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    Time to Unwind

    Monday, May 31st, 2010

    When you are just a go-go-go, sometimes you need to stop and crash. It can seem like there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish all the tasks set ahead of you. When you do finally put on the brakes and throw up your feet, make sure that you find a comfortable spot to plunk yourself down and unwind.

    You can hardly call it plunking, when you slide onto this beautiful chaise though.  Taylor Scott’s T-Back Chaise promises maximum relaxation as you sink into the white goose down wrapped cushions. You can choose from a single chaise (Single 42″w x 60″d or Double 48″w x 59″d) or double to make room for the kids or Daddy. That is, if you want to share! As with all of Taylor Scott’s slipcovered furniture, the slipcovers are easy to remove and can be machine washed and dried. Handy when you have little people afoot who are not always as mess-free as one might like.  The construction is also warranted to be free of defects in workmanship and materials for the life of their products under normal residential use. If one just won’t do, additional slipcovers are available for purchase.

    Perhaps you want something a little more informal though. How about a good old fashioned bean bag chair? This Fatboy brings comfort and elegance together. Fatboy invites everyone to meet the Metahlowski family. This posh family name, which whimsically refers to luxurious brands like Swarovski, represents four shiny, sophisticated variations on the iconic Fatboy® the original.. Each Metahlowski design has the same shape and measurements, but is made of high quality Italian fabric executed in a brand new sexy color. They combine luxurious style with sheer laziness. The Metahlowski’s are a family of two manly males and two seductive females.

    Titano, Bronzo, Silvi and Goldi are the quite obvious names for the titanium, bronze, silver and gold colored beanbags. Their luxurious supermodel looks opens up heaps of high-end opportunities for usage in modern state of the art interiors. Therefore the Metahlowski’s are a perfect alternative for unaffordable design classics. Just like the girl next door could effortlessly look like a supermodel. Each of the Metahlowski’s would make a CEO take a powernap in his executive boardroom. They would give guests in the lobby of a star hotel a royal welcome. They would embrace exhausted travelers in waiting rooms of modern airports and they would glitter like a disco ball in way too trendy clubs and exclusive restaurants, although they’re note just made for snobs and the hip elite. Each member of the Metahlowski family is a suitable addition to anyone’s own. They’re in everyone’s league since a Metahlowski feels at home anywhere, whether it is in the Taj Mahal or a gypsy trailer. Maybe they are art and kitsch simultaneously, because a Metahlowski lives with its head in the clouds and with its feet on the ground.

    Whether you find yourself reclining on your classic chaise lounge or flumped into your chic take on bean bag chairs, just remember to enjoy those moments of repose. When life ramps back up again, as it will in the blink of an eye, remember your comfortable spot, breathe and jump back up to chase your toddler across the room for the millionth time this week.

    First weekend of Summer. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

    Thursday, May 27th, 2010

    The official first weekend of summer is here; Memorial Day Weekend! Bring on the sunshine and head to the beach! Let’s have some fun, but before you go, don’t forget to pack a few things.

    Your beach bag should hold some key items:

  • sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 as recommended by the American Cancer Society
  • sunglasses that block UV rays
  • snacks and drinks to keep everyone well hydrated
  • beach toys like buckets and shovels for digging for treasure and making sand castles
  • beach blankets or your favourite hooded towel
  • bathing suits
  • Like this pretty hot pink and white polka dot sunsuit by Snapper Rock is a must have for any babies and toddlers outside. The adorable sun suit provides broad-spectrum sun protection, blocking 99% of all harmful rays. Front easy open zip allows for quick ‘take on and off” Protective zip flap prevents rubbing on delicate skin One piece prevents gaps, reduces sand from entering, holds diapers in place. Perfect for any day or any place in the sun!

    Other items you cannot do without when you head out into the sun are your sunhats. Snapper Rock flap hats are a must have for baby’s summer. These ‘stay on’ hats, protect delicate neck and ears and are so soft that tots don’t know they are wearing a hat. Ideal for wearing in the water. They are ultra lightweight, quick drying and breathable, and best of all  have UPF 50+ broad spectrum sun protection.

    Last of all, but certainly not least, do not forget comfort. Make your child very happy this summer with their very own beach chair. Whether you are camping in the woods, sunning on the beach, watching baseball or roasting marshmallows on the range, this chair covers it all. Find a place for it in the bag and your child will thank you. So as you unroll your beach blanket and throw out the ball to toss around, have a fun long weekend and play safe.

    These feet were made for walking

    Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

    Feet are a precious and often under-appreciated part of our bodies. Over an average lifespan, you can expect to put approximately 115 000 miles on them. Our feet get us from point A to point B whenever we so desire. They prop us up while we are unloading the dishwasher and while we are standing at the stove making that millionth meal. So why is it that, this resource that we rely upon every day is often so underappreciated? Goodness knows.

    While babies do not put in a lot of miles in their early days, their little tootsies are still very precious things. They need to be pampered with kisses and protected just like the rest of their perfect little bodies. While there is some debate as to whether babies should be barefoot and fancy- free or running ragged in a pair of racy runners there is certainly a place for socks and shoes. Experts suggest that as babies are taking their first steps, feet should be bare to help strengthen them and prevent restriction of growth. That being said, the uneven surfaces encountered out of doors are better met by the protection of socks and shoes.

    So if we must protect our little ones tender and fast growing feet, what better way than  with these little darlings! These are some of the most unique baby shoes we have found. Ribbit, Ribbit! We are Leap Frogs! Fun and fancy fellows who like to leap from lily pad to lily pad and spend our days sunning in the swamp! We enjoy insects and worms and catch them with our quick sticky tongues. The charm of Monkey-Toes is their individuality, because these shoes are hand painted and no two friends alike. With them being  available in children’s sizes 1-10 and custom made to order, why not get more than one! You will need that extra pair, as your babies feet grow approximately two sizes a year for the first five years!

    While you are stocking up on shoes,  don’t forget the little socks to go with them. Here are twelve pairs of baby socks packaged in an egg carton. They are 100% cotton with a little bit of spandex, so your little one won’t lose their little socks. Each has a non skid bottom. There is a mixture of twelve assorted solid colors in each dozen. If that doesn’t strike your fancy, they are also available in dots or solids.These little gems are hand “gathered” in America.

    While having a beautiful pair of shoes and socks is crucial for your little one, you will still  have to stay close. As toddling feet get more comfortable and experienced they just seem to move faster and faster. While you are at it, don’t forget your own feet and runners!

    Spring is in the Air and New things are coming up Everywhere!

    Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

    Spring is in the air and new flowers are popping up all over the place. It is a wonderful time of renewal and rebirth everywhere one looks. That is none more obvious than when a new little bundle of joy is coming into the world. Like springtime’s first radiant buds poking through the Earth, a new baby brings with it infinite joys . We celebrate the return of the sun with smiles to all and that is reflected most sweetly in the smile of a newborn child lying in their Mother’s arms. What a better way to celebrate new life than to shower this new little person with a little something sweet.

    For example, the Gordonsbury Nursery Time Premium Layette Set is a fine addition for a new baby. The layette features embroidered frogs and little butterflies, perfect for a boy or a girl. Made from 100% cotton, this infant outfit is a great gift. Who wouldn’t want to snuggle their new bundle of joy up in this cute set!

    Or here, this take me home set is perfect for a baby boy. The 3 piece set is made from the softest 100% pima cotton and designed in blue with a luscious chocolate brown picot trim.  For the ultimate gift, add the matching luxurious double layered blanket. Trimmed in our luscious chocolate brown picot trim. It is a really great blanket that coordinates with the take me home set and can also be personalized.

    But if springtime is on your mind, the personalized flower tees are perfect for any little girl. These super soft tees feature our favorite little flowers and are personalized with a name. These tees make a great sibling gift or birthday gift, so not only the new baby, but also the new big sister can sport new blooms. And it doesn’t hurt that this is a celebrity favorite item – the tees shown were done for Denise Richards’ girls.

    If you just cannot decide what suits spring the best and flowers won’t get off your mind, then these are a perfect gift for a new little person. You can add a touch of elegance to any baby shower table with this elegant diaper cake. Bloomers Baby Diaper Cakes offer a fresh, simple and modern design and are offered in a variety of styles/colors and sizes. All cakes arrive on a silver scalloped cake platter, are decorated with silk flowers of your choice, and topped with a lovely porcelain “abc” baby block before being wrapped in white tulle, tied with a satin bow, and secured with an old-fashioned diaper pin. (This cake is designed with each tier being tied using light green tulle and a layer of natural raffia and decorated with mint green gladiolas.) So bring on spring and all the good things it brings; new growth, new flowers and the best of all, new babies…

    Spring is here with New Beginnings – Baptisms and Christenings are a Wonderful Celebration

    Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

    Celebrate your boys Christening with this traditional Fauntleroy style outfit. The classic look features a matching long sleeve jacket that offers a handsome heirloom look for any baby boy. Includes matching hat. Add coordinating shoes, socks, bib and blanket to make this extra special.

    This elegant silk on silk dupioni (slightly off white) christening gown will help make this special occasion memorable. The skirt is overlaid with silk organza creating an exceptionally beautiful multi-dimensional look. Embroidered organza lace ornaments the bodice and skirt. Includes matching bonnet. 100% silk with cotton slip.

    This unique Christening Frame is a work of art and will be a very welcome gift to any family. This quality frame is of high quality materials and one of a kind. Each frame is made of solid wood and is hand finished. The ribbon is the highest quality of dupioni silk and each rhinestone piece is hand selected for each frame. Fits 4 x 6 pictures.

    The Christening or Baptism plate is a classic way to mark these special occasions. The plate features a handpainted cross on a pink background and is finished around the trim with a prayer. For a special touch, baby’s name can be handpainted within the cross. The dinnerware is also dishwasher safe. The back of the plate can carry your personal message (eight words maximum) for the most perfect gift!

    Getting Ready for the Tooth Fairy

    Monday, May 17th, 2010

    The Tooth Fairy represents a time of your little one growing up and becoming a real big kid. Kids are so excited about this rite of passage. Make this time special. We always wrote a special letter from the toothfairy with a picture of a magic wand and glitter saying how special each child is, something personal about them, and then telling them to take care of their remaining teeth and being sure to brush.

    We also gave our children “gold coins” as their money – we went to the bank and got a roll Sacagawea Golden Dollar Coins to have on hand during the tooth losing time period. Help make this even more special with a special pillow or doll so those precious little teeth don’t get lost !

    This fine quality tooth fairy pillow is made from ultra soft 100% percale cotton and hand embroidered with delicate detailing. The pillow is designed with a classic blue and red sailboat. Insert measures 10 x 10, pillow measure 12 x 12. Embroidered satin stitch trims the edge.

    Gracie the Tooth Fairy Pal Doll is the perfect way to enjoy a childhood rite of passage – loosing a tooth. The adorable tooth fairy is decorated with a hand knit dress complete with fun details. So soft and cuddly, this Sweeters Pals also features a special pocket on the back for that little tooth.

    This is a delightful gift for a baby. Hand painted with your choice of pink or blue stripes around perimeter, little angel and the child’s name. This personalized gift is a wonderful keepsake for years to come.

    Emma the Tooth Fairy Doll is the perfect way to enjoy a childhood rite of passage – loosing a tooth. The adorable tooth fairy is decorated with a hand knit dress complete with fun details. So soft and cuddly, this Sweeters Pals also features a special pocket for that little tooth.

    Do you have a Space Astronaut in your house ?

    Friday, May 14th, 2010

    Kids are often fascinated with outer space, space ships, and new worlds to explore beyond our own. Do you have a child that dreams of being an astronaut when they grow up? A great party theme for both boys and girls is Outer Space. Here are some ideas to plan a Space Odyssey Birthday Party.

    Space Time Craft Time

  • Make rockets out of toliet paper rolls covered in foil
  • Get a Solar System Kit from a craft store and have each kid decorate a planet
  • Build a huge space rocket out of cardboard from a big appliance
  • What Kind of Space Food can you Serve?

  • Wrap hot dogs in foil & call them rocket dogs
  • Freeze dried space ice cream
  • Space Age Dippin’ Dots ice cream
  • Space Bomp Pop Popsicles
  • Space cupcakes with silver foil cupcake holders
  • A Big Rocket shaped cake
  • Do your kids have aspirations to be a NASA astronaut? Kids can pretend to go on a space mission with this space shuttle. Kids can pretend to be on their own aeronautic missions in their own backyard or bedroom! Our new Space Shuttle is sturdy UV protected, fire retardant fiberglass, and can be custom designed to your specific desires. Open flight windows and doors, heavy duty paint and appliqued thrusters make our scaled-down Space Shuttle ready for kid action.

  • An addition to your backyard playground and jungle gym
  •  As a toddler bed for a cool outer space-themed bedroom
  •  Yard decor and playground equipment from a different dimension

    This Oopsy Daisy “In Space” mural banner has an exciting and engaging picture of space showing our solar system and a rocket; the perfect addition for your little star-gazer’s room. You can also personalize it with your child’s name as shown in the above picture. This canvas mural banner is easily wiped clean with a soft, dry cloth. This is the ideal surface for kid’s room as there is no glass to break!This comes ready to hang with the decorative nails and grommets in four corners.

    You may also choose to decoratively display your Oopsy daisy canvas mural banner with our fun ball hooks (set of 4) available in blue, white or pink. The backplate mounts on the wall and ceramic knob unscrews to allow you to easily remove the art from the wall. Makes a wonderful addition to any child’s room or playroom. This mural banner is designed by Donna Ingemanson. The biography of the designer is included with each piece.

    Planning a Space Odyssey Birthday Party by Parenting Magazine
    Kid Size Replica Space Shuttles
    Space Party Games and Fun by Amazing Moms Blog
    Decorating a bedroom with a Personalized Space Mural

  • Baby Fun for Little Ones 0-6 Months Old

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

    This Whoozit Cosmic Water Teether by Manhattan Toys with a water-filled teether soothes sore gum and relaxes babies as they bite down. With fun colors and an adorable face, this water teether can be put in the fridge or left out. Easy to grab and hold, it also has a rattle that makes crinkle sounds.

    The classic Skwish by Pappa Geppetto is an award winning toy for baby. This unique piece has many key characteristics that help babies learn about the world around them while having fun. Bright primary and high-contrast colors stimulate a baby’s curiosity. Babies will quickly learn that moving the toy will produce pleasant sounds. A variety of stimulating textures (rods, beads and bells) offer a baby multi-dimensional sensory appeal. Movement also encourages sensory development as well as muscular development. Babies will love to skwish is flat and watch it bounce back.

    The Lamaze Clutch Cube is easy to grab with its four multi-textured and brightly-colored handles, providing baby with lots of visual and tactile stimulation.

    Wooden pull toys make a wonderful gift for any child – Go Horsey Go !

    Monday, May 10th, 2010

    Wooden pull toys make a wonderful gift for any child. The use of wooden pull toys is a fun way to encourage your baby and toddler to learn eye-hand coordination. Motor skills such as reaching and walking are enhanced through the interaction with pull toys.

    These quality and durable wooden toys are perfect for developing strength and coordination in toddlers. Pull-along animal toys an excellent way to entertain your toddler and to teach the names of the various animals. Toddlers will enjoy pulling their new best friend and as toddlers tend to develop an association with their toys, and active pull toys make great conversation pieces. Fun for teaching “stop” and “go” concept with special markers in the play area.

    This pull toy is adorable. The brown spotted horse on blue wheels is sure to become a favorite. He will follow your little cowboy everywhere he goes. Comes wrapped in a gingham ribbon. Makes a great gift.

    This adorable horse pull toy is a charming addition to your little one’s toy chest. Your little cowgirl will love to play with this painted pink and green horse, pulling her and having her always by their side. Comes wrapped in a gingham ribbon. Makes a great gift.


    Friday, May 7th, 2010

    The call goes out.

    ” Bedtime!”

    The grumbles and pleading for more time are nothing new. There are more hours in the day tomorrow to get out and play though. Now is time for winding down and donning pjs. Off they go to slip on  these children’s pajamas in 100% pima cotton henley by Bella Bliss. You don’t have to tell them that they are soft and comfortable. The two piece set features a top with long sleeves and coordinating piping at neckline with 3 button crewneck closure. The pant also has matching piping at ankle. Pants have an elastic waist in back and drawstring in front. They can even be personalized with a monogram. Just perfect for boys and girls.

    Don’t forget your robe! This cozy children’s robe will make your child feel just like Mommy and Daddy. Not just for grown ups…kids too can wrap up in their very own CozyChic Cover Up. This sumptuously soft and cushy robe is made from CozyChic®, a machine-washable microfiber that won’t ever shrink or pill. Each robe includes a hood and is washable and dryable. Perfect for a day at the pool, a post bath cover up or just before bedtime. After a dip in the pool, ocean or tub, wrap your little one in the super soft warmth of the hooded Barefoot Dreams Kids Cover Up Robe. The greatest feature of Barefoot Dreams is that it gets softer and cozier with each washing! You won’t have to pester them to track this favored item down.

    With the task of brushing  and flossing teeth accomplished, the best part of a bedtime routine is next; Story-time! Yes, the favourite time of the evening. What better way to end the day than with cuddling up for a tale, or two, or ten. To make it extra special, pull out “My Very Own Fairy Tale”. This book is a personalized storybook gift for baby girls through age 12. Each features the child’s full name, birth date and a personalized dedication from the sender. This enchanting book transports little girls into a magical garden where flower and berry fairies crown her as their fairy princess. Beautifully illustrated fairies spell out the child’s name, while describing character traits that make the recipient alone the perfect princess candidate. The sunflower fairy brings an S and says she knows a smart girl who would be a great princess; the hollyberry brings an H and says she knows an honest girl, and so on. At the end, the fairies crown the special girl as their fairy princess in a grand celebration. So with certain smiles, your little angel can drift off to sleep and dream of all the adventures to come tomorrow.

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