Life by Cynthia

Friday, February 17, 2017

OREO Dunk Challenge: How Do YOU Dunk?

Official rules can be found here:

I am excited to share that OREO is having a Dunk Challenge! For more details visit the #OREODUNKSWEEPSTAKES homepage. It's fun and easy to enter! Just take a photo or video of yourself dunking an OREO® cookie in milk and post it to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag: #OREODunkSweepstakes.

40,000 lucky finalists will have a chance to win one (1) of five (5) VIP Grand Prize trips to a Celebrity Dunking Event in NYC or Los Angeles, plus $2,000! Post daily for more chances to win.

Visit your local Walmart for OREO products and check out the in-store dunking events! Don't forget the milk!

I met my first OREO back in the 1970s. As  a child I was a the type of dunker that would twist apart the two chocolate wafers and eat the sweet creme filling before dunking the rest in milk. I evolved in the 1980s and enjoyed the entire milk soaked cookie. We use our fingers - even though I have seen it done with a fork! Leaving the cookie is just long enough to get soft but not soggy is something that my 6 year old has mastered!

My mom gave me my first OREO and to be honest, I believe that it was she who bought my kiddo his first pack of OREO cookies! He loves to dunk his OREO in milk and takes his sweet time. I'm glad that he is careful and neat about it! Now with a a basketball, he is all about the SLAM DUNK! He learned how to at 5 years old! I love this kid. I could watch him dunk OREOS (or basketballs) all day, every day!

How do you dunk your OREO cookies?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Creating New Family Traditions: Baking With My Boy

Thank goodness for Thanksgiving break. My little guy got sick right before his break and missed a couple of days of school. We have a little bit of school work to make up but I am so glad that he is feeling much better now and that he is very excited for the holidays. I myself have been a bit run down, but I too am looking forward to some quality family time. Tonight was a GREAT night. With the help of Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, my little boy baked cookies for me instead of the other way around!

Our plan was to bake a batch (or two) of cookies then set up our Christmas Tree. Our son has been asking relentlessly to set up and decorate our tree! He fell asleep before the cookies cooled... so we will save the decorations for tomorrow!

This tuckered out child baked his first batch of cookies.

Before I share our baking experience, I must ask: What are your all time favorite cookies? Or are you like me and have an appreciation for any and all cookies? As long as it is fresh from the oven, I'm in! To be honest, we don't often bake sweets so this was an extra special treat for my little guy! It was fun and super easy.

"Oatmeal for Mommy, Chocolate Chip for the Kid, Peanut Butter for Daddy, and Sugar Cookie for Santa" ~ The Kiddo

The most recent school project that my son worked on was about sharing Thanksgiving traditions. He knows that my sister, my mom, and I all help each other to prepare our Thanksgiving meal. He wanted to help out by more than just setting the table this year. He and I have cooked together many times so his request didn't surprise me. We do our Turkey Day in a bit of a pot luck style. Each of us is takes on a dish (along with sides). My little guy is on board for cookies. I absolutely LOVE that he wants to be involved.

With the help of Betty Crocker (and some from mom), this kid is set. He read the directions out loud and then took off running. I am impressed that this kid can crack an egg into a mixing bowl without getting any eggshell in there!

What started off as his desire to help turned into a total take over of the process. I did not mind at all. I supervised (a little) while he ran the show! I like watching cooking shows, especially when the show is put on by my kid! He did a great job. I didn't bake my first batch of cookies until I was about 10 years old. This guy is 6.

I would say that from start to finish it was a total success. We made a run to our local Walmart store to scope out the flavors. There were so many choices! We picked out our favorites. I am now wishing that I tried some of the other flavors. Gingerbread and Pumpkin Spice! Doesn't that sound good? I talked myself out of it because if my child didn't go for the flavors, then I would have been forced to eat the entire batch all by myself. Maybe that could be a good thing! I'll go back for some!

Update: We got the decorations on the tree the following day. All is well and we are ready! From our family to yours, we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful Holiday season with your loved ones! Make those memories and create your traditions!

A photo posted by Gerald Labrador (@geraldlabrador) on

Your turn! I would love to know how you celebrate your family traditions. Share!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Celebrating Universal Children's Day With IKEA San Diego, Let's Play!

My favorite people in the world are children. I admire their honest, curious, and resilient nature. I am soaking up every moment of childhood with our only child. My favorite thing to do is to watch our boy play and enjoy life. I wish this for all parents and children. Every child should have a life filled with play.

We attended a blogger event at IKEA San Diego and I wanted to share our experience. First off, my son and I absolutely LOVE when we have the opportunity to attend events like this together so my thanks go out to team IKEA and Kylie @Made by a Princess for including the kiddos.

The event was appropriately held on Universal Children's Day, Sunday, November 20, 2016. We gathered with blogger families at IKEA San Diego 2149 Fenton Parkway San Diego, CA 92108.

We got to play! At the event we learned about the new IKEA Good Cause Campaign "Let's Play for Change". The campaign focuses on children's right to play and develop. We fully support our child and encourage play in his life! It saddens me that there are many children in the world that are not afforded the opportunity to simply play in an environment that is safe. It is heartbreaking. From children with disabilities that may feel left out, children that are struggling with poverty, or those living in nations in conflict - it is a terrible plight for the youngest, most innocent people of our world. I was happy to learn that the IKEA Foundation is seeking to help organizations that are focused on the little ones in need.

Here is how we can help when we shop at IKEA from November 20 - December 24, 2016:

For every toy, play furniture item, or children's book sold, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1. Funds raised will support children's right to play and develop. Some soft toys are only $.99, they still qualify, $1 will go to the campaign! Organizations that benefit include: Save the Children, UNICEF, War Child, Special Olympics, Handicap International, and Room To Read.

Playing with the Garcia Boys! Blogger Buddies!

In countries from all around the world, children were invited to a drawing competition in which the winning designs were chosen for a special limited soft toys collection. My son is a budding artist and is thinking of entering in the future!

These soft toys were designed by children!

IKEA Blogger Breakfast

The 6 children’s rights groups that will receive funds are organizations that support children affected by disabilities, the Syrian conflict, unsafe migration and poverty. To learn more visit IKEA Foundation and please watch the video below.

Disclosure: We attended the IKEA Blogger Breakfast as invited guests. We enjoyed a hosted breakfast and received a gift bag for our participation. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving Weekend: Sing Saturday At AMC Theaters

Illumination Entertainment, Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres announced a Thanksgiving weekend event for audiences of all ages: “Sing Saturday,” ‘Sing Saturday’ marks the biggest advance-screening program in the history of Universal Pictures. Sing officially arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016, but you will have the opportunity to see it this weekend!

FREE nationwide screenings on Saturday, November 26th at 10am! Click here for a list of participating theaters.

Important details:

  • Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis
  • At least 200 free tickets available at each theater location
  • Free tickets available at the box office starting at 9:00 AM
  • Doors will open at 9:00 AM

Check out the official trailer!

The film stars Academy Award ® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award- nominated Tori Kelly.

Who's in? Watch the trailer and comment with one of your favorite songs! There are a lot!

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