Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Pokemon Center at GameStop!

A special Thank You! to GameStop for sponsoring today's conversation on Pokemon! 

Pokemon has been everywhere recently!  I remember when I was younger, probably 13 years ago my cousin was deep in the Pokemon world.  I didn't quite understand it so of course I just did my own thing.  Then Pokemon Go came out and the world fell in love with Pikachu all over again.

I have great news for you Pokemon Lovers!  Pokemon Center just arrived at GameStop and ThinkGeek stores!  They're offering a huge variety of Pokemon plush dolls, figures, home goods, accessories, pins and trading cards.  You can't go wrong there!  Plus to make it easier, each store will have its own Pokemon Center section.  It'll be a quick stop in with a short search for what you're looking for!  I love this as a busy mom.

The products you'll find at GameStop and ThinkGeek are exclusive to these stores at this time.  They're the first to carry them in the country, so save your time and go straight to GameStop for your Pokemon needs!  All of the Pokemon Center products are crafted in Japan to give you the most authentic Pokemon gear at your finger tips!  As you would expect from Pokemon, the Center's products are made to the highest standards and feature a wide range of Pokemon to allow you to express yourself.  Stop in for some new trading cards now!

Which products will you pick up from your local Pokemon Center for your Pokemon Lover? 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Zoomer Show Pony

Allyson has been asking for a pony longer than I can remember.  Thinking real hard, she may have been 3 when she first started talking about ponies.  Of course we have always lived in a city or similar, so no pony.  Thank goodness this year, Spin Master and Zoomer have helped me get my sweet girl a pony!

Zoomer Show Pony is the perfect gift for any girl or boy who has wanted a pony.  It is interactive too!  It prances, parades and plays.  The Show Pony comes with a brush to groom, a carrot to train, a sugar cube for a treat and an apple to eat.

Hours of play for your girl or boy will bring smiles and giggles.  I don't see a way for you to go wrong with any of the Zoomer options.  It's a great toy.  Built well and runs off just 2 AA batteries.  Oh my! Don't forget the batteries!  

The Zoomer pet comes in more than a Show Pony.  Cats, dogs, dinos, etc... You can find just about any pet you are looking for in this line.  There is even a hedgehog!   Spin Master Zoomers can be purchased at your local retailer or online through Amazon. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Perfect Holiday Snack: Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chex™. The opinions and text are all my own. 

Ever year around Christmas time, I spend some extra time in the kitchen!  Usually I let Allyson join me but this year I decided I'd make the kids a little treat while they are at school.  It worked out great for me because the mess I made with the powdered sugar was.... Well, let's just say that I'm pretty sure I have it mixed in my hair somehow. 

I have to take a second before we get into mixing everything and tell you about Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios™. Prior to making this recipe, I had not tried them.  So much yumm!  They're going to be my new go-to Cheerios from here on out!  Mixed in with Chex™, and it's even better!  I've got so many ideas going through my head with these 2 products!

Mixing up this recipe is really easy and quite a bit fun.  Muddy Buddies™ Chex Mix will be a hit at all of your holiday parties and even a great snack for late night television watching.  This recipe makes quite a bit, so divide it up!  Some for this party... that party... and Ooo, for you too!

Alrighty, let's get to the reason for this post.  Muddy Buddies Time! Laid out in a few steps, you'll have a delicious batch of Muddy Buddies before you know it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios Chex Muddy Buddies

9 cups Rice Chex or Corn Chex Cereal
1 cup NestlĂ©® semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup Skippy® Creamy peanut butter
¼ cup butter
1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
3 cups Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cheerios cereal
32 miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped, cut in half
1 cup Planters® salted cocktail peanuts·        
Ziploc® 2-4 count containers

1.  Gather your ingredients.  See above for list!  **Snag a few coupons before you're headed to the store and make this recipe even sweeter!  Buy any 3 Chex cereals and get 1 Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios FREE
2.  Measure out your cereals in a large bowl.  In this recipe you'll notice the 2 different cereals.  Mix them together for your best result.
3. Measure out your chocolate chips, butter/margarine, and peanut butter.  Place in microwaveable bowl and melt. --This took about 30 seconds.  Stir until melted consistency.
4. Mix in your vanilla with your chocolate mixture.
5. Divide your cereal in 2 large Ziploc bags.
6. Divide your chocolate mixture into both bags.
7. Add half of the required powdered sugar to each bag.
8. Seal bags, leaving a little air and space.
9. Shake and mix well!  Watch for chocolate clumps.

When you have everything all mixed up, you'll add in the peanut butter cups and peanuts.   Pour your mixtures back into a large bowl.

Mix gently with a spoon and you'll find the end result very delicious!  I mean, who doesn't want to eat this mixture?  People have been making it for year and years!  You're going to be a big hit at the party when you show up with this mix!

I cannot get over how awesome my Muddy Buddies Chex Mix tastes! If I had any self control, I'd save some for the kids. It might be gone by the time they are home from school! Shhh, they'll never know it was for them if we don't tell them, right? So, hurry! Grab your coupon and rush off to your local Publix store.    

What is your favorite treat of the season?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

2 Great Books to Gift this Season!

Thank you, Blue Slip Media for sponsoring today's conversation about these great titles! 

I am so excited to share these 2 books with you readers!  Truth and Adventure can be found here.  Take a look for yourself! 

Peep and Egg by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Joyce Wan is like my real life!  Getting my 6 year old into a bath used to be a huge fight.  HUGE!  Now that he is a little older the fights are fewer and far between but years ago, it was every night.   Strong willed 3 year olds for the win, I suppose.   Now we can read this book together and laugh.  It is rather funny to see the look on his face when he realizes that he indeed did act just like Egg.  

Space Boy and the Snow Monster by Dian Curtis Regan and Illustrated by Robert Neubecker is a story about a boy playing in the snow.  His imagination takes him on a wild adventure where snowmen are actually snow monsters!  Along with his rocket ship and furry friend Radar, Nico is very busy trying to escape the snow monster.  The story ends with a nice cup of hot cocoa!  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Winters with Oriental Trading

Thank you, Oriental Trading for sponsoring today's conversation! 

We've had a conversation about Christmas time items being found at Oriental Trading, but there is another element I'd like to share with you.  Winter in general!  Winter is always overshadowed with Christmas Joy, but not at Oriental Trading.  They are able to offer products for both! 

With winter we see colder temperatures, the New Year, and hot chocolate!  This year, I ordered a few things to hand out to my friends, in hope they'll make appointments, enjoy cocoa and have a few smiles as they look fondly at the cute, cuddly friends offered at Oriental Trading! 

The cute friends I ordered from Oriental Trading go great with the decor I have set up around my house for Christmas.  This sweet Snowlady is very soft!  She's been hanging out on the end table, being sweet as can be.  Her tummy says "You Melt my Heart." 

Her little reindeer friend has legs that you can manipulate.  I love it!  So cute!  You can place him on the edge of the shelf or straighten the legs out for table sitting!  He has bells on his hat and his sweater is so festive!  He is very soft too!

I'm very excited to hand out these inspirational 2018/2019 calendars at the new year to my friends.  I have a few that can't seem to make it to hanging out on time.  You better believe they'll be feeling the love of organization this year!  You can't really go wrong with inspiration, small enough to fit in your purse and a 2 year long organizational tool! 

Oriental Trading wins again!  Every time I order, I am filled with excitement.  The wide range of items offered on their website is sure to make everyone happy!  Take a look and find what fits you and yours!