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Create Stand-Out Easter Baskets and Egg Hunts With Nestle

 I received products in exchange for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and the weather is finally starting to warm up. These three things can only mean one thing. Spring is here!

Nestle Easter Basket #NestleUSA #Easter

Nestle has lot’s of delicious and fun goodies to help you with all of your Easter festivities. Just recently they revealed their newest assortment of springtime treats available nationwide to help parents create the perfect Easter baskets and treats. Here are just few of there delicious treats.

Wonka Egg Fillers:
We have our annual Easter egg hunt each year at my aunts house. All of the parents bring a bag full of plastic eggs filled with treats and prizes. This year filling the eggs will be a piece of cake. The Wonka Fillers include classic flavors such as Spree, SweeTARTS, Bottle Caps, Gobstoppers all together in one convenient bag.

Butterfinger NestEggs and Crunch NestEggs:
We got a bag of these last year and my kids loved them. They are just the right size for little fingers and they shape of a golden egg gives this candy an extra special festive feel.

SweeTARTS Gummies & Jelly Bean Pouches:
Your favorite tart and tangy SweeTARTS signature flavors in chewy gummies and jelly bean form. Great as a basket filler.

Wonka Laffy Taffy Jelly Beans:
No boring jelly bean flavors here! These bold yellow, green purple and red packaging features Laffy Taffy’s signature flavors: banana, cherry, grape, and apple in bright colors and jelly bean form. They are the perfect treat for egg hunts and Easter snacking around the house.

Hard2Find Egg Hunt Outdoor Kit:
We received a package of these last year and they were great. You can’t get more convenient than having a package of filled plastic Easter Eggs ready to go. Please these are great for the older kids because they are more of a challenge to find.

easter basket filled with Nestle Candy

It’s always fun to create my kids Easter baskets each year, especially when I can add their favorite candy. You can find all of these Nestle products plus many more in your local retailer.

What’s your favorite kind of Easter Candy?

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Chocolate and Cherries. I can’t think of a better combination. One of my favorite treats to make for my family is chocolate covered cherries and each time I make them they don’t last long. Recently I came across a recipe for Chocolate covered cherry cookies  and since my family loves this candy so much I knew I had to give them a try. They turned out better than I could have imagined.

cherry cookies

Here’s what you need:
1/2 Cup Salted Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 Cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 Cups of Flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 10 ounce jar of maraschino cherries
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2.Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and mix into the egg mixture. Stir until smooth. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls about the size of a walnut (larger if desired). Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press center of each ball with thumb.

3.Drain cherries and reserve juice. Place a cherry in center of each cookie.

4.In a saucepan, heat the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips until chips are melted. Watch carefully so the chocolate doesn’t burn.

5.Stir in 4 teaspoons of cherry juice. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of mixture over each cherry and spread to cover cherry. (More cherry juice may be added if needed.

5.Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

cherry cookie recipe

This cookie is delicious! Try it out and let me know what you think.

Easy and Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Candy Bar Bouquet

I have a confession to make. I am not much of a crafter. However whenever I get an idea I try my best to make it come to life. Last week I was grabbing a few things from the grocery store and noticed a really cute candy bar bouquet. I thought to myself, what a great gift idea but then I looked at the price. $40 BUCKS! Don’t get me wrong the bouquet was really cute but for 6 candy bars $40 seemed a little expensive so I decided to try and re-create my own.

valentines day gift ideasI headed to my local dollar store and picked up everything I needed for around $8. This included a small glass vase, several candy bars, (which ever you like the most), sticks for the candy bars, tissue paper and small wrapped candy for inside the vase.

valentines day candy bouquet

First thing you need to do is fill the vase up about half way with the small wrapped candies. Then place some a piece of the tissue paper on top of this letting it spill over the sides.

candy bar bouquet

Next take the sticks, I used some cute sticks with hearts on top, and tape it to the back of the candy bar. Place these sticks with the candy bar attached inside the tissue paper that’s in the vase. Arrange these candy bars however you like. Remember this is an easy craft so it doesn’t have to be perfect.

candy bar bouquetFill in the gaps with more tissue paper and decorations if you want to make it a little more full. I had a great time making this bouquet because it was so easy and saved me over $30!

What’s your favorite candy bar?

Dyson Black Friday Sales

I have had my Dyson DC41 Animal complete for several weeks now and I have never been more happier with a vacuum. If I would have known how much I would love my Dyson I would have gotten one a long time ago. For those of you wanting to get  a Dyson of your own now is your chance. For Black Friday Dyson is offering 25% off Dyson technology Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday! This sale will include their  bladeless fans and heaters, uprights and cordless machines. In some cases, that’s up to $160 off – big savings for top-of-the-line technology.

dyson dc41

Below is a selection of the latest Dyson technology that will be included.

  • DC44 Animal: Dyson’s latest cordless vacuum cleaner, engineered for nimble, high performance cleaning.
  • AM05: Dyson Hot + Cool: our bladeless fan heater that provides the fastest whole room heating in winter, and high velocity cooling air in the summer.
  • DC41 Animal: Dyson’s most powerful upright vacuum cleaner that has twice the suction of any other vacuum.

These are some amazing sales so be sure to take advantage of them if your in the market for a Dyson.

Last Minute Costume Idea: Be La Llorona From Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights #HHN23

Halloween is just a couple of days away and some of you may still searching for the perfect costume. If so, then your in luck because I have a great costume that comes directly from Universal’s Orlando Halloween Horror Nights! This year transform into the very scary, yet beautiful veiled La Llorona . Michael Burnett, Makeup Designer for Universal Orlando Entertainment Art & Design, shares his tips for how you can create this look at home. To learn more about the back story of La Llorona you can visit Universal Orlando online.

Photo Courtesy of Universal Orlando

Photo Courtesy of Universal Orlando

What you Need to Make the Veiled La Llorona:
Plastic mask
Black elastic
Craft foam
Window screen or sheer black fabric
Hot glue gun
Cotton balls
Liquid latex or eyelash adhesive
Makeup sponges
Disposable brushes
Disposable cups
Popsicle stick (for stirring)
Clear corn syrup
Black food coloring
Halloween makeup palette

Universal Orlando Resort, HHN 23 La Llorona Make-Up Look

Photo Courtesy of Universal Orlando

Instructions:
1. Cut the plastic mask so that it aligns with the hair line. Cut off the lower portion of the mask just below the nose. Attach the elastic to the mask to securely fasten the mask to the face.

2. Cut two oversized, eye-like shapes from the craft foam and sand the edges so they are rounded. Use the hot glue gun to attach the foam pieces to the mask. Cut small circles of window screen or sheer black fabric and use a glue gun to fasten to the back of the mask to create the blacked-out eyes illusion.

Photo Courtesy of Universal Orlando

Photo Courtesy of Universal Orlando

3. Unravel cotton balls. Use the liquid latex or eyelash adhesive to apply the deconstructed cotton balls to the mask. Apply more latex on top of the cotton and press it down to the mask to create a “skin.” Let the latex dry or use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.

4. Put the mask on and secure it in place with the elastic. Apply cotton and latex around the edges to blend it in. Use a hairdryer on the cool setting to set the latex. Be careful to avoid getting any latex in your hair or clothes.

Universal Orlando Resort, HHN 23 La Llorona Make-Up Look

Photo Courtesy of Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort, HHN 23 La Llorona Make-Up Look

Photo Courtesy of Universal Orlando

5. Use a sponge and/or brush to apply the makeup to the mask. Carefully apply a skintone color on the mask and blend it into the skin. Use darker colors to shadow the eyes, cheeks and nose. Use black makeup to outline the black tears of La Llorona.

6. Mix a small amount of clear corn syrup with black food coloring to create black tears. Apply the mixture beneath bottom eyelashes and and let it run down the face to create streaks of black tears.

Photo Courtesy of Universal Orlando

Photo Courtesy of Universal Orlando

To complete this look wear an old, worn white dress and veil, and scare away! You can find items like this at Goodwill or your local thrift shop.

Halloween Guessing Game #Hershey’sHalloween

This post is SPONSORED by Global Influence with PRODUCT provided by Hershey’s

During the month of October, leading up to Halloween, we are BUSY! Between my two kids we have at least 5 parties that we have to attend and most of these parties I have to come up with a game for the kids to play. I actually really enjoying coming up with fun games for the kids and each year I try something a little different. This year I decided that I would do something a little simpler with a Halloween Guessing Game that includes everyone’s favorite Hershey’s candy.

halloween games, halloween candy guessing games, halloween

The best part about this game is that you can make it as simple or difficult as you like. Since most of the kids attending the parties I will be taking this game to are under 10, I made it more towards the easy side. Most of the items that I used can be found at the Dollar Store like the glass vase, plastic eyeballs, ribbon and plastic bugs and skeletons. You can find the Hershey’s Candy in candy isle at your local Walmart, Kmart, or other major retailer.

halloween candy, halloween games, party games

To make this game, simply add as much candy as you can get inside the glass vase. As you add the candy be sure to add extra fun things for kids like the bugs, eyeballs and skeleton toys. This not only makes the jar look fun but it mixes things up. After you add all your candy and counted them, write the number on the bottom of the jar so that you don’t forget. You can add extra décor to the jar like a ribbon and even a giant plastic spider like I did.

halloween games, halloween, fall parties

This game is so much fun because all your guests can participate! You have them look at the jar and try to guess how many pieces of Hershey’s candy is inside. The person who comes the closest wins the candy jar. You can also use this jar as a decoration until the party starts, I actually have mine sitting on a table in my living room and it looks great. Every time my kids go by I see them trying to guess how much candy is inside!

So what’s your favorite Hershey’s Candy?

Jelly Bean Bracelet

What do you do when you have the kids home from school for spring break, a bag full of candy and Easter only a week away? Make an Easter craft of course!

easter

What you need:
Dental Floss
Sewing Needle
Bag of Jelly Beans
Ribbon

Easter

First thing you want to do is measure to see how much floss you will need to go around the wrist of the person who will be wearing the bracelet. Next decide what color you want the bracelet to be. We decided we wanted all of the colors of the jelly beans, except the black ones because these are my FAVORITE!

Easter craft

Thread your needle with the dental floss just like you would with thread.

Easter

Take the needle and push it through the side of the jelly bean. Continue threading the jelly beans through until your bracelet has jelly beans all the way around. Be sure to leave a little bit of floss so that you can tie it together and add the ribbon.

jellybean

After you tie the bracelet together add a small ribbon to cover the dental floss. That’s it!

easter

Aubrey managed to wear her bracelet for a few minutes and then started to eat the jelly beans. We are planning on making a few more over the next week and maybe even a necklace.

easter

Melted Crayon Hearts-Easy and Fun Valentine’s Day Craft

melted crayons

My kids love to color and over the years we have collected quite a collection of crayons. In fact my kids both have containers that are bursting full with just about every color you can think of. It’s a bit overwhelming so I decided to take some of these crayons and make a fun Valentine’s Day craft with my kids.  This past weekend we made Melted Crayon hearts out of about 100 or so old and broken crayons.  It’s super easy to do and doesn’t cost much money at all. This craft can be done anytime of the year and you can use any type of mold that you like. Molds can be found at places like Walmart, Target, Hobby Lobby, Etc. Since we were making these for Valentine’s Day I chose to do a heart crayon. I picked up the mold below at Walmart for around $3.

melted crayons

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

2. Unwrap your crayons, making sure you get all of the paper off. If your making a solid color crayon separate your colors into piles. If not you can just make one big pile.

3. Next break or cut the crayons into small pieces. The smaller the pieces the quicker they will melt.

4. Now place these crayons into the mold and fill up about 3/4, depending on how big of crayon you want. My mold was pretty big so we only filled it up 1/2 way.

5. Bake these crayons in the oven at 250 degrees for about 20 minutes.

6. After they are done, take them out of the oven and let cool completely before attempting to take them out of the molds. If you take them out to soon, they will break.

crayon craft

crayon hearts

To make these Melted Crayon Hearts even better we turned them into Valentine’s Day Cards for all of Aubrey’s friends at Pre-school. I just took a few pieces of construction paper cut them in a small square. Hot glued the crayon to the center of the card and we wrote “You color My World” . Very cute and very simple!

crayon valentines

 This is such a fun and easy activity to do with your kids. I plan on making another batch of these crayons to pass out as party favors for Aubrey’s  birthday party next month.

Dr. Seuss’s Holidays on the Loose! DVD Review

The Grinch, the Cat in the Hat and many other legendary literary characters come to life on Dr. Seuss’s Holiday’s on the Loose! a new release now available on DVD from Warner Home Video. This set features three Dr. Seuss specials plus bonus features.

Dr. Seuss’s Holidays on the Loose
Release Date: October 18th, 2011
Running Time: 76 Minutes
Celebrate that special time of year with Dr. Seuss’ magical stories. Just in time for the gift-giving season, Dr. Seuss’s Holidays on the Loose! offers consumers the perfect collection of iconic classics in an all new gift set that is sure to captivate both kids and adults.

Dr. Seuss’s Holidays on the Loose! Featured Specials Include:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot. And every family likes How the Grinch Stole Christmas! a lot! Based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved book, this joyous, heart-tickling holiday event which features the voice of legendary actor Boris Karloff, has delighted all ages since it’s 1966 debut. Can the Grinch steal the town’ holiday spirit by stealing their holiday treats? Or does Christmas…perhaps…mean a little bit more? The answers to those questions unfold charmingly under Chuck Jones’ pitch perfect direction.

The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat
What happens when the mischievous Grinch decides to wreak havoc on the world but the happy and ever so delightful Cat in the Hat stands in his way? The result is a triumphant story of an unlikely hero who uses a little caring and compassion to help save the world from an unfriendly and unbeautiful future. Watch and see if the Cat in the Hat can go from peaceful picnic in the shade to helping the frightfully man Grinch turn a new leaf. The special earned an Emmy award for Outstanding Animated Program in 1982.

Halloween is Grinch Night
The sinister Grinch who stole Whoville’s Christmas is back to declare Halloween as “Grinch Night”! While the Whos are caught in a horrible storm of Sour-Sweet Wind, the Grinch and his trust pooch Max, take this opportunity to terrorize the little town. Unfortunately for him he is surprised by a young boy whose unexpected courage prevents the Grinch from unleashing his awful horrors onto their tranquil town. Grinch Night will never be the same! This special earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Special in 1978.

Dr. Seuss’s Holiday’s on the Loose! Bonus Features Include:
From Whoville to Hollywood
A rapping, rhyming chronicle of the original book and this beloved animated adaptation.

Songs in the Key of Grinch
Interviews with composer Albert Hague and vocalist Thurl Ravenscroft.

Who’s Who in Whoville
Biography Gallery

Grinch Song Selections
Go right to your favorite songs. Includes Opening Song, Trim Up the Tree, Welcome, Christmas and You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.

TNT’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas Featurette-While Phil Hartman

Grinch Pencil Taste

Our Thoughts:
What a great DVD to kickstart the holidays! I can remember sitting down and watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas when I was a kid and now its fun to be able to sit down with my kids and watch this classic. The other two episodes were also very good! I don’t remember these much as a kid but as an adult I really enjoyed them and so did my kids.

Buy It: You can purchase Dr Seuss’s Holiday on the Loose in stores or online now.

Disclosure: This is a non-paid post and honest opinions were used. All opinions expressed are based on my own experience and may differ from others. Thanks to the company for providing me with a DVD to review.

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Happiness is….Peanuts:Snow Days DVD Review!

Happiness is….Peanuts: Snow Days DVD
Running Time: 47 Minutes
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Happiness is…Peanuts: Snow Days, the newest Peanuts collection of stories, celebrates everyone’s favorite thing about a long chilly winter: snow days! This DVD is comprised of one newly remastered classic Peanuts television special, She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown and one episode of The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show. In She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty trains for a figure skating competition with Snoopy as her tough coachm and crafty costume designer. The smiles continue with three short tales from The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show including: The Play; Sweet Babboo! and Snoopy’s Story. It may get cold outside but the Peanuts kids are sure to bring lot’s of warmth and happiness into everyone’s homes this winter!

Our Thoughts:
Recently my family and I had the chance to review the Peanuts Holiday Collection. I loved being able to sit and enjoy some of my favorite movies as a kid with my children. When we received Happiness is…Peanuts: snow days my kids were ready to watch it right away. I knew my kids were going to love this dvd and I was right, as soon as the movie was over both of them turned around and said “mom can we watch it again?”. This is a wonderful movie to kick start the holiday season.

Buy It: Happiness Is Peanuts: Snow Days  is now available on DVD in stores and online.

Disclosure: This is a non-paid post and honest opinions were used. All opinions expressed are based on my own experience and may differ from others. Thanks to the company for providing me with a free dvd in order to facilitate my review.

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