You Can Kiss My Ice (bucket)!!! #IceBucketChallenge #StrikeOutALS

You Can Kiss My Ice (bucket)!!!

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I have had enough! I have had enough of, what I call, “Charity bashing”. There is always someone, somewhere who has a problem with how money is raised and what each organization does with said money. Well, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is no different. Some guy has posted a very cynical video spouting statistics and percentages for how much of the money donated to the ALSA actually goes to “research”. He goes on and on about administrative costs, raising more money, blah, blah, blah.

Let me put this all into perspective for you for just a moment. I don’t know a whole lot about ALS. I have heard of it and know the basic breakdown of how it works and what it does. I watched as a healthy mother in her 40′s died a very cruel death from ALS, but have never really done a ton of research on this particular disease. I say this because I want you to know that I am not coming to you from the perspective of a professional on ALS. I am coming to you as a mother, wife, daughter, aunt, cousin, and friend. I’m also coming to you as the mother of a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, medical professional, and someone who worked for ALSAC (the fund raising portion of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital). We hear it every time that a large non-profit or not-for-profit organization does well in raising funds for their organization: “They’re not using it all for ‘research’”. Well, of course they’re not!

This is my FAVORITE Ice Bucket Challenge YET!

 

Could you imagine if each organization had a staff of thousands of professionals with advanced degrees all working for free?! That would be amazing and it would leave them homeless! It takes an entire staff of trained professionals to run an organization as large as ALSA. Of course, they could stay small and have a staff of 4-5 dedicated people who work for free on the side. They may raise $5,000 a year, which would be a noble cause, but why not take the plunge and hire an administrative staff? Sure a much smaller percentage of your funds may go to actual research, but the dollar amount will be astonishingly higher! After all dollars pay for research, not percentages. What would do more good; 100% of $5,000 or 10% of $1,000,000? It really does come down to the math and what will be better, overall, for the cause.

I took the challenge!

Let’s talk about administrative salaries for a moment. Do you really think the organization sets the salary standards for administrators? I’ll give you the short answer: NO! Business administrators, and there are many areas to specialize in business administration; especially with advanced degrees, get paid very well. This is a standard that has been set WAY before ALSA came along. Do you think they’re going to take a pay cut because it’s a non-profit or not-for-profit organization? I’ll give you another short answer; NO! Not only is there an administrator for these large organizations, but there is also an entire administrative staff. They all expect to get paid on Friday, just like you and I do. This definitely sucks up the administrative costs.

Another thing this guy mentioned was the money spent on more fund raising. I don’t understand why this would be an issue other than this guy was obviously disgruntled about something, maybe just life in general.  Of course these organizations need to raise more funds; i.e. the administrative staff salaries, publicity, flyers, billboards, T.V. commercials, etc.  Money doesn’t just fall out of the sky for them!  These organizations put a lot of time, effort and, yes money into getting the word out about their cause.  Everything costs money.  I don’t understand why this is such an issue for people when it comes to non-profit and not-for-profit organizations, but it is.  I guess there isn’t enough negativity in the world and they need more (sense the sarcasm).

Finally, I want to thank ALSA for all of the amazing work that they do.  I also want to thank everyone who has taken the challenge, whether you donated or not; you did something to further the cause and get the word out there.  You did a good thing for a great cause!

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First Look at Paul Rudd in Marvel’s ANT-MAN #AntMan

First Look at Paul Rudd in Marvel’s ANT-MAN

Oh yes! You heard it here first. Are you ready for some more Marvel excitement? I know we are and we couldn’t be more excited to know that Marvel Studios has begun production on the latest Marvel film; Ant-Man! How awesome is this?! I love Ironman, Captain America, and Guardians of the Galaxy, but something about Ant-Man that gets me a little more excited. Maybe it’s the anticipation of something new, I don’t know, but everyone in our house is READY!

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Shot on location in San Francisco, Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man, in Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man, scheduled for release in the U.S. on July 17th, 2015.

MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON
MARVEL’S “ANT-MAN”

Principal Photography Begins in San Francisco
For July 17, 2015 Release

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (August, 18, 2014) – Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.

Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “The Bourne Legacy”), Bobby Cannavale (“Danny Collins,” “Annie,” “HBO’s “The Long Play”), Michael Peña (“End of Watch,” “American Hustle”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness”), Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight,” “Prisoners”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans,” “The Wire”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 2”) and Gregg Turkington (“The Comedy,” “On Cinema”) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”).

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the upcoming Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Director Peyton Reed’s creative team also includes Oscar® winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (“Titanic,” “21”), production designer Sheppard Frankel (“Identity Thief,” “Horrible Bosses”) costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ (“X-Men: First Class,” “Kick Ass”), visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” “The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers”), stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudik (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”). The editors include Dan Lebental, ACE (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” Marvel’s “Iron Man”) and Colby Parker Jr. (“Lone Survivor,” “Hancock”).

Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015, Marvel’s “Captain America 3” on May 6, 2016, and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” on July 28, 2017.

Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2014 with more record-breaking films including the #1 releases of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which recorded the largest April opening of all time at $95 million and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which recorded the largest August opening of all time with $94.1 million. Both films were the #1 film in the world when they were released on April 4, 2014 and August 1, 2014, respectively.

In 2013 Marvel Studios delivered #1 openings for Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” which grossed over $640 million worldwide and Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” which grossed over $1.2 billon worldwide and was the highest grossing film of the calendar year.

In 2012 the studio produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marked the studio’s fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with Marvel’s “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 Marvel’s “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies Marvel’s “Iron Man” and Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk.” Marvel’s “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally donned the Super Hero’s powerful armor and starred alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success.

Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer.

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ANT-MAN opens in theatres next summer on July 17th, 2015!
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5 Things You Must Know Before Taking A Road Trip With Kids

5 Things You Must Know Before Taking A Road Trip With Kids

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Traveling with children can be a challenge for even the most seasoned traveler.  We love to take road trips, but this has not come without bumps, bruises, and road blocks along the way.  Six years ago, my husband and I decided to move our little family from the Memphis, Tennessee, area down to the Lafayette, Louisiana (Acadiana) area.  This, inherently, meant we would be taking lots of road trips.  Because I was raised in a big city and we now live in a very small town outside of Lafayette, Louisiana, I knew I would need to get out and about a lot; and we have.  I have learned a lot along the way.  The most valuable piece of information I have learned is to be patient and enjoy the moment.  After all, what is the point of making memories with your children if you’re too stressed out the entire trip to enjoy them?

Here are the top 5 things I have learned along the way that I think every parent needs to know before embarking on a great adventure with their children:

1.  Pack light but not too light ~ Everyone needs an outfit for each day you’re gone, up to 4 outfits for each person.  No matter how long we are going to be away from home, I never pack more than 4 outfits and 2 extra pairs of shoes for each traveler.  No matter if you’re staying at  a family member’s home or at a hotel; there will be a laundry facility nearby, use it.

2.  Give each child their own bags ~  This has helped TREMENDOUSLY throughout the years.  When taking a road trip, I pack a clothing bag and snack bag for each child.  As your children get older you will know when it is time for them to be responsible for their own things.  My children are 15, 9, and 7, so this works out great for us!  The main train of thought here is that it teaches individual responsibility as well as taking a load off of Dad and Mom.  Also, it keeps our youngest from jumbling up everyone else’s clothes while searching for a tiny pair of panties that have fallen to the bottom of the huge family suitcase.  Our children are each to grab their own bags when exiting the vehicle at our destination and they are each responsible for gathering their own things when we leave.  This is a huge help when we’re getting ready to leave!

3.  Pack kids’ activities in their bag ~  Each child’s backpack has several activities to keep them busy along the road.  They all have their iPad, 3ds, or Kindle with them and along with that we pack a coloring book and crayons for each child.  Even my 15 year old loves coloring while we’re on the road.  We also play fun games to see how many states we can find represented on license plates along the way and counting down the miles to our destination.  There are so many ways to keep them busy and that is truly one of the keys to keeping your sanity on a road trip :D

4.  Pack healthy snacks ~  It is so easy to stop at fast food restaurants during a road trip, especially when there are multiple children involved.  Stopping for fast food along the way isn’t all bad, but you don’t want to make every meal and snack a sodium and sugar packed event.  We try very hard to limit our restaurant eating to 1 meal a day.  We’re able to do this by packing things such as raisins, apple slices, bananas, nuts, pretzels, and sandwiches.  There are times when we must eat out more than once a day and for these days, I make sure there is at least 1 serving of fruit or veggies and 1 bottle of water between each meal.

5.  Stop often ~ We set an alarm to stop every hour and a half along the way.  Sometimes it goes over a little bit if there’s not a friendly place to stop.  One reason we chose an hour and a half is because sitting in one position for longer than 2 hours is not only difficult for children, but it is also not good for your leg health.  Planning ahead for frequent stops also takes the frustration out of hearing “MOOOOOMMMMM!  I need to pee!”.  You’re already prepared and have a plan.  We love rest areas.  Years ago, rest areas were not nearly as safe and friendly as they are now.  Not only are most rest areas very clean and safe, but many have free coffee and paved trails to stretch your legs.  Get out, walk around, and enjoy the scenery along the way!

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Clean Eating Fiesta Chicken Salad

Clean Eating Fiesta Chicken Salad

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This was supper for us tonight and, WOW;  It was delicious!  All of the flavor combinations came together beautifully.  I will definitely be making this again.  I am also going to prepare more of the dressing for use in fajitas and wrap sandwiches.  Really you could use it in anything such as a veggie dip or eating on pitas!  I hope y’all enjoy it as much as we did.

 

Gather your Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups frozen yellow corn
  • 1 medium poblano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1. boneless chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ t chili powder
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped.  (separate the white from the green)
  • 3 romaine hearts, chopped
  • ½ cup grated low fat cheddar cheese

Get to cooking:  

  1. Prepare dressing first by stirring together your Greek yogurt,  chili powder, and white parts of green onions. Chill while you’re preparing the rest of the recipe.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Toss corn, poblano and potato with oil in a bowl.  Spread mixture onto a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and roast for 30 – 45 minutes until corn and poblano begin to brown and potato softens.
  3. While the veggies are roasting, add chicken to a preheated skillet and cook on medium high for 10 minutes.  Stir often until browned.
  4. Add cumin, beans, and 1/4 cup water to the chicken mixture and stir to combine.  Cover, reduce heat to low and keep warm until ready to serve.
  5. Remove veggies from oven and let cool slightly. Divide your romaine hearts between 4 serving plates and top each with chicken mixture, vegetables, sprinkle with remaining green parts of green onions and cheese and top with dressing divided evenly.
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2014 Complete List of Summer Camps in Acadiana

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Complete List of Summer Camps in Acadiana

Do you live in Acadiana?  Are you looking for something fun to keep the kids busy and happy this summer?  Well, you have come to the right spot!  Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom has rounded up the biggest list of camps in Acadiana around!  Be sure to check back often; I will be adding more as I find them :)

  • Acadiana Cane Cutters summer baseball camp ~  Head Coach Lonny Landry and the Acadiana Cane Cutters will be hosting baseball camps for all youth ballplayers ages 6-14 this summer! Come out and learn everything from basic skills to the finer points of baseball with Coach Landry and some of the best college baseball players in the country. Each camp consists of two, half-day clinics at Fabacher Field, the home of the Acadiana Cane Cutters.
  • Acadiana School of the Arts:  ROCK CAMP! ~ Rock Camp 2014 will be June 23 – 27.  This is the camp that started it all – reserve your slot before it fills up!
  • Acadiana Symphony Orchestra ~ SUMMER PIANO & VISUAL ARTS CAMP ~ This Summer, the ASO Conservatory of Music is offering a Piano Camp for students of various ages and levels, to provide students with some supplemental FUN and learning experiences, to get a chance to explore new styles or areas of interest in all things PIANO! The Camps will also include art workshops so students can explore different ways of expression through music and visual art. Students must bring their own lunch. Snacks will be provided throughout the day.
  • BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF ACADIANA SUMMER PROGRAMS ~ Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana’s has a 7 week summer program. This is a very busy time for the Clubs. The summer programs run 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will have openings for youth ages 6 to 18.
  •  Brick Zone ~ Summer Camp on June 9. We learn and build while having fun. It has been a wild ride, but I am enjoying helping kids learn.  Please call (337) 839-8606 to register.
  • Children’s Museum of Acadiana ~ HAM camp, Campstruction, Fun Friday, Jewelry Camp, Mural painting camp and Comic camp.  Register On line TODAY or Call the CMA at 337.232.8500.
  • Christian Youth Theater Camp ~ Join CYT summer camp and fill your day with theater workshops using a Broadway-style theme. Workshops include musical theater, voice, dance and drama. Other activities include high energy games and rehearsals for the Friday Showcase for family and friends.
  • Cite des Arts Film Camp ~ Jim Phillips, veteran actor, artist, educator and “Maker” – Co-director and co-founder of The Steampunk and Makers Fair, Lafayette – brings years of experience in teaching, independent film production, storytelling, writing, and acting to They’re Gonna Put You In The Movies Summer Camp 2014.
  • Episcopal School of Acadiana ~ ESA Summer combines the spirit of ESA’s academic and athletic programs with the fun and energy of summertime. Students are invited to extend their learning through hands-on activities that take advantage of the resources on ESA’s campuses and in the Acadiana community.
  • KidCam Camp Lafayette & Broussard ~ For 40 years, KIDCAM has been delivering all of this and more for thousands of happy campers. We’ve taken the very best time of year for kids, and made it even better. With hand-selected camp locations throughout Louisiana, Texas and Illinois, you’re sure to find a KIDCAM summer camp that works for you.
  • Lafayette Parks and Recreation ~ Summer Enrichment Program
  • Lafayette Science Museum Summer Camp ~ They’ll dig into a wide range of scientific fields including space exploration, dinosaurs, the environment and more.
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is hosting a Kids Fishing Day Camp for children 10 to 15 years of age at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center from June 9 through 12.
  • LSU continuing education ~ For an enjoyable activity with lifelong benefits, we recommend one of our eight different reading skills programs designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. Programs have been offered as a community service by LSU Continuing Education, a non-profit organization, since 2003.
  • Music Academy of Acadiana ~ Summer music camp at the Wesley United Minstry Center.
  • Play & Learn with me Summer Camps 2014 ~ Our Fun Summer Camp offers an abundance of fun filled recreational, educational and creative activities for campers ages 3 – 8. We have a wide variety of themed camps to provide campers an experience best suited for their individual interests.
  • Ragin Cajuns Athletic Camps ~  If applicable, discounts are applied at the end of the registration process. Please call 337-482-6380 if you have any camp registration questions.
  • St. Thomas More summer camp schedule is designed to meet the summer needs of most families with sessions begining June 2 and running through August 1.  No camps are offered the first week of July. Several camps have multiple sessions, with a few offering half day or full day options.
  • The Little Gym ~ Summer classes and camps!
  • University of Louisiana Youth Camps ~ University of Louisiana at Lafayette has a variety of summer camp programs for kids that are educational and fun! Through Discover U, your child has a unique opportunity to develop skills and learn new ones in a warm, friendly environment. Knowledgeable instructors will teach classes in a variety of subject areas with curriculum developed to encourage learning in a relaxed and creative atmosphere.
  • VERMILIONVILLE: It takes a village ~ Vermilionville will be hosting our second annual summer camp series on four separate weeks during the summer months. Each week is tailored to a specific age group this year in order to provide age-appropriate and skill level demonstrations as well as hands-on craft opportunities.
  • YMCA of Acadiana; Fun in the sun at the YMCA!  ~ Summer Camp at the YMCA of Acadiana begins at 7:00 am and lasts until 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. We engage our campers through outside and inside play that is active in both mind and body.  We service ages 5-12 years old, and divide our campers according to age and gender. Our Camp Counselors are made up of college students and Lafayette Parish teachers, and are trained to be role-models to all those who attend camp.
  • Zoo of Acadiana Jungle Camp ~ A week in Jungle Camp exposes the campers to all of the wonderful things Zoosiana has to offer, including: daily zoo tours, arts, crafts, and activities; Playground time, behind the scenes tour, Special “Friday only” activities, educational animal programs (to include up-close enjoyment!), and more!

WinShape Camps offers day and overnight summer camp experiences for boys and girls of all ages.

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OREO Football Cookie Balls

OREO Football Cookie Balls

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Photo & recipe credit: Kraft

These will be perfect for those game day gatherings. I think Thanksgiving will also be a great time to set these out. I have made these before and can tell you that they are DELICIOUS and sure to be a hit!  Who says cookie balls have to be round? Serve these football-shape treats on game day and everybody wins, no matter which team is leading.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg. (15.25 oz.) OREO Chocolate Creme Cookies, finely crushed
  • 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. white decorating icing
  • Get the full list of ingredients and recipe over at Kraft!
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Dancing Groot From Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy

Dancing Groot From Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy

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This is so stinkin’ cute!  My kids have watched this over and over since we found it LOL  If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet, you are really missing out on an action packed and super funny movie!  It is something I didn’t think about when I saw it, but it is really funny and cute.  All 3 of my kids LOVED it and that is definitely something to smile about :D

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

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Kickin’ Grilled Nachos

Kickin’ Grilled Nachos

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Photo credit: Kraft

Football season is upon us and Kraft has a great way to kick it off right! Enjoy ultimate game-day nachos anytime—right in your own backyard! The grill gives a hint of smokiness to an otherwise classic dish.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. tortilla chips
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Mexican Style Shredded Four Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onions
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
  • Find the complete list of ingredients and recipe over at Kraft!
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Brownies on a Stick

Brownies on a Stick

brownies on a stick
Photo Credit: Betty Crocker

I don’t know about you, but my kids LOVE for me to get creative int he kitchen; especially when they have friends over :D This super easy and creative recipe will be just the thing to make them happy this weekend when their friends come over!

Ingredients

  • 1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box
  • 15 craft sticks (flat wooden sticks with rounded ends)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons shortening
  • Assorted Betty Crocker™ Decorating Decors candy sprinkles
  • Find the full list of ingredients and recipe over at Betty Crocker!
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FREE Planet Protectors Club kit

FREE Planet Protectors Club kit

planet protector
ATTENTION teachers and homeschoolers! You can get a FREE Planet Protectors Club kit for your students. Be sure to apply now as quantities are limited.  >>>> GET IT HERE <<<<

Your Planet Protectors Club kit includes:

  • An official membership certificate
  • An official Planet Protectors Club badge
  • Activity booklets for grades K-3 and 4-5
  • Great adventures on the Web

Create your own kit! Limited quantities of some parts of the Planet Protectors Club kit are available separately.

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PromotionalCodes.com & Kohl’s Back to School Pinterest Contest

PromotionalCodes.com & Kohl’s Back to School Pinterest Contest

Could you use $250 to spend on Back to School clothes??  I know I could!  Kohl’s has the CUTEST back to school and holiday fashions for my little ones :D

Blogging Mom of 4, PromotionalCodes.com and Kohl’s have joined together to bring you this BTS Pinterest Contest!

Prizes

kohls gift card giveaway

2 winners will be chosen. Each will receive a $250 Gift Card to Kohl’s
· Winner 1: Most followed Pinterest board
· Winner 2: Selected at random from all submitted Pinterest boards

How to Enter

To enter, you will be creating a board of all of your favorite BTS items from Kohl’s and submitting it in the “linky” below. We would also love for you to follow our hosts and participating bloggers on Pinterest.

1. Follow @PromoCodesSave and @Kohls on Pinterest
2. Follow our participating bloggers
3. Create a Pinterest Board called “A+ BTS Savings” (only one entry board per person)
4. Pin your favorite items for Back-to-School from Kohl’s. These items can vary from your must-have wardrobe to building your ideal dorm room and everything in between.
5. Include #PCandKohlsBTS in each of your pin captions and a short description why you included it
6. Once you’re done, submit your Pin Board url here – Pinterest board submission page.

Giveaway starts 8/18 12:01 am EST. All entries must be entered no later than 8/29/14 at 11:59 pm EST to be eligible to WIN. Contest is open to US only residents. The winning boards will be chosen based on highest follows on created board and a random selectrion from all submitted entries. The winners will be emailed. Winners must reply to confirm within 48 hours or a new winner will be drawn. Please make sure to check your emails!

Good Luck and Happy Pinning!

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Construction Site Cake

Construction Site Cake

construction cake
Photo Credit: Betty Crocker

Okay, this cake is not only SUPER cute, but easy to make!  I don’t know about you, but my kiddos LOVE anything that I make, especially when it is super cute and creative.  This cake would definitely steal the show.  You could eve make it a larger sheet cake for a bigger crowd or just make two :D

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ chocolate cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 2 containers Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy or Whipped chocolate frosting
  • Orange food color
  • Green food color
  • 4 pieces candy corn
  • 3 new small plastic toy trucks
  • Find the complete list of ingredients and instructions over at Betty Crocker!
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