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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and what would Valentine’s Day be without candy? This year, besides the normal Valentine’s Day chocolate, you can lure your sweetie in with something a little different…PEEPS!
Now you either like Peeps or you don’t, I will be 100% honest with you, I’ve never had a Peep before, nope…NEVER! My kids have had them, and loved them, but it’s not something I ever have wanted to try.
A box of goodies came to the door the other day, and this was my chance to try them out….
The assortment of Peeps for Valentine’s Day is unbelievable…You have a choice of Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Creme-Flavored Chicks, Strawberry Creme-Flavored Marshmallow Hearts, Marshmallow Hearts, Vanilla Creme-Favored Marshmallow Hearts.
Peeps are all decorated for the occasion in heart shaped marshmallows and reds and pinks, there’s also a little something I was thrilled to see…Sugar Free Marshmallow Hearts! They were still sweet tasting but without all the sugar!
The girls absolutely loved the Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bears and my favorite….The Dark Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Peeps and Milk Chocolate Marshmallow Peeps. SO GOOD and a great impression for one of my first Peeps!
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Here’s the thing… I AM NOT A MINI VAN PERSON! I really mean it, I think in my few years of doing car reviews, I’ve purposely stayed away from doing reviews on Mini Vans, because I hate them! The stigma that goes along with them, is totally not me, so I’ve avoided them at all costs. Until now!
This month I decided to give a mini van a try, and wound up with the 2013 Toyota Sienna for review. The first day driving it, I think the words, I hate this thing came out of my mouth more than once, I wasn’t impress, but I think it was my view on Mini Vans that was clouding my judgement, becuase as the week went on, I started to enjoy this vehicle more and more.
Yes, the Toyota Sienna is still a Mini Van, it’s still got the “soccer mom” image riding around, BUT the amount of interior space and comfort and convenience that it gave, far outweighed my personal hatred for the van, it was drawing me in! I think I may have been converted by the Toyota Sienna!
The interior is beautiful, the dashboard provides the driver with an easy angle to get to every button and screen. Everything is spread out in a way where either the driver or front seat passenger has easy access to just about everything. The seats are comfortable, even for short little me, I was able to see properly in every angle that I could.
What I love most is the room that the 2013 Toyota Sienna provides. It seats up to 8 people, but here’s the strange thing, in the trunk you’ll find a small removable seat that snaps between the second row captain chairs, it’s small, like seriously small, and I don’t think would be comfortable for an adult, maybe a child at that. Either way, it’s not something we used, or even if I owned the vehicle would be something I would use at all. The second row seats in the Sienna were kid tested and approved by comfort and room by my two daughters. I also loved that the 3rd row seating does provide enough room for adults as well as children. I’ve found in a few vehicles that third row seating can be almost pointless for a grown adult, but the Sienna provides the space!
The doors on both side of the van are automatic open and close via the key fob, or just a push of a button inside the van, no more pulling and tugging, let the Toyota Sienna do the work for you. The back seats in both rows have lots of storage and cup holders as well as A/C vents (which my girls love so they can control their temp back there).
When you’re not in need of the 3rd row seating, they fold down completely with just a single handle great if you need more trunk space.
The Toyota Sienna comes equip with six airbags – front and side for the front seats as well as curtain airbags. It also has electronic stability control. Also available in the 2013 Toyota Sienna is a pre-collision system, blind spot monitoring system, and a backup camera.
When it comes to technology the Toyota Sienna doesn’t disappoint. It has a touch-screen navigation system as well as a wide screen entertainment screen in the back, which I was a little worried about it obstructing my view, but there wasn’t an obstruction at all. The screen also can display two things at once, you can have a DVD playing on one side, and a Video game on another, less fighting for the kids!!! YAY! Always a plus!
I admit, this van seemed huge when I first got into it, and I wasn’t used to the way it handled, like I said I’ve avoided mini vans for a long long while. However, once I got driving around the ride was great, it was stable, and easy to maneuver, even when parking. Fuel economy is about 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.
Base-model Siennas start at $27,245, and come with everything a growing family needs: Rear air conditioning, cruise control, remote locking, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. And like all Toyotas, the Sienna’s price includes all scheduled maintenance for the first two years or 25,000 miles. Next up is the $30,795 LE model, which adds power sliding doors, a nicer stereo, and improved trim. Other choices include the sporty SE ($34,385) and luxury-themed XLE ($34,205) and all-wheel-drive Limited ($42,135) models.
The Sienna offers so many options, some of the list includes: a dual-pane sunroof, power tailgate, navigation system, leather upholstery, automatic headlights and wipers, radar cruise control, and the aforementioned dual-view entertainment system. Opt for everything and you can spend well over $47,000 on your Sienna..
Overall, I really fell in love with the Toyota Sienna, yes this Mini Van hating Mama said it, I fell in love with a Mini Van. We travel A LOT and the amount of space the 2013 Toyota Sienna gave us as a family was just what I’ve been thinking and looking for in our next vehicle purchase. Toyota I think you’ve won me over!
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I’m a chocoholic, which is usually my downfall when it comes to weight loss. I have a sweet tooth, and if it’s chocolate based, it’s even worse, I have absolutely no will power at all.
These little packages of chocolaty goodness didn’t last long. I tried one, and immediately the kids tried one too… Out of all of our mouths was “Mmmmmmmmm!” These little treats were REALLY….REALLY good!!!
Once we got to the bottom of the package, we realized, these were Weight Watchers brownies! And they wern’t bad either, being only 80 calories each!! Surprised!!! Normally when it comes to chocolate and ‘diet’ foods, they are chalky, not tasteful at all, but these, these brownies were to die for!
When hubby got home we had him try them without knowing they were weight watchers, and he agreed, very good! The next day, I brought them to school to have my friend try them out,although I did tell her they were Weight Watchers she tried them anyways, and was very surprised at how good they were…
These babies could be trouble if they had all the calories they tasted like they had! What are these new tasty goodies?? I’d like to introduce you to Weight Watchers Triple Chocolate Brownie Bliss and Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss.
The delicious additions to the Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods lineup offer a one-of-a-kind indulgence with creamy fillings, rich flavors and decadent textures:
Triple Chocolate Brownie Bliss™A decadent brownie layered with creamy, real chocolate ganache and a chocolaty coating. Each individually-wrapped brownie is 80 calories and has a PointsPlus® value of 2.
Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss™An indulgent brownie layered with creamy, real peanut butter and a chocolaty coating. Each individually-wrapped brownie is 90 calories and has a PointsPlus® value of 2.
Both varieties of Brownie Bliss contain zero grams of trans fat. They join other Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Good products including Chocolate, Lemon, Carrot and Red Velvet Creme Cakes, Chocolate Brownie, Coffee Cake, Cookies and Muffins. Consumers can find the new products at select national and local grocery retailers for a suggested retail price beginning at $3.29.
I’m telling you, if you need just a little chocolate in your life, but you’re trying to cut the calories, the Brownie Bliss products will help you with your craving, they are DELICIOUS!
This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. All opinions are my own.
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The kiddos have been back to school for over a month now, which means I’ve been packing lunches five days a week for both of the girls. It’s very rare that I’ll let them buy lunch from school, have you ever seen that stuff? Nasty processed unhealthy food. No matter how many times they try to spin it as being healthy, it’s not! There’s no freshness to it, there’s no real meat, there’s no good fruits or veggies or good carbs!
So, I choose to have both the girls pack their lunch, which also means finding good containers to put them in. Thermos sent me some of their new products to test out, and we’ve been doing that since school started.
Thermos sent us the pink FUNtainer food jar, and a really cute floral insulated lunch bag, which was great, until our dog got a hold of it and tore it to shreds.
So, no photo of the lunch bag, unless you’d like to see the torn up version. My youngest daughter loved the insulated lunch bag, it kept things cold and it was easy to fit the pink FUNtainer inside along with other containers that she would carry with her for lunch, including her drink. This bag had a ton of room in it, I’m going to be purchasing another one, and soon!
The pink FUNtainer is a hit with both of my girls, they’ve been able to store hot and cold lunches in there and have them stay that way until their lunch hour. The FUNtainer has held noodles, soup, fruit, frozen grapes and more… It’s very versitile in what it can hold, and it really does keep things warm or cold!
We found that chilling or warming the jar before you place the food in it works even better to keep your food hot (or cold) until lunch. The pink FUNtainer food jar has Thermos® vacuum insulation technology for maximum temperature retention, hot or cold, it is made with Unbreakable stainless steel and has an extra wide mouth is easy to fill, eat from and clean. The FUNtainer has a 10oz capacity.
My kids have various items for lunch, but the Thermos brand is by far our favorite and best held up product. We’ve had no problems so far (besides the dog tearing up the bag) and the girls just love the products.
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Halloween is almost here, the full month of October is filled with ghosts, goblins and witches!!
Room On the Broom is the perfect book and film to fill up one of your family nights this month. The #1 best-selling children’s picture book in America, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Sheffler (the same author and illustrator team that created The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s child) Room on The Broom is filled with humor, adventure all while teaching the importance of family, friends and teamwork!
To accompany a night of reading, why not pop in the Room on the Broom DVD from NCircle Entertainment, and watch the story come to life!!
Room On The Broom includes a witch and her cat, who fly through the sky on their broomstick, until the witch drops her hat, then her bow, then her wand! The happy witch and cat suddenly become unhappy. Luckily, three helpful animals – a dog, parrot, and frog come to their rescue and find the missing items, which they’d like to return and all they want is a ride on the broomstick. But is there room on the broom for so many new friends? The witch, as kind as she is, thinks there is to much frustration of her cat. But when disaster strikes, and the witch is about to be eaten by a fearsome dragon, she is saved by the gang of animals, all working together. The witch’s cat learns the importance of friends and family, and the witch rewards her new friends with a magnificent broom that is big enough for everyone!
Beautiful CGI animation brings the book’s drawings to life under the direction of Max Lang. Gillian Anderson (The X Files) provides the voice of the witch; while Timothy Spall of Harry Potter fame, lends his voice to the dragon. Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) narrates the story which also features the recognizable voices of Martin Clunes, Rob Brydon and David Walliams portraying the helpful animals that comprise the witch’s family. Room on the Broom is produced by Magic Light Pictures (the team behind award-winning animations The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child).
This book and DVD are a great family night collection. Great for younger kids but still keeping the interest of my 10 yer old daughter. It’s a great story and fun to watch and read.
Room on the Broom Books and DVDs can be found on Amazon.com as well as various other retailers.
One lucky reader will win a copy of Room on the Broom book as well as the DVD. All you have to do is follow the directions in the giveaway widget below, and make sure that you complete the mandatory entry, otherwise other entries will not be valid.
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