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I went to Walmart by myself the other day (I know, I was just as shocked as you are now that I didn’t have any of my 6 kids with me! My husband is a rock star like that though), and met these adorable ladies! They were passing out Blue Bunny vanilla ice cream with peaches. Hello yummy! I stopped and chatted for a moment (because, again, I was there alone and so I could) and they really were super nice. Not to mention the ice cream was amazing! Good company, good food.
I headed over to the ice cream section and found this giant selection of Blue Bunny ice cream.
I grabbed some chocolate and vanilla. If you’ve been around my blog you know my family is totally split about vanilla and chocolate, so I wanted options for everyone.
I headed home with some ice cream, mini ice cream cones (also from Blue Bunny) and some strawberries and peaches.
During the summer when I have all six kids at home, I love to include the kids whenever I can, especially when it comes to making fun treats! My oldest was up for holding my phone while we did a time-lapse video of how to make these ice cream cone parfaits.
The peaches and cream also turned out great. I used the vanilla mini cones, vanilla ice cream, and fresh peaches. I loved the slight added chocolate from the mini cone, but even without that, it would have been wonderful!
These are going to be a new family favorite. I love how simple they are that even some of my older kids could do these by themselves, or come up with new combos!
What is your favorite fruit/ice cream comb?
What kind of ice cream cone parfait would YOU make?
- 1 Blue Bunny Mini Ice Cream Cone
- 1/4 Peach or 3 Strawberries
- 1 cup Blue Bunny Ice Cream
- Chop up the mini ice cream cone.
- Chop up the fruit.
- Layer the cone, fruit, and ice cream as desired.
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We decided a while back that we were going to take our Friday nights back a little while ago. We were going to schedule that time for our family. We would either make or pick up pizza (depending on the day and if I actually remember to make it), and then watch a movie.
Sometimes we like to mix it up and so something a little different. We play games, or make a fun treat. The other day the girls and I were at Walmart (I think we go there at least once a week, lol), and we saw they had The Boxtrolls movie. We decided it’d be a fun new movie to grab and watch. I knew for sure my older kids were going to love it. We also couldn’t pass up on the great deal Walmart had on the 10 pack Pop-Secret Homestyle popcorn. (Side note: This popcorn is AMAZING. I don’t really love over buttered popcorn, and this is perfect. Slight butter/salt, and not over doing it at ALL! It was perfect for our fun little treat for the evening.)
We wanted to have a fun treat for the middle of the movie. So, I grabbed one of the 10 pack Pop-Secret popcorns, and got that all popped up. Then, I decided that it’d be super fun to just grab whatever random thing we had around and let the kids create their own popcorn treat. I thought this went along PERFECTLY with the movie. The Boxtrolls often find things and make something new with them. We had a variety of chocolate chips, red hots, gummy hots, pretzels and sprinkles. The kids loved it! It was a little Popcorn Bar that was such a fun thing for the kids to pick and chose what they wanted.
Fun and easy creations were made from this fun Popcorn Bar. Loving this idea. We’ll be doing it again!
The Boxtrolls is such a fun movie. It’s so fun to see the amazing claymation that is done, and the story line is fun, and I think it has a great lesson. I thought it’d be super fun to grab some clay, and have the kids pick their favorite character or part from the movie and re-create them with their own clay. Then we went ahead and baked them up. It was SO fun. The kids LOVED it. The best part of all? It wasn’t a huge messy project (if you’ve been reading my blog, you know how much I hate big messy projects from this post).
We loved mixing this up and really spending time together creating something new. I am so excited to let the kids play with clay again, and create. I loved seeing what they chose to make from the movie too. It was fun to see the character they wanted to make.
I love this weekly time we carve out for our kids. Life is crazy and busy and we’re running here and there, and rushing off to bed to make sure everyone gets enough sleep, etc. Friday nights are our nights. I think if you just really want the time, you can make the time. You can create fun memories, and just sitting together for a movie allows kids to sit with you, and have your attention and interest on something that they like.
The Boxtrolls is a great family time movie. Try doing your own family night. Grab The Boxtrolls from Walmart (while supplies last) and some 10 Pack Pop-Secret Homestyle Popcorn. Make it a night, and get creative. Have some fun and just ENJOY being together!!! It’s worth changing things up.
My second book review for the week is It’s Better to Look Up: Life Experiences Shared From the Pulpit. I love when I find a book that is inspiring in some way, and interesting at the same time. It’s Better to Look Up has stories from the lives of various prophets, apostles, and church leaders from General Conference. They’re simple stories, with a memorable lesson that can be applied to anyones life.
It’s Better to Look Up is at Desert Book. They were kind enough to share this book with me so I could tell you all about it.
I have loved reading through this book, and finding stories I’ve cherished when I first heard them, and new stories that I haven’t heard before, or have forgotten. One story that Elder Carl B. Cook told at the October 2011 General Conference. He talked about baring a heavy load at the time, and when he was on the elevator he was looking down trying to decide how he was going to do all he’d been asked. Then someone got on the elevator, and it was the Prophet. He asked what was wrong, and Elder Cook responded by saying, “Nothing.” President Monson gave him great wisdom, that Elder Cook shared with us that day. President Monson said, “It’s better to look up.” Simple, yet grand advice. Sometimes the loads we bare bring us down, they are heavy on us physically, mentally, and emotionally. However, instead of feeling discouraged, we need to direct our thoughts up to heaven where we can receive the help that will lessen our load.
There are pages, and pages of wonderful examples of lessons learned that in turn, we can learn, or be reminded of. As a mom of 6 kids, I often find myself forgetting what is most important, what is most needed, or where I need to actually go for help each day. I love finding a book I can grab, turn to any page, and just read a quick pick me up that can help me throughout the entire day.
Have you noticed that family movies are hard to come by these days? I feel like even certain cartoons aren’t really appropriate for all my kids to watch. I was excited to be able to see this movie Believe. There was no language I had to worry about in this movie, the message was amazing. There was something for everyone of all ages to learn.
This is a story about a coach who is finally able to find a way to heal from tragity, and how he learns he can inspire others along the way.
This is a story about a boy and his mother who has experienced great loss, and who are able to finally see each other and heal and love each other the way they should.
This is a story about a teacher who is so strictly a teacher – who learns how to soften his heart and truly love his student and finds a way to help him succeed in his dreams.
This is a story about HOW to believe. “With belief you’ll make a goal in the back of the net … You have to have belief. If you believe you can score with your eyes shut.”
That line was inspiriting to me. It’s so applicable to all of us. We can all close our eyes – and see in our mind what we want so badly, what we dream, and what we already know we can do, but sometimes we are afraid to try.
These are lessons that I hope my kids are learning. These are lessons I hope I’m teaching my kids in some way. We can all do hard things. We can all put the work in to do it. We can all Believe. But will we do it? Will we teach? Will we learn? Will we do hard things? Will we put in the work? Will we believe?
This is getting me excited to share with you soon something that is close to my heart – something I’m learning, trying to teach my children, I’m doing something hard, and working each day to do better. I’m trying so hard to believe that I can.
What do you Believe?!?
With all the heat this summer, I teamed up with Kmart for this sponsored post, and I’m excited to tell you about my experience with the store and the awesome pool we bought, and as always, the opinions are all my own. #KmartSummerFun
Temperatures have been getting up into the 90’s here, and are expected to be in the 100’s in a day or two. The kids hate playing outside when it’s so hot. We’ve had a sprinkler this summer that the kids have really enjoyed. However, when I saw this adorable dinosaur pool from Kmart, I knew that it was something that would change those crazy days of heat that were on their way. I figured it’d be another great way to beat the heat.
Once the kids were in the bed for the night, I headed off for a little surprise shopping trip by myself. I love getting alone time, and getting something that the kids were going to LOVE, is always so fun too. Kmart is nice and close to my house, and so easy to run to for last minute ideas like this one. I also love that I can check online before heading over there to make sure they have what I need. Although, I did end up grabbing other things. Always the nice thing about a store that has a variety of things.
I was able to easily find the pool in the seasonal/kids area, and I was on my way. I left the box on the counter for the kids to discover the next morning. They were beyond excited. I let them know I’d work on blowing it up when the baby imagineear.com/pharmacy/ went down for her nap. They asked several times before then when it’d be time though, lol. Once I got E settled for her nap, I pulled the pool from the box, and started at it.
Soon my little one woke up and she love to cuddle while she wakes up all the way. I asked if she wanted to swim with the kids, and she said no. Then when she saw them in the backyard, she perked right now, “I wanna go outside. I want to play in the water!” She was down so fast and ready to be in her swimming suit. It was adorable.
I am so excited that we have some options with the heat. The kids love the sprinkler, but sometimes they hate it spraying all over their face. They love having the pool and just being able to get wet without being sprayed if they don’t want to be, lol.
I think it’s officially one of our favorite summer activities. What do your kids love to do for backyard fun during the heat of the summer?