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West Coast Natural Toy Magic

My love of Waldorf, naturally handcrafted toys is more than just admiration of a person’s craft. When you see a toy that has tenderness infused into the stitches and wooden seams, you absorb the love that was given to make this special toy. Being a West Coaster that is connected to two of the leaders in the Waldorf play and education fields, I’m super honored to be hosting a contest with Bamboletta Dolls and Natural Pod.

I’ll start with Bamboletta. If you haven’t read their story, please click over and be ready to fall in love. The heart of Bamboletta is the founder Christina who has developed a business model that creates a better world. She has perfected a craft, taught others, and along the many years of hard work, never sold out with how the dolls are manufactured and what materials are used to make them.  Christina and her busy helpers have stayed where the dolls were created – right here on the West Coast making her magic bloom. What is new with Bamboletta since we last checked in? Over to Christina.

We’ve introduced 2 new styles last year that have been extremely popular. They are different then the traditional type of Waldorf doll as they are sewn to have more flexible limbs. Great for having a snuggle or a tea party! We will continue to do what we do, which is to create high quality dolls made with the best ‘ingredients’ we can find. I’m working hard to find more and more local sources my materials and have started working with a mill in Nova Scotia to get our yarn hair from. All our dolls are made right here in the Cowichan Valley by local moms creating a strong community of women working together with a lot of love hand crafting these dolls. They are infused with love in the stitches and will be an item that your child will eventually pass on to their child when they get older.

We are so excited to have our own Little Buddy doll from Bamboletta for this contest (her picture is in the contest box at the bottom of this article). She is so sweet and the beautiful touch at the front of her hair is a handspun yarn made by a local weaver from Cowichan Valley. Details are never left out with the Bamboletta ladies. Here is a picture of the Bamboletta shop. Doesn’t it look like Santa’s Workshop with magic and creativity bursting out the doors?

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Over we go to Natural Pod who I’ve known for many years. They were one of the leaders in the naturally made toy movement 9 years ago and they haven’t slowed down with earth stewardship. With more of a global focus now, Natural Pod has shifted their expertise to help design and build beautiful, sustainable natural play spaces, furniture and open-ended play items that foster different learning environments for children. Their mission to foster how children can develop and learn from their environment when the focus is play is so important. They continue to inspire and ignite passion for teaching with the beautiful environments they create. I invite you to check out their Fan Page and look at the pictures of open-ended play spaces they’ve dreamed and delivered over the years. Very inspiring! More words from owner Bridgitte.

We serve educators and children in childcare, home-day, preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle schools along with hospice and special needs students around the world. Raw materials for our products are sourced as close as the forests near our office on Vancouver Island and the wood we use is Forestry Stewardship Certified (FSC), supporting responsible forestry practices. Our other products are made of natural wood, wool or silk and finished in plant-based dyes, harmonic beeswax or in some cases are left naturally unfinished. The bulk of our product line is not only recyclable, but even 100% naturally compostable. Since our beginning, we have worked with over 500+ different learning organizations and have successfully delivered more than 27,000 products to our customers.

Check out how lovely this newly created classroom space is from Natural Pod.

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Now over to the fun part of this feature – a contest!  Can you imagine winning a Bamboletta Little Buddy and Natural Pod Wooden Rocker? You could pretty much call Christmas shopping a wrap if you are the lucky winner! My thanks to Bamboletta and Natural Pod who are waiting to ship the lucky contest winner these two items. The contest runs from November 13, 2013 – November 20, 2013 – closing at midnight. This contest is open to North America. Good luck!

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West Coast Clothing Contest – Open to North America

I absolutely love this contest and I’m honored that these two clothing designers have lent their West Coast fashion for all Mommy Footprint readers to learn about and enter to win! You’ve heard me talk about Pina Styles before. The silk screen designs she creates are her own and they are done with so much ocean inspired love . . I’m such a huge fan. For the Fall, their most popular item is the slouchy sweatshirt with owl, anchor, and feather design. We also have Smoking Lily joining this contest and her contemporary, comfortable, chic West Coast designs are amazing. Check out the Point Grey Dress (pictured below) that joins this West Coast Clothing Contest!! Eeep – love it!

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Just because the artists are West Coast – this doesn’t limit you from entering. This contest is open across North America and everyone could use a little bit of the Coast to spruce up their closet for these Fall months. Please pin, post, share, and enter this contest. Let’s show that clothing made with social conscience, passion and locally crafted quality is a wonderful way to shop. When I’m wearing my current Pina Styles hoodie, I feel like I’m wearing art work and walk a little taller and I’m proud to answer the questions I always receive when wearing it.  Support these stores – you’ll be so happy to discover them!  Are you familiar with how to enter this contest? Just like, tweet, or pin via the contest box below and in a little over 1 week, I’ll announce a lucky winner. This contest is for the Mommy Footprint gals, but I’m working on a men’s fashion and children’s giveaway before Christmas. So please support this contest with entries so I can offer more features for local fashion.

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Coconut Fiber Cocoze Sandals Contest

I’ve been on a mission for a few years now. Find a pair of flip flops or something easy to slip on during the summer that isn’t cheap or plastic. I’d be rich if I had a dollar for every person that suggested I just go to the Mall and buy a pair of plastic sandals. The one problem with that? They are made from PVC (cheap plastic that can’t be recycled) and this plastic doesn’t just cause huge damage to the earth but gives me a headache from the smell. But the company Cocoze has solved my dilemma and I love my coconut fiber sandals. I’m super excited to tell you why and lucky to be hosting a contest so you can try a pair!

I’ve waited 3 weeks before writing the review after receiving the shoes because I wanted to make sure the fabric piece at the toe of the sandal was secure enough to handle the punishment I put footwear through. I’ve had many a pair of sandals break at this part of the shoe (all plastic) and was worried the fabric wouldn’t be strong enough. I’ve had no issues. But I’ve kept the sandals out of the mud and water. They are not water shoes. If they get wet it’s not a problem for them to dry out, etc. but you don’t want to go wading into the ocean with them on. This hasn’t been a problem and I’ve gone on longs walks, run around my daily activities, sand, park, dirt and no issues.

I’ve also been asked frequently if they are itchy. They look like they would be scratchy from the picture but a benefit with the shoes made from coconut fiber is they exfoliate dead and dry skin from the bottom of your feet. Coconut fiber is naturally antibacterial, allows your feet to breathe, and regulates temperature. This sandal design is made to produce happy feet but if you are really sensitive, this might not be a great feature for you. I’ve had no issues and love the texture.

Back to my original issue of not purchasing plastic flip-flops. I really like purchasing non-plastic footwear when possible and because of the winning combination of materials used to produce these shoes (coconut fiber and the other is a question to be entered into the contest so you’ll have to check out the cocoze.com site) you can actually compost these sandals into your garden at the end of their life. This was probably the coolest part of getting a pair of these sandals . . . getting a great answer to the question “where will these go at the end of their life?”.

And now you all think Cocoze is amazing and want a pair to buy I have to tell you that they are only available when Cocoze is at sustainable markets or events so follow their Facebook Fan Page to find out where they’ll be selling them next!  An online component is currently in development so you won’t have long to wait.  But they are offering a pair to a lucky Mommy Footprint reader so enter the below contest and good luck! The give-away is open until August 3, 2013 to all residents in North America.

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Contest – Reusable Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold

It’s summer time and I’m thrilled to be hosting a contest! I can’t think of a more desirable addition to your kitchen this summer than the reusable stainless steel popsicle molds found at Green Planet Parties. Not only will you feel like a super star for always having a healthier popsicle treat for your kids (because they are handmade), but you eliminate packaging, trips to the store, and cost with reusable popsicle molds. I’ve been using the Onyx molds for years and my favourite trick is to dump left over smoothie into a mold. The result is delicious popsicle whenever the kids want them, made from delicious hidden ingredients like chia seeds and fresh fruit.

Seriously, by now we know that freezing liquid in plastic is a bad idea…right? The solution is simple with steel being a better option. These molds are made from 18/8 stainless steel and are dishwasher and freezer safe. This contest is open to all Canadian and US residents and is active until June 30th at midnight.  Good luck!

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My Little Green Shop Gift Certificate Contest

Mommy Footprint and My Little Green Shop are having a contest! I’m so happy to be offering safe contest options through our trusted sponsors. We are kicking off our summer contest series with a $40 Gift Certificate from My Little Green Shop. I can’t think of a more convenient and adorable store to pickup summer essentials like sunscreen, light weight organic PJs, or sun glasses to protect babies. So many options for the lucky winner of this contest! I’ve tried to make it easy by liking Facebook pages, answering a question, following on Pinterest or Tweeting the give-away. You can complete all or only one of these entry terms – each will enable your name to be entered for this contest which is active from May 21st – midnight May 26th. North American residents only please.

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