Share PEEPS Treats This Valentine’s Day

~I received Peeps samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

Whenever a holiday rolls around I enjoy buying a few treats for me and my girls to share. We don’t eat candy a lot so these are special treats to us. We like all things strawberries, cherries and chocolate but add in marshmallows and we are over the moon! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and that means it is time to share sweets with my sweets (I have been known to be a tad bid corny around the holidays). Tasty and fun PEEPS marshmallow treats are always a hit around here.

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PEEPS come in a variety of shapes and seasonally-inspired flavors to satisfy your Valentine’s sweet tooth. In addition to eating them straight from the package, PEEPS Valentine’s Day products also make adorable accents to baked goods and even recipe ingredients. Try one or all of the seasonal varieties and express your #PEEPSONALITY by incorporating them into your favorite Valentine-inspired creations! I am not super creative but if you bake cupcakes and plop a peep on top of each one all of a sudden your dessert is festive and extra adorable even for those of us that might need extra help in the kitchen.

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I highly suggest trying the ones with chocolate on them. They are so deliciously good and by far my favorites. Chocolate and marshmallow just go so well together!

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PEEPS Valentine’s offerings include:

  • Pink Marshmallow Chicks (5 ct and 10 ct)
  • Pink Marshmallow Bunnies (4 ct and 12 ct)
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Crème Flavored Chicks (3 ct)
  • Marshmallow Hearts (3 ct or 6 ct)
  • Cherries Drizzled and Dipped in Chocolate (3 ct)
  • Chocolate Covered Raspberry Flavored Hearts (individually wrapped)
  • Strawberry Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts (9 ct)
  • Vanilla Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts (9 ct)

These are easy to incorporate into Valentine’s Day festivities like class parties. They are fun and at a price that is easy to afford. Make them a holiday tradition and enjoy! Check these out nationwide in the seasonal candy section.

Connect: You can connect with PEEPS on their website, Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter.

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Corkcicle Beverage Accessories For Big Game Tailgating

~I received Corkcicle samples in exchange for this post. Opinions and stories are my own.~

I am a football gal. I don’t much care to watch any other sports but there is just something about a good football game that I enjoy. The Super Bowl is the big game social event of the year and even if your favorite team didn’t make it to the game it is still fun to watch. You have the ever expensive time slot commercials to watch and lots of food and drinks to enjoy with friends. Since I am a big tailgater I like the best gear for my parties. Corkcicle has ways to keep my beverages cool for hours and the coolest way to get the caps off those bottles.

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Over the years I have always just had someone else open my bottled beers. I could never seem to do it with the edge of my shirt or get my coordination just right for bottle openers. Now with the Decapitator “de-capping” a bottle is fun. Simply place Decapitator over the capped bottle, push down firmly, and remove. Its magnetic feature holds the cap for easy disposal. Using the Decapitator makes opening the bottle almost as much fun as drinking it. You will want to do it over and over again once you’ve experienced it. This little thing is adult entertainment at its finest. Every single home bar should have one of these!

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I have never been a big fan of koozies and I don’t even have a reason why. The Arctican on the other hand is the koozie I will want to use every single time. It keeps 12-ounce drinks cold without making your hands cold. When I am outside tailgating in the Florida heat your drink can get disgustingly warm quick. This koozie solves that problem! Simply freeze the cooling core, twist it on and enjoy ice-cold drinks for up to 3 hours. Arctican keeps canned drinks cooler, longer around 85% cooler than an average koozie. Made of double-wall stainless steel with a vacuum seal means cold stays in and warm stays out – keeping 12oz drinks cold for well beyond half time.

Chillsner is the first and only, in-bottle beer chiller that keeps cold beer cold from the first sip to the last. It is the little accessory I didn’t know I needed till I got one. Just freeze, insert into any bottled beer, and drink right through the Chillsner.  Made from stainless steel, Chillsner uses the same proprietary thermal gel as the famed Corkcicle. If you drink beer in a bottle than this is a must-have gadget. Perfect for parties, tailgating, or pretty much any occasion when you are drinking with friends.

Tailgating is a part of the football experience and it is a great time to socialize with friends. Having fun drinking gadgets is just part of the experience and part of the fun. These all have worked great for me and my friends and now I need a few more! I like to sip my beers and now my drinks can stay cool for hours and with the decapitator I can remove my own bottle caps thank you very much. Enjoy the big game in drinking style!

Connect: You can connect with Corkcicle on their website and through Facebook.

 

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Chronic Pain Makes You Crazy

For the past 6 years I’ve been battling chronic pain in my lower back with pain / nerve issues on the left side of my body. I’ve had countless x-rays, 3 MRI’s, acupuncture, seen 2 chiropractors, had those horrible cortisone shots, am on my second round of physical therapy and I’ve been on and off pain medication for years. I had stopped writing about my health issues for awhile, but then everything got worse and I’m pretty sure my doctor thinks I’m crazy.

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Some months ago I took a 2 hour drive that set this path in motion. It was too much for me and I started having serious sciatica on my left side again, other nerve issues with my hand and my back was so bad I called my doctor crying. I hadn’t went in to see her in a year, so here we were again with the same problems. I decided to get an updated MRI on my lipoma (a fatty lump in the spine), but nothing was amiss there; so in November we decided on Physical Therapy.

For the second time I learned that my pelvis and spine had been twisted and rotated out of place; my neck and all of this together was just too much. My therapists spent a few weeks trying to keep things in place and I had to stop doing anything for awhile. Sitting became a problem and laying down became a problem; standing was okay as long as I wasn’t leaning to one side. Everything I did would possibly shift everything, even sleeping. I was relearning how to move and it was not coinciding very well with work or my life; especially with Tot’s current issues. This is why I had disappeared from blogging for awhile.

After a few weeks out of therapy in December due to sickness, January met me head on with having to refix everything and it all being too painful for me to deal with. I was sinking so far into chronic pain depression that I wasn’t sure I’d find a way out and it didn’t help when I went to see my doctor for an update visit only to hear that it was probably all in my head. There are a lot of things and people contradicting everything my doctor has told me, so I decided to set an appointment with another doctor to get a second opinion. 

Currently I’m still in physical therapy. I couldn’t survive if it wasn’t for the therapists who take so much time to fix me through tender point therapy and adjusting my body so I can function with less pain and be able to walk like normal. I go 2x a week and they’re teaching me how to fix things myself since I can’t go forever. I’m lucky my doctor is even allowing me to continue through the month. I don’t see the new doctor until May, so until then I’m doing the best I can with what I have. I’ve refused to go on opioids or anti-depressants that my doctor had talked about and I’ve refused those horrid cortisone shots that have caused more harm than good. I figure those things are a very last resort that I’m not ready for. 

All that keeps me sane is the fact that one side of my body is just fine, so I know with a great clarity what is normal and what is not. I’m a little slower than I was last year, but I’m here and I’m pushing through it. Most of all though, I have a lot of hope that this year will be the year that I find answers. Wish me luck.

 

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PEEP and the Big Wide World: Peep Discovers DVD

~I received a PEEP and the Big Wild World DVD from PBS in exchange for this post. Opinions and stories are my own.~

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Peep and the Big Wide World is a fun, Emmy Award-winning preschool science and math series for 3-5 year olds produced by Boston’s WGBH. It’s recently launched all-new bilingual website and curriculum can now reach an even wider audience. These shows are cute and teach preschool skills to kids in an entertaining way. With the show you get to follow a newly hatched chicken named Peep and his friends Chirp and Quack. The latest DVD continues on the adventures at home.

Episodes Include:

Reflection Affection – Here are two things you might not know about mirrors: they can help you practice flying and they’re GREAT for scaring cats!

Peep Deep in the Big Muddy – On a hot summer’s day, Peep discovers a mucky, slimy, grimy way to cool off!

The Road Not Taken Part 1 – Peep is late arriving at Chirp’s bush. Turns out he took a VERY long route to get there. (There’s so much to look at!) The birds use yarn to mark the shortest path from Peep’s can to Chirp’s bush.

The Road Not Taken Part 2 – A path made of yarn has a way of disappearing, so Peep, Chirp and Quack make a NEW path using objects from Chirp’s collection. It’s a pretty path, too, because it’s made in a pattern. But is sticking to a path always a good idea?

Nosing Around – Pee-yew. What is that awful smell? The one that’s coming from the big blue duck with the small white hat?

The Last Straw – Peep and Chirp discover that a drinking straw has many uses: it can help you blow bubbles, breathe underwater, and spy on Quack.

Marble Mover – Peep discovers that if you ever need help getting a marble up a hill, all you need to do is “Ask a Duck.”

Fair Shares - Let’s do the math: two crackers, divided by three birds, equals one big headache.

With the newly expanded PEEP website, families can log on to play games or watch videos, and also find related PEEP content like books, live-action videos, and activities. Both Spanish- and English-speaking families will find a dual-language website that is fairly unique in children’s media. Resources will be available in both English and Spanish, and designed so that visitors to the site can switch between languages whenever they desire. The games captivate both my 3 and 6 year olds attentions. I am extremely picky with what games I let them play online but I don’t mind them playing the games on this site and I am always right there to help them. Peep and the Big Wild World never disappoints and the easy to follow along story-lines are perfect for preschoolers and their growing minds.

Connect: You can connect with PEEP and the Big Wild World on their website and through Facebook.

Purchase: You can purchase PEEP and the Big Wild World: Peep Discovers for $9.99. By purchasing through PBS Shop instead of other retailers, you are helping to support innovative and educational programming for all of us.

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