Saving Your Sanity And Mine

Congratulations to commentor #120 Rosanne, you have won this giveaway!

Let’s discuss a few facts:

1. I have three young children at home.

2. They are young yet not young enough to nap daily.

3. I’m a bit of a germaphobe.

4. Indoor play places are similar to letting any entire preschool class sneeze in the face of your child.

5. Only one of these three young children goes to school.

6. Preschools run on the by the time I drop them off it is time to pick them up again schedule.

7. Hopping in and out of the car for errands, appointments and general things to occupy our time is not called “hopping” when you have this many kids in car seats and a teenager who doesn’t even want to get out in the first place.

8. We are at home A LOT.

When I’m out of crafts, play doh and patience we do a little retail therapy.

Not for me (although that would be AMAZING) but for them.

We pop into our favorite toy store, the one that lets them actually play with most of their products and I let them each pick out something small.

playing with toys

Do you know how many hours of sanity this gives me?

New toys = happy, quiet, okay not quiet, but happy, kids who are occupied long enough for me to make dinner without someone climbing up my leg.

Today I am thrilled to offer you a little bit of my sanity.

My favorite local toy store, Funky Monkey Toys, who carries every amazing toy you could ever imagine, is giving away a $50 gift certificate to their online store plus free shipping.

I seriously could spend all day in there. Somehow they have found every unique toy out there that you can’t find without spending ten hours searching online, and combined them into one shop.

And if you are local, you must go in their store. They have an entire room full of toys the kids are welcome to explore and host fun in store events.

Here’s how to win $50 to spend at Funky Monkey Toys

Mandatory entry:

Visit Funky Monkey Toys and tell me your favorite product.

Additional entries (you must leave a separate comment for each additional entry):

-Subscribe to the Funky Monkey Newsletter

-Share this giveaway on Facebook and tag Funky Monkey Toys on Facebook

-Tweet about this giveaway “I entered to win an an amazing toy giveaway with @jessbwatson and you can too″ (leave the link to your tweet in the comments)

-Pin your favorite item from Funky Monkey Toys to Pinterest. (leave the link to your pin in the comments)

Good luck!!



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  1. R Hicks says

    subscribe funkymonkey via email using ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  2. C Merryweather says

    Architectural Unit Blocks are my favorite. I remember playing with something like these as a kid myself. I think basic building block toys are so universal and great for inspiring imagination!

  3. tiffany hood says

    My son had been asking for the snap circuit jr since hes seen it at a friends house . I could not get it away from him.

  4. Michelle Tucker says

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  5. christine says

    my daughter would just die for the doll making kit, she is always wanting to knit and sew with me and this would something fun for her to do while i am crafting.

  6. Erin E says

    My favorite is the King Puppet. Thank you for the lovely giveaway!
    Erin E
    busymom369 at gmail dot com

  7. says

    Hello all,

    Thanks for all of the great comments. Please “like” Funky Monkey Toys on Facebook. We send out coupons and announce special craft days that way.
    Don’t miss out on the “monkey fabulous” savings and fun.

    Best Regards,
    Mr. Monkey

  8. Coco Brown says

    Hey jessica,

    Thankf or the tumbs up on Funky Monkey s toys and how to go about gaining my self a voucher. I have a pretty good idea of what you have been going through and can identify with your situation. In the end I just came to the conclusion that I do it because I love those bundles of joy which God gave me. Keep a positive mental attitude. and you will overcome.
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  9. jill says

    So hard to choose just one toy :) But because I have 2 boys headed off to kindergarten in the fall I think I’d go with the “see and spell” so I can help them prepare for next year.

  10. Leslie W says

    That was really hard, I love that they have so many choices! I think my daughter would love the Doorbell House. She’s big into pretend play, especially with dolls & houses :)

  11. Janet W. says

    My favorite product is the Scootin’ Turtle Mealtime Set. They have SO many neat things!

  12. says

    Yay! This is such an awesome giveaway! Before saying what I want to get, I wanted to say that I thought I was the only parent out there who, sometimes, regularly goes to toy stores for a “break.” They’re one of my favorite places to go when I’m “beat” and out of ideas on how to keep my toddler entertained!

    Okay, so about the toy, I think my toddler would most like the Magnetic Chalkboard/Dry Erase Board.
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    • says

      Totally agree, the other day we were in the Target toy aisle and I just kept thinking “if only there were a babysitter at the end of this aisle I could get all my shopping done.”

  13. Betty Antibus says

    Little Prince Book and Horse Set – I always loved horses when I was a kid, so this would be fun for my grandchild.

  14. Candice Hull says

    I completely sympathize! Even though I only have two young boys (4 and 19months), a very happy day was the day I learned how much they love playing with scotch tape. I go through a lot of tape, but I have all my hair now. I love the basic skills board on Funky Monkey.
    Thank you for the chance to win!

  15. Dani G says

    I don’t know this place. Gotta check it out! After visiting their website, I’d say I’d go for the educational toys like the see and spell or the magnetic wooden numbers- or both!!

  16. says

    Wow! That is a pretty awesome website.
    I think I would have to say my favorite product (while taking a quick look through the pages… But I will return when I have more time) would be the band in the box. A few reasons, having 4 kids under 2 plus an 8 year old is asking for trouble if you don’t buy a toy for everyone, this gets expensive. The band in the box is something they all would enjoy (several peices) even at the different ages.. In fact mommy might play this with them. Also, my twins are a bit behind so this is something that would stimulate, they would enjoy and they CAN use. Lastly all my kids enjoy music. They all gave “danced” before walking. No matter what they are doing, the stop and start dancing when music is heard. I could be having the worst day and seeing that, I can’t help but laugh!