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Back-to-School Giveaway: Smooshies Plush Toys

by Tara Kuczykowski on August 20, 2009 · 392 comments


Tune in all week for hot Back-To-School Giveaways. We’ve got some great prizes for the kids, with a couple of special prizes to pamper mom!!! Look for a new 48-hour giveaway each morning and each afternoon, and be sure to check out all of the current giveaways for other great prizes!

Today's giveaway is especially for all the younger siblings who stand at the window longingly watching their big brothers and sisters head off to school!

Aren't these fuzzy little guys just about the cutest thing ever? Smooshies are basically a fuzzy pillow with velcro arms, legs, features, hair, etc. that allow your child to express their creativity. You can find extra parts to increase the combinations at Michael's and Joann Fabric's.

I don't know which of my kids was more enthralled with the Smooshie. My youngest just loves to snuggle and cuddle with it. But he's also enjoying ripping off random body parts and waving them around with delight. Note: Smooshies are intended for kids ages 3 and older, but I let me little guy give it a whirl while closely supervised.

The older kids got a little creative and got a kick out of seeing what "kooky creation" they could come up with by putting body parts in unusual places. I didn't anticipate my oldest showing much interest, but even he surprised me and decided to get in on the fun.

One lucky Deal Seeking Mom reader will win a complete Smooshies kit, ready to be snuggled and played with!

To enter, leave a comment and tell me about your favorite toy as a young child! Was it something soft and cuddly and sentimental or something that sparked hours of imaginative play?


Every reader has four methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, three, or four for up to a total of 4 entries!!!

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. What was your favorite toy as a young child? Do you still have it? Do your kids have something similar?

2. Add Deal Seeking Mom to your blogroll or add my badge to your sidebar. Make sure to come back and leave the link to your site in a separate comment!

3. Join the new Deal Seeking Mom Forums to chat about your great finds, special coupon codes, and chances to win exclusive giveaways. Leave a separate comment letting me know you've joined or that you're already a registered user!

4. Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed. Lovin’ my subscribers! You guys make this all possible.

(1) Smooshies kit

This giveaway ends at noon EST on Saturday, 8/22. I’ll use to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email on and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!


1 Donna Krum August 20, 2009 at 11:58 pm

My favorite toy was the alf doll, the one that you put the cassette into his back and he would sing to the music. My son loves trains, my oldest daughter is getting into barbie dolls, and my youngest likes anything that the other two are not playing with at that moment! They're 4, 2 and 11 months.

2 judy brittle August 20, 2009 at 11:59 pm

My favorite toy was my Barbie doll. I played with her for hours and my mom would sew some beautiful outfits. Thank you!

3 judy brittle August 21, 2009 at 12:00 am

I joined your Forum.

4 judy brittle August 21, 2009 at 12:00 am

I'm a subscriber.

5 Shelly August 21, 2009 at 12:17 am

I added you to my blogroll. :)

(sorry if this is a double computer froze and I don't see the previous comment.)

6 Erin August 21, 2009 at 12:26 am

I loved, loved, loved (and still do) the Spirograph. I kept mine in the original box with all the pieces. It was my most prized toy.

7 paula August 21, 2009 at 12:58 am

my favorite toys as a young child were the fisher price little people house, school and garage. my kids have little people toys today but they just arent the same at all. i wish wish wish my mom had kept them all. my daughter would have a ball creating her own weird looking smooshie!

8 Misty August 21, 2009 at 1:24 am

My favorite toy was my Little Tykes toy car, red with yellow roof, kid powered. I was THRILLED to finally have a kiddo of my own and find they still make these! Said kid also loves her car, and would love that Smooshies kit, too!

9 Sarah August 21, 2009 at 1:37 am

My favorite toys were fluppy dogs and Barbies and my one Ken doll! I still have all of my Barbies and Ken in a container, but fluppy was lost. However, I just recently found a pink one at Goodwill for $1.00. Made my day!

10 Leah Rosenbaum August 21, 2009 at 1:55 am

Waffle blocks from Little Tikes. I might try to get some on Ebay for my daughter or we will have to settle for Klicks.

11 Denise August 21, 2009 at 2:21 am

The Easy-Bake Oven

12 Starfire921 August 21, 2009 at 7:34 am

Cute, cute, cute! My granddaughter has minor c.p. and this would be a wonderful toy to use with her Physical Therapist! I will be on the lookout at the store to pick one of these up for her if I'm not the lucky winner! Have a blessed day!

13 Vanessa August 21, 2009 at 7:59 am

When I was 2 my parents gave me a stuffed bunny that was bigger than me for Easter. When I went off to college my mom convinced me it was time to give it up. :)

14 Heather August 21, 2009 at 8:10 am

I loved Care Bares when I was little!

15 Heather August 21, 2009 at 8:10 am

I am a Subscriber!

16 Heather August 21, 2009 at 8:10 am

I'm a member of the Forums: nwadeals

17 Theresa C August 21, 2009 at 8:57 am

My baby boy (whose now 4) would have so much fun with this guy. Boys are all about being able to rip things and destroy their toys. lol

18 Theresa C August 21, 2009 at 8:58 am

I am a subscriber

19 Pippi August 21, 2009 at 9:10 am

I loved my stuffed animals when I was a kid. I'd line them up on the bed, put on a cassette tape, and "conduct" my stuffed animal choir with a spaghetti noodle!

20 Nic August 21, 2009 at 9:42 am

My fav toy was a huge raggdy ann doll my mom made me. It was 4ft tall. However, she ran out of time before giving it to me so it only had hair around the crown of the head. The back of her head was bald!

21 Trish August 21, 2009 at 9:46 am

I loved My Little Ponies :)

22 Deborah August 21, 2009 at 9:57 am

My favorite toy was my cabbage patch kids...I took them everywhere! I still have them and my daughter has her own!

23 Deborah August 21, 2009 at 9:57 am

I am an email subscriber!

24 Deborah August 21, 2009 at 9:57 am

I am a registered user of the forum!

25 Laura Duncan August 21, 2009 at 10:36 am

I had very few toys growing up and would play with the ones I had over and over again. I loved to play with colorforms sets. I would set for hours pealing off the the pieces and arranging them in the just right way to make the picture. My kids have no interest in them...LOL

26 Laura D August 21, 2009 at 10:37 am

long time subscriber :)

27 Priscilla Hennen August 21, 2009 at 10:56 am

Oh my son would love this, we saw them at the store and he thought it was the greatest. :)
My favorite toy was this glow worms house I had, for the little plastic glow worm toys. I would spend hours creating all different sorts of trouble for my one favorite glow worm to get into. :D

28 Priscilla Hennen August 21, 2009 at 10:56 am

Also, I am an email subscriber! priskilla21@aol dot com

29 Sheena August 21, 2009 at 11:26 am

When I was five I got a "keyboard" that looked like a big floor mat. Walking on the keys made it play. I wish I had another, but I don't even know what they were called!

Coincidentally, now I'm a piano teacher. :)

30 Suzanne JC August 21, 2009 at 11:30 am

My favorite toy was my Teddy Ruxpin!! Anyone remember those? It was a bear that read to you, and sometimes he would just talk on his own, that was creepy!

31 Danielle August 21, 2009 at 11:39 am

I had every single care bears there was. I also loved strawberry shortcake, which I still have.

32 rachel0 August 21, 2009 at 11:47 am

My favorite toy was the barbie perfume factory. I remember the Christmas I got it and will never forget that feeling (or that rose smell!) I don't have it anymore, but I found a special perfume that's a grownup (and much more expensive!) version of it.
No, neither of my boys have anything like it!

33 rachel0 August 21, 2009 at 11:50 am

Just joined the forums (can't believe i didn't do this sooner!)

34 rachel0 August 21, 2009 at 11:50 am


35 rachel0 August 21, 2009 at 11:54 am

Added to my blog list.

36 norma August 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm

my rainbow bright doll was the best! I always wished to look like her : )

37 norma August 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I am an email subscriber, thanks!

38 Amanda R August 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm

My favorite toy as a child was a cabbage patch kid. My mom still has her. My kids don't have anything similar because they are all boys ;)

39 Amanda R August 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm

I have added you to my blogroll

40 Amanda R August 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm

I am a registered user of the forums

41 Amanda R August 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm

I subscribe to your feed

42 Stephaniex33z August 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm

As a child, I lovedddd lisa frank branded stationary!

43 Stephaniex33z August 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I'm a subscriber

44 Stephaniex33z August 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I joined the forums!

45 Jennifer Elton August 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I liked books as a young child.

46 Jennifer Elton August 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm

i subscribe via google reader

47 Wendy August 21, 2009 at 1:03 pm

My favorite toy was a cupie doll named "Little Pearl" named after my grandmother that raised me. Once we went camping 1/2 state away and our suitcases flew out the back of our truck. We didn't realize until we got home. Needless to say I was very upset as a child b/c she was in one. 3 days later, Highway Patrol called and said she was safe. (They had found something with our names on it). Of course, we had to drive back. LOL (Well, probably not so funny to my folks)

48 Astad August 21, 2009 at 1:13 pm

My favorite toy was my Little Professor. It's a handheld "game" that gives you math problems to solve. Yes, I know - pretty sick, uh? =)

49 Astad August 21, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I am subscriber! Thanks for your work and efforts!

50 Michelle Cline August 21, 2009 at 1:27 pm

My favorite toy - Barbie, hands down! I had several, and still have them (in the attic). I alway thought that my daughter might like to have them some day.... I don't have a daughter, though, LOL! Maybe I'll give them to my neice!

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