Enter my Crayola Summer Fun GIVEAWAY!

July 20, 2012 by  
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We LOVE Crayola here and the kids use their products all the time! We are also going on a LONG car ride this summer (to get to our favorite place in Maine) and we were very lucky to be sent an amazing assortment of Crayola products perfect for travel! I am extra excited because I can give my 3 year old Color Wonder products to use and won’t have to worry about her making a big mess in my recently shampooed minivan (she is quite a messy kid and normally that’s okay but I REALLY want to keep the minivan clean)! It works out perfectly that both girls sit next to each other and can share all of the Color Wonder products and the boys (both older) can share all of the Crayola Dry Erase products in the back row! It is one less thing to stress about for me because I now have some car distractions stashed away and I am not letting the kids see them until they need a surprise mid-travel! THANK YOU CRAYOLA!

As Crayola helps keep your kids occupied in the backseat this summer, you can enjoy the ride because Crayola Color Wonderproducts are made to let kids express themselves without making a mess.

  • With over 10 feet of coloring, the compact Color Wonder On the Go Tiny Tube lets kids tear off a perforated activity page for magical coloring fun at home or on the road.  The tube fits in the cup holder of a car and can store the included markers inside, making it a perfect on-the-go activity. Adhesive-backing allows paper to stay in place while coloring so kids can easily create anything imaginable.
  • Bring your friends on the road with the Disney and Barbie Crayola Color Wonder Mini Coloring Pad and Markers. With more pages than ever, kids will enjoy coloring a variety of pictures featuring some of their favorite characters. These fun coloring pads are also available in mini sizes that are perfect for tucking into a bag and bring them with you wherever you go.
  • Get back to basics and allow kids to draw what they see outside their car window or daydream and draw whatever they imagine with the Color Wonder Coloring Pad. Kids will be entertained in the back seat with 5 sheets of Color Wonder paper and 2 Color Wonder Markers that only leave a mark on special Color Wonder paper.

Create, erase, and create again with Crayola Dry Erase products that allow kids to unleash their inner artist over and over without carrying around hundreds of sheets of paper.

  • You’ll be all packed up and ready to go with the Crayola Dry Erase Travel Pack that features a dry erase surface, along with dry erase crayons, an eraser and a sharpener to help sustain hours of fun. Take out the game and activity templates and let kids challenge each other to different games using vibrant, washable markers.
  • Everyone can get in the game with the Crayola Dry Erase Zany Play that comes with four bullet tip dry erase markers and boards that your family can use to play games like tic-tac-toe, the dot game and mazes.

The lucky winner’s Crayola Summer Fun gift pack will contain (all the same great items that we got to review!):

  • Crayola Color Wonder On the Go Tiny Tubes
  • Color Wonder Coloring Pad
  • Color Wonder Barbie Mini Coloring Pad and Markers
  • Color Wonder Drawing Pad and Markers
  • Dry Erase Travel Pack
  • Dry Erase Zany Play
  • Princess and the Frog Mess Free Color Wonder Activity Sets

Here are some Crayola links for you to check out:


  • Leave me a comment letting me know if your kids like to color in the car
  • One entry per person and US mailing addresses only
  • CONTEST ENDS Tuesday July 31, 2012



Disclosure:  The information, products and additional Crayola Summer Fun gift pack was provided by Crayola® through MyBlogSpark.

Pillsbury Baguette Chips! Enter below to win some bags.

July 19, 2012 by  
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I know warm weather is supposed to make people crave ice cream but I’ve been craving salty crunchy things since spring. Flavored chips have not been lasting long here so I was very eager to try these new Pillsbury Baguette Chips! We all liked both the Italian Cheese & Herb flavor and the Cheddar Sundried Tomato flavor. I was thinking just John and I would like these but all four PICKY kids liked both flavors! In my mind these seemed like grown up snacks but we ended up having to share. I suppose they come closest to a bagel chip of anything I’ve had before but they are more bite sized. Very yummy! We were sent six bags but they are now gone 🙁 I get to give six bags away to someone though 🙂



ENTER TO WIN 3 bags of Italian Cheese & Herb AND 3 bags of Sundried Tomato Baguette Chips:

  • Leave me a comment letting me know which flavor appeals to you the most
  • One entry per person, US mailing addresses only
  • Contest ends Tuesday July 31, 2012

Disclosure:  The product, gift pack, information, and additional sample have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

General Mills cereals have Curvy Straws inside, WIN a prize package!

May 19, 2012 by  
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We are big General Mills fans here! I’m slow with this review but wow is spring BUSY! Crazy but good crazy. So that’s also my excuse why cereal is not just for breakfast anymore, we’ve had cereal nights when our schedule gets too insane with sports and activities. Of course no complaints when I offer the kids Cheerios for dinner and soon school will be out and summer laziness will be very welcome. Here is a little info from General Mills about the new CURVY STRAWS inside specially marked boxes (my kids love them in their cups or for finishing up the extra milk in the bottom of the bowl):

  • Be sure to collect all six different colorful straws featuring beloved Big G cereal characters
  • Participating Big G cereals include Cinnamon Toast Crunch® (17 oz.), Lucky Charms®(16 oz.), Reese’s® Puffs (18 oz.), Honey Nut Cheerios® (17 oz.), Trix®(14.8 oz)  and Cocoa Puffs® (16.5 oz)
  • Made with more whole grain than any other ingredient, Big G cereal, combined with a ½ cup of milk, can help provide a great start to your family’s day

Whole Grain Nation Website: http://bit.ly/CurvyStraws

I was sent the following and the winner I pick will get the same fun prize:

  • 1 box of a participating Big G cereal
  • 1 Curvy Straw (you’ll get one in the cereal also, my kids have been using them a ton, since they come apart washing it easy)
  • 1 ‘spilt’ milk bowl (super neat silicone bowl, my kids LOVE it!)
  • 2 glow cups
  • 2 tangle toys

ENTER TO WIN a curvy straw prize package:

  • Leave me a comment on this post letting me know how many mornings cereal is eaten in your house
  • Open to US mailing addresses only
  • HURRY contest ends Thursday May 24th 2012



Disclosure:  The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Crayola Colored Bubbles and Launcher!!! WIN some for your kids!

April 13, 2012 by  
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COLORED BUBBLES!!! I was really excited to get the chance to review Crayola’s new COLORED BUBBLES with my kids! So fun! A bit messy but GOOD messy! We were sent a three pack of colored bubbles and a bubble launcher that comes with two bottles of colored bubbles. These are perfect now that its spring and we need to get outside and run around more. The colors are nice and bright! They were messy but they didn’t stain our clothing (I wouldn’t send my kids out in clothes that I love just in case but I washed their clothes the next day and nothing stained)! The bubble launcher was fun and I liked when I used it and the kids popped the bubbles the best. My three year old couldn’t do it well on her own but the older kids got the hang of it pretty quickly. I like that you crank the handle to make the bubbles so NO BATTERIES are needed! Next time we use them I want to bring out my big roll of white paper and see it we can make some bubble art! I think my favorite time to use these will be on a hot day when I can let the kids go crazy with the bubbles and then hose them off outside after. I love any excuse to spray the kids with the hose in the summer!

Here is some more information from Crayola and then my contest:

Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles aren’t ordinary bubbles. Because they contain color, they’re messy and will leave temporary colorful marks on skin, cotton and cotton-blend clothing and intended outdoor surfaces. This took some moms by surprise when they used the product last year.  They loved the idea of bubbles in different colors, but weren’t expecting them to be messy.  We quickly acted on parents’ feedback and created a new version that keeps all the fun for kid and makes clean up easier for parents. Color magically rubs off skin, hoses off of many outdoor surfaces and washes out of cotton and cotton blend clothing.

Because you’re OK with messy play, we’d love for you to be among the first to try our next generation of colored bubbles and share your experience with your readers

Before you get blowing, we have some simple tips for you and your readers that make playing with Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles and cleaning up, even more awesome and enjoyable for both kids and moms.

  • Dress for Mess. Wear washable play clothes and shoes. It’s best to not wear suede, leather or any other material that can’t be washed.
  • Play Outside. An open grassy area is best away from new concrete, decks and porous surfaces like marble. Don’t use at formal events like weddings.
  • Rub skin to remove color.
  • Launder clothes promptly with water and detergent. Repeat washing may be needed.
  • Hose off outdoor surfaces like sidewalks and driveways to wash away color.


I get to give away a Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles gift pack that will contain:

  • One Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles 3-pack:
    • Watch in awe as the air becomes filled with bunches of brightly colored “purple pizzazz,” “fuschia” and “unmellow yellow” bubbles, bringing wonder and adventure to a day of outdoor active play.
  • One Bubble Launcher:
    • For an instant bubble bash, just connect a bottle of colored bubbles, attach the crank handle to the launcher, and create tons of colorful bubbles with each turn! Turn the crank slowly to create bubbles.



Disclosure:  “The Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles product information and gift packs have been provided by Crayola through MyBlogSpark.”


Pillsbury Ready to Bake Shape Cookies! Win a prize package!

April 12, 2012 by  
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Well I’m too late to tell you to try the cute Pillsbury Ready to Bake Easter shaped cookies that I was able to make with my kids BUT don’t worry there are cute designs available all year! I was just at the store and saw some cute I Love Mom cookies that even the most baking challenged dad and kids can surprise mom with! We made Pillsbury cookies with a bunny on them and I was really impressed with how detailed the bunny image was both before and after baking, totally adorable! It had been a few years since we tried these type of ready to bake cookies and my kids were very pleased with them, they had some friends over when I made them and between the 6 kids the cookies didn’t even last 1/2 an hour! I love to make homemade cookies but when we are having a busy day on a holiday or with friends over there isn’t much time for that and these type of cookies are super easy and fun to give the kids for a special treat. I like to be the mom that gives out the yummy snacks when my kids’ friends are over! I’ll definitely make these again for play dates.

For more Pillsbury information you can find them on Facebook and Twitter:

YOU CAN WIN THE PRIZE PACK SHOWN IN THE PICTURE (you will recipe a FREE coupon to pick out the cookies at your grocery store)!


  • Leave me a comment with letting me know your favorite Pillsbury product
  • Contest open to US residents only
  • For a second entry follow my blog and let me know in a second comment (I have 3 more contests coming very soon)
  • Contest ends Saturday April 21, 2012

Disclosure:  The VIP coupon, prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark.


CRAYOLA FUN! Learn about a live chat 3/7 plus I am giving away a huge Crayola prize!

February 29, 2012 by  
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I LOVE Crayola products and am super excited to share some info on their first live chat AND to be able to pick one of you to win some amazing Crayola products (and yay I will be sent some for my kids too). The live chat is coming up soon so I am blogging about it before my package arrives so you can all mark your calendars. I showed my kids what they will be getting and they can’t wait. It seems Crayola is always coming up with fun new products and in my opinion you can never have enough art supplies!  Well I was an art teacher before I had the kids but even if I wasn’t I would feel the same!

Crayola wants every child to be creatively alive, so they’re inviting parents “Inside the Crayon Box,” for a special live chat with celebrities and trusted parenting experts that will inspire and spark ideas to expand your child’s creative thinking. If you find yourself looking for new ways to inspire your children to express their ideas and build their creativity, you’ll want to join us to learn and share!

The first “Inside the Crayon Box” live chat is Wednesday, March 7 at 9 p.m. EST. Join Crayola and musician, children’s author and mom, Lisa Loeb for a 45-minute live streaming video chat on the Crayola Facebook page. Lisa, best-known for her number one hit “Stay (I Missed You),” will share as personal stories, practical advice and ways she brings a little creative play into every day for her daughter. We want to hear from you – participants can ask Lisa questions during the event, too!

Interested in the topics to be covered during the chat?

  • Why Does Creativity Matter? Creativity is not about who’s the best artists or becoming an architect. It’s a way of thinking that encourages kids’ original ideas and develops their confidence.
  • Growing Up Creative. Lisa will share stories about growing up in a home where creativity was encouraged.
  • Simple Tips. Easy Ideas. Like most moms, Lisa juggles a lot. She’ll share simple, easy ways she sparks her daughter’s creativity as part of their daily routine.

Also, be sure to check out Lisa’s book Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling Children’s Books, 2011) available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. Sing, laugh, and play with pop Lisa in this fabulous collection of ten of the silliest songs ever. Fun activities, games, and recipes accompany whimsical songs. Take Lisa’s Silly Sing-Along with you wherever you go and get the high-spirited good times started. Includes a 10-song CD recorded by Lisa!




  • My First Crayola Washable Crayons, Markers & Stampers: just the right size and shape for little hands, toddlers can create bright and colorful designs with no caps to lose or no messy ink pads
  • Crayola Mess Free Color Wonder Tiny Tube: with over 10 ft of coloring, perforated activity pages, a carry-along handle and the ability to store markers inside, kids can color at home or on the road; markers magically appear only on the special Color Wonder paper, not on skin
  • Crayola Crystal Effect Window Markers: turn an ordinary window or mirror into a colorful crystal canvas and create amazing effects on an unexpected surface that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth
  • Crayola Washable Kaleidoscope Chalk: experience sidewalk art in amazing new ways, by drawing designs, putting on the 3D Kaleidoscope glasses and watching as creations pop up off the ground
  • Crayola Dry-Erase Bright Crayons: a dry-erase drawing and writing tool for kids that’s washable, smudge-proof, odorless, and will never dry out
  • Crayola Dual-Sided Dry Erase Board: a two-sided board that makes it fun and colorful to share eye-popping messages or track soccer schedules


  • Leave me a comment with letting me know the Crayola product your kids love the most
  • Contest open to US mailing addresses only
  • Contest ends Friday March 9, 2012

Disclosure: The Crayola “Inside the Crayon Box” prize pack, product information and prize pack for giveaway have been provided by Crayola through MyBlogSpark.



Seventh Generation Free & Clear Diapers (WIN a package and the Lorax)

February 29, 2012 by  
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YAY I am nearing the end of diapers with my kids!!! Actually we have been done with daytime diapers for a long time (thanks to our youngest being a super early easy potty trainer) but nighttime is still not so easy for some of my kids. Since I’m only buying pull-up types of diapers for at night I really haven’t been paying much attention to new diaper products and I’m glad that I was given the chance to do this review and learn about Seventh Generation diapers. Our one daughter doesn’t seem like she’ll be dry at night for awhile and she is very prone to eczema on her bottom so I was glad to learn that Seventh Generation Free & Clear diapers do not contain chlorine, fragrance, petroleum-based lotions or latex, and all Free & Clear products are also hypo-allergenic. Here is some more info followed by a contest!

In partnership with Universal Studios’ motion picture debut of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax* also known as the “Speaker for the Trees” who brings environmental truth and ecological hope to all, Seventh Generation will feature limited edition Lorax prints on all our diapers and training pants.  These prints are intended to remind parents and caregivers of the lessons of The Lorax, and encourage family reading and environmental awareness while creating a few smiles.  Discover (or rediscover) Dr. Suess’ The Lorax as you read about his legacy and messages of sustainability with your child, and inspire a new generation of environmentalists starting with your family!

The Seventh Generation family of Free & Clear baby products continues to deliver on your needs as it expands in March, with the addition of NEW Overnight Diapers. Moreover, Free & Clear diapers have been redesigned with new, improved tabs for better fit while Free and Clear training pants now have an absorbent core that is made with more renewable materials.

Be among the first to try these new products before they hit store shelves and rest assured that with every Seventh Generation purchase you’re helping to protect the planet for future generations!

  • NEW Overnight Diapers are absorbent enough to keep your baby and bedding dry through the night or during prolonged travel
  • Free & Clear diapers have improved more flexible tabs that provide even better fit
  • Free & Clear training pants have an absorbent core made with more renewable, plant-based materials.  They also feature stretchy, tear away side panels for a better fit and added convenience, as well as inner leak barriers for superior leakage protection
  • Seventh Generation Free & Clear baby care products do not contain chlorine, fragrance, petroleum-based lotions or latex, and all Free & Clear products are also hypo-allergenic
  • Starting March 2, you can register for a free The Lorax scrapbook with the purchase of any three Free & Clear diaper products, until supplies last

*The movie Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax © 2012 Universal Studios debuts in theaters this March. Based on The Lorax book and characters ™ & © 1971 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.  All Rights Reserved.

You can stay updated by being a fan of Seventh Generation on Facebook and Twitter


  • Leave me a comment letting me know what size diapers you would like if you win
  • Contest open to US mailing addresses only
  • Contest ends Friday March 9, 2012

Disclosure:  The Seventh Generation Diapers prize pack, product and information have been provided by Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark.

Big G cereals and Star Wars! Win a prize pack!

February 12, 2012 by  
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This February, General Mills Big G cereals wants to help celebrate the Star Wars Episode 1 in 3D launch by featuring collectable Star Wars pens in boxes of participating cereals. My kids L O V E  Star Wars and love cereal! They were very happy with this review because they got 6 Star Wars pens (2 in the cereals and 4 extra). We are pretty much a Cheerios-every-day family and when the kids get a fun cereal they get really excited so the Cinnamon Toast Crunch was gone in one day! Good thing because I officially started my serious diet over a week ago and that would have tempted me! We haven’t seen the new 3D Star Wars but I was just at a kids’ birthday party and some of the moms had gone this weekend and said it was great! Here is some more info:

  • Collect all eight exclusive Star Wars pens that feature iconic Episode I characters including: Anakin Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Queen Amidala, Yoda, R2D2, C3PO, Jar Jar Binks and Darth Maul
  • Participating Big G cereals include Cinnamon Toast Crunch® (12.8 oz.), Lucky Charms®(11.5 oz.), Reese’s® Puffs (13 oz.), Cheerios® (14 oz.), and Cookie Crisp® (11.25 oz)
  • In theaters February 10, 2012 you can catch all the action and adventure and relive how the saga began in eye-popping 3D

You won’t have to go to a galaxy far, far away to bring the force to your breakfast table. Simply purchase any participating Big G cereal and begin your search for all eight collectable pens! Each Big G cereal is made with whole grain and is an excellent source of calcium, so your younglings will have everything they need to start the day off right!

ENTER TO WIN THE PRIZE PACK PICTURED (pen characters may vary):

  • Leave me a comment on this post with your favorite Star Wars character (I’d pick Hans Solo or maybe Yoda)
  • Contest open to US mailing addresses only
  • Contest ends Sunday February 19, 2012

Disclosure:  Prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Yoplait Lactose Free (WIN a prize pack and try it)

February 11, 2012 by  
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I don’t think I have a lactose problem but my husband does and so do several other friends and family members. Its so great that more and more products are becoming available for people with lactose intolerance because its no fun to go without something you love! I have always loved yogurt and would really miss it if I was lactose intolerant. I just learned about the new lactose free Yoplait yogurt and here is a little info on it for you:

Now, just in time for National Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month in February, Yoplait has announced its new Yoplait® Lactose Free yogurt. Inspired by the Yoplait yogurt we know and love, Lactose Free comes in four delicious flavors – Strawberry, Peach, French Vanilla and Cherry – and contains 50% of the recommended Daily Value of calcium, with vitamins A and D in every cup. Lactose Free contains no artificial sweeteners and can be used in some of your favorite recipes – like chocolate crème brulee and strawberry cheesecake.

I personally like that there are no artificial sweetners in the lactose free Yoplait! If I had a child with a lactose problem this would be very important to me.

For more info you can follow Yoplait Lactose Free on Facebook and twitter!

ENTER TO WIN THE YOPLAIT PRIZE PACK PICTURED (A VIP coupon to purchase Yoplait Lactose Free yogurt, Lunch tote, 2 Gel packs, Individual bowl & Spoon):

  • Leave me a comment on this post letting me know your favorite yogurt flavor
  • Contest open to US mailing addresses only
  • Contest ends Saturday February 18, 2012

Disclosure:  Prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark.

Win a prize pack and try the NEW Dulce de Leche Cheerios

February 10, 2012 by  
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CHEERIOS are eaten practically every day in our house (can’t remember the last day that they weren’t eaten by at least one of them at breakfast). I think its great that there are so many new types of Cheerios lately. We just tried the yummy peanut butter ones and now we got to try the latest flavor dulce de leche  AKA caramel. I thought they were great and so did John (despite his weird dislike of caramel). Three of the kids gave it a thumbs up and then of course there is Mr Picky who ONLY eats honey nut Cheerios (I knew he wouldn’t give them a chance, its not a Cheerio to him unless its honey nut but that means more for the rest of us!). They really smell good too! AND in with my package there was a dulche de leche scented candle that smells wonderful. I never buy scented candles but this one won me over! The ceramic polka dot bowl is adorable and my kids love eating their cheerios with the Cheerio spoon. I get to pick one of you to win all this neat stuff too!


  • Leave me a comment with your favorite Cheerio flavor
  • Open to US mailing addresses only
  • Contest ends Friday February 17th 2012

Don’t just eat Dulce de Leche Cheerios with milk at breakfast. Enjoy the sweet flavor and crunchy texture of Dulce de Leche Cheerios in one of these recipes for fun new snacking options:

Disclosure: The new Dulce de Leche Cheerios information, product, and prize pack have been provided free of charge by Cheerios and General Mills, through MyBlogSpark.

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