When Ella was an infant I was against all copyrighted characters. I didn't want Elmo and Dora taking over my house. I especially despised Dora after watching a few episodes at a friend's house a couple years earlier. I won't get into my faults about buying into the Princess and Tinker Bell phenomenon... but I have learned and will resist the urge! Ella still begs to go to the "Princess store" and we go, but don't come home with anything. Which she normally doesn't mind. But this Christmas, I want things that will inspire her imagination without all of the bells and whistles. That's what I love about this next company- Oompa. They believe in just that.
You won't find battery operated, cartooned themed, or toxic junk on Oompa's fantastic site. You will find many European and American made, organic, eco-friendly, wooden, and safe toys that all ages will love. Oompa also carries a variety of furniture, decor, gear, and care items. You might have seen Oompa in magazines like Cookie, American Baby, Parents, Kiwi, Parenting and more!
Oompa sent us 2 amazing toys to review from 2 companies that I love. You just saw a review of PlanToys last week, we'll I'm back with another review of another fabulous product they have created, The Breakfast Menu.This non-toxic rubberwood food set comes complete with a serving tray, salt & pepper shakers, 2 slices of bread, cheese, sourdough roll, hard boiled egg that is 2 pieces, egg holder, sausage, bacon and a fried egg. Since there are some small parts, it's recommended for ages 3+. I have enjoyed sitting on the couch while Ella "cooks breakfast" for me and brings it to me on a tray! I can't wait until she's old enough to make me a real breakfast in bed! She has loved making sandwiches with the different foods and even adding her other fruit and veggies to her menu.I love kitchen play accessories that prepare younger children for cooking and making food decisions. Both sets would go great with the Cooking Utensils. Your child could fry the egg, sausage and bacon and even boil the eggs. You can get the PlanToys Breakfast Menu for $24.99, the Assorted Fruits and Vegetables for $24.99, and the Cooking Utensils Set for $19.99 at Oompa.
The next toy Oompa sent us was the Keptin Jr. Rag doll.This doll is great for all ages and is very cuddly. The Keptin Jr. rag doll is made with 100% organic cotton, which feels like a terry cloth, and is filled with natural wool. The doll is handmade in Lithuania, but designed in the Netherlands. The doll is wearing a cute hat that almost looks like an elf hat in the back. It separates into two pieces and is tied with knots. Ella has loved her new "green baby" and has welcomed her into her nighttime loveys. Which is a big thing because she only has 2 loveys and normally throws the rest on the floor. There are several Keptin Jr. rag dolls to choose from and you can get them at Oompa for $35.99.
The Giveaway: Oompa would like to give 1 lucky winner a Breakfast Menu or a Keptin Jr. Rag Doll
Rules: You have until 11:59 p.m. EST November 25, 2009 to enter. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced after they respond to the winning email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email, or a new winner will be chosen. You must leave your email address! This contest is open only to the US (sorry- they can't ship to Canada)
How to Enter: Go to Oompa and tell me your favorite product other than the ones listed- plus tell me what you'd pick if you won. Make sure to leave your email address!! I cannot contact the winner without it!
EXTRA entries: You must complete the "How To Enter" before making any extra entries. Make sure you leave a comment for each extra entry and tell me which one.
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*New disclaimer: I was sent these items to review for free by Oompa. This is NO way changes my opinions about the products or company. These are my thoughts, opinions and results.