Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage II Playhouse Giveaway

When I was a kid, I loved my playhouse. I spent hours in that thing, even long after I fit in it without having to be smashed up like a pretzel. My kids have one that they love, too - so I could not resist the chance to join this giveaway and give one of you the chance to have a playhouse, too!

Welcome to the Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage II Giveaway,
hosted by Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy and sponsored by Step2!
Viva Veltoro is a Step2 Ambassador and just had the opportunity to review the Neat & Tidy Cottage II, one of Step2's newest products. This realistic playhouse will look great in any backyard because of its charming exterior that resembles stone and wood. Your little one can pretend to cook, clean and welcome guests into their very own house. Check out the Viva Veltoro's full review of the Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage II to see all of the awesome features of this playhouse.

Details of the Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage (obtained from the Step2 website):
  • Open design keeps kids visible during playtime
  • Working Dutch door and shutters
  • Interior includes kitchen seat, fireplace, wall clock, play phone, built-in shelves, kitchen table and faucet
  • Exterior features pass-through mailbox and realistic doorbell
  • Molded-in flower box is perfect for real or fake flowers (flowers not included)
  • Built-in floor with drain holes
  • Adult assembly required, Requires two "AAA" batteries (not included) for doorbell.

I think my favorite feature is that you can actually plant real flowers in the flower box! How fun would that be for a little gardener? Right now, my kids would definitely just dump the dirt on the ground...but eventually, I think they would enjoy it.


One lucky reader will WIN the Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage II, ARV $189.99!
Open to the Continental US only. Ends 8/14/14 at 11:59 PM EST.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by the Step2 Company. Viva Veltoro, Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and the participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, or Instagram. Please contact vivaveltoro{at} with any questions about this giveaway.

Disclosure: Director Jewels received no compensation or incentive to participate in this giveaway.

Monday, July 28, 2014


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."
This week's adventurous photos brought to you by Wonderscope, Kansas City's children's museum.
Linking up at Practising Simplicity.

Friday, July 25, 2014

$150 Back to School Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

It just occurred to me that August is next week, which means school is starting ridiculously soon. I think I'm going to start Lincoln on some sort of homeschool preschool program this fall, but I have yet to get anything organized! I had better get to it. Since he is not going to a traditional school, we don't have a supply list to purchase, but I know that I would love to spruce up our collection of art supplies and writing utensils. School expenses can really add up and cause a lot of financial stress. So, I decided to team up with some amazing bloggers and host an awesome giveaway! What better way to kick off the new school year than to have a back to school $150 Walmart gift card giveaway?! I don't know about you, but $150 would do a lot for our preschool supply wish list!

It's really easy to enter - just leave a comment below telling us what was your favorite subject in school, fill out the entry form, and leave the rest to fate! ;)

This giveaway is sponsored by:

Moms of Faith
Guessing All the Way
Mom Off Track
Living Smart Girl
Blog by Donna
Director Jewels
This Roller Coaster Called Life
The Neighborhood Moms
My Sweet Beauty
Life With Levi
My Boys and Their Toys
Wisconsin Mommy
Pint-sized Treasures
Inspired Moms Club

 Please stop by and show all of these fabulous ladies some blog love!


One reader will win a $150 Gift Card to Walmart! This giveaway will end on August 18. This giveaway is open to Continental US, Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada. If winner chosen is in Hawaii, Alaska, or Canada, they will receive an e-gift card instead of one via snail mail.

To enter the giveaway, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below (you may need Javascript enabled to see the form and it may take a moment to load)! Once you complete the first entry, the other options will open up so that you can complete them as well.  All of the "extra entries" are optional - you can do just one, or as many as you want! Winner will be chosen and listed in the Rafflecopter form below. The winner will have 48 hours to contact respond before a new winner is chosen. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: Walmart is not affiliated with this giveaway or its sponsors. Prize is being provided by sponsors mentioned above.

Monday, July 21, 2014

My Kids, Inky & Ad

Nicknames - they're funny.

When you name your child, you may have a nickname in mind for him or her. I have an example. We thought for sure when we chose "Lincoln" for our little man that he would primarily be called Link. That turned out to be pretty much one hundred percent false. I don't know why we never adapted to calling him Link. We did call him "Blinkin" a lot. Don't ask me why.

When he finally started talking, he dubbed himself "Inky." Now, if you try to tell him his name is Link or Lincoln, he says "No! I'm Inky!"

Adelaide, on the other hand, does primarily go by her nickname - Addie. I love her full name because it has an old-time romantic flair, but Adelaide is a pretty big mouthful for a toddler to learn to pronounce. When she says her full name, it sounds like "Addie-lay" and it is precious. But we usually just call her Addie, or sometimes Addie Rose.

Lincoln, apparently determined to be the one who chooses the names in this family, a few months ago started referring to his sister as "Ad." I thought it was random and hilarious. I didn't encourage or discourage it - and guess what happened? Somehow it became a habit and we all call her that now.

So I'm the mom who is at the park shouting, "Inky! Ad! Let's go on the swings and then down the slide!" and people probably think I'm a psychopath when it comes to naming children.

Oh well. I used to hate being called Jewels, and look where that ended up - it's splashed up there in the title of my blog. Sometimes, things are just meant to be.

Do your kids have weird nicknames or do you maintain more normalcy than my family?

$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway from Heroes of the City

Disclosure: Director Jewels received no incentive to participate in this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

Sponsored by Heroes of the City

My son is obsessed with trucks and vehicles in general - and we had a firetruck themed birthday party when he turned three earlier this year. I just found out about the app called Heroes of the City and I'm amazed that somehow we've not heard of it until now! It looks like something that would be a favorite of Lincoln's for sure.

This popular app, Heroes of the City, now has a new YouTube channel where you can check out all of their latest videos! I'm  ind of afraid to even show Lincoln the channel because he would insist on watching it all the time!

Here is an example:

Hint: Watch the video above to be able to answer the Bonus question in the giveaway for 10 Bonus entries!

In order to help to promote their latest YouTube channel, Heroes of the City is offering a $25 Gift Card Giveaway! This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+. It will run from 7/21/14 1am EST -8/4/14 11:59pm EST. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Enter below and Good Luck!

*Disclosure: Coupon Crazy Mommy and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
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