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Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who commented on my Loaded Mashed Potatoes giveaway!

Janice – you are the winner!! Congratulations!!

Please send me your address and I’ll get the prize pack in the mail to you as soon as possible :)

Giveaway: Loaded Mashed Potatoes Prize Pack

Sorry, this giveaway is now closed.

Seriously – I get to give away mashed potatoes. How cool is that?! Betty Crocker – through MyBlogSpark – sent me a cool package that included instant mashed potatoes. But not just any ol’ mashed potatoes. Flavored mashed potatoes. Fully Loaded mashed potatoes! There’s also a measuring cup, a mixing bowl, a cool red scraper, and a potholder with a magnet in it.

The potatoes themselves were okay. I mean, they tasted pretty good, but I got out of the habit of cooking instant mashed potatoes, so the consistency threw me for a loop. They were incredibly easy to make…and Mike and I actually used the potatoes as a base for some other stuff we were cooking though, so it worked out really well.

As there’s always an official blurb provided, here it is:

With a taste that is just like homemade, new Betty Crocker “Loaded Mashed” potatoes are made with 100% real russet potatoes, and a blend of real seasonings and natural flavors like bacon, cheese, chives, and sour cream.

Add Betty Crocker flavored mashed potatoes to your favorite recipe for an ideal addition to any dinner-time dish. With nine tasty varieties to choose from, like Four Cheese and Sweet Potato, and a great value price, Betty Crocker flavored mashed potatoes are the perfect go-to side dish for your favorite meals.

For more information, visit BettyCrocker.com, and be sure to follow Betty Crocker on Twitter and “Like” the Facebook page to keep up with all of the latest news on your Betty Crocker favorites!

To Enter to Win the Prize Pack:

There are multiple ways to enter. Only one of the ways to enter is mandatory, all of the others are optional – you do not have to do all of them to be entered!

You have until Midnight on Wednesday, May 25th to enter. The winner will be posted on Thursday the 26th.

Mandatory – 1 entry:

  • What foods would you try with the Loaded Mashed Potatoes?

Optional – 1 entry each:

  • What other flavors of Betty Crocker Mashed potatoes would you try?
  • Tweet about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to it.

Optional – 2 entries:

  • Blog about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your post.

There’s also a coupon for the Loaded Mashed Potatoes! http://bit.ly/bcloadedcoupon

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who commented on my Box Tops for Education post. I have a few new ideas for items to look for in the store :)

Laura R – Random.org chose you as the winner!! Congratulations!!

Send your address to me and I’ll get the prize pack out to you :)

Giveaway: Box Tops for Education Prize Pack

I have a stack of box tops waiting to head to Burke and Maggie’s school – the Parent Advisory Committee (of which I’m treasurer) collects them. I think this year alone, we’ve earned over $500 through box tops! (Hm. I should probably know the exact number as treasurer, but I don’t have that in front of me right now…) Anyway – it’s FREE money for the school if you get the parents involved. Who doesn’t want free money??

I can’t even believe all the stuff Box Tops for Education through MyBlogSpark sent to me! And all of it – of course – has box tops that I can use for Burke and Maggie’s school! Everything fit in this super-huge Ziploc bag (seriously, you could fit a comforter in this thing). In no particular order: Hi-Lighters, ZooPals funtensils, Avery NoteTabs, Avery PocketTabs, Avery Name Tags, a USB thumb drive, a tumbler (that is perfect for my iced tea!), Hefty paper (well, not-really-paper) plates, Hefty plastic cups, Ziploc freezer bags, Ziploc Twist ‘n Loc containers, a Golden Grahams bar, a Box Tops car decal, a Box Tops magnet, a packet (not pictured because I forgot) of Land O Lakes coupons, a box (not pictured because I put it away and forgot about it) of cereal, and two (not pictured because I already ate them) Chex Mix single-serve bags.

Guess what? I get to give one of these prize packs away!!!

Here’s the official blurb they provided:

Since 1996, schools have earned more than $375 million through Box Tops for Education, a program that allows you to give back to your local school.  With Box Tops coupons available on over 250 products, it’s easy to start clipping and collecting to help local schools in need. Keep an eye out for Box Tops and start your own collection today. You can also earn eBox Tops by shopping online through the Box Tops Marketplace and be sure to check out the BTFE website to find out what your school’s goal is!

To Enter to Win the Prize Pack:

There are multiple ways to enter. Only one of the ways to enter is mandatory, all of the others are optional – you do not have to do all of them to be entered!

You have until Midnight on Wednesday, April  27th to enter. The winner will be posted on Thursday the 28th.

Mandatory – 1 entry:

  • Does your school collect Box Tops?

Optional – 1 entry each:

  • What’s your favorite Box Top item?
  • Tweet about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to it.

Optional – 2 entries:

  • Blog about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your post.

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who commented on my Book Giveaway! I now have a few new ideas for how to let each kid know they’re my favorite :)

Mel – you are the winner!! Congratulations!!

I know where you are, so I’ll get the prize pack out to you ;)

Giveaway: You’re All My Favorites

Sorry, this giveaway is now CLOSED.

I’ve been reading You’re All My Favorites by Sam McBratney to Logan each night before bed. To say that this story is incredible for families with more than one kid is an understatement.

This wonderful story is about a family of bears: mom, dad, and 3 baby bears. Each night, they’re told that they’re all the best bears in the world – which makes them feel safe and secure until one night when they ask which one is the favorite. The mommy bear’s answer to each baby bear is fantastic!!

This is one of Logan’s favorite books. And I’m thinking that I should probably round up Burke and Maggie and read it to them too – that just hasn’t happened yet. (Bad Mommy! ;) )

Because I love this book so much – I want to give one to you!!

To Enter to Win the book:

There are multiple ways to enter. Only one of the ways to enter is mandatory, all of the others are optional – you do not have to do all of them to be entered!

You have until Midnight on Wednesday, March 9th to enter. The winner will be posted on Thursday the 10th.

Mandatory – 1 entry:

  • How do you let your kids know that they are all your favorites?
    (or … do you have a favorite? Is it known?)

Optional – 1 entry each:

  • Was there a moment that one of your kids asked if another was your favorite?
  • Twitter about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your tweet.

Optional – 2 entries:

  • Blog about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your post.

Disclaimer: I did not receive this book from anyone to review; I will not be receiving a copy to give away. I just love the book and wanted to share (and will be doing so out of my own pocket).

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Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who commented on my Parfait Delight Giveaway! I now have a few new ideas for what to bring on our next picnic!

Jessica – you are the winner!! Congratulations!!

I know where you are, so I’ll get the prize pack out to you ;)

If you didn’t win, you can still visit http://www.myblogspark.com/uc/main/c7a4/ to download a printable coupon for $0.50 towards the purchase of Yoplait Delights parfait yogurt today!

Giveaway: Parfait Delights!

Sorry, this giveaway is now CLOSED.

“You know what ELSE everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, ‘Let’s get some parfait,’ they say, ‘Hell no, I don’t like no parfait’?
Parfaits are delicious!” ~Donkey

MyBlogSpark and Yoplait sent me a Chocolate scented votive candle, an insulated tote an aromatherapy eye pillow, and a coupon for free Yoplait Parfaits.

I went out and got the Crème Caramel with my free coupon…and then noticed the Chocolate Raspberry, so I got those as well (*blush*). The Crème Caramel is fantastic. It’s almost too rich to eat (please note the almost ;) ). If you’re a fan of caramel, I’d highly recommend checking these out.

(Fair warning: I had to chuck the candle…that fake chocolate smell turned my stomach a bit…and smells *nothing* like the parfaits themselves.)

The Blurb from Yopliat:

When dessert cravings call, do you jump at the chance to satisfy your sweet tooth but cringe at the thought of how it might affect your waistline? Yoplait® Delights™ can help you say goodbye to post-dessert guilt and hello to a new indulgence with two delicious new flavors of Yoplait Delights – Chocolate Éclair and Cherry Cheesecake.

Each parfait has two luscious layers that pack a double dose of rich and creamy yogurt with 100 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per serving!

Other unique Yoplait Delights flavor combinations available in stores now include, Chocolate Raspberry, Crème Caramel, Triple Berry Crème, and Lemon Torte. Yoplait Delights offers a taste experience unlike any other and an indulgent escape for any time of the day.

Don’t forget to visit Yoplait on Facebook or Yoplait on Twitter and “Like” or “Follow” the brand to keep up with the latest news on your favorite Yoplait products.

In addition, you can visit http://www.myblogspark.com/uc/main/c7a4/ to download a printable coupon for $0.50 towards the purchase of Yoplait Delights parfait yogurt today!

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To Enter to Win the Parfait Delights:

MyBlogSpark is providing the Chocolate scented votive candle, an insulated tote an aromatherapy eye pillow, and a coupon for free Yoplait Parfaits for me to offer to you!

There are multiple ways to enter. Only one of the ways to enter is mandatory, all of the others are optional – you do not have to do all of them to be entered!

You have until Midnight on Monday, February 14th to enter. The winner will be posted on Tuesday the 16th.

Mandatory – 1 entry:

  • What flavor would you like to try? (Check out the website to see all the flavors.)

Optional – 1 entry each:

  • Was there a moment in your life where you could have used an indulgent escape without worrying about your waistline?
  • Twitter about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your tweet.

Optional – 2 entries:

  • Blog about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your post.

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who commented on my Cat Food Giveaway! I now have a few new ideas for what to bring on our next picnic!

Nancy M. – you are the winner!! Congratulations!! Please send me your address and I’ll get that out to you :)

Giveaway: 9Lives Cat Food and Cat Toys

Sorry, this giveaway is now CLOSED.

I received a very nice cat care package from 9Lives and MyBlogSpark. Since my 2 cats are about 15 years old, I wasn’t sure how they’d react to the new toys. And we’ve been pretty hesitant lately to mix up their food … since they’re already smelling like those funky old uncle cats they are. But I figured we’d give it a try – they can’t smell any worse, and perhaps the 9Lives would make it better. :)

The package included a small back of 9Lives Advanced Nutrient System Daily Essentials dry cat food, a scoop/clip, a magnetic picture frame, and 4 cat toys: a squeaky/bouncy mouse, a suction cup spring ball, and two crinkle balls.

I shouldn’t have worried about the cats. They’re cats and they love cat food. We use those mondo cat food holders that are actually meant for weekend (or week-long) get-aways, so the scoop isn’t that helpful for us, but the clip part is pretty cool (and I can see the scoop being useful if you feed your cat once or twice a day). Both cats LOVE the squeaky mouse (so much so that it’s actually already not squeaking – which is just fine with me!!) The other toys…sniffed, but not really attacked like they do with the mouse. (Although, this could also be due to age rather than interest LOL!)

Some feline nutritional information from 9Lives:

A survey of feline pet parents across the country commissioned by 9Lives found that an overwhelming 94 percent of cat owners are confident they feed their felines the most nutritious meals possible. However, nearly half (48 percent) admit they’ve fed their cats table scraps – which do not provide the essential nutrients cats need – an average seven times per month. Additionally, only 30 percent know that giving your cat milk may not be a healthy practice due to the common incidence of lactose intolerance in adult cats.1

Additional findings include:

  • 23% of American pet parents think it´s beneficial to keep their cats on a purely vegetarian diet, while actually it may be harmful2
  • There are a number of foods that feline parents assume are healthy for cats, but are actually not advantageous to their health including root vegetables (73%), green tomatoes (54%), and raw potatoes (50%)3
  • Nine out of ten feline pet parents would be willing to switch foods if they knew it would provide better nutrition. In fact:
    • 92 percent of cat owners would switch foods if it would improve their cat´s health, and
    • 91 percent would switch food if they could add years onto their feline´s life

In an effort to educate pet parents about the common misperceptions of proper feline nutrition, 9Lives is committed to raising awareness to this issue by providing advanced nutrition for all cats. With the 9Lives Advanced Nutrient System, feline parents everywhere can rest assured knowing their cats are getting the essential nutrients they need to help promote healthy skin and coat, strong muscle growth and a healthy immune system among other benefits.

Now for the good part – I get to pass along one of these cool cat care packages to one of you!

To Enter to Win the Cat Care Package:

There are multiple ways to enter. Only one of the ways to enter is mandatory, all of the others are optional – you do not have to do all of them to be entered!

You have until Midnight on Thursday, September 23rd to enter. The winner will be posted on Friday the 24th.

Mandatory – 1 entry:

  • What kind of cat food do you currently use?

Optional – 1 entry each:

  • How many cats do you have and how old are they?
  • Twitter about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your tweet.

Optional – 2 entries:

  • Blog about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your post.
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