Shop, Save Money, Save Lives – Let’s End Breast Cancer!

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We have traditions that we carry out through every holiday.  Christmas we have a big Christmas Eve party with family.  Halloween we visit the same neighborhoods for Trick or Treating.  For the 4th of July we watch fireworks downtown.

Soon, Memorial Day will be here and we have our own traditions for this special weekend too!  We always think about the fantastic and heroic military men, women and the families that love them.  With a brother in the military, it’s something that we think a lot about.  Family is important and so we always gather, BBQ and play games.  And then, the girls, oh us girls, we head shopping.

Memorial Day is a great time to snag a good deal.  And Coupons.com can help turn a good deal into a great deal. But right now, their deals are even better.  Because right now Coupons.com will be helping to save lives.  That’s right!  You can shop, save money and help to change the lives of so many others!

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Sale sign for summer clothes on a clearance rack with colorful summer outfits and accessories.

Want to know how?

Just head over to coupons.com/BCRF and use any offers on the page.  When you do, Coupons.com will give 10% of your pre-tax purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to help fund the critical breast cancer research needed to find a cure.  

Coupons.com will donate up to an ENTIRE YEAR’S worth of research hours – $104,350 (2,087 hours at $50/hour).  

That’s HUGE y’all! Let’s look to a future where breast cancer is history!

Coupons.com has some really fantastic participating retailers.  You are bound to find one that is perfect for your family!

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Some of my favorite deals include:

  • 20% off at Best Buy
  • Up to 65% off at Nordstrom
  • Buy 3 Get 3 FREE from Bath and Bodyworks
  • $10 off a $30 baby purchase at Kohl’s

Stack these coupons with Memorial Day sales and you just made a GREAT deal.  And a great deal that matters and will help raise funds for research to end breast cancer!  Coupons.com has cash back offers, coupon codes, and product deals for your favorite stores including Macy’s, Sephora, Gap, and more. With Memorial Day sales coming up, this is a great time to really save and give. The money from your purchase will go towards funding a year’s worth of breast cancer research hours, totaling at more than $104,000!

About Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $550 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis, making it one of the largest non-governmental funders of breast cancer research in the world. This year, BCRF is investing $58.6 million in research, to support 226 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents, including $11.6 million to the international Evelyn H. Lauder Founder’s Fund focused on metastasis. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible nonprofits. BCRF is the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch, and has been awarded Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars 13 times since 2002. For more information, please visit: www.bcrfcure.org.

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Get the Girls Together & See Pitch Perfect 2

The last day of school is coming and I’m not sure who is more excited …Joshua or me!? Summer around our house is time for sleeping in (and by sleeping in I mean until at least 7:00!), trips to the zoo, days at the pool, vacations and ice cream.  It’s not only a time for things to be a bit more relaxed, but my friends and I see each other so much more.

Why?  Because there are days that our kids need to get out of the house and play with our kids.  And there are those days that WE need to get out of the house too!  So we meet up and all is well with the world.  The kids are happy and we are happy.  :)

Do you meet up with your friends in the summer to get the kids together?  What do you usually do?

Our favorite thing to do is the pool.

Before we head out, I have to get prepared.  schick

A quick shower and using Schick shaving products make sure that there is no embarrassing missed spots!  I especially love the Skintimate shaving cream.  It smells so good and gives my skin extra moisturizer which it needs!  I use the Schick Intuition razor daily, but I’m quickly becoming a huge fan of the Hydro Silk Trimmer too.   It’s perfect for swimsuit season.  It’s time to rock your legs!

(And you can find all of these products at Meijer!  Get your groceries, beach towels, sunscreen & razors in one spot!)

Bacon French Toast Pull Apart Muffins

Then you need a good breakfast.  The kids love these Bacon French Toast Pull-Apart Muffins.  Heck, who am I kidding? I love them too!  You will need a good breakfast to get you through a day at the pool!

Gather your pool toys, beach towels, sunscreen, hats and cooler.  It’s time to head to the pool with your friends!  We spend all day splashing around, talking and watching the kids play.  It’s so much fun for us and the kids not only have a great time, but they get lots of exercise!  By the time we are heading home, they are usually asleep in the car before we even get to the house!

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Early night for the kids?  You bet!  But that doesn’t mean my day with friends has to end.  On our next pool day (already scheduled for next week!) is turning into a girls night out afterwards!  Dad’s will be in charge that night.  The girls and I are heading to the movies to see Pitch Perfect 2!

Have you seen the previews for this movie?  It looks hilarious!  The Barden Bellas are all about girl power, having fun and friendship.  I can’t think of a better group of ladies to go see Pitch Perfect 2 with than my friends!  Will you be seeing this movie?  All Pitch Perfect 2 Limited Edition Shave products will be available beginning April 2015 at drug and grocery stores nationwide.

Check out this super cool Rock Your Legs music video!

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Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls – Our Best Breakfast Recipe

Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls - Our Favorite Breakfast Recipe

Breakfast is the most important meals of the day.  And honestly, it’s the tastiest!  If I had to choose one meal to eat for the rest of my life, it would hands down, most definitely be breakfast.  Eggs and bacon, french toast, waffles, omelettes, bagels and cream cheese….oh man.

I love breakfast!

With all of the delicious options you have at breakfast, it is really hard for me to choose a favorite.  But if you twisted my arm I might just say cinnamon rolls.  And these stuffed cinnamon rolls are an absolute dream.  Seriously, you will be dreaming of them!

I also love the fact that you can stuff them with any kind of filling.  These are delicious with apple, strawberry, blueberry or even cherry.

Seriously, fill them with your favorite fruit and mmm….enjoy!

Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls - Our Best Breakfast Recipe
This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes! Use your favorite fruit filling to create your ultimate breakfast!
Ingredients
  • 2 teas. Yeast
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Warm Water
  • ¾ Cup + 4 teas. Milk
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • 3-4 Cups Flour
  • ½ teas. Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teas. Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Cherry Pie filling, pureed in a blender (Can substitute for other pie filling flavor)
  • ¾ Cup Powdered Sugar
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine the warm water, Sugar and yeast. Set aside.
  2. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, warm the ¾ cup milk until it is steaming but not simmering.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium low, add the butter and stir until melted. Remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm.
  4. In a mixing bowl combine 2 ½ cups of flour and salt.
  5. Slowly mix in the milk mixture then the egg.
  6. Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls - Our Favorite Breakfast Recipe
  7. Slowly add additional Flour until a dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  8. Place on a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth. Place back in the mixing bowl and cover. Set in a warm area and let rise 20 minutes. I use the oven with the light on.
  9. Preheat the oven to 375˚ (Remove the resting dough first.)
  10. Roll the dough out on a floured surface into about a 15x10 inch rectangle.
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  12. Sprinkle the rectangle with the Cinnamon.
  13. Spread the pie filling over the dough leaving a 1 inch gap along one of the long edges.
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  15. Roll the dough so you end up with a 15 inch roll. Pinch the seam to seal. You may need to remove some of the filling as you roll so the dough can be sealed.
  16. Cut the roll with a dough cutter or sharp knife into 12 rolls. I start by cutting it in half. Cut the halves in half, giving you 4 rolls. Cut those in thirds.
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  18. Place in a baking dish lined with parchment paper and bake at 375˚ until lightly browned, 20- 25 minutes.
  19. In small bowl Mix together the Powder sugar and 4 teas. Milk. Drizzle over the rolls and serve warm.

Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls - Our Favorite Breakfast Recipe

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5 Fun At Home Girls Night Out Ideas


5 Girls Night Ideas

Girls just wanna have fun.  And a night off.  And friends.  And relaxation.

Getting together with friends is good for your health.  (And no, I didn’t just make that up!  It’s true!  Mental and emotional health is just as important as physical health!) Whether you chose to meet up weekly, monthly, or every other month having some time to yourself (and your friends!) will quickly become a date that you look forward to.

Here are 10 fun and easy ideas for hosting a girls night out at home.  Remember while you are planning your day/evening to keep it simple.  Planning time with your friends shouldn’t become stressful!  It’s all about spending time together, laughing and having fun!

Girl's Night In: Spa Night

Theme: Spa

Who doesn’t love a good spa day?  Invite the girls over for manicures, pedicures and face masks.

You will need:

  • Nail polish
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail files
  • Face masks (You can purchase single use face mask packages for around $1 each at just about any store!  Pick a variety of fun different masks to try!)

Theme: Freezer Cooking

Why not get together with your friends and help each other save time and money?  Get the girls can all get together and quickly make a ton of meals to stock everyone’s freezer.  After all, cooking is more fun together right?

You will need:

  • Aluminum baking pans
  • Recipes (Plan ahead or have everyone bring their favorite)
  • Plastic bags
  • Ingredients

Girl's Night Craft Night

Theme: Craft Night

Pick out a fun DIY project on Pinterest and get your friends together to create some DIY amazing-ness.  No pressure!  Even if they turn into craft fails it will be a fun night of the giggles!

You will need:

  • Find a fun project on Pinterest
  • Craft supplies

Theme: Favorite Things Party

It’s time to unleash your inner Oprah.  Have each one of your girlfriends pick out one of their favorite things and bring enough for everyone.  But don’t tell what you brought!  The hostess will fill goodie bags for each guest with favorite items from all of the friends.  Take turns pulling an item out of the gift bag and guess who brought what.

You will need:

  • Gift bags

Theme: Game Night

Whether you choose Bunco, cards or even the kid’s Just Dance video game game night is always a winner!

You will need:

  • Game of your choice

One more thing you need! 

Wine!  One supply that every Girls Night Out (or In!) needs no matter what the theme is a great bottle of wine!  I always like to have a bottle of white and a bottle of red.  That way everyone is sure to have something the like.

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Speaking of finding something you like, recently I was sent wine from Ribera y Rueda.  This wine is from the heart of Spain with wines from the Ribera del Duero and Rueda region.  Ribera y Rueda wines are all about popping open a bottle for an outdoor soirée, a night on the couch or an unexpected food pairing.   Or for an amazing girls night!

I tried both a red and white wine and y’all…these were good!  I know that when I serve these at our next get together my friends are going to be really impressed.  In fact, I may end up being asked to host every girls’ night after this!

What is your favorite thing to do with your friends?

Find out more about wine pairings, a wine themed playlist or product locator here! 

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Marvel Avengers Birthday Idea: Hulk Cupcakes

DIY Hulk Cupcakes - Marvel Avengers Birthday Idea

With the new Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron movie that just came out, everything in my house is all about Captain America, Iron Man, and Joshua’s personal favorite, The Hulk!

To celebrate this awesome movie we just had to create some Hulk cupcakes!  (HULK SMASH!) These are the perfect treat to serve at your child’s next birthday party.  And trust me, while they look amazing, you can totally do this!  Everyone will be super impressed and get a kick out of the totally cool cupcakes.

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

The Supplies:

Now, if you have never used fondant before don’t be intimidated!  Think of it as clay or play-doh.  And we are going to break up the Hulk’s fist in really easy basic shapes that I promise, you can do!  (Remember rolling snakes in elementary school with the clay?  Yes?  Well, then I think you are going to be a fondant pro!)

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

1. Preheat your oven and prepare your cake mix according to the directions on the box.  Once the cake batter is prepared add a few globs of the icing color and mix well.

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

2. Bake according to the box directions in your purple cupcake liners.  Once baked, remove from the cupcake pan and allow to cool on a wire rack. Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

3. In a bowl, combine your frosting and add icing color to achieve the perfect purple color.  (I added the same amount that I added to the cake mix to keep it a consistent color.)  Frost your cupcakes and set aside.

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

4. Begin working on your Hulk fists by removing the fondant from the package and kneading it until it begins to soften.  Then create a round ball, flattening it just a bit.  This will serve as knuckle part of the fist.

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

5.  Your next piece is going to be the Hulk’s wrist area.  It should be a cylinder shape.

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

6. Alright, remember rolling those snake shapes?  We are going to do that again!  Take small pieces of fondant and roll them in your hands until you have 5 matching pieces.  These will be the fingers.

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

7. You are totally rocking this!  At this point you should have all of the pieces as seen in the photo above.

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

8. It’s time to start assembly.  Place the 4 fingers on the round ball shape piece that you made in step 4.  Gently apply pressure to the backside of the fingers to get the pieces to mold together.

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

9.  Then add the thumb to the side of the fist as shown.

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

10. You can add the details of the fist by using a craft stick or your finger.  Add nail beds, lines of the skin, etc.

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

11. Add 2 toothpicks into the wrist piece you made in step 5.  This will help keep the fist together and provide some extra stability when placed into the cupcakes.

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

12.  Add the top part of the fist onto the other end of the toothpicks.

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

13.  You did it!  Your fist is complete! Simply push into the tops of your cupcakes.

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

Ta da!  Hulk fist cupcakes!

Get awesome Avengers and Hulk party supplies here!

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Our friends over at Spaceships and Laser Beams has a super fun Hulk birthday party with lots of great ideas!

Marvel Avengers Birthday ideas: Hulk Cupcakes

Summer Fashion Outfit For Women

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When I saw this dress I just knew I had to have it!  I love maxi dresses.  They are flattering on just about everyone, easy to wear and super comfortable.  Just a few simple accessories and you have a very adorable outfit!  Bonus: You can purchase everything for only $82!

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Isn’t this dress the absolute cutest?  I love the fun print and while it is available in other colors this one is my favorite!  It has great reviews and is only $29.99!

Get the dress here! 

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I purchased these bracelets and I love them.  They are under $5.00 and a quick, inexpensive accessory!

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glasses

No summer outfit would be complete without some glasses.  I love the gold trim on this pair and the retro look.  Fun and cute!  Not to mention inexpensive!  That means no worries if you lose them at the beach.  Pick up an extra pair to stay prepared.

Get the glasses here!

handbag

Does anything say summer more than a straw handbag?  I don’t think so!  The neutral colors of this bag means that it can go with just about any outfit in your closet!

Get the handbag for $16.50 here!

necklace

This necklace has great reviews and at only $6.99 it’s a no brainer!  Bib necklaces are a huge trend right now and this pretty one is perfect for your jewelry collection!

Get the necklace here!

shoes

The tops of these sandals remind me of a Tory Burch design, however the $19 price tag doesn’t remind me of it at all!

Get the sandals here!

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It’s The #BeTheEnd Twitter Party!

Simple Ways You Can Give Back As A Family

You will be shopping anyways, so why not join forces with Coupons.com and help raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation?  It’s so easy to do and you get to save big from companies like Toms, Tory Burch, Macy’s, JCPenny, Kohl’s, Bath and Body Works and so many more!

To celebrate, we are hosting a #BeTheEnd Twitter Party!  We will also be giving away $300 worth of gift cards!

#BeTheEnd Twitter Party prizes include:

  • (4) winners will receive a $25 gift card to their choice of Target, Sears, Toys R Us, Home Depot, Sephora, American Eagle, Gap, or Kohl’s!
  • (1) Grand prize winner will receive a $200 gift card to Target!

WOW!!

Are you excited?  I am!

The party will be Thursday, May 21st from 1-2 PM (Eastern).  You MUST RSVP to be eligible to win.  RSVPing is easy!  First follow all of your party hosts so you don’t miss anything!

@MomsCheckIn
@its_a_fab_life
@sweetpennies
@spaceshipslb
@Optimistic_mama
@Coupons

Then, fill out this form so we know you are coming!  Then while you are tweeting, be sure to include #BeTheEnd with all of your tweets!

We can’t wait to tweet with you!  See you at the party!



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Throughout the month of May, shoppers will have access to qualified offers housed on a dedicated section of the Coupons.com site, www.coupons.com/BCRF. When shoppers use these offers to save, Coupons.com will donate 10% of the pre-tax transaction price to BCRF to help fund the critical breast cancer research needed to find a cure – totaling up to $104,350 (2,087 hours at $50/hour).

About Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Breast Cancer Research Foundation, or BCRF, has raised over a half billion dollars since 1993. The foundation seeks out the best and brightest individuals working in medicine and science and gives them the tools to make advancements in the field of breast cancer research. This year alone, BCRF is investing nearly $60 million in research to support 226 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents. The mission of BCRF “is to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research

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Easy Ways To Give Back To Others For The Whole Family

Simple Ways You Can Give Back As A Family

Giving to others is something that we can all do!  Whether you invest time, money or just a smile, they all matter!  This week on Moms Check In we are talking all about easy ways to give to others – things we can all do, including the kiddos!  And if that wasn’t awesome enough, Coupons.com has joined forces with us to bring you the #BeTheEnd Twitter party next Thursday, May 21st from 1-2 PM Eastern.  You will want to RSVP here to be eligible to win one of five gift cards.  We are giving away $300 worth of gift cards away to places like Target, Kohl’s, Sears and more!

Why Coupons.com?  This month, Coupons.com makes it even simpler to give back. And the best part? You can give back to a worthy cause and save some money shopping at your favorite stores. All you have to do is go to Coupons.com/BCRF and use any offer on the page. When you do, Coupons.com will give 10% of your purchase price to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The math is simple: let’s say you buy your family some new clothes at Kohl’s for the summer. You total pre-tax price is $100. Thanks to your purchase, Coupons.com will donate $10. You can now feel good knowing that your purchase is helping to find a cure for breast cancer.

Coupons.com has cash back offers, coupon codes, and product deals for your favorite stores including Macy’s, Sephora, Gap, and more. With Memorial Day sales coming up, this is a great time to really save and give. The money from your purchase will go towards funding a year’s worth of breast cancer research hours, totaling at more than $104,000!

Simple Ways You Can Give Back As A Family

Be sure to RSVP to be eligible to win!

About Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Breast Cancer Research Foundation, or BCRF, has raised over a half billion dollars since 1993. The foundation seeks out the best and brightest individuals working in medicine and science and gives them the tools to make advancements in the field of breast cancer research. This year alone, BCRF is investing nearly $60 million in research to support 226 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents. The mission of BCRF “is to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.”

 How We Love To Give Back

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A great way to give back and make a big impact in your community is through food pantries and shelters. You can volunteer your time and non-perishable food items to your local food pantry. Many people rely on the help they receive at their local food pantry to keep their family fed that month. At shelters, families can receive not only a place to stay but toiletries and clothing. {Did you know that socks are the most needed and least donated clothing item at shelters?} Check with your local pantry or shelter to find out the items they need, the hours you can volunteer there or how you can increase awareness and support in your community. Be the change you want to see!

– Stephanie is the mom to Sam and the author of Spaceships and Laser Beams.  If you ever need party ideas her site is the place to visit!  Specializing in all things boy, it’s full of inspiration!  Follow her on Twitter here!

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A simple way that we love to give back is by donating gently used toys to drives or to local schools and churches. Right now, we have a local town cleanup going on that we want to participate in. That’s a great way to give back to our community and feel like we’re doing something important that will make a difference. Giving of your time is important too, especially in your own community!

– Jenni is the mom of one and the author of Sweet Pennies From Heaven.  A hearth and home website, Sweet Pennies From Heaven focuses on recipes, crafts and creating a comfortable home.  Follow her on Twitter here!

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 I think that it’s so important to not only to give back, but to teach your kids about giving back! We do a lot of family friendly things to get Joshua engaged in helping others. This weekend he is planning on running a lemonade stand to help raise money for charity. We’ve also donated books he’s outgrown to classrooms at school. One of our favorite things to do is participating in 5K walks. It’s fun to do (some are super creative!) and they support awesome causes!

– Amanda is the mom to Joshua and owns It’s a Fabulous Life.  If you are looking for a one stop place for all things mom, It’s a Fabulous Life is it!  Full of recipes, fashion, DIY projects, recipes and parenting articles it’s the place for all of Mom’s favorites to come together!  Follow her on Twitter here!

How do you give back?

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It’s easy to give back. Sure you can donate your time or money, but it can also be as simple as picking up some litter at the park or properly recycling your garbage. This month, Coupons.com makes it even simpler to give back. Best of all, you can do so and save some money shopping at your favorite stores. All you have to do is go to Coupons.com/BCRF and use any offer on the page. When you do, Coupons.com will give 10% of your purchase price to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Simple math: buy a $100 handbag and Coupons.com will donate $10 to BCRF.  Coupons.com has cash back offers, coupon codes, and deals for your favorite stores including Macy’s, Sephora, Gap, and more. With Memorial Day sales coming up, this is a great time to really save and give. The money from your purchase will go towards funding a year’s worth of breast cancer research hours, totaling at more than $104,000!

Don’t forget to RSVP for the #BeTheEnd Twitter Party!

Simple Ways You Can Give Back As A Family

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Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Idea: Make An Anti-Gravity Cake

Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Idea: Make an Anti-Gravity Cake

Last week my baby turned 12.  EEK.

Twelve.  

Oh.my.gosh.

Just about the only thing that I was sure of about this whole birthday thing was the cake.  A while ago (a long while ago) I saw on Pinterest anti-gravity cakes.

Anti-Gravity Cake - this is awesome!

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Anti-Gravity Cake - this is awesome!

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Anti-Gravity Cake - this is awesome!

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Anti-Gravity Cake - this is awesome!

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Anti-Gravity Cake - this is awesome!

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Anti-Gravity Cake - this is awesome!

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Aren’t those amazing?  While they are totally out of my league, I knew I wanted to create an anti-gravity cake for Josh for his birthday.

Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Idea: Make an Anti-Gravity Cake

I think it came out pretty cool, if I do say so myself.  And it was really easy!

Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Idea: Make an Anti-Gravity Cake

And Josh loved it.

Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Idea: Make an Anti-Gravity Cake

You will need:

  • A cake (I purchased one from the store.  No need to make this harder than it has to be after all!)
  • Icing
  • A marshmallow
  • Candy (I used Hershey bars and M&M’s – but use your favorite!)
  • A wooden skewer

Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Idea: Make an Anti-Gravity Cake

The longest part of the cake decorating was probably unwrapping the candy bars!

Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Idea: Make an Anti-Gravity Cake

Add a bit of icing to the back of the candy bar and stick it to the perimeter of the cake.

Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Idea: Make an Anti-Gravity Cake

Leave an opening on the cake for the candy to ‘fall out’.

Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Idea: Make an Anti-Gravity Cake

If there are any details on the cake that you don’t want, just use a knife and scrape it off.  Our cake had flowers and those weren’t really 12-year-old-boy-cool.

Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Idea: Make an Anti-Gravity Cake

Patched with a little frosting and we were good as new.

Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Idea: Make an Anti-Gravity Cake

Empty out the bag of candy.  It’s important to get a bag that has a resealable zipper.  I used two wooden skewers and put a marshmallow on one end to hold them together.  Then, stick the marshmallow end in the empty candy bag, seal it up and push the other end on the cake.  (The bag in this picture ended up being too heavy so I switched it for a lighter bag.)

Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Idea: Make an Anti-Gravity Cake

Then ice the skewer on the areas you can see and stick candy to it.  This will be your ”candy waterfall”.

Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Idea: Make an Anti-Gravity Cake

Create a path of candy that cascades out of the opening you made on the front of the cake.

Easy Birthday Cake Decorating Idea: Make an Anti-Gravity Cake

Ta da!  Make a wish!  This cake is sure to be a hit!  Just be prepared for family and friends to start asking you to make cakes for them too!

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Easy Dinner Idea: Meatball Stuffed Shells

Easy Dinner Idea: Meatball Stuffed Shells

What’s for dinner at your house this week?  We are having this super easy dish to whip up.  It’s simple to make, inexpensive and beyond delicious.  This recipe uses frozen meatballs to make it quick and easy for even the busiest weeknight, but you can always make homemade meatballs if you wish.

Another awesome thing about this recipe is that it freezes really well!  A batch of these are great to have on hand for lunches or just a quick to make dinner.

Easy Dinner Idea: Meatball Stuffed Shells

Easy Dinner Idea: Meatball Stuffed Shells
Meatball Stuffed Shells
Freezer friendly. Budget friendly. Delicious. Easy. These meatball stuffed shells meet all of my requirements!
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Easy Dinner Idea: Meatball Stuffed Shells
Meatball Stuffed Shells
Freezer friendly. Budget friendly. Delicious. Easy. These meatball stuffed shells meet all of my requirements!
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Make pasta as directed on the box. Drain. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix Ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and 1 egg.
    Easy Dinner Idea: Meatball Stuffed Shells
  3. Spread a layer of marinara sauce on the bottom of a baking dish.
  4. In each shell, add cheese mixture and a frozen meatball.
    Easy Dinner Idea: Meatball Stuffed Shells
  5. Place in the baking dish.
    Easy Dinner Idea: Meatball Stuffed Shells
  6. Cover with a layer of Marinara sauce.
    Easy Dinner Idea: Meatball Stuffed Shells
  7. Top with mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese as well if desired.
    Easy Dinner Idea: Meatball Stuffed Shells
  8. Bake for 45 minutes.
    Easy Dinner Idea: Meatball Stuffed Shells
  9. Enjoy!
    Easy Dinner Idea: Meatball Stuffed Shells
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Note: If you would like to freeze the shells, simply pre-cook the shells, stuff and place on a cookie sheet until frozen.  Then transfer to a Ziploc bag.  This will allow you to take as many as you would like.  You can also follow the recipe and make the shells in a disposable aluminum baking pan.  Just don’t cook and instead place in the freezer.  I like to cover the top with aluminum foil (over the lid) for an extra layer of protection in the freezer!

Easy Dinner Idea: Meatball Stuffed Shells

 

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