Medieval Times review + giveaway!

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This giveaway has been sponsored by Medieval Times. Medieval Times provided tickets for purposes of review; however, all opinions here are my own.

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Can you believe that all these years I’ve lived in Illinois, I’d never been to Medieval Times before last week? Now: I know what we’ve been missing while driving on by that huge castle off the highway all of these years! Our whole family had a blast at our Medieval Times Schaumburg outing, even the slightly jaded junior high guy. So here’s my Medieval Times review, then read on for your chance to win your own family outing to Medieval Times Schaumburg.

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Mr. 8 was especially inspired — he somehow talked us into this official Medieval Times wooden axe from their gift shop, and then jazzed it up and fashioned his own knight costume out of paper the very next day. (Not bad, eh?!)

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Speaking of the gift shop, fair warning: They walk you through both going in and leaving, leaving you with plenty of time to browse before the doors to the dinner show open. :)

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And what a show it was: We had knights, we had jousting, we had parades and falcons and games of skill… we had a tournament and drama and the chance to cheer on “our” knight as he made his way through the tournament… to victory! Every visitor gets a paper crown in their knight’s color and a pennant to cheer him on — and the knights tossed carnations as favors to random girls in the crowd.

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All this while enjoying a hearty meal — made “medieval” via pewter dinnerware and the lack of utensils, lol. Here’s Mr. 8 enjoying his “baby dragon,” and we also supped on everything from “dragon’s blood” (tomato bisque) to “dragon’s eggs” (seasoned potatoes). Medieval Times will make food substitutions for allergies (Italian ice rather than apple turnover for a gluten free, dairy free dessert for example), and has a vegetarian option available as well.

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Protective screens came down during the actual jousting portion of our evening’s entertainment, which was well-choreographed with plenty of dramatic moments and sparks flying from the knights’ blades. All in all, this was super fun family entertainment, suitable for all ages.

On to the giveaway

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What can you win?

  • One lucky Mashup Mom reader will win four tickets to Medieval Times Schaumburg!

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know who in your life would enjoy visiting Medieval Times, and why.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household; duplicate entries will be deleted. Only comment once on this post; your comment enters you in the giveaway. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 7/6/15. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Medieval Times…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Medieval Times. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 7/7/15. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to email notification; if no reply is received, a runner up will be selected. Mashup Mom is not responsible for lost or misdirected emails.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize. We reserve the right to cancel this promotion at any time or to substitute a prize of equal value.

May is National BBQ Month Stubb’s giveaway

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This post and giveaway are sponsored by Stubb’s; however, all opinions here are my own.

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Did you know May is National BBQ Month? MashupDad grills occasionally year round (neither rain nor snow nor sleet…) but this month is definitely when he steps it up — he just grilled chicken and burgers for us last night, as a matter of fact. :)

To help celebrate the kickoff of BBQ season, check out this mouthwatering chicken recipe from Stubb’s BBQ Sauce — the only nationally available BBQ sauce that carries the Gluten-Free Organization Certification Seal and contains no HFCS. I’ve previously mentioned my dismay at seeing HFCS as the first ingredient in some sauces, so this is fantastic news. (Stubb’s is also in the process of working with the Non-GMO project to verify its line.)

  • After you check out the recipe, be sure to enter below for your chance to win four free coupons to try out Stubb’s BBQ sauce for yourself!

Sweet Heat Grilled Chicken Recipe (courtesy Stubb’s)

Sweet Heat Grilled Chicken

Ingredients:

1 lb. chicken breasts
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Rub
Stubb’s Moppin’ Sauce (optional)
Stubb’s Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce

Directions:

Prepare grill for direct high-heat grilling (approximately 450°F). In a large pan, rub chicken breasts liberally with Stubb’s Bar-B-Q rub. Using an injector, inject chicken breasts with Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce. If desired, slather chicken with Stubb’s Moppin’ Sauce.

Place chicken on grill over direct high-heat. Cook on each side for 7-10 minutes, until an internal temperature of 165°F is reached. Remove from grill and let stand for five minutes. Slice the chicken at an angle into thin strips before serving.

On to the giveaway

What can you win?

  • One lucky Mashup Mom reader will win four free coupons to check out Stubb’s BBQ sauce!

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let us know how you’d use Stubb’s BBQ sauce in your favorite BBQ season recipe.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household; duplicate entries will be deleted. Only comment once on this post; your comment enters you in the giveaway. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 5/23/15. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “May is National BBQ Month…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Stubb’s. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 5/24/15. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to email notification; if no reply is received, a runner up will be selected. Mashup Mom is not responsible for lost or misdirected emails.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize. We reserve the right to cancel this promotion at any time or to substitute a prize of equal value.

Zaycon + Chicken Soup for the Soul — Buffalo BBQ Chicken Recipe + giveaway

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Chicken Soup for the Soul and Zaycon Foods provided me with complimentary products. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Check this out: Zaycon Fresh has teamed up with Chicken Soup for the Soul, partnering in offering more varieties of fresh and wholesome food outside of traditional retail channels. They sent over some of their products so that I could check them out and review for you guys, and they worked great together in this easy family-friendly recipe. Slow cooking the chicken in broth before shredding made it super flavorful and moist, and the Buffalo BBQ sauce turned out to be only mildly spicy, which made Mr. 8’s day.

Easy Peasy Crock Pot Buffalo BBQ Chicken Recipe

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No lie, guys: I made this super easy four ingredient recipe twice over the past week, since all the boys in this house liked it so much. And, since it uses exactly half a bottle of Chicken Soup for the Soul Buffalo BBQ sauce and half the box of broth, there’s no waste if you either double the recipe or make it twice. Perfect! (Plus, both the broth and the sauce are gluten free, dairy free, meaning that Junior High Guy could enjoy his on a gluten free bun or lettuce wrap.)

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Ingredients

1.75-2 lbs Zaycon boneless skinless chicken breast
1 tsp minced garlic
16 oz (two cups) Chicken Soup for the Soul reduced sodium chicken broth
1 cup Chicken Soup for the Soul Buffalo BBQ sauce

Directions

Add chicken, garlic, and broth to your slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours. Remove chicken to a separate large bowl and shred. Discard broth, then add shredded chicken back to the slow cooker. Stir in Buffalo BBQ sauce and cook on low another 20-30 minutes until heated through. Serve wrapped in lettuce or on a bun!

Seriously, they devoured this

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Dinner for all the boys — Crock Pot Buffalo BBQ Chicken was a little carb-y for MashupDad, but he muscled through a heaping lettuce wrap all the same. (And the BBQ sauce has no HFCS, by the way, for those of you sticking with real sugar varieties!) This recipe even inspired Junior High Guy to show us how he can cross… just one eye. How we got there, I don’t know, but a super easy weeknight family dinner for all. Good food = good conversation, and easy dinners = happy Mom.

Want more?

If you’re inspired by my recipe above, find more Chicken Soup for the Soul recipes here.

On to the giveaway

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What can you win?

  • One lucky Mashup Mom reader will win a Chicken Soup for the Soul chicken broth and Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade.

How do you enter?

  • Required entry: Just comment here and let us know what you’d make with Zaycon chicken and/or Chicken Soup for the Soul products!
  • BONUS entry: Sign up for the Chicken Soup for the Soul daily newsletter, then come back here and comment affirming you have done so.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of two entries per household; duplicate entries will be deleted. Only comment a maximum of twice on this post; your comment enters you in the giveaway. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 4/20/15. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Zaycon + Chicken Soup…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Chicken Soup for the Soul. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 4/21/15. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to email notification; if no reply is received, a runner up will be selected. Mashup Mom is not responsible for lost or misdirected emails.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize. We reserve the right to cancel this promotion at any time or to substitute a prize of equal value.

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Giveaway!

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Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Warner Home Video. All opinions here are my own.

It’s the final installment of The Hobbit movies, finally out on Blu-Ray! Warner Bros. brings you the Blu-Ray release of The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies — so let’s play! Mouse over the Interactive map of Middle-Earth above, and take the quiz to find out if you’re Brave like Bilbo. :) Take the quiz, check out the special feature clips, and immerse yourself in All Things Hobbit.

Check out this “making of” montage — and if you have somehow missed out, here’s all about the movie:

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.

Find out more and own it on Blu-Ray today.

On to the giveaway

What can you win?

  • One lucky Mashup Mom reader will win The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Blu-Ray.

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let us know the results of your Brave Like Bilbo quiz above.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household; duplicate entries will be deleted. Only comment once on this post; your comment enters you in the giveaway. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 4/2/15. U.S. or Canada residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “The Hobbit…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Warner Home Video. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 4/3/15. Winners will have 48 hours to reply to their email notification; if no reply is received, a runner up will be selected. Mashup Mom is not responsible for lost or misdirected emails.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize. We reserve the right to cancel this promotion at any time or to substitute a prize of equal value.

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Blu-ray The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Giveaway — LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League

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Information and prizing for this giveaway has been provided by Warner Home Video. All opinions in this post are my own.

Here’s a fun one for your LEGO- and Batman-loving little ones! In the new movie LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League,

Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

Check out the trailer above, and get in on the fun by inputting your name in the widget above to reveal your own Bizarro Alter-Ego! Mine is apparently: rachel-borg-zarro-blaster. Well, sure it is! lol Don’t like your moniker? Press the refresh button or try again.

You can also download exclusive digital trading cards to print.

On to the giveaway

What can you win?

  • One lucky Mashup Mom reader will win the LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack with Batzarro LEGO minifigure!

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and share your Bizarro alter-ego name.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household; duplicate entries will be deleted. Only comment once on this post; your comment enters you in the giveaway. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 2/27/15. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Giveaway — LEGO…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Warner Home Video. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 2/28/15. Winners will have 48 hours to reply to their email notification; if no reply is received, a runner up will be selected. Mashup Mom is not responsible for lost or misdirected emails.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize. We reserve the right to cancel this promotion at any time or to substitute a prize of equal value.

Each household is only eligible to win LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) Blu-ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Last Day to Enter my Blog-iversary Giveaways!

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Today is your last day to enter my two “Mashup Mom just turned 6″ giveaways! (Do not comment on this post to enter; you must comment on the original giveaway posts.)

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Enter here for your chance to win a brand-new Kindle Paperwhite.

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Enter here for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

$25 Amazon Gift Card Blog-iversary giveaway!

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I’m in a giving mood today, so let’s do it again! It’s Mashup Mom’s 6th anniversary today, and I’m celebrating by giving one of you this shiny new $25 Amazon gift card so that you can buy yourself a commemorative present. 😉

On to the giveaway

What can you win?

  • One lucky Mashup Mom reader will win a $25 Amazon gift card!

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know your favorite grocery store to shop at.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household; duplicate entries will be deleted. Only comment once on this post; your comment enters you in the giveaway. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 1/29/15. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “$25 Amazon…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided and purchased by me, and this post is sponsored by no one but me. Amazon is not a sponsor of this promotion. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 1/30/15. Winners will have 48 hours to reply to their email notification; if no reply is received, a runner up will be selected. Mashup Mom is not responsible for lost or misdirected emails.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize. We reserve the right to cancel this promotion at any time or to substitute a prize of equal value.

Kindle Paperwhite Blog-iversary giveaway!

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What’s a birthday without presents, I always say: So here’s one for one of you! So do you remember many months ago when Amazon gave select people the chance to buy Kindles on the cheap? I was one of the lucky ones, and patiently put my Kindle Paperwhite with special offers aside for just such an occasion — it’s like buying clearance toys at Target for the birthday closet. 😉

  • So my (unopened, y’all) cheap Kindle Paperwhite could now be your free Kindle Paperwhite — see below for your chance to win.

On to the giveaway

What can you win?

  • One lucky Mashup Mom reader will win a Kindle Paperwhite!

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know your favorite deal that you found on this site in 2014.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household; duplicate entries will be deleted. Only comment once on this post; your comment enters you in the giveaway. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 1/29/15. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Kindle…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided and purchased by me, and this post is sponsored by no one but me. Amazon is not a sponsor of this promotion. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 1/30/15. Winners will have 48 hours to reply to their email notification; if no reply is received, a runner up will be selected. Mashup Mom is not responsible for lost or misdirected emails.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize. We reserve the right to cancel this promotion at any time or to substitute a prize of equal value.

Gorton’s + SparkPeople Realistic Resolution Challenge — And a giveaway!

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This giveaway is sponsored by Gorton’s. I received coupons to purchase Gorton’s products for purposes of review; however, all opinions in this post are my own.

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Gorton’s has teamed up with SparkPeople in creating a 30 Day Realistic Resolution Challenge, where you can sign up for daily tips, easy ways to stick to your resolutions, and to earn 5 SparkPoints for every daily challenge you complete. Each day gives you a new healthy activity such as: Download a healthy meal plan, drink more water, scale back on salt, and more.

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And on a related useful note: Gorton’s grilled tilapia, salmon, haddock, and fillets are now gluten free — All Gorton’s Grilled Fillets are low fat, gluten free, and 100 calories or less per serving. Be aware, however, that the pieces of fish in both the Grilled and Simply Baked are small. Junior High Guy could easily put away an entire box by himself, but it contains two servings.

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We tried Gorton’s Simply Baked salmon and tilapia, which both cook up quickly and with no mess inside an individual oven bag. Both kids went nuts for the tilapia — a rare treat for them, since I don’t generally buy it — while MashupDad preferred the salmon.

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The plus side here for people who don’t like touching or smelling raw fish is that these come pre-packed in bags you don’t even have to pierce; you just pop them onto a baking pan and they cook up with no leaks. Carefully cut open the pouch and slide your fully cooked entree, including sauce, straight onto the plate.

Want to try some Gorton’s for yourself?

Gorton's Blogger Giveaway

Sign up for the 30 Day Realistic Resolution Challenge above, print a coupon for $.75/1 Gorton’s Grilled item, then read on for your chance to win your own Gorton’s/SparkPeople prize pack!

  • Also be sure to enter the Gorton’s Eat Smarter Sweepstakes, where they’re giving away $5,000 in cash + daily prizes.

For more about Gorton’s and their multiple seafood choices, you can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and/or Instagram.

On to the giveaway

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What can you win?

  • One lucky Mashup Mom reader will win a Gorton’s prize pack containing: Two full-value product coupons, an insulated tote bag, the SparkPeople Cookbook, the Spark book, and the SparkPeople 28 Day Boot Camp Workout DVD.

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know how your own New Year’s Resolutions are going so far!

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household; duplicate entries will be deleted. Only comment once on this post; your comment enters you in the giveaway. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 1/18/15. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Gorton’s…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Gorton’s. This post is sponsored by Gorton’s; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 1/19/15. Winners will have 48 hours to reply to their email notification; if no reply is received, a runner up will be selected. Mashup Mom is not responsible for lost or misdirected emails.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize. We reserve the right to cancel this promotion at any time or to substitute a prize of equal value.