Think back to when you were a little child. What did your parents or caregivers tell you to make you be on your best behavior before Christmas? Did they tell you that Santa was watching you? Did they convince you that magical elves (aka “Elf on a Shelf”) were watching your every move and reporting back to the big man?
When I was a young girl we did have elves around our home that my mom told me were watching me and my sister to make sure we were behaving ourselves. This was long before “Elf on a Shelf” was popular. I used to do the same thing with my kids when they were little. I had a bunch of inexpensive elves from the dollar store that I scattered around our home and I would move them from time to time to make it look like they were alive some how.
Easter is just around the corner. Ideally little girls and boys should also be on their best behavior so that the Easter Bunny stops by your home and delivers to them Easter baskets overflowing with candy and other goodies.
I never tried to encourage extra special good behavior from my kids before Easter. In hindsight it would have been a great idea. Imagine doing something similar to Elf on a Shelf – but for Easter? You could certainly pull something like that off with your family. All you need is a plush toy to act like the “elf” who’ll report back to the Easter Bunny and let him know if your son/daughter/grandchild is behaving themselves.
Peeps, makers of those delicious, melt-in-your-mouth, sugar coated marshmallows, has several fun plush toys that would be ideal for this idea. In fact they have plush toys in various shapes, sizes and patterns.
They even have Peeps wearing green or red Santa hats in case you want to start the Easter Peep thing around Christmas time. They even have jumbo sized Peeps that could be used as pillows.
The Easter Peep idea is a great way to foster family togetherness. Parents can work together to find new places to hide the watchful Peep and young children can help each other to locate the Peep’s new hiding spot. You can even pick up a few plush Peeps and place them in creative places all over you home.
We have a small plush yellow Peep. Although my kids are too old to believe in the Easter Bunny anyway (sigh…) it was still fun to engage with them in finding fun places to hide the Peep. I must say my kids got a bit too creative (my son suggested inside the litter box – ewww! No way!).
Here are just a few of the places we thought of to hide our little plush Peep.
We found a lot of places to hide him. Due to his small size he’s able to fit in a variety of locations. The only thing we had to worry about was putting him too low to the ground. Our dog seems to feel that any plush toy at his level is fair game for a chew toy. He thinks the Peep is for him. No way!
Currently our little holiday friend is safety sitting on my desk keeping an eye on ME. I’m pretty sure I’ve been good this year. LOL!
Easter is not Easter without Peeps in our Easter baskets. Even when I was a young girl I anticipated Peeps in my Easter basket. There was ALWAYS a package or two of Peeps in my basket. Back in the “stone age” when I was younger (ha ha) there was only yellow Peeps. These days Peeps come in every color of the rainbow. They are still available in chick and bunny form but during the holiday season you can also find them in cat, tree and ghost forms too.
Peeps are also available in different flavors and even dipped or coated in chocolate (yummy!). They even have flavors such as Birthday Cake, Sour Watermelon, Strawberry Cream, Sweet Lemonade, Bubble Gum, Vanilla Cream, Orange Cream and Blue Raspberry. Peeps has come a LONG way since the yellow Peep chic that I grew up with.
One of my favorite new products from Peeps is their Peepsters. Have you tried them yet? Oh my! They are good! Peepsters are individually wrapped marshmallow cream filled chocolates. I had to hide these from my family. They would have devoured them all up within a day or two of opening the bag.
I love that they are individually wrapped and are the perfect bite size treat. They are perfect for when you are craving a bit of chocolate or something sweet.
Peeps is also hosting a Pinterest – or shall I say Peep-ertest contest where you could win a trip for four to Disney World (Swan & Dolphin resort) or one of four first prizes (mini iPads) or one of ten second prizes ($50 gift card). For more information visit
Peeps can be found at many retail locations around the country. For hard to find Peeps, plush toys, Gifts and other Peep items you can also check out the Peep store.
The official Peeps website, www.MarshmallowPeeps.com, has a lot of fun Peeps recipes, information about other contests and more fun Peep information and campaigns.
You an also check out Peeps on Facebook and Twitter. The Peeps Facebook page is a great way to learn about new products as well as get inspiration on recipe and craft ideas
This year, guests at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel will experience Easter magic during PEEPtastic Easter April 16 to 23, a celebration sweetened by thousands of free PEEPS® brand marshmallow samples, PEEPS®-inspired menu items, PEEPS® décor and Easter-themed activities for families to enjoy. The celebration will also incorporate PEEPS® into family activities throughout the week, including special appearances by the Easter Bunny.
Do you have any special memories featuring Peeps? Do you have a favorite Peep product or flavor? Feel free to share your thoughts.
*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.