Thursday, June 26, 2008

Natural Pod - naturally a good time.




When it comes to toys these days, all toys are not created equal. Before I had kids, my overall toy plan was that I was going to buy my kids the cheapest toys I could find, not invest a lot. I mean, if a plastic fork can entertain them for hours, give them what they want! Right?

Wrong.

I had precious little babies that meant the world to me. I wanted to do no harm, provide for them to the best of my ability. Overnight, I became acutely aware. Suddenly toy recalls were all I head about. The toys my baby was playing with could potentially make her sick!

Now, I make better, more conscious toy choices that benefit not only my family but the environment as well. Quality vs. quantity is important. We don’t need a million toys, just a good selection of basic, simple, engaging toys will do the trick.

Natural Pod is an amazing Canadian company that is all about beautiful, open-ended, natural toys for our children. They strive to provide an amazing assortment of creative play toys, from beautiful baby toys to stacker and adorable dolls. Currently, our favorite Natural Pods toys have been the rainbow stacker and watercolor jars.


Natural Pod has some really safe toy solutions and I would highly recommend them to any friend, parent or grandparent.

Buy it! Natural Pod can be purchased on the web through their online store. Go ahead, give them a visit…

Win it! Natural Pod wants to graciously give away one of their favorite toys to a Simple reader. To be entered, go to their online store, shop around, come back here and leave a comment telling us what item is your favorite.

Giveaway will run through Thursday July 3rd, 2008. Winner will be chosen at random and submitted through Prizey Winner Fetch.

~emily

The DesignHER Momma

256 comments:

  1. I think the Pallete Truck is pretty cool. Actually all those vehicles are neato-- my son would have endless hours.

    Love to have the chance to win on of Natural Pod's favorite toys for my kids. Thanks.

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  2. I love the cooking set, so cute...

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  3. Oh, it's too hard to decide. The Poot & Boogie dolls are cute, and my toddler would love the rocket ship and the vehicles.

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  4. They have great toys. I know my son would love the: Hardwood Choo Choo.

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  5. The wool felt food sets are wonderful, especially the wool felt fruit set!
    belinda_streak(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. My nephew would love the 3 Little Trucks set. There are so many things he'd love . . . it was hard to choose. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  7. The cooking set is adorable! I wouldn't mind buying it for my dd! Thanks for the contest!

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  8. I love Natural Pod! I might splurge on the choo choo and/or get some play silks or the stacking fire.

    mamaluxe at gmail dot com

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  9. Everything's so cute!
    My daughter would ADORE that rainbow streamer.

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  10. Natural pod has terrific toys! i want the ducky push toy for my daughter!

    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

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  11. I think my daughter would like the cooking set!
    teriannm@gmail.com

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  12. I actually have the baby ring maple teether! And I adore the nicky baby dolls! The pink one is especially cute! :)

    ~amy watson
    easycure_269@yahoo.com

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  13. I would love the rainbow stacking tower. Our little guy will soon love the wooden cars too.

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  14. Wow - they have some awesome toys. I think the Skittles game looks like a lot of fun. :)

    Thanks for the chance to win. :)

    adashofsassitude@gmail.com

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  15. They have great stuff. I love the doll pram,simple and fun.

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  16. My kids would love the Auris Stir Xylophone. What fun!!

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  17. Two playstand with arches has lots of potential for fun.

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  18. the hard wood choo choo is really cool cool. :)

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  19. My fave is LikeaBike Forest -- very cool!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  20. I would love the Elephant On Wheels pull toy for my little one!

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  21. My two youngest daughters are hooked on dolls, so I definitely think they would enjoy the doll pram.
    jceko77@yahoo.com

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  22. My son would love the Unimog - he is obsessed with trucks right now!
    byubabe14 at yahoo dot com

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  23. I really love the variety of stacking toys on this site. I am especially interested by the rainbow stacker - it's very unique!

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  24. My daughter would love the lacing cheese, its one of her favorite words. Great giveaway, thanks!

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  25. Wow! Loved lots of their toys. The wooden choo choo train is one of my favorites! Great giveaway!

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  26. The Flapping Duck Push Toy is too, too cute! I think my boys would LOVE it. I'm curious, too, about the maple teether. Has anyone used one of these before?

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  27. I love the "Oldie" car. Such a classic and fun toy.

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  28. I love the flapping duck and elephant pull toys!

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  29. I love the Ava Bamboletta doll and the Auris xylophone!

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  30. I like the rainbow stacking tower and the nesting birds. Cool website.

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  31. Everything is wonderful, but the Favorite Animals Picture Book is so very cute!

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  32. My favorite is the leaf press.

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  33. my daughters go to a waldorf school, so natural pod is full of toys they recognize and LOVE. I love the rainbow stackers...

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  34. I really like the fagus vehicles. My son was so upset when we had to get rid of his Thomas trains after the lead recall. It would be nice to get some vehicles without safety issues, especially such sturdy ones that remind me of trucks I had as a kid. The car transporter is really nice.

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  35. The cooking set is so cute! jeepcutie82 at msn dot com

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  36. Hmmm...the toy playstand with arches is a good one.

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  37. Greetings! Natural Pod is a fantastic site for wonderful toys! The "All-In-
    One House" (Red and Blue) is a toy I really like from their site. Please enter me in your delightful drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  38. I like the dolls. There is one names Sienna just like my daughter.

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  39. I like the Poot & Boogie - Rainbow doll. She's adorable and fun. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    ann dot guns at mac dot com

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  40. The hardwood Choo Choo is awesome! Thanks for the chance!

    bunnybox9 at gmail . com

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  41. I love the stacking bowls! My 16 month old daughter would be gaga for those -- she loves tidying up!

    info (at) chicshopperchick (dot) com

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  42. I love everything about Natural Pod. I like the felt food, the wooden food, and the felt crown is really something my son would enjoy.
    I like it all!

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  43. Okay so I had to make a list....
    All in One House, Racing Car, Cooking Set, and Like A Bike. If I had to pick just one it would be the Racing Car.

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  44. Love the Nature Inspired Organic Soft Blocks Set.

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  45. I like the organic towel lamb doll

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  46. I love the "Skittles" bowling set! I've been looking for a non plastic kid version for a long time now.

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  47. Ooh, I love this store.

    My daughter just inherited a play kitchen, so any (all!) of the house play toys would be my desire!

    dianna_ball(at)hotmail.com

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  48. My son would love the wheel loader- it is so cool! So many things- so hard to choose!

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  49. I love the toddler cooking set! My daughter would have so much fun!

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  50. so many fun things - how to choose?? I love the Cool Cars and the great stacking toys!

    landlvangass {at} hotmail {dot} com

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  51. My first choice would be that awesome cart! My son loves loading his toys up and pushing them around. Second choice would be the flapping push duck!

    Thanks for the great contest!
    theazuredrake (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  52. Wonderful toys - so hard to pick! The stacking rainbow for my toddler, or a Poot & Boogie doll for my daughter!

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  53. oops - forgot to leave e-mail. amguely@gmail.com!

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  54. it's tough to choose from. but if I had to choose one thing, I think it would be the
    Two Play stands with Arches (including 4 play clips)

    bec. it looks like it can double up as the kids toy shelf. which will save some space in this small apartment we're living in.

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  55. rainbow stacking tower is awesome. baby needs a stacking toy!

    drgarnecki (at) gmail (dot) com

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  56. I would love to give one of the Organic Star Blanket Dolls to my girlfriend who just had a baby (and to whom I have not yet given just the right gift (gasp).
    There is one word that describes everything on that site and it is "precious".
    Thanks for hosting and thanks for the generosity of the giveaway!

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  57. There are a lot of great toys, I think my daughter would love to carry around the Baby Bolga Basket.

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  58. The Kathe Kruse - Nicky Baby is soo cute! I think I'd pick the green one :) Thanks so much!

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  59. I love the large sized blocks.

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  60. I just adore everything they sell but especially the Large Stacking Rainbow!

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  61. I love the stackers - rainbow, cave, waves, and the pretend felt & wooden food!

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  62. I like the oldie car. It looks like it would hold up well to my son's banging and it has an easy way to grip it!
    momabr (at)yahoo.com

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  63. I like the LikeaBike Forest - I have been thinking about getting my son one of these types of bikes!

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  64. The Two Play Stands With Arches is a great idea.My grandkids are forever throwing blankets over tables to make a house.It's like their own private place.Sometimes they even fall asleep there!Thank you for the giveaway!

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  65. They have so much cool stuff! The hippie in me loves the Buildable Treehouse. I also love all the fagus vehicles, altho we have a girl so we'll hold off on those... :)

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  66. I too am trying to give my child more natural toys. I'd love to get him the Nature Inspired Organic Soft Blocks Set, as he loves to chew on fabric things.

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  67. I've always thought the 17" Bamboletta Doll - Ava is so beautiful.

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  68. My 2yo daughter would love playing with the Unimog!

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  69. I love the pull cart. These products are great!Thanks for the giveaway!

    carlyharrell(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  70. The organic star blanket doll - it looks so soft! afdr3d@umkc.edu

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  71. Piccobello is cute, lots of little pieces. :) I want all for my niece & nephews!

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  72. Wow, what a wonderful site! I love love love all the wooden toys and also the heirloom quilt. I really like the Organic Star Blanket Doll, too.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Lindsey
    ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

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  73. I just love the cooking set. It is so cute!

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  74. I like so many things! I like the Hopping Rabbit Pull toy, the Kid Clamp Twist, the Lacing Cheese, the Auris Stir Xylophone, the Flapping Duck Push toy and I only looked through the Toddler toys :)

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  75. I love the Buildable Treehouse. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

    planetmisty at gmail dot com

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  76. oh all there toys are so cute and sweet and well i just dont know what one to pick right now but if i was to win this thats when i pick it thanks

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  77. One of my favorite items is the Bamboletta Doll, Ava. Pea loves her "babies". She would love little Ava too!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

    seeryusfam@msn.com

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  78. I think the Squirting Fish in red is so cute! Thanks!

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  79. Three Little Trucks are so cute. Thanks katie_mmartin at yahoo dot com

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  80. I love the Fagus trucks. Wooden big vehicles are so cool!

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  81. What a great site, I'm bookmarking that one for sure! It's tough to pick a favorite, but I love the large stacking rainbow

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  82. I love Natural Pod! The Unimog is what my son would love best.

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  83. I like the large scale Playstand with Arch and the small scale All-In-One House.

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  84. I would like one of the Klean Canteens.

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  85. Wow! It's hard to pick just one favorite! I really like Three Little Trucks, and the playsilks, and the Travelling Gnomes, and the Finger Puppets, and so much more!

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  86. I would love to win...I like a lot of stuff but hardwood choo choo is very cute.

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  87. Wow, it is such an exciting store! I love love the Two Play stands with Arches...I am sure I will join my kids while they play in it!
    bvbabybv@gmail.com

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  88. What a great contest! The cash register looks super fun. :)

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  89. I love the cash register! What a great website!

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  90. I love the Fagus trucks! But also the felts fruit set! YUM!

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  91. Wow, great toys! I love the Auris Stir Xylophone, and also some of the bath toys, like the log sailing raft. (smeelia@gmail.com)

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  92. I like the classic Rainbow stacking tower!

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  93. The fagus vehicles are awesome! Our little guy would love the container truck.

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  94. My daughter would love the doll pram! beautiful toys!!!
    would love to win!!

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  95. I loved the Buildable Treehouse. I've never seen another toy quite like it.

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  96. The 3 Little Trucks Set is cute

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  97. like the colorful assorted vegetables

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  98. This might seem silly, but I really like the Crocheted Market Bag. I want to get my daughter in the habit of using reusable bags instead of plastic now, while she's still young and impressionable. But I'm also loving the Cardboard Rocket. We'd have a ball painting it and playing pretend!

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  99. I really like Vehicle Picture Book. There are so many great toys for kids that it's hard to choose. Thanks for the chance to get a great toy for my great nephew.

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  100. The finger puppets are truly adorable!! I'm a true believer in creativity, thand these would certainly spur that on in wee kidlets!

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  101. The Hillary Bamboletta doll is so Adorable. And definitely my favorite as it looks so much like my little princess.
    Thank you so much for offering this wonderful giveaway.
    I would LOVE to win !!

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  102. My favorite is the all in one house in red and blue. I think this would be so neat. Thanks for the chance.

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  103. I love the nesting birds! I also love the stacking rings. What a great giveaway!

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  104. My boys would love the little trucks.

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  105. What an excellent selection of toys. I believe my favorite is the Nesting Birds. I love the colors and the opportunities for learning.

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  106. I love the Hardwood Choo Choo. jakes daddy works with trains

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  107. The Bamboletta dolls are adorable!I especially like the little brown-eyed Sienna.

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  108. Thanks for offering this giveaway. My favorite is the Hopping Rabbit Pull Toy. Thanks and please enter me.

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  109. The stir xylophone, the Unimog, or the large blocks would all be awesome for my son!

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  110. I like the large rainbow stacker.

    triciacus76@yahoo.com

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  111. The cardboard rocket is awesome!

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  112. I liked the Traveling Gnomes. They are adorable!

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  113. I love the "A Simple Hearth" Kitchen!

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  114. I love the "A Simple Hearth" Kitchen!

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  115. Cooking Set


    lilacbutterfly [at] earthlink.net

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  116. My little girl would love the Dust Pan and Broom. She loves to help mommy clean. Thanks for this fun giveaway!

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  117. I just love the Kathy Kruse Nicky Baby Pink. It's so adorable and perfect for my 8-month old daughter. Thanks!

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  118. The Medium Stacking Water Waves look like so much fun!

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  119. I love the rainbow stacking tower. Great colors.

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  120. I love the maple teethers. Simple, but that's what I love about them. My little guy puts everything in his mouth. It makes me feel good that he's not putting harmful things in there.

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  121. Squirting Fish - Red bath toy is my favorite.

    My little grandson would love this.

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  122. I like the All-In-One House (Red and Blue).

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  123. I like the RaRa Organic Rabbit Rattle.

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  124. I like the Organic Star Blanket Doll. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  125. These toys are all wonderful! Thanks for introducing this shop. My favorite is the Leaf Press-I think my grandaughter would have a lot of fun with it.

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  126. the wool felt breakfast set looks good enough to eat
    3beez at bellsouth dot net

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  127. Wonderful toys! I like the large stacking rainbow for my kids. Thank you

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  128. the Elephant On Wheels pull toy would be cute to have on hand



    vlbelk@hotmail.com

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  129. Farm yard knob puzzle for my granddaughter....lovely toys!

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  130. Organic Blanket Doll - Stripes/Fair

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  131. The Log Sailing Raft is awesome and unique!

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  132. my daughter would love the Leaf press. she likes those kind of things.
    xxbeccaannxx@gmail.com

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  133. We'd love Fabulantis!
    Thanks :)

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  134. Great toys - my boys would love the choo choo.

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  135. Coconut Cream, Watermelon- I can't choose!!!!!

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  136. Love the 2 arches with the net and clips!

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  137. i really love the sweet dream babies. so adorable. would love one in blue.

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  138. Beautiful toys! I love the All-In-One House.

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  139. The Auris Stir Xylophone is really neat.

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  140. I like the Auris Stir Xylophone. Thanks!

    carissaad at aol dot com

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  141. I love the Picobello game -- it's been on our wish list for a while!

    Megret
    meg.wilson@gmail.com

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  142. I would pick the Farm Yard knob puzzle for my little boy. He is very into Old MacDonald and farm stuff in general right now, plus he's not good with regular puzzles so I think the knobs would help him to enjoy it more.

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  143. I think my son would love the Skittles game! I think "I" would also love the Skittles game! THANKS!!

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  144. I like the wooden Cart!

    heatherlbrandt (at) verizon (dot) net

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  145. i really like the hardwood choo choo train. thank you

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  146. I love the Likea forest bike and the nesting birds. Great site!

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  147. The Wheel Loader would be great!

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  148. My son would love the hardwood choo choo.

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  149. I want to play in that rocket ship! It's a hard choice, though, so much great stuff.

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  150. The Bamboletta Doll is so cute!

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  151. i like the organic star blanket doll

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  152. Cardboard Rocket is so cute, my son would love it!

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  153. I like the Hillary Bamboletta doll. Sweet! And made in Canada. Wonderful!

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  154. I picked the Like-a-Bike Forest for my grandson

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  155. The cars Speedy or Oldie would be my pick. My son has the Van and loves it. He plays with it all the time.

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  156. I really like the set of Finger Puppets. Kids (and their parents) can have so much fun with puppets. Thank you for the nice giveaway.

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  157. Wow there are so many great products at Natural pod it is really hard to choose. Here are a few of my favorites:

    Wool Felt Crowns
    Balance Board
    skittles
    Like-a-bike
    2 play stands w/ arches

    How do I choose? These are all great. I guess if I win I better narrow that list down.

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  158. I really like the flapping suck push toy - too cute! :)

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  159. I think the play stands with arches are so cool. Beats dragging out the dinning room chairs.

    david_colleen@mei.net

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  160. I like the Auris Stir Xylophone.
    Great prize! Thanks!
    jfg06001(at)cub(dot)uca(dot)edu

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  161. The stacking bowls are super

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  162. I love the sailing boats for the tub, so fun! germandarius@gmail.com

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  163. I'm sure my son would love the Choo-choo or any car. The baby would enjoy the organic Lamb or one of the books. Awesome products!!

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  164. I like the Fagus mini bus. I'm actually giving this item as a 1st birthday present.

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  165. I Love the Plant Dyed Playsilks!

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  166. These are really cool, especially the trains like hardwood choo choo

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  167. Articulated Pallet Truck is so cool, my girls would love it

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  168. I love the Stacking Boxes. Simple, I could see my daughters spending a lot of time using them.

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  169. Although I wonder how sturdy it is, the cardboard rocket is so cool I'll have to join my kids in playing with it.

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  170. The Buildable Treehouse looks so fun even I want to play in it!

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  171. Here's a vote for the unimog.

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  172. My daughter would LOVE the wood doll pram. It's definitely a step above the laundry basket that she pushes around our house right now.

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  173. cooking set or doll pram, thanks for contest

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  174. I like the rainbow stacking set -- would get lots of use out of that :)

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  175. My favorite is the three truck set. My son loves little wooden cars and trucks.

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  176. I love the tree branch blocks! Cute, original... it would be something wonderful to pass down!

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  177. Oooh, I think if I were to spoil my son I'd get him the Fagus fork lift truck.

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  178. My granddaughter would love the Poot & Boogie dolls.

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  179. The First Book of Knitting for Children would be great for my daughter, she loves the things my great-grandmother knitted for me, unfortunately I never learned how but I'm hoping that my little girl can.

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  180. The hardwood Choo Choo is something I know my son would adore!

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  181. My daughter would love the Rainbow Angels kit - really nice.

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