Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Dip

I've got my pumpkin cheesecake scented wax burning, it's getting a little colder outside, and we've got scarecrows all over the yard.  It's definitely time to pull this recipe out.

Autumn Pumpkin Dip

2 cups confectioners sugar
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Beat the sugar and cream cheese until well blended.  Beat in remaining ingredients.  Store in airtight container.

You can serve this in a small, fresh hollowed out pumpkin, and use apple slices, vanilla wafers and gingersnaps for dipping!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Caillou's 25th Anniversary


It's not even Halloween yet, but I've already bought three Christmas presents.  I need lots of good gift ideas for my young daughters and nieces/nephews, and the Caillou 25th Anniversary DVD and Book Gift Set is perfect!  Every young kid I know loves to watch Caillou on PBS Kids (it's designed for preschoolers), and the SRP is $14.99 for the set.  

The gift set features the DVD “Caillou’s Family Favorites,” which includes four episodes (14 adventures), and a 48-page beautifully illustrated special edition double storybook, which features “Training Wheels” and “Captain Caillou.”

My girls are lucky because I got a set to review, so they got a present early.  They were very excited when I pulled the gift set out last night.  

 The episodes and stories included on the DVD are...
 
Caillou’s Surprise
·      Caillou’s Surprise
·      A Surprise for Miss Martin
·      A Surprise Sleepover
 
People I Love
·      Mystery Valentine
·      Dancing at Grandma’s
·      Play Ball!
·      Caillou's Sleepover Guest
 
Captain Caillou
·      Captain Caillou
·      The Loudest Noise
·      Caillou's First Wedding
 
Knowing How!
·      Skating Lessons
·      Where I Live
·      Just Like Me
·      Just In Time
 
When I asked my 6-yr-old about it, she told me "he made some birthday stuff for his teacher and his friends.  It's good".  My 4-yr-old said, "he learned to make a cup for his mommy" and "maybe I could watch it again today?" 

I love that Caillou is a show I don't have to worry about as far as words I don't want my kids to use (stupid and hate are in a surprising amount of cartoons!), and it's bright and colorful.  

 “CAILLOU’S FAMILY FAVORITES DVD + BOOK” is available now. The DVD run time is approximately 100 minutes.
  
Disclosure--I was provided with the gift set for review, but not otherwise compensated for this post.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Giveaway Event

Enter to #WIN a $75 Babies
Welcome to the #BRUHalloween Giveaway Event!
Sponsored by: Pampers
Hosted By: Nanny to Mommy

My girls are SO excited for Halloween.  They have their Elsa and Anna costumes ready to go (think they'll be the only kids dressed up as Frozen characters??).  This giveaway event is great as we get closer to Halloween!
 
Babies"R"Us Event + Sweestakes!
From 10/15-10/31: Share your baby’s Halloween photo with #BRUHalloween or enter HERE for a chance to win a $1,000 Babies”R”Us Gift Card! Babies“R”Us and Pampers are partnering to help you celebrate your Baby’s First Halloween. On Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m., all Babies“R”Us stores nationwide will be hosting an in-store Halloween event for moms to celebrate Halloween with their babies!

The events will include:

- Craft time where you and your baby can design a personal trick-or-treat bag
- A parade around the store where you and your baby can show of your Halloween costumes
- Halloween story time where you can sit with other moms and babies and listen to a story from Highlights magazine


 While you are there, take advantage of the FREE $10 Gift Card you can receive when you buy any two Pampers super packs of diapers. Plus you can buy any Pampers value box of wipes for only $19.99. (REG $23.99.) Now those are some spooktacular savings!
Now for the exciting part! One lucky fan is going to win a Baby’s First Halloween prize pack!


Prize Pack Includes:
- Pampers wipes
- $75 gift card to Babies “R” Us
- 1 Year subscription to Highlights magazine
- 1 Highlights book
- A Halloween trick-or-treat tote bag

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older. Enter to win in the giveaway tools below, all entries will be verified, one entrant per household or you will immediately be disqualified. Winner will be contacted via email and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor and not the participating bloggers. Good Luck!!!


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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift Ideas

My family will be heading to my in-laws house for Thanksgiving this year, which means I don't have the stress of cooking, but I do have the guilt that I should do something.

I just came across some good gifts ideas for Thanksgiving if you don't want to show up empty-handed.  GiftsForYouNow.com has personalized Thanksgiving Platters for $29.98.


I also love Teleflora's Smiling Scarecrow Bouquet for $49.95.

 

And I think these look AMAZING...Handmade Pumpkin Truffles from Shari's Berries for $29.99. Plus, you can usually find coupon codes--try Berry20 to save 20% on orders over $29!




Thursday, October 9, 2014

Free Pantene Sample






I just grabbed a free sample of Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner!  There were more than 25,000 left when I got mine, but hurry and try to grab one before they're gone.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Marshmallow Witches

My daughters both have class parties coming up for Halloween, and I need EASY stuff since I can't cook or bake.  I found this cute recipe on TasteOfHome.com.



Ingredients

1/2 cup vanilla frosting, divided
36 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
12 large marshmallows
1 drop each green, red and yellow food coloring, optional
1/4 cup flaked coconut
12 chocolate wafers
12 miniature peanut butter cups
12 milk chocolate kisses

Directions

For the face of each witch, place a dab of frosting on the bottom of three chocolate chips; press two for eyes and one for nose onto each marshmallow.

For hair, combine green food coloring and a drop of water in a small resealable plastic bag; add coconut and shake well. Spread a small amount of frosting on sides of marshmallows; press coconut hair into frosting. Place 3 tablespoons of frosting in a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; tint orange with red and yellow food coloring. Set aside.

For hats, spread some of the remaining frosting in the center of chocolate wafers; press peanut butter cups upside down into frosting. Lightly spread bottoms of chocolate kisses with frosting; place on peanut butter cups. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a small star tip. Fill the bag with frosting and pipe stars around the base of each peanut butter cup. Secure a hat to each witch with a dab of frosting. Yield: 1 dozen.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bogger Opp--Halloween!

Welcome to the "CooCoo for Costumes" Halloween Giveaway Event!halloween giveaway button

 Welcome to the first of many Blogger opportunities for the Holiday Season!
 
For October we will be doing: "CooCoo for Costumes" Halloween Giveaway event