Easy DIY Minion Snacks for Birthdays, Play Dates or Just for Fun!

When I found out my best friend was throwing a Minions themed party for her sons first birthday, I wanted to help out and bring some on-theme snacks. Being that I am now a mom to a wild six month old and I don’t have a ton of time, I came up with a two super easy DIY Minions themed snacks that I want to share with you all! They are simple, delicious and so cute.

I first started with my 5 minute Minion Pretzels. These are so easy that you can make them with your kids in less than ten minutes.

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Here is your supply list (all of which can be purchased at Walmart): 

– Mini Pretzel Twists

– Yellow and/or Blue Candy Melts

– Candy Eyeballs

– Parchment Paper

– Baking Sheet

 

Instructions:

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees.IMG_7056

– Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

– Lay pretzels out flat on the parchment paper.

– Place one yellow/blue candy melt on each pretzel.

– Place baking sheet with pretzels and candy melts into the oven for 2-5 minutes.

– Remove the baking sheet from the oven and immediately place a candy eyeball in the middle of the candy melt and press down. (See picture to the right.)

– Allow the pretzels to cool and serve!

I served the pretzels both in a bowl, for party-goers to snack on, and I also included them in the party favors. Walmart currently has Minion Fruit Snacks which I included in the baggy (as pictured below) with the Minion Pretzels.

The other snack I made was Minions Cupcakes. These are also very easy. Make any flavored cupcakes as you normally would and frost them using vanilla frosting. I made the cake part of my cupcake Funfetti but you can make them any flavor. Once frosted, I used yellow sparkling sugar sprinkles and covered all of the vanilla frosting with this. Once completely yellow, place one/two marshmallow(s) in the center of the cupcake (as pictured below). Using black writing icing, place a dot in the middle of the marshmallow. Then finish off the Minion goggles by using the icing to place a line on each side of the marshmallow. Finally, complete your Minion cupcake with a black icing smile. And just like that, you have Minion cupcakes! Remember, they do not have to be perfect, it is the thought that counts! These are a lot of fun to make, if you have older kids, this may be a fun activity to include kids in as a part of the party/play date.

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Questions on how to make any of these items, let us know by commenting below or reaching out to us on social media!

Making these at home? Post your finished product on social media and tag us @athletchic to show us how they turned out!

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Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on Twitter & Instagram  @Athletchic.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Just a quick post from us here at Athletchic! We want to wish all the mother’s a Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for all that you do and all the sacrifices you have made to make all of our lives better. We love you!

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Mommy Must-Haves: Baby Bling Bow

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Baby Bows! They are one of the top baby accessories. If you follow my daughter or me on Instagram, you already know we are both obsessed with headbands and bows! I had bought many baby headbands and bows prior to the birth of my daughter but there are two bows that I constantly am grabbing from the drawer and throwing onto my daughters head to complete her look. These bows are Baby Bling Bows!

I personally love Baby Bling Bows because the bows are cute and they are also versatile. These bows are made to fit the tiniest heads and the material is able to stretch as the little one gets older and his/her head grows. My daughter has worn her Baby Bling Bows from her first day on this planet, until now, six months later!

My daughter, Layla, loves Baby Bling Bows because of the comfortability of them. The material is soft and does not pull on her hair nor does it squeeze her head tightly. She can wear these bows for hours and never attempts to pull them off.

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For more information on these Mommy Must-Haves go to https://www.babyblingbows.com. These are perfect for birthday and shower gifts, they are great to purchase for a special event or even for everyday use! Feel free to comment below with questions!

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Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on Twitter & Instagram  @Athletchic.

Reality Recap April 9-15

The week starts off of Monday with American Idol duet week, 12 of the top 24 paired with star talent like Train lead singer Pat Monaghan, the guy who sings Despacito, Sugarland, some random girl named Bishop Briggs, Allen Stone, Andy Grammar who the F are these people and Aloe Blacc. The judges kept saying everyone was great so it was a shock that they actually voted anyone off, but they did say goodbye to Layla Spring, KayKay, Trevor, Dominique and Brandon. No I don’t know remember who most of those people are and yes that weird Catie girl is still in and I hope she wins! The most notable thing from the entire episode was Katy Perry looked ri-GD-diculous in some bogus ass off the shoulder gold dress! It was hideous, trust me and go Google it!

On my favorite show, Vanderpump Rules all hell is breaking loose like it normally is as the crew heads back to LA after their trip to Mexico. Kristen has to explain her alone time with James to her boyfriend Carter, who is the most amazing man in the world and stays calm and tells Kristen not to put herself in those kinds of situations. Jax decides to confront Adam about trying to get with Brittany. Poor Adam has no idea what Jax is talking about because clearly Scheana made all this shit up. Adam is not into Brittany and knew she was with Jax. Jax loses it and flips out on basically everyone at SUR including Lisa and Ken. He stands at the hostesses podium flipping everyone the bird before heading out front to bitch at Sandoval.

In another world, on Teen Mom OG, Farrah is still no where to be seen and we all are so very grateful for that. Poor Catelynn who just got out of rehab has to go back because she is having troubles. Mackenzie and Ryan are pregnant but Ryan gives zero shits, is being an ass and still looks high.

On Tuesday we catch up with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills who are still hanging out in Berlin. Vanderpump has to leave to get an award for her dog movie. A compassion award, HA! The girls are taking a boat ride and they are all scared looking back on the past boat rides they’ve had over the years. Erika is late getting on the boat as we find out it takes forever getting into a latex outfit. She gets out of a car an walks towards the boat nearly getting run over by a bike at which point she eyes the camera man and continues to catwalk towards the boat. Can you imagine wearing latex?! My God this woman is strong, I’ve run marathons, birthed a baby but I could NOT wear latex for even a short amount of time! That is one tough bitch and that is way she is my Real Housewives GOAT! You keep on keeping on girl! She then takes the girls on a journey down a dark, wet alley scaring the shit out of them all to take them to an invite only restaurant where they have dinner and she calls out Teddi for her pretend amensia comment! “I have one issue pretend amnesia”. Dorit can’t go on though, bitch needs to make sure the candles at the table are lit. She can’t sit, not even for a moment, and look at unlit candle! Who is Dorit? To Dorit, Hell is a place where people look at unlit candles and drink out of the wrong glasses! Whatever! Erika and Teddi finally squash their shit because again, Erika is EVERYTHING! Rinna realizes that the girls are having the time of their life and all getting along because VANDERPUMP isn’t there! I actually 100% agree with this!

On the finale of the Challenge: Vendettas you knew right away you weren’t going to know who won when you read your TV guide and it said, “Part 1”. Here we go again! We have to sit through listening to The Miz mediate a bunch of really lame conversations and arguments amongst the cast. We find out Nicole has hooked up with Gemmy, that one annoying girl from the U.K. is a huge bitch to Nelson and says he’s a stalker, Cara Maria and Kyle aren’t dating they were just having fun, I shed a little tear about that. They pulled a grenade on us and won’t tell us who won until next week. Yawn.

In Married at First Site the couples get back from their second honeymoon and are almost to decision day. Jonathan and Molly have not spoken in days. Molly finally gets caught in a lie as her therapist calls her the F out which almost sends Molly off the deep end. Jonathan video taped a rant of her calling him disgusting after she was in a bar flirting with another guy on their second honeymoon. I think I know how this relationship will end come decision day! In the meantime Jacqueline needs to get out of this marriage while she still can, Ryan sucks and has sucked the entire season.

Wacky Wednesday gets new life as The Real Housewives of New York comes on. Carole completes the NYC Marathon in 6 hours, Luann wants to be the Countess, oh no honey, last season you went against everyone’s advice and twirled and said, “The only title I’d trade Countess for is Wife”…no no no, there is no going back. The wannabe Countess continues to toot her own horn by bragging about her music saying she has 3 dance hits acting like people are jealous?! Girl the only thing people are jealous of is the balls you got on you to get up and sing being as tone def as you are!

Survivor has officially become the most boring show on television. I don’t even know why I’m talking about it. Domenick is acting like a complete dbag but no one cares, I want to barf just mentioning his name. They all decide to vote off the only hot guy left on the island, Chris, while a Childish Gambino look alike busts on him telling him to stop rapping. “Put the mic down put the pen down ur trash at rapping chris “the rapper”.”

While getting ripped on Thirsty Thursday, we all head back down south in Charleston, where the cast of Southern Charm is literally grilling up their best session yet, in Episode 2 Craig is still acting like a salty woman who’s been trapped in the kitchen all day except he clearly doesn’t know what he is doing, I could watch him attempt to cook all day. Shep calls Craig his foil but by the end they are actually getting along. In the meantime, Naomi Kathryn Danni and Chelsea make up the “Break Up Bunch” and I seriously am about to get a divorce and move to Charleston to join them #squadgoals they come into Sheps party with a bang! Thomas’ new girlfriend, Ashely, is thirsty AF and is just trying to cause problems, her and Kathryn have a very awkward conversation/introduction. Ashley is clingy AF because she sees how Thomas looks at Kathryn and is scared. Ashley makes Thomas come into the bathroom with her later in the episode, eye roll! If you are home bored go find Ashley on Instagram and notice her and Landon are besties, boring! And read people trashing her in her comments section! My god! Entertainment for days! The show comes to a close with Naomi calling out JD HARDCORE and embarrassing him infront of everyone! Let’s get the good old boys!

On the Jersey Shore Family Vacation stuff finally starts to heat up as Snooki and Vinny start to get really awkward. Basically Snooki cheated on Gianni with Vinny before they were married so Gianni probably isn’t happy that years later a better looking Snooki is going to be living with an even better looking Vinny in Miami for a while. Nicole wants Vin to stay away claiming he is trying to ruin her marriage bc he keeps messing with her. In the meantime the crew goes rock climbing and in a race between nicole and Deena to the top of a rock wall, deena destroys snooks leaving her the job of cleaning up after ronnies bathroom mishaps. I literally almost gagged just watching this!

Last night, Sunday on Real Housewives of Atlanta we are on part two of the three part reunion. Marlo wants everyone to Google her business, Simply Marlo LLC. I did and literally nothing came up! She dated a billionaire who bought her home and her mom’s home. Eva comes out and is about to give birth as she’s literally in labor and her contractions are 10 mins apart. Andy questions Kim about her big ass lips.

Finally, Khloe announces her baby’s name…. True Thompson!

Talk to you all next week!

Baby Product Review: Moby Wrap Baby Carrier

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The Moby Wrap Baby Carrier is a must have for busy moms. I love to multitask. I am an expert in getting a lot done in a short amount of time. All of that became much more difficult once I had my daughter. Being a first time mom, I did not realize the time investment a newborn was.

My first week home alone with my baby I worked my ass off! I cleaned and organized everything, fed the baby a million times a day, changed her, bathed her, held her, put her to sleep and stayed up all night with her. I was worn out. As the weeks went on my baby became more attached to me. She would cry anytime I put her down! I wondered how I was going to be able to get anything done. I started to ask other moms how they dealt with their needy newborns. I kept getting the same answer, “Wear your baby!”

I researched wraps and holders and I came across the Moby Wrap. This wrap SAVED me during my babies first months of life. My Moby allowed me to wear my baby comfortably. She was able to sleep on me and I had my hands free to accomplish everyday tasks. I bring this wrap EVERYWHERE I go. I wear her at the grocery store, mall, airport and anywhere else I go to.

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Moby wraps are wonderful because they come in many colors and patterns so you can choose the perfect one for you. They allow you to wear your baby in different ways. These wraps are awesome to travel with as they are light, they do not take up much space and you can use them in more ways than just a wrap. I have used mine as a cover while breastfeeding on a plane. Also while traveling I have used mine as a scarf and a shawl.

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Below is our ratings for the Moby Wrap:

  • Price Point – A 

    • $45-$80
    • As compared to some other wraps/carriers out there, this is very inexpensive!
  • Kids Rating – A+

    • My daughter loved being carried in the Moby Wrap. She was comfortable and slept in the wrap a lot.
  • Parents Rating – A

    • I too loved this wrap. It was comfortable for me to wear. It was not heavy or bulky like other carriers.
  • Ease of Use – B

    • There is a learning curve at first. Moby provides a guide to how to wrap the baby which is very helpful. There are also many YouTube videos you can watch to help you learn to wrap the baby in different ways. It is very easy to learn.
  • Overall Product Grade – A

    • I would highly recommend this product as it is inexpensive compared to other wraps/carriers, travels well, can be used in many ways and is light and easy to wear.

To get a Moby of your own go to https://mobywrap.com.

 

For questions regarding Moby Wraps, feel free to reach out to us!

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Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on twitter at @Athletchic.

Soon to Come: Mommy Must Have’s of 2018

At the end 2017 I was lucky enough to give birth to the sweetest baby girl in the world, Layla Grace.

For all those who know me, I am not the ‘mom’ type. I never had intentions of becoming a mother. Before I became a mom, ambivalent would be the best word to describe how I felt about motherhood. It wasn’t something that was in my future. I hate commitments and finalities. I like the unknown, it keeps me curious and although stressful, it is also exciting. With all of that said, here I am at 6:21AM on a Friday morning laying in bed typing away, two months into the finality that is motherhood, as the littlest baby lies in a bassinet next to me asleep. (What am I doing?!) 

Although I am still just Jessie, I am also now a mother. (Weird!) In the making of this mother, I wanted nothing more than to continue to live my normal life. I wanted to be able to do all of the same things and not clutter my home with a bunch of baby items. I have been fairly successful in all of this, aside from being unable to ride certain rides at Disneyland while pregnant. (Major bummer!) And believe it or not I actually do have some baby items in my home!

Even though I have been flexible with this little one and allowed her baby items to invade my home, we have managed to limit the amount of clutter we own. So to help other hesitant parents who will need to slowly incorporate baby products into their lives, I am going to begin to post Mommy Must Have’s throughout the year. These will be products that I have tried, used and begun to rely on. I welcome questions, so please ask, as I will try to be as helpful to others as I possibly can. Becoming a parent can be overwhelming but as one very wise male friend told me, “It is the hardest job you will love”. I have never heard a more true statement.

Keep look out for what is to come. I am hoping to be able to help as many others as I can!

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Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on Instagram (Athletchic) or on Twitter at @Athletchic.

Loving Layla Grace

First time her name crossed my lips, a Pacific breeze followed me up the hill that leads away from the ocean in Redondo Beach, California. As I climbed, the night sky hovered above me like an upside-down bowl, a hint of powdered sugar dusting its bottom.

I saw it then. The flash. Just as I spoke her name. Layla Grace.

The November sky lit up and my eyes shot toward the upturned, twinkling basin. There was my sign—a shooting star brighter than any I’ve ever seen. It etched a bright, backward C into the night as if chastising, “Cyndie? No backward, negative thinking!” Then it faded like fairy dust into a black, velvety-caked sky, and I knew.

Layla Grace was going to be fine.

I was blessed to be in the room when she, my sweet granddaughter, was born into this strong family of women. It took my daughter, Jessie, a whole lot of labor and three pushes to bring Layla into the world. When Layla didn’t show on the second push, Jessie said, “I thought I was a bigger beast than that.”

And she, Jessie, is a beast. She’s been uprooted three times for her husband’s occupation. Left good jobs behind knowing she would be forced to start from scratch somewhere else. And start over she did. All three times she succeeded beyond measure, working two jobs most of the time.

Now she takes yet another job. The hardest of all. Motherhood. It comes at a cost most women don’t first recognize, yet would be willing to pay even if they did. That price is sacrifice.

Admitting you must sacrifice for your children is hard for a mother. But not for a grandmother. Because now your baby is making those sacrifices.

Sometime after Layla’s arrival, I realized the gravity of the sacrifice most of us women make for our children. The life changes they command. Now we wake up in the morning and think, “What does my child need today?” “Where do I have to take her?” “What do I feed her?” We rise, do what we have to do, and ask for no thanks. We may, in an occasional weak moment, blow up and tell everyone they’re selfish. But for the most part, we don’t mind the doing, the giving.

Because we have each other.

The sacrifices we women make bind us together. Give us an I-understand comradery men don’t share and a hand to hold on to as we tread water in that ocean—like the one in Redondo Beach. Our strength rises and falls with the waves. We swim along together, flap our feet, find shallow spots, deep holes. Sometimes we plummet toward the bottom and kick up rock and stone, then forcefully make our way back to the top. To breath.

My mother passed away thirteen years before Layla came to be with us. She was our family’s matriarch. A giver. Faithfull servant. The memory of her standing stoically beside my father’s casket is forever framed in my mind. She had a strength I do not have, and yet, I have strengths that escaped her. And my daughters have strengths that elude me. So we lean on each other.

The sisterhood of women, which my sweet little Layla Grace has been born into, produces a mighty adrenaline.

I’m old now—my mother’s age when Jessie was born, but I don’t feel old. Or wise. Like people say  I should feel. The day Layla was born, I felt young. Fragile and scared. They whisked her off to the NICU shortly after her birth because Jessie—my baby—had a fever. They started antibiotics to treat possible bacterial infections in both of them.

My toes sank toward the bottom of the ocean as my mind traveled back in time thirty-two years. To a different neonatal unit far away. To my beautiful little daughter, Jackie, who only lived fifteen hours.

When Jessie asked me to go to the neonatal unit with her to see Layla, I thought of Jackie, and I swear I felt my feet imbed in the ocean’s bottom. Yet, I leaned on Jessie. Her confidence. She was sure she and Layla would be fine. I grabbed hold of her hand and she lifted me up.

Isn’t that what we women do? Pull the sinking women around us back up to the top?

My good friend, Carol, and Jessie’s strength guided me through the forty-eight hours we waited for their tests to come back normal. To most people, it would have been nothing. But to me? After burying my little Jackie years ago? My entire life passed before my eyes.

Sometimes we women are strong and sometimes we crumble. But we love—always. And we support. And we keep on swimming through the waves and the current, reaching for each other’s firm grip and watching the skies for shooting stars.

And as for my shooting star? I am grateful and honored and blessed to say Layla Grace is fine and healthy and, of course, strong.

To all those women, who have hollered “keep swimming” to me or lent me a hand over the years, thank you. Some of you have done that in the past few weeks and some of you have done that at other times in my life when I needed you most. I promise to be there for you, when you are searching for your shooting star.

I may not have a sister to talk to, but I have good—no, great—friends, a  mother and  little angel looking down on me from heaven, and two strong daughters who will have each other to rely on long after I am gone, and now? Now I have Layla Grace.

And, so far in my life, loving Layla Grace has been the easiest of all my motherly tasks.

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Cyndie Zahner is a freelance writer. Follower her on Twitter at TweetyZ or Instagram at Athletchicz. Or visit her author website under construction at www.cyndiezahner.com.

Three, Two, One Strike You’re Out

Saying Take Me Out to the Ball Game is a story about a girl, is like saying God is woman. Oh, wait! That tune IS the tale of a girl!

Last night, CBS’s evening news broadcast brought tears to the eyes of every girl who ever wore a snapback. The seventh-inning song, Baseball’s National Anthem, is about a Katie Casey. A girl who, when asked out on a date, didn’t want to go sit in a movie theater, she wanted to go eat peanuts and watch baseball.

The song, written in 1908, came at a time when women were beginning to stand up for themselves.

HOW APPROPRIATE.

Could there be a better time to bring this to light? Today, women across the country who have experienced sexual harassment are stepping up to the bat. Saying, hold on boys, no more one, two, three strikes you’re out. Now, you are out on the first damn pitch.

We here at Athletchic couldn’t be happier that the lyrics of baseball’s National Anthem is about women’s rights. Ain’t that like hiting a line drive below the belt. (Let’s stand Harvey Weinstein on the pitcher’s mound during batting practice.)

In honor of the women who had the courage to stand up to sexual harassment in these past few weeks, this year during the World Series, we Athletchics have decided we will still stand and sing Baseball’s National Anthem. You may not be able to hear us over the din of the crowd, but listen closely. The words have changed. Now, it goes like this:

Take me out with the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don’t care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win, it’s a shame.
For it’s three, two, one strike, you’re out,
At the old ball game.

 

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Cyndie Zahner is a freelance writer. You may follow her on Twitter @Tweetyz or on instagram @athletchicz, or check out her author website at www.cyndiezahner.com.

 

Feeling Amazing on Amazing Grass Elixirs!

Alright, so let me tell all you athletchics about a product that I have had my family using for the last 30 days! I am not the kind of person who likes ANYTHING! I am a very picky eater/drinker. I also am always looking for something to fuel myself and my family.

I noticed that both my husband and I had been working A LOT recently and because of that our diets had been slipping. We were eating out more, grabbing more fast food, more quick snacks, and in turn, less nutritious, healthy food. We both were getting sluggish, tired, and my skin was out of control! So for 30 days, I decided we would include Amazing Grass Elixirs into our everyday diet in attempt to improve our overall health.

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Amazing Grass Elixirs come in three types, Brain, Belly and Beauty. They are all organic and gluten free. They are filled with farm-fresh greens and adaptogenic herbs, things my family was not getting in our everyday routine. You can use these elixirs in a number of different ways. My husband would drink them as shakes, using just the elixir and mixing it with water. I got a little more creative with the elixirs and drank or ate them as smoothies or smoothie bowls. The great thing about Amazing Grass is they don’t just send you a bunch of product and leave you hanging. Their website is robust and so useful! They provide users with many different recipes and ideas on how to use their products and incorporate them in your diet in many different ways.

After 30 full days of using Amazing Grass products both my husband and I feel literally AMAZING! The Elixirs have provided us with nutrients that we have not been getting regularly. We both feel as though we are less sluggish, that we have more energy and are able to focus more clearly on projects, work, and etc. Aside from that, one thing that we both really loved from the turn out of this 30 day trial, is that we noticed more clear skin and less bloating feelings.

We both recommend these products for individuals who live a busy lifestyle that also want to add a healthy, nutritious, quick snack to their daily routine!

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Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on Instagram (Athletchic) or on Twitter at @Athletchic.