Fill Your Easter Basket with Nestle Seasonal Offerings

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

April is hopping by!  I can’t believe it is almost Easter already!  With all the cold weather, I sure hope the Easter Bunny is watching his calendar and stocking up on treats to stuff those baskets.  Thankfully, Nestle’s seasonal offerings can help with fun and unique items perfect for any basket.

One of my favorite finds in my childhood Easter basket was NERDS.  Just about any flavor would do, but the Strawberry Lemonade were my favorite.  Now, my kids love the NERDS Bumpy Jelly Beans!  And don’t settle for any old chocolate bunny when you can give the Nestle Crunch Bunny surrounded by Butterfinger or Crunch NestEggs.  

Every year, the kids look forward to our traditional Easter Egg Hunt.  But as the kids get older, the hunt becomes easier.  But they are in for a surprise this year because we will be using the Hard2Find Egg Hunt™ Indoor Kit and Hard2Find Egg Hunt™ Outdoor Kit. Even the best egg hunter will be surprised to find the nature inspired camouflaged eggs to look like nature, while the indoor kit comes with fun and unique hiding spots!

Are You a Hot Pockets #TeamCrust or #TeamMeat?

This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  No compensation was received to facilitate this post.

If you open my freezer, you will quickly realize that one of my go-to lunches is the incredible Hot Pocket.  There are many reasons why I love Hot Pockets but it is hard to pick my favorite.  The new music video, “You Got What I Eat” featuring Snoop Dogg and Kate Upton only makes it harder to decide (but definitely makes me hungry).

You Got What I Eat” showcases a battle between #TeamMeat led by “the Butcher” (played by actor Oliver Cooper) and #TeamCrust led by “the Baker” (played by Snoop). The rap battle plays out in Kate’s dreams which is a parody on the classic rap hit “Just a Friend (You Got What I Need)” by Biz Markie.

The song is quite catchy but as I was watching it, I realized that there is more to Hot Pockets than just the Meat and Crust.  My favorite part is the cheese!  What about #TeamCheese?  Just as I was about to formulate my email to the company, Larry King, a surprise guest cameo asks, “What about the CHEESE?”  Brilliant.

To make a long story short…I am totally #TeamCheese.  Watch the video and let me know what team you are on!

 

Winners!

Beethoven: Patti H.

Barbie DVD: Daniel M.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD: Nan

Cutey Charm Bracelet:  Hoa Lee

Rudi’s Organic Bread: Allison D.

Disney Princess Dolls: Julie

Easy Bake Oven: Ana

Cheerios Prize Pack: Laura E.

Juicy Juice and Cars 2: Ellen C.

Rockboard Scooter:  Tannawings (Ellen)

Congrats!  You will all be receiveing an email shortly.  Please respond within 72 hours to claim your prize.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Paul Frank Nestle Crunch Bars {Giveaway}

With only 11 days till Christmas, it’s “crunch” time (pun totally intended).  How are you doing with your holiday shopping?  I have made some headway in the last few days, but I still have a way to go.  Stuffing the kids’ stockings is generally the last task to be completed and I am always looking for great ideas at the last minute.

This year, Nestle Crunch has come to the rescue by delivering a limited edition Paul Frank Nestle Crunch Bar complete with a cover than opens like a card which is only available at Target! And if you just can’t get enough Crunch, have you tried “Jingles?”  They are little individually wrapped bell shaped candies made of Nestle Crunch (warning: they are totally addictive and totally stocking worthy).  Still not enough?  Check out the CRUNCH Facebook page to enter the Stocking Stuffer Sweepstakes for your chance to win weekly prizes including sunglasses, clothing and gift cards!  How do you plan to stuff your stockings?

GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive a limited edition Paul Frank CRUNCH bar, plush toy, “Story I Love” color book and a bag of NESTLÉ CRUNCH Jingles.

How to enter:

1. Tell me what you would love to find in your stocking!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook and Nestle Crunch on Facebook.

5. Place my blog banner on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on December 22nd. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  Others may have a differing opinion of the product.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Boost Kid Essentials: Review and Giveaway

When I was a kid, I was a very picky eater.  Unfortunately, now I have two daughters who are following in my footsteps.  I have to try pretty hard to get them to eat healthy foods and make sure they are getting the proper nutrients.  n an effort to make sure my girls grow up strong and smart, I am constantly looking for new ways supply them with the daily allowance of vitamins and minerals.

Recently, I think I solution may have made it’s way to my email inbox!  BOOST Kids Essentials has challenged my daughters and I to try the Nutritionally Complete Drink and offer our feedback.  About BOOST Kids Essentials:

Not only is BOOST® Kid Essentials Nutritionally Complete Drink loved by kids for its taste, it also contains complete nutrition! It’s gluten-free, lactose-free and great for growing kids — even kids who are picky eaters.  Available in vanilla and chocolate, BOOST Kid Essentials Drink tastes great and has 24 essential vitamins and minerals.”

Like anything I give my daughters, I tried it first.  And I loved it!  The drink was smooth and creamy and very chocolatey!  I couldn’t wait to get their opinions.  After school, my kids are ravenous, so it is the perfect time to offer a healthy snack.  My youngest chose Vanilla and my oldest decided on the chocolate drink.  Success! Before I knew it, both drinks were GONE.

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After looking at the BOOST Kids Essentials website, I found some incredibly tasty recipes (the chocolate pudding pops look great!) as well as tips for picky eaters.  BOOST Kids Essentials can be found at Walmart and if you would like to try it with your kids, make sure you print the $3.00 off coupon first!

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will win a BOOST Kids Essential Prize Pack including 2 4-packs of BOOST Kid Essentials Nutritionally Complete Drink (1 pack vanilla, 1 pack chocolate, a recipe book, a $35 gift certificate to Walmart, a coupon packet for BOOST Kid Essentials ($3 off value each), and a branded backpack.

How to Enter:

1. Check out the BOOST Kids Essentials recipes and tell me which one you would try.

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and BOOST Kids Essentials (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Limited to 10 a day, please. (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and BOOST on Facebook.

5. Place my blog button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on September 28th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Others may have a differing opinion of the product. While a sample product was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

WINNERS Announced!

I have a ton of winners to announce tonight!  Congrats to all who won!  You will receive an email shortly.  Please respond within 72 hours to claim your prize and make sure you read my Winners Policy, too!

KRAFT Cheese Veggie Pasta: Michelle S.

Creativity for Kids Headband Kit: Laura D.

Nestle Family Summer Fun Giveaway #1: Geoff K.

Ottilee and Lulu Tween Skincare: Renee

Energizer WeatherReady Tawnda

Glow Crazy: Randy B.

PowerSharp Chainsaw Sharpener: Eileen

HABA Flower Friends Mobile: Breanna

Pampers coupons: Ellen

Sprite Spark Parks: Laura D.

Constructive Playthings: Pauline

Domino’s $20 Gift Card: Kristi C.

American Girl Dolls: Debbie J.

Zaycon Foods: Judith

Zulily: Mandy

Lovable Labels: Renee

Softy Soakers: katklaw777

McDonald’s: Sandra

Nestle Family Summer Wrap Up: Karine

Thanks to the amazing sponsors and all who entered!

More fun giveaways coming soon!

Paul Frank Nestle Crunch: Review and Giveaway

More Goodness from Ovaltine: Giveaway

Last month, I shared with you some facts about Ovaltine and a tasty recipe for brownies (did you try them?).  In this recipe, we used the traditional Rich Chocolate variety of Ovaltine, but did you know there are two more varieties to try?  From the press release:

  • Rich Chocolate – Fortified with 12 vitamins and minerals; available in 12 oz and 18 oz canisters
  • Chocolate Malt – Fortified with 8 vitamins and minerals; available in 12 oz canister
  • Classic Malt – Fortified with 8 vitamins and minerals; available in 12 oz canister

Anxious to taste test some of the other varieties, we decided to try the Ovaltine Choc-o-nana Shake using the Chocolate Malt variety.

What you need:

1 to 1 1/2 cups fat free milk
2 medium bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup of OVALTINE (Rich Chocolate, Chocolate Malt or Classic Malt Mix)

How to make it:

PhotobucketPlace milk, bananas, ice and OVALTINE in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
Cook’s Tip: For added protein, blend in 1 scoop vanilla protein powder.

Obviously, this is a super easy recipe, which is right at my skill level!  We did not freeze the bananas, so we decided to add a little bit of fat free frozen yogurt to add a thicker texture.  All in all, the recipe only took about 5 minutes to prepare and we served it to both of my daughters after naptime.  It was a huge hit and both of them asked for seconds!

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to try some of these tasty recipes from Ovaltine?  One winner will receive a basket full of Nestle goodies including Ovaltine!

How to enter:

1. Check out the varieties of Ovaltine and tell me which one you like best!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and OvaltineUSA (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @OvaltineUSA on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and on Facebook.

5. Place my blog banner on your sidebar.

6. Subscribe to my Feed.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on November 30th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This product review is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Others may have a different experience with the product.  I received a stipend and sample product in compensation for my time. All opinions are 100% mine.

WINNERS

WOW!  Tons of winners today!  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Nestle Walmart $100 gift card:  Donna B.

Nestle Stouffers:  Kimberly

Nestle Juice Juice:  Deb C.

Nestle TollHouse and $25 Target Gift Card:  Jennifer B.

San Lori:  Michelle H.

Emily Osment:  Laura

Mrs. Butterworth:  Meagain2

Aquaphor: Pamela S.

Wendy’s $5 gift card: Eve

GLEE DVD set:  Debbie S.

Monkey Around Sports:  lulumsu33

Musselman’s:  Patti H.

Redbox:  Loni

Teacup Piggies:  Traci S.

DYMO Label Maker:  Kara P.

Macy’s $25 gift card: Paul D.

Douglas Cuddle Toys: Susan H.

Little Piggy’s House:  Snowflake07

Congrats to all the winners!  You will all be emailed shortly! Please see my winner policy to claim your prize!

Baking with Ovaltine

As a child, I was a horribly picky eater (sorry, Mom!).  So I guess it should come as no surprise that both of my daughters are picky as well, right?  I do my best to introduce them to new foods and provide a balanced, nutritious diet, but I do worry that they aren’t getting the proper amounts of vitamins.

I am fortunate that both my daughters LOVE milk, so I found that using Ovaltine in their milk is a great way to add vitamins to their daily intake.  From the press release:

OVALTINE is a good source of a variety of vitamins and minerals, from A to B12 and magnesium to zinc. A glass of milk with Rich Chocolate OVALTINE provides 20 percent or more of the daily requirement of vitamins A, C, B6 and B12, and 25 percent or more of the daily calcium, zinc and magnesium kids need every day.

While I was well aware that Ovaltine can be used in both cold and warm milk, I had no idea that it could be used for baking!  I took the opportunity to bake with my oldest daughter this past weekend and we decided to try Ovaltine brownies!

What you need:

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 tablespoons water
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Rich Chocolate OVALTINE Mix
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (6 oz) NESTLÉ®
TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet
Chocolate Mini Morsels, divided

How to make it:

PhotobucketPreheat oven to 325° F. Grease 9-inch square baking pan. Combine sugar, butter and water in large bowl; stir well. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, OVALTINE, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture. Fold in 1/4 cup morsels. Spread into prepared baking pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup morsels over top of brownie; let stand for 5 minutes. Spread morsels over brownie with small spatula. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

I have to say that I am pretty darn proud of myself!  These brownies were delicious (I say were because they are GONE)!  I had to cook them for about 10 minutes more than the recipe suggested, but they were very moist and just down right YUMMY.  Both of my daughters loved them, and while I realize they aren’t low calorie, they do have the vitamins and minerals found in Ovaltine which is more than you can say for the traditional brownie!

I was so impressed with this recipe that I plan on trying out a few more as the Thanksgiving holidays draw near.  Make sure you come back to see what I find and I might just have a great Ovaltine giveaway for you, too!

The review is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  I received a gift basket and a stipend as compensation for my time.  All opinions remain 100% mine.