Sunday, October 23, 2011

Playful Peanut Review & Giveaway

I am excited to tell you about an adorable Canadian company called Playful Peanut.  Like many small mom run businesses, Kari-Ann and Amanda started their business to stay at home with their little ones and to create handmade boutique quality products.  The item that I noticed first at Playful Peanut was their "I Spy Bags".  They are a fun and unique toy for toddlers who can seek out various items in a bag with a small window for them to seek through.  I think the words "fun" and "unique" are the best way to describe Playful Peanut.  For this review, they sent me a balloon cocoon to try out with the kids.  Admittedly, I had never heard of a balloon cocoon before but it's a cute idea that makes playing with balloons a bit safer for kids.

The Review

I let Aleena and Connor try out the balloon cocoon in our living room yesterday.  Of course, as soon as a balloon came out, mayhem ensued and they turned into crazy monkeys.  They certainly tested out the resilience of the product by poking it, prodding it, throwing it, squishing it and even jumping on it.  I realize it's not immune to be popped or broken but I imagine a balloon popping inside the cloth cover would be less traumatic than one popping without one.  Actually, the balloon is still fully inflated inside the cocoon today so the kids were able to play with it again.   It wasn't so crazy the second time around and they mostly just tossed it and chased it around.

Aleena eating the balloon cocoon..better than eating the actual balloon!
The Mayhem!

Aside from cute unique toys, Playful Peanut sells a variety of handmade items including the following list that I borrowed from them: Toddler Belts, Snap Belts, Nursing Covers, Hair Clips, Bibs, Burp Clothes, Sock Monkeys, Car Seat Canopies, Soother Clips, Chalk Place-mats, Quiet Books, Quilts, Change Pad Covers, headbands, Balloon Cocoons, Snack-Loc Bags, and Wet Bags.

They have a lovely Website, Etsy shop and Facebook Page with LOTS of things for sale.  I love the designs and all the interesting items they've created.  They have great taste in fabrics for their products especially the cute girls' dresses.  If you're looking for some excellent handmade gifts for Christmas, there are some great options on their Facebook page in particular.  It has the most selection right now based on what I saw today.  I also noticed that they're making the rounds to some craft and Christmas shows in Manitoba so you can watch for them if you're from that part of the country.  They post their sale information on their Facebook page so that's the best way to stay up to date.

If you somehow don't find exactly what you are looking for on their site, you can contact Playful Peanut and they would be happy to customize an item for you.

The Giveaway

Playful Peanut is giving one lucky winner their very own balloon cocoon and $25 to spend on Playful Peanut merchandise.  (Shipping is additional or you can include the shipping in the $25 gift amount.)

I will be using www.random.org to select the winner of the contest.  You must make each entry in a separate comment below.

How to Enter:
1.  Visit the Playful Peanut Website and/or Etsy Shop and let us know what you like the best! 
2.  "Like" Playful Peanut on Facebook.  Feel free to let them know I sent you!
3.  Follow A Sophisticated Mommy via Google Friend Connect.
4.  "Like" A Sophisticated Mommy on Facebook.
5.  Share this giveaway and let me know how.  (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Forum)

This contest is open to Canada and the US.  The contest will end on Sunday, October 30th at Midnight Saskatchewan Time.  I will announce the winner on Halloween Day.

Here are a few other things that I love from Playful Peanut.

Adorable Dresses
I Spy Bags
Personalized Super Hero Capes
The pattern of the balloon cocoon that the winner will receive.

59 comments:

  1. I like the wetbags or the chalk placemata

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  2. tweeted about giveaway
    http://twitter.com/#!/tlsofmommyhood/status/128429817300402176

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  3. I like a Sophisticated Mommy on FB!

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  4. I follow ASM with GoogleFriendConnect!

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  5. I tweeted the contest but since I'm a newby at tweeting I have no idea how to share it here...

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  6. Already a follower of ASM via GFC.

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  7. i love the sock monkies

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  8. I already follow asm on fb and I shared the link on fb.

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  9. I like the Wet Bag or the Sock Monkey :)

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  10. I liked them on facebook.

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  11. I already follow you on Facebook :)

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  12. Good timing, we had a balloon explosion last night and I was pretty paranoid that I didn't get all the little pieces picked up! So I definitley like the balloon cover thing!

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  13. Liked Playful Peanut on facebook.

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  14. AND already liked you on facebook!

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  15. I'd be all over that toddler belt...my kid refuses to grow too....or that i-spy bag

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  16. i like the wetbags and sleepsacks
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  17. "Like" Playful Peanut on Facebook - tara e
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  18. Follow A Sophisticated Mommy via Google Friend Connect
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  19. "Like" A Sophisticated Mommy on Facebook - tara e
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  20. shared on Facebook :)
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  21. Love the wet bags! Great fabrics!

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  22. I like Playful Peanut on Facebook!

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  23. I really like the sock monkey's . They are so cute!
    jennifer(dot)a(dot)hunt@hotmail(dot)com

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  24. I follow you on GFC

    jennifer(dot)a(dot)hunt@hotmail(dot)com

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  25. I like playful peanut on FB!
    Jennifer Hunt

    jennifer(dot)a(dot)hunt@hotmail(dot)com

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  26. I like a sophisticated mommy on FB

    jennifer(dot)a(dot)hunt@hotmail(dot)com

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  27. I like the wipes case
    tannis_z at excite dot com

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  28. like playful peanut on fb
    Tannis W
    tannis_z at excite dot com

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  29. follow your blog via gfc
    tannis_z at excite dot com

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  30. like you on fb
    Tannis W
    tannis_z at excite dot com

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  31. shared on facebook
    tannis_z at excited dot com

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  32. I like you on Facebook

    Caitlin S

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  33. I like Playful Peanut on Facebook

    Caitlin S

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  34. I think the Chalk Placemats are super cool

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  35. Shared the giveaway on my blog

    http://allaboutthechaosbaby.blogspot.com/2011/10/local-giveaway.html

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  36. I love the I spy bags and the chalk placemats!!

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  37. I love the zippered snack lock bags

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  38. I love the coocoons in the funky fabrics. Makes me want a newborn again.

    Tamara Huckle

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  39. I Like "A Playful Peanut" on Facebook.

    Tamara Huckle

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  40. I Like a Sophisticated Mommy on Facebook. I am not on GFC.

    Tamara Huckle

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  41. I shared the giveaway on Facebook

    Tamara Huckle

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  42. I already like playful peanut on fb but I'll look for sophisticated mommy now too!!! I have the toddler snap belts they're awesome! I love everything they make!

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