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YumEarth {Giveaway} Closed

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

My boys love sweets! Let’s be honest here, I love them too! However, finding a treat that they love and that I feel good about giving them can be kind of tricky. I heard that advice to only eat products if you can pronounce all of the ingredients in them; but that can be really tough when it comes to finding fun and yummy snacks for my boys. When I first heard about YumEarth and how they make completely organic sweet treats I was a little unsure about how they would taste. I think sometimes organic sweets get a bad rap; but these do not fall into that category at all!

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YumEarth sent us their organic pops, gummy bears, and sour beans. The box was dropped off and as soon as I got it open my boys wanted to try some right away. I did too! The packaging was so bright and fun! We opened the oragnic pops first. The flavors were Perfectly Peach, Pomegranate Pucker, Very Very Cherry, and Strawberry Smash.

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Munchkin wanted the “orange” one first. I told him it wasn’t orange, but he was set on it. I was worried he wasn’t going to like it. Oh, I forgot to mention Batman made a surprise appearance that day! He loved them right away! I kept hearing things like “mmmm” and “these are yummy suckers Mommy.”

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I wasn’t going to be able to give Munchkin one with Baby Cakes standing right beside me. I unwrapped a Strawberry Smash, and  into his little mouth it went. At first, I could tell that he was really trying to get a feel for the treat. In seconds I knew exactly how he felt about it!

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These are seriously yummy! I’m a big fan of all things cherry flavored. I decided to give the Very Very Cherry a try. It literally tastes like some delicious sweet cherries. It didn’t taste at all like the ‘fake’ cherry flavoring I’ve had before. It tastes like real cherries. The gummy bears are a huge hit too! They come in the same flavors as the suckers only instead of Very Very Cherry they have Mango Tango. They boys gobbled them up. The sour beans are really good but they’re a bit tart for the boys. My Man J and I like them a lot though! One of the best parts about this product is that it’s free of a lot of ingredients that cause allergies. Hop over here to see a list of the ingredients found in their products.

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YumEarth was created by two dads who wanted to create something delicious and good for their kids. They state on their website that “we believe YumEarth tastes better because we choose real fruit extracts and planet friendly ingredients grown on sustainable family farms to sweeten our lives and yours…and because we love spectacular flavor and hand craft all our flavors to make them all tart and bright and delicious!” I’ve really enjoyed these products and they’ve made me feel better about giving my boys sweets. That’s why I wanted to extend the Father’s Day spirit this week by partnering with YumEarth for a giveaway.

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The winner of this giveaway will win a pack of YumEarth products valued at $25.

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 23rd and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by YumEarth, but all opinions are my own.

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Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates {Review}

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So I try to stay away from any food tasting reviews because I just know I will gobble it down in .5 seconds and then feel so guilty afterwards. But when Sjaak’s Organic Chocolate contacted me and I did my research, I knew I had to try at least one, or 3 😉

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Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates aims to create the highest quality gourmet organic chocolates possible while participating in fair trade practices and encouraging sustainable agriculture through the use of organic, non-GMO ingredients. It is also the goal of Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates to build a socially responsible, profitable business that can be carried on for generations to come.

They had me sold at gourmet organic chocolates! I am a huge health freak. The only chocolate I will eat is dark chocolate, so when they had Organic Dark Chocolates and Vegan chocolates, I jumped right on board!

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My husband tried the Milk Chocolate with Peanut Butter and I was able to devour the Dark Chocolate with Almonds and let me tell you! These candy bars are so delicious! What we loved about them is they were so rich in flavor but didn’t leave that chalky left-over taste to them.

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So, I realized I needed to explain why three truffles are missing from the tray. I came home from work and saw a box on the counter (I had forgotten I was expecting a package from Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates) and I ask my husband what was in the package. He then proceeds to tell me how crazy it is that I ordered a ton of Organic Chocolate that was probably very pricey, so to “punish me” he ate three Chocolate truffles. Hahaha, he felt horrible once he realized who they actually were from.

These truffles are probably the best truffles I’ve ever had, hands down. I am not a big fan of truffles just because (like I said earlier) they leave a chalky taste and are way to rich are for me. Let’s just say these were the first chocolates to disappear. The box came with a wide range of truffles, and none of them disappointed. You wont find weird ones like raspberry-orange-marmalade or something 😉

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Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates are not only incredible but they are very reasonably priced! My husband couldn’t believe how in-expensive they were for being Organic/Vegan.

These Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds where actually the last to leave our house. I savored every last bite of them. What I loved is they weren’t covered in a thick layer of dark chocolate, rather more like a coco powder of dark chocolate. Which is great because I didn’t feel heavy after eating them. Whenever I had a small chocolate craving, I would grab a few of these bad boys and felt like I fed my craving without stuffing it over the top!

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Lastly, Eli’s Earth bars. They are an amazing candy bar that not only is seriously so flavorful but whenever you purchase one, Eli’s Earth Bars will give back 5% to a non-profit charitble organization that benefits children. How amazing is that. So not only does it taste out of this world but it also helps so many little children around the world.

Sjaaks Organic Chocolate has a wide variety of chocolates that you HAVE to check out. What I love most is how they categorize their chocolates into seasons. What better way to say I love your or even HAPPY EASTER to someone with a box of chocolates. And the best thing, their shipping is super fast. I probably received mine 2-3 days after I ordered it all and nothing was melted.

I highly suggest ordering from Sjaak’s Organic Chocolate with Easter right around the corner. You wont regret it!

*This post was sponsored by Sjaaks Organic Chocolates, but all opinions are my own 

Seasonal Candy from Nestlé {Review}

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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Christmas is LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY!  I can barely contain my excitement.  I can. not. wait. to watch my kids open their gifts and stockings.  There are still a few things I need to round up to make sure their socks are extra lumpy — in a good way.  If you’re in the same boat, and you’re looking for more stocking stuffers (because you know that they’ll compare theirs to the next one), Nestlé’s got you covered.  This year, they’ve got some new products that fit perfectly inside stockings and make excellent gifts.

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I’m excited to tell you about two of their newest products: the SweeTARTS Stocking Stuffer Tin and the WONKA PIXY STIX Powder-Filled Candy Canes!

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The SweeTARTS tin is perfectly sized to snuggle down into a stocking.  It was a genius idea to have the candies individually wrapped within the tin, so as to avoid tempting the children to eat them all in one sitting, but I think it also is a little disappointing to see so much wrapper and not a lot of candy.IMG_9109

Here’s a fun recipe that the kids and I created together!  We were hungry for smoothies and candy, so we mixed it all together 🙂

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Blueberries, almond milk, SweeTARTS, and a lemonade packet–one of those skinny ones that is meant to pour into a water bottle.  These were delicious!!  We just gobbled down this blender full for a lunch snack.  It has a very tarty kick to it!  Sweet, fruity, creamy, and very very tart!  Yum!

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These new PIXY STIX candy canes are delicious!  They are sweet and tangy all around, and they don’t take very long to get to the center, which is filled with PIXY STIX cherry-flavored powder.  Holy amazing.  I’m a little scared to give these to my toddlers.  Who knows what kind of crazy things they’ll attempt on that kind of sugar high!  Maybe my husband and I will keep these for ourselves…

Check out all the Nestlé Seasonal Confections and recipes at www.simplycelebrate.meals.com and stock up on the best stocking stuffers available this year!  Get the PIXY STIX candy canes.  You won’t regret it.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Ooh La La Candy {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Did you experience the miraculous phenomenon of being able to get your kids to do practically anything for Halloween candy?  My word, my boys would eat a whole plate full of canned veggies if it meant they could have another piece from their Halloween stash.  Candy = magical.

oohlalacandy_logoNow kids probably don’t care if their candy was wrapped in fish paper or tin foil.  Candy is candy to them.  But to those of us with more refined taste, aka grownups, its ALL about the presentation!  Don’t you love going to upscale restaurants and enjoying the presentation of your meal?  I do.  Ooh La La Candy has some of the prettiest pouches of candy, all displayed in beautiful wrappings and colors.  Check these out:

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These would be so cute as stocking stuffers!!  I also love their barrels of candy and Cans O’ Candy:

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Beyond candy, the Ooh La La brand has of other appealing collections: Brew La La Coffee, Brew La La Tea, Ooh La La Cocoa, and Ooh La La Pourri!  Just look at these dreamy flavors of cocoa!  Considering all the cold weather and snow days that have hit a lot of us, don’t these just scream “eat me”?

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Ohh La La Brands graciously sent me a box of wonderful things to review:

candyIncluded here are two candy cupcakes, two boxes of gumballs, and a Lavender room spray.  All of these items are sold for $7.99.  Everything is just so adorably wrapped, its hard to want to open them!  Of course, the candy is tasty, beautiful, and lasts forever.  I’m really loving this room spray.  A few squirts really livens up a room, even my boys’ smelly bedroom.  Ooh La La carries six different scents, on top of linen water, potpourri bags and ultimate potpourri boxes.  Oh how I’d love to put one of those in our entryway!

I’ve decided Ooh La La Candy is probably the one of the best places to shop for gift basket goodies.  Can you imagine what a great gift idea it would be to gift a box of assorted goodies?  Candy cupcakes, flavored cocoa, potpourri, etc.  Mmm.  Again, these would all make fabulous stocking stuffer ideas, and there is only a $7.50 flat rate shipping on all U.S. orders.

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One lucky winner will receive a box of goodies much like what I received!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Dec 20th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Candy Galaxy {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Happy Easter!  We had a great day yesterday putting on our Easter Sunday best, listening to my cute four-year-old sing with the Primary kids at church, watching the boys discover their Easter baskets, taking a family afternoon nap, and then eating a delicious ham dinner.  It was a great day to think of our Savior and to usher in spring.

One of the omnipresent staples in an Easter basket is candy, and our boys were not lacking for candy in theirs!  They had a few of their favorites and also had a chance to try out some new (to them!) candy from Candy Galaxy.

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Candy Galaxy is an online candy store that features candy for all occasions — they have pre-made Easter baskets, gift baskets to send for movie nights, and fun choices for baby showers and weddings.  They also have categories to search the candy by color, which I thought would be perfect for planning themed birthday parties or other events.  One of the tabs that caught my eye, though, was the Nostalgic Candy that has Chick-o-Sticks, Cow Tales, Clark Bars, Candy Buttons, Necco Wafers, and Razzles!

We were sent the 1970s Retro Tin from Candy Galaxy, and my husband and I had the best time opening our own “Easter basket” chock-full of great candy that we remember eating as kids.  Our boys found the large rolls of Smarties, a set of Pixy Sticks, and candy necklaces in their Easter baskets yesterday, and they like those almost as much as their new kites!  Almost.

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Candy Galaxy also features the perfect candy for a (sometimes…) fun holiday — Pop Rocks for April Fools Day!  I attempted to explain April Fools Day to my little boy last night, and I’m excited for some fun jokes and tricks throughout the day.  Obviously, we’re going to be a little more tame this year, but a few ideas I found was to put Pop Rocks on the rim of a glass or to sprinkle some Pop Rocks on top of instant pudding for a surprise.  I can’t wait to try them out today, especially since the boys have never even heard of Pop Rocks!

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Candy Galaxy is offering a 24-pack of their new flavor Green Apple Pop Rocks to a Dandy Giveaway winner!  The set of Pop Rocks was sent to my house, so the winner will need to pay for shipping from North Carolina to you, but this means that the giveaway is WORLDWIDE!

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** This giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries, but the winner is required to pay shipping — I will email you a Paypal invoice before I ship to you from North Carolina.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of April 8th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Candy Galaxy, but all opinions are strictly my own. 

 

iScream Shop {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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One of my favorite segments from Jerry Seinfeld’s stand up is the one about Halloween.  He explains how the only “one clear thought” you have when you’re a kid is to “get candy!”  I thought it was funny (and probably true, for my sweet-toothed self!), but I have certainly seen that to be true in my 4-year-old over the past few months since he went trick or treating for the first time.  🙁

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The iScream Shop, though, is a great way to indulge your sweet tooth while remaining healthy and cavity-free, and they some fun products for all ages.  While I would certainly say that the shop is geared toward girls and young women, I was able to find some fun things for my boys to enjoy as well.  Here are a few of my favorite items:

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Of course we can’t do anything without taking the My 50 States Activity Book for my geography-loving little boy!   bedtimeThis Boys Bedtime Activity Book has been our FAVORITE addition to our bedtime routine and has provided a good opportunity for him to start writing each day.  There are lots of prompts, questions, pictures, etc. to get him thinking about recording his favorite thoughts of the day.  And, it comes in a girl version too:

girls bedtimeThese Hot Chocolate Poly Plush Pants are fun all season long:

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I really can’t get over all of the adorable cute owl items (that became trendy after I already bought my second son’s bedding, of course!), and the Owl Vintage Wristlet is cute for lots of girls.owlThere are lots of fun cards on CLEARANCE that would be perfect for a special Valentine next month, like this Camuoflage Heart Flip Card with Stickers.

cardsAnd plush blankets like this Airheads Poly Plush Blanket are my favorite for cozy nights on the couch watching movies with the family.

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One Dandy reader will win his/her choice of blanket, sham, or pillow from the iScream Shop to enjoy at home!  Enter to win below:

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.
** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, January 19th and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by iScream Shop, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Spidey and the Peacock

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Hello dandy friends!  Consider yourself very, very lucky.  I’ve stepped away from the candy bowl long enough to give you an account of our Halloween festivities.  😉

This year Banjo was really into the idea of begging for candy around the neighborhood.  We humored his interest with the typical parental candy fee for taking him.  “One for you.  Two for me.”  🙂

Of course he went as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

And what Spidey is complete without his loyal sidekick…

None other than the Pretty Peacock.

They were quite the hit of the block.

                             

Notice the missing peacock headpiece?  It didn’t survive the attempt to be eaten by Ruby.  *sigh*  Oh, well.  I think she’s cute enough to pull off the costume without the hair feathers.  🙂

Goodbye October.  Hello November!

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