Oct
24

General Mills Monster Cereals in Special Throwback Packaging #RetroMonsterCereal

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Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op. My opinions are 100% my own!  #PlatefullCoOp #RetroMonsterCereal

Halloween time brings about many things – pumpkins, skeletins, ghosts and Monster cereals!  If you’ve walked through a Target store recently, I’m sure you’ve seen Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry cereals.   But not only are they on shelves now, but you’ll also find them in their retro packaging and they’ve brought Monsters snack items for you to enjoy as well.  Try Count Chocula Treats, Boo Berry Fruit Roll-Ups and Franken Berry Fruit Roll-Ups in special retro packaging – also found exclusively at Target.

General Mills Monster Cereals in Special Throwback Packaging

But they are for more than just breakfast.  You can enjoy these yummy cereals straight up at snack time… like my kids like to do….

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Or you can try combining melted marshmallow with your favorite Mosters cereal to create your own ghoulishly tasty treats.

Are you looking for an instant Halloween costume! Monsters cereals in special throwback packaging, which is only available at Target, include a cutout mask for quick dress-ups.

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Monsters snacks are also perfect as Halloween party munchies and for rewarding trick-or-treaters.

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These won’t be around for very long and Halloween will be here before we know it so head to Target to get these before they are gone.

Disclosure: I received a Free product for review. My opinions are 100% mine.

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Oct
23

Stop by Savers for Halloween Decorations and Costumes

This post is Sponsored by Savers but my opinions are 100% my own!

My girls start talking about Halloween months before it arrives.  They usually change their minds a few times about what they want to be, but this year they both knew right away what they wanted to be for Halloween.    82% of those who usually dress up plan ahead for their costumes and don’t just put something together that day—on average, these folks start preparing their costumes 75 days ahead of time. That’s more than two months!

My oldest who is in 4th grade wants to be a nerd (not sure why, but I’ll go with it) and my youngest who is in 2nd grade, wants to be Elsa, of course!

I have a feeling we are going to have a neighborhood full of Elsa’s and Anna’s!

Speaking of the neighborhood, Halloween seems to be a big thing in my neighborhood.   Between Halloween and Fall Decorations (which I just scoop all into one) there are probably as many houses decorated for this holiday, as there are for the Christmas holiday.   So this year I decided to do a little decorating myself.

I like to check out the deals at Savers and the last time I was there, I saw them setting up a HUGE section with all Halloween stuff.  I mean there was a lot going up so I was excited to head back there and see what they had.

Below are some facts from Savers about Halloween:

  • Halloween is one of the most popular and lighthearted holidays of the year, and people are really looking forward to celebrating with friends and family and escaping from the stresses of day-to-day life.
  • According to the annual Savers Halloween Survey, nearly half of adults in America plan to dress up this year and almost 90 percent of parents will dress up their children up for Halloween, so it’s fun for the whole family!
  • What’s great about Savers is that people can find a range of options and don’t need to spend a fortune to have a memorable Halloween. Savers offers a wide selection of costumes for the whole family and for every budget, ranging from licensed movie characters to complete head-to-toe looks for under $20, with new Halloween accessories starting at just $1.99.
  • To help shoppers narrow in on their perfect costume to show off, Savers also has  specially trained Costume Consultants standing by to get the creative juices flowing. Whether building unique looks from scratch, or enhancing brand new, prepackaged costumes with unique accessories, Savers is  completely focused on helping people find exactly what they need.
  • And to provide further inspiration, Savers hosts free “Halloween Costume Catwalk” fashion shows at 3 p.m. every Thursday in October. Set to festive Halloween-themed music, Savers showcases the season’s hottest costume looks while providing useful Halloween shopping tips.
  • After Halloween, a great way to keep your closet clear of clutter, help local charities and reduce waste is to donate your costume back to Savers. What goes around, comes around!

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What they had was rows and rows and rows of stuff.  Like crazy Halloween central type stuff.  There was one wall full of wigs.  Wigs of all kinds as you can see from the image.  My little one needed a blonde wig for her costume,  I was going to get her an adult one but then as I looked more, I saw they had princess wigs too (of course!).

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I know this wig isn’t for Elsa, but we are going to be creative and turn it into an Elsa wig.

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Speaking of Princesses, they had a huge section of princess dresses for the girls.  I mean look at this picture!  There were all there, and then some.  Plus there was a section of princess dresses for the mom’s too!  This year, runaway Disney hit “Frozen” is the movie that Americans think will drive the most Halloween costumes, closely followed by “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.

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Looking for a clown costume?  Yeah they have it all for you as well from wigs, to big hands to big ties and suspenders.  You name it they have it.  Honestly I never realized how much stuff you could use to put together a clown costume.  It’s crazy!

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Another big section was for Goth costumes.   Now this stuff is all brand new, it’s not pre-owned, but yet at GREAT prices.

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Looking for a Pirate costume?  They had a huge section just dedicated to pirates.  Swords of all sizes and costumes for boys, girls, women and men.  Again these are all priced GREAT.  88% of parents report that their children generally dress up in costumes for Halloween and 18% of parents report that their children’s costumes are typically influenced by movies in some way.

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And we can’t forget the pets.  They even had a section with pet costumes.  I really wanted to get one for our dog but my husband really didn’t want me to put a silly costume on him.  So he won this year, but next year I’m going to do it.

Now these are all brand new costumes and accessories, but they also have pre-owned ones that are priced even better.   41% of Americans typically combine new packaged and second-hand items to create their costume—14% are even willing to make their own costume by hand! What’s more, 35% agree that second-hand or thrift stores are a great place to get inspired about their costumes.

If you are looking for decorations as well, then you’ll also find a great selection of decorations in the pre-owned section and the new section.  I picked up a bunch of dead people to hang from my porch where I had dead flowers (I’m really bad at keeping up with watering them).

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So as my friend said, I replaced the dead flowers with dead people!  I love how they look and the kids love them too.  And they were only $3.99 each!

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They are super cute and at that price, I’m okay if they don’t make it to the next season.

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They look really cool blowing in the wind!

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I also found some cute decorations in the pre-owned section.  This adorable Happy Halloween slate and the Boo slate were both in perfect condition and were like brand new!

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My local Savers had an end cap full of decorations for fall and Halloween which were all pre-owned.  That’s where I found those two slate hangings.  Lots of cute stuff and this probably changes daily.

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I had to grab a bowl for all that candy we will be handing out.  I didn’t have a bowl specifically for this but now I do.  My store had a couple of different designs and they were all brand new for only $3.99 each! Not bad!

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Of course now I have the candy in the bowl since I wanted to get a picture of it which means it’ll all be gone by Halloween!

And I couldn’t resist this cute pumpkin that I can put in the middle of my table with some candy inside.  It had a small chip in the paint but a black marker will fix that!

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It looks really cute on my kitchen table!

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Oct
23

6 of My Must Have Travel Items that You can find at CVS

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This post is Sponsored by CVS/Pharmacy but my opinions are 100% my own!

It’s the middle of October so that means you may be making plans to travel during the holidays.  You can find at CVSWhether you travel by plane or car, there are things you’ll need for your trip, especially if you have kids.

6 of My Must Have Travel Items that You can find at CVS

There are certain things I always take with me when we travel and I can get them all at CVS, which is super convenient considering I have one at the end of my street. And I can use my ExtraBucks to purchase them.

Puzzle Books or Activity Books

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We have two small girls so they need to be entertained at all times.  While they love to read, they do get board.  I picked up this Brain Games for Kids Puzzle Crazy book at CVS.  They have lots of fun activity sets for kids but I choose this because there were puzzles in there we could do together!

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Snacks and Candy

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CVS has a huge selection of snacks.  They sell them in convenient sizes so you can grab a few little bags for variety.  My kids like snacks while on the plane and I like to have something with me just in case we don’t have time to grab anything in between flights.  I grabbed some Just The Basics party mix and Twizzlers!  They are going to love them both.

Baby Wipes

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Last time we were in Disney World, we were on the bus and one of the girls spilled their drink all over me.  And I had nothing in my backpack to wipe my leg.  The nice lady sitting next to me (who thankfully didn’t get splashed) handed me a baby wipe.  I was so grateful to her and then I made a mental note to next time grab some for my backpack.  Since my girls aren’t babies anymore, I never think to take these with me.  But not anymore!  I grabbed a package of CVS Ultra-Soft cleansing wipes.  I won’t be stuck sticky again!

Pain Reliever

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I seem to get headaches a lot when I travel.  It might be my lack of coffee drinking throughout the day, or it could be the change in atmosphere, but either way I always seem to need something.  I hate to pay for something like this at a hotel because they way over charge you.  So I make sure I take some with me.  CVS sells 10 count packs that fit nicely in my purse.

Travel Size Products

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Since we usually stay at a hotel when we travel or at a friend’s house, we don’t take many hair products with us but I do like to grab a small bottle of shower gel for the girls.  They aren’t used to using a bar of soap in the shower so I’d rather make it easy for them.  CVS has a huge variety of travel size products that are the perfect size for traveling and going through security.

You can find a lot of travel size products in one place at most CVS stores.   Ask someone if you can’t find them but my store had an area near the pharmacy that had a ton of travel products.

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They even have empty plastic bottles that you can fill yourself with product you already have at home.  This is especially helpful if you can’t find a specific brand in a travel size.  But it’s also great to save money.  Reuse the bottles each time you travel!

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Laundry Pods

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If we are gone for more than a few days, I like to pack light and then do laundry once while away.  But I hate to pay $2 to wash, $2 to dry and $2 for laundry detergent (or more).  So I like to take Tide Pods with me for doing laundry while we are away and to save a little money in the process.  You can pick up a small pack of 5 pods at CVS and save yourself a lot of cash!

Hitting the road and forgot your toothbrush? Left a prescription at home? No problem. The CVS/pharmacy Mobile smartphone app locates the nearest CVS store to pick up those “must haves,” helps order a prescription refill, and manage health needs on-the-go.

Disclosure: I received a Free product for review. My opinions are 100% mine.

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Oct
22

30th Anniversary of Burt’s Bees Products

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This post is Sponsored by Burt’s Bees but my opinions are 100% my own!

Burt’s Bees is celebrating 30 years of protecting our skin.  I was surprised to hear they have been around that long because it wasn’t until a few years ago that I started seeing their products and using them.   This is the time of year that I am shopping for things to help my skin from drying up and Burt’s Bees is one product I’ve been using for a while.

I have two main concerns when it comes to the effects the cold in New England have on my skin – my lips and my hands.   I’m a lip balm addict and so is my husband.  We use it all the time and even more in the winter.   So I was happy to see that Walmart has a really nice selection of Burt’s Bees products.

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They had a display on the end of the aisle with all of your Burt’s Bees lip care needs.   So many to choose from and so many yummy flavors.  I picked out the pink watermelon to make it fun!

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Then in the back of that same aisle was a wall of lots and lots of Burt’s Bees products.  I honestly never realized how many products they sold.  I grabbed some of the facial clothes for me and my oldest daughter.  She needs to start cleaning her face in the evening and a nice Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit facial cloth will make it more fun!

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For me, I like to use a good day cream and night cream.  I have some at home right now but when I run low, I’m going to grab the Burt’s Bees cream.  They are made with Royal Jelly so that has to be good for my skin!

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In a few years we will be dealing with acne issues with the girls.  I’m happy to see that Burt’s Bees has a line for them as well.  Their products are all natural so I totally trust them on our girls delicate skin.

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I also grabbed some Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.  Not only do my hands dry out like crazy in the cold weather, but my cuticle’s look awful.  And then they peel and bleed.  So this winter I’m going to try the Burt’s Bees Cuticle Cream to help that from happening.  I can’t wait to use it!

Stop by your local Walmart and see what they have that you can use!  I bet there is something for your specific concern.

Disclosure: I received a Free product for review. My opinions are 100% mine.

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Oct
22

Bake with Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend and Save some Calories {Giveaway}

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This post is Sponsored by Truvia® but my opinions are 100% my own!

Truvia® is my choice of sweetener for my coffee at home.   I wish I could get it at coffee shops but so far I can’t.   So when I bake this holiday season, I’ll be trying their Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend for sure.

NEW Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend:

  • Designed for easy, at-home baking, the new Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend is a blend of Truvia® natural sweetener and brown sugar.
  • Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend provides brown-sugar-like taste and texture in recipes, and is the only brown sugar product that offers 75% fewer calories than brown sugar.
  • Baked goods made with Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend will have brown-sugar-like texture and moistness and will bake and brown like recipes that are made with brown sugar.
  • Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend is available at retail stores nationwide in a 1-pound resealable bag.
  • Discover great-tasting, reduced-calorie recipes and additional Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend tips at truvia.com/recipes.

My family loves Monkey Bread so I figured lets try it with the Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend and see if they notice a difference.  I’m happy it has less calories but if it doesn’t taste good, then it’s not worth it.

So I followed the recipe from the Truvia website but made a mistake and used 4 cans of big biscuits so it was double the amount of biscuits needed – oops!  So I had to start over again from scratch and got the can of smaller sized biscuits and it worked out perfectly and was delicious.  No one knew it was made with Truvia because all the taste was there!

 

Truvia Brown Sugar Blend

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