Saturday, February 27, 2010

Rainbow Brite Doll Review and Giveaway~ Closed

I feel honored to be a part of this review and giveaway through MomSelect and Hallmark.  This is the 25th anniversary of Rainbow Brite.  Without making myself too old, I will say that I do remember Rainbow Brite but did not own one as I was past the doll stage when she was released.  There are several things that I like about Rainbow Brite.  I like that this doll is a 9.5 inch size and easy for little hands.  The dolls are also proportioned well as they are girls not women.  Their clothing is also more conservative and appear to be easier for children to dress and undress the dolls without parent assistance.  There are also other Rainbow Brite items available without having too many items and accessories.  Please check out their website I think this toy encourages more imaginative play rather than pleas for the newest car, house, boat, condo, mall etc accessory.  I would say the age of children that would most enjoy this doll would be 3-8 yo's but that is just my opinion.  Older girls my enjoy them just as well as they are very cute and original.  The doll that I received was Tickled Pink and she is so cute with her pink hair and clothing.  The dolls are currently available on but will also be available soon at Toys R Us and Target.  I will say that I've noticed a wide variety in prices on Amazon but can only imagine that is because this is a 25th Anniversary addition. 
Would you like to win one of the new dolls from the Rainbow Brite collection: Rainbow Brite, Tickled Pink, or Moonglow?  One lucky reader will win a doll of their own.  Which doll will you get?  It will be a surprise that even I won't know.  MomSelect and Halmark will be sending the lucky winner one of the three new dolls.  They are all sure to make a little girl very happy. 

Contest Rules: Contest is open to residents of the US only. You must follow entry instructions or your entry will be disqualified. Contest ends on Feb. 28, 2010 at 4pm EST and winners must email me(stuffsmartblog at gmail dot com) their address by March 1 at noon est. You must leave a way for me to contact you. If I can't contact you, I will draw another winner. Winners will be drawn using

To enter:  Visit  and leave a comment telling me what feature you like best on their website and who you would like to win a doll for. This is mandatory before any other entries will count.

Additional Entries:  (leave a seperate comment for each that you do to give yourself a better chance)

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Bonus Entry:  Tell your friends about this giveaway.  If they enter and add that you were the one who told them about my blog I will give you an extra entry for each friend.

This Giveaway is a fast one!  Good Luck!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Great deal on a Green Toy

A while back I posted about the Green Toys Recycling truck. currently has a great price on the Tea Set from Green Toys.  List Price for the set is $24.95 but Amazon has it listed for $16.65.  Hurry this offer ends Feb.27, 2010.

This would make a great gift for that little one on your shopping list!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Great Deal on one of my favorite family movies!

I was so excited to score one of my favorite movies on dvd for just $6.49. I had difficulty finding this movie on DVD then finally found it on Amazon around Christmas. This is the best price I have seen them list it for yet so made sure to grab it! Hurry I'm sure this price won't last. Click and order yours today.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

10 Tips for a Fun Distraction Free Travel

Careful planning can prevent traveling/vacation disasters.  As a member of Twitter Moms I was prompted to write about my 10 tips for Fun Distration Free Travel.  Check out the challenge here: Twitter Moms

1. Research- I know it doesn't sound like fun but if you do this beforehand you can save yourself a ton of trouble.  Search online for information about your destination: hotels, attractions, restaurants.  Ask family and friends who have traveled to your destination before.  Don't forget your online community.  Reach out to others online to get information from their experiences.

2.Make hotel reservations and purchase attraction tickets ahead of time to avoid any disappointments.

3. Make a List.  A few weeks before your trip make a list of things that you need to do in preparation including: taking care of pets, mail, plants while you are gone, things to purchase for your trip, and things to pack.

4. When shopping for items to take on your vacation you may be able to avoid a lot of stress by using travel and sample items that your helpful frugal bloggers have provided you information about.  ;)  Travel is expensive so saving even in little areas reduces financial stress.

5. Husband's please read-  Get a map!  Seriously, if you are driving to your destination or within your destination make sure that you have a current map.  Even if you have been to the area before things may have changed.  You can utilize several different resources for maps with helpful information such as construction and detour information.

6. When packing clothes try to pack versatile items that you can mix and match to extend your wardrobe and save on space.  Plan for all types of weather.

7.  If traveling by car make a Travel Kit.  My travel kit usually includes drinks, snacks, movies, cd's, books and activities for the kids.

8. Have a back up plan.  If the weather doesn't cooperate have a backup plan as to what you might spend your day doing.  This may be as simple as packing swimsuits for an indoor pool during winter travel or knowing where the local mall, movie theater's etc are located.

9. If traveling by car make sure that you have it serviced before your trip.  Even if your car is up to date on all it's services it is best to have it checked over than to be sorry and stranded wasting precious vacation time.

10.  Have fun.  Is that a tip?  Yes, I for one am such a perfectionist that I can forget this sometimes.  Be flexible.  If things don't go just as planned just go with the flow and use your backup plan.  Sometimes the most fun can be had as a result of a mix up.  Make the most of it!