Friday, June 13, 2008

My Fruit Roll-Ups - GIVEAWAY!

When I was growing up, my mom would send my brother and I off to school with a lovingly packed lunchbox full of food. Kyle always got the same standard fare of a peanut butter sandwich, Capri Sun, Doritos, and some sort of fruit. I wasn't as picky an eater as Kyle, so sometimes my lunch had soup, or celery sticks, or even a lettuce and tomato sandwich. The one thing we both always got was a fruit roll up, and a note from our mom (always written on a napkin!) telling us she loved us and to have a good day.

When I heard about the new personalized Fruit Roll-Ups, those elementary school days immediately sprung back to mind. How great would it have been for my mom to combine our delicious fruit snack with her note of love? The Parent Bloggers Network gave me the opportunity to order my own box of thirty and I immediately went to the My Fruit Roll-Ups website to see what kind of kick-ass designs I could concoct.

The site is very kid-friendly, and I can imagine future-Madeline and I spending lots of time designing the perfect Roll-Ups. You can pick everything from the layout (pattern, checkerboard, two rows, three rows, etc), to the color (and I assume the flavor goes with the color), but the fun part is the design. You can do pictures, words, or a combination of the two. The clip art is pretty varied, and there are four different fonts to choose from.

I decided that since Maddie isn't eating Roll-Ups yet, and Mike doesn't need a bag lunch, that I would make my Roll-Ups birthday party favors for Maddie's first birthday. Yes, her birthday isn't until November, but I am a planner!

At first, I toyed with the idea of putting graphics on my design. There were two really cute ones that I almost went with, but in the end, I decided on the text option.

Depending on the font size and face you choose, there is a finite amount of writing you can put in each square. It took me a few tries until I found the writing style and exact wording that worked for me.

When I was finally done with my design, I was able to preview the final version of the Roll-Up. I was very happy with the way it turned out. It would have been nice to edit the text in every square (if you click on the picture, you'll see that the text repeats across the Roll-Up), but it's a minor complaint.

I found the process extremely easy, and I'm very excited to hand the Roll-Ups out at Maddie's birthday party in November. Want to win a free box? Well, I'm giving one away - and not one that says "Maddie's first birthday party," but a box of your very own design. All you have to do is visit the My Fruit Roll-Ups website, then leave a comment here telling me how you would decorate your Fruit Roll-Ups. You have until June 16 at Midnight to enter. I'll pick a winner at random on Tuesday morning. And, sorry to all my BEAUTIFUL Canadian readers, but only US residents can win.

I can't wait to see what all you pretty people come up with!


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh this is SO MUCH FUN!!! I think, because of the diabeetus, I'd design mine to say "EAT ME-YOUR BLOOD SUGAR IS LOW"

Gemini Girl said...

OK- This is aweosme. I would make a pink one with princess crowns that say:
NICU Grads 11/13/2007!

(oF COURSE i waned it to say, "I survived the NICU and all I got was this fruit rollup"- but alas, there was no room.

Pamela Kramer said...

OK - That was just fun! I did a combo of stickers and my son's name. That is a really cool idea.

Amy said...

So much fun!!! Regular reader of your other blog....LOVE your blog. Haven't posted over there yet, but I promise to!

I made my girls ones with the balls and bats and the words GREAT SOFTBALL SEASON!!!

It would be fun to hand them out for snacks after the games!

April said...

OMG! How fun! I love this. I did one that had birthday stuff and "Happy Birthday" for my daughter's 2nd birthday party. I love this!!

Mom24 said...

I would do the birthday pictures and a message that said Jacob's 8! Then I would use them for his birthday favors in July. Pick me!

Dana said...

What if I'm a Canadian resident with a US address?? No one has to know!!
I'd put "Dude's Food" with dinosaur pictures.

Anonymous said...

How cute is this? My daughter has food allergies. Fruit roll ups are safe for her...So glad and thankful to find safe food and safe food that is hip and fun! All of the options are so cute...She's starting kindergarten this fall. I'm so nervous she needs to have safe treats when her classmates are eating their snacks...I would simply put .

Kate is Great
You Rock.

Thanks for pointing this out! I did not know the makers are fruit roll ups did this! I'm definitely buying some!


Good & Crazy said...

I like your birthday idea. I'd probably go with one of their pre-designed doo-hickeys. But something mushy like Love mom, would work well?!

Stacy said...

Oh my goodness, Avery is obsessed with fruit rollups ever since my mother-in-law gave him one a few weeks ago. He'll do anything to get one - let me cut his fingernails, sit still for a haircut, etc.
So I designed a red one with a skull & crossbones design and the words "Baby Crack".
Cuz really, that's what they are.

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of personalized fruit roll ups!!!! Since my 3 boys have already had a birthday this year, I would have my two older boys help me design a box for daddy's birthday which is in July. The birthday cake design with "Happy 29th Birthday Daddy" on them!!!!


Ginny said...

I love the ballet shoes for my dancers. They have so many designs, it is great!

HRH said...

That is really cool.

I like the idea of the birthday boxes that cite "achievements" to date.

moosh in indy. said...

Gimmie. We'd put ladybugs and unicorns on ours. And they'd say "SUP FOO'?"

Karen B said...

Ooooooooooo - so many possibilities! I think I would have to go with "Teen treats" and a b-day graphic (my dd is turning 13 in July)