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Win Tickets to See Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Out of the Shadows


Heroes in a half shell, Turtle Power!

This Summer, see Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). Supervillain Shredder (Brian Tee) joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly) to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil: the notorious Krang.

Excited about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Out of the Shadows? Starting today, you can enter to win two tickets to the screening of the upcoming Summer blockbuster! In total, there will be FIVE WINNERS! That's right FIVE winners, so the odds are in your favor.

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How to Make a Killer Chocolate Brownie Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich

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A simple recipe for these killer brownie waffle ice cream sandwiches

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” ― Charles M. Schulz 

It's safe to say I spend quite a bit of time experimenting in my kitchen with various recipes. Sometimes they're a complete flop, and sometimes they exceed expectations. This Chocolate Brownie Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich is definitely the latter. If you're a fan of brownies and homemade vanilla ice cream, you're going to want to bookmark this yummy recipe to reflect upon later, but be warned, these killer Chocolate Brownie Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches are so painfully simple to make it's almost criminal. In fact, they should come with a warning.

Surgeon General's Warning: This recipe can cause a chocolate/ and or vanilla ice cream addiction. There, you've been warned, continue to read at your own risk.

blue bunny ice cream


These delicious treats can be made using 6 ingredients, in about 15 minutes- so basically the ultimate "schools out" celebratory treat. For this recipe, I specifically chose Blue Bunny® Homemade Vanilla ice cream because of it's consistency. Plus, the new clear packaging allowed me to see the flavor swirls in all of their glory, which is important when you live in a household that has different tastes in ice cream, which is how we ended up with Blue Bunny® Mint Chocolate Chip and Blue Bunny® Blu's Birthday Party® as well. The Smucker's Chocolate or Hot Fudge Ice Cream Topping also mysteriously ended up in the cart. Not that I'm complaining...



So, let's get on with the main attraction. Here's how to make a killer Chocolate Brownie Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich.

Ingredients

Brownie mix
2 medium eggs
1/3 cup
Blue Bunny® Homemade Vanilla
Non-stick spray

Optional 
Whipped cream
Rainbow sprinkles

Instructions

Heat your waffle iron and prepare brownie mix according to package instructions.

brownie waffle mix


Spray waffle iron with non-stick spray. Pour brownie mix onto waffle maker and cook until waffle maker beeps. Carefully remove brownie waffle from waffle iron. Set waffle in freezer and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.

brownie waffles


Once waffle has cooled, slice into fours. Remove ice cream from freeze and scoop onto waffle. Spread evenly with knife. Place another brownie waffle on top of ice cream. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles. Serve with a smile and a side of milk.

Enjoy!

brownie waffles recipe


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Until next time,


What Every Parent Needs to know about Pediatric Cancer

neuroblastoma
Update: Baby Jordan gained his angel wings on Wednesday, May 18th shortly after this article was published. He was completely peaceful, and randomly smiling in his sleep, letting us know he is okay. He not in pain anymore. He is free from suffering.

Earlier this year, my cousins became members of the club every parent knows exists, but few like to talk about. The “my baby has just been diagnosed with cancer club.” As you can imagine, it’s a devastating club to suddenly find yourself a member of.  It’s a club that we often deliberately ignore out of fear. But sadly, it’s a club that 46 parents will find themselves inducted into today. And that number is growing.

As I sit here typing, a father sits holding his daughter for the final time. A mother lays curled on her son’s floor, her heart as empty as his bed. These are not nameless, faceless people. These people are your friends, your neighbors, your family. Perhaps cancer has not touched you personally, but it could. And that should scare you into action. 

But before you leap blindly into the fray, there are several important things you need to know about pediatric cancer:

Cancer Doesn’t Care
Every year, 263,000 children under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer. And of those 263,000 children, 91,250 of them will not live to see their 20th birthday.  Childhood cancer is the number one killer of children under the age of 18. It does not discriminate based on your race, financial status, or how much you love your children. Cancer doesn’t care.

neuroblastoma in babies


Pediatric Cancer is Severely Underfunded
And it’s no secret. Childhood cancer receives only a paltry 4% of U.S. federal funding for research, while adult cancers research receives 60%. In dollar terms, pediatric cancer clinical trials receive $26.4 million in funding annually from the federal government, while AIDS research receives $254 million in funding and breast cancer averages roughly $584 million. And while it’s true that pediatric is less common that adult cancers, there is still a major funding disparity in childhood cancers. Simply put, pediatric cancer is not profitable enough.

Which brings us to my next point…

Not every Charity is Charitable
Before you open your wallet to make a charitable donation, you should take the time to know where your money is going. For every dollar the American Cancer Society raised in 2010, only a single penny was spent on childhood cancer. But they’re not the only offenders. The Childhood Leukemia Foundation spends just 27% of its annual budget on programs and research. Only 25% of donations fund programs for the National Cancer Institute.

Conversely, the Cancer Research Institute funnels a whopping 85% of their donations and funding into programs that benefit cancer patients. On average, over the last three years, 83 cents of every dollar received has supported the research and treatment at St. Jude.

If you’re considering donating to a cancer charity for children, Charity Navigator is a great place to begin your initial research. Donations, although well-intended, do nothing if they’re not being used appropriately.


A Cure Is Possible
Researchers say that a legitimate cure, with reduced long-term effects from chemotherapy and radiation treatments is possible without our lifetime. It can happen. But only if we work together.
Contact your local congressman. Start a local fundraiser. You don’t have to be the parent of a child with cancer to get involved. Make noise. Make waves. Just whatever you do, don’t stay silent.

Because one day, you may be one of the 46 parents who suddenly find themselves on the bad side of those unthinkable statistics. Don’t wait until it’s too late to join the fight. We owe it to our children. We owe it to ourselves.

baby eating pizza




To learn more about Jordan and his fight with pediatric cancer, visit his Facebook Page Go Gold for Jordan.

To donate to Jordan's medical fund, visit his Go Fund Me page.

To learn more about what you can do within your own community, visit the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

5 Ways to Travel Cheap This Summer

budget friendly travel tips


Traveling with a family can get pretty expensive very quickly. This summer enjoy spending more time having fun on your vacation with your family and less time worrying about the cost with these 5 awesome and creative ways to travel cheap this summer. This simple tips are sure to make your next family vacation much more enjoyable!

1. Use Discount Sites Sites 

Groupon and Living Social often times offer super affordable discount rates for traveling. Sometimes you can save as much as $1000 on a cruise or overnight stay in a luxurious hotel. Sign up for weekly alerts so that you know when they're offering a good deal.


2. Avoid Traveling on the Weekend 

Although weekend traveling is more convenient, it's also a bit more costly. Studies show that Wednesday is actually the least expensive day out of the week to travel. If possible, try to plan your vacation during the week. Not only will you cut the cost, but you'll also beat the weekend crowds.

money saving travel tips

3. Take Advantage of Last Minute Deals 

Snagging last minute deals can be difficult at a moments notice when you have a family, but the savings you could rack up would be well worth the inconvenience. If you really want to save some money, keep your eyes peeled for sweet last minute trips. Airfare Watchdog is a great site to keep in mind when looking for those last minute deals.


4. Call BEFORE Booking Online 

Sure booking hotel accommodations online is convenient, but did you know that most of the time you miss out on great deals? Call the hotel and ask to speak to a manager or supervisor. If you're celebrating a special occasion, be sure to make mention of it. You might just get lucky and swing a really great deal this way. Bonus: this method applies to airlines as well.


5. Book Rooms with Kitchens 

Although you may pay a bit more out of pocket right away for the hotel accommodations, booking a room with a kitchen will allow you to dine in instead of spending tons of extra money hitting up expensive restaurants. Pack your own food or go to a local grocery store for a few days worth of food. This alternative is not only cheaper, but probably healthier.

 Have travel plans for the summer? Do you have creative ways to travel cheap you'd like to share? How do you and your family save money when going on vacation? Sound off in the comment section below.

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out my recent post 10 Tips For Camping with Toddlers!

Until next time,