My love for RePlay Recycled runs deep and started way before I ever contacted them to see if we could partner and host a giveaway for their fabulous products on my blog. In fact, Kary is the one that first introduced me and I soon fell head over heels. You see, about a year ago, I began the hunt for some better toddler meal plates. I found some that had dividers that were cute, but not functional. I just didn't like them. Then one day I was reading her blog (or scrolling through her Instagram?) and I saw the picture that all started it - her son, Reed, eating off these plates. The dividers were tall and the sections were deep and I knew I needed to find those plates.
Now, I know this probably sounds crazy to most, but I'm sure a few of you are at home right now shaking your head in agreement.
I asked her where she got them and she said Walmart and I was off to find my own. I went to my local Walmart to look and I thought I found what she was talking about, bought them, and quickly found out, I had bought the wrong thing. I looked on RePlay's website and Amazon and thought it was too much to spend on plates and put the thought aside. And then... one day I was at our local grocery store, Ralph's, and spotted them on the shelf. I knew I needed them. And at $6.99 for 3 plates, it seemed like too good of a deal to pass up. I bought them, I washed them, and Mason used them, and they were perfect! The sections are just big enough to give a good portion of food and I use them to give me a reminder of the food groups I need to give him - fruits, veggies, and protein. I bought my first 3 pack at Ralph's and then went back the next week to buy another 3 pack. We LOVE these plates! And, if you follow me on Instagram (@lizbir) , you've probably seen me post about them a couple of times already.
The utensils are great as well! I love that I can mix and match the colors to the plates and make Mason's meals look colorful and fun. I'm not sure that he notices yet, but I enjoy it :) But, I'll be honest, and this is just completely a personal preference thing, we definitely love the spoons more than the forks. And I'll tell you why. My kid chews on everything! Half the time, when he's not interested in eating his dinner, or thinks he's done, he'll start chewing on the fork and bending the tines - just for fun! So far, none of them have broken or bent off, but I just prefer to give him a metal fork most of the time to prevent that from happening. That said though, the couple times he has used the fork properly, it picks up food well and is easy for him to use. And the spoon... is wonderful! It's my favorite spoon by far. Mason is currently obsessed with yogurt and the spoon is deep and holds a ton, which sometimes makes for a messy meal, but we love it! Yogurt, apple sauce, rice, cheerios... you name it, we've eaten it off the spoon. They're fantastic and the only spoon we ever use!
Remember earlier when I said I thought Replay's website was too expensive? Well I'd pay that price in a heartbeat for more plates! In fact, I'm pretty sure I'm going to be ordering some bowls soon and probably even more cups too. Mason just loves feeling like one of the big kids without a spout on his cup and I know soon enough, the day is coming, that he'll be a pro at the lid-less cups and he'll be asking for them all the time. And what's even more exciting is that I heard that they are coming out with flat plates too! I can't wait for that to happen and will be all over that when they come out. Although I love the divided plates, sometimes we feed Mason things that would do better on a flat plate so I'd love at least a couple of those too. What can I say? I like variety :)
In addition to just being awesome plates, RePlay Recycled strives to be sustainable, safe, durable, functional, and affordable. Did you know that all of their products are made from recycled milk jugs?! It's that awesome? Who knew you could make such awesome products from old milk jugs?! The previously used milk jugs are obviously cleaned and meet all FDA standards and are completely safe to eat off of. They are also super durable! I swear Mason has thrown/dropped his plates on the ground multiple times and they've never cracked. We wash them in the dishwasher after each use and they still look perfect!
I was lucky enough to receive a set of some of RePlay's new colored dishes - half of their new crayon box collection! The colors are so vibrant in person and of course we've had the green and blue on repeat for the past few weeks!
And because I love RePlay Recycled so much, I've teamed up with them to give one lucky person a set of dishes! Giveaway runs from August 11, 2015 at 12:00am to August 18, 2015 a 12:00am. Winner will be contacted by me. Open to US residents only. Good luck!
Disclaimer : I received 3 sets of dishes for free from RePlay Recycled in exchange for this review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own and my love for RePlay's products started long before I received these for free!
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