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    Boo Safe!

    Friday, October 29th, 2010

    Happy Halloween to all the little ghosts and goblins that will be out in force this Halloween weekend. It is a great time of laughter and fun, but make sure that the scares are all in how loud the “Trick or Treat!” can be screamed. Here are some tips for having fun and staying safe as the little ones go wandering the neighborhood on Halloween night.

    Halloween Sneakers

    • Wear bright colored costumes  for ease of  visibility. If your vampire must be dressed in all black, have them wear glow sticks or something reflective so that they can be seen by motorists after dark.  A flashlight is always a great option as well, that most kids will be thrilled to wield and shine everywhere.
    • While masks can be spooky scary, they can also limit your child’s vision. A little face paint can do the trick to transform your little angel into a perfect devil, and still allow them to  run to the next house without missing a beat.
    • Personalized knit letter sweater

      Depending upon where you live, think about the weather. It can be chilly at night, even downright cold in some parts, so dress your child appropriately in a warm sweater and coat under their costumes.

    • The whole neighborhood might sound like a good idea to hit up for loot, but a little forethought beforehand is always prudent. Plan out a route before you leave the house and stick to it, only going to those houses that have their lights on. There will be more than enough candy than the kids will need or you want them to have within a reasonably set boundary.
    • If your children are older, a cell phone might be in order if they are going out with their friends. Have them call to check in and make sure that a curfew is set and stuck to for everyone’s safety and fun
    • Another option if the weather is inclement in your neck of the woods is going the route of a mall, library or local children’s play place. There are many organizations that set up trick or treating inside or during the day over the Halloween weekend. Check your local listings for details.
    • When it is all said and done, there is one last concern to take care of. Go through your children’s loot before you let them jump in, discarding any candy that is unwrapped, in torn packages or has holes in it. For your own sake and their little bellies, monitor how much sugar is ingested in one sitting. While it is tempting to devour everything in sight, too much candy will make a child sick, not to mention wired for sound.

    Get out there and have some spooky fun. Have a safe and happy Halloween, from! BOO!!

    personalized baby halloween gift set - kitty cat

    Happy Halloween

    Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

    personalized invitations – haunted halloween



    Perfectly poised with

    Pumpkin parties

    Yearning  for youthful grins

    Haunted hayrides

    Apple Address Labels

    And Autumn’s apples

    Leave little leeway for

    Lighthearted laughing leprechauns

    Or organizations of ominously

    monster magnetic figures

    Wicked witches and warlocks

    Eerily eking out evil

    Easily enough for everyone

    Not to enjoy the nature of the night…

    Halloween Approaches

    Monday, October 25th, 2010

    All Hallow’s Eve approaches. The chill in the wind rustles the cobwebs that drape the bushes next door. Black cats skitter in the shadows and a bristle broom stands propped against the fence forgotten by its wizened owner. The squeaky gate might give you fright, but relax as its all to do with the upcoming night; yes Halloween approaches…

    So why not check out some of the fun Halloween themed items from this year. This Halloween Gift Set is the perfect way to celebrate the Halloween season. Both pieces are made with soft, absorbent 100% cotton. The bib has a snap closure and measures 8″ x 8″. Both items can be personalized with up to ten characters.

    Happy Halloween for your baby. This layette set is spookily adorable and fun. Our itsy bitsy spider set is perfect for your baby’s first halloween!! Our cute baby shoes are hand painted with sweet spiders and is matched with our hand painted spider onesie! Scare-ifically fun!

    This adorable Halloween diaper cover set is great for both boys and girls. Made with beautiful embroidery, one has a “Boo!” motif and the other has a whimsical orange pumpkin. 100% cotton, trimmed in picot and available to be personalized with baby’s name underneath the pumpkin. This is a great baby gift idea. Also available in singles. There won’t be any moaning and groaning with these comfy covers on.

    For kids of all sizes, this Halloween Black Cat personalized tee shirt is the perfect way to celebrate this holiday with style and fun. The black cat design in orange and black is printed on a 100% white cotton and fits from 0-3 months right  up to size 12. Soft and comfy, it is a great companion for jeans and other bottoms. These shirts are not pre-shrunk. Available in classic or girly (fitted style) and with short and long sleeves. So get in the mood and grab some Halloween styles, as fright night approaches soon…

    Let’s Get Personal

    Friday, October 22nd, 2010

    Let’s get personal; about your children’s clothes that is. has so many options to personalize your child’s wardrobe. Let’s take a look;

    From the top of their head;

    Custom knit hats and scarves make a wonderful addition to any child’s wardrobe! Not only do they keep your child warm and cozy, they add a unique touch to their appearance. Our hand knit hats and scarves are custom made just for you from 100% pure cotton, in your choice of 22 beautiful colors, with or without personalization. Our custom designed hats and scarves are comfortable against your neck, never itchy or too warm like a wool scarf. When the season is over, toss them into the washer – no dry cleaning bills, ever. Express your individual style – have it designed any way you like from classic to funky, each is custom designed just for you! If you have a special coat or jacket you want to coordinate with, we can design your hat and scarf to match. For your older kids, go ahead and select your school colors, sports team colors or personal favorites. Each ear flap hat has tassels at the top and soft pieces that tie under the chin to keep the hat in place and your little one warm. Perfect for chilly days.

    To the personalized middle;

    For the cooler weather, this long sleeve bodysuit features a navy picot trim and is truly luxurious. Available in baby pink, baby blue or navy with personalization. Shown here in a script single initial monogram. Add the coordinating bib  to make this set truly special. Made of 100% pima cotton.

    Make a stop at their cute bottoms;

    These pique diaper covers are a wardrobe staple that will also make a memorable gift. The diaper covers are made with the highest quality Swiss imported pique fabric and trimmed with 100% cotton ric rac. Spying that added initial on their bums gives any wardrobe the height of personalized style.

    Hike further down the body;

    Dress your little one in comfort and style with these adorable overalls by Bella Bliss. The overalls feature shoulder button, elastic under arms and front pocket detail. Available in corduroy and cotton, many colors and can be personalized with child’s monogram. A great outfit for any occasion!

    Right down to their personalized toes;

    Little Raggio is well known in the industry for manufacturing classic European-influenced handmade children’s shoes. The collection combines the fine art of shoe making with unique styling, craftsmanship, and the finest materials. Handmade of soft leather, in the baby sizes, these shoes have soft-knobbed soles and monogrammed grosgrain ribbon trim. The baby sizes with soft soles are suitable for newborn babies up to 24 months. Older sizes have a hard walking shoe bottom.

    Seasonal Craft Ideas

    Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

    Kids love to do crafts. Give them a crayon and a piece of paper and watch the designs fly. If you want to add a seasonal flair to your craft ideas, why not try some of these fun ideas;

    White Bulletin Board

    • Bring some of the leaves you have been jumping in outside into your craft area. Have your children arrange them to their liking on a piece of wax paper (not parchment paper, as it won’t stick). When it is perfect, carefully place  another piece of  wax paper on top of the leaves. Mommy’s turn now! On low setting, iron the wax paper until a seal forms. Let it cool and voila; stained glass for the window or artwork for the  bulletin board
      ducduc playtable with paper roll - parker

      ducduc playtable with paper roll - parker

    • If there are some left over leaves, don’t despair and throw them out. Put an old paint smock on the kids and send them to their play table with their basket of leaves and some paint. Give them an assortment of tools for print making, like corks, small plastic tubs, Q-tips or even cotton balls and see what kind of fabulous designs they create on the altogether different canvas of leaves.

    plush duck - yellow

  • How about some jewelery too? Here’s an idea that will keep the beauty of Autumn alive long after snow covers all of last year’s leaves. Get one more batch of leaves that you find pretty. Pick out a  metal cookie cutter that will fit in the middle of your leaf. Place a leaf on a cutting board and carefully press the cookie cutter into the center of it, removing that piece. Now cut out two pieces of contact paper slightly larger than your leaf. Peel off the backing of one of the pieces of contact paper and firmly press the leaf onto the center of it, followed by the second piece of contact paper on top. Almost done! Punch a hole near the stem of your leaf with a hole punch, then string a piece of yarn, ribbon or string through the hole. Voila! A beautiful Fall-inspired necklace for your child or their favorite stuffed duck to wear.
  • An Autumn Walk

    Monday, October 18th, 2010

    The leaves are at their height in so many places that it is impossible not to get outside and enjoy the beauty of the season right now. The azure sky lends itself to ignite the color palette that Mother Nature has so gladly offered in tree tops across the nation. Reds, greens, oranges and yellows inflame the mind’s eye and inspire even  the lowliest photographer to dust off the camera for a series of shots. So grab you sweater and head outdoors to take in the crisp Autumn air while it last.

    There is nothing more special than a hand made sweater to grab for your walk amongst the fall leaves. Hand knit from 100% soft cotton, this pullover sweater is of excellent quality and workmanship. A classic brown horse covers the front of this sweater,  which is sure to look adorable on any baby. In sizes 6 months all the way up to 9/10, this sweater makes a  wonderful gift for a wide range of boys.

    If you are pushing your little one in the stroller, don’t forget to grab a blanket to keep them warm. Protect your baby from the elements in our most comfortable and luxurious sherpa blanket set by cloud b. Trimmed in fine satin, the outer natural sherpa provides cozy warmth while the 100% cotton lining surrounds your baby with cuddly softness. The Sherpa Blanket gift set includes an adorable Sleep Sheep Jr. and is packaged in a see-through tulle bag with a satin ribbon tie. Perfect for an Autumn breeze.

    If you take one photo, you will take a whole pile more guaranteed. How can you resist the smiles and laughter when a colorful red leaf falls on your surprised baby’s head. Yes, this is what Autumn joy is all about, so let your little tyke out of the stroller to run free and collect handfuls of colorful  leaves. Laundry can be saved for another day, but there is never a better time for a photo op than now! At the end of the day, you will need to get some new frames to display all the fun you had. This charming keepsake frame is a great way to display your baby’s photo. You can even personalize it with your baby’s name and any event you’d like to remember from their birth, to a birthday, to their first fall foray in the leaves! Available in 4X6 and 5X7 picture sizes, these frames are made of ceramic and carefully handpainted using a non-toxic glaze. Definitely a keepsake for a day to remember.

    Warming up to Winter

    Friday, October 15th, 2010

    As the days grow shorter and time inside grows longer the nesting instinct kicks in for many. We want to make our worlds cozier and warmer for the long winter ahead while we still have some energy left from the glory days of summer. A coat of paint to reflect the changing seasons can help, but what else can you do to curl into your home for a long spell of hibernation?

    Well let’s start with the floor. Who wants to wake up to a chilly floor as you roll out of bed? Not I! So why not try a classy  rug to warm up the floors in your house. Serena & Lily Rugs are plush, hand-tufted wool rugs that coordinate perfectly with their collection of bedding and accessories. The rugs are available in several colors and offer a soft, stylish way to cover your floor. Made from the finest material, the rugs are available in two different sizes to work for all rooms. A rug pad is recommended for use under the carpet. With Serena & Lily rugs and other accessories, your room will have a decorator’s touch in no time.

    If the floors are cold, then you might not be surprised to find the windows cool to the touch as well. To keep the heat in at night, curtains are the key. You can open them in the morning to let in the precious light and potentially the heat that comes with it. For you crafty types, why not try making your own curtains to match the decor of your room. At, there are all kinds of cute, high-quality fabrics to choose from when contemplating curtains. The Embroidered Pink Dot on White Fabric by the yard is a great way to give your nursery that decorator’s touch you are going for. Use the fabric in your wall decorations, cribs, toys, and play areas. Make coordinating pillows, curtains, toy bags and other accents. We carry all the New Arrival fabrics that are used in the bedding sets. Coordinating fabric is a great way to accent your room.

    So you crawl out of bed and  open the blinds to let in the light of day. Reach for the house coat to keep the warmth of sleep going for a little while longer. This cozy youth robe will make your child feel all grown up, just just like Mom and Dad. 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 shower cover up or just a lazy weekend at home. The greatest feature of Barefoot Dreams is that it gets softer and cozier with each washing!

    While bare feet are all the rage in the hot summer months, come this time of year the slippers are a welcome addition back. Check out these cozy pink baby booties that scream adorable for your baby girl. Made from 100% butter-soft sheepskin, each booty is hand-sewn using sturdy blanket stitching to keep your tots tootsies comfy, cozy, and snuggly soft. The laces tie up ankle-high for a cute and sure fit, while the shearling not only looks ‘deluxe’, but provides a soft, breathable insulation to feel ‘deluxe’. A favorite of celebrities, these booties make a great gift for girls.

    Think Pink

    Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast Cancer is the most common type of cancer amongst women after skin Cancer  in the United States. According to the National Cancer Institute the number of estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the US in 2010 alone  are 207,090 (female) and 1970 (male) new cases, and 39,840 (female) and 390 (male) deaths. Breast Cancer can be a devastating disease, but discovered early has the potential for high survival rates. The  best way to protect yourself is with regular breast examinations  by yourself and your doctor during regular physicals, and having a mammogram done every 1-2 years starting at around age 40.  When doing a self-examination look for any unusual lumps in and around the breast including the underarm area, changes in shape or size of the breast, dimpling or puckering on the breast, an inverted nipple, or discharge from the nipple. Any concerns should be directed towards a qualified medical practitioner for proper assessment and diagnoses. The good news is that a 2007 report by the American Institute for Cancer ResearchWorld Cancer Research Fund, concluded that women can reduce their risks by maintaining a healthy weight, drinking less alcohol, being physically active and breastfeeding their children.

    Here at we support the fight against breast cancer. We carry several items like the Fontaine Maury Car Decal with Hooter Monogram that is a great way to show your support in your car, on a window, or on any smooth surface. Fontaine Maury believes passionately in giving back. In tribute to Fontaine Maury McFadden, for whom Fontaine Maury is named, they are dedicated to helping fund the advancement of breast cancer research and prevention. A percentage of each sale is donated in support of people and organizations working toward this goal.

    This Fontaine Maury Aluminum Water Bottle with Pink Chick Monogram is another item that you can proudly display to help support the cause. It comes with 2 tops; one is a pop up sports top and the other a simple screw top. Perfect for Breast Cancer Walks! Or just to show support.

    With awareness and  knowledge we have the power to stop this awful disease. It is your health and your life. Take it seriously and think pink today.

    Time for New Pillows!

    Monday, October 11th, 2010

    Did you know that 10% of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead dust mites and their feces! According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology, approximately 10 percent of Americans exhibit allergic sensitivity to dust mites. The Fall and Winter months are a particular problem, as we close our houses and the concentrations of dust mites and their feces increases inside. If you want to find out more and what you can do about dust mites, read on here:

    Now, if those facts made your nose twitch and itch, then today you are in luck. is thrilled to announce that we have added luxurious Ogallala down pillows and comforters to our collections. We searched for the fluffiest, cleanest white goose down available and these are the best on the market. 80% Hungarian goose down + 20% Syriaca Hypodown by Ogallala Down, is the only natural material that suppresses down’s allergic qualities while simultaneously increasing it’s loft. The resulting down blend in a comforter wicks moisture away from your body far more quickly than either down or synthetics. It is lightweight to encourage circulation, and cozier than anything you’ve ever felt. Ogallala Down comforters (duvets) and Ogallala Down pillows are available in 700 and 800 fill power. Fill power is simply the amount of space that 1 oz. of down occupies in cubic inches. A down duvet comforter with 600 fill power is classic, 700 fill power is excellent; 800 fill power is extraordinary! These pillows and mattress enhancers are definitely for you if you want to say “aaah” as you slip into bed.  A must have for comfort and cleanliness. As an added bonus, right now you can get  an additional 10% off your order by using PROMOTION CODE OGW10 when you purchase any Ogallala pillows or comforters. How can you afford not to?

    Choo, choo!

    Friday, October 8th, 2010

    All aboard for everything trains today!

    First stop;

    choo choo train wall art canvas reproduction

    This “Choo Choo Train” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Jenny Kostecki brings the exciting and adventurous world of trains into your baby’s room. This top quality canvas reproduction is stretched over wood bars with no glass to break. This piece is made using the Giclee printing process and has the look and feel of an original painting. It is equipped with a wire hanger on the back for easy wall displaying so no framing is required. It can be wiped clean with a soft, dry cloth. Makes a wonderful addition to any child’s room, playroom or even beach house. Designed by artist, Jenny Kostecki with biography attached to the back.

    Next stop;

    toy locomotive train puzzle stool

    This toy train locomotive puzzle stool is one of our newest and most popular additions. The train for this puzzle comes with this stool. This high quality toy locomotive puzzle stool will make a wonderful gift to a kid or proud parents of new born baby.

    The toy locomotive which comes with this Name Stool has an interesting history. The Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad was the first railroad to cross Missouri starting in Hannibal in the northeast and going to St. Joseph, Missouri, in the northwest. It is most famous for delivering the first letter to the Pony Express on April 3, 1860, from a railway post office car pulled behind locomotive Missouri.

    This special stool comes with the Missouri 440 Locomotive and its tender as well as a carved track on the top of the stool for instant play. It has specially carved spaces where you can keep the train. Not only will this stool look nice in your child’s room but it will also be a helpful tool for teaching colors, sequencing, and hand/eye coordination.

    Next stop;

    susan turner baby embroidered train crib bedding

    Your little conductor will be happy falling off to sleep surrounded by these embroidered choo choo trains. Designed initially by Susan Turner to commemorate The New Home of Susan Turner Baby Design Studios- A Beautifully Restored Historic Train Depot Located In Marshalvile, Georgia. Delightful Little Trains In Two Appealing Shades Of Blue Decorate This Handsome Ensemble.

    This Stunning Three Piece Bedding Ensemble includes Crib Skirt, Bumper & Crib Coverlet. With a bedskirt that features Sewn-Down Box Pleats Entredoux and a wide decorative border with even more Trains Chug…Chug…Chugging along.

    Last stop on the tracks today;

    choo choo train cotton sweater

    Here is a wonderful sweater for a baby boy as trains and little boys are the perfect match. This very soft and cozy cotton sweater is hand loomed in Peru. Fabulously made & perfect for everyday. Classic navy sweater with a red, green and yellow train running across the front, with rollneck and cuffs.

    If you need more trains to give to your little conductor, head over to Babybox and see what else is in store at the round house today…

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