Berries and Cream Oatmeal with Hood Calorie Countdown

This post was sponsored by Hood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Winter mornings in February. Am I right to say they need a little comfort?

I know I have readers in Florida and California, and all across the world, but I suppose you have your gloomy mornings too! I’ve got such an interesting life in that I make my own schedule, while also battling my time management deficiencies. I can clear my mornings, but I have a really tough boss to contend with – myself. And that boss is ruthless in the work aspect of the mornings, but also stringent about slow and nourishing breakfasts. Simply put – they are a must. No fast food on the go.

Just a little of this and a little of that. Perfection.

Why should you try this? Well, because of Berries and Cream! In this case, cream means Hood Calorie Countdown. And it’s creamier than you can imagine, as well as with more nutritional benefits. You cannot beat that for a morning breakfast, ESPECIALLY, on a gloomy Monday morning in which your son has gotten up WAY too early. I realize how specific that is..

So onto the nutritional benefits. Hood Calorie Countdown is creamy and delicious and a wonderful dietary addition to those looking to live a healthier lifestyle. Sounds good, right? It’s a milky smooth dairy beverage with 42% fewer calories, 75% less sugar, and 67% fewer carbs than milk. Not only that, it provides 25% of your Daily Value for calcium, as well as 15% of your Daily Value for Vitamin D (based on a 2,000-calorie diet) per one cup. I also have to mention that it’s made from Hood – a leader in high quality dairy products! Hood Calorie Countdown blends ultra-filtered milk with water, cream, and other ingredients to get that delicious, creamy taste. AND delivers fewer calories, less sugar, and fewer carbs than regular milk.

Walmart carries Whole, 2%, Fat Free, and even a chocolate-flavored choice to pick from, and all varieties are made with milk from farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones. Calorie Countdown 2% Reduced Fat (per 1 cup serving) has 70 calories/42% fewer calories than traditional whole milk, 3 grams carbs/75% fewer carbs than traditional whole milk, and 2 grams sugar/75% less sugar than traditional whole milk. This is the kind I use to make my Berries and Cream Oatmeal!

How does Berries and Cream Oatmeal sound to you? And what if I told you it's made even better with Hood Calorie Countdown? Come, check it out and see what it's all about! #ad #CalorieCountdown #IC

This is how I start my morning. I put 1/2 cup of oats and 1 full cup of Calorie Countdown 2% Reduced Fat in a saucepan, and heat until ready. Then I drizzle with mixed berries and a little bit of honey. It is SO good, and even better paired with fresh eggs. And I get them every morning because we have 11 chickens in our yard! It’s breakfast perfection.

How does Berries and Cream Oatmeal sound to you? And what if I told you it's made even better with Hood Calorie Countdown? Come, check it out and see what it's all about! #ad #CalorieCountdown #IC

How does Berries and Cream Oatmeal sound to you? And what if I told you it's made even better with Hood Calorie Countdown? Come, check it out and see what it's all about! #ad #CalorieCountdown #IC

Hood Calorie Countdown is available at Walmart and other local retailers. Make sure you check out more here. I’m intrigued by the nutritional benefits, as well as the creamy and delicious taste! A wonderful addition to my morning routine.

AND, you can get a coupon for $0.75 off right HERE!

How would you incorporate Hood Calorie Countdown into your lifestyle?

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Fancy Valentine Floats to Share

These Valentine Floats will totally make your Valentine's Day. Make them to share, or enjoy them yourself, but know they will delight your party guests, or your romantic date.

I’m running out of time to tell you all my favorite Valentine’s Day stories!

That’s ok, though. There’s always next year and the following year, and then forever. You do realize I’ll be blogging forever, right? Right. This is one of my longest relationships to date. Next month, I’ll celebrate eight years of blogging. What a long love affair! I am quite certain I’ve never gone more than three days without blogging in the last eight years, and if I did, which I don’t think I did, but if I did – it was maybe because I was giving birth and then he went to the NICU. Now that I think about it, though, I still blogged then. It’s because it was raw and real, and I always have blogged through my pain. It’s the only way I know. Sometimes, I’m more quiet because there’s less pain. Or maybe it’s not quite ready to come out yet.

Or I’m saving it for something else, only letting a bit out at a time.

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I fear I’m going off track, though, because this is not that kind of post! This is about delicious, festive, picture-picture Valentine floats. For you. For me. I told you about Valentine’s Day when I was 9 and then when I was 13. I also told you about Valentine’s Day when I was 18. When I was 14, I was a freshman in high school. There were Valentine-grams in which you could plan ahead to send carnations to another student in the school. It was a fundraiser. I was painfully awkward and searching for myself, and having BANGS, and hating having BANGS, and trying to hide but also trying to assert myself and it was a huge surprise to get three Valentine-grams that year! Thank you, mystery friends and (probably) siblings.

You really know the way to an awkward girl’s heart.

Valentine Floats

Ingredients

2-liter Cherry 7-Up
½ gallon Vanilla Ice Cream
Mini Heart Sprinkles
Fun Straws
Glasses

Directions

1 – Put a scoop of ice cream into each glass.
2 – Pour Cherry 7-Up into each glass. Wait for the foam to go down and add more soda. You can add another small scoop of ice cream if you would like.
3 – Sprinkle the mini hearts all over the top and put a straw in each glass.
4 – Enjoy these fun Valentine Floats!

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See? Simple. They’re simple but oh so delicious and festive. There’s something about Valentine-colored food that makes everything taste better. I think the same about heart-shaped food. As you can imagine, this is an AMAZING day for me.

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If you want my opinion, I think the object of your affection really wants a Valentine Float, rather than a carnation. If you’re hosting a Valentine’s Day party, because you’re the kind of amazing person who hosts Valentine’s Day parties, consider serving a bunch of Valentine Floats. And if you’re throwing a birthday party around Valentine’s Day, you know what to do.

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ESPECIALLY IF KIDS ARE INVOLVED. I don’t know why I shouted that.

These Valentine Floats will totally make your Valentine's Day. Make them to share, or enjoy them yourself, but know they will delight your party guests, or your romantic date.

These Valentine Floats will totally make your Valentine's Day. Make them to share, or enjoy them yourself, but know they will delight your party guests, or your romantic date.

These Valentine Floats will totally make your Valentine's Day. Make them to share, or enjoy them yourself, but know they will delight your party guests, or your romantic date.

Happy Almost Valentine’s Day!

These Valentine Floats will totally make your Valentine's Day. Make them to share, or enjoy them yourself, but know they will delight your party guests, or your romantic date.

These Valentine Floats will totally make your Valentine's Day. Make them to share, or enjoy them yourself, but know they will delight your party guests, or your romantic date.