Tuesday, May 19, 2009
FUN Review and Giveaway
A little about the great gals at FUN, from the site:
Gina Flanagan, an award-winning costume illustrator who worked exclusively in the feature film world, searched like most moms for ways to send her kids to school happy. When her older daughter reported that lunchtime was sometimes lonely for her, Gina began to draw fun notes and put them in her lunchbox. The notes were much more than just a note on a napkin; elaborately illustrated, they grabbed the whole lunch table's attention. Soon a crowd waited to see mom's next cool drawing.
When her younger daughters suffered separation anxiety, Gina drew fancy pictures with words that their teachers would read to them -- and soon enough, they couldn't wait to get to school to see their lunch cards.
The cards became more elaborate as the tide of feedback from the kids came in. Gina began to find fun facts and nationally recognized food days that would coordinate with that day's lunch ingredients. Soon calls came from other moms, asking where she got the cards and wondering how they could put them in their own kids' lunches. The idea of turning the cards into a business came organically.
Rose Cricchio, also a mom, is the second half of the duo. Rose, who left the worldwide Warner Bros. retail arm to raise her kids, brings her graphic artwork to the project. Her style and talent, combined with Gina's illustrations, give the cards their unique flair.
I got five packs of the FUN lunchbox cards to review - Mystical Litte People, Riddles, Eeeww, that's Gross!, It's a Wacky World, and Looney Laws. They came all wrapped up with ribbon [they called it a hug from them – cuteness], and you all should know that I’m a sucker for ribbon. That instantly sold me. :)
Both packs are really colorful with amazing illustrations. What I love about them is that you can tell they are directed at winning kids over. The faces are silly, the backgrounds are fun; all in all, I love them. Punk could not wait to get to read her cards! She now has them all in a stack in her room and makes me read them to her every day she’s at our house. When anyone new comes over, she reads them the cards. Then, she reads them to us and makes us pretend to not know what the cards say. She definitely enjoys them!
You can purchase any of the great items from FUN here.
FUN has generously offered one of my perfect readers 5 packs of lunchbox cards of their own! [same 5 packs as I reviewed]
To enter, visit their site and tell me your favorite set of lunchbox cards. **THIS IS REQUIRED!!**
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This giveaway ends Monday, June 1st at midnight, MST. I will use random.org to choose a winner, and will post the winner on my site. The giveaway is open to international readers.