Saturday, December 6, 2008

Win ~ Bratz Kidz for Wii

Congrats to Helen!

I have to be honest, I'm jealous of this giveaway. My daughters both love Bratz.

Join your favorite Bratz Kidz characters for a sleepover themed party game filled with all the fun and excitement of a late night slumber party - no boys allowed!

Yasmin is hosting a sleepover for all of her girlfriends - but the party can’t start without you! Customize you favorite Bratz Kidz characters and their individual bedrooms in a series of fun mini games. You can also bake a delicious cake for your girlfriends, take stylish photos, and much more!

Select, customize and play with your favorite Bratz Kidz. Jade is respectful, Sasha is dynamic, Yasmin is self-confident and Cloe is sweet – of course they're all spunky, adventurous and cool. The game stimulates the player's creativity and imagination with a focus on fun, fashion and glamour! The kidz with a passion for fun are waiting for you to arrive…

Key Features & Highlights

  • 13 brilliant mini-games and activities involving fashion magazines, cooking, memory-games and photo-sessions!
  • Customize your character with tons of accessories, clothing and styling options including hairstyle, make-up, manicure, clothes, shoes and jewelry.
  • Customize your character’s bedroom – pick everything from wallpaper, curtains and carpets to furniture, plants and more!
  • Save up to 4 personalized Bratz Kidz profiles and bedrooms on your cartridge!
  • Play with up to three friends in the multiplayer setting. Exchange items, play the mini-games, compete in contests and more!
  • The game takes full advantage of the Nintendo DS microphone and stylus and the unique features of the revolutionary Nintendo Wii.

You can purchase Bratz Kidz at The Game Factory for your Nintendo DS and Wii. You can also head over to the Family Review Network for more chances to win.

Win it ~ Enter to win your very own copy of the Bratz Kidz for Wii thanks to Game Factory and Family Review Network. To enter, head over to The Game Factory browse around. Then come back here and tell me another game that looks interesting.

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Contest will end December 16th 11:59 pm

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Christmas Gift Guide ~ Girls

Here are some fun gift ideas for all the girls on your shopping list.

Kids will entertain themselves during the drive with this self-contained playset. To store, simply close them up and put them in your car's cupholder! Perfect for travel.
Car Go Barbie Fairytopia*

Put innovative creativity and fun at your kids' fingertips -- and watch them learn in the process -- with the The LeapFrog® Leapster® 2 Learning Game System - Pink. This battery-operated handheld game system goes where your children go, and brings plenty of learning fun along. It comes with two pre-installed educational games, and many more are available: purchase an optional SD card separately for access to additional online games and to take advantage of other online features; or you can purchase game cartridges to add to your Leapster 2 repository. The included games have skill levels suitable for children ages 4 to 8.

Good Morning, it's Breakfast Time! Time to prepare a nutritious pretend play breakfast meal! The
Breakfast Time Set by iplay
is a complete set of breakfast favorites that makes for a well-rounded start to your day. Included in the Kitchen Littles Breakfast Time Set is a heavy duty, die-cast metal frying pan with lid, a cereal box, a cereal bowl, half a grapefruit, a dinner plate, 2 sunny-side-up eggs, 3 bacon strips, a fork, a knife, a spoon, and a spatula.

Fizzy Foamy Science Kit by Scientific Explorer Children young and old will enjoy mixing safe powders to create solutions that foam and fizz in this Fizzy Foamy Science Kit by Scientific Explorer. What makes soda pop? Bread rise? This Fizzy Foamy Science Kit includes citric acid powder, baking soda, yeast, tub tints and more for multiple investigations. Children will learn fun chemistry while developing science skills.

Groovy Girl Belisima Ballerina by Manhattan Toy

Groovy Girl Belisima Ballerina by Manhattan Toy
and the Groovy Girl Bedroom Bonanza by Manhattan Toy Company This 14 piece Groovy Girl Bedroom Bonanza play set is lush with fab furnishings and creative decor and includes Groovy Girl Selia. This Groovy Girl Set features a fringed end table, chair, area rug, mirror, bed with pillow and blanket, two soft cubes and three lamps that affix to the wall. Our flexible play space has three reversible panels for double the design possibilities. Young designers will love to customize their space by draping lengths of sparkly fabric and pompoms as accents.

No one knows fancy like Nancy. Little girls everywhere have embraced this sparkly, spirited individualist whose motto is More is more! Madame Alexander captures every frill, feather, and flourish in the enchanting 18" doll that faithfully depict Fancy Nancy as described in the books by Jane OConnor, detailed to the last curlicue.

Welcome to the world of Peek-a-boo Petites! This adorable Playset has two charming levels for girls to explore with their Petites dolls. Your Petites Dolls will have their own themed rooms for creating one adventure after another. Stroll through the travel cafe, ballet studio, ice cream parlor, bakery, castle room and flower shop. There's so much to do! (Remember Little Kiddles, this is the remake)

My daughter is getting some of these dolls, they are adorable! She is supposed to get this playset, however Amazon shipped to another state & are giving me a hard time about resending it to me, in the correct state. Regardless, it is adorable.

East High is brought to life with this ultimate High School Musical 3 High School Playset . Act out all your favorite scenes and adventures with a gym, classroom, stage, lunchroom and secret rooftop area, all straight out of the movie. Dolls sold separately.

My Little Pony Ponyville Deluxe Playset What little girl doesn't love ponies, amusement parks, and ice cream? The Ponyville Sweet Sundae Amusement Park features all three, and your child age 4 and up will find lots to do there. From putting pony on a Ferris wheel to feeding him sweet treats at the ice-cream parlor, your girl can entertain herself for hours at this pretty, pink-themed amusement park, where lots of fun accessories encourage creative play.

An innovative combination of magnets and wood, this dress-up set is sure to provide hours of imaginative play. Magnetic dress-up doll includes stand and loads of colorful, magnetic outfits and accessories for pretend play. 24 pieces. Measures 8.5" x 11.5" x 1.5". Melissa & Doug Deluxe 24-Piece Princess Elise Magnetic Dress-Up

The Baby Alive Learns to Potty from Hasbro really eats, drinks, and uses the potty. With its blinking eyes, talking mouth, and ability to "eat" and "digest" its food, this doll provides interactive and imaginative fun for children ages 3 and up. My daughters have been wanting a Baby Alive for a couple years now, this is a hot toy~

The colorful Caring Corners - Mrs. Goodbee Interactive Dollhouse is sure to inspire lots of imaginative and cooperative play. Little girls will love the fun songs and sound effects, as well as the online good deeds garden they can gain access to. Small parts make this dollhouse inappropriate for children under three.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Polliwalks Review & Giveaway

Once upon a time,
children's shoes were taking themselves a bit too seriously,
and feet were not having any fun.
Then one day, a new brand named Polliwalks™ was created.
Polliwalks™ brought fun back to children's feet. All the children loved their Polliwalks™.
They took them home, quickly became best friends, and lived happily every after.
When was the last time a shoe looked you in the eye and made you smile?
Feet have never had so much fun!
Go on, go outside and play!

I was sent a pair of those adorable bubblegum kitty Polliwalks shoes and a brand new style, the Firefly to review. Cami absolutely adores the Kitty Polliwalks! Since we have been getting snow in Michigan already, she hasn't worn them outside yet. Since they haven't been outside, she has been wearing them every single day in the house. She has even worn them to bed a few nights, lol. She says they are warm, comfortable and so cute. She named them, but I can't remember her kitties name right now.

The Firefly Polliwalks are part of the brand new spring line. The fish lips is the other style that is part of the new spring line. Both of these brand new shoes are available exclusively for the holiday in select Dillards stores and online at Aren't the blinking lights adorable? I haven't given these to my daughter yet, I thought I'd save them for a present.

Some key features that make these awesome shoes ~

  • They are fun & colorful. What kid wouldn't want to wear these
  • The bottom of the shoes have the animal footprints on them. Step in the mud, sand, dirt, etc and leave footprints behind
  • Easy to get on & off
  • Superior comfort
  • Easy to clean
  • Vegan!
Polliwalks Ladybug Clogs
Do you love these as much as I do? If so, enter for your chance to win your choice/size in the following Polliwalks ~ duck, frog, ladybug, gator, puppy or kitty.
Polliwalks Kitty Furry - Girls' Clog

To enter, just head over to Polliwalks and look around. Come back here & let me know what style you would pick if you won (don't worry you can change your mind) or what style is your favorite.

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Contest ends 12th at 11:59pm

Winner is Reb

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Girls Gift Idea ~ Jakks Pacific Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker

JAKKS Pacific, Inc.has recently introduced an innovation into the food play category with the Girl Gourmet™ line of fun and fashionable bakeware, led by the ground-breaking Cupcake Maker and homemade Ice Cream Sandwich Maker other accessories made especially for young bakers. Cupcakes are a hot trend sweeping the nation and now kid chefs can whip up delicious homemade cupcakes and other goodies at home in all the yummiest and trendiest flavors. Perfect timing for kids to learn about giving precious holiday treats that they actually baked themselves.

We received the Jakks Pacific Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker to review. The standard package comes with 4 flavors to make ~ Chocolate, vanilla, red velvet and cinnamon sugar. You can also buy refill kits. The cupcake maker is ready to go right out of the box which is nice. The mixes only use water to make & a microwave. They are also wheat free.

Just mix the cake mix with water using the provided measuring spoons and water dropper to reach the desired consistency, pour the batter into the cupcake paper, and put it in the plastic "baking dish," bake it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Then out comes a completely baked cupcake.

While the cupcake is baking, you can start mixing the frosting in the same manner. Then scoop the frosting into the froster with the miniature spatula and place it in the machine. Place the cooled cupcake below and push down the lever. The frosting machine simultaneously spins the cupcake and pushes out the frosting to create a spiral shape. Kids can put the finishing touches on with the included sprinkles or whatever they choose.

The Cupcake maker is a lot of fun for girls. It reminds me of an updated & more fresh version of the Easy Bake Oven. This is a hot item for this Christmas! Be sure to check out all the accessories and other Girl Gourmet Line products.

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Mom Central Holiday Gift Guide

Mom Central is at it again. They have come up with an amazing Gift Guide and Giveaways. To be eligible to win the daily prizes, participants must register on Mom Central, log-in, and leave a comment on the post. In addition, if participants tweet or email friends about the giveaway, they can earn another entry! In order to earn the entry, they simply go back to the Mom Central Review blog and leave a second comment letting us know.

You can also register at the Mom Central Testing Panel. Mom Central has been amazing to work with. They even sent me a gorgeous purple Mom Central coffee mug for Thanksgiving. It is now my favorite, I love it. Even made in USA :)

The gift guide consists of the following categories ~ Her, Him, Baby/Toddler, Kids, Tweens, Teens & Pets. It is well organized & a great resource. Go check it out & enter those contests!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Book Review ~ A Jolly Good Fellow

Do you love to read, do you love Christmas? If so, I have a great book recommendation for you! A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW by Stephen V. Masse.

Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car
for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy,
State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking. So begins Wagner’s quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven year old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is—or could be.

This book is really good. It is a touching story about a lonely man and a child. The way the book is written, it really pulls you in. You want to find out what Duncan is going to do next. Why does he want to kidnap this boy? Why did Gabriel just get in the car, why was he hitchhiking? It is really a great read! Full of twists and humor.

The author, Stephen V. Masse wrote the first draft of this book in 6 weeks time. On his website he states ~

In a period of crushing depression, I holed up and wrote all day, every day for six weeks. I conjured up a man named Duncan and a boy named Gabriel, and put them together by kidnapping. The story came to me by itself; there was no outline or plot plan.
Several years and many re-writes later, I began to discover that Duncan and Gabriel both represent portraits of myself, and that writing the book was a way for me to kidnap my inner child and experience a bit of renewal, or what I call "inner parenting."

If you can find the time to read a little during this hectic this time of year ... Then pick up a copy of A Jolly Good Fellow. You can purchase the e-book for only $5 or the paperback for $14.95. You can also purchase a signed edition here. If you are just to busy, then pick it up & start reading after all the Christmas chaos is finished. I know myself, I'm usually a bit bored during the week from Christmas to New years. Great time to read and take a moment for yourself!

This would make a great stocking stuffer or gift for the reader in your life as well.

I want to thank Stephen and Tracee from Pump up your book promotion for including me in this blog tour. Please take a moment to support Stephen and check out his website. I love supporting Independent Publishers, some of the best written books!

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