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Kraft First Taste: Fun with Food

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The winner will receive the following products:

• New KRAFT HOMESTYLE DELUXE Macaroni & Cheese Dinner: a delicious homemade taste complete with a crunchy breadcrumb topping.
• New KOOL-AID FUN FIZZ Drink Drops: a fun and delicious way to get kids to drink water with only 5 calories per serving.
• RITZ CRACKERFULS Filled Crackers: made with real cheese and 6 grams of whole grain per serving to help keep you satisfied.
• New DIGIORNO Pizza & Breadsticks: fresh-baked taste with big juicy toppings plus cheesy breadsticks along with marinara sauce — all in one box.
• OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Shaved Meats: sliced, packed and sealed at the peak of freshness.
• New KRAFT 100 CALORIE PACKS CHEESE BITES: big cheese flavor in every bite-sized piece in these satisfying 100 calorie packs.

You must be a Nuggetier (meaning a subscribed reader) to enter. Then simply leave a comment telling me what your signature dish is. Contest ends Friday June 25th at 10pm EST. Open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen by random number generation and notified via email. Be sure to include your email for contact should you win this contest. Unlimited entries, 1 extra entry for each tweet with a link to this post (leave a link to the tweet or mention @dipaolamomma in your tweet).

The product I sampled and the prize products are supplied by Kraft. This is not a Kraft sponsored post or contest. As always I only choose to bring things I personally enjoy to my readers.

Summer Cocktails: For Kids & Grownups

Remember back when I rubbed it in shared with you that I was invited to the super chic Aquafina Flavor Splash party in Baltimore? One of the things they encouraged us to do was find ways to flavor our days.  And since crazyinsanemom is not a flavor… yet (I have a call into their development team) I had to search out other ways to take on the task.

Guess what I found one that’s both kid AND mom friendly. YIPPEE! The kiddos and I took some of the amazing berries we picked at the orchard this week, plopped them into ice cube trays, filled the trays with Aqufina Flavor Splash water  and stuck them in the freezer. Three hours later it was time for kiddie mocktails. They loved it and I got my picky eater to actually enjoy fruit. BONUS!

So I said to myself..

“Self, you know you could make some mommy cocktails too.”

Well DUH why didn’t I think of that?! Thus was born the “Flavor the end of Mom’s day” cocktail.

Okay so the photo isn’t mine but I thought tossing up a pic of the red solo cup was sort of too frat house. See I’d like to fool you into thinking I have more class than that. AS IF!

My lovely libation was composed of the same fruity ice cubes as above. I added some berry vodka, a splash of club soda and lemon flavored Flavor Splash. Honestly it’s my favorite of the flavors which really sort of shocked me because I’m not a big fan of lemon drinks. The great thing is it tastes more like lemonade and I’m all for that. The cocktail turned out more like berry lemonade with a kick but I consider that, once again a..BONUS!

So gang what creative concoction could you come up with? I’d love a recipe using the Peach Mango Flavor Splash. Leave a comment with your ideas. Wanna win something too? Okay, then! One randomly chosen Nuggetier will win a coupon for a free six pack of Flavor Splash, a Flavor Splash insulated re-usable shopping tote and Flavor Splash lip balm(s).

Not into bar tending? No worries just tweet this post using the hashtag #flavorsplash and leave me a link to your tweet and you’re entered too. Limit 2 entries per person.

Entry Scenarios: 1 comment 1 tweet or 2 tweets

Contest ends Friday June 18th at 10 pm EST. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email. Be sure I have your email so I can contact you if you win!

Disclosure 411: I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for Aquafina FlavorSplash and have received various FlavorSplash samples to facilitate my participation. Mom Central will send me a gift card at the end of the program.

Go green and win lettuce

What have you done for her lately? Her, who? Well Mother Earth duh! You did know that April was earth month, didn’t you? Even if YOU didn’t Giant Foods and General Mills did. And to prove it they are going to give one lucky shopper an eco-friendly (and tre hip) hybrid car. YES CAR! And all you have to do is stop in at your local Giant store between April 16th and 22nd, buy 5 participating General Mills products, use your Giant card and a re-usable shopping bag. You’ll be automatically entered to win the car (limit one entry per day).  

How about you let The Nuggets make this a bit easier for you. Leave a comment here about how you celebrate Earth month or what small steps you are taking to be more green in your daily life. That will get you a shot a winning a $20 Giant gift card.

Here are some of the participating General Mills items :
Honey Nut Cherrios (though sadly you can’t find the box with my mug on it anymore. Crushed, aren’t ya?)
Lucky Charms
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Multigrain Cheerios
Cascadian Farms cereal

While your at it check out For The Mommas for ways to sweeten the deal with coupons and sales.  Shannon, the queen bee over there, is one of my favorite people and is responsible for the big boost in our family budget with her savvy tips, tricks, coupon advice and freebies. 

1 entry per comment (5 comments per person). Get an extra entry for tweeting about this giveaway. Be sure to mention @dipaolamomma in your tweet. Also be SURE that I can find you via email.  Winner will be chosen by random number generation. Contest ends Friday April 16th at 10 pm eastern.  

This is a promotion in conjunction with General Mills, Giant Foods and My Blog Spark. I was provided this information and gift cards as part of the promotion.  

Drabby to Fabby Friday!

***Update: Cheapskate Mom’s Fabby Pic for this week!***

Oooooh looks like fun!

(My #@%#* camera is on the fritz but I’m working on a fix and will post a lovely photo or two when I get it back!)



Pretty soon you all will be jumping up and down yelling this! At least that is what Cheapskate Mom visualized when she came up with the idea for Drabby to Fabby Friday!

Cheapskate Mom took the liberty of posting where she came up with the idea for Drabby to Fabby and the rules to participate right HERE! Please go there and read all about it before you participate!

Cheapskate Mom admits, she is one of those moms in need of some pampering TLC! Also, DiPaola Momma, who has four kids, counts herself lucky if she can shower daily let alone get a weekly chance to spruce up! We think that there are lots of you out there just like us. Mom’s who need to take time for yourself but finding that time isn’t always something you have.

We’re here to say “we get it” and maybe we can help each other out. Be a part of the bloggy movement to go from Drabby to Fabby! Just post your Drabby picture (Required) then post a Fabby picture before the end of the day. Show us you can do it! We’ll do it right along with you!

Leave a comment with a link to your personal Drabby to Fabby story, on either of our blogs, and you will be entered to win the weekly giveaway! Add the DTFF button to your sidebar and you will automatically earn an extra entry for each DTFF giveaway you participate in!

Since we’re just getting started, right now your chances are great! Be a trailblazer! Join the movement before it sweeps the blogosphere!

This week it’s all about feet!

We are on our feet all day, yet we don’t give them the love and attention they deserve. With sandal season fading fast those footsies are going to get even less respect. After all, why pay for a pricey pedicure if you can spend that money on a fab pair of fall boots?! Well you don’t have to take a seat in that chair and fork out $40 bucks or more with the tips you’ll get from our first featured beauty expert!

This week’s Fabby Tip comes from our friend, Lisa over at Learning Beauty Daily. Lisa is also an Avon Rep and she is super knowledgeable when it comes to affordable beauty!

After a long, hard day, it only takes a few minutes to pamper yourself and treat your feet to a relaxing and renewing treatment before bed.

Lisa recommends using Avon Foot Works Conditioning Foot Soak (on sale this week for only $2.99) or Epsom salts with tea tree oil to a warm tub of water. Soak feet for 15 minutes and then scrub with a mix of sugar and olive oil (about 1/2 cup sugar to 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil). Rinse and enjoy your soft, touchable feet!

DiPaola Momma added this tip: You can also get a great moisture boost while getting into the fall mood by using 1/2 cup of quick oats pulsed in a blender until fine and mixed with 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp olive oil. Soak feet for 15 minutes enjoying the warming sensations and wonderful aroma therapy. Remove them to a towel warmed for 30 seconds in the microwave. Rubbing in a circular motion will help increase circulation through out your body and help you relax.

To trim nails, cut straight across, then file down corners to reduce chances of ingrown nails. It’s easier to cut or trim toenails after soaking, bathing or showering. The nails are softer and make cleaner cuts. Always rinse or swab nail clippers before and after use with a rubbing alcohol to reduce bacteria transfer.

Lotion up using your favorite foot cream or lotion and put on clean cotton socks until morning. When you wake up, your feet will feel and look refreshed and renewed!

Footworks Deep Conditioning Cream is on sale for $1.99 this week.

Thanks, Lisa for those awesome tips! Please stop by Lisa’s blog and say hello! She has generously contributed several items from Avon for our first Drabby to Fabby Giveaway! Lisa is also hosting a fabulous giveaway on her blog with lots of Avon goodies, so drop on by and check it out!

Check out this week’s Drabby to Fabby Giveaway!

The Fabby Feet Giveaway Includes:

Avon Foot Works Deep Moisture Cream
Avon Foot Works Double Action Foot File
Avon Lovin’ My Feet Pedi Set
Avon Foot Works Conditioning Foot Soak
Avon Speed Dry Enamel in Feisty
Avon Portable Nail Salon Set

(Items are being shipped so I don’t have a photo yet!)

We are also giving away a Rada Pro Nail Station which is valued at $24.99!

This handy little station comes with all the accessories to make polishing your nails effortless!

Cheapskate Mom received the Rada Pro about 3 weeks ago and she really loves using it!

Here is what she had to say about the Rada Pro Nail Station:

I am used to painting my nails while sitting on the toilet and balancing my toes on the tub. The Rada Pro Nail Station is awesome because I can paint my hands and toes anywhere! It comes with a hand-foot stand which is self adjusting so I can keep my nails steady as I paint them. It also comes with two washable soft terry cloth covers! The accessory tray is perfect for keeping my favorite polishes in one place! I can keep my nail files, q-tips and remover handy in case I get over zealous while painting, I won’t have to hop around to find a q-tip and remover to correct any flaws! There is also a polish holder which can hold polish bottles of all sizes and the cool part is, it swivels so if you only have half a bottle, it tilts it so you just dip your brush without having to hold the bottle in your hand!

I really am enjoying this handy nail station and I am so excited to share one with a lucky Drabby to Fabby participant!

If you want a Rada Pro Nail Station all to yourself for only $24.99 just visit Rada Pro to order! This really is genius and this nail station has made polishing my nails so effortless, it is worth every cent!

Giveaway Details

This Fabby Feet Giveaway will be up for grabs from now until Thursday, October 8th. Which means you have two weeks to get your Drabby to Fabby post up and linked up here!

So without further adieu let’s get this show on the road!

Here is Cheapskate Mom’s Drabby Picture:

I was nice enough to put on a bra. Normally I let my little gals roam free while at home with no where to go. I know that is TMI but I want you to know I was courteous, hehe I love my jammy pants. They are so soft and furry. My son calls them “Bozo pants” He hates when I take him to school wearing these!

I’m even going a step further and posting a Drabby feet pic. I know, I bet you are super excited about seeing my Drabby feet, huh?

Cheapskate Mom & I promised to be the leader of this Drabby pack and in order to gain your trust, so we have to show the ugly truth! Why not start with feet?

Cheapskate Mom is going to bust out her foot spa and Rada Pro Nail Station and wow ya’ll with her purty feet! Oh and we both hope to have a little bit of wow factor with however we work the fabby today! You be the judge! These gals need some overhauling!

Please join in the Drabby to Fabby fun!