DIY Summertime Popsicle Drip Catchers

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I sure hope all my readers are having a wonderful summer. This is my FIRST summer off as a Teacher! I gotta say, it’s pretty awesome. Being a teacher is the most wonderful job I have ever had. It is also one of the most stressful, tiring and time consuming job I have ever had! So, Summer’s off are GREAT!!! Now I can enjoy days in the summer with my family, picnic, trips to the beach, pool or spending the day at the park.

It’s hot….really hot! We have discovered the Fruttare Fruit Bars are a delicious way to cool off. They are wonderfully flavorful, a healthy dessert option and come in TEN flavors! Flavors like Strawberry & Milk, Peach & Milk, Banana & Milk, Black Cherry, Pineapple, Lime, Mango, and more! I found mine at Kroger! Starting July 1st Fruttare packages will all contain a $4 Music Reward Code. Once you’ve purchase your Fruttare click HERE to redeem your $4 Music Reward.  Reward is valid from July 1st through July 31st.

While having fun in the backyard one day, I brought out some Fruttare Fruit Bars for my daughter and her cousins to enjoy and cool off. It was HOT and the girls really enjoyed the pops but unfortunately they all became a sticky yummy mess! I thought up a quick, easy and fun way to stay mess free while enjoying pops in the hot summer sun.

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I call them the DIY Summertime Popsicle Drip Catchers! They are made from colorful fun cardstock. You can incorporate them into any themed party!! How fun, right?

They were SO EASY to make. I’ll show you how.

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You will need…..Fruttare Fruit Bars, colorful fun cardstock, a pencil, scissors, ruler and hot glue.

I cut my cardstock into squares that measured 3 3/4 inches.

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Then, using my ruler to score the paper I folded opposite ends at 1 inch. Then, folded the other ends at 1/2 an inch each.  Keeping the 1/2 inch folds in place, I then folded up the 1 inch sides. Now, the 1/2 inch ends you have to work just a little bit, much like wrapping a gift to get the folds just right. The ends should meet like shown above and on the inside you will have a little triangle. Hot glue that triangle up to the inside of the paper where the two ends and the triangle meet.  Then I snipped a tiny hole in the middle of the bottom where the popsicle stick will go. Once the hold was snipped I placed the scissors through to make a slit for the popsicle stick.

It’s really just like wrapping a boxed present, or a half boxed present. Once your done you will have a cute little popsicle drip catcher!

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Now all you need is a backyard party, pool party, trip to the park or any fun activity that gets you outside. That is just what we did! We enjoyed the hot summer sun and cooled off with a delicious Fruttare Fruit Bar!

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Now, get outside and ENJOY!!

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Purina ONE 28 Day Challenge

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Hush is what we think to be a Maltese-mix. He showed up in our yard during a storm and flood last September. Over the following weeks, we posted signs and walked him all over the neighborhood in search of his owner. After zero responses, Hush became ours. Alice, my five year old daughter, named him Hush because he likes to “YAP”!

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Now, I am not a dog person. I was the owner of a cat that I loved and cared for from the time he was 6 weeks old until he passed away a just few months after Hush became a part of our family. Our cat Gizmo was nearly 20. You can imagine how devastating this was to me and our family, but Hush was a sweet comfort to all of us and continues to be so.

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As a new dog person, I’m still learning what dog are like and how they eat. It still feels weird to pour out the drained tuna water instead of giving it to my Giz. Hush is a VERY finicky eater. He mostly likes scraps and moist dog food.   I’m pretty excited about taking this 28 day challenge with Hush for one because he actually LIKES this food. He eats it!!  Until now, he would be quick to snub dry kibble type food.

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For the 28 day challenge we are hoping to see an increase in energy, a shiny nice coat and better dental health. Day 1 was a hit, he ate the food, which I said before he NEVER does.

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Are you a dog owner? Dog person? What changes would you like to see in yours dogs health? Will you join the Purina ONE 28 Day Challenge with us and see what changes in your dog!? Join the 28 Day Challenge by signing up on and get a $3 off coupon!

Here are a few Hush photo shoot outtakes!

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The Summer is Coming Piña Colada Slim Down

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The school year is coming to an end; my very first year as a Preschool Teacher.  It was an amazing year filled with love, laughter, learning and lots of food!! Parents, teachers, the board of directors, the PTO and more love to treat us teachers! I’ve gained close to twenty pounds this first year of teaching. Ten of those pounds I probably gained during Teacher Appreciation Week! I even posted this on Facebook at the end of that week!!

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So, I NEED to slim back down and what better way than taking the 14 Day Slimfast® Challenge!!! It’s a great way to lose up to six pounds in just two weeks. In my case it’s a perfect way to start the weight loss process.  It’s so easy and for an on the go working mom. It’s a perfect quick meal. It’s so convenient to grab a delicious Slimfast® shake or meal bar during the morning chaos.

Swap two meals daily with a Slimfast® Protein shake or meal bar.

      Make sure your third meal must be 500 calories.

 Enjoy three 100-calorie snacks or pieces of fruit per day.

 And don’t exceed 1200 calories per day!

  Exercise for 30 minutes a day and drink plenty of water.

Here is me just before my first year teaching.

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And here is my gorgeous Mother’s Day portrait from our church. I love this photo and I love my beautiful family AND you can definitely see the extra 20 pounds!!

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I have such a beautiful family don’t I?! :)

The new Slimfast® Limited Edition Piña Colada Protein Meal Shake is DELICIOUS! I’ve tried it and I love it! I drink one in the morning during the normal morning chaos routine. Then while at work I’ve found that I’m not snacking as much. Not grabbing donuts or danishes from the kitchen or sneaking cookies and snack cakes.  It’s just about four hours till lunch once I arrive at work and I’ve noticed that I am not hungry until lunch time. The bottle states up to four hours of hunger control and that’s just what it gives you.

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I’m joining the 14 days to Slim Challenge Sweepstakes taking place on Slimfast’s Facebook page May 12, 2014 till May 27, 2014! I hope y’all will too! There will be TWO $5,000 grand prize winners, given a gift card to a specific retailer or a Visa/Amex gift card!! Here is the  link to sweepstakes: 14 days to Slim Challenge Sweepstakes

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Did y’all know  there is a new Slimfast survey reveals shows the prevalence of “Locked Closet Syndrome” – the practice of “locking away” clothes that don’t currently fit or that you can’t wear confidently. Highlights from Slimfast’s Unlock Your Closet Survey include:

 90% of women say they keep items that don’t currently fit in their closet – 14 items on average

93% of women have multiple sizes of clothing in their closet – 3 sizes on average

 79%  of women frequently dread getting dressed because of ill-fitting clothes in their closet

More than half of women have purchased clothing in a smaller size than they currently wear –  27%  say it motivates them to lose weight

Additionally: 83% of women admit to lying about their pants size more often than their age

I have to admit, I have quite of few articles of clothing in my closet at are too tight, too small. Let’s take the pledge to unlock your closet with Slimfast’s 14-Days to Slim!! Are you with me??

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Colorful Fun Summer Party Decor That Wont Empty Your Wallet

I am so excited to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their new Summer Fun products with you!!

The NEW Dollar Tree Summer Fun is a super fun collection of colorful flip-flops, summer tableware, party supplies, toys, and more created perfectly for your fun-filled summer. Of course all the Summer Fun products cost $1 each, and select items may vary by store.

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Dollar Tree’s NEW Summer Fun collection includes: colorful and bright decorative plastic glasses and cups, color coordinating food tents, hula skirts, decorative flower leis, tiki torches, super cute colorful battery-operated LED paper lanterns, decorative lawn signs, color coordinating paper napkins, plastic bowls, and more. Party supplies and decorations are available in a variety of fun colors perfect for summer, including: blue, green, orange, pink, purple, red, and yellow. Printed tableware and decorations are available in these patterns: hula girls, flamingos, tiki torches, and parrots. Be sure to get there soon, supplies are limited!

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I think my Alice and her cousins are in need of a super fun summer HULA GIRLS PARTY!! Dollar Tree has everything I need to throw them an awesome party!

Dollar Tree’s Summer Fun Flip-Flop Frenzy Craft Contest is going on now. Submit a photo of an original flip-flopcraft at DollarTree.com and be entered to win a $500 Dollar Tree gift card.

Join Dollar Tree’s free loyalty program, the Value Seekers Club, for exclusive crafts, recipes, and tip ideas every month. Visit ValueSeekersClub.com.

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