Red White And Blue Meringue Cookies

Red White And Blue Meringue Cookies

Red White And Blue Meringue Cookies

I love, love, love meringue cookies!  This is a super simple recipe you will see me use often.  In my opinion, meringue cookies don’t taste that great, but they are super easy, once you get the hang of them and are impressive to look at.  These are great for get-togethers or anywhere you want people to thing you really know your stuff in the kitchen.  You can also get super creative with different piping tips and pies.   You can add flavoring and colors to these cookies.  The longer you mix them, the stiffer they will get.  So, you can really decide the stiffness yourself.  My kids LOVE these.  I haven’t decided if they really like them or if they like the idea of them and how super cute they are :D  Well, enjoy and have fun!  Make these your own.

Red White And Blue Meringue Cookies

Gather your ingredients:

  • 4 eggs whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring gel
  • Blue food coloring gel

Red White And Blue Meringue Cookies

  1. Add the egg whites, sugar, vanilla and cream of tartar to the metal bowl of a stand mixer .  Place over a medium saucepan of simmering water and wisk until the sugar melts and the mixture is almost clear.
  2. Place the bowl into the stand mixer and using the whisk attachment, wisk until the meringue is glossy and stiff.
  3. Using a small paint brush, brush a line of red food coloring from the piping tip up the inside of the bag. Repeat with the blue on the opposite side of the bag.  Fill the bag with the meringue and pipe onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Place in the oven preheated to 200 degrees and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven carefully and allow to cool cool completely.
  6. ENJOY!
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Our Journey On The Steamboat Natchez #SteamboatNatchez

Our Journey On The Steamboat Natchez #SteamboatNatchez

Our Journey On The Steamboat Natchez #SteamboatNatchez

I am so excited to share the trip we took a few weeks ago to the Steamboat Natchez!  We have been wanting to take the kids on a steamboat cruise, but every time we’re in New Orleans or Memphis, where they have the cruises; we are always so busy with other things.  We finally got the chance to go aboard the Steamboat Natchez in New Orleans.  We went a few Saturdays ago and, as luck would have it, it was family day!  Yes, we really hit the jackpot!  We didn’t really know how big we hit it until we were there, but this was HUGE!  We take a lot of trips and it always seems to be the day trips, the trips closer to home, that we just fall in love with.  The Steamboat Natchez proved to be exactly that; a trip we fell in love with!

About the Steamboat Natchez

She’s the ninth steamer to bear the name NATCHEZ. It was her predecessor, NATCHEZ VI, that raced the ROBERT E. LEE in the most famous steamboat race of all time. Even today, the NATCHEZ is proudly the undisputed champion of the Mississippi, never having been beaten in a race. In many ways, she’s the best of her line.

It’s a line that follows the course of river history, from the placid antebellum plantation era through the turbulence of the Civil War to the Gay Nineties, and, ultimately, the new millenium.

When the New Orleans Steamboat Company launched the NATCHEZ in 1975, they revived more than a famous name. They created one of only two true steam powered sternwheelers plying the Mississippi today. The NATCHEZ combines the best of contemporary construction, safety, and comfort standards with all the authenticity and style of her classic steamboat gothic predecessors.

Our Journey On The Steamboat Natchez #SteamboatNatchez

We went to the ticket counter and got our tickets and joined the rest of the passengers in the quickly moving line to get aboard the Steamboat Natchez.  The kids were so excited.  Me, meh, I was having fun, but wasn’t expecting to be too impressed.  Afterall, I was with a 16, 10, and 8 year old about to get on a boat on the Mississippi River.  I was sure I’d be referring more arguments the entire time.  But, hey, I do it for the kids, right?  Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong!  I don’t think there was one single argument during the entire two and a half hours we were on the steamboat.  That, my dear friends, is priceless.  That also tells me what an amazing time the kids and I had.

Our Journey On The Steamboat Natchez #SteamboatNatchez

There was so much to do on the Steamboat Natchez.  There was a fabulous magician, who actually sat at our table and did card tricks with the kids.  There was Cinderella who was absolutely beautiful and sang like an angel.  The kids were able to tour the engine room and watch all of the mechanisms making the steamboat go up and down the Mississippi River.  There was food, an alligator, Spiderman, and beautiful decks to walk on and watch the river rolling underneath us.  Honestly, this was amazing and so much more that we could have imagined!  I regret I haven’t taken the kids sooner.   If you ever get the opportunity to take your kids, please do, you will be so happy you did.  We cannot wait until our next trip there!

Our Journey On The Steamboat Natchez #SteamboatNatchez

More about the Steamboat Natchez

The NATCHEZ resembles the old sternwheelers VIRGINIA and HUDSON in her profile and layout. Her powerful steam engines were built for U.S. Steel Corporation’s sternwheeler CLAIRTON in 1925. Her genuine copper and steel steam whistle is a treasured antique. Her copper bell, smelted from 250 silver dollars to produce a purer tone, once graced the S.S. J.D. AYRES. Her 32 note steam calliope was custom crafted and modeled after the music makers of the Gilded Age.

The NATCHEZ is the pride of the Mississippi River and is as beautiful as any of her namesakes. Many of her crew have been with her since her maiden voyage. Theirs is a whole new chapter in history of the river, and you can be a part of it. Her daily two-hour jazz cruises depart from the Toulouse St. Wharf (behind JAX Brewery in the French Quarter) at 11:30 A.M.; 2:30 P.M.; and 7:00 P.M.

True to tradition in every detail, boarding the NATCHEZ makes you feel as if you have entered another era. The captain barks his orders through an old-time hand-held megaphone. The calliope trills a melody into the air while the great wheel, 25 tons of white oak, churns the heavy waters of the Mississippi. You soon find yourself slipping into a sense of the old, vast and timeless river.

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Our Journey On The Steamboat Natchez #SteamboatNatchez

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Super Moist Southern Pound Cake

Super Moist Southern Pound Cake

Super Moist Southern Pound Cake

I don’t know if y’all know this, but pound cake is a staple in southern homes.  It’s like cornbread or sweet tea.  Pound cake is the base for many, many recipes.  Two of my favorites are strawberry shortcake and fresh fruit trifles.  This is a very basic recipe that I use often.  It is very versatile and you can change it up to suit your needs.  These are also great to freeze for later.  I freeze pound cake and banana bread often.  I hope y’all enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Super Moist Southern Pound Cake

Gather your ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Super Moist Southern Pound Cake

Get to baking:

  1. Cream butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in your milk.
  3. Sift dry ingredients together and add to mixture.
  4. Beat on medium until smooth (about 1-2 minutes).
  5. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  6. Add vanilla extract and mix a until well blended.
  7. Pour into a well greased and floured 9 X 5″ loaf pan.
  8. Bake at 300° for about 90 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  10. ENJOY!
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Easy Cheese Danish

Easy Cheese Danish

Easy Cheese Danish

My kids go crazy for these easy cheese danish at our house.  They are so super easy and you can really adapt the recipe to fit your family.  I have also used flaky biscuits and puff pastry for these.  The easiest way, though, seems to be with crescent rolls.  You can flatten each pastry more if you don’t like the round danish.  Really, make it your own.  Top them with fresh fruit or preserves for a little fancier touch. These can even be served for dessert, YUM!  I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as we did.  Be sure to leave me a comment below telling me how you made these and if you have any ideas to make them yummier!

Gather your ingredients: 

  • 1 ~ 8 oz package of cream cheese (softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 ~ 8 oz cans refrigerated crescent rolls

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons milk or water

Easy Cheese Danish

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice until smooth.
  2. Slice the dough, while still in roll, into 8 sections and place each ’round’ onto cookie sheet.
  3. Press a clean spoon into each circle to make a “bowl” for your cream cheese filling.  Spread each section with about 2 tablespoons cream cheese mixture.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until deep golden brown. In small bowl, mix glaze ingredients, adding enough milk or water to drizzle nicely.
  5. Drizzle over warm rolls and ENJOY!

Easy Cheese Danish

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5 Ways To Surprise Your Kids With A Trip To Disney #DisneySide

5 Ways To Surprise Your Kids With A Trip To Disney #DisneySide

5 Ways To Surprise Your Kids With A Trip To Disney #DisneySide

When you begin planning a trip to one of the Disney parks, you’ll love these 5 Ways To Surprise Your Kids With A Trip To Disney. No matter what your kids are like, or which park you are visiting these can be super fun choices.  Disney is such a huge investment for families, you need to make the announcement super special. Whether you are announcing several weeks or months ahead of time, or the day you leave doesn’t matter as much as making sure your kids are surprised in a fun way.

Make a Disney themed meal. You can make Mickey Mouse pancakes for breakfast and decorate your table with Disney party supplies. When the kids ask what the occasion is, you can easily share with them that you are going to go to Disneyland and want it to be a fun exciting adventure for all of them.

Wrap passes in a gift box for them to open. Print out the Disney tickets and wrap them in a box for your kids to open. It makes a super fun gift to give them. This is even better if it is near their birthday or Christmas. You can make it part of their gifts!

Go shopping at the Disney store. Take your kids to a local Disney store and let them pick out a few fun souvenirs or a t-shirt. You can let the store clerk know in advance that you will be going to Disney and ask them to put a note in the bag saying, “Congratulations We Are Going To Disney!”. It’s always tons of fun to get others involved.

Make Disney themed shirts for everyone and give them as gifts. Custom Disney shirts are a big deal on Pinterest these days. You can find a few different designs and make them yourself, or order from a local graphics shop. It’s a fun investment to surprise your kids with at the end of the day.

Put up a “We are going to Disney” banner on the bathroom mirror for them to find in the morning. You can do this randomly, or simply put it up to surprise them the morning of your planned departure. Kids will love finding it as they get up and start getting ready for the day. It’s often the best when you do it the day you are going to leave so they are totally surprised and way excited.

Disneyland and Walt Disney World are both such amazing parks to visit with your family. Whether you go for one day or a week, these great ways to surprise your kids with a trip to Disney are sure to make everyone happy. Make your trip a wonderful celebration of love and living life to the fullest for everyone in our family.

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Easy 2 Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

Easy 2 Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

Easy 2 Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

So, we made homemade ice cream today…..without an ice cream maker!  Say what?!  Oh yeah, I was on a mission.  We love to go to the ice cream shop that makes your ice cream right there in front of you with nothing but cream and add-ins, so I thought, for sure, we must be able to duplicate this at home somehow.  Sure enough, there are 20 zillion-ty sites out there that have the same exact recipe for this 2 ingredient homemade ice cream!

Easy 2 Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

So, here’s the big secret recipe:  1 pint of heavy whipping cream + 1 can of sweetened condensed milk!  Yep, that’s it.  You just whip the whipping cream until it forms peaks (about 5 minutes) then add in the sweetened condensed milk and mix until it is well blended and VOILA, you have your ice cream base.  Now, I added 1 tsp of vanilla extract to mine for extra flavor.

Easy 2 Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

After you get your base, you can mix in anything you want.  We mixed in fresh strawberries to one of the containers.  We mixed in Oreo’s to another and chocolate chip cookies to another.  We even mixed in caramel topping to one of them.  The possibilities are endless and my son LOVED helping me!   You can see below that he wrote the names of the flavors on the individual containers.

Easy 2 Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

After we had all of  our flavors, we popped them in the freezer for a couple of hours and they came out PERFECT!  It tastes and scoops just like any other ice cream and it is SOOO creamy (and sweet, super sweet).  Well, what are you waiting for?  Go get you some cream and sweetened condensed milk and try it out for yourself.  Be sure to leave me a comment below telling me what you thought about it :D

Easy 2 Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

Gather your ingredients:

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 small can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Get to mixing!

  1. Pour the heavy whipping cream in a deep mixing bowl and mix until it forms soft peaks (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add sweetened condensed milk and mix well (about another minute)
  3. Stir in any mix-ins you like and freeze for 2-4 hours.
  4. ENJOY!
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Southern Pecan Praline Cake

Southern Pecan Praline Cake

Southern Pecan Praline Cake

Well, it doesn’t get much more southern that pecans and pralines.  I don’t always make my cakes from scratch, but when I make one that has this rich of an icing that I REALLY want to enjoy; I make my own cake and make it a little less sweet.  I love making pralines, but they don’t always turn out the right consistency, which is another reason I love this cake.  Even if you don’t get the consistency just right, it still looks and tastes delicious!  This is perfect for pot luck, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or really anytime.  I never need an excuse to bake, but sometimes I look for one LOL  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

Southern Pecan Praline Cake

Gather your ingredients:

Cake:

  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Icing:

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 large eggs yolks
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

pecan praline cake2

Get to baking:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour three nine-inch round cake pans.  Make sure you grease and flour them or use non-stick spray specifically for baking because these cakes will stick.
  3. Mix the butter and sugars together until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  4. Sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix into butter and sugar mixture then add the milk and vanilla extract.
  5. Divide batter evenly between the pans and bake in the center of the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool layers in their pans over a rack for ten minutes, then loosen and turn out layers directly onto racks for cooling.  Allow layers to cool.
  7. While cakes are cooling, start the icing by melting the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in granulated sugar and light brown sugar. (Sugars will not dissolve).
  8. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the evaporated milk until smooth, then whisk this mixture into the saucepan with the sugar mixture. Return saucepan to a medium heat setting and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thick, shiny and caramel-like, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and pecans.
  9. Cool icing for about 30 minutes until it can be spread, then spread evenly between cooled cake layers and over the top and sides of the cake.
  10. ENJOY!
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Super Easy Stromboli

Super Easy Stromboli

Super Easy Stromboli

My entire family loves these stromboli.  I especially love love them because they are so super easy and are done in less than 30 minutes.  You can even freeze them for later or slice them before you cook them and bake them to make pinwheels.  The possibilities are endless.  You can add or take away ingredients.  I even like to make an all veggie stromboli.  Some fun additions are banana peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes, black olives, green olives, etc. I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as ours does!

Super Easy Stromboli

Gather your ingredients: 

  • 1 refrigerated pizza dough (or your favorite)
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 8 slices salami
  • 10 slices pepperoni
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 3 Tbsp zesty Italian dressing

Get to baking:

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Unroll pizza dough and spread pizza sauce, leaving about 2 inches across the length without sauce.
  3. Spread mozzarella cheese, salami & pepperoni over the top of the sauce.
  4. Start rolling lengthwise from the end with the toppings.
  5. Lay, seam side down, on baking sheet.
  6. Brush with Italian dressing and cut slits across the top.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and ENJOY!
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The Peanuts Movie New Trailer #GoodGrief

The Peanuts Movie New Trailer #GoodGrief

The Peanuts Movie New Trailer #GoodGrief

Good grief!  Can you say MAX ADORBS?! Did you see Peanuts has a new movie coming out in November and it looks absolutely adorable?!  Oh my goodness!  This is going to be so much fun.  Maybe it’s the nostalgia talking, but I’m having flashbacks from my childhood and cannot wait to share my love for Peanuts will all three of my kiddos.  You really do NEED to watch this teaser trailer it is retro-fantastic!  Yes, I just made that word up just for this moment :D  I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did and be sure to keep checking back because I’m sure to have tons of updates for you on it!

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.  Be sure to head over to Peanutsmovie.com for more details.

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New Trailer For Hotel Transylvania 2 Just Released #HotelT2

New Trailer For Hotel Transylvania 2 Just Released #HotelT2

New Trailer For Hotel Transylvania 2 Just Released #HotelT2

Okay y’all, my kiddos have another reason to be excited for September to come around!  Sony is releasing Hotel Transylvania 2 just in time for Halloween!  My kids were all “squee’s” when they saw the trailer below.  They just LOVED the first one :D  You have to watch Drac teaching his grandson how to fly…or not LOL

Drac’s pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania… Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty!  Find out more over at HotelTmovie.com!

Open everywhere September 25!

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New Inside Out Featurette Available #InsideOut

New Inside Out Featurette Available #InsideOut

New Inside Out Featurette Available #InsideOut

There is a hilarious new video featuring the cast of INSIDE OUT explaining what they think goes into making a Pixar animated movie. You’re going to love it!  Take a look below and remember….only 2 more days until it opens everywhere!

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out.

Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.

When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.

Directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”), produced by Jonas Rivera, p.g.a. (“Up”) and featuring an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”), Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” opens in theaters on June 19, 2015.

Like INSIDE OUT on Facebook 

Follow INSIDE OUT on Twitter

Follow INSIDE OUT on Instagram

Follow INSIDE OUT on Pinterest

Follow Disney/Pixar on YouTube

INSIDE OUT opens in theatres everywhere on June 19th!

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Southern Chocolate Gravy

Southern Chocolate Gravy

Southern Chocolate Gravy

My Mamaw Moore used to make chocolate gravy. She’s really the only person I ever knew who made it and it was delicious! My mother was always quite impressed with it, so I went on a mission to try and duplicate it. After perusing my pantry one day and deciding to use my best judgement for ingredients; I came up with a real winner! This gravy is delicious on biscuits. I would imagine it would be excellent on waffles, pancakes, ice cream, or really anything you would put hot fudge topping on. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Gather your ingredients:

  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1 square of baker’s chocolate
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 c flour
  • 3 c milk

Southern Chocolate Gravy

Get to cooking!

  1. Melt butter and baker’s chocolate in iron skillet (or sauce pan) on medium heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Add sugar and stir for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add flour and stir for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add milk 1/2 cup at a time stirring constantly. You can add more or less milk, depending on your consistency preference.
  5. Spread over biscuits and ENJOY!
  6. Be sure to try my favorite biscuit recipe ever!
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New Teaser Trailer For Zootopia #Zootopia

New Teaser Trailer For Zootopia #Zootopia

New Teaser Trailer For Zootopia #Zootopia

The new teaser trailer for Zootopia has been released! Okay, maybe I’m jumping the gun a bit, but I am soooo ready for Disney/Pixar/Marvel to release their list of movies for 2016.  Zootopia looks like so much fun and is coming out in theaters everywhere in March 2016.  My kids were seriously laughing at this trailer.  Zootopia is going to be so much fun!  Be sure to check back because I will have all of the latest updates to Zootopia and all of the movies being released in 2016.

From Disney:

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

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New Teaser Trailer And Poster For Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur #GoodDino

New Teaser Trailer And Poster For Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur #GoodDino

New Teaser Trailer And Poster For Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur #GoodDino

We have the new teaser trailer and poster for Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and Oh My Goodness, y’all!  I know most of you probably think I get excited over everything Disney, but the truth is….well…hmmm…*maybe* I do LOL  But, this y’all!  It’s a baby dinosaur!  The one thing I hate about the first teaser trailer of any movie is that it is, well, a teaser.  I want more!  I want to see what is going to happen LOL  This movie comes out just one day after my birthday, so you have to know what I want for my birthday :D  Be sure to keep checking back because I will have tons of updates on this super cute movie!

New Teaser Trailer And Poster For Disney/Pixar's The Good Dinosaur #GoodDino

From Disney/Pixar:  “The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR opens in theatres everywhere on November 25th!

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The Samsung Ultra HD TV At Best Buy Will Change The Way You Watch TV #SUHDatBestBuy

The Samsung Ultra HD TV At Best Buy Will Change The Way You Watch TV #SUHDatBestBuy

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The Samsung Ultra HD TV At Best Buy Will Change The Way You Watch TV #SUHDatBestBuy

Have you seen the new SUHD TV’s at Best Buy?  Well, I went in yesterday to check them out and WOW!  I was blown away.  I’m not a huge TV expert and, honestly, think the old glass front tube TV’s are fine, until….I saw for myself what a difference the Ultra HD technology made.  I am completely blown away, not so much at what I saw, but what I haven’t been seeing all this time!  Take a look at the before and after of the SUHD TV at Best Buy below.  Even to someone like me, who is not all that tech savvy, especially when it comes to televisions, the difference is obvious and it’s huge!  When my husband saw the difference, I had to wipe the drool off of his chin LOL  I do think this will be on his Father’s Day list now!

The Samsung Ultra HD TV At Best Buy Will Change The Way You Watch TV #SUHDatBestBuy

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FREE Inside Out Recipes And Activity Sheets #InsideOut

FREE Inside Out Recipes And Activity Sheets #InsideOut

FREE Inside Out Recipes And Activity Sheets #InsideOut

OH my goodness!  Only a few short weeks and, what I think will be, one of the funniest movies of the year will be out in theaters everywhere!  Just in time to get you and your family excited about Disney Pixar’s Inside Out; they have come out with some super fun recipes and FREE activity sheets.  I love printing these out for my kiddos.  It’s a great way to introduce the characters of the movie to them and just makes them that much more excited when they see them on the big screen.  Be sure to stay tuned, because I will be giving away 4 tickets to see Inside Out in New Orleans!  Oh yes!  In the meantime, try a couple of these yummy recipes and print out the activity sheets for your little ones.

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FREE Inside Out Recipes And Activity Sheets #InsideOut

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FREE Inside Out Recipes And Activity Sheets #InsideOut

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FREE Inside Out Recipes And Activity Sheets #InsideOut

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INSIDE OUT opens in theatres everywhere on June 19th!

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Learning to Drive In Tomorrowland With Raffey Cassidy #TomorrowlandEvent

Learning to Drive In Tomorrowland With Raffey Cassidy #TomorrowlandEvent

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Learning to Drive In Tomorrowland With Raffey Cassidy #TomorrowlandEvent
Photo Credit: Disney

While I was in Los Angeles two weeks ago getting ready for all of the events surrounding Disney’s Tomorrowland, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Raffey Cassidy, who plays Athena in Tomorrowland.  She is also known for her roles in Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012 and Dark Shadows in 2012.  Before I tell you how absolutely adorable she is, I want to tell you how very smart she is!  Of course, her charming Brittish accent did not hurt at all :D  Listening her talk in such a mature way about her experience filming such an epic Disney film was both refreshing and humbling.  If you haven’t seen Tomorrowland yet, you have to see Raffey play Athena, it truly is captivating!  Oh yeah, plus George Clooney in there, in a bathtub…yeah, um, I’m just going to leave that out there for you to ponder :D  Okay, let’s get on to the interview, shall we?  She is adorable!

Learning to Drive In Tomorrowland With Raffey Cassidy #TomorrowlandEvent
Photo Credit: MomStart.com

Question: What got you into acting at such a young age?

Raffey Cassidy: Well, my brother went for an audition, and then they asked me if I wanted to have a go at that. So I had to go and then it kind of started from there.

Question:  How did you get involved in this movie?

Raffey Cassidy:  I just went up for an audition, but it was a self-tape at home and then I went to London to do another screen test. And then I went to America to do another screen test. And then I found out that I got the part.

Learning to Drive In Tomorrowland With Raffey Cassidy #TomorrowlandEvent

 Question: What was your first scene?

Raffey Cassidy: Oh, my first scene… It was in the world’s fair when I was watching young Frank get, I think it was getting on the bus.

Question: What was your favorite scene to shoot?

Raffey Cassidy: My favorite scene to shoot was probably the blast from the past sequence. I really liked that because  it was a lot of action in it.

Question: What was your take away from the movie? If there’s one thing you took away from it, and want everybody to think that you know.

Raffey Cassidy: That everybody should be very optimistic and feel that there’s a way around situations if they’re in a bad situation. There’s always a bright side.

Learning to Drive In Tomorrowland With Raffey Cassidy #TomorrowlandEvent

Question: What was the most challenging part of filming the movie for you?

Raffey Cassidy: Well, I kind of had to create a background for Athena, because she didn’t really have one, which was fun because that was something that I created for Athena.

Question: George was talking about your scene about you driving the truck. So what were your feelings on driving the truck and learning to do all that?

Raffey Cassidy:  I really enjoyed it. It was so fun because I’ve worked with an amazing stunt team, and so they actually taught me how to drive and, and there was a scene where I had to go down a ramp and then stop. I think really I started to get a little too confident, and I got too close. Britt just went stop, because it got so close.

Question: How was it working with George? Did you know of him before?

Raffey Cassidy: Well I’d seen the Descendants and I really, really liked it. And George is just so down-to-earth and, and I learned so much from him. And he’s so professional but really fun at the same time.

Learning to Drive In Tomorrowland With Raffey Cassidy #TomorrowlandEvent

As you can see, Raffey Cassidy was precious.  She recalled so much fun on the set making Tomorrowland.  I cannot imagine the amount of maturity it takes to do such a large role in such a huge project at her age.  I have to say, though, when she said she knew George Clooney from his role in Descendants?!  Say what?!  You don’t remember him from E.R.???  LOL  She wasn’t even around then.

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

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TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere NOW!

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My New Obsession, The Samsung Dual Door Electric Range #masteryourhome

My New Obsession, The Samsung Dual Door Electric Range #masteryourhome

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My New Obsession, The Samsung Dual Door Electric Range #masteryourhome

I was given the amazing opportunity to review and keep the Samsung Dual Door Electric Range from Best Buy.  I have to say, of all the products I have been able to review; I was most excited about this one!  We just bought a new home last November and, although the appliances were new, I wasn’t that fond of the oven that we had.  I cook and bake a LOT and I need something that can keep up with me.  This new range definitely does the job!  Last week I had both of the ovens going at two different temperatures and both timers going.  I was cooking on 3 of the eyes on the top it was AMAZING!  I am in blogger recipe heaven!

My New Obsession, The Samsung Dual Door Electric Range #masteryourhome

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My New Obsession, The Samsung Dual Door Electric Range #masteryourhome

Cook for large gatherings with this Samsung dual door electric range, which features 5 cooktop elements and a warming drawer. FlexDuo technology and Dual Door technology let you program separate compartments with 2 different temperatures for versatile cooking.  Enjoy the flexibility of an extra-large single oven, or easily convert it to a double oven capable of convection cooking at two different temperatures simultaneously with a removeable Smart Divider. The built-in warming drawer keeps food at the ideal temperature until you’re ready. ~Best Buy

My New Obsession, The Samsung Dual Door Electric Range #masteryourhome

Flexibile Cooktop

A specialized 5 burner cooktop ensures you have the flexibility to simultaneously cook multiple dishes using different-sized pans. For added convenience, the oval burner can be used for oversized pots and pans.

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My New Obsession, The Samsung Dual Door Electric Range #masteryourhome

Flex Duo® with Dual Convection

Cook food faster and more evenly with the Flex Duo® Oven’s Dual Convection system. It allows the single oven to split into two ovens with the Smart Divider and also use convection cooking in both ovens. Two temperature controls cook dishes simultaneously at different temperatures.

Dual Door™

Unique middle-hinged door can open just the top section or the full oven, for total flexibility and energy efficiency. Used with the Flex Duo® Smart Divider, it’s like having two ovens in one.

My New Obsession, The Samsung Dual Door Electric Range #masteryourhome

Samsung Dual Door Electric Ranges

  • Divider Accessory-Slides in horizontally, splitting the oven cavity in half. Creates two mini ovens that users can heat and control independent of one another.
  • Greater flexibility while cooking two things at once-Ability to open the top half without bothering the bottom.
  • Faster pre-heat times and better energy efficiency.
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Exclusive Interview With George Clooney About Tomorrowland Part Deux #TomorrowlandEvent

Exclusive Interview With George Clooney About Tomorrowland Part Deux #TomorrowlandEvent

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Exclusive Interview With George Clooney About Tomorrowland Part Deux #TomorrowlandEvent

Guess what?!  I have more to tell you about George Clooney….so. much. more!  Now that everyone has had a chance to see Disney’s Tomorrowland, I have a bit more to share with you about the movie from George Clooney.  Be careful though, if you haven’t seen the movie, there may be some spoilers in this portion of the interview.  You will also see just how funny George Clooney really is and how much fun they had making Tomorrowland.  I really wanted to share this part of the interview with you because you really get a ‘feel’ for George Clooney’s sense of humor and how he relates to all of the people making this amazing film.

George smile
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Question: I loved how your character interacted with, Raffey Cassidy and Britt Robertson. I just thought everything was so sweet between all three of you. What was it like working with such young and talented actors?

George Clooney:  I didn’t like them. I’ll say that…Now, we can say nice things now, but the truth is I don’t care for them.  Well, first of all, they’re, you know, Britt is fantastic and, you know, her career is just at the  very beginning and is going to be really fun. Raffey is spectacular and she was just 12 at the time and way too talented for her age, and sweet and funny. It is also a fun part for me because, as you well know, if you’d seen me speaking to a 12 year old the way I speak to her at the grocery store, you’d call child services.   Who gets to yell at a 12 year old. Yeah, teachers do. But in the movies it’s, it’s so much fun because she’s not really a 12 year old and it’s fun to be able to sort of set up a way where we’re a little family of three, but she’s the adult,  driving the car and and Britt and I are the two kids, arguing and bickering all the time. They were fantastic, and they were really sweet and I think they’re having a really fun time with this, which is how it’s supposed to be. When I work with younger actors, I  always have to try to remind them that this is the fun kind of job that most people don’t get to do. And if you get to be an actor and work, and somebody pays you for it, you’ve caught the brass ring and it’s just fun. That’s part of, the thing is, they really do dig it and they’re having fun, which is really a good time.

Exclusive Interview With George Clooney About Tomorrowland Part Deux #TomorrowlandEvent
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Question: What was your favorite scene or favorite fun memory while filming Tomorrowland?

George Clooney:  I don’t remember much of it. I was drunk most of the time.  You know, I will tell you, there were a lot of moments, because it wasn’t all done to green screen. They were nice enough to build a lot of these sets where you actually got to play in them. The most fun we had was the driving sequences, believe it or not, because we’re being towed but Raffey is driving and I keep having to teach her that you’ve got to keep looking at the road.  And she’d be like, ‘what is the deal?’ Like my mother actually drives, which is true, it was fun because there was no technology. There was nothing. It was just old fashioned, three people sitting in a truck for five days, arguing and doing fun stuff. And that’s really fun for actors, because you don’t have to do any make believe. It’s all just right there.  I really enjoyed that. And also it was fun doing the stuff, like shoving all the packs of powder down their, throat because we must have done, I don’t know, 30 takes, and every time I go, ‘here you go’.  And she’d be like ‘not the whole pack’. And I was like ‘yeah, so much sugar on it’.

Exclusive Interview With George Clooney About Tomorrowland Part Deux #TomorrowlandEvent

Question: Did Britt really drink all those bottles of Coke?

George Clooney:  Yeah, now in fairness, Brad was kind enough to only do it, I think, three times.  But she does down two cokes in the take. I think it’s two cokes in the take.  I was like, I just sit there going, ‘you know, she’s gonna explode’, but she did it. Because you learn, like young actors, I remember when I was doing Descendants and we had this little girl, she played my youngest daughter in the film, and we did a scene where she gets to eat ice cream, and she never acted in a movie before and she just starts pounding the table. And they’re just sitting there watching her going, ‘you can see her, take 9′ and she literally was like ‘uuugh’.

Exclusive Interview With George Clooney About Tomorrowland Part Deux #TomorrowlandEvent

Question: Where there any scenes that were emotionally hard for you to film?

George Clooney: Emotionally hard, no. Because I find, movies in general aren’t emotionally, I mean, you’re involved in them but, it’s not really something honestly terrible has happened.  It is still make believe but I did find that, it was a tricky scene, there’s a moment where I have to let  Raffey’s character go, the robot go, and there was a really weird, we’d shot it once and she kind of clicks out, but her eyes are open still and we drop her out, and it literally feels like I’m murdering her. It really does. It was odd. And you’re watching it, it’s so disturbing and it was really  awful, so we went back and re-did it where she sort of completely goes out, because otherwise it really felt horrible. There are all kinds of weird balances in this film. My relationship with her is very, we’re walking a very thin line there like I don’t know, this is kind of weird. And it’s a constant thing. Let’s walk very carefully through these things. And thankfully, Brad is really good at what he does. He makes it much simpler.

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

Like TOMORROWLAND on Facebook 

Follow Disney Pictures on Twitter #Tomorrowland

Visit the official TOMORROWLAND website 

TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere NOW!

Exclusive Interview With George Clooney About Tomorrowland Part Deux #TomorrowlandEvent

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Layered Cornbread Salad #SaveALotInsiders

Layered Cornbread Salad #SaveALotInsiders

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Layered Cornbread Salad #SaveALotInsiders

I was given the fun task of creating a new spring salad recipe for Save A Lot Insiders!  I am such a huge fan of layered salads and make my 7 layer salad every chance I get.  I have seen a cornbread salad in a lot of different places and decided to incorporate two of my favorite foods; 7 layer salad and corn bread!  This turned out amazing and I just couldn’t wait to share it with all of you :D  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Layered Cornbread Salad #SaveALotInsiders

I have to say, our Save A Lot in Opelousas has some of the best produce around and they definitely have the best prices.  If you haven’t checked out Save A Lot lately, you really should give them a shot!

Layered Cornbread Salad #SaveALotInsiders

Ranch dressing:

  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

For the pico de gallo:

  • 4 medium Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 medium purple onion
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper (seeded)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley (or cilantro)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • garlic salt and black pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 1 (7.5 oz)box cornbread mix prepared according to directions on box, cooled, and crumbled.
  • 3 cups canned or frozen corn
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 head chopped iceberg or romaine lettuce
  • 12 oz. bacon cooked, crumbled & cooled

Directions:

  1. Chop tomato, jalapeno, onion, and parsley (or cilantro) and mix with lime juice, garlic salt, & pepper.
  2. Prepare the dressing (I use a Mason jar to add the ingredients and shake) and chill for about an hour.
  3. Mix bell pepper with corn.
  4. Begin to layer with 1/3 of the lettuce, then 1/3 cornbread, 1/3 pico de gallo, 1/3 corn, 1/3 beans, 1/3 cheddar cheese, then 1/3 bacon.  Repeat this process until all of the ingredients are used.
  5. Cover the salad and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  6. Serve cold and ENJOY!

Layered Cornbread Salad #SaveALotInsiders

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Disney’s Tomorrowland Activity Sheets and Fun Facts #TomorrowlandEvent

Disney’s Tomorrowland Activity Sheets and Fun Facts #TomorrowlandEvent

Disney's Tomorrowland Activity Sheets and Fun Facts #TomorrowlandEvent

The wait is finally over and one of the coolest movies of the year, Disney’s TOMORROWLAND, is now playing in theatres everywhere!  We have activity sheets for you and your kiddos! My kids love, love, love these and I kinda like doing them with them. We have seen the movie, so they’re a little more special around our house, than if you haven’t seen Tomorrowland yet, but these are also a super fun way to get your kiddos ready to see the movie. This movie is amazing, rated PG, and stars George Clooney! What better way to spend your long weekend than relaxing with a bag of popcorn with George, right?! I have seen Tomorrowland twice and I really want to see it again. We took all 3 of our kids to see it on Friday and all 3 of them LOVED it! Even Hannah loved it and she is not easy to please when it comes to movies.

Print Coloring Sheets
Disney's Tomorrowland Activity Sheets and Fun Facts #TomorrowlandEvent

Print Spot The Difference
Disney's Tomorrowland Activity Sheets and Fun Facts #TomorrowlandEvent

Print Mazes
Disney's Tomorrowland Activity Sheets and Fun Facts #TomorrowlandEvent

Print Fortune Teller Game
Disney's Tomorrowland Activity Sheets and Fun Facts #TomorrowlandEvent

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Disney's Tomorrowland Activity Sheets and Fun Facts #TomorrowlandEvent

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Disney's Tomorrowland Activity Sheets and Fun Facts #TomorrowlandEvent

 

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Disney's Tomorrowland Activity Sheets and Fun Facts #TomorrowlandEvent

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

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TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere NOW!

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FREE Programmable 5 Quart Slow Cooker After Cashback ~ $36.99 Value

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The Importance of Playing With Your Kids This Summer #SummertimePlay

The Importance of Playing With Your Kids This Summer #SummertimePlay

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The Importance of Playing With Your Kids This Summer #SummertimePlay

I cannot tell you how excited I am that summer is finally here and we don’t have to wake the kids up early for school each day!  I am also kind of happy that baseball season has ended and soccer season isn’t here quite yet.  So, what do you do with the kiddos this summer without breaking the bank?  There are tons of fun and free activities in almost every community across the country.  The key is to stay active and get involved.  We absolutely love our local park.  Judice park is only about 3 miles from our house and the kids love spending time over there.  Whether it is taking an afternoon walk around the track, swinging on the swings, or just packing up our lunch and taking it to the park to enjoy; our local park is always a nice change of pace and gets us out and moving.  Sometimes we even pack up our baseball equipment and have a family baseball game after lunch.

The Importance of Playing With Your Kids This Summer #SummertimePlay

Laughter. Running. Jumping. Climbing. Swinging. Sliding. When you think of a playground, you think of a happy, carefree environment. But there’s much more going on than just fun. IPEMA likes to think of playgrounds as nature’s many colorful, open, hands-on classrooms that provide tremendous learning opportunities to kids of all ages. The Voice of Play’s goal is to educate those about the benefits of play and to influence change in the way most people think about play. Play shouldn’t always be seen as a silly, extracurricular, optional activity, but rather an essential tool in a child’s development. Research shows that outdoor free play gives kids many valuable benefits, including the development of physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills.  ~Voice of Play

The Importance of Playing With Your Kids This Summer #SummertimePlay

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