Busy Moms Need Progresso™ Recipe Starters™! (Giveaway)

    In just two short weeks, our summer came to an abrupt end and this family is now back to keeping up with busy schedules, school, work, homework, and everything else that you guys could imagine.  The toughest thing to do after working all day long is to prepare a hearty meal for your family.  I am constantly fighting the good fight between being exhausted from the work day and wanting to make a delicious dinner for my husband and my sons.     Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ take the guesswork out of planning and preparing dinner and certainly give you a head start to a home cooked meal.  These cooking sauces are available in five flavorful varieties that you can use as starters to create home cooked meals for your family.  Many of these recipes are classic family favorites, such as Bacon Mac n’ Cheese, Chicken Pot Pie and Chicken Parmesan, and utilize ingredients your family may already have on-hand.     These sauces were directly inspired by the five "Mother" sauces that are derived … [Read more...]

Get Bonus Box Tops For Education With Sam’s Club-$25 Gift Card Giveaway

    It's almost back to school time here in New York City and Sam's Club is providing you with even more opportunities to earn cash for your school than ever before.  You can continue to earn Box Tops for Education on all of your favorite General Mills products the way that you always have.  However, there are now additional opportunities that are available exclusively to Sam's Club members.     During the 500,00 Box Tops Giveaway, which will be taking place from 08/01/12 to 09/01/12, Sam's Club is giving away 500,000** eBoxTops®.  Members can earn 5 eBoxTops when they shop at Sam's Club until the entire 500,000 are depleted.  Earn your 5 eBoxTops (a .50¢ value to any BTFE participating school) by following these simple steps: Purchase any product at Sam’s Club and save your receipt Beginning 8/1/12, log in or register at btfe.com/clickandearn and enter the code found at the bottom of your Sam’s Club receipt  Answer a few survey questions and earn 5 eBoxTops for the school … [Read more...]

Pillsbury® Baguette Chips Review and Giveaway

    We have been looking for ways to spice up our snacking routine lately.  Although we enjoy regular chips, we eat them in moderation due to their high fat and sodium content.  Pillsbury had the answer to our snacking woes and awakened our taste buds with new Pillsbury® Baguette Chips!     These chips are sliced from oven baked bread and topped with delicious seasonings that couple the unique and modern flavors of Italian Cheese & Herb and Cheddar Sun-dried Tomato in a gourmet chip option.  Aside from being crispy and hearty, they are a great addition to any recipe option.     My family loved that they could enjoy Pillsbury Baguette Chips in a variety of ways.  I enjoyed eating them alone while watching my favorite television shows.  Our sons enjoyed eating them while reading a book and dipping them in their favorite dip.  Lastly, my husband really liked adding them to his salad for an extra crunch.     Pillsbury Baguette Chips were definitely a healthier snacking option … [Read more...]

Mott’s® Medleys Fruit Flavored Snacks Review and Giveaway!

    Tomorrow is the last day of school for New York City public school children and it is a very exciting time of the year.  Now that summer is well on its way, I am adding play dates, road trips, and all kinds of warm weather activities to our schedule for the next two months.    As a mother, it is important to plan meals for my boys during our summer excursions and nothing is more important to them than their snacks.     The Mott’s® taste that my boys love is now available in yummy fruit flavored snacks.  They are available in assorted fruit and berry varieties and are the ideal combination of great taste and quality ingredients that meet the approval of mothers and children alike.     Mott’s® Medleys Fruit Flavored Snacks are made with real fruit and vegetable juice* and contain natural colors and flavors.  They are available with year round Double Box Tops so each purchase helps to support local schools in your community.     In this home, we love that they are great snacks … [Read more...]

Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles Review and Giveaway

    We've always enjoyed blowing bubbles as a fun outdoor activity.  Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles have taken this activity to the next level.  These aren't your ordinary bubbles because they contain color that you can actually see!     Since they contain color, they can be messy so they are definitely not for families who are shy about making a little mess outdoors.  Crayola wanted to keep the focus on the fun and not the cleanup so they made their colored bubbles easy to rub off skin, easy to hose off many outdoor surfaces, and easy to wash out of cotton and cotton blend clothing. Here are some tips for playing with Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles: *  Dress for Mess:  Wear washable play clothes and shoes.  Do not use while wearing suede, leather, or any other other material that can't be washed. *  Play Outside:  Play in an open grassy area away from new concrete, decks, and porous surfaces such as marble.  Do not use at formal events like weddings. *  Rub skin to remove … [Read more...]

Big G Cereals Curvy Straws Review and Giveaway

      I always try to get my boys to drink the leftover milk from their cereal bowls.  They are both not really big milk drinkers to begin with and I constantly worry about them getting enough calcium in their diets.  As a mother, I know that it is important to monitor their eating habits to make sure that they are receiving enough calcium and Vitamin D.     What better way to get kids to drink their milk than by slurping it down to the bottom of the bowl with their new Curvy Straws, available in packs of especially marked boxes of Big G cereals.  These collectable, connectable curvy straws come in six different colors and feature beloved Big G cereal characters.       Kids can have a great time mixing and matching them to build bigger and more colorful straws.  Parents can enjoy knowing that their children are building stronger bones and muscles through their increased calcium intake.  The best thing is that kids can also use these straws to enjoy ice cold milk from … [Read more...]

Big G Cereals and Star Wars Review and Giveaway

        We are huge Star Wars fans in my home and I really don't know anyone who doesn't love Star Wars.  This February, General Mills Big G cereals want to help celebrate the 3D launch of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace  by featuring collectable Star Wars pens in packs of participating cereals.      You won't have to travel to foreign galaxies in order to see exciting Podraces or watch the thrilling lightsaber battle at the end.  Instead, you can collect all eight exclusive Star Wars pens that feature iconic Episode I characters including: Anakin Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Queen Amidala, Yoda, R2D2, C3PO, Jar Jar Binks and Darth Maul.  These pens will bring the force right to your breakfast table!     All you have to do is purchase any participating Big G cereals and find one of the eight collectable pens inside each box.  Big G cereals are made with whole grain and are an excellent source of calcium for your entire family. Participating Big G cereals include Cinnamon … [Read more...]

Ocean Spray® Fruit Flavored Snacks Review and Giveaway

        All parents want to give their children snacks that their kids will love but, at the same time, can feel good about giving them these treats.  Ocean Spray® Fruit Flavored Snacks provide kids with great snacks that they will love and give parents the confidence of knowing that these snacks come from a great place.  They come in two delicious varieties, Assorted Fruit as well as Berries and Cherries.      Ocean Spray® Fruit Flavored Snacks are made with real fruit juice and natural colors* and flavors.  They contain 80 calories, are gluten free and contain 100% of the Daily Value of Vitamin C.  Also, they are available with year round Double Box Tops.  So you and your children can eat a yummy snack while collecting Box Tops for Education® to help improve your school and your community.    This time I didn't even wait for my sons before I ripped open the box of snacks and tried them for myself first.  First, I tried the Berries and Cherries flavor and next, I tried the … [Read more...]

Frosted Toast Crunch Cereal Review and Giveaway

          Breakfast has always been a very important meal in our home.  Unfortunately, we have very hectic mornings with two working parents who work opposite shifts so we are constantly on the lookout for wholesome breakfast cereals that our family can eat on the go.  My boys love choosing from their favorite cereals and eating them before heading off to school.  We were especially thrilled at having the opportunity to try out Frosted Toast Crunch Cereal.     Each crunch square of Frosted Toast Crunch is artificially flavored and baked with the taste of frosted vanilla and dusted with a dash of cinnamon.  With 11 grams of whole grain, 9 grams of sugar and a good source of calcium, it offers a good start to the day which is extremely important to me as a working mother.  Although I cannot prepare a gourmet breakfast for my sons every morning, I still want them to eat hearty breakfasts that will help to kick start their day.     We all sat down together to try Frosted Toast … [Read more...]

General Mills and DC ENTERTAINMENT Review and Giveaway

   Big G Cereals and DC Comics have teamed up to change breakfast for all your little boys and girls.  Available now, specially marked boxes of Big G Cereals will feature collectable DC Super Hero comic books starring members from the Justice League, from Batman to Wonder Woman to Green Lantern!  As if that wasn't enough to get your kids excited about eating a wholesome breakfast, these boxes will also include a cut-out DC Super Hero mask your child can use to pretend to be just like their favorite DC Comic book hero.     You can collect all four comics in participating Big G cereals including; Cinnamon Toast Crunch (17 oz.), Lucky Charms (16 oz.), Honey Nut Cheerios (17 oz.), Trix (14.8 oz.), Golden Grahams (16 oz.), Reese’s Puffs(18 oz.) and Cocoa Puffs (16.5 oz.)  Not only are all of these cereals delicious, but they are good for you too.  My boys love Big G Cereals but two of their favorties are Lucky Charms and Honey Nut Cheerios.  They eat these cereals all the time anyway just … [Read more...]