Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Taraluna Boutique Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}

Over the past three years my family and I have become more and more aware of what we purchase and how what we buy impacts people around the world. In the past I knew nothing about child labor, sweat shops, unlivable wages, and toxic chemicals in so many things we buy. It isn't easy to navigate the shopping world armed with knowledge that pretty much rules out 95% of goods on the market. I've discovered Taraluna, a unique online boutique that does the hard work for you - they only sell things that are imported fair trade or American made, sweatshop free, organic and/or natural. We received the Elephant Family and Purse with Finger Puppets for review from Taraluna.


















Purse with Finger Puppets highlights: Baby E loves watching Caillou and she enjoys the episode where he makes finger puppets out of paper. Every time she watches it she asks me to make her some and of course I grant her the wish. We have quite a few of these all over the place and I thought it was time for something more permanent. Now when she watches that episode, she takes out her little purse with felted wool finger puppets from Nepal. She adores them! Though they only keep her occupied for five minutes at a time, I'm hoping that will change with her growing imagination.

Elephant Family highlights: While this toy is intended for children ages 3 and above, it is a little misleading, there are no parts nearly small enough for a baby to swallow, not even to fit in my mouth! It is perfectly safe for our 20 month old who stopped putting things in her mouth a while ago. Baby E still needs some help putting this together, but she sure likes to take it apart! I love the vibrant colors and the brain juices that it gets going for little ones, not to mention that it is just a very cute toy. It fits perfectly in that wool felt purse with the puppets. I would say the combo makes a great gift for a 2-3 year old.
















Store Values: Taraluna is not a place where you'll find mass produced stuff cheap. The items are selected according to high standards and therefore may cost a little more, but that's not to say they are not affordable. The Nepal Purse with Finger Puppets that we reviewed costs $24 and the Elephant Family is $12.99. There are many items that I think are actually a better deal than their China made toxic counterparts, especially considering the much higher quality materials. Taraluna has also been approved "for people and planet" by Green America, they have a Gold Certification from GenGreen, they have been approved by the new parents guide with the "green seal of apporval" and recognized as a family friendly site. If you sign up for their newsletter, you'll get a 10% off coupon toward your first purchase. The newsletter is sent out no more than twice a month, so signing up will not jeopardize your inbox.

Items offered in the store: There are ten categories at Taraluna ranging from baby items to household goods and skincare products. You'll find a great selection of reusable food containers, herbs to plant in your garden, unique fair trade jewelry, and hand painted children's furniture just to name a few. Some of our favorites are the Organic Cotton Elfin Slippers, the Herbal Tea Sampler, and the Organic Velour Crib Blanket. Do you have pets? They are covered as well with a selection of grooming, health, and toy items.

Who Would You Recommend this to? Unique and hard to find gifts either for or from a conscious consumer. Organic and natural baby items for parents concerned with keeping their baby's environment pure and toxin free.

One Eco-Babyz reader will win the Elephant Family puzzle and either one Animal Puppet Purse or 4 Animal Puppets from Taraluna (total value with shipping - $44.98)!

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit the Taraluna website and tell us which of the products they carry is your favorite.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL ENTRIES (each one in a separate comment, not valid unless mandatory entry above is complete; each is one entry unless otherwise noted):

2. Sign up for the Taraluna newsletter (you'll get a 10% off coupon too, upper left on home page)
3. Like Eco-Babyz on Facebook and post on our wall which giveaway you've entered
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8. Tweet this giveaway with link to this post, mention @EcoBlogz and @Taralunagifts (provide permalink to your tweet in your comment)
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14. Buy something at Taraluna (5 entries)

Contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010. The winner will be selected using Random.org and notified by email (make sure I have a way to get in touch with you, provide email in your comment if it is not in your Blogger profile or if you choose to be Anonymous). Open to 18+ US residents, protectorates or US military addresses.

Disclaimer: I did not receive any payment for this review. I was provided a sample of the product by Taraluna for review purposes. The opinions are solely my own and your experience may differ.

170 comments:

  1. I like the Shea Butter Stone Massage kit.

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  15. I like the Bohemian Garden Table and Two Chairs Complete set.

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  17. The Veggin' Out hat and toy set is super adorable!

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  33. love love love the Butterfly Rhapsody Table and 2 Chair Set

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  34. I like the Bohemian Garden Double Step Stool

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  35. I like the organic crate veggies.
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  36. I like the Large Triangular Marbled Turquoise Pendant.
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  37. I like the crosby friends double step stool.

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  41. I think the Celadon teaset is beautiful.

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  42. I love the cow calf 3d puzzle its so cute. My son would love it to, he likes cows.

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  43. The love cows puzzle is adorable!
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  44. voted on tmb 10/12
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  47. I really like the Organic Veggies and Crate
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  48. i like the Reflection Batik Wall Art
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  57. Great site! I like the taraluna puppy puzzle. I love the painted table and chair set. I also like the pet products which can be hard to find in pet stores. Thanks for the info!

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  58. i love the butterfly rhapsody double step stool- beautiful!
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  59. i like eco-babyz on facebook (wren nelson) and posted.
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  60. i like taraluna on facebook (wren nelson) and told them you sent me!
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  61. i follow taraluna on twitter @mamipdx
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  66. I really like the Counting Octopus Puzzle.

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  67. What a great website! I absolutely love the Counting Octopus Puzzle!

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  68. I'm your fan on FB! (Christy Owens Johnson)
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  69. I'm a fan of taraluna on FB (Christy Owens Johnson)

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  70. I follow Taralun on twitter! (ChristyJ81)
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  72. Voted for you on TMB!

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  78. voted tbb 10/14
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  83. I like the organic rag dolls.

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  84. Ooo, I like the The Lunch Date - Designer Reversible Bag and Meal System! Very cool.

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  85. I like the Momma cat dolls
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  86. voted tmb 10/15
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  91. LOVE the rag dolls

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  92. Sign up for the Taraluna newsletter

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  93. Follow Eco-Babyz on Twitter

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  97. voted tmb 10/16
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  98. voted tbb 10/16
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  99. voted picket fence 10/16
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  100. voted tmb 10/17
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  102. voted picket fence 10/17
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  103. I voted for you today on Top Mommy Blogs.

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  105. voted tmb 10/18
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  106. voted tbb 10/18
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  107. I love the Mandarin Butterfly Double Step Stool.

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  108. Like you on FB and posted: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=445643580145&id=144485230145

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  109. Like Taraluna on FB and left a message: http://www.facebook.com/Taraluna.Gifts/posts/442523538169

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  110. Following Taraluna on Twitter @getalonghome

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  111. TWeeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Getalonghome/status/27821417424

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  112. I love the rag doll for my daughter!
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  114. I voted for you today on Top Baby Blogs.
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  115. I voted for you today on WOTF.
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  116. I love the Organic Fruit Basket.

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  117. I like the Butterfly Rhapsody Table and 2 Chair Set. yyeres(at)gmail(dot)com

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  118. voted tbb 10/19
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  119. voted tmb 10/19
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  120. voted picket fence 10.19
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  121. I voted for you today on Top Baby Blogs.

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  123. I like the flower bucket bag http://www.taraluna.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=011017&Category_Code=

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  124. I love the A Little Something for The New Mama gift set. It's a perfect gift.
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  125. Like Eco-Babyz on FB and left a message on your wall - Jill L
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  129. voted 10/20 tmb
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  130. voted 10/20 tbb
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  131. voted 10/20 picket fence
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  132. We really need a table and chairs set for our little boy.. I like Taraluna's kids table and chairs! Specifically.. Crosby's Friends Table and 2 Chair Set. Adorable!

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  133. I signed up for the Taraluna newsletter!

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  134. I like Eco-Babyz on Facebook and left a message on your wall! (Nicole H.)

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  135. I like Taraluna on Facebook and posted a message saying I was sent by Eco-Babyz!

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  136. I follow Tarluna on Twitter!

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  137. I follow Eco-Babyz on Lunch.com!

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  138. I posted a tweet about this giveaway (User name: nhartmann54)

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  139. Email subscriber (#1)

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  140. Email subscriber (#2)

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  141. GFC Follower! :D

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  142. Voted @ Top Mommy Blogs!

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  143. Voted @ Top Baby Blogs

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  144. Voted @ Picket Fence Blogs

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  145. Handmade Wood Beach Buggy
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  147. follow taraluna twitter 9ziggy
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  151. Organic Extra Dark Peanut Butter Bites

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