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Friday, April 24, 2015

Avengers Scavenger Hunt with the Super Heroes Assemble App and Doritos Taco Salad Recipe #AvengersUnite


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We are huge super hero fans in our house.  That is something that I always loved growing up (yeah I'm nerdy like that) and that is something that I want to enjoy with my kids.  Luckily for me, I have 4 boys and 1 girl, so it's super easy to get them to enjoy them too!  We all love the Avengers in our house, so much  that a couple years ago that was our Halloween costume.  Everyone is getting super excited to see all the Avengers stuff popping up in stores getting ready for the big new movie:  MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Walmart and MARVEL have come up with a new Super Heroes Assemble App to make it fun and exciting for everyone!   
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This is the new app screen.  You can download onto your phone from iTunes or Google play store.  Whenever you scan a picture, you get to unlock something.  Sometimes it shows you more information about the characters or you can see a 360 experience about a character, it's really cool!  Some of them unlock an image of Hawkeye or Black Widow that stays on your screen  so when you take a picture, it looks like they are standing next to your kids, it's pretty awesome! 
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There are lots of different foods that now have the Avengers on the packaging.  The images on them can be scanned to unlock the content.  There are also Kellogg's fruit snacks that have the Avengers on it too.  
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This is how the app works.  You push the discover button and then look at the characters that you want to unlock.  Once you click on the character, the camera will pull up with a image that you have to scan, like this picture of the Cheez-It box.  
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You match up the image with your camera and then you have unlocked the character!  This one is for Iron Man! 
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You can also do it through Walmart's website.  You just click on the image that says "unlock more epic content" and that will bring you to several different pictures.  
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Just scan the picture and unlock the fun!
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I thought that this would be a really fun idea to do with my kids as we are shopping at Walmart.  So I made a fun scavenger hunt printable so the kids can have something to do and look for while we are shopping.  Whenever we see a display like this, I'll let them unlock the character.  The kids loved it!  They were so excited to find another display.  I also thought that it would be fun to just have them look for the characters in the toys or on the foods.  Whenever they see Iron Man or Captain America on the box or bag of food, they can check it off on their paper.  It's a great way to keep them entertained so they can screaming or complaining the whole time you are shopping :).  
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As we were shopping at Walmart I saw that they had a bunch of Doritos with the Avengers on them, so I thought that they would be a great thing to grab and have in the pantry.  Boy was I right!  Because I decided to make up a Doritos taco salad for dinner one night and it was ah-maz-ing!
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This is what you'll need for the Doritos Taco Salad:
The Avengers Doritos- any flavor.  Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch is what we choose
1/2-1 pound of hamburger, browned
Taco seasoning- use about 1/2 of the regular amount 
Onions
Tomatoes
Lettuce
Olives
Sour Cream
Guacamole
Cheese
Salsa
I browned the hamburger and added the water and taco seasoning (follow the instructions on the package for amounts) and then cut up all the different toppings. 
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I put the Doritos on bottom and then put the other toppings on top.  
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I paired it with a Thor Dr. Pepper 10 and it made for an awesome dinner!  Seriously, it was so good and so easy to make.  It took about 20 minutes to make it and it was a great and easy meal for my family.  Plus my kids LOVED that they were surrounded by the Avengers. 
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Does your family love the Avengers?  If they do, then you should download the new Super Heroes Assemble App, it's free and fun to use!  

Now I have to know, who is your favorite character in The Avengers?  Mine is Captain America, I love that he is genuinely a good guy, plus he's pretty easy on the eyes :).  



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DIY Flower Play Rug Perfect For a Play Kitchen


This is the first house that we have ever had a decorated room for my little girl.  Her being the only girl in the family, she is going to luck out and never have to share a room!  So when I decorated her room I wanted to go all out and have fun it with.  I had a lot of fun (you can see more of it, here).   Her closet is a walk in closet and is really big, so we turned half of it into a little play kitchen.  When I was decorating the kitchen, I thought that it would be fun to make a little rug to go by her table in there.  The best part, it only cost me $1 and it was soooooo easy to make.  Plus I love how it turned out!
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This is how I did it:
I picked up this rug at the dollar store.  Yes I said the dollar store.  I think they had them in the pet aisle.  It's a nice gray, so I picked it up and then decided to decorate it.DIY-Play-Rug-For-A-Little-Girls-Room (2)
The first thing I did was put these flowers on it.  I cut them out with my silhouette.  They are vinyl and just stuck them onto the rug.  Then using purple acrylic paint, I painted the whole rug.
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I then took off the vinyl.  When you do that, you get this cute rug!!
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And that's it!!  So easy to do and so fun!  
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Here it is in her play kitchen.  Isn't her kitchen so great?  She loves it and I find her in there playing all the time!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta Recipe


Spring has sprung and for us, life is getting busier and busier.  Sports have started for our boys and with the warm weather, it seems like we are out of the house most afternoons.  That is why I love crock pot recipes and this one is one of my favorites.  It's one of those recipes that whenever I make it, I think to myself, "Why don't I make this more often, it's yummy!".  It's super easy to make and only takes 4 ingredients!  You can just throw it all into the crock pot in the afternoon and it will be ready for dinner!  

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This is what you'll need:
Frozen chicken breasts, 3-4
1 package of cream cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 package of Good Seasons Italian dressing mix

Throw it all into the crock pot and then cook on high for 4 hours.  When it's done, mix it up and shred the chicken.
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And that's it!  Put it over your favorite kind of pasta (we used linguine) and enjoy!  
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

20 Mother's Day Gifts Mom Will Love {MMM #274 Block Party}


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Polly here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.   Spring is here in my part of the country which means it's time to start thinking about Mother's Day Gifts.  
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwich Recipe with Homemade Honey Mustard #KetchupsNewMustard


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The spring and summer bring so many things that I just love about the two seasons.  I love when I walk outside and you can smell food, knowing that someone close by is grilling and making up something amazing!  We really enjoy cooking outside too, making hot dogs and burgers and other amazing dishes. I love that's it easy and usually not as much clean up :).  This past weekend I made up this honey mustard chicken sandwich and it was AMAZING!!!  Seriously, I ate the whole thing and was wanting more.  The homemade honey mustard made with the New Heinz® Yellow Mustard totally makes the sandwich. 
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I headed to Walmart to get the Heinz Yellow Mustard. I found it in the aisle with the other condiments.  The mustard was across the aisle from the ketchup.  The Heinz Yellow Mustard comes in 8, 14 and 20 oz bottles.  The new cap down bottle makes sure that the first squirt isn't all watery or you get that mustard plug that comes out at the beginning.  And it's super easy to squeeze out. 
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This is what you'll need for the honey mustard:
1/2 cup Heinz Yellow Mustard
1/2 cup Heinz Mayonnaise
1/3 cup honey
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix together.
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This is enough to make a batch, so I put it in a jar so I can use it in the next few months.  This stuff is amazing though, I love it!  I'm excited to dip my chicken strips in it and put it onto all my sandwiches.  The Heinz Yellow Mustard gives it just the right flavor.  The new mustard has a secret blend of spices and vinegar to enrich the flavor, plus it used 100% natural ingredients.
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This is what you'll need for the honey mustard chicken sandwich:
Homemade honey mustard
Buns
Chicken (I used a breaded chicken that I baked but grilled chicken would be great too)
Bacon
Tomatoes
Avocados
Lettuce
Onions
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Put all the topping on to the buns and then pour the honey mustard on.
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And then enjoy this delicious sandwich!  I bet you are going to want more after you're done with it!
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Is your mouth watering yet??  Because mine is and I just ate lunch!
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The honey mustard was great for the chicken but when it comes to hamburgers, I just love the Heinz Yellow Mustard by itself.  It gives the burger just the right amount of flavor and tang!  Pair it with Heinz Ketchup for the fries and you have a perfect meal!
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What is your favorite thing to grill outside?  What do you like to put mustard on?  I would love to hear it!
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