Sunday, November 30, 2008

Fun in the Lunch Bag- Review and a Great GIVEAWAY

*This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for entering.*

I can remember Jake and Ian’s first day of school this year. Jake started middle school, and Ian was headed to third grade. The night before, I tucked them in, wished them happy dreams and a good first day, and off I went to pack their lunches. As I put together the last of the goodies, I snagged two napkins and grabbed my pen. You see, part of our tradition was for me to write a lilt note on the napkin letting them know that I am thinking of them and hoping that they are having a great day. I put a great deal of extra sweetness into those particular notes, as they were the first of the new school year.

The next day, Jake came to me at the end of his day and asked me to PLEASE quit putting notes in his lunch bag. “It’s so embarrassing, Mom,” he said, “I’m in middle school now.” Wow. He had a point. I decided to honor his wishes, even though it bothered me not to give him that little bit of mom love each day.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I came across the most AWESOME website, Kids Fun Cards. Kids Fun Cards are postcards designed to be dropped into lunch boxes, backpacks, overnight bags, coat pockets, even under a pillow any time you want to send a little smile. These cards were just what I was looking for! Finally, I could let Jake know I was thinking about him without embarrassing him in from of his friends!



I contacted Gina of Kids Fun Cards, and she agreed to let my kids test out the cards. Once the package arrived, I couldn’t wait to try them out. That night, I slipped a riddle card into each of the boy’s lunch bags. The next day, I sent them off to school and waited. Jake was the first to tell me about his card. “Mom! Dude, how cool was that riddle? My friends and I fought over who was going to scratch off the answer!” Okay, so I was called “dude.” I could ignore that. What’s important was that the card was a success! When I asked Ian about the card, he smiled and told me that it was cool. He said he even got the answer right! Before bed that night, the boys asked me if I would put another card in their lunch bags. Of course!



Kids Fun Cards come in packs of five cards. There are five different themes as well: Eeeeww, That’s Gross!, Real Looney Laws, Mystical Little People, It’s a Wacky World and Riddles. The cards were designed by moms Gina Flanagan (an award winning costume illustrator who worked exclusively in the feature film world) and Rose Cricchio (formerly of Warner Brothers retail).

These cards are perfect for kids. I really need to get my hands on some more for the boys.



BUY THEM:
You can find all five sets available for sale here: Kids Fun Cards.

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Gina has generously offered the gift of 5 sets of the cards- that's every theme
available- to one lucky living life one day at a time reader.

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27 comments:

valerie2350 said...

my son would love these :)

valerie2350 said...

blog follower :)

cathyhall said...

I would love to win these as I'd put them in my son's luchbox and it would make his day.

cathyhall said...

I am a follower, thanks.

Brooke said...

I subscribed to the newsletter.

Brooke said...

I subscribe to your blog

Brooke said...

I think my daughter would really love this. She finally cracked the reading code and she'd love to read these with her friends.

Dawn said...

This would be a great way to let my daughter know I'm thinking of her during the day

Renee G said...

My boys would love these.

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Rebecca said...

My twins just started Kindergarten this year and are sometimes reluctant to go in the morning. This would be a great motivator if I told them that there was a surprise in their lunchbox! (They sit at multiage tables, so an older kid can read it and join in on the fun!)
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Jenna said...

I think my niece would love these in her lunchbox. This would make a great stocking stuffer and I know she would love it! Thanks!

princess210 said...

My daughter would absolutely love these! COunt me in!

princess210 said...

I am following your blog!

princess210 said...

I subscribed to the newsletter as well!

princess210 said...

I blogged about your giveaway!

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Jayme said...

i would like to win these so i can put them in my husbands lunch box to surprise him at work. he'd get a kick out of these!

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Chris said...

I would love to win these and I would give them to my daughter to put in her husbands lunch box. Very cute!

CanCan said...

My mom used to put cute little cards from Current in my lunchbox, and I would like to use these to do a new tradition with my 2 boys!

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CanCan said...

I follow on blogger!

Susannah Banana said...

I too leave notes in my son's lunchbox! He would love these cards.

Susannah Banana said...

I too leave notes in my son's lunchbox! He would love these cards.

Susannah Banana said...

I too leave notes in my son's lunchbox! He would love these cards.

tlr said...

My son would love these - he enjoys my Post It notes already. Thanks!

Jennifer said...

I'd love to send these in my boys lunches! They would be excited!!

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Jennifer said...

I follow your blog!

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Shari & Andrew said...

I would love to win these for my niece and nephew! What a great idea--something for them to look forward to at lunch time!

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Shari & Andrew said...

I'm a follower :o)

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