Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

When I was little, my sister Danielle and I would play “apartments”. Apartments is just like playing house, except, well, you live in a apartment. I would live in one apartment (one of the bedrooms in our house) and down the hall, Danielle would live in another apartment (another bedroom). We each had a mailbox, of course. And we had a library. And we would have a store too, where you could buy stuff.

We also called this playing “Jenny and Sally”. I was Jenny and she was Sally. I would say that Jenny and Sally were hip, young women, living out on their own. Our sister Shana also played with us some times, but it was always Danielle and I….Jenny and Sally.

Jenny and Sally, or playing apartments, is something that was remembered by all as we entered adulthood. Shortly after Danielle passed away last November, my Dad and I talked about our Jenny and Sally days. He loved those memories. And so do I.

We didn’t have a lot of money as kids, but we found all sorts of different ways to play, use our imagination, and have fun. Playing “apartment” or “Jenny and Sally” was one way, and there were more. The memories we created together are the ones that allow me to hold my sister close in my thoughts.

In honor of my special Jenny and Sally memories, I am holding a giveaway.

When I saw this Melissa & Doug Grocery Basket, which is part of the Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty Holiday List, I thought about how cool it would have been for Danielle and I to have this for our pop-up grocery store when we were kids.

Let's Play House! Grocery Basket with Play Food

I would have set up all the groceries, just like a real grocery store, and Sally would have come and picked up her basket and did her shopping. She’d have to pay me, of course, with money that we made out of whatever paper we could find. Our pretend play was already fun, but this would have made it even cooler.

Melissa & Doug Grocery Basket

Do you have a child in your life who would also love the Melissa & Doug Grocery Basket?

If so, enter on the Rafflecopter below and you could be my lucky winner. For even more chances at winning gifts from the Terrific Twenty list, enter at — they are giving away a gift every day!

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Good Luck!

Disclosure: Melissa & Doug are providing the prize for this giveaway and will also be providing me with a 2012 Terrific Twenty Holiday Toy.

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Brandie Valenzuela is a food blogger and writer at Home Cooking Memories. She lives in Las Vegas, NV where she enjoys cooking, baking, modern-day recipe keeping and making everyday memories with her family. She is known to have an extremely normal obsession with cupcake liners, ribbons and office supplies.


  1. Tabitha Pyle says:

    she loves to make believe that she has a restraunt.

  2. Matt Stringham says:

    My daughter loves to play with her picnic basket and go on picnics with mom and dad!

  3. My sister and I always liked to play restaurant. We also played school quite often.

  4. My twins would love this! Though they may fight over it, so would have to purchase another one! ;)

  5. Me and my siblings loved to play school! We would make each other write assignments and everything!

  6. Lindsey D. says:

    We don’t have a pet, so my kids take turns pretending to be a dog while the others feed them doggy treats (Cheerios)

  7. I know a little chef that will be needing this to go with her new kitchen after Dec 25 :)

  8. we love to play with our dolls.. shes a great lil mommy :)

  9. Julie Ghrist says:

    I would give this to my son… he loves playing with his kitchen set

  10. I would give this to my three year old son. :) Thanks!

  11. The wee ones still love playing in the kitchen and pretending like they’re making some of the items we make together for real. I LOVE kitchen toys!

  12. Kathy Murphy says:

    My friends daughter Bree would love this

  13. my sweet baby granddaughter…we could play all day with these

  14. Laura Jacobson says:

    I would give it to my grandson Carter! I am planning on getting him a kitchen set for Christmas cause he loves playing with the food so much at daycare!

  15. My sons would love this! We love to make believe :)

  16. debbie jackson says:

    brea loves to play pretend and this would be perfect debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  17. I would give this to my nephew thanks

  18. This would give this to my daughter. She loves to play cooking and with her diner kitchen.

  19. I would give this to my niece, she loves to cook and go “shopping”. Thanks for offering this giveaway

  20. I just *LOVE* Melissa & Doug toys!!! I would give this to my kiddos-they would have way too much fun with it!

  21. Valerie J. says:

    My daughter would love it!

  22. I would give this to my 2 year old.

  23. My son pretends he is cooking dinner with his play doh

  24. I would give this to my daughter.

  25. My kids would love this.
    Thanks for the chance!

  26. domestic diva says:

    I would give this to my kids.

  27. Nicole Larsen says:

    I’d give this to my daughter! She has the Melissa and Doug cookies, pizza, and cake sets already lol!

  28. My son loves helping me in the kitchen and grocery store- he’d love this!

  29. Thanks so much, I’m so excited to see what my niece thinks of her new gift :-)

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