It’s a Peeps Holiday Weekend!

April 18, 2014 By · 13 Comments

Disclosure: We were sent the products mentioned in order to do a fair review. For anyone that has never had a Peeps I think they are great, definitely full of sugar but can go with just about everything and make for great additions for the Easter Baskets. 

It’s Easter weekend! WOo hoo! I love these little mini breaks I get with my kids and you all know it. So what better way to spend it then by making stuff. The kids and I got Peeps to review for this holiday weekend and when I say Peeps I am meaning every type that I can picture. I’ve included a list below. But here is something I had no clue they would come in so many different colors and now some are made with chocolate mousse. YUM! My favorite though is the big milk chocolate egg with a marshmallow yellow chick peep inside. Eeek!

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Now of course I know many of you will be waking up Easter morning to discovering one, two or maybe a ton of Peeps in your children’s Easter Basket. Instead of just gobbling up I’m sure we can all come up with a few recipes to use those peeps in. My kids and I have been brainstorming and are going to do a few. I must be completely honest with you, I have always been a fan of the yellow chicks and I love opening up the package just a bit to dry them out. Yes, I’m that girl. I like my Peeps stale.  Do you have a favorite way of eating them? Okay, here is what we got.

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PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks (in colors: yellow, purple, pink, orange, green and blue)
· PEEPS® Marshmallow Bunnies (in colors yellow, purple, pink, orange, green and blue)
· PEEPS® Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
· PEEPS Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks
· PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
· PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies
· PEEPS® Large Marshmallow Bunnies
· PEEPS® Chick in a Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg
· PEEPS® Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Chicks (Individual Size)
· PEEPS® Rainbow Pop
· PEEPS® Sugar-Free Marshmallow Chicks
· PEEPS® Peepsters® (bite sized chocolate candies filled with sweet marshmallow crème)

Talk about a dentists favorite holiday right? That’s okay with the proper dental hygiene this won’t be an issue. The kids and I are planning to make some Rice Krispy Treats and Peeps popcorn balls by melting a few peeps. I know the cruel, cruel world right? Another wanted to see if you can bake a marshmallow peep inside a biscuit. We will also try wrapping the Peeps dipped in milk chocolate into croissants and rolling them up to eat, we’ve done those before with marshmallows but not peeps so we’ll see how it goes. Can you think of some more ways we can use the Peeps? Do you remember fun times with Peeps? I’m sure some of you have memories from when you were younger. I mean I can remember how excited I’d get seeing those Peeps in my basket and I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into them. Okay, well I liked them hard and not soft and loved the fact it was full of sugar.

BalletGirl (age 13) wants to try a Peep war in the microwave. Now I’ve only heard them talk about it so I will be looking it up but I know they are excited. I’m picturing a big mess but thankfully they will be on graham crackers during this war. Any ideas? I will post the recipes we used throughout the weekend and possibly during the next week. Before you go, if you plan on picking up some peeps there is a showcase section at the Peeps website to show off your Peepsonality, don’t forget to submit your masterpieces.

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9 Awesome Cruise Tips for Your Family

March 31, 2014 By · 2 Comments

This is a sponsored post but with Spring finally here I thought some of you would like to use these tips when booking your next trip. I like to save money when it comes time for those family vacations. I don’t know about you but I do like to save my money and with a big family I am always looking for deals.  Below is a list of great tips for your next cruise. Any of you going anywhere for Spring Break or Summer Vacation? 

Crusing was once thought of as something only ‘older’ people do, but in the last few years family cruises have become a very popular choice of holiday. Many cruises lines are often competing to offer families the best deals – some even offer kids travel for free! Your meals and entertainment are often included in the price too, saving you money over the course of your trip. If you’ve never been on a family cruise but it’s something you’re interested in, here are 9 awesome cruise tips:

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1.Look for Deals

 

By signing up to websites like Travel Zoo, you can get the latest cruise deals. These deals are often picked by a worldwide team of travel deal experts! You can also take a look at sites like Cruise1st who offer some great deals for families, find out more here.

 

2. Check Requirements

 

There will be some requirements expected of your family when you board the ship, so make sure you check these. Many ships will give children plenty of activities to occupy themselves with. However, all ships request that children over 3 are toilet trained to go to the kids clubs.

3. Check the Facilities

If you’ll want to enjoy some quality time as adults, make sure you check the facilities to see what’s available. Some ships offer babysitting, but they may only look after children of a certain age until a certain time.

4. Check the Medical Services

Make sure you know what medical services are available on board. If your child has a specific medical need, make sure that it can be tended to in an emergency. Bear in mind that some ships won’t let heavily pregnant women travel.

5. Consider Cabins

Are the cabins suitable for families? You might only have a small cabin just big enough to fit your partner and child, or you may need a suit/double cabin.

6. Book Early

If you’re sure you’ll need a certain type of accommodation, you’re more likely to get a better value family cabin while the demand isn’t so high.

7. Read Reviews

Make sure you read reviews online to get the point of view of families who have actually travelled with that cruise line.

8. Shore Excursions

Shore excursions can be booked after you’ve booked your cruise, and some of these are specifically suited to children. If you want to do your own excursions and leave your children on board, check to see if this is possible. Sometimes a fee is charged, or the ship states that at least one parent should stay with them.

9. Travel Insurance

You’ll want comprehensive travel insurance that covers the whole family in the event of an emergency. Babies and young kids are so vulnerable to illness, so travel insurance will protect them pre cruise and during the cruise.

These cruise tips will make sure that the whole family have an amazing time aboard the cruise ship. Now you can go ahead and have a wonderful, stress free holiday!

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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.

 

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Skylanders Swap Force Makes Great Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids!

February 14, 2014 By · No Comments

(Disclosure: We were sent a box of Valentine’s Day Cards for review purposes)

Just in the nick of time! As this week ticked by it felt as it if was on fast forward and I never made it to the store to get Valentine’s Day cards for Little A’s “Friendship Party Exchange.” If I forgot the precious cards would he be the only child that didn’t do an exchange? Eeek, I couldn’t have that but thankfully, yesterday afternoon the UPS man dropped off a special box. The box was a review I promised to do and what was inside the box, Skylanders Swap Force Valentine’s Day Cards, which meant no longer 45 minute trip to Walmart to get cards.

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First if you haven’t heard of Skylanders Swap Force might mean you don’t have an Xbox 360 or the Wii because this is fast becoming a very popular game among children. Each piece has a whole selection of things the character can do, kids are loving these. To me these remind me of the game Magic from my own childhood, but I don’t have the game so I’m not sure, I just know my son would LOVE this game and of course the Xbox 360. When he saw the Valentine Box of Skylanders Cards he shouted, “yes” and did a fist pump into the air and didn’t miss the beat of telling me I was the coolest mom EVER. Hey, coming from my first grader that is a high title.

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Late last night and early this morning he was busy writing the names of his classmates on the little cards. I’ve been down this road many times with kids but I always love watching them figure out who will get which card and why. Only girls could get the purple ones he would say and only certain friends got the blue ones. It is always neat to watch how their little minds work and remember back to those days from when you were a child and either made cards yourself or were lucky enough to have your parents select a box for you to pass out.

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Features:

32 Valentine’s Day Cards
8 Character Cards
35 stickers (we used these to seal the cards shut)

The character cards are great collector cards, but for me it explains a bit about the game and who everyone is and what their role is. Yeah, mom can look like she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to this game. haha. I think Spyro is the cutest of them all, I guess as a mom I shouldn’t say this though because cute isn’t what they want right? He had fun with it and just got home and told me that his friends, “Loved, loved, loved them.” He said one of his friends are always walking with a frowny face and today he had a happy face. These cards get a high five from Little A.

The Skylanders SWAP Force Valentines- American Greetings are available at Target and include 30 cards & 35 stickers ($3.00) while the Skylanders SWAP Force LED Watch- M.Z. Berger & Co. is available at Walmart ($5.00)

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Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas with RM Palmer’s Candy

October 31, 2013 By · No Comments

We were sent bags of RM Palmer Candy for a review purpose. We’ve had the stomache flu going around our house for the last two week so sadly I didn’t get this post up quick enough but I still wanted to give you a few last minute Halloween Party ideas using RM Palmer’s Candy. I must say I have always enjoyed these candies, the chocolate eyeballs have always been my favorite, I just didn’t realize that was who made them. We were sent Palmer’s Ghostly Goodies (fudge filled boos, creamy peanut butter cups, double crisp googly eyes), Trick or treat mix (fudge filled skulls, double crisp witches & peanut butter pumpkin cups) and Snappin Skulls with crispy chocolaty skulls (pop rocks inside). The kids loved the ones with the poprocks, me, they freak me out but I loved the other chocolate goodies. I’m sure the kids that come to my door will too.

Our Surprise Cheesecake

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Note, this is a just add milk cheesecake mix that I got at the store but I chopped up the kids’ favorite pop rocks chocolate pieces to add a bit of a surprise in every bite.  Sprinkled on top are a few chocolate pieces and skulls to top it off.

One other treat I caught my older two doing was taking the two double crisp googly eyes and one fudge filled boos and placed them into a bowl. Next they took one of the Hunts Puddings that I have in the fridge for their lunches and poured a vanilla on into the bowl with the chocolates and heated it up for a few seconds. They stirred it up and said it tasted really good, a smooth chocolate pudding.

Did you know RM Palmers has a craft and recipe section on their website? They have many quick crafts your kids can make. I remember about 10 years ago how my kids and I loved making Halloween Toilet Paper roll bats. We’d string them up and hang them in the tree to give that really spooky effect. Here’s one of their crafts:

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“Palmer’s Halloween site features a Halloween crafts section filled with downloadable coloring pages, pumpkin carving stencils and trick-or-treat packs for kids of all ages.

One trick-or-treat idea that’s out of the ordinary (and can be made for about $1 each) are the trick-or-treat packs. Constructed from recyclable materials and products you’d find around the house, kids can let their imaginations run wild – creating bats, spiders, pumpkins and other hauntingly fun pieces for the packs. Visit the Trick-or-Treat Packs page for details.”  – Honestly I hadn’t even thought of using toilet paper rolls to hold the candy and other goodies in. I love this idea.

More Boo for Your Buck
Trick or Treaters love Palmer too! Moms appreciate Palmer’s reasonably priced Candy Dish Value Bags and Trick or Treat Bags – filled with up to 3 pounds of candy per bag – all under a suggested retail price of $9.99. Use our convenient Candy Finder to find nearby retailers (more than 80,000 in the US) carrying Palmer’s Halloween products, including
the new Snappin’ Skulls with Pop Rocks® and big Value Bags.

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Schwan’s Halloween Recipes

October 29, 2013 By · 4 Comments

 Disclosure: we were sent ingredients to make the recipes listed below for this review. All opinions and pictures are my own.

Are you ready to have a great Halloween Party but now you aren’t sure what to prepare? Not a problem, at least not if you know of a Schwan’s that runs by your house. Don’t forget Schwan’s is always willing to stop by your house to deliver you these ingredients as well as many others, wait until you see what they have in store for you next month. I was so excited when they shared their Halloween recipes with me and even more when they sent me the ingredients to make them myself for this post. But I am sad to say mine looked nothing like theirs, but the kids still had fun making the Monster Graveyard, Vampire Slush drink and, mashed potato ghosts (mine looked like they were melting) of course all those meatball spiders.

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Here’s a few photos of our fun when we made them which you can see there is definitely a difference but I do believe our meatball spiders look a bit spookier. hehe. Each recipe is pretty simple and Schwan’s has most of the ingredients that they can deliver to you, there are a few things you may have to pick up though.  Here’s an example of one of the recipes:

Spider Meatballs:

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Ingredients:

12 Italian Style Meatballs (432), prepared (can be purchased through Schwan’s)
8 slices American Processed Cheese Slices (658) (can be purchased through Schwan’s)
2 Tbsp milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
12 round tortilla chips
1 cup chow mein noodles
1 Tbsp black olives, chopped
Italian Style Meatballs (432), frozen (can be purchased through Schwan’s)

1. Heat cheese and milk in microwave on HIGH for 1-1 ½ minutes. Stir to mix.

2. Dip warm meatballs in melted cheese. Roll sauced meatballs over shredded cheese and place on tortillas chips.

3. Stick six chow mien noodles on both sides as legs and make eyes using chopped black olives.

The kids and I have been having so much fun creating all these wonderful Halloween-themed meals provided by Schwan’s, now of course we had to improvise a little and no ours did not come out as wonderful as theirs did but it was a first for us.

This recipe is from the Schwan’s site, however I did do a few substitutes: instead of the chow mein noodles, we used top ramon and we sipped the chips. Kids enjoyed heating the meatballs up and tossing cheese over them and decorating with black olives and noodle arms/legs.

I don’t know about you but Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, every year I always make a Halloween Menu for the day. What type of treats or tricks go up on yours?

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