Archives for October 21, 2014

Halloween with PEEPS and MIKE & IKES! Halloween Giveaway Opportunity!

It’s that time of year again! Halloween! I can’t imagine this fun holiday without PEEPS and MIKES & IKES! I received a Just Born Halloween kit to review and it is a big hit in our house!  The candy is delicious and we loved the Plush Purple PEEPS Bunny we received!  PEEPS marshmallow treats are making the Fall season even more festive with the launch of Halloween flavors and shapes just in time for trick-or-treating and Halloween party planning. What is so great about PEEPS is that they can also be used as colorful additions to baked goods and can be used in decorations too.

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I am looking forward to adding the PEEPS Pumpkins to the top of Halloween cupcakes this year! They are just the perfect size and so cute with their decorated jack-o-lantern faces! I also love those PEEPS ghost-shaped marshmallows with their spooky faces! The PEEPS Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pumpkins are my favorite though! These are individually wrapped marshmallow pumpkins enrobed in milk chocolate!  I also received the cutest Witch Chick Plush that includes 2-5 ct packages of PEEPS Brand Marshmallow Chicks. This would make the perfect Halloween gift!

But, we can’t forget about MIKE & IKES! This is my son’s favorite!  I received the following:

MIKE AND IKE® Mummys Mix 10 oz Gift Bag

MIKE AND IKE® Vampire Variety 10 oz Gift Bag

MIKE AND IKE® Mummys Mix 2 Oz Tube

All three would make great Halloween gifts! Actually, I put them up for my son!

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These Halloween treats can be found nationwide at mass, grocery and drug stores, PEEPS & COMPANY® retail stores or at

Looking for fun and creative ideas this Halloween? I just love! It really has the best ideas! I love the section specifically dedicated to showing off PEEPSONALITY® with fan art, crafts and recipes.

You can also find PEEPS & Company at the following links below:

We have also teamed up with PEEPS & Company for a Halloween Giveaway! Winner will win a variety of candy samples and not everything that has been mentioned in this post. To enter, go to and leave a comment below telling us one of your favorite things on the website.  Deadline to enter is October 26th, 2014 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Please note: Prize may not be received before Halloween.

Self Disclosure: I received a free Just Born Halloween kit to facilitate this feature and any opinions expressed are my own. Photo Credit: Just Born.




Coffee Dates From Hell by Jim Tilberry Humorous Quick Read!


I have to admit, it has been a long time since I have been out in the dating scene. I have been married since 2000 and was really off the market since 1997. This wouldn’t normally be a book that I would pick up since my married life began. It did sound like an interesting book and I do know that all my readers aren’t married. Now, even back in the 90’s, 80’s and way before..I do recall Coffee Dates. No, they aren’t always a bad thing but I have to admit, I do recall that they aren’t always the best thing either. I really enjoyed this book because it really is humorous and actually quite refreshing! The Author has such a way in telling these individual date stories, that you will find yourself laughing out loud.  I also was happy to say many of my dates weren’t quite as bad as some of these dates in the book and in a funny way, I feel that this book would give hope to a few of my single friends. I loved how different each story was from beginning to ending and loved the different twists in each story. There are stories of famous people and ordinary people and I laughed from beginning to ending.It is also a quick read. It’s just a fun book and may even give you a different perspective on dating. It’s really quite refreshing!

You can find it on  It is available in Paperback and on Kindle.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

KID SHERIFF AND THE TERRIBLE TOADS By Bob Shea, illustrated by Lane Smith


It’s an Old West tale about a second grade sheriff who rides into the town of Dry Gulch on a tortoise to save the locals from the bandits that call themselves The Toads. But, these aren’t your average Toads and Ryan the Second Grade Sheriff isn’t your average Sheriff! A fun story for young children with fun illustrations! It’s silly and will have you laughing from the beginning to ending. Although, Sheriff Ryan is only a second grader, he is very wise and I loved how he outsmarted the Toads in this story! My son and I give this one a thumbs up!

To find out more and to purchase, click here.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this feature. 

Ozeri OW05A Prestige Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Aerating Pourer and Foil Cutter by Ozeri! Makes a great gift for Wine Lovers!


The best thing about the Ozeri Electric Wine Opener is that it is so easy to use! I have tried other Wine Bottle Openers in the past and they seemed to be a lot more difficult! This one really is so simple! I mean there really is only 4 very simple steps (like the box shows). You use the included foil cutter to remove the seal, then use a simple push-down button to remove the cork and a simple push-up button releases the cork. There really isn’t 4 steps..since step 4 is not really a step! Wine is ready to be poured! I did notice that it does work best in an upright position. I also like that it is modern and stylish looking and it will make a great holiday gift! It doesn’t take up much room at all. The Bonus Aerating Pourer is also a nice touch! This is a Must-Have for all Wine lovers and really would make a great holiday gift.

You can purchase on

Self Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. Photo Credit: Ozeri.

Avon Products that give back this month! Pink Ribbon Collection (Breast Cancer) and Empowerment Collection (Domestic Violence)


Product Product Details
Avon ANEW Vitale Day Creamunnamed (1)
  • Price: $28 ($5 is donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade)
  • Helps strengthen skin to fight the signs of aging
  • Contains SPF 25
  • Targets essential multi-functional protein, SP1, for delivery of skin nutrients
  • Powered by ProEnergy Complex to offset the negative impacts of loss of SP1
  • Product will be available in October
Avon ANEW Vitale Night Creamunnamed (2)
  • Price: $28 ($5 is donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade)
  • Helps refresh skin overnight to fight the signs of dullness and fatigue
  • Targets essential multi-functional protein, SP1, for delivery of skin nutrients
  • Powered by ProEnergy Complex to offset the negative impacts of loss of SP1
  • Product will be available in October
Breast Cancer Crusade Slippersunnamed (3)
  • Price: $15
  • A percentage of the net profits ($3) donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

I received a pair of these and just love the pretty pink flowers and how comfy they are! These are my new favorite slippers!

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Skin So Soft Oilunnamed (4)


  • Price: $10
  • 10% of the net profits ($1) will be donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
  • Limited-edition Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon design
  • 16.9 fl. oz


Breast Cancer Watchunnamed (5)
  • Price: $20 (20% of the net profits will be donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade)
  • Available September 12th



Product Product Details
Avon Empowerment Braceletunnamed



  • Price: $5
  • 69% of the net profits ($3.47) donated to the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative
  • Silvertone and faux stones
  • 7 1/4 “ in length


Avon Empowerment Butterfly Pinunnamed (1)
  • Price: $5
  • 20% of the net profits ($1 donated to the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative
  • Silvertone with enamel-look accents


 Self Disclosure: I received a free pair of the Breast Cancer Crusade Slippers to review. No compensation was received to post. Credit: Avon.




THINK: The hottest shades for Halloween!


WHAT IT IS:  Everything you need to be Queen of the Night. This Halloween, turn up the drama with the new Midnight Beauty collection from NYC New York Color. From sultry eyes to shimmering nails, this collection is full of vivid colors you’ll want to sink your teeth into at a price that won’t take a bite out of your wallet.  With sky-high volume mascarapigment-packed shadows and lipsticksbold eyeliner and lashes, and never-chip nail colorNYC New York Color lets your bring out your wild side…at least until the sun comes up.



The latest eye-catching favorites include:

In A New York Color Minute Nail Polish ($1.99): Specially formulated to dry quickly, this nail enamel has a hint of shimmer for depth. Four limited-edition hues are infused with magnesium, iron, copper, and calcium to strengthen nails, with a shiny finish that will dazzle your victims. Shades include Black Elixir, I Am Not AffRed, Animal Instinct, and Smoky Top Coat.  I received a sample of AffRed and love this dark shade! It is the perfect Fall and Halloween color! I just love the shiny finish!


Expert Last Lip Color ($1.99): High-intensity color in four just-bitten shades. The rich, creamy lipstick goes on smooth and lasts for up to six hours, and never feathers or bleeds. With a color-matched component, these heart-stopping hues with long-lasting shine will stay on all night long. Colors include Red or Alive, Immortal Vixen, and Dark Rebirth. I received a sample of Red or Alive and I love how this goes on so smoothly!


Individual Eyes Custom Compact ($4.99): These sultry shadow collections are specially coordinated to intensify and enhance your eye color. With a formula that contains nourishing Vitamins A and E, with Green Tea extract, these silky powders blend smoothly and evenlyEach shade can be worn alone or blended, and kits include a double-ended professional applicator and step-by-step instructions to help you create your Halloween look. Colors available include Hate the Light and Vampiress. I received a sample of the Vampiress and I love how these do blend so smoothly and well together. I will definitely be using this compact for Halloween!

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Big Bold Curl Mascara ($4.99): Amp up the drama with this bold mascara in Extreme Black for clump-free, perfectly-curled impact. The innovative curved brush plumps and shapes lashes, delivering twelve times more volume and up to 99% more lift with a single stroke. With a formula that’s smudge-proof, smear-proof, and flake-proof, lashes stay gorgeous for up to 16 hours. This really is my new favorite Mascara! It is clump-free and makes my eyelashes look curly!

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Liquid Eyeliner ($2.99): Get irresistible eyes with this long-lasting, creamy eyeliner. Go from a subtle line to a bold statement in a flash with the easy-control, flexible brush that makes precise application a snap. Intense color glides on easy and dries fast, with a hypo-allergenic formula that never smudges. I also received a sample of this Eyeliner and love that it dries so quickly!


Self Adhesive Eyelashes ($2.99): Cast a spell with glamorous sparkle lashes. With just a touch, they go on and stay on for instant length and drama. The flashy fringe shimmers with every wink, with a sparkle that will leave your victims dazzled. Available in Natural Black.

Find all these where NYC New York color products are sold! Check out the website for more information.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: NYC New York Color.