Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Frozen Dole Cakes

This post was created in partnership with Dole. I have received compensation for this post.




Once again Dole asked that we come up with a Frozen Fruit recipe. So this time I went with pancakes!

I love to play with food and make strange and new things some come out really good others not so much. But thankfully this time, it was a good one which my 5 kids really enjoyed and I learned I can do more.



I started with a bag of Dole Frozen Strawberry, Banana mix. Since I have a big family, I have to use 3 cups of pancake mix.

So here is the recipe for Frozen Dole Cakes : )

3 cups of pancake mix
2 cups of milk
1 Bag of Dole Frozen Strawberries and Bananas
2 TB Vanilla Extract
2 TB of sugar

(you can see the pieces of strawberry and banana)

So you dump your Dole Frozen Strawberries and Bananas into a strainer rinse off and then blend them up to a paste, add in the rest of your ingredients, blend and pour into pancakes. You end up with yummy tasting strawberry banana pancakes. Which you could also get creative and add a nice cool topping of strawberry banana blend on top.


Wanna be apart of the Dole Challenges check Team Dole consumer program, by clicking here!  Have a recipe you wanna share? Share it using the following #GetFrozen and #TeamDole. 


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mother's Day is Sunday!

Mother's Day is in 2 weeks and I don't know about you but I am not ready I haven't even thought of what I am getting this Mother's Day, but I went to Amazon and found a few ideas which I figured I would share:

Fun way to show she cares with this coffee mug:  I'm A Mom, What's Your SuperPower?" 12oz Coffee Mug which comes in 6 colors. Only $10.63 free shipping for Prime members. 

Something which can be displayed year round and makes  a great decor piece. Mom Butterfly Mother Suncatcher with Pressed Flower Wings. $14.99 free shipping for Prime! 

Nice gift for the kids to get mom. Expressively Yours Bracelet Love Mother Forever $8.99 free shipping for Prime.

Great for kids to share in the gift with this whole package deal. Mothers Day Gift Set Complete with Gift Bag, Red Tissue Paper, Love Mother Forever Bracelet, Bouquet of 8 Wire Stem Burgundy Roses, "I Love You" Mini Bear, Large Greeting Card, Picture Frame and Mug! $29.99 free ship with Prime. 


I love these types of gifts, they bring in a feeling of clean and fresh into the home. NEW! Mother's Day TickleMe Plant Gift Box Set - To grow the Plant that closes its leaves when you Tickle it or blow it a Kiss! It even grows Pink Cotton Candy Like Flowers! "I'm Tickled You're My Mom!" $11.95 free shipping with Prime. 

Of course there is so much more to discover on Amazon for Mother's Day you can check out more by clicking here. Also if your not a Prime member what are you waiting for sign up today and start saving. I know I do more of my shopping on Amazon then ever before, because with Prime I get my pet food, toilet paper and more shipped FREE to my door for less then getting in my car to drive to the store wait in line for the same thing. I save so much! 


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Two things for tomorrow! Saturday April 11th!

If your in the central florida area and have little ones you might wanna check out this event!



HDM POOLS will like to invite you to our community safety event. April is pool safety month, drowning is the number one cause of death in kids in the United States. But we would like to minimize this by educating the community in how to perform CPR and water survival and much more.. Please join us on April 11 from 10am to 5pm to make this event successful. Please share this with your friends and family, if you are part of the media "TV, radio, News papers, social media" please let help us spread the word, we will like for you to be part of this great event, and help us air this in your media thank you.I hope we can count on all of you 
Let us know that you're coming click on our event 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1565129067077061/
And invite all your friends has well our goal is to reach over 2,000 invitations




Who: 7-Eleven
What: The convienience store chain is inviting customers to bring their own cups from home and fill it with Slurpees for one day. Yep, you can bring that old Rescue Rangers mug you had as a kid in the store and get yourself a cold one.
It costs $1.49 plus tax for an iced beverage so you definitely want to make the most of it with a larger-than-average container. The catch is, the cup has to fit within the 10-inch cutout located near the Slurpee machine. Kind of like those signs near roller coasters that tell you how tall you have to be.
For folks who can't help but post their giant cups of Slurpee on social media, 7-Eleven is encouraging the hashtag #BYOCupDay.

Read more at http://www.foodbeast.com/news/711-byoc/#oDtLKQwYjDoLPhZX.99





Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Cheese Lover? Check out Krystal



Looking for some new taste treats this spring? Krystal launched several new products that just made their iconic food THAT much more delightful. The new Cheese Lovers line of sandwiches, which features the Bacon & Cheese Krystal, a Mushroom & Swiss Krystal and the Triple Cheese Krystal. I can never get enough cheese and I especially love when I get to have some swiss in the mix. 



To top it off, Krystal’s new Banana Pudding Milkshake features real NILLA wafers. My youngest is a huge fan of bananas pudding and wafers imagine her eyes light up as she tried this milk shake, it was a great hit with her!  As a reminder- get there fast! These limited-time only products won’t be around forever. 



Enter to win a “Say Cheese” prize pack of four sets of Cheese Lovers coupons, some Krystal swag, a ‘Magic Bacon Disposable Camera’ that adds bacon graphics and silly sayings to your photos, and several snack packs of NILLA wafers. The value of this prize pack is estimated at $50. 






Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Paper Mache Easter Eggs

So this Easter I decided to make Paper Mache Easter Eggs.

I started with having my kids rip up a newspaper, then I mixed 1 part water with 1 part flour. I bought some cheap small toys from Dollar Tree along with a package of balloons.


I then blew up 2 balloons and tied a knot on each. Next I tied a piece of fishing wire to the tops of each balloon about 3 ft in length. Next I used my mixture and dipped pieces of ripped up newspaper and placed each piece on the balloon up and down until I could no longer see the balloon.


Then after the balloon was covered I went back and did more newspaper only around it this time until it was covered, finally I went crazy and covered the sides and bottom all over until I used about a half a paper on each balloon.

Now that I had my balloons covered in my paper mache concoction I hung them from my screen so they would not touch anything and could dry. This took awhile :( but was worth it.



Now time to decorate:



I bought some light purple spray paint because its faster and covers more surface, also I bought the cheap Easter egg cookie cutters (which I was gonna have kids paint in the cutters for shapes on it but then they just decided that it was easier to do splat paint, I painted the whole thing light purple first though.



Also sidewalk chalk works really well on white paper which if you want the white paper look when applying the last layers use office paper, works and looks great.

Happy Easter!


Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Softsoap Fragrant Foaming Collection

NEW Softsoap Fragrant Foaming Collection Hand Soap Line – three specialty-inspired fragrances that will help you express your personal style in each room in your home.

As Spring approached, think: “Scentspiration.“ Let the fragrances of the new line help you to transform your bathroom, kitchen, or guestroom entirely inspired by the new unique scents of the Fragrant Foaming Collection.

  • Jasmine and White Cotton: Impress your guests with the fresh scent of Jasmine and White Cotton. Its airy aroma makes every hand wash sparkle, while lush foam gently purifies the skin.

  • Whipped Cocoa Butter: Pamper your skin with the rich foaming lather infused with real cocoa butter extracts. The decadent scent of Whipped Cocoa Butter makes every hand wash a treat.

  • Kitchen Citrus Bliss: Awaken your senses and brighten your home with the crisp, sun-drenched scent of Kitchen Citrus Bliss. Its vibrant aroma invigorates every hand wash, while lush foam gently cleans and soothes skin.
I love the Softsoap Products, and the new Fragrant Foaming Collection is great for kids, I let them use it as a fun bubble bath, also because I have little ones yet they like to sneak in and make a mess, with the foam its easy to clean up unlike the normal soap which takes a few wipes if not lots of water because it has dried, ahhh! The Whipped Cocoa Butter is amazing its unlike anything I have had for a soap, it smells so good your gonna wanna eat it. Check out the new line at your local retail store. You can also purchase on Amazon from the comforts of home by clicking here

Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.


Captain Morgan has done it again with 3 new flavors for Spring!

Spring is here! Time to celebrate with new flavors from Captain Morgan, Pineapple, Coconut and Grapefruit Rum. New flavors mean new fun drink recipes, which make the experience all the better. Each cocktail is perfect for favorite spring activities, watching a baseball game with friends or enjoying patio drinks.


Below you will find a variety of cocktails made with Bulleit Rye, Crown Royal Regal Apple, and the new Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum. If your not into spirits try out this wine spritzer recipe with the recently launched Chateau La Paws Chardonnay, which gives back to rescue dogs.

Sold at a suggested retail price of $15.99 for a 750 mL bottle, each variant blends Captain Morgan White Rum with natural flavors, making them perfect for simple cocktails, along with more complex, Caribbean-inspired drinks. You can find the new flavors in most major liquor stores.

The Shark Puncher:  





9 oz. Captain Morgan Coconut Rum
9 oz. Orange juice
3 oz. Ruby red grapefruit juice
6 oz. Cranberry juice

Directions: Combine all ingredients including CAPTAIN MORGAN® Coconut Rum in a pitcher and stir.



From Dusk Til Daiquiri:



1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum
.75 oz. Fresh lime juice
.75 oz. Simple syrup
1 Scoop of ice

Directions: Combine all ingredients including CAPTAIN MORGAN® Grapefruit Rum and add ice. 

Bulleit Rye Smash:





1.25 oz. Bulleit Rye
1 oz. simple syrup
3 wedge(s) lemon(s)
3 piece(s) mint sprig
3 dash(es) bitters

In an ice filled shaker combine all the ingredients. Shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.


Golden Delicious:



1.5 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 Dash angostura bitters

Add ingredients to high ball. Top with ginger ale and lemon garnish.

Palomaloha:



1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum
Juice of ½ lime
Grapefruit soda to top

Fill tall glass with ice. Pour in CaptainMorgan® Grapefruit Rum, lime juice and grapefruit soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

Spritz Tzu:



3 oz. Chateau La Paws Chardonnay
1 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
2 oz. Club Soda
Lemon Twist
Fill rocks glass with ice. Pour in Chateau La Paws Chardonnay, elderflower liqueur and club soda. Garnish with lemon twist.


So my personal favorite which was a shock even to myself but hey I try everything once, is the Palomaloha. I totally am not a fan of grapefruit but the Palomaloha is a sweet treat which had just enough tart that made it a really great easy to sip drink. All these are easy drinks to serve up to friends and family, and go great for any occasion. 


Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Into the Woods...........a fairy tale must see



If you didn't have a chance to go see Into the Woods at the theaters you can now own it and watch it in the comforts of your own home. 


From the director of CHICAGO and the producer of WICKED comes a modern twist on the beloved fairy tales you thought you knew. Meryl Streep stars in this epic musical saga about daring to venture INTO THE WOODS. Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch's (Streep) curse. With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for!



If your a fan of the hit series Once Upon a Time you will surely love this all new movie which takes clips from all your favorite well known classic fairy tale stories, but then mixes it up into a fun filled adventure. I watched this with my kids, and they loved it. 

Along with Into the Woods being released to DVD and Blu-Ray, there was a event which took place in New York on Sunday March 22, 2015 in which Jacob Langerfeld, and music by Michael J. Moritz Jr, did a Broadway musical of the journey of Woods and Sondheim from stage to screen. The Broadway performance had a all-star line-up who united to honor legendary composer, Stephen Sondheim. Film talent in attendance included actors Billy Magnussen, Lilla Crawford and MacKenzie Mauzy. Performances included music from Into the Woods as well as other Sondheim classics sung by feature film and Broadway talent including but not limited to Lilla Crawford, Tituss Burgess, Lance Horne, Norm Lewis, Michael McElroy & Broadway Inspirational Voices, Abby Mueller, Andrew Nielson, Kristin Olness, Molly Pope, Christopher Sieber, Brian Sills, Catherine Walker, Trevor Vaughn, Michael-Leon Wooley, Karen Ziemba, Chip Zien and more.  

You can see a clip of this Broadway performance in the clip below. 



You can purchase your copy of Into the Woods at all major retail stores or online on Amazon here


Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.