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Why You Need the Petcube for Your Home

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Why You Need the Petcube for Your Home

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The Petcube Play is a small device that allows you to speak, play and watch your pets from your smartphone anytime. The Petcube offers 1080p HD video, night vision, 2-way audio, and laser. Also available in multiple colors like this rose gold to blend in seamlessly into your home décor.

We should begin with some background of my pets. Today, my models are Chance and Sandy. Chance is a lab-boxer mix with some serious separation anxiety issues. Sandy is my sons ferret who thinks she is cat.

Chance is the perfect dog – obedient, protective, sweet and well mannered….. while we are home. Once we leave the house, he is a completely different dog. Here is a list of some damage that has occurred while home alone:

  • Has ripped apart not one but 4 sets of wooden blinds. I gave up on blinds and now just have curtains.
  • Has torn the framework/molding off the door leading into the garage. We had to completely replace it all.
  • Has gnawed apart not one but 3 door knobs. I don’t even know how he accomplishes this.
  • Countless loafs of bread, boxes of crackers and so on have gone completely missing with just a small shred of the box left as evidence.

I am sure if I sat here for a bit longer, I could think of many, many more damages that have occurred while we have been out. The Petcube Play gives us the opportunity to spy on our dog while we away. I downloaded the Petcube app on my smartphone and connected the device within seconds to stream a live feed where I can play with the laser or speak to him. Pretty cool, right?

Here is some live footage testing out the Petcube Play while I was in the other room to see how Chance would react. You can see that my daughter had equally as much fun playing with the Petcube! The picture and sound quality is great and the laser is easy to handle from your smartphone. Check it out below:

 

 

Sandy got some playtime too. She is a busy little ferret with loads of energy. My son as curious what she does at night while everyone is sleeping. We propped up the Petcube to overlook the cage to take a peak in at her. The night picture quality is great! We tried to play with the laser but she wasn’t all that interested in it. She was curious for a moment and went back to the hammock to nap. Check out the footage below:

 

Why You Need the Petcube for Your Home

My overall impression on the Petcube Play is that it is a really fun product for pet owners. You can check on your pets while at work and say hello or play with them during your lunch hour with the laser. The Petcube always also acts as a simple security system and will alert you with new movement which is nice while you are away from the home to have notification if something is going on. You can log into the live feed and see what the Petcube sees at anytime.

There is also a large Petcube community within the app. Once you have created your account, you can connect with other pet owners or keep private. I was hesitant at first about connecting by device within the community but I realized you can set it as private and share it with only people you approve.

Check out the Petcube website HERE for more information on the different products offered!

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How to Host an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

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How to Host an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

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Summertime has arrived and family fun time is on the agenda! Friday nights have been designated as our family movie night for many years. It is my way to bring the family together to bond and well…. have everyone in the same room for a moment of time. Moms, I know you understand that one.  During the summer, it is so easy to take the movie outside and lounge with snacks and watch a fun movie on a big screen. We are hosting an awesome outdoor movie night and I am sharing with you 11 tips of movie night success beginning with the snacks. We aren’t just grabbing any snack though. OREO Sandwich Cookies is what I love to buy for my family to take movie night to the next level.

#EnterTheWonderVault ,#CollectiveBias , AD , outdoor movie night, family night I found some amazing OREO Sandwich Cookie flavors at my local Kroger store. OREO Wonder Vault flavors include Red Velvet, Birthday Cake, Cinnamon Bun and Salted Caramel. Visit the Wonder Vault page to find out more!

Don’t forget about the MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bars that I found while in the check out line! Find your local Kroger/Kroger Family of Stores to get your OREO sandwich cookies.

Click HERE to locate your favorite wonder vault flavors from Kroger and make sure to use the following BOGO offer:

Buy one Wonder Vault flavor OREO and get a free MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bar at Kroger grocers (offer valid 6/14 – 6/20).

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Hey moms! Don’t miss out on the OREO Wonder Vault and MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bar store demonstration live at participating Kroger grocers 6/15-6/18. The in-store Kroger demos will provide Kroger-exclusive recipes, fun facts about the history of OREO, information on Wonder Vault OREO flavors and the new MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bar, plus more!

#EnterTheWonderVault ,#CollectiveBias , AD , outdoor movie night, family night How to Host an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

Whether you are having a family night or a neighborhood get together, I have 11 tips on how to host an awesome outdoor movie night! Outdoor projectors and screens can get expensive. Keep in mind that your family does not care if you spent $50 or $2,000 on your outdoor movie night. You can make this night affordable and memorable no matter your budget. It is all about he little things in life, is it not? Family outdoor movie nights is an activity that your children will remember forever. That what this motherhood stuff is all about! Here are a few tips to help your family create those great memories:

  1. Pick up OREO Sandwich Cookies in your favorite wonder vault flavor. Last year I found the OREO Red Velvet and they are heavenly! I have been keeping an eye out for them every since. The crème filling in the center reminds me of the cream cheese frosting on my favorite red velvet cupcakes. OREO Salted Caramel may be on the way to beating out my favorite Red Velvet though!
  2. Grab some MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bars because let’s be honest, what is movie night without a candy bar involved? Since MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bars are new, you may be wondering what they taste like. You get crunchy bits of OREO, a delicious crème filling and rich MILKA Chocolate Candy. MILKA is one of Europe’s leading chocolate brands, made with milk from the European Alps. You love OREO Sandwich Cookies and love good chocolate (who doesn’t)? I just found your new favorite candy bar. I was really impressed with how crunchy the OREO bits were inside the filling. Amazing!
  3. Get the popcorn popping. I realize my top 3 tips of movie night success involve food. I’m a foodie… clearly. #EnterTheWonderVault ,#CollectiveBias , AD , outdoor movie night, family night
  4. Find a projector. If you don’t already own a projector, I recommend looking for a projector with a LED lamp for a longer life. Longer life equals more outdoor movie nights and the kids will want more! Also, consider what you will be connecting the projector to. Your phone, laptop, or something else? Make sure the projector will connect to the device you will be using before making the purchase. I went with a projector that was super affordable, 1080p resolution, LED, capability to connect with multiple devices and recommended for outdoor use.
  5. You need a white screen. There are many types of screens in all different dimensions you can purchase to fit your needs. You will want to look at what your projector recommends as a screen size to avoid a blurry picture. Don’t feel like you have to spend tons of money either! You can make one for free. We used a white sheet that we already owned for our screen today. The trick is to make sure your sheet is clean and pulled as tight as possible. Place the screen anywhere that is convenient. On the back of your house, in the middle of the yard, draped from the deck or whatever you can think of.
  6. Set up a cart or table with snacks and drinks. Yes, I’m talking about food again. It is a very important subject. I have a 3 tier cart that held water bottles at the bottom with ice, fun bags of popcorn in the middle and more snacks at top. Grab some small snack cups to help keep serving sizes in check. Two OREO Sandwich Cookies fit perfectly into one of these snack cups. #EnterTheWonderVault ,#CollectiveBias , AD , outdoor movie night, family night
  7. Find comfy seating for everyone.  We brought down the patio furniture to the fire pit area so we had cushions, pillows and a level surface for the furniture. You can use lounge chairs, sleeping bags, blankets or whatever you have on hand. Invite the neighbors over too and tell them to bring their own chairs for a fun night with friends.
  8. Find speakers that connect with your projector or device being used. You need good sound but be cautious of any neighbors that may not be happy with the noise outside. You want good speakers but not THAT good. Be courteous and neighborly.
  9. Make sure to keep the bugs away! Use bug spray or citronella candles because mosquitos aren’t invited to this movie night. #EnterTheWonderVault ,#CollectiveBias , AD , outdoor movie night, family night
  10. Pick the perfect movie. More vivid and colorful movies will appear on the projector screen better than others. Find a movie that has bright colors and fun for the family. Also, consider that the movie is outside where neighbors may hear pieces of the movie so keep it family friendly and appropriate for all ages.
  11. The projector will work better the darker it is. Turn off any outdoor lights and wait until dark to hit play. Although, you can get the party started earlier like we did with setting up the seating, snacks and a double feature. #EnterTheWonderVault ,#CollectiveBias , AD , outdoor movie night, family night You have my tips now for hosting an awesome outdoor movie night! So make your outdoor movie plans for this weekend and have a blast. Don’t forget the OREO Sandwich Cookies to make your life “wonderfilled”!

 Which OREO Sandwich Cookies Wonder Vault flavor will you start with?

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Quiet Time, Poop, and Collage Layouts

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Quiet Time, Poop, and Collage Layouts

The push from lunch to quiet time often feels like the last leg of a tough race or long training run. I just keeping talking myself through the next minute or next task…”ok, just need to keep them from killing each other for the next five minutes…” and “just a few more stairs to climb with this fighting, wiggling toddler under my arm…” and then the big sigh of relief as I cross the finish line…or close the bedroom door.  Click. Sigh.

Then it is my time.  My time to paint or do collage work. The minute I move into my studio space, I can feel the tension flow away and the trials of motherhood vanish.

One day, after a particularly difficult battle to quiet time, I prepared to start laying out collage backgrounds for two big commission pieces. These large pieces take quite a bit of time and concentration and I was excited to have two hours to myself to really get to work.  Oh, silly woman…you’re such a dreamer…..

Twenty minutes after putting Lucas in his room, he erupts in hysterical screams….I quickly and carefully put down the papers I was holding, hoping they wouldn’t shift in my haste, and go to my son’s room to discover he had poop all over his fingers.  Oh boy.  We really haven’t had many issues with poop in our household.  No wall paintings, only one failed attempt at self-changing, very few accidents.  We’ve been fortunate.  Ok, time to go back to mommy mode and get this hysterical child cleaned up and calmed down.  I did what needed done, plopped him on the potty to finish what he started and gave him a car to help him regain composure.  Poop on your fingers is pretty traumatizing.  I would be screaming hysterically too.

Twenty minutes later (he takes a ridiculous amount of time on the toilet), Lucas informs me he is done, so I start thinking to myself that I just might be able to salvage this quiet time and finish some of the work I started.  Huh.  I got Lucas cleaned up and as I was lifting him off the toilet, he drops his hot wheels car into the toilet.  Yep.  The poopy water toilet.  I’m not talking just a log.  It was diarrhea style poop.  At first, I contemplated just trying to flush the stupid thing, but quickly realized that would lead to further disaster.  Lucas is whimpering and whining about his car and I’m just about to lose my lunch as I go in after the car.   I’m actually getting a little queasy retelling this story.  Rescuing Lucas’s car was by far the most disgusting task I’ve ever had to do thus far.  I didn’t puke, but I certainly wasn’t feeling very creative anymore.  Forget collage layouts, forget quiet time…. Momma needs to breathe into a paper bag for a while and then use the rest of quiet time for a scathing hot shower.

Here’s to hoping that tomorrow’s quiet time includes a little more collage time and a little less poop.  Please, Lord.  Please.

-Amelia, Leggings ‘N’ Lattes guest contributor

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More about our Guest Contributor, Amelia:

I grew up in rural, central Pennsylvania amidst pastoral scenes of farms, fields, and forests.  Nature has captured my attention for as long as I can remember.  Visual arts were also a dominant force in my life from an early age.  After graduating with a degree in visual art from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2003, I began to explore how I could use paint to express my love of the natural world.  

My background in printmaking and illustration has heavily influenced the direction of my work.  I work in a combination of paper collage, text and thin layers of acrylic paint. Using a selection of documents, vintage images, handwritten text, and symbols associated with the painted image, I remind the viewer that places and objects have many layers of meaning, memory, and beauty.

My work is displayed throughout the United States in traditional and non-traditional venues and my work can be found in private collections nationwide.  I call Loveland, Colorado home and live with my (amazing) husband and two sons (they are pretty great too).  

To learn more about me and my work, visit www.ameliafurman.com and follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

 

18 Avocado Recipes

18 Avocado Recipes

18 Avocado Recipes

We have an awesome round up of recipes from around the web today with these 18 Avocado Recipes! I have to admit. I have somewhat of an obsession with avocados. Avocado everything! Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Smoothies, tacos, desserts, sauces, dressings, pasta, sandwiches. If it has avocado, I will eat it!

Avocados are a super healthy food loaded with potassium, healthy fats, fiber and no cholesterol or sodium. Some people are wary of avocado because of the high fat content. However, monounsaturated fatty acids is heart healthy, reduces inflammation and maybe reduce your risk of cancer.  Here are some great recipes to help you incorporate avocado into your diet.

 

BLT Stuffed Avocado from Wholesome Yum. A remix of your favorite BLTA dish.

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BLT Stuffed Avocado

Chocolate Avocado Brownies from The Shirley Journey. These brownies look so fudgy and delicious with only a few basic ingredients needed.

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Chocolate Avocado Brownie recipe

 

Garlic Avocado Pasta from Bless Her Heart Ya’ll.  Pasta, garlic and avocado…. my favorites rolled into one dish.

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Garlic Avocado Pasta

 

Creamy Avocado Bomb Sauce from Simply Made Recipes. The avocado sauce for everything!

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creamy avocado sauce

 

Avocado Egg Rolls from Savory Tooth. Fried, crispy and delicious appetizer.

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avocado egg rolls

 

Zucchini and Avocado Grilled Cheese from Stacey Homemaker. I’m drooling over this one!

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Zucchini and Avocado Grilled Cheese

Get more great Avocado Recipes

 

Avocado Pasta Salad from Spend with Pennies.

Mexican Corn Avocado Tomato Salad from Fancy Shanty.

Avocado Pesto without a blender from Rhian’s Recipes.

Avocado Tacos with Boom Boom Sauce from Simply Made Recipes.

Strawberry Avocado Smoothie from Mama Likes to Cook.

Sundried Tomato and Avocado Roll Ups from The Starving Chef.

Greek Grilled Avocados from Tammilee Tips.

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream Frosting from Leave No Leftovers.

Spicy Avocado Quinoa Stack from Stacey Homemaker.

Easy Avocado Salsa from My Montana Kitchen.

Avocado Margarita Recipe from Tammilee Tips.

Avocado Deviled Eggs from Courtney’s Sweets.

 

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Mom Style : PinkBlush Magenta Sash Tie Wrap Maxi Dress

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Magenta Sash Tie Wrap Maxi Dress

This shop was given this dress as part of the PinkBlush Ambassador program. This item was personally picked by me and all opinions are mine alone.

I am excited to announce I  was selected to be part of the PinkBlush Ambassador program and am wearing this Magenta Sash Tie Wrap Maxi Dress from their boutique. If you have never heard of PinkBlush, you are missing out! PinkBlush is a trendy online boutique for woman that also offers maternity and plus sizes. You can find gorgeous dresses for any occasions, beautiful tops, trendy shoes, accessories and more! The clothes are feminine, comfortable and seriously affordable.

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Magenta Maxi DressMagenta Sash Tie Wrap Maxi Dress is a solid color maxi dress that is vibrant and a perfect staple for any closet. This dress has a nice deep v cut, sash that ties around the waist and flows perfectly around the hips down to the floor. The cut is very slimming and will hide any problem areas you may be self conscious of. This dress can be worn to a more formal event like a wedding reception with wedges or pumps accessorized with simple jewelry and bracelet with an amazing up-do. You could also wear this dress to stroll around the zoo with the kids in sandals and a great statement necklace with hair down.

I am wearing a size small. I am 5’3” and around 115 pounds to give you an idea of what size you may want. The dress was slightly loose but still flowed around my curves beautifully. I had on 4 inch wedges and the dress dropped perfectly to the floor. It is the type of dress that you could let drag slightly though because of how it hangs and I will wear it in the future with flat sandals.

This Sash Tie Wrap Maxi Dress does come in many different color or floral options with different sleeve lengths. I picked this magenta because the color works great for all skin tones. I have very fair skin and you can see from these photos, the color does not wash me out or take over in the slightest. Also very flattering color for both blonde or brunette hair color.

Magenta Maxi Dress

 

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We went shopping at the Streets of West Chester, an small outdoor mall with shops, coffee, food and more. I wore some simple gold and white drop earrings, a gold bracelet and wedges. I recently bought a new wave iron for my hair so I curled my hair, scrunched with some salt spray and put a bobby pin in to keep my hair out of my face. I love how comfortable this dress is and how it can be easily be dressed up or down for many occasions.

Shop with PinkBlush and get this gorgeous Sash Tie Wrap Maxi Dress by clicking HERE.

Magenta Maxi Dress

 

Magenta Maxi DressMy mini wore an adorable kimono today and I tried to get her in some photos but she was not having it! The second the camera is put away though, she starts posing. Oh boy!

How will you wear this beautiful Magenta Sash Tie Wrap Maxi Dress from PinkBlush?

Magenta Maxi Dress

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FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription

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FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription goodies revealed! This is my first FabFitFun box and I had to get it with all the buzz around these subscription boxes. Let me tell you… it is a keeper! Especially when you go through and start pricing out the cost of these products individually. Even if you only love 2 items in the whole box, you are still getting a good deal. There was only item I wasn’t thrilled about in my box and I will tell you more about that below.

Grab yours HERE.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Briogeo Rosarco Milk is a leave in conditioner that retails for about $20. Why this product rocks: Cruelty free, organic, sulfate free, paraben free, safe for color or chemically treated hair. Great for dry and damaged hair.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Emerald Duv  “Joshua Tree ” Cage Bracelet. A beautiful statement bracelet that is lightweight and made in the USA. Retails for $80 and is currently out of stock on the Emerald Duv website.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Deborah Lippmann nail polish retails around $14 a piece. You get a gorgeous blue shade and a great white for French tips. So perfect for Spring and summer.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription RealHer Lip Kit retails for $48 on their website. Now, this is the one product I did not care for in my spring subscription box. The lipstick really dried out my lips. Plus, the color is off for my skin tone. I prefer nude tones for my lips. Not a win for me. The packaging ton this product is awesome though and they never test on animals. Plus they donate a large portion of profits to charity. Really neat company but this specific product was not for me.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription The Milly Clutch was out of stock everywhere I looked. It retails for $20 plus as far as I can tell. There are different sayings on the clutches and I love that I received the Beach Please clutch. So fun.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription My favorites from the FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription:

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin and Nails Gummies in strawberry flavor. These are so delicious and retail for around $10 so I am sure to pick these up again. My nails are looking drab right now so I am hoping for a little health boost in the nail department with these babies.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion age defying exfoliator goes for $79 on their website. Yes, you read that right. $79. This was the favorite product in my box. It feels so good on the skin. It has a very calm citrus scent and left my skin so smooth. I have very sensitive skin and this product left my skin looking great. No blemishes. Not even a blackhead from using this product.

Gypsy round blanket is the reason I bought this box. I knew I had to have it this summer for our vacations on the beach. So darn cute. The Gypsy website is sold out the product but I am seeing it for retail around $40. Although, there are many blankets like it such as this one HERE on Amazon.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Karuna Hydrating face mask comes in a pack of 4 and retails around $28. I left the mask on for about 30 minutes while browsing my Instagram feed… I am mean working. Left my face looking bright and refreshed. Did not cause blemishes or anything with my skin. Just left it smooth and hydrated.

The Summer FabFitFun Subscription box are rolling here shortly! Visit FabFitFun and get in on the fun! Use referral code http://xo.fff.me/eoDth so they know who sent you.

2017 Swimsuit Guide

2017 Swimsuit Guide

2017 Swimsuit Guide

2017 Swimsuit Guide is here.  I have been buying Victoria’s Secret swimsuits for years. Last April, the company announced they would no longer be in the swim business and will be using the space to sell more active wear. My heart is broken. So I searched all over the internet to find where and what to buy this summer! Here is over one hundred amazing swimsuit ideas!

Below is an idea list for the mommas out there who aren’t afraid to show some skin. Most these swimsuits will fantastic on thin body types or those with smaller chest sizes. I especially love the extra lines on much of these but think about tan lines when shopping.

I fit into the category of more coverage but still love wearing a bikini. All the swimsuits below are mommy appropriate and have a little extra support and material. There are some really cute one piece numbers also that do not look frumpy. I personally have a hard time with the one piece look because I am short and have a larger chest so I need an xs swimsuit with a large sized chest. Never works out well but I am still on the hunt for the perfect one.  I love the higher waists and floral patterns. When you look for a swimsuit with more coverage, sometimes buying by your bra size is the best bet to make sure everything stays in place, especially if you have a larger chest.

All us mommas need a great cover up or two for the beach or pool. Chasing after kids all day and bending over, you want to make sure you are comfortable and not feel like you are exposing all the goods to the public. Plus, they are adorable and stylish. The kimono is my favorite cover up and multi functional. Wear them out and about with some skinny jeans and tank top or hanging out by the pool watching the kids swim.

 

Which of these styles from our 2017 Swimsuit Guide is your favorite?

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Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Frosting time! I love peanut butter. Love, love, love it. There is no better combination than chocolate and peanut butter in a dessert.

Peanut Butter Frosting

This frosting is so simple to make. The only trick to making this frosting, or really any frosting, is to make sure you use room temperature butter. This helps get that smooth and creamy texture perfect for frosting cupcakes or cakes.

Peanut Butter Frosting

For frosting cupcakes or cakes, I always use a large tip. Any of the Wiltons large tip set will work.  To frost a cupcake, make a small dollop in the middle and then make a swirl starting at the edges and going towards the center. Sprinkle some fun chocolate chips or sprinkles and done. Easy as that.

Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut butter and chocolate is basically perfect together. For these chocolate cupcakes, I used a cake box mix and added an extra egg, swapped vegetable oil with butter and used milk. Plus, I like to add a packet of instant chocolate pudding for an extra chocolate taste. Add the peanut butter frosting and you have one heck of a dessert. You can also try a cake like this one from Simply Made Recipes, Triple Chocolate Cake with peanut Butter Frosting. You are seeing that correctly, triple chocolate. Yummy.

Peanut Butter Frosting

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Peanut Butter Frosting
 
Simple peanut butter frosting for cupcakes and cakes.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • ½cup heaving cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1.5 cups creamy peanut butter, creamy
Instructions
  1. Gather ingredients, hand or stand mixer, frosting bag and tip, measuring cups and a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add room temperature butter to your mixing bowl with peanut butter. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add in a cup of confectioners sugar and .5 cup heavy cream and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the remaining confectioners sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and mix again until you have a creamy, smooth frosting.
  5. Place into your frosting bag with tip and frost away!

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Peanut Butter Frosting

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10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

{+ Cupcake Recipe}

My daughter is turning 2 years old and we are throwing a party and sharing 10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party !

#1 ) Have your child pick a theme and colors! We are focusing on Minnie Mouse today because my daughter is literally obsessed with all things Minnie. Where do these obsessions come from? She saw a Minnie Mouse one day in the store and for the past 4 months, everything from shoes, shirts to stuffed animals and toys have to be Minnie Mouse. Minnie Mouse was an obvious theme for this year and so we had to pick colors. Pinks, black, and white were some nice complimentary colors to go with. Pick at least 3 colors. One dark, one light and one bright for contrast and fun. Some great places to go for party supplies are Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby and Target. Amazon is also a great place to search for ideas and grab fun items.

#2 ) Meal plan. I think a lot of people go over board in this department. Kids are pretty simple. Pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers work perfectly. We did some hot dogs on the grill for our guests with ketchup and mustard on the side. Cheap, simple, and all the kids are happy. Don’t feel like you have to feed everyone a big meal either. Maybe just have some snacks spread out and put your money and focus on other areas.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#3 ) Snacks are a must. If you do a meal or not, you need some snacks. Kids get hungry and the adults get bored but everyone can agree on eating. We did some popcorn in cute bags and a plate of watermelon. Popcorn is filling and healthier than other options and it is always nice to offer something fresh so shoot for a fruit or vegetable. Remember to buy some plates, napkins and utensils.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#4 ) Add special touches. I enjoy crafts so I made everything myself but even if you don’t have a crafty bone in your body, there are a lot of great party packs that are ready to go. Once you have a color and theme picked out, just search for what you need. You may end up spending more money doing this, especially if you want Minnie Mouse on everything. The little things go a long way though! I made this Minnie Mouse head below from Styrofoam balls. I spray painted the round Styrofoam and a stick, used toothpicks to assemble and poured some confetti in a vas. Really simple to do but so much fun to make and for our guests to look at.

Also, I had Minnie Mouse cut outs for everything. I used the felt with a sticky back and a cookie cutter in the shape of Mickey to use as my template. A hand drew a little bow as my template for all those.  I made the banner, cups, and popcorn bags with the Minnie Mouse felt cut outs to add a pop of Minnie and  to make the party table cohesive. I also used this cookie cutter for the watermelon cut outs.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#5 ) Let the kids dress up. Invite the kids to dress up as Mickey or Minnie or make your own mouse ears like I did. Having a theme and purpose to the party is important and going beyond that to play dress up adds a memorable experience and prompts bonding between children. You can buy mouse ears but this gets expensive! I found ones for under $2 a piece… these were about 50 cents to make. Big difference when you have 20 kids running around. All you need is cheap head bands, scissors, felt, glue, bobby pins to hold the ears in place until dry, and bows. I got lucky with these bows because they were on clearance so search around for a good priced bow or even make your own.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#6 ) Drinks! Refreshments are always on the party list.  A pink lemonade was a great choice with the theme and colors. We also had a cooler filled with caffeine free sodas and waters. If alcohol is acceptable for the adults, you can let them know to BYOB in the invite. Don’t forget the cups.

#7 ) Never underestimate the power of a balloon. Seriously. Throw a bunch of blown up balloons on the floor and it looks neat, plus the kids have a blast with them. Bonus! They are cheap.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#8 ) Have a craft and activities planned out.  I bought some wooden beads and ribbon so we could all sit in a  circle and do an activity together as a group. Pick at least one group activity. Pin the bow on Minnie would be fun. Cut out and paint a Minnie Mouse and a bunch of bows to see who can come the closest to pinning the bow in the right place, make a necklace or bracelet, paint, color, use stencils, or whatever you can think of. Try and pick an activity that is fun for all ages that will get a lot of participation.

#9 ) Cake! Save money by making your own cupcakes or cupcakes. Cupcakes are a lot easier to bake and decorate so I made these cute Minnie Mouse Cupcakes for the party. All you need is a box of chocolate or vanilla cake mix, mini Oreos, butter, vanilla extract, milk, confectioners sugar, eggs, cupcake liners, instant pudding, pink chocolate melts and a chocolate bow mold.
Yum

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Minnie Mouse Cupcakes
 
Super simple Minnie Mouse Cupcakes for birthday celebrations!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate or vanilla cake mix
  • 1 box chocolate or vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk, + 2 tablespoons for frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • .5 pound pink chocolate melts
  • bag of mini Oreos
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. You need a hand or stand mixer, muffin pan, cupcake liners, chocolate bow mold, measuring cups, mixing bowls and a glass bowl for chocolate, frosting tip and bag.
  3. Place cupcake liners into muffin pan.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add box of cake mix, 1 cup milk, .5 cup room temperature butter, and 4 eggs.
  5. Use your hand or stand mix to blend well.
  6. Pour mix into the cupcake liners filling ¾ full.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool.
  9. Make the chocolate bows. In a small glass bowl, microwave chocolate according to package directions. This should take about 1 minute. Stir well and use a spoon to fill each mold. Let the chocolate set before removing and repeat until you have enough bows.
  10. Begin your frosting. In a large bowl, add .5 cup of room temperature butter and mix until smooth. Add the 2 tablespoons of milk and vanilla extract and half the confectioners sugar. Mix well and add the remaining confectioners sugar until blended completely.
  11. Place the frosting into the pastry bag with a large tip. Frost each cupcake.
  12. Set 2 mini Oreos on each cupcake with a chocolate bow in the center.

 

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party#10 ) Lay out all your plans in the invitation. Let your guests know what to wear, what foods you will be serving, that there will be crafts, and of course put the time and date. Also, have a phone number and email for RSVP. If you know who is coming, you can save money across the board by not buying too much!

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Cupcake Basket {+ Lavendar Frosting Recipe}

Cupcake Basket

 

Cupcake Basket is a fun gift idea for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or birthdays. A simple, affordable gift that makes a big impact! Today, I made a simple vanilla cupcake with a special lavender frosting and set the cupcakes into this basket.

 

Cupcake Basket

What you need for a Cupcake Basket:

  • A medium sized basket
  • foam block
  • green cupcake liners
  • green tissue paper
  • cupcake ingredients
  • toothpicks
  • Wilton tip 2D
  • frosting bags
  • small fresh flowers to weave in (optional)

Cupcake Basket

Step one is to cook your cupcakes in the green liners. Use a box cake mix or your own special recipe of choice. I like to use a basic box cake mix, add an extra egg, swap oil for butter and add an instant pudding packet. This gives a simple box cake, more of a gourmet cupcake taste.

Once the cupcakes cool, make your lavender frosting recipe and decorate with Wilton tip 2D. To make the rose look, start in the middle and spiral around until the cupcake is covered.

Cupcake Basket

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Lavender Frosting Recipe
 
Cupcake Basket made with a simple but beautiful lavender frosting.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoon lavender extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 2 drops blue food coloring
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add lavender extract, confectioners sugar and butter.
  2. use a hand or stand mixer to blend until smooth.
  3. Add the food coloring and mix.
  4. Place frosting into frosting bag with 2D tip and frost each individual cupcake. Begin in the center and spiral out.

 

Cupcake Basket

Once the cupcakes are completely frosted, place in the freezer. You will want to do this to put the bouquet together in the basket or else the cupcakes are too soft and everything will fall apart. As the cupcakes freeze, build your basket. Start with an empty basket of choice and add a foam square in the bottom. I cut my foam block today and stacked the smaller piece on top of the larger to add more volume inside. Use your toothpicks to hold it all together.

Cupcake BasketYou can see I used 2 toothpicks per cupcake to hold it in. Place a green cupcake liner to mark all your spots. Tear some of the green tissue paper and weave it between the cupcake liners to add more color and volume. This doesn’t need a lot of tissue paper, I only used about half a sheet.

Once the cupcakes are frozen enough that the cake that a toothpick smoothly goes in without any bending in the cake, place all your cupcakes. You may need to use a few extra toothpicks to hold all the cupcakes exactly where you want them. A single toothpick being used as a support on the bottom of the cupcake can really help some of those side angled cupcakes.

Once all the cupcakes are placed and steady, fill in any open spots in the bouquet with tissue paper or you can weave in some small flowers.

Cupcake Basket

 


What do you all think about this cute Cupcake Basket with lavender frosting? Would you love receiving this as a gift or creating one for someone in your life?

 

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