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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Being Nutritionally Prepared and OUR FIRST GIVEAWAY!!! [GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED]



Out of necessity, I began packing my lunch EVERY day about 4 years ago.  Eating out is just not convenient for me.  Sounds odd, but true.  I have found, however, that nothing is better than bringing my own lunch and snacks.  I have a choice when I pack my food for the day and if I choose wisely it is very easy to stick to my intended intake for the day.  Of course, on days where we celebrate Birthdays and other special events, I lose some control, but given the consistency of my intake day after day, those days really don't have an impact. 

When I was returning to work after the birth of my son, I needed a new lunch bag/milk bag.  A friend with Thirty-One Gifts mentioned a great special on thermal lunch totes.  I have always loved the look of Thirty-One items, particularly the casual totes and home organization items.  So, I decided to order one for myself.  I also decided to order one for each of my girls.  Our bags are pictured above.  I love mine.  It is the perfect size whether I take a sandwich or a Lean Cuisine and all my snacks.  Seriously, that is a LOT of snacks.  Most days my bag holds not only a sandwich, but a yogurt, a cheese stick or cottage cheese, two pieces of fruit, a granola bar, and occasionally other containers of fruit or nuts.  And, it is more than enough room to bring home a few bottles and my empty containers.  They clean up marvelously as well.  I was not surprised though that I loved my bag. 

What I was surprised about was how much my girls like them.  They are so proud to carry their bags whenever we head out for more than just a few errands.  We use them for packing lunches and snacks ALL. THE. TIME.  In fact, I have to hide them at home so they don't carry them around all day!  And, when I say they clean up well, if you knew my youngest daughter you would know it would HAVE to clean up well for us to still be using them 5 months after we got them!  The biggest reason I love these bags is since the girls are so proud to take them everywhere, we all prepare healthy snacks and avoid the fast food nightmare.  And, it is so much cheaper to be prepared with healthy snacks from home!  Who knew cute little bags could have such an impact on my kids, who always would ask to stop at McDonalds!

So, when I mentioned to my friend I wanted to do a post about how much I loved these bags, she was so gracious to offer to provide one for a GIVEAWAY!!  My first giveaway to my readers!  The winner will receive one thermal tote and get to choose their fabric!  So, here is how it will work:

The Giveaway will end at 9pm PST on Thursday, June 30.  I will choose a winner at random from the comments left below and post the winner here on Friday, July 1.  I will send you an email (so be sure to include an email address) and will need you to respond to me within 48 hours to receive directions on how to order your thermal tote!  There are several ways to enter, the first entry is mandatory and each additional item below will give you one additional entry:

1.  MANDATORY entry:  Visit Thirty-One Gifts and tell us in a comment which fabric you would choose for your thermal tote and tell us what would be your favorite healthy snack to carry in it.

2.  Subscribe to my blog via email or your favorite feed and leave a comment telling me you did so.  You must confirm your subscription.

3.  Like From the Glider Rocker to the Finish Line on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did so.

4.  Share this Giveaway on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did so.

5.  Follow From the Glider Rocker to the Finish Line on Twitter and leave a comment telling me you are a follower with your Twitter name.

6.  Retweet this Giveaway on Twitter and paste it in a comment below.

7.  Email Christy at Thirty-One through her Thirty-One web page to subscribe to her email list and leave a comment below telling me you did so.

Good Luck Everyone! 

Disclaimer:  This Giveaway has been provided by Christy at Thirty-One.  I have and will not receive any compensation for this Giveaway or my review of the thermal lunch totes.  All opinions offered on the thermal lunch totes are my own.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love reading this blog Lisa, it inspires me! I have subscribed to emails:)
Tracey
mraz06@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I liked your blog on Facebook:)
Tracey
Mraz06@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I emailed Christy and thirty31:)
Tracey
Mraz06@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE the circle spiral pattern for the tote if I win, I LOVE how it makes your spirits feel uplifted plus I will carry Ayden's supplies in it to keep them cold.
Tracey
Mraz06@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Sharing on Fb:)
Tracey
mraz06@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Lisa,
I would love the thermal tote in Circle Spirals! My favorite snacks to pack are fresh fruit, string cheese, and Diet Coke. At least the first two are healthy! :)

Leslie
extremegirl75@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I subscribed to you blog. I enjoy reading about your training because I want to do a tri some day. It's inspiring :)

Leslie
extremegirl75@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Lisa;
I posted this earlier but maybe it didn't go through... I would love the Spiral Circle because the pattern is so uplifting and we pack lunches and snacks when we go to Dr appts for my son so we would most likely pack carrot sticks, celery and fat free ranch in it along with our water bottles:)
Tracey
mraz06@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog if for nothing else just knowing that someone else out there has experienced some of my own frustrations -- staying motivated, staying on course nutritionally, battling inner deamons of negative self-talk. The bonus in this week's blog is that you have a great contest going! Thanks for introducing me to those TOTES :) I reposted your blog on my Facebook and Twitter! -Erika

MichNutrish said...

Hi Lisa!
I subscribed to your blog, "liked" your FB page, and signed up for it on Twitter. Didn't see where to leave a comment for 31. I liked the polka dot bag!!! Good luck in your training. I am starting to train for a 5K myself.

Michelle

Laura S. said...

Awesome blog Lisa! I would love the tote in the Playful Robots print-it would make a great lunchbox for Will. My favorite healthy snack to bring to work in my thermal tote is weight watchers yogurt.
Laura
lauraslawter@gmail.com

Laura S. said...

I just subscribed to your blog too!
Laura
lauraslawter@gmail.com

Laura S. said...

Just shared it on facebook.....
Laura
lauraslawter@gmail.com

JenfromtheJerz said...

Hey girl!
I subscribed (polt24@aol.com)
I'm a follower (jeneratingbuzz)
and I'm all about the Wild Zebra print...would carry my favorite snacks...greek yogurt with sliced almonds and strawberry allfruit spread mixed in...and natural peanut butter and an apple. :)
Jen Polt

JenfromtheJerz said...

Oh, I liked you on FB too!
Jen Polt

Anonymous said...

Hi!
I subscribed to the emails and re posted Facebook. My favortie design is the St. Andrews Garden. I actaully eat breakfast and lunch and work. My Favorite breakfast is a whole wheat roll or english muffin toasted and topped with Ricotta and tomato slices and then drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with pepper. It's one of the best breakfasts I have ever had!
Lara
ljh_happy@hotmail.com

Kelly said...

I liked the more sophisticated patterns like the navy blue dots and the brown. I would put my salads and fruit in there for lunch on the go!

Kelly said...

I follow you now on Twitter! @trimommykelly

Anonymous said...

I'm so e cited waiting to hear the winner!tracey