Save Time with KRAFT Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese: Giveaway

Weekdays around my home are extremely hectic.  With both my husband and I working full time outside the home, our time with the kids can be limited.  The last thing we want to do is spend hours in the kitchen preparing dinner when we could be spending quality time with our girls. In order to make our home run smoothly each week, my husband and I make both meal and shopping plans and try to get as much done on the weekends as possible.

If you read this blog, you know that my strengths do not lie in the kitchen.  While I am definitely getting better, I still rely on baking kits and prepared mixes.  Recently, I was able to try the new KRAFT Homestyle Creamy Parmesan Alfredo Macaroni and Cheese and see how it would work with our lifestyle.  I mean, any product that makes me look better in the kitchen is worth a try, right?

The KRAFT Homestyle had a few more steps than a traditional boxed mac and cheese dish, but was still incredibly easy.  Within just a few minutes, you could smell the wonderful aroma and my kids wanted to know what I was cooking!  The dish tasted as good as it looked, too! We added seasoned grilled chicken breasts and had a wonderful meal ready in minutes.

I will definitely be trying more varieties of KRAFT Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese.  If you would like to try them for yourself, take a minute to find out where you can locate them and then print this coupon for $0.50 off any variety of KRAFT HomestyleHurry to print the coupon, they are expected to go fast!!


One winner will receive a Summer Prize Pack including the entire KRAFT HOMESTYLE Macaroni & Cheese Dinner product line and a set of summer-inspired Jonathan Adler cloth napkins and placemats!

How to Enter:

1. What is your secret for spending more time with your family?

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and KRAFT (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 KRAFT Homestyle on Facebook.

5. Place my blog button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on June 10th.  Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. Thank you to KRAFT for supplying the product for review.  All opinions remain 100% mine.


  1. My secret is to utilize my time by freeing up my schedule when they are free

  2. I leave all the chores I can for after her bedtime.
    I subscribe to you and follow you on Facebook.

  3. Tari L. says:

    We get the kids involved in excercising with us, taking them on walks, runs and bike rides.

  4. Our secret is to schedule family activities for week evenings and weekends just as we schedule nonfamily responsibilities.

  5. Liked both on FB {Laurie Live}

  6. paige chandler says:

    My secret is giving up time with friends to spend time with those who are the most important.

  7. We always eat dinner as a family .

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  9. Linda Lansford says:

    My secret is good planning and priorities

  10. Linda Lansford says:

    I sub to email

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    The Not-So-Blog and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese fan on fb

  12. Ashley H says:

    My secret is to cook as a family.

  13. Alicia Webster says:

    I don’t have a choice 🙂 I don’t drive, and I don’t work outside the home, and we have never had a babysitter, so I am with my three kids 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
    Alicia Webster

  14. Alicia Webster says:

    I follow you on Twitter(5webs) and I Tweeted!/5webs/status/74636910210977793
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  15. Susan Ladd says:

    Love to win !!!!

  16. Alicia Webster says:

    E-mail subscriber
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  17. Alicia Webster says:

    I like you both on FB(Alicia Webster)
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  18. Dara Nix says:

    We take the dog for a walk in the evening. It’s amazing how much talking gets done when you are away from all of the “electronic distractions”
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  19. Dara Nix says:

    I am following you on Twitter (@Kitty32504) and tweeted here:!/Kitty32504/status/74641141055762433
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  20. Dara Nix says:

    I already subscribe to your blog via e-mail!
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  21. Dara Nix says:

    I “like” The Not-So-Blog and KRAFT Homestyle on Facebook (Dara Nix)
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  22. Crystal says:

    My secret is to shop together and eat together as a family.
    We always end up talking in the car,laughing in the grocery store and enjoying a home cooked meal together

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  24. Donna B. says:

    My secret is cooking dinner – my son will always find his way home for a home-cooked meal (usually bringing a few of his friends along LOL)

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  26. We always eat dinner together. It’s a great time to find out what is happening with everyone, and we enjoy each other’s company.
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  27. I am a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and KRAFT Homestyle on Facebook
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  28. I subscribe via email
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  30. Karen R says:

    We eat dinner together almost every night and not in front of the television.

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    Email subscriber.

  32. Karen R says:

    Fan of The Not-So-Blog and KRAFT Homestyle on Facebook. Karen Raider

  33. Cathy W says:

    We usually eat dinner together.

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  35. Anne Loyd says:

    We spend more time at home swimming and playing games together instead of leaving the house.

  36. Anne Loyd says:

    I subscribe to blog emails.

  37. Anne Loyd says:

    I like you and Kraft on FB as Anne Loyd.

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  42. meagain2 says:

    we have most evenings together so i like to get my daughters help in preparing the meals, that seems like a good time to talk about our day

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  49. My secret is to plan activities in advance, because if we don’t plan they won’t happen.

  50. I subscribe by email
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  51. I am a facebook fan (Anne Jolly) of you and Kraft

  52. DeeAnn S says:

    I don’t know if it’s a secret, but I make sure everyone is home for dinner. We have sit-down meals and I like to have the family help in its prep, setting the table and getting the food on. It’s a good time for everyone to catch up on each others activities. Thanks.

  53. DeeAnn S says:

    I’m an email subscriber.

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  57. My secret making sure that we eat meals together and that the weekends are spent trying to do something creative or fun

  58. Not so blog email subscriber

  59. Not so blog & Kraft Homestyle FB Fan C.j. Jennings

  60. Ericka T says:

    I try to get all my work done while everyone else is away to free up us time. I also cook in large batches and freeze some so that frees up time also.

  61. Ericka T says:

    I follow on twitter as humanecats and tweeted giveaway.!/humanecats/status/74877394636378112

  62. Ericka T says:

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  63. Ericka T says:

    I like both of you on Facebook as Ricky Todd.

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  66. We often go to the park and just hang out together. No laptops. No cell phones. Just us.

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  68. Denise B. says:

    There really are no secrets. We homeschool. If any of our children want to play a sport, they are limited to one per year so things don’t get over-the-top or out-of-control. We do everything together as a family; which, most importantly, means meals. We plan our own school field trips and integrate with other homeschoolers that share our same core beliefs.

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  71. Our secret is to find something fun to do when we’re all home on the same day. It can be something simple like board games or something a little bigger like small fairs or roller skating. If it’s a fun activity, no one complains!

  72. I’m a subscriber.

  73. And I liked both on Facebook. Thanks!

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  76. We have dinner together and we plan at least one family event every weekend to do together like fishing, the park, or movies!

  77. I subscribe via email!

  78. I like you and kraft on facebook!

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  84. Karen Gonyea says:

    I always stick to my motto – Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…. if you stop worrying about if the house is spotless and all that silly stuff, you will find that you have tons of time to spend with your family 🙂

  85. Karen Gonyea says:

    E-Mail Subscriber 🙂

  86. Karen Gonyea says:

    LIKE on FB 🙂

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    Like you BOTH on Facebook (Cathy Wallace)

  90. Cathy W says:

    Subscribe by email
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  94. Cindy Merrill says:

    My hubby and I forage for wild foods to stretch our social security checks. Dandilion buds that are not yet opened are very edible; my husband and I spend alot of time together looking for these.
    I add Dandilion buds to Kraft Macaroni and cheese at least twice a week now, hopefully I’ll find some wild onions to add as well.

  95. Cindy Merrill says:

    I am subscribed to your blog via email.

  96. Cindy Merrill says:

    I like you on Facebook and I like Kraft Homestyle on Facebook.

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  105. Letting the kids pick the movie and them picking what they would like to do to help with dinner or dessert.

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  111. We like to grill….that gives more time to visit, keeps us out of the kitchen, and brings the family together outside.

  112. like Notsoblog on Facebook

  113. like Kraft Homestyle on Facebook (Marjorie)

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  119. I make a schedule of all the things I have to do so I make sure there is time left for play

  120. email subscriber

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  122. got your button

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  124. Christine says:

    turning off TV

  125. Monique Rizzo says:

    We schedule it on the calendar like anything else important.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  129. Mellissa C says:

    We love to go to the park and grill.

  130. Mellissa C says:

    email subscriber

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  135. WE’LL HAVE SAndwiches some nights for dinner so we can spend more time out of the kitchen and more time out having fun
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  136. e-mail
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  144. My secret is to turn off the tV…

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  158. staying organized allows me to spend more time with my family!

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  167. Donna B. says:

    sorry about that last entry. it should be

    so I don’t throw your count off, please make this my “I’m a subscriber” entry.

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  177. OlyveOyl says:

    We always start our mornings together as a family.

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  194. We always watch a good movie together.

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  198. get the family involved in dinner! it promotes some time together while preparing and then it makes the process go faster so you have more time to spend together afterwards

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  204. My secret is to take time to spend time.Only if it is only 10 minutes.


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  207. I try to prepare as much as possible ahead for supper so I can spend more time with the family.

  208. Carol Bryant says:

    Watch less TV. Thanks for the giveaway.

  209. Donna B. says:
  210. Patti Hess says:

    My secret is to remember what my Mom told me…she said the housework will all ways be around BUT kids are only kids for a while

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thanks bunches

  211. Patti Hess says:

    subscriber via e-mail

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thanks bunches

  212. Patti Hess says:

    Fanned you both on Facebook

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    thanks bunches

  213. Caryn S says:

    Having dinner together every night.

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    I got an error when I tried to post these earlier.

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  228. Debbie C says:

    It helps to make certain times of the day “dedicated family time”. Barring emergencies, this time is just for family, no calls, no TV, no computer.

    dchrisg3 @ gmail . com

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  243. turning off the tv for 2 hours

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  252. kittycardero says:

    My secret for spending more time with my family is to eat meals together.

  253. Nancy Meyer says:

    My secret is getting everyone involved in cooking, cleaning and yard work so it goes quickly and we get to spend more time together.

    nancymeyer1 at gmail dot com

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  261. Debra Hall says:

    i try to get a much work done a head of time

  262. Debra Hall says:

    im a facebook fan

  263. Lucy Schwartz says:

    I retired. Now my husband and I have to work around their schedules…. but it has multiplied the time by 2.

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  274. deana c says:

    To spend more time with my family I cook a few times a week using my crockpot!

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  278. Since my family is grown and on their own, the only secret I have is to make certain they feel welcome to stop by and chat at any time, and to try to stop by their homes on a fairly routine basis, always making sure that they are not involved in anything that I would interrupt.

  279. Daniel M says:

    everyone does the chores together

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  282. To make more time with my daughter, she helps us in the kitchen when we’re making dinner and cleaning up.


    your button is on my blog, right side.

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  285. Ed Nemmers says:

    We go biking and hiking together!

  286. Donna B. says:
  287. Simple, we do everything together!

  288. My secret is to involve everyone in daily chores and duties, so you spend more time together and still get your tasks completed 😉 Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
    sewmuchstuff at ymail dot com

  289. I follow you on twitter (@sewmuchstuff) and I tweeted
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  290. I subscribe to your emails
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  291. I like you on Facebook (Erin E)
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  292. I like Kraft on Facebook (Erin E)
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  293. I’m a night owl! I tend to stay up late getting little things done so I don’t have to worry about them when it’s family time!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  294. I’m an email subscriber, coriwestphal at msn dot com.

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  295. I like both on Facebook: Cori Eckstrom Westphal (

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  296. I follow you on Twitter @coriwestphal

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  297. I have your main button in my left sidebar:

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  298. We always eat dinner together.

  299. My secret is called family game night, and with my husband not working at the moment we spend a lot more time together.

  300. I subscribe via email.

  301. I like you on fb Jammie M

  302. I like kraft on fb Jammie M

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  307. April Bever says:

    We have game time every weekend and play games with the kids at the table.

  308. ashley r says:

    I go into work earlier in the morning so I can get off when my son gets out of school. that way we have a couple of hours before everyone else is done for the day!

    arobertson75 at comcast dot net

  309. Emma Peel says:

    Just hang out around them not too big a secret just make the time

  310. Emma Peel says:

    email subscriber

  311. My secret is to ignore my cell phone and email on the weekends and just spend time with the family.

  312. kathy pease says:

    on the weekends we like to do things together like go to the lake or play board games or outside games like badmitton and just have to make the time

  313. kathy pease says:

    like you both on facebook kathy l pease

  314. i try to work from home as much as possible

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  315. email subscriber kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

  316. Nicole Greene says:

    We make sure to have dinner together every night (with exceptions of things that need to get done)

  317. Nicole Greene says:

    I follow you on twitter @Pittsy82 and tweeted!/pittsy82/status/79237450874105856

  318. Nicole Greene says:

    I subscribe via email

  319. Nicole Greene says:

    I “LIKE” both on fb (Nicole Pitts)

  320. do more stuff as a family, cook together, clean together, then relax and have fun together!

  321. i am a fan of both on facebook

  322. i subscribe via e-mail

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  324. Heather M says:

    Now that our daughter is 4 and old enough, we have a movie night either every Friday or Saturday night.
    We sit on the couch together (the 3 of us), eat popcorn, have some snacks not normally allowed (chocolate etc) and watch a kid friendly movie!!!
    Since we have a concert tomorrow night, Tonight we’re sitting down and watching Gnomeo and Juliet

  325. Heather M says:

    Fan you both on FB Heather Mahan

  326. CherylS22 says:

    My secret is to stay away from my computer for a few days.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  327. CherylS22 says:

    E-mail subscriber

  328. CherylS22 says:

    FB fan of The Not-So-Blog & Kraft Homestyle (Cheryl S)

  329. Kerrie Mayans says:

    I use the crockpot to make lots of our meals.

  330. To try to spend more time with my family, I make multiple meals ahead of time so I dont have to spend a lot of time cooking each day

  331. I’m a fan of The Not-So-Blog and KRAFT Homestyle on Facebook-Lisa L

  332. I’m an email subscriber.

  333. April Grimm says:

    We stay organized, and make time together.

  334. secret is going for a walk after we eat

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  337. Erica C. says:

    We try to plan our work schedules so that we have a lot of free time with the kids.

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  339. We have family game/movie night on fridays and all day saturday and sunday are for family activities

  340. email subscriber

  341. Vanessa says:

    I’m a stay at home mom so I spend all day with my kids! My husband is a little more tricky since he works alot but we try to do fun things with just our family once every few weeks. vmvazquez83 at yahoo dot com

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  344. Tina Page says:

    we have family game night at least once a week

  345. caryl l says:

    I have dinners and invite my family (kids are grown), I babysit, I invite my self to my daughter’s during the day for a few hours. She actually likes this and sometimes gets to run out to shop while I watch the little ones.
    spcale at yahoo dot com.

  346. caryl l says:

    follow and tweet!/dresdenrain/status/79364524137914368

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  347. caryl l says:

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  348. Diane Baum says:

    We try to spend one week night and Saturdays doing a family only actitviyt.

  349. My secret for spending more time with my family is family game time

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  351. heather c says:

    We take time every weekend to ride bikes and go out for fun!

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  353. Ruth Hill says:

    I find that quality time is already better than quantity! I make every moment count.

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    e-mail subscriber

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    like you on facebook

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    your button is on my blog:

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    follow you on twitter and tweeted:!/ruthhill74/status/79401628800790528

    forgot to say I like Kraft Homestyle on facebook

  358. We set aside family time each week to watch movies or play games and we eat dinner together as a family.

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    I’m a confirmed email subscriber

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    I’m a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and KRAFT Homestyle on Facebook.

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  364. Less sleep = more time LOL.

  365. I’m an email subscriber.