#Sponsored: Make a Difference with @GreenGiant #MyBlogSpark #Giveaway

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As you are all aware, I have been working really hard at losing weight and becoming a healthier me.

The road has not been easy, but I am finally starting to see a real difference. I look better, I feel better, and I know now that I *can* do this.

One thing that has really, really helped is that I am eating a lot more vegetables. Instead of reaching for chips or a candy bar, I grab carrot sticks, raw broccoli, or some other vegetable. And at dinner time, I can indulge myself in Green Giant Vegetables, eat a bunch, and still feel great!

I simply cannot believe the difference in 100 calories of Green Giant vegetables vs. 100 calories of pretty much anything else. Most of the time, a 100 calorie box of veggies is too much for me to eat by myself.

For the past month, I have made the choice to make *better* choices every time I sit down to eat. And, I have also added a lot more vegetables into my diet. (Thank you, Green Giant for making SO many yummy varieties and helping me on my journey!)

Look at the difference just one month of healthy eating and exercise can make:

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The picture on the left was taken on my anniversary right after we got our van. The picture on the right was taken yesterday before my daughter’s chorus concert. I am blown away by the difference that just one month can make.

MyBlogSpark and Green Giant sent me the most amazing prize pack. In fact, this has been my favorite spark so far, because it’s encouraged me to keep going in my weight loss journey, and it’s helping me make a real difference.

Here’s what was included in the prize pack:

  • Gym Bag (and since I just joined a local gym, this could not have come at a better time!)
  • Health Journal (this is great for keeping a log of what I eat, what time I am eating, and how much exercise I am getting. I absolutely love this journal.)
  • Water Infuser (I hate water. It’s so boring! But this lets me add fresh fruit – or cucumber! – to my water and ramp up the taste without a ton of empty calories or chemicals.)
  • Green Giant Coupons (5 coupons, so I could try lots of the yummy varieties!)
  • $10 Target coupon (So I could stock up on even more Green Giant veggies!)

I told you was an awesome prize pack. This is one that I know all of you will want to win. Heck, I’d win it again myself if I could. 🙂

I love that Green Giant has given all of us a tastier way to lose weight and feel great about what we are eating. I hope you’ll take some time to check out the Giant Difference website and learn more ways to get on the path to a healthier you. (Be sure to check out their “Giant Difference Recipes” section – it’s my favorite part of the website!)

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Stock Up on Monster Cereals @Target #Giveaway #Sponsored #MyBlogSpark

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It is my favorite time of year: Fall. And with October, comes the re-release of General Mills’ Monster Cereals. Cereals like Franken Berry, Boo Berry, and Count Chocula that make the start to each morning just a little bit sweeter.

I have a weakness for these cereals – especially when it comes to Boo Berry. In fact, for this spark, I received 3 boxes of monster cereals: Boo Berry, Frute Brute, and Yummy Mummy. The first thing I did was take a permanent marker and write, “This is MOM’S. DO NOT TOUCH” across the front of the box of Boo Berry cereal. 🙂 If I’m going to enjoy a bowl of cereal now and then, I don’t want to open the box only to discover the kids have left me less than half a bowl. I want to enjoy it!

Before this spark, I had never heard of Frute Brute, but wow! My kids loved it! Even my husband has declared it his favorite of the monster cereals.

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Right now at Target, you can get these exclusive retro packaging designs of Monster Cereals, and you can also get the Monster Bash Magazine. (The Monster Bash Magazine is full of recipes, tips and tricks for pulling off the spookiest, creepiest, and most fun Halloween ever!) The best part? The Monster Bash Magazine is FREE when you purchase three boxes of Monster cereals in a single shopping trip. (Valid 10/1/13 – 10/31/13.)

Also, you MUST check out General Mills’ Grocery Savvy website. It is full of recipes, promotions, products, coupons, and so much more. Plus, you can join the Insider’s Club and be the first to know about General Mills promotions exclusively at Target, and you can enter for a chance to win Grocery Savvy sweepstakes prizes. Right now the website is decked out in a fantastic Halloween theme, and I promise it will be a fun way to spend a few minutes. Head over there now!

Monster Cereals Giveaway

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Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Cereal #Review & #Giveaway #Sponsored #MyBlogSpark

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Cereal is a staple in my house. With all these kids, I have to find cereals that make everyone in the house happy. That’s why I am so excited about Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Cereal from General Mills.

Not only does this cereal taste great, but it’s made with 100% whole grain, and it gives my kids a better start to their day.

Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme cereal is made from 100% whole grains, with at least 14g of whole grain per serving. And, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme cereal has only 9 grams of sugar per serving! It is also a good source of Calcium, Vitamin D, and 10 other essential vitamins and minerals.

But my kids don’t have to know about all the good stuff. All I have to do is ask, “Who wants Hershey’s Cookies’n’Creme cereal for breakfast,” and the kids all come running. They love the fact that they get to eat “chocolate” for breakfast. Of course, they all want breakfast for lunch and dinner, too, just because they can’t get enough of this yummy cereal.

For this review, I was given a box of Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Cereal, a cereal dispenser, and two travel bowls.

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The kids love the idea behind the travel bowls. They’re already asking if they can take cereal to school for lunch. I love that the part of the bowl where the milk goes can be frozen. It keeps the milk cold for quite a long time, making it perfect to send with them to school. And, since the cereal stays separate, there’s no worry about soggy cereal that’s been in the milk too long. I have a feeling that we’ll be sending a bowl along with a couple of kiddos as a special first day of school lunch treat.

The cereal dispenser is lots of fun too. All I have to do is pour the entire box of cereal into one of the dispensers, and the kids can get their own bowl of cereal in the morning. No more ripped bags inside the cereal boxes. No more messes all over my counter. Just one bowl of cereal for each kid. What could make mom happier? (Only the fact that the cereal is a better choice for them than some sugary cereals that are available.)

We love the new Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme cereal, and it’s a favorite breakfast treat around here.

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New Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour Desserts – Ends 9/24 {MyBlogSpark}

The thing I love about living in the South is the abundance of pot luck dinners. It seems like every week, I’m being asked to make a dessert and bring it to a potluck. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I love making desserts. But sometimes, I just want something quick and easy, and with minimal clean up.

That’s why I love the new Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour Desserts. You simply add water to the dessert mix, shake it up, and then pour it into a baking dish. That’s it! You don’t have the extra mixing bowl to clean up, or anything else. It’s quick and easy, and in just minutes you’ve got a fabulous dessert to make everyone happy. In fact, these are so easy that even the kids want to get in on the fun, and I don’t have to worry about cleaning up a bigger mess because they do help!

You can now find Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour Dessert Mixes in the baking aisle at your favorite grocery store. They come in yummy flavors that include Confetti Cupcake, Chocolate Cupcakes, and Chocolate Brownies.

For this review, MyBlogSpark and Betty Crocker sent me a gift pack that contained one bottle of Shake-N-Pour desserts in each variety, an adorable cupcake stand, a baking timer, and an oven mitt.

The dessert mixes were a hit with my family. The kids loved helping me make them, and they smell amazing when they’re in the oven. They come out tasting just as great as they smell. 🙂

Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour Dessert Mixes are a great way to get a quick and easy dessert made and ready for my family (or the local pot luck!) without the mess and fuss of other methods.

To learn more about all the fantastic Betty Crocker products, including the new Shake-N-Pour Dessert Mixes, please visit the following links:

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Hungry? Try New Betty Crocker Cereal Muffin Mixes {Ends 9/16}

I love cereal… and Betty Crocker has taken my love for cereal to a whole new level with their Cereal Muffin Mixes.

These muffin mixes come in several very delicious flavors: Reese’s Puffs, Cocoa Puffs, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Each muffin tastes like a little slice of heaven – and they all taste true to the flavor of my favorite cereals.

My biggest craving this pregnancy has been peanut butter and chocolate, and my pantry is full of boxes of Reese’s Puffs cereal. But now there are boxes of Reese’s Puffs Betty Crocker Cereal Muffin Mix right beside all my cereal. 🙂 I can’t get enough of them, and when I’m willing to share, these muffins make the perfect quick and easy breakfast for the kids before they hop on the school bus.

For this review, MyBlogSpark and Betty Crocker sent me a pack full of goodies. I received the following items:

  • A Box of Reese’s Puffs Cereal Muffin Mix
  • A Box of Cocoa Puffs Cereal Muffin Mix
  • A Box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal Muffin Mix
  • An Apron
  • Tumbler
  • Spoon
  • Therm O Snack Bag

We tried all three flavors of the Cereal Muffin Mix, and I’m the only one that can pick a favorite. The kids love them all… as does my husband. I’m a little partial to the Reese’s Puffs, but that’s only because of the pregnancy. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure I’d love them all equally.

I love how easy the Betty Crocker Cereal Muffin Mixes are to make, serve, and eat. Now, when we’re in a hurry, or on our way out the door, the kids can get their favorite cereal treats to take with them.

If you don’t want to wait for this giveaway to end, you can CLICK HERE to download a coupon for $.80 off one package!

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Get Back to School at Target with General Mills & Crayola {Ends 9/13} #MyBlogSpark

There’s lots of talk everywhere about Back to School! I can’t log into Facebook without seeing dozens and dozens of pictures of friends’ kids that are heading back to school and starting the new year.

My favorite place to stock up on Back to School items is Target. They have everything I need – for all 4 of the kids in school this year – in one place. No making 20 trips to different stores. I can get school supplies, book bags, shoes, clothes, and even food for lunches all at my local Target.

During the month of August, Target is making Back to School even easier:

  • Save up to $5 on Crayola products when you purchase specially marked Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Big G Cereal, and Pillsbury Toaster Strudel.
  • Purchase specially marked Crayola 64 count crayons and save on General Mills products.
  • Find a fun Crayola coloring activity on participating Big G cereal boxes.

I also want to encourage you to check out www.GrocerySavvy.com. There you’ll find coupons for more of your back to school needs, recipes, and even a special 2012 “Grocery Savvy Crayola Back to School” Sweepstakes where you could win one of 700 Crayola 8-count Washable Dry Erase Crayons or one of 20 Crayola Zany Play Edition Dry-Erase Activity Centers.

For this spark, MyBlogSpark sent me a Back to School pack that contained a $20 Target Gift Card, A Box of Cheerios, and an 8-count pack of Crayola Dry Erase markers.

The $20 Target Gift card immediately went to my oldest daughter to help her purchase all the items she needed for back to school. (And, thanks to Target’s great prices on back to school supplies, that $20 went a long way!) Parker and Gage devoured the box of Cheerios, and we all love the Crayola Dry Erase Crayons. They’re great for keeping the family organized on our dry erase calendar.

Be sure to check out the following websites for more information, coupons, and more!

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Got Brownies on the Brain? Curb the Craving with FiberOne! #MyBlogSpark (Ends 9/12)

It’s no secret that I love sweets… but that can get me into trouble fast.

That’s why I love Fiber One and the new Chocolate Chip flavor Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies. At just 90 calories each, I can enjoy a brownie and not undo my whole day. And they taste great!

For this review, MyBlogSpark and Fiber One sent me the following items:

  • 1 box of Fiber One Chocolate Chip Cookie flavor 90 Calorie Brownies (Yum, yum, yum!!)
  • Brain Stress Ball (To relieve stress from a busy day… although my 18 month old never lets go of it long enough to let me try! 🙂 )
  • Water Bottle (I love having another reusable water bottle on hand. It’s a great way to encourage the kids – and me! – to drink more water.)
  • Ear Tube Buds (These are a great way to listen to music, keep my focus, and encourage a little creativity in whatever I’m doing.)
  • Office Turf (I love this. Nature is a wonderful source of relaxation. This allows you to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside and can help you feel calm and rejuvenated.)
  • Mini Tote Bag (You can carry around and keep the items from your “survival kit” close by, or you can use it to carry your lunch or yummy snacks like Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies. There are tons of uses for this little bag.)

I love the Survival Kit that I received, and I love the new Chocolate Chip Cookie flavor Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies even more. These brownies contain 20% of the daily value of fiber and only 3g of fat per serving. They are a better choice and they taste great!

To learn more about Fiber One, check out the Fiber One Website. You can also become a fan of Fiber One on Facebook and get the latest news, updates, and more.

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Back to School with Walmart & Box Tops {Ends 8/31} #MyBlogSpark

The talk all over the internet is “back to school” and with back to school comes back to collecting and hoarding Box Tops to help out our schools.

Walmart has really helped us load up on Box Tops this summer. We found 4 Box Tops on tons of our favorite items – Hamburger Helper, Betty Crocker products, Totinos items, Pillsbury products, and our favorite Big G cereals. Just by grabbing the items with 4 Box Tops on them, we’ve already started the school year with a huge stash. The kids can’t wait to turn them in and show their teachers how many Box Tops they’ve got.

Did you know there are other ways you can earn Box Tops? Here are a few of my favorite ways:

Here are a few other links you should check out for the latest news, updates, and Box Tops information:

For this spark, General Mills and Walmart (through MyBlogSpark), sent me a $25 Walmart Gift Card to stock up on Box Tops. Not only did I get some of our favorite products, but I scored over 30 Box Tops as well! I love how quickly and easily those Box Tops added up, just by buying products we use every day.

Now, General Mills and Walmart want to do the same for one of my readers! You can enter to win a $25 Walmart Gift Card by using the Rafflecopter Gadget below.

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Mott’s Fruit Flavored Snacks Make Life a Little Sweeter #MyBlogSpark

It’s no secret that I love things that are sweet. Most of my children have inherited my love for sweets as well. But, while I love things that are sweet, I know I need to make better choices when it comes to what I eat. Not only will it help me stay on the right track, but it will also help me teach my children to make better choices for themselves.

That’s why I love Mott’s Fruit Flavored Snacks. These yummy little fruit snacks are a great option for snacking while on the go, or when I need something to munch on at home. They are made with real fruit and vegetable juices (pear, apple, and carrot juice concentrate), natural colors and flavors, and they taste absolutely wonderful. While they may not be made to replace fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, they are a much better alternative than that candy bar that’s sitting on your counter.

For this review, MyBlogSpark sent us 6 boxes of the Mott’s Fruit Flavored Snacks: 3 boxes of Berry and 3 boxes of Fruit.

I really like Mott’s Fruit Flavored Snacks, and my kids do too. They have a great taste, don’t leave a nasty after taste, and my kids can’t get enough of them. They’re the perfect snack to throw in my purse and have on hand while we’re out and about, or to keep in the cupboards at home for an anytime snack.

Give Mott’s Fruit Flavored Snacks a try in your home. I bet your kids will love them as much as mine do! Need a little more incentive? Click here for a coupon for 60 cents off a box of Mott’s Fruit Flavored Snacks.

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Spark Creativity Early with My First Crayola {Ends 5/26}

My kids love when they get to sit down and unleash their creativity on paper. My oldest sons, Zander and Jace, both love to write stories and draw pictures to go along with those stories. Lucy is starting to do a really good job of coloring inside the lines, and Parker is starting to make shapes that actually look like objects on paper. Even my 14 year old daughter loves to sit and color with kids when she babysits. And Gage, well, until this review came along, we had to keep the crayons away from Gage. He prefers to eat the crayons instead of actually use them on paper.
Thanks to My First Crayola, I don’t have to worry about that anymore. Crayola has come up with these awesome new products that allow my one year old to color like the big kids and I don’t have to worry about him eating the crayons or putting the markers in his mouth.
For this review, I received the following items:
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Crayons
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Markers
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Stampers
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Dry-Erase Activity Mat
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Triangular Dry-Erase Crayons
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Musical Rub-Art Station
  • My First Crayola™ Mess-Free Markers & Paper
  • My First Crayola™ Mess-Free Finger Painting
  • One specially marked box of original Cheerios® cereal

I have to say, this has to be one of our most favorite reviews that we have ever done. We all loved it! I’d like to take a minute and go through what I loved most about each of the products:

  • Washable Crayons, Markers, and Stampers – These are absolutely awesome! They are animal shapes, and they’re perfect for baby hands to grasp. Gage could sit for hours and color all over his paper – and his highchair. {Thank heavens they are washable!}
  • Washable Dry-Erase Activity Mat – Parker loves this! And, it’s completely portable, so he’ll take it with him every time we get in the car.
  • Washable Triangular Dry-Erase Crayons – These are awesome for teaching Parker the proper way to hold his crayons.
  • Washable Musical Rub-Art Station – Parker can’t get enough of this. He loves that it plays music when he presses on it, and how the picture “magically” appears.
  • Mess-Free Markers & Paper – Gage loves these! It came with a cow-shaped marker, and he loves scribbling all over the paper.
  • Mess-Free Finger Painting – So.Much.Fun! All my kids love that you can use clear paint and have designs appear like magic on the paper. I know it’s for the younger ones, but even my older kids love it.
  • Cheerios® – A staple in our house. And right now, Crayola & Cheerios have teamed up and are offering up to $5.00 off of My First Crayola products inside specially marked packages of Cheerios. This is a great way to get stocked up on My First Crayola items to get you through the summer.

I have been a mom for almost 15 years now, and I have never seen anything quite like the My First Crayola line. I absolutely love it, and I would recommend it to any parent with young children.

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Want to try the My First Crayola line for yourself?

Myblogspark and Crayola are giving my readers the opportunity to win a My First Crayola prize pack. The prize pack includes:

  • My First Crayola™ Washable Crayons
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Markers
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Stampers
  • My First Crayola™ Washable Dry-Erase Activity Mat
  • One specially marked box of original Cheerios® cereal
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Big G Curvy Straws Review from #MyBlogSpark {Ends 5/6}

As a mom, it’s important to me that my kids get their daily dose of Calcium and Vitamin D. It drives me crazy when I give them a bowl of cereal, they eat every bite of cereal, and then leave the milk in the bowl. It’s wasteful and it keeps them from getting closer to reaching their daily needed amount of Calcium and Vitamin D.

Right now, General Mills is working to prevent that from happening by including Curvy Straws in specially marked boxes of their Big G cereals. My kids love using the curvy straws to build a HUGE straw and then proceed to drink every drop of their milk that’s left in their bowl. Add to that the fact that Big G cereals are made with more whole grain than any other ingredient, and my kids have a great start to their busy day.

Participating Big G cereals include Lucky Charms®, Reese’s Puffs®, Trix®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, Honey Nut Cheerios®, and Cocoa Puffs®. There are six different colorful straws that feature our favorite Big G cereal characters.

The curvy straws are great for finishing off that last little bit of milk, or for encouraging kids to drink more milk in a cup. {Or a bowl – my kids always ask me to just pour more milk into their bowl and they slurp it up with their Curvy Straws.}

For this review, MyBlogSpark sent me a fantastic General Mills Big G Curvy Straws prize pack. It included the following items:

  • 1 box of a participating Big G cereal. {We got Cocoa Puffs… my favorite!!}
  • 1 Curvy Straw
  • 1 “Spilt Milk” bowl
  • 2 Glow Cups
  • 2 Tangle Toys
This was – hands down – one of the most fun prize packs we’ve received. The kids have gotten such a kick out of every single item in the box. They all love Cocoa Puffs… almost as much as I do… and they were so excited that they got the chance to have them for breakfast. The curvy straws were a hit with my older boys. They love connecting them together and making the straws into one huge straw. Parker loves the “Spilt Milk” bowl. He asks for it at every meal – no matter what’s on the table. Even I have to admit, it’s a very cool looking bowl, and even I like using it for my morning cereal. The glow cups are awesome. Everyone loves those. You can see in the picture I posted how the bottoms of the cups light up. They blink, flash, or stay solid, and they’re just plain fun to drink out of. And the tangle toys are a hit with all my kids, too. I’ve even caught my 14 year old playing with them. They’re quite fun!
This was such a great prize pack, and my kids have really enjoyed it. I’m grateful to General Mills for making breakfast even more fun and encouraging my kids to finish their milk with their curvy straws.
Be sure to try all the participating Big G cereals and collect all 6 straws. You can visit this link and download a printable coupon for $1.25 off the purchase of 2 boxes of participating Big G cereals. Also be sure to check out the Whole Grain Nation website for more information.

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Progresso® Souper You® Contest

You all know how hard I am working to create a better me… a healthier me. Someone that I can be proud of and that my family can be proud of.

Souper You ContestWouldn’t a fantastic new look be awesome to go with my healthy new attitude? Well, now we can each have a chance to win a new look thanks to Progresso® and their Souper You® Contest.

All you have to do is tell Progresso® why you deserve a makeover and what you love about their soup. Then, 3 lucky winners will receive an ultimate makeover experience in Hollywood this Spring! So exciting! Winners will get a trip for 2 to Los Angeles, California, a head-to-toe makeover that includes hair and makeup, a shopping spree with $1,000 in spending money, and 2 tickets to this season’s live finale of NBC’s The Biggest Loser.

I do have to say that Progresso® soups have been a great way to keep myself on track with eating better. They offer 40 delicious soups with 100 calories or less per serving. They’re a great way to change up your diet, beat the “diet boredom,” satisfy taste cravings, and help you stick to your weight management calorie goals. With ingredients like beans, rice, pasta, meats, and vegetables, they leave you full and ready to face the rest of your day.

To enter the contest for yourself, head to www.SouperYou.com. Submit your photo and brief essay about why you love Progresso® soups a why you deserve a makeover. But you have to hurry! You can only enter until February 22nd.

On March 12th, you can read the announcement of the top ten finalists and vote for your favorite finalist until March 25th.

Watch this video of the 2011 Souper You Contest winner experience:


I’ve sent in my entry, how about you?

PS. If you love Progresso® Soups, click here for a coupon for $1.25 off the purchase of 4 cans of Progresso soup.

PPS. Tune into The Biggest Loser Tuesday nights on NBC at 8/7c.

Disclaimer: This information was provided to me by MyBlogSpark. I have not been compensated for this post in any way. My odds of winning the contest are as good as yours.

BK Crown: Built to Inspire {Ends 12/22}

Recently Burger King introduced their new BK Crown Program. These interactive new Kids Meal boxes are chock full of games and activities as well as a fancy new crown. Through the BK Crown Program, kids get the opportunity to tell Burger King what matters to them most by entering a code from the box and selecting which cause Burger King should give back to – all by visiting www.BKCrown.com. {The website also contains games and the opportunity to win prizes.}bk crown logo

Recently, MyBlogSpark sent me a $25 Gift Certificate to try out the new BK Crown program with my kids. We rarely eat out, so this was quite a treat for everyone. The gift card was enclosed inside the new BK Crown meal box, and we were all very excited.

When I pulled up to our local Burger King, I noticed the signs everywhere in the restaurant announcing the new BK Crown program. I must admit, I was a little upset when the BK Team Member handed us the Crown Meals in a brown paper bag. Where’s the excitement in that? No crown. No code to go online and pick our favorite charity. No games. Nothing. When I asked to speak to the manager why we received paper bags instead of the new boxes, she replied, “We haven’t gotten them yet.” Ummmm…. really? Every sign you have in your restaurant would indicate otherwise. Bummer.

Luckily, we had the box that MyBlogSpark had sent us so we could still go to www.BKCrown.com and play. Our first stop on the website was to select which charity we wanted Burger King to give to. We ended up voting for the Wildlife Conservation Society. My kids and I all have a soft spot for wild animals, and we’d love to see funding go toward preserving their homes. After we did that, the kids played a few games and really had a great time.

Overall, I am very impressed with the BK Crown Program. Not only do they offer healthy choices {apple fries, milk, 100% apple juice} in their kids meals, but they also teach kids how important it is to give back and make a difference.

Also, right now Burger King is offering the BK Family Bundle. For just $9.99, you get a Whopper sandwich, a Whopper Jr. sandwich, 2 small fries, 2 small soft drinks and a BK Crown Kids Meal. {Limited time only. Prices and Participation may vary.}

To learn more about the BK Crown program, visit the following:

To help introduce you and your family to the new BK Crown program, MyBlogSpark and Burger King are allowing me to give away a $25 Burger King Gift Certificate to one lucky winner.

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Disclaimer: The BK CROWNTM/MC Program prize pack, information and coupon have been provided by Burger King Corporation through MyBlogSpark.

There’s a Hero in My Cereal! Review & #MyBlogSpark #Giveaway

In a house with 4 boys, we are all about Super Heroes. So, when I found out that General Mills & DC comics teamed up to make breakfast even more super, I knew my boys were going to flip!

general mills and dc team upMyBlogSpark sent me a really great review pack that included the following items:

  • 1 box of a participating Big G cereal {We got Lucky Charms!}
  • 1 set of the collectable DC Super Hero comic books
  • 1 Green Lantern action figure

The prize pack was amazing. And, just as I predicted, the boys flipped! They were so excited to see their favorite super heroes in a comic book and inside their favorite cereal.  Now, we can’t walk through the grocery store without first checking the cereal aisle for Big G Cereals with DC comics. {Doesn’t matter that we already have a whole set of them thanks to MyBlogSpark. The boys both want several sets – you know, in case Parker gets to them.} You also get a mask on the back of the box, so that makes it even better. I’ve now got several little “Batmen” running around the house.

There are 4 comic books to collect, one in each specially-marked box of Big G cereal. {Participating cereals include: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, Golden Grahams, Reese’s Puffs, and Cocoa Puffs. – YUM!} You will definitely be your kids’ biggest hero with these cereals in your house!

To learn more about Big G Cereals and DC Comics, visit www.BigGCerealHeroes.com

As fate would have it…. {doesn’t that sound totally super heroish?!}…. I have another prize pack to give away to one of my readers!

Here’s what you’ll get:

super heroes prize pack

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Disclaimer: Product, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills and DC ENTERTAINMENT through MyBlogSpark. I received the products mentioned above to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Totino’s Fun Friday Nights #Giveaway #MyBlogSpark

What’s your favorite way to spend a Friday night?

fun friday nightsAround here, Friday nights are Family Fun Nights. We enjoy pizza, pop corn, and a movie together. It’s my favorite night of the week, because we spend it together, and we have so much fun.

I love Totino’s Party Pizzas because they allow me to get exactly what everyone wants, and it doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg to feed everyone. I can make 4 of the party pizzas in the oven at once, and in 15 minutes, everyone in the family is as happy as can be.

MyBlogSpark sent me a Totino’s prize pack, and it definitely perked up our latest Friday Fun Night. In the package I received a coupon for a Totino’s Party Pizza, a coupon for a 15 count box of Totino’s pizza rolls, a coupon for a free one-night Redbox rental, a pop corn bowl, 2 pizza plates, and a pizza cutter. What a great pack!

We used the Redbox rental to see Rio. The kids had been dying to see it, and it ended up being the perfect movie for family movie night. The kids loved it. We rolled back the living room rug, and the kids enjoyed the pizza, pizza rolls, and pop corn. I never heard a sound from them, except when they were laughing during the movie.

And the pizza cutter? Awesome. My old one broke on me, so this arrived in the perfect time and saved pizza night! 🙂

Before I get to the giveaway, and give one of you the chance to win your very own Totino’s Fun Friday Nights Prize Pack, here is some must-know info:

  • There are specially marked packages of Totino’s Pizza Rolls and Totino’s Party Pizzas that will help you stock up on everything your family needs for a Fun Friday Night. If you purchase 2 Totino’s 40 count pizza rolls or 4 Totino’s party pizzas, you can receive a free one-night redbox DVD promo code. Those codes can be redeemed on the following websites:
  • There’s always a redbox kiosk nearby! There are more than 27,800 redbox locations and redbox kiosks are also available nationally at Walmart. Still need help? You can find the closest redbox kiosk by clicking here: redbox.com/locations

Now, let’s get to the giveaway! One lucky reader will win the same prize pack I received.

totinos prize pack

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Disclaimer: The VIP coupons, prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by Totino’s through MyBlogSpark. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

@BettyCrocker Milk Chocolate Brownies {Review & #MyBlogSpark #Giveaway}

Giveaway will end on October 1 at 12:01am (EST).
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I don’t know about you, but I love brownies. They are my absolute favorite treat. And with Betty Crocker brownie mixes, you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen. In just minutes, you can have your whole house smelling like you’ve been baking brownies all day. {I love that smell! Wish my house smelled like it all the time!} They’re fast and easy to make, and they give you a jump start on homemade.

The new Milk Chocolate Brownie mix has just the right touch of milk chocolate flavor. And since it takes just 3 easy steps to get to the yummy homemade brownie taste, even my 14 year old daughter loves making them.

Our Betty Crocker Milk Brownie prize pack arrived on my husband and my anniversary. What a wonderful surprise that was! Included in the box was a box of Betty Crocker® Milk Chocolate Traditional Brownie mix, a Betty Crocker apron, cooking pan, and mixing spoon. {Pictured Below}

brownie prize pack
My daughter volunteered to make the brownies that night for us, so she put on the apron and got to work. She decided to use a 9″x13″ pan instead of the 8″x8″ pan we received, only because she knows I like my brownies thin and ooey-gooey.

It wasn’t long before the entire house smelled like brownies, and soon afterward, my husband and I were enjoying our milk chocolate brownies. Mmmmmm. They were so good! And because making them was so easy, so was the clean up – so much so that Ashley even did that too! Best anniversary present ever.

You can find Better Crocker Milk Chocolate Traditional Brownie Mix in the baking aisle of your local grocery stores this fall.

To learn more about Better Crocker and all their fantastic products, check out these links:

Want to win a prize pack {pictured above} for yourself? Thanks to Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark, one lucky reader can do just that!

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Disclosure: The product, information and prize pack have been provided by Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark. I have not been compensated for this post in any other way.