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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Smucker's Kidvitations

This is a sponsored post from BlogHer and Smuckers.



The school year is right around the corner for most of us, and summer's togetherness will soon be replaced by a potentially hectic new schedule. With early mornings, and late nights as they get older, there are times I feel like I haven't seen the kids all week.

When we need to reconnect a little, when I fix my kids' lunches, I sometimes put a note in with them as a surprise, just to let them know I'm thinking of them, and am tuned in to what's going on at school, e.g. "I love you, and good luck on your test!" My older ones fix their own lunches, and I will sometimes sneak a note in theirs as well. (As far as I know, they've not been beaten up for it.)

The nice folks at Smucker's have taken the lunchbox note a step further, and given the lunchbox note a little twist. Smucker's Kidvitations are a cute way to make a note for your child's lunchbox to let them know you're thinking of them, and are looking forward to doing something special with them later. Check them out!

The contest

Enter for a chance to win a $200 Visa Gift Card.

To enter, leave a comment below and share how you share a moment with your kids on a busy day

Contest ends 10pm CST August 25, 2010.

Rules:

* No duplicate comments.
* You may receive an additional entry by linking on twitter and leaving a link to your tweet in the comments.
* This giveaway is open to US-Residents aged 18 and older
* Winner will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
* You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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Create a Kidvitation!

Home can be a busy place with the hustle and bustle of everyday life. That’s why it’s important to set time aside to spend with your kids. Use Smuckers® Kidvitations to invite your kids to share a moment with you over a perfect PB&J.

299 Comments:

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  • Every once in awhile we'll get up really early for the early Mass and then out to breakfast before school....it's a few peaceful moments during our busy day that I know we all cherish.

    By Blogger DoughGirl, At 10:29 PM, August 22, 2010  

  • I connect through books: reading them to the kids; giving them books; taking them to the library. Thanks for the contest.

    By Blogger slehan, At 12:36 AM, August 23, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/slehan/status/21890002229

    By Blogger slehan, At 12:37 AM, August 23, 2010  

  • blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2010/08/smuckers-kidvitations-for-chance-to-win.html

    By Blogger slehan, At 12:38 AM, August 23, 2010  

  • I still do notes in the lunchbox for my youngest (only one still in school) and she's 17!

    Since mine are older- we keep in touch via technology. Even when we are in the same room we text or IM each other.

    I also send them e-cards for every little thing, from random holidays to things are going great to things are going lousy, it just brightens their day and they always tell me how much it means.

    By Blogger dddiva, At 6:39 AM, August 23, 2010  

  • I get to hear singing in the car. I cheer.

    By Blogger momznite, At 8:06 AM, August 23, 2010  

  • We always find the time to read a book, even on the busiest day. It might be in the morning or while supper is cooking or just right before bed.

    By Blogger Anna Smith, At 9:10 AM, August 23, 2010  

  • I have two teenage daughters and we love to go shopping together.
    bethc224@aol.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 9:37 AM, August 23, 2010  

  • I've recently been telling childhood stories about me, my sister, cousins I grew up with and funny stories about us on my grandparents farm. We do this either during bath time or in lieu of bedtime stories. They seem to love it and sometimes even request certain stories over and over!

    By Anonymous Suzy, At 10:05 AM, August 23, 2010  

  • I spend time together with them in the pool in the summer and in the van during the school year.

    Pick me, Pick MEEEEE!!

    :)

    By Anonymous carmen, At 3:33 PM, August 23, 2010  

  • Crap. I hit enter before leaving my email - but I'm betting that you know who I am.

    Carmen at Mom to the Screaming Masses

    By Anonymous Carmen, At 3:34 PM, August 23, 2010  

  • We all sit down together for dinner every night and reconnect=)
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

    By Blogger Luvdaylilies, At 7:49 PM, August 23, 2010  

  • I tweeted=)
    http://twitter.com/Luvdaylilies/status/21958416950
    Luvdayllies at bellsouth dot net

    By Blogger Luvdaylilies, At 7:54 PM, August 23, 2010  

  • At dinner we play high point and low point of the day

    By Blogger idahomom, At 9:04 PM, August 23, 2010  

  • On a busy day we might be in the car. We love to share music and sing along. We love to make each other laugh. We love to laugh at ourselves.

    Often when I drop off my daughter I'll say "See you tomorrow" even though I'll be picking her up soon. It always makes her laugh.

    By Blogger Tammigirl, At 9:14 PM, August 23, 2010  

  • we read a book together, or when we are in the car we play ispy thanks for the chance eaglesforjack@gmail.com

    By Blogger tina reynolds, At 9:41 PM, August 23, 2010  

  • During the week, our family time is sitting down to dinner. It's really true about eating together keeps you together. Today it was all about the first day of school and what happened!
    pauline15_01 at hotmail dot com

    By Blogger pauline15, At 1:25 AM, August 24, 2010  

  • I ask her what was the best part of her day, the worst part and what she learned. We have had some interesting discussions.

    By Blogger miriama, At 1:32 AM, August 24, 2010  

  • Lunch is always more special when they get to help make it. Do you want juice or milk? Do you want pb&j or baloney. Take time out on the weekend and prepare the whole week's lunches at once with the kids helping. You can sneak in the extras later (notes, comic strips).
    dwndrgn[at]hotmail[dotcom]

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 5:53 AM, August 24, 2010  

  • We always take time to talk about what happened at work/school/camp that day. It's important to me that she knows we care about her daily activities.

    hockeygalnc(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

    By Blogger Tricia316, At 7:43 AM, August 24, 2010  

  • I tweeted about this giveaway:

    http://twitter.com/TriciaInRaleigh/status/21997416929

    hockeygalnc(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

    By Blogger Tricia316, At 7:44 AM, August 24, 2010  

  • We always read a chapter in one of the current books we are reading. Either before bed or after dinner. Very special to me and my daughter

    By Blogger chatterBOX, At 8:54 AM, August 24, 2010  

  • As the kids get older, it gets harder and harder to find the time to get all together. One day a month is "date day" - we all get together and do something that is fun - going for a picnic, a trip to the park - and share what has been going on. During the month, we all try to spend some time together, even playing fable 2 - we compare our characters and chat about everything under the sun - LOL
    janicecrespo@gmail.com

    By Blogger Janice Crespo, At 11:08 AM, August 24, 2010  

  • We read cartoons together after work/school.

    By Blogger Erica C., At 12:13 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • I always make sure to take a few moments with the kids when they get home from school to talk about their days over a snack

    By Blogger Laura, At 1:11 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • We take a moment in the evening to either watch a movie or a favorite show, and discuss what the show is about, or talk about what we're going to do the next day.
    tesashel225 (@) aol (dotcom)

    By Blogger tesashel, At 1:19 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • We always fit some cuddles and talks in before bedtime.


    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

    By Blogger paula michele, At 1:37 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • No matter how busy we are, we always make time for a bedtime story.

    3oink63moo484 (at) gmail(.)com

    By Blogger Barbara, At 2:15 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • we eat dinner together every night so I can hear all about their day. I'm sure as they get older I'll get to hear less, but I'm going to take advantage of it while it lasts :)

    jillk77 at aol dot com

    By Blogger Jill, At 2:36 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • we eat dinner together every night so I can hear all about their day. I'm sure as they get older I'll get to hear less, but I'm going to take advantage of it while it lasts :)

    jillk77 at aol dot com

    By Blogger Jill, At 2:36 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • We like to sit on my bed and read together or chat before bed.

    katfam95 at aim dot com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 3:20 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • Having my granddaughter help with preparing a meal, gives us time together and makes for a better tasting meal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 3:36 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • We read at least at bed time but hopefully more often through out the day. My older kids and I text each other through the day to keep connected and in tune with each other.

    By Anonymous Darcy Gray, At 3:50 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • On a busy day, we play best part worst part. We take a few moments and tell each other the best part of our day and the worst part of our day.
    lwoods297@centurytel.net

    By Blogger lwoods297, At 4:04 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • I share a moment by turning off the TV/Computer/Radio to enjoy a family dinner together.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    By Blogger PauleyD, At 4:57 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • tweet

    https://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/22034251305

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    By Blogger PauleyD, At 4:57 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • We are lucky enough to eat dinner together almost every single night. For some reason, both kids will talk about their day, what went wrong or right over a good meal.

    By Blogger JeanineMB, At 5:11 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • I help care for my neice and I make the time by always sitting down to meals together and talking about everything :)

    By Blogger hbbs55, At 5:50 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • tweet
    http://twitter.com/hbbs55/status/22037849107

    By Blogger hbbs55, At 5:51 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • We always end the day with a nighttime cuddle. Just a few minutes alone with each kid to share thoughts about the day.

    By Blogger Caroline, At 6:13 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • While I cook dinner I have my kids help me and while we are doing this we talk about how the day went, it's so nice to have that time together

    By Blogger aajacques, At 7:02 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • I volunteer and work with couple kids and every week I pack a small goodie bag with a note of encouragement telling them what they were awesome at that week and to thank them for being so wonderful!

    dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

    By Blogger DG, At 8:46 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • blogged about the giveaway: http://deegee13.xanga.com/732005484/smuckers-visa-gift-card-giveaways/

    Thanks! :)

    dreamzz12{at]aol{dot}com

    By Blogger DG, At 9:03 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • My family always shares a few books during the day and at bedtime. It is a wonderful bonding time.

    saulpaugh.chelsea(at)gmail(dot)com

    By Blogger Chelsea S, At 9:54 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • We spend a lot of time together and even on busy days we manage to sit and play a game or watch a movie together. Thanks!

    By Blogger k-team, At 10:09 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • We always have snack time together after school. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger Julieh, At 10:10 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • a family dinner is a always great for sharing the day

    By Blogger Louis, At 10:23 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • here is my tweet
    http://twitter.com/rosidentevil/status/22057214339

    By Blogger Louis, At 10:24 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • We always have a sign we can use to show each other we love each other and no one knows what it is but our family

    By Blogger JJ, At 10:31 PM, August 24, 2010  

  • I can usually find a few minutes in the morning or right after to dinner to play with them.

    By Blogger Auriette, At 12:32 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • Telling stories at mealtime.

    By Blogger ConiSu, At 1:13 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • I always take time out to ask the kids how their day went, what they did, did they have fun etc....

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

    By Blogger Ardy22, At 1:51 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • tweeted

    http://twitter.com/Ardy22/status/22068348117

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

    By Blogger Ardy22, At 1:52 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • I snuggle with them at night. My oldest is too old for this so she gets lots of hugs and kisses before bed. My youngest snuggles in bed with me. She sleeps in my arms for most of the night. She's growing up so we won't be able to do this too much longer so I'm cherishing it for now. Thank you!

    By Blogger crystalf, At 3:26 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • turn off all electronics and reconnect over a cold drink


    jdmimi at gmail dot com

    By Blogger JD, At 3:30 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • we take time totell a funny joke intime@myself.com

    By Blogger intime, At 4:12 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • we try to reconnect before bedtime... cup of cocoa and a talk about the day

    pamatmayo at hotmail dot com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 4:25 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • Simply sitting down together at lunch everyday gives us some special time together to talk and laugh

    By Blogger Pets and their people, At 6:00 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • Whenever I can, I love to pick the kids up from school and head to an ice cream parlor or cafe to sit, relax, and talk about their days and have a laugh or two. With our hectic schedules, it's really great to work in this down time when we can slow things down and catch up on each other's lives!

    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

    By Blogger guettel78, At 6:19 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • I tweeted: http://twitter.com/guettel78/status/22080192893

    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

    By Blogger guettel78, At 6:19 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • We take the time to share hugs and snuggles each day


    kimbly at g mail dot com

    By Blogger kimbly, At 7:15 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • At 43 and a grandmother to four (all under 6), I am busier now than ever in the past. Between work and school, I spend time with both my daughters and grandchildren by having spontaneous get-togethers at my house - where we eat, CHAT, play games and just catch up with one another's lives. I am the cheese between the peanut butter and jelly! An ol' skool favorite...

    By Blogger Dawn, At 7:56 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • We try to spend time with no TV, computers or cell phones

    scarter305 at aol dot com

    By Blogger scarter305, At 8:46 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • Our family always sits down together at dinner, whether it is at home or out. This gives us all a chance to talk about our days.

    tlannan30[at]yahoo[dot]com

    By Blogger tlannan30, At 9:02 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • My favorite time with my daughter is reading with her before bed. It is time for us to just unwind from the day and escape to another world. My mom always read with me before bed, and it really cultivated my love for reading. I hope to share that same love of reading with my daughter.

    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Nicole, At 10:18 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • tweet
    http://twitter.com/maybaby522/status/22096606263

    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Nicole, At 10:19 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • We'll sit right down and read a book in the middle of a super busy day. It takes ten minutes to read a book or two w/my preschooler and he LOVEs it!

    msurosey@yahoo.com

    By Blogger mail4rosey, At 10:23 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • We make raisin faces on our peanut butter toast.
    We love to craft and bake.

    By Blogger Deci, At 10:26 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • As soon an my 3 oldest children get hone from school we sit down and chat and laugh about the day. Then it's back to home work and making supper but we love that time relaxing together.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger WWillows6, At 11:22 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • I Tweeted this giveaway. http://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/22101407516
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger WWillows6, At 11:23 AM, August 25, 2010  

  • Once we get to the bus stop, all we can do is wait, so we usually talk about interesting things that have been going on.

    By Blogger Barbarawr, At 12:06 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • I tweeted http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/22104540003

    By Blogger Barbarawr, At 12:07 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • it's always fun playing games with the kids after dinner and when their homework is done.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    email in blogger profile.

    By Blogger js22, At 12:31 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • No matter how busy we are we always make time to read books to our children before bed.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

    By Blogger susan1215, At 1:22 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/22109174752

    By Blogger susan1215, At 1:22 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • We do puzzles

    By Blogger checkers, At 1:23 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • I try to talk to my niece and nephew on the phone at least once a week, no matter how busy are schedules are

    trippyjanet at hotmail dot com

    By Blogger loni, At 1:28 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • We talk about our day at the dinner table each night. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger Chisum's Crew, At 1:49 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • My children are all adults now and away from home. We try to keep in touch by phone and email but sometimes even that is hard.
    When they were young I made sure I was as involved as possible in their extra activities so we always had interesting things to talk about.

    By Blogger Betty C, At 1:56 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • Tweet
    http://twitter.com/willitara/status/22111413354

    By Blogger Betty C, At 1:58 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • I share a moment with my kids on a busy day by stopping by a fast food place and sitting down for a few while they enjoy a sunday or other treat :D

    justine417@comcast.net

    By Blogger ShesAnAngel, At 2:53 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • I tweeted

    http://twitter.com/ShesAnAngel417/status/22114912931

    justine417@comcast.net

    By Blogger ShesAnAngel, At 2:56 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • During bedtime I lay down with my son for a few minutes and he can tell me whatever is on his mind. Sometimes we even journal together.

    By Blogger Sarah, At 3:48 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • No mater how busy or tired I am, I always read a book to my son at bedtime.

    By Blogger ladyt64, At 4:16 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • We sit and gab and laugh and tease each other and share a treat.
    spencer1953 at gmail dot com.

    By Blogger carolpie, At 5:03 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • In the evenings, we share time by always praying togethor before bedtime.

    lizajl at hotmail dot com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 5:08 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • every night before bed I go in and we talk for a few minutes about our day&what is going on the next day!
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

    By Blogger amyd, At 5:17 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • We connect by sitting down at a meal together and talking about what everyone has been up to.

    longbarb1@aol.com

    By Blogger barblong, At 6:00 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • reading together is something that takes a little time but creates memories

    By Blogger Liz D, At 7:24 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • We slow down during mealtime and I sit with the kids to talk, tease and laugh while making sure that they are well fed.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Henria O., At 7:27 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • I work nights, and my teen daughter will often stir a bit when I get home in the wee small hours of the morning. We use that time as just a "mom and me" time - catching up on what's going on with school, friends, etc. (Sometimes we even make some hot chocolate, just to 'sweeten' the time!)

    Many thanks!!

    By Blogger Kimberley, At 7:51 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • We like to picnic at local parks! Thanks! senekers@comcast.net

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 8:26 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • We try to walk places (like to the store or to the park). Those are great times!

    By Blogger Jinxy and Me, At 8:31 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • tweet https://twitter.com/LuckyJinxy/status/22137396927

    By Blogger Jinxy and Me, At 8:32 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • We get busy in the evenings due to my husband's work schedule but I take time in the evening to read my children a story. Then we have a kiss and hug routine that my daughter started. I give her a kiss, then she gives me a kiss, then we hug and then we do it all over again. It's a silly routine but she loves it and will not go to bed without it.

    Jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

    By Blogger MAC Mom, At 8:33 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • I tweeted http://twitter.com/MACMOMof3/status/22137651599

    Jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

    By Blogger MAC Mom, At 8:38 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • I cuddle with the little ones, and I take time to talk and catch up with what my kids are doing everyday. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

    By Blogger Bakersdozen, At 8:38 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • By having breakfast and dinner together. We also walk the dog in the morning.

    By Blogger Atreau, At 8:48 PM, August 25, 2010  

  • I always make sure to stop and ask about their day. I listen uninterrupted which is hard but is important.

    By Blogger Deb S., At 9:55 PM, August 25, 2010  

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