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Are you looking for a portable, durable, treasure filled toy? How about one that can be played with anywhere, and you won't have to worry about making too much noise or a mess? You can do all these things AND support a great independent business. Check out Baby Love Blankies. It's owned and operated by Jaime, a stay at home mom of three active but wonderful little boys: five year old Jackson, three year old Justin, and two year old Joey. She is also the proud wife of a Navy serviceman, currently stationed on the USS Georgia.
Her mother taught her how to sew when she was 8, and the two of them have worked on craft projects together ever since. She has also used the skills her mother taught her to start Baby Love Blankies when, as she explains,
"I was trying to find a way to make a little extra money while still being able to stay home with my kids. I have always liked sewing so I started making baby blankets for my friends and my own children. They said I should set up an Etsy shop, so I did. The timing was perfect!
My first sale came 2 weeks after I opened my shop! It was the best feeling ever! Someone actually paid for something I made! The most exciting part was when they contacted my after they got their order in the mail. The lady mentioned how nice everything was and how much she loved the item!"
Jaime's Baby Love Blankies store on Etsy specializes in making I Spy Bags, which are essentially little pillows with a clear window on one side. Inside there are poly pellets, novelty buttons, and other small objects. They are a multi-sensory educational tool for language development, recognition skills, and fine motor skills that will engage your child in searching for and identifying different objects. It's never the same game twice so it'll hold and their attention over and over again. You'll love it because it's one activity that doesn't require batteries or make noise! A heavy duty laminated list of what's inside is included and attached by ribbon. The corners of the lamination are rounded.
She makes large I Spy Bags that are 8X8 inches, made with two layers of flannel for extra durability, the seams are also double sewn, each contains 40 items to hunt and search for.
She also makes Itsy Bitsy I Spy Bags, they come in a variety of sizes so if you find a design you like be sure you click on it to read the description to find out the dimentions of the one you are interested in.
She describes the Itsy Bitsy Tuti Fruit I Spy Bag shown above as, "A mini version of my other I spy bags! It is aprox 4"X5" and contains 20 items for your child to find. It is the perfect size for your purse so you can give it to your child as you wait for your dinner at you favorite restaurant or in that long line at the store! I've used them in the lines at Disney World. My kids love looking for all of the hidden treasures! The list is detachable so you can ask your child to find the items from the front seat of your car!"
I asked Jaime how she got started making I Spy Bags and she said it was, "When I was looking for a fun quiet toy for my sons preschool class. He loves playing I spy in the car on road trips. I thought it might be cool to make the class I spy bags. They were fun to make, it was fun tying to find just the right treasures to add to the bags. His class loved them! I decided to try adding them to my shop! They took off right away!" My two and a half year old ER was very entertained by shifting through the pellets and looking through the window to find all the hidden treasures inside the Itsy Bitsy Kitty I Spy Bag she picked out. She likes playing with hers in the car seat and in restaurants while waiting for our meals. I like having it on hand when I take her grocery shopping so she has something to do while I pick out produce. It's especially handy during long sermons, when I need a quiet way to keep her occupied. Most of the time ER uses her I Spy Bag independently and looks for the various objects in random order, letting me know excitedly when she's found something. It's so cute to hear her say from the back seat, "I spy a butterfly, Mama!" For some reason, she really likes finding the butterfly over and over. There is also little list of what's inside attached to the bag by a ribbon and we'll sit with her and take turns finding a specific item. She likes that a lot and is even willing, albeit rather grudingly, to take turns in order to play with us. We also got two Boo Boo Bags from Baby Love Blankies, and these are a great improvement from the boo boo soother we had before. That one was a plastic cube that fit into a fabric holder. It was still open on two sides, so the downside was that in order for the cold pack to actually sit against the boo and prevent swelling you had a freezing cold hunk of plastic against your skin. Guess who didn't like that?
The mini Boo Boo Bags we got are perfectly sized for ER's toddler sized hand and are both made out of snuggly flannel, filled with white rice, with the seams are double sewn. They can be used as a cold pack or for warm treatment. The soft fabric means that we won't get ice "sweat" on our hands and no more uncomfortable plastic against the skin.
Here are the directions from Baby Love Blankies, you will also get a copy laminated and attached to your bag.
~For Cold treatment place the boo boo bag in a ziplock bag and put it in the freezer until you need it.
~For Heat treatment microwave this bag for 15-30 seconds. Please be sure to check the temperture of the bag before giving it to your child!
Baby Love Blankies also carries the softest looking minky baby blankets. Wouldn't you love to cuddle underneath this one made with soft lady bug flannel and pink minky fabric? I don't think I'll fit underneath this 17X17 inch one, but what a lovely texture to wrap up your baby in!You'll also find this Cute Lil Monkey Burp Cloth at Baby Love Blankies. It's oversized at 9.5X 20 inches, so it's great protection from spit ups but will still roll up small and fit into your diaper bag! Made out of very soft flannel and an absorbent layer of soft sage green minky fabric, it can also be used as a changing pad or face cloth when out and about.
Interested in an I Spy Bag? Buy one at Baby Love Blankies! Jaime has a great price point on her bags, making them affordable for any budget and this month she's cut the prices even more! All of her bags are .50 to $3.00 off!
Win One! Baby Love Blankies is going to give one of our readers a choice of:
One large I spy bag and One small I spy bag
a $30 credit and free shipping!!!
To Enter: You MUST go over to Baby Love Blankies, browse their fabulous selection of products, and then come back and leave us a comment as to which products you'd choose if you won.
To Earn Extra Entries: You MUST do the first option, described above FIRST and then you can choose additional methods from the choices below. A separate comment MUST be left for each additional entry.
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This giveaway will be open now until Monday June 22 midnight, EST. We'll choose a winner using random.org and announce who it is next Tuesday! Good Luck!
Disclaimer: We received our review product from Baby Love Blankies, free of charge in return for writing a review of their products and hosting a giveaway on our blog. We want to stress that our opinions are genuine and no effort was made to influence them by the company.