Alpina Restart

Yes, I am exactly this glamorous each morning.

Every day I eat the same thing for breakfast: Yogurt with granola. After 2 cups of coffee, getting Roan off to school, kissing the handsome baby-daddy goodbye, and getting the twins so milk-drunk they pass out, I finally have time to eat breakfast on my own. I also add dried cranberries and fresh blueberries to it and a little bit of milk. And now you know what my favorite meal is. I love yogurt. My weirdo secret is that sometimes it will be the foundation of what I eat, all day. I’ll have my normal breakfast. Then eat yogurt with bananas for lunch. Then if the boys are gone or eating something I cannot stand (we have drastically different tastes, my husband and I: Exhibit A – hotdogs. No way. I cannot. But I try to be tolerant of those who can), I’ll grab yet another bowl of yogurt and maybe top it off with toast. If you are a nutritionist please do not analyze this diet. It’s just….I’ll say it again….I do love yogurt.

Keep reading for a chance to win a $200 Visa Gift Card. That’s cool, no?

Yogurt + Granola = TLF

You know what else I’m a fan of? Good causes. For instance – the Women in Need charity, which provides safe and clean housing for homeless women and their children. Can you imagine anything worse than wondering if you can provide a place for your child to sleep at night? I cannot imagine a feeling that would be worse. So this organization makes sense to me as one I would love to support. Continue reading to find out how you can help Women in Need, and also possibly win a $100 Visa Gift Card.

Serendipitously, Women in Need and Alpina Yogurt (Visit their official page) have made their way into my life in an intertwined way. Alpina is launching a new line of 0% fat yogurt with low fat granola mix-ins called Restart. They’re combining this launch with a marketing campaign to raise awareness for the Women in Need project, and are donating money to support the cause. This is where you and I can help.

Alpina’s Restart campaign to help Women in Need is called “Make a Wish for Women”. All it takes to get a donation sent in is to log in on this facebook page, or on twitter with the hashtag #wishforwomen. Write a wish – anything will do – aim for the stars. What do you wish for every woman? Write it down, and for every wish they receive, Alpina will make a donation.


There’s also an interactive element that all my NYC people (or tourists who are visiting) can enjoy. For every wish entered, a live butterfly will be released into a “Wish Space”, on Park Avenue South and 28th Street. This space is a butterfly habitat people can visit, which also has a video mirror that will simulate butterflies landing on a person when they’re in front of it. This smacks of very exciting entertainment for the wee ones, and a great opportunity to introduce children to a conversation about helping others.

But. Wait.

Is their yogurt even any good? Well citizens I’m happy to report that as your newly and duly elected yogurt aficionado expert, yes it is. It is very good. My family received a sample pack and Roan – who is wary of any yogurt that is not technicolored in some hue that does not occur in nature – he loved the very simple Vanilla flavor. Each pack of Restart yogurt comes with a package of granola that is apparently quite fun for seven-year-old boys to rip open and pour. I’m not saying that results in a clean setting to eat. I am saying it tastes great and brought smiles to my family.

Admire the yogurt.

Add the granola to the yogurt

Spill plenty on the table around you

Stir in and enjoy!

Your caveman could enjoy this as well!

Here’s the startling reveal: even Anson liked it. Have I mentioned that he recoils from anything/everything that even suggests its fat content has been reduced? Anson loves fat. Full-on-fat. Just in case caveman days come back into vogue and he needs to use his body hair and fat layer to keep warm, I guess. But the big man loved the yogurt and the granola and declared his favorite to be Peach. Very un-caveman like, if you ask me.

I also favored the Peach flavor and that’s why I am married to that caveman. We sometimes have things in common. But I truly did enjoy each flavor: Vanilla, Peach, Strawberry and Blueberry. And the granola that comes packaged with it is not too sweet which I love.

So readers: want to win a $200 Visa Gift Card? Leave me a comment letting me know this: what is your wish for women? It can be grand or small. Leave it here, and then leave it (or a different wish) on twitter or facebook to make a donation to the “Make a Wish for Women” campaign. Just do so between 06/20 – 07/31. OK?

Are there rules? Duh.


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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

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The Official Rules are available here.

Then go get yourself some yogurt and think of me.

56 thoughts on “Alpina Restart

  1. I wish for one “simple” thing: equality with regards to health care. in many cases it costs $30 to get a vasectomy, but hundreds for any sort of voluntary female sterilization…not to mention how few doctors will actually perform the surgery! and getting an IUD is just as hard! it severely limits hormone-free birth control options for those of us who are simply sick of being on the drugs.

  2. I wish that women could be free from the ridiculous expectations that society/the media infuses into life on a daily, hourly, minute-ly (it could be a word) basis. It’s everywhere and it’s effecting so many woman in unhealthy and hurtful ways.

  3. I wish women realized how powerful they are. (No body got here without the effort of one…) Then I’d wish we all got to enjoy the ride.

  4. I wish all women to have the honest right to life, liberty and the pursuit to receive the equality we deserve because simply put, we keep the wheels greased and this world in motion!

  5. I wish that all women were confident in their abilities and strength. All of us have the potential to change our lives and the world if we just see that it’s possible.

  6. I wish that women didn’t require sleep every night. Of course, I love my bed and wouldn’t want to give that up completely, but I often think how much I could get done if I could work all night while the rest of the house was sleeping.

  7. My wish for women would be what I wish for everyone – to be treated with respect and allowed to be whatever they wanted to be.

  8. My wish for women is that each of us has a community–large or small–that gives us support through all of the challenges we face, as well as all of the good stuff too.

  9. I wish all women open carried and would stop allowing themselves to be victims.

  10. My wish for women – that we were as good at taking care of ourselves as we are at taking care of others.

  11. I wish for access to healthcare for myself and all women (and all people.)

  12. I wish for women to have peace, happiness and be treated with respect and equality

  13. I wish for women to feel free to do/be whatever they would like!


  14. I wish women would be confident enough in their position in life that they could start being supportive of men.

  15. I wish that not one single woman is ever abused again. Physically, mentally or emotionally.

  16. I wish women could embrace their bodies instead of constantly scrutinizing them.

  17. I wish for respect for women. Too many people today don’t have respect for anyone, much less the women they come in contact with.

  18. My wish for women is that we all respect ourself, bodies & know that we are all beautiful no matter what society may protray as beauty. LOVE YOURSELVES LADIES! 🙂


  19. I wished at Alpina’s FB page that no girl or woman would ever be sexually or physically abused again.

  20. my wish for women is that we all have the courage to stand up to anyone who ever harms us or tries to get in our way of doing great things

  21. I wish all women had equal rights, and most importantly that they knew their worth. That they are priceless and that they run the world…(like Beyonce says!) 😀

  22. I wish for women to feel and be secured both financially and safe from violence.

  23. My wish is that we will one day reach a point when we will have “wishes for mankind”. Imagine a world where your gender, religion, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation is not relavant. A day when WE strive for goals for the WHOLE. Ah, that is my heartfelt wish.

  24. my wish is for good health and better coverage for womens health issues
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  25. My wish for women is that they would learn to accept other women and not be so judgmental towards other females.

  26. My wish for women is that a cure for breast cancer is found in the near future.

  27. My wish for women and girls is use smarter on-line techniques especially on FBook and not become a statistic…most importantly set those privacy settings…don’t openly post when you’re out of town…you may think you know your friends but some stalkers/murders/predators have been the guys next door!!

  28. As a long-time feminist, my wish for women is equality. I want my children to grow up in a world where feminism is obsolete.

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