On the 24th I sent out a tweet commenting that in exactly two months it would be Christmas Eve. Instantly about thirty @ replies jumped into my feed, nearly all of them exclamations of horror. Most of the freakout factor was based around the amount of shopping that needed to be done before the big day.
Here’s my secret for holiday shopping – I do it online. In my bathrobe and fuzzy slippers, with a cup of cocoa. I stay far away from hectic malls, line-ups, snowy roads, and parking vying. I scope out a few shops ahead of time (like now) because I like to feel the material of clothes or read the back cover of a book, but most of my final purchases are made online.
Some of my favorite gifts for kids come from a local store with the unforgettable name of Mortimer Snodgrass; I could easily get something for everyone on my list there. Fortunately for non-locals, Montreal’s funkiest gift store also has a flourishing, easy to navigate online shop that ships worldwide.
Mortimer Snodgrass is kindly offering two awesome gift baskets of some of my favorite items at the end of the post, but before the giveaway, read about a couple of products that simply ‘work’ for my family.
Around the Table
Would you believe that every morning there used to be a squabble over our everyday colored plastic dishes? (They both wanted what the color the other brother had.) Two of these practical and cheery Zoo plates have since silenced those quarrels, as the boys now have ‘personalized’ plates, Owl for Noah, and Monkey for Mateo.
I love that the Zoo plates are big enough to spread dinner around to help it cool faster, but have edges to prevent spillage. I do wish they were dishwasher safe, but since we use them at every meal, they’d hardly get a chance to sit in the dishwasher.
With hardwood floors stretching from end to end of our home, our Playspots foam tiles provide a colorful and soft landing pad for my busy boys. I love their soft colors (no fluorescents!) and modern look, while the kids enjoy playing around with all the patterns that can be made with the different shapes and colors.
I have a feeling the Playspot mat is going to be invaluable when our new little addition comes along, too. The boys are going to have to share with their sister!
As our playroom is on the main floor, it’s important for me to keep the mess to a minimum. A pair of spacious and sturdy storage boxes from Mortimer Snodgrass help contain the toys as well as add a major cute factor to the room. If only keeping the rest of the house clean was so easy!
In honor of their recent ten year anniversary, Mortimer Snodgrass is generously offering two awesome gift baskets to Simple Bites readers! They both contain the items I described above.
**This giveaway has ended. Check back soon for the winners.**
Giveaway Basket 1: Around the Table
- 1 Backpack Dish Set
- 1 Bib, Farm
- 2 Zoo Bowls
- 2 Snack Balls
- 2 Zoo Plates
Total basket value of 8 items: $98
Giveaway Basket 2: Playroom Décor
- Playspot Floor Mat – Brights
- Storage Box – Peacock
- Storage Box – Kangaroo
Total basket value of 3 items: $146
How to Enter the Giveaway
This giveaway will have two winners, one for each basket.
To enter: Leave a comment on this post and tell me which basket you would rather win: Playroom Décor or Around the Table? *This giveaway has ended. Check back soon for the winners.**
For each extra entry, return to this post and leave a comment letting me know if you became a MS Facebook fan or followed on MS on Twitter. Thank you!
Giveaway ends Saturday, October 29 at 11:59 PM. Two winners will be announced on Sunday. Good luck to all!