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We’re Justin and Kathleen, the smiling faces behind Smiling Tree Toys. We’re fun-loving kids at heart with a deep appreciation for living simply, being kind to Mother Nature, and creating thoughtful, handmade gifts.

Our family business began in 2010 when we returned to the U.S. after serving two years with the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. After living in a small, strongly-knit community in West Africa, we wanted the same for our new home in the U.S. We chose Kathleen’s family roots in rural southwestern Minnesota as our little place to call home. That’s where you’ll find us, where Justin enjoys the prairie views from his wood shop window, and Kathleen is happy to return to the wide open spaces of her childhood. Best of all, we love sharing it all with our little ones.

When we’re not in our wood shop, the four of us are usually enjoying family time,…

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  • Joined March 4, 2011

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About

We’re Justin and Kathleen, the smiling faces behind Smiling Tree Toys. We’re fun-loving kids at heart with a deep appreciation for living simply, being kind to Mother Nature, and creating thoughtful, handmade gifts.

Our family business began in 2010 when we returned to the U.S. after serving two years with the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. After living in a small, strongly-knit community in West Africa, we wanted the same for our new home in the U.S. We chose Kathleen’s family roots in rural southwestern Minnesota as our little place to call home. That’s where you’ll find us, where Justin enjoys the prairie views from his wood shop window, and Kathleen is happy to return to the wide open spaces of her childhood. Best of all, we love sharing it all with our little ones.

When we’re not in our wood shop, the four of us are usually enjoying family time, playing games, camping, skiing, gardening, and helping out on our family’s organic farm.

We like to say that we “work hard to play hard,” although most days in the wood shop hardly feel like work at all -- come on, we get to make TOYS for a living!

See photos and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life at Smiling Tree Toys here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SmilingTreeToys/about/


WEBSITE + BLOG // www.SmilingTreeToys.com
FACEBOOK // www.facebook.com/SmilingTreeToys
TWITTER // www.twitter.com/SmilingTreeToys
PINTEREST // www.pinterest.com/SmilingTreeToys
INSTAGRAM // www.instagram.com/SmilingTreeToys
GOOGLE+ // www.google.com/+SmilingTreeToys


You'll also find us on Etsy as SmilingTreeHome and ASmilingTree.

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