Enter for your chance to win new Lil’ Troops — Plus a Mr. 7 review

This giveaway is sponsored by Lil’ Troops. I received products for purposes of review; all opinions here, however, are my own. Or Mr. 7’s.

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I recently had the opportunity to review a couple of the new collectible Lil’ Troops military action figures, with the able assistance of Mr. 7. (You can see he got himself all decked out for the occasion… although I am pretty sure the shoes are not standard military attire!)

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We received the Urban Trooper and the Desert Trooper to check out. They each came with “stuff,” and can hold their radios, binoculars, canteens, and more. Their legs, heads, arms are also movable, so you can pose them for any situation.

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Mr. 7 got right to work on the posing part (and found it hysterical that you could swivel them all the way around “so their heads are over their you-know, Mom.”

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Each action figure also came with its own flyer telling more about its specialty and a short “troop tip.” These were a big hit with Mr. 7, who adores his Army uncle — but I can see them being a fun and collectible toy for a lot of kids.

Also cool:

A portion of each Lil’ Troops sale is devoted to U.S. Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs. For more information, visit www.armymwr.com.

So let’s give away some Lil’ Troops!

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What can you win?

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know which two you’d pick, and why!

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 7/15/14. 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 “Enter for your…”) 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 Mashup Mom 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 Good Cook; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 7/16/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Prize will be forfeited and Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery of your prize.

Good Cook Fruit Bowl Giveaway + Watermelon Granita Recipe!

This giveaway is sponsored by Good Cook. I received a fresh fruit bowl for purposes of review. All opinions here, however are my own.

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Today I have for you a giveaway and an easy fresh fruit recipe, all wrapped up into one! Let me tell you first about this awesomesauce Good Cook Fresh Fruit bowl, which is only available at Bed Bath and Beyond (or… say… if you win one here…!).

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This big three-piece bowl features a genius strainer insert that keeps fresh cut fruit from stewing in its own juices, plus an easy pour spout so you can discard the juice that accumulates on the bottom of the larger green bowl. I made this recipe several days ago, stored the other half of the cut watermelon in the fridge, and the bowl is keeping it nice and fresh — in a regular bowl, the pieces on the bottom would be overly juicy and starting to get icky by now.

So, here’s something to make with your fresh fruit this season:

Easy Peasy Watermelon Granita Recipe

Just three ingredients here (optionally four)

5 cups cut up seedless watermelon
1/2 cup sugar (use less if you have a very sweet watermelon)
Juice of one small lime
Mini chocolate chips (optional)

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Add watermelon, lime juice, and sugar to food processor or blender and combine til smooth. I have an underpowered little food processor, so some of the little white seeds were left in mine. They were pretty inoffensive, but a more powerful machine will take care of that — or pick them out if they bother you.

Pour watermelon mixture into a glass 9×13 pan and freeze for two hours. Scrape up your granita all around the edges as shown above, then refreeze for another two hours. Scrape up the rest of your granita, and serve!

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Now, you could get all fancy and serve your cool and refreshing watermelon granita in margarita glasses with some spiral zested lime twists. And maybe add a little vodka. ;) Since I was serving this to kids, however, I thought it would be more fun to put some in a green bowl and add some mini chocolate chips as “seeds.” Now it’s a watermelon recipe… pretending to be… a watermelon!

The hardest part of this recipe

… was actually clearing off a shelf in the freezer so that the granita had a space to freeze up! Mr. 7 has been highly enjoying it, and requests some for dessert every single night. Watermelon granita is naturally dairy free and gluten free, so a great easy summer dessert for families with food allergies.

So let’s give away this bowl!

What can you win?

  • One Mashup Mom reader will win a Good Cook Three Piece Fruit Bowl.

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know your favorite way to enjoy fresh fruit during the summer!

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 7/5/14. 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 “Good Cook…”) 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 Mashup Mom 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 Good Cook; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 7/6/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Prize will be forfeited and Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery of your prize.

The extra fine print

Special Good Cook giveaway disclosure rules

  • One prize per household for each Good Cook event. For example, if someone wins on 2 or more blogs, they – or their family members – will only receive one prize from that event.
  • If a household has won a prize in a previous Good Cook event, they are not eligible win again for 6 months.
  • If a household has won more than one prize in a previous Good Cook event (prior to the one-win-in-six-months rule), they aren’t eligible win again for 12 months.
    Good Cook Bloggers and Good Cook Kitchen Experts are not eligible to win prizes in Good Cook sponsored events, whether or not they participated in the event or not.
  • Good Cook will confirm that winners are eligible and will disqualify anyone who has won more than once.
  • Prizes ship from Good Cook and can take 8-10 weeks after the contest ends, unless otherwise stated. You must be 18 or older to win. US shipping addresses only.
  • Good Cook reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal value if sufficient inventory is not available.

Check out other Good Cook kitchen expert blogger recipes and uses for the fruit bowl!


Fresh Thyme Deerfield Grand Opening + $25 gift card giveaway!

This giveaway and post has been sponsored by Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market. I was compensated for this post; however, all opinions here are my own.

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Get ready for this: Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market is opening in Deerfield, IL tomorrow June 25! Head on over to 35 Waukegan Road at Lake Cook Road: Stores open at 7AM, and the first 250 shoppers will receive a FREE bag of groceries. Join them for free samples, prizes, kids events, and more — plus check out advertised prices ranging from $.97/lb cherries to $.99 Kettle Chips to $2.00 organicgirl salads!

Here’s the full Grand Opening Activity Schedule for Wednesday 6/25:

  • 7 a.m. Doors Open/Grocery Giveaway to First 250 Customers through Door. Line up early to reserve your spot!
  • 9 a.m. Ribbon Cutting/Community Partners Check Presentation.
  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Balloon Animals/Outdoor Hot Dog Cart.
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Outdoor Grilling and Natural Meat Sampling
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Super Stolie Performance
  • 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Live In-store Cooking Show
  • Product samples throughout the store and giveaways Wednesday-Sunday
  • Sunday, June 28 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Live Cooking Demo by Chicago cooking personality Momma Cuisine

About Fresh Thyme

I’ve talked about Fresh Thyme here before, but here’s their philosophy:

At Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets we believe you shouldn’t have to give away the farm to feed your body nutritious food. We’re on a mission to improve the way our communities eat by offering fresh and healthy food at amazing values — all in a vibrant and fun shopping environment, with smiling friendly faces.

The foundation of healthy eating is often based on incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets. Therefore, at the core of our offerings is an abundant produce department, overflowing with fruits and vegetables, fresh from the farm, often locally grown and much of it organic. We’re so passionate about produce that we’ve made it the nucleus of the store, ensuring the bounty of fruits and vegetables is visible from all other departments.

Following the Deerfield grand opening this week, Fresh Thyme will be opening eight more Chicago and Indiana locations through 2015, plus many more stores throughout the Midwest — 60 by 2019! Stores are already open in Mt. Prospect, IL, and Indianapolis, IN.

What can you win?

  • One Mashup Mom reader will win a $25 gift card to Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market!

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know what you think of the Fresh Thyme concept.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 6/30/14. 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 “Fresh Thyme…”) 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 Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 7/1/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

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. Comments left on this site about Fresh Thyme may be used in Fresh Thyme marketing materials.

Everything Is Awesome — Especially the chance to win The LEGO Movie!

This giveaway is sponsored by Warner Brothers. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions here are my own.

My kids love this movie — I know, right? Whose kids don’t love this movie?! And here’s your chance to win The Lego Movie on Blu-Ray! First, have some fun with the widget above:

  • Move your mouse across the GIFs to control the action. Hit the “play” button below to play “EVERYTHING IS AWESOME” at the same time, if you want to really get crazy with it!
  • Press the “record” button and make a mini 6 second LEGO GIF video that can be shared to Twitter and Facebook. Videos instantly get posted to YouTube for everybody to enjoy!

As fun as this is in and of itself, there’s more…

You could win The LEGO Movie on Blu-Ray!

What can you win?

  • One Mashup Mom reader will win The LEGO Movie on Blu-Ray!

How do you enter?

  • Create your own 6 second LEGO Movie GIF video with the widget above, and comment with the YouTube link! (Or, just comment and let me know who in your house most wants to win — you or the kids ;) )

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 6/24/14. U.S. residents only, please. No P.O. Boxes. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Everything Is Awesome…”) 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 Mashup Mom 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 Brothers; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 6/25/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Prize will be forfeited and Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

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.

Each household is only eligible to win The Lego Movie 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.

Good Cook Build Your Kitchen Drawer Sweepstakes + giveaway here!

This giveaway is sponsored by Good Cook. All opinions here, however are my own.

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Are you eager to spruce up your kitchen drawers? Me too, lol. Here’s your chance: Head over to the Good Cook Build Your Kitchen Drawer Sweepstakes — when you build your ideal kitchen drawer of up to 15 items from a selection of tools and gadgets on their site, you have a chance to win everything you selected! Just look for the “add me” icon to start building your drawer. Short on time? Pick a pre-built drawer from one of their Kitchen Expert Bloggers, instead.

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Then, enter my quick 2-day giveaway below for a chance to win these three useful tools as a start to building your own kitchen drawer:

So let’s give stuff away!

What can you win?

  • One Mashup Mom reader will win all three Good Cook kitchen tools listed above: Black nylon square turner, black nylon slotted spoon, black nylon basting spoon.

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here!

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 2:30 PM Central on 6/9/14. 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 “Good Cook…”) 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 Mashup Mom 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 Good Cook; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 6/9/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Prize will be forfeited and Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

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.

Giulana Rancic’s favorite Chicago Groupons gift card giveaway!

This giveaway is sponsored by Groupon. All opinions here, however, are my own.

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This week, Groupon is featuring some of Giulana Rancic’s favorite Chicago events, activities, and merchants! Here are a number of Giulana’s picks for you, then enter below for your chance to win a $25 Groupon gift card so that you can find your own favorite.

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Let’s start out with Jazzin’ at the Shedd, which looks amazing, doesn’t it? Score two tickets for just $20, or 44% off.

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Our next Giulana Rancic pick is a quintessential Chicago activity: See Island of Lemurs 3D (with popcorn and sodas!) at Navy Pier IMAX, and pick up two tickets for just $24.00.

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Dress for any of these events and activities with your 50% off Caché Groupon, where $25 gets you $50.

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And do your hair for the final touch — you want to look good in all your new duds. Get up to 44% off blowouts at Arch Apothecary on the Near North Side.

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And, if you have a spare $200 left over, here’s another Giulana Rancic pick for someplace to show off your new look: Attend this Wine 101 Class and Dinner with Wine Director Ryan Arnold on June 24 at Paris Club Bistro & Bar.

So those are all of Giulana Rancic’s favorite Chicago merchants on Groupon — how’s that for an eclectic mix? But let’s move on to the giveaway, for your chance to pick up your own faves.

Groupon gift card giveaway

What can you win?

  • THREE Mashup Mom readers will each win a $25 Groupon gift card. Note: Winners’ gift codes will be sent by email to the address you enter with; use one you check regularly.

How do you enter?

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 6/6/14. 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 “Giulana…”) 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 Groupon; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 6/7/14. Codes will be sent via email to winners’ addresses.

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.

Giveaway — Who would you share your TWIX Bites with?

This giveaway is sponsored by TWIX Brand. I received TWIX Bites for purposes of review; however, all opinions in this post are my own.

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Introducing: TWIX Bites! TWIX have always been one of my favorite candy bars, but I have to admit: Bites are even better, although they sport the same caramel, crunchy cookie, and milk chocolate as the full-sized bars. Check out the chocolate to insides ratio, for one thing… I shared these with an enthusiastic Mr. 7, who became an instant fan. (And, if you have more than one kid, it would be a lot easier to share a bag of these than to try to split up candy bars just so evenly…)

TWIX Bites come in two sizes, a 2.83-ounce sharing size and a 7.0-ounce resealable stand-up pouch. And if you want to be amused:

With such big taste in such small bites, you’re probably wondering why they didn’t think of this sooner? To find out why, call 1-844-WHY-SO-LONG! You’ll hear decade-by-decade excuses as to why!

Find out more about TWIX Bites and tell them who you’d share your Bites with on their Facebook page here.

What can you win?

  • One Mashup Mom reader will win a TWIX Bites Movie Prize Pack that includes a $15 Fandango gift card, 2 sharable bags and a larger resealable bag of TWIX Bites.

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know who you would share your TWIX Bites with!

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 6/4/14. U.S. residents only, please, and no P.O. Boxes for this one. 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 — Who…”) 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

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) TWIX Bites Movie Prize Pack containing 3 Twix Bites Bags and 1 $15 Fandango Gift Card 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.

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Twix Brand; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 6/5/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Prize will be forfeited and Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

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.

Heluva Good review and giveaway — roasted garlic & carmelized onion dip

This giveaway and post has been sponsored by Heluva Good. I received products for purposes of review; however, all opinions here are my own.

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Heluva Good recently introduced a limited edition Roasted Garlic & Carmelized Onion Dip, just in time for National Garlic Day on April 19. As a garlic lover, I’m pretty sad that I missed National Garlic Day :) — but still pleased to have had the chance to check out this new dip!

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We brought this Heluva Good Roasted Garlic & Carmelized Onion Dip over to our family Memorial Day BBQ this past weekend, where it paired equally well with chips, bagel chips, and sweet bell peppers.

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To tell the truth, Mr. 7 did find Heluva Good Roasted Garlic & Carmelized Onion Dip a little strong for his taste. I think that the bold garlic and onion flavor might be more appropriate for a grown-up palate — it was quite flavorful, and all the adults present were quite pleased! It’s also good to know that Heluva Good dips never add any oils or water, and you can see in the photos above how nice and thick this dip was.

Find out more about Heluva Good and explore all their products and where to find them at HeluvaGood.com.

What can you win?

  • One Mashup Mom reader will win THREE free product coupons so that you can pick up your own Heluva Good dips to try!

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know how you add bold, fun flavor and excitement to your own gatherings.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 6/2/14. 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 “Heluva…”) 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 Heluva Good; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 6/3/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Prize will be forfeited and Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

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.

Giveaway — Tropical Traditions Organic Shredded Coconut (5/7)

This giveaway is sponsored by Tropical Traditions. Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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Here’s another great new giveaway sponsored by Tropical Traditions! You might remember previous giveaways and recipes here featuring Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil and Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Flour.

Well, here’s your chance to win another great organic coconut product from Tropical Traditions:

Think of all the great recipes you could make with this, such as…

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Tropical Traditions sent over a whole gallon of unsweetened shredded organic coconut — really! Coconut lovers rejoice, since you can order your favorite in bulk over at Tropical Traditions; plus, shredded coconut is even on sale as I type right now.

So I started thinking of heavy-on-the-coconut recipes to test this out with, finally settling on: Gluten Free Dairy Free Whole Egg Coconut Macaroons. This easy-peasy recipe is perfect for Passover or for any time of year, and is also a great simple gluten and dairy free dessert to whip up — with no need for special flours or lots of steps.

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See the whole coconut macaroons recipe over at Sunday Scratchups. These were a definite hit with Dairy Free Junior High Guy, and the irresistible temptation of homemade macaroons even caused low carb MashupDad to cheat on his diet a little (shh…).

Since I used both products in this recipe — Want to know more about Virgin Coconut Oil, too?

Check out the following pages for more info!

On to the giveaway

What can you win?

How do you enter?

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household; duplicate entries will be deleted. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 5/7/14. 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 — Tropical Traditions…”) 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 Tropical Traditions. I received a product for purposes of this post/review; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 5/8/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

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.

If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.