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Big G Cereals Going Retro & GIVEAWAY!


Our family of 5 loves cereal so Big G is a big presence in our home.  Big G cereals is again going “Retro” with special edition classic packaging from the 1950’s, ’60s and ’80s.

For a limited time you can go to your local Target® store’s cereal aisle, as Big G cereals have brought back their “Retro” themed packaging. To help celebrate the event, Big G has team up with Hasbro®, offering a $5 coupon on Clue® Vintage, Scrabble® Vintage, Parcheesi® Vintage or Risk® Vintage board games at Target. Check out all the General Mills specials at Target.

Don’t forget to go online & print a coupon for $1 off 2 General Mills cereals before you head to Target.

Collect all 5 different throw-back packages that each include a $5 coupon for these vintage Hasbro® board games; available exclusively at Target® from March 15, 2013 to April 30, 2013 while supplies last. Coupon valid at Target stores from March 15, 2013 to December 31, 2013.

Participating Big G cereals include: Cinnamon Toast Crunch® (16.2 oz.), Lucky Charms® (16 oz.), Honey Nut Cheerios® (17 oz.), Cheerios® (18 oz.) and Cocoa Puffs® (16.5 oz.)

Participating Hasbro vintage board games: Clue® Vintage, Scrabble® Vintage, Parcheesi® Vintage or Risk® Vintage.

I know you all love cereal and you all love Target, so here’s a giveaway I know you’re going to be interested in!


Prize pack features:

* 2 boxes of participating Big G Retro cereal
* $10 Target gift card
* 1 Hasbro Parcheesi® Deluxe Vintage board game

To enter this giveaway, simply leave one comment sharing which Big G cereal is your favorite.

The giveaway entry period will end on April 1, 2013. Open to US residents. Winner will be selected with

Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

4/2/13 Update:  Thomas Murphy is the randomly selected winner.


Creativity for Kids Finger Puppet Theater Giveaway

With Christmas break just a few weeks away, I’m wondering how to entertain my sons, who tend to get bored when not in school.  The arts and crafts kits from Creativity for Kids offer up unique ways to entertain children at home.  We recently received the Finger Puppet Theater for review.

Product description from the web site:

Embellish 6 adorable puppets with adhesive back felt, wiggly eyes and fun accessories. The tabletop cardboard puppet stage is sturdy and so easy to assemble. Decorate it with the stickers included. You can personalize the stage with your child’s name and let the show begin! The puppet stage measures approximately 12″ high x 17″ wide.

And you can upload the finished product at the Creativity for Kids Gallery.

The kit is made for children aged 4+, so it’s great for preschoolers.  I think that the theater is too small for 2 kids to share, but it’s perfect for one child.  It’s a fun way for kids to express their creativity and use their imaginations.  My kindergartener enjoyed playing with the finger puppet theater but my 7 year old claimed it was too “babyish” for him.  I thought it was an adorable kit.

Giveaway: One subscriber will win the Finger Puppet Theater (value $19.99).

To Enter: You MUST be an email subscriber of my blog.  In one comment, state that you are an email subscriber AND share the name of another craft kit on the Creativity for Kids web site that you like.

The giveaway entry period will end at 6:00 pm EST on December 7th. Open to US only.  The winner will be selected by

Disclosure:  Creativity for Kids provided me with a free Finger Puppet Theater.

Creativity for Kids Review and Giveaway

Faber-Castell, the company behind Creativity For Kids, recently contacted me to review one of their art kits.  I was a big fan of their kits already.  My kids really loved their Paint and Peel Window Art kit, and we still have lovely butterflies, fish, and flying saucers displayed on our French doors from that project.

This time we had the chance to try the Racer Bikes kit.  This kit is intended for children ages 5 and up, and it includes 2 motorcycles to decorate with stickers and paint.  I thought this would be perfect for my sons, who are 5 1/2 and 7.  I really liked the fact that they could do this project together.  If I could change anything about it, I would say that I wish the kit had come with 2 paint brushes instead of just 1.  Luckily we had an extra paintbrush on hand, but I can see that it might have been a problem if they had to fight over a single paintbrush.

The Racer Bikes kit was age-appropriate for my 5 1/2 year old, and it really was up his alley because he loves vehicles and painting.  My 7 year old enjoyed it, too.  After the project was completed, we had the chance to upload a picture of the finished product at the Creativity for Kids gallery.   I thought this was a really cool feature.

GIVEAWAY: One of my blog subscribers will win the same Racer Bikes kit I reviewed!

Mandatory entry: You MUST be a confirmed email subscriber to enter (see right-hand margin).  In ONE comment, state that you are an email subscriber and which other Creativity for Kids kit you like (other than the ones mentioned here).

Bonus entry: “Like” Creativity for Kids on Facebook and leave me a comment below with your Facebook username.

The giveaway entry period will end at 6:00 pm EST on Monday, September 13th. Open to US residents only.  The winner will be selected by

Disclosure:  I was provided a Racer Bikes kit free of charge for the purposes of this review.  No monetary exchange took place.  The opinions above are my own.  Special thanks to Lisa at Faber-Castell!

CSN Stores Giveaway

I’m so happy to bring you a giveaway from CSN Stores!  If you haven’t heard of them already, they have over 200 stores featuring furniture, housewares, toys & games, baby gear, office supplies, shoes, luggage, fitness equipment, pet products, and so much more.  A couple of weeks ago I reviewed the 30″ acoustic guitar that I purchased for my son’s 7th birthday.  It was a big hit!

So when CSN Stores gave me the chance to host a giveaway, I got busy searching for a kid-friendly item you would all enjoy.  This was hard to do since there are so many wonderful products to choose from, but I think I made a good selection (if I do say so myself).

Perfect for the Disney fan in your life, the winner will have their choice of one of these 9 bin toy organizers (“Cars” for a boy or “Disney Princesses” for a girl)!

Please read the rules carefully.  All entries that don’t conform to the rules will be deleted.  ”Thanks for the chance” or “enter me” don’t count as entries and will be deleted.

Mandatory entry: Visit the CSN Stores site and select another item (not one of the items mentioned on this post) that you would like to have.  Leave the name of the item AND the product’s URL in a comment.

Once you complete the mandatory entry, you are eligible for bonus entries (each one is worth one additional entry, for a total of 4 possible entries).

Bonus entries:

* Subscribe to my blog via email (+1)

* Post about this giveaway on your own blog by linking back here.  This doesn’t have to be an individual post; you can just make a short mention while listing other giveaways (+1)

* Follow CSN Stores on Twitter: (+1)

Giveaway entry period will end at 11:59 PM on April 20, 2010.  You must include your email address so that I can contact you if you win.  US residents only.  The winner will be chosen randomly from all eligible entries.  You must reply to my notification email within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen. Only U.S. residents are eligible (no P.O. boxes, please).

CSN Stores is generously furnishing & shipping the prize to one lucky winner.  I did not receive any form of compensation for this post.  Thank you very much to Jason & Jamie at CSN Stores for allowing me this opportunity!

Outdoor Oasis Event

Jennifer from J. Leigh Designz and Dee from Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House have partnered together to bring us their Outdoor Oasis Event.  To kick things off, they are each hosting a fabulous bouncehouse giveaway!  Can you imagine how thrilled your child/ren would be to have a bouncehouse of their very own?

J. Leigh Designz is giving away a Bounce Bot Inflatable Bobble Bouncer by Blast Zone.  This bouncer retails for $399.99 at

Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House is giving away a Rock Crawler Bouncehouse.  This bouncer retails for $449.99 at Playhouse Bouncers.

Both awesome giveaways end on May 3rd so enter today!

Wow, my kids sure love to bounce!  That’s why this giveaway would knock their socks off!  J. Leigh Designz will be giving away a Bounce Bot Inflatable Bobble Bouncer by Blast Zone. These would retail for $399.99 from  This giveaway will kick off the Outdoor Oasis event.

You can read more about the upcoming giveaway HERE.