The Toydozer – Giveaway

We have approximately 4,728,193 Legos in this house. So when I received an e-mail about reviewing a fun toy called The Toydozer – an innovative product that allows parents and kids to spend less time cleaning and more time playing - I was all, where do I sign up?

From the Toydozer website:

Toy clean up time is often as tedious as it is time-consuming, but yet it remains a necessary evil of parenting. With the Toydozer, your days of crawling helplessly around on the floor picking up every last tiny toy piece are over. This innovative new product promises to make the clean up process fun and efficient for both parents and kids.

The Toydozer is simple and easy to use, and the results are dramatic. The “gatherer” is designed to work like the blade of a bulldozer and the “scoop” is modeled after a bulldozer scoop. Users hold on to the “gatherer” to collect small toys into the lightweight “scoop” and then dump the toys into their respective toy bins or containers. With just a few scoops of the Toydozer, clean up time is over in no time.

Stevie [and his Legos] had the chance to put the Toydozer to the test.

It honestly took me longer to get my fingers in place on my camera than it did for him to get this pile of Legos picked up. In fact, after three or four attempts to get some good pictures for this post, he asked, “Do you need me to do it slower?” My response was, “Yes, that will help a bunch!”

 And as an added bonus, he enjoyed using the Toydozer to get the job done.

The Toydozer retails for $18.99, ships free anywhere in the United States and Canada. The product is available exclusively on the website. It comes in three vibrant colors: blue, yellow and purple. Each Toydozer features orange Velcro tabs that attach the gatherer to the scoop when not in use for easy storage.


The kind folks at the Toydozer have graciously offered to provide a Toydozer for giveaway. In addition, I’ll be giving away one Toydozer also. To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what types of toys you’ll be picking up if you win the Toydozer.


In honor of mothers everywhere who are tired of picking up Legos, Polly Pockets, and blocks, the folks at Toydozer are offering a 20% discount to my readers. If you don’t win, simply enter the code BLOGGER20 at checkout to take advantage of this great savings.


For Extra [Optional] Entries: You may receive an extra entry for any or all of the following; just make sure to leave a separate comment for each.

1. Follow Toydozer on Twitter or Facebook. Or both!

2. Follow From Inmates To Playdates on Facebook

In the interest of full disclosure: This post is part of a Toydozer blogger outreach campaign. Participating bloggers have been provided with a complimentary Toydozer to review and have been compensated for their time.

FINE PRINT: Winners must have a U.S. or Canadian mailing address. A winner will be chosen with the help of Random.Org on Monday, April 9th after noon. I will announce the winners on Facebook and I will also send a personal e-mail. If a reply is not received within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.

Phew. I think that’s it!


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Timestamp: 2012-04-11 02:33:54 UTC

Congratulations to Angie, who commented on April 4, 2012 at 7:43 AM.

Christmas Tour Of Homes

Welcome to From Inmates To Playdates. Come on in, I’ve been expecting you!

Can I interest you in a snack? Normally I drink Dr. Pepper but sometimes we get all wild and crazy around here and shake things up with some Cherry Crush. Oh, and don’t forget the Little Debbie Christmas tree cakes. (That Debbie sure knows how to make a cake!)

There’s lots to see around here, so I’ll do my best to keep the commentary to a minimum, but if you’ve spent any amount of time around here you know that isn’t going to be easy.

I absolutely love our Christmas tree. It makes me all kinds of happy to sit in the dark and watch it rotate.

And, as an added bonus, I’ve added a tree to our downstairs rec-room. I intend to put presents under the tree that match the turquoise theme. Only time will tell if that will really happen. (Oh, and if I had any sense whatsoever, I would have fixed the ribbon on the bottom of the tree before snapping the picture.)

This is my husband, McDaddy. He decorates the loft every year because I’m a klutz and I’m afraid of falling from the ledge and breaking something.

This is the Christmas “through the years” table. In addition to the crazy creation of Longaberger, a candle and a some Christmas bulbs which came about in a fit of anxiety about what to do with 20 some odd Christmas bulbs that were rolling off the table, I’ve got pictures of our boys with Santa over the past seven years. This table makes me all kinds of happy!

I changed up my dining table a bit this year. I found this really cute snowman collection of stuff at Kohls (which by the way has some fabulous deals and sales and whathaveyou!) and couldn’t resist.

Wave to McDaddy! As you can see, he’s risking life and limb to put decorations up there.

As you can tell, I love snowmen! (But I HATE snow!)

In fact, our bay window is full of them.

And so is our bathroom.

And in the loft, too!

Didn’t McDaddy do a wonderful job? Plus, you’ll be happy to know he did it all without falling or breaking something.

 This is my one-of-a-kind vintage nativity set.

I call it vintage because it dates back to 1985. And I call it one-of-a-kind because I painted it in ceramics when I was 12 years old.

So yeah, vintage and one-0f-a-kind. Kinda like this little crazy-eyed sucker who is waving goodbye!

 And that, as they say, is that! Unless you want to grab a cookie on your way out the door.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Oh, and if you have any desire to read one of those dreaded Christmas letters our annual family Christmas letter, you can go here.

Thanks for stopping by!

This post is linked to The Christmas Tour of Homes.

Reason To Celebrate

 I have always been big on holidays.

Which is why I was surprised to discover that I missed my second blog anniversary. No gifts. No fanfare. No nothing.

That’s right folks, my little blog, From Inmates To Playdates blog turned two years old four days ago.

[Insert party horns and confetti here]

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have been here since the beginning (all eight of you!) because I know it is not always easy to decipher my thoughts. For the other four of you, who are new around  these hallowed halls, here’s a glimpse of what you’ve missed.

My original blog design looked like this:

Then, my little princess grew up and wanted to show off her bod and the rest, as they say, is history.

My first post was titled, A Hearty Welcome and if you haven’t read it, you totally should because it gives a little background info to explain the whole “from inmates to playdates” thing.

If you’re wondering why I’m still using the same profile picture on my blog it’s because there aren’t too many good hair days around here and even when there are, I’m usually home by myself or at the mercy of a five-year-old to take the picture, and well, you can see the dilemma. At any rate, I like the picture and it will probably be there awhile.

You might be surprised to learn that this is my 757th post.

Folks, that is a lot of crazy.

Plus, I’ve got 11 posts waiting in the wings. You know, for a rainy day.

In addition to that I’ve had 4,933 comments which is nothing when you consider that I’ve had 10,484 STUPID SPAM COMMENTS. I hate SPAMMERS. There, I said it. I think there is a special section in a very hot place reserved for spammers.

Anyway, I’d just like to thank each of you who return here day after day to partake of my crazy.

Here’s to another two years. 

Happy Friday to you!

CSN Stores Dot Com

I was recently contacted by a company called CSN about the possibility of reviewing one of their products. They have over 200 stores and offer just about anything you or I or anyone else for that matter could dream of. They have an entire web-site dedicated to bedroom furniture sets and strangely enough one dedicated to massage chairs of all things. Sadly, that’s not what I’ll be reviewing. Instead, I’m waiting for one of these….

Head over to my Review Page for more.