Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Now, That's Handy! {GIVEAWAY}

Living in New York City, I walk everywhere, which means when I'm taking Gabrielle and Alaina out, I'm pushing their stroller.  And last winter it was a total pain in the butt.  While trying to maneuver around slushy puddles, I was also focused on staying warm which was usually easier said than done.  It seemed like I was always pulling my gloves on and off - to give the girls snacks or wipe their runny noses, to pay for a cup of coffee or to try to find my keys in my bottomless pit of a bag.  And more often than not, I ended up dropping a glove in the snow or worse - losing it altogether.

I'm not alone in my dread of colder weather.  Emily, a mom of two under than three who lives in Brooklyn, suffered through the winters having the same problems I did.  But unlike me, she took to her sewing machine and did something about it, transforming an old sweater into the Haypenny Handmitten.

Emily describes the Haypenny Handmitten as a warm hug for your hands and it couldn't be more true.  Each one is made from beautiful Alpaca wool and fits over your stroller handlebars (and it fits both single and doubles!).  You put your hands into two openings lined in a super-soft breathable fleece to grip the handlebar so your fingers, hands and wrists stay toasty.  When you need to answer your phone and tend to your kids, just pull them out and go about your business while the Handmitten stays put.  So simple!

Emily sent me two sample Haypenny Handmittens so I could check them out for myself and they are so so pretty in person.  I love that the colors are strong and bold - after being bombarded by so many babyish pastels, Emily made sure to pick hues that were adult and stylish. 

The chunky cable knit wool is so soft, you just want to curl up with it.  And the back of each Handmitten, which wraps around the stroller handlebar, is lined in a fine-wale corduroy.

Even though it's been a little toasty lately, I couldn't wait to test mine out!  I dragged out one of our strollers and it took me all of 30 seconds to snap the Handmitten on.

 Here's a peek at the fleece interior of each "sleeve."  Does that look cozy or what?

And here's our Bee with Handmitten intact all ready to roll! 

No more dreading the cold for me!

The Haypenny Handmitten can also be used on your child's safety bar for mitten-averse kiddos.

They come in four solid color choices as well as two patterns.  I adore this sassy Clemmens version:
And if you have an old sweater you're attached to, you can send it in to Emily and she'll transform that into your own custom Handmitten like this one right here!

One of the things I love most about having this blog is the ability to promote mompreneurs.  Who understands our needs as mothers better than other moms?  And in this case, Emily developed a product that will truly make my life easier - and keep my wallet fatter, now that I don't have to keep buying new gloves - this winter.  On top of that, she's also found a way to give back.  Haypenny Design partnered with WAYRA, a fair-trade organization, to source all of her materials and manufacturing in Peru and Nepal. 

Every woman who is employed by WAYRA is using her skills to help support her family so when you buy a Haypenny Handmitten, not only will you be supporting a fellow mom here but also mothers in Peru and Nepal as well.  It's a gift that keeps on giving, which is why it's one of my HOLIDAY GIFT PICKS. Whether you live in the city or in the 'burbs, this product will do more than warm your hands - it will warm your heart too.

And one lucky AFOMFT reader is going to win one of the Haypenny Handmittens Emily generously sent to me!  To enter, visit Haypenny Design and post a comment here telling me which of the Handmittens is your favorite and why you like this product (this is mandatory).  For additional entries:
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Please leave a separate comment for each entry (two if you've blogged about the giveaway) and make sure to include a link to your tweet, blog post, etc. All entries must be posted on AFOMFT as a direct comment to this post.  Comments on Facebook will not count as entries.  This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and ends November 21st at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be selected by random.org and announced on AFOMFT on November 22nd. If the winner doesn't contact AFOMFT within 48 hours, a new drawing will be held so be sure to check back to see if you've won!

Images: Haypenny Design

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