Monday, July 11, 2011

Melissa & Doug Sand Play Review and Giveaway!


When Ashton was about a year and a half old I came across this adorable wooden puzzle at a yard sale.  I bought it for him for about a buck and it was one of the best dollars I've ever spent because he still plays still has that puzzle, years later.  He's outgrown it and it's time to donate it to a worthy cause but it's still in perfect condition, just like it was the day I purchased it from that yard sale.  Now you're probably wondering, who makes a wooden puzzle could withstand TWO households with toddlers over the course of at least 5 years?  Melissa & Doug, of course, and I'm here to show you a few of their other incredible toys!
Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Cupcake Set - $14.99

What is Melissa & Doug?
According to their website, "Over 23 years ago, we started our company in the garage of our home where Doug grew up - we had to be careful not to disturb Doug's parents who were still living there!  Thanks to your support, we've been able to move into a real office down the road, a building that has separate ladies & men's bathrooms!  Our philosophy has always remained the same over the years - to make each and every customer a happy, permanent member of the Melissa & Doug family, while offering products with tremendous value, quality and design.  Our line offers something for everyone with over 1,000 innovative products for children of all ages!  We've always welcomed customer suggestions, and continually strive to make improvements to our products.  We're honored by the faith you put in us and view it as our responsibility to continue to earn your trust in the years to come!"
Melissa & Doug makes very high quality toys for young children to help their imaginations grow to endless heights!  They have everything from adorable puzzles that your child can actually touch and feel to toys you can ride on and store other toys inside of!  Melissa & Doug has something for every child, no matter what their preference.  Here are just a few of Melissa & Doug's popular children's toys.
My Review
The wonderful people of Melissa & Doug sent Ashton over a complete Sand Play set to play with and since we live in Florida, we're surrounded by sand!  Ashton received:

The Seaside Sidekicks Sand Cupcake Set (SRP $14.99) - a 12 piece set to make sand cupcakes at the beach or in the sandbox!  All you have to do is fill the unique, hinged cupcake mold with sand, add cupcake toppers, put in the tray and "bake"!  You can even use the handy icing tool for even more cupcake decorating fun!

The Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Set (SRP $14.99) - a wonderful 7 piece set complete with octopus whisk and shell shaped measuring cups to help you make the "tastiest" mud pies in town!  Young chefs will love the crab mixing spoon and how the turtle lid on the mixing bowl doubles as a sifter! 

Clicker Crab Pail and Shovel (SRP $9.99) - This crab shaped scoop and sunny red/orange smile of the crab bucket makes digging for treasure on the beach twice the fun!

Seaside Sidekicks Sand Molding Kit (SRP $9.99)- The turtle mold has lots of friends underneath his shell, that want to come out and play!  A fish, a crab, a seahorse, a starfish and Mr. Turtle himself provide hours of sand molding fun at the beach or even in your own sandbox!

Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Kit - $14.99
Each of these sets provided us with tons of fun and lots of great ideas to play with in the sand.  One thing Josh and I noticed right away was the quality of each of these toys, the plastic these are made from is thick so you know that they were made for the all the abuse little children can possibly put them through.  This is quality I've come to expect from Melissa & Doug.  Ashton has a blast playing with these toys in and out of the sand and I know that, like the puzzle, it will last for years to come!  I highly recommend any toy Melissa & Doug has to offer because they are all high quality, affordable and best of all they teach children to use their imaginations. 
Shopaholic Rating: 5 out of 5 Shopping Bags!  If Ashton's toy box could be filled with only one brand of toy, I'd choose Melissa & Doug.  Yes, Shopaholics - they're THAT great!

Where can you find Melissa & Doug products?
If you're interested in purchasing any of the products featured in this review or if you'd like to see the other fabulous toys Melissa & Doug has to offer you can visit their website!  There you'll also find a link to their blog as well as to find a Melissa & Doug retailer near you!  For more up to date information be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Giveaway Time!!
One lucky Shopaholic is going to win a Sand Play set just like what I reviewed! (pictured below)  Here's How:



Enter to win by telling me which toy out of the set you're child would be most excited about playing with and where? *You MUST leave your email to claim prizes*

Extra entries - worth 1 entry each - comment once per entry each
Follow Melissa & Doug on Facebook and Twitter (2 separate entries)
Follow Shopaholic Mommy on FacebookTwitter, Google Friend Connect & Networked Blogs (4 separate entries)
Share this giveaway on Facebook - Once 2x a day - *60 minutes apart*
Enter to win the @Melissa and Doug Sand Play Set giveaway with @Shopaholic Mommy!  Ends 7/21!
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Enter to #win the @MelissaandDoug Sand Play Set #giveaway w/@ashtonzmommi at SMMH! Ends 7/21!
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Vote for Shopaholic Mommy on The Fence and Top Mommy Blogs (2 separate entries)

Bonus Entries - worth 3 entries each - Comment 3xs per entry each
Blog about this giveaway & provide link
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I will choose one winner on July 21st at 8pm EST and announce the winner the following day.  That person will have 48 hours to respond to my email.  If I do not hear back from them within 48 hours I will hold a redraw and choose another winner.  This giveaway is open to Continental US residents 18+ only.  Good Luck!

I received these products for free for the purpose of a review.  The opinions stated in this review are mine and completely unbiased.  For more information on my disclosure policy please visit the PR section of my site.

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  50. My daughter would be most excited about the Clicker Crab pail & shovel to use in the sandbox.
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  56. my daughter would love to play with that cupcake set at the beach which is right down the road from our house!
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  71. My kids definitely would enjoy most Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Kit. We have sandbox in our backyard and they both love to pretend cooking.

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  72. my favorite item is the Clicker Crab Pail and Shovel

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