Say More With Hershey KISSES Deluxe

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

It’s not Christmas for me without Hershey KISSES. Ever since I can remember, Santa would leave them in our stockings on Christmas morning. So naturally, they were (and are) part of my breakfast every Christmas Day!

Hershey’s has come out with a new type of KISSES chocolate! Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe. They are delectable! They are twice the size of an original KISSES chocolate, and there is a hazelnut inside, along with a smooth, creamy chocolate center and some crunch thrown in for good measure. Now, the truth behind the label. Are you ready?  KISSES Deluxe-1-2TA-DA! This is what was happening before I could photograph the package! I kept eating the Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe because they are that good…and I had to sneak them from behind the label so I could get my beautiful packaged shot above!! Matt was cracking up when he pulled back the label and saw how many I’d already eaten :)KISSES Deluxe-1-3I love the fancy gold packaging on the Hershey’s Deluxe KISSES. They really are festive and the perfect gift for anyone you want to spoil this Christmas season. The hazelnut gives them a European flavor.KISSES Deluxe-1-4My cute little helper’s hand (age 4) helps you see how large these babies are. KISSES Deluxe-1-5This Christmas season, let’s all think about who we can “Say More” to. I’m going to work on my husband this Christmas, because we usually tell each other no big gifts to try and keep things simple. That doesn’t mean I can’t tell him in a heartfelt way how much I appreciate everything he does for our family, though! Check out the video below and how a sweet family shows their wife & mother how much they admire and love her.

KISSES Deluxe-1Also – Hershey’s is running a contest where you could win one of 50 Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe 75 – piece gift boxes valued at $35!! Trust me, you want to win one :) Enter below:

Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe Giveaway

I-C will randomly select fifty winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.

Who will you “Say More” to this Holiday season?

FROZEN Easter Beach Bucket

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Since we live in sunny California, I thought this year I would make Easter Beach Buckets for my daughters instead of traditional Easter baskets. I have this incredible memory of a trip that I took to Hawaii when I was about nine years old. It was Spring Break and my dad was based in Honolulu. The whole family flew out to meet him and we stayed for a week-long vacation. Easter was happening while we were there, and as young children I remember my siblings and I were very concerned about the Easter Bunny being able to find us! What if he left our baskets at our house? What if he didn’t know we were here? I remember my parents assuring us that the Easter Bunny would find us. Sure enough, on Easter morning, Mr. Bunny had left three different colored buckets in the living room for my brother, sister, and I. We were ecstatic!

FROZEN Easter Beach

I wanted to recreate that for my daughters and give them a bucket full of items that they can take to the beach with them! Walmart has everything you need with many different themes:

Walmart Easter Aisle - karainthekitchen.comWe went with FROZEN because we still love it in this house! Have you seen the new short, FROZEN Fever? It plays before the new Cinderella movie in theaters. It’s so cute! Here’s my latest short:

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For the FROZEN Easter Beach Buckets:

A water bottle to stay hydrated, flip-flops to protect their feet from the hot sand, a fan to keep them cool…

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a giant bubble wand, sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sun, panties to put on after they rinse off in the outdoor showers, a jump rope just in case…

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washcloths to brush the sand off their feet before they get in the car, and eggs filled with jelly beans that (hopefully) won’t melt!

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I hope you’re inspired to make your own take on a traditional Easter basket now! Which characters are your children’s favorite?

Easy Microwave Caramels & Gingerbread Houses

First of all, let me give you the easiest caramel recipe in the history of caramel making. These little beauties are made in the microwave! The only tricky thing is getting to know your microwave and how long you need to cook them. Once you figure that out – you can bust them out every year and impress your friends and family! My Nana bought these plastic wrappers from a place in UT, but you could just use waxed paper if you can’t get your hands on any.

Easy Microwave Caramels
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  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 pound (2¼ cups) brown sugar
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. Butter a 9x13 pan. Combine first 4 ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 17 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Remove and add the vanilla, stir well to incorporate. Pour into the pan and let cool. Cut into small rectangles and wrap in cellophane or waxed paper wrappers. Enjoy!


Now for some more Christmastime fun! We always go to Santa Barbara for the holiday sales…Ada loves to go try on lipgloss at the MAC counter :)

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We made gingerbread houses at Devin & Liz’s…it was so much fun!!

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Ada made her own Candyland:

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Becca made a Tribal Village, complete with teepee and bonfire!

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Devin & Liz made a Metropolis with Teddy Grahams ice skating in the middle! Some of them were even on one leg/paw. It was so cute.

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Sean made a Gingerbread House with the cutest cars & best garden, in true Portland style!

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Matt & I made Santa’s Semi Truck!

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Santa needs to work on his driving skills. :)

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I was pretty proud of my cinnamon bear Santa :)

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