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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Yoplait® Thick & Creamy Review and Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who had entered this giveaway! Please check out all the other giveaways I am currently hosting.

Congratulations go out to:



Nicole and Holly S!

I will be contacting you via email to claim your prize, and give you 72 hours to respond.






Yoplait® to the rescue!


Yoplait® is the only leading yogurt with vitamin D in every cup!

The video above, regarding the alarming number of children deficient in Vitamin D was released yesterday, August 3, 2009


A Vitamin D insufficiency can have a significant impact on the health of our children. Fortified foods, supplements, and increased exposure to sunlight are the only ways to ensure your child maintains a proper vitamin D level.



My son had a kidney disease from 13 months until he was almost 12 years old, when he received his kidney transplant. We know, all too well, the adverse health issues that a Vitamin D insufficiency can bring.

Koby had rickets as a result of Fanconi's Syndrome (the kidney disease) and the lack of Vitamin D. Since he was also lactose intolerant, his doctor recommended Yoplait® to increase his levels. It definitely worked!


Needless to say, I have always been a huge fan of Yoplait® yogurts, so I was so excited when given this opportunity to review Yoplait's Thick & Creamy® yogurts.

Yoplait® and My Blog Spark™ have teamed together to provide two of my blog friends with the stationary gift basket below, including a free Thick & Creamy Yogurt to pleasure your taste buds.

I sampled the Strawberry Banana flavor and fell in love with the Thick & Creamy texture. I would describe it as a thick custard texture that literally melts in your mouth.

Yoplait® has always hit the mark when it comes to flavor, and the Strawberry Banana was, without a doubt, the best representation of Strawberries and Bananas blended happily together I have ever tasted! This flavor is definitely a perfect union, and I doubt these guys will be parting ways as long as Yoplait® is around. ;o)



Check out these awesome flavors:

Blackberry Harvest

Strawberry Banana

Key Lime Pie

Vanilla

Peaches 'N Cream

Royal Raspberry

Strawberry



Of course, with four boys, I just had to get more than one. lol I purchased four of each flavor (yes, that's 28, and the boys and I had a tasting party.


Taste Testing Party


I opened one of each container and put a spoonful of each of the seven flavors on their plates. Being a scientific nerd, I wanted a blind study to figure out which flavored they each liked the best.

Here are their results:

17 year old = Key Lime Pie

14 year old = Blackberry Harvest

7 year old twin = Peaches 'N Cream

other 7 year old twin = Blackberry Harvest, Key Lime Pie, Strawberry Banana, Peaches 'N Cream, Royal Raspberry, Vanilla, & Strawberry


LOL Leave it to Alex! He is the twin with autism, so he wanted to mix them all together and say he loved them all!


Now, for the writing part of the exam


I filled 4" in diameter pancake molds with their favorite flavor (yes, Alex had a little of each in his mold), smoothed the top, and let them sit for a minute or two.


I gave the older boys a toothpick, and gave the twins a small cookie cutter of their choice. The impressions held wonderfully and here are their results:


17 year old wrote "My mom is WEIRD!"


14 year old wrote "Don't play with your food!"


7 year old twin made a tractor and poked holes in front of it to resemble a pile of rocks.


Alex made a . . . well . . . um, ok . . . in his words "Squishy, gooey fingers surprise!" No explanation necessary, right Moms?



The Final Test


I transferred all their creations into the freezer. Yes, Alex's masterpiece was a bit difficult to freeze being that it was coating each of his fingers. But being the creative mom that I am, I gave him a silicone scraper, and helped him scrap his 'hands on' art back into the pancake mold.



Thank God, we all washed our hands before participating in this study!


The frozen treats were absolutely FAB, and a great way to get those healthy vitamins in the kids without a great deal of calories.







Galison New York Stationary

Pinwheel Floral Collection


I have received this same gift basket, and I am so incredibly impressed with the quality of this stationary. I know it is the 21st century, but I still love to write hand-written letters to include those personal touches that emails simply cannot provide. Yes, I am a sentimental sap!

Gift basket includes:

Pinwheel Floral Flip Top Note Cards

  • 12 trifold notecards measure 5 x 9-1/2" open, 3-1/2 x 5" folded
  • 13 color-coordinated envelopes
  • Sturdy reusable box

  • Pinwheel Floral Stationery Set


  • 20 sheets measuring 6-2/3 x 9"
  • 10 sheets each of 2 complementary designs
  • 21 color-matched envelopes with decorative interior
  • Portfolio with elastic closure

  • Pinwheel Floral Sticky Notes


  • 8 decorated sticky pads in three sizes
  • Each pad contains 60 stickies
  • Durable 5-3/8 x 7-1/4 x 3/8" wallet portfolio

  • A Coupon for a FREE Yoplait Thick & Creamy Yogurt


    and One incredibly cute pink and white clicky pen sporting the Yoplait Logo


    Over a $34 value








    To Enter the Giveaway:

    Comment below answering one of the following:
    • which flavor you would like to try
    • Creative ways to sneak healthy vitamins/minerals into your child's diet
    • how you would utilize the stationary set provided
    • clever ideas for all these sticky notes
    • or simply how you like to write beyond your blog
    Extra Entries Galore!!!!!!

    For extra entries, feel free to do one or all of the following, posting a comment for each one you complete. Be sure to leave a contact email so I can get in touch with you, if you should be one of the two winners:

    • Tweet this giveaway, and post the link in your comment. Tweet as many times as you like, but please make sure there are at least two hours between tweets. Click on the Twitter Icon at the bottom of the post to tweet this giveaway, OR you can cut and paste any one or all of the following:

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    WHEW! How's that for options?

    This giveaway ends at midnight August 11, 2009. I will be selecting the two winners using a random number generator.

    Good luck!



    18 comments:

    Tellie August 6, 2009 at 9:22 AM  

    Oooh I love Yoplait. If I had to choose a flavor it would definitely be the Key Lime Pie.

    Quadmama August 6, 2009 at 6:21 PM  

    Raspberry is my favorite flavor so I would definitely like to try Royal Raspberry.

    SisterTipster August 7, 2009 at 4:25 PM  

    I would love to have the stationary and any and ALL yogert! I'd write letters to friends and family~use the sticky notes with my family and wow~so pretty!

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    Nicole @ BugaBoos August 7, 2009 at 5:05 PM  

    Ohhh Strawberry definitely!!

    Nicole @ BugaBoos August 7, 2009 at 5:05 PM  

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    Lucky Canuck August 7, 2009 at 5:37 PM  

    Ooooh. Now I have to go out and buy some yummy Yoplait! I would probably want to try the Blackberry Harvest the mostest.

    Lucky Canuck August 7, 2009 at 5:40 PM  

    I tweeted (tjb415): http://twitter.com/tjb415/status/3184668404

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    I posted about this giveaway on Facebook!

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    Holly S. August 8, 2009 at 1:34 AM  

    I want to try the Blackberry Harvest!

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    Kimberly August 12, 2009 at 1:11 PM  

    I like the vanilla the best. You can pretend it is ice cream and savor it when you're dieting. :)

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    Angela McCoy is a freelance writer/editor, military wife and work at home mom (WAHM) to four boys with special needs. Her writing encompasses a myriad of topics -- Autism, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, Cystinosis, Fanconi's Syndrome, kidney transplant, and more -- influenced by her two teenagers and seven-year-old twins. She considers writing to be therapeutic and utilizes her skills to counsel and inspire her readers. Angela is a quick-witted, 'no holds barred,' tell it like it is' humorist who has learned that laughter truly is the best antidote to life's adversities.

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