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Back-to-School Giveaway: $150 Lunchbox Builder Prize Package

by Tara Kuczykowski on August 24, 2009 · 959 comments


Tune in all week for even more hot Back-To-School Giveaways, and be sure to check out all of the current giveaways for other great prizes!

To help kick off the school year and make school lunches a little bit more fun, Walmart, Smuckers, Motts and Pepperidge Farm have joined together to create, a fun site where users can design their own lunchbox -- complete with materials, colors and decals. You can print out your design and also add it to the gallery, where other visitors will vote on their favorite design, and the winners will receive an amazing prize package worth over $150! Be sure to take a few minutes to print coupons on some of your kids' favorite snack foods while you're there as well.

One lucky Deal Seeking Mom reader will also win one of these great prize packages (worth over $150!), which includes:

  • iPod Shuffle (color may vary)
  • Insulated lunchbox
  • Sharpie pens in multiple colors
  • Colored pencils
  • Smuckers Uncrustables container
  • Optical mouse
  • Smuckers belt pack
  • Motts reusable shopping bag
  • Smuckers Strawberry
  • Pencils
  • Product coupons
  • $65 Walmart gift card
  • Pedometer
  • 5 Labels for Education, valued at 10,000 points each

To enter, leave a comment and tell me what you do to make your kids' lunches healthy and fun! Do you have a favorite fun food? Do you include a handwritten note reminding them that you love them?


Every reader has four methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, three, or four for up to a total of 4 entries!!!

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. Tell me your best idea for making school lunches healthy and fun!

2. Add Deal Seeking Mom to your blogroll or add my badge to your sidebar. Make sure to come back and leave the link to your site in a separate comment!

3. Join the new Deal Seeking Mom Forums to chat about your great finds, special coupon codes, and chances to win exclusive giveaways. Leave a separate comment letting me know you've joined or that you're already a registered user!

4. Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed. Lovin’ my subscribers! You guys make this all possible.

(1) prize package as described above

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, 8/30. I’ll use to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email on and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!


1 denise August 26, 2009 at 8:55 am

I subscribe via email.


2 denise August 26, 2009 at 8:56 am

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3 Lina August 26, 2009 at 9:49 am

Hi!!!! well im not a mom but I am an older sister I know that my mom always packs us great lunches!!! she tries to stay true to thr health pyramid she tries to always help us by doing portion control. Which is the trick to also not be hungry all the time, and not over eat. She packs half of the plate with healthy vegetables, three deck of cards size of a protein, and a baseball size of grains. When she wants to give us a treat like dessert she packs fresh fruit which also are great for hot days like the ones we've had. She always tries to keep our lunches to the closest possible to healthy and nutritional :)

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4 Kristi August 26, 2009 at 10:04 am

I let my daughter choose from different healthy items. That way she feels in control, but yet I am too!

5 Daleene August 26, 2009 at 10:52 am

What I do to make school lunches fun is I write a little note to my son every morning on his napkin. Just a little encouraging note like "Have a great day" or "you make Mom proud!". I also let him pack his own lunch, that way he feels that he is a big kid and he can do it all by himself!! (With me overseeing what he puts in it of coarse)

6 Daleene August 26, 2009 at 10:55 am

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7 Daleene August 26, 2009 at 10:56 am

I am a subscriber via e-mail. I look forward to receiving your e-mails.

8 Cathy August 26, 2009 at 11:10 am

I always add a variety of types of food in lunches. A fruit, a healthy snack, and then something a little not so healthy.

9 Cathy August 26, 2009 at 11:11 am

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10 Cathy August 26, 2009 at 11:11 am

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11 Cathy August 26, 2009 at 11:12 am

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12 Rikki August 26, 2009 at 11:39 am

I let my dughter choose from a preselected variety of healthy snacks. She feels like she has some control over her meal. I'm happy and she is happy!

13 Kristin H August 26, 2009 at 11:45 am

My kids are starting to pack their own lunches...but they must always have healthy foods or fruit of some sort. They also like to freeze their go-gurts and put them in their lunches and they stay cold enough and just right for lunch time.

14 Kristin H August 26, 2009 at 11:46 am

I am a member of the forums

15 Kristin H August 26, 2009 at 11:46 am

I am a subscriber to the newsletter.

16 Jenny W August 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Include fresh veggies and fruits.

17 Jenny W August 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm

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18 Jenny W August 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm

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19 Stephanie August 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm

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20 Stephanie August 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm

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21 Stephanie August 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

This is my first year packing full lunches rather than just sending snacks. I'm doing a lot of reading the comments to learn what works for other people and I'll keep in mind the foods that my kids already enjoy and figure out how to make them lunchbox handy.

22 Karen August 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Fruit and a note!

23 Vicki Wurgler August 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm

the kids help plan and pack their lunch boxes-they like veggies cut into small pieces-same with fruit

24 Rebecca August 26, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Hi, I am new to the site. My son started at a new school in our area that does not provide school lunch which in our area is very popular with 5 baked french fries and baked chicken breast green beans and apples. SO in packing lunches I will try to include thing from dinner the night before and some fun fruit snacks. I'm sure I will get the hang of it quick. I am open for any ideas and comments. They do have microwaves available for them to warm things which is great.

25 Lanesha August 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Walmart has these great pre-packaged apples and carmel snacks that my daughter loves.

26 Leah August 26, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Anything that the kids don't want to eat gets cut into little quarter-sized pieces (carrot circles instead of carrot sticks, etc.) and they have to eat $1 worth or maybe $2 worth. It works for bananas at breakfast too, and they don't seem to mind eating these healthy things anymore!

27 Rani August 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I love using tortillas in school lunches, great with cream cheese and veggies, meat and cheese, pb&j, and tons of other combos...

28 Rani August 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I am a subscriber

29 Rani August 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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30 Rani August 26, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I am a member of the forums, too.

31 Marie R August 26, 2009 at 2:37 pm

I like to make heart shape sandwiches and sometimes add marshmellows.

32 babysnark23 August 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm

I have my child pick one healthy and one junk food option. I also become friendly with and get to know the lunch staff and tell my child they are watching (hehe) and making sure she's eating her healthy choices. This is also helpful when she buys her lunch, so I know she is eating her veggies, lol.

33 Cary Pleasant August 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm

I am a subscriber

34 Misty August 26, 2009 at 4:07 pm

I let my children help me decide what they want for lunch.

35 Michelle M August 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm

I make lunch healthy by always including some fruit: apple slices, strawberries, grapes, etc. Thanks.

36 Michelle M August 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm

I'm an email subscriber.

37 Kirsten August 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm

I liked putting a small tupperware container of applesauce in my girls' lunches everyday. They always ate it!

38 Michelle August 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm

I let my son choose what he wants for lunch each day (although I give him 2 or 3 choices), but I try to add a fruit or veggie, too.

39 Michelle August 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm

I'm an email subscriber.

40 Blousie August 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Buy everything organic and sneak veggies to homemade bakes goods.

41 patty August 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm

I use a cookie cutter to make sandwiches more fun and appetizing.

42 melissa August 26, 2009 at 7:57 pm

I think taking a peanut butter sandwich with thinly sliced apples on it is always a fun and interesting way to get some protien and fruit in your child.

43 Amber August 26, 2009 at 8:26 pm

My son has only been in preschool and did have his lunch there. Since he can't read, I would just put a big heart on his napkin or a smiley face. My daughter's going to preschool this year so I'm excited to do that for her, too!

44 Jen August 26, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Leaving special notes of encouragement in lunches is the best.

45 Jen August 26, 2009 at 9:54 pm


46 Sarah August 26, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I subscribe via RSS

47 Sarah August 26, 2009 at 10:45 pm

I make lunches healthy by always trying to include a protien, fruit and veggie (my kids get enough carbs without me focusing on them!) The fun is all in how they are packaged.

48 Candi August 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm

My kids lunches usually have a sandwich that the kids (6,9, & 11) make themselves in the morning or night before on whole grain bread. Then we make homemade granola, trail mix, muffins, yogurt, or other healthy snacks. Each kid gets to make their own lunch by making their sandwich to their liking and pick 2 snacks they really love to accompany it. A water, ice tea, or juice goes with each child . By giving them the ability to cook, prepare, and select their lunch choices, they are empowered to make healthy choices, and always get what they want.

49 Candi August 26, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Subscribed via email -

50 Candi August 26, 2009 at 11:03 pm

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