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Baby It’s Cold Outside Contest

We’ve welcomed back some old friends with our new ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ contest and are excited to work with Dilly Dally Kids, Pip and Pin, and Simply Merino on this amazing contest! Imagine the snow is falling outside, you’ve are snuggling your child in their chemical free wool PJs, you are wearing a beautiful hand-knit cowl, and the kids bring out some family favourite games to play. Now you’ve got the concept for ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’.

We are excited to introduce our new friend Simply Merino clothing company. If you are looking for chemical free sleep wear made without synthetic materials or flame retardants, you’ve got a friend in Simply Merino. These clothes are made in New Zealand from 100% Merino wool and are a wonderful barrier for children between their skin and athletic gear, to wear as sleep wear, or use as layering pieces. I know in our house, my sons are so limited with PJs this year because I’ve had a tough time finding sleep wear that isn’t made from polyester. The thought of them sleeping in a synthetic blend just isn’t how I want them spending 10+ hours. This holiday season, parents & family love to give the gift of cozy jammies. Let them know that Simply Merino is offering a 10% discount code to Mommy Footprint readers  – just enter  mommy10 at checkout after ordering.


Next to join the winter party is our friends Pip and Pin. We fell in love with these talented West Coast sisters two years ago after discovering their craft for making beautiful hand knit items. They are also adorable, kind, and the type of small business owners you want to support. My favourite signature Pip and Pin design are their cowls and the lucky contest winner of this contest can select a cowl with or without buttons and work with Megan and Katie with colours. Make sure to check them out at Make It Vancouver this weekend if you’re attending.


If you live in Greater Vancouver, chances are you’ve been to Commercial Drive and fallen in love with Dilly Dally Kids toy store that offers a wide variety of heirloom quality toys. I love the wooden selection at Dilly Dally Kids and they’ve done a great job with supporting local artists, sustainable toy options, along with classic favourites. They have generously allowed Mommy Footprint to select three fun family games to anchor our ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ contest. My family has spent hours enjoying these three games and I’m excited that another family will get to enjoy them too: Sleeping Queens Card Game, Rush Hour, and Zingo (pictured below). Visit Dilly Dally Kids in-store and enjoy the unique experience of finding holiday gifts in wide assortment and age ranges. Enter the below contest and your shopping will already be off to a great start if you win this prize basket.

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Our ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ contest will run for one week November 26th – December 3rd at midnight. This contest is open to North American residents and I’m thankful to Simply Merino, Pip and Pin, and Dilly Dally Kids for working together for this amazing contest. Now close your eyes, imagine the snow falling outside, and think of how lucky you’d be to win a wool pair of kid’s PJs, cozy cowl, and family games package.

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Gamewright for Summer Fun!

Ever summer I like to find something new to keep down-time fun with four kids at home. So far this summer has been great for my kids understanding when their allotted screen time is over – it’s time to go read, play a game or head into the yard. I immediately thought of Gamewright because the last 3 card games we purchased were fantastic and that’s saying a lot since I was slightly addicted to Uno a few years back. <smile> Have you ever heard of the Gamewright games: Sleeping Queens, Rat-A-Cat-Tat, or Too Many Monkeys? They are awesome for ages 5 and up (we have a 16 year old cousin that loves them too) which is great in my house with different aged children. The only thing about these specific 3 games is they work better for 1-1 play. In our house we hold mini tournaments and kids just play the winner each time, but my clan is an impatient lot. Well Gamewright sent us their new card game called Zip Zap and it’s been super effective for keeping my kids busy for hours, again perfect for kids of different ages, plus all 5 of us can play together. It’s the only card game I’ve played that is actually more fun the more kids you have.

The basic jist of the game is you deal cards of different color sets and numbers up to 10. It’s a game of speed and each person is trying to get rid of the 9 or 12 cards dealt to them so they can ‘win’ the game and be first out. But you want to get rid of cards that are worth higher points because you play a full round and keep score for each game – tallying up points for the number of cards left in your hand. The person with the total lowest number wins. Great for strategic development, colors, numbers and quick thinking. It took many video attempts because the excitement level gets high but I’ve embedded my first video below for a product review!  It’s really cool because my older sons are always helping my daughters play even though they’ve developed excellent strategies for winning..my boys are almost unbeatable at this point so the game is challenging and fun for me to play too!  Here’s a quick video of a full game with three of my kids playing (ages 6, 6, and 10).

Thank you for sending me this card game to review Gamewright!  My kids and I love your card games and I’m glad to share our fun. For those that don’t know – Gamewright actively includes children in the development of these games. It must be why they are so entertaining and unique. For younger children, I would recommend the card game Too Many Monkey (ages 4 and up), Zip Zap (ages 5 and up), Rat-A-Tat-Cat (ages 6 and up), and Sleeping Queens (ages 6 and up). Can’t say enough about how much my kids love Sleeping Queens and Zip Zap. Go online to the Gamewright site to find out where these games are sold or ‘like’ their fanpage to hear about new games!



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