A Glimpse: Movie Night #goodnightsnack

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Mathlete and I try to make sure we take time out from our crazy schedules to spend time as a family. Sometimes this comes in the form of a Sunday morning trip to the pool for a few hours and sometimes we decide to have a family movie night. We’ll pick a movie and plan to go down to the theater area in our basement and hang out. Of course, for movie night, the snacks we choose can be just as important as what movie we are watching!

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Strawberry Basil Scones

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Mathlete is a scone lover. Every time we go to the coffee shop or pick up pastries for breakfast, he always chooses scones. I had never really thought about making my own scones until I was chatting with a blog friend of mine about ways to use her awesome basil simple syrup. I decided right then that I was going to try my hand at making strawberry basil scones with a basil glaze. 

Strawberry basil scones are the perfect combination of summer flavors!

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Nine Tasty Summer Drinks

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Southern Breeze Sweet Tea.

Summer is here and it is a hot and steamy one. Yesterday had temperatures near a 100 and it had me searching high and low for summer refreshments. Something super cool is what I needed to help me cool down. In my search, I came across these nine tasty summer drinks that I will be keeping close at hand for all of the hot and steamy days to come.

9 yummy summer drinks to stay cool and refreshed. #SouthernBreezeTea #AD

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A Food Blogger’s Battle

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hot Shot® Insecticides.

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. If I am not cooking dinner for my family or creating recipes to share here, I am chasing around my kids during their multiple snack times throughout the day. All of those things lead to one major battle: keeping food off the floor and our house free of ants. My oldest is 6 and does a pretty good job of keeping most of her snack on the plate. My youngest, though, things that all food should end up on the floor at some point.

Think I am kidding? Check out what our floor looks like after pretty much any snack…these were the items he thought were meant for throwing and then promptly stepped on. Blueberry juice and crushed Pirate Booty for the win!

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Strawberry Basil Teagarita

Almost every Friday, another family and I hit the local Mexican restaurant for margaritas. Both of our schedules have changed a bit so we haven’t been able to make it there as often and have opted for food and cocktails at home instead. Jose Cuervo makes a delicious ready-to-serve margarita and they just recently introduced the Iced Teagarita. It is an yummy mix of a classic lime flavored margarita and iced tea. It is an amazingly refreshing cocktail on a hot summer night!

I have been adding fresh berries to my iced tea drinks recently so I decided to combine that new treat with the Jose Cuervo drink and make a strawberry basil Teagarita.

Oh, strawberry and basil together are so good. What a great idea to combine it a teagarita! #CuervoTeagarita #spon

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5 Perfect Lunch Salads with #DixieQuicktakes

Lunch options in or near my office are very limited. Like a single cafe with boring sandwiches kind of limited. So, I like to take my lunch as much as possible. Not only does it give me lots more options but it also helps me save money.  Now that the weather is warmer, I am definitely focused on salads more but tend to avoid lettuce based salads because they don’t hold up very well in travel. I was thinking about my lunch menu for upcoming weeks and came up with five perfect lunch salads.

These are five awesome ideas for lunch salads plus a great way to transport them.

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Thin Mints® Ice Cream Pie

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Every January, our house gets so excited because it is Girl Scout cookie time.  By the end of the month, we are all out of the delicious cookies and it is sad faces all around.  While shopping in Walmart the other day, I discovered THE BEST thing in the check out aisle. NESTLÉ® CRUNCH® Girl Scouts® Candy Bars which totally allows us to get our Girl Scouts® cookie fix even though it isn’t cookie season.  I totally grabbed all of the Thin Mints® bars they had in the aisle and brought them home. We usually freeze our cookies to get them nice and cold but I decided to make Thin Mints® Ice Cream Pie with the candy bars instead.

This dessert is the BEST thing for summer. Love the idea of creating Thin Mint flavored ice cream pies. #Cookies2Crunch #shop #cbias

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Keeping Smiles Bright

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Orajel Kids.

I had some crazy teeth as a child. Extra teeth, gaps and just a whole lot of crazy stuff going on in my mouth. {Don’t worry…I’ll save you from the horror and NOT share any of those photos.} Despite all the craziness and constant trips to the dentist and orthodontist, my mom was adamant that I would not get cavities and would brush what felt like a gazillion times a day.
Now, that I have kids of my own, I totally get why my mom focused so much on keeping my mouth spit spot as Mary Poppins would say. Seeing my kids smile is one of the ultimate rewards of parenting and I want to do everything I can to help them keep that smile healthy.

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A Glimpse: Summer Fun Day

To close out the month of May and get a jumpstart on summer fun, the family and I packed it up and headed to Busch Gardens for a summer fun day.  Busch Gardens is where I went almost every summer as I was growing up and, during college, I had season passes so I could visit all the time.  Now, we are a little farther away but we like to go and take the kids at least once a year.

As we drove in, we were greeted by famouns Loch Ness Monster roller coaster. I was trying to convince Maya to ride it with me but wasn’t being too successful.

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Our first stop was Germany so we could all grab some lunch.  There is nothing like the refuge of Oktoberfest’s air conditioning and delicious food when you are hot and hungry! With full stomachs, it was time to hit the rides.

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Make It Your Own Pizza Night

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Weeknights are pretty busy for us in general but now that summer has hit, we seem to squeeze in even more.  School ends this week and we’ve been in a summer state of mind since at least mid-May.  Now, the kids hit the pool most afternoons and stroll in right as the dinner “bell” sounds.  Of course, I’ve spent the day working and commuting home in the heat so I’m not too interested in standing in a front  of a hot stove.  So, I turn to options like DIGIORNO® oven ready pizzas

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