Switch & Go Dinosaurs Review

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Like most Moms, I am always looking for new ways to entertain my Little Man especially in the summertime.  But I would prefer that his entertainment be educational and interactive.  So when I was approached to review 2 Switch & Go Dinos, I was positively thrilled.

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When the package arrived on our doorstep, I simply told Little Man that I wanted him to try out some new toys.  Of course he was excited.  Typically I don't hand out new toys unless it's a special occasion or prize of some sort.  So this was just like Christmas!

 

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For the next week, Little Man did everything with "Horns" the Triceratop and "Sliver" the T-Rex.  Little Man has always loved cars, but this was his first introduction to dinosaurs.  He was completely fascinated.  They joined us for story time.  They helped us clean the house.  They provided hours of entertainment, and even had the honor of being introduced to Grandma and Grandpa.  Dare I admit it--they even snuck into his bed!

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What I loved most about these Switch & Go Dinos is the opportunity to have two awesome toys in one!  (What can I say?!  I'm a bargain girl!)  The toys are very interactive.  The cars easily morph into dinosaurs--each with individual sound effects and LCD screen options.  When the toys are in "car" mode, you can select the specific driver on the LCD screen; when the toys are in "dinosaur" mode, you can select the dinosaur's eyes!  Plus there are unique expressions that the cars say while in car mode (my personal favorite was "Turn my wheels!").  In dino mode, each dinosaur exclaimed 30 expressions, many of them handy-dandy facts about dinosaurs.  The sound effects really helped to bring the toys to life!  My husband and I find ourselves repeating the catchy phrases over and over again.  These toys are well loved!

Although Little Man is too young to catch on to the dino facts right now, I know he will continue to love these toys as he gets older.  What I loved even more was the opportunity for him to use his imagination!  It didn't take long before Little Man was pretending that they were vacuums, lawn mowers, and more!

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Besides Sliver and Horns, there are 2 other dinos available:  T-Don the Pteranodon and Tonn the Stegosaurus.  You can buy them on Amazon now for $15.99.  Beginning June 18, the 4 dinosaurs will also be on sale for $15.99 at VTechkids.com.  Buy today on Amazon.

All in all, I was very impressed with these "Dino-Cars."  More importantly, so was Little Man!

So what do you think?  Which dino is your favorite?

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Have a fabulous day!

Daisy Decals Giveaway – CLOSED

Congratulations to Lisa and Erika!

I can't wait to introduce you to a new favorite etsy shop!

Daisy Decals is a mother-and-daughter team.  This stay-at-home Mom and struggling college student love all things creative--especially with a retro flair.  They love designing decals together and bringing vintage images to new media.  They love creating vinyl that bring back old memories or strike up an interest in the past.

 

This week I had the opportunity to try 2 of my very own decals.  I love receiving packages in the mail.  So I was thrilled to find these lovelies in my mailbox.  The directions were very thorough, and they were so easy to apply!  I had worried that considering the detailed images, they would be more difficult to apply.  But it was simple!  I love this retro typewriter decal, and it's found a new home on my Macbook Pro.

 

I also received this retro camera iPad decal.  Super cute right?!

Here are just a few more designs available in the Daisy Decals shop:

I seriously love.them.all!

By the way, I am in trouble with Little Man.  He took a peek while I was selecting my own decals.  He really wanted the Volkswagon Bus, and was sadly disappointed when I selected some different options instead.

I had the most difficult time selecting just two decals because they are all fabulous!  And there are so many beautiful colors of vinyl to choose from.  Although these decals are shown on computer devices (and all Mac products, too!), there are countless ways to use them.  You could use these decals on message boards, notebooks, cars, etc.!  So even if you don't have a laptop or iPad, the possibilities are endless.

Today the lovely ladies at Daisy Decals are offering TWO Oopsey Daisy readers TWO decals of their choice.  Fabulous right?!

Here is how you can win 2 decals of your choice:

{There will be 2 winners here!}

1.  Check out Daisy Decals' etsy shop.  What is your favorite item?  Come back and leave a comment here.

2.  Where do you want to apply your decal {remember that it doesn't have to be on a laptop or iPad}?  Leave your ideas in a comment here.

This giveaway will remain open until Tuesday, May 16 at midnight.

Both giveaway winners will be announced via Twitter, e-mail, and updated on the original post.

That's it! Have a happy day!

Chili’s Gift Card Giveaway – This giveaway is now CLOSED.

This post brought to you by Chili’s Grill & Bar.  All opinions are 100% mine.

 

Congratulations to Becca, the winner of the gift card! 

Happy Giveaway Day!

Today's giveaway is fantastic because it's all about one of my very favorite restaurants, Chili's!

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One of my favorite things about Chili’s is their fabulous promotions!  A while ago, I signed up for Chili’s e-mails spotlighting their current deals and promotions.  These tasty deals often brighten up my inbox.  Free chips and salsa is all the convincing that mr. oopsey daisy needs to take us out for a yummy meal!  Although I personally choose not to drink, the current promotion is CoronaRita at Chili's.

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Over the weekend, my family went out for a delicious dinner at Chili's! We had been cleaning out our old house all day long, and our favorite chips and salsa never tasted so good! On good days (like this particular day!), I can convince my hubby to splurge on my all-time favorite queso, too. Yum! Little Man and I love to dip our chips in both salsa and queso. The only problem is that I always fill up on chips before my meal arrives!

Photobucket We now have our "usual" meals at Chili's. Mr. oopsey daisy always orders chicken fajitas. He loves how they always come out sizzling.

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I guess we all love a little Tex-Mex because Little Man and I like typically share these bacon ranch quesadillas. Although he is usually too busy drinking chocolate milk to eat his fair share!

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But we sure have fun sharing together!

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What a fun night out!  As many of you know, Mr. oopsey daisy travels frequently, so we treasure our family time together! And guess what?  Because I had so much fun, I went back to Chlii's for dessert later that night with some friends!

Today I am giving away a $25 gift card to Chili's for one very lucky reader! So one of you will soon be enjoying a night out, too!

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Here is how you can enter to win:

{You can view the official rules here.}

1. What do you like to eat at Chili's? Let me know in a comment.  I want to hear what Chili's menu item is on your mind!  Please be sure to leave your e-mail address with your comment.

2. Share this giveaway! If you are a tweeter, feel free to copy and paste this tweet:

Treat yourself to a night out at @Chilis!  Win a $25 gift card at @OopseyDaisy917. http://bit.ly/KPEvvP #giveaway

As always, giveaway winners will be announced via Twitter, e-mail, and on the original post. Good luck!

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You must be 21 years or older to drink alcoholic beverages and as always, please remember to drink responsibly.

$50 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway {Glade® Product Review }

This post brought to you by Triad Retail Media. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hello my friends!

I am thrilled to share some new favorite products with you.  As a busy Mom and blogger, life gets hectic.  I don’t have time to think a whole lot about how my home smells, but I do want it to smell fresh.  Recently, I had the opportunity to try out some new Glade® products.  I have always been a Glade® fan, but I love the sleek new designs and long-lasting fragrances!

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First, I tried out the new Glade® Expressions™ fragrance mist with the Cotton & Italian Mandarin scent.  Although I couldn’t quite pick out the Italian Mandarin, I loved the clean, fresh aroma.  I almost didn’t recognize the brand new design!  Now spraying is easier because you just squeeze to spray.  Once it runs out, I can refill with another Glade® Expressions™ fragrance.  Now I can’t wait to try out the other scents:  Pineapple & Mangosteen, Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice, and Lavender & Juniper Berry.

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I also had the opportunity to try out this new Glade® Expressions™ oil diffuser.  Don’t you love the modern design? It looks fab in my living room and actually matches my armchair, and would compliment any home decor!  And because it doesn’t require electricity, I don’t have anything tacky sticking out of my outlet. My husband is rather picky about scents, but this just smelled natural—and it lasts for 30 days!  Plus with a busy toddler climbing around my living room, I don’t have to worry about spills here.  Perfect.

Right now, Walmart is offering a $1.50 coupon off any Glade® Expressions™ so you can take advantage of their everyday low prices.  They even offer a fragrance satisfaction guarantee so you can be sure you like the scent!  Plus, today Glade®  is offering one Oopsey Daisy reader a $50 Walmart gift card so you can purchase your very own Glade® product!

Here is how you can win a $50 Walmart gift card:

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

You can see all of the contest rules here.

1.    Let me know what Glade® Expressions™ product and scent you would purchase if you win the gift card.

2.    Spread the word about this fun giveaway!  If you are a tweeter, feel free to copy and paste this tweet:

Win a $50 WalMart gift card http://bit.ly/yMj0Xt, courtesy of @Glade from @OopseyDaisy917. #giveaway #GladeExpressions

This giveaway will remain open until March 15 at 11:59 when the giveaway winner will be notified via e-mail.

Good luck!

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PS  This week I have TWO giveaways to share with you!  So come back tomorrow morning for another fun opportunity to win great stuff!!

Typography Wall Art Review {13 Pumpkins}

I hope your weekend is off to a fantastic start!

This week, I received a very pretty package in the mail from one of my new sponsors, 13 Pumpkins.

13 Pumpkins is an adorable etsy shop brimming with all sorts of typography wall art goodness!  Marrianne, the shop owner, writes, “We like to write on walls here and hope to be writing on other items soon too. If you see something you like but need a little change – let me know. We will customize current selection or create something new for you.”

This week, Marrianne sent me this lovely Paris typography wall art.

Absolutely amazing right??

This will be a stunning conversation piece for any room.  And I couldn't agree more:  Paris IS always a good idea!

What I like about this typography wall art:

* I adore the distressed look.  I have typically only seen a very modern look to typography, so this is refreshing to me!

* I love that it came perfectly packaged in the mail so that not a single corner was scratched or bumped in the shipping process.

* The color of this piece is so lovely!

* I LOVE how the typography of the background peeks through in a subtle but stunning way.

What I didn't like about this typography wall art:

* Because of the high quality of this piece, the price is steep.  But it's most definitely worth it!  This is an investment for a unique and lovely typography wall art that will light up any room.

 

And if you are looking for something fun for St. Patrick's Day, definitely check out this Dublin Ireland typography or this Irish cities subway sign.  These would be so fun for St. Patty's Day!

Do you like typography as much as I do?

 

Cut It Out Frame Giveaway {3 Winners!}

Have you heard of Cut it Out?

Cut it Out is a fantastic shop that offers decorative wood cutouts.  You can find wooden alphabet, numbers & symbols, seasonal/holiday decor, or even create your own custom order!!  But my favorite part of Cut it Out is their unfinished wooden frames!  Cut it Out offers frames in a variety of sizes from 4 x 6 to 20 x 30!

I had my eye on these frames for a while, and I was thrilled to review some frames for myself!   I love that the frames came unfinished so that I could customize them.  The unique shapes are so much fun!

Because I've been up to my eyeballs in birthday parties, I decided that these frames would make their debut at Little Man's birthday!  I am anxious to finally share all the details of the Mickey Mouse birthday party with you tomorrow.  It has taken me all week  to edit the pictures!  (Have I mentioned that I take WAY too many pictures?!)  I have just a few sneak peeks to share with you today.

I selected these lovely 8x10 Balboa frames.  Don't you love the shape?  As a crafter, seeing this unfinished wood just staring at me was quite exciting! Ohhh the possibilities!  And you can't beat the price on these quality frames!

I gave each frame a coat of red spray paint.  (This took some planning and coordinating with the weatherman considering our cold winter days here in Colorado!) I added some glass and propped them up on easels on my "un-mantle"!

I taped little Mickey ears on every single picture of Little Man!

This really set the tone for our Mickey party--these were the first thing our guests spotted when they walked in the door! Enough teasers.  The party in detail is coming to the blog tomorrow!

Here are some more fabulous ideas from some of my friends who have also tried Cut It Out frames:

Birthday subway art @ The Diary of Dave's Wife

Children's portrait wall @ Lolly Jane Boutique

Joy frame @ Every Creative Endeavor

Birthday frame @ I {Heart} Naptime

Amazing right?? You can help support Cut it Out by "liking" them on Facebook.  Although Facebook Terms of Use prevent me from asking you to do this as part of the giveaway, definitely stop by their page and say hello!

Now on to the giveaway!  Cut It Out is offering three lucky Oopsey Daisy readers an 8x10 frame of their choice!

Here is how you can win an 8x10 frame from Cut it Out:

U.S. Residents only, please.

Required:

1. Check out Cut it Out and let me know what frame shape you would selet in a comment.

Extra:

2.  Share this giveaway!  Leave a comment and let me know. If you're tweeting, feel free to copy and paste this tweet:

Enter to win a unique and fun wooden frame from Cut it Out at @OopseyDaisy917!  Three winners here! #giveaway http://bit.ly/zu8Afl

3.  Tell me in a comment what you would do with the frame if you won.

This giveaway will remain open until Wednesday, February 29 (what a cool date!) at midnight!

The giveaway winners will be announced via Twitter and on the original blog post.  Winners will also be e-mailed directly.

Good luck my friends!

Choffy Review

Have you heard of Choffy?

Choffy's independent distributor, my friend Sarah McKenna, is one of my newest sponsors.  Get ready because she will be giving away some Choffy later this month!

Choffy is brewed chocolate.  It's 100% premium cacao beans roasted and ground for a rich, full-flavored drink that delights your senses while it nourishes your body.  Think of it as bliss in a cup!  I had the opportunity to try out Choffy for the very first time this week.  What a cozy, delicious way to survive these dreary winter days!

You brew Choffy just like coffee. I am not a coffee drinker, so this was my first chance brewing a warm drink!  You can make Choffy just like you would coffee--in a coffee pot or a French press.  Or (like me!), just warm up some water in your microwave!  Thank goodness for the directions!  I dumped my sample pack into the cup, added 12 oz. of boiling water, and let it sit for 5 minutes.

The first time I mixed up my drink, the water wasn't nearly warm enough, and my Choffy didn't melt quite as nicely as the second time.  And because Choffy is brewed for natural, unsweetened cacao beans, I added plenty of sugar and cream to sweeten mine up!

Guess what?  I was skeptical, but it was quite tasty!   And without the guilt.  What could be better than healthy chocolate?! I found myself energized for the rest of the day, but without the caffeine crash I might get from a Coke.

What I liked about Choffy:

* It's healthy!   There are more antioxidants in an 8oz. cup of Choffy than in two servings of blueberries!  There are only 20 calories and 3 carbs per serving.  I love that I can drink chocolate that's good for me!

* Choffy contains a gentle, long-lasting stimulant called Theobromine.  I love that Choffy offers a healthy energy lift.

* I like the way it warms me up on a cold day.  It's a nice alternative to hot cocoa!

What I didn't like about Choffy:

* I love milk chocolate a bit more than dark chocolate.  So for my sweet tooth, I could still go a touch sweeter.  So you may catch me pouring a few extra spoonfuls of sugar in!

Thanks, Sarah, for letting me experience Choffy!

If you would like to order some Choffy, contact Sarah at [email protected].

Have a great weekend and stay warm!

Cowl Review {Avery’s Loft}

I hope you're enjoying a lovely weekend!  I am feeling so blessed today!   I woke up this morning knowing once again that prayers are answered.  The sun is shining a little brighter for our family today.

What are you up to this weekend?  My day is full with many busy comings and goings, but I wanted to pause to give a huge shout-out to Avery's Loft and its incredible owner, Amy.

Avery's Loft is absolutely brimming with swoon-worthy crochet products.  There is lots to love from earrings to scarves; from camera strap covers to boot cuffs!  Recently, Amy generously offered me the opportunity to try out her gorgeous ribbed cowl.  This cowl is the perfect addition to my wardrobe considering our crazy Colorado weather.  If you can believe it, we had snow yesterday morning.  But the sun was shining by afternoon.  This cowl kept me "cozy" (Little Man's new favorite word!) all day long!

I am simply impressed with Amy's craftsmanship!  Let me tell you what I love about this cowl...

* The quality.  There is just something about wearing handmade and knowing that I am wearing a one-of-a-kind product!

* I love the butterscotch color of my cowl!  And there are plenty of colors to choose from.  Amy makes these custom!

* Don't you love the button detail?!  I do!!

* There are lots of ways to wear this!  It's very versatile--wear it around your shoulders like I did or around your neck like a scarf.

Now the exciting news:  This week, Amy is generously offering 15% off everything in her shop using the code OOPSEYDAISY.  This code will be valid for the next week... so get ready to go shopping!

Don't you think my hubby is becoming a fantastic photographer?  {Insert round of applause}

The things he puts up with being married to a blogger...

Happy weekend!

Avery's Loft provided me with free product for this review.  All opinions are 100% my own, as described in my Disclosure statement.

Scentsy Valentine Warmer {Review}

I don't usually post on Saturdays.  For me, Saturdays mean that I can sleep in and lounge in my PJ's.  It's my day off!  Mr. Oopsey Daisy takes Little Man out for doughnuts and some errands.  It's our family catch-up day!  Allow me--in my jammies and all!--to share one of my new loves with you!

Why hello, lovely little Scentsy Valentine warmer!

You might recall that Scentsy's independent consultant, Samantha Fryer, is one of my newest sponsors.  Recently I had the fabulous opportunity to try out this sweet Valentine's Day warmer.  I had hoped it would add a little coziness to our winter--and just in time for Love Day!  I was thrilled when my package arrived.

I was almost heart broken when I tore open the box to find a broken light bulb. But sweet Samantha quickly sent out a replacement--adding to the anticipation!  There are so many reasons why I love my Scentsy warmer!  Here are just a few:

* I love that this is safe for kids!  There is no open flame. It is a wickless candle, and the wax never becomes hot enough to be a fire hazard.  That makes for one happy mama.

* I love that I just plug it in, and 5 minutes later, our house feels cozy.  The aroma permeates quickly and just makes our home feel "homey."

* I love that I can switch up the scent just by ordering a new bar.

* I'll state the obvious here:  It's super cute!  Right?

And P.S. The cinnamon vanilla scent is amazing!  My husband is incredibly picky about scents.  But 5 minutes after plugging in our warmer, Mr. O.D. was already raving.   Don't forget that Samantha has a free gift (with purchase) available for all Oopsey Daisy readers!  Just e-mail her at [email protected] to order and claim your own little gift!

I hope you're having a fantastic weekend!

XO

Chiffon Ruffled Headband

Don't you just love getting mail?!  I do!  Especially when I get packages like this!!  I won a fabulous giveaway from Just Sew Sassy, and I couldn't help but squeal with delight when I opened up my package to find this chiffon ruffled headband!
Seriously, isn't it gorgeous?!
My sister always models things so much better than me... We are already planning out all of our coordinating outfits!!  You can find out how to make your own headband here.  Staci has so many unique ideas, so stop by her blog and say hello!

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