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  • We love Pringles at TravelingMamas.com and always pack a tube of our favorite flavor on almost every road trip.

    Pringles presents the Tournament of Flavors — a video bracket-style contest on Pringles’ Facebook that premiered recently, where fan-submitted videos showcase a humorous spin on Pringles’ flavors for their chance to win a cash prize.

    In celebration, we’re giving away one (1) $50 American Express gift card to one randomly selected commenter on this post.

    Fans of Pringles can view and vote for their favorite video on the Pringles Facebook page. Here’s my favorite, a fun performance In the Hall of the Pringles King:

    The Pringles Tournament features 16 total videos, 8 Flavors (2 of the same flavors go head-to-head in the first rounds), and 4 Voting Rounds. Voters can also win prizes along the way until the winner is chosen!

    How to enter the Pringles $50 American Express Gift Card Giveaway: Leave a comment telling us which Pringles flavor is your favorite. That’s it! Winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org and notified via a valid email address provided by the commenter. All comments will be recovered from spam. Must be 18 years or older to enter and a legal resident of the US. Entries close at 11:59PM EST April 15. Winner will have 48 hours to provide a mailing address.

    Bonus Entry: Tweet this contest and leave the link to your twitter status as a comment to be valid.

    Disclosure: Pringles provided TravelingMamas.com with a gift card for sharing this contest with our readers. All opinions are our own.

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  • The holiday season will find many travelers on the road, driving to visit relatives for that annual visit. Some travelers may opt to stay with their relatives while many others choose to stay in a hotel or vacation rental near the family gathering place. I know when my family travels, we not only try to pack healthy road trip snacks, but also to save money by not stopping at a drive through for every meal.

    My friends from The Pampered Chef sent me a holiday gift of new and classic items for making meal time easier for me and the family during this crazy holiday time. I’ve been using The Pampered Chef products and recipes for over a decade, as have many of my friends. A few of them even sell TPC products and the home parties are a fun way for friends to gather together, enjoy some new dishes, and learn about ways to make dinner prep time easy and fun.

    Here are some tips and The Pampered Chef items I personally use when taking a road trip.

    The Pampered Chef Twixit Combo PackTwixit! Combo Pack – These little clips are compact and handy for keeping snack bags and chip bags closed when on the road or at home. If you have a number of kids in your family, a fun way to personalize snacks is to use a paint pen to personalize a Twixit! for each family member. This not only makes them personally responsible for keeping their snacks from spilling all over the car, but will help identify snack bag owners so there aren’t as many disagreements. Twixit Combo Pack $5.50

    The Pampered Chef Scoop ClipScoop Clip – Everyone already knows I like to travel with my own coffee. The Scoop Clip not only keeps my coffee fresh and sealed, but it also is handy for measuring the amount of coffee needed for making a fresh pot. This is an ideal product not just for travel, but also at the office. Scoop Clip $5.50

    The Pampered Chef Cut N SealCut-N-Seal – When my kids were just a little bit younger, they insisted on the crust being cut off their sandwiches. The Cut-N-Seal makes sandwich construction easy and fun. I love how it seals the bread around the edges. For the road trip home, make some chicken salad sandwiches, but substitute the chicken with leftover turkey. Cut-N-Seal $9.50

    To celebrate the holidays, we’re giving away the three items listed in the above tips. One randomly chosen winner will win all three items. Just leave a comment with your tips or ideas for holiday road trip snacks or a way you use leftover turkey after the holiday meal. If you need a little inspiration on leftover ideas, be sure to watch the live cooking demonstation on The Pampered Chef Facebook Page on November 11, 2010 at 10:30AM CST or check out all the recipes and products available at The Pampered Chef official website.

    Contest ends November 15, 2010 at 11:59PM CST. US residents ages 21 and older. Current and former contributors of TravelingMamas.com not eligible to enter. Prize provided by The Pampered Chef.

    Disclosure: TPC provided a promotional gift package of new products. This in no way influenced my opinion as I have been a customer of TPC for many years.

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  • We love interacting with readers on Facebook and Twitter and sometimes we even get questions asking for a bit of assistance. Recently a twitter follower asked a great question about good road trip food.

    road trip food twitter question

    Thanks for following us, @StaffordK and engaging with TravelingMamas.com on Twitter. This is a great question that many of our readers would be interested in. We have covered some healthy road trip snacks in the past, but not regarding microwaves in the hotel room. Bringing a few snacks for your overnight stay or final destination can help alleviate some of the costs associated with a road trip. Here are some things to consider when planning what to pack snack-wise:

    What do your children like to eat at home? One of the stressors of road trips with kids is getting out of the normal routine. It may help keep the kids on track (and happy) if you include some comfort food. When my family travels and we know that we’ll overnight in a hotel with a microwave, we sometimes bring along a few packs of Kraft Easy Mac and Campbell’s Heat and Serve Chicken Noodle Soup. They’re easy-peasy to prepare and also convenient for when the kids come in from the hotel pool with an appetite. We also bring along a few packs of microwave popcorn to enjoy as a healthy snack (we get the air popped kind).

    If your hotel room has a microwave, chances are there’s also a mini-fridge. Another snack option is the ready to serve cereal packs. You can always stop at a convenience store and purchase a small container of milk for the cereal. Many hotels amenities these days include a continental breakfast, some with a few hot foods, for no extra charge. Choosing to stay overnight at these types of lodging properties are not only convenient, but great for the family road trip budget. Be sure to grab a banana or apple from the buffet as a fresh, healthy mid-morning snack while on the road.

    bean appetit coverBrowse through one of your cookbooks. I personally enjoy delicious cuisine, but I’m not very adept at preparing gourmet food. For those that enjoy food preparation, be sure to grab one of your favorite cookbooks and search for easy to snack on items that you can prepare before your trip. This way, you know just what ingredients are in your snacks. A cookbook that I can live with is Bean Appetit: Healthy Food, Happy Tummies. It includes SUPER SIMPLE recipes that even the kids can prepare (I like that a lot) and plus they’re good for everyone.

    We also have a list of healthy road trip snacks and an article about the health benefits of cherries that you can print out (or save as a pdf) and use for packing. While you’re packing, be sure to include utinsels and napkins to enjoy your handy snacks and mini meals while on your road trip. We hope you and your family have a safe vacation and we appreciate your follow on Twitter.

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    Do you have tips for @StaffordK or have you written an article on good road trip food? Please be sure to leave a link in the comments. From time to time we select questions from Twitter and Facebook that readers ask. Be sure to follow TravelingMamas on Twitter and like TravelingMamas on Facebook. We just may answer your question online!

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  • Cherries hold a special place in my heart. My summers as a kid included afternoons of relaxing around my grandmother’s home in Alabama and snacking on fresh cherries with my aunt who’s only a few years older than me. I can’t forget about all those desserts that are topped with cherries. As I grew older, cherries could be found in my cocktails. However, I never considered the healthy aspects of snacking on cherries and quite frankly have taken them for granted. Now that I have my own children, health when snacking is something I take seriously, especially on all those family road trips we like to take.

    dried cherriesI recently received a number of dried cherry packets to sample with my family. I’ve not only shared them with friends and family, but we’ve all been sneaking a cherry here and there because they taste like candy. We decided to make a trail mix as a healthy road trip snack with cherries and even gave the recipe and some cherries to our neighbor who is soon taking a two week road trip to Yellowstone.

    The cherries weren’t the only items to arrive in the promotional package. I was also sent a beautiful Kashmere travel set, a Tory Burch small cosmetic case, and a reusable tote from the Cherry Marketing Institute printed with the website www.ChooseCherries.com. All the items are a beautiful cherry red (that even match my car). I checked out the sponsor website and didn’t realize all the benefits of consuming these delicious cherries. Here are some facts that surprised me:

    Jet Lag Relief – I fly frequently, so finding out that cherries are rich in melatonin. Melatonin helps regulate the natural sleep cycle so that weary travelers can be restored to normal sleeping patterns, which eases jet lag.

    Pain Relief – Cherries are particularly rich in anthocyanins – compounds that researchers have linked to reduced inflammation in the body. This means that arthritis and other inflammatory diseases can possibly be managed with cherry juice or the actual cherry itself. They’ve also been known to help runners recover more quickly post-race.

    Good for your Heart – Cherries are considered a “Super Fruit” and some studies have shown that consuming cherries helps reduce infection and inflammation due to heart disease.

    I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on tv, but I do know one thing – cherries taste really good! I’ll be making a conscious effort to make cherries part of our daily culinary routine and make sure that we pack them along on our future travels. In fact, I just may take a visit to the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI being held in a few weeks. I’ll be sure to bring along a pack of cherries to snack on during my travels. Be sure to check out www.ChooseCherries.com for more information on the health benefits of cherries or to find a few tasty recipes for travel and home.

    Want to try some delicious cherries and get your hands on the designer items mentioned in this post? Check out ChooseCherries.com and leave a comment stating which recipe on the site is your favorite. One winner will be randomly chosen through Random.org. Contest closes Monday, June 28 at 11:59 pm CST with winner being announced sometime the next day. Open to US residents 18 years of age or older. Prize is (1) Tory Burch small cosmetic bag in red, (1) Kashmere travel set with scarf, socks, eye mask, and pillow case in red, (1) ChooseCherries.com logo reusable tote, and a few samples of cherries. MSRP valued at over $345.00 US.

    Review items and prizes sponsored by the Cherry Marketing Institute but in no way influenced opinion in this article. The cherries really were delicious!

    Winner Update: Congrats to Leanne, lucky number 13!

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