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Luke's Toy Factory

Luke’s Toy Factory designs and manufactures Eco Friendly Toys, right here in the USA!

We use innovative, safe, green and sustainable materials to make fun, safe, educational toys for children ages 3 and up.

All toys are designed, manufactured and assembled in Connecticut.


This is the Tipper Truck. It’s made from 30% sawdust and 70% safe, certified, clean plastic. No paint or glue. And battery free. This is a 4 piece toy that’s very entertaining! It rolls smoothly and has safe, smooth edges. The truck is quality built and unique in design. For all that this truck has to offer, we give it a 100% score! Luke’s Toy Factory has several other truck designs (the truck pieces are interchangeable). This is the kind of toy that I’d like to see in stores because it’s made in the US, it’s eco, and because it’s fun. Come on readers, check this out !


Luke’s Toy Factory provided the Tipper Truck to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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The Low-Pressure Guide to Parenting Your Preschooler is brilliantly written to liberate parents from the expectations of having to be super-parents. It relieves the pressure to follow long lists of rules, to be perfect, and to be enslaved by the idea that, “If you don’t do this, your kids will turn out terribly.” This book shows parents that it’s really not their job to make sure their child turns out “right.” Instead, the author encourages parents to learn the much simpler and more rewarding role God has for them

paperback, 224 pages, Focus on the Family

Available October 1, 2016

The four principles in this book are excellent and just what I needed to read. As a parent -starting again/retirement on hold for some time -I found this book very helpful and would recommend it for reducing stress and making parenting much simpler and more rewarding. Would have loved to have read this years ago.

Tyndale House Publishers provided an advanced reader copy of The Low-Pressure Guide To Parenting Your Preschooler in return for this review. All opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received.

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The Calla Pillow

The Calla Pillow is the World’s Best Washable Pillow, covered in soft organic cotton, made by parents for kids.

And now they offer pillowcases!

The Calla Pillowcase is unbleached and undyed and 100% chemical free. And it fits the perfect little Calla pillows.

Refresher: The Calla pillow is washable, organic, contains no flame retardant chemicals, hypoallergenic, appropriately sized for children, and comes with a 3 year guarantee.

While designed for children ages 2-5, the Calla pillow is great for anyone. (little guy’s pillow sometimes finds its way to my room) I find that it offers a comfortable support ( 3″) and measures 13 x 18.

Also new on their website is “Lovely Lavender Oil”. Containing Organic Lavender Essential Oil from Bulgaria and Coconut Oil, it is pre-diluted and comes with a dropper top so it’s ready to use. A few drops and gently massage. A “calming” essential oil, Lavender is one of the best for toddlers and their families.

Visit their website and remember to use discount code CCPILLOW for 10% off your order today!

Notes From Dawn received a Calla Pillow from CallaCreative last year and it is still the best little pillow ever! A Calla pillowcase and Lovely Lavender Oil was received in exchange for this review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.



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Baby Trooper is a patented product of Smart Baby Solutions. We are dedicated to bring excellent products for the safety, health, and education to the children who are in the developmental stage.

Baby Trooper walker/walking harness allows you to safely teach your small child to walk while saving your back. Baby Trooper provides a safe and natural way for your child learning to walk, giving strong support and preventing baby falls. Also, it allows you walking your baby with a great easy and fashion. 

The Baby Trooper™ has been reviewed by me and 8 month old little guy who is learning to walk this fall (no pun intended) season. It is easy to put on and has a snug and comfortable fit. Durable with great stitching and lots of padding. Keeps the little guy’s hands and arms free for balance. Adult needs to use both hands and a taught holding of the straps. It is truly a back saver! 


available in many colors! we have SkyBlue

the logo stitching is very interesting





photo below shows little guy enjoying a ride back home (not intended use)


A mom invented product that we recommend!

Notes From Dawn received a Baby Trooper™ harness in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Two Crows for Joy

We strongly believe that America needs to recapture its manufacturing, so that our children will have jobs and grow up in a prosperous country with ample opportunities.

We are proud to support American workers. Our own brand, Adooka, is sewn with care by a small factory in Philadelphia owned and run by a mother-daughter team. 

you can read more about Adooka here.

and about their Joyful Rewards program here.

Koi fish romper

P1140001if it’s clean…’s the one we want to wear!!! The comfortable fit of a onesie, tailored for a spiffy look. It has a bit more of a leg than typical bodysuits and that keeps the diaper hidden. The appliqued koi fish is fun! (the fish’s mouth makes me laugh)

wearable. washable. enJOYable.


And the two crows? 

The Adooka brand is available at along with a few other brands with the same vision. Save 10% with code NOTESFROMDAWN, through 9/30/14!


Notes From Dawn received the Kio fish romper from Adooka Organics in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.




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►►►Attention parents. The Calla Pillow is designed specifically for your little sleepy heads.

It is…..

– Hypoallergenic
– Machine Washable
– Durable
– Organic Cotton
– Soft (but not too soft)
– Appropriate thickness based on the Pediatrician’s Guide

Designed for toddlers ages 2-4, it also makes a great adult travel pillow. I really love the feel of the USA grown, 100% organic cotton sateen shell. It is a washable, hypoallergenic pillow that’s oh-so-comfy. It has the “right stuff” inside for a comfortable snooze. Way way better than anything I’ve seen in the stores. Be sure to visit the CallaCreative website for a 15% off discount code. And rest assured, this toddler pillow comes with a 3 year “outgrow it guarantee”.

Although washable, I’d love for Calla to offer pillowcases. Just for the sake of it; in organic cotton, too. 

P1130800little Lincoln enjoys his Calla Pillow



All About CallaCreative~

When our daughter turned 2 she was ready for a big girl bed and started asking for a pillow to sleep with. We gave her an old flat pillow that we had laying around the house, and while it was safe – it just looked uncomfortable, oversized and old. We knew it was a short term solution.

After talking with many other parents in our circle, we found out some of the important things that parents look for in a pillow. Some themes that kept appearing were – Washability, Durability, Organic, Safe and Hypoallergenic. As we looked for pillows that met these criteria, we realized that there was a rather limited selection of pillows for Toddlers. 

We researched many different types of fills and found the advantages and disadvantages of each. We were disappointed with many of the organic fills out there. Cotton clumped. Wool wasn’t able to be washed. Memory foam couldn’t be put in the washing machine at all. We ended up going with a special blend of polyester cluster fiber that is hypoallegenic, machine washable and extremely durable.

 We chose an organic cotton sateen shell for the pillow that is sourced locally and certified organic. It’s softer and more durable than the traditional 200 or 400 thread count non-organic cotton pillows out there.

 After a lot of back and forth, we found a pillow that we loved and that Emilie (our daughter) loved. So we reached out to other parents to get feedback. The feedback was very helpful for us as we improved our design.

 We found that some parents thought the pillow was too thick. So we reduced the fill. And found that other parents thought the pillow was too thin. So we researched the appropriate thickness from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Original Calla Pillow falls within the guidelines set forth by the AAP.

 When the pillow arrives, it is at it’s fullest and will reduce in thickness by 30-35% within the first week of use and will remain at that optimal thickness until it’s washed again. When washed and dried, the pillow regains its full bounce.

 One challenge we’ve faced has been creating a pillow that will last a long time because we as parents value durabillity. That’s why we’ve chosen to go with the highest quality available. It’s machine washable in case the pillow gets spilled on or experiences any of the many unimaginable situations your toddler will no doubt put the pillow through. We’ve also decided to include a 3 year “OutGrow it Guarantee.” We’re certain your pillow will last.

 Also, we’ve chosen to partner with Amazon to fulfill our orders because of their trust and dependability. They’ve taken great care of us as customers and their support is top notch. We care about doing things right and this strategic partnership will allow us to reliably and dependably ship the pillows to your home.

 We are a husband and wife (and parent) team and live in Indianapolis, IN. We’ve been married for 6 years and have a beautiful daughter, Emilie. When we’re not making pillows and serving our customers, you’ll find us spending our time with our daughter, 2 black labs. We love food, craft beer, traveling and making new friends.

Notes From Dawn received a Calla Pillow from CallaCreative in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.



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Floating goggles with a super-comfy strap

Okay, so this product isn’t “green” and it isn’t made in the US 😦 But, it was invented by a mom and purposeful if you swim with goggles 🙂

Gogglemate Straps. Thick, soft covers (made from neoprene) for your goggle straps. They slide easily over your head and eliminates hair yanking from the grabby rubber goggle strap. (a girl concern) Stays in place. Comfortable, colorful, AND they float.

Easy to attach to any goggles. (easy enough for most kids to put on themselves) Blue wave strap shown below.

[last pic just for kicks]

Notes From Dawn received the blue wave strap from gogglemate® in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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