Root Beer Lifetime Family Traditions

 

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BURP.  Excuse me!  Nom nom....

Sometimes you have to just jet your love soar & go over board.  Sometimes you just live for the tasty truth in your tastebuds!  Well, gotta tell you some of our favorites and you probably love them too.  From Clamato to Orange Crush to our ultimate fantasy - Motts APPLE JUICE & IBC Root Beer!  The 3 year old doesn't get the root beer so the Apple Juice is our next frozen pop joy.  Do you have a favorite?  We LIVE for LOTS of Root Beers!  And if you don't think Dr. Pepper Snapple Group wasn't the KING & QUEEN of root beer - think again!  IBC, A&W and Stewart's are all apart of the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS).  The best root beer for every taste buds:  A mix of regular, reduced & zero calorie options.  The DPS is one of the North Americcan drink leaders with over 50 different flavor to choose from.

Sumertime and the kids are loving the freetime and fresh air, playing all day and getting the most out of their unscheduled days.  I, on the other hand, seem to be in a constant scramble to keep things running smoothly, making the day seem unscheduled when it actually is!  While the kids bask in the sun and splash in the pool I am coordinating playdates at the park and planning easy meals and snacks that won’t have me tied to the kitchen all day. I seriously long for the summers of my youth when MY day was task free and luxuriously stress free.

During my meal planning I came across a recipe for an old favorite of mine and a brilliant idea began to form in my mind. The recipe was for rootbeer floats, something that for me was the ultimate in decadence and a treat I rarely received but always appreciated.  The cold smooth ice cream floating in the foamy sweet rootbeer, the flavors mingling to create something otherworldly, evoking images in my mind of poodle skirts, roller skates and carefree days. I used to dream of living in those times, when girls wore fitted dresses and boys letterman sweaters. But I digress, back to my reality and summer of hectic scheduling and planning!

I decided to plan a themed 50’s day, we would hit the beach and play old school; sandcastles and stripey beach balls, sandwiches wrapped in waxed paper and cold lemonade. The focal point of the day would be dinner, complete with homemade burgers and, you guessed it, ROOTBEER FLOATS!  So you may be on to me by now, and yes, I have created an excuse to indulge in one of my classic favorite treats by disguising it in a “themed day for the kids”, but hey, a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do!  The best part of this is when I told the kids about this amazing treat they looked appalled, gaping at me like I’d suggested liver popsicles were the up and coming trend in frozen snacks.  Trust me, I said.  They were skeptical but presented with a fun day at the beach they climbed aboard my fun train and we were off on our 50’s day!

Home after the beach I was all business, prepping float glasses and setting out sprinkles and cool straws. The kids watched warily, eventually drawn in by the ice cream and sprinkles, and soon we were all laughing in the kitchen together.  Hmm, rootbeer floats creating amazing family memories, who knew?

 

After their first tentative sip they looked at me with awe, like I had created Minecraft or Pokemom GO. I was a star in their eyes and they eagerly devoured the first of many rootbeer floats. I sat down with my own, sipping slowly to savour it, closed my eyes and drifted back to when my own mom made me my first rootbeer float, back to summers without stress and kids and I realized I wouldn’t go back.  Who could go back when in the here and now I was the one in charge of when we had rootbeer floats!  And I can tell you, this is a treat we will be having regularly!

 

 

Make your own 50s Root Beer Float

One bottle Hires Rootbeer

Vanilla Ice cream

Colored sugar sprinkles

Whipping cream ina can

Cool fountain glasses

Funky straws

Pour a small amount of root beer in the bottom of each glass, and add a generous scoop of ice cream.  Slowly top with root beer and finish with a good squirt of whipping cream.  Top it off with colored sprinkles and pop in a straw. ENJOY!

Pause, rewind - add more and more and more!

 

Now, my mom wasn't from the 50s but she sure likes to party like it! Ha.  She was not visiting but we Skyped her and my dad for some fun reminders to be YOU!

 

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Fashionable Back to School Uniforms with #UANext

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My MODEL School Kids: “Show me your serious face, boys!”

 

Summer has gotten much shorter over the years. Now a days, kids go back SO EARLY! My sister’s kids go back in Illinois in the middle of August. My girlfriend in Kentucky? SHE STARTS TOMORROW!! I know.  Depressing!  Never fear though, this year we fit out fashion & I partnered with Under Armour for their launch of school uniforms, which you can check out here: http://undrarmr.co/1VlMjcD!

Growing up in a family of girls I was always under the impression that boys didn’t really care about the way they looked. I always heard my dad talk about how us ‘girls take too long’ and how we needed ‘hours to get ready to go somewhere’. I often wonder if it was because he had a house full of girls or because he went to a private school and wore a school uniform his entire life. I’m here to tell my father - times have changed Daddy-O! Both boys & girls take pride in the way they look. And although I was a kid who grew up shopping at the one tiny store we had in our town, I still wanted to look nice & impress my friends. Boston, my 8 year old is a sportystud! Everything is sporty. And the #1 name flying around our house? Well, besides Kevin Durant, The Phillies or some Curry guy - it’s Under Armour. Everything that my kid wears has that UA logo all over it! So when I got the opportunity to work with them a couple years ago, I knew it was a brand that my family will have forever in our lives & it was a perfect fit.  Under Armour is back in our house with school uniforms. This back to school season Under Armour launched their BRAND NEW Back to School Uniforms! I have to tell you - even though my kids don’t go to a private school - I would totally send them in these clothes! (And if your ‘sporty’ kids do wear uniforms then you totally need to add these to your back to school shopping list. CUTE STUFF!)

Many of you might JUST be starting summer & the thought of back to school is at the very back of your mind. Or, you’re turning over a new leaf and plan to get in the game FASTER this year. Either way, these adorable uniforms are ready to come to your house by shopping at UnderArmour.com. 

One of the goals I had this summer was to open up my kids eyes to other ways of living and experiencing life. So we do a lot of lunchtime lessons where we talk about what other kids have to do in their daily lives. Our topic this week was kids who wear uniforms to school & what that looks and feels like. Boston didn’t think he’d like to wear a uniform and I talked about how much easier the days are for moms that send their kids to school in uniforms. He got it. And I got jealous. Ha! So we had a little mini fashion show and I had my boys model the uniform line at the bus stuff. Fun, right? Believe it or not - my boys are fashion conscience!

I grew up in a family of 3 girls. We never did sports in our house. We were the music & dance kids. Fast forward and my 8 year old is a sports prodigy. No joke! This kid knows all the stats, all the scores & all the players in almost EVERY sport. His obsession with sports carries over into his fashion. And even though we don’t wear uniforms to school - we do get the chance to see what it would be like and he actually LOVES them!

Stop by  all month long for some fun fashion tidbits to help with your latest in Back to School Uniform & Essentials & be sure to like our Facebook Page for a chance to win some great Back to School Swag!  We love Under Armour.  Hope you love them as much as we do!

 

 

You Say Tomato We Say Clamato

Howdy friends! 

We're having a TON of fun with Reality Moms and I can't wait to tell you sooooo much more. But right now, I have to keep my nose to the grindstones getting ready to rock our Big CHRISTMAS in JULY extravaganza!

But this month is loaded with awesome at Reality Moms and my friend Sandy has all the details about MY FAVE tomato loaded drink, Clamato®.  Be sure to hit up the Clamato website to find some super fun recipes  - but swing on by RealityMoms to get the full skinny and the secret recipe yourself!  Oh-and make no mistake my friends!  Clamato® is apart of my absolute favorite caffeinated beverage - THE DR. PEPPER/SNAPPLE GROUP!  Yep.  My fave is Diet DP, but there are many great flavors to choose from.  My house absolutely LOVES to do a "DPG" that's where we put every flavor in the fountain made by Dr. Pepper!  Sunkist, Stewarts, IBC Root Beer...mmmmmmm.  FUNKY FANTASTIC!

Now do yourself a GIANT flavor - I mean favor....and get yourself acquainted with the hashtag #DPSFlavorTour!

This is a sponsored post by Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group written by Sandy O'Brien.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group.

The universe was listening while chatting with hubby the other night.  He couldn’t take another summer of either beer or cider as the beverage choices readily available in our fridge. Gone are the days when I could sit back and enjoy a cold beer or two, my 40-something-year-old digestive system having given up in defeat, just blows my tummy up like a balloon after the first few sips. I tried cider—a cold, sweeter refreshing cousin of my hubby’s favorite brewski—it felt like the perfect match for me. Except for the sugar and subsequent headache, that is. So I did what I do, I googled, and searched pinterest and was very excited to find not just my perfect summertime beverage, but that there’s a whole DAY devoted to it! Best wife in the world, I know.

So what is this perfect drink you ask? It is called a Michelada and there is a Michelada Day – you can celebrate on July 12th! A Michelada is a refreshing, delicious drink made from Beer and Clamato® Juice with a blend of lime and spices. Similar to a Bloody Mary or Caesar, this drink is very popular in Mexico and I can see why. It isn’t as alcohol laden as a Caesar or Bloody Mary and has a more complex flavor, thanks to the spices which give it a kick. There are even specialMichelada glasses. There are many different variations and I am committed to trying them all this summer (all in the name of research of course).

Now, I have to admit I have always shied away from tomato juice, it’s just never been my thing (big tall glass of cold blood), but my new cocktail bestie is made of Beer and Clamato® Juice so I’m broadening my horizons and trying new things, (look at me, MOM!).

So here’s the thing, Clamato® Juice isn’t just tomato! It’s crazy good, with spices and ya, clam juice, but it totally works. It’s not thick, in fact it’s really yummy just over ice. I know this because you aren’t supposed to be boozing at 9am, but a “virgin” Michelada is completely acceptable, and considering the other main ingredient is BEER, the virgin variety is, well,Clamato®.

I’m really quite a genius with my whole plan, because I have found a way to incorporate a VEGETABLE into my summer libations.   I actually think I may be more excited about the CLAMATO® juice than I am about the beer! If you think about, the Clamato juice is practically one of those “perfect foods”. I get a serving of veg from the tomato and there’s got to be some protein from the clam juice, right? And I can mix it with beer. Sounds pretty darn perfect to me!

My First Michelada Day

INGREDIENTS

6 oz. Clamato® Preparado

4 oz. beer

Ice

Salt, pepper, hot sauce to taste (if you dare)

Rim Spice Blend:

4 tablespoons salt

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

INSTRUCTIONS

Rim a tall beer glass with spice blend (optional). Fill the glass with ¼ cup of ice, ice, baby. Add Clamato® Preparado, beer, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. One drop of hot sauce, you’re boring; three drops, you’re playing it safe; ten drops, you’re on fire.

Rim Spice Blend:

Combine rim ingredients on a small plate. Pour lime juice onto another small plate. Dip rim of glass into lime juice, then carefully dip into spice blend.

Garnish with a fresh lime, take a sip, take a sip, take a sip, and enjoy.

 

Peapod Solving Real Mom Problems #PeapodSavings

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Why hello there friends. 

Technology is an incredible thing.  The thought that I can sit right here and tell you this on my couch while I am awaiting a grocery delivery from Peapod is really absolutely golden, isn't it?

One of my anxiety triggers is the dreaded time in life to visit the grocery store for my family.  It's always tough for me cause I'm either in a giant hurry or they don't have what I need. Or even worse: MY KIDS WON'T EAT WHAT I BUY.

Gulp.

Now, I know this is hard to believe considering my life lives on the internet - but I NEVER shop online.  Not because I don't want to - but because I can't even get myself focused to WORK online - but do my shopping online? 

Torture!  When it's CLOTHES of course.  

But food?  Piece of cake. 

I fell in love with grocery shopping online when my son Hudson was a baby and he ran out of diapers.  I honestly thought I died and went to heaven when they delivered diapers to my front door the same day!  And the best new baby gift?  I give grocery gift cards to my new mom friends & they all love how convenient it is!  You know how painful it is to cart around a car seat all day, right?  BRUTAL!  So take the stress out of it - book through Peapod!

Everyone needs groceries, so why not make the shopping experience more convenient for you and your family?  Another great reason to love Peapod is the fact that you don't get busted shopping in the cookie aisles!  I honestly have never been better at self control than ordering Peapod! lol  If grocery deliveries can keep you from the impulse cookies aisle?  DO IT!  ha

This week we're digging into Peapod wholeheartedly.  I ordered on Friday what I want to have delivered on Monday. And since my family is heading out of town next weekend - Peapod is a no brainer!  

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7 Cheap Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is BIGGER than birthdays in our house.  Something about it being a rite of passage that I love!  Not everyone gets to celebrate motherhood.  But I DO!  And I just love it. Although, it's always tough because I ALWAYS want something different and unique for the holiday - but not over the top.  So, in order to better the world of Mom's Day Gifts - here are some ideas you might be interested in!

1) MAKE A MEAL.  Go figure.  Feeding mom is a lost art. 

2) FRAME A WRITTEN POEM.  It doesn't have to be a poem YOU created - but take one you love and re-write it in your handwriting!  Frame that bad boy!

3) FRAME YOUR FAVORITE PIC WITH MOM. Mom's rule.  EVERYTHING.  Give her a pic you love and add a written story to it!

4.) CROSS OFF HER TO DO LIST.  EVERY mom has a honey help me list!  Grab that list and spend a day crossing them off!  She's gonna love you more for it too!

5) FIX SOMETHING.  You know when mom says 'put a little elbow grease in it'?  Yep!  Do it yourself or hire someone to do it!  You'll be glad you did. 

6) TEACH HER SOMETHING.  Know how to play a guitar?  Teach her!  Show her how to do something you love so that you can do it more!

7.)  START A MOM JOURNAL.  I'm totally doing this one.  Everytime I think about my mom - I'm writing in the journal.  Then give it to her on special occassions!  

Ok, don't want to be cheap?  Go all out for mom and check out my segment on Fox 29!

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Putting the TMI in Motherhood with #RealMomProblems from funny & fantastic to everything in between! Joey Fortman has been seen on Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends and more!