Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Finlee & Me - A Review and Giveaway...


There's something about having a baby that makes you go all natural isn't there?
We want to eat natural foods when we're expecting, experience natural births and swathe our new babies in natural fibres when they're placed in our arms. We want to feed them naturally and surround them in only the very best of things. (Like those that only nature can provide.)
We even want our child to play with natural toys.
Can there be such a thing as a natural toy?
Yes I say!
Some of my favourite things I played with as a child were made of natural fibres and materials. I loved wooden blocks, ragdolls and teddies, hand knitted playthings and rustic styled toys that invited me to use my imagination. This love of these type of toys is not unique to me; most people will have fond childhood memories of these types of playthings. (And even have a few treasured relics fitting this description tucked away as keepsakes.)
When Finlee & Me invited me to review their products, I naturally (pardon the pun), opted-in having little idea about the company other than the fact that they were an online retailer. When a package arrived however, containing the loveliest set of children's playthings I'd seen in ages, I was instantly hooked and keen to know more! My two little play testers were quickly mesmerised too!
It turns out Finlee & Me are not your average retailer but a stockist of beautiful children's and Mums gear!
Their range specialises in toys that are both educational and gorgeous. Theirs are the type of playthings that fit the bill for 'natural' and I have to say they look beautiful in the nursery too.
Here are just some of the sweet items we were sent to play with.


Where to begin with such a gorgeous collection of new stuff? Gather around kiddos!


How about the Playon Crayons? I secretly have a thing about these! I first came across them at playgroup with child number 3. I think these are brilliant! I remember them being set up at a table at playgroup and long after my child (and everybody else's) had wandered away, I was still there scribbling away - much to the amusement of the other Mums! It has just occurred to me that maybe the kids left because it was possibly creepy of me to be enjoying them so much!


These are lovely little crayons perfectly shaped for small hands. Since children are unable to grasp writing tools with the finesse of an adult, these allow your baby's inner artist to shine without frustration.


The crayons are designed with a bulb end for 'clutching' so they can scribble with ease. The crayons can also interlock for building coloured towers. Little holes in their centre mean children can wear several crayons on their hand at once and produce some interesting artwork.


I love how these are packaged in a beautiful plain brown box too. The product itself is the appeal here! The Playon Crayons come in sets of 12 colours and are non-toxic so entirely safe for tiny ones.
These little beauties retail for $12.95. Did I mention they smell sensational too? (Takes me back to prep in the '70's - waxy goodness!)




For children of all ages there's these gorgeous 52 Nature Activities cards. This stunning little deck of cards offers 52 ideas for outdoor play. Perfect for carrying in your pocket or handbag as a backup for when the kids need some outdoor inspiration. There's lots of outdoor fun ideas here to get the kids away from you and hunting for all sorts of excitements in the park or backyard. Retails for $12.95.

 
One of our favourites from our parcel is this brilliant box of flash cards and building blocks by Hungry Little Minds. The A-Z Flash Cards & Wooden Blocks set is priced at $49.95. This beautiful box of building items is both compact and entertaining. Blocks are a big deal at our place and these have proven super-popular.
 
 
The alphabet flash cards are all building-themed and provide loads of inspiration to create constructions using the cards and blocks as building materials. There are 36 blocks made from European beech wood which smell divine. (What is it with me and smells?!) Naturally, these are perfect for little builders of all ages. (Mum likes these especially!) I think these would be a great little set to pack for travel too. There's loads of entertainment to be had with these.
 
 
 
Finlee & Me is a place to shop for toys, babies and Mummy products with a difference. They only stock products that are both educational and beautiful. Their items are a stunning mix of well-crafted, unique and natural, all carefully selected. From fairy doors (always wanted one!) to pram and nursing covers, your baby, child and Motherhood needs are all on the one stunning site. I will be heading there next time I need a very special gift.
Childhood goes so fast. I want to make sure my memories of my children's playtimes, and theirs, are pretty ones! There's plenty of prettiness on offer, on Finlee & Me's gorgeous website.
 
Finlee & Me are offering 15% off sitewide,
 to readers of Six Little Hearts.
Use the coupon code FINLEE15%OFF
 
 
 
 
***GIVEAWAY***  ***GIVEAWAY***
  ***GIVEAWAY***
 
Win a set of ALL of these fabulous toys featured in this review for your child!
 
Thanks to the generosity of Finlee & Me, one lucky Six Little Hearts reader has a chance to win everything featured in this review!
Please share this competition with your Mum friends!
 
To enter, simply follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter App below.(App may take a few seconds to load).
Entry is open to Australian residents only.
Winner will be notified by email and given 48 hours to respond.
If no response in this time, a new winner will be drawn.
Winner's details will be sent to Finlee & Me for prize distribution purposes.
Total prize value is $76.
Judge's decision is final.
Good Luck!
Please note: Your entry is only valid if you complete the mandatory requirements of this competition (there are two of them). If you do not complete these mandatory entry requirements then all your subsequent entries will be invalid and removed. Please play fair as others do take the time to complete their entries!
All entries will be screened to ensure they conform to these requirements.
Thank you for your understanding and good luck!

xxx
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*I received a selection of the toys featured in this post in exchange for my opinions presented in this review.
 
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45 comments:

  1. OMG! Those toys look gorgeous. My littlest would go crazy over the crayons and my alphabet obsessed eldest would love those flashcards and building blocks. My favourite toy as a kid were the trees outside. I just could not climb them enough!

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    1. Renee, the toys are stunning! My littlies love them - nothing beats a quality toy :D

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  2. I loved playing UNO as a child, still do in fact, and now my little kids are obsessed with it too!

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    1. We play Uno too and I love that game. We merged two packs together to make a hand of cards really annoying! So much fun!

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  3. My favourite toy was a cabbage patch doll..

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    1. My big daughter has 2 of them and she has been told to look after them - big collector's items there!

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  4. I loved elastics!

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    1. I LOVED elastics! I can even remember how to do the whole thing still! Thanks for the memories!

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  5. Gorgeous toys for littlies! When I was a kid, anything to do with drawing was for me, and my daughter is exactly the same :)

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  6. I loved dolls when I was little so my grandfather made me the most amazing wooden dolls house.

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  7. Never heard of those crayons before, but what a clever idea.

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  8. Jody, Where did you get Celeste's onesie from?? I totally want one!

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    1. Toni, I bought it online from the US but I am not sure where now! I wish I had bought more though! It is very cute (and appropriate)!

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  9. I loved my Cabbage Patch doll when I was little. My mum still has her put away for my girls to play with.

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  10. Growing up with three brothers I was always intrigued by their amazing toys and gadgets. One of my favourites was DUPLO because I could build and role play with my brothers, which was lots of fun!

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    1. Boy toys are very exciting aren't they!

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  11. Barbie and legos were my favourite. I use to make new furniture and cars for barbie everyday with legos and play for hours with my little sister.

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    1. I remember doing this too! Nothing like crafting your own furniture for the doll collection. I still love Lego!

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  12. My favourite toys growing up were my hot wheels cars and Smash Up Derby Cars - I was a tom boy!! Great giveaway!! xoxo

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  13. My favourite toy was my baby doll.

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  14. My sister and I would spend hours in the backyard with our skipping ropes - we became creative and even invented our own skipping games!

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  15. I had a little Gumby toy when I was little, and I adored him. He was flexible and fun, and we had many adventures together. :')

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  16. My favourite toy was a raggedy clown who had lost his stuffing. I still have him.
    - Benjamin T

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  17. Wow!!! What a fantastic collection of toys!!! My favourite toy as a child is a Minnie Mouse cooking / cups and saucers set - I remember always grabbing my mum and nan to come have tea parties with me - being the only child!!!

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  18. I love the quirky shapes of those crayons... but I can see how the design totally makes sense for little hands and fingers to grab and hold. I like the fact they are stackable too!

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  19. My favourite toy was my two story doll-house!

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  20. We loved chalk - could spend hours outside drawing on concrete, hopscotch, pictures, writing Elise LUVS Brad......

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  21. Loved knuckle bones , marbles and elastics!! ok. showing my age now lol

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  22. Jessica Blundell9 March 2014 at 12:25

    A toy plastic crocodile that squeaked. I still have it, though it doesn't squeak anymore :)

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  23. I had a teddy bear named Morgan who I loved with all my heart and soul!
    As for teething, my only tip is to get an amber necklace. It really did help my little one!

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  24. I think my favourite toy as a child would have to have been my red haired cabbage patch kid doll...but I can't remember her name!

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  25. My fav toy as a child was a homemade doll of straw that my grandmother made. She was green with long blonde hair. She did everything with me. I miss her. thanks so much :)
    buhagiar2@bigpond.com

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  26. I loved my ceramic doll 'Sandra' named after my new baby sister.

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  27. I loves a set of wooden blocks that came in a push cart. I loved how the blocks only fitted back in a certain way. I remember spending arranges rearranging them to get them to fit!

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  28. Colouring in. I had so many colouring in books, and boxes of pencils, crayons, textas, felt pens and anything else I could use.

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  29. I had a cupboard full of dolls but I preferred to play lego with my brother!

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  30. Pick up sticks, I would play for hours. My kids would have no idea what they even are :(

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  31. I loved puzzles i could do them for hours and hours.

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  32. I loved being outdoors playing hopscotch or elastics or even knuckles..we had bikes, scooters and go karts that we loved too. But if it was raining there was always puzzles & colouring in to keep us occupied.

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  33. My favourite toy was my Suzie doll, so much so that when my cousin got an identical one I took it off her,

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  34. An iron that lighted up and played the same tune over and over! I was obsessed with it, i ironed everything in sight.

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  35. Louise Lockwood18 March 2014 at 15:02

    My favourite toy from my childhood was my kitchen/loungeroom lego I would play hours and hours with it

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  36. My favourite toy from childhood was a pull along puppy dog, he came everywhere with me and I still have him for my 2 year old!

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  37. I loved my cabbage patch doll! I even have it still

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