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Simplify Your First Week Back with Kraft Foods ($100 Prize Package giveway ends 8/27/12)

Has your child headed back to school yet? My kids ave around three weeks left before they go back to school. In a way I’m ready for them to go back. At the same time it’s somewhat bittersweet since my oldest is going into 10th grade this year. I can still remember her first day of Kindergarten like it was yesterday. Sigh…

Another reason why I am ready for the kids to go back to school is to get back on a schedule. During the summer there is structure or schedules for the kids to follow. They go to bed and get up whenever they want for the most part (both of my kids are teens). Plus they are always coming and going (mostly my daughter). Just today I was asked to pick up here friend and take them to the mall.

We’re TRYING to get the kids back on a normal sleeping schedule. That is our #1 priority right now. They are so used to being up to 2 or 3 in the morning and then sleeping to noon. We’ve been gradually trying to get them to go to bed a littler earlier each night and getting them up earlier in the morning so that they are tired come bedtime.

If your child is still on their summer sleeping/waking schedule I would strongly suggest you start working on that right now. Don’t wait until the last minute. Gradually get them to bed earlier and wake them up earlier each day until they are back on their normal bedtime schedule. It’s easier to do it gradually then expect them to go to bed at 9:00 on the night before school starts.

My kids also attend two different schools. This year my daughter is going into the high school and my son is going into the junior high. It’s going to take some time to figure out the bathroom “schedule” (one bathroom with four people trying to get ready at the same time is NOT easy), plus my husband and I need to coordinate who takes the kids to the bus in the morning (the kids either walk or I pick them up in the afternoon). I also have to get used to the new schedule. Last year my daughter’s bus arrived at 3:05. This year it’s at 2:35 and my son arrives home at 3:05.

Another suggestion would be to sit down with your child and go over some lunch menu ideas. If you have recipe books or if you’ve saved lunch ideas from magazines, sit down with your child and go over them. See if you can come up with some new lunch time ideas. That way your child is not bored with their lunch. Also, ask your child if there is a food or beverage product they have seen or tried over the summer that they would like incorporated into their school lunch.

I send my kids to school with a reusable water bottle. I fill it up the night before and pop it in the freezer. By the time they have lunch the next day the water is ice cold. After all, no one wants to quench their thirst with warm or luke warm water.

I also try and pre-pack some items the night before to make it easier for me in the morning to pack lunches. For example, I’ll put baby carrots in a container the night before, and their treat, such as Chips Ahoy cookies, in a separate container or baggy too. That way the only thing I need to do the next day is whip up a sandwich and grab and apple and they are all set to go.

It’s a good idea to keep some lunches ready to go, just in case you get up late in the morning and are too busy rushing around not to miss the bus, let alone make lunch. Lunchables are a great product to have on hand. They make great “grab-and-go” lunches.

I also need to make sure that I have plenty of healthy snack options on hand when they get home from school. I usually keep things like fresh fruits, raw veggies, yogurts and other healthier-for-you snack options on hand. However my kids are only human and sometimes like “junk” foods like chips, cookies and candies, so I have to make sure to keep some of those on hand too. A sweet treat like JELL-O is not only a family favorite but also low in calories and with no fat. JELL-O pudding is also a great after school treat idea, especially when your kids are craving chocolate. Mmm… I could go for some chocolate pudding right now. 🙂

Speaking of food, getting back into our dinner time routine is also going to be something I need to work on. With the kids home all day and my husband taking vacation time throughout the summer, our regular dinner time has been all over the place. One day we’ll eat at 5:00 PM, the next day at 6:00 PM.

There are also so many different recipes I have been anxious to try out with my family. Most of them are for the cooler weather so I haven’t tried them yet. I also need to come up with some different last minute meal options for those days when the kids stay after school for a sport or activity, or my husband is delayed at work. We have our usual “standby” options, but this year I’m looking for something a bit different.

Kraft Foods understands how crazy back to school time can be. That is why they created a fabulous kit to help simply the first week back to school. The kit is valued at $100!

Here is what the kit contains:

–   Capri Sun Super V Fruit & Vegetable Juice Drink (Fruit Punch). This new ready-to-drink beverage, which comes in the popular CAPRI SUN pouch, contains a combined serving of fruits and vegetables (3/4 from fruit juice and 1/4 from vegetable juice) and is a good source of fiber, offering a perfect blend of nutrition, great taste and “kid cool.” I’m not much of a fruit drinker myself. Sometimes I find juices too sweet for my tastes, however I enjoyed the Capri Sun Super V Fruit & Vegetable Fruit Punch drink. It does not taste like it’s made with veggies either. It tastes like fruit punch. And it’s not too sweet.

–   Lunchables with Smoothie. Lunchables now has a new Turkey and Cheddar Sub Sandwich with Chiquita Strawberry Banana Smoothie and Double Stuff OREO cookies. You can also try the new Chicken Strips and Deep Dish Pizza options to add some variety to lunchtime. I looked for the new Turkey & Cheddar Sub variety with the smoothie but my local grocery store didn’t have any. I’m anxious to see what the smoothie is like. I also enjoy Lunchables for myself. My favorite is the pepporoni pizza Lunchable. Lunchables are great “grab-and-go” lunches for those mornings where you are too busy to make a regular lunch.

–   JELL-O with Mix-Ins Pudding Packs. JELL-O has a new variety called Mix-Ins. You can mix your favorite toppings into your favorite pudding flavors to create your new favorite dessert. Kids will love trying the six fun flavors like Strawberry Shortcake, OREO Dirt Cup, Birthday Cake, German Chocolate Cake, Turtle Sundae and Banana Caramel Pie. Best of all they are made with real milk. Once again my local grocery store didn’t have what I was looking for. I REALLY want to try the Turtle Sundae!

–   Chips Ahoy cookies. Chips Ahoy has two new varieties now and let me tell you they are SO GOOD!!! Sinfully good. But I must warn you, once your kids get a taste to try them (even your “big kid”, aks hubby), they will be gone before you know it. The new flavors are Chewy Gooey Caramel (infused with soft caramel on the inside) and Chewy Chips Ahoy which is made with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (packed with Reese’s Peanut Butter cup pieces). If you read my blog on a regular basis I’m sure you’ve read me professing my love of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. 🙂

–   New Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff and Lasagna. Now you can give your family a quick and easy Lasagna or you can wield your skillet with a pound of ground beef to feast on the new Creamy Beef Stroganoff, made with premium seasonings, curly ribbon pasta, and creamy Velveeta cheese sauce. My husband is hesitant to try the Striking because he’s never had it before (he can be pickier than the kids!). We have tried the lasagna. It’s actually pretty good. There was enough for my family of four but we did supplement the meal with Italian bread and salad.

Also included in the Simplify your first week back with Kraft kit are …

–   Meal planner pad – I am already starting to use this. I am a scatterbrain and something mean to make something during the week but totally forget. This will keep me on track with what to make and what I need to pick up from the grocery story.

–   Calendar stickers – These work great with both a regular calendar and the Meal Planner pad.

–   Backpack – You can always use a backpack. Even if you already purchased one it’s always great to have a spare on hand. I’m sure many parents have had to replace backpacks mid-year. Having another one on hand is great.

–   Memo pad – Great for keeping track of your kids parent-teacher conferences, sports games, appointments and more.

–   Sweat-free ice pack – This is super handy to have to keep your child’s lunch cold. It’s a pretty green design and would work well for a boy or a girl (or even a man or woman).

–  Crazy straws – They always make meal time or snack time more fun. 🙂

–   Hand sanitizer – With back-to-school time also comes colds, flues and other nasty stuff. Protect your family with a bottle of hand sanitizer. I also keep one by my sink if  to use on my hands after I’ve handled raw meat.

To learn more about these products either click on the embedded links or visit www.KraftRecipes.com. While you are there make sure to check out the recipes. You can find some great dinner ideas as well as lunch recipes too. There are even delicious breakfast recipes to get your family up and going and to start their day off with a good meal. Also check out their recipe ideas on Pinterest, www.Pinterest.com/KraftRecipes.

You can also find Kraft on Twitter (@KraftFoods) and on Facebook.

One lucky reader will win ALL of the products listed above ($100 value), compliments of Kraft.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on August 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me which product you are most anxious to win or try AND share with me a back to school tip that helps to make things simpler.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you MUST complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries will not qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received free sample products in order to do this review from Kraft. Any opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way. Kraft provided the prize package.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    Chips Ahoy cookies

  2. Marilyn Wons says:

    The Reeses Chips Ahoy is what I am most excited about. To make back to school easier, I communicate with the little ones about their school day.

  3. The green ice pack looks neat! I try to cook enough dinner the night before to have leftovers for packing lunch for my daughter who’s not crazy about sandwiches.

  4. Debra L. Guillen says:

    Would like to try the Sweat-free ice pack. I like to make up breakfast biscuits the night before so all I have to do is microwave and the kids have a fast, hot breakfast that they can take with them if we are running late.

  5. Mary Willaims says:

    The meal planner pad!

  6. I can’t wait to try the New Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits

    And tip: Give your child their own calendar with the important dates and let them write things in, such as test day, back to school day, etc so that the new changes will be something they are participating instead of being told to do.

  7. jennifer wexler says:

    i’m excited for the Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff and Lasagna. Aback to school tip would be to start having kids start going to sleep earlier the week before school starts so the transition is easier

  8. Tabitha Pyle says:

    I’m most excited about the cookies.

  9. Chrissy Nestor says:

    The meal planning pad looks interesting. My tip is that I often shop early so that I can avoid long lines at the register’s.

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

  10. Tabathia B says:

    the kraft velveeta lasagna dinner and transition the kids bed time at least two weeks prior to school beginning is my tip

  11. Serena Powell says:

    The meal planner

  12. Dawn Liebentritt says:

    I can’t wait to try the meal planner calendar and the sweat free ice pack. All of it is fantastic.

  13. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I’d like to try the Velveeta Cheesy Skilets!

  14. Jennifer Hedden says:

    I am most excited to try the New Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff and Lasagna. My back to school tip is try to keep your kids on a schedule as far as waking up and going to sleep. I also try to pack lunches the night before if possible.

  15. Amanda K. says:

    I’d love to try the New Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits. One tip is to make a list of things you’ll need for school the night before.

  16. I cant wait to try the cheesy skillets.

  17. I’m most excited to try the Velveeta Cheesy Skillets- the lasagna flavor. A good tip I’d like to suggest is preparing your kid’s lunch the night before, as well as getting out the clothes they’ll need for the day

  18. Sarah Davis says:

    I’d love to try the lunchables with the smoothie. For making back to school easier we get up early a week before school starts. Sarah at realtorsd.com

  19. Penny Snyder says:

    Anxious to try the Velveeta Cheesy Skillet – best tip is to keep lists & stay organized! grammypenny@frontier.com

  20. Chips Ahoy! Look up what you need for morning the night before!

  21. that would be the Chips Ahoy cookies 🙂

    • to make things easier with a lot of kids–pack lunches and put them in the fridge 🙂

  22. I’m excited about the Chips Ahoy cookies.
    austma7@aol.com

  23. Shannon Baas says:

    I’d like to try the cheesy skillets. Start getting them to bed earlier.

  24. The crazy straws look awesome! My tip is to lay out clothes and pack lunches the night before!

  25. twitted this today, 15/8

  26. new Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff

  27. I like the Chips Ahoy Reese’s cookies.

  28. Michelle C says:

    I would like to try the Velveeta Dinner Kits. My tip is to stock up on school supplies when they are cheap and save them for later in the school year when they are needed. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  29. The Velveeta cheesy skillets. A tip…get plenty of rest!

  30. I would like to try the New Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff and Lasagna.

  31. Nicole L. says:

    I want to try the velveeta cheesy skillets.

  32. Capri Sun Super V Fruit & Vegetable Juice Drink and the best tip would be to join a book club at the library over the summer and write book reports so that when you return to school, you are accustomed to it.

  33. the meal planner

  34. lilyana cruz says:

    all products seem fantastic prize will be a great for any mom!

  35. I’m excited to try the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Chips Ahoy! One tip is to pack lunches the night before so your morning isn’t so hectic!

  36. I’m most excited to try the Capri Sun Super V Fruit & Vegetable Juice Drink.
    My tip: Pack whatever you can in lunches the night before so there is less to do in the morning.
    Thanks!

  37. the chips ahoy cookies sound really good.

    A tip I did, is if your child is really nervous about going back to school, a week or so before school starts, call the principle, and get permission to walk through the school. Go to your child’s class, the lunchroom, library, gym and bathrooms. It really helps.

  38. Amanda Starr says:

    My daughter would love the Lunchables.

  39. I want to try the gooey chips ahoy!

  40. the sweat free ice pack

  41. EMMA L HORTON says:

    THE COOKIES AND LAY THEIR CLOTHES OUT THE NIGHT BEFORE

  42. The Cheesy Skillets, I’ve never tried them.

  43. Excited to try the ice pack… our best tip is prepare everything the night before!

  44. i want to try the chips ahoy reeses cookies tip is to write lists and start checking stuff off early and throughout the summer so you are not overwhelmed the week before.

  45. The chips ahoy cookies

  46. Colleen Turner says:

    I would love to try the meal planner pad! I always set out with high hopes of cooking every night during the week but working until 5 or 6 usually throws that for a loop :). This might help!

    My biggest tip for getting the kids back to school is to start getting back into a “normal” routine. As you mentioned we start to get our son to go to sleep at the normal time for him during the school year ( 9 pm), to eat at a more set time (6 to 7….I can’t get it more rigourous than that :)) and back to doing activities or reading in the afternoon (so he gets used to homework time again).

  47. I love beef strogranoff, but it is expensive to make .So. I am excited to try the Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff. Thanks!

  48. Laura Royal says:

    most excited about the meal planner

  49. I like the calendar with meal planner.
    My tips is to lay out the clothes the night before for the kids.

  50. I’m most eager to try the Lunchables with Smoothie!

    Back to School Tip:
    Have an off to school/work staging area where you place backpacks,briefcases, lunches, etc in the ready position to just grab and go. Also: make it a point to sign school papers, field trip forms, etc the first night you see them and return them the next day. You’ll have fewer missing forms that way!

  51. Jemima Puddleduck says:

    the cookies…those flavors sound amazing

    • Jemima Puddleduck says:

      I don’t really have any creative back to school tips because I’m not that experienced, but I always makes lists to help me stay organized.

  52. Rachel Miller says:

    I would really love to try the Reeses Chips Ahoy 🙂 We keep organized w/ a day planner and to-do list…helps us keep track of what needs to be done 🙂

  53. Sheila K. says:

    I’d like to try the Cheesy Skillets! The transition to school is always relatively easy because we spend a lot of time at the library and a lot of time reading and researching various topics of interest!

  54. Lunchables. My little ones are special needs so we walk them around the playground, and inside the school every day day for about two weeks before school starts so they remember where they are going.

  55. Cheryl Rahkonen says:

    I am excited about trying the Lunchable with Smoothie. A good tip to make back to school easier and easier everyday is to help your children learn to become organized. Give them a place to keep their school supplies and to do their homework. Also every night before bedtime make sure they have all their homework, books, etc together in a designated place. I have a coat rack that hangs on the wall and they hang their backpacks, coats, purses, etc on this rack and everything is ready to go in the morning. No scrambling to find where they left their stuff. We make it a nightly routine and everyone is happy – especially momma.

  56. Natalie Shmigelsky says:

    Definitely the Chips Ahoy Reeses! Yum!! Good tip is to prepare everything the night before so mornings can go smoothly!

  57. I’d like to try the New Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff and Lasagna. My tip is to prepare lunches the night before.

  58. I’d like to try the Cheesy Skillets! Make sure the backpacks are ready to go with the homework done the night before 🙂

  59. Chips ahoy chew with reese’s YUM! 🙂

  60. wendy wallach says:

    the chips ahoy reeses look amazing and a tip is to utilize simple checklists to make sure tasks get done

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  61. I want to try the Lunchables with Smoothie. My grandkids love Lunchables! We make school lunches the night before and I always have a meal plan for the week so there is no rushing around to find something to cook for dinner each night.

  62. The Reeses Chips Ahoy YUM!

  63. ELIZABETH C. says:

    New Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits. Do all your shopping & preparation in advance.

  64. The Velveeta Creamy Beef Stroganoff sounds good. Make sure the kids know what they have to do to get themselves together in the mornings so that everything runs smoothly. Thanks.

  65. Joye Rast says:

    Ice Pack is most interesting to try. We always set everything out the night before to make the morning go smoother.

  66. Monique Rizzo says:

    The meal planner.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  67. kimberly bhatti says:

    the meal planner pad. My tip would be preparing everything (backpack,lunch,clothes) the night before.

  68. I want to try the cookies.. Lay clothes out the night before

  69. I really want to try the Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff! And my back to school tip is to start your school sleep routine a week early so that it’s not a fight to get kids to sleep and up the first week of school.

  70. Rebecca Peters says:

    the capri suns! and I try to get them in the school routine a week before school starts

  71. the cheesy skillets

  72. twitted this today, 16/8

  73. I like the sweat free ice pack. My tip is to pick out an outfit the night before,

  74. I am VERY excited about the meal planner notepad!

  75. D Schmidt says:

    Most excited about the crazy straws! My tip to be organized, do as much as you can in advance

  76. I want to try the Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kit Lasagna. Keep everything that is going back to school in a designated area.

  77. I really want to try the Capri Sun Super V!

    Back to school tip – make sure EVERYONE is well rested!

  78. Christine says:

    Reeses Chips Ahoy and pack lunches the nite before

  79. rust hawk says:

    Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits is the one I want to try! School tip: establish routine and stick to it.

  80. Velveeta Creamy Beef Stroganoff is what I’d like to try best.
    Best tip is to make sure kids get in agood sleep schedule the week before school starts, get all paperwork and physical forms done NOW, and hit the stores when the ads have good sales now, not last minute!

  81. I really want to try those super v capri suns our biggest tip is our daughter keeps the same bedtime all year regardless of school or not makes it a lot easier to get up those first few days

  82. Stephanie.O says:

    Meal planner pad… shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

  83. Terry Cross says:

    I want to try the Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits. Get as much as possible ready the night before so mornings aren’t so hectic

  84. twitted this today, 17/8

  85. Jessica To says:

    I want to try the Velveeta Cheesy Skillet meals. My back to school tip is to get everything ready the night before. It makes the mornings a little easier.

  86. Kraft Fresh Take!!!
    Have as much as possible done ahead of time…. Book bags packed & at the door ~ jackets on top of them ~ cereal bowls & spoons on the table (or plates) ~ clothes / shoes picked out & inspected for any unforeseen issues!!! (Gas in the car ~ no stops necessary!!!) ♥

  87. Kristy Thiel says:

    The new lasagne Velveeta skillet looks tasty!

  88. nataly carbonell says:

    The capry sun super , I ‘ve been seeing many commercials and ads claiming it contains Vegetables- So I would definitely love to try it 🙂

  89. i love Chips Ahoy cookies and would really like to try the new ones with Reese’s Peanut Butter cup pieces.
    Always plan ahead like making school lunches the night before.

  90. tam childers says:

    The meal planner pad

  91. elven johnson says:

    Calendar stickers
    Use a color for each person on the calender

  92. Michelle S. says:

    The sweat free ice packs. My tip is to have clothes etc set out the night before as well as having lunches prepared ahead of time. The less that needs to be done in the morning the better.

  93. amy marantino says:

    i look forward to trying the Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff . My tip is to keep lots of lists and check of completed tasks as i go.

  94. I love anything velvetta!

  95. Rebecca Shockley says:

    The Chips Ahoy

  96. Rebecca Shockley says:

    Have everything ready the night before including shower’s, homework checked and signed if needed

  97. I looove the other Gooey Chips Ahoy cookies I’ve tried, so I’d be all over those caramel ones!

  98. I am most excited about Chips ahoy cookies with caramel, my tip is to pack lunches the night before.

  99. The Capri Suns interest me the most.

  100. Lindley A says:

    I’d like to try the Velveeta Cheesy Skillets and I collect school supplies throughout the year as I see them on sale (and donate the ones we don’t end up needing) so we can avoid the madhouse before school.

  101. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I would love the Meal Planner Pad. My best tip is get as much done the night before for getting ready for the next day.
    Kims2312@verizon.net

  102. Backpack

  103. kelley wood says:

    id like to try the velvetta skillets. I have never bought any.

    My tip is to lay out clothes the night before, and pack lunches. 🙂

  104. Cindy Merrill says:

    The Jello Mix ins German Chocolate Cake, is something I’m looking forward to. A great tip for back to school: Help make learning fun with visual aids- ( Pizza slices help teach fractions)

  105. Shannon Morris says:

    Hand sanitizer

  106. Rae Cicelske says:

    I would like the backpack.you can never have too many. Everybody get your clothes laid out and everything ready for the morning before you go to bed.that way you have time in the evening to find that missing shoe…

  107. I am anxious to try the Reeses Chips Ahoy.

  108. We lay clothing out the night before so that everything is ready when we get up for school.

  109. Chips Ahoy cookies

  110. The Reeses Chips Ahoy look oh so awesome!

  111. The Beef Stroganoff by Velveeta. I try to bake once a week.

  112. I mostly want to try the Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff! I usually get the kids clothes/lunches/ etc ready the night before to make things easier

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  113. The Reeses Chips Ahoy look the best to me! And my best tip is start getting them to bed early about 1 week before school so they are ready to get up again on the day of school.

  114. Would love to try the Meal planner pad – that’s such a great idea! My tip is to do all your shopping at once, and most importantly – plan ahead! Make a list of items needed, and a list of coupons, then put everything in order that you’ll be walking around the store.

  115. Katherine says:

    I am excited to try this:

    New Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff and Lasagna

  116. the velveeta lasgna looks good
    and i make my kids lay out their clothes the night before
    tcogbill at live dot com

  117. The Velveeta Cheesy Skillets, the beefy strogonoff one. Also the meal planner! My tip is to have everything that you can laid out or made the night before to make your morning smoother.

  118. Diana Stanhope says:

    The Chips Ahoy, mmm I love them!

  119. I am most excited to try the Reeses Chips Ahoy Cookies. My tip is to go through your child’s backpack as soon as they come home from school.

  120. velveeta cheesy skillets and one tip: get everything ready the night before including outfits and lunches

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  121. chips ahoy.

    Plan ahead & stay organized.

  122. I want to try the Jello with Mix Ins Pudding Packs, and a good tip is to freeze a few good dinners for the first week back to school.

  123. Christina says:

    I’m most excited to try the chips ahoy… either variety in this post, I am a sucker for PB Cups and Caramel lol

  124. Christina says:

    Oops.. got distracted by the thought of cookies and didn’t finish 😉

    My tip … plan ahead and try to stay organized, it can be so hard to stick to a schedule during the first few months of school (back to school, soccer, holidays) but I have to try really hard or its complete chaos!

  125. The ice pack! And try and get everything set out the night before, including clothes

  126. the meal planner pad and my tip is to start a routine a few weeks BEFORE school starts back

  127. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    the New Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits

    Making meals ahead of time and making enough to freeze or have left overs the next night really saves time.

  128. the Velveeta Cheesy Skilets

  129. breakfast biscuits
    Thanks for the contest! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on GFC

  130. I like the calendar stickers! It’s really hard now to have a routine – the two we have left at home are a junior and a senior in high school. They like to do whatever they want but I try to keep them to doing homework right after school (or clubs), TRYING to get them to go to bed at a decent hour and making lists to keep stress down. I swear it was much easier when they were in elementary.

  131. I love Chips Ahoy cookies so that’s my pick

  132. Betsy Rubendall Barnes says:

    I am most anxious to try the New Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff. My best tip for making back to simply and easy is get a hold of your child’s supply list from the teacher and compare stores for sales to get the most savings 🙂

  133. Cody Anderson says:

    The JELL-O with Mix-Ins Pudding Packs look delicious and are a great new jello dessert option. A tip I use is to make lunch ahead of time the night before..

  134. The Capri Sun looks delicious. We label everything a couple days before school starts so it isn’t a hassle the night before.

  135. Teresa Thompson says:

    Chips Ahoy cookies

  136. I love the sweat free ice pack!

  137. kyl neusch says:

    meal planning pad

    get to the stores early to avoid lines

  138. christina barnes says:

    New Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff and Lasagna and make sure they have their clothes out the night before so its easy to dress them in the morning

  139. dani marie says:

    capri sun. i love that stuff. and my tip is ease into it and try and make lists and stay organized.

  140. I most want to try the Velveeta Cheesy Skillets.
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  141. laura ari says:

    The Velveeta cheesy skillets.

  142. Leah Shumack says:

    The chips ahoy

  143. I am really anxious to try the Chips Ahoy Reese’s cookies! Those look delish!

  144. Jackie Bennett says:

    I want to try the Velveeta Cheesy Skillets! They look so good!

  145. Chips Ahoy gooey!

  146. The cookies are so good!!

  147. Lucy Schwartz says:

    Let’s get to the sweets . Gimme the Chips Ahoy. Make lunches the night before and put the sandwiches in the freezer. they will stay fresher and be thawed by lunchtime.

  148. Honestly, I’d love the sweat free ice pack. Those Reese’s Chips Ahoy probbaly wouldn’t make it into the cupboard though!

  149. the calendar and stickers look fun and useful

  150. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    The JELL-O with Mix-Ins Pudding Packs sounds so good! I make things simplier by planning meals in advance!

  151. Jeni Lutz says:

    Reeses Chips Ahoy I always pack lunches and get their clothes ready the night before and make supper in a crockpot the next morning

  152. Theresa H says:

    The ice pack and start the back to school schedule at least 2 weeks ahead of time.

  153. The Cheesy skillets. They sound WONDERFUL!! Thank you for the opportunity!

  154. Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff, we make sure our son’s homework is in his backpack before he goes to bed.

  155. Chips Ahoy! We lay out everything we need for the next day.

  156. The Velveeta Cheesy Skillets! We pack most of the school lunch the night before!

  157. Ed Nemmers says:

    Chips Ahoy! Select school clothes the evening before!

  158. Hesper Fry says:

    I am excited about the Chips Ahoy cookies!

  159. I am most excited about the memo pad, to make back to school easier for us, I document everything. With being home schoolers this is a must.

  160. I am anxious to use the Meal Planner Pad and my son would love to try out the Capri SuperV! Very cool!

  161. Ginger b. says:

    Crazy straws b/c my kids love them. I will set out the kids clothes the night before to make mornings easier and prep lunches.

  162. i would love to try the Sweat-free ice pack and my tip is to lay out what you can the night before

  163. The Reeses Chips Ahoy looks delicious! Plan as much as you can the night before so its less stressful in the morning

  164. Jennifer M says:

    I’d like to try the Lunchables with Smoothie.

  165. Mary Cloud says:

    The Gooey Caramel Chips Ahoy

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  166. Susan Smith says:

    The Reeses Chips Ahoy is what I am most excited about. To make back to school easier we visit my daughters class and her teacher before school starts.

  167. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    Chips Ahoy cookies. We start talking how fun school will be a few weeks before. We also get a really cute outfit for the first day
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  168. The Meal planner pad, I get my kids on a sleeping schedule 2 weeks before school starts and I make them lay their clothes out the night before.

  169. Definitely the Reeses Chips Ahoy cookies! We make the transition into school easier by having our son adapt to his “school year” bed time for a couple of weeks before school starts.

  170. the weekly meal planner would help me out so much when i am planning our menu for the week before i head to the store. a tip for back to school is to be as organized as possible and make lists to keep track of to do items.

  171. the cheesy skillet lasagna sounds really good

  172. I’m most excited about the Reese’s Chips Ahoy…I’ve never had them before. To make school easier, we stock up on extra lunch snacks the week before. We also get the erasable calender ready to go on the fridge.

  173. I want to try the Chips Ahoy Cookies! Pack all lunches the night before school so you’re not rushed in the morning.

  174. Derek Timm says:

    I am looking forward to trying the New Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff and Lasagna. They look so good!

  175. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    Im Going Out Tomorrow To Get That Velveeta It Looks good!

  176. Carolyn Daley says:

    Most excited about the Capri Sun Super V Fruit & Vegetable Juice Drink because its a healthier and more suitable drink for kids in place of soda. My tip for making back to school easier is to pack lunch the night before and make sure everyone goes to bed at a decent time to wake up early in the morning.

  177. I want to try the reese chips ahoy. My tip for B2S is to plan outfits and pack the backpack at night to make the morning quicker and easier.

  178. Tyler Ridinger says:

    Thank you for having this giveaway, I am most excited for the capri suns and velveeta, Because I am cyber schooled and it would be fantastic & easy.

  179. The calendar stickers look great for organization. My tip is to do homework right when your child returns home from school.

  180. Chips Ahoy Reeses! Tip – Set a dinner schedule on Sunday and prepare as much as you can that day so you are ready to make dinner each night.

  181. tracey byram says:

    I’m most excited about the Chips Ahoy Cookies. Lay out the day’s outfit the night before.

  182. Amber Porter says:

    The cheesy skillets look good. I have found for me to make 4 school lunches it’s easier to make them at night then in the morning!

  183. I want to try the Reese Chips Ahoy. My tip is not to wait until the last minute before organizing your back to school supplies. Get them together ahead of time so you’re less stressed the day of.

  184. Melissa VandenBerg says:

    The lunchables with Smoothie sound great. My biggest tip is lay out clothes and pack lunches the night before….mornings go much smoother! 🙂

  185. the reeses cups chips ahoy

  186. jules mcnubbin says:

    that stroganoff looks yummy… my tip is to get their complete outfit out the night before and pack lunch the night before, it makes it so much easier and quicker in the mornings

  187. SHEILA tf says:

    I love the Sweat-free ice pack -I’ve had a couple leaking ice packs. My tip is trying to get things done the night before…it’s crazy enough in the mornings:)

  188. Leslie L. Stanziani says:

    I want to try the caramel chips ahoy cookies.The best back to school tip I have is do not stress the kids out.Make shopping fun for them and relaxed.Kids pick up on our anxiety.

  189. the gooey cookies

  190. kelly nicholson says:

    Leave a comment ON THIS POST and tell me what product you are most anxious to try from the prize package

    Velveeta Cheesy Skillet emmmmmmm

  191. kathy pease says:

    yum id love to try the Chips Ahoy cookies

  192. Brenda Elsner says:

    I want to try the velveeta cheesy skillets.

  193. Chips Ahoy cookies.

    I always get everything ready the night before. Backpack, lunch made and clothes put out…

  194. Michelle Fosnaugh says:

    Chips Ahoy with Reese’s peanut butter cups, yeah i am stressed and really need chocolate right now LOL

  195. I want to try the new Velveeta.

  196. Mary Somerville says:

    I am excited about the Chips Ahoy Cookies!! We break down the back to school shopping, into shorter trips & get started early!

  197. Pauline M says:

    I already use alot of the Kraft products, but I’ve never tried the cheesy skillets yet… this is next on my list! And as for getting the kids ready for school…. plan ahead, it makes things much easier than waiting until the day before!

  198. The gooey cookies! They look so good!

  199. Heather S says:

    The chips ahoy and tip is to prepare everything the day/evening before so you don’t stress in the morning.

  200. Ann Council says:

    I like the COOKIES!

  201. Ann Council says:

    I put the children’s clothes together at night and set the table at night for breakfast.

  202. amy deeter says:

    The meal planner

  203. The Reese’s Chip Ahoys sound yummy. For a back to school tip, I say prepare the nights before as much as possible, laying out clothes, back packs ready, etc.

  204. I’m most excited to try to the Capri Sun SuperV. They sound delicious for the family! Mmm!
    Best tip – get everything ready the night before!

  205. I’d like to try the Lunchable with smoothie. Pack a lunch the night before.

  206. amy delong says:

    meal planner,we get what we can ready the night before
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  207. The Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff sounds tasty. My tip is to go over the lunch menu each week with your kidsso you know when to pack lunch & when to give them money

  208. Bettye Short says:

    I would like the try the Velveeta cheesy skillet and the Caprisun SuperV.

  209. Jennifer Peaslee says:

    I really want to try the Cheesy Skillets…they look easy to make and yummy! TIP: get lunches and backpacks ready the night before to avoid a hectic morning. Also teach kids at an early age to make their OWN lunches and get their OWN backpacks ready 🙂

  210. susan smoaks says:

    the chips ahoy look amazing

  211. I want the Chips Ahoy. The tip is make the lunches the night before

  212. Harriett Daniel says:

    I love the Chips Ahoy Soft cookies.
    It saves so much time if everything is laid out the night before!

  213. Brittney House says:

    I’m excited about the cookies and an easy way to get into school is to make sure you plan ahead and shop around for sales and deals.

  214. The Reese’s cookies…YUM.. I also like the upcycled bag..

  215. shirley zolenski says:

    The cookies definitely and we try to get back into bedtime etc about a month before for school.

  216. The chips ahoy with the reeses! YUM!

  217. Richard Hicks says:

    Eager to try kraft velveeta lasagna dinner and one tip is to keep strict early bedtime hours during school

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  219. Brad Merrell says:

    Chips Ahoy!

  220. The lunchables with smoothies and I lay out all their clothes, pack lunches and set out things like bookbags and shoes by the door the night before so everything is easily accessible and ready to go

  221. The Velveeta Cheesy Skillet Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Strogranoff looks tasty; would love to try. My tip is to set alarm 10 mins early.

  222. Alicia Zirjacks says:

    I cant wait to try the dinner kits. My tips is to be prepared and talk to kids about what to expect

  223. Caitlin McClure says:

    I like the Calendar stickers

  224. Veronica Garrett says:

    I am excited about trying the Velvetta Cheesy Dinner Kit Creamy Beef Strogranoff. Prepare everything you can the night before including meals, clothing and any papers that need signing.

  225. Tanya White says:

    The Reeses Chips Ahoy is what I am most excited about, and to make things easier I have all of the kids stuff labeled and clothes hung up and ready for each school day. Thank you.
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  226. Sarah Yurga says:

    I like the calendar stickers – my tip is to make sure everything is set out the night before

  227. I’m excited to try the Chips Ahoy cookies.

  228. sheryl cullum says:

    I really wanna try the meal planner would make life easier and packing luches the night before saves lots of time

  229. jeannine s says:

    the chips ahoy cookies look yummy

  230. Laurie Emerson says:

    I am most excited to try the Lunchables with Smoothie as I love the Lunchables almost as much as my children. My best tip is to make a couple of big meals during the weekend and freeze them. This way it takes so less time to make it and more time to share it with your family.
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  231. I can’t wait to try the Velveeta Cheesy Skillets!

    Terri P
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  232. Trisha McKee says:

    The meal planner!

  233. Capri sun.