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Monday, July 7, 2014

Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway : Adventure Time

Welcome to the second giveaway in celebration of Carys's birthday! I connected with some of our favorite companies - many are already listed on the "Must Have Gear Lists" and some will be listed in the upcoming toddler gear guide - and was so thrilled and humbled with the positive responses! I also provided a couple things to round it out as well. (I want to assure you this isn't about to become a giveaway/review blog - this is just for a special occasion! Because three is such a milestone birthday, right? Okay, fine, it's not, but I still promise it won't be all giveaways and reviews all the time.)

This is the "Adventure Time" prize pack - full of goodies to take you out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors! This prize pack includes:

- A personalized sippy cup or snack cup of your choice from Handmade by Insy
- A toy airplane from Green Toys
- Two reusable food pouches from Press Pouch
- One tube of baby sunblock from Blue Lizard
- A tee-shirt of your choice from cuteheads
- A magnifying glass from Melissa and Doug

a Rafflecopter giveaway

[Note: You can enter all of the giveaways, but only win one of them. If you win multiple giveaways, I will contact you to see which is your preferred prize and draw a second name for the other(s).]

I also wanted to give a bit of information about each company and why we love them.

Handmade by Insy: I met Lindsey because she, too, has a July 2011 baby. She made the adorable shirt Carys wore to reveal the news about Emmeline, and we have a personalized sippy cup as well, which Carys won't let anyone else touch. Kids love personalized things, and the quality is fantastic. (I'm totally eyeing a personalized backpack for Christmas!)

Green Toys: You're probably familiar with their toys, but if not, you should be! They make a line of toys from recycled plastic and other environmentally-friendly materials - plus they are all made in the USA. They've recycled nearly 22 MILLION milk jugs in producing their toys. We have several Green Toys, including the plane pictured above, a car, a stacking toy, a dump truck, and the "Build a Bouquet."

Press Pouch: Carys LOVES pouches, even now. I hate buying them because they are so expensive and often have a ton of sugar (even the ones with nothing but fruit and veggies). I like being able to make my own smoothies and fill up the pouches myself - saves money and is way healthier! They're great for on-the-go snacking.

Blue Lizard: First, it's Australian. And I love Australia. Like, I'm seriously trying to convince Chris that we need to live there for at least a year. One thing I learned while there was that Australians take their sun protection seriously. The little school kids all wear hats when they're out and about and have a "no hat, no play" policy. This sunscreen uses physical blockers instead of chemical blockers, so it's safe for babies, and is chemical, paraben, and fragrance-free. It goes on thick, but soaks in well and most importantly, WORKS. I'm not exaggerating when I say I put this on both girls every time they are in the sun. Have you seen their pale skin?? (Plus, it has a 1 - the highest ranking - from EWG!)

Cuteheads: I met the founder, Esther, after we both had babies due in December 2013. She is wonderful and talented woman with an equally adorable baby. These clothes are so, so soft, and have a great stretchy quality to them that makes them (I assume) really comfortable (I assume, only because they aren't quite stretchy enough to fit on my post-two-kids body. Surely they would have fit before, right? RIGHT?). They're incredibly high quality and the colors and graphics are great - kid friendly and appropriate, yet not baby-ish. And, gasp, not every single thing is pink! HOW NOVEL, clothing for girls that isn't only available in pink! Carys loves her dress and t-shirt (and NEEDS the Layer Cake Skirt!), and I love the headband that we have for Emmeline.

Melissa and Doug: A totally ubiquitous children's toy brand. They have great toys that are high quality, and many wooden non-toxic toys as well. We probably have about 300 (it feels like) Melissa and Doug products at our house, from puzzles to sticker books to an art easel. Also, they're funny.

Handmade by Insy, Green Toys, Blue Lizard, and Cuteheads donated products for this giveaway. Press Pouches and Melissa and Doug magnifying glass were provided by You Are My Licorice.

Click on the image below to be taken to the roundup of all the Birthday Extravaganza Giveaways!


  1. This giveaway is exciting because it includes an item from Handmade by Insy.

  2. These products are all so cute! What a great giveaway!

  3. Love your blog and all these treats are so fun!

  4. Adorable items! We are always singing "Let's go! go! go! on an adventure!" in our house. <3

  5. These are great! I know Insy's items are always wonderful!

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  7. Great stuff in all these giveaways! I think I will get Agatha a personalized cup if I don't win one - they're so cute. I am looking forward to the toddler gear guide as well. Would you consider doing a kids guide to Omaha? I am always looking for fun stuff to do when we visit.

    Curiouser and Curiouser

  8. All of it makes me excited! lol But I think my daughter would really love a personalized sippy cup! :)

  9. What a great set of items! I'm most excited about the personalized snack cup!

  10. Great bunch of items but I especially love the personalized sippy cup!

  11. These are great prizes! I would love to win for my two girls!

  12. Love your blog and love the items in these prize packs! Happy birthday Carys!