National Zoo Keeper Week Children’s Books Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.

When I was a kid, I loved going to the zoo, and I bet you did too.  I couldn’t wait to watch the penguins waddle around, see the giraffes munching on some greens, and my favorite, take a ride on an elephant.  (I don’t know if they still do that, but they did when I was little!)

Like most kids, when I went to the zoo, I only thought about the animals and all the fun I would have with them.  I didn’t think about all the hard work that goes into keeping up a zoo and keeping the animals healthy and happy.  Did you?  Do your kids?

If you’d like some fun activities to teach your kids about the fascinating world of zookeepers and the animals they serve, you have to check these out!

National Zoo Keeper Week Giveaway


The Zoo is Closed Today! is a book written by Evelyn Beilenson and illustrated by Anne Kennedy.  The whole family loves this gem!  It’s about two children who arrive at the zoo to find it closed.  All the animals are having bad days, from toothaches to sore throats, and poor Pete the Zookeeper has his hands full taking care of them.  The next day, the kids go back to find an even bigger surprise, but I won’t spoil it!  Both of my children love this book, and my son has requested it for his bedtime story every night since we got it.


The Zoo is Closed Today


At the Zoo Scratch & Sketch (An Art Activity Book for Animal Lovers and Artists of All Ages) (Trace-Along Scratch and Sketch) is a fun Trace-Along art activity book by Lee Nemmers, illustrated by Martha Day Zschock.  Your kids can use the wooden drawing tool to trace the white outlines of their favorite animals on black-coated scratch art pages.  They’ll see lions, tigers, bears, seals, and more come alive in swirls of colors and glittery foil.  Both of my kids were super excited about the glittery pages.  They love it so much, they’ve actually been fighting over it, so it’s obviously very fun for both of them!


At the Zoo Activity Book


If you’re looking for some fun zoo-related activities, these books are for you.  And if you’re planning a trip to the zoo, both of these books would be an awesome choice for a fun educational experience:  read them and do the activities together before you go, and then discuss what they’ve read once you’re at the zoo!

July 20th – 26th is National Zoo Keeper Week, and to celebrate Peter Pauper Press is offering Game On Mom readers a chance to win one copy of The Zoo is Closed Today and one copy of At The Zoo Scratch & Skecth:  An Art Activity Book for Animal Lovers (ARV $32)!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 8/2/14.  Good luck! [Read more...]

Let’s Win the zulily Freckles+Kitty Clothing Contest!

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Have you seen the colorful outfits from Freckles+Kitty, the delightfully sweet clothing company out of California?  Today through Saturday (7/17 – 7/19), zulily is running a contest where we can BOTH win three dresses for our little ones from Freckles+Kitty!


Just post in the comments section below which Freckles+Kitty item is your favorite, and if my blog is selected, I’ll choose someone from all the commenters to win something lovely for the little lady of their choosing!

Don’t know much about Freckles+Kitty?  Freckles+Kitty is California-made toddler and girls clothing inspired by what’s popular now.  The best part is that zulily has select Freckles+Kitty styles up to 65% off!  You’ll find brilliant colors and trending details such as floral appliqués, printed lace, hoodies, sets, and, of course, ruffles.  Lots of ruffles!  They use soft fabric blends to give your little girl exceptional comfort with a sense of style and fun.  These fabrics are always easy-care and washable.  Each Freckles+Kitty garment reflects the California spirit, and it’s these details that make each piece playfully individual.

Check out Freckles + Kitty on sale at zulily!


Win a FREE Doctor on Demand Call (RV $40) – 10 Winners!

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a doctor on call so you can get medical advice whenever you need it?  With Doctor on Demand, you have access to licensed and board-certified physicians right from the comfort of your own home.  Gone are the days of being forced to wait days or weeks for an appointment and wasting time sitting in a waiting room full of sick people.  Now you can use Doctor on Demand and get the help you need when you need it–all for the price of an average copay.  Doctor on Demand physicians are even able to provide their patients with prescriptions and referrals to specialists.  That’s convenience you can’t beat!

Download the FREE Doctor on Demand app and register with code GOM14 to get $10 off a call!

Read my full Doctor on Demand review, and enter the $200 Target gift card giveaway at the bottom of the post, but first…

You could be one of ten lucky Game On Mom readers to win a FREE Doctor on Demand call!  Yes, I said this one will have 10 winners!

Giveaway ends 7/23/14.  Open to US residents who are 18 and over.  Good luck!

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#DixieQuicktakes: Food Storage Containers that Solve the Lost Lid Problem

This post is brought to you by Dixie Quicktakes.

A few weeks ago, I was attempting to package up some dinner leftovers to send with my husband to work for lunch the next day.  I opened the cabinet where I keep my food storage containers, and I couldn’t find any that were close to the size I needed.  I literally stood there with a confused look on my face as I scratched my head.  I had some.  At some point, I had many.  Where were they?

My husband refuses to accept any guilt in this matter, but I know he lost them.  Left them.  Ate them?  I don’t really know where they are now, but he’s the only one I give them to, and most of them have disappeared.  What I find the most puzzling is how the number of container bottoms I currently have does not match the number of lids I have.  (I wonder if the lid-stealing monster and the sock-stealing monster go out for a beer together after work on Fridays.)  Whatever the reason for the mystery of the disappearing storage container parts, it was clear I needed a new solution, so the timing could not have been better when I was offered an opportunity to try out the new Dixie Quicktakes.

Dixie Quicktakes

Quicktakes are affordable, microwavable food containers that are disposable but also dishwasher-safe, so you can reuse them if you wish.  When you do decide to throw them away, they’re recyclable so you don’t have to worry about feeling wasteful.  They’re also BPA-free, which is a chemical I’m glad to be rid of.

My favorite Dixie Quicktakes feature:  the lids are attached.  This saves me from wasting time searching for the right lid, which I don’t always find, and it eliminates the frustration associated with it.  Take that, evil lid-stealing monster!


Now I send my husband to work with his lunch in a 24 oz. Dixie Quicktakes container, and if he comes home without it, I can deal.  I won’t lie, sometimes he forgets to rinse his container, and when he brings it home, it’s kind of stinky and gross.  On those days, I’m extra okay with him losing the container.  From now on, I might actually request he do that intentionally.

Quicktakes Lunch

The 24 oz. container is the just right for a lunch-sized portion!

Dixie Quicktakes for SnacksI also love Quicktakes for carrying around snacks for the kids.  My children munch on fruit all day long, so going anywhere without a supply for two is not an option.  When you’re exploring the world with kids, things get lost or a lot more dirty than I ever want to deal with, so these work out really well in these situations.  If they accidentally get left somewhere or they become covered in some unrecognizable playground funk, it’s no big deal.  They’re disposable!

Broken Crayon StorageOh, and my daughter likes Quicktakes too!  If you’ve got kids, then you’ve got crayons.  If you’ve got crayons, you’ve got crayon pieces.  Crayons are breakable, and kids excel at breaking things; that’s just the way it is.  The little pieces make me kind of crazy, so I’ve been known to toss them in the trash when no one is looking.  My daughter, however, likes to keep them, and we’ve found that her broken crayon collection fits perfectly in the 8 oz. Quicktakes container.  Now she has her own little storage container for those tiny crayon pieces that she cherishes, and she can carry it around with her or store it someplace Mommy can’t see it.

They’re a good value per container, especially considering that you have the option of reusing them.  I plan to reuse mine as often as possible, but it’s so nice to not stress over the cost if one goes missing or if I give them to guests to take home leftovers in after a food-filled event.  And they have so many uses!  They’re just right for on-the-go lunches and snacks, but they can store almost anything from office supplies to arts & crafts.  Because they’re made of clear plastic, it’s easy to see what’s stored inside.  So convenient!

You can buy Quicktakes on Amazon in a 25-count box that includes 24 oz. and 8 oz. containers.  Check out the Amazon reviews to see what other Quicktakes users have to say.  Right now, you can save 25% on Dixie Quicktakes, but this is a limited offer, so grab some now while they’re an even better value!

Thank you to Dixie for providing complimentary Quicktakes for review.  All opinions contained in this post are 100% my own.

Little Miss Giveaway – Win a Gift Set of Summer Essentials for Girls!

Summer is the perfect time to celebrate little girls! These girlie Summer Essentials featured by Green Scene Mom are made by companies who offer eco-friendly, quality, and innovative product solutions that incorporate adorable styles too!

pediped’s adorable shoes are perfect for going on summer adventures! These stylish shoes fit comfortably and ensure healthy foot development. They are available in more than 140 designs for boys and girls.

Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made pediped the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped footwear is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide. pediped has also received many awards for their innovative footwear designs. For more information, visit

Pacific Baby thermal bottles keep liquids hot or cold for up to ten hours. These high quality bottles are versatile to use from birth to 5 years old and make feeding and drinking simple during outings and while traveling. Featuring vacuum insulated 304 stainless steel, they’re also BPA-, PVC- and phthalate-free.

The wide neck offers greater visibility and the inner scale simplifies measuring out formula. The bottle nipples come in three speeds and are shaped similar to a mother’s breast. Just add handles and a spout to transform this bottle into a sippy cup for older kids. For more information, visit

Bobee elephant wall decals are a cute and fun way to decorate your little girl’s room. Easy to apply and easy to remove, these elephant wall decals come in four colors to dress up the little spaces.

Bobee makes all their products in the USA. Owned by a mom-entrepreneur, her own children are the inspiration for the fun decal designs. Elephants, whales, giraffes, and wall quotes are among the new fun decor Bobee is creating. For more information, visit

Yummi Pouch makes eco-friendly snack solutions that encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Their reusable food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on-the-go, no spoon required.

Yummi Pouch also recently introduced cloth snack and sandwich bags, each lined with a water resistant interior and decorated with colorful prints. They’re perfect for crackers, chips, and sandwiches and also make great little storage bags for hair accessories and cosmetics. For more information, visit

FunBites is the first state of the art kitchen tool that instantly cuts kids’ food into bite-sized, fun shaped pieces. FunBites is 100% made in the USA and BPA free. They are perfect to get even the pickiest eaters to try something new and eat healthier.

FunBites was designed by a mom who was inspired by her own daughters to create kid-friendly snacks with one easy cutter. FunBites encourages kids to try new foods and eat better, and makes mealtime less stressful and more fun. For more information, visit

Your little princess will love Kushies new soft & oh so comfy pajamas! Each set consists of premium quality, 100% cotton to keep her warm and cozy all night long.

Trusted by moms since 1987, Kushies offers more than 350 superior baby products including stylish layette and playwear, washable diapers, the award-winning Kushies Zolo toy collection and a broad range of baby essentials. The worldwide market leader in reusable cloth diapers and accessories, Kushies takes great pride in operating as a responsible company and as an environmentally concerned member of our planet. For more information, visit

Babalu Baby is a mom owned and operated online store that wants to give back to children’s causes in whatever ways they can. Babalu’s “One to Wear, One to Share” cloth diaper campaign gives a cloth diaper and insert to Jakes Diapers for every one diaper sold, to be distributed to orphanages around the world. Babalu also believes wholeheartedly in positive, encouraging messages for children such as hope, love, kindness and giving. Babalu hopes to encourage the children’s retail industry to promote positive values on every level so kids can feel and give love, be hopeful, dream big and care for those around them.

For more information, visit

Enter to win this amazing gift set!

pediped pair of shoes
Kushies pair of pajamas
Pacific Baby 3-in-1 combo bottle set
FunBites food cutter
Bobee elephant wall decals
Babalu “Inspire” 4T lavender ruffle shirt
Yummi Pouch Brights reusable food pouches + snack bag set

Little Miss giveaway prizes

Giveaway is open to US and Canada.  Ends 7/18/14.  Good luck! [Read more...]