Sunday, May 29, 2011

Seaside Sidekicks Giveaway


When I'm looking for toys for the Peanut and the Bean I go out of my way to find playthings that are well made, educational, affordable and (this is purely a personal preference) not awash in pink.

So it's not surprising that Melissa and Doug is one of our favourite go to places for play things. We're always excited to receive Mellisa and Doug toys and art supplies. Since imagination and creative play are practically built right into their toys it's no wonder that they are among the most played with at our house. The Peanut gets hours of fun out them and once the Bean gets to be big enough to play too, we know she'll be getting just as much fun as her big sister.

So the Peanut has been chomping at the bit for sandbox weather since sometime last November, and with a summer filled with beach outings on the horizon we're thinking about some new sand toys. Lucky for us Mellisa and Doug have just introduced some cute sand toys that could provide endless entertainment at either the sandbox in our back yard or the beach.

Now, I can totally picture any number of under the sea role playing opportunities with The Seaside Sidekicks Sand-Molding Set, "Hello Mr Sea Turtle, have you met my little friend Tiny Blue Seahorse? He's been simply frantic to meet you, he's a huge fan of your work in sand molding."

"Why, Tiny Blue Seahorse, I'm simply delighted to meet you! might I offer you some tea?" And now that I've got my lackluster try at writing gripping dialogue out of my system...

With each mold nesting inside the next, this set just screams to be packed up to the beach; compact toys are a must when you're headed to the sea side via public transit and you have to make sure you have plenty of diapers and wipes along with the other beach day must haves like lunch and a change of clothes.

The Seaside Sidekicks Sand Cupcake Set is a must have for any little baker and I have to say that the unique hinged cupcake molds are genius! The tropical colour scheme is lovely and the sea creature cake toppers are too sweet for words. The sea turtle, little crab, sea star and the gold fish toppers create the perfect set.

I can see the Peanut baking sand cupcakes, building mini castles and using the icing to create even more fun designs in the sand.


I am eternally amazed by the bottomless well of creativity that the Peanut and her friends delve into when they play. The Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Set is a fun set featuring everything needed to cook up some beach time fun; bowl, whisk, mixing spoon measuring cups and a sifter.

Not only can I see the Peanut keeping busy making sandcakes with this set but also some seaweed soup too. Plus I'm sure (little budding paleontologist and treasure hunter that the Peanut is proving herself to be) that she'd also use the set for digging up dinosaur bones and panning for gold.



If you're going old school and a pail and shovel are all you need to get your sand party started then the Clicker Crab Pail and Shovel is the combo to get. A bright red to stand out against the sand on the beach with a friendly infections face to bring a smile to your face. This sturdy pail is perfect for hauling water and filling with sand for sand castles and other sand sculptures. It's also a pretty cool place to hold all the shells and pebbles your little collector brings back to the blanket.

And about now I'm guessing you're wondering what is all this about a giveaway? Well, Melissa & Doug has generously offered to send a prize pack of all four of the sand play sets I've talked about here once they get 200 Facebook followers from this giveaway! Pretty exciting right?



To Enter:

Mandatory Entry

Jump over and “Like” Melissa & Doug on Facebook, then come back here and leave a comment telling me that you did.

You can leave it at that if you want but for all the eager beaver's out there, extra entries can be had by doing any or all of the following (just remember to leave a separate comment for each extra entry that you complete):

- Subscribe to Melissa & Doug’s Treasured Toy and Birthday Club e-mail list
- Visit PeanutButterPie on Etsy and tell me which item you like best.
- Blog about this giveaway and leave a link to your post in your comment
- Follow PeanutButterPie on Twitter and tweet the following (worth 2 extra entries) :

I entered to win a @MelissaAndDoug prize pack for some prime sand play this summer from @PeanutButterPie! http://bit.ly/jzBWCg

Rules

Contest ends just in time for the beginning of Summer on June 20th 2011 at 9:00 p.m. PST. Deadline for this giveaway has been extended! The cutoff for entries will be June 27th at 9pm PST. An extra entry will be given to all those who entered before the original deadline as special thank you. I will select a winner at random from all eligible entries. I'll email the winner before posting an announcement on here so please make sure that you have a way for me to contact you.

If the winner does not respond within 48 hrs of being notified, I'll pick a new winner. The prize will be mailed directly to the winner by Melissa and Doug.


Good luck!

Disclaimer: I have not received any monetary compensation for holding this giveaway. The giveaway is contingent on the giveaway sponsor receiving 200 new fans





56 comments:

Patricia L said...

I LIKEd M&D on Facebook. Cool giveaway!

Patricia L said...

I signed up to M&D's birthday email list!

Patricia L said...

Hey etsy chick, I am torn between liking your stag and solstice ornaments best. I think the sapphire blue of the solstice one gives it the edge.

sea animals said...

nice pics

exotic1 said...

Liked Melissa & Doug on Facebook :)

Rue said...

Oh, I wish my neices were still little (or my friends had little ones) these are so cute!

I love the sand-cupcake molds!

Guilbaultk said...

They are liked!! Cute stuff! :D

Katrina said...

I like Melissa and doug on facebook!
ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I visited, I liked Melissa and Doug and I came back to comment!!

Anna G.

april151952(at)gmail(dot)com

Suzie said...

Even my grandkiddos are too old for these delightful toys (although I can picture my daughters still having fun with them! lol), but I wanted to chime in here and say that these are the most innovative, colorful, and imaginative beach toys I've seen in years! Lucky, lucky the child that gets to call any one of these toys, "mine!"

BrendaLea, the Prpldy said...

“Liked” Melissa & Doug on Facebook

BrendaLea A. - Purple Lady
prpldy (at) comcast dot net

BrendaLea, the Prpldy said...

I love the Suncatcher/ Ornament - Solstice Sun Rising Set of three over at PeanutButter Pie Etsy shop.

BrendaLea A. - Purple Lady
prpldy (at) comcast dot net

BrendaLea, the Prpldy said...

following PeanutButterPie on Twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/prpldy/status/75958479684243456

BrendaLea A. - Purple Lady
prpldy (at) comcast dot net

#1

BrendaLea, the Prpldy said...

following PeanutButterPie on Twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/prpldy/status/75958479684243456

BrendaLea A. - Purple Lady
prpldy (at) comcast dot net

#2

The Knapps said...

I like Melissa and Doug on Facebook (Danielle Knapp)

danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

The Knapps said...

The Little Blue Love Bird Suncatcher is my favorite from the etsy shop

danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Who wouldn't want the Sand toys from Mellisa and doug great for children grandchildren or visiters children when going to the Beach or Backyard sand box

Tequila said...

My daughter would love this! Liked M&D on facebook, so please enter me :)

Tabitha said...

I like them on fb.
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lisa said...

“Like” Melissa & Doug on Facebook Lisa W.

lisa said...

signed up for birthday club

lisa said...

Like Suncatcher/ Ornament -Ice Blue/Citrine and Stars Set of three

Tutus & Tea Parties said...

I liked M&D on FB

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Tutus & Tea Parties said...

Visited PeanutButterPie and love the Little Blue Love Bird Suncatcher.

totshop728 at yahoo dot com

Tutus & Tea Parties said...

Followed PeanutButterPie on Twitter and tweeted (#1)

totshop728 at yahoo dot com

Tutus & Tea Parties said...

Followed PeanutButterPie on Twitter and tweeted (#2)

totshop728 at yahoo dot com

T @ The Happy Clipper said...

like Melissa & Doug on facebook
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T @ The Happy Clipper said...

I like the Suncatcher/ Ornament - Stag
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Autumn said...

I'm a fan of M&D on facebook.

aecopley at gmail dot com

Autumn said...

I'm a fan of M&D on facebook.

aecopley at gmail dot com

Autumn said...

I've subscribed to the Treasured Toy club e-mails.

aecopley at gmail dot com

Raven's Rascals said...

I like Melissa & Doug on facebook! Thanks for the giveaway! :o)

ravensrascals at gmail dot com

Raven's Rascals said...

I've subscribed to M&D's birthday club email list. :o)

ravensrascals at gmail dot com

Raven's Rascals said...

My favorite item is the Holiday Tree Ornament -Abstract Frost with Snowflake Charm. I like them all...so unique!

ravensrascals at gmail dot com

Raven's Rascals said...

I'm following PeanutButterPie on twitter (ravensrascals).

ravensrascals at gmail dot com

Raven's Rascals said...

And I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/ravensrascals/status/77628801756045312

ravensrascals at gmail dot com

The Riebeek Family said...

I like M&D on fb! Michelle Riebeek

michellehaskell@gmail dot com

Alicia Arnold said...

I like M&D on fb

Alicia Arnold said...

I subscribe to M&D birthday club
alicia.arnold at ymail.com

Alicia Arnold said...

I like the blue love bird sun catcher
alicia.arnold at ymail.com

Seattlemom said...

I like melissa and doug on facebook under Jl Johnson
luckyseattlemom at gmail dot com

Seattlemom said...

I like the frost and snow suncatcher
luckyseattlemom at gmail dot com

Jamie Carson said...

I "like" Melissa & Doug on facebook!

Jamie Carson said...

I also subscribed to Melissa & Doug's treasured toy email list!

Janet Hatala said...

I liked M&D on facebook

sherry said...

I liked them on facebook. lilsis_75@hotmail.com

Emillie Rose said...

I “Like” Melissa & Doug on Facebook - emillie rose.
hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

Emillie Rose said...

I like the Suncatcher/ Ornament-A Little Love
hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

Emillie Rose said...

I Follow PeanutButterPie on Twitter and shared the giveaway - http://twitter.com/#!/HisPrincess886/status/82859620082786304.
entry 1 of 2
hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

Emillie Rose said...

I Follow PeanutButterPie on Twitter and shared the giveaway - http://twitter.com/#!/HisPrincess886/status/82859620082786304.
entry 2 of 2
hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

4 a lifetime of loving you said...

I loved Doug and Melissa on Facebook

4 a lifetime of loving you said...

I've subscribed to the treasured toy email list!!

Lola G said...

i like melissa and doug on FB- Lola Kirstin
lkgreene05(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lola G said...

follow you on twitter and tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/LolaKirstin/status/82975006144991232
lkgreene05(at)yahoo(dot)com

Raven's Rascals said...

Extra entry for entering before original deadline. :o)

ravensrascals at gmail dot com

Amanda Jillian said...

Made a post for you!

http://livingafaerietale.blogspot.com/2011/06/who-doesnt-love-melissa-doug.html

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