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Countdown to a Spooky Halloween!

by Pennie on October 30, 2014

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The 24 hour countdown toHalloween has begun! Everyone has picked out their costumes, you found the perfect pumpkins and now you can get your hands dirty with some of these easy DIY Halloween ideas for trick-or-treating fun!

13. Easy DIY Halloween: Parties, Projects and Tips: How to throw the easiest party, set up the coolest decorations and cook pumpkin seeds!

12. Visit your local pumpkin patch in your favorite costume!

11. Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: For gluten free trick-or-treaters, use this GF dough!

10. Ghoulish Halloween Get-Togethers for All Ages: Kiddy costume parties, ghoulish grown-up gatherings and zombie parties!

9. Meatball Crescent Mummies:  A fun twist on the crescent mummy dogs; try these Meatball Crescent Mummy Bites for a kid-sized appetizer and check out this 10-second video for an easy how-to:

8. No-Carve Pumpkins: Make pumpkins festive without spilling their guts! Try these No-Carve Monster Pumpkins, and bake some Playful Pumpkin Cookies while you decorate!

7. Spider Web Cinnamon Rolls: Playful cobweb cinnamon rolls are fun to serve for breakfast and are fun

6. Crescent Mummy Dogs: Wrap up a hot dog in true mummy fashion and check out this video for a 10-second how to:

5. Frankenstein Monkey Bread: Nothing freaky about this friendly Frankenstein monkey bread!

4. Chocolate Crescent Witch Hats: Kids will love these chocolaty witch hat-shaped crescent snacks.

3. Halloween Weekend Family Fun: Explore nature, have a grave affair, or host a masquerade!

2. Mummy Cookies: Bright and colorful Mummy Cookies; check out this video for a 10-second how-to:

1. Friendly Ghost Cutout Cookies: Simple ghost cookies add a touch of spookiness!

The recipes and celebration ideas above are simple enough for kids to help mom and share with their friends or BOO the neighbors for spooky fun entertainment. For more ghostly snacks that all ages will enjoy, visit Pillsbury.com.

Nicole’s take: Now that I have kids I am always looking for ways to make the holidays special! Baking and making items with them is at the top of my list! These are such adorable recipes made with delicious Pillsbury products! My favorites are the crescent mummy dogs and the spider web cinnamon rolls! So easy and creative and your kids will love the food as much as creating the fun memories with you!

Nicole received product and information to facilitate this post  All opinions remain our own.

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Master Chef Junior and Giveaway!

by Pennie on October 29, 2014

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MASTERCHEF JUNIOR goes back for seconds! Hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR gives talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges.

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Host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay is joined by restaurateur and wine expert Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot on the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR judging panel. Together, the celebrated food experts will coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like a pro and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way.

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After a nationwide search, 16 of the best junior home cooks in the country will compete in the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen. They will face exciting challenges, including a mystery box, a three-legged race and the fan-favorite restaurant takeover, until one talented kid is named America’s newest MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, receiving a $100,000 prize.

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DIY Popcorn Kit(Value $45):

  • (1) Lit Card
  • (5) Recipe Cards
  • (1) Paper Chef Hat
  • (1) Set of Measuring Spoons
  • (4) Junior Spices
  • Each container will be individually labeled 
  • Exact spices contingent upon final recipes 
  • (2) DIY Seasoning Jars
  • Each jar will be individually labeled, ready for customization 
  • (1) Popcorn Mason Jar
  • Each jar will be filled with popcorn kernels
  • (6) MCJ Popcorn Boxes

•        Each box will be branded with custom stickers

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For more information visit MasterChef-Junior also find them on Facebook, and Twitter

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1 reader will win a Master Chef Junior DIY Popcorn Kit (as pictured above)! Please enter the giveaway on the widget below.  Email and feed subscribers will need to click over to my actual site to enter.

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ring some fairy tale magic to your baby’s holidays with the Gingerbread Collection from tommee tippee®

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tommee tippee has launched an exclusive line of bottles, pacifiers, and bibs with Babies R Us for the holiday season! The Gingerbread Collection is now available online and in stores, and more information (along with a cute gingerbread story) can be found on our website: http://www.tommeetippee.us/gingerbread/:

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Nicole’s take:  tommee tippee has great products and I love these limited edition sets that they come out with periodically! This one is the gingerbread collection, available in bottles, pacifiers and bibs! So festive and cute!

Imagine the holidays at: The Gingerbread Collection

Nicole is a tommee mommee and receives compensation and/or product from tommee tippee.  All opinions are our own.

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Cake Boss K-Cups!

by Pennie on October 28, 2014

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Buddy Valastro is branching out from his TLC hit show “Cake Boss” to the land of coffee!  This great collection of k-cups–inspired by his fabulous cake flavors–offers everything from Vanilla Buttercream to Hazelnut Biscotti to Chocolate Cannoli and so much in between.
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You don’t have to be the ultimate Cake Boss fan to enjoy these k-cups!   Get yours online from CakeBossCafe or TLCStore.

Nicole’s take: We are huge Keurig users here and both prefer flavored coffee. So Cake Boss coffees were right up our alley! We got to try several of the flavors and I was so impressed with the richness! The flavors are creative and the coffee was delicious! My favorite was the raspberry truffle while Jamie liked the vanilla buttercream!

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DripDrop Hydration Powder

by Pennie on October 27, 2014

dripdropDripDrop provides a simple, cost-effective solution that empowers everyone to treat mild to moderate dehydration with a safe, medical-grade solution. Their hydration powder packets fit easily in the medicine cabinet, travel kit, purse and gym bag, so it’s there when you need it. Simply mix with water and consume.dripdropdrandchild

Developed by a Mayo-trained family physician, DripDrop contains a golden ratio of ingredients – including sodium, sugars and potassium –which absorb quickly and help you recover faster than any other hydration product on the market. In fact, DripDrop has been shown to hydrate 34% faster than water alone, and 20% faster than a sports drink.

Here’s a $2 DripDrop coupon for Nicole’s readers!

Nicole’s take:  I love that DripDrop is so easy.  It’s a powder in an individual packet that you just add to water and it hydrates you! So simple but what a great concept.  The flavor tastes great and it mixes so well without bring grainy at all.  Jamie was recently sick and feeling so dehydrated so I gave him the Drip Drop and he loved it.  He said it was so much better than the typical sports drink he drinks and I explained that it hydrates better! We are now a DripDrop family!

For more information visit: DripDrop.com; also find them on Twitter and Facebook

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bazookalogo Boo! It’s almost the time of year when ghosts and goblins start roaming the streets and Bazooka Candy Brands wants to offer you a spooky and delicious giveaway (see below)! Just in time for the scariest holiday of the year, Ring Pop and Ring Pop Gummies will be arriving on shelves in Halloween-themed wrappers as pictured below.  The candy is sold at major retailers nationwide with packages ranging in price from $4.99 to $5.99. bazooka For More Information visit BazookaJoe.com, also find them on Facebook, and Twitter. Nicole’s take: Yum – Halloween candy! I love this time of year and loved trying the Ring Pop and Ring Pop Gummies! What fun candy! I love that they are individually wrapped for trick or treating! The gummies were my favorite – the flavors were delicious!

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Summer Infant Custom Fit Walk-Thru Gate

by Pennie on October 26, 2014

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Protect baby without sacrificing style with the Custom Fit Walk-Thru Gate. Made from quality materials, this stylish, extra wide gate, adjusts to 141” wide, allowing parents to configure in odd shaped spaces, extra wide openings and even creating play areas in corners of the home.

summergateNicole’s take:  Well, it’s finally happened.  My 3 babies are semi-mobile.  All roll and get up on all4s and rock.  They pivot, spin and can pretty much get anywhere they need and want to.  With this mobility has come a newfound fear! They can go wherever in the house! We have hardwood floors and they are just so hard.  We bought a few great baby mats but the babies seem to love rolling off of them!

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Everyone I know with triplets (heck, even with one baby!) says you need to gate off an area or pen in an area to keep them safe.  We call ours the “baby jail”.  As in I will text my husband when he asks where I am and say “jail” and he knows just where I am.  Baby jail is a happy place.  It has a soft floor and is filled with toys and games.

My husband did a ton of research to figure out what we needed as far as gates to create our baby jail.  Right now the jail needed to be free standing in the living room but eventually we want to cordon off an area of the living room so the gate needed to be able to be attached to walls as well.

We wanted a nice material, not a hard plastic so when the babies roll against it or pull up on it they don’t get hurt.  He kept coming across the same gate that fit ALL of our needs – the Summer Infant Custom Fit Walk-Thru Gate.2014-10-19 10.36.36

We ended up needing 3 of them to create the size area we needed – remember we have 3 babies so we needed some space.  It was so easy to hook them together and that got us 3 doors which is great.

2014-10-19 10.36.41The doors are easy to open and the mesh is easy to see through and soft for the babies.  Zoe loves to roll to the side and run her fingers over the mesh.
2014-10-19 09.15.09I am excited that once we no longer need the jail in the living room we can break it down to the 3 separate gates and use them to section off an area of the living room or gate in the playroom, etc.  This is the most versatile gate out there! And it is SO sturdy!

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For more information visit: SummerInfant.com; also find them on Twitter and Facebook

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A Few Shortcuts Weekly Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookie Cups

October 26, 2014

These Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookie Cups from Amanda at A Few Shortcuts are so stinking cute!  A touch of savory to go along with the sweet, these will appeal to a wide range of eaters.  The cups are incredibly easy to make and the filling has cream cheese – YUM! Each week I will highlight one of Amanda’s fabulous recipes. […]

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2014 World Vision Gift Catalog and Giveaway

October 25, 2014

Championing convenience, gift cards topped the list of popular holiday gifts for 2013 (Nielsen.com). Get creative this holiday season by giving friends and loved ones delicious, poverty-fighting holiday gifts from the 2014 World Vision Gift Catalog. More than 250 items, ranging in price from $10 to $39,000, are available online and in the print catalog to help improve quality […]

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Top 10 Giveaways, 10/27/14

October 25, 2014

Don’t forget to enter my current giveaways: Trident – We’ve Never Felt So Free and Giveaway  (Ends 10/27) Applegate HALF TIME Lunch Prize Pack  (Ends 10/27) Maty’s All Natural Baby Products  (Ends 10/27) Here are this week’s top 10 giveaways.  Please be sure to read each blogger’s giveaway post carefully as they all have different rules. Good […]

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Trident – We’ve Never Felt So Free and Giveaway

October 24, 2014

The Trident gum you know and love can be found ‘commando’ (no wrappers!) in bottles and pouches.  Whether in the car or at the office, the convenience of Trident Unwrapped will get you chewing faster and have you fighting cavities at the same time! New Trident Unwrapped has 50 pieces of wrapper-less gum. What more could you want? Varieties:   Original, Spearmint, Tropical Twist, Watermelon […]

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Friday Top FREEBIES and Great Deals, Week of 10/24/14

October 24, 2014

Here are this week’s FREEBIES and great deals: FREE  2 Month Audible Audiobook Subscription - enter code:goodsearch FREE  Saltwater Sportsman Magazine FREE  Boating Magazine FREE  Advil, Advil PM, Bic Soleil, Caltrate and Poise Samples FREE  Subscription to HDVideoPro FREE  20 oz Nestea at Xtra Mart - (expires 10/29) – locator FREE  Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner […]

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Applegate’s Half Time Fuels Creativity and Giveaway

October 23, 2014

What would you do if you didn’t have to pack your kid’s lunch? Sleep? Drink a cup of coffee and read the newspaper? Paint your toenails? Get a massage from your significant other? We would, too. This is where Applegate steps up to the plate. Now that school is in full swing, we want to take that […]

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Find the Deepest Discounts on My Amazon Deals Page!

October 23, 2014

Check out my Amazon Deals page to find the deepest discounts on your favorite merchandise! You can search by minimum discount percentage, top sellers or even hot new releases. When you’re on the Amazon page you can refine your search further with the choices in the left sidebar.   Let’s be entertained this week! Blu-ray Blu-ray Magazines CDs & Vinyl Books

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Introducing New Chex Mix Popped!

October 22, 2014

What could be better than two snacks in one? New Chex Mix Popped Sweet & Salty combines your favorite Chex Mix pieces with the buttery goodness of popcorn. Perfect for slumber parties with friends and family-fun nights, Chex Mix Popped Sweet & Salty tickles taste buds with its wholesome goodness. Your favorite snacks do the flavor tango with light, airy sweet-glazed popcorn and salty, as […]

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FabKids October Look Back

October 21, 2014

FabKids was founded by ShopStyle founder Andy Moss and actress Christina Applegate, and we offer our members a personalized selection of kids’ outfits each month. Check out some of the adorable outfits that FabKids has to offer! FabKids empowers kids to express their individuality through personalized fashion – while revolutionizing the shopping experience for mom by delivering high-quality, reasonably […]

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Giveaway Winners

October 21, 2014

I’ve picked winners – they are posted on the Giveaway Tools widget of each of the following giveaways (just click the link of the giveaway title to be taken to the post where each widget is).  You will also receive an email from us congratulating you on your win: Hello Kitty Water Dancing Speakers and […]

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10/20 Pinterest Pin(s) of the Week: Sweatshirts to Jackets

October 21, 2014

I like the feel of a sweatshirt.  At the appropriate time of year, it is warm and cozy.  But it has a couple of drawbacks.  First a standard sweatshirt has to be pulled over the head which – besides messing up your hair – causes some serious static issues.  Second, when you pull it off, […]

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CVS MinuteClinic Flu Shots for the Family

October 20, 2014

CVS MinuteClinic is here to help your family stay healthy this flu season.  Here are some things you should know: What is the “flu”, anyways? The flu is a respiratory infection caused by a virus. It can develop very quickly and with flu, you always have a fever. Other common symptoms include headache, sore throat, […]

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