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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Think Spring! New Toys, Potty Training Class, & Tula Baby Carriers

Think Spring!
Think Spring!

We are tentatively, hopefully, quietly, turning our thoughts toward Spring. Yes! It's not pitch dark when we close up the store at 6pm; the days are getting longer. Yes! Sometimes there's a hopeful springish smell in the air and a quiet chirp of birds. Sure, we've got a good bit more of winter nastiness to live through, but we've begun to hope...

With that in mind, we're stocking the store with bunnies, chicks, lambs, and even bio-degradable Easter Eggs, swim diapers, and sand toys. BELIEVE with us!

And speaking of hopeful optimism....
Potty Training Class With Jamie Waldvogel
Jumpstart Your Potty Training!

Congratulations to Jamie Waldvogel for her great write-up in this month's Minnesota Parent. Jamie will be teacheing her Ins & Outs of Potty Training Class here on March 21. Jamie is absolutely wonderful! If you've got a toddler in diapers, this might be the best $30 you'll ever spend!

Tula Baby CarriersNew Tulas are coming!
We've got a bunch of Tula Baby Carriers on the way in new prints that see m to have a lot of buzz on the interwebs. Don't worry about preordering and all that nonsense, tho. We'll just let you know when they arrive. Watch for these over the next 2 weeks. Actually, we've changed our minds about this. We will be making preorders available. Tulas will be arriving in 2 shipments on 2/17 and by 2/24. Otherwise we're afraid we'll end up rather overbought on Tulas.

Prints on the way include Anchor, Happy Elephants, Sweet Songs, Dynasty, Prism, and Lovely Rascals.

Peapods FREE Cloth Diaper Class
Free Cloth Diaper Class2nd and 4th Thursday of Every Month 6pm
Want to learn more about cloth diapers? Attend one of our FREE Cloth Diapering Class! Held one the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month, we'll teach you just about everything there is to know! No need to pre-register. Next classes: February 12th (tonight!) and 26th.

And now for our new arrivals:
Alphabet Wallet Cars
My First Felt Board
Love Your Mama Organic Onesie
Smart Car Play Set
Carrot Spoon & Fork Set
Tap Tap Geonimo Cork Board Pounding Art Toy

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Our January Subzero Sale Begins Today: The Colder it Gets, the More You Save!

Peapods Subzero SaleBecause It Can Always Get Colder...

...The Temperature is your Savings!
Apply a subzero discount to any one item any time we go below zero in the month of January. If the morning low is -15, you'll save 15% on the item of your choice that day. Minus 20 degrees? Save 20%!

Your savings will be based on the official National Weather Service Fahrenheit readings at the MSP airport each morning (windchill not included.). All you have to do is mention our subzero sale at the register and let us know which item to apply your savings to. Available in store only. Does not apply to special orders or previously purchased items.

30% off Winter Sale Items!
Hats, Mittens, Smartwool Socks &
 Stonz Booties 
Smartwool Baby Socks on Sale
We have a huge selection of Smartwool Socks, Stonz winter booties, mittens, mitten clips, and winter hats from JoJo Maman Bebe and Judanzy are all 30% off. See our online sale page for more info.

Whales Can't Whistle by the Bunny Clogs
Whales Can't Whistle
Adam Levy and the Bunny Clogs are at it again! Their brand new album is wacky, wonky, and wildly zoological. Basically, it's a tour of the world's oddest living creatures, although our favorite is probably Jumpy the Spider from Edina. We are blessed with so much amazing local kids music and the Bunny Clogs are in a class by themselves!

Also in local music news, our hearty congratulations to the Okee Dokee Brothers for their second Grammy Nomination for best childrens' album for Through the Woods. We love you guys!


Upcoming Events

Music Together at PeapodsMusic Together @ Peapods 
We still have a few spots available in our Tuesday and Friday Ensemble Music Together classes, which begin next week. Register now and cure the winter blues with music!

Free Cloth Diaper ClassPeapods FREE Cloth Diaper Class
2nd and 4th Thursday of Every Month 6pm
Want to learn more about cloth diapers? Attend one of our FREE Cloth Diapering Class! Held one the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month, we'll teach you just about everything there is to know! No need to pre-register. Next classes: January 8th and 22nd. 

And now for our new arrivals:
Bath Mat by Prince Lionheart
Little Dude baby shoes by Robeez
Osa Limited Edition bumGenius Print
Clutching Baby Toy Magic Rolling by Haba
Soul Flower Baby Onesies
Nubbles Natural Rubber Baby Ball Toy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Peapods December Newsletter: New Gift Ideas + Winter Music Together + Holiday Cloth Diaper Drive

Happy Holiday! We've been super busy lately, but we managed to put our monthly newsletter with new gift ideas and info about our cloth diaper drive and winter Music Together classes. Enjoy!

New Holiday Gift Ideas

Zither Heaven Kids Ukuleles
Our hardwood kids' ukuleles are now available in red or blue in addition to natural maple, cherry and walnut. We love these little guitars because they're perfect for young musicians and super sturdy. 

Made in USA by Zither Heaven, who also make our new Thumb Pianos.
Tula Toddler Carriers
By popular demand, we now stock Tula Toddler Carriers! With a wide seat and well-padded straps, the Tula Toddler can carry kids up to 50 pounds. 

Of course, we also stock the original Ergonomic Tula Carrier, which can carry up to 45 pounds. Comfort for everyone!


Dundry Hill Hot Air Balloon Mobile
We've added a new wool felt mobile from Minnesota's own Dundry Hill. The Hot Air Balloon mobile offers a rainbow of bright colors dancing around a happy little cloud. 

Also: Congratulations to Dundry Hill for being named a 2014 Top Toy Pick by Mothering Magazine!
 Panda Wheely Bug                                                                   

Wheely Panda
It's a Panda Wheely Bug! What more can we say? A perfect ride-on toy for ages 14 months to 3 years old. Also available in ladybug and bee. 

Holiday Used Diaper Drive Gently Used Cloth Diaper Drive

Once again this year, we're joining with BabyLove to collect gently used cloth diapers for families in need via Cotton Babies' Share the Love program. We'll be accepting donations through 12/22, so check your closets soon for any extra fluff!

Music Together Classes @ PeapodsMusic Together Winter Classes

Classes begin January 5th. 

FREE Demo Classes! 
December 29 & December 30 at 10:30am and January 2 at 10:45am. Stop in and see why we love Music Together so much!

Once again, we'll be hosting Music Together for Babies and Mixed Ages Classes in our Community Room.

Music Together is a wonderful way to introduce your baby, toddler, or child, to music. Each class teaches about melody, rhythm, instruments, dancing, and open-ended play. Music Together classes are truly wonderful! 

Free Cloth Diaper ClassPeapods FREE Cloth Diaper Class

Last class of the year:  December 11th @ 6pm
Want to learn more about cloth diapers? Attend one of our FREE Cloth Diapering Class! Held one the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month, we'll teach you just about everything there is to know! No need to pre-register.
Finally...Thank you for your support this year. Have a Happy Holidays!                         

Monday, November 24, 2014

Announcing the Peapods Plaid Friday Sale. Let's Make Black Friday Plaid!

Peapods Black Friday Sale Black Friday at Peapods Natural Toys
Chain stores want you to spend Thanksgiving & Black Friday fighting crowds and shuffling through freezing cold parking lots. Phooey on that! 

Let's Make Black Friday Plaid!

Friday, November 28, 10am-6pm

Celebrate Thanksgiving with your family, sleep in on Friday, and then shop your locally-owned indie stores in plaid style. We'll have doorbuster deals, prizes, free hot cider & cookies, and even live bagpipes! At Peapods, we say let's make Black Friday fun--let's make it  P  L  A  I   D 


(*Actually, please don't hurt our doors!)
Plaid Friday Doorbuster Deals @ Peapods
  • 40% off a gigantic selection of KicKee Pants bamboo baby clothes (Plus, buy 6 outfits and get one free!)
  • 40% off a huge selection of Haba baby & toddler toys (over $4500 worth at retail)
  • 40% off select Kathe Kruse soft baby toys
  • BUY 1 GET 1 FREE Crocodile Creek stainless steel water bottles
  • Rockin' Green Detergent's brand new SECRET HOLIDAY SCENT in Classic Rock will be $13.99 (Normally $17.95)
  • 40% off select Douglas fairy wings, kids' purses, & stuffed animals
  • BUY 1 GET 1 FREE a huge selection of durable Nylon Wind 'n Sun Kites
  • Free Holiday dot to dot book with any KEVA or Mindware purchase
  • BUY 1 GET 1 FREE Crocodile Creek placemats, sandwich keepers, and ice packs
  • 50% off Crocodile Creek kids' back packs
  • BUY 1 GET 1 FREE select Ceaco jigsaw puzzles
  • BUY 1 GET 1 FREE eeboo craft & art supplies
  • 40% off select Klutz Activity Books
  • 25% off our remaining inventory of bumGenius Marie & Martin prints
  • 40% off our remaining stock of Boba 4G Baby Carriers
  • 40% off our remaining stock of Super Undies training pants
  • 40% off our remaining stock of Undercover Mama nursingwear 
  • 40% off a Hape wooden play kitchen (already assembled!)
Plus, wear plaid and save an extra 5% off your entire purchase!

Note: All doorbuster sale items are final sale. And, while we always offer free in-store giftwrap, we may not be able to giftwrap during our busiest times--you can always come back another day.

KickKee Pants on Sale
We've made a special purchase of bamboo KicKee Pants for Plaid Friday. Save 40% on each outfit, plus buy 6 and get one outfit free.


With any purchase over $30, you can draw an instant-win prize from our Plaid Friday fishbowl. You’ll draw one of the following fabulous prizes:
  • $5 Peapods Gift Card
  • $20 Peapods Gift Card (at least 4 available in the fish bowl!)
  • $50 Peapods Gift Card (one of these in the bowl)
  • bumGenius Freetime, Flip, and 4.0 diapers in the retired limited edition Chaplin print
  • Okee Dokee Brothers CD
  • Set of 200 Maple Keva Planks
  • Faber-Castell art supplies 
  • My Small World wooden toys by Hape
  • Quart of Allens + 4 wool dryer balls
  • Set of bath toys

Plaid Friday bagpipes @ PeapodsDid we mention bagpipes?

Our good friend Bob Lies from Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply will serenade us with bagpipes at noon on Plaid Friday. Because we're not gonna rebrand Black Friday as Plaid without bagpipes! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Joins Us Saturday @ the Mpls Green Gifts Fair. (Plus, Black Friday Goes Plaid @ Peapods!)

Minneapolis Green Gifts Fair
Peapods Natural Toys

November 22, 10am - 5 pm
Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis

Join us and over 80 other local green businesses for DoItGreen's annual Green Gifts Fair. Find something eco-friendly for everyone on your list. Plus, enjoy all the other amazing food and shops Midtown Global Market has to offer. We'll see you there!

Peapods Plaid Friday SaleBlack Friday's Gone Plaid!

For years, we've been on a quest to make Black Friday less blechy. Now, we're 
joining with dozens of other locally-owned indie stores across the Twin Cities to rebrand the day altogether--we're calling it Plaid Friday!

Forget waiting in cold parking lots outside big box stores! Plaid Friday is about fun, adventure, and locally-grown savings. Check out Plaid Friday's Facebook page for more details.

At Peapods, we'll have dozens of amazing door-busting deals at 40-50% off (stay tuned for more details!), super-cool door prizes, and, of course, hot cider. Plus, wear plaid and save an additional 5% off your entire purchase!

Seriously, this Plaid Friday will be bigger and better than any of our previous Black Fridays!

Music Together Winter Classes @ PeapodsMusic Together Winter Classes
Now open for registration.
Classes begin January 5th.

Once again, we'll be hosting Music Together for Babies and Mixed Ages Classes in our Community Room.

Music Together is a wonderful way to introduce your baby, toddler, or child, to music. Each class teaches about melody, rhythm, instruments, dancing, and open-ended play. Music Together classes are truly wonderful!

Free Cloth Diaper ClassPeapods FREE Cloth Diaper Class
2nd and 4th Thursday of Every Month 6pm
Want to learn more about cloth diapers? Attend one of our FREE Cloth Diapering Class! Held one the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month, we'll teach you just about everything there is to know! No need to pre-register. Next class: December 11, our last class of the year.

Here's What's New:

Grimm's Spiel und Holz Blocks from Germany
Grimm's Domino Rally
Grimm's Fabuto Stacking Rings
Handmade Clocks by Tree by Kerri Lee
Wooden Toy Train Made in USA
Whoa! Bots by Tree Hopper Toys

Monday, October 27, 2014

Celebrate Local Toymakers -- Join us for our 2nd Annual Minnesota Toy Fair!

Peapods Minnesota Toy Fair
Meet the Toymakers!
Join us to celebrate Minnesota's growing community of unique toymakers and toy designers. These earth-friendly toymakers all focus on classic open-ended toys that inspire creativity without batteries.
Saturday, November 8
It's a hyper-local kickoff to the holiday season!

This year's toymakers include Fairy FineryDundry HillMindwareYOXOBeka, dollmaker Donyelle Headington, and Sweet Pea & Co. We'll have play tables set up with Mindware's KEVA planks, YOXO toys, and Beka maple unit blocks.

We'll have free coffee and fresh donuts.  Plus, enter to win a locally-made prize basket with every $20 purchase and you'll earn double Peapods Rewards  points for each local toy purchased.

This year's event will coincide with ASTRA's Neighborhood Toy Store Day, which will be celebrating local toy stores all across the country and the unique roles they play in their communities. See you there! 

Now, Check out these Minnesota Toys:

Beka Solid Maple Unit Blocks
Dundry Hill Wool Mobiles
KEVA Planks by Mindware
Fairy Finery Dress Up
Onesies & Skirts by Sweet Pea & Co.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Our October Newsletter: Rainbows, New Toys, and Tulas

Rainbows for Everyone!

Yes, October is a spooky month (and we've got that covered, too!), but let's not forget about Rainbows! Yes, rainbows are visions and only illusions, but they make us happy. And so many great toys come in rainbow colors. So, let's ignore all the Halloween spookiness today and share some of our favorite rainbows.
Rainbow Wellies Rubber Children's Rain BootsRainbow Umbrella

For example, our new Rainbow Wellies just arrived from England, where they take rain boots seriously. These will be great for October and November rains and for stomping early and late winter slush. Available in sizes 4-8.

You could also, if you're feeling extra spectacular, pair the rainbow wellies with our longtime favorite rainbow kids umbrella. Grumpiness wouldn't stand a chance with that combo! Look at how much fun our son Duncan had with his rainbow umbrella. (Ellie likes hers, too!)

Rainbow Chewbeads
Our new Rainbow Chewbeads have been a big hit since they arrived this summer. Chewbeads, of course, are designed to be worn by mom or dad and are safe for baby to chew on. Chewbeads make a great distraction from grabbing at your hair or ears while nursing or babywearing.

Haba Rainbow Stacking Toy

Rainbows are very developmentally appropriate for toddler toys. The bright colors are attractive and easy learn. Haba's Rainbow Stacking Tower, for example, teaches colors, proportion, and counting skills as well as developing hand-eye coordination. Papa Don's Toys from Oregon also makes some wonderfully bright wooden toddler rainbow toys, including a stacker, a tumbler, and of course their rainbow lawnmower--another Peapods favorite.  

Rainbow Giant Cardboard Building Blocks Made USA
Made in Wisconsin from recycled paper, Smart Monkey Toys Rainbow Stacking Blocks are another great idea for ages 2-5. We love these because kids can build huge structures and no one gets hurt when they all come tumbling down. Plus, they're sturdy enough for an adult to stand on without crushing.

KEVA Rainbow Colors Building PlanksFor older kids, add some color to amazing architectural creations with the new KEVA colors set. We've said this many times, but KEVA may set the record for the most long term play value. Toddlers enjoy stacking KEVA planks and knocking them down while big kids, teenagers, and even grownups can create impressive structure like bridges, towers, and cathedrals.

Rainbow Birds Felt Mobile by Dundry HillWe also love Dundry Hill's rainbow birds and airplanes mobiles. Made in Minneapolis, these mobiles are made from brightly dyed wool felt and are a wonder to behold. They increase net happiness by 20% in any room they live in.

Rainbow Tie-Dye Prefold Cloth DiapersFinally, only you and your baby will know about her rainbow tie-dye prefold diapers, but no one else needs to. Because sometime rainbows are a state of mind. Or a state of diapering.

How many more rainbow items do we carry? See all our rainbows on our website.

Tula Baby Carriers

In today's non-rainbow news, we'd like to announce the addition of Tula Baby Carriers to our babywearing options. Tula structured baby carriers are comfortable, vesatile, and stylish. A great choice for any baby--from newborn to toddler.

Some extra features we like on the Tula carrier include padded leg openings for your child's comfort, a wider pouch, and handy waist belt storage pocket.


And now for our new arrivals:
Plan Toys Mini Golf Set
Rinseworks Diaper Sprayer
42 Piece Tegu Tints Set
Plan Toys My First Phone
Janod Counting Hedgehog Toy
New Indestructibles Book Titles