Scrapits Custom Keepsake Prints Giveaway

I have a really exciting and unique giveaway for you all today from the lovely Etsy shop "Scrapits".  Scrapits offers custom keepsake prints in a variety of categories that will fit your needs.  Categories include anniversary, birthday, invitations, and more!  You will love the quality of these beautiful prints Shannon the owner of Scrapits offers.  Each one is custom made to order and the best part is these prints are affordable.  If you are searching for the perfect gift that has a unique and custom touch to it I definitely recommend checking out Scrapits!

Giveaway Time!

Prize:  (2) Readers of Textbook Mommy are going to win their choice of an anniversary or birthday print from Scrapits!  Please note that these prints can be customized for any year except for 2015.

Rules:  Open to U.S. residents, 18 years of age and older.  Entry is via Rafflecopter form.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or an alternate winner will be selected.

Giveaway Ends:  September 14, 2015 at Midnight EST 

Disclosure:  I was compensated in exchange for this post.  All opinions included are 100% my own and are not a result of any outside influence.  Textbook Mommy is not responsible for prize fulfillment.  

Kids and Dolls in the Digital Age

Sometimes I feel like I’m living in a rather large toy box with a roof and wifi! I’m an average kind of mom, living in an average kind of home with four kids. I’m pretty sure that if a time traveler from fifty years ago came to visit us today, he or she would notice two things:

1. Boy, do these people have a lot of TVs!
2. Whoa…toys…everywhere!

They would be amazed at all the gizmos and gadgets lying around. Tablets, game systems, smart phones and of course TVs in every room; we have a lot going on when it comes to entertainment.

With all of these modern forms of entertainment available at their fingertips, our time traveler would wonder if the children living in this home had any time for playing with the myriad toys that are strewn around the house.

It’s true that my children spend a tad more than the "recommended" amount of screen time (oops!) engaged with their gadgets, but it’s also heartwarming to know that they willingly unplug themselves from their devices on a regular basis to play with their “old fashioned” toys. They actually get bored of all the digital goings on and put them down to go play with their dolls!

Some of my daughters’ favorite toys include dolls and a dollhouse. We have so many dolls that it’s hard to keep track, but the list includes Barbies (and a whole host of Barbie-esque dolls like Monster High, Ever After High and Equestria Girls), American Girls, Baby Dolls and the tiny dolls that live in the doll house as well as a few mermaids and various other random characters. I love it that even though the girls are not very far away from the teenage years, they are still happy playing with dolls.

To me as a parent, dolls and dollhouses are one of the best toys out there because:

• They are sociable - my daughters play with dolls together as well as on their own and with friends

• They’re learning life skills without realizing
o from simple things like getting dressed and picking outfits
o to more complex ideas like how to get along with friends and how different people within the family play different roles

• They act out social situations with their dolls, so they’re basically role-playing or practicing for real life situations like family disputes/resolutions, vacations, mealtimes etc.

• They are relatively portable and not messy – the girls are allowed to pack a few special dolls when we go on vacation.

At the end of a day with us, our new time traveling friend would see that my children love their dolls and their dollhouses in spite of the fact that we are surrounded by enticing digital devices. Most of our dolls have names and many of them are precious friends. Dolls and their houses and here to stay!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

The Vampire Diaries and The Originals Giveaway

I have some good news for fans of CW's The Vampire Diaries and The Originals!  The Vampire Diaries Season 6 and The Originals Season 2 will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD September 1, 2015.  Each season of both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals will contain all 22 episodes, including never before seen featurettes and so much more!  Be sure to grab your copies in store on September 1st!

You can also check out the blog app above to take the quiz "Are You Fit for Vampire Life?".  Be sure to come back to this blog app on September 1st where you will be able to take an additional featured quiz called "Could You Be a Supernatural Being?".  You can also use the app to scroll through images of the shows.  Each week new content unlocks so check back often!

Follow Your Favorite Shows:
The Vampire Diaries on Facebook:
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Ask The Originals on Twitter:

Everyone loves a viewing party so check out the downloadable PDF below titled "Viewing Party Eats: Recipes to Satisfy Friends and Enemies".  Included is index card recipes and party place cards you can print and use!  

Giveaway Time!

Prize:  (1) reader of Textbook Mommy will receive The Vampires Diaries Season 6 or The Originals Season 2 (chosen at random by sponsor).

Rules:  Open to residents of U.S. and Canada.  Must be 18 years of age and older to enter. No P.O. Boxes.  Entry is via Rafflecopter form.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or an alternate winner will be selected.  Good Luck!

Extra Note from Sponsor:    

Each household is only eligible to win (1) The Vampire Diaries Season 6 or The Originals Season 2 chosen at random via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. 

Giveaway Ends: September 13, 2015 at Midnight EST

Disclosure:  This post was done on behalf of TetherGroup.  I received no compensation for this post and all opinions in this post are 100% my own and are not a result of any outside influence.  Textbook Mommy is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 


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