Find a new “friend” at Douglas Cuddle Toys (Giveaway ends 9/9/15)


Pal and Bridgette

When you were growing up did you have a special stuffed animal or doll that you considered your “friend.”

When I was a young girl I had A LOT of plush friends. I had two that were with me all the time. I never left home without them (visiting relatives, going on vacation). I didn’t actually take them to stores or places like that with me – I just liked knowing I had them to cuddle with at night.

My friends are pictured above. The gray one is Pal and the brown dog is Bridgette. I believe Pal was actually a dog at one time (not bear). Poor Pal. He is in sad shape but I love him just the same. Both plush are 47 years old. They have been with me since I was a baby.

I had amassed a huge collection of stuffed animals when I was younger. Whenever I was at the store I would pay a visit to the stuffed animal section. Whenever I found a plush animal that was less than perfect (mashed face, missing an eye, marked up…) I would buy it. I know it sounds silly but I used to think that they had feelings and that the ones that were flawed were never going to get purchased and therefore never going to experience love. So I would buy them and bring them home with me where I showed them love.

I don’t know if that makes me a big hearted person or just nuts. LOL!

Even as an adult I have a soft spot in my heart for plush animals. I have several in my home that I adore. They make me smile every time I look at them.

One of my furry friends is Mr. Bear. I sleep with him at night sometimes (no kidding!).

Here is my hubby with Mr. Bear. I got him for free from at the toy store for making a big purchase. I was going to donate him but he was just too cute and cuddly. I had to keep him for myself.

Mr. Bear

Have you heard of the brand Douglas Cuddle Toys? Douglas Cuddle Toys sells the most adorable, and realistic looking, plush toys.

Douglas Cuddle Toys has plush dogs, cats, zoo animals, wild animals – you name it.

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Aren’t they just darling?

I was thrilled when Douglas Cuddle Toys reached out to me and asked if I’d like to do a review.

I received to review Ingrid, a Pembroke stuffed Corgi dog.

My great-great-Aunt lived in Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales where the Pembroke Welsh Corgi originates from. I’ve even been to Pembroke. I was there in 82′ and again in 86′. One of my favorite castles is also in Pembroke (Pembroke Castle, birthplace of Henry VII). I find it fitting that I received the Corgi as one of my review choices. I also happen to love the breed (they are so cute!).

Ingrid is about 14″ long – about the size of a Corgi puppy. She’s also incredibly cute and very realistic looking.

You many have seen some photos of Ingrid on my Instagram page.

Ingrid 1

Ingrid 2

Cute! Cute! Cute!

There are other Corgi dogs available at Douglas Cuddle Toys. I’m going to purchase the other dogs to add to my collection.

If you would like to check out all of the delightful plush toys from Douglas Cuddle Toys visit www.DouglasCuddleToys.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Douglas Cuddle Toys would like to give a lucky reader their own Ingrid Corgi plush toy (the same one I have). Thank you Douglas Cuddle Toy.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 9, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you want to win Ingrid – OR – tell me what other Douglas Cuddle Toy do you like?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Relieve childhood memories with Tin Toy Arcade



I am a very sentimental person. I place sentimental value on things rather than monetary value.

I have several items that belonged to my great-grandparents and grandparents. I don’t know, nor do I care, if they are worth a lot of money. As far as I’m concerned you can’t put a price tag on precious memories.

Take for example a porcelain dog that belonged to my great-grandparents. It has to be at least 100 years old. For all I know it’s worth hundreds of dollars. That doesn’t matter to me. What matters is that every time I look at it I think fondly about my great-grandparents and spending quality time with them. The porcelain dog always sat on their mantel. I loved it then as much as I love it now.

I still own some of my favorite childhood toys (Fisher Price Little People sets) and books. Some thing I simply can’t part with. Some things I lost over the years and wish I could find again.

A few weeks ago I was introduced to a site called Tin Toy Arcade. Tin Toy Arcade sells many retro and classic toys, many of which are from my youth.

Tin Toy Arcade asked me to pick out some toys to review. I was more than happy to do that! I’m a big kid at heart and I was excited to see some of my favorite toys from my childhood.

I received to review the following items.


Bozo Finger Bop Bag Clown 

This little punching bag is only about 7″ tall. Its more of a “finger” bunching bag. I always wanted a Bozo punching bag when I was younger but my mom and dad never gave me one. I always thought they looked like a lot of fun. Now I finally have my own inflatable punching bag – even if it’s tiny.

sock monkey

Schylling Sock Monkey Baby

I grew up with Sock Monkeys. I never owned one personally, but I always wanted one. I though this baby version was adorable. He’s very soft too.

Decision Maker

Original Decisive Factor Magic Pendulum

I have a hard time making decisions. The Magic Pendulum reminds me of the Magic 8 Ball. Ask it a question and let the ball move back and forth, round and round, and wait for it to stop on the answer. I’ve actually used this several times when trying to make decisions.


The Amazing Woodpecker on Pole

I remember this from my youth. You pull the little woodpecker to the top of the pole, tap his head and he wobbles his head back and forth while he slowly climbs down the pole. It’s fun to watch and it drives my cats crazy! They love this toy and are always swatting at the bird. I think the little feather on his head interests them.


Amazing Bird Whistle Water Warbling

Growing up I went to the Dutchess County Fair every year with my family. When you first walked into the fair there was a man who sold these bird whistles. You simply add a little water to the base and blow into it and it makes a fun sound. Some years my mom would buy me one, other years she didn’t. I had several of these growing up. I wish I knew what happened to them. This toy especially brought back a lot of great memories.


Gold Mine Nugget Bubble Gum in Candy Bag

I used to love this gum growing up. The gum is in irregular shaped golden yellow pieces and are supposed to be like “gold.” The gum tastes the same now as it did when I was a kid. Even my husband had fun with this one.


Newton’s Cradle Chrome Desktop Toy

I keep this toy on my desk. I like to hear the click-click-click noise it makes when you use it. I find it relaxing. My father has the same one and I use it when I’m visiting his home too.

Gyro Wheel

Magnetic Gyro Wheel

I had one of these when I was younger. I was good at it too. It’s nice to know that I haven’t lost my touch. I can whip this thing around and around without it stopping or falling off.


Atari Joystick Bubble Gum Tin

I had Intellivision growing up. I always wanted an Atari but mom and “Santa” never gave me one. I liked the feel of Atair joystiks compared to the Intellevision ones. Now I can say I finally have an Atari. The joystick moves too.


Jungle Hunt Pinball Ornament

I remember the plastic and cardboard pinball games. I had several of them when I was little. They don’t work like real pinball machines but when you are a kid this is the closest thing to id. This is an ornament that I plan on hanging on my tree this year when we bring up the holiday decorations.

I could literally spend hours on the Tin Toy Arcade website. They have so many retro and classic toys. I must have at least a dozen more on my wish list.

The toys and games from Tin Toy Arcade are a fun way to bring back memories of your youth. I also think the would make a fantastic gift idea (or stocking stuffers). It would also be nice to introduce you children or grandchildren to the things you once thought were fun when you were little.

If you would like to check out the goodies for yourself visit www.TinToyArcade.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of the links are found on the bottom left of their home page.

You can also save 15% on your purchases using the discount code SHESCRIBES upon check out. 

What was your favorite toy or game to play with when you were younger? What special childhood memories do you have with toys? Did you play with any of the toys featured in this post?

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Toasted or Roasted by Education Outdoors


Campfire Marshmallow

Does your family enjoy camping? My family has never been camping. I’ve gone camping a lot when I was younger with my cousins. My husband tried it once and didn’t like it. As for my kids, they freak out over the site of a ladybug. I’m pretty sure they couldn’t handle camping. LOL!

One of my favorite things about camping is the campfire. I loved sitting around the campfire listening to my older relatives tell stories. If find it very relaxing to watch the flames from the fire dancing in the moonlight.

Another thing I enjoy about campfires is roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. I wish we were allowed to have barbecues where we live. I would roast marshmallows almost every night.

I still remember searching the camp site for a great stick to roast my marshmallows on. You needed one that was long enough to reach the flame and sturdy enough not to break. Finding the perfect stick was just as fun as the actual act of roasting the marshmallows.

Imagine taking the fun of roasting marshmallows and turning it into a fun, family game?

Education Outdoors, a company that makes fun and educational games and products, has taken the fun of roasting marshmallows and turned it into a card game. The game is called Toasted or Roasted.

Toasted or Roasted Game

Unlike traditional games that come in a box, Toasted or Roasted comes in a plastic ziploc bag making it very portable. It’s small enough to toss in your car when you go camping. The plastic ziploc bag also protects the game from getting wet or having things spill on it.

Toasted or Roasted is a card game. Children and adults can both enjoy this game. There is not much reading involved (mostly images) so even little ones can learn to play it.

The object of the game is to roast three marshmallows before anyone else does.

Before you can start roasting marshmallows you need to get a fire starter card. Once you have a fire starter card you can move on the next step (find a stick, place a marshmallow on it, roast it…). Sounds easy enough but watch out! Opponents can put our your fire with a wind or rain card. They an also “roast” one of your marshmallows and you’ll have to start all over again.

This game is very easy to play. It’s also fun, although my teenagers insist it’s a “kiddie game,” my husband and I (both very young at heart) thought it was a lot of fun to play.

Toasted or Roasted Game Education Outdoors

It’s a lighthearted game. It doesn’t require strategy, counting or a lot of reading. It’s simply just a fun game to play.

I plan on donating our game to the classroom where I work. We have games like Monopoly and Life at work and those games are not something you want to play if you don’t have a lot of time. With Toasted or Roasted the games go by rather quickly.

Toasted or Roasted would be a fun game to add to your family’s game collection. If you are a teacher or work in daycare this would make a nice addition to your classroom. Of course this would be a lot of fun to take camping with you and play while roasting real marshmallows.

The game is for 2-4 plays ages six and up.

If you would like to learn more about this fun, family game or other entertaining and educational games, please visit www.EducationOutdoors.net (notice it’s .net, not .com). You can also find the brand on social media (links found at the bottom of their home page).

Toasted or Roasted is available for purchase on Amazon.com.



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.  

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What’s new with Koh’s Cares



If you read my blog on a regular basis you might recall my posts about the Kohl’s Cares program.

If you are unfamiliar with Koh’s Cares it’s a charitable program through Kohl’s that benefits children’s charities. Through the Kohl’s Cares program books, toys and other products are sold online at Kohls.com or in retail stores across the country. These special products sell for only $5.00 each. The proceeds from the sales go direction to the Kohl’s Cares program which in turn is donated to children’s charities that support health and education.

If you would like to learn more about Kohl’s Cares please visit their page on the Kohl’s website.

I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE the products available through Kohl’s Cares. I have been collecting them for years. My favorite Kohl’s Cares products are the children’s books with matching plush toy. Each is only $5.00. Where can you get a hard cover book or a quality plush toy for only $5.00? Best of all the money raised from the sale of these items goes towards children’s charities. It’s a win-win-win situation all around.

I’m a big kid at heart and I love displaying my favorite books with a matching plush on our bookcase. Thanks to Kohl’s Cares I get to rotate them on a regular basis.

Often I have donated the books and plush to the classroom where I work. They remain as classroom copies/toys so that all the children we work with can enjoy them.

Here are just a few of the sets I have collected over the years.







Kohl’s Cares has a new set of products that are currently available while supplies last. These are so cute that I had to buy all of them.

I received to review the classic book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” along with a matching plush and a super cute matching lunchbox. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my photo. Kohl’s also shared it on their Instagram page too.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

They have other books/plush from the series too including “If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” “If You Give a Moose a Muffin,” and “If You Give a Dog a Donut.”

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I see the super adorable (and cuddly) dog from the “If You Give a Dog a Donut,” but I don’t see the book available online. It might be sold out in which case you should check your local Kohl’s store to see if it’s there. In our Kohl’s stores the Kohl’s Cares products are sold next to the cash registers.

These sets are SO ADORABLE! I couldn’t resist purchasing all of them. Not only do I find them cute but my kids used to like the story “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” so they have sentimental value to me as well.

Dog a Donut

These sets are fun to display in any child’s room or a family’s library. I love displaying my sets. Here are two of the latest ones and one of my all time favorites (“Put Me in a Zoo”).

Set 1

Set 2

These sets make great gifts. Each book and plush combo is only $10. Where else can you find a quality gift that will be appreciate (and loved) for $10? Whenever possible I like to pick up a few extra sets so I always have great gifts handy when we’re invited to younger relative’s birthday parties (or for Christmas).

Occasionally Kohl’s Cares offers products for adults too, such as cookbooks (I have a few of those as well).

As I mentioned earlier, these products are available only while supplies last so if you are interested in any of them don’t delay.

Bookmark the Kohl’s website and check back every few months for new Kohl’s Cares products.

To find a Kohl’s location near you or to shop online visit Kohls.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

Have you ever purchased Kohl’s Cares products? If so, what were they?

What do you think about these super cute book and plush “sets?”

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*I received a free product sample to review. The rest I purchased on my own with my own funds. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Fun on the go with Turtle Toss (giveaway ends 8/16/15)



Summer time is a time is the best time of year for families to spend quality time with one another before it’s time for the kids to go back to school or college. Some families look forward to a vacation getaway. Other families enjoy lounging around by their backyard pool or enjoying the company of family and friends with a barbecue.

Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air too (please make sure to wear sunscreen!). You an go swimming, ride bikes, go camping, blow bubbles, color the sidewalk in chalk… there is so much you can do.

There is a new game recently released by Sea Turtle Sports that can add to your outdoor fun. It’s called Turtle Toss. No… you don’t toss turtles, but you do get to toss colorful bean bags.


Turtle Toss challenges players to score in three different size holes, with the highest points awarded to tosses into the smallest hole. And we added a new dimension to the game: barrel/can shaped bags that expand the range of possible shots. Toss straight overhand or underhand; or add a barrel “roll” to your arsenal with some spin off your fingertips.  Use your imagination. You can tweak the rules to fit your mood and level of play.

Turtle Toss comes with a playing “board” that is super easy to set up. Simply straighten out the legs. That’s it! You can have the game out of the carrying bag and ready to play in about a minute or two. It’s so simple that even kids can easily set it up.

Turtle Toss 1

Turtle Toss 2

Turtle Toss 3

In addition the playing “board” the game comes with eight colorful bean bags and a carrying bag making this a great game to take with you on the go. It’s also a nice size so it can easily fit into your trunk. It’s also lightweight so it’s easy to tote around on to the beach, when camping and even to your backyard.

I was sent a Turtle Toss set to try out with my family. We don’t have a yard but we do visit the grandparents often and they have a big yard. We are also trying to set up a family reunion and plan on taking Turtle Toss with us to enjoy with our cousins and other relatives. Turtle Toss can be played with 2-4 plays. Just make sure to divide the bean bags equally.

I like that you can make up your own game with Turtle Toss. You don’t necessarily have to follow the instructions/rules that come with the set.

It’s not as easy as it looks. If you throw too hard the bean bag can actually “bounce” off of the playing board. The board is a bit “springy” so things bounce a bit when it lands on it. You can also accidentally bounce another players bean bag into a hole and they can score points.

Turtle Toss can be enjoyed by little kids, teens and adults. Even my hard to impress teenagers enjoyed the game. Once you get the hang of tossing the bean bags the game can get really exciting.

I love that the game can be stored in a carrying bag and it’s easy to set up and take down. This is a fun on the go game. You can enjoy it year round too. I think this could be set up and enjoyed in a finished basement, hallway or any place where you’ll have ample room to toss the bean bags and a place where nothing will get broken in case someone tosses too far or in the wrong direction.

I think this would make a great activity/game for a school gym (it’s a great indoor, rainy day activity), summer camp and day care too. Even your college bound student can tote this off the college with them to strike up a game of Turtle Toss with classmates in the school yard.

Turtle Toss can be purchased online at the Sea Turtle Toss website – SeaTurtleSports.com/Turtle-Toss. You can also find the game on Amazon.com.

You can find the brand on social media too. Their links are found on the bottom of their website.

The game might be a bit pricey for some people’s budgets, but it’s the kind of game that would get played and enjoyed over and over again so it would be worth the price. Plus your kids or grandchildren can enjoy it even when they get older.

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Sea Turtle Sports would like to give a lucky reader their own Turtle Toss game (a $142.95 value!). Thank you Sea Turtle Sports.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on Augusts 16, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me where you would enjoy Turtle Toss (in your backyard, at the beach, camping…)?

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*I received a free sample product in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Summer Fun from Calendars.com



When people think of calendars they probably think about something they need to purchase by the end of the year (for the following year) or the first thing they buy in the new year.

My husband and usually purchase a new calendar for the following year in November or December. We usually end up getting two – one for home and one for his office. For our home I usually pick out something pretty like landscapes, something cute like animals or something funny. My husband always picks something related to his favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys.

If you want a huge selection of calendars in all shapes and sizes I would recommend Calendars.com. They have the biggest selection of calendars that I have ever seen. Of course they would – it’s in their name. LOL!

Did you know that Calendars.com sells MORE than just calendars? They offer consumers toys, games, books, puzzles, organization products and more. In fact, Calendars.com has some fun products you can enjoy this summer. Here are just a few suggestions.

Backyard Safari Adventure

Backyard Safari Adventure Critter Jar – $16.99

The bright light that comes out at night. This jar features five blinking, flashing light patterns specifically designed to attract all sorts of nighttime critters. Push the built-in signal on top to mimic the sound of crickets. The realistic, spacious interior gives bugs much room to roam. Also doubles as a nightlight. Includes 3 button cell batteries.

Pro Gold 2 Balls

Pro Gold 2 Ball Sport Pack – $16.99

This makes a great gift for any kid who wants to get outside and play! Included in the pack are durable soft-foam footballs. Foam balls are a great way to help kids enhance their hand-eye and foot-eye coordination without having to worry about bumps and bruises.

Happy Ocean Mandala Designer

Happy Ocean Mandala Designer – $25.99

Take your artwork outdoors! Design beautiful chalk drawings with the Outdoor Mandala Designer kits! Choose from princess patterns, ocean and garden themes, fairy fun, animals, and more. Just set the stencil on any paved surface, choose your chalk colors, and color the open spaces.

  • Contents include: 1 large mandala stencil, 6 colored chalks and instructions
  • Place the stencil on the ground and create mandala outside
  • Creative Child Awards: Product of the year award

Ultimate Tie Dye and Wear Kit

Ultimate Tie Dye and Wear Kit – $42.99

The Ultimate Tie Dye and Wear kit is the ultimate world of creativity and spontaneous fun. Share tie-dye fashion fun with your friends! Make colorful apparels with cool tools. Sit back, relax, and get in the groove of the 60s.

And my personal favorite…

Bucket of Sand

Kinetic Sand Bucket O’ Sand – $21.99

Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand that kids can’t put down. Dig in with this Bucket O’Fun! With 2 pounds of brown Kinetic Sand, the creative possibilities are endless. Use the scoop, castle mold and bucket to create anything your child can imagine. Fire up your child’s creativity with the Kinetic Sand Bucket O’Fun!

  • Loaded with everything you need for a creative Kinetic Sand party
  • Includes 2 lbs. of sand, a scoop, castle mold and more
  • Stimulates children’s creativity, easily cleans up and it sticks to itself, not to you
  • For children ages 3 and up

We have this set. I love kinetic sand. It’s so cool! Not only does it not create a huge mess like regular sand, it also keeps it’s shape better too.

In a way it feels like Play-Doh, but in sand form.

Sand 4

Sand 6

Sand 3


Sand 1

Sand 2


I have since donated this to the classroom where I work. It’s great for the older kids to play with (we have special sandboxes for the little kids). It really is a lot cleaner to play with than traditional sand. It can stick to your hands sometimes but not that bad and it easily brushes right off.

Even my almost 16 year old son enjoys working with kinetic sand. He’s build some pretty interesting things with it.

If you can’t go to the beach you can bring the beach to you.

I find the kinetic sand therapeutic too. It’s a great stress reliever.

These great products and thousands more are available for purchase at www.Calendars.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their websites.

Have you ever purchased from Calendars.com? Do any of these products look like something fun you’d like to have? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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