Friday, October 24, 2014

Kid-Friendly Sundae Milkshakes – Inspired by Strawberry TruMoo Milk – Yum! #ad #TruMoo

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I love trying out and creating new recipes, especially when I can involve the girls.  Not only are they developing a love for cooking and being the kitchen, but we get to practice basic math and work on following directions.  So, when I was approached by the folks at TruMoo milk and asked to create a fun recipe using their strawberry milk, I jumped at the opportunity.  

Both of my girls love their chocolate and strawberry flavored milks, so I knew they would be excited to help me create a recipe using this flavored milk as one of the ingredients. :-)



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After talking about different things to make - from strawberry flavored bread or muffins to strawberry banana pancakes or waffles, the girls decided on ice cream sundae milkshakes.  Being a fan of milkshakes -- the thicker, the better, I wasn't going to say "No." :-)  And, so I started to pull together the ingredients and come up with an easy to prepare recipe that anyone can make, in a short period of time.  This is what I came up with.  Note, you can add whatever sundae toppings you like to the milkshake.  We ended up keeping it simple with the whipped cream, chocolate sauce, colored sprinkles and a cherry.

Strawberry TruMoo Sundae Milkshakes



Ingredients:


2 cups of Strawberry TruMoo Milk
1 cup of your favorite flavor ice cream -- we used vanilla
1 Banana mashed

Optional Toppings:
Marichino Cherries
Whipped Topping
Sprinkles
chopped walnuts
Chocolate syrup
Shredded Coconut
Crushed Pineapple
Marshmallow topping

Directions:
1.  Combine Strawberry TruMoo Milk, mashed banana and ice cream in a blender.  And, blend to combine.
2.  Pour into glasses and top with your favorite ice cream toppings.  Serve with a spoon or straw -- or, both! 
3.Enjoy!

Let me tell you, these sundae milkshakes were oh so tasty, and really filled you up.  My girls loved rolling their sleeves up, helping to scoop the ice cream, and mixing everything together.  But, their favorite part was taste testing.  And, both gave me a thumbs up, as they sipped away at their TruMoo Strawberry milk inspired sundae milkshakes.



Are you a fan of TruMoo milk? If so, what flavor, and have you created your own recipe using this flavored milk?  I would love to hear what fun recipes you have come up with, so be sure to share in my comments section below.  And, if you get a chance to try out our easy sundae milkshakes, I can't wait to hear what you think, and if you added additional toppings. :-)

Visit TruMoo for more information, to find other fun recipes you can create using this flavored milk, as well as store locations carrying this milk

Also, to stay up-to-date on all things TruMoo Milk, make sure you follow their social media pages...

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23 Blast, Based on the Travis Freeman Story, Arrives in Theaters Today -- This is One Movie Not to Be Missed! (Review)

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in which I was compensated for my time in viewing and sharing an honest review.  However, all views shared are mine alone.


In Theaters Today!!!!


Click here to find a theater near your where 23 Blast is playing -- http://23blast.com/theaters/


Are you lucky enough to have found a babysitter for the kids tonight and going out for dinner and movie with your sweetie?  Or, are you looking for a great family-friendly to take your kids, ages 13+ to this weekend?  If you said "Yes" to either question, then I have the perfect movie for you to check out called "23 Blast".

Have you seen the trailer or online buzz about this movie?  I have to admit that I only found out about it yesterday after being asked to screen it and share my review with you today. But, I am so happy I now know about it, as I have been raving about it with family and friends and suggested it as a wonderful heartwarming movie that is based on a true story.

Aren't movies that are about real people great? I find that when I watch these types of movies, I find myself relating to the different characters, as well as taking a step back to look at my life and be grateful for all that I have.  Even on those days that the girls just don't want to listen or bedtime can't come fast enough, watching a movie like 23 Blast really opens your eyes to other people's real struggles and makes what you are going through seem like it is petty or not a big deal.  Well, this is the case with 23 Blast, which is about the life of Travis Freeman, who due to an eye infection in high school, loses his vision.  He was a star football player, and always loved playing the game, especially with his best fried Jeff Baker.

The movie itself moves along at a good pace and covers everything, from the highs and lows of Travis' life before and after he loses his eyesight.  You don't know if he will return to the field, but you hope that he does with a miracle.  Then, with a push from his football coach to return to football, Travis rejoins his team and does the impossible -- without his eyesight he is able to play football.


About the Movie:

"23 Blast is based on the amazing true story of Travis Freeman, who was a typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky.

Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight.  Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs.

We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.

The movie is rated PG-13, so please use discretion if you show it to your children who are under the age of 13. You do not have to watch this movie with your children, you may screen it without them."


CAST
Stephen Lang – Coach Farris

Alexa Vega – Ashley
Mark Hapka – Travis Freeman

Max Adler – Cameron

Kimberly Jo Zimmer – Mary Freeman

Bram Hoover – Jerry Baker

Timothy Busfield - Duncan

Fred Thompson – Coach Powers

Becky Baker – Patty Wheatley

Dylan Baker – Larry Freeman


And, here is the official trailer from the film, which arrives in theater today --



Click here to find a theater near your where 23 Blast is playing -- http://23blast.com/theaters/

In addition to watching Travis overcome so much due to his handicap, we also see his best friend, Jerry Baker, pull away and struggle with drugs and alcohol.  You see him drinking throughout the film, which caused this film to get a PG-13 rating.  I am glad that they put these scenes in, as they are great talking points about teenage drinking, if you have tweens/teens, who see this movie with you.  You will find at the end of the movie that Jerry Baker passed away as they dedicate the movie to him.  This was another life taken from us too soon due to the drugs and alcohol.  I found out that he his demons were too great for him to handle and drugs and alcohol led to him falling off a roof and becoming paralyzed.  But, like Travis, Jerry defied the odds and lasted years beyond what many would have thought, giving his daughter, who was born just shortly before his accident, time to spend with her father.  You will also see his daughter at the very end of the film, smiling.

If you cry easily at movies, you will want to make sure you have enough tissues handy.  I found myself crying both happy and sad tears throughout the movie.  Even though this is considered a faith based movie and talks about God, it can still be enjoyed by those who are not religious. You will find yourself moved by Travis and all that he has accomplished in life, and how he didn't let losing his eyesight end his life or desire to pursue his dreams.  This is one movie you will walk away at the end feeling moved and taking time to appreciate what you have.  "Vision Comes From Within" and this movie shows this by sharing Travis' personal story, that will have you talking about it with family and friends for some time to come.

Want to know how the movie ends?  Don't worry as I will not give away the ending.  :-) You will just have to check out this movie for yourself, and see why and I those who have seen it so far love it.  With a minimal budget of just under $1 million dollars, this movie is powerful and one you will not want to miss.  I can't wait until it arrives on DVD, so that I can watch it again.

Don't forget to follow 23 Blast on the movie's social media pages, where you can share your reaction and love for this film with other movie goers...


23 Blast on Twitter -- https://twitter.com/23Blast

23 Blast on YouTube -- https://www.youtube.com/23blast

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in which I was compensated for my time in viewing and sharing an honest review.  However, all views shared are mine alone.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sports Safety Tips from Heisman Trophy Winner, Desmond Howard + Enter the Aflac Ultimate College Football Sweepstakes #AflacSweeps #CleverGirls #ad @AflacDuck





"Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance in the United States and an official partner of the Heisman Trophy, is kicking off the college football season with a new television commercial, an online sweepstakes and a partnership with 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard."


There are so many things friends and family never tell you about having children.  You only experience and learn how to handle these things when you are presented with them.  From frequent colds (especially if in a daycare setting) to trouble getting kids to sleep and stay asleep at night, to injuries sustained when playing around with friends or when engaged in sports, you can never fully be prepared for things -- but, there are ways to ease your mind with these helpful sports safety tips from 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, who is partnering with Aflac this college football season. Here are some great tips for parents with kids who play football, or sports in general (as these tips go hand and hand with most sports our kids play)



"Baseball is often referred to as “America’s favorite past time,” but many believe that football is America’s game. The Super Bowl is the biggest sports event of the year, and college football constantly dominates headlines in the fall. However, since football is such a demanding and physical sport, injuries can be common and sometimes serious enough to lead to a trip to the emergency room.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way! To help your children learn how to keep things as safe as possible on the football field, follow these tips:

1) Football = lots of gear!
Some equipment may look “optional,” but it is important to wear all necessary pads and safety gear each time you play. If you show up for a practice or game without it, alert your coach immediately.

2) Follow the rules
While physical prowess is central to football, you must obey the rules. In the heat of the moment it’s easy to forget, but there is a reason why things like tripping, clipping, blocking below the knees and helmet-to-helmet contact are illegal in football: they can be very dangerous to both you and your opponents.

3) Listen to your body
If at any point you feel pain or discomfort while playing, notify your coach and get out of the game. While sitting on the sidelines is one of the most difficult situations a player can face, pushing through injuries increases the severity and keeps you out of action longer.

4) Take the doctor’s orders
After experiencing a sports injury, the first question a player often asks is, "When can I play again?" The answer depends on the injury. Always listen to your doctor. Even if you can't return right away, a doctor or physical therapist might have suggestions and advice on what you can do to stay fit and rehab the injury. It is important to always check with a doctor before attempting any activity following an injury.

5) Make sure you’re covered
Accidents happen. When unexpected injuries happen on the football field, make sure you’re prepared with supplemental insurance to help cover out-of-pocket expenses. According to the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report, 66 percent of U.S. workers could not afford the costs associated with a serious illness or injury. That’s why voluntary insurance plans are so important. In the event of a serious injury, they help provide peace of mind and cash benefits to help you get back in the game fast."


In addition to the above useful sports safety tips from Desmond Howard and Aflac, parents can also feel more at ease when it comes to injuries and their children, if they carry supplemental insurance, like that offered through Aflac.


When unexpected illness or injuries DO happen, make sure you’re prepared with supplemental insurance.



According to the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report, 66 percent of workers could not afford the costs associated with a serious illness or injury. 

Want to hear something else startling?  



"Without health insurance, the average cost to treat a broken leg, for example, is over $10,0001 - now just imagine a serious back injury!"

That’s where Aflac comes in ... if someone with an Aflac supplemental insurance plan experiences a serious illness or injury, Aflac helps ease the financial stress and provides cash benefits to help pay for out-of-pocket expenses. 


Supplemental insurance could help cover these and other expenses that may not be fully covered by your major medical insurance:


o Broken teeth


o Concussions


o Ambulance, ground and air


o Emergency room visits


o Lacerations


For nearly six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. To learn more about Aflac and their supplemental insurance plans visit http://www.aflac.com/individuals/default.aspx.


Even though my girls are little, they have already had their fair share of ER and doctors visits due to injuries on the field and off. Last year alone, we found ourselves in the ER with our oldest twice as she was playing soccer in the backyard with Bella and their friends, and had a rock or other sharp object hit her in the head.  This had us up at the ER to get her forehead glued shut.  



Savannah sporting a band-aid to cover the gash on her forehead, 
which we needed to have glued shut, at the ER.

Then, a few months later, Bella took a tumble off the balance beam during gymnastics practice and blacked out, We were up all night monitoring her for a concussion.  And, then right before the holidays, Bella was at gymnastics and dislocated her elbow while on the uneven bars.  We had to rush her to the ER to have her elbow popped back into place, and then were icing and heating it the next few days, until she was back to her old self.


You can never predict if and when your child will get injured while playing with friends or engaged in recreational sports, nor can you keep them from wanting to join because of fears they may hurt themselves.  But, with the above sports safety tips, and precautions you take with your kids, you can be better prepared if an injury does occur.


Seeing my kids sick and hurt is one of the most difficult parts of being a part, as I don't like to see them in pain.  But, I also don't want to miss seeing them smile when they score a goal in a soccer game, land a dismount at gymnastics, or simply dance like no one is watching in dance class.




So, don't get caught off guard with sports injuries and your children, especially now that football is in full swing.  Hopefully with the helpful sports safety tips I shared above from the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard and being well-informed about the supplemental insurance plans available from Aflac, you will be better prepared to handle your child's sports injuries, if and when they occur.

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I don't know about you, but I love watching the Aflac Duck commercials.  And, now there is a new television commercial, which first started airing back on August 28th, that has the Aflac Duck sharing  his so-called football knowledge (or lack there of).  


Here is the cute commercial, if you haven't seen it yet...
"While the Aflac Duck might not be a football genius, he’ll hustle to help Aflac pay your claim – on average in just four days."



Are you the ultimate college football fan? If so, this #AflacSweeps is for you! Three lucky fans will win a trip for two, a pair of tickets to one of three college football games in November, a chance to meet Desmond Howard and more. Enter once per 24 hours on Facebook; for bonus entries, share on Twitter. 



-- Enter the Ultimate College Football Experience Sweepstakes -- 



Three prize packages will be awarded; winners will be announced Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11.


Each prize package includes:


• Two tickets to the biggest college football game of the weekend.


• Meet & greet with Desmond Howard.


• Round trip airfare.


• Hotel accommodations.


• Ground transportation to and from events.


• $500 prepaid debit card for food and other expenses.



Enter today by visiting http://clvr.li/1xiJoTo.  Then, spread the word to let your friends know it’s #GameOn!  



Want to stay up-to-date on all things Aflac, including sweepstakes and new Aflac Duck commercials like the ones above?  Then, make sure you are following Aflac's social media pages...




*CONSUMER NOTICE: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Open to legal permanent residents of 50 U.S. states and DC, 21 or older, who have Internet access and valid email address prior to 08/28/14. To enter and for Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions, click here: https://www.facebook.com/aflacduck/app_143103275748075. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter. For a winner's list (after 11/10/14), visit the Ultimate College Football Experience tab of this page or mail request to Aflac "Ultimate College Football Experience" (Specify Winner List), Media Relations, 1932 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA 31999. Sponsor: American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.