Saturday, August 31, 2013

Become a Super Fan at SocialToaster

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Super Fans are people who share the latest news and information like blog posts, events, contests, and more using social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The more social networks you connect to, the more opportunities you will have to earn points. You will receive an email when there's new and exciting content to share. Each email contains a status update and link to the content SocialToaster is sharing with you. Once you press the click to share button, the status update will automatically post to the social networks you selected. You earn points by sharing content and generating traffic. The more people take action (like, retweet) on links shared through SocialToaster, the more points you rack up! You can also earn points for each unique comment posted on your SocialToaster link. Additionally, earn points for recruiting your friends to join the program! Join SocialToaster and complete the 4-step process to get started.

Influence Future Products with Influenster

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Influenster is a free -to-join community of invited trendsetters who live to give opinions of products and experiences. Influenster creates links between brands and members to reward participation and influence future products. Active members of Influenster get exclusive access to deals, promotions, and swag from brands that thrive off the input (the good, the bad, and the ugly -- they just want to know what's up).

As a contributing member of Influenster, you get the chance to share your knowledge and know-how with other like-minded people. You also get exclusive discounts on products and services based on the Expert Badges you unlock. You’ll have access to content and sales based on your influence and area of expertise. As an active influencer, you’ll have the chance to get invites to Influenster programs so you can try the latest and coolest products catered towards your lifestyle before anyone else. Members who participate actively on Influenster and engage in programs increase their opportunities to receive rewards.

I'm been a member of Influenster for some time now and have received some merchandise for free to test and try out. It's a legit company that lets you share what you do and don't like about products. If it sounds like something you'd be interested in, you can sign up for free by invite. I can only invite five people to join Influenster. If you're interested, leave a comment on this blog post with your email address and I'll send you a personal invite.

Hallmark Double Feature: The Sweeter Side of Life and Meddling Mom - DVD Review and Giveaway

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Indulge in two delightfully romantic comedies when the all-new original movies,The Sweeter Side Of Life and Meddling Mom , arrived packaged together on DVD August 27 from Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment,  Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. From an interfering mother whose love for her daughters is limitless, to a newly single woman who is forced to find herself after she thinks she has lost everything, both films are laugh-out-loud hilarious and fun for the whole family.

The Meddling Mom premiere was seen by one million unduplicated viewers (P2+), making it the most watched Hallmark Movie Channel original movie premiere in network history among women 25-54, and the premiere plus five encores reached nearly 1.8 million viewers. The Sweeter Side of Life was seen by nearly 3.1 million unduplicated viewers (P2+) on Hallmark Channel.* This feel-good themed double feature is available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

THE SWEETER SIDE OF LIFE SYNOPSIS:
Desiree Harper’s (Kathryn Morris, “Cold Case,” “Paycheck,” “Minority Report”) perfect life as the wife of a high-powered Manhattan doctor comes to a sudden end when her husband says he wants a divorce. To make matters worse, he invokes their ironclad pre-nup, leaving her penniless. Desiree soon finds herself abandoned by her rich friends and moves back to New Jersey to help her father run his struggling bakery. Though Desiree wants nothing more than to return to her high-class life, spending time with her father causes her to see things differently. She rediscovers her love of baking and puts her business degree to work in order to save her father’s shop. Desiree soon discovers that there is much more to life than she believed and true love can be even sweeter in a little old town.

MEDDLING MOM SYNOPSIS:
Carmen Vega is notorious for meddling in her grown daughters’ lives. Her new project is mapping out a master plan to find the perfect husband for her eldest daughter Ally. The career-minded Ally is more interested in her job as an architect until she falls for Ben McInnes, the new project manager at work. Although Carmen quickly takes a liking to Ben, she continues to pry into Ally and Ben’s new relationship to ensure they ride off into the sunset together! Hallmark Movie Channel’s most watched original movie premiere in network history,Meddling Mom, stars Sonia Braga, Tony Plana, Mercedes Renard, Ana Ayora, Rob Mayes and Rafael Amaya. 
My Review:
There's just something about a Hallmark movie that brings out different emotions in me.  I'll watch one and cry while the next one has me laughing out loud. I watched both these movies back to back and found them to be thoroughly enjoyable. My husband isn't into chick flicks at all so I was on my own with these but I was quite all right with that.

Both movies were lighthearted and I found myself laughing during several points. The plots are predictable but the acting and depth of characters is top-notch. The Sweeter Side of Life had a more heartwarming feel to it while Meddling Mom was more high-spirited. Of the two, I was more attached to The Sweeter Side of Life; however, both movies were a joy to watch.


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Heart of the Country - DVD Review

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DVD Synopsis:

Based on the novel by Rene Gutteridge and John Ward, Heart of the Country is a love story starring country music singer Jana Kramer (“One Tree Hill”), Randy Wayne (“True Blood”), and Gerald McRaney (“Major Dad”). Faith (Kramer) and Luke (Wayne) have it all. Faith is a beautiful singer and Luke is an up-and- coming businessman. When their life together is shattered and she is forced to return home to the family she turned her back on years ago she must find the strength to love again. Watch Jana Kramer in her first leading movie role in the year's most inspirational and romantic movie event.  It debuted on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on August 20.  

My Review:

Heart of the Country focuses on a singer named Faith who returns to her home state of North Carolina after a four-year hiatus. She struggles with a husband who commits fraud, a father and sister who have tension with her, and a doctor who she has chemistry with.

A lot of the back story is created through flashbacks, but the acting performances of the cast draws you in and absorbs you. I felt emotionally connected to the characters. Much of the background music for the film was performed by Jana Kramer, a well-known country music singer who plays the main character. I've never heard Jana's music before watching the film but it fit well with the movie and her lead role as Faith in the movie was superlative.

Friday, August 30, 2013

MTV VMA Hair Highlights - Giveaway

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When celebrities step out for the MTV Video Music Awards – like they did on August 25th – viewers were guaranteed to be wowed by bold fashion statements, daring makeup and trend setting hairstyles. Below are some of the top hair trends along with tips on how to easily create them at home:

Blonde Ambition: No matter if you are a natural or bottle blonde, try a shine-enhancing toning shampoo and conditioner that keeps your hair brilliant and healthy. Try the UNITE Blonda Shampoo ($26.25) and Conditioner ($28.75).
(From Left: Taylor Swift, Rita Ora)




Long, Luscious Locks: Long, effortless waves have quickly become a timeless look on the red carpet. To get long, thick hair in an instant, try Hairdo by HairUWear Wavy Extensions that offer 20 or 23 inches of hair, depending on desired length. ($99 each: HairExtensions.com). 
 (From Left: Selena Gomez, Ciara)



Let’s Not Forget the Men: Keeping it classic and tasteful, the men of the red carpet looked dapper in a shaven face and pompadour. Simply comb through a paste like the GO 24•7 Texture Paste($15.95: go247men.com) and ensure a smooth face with the GO 24•7 Shave Cream ($15.95: go247men.com).
(From Left: Robin Thicke, Shaun White)

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Rio Brands - Sun Umbrella Review

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We are not mondo outdoor enthusiasts but spend a fair share of time outdoors on weekends. Between family outings, drag racing, sports, and camping we are exposed to the sun a lot. I tend to get a tad bit grumpy if the heat is too much and the first thing I look for is shade.

Rio Brands, a company that specializes in beach and backyard furniture, sent me two Total Sun Block 7" Umbrellas for review which have given me a new source of shade from the sun.

The Total Sun Block Umbrella is lab tested to block 99.8% UVA and UVB rays. It's shape allows even more coverage than a traditional round umbrella. Each umbrella is 7" in diameter with tilt feature. An integrated anchor stabilizes umbrella in sand or grass, and vented canopy allows cool air flow.
Each umbrella comes with its own carrying case and the umbrella itself comes in two pieces. Assembly is rather easy and requires attaching the top half to the bottom half. The canopy of the umbrella is opened like any other umbrella, by opening it up and locking it in place.


I was fascinated with how the umbrella is set into the ground for stabilization. Rather than having to dig a hole or put it in a hole already set in place, there's a corkscrew handle that you twist until the bottom is screwed in place to the ground. I'm fond of how it's set up so that it doesn't require a lot of manhandling to attach the bottom half to the ground. Putting the two umbrellas together and setting them in place took minimal effort and time.


The canopies of each umbrella are grey and have wording telling of how well it blocks UVA and UVB rays. Although it is non-essential, I'd like to see the umbrella come in other patterns or colors.

Our first use of the umbrellas was at the drag strip one weekend. We set the umbrellas up side-by-side and used them as shade when we were between watching the races. They definitely provided shade and kept the sun from beating down on us. One of the umbrellas stood up straight while another tended to lean over. I'm not sure if it was the ground or the umbrella itself. It was not a windy day by any means but there were a couple of wind gusts that came through and two large canopies nearby were knocked over. My two umbrellas didn't waver and stayed in place.

The sun umbrellas from Rio Brands impressed me in how well they shaded and how they withstood the weather elements. We'll be taking them with us during most outdoor events in the future to protect us from harmful rays.

Monsters University Back in Theatres for Labor Day Weekend

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MONSTERS UNIVERSITY is returning to theatres this Labor Day Weekend just in time for school to start back up!

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning composer Randy Newman (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3”). For more information, check out disney.com/MonstersU.

Will you be watching Monsters University in the theater this Labor Day weekend?

Orkin Home Education Blog App - #OrkinMan Giveaway

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Is your home at risk?

The best way to protect your home is education. How much do you know about household pests? They don’t have a place in your home, but pests do have a place in the world. From science and forensics to art and culture, pests play an important role.

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- Poster #1 - The Pollinators
- Poster #2 - The Recyclers
• 1 Orkin bug-finding flashlight
• 20 Rubber Toy Creepy Crawly Bugs

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Chicnova - Fashion Apparel and Accessories Review

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Chicnova Fashion Clothing

Chicnova is a leading online fashion retailer that offers trendy fashions and accessories, aiming to deliver fashion worldwide.  The name 'Chicnova' consists of chic and nova, which directly expresses their wish: to help women discover their styles to make chic looks.  Chicnova updates about 300 products, two shop trends, and four outfits every week to keep you up-to-date with the latest fashion.

I've received fashions and accessories from Chivnova in the past and am a mostly happy client.  There's a vast selection of merchandise to choose from and the pieces are modish.  Products are easily searchable by category type but I'd like to have the feature to be able to narrow down by American sizes.  It's hard for me to decipher exactly which articles of clothing would fit my waist and bust size.  This time I chose to go with three accessories.



The Retro Colored Stretch Bracelet is now a favorite piece of jewelry in my collection.  Made from stretch fabric with metal stud embellishments, this bracelet represents the beauty in life.  Each embellishment represents something uplifting.  For instance, one has the word 'Love' written across it several times with an open heart.  Another embellishment has the word 'Family' with a tree.  The bracelet isn't tight on my wrist and fits perfectly.  It isn't heavy or clanky, and I've received several compliments on this piece.


I enjoy dressing in costume for Halloween and the Black Bat Design Sunglasses with Oversized Wings are a perfect accessory to wear during hollowing time.  Made of PC material, these sunglasses have tinted lenses and slim contrast temples.  They fit well and don't slide off.  They're more of a novelty item than a fashion accessory but I'm excited to wear them at Halloween time.  They're fun to wear and definitely a conversation piece.



I intended to have the Union Jack Motif Canvas Tote as something to carry my work papers in.  When I received the tote, it was smaller in size than I thought it'd be.  I usually consider a tote as something bigger.  My step-daughter, however, loves the size of the tote and carries her essentials in it when she goes somewhere.  The tote features twin shoulder straps and twin inside pockets.  It features a Union Jack motif on the front and comes with two button pins.  The back is blue and white with lots of wording.  It's super cute and works well for someone who wants a small bag to carry their belongings.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Culturelle Kids Probiotic All-Stars Honor Roll - Giveaway

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When Kids feel good, they do amazing things! Keep your kids' digestive and immune systems healthy this school year with Culturelle Probiotics. Show how bright your children shine when their natural defenses are strong and digestive issues don't slow them down. Share photos, videos and stories of his or her bright moments at school-getting good grades, spelling bees, school plays, graduation, musical performances-and you could win a $100 Visa gift card and free Culturelle Kids products.


The Culturelle Kids Probiotic All-Stars Honor Roll Sweepstakes is open to residents of the Unites States who have a Facebook account, and ends October 14, 2013. As part of the entry process you'll have the option of submitting a story, photo or video that describes student achievements or healthy choices your child has made. Weekly prizes are awarded.
Just one serving of Culturelle Kids Probiotic daily helps support your body by promoting good digestive health, supporting your child's natural defenses, and balancing good and non-beneficial bacteria in your digestive system.

There’s a coupon on the app tab to save $5 on Culturelle Kids Probiotic, or you can get the coupon from the main site at http://www.culturelle.com/AllStarsCoupon


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Sharing Better Moments with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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U.S Cellular’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 makes it easier to share Better Moments with friends and family and stay connected to those most important to you. U.S Cellular’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 not only saves you time, but can make your life easier. I use a variety of apps and features including educational apps to brain train and help my children do well in school, game apps to entertain, and coupon apps to find the best deals while shopping. Life's best moments sometimes happen when least expected — and wireless technology can help make them better and more frequent for families and friends. Whether at home or on-the-go, U.S. Cellular’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 provides the tools needed to help you create, discover, enhance and share life's Better Moments with your family.

To say that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has enhanced the "Better Moments" of my life would be an understatement. I take it with my almost everywhere to get up-to-date news, connect with my family and friends, and take pictures of special moments. My husband has equal claim of the tablet and uses it often to check his Facebook page and play Candy Crush Saga.

With WiFi access, I can be connected wherever I go. Real-time data updates are constantly refreshed to help me keep up-to-date on my emails, Facebook, Twitter, and news accounts. I can easily and quickly access school information to keep me in the loop on my children. I've already compiled a large photo stream of my kids and their school activities. The features included with the camera beat some digital cameras I've owned by a long shot. The Music Hub, where I can access an extensive catalog of music, is what I use to get my kids energized in the mornings while they are getting ready for school. I'll play some tunes and it seems to get them going.

With U.S. Cellular's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, I have a world of apps and information at my fingertips.

Vistaprint - 50% off Custom Wall Calendars for Back to School

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Now that schedules are quickly filling up with after-school activities, sports games, and music lessons, there is no better time to get organized with a new photo calendar! For this week only, save 50% off custom wall calendars and 25% off more back to school products like labels, tote bags, and note cards at Vistaprint!

Choose from hundreds of backgrounds, then sort through the best photos from your summer vacations and roadtrips to feature for each calendar month, so you can remember all of your favorite memories year-round. Plus, since you can decide on the first month of the calendar, you can give the new school year a completely fresh start! Add in all of your kids’ upcoming sports games, theater plays, concerts, and birthdays, then even highlight them with a small icon to stand out even more. Sort out your busy schedule now and personalize your custom calendars today!

Jason's Baptism: A Special Life Moment

I've been attending The Crossing church for 3.5 years now. My hubby started attending church with me a little over a year and a half ago. I never in my wildest dreams would've imagined he'd step foot in a church but, once he did, he hasn't looked back.

I was baptized a couple years ago with my two boys and have asked Jason a couple times about it. Jason and I have had a few discussions concerning religion but I never push or prod him with my beliefs or feelings. In no way, shape or form do I want him to feel like he HAS to align himself exactly with what I believe. Jason's answer in times past regarding baptism is that he'll do it when he's good and ready. Good enough answer for me!

Recent sermons and the Belong Class we attended resonated with Jason in regards to baptism and why the church recommends it (although they don't believe it's a way to salvation). Jason approached me and told me it was time. To say I was giddy with excitement is an understatement.


I've known for a couple weeks now that last Sunday was going to be THE day. Jason didn't make a big announcement of it and was content with being baptized in front of the family and friends who usually attend church with us. Oh, and the other 700+ attendees of Sunday service!

Jason was given a tshirt to wear and spoke with leaders backstage before being baptized. He then came out into the crowd and was fully immersed by the lead pastor. Immediately afterward, a young male followed lead and was also baptized. Next week the baptism will show again on a large projection screen. A good friend and co-worker took pictures for me. They're not the best clarity but I guarantee they're better than what I would've produced. I cried, and cried, and cried some more. Tears of joy filled with emotions of excitement. It was a very special day for Jason and the start of a new chapter. He and I have talked since and we're going to be making some changes in our lives. Hopefully for the better.

I'm not a Bible Thumper by any means and I sin on a daily. Being baptized doesn't turn us into saints. But it gives us new perspective and a new lease on life.

Kia Motors New 2014 Kia Soul Commercial - #kiasocialclub #hamsters Giveaway

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Your favorite hamsters are back -- just in time to introduce the all-new 2014 Soul. And, as you’ll see in the video below, the Kia Hamsters have totally transformed themselves into lean, mean, head-turning machines -- just like the all-new Soul. I dare you not to crack up as you watch them hit the gym to the tune of “Applause” from Lady Gaga.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Camping....The End of A Five Year Hobby

Jason and I, after a detailed talk, have made the big decision to end our camping hobby. We will be putting our camper up for sale sometime this week. The decision didn't come lightly and I'm a little saddened by it. But more so, I'm ready to start a new chapter in our life.

We've been campers at Whispering Oaks almost every weekend for the last five years. We've forged many friendships and had some amazing times. We've also seen marriages decline and rapports fizzle. I promise, reality TV has nothing on Whispering Oaks.

After Jason's baptism yesterday (which I'll post about soon, YAY!) we discussed the pros and cons of camping. The close of the conversation came to the conclusion that it's time to move on. My sister, who camps next to me, is very saddened by the situation. I assured her she'd still see my face and I'd still be up to visit once in a while. Can't quit completely cold turkey.

There are several reasons why we came to this decision, with the top three being:

1. Camping is an expensive hobby. We pay campsite rent every month and make a camper payment every month. That's not to mention the activity fees and supplies we purchase every weekend. It eats up our wallet quickly.

2. Me and Jason are crazy on any given normal day, he more so than I. We won't apologize for being who we are. But we have kids we have to be examples to and a God to answer to.

3. I don't go to camp to be talked about or be surrounded by drama. I'm not on a soap opera and sometimes the plots play out much like one. I graduated high school a long time ago and don't want to keep up with the everchanging cliques and grade school behavior.

A Few More August Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn. The winners have 48 hrs. to respond to email notification or new winner(s) will be drawn.

The winner of the Sleepy's giveaway is #199, Kitty.

The winner of the Heart of the Country giveaway is #243, Atreau.

The winner of the Bear Grylls giveaway is #142, Sue H.

The winner of the Chuggington and My Gym giveaway is #90, Saver Sara.

The winner of the TV Store Online giveaway is #334, Gloria M.

The winner of the iPad All-In-One For Dummies Book giveaway is #88, CricetJean Gentry.

The winner of the Adidas Personal Care Collection giveaway is #614, Nicole M.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered. Be sure to check out my active giveaways, all listed at the top left hand side of my blog. There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

The Ultimate Life Blog App - #TheUltimateLife Giveaway

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Are you living THE ULTIMATE LIFE?

Between the pressure of running a foundation started by his late grandfather, being sued by his greedy extended family, and seeing his beloved Alexia leave on an extended mission trip to Haiti, Jason Stevens' world is unraveling. But when Jason discovers a journal that his grandfather began as a Depression-era lad, his writings transport Jason on an incredible rags-to-riches ride. With everything he loves hanging in the balance, Jason hopes he can discover THE ULTIMATE LIFE.

Opening in theaters September 6, THE ULTIMATE LIFE (the sequel to The Ultimate Gift) reminds us some things are worth more than money!


With The Ultimate Life Blog App, take the quiz to find out if YOU are Living Life to the Fullest! Read six great ways to start living the ultimate life NOW, as written by Jim Stovall, author of The Ultimate Life book. And watch the official trailer for this inspiring movie!
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Ultimate Helper® Mixes and Betty Crocker® Ultimate Potatoes - #MyBlogSpark Review and Giveaway

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One of life's simple pleasures is to relax and enjoy a good meal with the ones you love, and who couldn’t use a little help in the kitchen after a busy day?

With all-new Betty Crocker Ultimate Potatoes and Ultimate Helper mixes, you can feed your family as part of a delicious dinner you know they’re sure to love. Each box comes with both delicious seasoning and a rich, creamy sauce.

Each of these products comes in a variety of flavors including Ultimate Chicken Helper Cheddar Broccoli, Betty Crocker Ultimate Au Gratin Potatoes, Ultimate Hamburger Helper Three Cheese Marinara, and Betty Crocker Ultimate Cheddar Mashed Potatoes.
Most of our meals are cooked at home and we'll sometimes cook from scratch. But once in a while there comes a time when we don't have all the hours in the day to whip up something. The new Betty Crocker Ultimate Potatoes and Ultimate Helper mixes allow us to cook up meals that are tasty and don't take up a lot of time.
My teen son recently cooked up some Hamburger Helper Three Cheese Marinara. I like that the instructions are clear and don't require a lot of foreign ingredients. I also like that it's so easy to make a teen can do it. (I knew I kept him around for a reason.) After about 25 minutes of preparation, the meal was ready. The sauce combined with the seasonings, pasta and meat made for a delicious dinner. The marinara added a sweet, hearty tomato taste. Because we have a large family, two boxes are usually needed if we are all together for a meal.

Nothing beats the taste of homemade mashed potatoes but if that's not possible, Ultimate Betty Crocker Loaded Mashed Potatoes come in close to the real deal. By adding a few simple ingredients, fluffy delicious potatoes can be whipped up in a short time.

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One person will win a Betty Crocker gift pack that includes:
1 box of Ultimate Hamburger Helper
1 box of Betty Crocker Ultimate Potatoes
3-piece bamboo serving bowls
Serving spoon
4 plates
Retail Value: $55

*This is a Rafflecopter giveaway open to residents of the USA.*
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