star wars {giveaway}

Living in a household where the boys outnumber the girls 2 to 1, it’s no big surprise that we have some avid Star Wars fans. Luke Skywalker, starfighters, Ewoks… what’s not to love?

The STAR WARS THE COMPLETE SAGA was released on Blu-ray Disc September 16th. Now, you can relive the entire Saga in a whole new way!

To celebrate the release, select General Mills Big G cereals have a limited edition Star Wars good versus evil image on their packaging. Combine these images for a full panoramic poster featuring your favorite Star Wars characters! Exclusively at Walmart, look for specially marked boxes of Big G cereals, including Honey Nut Cheerios®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, and Lucky Charms®.

I recently received a prize pack containing each of these cereals to make our own panoramic poster: Honey Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Lucky Charms, as well as a $25 Walmart gift card. It wouldn’t be any fun if I didn’t give a prize pack away to one of my readers, too! So tell me, who is your favorite Star Wars character?

You can tweet about the giveaway for an extra chance to win (daily), just make sure you come back and let me know! Contest will run through Monday, October 10th! One winner will be randomly selected and announced shortly after. Good luck!

Disclosure: The cereal, gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.


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sam’s club + box tops {giveaway!}

Update! The randomly chosen winner is Kristin K! Congrats!

I know all of you have seen those bright pink Box Tops on products that you probably purchase on a weekly or monthly basis. But do you take the time to cut them out? Did you know that your children’s (or nieces, nephews, friend’s kids) schools can actually receive cash in return for you taking a few seconds to clip those Box Tops? It may not seem like much, but trust me, those things add up.

Public Service Announcement: Please trim Box Tops on the dotted lines. Because, somewhere, at some time, someone has to do it. Most likely it will be a PTO volunteer for your child’s school who has a gazillion classrooms’ Box Tops to “trim”, so just take the time and do it yourself. Just sayin’.

We’ve been collecting and stashing Box Tops all summer long, saving up for next week when school resumes. This year, Sam’s Club and Box Tops are teaming up to bring you the “6 Box Tops on a Pack” promotion. You can find the promotional Box Tops on such General Mills products as Honey Nut Cheerios, Nature Valley Oats ‘N Honey Crunchy Granola Bars, Totino’s Pizza Rolls, and more!

In order to help with your back-to-school shopping and box-top-collecting, I have a $25 Sam’s Club gift card to give away to one lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment below telling me what you are most looking forward to with the start of the new school year! For extra entries, tweet and/or post on Facebook about this giveaway! THREE ways to enter, just make sure you come back and leave a comment for each entry!

Contest will run through Tuesday, August 23rd at 11:59 p.m. One winner will be selected via and announced the following day! Good luck!

Disclosure: The Sam’s Club gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

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I have always been a huge fan of Cheerios. I love cereal in the mornings but am not a fan of the sugary concoctions. I recently was given the opportunity to try out Cinnamon Burst Cheerios before it hit the stores, but I had just started the South Beach Diet and, unfortunately, grains were not on my list of approved foods at the time. :) I decided to put cereal through the true test… my kids. Their conclusion? Two thumbs up!

I’m thinking we should start a musical group, no? I can be the songwriter.

Cinnamon Burst Cheerios contain 8 g of whole grains per serving, 5 g fiber, 9 g sugar, and is low in fat and cholesterol.

The Cinnamon Burst Cheerios, information, and Flip camera were given to me by Cheerios and MyBlogSpark. The opinions expressed are my own, and the video and awesome jingle are of my own creation, yay!

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rig life [giveaway]


**Update: Winner is Tirah!**

My husband is gone. A lot. We often drive to wherever he happens to be working and stay on location with him. We stay in a “shack”. They usually consist of a bedroom or two (we get really excited when it’s a 2-bedroom WITH bunk beds), a bathroom with washer and dryer, kitchen (again, excitement bubbles over when there is a dishwasher), living/dining area and an office for the husband. It has cable TV and (slooow) internet.

It’s kind of like a mini-vacation. I don’t really have to cook or clean, I do all our laundry before we leave so I don’t take home dirty clothes, and I get to catch up on my reading.

photo by Ashton

We come up with imaginative things to do (last weekend, we threw socks at each other and whoever missed the most times lost). We draw, play cards, and have Monopoly marathons (which I never win). We are game junkies.

I recently received the Cranium game Scribblish and figured what better time to break it out then at the rig.



The game is played by each person writing down a caption off their card, then drawing a picture to go along with it. The scrolls are mixed up, then each player gets a different one, looks at the drawing, and then writes their own caption and drawing based on that. This continues for four turns. At the end, you look at the last drawing on each scroll and try to guess which one was yours originally.

The twins are 7 and the recommended age is 8+, but they enjoyed it nonetheless. We did end up with a lot of “poop” and “fart” drawings, though. Imagine that. Boys.


Today, I have one Scribblish game to give away to one of you! To enter, just comment below telling me what your favorite game is!

Contest will run through Tuesday, November 18th at 11:59 p.m. Central. Winner will be randomly chosen and announced the following day. Good luck!

Disclosure: The Scribblish game, product information and additional game to give away were all given to you by Hasbro through MyBlogSpark.

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*Updated* Seventh Generation GIVEAWAY!

*Updated* The winner is Cheryl! Congrats!
School is going to be starting very, VERY soon (eek! I am so not ready) and we all know that along with back-to-school, comes germs and illnesses. Did you know as many as as many as 2.7 million bacterial found per square inch on common school surfaces (NSF International). Just thinking about that statistic makes me nauseated.

We can’t protect our children from all these germs, but we can teach them about proper hand-washing and covering their mouths and noses when sneezing, as well as making sure they are getting adequate nutrition and physical fitness to keep those bodies in tip-top form.

Seventh Generation offers a disinfecting product line that is made from botanical ingredients and kills 99.99%* of household germs. I love that the products are free from that harsh-chemical stench. The multi-surface spray met my cleaning needs and smelled fresh. I am very sensitive to smells of air-fresheners and cleaners, and I am very picky in regards to what I use.

And now, I have a Seventh Generation back-to-school kit for one of you! It contains a cute little bag, 2 canisters of disinfecting wipes (one for you, one for your child’s classroom), spray, paper towels, and tissue! To enter, answer this question: What do you do to keep your children as healthy and germ-free as possible?

For extra entries:

  • Follow or subscribe to my blog.
  • Follow @SeventhGen on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway, using @LissaJoy, @SeventhGen and the hashtag #myblogspark. (once per day)

Contest will run until Sunday, August 15th at 11:59pm. One winner will be randomly selected and announced the following day! Good luck!

I received a back-to-school kit for myself and one to giveaway from Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark. The opionions stated are my own!

*Kills over 99.99% of household germs, specifically Salmonella enterica, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Influenza A on hard, nonporous surfaces.


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Taco Night Giveaway!


I find it SO HARD to find meals that my whole family will eat. Seriously. I am not a big fan of cooking elaborate means anyway, so when I have to hear the whining and complaining that is sure to come from at least ONE of the children, it makes it even worse!

Enter Taco Night. Each and every member of my family will eat tacos (Bridger eats lettuce and cheese tacos, but hey, it still counts!). The kids can dish up what they like and omit the ingredients they don’t care for. Easy.


Through MyBlogSpark, I received a gift pack from Old El Paso which included the El Tacodor game, as well as two coupons for Old El Paso dinner kits and a $10 gift card to purchase any additional meal needs (i.e. meat, cheese, lettuce, etc). The kids had a great time during the meal, the games were easy and fun for everyone. I am happy to report Bridger and I were partners and kicked some serious butt. Woo-hoo!

I have another gift-pack to give away! To win, just answer this question: Do you have a “taco night” with your family? All comments received by the end of Thursday are eligible to win. One winner will be randomly selected and announced the following day! Good luck!

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Thanks to MyBlogSpark, I received a Yoplait Whips! Gift Pack to try out. I have to say, I much prefer the creamy, light version of Yoplait, but the kids enjoyed the Whips! variety -especially key lime, frozen!  They have fun playing with the color-changing spoons, that’s for sure!

I have a “Summer Cool Down” gift bag to give away that includes a cooler tote, popsicle molds and a set of 12 color-changing spoons. To enter, just leave a comment below! You may tweet about this giveaway, up to once per day for extra entries! Winner will be randomly chosen from all entries received by 11:59 pm Pacific time on Saturday, September 26th and announced the following day! Good luck!

Sam’s Club Giveaway!

 I have an awesome new giveaway to share with you, thanks to MyBlogSpark! With the Big Clip campaign, now through September 4th at Sam’s Club, you can get more Box Tops on some of your favorite products!

Benefit your school while shopping these brands: Cheerios, Ziploc containers, Ziploc sandwich bags, Honey Nut Cheerios, Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fiber One Oats and Chocolate Bars, Nature Valley Bars, Scott Paper Towels, Huggies Baby Wipes and Kleenex Facial Tissues.

Box Tops for Education is also giving away 1 million Bonus Box Tops to America´s schools! Go The Big Clip sweepstakes for a chance to win the Grand Prize of 500,000 Bonus Box Tops or one of two first prizes of 250,000 Bonus Box Tops!

Now for the giveaway! One winner will receive a $25 Sam’s Club gift card, along with a One-Day Pass, and four more winners will each receive a One-Day Pass. Please make sure you have a Sam’s Club in or around your area!

To enter, leave a comment below answering this questions:  Do you use coupons? And if yes, what are your favorite sites? For extra entries:

Please leave a separate comment for EACH entry! Contest will end Sunday, September 6th at 11:59pm Pacific time, and winners will be randomly selected and announced the following day! Good luck!


**UPDATE** Winner was randomly selected and the Honey Kix gift pack goes to Megan! Congrats, girl… I think I know where you live. ;p

Thanks to MyBlogSpark, I received a Honey Kix gift pack in the mail last month. I didn’t try the cereal ( I don’t like any sort of sweet cereal!), but the kids loved it. The prize pack comes with a coupon for a free box of cereal, a honey jar, a set of colorful cereal bowls, a container to take your cereal and milk on-the-go, and a great container to keep cereal fresh at home.

Honey Kix is a good source of fiber, calcium and vitamin D, contains 16 grams of whole grain per serving (at least 48 grams recommended daily) and has no artificial flavors or preservatives. A perfect balance of taste and nutrition through simple ingredients, which both moms and kids can agree on!

Guess what? You can win your own Honey Kix prize pack! Just leave a comment below answering this question, “How do you get your morning off to a good start?” For extra entries, tweet about this giveaway and come back and leave a separate comment (once per day)! Contest ends at 11:59pm Pacific time on August 25th, 2009 and the winner announced the following day. Good luck!

Swirl This!

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We received a TrixSwirls (say that three times fast!) goody package in the mail from MyBlogSpark the other day and the twins were super excited to dig into it this morning.

Now, personally, I do not like ANY “sugary” cereals, but I do let my children have them occasionally. The kids give TrixSwirls a thumbs up.

My boys, complete with jammies and bedheads!

Trix Swirls® combines two mouthwatering fruity colors into every fun puff that will satisfy kids´ taste buds and spark their creativity! A good source of calcium and vitamin D, the Trix Rabbit won´t be the only one who can´t resist these fruity combos, which include lemony green, berry berry blue, and rasporangey orange!

Now for the BEST part, I have two of these TrixSwirls gift baskets to giveaway, which include: a coupon for a box of cereal, an art apron for the kids, watercolors, paintbrushes, pencils, an art box, and a huge drawing pad!

All you need to do is answer this question, “If you could swirl ANY two things together, what would they be?” You know, like my all-time fave -beer and lime! ;o) Contest will be open for comments until Thursday, July 22nd at 11:59pm. Winners will be selected and announced the following day. For an extra entry, tweet about this contest and leave a separate comment below! Good luck!