Summer Survival Kit Giveaway!


It’s been awhile since we’ve given away a bag of our favorite things, and now that we have these fantastic Fries Before Guys totes, we have the perfect bag to put everything in!

Fries Before GuysYou guys, summer kind of snuck up on me. My kids have been out of school for almost 2 weeks now, but summer activities don’t really pick up until this week, so we’ve been scrambling a little. And by scrambling, I mean I’ve done my daughter’s hair twice, both times for church, and there’s been a lot of no structure and door-slamming. I’m getting my act together this week, I promise.

So I packed together a bag of goodies that I know would help make my summer more fun, and I hope y’all feel the same way!

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I started with one of our Fries Before Guys bags and a copy of our latest cookbook, which is packed full of summer friendly salads, grill recipes, and single-serving lunch ideas so you’re not tempted by your kids’ Mac and Cheese.

OBB Summer giveaway-2I added this super-cute striped beach towel…

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and loaded the bag up with some of my favorite things.

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This includes:

  • 1 package of ear plugs (for her). Because sometimes I feel like if one of my kids accuses another (or me!) of ruining their lives forever, me sticking earplugs in my ears is the best course of action. I have no idea what the “for her” part means–I hope that they are more functional for women and not just hot pink.
  • 1 bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s basil hand soap. I actually really love the seasonal peony scent that’s out right now, but the basil really smells like summer and also the males in my house will wash their hands with it without scoffing that I’m making them smell like a summer dream.
  • Hawaiian Tropic Coconut Papaya Lotion. This isn’t sunscreen (we know, this is a hot topic), it’s just a summer lotion that will make you smell like a tanning salon, minus the threat of melanoma.
  • EOS Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm. 
  • Lindt Chocolate Coconut Truffles (do you see a color theme here? Sara and I both have a problem.)
  • Cute Band-Aids. When I was a kid, I vowed that when I was a grown-up, I would always have non-beige adhesive bandages on hand and unlike my other promises I made myself (like I’d let my kids be the grownups for the day and I’d be the kid?! Pshaw!), I have stuck to the fun Band-Aids promise. And every grown woman needs her own stash.
  • A double-walled tumbler. For your water. Or your Dirty Diet Coke. Whatevs.
  • Essie Nail Polish in Fashion Playground.
  • Caramel-Almond & Sea Salt Kind Bars. My faaaaaavorite. I think they taste like  candy bars, and not in an I’ve-been-dieting-and-protein-shakes-taste-like-Frosties way. I’ve only seen them at Target (well, and Amazon, but they’re ridiculously expensive there), so I always stash up when I’m there. And I hide them from my little people.
  • $25 Target gift card. Because sometimes the best gift you can give yourself is a trip to Target.
  • $25 iTunes gift card. 

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below, but to get additional entries, be sure to follow along with us this week on our Instagram accounts (Kate, Sara, The Shop, and Fit Club) because you’ll have chances for more entries, plus an extra tote (just the tote…you don’t want them to show you up by getting the same cool earplugs) and a cookbook for a friend! Ready? Go! 🙂 P.S. If your comments aren’t showing up right away, they will soon–we’ve been getting a lot of spam on older posts, so we’re moderating for the time being until we can get them under control.

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Rules and Fine Print and Stuff. This giveaway is completely sponsored and paid for by Our Best Bites because we love you. Giveaway Begins June 1 and ends June 7 at 11:59 Central Time. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter. Due to federal restrictions, the winner must be a resident of the United States. 


  1. Okay, super awesome giveaway. That bag would certainly help me survive the summer. If not the summer, at least next week when my husband ditches me to go to San Diego for a conference and I’m home with the 3 kids alone all week. The Diet Coke will really be flowing then and I could certainly use a cute tumbler…and the ear plugs.

  2. What do I want? Um….all of it? And I totally agree with you on the non-beige band aids. I have some that look like they are sequined and I love them!

  3. The Book! Oh please oh please!!! I have a jar of change I’m collecting so I can buy it (really) but this would be so much easier!

  4. I made the same band-aid promise as a kid! I haven’t kept it though – always room for improvement there. And I’d love to get my hands on your new cookbook.

  5. I’d love this awesomeness!! I shot myself in the foot and signed both my kids up for summer school!! What was I thinking?!! This fun bag would be a huge perk.

  6. I am intrigued by the basil scented hand soap and hear good things about the Mrs Meyers brand, so I’m excited about that part of the bag!

  7. Um, all of it?? Basically I’m obsessed with that tote but I think Scott would laugh at me if I bought it for myself…so that means I just need to win it, right? 😉

  8. I’m glad I’m not the only grown up who wants fun bandaids – I almost bought Kermit the Frog ones this weekend and decided it wasn’t worth the teasing I’d get from my husband! Those ones are too cute! I can’t win so I’ll have to buy myself some fun bandaids – I go through so many they might as well make me happy!

  9. Great bag of goodies! The bag and nail polish are what I’m most excited about. Love your band-aid reasoning too!

  10. I had to click over and read your Dirty Diet Coke post before finishing this one!!! Glad to know World Market carries these syrups. . .I’ve been ordering from Amazon b/c my kids are *really* into them right now 🙂
    We buy KIND bars from Sam’s Club — about $1/bar. We *love* them too. I agree — you can definitely get away with eating them on a diet!!

  11. Where do I start? I LOVE everything is this give away! I’ve been dying to get my hands on this cookbook-can’t wait to cook with it! I love you gals-and All of your recipes always turn out for me!!!! Bonus!

  12. The cookbook! I’ve lost 16 pounds, but am not quite ready to up my calories back to maintenance and want some more food ideas. Wouldn’t mind the giftcards of KIND bars a bit, though.

  13. hmmmmm…definately between the coconut truffles or the cookbook. How about a recipe for the coconut truffles IN the cookbook? Okay, twist my arm: the cookbook! (and the earplugs…I have six boys!)

  14. Hi gals! What an incredible stash of goodies!! I LOVE the bag 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity to win such awesome treats xoxo

  15. I would absolutely love the cookbook! My birthday is the 26th and it’s on my wish list. how awesome would it be to get it with all of these other goodies!!?!

  16. Well, I already have (and love) the cookbook, so I would like the nail polish the most! I have the same thing you both do about the color…love it!

  17. Well, technically your book, but since I WILL be getting that anyway, I’d say the truffles and the nail polish – two little luxuries I wouldn’t normally grab for myself.

  18. You had me at Coconut Truffles!! Sounds incredible! As a newbie to your blog, love the blog and giveaway. Definitely booked marked as a favorite blog! 🙂

  19. It is a tie between the basil soap and the Target giftcard. I LOVE the basil scent, but I also would love to go to Target and buy something for me without any sort of guilt.

  20. I live in Turkey, so no Target! I’m always a fan of happy mail that includes things I can’t get while I’m here. : )

  21. There are 2 things I want the most- the cook book (I still have half of my pregnancy weight to lose and my baby just turned one last week) AND the Hawaiian Tropic lotion- coconut is my favorite scent!!

  22. I’d love a copy of the cookbook. I looked for it in Walmart over the weekend, but they didn’t have it. I’ll have to order it on Amazon if I don’t win it. Also, I had no idea there were coconut Lindt truffles and I need them NOW!

  23. It all sounds awesome, but I’ll be honest, I want the gift card the most. But only because I already have the cookbook.

  24. You girls are the best!! I would love the tote the most!!! I almost bought one for myself, but it had just been mother’s day and my birthday, so I couldn’t justify it 🙁

  25. Those Kind bars sound delicious. I bring a granola bar to work everyday for breakfast and I’m always looking to shake things up.

  26. I have the same color theme problem! Also, is the “Fries Before Guys” a reference that I don’t get? Or just a cute saying.

  27. I would definitely most want the gift cards and cookbook! Fun giveaway and can hardly believe it’s summer already too!!!

  28. Such a cute & practical giveaway! I’d love to use the Target gift card. There’s nothing like retail therapy to cure the crazy days of summer.

  29. The book! I’ve been dying to buy it but I’m moving across the country in a month and am trying to live minimally so I have less to pack! 🙂

  30. I could really use a cute new beach towel and a tumbler! Lots of time by the pool planned this summer, although I wish it were lots of time at the beach!

  31. I would LOVE the cookbook! The budget has been tight around here, otherwise it would already be sitting on the shelf with your other two cookbooks!

  32. Excellent giveaway! I would like every single item in that bag… but what I want most out of your bag of goodies is your new cookbook. I love so many of your recipes!

  33. What a fantastic giveaway! I would love the cookbook. I’m always liking for fun, light summer recipes and have found this from our best bites to be family favorites.

  34. Tough choice! I love the bandaids and nail polish but I’ve been wanting to try Kind bars so I think I’ll pick that.

  35. I’m in love with everything in the bag, but I have to say that I will probably get the most use out of the hand soap, because I’m currently potty training my 3 year old…I will probably need the $25 gift card to Target to reward myself for that job 😉

  36. The tumbler! My 18mo accidentally dropped mine at Lowe’s yesterday and the lid broke. I’m at a loss without my Wonder Woman cup. In fact, I’ve had no water today…oops!

  37. Wow everything looks awesome…love that color nail polish, and totally LOVE how you coordinated all the colors!! But I can’t wait to get my hands on that cookbook!!!

  38. I also really really love those kind bars. they are AH-MAZING! I would be super excited for the nail polish though.. thanks much! 🙂

  39. It all sounds so awesome! I already have the book (bought it when it first came out, and also one for my best friend. Love it! I could really go for those truffles and the fun nail polish!

  40. I LOVE the tote–so cute! (Especially since I am pregnant and obsessed with fries and fry sauce; clearly I’m totally a Utah girl!)

  41. I really need that cookbook. I love your two other books and can’t wait to get this one! Also, I always love a cute new tumbler!

  42. How fun! I have your newest book and have so many pages marked of recipes to try! Haven’t eaten a bad recipe in any of your books.

  43. Such a cute giveaway! You guys are awesome!

    Anything with caramel ALWAYS wins the “what do you want most” game. I’m pretty sure I need to go to target today and get some of those Kind bars because even if I win the giveaway the stuff won’t be here for a couple of weeks.

  44. I’m a sucker for the double-walled tumblers. They come in so many fun patterns.
    What a fun bag full of fun stuff! Thanks for a chance to win it!!!

  45. Ooo I love chocolate and I gave my husband the coconut ones for Christmas but I haven’t tried them yet! So I pick chocolate!

  46. I want these to be some of my favorite things! Your cookbook already is so if I won I would have two to give to friends, which would make me the best friend ever!

  47. How bright and lovely! Like another commentor said, budget is tight around here so the book is actually my biggest draw; been eyeing it for months now!

  48. You ladies are just amazing:) What an awesome giveaway!
    I would love the cookbook the most, but all of the other items are simple amazing! Thanks for the chance!

  49. I would love the Target gift card. We have twins about to be born any day now so it would come in handy! Thanks for the chance!

  50. I need alllll the things. Especially those truffles. The only place I’ve seen them is at Costco in a ginormous bag and somehow that seemed like not compatible with health and fitness. The regular sized bag though….totally compatible.

  51. So I want it all! But who doesn’t need/want an extra beach towel, especially during the summer?! And the book. I already have the book, but I would love to give one to a friend.

  52. Yay, summer! I already have the cookbook, but everything else would be super fun. And I would give the cookbook to a friend.

  53. I already have your new cookbook, which I am loving. I would love everything else in the bag as well, especially the $25 Target gift card!

  54. I want the Target gift card so I can buy yummy ingredients to make the recipes in the book, which I already have. And the book, so I could gift it to a friend.

  55. My heart goes flitter flutter over coconut chocolate anything. I rarely buy things just for me so a little pampering from these fun products would be happy summer for mom!

  56. I always go to your site first when I need cooking ideas and inspiration. Thanks for sharing! My favorite item in this bag would probably be the chocolate balls. Yummmmmmmm…

  57. How is a girl to pick? The bag! The truffles! The gift card to Target! All of it!!! (I would say the cookbook but I have it already, so that would be a FAB gift for my mother in law.)

  58. Hmmm…the book is my top pick but since I haven’t had breakfast and my tummy is growling, I might want those Kind bars first! That being said, that tote would get used a million times in my household. Oh geez…I want it all!

  59. I don’t enter contests, but when I do, there are french fries involved. FRENCH FRIES ARE LIFE, Kate. And also earplugs. And also target.

  60. I love the Lindt coconut truffles, but I would be very excited to get your new book too!! I have your other 2, but haven’t bought the new one yet!

  61. This all looks amazing! I’ve been wanting your book, but I’m on a tight budget & would definitely be most excited about that!!

  62. Love the polish, the lotion, the truffles, Target card…pretty much would love ALL of the items! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  63. Just one?! Love basil, love Mrs. Meyers – that has to be good.
    Essie polish! Cookbook because come on, I’m always wishing I had something other than the kids mac & cheese. yum!

  64. I can totally picture myself all lotioned up and devouring those truffles while looking through your new cookbook… Perfection.

  65. I’m most excited about the tote!!! My threenager made a “comic book” out of my 400 calories or less cookbook this week, so another one would be great!! especially if it’s signed!! I’ve made about half of the recipes so far. I love everything you guys do!!

  66. It would for sure be the book, if I didn’t already have it. But I’m really loving the cup, the towel, and the nail polish!

  67. I have bought 3 cute shirts in that beautiful minty green color and I just realized yesterday that I have no matching nail polish, so this is perfect! I would love everything though!

  68. I’m so excited for the book! But I’d also not be sad to have that sweet, sweet Target gift card. And the Kind bars. And the EOS lip balm. And the soap. Okay, all of it.

  69. Love this! Especially the target gift card, cuz ya just can’t go wrong with that and the cute band aids cuz usually I’ve got batman or ninja turtles covering my boo boos

  70. I would love the cute beach towel- I always want one but never justify the price when I have plenty non-cute ones I could use.

  71. Anything but the tumbler would be awesome since my kids broke mine, chocolate, ear plugs, anything would be awesome

  72. I’ve already got a cookbook and I love love love it! So far my fav recipe is the pb&j ice cream cookie sandwiches but I haven’t made it through everything yet so….I’ll bet there will be more favs!

  73. I love so many things in the bag but Target gift cards are great because they mean kid-free browsing and buying (like a 2 in 1 gift). Thanks!

  74. Everything looks amazing. The thing that really stands out for me and that I would love the most is the Hawaiian Tropic Coconut Papaya Lotion.

  75. I would LOVE to have your cookbook!!! I have also been wanting to try Kind Bars, but Logan doesn’t have a Target….WHY DOES LOGAN NOT YET HAVE A TARGET?!! Anyways, thanks for the giveaway!

  76. Oooo! Those Kind bars sound tasty. I’m always needing to find healthy, delicious snacks that curb my appetite for stuff that is too sweet. It all looks super fun.

  77. I don’t think I could pick just one thing I am looking forward too. Earplugs to drown out the shrieking of my four boys, the EOS, the Chocolate? Too many awesome products.

  78. I would love the tote bag! We are constantly on the go. It would be awesome just to keep that in the car full of snacks. Because my kids ALWAYS (and I mean always, as in every single time we get into the car) ask for something to eat. “I’m hungry!” “What do you have to eat?” EVERY. SINGLE. TIME!

  79. I would love the cookbook so I can give it to a friend (I have one already). And of course all the other things but who doesn’t love Target?!

  80. Honestly I want the tumbler, it’s so cute it might just get me to carry water around with me this summer 🙂

  81. The lotion, and the lip balm. Protection against the hot dry winds of summer where I live. Though I would welcome those truffles too.

  82. The tumbler. I don’t know why, and it seems silly, but I drink so much more water and my skin thanks me when I have a cute cup to drink from. The whole bag looks amazing, how nice of you ladies 🙂

  83. The earplugs, I have five boys 😉 Actually the coconut truffles look amazing and I would love to have your new cookbook!

  84. The hand soap and i-tunes gift card would be A MA ZING! After finding the project life app through you I want to buy ALL the kits! They are SO cute!!

  85. I have to admit that I am a beige band-aid Mom. They are just so practical. My daughters would appreciate me winning this and finally having some colorful, fun band-aids in the house. Who knows…I might go crazy and buy some at the store next time I’m there. Thanks for the giveaway!

  86. It’s a toss up between the awesome striped towel, the CHOCOLATE!, the cookbook, and the band aids (because who doesn’t like fun band aids1?).

  87. This looks like a fabulous giveaway! I really need to get my hands on your new cookbook. Of all the recipe sites, yours is the one I keep coming back to. Thanks for sharing your fabulousness!

  88. Oh, wow! I want everything! But I have been eyeing the tote bags for a while since I recently moved to the Seattle area but don’t have very many reusable shopping bags stocked up yet and so I carry my groceries out in my arms or in random Old Navy bags from my trunk. It’s a little tacky…. Also dying to try the coconut truffles!!

  89. I must look for those Kind bars on my next trip to Target, they look like something I would really like. Of course winning them would be better!

  90. I was just thinking today that I need a copy of your new book! My husband and I are trying to change some of our eating habits and it would be great to have a reference for some healthy meals. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  91. I would love the bag (b/c I love ALL bags), but I’m mostly intrigued by this flavor of Kind bars! I love Kind bars, but I don’t know how this flavor has escaped me. It sounds delicious!

  92. OMGosh! All of it…but the cookbook and Lindt coconut truffles have to top the list! What a wonderful gift basket! Thank You for the opportunity! :o)

  93. I’d love the cookbook (my mom and I have been eyeing it for a while, we have your other two) and a Target gift card is never a bad thing. 🙂

  94. This teacher would love this summer survival kit, after this long school year and taking 5 master classes this summer!

  95. To be completely honest I just really want to win so I can get something in the mail! I need some new music, so the iTunes gift card would be amazing.

  96. Ohhhhh, everything looks delightful. Just the thought of summer treats for me make me happy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  97. This isn’t sucking up…I want the cookbook! I have your other cookbooks, but not this one yet 🙂 I also LOVE those coconut truffles, and never seem to buy any just for myself! I always buy them to give to someone else :-O

  98. They are all so great, it’s hard to choose, but I’ll say your cookbook & the Kind bars….haven’t tried that flavor before.

  99. Yes, the coconut truffles. Of course. But that nail polish is really beautiful.
    Incidentally, my husb and I were in Costco yesterday and saw the 40 lb bulk size bag of those truffles, which I had to slap my own hand from picking up. That has bad news written all over it. One day I’ll try them. One day…

  100. One day, Kate, I will get to meet you and thank you for all the years of entertainment. I just love you! And I love everything in this cute bag. Thanks for your generosity!

  101. Ohmygosh Lindt makes chocolate coconut truffles?!?! You just made my week! I’ve been loving the chocolate-coconut almonds that I find at costco, but I would love the coconut flavor without the almond.

  102. I have the Kindle version of your new cookbook, but there’s just something about a hard copy of a cookbook. 🙂 I bought one of those cute bags for a graduation gift and I would love to have one myself. Thanks for the giveaway.

  103. May sound funny, but I would be most excited about the bandaids 🙂 With summer coming they will be much needed!

  104. I would love to try the chocolate coconut truffles. I have seen them mentioned by you before but have never found them where I live. 🙂 I love coconut and chocolate together! 🙂

  105. Let’s see – first we’ll start with sitting down polishing my toenails with that adorable color while I’m sipping my fruity drink in that very cool tumbler – after which I’ll be paging through that new cookbook of yours which (by the cover) I’m sure has some amazing recipes in it to whip up after my nails dry!

  106. I want the Target giftcard the most, because they have the best ice by the bag. Yeah, I’m picky and specific about the ice that goes into my tea.

  107. I have not heard of the coconut truffles before, would love to try them! And the kind bars, and I’m dying to get the cookbook too.

  108. I would want the book. I’ve been wanting that book for a very long time and I think it’s just what I need to make my summer perfect.

  109. I would soooo LOVE your cookbook and those coconut truffles! I tell everyone about your blog when I make your amazing cookie bars to share because every recipe I try on here is great! And I really have a chocolate addiction :/ you guys are amazing!

  110. Man I could use some happy after a rough first day of summer!! And by happy I mean chocolate — in the I have been dieting and not eating sugar kind of way. So the coconut truffles sound wonderful right now 🙂

  111. I already have the cookbook and i LOVE it, but my sister’s b-day is coming up so that would be a perfect gift for her. For me… those chocolates for sure!

  112. Fries, coconut, sea salt? What’s not to love! What a fun “welcome to summer” little surprise this would be!

  113. Everything looks great but The Eos Lip Balm caught my eye. I just recently tried another flavor of Eos and love it.

  114. I think the bag speaks to me most, even though I’ve been eyeing the cookbook for a while. The fun saying just makes me smile!

  115. I cant wait to get my hands on Our Best Bites cookbook. Can’t think of a better way to kick off the summer season than with your amazing tote that includes all this season’s essentials!

  116. I have been dying for the cookbook! I have the cookbook on my amazon wish list. I wish I could afford to buy the cookbook, since I have been trying to diet and eat healthy!

  117. I’ve been dying for your new cookbook! But the nail polish is also something I’ve been dying to try, a new color, out of the ordinary, and pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

  118. Your book! I have been wanting it for a while now but my husband is still a med student (one more year!) and I am trying to have some restraint 😉 .

  119. I want the lotion and the tumbler – both things I don’t have and probably wouldn’t buy for myself. Of course, you know I want the whole bag; I need this to survive summer!!!

  120. Anything to be consumed, so I’m all about the chocolate! Although I wouldn’t mind smelling like a tanning salon, either. Crossing my fingers!

  121. Ummm, the Kind bars – the target gift card, the truffles…do i HAVE to pick a fave?? you ladies are speaking my cracka-lackin’ lanuguage!