St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Cupcakes

Easy peasy lemon squeezy (but with no actual lemon, BTW) mini cupcakes to make for your favorite leprechauns!


Cake mix in a box
Eggs, butter & water according to pkg
Green food coloring
Cupcake liners
Lucky Charms cereal


Make the cake batter according to the box’s directions.  If you are more talented / more adventurous / have more time than me and want to make it up from scratch, that would be even more fabulous!

Add green food coloring to batter until you get desired greenness.

Add baking cups to mini muffin pans & add batter.  Regular size cupcakes are great, too, but mini are more leprechaun size, plus the batter goes further if baking for a small army of leprechauns like I was.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 20 minutes.  I used (4) pans in the oven at one time that held a dozen mini cupcakes each.

Mix green food coloring into frosting for desired greenness.  Mine was a completely different green than the cake mix and that is perfectly fine.  We love lots of shades of green on St. Patrick’s Day!

Top with Lucky Charms cereal.  I used the Limited Edition Lucky Charms (all clover marshmallows instead of the usual variety).

Repeat until you have the desired amount!

Swagbucks: Spring Reading Team Challenge (US & Canada)

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Updated 3/13/17 to reflect corrected dates. 

50 bonus Swagbucks and Spin & Win Wheel?  Yes, please.

I kinda got hooked on the Spin & Win Wheel during the most recent Swago.  My oldest happened by at one point when I was spinning and he took several spins himself.  I love the extra element of winning SBs this way.

TIP: If you are signing up for Swagbucks fr the first time, get bonus points! Notice “I have a sign up code” under Confirm Password?  Click that and enter Rooney70 for 70 bonus SB points to start off with!

Spring Reading Team Challenge Details:

Here’s another fun team challenge to help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don’t know what Swagbucks is, it’s a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web!

If you’ve never tried Swagbucks before because you didn’t know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! Their latest, the Spring Reading Team Challenge, begins Monday, March 20th.

Here’s how you can join the challenge and the site:

1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team. Pre-registration is going on right now! If you don’t already have an account, you can sign up on this page as well.

2. Starting March 20th at 8am PT, in addition to earning SB you’ll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.

3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you’ve contribute so far.

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card!

Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before April 1st, you’ll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you’ve signed up under me)!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 25 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate.

Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, March 24th and will expire on Sunday, April 9th 11:59pm PT.

Splashlings: An Ocean Full Of Friends Wave 2

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Opening the package of the Splashlings assortment, I was transported back to a time when my age was in single digits – I would have spent hours playing with these.  I can’t {heart} these little ocean critters and their adorableness enough.  The mini mermaids are just precious, too.

There is a strong appeal of all things micro – girl toys aside, my boys love itty bitty animals like these, tiny vehicles, and the like – and the Splashlings line does not disappoint.

Splashlings Wave 2 is arriving at Walmart stores February 2017!!

The packs would be great for your little Valentines!

Over 100 new mermaids, ocean friends, gems, shells and treasures join the Splashlings family, affording kids more than 200 ocean-themed characters to collect between the two waves.

Splashlings Wave II Mermaids Assortments

Designed for kids ages 5 and older, the Mermaid 12-pack includes a Mermaid, seven Splashlings (plus 2 ‘hidden’ Splashlings) and two seashells. Ages 4+, SRP: $12.99

The Mermaid 6 pack assortment includes 1 mermaid, four Splashlings and one seashell. Ages 4+, SRP: $5.99

Splashlings Ocean Full of Friends™ 2-packs make it a surprise each time to see what two Splashlings are behind the foil pack inside! Ages 4+, SRP $2.99. A 2-pack Splashlings Collector Shell is also available; SRP $3.99.

Coral Treasure Park – What do Mermaids do when they are not swimming in the ocean? Head to Coral Treasure Park, for endless play on slides, swings and more! The set includes a Mermaid, two Splashlings Pets, and one inner tube.  SRP: $19.99

Medical Center Playset – At times, Mermaids and An Ocean Full of Friends need a little nurturing medical care, and the Medical Center Playset, packaged with two Splashing Pets, helps get Splashlings friends cured and ready for more fun.  SRP: $14.99

You can find Splashlings on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Now, what this line really needs is a little boyish styling, perhaps with a boy Marine Biologist to pair with these amazingly adorable ocean critters!