Photo by Rachel Hadiashar
Roxy Roodle are awesome, soft, durable toys made with love that foster imagination and healthy eating! Carlie, creator of Roxy Roodle, shares what she loves about her business, her favorite Roxy Roodle items for the holidays, and how she celebrates the holidays.
Toys that foster creative, imaginative play are some of the most important + special Christmas gifts you can give your children! Play kitchen food is a staple toy for children, so start your children's collection this holiday--or add to it--with 20 % off at Roxy Roodle by entering in the coupon code "mamamegan" at your check-out.
To win this sweet fruit set of a banana, pear, and apple, comment on my Facebook page by midnight on December 9th. Thanks Carlie for gifting us with your soft, creative toys that foster imagination + healthy eating, and that children love to hold and play with!
What do you love about what you do?
I love that every day I get to play with my kids, and the kids that I nanny for, watching them learn and grow though imaginative play.
I started making play food to provide kids with play food that represents healthy things like fruits and vegetables. Exposing kids to those foods to explore in their play translates into a willingness to eat those same foods at meal time.
I was shocked and sad that all I could find for play food was plastic junk foods. One of the reasons that I chose to make my toys out of fleece was it feels nice and is durable, which eco felt just isn't. As a tactile person I have never liked the way plastic toys feel. I have, even as a child, felt they lacked soul.
I wanted my toys to stand up to lots of play and love, as well as being able to throw them in the washing machine and dryer. I started making other toys out of fleece, as my oldest child has grown and started asking if I could help him sew props for his play like tails, capes, and masks. I love that he is just as excited as I am to find fabric and figure out how to sew it into something new.
How do you balance being a business owner and mom during the holidays?
As a single mother and a business owner It is hard to find balance between work and life. I try really had to have a strong rhythm for my kids so our days flow in a predictable way. I try to sew mostly when they are napping or after they go to bed. It makes for long days but allows me to devote the time they are awake to them. For us the holidays are about the little things, like opening a new window on our advent calendar, the ginger cookies we only make this time of year, and we always donate supplies to the animal shelter. By keeping our holidays about little traditions, kindness, and family it keeps it from being a stressful time of year for us.
What is your favorite Roxy Roodle toy for the holidays?
Pears, bananas and fresh onions are always our best sellers. My personal favorite are the marble mazes. Getting to pick out fun prints and sew a unique maze on each one is a favorite way to spend my sewing evenings. I really like them as a mom too. They are great to keep in my bag and pull out for a kids who is getting antsy while we wait in a long line or at a restaurant. Since the marble is double sewn into the maze there are no small parts and is safe for even my toddler to play with.
Comment on my Facebook page by midnight on December 9th to enter to win a sweet and soft fruit set of a banana, pear, and apple hand-made with love by creative Carlie of Roxy Roodle. Give the gift of imagination + kitchen play while supporting a single-mom run business by entering "mamamegan" in your check-out for 20% off! What could be better?
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