Yummi Pouch Brights Giveaway 9/15

Welcome to the Ready to POP! [a Labor Day inspired Giveaway Hop]
hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!

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This giveaway hits close to home since I “labored” last week and we just welcomed our little man! I’m excited to be teaming up with a group of fabulous bloggers to celebrate Labor Day in a fun way – by offering giveaways for mamas and babies who have done some of the hardest labor out there! Each blogger has a fabulous mama or baby prize for you to enter to win, so be sure to hop around to them all after you’ve entered to win my giveaway for Yummi Pouch Brights and the fabulous Grand Prize, featuring Buttons Diapers and Beautiful Earth!

Yummi Pouch Brights Giveaway

We all know that I’m my daughter is a pouch addict. But buying disposable pouches can get pretty pricey. That’s where Yummi Pouch comes in handy. Yummi Pouch was created by a mom and dad team to help parents meet their children’s fundamental need of good nutrition while making the feeding process simple, Eco-friendly and cost-effective.

The generous duo is offering one lucky reader two packs of Yummi Pouch Brights (8 total reusable pouches). To enter to win, please use the entry form below. Giveaway is open to residents of the US, ages 18+.

SPECIAL OFFER!
Take 10% off your next order with promo code PARTY4YP


Spit Up is the New Black, So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Ready to POP! participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Winix FresHome P150 Air Purifier Giveaway 9/11

Welcome to the Winix FresHome P150 Air Purifier giveaway, sponsored by Winix America and hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro.

photo 2-1The Winix FresHome P150 utilizes the best air cleaning technologies to capture all of the unseen particles suspended in the air, including dust, pollen, smoke, mold spores, organic chemicals, and household odors.

Featuring a 3-Stage Air Cleaning System, the P150 uses an Activated Carbon Pre-Filter to remove household odors, hair, lint, and other large particles, which helps to extend the overall life of your HEPA filter and reduces the amount of housekeeping, by reducing the amount of dust in the room it is kept. The True-HEPA Filter is the second stage in the FresHome P150′s Air Cleaning System. Winix’s True-HEPA Filter is designed to capture a variety of particles that are unable to be seen by the human eye; these particles include: pet dander, smoke, pollen, mold spores, and many other irritating allergens. Finally, the third stage in Winix’s 3-Stage Air Cleaning Process is Winix’s own PlasmaWave Technology, which is responsible for safely breaking apart odors, chemical vapors, and other pollutants, at the molecular level. Winix’s PlasmaWave Technology offers you superior all-around cleaning, without generating harmful ozone.

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To find out more, read Thrifty Nifty Mommy’s full review of the larger Winix FresHome P300 Air Purifier.

Winix wants to give three lucky families a FresHome P150 of their own!

This giveaway is open to residents of the Continental US and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 years of age or older, unless prohibited by law. The giveaway will end at 11:59pm EDT on September 11th, 2014 and the winners will be drawn randomly from all eligible entries received. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!
Entry Form
The participating bloggers have not been compensated for sharing this giveaway. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of Winix America. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest. For questions about this giveaway, please email thriftyniftymommy {at} yahoo.com

Cooking Like We’re in Ella’s Kitchen

I received samples c/o Ella’s Kitchen to facilitate the following review.

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I have a soft spot for dads. Each day I watch as my husband bonds with our daughter. We’re so blessed that he can stay at home with her while I work full-time. I love that she spends the day with Daddy going to the park, doing arts and crafts, and even learning how to cook.

So it’s no wonder we’re big fans of Ella’s Kitchen, which was started by who else but a dad (Ella’s dad that is). He started Ella’s Kitchen for his daughter (and her entire generation) so that kids could discover that healthy food can be fun, tasty and cool. He took simple, natural ingredients and created delicious baby food with adorable packaging and product names.

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I just love the name “nibbly fingers” and the fun cartoon-looking drawings and font.

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We’ve been loyal Ella’s Kitchen customers since Bear began solids a year and a half ago, so I was overjoyed when I found out that Ella’s dad came out with a cookbook and a baking book, featuring easy, healthy, kid-friendly recipes for young families. My daughter loves cooking alongside her dad, so they two of them were eager to test out a recipe.

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It’s not like we’re lacking cookbooks in our kitchen, but I must say that a children’s cookbook, where mom and dad can enjoy the recipes too, is a great addition to our collection and I would recommend the Ella’s Kitchen cookbooks to everyone!

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After looking through the Cook Book (The Red One), the two of them decided to test out a recipe for dinner last Tuesday night. My husband picked the Totally cool Caribbean chicken with mango + pineapple, loaded with potatoes, tomatoes and mangoes. Just as with every home cooked dinner, my daughter helped with the cooking (and discover “ingos”).

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She loves to stand at the counter with Daddy as he preps, chops, and simmers. He amended the recipe a little, cutting the suggested potato measurements in half. This made the potato to mango ratio is bit more even, and we still had plenty of leftovers for a family of three.

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This was a great recipe for the family and toddler friendly. My daughter is willing to try just about any food at least once (and usually likes it the first time around). After thoroughly enjoying the mango recipe, I’m excited to try many more recipes in this book and check out The Yellow One, which is all baking and this mama’s forte.

Connect // Sign up to become a friend of Ella’s Kitchen here (they send great coupons), and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

Belly Dance Maternity Screen Print Tee + $25 Gift Card Giveaway 9/7

I received a sample c/o Belly Dance Maternity to facilitate this giveaway.

Pregnancy can be a pretty uncomfortable time for many moms and moms-to-be, but Belly Dance Maternity bridged the gap between 9 months of comfort and style.

I recently had the chance to check out their West Village location in New York. I felt a sense of comfort when I walked into their shop. The associates were so friendly and helpful. They showed me one of the newest additions to the shop – screen print tees by NOM. I tried on a few of the variations, including the Ice Cream Graphic Tee, since ice cream is this mama’s weakness.

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But after seeing the Blue Kiki Heart Tee, I fell in love (since I’m having a baby boy)!

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I seriously can’t get enough of this top. It’s flowy, so it can be worn both during pregnancy and postpartum. Plus, it’s made in the USA of super soft material with adorable graphics printed on front. They have a few other options too, including the Kiki Question Tee, Pink Kiki Ampersand Tee, and Pink Kiki Heart Tee.

Belly Dance Maternity Giveaway

The kind ladies behind Belly Dance Maternity are offering one lucky winner their choice of NOM graphic tee PLUS a $25 gift card for use at one of their two store locations –  Manhattan or Chicago – or online at bellydancematernity.com.

To enter the Belly Dance Maternity Screen Print Tee + $25 Gift Card Giveaway, please use the entry form below. Giveaway is open to residents of the 48 contiguous US states, ages 18+.

SPECIAL OFFER!

Save 20% off your purchase with code SPITUP at checkout now through September 30, 2014. Valid only at bellydancematernity.com.

Spit Up is the New Black and any blogger that promotes this giveaway are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. Open to residents of the 48 contiguous US states and Canada, ages 18+. Winner may select choice of NOM screen print tee. $25 gift card may be used in store (Chicago or NY location) or online at bellydancematernity.com. Shipping not included for gift card redemption.

Baby Jogger Summit X3 2014 Giveaway 9/7

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Welcome to the Baby Jogger Summit X3 Giveaway!
Hosted by Viva Veltoro & Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and generously sponsored by PishPoshBaby

PishPoshBaby is the #1 online baby shop for all of your needs as a parent or caregiver. They offer top of the line baby brands with top notch customer service to go along with it. Their goal is to give you clarity, confidence, and comfort when making important and significant purchases for your precious little one. Speaking of important purchasing decisions, strollers can be a big investment. With so many to choose from, it’s wonderful that PishPoshBaby has their team of “Mom Reps” available to guide you through the choices and give you feedback on which strollers might suit your needs best.

Ruth from Viva Veltoro recently had the opportunity to review the Baby Jogger Summit X3 2014 from PishPoshBaby and she couldn’t be more pleased with this fabulous jogging stroller. Make sure you check out the full review to see all of the great features of this high-quality stroller!

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Here is a little bit of info about the Baby Jogger Summit X3 2014 (from the PishPoshBaby website):

Go anywhere with this highly maneuverable hybrid jogger/stroller. With its all-wheel suspension, the Summit X3 provides exceptional performance on any terrain. A remote wheel lock on the handlebar allows you to easily shift between jogging and strolling.

Features:

  • Patented Quick-Fold Technology–allows you to fold your stroller in one step
  • Universal Accessory Mounting Bracket: accessorize your stroller with ease
  • Remote action swivel lock to lock the front wheel for jogging exercise
  • All-wheel independent suspension
  • Hand-operated rear drum brakes for increased control on hilly terrain
  • 16″ rear and 12″ front quick-release pneumatic wheels with sealed ball bearings
  • Padded seat with additional support reclines to a near flat position
  • Vented seat recline with retractable weather cover
  • Ergonomic handlebar with wipe-clean grip
  • Multi-position sun canopy with peek-a-boo windows and side ventilation panels
  • Seat back storage compartment and large under seat storage basket
  • Adjustable 5-point safety harness with shoulder pads
  • Rear parking brake
  • Removable auto-lock to keep stroller folded for transportation or storage

PishPoshbaby is going to give one lucky reader a
Baby Jogger Summit X3 2014 in their choice of color (valued at $429)!

Open to residents of the United States, ages 18 and up. Ends on 9/7/14 at 11:59 PM EDT.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway. Viva Veltoro, Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and the participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact vivaveltoro(at)gmail.com with questions about this giveaway.

Big Sister Hospital Bag + Foam Flower Craft

We’re getting really close. We reinstalled the infant car seat, washed his going-home outfit and packed our hospital bags. We finished the nursery, freed the crib and touched up the bite marks, and replaced much of our pink gear with gender neutral versions (why did I buy ALL pink in the first place??).

What I am most worried about is how my daughter will respond to our newest little resident. I’ve been doing a TON of research about the transition from only child to sibling and I found some really good ideas – from creating a way to celebrate your older child to visiting friends who have infants to something as simple as talking about the new baby.

Bear knows. I fully believe she understands that a new baby will be joining our family shortly. She’s been an integral part of my pregnancy – coming to every OB visit with me and hearing his heartbeat (bum-bum bum-bum she says as we hear it), gravitating to baby dolls and caring for them like a “mommy,” and wanting to touch every baby she sees (Invasive? Yes. Allowed? No.)

One thing that is very important to us is to include our daughter in the welcome celebration at the hospital. We plan on having my mom stay with her until I progress far enough for the two of them to come up there to meet the new little guy. Knowing that there will probably be a waiting period at the hospital, I prepared a hospital bag for Bear, stocked with new toys and old favorites to keep her busy during the waiting period.

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What’s in the bag?

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Magnetic doodle pad: I loved these as a kid. Plus, anything that encourages creativity without a mess is an A+ in my book.

Babies book: I got this for my baby shower from my friend’s mom (it was my friend’s favorite book as a kid). My daughter LOVES this book and it’s very relevant to the time of her life.

Coloring book and crayons: We rarely go anywhere without these.

Big Sister Tee: My sister-in-law found this for her off Etsy – it says “Big Sister to a Little Mister.” I die.

Minnie Mouse dress-up shoes: I picked these up at Target for $10 the other day. I figured they would be a fun way to pass time while walking around a waiting room.

Sticker books: For when the crayons start to wander to the hospital walls, we’ll replace with stickers.

Creativity in a Can: This came in my box from Sweet Suite. Time passer and creativity maker.

Mega Bloks: Also from Sweet Suite, I added this little building set to the Big Sister Hospital Bag since it’s mess-free.

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You may have also noticed a little plastic zip-top bag in the center of all the goodies. Here’s a REALLY easy craft you can make to add to your hospital bag of fun.

All you need is a pack of foam flower shapes from your local craft store and a half a yard of green ribbon.

Foam Flower Craft Supplies

Fold each flower in half and, with a pair of scissors, cut a slit in the middle of the flower the width of the ribbon. Place the foam flowers and ribbon in a zip-top bag for an easy on-the-go craft that helps build fine-motor skills as kids thread the ribbon through the flowers.

Foam Flower Craft

So now, we wait. The bag is ready to go when the false alarms come to an end and I’m actually in labor. I can’t wait for big sister and little mister to finally meet!

50 Ways for Toddlers to Learn about Kindness

I teamed up with Netflix for this post.

My daughter just turned 2 years old, and while some may think my husband and I are on the stricter side with our parenting, we believe it’s important to teach our daughter the difference between right and wrong, even at age 2. We’ve found that she does understand the difference and her behavior changes for the better when we give her a short time out or let her know that what she does “hurts mommy” or “makes daddy sad.”

But rather than focus on the negatives, we highlight the positives as we discipline. We teach her how being kind makes people happy. And we don’t just focus on random acts of kindness to strangers; kindness begins in our own home.

Here are 15 activities for toddlers to learn about kindness and 35 ways to lead by example.

 

50 Ways for Toddlers to Learn About Kindness

15 activities for toddlers to learn about and demonstrate kindness (with guidance from mom and dad)

  1. Color a picture for someone special “just because”
  2. Share a snack or toys with a friend
  3. Say “thank you” and “sorry”
  4. Donate outgrown or barely used toys to other children
  5. Watch a TV program that teaches empathy such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Vol. 1 Ep. 6: Friends Help Each Other or Arthur, Season 15, Ep. 8: Muffy’s Classic Classy Club / Best Enemies
  6. “Help” mommy or daddy walk the dog, take out the trash or water the plants
  7. Leave a quarter in a prize machine for someone else to use
  8. Pick up your toys
  9. Read books about kindness
  10. Make Craft Bags for a local children’s hospital
  11. Draw cards for Marines
  12. Make Sunshine
  13. Pick up items dropped by others
  14. Donate old books to your local library
  15. Watch a movie about kindness such as The Fox and The Hound or The Hunchback of Notre Dame

35 ways for parents to teach toddlers about kindness

  1. Lead by example
  2. Explain the reasoning for words “thank you” and “sorry”
  3. Be loving to your partner
  4. Laugh
  5. Surprise your child with M&M smiley face pancakes (my parents did this for me!)
  6. Park your car a little bit further so an elderly person or pregnant lady can park a little closer
  7. Say “I love you” more
  8. Be patient
  9. Host a “Giving Play Date
  10. Observe your child’s interactions with other children and illustrate the positives and areas for improvement/teaching opportunities
  11. Forgive
  12. Put your phone away when your kids are talking to you
  13. Encourage questions and ask your child questions about feelings
  14. Volunteer with your kids
  15. Get down on their level and play!
  16. Show your child that self-pride and taking care of yourself is important
  17. Bake Salted Caramel Monkey Bread for someone who needs a little pick-me-up and ask your child to help pour the ingredients
  18. Smile (and smile back)
  19. Explain to your children what you’re thankful for
  20. Have dinner as a family
  21. Avoid overly-heated arguments in front of your children
  22. Always kiss your child goodnight
  23. Be neighborly
  24. Share a story about your childhood and how someone was kind to you
  25. Recycle
  26. Say “Hello”
  27. Let someone else go first
  28. Write thank you letters on your child’s behalf and engage them by coloring in the note or adding the postage stamp
  29. Donate pet supplies to a local animal shelter
  30. Set up an email account for your child and write them little love notes to read when they turn 18 (at which time you finally give them the password)
  31. If you breastfeed, donate formula samples (I’ve been getting a ton in the mail) to your local pregnancy center
  32. Make Homeless Care Kits and deliver them with your child (or include your child while you are making them)
  33. Drop your change in donation buckets at restaurants
  34. Offer your seat to someone who needs it more than you do
  35. Give (and accept) hugs

With all the ways that you show kindness to others, be sure to explain to your child why you’re doing what you are and how it makes other people happy. Reflecting on the experience is the key to teaching toddlers the importance of being kind.

How do you teach your children to be kind?

No Belly Dancing Required at Belly Dance Maternity in Manhattan

I received samples c/o Belly Dance Maternity to facilitate this post.

Have you ever been so excited about an event or meeting that you do everything you can to prepare yourself so it goes flawlessly? As a blogger, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel and meet some amazing people and brands. A few weeks ago, I was invited to a posh maternity store in lower Manhattan to check out their maternity and nursing apparel while I was traveling for work. It reminded me of the days when I worked for local publications and traveled to cover new boutiques and even NY Fashion Week back in 2007. I did everything to prepare for this meeting – from ironing my dress to even painting my unreachable tootsies (thanks to my BFF who had that task).

As I got off the 3 at the 14st street station in the West Village, I felt confident and excited (along with sweaty and huge). On my way to the store, I passed one of my favorite cupcake shops, Magnolia Bakery. I stopped in a grabbed a chocolate cupcake and a bottle of water. I plopped myself down on a bench across the street to enjoy my indulgence. I wiped my mouth, but failed to look in the mirror for any other leftovers. I picked up my handbag and headed down the block to Belly Dance Maternity.

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I was greeted by two very sweet associates, Melissa and Jenille. We spoke for a good 30 minutes about the blog, the store and the history. She gave me the full tour and introduced me to Belly Dance Maternity’s label, NOM (love that name – probably because it’s one of my daughter’s favorite words).

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As they walked me around the shop, I began piling my arms with fashionable pieces perfect for my growing bump (it’s so rare to find stylish maternity clothing). I was hesitant at first to pick up stripes, but I gave them a shot and really glad I did, since I settled on this dress that I’ve ended up wearing more in one month that any other piece of clothing.

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It wasn’t until I stepped foot in the fitting room with my arm full of clothing that I saw it – the glob of chocolate frosting that took residence on my chin. I’m not taking a little speck. It looked like a giant birthmark.

I think my face turned as red as the big red balloon in Goodnight Moon at that moment. I was utterly embarrassed, but I just took a deep breath, wiped my face, and tried on the clothing.

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I really liked this maxi dress, but I knew that as my bump grew, the dress would no longer be a maxi and we’d have a bit of a “flood” situation. So I found the same version, yet knee-length in a navy and pink stripe and fell in love. I also picked up a really cute graphic tee (look for a giveaway of this coming soon!).

Since I found a couple things that actually fit me, the embarrassment began to wear off and I got my confidence back. When I exited the fitting room, I said to Jenille, “Thank you for not making a big deal of this situation right here,” as I created a circular motion around the right side of my chin. She giggled and said, “I didn’t know if you knew it was there or not!” Nope, I had no idea!

Before I left, I of course had to check out the sale rack, which was nicely stocked. If you’re more budget conscious, be sure to check out all these great deals in store if you’re in the area, or check out the sale section of their website (yes, you can snag these fashionable maternity duds online too!).

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As the door closed behind me, I smiled. Of course I had chocolate on my face. That’s just how it goes these days. But was it so bad? Nah. It was worth the cupcake.

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Belly Dance Maternity has two store locations – one in Manhattan and one in Chicago. You can also find Belly Dance Maternity online, on Facebook and Pinterest.

Reliving my Childhood at Sweet Suite 2014

I was invited to the blogger/press event Sweet Suite. As part of attending, I received samples and swag.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking a short hiatus from the Midwest and I headed to Manhattan for Sweet Suite at Blogger Bash. This was the first time I attended one of these events as a blogger and I was over-the-moon excited to meet many of the bloggers I’ve followed over the years face-to-face, to check out new products from some fabulous sponsors, and, honestly, just enjoy some “me” time.

The event was held in Midtown right by the Lincoln Tunnel. It was in a warehouse-looking building with white walls. It reminded me of a venue for NY Fashion Week that I saw a show at back in 2007 (in fact, I bet you someone has shown there). It was clean and crisp and very posh – the perfect place for hundreds of women (and some men) to come together for a night of play.

I was like a kid in a candy store when I walked up those stairs. There were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Care Bears, Hello Kitty – it was like I stepped back in time to my childhood.

Hello Kitty Fall 2014

I remember my Hello Kitty plush as a kid (it’s now brown after MANY years of love). I’ve already started to introduce Bear to this loveable pal. I was excited to see that blip toys will be introducing a new Hello Kitty toy this fall – the Hello Kitty Dance Time. She has suction cups on her hands and feet to cling to any smooth surface and begins dancing once you turn on any music. She also comes with synchronized choreography to two different pre-programmed songs.

I also remember living in my dress-up clothes around the age of 4. My friends from preschool would come over and we’d have a ball digging through my dress-up trunk packed with dresses, beaded necklaces, and play high-heels. Just Pretend Kids was at Sweet Suite and had a ton of dress-up clothes on display. I seriously wish I could have tried them all on. The quality of these pretend play clothes is so much nicer than the cheapy clothes I had in my trunk. Just Pretend Kids is graciously offering my readers 30% off with the code JPK2014 at checkout through the end of the year!

Just Pretend Kids Dress Up

Seeing all of these dress-up clothes got me really excited that I get to live vicariously through my daughter once she hits the dress-up age. Maybe I’ll even dig out my wedding dress and slip it on to have a tea party with her in the near future.

As I continued to walk through the event venue, I came across a product I’d never heard of, but something that I can see becoming a really fun Christmas tradition with my daughter starting this year – Elf Magic. You may have heard of another elf tradition, but this one was the very first one, celebrating over 50 years of family memories and 25 years of business. And unlike other elves, this is one that kids can touch and play with and doesn’t report to Santa on behavior!

Playtime with Elf Magic

We received an Elf Magic in our “Box of Awesomeness” that arrived about a month after the event. I can’t wait to begin making memories with my daughter and her elf this holiday season, especially since this Christmas will be the first one as a big sister and I anticipate the limelight being taken a little off of her this year.

Elf Magic from Santa

For her birthday, we introduced her to “Major” elf, a special birthday gift from Santa. But Major will only be here for a few days, as he needs to back up to the North Pole to help Santa prepare for the holiday season.

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When November comes around, we’ll write a letter to Santa before Thanksgiving asking him if he can let Major come back and visit us. Then, we’ll spend December together where Daddy and I will help facilitate his Elfcapades (like hiding out of the freezer because it reminds him of the North Pole). On Christmas Eve, we’ll send him back to the North Pole to help out Santa, but we’ll see him again throughout 2015 for special visits like birthday and vacations.

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While it was great learning about a brand I hadn’t heard of and a new tradition, it was also nice to see a bunch of brands I worked with this past year (including Little Pim, School Zone, and Uncle Milton) and learn about what they’re coming out with soon. This fall, Uncle Milton is releasing a Disney Frozen collection that I can see being a HUGE hit from Santa.

Uncle Milton Disney Frozen

Last, but certainly not least, I ran into a very old friend at Sweet Suite, which was probably the highlight of my night. No, it wasn’t a human friend or even an invisible friend. It was one of my favorite toys from the 90s that disappeared from the shelves many years ago, but is making a comeback.

Puppy Surprise and Doodle Bear

Please tell me you remember Puppy Surprise! You know, the plush dog that had a Velcro belly that housed 3, 4, or 5 puppies (you didn’t know until you opened her up). Looking back, the manual C-section it a bit disturbing, but boy did I love the anticipation. I remember my mom buying me one and just hoping that there were 4 little puppies in there (2 boys and 2 girls to be specific). When I opened it, there were! Looking back, I think she may have been one of those moms who dug through the shelves at Toys”R”Us looking for my exact request. I’m so excited to give Bear the chance to play with Puppy Surprise (review coming soon). Can you tell how happy I am that Just Play is bringing this iconic toy back this fall!?

It may have been my first year at Sweet Suite, but it definitely won’t be my last; especially, if these cupcakes are going to be there again.

Skylander Cupcakes

Special thanks to all the fabulous sponsors who partook in Sweet Suite. It was a pleasure meeting you all and I can’t wait to see these new toys hit shelves this fall!

Elph & $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway 8/28 *Closed*

Elph Target Giveaway

It’s that time of the year again: kids all over the country are headed back to school. While gathering those school supplies, it’s also important to remember your child’s safety. That’s where ELPH comes in! ELPH is a silicone wristband designed specifically for children, adults, the elderly, and individuals with special needs. It provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification, with clear instructions directly on the band, so you can be reunited with your lost loved one, although none of your child’s sensitive identifying info is directly on the band for strangers to see.

ELPH bands are simple to use. You activate and register the band, and in the event that your child is separated from you, a good samaritan can either call the toll free number or scan the band’s QR code to be directly connected to an emergency contact (you!). Ruth from Viva Veltoro recently had the opportunity to review the ELPH band. Be sure to check out her full review to see how cute and functional these bands are, and why they should be a must-have on your back to school list.

ELPH wants to help one lucky family get prepared for the school season,
so they’re giving away an ELPH and a $100 Target Gift Card to help with back to school shopping!

Connect: You can connect with ELPH on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Buy it: You can purchase your ELPH band on their website for only $19.99. This includes a year of their amazing service.

Win it: One lucky person will win an ELPH band of their choice (size + color) and a $100 Target Gift Card!

Open to the US and Canada, ages 18 and up. Ends 8/28/14 at 11:59 PM ET.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway. ELPH is responsible for prize fulfillment. Viva Veltoro, Thrifty Nifty Mommy and the participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please note, if the winner is Canadian they can opt for $100 PayPal instead. Please contact vivaveltoro{at}gmail.com with any questions about this giveaway.