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Hayley and Zane are both slightly obsessed with Superheroes! Sure Hayley is a girly-girl but her brother rules the TV and what he wants on, is generally what goes on. Lately he has been going gaga over Superheroes which is why we were very excited to learn that Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier DVD was just released earlier this month. They loved the first one so of course, this mama is going to pick up this awesome DVD this week from Walmart. To prepare for the Captain America 2 DVD watching that I am sure will take place many many times over the next month, I decided I needed to create a fun Superheroes recipe to go along with the movie. I decided to incorporate one of my favorite candies, M+M’s into my recipe because every little Superhero needs M+M’s! After all, that is where they get their super powers from, right?!
After thinking long and hard, I decided it would be fun to create Red Velvet M+M’s pancakes. Around here with a new baby, I am up all night which inevitably means my other kids are going to be up at the crack of dawn. I thought to myself it would be great if I can make them a yummy breakfast and then we can all go back to my bed and rest while watching Captain America 2. Family movie time is something we do in the mornings so this would be a nice addition with Red Velvet M+M’s pancakes. First though, I needed to head to Walmart to get my necessary ingredients.
When we went into out local Walmart, we found the M+M’s in the candy aisle and they had so many different varieties, that it was hard to chose. I figured I buy three big bags- two for them and one for me. Shhh…Don’t tell anyone!
Then we were in for a real treat because they had a Marvel Superheroes Event right in the bakery department. The people working at the bakery department invited my kids to come over to get their Superhero spirit on! They each got in on the Superhero fun with Avenger cupcakes and coloring books. The bakery department was invaded by Superheroes and my kids could not be more excited! We spent some time there eating our cupcakes and marveling over all the festivities.
After the fun event and I had my necessary ingredients, to make my pancakes, we headed home. The next morning, I decided I was going to try out my pancakes for a trial run, before we do the official movie breakfast with my kids. After all, my kids would go crazy if I made a breakfast they did not like. Those picky eaters….
Red Velvet M+M’s Pancakes Recipe- makes 7 large pancakes
-1/2 of large bag M+M’s ( I used blue and red M +M’s to go along with my Superhero theme)
-Dry Pancake mix- 4 cups
-2 cups water
-5 teaspoons red food coloring
-1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tube vanilla icing
-2 TBLS cream cheese
-7 TBLS of whipped topping
-3 TBLS cocoa mix
1. Add cocoa powder, food coloring, vanilla, and 1 egg in medium bowl.
2. In large bowl, add dry pancake mix and M+M’s. Pour in water and mix well.
3. Mix #1 and #2 together. Make sure you do not overly mix. You don’t want it too thick of a consistency.
4. In large skillet over medium heat, add a large spoonful of the batter from #3. Repeat to make 7 pancakes.
5. Once cool, transfer to plate and in small bowl, combine vanilla icing tube with the 2 TBLS of cream cheese. Sprinkle over pancakes and then add powdered sugar.
6. Top with a dollop of whipped topping over each pancake and add in remainder of M+M’s.
These pancakes were so easy to make but the real test was to see how they tasted. Let me tell you that I devoured 3 huge pancakes in one sitting. They were just too good!! This is the ideal Superheroes breakfast that incorporated my and the kids beloved M+M’s.
While this recipe is delicious, what makes it even better is if you go out and purchase the new Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier DVD, available at Walmart. It makes for a great family movie and if you add in my recipe, you will be the mom of the year. All you need is everyone’s favorite M+M’s and some other ingredients, and the Superhero magic will happen right in your kitchen. To make things even better, you can save money by using this awesome coupon: Save $5.00 On any two (2) M&M’s® Brand Chocolate Candies (15.4oz. or larger) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier DVD at Walmart.
Lastly if you are a Superhero fan like my family is, you will want to check out the new Social Hub called Heroes Eat M+M’s. You can take fun quizes to see which super hero or M&M you are. You will be thoroughly entertained with the questions asked. I got green which I pretty much agree with because I love all things beautiful and fashion! Tell me what you think after you visit the hub!
Check out my fun Instagram video I created with my Superheroes experience!
Do you have a favorite Superhero??
Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Snuza and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
Having a newborn again is so much easier the third time around! I laugh at myself when I think of all the time charts I kept on Haileys sleeping and eating patterns those first few weeks of life. By now I am just so much more relaxed as a mom, and know much more of what to expect. Of course some of the new products that have come out on the market in the meantime have made the newborn stage much easier for moms as we’ll. One of my favorites that I’ve discovered this time around is the Snuza Trio Plus.
My biggest fear as the mother of a newborn, and I know I’m not alone here, is of course the risk of SIDS. I confess SIDS is still this mysterious, ominous threat that I don’t have a great deep understanding of. Of course I know all the recommendations, placing the baby on their back and all that, but the Snuza takes all of that left over anxiety away. The Snuza products have motion sensors that detect abdominal movement while the baby sleeps, sending an alarm if it detects a lull of more than 20 seconds, (the length of time is adjustable to your comfort level). This let’s us sleep more soundly, not having to feel like we need to be human baby monitors all night long anymore. I love this product for my third kid, but can only imagine the peace of mind it would have brought me with my first!
The Snuza Trio Plus is a mobile baby video, sound, and movement monitor all in one. It is portable so you can set up the camera in one place and see the baby all over your house. If there is no movement detected, it provides a gentle vibration after 15 seconds. It is not late enough though to wake you up but enough to give you a nudge to just check on the baby if you are worried. There is a full built-in-alarm if there is no baby movement.
The digital screen is 3.5 inches and has incredible clarity. I can see great detailing when I use this camera. I like to sleep with our room very dark and I can still see everything using this monitor in dark places. I can pan/tilt/zoom with the camera to see the baby from every angle. It also always up to 4 cameras with this system.
It also features a room temperature display to tell you what temperature your child’s nursery is. This is a great feature to me as I always worry that the room is too hot or cold. Lastly, it has voice-activated sound monitoring. I can now get the total peace of mind and sleep with the Snuza. I can use this monitor from up to 300 meters outdoors and 50 meters indoors. I can freely roam the house and know she is safe using this monitor.
This would make an awesome baby gift, especially for the first time mom. The easy to use Snuza monitor clips onto your baby’s diaper and monitors audio, visual and movement of your baby. It is hard enough to get a god night’s sleep as a new mom as it is, so anything to help new mothers get more rest is worth it’s weight in gold. For me as a mother my favorite baby accessories are those like the Snuza that provide that extra piece of mind. Trust me, as a mother of three, you need all the help you can get!
Giveaway: Snuza is giving away a Snuza hero baby monitor to 10 lucky entrants including one to my readers, as well as Snuza Trio to one lucky grand prize winner! Simply fill out the form below and you are all set. Good luck! US and Canada.
* I received wine samples in exchange for my review. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
As a new mom, most days are quite stressful. At night, I like to relax by watching TV and having a glass of wine. I was not able to drink for 9 long months, so it is nice to have a glass at night now. Recently, we were sent bottles of Oberon wine and I have to say, I am a huge fan!
With the kids back to school, I am now taking my “wine-break” with Oberon. Oberon is a premium Napa Valley brand that is now offering two new releases, Oberon 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, perfect for sipping with girlfriends, enjoying after putting the kids to bed or pairing with a romantic dinner with someone special. Oberon caters to the hardworking mom with top quality, versatile and food-friendly wines at an excellent value that are widely available nationally!
Oberon wines are produced by the Michael Mondavi Family, with winemaking led by Napa Valley native Tony Coltrin. With over 40 years of winemaking expertise in the region, Tony Coltrin’s familiarity and unique understanding of the region is demonstrated in his 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. By blending fruit from Napa’s volcanic hillside soils and the deeper alluvial soils of the valley floor, Tony accomplishes his goal of crafting outstanding wines that balance rich, complex flavors with natural acidity.
I had the chance to review these wines:
2012 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP: $25):
Made from grapes procured in Napa’s finest winegrowing regions, including Rutherford, Oakville, Oak Knoll, Wooden Valley, and Oso Vineyard at the northeastern end of Napa Valley. By layering fruit from Napa’s volcanic hillside soils and the deeper alluvial soils of the valley floor, the wine boasts a beautifully rounded, rich, complex flavor.
Tasting Notes: Vibrant red cherry, candied blackberry, licorice and spice flavors, with an added hint of cocoa powder and toffee. Extended fermentation yields bold flavors, tannins and seamless texture.
2013 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc (SRP: $18):
Distinctive in style because the fruit is sourced from both the warmer Oso Vineyard (46%), located in northeastern Napa Valley, and the cooler Milliken Vineyard (54%) in the southern part of the valley. The cold-fermentation in tanks creates pureness of fruit and aromatics, with a subtle creaminess and length.
Tasting Notes: Lemongrass and tart apple with a layer of richness and expressive aromatics. Fresh flavors with citrus notes and underlying pineapple that develops into orange blossom.
Both wines were very fresh and enticed my taste buds. I am a Sauvignon Blanc drinker and I was a huge fan of this wine. It exhibited some fruity tastes but not overbearing like other similar genre of the same wines could be. It is the perfect fall wine to pair with a white fish or piece of chicken. It smelled terrific too.
Normally I am not a huge fan of Cabernet wines, but this wine was truly delicious, as well. It was a rich wine that paired excellently with my meat dishes that I prepared. Again it did not have an overbearing taste.
Be sure to check out the Oberon 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Sauvignon Blanc wines today!
*I was provided with a 2 night stay along with compensation. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
New York City is one of my favorite locations in the entire world. I used to live in Manhattan for a few years and those years were definitely some of the best I ever encountered. Recently, my husband and I were given a chance to explore New York City again and stay at the Comfort Inn Times Square South location. I ideally wanted a hotel that would put me around the main landmarks and by staying in this Times Square location, I was able to do that and more!
Comfort Inn Times Square South Area is conveniently located steps away from Broadway, Times Square, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center. You are also a small cab ride away from places such as Little Italy, Chinatown, and Central Park. You truly can’t beat the location is if you want to be centralized to all the main attractions in New York City.
When we checked in, we were warmly greeted and given keys to our room almost immediately. Upon entering the room, we loved the set up. It is so quaint and cozy. When I am staying at a hotel, I always look for a place where I can be comfortable and have a great stay. The room has a boutique-like feel, but with hotel chain prices. You can’t beat that!
In regards to the room, we had a king bed that was extremely comfortable. The first night I slept, I had one of the best night sleeps I have had in the past year. I melted away to dream land on the bed and pillow top mattress. Each room is also equipped with cable/satellite TV on a plasma setting, free high speed internet (and it worked really well!), free local calls (came in handy when I had to call my sister), hair dryer, in room air conditioning, in room hair dryer, in room desk, individual heat and AC, wake-up service, and in room radio. All rooms are smoke free which is something that should be done at all hotels!
The room was absolutely perfect for our needs. We were able to get a great two night sleep during our stay at the Comfort Inn Times Square South Area location. Included with the room price, is a breakfast buffet that runs every morning from 6-11 AM. In NYC, breakfast can be very expensive so it is great that they included this amenity. They had a large selection of hot and cold items readily available.
I felt 100 percent safe throughout my stay. NYC can also be very noisy at night, but truth be told, both nights I heard nothing and slept like a baby. After our daily excursions, we were able to sleep peacefully and wake to a nice breakfast.
We had a fantastic time at the Comfort Inn Times Square South Area hotel! I highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a great place to stay at reasonable prices in NYC! Location is key in Manhattan and this hotel truly can’t be beat! Look at these great landmarks we were able to walk to from our hotel! Enough said! If you are going to NYC and don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, this hotel is for you! Have fun in NYC!
Happy weekend everyone! We are getting all dressed up for a Bat Mitzvah this weekend and we are so excited! I hope you all have a great weekend with whatever you do.
As always, come link up any cute or funny post and LAUGH! Feel free to take my button or share on social media, although this is not necessary. Definitely check out the other blogs who link up as they all provide a great laugh.
My top five laughs:
5. Zane had school pictures the other day. They are supposed to go by themselves but he really wanted to take pictures with his best friend. So he ended up telling the photographer that his best friend was his brother and they need a family picture! LOL!
4. Hayley is still very insistent that she is going to be the tooth fairy when she gets older. She even asked me what school she should go to train!
3. The kids love Taylor, maybe a little to much so. Hayley mimics how an adult would speak to an infant. You realize quickly that the baby noises we make to get a babies attention are annoying, LOL!
2. Zane is learning how to do his name. He is so cute when he writes it. Look at him go:
1. Hayley knows every single artist on our local radio. The other day she told me a song was from Pink and I told her no, it was from Katy Perry. She looked at me and told me, “Have it your way”! And guess what at the end of the song, it was Pink! Go figure!
Now your laughs: