KO Sticks Foldable Star Sculptures

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

Six-Axis Star c/o KO Sticks

This foldable star sculpture may just be the most giftable item I’ve ever featured on Gifts with Bows. Why? Well it works for just about anyone on almost any occasion:

It’s office appropriate, making it suitable for work anniversaries and first days on the job.

It’s chic in the living room (gorgeous for newlyweds ready for sophisticated decor and entertaining for families with kiddos), making it a lovely housewarming gift or wedding present.

And yes, even kids can make perfect recipients. Imagine hanging a few from the ceiling in their bedroom or playroom. Or keep them in reach… because these hand made works of art are intended to be explored by hand (see the evidence in the photo story below).

But it gets even better. Not only are KO Sticks Stars a widely practical gift, they come in several sizes and materials. That means you can buy one for $24-170 hitting whatever your appropriate price point happens to be.

Note: KO Sticks is comprised of two great artisans (and mathematicians), Jane and John Kostick. Married for just over 20 years, they met at a geometry lecture and now construct geometric objects side by side. Now isn’t that an equation you’d like to support? Give KO Sticks a follow on Facebook to give your newsfeed a welcomed pop of art.

The other day I took our stars off of the living room bookshelves where they are typically on display (see above). And brought them to the park so that our three year old, Zoe could show them to her friends. Ready to see a few thoughtful and curious faces? And park adventures, too of course!

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

July 2015- Ari at the Park

July 2015- Zoe at the Park

July 2015- Friends at the Park

Photos: The bookshelf and park photos are my own and the product photos are by Design Within Reach, a KO Sticks retailer. A special thanks to Zoe’s pals for making their darling debuts on GWB.

Artist Credits: Featured above with the KO Sticks star, the lantern is Lauren Ritchie and the vase is Jen Gandee.

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Little Sapling Toys Review

Little Sapling Toys :: My Top Picks :: $6+ :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #littlesaplingtoys

1. Personalized Camera $42 | 2. Memory Game $26 | 3. Personalized YoYo $6 | 4. Bowling Game $26 | 5. State Teether $12 | 6. Bow Teether $12

Hailing from Hunstville, Utah, Little Sapling Toys is less than 10 years old and it’s already the front runner in toy sales on Etsy. But what’s really cool about this shop is that it’s a family business focused on more than what they produce in their wood shop. Their concern for the health and vitality of the planet has inspired them to plant a tree for each toy sold. Having said that, they prioritize the quality of their materials and the developmental value of their toys for growing kiddos. Plus, they offer laser engraving so that you can personalize your gifts for an extra special touch.

I picked out some of my favorite toys and teethers in their shop, but there are literally dozens of adorable options and I insist you browse them all. There is a darling selection of teethers and rattles ready for your next baby shower, ride-on on toys and push cars for toddlers, and games for older kiddos.

Little Sapling Toys is offering Gifts with Bows readers a special 10% discount on an order from their Etsy shop until August 31, 2015. Use discount code GFTWBWS10 at checkout!

Play along on social media: Instagram | Pintrest | Facebook | YouTube | Etsy

Oh and FYI: this is not a sponsored post, and as always, all opinions are my own.

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Guest Gifter: Elle Hanna on Good Clean Fun

Today is a good day, friends! My dear friend Elle Hanna is on deck with super helpful mom-friendly review of Beautycounter’s Kidscounter line. Her darling boy, Tenney, shouldn’t be the only babe to benefit from Elle’s savvy. Put a few of these products in a gift basket the next time you shower a mama-to-be. OK, let’s hear from Elle:

Guest Gifter: Elle Hanna :: Good Clean Fun Baby Shower Gift Basket  :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

:: Body Wash | Shampoo | Conditioner ::

Summer is (finally) just around the corner and that means longer days of building sand castles, and dirt-filled play sessions (as it should be)!  Like most mom’s I worry that my little guy is playing with toys that are safe and non-toxic. I try to buy healthy organic foods to provide him with the fuel he needs to keep moving and exploring his world.  I thought I was doing all I could to make the best choices for my family, and my budget. It never occurred to me that the soap I was using to wash the dirt away was potentially harmful. That’s when I came across  Beautycounter’s Kidscounter line – Squeak Y Clean Body Wash, Nice Do Shampoo and Not A Knot Conditioner.

Beautycounter’s mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone, and that includes kids.  You won’t find any surfactants or artificial fragrances in their products. In fact Beautycounter has banned more than 1,500 ingredients opting instead to use antioxidant-rich ones like broccoli seed oil, carrot root and cranberry fruit extracts, and safflower oil for safe and effective cleaning power. These natural ingredients also make them very gentle on the eyes, which is good since my son rarely sits still, even in a bathtub. Also, the kid’s line is nut-free, gluten-free and vegan.

Finally, they  make their safe products affordable enough to use on kids; in fact they are actually more affordable per bath than many other naturally-based brands.

We have so many choices to make as parents. For me, making sure the products I put on my son’s skin are as safe as the food he eats and the toys he plays with is simple. Want to learn more about BeautyCounter’s products? Read more here.

Elle’s Fast Facts

  • Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals found in personal care products have safety data
  • The FDA allows companies to use chemicals like lead, formaldehyde and phthalates in the products we put on our, and our kids bodies every day
  • The EU has spent the last 20 years banning and restricting 1,300 ingredients and the US has only banned 11

And if you haven’t already– tomorrow, Friday the 22nd, is the last day to enter the Queen Bee Giveaway!

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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.

Two Ways to Save

  • Welcome Spring with Coupon Code: SPRING10 ( 10 % off purchase) No restrictions apply, can be combined with other offers – Ends 04/30/2015
  • Take 10% of your first order now when you sign up to receive PK emails

Get Social with Peppercorn Kids

:: Online Shop :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pintrest :: Instagram ::

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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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