{Giveaway} Applegate Summer Cookout Kit!

by Sally on July 1, 2014

On the Fourth of July, an estimated 150 million hot dogs are grilled, squirted with ketchup, piled with relish, and devoured. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all feel better about those dogs?

This year, I’m working with Applegate as an advisor because I respect their mission to change the meat that people eat. All of their meat comes from animals that were humanely raised and never given antibiotics or hormones.

So in honor of all the cookouts this weekend, I’m hosting a big Applegate giveaway featuring two packages of their hot dogs plus everything you need (from grill tongs to fun paper straws) to hold your own “Wienervention“, swapping your conventional hot dogs for better ones.

Check out all the goodies in the giveaway!

Applegate Giveaway at Real Mom Nutrition

Why the need for a Wienervention? See for yourself:

Ingredients in an Oscar Meyer Classic beef hot dog: Beef, Water, Corn Syrup, Contains less than 2% of salt, potassium lactate, dextrose, sodium phosphates, sodium dictate, flavor, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), extractives of paprika, sodium nitrate.

Applegate Natural beef hot dogs contain just beef, water, salt, and spices.

Applegate hot dogs also have about half the fat of regular hot dogs and 40 percent less sodium.

How do they taste? We hosted our own Wienervention with some friends on our back patio, and the kids (and grown ups) happily gobbled up the Applegate dogs.

Applegate Giveaway at Real Mom Nutrition

Applegate will send a Wienervention kit to FOUR Real Mom Nutrition readers. Each kit includes:

  • 2 packs of Applegate hot dogs
  • 3 packs Rudi’s buns (regular and gluten free)
  • Annie’s brand ketchup & mustard
  • Rick’s Pick’s relish
  • Wienervention apron
  • Grilling tool set (spatula, tongs, and brush)
  • Cleaner Wiener Frisbee
  • Applegate mini cooler
  • Adorable paper straws & napkins

Applegate Giveaway at Real Mom Nutrition

How to Enter

You may earn up to 3 entries:

1. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite summer cookout food (entry #1).

2. “Like” both Applegate & Real Mom Nutrition on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did (entry #2).

3. Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter and leave me a comment telling me you did (entry #3).

The giveaway will end Friday July 11th at noon Eastern Time and the winner will be chosen at random. (U.S. residents only please.)

To learn more about Applegate’s hot dogs, visit their website (and nab a coupon while you’re there!).

Applegate Giveaway at Real Mom Nutrition

Disclosure: I’m happy to be working with Applegate this year as a member of their Advisory Board, because it’s a brand I buy and respect. I received a complimentary Wienervention Kit and am compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.


{Giveaway} Tools for the Toddler Years

by Sally on June 12, 2014

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Ever have a moment with your toddler–a maddening and completely mind-boggling parenting moment–when all you can think is, I wish someone could just tell me what to do?

I’ve had plenty of those. When my younger son was born and had the nerve to be totally different from his older brother in everything from temperament and sleep (or lack thereof) to mood and volume level (read: “This One Goes to Eleven“), I was totally thrown for a loop.

I’d heard tale of a local parent educator who held a class that was part play time for kids, part education for parents. Rumor was, she had the answers. I signed up. And immediately became a big fan.

Dr. Yvonne Gustafson (Dr. Y. as she’s often called) has an approach that’s understanding of your child’s emotions and development–but that also keeps you in control. She has a way of addressing parenting dilemmas that makes you feel reassured and capable. Even better, she gives you the words you need for those maddening moments. There were times I considered begging Dr. Y. to come live with us for a few days. Even better, a few years.

Now she has a book, with co-author Kendra Hovey, and I almost wish I could climb into a time machine and have a do-over of the toddler years–with this book in my hands.

Tools For The Toddler Years is an invaluble guidebook for navigating what the toddlers years hand you: meltdowns, rocky transitions, potty training, playdates, and sleep issues. The book’s “Glance & Go Guides” are particularly brilliant at distilling what you need to know and do NOW in an easy-to-scan format.

Tools for the Toddler YearsIf you have a toddler, trust me when I say: You need this book! And if you know someone who will have a toddler and has no idea what’s in store for her (poor thing), this book would make a perfect baby gift.

The authors are giving away a copy of Tools For The Toddler Years to one Real Mom Nutrition reader.

To enter, leave a comment telling me your biggest parenting challenge with your toddler (or why you want this book).

For two additional entries:

  • Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media and leave me a separate comment telling me you did.
  • “Like” Your Parenting Matters on Facebook and leave a separate comment telling me you did.

The giveaway ends Friday June 20 at noon noon Eastern Time. The winner will be selected using (Open to residents of U.S. and Canada only please.) 

To purchase a copy, go here.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Tools For The Toddler Years (which I am totally taking in that time machine, should it ever be invented).


Win My New Cookbook: Dinnertime Survival Guide!

April 22, 2014

I was over the moon when Cooking Light asked me to write a cookbook for busy parents. I’m pretty darn proud of the finished product, Dinnertime Survival Guide, which officially launched this week. I set out to write a cookbook I’d want to read myself–one that was easy to scan, that had a line-up of recipes that […]

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{Giveaway} A Freezer Meal Cooking Program to Help You Reclaim the Dinner Hour

April 10, 2014

Ever feel a 5pm wave of angst when you realize you have no idea what’s for dinner? I do. It’s a lousy feeling. Batch cooking and freezing is one of the best ways to replace that wave of angst with a wave of relief. Having a set of freezer-friendly recipes and expert instructions helps an […]

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{Giveaway} It’s Not About the Broccoli

January 8, 2014

Three years ago when Sam was a toddler, he went on a strike. A dinner strike to be exact. It went on for months, with Sam sometimes eating no more for dinner than a lick of ketchup or a couple bites of fruit. I nearly lost my mind. (read: “Dinner Drama“). So I got in […]

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{Giveaway} Best Lunch Box Ever

August 2, 2013

It’s the second day of August, which means there are only 19 days left of summer vacation for my kiddos. Which means only 19 days left until I have to start packing lunches every day. And this year, I’ll be packing two of them. I’m prone to geek out over lunch packing gear, namely adorable […]

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{Giveaway} Fearless Feeding: A Must-Have Handbook!

May 15, 2013

Like everyone else, I’m making up this parenting thing as I go along–occasionally getting it right, frequently stumbling. Feeding my kids is no exception. Even as a dietitian with a bunch of initials after my name, I wasn’t prepared for the curve-balls thrown at me by my kids when it came to food. And really, […]

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{Giveaway} KIND Bars

April 29, 2013

I was never a big fan of granola and energy bars. To me, they seemed too much like candy bars, and I never felt like I’d eaten anything substantial–even when the bars packed hundreds of calories. But KIND bars are definitely an exception. They’re made with whole nuts and fruit, many are low in sugar, […]

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Giveaway: My Favorite Green Cleaning Cloths

March 18, 2013

I used to have a collection of bottles and cans under my kitchen sink: sprays to clean the counters, blue stuff to clean the windows, stainless steel paste for the appliances, and a bleach powder for my white sink. That’s all gone. Now I have a stack of cloths. And instead of spraying toxic-smelling cleaners […]

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Giveaway: Two New Cookbooks I Love

March 11, 2013

{This giveaway is now closed. Thank you!} I recently received two new cookbooks from fellow dietitians who are as great in person as they are on page–and they’re giving away a copy of their books to one of you. The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook by Janet Helm (author of the widely read blog Nutrition […]

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