Holiday Fun with M&M’S® and Glad Holiday Storage

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Jackpot. It’s not every day that I get asked to make fun holiday treats with M&M’S®, but when I do I go for it! As an added bonus, I got to shop at Target, which is rare since it’s an hour from my home.

White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S®! Yes, they are absolutely as tasty as they sound, and they are available at Target. I saw them on the endcap by the checkout lanes first, and then again on this large display endcap with all of the Christmas candy and other goodies.

“My” Target didn’t have them, but my aunt found some exclusive Glad Holiday packaging for me with M&M’S® holiday recipes featured on the back at the Target she visited in the city. Each recipe was designed to fit within the Glad container that features the recipe, making gift giving so easy!

The recipes are super easy, too. My eleven year old and her friend made these M&M’s Chocolate Espresso Peppermint Bites with M&M’S® Holiday Baking Mini’s all on their own Friday night. Aren’t they cute?

As for me, I whipped up this Peppermint M&M’s Popcorn Munch in about 5 minutes. It’s a pretty, salty sweet combination with perfect crunch.

 

M&M’s add a festive touch to lots of Christmas treats. What are your favorites?

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Even humidifiers are smart now. (Want to win one?)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Holmes Products for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m always looking for ways to keep my family healthy. It’s simply not convenient, cost-effective, or fun to deal with seven (8? Wow. How many people live in my house now?!) sickies throughout the winter. So we do the usual.

  • Wash hands. A lot.
  • Sleep more. (Well, we try.)
  • Sunlight and fresh air whenever possible.
  • Add vitamin C and D3 supplements to our routine. (Only during the cold months when daylight play is scarce)
  • Eat more fruits and veggies. (Again with the trying.)
  • Run the diffuser several times a day. Apply Thieves and other immune boosting essential oils morning and night.
  • Eat less sugar. (Ok, fine. Total lie, but it’s a really good idea because sugar is the devil!)

One thing that I hadn’t thought of before, was something I recently read in AllYou magazine: “One reason we get sick more in winter is that viruses live longer in dry air, which lets them spread.” We did have a small (two gallon) humidifier that I try to run during the months when our heater is on, but that was always to combat dry skin and static electricity Why didn’t it ever occur to me that dry air was enabling all the viruses we bring into our home? (Learn something new every day!)

Funny how things happen. I had just read that revolutionary information while soaking in the bath one night, then soon after received an offer to review a Holmes® Smart Humidifier. It covers the whole house! Even better? They want me to gift one to one of my readers! Yes, please!

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(Of all the crazy places to put an outlet, right? Gotta love a 100 year old home!)

With WeMo technology the Holmes® brand delivers on the promise of the connected home with simple, scalable home automation solutions that empower consumers to customize, control and manage home electronics from anywhere. WeMo is the most affordable and approachable entry into the smart home and makes managing your home easy.

WeMo comes in handy during life’s We Moments – A “WeMoment” is the feeling of relief in being able to adjust your technology to better your life.

For example, hypothetically speaking (of course) if there’s an ornery, curious 2 year old in the house who loves to push buttons, I can correct the settings for the humidifier while I’m a whole room away, trapped in a chair nursing a baby. Puuuuuuuuurely hypothetical!

If only they had a WeMo app for this.

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That’s glue, by the way. A brand new big bottle of Elmer’s Glue. If you ever wonder why I haven’t published a post for a few days (weeks!), you can just imagine me on my hands and knees, cleaning up spilled glue.

Enough about my glamorous life.

With the Holmes® Smart Humidifier Console, Enabled by WeMo:

  • Optimize the right level of humidity for your home, based on the current weather conditions
  • Control your humidifier settings anytime, from anywhere, using your smartphone or tablet
  • Has a smart sensor that monitors the environment inside and outside your home
  • Choose between 5 comfort levels.
  • Provides humidity to the entire house so the whole family stays comfortable during the winter months.
  • 36-hour runtime, so there is no constant refilling of water tanks.
  • The filter reminder conveniently tells you when to reorder and allows you to purchase immediately through the app.

Oh, look. It already knows that we need a refill! I think I’ll make checking the app and refilling the humidifier the 9 year old’s job. Any job getting him closer to my phone will be appealing. ;)

Do any of you struggle like we do with dry conditions in your home? Want to win a Holmes® Smart Humidifier Console worth $199? Simply leave any comment more substantial than “I want to win!” below. Tell me about your dry house, or your static problems, or your 2 year old problems. Share your strategies for combatting winter illnesses. Anything (appropriate) goes!

Giveaway ends Sunday, December 14. One winner will be drawn Monday, December 15, and notified by email. Good luck!

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