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Big Tractors with Casey and Friends (Books and Toy Giveaway)

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

My husband is a country boy at heart, trapped in a city boy’s life. He spent his summers as a boy traveling from California to Iowa to spend time with his grandparents. During this time, he started collecting toy tractors and a lifelong hobby was born. We’ve always watched from the edges of farm life; taking Spencer to the World Ag Expo in Tularie, California, visiting a family member’s working farm in Northern California, and encouraging a love of farm toys of all sort.

I was absolutely delighted when I was offered the new series, Casey & Friends to review. We received Big Tractors (with Casey & Friends) book and a Case Magnum 370 CVT model by ERTL. When we opened the box, Spencer was super excited. Actually that’s a huge understatement. He was only minimally understanding about my need to take photos before ripping the package open.


Spencer reads at a 1st/2nd grade level and he could read it pretty well; stumbling over a few words like precision. He decided to read it himself while I was opening the Case tractor toy and made it most of the way through on his own. A preschooler and up would definitely be interested in having the book read to them.


From the publisher:

Big Tractors with Casey & Friends shows how the biggest, most powerful tractors handle the demanding jobs of pulling and powering on the farm. Find out how Big Red and Sammy – the biggest tractors on the farm – use their powerful muscles to work in the field with the rest of the team. Learn about the science of farming and discover how advanced technology makes Big Red and Sammy special.

Other titles in the series include: A Year on the Farm with Casey & Friends (available now), Combines with Casey & Friends (coming in June 2015) and Planters and Cultivators with Casey & Friends (coming in Sept 2015).  We will be adding more titles to our collection for sure.


I asked Spencer what he liked best about the book set and he answered the toy tractor. I should have been more specific. I asked him again but this time was smart enough to ask what he liked best about the book itself (literal child is literal) and he said he liked the facts and that it wasn’t just a story and that it used real photos of tractors instead of only drawings and he thought it was super cool that the tractor was red. When he finished reading it the first time he said “I liked this book. I’ll put it on the shelf with the bug book.” That is just about the highest praise Spencer can give. I really like that they highlighted the words in the glossary yellow where they appeared in the text. Well, I also like that there was a glossary.


The toy tractor is super cool too. We had to take it out of the packaging when my husband wasn’t looking because he’s a new-in-the-box sort of guy. Both kids enjoy playing with it. The labeling clearly states 3+, but it is hard to keep Truman away from toys with wheels. It’s sturdy and fun to roll around. There was even some pretend lego farming the other day.


Would you like to own your very Casey & Friends book + toy set? Just leave a comment on this post. If you need inspiration for your comment, tell me your very favorite farm animal.



Giveaway open to US mailing addresses only, one comment per person. Winner will be selected randomly by me on 5/31. Prize will be shipped by providing company.

Disclosure: I was provided the book and toy to review, no other compensation was received.


The Little Mermaid DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack Giveaway {sponsored}

Saturday, September 21st, 2013


I love The Little Mermaid. Love. It’s the first of the princess mermaids that I remember coming out in the theater and I think I saw it three times. It might, in fact, be the only movie I have seen that much in the theater. I’m not much of a repeat viewer except at home. I’m super excited to be able to giveaway a copy of The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Combo-Pack. The Little Mermaid comes out of the vault October 1, 2013.

Little Mermaid Diamond Edition 2013

Isn’t it pretty! I still have my dvd copy from the last release, but our dvd player has gone to the electronics graveyard and I haven’t been able to watch it in forever. This is also the first movie Spencer ever saw, but I am not sure he remembers. We were in the Disney Store the other day and a clip was playing on the screen in the back and Spencer asked me why Barbie was a mermaid? Did you know Jodi Benson voiced both Ariel and then later Barbie in the Toy Story 2 and 3? Spencer did!

And if you can’t wait for October, you can always watch Crab-E-Okee on the Little Mermaid website. So fun! Sebastian is the best animal sidekick ever. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. You can say whatever you like, but if you are stuck for an idea let me know your favorite Disney animal (sidekick or lead is fine.)

Official stuff: 1 entry per household, winner must be 18 or older and a resident of US or Canada (no PO Box, please). Giveaway ends October 3rd, winner will be drawn with I get my own copy in exchange for hosting this giveaway event though I probably would have just done it for free. All opinions are my own.

The winner via is comment #9! 


Christmas Wish Lists and a KitchenAid * Keurig Giveaway (US Only)

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Christmas lists – who made them when they were kids? My whole family made them every year, well in to adulthood. We aren’t a surprise people with gifts they may or may not like sort of people; we go for the known. Not to say that periodically we didn’t buy an unlisted gift, the lists were just always there hanging on the fridge for all of December – one for each of us.

My dad’s always looked like this:

  1. Garden Hose
  2. Socks (casual or dress in alternating years)
  3. Tie or Sweater
  4. Belt/Wallet/Something else practical… I think one exciting year he asked for a shovel

My usual:

  1. Books
  2. More Books
  3. Even more books
  4. No sweaters

My sister’s and my mom’s lists varied the most. They thought hard every single year and curated a wish list that was super fun to shop and they were never without an outrageous (and improbable) dream item. My sister asked for uneven parallel bars and my mom asked for a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. For years. This became a longstanding family joke.

It was way out of the budget and then finally after at least 7 years of scrimping, saving and stock piling any money she got for a gift, she had enough money. She litereally squirreled cash away in a pitecher in the cabinet over the stove until she had enough. She got a white one (this was before the rainbow of fancy colors) and used it forever. My sister kept it when we sold the house ages later*; that mixer was a work horse. My cousins and aunt went in together and got me a (red!!!) KitchenAid for a wedding gift. My mom laughed and said, “Well. That was sure easier than how I got mine.”

*Edited to add: I couldn’t remember if my sister still had the mixer or not, hence the awkward phrasing. I thought she might have given it away during her Michigan – NYC – San Francisco moves. I got an email and she did give it away to her friend Wendy, who I stole and made my friend too. That KitchenAid was used to make 2 pumpkin pies yesterday, which is the coolest thing ever. 

So. Here’s the deal. How would you like your very own KitchenAid mixer to keep (or giveaway for an amazing gift) this holiday season? Just enter below.

A second winner will get a Keurig. This is a group giveaway with a bunch of bloggers so there might be an overwhelming number of entries. Don’t be disheartened. Someone will win. Two people will win! The odds are still better than the lotto. The only mandatory entry is a blog post comment then do as many or as few as you like. Don’t fear the wall of entries. Go forth and enter and be merry!
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It’s a Brave giveaway!

Monday, November 5th, 2012


I am so excited about this! I’m not going to lie, it felt pretty fancy to be watching a DVD at home the week before it was available in stores. We are huge Pixar fans, so I was delighted to be asked to host a giveaway for the Brave Ultimate Collector’s Edition DVD/Blu-Ray combo set.

I loved Brave. It reminded me a bit of old Disney, somehow it was like Black Cauldron and Anne of Green Gables mixed together, but Scottish. And maybe with a dash of the Little Mermaid. I realize this is not helpful at all. Like Toy Story, it is a story of poor choices that get progressively worse and then we all learn a lesson.

Overall, Brave is the result of Pixar sticking it’s toes in the Disney princess waters. It refreshing in that it explores the relationship between a mother and a daughter (a queen and a princess, if you will) without having an evil queen or wicked step-mother. It also doesn’t start out with a parent dying, so that is a win, too. Because the story is set in ye olden times, some of the pop culture nods that Pixar is known for is missing, but the story is sweet nonetheless.

I’m going to add a bit from the press release in case anyone wants a slightly less confusing description.

BRAVE is the gorgeous and fun film you’d expect from Disney/Pixar. Set in the ancient and magical Highlands of Scotland, the film follows the heroic journey of headstrong, young adventurer Merida. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida confronts tradition and defies an age-old custom that inadvertently unleashes chaos, and forces her to discover the true meaning of bravery.

Full disclosure: Spencer liked it, but didn’t LOVE it. To be fair, he only loves things with talking toys or, in a pinch, talking animals. He’s probably a little young. Parts of it were scary in a Fox & the Hound like scary way, not toys burning alive in an incinerator sort of way. If you have a toddler who is easily spooked, pre-screening it might be a good idea.

Giveaway time! I’ll make it easy.

1. Leave a comment stating your favorite Disney or Pixar movie for one entry.

2. Tweet the following once (and leave a separate comment with the tweet url): Enter here to win a copy of Disney/Pixar’s Brave from @babybabylemon

Do one. Do the other. Do both. Do neither (but then you can’t win).

NOTE: Please use a valid email address that you check to make your comment. I need to send them the winner’s address by November 12th at the latest, so I will close the giveaway in the evening on 11/10. The giveaway is open to readers in the United States and Canada. I will a select a winner from the comments using


Disclosure: I received a copy of this film to review. All opinions are my own. Obviously. I don’t think we’re supposed to talk about the Black Cauldron. Brave isn’t really any thing like the Black Cauldron either, except the ye olden times part.



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