Raisin the Roof (Plus Giveaway!)

No, the title does not contain a typo. I did not forget the apostrophe in “raisin’,” as in “raising.” I went to a party for raisins, and I’m writing a sponsored post about it. And best of all, you might be able to get a prize out of it!

Raisin Party!

Raisin Party!

Here, let me back up a little. A while back, I was invited to participate in a California Raisins Snack to School Party. I got to bring my school-age children so that they could do crafts, eat, swim, and potentially win a cute lunch box. (Score! We DID win the lunch box!)

He Was Actually Very Excited but also Cold

Excited but Also Cold

The kids really enjoyed the craft stations, which involved photo shoots, coloring, decorating food, eating food, filling out a trivia page, and decorating a lunch box label.

Toppings for Apple Faces

Toppings for Apple Faces

I Liked the Question about X-ray Vision

I Liked the Question about X-ray Vision

Coloring Pages

Coloring Pages

Everyone Else's Kids Looked Happy

Everyone Else’s Kids Looked Happy

Asher Is Afraid of People in Costumes

Asher Is Afraid of People in Costumes

Mostly they enjoyed the food.

Snacking

Snacking

I kept getting frustrated because they had a great time at the party but managed to look either sullen or kind of bonkers in most of my photos. At least those made for some entertaining Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts (OK, I look kind of bonkers in most of the photos too).

We got to take home a little gift package just like the one I am giving away below. I do love free stuff.

I will be honest: I try to avoid overdoing sponsored posts, but I really do like raisins and I like to serve them to my children. I add raisins to cereal and oatmeal almost daily in an attempt to get my kids closer to their daily five without a lot of hassle, cost, or needing to have consumed much coffee. They are an all-natural, healthy snack with no extra ingredients (no sodium benzohexophosphawhatsittoxiphate here!), but they are sweet enough that Asher said that he thought they contained honey. I send them in lunches and I carry them to soccer practice. All three of my kids were born loving raisins like crazy. And I snack on raisins myself, at my desk or when I need a quick blood-sugar boost so I don’t yell at anyone or cry.

I had wondered if raisins weren’t great for the teeth, but when I started doing my homework on the California Raisins website, I found out that research shows that they actually do not increase the chance of cavities and may lessen the chance. That link directs you to lots of other raisin information that is likely to both interest you and make you go bake some goodies. But hey, you’ll feel full more quickly so won’t eat too many, right?

Anyway, here’s the fun part for you. I am giving away a back-to-school prize pack.

For You!

For You!

This cute little set includes:

  • A collapsible lunch box
  • A collapsible California Raisins snack bowl
  • A California Raisins plushy toy
  • A 5-pack of California Raisins snack recipe cards
  • Two California Raisins snack packs

Here is what you must do to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post. This will let me know you want to enter. Say whatever you want, as long as it’s not mean or crazy.* Jokes are good, especially if they are raisin/grape jokes.
  2. Follow Short-Winded Blog via email, WordPress, or Facebook. Any of these three counts.
  3. For more entries, share this post or my blog on Facebook or Twitter, and tag me so I can see you have done so. My Twitter handle is @mamaedits. You can get up to three extra entries this way.

You have from now until Wednesday, September 10 at noon (pacific time) to enter to win these back-to-school goodies. And if you are ever at my house, you can have some free raisins just because. I will choose one entry at random and notify the winner ASAP. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, I will select another winner.

Good luck!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Raisins.

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Comments

  1. Vanessa Hetzel:

    I’ve always wanted to tell the people that sell raisins to redesign the little snack size boxes they come in. They should be shorter and wider so kids can get their fingers all the way to the raisins in the bottom. Right now, my 3 kids (all under 4) eat the ones on too and leave the rest bc they can’t reach them!

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    • Laura:

      You know, that’s true. I always opened the bottom flap to reach those ones, but I’m not sure I have pointed that out to the kids.

      Reply

  2. Anita:

    Why did the raisin go out with the prune? Because he couldn’t find a date. HA! My Mother-in-Law loved that one.

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    • Laura:

      That’s actually a really good joke! :)

      Reply

  3. Michelle Mossey:

    Hooray for free stuff! The lunchbox looks super cute.
    Here’s a joke my boys love:
    What do you call a nosy pepper? Jalapeño business. :0)

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    • Laura:

      I swear, kids’ jokes are the best jokes!

      Reply

  4. A Child's Eyes:

    I like free stuff too. I am not mean, but I might be a little crazy. I will try to keep the crazy comments to myself. I fed my children so many raisins when they were little that the oldest two rebelled on me and wouldn’t eat any for a while. Now they like raisins again and I try not to overdo it. I think you should follow up this post with some really great raisin jokes.

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    • Laura:

      I’m glad they’ve returned to raisins. And how about following it up with some really bad raisin jokes? I might be more capable of that.

      Reply

  5. Noreen:

    Mine got burned out on raisins for a while, luckily they start eating them again last year.

    Why did Mrs Grape go on a vacation by herself?
    She needed a break from raisins kids!

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  6. Emily Ducatte:

    IM not the biggest fan of raisins but I love grapes and winning giveaways. :) my son will gladly eat raisins!

    Reply

  7. Janie Prather:

    I love raisins, I can eat them everyday! :)

    Reply

  8. Cass Sudduth:

    I love cooking with raisins! They are great in salads, cookies, and more. They are especially good all by them selves as a healthy sweet snack

    Reply

  9. stephanie scales campbell:

    California raisins i remember from childhood i would love to win

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  10. David:

    A duck walks into a bar and asks, “Got any grapes?”

    The bartender, confused, tells the duck no. The duck thanks him and leaves.

    The next day, the duck returns and asks, “Got any grapes?”

    Again, the bartender tells him, “No — the bar does not serve grapes, has never served grapes and, furthermore, will never serve grapes.” The duck thanks him and leaves.

    The next day, the duck returns, but before he can say anything, the bartender yells, “Listen, duck! This is a bar! We do not serve grapes! If you ask for grapes again, I will nail your stupid duck beak to the bar!”

    The duck is silent for a moment, and then asks, “Got any nails?”

    Confused, the bartender says no.

    “Good!” says the duck. “Got any grapes?”

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    • Anita:

      LOL! Love it!

      Reply

  11. David:

    I like you on facebook as David Lintz.

    I shared this on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/david.lintz.12/posts/874019919298244

    I shared on twitter at https://twitter.com/1froglegs/status/509382081538191360

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  12. rachel jenkins:

    would love to win!!!!!

    Reply

  13. coreyolomon:

    We love Raisins!

    Reply

  14. coreyolomon:

    I followed you on Facebook.

    Reply

  15. Dusty Schnur:

    I need to make some oatmeal raisin cookies! Followed via email dusty4u113@yahoo.com

    Reply

  16. Megan Hefner:

    Wow!Lol! I guess we all done the same thing when we couldn’t get to the bottom, Very stuck Raisins!!! Thank you for the opportunity!

    Reply

  17. I love the California Raisins. I still have my Hardee’s Happy Meal figures from the late 80s/early 90s!!! I’d love to enter & win this!

    Reply

  18. I follow/like your FB page.

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  19. kathy dalton:

    i love raising and I always have.

    Reply

    • kathy dalton:

      follow Short-Winded Blog on facebook as kathy cavanagh dalton

      Reply

  20. Mia Flower:

    I want to win this cuz my dad love the raisin RIP dad

    Reply

  21. bethelderton:

    We love the Raisins!
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

    Reply

  22. Mia Flower:

    An email was just sent to confirm your subscription. Please find the email now and click activate to start subscribing.

    Reply

  23. bethelderton:

    I joined you via email
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

    Reply

  24. janetfaye:

    I love to snack on Raisins!

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  25. janetfaye:

    I like Short-Winded Blog on FB – Janet Fri

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  26. janetfaye:

    1. Tweet:
    https://twitter.com/Janetfaye/status/509677911041789952

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  29. Adrianne B:

    One of my favorite things to watch as a kid was the California Raisins Christmas Special!

    I am an email subscriber

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  30. kathy dalton:
  31. Arena Thompson:

    I want to enter! 😀 I like you on facebook (same name) and tweeted https://twitter.com/coastalmama01/status/509700319962345472

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  32. Maureen:

    Why did Mrs. Grape run away? She was tired of raisin children! Thankfully, I don’t feel this way about my three kids….but I thought this joke was cute. I enjoyed reading your post. My children and husband love raisins as snacks! I appreciate the chance to win this as a surprise for them.

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  33. Sarah L:

    What a fun giveaway! I bet going to a Raisin Party is the last thing you ever thought you would do! haha

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    • Laura:

      Yes, it was a unique thing to be invited to! My kids still talk about it–they call it the raisin festival.

      Reply

  34. Deb K (@Deb55106):

    My grandchildren would love this!!

    Reply

  35. tabitha:

    I hate to look up top to spell raisin correctly 😉
    i love them covered in chocolate!!

    Reply

  36. Claire:

    We love the Raisins!

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  37. kelly mcgrew:

    i love this prize pack! love the recipe cards for adults and plushy toy for kids; something for everyone.

    i love raisins; especially in my salad with balsamic vinaigrette!

    Reply

  38. DG Middendorf:

    What a fun giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

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  39. DG Middendorf:

    I am following by email. mom50now@gmail.com

    Reply

  40. DG Middendorf:
  41. Stacy D.:

    How cute! I love raisins! pick me, pick me!

    Reply

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