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Giveaway Results: Vtech V.Reader (Valued at $59.99)

Sorry! This contest is now closed! We would like to congratulate Trica (Commenter #72) on winning this great giveaway! Check back here soon for another great giveaway and thank you all for entering!

Hurray for another giveaway! I am so excited to share this giveaway with you because I am such a fan of great reading tools and anything that can get your children excited about reading.

Today we are giving away a Vtech V.Reader that I have had the fun opportunity of sharing with my own family. If you want to learn more about what we thought about it, you can read our review of the V.Reader here.

Here is some information about the V.Reader that we will be giving away today:

Animated Storyteller:
Stories come to life through vivid animation, narration, character voices, graphics, sounds and music. Young children engage with stories by watching, reading and learning. They follow their favorite character’s voice, play reading games and use the story dictionary.

Downloadable Fun:
With a rich download library, more than 100 additional stories will be available via a download library located on the VTech Web site (, including some free titles, more themes and avatars to customize their e-readers. V.Reader is compatible with a PC or Mac computer.

Track Progress:
Parents can join in on the fun and learning process with the features that include progress reports and reading certificates.

Lovable Characters:
Children’s favorite licensed characters come to life and help them learn with 11 software options (with more titles to be added in the near future).

Touch and Read System:
Kids have two play options – listen and follow along to the story as read by animated characters; or touch the screen and play reading games to learn each word or sentence.

Reading Skills:
Your child learns the necessary building blocks to grow into a fluent reader. V.Reader teaches reading comprehension, vocabulary, phonics and word building, along with a story dictionary that describes word definitions in a manner that’s easy for them to comprehend.

V.Reader will be available exclusively at Target June 20 and nationwide in August at all key retailers and online at

Today we are offering one lucky reader a VTech V.Reader (valued at $59.99) to encourage more fun reading this summer! There are three easy ways to enter…

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

  • First Entry: Leave a comment and let us know what feature you love on the new Vtech V.Reader or why this would make a great addition to your reading tools!
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One winner, chosen at random, will receive a VTech V.Reader. Please submit your entries by Tuesday (06/06)8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker

girl-gourmet-cupcake-makerFor this review, I passed the torch on to a family of  some of my very favorite little girls, The Wegner Family! My daughter was a little too young for this product, but I always know I can count on my friend Michelle to help me in my time of need. To learn more about their family, please visit Michelle Wegner! A big thank you to Whitney for helping us and sharing her perspective on this product.

My 8 year old daughter Whitney received the Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker for Christmas.  Whitney loves this gift.  I will let her tell you with her own words why she loves it so much.

What do you like about your cupcake maker?

Well it is fun to use.  Sometimes the easiest part is baking them.  It only takes 30 seconds in the microwave.

What don’t you like about it?

  • The frosting spinner throws the cupcake off its tray and it makes a big mess.
  • It’s hard to get all the frosting in the tube
  • Cleaning up after I am done

Who likes to eat your cupcakes the most?

My neighbor David or my sister Maddie.

What is your favorite cupcake to make?

Chocolate Chocolate.

What else would you want to tell people about your cupcake maker?

Just that it is really fun, and yummy at the end.

As far as I am concerned, I don’t mind the mess that the cupcake maker makes.  Whitney is so proud when she can make something so delicious completely on her own from beginning to end.  It is also fun to watch the smiles on her sister’s faces when she hands them a custom made-cupcake.  The biggest downfall with the cupcake maker is the cost of the cupcake refills.  Whitney wanted to make a few special cupcakes for her sister’s birthday, so we headed to Wal-Mart to pick up refill packs.  I was absolutely shocked to find out that one packet of six refills cost about $12.  We needed two boxes, so in one night we spent almost $27 on 12 cupcakes.  I am afraid that cupcake making is going to have to be a very special occasion type thing at our house, unless I can find a very quick and easy microwavable cupcake and frosting recipe.

Amy’s Notes: I am not sure if this will fit the bill or not, but wanted to post some Easy Bake Oven recipes that I found that might work for the Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker. If anyone tries these and has any success, please leave a comment so we can help on the continuing cost of this product!

Easy Bake Oven Cake Mix

Pink Sparkles Frosting

Easy Bake Oven Chocolate Birthday Cake

White Frosting Mix

Thank you to Jakks Pacific for giving us an opportunity to review this product and thank you again to Whitney for sharing her thoughts!

Suggested Retail Price: $17.99 (currently listed)

Website for More Details: Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker

Fisher-Price Kid Tough DVD Player

Fisher Price has done it again and they have released another great kid-tough product. This year they have released a DVD player that will be able to handle a royal beating from your toddler. As a personal fan of their kid-tough camera, I was excited to see how the new DVD Player worked.

This DVD player is built from sturdy heavy-duty materials that can handle plenty of abuse. Each unit comes with a rechargeable battery & charger, which holds a charge for about two hours.

The screen size is 3.2″ and has a color LCD screen on it with simple controls that make it easy for children to use. It also has a handle where kids can tote or hold the unit while they watch their movies or you can use the kickstand legs on the unit for hands-free viewing.

Not included with this player is a video out cable for the television, but if purchased, your child can watch their movies through their own DVD player on the regular television.

The main issue with it, as a parent of a destructive toddler, is that your child can take their own movies in and out and a parent safety latch would be great for keeping the movie in there, but still allowing your child the “controls” of stopping and starting their own shows. Because of this reason, it makes it a toy that requires more parental supervision to insure that we don’t ruin our precious Dora movies that would be played on it.

The screen size is small, but understandably so in order to make this portable for little hands. This toy has a steeper price tag, but would work great for a family that doesn’t want to make an investment in a DVD unit for the car, but wants to be able to take their child’s entertainment on the road.

Of course, my parents used to have us entertain ourselves and we laughingly referred to our car as the “blue prison” on our treks to visit the family in Florida. Perhaps something like this would have saved my parents from yelling at us so much.

A big thank you to Walmart & Fisher Price for giving us the opportunity to review one of the hottest 12 toys for Christmas ’08!

Suggested Retail Price: $149.88

Website for More Details: Walmart