When I left my family to move to Utah I couldn’t have been more excited. I was going to college and pursuing my dreams. But little did I know the Utah winters would be the bane of my existence. As I approached my graduation four years later my husband and I only circled potential destinations that were warm on our map.

Texas summers have been a whole ‘nother story. While they get extremely hot, I’d much rather deal with the heat than the cold.

Big T’s birthday was a couple months ago and when Grandma asked for his wish list, a water table was at the top. We busted it out right away, but now that the temperature is heating up, it’s getting a lot of use. I’d been working on a video for their grandma to show off all the fun they’ve been having, when some friends of mine invited me to join in a Step2 giveaway. I realized that the water table they’ve been playing with is the same brand, so though this tie in would be perfect.

So a big thanks to Grandma for the fun toy!

I’m hoping to start doing a giveaway once a month on my blog to give back to my fabulous readers.–Sharing something I own and love. Consider this a start. Watch the video to see the Step2 water table my kids are enjoying (promise you’ll love it), and read below to see the fabulous giveaway where one winner takes all.


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Welcome to the It’s Terrific to be Two with Step2 Giveaway, hosted by Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy and generously sponsored by The Step2 Company.

Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy are celebrating their little boys turning 2 years old and have partnered with Step2 for a fabulous giveaway featuring gift ideas that are perfect for 2 year olds!

Gifts Under $25

2-in-1 T-ball & Golf Set: Score a hole-in-one or a home run with the 2-in-1 T-ball & Golf Set™ by Step2. This sports toy helps toddlers and preschoolers to be active in their playroom or the backyard. The 2-in-1 T-ball & Golf Set helps teach kids cooperative play as they take turn swinging the bat or putting the golf ball. Children’s coordination and motor skills will develop as they try to hit the ball off the tee or swing the golf club at the putting green. Kids can practice counting as they keep track of how many points they score during a baseball game or round of golf. The 2-in-1 T-Ball & Golf Set is sure to be a hit! Made in USA. ARV $19.99
Crayola Crayon Rider: Their favorite crayon is now a life-size ride-on toy! Zoom around the town in color with the Crayola Crayon Rider™ by Step2. This kid powered ride-on promotes gross motor skills as kids use their legs to get the wheels moving. It is never a dull moment with this exciting riding toy for toddlers! Made in USA. ARV $24.99

Gift Under $50

All Around Easel for Two: Vertical writing easel makes developing proper writing skills fun! Features a chalk board on one side and a magnetized dry erase board on the other. Includes a clip to secure artwork, two removable and easy to clean storage bins, and a 94 piece foam magnet letter and symbol kit. Available in red or pink color (winner of the giveaway can choose color). Made in USA. Accessories, dry erase board and foam magnets made in China. ARV $39.99

Gift Under $75

High Seas Adventure Sand & Water Table with Umbrella: Ahoy matey! Your little pirates will have hours of outdoor fun with the High Seas Adventure Sand & Water Table with Umbrella™ by Step2. With two different sides for sand and water, this activity table is perfect for multi-child play. Toddlers and preschoolers can pretend they are sailors at sea while they play on the water side and then arrive at a desert island when they use the sand side. The High Seas Adventure Sand & Water Table with Umbrella is also great for sensory play as little ones splish and splash the water and dig for buried treasure in the sand! The cover helps keep sand clean and dry when not in use. Made in USA of US and imported parts. Accessories and umbrella made in China. ARV $69.99

Gifts Under $100

All Around Wagon: This is a multi function wagon for nearly every use. The seats flip into a flat bed, seat, or table. The wagon has a large storage capacity and six cup/snack holders. The wagon also features an easy pull handle design, seat belts for added security, Whisper Wheels™ for a smooth ride, and a door that opens and closes for easy entry and exit. Weight limit is 75 lbs. Made in USA. ARV $79.99


Grand Walk-In Kitchen & Grill: The Grand Walk-in Kitchen & Grill™ is a realistic play kitchen with all of the features a real kitchen has to offer; except this kitchen set is for kids! The Grand Walk-In Kitchen & Grill has plenty of room for multi-child play, including an attached dining area and toy kitchen appliances that will keep kids busy for hours. This pretend play kitchen has three realistic electronic features: grill, stove top, and phone. Children can use the toy grill to cook hot dogs and hamburgers when they play make believe. The large toy sink has a swivel faucet with push button for preschoolers to pretend wash the play dishes, play food, and even their hands.“Stainless steel” toy refrigerator enhances role play by allowing kids to store their play food and accessories in the fridge. Includes a 103-pc accessory set. Great for use in an indoor playroom. ARV $259.99

What do you think? Do you have a two-year old who would love the items on this list? We’re giving away this entire set of toys to one lucky family!

If you’d like a chance to win, just enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the 48 contiguous US states only. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Good luck!

Disclosures: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Viva Veltoro, and the participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Giveaway is open to residents of the 48 contiguous US states, age 18+. Giveaway will close at 11:59PM EST on 06/16/14. One (1) winner will be selected randomly from all eligible entries.

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34 Responses to “Cooling off in the Texas heat + a $495 Step2 giveaway”

  1. Valerie Valderas says:

    I would also get the complete choo choo train combo. That looks like fun!

  2. That sand and water table looks like too much fun. :) We have a little sandbox the kids absolutely love and I know they would have even more fun with that one. I also like the Naturally Playful® StoryBook Cottage – so many cute things at Step2!
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  3. Meagan says:

    Our friends own the Play and Shade Pool, we’d love to have that. All the Step 2 products we’ve seen are fantastic!

  4. Quiana says:

    Oh wow! This is making me wish we lived in the suburbs now instead of the city. We *just* got rid of our mini-water table on our balcony cause living high up it was a pain to empty out and it got nasty. I was hoping to find a mini-one with a lid, but I haven’t been able to. And I just have to say, little man poking his belly in the video is too adorable!
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    • Baby Making Mama says:

      Thanks Quiana, that little poking the belly shot was one of my favorites in the vid. Hehe.

      We are definitely out in the ‘burbs now but I enjoy it. I like walks though our neighborhood and having a little yard. It’s not large by any means but it’s something.

  5. Andrea says:

    That kitchen is amazing. My kids would love that, even the 7 year old boy I’m sure.

  6. Emily Turner says:

    Would love any of the picnic tables or play houses for my daughter and twins on the way!!!

  7. Our Daughter just turned 1, so the Naturally Playful® Big Folding Slide would be a great addition to our yard! love this give away :)

  8. amy pugmire says:

    i like the extreme coaster.

  9. AmyRyb says:

    I’ve always thought their roller coasters looked cool, but I love the soccer ball toy storage or any of the sandboxes, as long as there’s a lid!

  10. Anna says:

    Extreme Coaster!

  11. Tracie LS says:

    For sure this! Naturally Playful® Sand & Water Activity Center. So great for the Texas heat. An umbrella outside is a must.

  12. Heidi B. says:

    The Lift & Hide Bookcase Storage Chest would be a good addition to our playroom! Thanks for offering such a great giveaway too!

  13. Shannon says:

    I would love the water table for my kids.

  14. Christine T says:

    The Gather and Grille Playhouse looks amazing!

  15. MyChau Brikshavana says:

    The water table would be wonderful for this summer. I would love to win any one of the toys though!

  16. Thai Sanders says:

    Only in my dreams would I be able to give my little princesses the Naturally Playful Welcome Home Playhouse. It is so cute and definitely enough for them to play together with a few friends.

  17. Emily Coen says:

    I’d love the play and shade pool!

  18. Margie Martinez says:

    My daughter would love the Naturally Playful Playhouse! Even though we have a community park she wants a set for her backyard lol

  19. Danielle says:

    My girls would love any of these!

  20. Paige says:

    This is such an awesome giveaway! My boy would love the wagon and kitchen!

  21. My kids would love the extreme coaster!
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  22. Heather Birdsell says:

    Its been 7 yrs since I have had to purchase the Step 2 toys.. this would make an amazing gift to my little girl for her Birthday!

  23. Selena says:

    I would love one of the houses!

  24. Jasmine says:

    So cute! Step two has the cutest push-ride on toys for not yet independent bike riders :-)

  25. Mi55Sweet says:

    I would love a swing set for my kids.

  26. E Coleman says:

    Sweetheart Playhouse

  27. jlmk says:

    Would also love the Naturally Playful® Woodland Climber™.

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  29. Ashlee Viesca says:

    I would love to have the All-Star Sports Climber. :)

  30. Jessica Flygare says:

    My kids would LOVE the prizes, holy cow! :) Cael is 2 and it is hard to keep him busy/entertained, it would be so cool to get these for him :)

  31. Jessica Flygare says:

    Also, the Extreme Coaster would be SUPER fun!!

  32. Kayle Medina says:

    My toddler would love any of these now that we have a yard! So fun <3

  33. Kayle Medina says:

    Love the outdoor play houses! Some of them are so neat, like the Welcome Home Playhouse and Sandbox.

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