Scratch and Sniff Sticker Club: A Fun Gift Idea for Kids (and Adults!) of All Ages

Thursday, July 18, 2019
Scratch and Sniff stickers were all the rage in the 1980's, and for many of us, they still hold that magic, nostalgic charm! I even wrote an entire post about my own vintage scratch and sniff sticker collection, which includes photos of my original stinky stickers from the 80's. Now there are fun ways to bring that nostalgia back, like the Scratch and Sniff Sticker Club from Everything Smells! Read on to learn more, and for a special discount code, too!


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Hersheypark Summer 2019 Printable Bucket List: 14 Things You Need to Try Before Summer Ends

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Whether you've visited Hersheypark before or not, I have a fun way for you to enjoy your summer at the Sweetest Place on Earth! Scroll down for a free printable Hersheypark Summer Bucket List, which lists 14 fun things you should try at Hersheypark before summer ends.

**Want to win 2 tickets to Hersheypark this summer season? Of course you do! Scroll down to enter my Hersheypark ticket giveaway!!



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Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with the NEW Reese's Ice Cream Cake and a GIVEAWAY!!

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Mark your calendars! July 21st is National Ice Cream Day! To celebrate, thousands of samples of the NEW Reese’s Ice Cream Cake (which is also available in grocery stores) will be handed out at Hershey's Chocolate World all day long, starting at 9:00am.  Read on to learn more about these awesome ice cream cakes, and enter to win a FREE cake of your own! Woot!


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Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Review: Lyndhurst, New Jersey

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
I was looking for a review of Medieval Times ages ago and could not find the information I needed. I wanted an honest opinion on what age group this show was for, what it entailed, and how the food was (that's just how I am, you know?). And since I didn't find exactly what I was looking for out there, I decided to see the show for myself and bring you my very own review (because I know I can't be the only one out there wondering what Medieval Times is all about!). This was not written as a sponsored post, but after I published it, I was invited back by the folks at Medieval Times to see their show again, this time featuring their queen (gasp!)So if you haven't seen the show in a while, you MUST go see the queen! Scroll through the post for a discount coupon code!


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Take NY Waterway to the U.S. Women's Soccer Ticker Tape Parade: Kids Under 12 Ride Free!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Want to see the Ticker Tape parade that's being held in New York City for the U.S. Women's Soccer Team? Easy peasy if you take the ferry! Check out this deal from NY Waterway!

Richard Heathcote - Getty Images 

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The New Jersey Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning: Reviews, Tips and Advice for Attending

Sunday, July 7, 2019
The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning (known officially as the Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning, but sometimes referred to as the Readington Balloon Festival or the New Jersey Balloon Fest) is held every summer in Readington, New Jersey, usually at the end of July. There's a lot to read about in this post, but I designed it so you can skim for the information you need. Please be sure to read my tips at the bottom of the post if you plan on visiting with kids or if you are questioning what traffic will be like! *This post is updated every year to bring you the most accurate information about the festival! Currently updated for 2019!


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Branchburg Sports Complex Basketball Camp for Girls

Friday, July 5, 2019
Branchburg Sports Complex (one of our favorite places- you can read more about them here) just added a new camp to their summer line-up. This one is for girls ages 4th grade through high school, and features women's professional basketball player, Erica Balman! Read on for details and sign-up info.


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The Hotel Hershey: 10 Things You Didn't Know - A Jersey Momma Review

Is The Hotel Hershey too fancy for kids? Is it too upscale? Is it too expensive? As a self-proclaimed Hershey, PA expert, people ask me those questions all the time! If you haven't read my in-depth review of the Hershey resorts and attractions, please visit my Hershey Insider Page for answers to many of the common Hershey resort-area questions.  If you have an upcoming trip planned to The Hotel Hershey (or if you were thinking about planning one), I have some fun facts and tips for you in this post, as well!


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8 Must-Have Items for Summer: Outdoor Toys, Snacks and More!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Summer is my favorite time of year, and I always love the cute products, toys and gear that debut each season. I've gathered some of my favorites to share with you in my Must-Have List of Summer Items!


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How to Make Red, White and Blue Patriotic Cupcakes DIY

If you're in charge of bringing the dessert to a Memorial Day picnic or a 4th of July bash, then check out these patriotic cupcakes, which are actually super easy to make!


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ReadingIQ app and ReadingIQ.com Reviews: Is it Worth the Money?

If you're looking for an honest review of ReadingIQ.com, you've come to the right place! I know you're probably wondering if ReadingIQ is worth the money or maybe even curious about what it is. I tried out ReadingIQ, and as a mom and former teacher, I've got the lowdown for you! Read on for my full review. No time to read? Watch my 5 minute video at the end of the post!



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Fabulous Frozen Treats to Try This Summer: More Finds from The Fancy Food Show

Sunday, June 23, 2019
Have you ever looked at the ingredients on a container of ice cream? Not every container, of course, but many of them (especially the popular brands) contain calcium sulfate and mono and diglycerides to keep them from melting or to keep ice crystals from forming. Just google 'why ice cream doesn't melt' and you'll see what I mean. Well, guess what? I'm tired of it. I'm tired of the FDA approved additives, and I'm ready to pay a little extra for something better. Last month I attended The Fancy Food Show in New York City, and I was able to sample some amazing brands of ice cream and frozen novelties that I think you should know about, too. This isn't a sponsored post, it's just me sharing my thoughts with you because that's how I roll. Read on to hear about some new brands and products worth trying!


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How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Basic Guide

Thursday, June 20, 2019
If you ever thought about raising butterflies with your little ones at home, I have some basic tips for you!  As I'm sure you've figured out, I am not a butterfly expert.  If you want all of the best information from the experts, feel free to visit them at MonarchWatch.  I have raised and released over 300 monarch butterflies in my lifetime, so my tips come from what I've read and my own experience.

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Kids Under 12 Ride Free on NY Waterway Ferries This Summer from NJ to Manhattan!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
'What's the best way to get to New York City from New Jersey when you're traveling with kids?' I hear this question all the time, and although it largely depends on where you want to go in the city, I almost always suggest the NY Waterway Ferry! That's my favorite way to commute to the city, hands down! And guess what? This summer, kids under the age of 12 ride free! Read on for details and any exclusions that may apply.



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16 Foods You Need to Try: Fancy Food Show Re-Cap 2018

Monday, June 17, 2019
Want to hear some of my favorite finds from the Fancy Food Show 2018? Curious about new food and snack trends? Looking for better choices when it comes to food for your family? Well, you can find ALL of those things in this one, handy post! Read on to see 16 awesome, better-for-you (or just plain delicious) foods that I found at this year's Fancy Food Show.


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What's New at Hersheypark this Summer (and Enter to Win a Family 4 Pack of Tickets!!)

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Wondering what's new at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania this season? Curious what things you must see if you're planning a visit? Well, then, you've come to the right place! My blog is chock full o' Hershey posts because I am a huge fan of the Hershey Resorts, Hersheypark, Chocolate World, Hershey Gardens, Hershey Story Museum...shall I go on? I am honored to be a part of the Hershey Sweetest Families Program, which means I can bring you the SCOOP on everything HERSHEY.
Want to come see what's new at Hersheypark this summer for yourself? Scroll down and enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets to Hersheypark!


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LEGOLAND New York: Opening Date, Details, Photos and FIRST TO PLAY Passes!

Friday, June 14, 2019
LEGOLAND New York is coming!! The opening date is right around the corner and I'm going to tell you exactly what you can expect. I got all the details at an awesome media event with officials from Merlin Entertainment, and I was able to see the construction with my own two eyes. As their public relations manager put it, 'this will be the ultimate must-see destination for families in the Northeast.' Gasp!! Are you excited? Me, too!! Read on for more details, and see how you can purchase a First to Play pass, enabling you to be one of the first people to experience the park!


Why I Started The Jersey Momma Blog

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Why start a blog? I hear this question often, and many people are curious about how I started the blog and why. So here's the story about why I do what I do, and how The Jersey Momma was born. Sometimes I still can't believe it myself!


Win 2 Tickets to Slime Mania Expo in Freehold, NJ!

Monday, June 10, 2019
Get ready, Slime fans!!! There's a special event coming to New Jersey just for you! It's called Slime Mania Expo, and according to all of the press releases, this promises to be the most exciting event in the world of slime!  Karina Garcia, YouTube's 'Queen of Slime,' will be bringing together thousands of slime fans and hosting Slime Mania Expos in many cities across America. And guess what? She's coming to Freehold!


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LEGOLAND New York Reveals LEGO Oculus Replica and First to Play Passes

LEGOLAND NEW YORK is opening in 2020, and I couldn't be more excited about it! You might've read some of my past posts about the arrival of LEGOLAND New York (if you haven't, look here for all of my LEGO related articles), and now, you can actually purchase passes to be one of the first people to visit the park when it opens! Read on to see how.


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The Kitchen at Bed Bath & Beyond: Must Try Cooking Classes, Parties, Camps, and More!

Friday, June 7, 2019
I was recently invited to try out a cooking class at The Kitchen at Bed Bath & Beyond, a brand new 'kitchen experience'  (since it's more than just cooking classes) at their East Hanover, New Jersey location. What exactly is The Kitchen, you ask? Well, read on and let me show you!


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Field Station Dinosaurs: Review, Tips and Suggestions for Visiting!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Looking for an honest review of Field Station Dinosaurs? Well, you've come to the right place! I've visited Field Station Dinosaurs in both of their locations- when they first opened in Secaucus, and now their new location in Leonia, New Jersey (they relocated from Secaucus). Let me tell you what to expect, and if it's worth the trip! You know my Jersey Momma reviews are always totally honest, right?


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Specialty Summer Camps from Branchburg Sports Complex (featuring NFL and Basketball Athletes!)

Monday, June 3, 2019
If you've been searching for fun summer camps for your kids, you must check out Branchburg Sports Complex in Branchburg, New Jersey! Most local residents know all about BSC and how wonderful it is. One of the best things about it is the array of summer fun that it offers to kids of all ages.  And guess what? They're kicking off Summer 2019 with an All-Star Lineup! In addition to their amazing sports and KidVenture Camp, they're hosting two specialty camps this season. Read on for details.


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Must-Have Items for Summer: Toys, Essentials, Snacks and More!

Sunday, June 2, 2019
Summer is almost here and this year I've been blown away by the awesome Summer products I've seen for the season. There are so many must-have items, I don't even know where to start! So I picked a few of my favorites for you to try out .


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A Review of The Crayola Experience in Easton, PA - Enter to Win Tickets!

Friday, May 31, 2019
If you're looking for a fun day trip not far outside of New Jersey, Crayola Experience (formerly known as The Crayola Factory) in Easton, Pennsylvania, might be for you!  They're open year round, so this is a great stop in any season. There are multiple Crayola Experiences around the country, but the Easton location is closest to us. This article is designed for easy viewing, so check subject headings and scroll to find the info you need (time is precious and there are a lot of words here, I know!). So read on for my Crayola Experience review!

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Summer Book Suggestions for Kids: Great Summer Reading Ideas!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
If you're looking for summer reading suggestions for kids, look no further! I've got some awesome book choices to share with you. Summer is the best time to grab a book and relax- even for kids! I love compiling ideas for summer reading (be sure to check out my list of book suggestions from last year), so here are my picks for 2019.


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The Great Big List of Summer Day Trip Ideas in New Jersey and Beyond!

Monday, May 27, 2019
Looking for Summer day trip ideas in and around New Jersey? I got ya covered!! Here's my great big list of over 100 fun places to visit with your family this Summer, as well as an interactive map to help you find what you're looking for.


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REESE'S CUPFUSION Now Open at Hersheypark!

Thursday, May 23, 2019
The brand new  ride, Reese's Cupfusion, debuts this weekend at Hersheypark! Commander Cup needs your help to fight against Mint the Merciless! Are you ready to accept the mission? Read on for more details and to hear all about this fun ride.


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A Review of The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
If you're thinking of visiting Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, but you're not sure if it's worth the trip, I'm here to help! There are so many fun things to do in New Jersey, but you know every now and then I like to venture out of state, too. You can see all of the fun places we've visited on my Travel page. Today, we head to Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, so let me tell you all about it!


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NY Waterway Ferries are FREE for Veterans and Military During Fleet Week (Kids Under 12 Ride Free, too!)

Monday, May 20, 2019
People are constantly asking me the best way to travel to New York City from here in New Jersey. It might depend on where you want to go, but I always recommend the ferry! It is literally my favorite way to travel to the city, and it offers so many options that you might not even know about. Check out some of the specials that NY Waterway is running for Memorial Day Weekend and Fleet Week!


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Celebrate World Turtle Day (5/23) with Henry and Squishmallows: Enter to WIN!

Friday, May 17, 2019
Are you ready to 'shellebrate' World Turtle Day? Sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue, this is the perfect time to show your support for these gentle and beloved reptiles. You can help spread the word about this amazing day and enter to win a Henry the Turtle Squishmallows plush while you're at it! It's a win-win, right?


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End of Year Teacher Gift Ideas: 'Orange You Glad it's Summer?'

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Are you searching for an easy end of the year teacher gift?  Do you need ideas for a special teacher gift but you're not sure where to start? Well, look no further! This 'Orange You Glad it's Summer?' gift pack is so easy to make, and it's super-cute, too! All you need is a soda bottle and some goodies and you're all set!


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Japan Crate Review: What's Inside this Fun Japanese Subscription Box?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
I'm always on the hunt for fun gift ideas, and I also love subscription boxes. So when Japan Crate asked me to try out their service, I said OF COURSE!! Read on and I'll tell you about it.


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Mother's Day at Medieval Times: Moms are FREE!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Treat Mom like a queen for Mother's Day!  Now through May 12th, moms are free at Medieval Times with the purchase of one full-priced adult admission!  Read on for more details.


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World Dog Expo is Coming to Secaucus! Enter to Win Tickets!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Attention Dog Lovers! The World Dog Expo is coming to New Jersey! Grab your favorite furry companion and read all about this fun, family friendly, dog friendly event! Then, enter to win tickets of your own, and come join the fun!


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Let's Visit Profeta Farms Organic Farm and Farm Market in Readington, NJ!

Monday, May 6, 2019
Profeta Farms in Readington, New Jersey, is an organic farm and farm market unlike any I have ever seen before. I had driven by many times while the market was being built and I wondered what it would be like. I also heard great things about their traveling food truck ('try the burgers!' everyone said), so I really wanted to stop by, but I never had the chance. You might be thinking the same thing, so let me tell you what this farm is all about and why you need to get there!

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Highlights from TTPM Spring Showcase 2019 : Fun New Toys for Spring and Summer!

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Need birthday gift ideas? I just returned from the TTPM Spring Showcase in New York City, and let me tell you, there are some awesome new toys coming out on the market this Spring and Summer! I can't possibly list them all here, so I picked out a few of my favorites to highlight. You can also check out my Instagram for more photos from the show. The photo below shows some of TTPM's MOST WANTED toys for Spring! See anything you like?? 


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Adventure Academy Review: One Mom's Honest Opinion

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Adventure Academy is a brand new online learning platform from Age of Learning (the experts who brought you ABCmouse and ReadingIQ). I was given the opportunity to beta-test it, and I have the scoop for ya! It's geared towards kids ages 8-13 (so for all of you who loved ABCmouse but felt your kids 'grew out of it,' this one's especially for you!). Read on and I'll tell you what you can expect, and if it's even worth your time and money.


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7 Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Gifts for Every Mom!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Let me guess, you need a Mother's Day gift idea, right? Who doesn't? It's so hard to find fun and unique gifts for moms these days. That's why I've partnered with The Hopping Bloggers to bring you some amazing Mother's Day gift ideas. Read to find the perfect gifts for any mom!



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Handmade Mother's Day Gifts for Kids: Crafts Anyone Can Make!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Handmade Mother's Day gifts are some of the most special and memorable presents that a momma can receive. Knowing that a child worked to make something for you with their own little hands- well, that is priceless. I've compiled some of my easiest and most classic crafts here, but feel free to check out my Crafts page for more ideas!


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A Review of ABCmouse - Is It Worth It?

Before I tell you about ABCmouse.com, let me just point out that this is my honest review from a mom's point of view.  I was not  asked by ABCmouse to review their service and I paid for their service just like anyone else!! This post has become very popular, so I try to keep it updated with accurate information and suggestions.

*Added note: Be sure to read the comments left by my readers at the bottom of this post. Their experience and advice is just as helpful as mine! And feel free to add your own comments about successes (or failures) with ABCmouse.




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10 Classic New Jersey Attractions You Should Revisit

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
What comes to mind when you think of classic New Jersey attractions? Chances are, the places in your memory are still in existence today. New Jersey is filled with classic attractions that families and visitors have enjoyed for decades. Why not make some plans to revisit them this year?

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The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark is NOW OPEN in the Catskills!

Monday, April 22, 2019
Have you heard about The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Water Park? This BRAND NEW resort and water park is NOW OPEN in New York State! A short ride from most areas of New Jersey, this new resort promises to offer something for all members of your family. I haven't been there yet, but scroll down for some details about this new family location.


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The LEGO Movie 2 Now on Blu-Ray DVD - Win Your Own Copy!!

Everything is awesome because The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is arriving on 4K UHD, Blu-Ray, DVD Special Edition, and Digital (phew! got all that?). Emmet, Wyldstyle, and all of our friends from Bricksburg are back, and you can win your own copy of the movie! Read on to find out how!



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Toyota Offers Something for Everyone at 2019 New York International Auto Show

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Let's go places is one of Toyota's signature catch phrases, and they sure do mean what they say! At the 2019 New York International Auto Show, Toyota offers up a vast selection of shiny models, from sleek concept cars to reliable family vehicles. No matter what your travel plans are, it seems that Toyota has a vehicle that can take you there. Read on and you'll see!


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Highlights from the 2019 New York International Auto Show (and a Ticket Giveaway)!

Friday, April 19, 2019
I just returned from a fun evening at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS for short) for Girls Night Out with A Girls Guide to Cars. I used to attend the auto show every year with my dad when I was a little girl, so visiting the show is very special to me. It never fails to disappoint! You don't need to be a car enthusiast to enjoy it, either. Read on to see some highlights of the auto show, and enter to win 4 tickets of your own, courtesy of A Girls Guide to Cars! The New York International Auto Show is running now through April 28th, and it makes a great Spring Break day trip!



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Fun and Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Earth Day is the perfect chance to honor our beautiful planet! Here are some fun and easy ways to celebrate Earth Day with your family. Many thanks to all of the bloggers who contributed to this fabulous round-up!


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Easter Gift Guide: Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas and More!

Monday, April 15, 2019
If you need some fresh ideas for Easter baskets or you're just wondering what the Easter Bunny should bring this year, look no further! My Easter Basket Gift Guide is chock full o' fun ideas! Plus, I included handy dandy photos with number keys to help you identify each item. Be sure to check out last year's Easter Gift Guide, too, as well as my ideas for non-candy egg fillers.


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2019 Easter Egg Hunts and Activities in New Jersey (with special highlights!)

Easter is almost here! If you're wondering where the best Easter egg hunts, Easter events and Easter activities are in New Jersey for 2019, look no further!  I've picked out some of the best events in New Jersey, complete with website links, too!


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How to Make Peeps Popcorn: More Fun with Peeps

Friday, April 12, 2019
Spring is here, so what to do with all of those Peeps? If you've read my last two posts about Peeps Jousting and Make Your Own Peeps Houses, then you know I love playing with Peeps! I mostly like decorating with them and using them for projects, but this recipe for Peeps Popcorn is actually pretty yummy. And if you need any Peeps supplies, you can check out my handy affiliate link at the bottom of this post.


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