Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway


Melissa and Doug is one of my favorite toy companies. With the holidays right around the corner they have compiled a handy list of 20 terrific gifts for the holidays. They’re also giving away items from their list every day (starting November 6) for 20 days!!! Their “20 Days of Terrific Twenty” Giveaway is happening on their Facebook page, so you will want to head over for a chance to win.

Gifts for Kids: Morphology JR Game

I love the idea of kids getting board games for Christmas. When I was a kid I loved board games and card games. I have so many memories of playing these types of games with my sister, cousins and friends. We had a Nintendo, which of course we enjoyed, but board games are more personal and interactive, they allow kids to connect with the the other players face to face rather than on a tv or computer screen.

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Morphology and Morphology Junior are games that give a creative spin on Pictionary. Players “build” words (like “airplane” for instance) using the included items of string, wooden sticks and beads, other payers must guess what they have built. To make it even more fun rules like “eyes closed” and “string only” are thrown in and have everyone laughing out loud!

morpholgy board games

Morphology is designed for those 13 years of age and up and was TIME Magazine’s Number 2 Toy of the Year in 2009. Morphology Junior, made for kids 8 and up, was the Creative Child Magazine’s 2012 Game of the Year. Both games can be purchased online and are also sold at the following stores: Barnes & Nobles, Books-A-Million, Marbles, Scholar’s Choice, Indigo! and Timberdoodle Co.

Morphology Price: $24.99

Morphology Junior: $29.99

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November 16-30 you will have a chance to win your choice of one of the 2 Morphology games, as a part of the Jingle Jubilee Giveaway Event. Be sure you are connected with us on Facebook and Twitter so you can see our announcements.



Headbands of Hope: Gifts Under $20 That Benefit Charity

I like giving great gifts that I know the person will not only enjoy and use but gifts that benefit charity as well. Headbands of Hope have cute quality headbands and for each headband that is purchased, Headbands of Hope sends a headband to a girl with cancer, and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research.

Gifts that Benefit Charity

How It All Started

Entrepreneur, fashion designer, philanthropist and college senior Jessica Ekstrom, 22, has created a line of vibrantly colored headbands to help young girls with cancer. After an inspirational internship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and meeting several young girls with cancer, Jessica saw firsthand how much losing their hair during chemotherapy treatments affected the girls’ self-esteem and confidence. She wanted to give them something to boost their spirits and make them smile when they looked in the mirror. That inspiration led to the creation of Headbands of Hope, an organization with a mission to fund research for childhood cancer and spread hope in all girls, one headband at a time.

Headbands of Hope

The headband you see pictured is the Zebra Headband. The headband is made of stretchy elastic that is super soft. It has chiffon flowers attached to the headband and backed with felt for added security and comfort. The flower cluster measures about 3 inches in diameter and the band is 5/8 of an inch. Price: $14.85

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My daughter likes headbands, but she has trouble keeping certain types on. We have been looking for headbands that will stay on her head and be comfortable for her to wear all day at school. This type of headband didn’t bother her at all and she said it stayed on throughout the day. She says it’s comfy and pretty and she loves it. Kid-Approved!


Buy It: Promo code: givehope will get you free shipping on orders during the month of November!!

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Gifts for Kids: Peppa Pig Toys by Fisher Price

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Gifts for Kids: Peppa Pig Toys by Fisher Price

Having two children it is no surprise that Fisher Price is a name seen on a lot of items in our home. When I was a kid I had a Fisher Price playhouse set that I just loved. The house opened up and folded close and it one of the first toys I remember having as a young child. I played with that thing day in and day out until I was “too old” for it and passed it on to my cousin. I wish I still had that house for my kids. Fisher Price has come out with a Peppa Pig playhouse set somewhat similar to the one I remember playing with when I was a kid. The Peek and Surprise Playhouse:


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There is quit an age gap between my children, 5 years, but Peppa Pig is something they both can enjoy. My (almost 2 year old) son instantly took to the talking plush Peppa Pig.

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While my 7 year old went straight for the book and dvd.

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Here they both are bonding over their newest book, Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List.

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Purchase the Peppa Pig Play Set Items:

>> Peek and Surprise Playhouse
Peppa Pig talking plush doll
>> Muddy Puddles Peppa Pig DVD featuring 10 “peppasodes”
>> New book Peppa Pig and The Lost Christmas List




Little Me Baby Sleepers for Baby Shower Gift

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When my babies were born I wanted nothing but the most comfortable clothing on them. I wasn’t really into putting all the frills and lace on my daughter, I just wanted something soft against her skin to keep her warm and comfy. Little Me baby sleepers are the ideal sleeper for little ones. They are so soft, making the extremely comfortable.

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Easy open and close snaps make them a breeze to get on and off.

baby sleeper set

Complete with the cute teddy bear footies and matching hats they just scream “adorable”!

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Both the pink bear footie and the little boys blue teddy footie are available on the Little Me website for $16.00. They come is sizes ranging from preemie to 9 months.

Features I love:
100% cotton
>>Asymmetrical snaps from neckline to feet for easy changing
>>Decorated with novelty toes and bear appliqué
>>Machine washable cold and tumble dry low

LIttle Me has many baby clothing items for boys, girls and in neutral colors that would be perfect for any baby shower gift. Currently you can “sign up & save” by signing up for their newsletter you will get a coupon of $10 off your first order. Free shipping is available on orders over $50

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Neon Tiki Tribe Party

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What child doesn’t love a party? And what parent doesn’t take the opportunity to surround their child and her friends with positive images and messages? We recently had the chance to host a Neon Tiki Tribe party.

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Meet “The Brightest Heroes on Earth”, the Neon Tiki Tribe. Tribe members Tia, Zeke, Mowah and Dar are the stars of a new series of children’s books featuring exciting stories with a positive message. Each member uses a pair of sunglasses that give them super-powers to defend Earth from the evil KuTiki Tribe. This children’s series covers relevant, age appropriate topics, stories that open the door for conversations about morals, responsibility and positivity. Another feature I really like about these books is that the font used is a dyslexic friendly font.

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Party kit included:
>>Neon Tiki Tribe Books
-Book 1 – Tiki Beach Battle
-Book 2 – Dog Rescue Mission
-Book 3 – Playground Push Around
>>Neon Tiki Tribe Character Info Sheets
>>25% off Tiki Tribe Merchandise coupons
>>Fun party activities and recipes
>>”Super Power” Sunglasses
2 T-shirts
>>2 Posters

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Neon Tiki Tribe party

The kids thoroughly enjoyed the books, activities and other party favors. I have to point out that we’ve gotten a lot of those party favor sunglasses packs for parties in the past and usually all the sunglasses are broken before the kids make it home, but to my the glasses included in this kit really held up, they are good quality and put together nicely. They are superhero glasses after all, so they have to be able to withstand the rigors of superhero actions 😉


To learn more you can visit the Neon Tiki Tribe website and visit them on Facebook.

Disclosure: I received free products as a part of a promotional program with MomSelect, all opinions are my own.

Keepin' Baby Safe with Gateway Baby Gate Giveaway

September is Baby Safety Month, which is a month-long campaign sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association throughout the month of September. The Keepin’ Baby Safe Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamaNYC, is going to celebrate and raise awareness for baby safety month, This event will run from September 11-19th and hopefully you’ll be able to find (and win!) some great baby safety products! Good Luck!

Our giveaway is the New Gateway Baby/Pet Pressure Gate by KidCo, sponsored by KidSafe Inc. You can read our review of this exceptional baby gate for more information and personal photo’s.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter entry form:

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Keeping Baby Safe with KidSafe: Gateway Baby Gate Review

Last night my toddler (22 months old) climbed out of his crib for the first time. It was 1am, he had been asleep for hours, so when I heard him stirring and whimpering…I laid there, hoping he would go back to sleep. After a few minutes the fussing became full blown cries…still hoping he would soothe himself and go back to sleep, I waited…the cries stopped. Then I heard footsteps and more crying as he came trotting into our room. He had finally done it… he climbed out of his crib all by himself. We’ve been expecting it. We knew this time would come sooner or later. Luckily we had set up a baby gate the very evening before this early morning shenanigan took place.

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Just last week we received a KidCo Gateway Pressure Gate from KidSafe… Literally in the nick of time. I had been so worried about him being able to, one day, climb out of his crib and wander around the house. Needless to say I worried about his safety for when the time came that he was able to escape from his crib.

“Safer homes for kids. Peace of mind for parents.”

This is an excellent gate, I love that it is a swinging gate and opens and closes with ease in both directions. I’ve had a cheap gate that didn’t swing open and closed, you know the ones, you have to take down or climb over each time you want to enter/leave the room. It was such a pain and we literally only used it about 2 times, before we decided it wasn’t worth the hassle, not to mention it would fall down at the slightest push, pull or tug. This gate is completely sturdy and it is easy to install and doesn’t tear up the door frames. It comes with just a few pieces in which you add to install the gate

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Features I Love:
One-hand open (easy for mom, hard for baby)
>>Non damaging to walls, trim and doorways
>>Installs quickly, no tools needed
>>Heavy duty steel construction
>>Passes all ASTM and JPMA safety standards
>>One-of-a-kind handle has Pressure-Plus technology which forces additional outward pressure after each use.


Buy It: Buy this and other quality child safety products to baby proof the home and office from Get the Gateway Pressure Gate on sale now for $59.95, they shipped my item very quickly, too!

Win it: We are giving away this Gateway Model G1000 pressure mounted, walk-through safety gate valued at $69.99. As a part of Baby Safety Month we are participating in the Keepin’ Baby Safe Giveaway Hop! Click the image or link below to be taken to the giveaway to enter!


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Dr. Sharp’s Fluoride Free Toothpaste for Kids

I’ve been on a natural product journey for the past year or so, attempting to replace all of our household products with green ones. I’m almost there! There are just a few items that I haven’t been able to successfully replace. Toothpaste has been one of them. The whole family, myself included, is very picky about toothpaste, it has to be just the right consistency and of course the right flavor. Until now I haven’t been able to find a fluoride free toothpaste that my kids like. Dr. Sharp’s flouride free kids toothpaste is one they will actually use!

Dr Sharp Natural Toothpaste for Kids

Why I love Dr. Sharp’s Fluoride Free Kids Toothpaste:
No fluoride
>> No sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)*
>> No parabens
>> No alcohol
>> No colors or additives
>> PETA certified
>> Cruelty free
>> Vegan

Price: $13.00 3.4oz
Flavor: Strawberry Cream

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Strawberry Cream toothpaste is not my “cup of tea”, I prefer minty toothpastes, but the kids didn’t seem to be bothered by the flavor.

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Discount: Get 20% of your entire Dr. Sharp Purchase at using coupon code TOMOSON upon checkout through October 15, 2012.


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Our Family-Friendly Trip to the Banana Cabana

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My daughter and I have had a couple fun filled days with the “Almost Naked Animals” of Banana Cabana in the past week. You are probably wondering what in the world “Almost Naked Aniamls” is… Almost Naked Animals is a top-rated animated series for kids aged 6-11 on the cartoon network. It is based on the quirky designs of Noah Z. Jones,and features an ensemble cast of underwear-clad animals, led by Howie, the fun-loving, hospitality challenged canine manager of the beachfront hotel, Banana Cabana.


We don’t normally watch the Cartoon Network and when I first heard about this series I was a little concerned about whether of not it would be appropriate for my 7 year old. I did some research and learned that it was pretty harmless, so we watched volume 1 of the show. My daughter laughed, giggled and cackled throughout the entire show as the actions and happenings involved in the cartoon are pretty exaggerated and often ridiculously funny.

There are 6 episodes on volume 1 including:
>>It’s My Party-Episode 101
>>Saliva Drive-Episode 102
>>One Star Hotel-Episode 103
>>What Would Batty Do-Episode 104
>>Employee of the Month-Episode 105
>>Duck Vinci Code-Episode 106

In honor of the upcoming release of of volume 1 of Almost Naked Animals, we received this Banana Cabana Welcome Package that inlcluded:

  >>Almost Naked Animals Volume 1 DVD
  >>Almost Naked Animals tote bag
  >>Almost Naked Animals notebook
  >>Almost Naked Animals party coasters
  >>Bar Bug (fake ice cube with bug)
  >>Whoopi Cushion

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I remember having a whoopee cushion when I was a kid, my daughter had never seen one before once she figured out what it was and what it did, she wouldn’t stop playing with it. Oh and it was fun putting the “bar bug” in daddies drink.

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