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Family Playdate + Homemade Hot Chocolate & Cookies

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Want a good visual for the word “fickle”? Michigan weather. We’ve had autumn rain and frost several times; most trees have lost their leaves; today it is a balmy 76 degrees. My kids are thrilled with being able to run around outside without heavy jackets, especially my youngest. He is going through a stage where all he wants on is his pull-ups.

We took advantage of summer in November and had an outdoor playdate this week. Since we were going to our friends’ house, Shay agreeably wore his clothes. He was going to see Abby,after all.  Abby, as in the little princess darling that my two youngest boys are smitten with.

Abby Playing in Little Tikes

Little Tikes Bike

Abby has a new Perfect Fit Trike. In pink. No matter that it was pink. All of the younger kids were vying for a turn riding it.  Abby’s mom, Christy, and I were quite impressed with it, too. It’s a stroller, push trike and full tricycle, all in one, so it works for kids from nine months to five-years-old.

Abby Riding Little Tikes

At first the parent strolls with the trike and does the usual pushing and steering—and the handle allows one-handed control. Then, when the child is a little older, they learn to pedal as the parent steers. When that skill is mastered you remove the waist bar and you have a trike that the child can pedal and steer. After Christy was showing me everything it did, Zane piped up, “It’s cool, Mom. It’s just like a Transformer!”

Little Tikes Rider

It really is cool, according to Christy and me. The Perfect Fit Trike has lots of features going for it. There’s an adjustable sun shade for protecting against 99% of harmful UV Rays. The seat adjusts to fit kids of all sizes and it can be moved with a flip of a switch—no tools necessary. The five-point seat harness and protective safety bar is especially appealing for youngest passengers. The footrests fold away and they can also be detached. There’s a beverage holder, a convenience tray and a storage bucket (with a dumping mechanism!) It’s made of durable metal and plastic so it should be easy to wipe down too. That’s coming from a boy-mom and not from the mom of a neat, little pink princess!

Little Tikes Kids Bike

The Perfect Fit Trike would be a great baby shower gift or Christmas gift whether you have a pretty little Princess Abby or a boisterous boy. It certainly was the focus of our play date…after Abby, of course.

Homemade Hot Chocolate and Cookies

As the evening wore down, it started to cool off as the sun set and was time for the kids to head inside. Christy and I decided to make some treats to enjoy — that we loved just as much as the kids did! It was great to spend time together visiting while we all enjoyed our goodies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies Stuffed with Nutella

Frozen Nutella

Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hot Chocolate from Scratch Recipe

Cookies and Hot Chocolate

Homemade Hot Chocolate & Cookies
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  1. Nutella
  2. chocolate chip cookie dough
  1. 1 cup of milk
  2. 2 tablespoons mint chocolate chips
  3. 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
  4. 1/8th tsp mint extract
  1. Freeze 1/2 tsp dollops of Nutella for at least 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Working with cold cookie dough, cut 1/4 inch pieces and mold around frozen Nutella.
  4. Bake according to package instructions. DO NOT over bake.
  1. Heat ingredients — but do not boil — in a saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Stir regularly.
  3. Top with marshmallows, if desired.
  4. Enjoy!
Spaceships and Laser Beams
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Little Tikes. The opinions and text are all mine.


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Layne Quintanilla

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men and her ever patient husband, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara. You can join her party at My Best Laid Plans and Coupons with Q.