Lemon Snapple Iced Tea #BrewOverIce

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If there’s one thing I get excited about each morning it’s my Keurig. There’s just something about popping a K-Cup into the machine listening to it brew a fresh cup of coffee. It’s amazing to have that cup and to get on with my day, but I always want to use my Keurig anytime and not just for a cup of joe. When I go shopping I always peruse the K-Cup aisle to see what new flavors there are. This past week I was so excited to see the variety of Brew Over Ice K-Cups. I couldn’t say no to just one variety because let’s face it, we have company coming in and out of this house and we can always use alternative fresh beverage options. I couldn’t wait to try Snapple’s Lemon Iced Tea, Lemonade and Strawberry Pomegranate low-calorie drinks.

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Brew your favorite and newfound Brew Over Ice flavors on the 6oz (small) or the 8oz (medium) setting for the best brewed taste. Make sure to brew into a BPA free plastic glass. Since I was throwing a swim playdate I brewed a few pods into a carafe and then had these available for guests to pour into plastic wine glasses.

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I created a Brew Over Ice beverage station next to my Keurig that included all three Brew Over Ice varieties that I had purchased along with a simple platter of beverage garnishes. My platter included: fresh strawberries, orange and lemon wheels. I also found a spherical ice cube mold and froze fresh raspberries inside as an alternative for plain ice cubes to kick it up a notch.

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The kids were fans that they could finally have a beverage from the Keurig that wasn’t hot chocolate. My daughter especially enjoyed the lemonade with fresh lemons and the raspberry ice cubes.

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I can definitely say that my friends were surprised to see that Keurig offers Brew Over Ice options. They were the perfect addition to our lunchtime swim date as we watched our kids splash in the pool.

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To find the Brew Over Ice products check the K-Cup aisle or K-Cup end cap. My Walmart store has the K-Cup center aisle display in addition to the regular aisle. They always have the best K-Cup flavors at Walmart vs. other stores and the prices are comparable if not even better. Have you tried any of the Brew Over Ice products yet?

I would love to hear how you #BrewItUp with your Keurig!

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Backyard Movie Night #goodnightsnack #cbias

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If there’s something I look forward to every Summer it’s having all of our family visit. My nieces and nephew live forty-five minutes North of us, and with their busy schedules we rarely see them during the school year. It’s nice during the Summer months to have them down overnight to go swimming all day, which for them literally means all.day.long! Meal time usually translates into snacking all day, an early dinner (if they eat) and then all the kids are asking me what there is to snack on before bed. I know it’s silly, but I want my nieces, nephew and even my own kids to look back on these memories with their forever friends and remember how special these warm Summer nights mean. During this overnighter I wanted to throw the kids an outdoor movie night with plenty of fun good night snacks. I found inspiration during my last shopping trip to Walmart when I noticed night time themed boxes of Kellogg’s cereal. If there’s one thing my kids will eat it’s cereal, so why not take the cereal out of the bowl and create some fun snacks for our first outdoor movie.

As I perused the aisles I quickly determined that I could make an ultimate ice cream bar, fresh Krave popcorn, cereal sugar cookies and Froot Loop cupcakes.

{If you’re looking for the night time themed boxes, you can find them on an end cap or on the regular cereal aisle}

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If you want to throw an out-of-the-box outdoor movie night this Summer here’s what you’ll need:

cereal sugar cookies Cereal Sugar Cookies:

1 bag of sugar cookie mix prepared like directions state. Add in two cups of cereal. I used Froot Loops & Corn Flakes. You could easily use Corn Pops, Apple Jacks or a combination of all. Bake for 15 minutes.

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fruit loop cupcakesFroot Loop Cupcakes:

Mini vanilla store-bought cupcakes. Dip frosting into a bowl that is filled with Froot Loops. These were my favorite in terms of colorful, kid-like fun. Plus, they were really tasty!

krave popcornKrave Popcorn:

Cook 1 cup of corn kernels like the directions state on the package. Once the popcorn has popped sprinkle with salt and add melted butter. Add in 3 cups of Krave cereal, and jumbo m&m’s. Mix & enjoy!

I recommend using paper products to serve the food in outdoors. You don’t need to serve in boring white or clear. Make sure to check out the party section at Walmart. I found this 5-pack of blue bowls for .99¢

 

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Ultimate Cereal Sundae

Ultimate Cereal Sundaes:

Vanilla Ice Cream or Yogurt, Hot Fudge, Peanut Butter Chips, Froot Loops, Special K Fruit & Yogurt, Licorice, jumbo M&M’s and Whipped Cream. The options are endless, this is just what I used based on the kids’ preferences.

I wanted the kids to be able to build their own sundaes. I had my sister scoop the ice cream into the paper bowlsand they added their toppings. I found the red & white stripe bowls at Home Goods.

{Check-out my video on Instagram to see how I put mine together!}

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DSC_0323It was really fun taking the movie outside. It got the kids in their pajamas earlier than later, they got to calm down as the sun went down and then we had fun snacking on all our good night snacks I had prepared. It’s also nice watching the movie outside because if one or two kids (mainly my two-year-old) can’t sit still to watch an entire movie they can run around. Bringing along flashlights for the kids also made for some additional fun. The kids loved watching the sun sink down, creating a cotton candy colored sky. The pink and blue swirled sky was dotted with bats flying around and the joyful conversations around the outdoor living room made for one memorable Summer night. I hope you’ll take your next family night outside and enjoy some of the tasty good night treats I created with Kellogg’s.

 

Mexican Street Fair Corn Salad {Elotes}

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One of our favorite things to get at the San Diego Fair is the roasted corn. It’s so simple, the kids love it and apparently it’s a fair standard, you can tell just by the line alone! This year I noticed that they added, Elotes, a Mexican corn salad. The corn salad is served with mayo which I happily declined but has buttery corn, plenty of cotija cheese, cilantro and lime. To the side of the stand you can add as much chili and tapatio as you wish. After The Fourth of July we had several ears of corn leftover so I decided to recreate this new fair fav!

Mexican Street Fair Corn Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3 ears of roasted corn, cut off the cob (here’s a great tutorial)
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1-2 tsp chili powder
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 cup cotija cheese
  • 2 TB cilantro, chopped
  • tapatio, to taste
  • fresh lime

Directions:

  1. In a skillet melt the butter. Once melted, add the corn and heat through until warm. Toss the corn with the chili powder, use more or less depending on your taste. Season with salt.
  2. Toss the warm corn with desired amount of cheese. I added additional on top, because let’s face it, everything is better with more cheese! Add a few dashes of tapatio and garnish with cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
  3. Enjoy! Now you can enjoy the flavors of the fair all Summer long.

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my mother’s day present

I realize it’s now July but it’s better late than never to share, right?!? My Mother’s Day present to myself was to have some new photographs taken of the kids. But then it turned into all of us once I got the idea of creating a gallery wall in our entry way with the photos. I finally have the photos in the frames but we’ll see when they actually get hung! ha!

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Refueling with SNICKERS® & Dr Pepper #refuel2go #collectivebias

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I look forward to Summer every year, I mean, who doesn’t? The past two weeks for me have been crazy. Two weeks ago Payton was in horse camp so we were in the car most of the day, traveling back-and-forth between drop-off’s and pick-up’s. Last week we had the in-laws arrive and between doctors appointments for myself, working four days, a trip to the ER and urgent care for Brayden and then the holiday weekend I have felt depleted. I have been sleeping enough but I just feel like I’ve been on overdrive. Over the weekend I ended up having to work both days which isn’t the norm. We were super busy, which just seems to be the reoccurring theme in my life right now. I decided to drive over to Shelter Island to walk around the bay and take in the gorgeous San Diego weather. I needed to refuel and gain back some mental clarity before heading home. I don’t know about you but there is just something refreshing about Dr Pepper, it’s my go-to soda when I drink it because it’s unique and delish flavor, especially on a hot Summer day! My other fav, which, if you know me well enough you know that SNICKERS® 2-to-go is my favorite candy bar. SNICKERS® + a cool refreshing Dr Pepper = one happy Melissa (just ask my husband). Since I was taking the time for myself to enjoy the bay I brought my fav’s with me and sat in the park watching the boats come in and out of the harbor. The sound of the water hitting the rocks and the wind ever so slightly knocking the ropes into the boats was therapeutic. That hour I spent by myself fueled me for the rest of the weekend and prepped me for the week to start. It’s amazing how something so simple can make a huge difference in your day!

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