Outside of a crazy cool logo, 2 Red Hens studio had me at "vintage chic for modern mamas." My husband, along with several of my friends, tell me that I should have been born in another era! I love technology, so I feel that I fit in the 21st century, but I'd kill to wear vintage clothing day in and day out ~ and it be a raging trend and listen to music from the 1920s and 30s! When I was introduced to 2 Red Hens, I was so excited that Amelia was still young enough for me to be able to receive and review a product from their collection of upscale posh items.
Founded in 2011 by designer and “Mama Hen” Lori Holliday, a modern day renaissance woman with an eye for fashion and knack for domesticity. A former mechanical engineer, Holliday draws inspiration for her designs from her upbringing on a farm near Phoenix. As the 13th child in a family of 14 children, Holliday learned the value of craftsmanship, repurposing and enhancing the beauty of all things old. 2 Red Hens Studio, based in Greenwood Village, Colorado strives to bring function and aesthetic innovation for baby, toddler and mom.
How many times, as a mom, do you travel with your children to places that are not accommodating to children in the least? Mechanic shop, doctor's office (yours, not theirs!), DMV.....and what if I told you that setting up shop for your little one in these most awful situations was as easy as carrying a purse? Introducing the Toy Nanny from 2 Red Hens Studio. The most innovative, trendy and useful item that I have run across in a long time!
Check this out. Easiest thing ever!
Step 1: While toys are in the caddy for playtime, lift up the handles and grab together in one hand.
Step 2: Using the other hand, slide the material down the tubing ~ gathering it all together
Step 3: Once the material is gathered, the bag is almost ready to carry.
Step 4: Secure the bag in the middle with the elastic and mod red button closure.
Step 5: Sache over your shoulder and you are ready to go. I've found that if you have a small diaper case and not in need of a full diaper bag, you can actually place it in the center with your toys and then it is one less bag that you have to carry!!!
Easy as pie! And girls.....don't we NEED anything that we own to help us make things easier?!
Some other fantastic features of this toy caddy, other than its ease, are:
How cute is this design? Pink lemonade worked with my eye and my style the best, although she does carry 4 other great patterns!
No need to worry about the toys falling out. There are no sides. The opening is at the top and secured with the elastic/button closure. The straps, as well, are secured with a small metal clamp on each side.
Bigger is better, right? Always. This toy caddy is a great circumference to accommodate one or two toddlers at play!
As you can also see, there is PLENTY of surface area for toys, books and more!
Around the circumference of the toy caddy, the child can play on the entire surface. If you look closely at the above picture, though, there are several mesh pockets that cover the entire surface, creating a second level of storage secured by velcro.
KEEPS BABY CLEAN
Playing on a dirty surface is the fear of any parent. Using the toy caddy, your child can play on the mat with their own toys, while eliminating the exposure of the muck found on the floor while you are getting an oil change...or such!
FINAL THOUGHTS BY MELANIE
I truly love love love this item! I would be very interested in trying some of the other great 2 Red Hens studio products! The quality of the product was impressive, the design was gorgeous and in line with current trends and the ease of use was designed optimally. Since I now own one, I would think that this would be a great gift for someone that is either expecting or has a little one that is at the age in which they can play (probably starting around 4-5 months old while on their bellies.)
I am inspired by the philanthropic ventures that Lori is involved in (which you can read about below) and the way that she pays profits forward. As a Christian and a small business owner, I find this quite admirable!
THE GENIUS BEHIND THE PRODUCT: LORI HOLLIDAY
The word “no” is not a part of Lori Holliday’s lexicon. Nor are the phrases “that’s enough,” “I quit” or “it’s finished. For Lori, the founder, president, brainchild and resident ‘Mama Hen’ behind 2 Red Hens Studio, nothing is ever done until it’s overdone, and good enough never really is. A modern day renaissance woman with an eye for fashion and knack for domesticity, Lori Holliday draws inspiration from her childhood. Raised on a farm as number thirteen in a family of fourteen children, Lori’s early memories are naturally larger than life and full of color, with just the right amount of charm and whimsy. Today, those memories have translated into Holliday’s coveted collection of apparel and home accessories, each more colorful, whimsical and inviting than the last. Once best known as a brand of vibrant diaper bags and accessories, the 2 Red Hens Studio line is Lori’s newest labor of love.
A former engineer with a PhD in physics, Lori Holliday did not always know she’d be a designer. But she did know that she loved to create and find new uses for everyday objects. With a natural ability to look at things from a fresh perspective, Lori now channels that talent not into math and science, but into the 2 Red Hens Studio collection of repurposed lines – from flower brooches made of upcycled prom and bridesmaid dresses, to men’s belts crafted from decommissioned fire hoses, all the way to girls clothing fashioned from vintage bed linens.
PHILANTHROPIC TO THE HEARTA cancer survivor, Lori Holliday has spent the majority of her adult life hearing the word “no” – and politely refusing to listen. First diagnosed with Cervical Cancer at the age of 20, Lori was told by countless doctors that she would never have children. Eleven years later, Lori and husband Mark welcomed son Luke into their family. Five years after that, daughter Harper made them whole. And while she wouldn’t trade it for the world, the ride has not been smooth. During this time, Lori has fought six additional recurrences of cancer – and won every time.
BUY IT! The Toy Nanny is currently available for purchase at the 2 Red Hens website for $70.00 in five (5) beautiful chic patterns, including a grey damask, chevron stripes and the pink lemonade style that I received for review.
Although we have focused on the Toy Nanny in this review, let us not forget all of the other amazing products that 2 Red Hens prides themselves on:
The Rooster Diaper Bag ~ Featuring 5 different patterns ~ $60.00
Their popular diaper bag is back! This custom designed bag gives mom all the style and sass she had before she had a baby, and all the functionality she needs now that her precious little one has arrived.
The Bibby Mat ~ Dotes in Redand Blue ~ $7.99
This one-piece placemat and bib helps keep your table and floor clean! Perfect for use at home and in restaurants. Adhesive strips keep bib on baby and keep mat in place while you eat. Made with absorbent material on top and waterproof backing. Be worry-free as you let your little one eat during mealtime.
Mama's Makeup Bag ~ $9.00
The perfect size for all the little things mom needs to carry. A wristlet handle also makes Mama’s Make-Up Bag the perfect little clutch for quick trips to the market or a night out on the town.
CONNECT! 2 Red Hens Studio is THE place to be for in-style savvy moms! Vintage chic is all the rage right now ~ Follow the trend!
- Visit their website ~ 2 Red Hens Studio has a wide array of vintage chic items for the modern mom.
- Like on Facebook and connect with other parents who are as trendy as you are ~ enter to win great products and learn about the most trending news!
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- Watch some fun and creative videos on the 2 Red Hens YouTube channel
- Don't forget to follow the 2 Red Hens blog and check out some fun and innovative craft and home ideas!
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