Wednesday, January 17, 2018

FREE Home Depot February Kids Workshop- Bean Bag Toss Game!

Beat cabin fever by bringing your kids to the Home Depot Free Kids Workshop on the first Saturday of each month (and other select days) between 9 a.m. and noon!  These how-to clinics aim to teach kids ages 5 – 12 how to create useful and educational projects, while emphasizing tool safety.  All supplies are provided and kids will receive an orange apron to take home, along with the completed project and an achievement pin.

February 3rd 2018-- Valentine Bean Bag Toss Game: Score points with your loved ones and build a Valentine bean bag toss in this hands-on workshop. You and your child can construct a fun bean bag toss game for the whole family to love. Following the bean bag toss game board construction, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers.

Register online to guarantee supplies for your child! You can find your nearest Home Depot here and get your kids out of the house on these cold winter days!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Heath Bar Cake Recipe

This is a family favorite of ours and probably one of the best (and easiest) cake recipes of all time. I mean it, this is the most amazing and rich cake I know how to make. This past weekend I made it for my mother-in-law's birthday (she requests this specific cake every year) so I thought I would take some pictures and share the recipe with all of you! Enjoy! :)


  • 1 (18 ounce) box German chocolate cake mix (really any chocolate cake recipe will work)
  • 1 cup caramel ice cream topping (I dont really measure this, the more the better in my opinion!)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 ounce) container whipped topping
  • 3-4 Heath candy bars, chopped


  • Bake cake mix according to package directions, using a 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan.
  • While still hot, punch holes in top of cake with a fork.
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk and caramel topping over hot cake.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve
  • When ready to serve (make sure cake is completely cool)  and spread whipped topping on top.
  • Finish up by sprinkling chopped Heath bars over all the top.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Find Letters From The REAL Santa at

"I'll give him four days to reply," uttered my five year old as she placed her letter to Santa into the mailbox. I instantly began to panic. It's the holiday season-- I have 100 things going on. It hadn't occurred to me that she would expect a reply. I began brainstorming ideas but unless I went through all the work of trying to design my own letter from Santa and mail it to her, I was out of luck. to the rescue! offers three different packages, so you can choose a price point that works with your budget. I received the Silver Package ($24.95) and it includes:

Personalized Letter from Santa
BONUS! Personalized Video from Santa (retail $9.99)
BONUS! Personalized Phone Call from Santa to a cell phone OR land line! (retail $9.99)
Personalized Nice List Certificate
Autographed Santa Claus Photo
Autographed Rudolph Photo
Genuine North Pole Stamp
...and so much more!

It also comes with a 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee.

Z was absolutely in awe when her package arrived in the mail. It came in a shiny envelope, with a Santa stamp, and a return address in North Pole. She kept squealing "this is for me! From Santa, just for me!" She ripped it open and went through the papers one by one. We read the letter from Santa together and she was thoroughly impressed that Santa knew so much about her. Her favorite part of it all was the autographed picture of baby Rudolph and she loves it so much that it is hanging on a wall in her bedroom so she can look at baby Rudolph whenever she wants.

Along with the package in the mail, we also received the free bonuses! The personalized phone calls and video were really simple to set up and even I was in awe of beautifully created they are! They did not have Z's unique name as an option on the personalization but they had "kiddo" as a default option. The video was so incredible that we didn't even realize that he never actually said her name. The bonuses were my favorite part of the whole package. You can check out their award-winning videos on the Package From Santa YouTube Page:

I am really impressed with I was able to place an order from them within minutes and their packages ship within 48 hours. The bonuses are available same day. Be sure to hurry and check it out for your children! The experience and memories of an authentic Santa Letter can last a lifetime, for both the children and the parents. 

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Caramel Popcorn Chocolate Bark Recipe

Happy First Day of December! The beginning of December means the holiday season is in full swing and my kitchen is constantly filled with yummy goodies. Chocolate Bark is one of my favorite treats to make because it is super easy and you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand and it always turns out great! I had a bag of G.H. Cretors Just the Caramel Corn and the flavor is so good that I was dying to make a fun recipe with it!

3 cups G.H. Cretors Just the Caramel Corn
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Melt both types of chocolate chips in microwave in separate bowls.  Heat for 25-30 seconds at a time, stir and repeat until chocolate is smooth and shiny. On a large piece of parchment paper, pour most of semisweet chocolate into a thick, even layer. Sprinkle popcorn on top (the more, the better in my opinion).  Drizzle remaining semisweet chocolate and white chocolate over popcorn.  Allow to cool completely and then break the bark into pieces.  Store in an airtight container.

Just look at that swirly caramel and chocolate goodness!

This yummy take on Chocolate Bark is so ridiculously easy to make that my 5 year old did the majority of the work! The end result is bizarrely impressive for how little effort or skill it needs. I wanted to make this recipe as simple as possible (it only has 3 ingredients!) but this is definitely one of those recipes that you could easily add other toppings on like candy pieces, peanuts, and pretzels to make it your own. Once made, simply put a handful in a cute bag, add a ribbon with a festive tag, and this makes the perfect hostess gift, neighbor gift, teacher gift, or party favor!

G.H. Cretors Popped Corn sent me three bags of their delicious popcorn: The Mix, Just the Caramel Corn, and Organic Chile JalapeƱo White Cheddar and all three bags were gone within two days! My family is super picky when it comes to food so I was incredibly impressed that they like all of the flavors! Whether you need to whip up a last minute appetizer for your office holiday party or create a unique hostess gift for the in-laws, popcorn really is the perfect solution.

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You can purchase GH Cretors Popped Corn in stores and can also be purchased on the company website:

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions.  I received popcorn and a certificate and supplies to facilitate this post. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Call Santa For FREE!

This is always a favorite this time of the year! Call Santa for FREE! 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Personalized Package From Santa!

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Do you want to see your children's face light up in amazement when they get a personalized letter from Santa Claus? Of course you do! This not just a letter from Santa. It's an amazing experience - it's joy, memories, wonder and happiness in a box! You can choose a specific letter theme and then customize it yourself to include details that only Santa would know! 

Every package also comes with a FREE personalized CALL and VIDEO FROM SANTA that can be scheduled any time. This techy part of the was unreal! So surprisingly well done and high-end and my kids LOVED it!

It's such a joy to see my children continue to BELIEVE and really helped make the magic happen in my household this year! So grateful!

PFS has an A+ Rating with the BBB due to their unmatched high-touch customer service so you can be confident that you are making a wise purchase. They have real people on the phone ready to help answer questions. That's unheard of these days! Such a nice touch.

Click here to see a video to learn more about this very special Santa memory service that will be a part of my family for years to come! 

The Silver Package ($24.95) comes in a red box & includes:

Personalized Letter from Santa
BONUS! Personalized Video from Santa (retail $9.99)
BONUS! Personalized Phone Call from Santa to a cell phone OR land line! (retail $9.99)
Personalized Nice List Certificate
Autographed Santa Claus Photo
Autographed Rudolph Photo
Genuine North Pole Stamp
...and so much more!

It also comes with a 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee. Wow! They are THAT confident your child will LOVE it! 

There are 3 different packages offered, so you can choose a price point that works with your budget. I will be reviewing the Silver package ($29.95).

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Non-Chocolate Advent Calendar Ideas List!

The Christmas season is quickly creeping up on us! The stores are all decked out for the holidays and the weather is starting to turn bitter and cold. I don't mind-- Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year after all. Are you ready to countdown to big day? It's a tradition in our family to have advent calendars but I hate the idea of the treat being chocolate every day so I've been on the hunt for alternatives and here's the list of my favorite non-chocolate advent calendars!

1. 12 Days of Socks $15 - Target just released a whole collection of "12 Days of Socks" Advent Calendars. You can choose from Disney, Star Wars, Woodland Creatures, Harry Potter, and so many more! They have a variety of size choices from toddlers to adults!

2. Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar $19.99 - If you're looking for an advent calendar for the tween/teen girl in your life, charm bracelets are the way to go! These cute sets come with a necklace and a bracelet and every day, your girl would open the box to find a new charm to add! 

3. Disney Animators' Collection Advent Calendar $34.95 - This adorable and unique advent calendar features drawings and sculptures from the beloved Animators' Collection. Belle, Ariel, Pocahontas, Peter Pan, and Tinker Bell star in this annual keepsake item. This set includes 24 fully sculpted characters and accessories.

4. Lego Advent Calendars $23.99-31.99 - I feel like this list wouldn't be complete without listing one of the most popular non-chocolate Advent Calendars-- the Lego Advent Calendars! They're so popular, they've been known to sell out and currently they're on sale at Target. The options available are Lego City ($23.99), Lego Friends ($23.99), and Lego Star Wars ($31.99).

5. Paw Patrol Advent Calendar $24.99 - If you're looking for a fun countdown for your toddler, this is my favorite! Packed with 24 presents, this Paw Patrol Advent Calendar contains a special gift for each day for 24 days! Open each door and collect mini Paw Patrol figures.

6. Hot Wheels Advent Calendar $20.99 - This would make such a great countdown for any car loving kid! Colorful Christmas-themed packaging and 24 windows for a daily Hot Wheels surprise! There are eight decorated Hot Wheels vehicles and sixteen accessories for every day leading up to the holiday.
7. Barbie Advent Calendar $24.99 - Barbies were my favorite when I was a kid so I would've freaked out if I was lucky enough to have one of these fun countdowns! Each of the 24 days brings a new fashion accessory for Barbie doll or the girl. Two special treats for the girl include a pink 'gem' bracelet adorned with a Barbie silo head and an adorable ring.

8. Play-Doh Advent Calendar $18.65 - This creative kit is perfect for the artistic child!  Includes 24 surprises, playmat, and 5 cans of Play Doh Brand Modelling Compound. Play-Doh and all related properties are trademarks of Hasbro.

9. Disney Tsum Tsum $34.85Whether you collect Disney Tsum Tsum figures or are looking to kick-start your collection, this gingerbread house-themed Advent calendar comes with 30 accessories to kick-start your holiday fun! Contains 18 Tsum Tsum figures, including six large, six medium in holiday attire and six small.

10.  Fisher-Price Little People Advent Calendar $34.99 - This HUGE set measures over 22 inches tall! I saved the best for last because this actually my favorite calendar-- it's perfect for babies and toddlers to be able to join in on the countdown fun too! This set includes includes 24 Little People friends & holiday-themed accessories.

DIY Advent Calendar- You can always buy an empty box calendar like the KidKraft Wooden Advent Calendar and fill it with whatever trinkets you want! Last year, I made my own Advent Calendar and I filled it with Shopkins. My little Shopkins obsessed 4 year old LOVED it.
Happy counting down!

Stay tuned for my Adult Advent Calendars post coming soon because what adult doesn't want their own countdown to Christmas?!

All prices listed are current at the time of this posting but please remember that prices can change at any moment and products sell out over the holiday season. This post contains some affiliate links.