Help promote focus and concentration…with boogers!


Find It EWW Gross game

Why is it that children find gross things amusing? I try and think back to when I was a child. I didn’t find gross stuff funny. Maybe that was because I was raised to be very “prim and proper” by my very “old school” parents.

I work with children from 1st to 7th grades. Every day I get to experience (not willingly) their peculiar sense of humor which includes burps and farts. Just last week the boys AND girls were doing “arm farts” to see who could do it the grossest and loudest. Really kids? You find THAT amusing? Sigh…

A new game by the makers of Find It have taken a cue from what kids find amusing and created an identity game called Fit It Eww Gross.

What is a Find It Game you might ask? It’s an ingenious game idea that a self-contained game that you can take with you where ever you go. It can be played with others, or enjoyed on your own.

According to the manufacturer;

In every version of the Find It® game, you will find brightly colored pellets plus 40 or so small items that follow a specific theme.  The items are listed on top of the game for easy reference.  Some are easy to find; others a bit harder.   Twist, spin, shake or tap the filled container to spot the hidden items – in alphabetical order, smallest to largest, fastest to slowest, etc.   It sounds easy, but it’s a challenge for any age – there are so many ways to play a Find It® Game!

Find It Logo

There are several Find It Games to choose from;

  • Find It Made in Washington
  • Find It Pirates
  • Find It Wildlife
  • Find It Dino
  • Find It at the Beach
  • Find It Starry Night
  • Find It Discover America
  • Find It Glitz and Glamour
  • Find It Kids
  • Find It Original

There are several most including the one I was sent to review – Find It EWW Gross!

The games might be geared more towards kid (especially EWW Gross!) but adults can enjoy them too.

Unlike other games, Find It Games offers families more than one way to play their games which means you won’t be easily bored by the game.

Here are just a few suggestions from the Find It website on the various ways to play.

  • Time yourself to see how long it takes to find all the items
  • Find the letters alphabetically (Kids & Deluxe versions)
  • Spell words or practice for a spelling test with your kids
  • Find the objects alphabetically
  • Look up and find fun facts of all the animals (Zoo, Beach & Bird versions)
  • Write a story with the objects you find in 5 minutes in the order you found them

I have found myself just looking at the game and not really playing at all. I simply try and see what items I can find when I shake it and turn it around.

Types of objects found in the Find It EWW Gross! game

Types of objects found in the Find It EWW Gross! game

The Find It EWW Gross! Game contains every day items that most people find gross including ear wax on a cotton swab (one of the easiest objects to find due to it’s size), maggot, road kill, broccoli, chewed gum, dandruff, spider, roach, fish bones, rat droppings, eye ball and slug – just to name a few. I believe there are over 40 items in all. I have played this games numerous times and there are several items I have yet to find.

What I really like about this game is that the pieces (except the cards) are self contained. You don’t have to worry about a mess or pieces going missing. It’s an ideal game for long car trips, camping and summer camp.

Believe it or not, these types of games (even if the objects are questionable) help to promote focus and concentration. You need to focus to locate the items hidden in the colorful beads and you need to concentrate to look for specific items or to recall where you saw an item last.

As we age we need to engage out brains in a variety of activities to prevent things like dementia. Games like this certainly help to engage our brains – and they are fun!

Can you find cat puke/hairball, broccoli, a toe name clipping and the letter "t"?

Can you find cat puke/hairball, broccoli, a toe name clipping and the letter “t”?

I’ve shared this game with the kids I work with and they love it. This is one of the games that I keep in a tote bag in my car so I can bring it to the different sites I work at. The kids keep requesting that I bring the game back in (especially my 4th – 7th graders). It’s been a popular game with them. They too sometimes don’t even play a traditional game but rather see how many things they can find personally.

I have ever heard a few kids utter “Eww gross!” LOL!

This is a fun game. In fact, I’m interested in getting another Find It Game or two.

Find It EWW Gross! sells for $19.99 on the Find It Games website – FindItGames.com. You can also check them out on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What do you think about Find It Games or Find It EWW Gross! Do they look like something your family would enjoy?

Can you find the bloody bandage?

Can you find the bloody bandage?


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

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An extra special Family Movie Night with Star Wars and Hasbro


Awesome surprise package filled with Hasbro goodies and more.

Awesome surprise package filled with Hasbro goodies and more.

We make an extra effort to have a Family Movie Night almost every weekend. Our kids are teenagers now and we know that there are not many years left with them at home. Our daughter is in college and looking to transfer to another college next year. Our son also graduates high school next year. Pretty soon our Family Movie Night will dwindle down to just me and my husband. Maybe some day, God willing, we’ll have grandchildren and we can have Family Movie Nights with them.

Last night we watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens. My husband and I have already seen it twice (once in the theater and when we received a review copy of the film). Our daughter has also seen it before (in the theater). Our son had yet to see it.

Usually Family Movie Night consists of the movie and a few snacks. Last night’s Family Movie Night was epic because we received to review a lot of fun Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys and games from Hasbro. Thank you Hasbro!

Box of goodies

We received to review (and enjoy) the following toys.

PLEASE NOTE: The life size Darth Vader and robotic Yoda are our “toys.” They were not sent to us to review. They are toys we already owned. I just added them into the mix to make it more fun.


Star Wars Nerf Episode VII First Order Stormtrooper Deluxe Blaster

This is a Nerf gun that comes with 12 foam darts. It has to be put together (it was easy to do – just a couple of snap on pieces).

The foam darts are housed in a clip that attaches to the side of the gun. This gun can fire all 12 darts rapidly without having to reload.

These darts fly far! The brand says they can go up to 65 feet (20 meters). We never had a chance to measure that (we used them indoors) but we will the next time we visit Grandpa. He has a big yard.

The gun also has a tactical rail and a removable scope that allows you to get better aim at your target.

Star Wars Episode VII Nerf Rey (Jakku) Blaster

This Nerf gun is a lot smaller, but more manageable. It comes with an internal clip that holds four foam darts. Just like the larger gun (mentioned above), this gun also fires darts up to 65 feet.

FYI… If you use these guns around dog please know that dogs might see the darts as fun chew toys they can chase after and eat. LOL! We had to have someone go after the darts after they were fired before the dog could get to them. Thankfully he didn’t destroy any.


Star Wars Bop It! R2-D2 Electronic Game

I have seen Bop It! before but I never had the opportunity to try it out. Hasbro makes a version that looks (and sounds!) like R2-D2. It’s the same fun Bop It! game, just in a different form.

Bop It! asks you to do things such as bop R2-D2 on the head, twist his head and pull on his “legs.” The more you go along the faster it gets. It essentially tricks you into doing a move that was not asked. To date my highest number is 16.

Here is a brief video I made so that you can hear how realistic the sound are.


I like this game because it’s not only small and portable, but it feature sounds and voices from the films (R2-D2’s beeps and C3-PO’s voice – he tells you what to do).

This would be a fun game to bring along with you on long road trips this summer.


Kylo Ren Mask


Kylo Ren & Darth Vader Masks

These fun masks let you pretend to be the evil villains from the franchise. I think they are geared more towards younger children (due to the fact they really didn’t fully cover adult faces). There is an adjustable elastic band in the back that holds it on to your face.

Light Saber

Star Wars The Force Awakens Kylo Ren Deluxe Electronic Lightsaber

Most Star Wars fans love light sabers. They are fun to pretend play with. It’s even more fun when the saber lights up and comes with cool sound effects.

This light saber looks identical to the one that Kylo Ren uses in the film. It even comes with additional pieces so you can turn it into a dagger too.


Star Wars The Force Awakens Takodana Encounter Action Figure Set

I wanted some Star Wars: The Force Awakens action figures for my desk (I love to display toys on my desk – and play with them too). I was thrilled when I saw this set in the package from Hasbro.

The Takodana Encounter set comes with Rey, Finn, BB-8 and Maz. It also has weapons, two light sabers (one “on” the other “off”) and the box that Rey found Luke’s light saber in.

Our cat Bella is in love with BB-8. She thinks it’s a cat toy. Everything I put it on the table she would reach up, smack it on to the floor, then chase it around. It was funny to watch her do that. She kept doing it over and over again. Right now I had to hide BB-8 until she forgets about him.

Bella trying to reach BB-8 off the table.

Bella trying to reach BB-8 off the table.

Bella and BB8

In addition to these awesome toys from Hasbro we also received some Star Wars: The Force Awakens party wear (cups, plates and napkins) as well as a package of Limited Edition Star Wars: The Force Awakens Barbecue PopChips. 


Lastly, we received the ULTIMATE Star Wars book from DK Publishing. It’s called Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

This book has it all. It’s chock full of interesting information, trivia, photos and more ranging from the first Star Wars up to The Force Awakens. It also contains information for all of the Star Wars animated series.


Star Wars Book

I love! love! love this book! I haven’t finished reading it all yet, but I plan to. If you are a Star Wars fan you’ll want to get this book. It would also make a great gift.

As far as the movie goes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is amazing. I WANT TO SEE MORE STAR WARS! It left us anxious to see the next installment. You can read my review here – Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available on Blu-ray & DVD!

Party goodies - plates, napkins, cups and a snack.

Party goodies – plates, napkins, cups and a snack.

All of the toys and game from Hasbro that I was sent to review are available where most toys are sold. The Star Wars book is sold where ever most books are sold. Look for Star Wars party supplies where ever they are sold and the PopChips at a grocery store near you.

Hasbro’s official website is Hasbro.com.

Check out the hashtags #StarWars and #StarWarstheForceAwakens to see what others have to say about the film and the fun toys inspired by the film.

To get you excited about the movie’s release I have some fun “extras” for you.


Have you seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet? If so, what did you thin about it?

What are your thoughts on the cool Star Wars toys? Which is your favorite?



*I received free product samples to review from Hasbro, Disney, DK Publishing and PopChips. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Introducing Teddy Canz – Cuddly teddy bears in a can



I’m a sucker for a soft and cuddly plush toy. If you come into my home you will noticed a variety of plush animals. What you would see is only the “tip of the iceberg.” I have a lot more in the bedroom closet and in storage. I like to rotate them throughout the year.

I’ve always been partial to stuffed animals. Even as a child I would collect stuffed animals.

I would always be attracted to plush animals that had something wrong with them whether it was a crooked eye, matted fur or a missing tail. When I was young I felt like the stuffed animals were real in some way. I knew they were not real (of course!) but in some way I felt like they had feelings. I worried that the flawed ones would never find a home because no one would buy them because they were not “perfect.” I always felt like everyone and everything deserves to be loved and appreciated, so I would intentionally buy the flawed toys. That way I knew they would find someone to love them – ME!

Even as an adult I find myself looking for the less-than-perfect plush toys.

There is something about plush toys that makes me smile and it gives me a sense of peace and comfort. I guess its because they remind me of my childhood.

Pal an Bridgette

Pal & Bridget – Two stuffed animals from when I was a baby that I still have.

Whenever a holiday or my birthday comes around, and my husband asks what he can get me, I always tell him “nothing” unless he wants to give me a stuffed animal. I’m always open to that gift idea.

There is a brand new company that makes gifting stuffed animals – teddy bears to be exact – in a unique way.

The company is called Teddy Canz. You might have already guessed that cans has something to do with them.

Teddy Canz are cute, plush teddy bears that come inside a specially designed can. Talk about a unique way to package a teddy bear.

According to the brand:

Our collectible bears are packaged in unique composite cans labeled with amazing artwork, and offers endless thematic variations. Teddy Canz bears and their apparel are made of superlative materials, and can be customized to preference (customization available through direct-sales on TeddyCanz.com).

Additionally, we are honored to partner with the Marines’ Toys for Tots program, through which we donate a bear to a local Toys for Tots repository for every bear sold (through specific campaigns available with participating retailers).

Teddy Canz

There are currently several varieties of bears available – each one comes in it’s own specially designed can.

Teddy Canz are currently available in the following designs;

  • Birthday
  • Love
  • Dog Gone It
  • Story Time
  • Hazard
  • Bear in the City
  • Comfy Spa
  • Princess
  • Police
  • Fire
  • It’s a Boy
  • It’s a Girl
  • Get Well Soon

They did have an Easter bear, but since Easter is over I’m sure that won’t be available for much longer.

I was sent the Comfy Spa bear to review.

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Teddy Canz 3

The bears really do fit inside the cans. They also come out pretty well. They are not all mashed up from sitting inside their can.

The bear I received is made very well. It’s not a “cheap” bear. It’s also incredibly soft and cuddly and simply adorable.

My bear came wearing a soft and snugly bathrobe. I’m jealous! I wish I had such a luxurious bathrobe.

You can store the bear in the can if you want, but who would want to do that. Instead you could re-purpose the cans to hold small toys, beauty products, craft supplies or even different outfits for your bear. The possibilities are endless.

Teddy Canz bears

Teddy Canz would make a great gift for just about anyone – young and old. I’m sure any adult who is feeling under the weather would appreciate a Get Well Soon bear, or a Birthday bear on their birthday.

This would make a great gift for a child or grandchild who live far away. Imagine the look on their face when they open the package and find a can stuffed with a bear inside. They will love it.

Teddy Canz also makes custom designs. You could have cans made up with your company logo as a fun giveaway at your next event.

Teddy Canz sell for $24.99 each (shipping is $6.45 for USPS Priority shipping). They also have a Priority Express option if you need to get the can to the recipient sooner (in case you forgot a birthday).

For more information visit TeddyCanz.com. The brand can also be found on Instagram.

What do you think of the idea of Teddy Canz? Did you see a design or bear that you really like? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



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

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Fill your Easter baskets with the World’s Smallest classic toys



When my children were little one of my favorite things to do was to put together their Easter baskets. I could have easily purchased a pre-made basket, but I had fun creating the baskets so I wanted to do it myself.

Since the grandparents and great-grandparents showered my kids with candy, I kept the candy to a minimum. Trust me, they had more candy than they could possibly eat. They never complained about the lack of candy in the baskets that the Easter bunny brought them.

Whenever I created their baskets I made to include all or most of the following items:

Coloring book & crayons

  • Movie
  • Book/Books
  • Plush Toy
  • Small Toys (bubbles, sidewalk chalk…)

Finding small toys is not always that easy. You want something that will fit into the basket, but it has to be fun to play with too.

Blowing Bubbles

I would often shop for small toys in the party favor section of the party store. Those toys are nice and all, but often they are not well made and break easily.

One year we gave the kids scooters for Easter. That was a BIG toy. LOL!

I’m a big fan of classic toys, especially the ones that I grew up with from Fisher Price and Playskool.

How about filling an Easter basket with classic toys like a Rubiks Cube, Etch-a-Sketch, Fisher Price Telephone or a Fisher Price Rock-a-Stack.

I know what you are thinking… those are not really small toys. An Etch-a-Sketch and Fisher Price Telephone would take up almost the entire basket and leave no room for anything else… or would they?

A company called World’s Smallest has recreated these classic toys, and more, but in miniature version.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my post of some of the World’s Smallest toys next to my coffee mug.

World's Smallest

How cute are they?

Not only are they adorable – they work too! You can really use the dials on the Etch-a-Sketch to create an image or design. The Rubiks Cube really does twist and turn. Even the Fisher Price Telephone’s go up and down when you movie it – just like the larger version.

I think the rings come off the Rock-a-Stack but I am afraid I might break it if I pull on them too hard.

As someone who is a HUGE fan of Fisher Price classic toys, I am totally in love with these miniature versions.

They even have a miniature version of the Fisher Price School Bus. I MUST find this one!


If you happen to find the World’s Smallest Fisher Price School Bus on your travels PLEASE let me know. I would love to add this to my collection.

World’s Smallest toys can be found in most Walmarts, Barnes and Nobel, Learning Express and other smaller shops.

Other World’s Smallest toys include Little Green Army Men, Duncan Yo Yo, Magic 8 Ball and Perplexus.

These sweet little toys would make the perfect addition to an Easter basket. You can leave the in their original packaging or pop them out and put them inside a plastic Easter egg for an even bigger surprise.


In addition to fun Easter basket fillers, World’s Smallest toys would make great stocking stuffers, party favors or gifts for the “big kid” in your life who enjoys classic toys.

I keep mine on my desk and I actually do play with them. They are a fun distraction from my work.

I collect classic Fisher Price toys and toys from my youth. Now that I know about World’s Smallest I am looking forward to adding more of their toys to my collection. I am determined to find them all.

World’s Smallest is made by the brand Super Impulse. They make other cool toys. If you would like to learn more visit SuperImpulse.com.

What do you think about thee adorable little toys? Do they look like something you’d like to give to your child/grandchild? What about a fun toy for YOU?



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

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This Easter Have a Delicious New Spot to Hunt for Treasure – Inside Chocolate Treasure Eggs!



One of my most favorite things about Easter, aside from waking up Easter morning to a basket full of goodies, is hunting for Easter Eggs.

We didn’t do it often when I was growing up, so when we did it was a very special occasion. Back in the day we hunted for real eggs (ones we colored and decorated). It wasn’t until my kids were little did we hunt for plastic Easter Eggs filled with treats and treasures.

The eggs used to be filled with small candies. Then my father started to add money to the eggs, including dollar bills and the grand prize of a $5 bill. Needless to say the kids were super excited to go on an Easter Egg hunt at Grandpa and Grandma’s house.

One year my mom filled eggs up with chocolate and hide them the day before Easter. It just so happened to be super hot that Easter and all the chocolate inside the eggs were melted. It was pretty messy.

Another year the kids had to do an egg hunt in the basement because it was pouring rain outside. Needless to say that wasn’t too fun for them. They were more worried about spiders and creepy crawlies than finding the eggs.

Inside Choco Treasure eggs is a plastic egg filled with fun treasures.

Inside Choco Treasure eggs is a plastic egg filled with fun treasures.

A company called Choco Treasure has taken Easter Egg hunting up to a whole new level. They offer consumers chocolate eggs filled with toys and other goodies. That’s right – a CHOCOLATE egg filled with treasure. What a fun idea!

Choco Treasure combines premium milk chocolate from Switzerland, interactive toy surprises that are safe for all ages, and a patented capsule that separates the chocolate egg halves to create a fun, safe, exciting and delicious treat for kids. Every toy in Choco Treasure is either wearable, playable, stickable, or buildable – and every toy is collectible.

Each Choco Treasure Egg is only 60 calories too.

"Treasure" examples found inside Choco Treasure eggs including stickers, 3D puzzles, playing cards and figurines.

“Treasure” examples found inside Choco Treasure eggs including stickers, 3D puzzles, playing cards and figurines.

Some of the fun treasures found inside the eggs include slap bracelets, figurines, 3-D vertical puzzles, stickers, magnets, or even a full 52-card deck of mini playing cards.

Choco Treasure Eggs come in a variety of character designs and treasures including Hello Kitty, Baby Animals, Minions, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda 3 and Penguins of Madagascar.

Choco Treasure Eggs are available for year round enjoyment too. They are even available in sport balls such as soccer balls and baseballs, making them a great goodie bag treat for birthday parties or even classroom parties (make sure no one has a chocolate allergy).

The Choco Treasure egg is about the size of a real jumbo egg.

The Choco Treasure egg is about the size of a real jumbo egg.

The eggs are a decent size too.

I was sent some of the Choco Treasure eggs to try out for myself. We received a bunch of Hello Kitty eggs.

There is just the right amount of chocolate that covers the egg – not too much, not too little. It’s just the right amount to satisfy your chocolate and/or sweet tooth cravings.

The toys are really cute. I especially love the figurines and stickers.

The 3D puzzles are cute, but my fingers are not nimble enough to put them together. You need little fingers to do that.

Inside one of the Choco Treasure Hello Kitty eggs was a roll of about 10 stickers.

Inside one of the Choco Treasure Hello Kitty eggs was a roll of about 10 stickers.

You can find the fun filled Choco Treasure eggs at places like Walmart, Target, 5 Below and CostPlus World Market, to name a few. They retail from about $1 – $1.99 each, depending on the retailer. They are also available on the Choco Treasure website.

For more information please visit the Choco Treasure website at www.ChocoTreasure.com. You can also check them out on Facebook.

What do you think about Choco Treasure eggs? Do you think they would make a great addition to your child/grandchild’s Easter basket and/or Easter Egg Hunt?

Choco Treasure Logo


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

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Would YOU eat rotten Dead Fish and drink Spoiled Milk?




When you were a child, did you ever play the game “Truth or Dare?” Truth or Dare is a game where you opt to tell the truth about something (anything that is asked of you) or you could opt to tackle a dare instead of answering the question. I often opted for the dare because I didn’t people to know who I had a crush on. LOL!

The dares were usually no big deal – like hop on one foot while patting your head and rubbing your belly. Occasionally the dares would be a bit more risky – like stick your tongue on the metal storm door when it’s very cold outside. Yes… I took that dare and my tongue stuck to the door – reminiscent of A Christmas Story.


Jelly Belly – makers of unique flavored jelly beans – has a game that takes dares to a whole new level. It’s called the BeanBoozled game. Perhaps some of my readers have already played it.

If you are not familiar with BeanBoozled, the “game” contains 20 flavors of jelly beans: 10 have weird and wild flavors that look identical to 10 classic and delicious flavors. Think you can tell which jelly bean is Caramel Corn and which is Moldy Cheese? What about Peach and Barf?

This is a game everyone can play – both young and old.

To play simply take turns by plucking a Jelly Belly bean from the container and popping it in your mouth. If you get a delicious flavor – great! If you pick up one of the gross flavors be prepared to spit it out.

There are no winners or losers in this game. It’s more so to see who can be lucky enough to pick the most great tasting jelly beans before selecting a gross one.

It’s been an on going thing with my family. We have a container of BeanBoozled 4th Edition flavors. The 4th Edition which contain the two newest flavors – DEAD FISH which resembled Strawberry Banana Smoothie and SPOILED MILK which is identical to Coconut.

BeanBoozled Flavors


Me, my husband, our daughter and our son were playing the BeanBoozled game. My son – who I thought would outlast us all – dropped out after his first bean. He picked “Sticky Socks”, which resembled Tutti-Fruitti. The taste was so bad that he’s afraid to try again.

Me, my husband and our daughter are still playing. We do it randomly. We grab a bean and hope for the best. I’ve picked a few of the bad flavors and let me tell you THEY ARE DISGUSTING!!! I don’t think anyone could actually eat them. We spit them out and grab for the first thing we can eat or drink to help get rid of the taste.

Sadly I have experienced both the Spoiled Milk and Dead Fish flavors (EWWWWWW!!!!!) as well as Lawn Clippings (it actually wasn’t THAT bad), Dog Food and Moldy Cheese.

I’d love to know how they come up with the flavors and who are their “test subjects.” LOL! Also, how would they know what Dead Fish tastes like? Gross!

I know it sounds gross, but it’s fun. Especially when you see the look on someone’s face when they grab a gross one. Grabbing a pleasant flavor is always nice too. I love most of Jelly Belly’s flavors.

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Jelly Belly’s BeanBoozled 4th Edition will be on shelves this spring. The new flavor combinations will be a part of the full BeanBoozled line, including the BeanBoozled Mystery Bean Dispenser, a Grab & Go® Bag, Flip-Top Box, Spinner Gift Box, and the JUMBO Gift Box.

For more information about Jelly Belly products please visit JellyBelly.com. You can also check them out on social media (all of the link are found at the bottom right of their home page).

Have you ever tried any of the Jelly Belly BeanBoozled flavors? What is the grossest flavor you ever tried?

What is your favorite YUMMY Jelly Belly flavor? My favorites include Cinnamon, Licorice, A&W Root Beer and Sour Cherry.

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*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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