Constructive Playthings Todays Girl Doll Giveaway

Constructive Playthings sent me two Todays Gir’s Dolls and a super cool Horse With Western Saddle and Outfit to check out and giveaway to a lucky reader just in time for the holidays.  As you can see the horse was a hit with my son. The dolls… not so much but that has more to do with my son than the dolls.

What we loved :

The horse who has been named ” Giddy-O” is amazingly sturdy,  he flies down cliffs ( the stairs)  over and over as my cowboy rescues him and he looks as good as new.  What I liked about the dolls was the diversity of ethnicities, I know this is pretty standard but the subtleties of the differences is what got me.  With only a few dolls to choose from I really feel like most girls could get a doll that reflected themselves without having to get a costly custom doll. I also liked that the dolls come with 3 outfits , you aren’t forced to spend more when times are tough enough.

What we didn’t like:

They aren’t terribly cuddly. I don’t think they are meant to be but as a girl I slept with ALL my dolls , my son sleeps with his one and only doll and these are too hard to even try.  I am sure this won’t bug most kids who are looking to dress them up and play pretend but for snugglers like us it was a bummer.

Want one? I am giving one Todays Girl Doll away !  But that’s not all , I am also giving away a Horse With Western Saddle & Outfit too.

How to Enter:

Visit Constructive Playthings and tell me which Today’s Girl you like.

Extra  entries:

Follow  @ConstructiveMom on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway.

That’s it !

This contest is open to American residents . The winner will be chosen by on December 6th at 9pm PST. I was provided with the toys in return for the review, opinions are all mine ( and my son’s). I was not compensated with payment for this post.

Tegu Blocks Rock!

When I was offered a chance to play with these blocks I almost deleted the email. I am very choosy about reviews and giveaways, generally turning down most offers. I am so glad I didn’t ignore this opportunity, these blocks fit what we do here almost exactly. Tegu blocks are more than your average set of blocks, they have magnets safely inside and come to life as you create with them as they stick together and repel as well.  I love the combination of building, art and learning about magnets while playing. My son spent the first half hour or so building and then he took a block around our house finding things for it to stick to. I loved making letters for the two of us to play with and later in the evening my son make a square that could shift into a diamond shape without falling apart.

These blocks don’t come with directions but as most parents with kids know , often times kids want to know how to make this , that or the other. That is where Tegu Live comes in. I think this is such a cool idea. Tegu has a master builder who can be reached via Twitter and takes requests. My son’s first request was a fire truck – this is what they made. Then we requested a helicopter , how cool are they?  We had so much fun and I have to admit I was a little concerned that after making requests my son wouldn’t want to play with the blocks by himself without the builder showing him how, but instead he pretended to be the builder and I sent him requests and he made things for quite some time.

My son does get a little frustrated when the magnets repel but he’s not even 4 years old, as you can see in the video he gets over it fast as he flips them so they click. I absolutely love the interactive element but even without that these are quality, creative blocks that requires your child to use their imagination , which is what toys should do!

Want a set? Win It!

I was given an original set , 2 discovery sets and a travel tote to play with.  So I am giving away 1 discovery set ( 26 blocks) and the travel tote to one lucky reader, the other 26 piece discovery set will be donated to Toys for Tots this holiday season.

How to Enter:

Leave a comment telling me what your favorite toy was when you were a child. That’s it.

Fine Print :

This contest is open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen using from qualifying entries. Contest closes November 17th 2010 at 9pm PST. Products provided free of charge , no payment was received for this post, all opinions are mine, all mine!

The Vintage Pearl Giveaway

I don’t often do giveaways that aren’t educational but when The Vintage Pearl contacted me with an offer to review and offer my readers a chance to win a $75 dollar gift card to their wonderful collection, I couldn’t say no!  It’s not just a chance to spoil myself with a pretty piece of jewelry it’s also a chance to spoil one of you, because I really can’t say how appreciative I am to all of you, but I hope this helps !

I am not a fancy Nancy, I wear jeans daily ( well when I can fit back into them I will) , and although I like to dress up with fun jewelery I often don’t feel like it fits with my casual clothes. That is one reason I adore The Vintage Pearl’s custom creations. You can dress them up, you can dress them down and because they are customized for you they always seem to fit perfectly.

I had a hard task trying to decide what piece to choose from, they have so much. From simple tiny necklaces, to ones with space to add every name in your family, personalized baby spoons and even things for guys too! I think I actually found gifts for both grandma’s for this Christmas although I can’t say what since they read this blog 😉

The piece I chose to have made for me to review was this small hammered star. I love stars and I really wanted something that would come to represent my daughter’s birth. I have a circle necklace that my son has claimed to be an O ( his initial) and I wanted something for my baby girl too. I had a tiny M hammered onto the star, and the pearl is not only a beautiful addition it’s her birthstone too!   Dainty and tiny just like my daughter.  I knew The Vintage Pearl made beautiful items, but to see my daughter’s initial and birthstone hanging around my neck made me understand why custom jewelry is so popular with moms! So how do you enter?


Go to The Vintage Pearl and choose one piece that you think would be the perfect gift for someone special in your life, come back and tell me about it.That’s it !

Make sure you leave an email address if your profile doesn’t have one or I won’t be able to notify you if you won. The winner will be chosen by .  Giveaway closes at 8pm PDT on Wednesday July 21st 2010. This is open to US residents. My necklace was provided free of charge by The Vintage Pearl, however the opinions are honest and 100% my own.

Melissa and Doug Giveaway !

Win This !
I love Melissa and Doug toys and so does my son. This Stack and Sort Board has been a favorite of mine since using it in my classroom years ago. There are a million different ways to teach everything from colors, shapes and counting with this one little toy! Together with your child there is no limit to the fun this back to basics toy can provide. So here is your chance to get your very own !

What you have to do:

*Everything you do gets one entry*

  1. Add our button to your blog
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  3. Tweet/Stumble/Digg/Kristy this giveaway or NTFFC
  4. Write about us on your blog

* Leave a comment for each entry*
Also don’t forget to make sure we have a way of contacting you.

Good Luck!

The Contest will close at 10pm PST Tuesday, January 20th Winners will be chosen by Random Integer Generator. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize , or another winner will be chosen.