Today’s giveaway is from Mamoo Kids, the small U.S. based business of mama, Anna Patty. I asked Anna to share the story behind her shop with you all today along with a little about the adorable child sized bags she has created. You can connect with Anna on Facebook | Twitter | Pinter
When I was a child, my mom and I would spend our summers together in Japan visiting family. I loved these summers. We would explore Tokyo by train, bus, and along the crowded sidewalks. Afternoons would be spent adventuring around town to find our way to a family member’s house or to a park where my mom and her sisters would sit and talk for hours while I played on my own.
It was during those times, as a little girl, while the adults were catching up with old friends and family, I first felt the earliest buds of confidence that came from doing and accomplishing small things on my own. This burgeoning self-confidence, sense of personal responsibility and independence came from the little bag my mom gave me before setting out for the day.
“Fill it with a few of your favorite toys,” my mom often told me. “You’ll be happy to have them when I am busy, so make sure you take care of them and the bag.” I would do as she said, and packed my favorite play-things in my bag and headed out for the day’s adventures. I remember how I would hold my bag tight while commuting on the busy trains and as I brushed past people on the sidewalks. I cherished having the select books and dolls during my travels each day.
When I started a family in San Francisco, I decided to give my children a similar gift that my mother once gave me. My boys were given a special everyday child-sized bag that they could use to hold the most treasured toys they collect as they journey through life.
Mamoo bags are special handmade kids bags made of 100% all-natural fibers, and offer a clean, modern design. We are committed to supporting our local community, therefore all of our children’s bags are made in San Francisco, California. With recent statistics pointing out that approximately 60% of today’s school children are carrying bags weighing more than 10% of their body weight, Mamoo Kids set out to create, lightweight, eco-friendly bags that are both captivating to the younger crowd and proportionate to their size. Mamoo’s all-natural cotton bags appeal directly to the 3-6 age group by being small enough to fit little kids’ bodies, yet still hold a book and folder, or special treasures without weighing them down. For every bag that’s sold, Mamoo gives 5% of net profits to a children’s literacy program, Reading Partners. Reading Partners is a national non-profit that works hard to elevate the literacy of children in low-income schools.
My mom trusted me to decide for myself what I put into my bag all those summers ago. In doing so she helped to give me my first feelings of independence, responsibility and confidence. Today Mamoo wants to help give your child the same wonderful feelings. I believe all this begins with something as simple as a bag. Please join our community and let Mamoo Kids bags help nurture and open up little worlds.
For today’s giveaway, Anna is offering one winner his or her bag of choice. In addition, receive 15% off all orders through August 15th. To receive the discount use coupon code SMALLTHINGS15 at checkout.
For a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post. For a second chance to win, “like” Mamoo Kids on Facebook, and leave a second comment letting me know that you’ve done so. Comments will close and a winner will be randomly selected on Monday, August 11th. The winner will be notified via email and announced within this post.
Comments are closed and the winner is Alison, who commented, “These are lovely! I have made special bags for my older kids. I think my 5yr old guy would love this!
I really enjoyed the interview with Anna.
Thanks so much!”
Thanks, Anna and Mamoo Kids!