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Score a Family Vacation Package from Embassy Suites!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

* This is the first in a series of special travel deals. Most families take at least one long vacay during the year; we’ll help yours be one of them.

THE DESTINATION: Embassy Suites, participating hotels across the country

No matter where your family heads for the summer, this premiere chain has got you covered, with more than 200 hotels in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. Plus, all guests enjoy amenities like two-room suites, free breakfast, and complimentary drinks and snacks at the nightly Evening Reception.

BOOK IT! From $127 (subject to availability at participating locations); you can check your travel dates online at EmbassySuites.com

HERE’S THE SPECIAL! Embassy Suites Hotels has an exclusive Family Fun package. If you book three nights or more at a hotel in the U.S. or two nights or more at a property outside the country, you’ll get complimentary Wi-Fi, breakfast for four daily, and late checkout at 2 p.m. You must book and complete your stay by July 30, 2014. Other restrictions may apply; call 1-800-EMBASSY for full details.

Plan on eating out with your little ones while traveling? These tips will help you teach them how to behave at restaurants.

Manners & Responsibility: Eating Out with Kids at Restaurants
Manners & Responsibility: Eating Out with Kids at Restaurants
Manners & Responsibility: Eating Out with Kids at Restaurants

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Enter for a Chance to Win a $595 All-Terrain Stroller from Quinny

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

For the new mom who loves adventures, it can be hard finding a simple way to transport an infant around, especially with trips to the beach and boardwalk this summer. That’s where a stroller like Quinny’s Buzz Xtra can be a big lifesaver.

Despite being on the expensive side, this premium stroller may just be worth it for the all-terrain tires, which will help you maneuver more rugged paths (think sandy shores and hiking trails!). Plus, it easily unfolds with a special hydraulic system, and the large canopy will provide some extra protection for your little one. Sweet!

This week, Quinny is giving ONE lucky GoodyBlog reader the chance to win a Buzz Xtra stroller in the style of their choice (pending availability). It’s one of our highest giveaways ever, with a value of nearly $600!

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day May 28. Be sure to check back on May 29 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

In the meantime, learn some tips for smart stroller safety!

Stroller Safety
Stroller Safety
Stroller Safety

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*NOTE: Because of the value, winner must complete an affidavit before receipt of prize.

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a Premium Kids’ Bike Helmet from Bern

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

May is the perfect time to encourage your kid to get back on that bike, not just for the nice weather, but also because it’s National Bike Month. Getting your child to be more active outdoors is great, but never forget the key rule of bicycle safety: Always wear a helmet.

Every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency room because of bike injuries, so encouraging your little one to protect his noggin during every ride is a must. With a sleek helmet from Bern, though, you can keep his mumbling and grumbling to a minimum.

Bern’s Nino helmet for boys and Nina for girls looks good and provides some serious head protection. The Zipmold® foam inside each one is made from a liquid injection process that provides a better weight to strength ratio for a less bulky fit. If your child’s into all kinds of sports, this premium helmet can be worn for other high-action activities, too, including skateboarding, skiing, and snowboarding. Kids will especially love playing with the visor, which flips up and down!

For your budding cyclist, Bern is offering TWO lucky GoodyBlog readers the chance to win one Nino or Nina helmet in the style of their choice. Each is valued at $45. To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day May 26. Be sure to check back on May 27 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

If your youngster comes across some rocks while biking, use them to make these fun craft mushrooms!

Rock Mushrooms
Rock Mushrooms
Rock Mushrooms

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Enter for a Chance to Win a $250 High-Tech Baby Monitor from BabyBundle

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Baby monitors that work with your phone are the next generation. If you’re looking for one that allows you to keep an eye on your sweetie and keep track of her milestones, try Withings’ Smart Baby Monitor. When paired with the BabyBundle app, it can stream video on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device for viewing essentially anywhere.

We love how this app does more than just monitor your baby though. It brings all of your new momma concerns into one easy platform, from tracking your infant’s growth, to recording doctor’s visits, and creating a Stream of Life with photos and journal entries that can be sent to family and friends.

The app was founded by pediatrician and fellow mom Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg. There’s a Health Reference to look up any newborn concern easily, plus a parenting guide with tips from the expert herself.

Test the BabyBundle app for yourself and enter our latest giveaway. This week, ONE lucky GoodyBlog reader will have the chance to win Withings’ Smart Baby Monitor, a $250 value! To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day May 22. Be sure to check back on May 23 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

Worried about too much tech in your home? Learn the ins and outs of raising kids in a digital age.

Congrats to our winner Gail MacKenzie!

Must-Knows On Tech and Child Development: Take Fewer Photos!
Must-Knows On Tech and Child Development: Take Fewer Photos!
Must-Knows On Tech and Child Development: Take Fewer Photos!

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Visit Personality Hotels in San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

This is the eleventh in a weekly series of special travel deals. It’s our last for now focusing specifically on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATION: Personality Hotels, San Francisco, California

Looking for an intimate urban getaway? This collection of boutique hotels in the Bay Area offers full-service accommodations, and each location has its own unique vibe, from art-deco inspired to sleek and modern. At any of them you’ll be only minutes away from the city’s best theaters and shops.

BOOK IT! From $179; you can check your travel dates online at PersonalityHotels.com

HERE’S THE SPECIAL! Personality Hotels is offering a super Pregnant & Pampered package at three properties: Hotel Diva, Kensington Park, and Hotel Union Square. For an extra $49, you’ll get sparkling cider on arrival, a cozy body pillow, a soothing massage therapy bar from Lush, a free ice cream sundae, a roll of Tums, a $40 coupon for a prenatal massage or facial, a copy of Your Pregnancy Week by Week, Green Toys’ play keys for Baby, and 20 percent off a future stay at Hotel Union Square’s Kids’ Suite or Hotel Diva’s Little Diva Suite. Other restrictions may apply; call 800-553-1900 for full details.

And in thinking about future outings with your baby, learn everything you need to know about investing in a Travel System. Also, check back next week for the start of our family vacation deals!

Meet the Travel System
Meet the Travel System
Meet the Travel System

 

 

 

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a $235 Chuggington Movie and Toy Prize Package

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

If your kid’s a Chuggington fan, you’re probably familiar by now with the adventurous and lively locomotives on the show. One character who can’t get enough of exploring: Koko. Fashioned in a bright green, silver, and purple, she’s certainly the most playful of the bunch.

Now, she’s the star of her own expedition. Explorer Koko follows the electric engine on a mission to transport her guests to a special tour. But along the way, she runs into a few hiccups, causing some detours in her journey. At the end of the day, what’s most important is the lesson that Koko learns: Being flexible and ready to tackle any problem is key for success.

To celebrate the release of Explorer Koko, Anchor Bay Entertainment is giving TWO lucky GoodyBlog readers the chance to win a complete Chuggington DVD collection plus three play sets from TOMY, including Koko’s Icy Escapade, Rescue at Rocky Ridge, and Twist & Turns Expansion Pack. Play with them separately, or head over to the Megabuild Junction for step-by-step instructions on how to combine all three sets to create the action-packed Rocky Ridge Roller Coaster. Each prize package totals in at $235!

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day May 19. Be sure to check back on May 20 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

Download these instructions to create this cool train craft.

Congrats to our winners Beth Pociask and Emmerelle Trzaskoma!

Playing With Baby: Baby Toys
Playing With Baby: Baby Toys
Playing With Baby: Baby Toys

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Visit the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, NM

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the tenth in a weekly series of special travel deals. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATIONInn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe, New Mexico

This inn and award-winning spa has adobe-style architecture, kiva fireplaces, and Pueblo, Native American, and Spanish artwork throughout.

BOOK IT! From $179; you can check your travel dates online at InnAtLoretto.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! Readers can request the two-night Babymag special featuring the spa’s signature 365 Minutes of Bliss: Native Reflections Ritual (a sage herb blessing with a ritual bath soak, followed by a Sacred Stone Massage), a Zen Flower Organic Facial, a manicure and pedicure, a milk-and-honey wrap, and chakra balancing. You’ll also get a $100 hotel credit, a bottle of custom-blended massage and bath oil, and one robe-and- slippers set, from $1,365 (about a $2,400 value). Other restrictions may apply; call 866-582-1646 for full details.

While you wait for Baby to arrive, catch this mom’s birth story on how to push!

Birth Stories:
Birth Stories:
Birth Stories: "My Water Broke..."

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a $130 Kitchen Playset from Melissa & Doug

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

When we got the chance to talk to one half of the duo behind Melissa & Doug, we learned that many of the toy company’s products are inspired by the creators’ kids. “I’m always watching how my children play and what they enjoy” Melissa says. One thing that’s always been super popular with her brood of six: play food.

Melissa & Doug is known for its cooking and cleaning lines, especially Let’s Play House, and a new one called Order Up Diner is on the way for December. If your tots are as crazy about pretend food as Melissa’s kids, try out Cook’s Corner Wooden Play Kitchen. Little ones as young as 3 can get the feeling of being a chef with their very own play cutting board, sink, cooktop, fridge, and storage shelves. Plus, there’s a real working timer!

This week, Melissa & Doug is giving ONE lucky GoodyBlog reader the chance to win a Cook’s Corner Wooden Play Kitchen, valued at $130! To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day May 12. Be sure to check back on May 13 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

In the meantime, help your youngster figure out the right way to set a table for family sit-downs!

Congrats to our winner Edie Jauregui!

Manners & Responsibility: Teaching Your Kids to Set the Table
Manners & Responsibility: Teaching Your Kids to Set the Table
Manners & Responsibility: Teaching Your Kids to Set the Table

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