My Kids Are Pigs

In honor of my one year blogoversary this week, and to say thank you to all of you for continuing to read and support Mommy of a Monster, I’m hosting an entire week of reviews and giveaways! Yay!
Be sure to check back all week long for additional giveaways!

Not literally, but figuratively speaking all three of my kids are pigs. When they are eating. Food goes everywhere. I’ve tried putting those plastic table cloths under their chairs to catch the flying food, and they just throw it farther. Ethan is just messy and doesn’t pay attention when he eats. But the girls? Try to make a mess. I even gave up in feeding them food in bowls because they pick them up, turn them upside down, and put the bowls on their heads. Feeding time at the zoo is a pretty accurate way to describe meal time at our house.

Enter Frecklebox. is a unique site where you can purchase truly special, one-of-a-kind personalized gifts. There’s a large and impressive selection of personalized gifts like personalized books, coloring books, puzzles, posters, party favors, stickers, journal books, placemats, growth charts and more.

So when they asked me if I’d like to review their products, of course I wanted to check out the personalized placemats. They have a very large selection of different themes for both boys and girls. You can have anything printed on them that you’d like. The placemats are sturdy but flexible, super easy to clean (that’s very important!), and the kids loved them.

The kid leaves a trail of crumbs wherever he goes…
Lila got a mermaid, and yes, she’s giving The Business
Little Mia, the princess, actually smiling for a change
I also was able to get Tater one of the personalized coloring books, and he LOVES it! He was so excited that his name was in the book with dinosaurs.
Frecklebox has so many cool gift ideas that for my nieces and nephews, I’m going to start ordering birthday gifts from here. The customized personalized puzzles would make my niece N so happy!
My nephew that will be a year old in May? I am getting him a personalized growth charts.
I even have a niece in high school that would probably dig the personalized notebooks!
And there are still a ton more options in the Frecklebox personalized gift catalog. You can find just about something for everybody!
I was so impressed with their product selection and quality, that I emailed them back and asked if they would be willing to give one of my lucky readers an opportunity to get placemats for their children…and frecklebox offered even more than that!
One lucky reader is going to win a $40 gift card to choose whatever they’d like! Just visit the Frecklebox website, and then come back and leave a comment telling me which product(s) you would buy with your gift card.
If you want extra entries, you can…
LIKE Frecklebox on Facebook (leave me a separate comment after you do)
FOLLOW Frecklebox on Twitter (leave me a separate comment after you do)
TWEET about this giveaway on Twitter (leave me a separate comment after you do): Hey everybody! @mommyofamonster has a cool @frecklebox giveaway for your chance to win a $40 gift card!

Good luck!

And so it goes…

I received free Frecklebox personalized products for hosting this review and giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by any other source. I was not compensated to provide an opinion of the product or Frecklebox. This giveaway is open to US residents only. It begins on Monday, March 14 and will end on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using The winner will be announced on Monday and must respond with a current mailing address within 48 hours to claim. Otherwise, another eligible entry will be chosen.


  1. Anonymous says:
    Hi! I would buy the placemats. I have a glass kitchen table so these are very much needed. I loved the early bird, busy bee and airplane designs!

    I also tweeted about your giveaway,
    and am follwing frecklebox on facebook and twiter! Thanks For sharing this company with me cute stuff!
    Charis~ ChicThoughts
  2. Galit Breen says:
    How adorable is this?! Of course I would love these (Who wouldn't?!) I'm off to follow and like and so on, but first: Happy Blogoversary week!! EX-CIT-ING!!
  3. Happy Blogoversary week, sweet friend!

    I did a Frecklebox giveaway last year. Their lunchboxes are super cute, too!
  4. Claire would freakout if I got her a coloring book with her name on it. What an awesome site.

    And congrats on the blogversary! I am so glad that you are blogging. :)
  5. I would get Abs a clipboard and Dylan a placemat. Well, until Frecklebox makes a personalized bubble for me to put around him while he's eating. I have a feeling he would be right at home with your mess-makers!
  6. I tweeted, too :)
  7. And following on twitter :)
  8. What cute gifts and for the record, my kids are a complete disaster at meal times too, I'm impressed yours are even in chairs!
  9. the mombshell says:
    Happy Blogversary!
  10. Happy Blogoversary! For what it's worth, my 3 girls (6, 2, 2) are a complete disaster at meal times. Food everywhere. Clothes stained. This morning, for instance, they were eating yogurt - with their eyeballs. And the wall and floor really enjoyed the majority of it.
    I love the personalized gifts. The journal would be excellent for my oldest - she is completely into writing her thoughts down. The coloring books and stickers for my little ones would be a hit.
    This is an awesome giveaway!
  11. I like Frecklebox on FB too!
  12. I love books so I would get some for the kiddos! Wow a year already, great job!
  13. The Empress says:

    the girl and her bidness.

    I LERVE her. xo
  14. I'd get one of the books -- the adoption book, maybe, for CJ . . . though we chose him well before we knew his smile....maybe "CJ Saves the Planet" and "Leila and the Unicorn" in soft-cover . . . conveniently $39.90 together :-)
  15. MommaKiss says:
    happy blogiversaryholidaypartythign!   I'm SO loving their puzzles! Especially this Arrrgh pirate one:
  16. congrats on your blogoversary! can't believe it's been a year already :) love the frecklebox stuff! i would probably get either the coloring books, personalized books, or school notebooks.
  17. I would buy the rock band placemate, lunch box, coloring book, the rock & roll growth chart...I could definitely spend way more than $40 at frecklebox! Thanks for the recommendation, and I'll keep my fingers crossed I'm the winner! :)

    Congrats on the blogoversary too!
  18. Such a great giveaway!! I would choose the __ Goes to the Zoo hardcover book :)
  19. I 'like' Frecklebox on FB :)
  20. I would love to buy a personalized lunch box for my 2 year old if I won the $40.00 gift card.
  21. I already LIKE frecklbox on facebook.
  22. Funky Mama Bird says:
    I would get the firetruck placemat. Gunnar would die. Seriously. He would die to have that on our table.
  23. Suzanne Lewis says:
    I would buy the sight words pad and named coloring book for my DS with the gift card!

    suzanne underscore lewis at hotmail dot com
  24. Suzanne Lewis says:
    I like Frecklebox on facebook!

    suzanne underscore lewis at hotmail dot com
  25. Amber Page Writes says:
    All their stuff is adorable! But I am a fan of the Early Bird placemat. So cute!
  26. Jamee @ A New Kind of Normal says:
    I love Frecklebox! I would def invest in the personalized placemats! Abby has learned to play in her food :)
  27. Jamee @ A New Kind of Normal says:
    I tweeted!

    anewkindofnormal (at) gmail (dot) com
  28. Jamee @ A New Kind of Normal says:
    I "liked" Frecklebox on FB!

    anewkindofnormal (at) gmail (dot) com
  29. uh, personalized coloring book? yes please.

    wait, was i supposed to pick out something for Alex?
  30. I liked Frecklebox on Facebook.
  31. We would buy the clipboards to use in homeschooling. The personalized names would stop the current disagreements about whose is whose. :)
  32. I follow Frecklebox on Twitter.
  33. And I tweeted about the giveaway as well!
  34. Hi. I just recently started reading your blog and love it. I have a little monster at home myself (we lovingly refer to ours as the monstrosity) and one's on the way. Fun times are had by all!

    On to the giveaway. I checked out Frecklebox and loved it. I would immediately buy the placemats and the growth charts and I'm sure more things in the future. Thanks!
  35. I would so get some notebooks for my niece going into high school and placemats for my little two. Oh so cute!

    pua (at) dinomomma dot com
  36. Leighann says:
    Happy blogoversary!!
    I would buy the pkacemats my daughter is just learning to feed herself so they would come in handy!!
  37. Following them on twitter!

    pua (at) dinomomma dot com
  38. Liked them on facebook!

    pua (at) dinomomma dot com
  39. Leighann says:
    I tweeted as well
  40. I tweeted!

    pua (at) dinomomma dot com
  41. Stephanie says:
    I LOVE the ladybug placemat!!
  42. Stephanie says:
    I also tweeted the giveaway!
  43. Sluiter Nation says:
    holy crap! How would I ever pick! I do know that I love the Funky Monkey place mat for Eddie...and I like the DJ monkey growth chart for him.

    but really? I totally want the whole store.
  44. Sluiter Nation says:
    I like on facebook!
  45. Sluiter Nation says:
    I follow on twitter!
  46. Sluiter Nation says:
    and....I totally tweeted.

  47. Kimberly says:
    I would choose the Space Growth Chart for my son!
    kcoud33 at gmail dot com
  48. Kimberly says:
    Like Frecklebox on Facebook
    kcoud33 at gmail dot com
  49. Kimberly says:
    Follow Frecklebox on twitter (@kcoud33)
    kcoud33 at gmail dot com
  50. Kimberly says:
    kcoud33 at gmail dot com
  51. Congratulations on your one year anniversary Natalie! How time flies, doesn't it?

    There is so much to choose from on their website..I love all things personalized so it's a difficult decision but I would say the personalized coloring book because I can't imagine a more unique gift!
  52. What neat stuff!!

    Growing up I could never find my name spelled correctly on anything.
  53. susanlanai says:
    I'd probably get the My Name Is Personalized Book.
    susaaan at gmail dot com
  54. susanlanai says:
    Tweeted ~!/susanlanai/status/48185231315959808
    susaaan at gmail dot com
  55. My niece and two older kids would be so excited to get the clipboards!! They love to draw, all of them.
  56. I follow Frecklebox on Facebook. :)
  57. I follow Frecklebox on Twitter (and "like" them on FB--whoops!)
  58. I tweeted about the giveaway! Again, Happy blogoversary!
  59. Stickers, stickers, and more dino stickers, is what Babe would heart most of all.
  60. Alex@LateEnough says:
    E has a personalized placemat but N doesn't. So I owe her.
    Oh and happy happy blogiversary my friend!!


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