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Betty Crocker Fruit-Flavored Snacks Win & Give (Giveaway)

Right now, the world economy is in a tough spot. Even during these penny pinching days, people all over are working hard to help others. Thanks to MyBlogSpark, I learned about the new project that Betty Crocker is working on. They have joined efforts with One Lap Top per Child to help provide laptops for children in Africa.


Participating is easy thanks to the Win and Give campaign. With this new program, children can help in an easy and fun way.

More about the program:

With specially marked boxes of kid favorites – including Fruit Roll-Ups, Gushers, Fruit by the Foot, and Stickerz & Shapes – your child could win one laptop to keep and Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks will donate another to a child in Africa.

Each day from now through May 30, 2010, one laptop prize will be awarded to a U.S. winner. For every laptop won, one laptop will be donated to an African child through One Laptop per Child, an organization that creates educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. For your chance to win, simply enter the unique online code printed on participating Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snack packages on



We were sent two boxes of Betty Crocker fruit snack. The boys enjoy them and they bring back fun memories from my childhood. One of my all time favorite snacks growing up were the strawberry Fruit by the Foot. There is just something fun about them, plus are a low calorie snack. 

Betty Crocker products we received


Thanks to MyBlogSpark and Betty Crocker, one lucky reader will win two boxes of Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks and a $25 donation to One Laptop per Child will be made on your behalf.

Rules for Giveaway:

  • MAIN RULE – Answer one of the following questions: What have you done to encourage your children to help others? -or- What is your favorite experience that has been with helping others?
  • 1 Bonus Entry –  What is your favorite flavor fruit snack?
  • 1 Bonus Entry – Tweet about the giveaway on Twitter. Be sure to include @TheAngelForever and Betty Crocker Win and Give  Giveaway in the Tweet.  Please leave a direct link to your Tweet in a separate comment for each daily entry. Example Tweet (feel free to use):  Win Betty Crocker fruit snacks and have $25 donated in your name to One Laptop Per Child from @TheAngelForever
  • 1 Bonus Entry – Subscribe to my RSS feed (or let me know if you already are) in a separate comment.
  • 1 Bonus Entry – Leave a comment on any of my non-giveaway posts from the month of January/February/March. Be sure to leave a comment here to let me know which one. This Bonus entry may be done only twice per person.
  • 3 Bonus Entries – Add my blog button to your website and leave a link with the location. Be sure to give yourself 3 comments for credit.
  • 5 Bonus Entries – Write a post on your blog linking to my blog about the giveaway. Be sure to leave 5 comments about this to get credit for all of your extra entries

To enter, please follow the rules above within the comment section. Contest starts today March 7th and ends at 10:59 EST on March 21, 2010. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but must leave a valid e-mail address for me to contact you for mailing address once the giveaway is over. I will select the winner using and contact you via e-mail. You will have 48 hours to claim the prize. If there is no response, another winner will be selected. Open to U.S. residents only. 


Disclosure:  I received two packages of Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks with the Win & Give game pieces on them. In addition to this, $25 has been donated in my name to One Laptop per Child. No other compensations was given. The opinions expressed in the review are my own feelings about the promotion.

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My angel forever – Cora’s Story in honor of congenital heart disease awareness week

I have an Angel Forever.

Her arrival was a surprise. Found out Easter Sunday 2009 that she was on her way.

Her departure from this Earth was even more of surprise.

My daughter, Cora, died instantly.

She felt no pain.

Only my love.

As she nursed one moment.

Gone the next.

She’s done more in her five short days than anyone I know.

She is saving lives.

Cora McCormick passed away from congenital heart disease, or CHD, on December 6, 2009. Her heart defect went undetected in utero and after she was born. Cora, unfortunately isn’t alone, an estimated 1 in 100 babies are born with CHD each year. And, CHD is said to be the number one cause of infant death.

This week marks Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week (February 7 to 14). Why is awareness important?

I had never heard of CHD until the coroner called. I spent my entire pregnancy researching, reading, and making sure my baby was born at her healthiest. I still can’t believe her heart wasn’t tested more.

There is no cure for CHD. In fact, not all CHDs can be detected, but I learned a simple test might have saved Cora. Something called a pulse oximetry test can screen for many CHDs when conducted at between 24 to 48 hours of age on a newborn.

Now, other mothers know about pulse oximetry. Now, every mother and father reading this post will know about CHD.

Cora does save lives. She could use your help.

Sweet baby angel Cora

Kristine Brite McCormick writes about Cora (almost) daily on her blog If not on her blog, she can be found on Twitter, @kristinebrite or Cora’s Facebook Fan page, telling Cora’s Story. Follow Kristine for more information about congenital heart disease or to learn more about the acts of compassion and kindness Cora has inspired.


Note from Moi:  A big hug and thank you to Kristine Brite McCormick for this absolutely beautiful tribute to her sweet angel Cora. Kristine is a hero, although she will not admit it. When faced with a parent’s worst nightmare, Kristine decided to lead a crusade in honor of her angel Cora. Together they help and educate more people about the hidden dangers of CHD.

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New MADD website – The Power of Parents

My boys are still young right now. Still, I know my oldest (6), is very impressionable. When I fast forward to the future, I can not help but worry some. This is especially true when I think about having my boys out driving and being pressured by their peers to drink alcohol. The reality is that I need to start talking with my elementary age son about these items soon. I want to be the person he trusts and is able to have open communication with. I do not want either of my boys to learn information from a friend that is incorrect.

When I was teaching, one of the subjects that I taught was middle school Health. As we got the students ready for high school we often talked about peer pressure, the dangers of drugs and alcohol. To assist me, I often went to get resources from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). On October 27, 2009, MADD launched their new website The Power of Parents: It’s Your Influence

Power of Parents - MADD

This website has been designed to help provide parents with key tips, information,  and tools to help us at home. Right now, there are a lot of great resources for parents of high school aged children. Coming soon, they will be adding more information for elementary, middle school and college parents. I know that I look forward to seeing what they have to offer for my children in the near future. I hope that you will join in and support MADD in their crusade to save more lives each year.

MADD also has a wealth of information on the MADD Blog, along with their presence on Twitter and Facebook.


Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of MADD. A donation was made to MADD in my  name to thank me for taking the time to participate. 

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Make Every Cup Count for Dress for Success

Imagine a non-profit organization that provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women. Thanks to Dress For Success there is no need to dream this up, it actually exists in over 75 cities worldwide. A fabulous explanation of their program, which was started in NY City in 1997 can be found here.

Dress For Success

I have heard about Dress For Success before and have seen what they do for my local community. Thanks to this, I was equally impressed when I heard about the latest collaboration with Nestlé COFFEE-MATE® and Dress for Success.  COFFEE-MATE® has started the Make Every Cup Count – Cup of Confidence campaign. They will donate $50,000 and with the help of readers like you reach the goal of $150,000.

Make Every Cup Count

So what can you do? Simply head over to send your own Cup of Confidence for FREE. By doing this, COFFEE-MATE® will donate fifty cents and your note will be given to a woman who participates in the Dress For Success program for inspiration. You can also help donate an additional fifty cents for sharing the program on your social media pages like Facebook. I did my part. I helped donate $1.00 for the cause and here is my note:

My Cup of Confidence

I hope you will follow me and help a very worthwhile charity.


Disclosure: I was sent an e-mail from a PR representative to help and spread the word about the Make Every Cup Count Campaign. Since this is a worthwhile cause, I wanted to share it with my readers to try to make a difference for Dress For Success. I received nothing for my time and did this for a wonderful charity. 

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Make time for CHANGE campaign

Are you willing to raise your hand in order to help a child? As a teacher and parent, I have done this day in and day out. Still, I am going to pledge to do more. Here is me raising my hand with a pledge: 

My Pledge to Make a Change

I pledge to read books to my children. I also will volunteer to go into my son’s school to help other children if they need assistance with reading. Nothing better than to put my expensive Master’s Degree to a good cause.

So, you are probably wondering what I am talking about. Here is more information.

Save the children

Frigidaire recently announced their new partnership with celebrity mother Jennifer Garner. Jennifer and Frifidaire are kicking off their "Make Time for CHANGE" campaign to support Save the Children’s U.S. Programs.

For more than 75 years, Save the Children has been helping children survive and thrive by focusing on early childhood education, literacy and physical activity and nutrition programs.

Save the Children created the CHANGE program (Creating Healthy, Active, and Nurturing Growing-up Environments) to promote healthier lifestyles for children living in poverty by providing nutritious snacks and regular opportunities for children to be physically active.

Starting today, for everyone who goes to and raises their hand with a pledge to make time for a child, Frigidaire will donate $1 to support the CHANGE program and Save the Children’s work to help children in need in the U.S.  In addition to that, everyone who pledges their time will be entered for a chance to win a new Frigidaire Professional double wall oven! For those looking for a new professional double wall oven, Frigidaire will donate $100 to Save the Children’s U.S. Programs as part of their commitment.

Frigidaire Oven

So what are you waiting for? Head on over now and make your pledge and help to make time for CHANGE.


Disclosure: As a member of Mom Select, I was asked to share the information about this campaign with my readers. Since I feel it is a wonderful cause I am doing this and have received nothing from Mom Select or Frigidaire. As a bonus, I am being entered into a contest to win another Frigidaire Professional Double Wall Oven.

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