Sharing an old fashioned ice cream soda with my better half

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Sometimes I enjoy surprising my husband with something unexpected & out of the blue. The new ‘share a coke‘ campaign that you see everywhere inspired me to make a special treat for him – just because! I came across the “better half” 12pk of Coca Cola while shopping at Brookshires grocery store last week and it made me think of him. I love it when I have the chance to go there because the store is never crammed with people and best of all they help you out to your car and load you up! When you have 2 small kids, this is sooo helpful – it definitely keeps me a return customer when I have to tote them along with me.

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I love that old-timey service! I remember that’s what grocery stores were like when I was a kid.

So in keeping up with the old fashioned theme, I decided it would be fun to share an old fashioned ice cream soda with my better half!

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It was a snap to make one – all you need is the following:

  • 1 can of coca cola
  • vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream
  • chocolate syrup
  • maraschino cherries

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I used a tall highball glass and I started by filling my glass with the coca cola. Leave a few inches of space in the glass so you can add a big scoop of  ice cream! Next, add in a tablespoon of chocolate syrup then a large scoop of ice cream. It helps if you let the ice cream soften so you can scoop out a perfect ball. Then I swirled on some whipped cream and finished it off with a cherry on top!

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So when my hubby came home from work, he loves to sit in his “chair” and chill. He’s not so much a beer guy, rather he prefers a sweet drink like sweet tea or coca cola when he wants to kick back. It’s old fashioned, but when he comes home, I always try to make him comfortable from his long hard day with something to drink while he unwinds. He has a pretty stressful job, so I know part of keeping him happy is taking his mind off of it.

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I couldn’t think of anyone else I’d rather share a coke with! I love my better half for so many reasons – without him, I don’t know what i’d do! If you’re a Brookshires shopper, keep an eye on Brookshire’s Facebook page for a chances to win yourpoints, offers, fun and conversation.

Who would you share a coke with?


Fueling up for soccer Sunday with SunnyD orange juice

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Spring is great for so many reasons – the cold winter is finally behind us, the grass is green, the flowers are blooming and best of all JP’s soccer season begins! I’m so happy its finally here because it’s so important for a child to be involved in different activities. After being stuck inside doing indoor activities for the past few months, its refreshing to finally get to be outdoors enjoying the fresh air. This year I enrolled him in soccer because last year we tried t-ball and he didn’t appear to be having any fun. It didn’t take long to realize this when I’d look over at him standing at 2nd base and he would shrug at me in confusion. Soccer is a much better choice because he loves to run and the point of the game is pretty straightforward -go run and kicktheballinthenet.

And that’s exactly what he did.

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Mommmy! I scored a gooooal!

This has to be one of the best parts of being a soccer mom – sharing in your child’s joy when they score for their team! I’m so happy that he’s enjoying this much more than last year’s t-ball. I’m hoping that maybe some positive experiences will stem from this!

So when game time was through, I had a special treat waiting on him – a tasty, tangy mini bottle of SunnyD to help him re-fuel his energy. I bought a whole big pack of 24 when I was shopping at Sam’s Club last week because they were on rollback for $5.38! This special price will be good all the way until August so you can enjoy all summer long – you can’t go wrong for that price.

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They’re so easy to transport – I just tucked a couple of them in my purse and enjoyed the tangy goodness while watching the game. So refreshing!

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That wasn’t even the best part of the day… At the end of the game, JP was proudly awarded the good sportsmanship award for being respectful. I couldn’t be more proud of my little guy. He’s growing up wayyy too fast.

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So where would you take your little bottles of SunnyD this summer? Picnics? Soccer? I’d love to hear!


MassMutual helps us walk though planning our financial future

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I’ve learned some financial literacy from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. I have been compensated so that I may share this priceless information with you.

A very long time ago I was described as carefree individual and was once facetiously told I would never get any grey hair because I never worried about a thing. Now, I regularly dye my hair and married life with 2 kids has forced me to take inventory of what’s most important to me. Things that never dawned on me before are starting are starting to nag at me all the time. This little voice in my head keeps asking me questions I am scrambling to figure out answers for:

“What will you do when you’re too old to work?”

“How will I pay for my kids college?”

“Will I ever pay off this mortgage?”

I’m not getting any younger, so I feel a sense of urgency when I think of things like this. For example – JP is already 6 years old!!! In the blink of an eye another 10 years will pass and college will be on the horizon.

Nope. I can’t deal with that thought yet.

So I’ve begun to put some strategies into place that will help our family attain those very important financial goals. I feel like it’s really important to gather some tools to help us along the way once I have organized our finances. I’ve turned to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company for some guidance and I’ve found their website extremely helpful.

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Here’s some tips towards being a master of financial literacy:

First things first.. Plan your goals! In order to successfully put your plan into action, you must have a general idea of what you would like to do with what you have.

Organize your finances. Once you have established goals, identify your income & spending with a simple household budget. You might be surprised where your money goes! I use a variety of cool little apps that helps do this for you.

Look for financial tools to help guide you. Whether its planning for retirement, saving for college or both, MassMutal has some amazing advice to help you make the best decision. Let their information packed site guide you through.

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Protect those you love with insurance. You can never be too careful! Tell me I’m not the only one – But I worry about all kinds of weird things from what would we do if our house burnt down to what would we do if something happened to either myself of my husband.

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Raise your children to be aware of the importance of money and savings. Life is not a guarantee, so I feel like it’s crucial to plant these seeds in your child’s mind. Should anything happen to me, at least I can go with the hope that my teaching left an impression.

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I look forward to getting things on track in our home. Who knows – maybe with some careful planning, we can plan that trip to legoland AND save for college! What are some of your financial goals? I’d love to hear!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MassMutual.


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