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My very own cousin and HIS GIVEAWAY!!


!!!!!!!!!!GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!!!!!!!

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I have this cousin named Brad.

And he has such a clever brain.

Well, he has entered a product design contest and submitted the coolest product.

Once you watch this video, you are sure to want your very own.

Take a look.
(and turn up your volume…)

Didn’t you just want to eat up his sweet kiddos?

What a fun way to not only build, stack, and construct…….but what a great visual and tangible concept for little ones to understand counting, grouping, multiplication, patterns, and more.

Don’t you want a set of your very own……..and 2 other sets to gift away?

Well, Brad is a finalist for a contest and whoever wins the most votes on facebook, wins a trip to meet the retailer about selling their product. How cool is that?

Brad would love to give away a set of his Brainy Blocks but he only has his one prototype for now……so he is giving away something just as great.

First, he is giving away one of his original papercutting of a peak in the Eastern Sierras of California, called Mt. Tom. (Image fits in a 4″ x 6″ mat opening.)

**This giveaway is available for anyone who votes “like” for the Brainy Blocks over on facebook here.

But Brad has decided to give away something else, just for the those who participate over here on Make It and Love It.

Have you ever read this book, Blueberries for Sal?

Well Brad has hand drawn a 16″ x 20″ ink on canvas image from this book.

Check out those perfect details of little Sal from the book. Love her.

The winner will receive this large canvas through the mail, right to their very home.

I could think of several spots in my home where this would look just perfect.

How to enter?

One entry?

  • Become a fan of Uncommon Goods here (the host of the competition). Then click “like” for the Brainy Blocks Photo Album here. (Make sure to leave a comment here and let me know that you did.)
Another entry?
  • Post about this contest/giveaway on your own blog. (And then tell me you did in another comment.)
Another entry?
  • Add this contest/giveaway to your facebook status. (And then tell me you did in another comment.)
Another entry?
  • Tweet about this contest/giveaway. (And then tell me that you did in another comment.)
Okay, and a big whoppin’ 5 more entries?
  • Tell a friend about his contest/giveaway and if they have voted (and clicked “like” for the Brainy Blocks) come back here and let me know. (And then enter in 5 more comments, telling me that you did so.)

So everyone who votes “like” for the Brainy Blocks here will automatically be entered to win the Mt. Tom paper-cut. (including those who don’t participate in the canvas giveaway here)

And then those who enter this giveaway here on my blog, will also be entered to win the sweet little Blueberries for Sal canvas. (So you could win both!!!)

And wow Brad, I sure hope you win and are able to market this product. I, along with many, want our very own set of Brainy Blocks.
Is that so much to ask? :)

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  1. Lisa Hathaway says:

    And I added it to my status on facebook…

  2. Lisa Hathaway says:

    Oh gosh, this is my mom's FAVORITE book … she'd absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this drawing (and me for giving it to her!) I became a fan on facebook and "liked" the blocks (which are really cool, by the way).

  3. sandovalita says:

    and posted about it on status to spread the word! =)

  4. sandovalita says:

    def. liked* on facebook! great idea!

  5. Cilla says:

    Yay for Brainy Blocks! I sure do like them on Facebook!

  6. Lisa says:

    How neat!

  7. PukaNation says:

    I posted this on my facebook! I think it would be perfect for my four year old!

  8. The Duncans says:

    That is a great idea my daughter would go crazy over them!

  9. Robin says:

    Brainy Blocks- I really like them. We've been very remiss in our house. I have a 6 year old boy and no blocks. These ones would be perfect. I love the added math concept.
    Oh- and of course I voted for them on facebook:)

  10. SallyB says:

    I love the brainy blocks and indicated this on FB. My name is Sally and I was given a copy of "Blueberries for Sal" as a child. It is a special book for me and my family. My 1970's copy is well worn and loved! I'd love to be able to share this print with my 3 month old daughter!

  11. Judith says:

    I'm an interpreter for the Deaf in an elementary school! I would love these for a visual lesson!

  12. Jenn says:

    I posted to my blog!

  13. Jenn says:

    I posted about this contest to my facebook status.

  14. Jenn says:

    I became a fan of Uncommon Goods, and I clicked "like" and commented on brainy blocks.

  15. Kristie says:

    I "liked" Brainy blocks, and became a fan!

  16. Amber says:

    I posted about this on my blog.

  17. kelli says:

    how do keep track of all i did to enter this giveaway? thanks for it though. :)


  18. Amber says:

    I want these blocks…I became a fan on Facebook and "Liked" them. I'm telling all my friends…not necessarily to win the prize (which I would still LOVE), but because I want him to win so I'll have the opportunity to buy these blocks for my kids. My husband is going to love this.

  19. Kadybug says:

    Just became of fan of uncommon goods and clicked "like" – contest aside I really hope he wins! I want a fabulous set of these blocks for my kiddos. We home school and these would just be too perfect for it! I would definitely buy these!

  20. Michelle says:

    I voted for him! What an awesome set of blocks!! Its about time something came out that was more durable and educational. I wish him the best of luck! I hope he wins!!!

  21. Kadybug says:

    I love the brainy blocks! Awesome idea. I love the cute video too!

  22. Brianne says:

    I know Brad! My sister, Kelsey, was really good friends with him at BYU. We're in the same stake now. My MIL is G's nursery leader at church. Small world. Go Brad!

    (This is just a comment, not an entry, I hope that doesn't mess you up :-).)

  23. Heidi says:

    I am a fan and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!!!

  24. Ange says:

    I told my sister and she voted.

  25. Ange says:

    I told my sister and she voted.

  26. Ange says:

    I told my sister and she voted.

  27. Ange says:

    I told my sister and she voted.

  28. Ange says:

    I told my sister and she voted.

  29. Ange says:

    Okay I LOVE Blueberries for Sal. It was my very favorite book growing up. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Hope I win :)
    And I hope he wins. My kids would love those blocks!

  30. The Gosfam says:

    I am a fan of Uncommon Goods and I "like" the blocks. they are very cool I would love to get my hands on those when they become available.

    mattles22 at yahoo dot com, Gosfam

  31. Megan King says:

    I "liked" them on fb…and love them in real life!

  32. Catherine says:

    I became a fan on FB and 'liked' the blocks. (I LOVE this idea! For my kiddo and and as a former teacher…awesome!!!)

  33. Deanna says:

    I tweeted about this: my user name is ldgermany312

  34. Deanna says:

    LOVE Brainy Blocks! My boys love architecture so these are right up their alley. Became a fan on Facebook! That wasn't a hard decision at all!


  35. Jan says:

    And I voted on FB. This is such a great idea.

  36. Jan says:

    I posted about it on FB.

  37. Emily says:

    I became a fan and I hope he wins. Good luck!! I really like the idea

  38. Katherine says:

    I like Brainy Blocks, both on facebook and in real life.

  39. Anna says:

    can I just say there is something similar(not same) that we used homeschooling 20 years ago? Cuisenaire rods. There are also books and materials for learning wth them…… great idea.

  40. Kami says:

    I like Brad and I like Brainy Blocks, so I told those people at facebook.

    Those are our favorite thing to play with at there house, besides Jane and Grey.

  41. Adam and Sarah says:

    I am a fan and voted "like" for the blocks. They are very cool. I know my 3 year old would have a blast with them. She LOVES building towers and princess castles. :)

  42. Lisa says:

    i voted for the brainy blocks on facebook.

  43. Gabi says:

    I like it on facebook!

  44. Crazy Gecko says:

    Oh and now I told my friends and they 'like' them too!! Wahoo!

  45. Crazy Gecko says:

    Brainy Blocks to win Wahoo!

    I told facebook I definatly 'like' them!

  46. Laura says:

    I really do like the brainy blocks. When he does make more than one set, you'll have to let us know. I voted on fb…

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