Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Patriotic Berry Trifle #Recipe

Patriotic Berry Trifle #Recipe

I just found out I would need to come up with a few "treats" for an impromptu Memorial Day BBQ. If you’re short on time, yet looking for some creativity this Patriotic Berry Trifle is perfect.
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1cup heavy cream
  • 1 store-bought pound cake, cut into slices
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries

In a medium-sized bowl, beat together, cream cheese and sugar on high speed until fluffy. Slowly add in heavy cream, mixing on a medium speed until the mixture has a light, whipped texture.

Covering the bottom of a medium sized serving bowl; add a layer of pound cake. Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the top, using a spoon to spread the mixture into a smooth layer; top with blueberries and raspberries.  Repeat layers.

Cover, and let set in refrigerator. Serve chilled.

Budget Friendly Memorial Day Fun for Kids and even Pets!

The weather is warming and the start of summer is just around the corner. Compiled below is a list of budget friendly outdoor games, fun products to help kids cool off and even outdoor fun for our four-legged loves.

American Plastic has a 50 + year history of Made in America, injection molded and affordable toys, which include seasonal fun, ride-ons, sports, role-play toys and more! 

This summer combines role-play and sports with the Junior Pro Golf Set.

Toddler Golf Set

Be just like Dad (or Mom) and learn the basics. With the Junior Pro Golf Set ($14.99), kids can now create their own putting green right in the backyard. The complete set includes one portable caddy, two putters, two flags, four golf balls, one tee, and two target holes. When the 18 holes are complete, pack the equipment into the caddy and roll off for easy storage and clean up.

Nothing says summer like Baseball! T-Ball Set

T-Ball for Toddlers

Play ball! Children can learn how to play baseball with the American Plastic Toys T-ball set ($14.99). Great for beginners, the T-Ball set features a sturdy base with an adjustable tee height making it perfect for those tiny new batters. The colorful set includes a tee, one bat, and two plastic baseballs, as well. 

When the temperatures start to rise have a little fun with Prime Time toys. What Prime Time Toys has done for the dart blaster with Dart Zone®, they are about to do for the water blaster. Their talented team of product innovators is launching a new collection of water blasters exclusively at Wal-Mart arriving in-stores January 2017. The Adventure Force™ line of water blasters will bring a new splash of fun to the backyard this Spring and Summer! This colorful collection takes the water fight to a new level with powerful precision performance and exciting action - all offered at Prime Time Toys’ signature affordable pricing. 

Available Wal-Mart and

Super Storm
Ages 6+, $16.88

Getting the upper-hand in competition has never been easier with the Super Storm water blaster. For the longest lasting continual play, the Super Storm features a 68-ounce size tank and pressurized water blaster action that will send water soaring up to 38 feet! The Super Storm blaster nozzle has three adjustable power blast nozzles – Super Soak Blast, Long-Range Blast, and Quad-Stream Blast with four Water Streams. Use the pump conveniently located on the front end of the water blaster to build pressure for the ultimate wet down! Then, press the trigger to blast a continuous stream of water.

Hydro Storm 6-Pack
Ages 4+, $9.88

The Hydro Storm is the ULTIMATE VALUE PACK! Double the fun with the Hydro Storm blaster set. For just $9.88, this bundle includes SIX water blasters. The compact squirt guns, featuring quick action and easy refill, project water up to 25 feet. 

Battle Blaster 
Ages 6+, $12.88

Just like the Prime Time’s Dart Zone® dart blasters, the Battle Blaster brings a tactical element for every battle! This power pump water blaster performs with excellent precision aided by the detachable scope. Catch your enemy in the crosshairs to ensure maximum accuracy and drench your opponent. 

Ages 6+, $4.97

Send your opponents home drenched with the Tempest Blaster. This blaster packs a punch firing up to 30 feet. Slide the pump forward to load and pull back to blast your opponents with a repetitive stream of water.

It's no secret our four-legged friends love the outdoors too! Petmate is passionate about providing fun, trusted quality products worldwide to enhance the lives of pets and their families

Chuckit! Breathe Right® Fetch Ball 

Run farther and fetch longer with this high performance ball designed to facilitate breathing and airflow into dogs’ lungs while running and fetching! Its patented proprietary construction. Is compatible with all Chuckit! Launchers.

Chuckit! Hydro Roller 


Designed to hold and release water for a new play dynamic, this Hydro Roller helps keep dogs cool in spring and summer weather. With high-visibility on water or land it’s the coolest way to play fetch! It can be used for a variety of play types including: fetch, tug, flyer and roller.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Celebrate Spring with Peppa Pig

Guess whose back just in time to celebrate spring?! Peppa Pig is back with new adventures and great new products that will have little fans jumping through mud puddles and caring for those first blooms.

Peppa Pigs is always full of energy and loves nothing more than to help her Mummy and Daddy. This spring make helping in the garden even more fun with assorted Peppa Pig Garden Toys from BB Designs.

With a garden spade, rake, bucket and watering can my little guy was thrilled to get into the dirt and help his Mommy out mulching, planting and weeding. In fact, he fills his water can and heads outside to water every single day making sure mommy's plants are looking their best. There is something about those super fun Peppa Pig Designs that make gardening chores f.u.n!

When the gardening is finished it's time for even more fun with Peppa and her outdoor chalk, plus holder! Let your imagination be your guide. Draw your favorite Peppa Pig scenes, play games and more. I love seeing creations come to life upon the sidewalk, driveway or stoop.

Want more Peppa fun? With an oinktastic Peppa Pig watch from Accutime, little ones can keep track of time and sport their love for their favorite pig everyday! And after a Peppa filled day, they can settle down to a new DVD, “Peppa Pig: Around the World,” followed by a bed time story “Peppa Pig and the Backyard Circus” a new book feature a fully colorable backside dust jacket!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Extended Outdoor Fun with Reactorz from COOP Sports

Its been a real adjustment coming from Florida to Minnesota. Coming off of our first COLD winter experience in 9 years, spring/summer can’t and couldn’t come soon enough. We will never again take for granted warm weather and outdoor fun. So, with the first new bloom, I was looking for fun outdoor products my kids could use in the yard or on a trip to the lake or playground.

Last year, COOP Sports, brought us fun in the form of Scatter Dodgeball, and this year they didn’t fail to disappoint with a fabulous collection of fun, from pool and beach toys to backyard favorites.

Coop- Reactorz are fun for all ages! Footballs, soccer balls, basketballs and more, with a twist.

COOP-Sports Outdoor Games

Reactorz feature built-in LEDs which create a flash of light with each toss, catch or bounce. Now that my kids are finally able to go outside and enjoy the weather, warming up more each day, it’s tough to get them back in. With Reactor balls that game of catch can last a little bit longer with Reactive Light Technology. I love peeking out the window seeing my kids running, catching, and playing. I adore seeing their reaction with each burst of light, and their smiles from being able to enjoy their outdoor time just a little bit longer.


We have been enjoying Reactorz Soccer and Playground balls, and I'm finding it hard to express what a big hit they really were.  The 8” Playground Ball is easy for kids hands to grip and throw. With their imaginations it has no limits; from a game of kickball to catch. We love the colors, design, bounce, and of course, the lights!

Reactorz Playground Ball

Reactorz Size 4 Soccer Ball ($17.99) is the perfect ball for my boys to bring down to the local field for a little day time fun or a game at dusk.  The light pattern in the soccer ball varies a bit, as stated on “the core refracts light while the shield blocks it, creating a unique lighting effect and interactive experience between the ball and players.”

Reactorz Soccer Ball

Looking to hit the beach, lake or pool? COOP also has an awesome line of Hydro all condition recreational sports gear. The Hydro line is 100% water proof, so whether you’re looking to play a game of catch in the pool or tossing the football on the beach, game play is uninterrupted. We haven’t made it to warm enough days to enjoy the Hydro line in the water, we are hoping for a Memorial Day debut, but we have enjoyed a game of catch with the Hydro Football.

Hydro Football

The Hydro Football is brightly colored and just screams summer. However, the bright, waterproof design doesn’t take away from its sturdy construction. Sized right for hands of all ages, the double-tuck synthetic laces makes throwing spirals easier and it features a durable inflatable bladder, for fun that will last more than one summer, at just $12.99. Parents will enjoy this one too! The Hydro Football is my husband and sons new go-to football for tossing around at the local park. We can't wait to see it in action at the lake come Memorial Day.

Light up balls

Find COOP-Sports Hydro and Reactorz line at retailers such as Walmart and Target. Search additional retailers at

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

5 Ways to Stay Calm, Cool, and Collected in the Rain

When you are out spending time with your baby in the outdoors one of the things that can ruin it is rain. It certainly can destroy your mood and will cause you to panic a little because of worrying about your little one. Unexpected rain cannot be avoided, so it is better if you come prepared when the rain comes rather than regretting it. It is no easy task defending your baby from Mother Nature’s rain and trying to get to a safe place, so always come prepared. Whether it’s a bright day or not always bring something with you to use when the unexpected happens. We have come up with 5 ways to defend yourself and your baby from the rain. Being prepared will keep you in a calm and collected state of mind.    

Keep Warm and Dry

When the rain starts pouring, the first thing you need to do is find a place to wait off the rain. Look for some roofing you can stay in to keep yourself and your baby dry. It is better to avoid the rain to protect the health of your baby. When you find the perfect spot keep your baby warm. You can cover her up with a blanket or your jacket. Remember that babies can easily catch a cold, so you better warm up that little guy to avoid future problems.

Always bring an Umbrella

An umbrella can be used during a hot or a rainy day. So always carry that with you when you are outside with your child. Umbrellas can be used in many ways and will help you a lot when you need it most. It can serve as your canopy when the rain starts pouring so you will have a high percentage of your body and things staying dry until you find a shelter to wait for the rain to the stop. An umbrella is a sure way to protect your baby from the rain so always keep on in hand.

Bring your baby’s Umbrella Stroller

Umbrella Strollers are the most convenient way to take your child outside for a walk without worrying. It is also the best shelter for your baby when it is raining thanks to its water proof roof and canopy. Your baby will be snoozing off even when the rain starts pouring. You can always check the internet about umbrella strollers if you are interested in getting one. You can also check Umbrella Stroller Reviews by Lisa AtParentsNeed, for they are known to give the best reviews when it comes to umbrella strollers.

Know when to go home

There are times when the rain is just a slight spring shower or the rain could last for hours. Now when you are caught in the middle of the rain with your baby always know when to fight the rain,  go home, or when to wait it out. If it is a storm that is coming, then there is no sense in waiting for it to stop. It would be better to endure getting wet rather than sacrificing you and your baby’s health from the cold. Also, it, wouldn’t take much of your time to check the weather forecast before heading out.

Never Panic

One thing that stresses a lot of people is when they start to overthink and lose their cool. When you start panicking it causes more harm than good. You forget things that you are supposed to bring and you start rushing so much so that you might end up causing harm to yourself or your baby. Always keep a cool mind. No one has ever died from getting wet in the rain, so just take a chill pill and do things in a calm state of mind.