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Happy National Cereal Day!

 

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Did you know that today, March 7, 2016, is National Cereal Day?

Cereal… oh cereal… you have always been a part of my life. For me, cereal is a “comfort food,” just like mac & cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup and my mom’s beef stew.

I still remember when I was a child that I would anxiously await my mom to come home from food shopping to see what cereal she brought home. As a child it was all about the prizes tucked away inside the box. Of course I enjoyed the cereal too. What cartoon watching marathon on a Saturday morning didn’t include a bowl (or two) of your favorite cereal?

One of my favorites as a child that they stopped making decades ago (yeah… I’m that old) was called Freakies. Oddly enough, friends of mine that are around my age DON’T recall that cereal. That is weird because I lived off that stuff as a child. I even have a few of the toys that I kept over the years.

I might be considered a “grown up,” but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy my favorite cereals from my youth. Take for example Lucky Charms. I’m crazy about Lucky Charms! I don’t put milk in my cereal (I’ve always eaten it dry), so I like to eat the cereal bits from Lucky Charms and save all the marshmallow “charms” until the very end. My husband thinks I’m weird, but I don’t mind. That is how I enjoy my Lucky Charms.

Did you know Lucky Charms is also available in chocolate flavor? I have yet to find a box of Chocolate Lucky Charms, but I keep looking for them. I bet they taste amazing. Chocolate and marshmallows go perfectly together.

General Mills cereals are our “go to” favorites. My family (husband and kids) go through at least two boxes of Cheerios per week. Our personal favorite is Honey Nut Cheerios, but the other varieties are equally as delicious.

Did you know that whole grain is the first ingredient in all Big G cereals, 90 percent of which are free from artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources. As a mom, I feel good about letting my family enjoy their favorite Big G cereals which include Lucky Charms, Cheerios, Trix, Coco Puffs and Chex to name a few. Some Big G / General Mills cereals are Gluten-Free. The brand is also in the process of removing sugars from some of their cereals as well.

If you would like to learn more about the wonderful things being done to our favorite cereals, you can read more about it here.

Cereal is not only ideal for breakfast – you can also enjoy it for lunch, dinner and even a snack. I bring cereal to work with me on days that I don’t feel like a sandwich. And I love to snack on a bowl of cereal at night.

You can even use cereal as toppings for your ice cream, yogurt and more! You can even make delicious recipes out of your favorite Big G cereal. One of my personal favorites (and my kids too) is making Muddy Buddies.

You can find the recipe for Muddy Buddies on the Chex website. The above photo is of a batch I made a few years ago. If you haven’t tried Muddy Buddies yet, you should. They are SO GOOD! I believe you can buy them pre-made too, but it’s more fun to make them yourself.

Here are two more recipes you might enjoy using your favorite Big G cereals. I especially love the S’mores one.

(Courtesy of My Menu Pal)

Lucky Charms Cooler Recipe

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup Lucky Charms cereal, marshmallows removed and reserved
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup pineapple

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Top cooler with reserved marshmallows.

(Courtesy of I Wash… You Dry)

S’mores Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp corn oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 1/2 cups Golden Grahams cereal
  • 1 cup Mallow Bits (or miniature marshmallows)
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips*
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate flavored melting chocolates, melted according to package instructions

Instructions

  1. Cover two large baking sheets with wax paper, set aside.
  2. In a large heavy bottom pot, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the popcorn kernels and cover with a lid, leaving slightly ajar to let steam escape.
  3. Shake the pot back and forth gently while the popcorn kernels begin to pop. Once popping has stopped pour popcorn in a large bowl.
  4. To the bowl add the Golden Grahams, Mallow Bits, and mini chocolate chips. Toss to combine.
  5. Lay out popcorn mixture in a thin layer on the baking sheets. Drizzle the melting chocolates all over the popcorn mixture and let cool.
  6. Once hardened, gently break up the pieces and enjoy!

Delish!!! I can’t wait to try these.

For more information (and recipes!) visit GeneralMills.com. You can also find them on social media.

What is YOUR CURRENT favorite cereal? What is a favorite cereal from your youth?

Do you have any yummy recipes that you make using cereal? If so, feel free to share it in the comment section of this post.

Happy National Cereal Day! I hope you enjoy celebrating it. Upload your photos and posts using the hashtag #NationalCerealDay too!

I love this cool retro looking t-shirt. Too bad it doesn’t fit me, but my daughter can wear it.

Kimberly

*I received some cereal and goodies in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

The force is strong with General Mills cereals featuring limited edition glow-in-the-dark Star Wars stickers

 

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Have you seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet? My husband and I FINALLY saw it last week for the 20th Anniversary of our first date (we went out to breakfast than the movie). I felt like we were the last people on the face of the Earth to see the film. Even the little kids I work with have seen it upwards of five times already!

Sadly, the kids I work with told me bits and pieces about the film (they are little kids – they didn’t know better). None the less the movie was AWESOME and I hope we can see it again. I am definitely getting a copy of the film when it come to Blu-ray.

The film is breaking records left and right. It’s no wonder that film related toys, games, clothing and accessories are flying off store shelves. Everyone and their grandmother (or so it would seem) are Star Wars fans.

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General Mills is offering Star Wars: The Force Awakens fans the opportunity to collect limited edition, glow-in-the-dark Star Wars decals. The decals are found in specially marked boxes of cereals including Cheerios, Multi Grain Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Cookie Crisps.

There are six collectible decals in all featuring R2-D2 & C-3PO, Chewbacca, BB-8, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and a Stormtrooper – characters from both the “light” and “dark” sides of the force.

Perhaps you’ve seen the commercial for these decals? If not, here is a brief commercial about the decals.

 

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens decals are perfect for decorating bedrooms, offices, “man caves” and more places for fans of all ages. The decals are repositionable. They can be used on most flat surfaces.

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General Mills sent me some of their specially marked cereals as well as all of the available Star Wars: The Force Awakens decals. They also sent a Star Wars bowl and tray for breakfast in bed.

These are really cool decals. As a life long Star Wars fan (I saw the first film in the movie theater, and two of our cats are named after Star Wars characters), I really love these decals.

The decals have a little bit of a stickiness to them, but I wouldn’t call them a true sticker. You can easily peel them off and place them some place else.

I tried to take a photo of one in the dark. The photo didn’t turn out as great as I hoped it would, but it’s still cool.

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Only the words Star Wars: The Force Awakens glows-in-the-dark. The character featured on the decal does not.

Look for these decals on specially marked packages of General Mills cereals (those mentioned above). Hurry! They will only be available for a limited time.

Have you seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Who is your favorite character? Which decal would you like to own?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples and other branded goodies to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

The Minions are here and they are taking over General Mills Big G cereals (giveaway ends 7/25/15)

 

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The Minions are taking over theaters across the country. Have you seen the movie yet?

I think the Minions are aiming for world domination because their adorable faces are popping up all over the place, including many of your favorite products including some General Mills cereals.

Inside specially marked packages of General Mills cereals you’ll find collectible Minion buddies (mini sized minions). There are six different characters in all for you to collect and trade with friends.

Each Minion buddy has the ability to connect with other buddies too.

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You can find the Minions buddies for a limited time in the following specially marked Big G cereals from General Mills;

  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Banana Nut Cheerios
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • Reese’s Puffs
  • Trix
  • Golden Grahams

You can also find other Minion fun on specially marked packages of Betty Crocker fruit flavored snacks including Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit by the Foot and Gushers.

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General Mills was kind enough to send me a cute Minion buddy, a couple of specially marked packages (so we have three Minion buddies in total) as well as a Fandango gift card to go and see the movie. We are planning on going two weeks from now (we have plans this coming weekend).

Check out this exclusive Minions move trailer from General Mills for a special sneak peak of one the summer’s biggest premieres.

I am planning on hanging our Minion buddies off our Christmas tree as ornaments. They already come with a handy string to hang them with.

For more information about General Mills please visit GeneralMills.com. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites. All the links are found at the bottom of their home page.

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General Mills would like to give a lucky reader a fun Minions prize package which includes;

  • Specially marked box of Big G Cereal
  • Specially marked box of Betty Crocker fruit product
  • Minion buddy
  • $25 Fandango gift card which you can use to go and see the movie.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 25, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email 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 what is your favorite General Mills and/or favorite Minion character?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

May the force be with you at breakfast time

 

Star Wars Poster

Are you a Star Wars fan? I am. My husband too. We’ve probably seen each of the six films at the very least a dozen times or more. We love the film’s so much that we named two of our cats after Star Wars characters – Anakin and Padme. I wanted to name our dog Obi (as in Obi Wan Kenobi) but my husband won out and we named our dog Espn (Es-pin). In all fairness I’ve named all our other pets so I had to give him at least one.

I am super excited about the new film coming to theaters this December. I can’t wait to see the return of Luke, Han and Leia. They may be older but I’m sure they still have plenty of galactic adventures left in them.

General Mills has teamed up with Star Wars to offer consumers vintage movie posters from the movie franchise. AWESOME!

Inside every specially marked boxes of General Mills cereals you’ll find one of six different movie posters.

The cereals participating in this promotion include Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, Cookie Crisp, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Reese’s Puffs.

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This promotion is available only for a limited time so if you are interested you need to pick up some boxes today.

I have three posters from the collection so far. General Mills sent me a poster and two boxes of cereal. I haven’t hung the posters up as of yet. I am holding on to them for the day that we have a house and a place (family room) where we can hang them up and display them.

The posters measure 11″ x 17″.

When you have a chance you should also check out the special #CerealWars Tumblr page for more fan fun surrounding the General Mills and Star Wars partnership.

For more information about General Mills please visit www.GeneralMills.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

Are you a fan of the Star Wars series? Which was your favorite film? Do you have a favorite character?

What is your favorite General Mills cereal?

I always love to hear from readers. Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received two boxes of cereal and a poster in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.  

Breakfast at Home Makes “Cents” (giveaway ends 7/7/13) #MyBlogSpark

 

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I can never understand why people insist on eating out all the time. I understand how eating out is convenient and quick. I can also appreciate not having to prepare meals and do dishes too. I just don’t know how people can afford to do it all the time. Once in a “blue moon” is fine, but every day? And all meals? Just think of how much money could be saved if you ate most of those meals at home. Especially breakfast.

Breakfast has to be one of the quickest, easiest and least expensive meals of the day.

My family eats a lot of cereal. It’s quick and easy to prepare and enjoy (just pour in your favorite bowl, add milk and enjoy). Plus it’s very versatile since there are so many cereals on the market. Plus you can add fresh fruit to them too (Honey Nut Cheerios with sliced bananas is so yummy!).

Cereal is also a great staple to keep on hand in your pantry. They have often have a long shelf life and you can use them for other meals besides breakfast.

Most breakfast foods you pay a small fortune to buy at a local restaurant can be made at home. For example, a breakfast sandwich can be made at home in just a few minutes. You can even make a breakfast burrito at home with store bought tortillas. Fancy “gourmet” yogurts can be made at home with store bought (or homemade) yogurt and your own toppings (cereal makes great toppings for yogurt).

Even if you and your spouse ate breakfast out every day of the work week (M-F) it would cost on average $5 per day per person ($10/day). That is around $50 per week just on breakfast! Imagine how many boxes of cereal, milk, eggs and bread you can purchase with that amount of money.

If time is an issue set your alarm for 5-10 minutes earlier so that you have time to prepare breakfast at home. When you think about how long you wait on line to buy breakfast out it probably equals 5-10 minutes too.

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General Mills would like to challenge YOU to see how much time and money you can save during the week simply by eating breakfast at home instead of on the run with breakfast from the local deli or fast food restaurant. It’s called the Breakfast at Home Savings Challenge.

Starting June 15, 2013 you can take advantage of great savings in-store and online on some of your family’s favorite General Mills breakfast items like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms and the different varieties of Cheerio cereals. All you need to do is pick out your favorite coupons from the Breakfast at Home Makes Cents website, print and take to your local grocery store for savings.

You can also find savings on specially marked boxes of General Mills cereals too (save up to $6!).

For more information about General Mills visit www.GeneralMills.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

To help save you time and money, and enjoy breakfast at home with your family, I have a special prize package to give to a lucky reader.

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The prize consists of;

  • $25 gift card to use during the event 
  • One box of Honey Nut Cheerios® 
  • One box of Lucky Charms®
  • Big G Bowl
  • Big G lip balm

Retail Value: $39

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on July 7, 2013 at 11:59 PM (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 what your favorite Big G (General Mills) cereal?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Box Tops for Education: Pantry Stock Up Giveaway (ends 2/25/13).

 

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If you have been reading She Scribes for a few years you might recall that I have posted about Box Tops for Education in the past. I even attended a local conference where I got to learn more about the program and talk with people who are passionate about helping their schools benefit from such a wonderful program.

If you are unfamiliar with Box Tops for Education, like me give you a brief introduction.

I’m sure you have seen the Box Tops for Education logos on select products in your local grocery store. You might even have a few products in your pantry right now with the labels on them.

Many schools across the country collect these labels and redeem them for cash that can be used to help the school buy much needed supplies. Each Box Top for Education label that is redeemed is worth .10 cents for the school. I know that might not sound like much, but there are schools out there that raise THOUSANDS of dollars each year just by collecting the Box Tops for Education labels from school families and their communities. When I was at the conference a couple of years ago they talked about a school that raised a whopping $17,000 for their school in one year simply by collecting and redeeming the Box Tops for Education labels.

Look for Box Tops for Education - and even DOUBLE Box Tops Labels - on your favorite products

Look for Box Tops for Education – and even DOUBLE Box Tops Labels – on your favorite products

If you are not sure if your school participates simply ask a PTA member. If your school does not participate perhaps you might want to consider working with the PTA to start collecting for your school TODAY.

I keep a small, sandwich size baggie on my cork board where I keep the Box Tops for Education labels that I cut out and save. My kid’s schools do not actively participate (much to my dismay) but the elementary school does. Whenever the bag gets full I give the contents to an ex-neighbor of ours whose daughter attends the elementary school. When my kids were in the elementary school I would send the labels in with them.

In addition to collecting labels you can also earn virtual Box Tops for your school simply by shopping online at stores you might normally shop at like Walmart, Children’s Place, Target, Sephora, PetSmart, Old Navy, iTunes and Kmart. In order to earn the virtual credits for your school you must shop at these (and other) online stores via the Marketplace area of the Box Tops for Education website. You simply enter your favorite store through their portal and your purchases are turned into credits for your school.

You can learn how I shopped through the Box Tops for Education Marketplace and earned credits for my school here, https://www.shescribes.com/2011/11/box-tops-for-education-marketplace-your-one-stop-shop-for-all-your-holiday-needs.html.

There are over 250 online stores participating. If you are going to shop online at these stores it only makes perfect sense to let your school benefit too. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and the school earns money for much needed supplies. It’s a win-win situation.

It doesn’t matter where you live in the United States, most school are in need of funds and supplies. Bake sales and fundraisers are not always enough. That is why programs such as Box Tops for Education are so important. Even if you don’t have a child or grandchild in school, or if your school does not participate, there is still a school local to you that you can donate the Box Tops that you collect to.

Since the program started in 1996, schools have raised almost $500 MILLION dollars using Box Tops for Education. That is amazing!

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There are many different brands that participate. You do not have to shop other then you normally do. Simply purchase your favorite products from your favorite store, then clip off the Box Tops for Education labels, save them up and then offer them to a participating school near you.

If you would like to learn more about the program you can read about my experience at the Box Tops for Education conference here, https://www.shescribes.com/2011/04/box-tops-for-education-its-more-then-just-a-piece-of-paper-giveaway.html. You can also visit the official website, www.BoxTops4Education.com. On the website you can also find yummy recipes, coupons, resources and more.

You can also join in on the conversation and meet others who participate in the program on the Box Tops for Education Facebook page. You can even follow them on Twitter (@BTFE).

In celebration of reaching more than $500 million to schools since the program started in 1996, Box Tops for Education and General Mills would like to give a lucky reader a great assortment of many popular products and trusted household brands. 

General Mills Box Tops Pantry Prize Package

The prize package includes ALL of the following items;

  • New Peanut Butter Toast Crunch Cereal
  • Nature Valley Chew Trail Mix Dark Chocolate Cherry Bars
  • Nature Valley Protein Salted Caramel Bars
  • Fiber One Protein Bars
  • Progresso Recipe Starter
  • Food Should Taste Good Chips
  • A Green Giant Pencil Pouch with pencils and other goodies inside
  • Hamburger Helper Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Hamburger Helper Parmesan Crusted Chicken
  • Betty Crocker Mac & Cheese
  • Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes
  • Scott Toilet Paper (4 pack)
  • Scott Paper Towel (1 roll)
  • Kleenex Tissues (184 count box and travel packs)
  • Avery dry erase weekly calendar
  • Ziploc sandwich bags
  • Ziploc left over/storage bowls
  • Coupon for a FREE Yoplait frozen yogurt

That’s A LOT of great products! Thank you General Mills, Box Tops for Education and their partners.

By the way the Salted Caramel bars are out of this world! They are so good! :-)!

BTFE Prize Package

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on February 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM (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 either your experience with Box Tops for Education – or- which product/products are you most excited about in the prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify. Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*Disclousure: The information, products and promotional items have been provided by General Mills and Box Tops for Education and it’s partners. There was no financial compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.