There’s only one small drawback for us: they’re not vegan (Wilton Candy Melts contain cow’s milk), but they were so cute, I decided to make them anyway and gift the majority of them to our neighbors down the street!
We get to be creative and have fun in the kitchen for the holiday and my neighbors receive cute cookies!
Let’s Make It!
1 Bag Wilton Candy Melts (green)
1 Package Oreo Cookies (original size or mini)
1 Package Wilton Candy Eyes
Shamrock-shaped Silicone Baking Mold
You place the vanilla-flavored candy melts into the microwave-safe bowl and heat at defrost setting for 1 minute.
You stir the candy at 30-second intervals until smooth and completely melted.
This was my first ever using Wilton Candy Melts for any of my baking, and melting them did not come as easy, for me, as it should have! haha
As you can see below, I was not able to bring the Wilton Candy Melts to a consistency that was easy to pour into the mold. Pinterest-fail, you think? haha
I believe I overheated the candy and therefore began to become too thick. Perhaps heat at 15-second increments, instead of 30-second increments as the package suggests.
I filled half of the mold first, leaving room for the Oreo cookies, and the rest of the melted green candy.
For the vegan-friendly ingredient of Oreos — I went shopping at Aldi grocery store, which was closer to me at the moment when I was curating the ingredients.
I was not able to find original-sized Oreos at Aldi, but I did find the Snak-Saks with the Oreo Mini. These packages are pretty cool since they can be resealed! I’m thinking perfect for picnics at Disneyland!
I had Ellie carefully place the Oreo Minis on top of the first half of the melted green candy, inside the shamrock-shaped silicone mold.
Once she finished, I poured the rest of the melted green candy.
Because I was not successful in melting the green candy into the right consistency, I did not have enough of it to cover the Oreos completely.
In case this happens to you, I would suggest purchasing a second bag of Wilton Candy Melts to cover your… cookies!
I placed the shamrock-shaped silicone mold into the refrigerator for the St. Patrick’s Day cookies to start taking shape!
The mold could have been left for only 2 hours to set, but since we weren’t in a hurry, we actually ended up leaving it in the refrigerator overnight while we left our home for the evening to watch a movie at the theater.
The next day, I asked Ellie to take out the mold from the refrigerator and place it on the cutting board.
Once on the cutting board, I slowly pulled the silicone mold away from the cookies.
Little by little, Ellie and I had cute little shamrocks!
When turned over, you could see the Oreo Minis shapes popping through, yet, still covered with the Wilton Candy Melt, as you can see in the photo below. haha Real life outcomes, ya’ll!
Your St. Patrick’s Day cookies are deliciously finished!
However, for extra cuteness, you do have the option to purchase the Wilton Candy Eyeballs (edible and certified kosher) to give your shamrocks some personality — Curious Clovers!
Googly-eyed for you!
You can use the same Wilton Candy Melts to “glue” the candy eyes; however, since we didn’t have any left, we used green icing that we already had in our cupboard. I purchase all of my Wilton products at Michaels Craft Stores.
While wearing her purple Princess Rapunzel dress, Ellie helped me placed the cute and tiny eyeballs onto the shamrocks.
She also wore her St. Patrick’s Day-inspired “Lucky You” headpiece! Adorbs!
Kiss Me! I’m Irish!
Sometimes, if not most of the time, you will not have the beautiful Pinterest outcomes with your creations, but you can get quite close to them!
In the end, these simple and cute St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock cookies were delicious and were a hit with our neighbors!
Plus, it’s always fun to get a little messy in the kitchen with my daughter, Ellie.
Please let me know, if you try to make them, and don’t forget to repin to Pinterest to share with your friends & family! I hope you have the best of times!
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Happy 115th Birthday to Dr. Seuss (Theo Geisel) & Happy Read Across America Day!
What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Raise your hand, if you’re a bookworm and not-so-secretly hope and pray your child becomes one, too! Yep, that’s me, too!
My Momma and I would routinely walk to the biblioteca – weekly library trips would be filled with reading and singing! It was our special bonding time that I am still very fond of today! I joyfully continue this tradition with my two-year-old daughter, Ellie.
Do you take advantage of your county’s library system? There are plenty of FREE story time and arts & crafts activities organized and scheduled for different age groups at your local library!
In elementary school, I waited for the Scholastic Book Club flyer to be passed out in class to circle the books I would love to read next! My own personal little wish-list, pre-Amazon Kindle days! haha
It felt extra special to receive this little curated list of reads by Scholastic just for us!
Maybe that’s why it makes me so very happy to see organizations provide:
High-five to First 5 California (see what I did there?) for initiating these valuable resources for parents throughout our state of California. You may request a New Parent Kit from First 5 California to help you start your child’s literacy development. (Kits are available in English, español, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Vietnamese.)
To see leaders create organizations in our community such as Read Conmigo is delightful! “Read Conmigo is a bilingual literacy program that provides free children’s books in English and Spanish, educational apps, and literary resources for children in preschool through 5th grade. The program was created in 2010 by Infinity Insurance to provide parents and teachers free tools and resources to help them foster a love of reading among their children and students.” (Read Conmigo website, 2019)
And exceptionally excited to learn of small-businesses like Sol Book Box are inspired by the owners’ own child! The subscription service “Sol Book Box makes reading en español easy by bringing you a carefully curated Spanish or bilingual children’s book each month, sending you stories that celebrate bilingual/bicultural familias.” (Sol Book Box website, 2019)
For the Love of Reading
The people behind these organizations truly care to spark a love of reading in children as early as possible — crucial for early development and their future!
Reading with your child should be fun! Get creative and give each book character a unique sounding voice!
Once you memorize the story (because it will eventually happen) act it out and don’t be afraid to break into song! My Ellie gets a kick out of this one! If there’s one person you should be okay being silly with, it’s your child!
You’ll be giving your child the opportunity to comprehend how words create visuals and emotions, and be able to apply what they’re learning between the lines! Doesn’t this just pump you up?!
By investing time and effort into your child’s reading, you’re investing in their future as a whole.
“Reading makes for confident, smart, and emotionally healthy kids.”
Vanessa Nielson, co-owner, Sol Book Box website
Literacy is a Gift
Appreciate and be grateful for these moments. Literacy should not be overseen — it truly is a gift. A gift that can be shared and passed on countless times.
4 Simple Steps To Teach Gratitude During Story Time:
After reading a story, ask your child to describe each character’s circumstance from their perspective;
Join your child by listing five things you’re both grateful for in your daily life (Help them by going first);
Ask your child to draw the five listed items, or to find photos of them; and
Create a Gratitude Board to spotlight your list and hang on the wall at their eye level! This will be a great visual reminder when days are not too sunny!
Please share creative activities you have incorporated with story time to make reading interactive and more educational for children!
This is me telling you how lucky you are!
P.S. As a child, or maybe just yesterday, did you worry about having an actual ‘bookworm’ slither out of your book? Asking for a friend.
This post is not sponsored. Thank you so much for your time and support! Enjoy!
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Happy Valentine’s Day amiga!
Not a major holiday in our household, since we believe LOVE should be celebrated every day, but having a toddler brings new light and fun into these small holidays! Don’t you agree?
We can feel like kids, again!
Plus, this is a great way to start getting used to helping our little toddler girl with future school projects!
Something, I can wait for though! ; )
We were at the market on our bi-weekly grocery shopping trip and I spotted this Valentine Message Cookie Decorating Kit — it was in our shopping cart without a second thought!
We make an effort to shop the perimeter of markets, as opposed to the inner isles so we choose healthier options, but this kit caught my eye, girl! haha
It was right next to the bulk section where we get our oats, beans, and nuts (and sometimes dark-chocolate covered pretzels for our Netflix trail mix! Keeping it real.)
First Cookie Decorating Experience
Our daughter is 2.5 years old and I thought this kit was perfect for her first Valentine’s Day cookie decorating experience!
Which holiday was your first cookie decorating experience with your child?
I have not decorated Valentine’s Day cookies since I baked a batch for my husband when we were newlyweds. They were delicious!
I opted not to bake with her for the first time because I’m not ready to handle the experience, yet, but perhaps by mid-summer when Ellie is a full 3 years old!
This cookie decorating kit is super easy and not messy at all (thank goodness the sprinkles didn’t spill! haha)
FYI, a good-to-know detail is that this kit is sealed with a badge of having been created in a peanut-free factory, so it’s safe, if you or your toddler are allergic to pea(nuts).
Also, the sugar cookies are delicious on their own, too!
Red, Pink, White, Oh, My!
Ellie was super excited when she saw the red, pink, and white heart-shaped sprinkles through the bottom of the heart-shaped box!
As soon as I opened the box for her that’s the first thing she picked up!
Which is so funny because once I opened the icing tubes for her and showed her how to squeeze the icing out and on to the cookie, she forgot all about the sprinkles… toddlers!
At one point Ellie didn’t want a new cookie! She just kept adding the icing to that ONE sugar cookie! All three colored-icings, if I may add, all on top of each other!
Looked SUPER SWEET! Literally.
She finally added sprinkles and tried to imitate my decorating. She’s very observant.
I admit, her hand-eye coordination skills are really great! I’m a proud mama.
I want to share a little small fact that made this day extra special.
My tiny dancer is wearing a 18-month-sized onesie in these photos and it fits perfectly! She’s now usually wearing between a 2T and 3T, so it was quite a surprise when she asked me to put it on her and it actually still fit her.
It’s like she knew that having her decorate cookies was bittersweet for me! She’s growing up so fast! I was so happy to see that she’s actually still physically my baby and not a big kid, yet! haha Do you relate?
I was so excited to have completed this Valentine’s Day cookie decorating kit a week prior to actual Valentine’s Day, but of course, here I am a little over a week after Valentine’s Day posting about it for you! #MomLife am I right?
Nevertheless, Ellie and I had a great time during our mid-afternoon ‘Arts & Crafts Time’ creating an art project in our kitchen that was edible and not to hang on our refrigerator or on her bedroom walls!
Daddy was also very happy to find some tasty snacks, made with tender loving care, when he got home!
P.S. Any day is a good day to buy yourself a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers for your home! Our favorite flowers are from our local street vendors.
This post is in collaboration with LAMBT for BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Burbank, CA. All thoughts and opinions are my own. All photos taken by me, Vanessa Torres, unless captioned otherwise. Thank you so much for your time and support. Enjoy!
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Do you need 4 fun & easy steps to brighten a mommy’s rainy day?
You do? Great! Because the girls from LA Mommy Blogger Tribe (LAMBT) and I discovered all 4 of them at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse in Burbank!
Follow along below to find out how you can help out your mommy friend… hey, this could even be for you!
1. Call your amigas and head over to BJ’s!
Yes, getting to BJ’s is the first step! The SoCal-comfort, with attention to detail warmth welcomes and serves you – whether you arrive alone or with a large party of your favorite gals!
So, schedule child care, do you hair, add some mascara to your lashes, and find your favorite rainy-weather comfy-chic outfit to head out the door!
LAMBT was fortunate to have BJ’s in Burbank invite us to experience their new EnLIGHTened Entrees® Menu on Sunday, February 10th just in time to celebrate Galentine’s Day a few days early!
Do you celebrate Galentine’s Day? This was my first time celebrating and I had a blast! Proof? This was a three-hour lunch! haha Time passed by so quickly!
2. Order drinks to get the fun started!
21+ and over and please have a designated driver.
Even though not all of us enjoyed an alcoholic drink, the rest of the girls did, and they were super satisfied. Not only with the taste, which is the most important, but with the presentation! Look at these pretty party enhancers!
If you prefer to eat your calories instead of drinking them, I have a solution for you!
For the days where water just doesn’t cut it for you and would like to splurge a little. You can enjoy BJ’s Oasis® Amber.
This light beer is under 160 calories and just won an award at the 2016 North American Beer Awards or you can try BJ’s Lightswitch® Lager at under 140 calories per pint. Most beers are over 200 calories per serving!
3. Order appetizers and entrees that will satisfy cravings and not leave you stuffed with guilt!
“At BJ’s we’ve listened to our guests who want ‘better for you’ options. Comfort food is great, but some of our guests find more comfort in our myriad of options to meet their special dietary needs…
Because we believe it’s not what you take out that makes it better for you, it’s what you put in it.”
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
Below you will see a few of the tasty dishes our host, Leanne, curated for our table, from the EnLIGHTened Entrees Menu®, after kindly asking us of possible food allergies and dietary preferences.
From all the delicious food that was delivered to our table by Leanne and her kind staff, I was picking out what I could eat from the dishes since I’m vegetarian.
…and then here comes Leanne surprising me with their Vegan Lentil with Ancient Grains Soup! Friend, I was so grateful! This soup was savory and hit the spot on this cold and rainy day!
There aren’t many restaurant just yet where you’re able to find steak dishes and vegetarian and vegan options, plus gluten-free meals! And not only that, but they are accommodating to their guests with food allergies and/or sensitivities! BJ’s you’re the MVP!
Happy Galentine’s Day Mommies
While enjoying our savory meals we updated each other on our children’s most recent silly escapades, learning achievements, and opened-up about challenging moments we have encountered recently or overcome. It’s amazing to have a tribe you can confide in with an open heart and mind.
And in the same level of care, we discussed and listened about our success and hiccups with our individual businesses. Moms Supporting Moms. Can it get any brighter?!
4. Come back and enjoy Ballast Point Tap Takeover!
Tuesday, March 19th at 6pm! Come alone, bring a friend, or your mom and enjoy award-winning brews in a great atmosphere at one or both of the grand bars at BJ’s in Burbank!
If you feel like you’re not a “beer person” not to worry! You can take this fun opportunity and find the right beer for you with the expertise of one of the bartenders, or you can order any other drink from the beverage menu and still enjoy a great time!
The gals and I are planning on returning to join in the Ballast Point Tap Takeover – “Tap Tuesdays!” If you see us, please say hello!
Ballast Point Tap Takeover is Featuring:
Brut IPA, Bone-Dry India Pale Ale
Ballast Point Lager, Lager
Passing Haze, Hazy Session India Pale Ale
Grapefruit Sculpin, India Pale Ale with Grapefruit
Barrel Aged Victory at Sea, Imperial Porter aged in High West Bourbon & Rye Barrels
We are thankful to our hosts for not only providing the gals and me with a place to disconnect from the mundane mommy duties (like laundry and dishes) and to connect with each other as mompreneurs with passions and goals, but also for providing us with a complimentary opportunity to learn of and experience their new EnLIGHTened Entrees® Menu!
For most moms, eating out is an adventure in itself, especially with kids (I mean, we pack half the nursery in the diaper bag when venturing out of the house!), so it’s great to know, that we will be taken care of when we enter their doors with not only healthier food, but super-foods, too!
Have you been EnLIGHTened®, yet?
Let me know in the comments and share this awesome new BJ’s menu and Ballast Point Tap Takeover event with your friends and family!
P.S. We were each sent home with one of their famous Mini Pizookie® desserts for our kids!
And it gets sweeter…
Earlier in our luncheon, while discussing future yummy menu options, I had mentioned that my 2.5-year-old daughter, Ellie, loves quinoa and Leanne surprised me with some to take home to her! So thoughtful!
FYI: This is the Enlightened Vegetarian Quinoa Bowl and we both enjoyed the flavors so much!
This post is not sponsored. I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes; and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for your time and support. Enjoy!
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As an adult, some days you just feel the need to wear makeup when up against stress-causing flare ups. Even though, not so deep down, you’re really thinking, “WHY? Why am I still having to deal with pimples going into my 30s!” Insert dramatic yell emoji here —> !!!
Nevertheless, life goes on and you have to go out in public! The best option is clean makeup.
The last thing you want to do is cake-on heavy foundation to try (emphasis on the try) to hide the blemishes and only end up irritating your skin some more.
I’m glad Influenster provided me with the bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Spot Concealer complimentary for testing purposes last month because wouldn’t you know it…
My face surprised me with a new flare-up on my chin in the beginning of the new year just in time for the concealer’s arrival. (I’m blaming it on my standing 3-year KonMari Refresh ritual I perform every 6 months). And let me tell you, this pimple was not sparking any joy!
You can insert the eye-roll emoji here —> !!!
I was especially excited to test the bareMinerals concealer because if I found that it would actually conceal the blemish while treating it, I would no longer fret (as much) about being up close and personal with someone during a conversation while I had a red-glaring flare-up on my face. You mamas know how it is!
After 3 weeks of consistent use in January – I’m a believer.
I was not totally convinced the first week. I mean, the blemish was still there, even though I’m sure it was performing all of its acne-fighting powers for me! But, you know how you low-key hope for miracles when you first start using a new product? haha
By the second week, the blemish was not red, nor irritated, or dry and itchy! Always a good sign. And by the third week, the blemish was on its way to blending into my surrounding skin!
Please note, I did not use any other acne medication during the testing period.
“Featuring Salicylic Acid, Kaolin Clay and Sulfur paired with Mushroom Stem and Licorice Root Extracts to help soothe and fade the look of scars.”
bareMinerals, The Power of Good
There are ten mineral-rich full coverage shades to chose from, which is pretty awesome for an acne spot concealer!
I received shade Tan/Dark 4.5N. This shade worked well, but I think a shade lighter, such as Med/Tan 3.5C, would have blended much better with my skin tone, especially since I was only using a tinted sunscreen on most days because being barefaced (with sunscreen) is my favorite! Especially when just hanging out at the park or the public library with my two-year-old daughter.
Super awesome little surprise was having a hidden sharpener within the concealer stick! One less thing to carry in the diaper bag when you’re on the go. Worked well, too!
Inserting happy dance with spirit fingers emoji here —> !!!
4 reasons to keep a bareMinerals Skin-Clearing Spot Concealer in your handbag:
Salicylic Acid Medication: Don’t just hide it, treat it!
Matte Finish: Yay to not having a shinny pimple!
Full Coverage: It can totally do double-duty and be used anywhere on your face to prevent future breakouts!
#CleanBeauty: Made from cruelty-free skin-improving minerals and botanicals! Basically, it’s good for your skin!
(You just never know when you’ll be unpleasantly surprised with a pimple.)
Now I’m left with the need to test the other three products in the bareMinerals Blemish Rescue collection! (Influenster: Why didn’t you send all four?) There’s the Blemish Rescue Primer, Concealer, Loose Powder Foundation, and its very own charcoal-infused Seamless Buffing Brush!
I think, if I would have been able to use all four Blemish Rescue collection products during the testing period, there would have been a whole better and faster skin-clearing experience.
Have you tried any of the products in the bareMinerals Blemish Rescue collection? Are you an adult still coping with acne?
Please don’t make me feel like I’m the only one and let me know in the comments!