Childhood, Feel Good Memories with Cheerios™ #GiveABox [ad] |We Got the FUNK

Friday, May 27, 2016

Childhood, Feel Good Memories with Cheerios™ #GiveABox [ad]

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In just a couple weeks our family will be celebrating a wonderful woman.  My mother has been the cornerstone and true matriarch of our family and soon she will be a few years over 50!  She still looks stunning as ever and to pay homage to this lady I thought I would share some stories, a couple recipes and most of all love.

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I did not necessarily have a normal childhood.  In fact, explaining to people that your parents own and ran a successful roller skating rink, which we also lived in (yes literally), while at the same time talking about how your parents were true to life, hard core bikers (Son's of Anarchy was my childhood) and also the best parents ever, would often earn some extra odd looks.  However, my parents were all those things and more.  I grew up in a fantastic environment and although my childhood was FAR from normal, my mom and dad did their very best to make it as normal as possible.

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I always felt lucky that I could call on my parents any time of day and they would be there.  My sister and I got to go to work with my parents every single day.  My mom in particular made every effort to attend anything possible at school and to this day does the same for my kids.  This woman would do anything for her family and I lean on her a lot for support, advice, help and friendship. 


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When my mother-in-law passed away and we found out we were pregnant, my mom said that she would just work extra hard to make sure our children knew what a wonderful woman she was and she would be a super grandma to them.  She has never faltered on this.  If I need a break my mom is there to help, if I need to vent, she is there, if I am rushing one of my children to the doctors or hospital she is speeding behind me.  She has spent countless days and nights helping our family to be successful and does so with little complaint.   

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My kids adore their grandma and I adore my mom.  This woman is fantastic at anything she sets her mind to.  She is very artistic, loving and one heck of a cook.  I wanted to do something a little special for my mom as we approach her birthday.  I remembered back when we were younger that my mom rarely bought name brand cereal.  In fact to this day she tells us that she would purchase the off brand because she wasn't paying an arm and a leg for a box with a picture and toy.  However, one brand my mother always had on hand was Cheerios™.  You could count on our pantry having a stock of Honey Nut Cheerios™ (my favorite) and original Cheerios™. 

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So while I was shopping in Walmart this week and I saw the buy a box, give a box message to share with someone I love, my immediate thought was to send my mom a couple boxes of the cereal she has always preferred.  I purchased two boxes an several other items because I had something special in mind.  The first thing I did was come home and jumped online to redeem my coupon codes. 

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I sent my mom two boxes!  You can choose to send the coupons (redeemable at Walmart) in the mail or through email with an E-card.  My mom is not a big email fan so I sent her coupons to her via the mail with a special message!  I cannot wait until she receives the coupons for the boxes and the special message that I sent.  They should arrive around her birthday. 

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Now I still had my own boxes to create some memories with so I decided that I would create some special breakfast treats for our last week of school.  You see my mom has been helping us out all week with childcare.  Our babysitters oldest son graduates from high school and she has been busy with the party plans.  My mom stepped in as always to give our babysitter a much needed break. Mornings are early, fast and furious around here.  Our typical breakfast is a granola bar or a donut. Anything we can grab and run out the door with.  I wanted to make some breakfast options that were still grab and go but also easy to make and really tasty!

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The first option I went with was a Cheerios™ Fruit Parfait.  This was very simple to make and only took a couple minutes to prep.  

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Ingredients (makes 5-6 cups):

  • 5-6 medium strawberries, sliced.
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 2 cups of Cheerios™
  • 2 cups of Vanilla yogurt. 
Directions:
  • Place some strawberry slices and a few blueberries in the bottom of the plastic cup (I found these at the dollar store). 
  • Add 2-3 TBS of vanilla yogurt on top of the fruit
  • add 1/8th cup of Cheerios™ on top of the yogurt layer
  • Layer another 2-3 TBS on top of the Cheerios™
  • Top with strawberries, blueberries and Cheerios™

For easy storage, cover them in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
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It has been great to have these awesome parfaits in the house and I know my mom appreciated how easy it was to grab some easy breakfast and get out the door in a rush this week.  I am so excited for my mom to get her boxes in the mail too!

Tell me who you would share a box with?


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