Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Traveling With Children: Entertainment {My Busy Kit Review & Giveaway}

{This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to those who entered!}

This product is featured as part of a week of Traveling With Children necessities.

Aside from eating, I knew the main thing that would be necessary for traveling with Big Sister E would be entertainment. Kids are happy when they are occupied with something that can hold their attention and keep them busy, right? Particularly when stuck on an airplane or in a car, it's beyond important to have just the right combination of things to color, play, create and discover. Any parent knows that without that, the boredom can lead to all sorts of whining, crying and misbehaving.

But who wants to go to a bunch of different stores to buy a million and one little trinkets that may or may not really be all that interesting to children? It would be nice if someone could have tested a huge variety of things beforehand and could tell you all the ones that kids really like. And wouldn't it be nice if they could all be found together in one portable, colorful, fun package?


I made sure to keep the My Airport Busy Kit I packed hidden from Big Sister E until the perfect moment arrived to pull it out and show it to her while we were flying. Not only was she getting a little fidgety, but I was beginning to feel the effects of traveling and was looking for a way to keep her happy while I could lean my head back and relax for a while.

You can imagine that when she saw the shiny, clear tote bag (made out of phthalate-free vinyl) being brought out and caught a glimpse of the array of fun items inside, I was definitely not needed any longer. I think the hardest decision was which cool thing to play with first. The markers? The stickers? The measuring tape?

Created for ages 3 and up, the My Busy Kit was stock full of age-appropriate activities and goodies that could be used in any number of ways depending on Big Sister E's creativity and imagination. She had a great time coloring in the activity pad or on the wooden shape sticks, finding out that the scissors cut a neat pattern and discovering all the variety of ways to play with Wikki Stix.


The founders of My Busy Kit, Lorraine Akemann and Annabel Heinemann, are moms that are familiar with keeping kids occupied, as between them their five children have traveled around the world and survived in part due to their innovative bags. Not only inventors, these entrepreneurs also give back to their community and write a successful blog, Keeps Me Smiling, that includes a variety of great hints and ideas to share stories and recommendations to make life a little better. What inspiring women!

Whether you are looking for a way to keep your child occupied on a plane, in a car, at a restaurant or just on a rainy day at home, My Busy Kit takes the guesswork out of figuring out what to bring and neatly packages it all together for you. A huge bonus (and eco-friendly plus) is that the cute bag is reusable, so you're easily able to refill it with items that have run out or your child's personal favorites.

Ready to avoid some squirming and complaining from your child the next time they have to sit or wait? Thanks to the generosity of My Busy Kit, one person will have a great surprise to pull out the next time it is needed, because...

One lucky person will win a My Airport Busy Kit of their own! ARV $19.95!


To enter to win a My Airport Busy Kit: Visit My Busy Kit and tell me which of their products is your favorite AND where it would most come in handy for the child in your life.

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

1 Extra Entry if you suggest an item (not currently included) that you think should be added to the My Busy Kits.
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1 Extra Entry (per giveaway entered) - Enter any (or all) of the giveaways running on Thanks, Mail Carrier for the duration of this giveaway.
1 Extra Entry if you follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the tweet below and leaving me the link. Tweet daily for an extra entry every day!

My Busy Kits provide endless creativity & imagination! WIN one @thxmailcarrier from @keepsmesmiling! http://bit.ly/9dwshs #win #giveaway

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Giveaway will end on March 25th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

A huge thank you to My Busy Kit for providing a My Airport Busy Kit for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. What a great bag of entertainment! The opinions shared are my own and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Christine Jensen said...

I would pick the My Busy Kit for Boys and it would be great for long car rides!

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Jennifer said...

I like the My Busy Kit for Girls and it would come in handy when we go on the 12 hour road trip to grandmas

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one frugal lady said...

My busy kit for girls would be great too! I could use this for entertainment for my toddler girl! I have 4 month old twins, so we are always at the doctors office for them!
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Sylvia said...

I like the My Busy Kit for Girls
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Kathleen said...

We take quite a few roadtrips a year. My boys would like the magnifying glass and the wiki sticks.

Kim said...

also love: My Busy Kit for Boys (age 3+) we'd use it on flights!

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Debbie Jackson said...

I'd pick the busy kit for car rides with my grandsons. jacksond@nhr3.net

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MelissaAggie98 said...

I would pick the My Busy Kit for Girls...this would come in handy during the long wait at the Dr.'s office!

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rainmommy said...

oh wow what a great idea. i am taking 2 kids (3yr & 10) on an flight to Florda this summer and boy am I ever dreading the flight that is estimated to be about 8 hours! Yikes! I hope I win!
I like the little pig flash loght in the girls kit the best. :)
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i would like to see an etch a scetch. one of the mini ones
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Ellen C. said...

The kit for boys would be great to keep my son busy while we go to doctor appointments. Thanks for the chance.

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shortnsweet said...

I just blogged about your My Busy Kit contest at http://shortnsweetsreflections.blogspot.com/2010/03/traveling-with-children-necessities.html

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I just became a fan of My Busy Kit on Facebook

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My favorite kit would be the My Busy Kit for Boys (age 3+). My grandchildren live in CO and we live in OK so road trips are often. My grandchild, age 7, is a little hyper and I think this kit would help keep him occupied.

shortnsweet said...

I think an age appropriate BINGO game would be a big hit. They could have the squares filled with common items found while on a trip and a small stamper to stamp the picture when one item is seen. The kit would include a pad (or two pads) of BINGO sheets so more than one game can be played.
It would be nice to have two varieties...one for flying and one for driving.

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Anonymous said...

i would choose the my busy kit for boys. this would be for my little grandson. i think he would love this!
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Rachel C said...

The busy kit for girls would be great for trips to grandparent's houses.
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susan said...

I also love the My Busy Kit for Boys and this would so come in handy when we travel (which we do quite often).

susan said...

I'd love to see a kit containing a magna doodle or some kind of drawing item without the mess.

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Paul and Cristina said...

My buusy kit for boys. We just left all our family in FL and are living in MA so it would be great for the airplane trips!

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Stephanie said...

My Busy Kit for Boys looks great too. Going on a trip across the pond this summer with my toddler and this looks perfect!
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cstironkat said...

I like the My Busy Kit for Boys (age 3+)this would keep the boys busy during the 3 hr trip to Grandpas.

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I would like to see a book added to the kits.

Dawn said...

I like the My Busy Kit for Girls.

theladya said...

My fave is the My Busy Kit for Girls (age 3+). This would be great for my niece when she's with her grandparents on the weekends when they want to go for a long car drive because she usually gets restless. abailey_crace@yahoo.com

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Elena said...

I like the My Busy Kit for Boys and it would be handy for our road trips.
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I would love to have the My Busy Kit for Boys for my son to play with while he is at his sisters events.
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Katrina said...

I would pick the My Airport Busy Kit and use it on a plane

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Anonymous said...

I like the Boys Busy Kit. My son would love the tape measure in the Airplane kit. Great idea!

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My Busy Kit for Boys for a trip to TN!

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ChelseaF said...

I think the My Busy Kit for Boys would be a great gift to my Nephew, for him to use while they travel to visit us!

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wigget said...

i most like the My Busy Kit for Boys which would be great when traveling to grandma's

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ellie said...

The My Busy Kit for Boys is my favorite. It would be great for my 5 year old grandson who has a 45 minute car ride twice a day to and from my house.

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