Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

Shane loves helping in the kitchen. I let him whenever there’s something he can help with- so anything that doesn’t use the oven, the stove, a sharp kitchen tool, or raw ingredients that can make him sick. It sounds like that would eliminate a lot of recipes, but really it’s just an excuse to get a little creative in the kitchen!

My favorite things for Shane to help me make are no-bake dessert recipes. Whether we’re making a batch of no-bake cookies or just improving on an already delicious dessert, it makes the treat even sweeter when it includes time in the kitchen together.

These Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches are a perfect summer treat that any kid can help make! The best part is that they are ready very quickly so you don’t have to wait too long to eat them!

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe- great for getting the kids in the kitchen!

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients:

-1 box of ice cream sandwiches (I used vanilla but you could use whatever flavor you wish)

-Wilton candy sticks (located in the Wilton aisle at mass retailers or craft stores)

-1-2 small bottles multi-color sprinkles (located in the baking aisle)

Directions -

1. Line a 9×13 baking sheet with wax paper or foil, unwrap all the ice cream sandwiches, and cut them in half.

2. Take a candy and stick it into the middle of each ice cream sandwich.

3. Pour the multi-color sprinkles onto a plate and ‘dip’ each side of the ice cream sandwich into the sprinkles. Use your fingers to sprinkle more on the side where you inserted the candy stick. Lay the completed ice cream sandwich back onto the lined baking sheet.

4. Repeat the process with all the ice cream sandwiches.

5. Place back in the freeze for 30-60 minutes to ‘set’.

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches

Not only are these ice cream sandwiches perfect for a fun afternoon or after-dinner activity, but they are a cute {yet very easy} treat to have for guests as well! We’re starting to plan Shane’s birthday party menu and these just may be on it.

What’s your favorite treat to make with your kids?

Get Ready for Kindergarten with LeapFrog!

I received the products mentioned to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

This summer, in addition to hanging out by the pool and hitting as many indoor playgrounds as we can, we’re getting ready for kindergarten! Shane started reading at the end of this last school year and while I wouldn’t say he can completely read yet, he is getting very fast at blending and figuring out new words. I don’t want him to lose that skill before kindergarten starts, so we’ve been using lots of tools to prevent summer learning loss.

Shane using LeapFrog book

Two of our favorite tools for kindergarten prep come from LeapFrog. We have been using both the “Get Ready for Kindergarten!” LeapPad game and the “Ready, Set, Kindergarten” LeapReader Read & Write Activity Set daily. I can’t get over how cute the characters are in both activities, and just like other LeapFrog products, each one allows children to have fun and play while learning at the same time.

Get Ready For Kindergarten Game from LeapFrog

“Get Ready for Kindergarten” is a LeapPad {and Leapster} game cartridge that features a kindergarten classroom. As you explore the class, you discover fun games to play where you can use math skills to feed hungry dragons {Shane’s favorite game}, practice writing letters with Ozzie and Mac, and solve logic puzzles with Stretchy Monkey! The game was designed to help children practice letter recognition, number sense skills, and letter and number writing. On the social side, it helps kids get ready for kindergarten by introducing them to daily routines and building their analogical thinking skills to prepare them for learning!

I love all of the aspects of this game {and so does Shane!} but my favorite is the Stretchy Monkey activity. There are so many games out there to teach things like letters and numbers, but so few that work on responsibilities and expectations. In the game, you help Stretchy Monkey make his bed, brush his teeth, get ready for work, make healthy choices for meals, unpack his bag, read a bedtime story, and get ready for bed. It sounds like a mundane, every day routine- but LeapFrog has made it fun, and I believe that it’s been helping Shane be better about following our established routines as well.

Ready Set Kindergarten Pack from LeapFrog

While Shane usually plays with the “Get Ready for Kindergarten” game on his own, we almost always use the “Ready, Set, Kindergarten” kit together. We don’t need to- it uses the LeapReader, which reads the story to him and lets him play games within the pages. However, we have a lot of fun using the kit as a lesson plan of sorts. We start out by using the interactive poster to talk about what day it is, what the weather looks like, and what we would like to do that day. Then, Shane chooses one of the three original storybooks and uses his LeapReader to read the story, stopping along the way to play some of the 45 integrated skill-building activities. After we discuss the book, he chooses 2-3 pages from the 30 sheets of activities printed on special mess-free paper, including things like mazes, word tracing, and free drawing. He looks forward to using this kit and I do, too!

LeapFrog Ready Set Kindergarten Book

If your little one is starting kindergarten in the fall {or just loves fun games for their LeapPad or activities and books for the LeapReader}, be sure to check out some of the resources available from LeapFrog! In addition to the “Get Ready for Kindergarten” game and the “Ready, Set, Kindergarten” kit, you can go to the LeapFrog website for free resources to get your kids {up to second grade even} ready for school!

Buy It: You can find the “Ready, Set, Kindergarten” set for $19.99 and the “Get Ready for Kindergarten” game cartridge for $24.99 on LeapFrog’s website or at various retailers.

How do you help your children get ready for kindergarten?

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water Recipe

Last year, when I was pregnant, I basically became a camel. I always had a water bottle within reach and I made sure to drink enough water all the time {and the pregnancy-induced bathroom breaks proved it}. Since having Zac, I’ve had so many things to think about at all times that I have let my water consumption fall far down the list of things I need to be concerned with.

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water

However, it’s been well over 100 degrees, even on rainy days, and my body is starting to get mad at me for neglecting it. I’ve been getting some pretty gnarly muscle cramps in my legs and after consulting Dr. Google, it seems to be from being dehydrated. Now, I love water, and have no problem drinking it plain- but as some incentive to remember to refill my glass more often, I do enjoy flavored water, like this Cucumber Lemon Mint Water!

This Cucumber Lemon Mint Water is easy to make and delicious to drink. It’s perfect for picnics, parties, or just sipping poolside! Bottoms up!

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water Recipe from @NotQuiteSusie

Cucumber Lemon Mint Infused Water

Ingredients:

 -{1} 16 oz. canning jar*

-½ of 1 medium size cucumber, cut into slices

-½ of a lemon, sliced

-¼ of fresh mint leaves

Directions:

1. Add the cucumber slices, lemon slices and fresh mint leaves to your jar and use a spoon or a fork to mash them up a bit to let the juices out. {Ripping the fresh mint leaves will also infuse your water even more.}

2. Next, fill the jar with water, place the cover on and refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.

*{1} 16 oz. jar = 2 servings.

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water Recipe

How do you motivate yourself to stay hydrated?

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{This recipe was created by contributor Jill.}

Best Free Foodie Apps for Android

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The app revolution touches every aspect of our lives nowadays. In this brave new world, every domestic goddess should have the right app to help them cook with style.

For some help in the kitchen, first you should consider which of the current range of portable Android tablets suits you best and then equip it with the latest free food app. Some allow you to organise ingredients and shopping lists, menus and cooking calendars. Others provide the user with surprising and serendipitous discoveries of the culinary kind.

4 Best Foodie Apps for Android

Saveur magazine for Android

The American glossy mag has released its own free Android app. This makes it possible for foodies to get their hands on transatlantic treats like pumpkin pie, without the hefty price tag for the magazine itself.

Epicurious for Android

The Epicurious app features a vast array of 30,000 recipes sorted into logical and helpful categories. This is a great recipe discovery tool, that has foodies champing at the bit to get started with cooking. Also handy is the syncing device that allows users to save good recipes on the go while browsing, into a ‘recipe box’ in the app. This recipe box can sync across all of your devices. A practical lifesaver is the hands-free, voice controlled function that allows users to use the app while they cook.

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner for Android

Yet another free app on Android that is a great recipe spinner. It allows users to peek into their pantry, type in some variables and get fully fledged recipe responses based on ingredients, preparation time and course type. Also included is a recipe box for saving recipes while browsing and a shopping list function.

BigOven for Android

This is a free app with an additional paid option with interesting add-on features. Simply type in keywords, courses, ingredients or other variables to get some amazing recipe ideas. It also has a ‘leftovers’ functionality that cobbles together cupboard leftovers into a viable and tasty recipe. Better than going into the bin uneaten! As a paid option, you can transcribe up to 25 of your handwritten recipes into digitised text, remove ads from the display and get access to a handy web clipping function.

Great cooking apps for Android tablets are the ideal extra ingredients to add to your kitchen.

What’s your favorite cooking app?

Saving Time and Money with Walgreens Paperless Coupons- and an Easy Summer Craft Idea!

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I love saving money. Doesn’t everyone? When Shane was a baby, I briefly dabbled in “extreme couponing”. I learned how to use coupons, spent a lot of time clipping and sorting and looking up sales, then putting him into the car seat and heading to the store. My favorite store to shop at was Walgreens, because they were close to my place, had a friendly staff that didn’t roll their eyes at my stack of coupons, and of course, had great sales!

I still love Walgreens and shop there quite often, but I stopped couponing long ago. Like they say, time is money, and once Shane started crawling my time was more precious to me than my money. I stopped checking ads, stopped clipping coupons, and never looked back.

Paperless Coupons available at Walgreens #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

That all changed last week! I found out that Walgreens has a new section on their app for paperless coupons. Say what now? Paperless coupons are coupons that you “clip” on your phone. Using the Walgreens app, you can browse the coupons that they have available and with the touch of a button, add them to your linked Balance Rewards Card. All you have to do to save money is save your favorite coupons to your card via your phone, go shopping at Walgreens, and then use your Balance Rewards Card at checkout {either by scanning your actual Balance Rewards card, scanning your Balance Rewards Card barcode from your app, or just punching in your phone number}. It’s that easy!

Use Walgreens Paperless Coupons to save on craft supplies! #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

One of the coupons currently available is for Ziploc bags, which was perfect because I needed them for a fun summer craft I had planned to do with Shane. I’m not very crafty so believe when I say it’s incredibly easy! Here’s how to do it:

Supplies needed for Tissue Fish craft #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

Supplies:

-1 Ziploc bag {I used the gallon size because Shane wanted a big fish}

-1 pack of tissue paper in your choice of colors {about 6 sheets for a large fish}

-1 rubber band

-Tape

-Permanent Marker

Easy Summer Craft Tissue Fish #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

Directions:

1. Let your little one help you tear the tissue paper into lots of pieces. The pieces can be large or small, whichever your child prefers or is capable of. This part of the activity is great for fine motor skill development!

2. Tape down one bottom corner of the bag. This will become your fish’s face.

3. Together, stuff the bag with all of the paper until it’s completely full.

4. Seal the bag, bunch up the top part, and wrap the rubber band about an inch below the opening of the bag as shown.

5. Fan out the top of the bag to form the tail.

6. Draw a face on your fish friend! You can do this for your little one or let them do it themselves, depending on their age and your trust in them using permanent markers.

Two-faced fish #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

We made a “two-faced” fish because Shane wanted to draw a face on one side and asked me to draw one on the other. Feel free to have fun with it & make it your own! It’s a simple craft idea but it’s a fun way to spend time together!

Crafting with Shane #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

I love the new paperless coupons on the Walgreens app because I can still spend my precious time with my son {whether we’re making tissue fish or just reading a book on the couch} while still saving money on things we need at Walgreens!

What shortcuts do you take to save money?

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