Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas is coming...Smiling Tree Toys {Giveaway}

Lately I've been on the search for the perfect ornament for Penny's first Christmas. My mom started the tradition of getting each of us kids a special ornament for the tree, and the year Adam and I got married she passed on all of my ornaments for my own tree.  This year, I get to start this tradition for Penelope!
Baby Bianca's first Christmas ornament
One of the main things I looked for when choosing Penelope's first ornament was quality. I want this ornament to last a long time, something that I dream to pass down when she gets married as well. It'll need to withstand tipping trees or over-eager helping little fingers. I also wanted it to be eco-friendly and unique.









So least to say, when I came across Smiling Tree Toys I knew my wishes had been answered! When this darling elephant ornament arrived in the mail, I gave a huge sigh of relief - this little pachyderm will last through the years.. my own poor pink elephant has definitely seen better days.  But then again, this will be her 26th Christmas so we've got to give her credit for lasting this long!

Now Baby P gets her own elephant ornament!
This ornament is so beautifully crafted. It's not super heavy (so it won't weigh down a branch), but not super thin either. It's sanded down to silky smoothness so I don't have to worry about stray splinters. The engraving is clear and has a year stamp on the back too - not like I'd forget, but hey - maybe Penny's granddaughter will inherit it! "Hey Grammy P, what year were you born? 2012? Holy cow that is ANCIENT!"


One of my favorite things in working with family owned companies is learning their very distinct stories. Doesn't it make it just that much more special to know that the things you own have a face behind them? 

Justin and Kathleen's commitment to literally making the world a better place, one toy at a time, by donating to various Peace Corps worldwide youth development projects is so inspiring! I love that I don't have to worry about if Penny's ornament eventually does make it to her mouth that it won't be met with chemicals and plastics, but instead ingredients straight from Mother Nature.

So this holiday season, why not gift a handmade ornament or toy from Smiling Tree Toys? Check out their store for a great variety of toys from teethers, rattles, blocks, wheeled cars to puzzles..they even have a little wooden camera for your aspiring photog!
And now for the fun part.. Smiling Tree Toys has agreed to giveaway one personalized ornament for The Pierogie Mama readers! This giveaway is open worldwide, and one winner will be notified by December 14th, 2012.

This giveaway is over - thanks to all for entering! 
Keep an eye out for more Pierogie Mama Giveaways.



Disclaimer: 
I received the beautiful elephant ornament pictured above for review. 
All opinions are my own.

58 comments:

  1. I would get the train! They are all so cute though.

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  2. I love the Christmas tree and the Christmas dove

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  3. All the ornaments are beautiful!!! But I think my favorite is the traditional ornament-shaped ornament...

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  4. I love Smiling Tree Toys and have given one of their adorable guitar rattles to a new baby whose parents are music fans. I have a new niece this year and can't think of a better gift for her than a personalized ornament.

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  5. http://www.etsy.com/listing/112933986/personalized-bird-ornament-a-custom
    xoxo

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  6. I like the personalized snowflake wooden holiday ornament

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  7. The bauble is particularly sweet ♥

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  8. I would pick the wooden holiday one and have my whole families name put on it.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/108681916/personalized-wooden-christmas-ornament

    skibmama23@gmail

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  9. love the elephant

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  10. I like the snowflake one
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  11. i would like anything as long as it is personalized. thanks and great video

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  12. i have subscribed by email. bolduc.elaine@yahoo.ca

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  13. I would get a personalized ornament for my son's first Christmas

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  14. we would choose the sock monkey ornament

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  15. I would choose the personalized wooden Christmas ornament. This would be for my 1st grand-daughters First Christmas, so want something very special like this!

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  16. I would get the personalized wooden christmas ornament in the walnut. i love the ornaments they are really beautiful! I wish I knew someone who was expecting closer to Christmas would make an amazing gift.

    fb: rab pom

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  17. At the moment, my daughter loves Monkeys so I may would get that one. I do however, love the Monkey one, the snowflake one and just the regular personalized ornaments.

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  18. I would pick the personalized sock monkey one!

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  19. The Snowflake...personalized with our family name.. It would be our first ornament with the family name and we been a family for 11 years.

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  20. i collect monkeys so it would be the sock monkey for sure

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  21. I like all of them, but I'd choose the Sock Monkey! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

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  22. I would choose the Sock Monkey for sure!

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  23. If I won, I'd choose the personalized Christmas ornament: http://www.etsy.com/listing/108681916/personalized-wooden-christmas-ornament!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  24. I subscribe to Smiling Tree Toys blog.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  25. I love the owl ornament!

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  26. i like the sock monkey :) senior06chs@aol.com

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  27. I love the owl and the sock monkey
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  28. The one shaped like a snowflake!

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  29. personalized train ornament - natural wooden holiday gift, a Christmas keepsake, baby or toddler stocking stuffer, organic homegrown finish

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  30. Love the personalized trains

    MOMMYOFONE SHANNA

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  31. I would love the sock monkey for my nephew's first Christmas!
    Elle
    hey_wren@yahoo.com

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  32. I like the Baby's First Christmas Rocking Horse Ornament.

    wendym at cableone dot net

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  33. Love the train ornament for my little Marty!

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  34. Love the Snowflake & the Family Christmas ornament!!!(HollyC) Thanks for the chance....

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  35. I love the sock monkey ornament!

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  36. http://www.etsy.com/listing/108681916/personalized-wooden-christmas-ornament

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  37. I love the Personalized Snowflake Hardwood Ornament.Thank you for the great giveaway! :)
    tigers3450@att.net

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  38. Great ideas you've got here.. It's difficult to find excellent writing like yours nowadays. I seriously appreciate people like you! Take care!!

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  39. It was a hard decision, but the elephant is probably my favorite.

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