Peppercorn Kids Review

 Peppercorn Kids :: Review :: 10% Off :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBFor the little girl who lights up your life, on her birthday or any special occasion.

She’ll love the bright and cheery colors and you’ll love how they make her glow and brighten up her sweet world.

:: Exotic Paisley Headband in Scarlet Red$10 :: Tassel Fringe Necklace in Orange/White $17 :: Fish Bracelet/Anklet in Blue $12 :: c/o Peppercorn Kids :: Review

Have you ever bought something blissfully adorable for a darling kiddo, but despite your anticipation that she’ll immediately put it on, twirl and grin, she frowns and hands it back? Or worse. Yeah, this happens. And it’s totally disappointing. But despite living that scenario many times before, that is not what happened when Zoe peeked into the Peppercorn Kids package I presented to her. Her reactions? Total glee as she put on the necklace all by herself (oh thank you, magnetic clasp!). Utter amusement with the “fishy” bracelet and an outstretched arm to try it on. And a sparkly “thank you mommy!” when I brushed her hair out of her eyes and held it back with her new, vibrant headband. And to be honest, we rarely have headband success.

But it’s not just the quality or the cuteness of the PK products that got my interest. This is a company that cares about kiddos and the world they live in. Peppercorn Kids partners with St. Jude’s Hospital, a non-profit cancer research children’s hospital, to give hundreds of head scarves to children who have lost their hair to chemotherapy through The Rainbow Mission. In addition, PK proudly supports World Vision, a non-profit organization that works hard to help exploited children around the world to find hope and new life.

You’ll frequently see that I shine a light on companies with strong missions and beautiful intentions, and those things are quite apparent in Peppercorn Kids. When you give a child a PK gift it can serve as a great conversation starter to discuss St. Jude’s or World Vision, especially when a child is ready for an introduction to the importance and significance of philanthropy.

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:: Weekend brunch with Gigi and Grandpa at Alto Cinco ::

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Celebrate Earth Day with an Eco-Friendly Gift

Happy Earth Day :: Solmate Socks :: ~$20/pair :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Your greenest girlfriend will adore these playful, recycled-cotton socks.

But truly, anyone who likes bright colors and cozy toes will love a pair!

(comes in colors and sizes for guys, littles, and babies, too)

Buy here for ~$20/pair

Note: Solmate Socks are made of pure whimsy and cheer! Marianne Wakerlin, aka the Socklady, has spent about a decade and a half imagining the most darling mismatched socks. She holds a serious commitment to protecting the environment, which is why GWB is so thrilled so show off her knitted goods in celebration of Earth Day. “Like” this small town Vermont company on Facebook to keep her company in mind when you’re buying gifts for your most mindful friends.

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Box Subscription Review: Citrus Lane

Citrus Lane :: Monthly Box Subscription Review :: 40% off Coupon :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Citrus Lane caters to the age of the recipient, making this gift

perfect for baby shower or for a toddler on her birthday.

For 40% off your first box click here and use code TAKE40

Note: Citrus Lane provided quite a delightful afternoon for my lively 3 year old, Zoe, this past weekend. We opened the box on the back porch and she dove right in. As you can see from the pictures, she played with the Green Toys Build-a-Bouquet playset, made hand prints and drawings with Eco Kids Non-Toxic Natural Finger Paint, ate a snack size pouch of organic chocolate cookies by My Super Foods and listened along to book on CD while flipping through the lovely illustrations of If You’re Happy and you Know It by Anna McQuinn. After doing a little research I can happily confirm that I paid about a quarter of the price of these items when packaged together in a Citrus Lane box– and not a single item went unused by our young tester. I’d call that a win.

So how does this work as a gift? You can buy a subscription for the lucky kiddo or baby for 3, 6 or 12 months. Then, once the recipient (parent) gets the gift notice, she can enter the code into the “Redeem A Gift” section of the website. Citrus Lane will ask for the child’s birth date to ensure age appropriate picks. Don’t forget: for 40% off your first box click here and use code TAKE40 at check out.

Zoe & Citrus Lane Box

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Freshly Picked Giveaway

Freshly Picked Giveaway :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Look familiar? This isn’t the first time you’ve seen Freshly Picked moccasins featured on Gifts with Bows, but it is the first time GWB is hosting a Freshly Picked GIVEAWAY! The event runs today through Friday, April 24th! One winner will be selected to receive a FREE pair of moccasins in any  color and size (no fee to ship!). There are a wide range of styles for girl and boy babies and toddlers.

Enter with 3 quick steps:

1. “Like” GWB on Facebook

2. Then, write a comment on this GWB Facebook Post

3. Finally, share this GWB Facebook Post

Past actions count– for example, if you already “like” GWB on Facebook you are still eligible to participate. I will announce and contact the winner after Friday, April 24th on the blog.

***UPDATE: Congrats to our winner, Devora M.! ***

Freshly Picked by Susan Petersen features baby moccasins, totes and apparel. FP baby mocs aren’t just darling– they are molded for comfort and they actually stay on. Zoe is so blissfully happy to bounce around in her soft FP gold mocs and even refers to them as her “jumping shoes”- a necessity for her indoor trampoline. Freshly Picked is sponsoring this giveaway, but all opinions about their moccasins are my own.

Can’t wait? Buy here now for $60

All photos taken during a family brunch at Alto Cinco (definitely recommend the Tofu Scrambler, pictured below). Catch glimpses of Grandpa and Gigi (my parents) with Zoe and Ari. Zoe is wearing the gold moccasins c/o Freshly Picked.

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Freshly Picked Gold Mocs on Zoe 3Alto Cinco Tofu Scrambler & Tea

Zoe with Gigi at Alto CincoFreshly Picked Gold Mocs on Zoe 4Ari with Grandpa at Alto Cinco

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Magnetic Block Set by Tegu

Tegu :: 22 Piece Block Set :: $60 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Magnetic blocks? You can already picture their sweet little eyes widening.

Buy a 22 piece set here for $60 (Amazon PRIME)

Note: These magnetic blocks are as beautiful as they are fascinating. How do they get the magnets inside, anyways? Creators Chris and Will Haughey have done far more than design a toy set to inspire a child’s imagination, they have intentially grown and developed Tegu in Honduras to foster a positive social impact.They established a fully independent toy factory, pay employees a living wage, prioritize long-term career growth, and plant enough tress to fill a football field for every tree they use to harvest wood. If you’re wondering, that’s a ratio of 1:983. Plus, Tegu partners with a local school to support working families. Needless to say, giving Tegu as a gift is worlds away from giving any building block set.

“You can’t teach creativity; all you can do is let it blossom, and it blossoms in play.” -Peter Gray, Psychologist and Research Professor at Boston College, and Author of Free to Learn (2013)

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Wool Mobile for Baby from My Sweet Muffin

My Sweet Muffin :: Wool Baby Mobile :: $42 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

What a lucky baby!

Bring this 100% wool felt mobile to your next baby shower for many ooos and ahhs

Or gift it to your own darling child or grandchild and let him look up in wonder at each soft and colorful detail

Buy here for $42

Note: My Sweet Muffin is one of the most adorable online stores for babies and kiddos I’ve ever see. They specialize in “unique, modern and luxurious baby items” and wow, check them out, because you will undoubtedly enjoy all of the preciousness. Follow along on their Facebook page to get special deals!

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Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow Kit

Stomp Rocket :: 3-5 Year Olds :: $11.99 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Know a 3-5 year old who runs and climbs and jumps? Well I bet he also stomps.

The energy charged kiddo in your life who delights when objects fly through the air will gleefully stomp away while the supervising adult will stand aside peacefully remarking that the light, foam rocket attachments cannot possibly hurt or damage any people or property in its path.

It’s a kid/adult win.

Wrap this up for your next kid birthday party and you’ll surely get Mom and Dad’s stomp, ahem, stamp of approval.

Buy here for $11.99

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The Simplified Journal by Emily Ley

Emily Ley :: The Simplified Journal :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBThe illustrated quote on this journal’s cover reads: “I will hold myself to a standard of grace not perfection”. What a lovely reminder to Mom on Mother’s Day or to your almost-graduated college student on her way into the outside world. Give her a  beautiful space to reflect and dream with daily prompts to share her every thought.

Buy here for $32

Notes: Emily Ley has a gorgeous collection of planners, office supplies and prints that are designed to simplify and bring joy to your everyday life. Her products are as preppy and fresh as a May day on a University campus south of the Mason-Dixon. Come browse her website and see if you can’t smell a breeze of freshly cut grass in a yard lined with peonies. Happy sigh.

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Happy St. Patricks Day: Gifts in Green

Gifts in Green :: St. Patricks Day :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

For Her :: Monogram Earrings by Michellerie’s Boutique $8 :: Monogrammed Envelope Clutch by Embroidery by Melissa $22 ::

For the Kids :: Luck Tucker by Leslie McGuirk on Amazon (PRIME) $3.15 ::

For the Baby :: Croo-ak Clutching Toy by HABA on Amazon (PRIME) $16.14 ::

For Him :: Mens Skinny Tie by April Look $69 ::

Note: Michellerie’s Boutique is located in Miami, Florida and run by former-accountant turned stay at home mom of four. After several thousand sales through her Etsy shop, it’s clear that the change in her career path was meant to be.

St. Mary’s, GA is home to Embroidery by Melissa, an Etsy shop that specializes in personalized, monogrammed gifts. Melissa is a single mother of 3 boys who happily supports her family by sewing, a skill taught to her by her late mother who passed away from cancer but remains her major inspiration. Follow along with Melissa on Facebook.

Known for her quirky characters and style, Leslie McGuirk has sold over 2 million of her books across the globe. She has been recognized by both the Chicago Tribune and The New York Daily News for best children’s book of the year. Enter the comic world of McGuirk and enjoy a laugh while reading to the kids.

HABA is a fantastically thoughtful company that actively takes the worry out of toy selection for the children you love most. Valuing quality and safety above all, they explain, “when we want to bring colors into play we only use solvent-free, water-based stains. This means that toys are totally safe to pass from hand-to-mouth”. Babies, this is your cue to chew!

April Look was born in 2011 to Vaida and Agne of Lithuania. They say, “we feel that handmade has a lasting value that mass production can’t match. April Look believes in the beauty of simplicity.” Natural fibers are the base of each item– the tie featured above is made with linen and cotton.

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Easter Gifts for Your Sweet Girl

Easter Week :: For Your Sweet Girl :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Now that you have her basket ready– let’s fill it!

:: 1. Appliqué Tee by Mini Boden $30 :: 2. Pink Palace Mandala Scarf by Tea Collection $28 :: 3. Bunny Hair Clip by Diddlebugs and Me $3.25 :: 4. Hoppy Easter Pjs on SALE at Gymboree $22.95 $16.07 :: 5. 12″ Bashful Cream Bunny By Jellycat on Amazon (Prime) $22.50 :: 6. Bunny Slipper Boots on SALE at Carters $24 $7.99 :: 7. Tiny Bunny Necklace by Petite Co. $14.50 :: 8. Buy gift card for a Kiwi Crate $19.95 :: 9. Room Sign by Minted $16 :: 10. Marshmellow a book on Amazon (Prime) $5.29 ::

Note: This precious beyond words Bunny Hair Clip (#3) by Diddlebugs and Me is handmade with felt and grosgrain ribbon on a covered, no-slip clip. Crafter, Sandy used to travel along the East Coast selling her products at festivals, but has more recently settled into her home at Etsy with nearly 40 thousand sales. Her reviews are sky high, so you can count on excellent quality. “Like” her Facebook page for coupon codes and sale alerts.

Zoe has a pair of these Bunny Slipper Boots (#6) and they are impossibly cuddly. She’s quite particular about what she will wear on her feet, so I can only assume these slippers are as comfortable as they are cute.

If you order the Tiny Bunny Necklace (#7) by Petite Co.be sure to enter code “ANNIVERSARY”  at checkout for 10% off. Portuguese designer, Vanessa is celebrating 3 years of business and wants to share her love of dainty jewelry with this special sale– perfect timing! Follow along on her Facebook page.

If you aren’t familiar with Kiwi Crate (#8), give it a look. Each crate has a theme (ex. Fairy Fun or Let’s Bake) and is “filled with all of the materials and inspiration for hands-on projects”. Pick out one you think she’ll adore or give a gift card for a subscription or one-time crate.

The Room Sign (#9) is designed by Jennifer Wick for Minted. Jennifer is a hand lettering and illustration specialist. She’s a graphic design challenge winner by day, and a soccer mom of three by night. Her art prints are endlessly heart-melting– learn more about her and her process here.

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