Reading is FUN-damental!

I’ve said it before and yes I’m going to say it again. I love reading!

Every time I conduct a book review I always seem to start out by saying how much I love reading and how I really hope my kids grow up to have the same love for books that I do.

nestle back to schoolThis last month has been a bit stressful with getting the kids ready to go back to school and then trying to settle into a routine that works for all of us. The nice thing is that reading together has been the one constant throughout the school year transition.

Even though the kids have been back to school for a month we can always use a little pick me up. Partnering with RIF (Reading is Fundamental), Nestle has been kind enough to sponsor a Back to School Survival Giveaway!

One lucky reader will win a prize pack that includes a $25 MasterCard rewards card, $20 worth of school supplies, a mix of free coupons from STOUFFER’S, JUICY JUICE, TOLL HOUSE Morsels and Refrigerated Cookie Dough, CARNATION BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS and OVALTINE; product from WONKA, Baby Ruth, CRUNCH and BUTTERFINGER; a straw dispenser and coupon booklet!

You’ll have stuff for dinner, snacks, and special treats covered for the kids, and if you have a son like mine you can use the $25 MasterCard rewards card to buy some more socks, because it never fails that most of his socks disappear in the first month of school.

There is also an even larger giveaway going on at The Happy New School Year Sweepstakes ends on October 15th which is coming up quick so don’t delay! And be sure to enter each day before it closes for your chance to win the grand prize which includes $5,000 worth of back-to-school essentials PLUS a $2,000 NESTLÉ Literacy Grant for your school. And if that weren’t enough there are also daily giveaways for $50 reward cards.

Also, be sure to ‘like’ my fan page on Facebook. You’ll get inside info on upcoming giveaways and get a chance to enter before it’s listed on various sites!



*Disclosure: I received a prize pack as well as $100 worth of books to donate to my child’s school for hosting this giveaway.*


  1. Anne-Marie A says:

    getting up on time to get kids off to school with a baby who is still waking me up multiple times per night.

  2. getting up earlier in the morning instead of summer vacation time thanks

  3. We love reading time at home – we are starting into longer books now so it’s even more awesome for us as parents because it is not the same thing over and over every night. 🙂
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  4. We don’t have any kiddos in school yet, but we have had to make adjustments to the new season. Mornings spent at the park, playing on the swings and slides are now a thing of the past since it’s been foggy, cool and damp.

  5. Having to change our routine has been the hardest. Getting up has been hard, but getting back into the routine of school PLUS all of the activities that go with it has been even HARDER!
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  6. Valerie Mabrey says:

    bedtimes again.
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  7. I hate getting up in the morning and will never get used to it

  8. Cynthia C says:

    Remembering to slow down for school zones.

  9. Adrienne Gordon says:

    waiting for all the buses to leave

  10. Margaret Smith says:

    Getting the household up while it’s still dark outside.Thanks so much.

  11. T. Lawson says:

    The hardest thing to get used to is my son’s new schedule. Last year he had spelling tests on Friday now they are on Thursday.

  12. EMMA L HORTON says:


  13. Crystal F says:

    Getting my girls into bed early enough. Our evenings are super busy so it’s putting bedtime off. Thank you!

  14. Hardest thing is getting up early.

  15. The hardest thing has been having my kids gone…one in preschool and the other in full day kindergarten. The 2nd hardest has been getting up in the morning! LOL!
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  16. The hardest thing: all of the traffic!!!!! And that includes all of the people on bikes who don’t think that the road rules apply to them!!! (I work at a University!)

  17. The hardest thing to get used to is his new teacher. She is not very helpful.

  18. Kristen m says:

    The hardest thing is definitely all the buses on the road, I drive through residential areas and have to time my commute perfectly or I get stuck both ways!
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  19. Monique Rizzo says:

    Getting my daughters Lunch,clothing,backpack and paperwork ready.
    Thanks for the chance.
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  20. The hardest thing is getting my son to bed EARLY so he can wake up on-time for school.

  21. Suzanne K says:

    The hardest thing to get used to is the new schedule

  22. Patricia says:

    Waiting on the bus.

  23. The hardest thing for me to get used to is waking up early and making sure my son has his homework done.
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  24. My granddaughter just started kindegarten and it’s been hard for me to get used to not seeing her every day. I miss her!
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  25. Getting up early in the morning and just the overall routine of getting the oldest ready to go. Also getting her to do her homework! Thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway!


  26. Janna Johnson says:

    getting up early
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  27. Kyl Neusch says:

    wake up early

  28. getting up on time to get kids off to school is the hardest

  29. good rainy day studd

  30. Getting up so early in the mornings

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  31. The hardest thing to get used to is the rush in the early morning.

  32. sticking wtih our routine!

  33. Hardest thing this year is sticking to a routine, the small dose’nt get up at the same time every morning.

  34. Monica N says:

    this would be awesome to have for my family.

  35. Tracy Robertson says:

    The hardest thing to get use to is that our weather is better now than it was in the “summer proper” but there’s no time for weekday swimming and the pool is about to close for the season.

  36. Karen M. says:

    The hardest thing to get used to for me would the change in school hours. Now I need to drop off my high schooler before i even head to work (they start so much later).

  37. Probably the traffic – it really picks up during the school year

  38. Heather S says:

    Staying organized to get everything done

  39. Deborah Rosen says:

    My son’s been out of school for quite a few years, and my grandson’s not ready for school yet, so BTS has been a breeze for me this year. 🙂 But as I recall, the hardest part used to be finding the balance between fun time and homework time.

  40. The hardest thing for me is staying on a regular sleep schedule – I’m a night owl by nature, so I really have to train myself to go to bed at a reasonable time (and the same time each night) or else I’m a zombie the next day.

  41. Getting up on time.

  42. samantha p says:

    Having to budget me getting ready time and kids getting ready time in the morning. I am only waking up so early to get us all ready, I need my sleep!
    marilynbmonroe at aol dot com

  43. Waking up early

  44. Kathleen Conner says:

    Getting to bed early, and waking up early

  45. brittney says:

    All the activities that my daughter has to attend!
    brittneydejajason at gmail dot com

  46. going to bed AND getting up earlier!

  47. All the afterschool extra-curriculars

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  48. Getting to sleep at a decent hour has been a real challenge since school has started.

  49. The amount of homework this year is crazy. I feel so bad for my kids.

  50. Jennifer S says:

    Getting the clothes and lunches ready for the next day.

  51. John Billiris says:

    Getting up when it’s darker out.

  52. The traffic in the morning and afternoon.

  53. ewhatley says:

    We only have one school here on the island but the buses come out from inland to pick up middle school and high school students. You have to get used to timing your trips to avoid getting stuck behind the school buses.

  54. Waking the boys up so they can catch the bus for school

  55. MelissaO says:

    Don’t have kids in school yet, but adjusting to the school bus traffic!

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  56. Waking up eaaarly to get everyone ready!

  57. mistysunrise says:

    The hardest thing is getting up so early in the morning. I am NOT a morning person.

  58. Keeping records!
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  59. Having more traffic in town.

  60. amy deeter says:

    getting up early

  61. grace aspinwall says:

    getting used to the new schedule is always tricky! cartwrightgrace at

  62. Getting up early has been the hardest.


  63. Oh gosh, homework every night! I have a 2nd and a 3rd grader, and it amazes me how much homework they have! And they need help with most everything. Who knew school would be so hard on parents!

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  64. Kathy Eyre says:

    Changing my work schedule around! Thank you

  65. the lack of sleep, late nights, and all that homework! so much homework…

  66. Getting up before the crack of dawn!!! Give me our summers back!!

  67. The hardest thing is the homework. Even though my kids are twins and supposed to have the same curriculum, one always seems to have more homework than the other.

  68. Diane Baum says:

    The hardiest thing is getting everyone up in the morning

  69. It’s always hard for me to get used to slowing down again in school zones.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  70. Crystal S. says:

    The hardest part is getting up so early!

  71. Waking up is the hardest part.

  72. Theresa M says:

    Getting up early has been tough, but some days my girls want to pack their lunch and other days buy. It’s been hard for me to remember to check the calendar to remember if I am packing their lunch. I’ve already forgotten to do it quite a bit this year!

  73. Barbara Fox says:

    Following those school buses!

  74. Chris Featherston says:

    I hate schoolbuses!

  75. Trying to wake my son up in the morning is the hardest part of back to school. Thank you!

  76. Brittney House says:

    waking up early!!

  77. Tonya Dean says:

    Getting my daughter up in the morning.


  78. One of our cars is out of commission so keeping up with who has to be when where has been something of a nightmare- we have school, college, ec, jobs, errands, appts and busy social lives. I only thought I was a taxi driver before. 😉
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  79. Nadine L says:

    Getting everyone up in the morning again, we all tended to sleep later during the summer
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  80. Amy DeLong says:

    would say the tests my 2nd grader has to do

  81. School zones on the way to work
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  82. Tiffany Hearn says:

    Getting up early, we all hate it lol

  83. Watching out for the school zones AND the kids who sometimes pay little attention to them.

  84. Katherine says:

    Being HOme alone!

  85. Erica C. says:

    The hardest thing is the lack of sleep! Coming home after work, cooking, helping with homework, cleaning, etc…no down time!

  86. Brenda Andrews says:

    Trying to get homework done and still get supper on the table before dark.

  87. Nicole C. says:

    Getting up early in the morning.

  88. susan smoaks says:

    the early mornings are the hardest part for me

  89. Getting the kids up for school….
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  90. Getting up in the morning is the hardest, also getting into a routine is hard too.

  91. Amanda Mclemore says:

    Getting up early:)

    mclemore102 at gmail dot com

  92. Well, since I’m the one back in school, finding time to “want to” study after my children are asleep!
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  93. Susan Smith says:

    getting up early and being on a schedule again

  94. Christine says:

    getting up in the morning

  95. Heather S says:

    Keeping to a time schedule and getting everyone where they need to be

  96. brian e. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway… teaching the kids to budget their time (i.e. homework) has proven difficult.

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  97. renee walters says:

    Waking up early is definitely the most difficult part. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Renee Walters
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  98. Christine Sarkauskas says:

    the morning schedule

  99. It’s hard to get used to the hectic mornings and then having a lot of free time on my hands!

  100. The hardest thing about back to school is getting homework done before going to bed and getting up early in the mornings. Thanks for having the contest!

  101. heather c says:

    A whole new system of learning. Cornell Notes, Interactive Notebooks, drawing and coloring for a grade…in middle school. Ugh!

  102. Veronica Garrett says:

    The hardest thing is getting used to a schedule with my work and children in different schools with different starting times.

  103. sheila k. says:

    Coordinating nutritious meals together as a family.

  104. The morning routine, its always a struggle!

  105. Getting my 8 year old back in the routine of homework first.

  106. Barbara Hunt says:

    Thanks for the great contest!
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  107. Harriett Daniel says:

    Getting up early!

  108. The hardest thing is getting everyone out in the morning

  109. Waking up earlier

  110. courtney says:

    going back to my normal routine.. of being alone!

  111. The hardest thing is getting used to gettign up early.

  112. Amanda S. says:

    Waking up early!

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