Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Giveaway: Robeez Shoes from the Spring 2011 Collection

UPDATE: Congrats to winner Heidi Backer, who commented on our blog and on Facebook! Heidi, we've PM'd you through Facebook. Have a great week everyone, and check back next Monday for another giveaway!

Time for another Monday Giveaway! Robeez just came out with their new spring styles so we're giving away a pair of Robeez Soft Soles. Our favorite is Touch of Tulle...

To enter the giveaway, simply visit our Robeez page and tell us which of the new styles is your favorite in the comments below. We'll randomly select the winner tomorrow, who will get a pair of Robeez Soft Soles of their choice!

Enter your answer on Facebook to double your chances. Good Luck!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday Giveaway: Set of 3 DwellStudio Touch + Feel Board Books

UPDATE: Congrats to our winner, Sarah S, who entered here and on our Facebook page! Check back next Monday for another giveaway!

What were your favorite books growing up as a child? Tell us below for a chance to win a set of 3 DwellStudio board books. Remember to enter on Facebook to increase your chances of winning!

 A randomly chosen winner will be announced tomorrow morning.

 Some of my favorites: Corduroy, One Morning in Maine, Bread and Jam for Frances. Also, I have to confess I still re-read the Little House and Betsy-Tacy books at least once a year.

Friday, January 21, 2011

$100 Giveaway at My Mom Shops Blog

Pssst...we're giving away $100 worth of Tea Collection clothing at My Mom Shops blog. Pass it on. Or not.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday Give-Away: UglyDolls

UPDATE:  Our winner is Jackie, who commented on our blog at 5:18pm! Jackie, please email kristin[at] so that we can ship you an UglyDoll of your choice. We also posted a message to you on Facebook - thanks for commenting there as well. Have a great week, everyone!

Before we opened the store 7 years ago, I was home sick in bed one day, feeling miserable. My husband came in with two UglyDolls - the original Tray and Target. They were still hand-stitched at the time and only sold at Giant Robot. It's corny to say, but they brought a smile to my face and made me feel better.

Since the above picture was taken, the UglyDoll family has grown a bit, as you can see here. But they're still not mass-marketed at the local big-box discount store, which is a probably good thing because my husband has a tattoo of Tray and Target holding hands. (His look of horror when I suggested the possibility of UglyDolls hitting the shelves of Wal-mart was priceless.)

If you've never heard of UglyDolls, the story of how the company got its start from the international love letters of a couple in a long-distance relationship is a sweet one.

What was a memorable gift you've received in the past? Tell us below and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a 14" UglyDoll of your choice! As always, increase your chances by entering on Facebook, too! Winner will be announced on Tuesday.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My son tells me to "go away"

In the baby and kids' world, it seemed like last year was the year of all things Korean. Tea Collection's spring and summer collections were inspired by South Korea. Uncle Goose, purveyor of classic wooden blocks in an array of foreign languages, released their Korean hangul set. Thanks to a tip from an acquaintance, we just received the Korean set at our store this past week.

And in May of last year, we brought our son home from South Korea. He was 14 months old. It was a long and hard process - harder and more painful than I would have ever thought. I read somewhere that adoption is not for sissies. So true. I will tell more about it one day.

For now, we are just so thankful our son is finally home. Even after a day like yesterday, when he was upset at us for being away all day. (Because of staffing issues at the stores, we both had to work all day. Usually one of us is home with him for half a day.) He was angry when we came home and put a new favorite phrase to use: "Go away." In his cute 22-month-old voice.

This morning he has apparently forgiven us and is his usual sweet, bossy self. Hopefully because he is beginning to realize that we will never go away.

20% off all Uncle Goose Classic Wooden Blocks - enter coupon code "gooseme20". Available in English, French, Spanish, Swedish, Hebrew, German, Polish, Chinese, and Korean. Code expires Feb. 1, 2011.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday Give-Away - Zoo Tableware Set by Skip Hop - UPDATED

UPDATE: Congrats to Rhonda Woodruff, the winner of the Skip Hop Tableware Set! Rhonda, we've sent you a PM through Facebook. Check back next Monday for another give-away!

Our Monday Give-Away debuts today! Every Monday we'll be giving away something new, cool, and fun. OK, it might not always be a product new to the market, but I promise you it will always be cool and fun.

Today we're giving away a Zoo Tableware Set by Skip Hop. We already love Skip Hop for their very functional and stylish diaper bags, creative bath toys and gear, cute and modern kids backpacks and lunch bags, and soft playmats and toys. So when we saw their new, adorable tableware at the big ABC Vegas show last fall, we instantly placed an order.

To enter, comment below and tell us which tableware pattern is your favorite: the monkey, owl, or bee. Increase your chances by commenting on our Facebook page as well!

The randomly chosen winner will get to a free tableware set of their choice (plate, bowl, and cup).

Here's the Bee tableware:

And the monkey:

Friday, January 7, 2011