Making summer memories enjoying some of the best ice cream ever

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One of my all time favorite family outings is going to the ice cream shop to sit and enjoy a cool, delicious treat with family and friends. It brings back all that childhood nostalgia of being a carefree kid in the summer months when school was out – how I wish I could go back to that place!

Instead, it’s my son’s turn to enjoy those memories to look back on one day. That being said, I thought I should give him the best experience possible, and went to visit our neighborhood Cold Stone Creamery. I chose to go here instead of somewhere else because they use high quality ingredients and make their ice cream daily – on frozen granite no less.

Just look at that big chocolate grin!

In my mind, there’s something to be said for handcrafted foods, and I’ll take my opportunity anytime to enjoy them. So when I heard that they had new flavors, like Oreo® Double Chocolate and Butterfinger® Caramel Crunch, I knew I HAD to try it.

Since National Ice Cream Day is around the corner (July 20th) we thought it would be fun to celebrate by enjoying some new & tasty flavors. Ok, maybe I was just using it as an excuse – either way, I had to get my hands on some Cold Stone!

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So which of the summer Creations™ are you excited to try on National Ice Cream Day?

 

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Crunching down on TWIX® bite-size chocolate & caramel cookies for memorial day weekend

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TWIX® Caramel Cookies - #eatmorebites #cbias #ad

Do you and your family plan any special outings for memorial day weekend? As far as our family goes, memorial day is the kickoff for summer season and we almost always enjoy some family time together, backyard grilling with a water activity. Not only is it a day to remember our heroes and celebrate the sacrifices they made for us, It’s a special day because to JP because it represents the end of school and the beginning of summer fun and games.

I made a few sweet treats in preparation for our weekend, and this one is by far my favorite! TWIX® bite-size chocolate candy made the perfect chocolate chips for my cookies. Instead of using the regular chips, I decided to sub it for crushed up TWIX® candy that I spotted at Walmart this weekend. I love those little sample demonstrations – I always get sold on whatever they are promoting!

TWIX® Caramel Cookies - #eatmorebites #cbias #ad

Did you know that they have an awesome promotion going on too? Get $1.00 off when you buy two 2.83oz bags or 3.00$ when you purchase two 6oz or larger of these bite-size delights!

$1.00 off when you buy two 2.83 oz. or larger bags - $3.00 off when you buy two 6 oz. or larger bags

I thought that crushed up TWIX® would bring both chocolate AND caramel to a plain a cookie dough and take it from an ordinary dessert to an extraordinary one.

TWIX® Caramel Cookies - #eatmorebites #cbias #ad

In hindsight, I should have stored the bag of TWIX® in the freezer overnight so the bite-size pieces would be completely solid when I run them in the food processor to crumble them. It still worked out fine, but I think having them frozen beforehand would have make a more uniform crumble.

TWIX® Caramel Cookies - #eatmorebites #cbias #ad

TWIX® Caramel Cookies - #eatmorebites #cbias #ad

So using this basic cookie dough recipe, I sub’ed the chocolate chips for my chocolate/caramel crumbles instead!

Crunching down on TWIX® bite-size chocolate & caramel cookies for memorial day weekend
Recipe type: Cookies
 

Ingredients
  • 2½ cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pkg of crumbled TWIX® bites

Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and set it aside. In another bowl, cream together the 2 sticks of butter with the brown & white sugars until it’s light and fluffy. Add in the eggs & vanilla and beat until it’s smooth. Slowly combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until it creates a thick dough. The dough should be a little softer than play dough. Add in the TWIX® bites and spoon it onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350F

TWIX® Caramel Cookies - #eatmorebites #cbias #ad

The perfect pair!!! #EatMoreBites #CollectiveBias

TWIX® Caramel Cookies - #eatmorebites #cbias #ad

TWIX® Caramel Cookies - #eatmorebites #cbias #ad

 

Gifting the best and cheapest wireless plans around for Valentine’s Day

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This weekend, I decided to buy a valentine’s day gift with the intension of it being a gift that keeps on giving… I’ve talked before about how much I love the Walmart Family Mobile service and since I’ve been a Walmart family mobile customer myself, I decided to buy a telephone from their lineup with service as a Valentine’s day gift for my parents because it’s the cheapest wireless plans around. I checked out the electronics section, and found a few different options to choose from.

Giving the gift of the gab with Walmart Family Mobile #MaxYourTax #FamilyMobile #CollectiveBias

Giving the gift of the gab with Walmart Family Mobile #MaxYourTax #FamilyMobile #CollectiveBias

I came across the Evolve for $79, and I thought it was pretty high tech given the price. It had 3G, a decent camera, a screen bigger than my iPhone 4 and the ability to use email, text and browse the web. It’s hard to beat that for the price!! Add an extra $25 for the starter kit, and you’re in business with a brand new phone.

Since Valentine’s is a giving holiday, and my family is scattered around the globe at this time of year, I thought this would make a nice tool to help us all keep in touch with each other. My mom and dad are snowbirds who live in Florida until April, my sister remains in Canada yet travels south of the border quite often, and then there’s me & my little family in Dallas. Huge long distance bills have been a figment of our past ever since we discovered the cheapest wireless plans available with #FamilyMobile. We often use web apps to communicate, and now its even easier given that they can use this new phone to run it on!

Giving the gift of the gab with Walmart Family Mobile #MaxYourTax #FamilyMobile #CollectiveBias

So what are YOUR plans for your upcoming tax check? For as little as $100 you can get set up with a brand new smartphone that I think anybody would love to own. Thank you #CollectiveBias for making it possible to give this wonderful gift!

I’m gonna pair it with JP’s specially made valentine’s day card..

Giving the gift of the gab with Walmart Family Mobile #MaxYourTax #FamilyMobile #CollectiveBias

Be sure not to forget buying a starter kit when you get a phone. That’s the essential part towards activating everything and getting your phone number.. etc. The box itself will even remind you!

Giving the gift of the gab with Walmart Family Mobile #MaxYourTax #FamilyMobile #CollectiveBias

Giving the gift of the gab with Walmart Family Mobile #MaxYourTax #FamilyMobile #CollectiveBias

Setting it up was simple – I just simply added it to my existing account with a few clicks! Originally, the setup was pretty simple – all I needed was my driver’s license and the starter kit which contained the chip necessary to get the phone working.

The reason that this is the best Walmart plans for us is because of the no-contract aspect. After the end of April, both my parents will return to Canada, and will have no need for their mobile until they return the following November. It’s nice that they will be able to turn the service on and off without any penalties. That is what makes it so perfect!

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