Cool Down With Easy Chocolate Slushies!

Cool Down With Easy Chocolate Slushies!

Chocolate Slushies

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Last year, I scored an awesome, new-in-box snow cone/ shaved ice maker at a garage sale.  It is so simple because you can freeze a block of ice and within a few hours, make a super smooth snow cone!  I did cave and buy some snow cone syrup but wow….that stuff has a TON of sugar and food dye, so we started using juice with our shaved ice.  

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See What’s New at SEA LIFE Aquarium – Grapevine – CLAWS!

See What's New at SEA LIFE Aquarium – Grapevine – CLAWS!

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This post has been brought to you by SEA LIFE Aquarium. All opinions are mine.

The boys have always been fascinated with life swimming in the sea.  We have taken them to SEA LIFE Aquarium in Grapevine, Texas, a few times now, and each time is so magical.  We discover new things each and every time we go….and this time was no different!  The new CLAWS! exhibit was so much fun for all of us.

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Encourage Confidence and Fun While Learning with Osmo at Best Buy

Encourage Confidence and Fun While Learning with Osmo

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The reviewer has received the product for free.

This summer has been speeding by!  It is so crazy how our days just slip by, whether they are filled with lots of activity or just relaxing all day.  We have had many busy days and a few lazy days.  I am thankful that they enjoy drawing, writing, and usually reading, but I also appreciate the help of educational toys and games.

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Enlist the Help of Others to To Avoid Running Out of Essentials (Featuring Chore Cards)

Enlist the Help of Others to Avoid the Running Out of Essentials (featuring Chore Cards)

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This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Walmart. All opinions are mine.

Summertime.  The long days, relaxing time with family and friends, no school, no worries, no problems….right?  No.  If you are a parent, you know that summer can be chaotic, tiring, and just hard.  The first few weeks of our summer were fun…Daddy went to camps and we went to visit family and the boys and I really had a good time together.  But then the Captain got sick and everything came to a halt.  I felt like I either had to entertain the boys the entire day or they would be stuck in front of a screen until I forced them to move.  So, I had to do something.  We still use the reward system based on good behavior from two summers ago, but that just is not enough.  The boys have been in school and need some sort of structure, even though all I want to do is fly by the seat of my pants.  It's what I do best, but it is not the best for the boys.

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Mommy Monday Linkup – Summer Crafts

Mommy Monday Link Up – Week 22 – Share A Summer Craft

Mommy Monday

Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a prompt based link up party with a theme.  We'll supply the prompts and you link up your related posts.  Anything and everything family friendly, old, new, even reviews and giveaways are welcome, as long as they relate to this week's prompt.

This Week's and Next Week's Prompt

This week's prompt is to share a summer craft.  Add your link to your post with this theme in the linky below.  

This will be the last Mommy Monday link up…at least for awhile.  Thank you all for linking up!

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The BFG Printables and Games

The BFG Printables and Games

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Coming to theaters July 1st is the Disney movie, "The BFG" (Big Friendly Giant.)  Three of the world's greatest storytellers, Roald Dahl, Walt Disney, and Steven Spielberg, come together for the first time to bring the classic book to the big screen.  Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s "The BFG" tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of "Giant Country."

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Crispy Breaded Chicken Tenders Will Be The Hit of Your Fourth of July Party!

Thank you Dare Crackers for sponsoring this post. Get summer party ready with Dare Crackers – your friends will thank you!

Crispy Breaded Chicken Tenders will be the Hit of your Fourth of July Party!

Crispy Breaded Chicken TendersI have fond memories of the Fourth of July.  Our extended family would always have a reunion, of sorts, at my grandmother's house.  Sometimes we went swimming, sometimes we would hang out and find cool stuff behind her house, but we would always eat lots of yummy food…of course!  From time to time, we have big Fourth of July get togethers now, and food is always a big part!  It is essential to have delicious food at your Independence Day party!

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Mommy Monday Link Up – Your Favorite Family Vacation

Mommy Monday Link Up – Week 21 – Share Your Favorite Family Vacation

Mommy Monday

Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a prompt based link up party with a theme.  We'll supply the prompts and you link up your related posts.  Anything and everything family friendly, old, new, even reviews and giveaways are welcome, as long as they relate to this week's prompt.

This Week's and Next Week's Prompt

This week's prompt is to share your favorite family vacation.  Add your link to your post with this theme in the linky below.  

Plan ahead!  Next week's prompt is: Share a nature or summer craft you do with your children.

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Safari Run – Get Active with the Kids This Summer…Indoors! {giveaway, too!}

Safari Run – Get Active with the Kids This Summer…Indoors!

Safari Run Plano, TX

I received free tickets and an opportunity to check out Safari Run. All opinions are mine.

The hot summer temps have hit Texas and unfortunately, they're here to stay until September.  Thankfully there is a brand new place to take the kids!  Opening June 19th, Safari Run is an air-conditioned, indoor activity and entertainment center for kids of all ages.  

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Jalapeño Dippers with Salsa Cream – Perfect For Your Summer BBQ! {giveaway, too!}

Jalapeño Dippers with Salsa Cream

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One thing I love about summer is grilling outdoors and having a summer BBQ!  We try to grill often and I love to come up with new recipes to accompany the traditional grilled veggies.  Hubby and I love a spicy kick to our food, so I created these amazingly delicious jalapeño dippers.  They are so easy and quick to make and go great with just about anything.  They would be great as an appetizer while the ribs cook, as a side for fajitas, or even a crispy, spicy burger addition!

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