The cards each portray a horse, an inspirational message, and a code to enter at http://www.bellasara.com/.
The code adds the horse to your child's online stable, so that your child can nurture their animals, read stories and play games in the land of North of North. You can feed and water the horses, brush them, and make sure they have plenty of clean hay. There's also online "stores," where kids can "purchase" things to decorate their online cottage. It doesn't actually cost money, but horseshoes, that kids win playing online games.
Parents can choose the level of interaction that's right for their child's experience in the parents section of the site.
Starting November 6, there will be a ten-day online celebration of the Baby Bella addition. Kids will be able to qualify for daily prizes, print off birth certificates for their babies, and have access to special codes that change each day.
There will be a contest with Bella Birthday packages, special guest goody bags, and full sets of Bella Sara merchandise as prizes.
When Christian opened her Bella Sara trading cards, we had to get on the computer. Right then! And enter all of her horses' codes. She played for two straight hours that day! One day, I got on the site to see what all the fuss was about. She heard the music (which sounds like the track they play at the spa) and came running and kicked me right off the computer. She carries those cards with her every time we get in the car. She absolutely loves the Bella Sara horses.
Hubs wanted to know what Christian was playing on the computer and I explained to him it was an online site with trading cards about horses. He started grinning, and said that the daughters of some of the guys he works with are really into it, too.
It's actually a fairly fun website... even for adults! She doesn't know it, but every now and then I get on there and take care of some of her horses. There are so many things to see and do, a kid will probably never do it all.
And at $2.99 a pack, these cards would make great stocking stuffers. You can find them at most bookstores, discount chains, and toystores.
Not bad for a little time to yourself!