Snacking On The Go With Mario Snack Olives Giveaway

While I have found some ‘Theme Park Friendly’ options for snacks to bring with us into the parks for Zoe, finding snacks that I enjoy taking to the parks has proven to be quite the quest until I found Mario Snack Olives!

Mario Snack Olives

Theme Park Friendly snacks, for our family, are ones that don’t melt, aren’t sticky, don’t require us to have a table to eat them, and can be eaten without preparation.

Mario Snack Olives fit all of those criteria and more!

Packaged without the typical brine, the Snack Olives are easy to open, easily fit into my park bag, and come in a variety of flavors sure to make any olive lover happy!

Here are some of my favorite ways to bring Mario Snack Olives as I am On the Go in the Theme Parks!

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If we are going to be in the parks all day, I like to pack a heavy snack to keep our blood sugar (and mood) up! I can’t tell you how many times this snack has salvaged our day in the park! Using inexpensive containers that stack nicely in my park bag, each member of our family gets their own treat with what they enjoy!

I like to add Mario Snack Olives to my salads! Since they are packaged without a lot of mess, it is easy to tear open a pouch to add an extra kick to my salad!

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And finally, they are delicious on their own! I am guilty of opening a pouch to snack on while I am waiting in a queue or for a parade!

Want to give Mario Snack Olives a try? You can find them here on Amazon, in 7/11 stores in the Tampa, Lakeland and Miami areas, or by entering our Giveaway!

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This Holiday Season, Mario/Camacho Foods is hosting a pretty amazing set of Florida centric eBay auctions benefiting the JDRF Tampa Bay Chapter!

The JDRF eBay auctions Include travel packages, memorabilia, gift baskets, and even airline tickets!

  • West Palm Beach Package:
    • 2 tickets for Lion Country Safari + 4 tickets to Rapids Water Park
  • Miami Package:
    • 2 adult tickets + 4 children tickets to Monkey Jungle  + 4 tickets to the Miami Zoo
  • Tampa’s Lowery Park Zoo:
    • 4 admission tickets
  • Tampa’s Florida Aquarium:
    • 2 admission tickets
  • St. Augustine Package #1:
    • 4 admission tickets to the Lightner Museum + 4 admission tickets to the Victory III Scenic Cruise 
  • St. Augustine Package #2:
    • 4 admission tickets to the Lightner Museum + 4 admission tickets to the St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum 
  • Tampa Bay Package #1:
    • 4 admission tickets to the Tampa Bay Storm (2014-2015 season) + 4 admission tickets to The Tampa Improv 
  • Tampa Bay Package #2:
    • 4 admission tickets to the Tampa Bay Storm (2014-2015 season) + 4 admission tickets to The Tampa Improv 
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium:
    • 4 admission tickets 
  • Orlando Package:
    • 2 admission tickets to Wonder Works & Dinner Show + 2 admission tickets to Gatorland  + 2 night stay at the Nickelodeon Suites 2 bedroom kids suite. 
  • Sea World and Aquatica:
    • admission on Combo Tickets (14 consecutive days) 
  • Southwest Airlines:
    • 2 round trip airfares in the US 
  • Tampa Bay Rays Baseball signed by Sam Fuld
  • Pamper Me Spa Gift Basket
  • Pamper Me Spa Gift Basket
  • Mario Gift Basket
  • La Vieja Fabrica and Susaron Gift Basket

These amazing eBay auctions will end this Friday, December 13, 2013, so make sure that you check them out and bid soon!

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IKEA Soft Toy Campaign Benefiting UNICEF And Save The Children

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Earlier this year IKEA announced the return of its annual ‘Soft Toys for Education’ campaign, which will run from November 10, 2013 to January 4, 2014. During this period, the IKEA Foundation will donate one euro (approximately $1.34)* to UNICEF and Save the Children to give children in developing countries access to a quality education. Launched in 2003, the campaign has impacted 10 million children in 46 countries and donations have totalled $74 million for 90 projects.

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Since 2003, the ‘Soft Toys for Education’ Program has Impacted Ten Million Children and Raised $74 Million!

The donations from the IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign will help train teachers in child-friendly teaching methods, improve child protection systems, supply educational materials like pencils, books, bags, rebuild schools and provide better water and toilet facilities; and increase school attendance rates. More than 10 million children will be educated in eliminating discrimination and stigma.

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Education is the most powerful and effective way to help children escape poverty. The change it can bring to a young life is immense. Education has a direct impact on well-being, from better health to increased opportunities. It gives children knowledge, skills and confidence they need to shape a better future for themselves. When a child begins and stays in school, he or she not only changes the course of their own life, but that of future generations. And that’s when small changes pave the way for bigger ones.

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Inspiration to read opens the door to education, which is why, every year, IKEA creates a children’s book based on IKEA soft toy characters as part of the annual Soft Toys for Education Campaign. In this year’s book, “The Princess and the Happiness,” young readers visit the fairy-tale forest and learn that happiness can be just around the corner.
Supporting Education—Together

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This year’s newcomers to the soft toys family are fairy tale heroes:
LUFSIG, the soft toy wolf
NOJSIG and GULLGOSSE, a princess and a king
KRULLIG, an elf
SÅNGTRAST, a fairy with a magic spell

Thanks to the unwavering commitment shown by IKEA co-workers and customers, the IKEA Foundation has donated more than $51 million to UNICEF’s education programs for children in Africa and Asia,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “IKEA’s support has enabled UNICEF to get millions of children into the classroom, provide teacher training to improve the quality of education, and help ensure children complete school.” 

“We are looking forward to our continued holiday tradition of teaming with IKEA Soft Toys for Education. The enthusiasm of IKEA staff and customers brings desperately needed education and teacher training to children in underserved parts of the world and will impact future generations,” said Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children. “We are honored to be part of this partnership along with UNICEF, and look forward to creating lasting change for children.”

“We are incredibly proud to be part of the IKEA Soft Toy for Education campaign. The funding means we can continue our work on changing the lives of children with disabilities and children of minority groups, the most marginalized children, in Eastern Europe and South East Asia. We’re providing access to quality education for millions of children, impacting on generations to come.” Elisabeth Dahlin, Secretary General Save the Children Sweden and Chairperson Global Lead Agency for the IKEA Foundation Collaboration.

“IKEA’s soft toys bring smiles to the faces of thousands of children. But many children across the globe have few reasons to smile. They don’t have access to basic things most of us take for granted – like clean water, food or education. IKEA’s annual Soft Toys for Education campaign makes a real difference – helping thousands of new children every year get an opportunity to receive a quality education.” Per Heggenes, CEO IKEA Foundation.

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If you can’t tell, this guy is my favorite!!!!

Good things are Happening All Over. A small contribution can make a big difference. Here are some examples of how the IKEA Foundation donations have impacted children’s lives.Ethiopia: Education is a primary driver for Ethiopia’s development. In 2012, UNICEF’s Schools for Africa initiative helped 238,000 children – including 25,000 refugees — stay in school despite living in challenging conditions.

For an extra fun touch on your next visit to IKEA Orlando, you can play the #FindKingIKEA at @IKEAOrlando for a chance to win a $25 IKEA Gift Card!

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We always make sure to buy a few of these Soft Toys during the Campaign, and watch out for a huge Holiday Giveaway where you can win some of your own!

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Disclaimer: I bought these toys with my own money, because I wanted to make sure that I helped support a wonderful cause while spreading some Holiday Cheer!!!

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