# Back To School Giveaway!

*This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Holly G. Congrats!*

With all of our kids heading back to school (some are in already! Mine are!), it's time to do a back to school giveaway! Nestle Toll House understands the transition from summer to school signals the start of a much busier schedule. These busier schedules can make it challenging for families to stay connected. Here are a few sweet (pun intended!) ideas for how Nestle Toll House can help keep your family connected during the back-to-school season:

1. Brighten your child's day by packing a homemade chocolate chip cookie in his/her lunch along with a note telling them you're thinking about them while they are at school.

2 (aff). What better way to greet your children when they come home (aff) from school than with the smell of fresh baked cookies? Reconnect over cookies and a glass of milk.

3 (aff). Keep the family together around the dinner table longer by baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

4. For fun after school activities, use Refrigerated Cookie Dough to create cookie puzzles and other fun cookie games the whole family can enjoy.

5. Make math fun by baking cookies and letting your kids help with the measurements.

6. Create special weekend moments and enjoy family breakfast time together. Try adding Mini Morsel Toppers to chocolate chip pancakes.

7. Help your children Bake Some Love for their whole class by baking cookies for classroom parties.

8. Support your child's sports team or after school club with a bake sale. No bake sale is complete without chocolate chip cookies!

9. Create new, lasting memories together by baking with your children.

10. Sweeten someone's day by helping your children bake cookies to give to their favorite teacher, secretary, school nurse, or bus driver as a special treat.

Nestle was kind enough to send my family and I a Back-to-School kits that included one adult apron, one child apron, exclusive TOLL HOUSE recipe cards, NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE morsels and other NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE products. We loved ours, so I've arranged for one lucky reader to get their own Back to School Nestle kit! Here's what you need to do:

In a comment, tell me how you stay connected with your kids as they head back to school? Do you do any of the suggestions above or do you have a few of your own tricks?

Each of these gives you one additional entry:

1. Twitter about this contest. I've made it super easy by adding a tweet button up by the title of this post! You can do this daily — just leave me a comment letting me know.

2 (aff). Stumble this post and add this post to other social media sites like Digg, Kirtsy, Blogging Zoom, Reddit, Propeller, Etc. (1 entry for each social network).

3 (aff). Add this to any forums you belong too. Please give me the URL, so I can verify.

4. Comment on another post on this blog. Let me know which one, so I can give you credit. The more posts you comment on, the more entries you get.

5. Add this contest of contest linkies (and let me know which ones please). Each Contest Linky gets you another entry.

Each of these gives you 5 additional entries:

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This contest will end on September 17th at 11:59 pm CST! Good Luck!

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Yum!!!!! This looks great! I tweeted!

I pack homemade lunches from my son (yes, including homemade choc.chip cookies!)and include a note!

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We go back on the 7th ~ the week before school starts and the first week are always a little stressful and this year I have two kids entering schools that are new to them, so there are some additional little monkey wrenches in our daily patterns.

Anyway, staying connected ~ it's funny you brought this up because last year hubby and I felt really disconnected from the kids and a lot of family stuff suffered because of it. This school year we're starting a new routine and incorporating a weekly family meeting. Hopefully helps keep us all in the same universe this year!

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I dont have kids of my own yet but I have an adorable niece and nephew that I love a lot! Baking with kids is one of the best ways to build lifelong memories, don't be afraid to have them help cook dinner too!

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I love to cook with kids. I like when they are full of flour in their hair. They are so sweet.

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e 7th ~ the week before school starts and the first week are always a little stressful and this year I have two kids entering schools that are new to them, so there are some additional little monkey wrenches in our daily patterns.

My children are grown but I spend time with my grandson reading and playing learning games.

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Thank you for such great tips. Lunch becomes a mess when you are not able to think of the recipes or meals you can give to your children in their lunch boxes. Cookies would surely make a delicious treat for school going children.

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We text all the way to school and back. I recently told her if she's afriad to tell me something then text me. It's better than not telling me somethings.

I don't have kids, but I stay connected with my younger brother's and sisters by visiting as often as I can and calling them weekly to see how school and other events in their lives are going for them.

Winning this giveaway would be great.. my finance and I are on a budget saving for our wedding and our first house and don't have the money to splurge on fun things like this at the store.

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I stay connected with my kids by baking something once a week be it cookies or a cake or cupcakes. I allow the boys to measure the ingredients and add them to the mixes to get a little math lesson in also.

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My oldest child just started kindergarten and she only goes for a half day. In the evenings, after my husband gets home, we look at her artwork from the day, do her homework together, and discuss her day. Even though we have a three-year-old and a two-year-old also, my daughter knows that this is HER time and we focus on her and her needs.

we make math fun by making cookies

We make sure we all eat dinner together and talk about our day!

We have our "girls day" on some Saturdays where we do our nails and soak our feet and chat as much as we like.

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I add little notes, and riddles to their lunch boxes. Since Monday seems to be the most hated day of the week, I add something special to their lunch such as a sticker, treat or a little trinket.

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After dinner we play Family Scrabble on our turntable Scrabble board. We help each other create words and figure out how to get the most points— because ALL of our points are added together. Our goal is to reach 400 points for a game. It's non-competitive and lots of fun.

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Baking and cooking together is a great way to spend quiet time together. No distractions of TV, just teaching by watching, and getting a meal or snack put together to boot.

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I take and pick my kids up from school. During that time we talk about their school day. We also ALWAYS eat dinner together and have that as a family conversation time.

We homeschool, so we're always connected; and I love how she loves to show off the work she has just completed especially when it comes to art projects! 😀

I homeschool my 3 children but I love to cook with them and make special goodies after school

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We always have dinner together

all eat dinner together

We stay connected by having Family Days. We make a pizza, play games, and have lots of fun together!

I try to bake or cook something with the kids help at least once a week. They love baking cookies.

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We talk about our day over dinner. We each go around and talk about the highlights as well as the tough times. Thanks for the chance.

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We go out to breakfast every Saturday.

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😳 I don't have kids going back to school but if I did I'd probably greet them with milk and cookies.

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After homework is done, we play games until dad gets home . We always eat dinner as a family and talk about our day.

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We stay connected by doing homework together and talking about our children's day at school.

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I have always packed homemade cookies and other treats in my loved ones lunches.

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We have a family night on Sundays where we talk about everything and make a special dinner.

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My son hasn't gone to school yet, but when he does I plan on staying connected by volunteering to help out in the classroom. Thanks for the contest! codisweepstakes2 (@) gmail(dot)com

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We stay connected by sharing at the dinner table. When they were young,I would attach"gottacha love notes in their lunch boxes.

I am the bakesale momma 🙂 seems like I am always making something for some fundraiser or other.

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I take and pick up my children from school. So a lot of mornings we leave early enough to go out fro breakfast or we will go and have a snack after I pick them up in the afternoon.

We also have family day on Sundays and movie night on Friday nights.

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My daughter and I go out for lunch on Sat and window shop

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thanks for the giveaway

As homeschoolers, we connect all day every day!

I bake cookies for an after school treat.

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I bake with my daughters all the time. It brings us closer together and that's when we talk together the most.

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I have always sent notes (I still do with the hs'er) lol

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A good way to stay connected is to eat dinner as a family atleast 5 nights a week

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I luck out right now. My son's school starts an hour earlier than my daughter's. I have time each morning to spend some one on one time with each of my kids. My youngest sleeps in and I then get to spend the day with her.

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I think cooking with my daughter keeps us close, and we have a great time! suelee1998 @ gmail.com

I use the time in the car going to and from school, to talk to my son (I have a captive audience!). I ask him about school, his friends,etc. You have to ask! They are not going to tell you otherwise and sometimes even then, it is like pulling teeth to get more than a one word answer.

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Dinner time is our time to talk about school and how things are going. I also volunteer at my childrens schools.

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when the kids get home,we sit at the table have a snack and talk about the day!

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I volunteer at the kids school so I"m always around. Also we make sure that we have dinner every day as a family.

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we love to go on bikerides together

We have family nights!

We stay connected by always having dinner together as a family, no TV, no electronics.

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One of the above hints I've done is add chocolate chips to pancakes. My son LOVES those. Thanks.

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We make sure we eat at the table for dinner it gets so hetic sometimes but that is one thing I try to stay on top of

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We stir morsels into our bran muffins that we eat after working out together as a family.

I try to bake with my daughter every Friday a mom and daughter thing

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I do #9 above: Create new, lasting memories together by baking with your children.

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Through texts, e-mails and post its but it's dinner together every night.

I agree that kids love coming home to home baked goods or ice cream. Also, I try to check with each of my kids to see how their day was and what is going on with them.

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I write a little love message on her spoon handle every day.

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Involving them in the treat baking is always fun.

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We have a family night with movies and pizza. We hike and bicycle together.

I help them with their hmework.

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