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Easter

I can’t believe that Easter is less than a week away. It’s almost April! Wasn’t it just Christmas yesterday? It would seem that way.

It’s time to shake the snow off our boots and pack them away. It’s spring time. I am so looking forward to nicer weather.

Did you know that you can find many items to complete your Easter, or freshen up your look for spring, at JCPenney?

JCPenney was kind enough to send me a few items from their fashion and home collection that are ideal for both Easter and spring.

Whether you are looking for the perfect Easter ensemble, or to update your spring wardrobe, JCPenney has got you covered. From beautiful Easter dresses to sheer pastel blouses – JCPenney has something for everyone.

Liz Claiborne Beaded Floral Blouse

I received a beautiful lightweight spring blouse that would also be great for Easter. I received the Liz Claiborne Beaded Floral Blouse. I absolutely love the floral appliqué. It makes the flowers have a 3D look to them.

The blouse is sheer and comes with a matching tank top. This top could be dress up or dressed down. It would look equally as nice with a matching skirt or your favorite pair of jeans.

Sadly the blouse wasn’t in my size so I am unable to wear it. I did pass it on to my stepmother. She really liked it.

To go along with the blouse I also received a beautiful, and colorful, necklace – Mixit™ Multi Pastel Floral Statement Necklace.

Mixit™ Multi Pastel Floral Statement Necklace

To round out the look I received a bag, also from Liz Clariborne, that I can’t stop looking at. I love it! It’s so pretty and perfect for the spring time.

I received the Liz Claiborne® Undone Satchel. The bag is available in different colors including black, white, petal (an peach-like color), clear water (a light turquoise color) and in a print. I received the print.

Look how lovely this bag is. I love it! Love it! Love it! Not only is it so pretty it also has A LOT of pockets and places to put things on the inside. It’s more than enough room for what I need.

Liz Claiborne® Undone Satchel

In addition to great fashions, JCPenney has plenty of great items for your home, including items that can be very useful for the Easter holiday, such as the JCPenney Home™ Whiteware Egg Plate.

I really wish that we had the opportunity to dye Easter eggs this weekend. They would look so nice on this charming egg plate. I can picture using this as a centerpiece on our holiday table decorated with colored eggs.

This plate is also a great way to serve deviled eggs which is a popular dish at barbecues, picnics and backyard parties.

JCPenney Home™ Whiteware Egg Plate

Another delightful product that would look nice a holiday table, or simply enjoy year round, are the Spectra Set of 4 Tumblers.

My photo didn’t turn out so well so I included another photo for their website.

Not only do I plan on using these colorful tumblers for Easter I also plan on using them year round to serve orange juice (or any kind of juice) in.

I just love the colors. They are so pretty.

Spectra Set of 4 Tumblers

Tumblers

Lastly, if you are planning on hosting family or friends for the Easter holiday, or any time throughout the year, you’ll want to make them feel right at home and provide them with everything they might need for their visit. That would include freshly washed sheets, comfortable bedding, clean towels and maybe even all the little things they’ll need such as toothpaste, mouthwash, facial cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion.

I think it would be a nice idea to put all the things your guests would need in a pretty baskets, such as the Creative Bath™ Chunky Weave Towel Basket. I also received one from JCPenney.

The basket is currently available online in Espresso (the color I have) and natural.

Creative Bath™ Chunky Weave Towel Basket.

I plan on putting hand towels in our basket, or maybe fill it with shampoo, conditioner and body wash and put it in our bathroom closet to make things look more neat and organized.

Our cats even like it. They think the basket is for them to sleep in. LOL!

I love all the wonderful items I received from JCPenney. Of course they offer consumers so much more than Easter items and things for spring time. They have plenty of items for house & home, great fashions, jewelry, shoes and so much more.

To find a JCPenney location near you visit www.JCPenney.com. You can also find them on all the social media sites (the links are found at the bottom left of their website).

Do you shop JCPenney for the holidays?

Are you looking to spruce up your fashion or home for the spring?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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Hippity Hoppity Easter is on it’s way!

 

Easter

It’s springtime (finally!) and you know what that means – Easter!

Easter is next weekend (April 5, 2015). Have you finished making up an Easter basket for your child or grandchild yet? What about a special Easter treat for someone older like a teen or an adult? After all, grownups enjoy sweet treats at Easter too.

There are plenty of yummy holiday candy found in abundance at your local grocery or retail store, but not all of these treats are geared towards grownups. For those who can appreciate the finer things in life, check out these adorable (and delicious!) offerings from Lindt.

Lindt Gold Bunny and their new Chick

Lindt Gold Bunny and their new Little Chick

Lindt GOLD BUNNY (3.5 oz and 7 oz): The iconic Lindt GOLD BUNNY is the perfect centerpiece for any Easter basket or celebration. This premium, hollow 3.5 oz bunny is available in Milk, Dark and White Chocolate, and the hollow 7 oz Lindt GOLD BUNNY is available in Milk Chocolate. SRP: $3.99 and $7.49 

Lindt Bunny Ears

Lindt Bunny Ears come with a little Gold Bunny

 

Lindt GOLD BUNNY All Ears (1.7 oz): Get playful this Easter season and dress up with Lindt GOLD BUNNY. The iconic, hollow 1.7 oz Milk Chocolate bunny comes packaged with plush GOLD BUNNY ears so you can bring the Easter spirit to life. The Lindt GOLD BUNNY All Ears makes for a fun addition to any Easter basket and will provide entertainment for all at your Easter celebrations. SRP: $6.99 

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Also pictured is the Lindt Milk Chocolate Egg (the large egg)

 

New! LINDOR Mini Egg Bags (4.4 oz): Add a touch of Lindt to your Easter basket! The LINDOR Mini Egg bags come in both Milk Chocolate and Assorted varieties, and are great for a mini personal indulgence or as a colorful addition to Easter baskets of all sizes. SRP: $3.99 each

New! LINDOR Milk Eggs (0.99 oz): The new LINDOR Milk Eggs will make for the ultimate smooth melting indulgence to enjoy on your own or share with loved ones! Individually wrapped, the Milk Chocolate LINDOR Milk Eggs are the perfect Easter treat. SRP: $0.69 (pictured above and below)

Lindt Chick

Little Chick is pictured with the Lindt Milk Chocolate Egg

 

New! Lindt Little Chick (3.5 oz and 1.7 oz): Lindt Little Chick is the cute, new Easter creation for families to enjoy! Created with the finest Milk Chocolate, this playful figure is lovingly dressed with a ribbon and will be a sweet addition to all Easter celebrations. Lindt Little Chick is available in a 3.5 oz Milk Chocolate hollow figure or in a package of five mini Milk Chocolate hollow figures. Available exclusively at Target. SRP: $3.99 each

Also available are these adorable Mini Chicks. They come 5 to a package (not all of them are seen in the photo).

Mini Chicks

The Mini Chicks, Little Chick and Gold Bunny are too cute to eat! I get a Lindt Gold Bunny every year for Easter and it takes me a while to eat him because I feel bad breaking him up because he’s so cute. I haven’t the heart to eat the Little Chick (yet). As for the Mini Chicks a few of them have already been enjoyed.

Young and old alike enjoy Lindt products, I just think they are more geared towards grownups because it’s a finer quality of chocolate that is meant to savor and enjoy, not gobble up along with an assortment of jelly beans and marshmallow bunnies. LOL!

I love how rich, smooth and creamy their chocolate is. It melts in your mouth. It’s the kind of chocolate that you savor each morsel.

Lindt products are available online, at Lindt stores and at many retail locations. Look in the Easter candy section. Not all products are available at all retail locations. If you are looking for a specific product, like Little Chick, your best bet would be to order online or visit a Lindt store near you.

Premade Easter baskets are also available on the Lindt website.

Lindt Easter Basket

Please note that until April 5, 2015 (Easter), for every Lindt Gold Bunny (3.5 ounce) sold, Lindt will be donating .10 cents to Autism Speaks. They have been doing this for several years now. I think it’s a wonderful thing. In addition they also auction off autographed Lindt Gold Bunnies signed by celebrities to also benefit Autism Speaks.

For more information about any of these products or other Lindt products visit LindtUSA.com. You an also find the brand on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram). The links are found at the bottom of their website.

Have you ever enjoyed any Lindt products? Do you have a favorite? I love their truffles.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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This Easter stuff your baskets with new products from NESTLE® and PEANUTS®

 

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I have delightful news for candy lovers and fans of Charles Schulz PEANUTS® gang. NESTLE® and PEANUTS® have come together this holiday to offer consumers their favorite NESTLE® products in adorable PEANUTS® characters shapes and packaging.

In addition to this great news, NESTLE® also announced the purchase of certified, sustainable cocoa equal to the amount needed to produce the entire Easter chocolate collection for 2015. This is important because nearly 80% of consumers recently surveyed said they would prefer to purchase chocolate products made with sustainable cocoa if they were easy to find and didn’t cost more. Nestlé is thrilled to make those purchases possible this Easter.

Did you know that Easter is the second highest selling candy holiday, just behind Halloween? That makes sense.

My family and I are HUGE fans of the PEANUTS® gang. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Pig Pen, Marci, Peppermint Patty… we love them all.

“Candy is the number one gift shopped for during the Easter season and it plays a starring role in Easter egg hunts and at family gatherings,” said Tricia Bowles, Nestlé USA Confections & Snacks. “This year, we’ve introduced PEANUTS® characters to our Nestlé Easter collection and a few exclusive, novel treats that are sure to surprise and delight this holiday season.”

“Charlie Brown and the PEANUTS® gang love NESTLÉ CRUNCH,” said Carolann Dunn, executive director of hard goods at Peanuts Worldwide. “We’re thrilled to partner with NESTLÉ CRUNCH for its Easter chocolate collection. It’s an honor to have the PEANUTS® gang share in memory-making moments with Nestlé Crunch this Easter.”

Thanks to this wonderful “pairing”,  NESTLE® has introduced these wonderful PEANUTS® shaped or packaged products and more goodies this holiday.

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NEW! NESTLE® CRUNCH® Snoopy

The beloved Snoopy comes to life with the NESTLE® CRUNCH® Snoopy “bunny.” Classic NESTLE® CRUNCH® chocolate takes the shape of everyone’s favorite PEANUTS® character creating the perfect Easter basket addition. (MSRP $3.49, 4.5 oz)

My husband LOVES NESTLE® CRUNCH®. It’s one of his favorite candies. To be honest I never saw these candies. My husband pretty much enjoyed them all himself. He took them to work with him and put them in a large mason jar he keeps on his desk that he fills with sweets. At least I was able to take a photo of them. LOL!

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NEW! NESTLE® CRUNCH® Sharable Medallion

Getting in on the fun are the NESTLE® CRUNCH® Sharable Medallions – happiness is sharing these bite-sized chocolate pieces with friends and family. (MSRP $0.49, 1.2 oz)

Caramel

NEW! NESTLE® CRUNCH® Creamy Caramel NestEggs

There are many ways NESTLE® CRUNCH® can be combined with complimentary flavors and the NESTLE® CRUNCH® Filled NestEggs with Creamy Caramel are a delicious example. Taking the familiar taste of NESTLE® CRUNCH® and combining it with rich, creamy caramel makes for the tastiest Easter eggs ever! (MSRP $2.99, 10 oz)

If you love chocolate and caramel you need to try these. They are oh-so-good! I love that they are individually wrapped “eggs.” Just one (or two) is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. They bite sized too. My husband tosses a small handful in his lunch bag. He likes being able to grab one or two when he’s craving something at work.

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NEW! SweeTARTS® Chewy Sours

For some, nothing satisfies like sour candy! New this year is SweeTARTS® Chewy Sours, which are made with no artificial flavors and deliver every bit the sour kick needed for an exciting holiday treat. (MSRP $2.29, 12 oz)

These are super sour. My kids and my husband absolutely love these. They are just too sour for my taste. I do like that they are chewy. And they are packed with flavor. They just make my lips pucker. LOL!

Not mentioned above are Peanut Butter filled NESTLE® CRUNCH candies that also feature the lovable PEANUTS® character Charlie Brown.

PB

These candies are very rich and creamy. If you love peanut butter and chocolate together you’ll want to try these out. They even have the crispy crunch of regular NESTLE® CRUNCH candies.

Of course there are plenty of other great NESTLE® products to fill your Easter baskets with this year. I “heart” NESTLE® Butterfingers. I find that the bars are too much. I enjoy the snack size ones better. These Butterfinger eggs are even better.

We haven’t used the jelly beans yet. I’m saving them for an Easter Egg hunt we’re planning on the holiday.

My kids enjoyed the Nerds candies.

nestle candy

I love the PEANUTS® packaging, especially because my family are such huge fans of the franchise.

I think it’s fabulous that these two iconic American brands have come together to offer fans and consumers one-of-a-kind chocolate collections for the holidays. I hope that they continue their partnership throughout the year and beyond.

Look for NESTLE® and the new NESTLE® PEANUTS® products at a store near you.

For more information about NESTLE® brand visit NestleUSA.com. You can also find the brand on the various social media outlets.

What do you think about this fun partnership? Who is your favorite PEANUTS® character? What is your favorite NESTLE® product? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Nestle Peanuts

Kimberly

*I received free sample products to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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DIY Easter Baskets with the help of Rite Aid plus a gift card giveaway (ends 3/29/15)

 

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It’s Easter time!

There is so much to love about this holiday…

  • The beginning of Spring
  • Spending quality time with family and friends
  • Coloring Easter Eggs
  • Hiding and looking for Easter Eggs
  • Easter dinner
  • Getting dressed up

And much more.

I think one of everyone’s most favorite things (especially for children) are Easter baskets and all the goodies that come with them.

When my kids were younger I used to always make their Easter baskets. I had fun doing so and I liked that I had full control over their contents.

I know how much kids love candy and what kid doesn’t dream of an Easter basket overflowing with candy. As a parent I have to take things into consideration, especially not giving my kids too much candy. Their grandparents used to give them Easter baskets too, and they were always filled with candy. So to balance things out the baskets I made for my kids would have more non-candy items then candy. My kids never complained. They always loved their Easter baskets.

Some of the items I would fill their baskets with include;

  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Plush animals
  • Toys
  • Books
  • DVD/Blu-ray
  • Hair Accessories (for my daughter)
  • Chalk
  • Bubbles
  • Crafts

Of course I would include their favorite candies.

You can buy pre-made baskets, but what is the fun is that? It’s more of a convenience than anything else. Plus some of those pre-made baskets can be very expensive because you are paying for the convenience more so than the content.

You can easily make your own Easter baskets for $25 or less. In fact if you have a nearby Rite Aid you can find everything you need to make wonderful Easter baskets your child or grandchild will love.

Rite Aid sent me a gift card and challenged me to create an Easter Basket using items found at my local Rite Aid. That was easy!

I picked up a basket (which happened to be on sale), plush bunny, really cool neon-color green “grass”, candies, plastic eggs, crayons and some coloring and activity books.

Easter 1

As I mentioned I am not big on stuffing baskets with candy. I would rather fill them with fun non-candy goodies children can enjoy long after the holiday is over.

The first thing I needed to do was fill the basket with the colorful “grass” that I purchased.

Basket

I picked up some fun coloring and activity books based on popular television characters. I work with little kids and I know how much they love these characters.

Books

I tucked the books standing upright in the “back” of the basket. Then I plopped the cute bunny I found at Rite Aid front and center. I like the bunny. He looks realistic.

Basket with bunny

I left the prices on the books so you can see how inexpensive they were. The coloring books were HUGE too (very thick- many pages).

I picked up a package of assorted chocolates which came in different flavors and shapes. I also picked up some jelly beans. No basket is complete without jelly beans.

candy

I put a a chocolate and a couple of jelly beans in the pastel colored plastic eggs I picked up at Rite Aid, then tucked them inside the basket around the bunny.

Egg

Then I took the remaining candy (a small tin of M&M’s, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and a bag of Reese’s Pieces), the crayons and a package of glitter glue and placed them around the basket.

Ta daa! My basket looks just as good as the pre-made ones you can buy for a lot more money. Plus when you make them yourself you have total control over what goes inside of your child/grandchild’s basket.

Basket 1

I think any child would be THRILLED to have a basket like this, and I didn’t have to “break the bank” to put it together.

Rite Aid has everything you need to create your child’s perfect Easter basket. To find a location near you visit www.RiteAid.com. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. All their social media links are found at the bottom of their website.

Rite Aid would like to give a lucky reader a $25 Rite Aid gift card to help you create a DIY Easter Basket. Thank you Rite Aid!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on March 29, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what you would include in your child’s/grandchild’s DIY Easter basket?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received a gift card in order to purchase the products to create this Easter basket. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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It’s Easter Time! You know what that means – PEEPS®

 

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It’s Easter time. It’s evident when you walk into most stores because it’s impossible to avoid the aisles of candy, baskets, toys and plush animals. Most stores where I live have had Easter products on the shelves around the beginning of February (Easter is not until April 5th this year).

Growing up Easter was always one of my favorite holidays, right behind Christmas and Halloween.

One year the Easter Bunny brought me basket made out of solid chocolate. In addition it was filled with chocolate and other types of candies. It was truly chocolate heaven – or chocolate overload depending on how you looked at it.

The Easter Bunny would leave our baskets by our front door. I spent most of the time downstairs in the playroom so I wanted to take my beautiful chocolate basket downstairs. On my way down I tripped and the basket went flying. When it hit the ground it shattered into a lot of chocolate pieces. Since we had dogs and cats, and people walked all over the carpet, there was no way the “5 second rule” would apply here so we had to throw it all away. The only thing that was left were some wrapped chocolate candies and a package of marshmallow PEEPS®.

Back then there were only the yellow PEEPS® chicks available. I think the bunnies were too but the Easter Bunny only brought me the chicks.

PEEPS® have always been a part of every Easter. Even when I became a mom I made sure that there were at least one package of PEEPS® in every Easter basket I made for them.

PEEPS® have come a long way since I was a kid. Now PEEPS® are available in a wide variety of colors, shape and flavors. They are also available year round. Other holidays are also enjoying PEEPS® including Valentine’s Day, Christmas and Halloween. There are even Fourth of July PEEPS®.

Box of Peeps

Did you know…?

  • Yellow is America’s best-selling color of PEEPS® Chicks and Bunnies, followed by pink and then blue.
  • Just Born produces enough PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies in one year to circle the earth three times.
  • Chicks rule! 4 out of every 5 PEEPS® purchased are Chicks – either flavored, dipped in chocolate, covered in chocolate or in the original un-flavored marshmallow form.

There are so many PEEPS® fans in the world that the creators, Just Born, have PEEPS® plush, apparel, and other goodies available on their website, PeepsandCompany.com. There you can find PEEPS® dog rope toys, PEEPS® cat nip toys, giant stuffed PEEPS®, PEEPS® jewelry and even a PEEPS® shaped Yankee Candle (plus much, much more!).

Peeps Products

PEEPS® are always introducing new flavors and products. This Easter is no exception. Check out what’s new with PEEPS® this holiday.

Flavored Peeps

Flavors 1

Decorated Eggs 2

Decorated Eggs 1

OC 2

OC 1

Mystery

Mystery 1

Some of the new products are sold exclusively at specific stores. Mystery PEEPS® are only available at Walmart. The Orange Cream PEEPS® are only sold at CVS and the flavored PEEPS® (Lime, Lemon and Orange Delight) are sold only at Target. All other PEEPS® are sold at many other retail locations.

There are also Blue Raspberry PEEPS® which are very sour. My kids love them.

I LOVE the Chocolate Mousse dipped in Dark Chocolate PEEPS®. They are SO GOOD! They come in a 3 pack so there is enough to share – or enjoy them all for yourself.

The Peepsters are also a huge hit with not only my family but also my neighbors. They are individually wrapped chocolate covered marshmallows.

Peepsters

PEEPS® are great “as is,” but did you know that you can do so much more with them? There is a site dedicated to great recipes and things you can make with PEEPS®. It’s easy enough to remember – MarshmallowPeeps.com. What I love about the ideas you find on that site is that a lot of them are submitted by people like you and I.

You should really check out the site for a lot of fun and easy (not to mention yummy) ideas for having fun with your marshmallow PEEPS®.

I found two ideas on Pinterest (another great source for ideas) that I wanted to try with my family. One was making “nests” out of crunchy Chinese noodles, marshmallows, candy that looks like “eggs” and of course PEEPS®. The other was making bird houses with graham crackers, coconut, candy that looks like “eggs”, green food coloring and PEEPS®.

I’m not THAT bad when it comes to creating things. I did make these yummy cupcakes a few years ago with roasted coconut.

Baby-Shower-Cupcake

Sadly my PEEPS® creations didn’t turn out that well.

For the “nest” recipe I used the following.

  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 4 cups chow mein noodles
  • Assorted “egg” looking candies
  • PEEPS® Chicks

I sprayed the inside of a large glass bowl with non-stick spray and put 1/2 of the marshmallows in it then popped it in the microwave. I microwaved them for several seconds until I saw them start to swell up. I then carefully removed them from the microwave and with a wooden spoon (also sprayed with non-stick spray) I poured in 1/2 of the chow mein noodles and stirred them together. That didn’t work out so well for me. Everything started to stick. So I sprayed a little non-stick spray on my hands and tried to mold the noodles and marshmallow mixture into next shapes but everything kept sticking to my hands. My kids found it very amusing. I had marshmallow everywhere. LOL!

Nest

I tried. I even added some green colored sugar to add a bit of color to the nest but it didn’t work out so well.

I’ve seen this recipe on the Internet and Pinterest so there must be an easier and better way to make them. I’ll try a different recipe next time.

For the bird houses, that was equally as messy. But we had fun none the less.

For this recipe we needed…

  • 1 cup of mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut tinted green with green food coloring
  • candies that looked like “eggs”
  • PEEPS® chicks
  • Graham crackers (at least 3 whole crackers per house)

We pre-tinted the shredded coconut ahead of time by pouring the coconut in a bowl and adding a couple of drops of green food coloring and mixing it well. We set it aside for when we were done making our houses.

I melted the mini-marshmallows in the microwave for a few seconds in a microwave safe bowl until they started to swell. I then carefully removed it from the microwave.

Using a butter knife we used the melted marshmallow as “glue” to attach the pieces of crackers together to make a bird house. We used one square for the two sides and back, and then one square each (at an angle) for the roof.

It sounded easy enough but the marshmallow would firm up too quickly and I had to keep microwaving it. The marshmallow also got a bit messy and some of the graham crackers would stick together OK and others didn’t.

The results might not have turned out all that wonderful but my kids and I had a grand time trying to make this work. We had A LOT of laughs with this one, including dropping a butter knife covered with melted marshmallow on the floor and having it stick to the floor (we had a hard time pulling it off – LOL).

House

OK. So they are not Pinterest worthy and Martha Stewart would probably cringe at the sight of them, but that is OK with me. My family and I had a great time trying to make them (and eating our “mistakes”). After all, the holidays are about making memories that last a lifetime, not about making something “perfect.”

I’m sure you can find different recipes for the bird houses too, ones that are less messy.

Do you make anything fun with PEEPS®? Do you have a favorite shape or flavor PEEPS®? What do you think about the new flavors?

Don’t forget to check out both websites (linked above) as well as PEEPS® on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Their official hashtag is #PEEPSONALITY.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review/recipes. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Fun & Affordable Easter Candy from Palmer

 

Easter

Whenever a holiday rolls around I always love to check out the seasonal aisle in the stores that I frequent. I love to check out the new products and revisit old favorites.

There are always really super cute candies available each holiday season. Some that are so cute you just have to buy them even if it’s for no reason. More times than not the adorable and fun shaped candies you see on store shelves are made by Palmer. The Palmer brand is famous for their fun, adorable and affordable holiday treats.

It doesn’t matter what holiday it is, Palmer always has great items to choose from.

This Easter is no exception. Palmer has plenty of great candies that are sure to thrill any little boy or girl – or adult.

One of the cutest Easter products from Palmer that I adore is their Quax hollow milk flavored duck. He’s so cute that I don’t want to eat him!

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Quax

Quax would make a great addition to an Easter basket, or even a holiday cake “topper.”

If you are having a rubber duckie baby shower in the near future you should stock up on these. They would make great party favors.

Another fun and unique candy idea is Palmer’s Color Me Cottontail. Its a regular hollow chocolate Easter bunny that comes in a cute box that children can color. It’s like two treats in one. It even comes with three crayons that can be used again and again on other coloring projects.

Color Bunny

Another Palmer Easter product that is like two things in one is their Fun n’ Games. It’s chocolate and candy and a game all in one. Kids can play with the edible candy “ball” and move it around the maze. Once they are done playing with they can eat the game board. It’s such a fun idea!

Game

Believe it or not but my husband has a Palmer favorite. It’s their Baby Binks bunny. It’s an adorable little hollow chocolate bunny. The reason why my husband likes it is because if it’s eyes. My husband loves chocolate bunnies with the hard, crunchy eyes. It’s the eyes that he loves the most. I keep telling him that they are just like the hard candy that comes on the paper strips (a retro-type candy) but he insists that it’s different. He’s weird. LOL!

Binks

 

In hindsight I should have taken a photo of him outside of the packaging so you could see how cute he is (or should I say was).

Baby Binks is too cute. I almost hate the idea of someone eating him. He’s a bit too big for a cupcake topper, but you could easily use him on top of a cake. In fact I was thinking about using one of the Baby Binks in the middle of a bundt cake. I thought about topping the cake with shredded coconut tinted green to look like grass and have Baby Binks popping up in the center of the cake where the hole is.

Another Palmer product I thought could look cute on top of a bundt cake (popping up out of the hole) is the Palmer Double Crisp Bunny Pops.

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The Palmer Double Crisp Bunny Pops look like those pricey gourmet chocolate pops people sometimes buy. The good thing is that Palmer’s are just as cute and much more budget friendly.

I never had a chance to make a bundt cake like I had planned. “Life” has a way of throwing us off track.

We did use some of the candies from the Palmer Bag of Easter Mix to top off cake and to mix in with ice cream. The Bag of Easter Mix features individually wrapped candies in a variety of favors – Bunny Munny (a crispy chocolate), Double Crisp Eggs, Peanut Butter Eggs and Fudge Bunnyettes.

We used crushed Bunny Munny and Double Crisp Eggs to top off a chocolate cake.

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We also mixed some of the crushed chocolate pieces and mixed it in vanilla ice cream. Simply crush up the candy (I put them in a freezer bag and whack them with a wooden spoon) then put them on top of ice cream and mix them in with a spoon. It’s super easy to do. You don’t even have to mix them in if you don’t want.

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Palmer’s also offers consumer a super cute mesh bag of carrots. These would look really cute on top of cupcakes. They are the perfect size too because they are bite size.

These would look really cute on top of cupcakes covered with green tinted shredded coconut (to resemble grass).

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You can also use the “carrots” and mixed assortment of chocolates to fill plastic Easter eggs. They are the perfect size for the eggs. There is even room to add more than one chocolate or add in some other small candies like jelly beans.

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The adorable bunny in the photo above is one of the Fudge Bunnyettes from the Easter mix bag. It fits perfectly in a regular sized plastic Easter egg along with a few jelly beans.

Palmer candies are available at many retail locations across the country. If you would like to find a store near you that carries Palmer candies there is a store locator found on the Palmer website (look on the left side of the screen) – www.RMPalmer.com/Easter/Easter-Candy. On the site you can also find more information about these and other Palmer holiday Easter candy. In addition, there is an area on the site called “Making Candy Fun” (it’s at the top of their website). In that section you’ll find plenty of great ideas to enjoy candy more than just eating it. There you can find games, activities, recipes, crafts and more. It’s worth checking out. They have A LOT of great ideas.

You can also check out the brand on Facebook and Pinterest. I LOVE the ideas on their Pinterest page.

Are you a fan of Palmer candies? What do you think about these Easter offerings?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this post/review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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