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Seasonal Candy from Nestlé {Review}

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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.

Gold Toe Socks {Review}

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Socks are the gift of choice in our household this year!  My sister-in-law, who has been living with us for the past several months, has picked out almost a dozen of the most wonderful socks to give her husband this year, and it has really got me thinking about how socks can really be a great gift!  They can be fun, sophisticated, sentimental, or even just weird, and how fun that you can wear a new pair every day!  A good pair of socks keeps your feet cozy and warm, and that always makes me feel loved 🙂

Since socks are the theme of the season, I’m excited to show off a brand that is world-renowned for their quality and characteristic “gold toe”: Gold Toe Socks.

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I chose to review the Varigated Stripe Knee High 2 Pair, in Brown Heather/Paprika.

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I love em!  These are some high quality socks.  They are made of 72% combed cotton, which I learned about in my Textiles course in college as being a superior kind of cotton that has been brushed numerous times to align the fibers and create a soft and tight blend.

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The stitching on all of the gold toe socks has been reinforced for durability, and these pairs are void of any loose threads or stitching as far as I can tell.  They have a way of being warm and strong without feeling thick and bulky.  They fit inside my smallest shoes comfortably, as well as in my largest boots, without having to wear an extra pair of socks to fill them in.

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Gotta love that classic gold toe!  I can’t wait to wear these around the house during Christmas break and show them off to relatives.  These socks fit like a dream.  They are made for shoe sizes 6-9, but even my size 6.5 feet feel comfortably snug inside with extra rolling, bulging, or stretching.

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This 2-pair set is sold for $8.40, which is an excellent price, considering they are knee-high and there are two pairs.

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Take a minute to browse all the socks at Goldtoe, and remember that they sell socks for women, men, and children!

These are sold practically everywhere, including Kohl’s, Dillard’s, Macy’s, JCPenney, Elder Beerman, etc.  You can also purchase online at http://www.goldtoe.com/

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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.

Follow along!

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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.

See’s Candies Christmas Gifts {Review}

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I often marvel at how the fall and winter holidays can be so centered around food!  Some might argue that the point of Halloween is to obtain candy, there is practically nothing to Thanksgiving without a huge turkey feast, and what would Christmas be with all the beautiful and delicious treats and candies!  One year, we gave all our family members a box of chocolates, and since then, I think of Christmas and fine chocolates together!  If you’re also a chocolate-lover and a Christmas fanatic, you probably already know about See’s Candies and their delicious fine chocolates.  They carry a lovely array of Christmas gifts and chocolates that are so beautiful and tasty, they’d make fantastic gifts, stocking stuffers, or just wonderful treats to enjoy while cozied up around the fireplace.

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Having reviewed See’s before (see my previous review HERE), I knew what I really loved, so this time around, I went straight for a box of Holiday Fancy.  I have only raving reviews for this box.

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Charlie and I were trying to get out the door for a 5th Wedding Anniversary getaway weekend, and knowing these were on the way, we were pretty bummed that they hadn’t arrived yet.  Surprise, surprise, they had JUST been dropped on our doorstep on our way to the car!  We snatched them up with glee, and spent all weekend eating these lovelies.  So. Dang. Good.

 IMG_8652This box is filled with milk, dark and white chocolates, including Cashew Brittle, Caramel, Divinity Puff and Almond Square.  Every piece was remarkable.  Honestly, after ever piece, we would moan about how good it was.  Even the cream-filled, which are usually not my favorite, were just wonderful in my book.

See this thick round one that looks like an ottoman?  Scotchmallows.  My all-time favorite See’s chocolate.

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We also tried See’s Old-Fashioned Fudge Assortment!

IMG_8857This we saved for when we had company visiting.  We opened the box and passed around the fudge all night while we played Clue :).  This is perfect for holiday get-togethers.

fudgeThese fudges are packed with nuts.  Vanilla Walnut, Chocolate Walnut, and Bordeauxâ„¢ Pecan.  I’m a nut-lover, so I thought these were delicious, and boy, does this fudge last forever.  My less-of-a-nut-lover hubby still ate practically the entire chocolate bar (see above right picture) without complaint.

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Checkout the large array of mouth-watering sweets from See’s, particularly in their Christmas gifts section.

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*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. 

MOTORWORKS from Manhattan Toy {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I have this burning desire to have Christmas gifts bought and all gift projects at least started by mid-October.  November just gets so busy and trying to get things done in December can be a joke!  If you’re looking for some holiday gift ideas and you’re anxious to cross some things off your list, please visit Manhattan Toy and check out all their awesome toys!  They have dozens of great ideas for all ages, many of them award-winning toys!

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My toddler really hit the jackpot when Manhattan Toy sent him the Motorworks Race Pace Power Pack 2.0 to enjoy.  I simply took these cars out of the box to get a few pictures, and “Rocket” swooped in with glee and delight at these new cars.  There is nothing better than cars for little boys, am I right?!  He went crazy with these things!

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This pack contains these two wooden-frame cars and four shiny add-ons that help them go from street cars to sports cars by pressing the decals into the front, back, and side holes.

IMG_8300I love the natural wood look.  It makes these toys look a little more environmentally friendly and oh so sturdy.  The slick design and smooth edges are great for kids.  “Rocket” played all morning with these, and even after I put them away (in hopes of re-giving them to him for Christmas), he kept asking for his race cars all afternoon.

car1The add-ons are easy to plug in, and when inserted, don’t easily fall out.  They are made of plastic, but they seem strong enough to not chunk off if stepped on.

car2Even though these are designed for ages 3+, the baby loved them just as much!  I loved watching the two of them race these around the couch all morning together!

IMG_8315I think these would be great Christmas gifts for your son, grandson, nephew, neighbor.  They can be found at Manhattan Toy (www.manhattantoy.com) or other online toy stores.

Thanks, Manhattan Toy!  We’re your new biggest fans!

t233_a49cd5c9b1b0a32d941a0057d7ab27edEnter to win the Motorworks Race Pace Power Pack 2.0 ($30) below!

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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 6th 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.  

Simply Lulu Boutique {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Thank heaven for little girls!  Thank heaven for boutiques that carry darling flowers, bows, headbands and clips for these little girls!  Thank heaven for Simply Lulu Boutique!

If you have a little girl in your life, you’re going to love Simply Lulu Boutique!  Check out these darling flowers:

And then may I direct you to these adorable bows:

Then you can’t miss the lil korkers:

And if you haven’t completely fallen in love with Simply Lulu Boutique yet, look at these felt clips!

Darling, darling, just darling!  Simply Lulu Boutique also carries hats, beanies, headbands, petite bloom clips, and adapters so that you’re little muffin can wear the same accessory as a newborn, toddler, and little girl!  They specialize in versatility and in maximizing the use of these cute bows and flowers so that they are wearable throughout many stages of cuteness.  And here’s the best part:

I repeat, All items ship within one week to US via USPS for only $1.00!  Plus, everything in the store is customizable!  Do you need a specific combination of colors for your flower girls?  Simply Lulu’s Boutique has got you covered.  Especially because everything is so affordable!

One lucky winner will receive $10 to spend at Simply Lulu Boutique!

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  *This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, December 1st and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn. *This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Simply Lulu Boutique, but all opinions are strictly my own

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