Why We Love it Wednesday and a GIVEAWAY!! CLOSED

May 9, 2012

****THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*****************


The Princess is at that stage where make believe and Princess fairy tales are the main reasons to get up in the morning. When we are in full fantasy mode she calls me Queen Momma, so I am totally supportive of it. Unicorns and fairies are also discussed pretty frequently. While I encourage her imagination...I am so happy that she finds rainbows and butterflies magical too. I love watching her get so excited about science and nature. She recently celebrated her 4th birthday and received the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden. It was one of her very favorite gifts and won my vote as well. You can see it here.

The Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden comes with a butterfly habitat, a dropper to feed the butterflies, and a coupon to send away for your caterpillars. 4 year olds aren't known for their patience, so the caterpillars had been ordered prior to the big day. Our container contained 5 live larvae.



All of the nutrients the caterpillars need are inside the plastic cup, so all you are required to do is keep it safe from your little scientist. The caterpillars grow daily and by the end of the week were chubby and ready to form their cocoons.



At this point the cocoons are transferred into the habitat and seven days later they began emerging from their cocoons one by one.



It was so fascinating how they all began and finished their transformations at roughly the same time. Caring for the butterflies was very simple and only required sugar water and orange slices.




Because the weather was rainy and chilly for several days we chose to keep observing them until the temperature was above 55 degrees. The Princess wasn't too excited about releasing them because she felt that they were her pets, but once I explained that it was necessary in order for them to be happy and healthy she was on board. They flew out one by one and then hung around the front yard for quite some time.



Have your camera ready because you can get really close to them while they are adjusting to their environment.

I highly recommend the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden. The Princess loved it and is ready for more caterpillars. The experience was awesome and she learned so much (me too!).

Vicki from Obsession with Butterflies wants everyone to have a chance to learn more about butterflies and has agreed to give one free Insect Lore Butterfly Garden to a reader!!! Her website is beautiful and has so much information about butterflies. Make sure to check out the jewelry also. The butterfly wing pendants are so pretty and different. Also, I had a question about our butterflies, and she was so helpful and responded almost immediately. Make sure to visit her site here.

For your chance to win your own habitat, tell us who in your house would be the most excited to watch the butterfly's transformation. For us, I would say it was a tie.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.  Deadline for entry is Friday at 5:00 pm CST.  Winner will be announced Saturday morning on the blog.  Winner to be chose by that crazy radomizer thing!   Be sure to leave your email address in the comments so we know how to get in touch with you.  Good Luck!!

87 comments:

  1. We did that last year as well. The kids loved it! I am not entering, I have one, but I think everyone should have one. :). Now I need to remember to order caterpillars for this year.

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  2. Hi Hallie! Chloe and Jack have been asking and asking for one of these so it would be a tie around here as well. Fingers crossed!

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  3. We have 3 who would love to add butterflies to our growing list of critters!

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  4. Best of luck everyone!
    Vickie
    Obsession With Butterflies

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  5. I have 7 year old twin boys who would love this! Thanks for the opportunity!
    Jamie

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  6. My 9 year old granddaughter would love this.

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  7. It is quite a toss-up to decide who would most appreciate the Butterfly Garden. My son is incredibly fascinated by science and would appreciate it from the technical standpoint. My daughter loves bright, beautiful things and would appreciate the beauty of watching living creatures grow. You can't go wrong choosing our household. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  8. I've got three kids here who would love it, but my smallest would be the most excited.
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. My son :) He has a lot to learn.
    tamarsweeps at gmail

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  10. my kiddos mrs.mommyy@gmail.com

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  11. My son would love this. He loves all insects.

    nickieisis3atgmaildotcom

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  12. My niece would love this.

    slb3334@gmail.com

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  13. My daughter would absolutely love this.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  15. My 4 year old daughter would love this! She would be in awe!

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  16. awww, how fun!!! I'm entering for my 3 year old. :)

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  17. All 4 of my kids(as well as my husband and myself) would love this.I home school so this could be turned into a few great science lessons.Thanks!
    lstanziani(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. I think me and my daughter would both be excited! jessicanmaddie@gmail.com

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  19. I would start it at my home and then take it over to my girlfriends home, she grows plants just for butterflies. We would watch the emergence and release into her garden.

    tes 1283 yahoo

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  20. my daughter would love it.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  21. Oh my 9 year old daughter for sure! She's all about animals and nature and I think she'd go crazy for this!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  22. I would love this for my grandsons! They are 5 & 3 years old.

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  23. i remember i had a homemade one as a kid

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  24. I would give the butterfly garden kit to my niece for her 5 kids ages ranging from 1 to 10 years old.
    kreativeshopping dot com at google mail dot com

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  25. My nephew would love this. He is always getting one type of bug or another and telling me all about them. Thank you for this giveaway.
    :)Jeanne B.T.
    jeannebates_t@yahoo.com

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  26. My daughter would be the most excited.

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. My niece Kellyn would love to watch these grow. lnb1191(at)aol(dot)com

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  28. My granddaughter would really be fascinated by this-thanks.
    mamacas10 at gmail dot com

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  29. My 3 year old is fascinated by butterflies and would LOVE this. She is always looking for cocoons outside.

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  30. my 4 and 5 year old would love this they are amazed by the steps from caterpillars to butterflies!

    boudreauxpartyof5@hotmail.com

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  31. My 4 year old son would love this!!

    Nathansmommy619(at)aol(dot)com

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  32. Most likely my kids, but then again I think it would be pretty exciting too. Fun for the whole family!

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  33. My 7 year old son. Anything science just fascinates him and he wants to explore all the whys?
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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  34. Me!Me! Oh, and my daughter wold be pretty darn excited, too :D
    yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

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  35. My 4 and 6 yr olds would both be excited
    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  36. It would be a toss up between my sons and myself who would be most excited to see this.

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  37. It would likely be me!

    askandilltell86@aol.com

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  38. My daughter LOVES butterflies and is so curious about them and always wants to trap one. This would be perfect!

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  39. My 5 and 7 year old boys would both love this!

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  40. My oldest three kids would love this. donna.marie2011@Hotmail.com

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  41. my 5 year old niece

    littleheathen9109 @ yah00 d0t c0m

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  42. I think I would be the most excited one to see the transformation. Sounds neato. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  43. I think my youngest (6 year old) daughter would love this the most. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    Tandt625 at hotmail dot com

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  44. Both of my daughters would LOVE this so much!!
    sexyhots29@yahoo.com

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  45. All three of my kids love animals and nature ,so this they would love !thank you
    natbelinsky@verizon.net

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  46. my lil guy is 16 months old and so excited when we go outside and he sees butterflies. He would love this! Thanks for the chance!
    jamie.knupp@hotmail.com

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  47. My grandson would be fascinated.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  48. my youngest daughter, 8...and my 3 year old grandson..would absolutely love this! they are both huge nature lovers..thank you!!

    momma2100 at live dot com

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  49. my grandson and granddaughter would be so excited to see this (and my daughter: she homeschools)
    ceis8009 at yahoo dot com

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  50. 3 children
    lane.family at yahoo.com

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  51. My daughter would love this!
    hollow_sins(at)yahoo dot com

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  52. All my boys...we have a smaller verison of this that we did two years ago and it was amazing. Thanks for the chance. chaselhoff at usa dot net

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  53. Around here it would be my youngest, Devon or my grandson Ian.
    discriminating_diva at yahoo dot com

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  54. Meeee, I would be most excited lol. Ok, it might be a tie between myself and my 9 year old daughter!

    TrasinaLM at gmail dot com

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  55. My son would be the most excited. He loves things like this. alicia82277 at yahoo dot com

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  56. My husband...and our daughter. ;)

    ohradishes44 at gmail

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  57. My daughter would be most excited! She is always fascinated with butterflies

    thransom@gmail.com

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  58. My three youngest daughters would enjoy this a lot. My older two for the process and my youngest because she is obsessed with butterflies.
    And I would too! :)
    plaidtoaster@gmail.com

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  59. my 7 year old would love this.she loves butterflies and is learning about them in school right now. giveawaymama@hotmail.com

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  60. I suspect my kids would really enjoy it.

    msurosey@yahoo.com

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  61. My granddaughters would love watching this!
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  62. Both of my kids would absolutely love this.
    begesw@yahoo.com

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  63. My son is turning 12 this summer and my daughter 5, but I think they would BOTH love to watch the whole process. We get a pretty big caterpillar season here and every year my kids love to go out and find them; my son has taught my daughter how to make his "Caterpillar restaurant" and it's so cute how fascinated they get. I know they would love to be able to bring them inside. Thanks for the giveaway!
    hstorm799{at}gmail{dot}com

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  64. How interesting! My daughter and I would both enjoy watching the transformation of the butterflies.
    pjames330 at aol dot com

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  65. My grandson would love this. He is always trying to catch butterflies.

    braaisjo at gmail dot com

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  66. My grandson Raineer would love this!
    spcale at yahoo dot com

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  67. It would definitely be a tie in my house as well. My daughter (4) and son (almost 3) would both love it.

    summer.tidmore at yahoo dot com

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  68. i think my 5yr old would love it most!
    hancoci_s at msn dot com

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  69. My six year old son Ferrill would defineately love this the most, however, I have a feeling my 16 year old, and me and my husband would get into it just as much!
    mmjohnson555@gmail.com

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  70. i think it would be a toss up here in the lost world...between myself and almost 5 year old mikayla! thank you for a wonderful giveaway!

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  71. My 8 yr old, Nicholas, would really LOVE this!!

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  72. OMG, my nephew would LOVE this.. he would think it's the neatest thing ever.. SO HOPING TO WIN THIS... Thanks

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  73. My son and I would really enjoy this.
    mightynaynay(at)cs.com

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  74. My daughter and son would both love it!
    Thanks for the chance!]
    trixie420247 at yahoo dot com

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  75. My daughter would love this. She always goes over to look at the moths outside and would love to see how butterflies progress as well.

    canastaxyz@yahoo.com

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  76. I'd be the one who would love this!
    klconn7 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  77. Me and my nephew :) eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

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  78. My 4 year old Lizzy would love this. She is as curious as they come and loves butterflies.
    Sticemichelle at aol dot com

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  79. My three year old daughter would love this (but I bet my husband would be ridiculously excited too!) beecasagrand at gmail dot com

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  80. My son is very interested in nature and curious how things work.He would love to experience the butterfly garden.

    CharlieGurl57@aol.com

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  81. My niece would be the person most interested in the butterflies. She loves to learn new things and is already reading. We work with her instructing her on how things work and what they are.
    lpninpain@gmail.com

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  82. My grandson loves the outdoors and looking for inscets, baby birds, bird eggs.....he puts bread out for them every time he visits me! He would looooove this!
    kpintn/at/hotmail/dot/com

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  83. My wife would love this. She would take tons of pictures!
    cbstrat (at) gmail (dot) com

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  84. would say all of us!
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  85. Contest closed. Thank you all for entering! Winner announced tomorrow.

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  86. My daughter would go absolutely nuts over this!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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