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Giveaway Results: Madeline Soft Talking Plush Doll

Madeline DollSorry! This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Commenter #4 (Grace) on winning this beautiful Madeline Plush Doll. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Thank you for joining me in another fun giveaway this week! Today’s giveaway is for a beautiful plush talking Madeline doll that would be perfect for any little girl in your life.

This year’s buzz is all about Madeline, a little French girl in a signature blue coat, who made her debut in a 1939 storybook. She quickly captivated boys and girls with an illustrated tale of spunk, determination and compassion.

Kids Preferred, one of the leading plush manufacturers, scooped up the literary license from the pages of Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic tale and created several huggable versions of the precocious redhead for specialty and toy stores – one that’s right for every budget and home. This month they launch three exclusive designs just for Toys R Us

Today we are showcasing the beautiful Madeline Soft Talking Plus Doll. This bilingual gal stands 17” tall and speaks both French and English to whoever may be holding her. Lucky little ones who press the hands of this Madeline doll will quickly learn four French phrases.  She is valued at $24.99 and is intended for children ages three and up.Ooh la la!

Ooh la la indeed, because we are giving one of these sweet little dolls away to one lucky reader.

To enter this giveaway, tell me why you should have this wrapped under your Christmas tree this year!  Entries will be taken through Tuesday (11/10) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: $25 Bonefish Grill Gift Card

Bonefish Grill

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Jeannine (Commenter #7) on winning this gift card! Please check back each Tuesday for a brand new giveaway!

I am so excited about this week’s giveaway because it is to one of my favorite restaurants. Bonefish recently issued a Seafood Challenge to discover if Bonefish offers the best seafood around. I accepted the Bonefish challenge and was sent a $25 Bonefish gift card as well as a $25 Visa gift card to use at another seafood restaurant, and then compared the two.

We took their challenge and Bonefish was definitely the clear winner here.  Living in Indiana has made me long for the seafood selection and fresh taste that we used to have on the East coast. The closest thing in our town to fresh has been Bonefish and they deliver some of the best seafood I have ever had the pleasure of eating. If you don’t believe me, sample some of their Bang Bang Shrimp or the Grilled Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce. It is truly delicious! There hasn’t been a dish there that I have tried that I did not enjoy.

Lucky for you, I get to share a great giveaway so you can sample some of the fresh seafood fare at Bonefish Grill!

Bonefish would like you to know about a new You Tube channel they have launched. You can now join Bonefish Grill’s founder Tim Curci on a series of culinary journeys from sea to table in a brand new series of five Webisodes.  Watch as Tim and friends venture out in the Gulf of Mexico, discover the secrets of oyster farming, and prepare a decadent grilled feast. We wanted to share with you just one of the fantastic videos and you can view the rest on the Bonefish Grill Videos channel or through the Bonefish Facebook Page.

Want to sample the food yourself? You can enter to win a $25 Gift Card to Bonefish Grill today! To enter to win, leave a comment by Tuesday (10/06) at 8PM EST and tell me one thing you would like to see on MomAdvice in the upcoming year! Good luck!

Giveaway Results: GE A950 Digital Camera

GE Camera

Thank you all for entering the contest this week! We would like to congratulate Commenter #89 (Hallie) on winning this digital camera. We are so happy that the site has been invaluable to her family and thank you all for your feedback! Check back each Tuesday for a brand new giveaway!

Capturing that perfect shot of the kids, whether inside or outside, running around or sitting still, is simple with the GE A950 digital camera. The easy-to-use GE A950 includes all the advanced features you’d expect from pricier digital cameras. And, you can also feel comfortable handing the camera to kids to let them snap away.

General Imaging, the worldwide exclusive licensee for the GE brand of digital cameras, designed the GE A950 with moms in mind when it comes to taking pictures. Simple and elegant in form and function, the GE A950 offers high-end features at an affordable price.

  • Pan-Capture Panorama produces seamless, wide-angle shots by panning the camera across the image for stunning panoramic photos
  • Auto Scene Detection automatically detects the scene, whether you’re photographing trick-or-treaters, fireworks, snowmen and more for sharp, vibrant pictures in any setting
  • Smile, Blink and Face Detection each showcase the best of who you’re photographing, ensuring your subjects show their pearly whites and baby blues
  • Image Stabilization overcomes camera shake for high quality, vivid images
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Removal saves time from having to edit pictures on your printer or computer
  • Auto Adjust Brightness LCD adjusts to existing lighting conditions to properly frame your shot

The A950’s perfect combination of 9.1-megapixel resolution, 5X optical zoom, and ultra-clear 2.5-inch LCD screen help deliver vivid pictures and easy sharing wherever you go. Available in black, red, silver and pink, the A950 runs on two AA batteries

Please leave a comment by Tuesday (09/29) at 8PM EST and tell us one reason you love to visit I would love your thoughts and ideas for our website and am open to new things you would like to see here. Only one entry per person please and our winner will be chosen at random! Good luck!

Giveaway Results: Crystal Light Water Way Challenge & $50 Giveaway


Congratulations to Renee Ridley (Commenter #156) on winning this $50 giveaway.

I am almost ashamed to admit this, but I am horrible about drinking water. I always have the best intentions, but rarely do I pull off more than a glass of water a day. My hydration comes from coffee in the morning, a glass of milk in the afternoon, and a soda later in the day. I know that I am probably dehydrated and I also know that I am not alone. In fact, it is estimated that 75% of Americans are suffering from dehydration.

Crystal Light wants to encourage people to begin drinking water again and they have put together a Water Way Challenge that will not only benefit you, but also benefit others.  By participating in the challenge, you can help others who do not have access to clean drinking water. The sad fact is, over 900 million people around the world do not have access to clean water. By participating in this challenge, Crystal Light will be able to assist these parts of the world and also encourage you to begin making hydration a priority.

Signing up for the Water Way Challenge is easy and will only take a few seconds. You can then use the site as a tool to track your hydration throughout the day. The bonus of signing up for this is that you will also be entered to win a vacation to Jackson Hole! I will be signing up and I encourage you to do the same.

To help encourage discussion about hydration, I will be offering a fun giveaway of $50 to one lucky reader each day that I post about this challenge (four opportunities in all). To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment by 06/23 (Tuesday) at 8PM EST and tell me how many glasses of water you are drinking a day?

Would you like additional entries? For each item completed, you can post one additional entry below:

1.       Enter the $250 Divine Caroline Giveaway and come back here to let me know you have entered.

2.      Subscribe to my blogs, (pick one or subscribe to all three) then leave a comment letting me know you have. If you are already subscribed, just let me know with your additional entry.

3.      Follow me on Twitter (@momadvice)  and let me know you are my latest and greatest friend!

Good luck to each of you and let’s get hydrated!

(Please note that this post has been sponsored by Crystal Light. We are happy to be working with the company and sharing the message about hydration and giving others access to clean water through this sponsorship)

Photo Credit: Greg Riegler

Giveaway Results: A Trio of Infant/Child Safety Products


Congratulations to our winner- entry #49 (Mindy) on winning this prize pack. Thank you all so much for entering and please visit our site each Tuesday for a new giveaway!

More than 24,000 kids are hurt in a shopping cart each year. Next time you go shopping, you won’t have to worry about your child being injured in a runaway cart. The Cart Stopper attaches with a soft suction cup to any clean vehicle surface (even holds up in the rain) and the other end fits snugly through a hole in the cart, so the cart can’t move while you unload your groceries. When you’re done, simply remove using the pull tab. The Cart Stopper is a sensible way to keep your child safe and your shopping cart secure; also reduces car damage related to runaway carts. The compact design makes it easy to store in your purse, diaper bag, or glove compartment. Available at


Each year, dozens of children die because of one simple accident: an unforgotten child is left in his or her car seat and dies of hyperthermia. So far this year, 42 children have died from hyperthermia (that’s higher than last year’s total of 35). Baby Alert International is trying to prevent it from happening again with a passive monitoring system. The Smart Pad is an ultra-thin sensor pad that goes under the fabric of a child’s car seat. The alarm unit is connected to your keychain. If the driver walks away from the car without removing the child from the car seat, the alarm will sound. The Smart Clip and Toddler Alert are also available.

One of the most dangerous pieces of baby furniture is the crib. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 50 infants die each year from crib-related incidents. The all new Crib Tent II with the Inside Surround Net gives extra protection for children by helping to prevent limbs from getting caught, sprained, and broken through the crib’s rungs. Crib Tent II does not allow the child to climb out of the crib, which could lead to injury. It also prevents siblings’ toys, books, and games from being tossed into the crib and it keeps the child’s own bottles, stuffed animals, and playthings from being thrown out. It also discourages insects and unwelcome pets through the added safety of the Inside Surround Net, which helps to restrict entry from ALL sides of crib as well as the top.

To enter to win this trio of safety products, please leave a comment! All entries must be received by Tuesday (1/6) at 8PM EST to qualify. Good luck everyone!