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    Let’s play Dress-up!

    Friday, July 9th, 2010

    Kids just want to play all day. Play they should, as through play children learn about the world around them. A favorite game for any little person is the classic game of dress-up. They will want scarves, silly hats, vests and whatever else they can get their hands on. This sweet Thumbolina hand painted toy box by Sweet Beginnings is the perfect place to store all of your dress-up needs. It is a charming addition to any room. The toy box is 3 feet long and features a beautifully illustrated Thumbolina tale theme. The toy box is designed to function as a spacious toy chest and bench seat. while you might designate it for dress-up clothes, the elegant and exquisitely detailed box can store all of your child’s toys as well as extra pillows, blankets or comforters in any room. It is available in many colors, so that you can truly customize the piece to match any child’s room or decor. We recommend using a light base shade to enhance the design. Finely crafted, there is a space between the base of the chest and the lid to prevent a child’s fingers from becoming caught. Babybox recognizes the essential need for play, so offers many more toy chests for you to peruse.

    Perhaps you have some princess dresses, fire fighter coats or long capes that you want to display that will just get crumpled at the bottom of the trunk. In that case, this children’s clothes tree is just the trick. It  is a decorative way to tidy up pajamas, hats and jackets. The tree has a cottage design & ball feet giving it a playful vintage look. It is available in several colors including blue, green, soft chocolate and antique white. Pretty and practical, this piece is a great addition to both boys and girls rooms.

    If rescue is the game of the day and your daring do-gooder dons the fire hat,  add a little more fun to their imagination with this pedal car deluxe fire truck. It has a flashing light and a ringing bell that will delight every would-be fire-fighter. Just like the originals, this pedal car is made of heavy gauge steel and is ready for hours of play. Inspired by the famous and highly collectible “SAD FACE” pedal Fire Truck of the 1940′s, it is true in all details. There is no tailgate, but a rear step just like the originals. The fire truck comes in a deep red highlighted with white graphics. Real high quality wooden ladders grace the rear resting on their own chrome plated, high hoop, grab bars. Speaking of chrome, this vehicle has lots of it, the windshield, steering wheel, ringing bell and the hubcaps are all chromed. Even the flashing light has a chrome base. They will be racing to the emergency with glee in this beauty.

    Once the fire is out, reward your brave soul with a little treat on this cute plate. This personalized firetruck baby plate is what every beginning firefighter needs! Complete with official title of “Firefighter (Baby’s Name)”, it’s the perfect gift for any little one. This dish is 100% dishwasher and dinner safe and 100% cute! A handful of cookies is what any hungry fire fighter needs after a hard day of  imagination and play.

    Play dates, beach days, ball games and more. It is time to get Organized!

    Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

    Summer time is under way. While lazy days will come and go, you can be sure that there will be many a day where you will be running from the beach, to playdates, to the game and maybe even  the cottage. If you want to make sure that you can fit in all of that, maybe it is time to grab that day planner you have been meaning to invest in. This snap closure, 3-ring day planner and personal agenda is perfect for every busy Mom. Introducing 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! It features a unique weekly layout with space for mom and up to four children, that makes managing multiple schedules a breeze, including monthly views too. There is space for writing in all your essentials, like important phone numbers, kids’ and adults’ medical information, birthdays, websites and passwords, addresses and more. With a  “To Do” section,  “Notes” section, and “Planning” section that includes space for party planning, vacation planning and more, you will be set for everything that comes your way. It even has colored tabs to keep each section separate for your ease and convenience. You can now plan your days, weeks and months easily.

    Having your day planner is only half the battle though. It is one thing to have your plans laid out, but setting dates with others takes a little more organization.  These pretty pink cards with all Mom’s contact information included will make life easy. No more searching for a pen and scrap of paper to scribble phone numbers on. Play dates and other arrangements can now be easy. This item is available in sets of 36 and 48. The cards are 2.5″ circles printed on 110lb card stock created with a professional inkjet printer. Your play date and everyone’s summer sanity is just a phone call away. This truly makes a great gift for mother’s everywhere.

    With your play date planned and ready, it is time to head out the door. Don’t just grab a shopping bag for all your essentials to take with you though. Opt for this stylish tote. Every mom this summer needs a sophisticated GG bag to carry to the beach, park, poolside or anywhere your days take you. A bit more refined than the classic LL Bean Canvas Tote, the GG Tote has rounded shape and complementing round handle. The unique GG design is on heavy, natural canvas with a choice of colored bindings. With your own personal 3-letter monogram or up to 8 letter word you will arrive to your date in style.

    At the end of the day, when you are too pooped to move, it is finally time to unwind. You have worked hard all day and deserve a little something to relax. Why not fill up your new personalized lucite ice bucket with a tray of ice cubes and slide a nice bottle of wine, coolers or lemonade into it to cool off with. A great addition to your outside patio or poolside party, you will be glad you have it when you need a little refreshment. Choose from our stylish swatches + monograms to create your one-of-a-kind gift… or design one for yourself! Now sit back and relax after your day of planning and  running around and let summer fun be your true guide.

    Reading Fun

    Monday, July 5th, 2010

    Experts suggest that a child should read  every day. It improves language skills, social skills, hand-eye coordination, increases knowledge of the world around  them and is just plain fun! The AAP  states that “Every year, 35% of American children start kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read.  Children who are not able to read at grade level are at risk for school failure when schoolwork becomes increasing dependent on reading ability.” Curling up with a book with your child is an enjoyable pastime for both of you. The question is, knowing how enjoyable it is to read with your children, how could you  not read to them several times a day?

    Children can be read to as soon as they are born. As you cuddle your little one in your arms, it is so easy to pick up a simple book to share. Here is a perfect book to start with on your road to literacy. Star shapes is a soft book featuring a fun, interactive toy. It shows baby familiar objects and teaches the concept of different shapes. Babies will love the look and feel of this special book and the closeness they get by tucking in close to you.

    No baby nursery would be complete without the classic books of Margaret Wise Brown. These beloved bedtime classics have lulled generations of children to sleep with their soothing sounds. These three classics are wrapped together in a beautifully designed gift package, and include Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, with pictures by Clement Hurd, and Big Red Barn, illustrated by Felicia Bond. You will be reading these beautiful tales for years to come!

    Goodnight Moon – A little rabbit bids goodnight to each familiar thing in his room, in this classic story told with gently lulling words and soothing illustrations.

    The Runaway Bunny – Children will love Little Bunny as he plays a game of verbal hide and seek with his mother.

    Big Red Barn – The big red barn and its menagerie of animals and their offspring will have instant appeal to young children.

    Perhaps the best way to encourage reading for your little one is to put them into their very own story! In this board book with sturdy pages for little hands, entertaining animals bring all the letters from A to Z in rhyme and encourage the child to learn the alphabet. Seeing their eyes light up as they see their very own name in the pages of this delightful book will be a treat you will remember. A cuddly plush Lamb accompanies each book as a gift set. The book is perfect for boys and girls ages 0-5. Don’t be surprised if this continues to be a favorite book for years to come and you find them reading this one on their own one day!

    So stock up on all you can and enjoy every minute of this special time with your child. It is a gift that will last a lifetime.

    Happy Independence Day!

    Friday, July 2nd, 2010

    The fire crackles in the warm night air. Marshmallows are roasting in anticipation of ‘Smores  to enjoy. The fireworks lit off into the summer skies cast a brilliant awe on the faces of all those watching with glee. Be thankful that you brought your hoodie to stave off that tiny chill. This personalized knit hooded sweater is the best choice to keep the buzzing mosquitoes at  bay as well.  Nothing like being stylish and functional.

    As your baby sleeps at your side, your smile reflects their innocence. Holidays are just the thing to make you appreciate family and this is no exception. Celebrate the fourth of July this year with this adorable baby layette set. Embroidered with three stars, red, white and blue on this one piece short sleeve romper and burp cloth with matching unembroidered beanie hat. This set is the perfect gift when visiting a holiday party or beach celebration. Both cute and comfortable.

    With the sun set for the day, a blanket to snuggle under extends the beauty of family time. Watch the stars twinkle in the sky while the stars adorn your baby’s blanket. This incredibly soft blanket is the perfect choice for a new baby gift. Embroidered with stars and personalized with a baby’s first name, this will certainly become a favorite.

    So tuck the children under the blanket and don’t forget their new favorite doll, the Sweeters Knit Pal – USA. It is made of 100% cotton and hand-knit brightly using patriotic bright colors. Great as a 4th of July gift or to display your patriotism. With their zany stripes and colorful clothes, these adorable friends are the perfect combination of color and imagination. So soft and cuddly, Sweeters Pals make a truly unique gift. Just make sure that you don’t get him sticky as the ‘smores are passed around by the light of bonfire.  May you have a joyful day and celebrate the holiday with those you love best.

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