Miscellaneous Mentionables

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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I frequently receive email from companies asking me to share news or discounts with my readers. Each week I’ll gather the best requests and share them with you here.

As part of the launch for Breyers new Smooth & Dreamy all natural, light ice cream, consumers can enter for a chance to win a dreamy Hollywood sweepstakes at www.SmoothandDreamy.com/natural. The grand prize is an eight day/seven night trip to Hollywood for four people, a deluxe Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour and $5,000 cash. The sweepstakes ends September 30, 2009. For complete details, see the official rules at www.SmoothandDreamy.com/natural.

For busy moms, it can next to impossible to find the time, the finances or most importantly, the motivation to make a trip to the gym. I am reaching out to you on behalf of NuYu, an online fitness system that was created by a couple that wanted to share their weight loss success with others. With NuYu, you are able to receive the same rewarding experience and benefit of hitting the gym with a personal trainer, but in the privacy of your own living room and without having to shuffle your hectic schedule to fit in a workout. Best of all…it is NOW completely FREE of cost!!

NuYu provides you with the motivation and energy that propels you to the results that you’ve always deserved, through an easily accessible library of hundreds of free, high-quality online workout videos featuring certified personal trainers. In addition, a developing online community lets you interact with top in their field personal trainers and other members, sharing information and successes and giving you the extra push needed to achieve your goals!

Nickelodeon Parents Connect

Top NYC Family Photographer, Michael Jurick, has been nominated for GoCityKids Top NYC Photographer. Parents can vote for Michael and enter to win $2000. Featured in Cookie Magazine, Big City Moms, Divalycious Moms and NBC, Michael has become one of the most sought after photographers for children and family portraits. You can see his amazing work at www.jurick.net and vote for him (multiple times) and enter to win $2000 at http://gocitykids.parentsconnect.com/parents-picks/new-york-ny-usa/best-new-york-family-photographer

EQUIFUNK, an intimate, affordable 2-day all-inclusive music festival taking place September 4-6 at Camp Equinunk in the Poconos. Families can enjoy ‘bunking’ together in newly renovated cabins and, enjoy all of the fun overnight camp activities offered like canoeing, zipline, rock climbing, arts & crafts, sports and more. Adults and kids can also groove out to stellar performances throughout the weekend by New Orleans’ famous The Radiators and New Mastersounds (amongst other TBA acts). Equifunk is a departure from the massive crowded festivals where the stages are miles away and the kids get lost in the shuffle! The festival includes all accommodations, all meals and all performances. Children under 12 are free and babysitting services are available. www.equifunk.com

ZESPRI Kiwifruit Lunch 2.0 Blogger Recipe Contest

Ounce for ounce, the mighty kiwifruit packs more nutrition than 27 of the most common fruits in the world. Yet many moms still fall back on the old standbys: bananas, apples, oranges and grapes, when packing lunch.

To demonstrate how to create, pack and enjoy kiwifruit for lunch, ZESPRI® Kiwifruit is holding its first-ever Lunch 2.0 Blogger Recipe Contest. We’d like you to create your most imaginative and packable lunch recipe using kiwifruit. Take a photograph of your creation and post it on your blog. Your recipe can be an appetizer, entrée, dessert, snack or beverage, and can make use of either green or gold kiwifruit.
The fun kicks off on June 25th with a semi-finalist being announced every Friday until the contest deadline August 7th, when all six semi-finalists will advance to the finals. You may enter more than one recipe.

The winning recipe will be selected by a committee of prominent foodie parents who are active in healthy food preparation, including Charlie Ayers, author of Food 2.0 and former Google chef who created nutritious lunches daily for Google’s employees; Deborah “Biggie” Hamilton, who blogs about creative, fast, and delicious lunches on her popular blog, Lunch in a Box (lunchinabox.net); and Karen Brux, ZESPRI® Kiwifruit’s North America Manager and mom of two. And, of course, the recipes will be kid tested!

The Grand Prize is $2,500 in cash, and fame: your recipe and its photograph will appear on the ZESPRI US website. Each semi-finalist will receive a signed copy of Ayer’s Cookbook, Food 2.0 (a $25 value).
For contest details and entry information, visit

1 comment

pat. June 28, 2009 - 6:58 am

Like the sound of that Breyer’s contest.

pat.s last blog post..Contest Quest


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