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Crayola “Inside the Crayon Box” Prize Pack Giveaway {Contest Closed}

Crayola has been in my life for years and years.  I remember melting Crayola crayons on our driveway in Florida.  I would set my Crayola crayons that were too small to color with on the driveway or sidewalk and leave them there for the day then check on them later to find them melted.  “Yes! What a pretty blob” is probably what I was thinking at 7 years old.  Things like melting crayons are what make life fascinating for a child don’t you think?  Something as simple as crayons can create memories that last a lifetime.

I’m thrilled that my 5 year old daughter is finally getting into coloring.  For the longest time she wouldn’t color because she wanted to stay inside the lines but didn’t have the fine motor skills do make that happen and she would get frustrated.   Please note.. I didn’t request that she stay in the lines!  That’s not the way I color!  Now she will color for a couple of hours straight.  I love it.

We recently received a pack of products from Crayola and MyBlogSpark to try out and it couldn’t have been better timing.  We have been on the road a lot lately and all of the products except for the Kaleidoscope Chalk are great for car rides.Crayola

  • Crayola Mess Free Color Wonder Tiny TubeCrayola Mess Free Color Wonder Tiny Tube
    With over 10 ft of coloring, perforated activity pages, a carry-along handle and the ability to store markers inside, kids can color at home or on the road; markers magically appear only on the special Color Wonder paper, not on skin.
    I LOVE this!  The pictures are perforated and each picture has slightly sticky strips on the back allowing it to stick to a table or travel desk so it doesn’t slide.  Great for car rides!
  • Crayola Washable Kaleidoscope ChalkCrayola Washable Kaleidoscope Chalk
    Experience sidewalk art in amazing new ways, by drawing designs, putting on the 3D Kaleidoscope glasses and watching as creations pop up off the ground.
    My daughter had a friend over to play with Crayola Washable Kaleidoscope Chalk.  The outlined each other and then colored themselves in.  The loved the way their hair and ‘clothes’ would pop out at them when they put the 3D Kaleidoscope glasses on.
  • Crayola Dry-Erase Bright CrayonsCrayola Dry-Erase Bright Crayons
    A dry-erase drawing and writing tool for kids that’s washable, smudge-proof, odorless, and will never dry out.
    These crayons are easy to clean.  That was my biggest concern with these but I was surprised to find that they really do wipe right off the dry erase board with a paper towel.
  • Crayola Dual-Sided Dry Erase BoardCrayola Dual-Sided Dry Erase Board
    This two-sided board is white on one side and black on the other switching the typical whiteboard up.  This combined with the Caryola Dry-Erase Bright Crayons make for eye-popping pictures or messages!
  • My First Crayola Washable Crayons, Markers & StampersMy First Crayola Washable Crayons, Markers & Stampers
    Just the right size and shape for little hands, toddlers can create bright and colorful designs with no caps to lose or no messy ink pads.
    My daughter just had to try the stampers out and sure enough she had a great time with them.  I thought she would be too old for them but she made beautiful pictures out of the stamps.

To learn more about the tools from Crayola that make it easy for parents to help children develop their creativity www.Crayola.com and like Crayola on Facebook!

My daughter’s demonstration and favorite things about Crayola Crystal Effect Window Markers

Watch Crayola’s “Creativity Matters” and “Inspire” videos on YouTube for inspiration and entertainment!

Who wants to win a Crayola “Inside the Crayon Box” prize pack?
This contest has ended.  Congratulations Kelly T! 

The prize pack contains:

  • My First Crayola Washable Crayons, Markers & Stampers
  • Crayola Mess Free Color Wonder Tiny Tube
  • Crayola Crystal Effect Window Markers
  • Crayola Washable Kaleidoscope Chalk
  • Crayola Dry-Erase Bright Crayons
  • Crayola Dual-Sided Dry Erase Board
To enter leave a comment below telling us what your favorite Crayola memory or experience is OR who you would give the prize pack to.

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  • 3 entries each – Enter any of our other contests and let us know which contests you entered in the comments below
  • 5 entries – Blog about this giveaway on your own blog and leave the URL in the comments below.  Do not copy and paste this post into your blog.
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Contest Rules:

  • Entries accepted through 11:59PM EST March 29th, 2012.
  • U.S. Residents only.
  • Ages 21+.
  • No P.O. Boxes
  • Winner must respond to our email within 24 hours to claim their prize.
  • Read The Mommy Insider’s Contest Rules here.  By entering this contest you are agreeing to the rules.

Disclosure: The Crayola “Inside the Crayon Box” prize pack, product information and prize pack for giveaway have been provided by Crayola through MyBlogSpark.

Alicia Hagan, Editor

Lisa Loeb Interview: Lisa on Motherhood, Kids, and Creativity

Lisa Loeb Interview
Lisa Loeb

I had such a great time during the Crayola “Inside the Crayon Box” live chat with Lisa Loeb a couple of weeks ago and was thrilled when I was given the opportunity through MyBlogSpark and Crayola to ask Lisa a few more questions after the live chat.   Lisa Loeb has been in my live since I was in college.. 1995-ish.  Remember her hit song Stay (I Missed You)?  I listened to that song thousands of times.  Lisa stands out as a creative artist to me because her songs are honest and emotional.  There’s depth to Lisa’s music and during my recent chat with her and the interview answers, I learned that Lisa really is very creative, honest and passionate about life, being a mother, her music and her new book Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs.

So, on with the interview.

Me: If you were stuck in a room with colored paper clips what would you do with them? 

Lisa: I’d probably put one on each fingertip and pretend they’re long colorful fingernails.  That was a dream of my sister and I when we were young, to have long nails, and I think we used to do this trick with the paperclips.

Me: What is the biggest challenge you have faced being a relatively new parent?

Lisa: The biggest challenge is making sure I get enough sleep. Sleep fuels me for the day, emotionally, physically, creatively, and I’m a better wife, mother, and creative person when I get enough. I have to remind myself that my two-year-old daughter has her own inner alarm clock, which is pretty regular, so I need to respect that and plan my sleep accordingly. When sleep is properly planned, everything’s more fun. There are a number of interesting parenting things I’m learning about as well, like discipline, and learning to tell my daughter “no,” which I guess is part of discipline. But, that being said, sleep really makes everything easier for everyone.

Me: What websites do you turn to for parenting tips and advice?

Lisa: I look at all kinds of sites, from healthychild.org, to Parenting.com, to thebump.com.  Often I look up a subject and then troll around the Internet looking for information that helps.

Me: What’s your take on elementary and middle schools cutting funding for art classes/programs?

Lisa: I think art classes and programs as well as physical education classes and programs are a major part of our responsibility to our kids. The creative and physical element of a child’s life really enhances the rest of their ability to learn and experience life. Cutting the budget for these things really deprives a child of what they need to become a well-rounded human.

Me: What is one thing that you wish someone had told you about being a new mom, before your daughter was born?  (I wish someone told me….)

Lisa: I have so many books and advice that people gave me about being a new mom… I’m trying to think about what they didn’t say. I guess that the first few months are really exciting and beautiful with a new child, but it’s also like a hazing period.  I didn’t realize that something as basic as learning how to put a child to sleep could seem so complicated.  I had heard that the love you feel for your child is so unbelievable, and they were right.

For more Lisa Loeb interview questions watch Crayola’s “Inside the Crayon Box” Chat with Lisa Loeb video below.  It’s 45 minutes long and it really is worth it to watch the entire video so get comfy and enjoy!

Be sure to check out Lisa’s book Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling Children’s Books, 2011) available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. Sing, laugh, and play with pop Lisa in this fabulous collection of ten of the silliest songs ever. Fun activities, games, and recipes accompany whimsical songs. Take Lisa’s Silly Sing-Along with you wherever you go and get the high-spirited good times started. Includes a 10-song CD recorded by Lisa!

Connect with Lisa Loeb

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Join me at the “Inside the Crayon Box” Facebook Chat with Crayola and Lisa Loeb March 7th!

The first “Inside the Crayon Box” live chat is tonight, Wednesday, March 7 at 9 p.m. EST or 8 p.m CST.

Lisa Loeb Crayola Inside the Box Live Facebook Chat

If you find yourself looking for new ways to inspire your children to express their ideas and build their creativity, you’ll want to join us to learn and share!

Join Crayola and musician, children’s author and mom, Lisa Loeb for a 45-minute live streaming video chat on the Crayola Facebook Page.  Lisa, best-known for her number one hit “Stay (I Missed You),” will share as personal stories, practical advice and ways she brings a little creative play into every day for her daughter.

Participants will be encouraged to ask Lisa questions during the event, too!


Lisa Loeb Crayola Inside the Box Live Facebook Chat

Topics to be covered during the chat:

  • Why Does Creativity Matter? Creativity is not about who´s the best artists or becoming an architect. It´s a way of thinking that encourages kids´ original ideas and develops their confidence.
  • Growing Up Creative. Lisa will share stories about growing up in a home where creativity was encouraged.
  • Simple Tips. Easy Ideas. Like most moms, Lisa juggles a lot. She´ll share simple, easy ways she sparks her daughter´s creativity as part of their daily routine.

“Creativity Matters”



If you are a huge Lisa Loeb fan like I am, check out Lisa’s book Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling Children´s Books, 2011) available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. Sing, laugh, and play with pop Lisa in this fabulous collection of ten of the silliest songs ever. Fun activities, games, and recipes accompany whimsical songs. Take Lisa’s Silly Sing-Along with you wherever you go and get the high-spirited good times started. Includes a 10-song CD recorded by Lisa!

To learn more about the tools from Crayola that make it easy for parents to help children develop their creativity www.Crayola.com and like Crayola on Facebook!

Alicia Hagan, Editor

Disclosure:  The Crayola “Inside the Crayon Box” prize pack, product information and prize pack for giveaway have been provided by Crayola through MyBlogSpark.

Crayola Innovations, Just in Time for the Holidays – A Crayola Giveaway Too! #MyBlogSpark #Giveaway

When I was a kid Crayola was simply crayons.  Crayola has taken crayons and creativity to a whole new level in recent years.  Thanks to MyBlogSpark and Crayola, we received Crayola’s 150 count Crayola Crayon Tower, Crayola Glow Book, Crayola Ultimate Art Supplies, and the Crayola Jewelry making Boutique.  Coloring is so much more now than it was when we were growing up, and both of my kids have had a blast with these Crayola products.

Inspire hours of wonder, adventure and dreams by giving a child more than presents for the holidays. Crayola brings colorful ideas to life and allows kids to express everything imaginable by making it super easy for parents to find something that will unleash all kids original ideas with their Holiday Gift Guide at www.crayola.com/gifts.

Crayola Innovation Holiday gift guide ideas

Crayola Telescoping Crayon Tower

The Crayola CrayonTower puts an astounding 150 Crayola crayons at your child’s disposal.  The Crayon Tower, has a telescoping design, which enables your child to see their color choices more easily than when they are in a box.   No more having to pour  a bunch of crayons onto the table or floor, which we all know turns into a huge mess!  The crayons in the Crayon Tower are much easier for a little hand to grasp than when they are in a box.  The Crayola Tower comes with a crayon sharpener.

Recommended for children 4+, the Ultimate Art Supply Kit contains 24 crayons, 8 washable broad line markers, 12 colored pencils, 8 washable watercolors, 1 paint brush, school glue, scissors, and colored paper and retails for $16.99.

Crayola holiday gift ideasCrayola Ultimate Art Supply Case

The Crayola Ultimate Art Supply case makes coloring on the road or at Grandmother’s house so much easier.  I no longer have bags of Crayons in my purse.  When the case is open, your child is presented with a neatly organized portable art center including crayons, markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue, and there is even a little space for paper.

The Crayon Tower retails for $17.99.

Crayola Glow Book

Really bringing coloring to another level is the amazing Crayola Glow Book. Not only can your child use their imagination but they can also make the pictures move and honestly, what’s better than that when it comes to coloring?  I think the Glow Book builds confidence too.  When my 5 year old first played with the Glow Book, she left the room with it and a little bit later she came back with the adorable animation of a seed sprouting into a flower that she had created all by herself.  The look of accomplishment on her face, was priceless.

Using special glowing-ink markers to draw on each of the four clear pages, kids can choose one of the four tracing guides to create original scenes, signs and messages, and arrange them in their desired order. Then, just hit the lights and allow your kids to wow you with wildly colorful, glowing animated scenes. Variable light settings create colorful, multi-layered effects. The Crayola Glow Book wipes off easily so kids can use their imaginations to create endless glowing artwork! A simple wet cloth will do.

Recommended for children ages 6+, the kit includes one Glow Book with 4 clear pages, 4 animation tracing guides and 6 glow markers and retails for $24.99.

Crayola Jewelry Boutique

My daughter had such a great time creating beads and jewelry with the Crayola Jewelry Boutique.   She was so proud to be designing her own jewelry and even created some beads and pieces for other people!  Crayola put a unique “spin” on jewelry making with a special “jewelry spinner” that creates multi-colored beads using Crayola Model Magic. As kids spin their beads into shapes, they can string them together to create original bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and pendants that reflect their own personal style. Let the designing begin!

Recommended for children ages 6+, each Jewelry Boutique kit includes 8 packs of Crayola Model Magic to mold 160 beads, 5 bracelet charms, 3 pendant charms, 2 shape cutters, a bead dryer rack, 5 toggle sets, 4 earring posts and ear wires, a bead punch, 18 gems, 2 necklace cords, 1 elastic cord, bead glaze, and the Jewelry Boutique Spinner with storage areas and retails for $24.99.

 Connect with Crayola


We are giving a lucky reader a Crayola Innovative Holiday prize pack containing:

  • (1) Jewelry Boutique
  • (1) Glow Book
  • (1) 150-ct Crayon Tower
  • (1) Ultimate Art Supplies case
Entries accepted through 11:59pm EST December 19th
Open to U.S. Residents. No P.O. Boxes
To enter, leave a comment below telling us why you want to win this great Crayola prize pack!

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  • 3 extra entries – Tweet about this contest (up to 4 times per day). Your Tweet MUST include the name of the item being given away, my Twitter handle (@mommyinsider), the hashtag #giveaway, and a link to this post.
    Example tweet:
    “I entered to win a Crayola prize pack from @mommyinsider!  Enter here: http://wp.me/plszx-2CL  #Giveaway”
  • 5 extra entries per giveaway you enter – Enter any of our other giveaways and/or The Divine Miss Mommy’s giveaways and leave a comment below telling us which giveaways you entered.

extra entries:

  • Blog about this giveaway as a separate blog post on your own blog then leave the URL to your blog post in the comments below. Do not copy and paste this post onto your blog though! 🙂
Disclosure: The Crayola Innovative Holiday prize pack, product information and prize pack for giveaway have been provided by Crayola through MyBlogSpark.
Alicia Hagan, Editor

Crayola StoryStudio, 48 hour Access Code, and Gift Guide

Crayola holiday gift guide

My husband and I and the kids just spent 45 minutes sitting together at the kitchen table (almost a record time!) coloring our personalized Crayola StoryStudio printable coloring book pages.   We had such a blast and my husband even said “We need to have a coloring night every week.”.  No kidding, that’s what he said!  You too can try Crayola’s StoryStudio!  Use code access code PRY4DBJJ on Crayola StoryStudio‘s page to get free access to Crayola’s StoryStudio for 48 hours.

Crayola StoryStudio Collage
Here is one page from each of the kids' Crayola StoryStudio coloring books

There’s still time to order for Christmas delivery!

* Before you read further, note that as of today, December 23rd, you can still have some Crayola items delivered in time for Christmas from Amazon.com.  Here is a direct link to Amazon.com’s Crayola page.

Crayola holiday gift guide

Crayola is offering more than 30 ways to give the gift of imagination for under $30  this holiday season with a lineup  of gifts to inspire wonder, adventure and dreams in toddlers to tweens.

Crayola has created an on-line gift guide making it easy to select the perfect creative activity for the child on your list. It´s available at www.Crayola.com/gifts. You can search the Crayola Gift Guide by age, gender and type of product, like mess-free and washable products and activities that offer surprising experiences. Who wouldn´t be surprised to watch their artwork light up in the dark in multiple colors!

Top picks from the Gift Guide include:

Never before has paper been a surface for creating glowing drawings! Glow Explosion Spin Magic is a revolutionary activity toy that lets kids create multi-colored glow-in-the-dark art with markers that light up like glow sticks on paper. The spinning base lets kids create magical mobiles and whirling lanterns for a never-before-seen “glow show” that will wow the entire family when the lights go out. Colorful, glowing shapes like planets or hot air balloons appear as if they are spinning in mid-air. The base unit doubles as a lantern with five different scenes that create cool shadow-effects as they rotate around the radiant, glowing designs created on Glow Explosion paper. $19.99, 6+

Crayola Color Wonder Sound StudioThe Crayola Color Wonder Sound Studio makes coloring a magical mess-free adventure for little eyes and ears! Kids can add fun, action-packed sound effects like dinosaur roars, motor cycle engines, giggles and even the voices of Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Disney Princesses to their coloring pages. Sounds play back when they color their pictures. Just choose a sound and add it anywhere on the coloring page to create one-of-a-kind coloring stories with surprising sound effects. Kids can also play back all the sounds they experienced while they were coloring. Sixty sounds can be matched to any image on any page for hours of colorful fun! $29.99, 3+ Buy here

Crayola Model Magic Presto DotsCrayola Model Magic Presto Dots received “Toy of the Year” honors from Good Housekeeping, Parenting and Parents magazines. The “magic” behind Presto Dots comes from Model Magic´s – a truly different modeling material that doesn´t crumble. It´s not clay, it´s not dough – it´s Crayola Model Magic. Kids can create 3-D, bumpy characters with the easy-to-use “Pop-Dot” tool that grabs just the right amount of Model Magic for building an original creature. A quick press and pop covers characters with presto dots. Pop away with different colored dots, or pop dots on top of dots to create original 3-D creatures that air-dry in 24 hours. $19.99, 5+ Buy here

So why are Crayola crayons, a holiday classic and a perennial stocking stuffer on the list? This year, specially-marked Crayola crayon boxes (48, 64, 96, 120-ct. as well as the 150-ct. Crayon Tower) include a free code that provides 6-month unlimited access to the Story Studio custom coloring book maker. What a great value! Available at Crayola.com, Story Studio allows kids to transform themselves into a cartoon character from a digital photo or web cam image, customize their character with hats, sunglasses, costumes and other fun accessories and then select a theme to create a custom story book they can print and color. Story Studio was named “High Tech Toy of the Year” by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. $5-$15, 3+

If you are planning on shopping Crayola for the holidays, be sure to download a rebate form at www.crayola.com/promos/holidayFSI/. You could save over $20!

Crayola StoryStudio picture

For the complete Holiday Gift Guide, visit www.crayola.com/gifts. Also, be sure to “Like” Crayola on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to keep up with the latest news from Crayola and special holiday deals!


We are giving a lucky reader a Crayola Glow Explosion Spin Magic, Crayola Mess Free Color Wonder Sound Studio, Crayola Model Magic Presto Dots and a 64 Box of Crayola Crayons!

To enter, leave a comment below telling us how you plan on giving the gift of imagination this year or what Crayola gift you think their child would most enjoy.

Entries accepted through 12/28

Disclosure: Crayola provided you with the free Crayola products for yourself and to give away through MyBlogSpark.


There’s still time to order for Christmas delivery!

* Before you read further, note that as of today, December 23rd, you can still have some Crayola items delivered in time for Christmas from Amazon.com.  Here is a direct link to Amazon.com’s Crayola page.