Something’s Fishy (AND FREE FOR YOU!)

You may remember the fun I had at the Mom 2.0 Summit in February. I was able to meet a lot of cool people and learn a lot about social media and, as it turned out, spend a lot of time in between break-out sessions with the folks at the Pepperidge Farm booth. Mostly because they had free snacks, but also because they were really nice.

By the end of the conference I was really proud of myself because I had successfully eaten my weight in goldfish. (I love to set myself challenging goals!) But I think the folks at Pepperidge Farm are re-evaluating their free sample program.

Imagine my surprise when the FedEx man rang my doorbell the other day. There is nothing I like better then being interrupted from work with packages and other goodies non-bill related in the mail. And when it’s food – oy vey.

My friends at Pepperidge Farm just came out with a new Goldfish flavor (Vanilla Goldfish Grahams) and they wanted me (being the goldfish aficionado that I am) to try them out. Well, actually they wanted my kids to try them. But it was 11:00 a.m. and the kids weren’t due home until much later in the afternoon. I really, really tried to wait. I did. But I also believe that it’s my duty as a mom to test everything out first, so with my kids best interest in mind – I opened the bag.

Yumo! They are good! They are kind of like graham crackers but with a little more “somethin’-somethin’.” I thought I could behave and just have a few – but it wasn’t long before the entire bag they sent me was empty. So I had to drive frantically to the grocery store to buy another bag before Jackson got home so I could say, “look what came in the mail for you today, honey!” Like I had the virtue of patience and or a strong will or something.

Jackson gave them a “thumbs up”, and said they were “sweet” which I wasn’t sure meant that they were really good or literally sweet….but either way – it was a good review from the mouths of (my 8-year-old) babe. And not a bad choice in snacks for either of us. One serving (50 fish) is just three Weight Watchers points. Next time, I just won’t inhale the entire bag!

For full disclosure’s sake, Pepperidge Farm did NOT pay me to blog about this product. I think the word is out on the streets that I am pretty much pacified with free food. I’m not proud of it, but it is what it is. Seriously, I’m like the blogger equivalent of Fido. Apparently, all you have to do is toss me a couple Scooby-snacks and rub my belly and I’m happy. Just pray that the scooby snacks don’t taste like cardboard, because I’ll tell my readers the straight poop either way.

My husband asked me the other day if any of my “jobs” (except for raising our kids – which he fully acknowledges is worthy of the highest paid salary in the world) would actually render a paycheck. I reminded him that my blog was for my sanity and that a bag of free Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers was just gravy….so to speak.

“What about the book you’re writing? Or that commercial that you wrote for that restaurant?”

“I didn’t write that commercial for free,” I whined. “They paid me in a restaurant gift certificate!”

“But the restaurant is in Katy,” he said.


“We don’t LIVE in Katy!”

Well – he did have a point. But someday we are going to go there and eat like royalty. I mean, free food, is free food!

Which got me thinking. YOU deserve free food, too. So I emailed the good people at Pepperidge Farm and asked them if they would send one of my readers something to munch on while they read the entertaining and thought provoking blog posts I write.

They agreed! And one of ya is even going to get more than I did!

So here it is….another giveaway on Living the Dream. For a free “Fishful Thinking” canvas tote filled with the new goldfish vanilla grahams, chocolate grahams and whole grain cheddar flavor fish, tell me something that you did in which you got paid for with something better than money.

I’ll pick a winner at random on Sunday, May 9th….Mother’s Day!!




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    Anonymous says:

    Great idea!

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    beke says:

    I used to do hair and also worked with the youth group at our old church, I frequently would cut , color and do updo's for the teen girls for which the girls would then come over and babysit my boys as payment. Much better than money!!!!!!

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    Pam says:

    I trained several horses for several years in college in exchange for discounted board which meant that I could have my own horse. I couldn't afford it otherwise even with having a "real" paying job as a leasing agent. Was in the best shape of my life back then riding 2-3 horses 5 days a week and walking all over campus & our 7 properties.

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    LindaD says:

    As you know, I once did a market research survey for a certain grocery store and they paid me in groceries. That was pretty "sweet" as Jackson would say. No wonder we are friends. Free food motivates me too.

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    Kim says:

    I worked at a cookie shop in high school (my most favorite job EVER!!)and I could take home all the cookies I wanted at night…how "sweet" is that? I think it was my Dad's favorite job too!!

    By the way If it is free we should all get three!!

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