Watch This 5-Year-Old’s Adorable Reaction When He Finally Gets His Heart Transplant

At age 5 Ari Schultz has had a tougher life than most adults ever will. Before he was born doctors were already working to repair his heart, which only had 2 chambers.

Over the years he’s been through surgeries and treatments and finally a grueling 211 day wait for a new heart.

Last week, Ari’s long wait finally ended. His parents, Mike and Erica, found out he would be getting a transplant that night. To remember the moment, Mike taped himself breaking the good news to Ari in this heartwarming video.

While Ari’s life after surgery won’t be easy either, this is the best news his family has received in a long time, and they’re still savoring the moment they heard it.

I’m sure years from now Mike and Erica will look back on Ari’s cute reaction – asking if they’ll find a “good spot” for his new heart – and remember how relieved they felt.

On their YouTube account, the couple thanked the donor and their family and urged others to “please #DonateLife.”

Living with a donated heart brings its own challenges. Ari has to be very careful not to upset it, plus he’ll need to take medication, watch what he eats and even avoid contact sports for the rest of his life.

Still, the most important thing is he’s recovered and can live a (mostly) normal life.

You can follow Ari’s recovery on his parents’ blog, Echo of Hope.

Photographer Finds Unlikely Pair No One Could Have Predicted

The food chain is something that is taken quite seriously in the wild. There is a certain order and animals seem to follow that as if it’s law. When something goes differently than expected everyone takes notice.

One of these rare situations was recently captured by wildlife photographer Lassi Rautiainen. He found something that he couldn’t believe, it was a lone female wolf with a male brown bear at her side.

Obviously we will never know how this almost Disney-like friendship came together, but the photographer suspects that “perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone. It seems to me that they feel safe being together.”

Rautiainen observed the pair for ten days to see how their relationship worked. He noticed that they would meet up all the time and not only that, but they would share food!

They spent a lot of time together over the ten days, even at one point joining a larger group of bears.

This kind of behavior is highly unusual for predators. Usually animals like to stick with those of their own species, but these two are friends no matter what the rules say!

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13 Architectural Masterpieces Inspired By Mother Nature

In today’s day and age, the fear of losing your child has never been more rampant.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, about 800,000 individuals are reported missing every year, which means there’s more than 2,000 missing persons a day.

The only thing that could make this matter worse is if nobody’s aware that a child went missing, and that’s exactly what happened when a five-month-old baby was found

This Man Waited For Hours To Get Once In A Lifetime Shot

The popular convenience store company is celebrating its birthday today, July 11 – but they’re offering great deals for a week!

That’s right, an entire week. From July 11 to July 18 you can enjoy some of 7-Eleven’s most delicious snacks.

So whether you’re just in the area or getting some gas, take advantage of this offer and collect a freebie each day.

Wednesday July 11

Because today is the company’s birthday, they’re giving out

New Program Trains Dogs To Sniff Out Cancer

We’ve always know that dogs have a great sense of smell. For years, dogs have been using their sharp senses to help police, firefighters and other rescue workers do their jobs. And now researchers from Canada have found one more way dogs can use their sniffers for a good cause.

CancerDogs, a company from Quebec founded by Glenn Ferguson, uses 6 specially trained dogs to smell cancer on breath samples from fire fighters.

The technique is still new, but Ferguson hopes his simple and painless test will help save lots of lives.

To get tested, all the firefighters have to do is breathe into a surgical mask for 20 minutes, fill in their basic medical information, and pay $20. These masks get shipped back to the lab in Quebec, Canada where the dogs sniff the samples.

When they detect cancer, they’re even trained to lift up their paw to signal they’ve found something. If that happens, the firefighters are sent to a doctor for more tests.

There’s still lots of research to be done, but more than 50 fire departments across the US use the CancerDogs, and Ferguson claims they have a 95{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} success rate.

“If there comes a day when there’s a machine that does a better job than what the dogs are capable of doing,” says Ferguson, “we think that’s wonderful.”

“But until that day comes, we should not be so close-minded.”

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Layer Deli Ham In A Dish For A Restaurant-Quality Meal

When it’s a week night but you’re looking for something a little fancier, look no further than this Cordon Bleu casserole!

Chicken breast, ham, Swiss cheese, all layered together to make a sure-fire crowd pleaser that’s super simple to make!

If you’re invited to a potluck or you’re just looking for something that will last a few days, check out this Cordon Bleu casserole.

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  • 1 1/2 pound of cooked chicken meat, shredded (you can use leftovers or use rotisserie chicken, discard the bones)
  • 1 package of lean ham, sliced
  • Swiss cheese slices (enough to cover the casserole)
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

For the sauce:

  • 1 can of evaporated milk (12 ounces)
  • butter or oil (to taste)
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the topping:

  • 2 cups of Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 ounce of butter (30 gr)
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of white grounded pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 350 F (170 C) and grease a casserole pan with a little bit of butter or your preferred oil.

2. To make the sauce, melt some butter or heat the oil in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the evaporated milk, the chicken bouillon cube, the mustard, nutmeg and season to taste. Let it cook to desired thickness whisking it often over low heat.

3. While the sauce cooks, assemble your casserole. Spread the shredded chicken evenly and season it with salt, lemon juice and the garlic powder. Make a second layer with the ham slices and finalize with a layer of the cheese. Use just enough to cover the chicken entirely. Pour the sauce evenly to cover your casserole.

4. To prepare the topping, melt the butter in a pan, add the Panko crumbs, the onion and garlic powder, the white pepper, and the dried basil. Add the topping over your casserole and pop it in the oven until it’s bubbly and golden brown, around 30 minutes. Allow 10 minutes to cool down before serving it.

Enjoy!

Layer Deli Ham In A Dish For A Restaurant-Quality Meal

When it’s a week night but you’re looking for something a little fancier, look no further than this Cordon Bleu casserole!

Chicken breast, ham, Swiss cheese, all layered together to make a sure-fire crowd pleaser that’s super simple to make!

If you’re invited to a potluck or you’re just looking for something that will last a few days, check out this Cordon Bleu casserole.

Cooktop Cove
  • 1 1/2 pound of cooked chicken meat, shredded (you can use leftovers or use rotisserie chicken, discard the bones)
  • 1 package of lean ham, sliced
  • Swiss cheese slices (enough to cover the casserole)
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

For the sauce:

  • 1 can of evaporated milk (12 ounces)
  • butter or oil (to taste)
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the topping:

  • 2 cups of Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 ounce of butter (30 gr)
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of white grounded pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 350 F (170 C) and grease a casserole pan with a little bit of butter or your preferred oil.

2. To make the sauce, melt some butter or heat the oil in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the evaporated milk, the chicken bouillon cube, the mustard, nutmeg and season to taste. Let it cook to desired thickness whisking it often over low heat.

3. While the sauce cooks, assemble your casserole. Spread the shredded chicken evenly and season it with salt, lemon juice and the garlic powder. Make a second layer with the ham slices and finalize with a layer of the cheese. Use just enough to cover the chicken entirely. Pour the sauce evenly to cover your casserole.

4. To prepare the topping, melt the butter in a pan, add the Panko crumbs, the onion and garlic powder, the white pepper, and the dried basil. Add the topping over your casserole and pop it in the oven until it’s bubbly and golden brown, around 30 minutes. Allow 10 minutes to cool down before serving it.

Enjoy!

26 Years After Being Diagnosed, Michael J Fox Opens Up About His Life With Parkinson’s

26 years ago Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. From that moment he has become the face of advocacy for those facing the life-altering illness. As his disease continued to progress, Fox decided to step out of the Hollywood limelight leading many to wonder how the former A-lister is really doing.

Earlier this year, Fox decided to sit down with AARP to give the world an update on his condition, but it’s not what anyone could have expected.

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“The truth is that on most days, there comes a point where I literally can’t stop laughing at my own symptoms,” he said.

Fox went on to explain that he knows how his struggles with everyday tasks must look to others, and how he knows that some people take pity on him. He finds it hilarious, because on a personal level, he feels like a million bucks.

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Fox was an 80s Hollywood icon. His roles as Marty McFly in Back To The Future, and Scott Howard in Teen Wolf put him on the map in a big way, leading the way for roles in more adult films, like when he played Frank Bannister in The Frighteners (which honestly scared me quite a bit as an impressionable 12-year-old).

His career was on the major up-swing in the late 90s with his prime time hit show Spin City, which even earned him an Emmy. But in 1998, it was his Parkinson’s diagnoses announcement that dominated the headlines surrounding his career.

Those suffering from Parkinson’s around the world hailed his public disclosure as heroic and groundbreaking. The announcement helped inform the public about the realities of the disease, and also started to change the stigma surrounding those who suffer from it.

Fox himself admitted that the hardest part about going public was the public perception of the disease, knowing people were feeling sorry for him was hard for him. He didn’t want their pity, just their understanding.

While he rarely acts any more Fox has done a number of things to help stop Parkinson’s. He’s launched his own foundation to raise awareness and funds, and recently helped debut shoes with self-tying laces for people suffering from the condition.

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The Portland City Council Could Only Look On As A Woman Danced Her Heart Out

City council is a place for calm, thoughtful discussion on the things that matter most to the citizens. Or it should be.

A Portland city council meeting got a little less debate and a lot more dancing than they’re used to when a woman broke into interpretive dance.

Portland routinely holds an “Artist In The Chamber” program, but they might be regretting that decision now.

Sara Juli, a dancer from the Portland area pranced, lunged and flung herself about like a politician avoiding a straight answer. She even mimicked vomiting and climbed onto the lap of an unsuspecting, and clearly uncomfortable, meeting attendee.

As with a lot of interpretive dance, it’s unclear what Juli was trying to get across, but maybe that’s the point.

Can you tell what she means? Watch below!

Kitten Left With Deadly Infections After Owners Decide To Do This Routine Surgery

Getting a kitten is a big responsibility. Not just because of the new, tiny, life in your home…but because you have to essentially baby-proof your house.

De-clawing cats is the route most people take when they’re worried about potential house destruction. This practice is incredibly controversial, however. New Jersey even went so far as to ban the surgery due to its unethical nature.

Unfortunately for little Valentine, his owners were more concerned about their furniture than Valentine’s well-being. Valentine was dropped off at a Los Angeles animal shelter with no claws. But it wasn’t just the fact that he was de-clawed that caught the shelter’s attention, it was how botched the surgery was.

Valentine was left in brutal pain after his surgery. The infections were so bad, staff at the shelter thought he might die.

“He was in so much pain, he was acting out,” Jennifer Conrad, a veterinarian and founder of The Paw Project, said. “He was biting. He was terrified.”

Valentine was so aggressive because of the pain, he was added to the shelter’s euthanasia list.

Lucky for Valentine, Aurelie Vanderhoek of Zoey’s Place Rescue saw a photo of him and knew she had to do something.

“I saw the picture and my heart dropped,” Vanderhoek says. “The incisions the vet had made were not even stitched. They were left open to bleed. I said, ‘I don’t care how we’re going to do this. He’s coming with me.'”

It took some time, but Zoey says that Valentine is healing well. After people heard about Valentine’s story, money and supplies poured in to help the little guy recover.

The Paw Project is even covering all of Valentine’s medical bills.

“We take animals who were going to lose their lives because they were declawed — and we rehabilitate them,” Conrad says. “We’ve had a 100 percent success rate in finding these animals homes once they’ve been taken out of pain and the infection in their paws has been taken away.”

Vanderhoek says it took some time, but Valentine is adjusting well to living in his new home.

“All I did was sit next to him,” Vanderhoek recalls. “I gave him a small room to get control over. And I just let him come to me. And within three days, he was purring and playing.”

“He gets startled very easily with loud noises. I think he was abused because he has very, very sharp triggers,” she says. “He’s playful. All he wants right now is to be held. He just wants to cuddle.”

This Potato and Cheese Brunch Roll Makes Weekend Breakfasts SO Much Tastier

The popular convenience store company is celebrating its birthday today, July 11 – but they’re offering great deals for a week!

That’s right, an entire week. From July 11 to July 18 you can enjoy some of 7-Eleven’s most delicious snacks.

So whether you’re just in the area or getting some gas, take advantage of this offer and collect a freebie each day.

Wednesday July 11

Because today is the company’s birthday, they’re giving out

CBS Just Made The Announcement Big Brother Fans Have Been Praying For

If you’re unfamiliar with the show Big Brother, it’s pretty simple. A group of strangers are placed in a house for the summer with 24/7 video surveillance. Every week, there is a Head of Household who can nominate two other house guests for eviction. At the end of each week, the other house guests vote on who they’d like to leave. It causes drama, competition, and complete paranoia as the season progresses, which is why it’s so fun to watch!

Anyone watching this season of Big Brother knows it’s not been the most exciting of all time. With last year’s runner up, Paul, returning to the cast, he’s been the puppet master of all the other house guests and is practically guaranteed the $500,000 prize.

House guest Josh, left, along with returning contestant Paul.CBS

Fans are starting to get upset with how boring this season is, especially with the controversies. Claims of sexual assault, one army veteran leaving because her PTSD was triggered by bullying, and extreme accusations involving other contestants’ children, have all lead viewers to stop watching this season of the show.

It’s been 19 seasons, so it’s easy to understand how people can get tired. That being said, CBS doesn’t have a summer show with higher ratings than Big Brother. According to Les Moonves, CEO of CBS (and husband of Big Brother host Julie Chen), it’s the reason the network is alive.

Julie Chen told The Hollywood Reporter her husband said, “You and your show are single-handedly keeping this network afloat during the summer. You’re keeping this network running.'”

With 7.35 million viewers per week, CBS needs to do everything they can to keep their Big Brother audience happy.

That’s why this news is so exciting to fans!

After the double eviction on Thursday’s Big Brother, it’s almost as if Chen could sense the despair in the audience. She decided to up the mood by announcing a new TV show that will be airing this winter on CBS.

Get ready for Celebrity Big Brother!

Chen announced she will be hosting Celebrity Big Brother, which has never aired in the United States.

“If you know one thing about my husband, it has to make economic sense,” Chen said of the CBS CEO. “They crunched the numbers and said, ‘Based on the following we have, we can do it and make it work and make it profitable.’”

Big Brother has been dominating pop culture throughout its 19 seasons, and it is exciting to grow the franchise with the first-ever celebrity edition in the U.S.,” said executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan. “Celebrities will be under the watchful eye of the Big Brother cameras, facing the classic game elements, and of course new twists in this special winter event.”

While Chen admits it won’t be all Oscar winners who land in the house, the U.K. version has boasted some pretty impressive celebs:

  • Pamela Anderson
  • Farrah Abraham, of Teen Mom
  • Perez Hilton
  • Gary Busey
  • Ivana Trump
  • Courtney Stodden
  • Dennis Rodman
  • Jermaine Jackson
  • La Toya Jackson
  • Coolio
  • Stephen Baldwin

Fans seem really excited about this new season, which will serve as a filler between the end of regular Big Brother and the show’s 20th season, airing in summer 2018.

Are you a fan of the show? Will you watch the celebrity version?

Park Rangers Rescue Adorable Baby Moose Stranded In The Middle Of A River

We like to think that nature preserves are places where animals live without interacting with humans, but there are actually lots of staff always on the lookout for the animals under their protection.

In Russia’s Central Siberia Nature Reserve, two young forest workers went above and beyond the call of duty for a pair of stranded moose.

These fuzzy friends nearly drowned while crossing the huge river, but luckily park workers were watching over them.

She can’t be seen on-screen, but one version of this video explains that the moose were trying to reunite with their mother.

After their bad experience in the river, they were obviously upset and shaking. The park workers didn’t waste a moment, loading them into their boat and dropping them off on the other side.

It’s incredible how gentle these wild animals are, they even let the heroes snuggle and hug them once they’re safe!

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7 Drinks You Can Order From Starbucks That Aren’t From The Menu

If you frequent Starbucks often then you probably have a go-to drink. It is most likely a tried-and-true classic from the coffee chain’s regular menu.

What most people don’t know is that you can actually order special customized drinks from a “secret” menu created by baristas and dedicated customers. The menu isn’t official so it isn’t listed anywhere in its entirety but every so often some of the drink recipes will circulate online.

Some of the drinks on the secret menu have gained so much popularity that baristas around the world know them by name but there some that are too specific to be memorized. So if you ever get around to ordering off this menu, you should do it by recipe not name. Your barista will appreciate it.

If you’d like to switch things up and try a new treat, here are 10 delicious drinks from the secret menu you can get on your next trip to Starbucks.

1. Cadbury Creme Egg Frappuccino

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What to order: Java chip frappuccino, 2 shots of espresso for venti and grande, 1 shot for tall, Vanilla bean powder (4 scoops for venti, 3 scoops grande, or 2 scoops for tall), Caramel syrup (1 pump for venti, or .5 pumps for grande and tall), Vanilla syrup (2 pumps for venti, 1.5 pumps grande, or 1 pump for tall) and top with whipped cream and caramel drizzle on top.

2. Butterbeer Frappuccino

What to order: Creme Frappuccino base with caramel syrup, toffee nut syrup and caramel drizzle.

3. Peach Ring Tea

What to order: Half Valencia orange refresher and half passion tea, no water and peach syrup (6 pumps for trenta, 5 for venti, 3 for grande, and 2 for tall).

4. Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato

What to order: Iced soy caramel macchiato (upside down) with vanilla syrup (2 pumps for venti, 1.5 for grande, and 1 for tall) and cinnamon dolce syrup (2 pumps venti, 1.5 grande, and just one for tall).

5. Cotton Candy Frappuccino

What to order: Vanilla bean frappuccino with raspberry syrup (1 pump tall, 1.5 pumps grande, 2 pumps venti).

6. Thin Mint Frappuccino

What to order: Mocha frappuccino with peppermint and java chips blended in!

7. Nutella Frappuccino

What to order: Coffee frappuccino, hazelnut syrup (1.5 pumps for venti, 1 pump for a grande, half a pump for tall), mocha syrup (3 pumps for venti, 2 pumps for a grande, 1 for tall) and whipped cream blended in.

If you’re interested in more secret menu items, you can visit this starbuckssecretmenu.net for tons of recipes.

Will you be ordering any of these drinks? Let us know!

She Is The Best Trained ‘Secret’ We’ve Ever Seen!

If you own a Border Collie or an Australian Shepherd dog, you know that these breeds are well-regarded for their intelligence, agility and stamina.

Meet Secret: the 1-year-old Border-Aussie, and his best friend Amy. These two are the perfect entertainment duo. Together, they can dance, draw, play music and do yoga!

You’ll be floored when you see how brilliant this little guy is! It’s no surprise though, he’s got the best of both breeds – double the intelligence and double the agility!

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AGT Finale To Continue Despite Tragic Death

We first fell in love with 13-year-old Evie Clair when she performed on America’s Got Talent this past spring.

It wasn’t only her beautiful voice that captured America’s heart, but the story of her family’s struggle struck a cord with viewers across the country.

A year before the show aired, her father was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and was given a 5{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} chance to live. He continued to work and support his family in spite of his terminal diagnosis.

His daughter sang a moving rendition of Arms by Christina Perri, which brought the audience and judges to their feet.

She continued through Judge Cuts where she again won the hearts of Simon, Mel, Heidi and Howie.

See her beautiful performance of I Try by Macy Gray:

She went on to the Live Show, where she delivered a beautiful performance in spite of her father not being able to travel to watch it live.

Her father may have not been able to travel, but he was still watching from his hospital bed.

“Good luck baby,” he said. “I’m sorry I missed it live.”

And we’re sure he wouldn’t have missed this moment:

She went onto the Semi-Finals where she was able to connect with the audience, yet again.

Evie made it through to the Finals, with the Dunkin’ Save which required viewers to vote on Wednesday night.

But in spite of her success on the AGT stage, before she was able to give her performance in the Finals, she was faced with the unthinkable off screen.

Evie’s father, Armos Abplanalp, didn’t let his terminal cancer diagnosis stop him from working as a prison counselor and a bishop at their church.

The father of 5 children, was given a 5{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} chance of survival, after her received his stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis.

On the Saturday, before her Semi-Final performance, Evie posted a photo of her father in his hospital bed, asking for prayers and support as he battled the disease.

“My amazing dad needs prayers and good thoughts tonight, so I’m asking all of you. Thank you friends,” she wrote.

After the show on Tuesday, they were informed that Amos’s organs were failing and he was being placed on life support. He wasn’t believed to make it through the night. With his wife and daughter in a hotel waiting for the results show on Wednesday, they prayed he would live long enough for them to get home to see him.

Directly after the results show on Wednesday, Evie and her mother were flown home by America’s Got Talent to be with their ailing loved one.

On Thursday, the day after Evie made it into the finals, Hillary Abplanalp and their family made the decision to take her husband off of life support.

“When our faithful children arrived we explained the situation and asked for their council in making this decision. They all agreed with tear filled eyes. We gave them each time alone with dad before turning off life-sustaining machines,” Hillary wrote.

“We watched him take his last breaths as he continued to breathe for about 15 minutes on his own,” Hillary wrote. “The children burst into tears but are now at home laughing at old home movies of Daddy and remembering our great love for the most wonderful man any of us have ever known.”

This tragedy in their life has then turning to their faith for support.

“We find constant peace and joy in the knowledge that Jesus Christ paid the price of death so that it has no lasting victory. We will be with Amos again and we feel he can now be with us without the restrictions of his mortal body. Our faith in the Savior has grown today and our family has been strengthened forever,” Hillary wrote.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Evie Clair and her family at this time.

This Mini Eggs Cheesecake Dip Will Be The Star of Your Easter Weekend

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Do you love peanut butter? Cookie dough? Brownies? Yes? Well you’re in luck, because this dessert has it all!

Peanut Butter Brownie Bars are the sweet treat that lets you have it all. No more eating plain old brownies, cookies, or peanut butter – those days are over! This recipe has literally combined everything delicious into one irresistible bar so every bite is more amazing than the last.

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McDonald’s Is Introducing Minute Maid Slushies and It Sounds So Refreshing

Now that the weather is starting to feel more like spring in most ares of the country, McDonald’s is adding to their menu to help welcome the warmer weather.

With the St. Patrick’s Day shamrock-shakes behind us, this seasonal shift has given fast-food giant the opportunity to add something new to your drink container.

The fast-food chain will be introducing ice-cold Minute Maid Slushies in Houston, Texas this month.

These Icee-inspired drinks will be available in 3 different fruity flavors including Fruit Punch, Cherry Limeade and Orangeade Slushies.

Hitting stores on April 10, these frozen treats will be the perfect way to quench your thirst during those sunny days.

There is no word yet on when the new menu item will expand to other states, but we look forward to slurping back some delicious Minute Maid slush.

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