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    What is your definition of Success ?

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2010


    “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I live in, or the kind of car I drove: however, the world will be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

    Toddler Time, Nap Time, & the trusted Baby Blanket

    Monday, March 29th, 2010

    “Wondering how much daytime sleep your child should have? Here are average nap needs at various stages (your child may need more or less): 3 months – 5 to 9 per day, 6 months – 2 to 5 per day, 12 months – 2 or 3 per day, 2 years – 1 or 2 per day” – Parenting.com

    If you are heading back to work and your toddler is heading to daycare be sure to tell your daycare provider about your naptime routine. Include any cuddlys or loveys to help with the transition. My son needs his special blanket right up next to his cheek to fall asleep at naptime. He has a second blanket that covers his body – but not his feet ! Set up your daycare provider for success at naptime.

    “Let your child enjoy her “blanky” as long as she wishes. Don’t worry that her attachment to her blanket may reveal some underlying insecurities or may slow her independence. This is simply not true. An attachment to her blanket is not only normal, it’s healthy. The ability to form deep attachments is one of the most important emotional qualities you want to help your child develop. As children are learning to attach to people, they also like to attach to things, and this attachment to people and things will help your child ease into independence.” – Dr. William Sears, Parenting Magazine

    You may need to experiment with which blanket or blankets your child likes. My advice is when you find the right one that they bond with – get two of them! Rotate between the two blankets and then you can keep one clean and you won’t have a crisis if something happens to one or if one gets lost on a vacation. Some babies like cashmere blankets, some like super-soft fleece baby blankets with a beautiful nylon satin edge trim. or surround your baby in an organic baby blanket.

    SOURCES:
    Dr. Sears Parenting Magazine Article about attachment to blankys
    Today’s Parent Magazine’s Ultimate Guide to Nap Time
    Parent Time: Back to Work Daycare Transitions Today’s Parent Magazine
    BabyBox Cashmere Baby Blankets
    BabyBox Personalized Sports Baby Blankets

    Spring is Here – Perfect time for an Outdoor Playhouses

    Friday, March 26th, 2010

    Our collection of luxury playhouses is custom designed to appeal to the clients specific taste and to compliment the main house and grounds. We can create any look, from a fairy tale cottage, rugged fort, tree house to a miniature replica of your own home. Not to be overlooked are the basic amenities any home must have: water and indoor/outdoor lighting. As an added safety feature, we can install a wireless communications hook-up with the main house.

    We handcraft each house and include details such as hardwood floors, bay windows, and wooden shutters. These are meticulously designed works of art. These playhouses enhance any home’s exterior. Ceiling heights average eight feet allowing adults to stand comfortably inside. Each house has a living room and upstairs bedrooms. Many playhouses have been made with actual kitchen having running water in them, sunrooms and media rooms. Yet, the still remain their charming scale and appeal.

    Good taste should begin early. We follow the basic principles of good design and apply them in a scaled down version. A discriminating family wouldn’t just hire anyone to design their home; our clients feel the same way about a playhouse for their children. These are custom designed so, please, specify a budget with which you are comfortable and we will send you the proper information. Each house is built on site anywhere in the country. La Petite Maison designer Alan Mowrer will make sure each house will be made exactly how you like it.

    We also design children’s furnishings for both the playhouse or child’s room. We can create almost any accessory desired-from a basic table and chair set to a petite-sized wooden stove and refrigerator. For the family pets that might feel overlooked, we also designed customized doghouses.

    Need Ideas for a Home Office ?

    Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

    At Work At Home – Design Ideas for Your Home Workplace by Neal Zimmerman

    Anyone who has ever thought about making a home office or has a home office and they want to be inspired to freshen it up or maybe move it to another whole area of your house needs this book! “Over 50 million Americans, the place the call work is home. While many home workers and telecommuters sit at a desk and computer, many other work in artist’s studios, sewing rooms, aerobics classrooms, even in tree houses.”

    This is an amazing book! I knew once I started looking through this book the author had to be an architect with his dedication to the details, the information, and the gorgeous color photos. It is a fresh take on home work spaces looks at a wide range of designs to suit some unique employment needs, from a day-care center to a dance studio. 300 color photos. 50 drawings.

    “Whatever the work and whatever the space, successful workplaces share three basic features: They balance work life and home life, they’re well planned and well organized, and they have a personal spirit about them that stimulates their owners to doe their best work.”

    His chapter titles and headings include: first steps, know your needs, choose your location, create the right environment, shared spaces, niche spaces, dedicated to work, adding on, a place of your own, and going public. I have checked out this book more than once and it has now move to my “I need to Buy” list and that is a very select list for me. I love books and reading books – but to get me to buy a book I need to have checked it out at the library at least 3 times and still want for it more.

    This is a gorgeous and stunning book filled with beautiful photographs with every possible idea and scenario for your home office. I am moving soon to a new house and I am soo inspired by this book to design my new home office. I am going to library right now to renew it while I am waiting for my next Barnes and Noble coupon to come in my e-mail so I can buy it!

    Personalized Clip Boards by Dabney Lee makes “to-do” lists so much fun. The lucite clip board with custom design works in the kitchen, on the desk at home and, of course, in your office. It’s the perfect way to keep things stylishly organized!

    Dabney Lee’s sassy file folders make work fun. The outside of the folders are printed in zebra moderne, criss cross, and happy tile patterns. Inside there are coordinating snappy interior patterns. Use these folders to hide boring paperwork. They make a great gift for students, grads and office make-overs.

    SOURCE: http://www.atworkathome.com/

    Get your life organized with the Mom Agenda

    Monday, March 22nd, 2010

    This Mom Agenda in sophisticated crocodile pattern, features a 3-ring day planner and personal agenda. Introduce the most luxurious momAgenda ever: the Personal Portfolio is a gorgeous new momAgenda day planner featuring a brand new, bonded leather 3-ring binder! This flexible system includes everything you love about momAgenda and more. And now, using a 3-ring binder system, you can customize it to fit your needs!

    Our binders are made of the highest quality bonded leather, in colors that are gorgeous and fun. Each binder includes pockets for holding extra papers and business cards, as well as a snap closure.

    Features that made momAgenda famous, like our unique weekly layout with space for mom and up to four children, that makes managing multiple schedules a breeze. Includes monthly views too.

    It also features space for writing in all your essentials, like important phone numbers, kids’ and adults’ medical information, birthdays, websites and passwords, addresses and more.

    Includes our brand new “To Do” section, featuring the unique layout from our popular “To Do List” Desk Pad.

    Our “Notes” section consists of blank lined pages for when you need to take notes.

    Our “Planning” section includes space for party planning, vacation planning and more.

    Colored tabs keep each section separate for your ease and convenience. A flexible, removable ruler is included so you can mark your page.

    Personal Portfolio refills will be available next year for all sections.

    The Personal Portfolio size is 7” x 10”.

    Color Options:
    # Crocodile-Embossed Bonded Leather: Storm Gray, Crimson

    Personalization Options:
    Available in two fonts: print or script.
    Choose from three colors: gold, silver or blind-emboss.
    Choose either Mom’s full name or 3 initials

    Check out all the options for our best selling planner The Mom Agenda.

    Is your toddler ready for a Big Bed ?

    Friday, March 19th, 2010

    “Children often make the bed switch between 18 months and 3 years”, says Jodi Mindell, PhD, associate director of the Sleep Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. What often signals the timing: Your baby is simply outgrowing his crib. Or you’re motivated by another baby on the way. Then there’s the little adventurer who can’t wait to climb out of his crib—and plop onto his head.

    “Some parents have their toddlers make the change by age two without any problems,” says Dr. Mindell. But many little ones have difficulties, she adds, like continually getting out of bed when they shouldn’t or frequently crying out for Mommy. “That’s why I strongly suggest switching beds closer to age three, when a child can cognitively understand the boundaries of staying in bed.”

    Still, Dr. Mindell, adds, “some children are ready younger.” Yours may be a calm sleeper overall, precocious in his understanding of stay-in-bed rules or simply tall for his age. And if your child’s already potty trained and needs to get in and out of bed, it’s probably time to transition out of his crib. Since many toddlers don’t handle change well, talk about it first and involve your child in shopping for his new bed and sheets—whether you opt for a toddler bed with built-in rails or a twin bed with an attached guardrail at first for safety.

    Selecting a children’s bed can be both fun and hard work. Finding just the right style and design can be a large task for some parents. We offer a full collection of kids beds and there is something for every taste. The beds are available in a wide range of styles from canopys to daybeds and come in twin, full, queen and king sizes. Our beds are versatile and can grow with your child. Coordinating dressers, desks, armoires and other pieces are available to match each bed shown below. This elegant furniture will make any room special.

    SOURCE: Working Mother Magazine
    The Baby Box Bed Collection

    Happy St. Patrick's Day !

    Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

    I love holidays and holiday traditions. Holidays are great times to celebrate, have fun, and bond with your family. Today, Saint Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated in America by Irish and non-Irish alike. Many people, regardless of ethnic background, wear green clothing and items.

    FamilyFun.go.com has great St. Patrick’s Day recipes and fun crafts to do. Some of the recipes they feature are: shamrock cupcakes, pot of gold soup, kiwi lime pie, sweet shamrock pretzels & more ! Some of their fun family craft projects include: making a cute leprechaun from a toliet paper roll, making irish hats, and more. They also have St. Patrick’s day games to play and downloadable coloring sheets.

    Kaboose.com is also a treasure trove of resources for family fun on holidays. I love their Blarney Stone Craft Project. They have an awesome site map that is a great overview of all the great family stuff they have Kaboose.com.

    If you want to perk up your St. Patrick’s Day outfit, check out these Green Summer Lady Bug MaryJane shoes for girls or and these green frog maryjanes for girls or these Leap Froggy sneakers for boys or girls !

    Adorable Topsy Turvy Reversible Dolls

    Monday, March 15th, 2010

    This topsy turvy dusk to dawn doll is perfect for your little girl. A large topsy turvy doll, Dusk to Dawn is 15 inches tall and features evening colors of shimmering purple that turn into vibrant fuchsia and white at daybreak.


    This ballerina doll is perfect for your little girl. Practice makes perfect, and this two-in-one dancer doll is a charming reminder for your favorite budding prima ballerina. A dancer tying her toe shoes and wearing a black practice leotard turns over and becomes a ballerina in full performance tutu with ribbon accents and beautiful tiara.

    "Dolls are an integral part of a healthy Childhood."

    Friday, March 12th, 2010

    “Dolls are an integral part of a healthy childhood.” Rahima Baldwin Dancy writes in her book, You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, “Play with dolls is of special importance because it is one of the ways through which the child can externalize his own inner being.” Karin Neushutz states: “The Doll is special among toys, because it is an image of the human being. With the doll’s help we can seek our own identity. We can reveal our own innermost thoughts, sorrows, and joys to our doll friend.”

    SOURCE: You are your Child’s First Teacher, by Rahima

    Let the Good Times Roll ! Living the Good Life in old-fashioned pedal cars for kids!

    Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

    A pedal car  is a wonderful gift selection for your little driver to be. Pedal cars are often our first exposure to America’s fascination with the automobile. Play cars stimulate every kid to dream about their first car and, upon seeing one of our pedal cars, every adult looks back fondly at their first ride. For most of us, our first experience “driving” a car is almost always the pedal car.

    Today, pedal cars, like many other classic toys, have become a collector’s item fostering numerous clubs, books and magazines. Even museums now feature antique pedal cars as part of continuing or touring exhibits.

    The pedal car is the kind of toy that all of us wished for as a kid. It is so evocative of our childhood, that most of us are overcome with a flood of memories and emotions from the past when we come across these pedal toys. Whether you are a kid, a kid-at-heart or a toy collector, one look at the classic styled pedal cars, fire trucks, racing cars, airplanes makes you yearn for the simpler times of your youth.

    Our search for pedal cars and other pedal toys concluded with our selection of the following great products. Each is brand new – but evokes the magic of classic pedal car designs from yester-year and each metal car, plane, trike, tricycle and firetruck can be handed down from generation to generation – an heirloom gift that transcends time, brings families together and puts a smile on young and old alike. Select one of our high-quality retro reproductions designed by American Retro. Choose from the pedal car, truck or plane from yesteryear. American Retro is the #1 highest quality pedal car on the market using 18 guage metal, lead free powder coated paint. There is no other pedal car made of this quality.

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