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Growing up, breakfast wasn’t breakfast without a big bowl of confle (cereal in spanish)! It didn’t matter what the brand or name of it was, we just knew that our day started with a bowl of confle, and that’s what we called any and all types of cereal. Not much has changed since then! We still call all of our favorite cereals confle, but now as a mom, I try to find little ways to add some nutritious add-ons to make breakfast a little more fun. As of late, we’ve been using our confle with a breakfast waffle cake. As much as this breakfast waffle cake sounds and looks decadent, it’s just a waffle cake that’s filled with yogurt, bananas and Honey Bunches of Oats and it awesome combination of textures and flavors (also happens to be incredibly heart healthy ).

Breakfast Waffle Cake

The fun thing about this breakfast waffle cake is that the ingredients can be placed on the table for kids to assemble it themselves. Bowls can be filled and placed on table with their favorite yogurt and waffles, crumbled Honey Bunches of Oats, Post Cereals Raisin Bran and even Grape Nuts (a morning staple that will give your breakfast waffle some crunch and 7 grams of fiber), giving families the option to make each waffle cake differently. This confle and fruit waffle cake is a great way to make mornings creative and interactive. I don’t know about you, but that’s huge for working moms like me, who often times have to work right through dinner. I may not be that little girl asking her mom for a bowl of confle con leche anymore, but I’m now that mom that has her kitchen stocked with all of our favorite confle to add to their breakfast waffle cake!

Breakfast Waffle Cake

What you’ll Need:

Breakfast Waffle Cake
Your favorite waffles
Bananas, blueberries and strawberries
Vanilla yogurt
Honey Bunches of Oats
Syrup

How To:

First start by laying out bowls of assorted fresh fruit, yogurt and cereal.

Breakfast Waffle Cake

Breakfast Waffle Cake
Toast your waffles.

Breakfast Waffle Cake
Start layering bananas, yogurt and crumbled cereal. **You can crumble cereal ahead of time but it can also easily be crumbled by hand and kids will find it more fun.

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Breakfast Waffle Cake
Repeat three times for individual servings.

Breakfast Waffle Cake
Top with fruit, more yogurt, cereal and then syrup.

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Isn’t that pretty!? This breakfast waffle cake would also be the perfect way to have a birthday breakfast, all you need to do is add a candle!

Breakfast Waffle Cake

Breakfast Waffle Cake

Do you start your day with a bowl of confle? Click here for some more creative ways to enjoy your bowl of confle!


This is part of a sponsored collaboration with The College Board and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

We have just about every age group right now at our house. I have a son who has a great job with the Board of Education, a teething princess who’s about to start walking and a high school senior who works full time and is about to graduate early with a high GPA (I had to throw that in there because I’m really impressed at how effortlessly he pulls everything off). Back when I was their age and looking into what college I wanted to attend, I was on my own and I was clueless as to how the process worked. To be honest, my focus wasn’t where it should’ve been. Although, it was for good reason. I  had Evan right after I graduated high school, so I was juggling a much heavier, cuter load than the average person my age. But if I had these three important tips for getting financial aid for college and the tools that are readily available now, I’m positive it would have been easier for me to navigate.

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Evan (my oldest) and my dad.

three important tips for getting financial aid for college

Up next William (center) who graduates early this January.

Even though I made it out okay, and I have a job that I absolutely love, I don’t exactly want that sort of struggle for my kids. I learned that a little preparation goes a long way and seeing how focused my older boys are, I know we’re already a few steps ahead! There’s really no reason for any student not to seek any help! Did you know that most full-time college students will receive some type of financial aid? I sure didn’t, and it motivated us to really do our homework and learn everything we needed to. Below are three important tips for getting financial aid for college that we’ll be putting into action and hopefully help those who may have college-bound children as well.

  1. Get a jump start on filing your fafsa (you can apply online at fafsa.gov ) and other financial aid application that may also have early deadlines (some of these even require that you have filled out FAFSA first click here for a easy to follow instructions). **Keep in mind that you will need to create a FSA ID beforehand.
  2. Search and compare colleges using BigFuture.There you can find scholarships and really get a good understanding of financial aid (so crucial considering theres almost $184 billion in financial aid available), and really priotize and organize the entire application process.
  3. Download and put the helpful  CollgeGo mobile app to work! this app will guide students through every essential step in the long college application process (trust me its overwhelming, but manageable). It allows students to interact using fun games and videos and even has a search feature to help guide them through their journey.

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FYI: College Board has also created Spanish language resources for parents and their families in order to help them plan for their children’s college.  

Take the first step. Complete the FAFSA today!

 


Only five days left for Christmas, I’m finally almost done shopping! All I need are a few stocking stuffers and a few gifts left to buy before I can get started on the wrapping! The house is for the most part presentable because I had to get over my spring like cleaning aspirations because Olivia is teething and waking several times. What I do have done is all the Christmas decoration! Are you set up for Christmas day? Today we have another free Christmas printable in gold, black and white which will go with pretty much any decor! Scroll down to download.

Perfect to frame and gift to a teacher, hang in hallway and or bathroom or simply place on table to to liven it up! Click here to download.

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Stay tuned we have another free Christmas printable coming up before Friday!

Click on images below for more Christmas fun!

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Countdown the next five days with this adorable Christmas Countdown Printable!


This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine

There’s only 10 shopping days left until Christmas day!! Are you ready? I know I’m not! I started out this holiday season full steam ahead and was crossing off gifts from my list surprisingly fast. But I’m now 22 weeks along and with every week that goes by, I get bigger lol AND slower. I’ve managed to buy the majority of gifts/toys for the little ones, now I’m left with gifts for my older boys and the adults that require me to really put in some thought. Scroll down to read my Christmas shopping gift ideas + savings!

Now that we quickly approach the big day, I’ve decided to really narrow it down and map out a shopping strategy in effort to not only save money but to also preserve what little energy I have left for some real holiday fun with the family. Below are the two BIG ways I plan on wrapping up some last minute gifts and how I’ll be scoring some deals.

Christmas Shopping Gift Ideas + Savings

If you know me, you know I love a good DIY! There’s nothing more sweet and personal (in my opinion) to unwrap a gift that someone made just for me. Right now I’m enjoying the designing process. I plan on giving some frames a makeover and framing some printable wall art. Scroll down to see some fun examples of frames and click here to see a fun printable that’s free and stay tuned we’ll have a new one in a few days! Another thoughtful gift? Sweets! These gingerbread cookies are perfect to make and wrap in pretty containers as a gift!

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Every little bit counts, and I turn to Groupon Coupons to help me score some major deals. This is perfect for someone like me who always forgets to check store coupons and deals. Groupon Coupons always has coupons for just about every store you can think of, and you even have the option of searching locally! For example, I’m a big Nordy (Nordstrom) fan but they only have sales a couple of times a year. With Groupon Coupons I scored 40% off a pair of Uggs with a Nordstrom coupon on my Christmas list and since we live in Florida, where it’s still in the 80’s, I scored an extra 60% off of clearance at Rue21 with a Groupon coupon. It’s become a new way for me to shop and since it’s always available on my phone, I rarely ever forget to check out my options before I shop.

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Christmas Shopping Gift Ideas + Savings

Christmas Shopping Gift Ideas + Savings
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