Monday, March 1, 2010

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Giveaway & Review: Baby Star "Rock the Tote" Diaper Bag (ARV $60) [CLOSED]

It finally happened! The day has arrived that we are able to down-size from a weekender-sized tote bag to a more manageable (and more attractive) diaper bag. When we only had one child, it was easy. When the twins came along, however, we found that we had to carry diapers/training pants, wipes, a change of clothing, toys, and a long list of other things for three children. Now that our oldest is 6, he no longer needs me to carry anything for him aside from a die cast car or two.

The Baby Star diaper bags from the "Rock the Tote" line are for parents who have not given into the idea that diaper bags should be boring and conservative. Baby Star offers tote-style diaper bags, as well as infant clothing and accessories, for families who like to be seen in style.

My husband and I chose the 18" x 15" Kaleidiscope Print Tote Bag, which is made of BPA-free, formaldehyde-free, azo-free, and phthalate-free laminate. It also comes with a Baby Star logo BPA-free wipes case and a changing pad.

I've had the chance to personally carry this bag on a few family outings. I was surprised at how much it actually holds. I also like that there are deep pockets on the interior walls, including one with a zip closure. The laminate seems to be durable and wipes clean easily. I thought that the changing pad was a little on the small side for toddlers, but it would be perfect for infants. The reinforced webbed handles appear to be strong. I like how they are rolled at the top. Sometimes the diaper bag can become quite heavy and the rolled handles make it more comfortable to carry for long periods of time.

The "Rock the Tote" diaper bag retails for $60, but is on sale for half off through March 3rd, 2010. If you miss the sale, you can still receive 20% off retail when you check out with Code: star20 through the end of 2010. Also, make sure you check for the Baby Star weekly special.

To keep up with the latest products and promotions, you can sign up for the Baby Star Newsletter, follow Baby Star on Twitter, and fan Baby Star on Facebook. If you are a mom who is active in your community, then you may want to find out more about the Baby Star Ambassador Program.

Thank you to Baby Star for sending us a sample tote bag free of charge to base this review upon and for providing another tote for our contest winner.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive a Baby Star "Rock the Tote" Diaper Bag. (Winner's choice)

This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.

How to Gain Entries:
Take a look at the products offered by Baby Star. Then leave a comment telling me which product appeals to you the most. You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

Extra Entries:

1) For 5 extra entries, leave a relevant comment on one of my non-giveaway posts. Then leave FIVE separate comments with the name of the post on which you commented. You will earn 5 extra entries for each different non-contest post you comment on.

2) For 5 extra entries, enter one of my other contests. Leave FIVE separate comments here telling me which contest you entered. You will earn 5 extra entries for each contest you enter.

3) For 10 extra entries, blog about this contest linking back to this post AND . Then come back here and leave TEN separate comments with the link to your blog post.

4) Friend me on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Facebook profile.

5) For 1 extra entry EACH, follow Baby Star on Twitter and/or Fan Baby Star on Facebook. Remember to leave a separate comment for each (with the link to your Tweet or your Facebook profile) if you complete both.

6) Follow me on Twitter. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Twitter profile.

7) Tweet about this giveaway linking back to this post. Then come back here and leave the link to your tweet in a separate comment. You may do this once per day until the end of the contest.

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(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)

Random Drawing:

This contest will be closed on Thursday, March 18th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!