One of the easiest ways to tell that the holiday season is just around the corner is when all of the toy coupons start coming out! Right now there are 16 new toy coupons. Hurry and print them now, because these will be gone soon to make room for new ones!
Peanut Butter Poke Cake Brownies
Oh my goodness! As if peanut butter and chocolate weren’t enough, they went and made brownies with them! The gewyness of a brownie just sets these apart for greatness! These look delicious. I know my kiddos are going to go crazy for them. These will also be great for the holiday family gatherings and parties. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did
- 2 pkg. (19 to 21 oz.) brownie mix (13×9-inch pan size)
- 2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
- 2 cups cold milk
- 3/4 cup PLANTERS Creamy Peanut Butter, divided
- You can find the full list of ingredients and recipe over at Kraft!
Big Hero 6 XPRIZE Challenge
How exciting is this?! Is your little one an inventor, tech savvy, or a science wiz?! Well, you might want to get those creative juices flowing for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet for Big Hero 6
LOS ANGELES (September 17, 2014) –XPRIZE has joined forces with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Disney Corporate Citizenship for today’s launch of a nationwide video contest designed to find the real-life counterparts to the animated heroes that will soon burst onto the big screen in “BIG HERO 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure from Disney opening November 7, 2014.
The DISNEY BIG HERO 6 – XPRIZE CHALLENGE invites young people between the ages of 8 and 17 to harness their creativity and come up with innovative ideas to tackle the world’s biggest challenges using science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics.
The six winners, the real-life “Big Hero 6,” will travel to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet at the film’s Hollywood premiere in early November, go behind the scenes and meet the creative minds at both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, join a special “Visioneering™” experience at XPRIZE headquarters, plus other prizes.
Video Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. Twenty (20) finalists will be selected based on the highest scores resulting from preliminary scoring by XPRIZE judges. In mid October, a panel of luminary S.T.E.A.M. expert judges will evaluate the twenty finalists’ submissions and six (6) winners will be selected through a combination of the expert judges’ scores and public voting results.
Said Walt Disney Animation Studios President Ed Catmull, “We are thrilled to work with XPRIZE to find real-life young heroes whose desire is to tackle the world’s great challenges. It’s an honor for all of us at Walt Disney Animation Studios to welcome them at our Studio and at the premiere of “Big Hero 6.”
“The young people who win this contest will be real-world heroes, ready and willing to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing our world today,” said Trish Halamandaris, senior vice president marketing & communications at XPRIZE. “The XPRIZE Foundation is excited to be conducting this competition that challenges young people to be bold, creative and smart, and to dare to think big. We believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere, and one of these kids just might come up with an idea that can truly change the world.”
In addition to the trip to Los Angeles, the six winners will receive reimbursement for one (1) Contestant registration forFIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2014-2015 in the US or Canada, and a Special littleBits® NASA Space Kit and cloudBit™ Starter Kit.
The contest is open for submissions from September 17, 2014, to October 12, 2014.
Participating kids will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years of age), and Senior Division (13–17 years of age). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Registration details are available at xprizechallenge.org/bighero6.
The video submissions may involve a short story, sculpture, drawing, model, robot or whatever method best communicates the idea in the most creative way (please see Official Rules for further details, restrictions and limitations). They will be scored on how well they explain the problem, show their solution, and explain what they learned and the impact their idea would have on themselves and the world. The more creative and engaging their presentation is, the better their chance of winning.
Supporting XPRIZE Partners include FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), littleBits Electronics and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Challenge registration and video submissions start September 17, 2014, and end October 12, 2014. Public Voting will start October 15, 2014 and end October 19, 2014. Open to legal residents of US and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are ages 8 through 17 before September 17, 2014. Parental consent is required. Travel must occur on November 2-6, 2014 (or such other dates designated by Sponsor). For details, restrictions, and limitations and to enter, please visit Official Rules at: xprizechallenge.org/bighero6. Sole Sponsor: XPRIZE.
ABOUT “BIG HERO 6” MOVIE:
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014. For more information, check out www.Disney.com/BigHero6, like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/DisneyBigHero6, and follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DisneyAnimation.
Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, and the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. For more information, go to www.xprize.org. XPRIZE® is a registered trademark of XPRIZE Foundation, Inc.
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BIG HERO 6 opens in theaters everywhere on November 7th!
WIN A Steel Frame Gazebo
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One (1) winner will receive one (1) Steel Frame Gazebo, designated by Sponsor. Approximate retail value (“ARV”): $290.78. Prize is non-transferable, is not redeemable for cash and no substitution will be made except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., at least 18 years of age or older who are Bonus Shop Your Way members or higher.
Homemade Caramel Apple Dip
I just LOVE making my own caramel. Something about it is just a little better than store bought. Kind of like homemade ice cream. This recipe is very easy and fun to make. Plus, your kids with think you’re mom/dad of the year! Speaking of ice cream, you can even make this for ice cream topping.
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon sour cream
- 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- You can find the full list of ingredients and recipe over at Betty Crocker!
INTO THE WOODS ~ New Poster!
Oh my goodness! I know what we’re going to be doing on Christmas day this year Meryl Streep….are you serious?! Okay, I really want to tell you about this movie, but first I HAVE to tell you how much I ADORE Meryl Streep I ADORE HER!!! There you go Now, onto the movie… Into The Woods is going to be amazing. I love the new *twist* Disney is putting on all of the old fairy tales. I thought Maleficent was going to finish as the movie of the year for us, but I’m thinking Into The Woods could come in and take it’s place! We’ll have to wait and see…
“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.
Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters Dec. 25, 2014.
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INTO THE WOODS is rated PG and opens in theaters everywhere on December 25th!
Join The Fun With Leapband!
I was recently given the awesome opportunity to review 2 LeapFrog Leapbands. The kids were so excited, partly because they had a new “gadget” but mostly because we were inviting a couple of their friends over to help them play with them! We planned a party for 10 kids and everyone was so excited. The new Leapbands came out on September 6, which is also Fit Made Fun day. So, we planned outdoor activities to help them get active with their friends. In true south Louisiana style, it rained on that day LOL The rain couldn’t stop our fun though. We set up our yogurt bar and let the party begin!
We started with making a yogurt parfait bar with our CLIF Kid protein bars. The peanut butter bars disappeared early on in the day. I chopped two of the chocolate chip bars and put them in a bowl. Along with the yogurt and strawberries, this was the perfect treat for getting active.
Hannah LOVED her parfait! She’s my little experimenter. Everyone made her try it first before they would try. Once she gave the “thumbs up” they all dug in. We also used this recipe for breakfast a few days last week and they loved it! We switched it up with blueberries and peaches
Next, we opened our Leapbands. They were soooo cool! Once we got them up and running the kids were off and playing. They were so super easy to get started. I think my favorite feature was that it automatically prompts you to set the play time. Our bands lock at 8:30 at night and don’t unlock again until 6:30 the next morning. The kids didn’t like this too much, but I sure did LOL
They wore their Leapbands to church and on a trip to New Orleans. Isaiah (our 9 year old) said it was better than his iPad Although the Leapbands were tons of fun, I don’t know about beating out the iPad LOL They were leaping like a frog, popping like popcorn, and slithering like a worm all day long. They even learned how to “run” in the truck on our road trip.
This was such a fun day and a super fun experience. The Leapfrog Leapband is now a part of our everyday life! We have even incorporated it into our homeschool day. Isaiah is able to log his Leapband activities in his physical education class.
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