Saturday, April 30, 2011

I am sort of obsessed with the Royal Wedding...

Don't be scared or anything.  I am not crazy obsessed but I love the whole idea about the Royal Wedding and the new Duke & Duchess of Cambridge!  And I was one of those people up at 4:15 am watching it LIVE. 

As a little girl,  I would always dream about meeting a Prince and living in a Castle.  Having people do everything for me and to be able to have a chance to really make a difference in the world.  I think most little girls dream about being a Princess.

I also think most men just don't get this fantasy and just doesn't get a woman's excitement over this entire event. On Facebook over and over I see status' about how silly it is that "we" are so wrapped up in this Royal Wedding.  I, of course defend my feelings on the matter and move on.

It was a historic day and not just your average, run of the mill wedding.  It was watching a once commoner, marry and become the future Queen and become a part of the most famous royal family in the world.  This is an event that we will not witness (knock wood) again in our lifetime.

I love Will & Kate!!  I love their love story, who they are, the way they handle themselves, their style, the way they whisper to each other, the way they look at each other, the way he protects her, everything.  And there is nothing wrong with that!  It is nice to finally see this and they are great role models for children and adults all over the world!

I hope they are forever happy and that they will do a world of good with their titles.  I cannot wait until they have babies!!  :) lol

So yeah, I am obsessed but at least it isn't drugs or drinking.  I am obsessed with a fairytale come true and true love.  Nothing wrong with that:)

Here is how my daughter spent that morning while watching the Royal Wedding:

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Winner of the Maid Brigade Cleaning is...

 Comment #4!!
Melissa said...
I would like to win because I am 33 weeks pregnant with my third child. I also work two jobs as a physical therapist and must juggle the schedule of my two kids. My husband works full time and is back in school so most housework falls on me. I enjoy cleaning, but it would be a nice treat to have someone else do it for me! If I like it maybe we would continue with the service...thanks :)
Email me your information to so we can set up your house cleaning!! 
Thank you to all that entered:)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Kohls Flip-Flops - $1.69 shipped plus tax...

Great Sale!!  Kohls has some Solid Flip-Flops and Patterned Flip-Flops on sale for $1.99.   Use code SPRING15 to take 15% off, and use the code SHIP4FREE to get  them shipped for free.   You will end up getting the flip flops for only $1.69 shipped (+tax).

Thanks Coupons & Freebies Mom!

Wordless Wednesday...

These shoes fit perfect!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011



Suffolk County Event
 April 29th to May 1st

Center Island Sports
101 Union Ave, Ronkonkoma
(Exit 60 of LIE/495 - To Hawkins - To Union)
WITH OVER 30,000 Sq. Ft  

LAST DAY TO ENTER ITEMS: April 27 - 11pm
CONSIGNOR CHECK IN: April 28 - 9am to 7pm

 APR 29- PRESALE EVENT: See below for time slots
                  2pm = 12 hour volunteers
                  3pm = 8 hour volunteers
                  4:00pm = 4 hour volunteers/Consignors
                  5:00pm = Baby On Board/Military
                  5:30 pm = New Parents, and teachers (ID   REQUIRED)
Only 100 slots for the 5:30 presale slot; registration required. Register at:PRESALE 

APR 30 - GENERAL PUBLIC SALE: 9am to 5pm
MAY 1 -  GENERAL PUBLIC 50% OFF SALE: 10am to 3pm

MAY 1 - 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Winner of the Cheerios Prize Pack is...

Comment #9...
RunningLovingLiving said...
I follow you on GFC Toni@runninglovingliving

Win a Laila Udder Cover - Nursing Cover...CLOSED

Laila Udder Cover is marked with their signature Udder Covers™ logo. It is pink and ivory and has a brilliantly quaint yet artistic floral pattern.

Made of 100% breathable cotton
Stainless steel d-rings allow a fully adjustable neckline
Machine washable
Rigid neckline bows giving you direct eye contact with baby yet our sizing keeps you completely covered while breastfeeding 

How to win it: 
Contest will run from April 26th, 2011 until 11:59 p.m. EST  May 3rd, 2011.
*Open USA Only*


1. Follow me on Twitter @longislandmomx2 - leave a comment on this blog post.

2. Tweet about this contest (limit 2x daily - 1 entry per tweet) - leave a comment for each tweet.
IE: Win a Laila Udder Cover - Nursing Cover from @longislandmomx2 -
3. Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect - leave a comment on this blog post.

4. "Like" Long Island Mom x 2 on Facebook - leave a comment on this blog post.

*I was not compensated for this post or giveaway*
*Winner will be chosen via & have 48 hrs to respond or another winner will be chosen*

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Earth Day from Space! Pictures by @Astro_Ron.

Our Window on the Word - Happy Earth #FromSpace Day! #NASA
    Credit: NASA via Ron Garan/Astro Ron

How cool is this??!!??  Astronaut Ron Garan has been tweeting his pictures of Earth from Space!  He posted a lot from his travels around Earth on Earth Day yesterday.  They are amazing.  I have always been so fascinated by space and the stars.

Here are some more amazing shots from Ron Garan aka @Astro_Ron on Twitter.  Mr. Garan also blogs from space on

New Zealand.  This was @Astro_Ron's first twitpic from Space 7 days ago.

Beijing #FromSpace taken 4/19 @ 1823GMT #NASA

Happy Earth #FromSpace Day: 60 miles S of Addis Abab Ethiopia Taken @ GMT on 4/19 #EarthDay #NASA

Happy Earth #FromSpace Day: Looking West w/ Himalayas near horizon Taken @ GMT on 4/19 #EarthDay #NASA

The Earth is Alive @ Night! Happy Earth #FromSpace Day taken on 4/21 @ 2034GMT #EarthDay #NASA.  Check out Orion in the background:)

Source: Twitter via @Astro_Ron.  All photos taken by Ron Garan.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Looking to book a cruise for 2011? Norwegian is offering kids FREE on select Sailings!

Just received an email from Norwegian Cruise Line:). Great deal!!

Norwegian Cruise Line has a surefire way for you to be a vacation hero to your family. It’s this easy. Just book a stateroom with two full-fare paying guests on a select 2011 fall cruise sometime between May 1 and May 7, and, pow – two kids (age 17 and under) can come along for FREE*.

That’s money you can spend on things like swimming with dolphins, kayaking, parasailing and more. It’s an amazing family value on an amazing cruise line.


Freestyle Cruising means everyone gets to do exactly what they want. While the kids are enjoying things like Nickelodeon at Sea™, plunging waterslides, a two-story Wii™ wall, a bowling alley and programs just for them, you can be lounging at the spa, gaming in the casino, watching first-class, live entertainment or enjoying a quiet dinner for two. And our family friendly, flexible accommodations mean there’s room for togetherness and privacy.When you have thousands of choices, all of them right, that’s Freestyle Cruising. Only on Norwegian Cruise Line.

*Booking Window: 05/01/11 - 05/07/11. Program Code: EASYFARE. Government taxes and fees are applicable to all third and fourth guest (s) offers. Offer valid for kids 17 years old at time of sailing, or younger sailing as third and fourth guest sharing a cabin with the first and second guest paying full fare. This is a cruise only offer. Offer available on selected ship(s)/ sailing date(s). Offer is valid for new individual and new group bookings and cannot be held as group block. Qualifying new individual reservations can be moved into existing group and count towards Tour Conductor Credits. Cancellation Fees apply based on the booking/sailing date. Onboard service charges are additional and will be automatically added to your onboard account. Offers are based on availability, are capacity controlled, apply to selected sailings and combinability with other offers is subject to change or cancellation at any time per Norwegian discretion. Other restrictions may apply. IMPORTANT NOTICE: NCL reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $65 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, NCL will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $10.00 per passenger per day. Promotion valid in United States, Canada, and international select markets. Norwegian is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. Ships’ registry: BAHAMAS and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ©2011 NCL Corporation Ltd.

Wordless Friday into Saturday...

The kids little houses are all ready for Spring:)

New Blog Design...

So what do you think??


When I first started this blog almost a year ago, it was just to post pictures and share a review about a birthday party I won for my son.  Now, it has become so much more and I love every minute of it:)

I never visited a blog before starting mine so I had no idea of the possibilities and how great they could look.

I like to go from blog to blog now and look around.  I came across a blog (I don't remember which one now) that just did a re design with a women from Dreamlike Magic Designs.  I loved her website and loved the new design.  I ordered one through Dreamlike's Etsy Store.  In less then 24 hours, she had it made and even put it all on my blog for me!

I feel like a "real" blogger now:)  Now I better start posting more to live up to my new, grown up look!

22 Things To Do On Earth Day Article written by About My Planet

Earth Day is just around the corner. In case you don’t know the date, it is April 22nd, 2011. This year find new ways to celebrate Earth Day, but remember living green is better practiced daily instead of just once a year. Look below for some Earth Day Tips.

1. If you don’t have curbside recycling take your recycling materials to a local school or library with recycling bin. Schools and libraries are paid for the material they recycle. The money they earn goes to providing better services at these facilities (more books, renovations, student trips, etc.).
2. Refer a local non-profit organization to a program like Abitibi Recycling Program or something similar. To make the referral log on to the Abitibi Recycling Program website and fill out the referral form. Abitibi will contact your referral and set it all up for free. The local non-profit organization will earn money for the material they recycle.
3. Start a compost pile, or buy a compost bin to place your leaves and kitchen scraps inside.
4. Take the bus today. If the bus stop is too far away ride your bike to the bus stop. Did you know many buses now have bike racks to place your bikes while riding the bus?
5. Carpool. If your coworker lives on the way to your commute to work go ahead and pick him/her up.
6. Spring clean you home, office or company and donate your unwanted, but still good items, to a resale shop, a church, the Salvation Army or other charity. Your home, your conscious and the earth will be cleaner for it.
7. If you haven’t done so yet replace your light bulbs with energy efficient ones.
8. Donate your electronics to programs such as: Cell Phone for Soldiers, America’s Computers for Kids, etc.
9. Donate money to your favorite green cause.
10. Write a letter or email to your favorite green companies thanking them for doing their part for the environment.
11. Plant a plant or more with your family and if possible with you neighbors.
12. Go online and search for educational recycling crafts (such as making new paper out of old shredded paper) for kids and adults. When you find useful website bookmark them to easily refer to them on rainy days.
13. Be creative and come up with an innovative way to live green.
14. Adopt a beach, a park, or a street and help clean it up.
15. Log on to Earth Day and register to vote.
16. Go to an Earth Day Event. To find a location nearest you visit Earth Day Network.
17. Freecycle! Freecycle! Freecycle!
18. Have a garage sale. You will be surprised at what people will buy at garage sales. You’ll earn a few dollars; clean out your home and help your old items find new homes.
19. Forward links of environmental websites like to your friends and family.
20. Organize your address and phone list of resale shops, thrift stores, consignments stores, recycling center and other green locations in an address book. Keep a copy of this list in your car. In addition map out how far away these locations are from each other to save gas when you visit several of these locations at a time.
21. Sign a “green” petition you approve of.
22. Share what you’ve done or plan to do for Earth Day below.

Happy Earth Day!

Source & Article Written by:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cactus Salon - Long Island's Best Mom Contest...

On Sunday May 8th 2011, children young and old will celebrate that special woman in their lives who has always been there for them. Cactus Salon & Spa is teaming up with 9 other Long Island based businesses to make this Mother’s Day even more special. Announcing the first ever Long Island’s Best Mom Contest brought to you by Cactus Salon. We're seeking that entry that moves us the most, about a mom who did something extra-special for her family, her community, a friend or loved one. Is there a mom you know who has done something extraordinary or heroic? What makes this mom special?
To enter visit our facebook page at and click on the LI Best Mom Contest Link beneath our profile picture. All you need to do is submit a photo of the mom you are nominating along with a brief essay on why the mom you are nominating deserves to be crowned Long Island’s Best Mom. Then it’s up to you to get the vote out and get all your friends and family to vote for your Mom. At the end of the entry period the 3 moms with the most votes will be selected as finalists. Our committee will select the Grand Prize winner on May 4th. Just in time to give one lucky mom the Mother’s Day of her dreams. 
The Grand Prize winner will receive an Ultimate Day of Beauty from Cactus Salon & Spa, Limousine Transportation service provided by Designer Limousines, flower arrangements by Flower after Flower, Dinner for Four at Shiro of Japan, Airbrush tanning from Suvara, Profesional Teeth Whitening from Modern Smile, a $200 Gift Card from Love My Shoes, a 6 Month Membership to Sportime Fitness, a $300 Gift Card from Nikki’s Dressing Room and the complete line of products from Cosmetic Surgeon in a Jar provided by Dr. Stephen T Greenberg and Glisten Medi-Spa. An overall prize pack worth over $2500 in Gifts. That beats your mug and box of chocolates any day. The two runner up moms will also win prizes worth over $500. 
So make this a Mother’s Day your Mom will never forget by nominating her to be Long Island’s Best Mom.

Entries need to be in by the 25th of April 2011. Visit Cactus Salon and Spa facebook page for more details. 
Winners Announced May 4th! 

Brandon Pagan of Cactus Salon

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gogo's Crazy Bones Review...

A little background and facts about Gogo's Crazy Bones before I tell you about our experience with them. 

  • Gogo's Crazy Bones were inspired by an Ancient Greek game called Knucklebones.
  • Series 1 was released in North America in 2011, consisting of 80 different characters and each available in 5 colors.
  • Gogo's are not only a cool toy to collect but they are also great for educational purposes!  They can aide in counting, colors, and social skills.
  • Gogo's are sold in the US in packets of three, five, and six and also in collector's tins.  Each Gogo comes with a sticker.
  • The most popular Gogo is called Mosh.
  • The Most Wanted Gogo's are: Angiru, Ichiro, Hiraku, Fist and B-Boy.
  • Gogo's was named Collectable Toy of the Year at the BYHA toy Industry Awards in 2009.
  • Over 310,000,000 Gogo's have already been sold worldwide.

Now, onto my review of Gogo's.  They are very cool!  Both of my children love them!  My 4 1/2 year old went crazy opening them all up to see who we got and had so much fun matching them up with the poster we received.  We never saw them before except on a commercial so we had no idea what to expect.  I thought they were rubber but they are a very hard plastic type material.  And they are a little bigger then I thought they would be!  Gogo's are intended for ages 4 and up because they are small but I supervised play with my 2 year old daughter and she loved them just as much as my son.

After opening them up and matching them to the poster, we then went to the sticker book that you can also purchase and matched up the stickers with the book.  It is so cool to see all the different designs and how crazy some of them are.  We love the crazy looking ones:)

Then we went on to play the games.  All the rules are in the sticker book.  We played Scoring which was awesome!  You hold the Gogo's on your finger on the back of the Gogo and flip them.  Depending on how they land, is how many points you get. I was so amazed to hear my son adding up all the points as we went along.  I had no idea he could even do that!  Then we tried Bowling!  It is what the name sounds like. This was a blast.  We tried to follow the rules but after trying it, my son made up his own rules and we just went with them.  Next we will try Battle.  I hope I win;)

On April 9th Gogo's Crazy Bones and Walgreen's held the One Million Gogo's Giveaway!  The largest ever in Walgreen's History!  They gave away one Gogo per person at all Walgreen's in North America.  This giveaway was to help launch the limited edition "Miro-K" Gogo.  They placed 5,000 throughout the US and this was the one everyone wanted.  I was one of those people driving around trying to get my son the "Miro-K" but we had no such luck.  We did get some really cool ones though.

This is really a great toy that everyone in the family can have fun with!  Great for family game night or anytime.  We are bringing them with us on your upcoming cruise at my son's request.  The most wanted will be staying home though.  We don't want to lose those.

Gogo's are available in a lot of stores now like Toys R' Us, Walgreen's.  Check out their website for the location nearest you, for contests and other cool information - Gogo's Crazy Bones Website

*I was given samples of Gogo's Crazy Bones to review.  All opinions written are my own except for the facts.  They are direct from the Gogo Crazy Bones Press Release*

Coloring Easter Eggs, Whisk Style!

I am so thankful that last year online I found a way to color eggs for Easter without the mess!  Use a whisk!!  It worked like a charm!!!  No messy hands, no splashing, no cracked eggs from dropping them into the dye.  The eggs fit so secure in the whisk and it is so easy for even the littlest ones to participate!

Here are some pictures from last Easter when we first tried out the whisk idea.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Maid Brigade Tips on Easy Spring Cleaning & Giveaway...CLOSED

In honor of Earth Day, Maid Brigade Suffolk County, the only Green Clean certified housecleaning company in the area is giving away a 2 hour priority cleaning - 2 maids for 2 hours (the homeowner can pick the chores). In addition, Robert LoFranco, owner of Maid Brigade Suffolk County has several easy spring cleaning tips to share. 

Easy Changes To Create a Sustainable Home 
Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to jump-start a personal campaign to kick the chemical habit and create a sustainable home. Protecting the environment inside the home is a vital step in preserving the health and wellness of today's families and the environment as a whole.
Why Green Cleaning? If harsh chemicals are removing dirt, grime, dust and germs from your home, what is removing the harsh chemicals?

Sufficient scientific evidence links chemicals in traditional house cleaning products to various health problems from the chronic to acute, and barely detectable to debilitating. Children, the elderly and pets are especially susceptible to the risks posed by chemicals in house cleaning products.  People are taking note and beginning to demand green house cleaning products that are safer yet still effective.
10 Green Spring Cleaning tips from Robert LoFranco, Maid Brigade Suffolk County
1.            Get rid of baggage. Try on clothes that are not worn frequently. Get rid of anything that does not look good, fit or hasn't been worn in a while. Donate these clothes, give them to a friend, turn them into rags, or sell them for some extra cash.
2.            Out of sight, out of mind.  Moving household items to the basement or attic is an easy way to put clutter out of sight and therefore, out of mind. For a deep home cleaning, attack these piles one at a time and enjoy tidy storage areas once and for all.
3.            Chill out. Clear the top of the refrigerator.  Piled up cereal boxes and kitchenware prevents heat from venting properly and causes the fridge to use extra energy. Cleaning the coils on the back of the fridge and the grill underneath will also reduce the energy the fridge needs to work properly.
4.            What's cooking? To clean oven surfaces, coat them in a paste of water and baking or washing soda and let stand overnight. Then, scrub off the paste while wearing gloves.
5.            Broom makeover. Many house cleaning services will cover broom bristles with old nylons to sweep dusty areas. Why? The nylon will pick up dust bunnies instead of scattering them.
6.            Switch your sheets. Polyester/cotton and permanent press cotton sheets are treated with a formaldehyde finish, which cannot be washed out. Common symptoms from this immunotoxicant include runny nose, itchy eyes, and other cold and flu symptoms. Avoid these blends as often as possible.
7.            Let the sun shine in. When reorganizing a home office, library, or other rooms where studying or reading takes place, set up desks, chairs and tables by a window that receives ample natural sunlight. This will reduce the need to turn on overhead lights.
8.            Leave shoes at the door. Asphalt, pesticides, herbicides, and other toxic chemicals often get stuck to the soles of shoes. Wearing shoes inside means exposing children and pets to harmful chemicals. To avoid more house cleaning than is necessary, make one simple rule and stick to it:  No shoes in the house!
9.            Smell the roses.  Avoid air fresheners. An open box of baking soda removes odors. Cedar blocks or sachets of dried flowers and herbs provide gentle scents, but avoid any potpourri that lists unspecified "fragrance" on the label.
10.            Spin cycle. To remove stains from clothing (especially salt-stained winter wear), soak fabrics in water mixed with borax, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, washing soda, or white vinegar for a natural approach.

How to win it: 
Contest will run from April 13th 2011 until 11:59 p.m. EST  April 27th, 2011.

*Open to Suffolk County, NY Residents Only*


1. Tell us why you would like to win or tell us why you would like someone else to win - Leave a comment on this blog post.

2. Follow me on Twitter @longislandmomx2 - leave a comment on this blog post.

3. Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect - leave a comment on this blog post.

4. "Like" Long Island Mom x 2 on Facebook - leave a comment on this blog post.
*These tips and giveaway was given to a reader from Maid Brigade of Suffolk County.  I was not compensated in any way* 
*Winner will be chosen via and have 48 hours to contact me*

3 Free Days to Watch Billy Joel - Live at Shea Stadium...

This video is awesome!!  In the beginning you learn so much about Long Island and the history of Shea Stadium.  You watch the Beatles and their performance at Shea Stadium and then of course get to watch and listen to the amazing Billy Joel.

It doesn't matter if you are a Mets Fan, Yankee Fan (GO YANKEES) or any other team fan.  If you love Billy Joel, watch this video.  It is about 90 mins long.

Click here to watch free.

Green Giant Vegetable Prize Pack Giveaway...CLOSED

Green Giant Boxed Vegetables can help you stay on track to achieve your weight management goals in 2011. Twenty-nine delicious varieties are now endorsed by Weight Watchers®, and most have only a 1 or 2 PointsPlus® value per serving! Packed with flavor and ready in minutes, Green Giant Boxed Vegetables are available in a wide variety of flavors, many featuring mouthwatering sauces and seasonings. They’re a terrific addition to any meal and a delicious way to achieve better health in 2011.

Don’t forget to visit Green Giant on Facebook and Green Giant on Twitter and “Like” or “Follow” the brand to keep up with their latest and greatest products! For more information and great recipe ideas visit

My Blog Spark & Green Giant would love to giveaway a great prize pack to one of my readers. The winner will receive one VIP Coupon for Green Giant Boxed Vegetables, an insulated tote bag, serving bowl, spoon, and pedometer.  

How to win it: 
Contest will run from April 13th 2011 until 11:59 p.m. EST  April 27th, 2011.
*Open USA Only


1. Follow me on Twitter @longislandmomx2 - leave a comment on this blog post.

2. Tweet about this contest (limit 2x daily - 1 entry per tweet) - leave a comment for each tweet.
IE: Win a Green Giant Vegetable Prize Pack from @longislandmomx2 -

3. Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect - leave a comment on this blog post.

4. "Like" Long Island Mom x 2 on Facebook - leave a comment on this blog post.

*This prize pack was given to myself and one reader from Green Giant  via* 
*Winner will be chosen via and have 48 hours to contact me*

Winner of the Yoplait Delights Prize Pack...


Comment #26
Heather Torres said...!/changeofhabit/status/52809100018462720

Payless 20% off In-Store or Online...

We all need shoes for our up coming cruise.  I don't want to spend a fortune so where do I always turn, Payless.  Payless has definitely increased their prices but they do have a great selection.

Here is a 20% online code - 44834 valid until April 24th.  Plus, don't forget you can only choose to have the shoes sent to your local Payless for Free.

Click here to print out the coupon and use it in-store: Payless Coupon

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Amazon Gold Box Deal - 40% Off Select Melissa & Doug Plush

Gold Box Deal of the Day: 40% Off Select Melissa & Doug Stuffed Animals

For today only, April 6, 2011, and while supplies last, get 40% off select Princess Soft Toys by Melissa & Doug. Applies only to purchases of products sold by, and does not apply to products sold by third-party merchants and other sellers through the site. Go back to Gold Box for more great deals.

Here are just 2 of my favorites from the sale:

Princess Soft Toys 14" Plush Burrow Bunny

ListPrice             $14.99
Price: $8.99 & eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime
You  Save: $6.00 (40%)

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Princess Soft Toys 10" Plush Checkers Cow

List Price: $14.99
Price: $8.99 & eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime
You Save: $6.00 (40%)


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Big G Whole Grain Cheerios Prize Pack Giveaway... CLOSED

According to the 2010 Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, only five percent of Americans get the three full recommended daily servings – a shocking statistic.

With many Americans making New Year’s Resolutions to live healthier, it’s never been easier to get the whole grain you want without sacrificing taste. Every Big G cereal contains at least 8 grams of whole grain per serving, with more than 20 General Mills cereals delivering 16 grams or more. (At least 48 grams of whole grain are recommended daily.) Big G cereals are America’s number one source of whole grain at breakfast, providing America with more whole grain at breakfast than any other breakfast food from any other manufacturer.

Only whole grain gives you the vital nutrients from the complete grain. The health benefits of whole grains can’t be pinpointed to one particular component of the grain. It’s the “whole grain package” that makes the difference. In addition to fiber, whole grain contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients that help ensure a healthy diet. A diet high in whole grain has been found to help with diabetes and weight management, and it may help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

Get into the whole grain habit by just looking for the big white check on Big G cereals! Cereal is already one of the healthiest breakfast choices you can make, and the entire Big G cereal line is made with whole grain, making it a great choice. Big G cereals have the brands and flavor your family will love, including Cheerios®, Lucky Charms®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, Honey Nut Cheerios®, Fiber One® and Total®.

To be sure the other foods you are choosing have the healthy whole grain you need, just follow these two easy rules:
  1. Look for a whole grain symbol like the big white check on Big G cereals or the Whole Grain Stamp developed by the Whole Grains Council
  2. Scan the ingredient list and choose foods that list a whole grain near the top of the list
Visit for more tips, additional information about the benefits of Whole Grain and how Big G cereals can be a convenient and tasty way to incorporate more whole grain into your day.

Win this awesome prize pack with tips to help fulfill healthy living goals, including a VIP coupon for one Big G cereal, a cereal on-the-go bowl, lunch bag, walking enthusiast kit and a digital jump rope. 

How to win it: 
Contest will run from April 5th 2011 until 11:59 p.m. EST  April 12th, 2011.
*Open USA Only


1. Follow me on Twitter @longislandmomx2 - leave a comment on this blog post.

2. Tweet about this contest (limit 2x daily - 1 entry per tweet) - leave a comment for each tweet.
IE: Win a Big G Whole Grain Cheerios Prize pack from @longislandmomx2 -

3. Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect - leave a comment on this blog post.

4. "Like" Long Island Mom x 2 on Facebook - leave a comment on this blog post.

5. What is your favorite General Mills Cereal? - leave a comment on this blog post

*This prize pack was given to myself and one reader from General Mills via* 
*Winner will be chosen via and have 48 hours to contact me*