Sweeten up the Holidays with Nestle!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Candy! Candy! Candy! Candy!

Not every Mom has time to make homemade from scratch Holiday goodies, but with a little help from Nestle, you can knock your friends and family off their feet.

Head over to Very Best Baking and take a look at their Christmas and Winter recipes for ideas to make your meals a little more special. They’ve got cakes, cookies, pies, candy and more. These recipes are easy and most of them are kid-friendly for your extra helpers in the kitchen.

My new favorite are Cookie Ornament Cupcakes! These are a cinch to whip up and the kids love helping decorate with Frosty WONKA Nerds and Nestle Butterfinger Jingles.


Cookie Ornament Cupcakes

nestle cupcakes


  • 1 pkg. (16.5 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Dough
  • 1 container (16 oz.) prepared white frosting, divided
  • Red food coloring
  • 2 quart-size plastic food storage bags
  • Frosty WONKA® NERDS®, various holiday sprinkles, sugars and/or decorating gels
  • Mini pretzel twists, broken for ornament hook (24 hooks are needed)
  • 24 NESTLÉ® Jingles, any flavor, unwrapped


PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease 24 mini-muffin cups. Place one square of cookie dough into each cup.

BAKE for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan(s) on wire rack. With tip of butter knife, remove cookie cups from muffin pan(s).

SPOON half of frosting into plastic bag; seal. Stir food coloring into remaining frosting in container until desired color is reached. Fill other plastic bag with colored frosting; seal. Cut 1/2-inch from corner of each bag. Squeeze bags lightly to pipe frosting on top of each cookie cup to form rounded ornament shape. Decorate with Nerds, sprinkles, sugars and/or gels. Place Nestlé Jingle on top of each. To adhere hook, use a small amount of icing.

Make Ahead Tip:
• Cookie bases can be made ahead and stored covered at room temperature for up to a day.


I had the fun of trying out two other Nestle products and they were YUMMY! The candy canes have Pixy Stix powder in the middle, so they’re extra sweet and very unique. I hadn’t heard of these before and I love ‘em. The flavor is intense! The Sweet Tarts tin is a perfect stocking stuffer that is jammed full of individually wrapped candies.
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So have some fun this Holiday and involve the kids too! Decorate your tree with Pixy Stix candy canes, stuff your stockings with Sweet Tarts and fill your tummies with Nestle candy. The Holidays don’t get any sweeter!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Holiday of Surprises Giveaway Event Week #10 – Ends 12/28

Holiday of Surprises Giveaway Week #10
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Grand Prize Package:
1- Buffalo Plaid Ice Scraper Mitten
1 – Country Bob’s Sauces Gift Box
1 – 50 Movie SCI-FI “Invasions Classics” 12- Disk DVD Set
1- 2 Gallon Tin of Holiday Popcorn and Snacks
Second & Third Place:
1 – Buffalo Plaid Ice Scraper Mitten
1 – Country Bob’s Sauces Gift Box
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Remove ice and snow from your car with this trendy and comfortable Plush Fashion Ice Scraper Mitt. The quilted, insulted fabric mitt with elastic cuff is very durable and will keep you warm on those cold snowy days. This mitten is one of my favorite winter products that I have reviewed. Not only is the mitten warm and cozy, it also gives you plenty of room to grasp the scraper within and hold it tight.

Holiday of Surprises Giveaway Event Week #9 – Ends 12/21

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Grand Prize Package:1 – Thomas Kinkade 8″ Spirit of Christmas Sound Clock

1 – $50 Bulu Box Gift Certificate

1 – Country Bob’s Sauces Gift Box

1 – 50 Movie Sci-Fi Classics “Anniversary Edition” 12-Disk  DVD Set

Second & Third Place

1 – Thomas Kinkade 8″ Spirit of Christmas Sound Clock

1 – Country Bob’s Sauces Gift Box

Let’s Take a look at the prizes:

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Holiday of Surprises Giveaway Event Week #8 – Ends 12/14

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Prepare your own weather forecast for Santa as he prepares to make his Christmas Eve trip around the globe with this amazing Weather Theme Giveaway!
Grand Prize Package:
1- The Weather Channel Professional Weather Station
1- 17″ Galileo Thermometer
1 – Hybrid Mini Dynamo Lantern (Crank/Battery)
1 – Aria Elite 42″ Wind Chimes (Silver)
Second & Third Place Package:
1 – 17″ Galileo Thermometer
1 – Hybrid Dynamo Mimi Lantern
Being a certified NOAA Severe Weather Spotter myself, I can truly say this is my favorite giveaway. Not only do you get the latest in weather technology, but you also get a weather tool that has been around for ages.
With this terrific Grand Prize Package you will be able to keep updated on your very own weather conditions. After reviewing this La Crosse/Weather Channel Station,  I can honestly say that it gives you very accurate reading that are identical to that of your local National Weather Service reading minus the radar feature.
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Play MG Endless Entertainment Review + Giveaway! Ends 12/9

PlayMGI can’t say enough great things about my PlayMG and the fun that’s packed into these devices. When my nephews are around, they love to play on my phone. Sometimes hogging it the entire time and draining the battery when I might be expecting important phone calls or text messages. Sadly, they’ve also accidentally clicked and purchased things in the App Store. Not with PlayMG!

PlayMG was specifically designed to save parents’ phones and devices by giving kids and teenagers something safe and fun. PlayMG allows parents to allocate a specific amount of money to each device and monitor it’s usage. No more surprise purchases on your credit card, thank heavens.

Not convinced yet? The MG is endorsed and used by two huge stars your teens will recognize in a heartbeat, basketball allstar Kyrie Irving and TV star Olivia Holt.

PlayMG Sell Sheet

PlayMG uses the Android system and through WiFi can download music, apps and more from the Google Play store. This one of a kind device was designed for teens! It fits in their pocket and allows them to have some freedom and fun without stealing Mom and Dad’s phone or tablet. Oh and it has a camera, too! It’s the non-smartphone smartphone! LOL!!!


PlayMG is available for purchase online at PlayMG, Amazon and ToysRus and now at your local Target. Inside the box you’ll receive the PlayMG, Micro USB charger, 8 and 16 GB Micro SD cards and SpendSmart prepaid card. Add this to your Christmas shopping list for that hard to shop for teenager, they’ll be amazed! So much fun and they’ll think they’re a big shot for having the newest and coolest handheld device. Buy now online!

Want to win a PlayMG for yourself? Enter below! This contest is open to entrants age 18 and older in the USA. This contest ends on December 9, 2013. [Read more...]

Holiday of Surprises Giveaway Event Week #6 – Ends 11/30

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Grand Prize Package:
New Ergo Chef Crimson G10 Knife Set
This CRIMSON SERIES 7pc. set includes the following items: 8″ Chef knife8″ Offset Serrated Bread Knife8″ Carving Knife7″ Nakiri Knife6″ Santoku Knife6″ Utility Knife, & a 3.5″ Paring knife. Enhance the beauty of your kitchen with the wood grain look of the durable G10 handles crafted with a polished full tang and 3 rivet handle. The precision engineered blades are ground to perfection with super sharp 18 degree cutting edges for easily slicing through all your foods. Enjoy cooking and prepping food with ease and in style with this Ergo Chef CRIMSON SERIES knife set. Reserve your set today. These will ship out by the end of November!
Once again Ergo Chef has knocked the ball out of the park with this masterfully designed knife set. The wood grain handle look will make you do a double take, thinking that they are real wood. The engineered design once again gives great support to your wrist while preparing your meals or simply slicing or dicing fruits or vegetables. Your kitchen will defiantly be the talk of the town with this amazing knife set in it.
As a Special Offer to the Holiday of Surprises Readers Ergo Chef is giving you a 20% Discount at the Checkout is you use Discount Code “holiday20

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Holiday of Surprises Giveaway Event Week #5 – Ends 11/23

Holiday of Surprises Giveaway Week #5
Holiday Contest and Sweeps
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Grand Prize Package:
1 – St Nick Platter
1 – 20″ Three Section Holiday Tray
1- Coca-Cola Bottle Cap Wall Clock
1 – Christmas Snack Assortment
1 –  Bourbon Q Gift Set of BBQ Sauces
1 – Ergo Chef Knife Sharpener
1- Candle Sensations
Second & Third Place Prize:
1- Coca-Cola Bottle Cap Clock
1- Candle Sensations
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Bommerscheim Buddies Giveaway! Ends 12/8

Bommerscheim Buddies

How do I feel about stuffed animals? Well, I particularly don’t care for them. You know the ones you bring home from the fair that just add up and collect dust which eventually you have to turn a corner of your room into your stuffed animal collection. Not my thing. Bommerscheim Buddies made by Bommerscheim Sister Co. is different. Their cute and cuddley Bommerscheim Buddies are the only stuffed toy your child will ever need.

Caden loves his Bommercheim Buddy and loves that he was able to pick out his own pattern, transportation. So adorable!


We all know that stuffed animals get dirty especially if you can’t wash them! That’s another reason why I don’t like them. But, Bommercheim Buddies have removable covers that you can throw into the washer! With me being such a clean freak that is a huge plus for me!

Just unlatch the velcro

Bommerscheim Buddies

Then pull out the pillow & wash your cover!

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What’s great about this is you can purchase multiple covers to switch things up a bit. Especially when you’re washing one cover you can slip on another instantly so your child doesn’t have to be without his cuddly friend.

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I love the ones Caden picked out!

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Just a few more covers that I love in their Flannel Collection

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The Bommerscheim Sisters Company

My mother and her sisters grew up in rural southern Illinois in the 1940′s and 50′s. My Aunt Joan first made the Bommerscheim Buddies in the early 1960′s for her kids. Then my mother made them for my siblings and me. They quickly became our constant companions. Aren’t they adorable?

In the 1980′s and beyond, my mother made the Bommerscheim Buddies for her grandchildren. There are a number of well-loved originals in the homes of my cousins, nieces and nephews.

My family and I hope that Bommerscheim Buddies help your family create its own legacy. Start your family tradition today with Bommerscheim Buddies!

Want to win your very own Bommerscheim Buddies?

*Winner will be able to choose Bommerscheim Buddies of choice from their web site*

This review & giveaway is brought to you by BabyDashCo.

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Holiday of Surprises Giveaway Event Week #4 – Ends 11/16

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1 – Ergo Chef Pro Series Knife Set
1 – Robinson Home Products/CIA 10″ Saute’ Pan
1 – 4″ Flameless LED Snow Family Musical Candle
1 – Set Ergo Chef  9″ & 12″ Tong Set
3 –  3′ x 5′ Holiday Flag Set (Merry Christmas, Santa, Penguin)
Second Place Package
1 – 4″ Flameless LED Snow Family Musical Candle
2 – 3′ x 5′ Holiday Flag Set (American Made, Joy Horn)
Third Place Package
1 – 4″ Flameless LED Snow Family Musical Candle
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Holiday of Surprises Giveaway Event Week #2 – Ends 11/2

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Grand Prize:
1- Holiday Cuckoo Clock
1- Harvest Snack Basket
1- 3 Set Holiday TV Classics DVD Collection
1 – Crank Searchlight/Lantern
Second & Third Place Packages:
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1 – Crank Searchlight/Lantern
Prize Description and Sponsor:
Mark Feldstein and Associates, Inc.
Holiday Cuckoo Clock