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EcoMom Review and Giveaway: Apple Pie, Anyone?

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED** My winner was Anne, with comment #113! Congrats Anne!

It’s pretty safe to say that I heart EcoMom. Lots of EcoMom products have found their way into our daily routine–from stainless steel straws and tiffins to our bamboo compost container, and even the eco-friendly decorations that brighten up my bland beige cubicle at work. And now, my son is an EcoMom devotee, too! Check out his new Melissa & Doug Wooden Make and Serve Apple Pie Set!

This fun toy is especially appropriate for my little man, because I spent the day before my induction baking apple pies. I had gestational diabetes, so apples were my go-to sweet snack during pregnancy, and I wanted to use the rest of my bag up before I went into the hospital. So, I baked and baked and baked to help ease my nerves on that long day (I found out later that my mom was doing the very same thing!)…and fresh apple pie will forever remind me of that day I spent peeling and slicing, anxiously awaiting the arrival of my precious baby boy. :)

The Apple Pie Set includes a pie crust, a segmented apple, a pie plate, pie server, wooden knife and oven mitt. All the ingredients to make a perfectly lovely little pie! I immediately fell in love with it because 1.) It’s just super cute! and 2.) It’s not a traditional “boy” toy. (I get really, really annoyed when kitchen toys are seen as “girls only.” :mad: )

All the pieces fasten together with a very sturdy velcro, so each piece stays put. I was quite pleasantly surprised at the quality of the pieces…I’m sure this set will stand up to lots of hours of playtime.

Looks good enough to eat, doesn’t it?

I wasn’t the only one who thought so! (Little Man is very into pretend eating and sharing lately…)

Nom nom nom…

So, needless to say, the Apple Pie set is a big hit. But the more we play with it, the more I realize how much potential it has for different types of play:

  • It can teach real vs. pretend.
  • It allows my son to model what he sees Mommy do in the kitchen.
  • It helps refine motor skills with cutting action and assembly of pieces.
  • We can make a game out of putting a piece of apple in one slice, and having him guess which one it’s hiding in.
  • The pie can even serve as a lesson in fractions, addition or subtraction for older children.

I have to be honest: When I first considered reviewing a toy from Melissa & Doug, I wasn’t sure it was the right fit for us. I strive to provide the safest toys for my son, and I’ve heard a lot of talk about Melissa & Doug not being quite as “eco-friendly” as they claim to be. Most of what I’ve heard seems to center around the fact that some of their toys are made in China, which strikes a chord of fear in many parents (me included) due to the lack of testing and regulations on materials and manufacturing procedures there. But I do trust EcoMom to choose their products carefully, and I like the fact that this toy does not contain any plastic, so I wanted to keep an open mind. So, I raised the question with EcoMom and asked them if they could provide any information.

Here are two excerpts from the responses I received from M&D’s Chief Products Officer:

Melissa and Doug started as a mom and dad team wanting to make different toys for their kids. They grew into a large company and are still very invested in their company. Not everything is made in China, either. Unfortunately China has gotten a really bad name for manufacturing, but Melissa and Doug’s facilities are managed by a hands on team, and all of their products have received certification based on rigorous testing. They believe in transparency, so if there’s ever a concern, they welcome questions and the opportunity to respond!

No matter how carefully we design our products, we believe there’s no substitute for TESTING, TESTING, and MORE TESTING. The key to assuring the safety of our products is not simply insisting our factories follow our instructions, but to go one step further and AUDIT, INSPECT, AND TEST, not only once, but at various phases of the production process. This is something we’ve always done.
Additionally, we specifically test our paints and coatings very frequently, to be sure our toys meet or exceed government recommendations limiting heavy metals and lead in children’s items. We have cabinets full of thousands of passing test reports, and these passing results have been verified by 3rd party independently accredited testing laboratories, considered by many to be the best scientific laboratories in the world.

 

My conclusion: The reps from Melissa & Doug were very forthcoming in addressing the China and safety issues. I’m sure they’ve heard my questions before. My concerns have to do with adequate testing and safety standards – M&D seems to fully understand the concern, and they stand firm in their commitment to upholding high safety standards. Ever the skeptic, I might limit use of these toys if my son were still chewing on anything and everything, but at this age, I feel comfortable with this toy in his toybox.

So, it’s TOO cute, right? BUY IT!

You can buy the Melissa & Doug Apple Pie Set at EcoMom for $19.98.

DEAL ALERT! Place an order before February 28, 2011 and save 15% on your total purchase using this exclusive promo code available only to ABCGP readers: SBBL663

EVEN BIGGER DEAL ALERT! If you place an order of $50+, shipping is FREE!

While you’re there, be sure to sign up for EcoMom’s Daily Deal (a daily promotion that features one great eco-item at an irresistible price!) and sign up for their newsletter!

WIN!

One lucky winner will win a $15 gift certificate to EcoMom’s online store!

Mandatory Entry: Visit EcoMom’s online store and tell me what you would buy if you were to win.

Extra Entries (One entry each. Please leave your email address in each comment.):

  • Follow @EcoMom on Twitter (Leave your Twitter handle)
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  • Tweet about this giveaway. Please use the tweet button below so your tweet includes a link back to this post. (Please include the URL to each unique tweet in your comment. Limit two per day, please, at least 2 hours apart.)

Good luck! :D

The Fine Print:
Entries will be open until March 8, 2011 at 8pm. I will choose a winner via Random.org on or about that time. Winner will be alerted via email and will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize, or another winner will be chosen.
Giveaway is open to residents of US or Canada.
Giveaway recipients may only win 1 Ecomom prize every 45 days. If you have won a prize from Ecomom within the past 45 days, you are ineligible for this particular giveaway.
I received a sample product free of charge for review purposes, but I was not compensated for my review. All opinions expressed are my own and are based on my own personal experience with the product.

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EcoMom Giveaway Winner!

According to Random.org, the winner of my EcoMom giveaways is Robin with lucky #13!

Robin said:

Actually, everyone is a winner right now with EcoMom because EVERYTHING* in the store is 33% off right now with the code 33OFF!

That’s a huge discount! AND, as if that weren’t enough, 28 random orders placed between 11/23 and 11/29 will be chosen to receive their orders for FREE, with a matching value donation given to Baby2Baby (Seriously, this is THE time to order!)

And guess who won a free order! Yup…ME! I ordered the To-Go Ware 3-tier action pack on Thanksgiving morning and I was chosen to receive my order for free! :D How fun is THAT!?

Thanks, EcoMom!

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*Excludes food, daily deals and ecopasses.

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ONE WHOLE YEAR Prize Package Giveaway!

The presents have been opened…

The cake has been smashed…

You know what that means! Now that the party is over at home, it’s time to start the blog celebration! :D

It’s been ONE WHOLE YEAR!

One whole year of getting to know myself as a mommy, one whole year of getting to know my funny little sidekick, one whole year of not sleeping through the night :( and one whole year of getting to know YOU – my encouraging, supportive, never-let-me-down online community. Without you, I may not have made it to our first Nursiversary! Yup, one whole year of successful breastfeeding…and still going strong!

To show you all how thankful I am for the year’s worth of camaraderie, I’ve assembled a prize package featuring many of my favorite items from our first year!

ONE WINNER TAKES ALL! 8O

…and, without further ado, the sponsors ARE...drumroll please

My sponsors have been WAY generous with their prizes, so please show them some love whenever you can!

My contribution? Well, a little bit of fluff, of course! We fell in love with ours, so the first prize I’d like to announce is a Kawaii Green Baby Minky Bamboo One-Size Pocket Diaper in the gorgeous new olive green color! I love this color for a boy or a girl, it’s super soft and trim, and I’m totally tempted to keep it (but I won’t.) Check out a photo here at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique. Sweetbottoms is where we get all of our Kawaii diapers, and lots of other fun stuff, too! They have a great selection and offer Free Shipping on all US orders! Woot!

Check back tomorrow for the next prize announcement! Remember, one winner takes all!

Ready for the details?

This is the main entry post. Mandatory entry and ALL subsequent entry comments must be made here. Each day for the next week, I will post a Sponsor Spotlight featuring details about one of our sponsors, and the prize they are offering! Several sponsors are also offering discount codes and special offers for the event, so don’t miss it! Each Sponsor Spotlight will include one easy extra entry opportunity, so be sure to check in each day! (THIS post is sticky, so it will not move. Scroll down my page for each sponsor spotlight!)

MANDATORY ENTRY: “Like” each of my sponsors on Facebook (while you’re there, be sure to thank them for sponsoring!)  then leave me a comment here letting me know that you “liked” them all, and which one you are most excited about! Here are the links to all the Facebook pages:

Inspired by Finn

BabyBond

EcoMom (Don’t forget…I’m hosting an EcoMom giveaway NOW, too! Enter here to win a $25 gift card!)

Hazelnut Kids

Milkin Cookies

HappyBaby

There are 3 other optional ways to enter:

1. Blog about this giveaway, or post it on a public forum. Leave me a comment on this post with a link to your post.

2. Tweet about this giveaway. Tweet must include a link to this post. Leave me a comment on this post with a link to your tweet. (Only one per day, please.) Here’s a sample tweet:

“I entered the One Whole Year #baby prize package #giveaway at ABCGP! Easy entry, ends 11/18. http://wp.me/pTRQh-v1″

3. Grab my One Whole Year button! Put it on your blog, and leave me a link here so I can find it (To those readers who got a bonus entry for grabbing the button early, don’t worry…you’ll get one entry for grabbing and one for grabbing early ;) )

That’s it! Easy peasy, right? There will be more ways to enter in the coming days, so be sure to check back and see what all the prizes are, and get your entries in! Good luck, and thanks for celebrating with us!

Sorry, this contest open to US residents only (Please note: My EcoMom giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada!) Entries will be accepted through 11/18. I will choose a winner via Random.org on 11/19. Winner will be contacted via email (please leave your email address!)  and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize package or a new winner will be chosen.

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