Did You Hear?? New Flavors from Unilever Frozen Treats!! #ad


While I no longer eat ice cream or frozen treats ( sigh ), my three kids sure do! They absolutely love a sweet cold treat any day of the year, but with the weather warming up, they adore running around outside, Popsicle in hand, or having a big bowl of ice cream after they have been swimming.

So many of my memories as a kid in the summer time revolve around fun in the sun activities, and Popsicle was definitely involved! I can’t help but think how lucky my kids are, with all of the great varieties from Unilver ( maker of  Breyers, Good Humor, Klondike, MAGNUM Ice Cream and Popsicle ) they are sure to have tons of great memories made with summers full of sweet frozen treats in hand!

Unilever, the world’s largest ice cream company, is rolling out 17 new frozen treats in 2016 across five of its ice cream brands – Breyers, Good Humor, Klondike, MAGNUM Ice Cream and Popsicle. Each brand is scooping out a delicious assortment of popular flavors and favorite desserts reimagined as frozen treats, which are now available in grocery stores nationwide.


“At Unilever, we’re on a consistent journey to better understand the connection consumers have to ice cream,” said Nick Soukas, Director of Ice Cream at Unilever. “We’ve discovered that nostalgia and memorable moments are two reasons consumers enjoy ice cream. With this in mind, we’ve reimagined favorite flavors and pairings that cultivate great memories – like birthday cake, s’mores and chocolate and peanut butter – to surprise and delight our ice cream fans.”

Breyers Inspires Delicious Family Moments with New Varieties

Breyers has brought families together over frozen treats since 1866. In celebration of this anniversary, Breyers is introducing a full-frozen twist on ice cream cake. And for the first time, Breyers is introducing a line of conveniently, pre-portioned snack cups, perfect for a quick treat or fun gathering.

  • Breyers Ice Cream Cake offers Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream and loads of chocolatey crunchies, sandwiched between Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream, the perfect treat for even the smallest occasion.
  • Breyers Chocolate Peanut Butter features Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream made with a real peanut butter swirl for the perfect balance of rich chocolatey flavor and creamy peanut butter.
  • Breyers Coconut Fudge combines real coconut shreds and a fudge swirl to create the most decadent dessert combination.
  • Breyers Chocolate Snack Cups features smooth Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream made with fresh cream and rich Dutch cocoa, in a pre-portioned snack cup.
  • Breyers Natural Vanilla Snack Cups includes Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream, made with simple ingredients like fresh cream, sugar, milk and Rainforest Alliance Certified vanilla beans, in a pre-portioned snack cup.

Breyers Gelato Indulgences Adds Four New Varieties

Breyers Gelato Indulgences is adding four new deliciously indulgent flavors to its lineup. All four flavors feature a rich trio of textures, including creamy gelato, luscious sauce and gourmet toppings.

  • Breyers Gelato Indulgences Chocolate Fudge Truffle features creamy milk chocolate gelato with a rich fudge swirl and gourmet chocolate truffles.
  • Breyers Gelato Indulgences Chocolate Hazelnut combines chocolate gelato with hazelnut flavor, a luscious chocolate hazelnut sauce and gourmet chocolate curls.
  • Breyers Gelato Indulgences Peanut Butter Chocolate features creamy peanut butter gelato with a milk chocolate swirl and gourmet chocolate peanut butter cups.
  • Breyers Gelato Indulgences Salted Caramel Truffle combines salted caramel gelato with a creamy caramel sauce and gourmet salted caramel truffles.

Good Humor Brings Joy from Ice Cream Truck to Store Freezers

From sticks to sandwiches, Good Humor has been reimagining America’s favorite candies and desserts as delicious frozen treats for more than 95 years. This year, Good Humor is introducing two delicious new offerings designed to bring even more joy from its iconic truck to freezers across the country.

  • Good Humor Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich, currently available in the Northeast, features creamy, frozen chocolate-flavored dessert, coated in chocolate chips and sandwiched between two chocolate cookies with milk chocolate chips.
  • Good Humor OREO® Cone, with its chocolate wafer cone, is filled with frozen cookies and cream dessert and topped with real OREO® pieces.

Klondike Cooks up New S’Mores Stickless Bar

This year, Klondike is expanding its line of classic, stickless bars to include a new variety that will take ice cream fans back to the campfire – Klondike S’Mores Stickless Bars.

  • Klondike S’Mores features creamy marshmallow ice cream laden with sweet graham cracker swirls inside a delightfully breakable milk chocolate flavored shell.

MAGNUM Expands Doubles Offerings

MAGNUM Ice Cream is the only leading ice cream bar made with delicious Belgian Chocolate. This year, it is expanding its MAGNUM Doubles ice cream line – which features two layers of decadent chocolate around a layer of sauce – to include new twists on classic flavor pairings like chocolate-covered raspberries and chocolate and vanilla.

  • MAGNUM Double Raspberry features refreshing raspberry ice cream, raspberry sauce and a crackling coating made with rich, Belgian chocolate.
  • MAGNUM Double Chocolate Vanilla offers the perfect balance of silky vanilla bean ice cream, decadent chocolate sauce and a crackling coating made with rich, Belgian chocolate.

Popsicle Introduces Refreshing New Flavors

This year, Popsicle – the original summertime treat – will offer three new varieties that inspire summertime fun at any age.

  • Popsicle Tropical Paradise comes in four refreshing tropical flavors, including Mango, Strawberry-Banana, Island Punch and Pineapple.
  • Popsicle Sugar Free Red Classics offers a better-for-you treat in all your favorite red flavors, including Cherry, Raspberry, and Strawberry.
  • Popsicle Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™, complete with Michelangelo™, Donatello™, Raphael™ and Leonardo™, includes four action-packed flavors: Orange Fury, Cherry Crush, Blue Raspberry Blast and Smashing Grape.



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Rainforest Journey Review


Rainforest Journey is the first e-learning science program from EdTechLens. It covers the life sciences component of the elementary school science curriculum and covers the same concepts in increasing complexity for grades K-5.

Recently my 5th grade daughter and I were given the chance to check out and review this program. The program can be used on your computer, phone or tablet, which is convenient so that my daughter has the capability of using the program on her tablet in her room, in the car, etc.


With 34 lessons broken down into 5 sections, my daughter was able to easily navigate the program and work at her own pace. This program features beautifully bright photographs, and short videos that make the program a ton of fun! This program is not only easy to navigate through the child’s dashboard, but it’s a snap to keep track of their progress and activities through the parent’s dashboard as well. The whole thing is a breeze to use and my daughter really enjoyed how learning through these interactive lessons.


This is a great program for children, especially those who benefit from visual style learning. The program definitely was so much fun and visually pleasing, that my daughter didn’t seem to mind taking the quizzes or assessments! This was a nice change of pace from our normal routine, that’s for sure—she’s never too fond of tests when they roll around.

She definitely is thoroughly enjoying the program and loves her Monday and Wednesday lessons. It’s helped her not only get in her science hours, but has improved her computing skills as well. This is a great program for not only the classroom, but for the home school classroom as well. I know when the time comes, my boys will definitely benefit from the program throughout their home school careers as well. I only wish that this program went beyond 5th grade, as I know my daughter would enjoy/benefit from it greatly.

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Big News! I’m Attending the Gluten Free and Allergy Free Expo!

I am super duper excited to announce that I am going to be attending the Gluten Free and Allergy Free Expo in Schaumburg, Chicago May 14th and 15th at the Schaumburg Convention Center ( find out more info here )!  Not only is this exciting for the blog, but as a mother of a child who has several food allergies, I am practically over the moon—and so is she!


This is the third stop on their expo tour, and I was super excited to learn that they would be coming to a location near me after seeing what a blast my bestie Misty had in Atlanta! After their Schaumberg stop they will continue on to Dallas, Worchester (MA) , Secaucus (NJ), and Phoenix, so if you aren’t close to Chicago, you still have the chance to join in on the Gluten Free and Allergy Free expo fun! I am so super excited to get to attend my first expo and try a ton of new products, so stay tuned for my post sure to be full of pictures of our expo adventure!! Click here for tickets!


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Remington’s iCoffee Opus, A Coffee Junkies Review.



As a Mother of three children, I have found that coffee is quite important…scratch that, VERY important. It keeps me running when I don’t feel like moving, and I’m not honestly sure how I would make it through the day without it’s goodness. Needless to say, I am more than interested in coffee related items, especially products that MAKE coffee.


For a while now, I have been using either my french press or a mini-single cup brewing system. These have worked just fine, but as the true coffee lover that I am, I am always on the hunt for the next best thing, so when I had the opportunity to review the iCoffee Opus, I obviously jumped at the chance. This would definitely be the biggest and most expensive coffee brewing system of any kind I had ever owned, but does bigger equal better?


When my box arrived in the mail, I have to admit, I was immediately impressed with the sheer size of the box, but also a little intimidated. Would this be complicated? Would it be bulky and overwhelming? I wasn’t sure…but the idea of being able to have the option of making a lot more coffee with the press of a button really had me excited…so let’s look at the specs—


The SpinBrew™ Technology in every iCoffee® single serve brewer spins, steams and stirs right inside any K-compatible cup to brew coffee that always tastes Impossibly Smooth™.

All iCoffee® single serve brewers are compatible with every K-Cup®, OneCup™, RealCup™ capsule, and all private label cups**.

The exclusive SafetyLock™ locks the single-serve brew head during the brewing process, protecting consumers.

  • SpinBrew™ Technology
    • – Spins, steams & stirs inside the cup
  • Dial-a-Brew™
    • – From 4 to 12 ounces in ½ ounce increments
  • Large 75 ounce water reservoir
  • Energy Saver mode and automatic shut-off
  • Removable drip tray allows for larger mugs, including most travel mugs
  • Size: 13 1/8″ (H) x 10″ (W) x 13 1/8″ (D)
  • Weight: 10.75 lbs


Verdict? I love it. I love The sleek design, and even though it is large, it still looks great on my counter and isn’t too overwhelming. It has a super large reservoir ( 75 ounces! ), which I LOVE and I can change the ounce amount I desire in 1/2 ounce increments that with a little math can totally rock your coffee loving world ( holy coffee customization, Batman! ) …this definitely blows my little brewer and french press out of the water.

Another thing I love about the Opus, is that it works with ALL k-cups, the name brand, cheapies, you name it…it also comes with a nifty little reusable poptop cup that you can fill with ANY coffee you desire—so if your favorite brand doesn’t offer kcups, no problem!


This is such a great single-cup brewing system, I couldn’t be more pleased and I definitely think that for the looks, the convenience and pure performance excellence, it is definitely worth the price tag.

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Laundry Tips For Keeping Your Clothing Looking Like New + Free Laundry Routine Printable!


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I am ALWAYS being asked how I keep my kids clothing looking so nice, how they have so many fabulous outfits and how I am able to re-sell their clothing after usually at least one year use. For starters, I am a SUPER thrifty shopper, I love a good bargain, and don’t mind buying used clothing, but I have to admit, the biggest secret to their beautiful fresh looking clothing is my laundry routine.


I have pretty much gotten my laundry routine down to a science, and figured out what works for us, our machine and our stains. It’s super simple, saves us money and on occasion MAKES me money–and you CANNOT beat that.

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To start  with, I do not use any type of stain remover/releaser, I simply remove the clothing when the stain happens ( bringing an extra set of clothing for kids is always a great idea ), rinse the stain out, and put it in a wet bag until we get home to the machine. If we are home, I might soak it in cold water and throw it in the machine if rinsing isn’t sufficient.

For my regular routine, I simply follow a very easy list of steps that leaves our clothing looking vibrant and fabulous!  1. I start by sorting the colors and materials. Keeping more delicate materials together keeps them from getting worn out as easily. 2. I then set my machine to COLD. I never use warm or hot water, unless I am washing bath towels. 3. I then add a high quality laundry detergent, like Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Laundry Detergent! I purchase this detergent from Sam’s Club. It’s VERY reasonably priced and comes in two great fragrances, Fresh Scent and Paradise Splash. It leaves my clothing clean, vibrant and smelling great. 4. Next, I hang dry the majority of our clothing. We only use our dryer for towels, pj’s, undies and sometimes jeans, the majority of the time we hang dry our other clothing on a drying rack and sometimes in warmer weather on a clothing line ( but out of the sunshine to prevent fading ). This prevents shrinkage and fading. It also seems to prevents our clothing from developing holes.


This is a GREAT routine that leaves our clothing looking nice, vibrant and like new. This keeps us in our clothing longer and allows me to make money back to purchase new clothing for my littles once they have outgrown their existing wardrobe.


Our laundry routine is such an important part of our lives, I feel that it is important that everyone in our household remembers it–especially Daddy!

GET THIS CUTE LAUNDRY ROOM SIGN! I created this super adorable printable that reminds him ( and everyone else ) of the Laundry Steps. It’s helpful and looks great and I have decided to share it with you! I simply chose to print mine through a local photo printing service on 8×10 photo paper, and it looks fabulous—and cost me around $3 dollars. Such a fun cheap reminder!

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Download the Printable here.



Choosing a great laundry detergent is such an important part of keeping your clothes looking their best. This Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean Detergent from Sam’s Club and www.samsclub.com, has served us well, is HE washer safe, has patented Ultra Clean Technology that aids in removing stains, even in cold water, which works perfectly with our routine!


Do you have a laundry routine you love or tried the Member’s Mark detergent from Sam’s Club? Let me know in the comments below!


Stylin’ and Giving Back with Schoola!


Around our house we are big fans of Schoola ( an online shop full of fabulous new and gently used pieces with 40% of the proceeds going to schools ) and we have been for some time. This little Jacket by Coco Bon Bons,  is one of my most favorite pieces we have ever found—and we have found some good stuff! The jacket is not only adorable, but it doubles as a jacket and raincoat! The coat arrived to us in great condition, even being used, and is bright, nice and has years and years worth of wear left! He and I both love it and I am so glad that I ordered it a size larger than normal, so that he can get even more wear from this adorable coat!

Since signing up with Schoola, we have found so many great deals, making it one of my go-to sites for online shopping! As I have stated in the past, we live on a very small budget and finding great deals on quality pieces of clothing, shoes and accessories really makes the difference in our budget! It definitely appeals to me, to not only save so much, but to be able to support of local schools in the process!



Schoola has such a wide variety of clothing, shoes and accessories, there is definitely a style for just about anyone! Schoola was kind enough to send us a few pieces of clothing their team picked out for us, and we couldn’t be more pleased with their selections!

These super adorable, preppy styled outfits look fabulous on my little ones! The plaid button down from Ralph Lauren, is not only trendy, but great for dressing up and for casual every day wear, making it a staple in any little guy’s wardrobe! The fleece vest from Oshkosh also adds a nice layered touch that really makes the outfit stand out!

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My daughter ( shown from the back wearing her adorable Schoola backpack ) is wearing a color coordinated cap sleeved t-shirt, also from Ralph Lauren. I was quite pleased that all of these pieces were bright/vibrant, with no fading what-so-ever ( something that’s pretty important to me ) and in great condition all the way around. Leelah ( my daughter ), has on an adorable bright yellow baret style hat, also from Schoola, from a past purchase, that I thought looked adorable in combination.

My kids have already gotten so much use out of their adorable outfits, and they have even made appearances in several photo shoots! ( this photo below was taken for an Easter themed craft photo shoot )


Give Back! If you are interested in donating clothing to help give back to our Schools–such as helping to fund programs in schools such as art, music, field trips and physical education, simply request a bag here and one will be sent your way at no cost. Simply fill your bag with great gently used, high quality clothing that your child outgrew a little too fast, or even new stuff that you or your kids just don’t seem to wear, then pick your school you would like to donate to! We picked a local school that my son attends, but you can choose any that you like! And guess what ? Schoola pays for the shipping! How cool!



Have you purchased from or donated to Schoola in the past? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂 And if you haven’t don’t forget to check them out and request a postage paid donation bag! With guilt-free shopping like this, you definitely won’t regret it!


My Sugar Free Easter with PEEPS®


Nothing has ever said Easter to me like PEEPS®. As long as I can remember, I started my Easters by waking up to a basket full of yummy PEEPS®-goodness! Unfortunately, I come from a long line of diabetics, and because of heredity, developed diabetes at a young age. This was one of THE most depressing things I have ever experienced. Not only was my help in jeopardy, but I felt like I was always missing out on all of my favorite seasonal treats—especially during my favorite holiday for sweets, Easter.



Recently I discovered that my favorite Easter treat was once again an option for me…! Sugar Free PEEPS® ! To be honest, I was a little apprehensive about tasting them to begin with, as some sugar free candies and food are absolutely disgusting. This was NOT the case with PEEPS®. They aren’t exactly the same, but they are pretty darn close! About the closest a sugar free candy has came to being like the original. I would even dare to say.


So this year, not only will Sugar Free PEEPS® be in our Easter baskets, but they will be adorning my Sugar Free cupcakes and other treats! I am so excited to be able to place them along with my other adorable Spring/Easter inspired goodies on our Easter table, and elated that I can actually eat them! Hooray!


There are so many cute ways to use PEEPS® ( as you have seen in some of my previous posts ), but this year, for my Sugar Free PEEPS® I kept it pretty simple and elegant, placing them on top of my sugar free cupcakes. I think they look so adorable, and really give my plates of treats a vibrant pop of color. I cant wait to see what other ways I will end up using them, and would love if you would share some of your Sugar Free PEEPS® inspired ideas with me in the comments below!  Want 20% off your next PEEPS® order? No minimum required, from February 15 through April 15, 2016. Discount code: EASTERTREATS

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Have A Wonderful Easter with Halos!

“In season November through April, Halos are easy to pack in lunches, great to share at kid’s activities and sporting events, and make a healthy snack choice any time of the day. Not only are they the perfect (healthy) snack to include in your Easter baskets or decorate your Easter table, but they also make for a great addition to family friendly recipes that are great for Easter entertaining! ”

With Mandarins such as Wonderful Halos providing 45 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, they are the perfect snack for kiddos. We decided to shake things up a bit this year,  and incorporate them into not only our Easter snacking, but our decor as well.


My kids took these adorable, easy to peel treats and gave them a little bit of Easter flair! Using permanent markers, they drew sweet little rabbit and chick faces on each one of their Wonderful Halos—they didn’t stop there, they even attached ears, created outfits, and one of them even got it’s own little hand made paper basket.

My 11 year old daughter assisted my 2 year old son in this activity, and let me tell you, they had a blast! Between munching on the delicious ( 50 calorie only ) snacks, and getting their crafty groove on, they spent the better part of their afternoon in Halo heaven! We even hid the Halos around the living room for my little guy to find! This was super fun and a lot less of a mess than hiding boiled eggs.


With so many fun activities and  ways of incorporating your Wonderful Halos into delicious Easter dishes, they are sure to become an Easter staple around our home…so much healthier than candy and a whole lot less mess than eggs ( and tastier too! ) These naturally sweet beauties definitely should not be forgotten this Easter season!






Planning Your Easter/Spring Menu with Jennie-O

Easter Brunch with Jemmie O

Planning your Easter/Spring Menu has literally never been easier, with Jennie-O with their complete Easter Menu! Whip up a delicious brunch or dinner with their fabulous menu resource, that includes not only the classics, but a modern and gluten free menu option as well!

Not only are the menus planned out for you, they include the full recipes with photos as well as a calculator to assist in amounts and thaw times needed for your perfect Easter meal!

Easter Dinner Menu from Jennie O

Some of my favorite  recipe ideas include:  SWEET & SASSY MARMALADE-GLAZED TURKEY , MINI CHOCOLATE MINT CHEESECAKES as well as HONEY GLAZED TURKEY and so much more! I definitely suggest checking out their Menu Planning page here, and checking out all of their fabulous recipes and suggestions.

Here is a sample recipe of  a brunch favorite :

Candied Turkey Bacon

Candied Turkey Bacon


1 (12-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon

1 cup maple syrup

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 to 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes


Heat oven to 325°F. Grease wire racks; place on baking sheets.

Dip each bacon slice in maple syrup. Sprinkle generously with brown sugar. Arrange in single layer on wire racks. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until browned and candied.

Sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes over bacon. Let stand on rack to cool before serving.


Take A Peep Into Our Easter + A PEEPS® Giveaway!


I don’t know about you, but whenever I think of Easter, I think of PEEPS®–and vise versa. Ever since I was a kid, it wasn’t Easter if I didn’t have a package of PEEPS®  awaiting me on Easter morning.

These days, there are a whole lot more PEEPS® options, and even though I’m not a kid, I still REALLY dig them–and there are a whole lot more options to love! Here are a few of the super fun ways we incorporated PEEPS® into our Easter!


PEEPS®  themed Easter baskets are a super fun ( and delicious! ) way of celebrating one of my favorite holidays. My kids are major PEEPS® fanatics like me and I just know that they are going to be super thrilled to wake up Easter morning to the super yummy baskets that are not only filled with PEEPS® deliciousness, but PEEPS® themed non-edible gifts as well!


It’s sort of become a little bit of a tradition in our household to collect PEEPS® themed collectibles during the different holidays, and with all of the great options available, there are tons of fun goodies to gift and collect! Above, besides the edible goodies, we have a pair of PEEPS® earbuds, socks and a little mini-orange peep! These adorable collectibles are perfect for preserving the delicious memories of the super yum PEEPS® holiday goodness!


Another way we use PEEPS®  in our holiday celebrations are using them on our super tasty baked treats. Below we sat the super tasty Party Cake Flavored PEEPS® a top a beautiful tie-dye cake, iced with green icing and green food colored coconut shreds to mimic grass. I think they turned out absolutely adorable and they tasted even better!! MMM! These were a huge hit with the entire family, not just the kids!


Last, but certainly not least, we created Easter goody baskets MADE with PEEPS® products! This is a super fun, easy idea that kids can get involved with! We simply super glued the boxes together ( I did this part ) and then had the kids stuff the basket full of goodies! We used our Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales bags of Jelly Beans in the bottom to boost the packages up to the top for better viewing–these Jelly Beans are also quite fabulous and definitely a step up from your run of the mill Jelly Bean.  These baskets were also a BIG hit, and everyone really thought the idea was genius! This would be a great gift for a child, but also for a favorite adult or teacher!


Wanna know exactly what products we used to create these fabulous Easter goodies?? Here is a list with the links in which can find them! Make sure and check them out and have fun creating a PEEPS®-tastic Easter—And as a special bonus. Peeps has shared an amazing discount code with the Homemaking Heather readers, valid for 20% on your next purchase, no minimum required, from February 15 through April 15, 2016. Discount code: EASTERTREATS

  • PEEPS® Orange Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Orange Fudge: These three Chicks are orange delight flavored and dipped in orange fudge to enhance the flavor. Share them with your friends or keep them for yourself!
  • PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks: The five and 15 count packages of the iconic PEEPS® Chicks are available in classic Easter colors including yellow, pink, blue, lavender, green, and orange Chicks! The 10 count package of Chicks is available in all of the classic Easter colors as well as white.
  • PEEPS® Marshmallow Bunnies: The four count bunnies come in classic yellow, pink and blue colors. The 12 count bunnies come in classic colors as well as lavender, white, green and orange. The 16 count are packaged in classic colors plus lavender and green.
  • PEEPS® Decorated Eggs: Nine white eggs iced with pastel colors in 3 unique designs, these eggs are great for recipes, crafts and immediate consumption.
  • PEEPS® Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks: Ten delicious vanilla cake flavored marshmallow chicks sprinkled with fun rainbow confetti.
  • PEEPS® Sour Watermelon Flavored Marshmallow Chicks: Sweet and sour flavors collide to create a burst of watermelon in these ten green chicks with a blush pink center.
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks: Three delectable chocolate mousse-flavored Chicks dipped in either creamy milk or dark chocolate.
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Chicks: Individually wrapped marshmallow chicks covered in either milk or dark chocolate.
  • PEEPS® Rainbow Pop: Four chicks in colors yellow, green, pink and blue marshmallow on a stick- it’s like a colorful PEEPS® lollipop.
  • MIKE AND IKE® Easter Treats: Bring chewy, fruity goodness this Easter season with a 10 oz. gift bag of MIKE AND IKE® Easter Treats flavors. Filled with grape, pineapple-banana, strawberry, lemon-lime, and cherry-flavored MIKE AND IKE® candies – and all made with real fruit juice – this gift will put a spring in anybody’s step as the bright new season gets underway.
  • MIKE AND IKE® Jellybeans: The Assorted Fruits MIKE AND IKE® JELLY BEANS are a fan favorite.
  • HOT TAMALES® Jellybeans:  Celebrate Easter with our cinnamon-flavored jelly beans (14 oz. package)

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Hopping Into Spring With Eleni’s New York


If you have followed my blog, you probably know that my kids and I recently celebrated Valentine’s Day by decorating our very own Color me! Heart shaped cookies from Eleni’s New York. The kids had a ton of fun, and honestly, we became a little addicted to these amazing cookies from Eleni’s. In what is hopefully becoming a holiday tradition, we received a box of delicious Spring/Easter cookies to celebrate the new season!


When the Colorful Cottontails Gift Set arrived to our home, and honestly, we were absolutely over the moon! These cookies are absolutely gorgeous, so gorgeous in fact, it was a little hard to bite their darling little heads off. But we made it through 😉 These cookies are literally THE cutest cookies I have ever eaten and looked so cheerful displayed as a part of our Spring/Easter set up.

These would make THE perfect addition to a beautiful Easter celebration/dinner, and I kind of wish we had saved a few for ours, but it was seriously way too hard. These little cookies are just as addictive as they are cute, so it’s literally impossible to keep them around for long.


I also want to point out that these cookies would make THE most adorable gift to send to someone. They arrive in a really adorable super high-end style box and again, are the cutest. I know I would be so excited to see a box of Eleni’s Colorful Cottontails arrive at my home…especially if it was unexpected.

With cookies for literally every occasion, you simply cannot go wrong gifting with Eleni’s. I had a blast just going through their website and looking at all of their fabulous options, and you better believe that next time I am in NY, they are on the top of my must visit list. They are just THAT good.


With all of that said, I want to remind you all that not only are Eleni’s cookies Kosher, but they are nut free! Something that is super amazing to our family, as my 11 year old daughter has a really frustrating nut allergy. Anytime I find an amazing nut free product, you better believe we are all over it. And that’s sort of an understatement when it comes to how fast our Eleni’s New York cookies vanish!

I highly recommend checking out their website for not only your Spring/Easter cookie needs, but for just about any occasion, season or just when you need a super delicious treat to give yourself a pick-me-up. You won’t be sorry you did. MMM.DSC_3193

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My Easter Table featuring Oriental Trading + Chocolate Inspired Mini Easter Baskets!


Easter is one of my very favorite holidays, that is a fact. I love the pastel colors, the cheery designs and the fresh spring feeling that comes with putting out the Easter decor. I absolutely love planning out what I am going to put out and where I am going to put it, but I also love planning my Easter table decor just as much…like what we will eat on, for our Easter celebration, what goodies I will include, the sweet decorations I will put out. It’s definitely one of my most favorite things to plan for. With that said,  I genuinely hate the anxiety that comes along with hunting down the things I need. I despise going all over town to find all the supplies ( if I even can! ), I hate fighting crowds and just everything that goes along with planning a celebration–to other than planning and then actually decorating, of course.

Recently, I discovered the absolute JOY of shopping with Oriental Trading Company ( believe me when I say joy! ) ! I was able to fully plan my son’s classroom Valentine’s Day party in around 30 mins without leaving the house! So I definitely knew that I definitely had to do the same thing for Easter–no question.


I was able to find all of the things I need—no compromising, and set up what I feel is going to be a truly beautiful table for my little family to enjoy on Easter. I was honestly truly surprised to see how many absolutely gorgeous items that they carry, and wish I had started my love affair with Oriental Trading a bit sooner!

Check out the awesome supplies I picked up for Easter 2016! I am absolutely in love!


1. Suitcase Centerpiece. This was my favorite new Easter addition. Its cardboard and 12″ x 5″ x 10″. It’s well made and stunningly beautiful. I have been able to do so many things with it since receiving it.

2. Mini Paper Easter Baskets. These come in 4 colors: Yellow, Purple, Pink and Blue. They have a bunny on one side and a sweet little chick on the other. These are quite tiny, but totally perfect to put at each place setting. They are  2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 4″.

3. Vintage Collection  Paper Dessert Plate. These plates are absolutely stunning and super shabby chic! I am seriously in love with these paper plates, and wish I could use them for every meal 😉 8 plates are included in each pack.

4. Vintage Collection Hanging Fans. You receive 6 hanging fans in different sizes and colors–you definitely need to check out this listing to see how BEAUTIFUL these fans are! I decided to use two of the fans on the table, and hang the rest from the ceiling on the day.

5. Light Blue Cups. You get 24 in a pack,. These are nice sturdy cups.

6. Vintage Collection Paper Napkins.  You get 16 beautiful napkins that match perfectly with the Vintage Collection plates! These are super sweet and lovely.


I also ordered the adorable Plush Chocolate Bunnies shown here, you get 1 dozen with either blue, yellow or green ribbons. These are SO adorable and can be used in so many ways. The sweet little Chocolate Flavored Bunny Suckers ( You also receive a dozen ) are also super cute, not to mention delicious. I think everything came together so nicely, and I couldn’t be more pleased!

I was so excited about Easter, that I also created a few sweet Chocolate Inspired Mini Easter Baskets with items from Oriental Trading Company as well. These are cute little baskets that only contain one actual edible item, but are truly sweet!


Each little basket comes from Oriental Trading, they are called Pastel Round Easter Baskets. You receive one dozen, 2 of each color, including: Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink, Orange and Purple. These sweet little baskets are perfect for gifting a little something and come with two little handles.

I also included the Plush Bunnies from above, as well as the chocolate Bunny Suckers. One new addition is the Chocolate Candy-Printed Plastic Easter Eggs. These are SO cute, and SO unique. I have never seen any plastic eggs like them, and I think they make the perfect addition to this Chocolate themed basket. You receive 78 eggs, which I think is amazing.

The rest of the chocolate themed goodies were actually leftovers I had from Valentine’s Day ( also from Oriental Trading), that I thought were absolutely perfect. I included a Chocolate Bar Notepad, A Chocolate Bar Eraser and a Chocolate Bar Pencil Sharpener. It all went together so perfectly, and makes for a super sweet gift that isn’t full of sugar—something that most parents can appreciate!


Check out Oriental Trading Company on their Website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Youtube! I know they will be happy that you stopped by—and if you are planning ANY sort of event or holiday celebration…or just like cute goodies, I know you will be too! 🙂





Mrs. Renfro’s Review + Giveaway!


My family and I are HUGE fans of Salsa. We adore the stuff, so when I was given the chance to review for Mrs. Renfro’s, I was ecstatic! I was really excited to try out a new Salsa, but even more excited to find out that Mrs. Renfro’s is so much more than just salsa!

I chose the: Mild Tomato Relish, Classic Barbecue Sauce-Medium, Black Bean Salsa-Medium and Mild Salsa. These come in 16 ounce glass jars and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to give them a try.


Though I literally loved every single jar, I have to say that my very favorite was the Mild Tomato Relish. I literally used this stuff with everything, though my favorite uses were in my Chili and Cottage Cheese! Though that sounds a little odd, it was absolutely delicious! There are just so many uses and I think it’s just an over all ammmmazing relish!

My next favorite is the Black Bean Salsa! I was a little worried with it being Medium that it might be a little too spicy for my taste, as I normally prefer mild salsas, but I have to say that I found it to be absolutely fantastic! Though it was spicy, it wasn’t overpowering and was absolutely delicious! I enjoyed this salsa with my favorite tortilla chips, and my kids did as well!

The Mild Salsa was also really yummy and the Classic Barbecue Sauce was  fabulous as well! I ate the Salsa with chips as well as also adding it to my chili and the Barbecue Sauce was used with a DELICIOUS batch of pulled pork we recently made for sandwiches.

These jars are all SUPER reasonably priced ( something that I love! ) and I love the packaging/recipes. These are absolutely hands down my new favorite Salsas as well as Tomato Relish and to be perfectly honest, I have repurchased several of these items since finishing these review jars up! They are that good!

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John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks, A Review+Giveaway


Being the “foodie” that I am, I have really been enjoying doing a ton of yummy food reviews lately. So when I had the opportunity to review the Sampler Pack ( 6 full sized boxes for 19.99 ) from John WM. Macy’s CheeseSticks, I jumped on board!

The Sampler Components: One 4-ounce carton each of Original Cheddar and Melting Parmesan CheeseSticks; one 4.5-ounce carton each of Asiago & Cheddar and Sesame Gruyère CheeseCrisps; and one 5-ounce carton each of Madagascar Vanilla and Dutch Chocolate SweetSticks.


With six boxes to try, there was definitely something for everyone in our household. We all had our own favorites, and there were few that a few of us didn’t care for as much as the others, but the overall consensus were that there was definitely something for everyone to enjoy!

I personally really enjoyed the Melting Parmesan, especially in tomato soup. I found that these CheeseSticks kept their form and didn’t just go mushy like crackers tend to, not to mention the flavor combo is fantastic! I also really enjoyed dipping them in french onion dip. Yum!

My 2 and 6 year old sons really enjoyed the Cheddar Cheese Crisps and requested them with their sandwiches and for snacks each day. These are a great little snack for kids or adults! They can make a great simple snack or a nice addition to a party spread.

My daughter most enjoyed the Dutch Chocolate SweetSticks! She enjoyed them on their own, but especially in addition to ice cream! I have to admit, they are pretty tasty and quite addictive.



Whether you are looking for a great addition to a savory dish, a tasty snack or something to add to a party menu, definitely check out John WM. Macy’s CheeseSticks!

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Slammin’ Organic Slammers Super Food Snack! + Giveaway!



My kids are snackers. They love to snack throughout the day, and honestly, they come by it pretty naturally. Recently I took to searching out healthy snacks that I can feel ok about. As luck would have it, I was introduced to Organic Slammers by a friend who raved about how delicious they were, that they were full of good stuff, including veggies, and the fact that her niece just loved them.

I knew we had to try them!



We tried six flavors, two Protein Slammers in: Pomegranate Grape Crush ( grape, pomegranate, coconut, apple, banana and purple carrot ) and Watermelon Kiwi Burst (strawberry, kiwi, watermelon, apple, banana, and beet) and four Superfood Slammers: Awesome ( bananas, blueberries, strawberries, beets, acai and amaranth), Pumped (banana, mango, butternut squash, ancient grains and cinnamon), Chill’n ( bananas, blueberries, butternut squash, Greek yogurt and yumberry ) and Epic(mangoes, bananas, carrots, orange Greek yogurt and real vanilla)!

The kids were especially fond of Awesome and Pumped, but weren’t too big on the Pomegranate Grape Crush, though I thought it was pretty darn delicious! And when I say pretty fond, I mean in love. They adore these little Slammers pouches and ate through them a little more quickly than I should probably admit!



But besides being tasty, these Slammers are made from ingredients grown on certified organic farms, they have no sugar added AND have no artificial ingredients! They are also packed with tons of nutrients, and I think that’s something you can feel GOOD about your kids snacking on…not the dreaded guilt that comes from them chowing down on chemical filled crap ( just to be honest! 😉 ).

These are a snack that I feel great about giving my kids and they feel great about eating. Gone are the days of feeling guilty and worrying about what is in the junk they are eating. Hooray!


Check them out on their website here, Facebook here and Twitter here! I know they will be glad to see you! 🙂

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In Love With SunRidge Farms’ Fair Trade Certified Bulk Chocolates!



My family absolutely loves chocolate, but who doesn’t, right ? So this Valentine’s Day, we decided to really indulge in some delicious goodies from SunRidge Farms! These treats are not only tasty, but are made from very high quality ingredients!

“Not your standard chocolate bar, the new Fair Trade Certified Bulk Chocolates are available in refreshingly different options, made with Fair Trade Certified Cocoa and can be found in the bulk aisles of Whole Foods Markets nationwide. And, the beauty of bulk chocolates (in addition to reducing packaging waste) is that you can stock them in a chocolate jar so they can be enjoyed well beyond Valentine’s Day!’



As part of our little celebration, we decided to treat ourselves to SunRidge Farm’s Dark Chocolate Coconut ChewsDark Chocolate Cashews and their amazing Dark Chocolate Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Almonds.


  • Dark Chocolate Coconut Chews – “High-fiber, good-for-you coconut is coated in decadent dark chocolate made with Fair Trade Certified Cocoa​.”  These are absolutely delicious and are my children’s favorite by far! These chewy goodies are definitely going to become a household staple.
  • Dark Chocolate Cashews – “Buttery cashews are drenched in luscious dark chocolate made with Fair Trade Certified Cocoa​. These delicious, very fresh cashews are a perfect combination with the amazingly tasty dark chocolate.” We decided to bag up some of these with a little ribbon to give to my father for Valentine’s Day, and I am just sure he will love them…sharing is caring, right?
  • Dark Chocolate Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Almonds – “Crunchy California almonds covered in dark chocolate made from Fair Trade Certified Cocoa, then lightly dusted with sea salt for an addicting, sweet and savory treat!” These are my favorite. And when I say favorite, I mean it! They are my favorite goody this Valentine’s Day and I will definitely be purchasing a large quantity of these delicious goodies and hiding them away from everyone else…shhh!


My family is so in love with these amazing sweets and I love that my family is eating high quality treats, as opposed to a lot of the other options out there. They have definitely reserved a spot in our goody cabinet and our hearts…even beyond the holiday of love!

Make sure and check them out in the bulk aisles of Whole Foods as well as online here and there entire line of bulk chocolates here.

Classroom Party Planning Made Simple with Oriental Trading!


In the past as a room Mother for my Children’s class parties, I have always been an absolute nervous wreck planning the activities, decor and treat boxes! Always running around, trying to find everything I need, store to store, losing my mind in the process. This year I and another Mother are in charge of the class Valentine’s Day celebration, and I knew that I did NOT want a repeat experience of years past. So what did I do? I turned to Oriental Trading for literally everything I needed to set up an AMAZING party!

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What did I order? Red/White Chevron treat boxes, that are spacious, sturdy and look amazing, paper Love is Sweet treat bags that have enough in one package that I can use for several events, chocolate erasers, notepads and pencil sharpeners, sweet little heart balloon racing cars, that I know will be a hit, DIY foam Valentine cookie magnets, tassel garland and super adorable Valentine’s Day Photo Props for a photo booth!

My package arrived quickly, making me SUPER happy! Not only do I not have to run around to a million stores, but I can receive my goodies quickly! Everything was just as adorable as I had anticipated, maybe even more so…I can’t even get over how super adorable the chocolate themed goodies are! They seriously look real, and I can’t wait to see the kids reactions! The cookie magnets are one of my favorites, as these are SUPER adorable and are going to make a great craft for the kiddos to do. The garland and the photo props are absolutely PERFECT for the kids to have a great time making memories in our little photo booth.


Everything I received was a great quality, and I am very impressed. This is my first time ordering from Oriental Trading and it seriously makes me question myself and why I hadn’t chosen to do so in the past…this party is completely planned! No running around trying to track a million things down, one box, and I am done!

I can’t wait to see the look on the kiddos faces when they see what we have for them and the fun they are going to have with their photo booth and all of their deliciously sweet goodies inside of their treat box!


Interested in checking out the adorable goodies ( as well as other supplies for just about every holiday/occasion ) for yourself? Check out their site here, as well as their Facebook and Twitter for more info and updates!


“This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or

experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by the

company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation

was received for this review.”

Just In Time For Valentine’s Day…Win an Eli’s Double Chocolate Cheesecake!


I am going to be honest, the easiest way to my heart? Delicious food. You would think that eventually my dear husband might pick up on this, but alas, he has not. This year I decided to stop waiting for my husband to finally get the hint and put together a little Valentines celebration on my own, complete with Double Chocolate Cheesecake!

When choosing the perfect Valentine’s Day indulgence, I turned to a company that is renowned for their desserts, especially their cheesecakes! Eli’s Cheesecake, located in Chicago,  conveniently ships out their goodies to those of us outside of the Windy City, making them, in my opinion, the number one go to for delicious Valentine’s ( or anytime ) desserts!


I chose the Eli’s Double Chocolate Cheesecake for our little celebration and I have to admit, we had our celebration a bit early…I honest to goodness could not wait until Valentine’s Day to eat it! As you can see I set up a very sweet little display, complete with a garland of tassels, a festive cake stand, two-vintage magnetic kissing dolls passed down to me from my Grandparents and of course, my Cheesecake! While my decor was definitely adorable, the Cheesecake stole the show! MMM!

This cheesecake is made with delicious Ghirardelli chocolate and serves 14–though I didn’t share it with that many people, believe me! 😉 Here’s how Eli’s describes it : A thick slab of rich fudge brownie made with Ghirardelli® Cocoa topped with a layer of smooth and creamy chocolate cheesecake made with Ghirardelli® Chocolate. Hand-piped chocolate mousse and a dusting of more Ghirardelli® Cocoa makes this a symphony of chocolatey tastes and textures.


Even though my husband didn’t catch on, and we jumped the gun on our celebration a bit, I think this has been one of the best Valentine’s “seasons” around our house! I got my favorite dessert, hoarded a ton of it for myself  and spent a great evening with my love ( even if he is clueless! ) . What could be better??

You can find this deeeelicious Double Chocolate Cheesecake here, as well as MANY and I mean MANY other delicious goodies in time for Valentine’s Day! You can also check out their Facebook and Twitter, but don’t forget to let them know I sent you!


Now is the part you’re just going to fall in love with…a giveaway! One lucky reader is going to win the SAME Double Chocolate Cheesecake that I was sent! And get this…in time for Valentine’s Day! Please be 18+, a resident of the US and see below for all of the details!!

Win an Eli’s Double Chocolate Cheese Cake In Time for Valentine’s Day! $41.95 Value!

I was sent this fabulous cheesecake to try out ( yum yum! ) and I have provided my honest thoughts on that experience in return for their generosity.


Chuck E. Cheese Pizza? Better Than Ever! Win A Chuck E. Cheese Prize Pack:1 large pizza, 4 fountain drinks and 30 tokens + 1,000 tickets!


If you have been following my blog, you will know that my kids and I LOVE Chuck E. Cheese! We have an absolute blast whenever we go, and my kids always look forward to the pizza! With that said, in years past I wasn’t always the biggest fan of the pizza…just being honest!  So when I heard that they were coming out with NEW and IMPROVED pizza options, well, I was excited! And let me tell you, it did not disappoint! With their classics tasting better and their NEW options totally wowing me, I am even more excited to head to Chuck E. Cheese when the kids earn a trip ( we like to go when they have earned a reward…or, let’s face it, simply when we need to do something fun! )

Check out the video below to see what I mean…this pizza wows the socks off of just about everyone!


( Chuck E. Cheese heads to New York City! )

Because Chuck E. Cheese is SO excited to share their new pizza with you, they are allowing me to offer  you the chance to win an awesome Chuck E. Cheese prize which includes:  1 large pizza, 4 fountain drinks and 30 tokens+ 1,000 tickets!  I will randomly select one of you who enters as a winner! Please be 18+ and live in the US.

Enter here :

Chuck E. Cheese Prize Pack:1 large pizza, 4 fountain drinks and 30 tokens) + 1,000 tickets

Chisel Shave Club Subscription Box Unboxing and Review!


Recently my husband has taken an interest in wet shaving, so I thought what better way to get him started is the Chisel Shave Club monthly subscription box! This box is very reasonably priced and offers several different subscription price plan/options! They even offer a monthly price so that you are able to give them a try before committing! The shipping is always free, so there is no way to go wrong with this amazing box.

Month to Month – $29.99
Three Mos. Prepaid – $28.99
Six Mos. Prepaid – $27.99
Twelve Mos. Prepaid – $26.99

When the box arrived, I was instantly impressed with the packaging. The logo and just about everything about this box–the packing, the content card, even the instructions are very on point with the current trends in men’s style and I can definitely appreciate that, though my husband wouldn’t have a clue, that’s ok, because the contents of the box were more than enough to wow him.


In our box we received :

-A stainless steel with chrome finish razor

-Super soft shaving brush

-Dr. Squatch Cedar Citrus Soap : Use this soap in the shower to nourish your skin with natural coconut and olive oils. The rustic scent of cedar wood and zesty citrus will make you feel great.

-Brickell Clarifying Gel Face Wash: Brickell’s Clarifying Gel face wash is made with coconut, aloe, and geranium to cleanse your skin without drying it out.

-Red Leaf Black Tea Shaving Soap: This 100% vegan shaving soap is handmade in small batches in the Red Leaf studio in Seattle, Washington. This scent is smoky and warm with hints of Sandlewood and Sage.

-Astra Superior Platinum Blades: Forged in Russia, these stainless steel blades are coated in platinum for a smoother shave. Nothing will make you feel quite as gentlemanly as shaving your face with a precious metal.

-Shark Super Stainless Blades: These blades are manufactured in Egypt for a smooth luxurious and comfortable shave. Known for consistency and sharpness, they’re a favorite amongst  many shavers.

-Brickell Instant Relief Aftershave: Aloe vera moisturizes and reduces irritation, coconut nourishes and strengthens your skin tissue while hyaluronic acid rejuvenates and replenishes.



My husband and I were both extremely pleased to see a high quality subscription box geared towards men ( though believe me, women can use these products as well ) . The products inside were not only perfect for his new wet shave routine, but are QUALITY shaving supplies–that I feel give this box an awesome value!  My husband loves everything in and about this box and I especially loved the Squatch soap! It smells absolutely amazing and is very nourishing…and to be completely honest, I have stolen the bar and kept it for myself!

This is a great new box, full of great product. I love the box and I love my husbands smooth fabulously scented face even more now that he received the Chisel Shave Club box. Good stuff.

Want 10% off your first box? Use the code HOMEMAKINGHEATHER10 at check-out! 🙂

Wanna check them out ? Visit them here to see more! Or you can find them on Facebook and Twitter!

Why Wet Shaving?

Shaving with expensive cartridge razors and harsh artificial goop has become almost a given for men today, but we can never seem to get the shave that we want. No matter what we try, we’re always left with razor burn, skin irritation, and ingrown hairs. It’s no wonder that shaving has become a tedious chore for many of us.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Wet shaving is an age old tradition that offers a superior shave and turns the chore of shaving into an enjoyable daily ritual. Rather than slapping chemical-filled gel on your face, imagine brushing on the warm lather of sandalwood scented soap as you heal and nourish your skin. Instead of using multiple blades that irritate your skin, imagine using a single blade that gives a smooth consistent shave without irritation.

The wet shaving routine does require more deliberate care and attention to technique, but the extra effort is well worth it. While instant gratification might be tempting, we believe that anything worthwhile requires care and attention.

I received this complimentary box in exchange for honest review.