Posts Tagged ‘wood’


“a selection of heirloom-quality wooden kitchen utensils that are both highly-functional and beautiful.” I found it super easy to love Earlywood Designs. Functional. Beautiful. AND Sustainable.  

At Earlywood, we know it is important to start at the beginning when determining the sustainability of any product. In most modern kitchens you will find an assortment of metal, rubber, plastic and silicone utensils.  Before those items showed up in your kitchen, the metal was mined, processed and melted, the rubber was polymerized and vulcanized, the plastic was processed from petroleum that was drilled, transported, refined, combined, and pelletized, and the silicone was synthesized.  Before your Earlywood utensils showed up in your kitchen, they were busy sequestering carbon, creating oxygen, reducing erosion, creating shade, housing birds and other animals, filtering water, cleaning air, reducing flooding, and generally looking good.

So your wooden utensils are off to a pretty good start, but at Earlywood, we don’t settle for pretty good. We know how valuable of a component trees are to our world.  That is why for every 1 tree that Earlywood uses to make products, we plant 100 to replace it.  We call it “100 to 1”. It is how we make sure that the forests that grow the woods we use end up healthier because of us.  Some of the trees we use grow in the tropical climates of Central and South America.  That is why we have chosen to plant our trees in the endangered Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil.  Visit to learn more about the forest and the impressive efforts that are being made to save this vital piece of Brazil.

The Coffee Scoop

It holds 3 tablespoons. I use it as it’s named, for coffee beans, but it can be just as handy for other measurable pantry items, too. Leave it on the counter; no reason to put something this pretty away. This scoop made from hard maple. 


The Trifecta
A flat saute, a scraper, and a spreader make up this group of all-you-need utensils. My son’s favorite is the scraper because of how it feels (weight and size). Choose your wood type. I appreciate the beauty of each one – jatoba, ebony, and maple. 
the WOOD  The website is amazing, showcasing the different woods used in the Earlywood collection.  take a look 
Notes From Dawn received the coffee scoop and the trifecta from EarlyWood 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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Roy Toy

Roy Toy of Maine USA

Our wood log building sets are made from 100% USA materials, with food-grade dyes used to provide color. We lightly emboss the surfaces of each wooden block for a smooth finish that is comfortable for little hands. Our building sets can be configured in an unlimited number of ways, providing hours of imaginative play.

I reviewed the Classic Fort for this post, but Roy Toy has many more sets for safe, fun building.

Classic Fort

Love it. The Fort Playset (140+ pieces) comes in a canister with the best of smells when you open the lid (it’s PINE).

“Wood” you believe I have to store my logs in another container because I can’t fit them all back into that canister, lol.



Batteries? No.

Tons of creative opportunities? You betcha! (There’s even room for elephants)


Note: Not for teething tots. Slobbered logs will make a mess. But the reddish coloring (safe, food grade dyes) easily wiped out of the carpet. (recommended for ages 3 and up)

A suggestion for Roy Toy: While the Fort Playset came with a tiny, black & white building instruction sheet, it would be nice to have a more user friendly (think young builders) instruction sheet. A simple, single page project with easily identified (and colorful) steps.

Notes From Dawn received the Fort Playset from Roy Toy 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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