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Mooshka Sing Around the Rosie Doll {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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About my Ruby

A couple of years back when I found out that I was having a baby girl I was beyond ecstatic.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love all my children equally.  They each have their own unique qualities  and are so super sweet.  Basically I just love being their mommy!   *grin*   When Ruby came along I just knew that she and I would bond.  She would like all the things that I liked as a child.  She would like unicorn figurines.  She would like the creepy looking dolls that survived my childhood and were saved just for her.  She would like those plastic charm necklaces.  She would like to collect stickers in a sticker book.  She would like to get in shape girl.  Okay are you ready for a shocker?  I was a child of the 80’s.  I know.  You weren’t really able to figure that out already from my childhood likes list.  *wink*  Yes, Ruby was going to be just like me.  Exactly like me.  You know what?  She likes none of those things.  Not. At. All.  She likes music way more than I ever did.  The girl seriously walks around the house singing all day.  She likes super heroes, trains, and building blocks.  Basically anything and everything that her older brother likes.  She likes baby dolls that are so different than the ones of the 80’s.  They aren’t even remotely creepy looking!  Speaking of the dolls that she likes…

Combine her love of music with a cute doll and what do you get???

This adorable doll!

Here’s my Ruby playing ‘Ring around the Rosie’ with her new friend:

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Mooshka sent us her new friend and she has been having too much fun playing.  Banjo has even been joining in on the fun.  There are several “singing” dolls to choose from.  Each one just as cute as the next.  We have Lera and she’s perfect, because she resembles our little girl!

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And… I’m giving away a Lera Mooshka doll to one very lucky winner!

(Enter to win on the Rafflecopter below.)

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Monday, June 30th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by Mooshka, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

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Little Tikes Garden Chairs {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Can you tell that we like to read?

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Yes, we like to read lots.

All winter long and into the early spring we were shut ins around here.  So all of our reading took place indoors.  We didn’t even venture out to the library.  No siree.  Why is that?  First, it was super cold outside.  Second, it was super cold outside.  Third, it was super cold outside.  Okay you get the idea.  It was super cold outside.  Then… Don’t even get me started on the amount of snow that was dumped on us.  Loads and loads.  All winter long.  I thought that it would never end.  We even got a snow storm when I was postpartum in the hospital with Cache.  Oops. I think I must have left that out of Cache’s birth story.   Yes, I know that I forgot to put that part in.  Basically a HUGE snow storm decided to come rolling in the day after he was born and we weren’t sure if we were ever going to get to leave the hospital.  For some reason when it snows in St. Louis the ENTIRE city shuts down.  Does that happen in other cities?  Anyway, back to our love of books… Now that the weather is simply glorious outside (not too hot and not too humid yet) we can take our reading outdoors.

My friends over at Little Tikes sent Banjo and Ruby these adorable garden chairs.

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The chairs are the perfect size for their little tushies and are now their favorite reading spots in the backyard.

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I LOVE that my sweet littles LOVE books.

Now… for the giveaway!!!

The winner of this giveaway is going to

receive TWO garden chairs from Little Tikes

in the colors red and orange!

(Enter on the Rafflecopter below.)

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Monday, June 23rd and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by Little Tikes, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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Little Tikes Picnic Table {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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We finished our patio late in the season last year, so we didn’t really get to enjoy it before it started to snow.

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But this year we were ready for the spring and summer!  In fact we have been dining al fresco for quite a while now.

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That’s why when my friends over at Little Tikes  (Yes, I said LITTLE TIKES *squeal*) offered to send us a picnic table for our kiddos I jumped at the chance.  And of course you know what that means…  If I get one then one of YOU gets one, too!  *SQUEAL* from you, right?!

The Easy Store™ Picnic Table with Umbrella is amazing.  Seriously dandy.  As soon as it came Banjo had to open the box immediately.  He even starting dragging the pieces from the front entry to the back patio.  Fortunately for me it require no tools to put together.  I’m all about the ease of things like that.  The entire table just snaps together and the instructions were super easy to follow.

Here we are at snack time:

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And then dinner time with cousin H:littletikes

My kids cannot get enough of their new table!

What’s more???  It stores aways really dandily.

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And now… The moment you have all been waiting for…

The GIVEAWAY!!!

The winner of this giveaway is going to receive an…

Easy Store™ Picnic Table with Umbrella

from Little Tikes!

And the crowd goes wild!!!

(Enter on the Rafflecopter below.)

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Monday, June 16th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by Little Tikes, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Djubi {Review}

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Remember how I posted about those scary bunnies?  How I publicly aired my fears of creepy clowns and the Easter Bunny?  No?  You don’t remember?  I mean seriously.  How could you forget???  I’m still having nightmares about it.  This year the “bunny” brought Banjo the Original Djubi Game. (Thank you, Djubi for sending us this dandy toy for the boy’s Easter basket.) catch6   If you are looking for a fun backyard game then here it is.  This is it.   Good thing I’m posting this just in time for summer, eh? original-djubi-game

Banjo and Ruby both love it.

Here they are showing their Boompa how it’s done:

catch5 catch This is at my parents house.  Don’t they have the coolest setup with that lake behind their house?!  My kids love spending time out there. Djubi is perfect for teaching kids of all ages how to aim and catch.  Adults like it, too! catch2 catch3 The Djubi ball has a band on it that when hooked on the handle and pulled back will then soar through the air for the other player to catch.  Such a unique concept and fun for all ages!

Go HERE for the stores where you can find Djubi!

*This posting and review are sponsored by Djubi, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Fash’Ems {Review}

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My girl, Ruby loves her some My Little Pony.  When she talks about them it’s, “My Pony” this and “My Pony” that.  She ALWAYS leaves out the mention of “Little”.  The girl knows what she wants and she knows what’s hers.    I must admit that I cried real tears of nostalgia when I realized that the My Little Pony of today is so very different that the My Little Pony of my past.  I’m talking the My Little Pony of the 80’s.  What happened to those ponies???  It’s a good thing that my girl is in love with these ponies, because it takes away the pains of a childhood lost.  I’ll admit that the look is growing on me…  Probably because Ruby thinks they are sooooo very dandy!

How can I not begin to feel this way when they make her so happy?

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She received an entire fleet of Fash’Ems for this review and she was definitely not disappointed.

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What are Fash’Ems, you ask?  Well, for starters they are squishy.  They aren’t going to break or get scratched up the way a lot of other toys do.  And… They stretch!

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The ponies come in these adorable little capsules in hot pink.  We had an absolute fun time playing hide and seek with them in the backyard!

In addition to My Little Pony there are these characters:

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Doesn’t Hello Kitty look adorable?

Some of the sets even come with crowns and other accessories to dress the characters!

Fun times for my little Ruby!

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This review was sponsored by Tech4Kids, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Squashed {Giveaway} Closed

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You might say we have a fair amount of board games. You might even say we’ve played a lot of board games. We like to have fun, that’s what we say! Whether we’re playing at home just the two of us or getting together with friends for a game night, My Man J and I are always keeping an eye out for a new game to add into the mix. At first when PlaSmart sent me Squashed I thought it would be all too easy and there wouldn’t be any thrill or thought to it. How wrong I was! Let me give you a run down of this game and see what you think of it. PlaSmartLogo-1024x427 Their mission states “(PlaSmart Inc.) seeks out interesting, one-of-a-kind toys that meet its ‘smart and simple’ philosophy and avoids toys that are difficult to understand or operate.” I would have to say that this game totally lives up to that! The content is basic and the instructions are simple. IMG_4463 Squashed is for ages 6 and up. The ‘board’ of this game is actually a large, grey cube with holes in it. One side opens so you can store all of the other pieces inside of it. Also included are a felt playing mat to rest the cube on, instructions, a 6 sided die, and 16 pegs in 4 colors. You can play with 2,3 or 4 players. I’m so glad you can play with 2, finding games for 2 or more players can be difficult. IMG_4469 The whole object of the game is to be the last pawn standing. You roll the dice to determine the amount of moves you get to make. With each turn you take you can squash pawns into the cube or make your way to the king. IMG_4471 If you make it to the king you get to flip the cube and squash all of the pawns on one side into the cube! Some times you have to sacrifice your own pawns to win! There was more than one point in the game that I was sure I had My Man J bested, then the cube would flip and I’d be in a bad way. IMG_4478 Pros:

  • There is a lot of replay value on this game. We only played with 2 but I’m sure when adding more players it would get even more intense!
  • This game is really simple to get the hang of. I think younger children could definitely learn to play quickly. It also gives you the opportunity to add some strategy, so I think it’s great for adults as well.
  • One round of this game can be quick. With just two of us playing it only took us about 10 minutes to complete one round using two colors a piece (a recommended way to play with 2 players).

Cons:

  • The cube was a little hard to open at first, but now that we’ve opened it over and over it’s getting easier to manage.
  • One round of this game can be quick. This can also be a con if you’re looking for a more competitive game and want to spend a half an hour or more playing one round.

Overall I like this game. It’s different and gives you the opportunity to be strategic or you can play relaxed. You can play it with your young children or take it to your next game night. It’s definitely worth having in a game collection.

The winner of this giveaway will receive one Squashed game to add to their game collection!

 

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 30th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by PlaSmart Inc., but all opinions are my own.

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One Small Child $50 Gift Certificate {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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The little guy is 3-months today.  Wow.  That went by fast!  I still haven’t given you his birth story.  In time.  In time.  🙂   Definitely before he turns one.  Deal?  His birth was a very memorable one (remember only 5 minutes after we got to the hospital), so it will not be forgotten anytime soon.  😉  Tomorrow he will be given a name (for the records of our church) and a blessing.  We kept him home from church for a while, because of cold/flu season.  It’s safe to take him now.  So it’s time to get this boy blessed!  When I was searching around for a little blessing outfit for him I came across One Small Child.  This shop is known for their christening gowns.  It’s no wonder that they have so many different styles to choose from.

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 Each one more gorgeous than the next.

 

Did you know that One Small Child has more than just blessing outfits?  It’s true.  So very true.  One Small Child actually sent us this adorably dandy gift set for our newest arrival:

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Isn’t it adorable???  The older two are certainly having a blasts playing with the new baby.  And Banjo…  Well, he claimed that little blue suitcase for his very own.  It’s the perfect size for him to keep all of his treasures in.

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The winner of this giveaway is going to receive a $50 gift

certificate to spend at One Small Child!

(Enter on the Rafflecopter below.)

*This giveaway is open to entries worldwide!
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 12th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by One Small Child, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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Kate & Levi {Review}

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Sock puppets: the easiest way to put on a show with minimal materials, preparation, or creativity 🙂

MainAll you need is the sock off your foot, but if you REALLY want to impress your kids and put on the puppet show of a lifetime, you’ll visit Kate & Levi and pick out some of the most adorable sock puppets you’ve ever seen!

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Are these not the most amazing recycled creations you’ve seen?!  Don’t you want to start collecting EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of them!?  Start saving up because there are 38 different styles, and chances are, you’ll want them all.

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In fact, it might have!  Each product is made from reclaimed wool whose colors and textures are individually selected.  All the materials are sourced as close to home (Toronto, Canada) as possible, which also cuts shipping costs and reduces their carbon footprint.  Last year alone, they saved over 20,000 pounds of sweaters from becoming waste.

uni1Rocket is best buds with this mystical creature.  Since every toy, stuffed animal, and puppet from Cate & Levi is created to be unique, each toy has a unique color combination.  How personal and exciting to be surprised as to what color combinations you will actually get!  This friend is 12″ tall, which fits well on toddler arms as well as adults.  The inside is roomy enough for an adult hand and arm to fit inside, while still being not too big or floppy for a child.

IMG_0469I love all the details!  These are VERY well made, with fine attention to details.  As far as hand puppets go, this is supreme, and quite indestructible.  No stringy hair to contain, no removable parts, and nothing scratchy or breakable.  Toys that will last a lifetime is what I’m all about.

If  you’d love to get your hands on one of these charming, upcycled, colorful handpuppets, visit Kate & Levi and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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The Loomy Awards!

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I am so excited to introduce to you Dandy Giveaway Fans about the First Annual Loomy Awards!

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You know all those fun rubber band bracelets that your kids and their friends are constantly wanting to make or wearing? It’s honestly the new trend with them now and they are loving it! Well, the Loom Boom was invented so your child can have somewhere to store all those rubber band bracelets instead of lying them around the house for your baby to chew on or the dog or vacuum to swallow up. Genius!

Well, Loom Boom has decided to start their  First Annual Loomy Awards!

The Loomy Awards are sponsored by The Original Loom Boom, a first-of-its kind product intended to organize, display, transport and share your loom bracelet creations. Winners will be chosen from four categories: Best Bracelet, Coolest Charm, Wackiest Wearable, and Best Loom Boom. Three winners will each receive a $250 gift card, and one grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card! Plus, all winners will receive a special edition of The Original Loom Boom! Entries can be submitted on The Original Loom Boom’s Facebook page beginning on March 30, 2014, and winners will be announced on a live web award show April 30, 2014.

I personally think this is such a fun contest for kids. It really brings their creativity side to life and allows them to become self motivated to do something just for them.

So, hurry up and get your kids going on their rubber band bracelets and send the pictures over to The Original Loom Boom’s facebook page. Lots of amazing prices for the top three winners!!

And then head on back April 10th because we are giving away one Original Loom Boom to one Dandy Giveaway Fan!

 

The Roll-Along-Bear Shape Sorter by Manhattan Toy – CLOSED

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Happy Thanksgiving!!  I hope you all are eating amazing food and enjoying the company of family and friends!

Here’s another tip on a fantastic Christmas gift for any baby or toddler on your list over 12m+.  “Little Brother” got to test out this Roll-Along-Bear Shape Sorter from Manhattan Toy, and if he could talk real words, I’m sure he’d be raving just as much as I’m about to!

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Manhattan Toy, as you probably read in this week’s Motorworks giveaway, is a little Santa’s workshop.  They carry dozens and dozens of games, dress-up clothes, dolls and accessories, wooden vehicles, puppets, stuffed animals, etc.  Their collection of developmental toys for babies is impressive, and this Shape Sorter is one of their best.

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The Roll-Along-Bear Shape Sorter is PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT for my little crazy boy.  This was a home run straight out of the box.

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I kept thinking about how this toy is extremely age appropriate for an 18-month old.  Because he was immediately able to pull it around by the string, we was instantly interacting with it, without being frustrated by any of the other intricate parts first off.  As his interest grew, he started tackling the blocks and figuring out how they fit.

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Around and around the room he went, pleased with himself and happy about his new toy.  This will be a hard toy to hide away until Christmas.

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Visit Manhattan Toy and check out their holiday collection of fabulous toys!

The Rolling Bear Shape Sorter is sold for $28 at manhattantoy.com, and one is being given away today!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Dec 9th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

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