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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 SaraLe August 26, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Eating more friuts & veggies.

2 Stacy August 27, 2009 at 2:22 am

I'm a suscriber.

3 Amy August 27, 2009 at 6:06 am

I let the kids help me decide what to pack. I give them options.

4 Amy August 27, 2009 at 6:06 am

I am an email subscriber.

5 ALH1203 August 27, 2009 at 8:00 am

email subscriber

6 ALH1203 August 27, 2009 at 8:01 am

def put little notes in the bag - do this for my hubby when he goes fishing too, LOl! I pack a fav fruit and a treat along with a sammy, usually PB&J b/c she LOVES it

7 ALH1203 August 27, 2009 at 8:02 am

registered user for your forum - awesome!!

8 Kristina August 27, 2009 at 10:08 am

I'd love to be entered. For school lunches I like to add a fruit and a healthy snack such as a granola bar or muffin.

9 Kristina August 27, 2009 at 10:09 am

I'm a member of your forum : ) Thanks.

10 Kristina August 27, 2009 at 10:09 am

I'm subscribed to your website. Thanks again : )

11 Destiny August 27, 2009 at 10:14 am

I like to have something healthy but quick, so I know my son has enough time to eat it all!

12 Destiny August 27, 2009 at 10:15 am

I am a member of your forum.

13 Destiny August 27, 2009 at 10:15 am

I am an email subscriber

14 Angela S. August 27, 2009 at 11:19 am

I'm a subscriber to emails from Deal Seeking Mom.

15 Angela S. August 27, 2009 at 11:20 am

I'm a registered user on the Deal Seeking Mom Forums.

16 Angela S. August 27, 2009 at 11:25 am

My daughter is in high school and she eats school lunches, but I always try to make sure she has a special treat of her own to add to the sometimes boring lunches that the school provides.

17 Megan N. August 27, 2009 at 11:43 am

I am an email subscriber!

18 Stefani August 27, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Give the kids choices on what they want!

19 Stefani August 27, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I'm a subscriber!!


20 sarah August 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm

lots of veggies and fruit with dips

21 sarah August 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm

subscribe to your feed via email

22 kathy August 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Don't keep white bread in the house and get those little tiny cartons of OJ to pack in the lunches and always have apples and bananas on hand as they are the most portable fruit. Baby carrots are good too

23 Mickey C. August 27, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Anything that tastes great makes any meal fun! Just know what healthy food one particularly likes!

24 Mickey C. August 27, 2009 at 6:22 pm

I'm an email subscriber!

25 Susan Dill August 27, 2009 at 6:42 pm

I am fortunate that my grandson loves fruit and healthy snacks. He likes to help pack his lunch.

26 Elizabeth August 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I always let her choose a fruit for snack and then I peel the fruit.. she hates any skin on it... and I cut the fruit into fun shapes. I cut the oranges and put jello inside and refrigerate them for the next day. She loves it.

27 Meg August 27, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Healthy can be the hard part (if I don't pack things she likes, she'll just pitch them). I make sure I pack 100% juice, a fruit she likes, peanut butter & jelly sandwich (which is a whole protein) -- and I try to include some type of baked chips.

To make it fun, I put a note in her lunch (written on her napkin) every day - she really looks forward to that! :)

28 Shelly August 27, 2009 at 8:26 pm

My best trick is packing bento style lunches. The focus is on making them colorful, which usually means lot fruits and veggies. And it helps with portion control as well.

29 ILona August 27, 2009 at 11:43 pm

I subscribe to your blog. :)

30 Riana August 28, 2009 at 12:18 am

The best way I make school lunches fun is to involve the kids! We have a list of school lunch ideas on our message board in the kitchen. Each night I ask the kids what they want for lunch the next day, and they help me. They are more likely to enjoy home lunch if they get to pick the lunch!

31 Riana August 28, 2009 at 12:18 am

I have a badge on my blog!

32 Riana August 28, 2009 at 12:19 am

I subscribe via RSS feed!

33 Riana August 28, 2009 at 12:19 am

I am a forum member.

34 Sarah August 28, 2009 at 12:57 am

I let them choose what kind of fruit they want and cut it up the ways they like. It makes the lunch THEIRS.

35 Sarah August 28, 2009 at 12:57 am

I am a member of the forums

36 Sarah August 28, 2009 at 12:58 am

I subscribe via feader

37 REVATHY NATARAJAN August 28, 2009 at 1:25 am

Email subscriber.please enter for contest

38 Kermille August 28, 2009 at 9:41 am

I'm an email subscriber. My kids love fruit so I pack their lunches full of naturally sweet fruits since they both have a sweet tooth.

39 Erin August 28, 2009 at 10:34 am

We buy organic snacks that taste yummy that the whole family likes!

40 Jessi August 28, 2009 at 11:06 am

Leave notes in the lunchbox. Make most things from scratch.

41 Mendy August 28, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I am a member of the forums!

42 Karla August 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Always include fruit.

43 Karla August 28, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I subscribe to the e-mail feed.

44 Karla August 28, 2009 at 1:02 pm

I am registered on the forums.

45 Marlena U. August 28, 2009 at 1:18 pm

I've learned that if you include the children in the preparation part of lunch packing, they are more likely to eat it. We spend time putting fresh fruit and veggies in little reuseable bowls and I let them pick out cookie cutters to make their sandwiches fun to eat!

46 Marlena U. August 28, 2009 at 1:19 pm

email subscriber

47 April C August 28, 2009 at 5:37 pm

I always write a little love note to my son when he takes his lunch. I think it makes him special and I plan on doing it until it embarrasses him enough he ask me to stop!

48 April C August 28, 2009 at 5:37 pm

I'm a subscriber!

49 jeanine August 28, 2009 at 5:45 pm

I subscribe to the email feed.

50 Kim Naff August 28, 2009 at 5:55 pm

My favorite way to make lunch fun? Bento boxes. The Japanese do crazy things with their lunch boxes, and I try some of them out. Take apple slices, cut a V pointing toward the end of the apple slice and slice off the peel below it, also cutting below the points of the V. Soak in a little bowl of water with some lemon juice and you get "ringo usagi" or "apple bunnies". I usually add a mini tub of caramel or peanut butter. Take mini hot dogs and cut about halfway up into 8 sections to make "legs". Boil or microwave to make "tako weiners" or "octopus weiners". Serve with ketchup or mustard. I also like to make an egg dish called tamagoyaki. It isn't exactly authentic because dashi stock is difficult to come by where I live, but take about 3 eggs, add a 1/4 cup of water, a tbsp. of soy sauce, and a tbsp. of sugar. Mix. In a hot greased frying pan, add about 1/3 of the mixture. Let it cook through a bit and roll it into a log and push off to the side. Add another 1/3, let it cook pretty much through, and roll your "log" back through to add layers. Do this with the final bit as well. (Make sure you lift the "log" a bit so the fresh mix gets under the cooked bits.) When it's all done, transfer it to a cutting board and let it cool most of the way. Slice in 1-inch sections and pack away. It's really delicious, somewhat sweet, and great with something kind of salty like teriyaki chicken.

Fruits and veggies prepared in fun ways often help quite a bit. I often will take potatos and carrots and boil them until they're practically mush. I add a bit of rice flour and mix them until they're somewhat stiff. I make lumpy balls with them, add a leftover apple stem to the top, and bake them until they're somewhat stiff. They look like mini-pumpkins and are great in the fall and winter.

Still, there are FAST healthy options, too, like fruit and apple sauce cups, and even things like Chef Boyardee are okay now and again. I like to make my own snack-size versions of things, and sometimes experiment with well-known recipes. Even my husband loves it when I make Fruity Pebble treats with some real dried fruit mixed in. I can't keep them in the house!

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