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Entries in family time (6)

Friday
Sep102010

Perdue makes dinner AND Lunch a Little More Fun Review & Contest)

Perdue chicken and a thermos can do a lot for a boring lunch

Here is how Perdue brought a little more joy into my life...especially around dinner time.

I hate cooking dinner.

There, I said it.

Especially during the summer when it stays light so long and the dinner whiny hunger creeps up on you without warning. Suddenly it's 6:00 and I've done nothing to prepare a meal! Sure, I have a few go-to easy dinners but they get boring. Enter Perdue Whole Grain Crispy Chicken Strips. Throw some frozen veggies in the microwave and cut up some fresh fruit and I've got a great meal.

I hate packing school lunches

There, it feels good to say that too.

The monotony of making sandwich after sandwich and chips and applesauce or yogurt. If it's so boring to prepare every day, it's got to be borning to eat, right? Enter Perdue Whole Grain Chicken. I heat it up in the morning and put it in their thermos with some ketchup and voila! Smiles abound! It's easy for me to make and adds variety to the lunch routine.

Share how Perdue and Crayola can add fun to your family dinner and win great prizes!

Perdue and Crayola have teamed up to celebrate fun family dinners as a way to encourage families to take the time to sit and enjoy this important meal together. Simply upload a photo or original drawing that shows how your family brings fun to the dinner table for a chance to win a Family Cruise as well as other great Perdue and Crayola prizes!

Disclosure: I received a coupon for a free sample of Perdue Whole Grain frozen chicken at no charge. This blog post and my participation in the Twitter party make me eligible to win prizes. Also, it's damn good chicken. All opinions are my own and no one reviewed or approved this post prior to publishing.

Monday
Mar152010

Coupon code for the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus

The circus is coming to town, the circus is coming to town!

 

Through the mystery of magic and the mastery of skill, audiences will be spellbound as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents ZING ZANG ZOOM®, a thrill-filled, mind-blowing circus spectacular where family fun is no illusion. Magical Zingmaster Alex and his assistant Levitytia lead audience members through an extraordinary world of fantasy that celebrates the uplifting spirit of the circus and also wards off the cynical Mr. Gravity and his team of Heavies, who try to bring everyone down.

LOCAL Dates for the Circus

Verizon Center – March 18th – 21st

Patriot Center – March 25th – April 4th

1st Mariner Arena – April 7th-18th

Circus COUPON

Get 4 tickets for $44 Monday through Thursday and Friday morning shows OR $4 off per ticket on weekend shows when you use code: MOM on the ticketmaster page!

We'll be going to opening night at the Patriot Center in Fairfax and we can't wait! Our favorite part in the past has been those crazy motorcycle guys who ride around in that globe. Crazee! And this year I definitely want to take advantage of the All-Access Pre-show event that is FREE and where you get up close and personal with some of the entertainers, the costumes, and even some animals.

Who else is going?

Janine

Disclosure: I received 4 tickets to opening night from Feld Entertainment at no cost. Opinions expressed here are mine and were not reviewed nor approved by Feld Entertainment or Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus prior to posting.

Wednesday
Feb172010

Contest: Your family can win $5,000 for dancing!

The Primrose Schools and Children's Miracle Network have partnered to get families moving and grooving to the tune of $5,000.

Let me explain....

Dancing for exercise and to win a prize

The Family Dance Off video contest is a great way to show families that dancing is not only fun, but a fun way to build some physical activity into your day, or night.

To enter to win all you have to do is make a 30 second video of your family dancing (hint, the sillier the better and knowing my friends here you guys can ham it up I'm sure...do me proud), register and upload it to http://www.familydanceoff.com/, then get your friends and family to vote for you.

Here's what you can win!

  • $5,000 grand prize
  • Wii Fit Bundle
  • FLIP Video camera
  • $30,000 donation to your local Children’s Miracle Network hospital

And of course if you win you need to share some of it with me - right? Like a finders fee?

Twofer dancing (sort of) at Disney

Start working on those dance moves

Want to see some of the competition? Visit the gallery of videos here. Then upload your own video and be sure to tell your friends, family, Twitter and Facebook buddies to start voting for you.

Heck, come back here and leave me a comment that you entered and I'll vote for you!

And keep dancing...for your heart, for the kids, and because frankly you look silly and that's what I love about you.

Janine

Disclosure: This blog post counts as an entry to win a gift card from Mom Select. All views and opinions with regard to the website or company are my own and are not influenced, nor reviewed by the company prior to posting.

Wednesday
Jan272010

Giveaway: Harlem Globetrotter You-Pick-The-Prize! (closed)

Update 2/17/10 Congratulations to our Winner:

Winnie (comment #1 as chosen by Random.org)   Yay!!!

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Raise your hand of you've ever seen the Harlem Globetrotters...

Notice, my hand is NOT raised.

But it will be soon!

We are going April 10th to see the Harlem Globetrotters LIVE in all their silliness and glory and I, Can't Wait!

Having grown up outside of New York I used to see commercials for the Harlem Globetrotters all the time and always wanted to go. They are funny, yet very talented ball players. I know my kids will enjoy the show as much as my sports-loving husband so this will be a great family outing.

You can WIN a Harlem Globetrotters Prize of your Choice!

Option 1: Tickets for 4 to see the Harlem Globetrotters

Want to see them live? First check out the schedule and see if they are playing near you. Then enter to win (see instructions below) and IF you win, tell me which show you want to attend!

Image via Harlemglobetrotter.com

Option 2: Harlem Globetrotters Prize Pack

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Can't make the live show? I have a Harlem Globetrotters prize pack that includes a program, a mini Harlem Globetrotters ball, wristbands, and a team photo that you can choose as your prize, and to use to put on your own show! Follow the instructions below for entries and IF you win, tell me you want the prize pack instead of the tickets.

How To Enter (Please leave a separate comment for each entry)

1. Visit the Harlem Globetrotters website and tell me either which show you'd like to attend OR who you will share the prize pack with if you win

2. Subscribe to TwoferMom via email and leave me a comment

3. Email 3 of your friends about this giveaway with a link and cc scarytwins [at] yahoo dot com

4. Post a link to this contest on Twitter (leave URL for the tweet in the comment here)

Contest open to US residents 18 years and over, and ends Monday, February 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm EST. Winner will be chosen by Random.org, will be contacted via email, and will have 48 hours to claim prize before I choose another winner.

Good luck and thanks for playing along!

Janine

Disclosure: Harlem Globetrotter tickets and giveaway product provided by the Harlem Globetrotters at no cost. All views and opinions with regard to the product or company are my own and are not influenced, nor reviewed by the company prior to posting.

Wednesday
Apr012009

Review: You're family will find time with Eggo Bake Shop Twists


Do you eat breakfast as a family?

In my house, this usually only happens on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Weekday mornings are spent rushing about, the girls getting ready for school, wolfing down some cereal, while I pack their lunches. I usually don't eat breakfast until I am home after walking them to school.

On the rare occasion we have a few calm moments before heading out the door, I notice we all smile a little more on that morning walk. It seems to set the mood for the day, and it's so much nicer to start the day with a smile, instead of stress.

I was reminded of this when I was given the opportunity to review Eggo Bake Shop™ Twists by Mom Central and Kellogg.

Eggo Bake Shop™ Twists, are microwaveable pastry treats made of soft, pull-apart dough sprinkled with sugar crystals and Strawberry or Apple filling made with real fruit. Here's what the Twofer said:

M, "Mommy these are YUUUUUUMMMMEEEEEE!"

L, "mmmmmmmmmmmmm" as she polished off her strawberry twist faster than I could say "smile!" as in, for a picture.

Wait, smile!

I tried them as well and the first thing I noticed was the yummy bakery-fresh dough. Then I noticed they were delicious without being overly sweet - something I was concerned about. Just enough filling, but not too much.
The sugar sprinkles were just that, sprinkled -not a heavy glaze of icing or anything.

Eggo Bake Shop Twists & Circus clown cups bring the family to the table!

I realized as I popped 2 more into the microwave (25 seconds per the directions but I did 40 seconds for two) that a yummy treat would encourage all of us to find the time to sit down for breakfast together - mainly because we'd be fighting over the last Eggo Bake Shop™ Twist - but whatever gets you together, right?

My only suggestions to Kellogg:
I wish the twists were bigger.
I wish there were more than 4 in a box.
I wish they were made with whole grain like the Nutri-grain Eggo Waffles and Pankcakes.

How does your family find time for family breakfasts either during the week or on weekends?