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28 Apr, 2010

Giveaway alert: The greatest of goods from 3 Little Monkeys

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Giveaways and product reviews

You poor readers never know what you’re going to get when you come here. Is it going to be a recipe? A rant? A photo? Neighbourhood events? News you can use? A craft? I’m sorry for my overall lack of focus… but I’m also not sorry at all. What you see here is exactly what is going on in my head. :)

No rants today! It’s giveaway day. I fully intended to post this yesterday but I was flying all around town and had no energy left to tap this all out.

First, please allow me to direct your attention to our host. Let’s raise our coffee cups to the kind folks at 3 Little Monkeys. They are a local Ottawa children’s store in Old Ottawa South. I haven’t been to the store yet (although I know that some of you have!) but I love them already.

Before I continue, allow me briefly interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for a wee sidebar:

Support your local independent toy stores! They are staffed by thoughtful and knowledgeable people who love what they’re doing. Like many indie stories they are taking a huge risk by going up against the big-box toy stores, the WalMarts and the Costcos of this world. But that’s how much they believe in their products; toys which have been lovingly selected for their design and high quality. These people know their toys, and love their love toys, and they love kids.

End of sidebar. :)

As per my previous post, 3 Little Monkeys sent us a huge box of lovely things for our family to enjoy. I’m going to post pics of a few favourites and then I will outline the details the giveaway. (Note: the following items are not part of the giveaway. I’m showing them here to give you an idea of the kind of treasures you can find at 3 Little Monkeys.)

Felted Elephant purse from Én Gry & Sif. I’m not sure if the gals from 3LM read my mind, but I adore Én Gry & Sif. They’re a Danish brand. Everything they seem to make just screams PICK ME UP and I AM ADORABLE. They make wallets too. And blankets. *swoon*

Felted elephant purse from En Gry & Sif

Stockmar Beeswax Modeling kit – how neat! It really is beeswax:

 Stockmar Beeswax Modeling kit

Lyra pencil crayons – pretty and durable. Isn’t this what pencil crayons are supposed to look like?:

Waldorf coloured pencils

Woolpets owl felting kit (eep!):

Owly wool felting kit

Djeco art kit (the same brand I wrote about here). The girls have been diligently working on these ever since the package arrived. Emma even brought hers to school to work on during her free time:

Djeco art kit

Wooden letters. Sarah saw these and yelled HOW DID THEY KNOW MY FAVOURITE COLOURS! I’m not sure why I like these so much – I’ve never seen ones this unique. Maybe it’s the font. Or the fact they’re so light and spindly (encyclopedia is our own btw!):

Someone's name

Emma also received something personalized… a bunting (below) and this pretty felt birthday crown (Sarah got one in blue and green). The stitching is top notch:

Emma's crown and bunting

I wish I can remember the name of this brand. I think it’s Grimm’s. It’s a German design. The girls tore the tag off of this thing faster than I could say HOLDONASECONDINEEDTHAT. It is a nesting toy. It is art. It is displayed on our mantel and everytime I look at it I think about camping and go to my happy place.

stacking flame

Anyway, yes, those are the kind of toys that you can find at 3 Little Monkeys. Are they gorgeous or what.

And lucky you, they also gave me a whole bunch of baby things to share with a lucky reader.

The first giveaway (which would be of interest to young parents, mothers-to-be, grandmothers, friends of the pregnant etc.) is for this bundle (click through the photo if you would like to see what is included):

The Loot

The package also includes this baby blanket:

Cotton baby blanket by Davud Fussenegger Textil

And this adorable lamb’s ear hat (teddy bear and daughter are for photo purposes only and are not included in the giveaway!)

Lamb ear baby hat by Day Lee Design

AND that’s not all.

Giveaway part deux is a $100 gift card to 3 Little Monkeys. Just think of all the fun you can have with this.

Giveaway need-to-knows:

  • This giveaway is for Ottawa residents only, because if you win you’ll need to pick up your winnings at my place. ;)
  • To qualify, please (a) leave a comment below (b) make sure you leave a valid email (c) tell me about a favourite toy you had as a kid. (I like to keep it interesting!)
  • I’ll do a random draw of qualifying comments at 3:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday May 5, 2010.  I’ll be using random.org to draw the winning names.
  • One entry per family please!
  • I will announce the winners here and via email. If you are not from the Ottawa area and can’t pick up your prize, or I don’t hear back in 36 hours, I’ll have no choice but to draw another name.
  • I have to admit, I’m not really sure what to do if someone enters to win the gift card and wins the baby package instead – and has no babies anywhere on the horizon. Anyway, if this happens, please consider not accepting the prize and letting me draw another name. It would be your good deed of the day and would amount to a lot of good karma.
  • Spreading the word via your blog (if you have one) or through Twitter (if you’re connected) is also good karma.
  • FYI (and this is not compulsory) if you are on Facebook I recommend you check out 3 Little Monkeys Facebook page for info and special deals.

THERE IT IS. Phew. That was long. Over to you!

106 Responses to "Giveaway alert: The greatest of goods from 3 Little Monkeys"

1 | Danielle

April 28th, 2010 at 8:33 am


I am not an Ottawa resident but would LOVE to win it for my good friend who is and has 2 kids…my favourite toy growing up had to be my Cabbage Patch doll – my daughter now plays with it.

2 | Elizabeth

April 28th, 2010 at 8:40 am


What beautiful toys and baby gear! My favourite toy when I was growing up was the folding wooden house my dad made. It had a drop-down window, so we could pretend it was a ticket window for a theatre, and a door just my height. Magical!

3 | Cath

April 28th, 2010 at 8:44 am


love this store and the wonderful give away – thank you!

the toy I love most was a funny wooden apple on a rope that you jumped over (swinging it around your foot), although what I pined for most was a fuzzy pumper barber set …

4 | CL

April 28th, 2010 at 8:49 am


I love this store and what a great giveaway. My favorite toy growing up was my double Dutch skipping rope. My dad added a hook on the garage so it only took one person to swing.

5 | Brenda @ottawamom

April 28th, 2010 at 8:51 am


Would love to win this fabulous giveaway for my sister who is due with baby #2 in June.

I would have to say that my favourite toys growing up were my dolls. I was a huge Holly Hobbie fan and would take her everywhere. My Mom used to make us matchng outfits too! I miss the simplicity of kids toys.

6 | Yoni

April 28th, 2010 at 8:52 am


My favourite toy?

It was a little red ambulance that I used to push around. I used to pretend it was the bad guy’s car.

Don’t know what happened to the ambulance – maybe the bad guys got it.

7 | Jane

April 28th, 2010 at 9:00 am


Beautiful stuff Andrea. Thanks for sharing.

My favourite toy was Mrs. Beasley. I had her forever… until my mother threw her away because her arm fell off, she was bald and had no clothes! Still don’t get it…

8 | Vivian

April 28th, 2010 at 9:06 am


Wow. This is quite the giveaway!!

My favourite toy as a kid was this convertible doll-stroller/rocker. Loved it so much… until my younger brother launched it down a flight of stairs.

9 | meg

April 28th, 2010 at 9:06 am


my favourite toy was my gaggle of friends – a little stuffed monkey, a rabbit, a goose and a hen. (monk, buns, ducks and hen).

monk is no longer with us, but buns, ducks and hen are and now live in my son’s room with him. he loves hearing about their adventures from when mom was small.

10 | Amy @ Muddy Boots

April 28th, 2010 at 9:08 am


I was a stuffed animal gal as a little girl… my favourites were Monchichis. I still have most of them in a box somewhere. My boys don’t quite appreciate them. *hrmph*

11 | Judy

April 28th, 2010 at 9:09 am


I do love this store and often pop in when I need a break from my store during the day! I also love they are now in a bigger space and had it on my to do list today to go in and check it out!

My fav toy was my raggedy ann dolls. There were two and they were HUGE! Bigger than me at one point. I still have them. Most of the fabric is so thin, touching it causes more deterioration, and arms have been sewed back on during the years. They live in my cedar chest and I occasionally take them out for a little hug.

12 | Stephanie

April 28th, 2010 at 9:22 am


Oh my gosh, that lamb’s hat would look adorable on my brand new baby niece!

I was a reader, so my favourite toys were always books. I’d read anything and everything. I desperately wish I still had all my old hardback Nancy Drew mysteries.

I do fondly remember our Sesame Street Little People set, though…we had the storefront apartments (which included Mr. Hooper’s store!) with all the characters. I remember the little Oscar the Grouch in the can with the lid that would raise. (Link here: http://tinyurl.com/3796zxl ). Those were quite awesome.

13 | Christine

April 28th, 2010 at 9:40 am


Thanks for the giveaway!Will definitely be checking this store out!
My favorite toys as a child were dolls.I still have most of them.My favorite though is a doll called “Dorothy”.The doll is quite special because wears a knitted outfit made by my Granny.

14 | stephanie nakamura

April 28th, 2010 at 9:40 am


ooh, 3 little monkeys!!! i have my own little monkey, and a few friends with their first on the way – this would be a great prize to win!

growing up, my favorite toy was definitely my cabbage patch doll – gilbert wallace. i remember waking up christmas morning, i saw the shape of the box, and i could barely contain my excitement. he was a boy – but my mom had 3 girls… so all of the baby clothes we had were for girls. so, i just preteneded i had a short haired girl doll.

15 | Stephan

April 28th, 2010 at 9:45 am


I bought one of the birthday crowns for my nephew a few months ago – adorable!! And felt great supporting a local, independent shop.

Growing up, I think my favourite “toy” was the dress-up bin – mom and dad’s old clothes from the 60s and 70s.

16 | Rebecca

April 28th, 2010 at 10:00 am


omg what a great give away!!

My favourite toy as a kid were some of my stuffed animals – 2 of which I still have.

17 | Linda

April 28th, 2010 at 10:15 am


Love 3 Little Monkeys, and would love the give away!

My favourite toy growing up was a doll that had been my sister’s – named Jinny. She was sort of small, and had been left on a burner by accident so she had a terrible burn on her arm. Creeped other kids out, but I found it endearing…

18 | Littlehouse

April 28th, 2010 at 10:34 am


Oh, so much fun. Thanks Andrea and 3 Little Monkeys :)

Fave toy..hum… Stickle Bricks. I once built a structure as tall as m dad. Now *thats* fun. :)

19 | Beth

April 28th, 2010 at 10:49 am


They have such beautiful things! We live in the area and I love to go in and check out their stuff, especially when I need to pick up a gift!

My favorite toy as a child was a bean bag bunny with “Somebunny Loves you” written on his tummy – affectionately known in my family as “Some”.

A close second was the wood airplane my Dad built and hung in our basement by giant springs. There were 4 seats, for me and my three brothers. We spent a lot of time bouncing and swinging in it!!

20 | Alfie

April 28th, 2010 at 10:58 am


My favourite toy was a blue jeep – which I still own. I also loved my bike. Cycling was and is one of the best things I have ever done.

21 | Cari

April 28th, 2010 at 11:03 am


Great giveaway, I will have to check out the store.

My favourite toy as a child was my little people house and barn. I bought my daughter a set before her first birthday. Sadly my kids aren’t as fond of it as I was, but they are still young.

22 | Krista R

April 28th, 2010 at 11:04 am


Great store – great giveaway!

My favorite toy was the little fisher-price A-frame house and fisher-price little people (the choking-hazard recalled ones!)

23 | Jay

April 28th, 2010 at 11:14 am


Another reason to LOVE 3 Little Monkeys – they support local artists like me! They have been a huge supporter carrying and promoting my flapper and visor beanie hats!

I love their store and could spend hours there looking around. Can’t wait to see their new location too!

(Please don’t enter me in the draw – not that I wouldn’t want to win! But because I am one of their suppliers which usually goes against contest rules:)

24 | Just An Ottawa Dad

April 28th, 2010 at 11:27 am


I’d have to say that my favorite toy growing up was blocks. You know, the wooden ones. I don’t know where my folks always got them, but they looked like cast-offs from a wood working shop somewhere. They were anything but square and rectangular.

The fun my brother and I used to have with them…

25 | Capital Mom

April 28th, 2010 at 11:54 am


Thanks for this awesome giveaway Andrea!

I must have had toys growing up, but I can’t think of a favorite. All I can think of are books. Lots and lots of books.

26 | Dina

April 28th, 2010 at 11:59 am


Great give away and I love the shop too. When I was young one of my favourite toys was a family tree house. The top of the tree popped up and inside there were 3 or 4 rooms and it came with little figurines including the family dog who had his own little dog house in the shape of a bush. It entertained me for hours.

27 | Vanessa

April 28th, 2010 at 12:13 pm


I can’t think of a specific favourite but I do remember being excited to see My Little Pony, Cabbage Patch Kids and Strawberry Shortcake show up for Christmas (or a few days early when I generally pre-opened my gifts!)

28 | Jen

April 28th, 2010 at 12:20 pm


I’ve got a baby girl that would look so sweet playing on that blanket :-)

Fave toy growing up was my Cabbage Patch Kid doll – she went everywhere with me :-)

29 | Meghan

April 28th, 2010 at 12:25 pm


I loved my bike and playing barbies!

30 | Sheila D.

April 28th, 2010 at 12:31 pm


What a great give-away! My favourite toy was (is?) a monkey made by Merrythought in England. He had a velveteen face which I loved right off; my dad embroidered new blue eyes and pink lips on him. Jumpy was replaced once (they had to send to England for a new monkey but told me he was in hospital to get fixed up) and his head is stuffed with straw. Yeah, that’s how old I am. LOL

31 | Lynn

April 28th, 2010 at 12:31 pm


I’m entering…I can’t get over the beauty of those toys. Screw the kids, I want them for myself!

My favourite toy growing up was a stuffed dog named Kelly. I was unreasonably attached to Kelly. She’s in 90% of photos taken of me between the ages of 2 and 5. I still have her, but too much love took its toll and around age 9, I had to replace her with a new bear (Honey, who is also still around). I once wrote a blog post about the replacement of Kelly with Honey but it was seriously a thousand pages long, and even I had to admit that no one cares about that much detail about stuffed animals.


Anyway! I’m always email-able at lynnturtlehead at gmail dot com.

32 | ShopHaven

April 28th, 2010 at 12:31 pm


I LOVE this store. I go at least once a month!

33 | ShopHaven

April 28th, 2010 at 12:34 pm


My favorite toy growing up was my cabbage patch dolls and then it was barbies. Who didn’t love barbies?

34 | Alison in Ottawa

April 28th, 2010 at 12:42 pm


I am so happy that you can feature this store as I want them to do really well and stay in buisness!

My favourite things as a child were spriograph (sp?) and the 1973-1976 era Fisher Price things (castle, A frame cottage, boat, airplane etc…) My Mom kept them all and now my girls play with them. The new Little People are not nearly as nice. My sister is having her first baby in the Fall and there are oodles of things in the store I would like for my girls so either prize would do :) Alison

35 | Chantal

April 28th, 2010 at 12:43 pm


I just gave my niece that exact Djeco Art Nouveau kit for her birthday last week (from Tag Along Toys in Kanata) It is so awesome! My favourite toy as a kid was my colouring pencils. I used to colour all day long. And I would even read with a colouring pencil in hand and fill in all the o’s in my reading books.

36 | angela

April 28th, 2010 at 12:47 pm


i LOVE this store:). the staff is fabulous, it is absolutely kid friendly ( as any good toy store should be but often are not ) and there goodies are just so special.

i would totally eat up this prize in about 2 seconds flat.

my fave toy as a child??? Mrs. Beezly. Anyone remember her??? Se talked. I loved her.

37 | Melany Gallant

April 28th, 2010 at 12:49 pm


Great giveaway indeed! My fav toy growing up would have to be Lego. My brother and I played for hours building the craziest towers and buildings. And we thought the little Lego people were pretty awesome too. ;)

38 | Karen C.

April 28th, 2010 at 12:49 pm


I love 3LM for super and unique gifts. My favorite growing up were my barbies – who were constantly being put in extremely dangerous and mangling situations, to only sometimes be rescued by a stuffed animal brigade. Sounds a bit twisted now to my grown up mind!

39 | Carla

April 28th, 2010 at 12:50 pm


Oh, I would love to win this giveaway, I was in at 3LM just checking it out after I bought coolest dinosaur and bug cards at Kaleidoscope next door and was floored by the selection of beautiful toys and the only metal lunchboxes I’ve seen in Ottawa so far.
My favourite toy? Cars! brrm brrm brrm. I never played with a doll growing up (had one on a shelf gathering dust), it was all cars and action figures, as I was constantly (how come I never caught on?) duped by my older brother to play cars before we played girly things and we never moved past the cars. Eventually I just got stuck there and enjoyed it, loved getting cars for Christmas.

40 | ErinErin

April 28th, 2010 at 12:53 pm


As a child, my favourite toys were definitely books, followed closely by my bike – preferably with a book in the basket!

41 | solemom

April 28th, 2010 at 1:14 pm


My favourite toy when I was a kid was an old-school metal wind up car. I used to fashion jumps and tracks for it from anything I could get my hands on – from lego and blocks to empty cereal boxes. That thing was built so well, it took many *many* falls and just never stopped working.

(As a sidebar – I absolutely LOVE Three Little Monkeys and also recommend to all your readers [and you!] that you check it out. Even their music selections are awesome.)

42 | teapotkid

April 28th, 2010 at 1:15 pm


Lovely store!

My favorite toy was (and still is) an ugly orange and brown stuffed bunny from the 1970’s. He is missing an eye and his other one shrank in the wash. His ears have been stitched on innumerable times and the Tarzan outfit he originally wore is gone (I foolishly tried it on when I was 4–needless to say it didn’t fit). Now my 2-year-old son takes “Honey Bun” to bed.

43 | Lucie

April 28th, 2010 at 2:12 pm


Such amazing toys! Your girls are so lucky to get to enjoy these!

My favorite toy when I was a kid was a gigantic doll (almost as tall as me, when I was 4) and the crib my dad had made for her. I played endless hours with it! But I must admit that as soon as I learned to read, books quickly replaced toys as my favorite thing to do!

44 | Miss Vicky

April 28th, 2010 at 2:28 pm


Books, books and more books. those tri-coloured balls. jump ropes. And my pogo stick. How I loooooved that pogo stick!

45 | Don

April 28th, 2010 at 3:00 pm


I’ve so many friends who have started new families. They would love the prize from this giveaway, so…

My favourite toy growing up was a hypoallergenic cloth plush dog that looked like a cross between a pink whale and a certain Peanuts character. Hence, I named him Snoopy.

As a boy, I played with the stereotypical die cast cars, tonka truck, and some Transformers, but I loved Snoopy!

46 | Alfie

April 28th, 2010 at 4:23 pm


Hey…Andrea didn’t tell us about HER favourite toy.

47 | Jennifer

April 28th, 2010 at 4:57 pm


My favourite toy was a worn stuffed teddy bear…. said toy now sleeps with my daughter every night! Even more worn, and even more loved.

48 | rikrak

April 28th, 2010 at 4:58 pm


what a great giveaway!
thank you so much!

i love all of the above! wow!
my fave little kid toy when i was a youngin’ was my koalabear stuffie: koko bear that my grandparents gave me.
quite sadly, koko bear went missing on a trip we took! alas!
but my parents were so great to try to find me a replacement. :) my poor mom and dad!

here’s to great kids’ toys – like those at 3 monkeys!

49 | Kaitlin

April 28th, 2010 at 5:08 pm


ooh, I had been looking for a Djeco set since you mentioned them a free weeks back…and my friend is due with her first in May!!

My favourite toy was never a toy, but rather a giant Tupperware of art supplies. These included the standard of paper and scissors and paints and glue and stamps, but also neat odds and sods, like egg cartons and very-well-cleaned-stryofoam trays. I sort of have a similar box to this day, that I use for collage making.

50 | Christy

April 28th, 2010 at 5:21 pm


I love 3 Little Monkeys! I often go in there and touch and oodle all the pretty things I would love to have for my kids.

My favourite toy as a kid was felt boards. I LOVED them!

51 | Christy

April 28th, 2010 at 5:23 pm


I love 3 Little Monkeys! I often go in there and touch and oodle all the pretty things I would love to have for my kids.

My favourite toy as a kid was felt boards. I LOVED them!

What a fantastic give away!

52 | Allison

April 28th, 2010 at 5:29 pm


Fantastic store! I have bought several unique gifty things from there. My fave being my son’s latest hat!!

When I was a kid I have a favourite monkey I called Chee-Chee (or Chi-Chi?). I still have it now, it is in my son’s room – man is it ever ugly!! :)

53 | andrea

April 28th, 2010 at 6:13 pm


I’m really enjoying hearing about everyone’s favourite toys!

Top three toys for me:

– lego
– dolls and stuffies
– a beanbag Raggedy Anne I really liked – and lost – and bought on eBay about 25 years later. :)

54 | CarrieLou

April 28th, 2010 at 6:32 pm


What a great store! I hope to make it out of my west end bubble over to Bank Street one of these days to check it out in person. Thanks for having such a great giveaway. :)
My favorite toy as a young child was my Mrs. Beasley doll (I see I’m not the only one!) When I was older, I was totally into my younger brothers Legos. I loved the sets; I think we had the fire station and the airport and a few others. I would build it exactly as the instructions said. lol

55 | Rae

April 28th, 2010 at 6:34 pm


I’d never even heard of this store, but my husband just had a joy-gasm over the stacking fire ;)

My favorite toy as a child was a rainbow brite doll / play mat combo. Heh. My dad still has her.

56 | Jodi

April 28th, 2010 at 6:52 pm


Fantastic! What an excellent giveaway. Thank you!

An old-fashioned box of crayons was my favourite toy as a child. Sitting on the front step with my mom colouring funny characters.

57 | Kelli

April 28th, 2010 at 8:06 pm


My absolute favourite toy growing up was Holly Hobbie play house. I remember getting it for Christmas and I loved that house!

58 | Kerry

April 28th, 2010 at 8:07 pm


My favourite toys were the frogs that swam around in our ditch. Spent HOURS playing with them.

Love this giveaway!

59 | Carly

April 28th, 2010 at 8:08 pm


Lovely. Simply lovely!

My favourite toys (hard to pick just one) as a child were my wooden “Little People” playsets – I had the dollhouse and a Sesame Street version, and my plain, unpainted wooden blocks. I played with all three at the same time, using the blocks to make additional homes, stores and roads for the Little People.

I also really loved my Lego – and still play with it often!

Thanks for the giveaway!

60 | Jen_nifer

April 28th, 2010 at 8:20 pm


Yay! I love toy giveaways! I am a sister and a friend to the pregnant and Mom to a little boy. Either prize would be welcomed!

My favorite toy as a kid was my teddy bear. It generally stayed in my bedroom, but was very comforting. I still have it and the wristband I got on it the last time it went to CHEO with me (sometime aroun 1986 I think).

61 | coffeewithjulie

April 28th, 2010 at 8:24 pm


WOW! I definitely NEED to visit this store! How lovely are all these things?!

Please count me in! I am in Ottawa, you know my email and my favourite toy when I was a kid was “adventure people” – my brother and I played with these things for years and years and my Mom actually still has them! (She keeps everything and still manages to have an organized house. Odd.)

62 | charlene

April 28th, 2010 at 8:35 pm


My very fav toys were always craft-y related. A new box of unbroken crayons (atleast the 64 colours, 124 was HEAVEN), a make it yourself ceramics kit, a bottle cutter.

Looking back (and having the benefit of having children now) I realize how very brave my mother was letting me have those things. It fostered a life long passion for artistic pursuits. I’m hoping my kids get the same passions from their toys.

Thanks for the contest….just reading everyone’s favs was fun!

63 | Shannon

April 28th, 2010 at 9:14 pm


I’ve yet to head to this store and it looks like my wallet should thank me (and so should my hubby!). My fave toy growing up would be a tie between my Cabbage Patch Dolls and My Little Ponies!

64 | Donna

April 28th, 2010 at 10:01 pm


I am so thrilled to be able to enter as I just love three little mnkeys!
Favourite toy as a kid . . . I have to say that I likely played tehe most with my barbies, which makes me kinda sad . . .I was a bookish kinda gal and I read alot, but those barbies + my sticker collection kept me pretty ocupied!

65 | Candace

April 28th, 2010 at 11:39 pm


My favourite toys growing up were cardboard boxes! My mom would cut out peepholes and use wallpaper to decorate. 3LM is the neatest store!

66 | meanie

April 29th, 2010 at 6:43 am


My best toy was a magnetic theatre. You controlled these little wood uppets with a magnet on a stick. Hours of fun.

67 | A Crafty Mom

April 29th, 2010 at 7:27 am


I think my favourite toy I had as a kid was my very first doll, Audrey. I still have her, and now my little girl plays with her all the time :)

68 | Katie

April 29th, 2010 at 7:59 am


My favorite toy was my Strawberry Shortcake dolls . I had the strawberry house and everything. They were great.

69 | Andrea

April 29th, 2010 at 10:04 am


I love 3 Little Monkeys!

My fave toy was a rag doll named Sarah :)

70 | Julie

April 29th, 2010 at 2:45 pm


Oh I wish that campfire toy was part of the giveaway too! I might have to go and buy that anyway :) But the giveaway stuff looks great.

My favorite toys as a little girl were my My Little Pony’s – although my real love was for my craft supplies (though not a toy really).

I’m a new Ottawa (well Pakenham) based reader and am really enjoying your blog so far!


71 | AmyB

April 29th, 2010 at 3:28 pm


I just drove by Three Little Monkeys the other day and noted that I should go in to explore.

My favourite toy as a kid was a little stuffed pig (I was a destructive child – I cut off his ears and tail and cut a hole in his side so the stuffing actually fell out). I loved him above all my other toys and he slept at my feet every night. When I lost him my mother moved the earth to get me a duplicate one.

72 | Heather Burke

April 29th, 2010 at 3:32 pm


I love 3LM, great toys and ideas. My favourite toy growing up was chatty cathy:) I don’t think I will ever “grow up”.

Andrea, I love your blog because it is always something new, interesting and fun.

73 | Melissa

April 29th, 2010 at 3:36 pm


too many favorite toys–loved my sesame street fisher price set and the stove my dad built. can’t wait to see what my new baby girl’s favorite toy will be.

74 | Shannon

April 29th, 2010 at 3:38 pm


My favourite toy as a child was a mechanical drumming panda named Mambo – he still lives (in dilapidated form) in my mom’s basement.

75 | cura

April 29th, 2010 at 4:21 pm


My favourite toy as a child was definitely my doll. I carried her everywhere until it was almost inappropriate. I still have her. She lives in a shadow box that my mom, lovingly, created. Unfortunately, she is relegated to the basement because the doll freaks out my husband and gives him nightmares… I did do a little hair dressing practice on her so she does look a little messed up. Love her nonetheless. Love 3 monkeys too. I live in their neighbourhood and make a point of buying all my toys and birthday gifts there. I am so glad they are expanding and can’t wait to see their new stock.

76 | Vicky

April 29th, 2010 at 5:21 pm


What a great giveaway! My favourite toy as a kid was the Fisher Price Woodseys. I had the roll up log with the furniture and the little puppet squirrels. My mom kept it, and now my kids play with it when they go over and visit. Ahhh memories :)

77 | Debbie

April 29th, 2010 at 8:08 pm


I could spend hours in 3LM…I am a huge fan of the store.

My fav childhood toy was my little yellow teaset–I had many tea parties with princesses/princes from far away lands.

78 | Edumama

April 29th, 2010 at 8:41 pm


I look forward to visiting the store. My favourite toy growing up was a stuffed dog with a happy face on one side and a sad face on the other. One ear was longer due to sucking. It ended up being patched all over with Mr. Men patches. Eventually there was no room left to patch and no stuffing inside. I did find a replica in better condition at a garage sale a few years back and bought it…my kids don’t seem as attached.

79 | cgb

April 29th, 2010 at 8:51 pm


My favourite toy was this little stuffed monkey that sucked its thumb. I called him “Hasboro” because I thought that his name was written on the tag. My mom tried to make me realize that he was made by a company called Hasboro, but I wouldn’t believe her… :)

80 | Jennifer

April 29th, 2010 at 9:36 pm


Sugar was my favorite toy. Kinda like snoopy. I spent hours and hours operating on him. Cut all his arms, legs, ears off and reattached them over and over again. A little strange, really.

81 | Amanda DeGrace

April 29th, 2010 at 10:23 pm


I love 3 Little Monkeys and am very excited to see their new location in OOS down the street from where they are now!

My favourite kid toy was my easy bake oven and my punky bruster doll…..the doll would help me bake :)

82 | Tiana

April 30th, 2010 at 8:01 am


My favorite toy was a purple dinosaur/dragon with green spots. It was about10″ long and it floated in the bath tub. When you squeezed it’s head it squirted water out.

If I found one today I would buy it right away for my son. Anyone have one lurking in the basement???

83 | Brenda A.

April 30th, 2010 at 8:19 am


Thank you 3 Little Monkeys!

As a child I loved, and still do love, my Curious George. He is well loved and sits in my daughter’s room, right along side the EXACT same George doll my husband had and loved as a child. I think they have one eye left between the two of them!

I am in Ottawa and can pick up any time.

84 | Laura

April 30th, 2010 at 8:19 am


I adore 3 little monkey’s!
My favorite toy when I was a kid was a long ribbon on a stick (I can’t remember what it was really called) I loved to twirl it around… I bought my eldest daughter one a few weeks ago, and have played with it a few times when she’s in bed! :)

85 | Julie

April 30th, 2010 at 8:44 am


OMG! I think I had the same bathtub dinosaur as Tiana! I loved that thing. I also loved my Gund polar bear named Snuffles. My daughter Natalie has him now. :)
I LOVE 3 Little Monkeys!

86 | marianne

April 30th, 2010 at 8:59 am


What a great giveaway! I’m keeping fingers and toes crossed.

My favourite toy absolutely has to be Barbara, my Cabbage Patch doll. Though calling her a toy even now at the age of 34 seems wrong — she was practically another family member, and still has a special place in my home.

87 | Kathleen Lalande

April 30th, 2010 at 11:31 am


hmmmm. My favorite toy was my Barbie house. I spent hours playing with that house and my dolls. I don’t know how I feel about Barbies now but I sure did love them back in the day….

88 | DaniGirl

April 30th, 2010 at 12:01 pm


Oh, I had no idea 3 Monkeys had that sort of stuff. We’re always looking for unique gift solutions — thanks!

Thinking back, I had two toys that really stayed with me through the years. My granda had a doll house made for my barbies when I was 9 or 10, and I simply loved it. It was so plain, now that I think of it, made from plyboard and really only two rooms. But I adored it and played with it every day.

And I had a little Thumbelina baby doll when I was about six that I adored and carried with me everywhere for a year or so.

Fun post and great giveaway!

89 | Marta

April 30th, 2010 at 12:12 pm


Love 3 Little Monkeys! Everything we’ve bough there so far has been such a great buy…

Anyways favourite toy as a child was this small doll with orange-red braids… I remember one time I by mistake dropped her out the window of the car but was afraid to tell my parents. Only when they got home and saw that I was crying I fessed up and we had to drive back the route we came but low and behold we found her (albeit a little dirtier than before ;)) And I still have the tattered up doll as a keepsake…

90 | DA

April 30th, 2010 at 12:52 pm


Plain old lego was always best for me. When did Lego get sooooo complicated and unreusable ?

91 | Mom On The Go

May 1st, 2010 at 6:20 am


I was a building kid – legos, lincoln logs, my cousins’ tinkertoys, I loved them all.

92 | susie ;)

May 1st, 2010 at 7:05 am


My imagination! We had a shed in the backyard that became our ‘house’, we’d spend hours at a time in there playing make believe. My kids have the same tendencies, give them an empty box and some rope, it will become a story.

93 | spydergrrl

May 1st, 2010 at 9:19 am


I still have my first doll “bébé” with his little red afro and a denim Elvis-style jumpsuit (it was the 70s). When his jumpsuit became too ripped, my aunt made him a shiny red Elvis jumpsuit and sewed it on top. It’s one of those dolls that scare us in horror movies, but I carried it everywhere for years. Absolutely can’t ever get rid of it. The Dude’s seen it but he’s not allowed to touch it – LOL.

94 | Gen

May 1st, 2010 at 1:38 pm


I can’t really remember having one favourite toy. We played outside a lot so my bicycle, skipping rope, sled in winter were well used. I remember countless hours playing “mister Brown let me down” on teeter totters no longer found in most parks.
We had many Fisher Price toys like the garage, school, farm, plane, bus and town. My parents held off buying dining room furniture so I can still see that empty room set up with all the toys. My mother held on to them and my kids love them way more than the newer versions they now own.

95 | Kiki

May 2nd, 2010 at 1:29 pm


My Fave toy was my Cabbage Patch doll, a bald preemie one named Chiquita Belinda (I renamed her Amanda, LOL). One of my Aunts even made a whole bunch of clothes for her. I can’t wait until my baby girl is old enough to play with her.

96 | Nora

May 3rd, 2010 at 11:44 pm


Need to go explore this store…… looks super! Thanks for the introduction. Favourite toy when I was a kid was …….hmmmm……..probably my skipping rope, tap shoes, and my sister who was (and still is!) a great playmate.

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98 | Melissa

May 4th, 2010 at 10:34 am


I love all this stuff!! I drool over En gris & Syf all the time. Although I am not in ottawa at the moment, as you know, all my family is there and I’ll be back at the end of the month so please let me enter! I shop in Ottawa regularly when we visit!

99 | Melissa

May 4th, 2010 at 10:36 am


I missed the favourite toy part. I still have her. She’s a yellow little bean bag doll with a plastic head. I thought she was beautiful but could not pronounce it so she has been forever know as “Booful”. She’s rather short on her beans now but I’ll always keep her.

100 | Isha Tan

May 4th, 2010 at 2:09 pm


One of my favourite toys as a child was my Speak and Spell. It was a “strict taskmaster” toy that appealed to my teacher-loving/need-to-please nature: it gave modest praise when you were right, and scolded and shamed you when you were wrong. To this day I am still a very good speller (but it did take a while for me to get rid of the computer voice.)

101 | April

May 4th, 2010 at 2:19 pm


Such an awesome giveaway! Either would be put to good use for me as I am a first time Mum to a 4 month old :-) As a child I think my favourite toy was my tea set. Does that qualify as a ‘toy’? I’m not sure… but I sure played with it a lot… endless hours of tea parties with anyone who would sit with me, and if others were too busy to play I would have imaginary guests. It was so much fun. To this day I still enjoy hosting brunches and dinner parties….funny how that works… ;-)

102 | Anu

May 4th, 2010 at 8:26 pm


My favourite toy as a kid was a yellow fun fur stuffed dog with a cute red plastic nose. 35 years ago I gave it to my grandmother, to keep her company at the nursing home where she was feeling lost. The dog later burned in an accident. I miss the fact that I never knew her, and I miss the yellow stuffed dog a little too.

103 | Gliding through motherhood

May 5th, 2010 at 5:33 am


I too loved my tea set and hosted many tea parties with all my stuffed animals.
I’ve been to 3 little monkeys – it’s a fabulous store!

104 | Lisa

May 5th, 2010 at 8:48 am


It is a fun and dangerous store!

My favorite toy as a kid was Barbie and a big bag of homemade Barbie clothes I got one xmas.

105 | Nicole (@RantingRaving)

May 5th, 2010 at 2:00 pm


Pick me!
My fave toy was my fisher price record player!

106 | andrea

May 5th, 2010 at 2:38 pm


The winner of the baby goods is Julie (comment #85 … ) !

The winner of the $100 gift certificate is comment #105 … Nicole @RantingRaving!

Wow Nicole – good for squeaking in there. Crazy.

Congrats to you both, and thank you all for your entries. :)

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