If your kids are anything like mine, they LOVE fruit. Okay...I lied. My 2 year old actually hates fruit for some odd reason and only eats it if it's mixed into other foods...But my 1 year old and my 11 year old are die-hard fruit fans! One of their favorites? Clementines! Contrary to popular belief, Clementines are not simply miniature oranges. No, siree! The origins of Clementine Mandarins are shrouded in mystery. Some fruit historians – yes, there are such people – say it was Father Clement, an Algerian monk, who first discovered this unique hybrid and named it Clementino. Others claim the Clementine Mandarin originated in China.
Whatever its origins, we know this: The Clementine Mandarin first came to the United States in 1909, to Florida. Five years later, the first saplings arrived at the Citrus Research Center in Riverside, California, where their production flourished. Their reputation soon spread.
Fast-forward to the year 2000, when Sun Pacific and Paramount Citrus Association introduced the Cuties-brand California Mandrian. Grown in the sunny San Joaquin Valley, Cuties undergo extensive quality control inspections, guaranteeing the freshest, tastiest Clementines around! California Cuties are two varieties of mandarins: Clementine Mandarins and Murcott Mandarins.
Cuties have several distinct characteristics that make them the perfect anytime, anywhere snack. Unlike other Mandarins or oranges, they are small enough for the littlest of hands to hold, completely free of seeds or any other "gunk" that will have to be spit-out creating a yucky, sticky mess to clean up, and they are also easy to peel. That's right! Kids can peel these babies all on their own, helping to foster a sense of pride and independence. On top of that, they're super sweet! No more tart, sour oranges. Cuties give kids the sweet taste they want in fruit. Heck, they may not even realize that Cuties are nutritious! (That's always a plus in my home. As soon as I say something is nutritious, my oldest son goes running!)
While Cuties were only available on the West Coast, they are now being offered to families across the country! To help celebrate their nationwide launch, Cuties has teamed up with Donors Choose, a non-profit organization that funds classroom projects across the country, to bring a FANTASTIC sweepstakes opportunity with the chance to win many great prizes including a $150,000.00 Scholarship! How cool is that?!
What do you have to do to enter? Something you probably do as a parent everyday. Show off your cute kids! Yep! That's it! YOUR cute kids simply being their adorable selves can earn them a college education and help to secure their future.
The site (www.CutiesKids.com) will showcase parent-uploaded videos and pictures, featuring kids doing what they do best: having fun, acting silly and of course, being oh-so adorably cute. Bragging rights aren’t the only prizes parents can win by uploading images of their kids: Cuties® is giving away a college scholarship worth $150,000 to the star of the cutest kid video.Cuties® is teaming up with DonorsChoose.org, a not-for-profit organization that lets contributors across the country fund classroom projects posted by public school teachers on the DonorsChoose.org website. For every video uploaded, users will receive a $10 DonorsChoose.org gift card to use towards any classroom project of their choice. Weekly winners will receive a $500 DonorsChoose.org gift card and the winner of the grand prize will receive a $5,000 card. Cuties® is committed to kids and educationand will continue the charity gift card giveaway up to $100,000 in addition to the individual college scholarship prize.
In addition to school contributions, Cuties® will award daily and weekly prizes for the first 18 weeks, leading up to one grand prize winner. Participants will be able to share their videos using their social network platforms, and the winners will be determined by the number of online votes.
WHAT CAN YOUR CUTIE WIN?
HOW TO ENTER:
To submit a video of your kid, or to watch some seriously cute videos, log on to CutiesKids.com.
I know I will be entering my kids for their chance to win! I happen to think I have the cutest, most charming kids on the planet! But of course, I may be just a tad bit biased. I hope you'll enter, too! What better way to secure your Cutie's college education!
About Cuties® Brand
Thanks to their small size, sweet flavor and easy peelability, Cuties® are naturally kid-friendly. And with their high nutritional content, they’re a big hit with parents, too. Available from November through May, Cuties® offer a variety of nutrients per serving including: fiber, potassium, protein, calcium, vitamin C and folate. Cuties®is a joint venture between Paramount Citrus, Sun Pacific and Fowler Packing. For more information, visit www.Cutieskids.com.
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org (www.donorschoose.org) is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers post requests, and then individuals can browse and fund projects that speak to them. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and teacher thank-you letters. To date, 184,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $85 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through DonorsChoose.org, individuals from all walks of life have helped 5.1 million students.
***Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post. I chose to post because I feel that this amazing opportunity would be of great interest to my readers. All opinions are my own and haAlso, who doesn't love Clementines!?
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud Mom of 3 amazing kids. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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