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TenMarks- Keeping kid’s minds fresh all summer long.

School’s out for summer!!

Hallelujah, Praise the Lord, its time to celebrate! Nobody is more excited about summer than myself. It’s time for pool parties, watermelon, adventures, and no more school. But if your kids are like mine, they can get bored really fast and I also want to add in some fun, creative ways to keep their minds thinking all summer long. I’ve found that if we add a little learning time during the summer my kids are mentally ready and on point for the next school year. Ethan, my oldest son LOVES math, that kid could almost school me in the subject. So he was excited when I introduced him to TenMarks Summer Math Program.
The TenMarks Summer Math Program is designed for students completing grade 1 through Geometry and Algebra 2, helping build their math foundation and skills over the summer break at their own pace and time, and benefitting teachers who typically spend the first few weeks of a school year re-introducing the previous years’ teachings. The program starts with a diagnostic assessment it uses to automatically create a personalized summer curriculum, which reviews concepts from the previous year, and introduces concepts for the year ahead. As students work through their curriculum, they use embedded hints and video lessons to refresh what they know while learning new material. The program adapts with targeted interventions for real-time learning assistance. You see, TenMarks believes that students learn best when they are individually engaged, nurtured, and motivated. Its programs are designed for the depth and rigor of the new math standards and every TenMarks lesson helps students build a strong conceptual foundation, improve problem-solving skills, and gain math confidence. TenMarks math programs have been used by millions of students across over 55,000 schools and over 12,000 districts.
One on one educational learning is my favorite! But one of the things that really drew me to TenMarks, was the fact that I could track his progress, see assignments, and create your own rewards as your child completes the steps and succeeds!
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Ethan has had a BLAST being able to continue math this summer and be challenged in his learning. I mean this is my kids who says, “Yay, now I can learn division!” Who is he?! I’m so thankful that he will chose to “play” his math “game” instead of watch tv. He is working hard for his ice cream reward coming up soon.

If I’ve peaked your interest at all, then head over to TenMarks and check out their summer math program. This summer they are offering it to families for FREE!!! So you can add all of your children in, customize their learning levels, and let them have fun…for FREE! See more on the fun with TenMarks on Facebook and Twitter.


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Fresh Food Options for Summer Travels

As we are heading full swing into summer I’m planning our summer travel adventures. But one of my least favorite parts of traveling, other than whiny children, is the limited food options to eat fresh on the go. While some of the fast food chains can be tasty at times, they can get real old real fast. Plus my crazy group always thinks they need to get out of the car every stop we make, which can extend our trip greatly. The other week I heard of a gas station chain adding in many fresh food options that make eating healthy on the go easy! IMG_1

Fresh foods are a priority for 7-Eleven as they continue to fulfill the customer’s needs while on the go. It’s good to know they see customers are looking for healthier fresh food items to fuel their day as well as the more indulgent items they love. These foods are prepared in local kitchens and delivered to stores daily ensuring premium quality products for shoppers. Right now their fresh food line includes: Fresh sandwiches, Salads, Fresh cut fruit, Whole fruit, Yoplait Yogurt, Parfait with oats and honey granola, and Bistro Snack packs with mini pitas, cheddar cheese cubes, red grapes, celery, baby carrots and hummus. IMG_1985

These fresh food options at 7-Eleven are a step in the right direction for me! And it seems like customers agree as well. I was excitedly surprised to see how this line has taken off with stats like this; 170,437 sandwiches sold each day, 71 million bananas sold each year, 13.3 million apples sold each year, 13.6 million fruit cups sold each year, and 2.8 million yogurt parfaits sold each year. People want easy healthy options on the go and I’m glad 7-Eleven wants to help indulge us in that.infographic

So now as we travel this summer we will have a one stop shop for gas and food. And good healthy food at that. Plus I’m hoping this cuts down on our travel time as well- with 7 kids maybe that’s just wishful thinking!

Check out more on 7-Eleven and their new fresh food line on Facebook and Twitter!


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Laughter is the cure with Bravo’s Odd Mom Out! #oddmomout

Have you ever felt like the “Odd Mom Out“? Whew, so it’s not just me then, ha! Well ladies I have THE show for you! I got a sneak peek at the new Bravo TV show Odd Mom Out– and it’s hilarious. Clear your calendar, gather up your girlfriends, and get ready to laugh until you pee your pants cry…yeah cry!
Bravo’s new series debuts on Monday and boy is it a doozy! Jill, our odd mom out, lives in the Upper East Side and finds herself feeling a bit like a salmon swimming up stream as she doesn’t fit in with the other moms. Goodness gracious, even if you aren’t uber rich, living in New York, you can somehow relate to her daily struggles. So please moms, drop what you are doing right now and set your tv to record this hilarious show! Don’t believe me, check out this trailer!
Now when I think about a get together with my mom friends, the LAST thing on my mind is getting dressed up and going out. It’s been a LONG days with the kids and I want to hang out in my pjs. So that’s how my gals and I roll! No cocktails to taste, but I have never had a prettier glass of milk! I mean really, doesn’t that sound so FUN while wearing your pjs, slippers, and eating chocolate chip cookies?! YUM!
Are you a V.I.M. (Very Important Mom)? Want to win $20,000?! Download Bravo’s mobile app – The Daily Dish – available for Android and iPhone via your mobile store. Through the Daily Dish app, not only can you catch up on your fave Bravo-lebs, but you’ll also be eligible for exclusive VIM discounts from partners.
And you’ll have an opportunity to win $20,000 in each of the first 4 weeks of premiere episodes (starting 6/8 – 6/29) through the Tune-In to Win Sweepstakes. Tune in live at 10/9c on Mondays (6/8-6/29) for the secret hashtag and tweet it out to @BravoTV each week for your chance to win.

This post is sponsored by Bravo’s Odd Mom Out, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Long weekends and Great Food with Hormel Chili

Our Memorial Day weekend seemed to fly by. We ran all around our area but we had a blast. That’s my favorite part about my “little” family. No matter what we are doing and where we are we have a good time. But as any good southerner we had the most fun eating great foods. Who doesn’t love a good bonfire to roast marshmellows in and cook the world’s tastiest hot dogs in?! Not to mention if you’re our boys you hang out in front of the fire shirtless, I mean is there any other way?! Ha!
One of our favorite things to add to our hot dogs is chili. HORMEL® Chili to be exact. It’s such an easy way to kick the flavor of your meal up a notch, and let’s face it, chili dogs are all the rage around here! Also, a new tasty treat we’ve found around here is the HORMEL® Chili cheese french bread. Not only can you dip pieces of french bread in your dip, but grab yourself a bag a chips and use them too!
If you’re not familiar with this savory snack, let me explain. All you need to do is cut a hole in the top center of your french bread, add a block of velveeta sliced in half length wise, and then pour in the HORMEL® Chili. Bake it in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. Also, if you’re like me and prefer your dip with a kick to it, feel free to add a can of rotel to the mixture prior to sticking it in the oven.
This dish plates up nicely tastes oh so creamy and delicious. We are BIG fans of HORMEL® Chili and it doesn’t hurt that it’s America’s #1 chili. With so many varieties, Hormel Foods has a chili for everyone. Whether it’s a chili dog, chili cheese dip or your traditional chili in the bowl, HORMEL® Chili can be enjoyed year-round. HORMEL® Chili helps chili lovers savor traditions – all seasons, all occasions – by bringing together good foods and good times.

LouisianaHORMEL® Chili shared over 50 regional ways to enjoy chili on their website and Facebook page to show fans Chili Nation, a nation that has declared their love for all things chili! Visit the HORMEL® Chili website for a sampling of recipes and chili pairings from every state, it also features videos, quizzes, and a coupon offering. So be sure to head over there and check it out!

Now tell me, did your weekend end with you or your kids crashing like this?!

Thank you to HORMEL® Chili for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try a new way to eat chili!

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Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes*

Boy I thought I’d look forward to the day that my children would outgrow the diapers and wipes phase. I could claim back my purse, my car, and counter space, because having to tote around all the extra “stuff” is a quick second to the less than thrilling moment of changing a child’s diaper. Am I right?! But what I didn’t expect to have happen, was my great love for wipes and how MANY times I use them throughout our day…and not only for diapers.

Like a few weeks back when our family participated in a school’s Color Run. Our girls were able to toss the color on all the runners and boy were they pumped to do so. What I didn’t expect or factor into our equation, was that they too would end up covered in the powdery color themselves. Head to toe, those little ones beamed the rainbow!
Boy were they a sight to behold, ha! Thankfully I packed my cute little pack of Huggies® Wipes to clean them off a bit. The clutch ‘n’ clean ones (grabbed them at Wal-Mart) are so convenient and easy to toss in your purse as you head out the door. Not to mention the fact that they don’t look like a normal baby diaper product. Shoot they may even been ahead of my style curve, ha! Huggies® Wipes come in a variety of fun, convenient packaging, so whether you keep them stashed in your living room, or bag, or car, there is a design that will suit your needs. They come in stylish designs to compliment any trendy mom’s ensemble. These babies are new and improved and the ONLY wipes with Triple Clean layers! So Huggies® Wipes are a great way to clean up any family’s mess, not just baby’s!
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In fact Huggies has started a new 101 ways to use HUGGIES® Wipes campaign. They are certain other families are just like mine and haven’t stopped using wipes just because their children have stopped wearing diapers. Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes*

Which of these videos best highlight how your daily life?

101: HUGGIES® Wipes, the ONLY wipes with TripleClean* layers. Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes.* #tripleclean

Explorers: Don’t let a little mess get in the way of a lot of fun! HUGGIES® Wipes helps ALL explorers stay in the adventure. #bestfriend

The Cleaner: Ice cream #fail! Watch how HUGGIES® Wipes saved the day from this on the go mess!

Pasta Baby: Question: What happens when babies and pasta collide? Answer: HUGGIES® Wipes with TripleClean* layers.

Playtime: Playtime can be a dirty job. HUGGIES® Wipes. Keep the play. Not the dirty.

Yes, I’ll be honest and say I use my HUGGIES® Wipes for all the above! Now you tell me, how do YOU use wipes beyond diaper duty time?!

Thank you to Huggies for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try Huggies Wipes at Walmart!

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Spreading the Love with Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Hugs

Summertime is fun time for us. We LOVE heading out to our local parks and splash pads. Because when you have to beat the Louisiana heat that’s the way to do it!
Even our littlest one loves to head out for an afternoon at our local park. And she IS a cutie if I do say so myself! But along with her cuteness we have to pack along a few things to ensure that our trip is successful. Of course there is the beloved zippy cup, package of wipes (because let’s face it, adults and kids of all ages need these!), sun block, and some diapers. IMG_1782
Recently we grabbed a box of Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra diapers and have been super pleased with them. These Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers offer long-lasting leakage protection you can count on, so I don’t have to worry on our adventures. The sizes fit babies from newborn to 35 lbs. Only Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers have a new, unique quilted liner to lock away wetness better. They have a conforming, gap-free fit to keep your active baby dry throughout the day The trusted Leak Lock® System has quick-absorbing layers for up to 12 hours of protection. So, not too shabby my friends! Plus I was excited to hear about their #UltraHug contest!
Huggies #ultrahugAll you have to do is snap a selfie of you and your little cutie as he or she sports the fantastic Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra diaper! Don’t forget to add the #UltraHug hashtag and then you are all set! This nominates you to win $2000 for a local community project you’d like to help with! I think my kids would LOVE to have a splash pad closer to our house, so if we won the contest that’s exactly where our money would go! What if you won, which community project would you pick? Head out and grab yourself a pack of Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra diapers at Wal-Mart and enter today!


Contest details:

From April 20th until June 25th, Huggies will be accepting all selfies of you and your baby with the hashtag #UltraHug, and featuring them in a collage on the campaign landing page. On July 6th, voting will begin to narrow down the 20 finalists to 10 winners who will win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative.

How to Enter the #UltraHug Selfie Contest

• First, take a selfie of you and your baby and upload that selfie to Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #UltraHug
• In your same post, make sure to include a text nomination (approximately 100 – 120 characters) including a name and/or identifying description of a community project in the US, which you would like to nominate. Make sure the community project is something near and dear to your heart

Thank you to Huggies for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers!

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Baseball Rice Krispie Treat bouquet

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We are full swing into baseball season, with three boys on two teams. While I love to see my little men play ball, jumping on the standing cheering for great plays and hard hits, my favorite part of the game is snack time. Oh there is nothing better than munching on some tasty treats and spending time with family. We have become experts on the art of game snacks, you know with at least 4 games a week our schedules are quite crazy! But along with our own snacking comes the joys of providing snacks for the entire team. Now this may not sound like fun to some people, but the moment you provide food for a team of hungry players, you become the favorite! Best job ever my friends! So I’m thankful to Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® for allowing me to share a little bit about why they are one of our go to treats! baseballbaseball and krispies treats
Seriously, feeding the team with tasty Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® is so simple. I love how they are already packaged and ready to go! And nothing beats the creamy taste and sweet smells of these treats, reminding you of the moments you used to spend in the kitchen whipping up a homemade batch with your grandma, but with ease and convenience of the fantastic packaged wonders. The only problem with handing out Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® after the game is when the kids want to keep coming back for more!baseball treatsbaseball krispies
I am so incredibly thankful that my boys have the opportunity to be involved in sports and learn to play as a team. It’s especially fun to see their faces beaming because they are proud of all their hard work. But mostly I am beyond blessed by the adults and coaches who have chosen to invest time in the lives of my little ones and encouraging them. Because I respect them so, I created a fun little thank you treat that happens to be extremely tasty!
baseball rice krispie treats Using Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® I created a Baseball Rice Krispie Treat Bouquet. And this baseball season, Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® is helping families unlock fun and #GetKreative with unique treat creations to spark imagination. This is how we #getkreative in the Estes household! As I’m sure you know, I don’t have a lot of time on my hands because I spend most of it chasing 7 children around. That’s why I loved being able to just rip open the Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® and start from there. No baking required, gotta love that!
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Let me show you how to make this bouquet in less than 10 minutes. For real!

Here’s what you’ll need:

*Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®
*fancy straws (any pattern you’d like)
*melted white (vanilla) chocolate
*red cookie icing
*display bucket

First open up all your Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® and dip them in the melted chocolate, covering one side. Allow them to dry and harden, then you can “draw” on your baseball lacing with the red cookie icing. Once that has hardened, use a butter knife and poke a hole in the middle of your Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® and insert a straw. To keep the straw from falling out seal it with a little melted chocolate! Arrange them in a little bucket and decorate with extra goodies to make it look extra special! Extremely simple, right?!

But before you head out to grab yourself some Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®, they have teamed up with Major League Baseball® and legendary shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr., to help families unlock the fun this baseball season with their favorite snack. Until April 30, 2015, Kellogg’s will be looking for another fan to hang out with Cal during All-Star Week. Enter to win by tweeting a photo of you and your family enjoying Rice Krispies Treats using hashtag #GetKreativeSweeps and Kellogg’s will select a winner. And even better is the MLB Play Catch with Cal Online Instant Win Game with Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®. So head out and show us how you #getkreative with your Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®.

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The Power of Five: Fighting for our children to end malnutrition

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Amway and Nutrilite™ Power of 5 Campaign sponsored this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Last week my baby sister brought the most precious baby girl into this world. My heart was overfilled with joy and yet at the same time I was surprised with all the emotions that flooded me. She was going to be the BEST mother to this little soul and I was so honored to witness this journey she was just beginning. As any new mother, my sister now felt the heavy reality of being responsible for another human being, one she loved dearly, and would willingly give her life for. ellie maeellie mae 1 I remember those same feelings. Which diapers were the best, how do I know breastfeeding is working well, is the hospital crazy for letting me leave with this child, and driving home going 15 miles UNDER the speed limit because this tiny human seemed oh so fragile. And as my baby held her baby it seemed so surreal, how have the years flown by so quickly. The Lord has really blessed me with 7 healthy and beautiful children and now a super sweet, healthy chunky monkey of a holding baby But their health is something I take for granted sometimes. Not only do my children have access to great healthcare, but they also eat the food needed to help them to grow “big and strong” as we say it. Sadly, not every family has this as their reality. According to the World Health Organization the first 5 years of a child’s life and health. If they do not receive proper health and nutrition on these 1000 days they can suffer from stunted growth, poor brain development, and low immune systems. These affects last all the way into adulthood. Furthermore, 7 million children die each year before reaching the age of five due to preventable causes, and 45% of those deaths are due to malnutrition. power of 5 campaign 1 Now when I think of malnutrition my mind goes right to third world countries. And while I would be correct, I was shocked when I learned that malnutrition is not ONLY a third world country issue. It’s an every country, global issue. In my community there are 1 in 5 children who go to school hungry. Y’all ONE in FIVE. The need for proper nutrition is all around us. And there are people stepping up to help solve this global problem. We have people that have started backpack programs which stock backpacks with food for children to take home for the week and then the same on weekends. This way these children have a fighting chance at life, learning, and don’t have to suffer from hunger and malnutrition. But let’s think bigger than this, Amway™ and Nutrilite™ have partnered together for the Power of 5 Campaign. They are committed to fighting childhood malnutrition. the power of 5 campaignAmway has the nutrition expertise needed to address this issue. But it cannot be addressed by one person or one company alone, but requires key partnerships. This campaign distributes Nutrilite™ Little Bits™, a micronutrient supplement designed to provide children essential vitamins and minerals in their first 5 years of life. Right now Nutrilite™ has distributed these supplements in 6 countries, but they home to expand to 15 countries by 2017.

Get involved

Yes, it’s easy to read about my experiences and what I’ve learned, but I want YOU to see for yourself. Once you are educated on the REAL preventative issue at hand, malnutrition, I’m certain you’ll be compelled to get involved. Speaking of education, Amway has sponsored The Malnutrition Mapping Project, which is a digital visualization of the global burden of malnutrition in all its forms in low-, middle- and high-income countries. Developed by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition or GAIN, it offers perspective on how proper nutrition effects the health of the people from all economies. This map allows you to analyze and compare issues children and adults are facing in the 30 countries featured. Issue like low birth weight, vitamin deficiencies, and more in children, as well as obesity, heart disease in adults.
But please don’t stop there, you also have the opportunity to help make a difference. A MAJOR difference in the lives of these children. Share about the Nutrilite™ Power of 5 Campaign and the good work they are doing. Advocate for these children; I plan to, in honor of my children and my precious niece. But beyond spreading the word on this initiative, you can donate. Your donation doesn’t have consist of your entire life’s savings, every dollar counts. Maybe this week you can pass on the cheeseburger, or specialty coffee, and send that money to the Power of 5 Campaign.
We are an empowered generation and we cannot sit on the sidelines while we have the chance to change lives. Let’s move mountains for theses children, let’s work together to end malnutrition across the globe!

How have you helped stop malnutrition? Share with me!

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Feeding baby the Honest Way #honestfeeding

This week my precious baby sister gave birth to her own little bundle of joy. I was beyond heartbroken to not make it there in time for the baby’s birth, but hustled that 9 hour drive soon after to hold that sweetie. We arrived to Arkansas at 5:30 in the morning and I had to fight the urge to sit outside of the maternity ward until visiting hours started, ha! Once I busted in there I darted to her room and scooped up that baby. And here she is, my chunky monkey, 8 lb. 8 oz., Eliana Maybre!! (Whom I will be affectionately calling Ellie Mae…cute, right?!)
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This is my sister’s first baby and with that she of course had a lot of questions for this mom of seven. They ranged from bedding color choices, breastfeeding questions, and which products are best for baby. But one of the best things I was able to share with her about was one of my favorite companies, The Honest Company. While my baby making days are over I am BEYOND passionate about the products we use/used on our sweet little ones. Not only does the Honest Company use products that aren’t harmful for the family, home, and baby, but they are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which have strict standards for how our products are marketed.
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The Honest Company recently announced a brand new feeding category! From Lactation Plus to Nursing Pillows to Organic Formula to Nursing Scarves, Honest will offer options for moms who choose to breastfeed, formula feed, or a combination of both. So exciting, for any mom and their personal feeding preferences. My sister really hopes to be able to breastfeed so I got her a box of goodies to help her along the way.
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Lactation Plus $19.95: Highly targeted, scientifically formulated blend of botanical extracts and organic ingredients designed to help support breast milk production.

Baby DHA $19.95: Carefully sourced from premium fish oil with added Vitamin D3 that provides critical support for brain and eye development and earned the highest Five-Star IFOS rating for purity, potency, and freshness. 2-in-1 Nursing Cover + Scarf $59.95: Designed in collaboration with Piece & Co., stylish year-round accessory and easy privacy cover for nursing made of soft and breathable 100% organically grown cotton.

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Organic Nipple Balm $13.95: Organic salve helps to soothe pain and irritation and encourage healing to relieve and revitalize nursing nipples.

Nursing Pillow $69.95: Foam-free and specially designed to offer stable support and comfort for both baby and mom, with a superior patented surface that gently angles baby to encourage optimal feeding position.

Natural Feeding Baby Bottle$12.95 (5 oz.) $14.95 (8 oz.): Features a highly innovative design using medical-grade silicone and peristaltic nipple to closely mimic natural breastfeeding, squeezable bottle and integrated tri-vent system to reduce gas, colic, reflux, and spit-up.
Natural Feeding Peristaltic Nipples (2) $4.95: Medical-grade silicone with flex accordion design allows baby to feed in natural, wave-like motion to provide easy assimilation and transition between breast and bottle-feeding.
Certified Organic Premium Infant Formula $29.95: Carefully modeled after breast milk, nutritionally complete, easy to digest, and meticulously blended using ingredients sourced from trusted organic farms, made without GMOs (genetically engineered ingredients) and “Honestly Free” of gluten, pesticides, carrageenan, hexane-extracted DHA, antibiotics, growth hormones,, and artificial colors and dyes .

Formula Dispenser $6.95: Convenient 3-compartment solution for easy, hygienic feeding: anywhere, anytime.
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It’s so great to know that my even though my sister is new to this mommy journey she can still feel confident in the products she is choosing for her baby. And of course I love that my niece will be using only but the best! Check out more from the Honest Company on Facebook and Twitter!


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Homemade Pop Tarts with Chocolate Filling

Post sponsored by Nestle Tollhouse Delightfulls, but all opinions are my own.

In our house, pop tarts are like gold. For one the store bought ones are kind of pricey (when you factor in the amount of pop tarts needed to feed our army), and we burn through them quite fast! Well the other day I decided to try my hand at making a few homemade versions. Now being the pop tart snob that I am, I was a little worried with the end result, but if I do say so myself, they are pretty tasty! Plus adding to that is the fact my kids now think mommy is the coolest. Our first batch were strawberry preserve filled, but we decided to kick this last batch up a notch with some chocolate filling. Homemade Pop Tarts
While shopping the other day at Wal-Mart I came across these Nestle Tollhouse Delightfulls and thought their chocolate-peanut buttery goodness would be perfect for our pop tarts. Hay you heard of these chips from Nestle? They are down right amazing, in fact I bought a bag for our recipe and a bag for me to eat WHILE cooking! (you know you do that too, ha!)
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What you’ll need:
2 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
4 – 5 Tbsp ice water
1 bag of Nestle Tollhouse Delightfulls

For Icing…
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp half and half (more as needed)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Mix together flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, ice water, and mix until you have dough clumps. Drop mixture onto a clean surface, gather dough into a ball then divide into two portions. Shape each portion into about a 5-inch circles. Cover each with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 1 hour.
Line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Grab 1 circle at a time (keep other in fridge to chill), roll dough out onto a floured surface to about 10 by 7 1/2 inch rectangle. Then cut into six 5 by 2 1/2 inch rectangles (cut length in half, then three cuts through the opposite side).
Arrange 6 of the rectangles on baking sheet and spread a handful of Nestle Delightfulls down the center of each rectangle, leaving about a 1/2 inch rim on all sides. Grab another dough circle from the fridge and repeat. Add tops to each of the rectangles, then seal edges with your fingertips and/or a fork. Poke the top center of each tart with a fork (for venting). Cover and transfer to freezer to chill at least 2 hours or up to one week!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake frozen tarts until golden, rotating racks (if you have multiple baking sheets) once halfway through baking, about 25 – 30 minutes. Allow to cool then begin to add icing!

For the icing:
In a mixing bowl whisk together all icing ingredients well then add more half and half about 1/2 tsp at a time to reach desired consistency. Spread over tops of cooled pop tarts, sprinkle tops with sprinkles, and allow glaze to set at room temperature.

Now enjoy!

These pop tarts have now become a staple in our homes and I hope they’ll be the same for you! But tell me, what would you fill yours with? Do you have a favorite filling?
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