Sunday, June 22, 2008

Russ Kids Bright Beginnings


I am in love with the Bright Beginnings toys from Russ. I had been looking for a quiet toy that I could take to the wedding with us a few weeks ago that would keep Connor entertained at least long enough for us to at least have enough time to get through one or two courses of the dinner. The problem is most toddler toys make A LOT of noise, and I did not want to subject the dinner guests with honking or mooing throughout all of dinner. When I came across this soft plush play set from Russ I knew that was exactly what we needed! Ok maybe a princess castle isn't exactly boyish but if the castle is not for you the Russ Activity Play sets come in more than just castles, including a train station, vets office, tool box, and even the cutest little purse. The Castle Play set ended up being perfect as once the castle door is closed you cannot see the little plush people inside. Connor had the best time opening and closing the door and taking out all the little guys inside and then putting them back. I love it as though the plush figures do make some noise (squeaking & rattling) its quiet. The castle opens with Velcro at the door and down the middle, allowing for more complex play as your baby grows. All of the Russ Bright Beginnings Activity Sets are good for children 0+ to be used first as rattles, and then more complex play later.

The Russ Bright Beginnings line offers so much more. At some point after age one children start getting interested in how their clothing works and practicing for when they need to dress themselves. The Russ Bright Beginnings Bright Buddies have to be the cutest "dressing" doll ever. Very brightly colored and super soft they make for great snuggle partners as well as offer several dressing activities to practice including zippers, snaps, buttons, Velcro, and tying bows. Though I wish they had buckles as well the Bright Buddies make up for it hug ability. There are several Bright Buddies to choose from including the pig, dog, cat, giraffe, and a cow!

Russ sent over a Duck Giggle Ball to give away to one of my readers. The Giggle Ball is perfect for any child 0+ and features the same super soft material the Bright Buddies are made of, when you squeeze a Giggle Ball it giggles. Its really quite addicting.

Russ Berrie toys are available at most major toy stores, Amazon, and even Hallmark!

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out the Bright Beginnings line on Amazon and tell us which Bright Beginnings toy is your favorite!
  • No "i want to win" stuff without a little effort (and I do mean little!)
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
  • Please US entries only.
  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end June 29th at midnight!

141 Comments:

TheAngelForever said...

What a neat line of products. I really like the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Giraffe . Thanks for the fun giveaway!

TheAngelForever said...

Extra Credit: I subscribe to your feed

Michele P. said...

I like the Bright Beginnings Activity doll-Kitty Kat, so cute!

katy said...

My favorite is the Kitty Kat. Even though we have 3 cats, that doesn't sway me. Thanks for the giveaway!

mar said...

I adore the Bright Beginnings Pig Rattle toy - that is my favorite. Thank you for the contest

Aisling said...

Oh, I really love the Bright Beginnings Veterinarian Animal Hosptial Playset.

mverno said...

the bright beginnings pig rattle

seeryusfam@msn.com said...

I'm loving the Bright Beginnings Kitty Kat. Sooo cute! I'd love to see what the Purse looks like too...I'm going to google it now!

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toasters lie said...

Bright Beginnings Activity Doll - Puppy

Missy said...

The Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Kitty Kat is adorable! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

gunzie said...

I really love this line of toys! My favorite is the right Beginnings Activity Doll-Giraffe. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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Teri said...

Loving all things PIG, I chose the Pig activity doll. The Blankee is cute too.

jceko77 said...

The bright beginnings animal booties are my favorite.
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jceko77 said...

I'm a subscriber.
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Stacey Moore said...

ella loves the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll - Cow by Russ Berrie!
great line!
thanks!
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Mary512 said...

My daughter would love the kitty kat activity doll. Great giveaway, thanks!

gkstratos said...

I love all of their Activity Dolls, especially Kitty-Kat. Thanks!
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gkstratos said...

... also a subscriber. Thanks.
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kygirl said...

I like the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Giraffe so cute!

123connie said...

Pick me!!!

LINDALSHOT said...

Character Comfy Blankie Doggie looks so cute!

louiseb130 said...

Love the Animal Booties!

jenny said...

wow how cute thay all are do i have a fav not realy i be happy to have any one of them thanks and well if i'm picked to win this i just know my little one will get a kick out of it thanks

Jenna said...

This is a very cool product line! I love all the vibrant colors. I think some of my favorite toys they have over there would be the Activity Doll-Kitty Kat and the Character Comfy Blanket-Puppy design. They just seem perfect for my little ones!

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stampedwithgrace said...

I love the castle play set; it is adorable! and the animal booties are so cute too :)

tutugirl said...

These toys are all so cute. I know my daughter would love the little activity pig. She loves pigs.

Tricia said...

Love the Bright beginnings animal plush flat puppy. Perfect 4 those little hands to grip just like the dolls w/ this adorable castle. Too cute.

guysrose said...

What great looking toys. We have not yet tried any of these but would love to! My favorite is the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll - Cow.

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Hil'Lesha said...

I love the Kitty Kat.

dolls123 said...

I like the Cow Activity Doll

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peg42 said...

What adorable toys. I love the
Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Puppy the best. Thank you so much for offering this giveaway and please enter me. Thanks.

Jennifer said...

I love the animal bootsies. I am a new aunt (for the 7th time) but he's special as he is the last baby for me & my sisters. I would love to see him in these!

Emily said...

I love the Veterinarian Set (I had to google to see it - Amazon doesn't have an image). The barnyard is a close second. I'm already subscribed to your feed, but I tend to lurk around non-knitters.

Carly & Garrett said...

I like the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Kitty Kat doll. My daughert loves kitty cats so I know she would enojy this.

Erica G said...

I like the Plush Russ Berrie Kids Bright Beginnings Elephant Lovey Blanket.

barbarabaker said...

I really love the bright beginnings "cow" and "pig" activity dolls. Even for a five year old...that's perfect for teaching kids to tie shoes...yes, my five year old refuses to tie her shoes but my 6 year old was taught by me at age 4. All kids are different, but it makes it tough the older they get.

Great giveaway!!!

janetfaye said...

Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Puppy by Russ is my favorite.

Malteny said...

My favorite is the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll Puppy - how cute is that!! So bright and colorful and lots of things to do! I love it!

Lilith Silvermane said...

I like the animal booties. Totally cute and something that is great for little ones.

mverno said...

cant't wait to win

Kari said...

I love the flat plush kitty - i love anything cats!! :) Thank you so much!!

Meredith said...

I like the giraffe the best but the pig is really sweet too! Very colorful and cheerful!

Scrappy Do said...

I would love to win this!

Anonymous said...

I love the Activity Doll Puppy it is so cute, My boy would love it!

shaunwallner at yahoo dot com

sweetsue said...

The Plush Elephant Rattle looks like it would be fun for my grandson who is just starting to hold onto rattles.

Deanne02 said...

I like the activity doll puppy. Lots of fun things to do on it. Thanks!

angelface22 said...

I love the activity doll-Kitty Kat. She is so colorful and cute!

jennem said...

Plush Russ Berrie Kids Bright Beginnings Pig Lovey Blanket is super cute and cozy-looking.

vboackle said...

i like the giraffe rattle.

stacitk@yahoo.com said...

The Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Giraffe looks fun, but I also would love to try the Duck Giggle Ball and Princess Castle Set.

soha said...

I like Rattle Kitty.

KLM39 said...

My favorite is the Bright Beginnings Active Puppy.

Anna said...

I really like the plush rattle giraffe!

littlelatina said...

I love the Activity Giraffe - How cute!

♥tnchick♥ said...

I pick the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Puppy. Cute toys - I'd love to win one for my nephew! =)

♥tnchick♥ said...

Another note to let you know that I am sub'd to your feed (via bloglines) for an extra chance. Thanks for the giveaway!

agordon10 said...

Bright Beginnings Flat Plush Rattle-Puppy because we are a dog lovign family.

3boyzmom said...

My favorite is the Bright Beginnings Flat Plush Rattle -GIRAFFE! I love giraffes:)

Anonymous said...

i like the barnyard playset
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misty said...

Pretend Play Soft Activity Tool Box would be great fro my little one. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

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misty said...

I am also a subscriber.

blueviolet said...

The plush elephant rattle is sooooo cute!

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blueviolet said...

I'm subscribed!
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Katie said...

Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Puppy is very cute and my daughter would love it. Thanks katie_mmartin at yahoo dot com.

Stacy said...

I like the dog rattle the best. But the activity cat is awesome too!

kristilb19 said...

Bright Beginnings Animal Booties 0-10 Months ... I love the Elephant ones!!!

judybrittle said...

i like the activity doll pig-so cute!

jryamada said...

Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Puppy is my daughter's favorite.

Rebecca said...

I think the
Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Giraffe is really cute!
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windycindy said...

Greetings! I like the "Character Comfy Blankie Puppy!" Please enter my name in your contest drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
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mogrill said...

I love the Plush Russ Berrie Kids Bright Beginnings Elephant Lovey Blanket!

miriama said...

Bright Beginnings Flat Plush Rattle-Giraffe. But then I have a thing for giraffes. :)

Tuesday Girl said...

I love the animal booties!
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sarahbethe said...

Very cute toys. I love the Bright Beginnings Flat Plush Rattle shaped like the puppy. Adorable!

masonsgranny59 said...

Bright Beginnings Animal Booties 0-10 Months ty 4 the great contest!

The Mama Hood said...

Bright Beginnings Activity Doll - Cow toy is my favorite because its cute and a good toy for development and learning.

PiesBonitos said...

Bright Beginnings - Character Comfy Blankie-Kitty Kat

Carrie
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nknk said...

I love Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Kitty Kat!
Thanks :)

noey718319 said...

Bright Beginnings Pig Rattle toy is great, i love piggies! thanks

Leane said...

My favorite Bright Beginnings Toy is the Castle Play Set...even if it is for girls, I think my son would really like the dragon and castle......Great find! Thanks for another Great Giveaway!

Leane said...

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bison61 said...

I like the Bright Begginings Plush Elephant Rattle

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Tracy said...

I like the cow activity doll and the puppy rattle. Everything is really cute!

Lower Mitten Kitten said...

I really like the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Giraffe . Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Suzie G. said...

The Princess Playset is adorable! It's got to be one of the cutest toys I've seen in a while. I love the little dragon! I also like the comfy cow blankie.

Danielle said...

My babe would love the Puppy Activity doll! Too cute!
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Danielle said...

subscribed!
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Poulsen Family said...

My sister just had her first baby girl and I'd love to get that princess castle for her. How adorable. Thanks for the contest. I've added you to my sidebar.

sharon said...

the Kitty Kat doll is the best!

noreen said...

Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Giraffe

Lori said...

The vet clinic would have to be my favorite.

nancy murphy said...

My favorite is definatly the princess castle and purse! I love the pink soft toys! Great baby gifts.

Russ did an excellent job with this line of toys!

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Jean said...

I like the giraffe. Thanks!

Cuddle Cottage said...

The Bright Beginnings Veterinarian animal hospital playset sounds neat:)
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Cuddle Cottage said...

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Roachal said...

I'm loving the activity pig, it would go great with our farm theme. Thanks!

yyeres said...

i like the Kitty Kat, thanks for the chance to win

txterri said...

My son really likes his Billy Bright doll. He'd get a kick out of the Giggle ball. Thanks.

CrackJunkie81 said...

I really like the Bright Beginnings Pig Rattle toy. Its boss!!!

reb said...

the kitty kat is my fave

jbubolz-miller said...

barnyard activity set

jbubolz-miller said...

subscribed to the feed

Jodi said...

I really like the Veterinarian Animal Hosptial Playset.

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jnmacdonald said...

I like the plush puppy activity doll.

Betty N said...

I love the character comfy blankies. They are all so cute, I don't know which animal I would pick...the pig, elephant, and giraffe are really cute. I would choose according to the child I was buying for.

Heather said...

I love the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Kitty Kat!

Candie said...

I loved the Giraffe activity doll. I am glad that it shows quiet activities that the children will enjoy.

Ashley said...

I really like the Giraffe Activity doll. It would be a fun way to demonstrate everyday skills to my son.

jennmalan said...

i would love the little activity pig.

Christine said...

I really like the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll- Giraffe. Very cute and it looks like it would be fun to play with too.

Ann Marie Walker said...

Omg I loved their stuff. I really liked the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Kitty Kat. My almost 2 year old would love it. Its bright and my little girl loves kitty cats. Meow is her favorite thing to do. Great Contest. I never really noticed all the stuff bright beginnings have. My daughters bday is in Aug. think I will look around some more at the site :). SweepsGirl@aol.com

arvard said...

The Bright Beginnings Kitty Kat is my favorite.

pitaharmon said...

The Giraffe Activity Doll is the cutest. Even I would play with it.

Brooke said...

The Activity Doll Kitty Cat. Cat is the only word my kid says. I think she'd get a big kick out of it.

G said...

Bright Beginnings Activity Doll - Puppy :)

Jennifer said...

I love the Princess Castle Playeset. I think my girls could be entertained for hours.

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deedleweedle said...

Vegetarian Animal Hospital

yellowlabs said...

Bright Beginnings Activity Doll - Puppy is adorable!

Barbara said...

I like the Bright Buddies cow. I mean, who doesn't like cows??

mannequin said...

Indeed, they are bright ; Bright Beginnings is a very good name for them.
I like the itsy bitsy Animal Booties ; those are just too sweet. I suppose I like the cat best, of course.

mannequin said...

Seven Dogs and a Baby sitting in my sidebar...

Lisa said...

The Bright Buddies Cow is adorable and I am considering buying it for my daughter. It's so cute!

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Mississippi Songbird said...

I love the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Giraffe.So cute..

Kathy (at) cats4me@frontiernet.net said...

The Bright Beginnings Buddy Cow is really cute...made me smile when I saw her!
This line of toys is really cute..so colorul!

carissaad said...

The Bright Buddies Cow is my favorite.

Thanks!

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carissaad said...

I'm a subscriber.

mich0825 said...

For a very little baby the Plush Russ Berrie Kids Bright Beginnings Elephant Lovey Blanket would be just the right speed .

bboyle said...

I like the Pig activity doll. I think it would be perfect for my son who loves pigs.

klp1965 said...

i love the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Giraffe :)

Elizabeth said...

I love the Activity Giraffe. My 11 month old would adored it. The pockets are so cool. and my new baby due in February could use it too. email: sweepslove17@yahoo.com

~Amanda~ said...

I love the bright beginnings doll/cat and cow! Thanks

~Amanda~ said...

you are on my sidebar!

Anonymous said...

Pig Rattle

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rosannepm said...

Princess castle

Jayme Isaacs said...

Bright Beginnings Flat Plush Rattle Puppy.ray_jay_1983@yahoo.com.

Jayme Isaacs said...

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ldrnc2000 said...

Great products! I love the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Puppy the best! I want to win! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

donna444444 said...

I like the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Kitty Kat.

Amanda said...

I love the Bright Beginnings Activity Doll-Kitty Kat. She is adorable and I know my girls would love it.

What cute products! thanks for telling us about them. Please enter us in the giveaway. thanks.

Nicole said...

Hi. I just came across your blog as I was searching (for a consumer) a product from our Bright Beginnings line (I work for Russ Berrie)! It's a newer product called Giggle Balls. You'll have to check them out!

I also have 2 young sons at home (3 years old and 17 months) so your blog is right up my alley :) Love it!

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