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DIY Stacking Toys for Toddlers

7/31/12
While visiting with family this month, I learned a fun idea to keep my 19 month old occupied for quite a while.  My mom-in-law brought out some toys she had for the kids and among them was this stack made from plastic fruit cups she had collected and washed.

The Attic Baby loved taking the fruit cups and stacking them in different ways.  She also loved knocking down the big tower of them once they were stacked.

I thought it was a very neat idea that I could do myself at home too.  So I have been collecting fruit cups and applesauce cups after snack time to make DIY stacker fun.

(By the way, if you have a dishwasher that gets things spotty sometimes, you'll probably want to wash them the old fashioned way by hand)





These cups make great stacking blocks.  You can lay them out one by one and let your child put them together in any arrangement they want.  The Attic Baby likes to put them upside down and shift them from one little pile to another.  


Then she will turn them right-side up and stack them.  She also likes to spread them out and put them on the shelves of the kitchenette my sis-in-law gave us.   The Attic baby enjoys it just as much as playing with her little tea set!





There are so many ways you can use these.  They make great snack holders for little items like goldfish crackers.  But they can also be used for art activities (water color paints, goop, etc), sorting/grouping activities, and more!

It is fun, cheap entertainment for your tot that uses items you may already have.  And best of all, mom can get a few things done while they are occupied (thanks to my mom-in-law for the idea!)

Dutch Wonderland Coupon: Up to $20 Savings

7/30/12


Our family loves amusement parks, especially ones that have water features during the hot summer months.  We haven't had the opportunity to go since we've had our baby girl.  But we are definitely excited that she is closer to the age where she will enjoy it!

One of the places on our list is only a couple hours drive.  My hubby has been there, but I haven't.  It's a kids park called Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA.  I've driven by there a handful of times when attending teacher conventions in the area.  It looks like a lot of fun for the whole family (especially for little ones)!  And the best part is they have a water play area called Duke's Lagoon; a tropical island themed attraction with kid-sized slides, other fun water features, and a lounge area just for parents/grandparents.  Doesn't that sound like a great way to beat this tough summer heat?



A Kingdom For Kids! It's not just a slogan -- it's a commitment to young children and their families that beyond our castle walls is a place just for them called A Kingdom For Kids!, where family fun is proclaimed by royal decree. Since opening on May, 20, 1963, Dutch Wonderland has consistently been recognized as a premier family amusement park and has been voted one of the Top 5 Best Kid's Park in the World by Amusement Today magazine. Having your birthday party, other celebrations, family outing, and Scouting events at Dutch Wonderland is easy with catered options, picnic lunch boxes, and cabana rentals. With attractions like ChooChoo Charlie, Frog Hopper, Dragon's Lair, Duke's Lagoon and so much more, Dutch Wonderland is a favorite amongst children of all ages!


Did you know...

They have a new Merlin and friends magical buffet-style character breakfast inside the Dutch Wonderland Castle!  You can meet Princess Brooke, the Dutch Wonderland Knight, Duke and Merlin.  You'll also enjoy a yummy breakfast with selections including pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage links, bagels, fruit, cereal, milk, juice and coffee.


Details:

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am (service ends at 10:00am)
Location: Merlin’s Restaurant (located inside Dutch Wonderland)
Dates: June 23 and 24, then Fridays – Sundays through September 2, 2012

Reservations are required due to limited seating and must be made online by 12pm the day before your visit and paid in full.  Walk-up reservations will be taken the day-of if seating is available.






Save!

Right now you can save up to $20 off Royalty Admission: 

Coupon valid for $5 savings off Royalty Admission price of $35.99, valid for up to 4 admissions. Must purchase tickets online with promo code 2012USFG

To get your coupon, click here: 

http://pittsburghkidsguide.com/coupon.php?bid=5293&dealid=949

This offer expires Sept 3, 2012 so you'll want to scoop it up quickly!


 Disclosure: I was not paid  for writing this post.  As a US Family Guide Blogger, I will receive a promotional product for sharing this information with my readers.  All opinions are my own.

GUND Top Dog Contest

7/27/12
Are you a proud Pet Parent?  Then this could be a fun opportunity for you and your canine friend!  I just found out about this contest, but you still have time to enter.   (This contest is for my US friends only; apologies to any Canadian fans but they do have weekly giveaways you can enter that are open worldwide.)


 The “Top Dog” Contest, inspired by the popular "World's Cutest Dog" Boo stuffed dog from GUND, invites pup parents from around the country to submit photos of their canine friends on the GUND Facebook page in one or all of these four categories:

·        Most Beautiful Dog
·        Ugliest Dog
·        “Doganista”/Best Dressed Dog
·        Dog that Most Resembles its Owner














The Grand Prize :


 GUND will create a limited edition model of the winner’s dog. The dog will be available in gift and toy stores in 2013. Your pup could become a GUND plush just like Boo!




How adorable would that be?


How to Enter:
Submit your dog photos via the contest tab on GUND’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GottaGettaGUND).




The contest will run July 16 - August 15, 2012.  Winners will be chosen the week of August 20th and announced the week of August 27th.
 
·         Entries: July 16 – August 5
·         Voting: August 6 – August 15



Also on Pinterest:  "Most Pinteresting Dog" Contest


Post your entry on your own page
“Tag” @GUNDMostPinterestingDog
Submit the link to GUND at MostPinterestingDog@GUND.com


The winner will be selected based on the number of times the entry is “liked” on the GUND Pinterest board and the winner will receive a selection of GUND products valued at $250 retail.  How awesome is that?

For complete rules, visit www.GUND.com.




Good luck!

Disclosure:  All information was provided by Child's Play Communications.  I will be provided with a GUND plush as a thank you for sharing this information with my readers.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Share Magical Moments with The Odd Life of Timothy Green App #TimothyGreen

7/26/12
In The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Timothy changes the lives of the people he meets in Stanleyville in magical ways.

Disney has created this fun app (http://di.sn/MagicalMomentsthat allows fans to upload and share photos of their own magical moments.  These photos become part of the Magical Moments Photo Collage.



The app also hosts a Sweepstakes where you can enter to win a Grand Prize of a Frigidaire Affinity washer and dryer.  There will also be 25 first-place winners who receive a promo card for a photo book from Shutterfly to preserve those family memories.

To find out more, go to the app on Facebook:  http://di.sn/MagicalMoments

You can also connect with the movie by:


Liking  THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OddLifeMovie

Following THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/#!/OddLifeMovie  and Hashtag #TimothyGreen

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  Information was provided to me by Walt Disney Studios Publicity.  All opinions are my own.

Wordless Wednesday: Summer Reading Prize

7/25/12
The Attic Baby finished the Summer Reading program at the library

For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom. You can also share your W/W post in the linky below.

Win a Chanel Quilted Tote from HipSwap #winthisbag

7/24/12
Welcome to Our Grand Finale of
"Win This Bag"
Sponsored by
HipSwap
Hosted by
Sidetracked Mom’s Blog and a group of other great bloggers

It's finally here! The Grand Finale of the Win This Bag series of giveaways is here!! We've combined weeks 5 and 6 into a two-week long giveaway giving you the double the opportunity to increase your odds of winning by completing the daily bonus entries!
You'll have from 7/24/12 through 8/6/12 to claim as many entries as you possibly can! If you can remember to revisit The Attic Girl to claim your daily bonus entries, you’ll have a huge advantage (2 weeks worth!) over the rest of the competition!

But before we announce the Grand Finale bag, here are a few words about our sponsor who made this entire 6 weeks worth of giveaways possible! Photobucket
HipSwap is a mobile and web marketplace that connects buyers and sellers locally and nationally. It enables people to discover what’s inside the most fabulous closets, homes, and shops in neighborhoods and cities across America. HipSwap currently offers delivery service in Los Angeles and New York with its iconic pink delivery van.

Also, be sure to swing by the HipSwap blog to check out their ever popular post on how to spot a fake Louis Vuitton bag!

So, far HipSwap has generously supplied us with a Fendi Spy Bag, a Louis Vuitton bag, a white leather Tod’s hanbag and a Gucci Hobo Bag! Are you ready for the brand that will be featured in our Grand Finale?!

This week, you have the chance to win an authentic Chanel tote worth $1,300!
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This beige quilted leather Chanel tote is a one-of-a-kind find. It features a black leather trim and large "CC" on side to make it easily distinguishable as the one of the world’s most prestige designer brands.
Dimensions: 11" x 10" x 5" with 7" straps. Estimated Value: $1300

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This beautiful handbag was provided by the amazing DoubleTake Consignment Boutique of New Jersey.

The DoubleTake Consignment Boutique first opened its doors in Short Hills, New Jersey in 1992. From day one the store has been packed with women who understand the advantages and value of consignment shopping. DoubleTake only accepts the highest quality & current designer clothing and accessories and has been recognized as a unique clothing boutique where huge savings can be realized.


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How to gain entries in this giveaway:
There is only one mandatory entry option; and that is to create a free HipSwap account. However, by entering on this blog through the Giveaway Tools widget below, you have the opportunity to gain a large number of bonus entries! You can complete as many or as few bonus entries as you’d like but remember, the more you do, the better your odds of winning! Plus, once you are following all of your hosts, entering each subsequent weekly Win This Bag Giveaway will be even faster & easier! As promised, you’ll find additional bonus entries to claim for having entered our previous weekly Win This Bag Giveaways!
Good luck!
Giveaway begins on 7/24/12 at 12:01am EST and ends on 8/6/12 at 11:59pm EST.
Open worldwide.

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This giveaway is open to entrants worldwide 18 years of age or older, except where prohibited by law. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. This promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook and is Facebook-compliant. To qualify to win, you must complete, at minimum, the mandatory entry on the Giveaway Tools form. All entries will be forwarded to our sponsor for the purpose of randomly selecting a winner. Winners will be notified by email from a HipSwap representative. Winners will have 72 hours to respond or risk forfeiting their prize. Prize may re-awarded solely by the Sponsor’s discretion. Prize fulfillment is the sole responsibility of the sponsor. This blog may not be held liable for Sponsors who do not fulfill prize shipments. The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We reserve the right to publicly publish winners’ names and/or likeness. By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.


Disclosure:  I am joining other bloggers to help promote this giveaway event.  I was not compensated for this post.  Prize fulfillment is the sole responsibility of the sponsor. This blog may not be held liable for Sponsors who do not fulfill prize shipments. The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post.

Toddler Playhouse from Beezer



My 18 month old daughter has just begun playing "pretend."  She has her first set of plastic dishes and a teapot and kitchenette that will keep her occupied for quite a while.  We don't really have the space indoors for a big playhouse.   If your toddler likes to "play house", and you are limited on space, you will want to enter this fun giveaway from Mom to Bed by 8 and Donna's Deals and More.

Kids love playhouses. Indoors, outdoors, for an afternoon, or as a permanent fixture in your playroom Beezer Playhouses are the perfect setting for hours of creative pretend play. Our Playhouses are constructed from durable, 100% recyclable plastic and cardboard and disassemble in just minutes so your playhouse can easily be stored away under a bed or in a closet. Beezer decals allow the playhouses to be decorated into a cool boys clubhouse or a cute girls cottage; and the all-white interior is a blank canvas to be customized. Beezer Playhouses are perfect for smaller spaces where there isn’t room for a permanent plastic playhouse and they are great for grandparents, home day cares, and birthday parties. Beezer Playhouses are definitely “Fun Right Out Of The Box!”



 Boys and Girls Playhouse Set A secret boys only hide out or a cute princess cottage - you get to decide with this awesome boys and girls cottage playhouse set. With almost 200 fun decals to decorate your playhouse any way you choose, this is the ultimate playhouse for creative children; and perfect for parents, grandparents, or home day cares where space is limited and play spaces are shared.

When it's time to clean up, Beezer Playhouses collapse and fold up to store in the convenient storage and carrying case which is designed to fit easily under a single bed. Beezer Playhouses are cute, durable, and interactive with plastic windows and a strong plastic doorframe. The double thickness cardboard door features a fun doorknob that is easy for kids to turn and plastic hinges which make the door far stronger and more durable than any other cardboard playhouse. Beezer Playhouses walls and roof are constructed from amazingly strong, full color cardboard with an all-white interior just waiting to be decorated. The playhouse is 100% recyclable, and just in case your kids are tough on toys, we offer a full set of replacement cardboard walls to allow you to re-use the durable plastic doors, windows, and fasteners.


One lucky winner will receive The Cottage from Beezer Playhouses.

Hosted by Mom to Bed by 8 and Donna's Deals and More
Giveaway ends July 31th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!


Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. The Attic Girl is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.  

Summer Fun Kit: Recipes, Crafts & More #TimothyGreen

7/19/12



Summer Fun Kit, family activities, crafts, recipes, summer

In celebration of the upcoming release of The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Disney has put together a fun Summer Kit inspired by the film!


If you haven't heard about the film, here is a synopsis:


Academy Award®–nominated director/writer Peter Hedges (“Dan in Real Life,” What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”) brings enchantment to the screen with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

Disney presents “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” with Ahmet Zappa, Scott Sanders and Jim Whitaker producing, story by Ahmet Zappa and screenplay by Peter Hedges. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is slated for release on August 15, 2012.





This is a PG rated film that looks like a heart-warming story that you can sit down to watch with the whole family.  (I'm excited to see Jennifer Garner in this role as she's one of my favorite actresses)



To learn more about the film, visit www.Disney.com/OddLife.  You can also follow on Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/OddLifeMovie and Twitter  https://twitter.com/#!/OddLifeMovie with hashtag #TimothyGreen .

In the Summer Fun Kit, you'll find recipes for "Honey Bee Cookies" and "Flower Power Cupcakes."  You'll also find fun crafts like how to make your own photo album of someone who inspires you, a leaf frame, glossy paper flowers, and more.  There are also rainy day and outdoor activities for your family to try.



lemonade stand, family activities
summer recipes
crafts





To Print your Summer Fun Kit, Click HERE.


Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  Information was provided to me by Walt Disney Studios Publicity.  All opinions are my own.

Win a Gucci Hobo Bag from HipSwap #winthisbag

7/17/12
Welcome to Week #4 of
Win This Bag
Brought to you by HipSwap 


Hosted by Sidetracked Mom’s Blog and a group of other great bloggers

“Win This Bag” is a 6-week event that will feature 6 weekly giveaways.  There will be one designer handbag given away every week!  Each bag will be an authentic, recognizable designer brand such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Coach, or Fendi.  Our 6th week will feature a highly coveted designer handbag and you will have the option to claim bonus entries for each of the 5 weekly “Win This Bag” giveaways you entered leading up to this grand finale!  So, enter each weekly giveaway to increase your odds of winning!

Here’s what really separates this event from any other handbag giveaway you may have seen before… some of these handbags will come to you directly from a celebrity’s closet!  That’s right –
Thanks to HipSwap, you have the opportunity to win the exact bag that may have been on the arm of a famous celebrity!PhotobucketHipSwap is a mobile and web marketplace that connects buyers and sellers locally and nationally. It enables people to discover what’s inside the most fabulous closets, homes, and shops in neighborhoods and cities across America. HipSwap currently offers delivery service in Los Angeles and New York with its iconic pink delivery van.

Also, be sure to swing by the HipSwap blog to check out their ever popular post on how to spot a fake Louis Vuitton bag!
Now, on to this week’s Giveaway!
This week, you have the chance to win an authentic Gucci bag!
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This red-pebbled leather Gucci hobo bag is amazing for any occasion. It Features a navy cotton stripe in front and large gold ring hardware at strap ends.
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This beautiful handbag was provided by the amazing DoubleTake Consignment Boutique of New Jersey.

The DoubleTake Consignment Boutique first opened its doors in Short Hills New Jersey in1992 and from day one the store has been packed with women who understand the advantages and value of consignment shopping. DoubleTake, which only accepts the highest quality and current designer clothing and accessories, has been recognized as a unique clothing boutique where huge savings can be realized.
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How to Enter:
1. Create a HipSwap account.You will be asked to enter your name, email and zip code. If you do not live in the United States, please enter your City and Country in the Zip Code field.
2. Once registered, you can earn additional entries by:
a. Pinning your favorite HipSwap bag on Pinterest
b. “Liking” HipSwap on Facebook
c. Following @HipSwap on Twitter
d. Tweet with the hashtag #winthisbag for daily bonus entries
e. Following the blogs who are bringing you this awesome giveaway
There is only one mandatory entry option and that is to create a free HipSwap account. However, by entering on this blog through the Giveaway Tools widget below, you have the opportunity to gain a large number of bonus entries! You can complete as many or as few bonus entries as you’d like but remember, the more you do, the better your odds of winning! Plus, once you are following all of your hosts, entering each subsequent weekly Win This Bag Giveaway will be even faster & easier! And, don’t forget – we’ll be offering even more bonus points for each of these giveaways you entered during our final week of this event!
Good luck!
Giveaway begins on 7/17/12 at 12:01am EST & ends on 7/23/12 at 11:59pm EST.
Open worldwide.
The Giveaway Tools Widget will load below this line. For those of you not familiar with Giveaway Tools, it is VERY similar to Rafflecopter but has been said to be a faster and easier way to enter giveaways. Let me know what you think! As always, thank you for visiting The Attic Girl and entering our giveaways! Good luck to you!


Disclosure:  I am joining other bloggers to help promote this giveaway event.  I was not compensated for this post.  Prize fulfillment is the sole responsibility of the sponsor. This blog may not be held liable for Sponsors who do not fulfill prize shipments. The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post.

Keeping Your Toddler Active During the Summer #coppertonewatermoms

7/13/12
Outdoor play is very important for children at any age, but especially for toddlers.  They need to practice gross motor skills as well as work off some of that toddler angst.  (you mamas of toddlers know what I mean!) 

With all this summer heat, getting a toddler outside can sometimes be difficult.  We go out early in the morning before the temps soar and the UV index becomes high.   Most days we go out in the back yard, but sometimes we meet up for a play date at the park.

Thanks to Coppertone, I was sent this wonderful bag of goodies to share with friends.  I brought the tote bag along with me for our play date.



We lathered up with our Coppertone foaming lotion, making sure we thoroughly covered sensitive areas like cheeks, nose, ears, and neck as well as any other exposed skin.

This particular morning we chose a park near the Chesapeake Bay.  There was a nice breeze coming off the water, but it made it a bit windy for playing with our new beach ball.  



The two of them did their best trying to keep up with the ball in the wind.  My friend and I even got some exercise too; chasing after a beach ball can be a good mini-cardio for mom!  


This little guy looks like a pro practicing his kicking skills.  Watch out David Beckham!


(You'd think that after a fun play date like this, The Attic Baby would be good and tired.  But she actually skipped her nap that day.  A mom can try to wear out her little tot, but sometimes it doesn't always work out the way you expect.)

This beach ball was a great hit on our play date.  Our munchkins were able to get some exercise, practice some skills like kicking, rolling, throwing, and catching, and were protected from the hot summer sun.

How do you keep your toddler active during the summer heat?

Disclosure:  As a member of the Coppertone® Water MOMS group, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit.  No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. 

McDonald's New Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal

7/12/12

 Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month?  McDonald's is offering blueberry banana nut oatmeal for a limited time this summer.  It has lots of juicy blueberries, a hint of banana, two servings of whole grain and is only 290 calories per serving.  Doesn't that sound yummy?


I have yet to try it out since we've had temps in the high 90's and 100's lately.  But I plan to stop by and try it soon!




Want to try it out for yourself?






The folks at McDonald's kindly sent me some coupons to share with you.




Giveaway:


2 Winners will receive 4 coupons to try out the new Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal




Just use the Rafflecopter form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  If you do not do the mandatory entries, your entries will not count.  





This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 7/19/12.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. If mandatory entry is not completed, additional entries will not count.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  I will not be liable for undelivered prizes.  




Disclosure:  I received Happy Meal coupons from McDonald's for myself and to share with my readers.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

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