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Spooky Halloween Treat Bar for the Kiddos

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October is here and I am so excited! I never loved October so much until I had kiddos. This month is so special for my girl because it is her birthday month + Halloween is just a few days after. How awesome is that for a kid?! October is just the beginning of fall and all the fun holidays to come next. Today, I’m sharing a really easy spooky Halloween Treat Bar idea that’s super fun for the kiddos.

The little ones and I headed to Walmart to pick up all of our party supplies and recipe ingredients. Almost everything we purchased was only $1. No Joke. We picked up our Go-Paks!, Snack Pack® puddings and Reddi-Wip for the main ingredients for our treat bar and grabbed a few toppings along the way.


I wanted to create a halloween treat table that was fun for kiddos to create something but also just a little bit spooky for halloween. I grabbed a few skull decorations and a spiderweb tablecloth for added spook.

I set up the treat bar on the kids table so they could easily reach everything. I created a couple recipe ideas to show the kids 2 examples of what they could make with the toppings. I made a chocolate OREO dirt cup with worms + a vanilla caramel peanut butter cookie cup. Then I set out all of the toppings so they could pick what they wanted.

Chocolate OREO Dirt Cup
1 OREO Go-Paks!
2 Chocolate Snack Pack Pudding Cups
Gummy Worms

Pour out half of the OREO cookies into another dish, fill Go-Packs! cup with pudding, add cookies back on top of the pudding, top with Reddi-wip and gummy worms.

Vanilla Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Cup
1 Mini Nilla Wafers Go-Paks!
2 Vanilla Snack Pack Pudding Cups
Caramel Sauce
Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Pour out half of the Nilla Wafer cookies (set aside a few for topping) into another dish, fill Go-Packs! cup with pudding, add cookies back on top of the pudding, top with Reddi-wip, caramel sauce, mini peanut butter cups and a few cookies.

I really thought I was going to like the dirt cup treat the most but after tasting them both I LOVED the caramel mixed with the Nilla Wafers, vanilla pudding and Reddi-whip. They are both delicious and such a fun treat for Halloween!

These treats are pretty big so I made a smaller version for the younger kids. I found black and orange little shot glasses and filled them with the same ingredients. I started with a Nilla Wafer, a little caramel, vanilla pudding and topped them with the Reddy-whip, mini chocolate chips and these super fun skull candies.

This spooky Halloween treat bar is such a fun thing to set up for the kiddos while they’re at school. Bring them home to this during the week or two before halloween and it will be such a fun surprise!

Get everything you need to host your own party with this coupon: Buy one, get one free on Nabisco Go-Paks! and Snack Pack® Pudding. I’d love to see your creations. Tag @BriGeeski in your next halloween party photos and I’ll share them on Twitter!

This is a sponsored posts. All opinions are my own. 


New Baby Gift Ideas With Little Remedies®

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New moms (like myself 4 years ago) don’t always think about the important items to have on hand with a baby on the way. Its all about the cute outfits, adorable shoes and nursery decor before the little one actually arrives. For my first baby shower, a friend of mine gave me Little Remedies® Gripe Water along with a few other necessary items. I had no idea what it was at the time but I remember thinking it was a very thoughtful gift. After learning more about the product and having a gassy and sometimes colicky baby, I soon realized how helpful the Gripe Water became. And now when I think about what to get a new mom for their baby shower, its one of the first things I think of. Target now offers new Advanced Colic Relief Drops! This is especially helpful if you have a baby who seems to cry a lot.

Little Remedies® is a great option for parents who are not sure about what they can give to their kids and they’re known for being a safe choice for your little ones. Now that I have two kiddos, I always have a bottle of gripe water on hand. I have gotten really lucky this time around with our baby boy. He is not fussy at all and I have not yet given him the gripe water but I feel good knowing I have it on hand.

Anytime I’m shopping for a baby shower, I head to Target first. It is my go to spot for most gifts. The Little Remedies® Gripe Water and Advanced Colic Relief Drops can be found in the Remedies aisle.

New Baby Gift Ideas
Little Remedies® Gripe Water, Advanced Colic Relief Drops or Gas Drops
Small stuffed animal for the young months
Baby Cotton Swabs
Burp Cloths

I love picking out a cute outfit or onesie but I like to pair it up with a few of the items above to make sure mommas get a few things they need along with the cutesy stuff. Our little guy is growing and growing and its the items above that really last the longest and have been the most helpful. Little James is just over 4 months now. He loves to play with his feet, giggle and roll to his tummy.

Check out these great deals and tips:

  • Advanced Colic Relief Drops are 20% Off 9/13 through 10/17. Product is available in the baby aisle.
  • Buy 2 products (Gripe Water and Gas Drops) and get a $5 Target Gift Card from 9/27 through 10/17. Products are available in the digestive aisle.
  • Learn more about Little Remedies® products including video, free samples and even a chance for a few lucky moms to win an in­ person rescue from the Little Remedies® Rescue Team.
  • Tweet @LittleRemedies or post on Facebook using the campaign hashtag #LittleRescue and Little Remedies® will respond with tips and advice from pediatricians and nutrition experts for soothing their little one. If you need extra relief, they will send a real ­life rescue team to the homes of a few lucky moms to deliver forms of relief, including Little Remedies® Gas Relief Drops, Gripe Water and NEW Advanced Colic Relief Drops.

Have you tried any of the Little Remedies® products? What did you think?

This post was sponsored by Little Remedies®. All opinions are my own. 


This Girl’s Mint Julep + A Giveaway!

Have you heard of This Girl Walks into A Bar? Jordan and Jocelyn are sisters who collaborated to create a blog, books, barware and more. They are currently launching their newest book: Cocktails for Cougars and Cowgirls, Simple & Delicious Recipes for Every Woman. I really love their style and the simplicity of their recipes. Today, I’m sharing their recipe for a Mint Julep + I’m giving you a chance to enter to win their new book!

This Girl's Mint Julep

This Girl’s Mint Julep

3 Ounces Bourbon
1 Ounce Mint Simple Syrup
Sprig of Mint Leaves Garnish
Crushed Ice

Wrap two cups of crushed ice in kitchen towels and pound with a meat tenderizer or a rolling pin until the ice is finely smashed. Scoop the ice into a silver cup, then add the mint simple syrup, followed by the bourbon. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and serve.

I can’t wait to try this tasty looking cocktail!

Want to buy the book? Use code C4CC2015 for free shipping and 10% discount. If you buy two or more books from their website, you’ll also get a free copy of their etiquette guide, This Girl Minds Her Ps & Qs: An Etiquette Handbook for Dinner Parties, Restaurants and Bars.

Enter to win a copy of Cocktails for Cougars and Cowgirls, Simple & Delicious Recipes for Every Woman below!

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  I received a copy of this sweet book and I’d like to give one to you too! All opinions are my own.


Islands Burgers Happy Hour

Have you ever been to Islands Burgers for Happy Hour? It’s a great local neighborhood spot to grab a drink, a bite and catch up with friends. Our closest locations are in Mira Mesa and Carmel Mountain Ranch. We were offered a tasting of their new happy hour menu so I took my madre and the kiddos last week. We had a fun time and enjoyed the new fare.

I was super happy to see the mojito on their Happy Hour menu. It is only $4.39 for this tasty cocktail. My madre got the Mai Tai which was a bit too strong for her. The nice bartender generously doctor’d it up with some lemonade to calm down the bite and it was good to go after that. We ordered the fresh cut island fries with cheese and the Beachside sliders for our appetizers. Cheesy fries are oh so tasty especially with a cocktail in hand. The sliders were pretty good too. My kiddo ate up those shoestring fried onions like they were going out of style. Seriously a 3 year old, eating onions. Who knew.

I had the fish tacos and my mom had the hoisin bowl for dinner. The kiddo got chicken tenders with pineapple and dipping sauce. We all enjoyed our entrees but the drinks and appetizers would have been plenty. I didn’t realize how big the sliders and fries would be. The little missy ate up that pineapple super fast also.

Islands has new Happy Hour hours and items. Check out all the details below.

Islands Happy Hour Menu

Hope to see you around for the next Happy Hour. Enjoy!
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I received a meal for media consideration. All opinions are my own.


No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites

Time is really flying by these days. I can’t wrap my head around the fact that it is now September. SEPTEMBER! I swear it was June yesterday. I think it’s due to our pretty busy schedules, weekend trips and just life going by faster as the years pass by. So there we have it, summer is apparently going away and fall is upon us. I could live in summer. All year. Except for pumpkin. I would miss pumpkin. Today, I experimented with pumpkin products from Sprouts and came up with these super delicious No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites. Seriously so easy and very tasty!

I really wanted to make a simple cheesecake inspired dessert that has very minimal prep. I found this dip recipe that sounded perfect for what I was looking for. I added a bit of pumpkin and topped in on pumpkin snaps. Have you had pumpkin snaps? They are just like ginger snaps but like way better.

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites


  • 1 package of softened cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin
  • 12 pumpkin snaps


  1. Cream the cream cheese and butter together until fluffy
  2. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract and pumpkin and mix until combined
  3. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  4. Add one pumpkin snap to each cupcake liner (flat side down)
  5. Use a cookie scoop and add 1 scoop of cream cheese mixture to each pumpkin snap
  6. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour

These no bake pumpkin cheesecake bites are so easy and quick to make. I love that they are smaller than a cupcake but big enough to have one and be good. Try this simple dessert for your next fall party. Your guests will love you for it. Enjoy! – Bri

I received pumpkin products from Sprouts. All opinions are my own.


Palm Springs 2015

Over the weekend we headed to Palm Springs for our annual trip. My brother hosts a golf tournament called the Smeal Invitational for all of our friends and family who want to play. The ladies and a handful of guys who don’t golf just hang at the pool, eat and relax. We had a great trip this year with both kiddos. I was a little concerned about taking baby boy in the heat at 4 months but he did great.

Palm Springs

Our favorite eats were from Tyler’s Burgers, Lulu California Bistro and Maracas. We mostly lounged by the pool, ate yummy food and relaxed as much as possible. Our parents were all there and they helped out with the kiddos allowing us the time to chill. We had an awesome time and can’t wait to go to Palm Springs again next year.