Win A Backpack And A $20 Panera Gift Card!

CONTESTS, REVIEWS, REVIEWS & CONTESTS | | August 10, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Contest closed!

Congratulations Jessica!

While I was at Evo Conference I came across the company Whoops Bunny. The idea behind the “whoops” had me interested. Working on the angle that little accidents and imperfections are ok in life is what drew me to the brand. I used to be a perfectionist at one time, then I had kids, and when I thought I could swing the perfectionist angle I discovered it did not mesh well with having a special needs child. Thus I have learned less frustration by going with the flow. The fact that these guys make quality products is an added bonus.

We got to take the backpack for a spin and I loved the fact that it felt padded and yet had no yucky odor that normally goes with bags with similar materials. They donate 1% of their sales to the planet and are eco-friendly in their production, materials and packaging. That should make you happy but the sweet designs should make your kiddo too.

Well how about a backpack to start your littlest ones off on the academic journey? You can win any of the 2 backpacks pictured below (your choice).

But wait, we need something more right? How about a Panera gift card? I have been a big fan of Panera from my pre-kids and pre-marriage days. I am a mom who is not perfect about food with kids but scoffs at all that nonsense served up in the guise of “kids menu”.  So whether you want to have a place you stop by to get a wholesome meal for your child or yourself Panera has something to offer. Sadly a place that bakes its own bread always gets me excited and I end up eating and eating.

The kid’s menu is real, with real cheese and organic yogurt. So whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner – or even something in between you can shop by for a meal that is not fast food. The chai is to die for but my personal favorite thing about Panera? Free wi-fi, yeah I am a geek and proud of it. You can win a $20 gift card to Panera! See details below.

Want to win the backpack of choice (valued at $25.99) from above and a $20 Panera gift card to go with? Seriously how awesome a prize can you get?

To win just leave a comment  what will you buy from Panera and for who.

Contest closes 15th August 2010 . To earn extra entries, after you have left a comment, do one of the following, but make sure you leave a separate comment entry for each extra thing you do. This gives you additional ways to win the contest. Please do not leave email addresses in the comments section.

  • Subscribe to Mommy Niri (and verify the subscription to be valid) and leave a separate comment that you did. Already a subscriber (thank you) then leave a comment stating you are
  • Retweet (use the green retweet button, on top  of the post, for easy access)

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Disclosure: I received backpack sample and Panera gift card to review. The companies are providing these fabulous prizes.


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    Amber Smith says:

    Mmmm, Panera!! I would buy lots of their artisan breads like the sundried tomato one and some of those tasty bagels. As a matter of fact I think I would just stay there all day and pig out :)

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    Amber Smith says:

    I’m a subscriber

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    Amber Smith says:

    asmithonline at yahoo dot ca

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    Crystal says:

    yay we LOVE panera! I will probably buy the broccoli and cheese soup and turkey sandwich on country bread! SO yummy! =) I usually take my two daughters with me!

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    Crystal says:

    Subscriber =)

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    Lori Goldstein says:

    I would buy a sourdough bread bowl and share the soup of the day in it with my mom who has been diagnosed with dimentia. She loves eating out and Panera would a new adventure for her.

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    John says:

    Soup in bread bowls for my family

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    Natalia D says:

    Probably nice danish sweets for my kids

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    SANDY says:

    we always get the brocolli and cheese soup and some type of fresh bread- depending on what hits our peak

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    karen M says:

    Lunch with kids and having the kids Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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    karen M says:


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    Rebecca Graham says:

    I will buy a Cuban Chicken Panini and a cup of their good coffee for myself.

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    Ann F says:

    I would like to take Panera’s Low-Fat Chicken Torilla soup to my inlaws when we visit.

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    Ann F says:

    I’m an email subscriber

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    Amber G says:

    I would get Grilled Cheese for my daughter and the new Cuban Chicken Panini for myself!

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    Amber G says:

    I retweeted and my Twitter ID is @AmberGoo:

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    Jessica says:

    I love Panera’s chicken and wild rice soup with a baguette on the side. I’d be selfish and use the $20 for myself. :)

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    Jessica says:

    I am an email subscriber. Thank you for the opportunity. :)

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    Angie B. says:

    I’d buy my son Peanut Butter & Jelly. This is his favorite sandwich any time of the day.

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    Angie B. says:

    Subscribe via email.

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    amy warren says:

    i would get my kids all the kids deli sadwich with turkey, an i would get the turkey artichoke panini for myself. yum!

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    Maureen says:

    I love their wild rice chicken soup that is available on certain days and my husband loves their Frontega chicken sandwich. So this would be a meal out for us.

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    amy warren says:

    i subscribe.

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    Amanda Starr says:

    Well my daughter likes to order “grown up” food now instead of off the kids menu so I think she would like the Bacon Turkey Bravo (which does sound yummy!!)

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    Amanda Starr says:


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    Leslie Price says:

    Ooh, this is an easy question- I’ll buy a Smokehouse Turkey Panini and some French Onion Soup and it’ll be all for ME! :)

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    Erika says:

    I love Panera :) I would buy a nice big salad and some organic mac and cheese for mty little one

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    The cream of broccoli soup in bread bowls for me and my family!

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    Erika says:


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    NJJ says:

    I’d buy the Panera Bread bread bowls with soup in them for me and my best friend!

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    NJJ says:

    Mommy Niri email subscriber

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    NJJ says:

    Follow you on twitter @wildorchids09 and Tweeted

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    Jessie C. says:

    My family likes their Panini, great to get some treats together.

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    Jessie C. says:

    I’m a subscriber.

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    A. Sorvig says:

    I would get egg souffles for my great husband. They are delicious, and I wish I knew how to make this little puffs of Yum at home.

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    A. Sorvig says:

    I subscribed! Thank you.

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    Adrienne gordon says:

    I’d get the broccoli and cheese soup and a tuna sandwich wrap.

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    I’d buy some pastries and coffee for me, my Mom and Dad.

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    Im an email subscriber.

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    Debbie W. says:

    email subscriber

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    Debbie W. says:

    Mmmm…Brocolli and cheddar soup.

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    Sarah Hirsch says:

    my kids love the asiago cheese bread from panera. i like the tomato soup in a bread bowl.

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    Jeff says:

    I would buy a gift card for my mom.

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    Monique Rizzo says:

    I love ther Tomato and Mozzerella Panini and I would buy it for ME!
    Thanks for the chance.

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    Velvet Hubler says:

    I would buy the Cuban Chicken Panini for my fiance he love them.

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    Velvet Hubler says:

    I Subscribe to Mommy Niri

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    Janna M says:

    I would take my mother-in-law out for lunch.

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    Janna M says:

    I am an email subscriber.

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    McKim says:

    I would like to try their Grilled Chicken Caesar salad.

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    Sheri says:

    Panera is definitely my family’s fast-casual hot spot because of its freshly prepared choices and addictive bread bowls that stay crusty on the outside while getting all squishy and soppy with yummy soup on the inside – good to the last crumb! My 2.75 year old toddler seems to have a hollow leg these days, so he’d most likely scarf down all the melted cheesy goodness on top of the french onion soup in a bread bowl, then progress to devouring the entire bread bowl as well. He’d go on to “share” (aka steal) my husband’s turkey artichoke panini along with the pickle, and then try to take away his caramel smoothie, first & foremost the whipped cream. I’d watch the commotion while shaking my head and munching on my favorite salad: strawberry & poppyseed with chicken. On the way out, my little one might start a tantrum bc he’d see the muffins and the bear claw and want to take one for the road, so I might buy him a fruit cup as a distraction and then end up eating it all myself. YUM :)

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    Sheri says:

    I am a Mommy Niri Subscriber.

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    DJ says:

    I will buy bagels for the family to snack on while the Sunday brunch is being prepared!

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    Charlotte says:

    I like Paneras breakfast sandwiches and pastries.

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    Gina says:

    Bagels and cream cheese and the muffin tops for my family. They love them!

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    Gina says:

    I am an email subscriber.

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    I don’t eat much at Panera, but I’ll definitely take the backpack for dear Meera :-)

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    Elizabeth says:

    I would choose the broccoli cheddar soup.

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    Elizabeth says:

    email subscriber

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    Kelly Ann T. says:

    I would buy bagels for our adult student study group.

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    Linda Lansford says:

    I will Specialty Breads
    Asiago Cheese for me

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    Neeta says:

    I would buy soup and sandwich for me-yummo!, and asiago bagels for everyone at home.

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    Neeta says:

    I am a subscriber

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    Sam says:

    Bagels for the whole family.

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    TRACY HEYER says:

    bagels with cream chesse

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    TRACY HEYER says:

    subscriber by email

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    Nancy says:

    I’d treat my friend to our favorite Panera salad for lunch before she goes back to teaching school this year. With the remainder of the gift card, I’d buy Cinnamon Crunch Bagels for our family at home!

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    Nancy says:

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

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    chris says:

    a sourdough bread bowl for me

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    Stephanie V. says:

    Napa Almond Chicken Salad signature sandwich
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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    Vicky H. says:

    I won’t lie. I’d get myself a bunch of baked goods over some time while attending classes. I love their Pumpkin Muffies~

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    Sarah Denton says:

    Mmm Chocolate Fudge Brownie or ciabatta bread

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    Clarissa says:

    I love Panera but never get to go because I always have 5 children with me and its too expensive to go….so I would give the gift cert to my husband…he loves their chicken wild rice soup in a bread bowl and goes all the time!

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    Reginald S says:

    Sorry kids but dad is treating himself to a Chipotle Chicken combo!

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    Debbie Welchert says:

    It would be brocoli and cheese soup and a ham and cheese sandwich for myself and my grandson.

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    Debbie Welchert says:

    Email subscriber

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    Denise B. says:

    I would get the “Asiago Roast Beef” sandwich for myself! :)

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    Linda says:

    I would share with my daughter, we love Panera, I would get the bread bowl with black bean soup!

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    Rachel G says:

    I will buy the you pick two lunch for my mom and myself. I would probably get the chicken salad and chicken noodle soup :)

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    Rachel G says:

    email subscriber – rboo224ATgmailDOTcom

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    evelyn says:

    The space bunny is amazing

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    Cheryl says:

    I would get the Cinnamon Crunch bagel with cream cheese and a cup of coffee for breakfast. Thanks!

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    I’d get a bread bowl with one of their yummy soups!

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    email subscriber

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    hj says:

    I would take my favorite coworker out for lunch and get the half-sandwich, half-salad with the turkey sandwich and greek salad. yum!

    hmcnaron at gmaildotcom

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    Valerie says:

    I would take my friend out for lunch, she’s been cooped up studying for weeks for the MCAT next week.

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    Vickie Couturier says:

    I would take my littlest grandson out to lunch,he is upset because his brother is going to school an he isnt old enought yet,an Id get him a Grilled Cheese off the kids menu

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    Vickie Couturier says:

    email subscriber

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    Marilyn Wons says:

    I would buy the Toffee Nut Cookies for Me!!!!

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    Suzanne K says:

    I get the Jalapeño & Cheddar Bagel Breakfast Sandwich for ME!!!!

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    Tabathia B says:

    I would get my daughter the grilled cheese
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Tabathia B says:

    email subscriber
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Cynthia C says:

    I usually order the You Pick Two from the Panera menu for myself.

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    Louis says:

    I would take my husband on a lunch date – I heard about their great tasting sandwiches

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    Louis says:

    I subscribed to your feed via mail (same as in my profile / this post)

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    julia says:

    Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil salad – for a friend

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    julia says:

    email subscriber

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    I would get the soup in a bread bowl for my daughter!

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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    Janice says:

    I’d buy the Pecan Roll for my mom :)

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    Mel says:

    I would take my husband. His birthday is coming up and this would be perfect. I would order the smokehouse turkey sandwich and chicken noodle soup.

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    Katie R. says:

    I would buy the Tomato & Mozzarella Panini for my mom.

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    Viva says:

    I love Panera Bagels…for the whole family.

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    janna says:

    I would buy a smokehouse turkey panini for my hubby!
    Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

    Janna Johnson

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    Kathy S says:

    I’d take my little granddaughter to Panera’s because we will just have to celebrate her first day of pre-school with her favorite…a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup!

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    Paula Hafner says:

    I would get Pumpkin and Chocolate Muffins to share with my husband and kids. If there was any money left, I would get dome oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

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    danielle says:

    I would take my daughter for the grilled cheese, I would have a greek salad.

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    rebecca says:

    I would take myself for the soup in a bread bowl and the greek salad.

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    taylors says:

    Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake for Annie my shadow!

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    Jennifer R says:

    I would buy some of their Cinnamon Crunch bagels for my family to enjoy on a Sunday morning.

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    Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I will get a chocolate pastry for myself, and a cheese pastry for my husband. Thanks!

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    Amy Delong says:

    my kids love there grilled cheese!

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    Pinkerbelle says:

    I’d buy Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake;
    (it’s a treat I usually LOVE to make—)
    but with the heat of summer
    it’s too hot to bake…
    and for the family reunion
    it’d be something MARVELOUS to take!

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    Debra F says:

    I would get their bagel bundles (with lots of asiago cheese and cinnamon bagels) that comes with a baker’s dozen and two containers of cream cheese and bring it to the office to share with my friends! We love Panera

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    Susan Smith says:

    I’d take my husband out for breakfast and get some of their yummy pecan rolls

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    Diane Baum says:

    I will buy two bagels, their wonderful greek salad and two expressos for my hubby and me

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    Annette D says:

    Panera Bread is one of our favorite restaurants! I would take my sons out to lunch and we would have our usual, I would have the black bean soup, my oldest son would have mac and cheese and my youngest son would have the potato soup in a bread bowl.

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    Sarah Z says:

    Bagels for me – yum!

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    Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    We’d get their bagels!!

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    Pamela S says:

    My son & I love Turkey Artichoke Sandwiches from panera, so I’d get both of us one. Thanks.

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    chastidy says:

    I would by myself some Broccoli and Cheddar soup :)

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    lknott says:

    Love Panera chicken salad. Any of their sandwiches are quick and delicious to grab and go. Would love the GiftCard and a Backpack is always put to good use at our house. Want to Win!!!!

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    Auriette says:

    At Panera, I would buy myself the You Pick 2 with the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad and the Black Bean Soup.

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    Gianna says:

    Sour dough bread for me :)

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    Mary-Frances C. says:

    I would buy a Chipotle Chicken Sandwich for myself, and some Signature Mac n Cheese for my daughters.
    mommieseatsoggycereal at gmail dot com