Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Oompa - Review and Giveaway-CLOSED

The idea for Oompa Toys took hold in 2003. I believe toys should not only be natural and well-made, but created in humane and safe working conditions by adults and with absolutely no child-labor. I go to great lengths to ensure toys within the Oompa family do, indeed, come from safe environments. From extensive interviews with company representatives to annual onsite tours of manufacturing facilities, you can be assured that our toys come from companies who care about their employees. Oompa Toys, founded in 2004, was a family held California corporation. In May of 2007 I moved both the company and my family to Madison, WI. Oompa Toys continues to carry a wonderful, ever expanding mix of wooden toys, baby toys, soft dolls, play food, ball tracks, play mats and other beautiful, high quality wooden toys. We offer fair and competitive prices and strive for 100% customer satisfaction. (from the Oompa website)

When my daughter was little, her favorite toys always seemed to be the simplest ones - rag dolls, chunky puzzles and blocks. She could spend hours creating her own little word, building magical cities, caring for her baby and fitting pieces together. I was blessed to be a stay at home mom for the first three years of her life, and I have many wonderful memories of sitting on the floor with Brit when she was a toddler, helping her put puzzles together, having a tea party, and building crazy towers as high as we could. She had several block sets of various materials (plastic, cardboard and wood). I'd always hoped to find a wooden block set like I had when I was a kid, but nothing I found in the stores compared to that set. My grandfather was a carpenter, and he sanded all the odds and ends left from his projects down to random sizes and shapes for all of us grandkids to build with.

Brit is 14 now, and the dolls and blocks have been replaced with guitars, cell phones and lip gloss, but I still keep a well-stocked toy box in my house for my younger nieces and nephews who delight in visiting with me (ok, actually I think they come for the toys and sugar, but hey, I still feel loved :).

I recently stumbled on Oompa, a fantastic company that carries a wonderful, ever expanding mix of wooden toys, baby toys, soft dolls, play food, ball tracks, play mats and other beautiful, high quality wooden toys. No licensed characters, no electronic sounds or lights - Oompa toys are crafted to engage a child's imagination. Oompa also carries furniture and decor, backpacks and diaperbags, strollers and much more.

I had the chance to review the Bajo Train to Build, Multicolored. I love this train set! The pieces are brightly colored wood, and have the same chunky feel and weight as the set I played with when I was little. The train goes together simply - bases have pegs, pieces have holes, and they simply stack together. As the pieces are such a good size, it's easy for even the smallest hands to put this together. I also like that this set is versatile - while you can create a fantastic train, pieces can also be stacked for a house, bridge, etc., and I know my nieces will enjoy this as much as the nephews :) This train is going to be a very well loved toy, and will last for years.

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You can follow Oompa on Twitter, fan Oompa on Facebook, or check them out on YouTube. You can also sign up for their newsletter for new products and savings.

Purchase:

Oompa Toys and other Oompa merchandise can be purchased online or in their retail store.

Win!

Oompa is generously offering one SSF&G reader a Bajo Train to Build - Multicolored set of their own! Giveaway is open to US residents and ends 1/25. Winner selected via random.org and will have 48 hours to respond. Train provided, and shipped directly by, Oompa or their affiliate.

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270 comments:

  1. Water Blocks from Plan Toys are very cool too!
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  2. @ Oompa I like the kitchen and store foods
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  3. I loved a doll that had a 1940's look to her
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  4. Follower-rosannepm
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  5. Follow on Twitter-rosannepm
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  6. Follow Oompa retail on twitter-rosannepm
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  7. Subscribe to Oopma newsletter with this e-mail
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  8. The "Guitar from Savi" is really cool!

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  9. When I was younger, my favorite toys were the Strawberry Shortcake dolls! I just loved that the skirts folded up into cupcakes! ")

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  10. I follow Oompa on Twitter. (@penelopelolohea)

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  11. I really like the Wooden Tea Set from Plan Toys.

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  12. Liz likes the Lilli doll from Haba.
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  13. I also love the Jumping Frogs Push Toy. Thanks so much.

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  14. A toy that I loved as a child was a sock monkey doll that my Grandmother had made for me. I carried this doll everywhere.
    Love this train. My son would love this toy. Thanks so much for this giveaway.

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  15. I'm a google follower (rickpeggysmith)
    Thanks again.

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  16. Following Oompa on Twitter (peg42)

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  17. Following you on twitter. Thanks so much.

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  18. I like the Musical Band from Plan Toys.

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  19. I used to love to build with Lincoln Logs. I'd play with them for hours.

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  20. The Cory Caterpillar Pulling Animal from Haba is great. Wonderful things!

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  21. I think this is neat: Mermaid Toothbrush Timer from Haba

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  22. I follow you on Twitter (@jkgorcery)

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  23. I follow Oompa on Twitter (@jkgorcery)

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  24. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/jkgorcery/status/7757500671

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  25. I have your button in my blog: http://whateverandbeyond.blogspot.com

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  26. i love the set of 5 finger paints from pkolino thanks clallen at ntin dot net

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  27. follow your blog thanks clallen at ntin dot net

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  28. follow you on twitter thanks clallen at ntin dot net

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  29. button thanks clallen at ntin dot net http://tryingnewproducts.blogspot.com/

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  30. blog roll thanks clallen at ntin dot net http://tryingnewproducts.blogspot.com/

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  31. i loved ragedy anne when i was little clallen at ntin dot net

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  32. i follow oompa on twitter clallen at ntin dot net

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  33. love so many of their toys - including this: Jumping Frogs Push Toy

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  34. the bajo truck mverno@roadrunner.com

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  35. The Jumping Frogs push toy is SOOOO cute. Thanks for the chance.
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  36. I like the Knight's Tower Play Tent from Haba Toys

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  37. When I was little I loved my radio flyer wagon. I still have it and I use it when I go to flea markets.

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  38. I tweeted http://twitter.com/cstironkat

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  39. I also like Tubby Bath Toy Organizer - Orange from Skip Hop
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  40. I follow oompa on twitter (jjak2003)
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  41. I signed up for the oompa newsletter
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  42. I follow through google friend connect
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  43. I tweeted http://twitter.com/jjak2003/statuses/7767287326
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  44. I like the stack the trix mix wooden pull toy from Haba.

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  45. I like the Poissons Volants from Haba.

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  46. I follow your blog.

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  47. The Little Amsterdam blocks by HABA are my favorite-so cute!
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  48. A toy I loved when I was little was my Etch-A-Sketch.
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  49. I follow your blog on Google Friend Connect.
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  50. Fire Department Squirties from Elegant Baby would be a hit around here!

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  51. I like the Wooden ABC Blocks - Colors
    from Elegant Baby.

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  52. I like the Shell Wash Mitten from Haba
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  53. growing up I loved the popples i got for xmas one year I was obsessed with it and the tv show. amypugmire@live.com

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  54. I follow your blog. amypugmire@live.com

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  55. I follow u on twitter. 1amypugmire. amypugmire@live.com

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  56. I follow oompa on twitter. 1amypugmire. amypugmire@live.com

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  57. tweeted. amypugmire@live.com
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  58. I have your button. amypugmire@live.com

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  59. I love the dollhouse with furniture by Plan Toys. That is the coolest, most modern dollhouse I've ever seen. If I were tiny, I would totally live in it. :-)

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  60. tweeted: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/7776394765

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  61. following Oompa on twitter (as SnowflakeDay)

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  62. receiving the Oompa email newsletter at (hotpepper71 at bellsouth dot net)

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  63. following Silver Savings on Twitter (as SnowflakeDay)

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  64. A toy I loved as a child was my tin dollhouse (which is probably why I like the Plan Toys dollhouse so much). I remember it came with a set of plastic furniture in funky pink and teal blue colors. I would spend hours decorating the rooms and rearranging the furniture.

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  65. Love the Dragon's Egg

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  66. twitter follower

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  67. I love the Wooden Sorting Truck from Bajo

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  68. I had 2 favorites when I was a kid, my Barbies and my Hot Wheels!!

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  69. I like the Green Rainbow Baby!
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  70. The Royal Tower Wooden Blocks look fun.

    I'm having a couple giveaways this weekend in honor of my son's first birthday! Feel free to come join in the fun of Ethan's Birthday Bash!

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  71. When i was little i loved my Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls.

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  72. I really like the Discovery Ball with Rattle from Haba

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  73. I also like the The Frog King Memory Game from Oompa!

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  74. Spirograph was one of my absolute favorite childhood toys. I used to use all different colored pens and make cool designs and then make a collage off them on poster board and hang it on my wall.

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  75. I follow your blog!

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  76. I also like the Tree House by Plan Toys..
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  77. Follow on twitter (@tatum810)
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  78. Follow Oompa on twitter (@tatum810)
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  79. I love the HABA Marble run stuff

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  80. The Petite Yoko Boogaloo from Blabla is great!
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  81. LOVE: If I Were a Cow Book from Jellycat

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  82. twitter follow them - kgail11

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  83. i loved Lite Bright when I was a kid

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  84. I like the sea squirties! my kids love any toy they can squirt in the bath!

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  85. I loved my Cabbage Patch Doll as a child!

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  86. I like the soy crayons from Clementine.

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  87. I totally LOVE the Master Carpenter Workbench.

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  88. I loved my cabbage patch dolls!

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  89. I Follow your blog

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  90. I Follow Oompa on Twitter (dropcqueen)

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  91. I Signed up for the Oompa Newsletter

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  92. I follow you on twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/dropcqueen/status/7852266572

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  93. I liked the Ball Track Roll 'N Roll from Haba dwelchert@yahoo.com

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  94. I signed up for Oompa newsletter using email dwelchert@yahoo.com

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  95. When I was little I use to play with a toy stuffed monkey that I went nowhere without. dwelchert@yahoo.com

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  96. love their little tractors and carts........my favorite toy was a doctor and nurse set. jacksond@nhr3.net

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  97. the car race mini game by haba looks like a good toy for the car
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  98. blog follower
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  99. follow on twitter as lovinmykiddos
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  100. follow oompa on twitter as lovinmykiddos
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  101. I like the Sophie the Giraffe from Vulli

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  102. I would love to get the Car Lap Pad - Daisy from Zookies for my niece

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  103. I always loved playing Candyland when I was a kid

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  104. Google Friend Connect follower

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  105. Love all of the Dollhouse items, simply precious!

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  106. Another Oompa toy I would love to have for my 3-year old son is the Build N Roll from Plan Toys

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  107. a toy i loved when I was little was a style the hair doll head (I don't know what it was called)... but you could brush/comb and curl the hair and pretend to put make up on it.

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  108. i signed up for Oompa newsletter.
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  109. Dancing Alligator by Plan Toys :).

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  111. I already follow your blog.

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  112. I used to love Polly Pocket (the REAL ones, where they were super tiny!)

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  113. Wooden Tractor with Closed Cart, Multicolored from Bajo

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  114. I also love the Sakrada Building Blocks from Haba

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  115. I liked the Egyptian set from Haba.

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  116. awesome giveaway! i really dig the orange easel for my son:

    http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/POFFAEOR/Pkolino-Multi-Use-Easel-Orange.html?oompaItem=Pkolino_Multi%20Use%20Easel-Orange

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  117. following Oompa on twitter! @FlamingBlingy

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  118. i follow you on twitter too! @FlamingBlingy

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  119. I'd love train for daughter.

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  120. I like the Ball Track Construction Set from Haba.

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  121. I loved my Fisher Price Little People. I had the School, House and the Town. My son plays with them now.

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  122. I love the Bilibo in red.

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  123. I follow Oompa Toys on Twitter @couponsiwant
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  124. I was a child of the 70's and I loved my Fisher Price Little People. Mine had little wood bodies and round heads. I had the airplane and the school and the garage. What great memories.

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  125. My son would love the Ball Track Construction Set from Haba.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win.

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  126. My favorite toy as a child was my Mrs. Beasley Doll. Showing my age lol.

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  127. I am following via Google Friends Connect.

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  128. I am following via Twitter as jlsc123.

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  129. I am following Oompa via Twitter as jlsc123.

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  130. I am a Oompa Newsletter Subscriber as jweezie43[at]aol[dot]com.

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  131. We also really like the Shopping Cart from Plan Toys. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  132. fischer price little people.thanks
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  133. I like the Terrace Dollhouse.

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  134. My favorite toy growing up was my Raggedy Ann doll.

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  135. I follow your blog.

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  136. I like the Haba Zigzag Soft Baby Toy.

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  137. I used to love Lincoln Logs.

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  138. I follow

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  139. follow on twitter

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  140. Love the Activity Clock from Plan Toys!

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  141. Love the yellow lacing shoe!
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  142. One toy I loved was Lincoln Logs!
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  143. I am a blog follower
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  144. I follow you on twitter = justicecw
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  145. I follow Oompa on twitter = justicecw
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  146. I like the Bunglie Cow.
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  147. My granddaughter would love the Wooden Tea Set from Plan Toys.
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  148. I love the Sakrada Building Blocks lezanac@yahoo.com

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  149. I like the Green Dollhouse with Furniture.
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  150. When I was a kid, I loved my Etch-a-Sketch!
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  151. I subscribed to the oompa newsletter.
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  152. I follow your blog.
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  153. The Kaleidoscopic Blocks from Haba is really neat!

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  154. When I was little I loved my Playschool Playhouse!

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  155. twitter follower (@beckysweeps13)

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  156. I follow Oompa on twitter (@beckysweeps13)

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  157. I have your button on my sidebar: http://beckysweeps.blogspot.com/

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  158. I also like the Surfin Art Easel.

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  159. Circus Time Jingle Bell Stick Blue from Trophy Music would be good for my son.

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  160. I think their Dishwasher Set is so cute!
    Thanks!
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  161. I used to love my water baby, I had it for a long time!
    Thanks!
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  162. I follow your blog as mom2anutball.


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  163. I follow you on twitter (mom2anutball).

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  164. I like the Blabla bunny rattle.
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  165. I loved my Sesame Street playhouse when I was little.

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  166. I follow your blog. msurosey@yahoo.com

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  167. I follow you on Twitter (mail4rosey).
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  168. I follow Oompa on Twitter (mail4rosey).

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  169. I like everything. My daughter would really enjoy the Eco-Friendly Flora Pink Backpack from Mimi the Sardine so she could put all her toys in it and carry it around.
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  170. I like the natural soy crayons.

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  171. I had a Noah's Ark that I loved! I haven't been able to find one like it for my grandchild.

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  172. I am a twitter follower. ellieb67

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  173. I am an Oompa Toys twitter follower. ellieb67

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  174. I posted on my blog, http://talesofasweeper.com/?p=153

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  175. I am an Oompa newsletter subscriber. vanillayo @ bellsouth.net

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  176. Twittered at http://twitter.com/ellieb67/status/8178974601

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  177. I have your button at www.talesofasweeper.com

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  178. I would also like the Lacing Shoe, Yellow from Bajo.
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  179. I love my My Little Pony. I played with it so much that the hair was a matted mess.
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