How to Make a Delicious & Fun Strawberry Freakshake

This post is sponsored by Horizon but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Strawberry Freakshake


Ingredients:

  • 3/4 C. Horizon Organic Grassfed Milk
  • 6 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 C. Fresh Strawberries
  • Whipping Cream
  • White Melting Chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • Powdered Donuts
  • Rock Candy Lollipops
Directions:

Mix Milk, Ice Cream, Vanilla Extract and Strawberries in a blender until well blended.  Melt Chocolate in small bowl then dip jar/glass into chocolate.  Tap on the counter for chocolate to run down the glass.  Before it hardens dip into sprinkles.  Pour milkshake into jar and top with whipping cream.  Garnish with lollipop and donut skewer.  Finish off with a straw and serve.


Strawberry Freakshake

Strawberry FreakshakeStrawberry Freakshake

As you know I do almost all of my grocery shopping at Walmart and especially love their Grocery Pickup option.  I didn't give myself enough lead time so I had to run into the store to grab my list this time.  I love their selection as well as their prices even for their organic products.  I decided to try Horizon Organic Grassfed Milk this time because it is made without GMO's and their cows eat organic, receive no growth hormones and raised humanely on family farms.  Horizon believes they have happier cows because they have access to shade, shelter, fresh air and clean drinking water.  





Strawberry Freakshake

Sweet & Simple Valentine Painting Projects for Kids

Valentine's Day Crafts

Valentine's Day Crafts

Since I was a little girl my mom and I have celebrated Valentine's with 14 Days of Love.  We would exchange small gifts in little mailboxes leading up to Valentine's Day.  We've continued that tradition with the girls and it makes my heart oh so happy.  I do buy a few gifts but I also try to make something personal from the girls to my mom to make it extra special.  Since we've been doing this for years and years it can be hard to come up with new ideas that I haven't used before.  I wanted to share these ideas with you because they are sweet and very simple to do.  I had all the supplies at home minus the plate so hopefully you do as well.

Valentine's Day Crafts

Valentine's Day Crafts

My girls would love if we did a project everyday and they would love it even more if it involved paint.  Life has me pretty busy so we don't do projects as often as they would like but I do try to fit some in every now and then.  However, when we do do projects I usually cringe at the idea of using paint due to the mess and clean up.  

I was recently introduced to Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream which works like a protective glove and makes clean up a breeze.  You apply it like a lotion and it is odorless and not sticky.  As a side note, it helps moisturize and hydrate skin.  Although that was not my motivation in trying it out for projects, it is an added bonus.

Valentine's Day Crafts
Jack Jack's Heart cracks me up!!!  Try getting a newborn to unclench their fist!!!

Thumbprint Heart Plate

Supplies:

Directions:

Apply Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream to thumb. Paint thumb and place at an angle on plate.  Reapply paint and place thumb at opposite angle and press down.  Use a Sharpie to write names and the year.  


Valentine's Day Crafts

I Hand You My Heart Valentine

Supplies:


  • Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream
  • Acrylic Paint
  • White Paper
  • Decorative Paper


  • Directions:

    Apply Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream to hand.  Paint hand and place on white paper.  Cut out and place on decorative paper heart.


    Valentine's Day Crafts

    Footprint Heart Valentine

    Supplies:


  • Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream
  • Acrylic Paint
  • White Paper
  • Decorative Paper


  • Directions:

    Apply Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream to feet.  Paint one foot at a time and place at an angle on white paper.  When placing second foot switch the angle to make a heart shape.  Cut out and place on decorative heart paper.




    What I found with using Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream was that it didn't seem to make a huge difference on the girls hands.  However when I used it on their feet I did notice a significant difference with Madi.  The foot that I used the cream came much cleaner with very little effort.  For these projects we used acrylic paint and I cleaned them up while the paint was still mostly wet.  Results may differ if the paint was dry or we we working with other types of materials.

    Head over to my Instagram page to enter to win a bottle of Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream along with a $25 Home Depot gift card.

    This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands and companies that have received my stamp of approval.

    Yummy Chili Cheese Fries- Easy Game Day Appetizer

    This post is sponsored by McCain Potatoes but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.





    Chili Cheese Fries
    Ingredients:

    • McCain Seasoned Curly Fries
    • Chili (Canned or Homemade)
      • 1 lb. Ground Beef
      • 2 Cans Pinto Beans
      • 1 Can Kidney Beans
      • 1- 20 oz. Can Rotel
      • 1 Onion
      • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
      • 2 tsp. Crushed Garlic
      • 1 Can Tomato Sauce
    • Shredded Mexican Cheese
    • Sour Cream
    Directions:

    Dump all Chili ingredients into the crockpot including raw ground beef.  I broke it up with a spatula and then set to low for 8 hours.  About 25 minutes before serving bake McCain Seasoned Curly Fries as per label directions.  Once they are done top with chili and shredded cheese and put back in the oven for just a few minutes.  Top with sour cream and serve.  If you are taking this to someone's house for a party appetizer assemble once you arrive and bake for just a few minutes in their oven.


    As a working mother of three I'm always looking for EASY new recipes.  I don't have time to slave away in the kitchen but I still want affordable options, fresh ideas and flavorful food.  In your frozen food aisle at Walmart you can easily find McCain Fries in a variety of options like Craft Beer Fries, Extra Crispy Curly Fries and Waffle Fries.  They make the perfect base for a variety of recipes and appetizers.  I choose to use them for Chili Cheese Fries which could be used for a game day appetizer or even a hassle free dinner at home.




    I took my best helper and sidekick to grab all the ingredients.













    Family Fun Getaway at Tenaya Lodge



    We just returned from the BEST family weekend at Tenaya Lodge, which is the perfect family Winter getaway with a little flavor of everything to keep everyone entertained.  From Fresno it is a very easy drive, just over 1 hour from door to door.  We arrived Friday evening and were greeted with such a warm welcome.  It was such a special treat to have a bottle of wine awaiting us in our room along with a s'more kit.  After settling in we headed to dinner at Jackalope's Grill.  There are 4 restaurants on the property along with a deli for snacks and grab and go food.  Tenaya Lodge is a 4 Diamond resort but what stands out is the staff which is kind, friendly, warm and accommodating.  Our meal was delicious and the service was exceptional.  After dinner we headed down to the grand fire pit to roast marshmallows and chow down on s'mores.  It's quite the magical experience to roast mallows amongst the snow and under the stars.  Following our fun treat we changed to head to the indoor hot tub, which is one of the best amenities at Tenaya Lodge.  There is an outdoor pool and hot tub as well but they are closed for the Winter season.  There are not too many places where you can go swimming when it's snowing outside but Tenaya has that option for you.  We visited every day we were there and it was a highlight for the kids.  Right off of the indoor pool is a spectacular game room with video games, huge televisions, air hockey, pool tables and games.  We had every intention of coming to play at least a game of air hockey but there was so much to do we only peaked in to check it out.

    On Saturday morning we pigged out at the breakfast buffet at Sierra Restaurant; again our waitress was just lovely.  I then departed from the family to enjoy a few quiet hours in the Ascent Spa.  The facility is grand, calming and inviting; it was basically a mother's Disneyland.  I had the Winter Warming 60 minute massage which was absolutely heavenly.  I haven't been that relaxed in well 7 years, lol!  Following the massage I enjoyed a cup of spiked hot chocolate in the relaxation room followed by reading magazines in the steam room.  The spa has showers and well equipped locker rooms to freshen up after any service.  There is also a sauna that guests can use at any time during their stay.  

    While I spent some alone time daddy took the kids to the heated indoor pool for some fun.  When we met back up we enjoyed lunch and then headed outside for sledding and snowball fights.  You don't even have to leave the property to enjoy such activities.  That is one of the best parts of the resort is having everything right at your fingertips.  At dusk we all went ice skating under the twinkle lights of the rink while listening to the latest music hits.  Madi couldn't help herself dancing and skating at the same time.  The entire weekend was quite magical but this takes the cake.  Both girls absolutely loved it and on our way home they said this was their favorite part ("along with spending time together as a family in the mountains").  The rink even has ice walkers to help beginner skaters.  After skating we went back to the jacuzzi to warm up and relax. 

    Sunday morning included a buffet breakfast again and playing in the snow.  We took one last trip to the pool and spa before heading home.  None of us were ready to go home because we had the best time.  If you're looking for a quick and easy getaway I highly recommend Tenaya Lodge.  Now through March 31st the resort is offering their Unlimited Winter Fun Pass which gives you access to several activities (hikes, ice skating, sled rental, bike ride and archery) with a $46 savings.  Also Tenaya Lodge has guided bus tours into Yosemite which is a bonus right now during the government shut down.

    There are a few activities we didn't get to like the Nature Hike, Archery, and Flashlight Hike.  Our little ones are just a tad too little for these activities but also our time was completely filled with so many other options.  Tenaya Lodge is the perfect spot to go to relax but also keep you entertained around the clock.  We can not wait until our next trip up the hill!  















    In case you're planning your Summer vacation now I want to mention the brand new Explorer Cabins that are coming this Summer to Tenaya Lodge.  They are two bedroom cabins nestled along a creek and pond just next to the lodge.  Guests will still have access to have the resort amenities including spa, fitness center, game room and pools but they will also have exclusive access to the Explorer Clubhouse.  The cabins will make guests feel like they are miles away from civilization but with all the Four Diamond amenities.  I can't wait for our family to stay in one of the Explorer Cabins!

    This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands and companies that have received my stamp of approval.