Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream

This Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpreadTheHeat #CollectiveBias

We are in the height of summer here in Chicago and all that is on our minds this week is ice cream. During the steaming July months, the freezer should be loaded with ice cream. My freezer was getting low on ice cream, so I decided to make all the ice cream I could with some amazing fresh fruits from the markets.

Do you know you don't need an ice cream maker to make ice cream?? This recipe is all about strawberries, jalapenos and cooling off. This Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream will cure all your summer cravings. Sweet, cold and spicy - all in one lick.

Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat
I used my new favorite fruit spread, Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread, to make this ice cream sweet and spicy. This no churn ice cream is perfectly creamy, splendidly sweet, slightly spicy, simply dreamy, delectable ice cream. The fruit spread is a new product from Smucker's and is such a treat in your mouth!
Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat

My tips for making Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream

- Make sure your whipping cream is very cold prior to whipping. I pop mine in the freezer whilst working with the jalapenos and strawberries.

- Make sure your mixing bowl is cold prior to whipping. I pop my bowl right in the freezer as well. Either ceramic or metal works great.

- If you would like bites of dried jalapenos throughout the ice cream, add them in layers. Add ice cream to the pan, then sliced jalapenos, add more ice cream and more sliced jalapenos, until the pan is completely full.

- This ice cream is best frozen overnight. I know it is hard to wait, but it will be worth it!

Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat
Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat

Now once you have waited overnight for your creamy, dreamy Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream, simply take it out of the freezer and let it set on the counter while you get your bowls and cones ready. While you are giving your ice cream a few moments to soften up, take your jar of Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread and heat it up. You can either pop the entire jar in the microwave (take the lid off first) or put the jar into a small pot of bowling water.

Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat
Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat

Once your Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread is heated through, scoop out some of the Strawberry Jalapeno Ice Cream, place it in a bowl and take a few teaspoons (or tablespoons) of the Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread and drizzle it all over your bowl of Strawberry Jalapeno Ice Cream.

Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat
Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat

I promise you, you will not be disappointed. My husband literally almost ate the entire pan of the ice cream that I made with the fruit spread dolloped on top. He told me it was the best ice cream AND best fruit spread he has ever had and when was I making it again. Oh, and to buy another jar of the fruit spread!

Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat

I am going to make some more ice cream this weekend, but I am going to be make double batches of various flavors. I will make the Strawberry Jalapeno again and I am going to use another delicious flavor of Smucker's, Blueberry Lemon. These are new from Smucker's and are better for you since they are naturally sweetened with honey.

Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat

STRAWBERRY JALAPENO NO CHURN ICE CREAM


Ingredients
No Churn Ice Cream Base

4 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Strawberry Jalapeno Mixture
4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled & thinly sliced
2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread
3 jalapenos, thinly sliced

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Instructions

Heat an oven to 300. Place the thin slices of jalapenos on a sheet pan and put in the oven for approximately 10-15 minutes. Basically enough time to dry out the slices of jalapenos.
Heat a pan over medium heat. Add the butter and melt. Add the sliced strawberries, Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread and the brown sugar. Cook until caramelized. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely before adding to the ice cream mixture.
Add the 4 cups heavy cream, 2 cans sweetened condensed milk and 1 tablespoon of vanilla to the bowl. Mix with a hand mixer (use the whisk attachment) or stand mixer. Whip the ice cream mixture until stiff. It should look like a melted milk shake at this point. Gently fold in the strawberry mixture. Spoon the ice cream mixture into a freezer safe container. Add sliced strawberries and the dried sliced jalapenos on top. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.

Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat
I will just pop back over to make local Walmart to pick up another jar of the Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread and another delicious new fruit spread flavor. I will also earn $1.00 off from this Ibotta offer.
Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat
Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat
Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat
Strawberry Jalapeno No Churn Ice Cream #SpreadTheHeat

It really doesn't get better than Strawberry Jalapeno Ice Cream on a hot summer day. Plus, the month of July is for celebrating National Ice Cream Month. It's time for some ice cream, don't you think?

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Life is a Bold Adventure

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“Freedom lies in being bold.” Robert Frost

I think I look to summertime the most of all the seasons. A relaxed routine and a slower pace of the day. I am not focused on time, a calendar or appointments and schedules. I like to think of summer as a stress-free zone and I fully take advantage of the summer season. I have quotes from my favorites readings that I like to think about during the day to keep my life as one big bold adventure. 

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I believe that every summer day holds something special. The real moments in my days are gifts, truly. I like to make the most of these gifts, with energy, boldness and confidence. I like to embrace the spirit of adventure and live a bold, multi-faceted life, making the most out of every day.

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“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” - William James

Daily Escape

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There is no better way to begin the day than in nature. I like to get a walk in the woods in the morning before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. The woods are my place to think, imagine and create. Once I hit the walking trail, the grind of the day just seems to wash away.

When was the last time you took some time for yourself?

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I push pause for a moment when I am walking in nature. I don't let the hustle of schedules or the long list of to-dos rob me of my time to rejuvenate and relax.  I need this time for my brain to just settle before the speed of life catches up to me again.

“Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” - Maya Angelou

Routine

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As soon as I get home from my walk, I get ready for the day. I start by using LISTERINE® Total Care. This mouthwash cleans 100% of my mouth and kills 99.9% of bad breath germs(and believe me, my kids will be the first ones to tell me my breath stinks). LISTERINE is part of my regular morning routine everyday and helps give me the confidence to take on the day.

LISTERINE® is the #1 dentist recommended mouthwash brand and I don't want my dentist being disappointed when I go for my checkups. I know sometimes I am in a rush and don't always brush the best and brushing really only cleans 25% of my mouth. LISTERINE® Total Care helps strengthen my teeth, prevents cavities and restores minerals to the enamel in my teeth.

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Always on-the-go

As a busy home educating mom of three, a wife, part-time photographer, a blogger, and an active volunteer in my church and community; I am pulled in different directions all day long. I am always on the go. I have a daily routine and I know that in my routine there is the potential for more friendships, more connections and more opportunities.

I always bring along my LISTERINE® Total Care because it kills my bad breath germs. I don't want to turn off prospective clients or people in the community I am helping with my breath! LISTERINE® freshens my breath and strengthens my teeth during the day.

Connections

Because I have so very many things going on in my life, I really try to make the most of each moment that I do have. Having a small business means every turn can lead to something bold and unexpected. Fostering friendships and being a part of the community is very important to me. I literally get more out of volunteering than what I give. I think this is such an important trait to pass along to my children.

A Bold Future

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I believe in myself and I believe that confidence and bold moves power me through the day. But at the end of the day, there’s no better way to tighten my bond with my husband, than by coming together with him at the end of the day to share our dreams and passions. (That is, right after I freshen my breath!)

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It is really important for a couple to have individual goals and dreams and then have the opportunity to come together and share those passions together. I think it makes our relationship stronger and it makes me a stronger, bolder woman.

“Never apologize for burning too brightly or collapsing into yourself every night. That is how galaxies are made.” - Tyler Kent White

Life is a Bold Adventure  #MyBoldMoments

The next time you are out at CVS picking up your cosmetics or toiletries, be sure to pop over to the mouthwash aisle and grab some LISTERINE® Total Care. I recommend the Fresh Mint flavoring. I was able to stop by my local CVS (it is right next to my favorite coffee shop) and grabbed my new supply of mouthwash.

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How do you embrace bold adventures each day?

Let me and LISTERINE know how you lead a bold life. I would love to read about your #MyBoldMoments. You can connect with LISTERINE on Facebook and Twitter .

The 5 Best Summer TV Shows

I have been on a bit of a British binge of late with Netflix. My son told me the other day I need to be grounded from all things British. I don't know what the draw is for me, perhaps my love of history. But I do love all these period shows that Netflix is currently streaming. My summer nights have been filled with British and Irish accents.

The 7 Best Summer TV Shows Peaky Blinders #Netflix #StreamTeam

My brother recommended I stream Peaky Blinders. And now I recommend that Peaky Blinders should be your next Netflix binge. Why I have never watched this show, I have no idea. This U.K. gangster drama is full of excitement, brutality, corruption and love.

Peaky Blinders taught me about the the day-to-day life of the common man of the UK during this era, its peoples, and its history.

The 7 Best Summer TV Shows  Call the Midwife #Netflix #StreamTeam

I happened upon Call The Midwife on evening and was hooked from the first episode. Set in the 1950s, Call the Midwife is a drama based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. Call the Midwife chronicles new midwife Jenny Lee and other midwives and nuns working in a nursing convent in an impoverished section of London’s East End.

Call the Midwife taught me about the nurses and nuns carrying out many nursing duties across the community during the 1950's in this area. Who knew so many babies were delivered in homes?

Those are the shows that have been streaming for me, but my girls are not so much on the British kick like I am. Lately my girls have been streaming Jesse. Jesse is a nanny for an affluent family in NYC. I like that each episode always highlight a particular issue and Jesse always comes to the rescue in a positive manner.

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We recently streamed Worst Cooks in America and laughed over all the silly cooking antics of The worst cooks in America. This show amazes me as I didn't realize some people really are horrible home cooks.

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My girls loved it because they were able to get some recipe ideas. I told my daughters they could cook meals for our family this summer since we have easy schedules. We loved this show for the inventive ideas we were able to steal.

The 7 Best Summer TV Shows  Brain Games #Netflix #StreamTeam

I happen to like Brain Games as much as my kids do. Brain Games is all about optical illusions and memory challenges. You really can't stop watching this once you start. my family watches this together when we have a family night. This is a great family show AND it will leave you scratching your head in wonder!

Who knew you could learn fun facts from watching Netflix shows?! What have you learned on Netflix?

Disclosure: This post is part of my involvement as a Netflix #StreamTeam Member. All opinions are my own. #NetflixKids #Netflix #NetflixMoms Want to learn more about Netflix Streaming? Subscriptions start at $7.99/month. All images courtesy of Netflix and used with permission.

 

Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew

When we were planning our family vacation to the east of our nation this year, we were including major cities . . . Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York and Niagara Falls. There would be long, boring drives between the cities and I knew we would need a respite from skyscapers and museums at some point.

Whilst perusing maps of routes we would be driving I scoured for state parks and discovered Watkins Glen State Park. Right in between New York and Niagara and right along our driving route. This was a last minute add-in and I changed our schedule around a bit, taking a day away from New York City and Philadelphia, but it was totally worth it.

Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew

The children definitely need the respite from sight seeing and getting back to trees and nature was what we all needed. Plus, staying in the Watkins Glen gave me the opportunity to do some laundry.

We left New York City close to noon our last day there and headed out to Watkins Glen, NY driving via Interstate 80 through Pennsylvania. Getting out of NYC is not easy and took a bit more time than we thought. But the drive through Pennsylvania was simply stunning. We are from the midwest and all we see is plains whilst driving through states. But Pennsylvania is gorgeous. The drive took approximately 5-6 hours, but was beautiful.

The village of Watkins Glen is a quaint little town and reminded us of small villages in Iowa. We had reservations at the Watkins Glen Villager because it was the most economical for us and it had an indoor pool. Our criteria for hotel selections on our vacation are simple - free wifi, a pool(preferably indoor), free parking and free breakfast. This hotel meet all our needs. We checked in, settled a bit, went for dinner, found a laundry mat and the kiddos swam themselves out while I did loads and loads of laundry.

The next morning, after our free breakfast, we headed over to Watkins Glen State Park, which was within walking distance of the hotel, but we did drive and pay the $8.00 parking fee. The weather forecast for the day was rain, so we were set with hoodies and umbrellas as this was our only full day in Watkins Glen and we didn't want to miss any aspect of the state park.

Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew

Watkins Glen State Park

Giant glaciers once traveled through this area carving out the beautiful landscape leaving streams and valleys for everyone to enjoy. New York is left with the Finger Lakes, 11 of them to be exact.  Water flows down these hillsides and erodes away at soft rocks to form the amazing and unique gorges at Watkins Glen State Park.

The Gorge Trail

Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew About Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew

We entered Watkins Glen State Park through the main entrance and headed into the entrance tunnel. In the early 1900's, tunnels in the gorge were hand-cut into the rocks. Simply follow the walking trail to the Cavern Cascade. This is one of two waterfalls in Watkins Glen State Park you can walk behind. This waterfall has eroded this narrow section of gorge and the deep pools below and deep into the hillside.

Cavern Cascade

Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew

Next up along the trail is the Spiral Tunnel and Suspension Bridge.  After emerging from Spiral Tunnel, you will pass Cliff Path on your right. This leads to Point Lookout on Lover’s Lane, then on to the Suspension Bridge. There, you can access the Lily Pond, South Pavilion and swimming pool, or you can pick up the Indian Trail. We continued on the Gorge Trail, and walked under the Suspension Bridge, which is 85 feet above the creek. It is really just one long trial and you either turn right or left or continue straight.

Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew

You are standing on an ancient sea bottom!

As we walked along the Gorge Trail we then passed The Narrows section. The section here is very shady and cool. There were lots of wild flowers and moss here. My girls were loving this area and exploring all the shapes of leaves.

Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew

Visit Rainbow Falls to see rainbows reflected off the falls on a sunny day.

As we continued on the Gorge Trail we passed through the Glen Cathedral section and headed towards the Central Cascade, Glen of Pools, Rainbow Falls and Spiral Gorge. This section was so beautiful. My daughter figured out how to panoramic images with her ipad and filled up her memory in no time! I loved to see all the images she took when we arrived back home. She has a different perspective that I do and sometimes sees things that I didn't even notice.

Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew

There are 180 steps of Jacob’s Ladder to the Upper Entrance.

The next area on the Gorge Trail you will pass is the Mile Point Bridge. At this area you can choose to take the Indian Trail or the South Rim Trail because they all intersect here the Gorge Trail. We continued on the Gorge Trail for ½ mile along a quiet section of the stream and up the 180 steps of Jacob’s Ladder to the Upper Entrance. I should have taken a picture of the steps because they just about did me in!

There are on restrooms along the trails or water stations. There are restrooms at the main entrance and the upper entrance. There is also a picnic area at the upper entrance as well as a gift shop. My girls had some fun at the park in the picnic area before we headed back down on the Indian Trail.

Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew

We walked along the Indian Trail path on the descent. This is a winding path down along the rims of the gorge that are forested. My girls loved this area to explore leaves, wild flowers and animals.

Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew
Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew

The trail in the gorge has over 800 stone steps!

After walking the trails and over 800 steps through the two miles of stretch that the stream flows we were able to see 200-foot cliffs and 19 waterfalls. The Gorge Trail winds over and under waterfalls and through the sprays of waterfalls. My kids loved it and we spent a few hours there exploring, taking photos, looking at leaves and flowers, and taking it all.

Watkins Glen State Park: Little Known Facts You Wish You Knew

I am so happy I added a visit to Watkins Glen State Park at the last minute. When I ask my kids what their favorite place we visited, they all say Watkins Glen State Park. We had dinner at a lovely restaurant in town and called it an early night. We were heading to Niagara Falls the next morning and wanted to get an early start.

Watkins Glen State Park is truly a must see destination if you are in the area!

Have you ever visited Watkins Glen or the Finger Lakes region before?

 

The SpongeBob Musical at the Oriental Theatre #SpongeBobBway

The SpongeBob Musical in Chicago

Limited Engagement through Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre

The SpongeBob Musical at the Oriental Theatre #SpongeBobBway

 The SpongeBob Musical opened June 19 here in Chicago's Oriental Theatre and is there through Sunday, July 10. My kids and I had the pleasure of receiving an invite and saw seeing SpongeBob in Bikini Bottom yesterday!

We first discovered SpongeBob whilst living abroad as expats in Beijing. Television reception in China was very scarce and well, we didn't speak Chinese. My daughter, then 18 months, fell head over heels for SpongeBob and has loved him ever since. We watched SpongeBob on DVD that entire year and have been watching him ever since. He never fails to make us giggle with his silly antics.

The SpongeBob Musical at the Oriental Theatre #SpongeBobBway

The Best Day Ever!

We saw The SpongeBob Musical on stage, live at the theater, and it was amazing! I happen to be a huge fan of the arts and have a deep fondness for live theater. I think it is so important to expose my children (and myself) to theater productions. Thankfully, we live in an amazing city that has so much to offer us.

The SpongeBob Musical at the Oriental Theatre #SpongeBobBway

The cast was awesome. Ethan Slater as SpongeBob epitomized all of SpongeBob from his gait to his giggle.  My kids simply adored Gavin Lee as Squidward--he was quite spectacular and had the sarcasm down perfectly. We fell in love with all the characters in Bikini Bottom. The music included original sons from Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and thankfully we remained in our seats instead of dancing in the aisles.

The SpongeBob Musical at the Oriental Theatre #SpongeBobBway

I loved the stage and the costumes. I especially loved how fun the costumes were. I could just see all the "fun and imagination" in the costumes and the set and it must have been such a joy to create all of these. My girls were in awe and were wishing for stage hand jobs.

The SpongeBob Musical at the Oriental Theatre #SpongeBobBway

The SpongeBob Musical!

Stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center Get ready to dive to all-new depths of theatrical innovation at The SpongeBob Musical, where the power of optimism can save the world. 

The character-driven cartoon, SpongeBob, chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends. The SpongeBob Musical does exactly that too! I love that SpongeBob always finds joy in everything and is always so positive, even though he is only a sponge.

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Be sure to visit BikiniBottom, SpongeBob and all his friends. Tickets for The SpongeBob Musical at the Oriental Theatre range from $33 - $100. But, SpongeBob is only here through July 10th - so hurry!! For more information on The SpongeBob Musical, visit TheSpongeBobMusical.com.

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FOURTH OF JULY PRETZEL BITES

The Fourth of July is all about gathering with friends and family and celebrating our nation. It is also the time for making sweet treats for all the parties you will be attending. These Fourth of July Pretzel Bites are super simple to make and the perfect July 4th treat for all your loved ones!

Who can resist the salty crunch with the sweet melted chocolate and then another crunch of chocolate candy. These delicious pretzel bites get me every time. These Fourth of July Pretzel Bites are the perfect treat for all your holiday celebrations this July 4th! In addition, they are super simple and fun to make.

FOURTH OF JULY PRETZEL BITES

My kids love pretzels and I always have a bag of pretzel rods and mini pretzels on hand. Al my kids have their favorites and they are all different! Another supply I always have o hand is some melting candy. They are so versatile and if I have a sweet tooth some nights, I simply pop a couple in my mouth to satisfy me.

FOURTH OF JULY PRETZEL BITES

I was picking up some groceries in the store and saw some holiday candies and thought they would be perfect as a topping on our Fourth of July Pretzel Bits.

FOURTH OF JULY PRETZEL BITES

FOURTH OF JULY PRETZEL BITES

  • Mini pretzels
  • Red, White & Blue Colored melting candies
  • Red, White & Blue Chocolate Candies

Instructions

FOURTH OF JULY PRETZEL BITES
FOURTH OF JULY PRETZEL BITES
FOURTH OF JULY PRETZEL BITES
  1. Line baking sheets with wax paper.
  2. Lay out the mini pretzels on the wax covered baking sheet.
  3. Next put a colored candy melt on each pretzel.
  4. Place the baking sheet with the candy melt covered mini pretzels in a 300º preheated oven.
  5. Bake in the oven for 2-5 minutes (it all depends on your oven).
  6. Take out of the oven and place your chocolate covered holiday candy on each melted candy.
  7. Leave out on the counter or place in the refrigerator to set.
FOURTH OF JULY PRETZEL BITES

Then simply enjoy! These will be the hit of all the treats at the holiday gatherings this year.  They never last long in my house.

FOURTH OF JULY PRETZEL BITES

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

Washington, DC

We wanted to visit Washington DC when my son graduated from 8th grade with our entire family. We had visited before in 2009, but my children had pretty much forgotten everything about that trip. There are so many activities in Washington DC and we couldn't select everything as we were only there for five days. We skipped the zoo and the aquarium as we have those in our own city and focused on activities that are not readily available to us here in Chicago.

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC.

A DAY AT THE MUSEUMS

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

The museums in the National Mall are all free. In the one-mile span of the National Mall, you can wander all day in and out of one and into another and not worry about getting your money's worth. There are 10 museums and we personally recommend the Air and Space, Hirshhorn, Natural History and American History. My kids liked the American Indian Museum as well. But you may also enjoy the National Gallery of Art and The Smithsonian Castle.

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

Here is what you will see along the one-mile National Mall:

  • National Air and Space
  • Hirshhorn
  • Arts and Industries
  • African Art
  • Sackler
  • Freer
  • The Smithsonian Castle
  • American History
  • Natural History.
  • American Indian Museum
  • The National Gallery of Art

We took the metro and the exit puts you right in the middle of the National Mall and numerous signs point out which building is which. The walk can be daunting to some, and it actually might be worth it to span these museums visits out over two days.

A DAY AT THE MONUMENTS

After the Mall, prepare to see the Memorials.

Tiaras & Tantrums 10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

Take the afternoon to explore some of DC’s monuments and memorials. Begin at the Washington Monument, and head towards The Tidal Basin walk the path around. There are even paddle boats to rent if you are up for that excursion. Next, walk to the Lincoln Memorial. Stop and have some ice cream and rest a bit. Then head towards the reflecting pool, and end at the World War II Memorial.

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC
10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

This World War II Memorial has 56 pillars, one for each state or territory of the U.S. in existence during World War II. There is a wall with 4,000 stars and each star represents 100 U.S. soldiers who died during World War II. Take the opportunity to walk down into the center of the monument to see a pool with water fountains. My kids cooled off their feet here.

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC
10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC
10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

Here is what you will see along the way:
Washington Monument
• Thomas Jefferson Memorial
• Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
• Korean War Veterans Memorial
• Lincoln Memorial
• Vietnam Veterans Memorial
• World War II Memorial

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

The loop is about 3½ miles long, so wear comfortable shoes and bring bottled water. The Washington Monument is open but tickets are needed to enter.  They are free and available at the kiosk on 15th street. Park Rangers start giving out the FREE tickets at 8:30 am.  Get there early enough and you'll be able to pick your tour, which is anytime from 9 am-11:30 pm. 

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

If you are not lucky enough to get tickets to see the Washington Monument, simply take in a view of the city from downtown DC’s second-highest point: the clock tower at the Old Post Office Pavilion. This free tour is one of DC’s best-kept secrets. The observation deck provides 360-degree views of the city.

THE WHITE HOUSE

If you would like to take a tour of the White House, contact your local congressman's office for tickets. We did this, but only four months in advance and they were already booked for the time we were visiting Washington DC.  Thus, only a walk about for us. We walked up Pennsylvania Ave. and took some images in front of the White House.

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC
10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

Free tickets can be obtained on the morning of your visit at the White House Visitor's Center on Pennsylvania Ave. We didn't want to wait in line for the free tickets though. White House tours are only available Tuesday-Saturday.

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC
10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

Arlington Cemetery opens at 8 a.m., so head out on the metro early. First, check out JFK's grave and the Eternal Flame.  Be sure to take in all the views of the city. Keep an eye on the clock because you'll want to make your way to the Tomb of the Unknowns before the top of the hour.

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

The Changing of the Guards takes place every hour between October 1st and March 31st, and every half-hour between April 1st and September 30th in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns. This presentation takes about 10 minutes.

TOUR THE CAPITOL

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

Admission is free and guided tours are available. This tour took about an hour or so. We had a pre-scheduled tour through our local congressman's office and I would highly recommend this tour. The Capitol is currently under construction and the tours are still running.

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC
10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC
10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

This is a free tour. The Thomas Jefferson Building has amazing architecture and art. On exhibit is the $5 bill that was in Lincoln’s pocket when he was assassinated, a collection of Bibles, and books from Jefferson’s library. You may or may not enjoy this tour. My girls loved it as they were able to see the Gutenberg Bible.

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

Gutenberg completed the first book ever printed by movable type: the Bible in Latin. Gutenberg’s work is the most rare and valuable printed material in the world.

SUPREME COURT

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

We did not have the opportunity to sit in a session, but were able to wander around the building. The building closes at 4:30 p.m.

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

NATIONAL ARCHIVES

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are on display in the National Archives. Depending on how long the lines are, this will take approximately an hour. (no picture taking allowed)

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

The Holocaust Museum, is an educational journey through a tragic period in our history. This visit will take about two hours. The permanent exhibition tells the chronological history of the Holocaust, starting on the fourth floor with Hitler’s rise to power and working its way downward. This exhibition is meant for elementary tomiddle-school aged children and can be quite sad.  You will need a pass to visit the Holocaust Museum and only a certain number are distributed for a timed-entry pass on a first-come, first-served basis for use the same day.

MOUNT VERNON

A trip to Mount Vernon is going to take half the day but it is worth it. Mount Vernon is George Washington's home. In addition to touring the 16 buildings and grounds, a presentation of Washington's last moments and the funeral procession is done in dramatic fashion. Also, 100 of Washington's personal effects are on display as it was during his time. 

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC
10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC


We drove our vehicle to Mount Vernon as it is only about 20 miles away from Washington DC. Just get on the George Washington Memorial Parkway and follow it to Mount Vernon. Parking is free.

10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC

We had a great time in Washington DC again this time around, five years after our first family visit to this city. I love the vibe of the city and so did my kids. We used the Metro to get around the city and it couldn't have been easier. We did do other activities and sights, but this list is our top 10 Things to Do with Kids In Washington, DC.

Have you visited Washington, D.C. with your family? What historic sites do you recommend?

FREE Summer Reading Rewards Programs 2016 for Kids

*updated for 2016

School is out! Summer is officially here. I'm fortunate that I do not have to argue with my children about their school work. They know the importance of it and just get it done. Reading can sometimes be an argument though. My girls will read if I ask them, but they are not always keen about it as it takes away from "playing". My son, on the other hand, thinks reading is so boring, right now. It is always an argument to get him reading. So I needed a bit of an incentive to get him and the girls reading this coming summer without any excuses.

Tiaras & Tantrums FREE Summer Reading Rewards Programs 2016 for Kids

Look at these FREE national summer reading programs that are great incentives for your children to read over the summer. What better way to promote reading than by earning free books, money, gift cards, movies, and more. A perfect solution to help summer brain drain!

2016 Free Summer Reading Programs

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon

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Free book Barnes and Noble's Summer Reading Triathlon. This year they are celebrating 20 years of summer reading! From May 17 - September 6. Have your grade 1- 6 kids read any 8 books and record them in the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Journal (download from their site). Once the journal is completed, simply take it back to any participating store to select a free book from the list at the back of the journal.

Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge

Free book Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge – June 7 - August 16, PBK invites children to take the challenge and attend reading store events. Children who attend five story times at a participating Pottery Barn Kids location will receive $10 coupon.

Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Rewards

10 free game tokens Chuck E Cheese's Reading Rewards Calendar - Through December 31, 2016. Chuck E. Cheese will reward kids for good behavior and reading with their calendars. Download a Reading Rewards Calendar(or any other calendar) and your kiddo can mark off each day he/she reads. When the calendar is full, turn it into your local Chuck E. Cheese for 10 free game tokens. Bonus, this can be done again and again.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

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Chance to win prizes Scholastic's Summer Challenge - May 9-September 9, kids can log summer reading minutes to earn digital prizes through ! Be a part of this!

Half Price Book: Feed Your Brain

Bookworm Bucks - Half Price Books Feed Your Brain - When kids read for15 minutes a day during both June and July, they'll get a free $5 gift card per month to Half Price Books. One lucky kid in each age group and store will Bookworm Bucks.

TD Bank

$10 cash From June 1 - August 31-- 10 books = $10! Once your child reads 10 books, they simply fill out a form, take it to the nearest TD Bank and TD Bank will deposit $10 into their Young Saver Account. (Note, you will need to either have or open a Young Saver Account for this program.)

Family Christian

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Children need to read any six Christian books and explain one of the faith messages
from each book in their Reading Adventures Diary. There are book suggestions on their site as well.  Simply bring the completed diary to a participating Family Christian store between June 3 and August 25.

Sylvan Book Adventure

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Redeem points for prizes - Sylvan Book Adventure - K-8 read books (7,000 titles to choose from), and then take a short quiz to earn points. The points can then be redeemed for prizes. Bonus, parents can monitor kids reading with online progress reports.

Pizza Hut Book It! Program

Book It - The summer Pizza Hut BookIt programs runs June – August during the summer your child can continue reading with BookIt printables. Plus parents will find summer reading list by grade.

Books-A-Million Summer Reading Program 2016

Free lunchbag- Books A Million - Read 4 of the 75+ books on the summer reading program by August 8, have your parents verify and sign the form and return to your local BAM for a free James Patterson lunch bag.

Sync - For your Teens (13+)

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. The 2016 season is May 5th - August 17th 2016. SYNC 2016 will give away 30 titles - two paired audiobook downloads a week!

Be sure to check your local areas as well. Grocery stores, local banks and public libraries often have summer reading programs as well. My local library already has their summer program in motion. Be sure to check with your local library to see what sort of summer reading program is offered.

HOW YOU KEEP YOUR KIDS READING THIS SUMMER?

Classic Summer Days Road Trippin’ #NoMoreFORO

Thank you to ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé ® for sponsoring this Classic Summer Days Road Trippin' post. All opinions are mine alone. #NoMoreFORO

There’s no doubt about it — summer is the perfect time for fun. I think the essence of summer is fun. What is it about summer that has such a magical place in our consciousness? Maybe it is the lack of schedules and really, that time holds no special meaning during the summer months. Swimming, playing sports, enjoying the sunshine and the great outdoors—all the things that make summer so awesome, are on our agendas this summer.

Classic Summer Days Road Trippin’ #NoMoreFORO

Summer is also the perfect time for road trips. We recently returned from a two week road trip out east. We packed up the SUV with our bags, gadgets and provisions and headed out the day after my son graduated from 8th grade. I also included some bags of snacks, treats and a case of water. My husband laughed at me and stated, "you think that will be enough?". I replied, "there are stores out east."

One case of water—for two weeks—for five people. Who was I kidding? The case of water lasted all of five days and that was after I was rationing everyone's water intake! Do you ever have The Fear of Running Out of water and ration your kiddos like I did on vacation? We are like most families (52% of families surveyed) who experience FORO (The Fear of Running Out ) at least once a week.

  • 69% of those surveyed experience feelings such as stress, anxiety and worry when household items start to run low.

My husband and I were carrying water in our bags during the day and leaving some water in our hotel for the evenings during our family vacation. But on morning five of our vacation, there were two bottles of water left. I hid them and told my husband we were out of water. This is a phenomenon referred to as The Fear of Running Out—I was denying myself and my family bottled water we wanted (and needed) because I didn't want to take the time out of our busy travel day to go to the store.

That day, we found a street vendor and purchased bottled water for the kids for the day. I selected soda and my husband purchased a couple of bottles of a sweet drink. My husband and I made some thirsty choices that were not smart choices. My husband and I forgot that replacing a single 12-ounce, 140 calorie sugar sweetened beverage with water each day for a year can cut more than 50,000 calories from our diets.

Did you also know that nearly half of all full-time working parents say they ration or replace everyday household items with a less desirable alternative at least once per week, in order to avoid running out completely? That is exactly what we did!

When I was prepping for our trip, I should have planned for more water. But I didn't want the hassle and inconvenience of another trip to the store to purchase an additional heavy case of water. We were out of water in five days on our vacation and needed to take time out of our sightseeing to locate a store and make the purchase. Like more than half of the surveyed full-time working parents (55%), we were running an errand that was keeping us from spending quality time with our family.

ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé®

There is a much easier process of getting water into my home. ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé® – A customizable beverage delivery service that provides my family with all our favorite bottled water brands like Ice Mountain, Nestlé Pure Life, Perrier and San Pellegrino. Ice Mountain bottled water can be ordered in five different case sizes and various flavors of water. Natural Spring, Sparkling Natural Spring, Sparkling Natural Mineral and Purified Water—water beverages for every taste and every occasion.

The ReadyRefresh mission is very simple: They make it easy for my family to live a healthier life. With just a few taps on my mobile device, while I was sitting in the passenger seat of our SUV driving through Pennsylvania, through the ReadyRefresh.com website; I was quickly able to customize my order for thirst-quenching beverages delivered right to my door. I set up a delivery date for the day after we returned home from vacation!

I'm never heading to a big-box store again to lug home cases of water.

Fear of Missing Out

ReadyRefresh believes that hydration should never hinge on the inconvenience of restocking water supply. Having our favorite bottled water on hand, without hassle, keeps us in control of what we drink, and when. Because when we're thirsty, we should get to drink the beverage of choice—not fall victim to Fear of Running Out. With ReadyRefresh we will never suffer from the Fear of Running Out again.

ReadyRefresh did an experiment with the Younger family of Chicago, IL to see if FORO existed and the results are fascinating-–check it out here:

You’ve heard of the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO), right? Well, you might be suffering from the Fear of Running Out (FORO)—that nagging feeling you get when you're running low on everyday essentials like toilet paper, diapers, or pet food. When it comes to (the fear of running out)FORO of bottled water, you can keep your healthy hydration on track and put your distress to rest—ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé® to the rescue!

With customizable deliveries of thirst-quenching water–from sparkling to still, in the brands you love most–you’ll never experience FORO for bottled water again. I know my family is set as we will be receiving our regular ReadyRefresh deliveries all summer long. I ordered Ice Mountain bottled water in every bottle option available!

Visit ReadyRefresh.com #NoMoreFORO today to set up your summer deliveries!

I would love to hear about your Classic Summer Days of Road Trippin' and your Fear of Running Out (FORO) stories. Did you ration your water on vacation like I did? Be sure to use the hashtag #NoMoreFORO so I can read your stories. Follow ReadyRefresh℠ on Twitter and on Facebook to read more.

Classic Summer Days Road Trippin’ #NoMoreFORO

The best part about being on our vacation was the opportunity to spend dedicated time together. And the best thing we brought home from vacation was the memories we made together. Summer is all about relaxing, being outdoors, branching out, and breaking routine. We look out, we marvel at the horizon, we rediscover cities and find adventures. 

5 Places to Go This Summer

My family has been fortunate to travel to some really amazing locations on this great planet of ours. We have lived in China and presently live in one of the most fabulous cities in this nation - Chicago. Chicago has so much to offer us all year long.

But this summer we wanted to head out east in our nation and let the kiddos see some of these amazing cities. Most Americans take vacations in the summer and we wanted to leave as soon a the kids were out of school. Like 50 percent of our nation, we were headed out for an adventurous summer family vacation.

So we packed our bags, gassed up the SUV, unfolded our maps, (eh, input destinations into the GPS!), and we hit the road to visit some of best American sights.

Washington D.C.

Places to Go This Summer Washington D.C.

Our first stop was Washington D.C. This is one of the most-visited cities in the U.S., our nation's capital house. Literally this city is a trove of iconic monuments. We explored everything but the the White House(we were unable to secure a tour), the Lincoln Memorial, various memorials, Holocaust Museum and the Smithsonian Museums filled our five days. And the best part about D.C: Everything is free to visit(well, almost free)!

Places to Go This Summer Washington D.C.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Places to Go This Summer Philadelphia

Our second stop was Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to see the Liberty Bell! Philadelphia’s downtown area is a 25-block center city and is so super easy to navigate. Give thanks to William Penn’s great idea of creating grid streets and all the helpful “Walk! Philadelphia” signs!

New York City

Places to Go This Summer New York City
Places to Go This Summer New York City

Our third stop on our summer vacation to the east of this nation was New York City. We stayed right in the heart of Manhattan in Soho. Robust, Vibrant and Fun, but oh, so crazy busy!!  We wandered through Central Park, ate in great restaurants, and the highlight was Lady Liberty!

Places to Go This Summer New York City
Places to Go This Summer New York City

Watkins Glen State Park

Places to Go This Summer Watkins Glen State Park
Places to Go This Summer Watkins Glen State Park

Our fourth stop was a short one, but one I didn't think we should miss. Watkins Glen State Park is a small state park that has 19 waterfalls and is quite lovely to walk through. We spent several hours here and it was a highlight for my nature-loving daughters. 

Places to Go This Summer Watkins Glen State Park
Places to Go This Summer Watkins Glen State Park

Niagara Falls

Places to Go This Summer Niagara Falls
Places to Go This Summer Niagara Falls

Our final driving destination was to see Niagara Falls - from both sides. This is American's ultimate aquatic spectacle. We spent two days at Niagara Falls, on on the USA side and o on the Canadian side.  We did all the activities that are available on both sides and had a fabulous time.

Places to Go This Summer Niagara Falls
Places to Go This Summer Niagara Falls

All summer vacations are awesome! We took our children to these fabulous American spots for some superb summery memories!. This is going to be one summer vacation they will remember forever!

Places to Go This Summer Niagara Falls

Where is your favorite family summer vacation spot?

 

Where have you done it?

In the bathroom? Under the covers? Where have you done it?

Now, now, get your head where it should be. Firmly planted on your neck!

Where have you done it? #Netflix #Streamteam

Where is the craziest place you’ve done it?  Where do you sneak off to catch up on your favorite Netflix shows? Me, I simply plop down in my favorite chair after everyone has gone to sleep. My son, he will sit in the bathroom for an hour watching an episode. (by the way - what is up with teenage boys in the bathroom for such a long time??)

There’s no shame in cashing in on a little me-time. Mine just happens when everyone is sleeping because I am an insomniac! Yeah - lucky me! I literally can sit up all night long and watch something I have never eve heard of prior. My brother and I compare shows and tell each other what to watch on Netflix. (we both are non-sleepers)

My family just returned from a two-week vacation and yes, we brought Netflix with us! As long as the hotels had a television with an hdmi connection, we were golden. We discovered a new show to watch whilst we were away. Survivors -- have you seen it. It's long since been canceled, but we were able to enjoy the two season that we streamed.

Where have you done it? #Netflix #Streamteam

Summer is here and we will be streaming new shows and movies we have not had the opportunity to watch during our busy school year.

What will you be streaming on Netflix this summer? Or where is the craziest place you have streamed?

Disclosure: This post is part of my involvement as a Netflix #StreamTeam Member. All opinions are my own. #NetflixKids #Netflix #NetflixMoms Want to learn more about Netflix Streaming? Subscriptions start at $7.99/month. 

Great Gifts For Men JORD Wood Watch

I gave my husband a watch for a wedding present when we eloped in Jamaica 15 years ago and to this day, he still loves to receive a wrist watch as a gift. To say my husband has a wrist watch obsession would be an understatement. Some men collect golf clubs, mine collects wrist watches.

My husband's job takes him away from home often to some amazing locations across the globe. While he is away, he tends to come home with a new watch from whatever location he is traveling at that time. He has been able to obtain some watches that he would otherwise not have here in the states.

In today's busy electronic world, some men may have opted to leave the watch behind in place of the smartphone, but not my husband. He loves wrist watches and wears one at all times (I do as well for that matter). There really is something about the perfect timepiece that ties a man together, don't you think.

Lately, I have been looking for cool watches for him because he has so many different styles. This year for Father's Day I really wanted to locate unique men's watches to surprise him. My children want to gift him the best Father's Day gifts every year and I always want to find the best gifts for men so he has some bragging rights at the office.

My husband works hard and is the sole provider for our family. so, we want to reward him and remind him of all the amazing things he does for our family with a unique watch. I found the perfect gift idea for men in JORD wood watches.

Regardless of whether my husband is in a full suit or in khakis and a polo, JORD watches for men complete any outfit, for any occasion, on any day. JORD wood watches are the perfect men's designer watches that look totally different than your standard timepiece.

My kids and I selected the men's JORD wood watch from the DELMAR series in Dark Sandalwood & Blue Carbon. It is gorgeous!

JORD WOOD WATCH DELMAR series Dark Sandalwood & Blue Carbon

Some of the features in include a 44mm width, which is great because my husband is a big dude! The clasp is a double locking fold-over clasp and the mineral glass is scratch resistant for the days he wants to wear it whilst bike riding. The display shows in hours, minutes and seconds and is battery operated. The band is a natural dark sandalwood and simply gorgeous! JORD recommends to not swim in your wood watch and to clean with lemon oil extract.

If you want to get your favorite man a JORD watch, I have an E-gift code to use on the JORD website you can use at checkout to receive a $25 discount! There are only a limited amount of these available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Here is the E-gift code you can use: DADtiarastantrums25. I recommend the JORD wood watch from DELMAR series in any shade! They are all gorgeous!

Disclosure: I received a Jord watch in exchange for this post. All opinions are mine alone. |#jordwatch #uniquewatch #guygift #giftidea #dadgift #woodwatch