Aug 31, 2010

Target ~gift card giveaway~


Have you guys been in Target lately?
They are starting to put out their boots which means FALL IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! Can I get an AMEN?

Not only do they have one pretty trendy shoe section but the styles and selections of clothing is just out of this world AWESOME.

Out of this world awesome? That's huge.

With brands such as Mossimo, Converse and Liberty of London (my fav) why would you need to shop anywhere else?

Have you heard that Sabrina Soto will be Target's new Style Expert for Home? giving you fresh ideas and surprising solutions to revitalize your space. Her passion for great design that's both practical and affordable means there's never been a better time to get inspired and love your home.

How cool is that!
I could use some new inspiration. That is for sure.

What do you think of this news? Are you a Sabrina Soto fan?

~ ~ ~

Any Target fans out there?

I got a little something for ya.

What is it, You ask?

How about a $50 gift card to spend on anything in the store.

Here's what ya need to do:

Visit and browse around. Then come back here and let me know what you would buy with a $50 gift card if you won.

Want extra entries?

Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect- 1 entry

Tweet the following on Twitter:
$50 Target gift card g/way from @lindatweetsalot  -1 entry

Subscribe to my Youtube channel and leave (1) comment on any one video - 2 entries

Subscribe to this blog via email (under GFC) -1 entry

(After you complete each task, please leave a separate comment.)

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, September 7th.

Golly Gee Baby

I found myself browsing through this shop over the weekend, Golly Gee Baby.
Have you been to this site?
If not then you should really check it out.

There's a lot of SUPER CUTE deals to be had.

A few of my favorites:

baby leggings

brown boots

chocolate brown tundra baby boots


Hip Hop Hat in Ferocious Jungle print

Now run along....
Go visit!
Buy baby something nice to wear.

Aug 26, 2010

A fun MOMMY to BE gift idea


pickles ice cream

Pickles and Ice Cream NEW MOM gift idea from The Appraiser's Wife

I dig it!
found via

And speaking of New Moms and Babies . . .

new mom jewelry

Personalized footprints mom necklace from Crafty Addictions

Celebrate the newest arrival with these custom engraved stone/bird nests


onesie cupcake

A onesie cupcake? ADORABLE!

Moon Dough Magic Barnyard


Ok, it has now been exactly one week and one day since we first opened up the Moon Dough Magic Barnyard playset.

The box says "Never Dries Out". I am here to tell you that . . . .

IT HASN'T dried out YET!

If you didn't watch our first initial review on Moon Dough, you can do so by clicking that link up there.
  The product we received was the Moon Dough Magic Barnyard (cute cute!)

moon dough

What's inside the box : 
4 animal molds
one hay bale mold
one fence mold
barn ramp
barn silo
3 packages of colored Moon Dough *yellow, white and blue
1 playmat to catch all your moon dough crummies/niblets AKA MESS!

I demonstrated how the barn actually works in the video but I know some of you don't have time to watch a video . . . .

So, here's what ya do :

After assembling your barn (adding the crank and ramp---SUPER SIMPLE), you will need to choose your moondough color and add it into the top of the barn. 

These are where the animal molds are located. If you don't like the animal that pops up, simply turn the crank until you get another animal. 
Place a clump of moon dough inside the mold.
TIP: Make sure to pack the dough inside by pressing down with your fingers.
Give the handle a crank. It will actually need to click TWICE to form your animal. 
Once the animal is ready it will shoot down the ramp.
Pretty easy, huh?

Now to make your fence and hay bales, You will need to put your moon dough in those molds (packed firm) and twist back and forth to make the molds pop out. Be careful with these, they need a little extra care so you aren't missing ends and pieces!

Guess what? That's it!
Of course, you will want to continue all of those techniques until you have a full barn but you get the idea, right?

This is our first time working with Moon Dough. My kids really enjoyed this playset. 

My thoughts: Cute idea. I love the fact that the Moon Dough never dries out. I can't begin to tell you how many containers of Play-Doh has been tossed out in my house because it dries up so fast. 
Thumbs Up, Moon Dough! The creative process of building and stocking the barn kept my kids busy for awhile, another plus.

As noted in our first video, The smell was unpleasant when we first opened the packages but by the time we played with it the 3rd and 4th time I barely noticed it.

MESSY! (moon dough crumbs on the floor)  But of course, just about anything fun will have a mess involved.

Buy more moon dough! Let's face it, 3 colors is just not enough for creative kiddos.

Don't mix the colors!!! How many times have you said that? Yeah, that's what I thought. Colors were mixed but the kids didn't seem to care. (Blue and White chickens are OK!)

Would I purchase another Moon Dough product? You bet!

You can purchase Moon Dough at Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Target and K-Mart.

Team Mom supplied the above mentioned product to be used with this feature post. We were not compensated in any other form. The thoughts and opinions on said product are our own. 

Aug 24, 2010

Wal-Mart/General Mills Box Tops for Education giveaway~closed~

Let's pick a winner....

Comment number :

walmart win

And that belongs to :



Back to School .....Back to box top collecting!

Do you participate in the Box Tops for Education program? It's super simple. 
While doing your grocery shopping search for items with the Box Tops logo such as Hamburger Helper, Cheerios, Kleenex and many other products. 
You can find these products of various aisles throughout the store. Once you have finished off the product just simply clip the box top and save them for your school. Each one is worth 10 cents.
10 cents may not seem like a great deal but if you add them up and everyone else adds theirs together then it could just amount to a great deal of money for your school!

From Aug. 3 - Aug. 31, head over to your local Walmart to find 4 Box Tops on participating General Mills products and earn more cash for the participating school of your choice. As your one-stop destination for all your needs this back-to-school season, Walmart is helping you save more and earn more with the Box Tops for Education brands you love.

With over 20 great brands and more than 40 products participating, here are just a few favorites that include 4 Box Tops that you can find at Walmart this August: Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, Pillsbury Toaster Strudel pastries, Trix Yogurt, Hamburger Helper skillet meals, Totino’s Pizza Rolls snacks, Nature Valley Granola Bars and Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-Ups snacks. Be sure to keep an eye out for Box Tops on great products from Kleenex, Ziploc, and Hefty too!

If you are not already participating now would be a great time to start.
(Be sure to search your pantry and fridge for box tops also!)

What types of products will you be buying during this promotion?

Answer that question for a chance to win $25!
That's right.
I have one Wal-Mart gift card to help in your quest for more Box Tops.
All you have to do is tell me what products you will be buying during this special promotion.
(required entry)

Want a couple of extra entries?

Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter. Just copy and paste the following statement.
Win a $25 Wal-Mart gift card from @lindatweetsalot in the Box Tops for Education g/way

Post about this giveaway on your facebook account.

Follow My Trendy Tykes via Google Friend Connect.

Just be sure to leave a comment for each task completed.

This will be a 3 day giveaway and will end on Friday, August 27th @ 6:00 pm CST.

This campaign was made possible through My Blog Spark. I did receive a $25 Wal-Mart gift card for this feature post. They are also supplying the winner with a $25 Wal-Mart gift card.

Squinkies Winners!!!

Drum Roll please . . . . . .

The GRAND PRIZE winner is : (comment #2)
To see exactly what your winnings are, visit this post.

and that belongs to :


Runners-up (16 pc. bubble pack)

Comments #82, #214 and #24


and those comments belong to :

winners 24

winners 82

winners 214

There's more . . .

Here are the last 2 RUNNERS-UP (selected from Youtube Subscribers that entered)


I think that's everyone now.

CONGRATS to all winners!!! I will be sending you an email shortly.

If you are new around here let me explain how giveaway winner(s) are chosen. I stopped using Random Number Generator. To make if fair, I get help through my 3,554 member twitter stream. 
Here's how it works:
I post my giveaway numbers 1- (whatever the last entry is) and then I ask for random numbers.
The first one(s) to come through are my winners.
*You will see their twitter id above and the number they chose.

Very Random and fair to everyone....
My twitter stream is available for viewing at any time.

Aug 21, 2010

eggs, bacon and toast

Let's cook today! favorite type of cooking.

Twice Lovely transformed a bookshelf into this Tres Chic Play Kitchen.
(love the chandelier)

play kitchen remodel

Got salt? How about Pepper?
I found these lovelies from Homemade by Jill.

salt pepper

Oooh Ohhh! We all know how LADIES like to remodel.
Here's another great kitchen idea.
This one is a pottery barn inspired play kitchen from


And one more . . .
This pretend kitchen is from Ikea Hacker

ikea hacker


felt breakfast food

You can find some great tutorials for felt foods right HERE.


Aug 20, 2010

Got hair?

Oh how I wish that my girls still wore hair goodies!
Check out these hair pretties for your LOVELY.

Dolly hair clips by From An Igloo

doll hair bow

This one makes me smile. It reminds me of my childhood. I always begged my mom for those pinwheel toys.
Pinwheel hairclip by Little Jenny Wren

pinwheel hair clip

These tattered flowers would look great on a headband!
tutorial from Sew4Home

tattered flower

Aug 17, 2010

Back to School SHOE SHOPPING

Back to School means . . .


Ok, it means back to the books but getting new clothes and shoes is a close second, right?

Umi Shoes has some of the trendiest shoes around. You have to check out their new fall lines.

Here's some of my favorites :


A new pair of boots for fall is a MUST. 
Red boots? *Drool*

umi shoes

I can just picture these on the Lil Man.


The name of these? Chickadee (gotta love that!)

You can see the complete fall line on their website,
Want to hear our thoughts?

Click HERE

We just received our 3rd pair of Umi Shoes and once again......AWESOME!

If you are looking for quality made TRENDY shoes then I highly suggest Umi Shoes.

Umi Shoes sent us a pair of shoes to be used for this feature post. We were not compensated in any other way. The thoughts and opinions on the above mentioned shoes are entirely my own.

Dresses and Rompers OH MY!

trendy dress

I heart birds! Here's a trendy dress for the lil ones. 
The Train to Crazy posted this tutorial for the Daphne dress. Now you can make one too! 

And while browsing through her blog, I came across another blog, Samster Mommy.
Check out this Fairy Romper tutorial.
I dig Rompers!


Aug 14, 2010

Flipping through my Parents magazine....


Here's some of the FAB-NESS featured this month . . .

Goody Bag- p.23
I love the Frames Wallpaper from Land of
(see the wall? That is wallpaper that you can decorate!)

Goody Bag p.26 features this SUPER cute Lego Make -N- Create watch...
Available at

lego watch

I'm not sure if you have seen my newest vlog but We are going HEALTHY! So, I am scouring the web for all kinds of healthy snack/lunch ideas. Parents magazine has some pretty yummy recipes featured in this issue as well as information on Probiotics (The Friendly Bacteria). p.46

I can't wait to try the Toasty Breakfast on p.47!

Healthy Brown Bag lunches....They have 11 easy and healthy ideas from some TOP chefs. p.224

Check out the latest Parents magazine for more tips, trends and healthy food ideas.

You can also visit them on the web @

Be sure to check out the Good Blog as well!

Aug 13, 2010

Squinkies Squinkies Squinkies ~GIVEAWAY!~

~This giveaway is now CLOSED~
I have our winners and I am checking to make sure all tasks were completed for extra entries before announcements are made. Winners will be posted & emailed in just a bit!


Ok, I have been telling you about this giveaway for a couple of weeks now.
Guess what?
It's finally here!

I've talked about Squinkies.
I've raved about Squinkies playsets.
Squinkies are pretty flippin' awesome!

So, I figured that it was time for the giveaway.

You ARE ready, RIGHT?

Squinkies GP

See all that? It could be yours!

One grand prize winner will receive the following :

- One Squinkies Surprize Inside 16 Doll Bubble Pack (SRP $9.99)

- One Squinkies Gumball Surprize! Playhouse (SRP $21.99)

- One Squinkies Share N Wear Jewelry Surprize (SRP $4.99)

- One Tea Time Surprize Playset (SRP $12.99)

- One Squinkies Jewel Case Surprize! (SRP $6.99)

Total Value: $56.95 


But wait . . .
There's more!
I also have (5) runner-up prizes to give away.

Squinkies giveaway

(5) runners-up will receive a bubble pack (16 Squinkies inside) value $9.99

I will be giving away 3 here on the blog (leave a comment) and 2 will be given away on my Youtube Channel.
You can enter in both areas for double chances to win.

Wanna win?

Required entry: Visit, browse through the Squinkies collections. Come back here and let me know which is your favorite or which would your child like most.

Required entry for Youtube (Runner-up) prizes: Subscribe to my channel and then come back here letting me know that you did that. (I don't want to give them to someone not interested!)

~Extra entries~
Please leave a separate comment for each task completed.

RT the following on twitter :
Awesome @Squinkies g/way from @lindatweetsalot (6 winners!) Go enter!!
(leave me your link once you post as the entry)

Follow My Trendy Tykes via Google Friend Connect.

Post this giveaway w/proper links on your facebook page.

Follow my NEW personal blog

Subscribe to my Youtube Channel.

Follow @Squinkies on Twitter

Join the Squinkies facebook page and let them know that My Trendy Tykes sent ya.

1 extra entry for each task completed....

This giveaway will end on Monday, August 23rd.

Can't wait for the giveaway to end? Need your Squinkies now.
Visit Target, Wal-Mart or Toys R Us to purchase fabulous Squinkies products.


Squinkies sent us products as part of this feature post. However, the opinions on the products are entirely those of my own or my children. They (Squinkies/their PR firm) will be handling all prize fulfillments.

Aug 12, 2010

Protect your child against harmful everyday radiation

Protecting the little ones (tykes) remains one of the most important mom tasks in any given day.
in any given hour
in any given MINUTE


You start thinking about protecting them before they are even conceived.
You START protecting them before they are even born.
You stress over their health and well-being until you kick them out of the house. 
errr, I mean....until they grow up and leave on their own. YEAH, totally on their own. (wink)

It's a tough job but we can handle it.
Of course, there is all kinds of help out there.
NO! I am not referring to over-bearing AUNT IDA or the countless safety lessons you get from Grandpa Dan.
There are so many websites and blogs and companies and so on dedicated to nothing but keeping your child safe. 
There are so many products out on the market today geared towards your child's health and safety.
A lot more now than when my children were babies...

Here's a great company to check out:

What is it? Well, Belly Armor is a company that enables expecting mothers and families to carry on with everyday activities while protecting against the harmful effects of everyday radiation. Protection is the primary objective of Belly Armor and will not be sacrificed or compromised.

How? Through products such as the Belly Tee and the Belly Blanket.

belly blanket

More info? The Belly Blanket is made of a soft cotton integrated with a RadiaShield protection fabric. Once draped over the belly during pregnancy it serves as protection against everyday radiation.
(Think: laptops/cellphones)

Read about the health risks of radiation during pregnancy right here.

Now, don't you think that extra protection would be a benefit to you and your lil bambino baking every so comfortably in your belly?

Where were such products when I was pregnant?

The Belly Tee offers the same protection only in a wearable form.

In their words:
Belly Armor by RadiaShield is the definitive resource for information and tools to protect children in the womb and newborn children against the risks of everyday radiation. Made with RadiaShield® fabric and the highest quality textiles, Belly Armor products provide baby-soft comfort, convenient safety, and guaranteed protection.
belly tee

Belly Armor products are Effective, Convenient and Stylish. 

Visit their website for more information.

If you decide to purchase any one of their products use code trendytyke for 10% off your purchase.

Go on, this is your child's health we are talking about!

For readers in NY, you can purchase Belly Armor products at: 
Metro Minis, Located in the Upper East Side at 821 Park Avenue at 75th Street

For readers in San Francisco, they can purchase Belly Armor products at: Nest Maternity, 
Located at 1839 Divisadero Street (was chose as "2010 Best of the Bay Maternity Store" by Bay Area Parents Magazine)

Aug 10, 2010

National Smores Day


Yes, there is a National Smores Day. I am not making this holiday up in order to eat SMORES! 
I'm least not this time.

We celebrated (of course)!

Click here to see our photos.

Check out these awesome SMORES creations too :

Smores Cupcakes by The Sweetest Kitchen

smores on a stick

Smores on a Stick via Skip To My Lou

I think we will make these next year. (I'll be better prepared.)

Smores Favors via Crafts Kids

smores favors

Happy Smores Day!

Aug 9, 2010


Ginger the stuffed weiner dog from blackbird fashion on etsy

stuffed dog

snuggle monsters by chasingmystar


Sallie Anne softie doll by cupcakecutie1

annie doll

Aug 8, 2010

Saving money, It's not as hard as you think.

Well, we did it.
We started eating healthier this week. 

"Why did you wait so long?"
It's ok.
I have received that question before.
To be honest, I imagined it costing a lot more than it did.
We were quite shocked at the amount we actually SAVED.
Not only were we not paying for junk but the grocery store that we shopped in had some pretty awesome deals.
That's right.
Instead of picking up the first thing that we stumbled upon, We searched around and found something equal in taste for a fraction of the cost.
Plus a little exercise kills no one, right?

Saving money on anything and EVERYTHING is easy as well.
Just search!
For instance, Have you checked your homeowners insurance coverage lately?
You may be surprised at just how much you are spending for so little coverage.
You could be spending more money that you have to.
If you do find out that you are paying more then you should check out websites like

They will compare insurance quotes for you and also find a cheaper one.

No matter which state you live in, they can help.

Tennessee insurance quotes...

They are all there.

The money saved?
Well, it could go towards buying more healthy snacks for the family.

Also, don't forget to search online for coupons.
There are several great sites dedicated to nothing but coupons and rebates.


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Aug 7, 2010

~NEW~ Squinkies playsets


I wanted to share some of the new Squinkies items with you today.

(Isn't this adorable?)

As I said in the video above, I think this would be a great little reward system for the kids. When they have done their chores, allow them to pop a coin in the gumball and out pops a Squinkies toy. The Gumball Surprize Playshop holds up to 28 Squinkies.
Contents in package: The Gumball Surprize Playshop, of course, An assortment of 9 Squinkies, 2 pretend coins (you can also use real coins) and a set of furniture for the playhouse

Expect hours of pretend play!

Birthday Surprize Bracelet

The bracelet sets are ideal for any girly girl. They come with 4 Squinkies, the bracelet and a ring. You just pop the little decorative pegs onto the bracelet and the Squinkies will sit right on top.

Who knew fashion could be so much fun?

Under the Sea Surprize

This one comes with 3 Squinkies. When you are done playing just toss them back into the adorable shell case. My daughter is actually storing (I believe) 12 of her favorite Squinkies inside *without the balls.

I know that I've already said it but these might just be the "It" thing this holiday season. They are already a huge hit around my neighborhood. All of the neighbor kids were fighting over my kids assortment today.

Prices . . .
Birthday Surprize bracelet and Under the Sea Surprize set $7.99

They should be hitting shelves at Target, ToysRUs and Wal-Mart this week if they have not already arrived.

To stay up to date visit

Be here NEXT WEEK as I am hosting a SPECTACULAR giveaway!

Please note: There is a warning label on all Squinkies products. These are not intended for children under the age of 4 due to choking hazzard. 

We received the above mentioned products to be used/reviewed for this feature post. We were not compensated in any other form. The thoughts above are entirely my own (and my children's thoughts).
Squinkies toys are not recommended for children ages 4 or under.

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