Easter Bunny Cake Pops

Happy Spring Everyone!

For some crazy reason Mother Nature decided to dump over a foot of snow here in Pennsylvania on the first (and second) day of Spring. Totally not what we wanted, but my oldest got a snow day out of it so we decided to celebrate the spring season inside while the snow falls. Since I knew what kind of weather was headed our way, the little one and I went to Walmart to grab some necessities we needed. I came across this adorable bunny shaped silicone baking mat and instantly thought it would be a great idea to make bunny shaped cake pops! My son is in love with eating cake pops and he always gets one when we visit Starbucks, so why not make our own! I wanted to share the recipe because it’s perfect for the Easter season. Over the weekend we made Spring Flower Chocolate Pretzels. Check those out too!

Ingredients:

• Bunny Shaped Silicone Baking Mat

• Lollipop Sticks

• Pastel Colored Chocolate Wafers (however many colors you want)

• One Box of Cake Mix (we went with Funfetti. Make sure you have all the ingredients listed on the back of the box also.)

• Cooking Spray

• Sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

1. Combine your cake mix ingredients together as directed on the back of the box

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2. Preheat your oven to 350 Degrees

3. Place your silicone mat on a baking pan and generously spray the mat with cooking spray

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4. Fill each bunny with cake mix about a quarter to half way full

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5. Bake in the over for 10-15 minutes

6. Let the cake pieces cool for a few minutes then place them on a sheet of parchment paper.

(They should pop right out of the baking mat)

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7. Place a lollipop stick into the center of the bunny cake pieces. This could be done before or after you dip the cake pieces in the chocolate. Whichever you prefer.

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8. Melt your chocolate wafers in the microwave (or as desired) in a microwave safe bowl. I usually do 30 seconds intervals on defrost until chocolate is fully melted

9. Dip the cake pieces into the melted chocolate until fully covered, let the extra chocolate drip off, then place back on the parchment paper to harden

10. Design the bunny pieces as desired and enjoy! We decided to drizzle a different color on some and add sprinkles to the other. If you are using sprinkles, be sure the add them before the chocolate fully hardens so they stick

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These were definitely a hit in my household, and I hope they are with yours also! Enjoy! We sure did! Also, a special thanks to my little helper. We had a blast making these together.

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Spring Flower Chocolate Pretzels

With Easter right around the corner and the first day of spring quickly approaching, I wanted to make something that could relate to both occasions. I have major spring fever. My four year old has been asking for something sweet to eat, so I came across these adorable spring flower chocolate pretzels and I just had to make them! They are the perfect mix of salty and sweet. I could honestly eat the entire batch to myself and both of my kiddo’s loved them! They are only three ingredients and so easy to put together.

It’s the perfect spring treat!

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Ingredients:

• Pretzel Snaps

• Pastel M&M’s

• White Chocolate Melting Wafers

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the pretzel snaps on the paper topping them with the white chocolate melting wafers

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3. Place the pretzel pieces in the oven for only 2-3 minutes. You want to soften the chocolate, not completely melt it.

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4. Remove from oven and gently place the M&M’s on the softened white chocolate to form a flower.

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5. Let them cool in the refrigerator for a few minutes or until hardened and enjoy!

We love them and already ate just about the whole batch, and they are 100% kid approved! Give them a try! They could be the perfect little treat for Easter Sunday!

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All In One On The Go Snacking.

My wonderful husband bought me a brand-new car about three months ago. A beautiful all black Toyota Rav-4. You can pretty much call her my third baby. We made a deal to not allow anyone to eat in car so it can stay nice and clean. Well, that lasted about two weeks… if that. We did great for the first two weeks. We only brought water in there and everything else was consumed in the house before we left. Then the busy, rushed mornings kicked into full gear where my son would refuse to eat breakfast all morning then decided he was hungry right before we had to leave for Pre-K. Of course. I couldn’t let him go to school hungry so he started taking breakfast in the car, whoops. He is in love with eating cereal without milk. That’s usually his breakfast. So, I would fill a little sandwich baggie full of cereal and let him munch on it on our ride to Pre-K and I’d fill a separate sippy cup with some water for him to have. No Biggie.

Of course though, forgetting he’s only four, whenever we arrived at daycare my car would either be filled with dropped cereal all on the floor or a torn-up baggie would be laying on the seat. Then, his sippy cup of water would be spilled on the seat or laying on the floor slowly leaking.  He’d never fail to make a mess with his food and drink.

So much for a ‘food free’ car. I kind of knew that wouldn’t last long. Especially with two young kids. Just the other day I was feeding my one year old french fries on the ride down to visit my parents.

Anyway, I’d constantly hear

“Uh-oh mommy, I dropped my snacks again”

“Oh darn, now all my snacks are dirty”

You would think I would have learned the first time that my son was going to make a mess, but you know, as a mom you always try to give them a million opportunities to do it the right way.

I mean.. it’s how they learn, right?

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Then! A few weeks ago, we were introduced to the Nuby Snack N’ Sip Cup. Not only did I instantly fall in love with it’s adorable design, my son was ready to rip the cup right out of the packaging as soon as he seen it. It’s an adorable little pirate theme, and he just loved the fact that he could have his snack and drink in one place. It’s a spill proof cup for ages one and older. It has a soft, flexible silicone straw and it’s BPA free. You can find it in multiple designs here. The lid to the snack container easily snaps shut, so if the cup gets dropped the snacks won’t go flying and the drink doesn’t spill. It’s wonderful when it comes to being on the go! He was so excited about his new cup, he wanted to take it into Pre-K to show all his friends and I’m excited that my car no longer gets full of cereal!

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This cup is a total win for me. My car stays much cleaner, he is learning to put to his cup in the cup holder and snap his snacks shut when he is done and I’m not going through a ton of sandwich baggies every week. I just rinse the cup out and it’s good to go for the next day. It’s the perfect size to put a good portion of snacks into the top and plenty of room for liquids on the bottom. I’ve come across cups where the snack holders were super small and barely any snacks fit into it. This is the first cup where I didn’t run into that issue. I love it! If now I could only find a fix for the muddy shoes and toys everywhere. Maybe one day!

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Mommy and Me Exercises That Any Mom Can Achieve

I always try to fit a workout in at home during the day while I am home with my daughter and my son is at preschool. When she was younger, it was a little easier. She’d take her nap and I’d get my workout done then. Now that she’s older and all over the place, it can make it a little more challenging. For some reason, my daughter decides she wants to love all over me as soon I start my workout. She crawls on me, tries to give me kisses and hugs me. I can’t ever pass that down. So, I decided to incorporate her into my workout routines. My little petite sixteen-pound toddler is the perfect size for some added weight! Plus, it gives me that extra burn and I don’t have to miss out on any love she’s trying to give mama.

All of these exercises are super simple, any mama can accomplish them! Whether you do one set of ten or three sets, anything is better then nothing and you don’t have to worry about taking any time away from loving on your little ones!

Here’s some ways to try and incorporate them!

 

 

Legs and Glutes

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 Put them on your shoulders or hold them in your arms while you squat

Walk and do lunges while the little one is in your arms

Sit them on your lap while you do a one-minute wall sit

Sit them on you while you do glute bridges

Hold the baby and do side leg lifts

Lay on your back, lift your legs, and lay your baby on your calves to do leg raises

 

 

Arms

2

Lie on your back and lift them in the air for a good shoulder press

Hold them under their armpits and do some bicep curls while standing

Lay them under you and give them a kiss every time you do a push up

Have them sit on your back while you do pushups for added weight

Do tricep dips while they sit on you

 

 

Abs

3

Do some sitting Russian twists while holding them in your arms

Have them sit on your lower stomach during crunches

Sit them under you while you do a 30-60 second plank

Lay them on your stomach while doing leg lifts

Lay them on your legs while doing reverse crunches

 

 

Most importantlywalk walk walk!

It has so many health benefits that just walking alone can help you lose weight!

Walking for 30 minutes can burn up to 200 calories, re-energize you, improve your mood, reduce the risk of stroke, and even extend your life!

So, pop that little one in the stroller and enjoy the outdoors.

These are a perfect opportunity for a bonding moment with your babies!

Must I also mention, there’s an app called Sweatcoin that pays you to walk outside! If that doesn’t help motivate you, I don’t know what will! I’ve been using this app for about a month now, and it’s awesome! Of course, the weather hasn’t been to nice since it’s cold here on Pennsylvania so I can’t wait to put it fully to the test come spring and summer.

Check it out here.

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