Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Kellogg's, Week Eight: Weekend Mornings, and a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

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This is the eighth of twelve weekly posts sponsored by BlogHer and Kellogg's. EACH POST will have its own $100 gift card giveaway. The plan is to have each giveaway start on Tuesday and run until the following Monday.

This week's topic is Weekend Mornings: How do they differ from weekday mornings? And does your family have any breakfasts they make together?

Weekend mornings aren't much different at our house. I'm usually in my pajamas while making it, and it's more common for us to eat in shifts since the big kids are allowed to sleep in, but otherwise it's the same: five cups, five bowls or five plates, five vitamins, five muffins or five bowls of cereal. And then me trying to get out of the room with my coffee.

The kids do like to help make muffins, and in fact sometimes I make the muffins in the evenings after their bedtimes just to cut down on the number of sous chefs.

Edward stirs the wet ingredients; Elizabeth stirs the dry


Three of the five can help make cereal without getting more cereal on the floor than is worth it for me, and the other two can help carrying things to the table.


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by Monday, October 4, 2010 about either (1) how your weekend mornings differ from weekday ones or (2) what breakfasts your family makes together. Entrants must be U.S. residents at least 18 years old. One entry per post per person. To get an additional entry, blog or tweet the contest and then leave a comment with a link to the post or tweet.

For the complete rules, see The Complete Rules, Week Eight.

For more chances to win, visit the other participating bloggers.

For more about Kellogg's, visit their site.



Mom’s Breakfast Club was started to help educate moms and families about kids’ cereal and share the scoop on their nutritional benefits and ingredients. To learn more about the program, visit www.loveyourcereal.com.

Winner! (Kellogg's Week Seven)

The winner of the Kellogg's Week Seven giveaway is Type (little) a! I'll email you!

And in a little while there'll be a NEW Kellogg's post, with another $100 gift card giveaway.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Kellogg's, Week Seven: Quality Mornings, and a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

This is sponsored content by BlogHer and Kellogg's.



This is the seventh of twelve weekly posts sponsored by BlogHer and Kellogg's. EACH POST will have its own $100 gift card giveaway. The plan is to have each giveaway start on Tuesday and run until the following Monday.

This week's topic is Quality Mornings: How do you start the day on a positive note? And do you always have breakfast in the morning?


I'll start with the second question because I already answered it in another of these posts: HECK YES we always have breakfast. Do _I_ always have it? Er. But the kids always do. Always! ...Although, this is not the superhuman feat I'm implying, because so far only one of them has ever wanted to skip breakfast, and we've let him try skipping and then he's complaining he's hungry when it's still 2 hours until lunch.

I know Kellogg's is paying me so you may find my cereal-related opinions of suspicious worth, but they haven't been paying me for the last ELEVEN YEARS and I've still given the kids cereal most mornings. I think of cereal as the good choice: many cooked breakfasts are high in fat and/or sugar, as are many "convenience" options, but cereal is full of, like, GRAINS! Grains are GOOD! And sure, you can get super-sugary or low-quality-grains cereals, but there are tons with very low sugar and/or very good grains, or ones where the sugar seems "worth it" to me (like in Mini-Wheats, where the little frosted part is the only way I'll eat the healthy good-grains part).



Now, for the other question. There's another mother who waits at the bus stop with me in the mornings, and she says she tries very, very hard not to snap or grouch at the kids either right before school or right before bed. She and I are both impatient types and would have a natural tendency to say things like "Come ON, let's GO, what is the PROBLEM here?!" in the mornings, but we try to work against our natural tendencies. It doesn't always work, since those also tend to be the two times of day when the children seem to need the most pushing and reminding and managing, but we TRY.

I also make sure to make my good-bye affectionate, even if my "trying" has been more like "failing" that day: I'll say, "Bye, honey, have a good day at school!" or I'll leave out "honey" if it's an older kid who might be embarrassed.


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by Monday, September 27, 2010 about either (1) how you keep mornings all cheery and positive or (2) whether or not you always have breakfast. Entrants must be U.S. residents at least 18 years old. One entry per post per person. To get an additional entry, blog or tweet the contest and then leave a comment with a link to the post or tweet.

For the complete rules, see The Complete Rules, Week Seven.

For more chances to win, visit the other participating bloggers.

For more about Kellogg's, visit their site.



Mom’s Breakfast Club was started to help educate moms and families about kids’ cereal and share the scoop on their nutritional benefits and ingredients. To learn more about the program, visit www.loveyourcereal.com.

Winner! (Kellogg's Week Six)

The winner of the Kellogg's Week Six giveaway is AmyNaab! I'll email you!

Later this morning there will be ANOTHER Kellogg's post with ANOTHER $100 Visa gift card giveaway.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Superpowers, and ABC No Ordinary Family

This is sponsored content from BlogHer and ABC's No Ordinary Family.


The assignment was to write about what superpowers I would choose, for myself and for the members of my family. I mulled this over. Soon I realized I was thinking TOO SMALL: I could be INVISIBLE or I could WALK THROUGH WALLS or I could READ MINDS---but instead what was I thinking of? I was thinking it would be great to have a superpower that would...rapidly clean my house. Er.

I have a superpower advantage at my house because I have more than the average number of family members to assign powers to. We can really diversify. But speaking of that same larger-than-usual family, the housecleaning thing really would be nice, because, really, we could clean the bathroom DAILY and not be overdoing it. Hm. If one of us is going to have the power of, um, Rapid and Thorough Cleaning, it seems like we should super that power up a notch by putting that person to work cleaning up oil spills in the ocean and earthquake-collapsed building rubble and so forth, too. A full-time job cleaning up disasters is not a career that appeals to me, so I'm giving the Power of Cleanliness (to be used for our own personal house as well as for major environmental messes) to Rob: a classic firstborn and also a pre-teen, he's big on environmental indignation. Plus, he should learn to clean a toilet before he grows up and gets married.

I think I should choose/distribute all the superpowers the same way: powers that would benefit our family or the individual person on a small and individual sort of scale, but ALSO let them make a fulfilling and world-hugging career out of their superness. Because that is THE SUPERHERO WAY. It is how superheroes ROLL.

The problem, then, is how am I going to "also benefit the world" with invisibility, because I would really enjoy all the snooping and eavesdropping I could do with that, but I can't find the philanthropic angle. Oh! No, wait, I change my mind: I want the power to explain anything to anyone, so that they understand and, ahem, agree with me. No, no, wait, I want to be able to do something with TIME! ...Can we come back to mine later?

I know what my husband Paul would want, because every time he catches anything before it falls, he flexes his muscles and says "Luckily, I have LIGHTING-QUICK REFLEXES!" So that's the superpower I'll give him: not just reflexes, but lightning-speed all around. The kind of superhero who sees a truck about to hit someone and can dart in, get the person, and dart out again, so fast no one even sees it. This would also be convenient when we're making dinner and realize we're short an ingredient. SHWOOSH to the store! SHWOOSH home again!

And now I know what I want: I want to be able to speak any language fluently. I want The Power of Babel, as it were. (Geddit, GEDDIT??) This would be great for traveling ("not knowing the language" is my number one fear), and I'd enjoy working in translating---both spoken and written. This may not be as AMAZING as invisibility, but I WANT IT. I'm already imagining myself delivering a speech to the United Nations that would bring everyone to tears, and peace to the world. And being able to understand any language gives me excellent eavesdropportunities.

I think SOMEONE should be able to go back in time to change things: it's just SO convenient on mornings when an alarm doesn't go off or we leave a lunchbox at home or we get in a fender-bender. Let's give that power to Henry: not only is he the youngest so he's easiest to contact and use, he lovvvves dinosaurs and could in his spare time go visit them. Plus, he already wants to be a "paleo-tah-jolist" (paleontologist), so this gives him a BIG edge over future colleagues.

It seems like someone should have invisibility or telepathy, too, but I don't like the idea of any of the kids being able to do that.

William, a fourth-grader who spends all his allowance on magic tricks, can have the power of elemental transmutation: being able to change one thing into another by changing the arrangements/combinations of molecules. Not only will this be excellent for college (he's interested in chemistry), I assume this would make him a pretty fast cook. And perhaps he could work with Rob on environmental issues afterward, if only he and Rob could stop their INCESSANT BICKERING.

That leaves Edward and Elizabeth, and it seems like twins need complementary powers, and Power Rings to click together to activate them. But instead let's give Edward the power to heal, which he can use for his own deeply traumatizing owies ("AAAAAAAAAAAAA, IS THERE BLOOD??, AAAAAAAAAA!!!") and also as a worldwide career later on. And Elizabeth, who likes to know EVERYTHING, can have one of those powers where the person knows something is going to happen right before it does, and can whisk someone out of trouble and/or stop it before it happens.

I suggested they put on superhero capes. I think they need more practice.


What superpowers would YOU choose for YOUR family?

We're discussing this topic because there's a new show on ABC called No Ordinary Family, in which all four members get superpowers: one super speed, one super strength, one mental telepathy, and one super intelligence.



To see the video better than my blog format will apparently let me show it: better version of the video.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kellogg's, Week Six: Back to School, and a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

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This is the sixth of twelve weekly posts sponsored by BlogHer and Kellogg's. EACH POST will have its own $100 gift card giveaway. The plan is to have each giveaway start on Tuesday and run until the following Monday.

This week's topic is Back to School: How do you transition from a summer schedule to a school schedule? Do you have any tips for other parents to use? And what's your school-day breakfast?


Transitioning

I start a couple of weeks before school, mentioning each day how many days are left of summer. We start buying school supplies as we see them on sale. The little kids are always up early anyway, but I start waking the bigger kids earlier and earlier, until we're at the time they'll need to get up for school. For the little kids, every time we drove past their school, we said, "There's your school!"

To prepare myself, I start thinking in terms of what I'll need to be doing on school days. I start roughing out in my head what the schedule will be like: "Let's see...Rob needs to catch a bus at 7:00, so that means he needs to be up at 6:00, so that means I'll need to take a shower either before 6:00 or else after he leaves, and then I can wake up William right after Rob's bus leaves..."---and so on, getting a good rolling fret going so that I'll be well-rehearsed by the time school starts.


Tips

One tip I follow is to put everything in a sensible place on the LAST day of school. It feels like it's SO LONG until school starts again, it's tempting to just chuck everything in the corner to worry about it later---which of course leads to intense frustration when it's the day before school starts and I KNOW Rob still has his pencil case from last year but WHERE COULD IT BE??


Another tip I use is to get all the school supplies sorted into backpacks several days or a week before school starts. That seems like such a "duh" tip, but every year I have to actively work to do this rather than letting time go by until it's the morning of the night before and I'm sorting bags and bags of school supplies into four piles and saying, "I KNOW I BOUGHT MORE PENCILS THAN THIS, SO WHERE ARE THEY??"

And a sub-tip: treat class supply lists as if they are made of pressed gold. Ideally, keep them in one place where they can't be found/destroyed by children/pets/husbands. ABANDON ALL HOPE, YE WHO LOSE LISTS! I keep them in a baggie in my purse, so I'll have them with me at the store as the school sales start appearing.

Tuck it into your bra if necessary


School-day Breakfast

Our school breakfast is muffins or cereal, plus milk and banana. I make the muffins myself, with whole wheat flour and flax seed meal and so forth, and I choose cereals that are nutritious with lots of good grain stuff happening in them. The cereal is easier and lower in sugar.


The Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by Monday, September 20, 2010 about (1) tips for transitioning from a summer schedule to a school one, or (2) school-day breakfasts. Entrants must be U.S. residents at least 18 years old. One entry per post per person. To get an additional entry, blog or tweet the contest and then leave a comment with a link to the post or tweet.

For the complete rules, see The Complete Rules, Week Six.

For more chances to win, visit the other participating bloggers.

For more about Kellogg's, visit their site.



Mom’s Breakfast Club was started to help educate moms and families about kids’ cereal and share the scoop on their nutritional benefits and ingredients. To learn more about the program, visit www.loveyourcereal.com.

Winner! (Kellogg's Week Five)

The winner of the Kellogg's Week Five giveaway is MCantu1019! I'll email you!

And in just a few minutes I'll be posting Kellogg's Week Six, with a chance to win another $100 Visa gift card.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Not a Bad Mom: 8th Continent Soy Milk, With Many Giveaways

This is a sponsored post from 8th Continent and BlogHer.


I have a pet peeve, and it is this: women referring to themselves as "bad moms" when they've made small, understandable mistakes. A woman accidentally pinches her child's fingers in a drawer, or the child falls and gets a scrape/bruise on his face while the mother is reading a novel, or the mom loses her temper and makes a snappish remark, or the child falls off just a very low changing table to a perfectly ordinary hardwood floor, and then the woman writes that she's ready to receive her Bad Mom Award.

Well, piffle. I won't plague our minds by calling up imagery of women who are ACTUALLY bad mothers, but suffice it to say that becoming a mother doesn't mean receiving the Holy Gift of Perfection, and good mothers are still HUMAN and will still make mistakes at the same rate as other humans (and in fact FASTER, with the sleep deprivation and the constant distractions and the OMG PLEASE STOP TALKING TO ME FOR TWO MINUTES, JUST TWO MINUTES, I BEG OF YOU, BEFORE I LOSE WHAT'S LEFT OF MY MIND), and that this variety of non-perfection has ZERO RELATIONSHIP to women who are, in fact, BAD mothers.

So. Pet peeve. Now you know. "FEEL LIKE" a bad mother sometimes, sure. "ARE" a bad mother, piffle.

Oh, and ALSO, I guess I am still not done, because if a woman says she's a bad mother for making a small and unintentional mistake, she's implying OTHER women are bad mothers if THEY make small and unintentional mistakes. And let's not do that! Especially because I am about to tell you about one of my own small and unintentional mistakes.

Okay, here it is. I was out on errands with my then-toddler-aged firstborn Rob, and he was thirsty, so I got him a cup of water from the diaper bag. (Yes, do we all know where this is going? It is because these mistakes are VERY COMMON.) Of course he was sputtering and saying yuck, and of course I was irritated and thought he was complaining because he wanted juice. He started crying and saying again that he was thirsty, so I got even more irritated and wanted him to just DRINK THE WATER, THEN, IF YOU'RE SO THIRSTY. Which---yes, yes, wait for it---was full of mold. REEKING with mold. Who knows how long that cup had been brewing that revolting...brew.


Oh, and there is more. Women are not the only ones who remain fully human in the parenthood state, oh dear no. I went home and put a bleach/water solution in the cup to kill the astonishing mold colony, and I put it among the dirty dishes on the counter so I could scrub it out later when I was doing the dishes. And when Rob whimpered that he was thirsty, PAUL GAVE HIM THE CUP OF WATER. The cup that was AMONG THE DIRTY DISHES. The cup FULL OF CLOUDY BLEACH SOLUTION.

Well, it's been ten years and blame has not yet been distributed to our satisfaction. Suffice it to say, I looked at a child who was sputtering out his drink for the second time in one day, and this time I had to call Poison Control.


It all ended just fine, with a child barfing as Nature intended into a large mixing bowl and sustaining no injuries (and perhaps even conveniently ridding his system of the mold he drank earlier?) (NO, I AM KIDDING, PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS ON PURPOSE IF YOUR CHILD DRINKS MOLDY WATER). But then of course I received in the mail the Packet of Shame from Poison Control: a big envelope of information for me, teaching me that I should not be feeding poison to my toddler or putting it where he (OR HIS FATHER) could reach it. O RLY?

To review: We do our best and we TRY not to screw up, but NEVERTHELESS we ALL make mistakes, even mistakes that make us FEEL like bad mothers. This does not mean we ARE bad mothers. Well, maybe some of you ARE, but I don't mean YOU, then. I mean those of you who FEEL like bad mothers when you accidentally run over your child's hand a little bit with the shopping cart or pin a teensy bit of your child to her diaper, but who are in fact GOOD mothers who sometimes screw up a little.

Plus, have you noticed how relieved and bonded you feel when other mothers talk about how they screwed up, so you know you're not the only one?

And this is what makes commercials like the 8th Continent Soy Milk ones so funny. And I do hope you'll find them funny: it's bizarre but there are some people who don't find it funny to hear small children yelling "d*ckhead," or to watch small children get hit in the head with a piñata bat. Crazy, AMIRITE? And if you are likely to find it non-funny, just say you need to go to the bathroom or something and no one will even notice you sneaking out before the show starts.

“D*ckhead”


“Piñata”




Now, goodness, we have many, many giveaways to discuss. The FIRST giveaway is the one to be given away on this post: it's a $100 Visa gift card AND twelve coupons for free half-gallons of 8th Continent Soy Milk. To enter, leave a comment on this post by September 30, 2010, sharing one of your own "Not a bad mom" moments. And if you have not yet had such a moment, or if it's hard to think of one on the spot like this, you can still enter by saying which video you like best.

Then there are, like, a million other giveaways (disclaimer: not a million), and you get to them by going to visit 8th Continent on Facebook. This is where you can see other people's stories and submit your own. The giveaways include two room makeovers from Home Line Furniture and a complete adventure package from Caravan Tours. On second thought, forget I said anything about these prizes, because if you enter you'll decrease MY chances of winning. So never mind! La la la!

PLUS, there are 8 other bloggers doing the same giveaway we're doing here, so you can go to the BlogHer.com special offers page for 8 other chances to win 8 other gift-card-and-soy-milk prizes.

You can also go visit 8th Continent on YouTube, to see the videos (there's one I didn't include on this post that involves a hamster and a reason for not vacuuming too thoroughly). Or you can become a fan on Facebook, and I'm not saying it'll increase your chances of winning (because it won't), but I AM saying it doesn't hurt to cozy up to the people giving out the prizes. And you can follow them on Twitter, too, if you want the full soy milk media experience.

Got all that? FIRST leave a comment here about one of your own little non-perfect moments (or, if that hasn't happened to you yet, say which video you like best), and that will enter you to win the $100 gift card and the free soy milk. THEN go visit 8th Continent on Facebook and enter to win the Home Line Furniture room makeovers and the Caravan Tours adventure package. THEN go to the BlogHer.com special offers page for 8 other chances to win the gift card and soy milk prize.

On this post, the rule is that you must be at least 18 years old, you must be a U.S. resident, and you can enter one time only. If you want a second entry, blog or tweet the post and leave a link to the blog/tweet as a second comment on this post. For the complete rules, see the official and complete rules. For more information about 8th Continent, see their site.



"Submit your amusing parenting faux pas on our 8th Continent Facebook App and join the hundreds of stories from moms just like you. Share it with your friends and vote on your favorites. You could win a room-of-choice makeover from Home Line Furniture or the grand prize of a complete adventure package from Caravan Tours."

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Kellogg's, Week Five: Top Summer Activities, and a $100 Visa Gift Card

This is sponsored content by BlogHer and Kellogg's.



This is the fifth of twelve weekly posts sponsored by BlogHer and Kellogg's. EACH POST will have its own $100 gift card giveaway. The plan is to have each giveaway start on Tuesday and run until the following Monday.

This week's topic is Top Summer Activities: What were your favorite family moments/activities this summer? And, you know, did any of them involve a memorable BREAKFAST or CEREAL, since breakfast/cereal is our theme for this series?


This was a particularly fun and eventful summer for us. My favorite moment was the most recent: my daughter got her ears pierced. But we also got a kitten and got a goldfish and made jam from berries growing in our yard. And let's not discount the thrill of running into the girl my high school boyfriend cheated on me with when I was dressed cute and she was wearing a Winnie-the-Pooh t-shirt.

Sadly for someone who has been hired to write a series of breakfast cereal posts, none of these memories involve breakfast, or cereal. But if you will allow it, I'd like to point out that this can be considered a point in cereal's favor: because cereal is such an easy and fuss-free way to feed children, we could get on with our summer stuff unhindered. And, AND, it's inexpensive, so we had lots of money for earrings and kittens! Yeah? Yeah? Would you go along with that, since that's what I've got?

Eat up, Henry, you little savage


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment about your memorable summer family moments/activities (especially awesome if BREAKFAST is involved---in which case I should have asked you to guest post) on this post by Monday, September 13, 2010. Entrants must be U.S. residents at least 18 years old. One entry per post per person. To get an additional entry, blog or tweet the contest and then leave a comment with a link to the post or tweet.

For the complete rules, see The Complete Rules, Week Five.

For more chances to win, visit the other participating bloggers.

For more about Kellogg's, visit their site.



Mom’s Breakfast Club was started to help educate moms and families about kids’ cereal and share the scoop on their nutritional benefits and ingredients. To learn more about the program, visit www.loveyourcereal.com.

Winner! (Kellogg's Week Four)

The winner of the Kellogg's Week Four $100 Visa Gift Card giveaway is Mommy Daisy! I'll email you!

A little later today we'll have another Kellogg's post with another $100 giveaway.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Winner! (Just My Size)

The winner of the Just My Size $500 Giveaway is AJ! I'll email you!

Newman's Own Pizza: a Review, and a $75 Gift Basket Giveaway

This is a sponsored review by BlogHer and Newman's Own.



A few years ago my dad read Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good by Paul Newman and A.E. Hotchner, and he recommended it to me, and I read it and I liked it a lot. I wish I could remember more about it so I could show off a little, but what I got out of the book is that Paul Newman stuff is a really good idea to buy: all the profits go to charity, and Paul Newman is a cool cat.


Plus, he's kind of a rascally scamp, and it's fun to see how his business succeeded despite him being all, "Nope, I'm not doing it that way, I'm doing it my own way." And there are funny made-up stories on the food packages.

After I read the book I was all fired up and felt like "WE MUST BUY NEWMAN'S OWN AT ANY COST!! BECAUSE HE IS SO AWESOME!!"---but that wouldn't have held up long if everything were priced too high or didn't taste good. What surprises me is that they've given over three! hundred! MILLION! dollars! to charity while charging the same as everyone else for a jar of sauce or dressing. We've had the cookies, the pasta sauces, the coffee, the salad dressings, and they're all really good. Plus, he's big on natural and no-artificial and good-quality and minimal processing and no-nitrates and no-trans-fats and no-modified-starch and etc., so if you're ALSO big on those things you will find fewer things to scowl at on the labels.

Anyway, this is not a book review or a business review, it's a pizza review. I had two coupons for free Newman's Own pizza so that I could try it. I bought one Roasted Garlic & Chicken pizza and one Italian Sausage pizza.

I tried the chicken and garlic one first. You cook it directly on the oven rack (slip a cookie sheet under it to take it out of the oven---I hope I am not the only one who stood there slack-jawed, wondering how would I get the pizza OUT), and it took about 10 minutes in my oven. The crust is PERFECT: thin and crispy without being crunchy or crackery.


There was just the right amount of chicken. The garlic isn't just a garlic flavor: you can SEE the garlic. (Recommended: sharing the pizza with anyone you share a room with. The flavor is DELICIOUS, but also STRONG and LINGERING and they were right to list it first.) The sauce is a cheese sauce and has a nice sharp/savory cheese flavor.


A serving size is 1/3rd of the pizza, so I cut it into sixths and put two pieces on a dinner plate so you could see how much that is:


That amount has 270 calories, which seems low to me, especially with a cheese sauce. I ate FOUR pieces and still was at just over 500 calories. If you're on a 1800-calorie-a-day diet, that's still well under a meal's worth of calories. If you ate a salad, too, two people could share the pizza and still have spare calories for ice cream.

The next night, I tried the Italian Sausage, and....meh. I should have tried it first, because after the interesting and complicated and intense flavors of the Roasted Garlic & Chicken pizza, the Italian Sausage seemed one-note and disappointing---more like a standard frozen pizza, though a YUMMY standard frozen pizza. And although there was a generous amount of Italian sausage, the cheese and sauce were BOTH skimpy. The crust was still perfect, and the sausage was yummy, but I don't think I'd buy this variety again because I'd always reach for the garlicky-chickeny-cheesy one first.

I was given two coupons for free pizzas, but the measure of how much I like the Roasted Garlic & Chicken one is that not only WOULD I spend my own money on it, I already HAVE: I went to the store to look again for the pepperoni one I wanted to try, and I came home with a Supreme and another Chicken & Garlic. Because the coupons had said something like "value up to $8," I'd thought the pizzas would be $8, but my store had them for $4.99 and that wasn't even a sale price or anything.



The giveaway for this post is a Newman's Own gift basket valued at $75. To enter, leave a comment by October 31st saying which variety you'd be most likely to try of the eight: Four Cheese, Supreme, Uncured Pepperoni, Roasted Garlic & Chicken, Margherita, White, Roasted Vegetable, or Italian Sausage. (For more information about the pizza and the varieties, see the Newman's Own pizza site.)

Entrants need to be at least 18 years old and residents of the United States. One entry per person. To get an additional entry, blog or tweet the contest and then leave a comment saying you did so. For more information, see BlogHer.com Newman’s Own official rules.

"All profits to charity. Newman’s Own Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to donate all profits to charity. Over $300 million has been given to thousands of charities since 1982."