Sunday, May 4, 2014

Toys & Treats Giveaway: Best Birthdays is One!

Best Birthdays is one!! My blog is ready to start walking and tossing Cheerios all over the house.

To celebrate, I have a giveaway featuring all my very favourite toys and treats! I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS, I AM GOING TO YELL AT YOU WITH MY CAPS LOCK!!!

Treats & Toys Giveaway, featuring $100 from Mastermind Toys, $40 from Crave, two ice cream cakes from Marble Slab, games from Scholar's Choice AND passes to the Calgary Zoo!

Here's what's up for grabs!

1)  A $40 gift card for Crave Cookies and Cupcakes

2) Calgary Zoo passes for 2 adults and 2 children

3) Two small ice cream cakes of your choice from Marble Slab (Chinook location)

4) A $100 gift card for Mastermind Toys (can be used online or in stores)

5) From Scholar's Choice: the new GoldieBlox Dunk Tank set and the Spot It! party game

That's a total value of $325!

I have done some research, and this is the best giveaway anyone has ever had. It's SCIENCE*.
* Not real science.

Are any of these things new to you? LET ME TELL YOU WHY THEY'RE AWESOME.

Treats & Toys Giveaway, featuring $100 from Mastermind Toys, $40 from Crave, two ice cream cakes from Marble Slab, games from Scholar's Choice AND passes to the Calgary Zoo!
1) Crave Cookies and Cupcakes is amazing. It was started in Calgary by two sisters, who used family recipes to create the BEST CUPCAKES EVER. Now they have stores in Edmonton and Saskatoon, as well. It's no secret that I heart them. Crave treats are delicious because they are made from scratch in the stores each day. I frequently rant about their cupcakes, but they also have marvelous cakes and bars. Watch for the s'mores bars this summer - they're delicious.


Treats & Toys Giveaway, featuring $100 from Mastermind Toys, $40 from Crave, two ice cream cakes from Marble Slab, games from Scholar's Choice AND passes to the Calgary Zoo!
2) Marble Slab Creamery makes ice cream AND waffle cones fresh in-store, and you can choose a bunch of different things to mix in, including candy or fruit (which makes it healthy). I first became addicted to Marble Slab in America. I was SUPER HAPPY when they opened their first store in Calgary!! And I just read on their website that this happened ten years ago. Now I feel old. And I want some ice cream.


Treats & Toys Giveaway, featuring $100 from Mastermind Toys, $40 from Crave, two ice cream cakes from Marble Slab, games from Scholar's Choice AND passes to the Calgary Zoo!
3) Mastermind Toys has a huge selection of high-quality toys. What I really love about their website and store is that they have awesome stuff you won't find anywhere else. On top of that, their website is awesome. It lets you shop by brand, type of toy, or age. AND you can narrow your search by price, which helps you stay on budget!


Treats & Toys Giveaway, featuring $100 from Mastermind Toys, $40 from Crave, two ice cream cakes from Marble Slab, games from Scholar's Choice AND passes to the Calgary Zoo!
4) Scholar's Choice has a phenomenal selection of educational and imaginative toys. They sell a lot of teachers' supplies like alphabet posters and workbooks, hence the name. I'm a nerd, and I'm raising nerdy kids, so I buy the teacher things, too. BUT the toys are wonderful, and represent at least half the store. For instance, right here you can win the famous GoldieBlox engineering toys for girls (remember the Superbowl ad?) and an awesome Spot It party game!


Treats & Toys Giveaway, featuring $100 from Mastermind Toys, $40 from Crave, two ice cream cakes from Marble Slab, games from Scholar's Choice AND passes to the Calgary Zoo!
5) The Calgary Zoo is world-class. I feel very lucky to live in a city with such a spectacular zoo. I love them so much, I've written about them not once, but twice in the past year. The enclosures are lovely, the animals are well-cared-for, and my kids adore the carousel and the train. I have a great deal of admiration for the employees and volunteers who make it such a wonderful place to visit all year round.


Full disclosure: The brands above are supplying the prizes for this contest, but I am not being compensated in any way. I just LOVE THEM, and I LOVE YOU, and I want you to love them too!
Photographs are courtesy of each brand, and are not my own.


Treats & Toys Giveaway



112 comments :

  1. First Commenter! whoo-hoo better be lucky :D
    I have been to all of these places! Crave cupcakes is fabulous because they donate snacks to the downtown blood donor clinic and they saved me from forgetting a birthday cake a few years ago.

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  2. This is an amazing giveaway Katie!!

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  3. I think I've shopped at all of these places! They are all awesome! Great giveaway!

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  4. You are right - best give away ever!! Can't wait to win.

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  5. I love Crave. Like LOVE love. Awesome giveaway.

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  6. I've shopped at Crave, Marble Slab and the zoo. Notice that the food options are the ones I've gone to. Imagine that. LOL.

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  7. What a great give way. Thanks for the chance to win. We love going to the zoo my daughter asks to go all the time. I love playing games and playing with toys both those stores are awesome to make learning fun. Also who does not love cake and ice cream. These are all great choices thanks again!

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  8. What a great combination of things! Thank you for hosting the giveaway.

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  9. fantastic giveaway...clearly the best one also...science says so :)

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  10. I've shopped at lots of those places. I love MasterMind toys. Who doesn't love Crave and my kids beg for Marble Slab. What a great giveaway.

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  11. Now this is a great kick off to a snowy Monday!! Awesome give way - cheers chickadee :-)

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  12. The only place I haven't shopped is Mastermind Toys but I am going to have to get in there. Happy blogging birthday!!

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  13. I have shopped at all these places except for mastermind toys but I do own a lot of that brand of toy. What a great giveaway!

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  14. CAP LOCK SQUEE!
    I know these all well.

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  15. Great prizes! Mastermind toys is pretty much the only toy store I shop at.

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  16. Marble slab makes amazing cakes. I love them

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  17. I LOVE CRAVE! and the party toys sounds like so much fun for a summer party great round up!

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  18. Sweet! I love sweets. Count me in :)

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  19. This loot bag reads like my "Mother's Day Wish List." Congrats on One!

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  20. Awesome prizes! I love Marble Slab so much!

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  21. Awesome giveaway! Would be great timing for my little guy's third birthday if I win :)
    Thanks!

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  22. Wow, that is an amazing prize pack! Congrats on turning one, and here's to many more :)

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  23. I love crave! And a day at the zoo would be fantastic. Congrats one turning one!

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  24. I've shopped at Marble Slab. YUMMY!!

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  25. Awesome giveaway! I know come Calgary friends that would love the zoo passes!

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  26. I have shopped at most if not all of these. Crave and marble slab are my best friends on a gloomy day!

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  27. What a fantastic giveaway Katie! I have been to all of these places...more than once :-) I have started getting all presents at Mastermind Toys because they wrap it all up for free! No freaking out at the last minute about whether or not I have a bag or wrapping paper. And they're opening a new Shawnessy location this summer.

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  28. Congrats on your blog birthday! Couldn't agree more about Crave Cupcakes. My fav is princess pink...in fact....I may need to run out there this afternoon.... :)

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  29. Checkout Mastermind toys the other day for the first time and it was SUCH a great, amazing store. Helpful friendly staff and free birthday gift wrapping.

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  30. Cupcakes from Craves & a day at The Calgary Zoo would be a perfect Mother's Day! Been to both & obviously would love to do it again )

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  31. What a great giveaway! Fingers crossed :)

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  32. I've shopped at all of these places except for Scholar's Choice. Fantastic giveaway, this would make such a great birthday for my little niece and nephew!

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  33. Great blog and great prizes for your birthday!

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  34. I shop at Mastermind store before and we like to buy games. Great giveaway. Thanks.

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  35. I have shopped at Scholar's Choice for educational gifts!

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  36. Great giveaway! When my daughter was younger, we bought most of the presents for friends from Mastermind - I loved their selection and the fact that they gift wrapped!

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  37. I have shopped at Mastermind toys online and they have an awesome selection.

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  38. I have shopped at all of these places. The toys are very educational at both Mastrmind and Scholar's the choice, the treats at Crave and Marble Slab are great quality and who doesn't love the zoo? Great Contest and Awesome Prizes. Thanks.

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  39. Love Mastermind! So glad that they now have a store in Calgary!

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  40. Brendan NeudorfMay 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Love Crave!

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  41. Great blog, and a wonderful giveaway..hope I win

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  42. I've shopped at Mastermind a few times, always helpful staff, lots of people working, love the free gift wrapping too!

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  43. LOVE Crave cupcakes. And Marble Slab! and the zoo! Preferably all at the same time!

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  44. I am a regular customer at all of these places! Especially Crave...mmm...cupcakes

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  45. I can taste those cupcakes already. Mmmmm

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  46. I have shopped at Scholar's Choice
    thanks

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  47. Great giveaway, I have been to all of these places, great fun of kids and everyone!!

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  48. Jennifer AtkinsonMay 7, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Awesome giveaway!

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  49. I've shopped at Crave for cupcakes! Yumm.
    Thanks for your giveaway!

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  50. Mmmmm, you had me at Marble Slab

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  51. What a great giveaway! I love Marble Slab, the Zoo, all of it!

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  52. oh wow this giveaway IS the best one ever!! ;)

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  53. I have shopped at the Calgary Zoo, which I think is awesome and my grandchildren love it there. I have shopped many times at Scholar's Choice. I love their products and that the people working there take a special interest. Marble Slab yumm what a treat.

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  54. i have not shopped at any of these places

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  55. i do enjoy scholar's choice and my kids love it too!

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  56. I love Marble Slab (their birthday cake ice cream anyway...why would I try anything else?) and there are some great toys at Mastermind my niece would love!

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  57. There's a Mastermind Toy near me, and it's one of my favourite stores. :-)

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  58. I've shopped at Mastermind, Scholars Choice & I LOVE Marble Slab!

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  59. I shop at Masterminds all the time! my kids love it!

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  60. Only been to the Zoo and Crave .... would be so fun to try the other places!

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  61. we have visited scholar's choice before and mastermind

    shaneps @ hotmail.com

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  62. Only have been to the zoo, we all know that's great :)

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  63. Scholar's Choice is the best educational store with supplies perfect for special needs, home & classroom environments. Their games are very unique & make great gifts. Love shopping there, & Crave too! Yum :)

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  64. This would be my first time shopping at Mastermind toys, but I adore the Calgary Zoo, Crave, and Marble Slab creamery!!! Thanks for the chance. My daughter's birthday coming up and this would be fantastic!

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  65. I love living so close to the zoo!

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  66. OMG what an amazing combination of gifts. We get Crave and marble slab all the time and we go to the zoo once each year too.

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  67. I think we have been to all these places, we go to Mastermind a lot as well as Scholars Choice.

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  68. I love Crave! The Princess cupcakes are my favourite ever.

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  69. These are amazing! I love all these places!

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  70. What amazing giveaway!!!

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  71. What amazing giveaway!!!

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  72. IO have been to all !!! Love them Such a Great Contest. Thanks for the chance

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  73. I've been to mastermind toys with the kiddies, such an awesome store!

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  74. Yes at mastermind toys. My boys love going into that store. So many great things.

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  75. What an incredible giveaway!! Love Mastermind Toys!

    Lori R Jackson

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  76. I used to work at Scholar's Choice and still shop there. It's a great place to find resources for teaching.

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  77. I've never shopped at any of the stores! But I might have to check them out!!

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  78. The Calgary Zoo and Mastermind Toys are regular stops for our family <3 We LOVE all they have to offer.

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  79. Crave has the best desserts around!

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  80. I love Mastermind Toys. They have such unique toys. I always try to get a few of my Christmas items crossed off my list through them.

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  81. Awesome- I would love to win!

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  82. What a great prize package! I would love to take my kids, 2 and 3, to the zoo. I know my kids would love it!

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  83. Bailey Dexter I have shopped at Mastermind Toys before. I love the quality of the products.

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  84. Yes, I've shopped at Scholar's Choice before (my Mother's a teacher).

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  85. Looks awesome, and great timing. My son is turning 1 next week!

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  86. Love Crave and the zoo. Need to spend more time at the others!

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  87. I love marble slab - I accidentally dropped my iphone in their toilet before and it didn't break! That place truly is magical :-)

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  88. I love crave cupcakes and my kids love going to the zoo but our passes have expired!

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  89. Great website! great ideas

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  90. Wow this is an amazing give away! Fingers crossed!

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  91. I've shopped at all these places! Great prizes!

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  92. I LOVE Scholar's Choice! So happy we have a store nearby :)

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  93. I love Mastermind Toys - they have a fantastic mix of beautifully crafted nostalgic toys as well as all of the modern creations! I do all of my children's gift shopping there! Thanks for the awesome opportunity!

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  94. I ALWAYS go to Crave...so AMAZING!

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  95. yes! Ive shopped at mastermind toys and scholars choice! Both very awesome stores!

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  96. The only place I've been is the Calgary Zoo. It is our favorite destination when we have a weekend away in Calgary. There's so much to see and do there!

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  97. I have not shopped at any of these, but love Mastermind toys and scholars choice, great stuff just never ordered.

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  98. I've shopped at Scholars Choice before for gifts for my granddaughter

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  99. Love Mastermind! Always interesting toys.

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  100. Crave cupcakes are literally addictive. In a terrible terrible way. So I'll gladly have more

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  101. I have been to the zoo. Many many times. We used to have a pass when we lived in the city. I am a teacher so I have been to scholars. SO MANY TIMES. And we used to live in Texas and were delighted when Marble slab came North!

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  102. I love Scholars Choice. It's my go to place for great kids gifts.

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  103. Been to both Mastermind and Marble Slab - yum!

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  104. Craves...what a yummy place!!!

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