Over the past few years we’ve introduced you to some incredibly friendly and fashionable folks here on KID independent. One of our favourites is Karina from Bink Kids. Her service is outstanding, her emails are super cheerful, and her collection is vibrant, quirky, and always fun. Our top pick from Bink Kids catalog this week is the apples collection by DUNS. Check out our review below – and snag a special offer!
Firstly, let’s take a moment to appreciate these glorious photos, courtesy of South Australian mum Mary and her little poppet Jude! As you can see, the DUNS range is so delightful it will send tingles all the way from your head to your ovaries! Oh my gosh, the cuteness is practically criminal.
Now that we’ve got the swooning out of the way, let’s talk quality. We have several DUNS pieces in our wardrobe, and we’ve found them to be very comfortable for active kids, and they’ve held up well over multiple wears and washes. The styling is generally unisex, which means that you can hand these down among the siblings, and can expect them to last the distance. The DUNS collection is made from lightweight 95% organic cotton (GOTS) and 5% elastane, with a hint of stretch to facilitate ease of movement.
The verdict… whimsical, cosy, and very a-peel-ing pattern (zing!)
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>> Shop for DUNS organic children’s clothing at Bink Kids
Every Autumn, as a Queenslander, I spend a great deal of time complaining about the heat… When is going to cool down? When will we get a chance to use all of our gorgeous winter goodies!? Well this week, we have some chill! Woohoo! So, with that exciting news in mind, please allow me to share some beautiful organic quilts from our friends at Moon Jelly.
I was initially drawn to Moon Jelly by their awesome imagery; specifically, their use of hummingbirds, flying fish, cockatoos, and mountain goats! I also love their eco-friendly ethos and the fact that they make all of their products in Australia, with an emphasis on high quality goods, that are both stylish and practical.
For today’s review, we’ve selected the Moon Jelly Hummingbird Cot Quilt. This quilt is made from 100% organic cotton knit, with low-allergy polyester wadding fill. It’s 105cm x 140cm in size, which allows a little overhang on the edges for secure tucking, and doubles as a play mat and/or cuddly throw for your child’s bed when they transition from their cot.
There’s much to love about this quilt. Firstly, the hand painted hummingbirds are tons of fun. My son (master-two) is going through a bird phase at the moment, and delights in pointing out both the birds and the stars in this pattern. He also loves the silky satin trim on the edge of this quilt, and has taken to carrying it around the house, stopping from time to time to roll around on it while saying “ahhhhhhh” – yep, it’s as adorable as it sounds!
The Moon Jelly cot quilt is available in four different patterns, and is currently on sale for $112 (down from $159).
The verdict… Wildly warm and wickedly stylish.
Alongside their cot quilts, Moon Jelly offer a range of cot sheets, wraps, and organic clothing.
Oh, and did I mention that they are currently having on sale? Hooray! Let’s go shopping!
>> Shop for organic baby bedding at Moon Jelly
I’ve long been an international shopper, adding several delightful products from artisans around the globe to the KID independent wardrobe and toy box. Today I’d like to share some beautiful toys from Wild Dill, an independent online retailer of organic, eco-friendly and fair trade baby products. These guys are based in the USA, but happily ship worldwide. Scroll down to check out our review and snap up your 20% discount code.
The first toy that I chose from Wild Dill is Phoebe the Fawn by Hazel Village. I’ve been coveting one of these Hazel Village toys for ages and I’m so pleased to welcome one into our family. Phoebe is designed in Brooklyn, NY and handmade in India from soft organic cotton.
All of her markings are hand embroidered and her little dress and headband provide the perfect finishing touch. This little lass would make the perfect heirloom gift for a birth or christening. Phoebe is exceptionally well made and is as precious as precious can be!
The second toy landing in our toy box is the Pastel Toys Tommy Truck. Before writing this review (which I managed to squeeze in during nap-time) I spent a magical morning sitting on the play mat with my almost-two-year-old son creating all kinds of fun games with this wooden truck.
There’s just so much to love about this toy! It was handmade in Israel by special needs adults in a kibbutz-like, self-sustaining community. It’s super sturdy, built to last, and is painted with lead-free water based paints. The wheels are securely attached and are fully moveable and the blocks are good old fashioned chunky wood, which allows them to be stacked in all kinds of combinations. Oh, and it’s just so much fun! This truck is a truly classic toy that looks amazing resting on the shelf of your baby’s nursery, and will quickly become a favourite in your toddler’s toy box.
About Will Dill
Wild Dill has established itself as a premier source for natural baby products and gifts. It’s the one-stop shop for anyone looking for curated natural baby toys, organic baby clothing, or any other natural alternatives to mainstream children’s products.
Tina, the creative mind behind Wild Dill, says “I often get asked how I choose the products in the shop. As mom of a 4 year old and 8 month old I first consider if it is a product I would want my own children to wear or use. After it passes the “mom” test I look to see if it is a design or style that fits the natural but colorful aesthetic that I know my customers are looking for. Of course, the final test is all products must fit into one or more criteria of organic, eco-friendly or fair trade”.
Wild Dill provides exceptional customer service and my personal shopping experience was a delight. If you’re based in the USA, you can snap up free shipping for orders over $65 including free returns and exchanges. Wild Dill also offers flat rate worldwide shipping, which I found to be quite reasonable given the weight of my order.
Take 20% off your order at Wild Dill, simple enter the special discount code “KID20” at the checkout. *Code not valid on brands: Pop & Lolli, Naturepedic, Elves & Angels
>> Shop for handmade, eco-friendly toys at Wild Dill
Family traditions, birthday celebrations, and special events are treasured in our household and we love to decorate the house and table together, and carefully wrap our gifts with lovely colours and cheerful styling. This week I had a pleasure of meeting Mara from My Paper Planet who shares my affection for party styling. Today I’d like to share some of my top picks from her store!
*Mini banner by My Paper Planet, art print by Schmooks
My Paper Planet is a absolute treasure trove of party goodness. Mara chooses eye catching hues and simple, yet stylish designs that are suited to a range of celebrations. Specialising in baby showers and birthday parties, Mara works with cardstock, and makes gift boxes, gift tags, invitations, and party banners. Oh, and she is especially fond of elephants!
At the top of shopping list was a few My Paper Planet mini banners, which I plan to use for photo props and cake decorations. These little banners can be made with a custom message, and are so affordable at around $6 – $8. They arrive pre-strung and ready to hang and can be made in a variety of colourways.
I also picked out a few pieces to add to my ‘party box’ including the speech bubble gift tags and the letter initial gift tags, which are exceptionally well made and are such a lovely way to add a finishing touch to a gift, or to use in scrapbooking or other creative pursuits. These would also be awesome to attach to party treat bags or Christmas crackers / bonbons to add a personal and colourful touch to your table.
The KID independent crew was most impressed with My Paper Planet, from the ease of ordering, to packing and delivery, and the superb quality of Mara’s products. We’ll most certainly be dropping by again soon… but before we leave you today, here’s a little snapshot of the other goodies that Mara has to offer. Happy shopping!
>> Shop for handmade party decorations at My Paper Planet