Friday, March 30, 2012

March Into April Giveaway Hop: Win A CopyKids Eat Fruits & Vegetables DVD + A $25 Whole Foods Gift Card!

LOOK:  Prize is Now DVD + $25 To Whole Foods!!!


Welcome to the March Into April Giveaway Hop hosted by Planet Weidknecht and Going Crazy!! Wanna Go??!!

There are over 80 bloggers participating in this hop, and each is giving away prizes worth at least $20 on their blogs. After you enter my giveaway, be sure to scroll down past the rafflecopter and hop around to all the blogs on the list below to enter more awesome giveaways!

About The Product:

I was given the opportunity to review a DVD about healthy eating for children from Copy Kids.  The main idea of these videos is that kids love to watch other kids and do what other kids do.  We all know its true!  We've seen it happen a million times.  

Our toddlers imitate (and annoy the heck out of) their older siblings, our school aged children come home doing things that we would rather them not do that they've seen done on the playground, and for sure they act out in pretend play anything and everything they see on TV!

When I first heard about this DVD, I thought it was a brilliant idea!  They have filmed a wide variety of children while they were eating (and enjoying) fruits and vegetables.   You can see a clip from the video here.

My Review:

The children shown in this video are all between the ages of 1 & 4.  My girls are 2 and 5.  My 5 year old actually really loves her healthy foods, but the little one definitely is my more picky eater.

I decided to let her begin watching this while her older sister was at school.  I also decided to ease her into the idea by starting with something that I knew she enjoyed...strawberries!

What are you doing pointing that thing at me?

As the video progresses, each time the shot goes to a different child, their name is spoken.  My daughter was enjoying watching them.  The clips are short, and we watched the strawberry clip 3 times in a row, as she had asked for more strawberries and had not finished them.  By the end, she had learned most of the children's names, had picked out favorites, and became excited, saying their name when they reappeared on the screen.

When her sister got home, I still had some strawberries remaining in the fridge, so I put it back on and let them both watch it while they ate.  The older girl, whom I thought was a bit old for this (it is recommended for ages 6 mo-5 years, and she will be 6 in May) was actually mesmerized by it, too!  She knows how to work the remote, so while I intending to stop with the fruit they were eating (and I had on hand) she actually played a few more fruits and they sat and watched raspberries and bananas while they finished their strawberries.  

The next day she came home, and wanted an apple for a snack, and asked if they could "watch the babies eat the apples" while she ate her apple.  The younger one had eaten some crackers while we waited on the bus, but of course she quickly asked for an apple, also!

The next morning, I took a leap and went for the veggies.  I had some fresh carrots at home, and my 2 year old likes cooked carrots in soups and whatnot, but has never been a fan of raw carrots.  I decided not to give her a carrot when I started the clip, but I intended to hand it to her in the middle and see what happened, so I turned it on and set to work peeling a carrot quietly in the kitchen.

Before I could come over and hand it to her, she was at my feet saying "Can I have a carrot to eat, too?"

Here she is happily munching away.

She ate about half of this whole carrot, which is more raw carrot than she has ever eaten not slathered in ranch dressing, plus it was not long since breakfast, so I think she wasn't very hungry or she might have eaten more.

There are several more fruits and vegetables on the DVD (bell peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, tomatoes, avocado, blueberries, oranges, etc.) that I am very interested to see how my children respond to them, but I've not had them in the house, and my recent illness prevented a planned shopping trip to get them.  

So far, I've been quite pleased with how they have taken to the idea of eating more produce.  I have been trying to make more homemade "from scratch" foods around here instead of boxed convenience items, as well and include more fresh produce in our menu, so its good to know that I can buy it now and perhaps not have to fight with them quite so much to get them to eat it!  I do plan on playing this before dinner next time we have broccoli. ;)

The Giveaway:

Copy Kids would like to give a copy of this DVD along with a $25 Gift Card To Whole Foods away to one of my readers.  You must enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

The giveaway begins now and will end at Midnight EST on April 2.  At this time, I will choose a winner and email them.  They will have 48 hours to contact me.  I will then send their info over to the sponsor for prize fulfillment.

Don't forget to scroll down below the rafflecopter to see the huge list of other bloggers with prizes up for grabs!

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Mommies and Beyond March 30, 2012 at 7:15 AM  

We have the hardest time getting our children to eat green vegetables such as asparagus!

Mommies and Beyond March 30, 2012 at 7:20 AM  

For some odd reason, I could not comment in the giveaway tabs. However, I could like a post or Twitter account. Odd. Anyway my Twitter Id is craftsexaminer

Megan March 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM  

Cauliflower - no matter how it is presented!

Tracy March 30, 2012 at 4:47 PM  

Tracy Awalt Juliano
ohsopetite1 at yahoo

Clarinda Olenslager March 30, 2012 at 5:05 PM  

Cooked green beans

SavingsInSeconds March 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM  

My kids will eat broccoli, cauliflower, edamame, spinach, and even artichokes, but will NOT touch green beans!! It's crazy!

Kathy March 30, 2012 at 5:51 PM  

My kids ate veggies pretty well, but no dice ob brussel sprouts or asparagus. Truthfully, I don't like those either, so they might have copied off of me!

susan1215 March 30, 2012 at 9:55 PM  

My kids won't touch brocoli, green bean, onions and lima beans

s2s2 at comcast dot net

wizardewu March 30, 2012 at 10:23 PM  

Spinach and carrots
eugeniewu at gmail dot com

Stephanie March 30, 2012 at 11:20 PM  

My oldest will not eat green beans, my youngest pretty much anything.

Unknown March 31, 2012 at 1:16 AM  


catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

carolwegs March 31, 2012 at 7:25 AM  

my kids are pretty good, but sometimes i have to talk them into some of the green veggies.
carolwegs at gmail dot com

fastone3104 March 31, 2012 at 3:49 PM  

lima beans and tomatoes

kari jasus March 31, 2012 at 7:03 PM  

he doesn't like potatoes

Howell March 31, 2012 at 7:29 PM  

hlee99 at gmail dot com

Kelly March 31, 2012 at 8:02 PM  

Definitely spinach and broccoli!

Life With Captain Fussybuckets March 31, 2012 at 8:40 PM  

broccoli, for sure!

Jackie March 31, 2012 at 9:57 PM  

Broccoli...she won't go near it.

LB March 31, 2012 at 10:41 PM  


GoodnessGraces March 31, 2012 at 11:06 PM  

Green Beans and Broccoli

Kimberly R. April 1, 2012 at 2:08 PM  

kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Melissa C April 1, 2012 at 7:06 PM  

To be honest I am one of the lucky moms who has both kids that pretty much eat anything. But, I know for certain no one likes Brussels sprouts.

desitheblonde April 1, 2012 at 8:57 PM  

my daughter will benift form this
my grand son wil lnot eat none

Stephanie April 1, 2012 at 9:12 PM  

My kids are pretty good about eating vegetables, they aren't huge fans of uncooked onions though, lol.

Elkaye April 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM  


The Zoo April 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM  

Anything green!?
swak50 at hotmail dot com

Sharon Wang April 2, 2012 at 7:04 AM  

My daughter is not a fan of green beans.

Deborah Petiot April 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM  

My nephew doesn't like potatoes...he'll only eat sweet potatoes b/c we call then Sweeties!

Michelle April 2, 2012 at 12:06 PM  

My son blueberries. He's a weirdo because blueberries are delicious!

Lisa Weidknecht April 2, 2012 at 1:27 PM  

brussels sprouts

Cynthia Brooks April 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM  

Chopped spinach that I love to put into our rice and soups.

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