Cool Down this Summer with Starburst Sorbet Bars

This summer, the weather has been weird. It’s always rainy here in July- it’s basically the only rain we get all year. But instead of our normal flash floods, there’s just been this looming threat of a storm, without any follow-through. You know what that means for us? It’s been humid. Very, very humid. Since it’s the desert, we aren’t used to humid. And humid when it’s 110 degrees outside is not the same as humid when it’s 78 degrees outside. Zac with Starburst

This is his “Pretty please?” face. Mama’s not sharing this one!

Instead of complaining all the time {like I’d like to} or staying inside under a fan {or two}, we’ve still been trying to make the most of our summer. We have been swimming when it’s not storming, meeting friends for playdates, and spending time with family. While it’s been an awfully sweaty experience trying to learn how to wrangle two kids, I know that at the end of the day I have one thing to look forward to: a nice, frozen dessert.

Starburst Sorbet Bars
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream- but I also scream when I step onto the scale after I eat ice cream for dessert every night. So I love sorbet- not only is it typically lower in calories but I find the fruity flavors so refreshing, especially after a hot & sticky day. I am currently obsessing over the new Starburst Brand Sorbet Bars-they come in my favorite flavor {strawberry} and at just 70 calories each, they let me reward myself without breaking the calorie bank. They don’t break the actual bank, either- you can pick up a 4-pack at Walmart for just $3.99.

Shane with Starburst
Whether you’re picking up a treat for yourself after a long day in the sun or are just looking for a new way to enjoy your favorite candy, the Starburst sorbet bars are a refreshing surprise! Strawberry Starburst Sorbet Bar
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12 Quick & Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes

This post is brought to you by Foodie. All opinions are my own.

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by Shell Feis at Foodie.com

I love to cook for my family, but I don’t usually have a whole lot of time to do it. Whether it’s because the baby needs something, we’ve been out all day, or {soon} we’re trying to get homework done before bed, there’s always something else to do. So while I love to make homemade meals, I love it when they don’t take that long!

12 Quick and Easy Chicken Dinners- perfect for busy weeknights!

Above you’ll find 12 quick & easy chicken dinners- everything from slow cooker tacos to garlic chicken to chicken salad. They are great meals to make after a long summer day or in the craziness of back to school so be sure to save these recipes to your collections on Foodie.com!

What’s your favorite way to eat chicken?

Making Memories at McDonald’s

For as long as I can remember, McDonald’s has been a place where I spent time with people I cared about. Back when I was a little kid, I remember going to several birthday parties there, sometimes for cousins & sometimes for friends.

When I got a little older, my dad would sometimes take me for a special treat after school. I loved the McSalad Shakers- I still wish they would bring those back!

When I was a teenager, my friends and I spent our Friday and Saturday nights at the McDonald’s across the way, sipping on diet sodas and people watching because we were too young to do anything else in this town.

Shane and C at McDonald's

I still think of McDonald’s as a place that I spend time with those I care about, but it’s different now. Instead of wishing my dad would bring me there, I get to be the one who makes my son’s day by surprising him with a Happy Meal. Sometimes we go there because he’s had a rough day, like a doctor’s appointment or a disappointment. Other times, we meet up with some of our friends- it’s the perfect place to meet for lunch before his afternoon class. But most of the time when we go, it’s just because I want to see him smile.

Shane enjoying McDonald's

I can enjoy getting McDonald’s with Shane sometimes because I know what he’s eating. The McNuggets that he orders are made with white meat chicken breast, and the first thing he finishes off are his apple slices. He’s not big on fries {so I eat most of them for him, helpful mom that I am} and he enjoys their chocolate milk, which also gives him some much-needed calcium.

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Do you have any special memories from McDonald’s?


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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by McDonald’s via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of McDonald’s.

5 Tips for Fighting Identity Theft on Vacation

This post is brought to you by LifeLock. All opinions are my own.

With just a month left before school starts, the time is now to squeeze in that summer vacation! While vacations make us all want to leave our worries at home, it’s still important to be safe while traveling by protecting ourselves, our families, and our identities!

I know my guard goes down a little while I’m on vacation, so I may not always be thinking about practical things like protecting my identity. There are a few small steps I take while traveling that help give me that peace of mind without constantly thinking about it. Below are five of my tips for fighting identity theft while traveling:

Fighting Identity Theft on Vacation

1. Don’t advertise that you’re gone! In today’s plugged-in culture, we love sharing our vacation photos while we’re still on the beach. The problem with that is that if you have a follower who knows where you live, they now know that your house is empty and easier to rob. If anything, make a point to mention that someone will be staying at your house {even if that’s not true, it can work as a deterrent}.

2. Lock away your personal documents. You’ll need to bring some with you {your driver’s license or ID card, and maybe even your passport if you’re going global} but any important documents that may have your personal information need to be locked up when you leave. Place your social security cards, tax paperwork, checkbook, and anything else you may have into a locked box. That way, even if your house is robbed, they at least won’t be able to steal your identity as well.

3. Be wary of public Wi-Fi. If you’re using a shared network, like at a hotel or the airport, be sure to use a VPN Network to hide your information from other guests or patrons.

4. Pause your newspapers and mail. A pile of newspapers sitting outside your door is similar to the social network status updates- a big red flag that you’re not home. Additionally, your mail piling up is an easy way for an identity thief to steal your personal information just by grabbing a stack of envelopes- you never know what will come when you’re gone.

5. Sign up for LifeLock. With LifeLock Ultimate, you can get notifications instantly to your phone and/or email when someone tries to use your identity maliciously! Just having that piece of mind can make your vacation so much more enjoyable.

Whether you’re taking a road trip to the nearest beach or backpacking through Europe, I hope you have a wonderful-and safe- summer vacation!

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5 Tips for Smart Sunscreen Use

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Banana Boat® Sun Care. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Back to school is just around the corner, so we’re trying to soak up all the sun we can get. However, we don’t want to actually soak it up- I’ve had enough painful sunburns in my life to chance that! If you’re venturing outdoors these last few weeks of summer, be sure to be sunscreen smart- below are my top 5 tips for using sunscreen right and avoiding a sunburn!

5 Tips for Smart Sunscreen Use

1. Make sure your sunscreen is up for the job. If you’ll be doing a lot of sweating, grab one formulated for sports. If you’ll be swimming, get one with some water resistance. In any case, aim for at least SPF 30.

2. Be sure to cover spots you never think about. When he was little, I accidentally let Shane’s ears get sunburnt because I never thought to apply sunscreen to the tippy top part of his ears. Justin sunburned the back of his neck a couple of weeks ago. Don’t just cover the major areas, get the parts you don’t think about often as well- I assure you that if you burn them you’ll start thinking about them!

3. Allow your sunscreen to soak in first. Applying sunscreen right before getting in the pool means some of it will just wash off. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before getting wet.

4. Wear sunscreen whenever you’re outside. Just because you aren’t spending hours at the pool doesn’t mean that you can’t get sunburnt. Making dinner on the grill, playing in the backyard after school, or just taking the dog for a walk can lead to a sunburn without protection.

5. Check the expiration date. That bottle of sunscreen you found in last years beach bag won’t do you a whole lot of good this year if the ingredients have lost their potency. Sun screens have expiration dates for a reason- heed them.

10559868_735248036535844_1415495900333963713_n{Photo via Banana Boat’s Facebook page}

This year we have been trying several new sunscreens from Banana Boat, like the Banana Boat Sport Performance Clear UltraMist Sunscreen with Powerstay Technology. It was specifically designed for the active individual who doesn’t want to be slowed down while in the sun! The “Powerstay Technology” helps sunscreen stay on strong throughout any & all outdoor activities, so you don’t have to worry as much about reapplying it constantly. {It’s available in SPF 15, 30, 50+ and 100.} Shane’s kindergarten is within walking distance so when it cools down a little bit, we will be walking to school! I will of course be applying sunscreen on the way- and it’s the perfect chance to use the Sport Performance Clear UltraMist Sunscreen.

Don’t forget- there are just a few more days to enter the Best Summer Ever contest! Through July 31st, you can enter to win a trip to a Treehouse Resort- just head over to Banana Boat’s Facebook page to enter! Good luck!

Do you use sunscreen?

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