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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Celebrate Your Independents -- and Win!



Celebrate Independent Businesses in July and be one of four winners of $600 in Gift Cards from 25 participating locally-owned indie shops -- including Peapods!

For each indie business you visit in July, you'll receive one entry form. Plus, when you mention Celebrate Your Independence at each business, you'll earn special prizes or discounts. At Peapods, we've give you a free canvas market bag with any purchase.

Why buy local? Locally-owned businesses keep the spirit of independence alive in the Twin Cities, and create more jobs per dollar than the big chains. Shifting just a fraction of our shopping dollars to local independents can create a huge cumulative impact.

One winner will be chosen each week in July, so enter early and often.

And look at all the amazing shops and restaurants you can visit!


Visit BuyLocalTwinCities.com for downloadable brochures and contest guides.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June Newsletter: BRIO Play Day this Saturday, Sidewalk Sale Next Week!

BRIO Trains Play Day!
This Saturday June 14th 11am - 3pm
Brio Play Day

Come build with us! We've got two huge cases of track and trains just waiting to be roll. The fun won't be limited to just train tables--we're planning to fill our entire back room!

Plus, we'll have free BRIO prizes to the first 50 kids who help us build our transit network. And with every $50 purchase you can enter to win one of several BRIO train sets we'll be giving away.

Double the fun and take the train!
The Green Line also opens this Saturday and our neighborhood will be throwing a launch party by the Raymond Avenue station complete with music, art projects, food trucks and a free shuttle trolley sponsored by Sunrise Banks circulating up the road to our store and all the other shops along the way.

Sidewalk Sale June 20 - 21, 10am - 6pm

Peapods Annual Sidewalk Sale
Mark your calendars! Our famous, fabulous, and fantastic fourteenth annual Sidewalk Sale inspires fanatical followers! This year's sale will not disappoint. Expect tons and tons of closeouts, oodles of scratch & dents, dozens of samples, and bunches of crazy but awesome random stuff.

Yes, there will be toys. Yes, there will be cloth diapers (including a couple of special buys!) Yes, there will be a lot of happy people. Yes, exclamation points are always free!!

Hardwood Child's Zither Heaven Ukulele Made in USA

New in Store: Hardwood Ukuleles Made in USA by Zither Heaven

These handmade instruments make a perfect first guitar for small hands! Unlike other kids' instruments we've seen, Zither Heaven Ukuleles are very sturdy and are built to last. Plus, they make a great sound and are about the same price as imports!

Our Ukuleles come in a choice of Maple, Walnut or Cherry. Whichever you choose, they'll sound beautiful!


 


Music Together Free Demo Classes & Summer Sessions
Music Together Summer Classes at PeapodsBeginning June 23rd

Classes are filling quickly for Music Together Summer Sessions! We'll be offering Mixed Ages classes on Mondays and Tuesdays and Baby classes on Mondays.


FREE Demo Classes June 16th!
Stop in next Monday morning for a free mixed ages demo class at 10:30am and a free Baby demo at 11:30. Find out what the fun is all about!





Dancing for Birth with Brittany Kubricky

Dancing for Birth
with Brittany Kubricky

Wednesday Evenings in June
$11.99 per class 
Class continues tonight at 6:15! Dancing For Birth is a fun and exciting way to stay fit during pregnancy. Not only do you learn helpful movements for pregnancy and birth, but the classes focus on building camaraderie and relationships with other moms, normalizing the birthing experience, and creating a safe space to share. Our teacher, Brittany Kubricky, is a doula, childbirth educator, and longtime Peapods friend who loves dancing. Be ready to have some fun!
 
Babywearing Class & ClinicBabywearing Class and Clinic 
with Kelly Lillibridge

Saturday, June 28th
1pm - 2:30pm
Kelly returns on June 28th to teach everything there is to know about the four main types of baby carriers and will help you decide which style is right for you.

Whether you're expecting or already carrying a baby or toddler, learn how to wear your baby in comfort with Kelly's excellent hands-on help.

More Upcoming Classes & Events:
  
Free Cloth Diaper ClassPeapods FREE Cloth Diaper Class
2nd and 4th Thursday of Every Month 6pm - Tonight!
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.



Preparing for a Positive Pregnancy 6/19/14 6:30pmPreparing for a Positive Pregnancy
June 19, 6:30pm
Join BabyLove's Veronica Jacobson to learn how various options can make your pregnancy and birth a positive experience and reduce the stress of the unknowns. This class will calm your fears, give you evidence-based info, and help you navigate your options.


Please share these classes with friends or family who may be interested, too!


And, as always, here's some of our recent arrivals:
Dundry Hill Mobiles Made in MN
Happy Puppy Wooden Pull Toy by Plan Toys
Shake it Up Toddler Maraca Set by Hape
New Summer Kickee Pants Bamboo Baby Clothes
Reusable Snack & Sandwich bags by Skip Hop
Stacking Lighthouse Toy by Haba

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Announcing Peapods' Annual Sidewalk Sale! Friday & Saturday June 20th and 21st


Here it is again!
June 20-21, 10am - 6pm

Our famous, fabulous, and fantastic fourteenth annual Sidewalk Sale inspires fanatical followers! This year's sale will not disappoint! Expect tons and tons of closeouts, oodles of scratch & dents, dozens of samples, and bunches of crazy but awesome random stuff.

Yes, there will be toys. Yes, there will be cloth diapers (including a couple of special buys!) Yes, there will even be a bunch of shelving, planters, and decorations from our basement! Yes, there will be a lot of happy people! Yes, exclamation points are always free!!

The fine print: Because our sidewalk sale is a busy event, we recommend (but do not require) shopping without small children. Our sale will take place rain or shine. Sidewalk sale purchases are final—no returns or exchanges. No fair arriving early! 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Family Roadtrip Tips

Every year, our family goes on a 2-3 week camping odyssey with our four kids and our pop-up camper. We go without an itinerary, hoping that we'll find a place to camp and fun things to do every day. In the past 9 years, we've camped from Maine to Seattle and from Michigan to Texas. 

This year, we followed the Mississippi River down through Iowa, Missouri, Memphis, and Mississippi to New Orleans. Then, we traveled west to Austin, Texas and back north through Oklahoma and Kansas.

Of course, it's important to have a great selection of healthy snacks, books and travel toys (we can help with that!) for each kid before you start out. But, here's some of our more quirky roadtrip tips:

1. Yes you can wash cloth on the road! Remember to bring your favorite detergent, a large wet bag, and lots of quarters.

Laundromats also usually have wi-fi, too, so they're a good place to catch up on the emails.





2. Every so often, leave the freeway and wander into a town and find the playground. Almost every town has one!

Small town parks are also a great place to have a picnic. We pack a cooler with fixings for cheese or peanut butter sandwiches, so everybody's happy.









3.  Seek out Farmers Markets, Food Trucks, and Festivals. They're a great way to get to know a new city with lots of activities for kids!

From left: at the Saturday Farmer's Market in Kansas City, getting tacos at a food truck in Austin, and eating crawfish (bugs! says Ellie) at Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans.




4. Non-toxic washable markers + a notebook = hours of car seat entertainment. At least it did for our Ellie, who filled up most of her notebook on our 2 week trip.

Sometimes she asked us to draw a cat first, then she would take over.










5. On this point we may be biased, but we always seek out indie toy stores when we visit a new city. They're always near other kid-friendly spots like parks and restaurants and their staff can always make great recommendations. Plus--a few new toys for the road!


Ellie playing a guitar in Austin and Duncan goofing with funny glasses in San Antonio.



6. Keep track of your progress! We've been adding stickers to our pop-up camper for 9 years now and we all get pretty excited every time we get to add a state. A journal or paper map would work great, too!

From top: Duncan and Riley in Oklahoma, Ellie in Texas, and Duncan in Kansas.










7. Collect squished pennies! Seriously--not only will you get a nice memento of your visit, but you'll also be able to escape most touristy gift shops for only 51 cents.
















8. Last but not least: Bring a baby carrier! There are so many awesome places to visit that are not stroller friendly. Wear your baby or toddler and you'll both see more and navigate crowds much faster!

Here's Millie and Ellie in New Orleans.


That's it! Happy travels to you this summer!

--Millie, Dan, Abby, Riley, Duncan, and Ellie

Monday, May 19, 2014

Okee Dokee, Brother--Here Comes the Train!

Celebrate the Launch of the Green Line with BRIO!
We're so excited to welcome the Green Line to our neighborhood and we're throwing a party! We'll have a huge supply or BRIO track and rolling stock--enough to create commuter and freight lines from a pretend Minnetonka to a pretend Woodbury!

Plus, we'll have free BRIO prizes to the first 50 kids who help us build our transit network. And with every $50 purchase you can enter to win one of several BRIO train sets we'll be giving away.

Double the fun and take the train!
Our neighborhood will also be throwing a launch party by the Raymond Avenue station complete with music, art projects, food trucks (Foxy Falafel!) and a free shuttle trolley sponsored by Sunrise Banks circulating up the road to our store and all the other shops along the way.
Music Together Summer Sessions
Music Together Summer Classes at PeapodsBeginning June 23rd

Registration is now open for Music Together Summer Sessions. We'll be offering Mixed Ages classes on Mondays and Tuesdays and Baby classes on Mondays.

(We've been really enjoying our first Music Together class this Spring with Ellie. It's the highlight of her week! We wish we'd done this with our other kids, too!)

We'll also be offering a free demo class for babies on June 16th at 11:30am.

New Okee Dokee Brothers Album!

Through the Woods by the Okee Dokee BrothersHot off the presses, we have the new Okee Dokee Brothers album, Through the Woods beginning Tuesday May, 20!

If you liked Can You Canoe?, you'll love Through the Woods! It's chock full of the same plucky, folksy charm that earned the brothers a Grammy Award!

Each CD comes with a DVD, too. Watch the trailer on youtube for just a taste of Okee Dokee magic!



Newborn Cloth Diaper Rental Packages

Newborn Cloth Diaper RentalsOur Newborn Cloth Diaper Rental program is growing in popularity! If you haven't heard, we rent a variety pack of premium cloth diapers--everything you need to diaper your baby for the first 12 weeks. The cost is $300, but you receive a refund of $150 cash or $175 store credit when you return the package after 12 weeks. This works out to only $12.50/week!

This also means that we have a recurring selection of rental package returns for sale, usually for $159 (normal retail cost would be ~$320). Keep an eye on our sale page to check our current availability.

Dancing for Birth with Brittany Kubricky

Dancing for Birth with Brittany Kubricky
Wednesday Evenings in June
$11.99 per class or $44.99 for a 4-class series
We're excite to premier Dancing for Birth Classes beginning June 4th1 Dancing For Birth is a fun and exciting way to stay fit during pregnancy. Not only do you learn helpful movements for pregnancy and birth, but the classes focus on building camaraderie and relationships with other moms, normalizing the birthing experience, and creating a safe space to share. Our teacher, Brittany Kubricky, is a doula, childbirth educator, and longtime Peapods friend who loves dancing. Be ready to have some fun! 
More Upcoming Classes & Events:
  
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.

Preparing for a Positive Pregnancy 6/19/14 6:30pmPreparing for a Positive Pregnancy
June 19, 6:30pm
Join BabyLove's Veronica Jacobson to learn how various options can make your pregnancy and birth a positive experience and reduce the stress of the unknowns. This class will calm your fears, give you evidence-based info, and help you navigate your options.


Please share these classes with friends or family who may be interested, too!
P.S.: Our Annual Sidewalk Sale will be June 20-21.

And, as always, here's some of our recent arrivals:
Tegu Blocks
Sunny Pond Co-Op Game
Stacking Veggies Game by Hape
Hedgie Lunchie
Maxomorra Organic Cotton Spaghetti Strap Dress
Kirigami Paper Parachute Kit by Djeco

Saturday, May 17, 2014

We're Throwing a BRIO Train Party to Celebrate the Opening of the Green Line!

Saturday June 14, 11am - 3pm @ Peapods

BRIO Play Day Event
We're so excited to welcome the Green Line to our neighborhood and we're throwing a party! We'll have a huge supply or BRIO track and rolling stock--enough to create commuter and freight lines from a pretend Minnetonka to a pretend Woodbury!

Plus, we'll have free BRIO prizes to the first 50 kids who help us build our transit network. And with every $50 purchase you can enter to win one of several BRIO train sets we'll be giving away.

What better way to celebrate Light Rail than with BRIO, a 130 year toy company that's sparked a love of trains in generations of children! All BRIO trains are made from 100% FSC-Certified Scandinavian Beech Wood and have always met the highest safety standards.

Double the fun and take the train!
Our neighborhood will also be throwing a launch party by the Raymond Avenue station complete with music, art projects, food trucks (Foxy Falafel!) and a free shuttle trolley sponsored by Sunrise Banks circulating up the road to our store and all the other shops along the way.

Thanks to BRIO and Schylling Toys for making our play day possible.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dancing For Birth, Strolling for Milk, and New Toys for Spring

Dundry Hill Mobiles at PeapodsNew Felt Mobiles
Made in Minnesota


These beautiful felt bird and airplane mobiles by Dundry Hill are absolutely lovely! Bright colors and airy balance make these a gorgeous addition to any child's room. 
These mobiles just make us happy to watch spinning around in our store. We've always been proud of our mobile selection (honestly we've got more mobiles than a Verizon store!). Dundry Hill's are our new favorites.


 
 

Miracle Milk Stroll May 10, 2014
Join us for
The Miracle Milk Stroll
This Saturday, May 10 

12:30pm, Peapods Community Room

Help raise funds and awareness for the miracle of human milk! Join Best for Babes and help save infants from Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC). Feeding these fragile babies human milk has been shown to reduce the risk of NEC by 79%.  The AAP recommends donor milk for fragile babies, yet 60% of NICUs don’t use it.

Whether it’s delivered at the breast, by pumping or by donor, human milk is Miracle Milk.  It is a complex living elixir of hundreds of ingredients that have the power to save lives, prevent disease, and promote and protect our health from birth — and for a lifetime. Join the Mother’s Day Miracle Milk Stroll to raise funds, educate & raise appreciation for the life-saving power of human milk!  

Event will begin and end in the Peapods Community Room. Learn more and share on the Twin Cites Miracle Milk Stroll Facebook Page.

Dancing for Birth with Brittany Kubricky
Dancing for Birth with Brittany Kubricky
Wednesday Evenings in June
$11.99 per class or $44.99 for a 4-class series
We're excite to premier Dancing for Birth Classes beginning June 4th1 Dancing For Birth is a fun and exciting way to stay fit during pregnancy. Not only do you learn helpful movements for pregnancy and birth, but the classes focus on building camaraderie and relationships with other moms, normalizing the birthing experience, and creating a safe space to share. Our teacher, Brittany Kubricky, is a doula, childbirth educator, and longtime Peapods friend who loves dancing. Be ready to have some fun! 


Storytime with AbbyAlso this Saturday:
Storytime with Abby
Saturday, May 10

11am - FREE

Our free Storytime returens this Saturday. Abigail will be reading books and singing songs for preschoolers in our Community Room. Tell your friends and get ready for some fun!





 
More Upcoming Classes & Events:
  
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.


Preparing for a Positive Pregnancy 6/19/14 6:30pmPreparing for a Positive Pregnancy
June 19, 6:30pm
Join BabyLove's Veronica Jacobson to learn how various options can make your pregnancy and birth a positive experience and reduce the stress of the unknowns. This class will calm your fears, give you evidence-based info, and help you navigate your options.


Please share these classes with friends or family who may be interested, too!


And, as always, here's some of our recent arrivals:
Little Gardener 4 Piece Playset from Janod
Locally Grown Organic Baby Clothes
Best Bugs Magnetic Maze by Hape
Cotton Super Undies Training Pants
Maxomorra Organic Cotton Spaghetti Strap Dress
Farm Mobile by Haba