

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Last week was full of excitement as we had birthday parties, small town celebrations, exciting trips (for me!) and lots of fun moments. Friday night after we walked home from Dayton Friday Nights, we decided to let Emma and Noah stay up a little bit later because I had purchased some used DVD's Friday morning - a whole set of Berenstain Bear cartoons. I'm not sure if you are familiar with the book series or not, but in my house they are a nightly favorite. The best part is that most of the books were my sister's and mine growing up, so it brings back lots of memories for me when I read them. I let them get all cozy and decided to get them a little snack since we were having a special Friday night evening. Often times I'll break out the usual popcorn, but sometimes I'll do something a little different - Breakfast before bed with Kellogg's® cereal. My kids could seriously munch on cereal all day if I let them, but I had just purchased a couple kinds from Walmart that we had never tried before - Blueberry Frosted Mini Wheats and Rice Krispies® Multigrain Shapes cereal, so I thought there was no better time to break out a special snack.

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There is also a new Kellogg's® Jif™ Peanut Butter Cereal that looks delicious that we will have to try next time!

Kellogg's #GoodNightSnack cereal ideas #shop #cbias

Perhaps the Berenstain Bears had got me nostalgic because one thing I recall about my dad was his late night bedtime snack every night to satisfy his sweet tooth. Most of the time it was a bowl of ice cream, but on occasion he'd sit down with a bowl of Kellogg's Corn Flakes. I told my kids that story and they thought it was pretty cool that they were being "just like Papa".

Kellogg's #GoodNightSnack cereal ideas #shop #cbias
Kellogg's #GoodNightSnack cereal ideas #shop #cbias

A lot of the time we will just eat our cereal dry - I'll just load it all on to the cutting board and use that as a tray to keep them all on, but sometimes when the kids want it with milk I'll pour it in a coffee mug so it's easier to hold while watching their show.

Kellogg's #GoodNightSnack cereal ideas #shop #cbias
Kellogg's #GoodNightSnack cereal ideas #shop #cbias

I think that cereal will now be a #goodnightsnack in our house more often. It's quick, easy, tasty, and a flavor for everyone. Thanks #CollectiveBias for letting me share our moments!


~Melissa

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Create.Simplify.Inspire. #78

As I type this I should be in bed because I found out that I have to report for Jury Duty first thing in the morning - but of course here I am up way too late once again and will play catch up with coffee in the morning. :) Yesterday I had an amazing time at an event at Nautilus headquarters in Vancouver, WA. They're the creative minds behind Bowflex and Schwinn. I'll share pictures soon, but in the meantime you can look at a couple on my Instagram account. It was a very fun day and I drove home last night feeling extremely blessed.

What have you been up to this week? I'd love it if you shared!

This link up to to share anything and everything that inspires you. 

           ~Melissa
Create.Simplify.Inspire. #78


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Photos From a Luau Dinner



Last Friday we attended a little Luau dinner for our FFA. The setting was gorgeous and the weather cooperated perfectly. It's always nice having an evening off from cooking dinner and wonderful to just hang out with the family. We ended up winning a hand made little 5 foot boat too - a $10 raffle ticket that paid off! Wayne had a big ol' smile on his face when we took the boat with us.

I love themed events and evenings. It makes for a little magic and mystery for the kids. It makes me long to create something like this at my house again. I guess the creativity runs through my veins. :)

~Melissa

Monday, July 21, 2014

Orange Cream Rice Cereal Treats Made with a Special Drink

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The other day we kind of had an impromptu family day together and ended up going to the movies, doing a little shopping, and ended the day with a BBQ on the back deck. At Walmart I ended up buying something that I don't buy very often - Kool Aid. They have new 96 oz. bottles and even though I grew up living on the classic drink, we don't have it in our house very often, so for my family it's definitely a summer treat. 

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While we were hanging outside the topic of our end of summer celebrations came up. Normally in August we have two large events - I have an End of Summer Celebration and Anika has a birthday party. Since one of my best friends is getting married at the end of August, I'm not sure if I'll have the time (or energy!) to host my party this year. The thought of not doing it makes me sad, but this summer is going so quickly already this year, I'm not sure I could squeeze it in everyone's schedules either. 

I do know though that we will have a party for Miss Anika though, I'm just not sure what to do yet - and her birthday is on the 12th!! We've talked about doing things we've done in the past, like a backyard sleepover or even a hotel stay (like we did last year), but in any case to make a long story short, the two of us began brain storming on what food she'd like to have along with all of the treats and goodies (that are a must when you want to celebrate), and then a light bulb went off in my head.

Flavored treats made with Kool Aid.

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Orange Cream Rice Cereal Bar Treats #KoolOff #Cbias #shop
Orange Cream Rice Cereal Bar Treats #KoolOff #Cbias #shop

It sounded like something easy to make that we could customize to make whatever flavors we wanted - so I gave it a try and they turned out perfect! We tried pink lemonade first but our favorite was orange cream.

Orange Cream Rice Cereal Bar Treats #KoolOff #Cbias #shop
Orange Cream Rice Cereal Bar Treats #KoolOff #Cbias #shop

Orange Cream Rice Cereal Treats

Ingredients:

6 cups of rice cereal
3 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 package of orange flavored Kool Aid (unsweetened packet)
10 ounces of marshmallows
cooking spray

Directions:

1. Grease 8" x 8" pan and set aside.

2. Warm butter in a large pot on medium heat until melted, then add marshmallows and stir until they are melted as well. Pour in vanilla and Kool Aid packet and mix well.

3. Take pan off of heat and mix rice cereal in. Pour mixture into the pan then spray your hand with butter spray (so it won't get sticky) and then press the mixture into the pan with your hand.

4. Place pan in the refrigerator until cool, then cut and enjoy!

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Orange Cream Rice Cereal Bar Treats #KoolOff #Cbias #shop

 Depending on Anika's birthday theme and colors, I can see us getting even more creative and cutting the treats with cookie cutters into shapes to match - perhaps even making them favors for her friends. Who knows? The possibilities are endless.... now to plan the party! :)

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If you live in South Carolina ( I know a few of your do!) There will be a fun promotion going on that you should check out for me!

" Jim Dillard, pro fisherman, could be coming to your local Walmart to help promote the new 96oz bottles! There will be product giveaways, t-shirts, games, and more fun activities!

Friday August 8th 5-7pm:
360 Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter

Saturday August 9th  3-5pm:
1326 Bush River Rd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter

Saturday August 9th 6-8pm:

2401 Augusta Rd West Columbia, SC WM Supercenter "


~Melissa