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Have MORE fun with your kids using Groupon Coupons!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  I received monetary payment for this post, but all opinions are my own. 

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As a single mom, money is always tight and when I have a little extra, I want to have the most fun possible with my kids.  If we plan a trip to do anything at all, I am looking for coupons to use so I can save money on that activity.  (More money saved = More fun we can have!)

When we start planning something to do, the very first place I start is Groupon Coupons.  If I know what I want to do, or a round about location we will be visiting I search their site and see what deals and coupons they are offering.  Usually, I can save at least 50% on our outing if I can find a Groupon.

For me, having the Groupon either means one of two things.  Either I am able to spend the extra money on something additional for the kids, like a souvenir or extra snack or a meal out.  OR the activity is now affordable and we can go vs I may not have had the extra money to go without using Groupon to find extra savings.

We have used Groupon for a variety of activities, but now they have additional coupons like through Hotels . com.  Well if you shop through Groupon Coupons you can get an additional 50% coupon for Hotels.com, so in addition to the great deal you would be getting on a hotel, you are also going to get an additional discount too!

If you love to travel, here is a list of what you can save even more on using Groupon:
Hertz
Hotels . com
Hotwire
Travelocity

Also, don’t forget to check your zip code and travel destination for LOCAL Groupons!   Not only to save money, but also for ideas of things to do!  I have found many cool things to do both in my area and on vacation through Groupon.com!

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Three Amazing Family Friendly Vacations

Proper planning and keeping the kids entertained is the key to a successful family vacation. Choose one of the options below for a fun packed holiday that is sure to be a hit with the kids.

Disney

Of course, number one on the list has got to be Disney. Meet your favorite characters, see the parade and ride the roller coasters. Disney is set up for children of all ages.

Disney Parks

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Disney is a great US based holiday, and you can either stay in one of the park hotels or get a villa near to the park. If you go for a villa, make sure to rent one with a pool so you can cool off in the hot weather. If you decide to go for one of the fabulous themed Disney hotels, take a peek at the free dining packages as they can save you a packet.

If you are looking for a more international adventure, try the Paris or Shanghai locations. If you choose the Paris park, rent a car and make sure you take in the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the love. Kids will get a kick out of seeing the mummies in the Egypt exhibit.

If you go for the Shanghai location, make time to absorb some Chinese culture. Popular activities include a Huangpu-river-cruise at night, a food led city tour or check out an acrobatic show.

Brilliant for kids and adults alike, there are now Disney themed cruised available.  The grown-ups can relax while the little ones are entertained by their favorite Disney characters.  So it’s definitely a win-win situation.

RV Trip

A good old American road trip is something the kids can get into. Get them involved with planning the journey and picking out the locations that they would like to visit. Take the well-traveled Route 66 or go for a more usual option like a tour of America’s weirdest museums.

If you are consider buying your own RV for the trip, there are plenty of local dealerships with  a wide range of motorhomes for sale. Remember to pick one that has enough space for the whole family as you will spend the majority of the day in there together. Motor homes make an especially good option for families with food allergies or special diets. You can use the kitchens to cook your own food and ensure exactly what goes into it.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

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The 277 mile long and 4000ft deep Grand Canyon, is a brilliant location for a family friendly vacation. Its spectacular beauty is great inspiration for artists, so why not get the kids sketching or taking photos for their journal?  A helicopter ride, down into the canyon will up the excitement level,  and if you want to go all out, why not horseback ride through the canyon itself? Of course, you don’t want to miss the sky walk either! As the Grand Canyon is set in its own national park, there are plenty of other activities to do. Think river rafting and trekking. The kids can even become a junior ranger!

Emily Ellyn Serving Up Retro Rad Fun on Epcot Food and Wine Culinary Demonstration Stage

Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is known for its amazing tastes of the world. Not only do guests have the opportunity to enjoy flavors from across the globe, they can have some up-close-and-personal time with some professional chefs. The Festival Welcome Center Culinary Demonstration Stage is home to exclusive cooking demonstrations, at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. and seats are $15 per guest (tax is included; alcohol will only be served to guests over 21).

Wednesday, October 22, retro rad Emily Ellyn (Next Food Network Star finalist, Cupcake Wars winning team member, World Food Championships judge) will be on stage at both 3 and 5 p.m. cooking up her Chocolate Tea Cake Filled with Rose Water Frosting a.k.a. “I’m a Little Tea Cake”, served with Banfi’s Rosa Regale. Also on the menu: Zucchini Limoncello Curd and Ricotta “Whey” Tea Sandwiches with Avero Limoncello from Campania, Italy.

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Photo courtesy Emily Ellyn Productions

Chocolate Tea Cake Filled with Rosewater Frosting
Courtesy of Emily Ellyn — EmilyEllyn.com
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 11 — 35 minutes
Total Time: 26 – 50 minutes
Serves: 24 mini sized cupcake or 12 classic sized cupcakes

Tea Cake Ingredients:
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
¾ cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk, shake
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons Garam Masala
1 cup fresh brewed black tea (Brew Strong 4 bags to one cup water)

Rose Water Frosting:
1/2 cup (1 stick)(114g) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/8 teaspoon rosewater, or more to taste
Pinch of salt
Few drops pink food gel coloring (optional)

Garnish:
24 candied rose petals from Fresh Origins

Directions For Cake:
Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees.
Line a mini-sized cupcake pan or classic-sized cupcake pan with 24 mini cupcake liners or 12 classic cupcake liners.
Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, Garam Masala and salt into the bowl of the mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined.
In another bowl combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry in three additions while mixer is running.
With the mixer still on low, add the tea and stir just to incorporate (do not over mix), scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula.
Fill 24 mini cupcake liners ¾-full with batter and bake for 11 minutes or fill regular-size cupcakes 3/4 –full with batter and bake for 30 minutes, or until baked through. Cool the cupcakes completely.

Directions for Rosewater Frosting:
In mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine cream cheese and butter on low, for about 2 minutes. Work in the sifted sugar until smooth and then add vanilla, and mix on low speed for about 2 minutes.
Add salt, rosewater and pink gel color, and mix on medium-high for 2 minutes.

For Service:
Gently place the cooled cakes on a pedestal or plate.
Pipe Rosewater Frosting onto cakes with a pastry bag fitted with star tip.

Garnish Notes:
Garnish with a candied rose petal.