Shape Mags every child's favorite toy

Our love for Shape Mags goes deep. My kids can play with those things for HOURS!! and i'm not just saying that i mean it, once i bring those babies out I know ill have some free time. Some things they build are houses and garages for Zanes' cars. I've also seen them make a bridge and teepees. 

What are Shape Mags? I am glad you asked they are they new magnetic plastic tiles that come in different shapes and sizes. Shape Mags helps to prepare your child to be part of tomorrow’s  innovators and leaders. Hours of Shape Mag play means hours of building critical thinking and problem solving skills. Shape Mags encourages creativity and innovative thinking as your child’s brain develops. So pretty much a mom win in my book. 

AND guesssss what??! today is Prime Day and Guess what is going to be apart of that awesome sale? Yup thats right these awesome Shape Mags. For this deal you'll be able to get a 40 Piece set for a great price. SO its stocking up time. Like get one pack for every kid in your family and i bet they'll love you forEVA. 

Im not gonna lie I too play with these things with the kids. Like seriously where were they when i was 5. 

Okay so go get a box or 5 you wont regret it, promise.. now i am off to go pick those things up. 

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this post is sponsored by ShapeMags but all thoughts on these are 100% my own. 

Summer fun with Bowlero

There is no better way to spend the weekend then bowling with your crew. Who remembers going bowling with you family as a child? oh the nostalgia .  Jazlyeen, Zane and I got to attend the grand opening of Bowlero In Clovis CA a few weekends ago.  With its retro look its sure to bring you back to the good ol' days . We had so much fun! and lets not talk about the fact that a two year old beat us .

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Now lets talk about the food! I am still drooling over here thinking about their chicken tacos! and that cookie in a pan smoothered in ice cream? yes please. 

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Also they have some pretty good adult drinks if i do say so myself!

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whether you're looking to get out of the heat, have a date night, or even throw a social gathering Bowlero is the perfect spot! 

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Lemon Curd Filled Ricotta Cupcakes

Lemon Curd Filled Ricotta Cupcakes

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I recently had the opportunity to partner with Country Crock® to create a special Easter treat and I wanted to share it here with you.

 

 Prep Time 15 minutes

 Cook Time 18 minutes

 Total Time 33 minutes

For this recipe you will need the following ingredients

 

Cupcake Ingredients

 

·             1 cup sugar

·             1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising

·             1/2 teaspoon baking soda

·             1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

·             1/2 teaspoon salt

·             1/2 cup Country Crock® Unsalted Buttery Sticks, 1 stick

·             2 large eggs

·             1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese

·             1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

·             1/4 cup whole milk

·             3/4 cup lemon curd

 

Frosting Instructions

 

·             In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat Buttery Sticks until light and fluffy.

·             Slowly mix in powdered sugar until fully combined.

·             Puree fruit of choice in a food processor or blender. Press through a fine sieve to remove seeds. Measure out 1/4 cup of raspberry puree and mix into the frosting.

·             Mix in lemon extract.

·             Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.

 

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Go ahead and Pre-heat your oven to 350 F. In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together sugar, cake flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

 

Add Buttery Sticks and mix on medium-low speed for three minutes.  New Country Crock Buttery Sticks are a baker’s dream come true! Unlike regular butter, Country Crock® Buttery Sticks mix right out of the refrigerator and into your favorite recipes – no softening needed.

 

The fact that butter takes about 45 minutes to soften. New Country Crock® Buttery Sticks mix straight out of the fridge. Makes using them for every recipe a game changer

 

And then in a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, ricotta, and vanilla extract until smooth.

Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.

 

Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined.

 

Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake for 18 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without wet batter stuck to it. If they are not done, test again in two minutes.

 

Once the cupcakes are done, remove them immediately from cupcake pan and leave them on a cooling rack (or just on your counter if you don't own a cooling rack) to cool.

 

Once cooled, cut a small circle around the middle of the top of each cupcake, going down 3/4 of the way into the cupcake creating small cylinders. Remove the cylinders and set aside. Fill each cupcake with 1 tablespoon of lemon curd.

 

When the cupcakes are cooled you’ll want to move on to the frosting, the recipes originally called for a raspberry frosting but since I only had blueberries I thought I would add my own little spin to it.

 

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I added the frosting to a ziplock bag and cut a little hole in the corner for easy piping. Needless to say the kids loved the cupcakes and they lasted about 5 mins. 

 

 

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XX Vanessa