GIVEAWAYS

John Deere Monster Treads RC Gator {GIVEAWAY}

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

I walked into a restaurant the other day and the waiter was quite a chatterbox. He was fascinated by our little girl {who was the only child with us at the time} but confused by the “Boymom University” tee I was wearing. I had to politely explain to him that no, Boymom University was not a real place, just a pun on the fact that we also have 3 boys who were at school and not with us. OH, that set him off into tales of growing up on a farm and riding 4-wheelers and tractors with his brothers. Our boys would have loved conversing with this jolly waiter about ALL THINGS BOYS, which includes anything with 4 wheels and moves fast. Even when our boys are not with us, all conversations truly do lead back to them and their shenanigans.

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That youthful waiter brings us from the farm to the suburbs and how the Blake boys roll within the city limits. No 4-wheelers and farm tractors here {unless you want to count the riding lawn mover}, just radio control HEAVEN!

Our backyard is perfect for the beauty that is the John Deere Monster Treads RC Gator. And when I say perfect, I mean very imperfect…with the tree roots and bumps/hills, rock paths and fallen limps, dirt mounds and small streams…everything an RC Gator needs to jump, spin, maneuver, and speed around! This sucker is a fast one for sure! We have boys that range from 6 to 12, and a 3 year old girl. All 4 have been caught chasing this bouncing RC Gator down the side hills, through the tree root covered back yard, all the way out onto the paved city Greenway in the back. Our backyard backs right up to the wooded, swampy Greenway. From our backdoor on into the public city Greenway and everything in-between is true heaven on earth for dirty, active boys and throwing this new radio controlled toy into the mix has made for afternoon after afternoon of fun filled Fall goodness.

Wipe off the tires and bring her in for indoor fun as well. Lots of imaginative play with ramps and sister chasing to be had indoors on rainy days too!

The holiday season will be here before you know it, it’s already almost October! I’m not sure about your family, but for sure there’s always at least one remote control vehicle under our tree with 3 little boys! You can never go wrong with a gift of John Deere and radio control madness when there’s a boy involved.

Last year, the John Deere Monster Treads Radio Control Tractor was named the #2 toy of 2013 by FamilyFun magazine. This year, the award-winning radio control Monster Treads from John Deere comes spinning, somersaulting and speeding back in 2014 as a brand new and totally cool Gator vehicle, complete with full-function operation; super bouncy air inflated tires; rear stand, spin and somersault tricks and fast speed.

About the John Deere Monster Treads Radio Control Gator
The award-winning radio control Monster Treads from John Deere comes spinning, somersaulting and speeding back in 2014 as a brand new and totally cool Gator vehicle, complete with full-function operation; super bouncy air inflated tires; rear stand, spin and somersault tricks and fast speed. Requires 6 AA and one 9V battery (not included). MSRP: $59.99. Ages: 8 years+ available now at johndeeregifts.com and local John Deere dealers.

GIVEAWAY:  One lucky winner receives their own John Deere Monster Treads RC Gator! Simply fill out the form below to enter. Good luck to all!

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Disney On Ice ~ Princesses & Heroes {GIVEAWAY – CHARLOTTE}

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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It’s that time of year again!! Disney On Ice is back here in Charlotte, NC. For the past several years, our family has enjoyed a night out with just the younger two kids, downtown, enjoying some one on one while they thrive in watching the ever fabulous Disney On Ice show!

Enter a world where heroes and hearts prevail. Join Ariel as she explores life above the waves and Prince Eric as he breaks Ursula’s spell to reclaim his true love. See Prince Phillip, in a race against time to rescue Aurora, defeat evil Maleficent. Discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin. And watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true. High-flying jumps, breathtaking skating, and lovable Disney friends are a wish away at Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes brought to you locally by Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates!

We are looking forward to the ultimate family evening out with our FAV Disney characters! YES, Ariel has and always will be our fav in this house. It was my favorite when I was little and it makes me so happy to watch Gigi adore her as well! G is 3 now so I think this will be the first year she will thoroughly enjoy and remember our experience this year at Disney On Ice. We cannot wait!

Purchase your tickets now for the October 1 – October 5 showings in Charlotte HERE.

CHARLOTTE LOCAL GIVEAWAY:  Simply fill out the form below to enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets to the October 1st event at 7pm. Good luck to all!

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OXO Tot #FirstBites {GIVEAWAY}

Friday, July 18th, 2014

What is that one “baby” product that you are still using, long after said baby is now a toddler or preschooler? For me…that product would be a baby food making machine! For two out of the four children, I made baby food 100% of the time for the first year, until table food was introduced. But, I would always make too much and have to freeze a large portion of it. Let me tell you a little secret for those of you trying to eat healthy and manage life at the same time (especially if there’s a baby in the picture as well) – use the frozen, pureed baby food in the freezer for yourself as well!

A frozen cube of pureed sweet potato mixed with apricot in your morning smoothie is divine! Pureed spinach, green beans with a hint of apples and cinnamon blended into your afternoon power shake…perfection! Not only is baby eating all the right things, you are too and nothing goes to waste!

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Gracie is 3 and still enjoys pureed food from time to time. A quick snack, as a side dish with dinner, and definitively when breakfast is on the run. We are now enjoying the baby food making process all over again with our 6 month old niece SJ. I will never tire of making wholesome meals from scratch, no matter the age of the child!

And this time around, we have OXO Tot products to use, enjoy, and praise! The Baby & Toddler collection over at OXO is truly amazing! Everything you need to feed your young one with ease of use, all BPA, phthalate and PVC free.

One of our favorite baby food making recipes that I still make and freeze for my morning smoothies is a mixture of an abundant garden veggie in our back yard and popular fruit that is affordable all year long! Zucchini & apples. With a dash of cinnamon.

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– Wash and peel the zucchini
– cut lengthwise and scoop the seeds out
– shred the rest and put aside
– Wash and peel the apples
– Cut into cubes
– Blend together until your desired texture
– Sprinkle in the desired amount of cinnamon, we use a very small dash
– Blend a bit more and DONE!

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Daddy & Co./My Life As A Dad Celeb Dad Gift Pack {FATHER’S DAY GIVEAWAY!!!!}

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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As the end of May is approaching, Father’s Day is right around the corner and you may be looking for the perfect way to celebrate DAD this year! Daddy & Co. has a fun giveaway JUST for dad this Father’s Day! They’ve partnered up with My Life As A Dad to offer a sweet Celeb Daddy Gift Pack giveaway to one lucky winner!!

My Life As A Dad (MLAAD) is the first show of its kind to delve into the lives of celebrity and professional athlete dads and highlights their journey to daddy hood.  The show features personal interviews, kid jam sessions, and games, along with advice, discovery, and emotional messages direct from celebrity and professional athletes that you know. MLAAD gets their answers to important questions, such as how they feel about being a dad, their parenting philosophies, how they balance their family life with their professional life and, in some cases, how they relate their unique upbringing to being a dad today. You’ll find out what their favorite activity to engage with their child is; their best piece of parenting advice, and even their first thought following their child’s birth.

The series features interviews with the likes of actor/comedian Tom Arnold, Dancing with the Stars winner J.R. Martinez, NCIS Los Angeles’ Eric Christian Olsen, Witchblade’s Will Yun Lee, and many more!

 

Do YOU want to celebrate Dad this Father’s Day!? Check out this fun clip from “My Life As A Dad” and learn more about the celeb dad’s who are a part of the show!  They all have some pretty sweet and amazing things to say about life as a dad!

Tom Arnold on why it’s okay to make mistakes;

”Relax. Babies don’t break so easy…You are going to make mistakes. I know I’ve made mistakes.”

We all know parents can’t get it perfect every time. Think your dad has any stories where he can relate to J.R. Martinez’ funny confession??

“There were a couple times when I put the diaper on backwards!”

 

Do you have a sweet tradition to share? Does your dad do something sweet you can always count on? Eric Christian Olsen from NCIS shares a sweet story about how he’s carrying on the traditions his father did while he was a kid;

“When I was a little kid my dad always read to us, and my mom would read to us every night. We started that tradition now, so we put these little earbuds on the belly and I read Goodnight Moon every single night.”

 

Why not celebrate dad and those fun, memorable moments with this awesome celeb dadd gift pack!? We’ve partnered up with Forever’s Like a Dream once again to offer this to one of our lucky readers!! Enter to win one below!

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Looksugar {GIVEAWAY}

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Removable vinyl wall decals are a great DIY interior decorating option. There are many different fun decals that can be placed in the kitchen, playroom, bedroom, and even in the laundry room. You can now find awesome chalkboard decals that are perfect for your kids playroom! I love the variety you can find at Looksugar*.

Looksugar* has chalkboard planners, chalkboard decals, wall decals and more. Their chalkboard decals range from adorable dinosaurs, robots, whales, and even a map of the continents! We were sent some decals to review and the kids love them!

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The Dinosaur Chalkboard decal is 21″W x 22″H, but custom sizes are also available. The decal is removable (not reusable) and will not leave any sticky residue on your walls. This is the perfect solution for decorating apartments and other rentals! The chalkboard decals work great with regular chalk or with chalk markers- which leaves way less mess! We have colored chalk markers, which are what we used for the hearts above.

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The decals peel off laminated paper and stick to the walls. You do have to be careful when peeling off the laminate, because the decal will tear if it gets stuck to itself. A peeling tool is sent with the decals, and I highly recommend using and reading instructions! My daughter was helping me install the world decal and part of Europe was destroyed. We were able to somewhat fix it, but you do need to be careful! The vinyl is very durable, but it still is possible to tear.

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The Robot Decal is one of my favorites. He also comes with 8 bolts. He is 22″ x 15″ and is the perfect size for little notes! Chalkboard decals range from $38-$45.

All Looksugar* decals can be customized and they also have a custom order option! Looksugar* would like to give one lucky BabyElan reader a chalkboard decal of their choice! Simply fill out the entry form below and good luck!

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