Enter to Win our $100 Natural Children’s Products Giveaway!

What Would You Buy If You Win Our $100 Giveaway?

We haven’t done a giveaway in a while so we thought it would be fun to thank our customers and fans by  running another giveaway.  We had a hard time choosing which item to give away so we decided who better would know what you would want to win than YOU?

So we are giving away a $100 code for our website which will allow you to choose a few goodies for the important little one’s in your life.  Then you will have the task of choosing between the Lana and Kallisto Organic cotton stuffed animals, or maybe you prefer organic dolls from Keptin-Jr, or our Balance Board?

We have partnered with Shareandtell.com which will administer the contest.  Simply click on the sidebar and earn entries when you follow on Twitter / like us on Facebook and share the contest on these social media channels.

Contest ends February 10th at 9pm PST.  Good Luck!



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The Challenge & Fun Website will be Down 1/18 to Protest SOPA

In support of those around the web, and in support of small businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit, our website will be down on 1/18 to protest the pending intellectual property bills that are making their way through Congress (SOPA) and the Senate (PIPA).  We understand there are problems with intellectual property violations throughout the web, but as one commentator put it, the law uses a hatchet where a scalpel would do.

This bill is eerily similar to the government’s approach to children’s product safety when it passed the CPSIA, and the dreadful effects of that law on small manufacturers and importers of natural toys.

You can read an excellent synopsis of the law at Copyblogger.

We hope you will take the time to contact your Congressman and Senator to encourage them to vote down these bills and to use common sense in the future to pass bills which will encourage small business development, not crush it.

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The Power of a Doll

(Reprinted from a November 2008 post, in honor of today’s Daily Deal)

Picture yourself at a busy airport security checkpoint occupied with removing your shoes, keeping track of your laptop, etc, when you hear the blood curdling shriek of a young child. You look around, and you see your two year old yelling and crying at the top of her lungs (and believe me, she has strong lungs). The fear and desperation is apparent to everyone as she frantically points to her doll, sticking out of a bin just as it enters the x-ray machine. We hurriedly go through the scanner, while trying to calm her down (unsuccessfully) and the TSA staff quickly grabbed the doll at the first chance they got and rapidly handed the doll to our tearful daughter.IMG_4329

I knew my daughter loved her doll, but this was another reminder of the bond that exists between a young child and their doll (and similarly, stuffed animal).

The above incident occurred last Wednesday as we were on our way to exhibit our products at the Green Festival in San Francisco. It wasn’t long before I could see for myself the universality (and rapidity) of this bond.

As the Green Festival was a consumer exhibition, full of families, we saw toddler after toddler walk into our booth, and walk directly to the Keptin-Jr baby dolls. They picked them up, hugged them, danced with them, “changed their diaper,” sang to them, etc. The power of a doll in the life of a young toddler was very clear.

We too love this doll, for its simplicity, phthalate free vinyl, organic cotton, the fact that it is filled with wool (rather than polyester). But if you ask the many “mothers” and “fathers” of these dolls, why they love their dolls, I am pretty sure they haven’t considered any of these “practical” features, rather it is a little more “magical” and not so easy to put into words.

Do any of your children have a Keptin-Jr doll? We would love to hear your experiences. Do you have any doll stories of your own (regardless of the brand of the doll)? We would love to hear that too.

Be sure not to miss out on your chance to grab one of these dolls in our Daily Deal today!

New! Deal of the Day Program

‘Tis the Season for deals and steals, and we have both for you! Starting today we are offering a deal of the day that will make you smile! Each day we will be offering a new deal on one of our products. We are launching with one of our very best products….the Organic Cotton Dragon from Lana. This dragon is stuffed with pure wool, and lovingly made in Turkey.

As we get going we will also be offering ways that you can share the deal and win prizes. The more fans we have on Facebook, the better the deals will get, so be sure to spread the word!

Also, for our wholesale accounts, coming soon will be our Wholesale Deal of the Day (for Retailers only), with great deals for you to be able to stock up on some great things, and perhaps try some things you haven’t had in your store before.


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