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Lunch Punch {Giveaway} — CLOSED

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School time!  Turning the calendar to August yesterday was a little shocking since I could have sworn we had another week (or two!) of July.   Some of the year-round schools in our area have already started, but most of the schools are on the traditional schedule and will start in a couple of weeks.  Are you ready yet??

Check out Dandy Giveaway each Friday in August for a Back-to-School review and giveaway!

While neither of my boys will be heading off to school this fall, I try to have something fun for lunches to break up the monotonous menu that I typically serve for one of my least favorite meals of the day — as I’ve mentioned before, I try to stay away from chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese, but we definitely have our fair share of quick and easy-to-make sandwiches around here.

On top of that, I’ve been trying to involve my boys more in cooking with me in the kitchen, mostly because I figure that they’ll be in the kitchen with me anyway asking what we’re having and when it’ll be ready!  My two-year-old can stir water in a bowl with the best of them, and my four-year-old does a fabulous job of eating the chocolate chips that “accidentally” fall out of the bag onto the counter.   The Lunch Punch has been a great way to add some interest to our otherwise boring PB&Js and have given the boys a way to feel like they’re helping to prepare their own meals.


On the About Us page of the Lunch Punch website, the owner explains, “I invented The Lunch Punch® to encourage my energetic, young boys to sit down and eat a healthy meal.  They where more interested in playing than eating.  I tried cutting their sandwiches with cookie cutters (waste too much bread), butter knives and kitchen scissors, but I couldn’t produce the sensational shapes I wanted with those tools.  Not being able to find what I wanted in stores either, I opened up my local phone book and began hunting for a manufacturer to help me make what I envisioned. That’s how The Lunch Punch® started.”

A big A-MEN to that one!


These fun shapes and designs provide a great way to entice young kids to even leave their toys and activities to come to the table in the first place.  I wondered if my boys would spent too much of their time playing with (and man-handling and mashing…) their sandwiches for it to be a useful tool for these lunches, but they don’t spend nearly as much time playing with it as I imagined they might.  We’ve also been able to use these Lunch Punches for other foods like cheese slices, quesadillas, and even pieces of watermelon.

Here are some of the great designs you can find at Lunch Punch:




The Critter Cutters Set


The Sand*wishes Set


The VRRRM! Set

I was sent The VRRRM! Set to try out with my boys, and they have loved this transportation set!  My two-year-old is especially in love with trains, planes, and automobiles, so I knew that he would be the most interested in his new choices of sandwiches — he also has quite the repertoire of sound effects and uses them when he “flies” his airplane piece into his mouth or moves the train across his plate.

One Dandy Giveaway reader can enter below to win The VRRRM! Set from Lunch Punch!  The winner is responsible for shipping, so this giveaway is open WORLDWIDE!

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** This giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries, but the winner is required  to pay shipping — I will email you a Paypal invoice to be paid before I ship to  you from North Carolina.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of August 10th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will  be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored  by Lunch Punch, but all opinions are strictly my own. 



Marshall Publishing Trucks DVDs {Review}

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He fought it.  It wasn’t Blue’s Clues, so he was skeptical of it being anything good, but within 5 seconds, he was hooked.  Line and sinker.  “Rocket” was completely entranced by a DVD of all sorts of trucks doing fantastic things.  This DVD, appropriately called “Lots and Lots of Trucks” has since become the favorite movie of choice around here, thank you Marshall Publishing!
The moment you turn on one of these DVD’s, you are greeted with catchy music that instantly captures the attention of any toddler.  They are quick paced, spending only a few seconds on each frame.  Each DVD is just as friendly and happy as the last!
The first DVD we watched was Lots and Lots of Trucks, and just like the title says, it was filled with lots and lots and LOTS of trucks!  What an extensive amount of never-repeating footage of trucks doing all sorts of things, in a huge variety of different locations.  It is such a buffet of visuals, and very entrancing!
And just as I thought no video would replace the awesomeness of the Trucks DVD, “Lots and Lots of Fire Trucks” was just as fantastic.  These movies have just the right amount of dialogue–not too much talking to bore little kids.  We really liked the friendly fireman on the fire trucks DVD.  There is sure an extensive collection of footage!  These clips were not filmed in a single day.  They span thousands of miles and easily over a hundred different vehicles doing all sorts of things.  There are great sound affects and fun slide transitions from video clip to video clip. I tell you, these are so entertaining!
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Last, we enjoyed some Lots and Lots of Monster trucks.  Pretty exciting stuff!  Very impressive monsters.  The Monster Truck Classics DVD is probably suited for ages 3 or 4+, as there is more dialogue throughout, and not the same catchy tunes in the background as the other DVDs.  The feature includes history about how monster trucks came to be and interviews with the truck drivers/builders.  It is evident that it was filmed within the last 25 years, but the title is “classics”, after all, which make them timeless!  My boy was still enthralled, even with the host commentators narrating the show instead of catchy songs in the background.  Most of the action takes place in superdomes and stadiums across North America and Australia.  The mud run races were pretty great, and I must say I’ve never seen something quite like it!  Near the end is a visit to see the world’s biggest truck at the time, and the car show at the end was fun.  It concludes with some impressive drag racing, for a total of appox. 3 hours among the three programs.
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The real cherry on top was the two CDs included in this set of videos.  My boy squealed in delight when it turned it on in the car after he had watched the videos inside.  He clapped to the music of “Lots and lots of fire trucks”, and I am just SO relieved to be listening to something other than animal songs!  Great sound, the words are clear, and the voices are fun to sing along with.
So what do I think?  I think you have a little boy who is at all into trucks, fire trucks, monster cars, jets, planes, trains, or moving things in general, these are terrific DVDs for your child’s collection.  They are eye-candy for a busy little mind who love to watch things that go!  And a two-DVD set for $19.95 is pretty dandy.  Especially because these are not available in stores.  These would make great birthday gifts!
And I just got a sweet tip to keep checking their website for new arrivals this summer – Lots of Roaring Rockets and Alphabet and Counting Songs!  How fun!
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*This posting was sponsored by Marshall Publishing, but all opinions are strictly my own

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