Chickin Feed and Lily on the Fly

Mother's Day 2008 - Giveaway Event

Making sure that the kids are fed is one of the jobs of a homemaker. It might be Dad, but it’s usually Mom who takes on this responsibility. Making sure that there is food in the house is the first step, but most of us try to go a step further and make sure that we are feeding our kids well.

Today’s giveaway may not be all about you, but it is about making your life as Mother a bit easier. We have two products to offer which can help in these endeavors, and even get your kids involved in taking some ownership as well.

The thing that I like about both these products is that they can be displayed prominently on the refrigerator for all to see, which gets everyone involved, taking the burden off Mom.

Just today, my four-year-old son was checking out the Lily on the Fly Meal Planning chart on the fridge. He was pointing to the meal cards. I think that having them out like that helps de-mystify the whole dinner experience and hopefully makes the cuisine more acceptable to little ones (and maybe big Daddies too). The dinners included in the starter kit are not gourmet offerings. They are simple family fare that will appeal to all ages.

This would actually be a great gift for a newlywed or a recent college graduate who is trying to begin the process of meal planning for herself or her family.

The idea of being “on the fly” is how this product differs from others. Each recipe is contained on a card which can be stored in the sleeve on the fridge, but more importantly can be carried in your purse or car for those times when you are “on the fly.” If you’re on the way home from work or soccer practice and need to stop at the grocery store to buy dinner for that night, the one small card has the recipe on front and a neatly organized shopping list on the back.

Another unique feature is the “soul food” contained on each card, a reminder meant to inspire or encourage you in your journey. One that I think sums up the company and the goal of enabling women to plan and prepare healthy meals for their families is “Things don’t always have to be complicated to be fulfilling!”

You can order the starter kit as well as expansion kits online at Lily on the Fly.

Chickin Feed is a nutrition tracking chart with little chickie magnets that your own little chicks can move over from the “What They Need” column to the “What They’ve Had.” In addition to the food groups of protein, grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy, the chart even includes a segment for activity (exercise), and one for sweets/extras (in our case filling that one up quickly helps my children see that they need to start making some wiser food choices for the rest of the day).

When I’m consistent about having my kids use it, I find that the chart provides not only a good visual reminder, but a great conversation starter which leads my kids to making their

The board is about the size of a legal sheet of paper, and is quite sturdy. The magnets adhere well, but still move easily without causing the board to slip off the refrigerator.

Are you sold on the concept? You can even buy Chickin Gear (T-shirts), and Chickin Bags (100% cotton shopping totes) online in the Feed Store.

Do you want to learn more about the mom-owner of this delightful product? Are you curious to find out if she puts her money where her mouth is when it comes to feeding her own kids? Read my interview with her on my personal blog, Snapshot.

Enter to Win:

Mother's Day 2008 - Giveaway EventIf you would like to win a Chickin Feed Nutrition tracking chart and Lily on the Fly starter kit, all the instructions about entering the Mother’s Day 2008 Giveaways are included in the Mother’s Day 2008 Giveaway post (including the code to put our Mother’s Day Giveaway button on your site.)

But here is a quick run through:

  • Leave a comment on this post to be entered.
  • Post a link to this contest (it is always nice to let your readers have a chance to win too!) and/or link and post a button to our Mother’s Day 2008 Giveaway post. (If you post the button and link to the Mother’s Day 2008 Giveaway, you are qualified to enter in all the upcoming Mother’s Day 2008 Giveaway contests. And we have two weeks of contests to enter!) Non-bloggers are welcome too – we understand you can’t link – but feel free to pass the word on to your friends or write about it on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Good luck!

(Have you checked out the other contests in Mother’s Day 2008 Giveaway contest?)

Comments

  1. says

    I’d love both, but especially the Chickin Feed Tracking chart. That way I only have to buy 4 more for my kiddos!! What a great way to teach them responsibility about nutrition!

  2. says

    I would love to win the Chicken Feed nutrition tracking charts. That would be super fun, and help me teach our growing brood about eating healthier. :)

  3. Tanya Moyer says

    This sounds so cool! I’d love to win this! Thanks for offering it!
    ~Tanya
    the4moyers(at)msn(dot)com

  4. says

    I love both and have been considering the Chickin Feed chart for awhile since they were on Rachel Ray(I think thats the show I saw them on.)

  5. Maureen says

    Interesting concept – Anything to make mealtime easier and more organized will definitely make my life easier in return!

    Thanks,
    Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

  6. charline s says

    This concept is not new to me but they way it is put together is and I think I like better than any I have seen. I love the fact its all right together. I could diffently use one of these.

  7. Cynthia says

    As a mother of 6 this would come in so handy. I always have those “what’s for dinner tonight” please

  8. Catherine copeland says

    wow even little ones can understand working towards a goal when you have a chart illustrating it this clearly. I had a difficult time getting the boys to clean up their rooms. this would have really helped me

  9. Cindi says

    We put a lot of important things to know on our refrigerator! This idea of meal planning is super!
    Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi

  10. lindsey says

    what a fabulous idea! I am always trying to track this sort of thing. .. with little success so far.

  11. Jennifer M. says

    I need this so my daughter has a visual clue why she can’t live on apples and yogurt tubes!

  12. Elizabeth M. says

    I’m so glad you did the interview with her because I had seen her on Rachael Ray’s show and then could not for the life of me remember the name of it. I thought it was such a great idea and wanted to bookmark that site. I’m delighted you’re having this giveaway!

  13. Jennifer C says

    I would love this! It’s so hard to keep track of these things, this would really help a frazzled mom of twins!

  14. Jennifer Kenney says

    This looks like a really great program. I might buy it if I don’t win it here. Thanks for the chance!

  15. says

    How fun! I’m not really good about making sure we’re eating the portions and types of food groups we should be eating and this would be very handy!

  16. Melissa Reeder says

    I usually do all of my meal planning and grocery shopping done on Sundays. These would definitely be a big help. Thanks!

  17. says

    What a great idea! This would really help simplify meal planning for me…which would be great with the new baby coming any day now. :)

    I’ve mentioned it on my baby blog, click here for that.

  18. CINDY says

    THIS IS A REALLY GREAT MEAL PLANNING KIT I WORK IN A KITCHEN FULL TIME BUT NEVER KNOW WHAT TO PAN FOR DINNER

  19. Brooke says

    I’m not a newlywed or a recent college graduate. Sadly, I have 3 kids, and am still struggling with figuring out this home maintenance stuff without ordering in or serving prepared foods. HELP!

  20. Kathy Conley says

    This is a great concept and would be a wonderful tool for getting my kids to eat right

  21. kathleen harris says

    this is excellent. i’ve been looking for something like this so my boys could regulate their own nutrition.

  22. Nicole L. says

    I saw this chart on the Rachael Ray show and thought it was such a great idea. I would love to win this. Thanks so much!

  23. Aimee says

    This really is a unique and fabulous idea. I think it would help my children understand food choices and nutrition in an easily visible and understandable need. I value them learning how to make positive and nutritious food choices and think this tool would greatly aid in that!

  24. Deanne S says

    This would be great to own. I could use help making sure I get all my son’s nutrients in for the day.

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