An All Natural Gift

Here on my blog, I’ve mentioned that we are a ‘green’ family that is learning and trying to be more green everyday. It’s not always easy and it does take some practice, but it’s something I work at.

We recycle. We reuse. We try to buy environmentally friendly products. I use all-natural cleaners…you get the idea. And the place that I’m probably the ‘greenest’ is when I am dealing with the kids; what they eat, what they wear, and what they play with.

So when Beech-Nut contacted me and asked if I’d like to review one of their All-Natural Toddler Holiday Totes, I agreed. Let’s face it…I’ve got toddlers, so this seemed like a pretty good deal to me!

The tote arrived packed full of great things:

An organic cotton tote – The tote is made from 100% organic cotton. It’s sturdy, very roomy, and I’ve already used to tote food back and forth to a holiday party and to use for grocery shopping.

A roll of “plantable” holiday gift wrap and gift tags – What a fun idea this is! The wrapping paper has suns all over it and says “Water Me”, “Grow Me”, and “Flowers” all over it. After the wrapped gift is open, you soak the paper in water overnight, then cover it with a thin layer of soil. You keep it moist and before you know it, wildflowers will be blooming! I can’t wait to see what they look like. The paper also came with some gift tags that describe the process. The paper can be used for any gift giving, it’s not themed for just Christmas. There were also some holiday gift tags included with holly berries decorating them, and I do plan to use those for Christmas gifts.

Organic cotton fruit and veggie toys – Let me tell you how cute these are! We received a carrot and a tomato. The girls attacked them before I even had a chance to photograph them, and they’ve been happily pretending to munch away on them ever since. The organically grown cotton stuffed toys are made by the 13 Villages Project, which supplies 13 villages with daily fair trade work. They are perfectly healthy toys for your child and the environment, and if my girls could talk, they’d tell you how much they adored them.

Coupons and tips for Beech-Nut products – like what toddlers should be eating, how big the pieces should be, and how to make mealtime fun.

And last but not least, there was samples of new Beech-Nut Homestyle Steamies. These meals are for toddlers and made with natural ingredients. There are no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. We received samples of Cheesy Lasagna, Chicken and Cheesy Potatoes, Chicken Vegetable Stars, and Macaroni and Cheese.

Both my girls loved the Cheesy Lasagna and Macaroni and Cheese. I mean, pounding-on-their-highchair-trays-and-yelling-for-more loved them. Ms. M also really liked the Chicken Vegetable Stars, while Ms. L ate everything but the chicken. We haven’t tried the Chicken and Cheesy Potatoes, but if I know my girls, they will be asking for seconds on that one too!

As a mom, it is really important that I (always) try to give my kids the most healthy, nutritious, and yummy food that I can. I don’t always do it, but I do try to keep them eating healthy. These Beech-Nut Steamies are really convenient when we are on the go and need to make sure that I have something nutritious to serve the kids. This is a product I would recommend to both my sisters who also have toddlers, and that I will continue to use.

And you can win your own Beech-Nut Toddler Holiday Tote! Leave me a comment, and you’re entered! That’s all you have to do, but if you’d like additional entries you can…

– Visit the Beech-Nut website and leave a separate comment with a fact, tip or Beech-Nut product you want to try

– Tweet about this giveaway (include @mommyofamonster and a link to this page) and leave a separate comment telling me you did.

I’ll announce the winner on January 2nd, so there’s lots of time to enter.

Good luck and enjoy Beech-Nut products for your babies and/or toddlers!

And so it goes…

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I received a free Beech-Nut Toddler Holiday Tote for hosting this review and giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by any other source. I was not compensated to provide an opinion of the product or Beech-Nut. This giveaway is open to US residents only. It begins on December 19, 2010 and will end on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using The winner will be announced on Monday and must respond with a current mailing address within 48 hours to claim. Otherwise, another eligible entry will be chosen.


  1. I cannot believe how ingenious their wrapping paper is! Just when you thought your toddler liked the wrapping paper more than the present, paper goes and gets more fun. Awesome. I wonder if I can be really cheap and just give her wrapping paper? She's not a toddler any more, though. However, I could tell her I bought her a field of wildflowers for Christmas? How popular would I be?
  2. How cool! I would love to win this for my friend at work. We all love organic ANYTHiNG.

  3. John and Allie Fields says:
    Cool giveaway! This would be great for my son.
  4. John and Allie Fields says:
    I would love to try the fruit snacks!
  5. 618mom22boys says:
    Awesome giveaway!
  6. 618mom22boys says:
    We would love to try the juice, our toddler is a juice nut!
  7. 618mom22boys says:
  8. Awesome! I love things that you can grow. My very best friend sent me a Christmas card that you can grow and I thought it was fantastic.

    What an awesome review.
  9. Here you will find a cottage you are looking in nature or near the most beautiful natural regions in Europe. Do as you please on holiday and relax in a cottage nature.
  10. I try to only feed Lucas organic. This would be a cool win!
  11. I think my twins would totally go for this.
  12. LOVE the wrapping paper! And I had no idea that they had steamers. That's super cool.
  13. And...tweeted...
  14. Stay At Home Babe says:
    Oh, me. Pick me, Pick me!
  15. awesome giveaway...thanks for the chance.

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com
  16. I think this is great! I know I'm still pregnant and not expecting for a little while, but I'm so excited to try out the new infant foods offered by Beech Nut. Well, try them out on my baby, not me! =)
  17. I tweeted about it too!!/ChristineBewley/status/17620303685357568
  18. That wrapping paper sounds like so much fun! I'm always on the lookout for healthy meals that might satisfy my picky toddler.
  19. This would be great for my 18 mo old. Thanks for the chance.
    angiewith3 at live dot com
  20. RT'd giveaway:
    angiewith3 at live dot com
  21. LocalFunForKids says:
    I'd love to win this!
  22. LocalFunForKids says:
    I would like to try the Apple Pomegranate juice
  23. LocalFunForKids says:
    I just tweeted.
  24. mykidsmommy says:
    Would be awesome for my toddler- he would love helping me water the paper... and he is a huge foodie so food is always welcome ;)
  25. I would love to win, thanks! eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com
  26. I'd like to try the Homestyle Multigrain Hot cereal.
  27. Alicia C. says:
    I don't generally feed my little guy those pre-made meals. BUT - there are those days, after 8 straight hours of tantrum after tantrum when I wish I could just pop his dinner into the microwave and be done with the whole meal preparation thing. I think maybe I could pick a few of these Beech Nut toddler foods up next time I shop.
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com
  28. Alicia C. says:
    My little guy has been led to believe that fruit snacks are candy ;) I think I'd like to try out the Strawberry Nibbles for him. They even have a little iron in them!
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com
  29. Alicia C. says:
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com
  30. Kim ~ One Nutty Mama says:
    I would love to be able to win this tote! My little man loves beechnut baby products.

    Onenuttymama At
  31. I would love to win this for my friend and her baby! Thanks,Jess
  32. Beechnut has new Homestyle cereals like multigrain that sound great!Thanks,Jess
  33. Babes Mami says:
    I LOVE stuff like this! The plantable wrapping paper...fabulous!
    smartinez03 at live dot com
  34. Babes Mami says:
    I have seen some of the frit snacks in the grocery store, I need/want to try those!
  35. My LO is just starting to eat and I would love to win something like this for him.
  36. I like that beech nut is made with Natural Ingredients.
  37. daily tweet!/zanthiablack/status/48030029241782272