Sunday, December 7, 2008

Free Stuff for Everyone

I have discovered a few things I'd like to share with you. I love a bargain and don't part easily with a buck under the best of circumstances, though Mac Daddy might beg to differ. These days a buck doesn't stretch too far unless you want a Golden Arches double cheeseburger or some Made in China lead laden toy trucks from the One Spot. I have some nifty little things that are worth that hard earned buck. And...

Drum roll, please...

This time my little ol' opinions come with free giveaways! I have a Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear and $10 gift certificate and a Spanish music CD for kids for one ever-so-lucky reader. That reader could be YOU. All you have to do is go to the Build-A-Bear Workshop website and tell me what outfit the child in your life would adore. Make sure you leave your email address so I can notify you if you win. I'll choose the winner at random and mail in time for the goodies to perch under your tree. And if you are so inclined, I can donate the bear in your name instead. So go ahead, what are you waiting for, folks?

Every Kid Deserves a Bear Hug
Build-A-Bear Workshop is Deal's Happy Place. We celebrated his third birthday there. He is a boy who digs his teddy bear after all. Wow. The staff was amazing. I wonder what they pump into the air there to be so perky and, well, happy. I mean, their job does entail working with little kids (and their parents) all day. The experience was postively fabulous for kids and adults alike. Granted, my boys did choose the ugliest outfits in the joint, despite my futile attempts to sway them towards something cute. They love playing with those little bears, regardless how fugly the outfits are. Deal loves that he even chose a heart for his bear and got to stuff it. Build-A-Bear Workshop is a fun outing, whether it's on your own or for a birthday. Sure beats getting a bunch of Oriental Trading plastic choking hazard crap in a goody bag.

Singin' En Espanol
I don't even speak Spanish but the little Lango Adventure Con Cosmo CD will have you tapping your toes and singing along in words you don't understand (unless of course you do understand Spanish). The songs are lively and fun and don't sound like anything a certain purple dinosaur might belt out. Bird learns German and Japanese in kindergarten, yet he has no problem picking up the lyrics when he hears this CD. Nevermind that neither of us has any idea what we're saying.

Digital Storytime
Bird and Deal can eat up books. When we travel we heft around a mini library of books for the airport, the plane, the hotel, the restaurants. The books, along with the laptop and various other necessities one brings along when traveling with kids, are enough to made a chiropracter very rich. Digital stories enter stage left. MobiStories are virtual books that we can download right to our laptop. There are a variety of stories all organized by age group. I was pleasantly surprised by the range of international stories and folk tales. This is no run-of-the-mill video. This is a virtual book with flipping pages and all. Still motion with words, read along text, and music. This is not a video. It's convenient for travel, and there are no ripped pages to tape up when your kids fight over who gets to turn the page. I can't see MobiStories replacing real books in my house, but they certainly have a purpose considering all the traveling we do. But at bed time, nothing beats the sound of turning pages and the feel of a book to lull the little ones to sleep. Anywa, try it out yourself. You can download up to $10.00 for free. I said FREE. Just go to mobistories.com, select a book, and enter code BSM187A at check out. Leave me a comment telling me what you think.

So that does it for my little review and giveaway. Pass this on, unless you want to be greedy and keep your chance of winning pretty good. I'll use random.org to choose a winner on Friday, December 12. You have until midnight December 11 to respond.

Have a beary great day!
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Amy Donahoo said...

Trying to tell you that my youngest (of 3) daughters LOVES build-a-bear. She would totally LOVE any of the "faux" options or Hannah Montanna. She is Four years old, conceived during a Midwesterner's first NC hurricane and the youngest of 3 children -- all of whom attended St. Marks. Make her holiday bright :) -- Amy @ seeamygo@gmail.com

Vicki said...

Wish I started Build a Bear! My 5 year old loves the Fireman or Police Bear...or the Basketball or Football!


bonggamom said...

My daughter would love the pink Dance Star outfit for her Build-A-Bear panda! Thanks for the super givewaway.

bonggamom (at) yahoo (dot) com

sweatpantsmom said...

My girls have (sort of) outgrown Build-A-Bear, so this would go to a family we are sponsoring this Christmas. Their 3-year old would probably love the Satin Heart Dress.

Great giveaway!

Unknown said...

I'm pretty sure my daughter would like the Stripe Sweater for her bear, but I'm partial to the Ohio State University Tee!

shel704 at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

My boys love Build-A-Bear, too. The urban skater outfit would have to be their favorite. down30@aol.com

Shannon said...

my daughter would be loving the hannah montana and High School Musical outfits for her bear LuLu. She loves her and would love her to be dressed more fashionably! Email is shannon_ott@verizon.net. Thanks!

The Over-Thinker said...

I shall forgive you for saying "Have a Beary Day!" because I love you. But also because this is an awesome contest. Must give it a shot for my nephew--I MUST be the cool aunt, ya know.

The Over-Thinker said...

Okeydokes: If I could "build-a-bear" for my nephew, I would choose the Medical Outfit for my nephew. Because his mom's a nurse. And boys can be nurses, too. :) And can I just tell you that I almost chose the Batman costume??

Thanks again for holding this great contest!


Nicole Pelton said...

Well, since there are no MLS outfits, probably the soccer uniform, maybe a costume. Sounds like great stuff. I just downloadeda Dr. Seuss from iTunes on the iPod for a road trip, looking forward to checking out the online book downloads.

Anonymous said...

I have always wanted to go to a build a bear shop!


BBPartyGirl said...

My girls love stuffed animals. They would like the dresses! The Christmas one or the denim dress would be nice!

Anonymous said...

My 5-yo son would LOVE the knight in shining armor. He so loves castles, kings, knights, and damsels in distress (that's usually me!)


Anonymous said...

My boy would love the Build-a-Bear in the two-piece moose PJ's! Or anything with High School Musical on it :) You are wonderful!