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Fruit Tote with Teether Toys

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Where is the first place every toy goes when the little one’s get their hands on it?  Why, in their mouth of course!  Nothing like that fun oral stage where every little thing must be tasted! This adorable little Fruit Tote with Teether Toys looks like it came straight from the market. The material is organically grown Egyptian cotton and it is made in Egypt utilizing the 13 Villages Project. Each of the pieces are handcrafted, which is always great! Looking over the product, I’m honestly in awe of their amazing ability to construct the pieces. They are insanely well made!

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As Seen in Mothering Magazine, Nov-Dec 2008 issue.

FOR AGES: The fruit toys are for newborn and up BUT The tote itself is for 2 years and up.

Your little one will have so much fun carrying their fruit teether toys in this cute little tote! Inside the tote includes: banana, grapes and watermelon. Made and stuffed with the finest 100% organic Egyptian cotton. Size of tote is approximately 6 inches long, 4 inches wide and 3 inches high. Size of fruit teether toys vary from approximately 4 to 6 inches.

13 Villages Project

Under the Nile products are made out of 100% organic, Egyptian cotton that assures their products do not come into contact with any pesticides or chemicals during the manufacturing process. The company also practices in fair trade towards all of the people involved with the manufacturing process from start to finish.  The company utilizes 13 villages through teaching and educting the villagers to make the toys. This project is providing health care and gudance for maintaining overall health. The goal is to help these communities lead healthier and happier lives.

Originally posted 2013-10-21 06:45:11.

Classic Hardware: A New Vintage Jewelry

ClassicReviewWhen I came across Classic Hardware, I was immediately drawn in.  Though not all of it is ‘my style’, there was something about it that called to me.  Repeatedly I went back and browsed their selection, trying to figure out what drew me there.  Their site is designed very well, but it wasn’t just that.  I love the classic style and the vibe it gives off.

They have many pieces that I am fascinated by, that make me smile when I look at them.  Of course, with 17 amazing artists, there are bound to be all sorts of pieces that you’ll love too!  As a matter of fact, I went back to find the name of the designer for the pieces I received and got distracted.  I know I lost at LEAST a half hour checking out the new stuff and re-doing my wish list from their site.  LOL.

The owner of the company, and one of the designers, is Karyn Cantor.  Checking out her site and seeing the amazing artists she has gathered will give you a deeper appreciation for her artistic eye!

The artist who designed the above images is named Melissa Conteras.  She has some great animal pieces, and the proceeds to the particular collection I got go partially to conserve animal wildlife.  I thought that was really cool.  😀  Though we all know I love monkeys, the elephant in this design stands out to me for some reason.  She is beautiful, as are all the animals.  I also love the zebra, as for whatever reason it too seems to call my name.

Both of the above images are from the Endangered Species Collection.  If you have a love for animals, you’ll find lots of pieces you have to have!  Personally, I don’t buy animal skinned or anything that looks like it just because I don’t want to support even the idea that it’s okay, but the pieces in this collection let me show my love for animals without any implication or representation of harming animals.  I think that’s one of the reasons I love this particular collection so much!

The sponsor asked me to point out a site that they support, Born Free USA and I am putting them on my list to support now!  Don’t let the name fool ya, they support causes all over the world.  I’m particularly pleased that they have a section of Canadian Projects, among other things.  I have a very dear friend who is Canadian (as well as a great aunt that lives there now) and my friend has given me a love for her country through her shear passion for it!  😀  (You can check her out at Journeys of the Zoo)  Moving on though…  LOL.  Born Free USA supports some great ways you can help out wildlife, as we all know not all of society is remembering that these beautiful creatures are an invaluable source of so much goodness to the world!  Jump over and check them out, perhaps you’ll add them to your list as well!

Getting back to my review, there was really only one thing that I wasn’t quite pleased with.  The bracelet is an 8 inch bracelet but due to the design of the pendants, it fits wrists a little smaller than 8 inches.  I easily solved that problem with a trip to Hobby Lobby by purchasing a link to add onto the end.  It doesn’t take away from the design and now it fits comfortably.  Problem solved!

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Originally posted 2013-09-24 09:30:01.

#Naturepedic Organic Pillow

pillows_reviewA good night’s sleep can leave one feeling better than anything else.  So many people today are complaining that they either can’t sleep, are always tired, or don’t wake feeling rested.  While the environment one sleeps in plays a huge role in that, the tools one utilizes makes an even bigger difference.  Sleeping in a position that allows one’s body to rest in a natural manner is so essential that there are literally millions of combinations one can create with thread counts, mattress types, pillows and even pajamas!  The key is finding the right combination for you!

Finding that perfect combination can take years.  One thing that I have learned in my quest for the most comfortable night’s sleep ever is that one cannot *gulp* fully depend on sales and clearance to get that combination right…  I know, that one is hard to swallow for all you deal seekers like me out there!  That isn’t to say that you can’t find great deals, just a realization that the pillows I get at Christmas sales for $3 aren’t the most effective pillows for my quest of the perfect night’s slumber!  They will, however, work just fine for the guest bedrooms and kids to sleep on.  LOL.  So, don’t despair, there is no need to put that off of your list of things that you ‘need’ to go out on Black Friday for!

I mentioned I found my perfect pillow, I know you are sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to get to the details so here goes!  My husband and I sleep in very different positions.  He likes his pillows to be flat so that he can sleep with his arm under the pillow.  I however like to have my pillows thick so that I can prop myself up on them as I sleep.  There is a good chance that is weird, but then if you’ve been around the Zoo long, you know I’m a pretty weird cat!  LOL.

We each got a pillow from Naturepedic that fit our sleeping habits, my husband’s first reaction to his new pillow was “Sweet, I don’t have to break it in, it’s perfect!” After a few months of using it, it is still the same as it was when we first got it.  I had feared that it would flatten more and become uncomfortable, as pillows so often do, but I was happily proven wrong!

Now on to the comfortable one…  Um…  I mean mine.  LOL.  One thing I hate about pillows is that they so quickly become smashed down (at which point I’m ready to give them to the hubby and get another!)  Surprisingly, after three months of use my pillow is just as plump as when I got it.  If you think three months isn’t en0ugh to smash a pillow, remember that I have narcolepsy so I sleep way more than one’s average 6-8 hours.  I sleep about 14-18 hours.  Lame, I know.  It is plenty of time to get a pillow broke in though!

If you are in the market for some good sleep, I highly suggest getting yourself one or two of these fabulous pillows!  You will NOT be sorry!  I assure you!

Organic Kapok/Cotton Pillow

  • OUTER FABRIC
    Luxurious 300 thread count organic cotton fabric
  • FILLING
    50/50 blend of organic kapok and organic cotton
  • GOTS Certified organic
  • Spot clean only
  • Available Options:
    LS54: Standard Size (20″ x 26″)
    LQ54: Queen Size (20″ x 30″)
    LK54: King Size (20″ x 36″)

Organic Cotton/PLA Pillow

  • OUTER FABRIC
    Luxurious 300 thread count organic cotton fabric
  • FILLING
    100% plant based PLA fiber
  • Machine Wash & Dry (only if necessary)

Pillow Of Choice Giveaway

One lucky winner will have the choice of pillow type and size!

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Shirley J Mugging Gift Set

IMG_4893Hey everyone!  If you are ever in need of a quick sweet snack, you’ll wanna try Shirley J’s awesome Muggings!  Not only are her mugs adorable, the mixes are super tasty too!  We’ve tried all the ones pictured, not all at once though we did run out way too quickly…  Well, all except those two that I may or may not have ‘forgotten’ back for a ZooKeeper Pick Me Up Day!  These are great to have on hand for a quick snack, easy dessert or just a good sweet fix!  I think they’d be amazing gifts for college students too!  You can add things to the mixes or enjoy them as they come, either way you are gonna love having these on hand!  There are plenty of ‘in a mug’ recipes online, but I don’t think they hold a candle to these!  My absolute favorite was the Chocolate Brownie Cake!  I added some peanut butter chips to it and was in a momentary heaven on earth for a bit!  It hit the spot, that’s for sure!

IMG_4926We really loved the mugs, too.  Santa’s Mustache was quickly Monkey’s favorite and I am a sucker for a snowflake!  They are huge, so they’ve also become my favorite coffee cups as well!  Perfect for hot chocolate!  With all the mugging going on, it will be your new favorite baking mugging dish!  A quick couple of minutes in the microwave and you’ve got a piping hot cobbler, cake or even no-pan pancake ready to go!  They have one recipe that is gluten free also!  I’ve noticed lately that gluten free is getting quite big these days!

Let me just say, if I can get Monkey to type her thoughts on something, it must be good!  Writing is not her favorite thing, nor does she want to excel at it.  LOL.  So, to show you how wonderful she thought they were, here’s what she wrote:

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The “Shirley J ‘S Mugging” ‘chocolate brownie cake’ was a very tasty treat. It actually tasted like a hot chocolate cake. It could be baked a little bit more but thats the only problem i had. i added some white  chocolate chips and they added some gooeyness. I suggest to get some icing for regular cakes and putting it on the brownie cake.

And it was good it had a profound taste and I felt like I was eating at a fancy restaurant!

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