Boots Banana Freakshake

If you think you know Dora…think again! Dora’s going on her biggest adventure yet when Dora and the Lost City of Gold hits theatres August 9! Get ready for the fun with a bigger than Boots Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by the film.

Boots inspired Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold. A mega milkshake with hot fudge, sprinkles, brownies and whipped cream.

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Easy Boots Banana Freakshake Recipe

I was so excited when I first saw the trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold! If you’re like me and watched hundreds of episodes of the cartoon version with your kids, you might be excited for this live-action adventure too. It’s so fun that Dora, Diego and Boots are back! This new film in theaters August 9, will most definitely bring back memories.

Dora Party Ideas inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

To get you in the “swing” of things, I created the ultimate ice cream shake inspired by Dora’s best monkey friend, Boots. This easy Boots Banana Freakshake is filled with banana ice cream, gooey hot fudge, chocolate sprinkles, brownies, whipped cream and more! It’s delicioso!

Boots inspired Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold. A mega banana milkshake combined with hot fudge, chocolate sprinkles, brownies, whipped cream and more!

What is the Dora movie about?

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School.

Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.

What a great movie to see before school starts up again. I can still sing a lot of the Dora songs. I wonder if they will be in the movie? Be sure to find out on August 9th!

What is a Freakshake?

A freakshake is basically a mega huge milkshake combining ice cream with candy, then stacking the top of the cup with high calorie desserts such as brownies, candy bars, cotton candy and often entire slices of cake. It’s said the freakshake trend started in Australia, but now basically everywhere! If you can eat the whole thing, you’re a dessert loving rock star! ha!

Boots Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

 

Freakshake with Dora and the Lost City of Gold Printables

Make the most of summer by making my easy and super delicioso Boots Banana Freakshake! A simple to make banana ice cream, with hot fudge, chocolate drizzled bananas, whipped cream and more! This fun recipe also comes with the free printables you need to create your Dora and the Lost City of Gold milkshake.

Boots Banana Freakshake recipe. Easy Dora Party Food dessert.

This crazy shake will bring out your adventurous side. Not only is it exciting to make, but would be perfect desserts for a Dora themed birthday party. Make a big batch of banana milkshakes, fill small mason jars and let the kids stack the desserts they want on the lid. Better yet, put the slice of cake on top of the glass!

 

How to make a Boots Banana Freakshake

There are many ways you can make a freakshake. I hope you enjoy some inspiration from this wild banana shake recipe. It will surely get you in the mood for the film in theatres soon.

Step 1: Prepare printables by downloading the Dora and the Lost City of Gold Free Printables. Print, trim and attach Boots to twine and tie to straws or wooden skewers. Attach a Dora flag to drinking straw. Set aside.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold free printables. Easy Dora Party ideas.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold boots free printables. Easy Dora Party ideas.

Click to download Printables

Step 2:  Spread a large spoonful of room temperature hot fudge around the bottom of a glass.

Step 3: Use a bread knife and add hot fudge around the rim of the glass. Use a damp paper towel to wipe excess and create a nice even strip of chocolate.

Step 4: Tilt glass over a large bowl or sink and sprinkle chocolate jimmies onto the hot fudge. Gently press down any sprinkles to secure. Set aside.

 Banana Freakshake recipe with hot fudge

Step 5: Put brownies, rice krisipies treats or desired candy onto a wooden skewer. Set aside.

Step 6: Blend vanilla ice cream, half of a banana and milk to make a banana milkshake.

 Banana Freakshake recipe

Step 7: Gently pour milkshake into glass and add a whole banana onto the glass rim, then add skewer with treats.

 Banana Freakshake recipe. Easy milkshake dessert.

Step 8: Top with whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate and a cherry.

Step 9: Garnish with Dora printables and straws. Enjoy!

 Banana Freakshake recipe. Easy milkshake dessert inspired by Dora for a party.

 

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Banana Freakshake

Boots inspired Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold. A mega banana milkshake combined with hot fudge, chocolate sprinkles, brownies, whipped cream and more! It’s delicioso!

Freakshake

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/2 bananas
  • 1/4 cup hot fudge
  • 1/4 cup chocolate jimmies
  • 1 brownie
  • 1 Rice Krispies treat
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • cherry for garnish

Dora Party Decor

  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold printables
  • scissors
  • glue dots
  • twine
  • paper straws
  • wooden skewers
  1. Prepare printables by downloading the Dora and the Lost City of Gold Free Printables. Print, trim and attach Boots the monkey to twine and tie to straws or wooden skewers. Attach a Dora flag to drinking straw. Set aside.
  2. Spread a large spoonful of room temperature hot fudge around the bottom of a glass.
  3. Use a bread knife and add hot fudge around the rim of the glass. Use a damp paper towel to wipe excess and create a nice even strip of chocolate.
  4. Tilt glass over a large bowl or sink and sprinkle chocolate jimmies onto the hot fudge. Gently press down any sprinkles to secure. Set aside.
  5. Put brownies, Rice Krisipies treats or desired candy onto a wooden skewer. Set aside.
  6. Blend vanilla ice cream, half of a banana and milk to make a banana milkshake.
  7. Gently pour milkshake into glass and add a whole banana onto the glass rim, then add skewer with treats.
  8. Top with whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate and a cherry.
  9. Garnish with Dora printables and straws. Enjoy!

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Shamrock Shake (VIDEO)

How to make a copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shake for St. Patrick’s Day. A tasty green mint homemade dessert recipe to enjoy all year long!

How to make a copycat McDonald's Shamrock Shake for St. Patrick's Day. A tasty green mint homemade dessert recipe to enjoy all year long!

Easy Shamrock Shake for St. Patrick’s Day

Since my husband is half Irish, we love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! Oh and of course enjoying green treats like a Shamrock Shake and wearing lots of green. It’s the perfect time to celebrate by making rainbow themed desserts and enjoying delicious green food and drinks.

I had fun making a homemade, healthier, copycat version of McDonald’s famous Shamrock Shake. People really go crazy over that green goodness! This delicious dessert recipe is very easy to make, and tastes just like a McDonald’s shake!

My kids love the added rainbow candy and clouds on top! Now we just need some gold… the real kind would be fantastic:-)

How to make a copycat McDonald's Shamrock Shake for St. Patrick's Day. A tasty green mint homemade dessert recipe to enjoy all year long! Love the rainbow candy! #shamrockshake

 

Shamrock Shake Video

I’m getting the hang of making videos and having a ball! So, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’m sharing how to make this Shamrock Shake recipe on my YouTube Channel.

Hopefully you will notice a change for the better in my video quality. At least now I have a reason to get my nails done. ha! Notice the green tips for this St. Patrick’s Shamrock Shake video. We’ll see how creative I can get in the future!

Please stop by to subscribe to my Youtube channel. If you can’t see the video below, you can watch How to Make a Shamrock Shake on YouTube.

How to make a copycat McDonald's Shamrock Shake for St. Patrick's Day by Amy Locurto.

This recipe would also be amazing with organic, pure Peppermint Essential Oil instead of the extract I used in the video.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I hope you enjoyed this McDonald’s Copycat Recipe for a Shamrock Shake! Thank you for watching, and have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Shamrock-Shake

Shamrock Shake McDonald's Copycat Recipe

How to make a homemade copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shake for St. Patrick’s Day. A tasty green mint homemade dessert to enjoy all year long!

  • 1 1/2 cup Greek frozen yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • 5 drops green food coloring
  • Whipped Cream
  • Airheads Xtremes Sour Belt Candy
  1. Add frozen yogurt, milk and mint extract into a blender.
  2. Add about 5 drops of mint extract and blend to make your shamrock shake.
  3. Pour into a serving glass.
  4. Squeeze a cloud of whipped cream on each side of the top of your shake.
  5. Insert the Airheads candy into the whipped cream to create a rainbow.
  6. Serve with colorful straw and enjoy!

Originally published March 5, 2014

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Rainbow Loom Bracelet St. Patrick’s Day Card! 

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Homemade Rolo Chocolate Ice Cream

Easy Homemade Rolo Ice Cream with Free Printable Cone Wrappers. An easy and delicious chocolate ice cream recipe perfect for a summer party!

Rolo Ice Cream is delicious. Easy homemade recipe for Rolo Chocolate Ice cream is the perfect summer dessert.

How to Make Rolo Ice Cream!

Have you ever had Rolo Ice Cream? Well, I LOVE homemade chocolate ice cream, and any chance I can get to put Rolo chocolate and caramel candy into something… I’ll do it! Summer is the perfect time to make your own ice cream. It sure brings back childhood memories for me. What about you?

When I got our new ice cream maker, I tried various chocolate recipes and adding Rolos has become one of the family’s favorite ice cream flavors. I hope you enjoy this easy homemade Rolo Chocolate Ice Cream recipe and free printable ice cream wrappers!

Easy Homemade Rolo Chocolate Ice Cream with Free Printable Ice Cream Cone Wrappers. Such a tasty chocolate ice cream recipe for a summer party!


Homemade Rolo Ice Cream Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream. LivingLocurto.com

You’ll need:

  • 20 small Rolos
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Mix the cocoa powder and sugars together in a bowl. Stir with a whisk to remove lumps. Stir in the cream, milk and vanilla.
  2. Place half of the Rolo candy in a microwave dish and melt for 30-60 seconds. Stir until smooth. Let this cool for about 4-5 minutes before stirring it into the ice cream mixture. Chop the rest of the Rolos to save for later.
  3. You can cover the ice cream mixture and refrigerate until ready to churn.
  4. Churn your mixture in an ice cream maker for 20-25 minutes. When the ice cream is frozen enough, spoon into a container, then sprinkle the top with chopped Rolos.

 

Homemade Rolo Chocolate Ice Cream

Easy Homemade Rolo Chocolate Ice Cream. Such a tasty chocolate ice cream recipe for a summer party!

  • 20 small Rolos chocolate candies
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Mix the cocoa powder and sugars together in a bowl. Stir with a whisk to remove lumps.
  2. Stir in the cream, milk and vanilla.
  3. Place half of the Rolo candy in a microwave dish and melt for 30-60 seconds. Stir until smooth. Let this cool for about 4-5 minutes before stirring it into the ice cream mixture. Chop the rest of the Rolos to save for later.
  4. You can cover the ice cream mixture and refrigerate until ready to churn.
  5. Churn your mixture in an ice cream maker for 20-25 minutes.
  6. When the ice cream is frozen enough, spoon into a container, then sprinkle the top with chopped Rolos.

Download the Free Printable Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

Free Printable Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

Download these cute Free Printable Cone Wrappers for your ice cream!  (As seen in Parents Magazine)

Chevron Pattern (yellow and blue)

Polka Dot Pattern (pink & green)

 

Check out my cute Ice Cream Party designs.

I love these Printable Party collections!

Pink & Teal Ice Cream Party Collection. Cute Printables by Amy Locurto! PrintablesByAmy.com

Red & Teal Ice Cream Party Collection. Cute Printables by Amy Locurto! PrintablesByAmy.com

 

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Mark Your Calendar—New Flavors are Coming to Culver’s!

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

The weather is warming up which means I’ll be looking for literally ANY reason to treat myself and the kiddos to something cold, creamy, and delicious.

But not just any frozen treat will do…

Frozen custard is OUR JAM. So imagine our delight upon learning that our favorite frozen custard spot—Culver’s—is releasing new Flavor of the Day recipes!

What is this “Flavor of the Day” you speak of?
Every day, in every Culver’s restaurant (all 650+) they combine farm fresh milk and pasteurized eggs to make small batches of the creamiest fresh frozen custard. You’ll find vanilla and chocolate fresh frozen custard, along with a “Flavor of the Day” — and brace yourself because Culver’s is adding not one, not two, but SIX new recipes to their “Flavor of the Day” lineup.

And I tried all six!

And believe me when I tell you that you are going to want to mark your calendar for the 10th of every month through October, so that you can try them too.

I’ll wait while you add the recurring event to your calendar…list the event as “GO EAT LIFE CHANGING FROZEN CUSTARD AT CULVERS.”

Normally, each Culver’s restaurant gets to pick their own daily Flavor of the Day from the list of “official” flavors. But to celebrate these six new flavors, every Culver’s restaurant is serving the same new Flavor of the Day!

Cappuccino Cookie Crumble — May 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard blended with espresso, crushed sugar cookies, and swirls of novelty chocolate. AMAZING. The combination of the sugar cookies and the espresso frozen custard is so good! I’m thrilled this is the first flavor Culver’s is releasing. Because I need it. NOW. How early in the day is “too early” for frozen custard?

Blackberry Cobbler — June 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard, cinnamon granola crumble and blackberries. This flavor is bright and fresh and tastes like summer in a cup! The granola crumble is delicious, cinnamon-y, and crunchy and is such a great balance to the berries. Fruit lovers—you’re going to want to get your hands on this one.

Chocolate Pretzel Crunch — July 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard, chopped Bavarian pretzels, novelty chocolate and salted caramel. These aren’t just any old pretzels. Bavarian sourdough pretzels are sturdy and crunchy and were pretty much made to be combined with chocolate and salted caramel and frozen custard. Whatever you know about chocolate covered pretzels, put that aside because you haven’t LIVED until you’ve had this flavor!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough — August 10th
Peanut Butter fresh frozen custard with roasted peanuts and chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough. It’s tough to improve upon actual peanut butter, but they did it with Peanut Butter frozen custard. Seriously. Give it to me by the bucket. Plus cookie dough and roasted peanuts!

Dark Chocolate Decadence — September 10th
A blend of premium cocoas to create the first dark chocolate flavored frozen custard on the Culver’s menu. Part of the Culver’s magic is that their frozen custard is creamier and more flavorful than ice cream, which means that all of Culver’s history has been leading to THIS MOMENT. This dark chocolate frozen custard was silky and rick and mind blowing. Do not miss this flavor!

Peanut Butter Salted Caramel — October 10th
Peanut Butter fresh frozen custard with roasted peanuts and ribbons of salted caramel. Culver’s has taken two classic favorites (peanut butter and salted caramel) into one delicious flavor! This blend of sweet and salty has so many tasty layers to it—it’s truly one for the peanut butter fans!

Six cups of Culver’s frozen custard in one day…it was pretty much all of my dreams come true.

And we’re giving away 10 free scoops of Culver’s frozen custard! To enter to win, just leave a comment telling me which new Flavor of the Day recipe you’re most excited to try!

Last day to enter is Friday, May 18th! Good luck!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Culver’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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Mark Your Calendar—New Flavors are Coming to Culver’s!

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

The weather is warming up which means I’ll be looking for literally ANY reason to treat myself and the kiddos to something cold, creamy, and delicious.

But not just any frozen treat will do…

Frozen custard is OUR JAM. So imagine our delight upon learning that our favorite frozen custard spot—Culver’s—is releasing new Flavor of the Day recipes!

What is this “Flavor of the Day” you speak of?
Every day, in every Culver’s restaurant (all 650+) they combine farm fresh milk and pasteurized eggs to make small batches of the creamiest fresh frozen custard. You’ll find vanilla and chocolate fresh frozen custard, along with a “Flavor of the Day” — and brace yourself because Culver’s is adding not one, not two, but SIX new recipes to their “Flavor of the Day” lineup.

And I tried all six!

And believe me when I tell you that you are going to want to mark your calendar for the 10th of every month through October, so that you can try them too.

I’ll wait while you add the recurring event to your calendar…list the event as “GO EAT LIFE CHANGING FROZEN CUSTARD AT CULVERS.”

Normally, each Culver’s restaurant gets to pick their own daily Flavor of the Day from the list of “official” flavors. But to celebrate these six new flavors, every Culver’s restaurant is serving the same new Flavor of the Day!

Cappuccino Cookie Crumble — May 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard blended with espresso, crushed sugar cookies, and swirls of novelty chocolate. AMAZING. The combination of the sugar cookies and the espresso frozen custard is so good! I’m thrilled this is the first flavor Culver’s is releasing. Because I need it. NOW. How early in the day is “too early” for frozen custard?

Blackberry Cobbler — June 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard, cinnamon granola crumble and blackberries. This flavor is bright and fresh and tastes like summer in a cup! The granola crumble is delicious, cinnamon-y, and crunchy and is such a great balance to the berries. Fruit lovers—you’re going to want to get your hands on this one.

Chocolate Pretzel Crunch — July 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard, chopped Bavarian pretzels, novelty chocolate and salted caramel. These aren’t just any old pretzels. Bavarian sourdough pretzels are sturdy and crunchy and were pretty much made to be combined with chocolate and salted caramel and frozen custard. Whatever you know about chocolate covered pretzels, put that aside because you haven’t LIVED until you’ve had this flavor!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough — August 10th
Peanut Butter fresh frozen custard with roasted peanuts and chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough. It’s tough to improve upon actual peanut butter, but they did it with Peanut Butter frozen custard. Seriously. Give it to me by the bucket. Plus cookie dough and roasted peanuts!

Dark Chocolate Decadence — September 10th
A blend of premium cocoas to create the first dark chocolate flavored frozen custard on the Culver’s menu. Part of the Culver’s magic is that their frozen custard is creamier and more flavorful than ice cream, which means that all of Culver’s history has been leading to THIS MOMENT. This dark chocolate frozen custard was silky and rick and mind blowing. Do not miss this flavor!

Peanut Butter Salted Caramel — October 10th
Peanut Butter fresh frozen custard with roasted peanuts and ribbons of salted caramel. Culver’s has taken two classic favorites (peanut butter and salted caramel) into one delicious flavor! This blend of sweet and salty has so many tasty layers to it—it’s truly one for the peanut butter fans!

Six cups of Culver’s frozen custard in one day…it was pretty much all of my dreams come true.

And we’re giving away 10 free scoops of Culver’s frozen custard! To enter to win, just leave a comment telling me which new Flavor of the Day recipe you’re most excited to try!

Last day to enter is Friday, May 18th! Good luck!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Culver’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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Mark Your Calendar—New Flavors are Coming to Culver’s!

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

The weather is warming up which means I’ll be looking for literally ANY reason to treat myself and the kiddos to something cold, creamy, and delicious.

But not just any frozen treat will do…

Frozen custard is OUR JAM. So imagine our delight upon learning that our favorite frozen custard spot—Culver’s—is releasing new Flavor of the Day recipes!

What is this “Flavor of the Day” you speak of?
Every day, in every Culver’s restaurant (all 650+) they combine farm fresh milk and pasteurized eggs to make small batches of the creamiest fresh frozen custard. You’ll find vanilla and chocolate fresh frozen custard, along with a “Flavor of the Day” — and brace yourself because Culver’s is adding not one, not two, but SIX new recipes to their “Flavor of the Day” lineup.

And I tried all six!

And believe me when I tell you that you are going to want to mark your calendar for the 10th of every month through October, so that you can try them too.

I’ll wait while you add the recurring event to your calendar…list the event as “GO EAT LIFE CHANGING FROZEN CUSTARD AT CULVERS.”

Normally, each Culver’s restaurant gets to pick their own daily Flavor of the Day from the list of “official” flavors. But to celebrate these six new flavors, every Culver’s restaurant is serving the same new Flavor of the Day!

Cappuccino Cookie Crumble — May 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard blended with espresso, crushed sugar cookies, and swirls of novelty chocolate. AMAZING. The combination of the sugar cookies and the espresso frozen custard is so good! I’m thrilled this is the first flavor Culver’s is releasing. Because I need it. NOW. How early in the day is “too early” for frozen custard?

Blackberry Cobbler — June 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard, cinnamon granola crumble and blackberries. This flavor is bright and fresh and tastes like summer in a cup! The granola crumble is delicious, cinnamon-y, and crunchy and is such a great balance to the berries. Fruit lovers—you’re going to want to get your hands on this one.

Chocolate Pretzel Crunch — July 10th
Vanilla fresh frozen custard, chopped Bavarian pretzels, novelty chocolate and salted caramel. These aren’t just any old pretzels. Bavarian sourdough pretzels are sturdy and crunchy and were pretty much made to be combined with chocolate and salted caramel and frozen custard. Whatever you know about chocolate covered pretzels, put that aside because you haven’t LIVED until you’ve had this flavor!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough — August 10th
Peanut Butter fresh frozen custard with roasted peanuts and chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough. It’s tough to improve upon actual peanut butter, but they did it with Peanut Butter frozen custard. Seriously. Give it to me by the bucket. Plus cookie dough and roasted peanuts!

Dark Chocolate Decadence — September 10th
A blend of premium cocoas to create the first dark chocolate flavored frozen custard on the Culver’s menu. Part of the Culver’s magic is that their frozen custard is creamier and more flavorful than ice cream, which means that all of Culver’s history has been leading to THIS MOMENT. This dark chocolate frozen custard was silky and rick and mind blowing. Do not miss this flavor!

Peanut Butter Salted Caramel — October 10th
Peanut Butter fresh frozen custard with roasted peanuts and ribbons of salted caramel. Culver’s has taken two classic favorites (peanut butter and salted caramel) into one delicious flavor! This blend of sweet and salty has so many tasty layers to it—it’s truly one for the peanut butter fans!

Six cups of Culver’s frozen custard in one day…it was pretty much all of my dreams come true.

And we’re giving away 10 free scoops of Culver’s frozen custard! To enter to win, just leave a comment telling me which new Flavor of the Day recipe you’re most excited to try!

Last day to enter is Friday, May 18th! Good luck!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Culver’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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T-Mobile Customer? There’s Free Stuff Coming YOUR Way

It’s the one year #Thanksiversary of T-Mobile Tuesdays and that’s good news for YOU! 

T-Mobile Tuesdays is an app that thanks T-Mobile customers with free stuff and a chance to win epic prizes. Every week, T-Mobile customers #GetThanked by the Un-carrier with gifts from their favorite brands like StubHub, Baskin-Robbins, Shell, Lyft, and Redbox!

Here’s what’s in store this month:

June 6th 2017

  • Have the app? Prizes being given away range from trucker hats, to movie tickets, to discounts on gas from Shell, and all kinds of ice cream! Be sure to download the app to get these hook ups!
  • On Twitter? Starting at 9:00 a.m. @TMobile will be doling out an epic prize EVERY HOUR in their 12-hour thankathon {including $2000 to spend with StubHub}! Just follow @TMobile on Twitter for details on how to enter!

All Month Long

  • One one Tuesday in the next four weeks in June, EVERY customer will get a $4 coupon from Baskin-Robbins. It’s hot outside! Ice cream for everyone!

Your odds of wining? Pretty fantastic. Over the last year T-Mobile customers have snapped up more than 40 million free gifts! 

  • Binged over 24.5 million hours or nearly 3,000 YEARS of movies
  • Slurped down more than 1 million free Frostys from Wendy’s—enough to fill 350 family size hot tubs
  • Eaten more than 2 million free pizzas—enough to stretch from Mt. Rushmore to Yellowstone National Park
  • Taken enough free Lyft rides to make nearly 4,300 coast to coast trips across the US
  • Pumped millions of gallons of free gas from the Fuel Rewards® Program and Shell —enough to drive to Mars and back

Grab more info HERE and GO AND GET YOUR FREE STUFF!

T-Mobile Tuesdays: FREE STUFF for EVERYONE!

This post was sponsored by T-Mobile, we fully endorse FREE ICE CREAM!

 

 

Does This Ice Cream Flavor REALLY Boost Milk Supply?

A month ago, Romper.com published an article about the Ben & Jerry’s new ice cream, “Oat of this Swirled” flavor claiming that it would help boost milk supply for lactating mothers.  As a lactating mother myself, I decided I need to investigate this claim.  Anytime anyone implies that a dessert will help me have more milk, it’s worth looking into.  

Science claims that ben and jerrys ice cream can help breastfeeding mothers with boost milk supply

 

It’s well known that what you eat can affect your breastmilk.  Breastmilk is subject to changes in flavor and can increase and decrease based on diet.  It’s also been a longstanding belief that oatmeal increases milk supply.  So this new flavor contains oats, which many lactation consultants consider to be a galactagogue ― a substance believed to increase breast milk supply.

“Oats contain saponins, which along with many other benefits, are thought to increase the milk making hormones lactating moms produce,” the author wrote. “So if a bowl of plain oatmeal or a batch of freshly baked oat-based lactation cookies isn’t cutting it for you, it’s hard to argue with throwing in a bowl of Oat of This Swirled for good measure.”

 

SEE MORE: Travel Tips for the Breastfeeding Mother

 

Huffington Post came back with a rebuttal article:

“While it’s true that oats can increase milk production in *some* mothers, depending on many structural and hormonal factors, it is NOT one of the most potent galactagogues, and it needs to be ingested in MUCH larger quantities that it would be possible ― and reasonable ― to eat through ice cream,” international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and La Leche League director of media relations, Diana West, told The Huffington Post in an email. 

New York Milk Bank executive director and IBCLC, Julie Bouchet-Horwitz, echoed West’s sentiments. “I help women with low milk supply all the time, but when I’m really trying to increase a milk supply, oats are not my first food of choice,” she told HuffPost. “It can’t hurt though.”

IBCLC Wendy Wisner (writing for Scary Mommy) also cautioned against putting too much stock in the supposed milk-boosting capacity of many galactagogues:

“Well, first of all, most breastfeeding mothers don’t actually have milk supply issues, and the idea that a mom has to eat or drink anything special is a myth that perpetuates the idea that women are somehow unable to breastfeed their babies with the bodies (and boobs) they were born with.”

 

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A myth I’m not super interested in perpetuating.  So can eating this ice cream actually boost milk supply?  If it does, the reason is this:

When it comes to the “milk ejection reflex” (i.e., your milk “letting down), relaxation and all those warm fuzzy feelings are proven to have a positive effect on releasing oxytocin, the hormone that causes the “letdown.” So perhaps just the mere thought that a mom is ingesting something that will boost her supply relaxes her enough to get her milk flowing.

But even if it’s just a placebo — if the cozy comforts of oats, and probably also the creamy comforts of the ice cream itself, work their magic despite the lack of evidence — what’s the problem?

The problem is that instead of wasting time telling Moms to go eat some fancy ice cream, we should be educating moms on what really matters.  Feeding babies on demand and often is truly the best way to boost milk supply, not eating special foods.  It is a supply and demand system, and unfortunately eating a bunch of ice cream has no effect on that.

The best thing you can do if you’re struggling with low supply is see your health care provider and find some support.  Resources like Kellymom.com and La Leche League are available to help as well and can point you in the right direction.  Don’t be afraid to seek help early when it comes to breastfeeding struggles!

So will I be eating some of this yummy Ben & Jerry’s?  Yes, yes I will.  Why?  Because breastfeeding has got me all HUNGRY. 

Science claims that ben and jerrys ice cream can help breastfeeding mothers boost milk supply

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Spooktacular Halloween Milkshake Recipes You Have to Try!

A Halloween milkshake is the perfect recipe for a creepy and fun food after school snack or Halloween party treat! Frankenstein Halloween ice cream dessert.

 

There’s nothing I like better than a good party. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and  I’m so excited to share my latest DIY Halloween Treats with you today! It was so much fun making these Creepy Halloween Milkshake Recipes.

I made these fun Halloween milkshakes for Oriental Trading Company a few weeks ago and my kids were super surprised to come home to find them. Needless to say, they gobble them down in about 2 minutes. I’m taking that as a hint that they were good. ha! These treats are simple to make and would be perfect for a Halloween party or after school snack. Kids will love making them too!

Frankenstein and the chocolate donut versions are just a few of the Halloween Milkshake recipes I made.  Be sure to–> click here to see them all and get the directions!

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Here’s more Halloween Treats that you might like:

Halloween Vampire Ice Cream Floats!

These are a great alternative to a Halloween milkshake… a little less ice cream, but still a lot of fun!

Halloween Vampire Ice Cream Floats! An easy Halloween recipe idea for kids! A perfect treat for a Halloween party.

 

Halloween Dracula Donuts!

Dracula Halloween Donuts. Easy no bake dessert or breakfast. Livinglocurto.com

 

Want MORE Spooktacular Halloween Party & Recipe Ideas?

Check out my Halloween Section for more great Halloween recipes, crafts, free printables and party ideas!

Halloween Party Ideas with Free Printables

 

 

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