Toddler Dinners: The Sew Curly Giveaway!

Sew Curly Chalkboard PlacematsI’ve talked about the need for dinner time entertainment sometimes to keep a kid engaged at the table. Sometimes you need that little bit of incentive or novelty to win them over. So when Kristina sent me her chalkboard placemat description for a giveaway, I thought GENIUS! A functional and FUN way to have dinner.

The mat’s are made of a oil cloth material that is easy to clean and the chalk can easily be wiped off with a damp towel. The other great thing is that it can roll up easily into your purse or diaper bag for dinner out! The other side wipes clean of applesauce and yogurt residue as well. There is even a little pouch to hold the chalk!

When Landon got his, he was super stoked. So excited to draw at dinner. Though funny enough, due to distractions, I think the mat would be better for us parents snice it takes Landon like 45 minutes to eat :). Maybe I can work on my drawing skills while he makes up stories about his peas and chicken.

I just love the concept of novelty and this takes the cake because it keeps my table clean too! With all that said, let’s give away a set of 4 placemats from the lovely Sew Curly!!

Check out how to enter below. Because Dolphin is pending any day now, let’s wrap this up on Friday at noon EST.  I will announce the winner if I am not predisposed 🙂

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also be sure to visit the Sew Curly shop to see all the wonderful handmade goodies available! She does custom work as well as premade.

Dinners from the week:

toddler dinner 1
toddler dinner 2
toddler dinner 3


Toddler Dinners is my weekly series of posts to explore the world of feeding munchkins. Each Monday I will post our previous week’s meals and a rating on how they went as well as discuss numerous issues we all face. Find out more here.Also be sure to follow me along throughout the week with your creations on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #toddlerdinners.


  1. We tried the hotdog jellyfish this past weekend while my parents were visiting….
    4 year old nephew LOVED them.. totally wow’d him and he ate every bite!
    2 year old daughter…. said, they were “broken” and wouldn’t touch it. replaced broken hot dog w/ a “fixed” one… and she asked if we could cut it up for her?

    We couldn’t stop laughing.


  2. We are going through a “throwing” phase at dinner time. I get hit in the face with spaghetti last night. Luckily dad came in with punishment because I was fuming! Love the give away.

  3. Getting my son to try some of the conventional kid foods like Mac and Cheese or any pasta. Homeboy gags when he tries them:-(

  4. Love your toddler meal ideas, I have a lot of food trays with a lot of compartments so it gives me some great ideas for what to feed my 3 year old (even though she isn’t a toddler anymore).

  5. at the moment, my daughter will eat ANYTHING and in HUGE quantities… My biggest hurdle at the moment is that she wants to eat all of her food, then all of mine as well! Of course, I anticipate this may change drastically soon, but for now, getting enough to eat myself since she’s gobbling down all my food is our problem 😉

  6. another one of those cool things I wish had invented 🙂 biggest problem…..keeping my little guy still to eat 🙂

  7. My 2 year old girl loves to eat bread with everything, my biggest hurdle is that she piles it in her mouth, even when I cut it into pieces.

  8. Timing. We get home from day care and my daughter immediately wants to eat, or cries to be held while I am trying to get food ready. I try to hold off temper tantrums with fruit while I make up dinner but usually by the time protein and veggies arrive, she’s decided she is all done. Trying to get it all on the plate at the same time, without screaming toddlers, is a challenge I just can’t figure out how to overcome.

  9. “…I think the mat would be better for us parents snice it takes Landon like 45 minutes to eat…”

    Amen! We have a bad case of slow eater. And every excuse to get up, do something, and then come back to the table and nibble. I’m about to set a timer for him. But these are so cute, he could draw on them while I’m cooking too!

  10. Ha! Right now its that I don’t have toddlers. But I’d love these mats for when I do. & maybe for us to play with til then!!

  11. My daughter is only 13 months so most of the time she’ll still eat anything. Lately, she doesn’t like any vegetable unless I put it on a fork and then kinda hide it behind something else (like poke a piece of carrot and macaroni so the macaroni is the first bite off). I hand her the fork and she’ll feed herself. Getting her to eat vegetables is definitely a challenge though.

  12. Our biggest dinner hurdle is getting our daughter to sit in her own chair. She is 22 months and can’t manage more than like 15 minutes without getting down or having to sit on one of our laps

  13. Keeping Mae at the table is our biggest hurdle. I remember going through this with the older two, but man is it still the worst. In an effort not to derail dinner time for the rest of us, and not to turn it into a battle of wills with her, she flits off. Not ideal, but it works for us.
    (not really, cause she rarely actually sits & it pisses me off…but whatever. OKAY?!)

    • I can so relate to this! Rebecca is only 2 and she just can not sit until everyone is done. Kate (5) & Caroline (4) have a hard time with the fact that she gets up but I try to remember (and remind them) that they did when they were 2, too. The placemats are actually the only thing that gets Rebecca to sit through the whole meal. Most days. 😉

  14. My biggest hurdle is getting my daughter to eat something other than pasta! She wants pasta all day every day. She actually ate broccoli today and I almost fainted. :0

  15. Biggest hurdle? VEGGIES! We have tried every which way to get J to eat veggies. It’s a pretty big struggle for us 🙁 But I have noticed that he will eat “some” veggies at school. Thank you, peer pressure! It’s ashame we can’t have the same effect on him 😉

  16. Reid’s a great eater but the biggest issue we have right now is him screaming to eat our food. It doesn’t matter if he just finished his food and probably isn’t even hungry anymore, if he sees us eating he is like a dog begging for food. And by begging I mean screaming at us until we share with him. 🙂

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