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Granny Bait: A Different Kind of Contest

You know a baby outfit like this when you see it, I call it granny bait. They’re (sometimes) adorable alright – just maybe not something you might have picked out, possibly a little outdated, possibly never in style. But grandmas can pick up on a baby wearing granny bait a mile away – and they come running. I have some Enfamil Next Step Lipil checks that I won’t be using, and I want to give them to someone who can use them (not someone that will sell them on ebay) — enter the Granny Bait Contest.

The Prize: $25 in Enfamil Next Step Lipil formula checks (coupons). There are five checks, ranging in value from $4 to $7, and ranging in expiration from 2/28/09 to 4/30/09.

The Contest: Post your best “granny bait” photo of your little one, let’s say between ages 0 and 24 months, to Vanilla Pumpkin’s Granny Bait photo album on Facebook. Of the entries, I’ll pick three finalists, and we’ll vote on them. Your photos must be submitted by Monday, February 16 at 5 pm EST.

Need inspiration or wanna know what the hell I’m talking about?

Check this outfit out, or this one, and lastly, this one.

I hate that I feel like I need to say this, but I feel like I need to clarify that in no way is this meant to ridicule or humiliate anyone – or any of the babies. It’s all in fun, kind of like an ugly sweater party. Enjoy!

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Baby Gear Giveaway and Prose: WooBee Bib

Let me paint a picture of dinner time with my almost 11 month old:

Twas the time before dinner, when all through the house,

There was a creature stirring, a little bigger than a mouse

The pureed food cubes were stored in Ziplocks with care

Pumpkin, bananas, carrots and pear

As Baby K chose lasagna, my heart skipped a beat

Visions of tomato sauce, covering her clothes, face and feet

As dinner was heating we prepped the scene

We needed a bib that would keep Baby K clean

Not this one or that one, everyone would agree

The only bib for the job is the posh Woobee

Beautiful and stylish, plush in a ranch print

For bib after bib I’d no longer sprint

When up from the high chair there rose such a clatter

I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter

Baby K’s newest trick is to spit out her food

Soy milk and lasagna, quite a colorful brew

Armed only with faith and laundry soap

A clean Woobee bib was really my hope

Away Cheerios, lasagna, sweet potato bites and soy milk

Out came the Woobee just as clean as new and softer than silk

Amazing! I cried, happy to see, this snap-closure bib

One of the coolest things since the convertible crib!

I know Christmas has passed, but we could all use a little Christmas spirit every now and then right? Seriously, these bibs are the best. They’re made locally in Seattle by Rain or Shine Kids and feature the WooBee plush fabric that’s both beautiful, soft and water resistant. Rain or Shine Kids also makes WooBee blankets, perfect for outdoors, and WooBee burp cloths in the same fantastic fabric.

Wanna WooBee bib of your own? Check out RainorShineKids.com and comment below about your favorite feature of the WooBee bibs. Rain or Shine Kids has a fantastic sale going on right now until January 31st. Great time to try any of their products out, or stock up for baby shower gifts.

Comments must be entered by January 31st at 5 pm, EST.

When entering our giveaway, please leave a valid email address or make sure your email is available where you can be contacted in the event that you win. Winner must respond within 5 days of email. I can not be held responsible if you do not provide the correct e-mail address or if the e-mail was delivered to your spam folder. US residents only, please.

(Not sure what’s going on with my photo of Baby K in her WooBee bib, she really doesn’t glow, I promise!)

Vanilla Pumpkin is participating in Bloggy Giveaways blog carnival, please visit Bloggy Giveaways for more giveaways.

This contest is now closed! The winner, chosen by random.org, is MRSMOMMYY:

seriously the machine wash had me hooked

Thank you all for entering!

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Disclosure: I did receive a bib to try, but I believe in transparent and honesty in blogging. Receipt of this product did not influence my review. You can read my disclosure policy in full here.

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Baby Dipper Bowl Giveaway

This week I had the chance to check out the Baby Dipper Bowl. This bowl and spoon set is genius – it has a no slip base, which allows you to feed your baby with one hand

Baby Dipper

Baby Dipper

without the bowl sliding all over the table or highchair tray. The triangular shaped Baby Dipper Bowl has a gently contoured interior, which helps guide the spoon to the food and allows the spoon to rest in the lower corner when not in use. The spoon is cleverly designed as well to rest perfectly in the lower corner of the bowl.

Baby K, at 10 months old, is increasingly more interested in trying to use a spoon herself, and the Baby Dipper Bowl definitely gives her (and me) an advantage.

The Baby Dipper Bowl has a cool story as well. After her first set of twins started eating purees and solid foods – she now has 2 sets of twins – stay-at-home mom Barbara Schantz needed the most efficient way to feed her babies, using only one hand. Barbara put her ideas to work and designed the Baby Dipper Bowl.

My prediction? The Baby Dipper is going to be a hot baby shower item in 2009. It’s available for purchase at Baby Dipper. Barbara is kind enough to offer a giveaway of a Baby Dipper Bowl and Spoon set to one lucky reader.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Check out BabyDipper and tell me about your favorite feature in the comments below.

2. Fan Vanilla Pumpkin on Facebook.

3. Blog about this post and include a link back to Vanilla Pumpkin and Baby Dipper.

4. Tweet about the Baby Dipper giveaway to your friends.

5. Fave Vanilla Pumpkin on Technorati.

6. Stumble this post.

7. Subscribe to Vanilla Pumpkin’s RSS feed.

To be eligible, you must comment below with each entry method. Therefore, EACH COMMENT COUNTS AS AN ENTRY. When entering our giveaway, please leave a valid email address or make sure your email is available where you can be contacted in the event that you win. Winner must respond within 5 days of email. I can not be held responsible if you do not provide the correct e-mail address or if the e-mail was delivered to your spam folder. US residents only, please.

Comments must be submitted by Friday January 23 at 5 pm EST. Winner will be chosen randomly by random.org.

So the question remains – best use of my newly free extra hand? Sippy cup catcher or wash cloth holder?

This post is now closed to new entries.

And the winner chosen by random.org is….Barbara! Congrats!

My favorite feature would have to be the contour of the spoon and the way it stays in the bowl when resting. My daughter is pregnant and i am sure she would love it.

Disclosure: I did receive a Baby Dipper to try, but I believe in transparent and honesty in blogging. Receipt of this product did not influence my review. You can read my disclosure policy in full here.

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For Moms – Holiday Giveaways

This week, while on my weekly quest for recipes and menu planning ideas, I came across this great site, Menu Planning Central. Menu Planning Central is a project of The Menu Mom, and provides weekly menus in a variety of options, including Family Friendly, Healthy and Vegetarian menus. Each of the menus comes with the recipes and categorized grocery lists. Speaking from experience, menu planning is hands-down the best way to save money at the grocery, eat healthier, and avoid the weeknight what-are-we-going-to-eat panics that inevitably lead to eating out or fast food. If you’re looking for a quick way to get started with menu planning, or just want something different, Menu Planning Central is worth the visit.

Right now, Menu Planning Central even has a Christmas care package, free for moms (or dads). Everyone knows that planning is key to smooth sailing at any holiday. The free, downloadable Care Package includes:

  • Printable Christmas carol songbook

    Guilty Party

    Guilty Party

  • Gingerbread house instructions
  • Online gingerbread house decorating activity
  • Snowman face-painting instructions
  • Free menu planning kit

Follow to Menu Planning Central Care Package.

Photo from Gudlyf’s Flickr Photostream – thanks!

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