Easter is fast approaching! That makes now the right time to get all of the goodies you’ll need for your Easter baskets. What better treat is there than PEEPS® the iconic Easter candy? While the PEEPS® traditional Chicks and Bunnies are a must PEEPS® have added some new fun flavors the kids will love and some grown up versions that will make the adults happy as well.
Every single year the PEEPS® brand finds new and creative ways to reinvent the classic PEEPS® Chicks and Bunnies into something delicious and fun. This year some PEEPS® varieties that are sure to be a hit with the kids are the PEEPS® Fruit Punch, Party Cake and Blue Raspberry flavors. In my house the kids love all things birthday cake flavored. That’s why they were dying to try the PEEPS® Party Cake flavor. Once I let them break open the Party Cake of PEEPS® they quickly gobbled them up and they were declared a favorite. The PEEPS® Fruit Punch variety was also a mouth stuffing favorite.
The adults are definitely going to want to get their hands on the new decadent varieties in the PEEPS® Delights line. The PEEPS® Delights line is filled with delicious flavored marshmallow Chicks that are dipped in chocolate or fudge. Even better they come in decadent flavors like coconut, chocolate mousse, orange, lemon and blueberry. I am a chocolate junkie and the chocolate mousse flavored ones dipped in chocolate were the ones I was salivating to break open. The chocolate mousse flavored marshmallow dipped in chocolate was delicious. I bet if you microwaved one between some chocolate graham crackers that it would be heavenly!
Not everyone can have or should have tons of sugar. For some people sugar is a no-go by choice or medical necessity. Not to worry though, PEEPS® has thought of everyone and even those on special diets can enjoy this holiday classic with Sugar-free PEEPS®.
While PEEPS® are a must for every Easter basket don’t forget they are also a perfect way to decorate your favorite holiday recipes. PEEPS® are a perfect way to accent Easter crafts and to make your Easter table more decorative. Find PEEPS® at major retailers and online. For more creative ideas to show your #PEEPSONALITY this Easter check out PEEPS® on Pinterest or Instagram.
Thanks to Corner Bakery for sponsoring today’s post!
I am all about comfort food in the winter months! Living in the Chicago area with biting cold, wind, ice and snow just makes you want to have something hot and hearty. One of my favorite spots for lunch to fill this need has been Corner Bakery for years. The problem I used to have though was what to get. Did I want a sandwich, a Panini, a salad, pasta or maybe a grilled flat… Oh my gosh, decisions, decisions and when you are an indecisive individual those decisions can make your head spin. Now my choices are easier with the Corner Bakery Choose Any Two options!
Recently, Corner Bakery Cafe announced the launch of its new Choose Any Two menu offering. You can now create their own perfect lunch or dinner by selecting two of their favorite menu items. Even better though, if you’re watching what you eat or on a diet there are 100 Choose Any Two pairings that are 600 calories or less!
Choose Any Two menu items include:
Half Sandwich or Half Panini; like the guest favorites Chicken Pesto Sandwich or Chicken Pomodori Panini
One Grilled Flat; select from four flavorful varieties
Cafe Handcrafted Pasta; with options ranging from Pesto Cavatappi to Mac & Three Cheese
Cafe Fresh Salad; like the Chopped Salad, all made with only the freshest ingredients
Cup of Soup; homemade and slow-simmered soups
On a recent visit I treated myself to a You Choose Two meal with two of my favorite menu items, the Meatball Panini on Sourdough and the Cavatappi with Marinara. Paired with Corner Bakery’s refreshing lemonade and a sugar cookie for dessert it was the perfect lunch!
Now it’s your turn to try the new Corner Bakery Choose Any Two pairings for yourself! I’m giving away 3 coupons for free You Choose Two meals to one lucky winner!
Thanks to Anjolee.com for sponsoring today’s post!
The holidays are a time for gift giving and one of the most popular gifts that is sometimes given is an engagement ring. Proposing during the holidays is always beautiful because you and your love are surrounded by family and friends and it makes the magical holiday season even that much more special. This season you can find the perfect engagement ring with Anjolee. Anjolee is an online jeweler that offers a beautiful line of customizable engagement rings that will take you beloveds breath away.
All of the engagement rings can be customized on Anjolee.com according to your girlfriend’s likes so it’s perfect for her. You can pick which metal the ring is set in and your options are white gold, yellow gold or platinum. The white and yellow gold can also be either 14k or 18k.You get to pick your total carat weight of the diamonds in the ring from a huge selection. You even get to select the quality of the side and center diamond/gemstone. All that’s left after that is to make sure you get the perfect size.
Anjolee offers other great features like having a replica of the ring made out of silver and cubic zirconia. That way when you travel you can leave the real piece at home and bring the copy so that your special ring stays safe. They also send an Anjolee Certificate of Authenticity which each diamond order and you have the option to get a third party IGI appraisal certificate to your diamond jewelry order so you know you are getting great quality.
The whole idea of customizing a ring online may seem daunting and leave you a little nervous but I can tell you that it is a piece of cake and Anjolee’s products are gorgeous in person! Anjolee gave me the chance to customize an engagement ring to learn how the whole process works and then sent me a replica of the ring I had created. I picked the Cloud Nine Cushion Bridal Set and I have to tell you that the replica is absolutely beautiful! I was amazed how great it came out. It’s so beautiful and perfect in fact that I have been wearing it in place of my regular wedding ring set.
To view all of the beautiful ring options available to wow your love with this holiday season head on over to Anjolee.com.
Thank you to Fashion Outlets of Chicago for sponsoring today’s post!
Fashion Outlets of Chicago is always the go to outlet mall for me. It’s packed with high-end and everyday stores and so many delish candy shops that any chocoholic will get their fix. This Christmas Fashion Outlets of Chicago is offering a top of the line Santa experience for you and your family. Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level.
Santa HQ was designed and created by HGTV and just like all HGTV makeovers Santa’s house has been modernized. Visitors can download the Elf-Ray Vision app on their smartphones. You can then locate the gears around Santa’s house and workshop and see what those mischievous little elves are up to in the workshop. You can also get a 3-D view of all of Santa’s toy blueprints.
Kids can also get scanned to find out if they are the naughty or nice list with the big guy. After they are scanned their name will appear on either the naughty or nice list. You’ll have to work hard and hurry to get on the nice list though if you are on the naughty list because Christmas is just around the corner.
The whole family can also take pictures of themselves with the Elfie Selfie app. The whole family will then be elfed and put into a cute little dance video you can email to yourself. It’s adorable!
What’s even better is that all of these fun activities above are free to do at Fashion Outlets of Chicago. You can make reservations for your family in advance at http://santa-hq.com/
Just like all mall Santas you can have your picture taken with the big guy and purchase a photo package. They have a special right now through December 8th where you can get a photo package for $34.99 now through Dec. 8. This package includes one 5×7, two 4x6s and 8 wallet-sized photos and digital downloads. This package increase to $39.99 from Dec. 9 through Dec. 24.
Be a Christmas elf and help others in need!
Bring a new, unwrapped, unopened toy for Toys For Tots to Fashion Outlets of Chicago this season and help local children in need.
You’ll find the toy drop bin at the Concierge Services to donate your unopened and unwrapped gift benefiting Toys For Tots.
Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.
PLUS as a thank you:
You will receive a complimentary general admission ticket to the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago when you donate a toy!
Beards on men are all the rage again in fashion. Having a beard though means extra care and time grooming. Whether the bearded man in your life is just starting to grow in his facial hair or if he is trying to make a statement with a beard that can be braided you can make the most of your man’s beard grooming with Lovely Beards this holiday season.
What is Lovely Beards?
Lovely Beards is a brand of beard grooming products designed to bring good smelling TLC to keep your man’s beard looking it’s absolute best. There are two products available, beard balms and beard oils. The Lovely Beards Branded Beard Balm is handmade in the USA with 100% Organic Shea Butter and Natural Ingredients. The Organic Beard Balm is ideal for moisture rich taming, grooming and conditioning of beards and facial hair. The Lovely Beards Branded Beard Oil is also handmade in the USA with 100% Organic Oils and Essential Oils. The 100% Organic Beard Oil is perfect to use for moisture rich taming, grooming and conditioning of beards and facial hair. There are currently seven delicious, manly scents available.
Vanilla & Sandalwood
Mandarin & Cedarwood
How do you use Lovely Beards?
Beard Balm – The Beard Balm will help soften, condition, repair and nourish new growth – while at the same time help stop that irritable itching caused by new hair growth. Each day use a small amount of Lovely Beards balm and apply directly to your beard. The beard balm can be applied while the beard is damp or dry.
Beard Oil – To make the most of the beard oil, use the dropper to put a small amount of Lovely Beards oil onto your palm and apply directly to your beard. The beard oil can be applied while the beard is damp or dry.
Both products smell heavenly and when used daily can help your man achieve his own Lovely Beard!
Thank you to Chicago Toy & Game Fair for sponsoring today’s post!
The past few years I have had the joy, fun and honor of getting to attend the Chicago Toy & Game Fair with my family at Chicago’s Navy Pier. This weekend if you are in Chicago you can head to Navy Pier and visit the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. It’s the perfect event to learn about all of the coolest, must-have toys and games that are out there just in time for the holidays. Even better you can get some great deals on all of the toys and games your kids are going to want. There is so much hands on fun that your family will have a blast!
Photos courtesy of Chicago Toy & Game Fair
So what can you expect to see and do at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair this weekend?
Walk inside the World’s Largest PomPomWow!
Super Power Sensory Hour 9:00 am – 10:00 am hosted by The National Lekotek Center providing early access to families of children with special needs
Inventor Meet and Greet throughout both days!! Want to meet the inventor of BopIt? Operation? Jenga? Nerf? Twister? You can say “hello” and get inside knowledge from all – they’ll at the Fair. Also meet upcoming inventors and try their products out. You’ll be able to say you knew them before they were hot!
Test out New Products Before They Hit Retail Shelves
Shop for the Hottest New and Classic Toys for the Holidays
Giveaways, Stage Events, Magic Shows, Contests, Laser Tag, Crafts, Characters, GameTruck, Knockerball and much more!
Grab a coupon to save some money on your Chicago Toy & Game Fair tickets!
My readers can buy their tickets online or at the event and save $3 off of admission. If you buy your tickets online use promo code CHITAG3 here http://2016chitagfair.eventbrite.com to order or print the coupon below and present it at the event.
Want to know what companies will be on hand and checkout the schedule?
You can head to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair website and take a look at daily schedules for the event. You can also take a gander at the floor plan and all of the companies that will be on hand to make this event so much fun!
Thank you to Hamilton Beach for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Just a handful of weeks ago I couldn’t wait for the kids to be back in school! I had been counting down the days until I had some peace and quiet around the house to get work done and to just have some quiet me time. Now though activities are kicking in as well as homework for the kids and the tons of travel I have done in the last five weeks with the family (Hello, three out of five weeks of living in close quarters.) and I just have been struggling to get back into the school year routine. That means I have been on the hunt to find things to make dinner time easier on me because scrambling for a good breakfast, ordering in or picking up carry out is just cutting way to into the budget and causing too much stress. As a Hamilton Beach ambassador I was so happy to receive the Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in stainless steel. It’s been a lifesaver for breakfast and dinner! One of the favorite things I’ve been making is my Rice Cooker Mexican Rice recipe.
Prior to this I have never owned a rice cooker but I had been looking to buy one. I had no idea what I had been missing out on! The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker is so unbelievably versatile a good rice cooker could be. The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker allows me to have hot cereals ready for breakfast when the family gets up. I’m also able to make a variety of rice, pasta and grains. What truly sets this rice cooker apart though is that it comes with a steamer basket. So while your cooking your rice, pasta or grains you can also steam vegetables, seafood and chicken. To take this rice and hot cereal cooker to the next level Hamilton Beach made sure to include both a delay start and warmer feature.
The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker frees up time for you. The rice cooker does all of the work for you to make meals a hit all while freeing you up to be able to pack lunches in the morning, help with homework after school or run kids around to activities and sports.
My family loves Mexican food! We have it 1-2 times a week usually and one of my favorite sides to go with it is Mexican rice.
It’s flavorful and packed with colorful veggies that add some extra nutrition for the family. It also makes a phenomenal base for rice bowls.
Mom life can be fun, it can be loving, it can be chaotic and at times downright scary! Most television shows make being a mom seem glamorous and easy. Everything gets wrapped up in a pretty little package in one episode or some take daily drama and drag it out into the realm of unreality. There are very few shows that come across with all of the ups and downs, highs and lows that you get every single day as a mom. The new FX show Better Things is different though, it takes a look at the reality of mom life.
The new show Better Things is a new comedy series on FX co-created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. It stars Pamela Adlon as “Sam Fox,” a single, working actor with no filter trying to raise her three daughters – “Max” (Mikey Madison), “Frankie” (Hannah Alligood) and “Duke” (Olivia Edward) – in Los Angeles. She is mom, dad, referee and the cops. Sam also watches out for her mother, “Phil” (Celia Imrie), an English expatriate, who lives across the street. Sam’s just trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ lives, have fun with a friend or two and also — just maybe — squeeze in some private time once in a while.
As someone who has been a teen mom, single mom and married mom, I love finding a show that takes you through the whole gamut of mom life. I know in my experience as a mom I can relate to a lot of the clips from the show. Come on who here has dealt awkward conversations with your kid, or needed to find a way to vent or just couldn’t figure out when those lines and wrinkles popped up and wondered if it was somehow due to the kids?
To help me and one of my readers navigate mom life FX Network and Better Things have sent me a mom survival pack and another one to giveaway!
The Mom Survival Pack contains:
• Ray-Ban Sunglasses
• Chipolo bluetooth keyring
• Baggu Leather Clutch for mom’s things
• Emergency Beauty Kit
• Hypoallergenic travel pillow
• Ultra-Soft travel pillow protector
• Essential Oils Blend Mini
• Skinny Lip Balm
• “Credit Card” Mints
For your chance to win this fabulous prize pack I want you to take a peek at some of the Better Things clips and tell me in a comment below your favorite mom story. It can be about you as a mom, your mom or another mom you know. The contest will close at 11:59 p.m. CST on October 7, 2016 and a winner chosen after that. Good luck!
Giveaway is now closed and the winner has been selected.
School mornings are rough for many of us. Whether you are a stay-at-home, work-at-home or work outside of the house parent it’s difficult getting the entire family up, moving and out the door with different personalities at play. That’s why I love grabbing Malt-O-Meal® cereals. Malt-O-Meal® cereals make school mornings tasty, easy and affordable for the family!
My oldest son and I are usually the first ones up in the morning. He is trying to get up and ready and out the door for work while I am trying to roll the other kids and my husband up out of bed. Sounds easy enough but we have learning centers in my area and that means we have staggered start times for the schools. My 12 year-old has to be up first for his bus at 7:05. So once he’s dressed he gets a bowl of his favorite Malt-O-Meal® cereal to start eating while I go and wake up my 7 year-old. Her bus arrives at 7:33. As she comes down for breakfast and my 12 year-old is leaving for the bus I’m left dashing back upstairs to wake my 9 year-old and husband. My 9 year-old has a bus that comes at 7:54 and my husband has to be dropped off at the train station a half mile from us by 7:50. To say our mornings are a long, drawn-out affair is an understatement!
Malt-O-Meal® cereals are a life saver for our family! Malt-O-Meal® makes 34 different varieties of cereal! With that many varieties each of my family members can always find just what they want at a price I love. My oldest has been a fan of the Cinnamon Toasters for a long time now. For me, Malt-O-Meal® keeps my shopping budget on track with great prices! Pair that with this valuable coupon and you can’t beat the price! My other reason for loving Malt-O-Meal® is that with their resealable bags there’s never any waste. This ensures that each and every time we are rushing around on busy mornings that my family is getting a fresh bowl of cereal. No stale stuff for my group!
Back to school shopping isn’t just about getting your kid the coolest backpack, supplies to fill their desks or the perfect outfit. It’s also about getting the teacher what they need for the classroom for the year. Right now you can earn high marks from your kid’s teacher and school with classroom school supplies while you earn double Box Tops for Education!
Every year I get a school supply list for each of my kid’s classrooms. Boxes of Kleenex are always listed as a required school supply and often times paper towels can found on the school supply lists for the younger kids. Having both volunteered and worked for our local school district I know how important those boxes of Kleenex are to have on hand. When seasons change and allergies kick in lots of little noses get runny. When cold season hits boxes of Kleenex need to be on hand to help with runny, stuffy noses and to cover coughs and sneezes. In the classrooms for the little kids in our district paper towels go a long way in helping to keep rooms tidy and clean.
Even if your school doesn’t ask for these supplies you can make mornings less hectic by keeping bathrooms stocked at home with Scott toilet paper. I’ve learned from experience that having a large family and only two bathrooms in the house if there is any delay in bathroom timing in the morning it can throw off everyone’s morning schedule.
Earn Double Box Tops for Education for Your School
Currently at Walmart select Kleenex, Scott and Viva bundles earn double Box Tops for Education on them!