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Chocolate Caramel Pretzel BitesI just love the holidays. Spending time with family, good fun, good food — there is always a variety of new things to discover. I tend to stick to my favorites when it comes to bringing a dish to holiday gatherings, like my Hot German Potato Salad (yum!), but if your family is like mine, they seem to put a lot of effort into bringing something new (and yummy)!

This treat made by my sister-in-law was fun, adorable, and just the right size. These little pretzel bites are crunchy, a little bit salty, and sweet. What I really love is that they are just enough to give you something sweet after dinner without being overwhelming.

This recipe uses candy coated pieces (like M&Ms), Rolos, and pretzels. To make it a healthier choice you could opt for more natural candy pieces, like SunSpire Sun Drops, or replace them with dried fruit or a nut (so long as allergies aren’t a concern). To swap out the Rolos you could use a Lake Champlain Salted Caramel Bar (using the squares), or if you’re more adventurous you could even make your own! Traditional, round, and waffle pretzels are all a good choice.

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites
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Chocolate Covered Caramels (like Rolos or Lake Champlain Salted Caramel Bar Squares)
Candy Coated Chocolate Pieces (like M&Ms or SunSpire Sun Drops)
Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place as many pretzels as you desire on the baking sheet.
Place a chocolate covered caramel on each pretzel.
Bake for 4 to 5 minutes. You want the caramel to soften, but not melt down.
Remove the pan from the oven and gently place a candy coated chocolate (nut or dried fruit) in the center of the caramel. Push lightly.
Cool and enjoy!
Traditional, round, and waffle pretzels are all a good choice for this recipe (Newman's Own is an easy to find organic option).
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Our Mom’s Night In Bash is just around the corner, and you are invited to celebrate the most important night of the year!  Another Kim and Amanda chat on G+ (of course!) that just so happens to be on that other important day… New Year’s Eve!

Kim and I have such a great time hosting live chats on G+ and we just knew that NYE was a perfect fit for our next chat! As parents, we know that going out on NYE can be a challenge – if not altogether impossible. New baby, no sitter, can’t stay up past nine, or maybe you’re just not that into going out and prefer to celebrate from the comfort of your own home! Whatever your case, we have you covered.

Joining us are special guests Maria of  & Adrianna Domingo-Lupher of Spouse Box & NextGen MilSpouse.  Maria is well known and loved for her Cloth Diaper Friday Giveaway Round-Up and Best of Awards.  Maria is also Director of Operations for Giving Diapers, Giving Hope, and Adrianna serves on the board. We are so lucky to have these lovely ladies joining us!


Did I mention that there will be prizes?

As if all of the chat wasn’t enough, we have some awesome sponsors that are offering prizes to attendees of the chat as a little bonus!  Some of the prizes might be given out live, while others will be drawn after the chat. We have some fun ideas up our sleeves, so be sure to hang in for the chat.

The prize list may grow, but currently the list includes:

  • 1 Playful Penguins Ella Bella Bum Diaper
  • 1 Smoke & Mirrors Ella Bella Bum Diaper
  • 6 Glow Bug Cloth Diapers
  • 6 Glow Bug Cloth Diapers
  • 1 Thirsties Duo Wrap in Whale Tale
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  • A Spray Pal and set of Sticky Bellies Advocacy stickers
  • 1 Tushmate Newborn
  • 1 Tushmate One Size in a Globe Print
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Notice that not one but two lucky winners will be walking away with 6 diapers each from Glow Bug! We will have have so many chances to win that it would be silly not to come!

To be eligible for live in chat prizes make sure you RSVP and Join our Chat! Also, be sure to use Rafflecopter below, prizes not drawn live during the chat will be drawn from there. Extra entries can be earned for liking our sponsors on Facebook and following on Instagram!  Be sure to leave a comment on the event page during our chat and listen closely for opportunities to win during the hour!  Being present will mean your odds of winning are excellent!

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amandahearn_8Being a parent can mean missing out on New Year’s Eve festivities…. but have no fear Kim & Amanda are here! If you don’t have a babysitter, or if your baby is too young to leave just yet, then we made plans for you that can be done safely from the comfort of your own home!

Live chat/party/drink/laugh/play with Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry and ME! We’ve had a blast hosting live G+ video chats, first with our #vagangelist event and then with #menofthebabyindustry. We just had to do another!

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How does it work?

As a viewer all you need to do is say “Yes” to the “Are You Watching” question on the event page. G+ is excellent, to the point of annoying, about reminding you as the days approach so you almost can’t forget to attend if you say yes!

As the chat starts you can see the video from the event page. To participate with other viewers you can post to the event’s page. We will be monitoring the activity there, so if you have a comment or question for us ask it there too!

We have our festive hats made, our wine glasses washed, and are just counting down the days until our next event! We are also looking for a few more sponsors that might be interested in offering prizes. If that’s you, please feel to email either Kim or myself for more information!

It should be a good time, and we look forward to seeing you there!

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BALM! Baby‘s hit 10k Facebook fans and they want to celebrate in a big way. They have rounded up 10 amazing prize bundles featuring 26 great, green brands!

Enter below via the Rafflecopter. There are 10 Prize Bundles with a total value of more than $750!!

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Be sure to join us to see if you WON & to chat with BALM! Baby & some of their great sponsors.

Late to the party, no worries! FLASH Prizes will also be given out during the party. You must be present & chat in order to qualify for flash prizes.

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  • Kissed by the Moon: Chewbeads Teether,Project Pomona: $25 Gift Certificate to Project Pomona, & 5 Phases: 4oz hybrid glass baby bottle


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  • Smart Bottoms: 3.1 All-in-One & 1 Wet Bag, Rescued Rumps Shop: “Maxaloon” Grow With Me Pants (Customer chooses sz. & gender – Rescued Rumps will choose print), & Glass Dharma: $25.00 Gift Code to website


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