Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Apple n Amos. In Amos' words:
"Our handmade wooden toys are rooted and inspired by Montessori & Waldorf teaching principles.
We offer a full line of open ended educational toys, wooden baby teethers, party favors, classic games and so much more! Voted Top 5 Best Toy Shops on Etsy!
SouleMama: What inspired you to start your business?
Amos: I opened my shop in 2010. Back in 2007 our little man Henry was born. With a strong desire to be a stay at home mama, I decided to cash out my 401k and leave my job. We got by for awhile but soon the money was dwindling and I decided to get a job, that's then the economy tanked and I couldn't find work.
While I was home, in an effort to save money, I learned to sew, bake, can and make wooden toys for Henry.
With a need to create, put food on the table and still stay at home to raise my boy- a tiny seed started to take root and Apple n Amos was born.
We have never looked back since.
SouleMama: How do you come up with new designs and ideas?
Amos: I like to read and being a new mom I read all sorts of parenting books. I found myself leaning towards Waldorf and Montessori approaches when it came to teaching. I also watched my son Henry, and now my daughter Amelia. Henry was my first inspiration. He liked to sit and tinker, put things in a special order. Now Amelia, she is completely opposite of Henry, she likes to take things apart and she never sits still for long.
SouleMama: Tell us about your customers.
Amos: Our customers come from all over the world and all walks of life but I'd like to think my customers are a little like me. Parents who don't want to spend a fortune on toys that only do one thing and watch as their child gets bored of it a few weeks later.
They want to get a special toy that offers more than one way to play, a toy that promotes creativity and maybe even teaches too. A toy that fosters imagination and happy memories at the same time. A toy that can be passed on to their grandchildren.
For today's giveaway, Apple n Amos is generously offering the following gift to ONE winner:
What better way to celebrate all the colors of the new season, than with this beautiful wooden realistic egg set. 12 eggs to count, hide, seek, cook, decorate, pretend and play games.
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To enter today's giveaway, please leave a comment (one entry per person, please) in today's post. I'll close comments by 8:00 am EST on Monday, and announce the winner, chosen via Random Number Generator, shortly after.
Thank you, Apple n Amos!