Giveaway — Melissa & Doug Sand Toys Prize Pack!!

I wish you could have seen the joy on the girls’ faces when they opened a large box from our friends at Melissa & Doug FILLED with sand toys for us to review & giveaway — pure happiness!!!! I mean, what child wouldn’t absolutely LOVE to get a box filled with these lovely sand toys in the mail??

Mark and I totally surprised the girls with a trip to a nearby state park with a lake and large man-made sandy beach — they had a BLAST with these! The sand “baking” sets were particularly awesome because we are huge fans of pretend play, and it kept the girls happily occupied for hours!

Emily enjoyed “baking” lots of sand cakes….

…and Clara “baked” batch after batch of sand cupcakes!

I was particularly impressed with the quality of these Melissa & Doug sand toys — they are made to last! We’re hoping to use them year after year for lots of happy beach/sandbox memories.

The smiles didn’t stop all afternoon — great fun!!!

Now the fun part — one VERY lucky reader will win this same sand toy prize pack from Melissa & Doug!! To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment on this post telling us about your favorite Summer time memory! Giveaway is open to all US residents, and winner will be chosen at random & contacted via email. Giveaway ends Saturday, July 9th @ 6:30pm EST. For extra entries, you can follow us on Twitter (I’d love to connect with you there!)Β or subscribe to our feed (because it is fun & you won’t miss any updates)– just be sure to leave a comment for each entry!

Good luck and a BIG thank you to Melissa & Doug for sponsoring this super-fun giveaway!!

Giveaway is now closed. The winner is… Jessica F. Congratulations and a big thank you to everyone who entered this fun giveaway!! Another great giveaway starts soon!


  1. LauraLouToo says

    I already subscribe! πŸ™‚

  2. Drinking from the hose in the backyard. Nothing to do but play, run in the sprinkler, and have lunch in the grass!

  3. Enjoying the good weather with family and friends.

  4. My daughter’s first time going down a water slide – “Again!”

  5. Getting married πŸ™‚

  6. I’m already a subscriber.

  7. Jeannine Q says

    I love taking the little one to the beach. This prize would be perfect.

  8. Jeannine Q says

    I have been a long time follower πŸ™‚

  9. One of our favorite activities is camping.

  10. I follow you on twitter

  11. I subscribe to your blog via google reader

  12. I love following your blog.

  13. Today’s forth of July is definitely on my list for our best memory!

  14. Mama Sky says

    We are in the process of adopting our first child from foster care. He’s been with us for two years and last year we got to go to the beach, an annual trip, with him in tow. It was his first trip ever to the beach, and our first as parents.

    We spent days jumping waves and playing in the sand. And this year, we’re headed back! I. Cannot. Wait!

  15. LindaLea says

    My favorite summer memory is the birth of our 3rd son. He was born on July 3rd, and on the 4th, I held him while we watched fireworks out the window. Oddly enough, my second favorite summer memory also happened in a hospital and involved fireworks. When I was 9, I shattered my arm falling off a horse. I was in traction for 6 1/2 weeks. My parents lived quite a ways from town, and with other children and life, couldn’t be with me all the time at the hospital. The nurses were like family, and one of them – with her husband – came to visit on the 4th and wheeled my bed outside to watch the fireworks from the hospital lawn.

  16. LindaLea says

    I’m now following you on Twitter.

  17. I loved to catch lightning bugs… and I still do!

  18. Oh, and I follow your feed on Google Reader too. πŸ™‚

  19. My favorite summer memories are the simple things… playing in the sand, running through the sprinklers, my mom letting me run outside & play in a rain shower, and all the wonderful memories I’m making with my two girls!

    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!!

  20. My favorite summer time memory is picking wild mushrooms and berries in my native country Belarus. I will date myself here and say that it was before Chernobyl disaster put a big fat end to mushroom picking.

  21. I subscribe and love your ideas!

  22. When I was around 8 years old, I went to visit my Aunt all by myself fours hours away. For the 4th, we went to the beach most of the day, then a baseball game, and then after the game they did a huge firework show. Even now that is the 4th that always come to mind.

    Thanks for the giveaway

  23. My favorite summer memory is taking my toddler to the beach for the first time – he ate 3 handfuls of sand -yuck! lol

  24. Going out on my in-laws house boat. We beach on the same beach that my husband ‘grew’ up on. All the families that he grew up with and their children still come back and we all beach together, now my children get to grow up with theirs. It’s a built in family…we love playing castle and building moats. Trying to catch waves, sitting by the campfire and finding stars at night, hiding little rocks and other treasures in the sand for treasure hunts. Swimming, swimming, swimming!

  25. I have great memories of taking a week-long vacation with my family every summer to NH. Mini-golf, breakfasts with my Dad, boat rides πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  26. I have two little ones and they would love this.

  27. Michelle says

    Going to Lake Tahoe and catching crawfish with hotdog bits. πŸ™‚

  28. Michelle says

    I already subscribe!

  29. Sharing my favorite summer activities with my son, like frozen orange juice pops on a hot day!

  30. One of the best memories was taking my son (now 3 1/2) on his first beach trip (8 months old at the time). This year, we’ll be taking our newest addition as well – she will be about 5 months for her first trip!

  31. I now follow you on Twitter. πŸ™‚

  32. S’mores on the campfire!

  33. My favorite summer memories are all of them with my daughter, just watching her explore new things outside is so amazing.

  34. I am following you on Twitter.

  35. These toys are adorable! My daughter would love them. When I was a kid,my family used to go beach camping in the summer, and my sisters and I would put on shows for all the other campers. We loved to climb the dunes, play in the ocean, and roast smores in the campsite.

  36. I subscribe to your blog through Google Reader as well:)

  37. I subscribe via GoogleReader. πŸ™‚

  38. Favorite summer memory is playing in the sprinkler with my little brother. πŸ™‚

  39. Swimming, playing along the shore, catching crayfish by hand, and fishing with poles along the docks.

  40. Follow you on facebook! Love it!

  41. Ashley B. Chandler says

    Summer memories… there are so many. I suppose the time I spent a summer church camp would be at the top of the list.

  42. Ashley B. Chandler says

    I’m a subscriber/follower.

  43. Oh, I have so many great summer memories! I’ll have to say my garden wedding 16 years ago was pretty awesome. πŸ™‚ Now my favorite memories are of my kids laughing and swimming and eating icecream and ………

  44. Sitting on the back porch eating watermelon with the kids and feeding the deer the rinds when we’re done. πŸ™‚

  45. GretchenP says

    i’m a subscriber! thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  46. GretchenP says

    MY favorite summer memory is the hanging out at the pool with friends. ..ahhh.. the good old days.. πŸ™‚

  47. the look on my kids faces when they hear the famous ice cream truck coming down the street.

  48. Kimberly says

    My favorite summer memory would have to be the week each summer that we got to spend at the lake. Sand, water, and tons of fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Melissa Foster says

    My favorite summer memories are the long sunny days spent paying outside. Also lots of ice cream, watermelon, strawberries, and fresh fruits and veggies from the farmers market.

  50. Visiting the pool! I am a water bug.

  51. A last minute trip to Priest Lake Idaho for 2 days of boat camping with our four young children. White sandy beaches, clear water and solitude. We brought our own toilet and packed it all out. I love it when it is just family

  52. Melissa Barnett says

    My favorite memory is from attending vacation Bible school and picnics on the church lawn.

  53. My favorite summertime memory is spending time with my family in Cape Cod. My boys would love these cooking sand toys! I am a subscriber. Happy Summer!

  54. We were free to run wild in the backyard and beyond. Priceless. Just free play!

  55. I subscribe in my google reader

  56. We love taking nature walks or feeding/chasing the ducks at the local park then cooling off with Snowcones =) This giveawway would be great for us as we are taking a family Vacation to the beach and getting to introduce the ocean for the very first time to our 2 girls 6 and 4.

  57. I am already a subscriber to your blog. (which I LOVE and use daily)

  58. I love sitting outside in the shade reading with the kids!

  59. Followed you on twitter

  60. So many great summertime memories…so hard to choose. My top three are camping with my grandparents, picking strawberries with Gramma, and going to the lake for the day and bringing a picnic lunch!!

  61. I also subscribe!!

  62. Following you on twitter

  63. Following you via google reader

  64. Taking kids to the park every evening or just going out for a walk after dinner

  65. Going to the beach with my daughter – she loves it there and I love seeing the pure joy on her face.

  66. HAVE been a follower for a while. Thanks for the giveaway.

  67. My son is 10 months, so this is our first summer together.. I am excited to start making summer memories. He already loves to swing in the tree swing we set up in our back yard!

  68. I already follow you on twitter (@kaleyhall) that is how I saw this giveaway!

  69. I just added you to my Google reader!

  70. My favorite summer memory is our annual vacation to “up north”. During my childhood this meant spending a week at a lake resort in Northern Minnesota. Into my adult life my parents still do this, but rent a lake home instead. It’s been awesome to take my kids and keep the tradition and memories going!

  71. Going to the beach! so much fun as a kid

  72. I read your feed in Google reader

  73. And I follow you on twitter (@kschierer)

  74. Christine says

    Looks like a terrific set! My 3 year old daughter would love it! My favorite summer memories are actually THIS summer I think. My daughter is at such a fun age and I love exploring and discovering with her!

  75. melissa Siglar says

    How exciting! Our favorite summer memories involve time at the Lake. πŸ™‚
    Happy Summer!!

  76. I’m following you on Twitter now. Excited to see what else your blog has to offer!

  77. Lucinda Bostick says

    My favorite Summer memory was a Saturday last July. We set up a water wonderland in our back yard for the kiddos, complete w/ water table, sprinkler, slip ‘n slide and baby pool. We also surprised them by setting up their new sand table. Our youngest was just 6 months old and she was too cute splashing in the water w/ her big brothers. My oldest, who was 4 at the time, called it his back yard beach. We got lots of pictures and had a whole lot of fun making Summertime memories that day. Unfortunately, my Mom passed away the next week unexpectedly. But that Saturday afternoon in the back yard w/ my family was my bright spot during that dark Summer.

  78. Camping…. Kids with no electronics….they are able to be out doing things kids should be doing. GREAT times with friends and good quality family time all around. πŸ™‚

  79. Hawaii! It was just a great feeling coming back to the place where we got married – 4 years later, this time with our 13 month old. Everyone had a great time. We’ll try to go back again this summer. That place has so much fun memories we’ll never forget!

  80. I love spending summers at our Aunt’s farm. My two year old loves splashing in the pool and when she’s tired of that, she runs around and chases the chickens.

  81. I’m following you on twitter (@lysa_24)

  82. The summer my son was 1. Watching his explore everything new outside. Our wading pool. The slides and swings at the park! Amazing to watch the innocence and splendor in the eye of a little boy!!!

  83. I follow your feed!

  84. Playing badminton with my daughters and trying to beat our record of times we hit it back and forth. Also, sitting around the campfire eating smores!

  85. Running in the sprinkler w/ my kids and taking my 3 1/2 year old son down his first water slide πŸ™‚

  86. Cookouts, fireworks and sleeping outside! Thanks for the give away.

  87. Tammy1409 says

    I love any time that I can relax and watch my kids having fun outdoors in the summer time. It just makes me so happy.

  88. Tammy1409 says

    I had seen these sand toys online and think they are just TOO CUTE!
    I just signed up as an email subscriber!

  89. This past 4th of July was one for the memory books – camping near waterfalls, swimming in the lake, just good times in nature with my family.

  90. Favorite summer memory – going to the beach of course! I follow on Facebook.

  91. Brenda I. says

    My favorite summer activity was getting my cattle ready and showing them at the fair.

  92. Brenda I. says

    I subscribed to Google Read feed.

  93. Ashley B says

    Oh my goodness, would my little boys love these toys. My favorite summertime memory would have to be playing “night games” like flashlight tag with friends in our remote and tiny town, and sleeping out on the “tramp” (trampoline) under the stars.

  94. Ashley B says

    And I just subscribed to your feed. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  95. My favorite summer memory is going for long bike rides at the beach in Cape May with my dad and my grandfather.

  96. Jumping on the trampoline with water was always fun!

  97. I subscribe via your feed. This would be fun!

  98. Catherine Sobieszczyk says

    Riding my bicycle and playing in the nearby creek and coverts until I absolutely had to be home. Then taking a bath and sleeping to the sounds of cicadas and the ocassional window air unit kicking in – love it!

  99. Riding our bikes to the pool. Was so great to get all hot and sweaty and then dive into the cool pool.


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