A Life Sustained Sponsor: Simply Soy Natural Toys

Please welcome A Life Sustained sponsor: Simply Soy Natural Toys

Ramona crafts naturally beautiful sensory toys for babies, featuring eco-friendly soy-based paints and sealers.

In her words, "My life as a mother to four bright and beautiful kids has channeled my creative flow in many satisfying ways. I take great satisfaction in being resourceful. Using what's available to make something new, useful, and unexpected is exciting!"

Ramona and her family make their home in Standish, Maine, but you can see her beautiful toys online in her Etsy shop.
Tell us the story of your business...

I am a stay-at-home mother to the "fantastic four"...Adrianna (13), Evangelyn (9), Gabrielle (7), and Tristan (5). I have a very supportive husband, Michael, and we have been married for almost 15 years! Michael is a public safety dispatcher with a crazy schedule. I am a creative woman with a passion for resourcefulness, simplicity, and color, thus Simply Soy Natural Toys was born.

I wanted to work at something that would add value to my life and to the lives of others, while having control of when and how I worked. It's very important to me to be able to stand behind what I sell by using the best available resources while reducing waste. Using the creative process to design my toys brings me joy in what I do, which allows my work to strengthen what I have to offer to my family!

Tell us about your creative process...

There are so many distractions surrounding our culture that are perpetuated by commercialism. I want to offer products that inspire us to slow down and simply connect with each other and our own creativity. We live in Maine, which is very rich in natural resources. Having all four seasons, the rocky coast, beaches, tall pines and fall foliage really fuel my creative energy and give me a desire to produce products that bring us closer to the original creation.

Ramona is offering to one lucky reader the baby toy and teether set pictured above. This toy and teether set is perfect for little exploring hands and mouths. Babies and young ones will enjoy practicing putting the egg in the cup again and again while you enjoy ease of mind...no chemicles or dyes to worry about here! Each toy is made of natural wood. The beautiful hue is attained through a blueberry and vinegar soak finished off with soy bean oil. This, along with all Simply Soy toys, are suitable for vegan families.

Just leave a comment on this post to be entered into the random drawing to win. Comments will be closed and a winner will be announced in the evening of July 16.

In addition, Ramona is offering a 10% discount to all A Life Sustained readers. Use the code SSNT10 for 10% off your entire order (one use per person, coupon code is valid through July 17).

The lucky winner is gardenofmoi!
"Thanks for the giveaway!"


  1. Gorgeous! Love the colours!! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  2. Oh I would love this for our new baby! Its beautiful!

    kayceewilliams at gmail dot com

  3. These are lovely - thanks for the opportunity to win! So glad to learn about where to find safe and creative handmade toys. Christina G

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  5. This would be great for my niece! Thanks for the chance.

  6. My baby girl is teething. This would be great for her.

    Mandinav at aol dot com

  7. Wow! My son would love this! He turns 1 in a week and I need gift ideas!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

  8. Loved hearing her thoughts behind the business. Beautiful toys!!

  9. We so love this delightful Etsy shop! So magically creative! : )

    Thanks so very much for this fabulous give~away! : )


  10. Wow! So cute. I loved the interview too! I hope I win! :) But of course I hope you get a great turn out too


  11. Wonderful! I love it! :)

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

  12. my sis is having a baby. this would be perfect for her vegan family!
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

  13. I so love natural! These look great. I would love to win!
    goldiez at hotmail dot com

  14. these toys are gorgeous and I love that she achieves the color naturally!
    jacobsonbeth at yahoo dot com

  15. I would love to win there...the colors are great and we would love this for our baby boy :)

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

  16. my little curious guy would LOVE this! :)


  17. Oh what a great company! My monkeys would love these toys- and so would I!
    That bowling set looks like it could survive generations of smashing!

  18. Beautiful toys! I love all the rainbow colors.

  19. I would love to win these. I know a new mom who I would give these to.
    robinlscott4 at hotmail dot com

  20. Thanks for the chance to win!
    tjmetz@ mchsi. com

  21. Thanks for the giveaway!

    edendaphne AT gmail DOT com

  22. Wooden toys with those colours on, what a wonderfull thing! I love them. Count me in!

  23. Gorgeous toys! We have the mouthiest babe, we are (lovingly) calling her "the goat" after she ate the bottom half of a page from her brother's new CARS magazine. As you can imagine, that went over really well. I am on my way to check out your shop.

  24. these are just beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity to win :)
    penguinjo99 at gmail dot com

  25. These are great! Would love to win :)
    hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

  26. What wonderful toys - thanks for offering this giveaway
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  27. This will come in very handy for me shortly.
    Great Giveaway - Thanks.
    larajarrette at gmail dot com

  28. I would love to win! These are beautiful items. brandimthompson (a) gmail.com