I'm beginning to think that denying my children certain treats, such as video games and a regular supply of fruit rollups, allows for much greater excitement when I let down my resistance. I have nothing against fruit rollups. Somewhere in my mothering brain I decided that the kids would only get fruit rollups for special occasions, like parties or when friends come over so that they look really cool. Nothing makes you feel better as a mom when your kids' friends think you are a cool mom. Honestly.
When Mom Central asked me to try the My Fruit Rollups site to make custom fruit rollups for Valentine's Day, I leaped at the chance. Instead of cards bought from the store or handmade valentines (Yes, we actually did that last year. We made flowers out of hearts and slid them on a lollipop.), I instantly decided that my girls could pass out these special valentines by-passing the cards completely.
The picture shows the screen capture of the St. Valentine's Day rollup I created. (Click on it for more detail.) The website takes while to load, but you are rewarded for waiting by watching the blobs and pipes construct themselves on the screen. My children enjoyed watching the process of loading.
Once loaded, you choose to start a new design. The default option is for four squares. In my excitement, I didn't realize that there were three other layouts at first glance. I chose to put graphics first. The interface is user-friendly. Moving the cursor over the thumbnails enlarges the art, as you can see from the screen capture. The graphics aren't limited to Valentine themes. Drop down menus allow the user to choose the occasion, from birthdays to religious observances to sports, dancing, or in the words of a teenager, "whatev".
The design, with the exception of loading your own clip art, is completely up to you. You can add text to one of the design blocks by choosing a font and color of the text. There are four fonts for choices. Depending on the type and size of the font, your message is limited. To make my Valentine make sense, I chose a graphic that says "4U" and entered text that says "Free hugs on Valentine's". With the juxtaposition the message either says "Free hugs on Valentine's 4U" or "4U Free hugs on Valentine's".
Once I saved the message with a chosen name, I could order it with ease. If you need to order it later or make changes, you register with email and password and can choose to have My Fruit Rollups email you special offers. For blogging about the process of designing, I received a special code that covered the cost and shipping. My total would have been about $37 for a box of 30 My Fruit Rollups. At a $1 a rollup (w/o shipping), maybe that's more than you want to spend, but think how cool you could be if you presented your child's baseball, soccer, dance, gymnastics team with these at the end of the season. Kids might enjoy that ribbon or trophy, but a rollup made especially for them? Imagine the smiles.
Want a chance to design your own My Fruit Rollups and get them for free?
Tell me the sweetest Valentine you've given or received in the comments, and you could be the winner of a special code. My Fruit Rollups have offered me three special codes to award to the ones I deem the sweetest. Think of the possibilities: a daily note to give your kid in their lunch box, for the team, for your students, for your grandchild who lives far away, for your co-workers. C'mon, you know you want to design your own. And, I know you've received a sweet Valentine. I know it!
I'll give an example. For one of my earliest Valentine's from my husband, he bought me a romance novel. He actually asked the person working the bookstore which one would be best for me. In the card that accompanied it was the message "Because we always have romance." Now, how sweet is that?
So, leave a comment about the sweetest Valentine you've given or received. I'll announce the winner on Monday, January 28th. That way, if you've decided to use the My Fruit Rollups as a Valentine, you will have plenty of time to design and order them.
Just a few disclaimers:
- Comments time stamped after 6:00am (EST) on Jan. 28th will not be eligible.
- Comments will be hidden until the contest ends for fairness sake. No one-upping the next gal or guy.
- Winners will be announced Monday, January 28th along with their winning entries.
- Winners must have a US postal address.
- Promotional codes will be emailed to the winners. If I don't have your email, you'll need to email me. I'll provide my email with the winning entries.
- If you don't win, order your own by February 2nd to get one in time for Valentine’s Day and use the code BEMINE to get $10 off.