Hallmark review and giveaway

Tiny is starting kindergarten this year and, let me just say, I am a serious wreck over it. I didn’t realize this transition would be so difficult for me! People have been telling me for years how fast kids grow up and I was always like, “Yea. Whatever.” Well, it’s true and I’ve blinked and my little baby is going to school and I don’t like it one bit. Sniff.

Unfortunately, I’ve had to suck it up and start all the necessary first-day-of-school preparations anyway. I think we are ready (and least physically) for the big day.

In timely fashion, the folks at Hallmark recently contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing Nugget the Dog, an interactive story buddy, and his book, “Nugget’s First Day of School,” and then offering a free package of Hallmark goodies to one of my readers. “Sure,” I responded through teary, mascara-stained raccoon eyes.

Nugget and his book arrived the other day and Tiny fell in love with him right away.

Hallmark Nugget

Nugget is a soft, cuddly stuffed character that responds when you read phrases in his book that are highlighted in red. And he doesn’t always say the same stuff, either. It’s really quite a magical experience for kids.

Nugget’s story chronicles his first day of dog school, from the nerves beforehand to all the new puppy pals he makes during the day, and his excitement to return.

Tiny is not able to read on her own yet, but she’s already memorized all the phrases that get Nugget talking.

Hallmark offers multiple Nugget books as well as additional story buddies with storybooks. And story buddy apps for iPads and iPhones are free at the App Store. Visit www.Hallmark.com/StoryBuddy for all the deets.

Now on to the giveaway! Hallmark is offering one of you lucky ducks a back-to-school care package, which includes:

  • A pack of Hallmark’s Kids Collection greeting cards, which feature kid-appropriate topics ranging from managing difficult academic or social situations, to achieving a personal goal in the classroom or on the field.
  • A few of Hallmark’s “any day” greeting cards for kids, featuring music sensation Justin Bieber (my daughter thinks his name is Justin “Beaver” 🙂 ).
  • Lunchbox Notes, which offer 50 ways for you to add a little love to lunchtime.
  • Bug’Em, a pint-sized plush that can hold cards and other tokens of encouragement and give an unexpected lift to any youngster’s day.

So who wants to win? To enter, visit Hallmark’s kids section here, then come back and leave a comment on this post explaining what words of encouragement you want to offer your kids this school year.

Additional bonus entry options:

Remember: For EACH of these entries, you must come back to this post and leave a comment letting me know what you did. A random winner will be selected out of all the comments using Randomizer.org.

Important details and rules: The giveaway winner must be 18 years of age or older to enter. There will be one winner only. This giveaway will run from Aug. 21, 2012, until 11:59 p.m. Sept. 3, 2012. The winner must respond within 72 hours of being chosen or a new winner will be selected. Odds of winning will be dependent upon total number of entries.

Disclosure: I was given Nugget and his storybook free to review from Hallmark. All opinions stated in this post are entirely my own.

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18 Responses

  1. Kristin Miller says:

    I made a cute Happy face note and said i <3 u.. since he cant read very well yet.. he is just a kinder.. 🙂

  2. Samantha G. says:

    I liked hallmark on twitter!

  3. Samantha G. says:

    I liked Hallmark on Facebook!

  4. Samantha G. says:

    I follow you on twitter! (@gerbil1904)

  5. Samantha G. says:

    I like your page on Facebook!

  6. Samantha G. says:

    My niece is really good a making friends but gets discouraged when people aren’t as happy about being her friend as she is theirs! I thought the website has some great tips on helping her through that awkward phase!

  7. candi says:

    I am following Hallmark on Twitter

  8. candi says:

    I liked Hallmark on Facebook

  9. candi says:

    I am following you on Twitter 🙂

  10. candi says:

    Shared this Giveaway on my Facebook page

  11. candi says:

    I am already friends with you on facebook thats why i came here to enter

  12. candi says:

    I am so excited to enter this I am trying to teach my son to read and this would help so much. he enjoys me reading to him and trys so hard to read on his own. this may just be the thing to get him going 🙂 thanks for the opportunity!

  13. candi says:

    my words of encouragement would be… Do not worry about what others think Everyone is different and if you see someone who is down try to say words of encouragement to them to lift them back up.

  14. Pam P says:

    I liked Hallmark on FB
    Lots of great ideas on the Hallmark site. My lil grandson Ben starts pre-k this year and his mommy gets to be homeroom helper on the first day. So glad the transition into school will be easier for her, er , him that way 😉

  15. Jaime says:

    I always tell my kids that while it is certainly nice to have a core group of friends that they need to try to make at least one new friend each year. p.s. I am following you and hallmark on facebook.

  16. Shawn says:

    Nugget Is The Cuttest Interactive Story Buddy Ever!

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