Second Annual NPN Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway: Smart Mom Jewelry (12/6, 24 winners, US only ARV $2587.26)
This review is part of the Second Annual Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide! If you need to complete your holiday shopping, find a birthday present for a friend, or just treat yourself to something special, the NPN Holiday Gift Guide has something for everyone. But what's even better, the NPN Holiday Gift Guide is a great opportunity to shop consciously and to support many naturally minded small businesses.
The 55 companies that have provided items for review and giveaway are almost exclusively made up of work-at-home shops or companies that are dedicated to supporting eco-conscious choices. I'm featuring one of those companies in my review below. When you get done reading my review, please click on over to the full Second Annual Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide, where you'll find information on 58 products. In total, we're giving away goodies worth more than $2500! Even if you don't win one of our fabulous prize packages, please consider spending part of your gift-giving budget at one of these small businesses. By supporting small businesses, you are helping families, boosting local economies, and supporting ethical practices of manufacturing, production and selling. Take advantage of coupon codes provided by many of the companies, you can find them at the full Gift Guide at NPN. To make browsing easier, we've split the Gift Guide into sections with products that are Perfect for Kids and Perfect for Families. And you can find all 6 Rafflecopter widgets there, too. Without further ado, here is my review - thank you for reading and entering!
About the Jade Donut-Shaped Signature Pendant
The entirely mama-staffed Smart Mom Jewelry is really on to something with their teething bling. Made of baby-safe silicone with no PVC, phthalates, or latex, the pliable pendants and bangles aren't just for mothers, of course, but anyone holding and caring for a little one. The jade pendant provides a convincing approximation of real stone on a silky cord with a discreet breakaway clasp: a real necklace, not a glorified teething toy on a string! Durable and fun, this is an incognito teether that won't be outgrown before all baby's chompers are in, and won't be dropped, stroller-side, on the street, never to be seen again.
Because I'm a jewelry minimalist who favors single, delicate chains, I've learned (the hard way) to keep my neck unadorned while Zelda is small. It's fun to have a baby safe go-to accessory, and she uses the pendant not only as a teether, but as something to touch while she nurses, cutting down on the dreaded twiddling that often plagues nursing mothers of toddlers. The sturdy construction stood up to much yanking by my enthusiastic girl, as well as plenty of munching while she worked on her incisors. I was skeptical of the jade finish but love how bright, shiny and realistic it looks, as well as how seamlessly it blends in to my mostly neutral wardrobe. A 21 month old with a near full set of teeth has barely put a mark in the tough silicone, so I'm confident that it would last from the gummy first stages of teething until the inclinations to gnaw subside.
Why Smart Mom Jewelry?
When founder Amy Maurer Creel lost her sister-in-law to a congenital heart defect, she was inspired to help mothers and honor the memory of her sister-in-law -- a clothing designer -- by starting her own company, and creating a useful, stylish product. Staffing that company with mothers who are free to bring their children to work, and partnering with Dress for Success, a group that helps disadvantaged women fulfill their own professional dreams, Amy has done well by her sister-in-law's inspiration.
You can purchase your own Signature Pendant at Smart Mom Jewelry for $19.99. With so many options for style and color, ranging from shimmery hearts to moonstone rings and the new smaller beaded "Gemstones" line, as well as bracelets, there's sure to be something for the mamas on your gift list. Or, treat yourself!
For your own chance to win a Jade Donut-Shaped Signature Pendant from Smart Mom Jewelry, or one of the 26 huge prize packages we're giving away, come back to this post on November 6th when our Rafflecopter widgets will go live for your chance to enter! Or you can visit Natural Parents Network on November 6th to see and enter to win all of our fantastic prize packages at once!
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