My kids are a little dessert obsessed (I wonder where they get it from? 😉 ) We try not to do dessert every night, but I do allow them to have fruit as an option after dinner because it’s a healthy alternative to help satisfy their sweet tooth.

With summer upon us (not going to say it’s over just yet) they’ve been taking advantage of the longer days and heading outside to run around after dinner. That means they come inside hot, sweaty and looking for a something to cool them down. Thankfully we’ve had a wide variety of Whole Fruit Frozen Bars on hand in the freezer. They name says it all. They are the perfect alternative to my “fruit rule.” The Fruit Bars have chunks of real fruit in them and are dairy free, gluten free, and peanut free, which means I can feed them to Macks without any worry. It’s a super convenient treat for them to go and grab out of the freezer and I don’t have to scoop or chop anything in order for them to enjoy.

A few days ago it was a rainy, muggy, and hot day. The kids were looking for something to do that didn’t involve electronics and came up with the idea of making a “Pop Bar” as they called it. They got out all of their favorite toppings and chocolate and wanted to add some extra pizzaz to their Fruit Bars. It was a super easy way to let them have fun, be creative, and enjoy a frozen fruit treat.

Here’s how they did it:

What You’ll Need:

Your favorite flavor of Whole Fruit Frozen Fruit Bars. We had a variety so the kids could try many flavors.

Your favorite toppings. We had:

  • plain greek yogurt
  • dark chocolate chips
  • milk chocolate chips
  • white chocolate chips
  • sprinkles
  • shredded coconut

Melt the chocolate chips in 10 second increments and put all of the toppings in separate bowls so the kids can easily scoop or dip.

Let them be creative and create any mix of toppings they dream of.

Enjoy!

This summer (actually let’s take it back to the beginning of quarantine,) has been the time of the margarita. I remember growing up, my mom always ordered margaritas. When I was finally able to try one, I hated the taste, so never thought to try one again. A few years ago I thought I’d try one again, after my sister insisted on making me a fresh one. And I haven’t looked back since.

I’ve been perfecting my margarita making over the past few years and have come pretty close to what I think is a pretty good traditional margarita. Now, I’m finding ways to mix it up when I want something more than just lime.

With it being summer and those long hot days, I am always in the mood for a cool drink to wind down my day. When WholeFruit reached out and asked for me to come up with a recipe using their WholeFruit Fruit Bars, I had the perfect one in mind; Watermelon Margarita Poptail. I’ve been making a watermelon margarita since summer began, but it was always a process because I had to dice up the watermelon, blend it into a puree and then freeze it (because that always gives you the best results.) Rather than taking all of that time, I knew the WholeFruit Watermelon Fruit Bars would be the perfect substitute. And they were. Chunks of real fruit, delicious watermelon flavor, and all without the hassle. The best part is you can use these for your margarita while the kids sit outside and enjoy a Fruit Bar for themselves!

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz tequila blanco (I’m a Casamigos girl)
  • 1 oz Cointreau (the only triple sec I’ll use)
  • Juice from 1 lime (always go with a fresh lime rather than lime juice from the bottle. It makes a difference, I promise.)
  • 1 WholeFruit Watermelon Fruit Bar (tastes like you’re adding the real thing, but in the coolest way)
  • Kosher salt (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pour tequila, Cointreau, and fresh-squeezed lime juice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice to shaker and shake for 30 seconds.
  3. If using salt, line rim of glass with wedge of lime and dip glass into salt.
  4. Pour cocktail over ice in glass.
  5. Add WholeFruit Watermelon Fruit Bar.
  6. Garnish with fresh lime slice.
  7. Cheers!

It goes without saying that we are in a very stressful time. The number one way that I deal with stress is through exercising. My kids see me doing it everyday, and little by little, they’ve wanted to join in on the fun. I’ve also noticed it’s helped ease some of their anxiety as well.

As we go through these next few months spending a lot of time indoors and a lot of it with the unknown ahead of us, I wanted to share some of my favorite kid-friendly workouts (they are really all kid-friendly, but these are the ones my kids have done and love) from obé fitness, my absolute favorite fitness app that has both live and over 4,000 replay classes. If you and your kids love being active, then you’ll love obé. All three kids are obésessed. Harlan has taken both of my obé sweatshirts so she can wear them to school, they’ve gotten to know each instructor through these classes, and best of all, they’ve even gotten a chance to step inside the box. obé is much more than just a fitness app, it’s a community where all are welcome. Yes, even your kids.

So here’s the list! I’ve broken them down by category and tried to put somewhat of a description with it. This is will an on-going list and updated as much as I can. So if you have a favorite, make sure to reach on on IG @laurenjimeson and I’ll add it! 🙂

Dance Cardio: These classes require no equipment and are a fun way to get you heart rate up. Some of the instructors put choreography in their dance classes, while others just get down and give you their best dance moves to get active, either way, they are so much fun and really exciting for kids.

Your kids favorite music with some fun dance moves! This class from Walter was specifically designed for kids of all ages to enjoy! Find it here.

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Sam’s smile is will brighten anyone’s day! Let them be a pop star and they will love dancing it out with her with their favorite kidz bop songs! Find it here.

Emily’s “Cheer” inspired dance class (choreography). Find it here.

Emily’s “Nutcracker” inspired ballet class (choreography). Find it here.

Kathryn, Sarah, and Michelle teach you how to kick like a Rockette! Find it here.

Sarah Dance Cardio (some choreography). Find it here.

Peter and Katie have the best energy together and there is no doubt you will have a smile on your face this entire class. (no choreography). Find it here.

Michelle Dance Cardio (no choreography). Find it here.

Emily’s ballet dance class (choreography). Find it here.

Ricky Sisters All Choreo Dance Class (this one is a bit longer in length bc they teach you an entire dance). Find it here.

Kathryn Dance Cardio (no choreography). Find it here.


Sam gives us her bright smile and some fun choreography with this dance class. (some choreography) Find it here.

Everyone loves a themed dance! Emily gives you a bad romance themed dance class! Costume and all! Find it here.

Dance HIIT: These classes require no equipment and are great for those that love dance but also love to level up with a good high intensity move.

My kids had so much fun in this class with Kathryn. So many dance moves they already know (like flossing) are done with some fun HIIT moves in between. Find it here.

Walter has the best energy and will make you laugh and smile the entire way through. His passion for what he does shines through his classes. Find it here.

This class with Walter was specifically done with kids in mind! Find it here.

Strength: Light weights and a band are needed for some of these. A great option for kids to hold onto is water bottles or soup cans!

obé teamed up with kidz bop for a specific kids themed class with kidz bop music! The girls LOVE this one! No equipment required! Find it here.

Another kidz bop favorite with Sam! Find it here.