Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Giveaway: Back-to-School in Style Sweepstakes

I remember when I was a kid I always dreaded back-to-school shopping. I guess I had a style - it was basically wrong-side-of-town-no-designer-clothes-dork.

As a parent it's a little better because my kids' clothes are so freaking cute. Unfortunately, they are also so-freaking-much-money! But wait! I've joined with Mom Powered Media to bring you the

This way you can have the fun of school shopping without the fear of getting a swirlie AND without drain on the checkbook!! How 'bout that?!?! (Note that Foster Ducklings takes NO responsibility for any swirlies, wedgies or noogies that may or may not be received!)

Welcome to the Back to School in Style Sweepstakes
Mom Powered Media wants to show you how much education means to us and the future of our wee ones and are personally sponsoring a Target and American Eagle Gift Card!

Aloetree is a brand new organic children’s clothing line with a mission to give back to kids and raise funds to prevent child trafficking. This clothing line is not only gorgeous and perfect for any little one in your life but it has special characters that tell a special story of a different eco-system and unique and positive quality.

Rachel Florio-Urso is the Founder of Celebrity Baby Trends, a Television Producer, On-Air Personality, CEO of Rachel Florio PR and a Mother of six as well as a humanitarian that loves to give back. Rachel is an expert in the Parenting industry and knows what's hot for tots and their family. We {HEART} Celebrity Baby Trends and you will too!

Ibiley Uniforms & More celebrates the sense of community, education and progress through the development of refined dress codes for your organization! At Ibiley, you can find high quality, comfortable and easy to care uniforms, corporate wear, scrubs and more! Serving customers nationally make sure and check out their fantastic selection!

The Ultimate Green Store provides a collection of many of the finest environmentally friendly products for you, your home, office, kids and even your pets! The Ultimate Green Store carries products from many of the world’s leading manufacturers and designers of sustainable, natural, organic, recycled, eco-friendly goods- products that are made with your health and the health of our planet in mind.

Yala is about making simple, elegant clothes from the heart, for the planet. Living well is always in style. Proudly welcoming the dreamers, the believers and the seekers. Come stand with us. Facing the warm sunshine. True clothes you can live in. Elegant. Sustainable. Comfortable. It's that simple.

Forever 21 is the authority on fashion & the go-to retailer for the latest trends, must-have styles & the hottest deals. Shop dresses, tops, tees, leggings & more. Now also carrying plus sizes!

Tea Collection carries the best modern, designer children's clothing for babies, girls and boys in sizes newborn to age 12. Kids and baby clothes for little citizens of the world. Shop their worldly collections today.

Gymboree has been dressing children since 1986. The brand's fashionable clothing and accessories are designed and crafted to withstand rugged play while letting kids be kids in outfits they love to wear. Gymboree currently operates more than 600 stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as an online store at

This BTS event was organized by Mom Powered Media and special guest Conservamom. Stop by and say hello to our co-hosting bloggers: Monica's Rants, Raves & ReviewsMy Mommy BrainFinger Click SaverBarbara's BeatMemoirs of a Clueless WomanA Medic's World and Iowa Mom.

Ten winners will receive one of the following $100 Gift Cards: Aloe Tree, AMEX, Ibiley, The Ultimate Green Store, Yala Designs, Forever 21, Gymboree, Target or American Eagle.

Giveaway ends August 19 at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

Disclaimer: Foster Ducklings was not compensated for this post and is not responsible for prize delivery. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest.
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Giveaway: innobaby Packin' SMART® Stackables

So, we've talked about the struggle to find beach bags and day bags that work for our traveling circus. Diaper bags are really no different - except that I haven't found one yet that works for us. (I do have a lead on that, so stay tuned). In the meantime, Innobaby has a solution to the Formula/Snack/Cereal/Goldfish vortex. And we're giving you a chance to win the system for yourself!! 

INNOBABY WANTS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR YOU! innobaby-giveaway-graphic  

 One winner will win both items featured! This giveaway is sponsored by innobaby and hosted by Mommy By Nurture and Joyful Gifts by Julie.
  • 1 Qty Packin' SMART® 3 Tier Essentials (PS3-ES301): Stacking storage that uses secure click interlocking design to connect separate containers. Ergonically designed to fit into your hands with ease while taking up less space in the diaper bag. Great for cheerios, formula, rice cereal, candies, sprinkles and more!
  • 1 Qty Packin' SMART® 4 Tier Twistables (SNS4-VEG01): Stacking storage that seals both liquid and dry contents. Great for purees, water, juice, snacks, formula and more! Each container comes with its own dispensing lid.
To see how Mommy By Nurture was able to sort out her snacks and cereal for baby Davin read the FULL REVIEW HERE

Giveaway: FarFaria World of Stories

I think y'all know how enthusiastic I am about kids having access to books -pretty much from birth. I am an avid reader and I'm usually reading at least 2 books at any given time and listening to a different audio book in the car. 

I've actually been pretty much opposed to apps for kids - but  when I saw the opportunity to participate in this giveaway, I realized that I hardly ever read physical books anymore. The convenience of my kindle app in my pocket has completely overridden my previous "turning physical pages" snobbery. So why should my kids be limited to actual books. The answer is: they shouldn't. 

In fact, at brunch this past Sunday, I discovered the amazing convenience of being able to pull out my tablet for them to "read" a book. I definitely won't be getting rid of their board books any time soon - there's too much value in books they can hold and "read" themselves without extreme supervision. But I'm definitely checking into this Far Faria business! 

And know you can too!

Reading here we go
I am excited to partner witFar Faria and Economical Mommy to bring you a giveaway that is all about reading and bringing the joy, adventure, imagination and mystery to your child's mind without ever having to leave the house. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Giveaway: Getting Groovy in the Lab

So, I may have a Subscription Box Problem. But this works in your favor, so it's all good.

The Groovy Lab in a Box includes everything you need to learn about and do hands on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiments for ages 8+. The box service is great for home-schoolers and any parents that want to give their child an edge in school.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Giveaway: Chimes Are Music To My Ears

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Economical Mommy grew up with the amazing sounds of chimes moving in the wind that her grandpa had made for her family. They were beautiful and always quite unique in style and sound. The chimes never made the same musical sound every day because of the wind blowing it different ways. They were so beautiful that she always wanted to take them down and play the chimes all by herself or take the center plastic thing and swing it and make it hit the chimes to help create the beautiful sound.

Now, is giving you a means to allow your kids to play the chimes without ever having to tangle up wind chimes in the process.

These Chimes are heavy-duty and sound beautiful. Everyone can participate and help make music together in any sitting or event.

Upcoming Giveaway: School Spirit Event

Prizes to Include: 
School Lockers Kids Locker
Kidecals Mega Set
Planet Box Rover Complete Set
Surprise Ride Monthly Box
Teach My Kit
Dormco Gift Certificate
ThinkFun Robot Turtles
Rock n' Learn
More TBA
 Prize Value: $350 and Growing...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

#BestResponse Project: Phase 2

In my ongoing quest to vanquish the plethora of “Don’t Ever Say This” posts, I’m on a mission from God to craft some stock responses to the questions and comments that foster and adoptive parents hear all too often.

Last week, I asked you, my brilliant readers, to let me know what questions/comments you get often enough that you'd like to have a snappy retort in your back pocket. And boy did y'all deliver!! My facebook page hasn't seen that much action since...


since ever, honestly.

Phase 2 is for y'all to vote on which ones you want us to work on first. You can vote for as many as you want, but you can only vote once. You can also add any other comments/questions you want us to work on.