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Amaze Your Baby with the VTech Baby Amaze Learn to Talk & Read Baby Doll {Review & Giveaway!}

The VTech Baby Amaze Learn to Talk & Read Baby Doll photographed below was been provided by VTech so I could experience it with my family; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
VTech Baby Amaze

As a kid, I loved baby dolls.  In fact, if you go flipping through any of my old childhood photo albums, you’d be hard pressed to find a picture of me where I’m not clutching a baby doll.  It would be fair to say that I never went anywhere without a doll in my arms.Baby Amaze Doll

So now that my kids love baby dolls, I can totally relate.  I often find myself helping the kids brush their baby dolls’ hair, changing their clothes, and making sure they find their way into the little nursery that we’ve created in the play area at the end of the day…all the things that I did with my dolls as a kid.  And even now, a mom of 3, I often find myself carrying around dolls that my children have become too distracted or too sleepy to carry.

While my kids may love dolls as much as I did (or more!) I can assure you that their dolls are much different than the dolls that I grew up with.  Their favorite new doll?  The VTech Baby Amaze Learn to Talk and Read, of course! VTech Baby Amaze in Box

And who could blame them?  This doll does so many things that I wish my baby dolls way back then could do.  It’s so interactive!  Children can talk to their Baby Amaze doll to hear her repeat what is said, or read from one of the three included vocabulary books, which features more than 70 words. VTech Baby Amaze BooksThe more children speak, the more the doll will learn and repeat!  Four activity buttons activate Talk with Me, Reading, Caring, and Music Time modes.  The Baby Amaze also encourages nurturing role play by asking for her pacifier, bottle and more.

The interesting part is that each of my kids love this doll for a different reason.  Greenleigh, my oldest, loves flipping through the books and reading to the Baby Amaze.  She’s always looking to read books, but sometimes has a problem finding an audience.  The Baby Amaze books help her working on her words and provide the perfect audience.VTech

My middle daughter loves that the doll responds to what she says.  She giggles when the Baby Amaze repeats after her or makes eating sounds when given a bottle.VTech Baby Amaze and Hazeline

And my youngest, isn’t quite sure about the reading part, but loves the nurturing role that it promotes.  He loves giving Baby Amaze her pacifier. Baby Amaze and EverettRecommended for ages 2+ years, this doll can definitely be enjoyed by kids from a wide array of ages.  The Baby Amaze range of products is available exclusively at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at ($29.99).

Want to win a VTech Baby Amaze Learn to Talk & Read Baby Doll for your little one?  Great, because a lucky reader is going to win one!  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below and it could be yours!  Good luck everyone!
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I and Love and You: Wholesome, Convenient Pet Food {Giveaway!}

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know how much I love my dog.  She regularly visits the the groomer, sleeps in our bed, and might have more toys than our kids do.  And her food and treats aren’t a place where we cut corners.  We look for foods with good, wholesome ingredients at places were we already shop (because this mom doesn’t have time for extra stops!).  So naturally, I was totally intrigued when I saw a pet food company called “I and love and you” at my local Albersons.I and Love and You Treats

I and love and you” makes wholesome food and treats for cats and dogs, including kibble, wet, and homemade dehydrated  selections that your pet will love! You can find them at local Albertsons and Fresh Market stores here in South Florida, or at a variety of retailers nationwide. Who knew you could get such great quality foods, formulated by holistic veterinarians with the highest standards, right in your local grocery store!I and Love and You Food

ILY’s ingredients include many things we humans look for in our food: grain-free, real meat as the first ingredient, prebiotics, probiotics, no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors – all to promote optimum health for your pet. And their food is made in the U.S.A.

ILY’s foods, treats, and natural chews are also available at online retailers like Petco, Target, Amazon and Chewy for when you want to surf with your furry friend from the comfort of your PJ’s.I and Love and You Prize Pack

Are you looking for a more wholesome pet food for your dog or cat?  We’ll I’m giving away one I and love and you” prize pack, for a dog or a cat!  Winner gets to choose!  The Dog Box (ARV $150) includes 5lb Kibble – Red Meat Medley, 1.5lb In the Raw – Raw Raw Beef Boom Ba, Nice Jerky – Venison + Lamb Jerky Bites, and $100 in coupons (5 coupons with $20 value each).  The Cat Box (ARV $125) includes 5lb Kibble – Poultry A Plenty, 2 cans – Chicken Lickin’, 2 cans – Oh My Cod!, 2 cans – Puurky Turkey, and $100 in coupons (5 coupons with $20 value each).  Enter using the rafflecopter form below and it could be yours!  Good luck everyone!
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Step2 Hot Wheels Race Car Bed Giveaway!

Step2 Hot Wheels Race Car Bed Giveaway

Welcome to the Step2 Hot Wheels Toddler-To-Twin Race Car Bed Giveaway!

Do you have a little Hot Wheels fan? They’re going to love this awesome new bed from Step2! Janessa from Thrifty Nifty Mommy just had the chance to review The Hot Wheels Toddler-To-Twin Race Car Bed with her 3 year old son and needless to say, he’s actually excited about bedtime these days. Be sure to check out her full review for all the details! After you get your new Hot Wheels Toddler-to-Twin Race Car Bed, check out this post by Ruth of Viva Veltoro with great Race Car Bedroom ideas!

Step2 Hot Wheels Toddler to Twin Race Car Bed

We’ve partnered with Step2 to give one lucky reader
a Hot Wheels Toddler-To-Twin Race Car Bed for their little race car fan!

Here is some information about the Step2 Hot Wheels Toddler-To-Twin Race Car Bed:

Car enthusiasts will love showcasing their Hot Wheels™ collection on the air intakes and spoiler. This kid’s car bed will make the transition from a crib easy and fun. It grows with your child as it transforms into a twin bed. Race off to dreamland for years to come with the Hot Wheels™ Toddler to Twin Race Car Bed! Made in USA of US and imported parts from China.

  • Accommodates a toddler (crib) mattress, which can be easily converted into a twin mattress
  • Tap-on headlights and race car rims enhance realism of the car bed
  • Molded-in race car tracks run on each side of the bed and extra Hot Wheels™ tracks can be added for a longer race
  • Air intakes on each side of the bed provide a flat surface for a cup, book or children’s car collection
  • Mattress not included
  • Hot Wheels™ cars and track sets are intended for children 3 years old and up and are not included with this car bed
  • Not for use with some Hot Wheels™ vehicles
  • Includes two mattress support boards
  • Adult assembly required
  • Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Winner gets to choose Red or Blue!

Open to the continental US only. Ends 11/23/15 at 11:59 PM EST.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!

Disclosure: Viva Veltoro, Thrifty Nifty Mommy and the participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Images and item description are courtesy of Step2. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited. Please contact thriftyniftymommy {at} with any questions about this giveaway.

Enter to Win a Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump in the Ready to Pop Giveaway Hop!

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Welcome to the Ready to POP! [a Labor Day inspired Giveaway Hop] hosted by Viva Veltoro and Lindsey Blogs!

This year we’re celebrating Labor Day in a totally fun way – by offering fabulous giveaways for Mamas and Babies who have done some of the hardest labor out there! Each blogger in this Hop has a fabulous Mama or Baby prize for you to enter to win – so be sure to hop around to them all after you’ve entered to win the amazing Grand Prize worth over $690!

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For this giveaway, I’m giving one lucky reader a Philips Avent Comfort Single Manual Breast Pump valued at $35!avent comfort manual pump Perfect as an extra pump or for on the go, the Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump gives you more comfort and more milk for your little one! I gave two of these away last year for this same giveaway hop and it was a huge hit, so I figured I’d make it a tradition. Just enter using the rafflecopter form below and it could be yours. Good luck everyone!
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And now that you’ve entered my giveaway, be sure to hop around and win some great prizes:

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, and the Ready to POP! participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Creative School Lunches: A Day at the Zoo Themed School Lunch

This post is sponsored by Nature’s Harvest® Bread.  As always, all thoughts, opinions, and creations are my own.natures harvest logo

“Mommy, when are we going to go to the zoo?”

That was the question my oldest daughter asked last week after we finished reading a new book that I’d brought home from the library, which chronicled the adorable (although probably unrealistic) friendship between a baby giraffe and a baby tiger.  Ugh.  September may mean cooler temperatures in some places, but here in South Florida it’s at least mid-October before it’s comfortable outside.  Right now, it’s still 90+ degrees with what feels like 100% humidity each day.  Needless to say, the zoo – a primarily outdoor destination – isn’t exactly on the list of places I want to go right now.  I will be on my list come late October or November, but now?  Not so much.

But then I thought – Why not bring the zoo to them?  Surely, I can come up with a school lunch that incorporates some fun zoo animals…  And that’s exactly what I did!Natures Harvest Day at The Zoo Creative School Lunch Ingredients

Since the tiger was a big part of the book that we’d just read, I decided to make him the focus of this lunch.  I created the tigers face out of Nature’s Harvest Honey Wheat Bread (currently on Rollback at Walmart for $1.97!) using the rim of one of my larger drinking glasses.  I then placed a few turkey slices between the bread and created his face out of raisins, cheese, carrots, bacon bits, and fruit strips.  Roar!  Natures Harvest Day at The Zoo Creative School Lunch - Tiger SandwichMy kids loved him and I loved that they were getting a nutritious lunch in an easy, fun sandwich.  Baked with whole grains (at least 8 grams of whole grains per serving!) and no artificial flavors, colors, or high-fructose corn syrup, a lunch with Nature’s Harvest Bread is a lunch I can feel good about!
Natures Harvest Day at The Zoo Creative School Lunch - Tiger Face SandwichSo that’s my creative school lunch for September…but now it’s your turn because Nature’s Harvest is hosting a sandwich art contest on their Facebook Page.  This is your time to shine!  Did I mention there will be prizes? Oh, yes, there will be prizes!Nature's Harvest Sandwich Art Photo Contest
To enter the contest, all you need to do is create a sandwich using Nature’s Harvest Bread and then visit the Nature’s Harvest Facebook Page to submit your entry! How easy is that?Natures harvest breads
And for a chance to earn a $5 Walmart Gift Card, check out this 10 minute opt-in shopper research survey (only first 100 people to complete the survey will receive a gift card – U.S. citizens only, must be 18 years or older to participate).

What will you create?

Win a Philips Avent Toddler Cup Prize Pack {Giveaway!}

toocoolhopbutton4Welcome to the Too Cool for Drool Giveaway Hop, hosted by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It. This giveaway hop is full of bloggers celebrating moms, babies, and kids with some fabulous prizes. Be sure to hop around to all the participating bloggers and win some great prizes!  But hurry – this giveaway hop ends on September 14th!

For this giveaway, my friends at Philips Avent are offering one lucky reader the opportunity to try the cups from their brand new toddler range of cups.  Yes, you’ll get to try all 4 cups from the range!Philips Avent Cup CollageAnd with 4 stages of cups in the range – Trainer Cup, Spout Cup, Straw Cup, Grown up Cup – there’s sure to be something for every toddler.  My favorite is the Straw Cup because not only are all the parts dishwasher safe, but the top turns to cover the straw when it’s not in use.  My son actually started using this cup fairly young and is still using it today (he turns 2 in a month…sniff, sniff).  It also helps that we’ve never had a leak with it – ever.  You can find my full review of these amazing cups here.Avent Toddler Cup Range CollageAnd be sure to download your own copy of Sip, Sip, Hooray! a story of several toddler friends and a mischievous Mama “Sippopotomus” who’s hunting for the perfect sippy cup for Baby “Sippo.”  A collaboration between Philips Avent and Scholastic, this book playfully shows how kids reach milestones and with those milestones come fun cup options.  The illustrations in this book really are just too cute for words!Sipsiphooray

Download your copy of Sip, Sip, Hooray! here and enter using the rafflecopter below to win some great cups!  Good luck everyone!
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Now that you’ve entered my giveaway, don’t forget to hop around to all the other giveaways!

Disclosure: The Mommy Island, The Kids Did It, and the Too Cool For Drool participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.