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Summer just got sweeter as IHOP® Restaurants introduces their new Double-Dipped French Toast to the menu. The new menu addiitons come in two delicious flavors including Lemon Strawberry and Cinnamon Sugar. The Double-Dipped French Toast will be available at participating restaurants for a limited time until September 20.

Guests can choose one of two flavor combinations to top off this hand-crafted treat:

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  • Cinnamon Sugar Double-Dipped French Toast – Soft brioche bread is first dipped in vanilla batter, then dipped a second time in crispy corn flakes and oatmeal, griddled, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and whipped topping.

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  • Lemon Strawberry Double-Dipped French Toast– Soft brioche bread is first dipped in vanilla batter, then dipped a second time in crispy corn flakes and oatmeal, griddled, then topped with cool lemonade cream and glazed strawberries.

This newest take on the breakfast classic is backed by a long history of French Toast favorites from IHOP restaurants, including mouthwatering Stuffed French Toast and the popular Brioche French Toast.

Nicole’s take:  Ohh I love special promotions at IHOP.  They always have the coolest sounding products and flavors – yum! This double dipped french toast was awesome.  We got to try both flavors and I preferred the cinnamon sugar while Jamie preferred the lemon strawberry.  I loved the crunch of the toast and the sweet flavors! These make a great addition to the regular IHOP menu!

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Pirasta For The Colorful!

by Pennie on August 29, 2015

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Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore, it’s for whole families to do together to unwind, unplug, and create one big colorful world! In fact, it’s a HUGE trend for adults (de-stressing/nostalgia) and kids this year!  
 
Pirasta NYC (www.pirastanyc.com), a new line of coloring posters bridging art with design, is hoping to encourage parents and children to think creatively, learn, and simultaneously foster a love of art. Partnering with some of the top illustrators in the country including James Gulliver Hancock, these four unique coloring posters provide hours of endless fun and an end result that is worthy of being framed and hung on the wall. 
 
These giant posters are the ultimate project or party activity for anyone who likes to color. Spread it on the floor or hang it on the wall and invite everyone to join in. It’s a great way to introduce art and encourage collaboration. It’s also just a good reason to shut off the TV, get creative and go crazy with color. For ages 3-133.  Made in the USA. Printed with vegetable ink using recycled paper.
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Pirasta’s ‘Really Big Coloring Poster’ line ($32) includes:
  • Lets Color America: Take a tour of the USA with this map depicting the 50 states with all their splendor and diversity. Illustrated with fun and quirky charm, you can color America while charting its great historical landmarks, its glorious monuments of nature, and the specific foods and people that make every corner of the country so unique.
  • The Big Apple: If you can color it here, you’ll color it anywhere. New York City is depicted in all its glory, from the iconic to the majestic to the quirky. Can you identify the landmarks, neighborhoods and people who make this town great?
  • Funny Farm: This is like no petting zoo we’ve ever seen! In a sprawling design that celebrates the absurd, you’ll find donkeys wearing top hats and kicks, pigs munching on pizza, dogs playing cards and cows skateboarding. Hours of fun for creatures great and small.
  • Food Fight: Calling all foodies! Put table manners aside and join the most epic food fight ever. Get messy in this gorgeously illustrated scene. Find fruits, vegetables and oodles of edibles. Bring them to life for a fabulous feast of color. 

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Nicole’s take:  I had heard about this trend for adults to color and was intrigued.  Then I heard about these giant coloring posters and was so excited.  I selected the New York City one and it is HUGE and so detailed! I love the stress relief that coloring provides and the ability to hang this on the wall is awesome!!

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Bakers Secret Utensils At World Kitchen!

by Pennie on August 28, 2015

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This Baker’s Secret® silicone whisk is great for stovetop stirring – it can withstand higher temperatures and won’t scratch nonstick cookware. It’s also great for food prep, from beating eggs to blending dry ingredients. The whisk also adds air – and volume – to batters and icing.

  • Whips eggs, batter, gravy, sauces
  • Stainless steel, wire & nylon whisks also available
  • Full Lifetime Warranty

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This Baker’s Secret® spatula is perfect for use in smaller pots and pans. It’s dishwasher safe, so messy ingredients are no problem. You’ll want to keep this spatula close at hand in the kitchen, because you’ll be using it on a regular basis.

  • Perfect for scraping and mixing
  • Head is made up of silicone material while the handle is made of clear plastic
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Medium & silicone spatulas also available
  • Full Lifetime Warranty

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Nicole’s take:  When we moved we got to go through and organize our kitchen gadgets and there were a few things we unexplicably had many of (ice cream scoops) and things we didn’t have enough of (a whisk) so I was happy to hear I could try out the Baker’s Secret silicone whisk! I love the bright colors of the gadgets collection and the whisk is great! The spatulas we received serve a lot of purposes and the quality of these products is really high!

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Fiber One Cheesecake Bar and Giveaway!

by Pennie on August 27, 2015

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What’s dreamy, decadent and totally worth it? Fiber One’s new Cheesecake Bars!

Cheesecake fans will no longer have to fight their instincts with this guilt-free and highly requested treat. The irresistible layers of graham cracker-y goodness and creamy cheesecake are topped with one of two flavors – Strawberry or Salted Caramel. Best of all, each individually packaged bar contains only 150 calories and 20 percent of your daily value of fiber. There are no other cheesecake products like it in the grocery aisle!

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To celebrate the launch of this new product, Fiber One is kicking-off its first Cheesecake Appreciation Month by unveiling an edible cheesecake billboard in Grand Central Station on National Cheesecake Day – July 30! From July 30 through August, New York commuters and cheesecake enthusiasts can:

  • Drop by the edible billboard in Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station to sample this new, guilt-free treat. It’s the perfect, guilt-free way to indulge in cheesecake with the added benefit of fiber.
  • Join in on the fun by participating in Fiber One’s cheesecake sweepstakes! Starting July 30, you can enter for a chance to win weekly, including new Fiber One Cheesecake Bars and cash prizes with a Grand Prize winner chosen at the end of August. For full rules, visit Facebook.com/FiberOne.

Nicole’s take:  I LOVE cheesecake but I don’t love all of the calories and fat.  So I was thrilled to hear about Fiber One’s Cheesecake Bars! They are delicious and the perfect sweet treat! I preferred the salted caramel, I don’t like to mix fruit with my cheesecake haha! The taste was great and the portion was generous!

For more information visit FiberOne.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cooler weather is beginning to set in (for us lucky northerners) and most kids are back to school…that means only one thing in our world…busy season! We are ready for the increased internet traffic and coffee consumption with another great sale!

Wacky Wednesday Weekly Coffee Sale! Every Wednesday we will post a totally wacky sale price on a variety of coffees including Keurig Kcups and Nespresso compatible capsules. Dont forget shipping is free when you spend $59. or more!

Our featured item this week is an oldie but a goodie. This popular roast was around before Keurig was a household name. Its bold flavors and smooth body have made it a go to Kcup for dark roast coffee drinkers!

Green Mountain Dark Magic Keurig Kcup coffee is on sale for $11.99 per box of 24!

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Twinings Pure Peppermint Keurig Kcup tea is on sale for $9.99 per box of 24!

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Donut Shop Keurig Kcarafe coffee is on sale for $8.99 per box of 8!

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Wall St Hiline Coffee Nespresso pods are on sale for $4.99 per box of 10!

Last but certainly not least….

Recycle a Cup Keurig Kcup recycling tool is on sale for $7.99!

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Sale runs Wednesday 8/26/15 through Tuesday 9/1/16 midnight EDT.

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DIY T-Shirt Crafts and Giveaway!

by Pennie on August 25, 2015

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In the new book DIY T-Shirt Crafts (August) HappyHourProjects.com creator Adrianne Surian shows you how to repurpose old T-shirts into beautiful projects worthy of showing off in your wardrobe, home, or as gifts for family and friends.

Whether you’re cleaning out your closet or just found a hole in your fa­vorite top, this book will inspire you to take your tees to the next level with these fashion-forward projects. Featuring step-by-step instruc­tions and stunning photographs to guide you along the way, each DIY T-shirt craft is simple enough for beginners, and can be completed in an hour or less.

ADRIANNE SURIAN (Grand Rapids, MI) is an artist and creative living blogger at happyhourprojects.com, with a passion for handmade crafts, accessories, and DIY projects. She enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge and ideas with others, and has sold designs to national brands, retailers, and publications. She is a winner of the Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize and her work has been featured on Fox News, Buzzfeed, Babble, and in Country Woman Magazine. She is part of the design teams at the Consumer Crafts blog Crafts Un­leashed, and for the Core’dinations and Sizzix blogs.

Nicole’s take:  I am not the craftiest person but I always have high goals! I thought this book sounded so cool and really fun and I was right! I was happy to see that many of the projects are fairly easy and I love that you just take t-shirts you have and turn them into such cool things!

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Philips AVENT Toddler Cups and Giveaway!

by Pennie on August 24, 2015

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No matter what activities you and your tot are enjoying during these warm months – family vacations, road trips or even just errands – we know that both mom AND toddler’s best friend – a leak-proof, easy to use sippy cup – is essential.

We also know that finding this perfect companion can be a challenge. That’s why Philips Avent has created a four-stage toddler range – featuring everything from bottle trainers to grown-up cups. To help you learn which might be the best fit for your toddler, we’re also excited to share that we’ve teamed up with Scholastic to create “Sip, Sip, Hooray,” a story of several toddler friends and a mischievous Mama “Sippopotomus” who’s hunting for the perfect sippy cup for Baby “Sippo.”

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First Smiles, First Sips

With the Philips Avent My Trainer Cups, toddlers can easily graduate from bottle to sippy cup. Begin with the familiar silicone nipple on top, and then graduate to the soft spout – the rubberized trainer handles make it easy for little hands to grip the cup when they’re ready.

More Milk, No Mess

With the Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup, soft and hard spout options provide developing toddlers with a truly leak-free drinking experience, while soft-touch trainer handles help them grip cups independently. When toddlers are ready to hold cups without handles, the Philips Avent My Easy Sippy Spout Cup has an easy-to-grasp ripple shape, designed for a no-slip grip.

Spill-Free Explorer

A perfect companion for your on-the-move little one, the Philips Avent My Twist n Sip Straw Cup features a soft, silicone straw that will introduce your child to a bran d new type of drinking experience. The cup’s unique twist lid will keep its straw clean and hygienic while you and your tot are on the go.

Just Like Mom and Dad

A first of its kind, the Philips Avent My Natural Drinking Cup promotes independent drinking with its 360 degree, lip-activated rim. Milk or water will only release from the cup if the toddler has his lip pressed against this rim, enabling them to drink like a grown-up, while staying 100% spill-free! 
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For more information: Visit www.philips.us/avent, “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/philipsavent and follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AVENT_US.

Nicole’s take:  We are sippy cup addicted here and Philips Avent makes our favorites! We have used them at each step and are now loving the straw cups and about to start on the natural drinking cup! I love that they wash so easily in the dishwasher and there aren’t a million parts to them.  The straw cups we use really are leak proof and I love the swivel cover so I can bring them with me everywhere we go!

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Snuggle Island Dreams Sweeps and Giveaway!

by Pennie on August 23, 2015

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Hitting the laundry aisle this past spring, the first scent-sational Snuggle® collection includes Island Dreams Scent Booster® and Island Hibiscus & Rainflower® liquid softener and dryer sheets. The Island Hibiscus & Rainflower® scent is a delightful combination of soft white florals, bright hibiscus notes and lush lotus flowers blended with juicy tropical fruits, which adds a fresh scent that transports one to the islands.

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Snuggle has partnered with the Scripps Network to promote this launch. As part of the partnership, you can now enter to win a $10,000 cash giveaway at www.Islanddreamsweeps.com to enjoy this summer and, in the spirit of the Island Collection®, possibly have an island vacation of your own!

Island Dream Scent Boosters® are sold in 20-30 count pacs, Island Hibiscus & Rainflower® liquid conditioner is sold in 32 oz.-96oz. containers and Island Hibiscus & Rainflower® dryer sheets are sold in 70 count boxes. For more information, visit www.snuggle.com or www.facebook.com/snuggle.

Nicole’s take:  Snuggle has some great products out right now and the Island Hibiscus and Rainflower scent is just luscious! I got to try the scent boosters, the conditioner and the dryer sheets and really like them.  The scent boosters add so much great fresh scent to the wash and the conditioner leaves scent and softens so much.  The dryer sheets are great for sealing in the scent and softness.  This is a light and fresh scent that isn’t overpowering!

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Show Us How You #AquaphorIt and Giveaway!

August 22, 2015

  From soothing baby drool and diaper rash to protecting minor cuts and burns, everyone is always talking about how they #AquaphorIt, so we’re having a contest! How to Enter and Prizing: Sharing the way you #AquaphorIt (inspired by the brand’s eight recommended uses) via photo will give you the chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to […]

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Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum!

August 21, 2015

Nicole’s take:  Dyson is my go to vacuum company and my expectations for a Dyson product are high.  I’m happy to say that the Dyson V6 Slim exceeded my already high expectations – this is an awesome vacuum! We have an under the stairs storage area on our first floor and decided to hang the […]

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Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey Introduces New Products!

August 20, 2015

L.R. Rice founded Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, in 1924. This women-owned, family operated company, now in its 5th generation, remains a leading producer of authentic, high quality, raw, and unfiltered honey. The company’s honey is 100% pure, local United States, raw and unfiltered honey. Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey has a commitment to producing high quality, premium, raw, and unfiltered honey at affordable prices. Rice’s […]

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Red Robin Funds Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Child Cancer Treatment & Research!

August 20, 2015

Today is National Lemonade Day, and keeping with tradition, Red Robin will celebrate by hosting lemonade stands in its restaurants nationwide to raise money for its national charity partner, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to finding better treatments and ultimately cures for all children with cancer.   Guests are encouraged to […]

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The Wacky Wednesday Weekly Coffee Sale at Cross Country Cafe!

August 19, 2015

Cinnabon hit the market with a bang and coffee drinkers fell in love! This week your readers can stock up and save on this delicious flavored Keurig K-cup coffee. Cinnabon is the featured product in our weekly Wacky Wednesday sale among other great offers! Wacky Wednesday Weekly Coffee Sale! Every Wednesday we will post a totally wacky sale price on a […]

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Food Transparency Comes to U.S. With The Real Co!

August 18, 2015

The Real Co, Inc announces its U.S. debut of the first certifiable 100% Single Origin products including Himalayan Pink Rock Salt, Organic Raw Cane Sugar, and organically grown White Basmati Rice. The Real Co is pioneering Single Origin in food products, which is an exciting and transparent new food category and method of sourcing products globally and delivering it at a local level.  The RealCo enters […]

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Colgate Total Introduces New Daily Repair Toothpaste!

August 17, 2015

Help repair your smile with Colgate Daily Repair Toothpaste!  Ever notice that there is a tool to help reverse and repair damage to just about every part of your body? Dry skin, wrinkles, hair with split ends can all be tackled but your teeth aren’t so lucky. Until now! The new Colgate Total Daily Repair […]

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VO5 Declares August Anti-Frizz Month and Giveaway!

August 16, 2015

Did you know that 80% of US women are affected by frizz every year? That’s a lot of women and with the summer heat hitting hard already, frizz is starting to take its toll. To help combat the terror that is frizz, for the third year running, iconic hair care brand Alberto VO5 has declared August “National […]

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tommee tippee Milk Feeding Bibs!

August 15, 2015

Closer to Nature Milk Feeding Bibs from tommee tippee have a unique dribble catcher that absorbs moisture, helping prevent rashes on baby’s sensitive skin. The Milk Feeding Bibs are super-soft on tender young skin, yet working really hard to soak up dribbles and spills before they can cause a rash. Perfect for those first milk feeds, they’re also […]

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Pom Antioxidant Super Teas and Giveaway!

August 14, 2015

Experience POM Wonderful’s crisp and refreshing Antioxidant Super Teas. In four delicious flavors: POM Lemonade Tea, POM Sweet Tea, POM Honey Green Tea and POM Peach Passion White Tea are perfectly sized for everyday enjoyment. Recently featured in Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine for “Best Fruity” drink, each flavor can be used in cocktails or as […]

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CVS Fall Beauty!

August 13, 2015

I love these seasonal beauty boxes from CVS! Check out the awesome items for spring you can find at CVS. Make sure you join the Beauty Club where you will get $5 in ExtraBucks rewards for every $50 you spend on beauty items! Here are just a few of the products in the CVS Fall Beauty Box! […]

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The Cross Country Cafe Wacky Wednesday Coffee Sale!

August 12, 2015

We are offering a $5.00 off coupon to new email subscribers. The coupon appears as a pop up after 20 seconds on our home page. $5.00 off for first time newsletter subscribers! We are ready to continue the excitement with a delicious flavored Kcup coffee featured in this weeks Wacky Wednesday coffee sale! Wacky Wednesday Weekly Coffee […]

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