Our house has officially entered the world of make believe. The books that we read at bedtime, naptime, breakfast time and every other time in between are stories that live and breathe in Beckett’s imagination. Her world is a make-believe miniaturized version of Jacob’s and my real world. The daycare that she sets up has a classroom full of baby dolls, the lullabies she croons to her dolls and stuffed animals are her “versions” of what we sing and the books she reads are the same ones we repeat night after night. It’s a magical place, this world of a two-year-old.
One of my favorite places on this blog is the “book nook”. It’s where I find quotes from my favorite authors and dispense a bit of humor, wisdom, melancholy or a bit of all three. My go-to author is Dr. Seuss. He is a big contributor to our personal library and one of the star-studded guests at Beckett’s second birthday party. We love Dr. Seuss.
So, imagine my delight when I found a company selling organic and natural stuffed animals from our most beloved Dr. Seuss books. I am talking about the Dr. Seuss collection from miYim.
Their entire collection of stuffed animals and toys sport organic ingredients, natural dyes that are beautifully muted and free from any chemicals and 100% cotton materials. The Jane Goodall Wild Animal Collection has the endearing gorilla, lion and elephant and a promise that a portion of the proceeds will go towards the Jane Goodall Institute.
But, the Dr. Seuss collection grabbed my heart. Beckett pulled Horton out of her books and into her make-believe world. And, the Cat in the Hat is part of endless rhymes and tongue-twisters that demonstrate classic Seuss poetry. The characters look exactly like the book, but have a sweet coloring from the natural dyes that is a welcoming addition to the harsh dyes and vibrantly shocking colors of most children’s gear.
I firmly believe that we can all use a bit more Dr. Seuss in our lives. Thank you miYim for bringing these characters and their stories to life.
Blabla: happiness fits in the palm of the hand
There is one single toy that Beckett has been given that has not left her side ever. It’s her baby doll and was a gift for her first birthday. The darling goes by the name “Baby” (we keep things simple around here!) and is a constant fixture in the day to day activities and a must at bedtime. The problem with Baby is that she is not anatomically correct and it’s something that has begun to bother Beckett. Jacob and I are peppered with questions like:
- Why doesn’t Baby have two hands? She has a rattle instead.
- Why doesn’t Baby have hair? Because she has a bonnet instead.
- Why doesn’t Baby have five fingers and a thumb? Because…
One thing I have been on the lookout for is a “sister” for baby. A bit more human like version that would give Beckett a place to put barrettes and long legs that could wear a pair of pants. But, plastic shelled and nylon haired versions were out of the question. That’s where Blabla comes in. They are just what I was looking for.
Blabla is a wonderful line of natural toys from the creative mind of Florence Wetterwald. Each stuffed toy is hand-knit with fair-trade labor in Peru and uses cotton fibers and eco-conscious dyes. I am big fan of introducing children to different textures and as a knitter at heart – I love that Blabla is thinking outside the box. The designs are whimsical and the craftsmanship is phenomenal. These are the kind of toys that your children will cherish for years and keep for their kids. The selection of toys is unbelievably imaginative and flourishes with unique characters from owls to bees and the lovable and freakishly fun boogaloo.
Dolly (I told we keep it simple) – a.k.a. Trixie – has become a companion for Baby and Beckett and is welcome addition to our ever expanding family.
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- A Horton from the Dr. Seuss Collection of miYim
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