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    Feeling Blue

    Friday, July 29th, 2011

    Ah, still reminiscing about all that nice cool, blue water we saw this week. Why not finish the week off looking at all things blue then!


    The Cape Cod toile crib bedding set will introduce a nautical theme to your nursery. Classic shades of blue and white, these 100% Egyptian cotton crib linens will compliment any baby boy nursery. The fabrics used in this ensemble include 100% cotton, blue and white toile and solid blue premier sateen. White Pique with dark blue scalloped edge and ties crib bumper features a removable filler for easy washing. Optional blue toile crib bumper is available separately.


    This Blue Pique Spindle Chandelier, by Charn & Company is designed in lovely combination of color and fabric, and gives an eye beholding look to onlookers. This antique finished wooden chandelier in navy blue features our classic blue pique chandelier shades. Perfect for any boy’s room.


    Come fall in love with this beautiful Plantation Buffet by the Seabrook Classics. This will make your living room livelier and bright with its Seabrook Blue color. You can easily showcase your glasswares as it has four open panel doors with two adjustable shelves at the center and one on either side.


    And I can’t resist this cute piece of blue wall art that reminds me of the many aquariums that we were just looking in so recently. This Blue Crab” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Carter Carpin depicts a crab in the ocean in beautiful shades of blue. 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, Carter Carpin with biography attached to the back.


    Back to the Zoo: We Missed the Water Animals!

    Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

    Oh no! When we went to the zoo, we forgot to see all the water animals! So,

    Zoo tomorrow, zoo tomorrow!
    Mommy’s takin’ us to the zoo tomorrow
    And we can stay all day!*

    But this time we are headed to the water. So grab a towel and join us, as heads back to the zoo to check out the wet ‘n wild animals there.


    At the outside tank, we can see the seals! How fun. BabyBox’s  “Seal with Ball” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by artist Stephanie Bauer has the perfect balance of fun and color with an acrobatic seal. This top quality canvas reproduction is made using the Giclee printing process and has the look and feel of an original painting. Each piece is stretched over wood bars with no glass to break and is equipped with a wire hanger on the back for easy wall displaying. No additional framing is necessary. Each canvas is decoratively finished along the 3/4 inch thick sides. 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 Stephanie Bauer and it comes with a biography attached to the back.


    Moving on, a look inside takes us to the large aquariums that are teaming with fish. We are partial to the seahorses, but love all our underwater friends. The ceramic name plaque with underwater motif is a great way to personalize your child’s room. Each tile is handpainted with adorable fish and your child’s name. The original artwork is heat-sealed into each plaque, ensuring a high-quality finish, and a long lasting keepsake. Each tile measures 6 x 8 and comes with coordinating ribbons, already assembled and ready to hang. Makes a great gift for the sea-loving little one in your life.


    My goodness, but the animals over there look rather ferocious! Oh, why that is a group of  preschoolers on a field trip. Ha! The alligator they are looking at is kind of intriguing though. Yes, your kids are going to love this one. Its an alligator lunch box. This whimsical alligator will make lunch time fun! These fabulous lunchboxes are perfect for storing toys, crafts or snacks in your home, car, class or for play dates. Personalize with the child’s name or monogram, it’s up to you! (As an added bonus all lunchboxes come with a dry erase sheet affixed to the inside of the lunchbox lid. This is perfect for drawing or leaving a note for your child. How sweet is that?)


    We can’t leave without a look into the shark tank. While a great white might make you nervous, Babybox has the perfect solution that will guarantee a smile. Your child will love this soft terry sea inspired robe with friendly shark. Fun to wear and cozy after bath, beach or pool, your child enjoy wrapping themselves up in this fun hooded towel. This Terrycloth Shark Robe is reel-y fun and oh, so fin!


    We’ve had a splashing good time exploring the zoo with you. What was your favorite animal? Thanks for joining us and come back soon!

    *Lyrics by Peter, Paul and Mary

    Going to the Zoo!

    Monday, July 25th, 2011

    We’re goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo
    How about you, you, you?
    You can come too, too, too
    We’re goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo.*

    Yes, please join us as we head to the zoo today.


    First stop is the monkey cage! Here we have the monkey see, monkey do soft book by lamaze. This is a busy book featuring a cast of zoo animals all with different activity features. Interactive features encourage imitation, and discovery. We love it today for the cute monkey on the cover though.


    Moving along to the savannah, what do we see, but a long-necked, yellow and brown mammal that could only be a giraffe. This personalized giraffe pattern long sleeve tee shirt will look adorable on your little boy. Designed with brown and yellow giraffe print, it is classic and unique. This classic style long sleeve tee shirt works on any child. Made from 100% cotton and easy to care for.


    Wow, you can’t miss this cute elephant either! This Oopsy Daisy “Elephant” nightlight depicts a cute and huggable elephant with a pink and red background, perfect for your little girl’s room. This nightlight can be easily wiped clean with a soft, dry cloth and is ideal for your child’s room as it does not have a glass surface to break. You can personalize the nightlight with your child’s name or any other word or phrase like “Good Night”. This nightlight is designed by Jill McDonald, whose biography is included with each unit.


    And coming out of the bush is the king of the beasts – the lion! This personalized lion baby plate is an adorable way to celebrate a birth, baptism, or christening. The plate features a handpainted lion and is personalized with baby’s name and the date around the trim. The plate is available in Sage, Blue, Pink, Yellow, or Lavender. A matching cup is also available to make the ultimate gift set.


    *Lyrics by Peter, Paul and Mary

    Happy Parent’s Day

    Friday, July 22nd, 2011

    Pssst! Did you know that it is Parent’s Day on Sunday July 24? I don’t know who comes up with these things, but I want to kiss them! Oh look at that, it was Bill Clinton back in 1994. Well, maybe we will hold off on the kissing thing then, bt certainly we would like to shake his hand and say thank you. And what do you think he said it was all about? If you said “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children”, you’d be right! As the many hard-working parents at can attest to, all parents deserve that recognition and support.

    Today, we say Happy Parent’s Day to all you wonderful parents out there. Without you, there would be no next generation. So go out and celebrate. You deserve it for all that you do.


    So first things first, call up the babysitter and book her for the night. When Mom and Dad get the chance to go out alone this is the perfect note pad to leave behind with important notes for the babysitter! From bedtime to favorite foods and allergies, you can jot down any important info before you go. This pad comes beautifully wrapped in a cello bag with a grosgrain bow. And it also gives you the piece of mind to enjoy those precious few hours alone to be a loving couple. Perhaps you will even be able to remember why you decided to become a parent in the first place!


    If you want something a little more extensive, why not check out this! This is the perfect gift for a new mom. Instead of scrawling instructions on the kitchen notepad every time you hire a sitter, jot them down once and for all in “A Parent’s Journal for the Babysitter“. An extremely well-organized diary of all your baby’s routines, special likes, dislikes, and important phone numbers. Comes equipped with tabbed sections and categories. There’s even a separate pad for contact information and schedules. It’s so simple, stylish and useful, this will be one of the most valuable gifts you can give. No more worries about leaving your child to new caregivers or visiting relatives.


    You don’t have to go out for date night to recognize the value of parents and celebrate them though. If its good enough for the like of Eva Longoria, Jada Pinkett Smith and Salma Hayek, then it is a perfect way to let Mom know what a great parent you think she is. This revival tassel necklace is a wonderful way to show your appreciation for all that Mom does. The vintage brass chain tassel swinging from handset crystal pave balls and a string of ivory colored beads is just gorgeous. Designed by Nancy Liebowitz, there is a 30″ length of beads, plus the Pave balls and tassel that measure approximately 6¼”. This necklace makes a statement, just like Mom. Beautiful.


    Now don’t forget Dad in recognizing parent’s day! How about this decadent robe to let him know that despite being a strong man, he is still soft and worthy of lots of hugs. Our luxurious Egyptian Cotton Terry Cairo robe is extremely plush with bias tape. Without a doubt one of the finest robes you will ever wear or give, each Cairo robe can be ordered in classic white or ivory or custom with any color tape from the Matouk Tape Chart and require 3-4 weeks lead time. For an added touch each robe can be monogrammed. Dad will feel like the king he is in this considerate gift.


    And remember that the best way to recognize, uplift and support parents in their roles is always free. Why not give Mom and Dad a big hug, plus a heartfelt thank you for all that they do. It’s just the right thing to do, don’t you think?

    How to Beat the Heat this Summer

    Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

    Whew, is it ever HOT out! Is there any end in sight for this heat wave? My goodness, I think North America is melting, with us along with it.

    It feels like we are in Connecticut anyway.

    How are you staying cool this summer? Do you have the central air blasting? Is the window shaker taking the edge off the humidity in your house? Or are you living at the pool, be it yours, the neighbors or the public pool up the road? Anyone living near a beach want to share some of the luxury of lapping waves against the shore with us here at All great ideas to stay cool, but maybe you could share some more ways you stay cool too!


    One of the ways we stay cool is by quietly relaxing under the shade of the old oak tree in our fatboy headdemock hammock with stand. The Fatboy Headdemock, created by Finnish designer Jukka Setälä, is the perfect place for reading the paper or taking an afternoon snooze. If you don’t have a tree available, it comes with an optional stand, as well. Made from Nylon fabric in padded layers with internal frame and water-resistant and stain-resistant coating.


    How about running through the sprinkler? Look at this cute bathing suit that we have, to slip onto your little girl for some outdoor fun. New for summer 2011, Bella Bliss has introduced their ruffled swimsuit. Made of nylon/spandex with ruffle detail, halter neckline, fully lined. Hot pink and navy sizes 12m-12year. She will squeal with delight as the water cools her off from the sprinkler’s spray. You can breathe easy knowing that she is not only cool and happy, but also stylish too.


    Don’t forget the cold drinks! Whether it be lemonade for the kids or an icy cold bottle of zinfandel for the adults, these ice buckets will keep all of your beverages cold this summer. You will even add some style to your next cocktail party with our fabulous new personalized lucite ice bucket. This also makes for a perfect hostess gift! Choose from our stylish swatches + monograms to create your one-of-a-kind gift… or design one for yourself! When you pull a refreshing bottle of water out of the bucket and quench your thirst with it, you will appreciate that you thought to get one of these.


    Or maybe your answer is to just get away from it all for a night. Pack your pajamas and your pillow and you are ready to go. Whether you are headed for an air conditioned hotel, campground or just sending your little one down the street for a sleepover at a friend’s house, you need the overnighter by barn dandys. Our drawstring bag holds everything you need for a sleepover. In a variety of fabrics, reminiscent of the beach, camping and more, you might need to get more than one to satisfy your child’s every whim and fancy. Just don’t forget your toothbrush!


    So, how are you staying cool this summer? Why not leave us a comment here, on Facebook or with a friendly tweet on Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!


    Picnic Time for Teddy Bears!

    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    bunny hooded towel

    If you go down to the woods today
    You’re sure of a big surprise.
    If you go down to the woods today
    You’d better go in disguise.

    For ev’ry bear that ever there was
    Will gather there for certain, because
    Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

    baby cie ocean lunch set

    Ev’ry teddy bear who’s been good
    Is sure of a treat today.
    There’s lots of marvelous things to eat
    And wonderful games to play.

    Beneath the trees where nobody sees
    They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
    Cause that’s the way the teddy bears have their picnic.

    If you go down to the woods today
    You’d better not go alone.
    It’s lovely down in the woods today
    But safer to stay at home.

    animal picnic - wall art canvas reproduction by alison jay

    For ev’ry bear that ever there was
    Will gather there for certain, because
    Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

    Picnic time for teddy bears
    The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today
    Watch them, catch them unawares
    And see them picnic on their holiday.

    smushy bear - 25 inch by north american bear

    See them gaily gad about
    They love to play and shout;
    They never have any care;

    At six o’clock their mummies and daddies,
    Will take them home to bed,
    Because they’re tired little teddy bears.



    *Song lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy ©1932

    Under the Light of the Silvery Moon

    Friday, July 15th, 2011

    Did you know that there is a full moon tonight? Some people are more sensitive to the ebb and flow of the moon’s rays, but we just think  the full moon is beautiful to look at. It seems appropriate too that started the week with the sun and closes it with the moon. We have plenty of moon paraphernalia on hand to spotlight the shiny moon this week as well, so here is our take on the silvery, full moon that will grace our skies this evening.


    Make your child’s room special with Flavia vintage “Moon” wall decor. Created from solid wood, each can be personalized with your child’s name. Award winning artist Flavia Weedn creates original artwork in her timeless vintage style. The text is customized and personalized to your own specifications then applied by hand onto a planked wood board. This wall art makes a most uncommon gift and will become a treasured keepsake to the recipient. High quality wall art comes ready to hang. This item can be customized to your preferences and is made especially for you upon order. Let the moon be your guide every night with this special nursery decor.


    If you want to reach out and grab hold of a piece of the silvery moon, why not start here? This classic moon rattle is a wonderful gift for a new baby. Good things come in small packages. Gentle man in the moon design in quality silver. Each rattle is protected by state of the art, environmentally friendly, tarnish preventative lacquer to ensure a long lasting, high-quality silver product. This crescent moon is cleverly shaped to fit baby’s tiny fist, this rattle will become a favorite toy. Shake, rattle and roll into a baby heart.


    Now here is a crib that is just over the moon fabulous – the cow jumped over the moon crib by corsican! The craftsmanship on this crib is truly old world style. Decorated with a blue cows jumping over yellow moons, this stunning canopy brings the nursery rhyme to life – great for both boys and girls! One side can be lowered, the other is stationary. Mattress height is adjustable. Shown here with an antique white finish. This iron crib has a vintage design. Beautifully handcrafted by talent craftsmen to meet current safety standards. For more than 40 years Corsican Furniture has manufactured iron furniture and accessories with a commitment to quality and attention to detail. Skilled craftsmen uphold a tradition of hand-crafted beauty and attention to detail. The cribs have steel tubing, iron rods and aluminum castings and are some of the finest cribs available.


    If your little one is reaching to the skies for adventure, this moon-inspired growth chart is just the thing to keep them always looking up.  This To the Moon Growth Chart will help you cherish the growing years with a bright rocket ship encouraging your child to shoot for the stars. This fun and whimsical design design is printed on canvas and finished with fabric and ribbons. It also has picture windows to make a great keepsake. Blast off for adventure, growth and the years to come.


    So sit back, look up and enjoy the full moon show this evening. It comes just once a month and is awe-inspiring, as’s assortment of moon-based items clearly illustrates.

    Vive La France!

    Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

    Bastille Day is this Thursday, July 14th. Also known as La Fête Nationale, France Continues to celebrate the storming of the Bastille back in 1790. The Bastille was a prison of ill regard and its storming represented a break with the previous monarchy-led government. In essence, it signified the end of the French revolution and ushered in the modern age.

    Today, Bastille Day is celebrated with parades, fireworks and much of the same pride and nationalism as our own 4th of July here in the US. While it is a national holiday in France, Bastille Day celebrations can be found around the world, in such places as Belgium, the UK, Hungary and in many parts of the United States, like Baltimore, New York City, San Francisco and of course New Orleans. cannot help but get into the spirit of celebrations as well. We are still riding high from all our own recent fireworks displays, so we will Vive La France by looking at some of our products made in, inspired by or celebrating France today.


    Layette collection from Petit Bateau. Available in both long and short sleeves, these classic white smooth cotton bodysuits have snap crotch closure for easy diaper changes. Made from 100% cotton, the best thing to wear next to baby’s delicate skin. Easy-care, long-lasting, made in France.


    The french bassinet will offer a peaceful night’s sleep for your infant. Treat a baby to the finest luxury in this beautiful bassinet that is sure to become a family heirloom. Similar in style to the Grand Alsacien bassinet, this smaller combination of wood and wicker is lined with cotton on the inside, providing a cushioned nest for a baby. The soft 100% cotton lining is easily removable and machine washable. Mattress pad is included. Arrives with matching receiving blanket and fitted bassinet sheet. Sturdy wooden stand has large wheels to easily roll bassinet from room to room. Recommended for newborn to 5 months. Imported from France. Imported from France.


    My Heritage Book is a unique personalized children’s book celebrating heritage. These personalized books make the perfect baby gift, birthday gift, holiday gift, and other special occasion gift for children of all ages. Each custom-made, hardcover book can include up to 4 countries and is written for one American child. In today’s world, while Americans are surrounded by different cultures, languages, customs, traditions, & food, some of the traditions of their own heritage may be forgotten. My Heritage Book was developed to help teach children that these differences are a part of heritage and that their own heritages should be embraced. In this personalized book, children can learn about the countries their ancestors came from and some of the traditions they brought to America. By making their initial cultural explorations personal, we hope that their journey will become that more interesting & fun! And of course France is one of the countries that you can choose from to celebrate your own french heritage.


    This beautiful French Country Laurel Armoire by Sweet Beginnings creates a stylish living environment with plenty of storage capacity and is a perfect center piece for your room and lifestyle. Influenced from the hillsides of rural France, Sweet Beginnings french country collection incorporates their popular embossed carving appliques. Hand crafted from solid maple, birch and poplar wood and high quality hardware and then hand painted, this armoire can be customized in many colors to complement your décor. We recommend starting with a light base color to enhance the handpainted design. Several interior options are available. Please see below for details. The Laurel design element is extremely versatile and can be easily combined with a variety of furniture ensembles.


    Happy Bastille Day to everyone celebrating their French heritage this week! Vive la France!

    Shine on Mr Sun

    Monday, July 11th, 2011

    What a gorgeous weekend. The sun shone brightly all weekend long, lending a warm joy to all the summer fun. Well, a little hot at times, but certainly welcome after our long,  cold winter and wet spring.  I would take the sun over a rainy wet day any time! That brilliant yellow orb just seems to make everyone smile, be they at the beach, pool or wandering through festivals or weekend markets. So in homage to the welcome Mr Sun, grab your sunglasses and let’s take a look at all things sunny today.


    The Sunshine Day Dream changing table dresser by Sweet Beginnings will have your little one waking to the golden sun and resting with the charming moon. The 4 foot dresser features 5 drawers, a scalloped top and traditional feet. The two top drawers are perfect for storing diapers and other necessary items and there is also a pull-out caddy that makes it easy to get diapering supplies. The versatile design pattern works with all room decors. Hand crafted from solid maple, birch and poplar wood and then hand painted, this dresser can be customized in many colors to complement your décor. The piece is of heirloom quality and will be appreciated for generations.


    This Sun Activity Toy by Manhattan Toy is bright and attractive that contains 6 pockets that hold teethered toys. It includes a mirror, a teether, crinkle paper, a squeaker and a rattle. It has soft ties that tach easily to most cribs. It is bright yellow with a bright orange smiley face and other bright colors.


    This beautiful and attractive crib bedding “One fine day” by Sweet William is made from the finest European cotton. It will surely attract your kid’s attention with the pictures of sun and clouds on his own bedding. These pieces are very soft and are made to last and last. Sweet embroidered suns and blue clouds will surround your baby and will look perfect in any nursery.


    This charming sun framed giclée prints on canvas by Doodlefish look and feel like the original artwork. They are mounted on canvas mats, feature hand painted detail, and are finished with a sweet frame. They coordinate perfectly with the Doodlefish Bedding Collections.


    The Sunshine Baby Dish Set is a wonderful keepsake gift for a child. The handpainted plate, bowl and cup feature blue stripes around the edge of the pieces and a sun as the centerpiece. Baby’s very own ceramic bowl, plate and cup are personalized with their name. A matching picture frame is available as well. Perfect for boys and girls.


    So keep on shining Mr Sun! We appreciate all the smiles that you provide at

    A Closer Look at Snapper Rock Swimwear

    Friday, July 8th, 2011

    With beach sand still being found at the back door, in the vehicle and in the laundry basket, we thought we would take a closer look at one of our favorite designers that reminds us of the beach today – Snapper Rock.


    girls uv50+ ruffle bikini set by snapper rock (pale pink sparkle)

    Snapper Rock founder Liz Eglinton hails from New Zealand. Living close to the ocean, she was well aware of the lure of the water, but also of the dangers from the sun. Her love of sailing inspired her to create a “funky and functional, protective gear for kids on the water”. Now living in Annapolis, Maryland, she has brought her children’s swim wear line to the US.


    uv50+ long sleeve rash swim top by snapper rock (black/grey/red)

    The Snapper Rock technology was taken from the sail boats that Eglinton loves so much. A sailing design team went to work with the latest fabric technologies to create a swim line  that offered protection from the sun’s damaging rays, but packaged in a bathing suit that kids and adults alike would love. With a UPF rating of 50+, and some of the latest designs available, Snapper Rock went to work making one piece sun suits, rash tops , board swim shorts and hats.


    baby one piece short sleeve swimsuit by snapper rock (navy/light blue/white)

    While the bright colors and modern designs make Snapper Rock’s line attractive to the eye, the sun protection cannot be beat. In this day and age, when there is a very real danger from skin cancer due to excessive sun exposure during the childhood years, parents need to take their children’s protection very seriously. Snapper Rock swimwear minimizes sun exposure by using dense fabrics made of nylon and elastane. The denser the fabric, the less UV light that is let in. With a UPF rating of 50+, you can have some piece of mind knowing that 98% of the sun’s harmful rays are being blocked from your child’s skin.

    pink/white hawaiian bucket hat by snapper rock knows how much you love and worry about your children’s safety and well-being. That is why we carry Snapper Rock swimwear. We want you to be able to have fun at the beach, pool or wherever you find water to splash in. If Snapper Rock is good enough for the likes of Jennifer Garner, Tori Spelling, Matt Damon and Melissa Etheridge’s children, then it is certainly perfect for yours. So the next time you reach for your children’s swim suits, feel good about the choice you have made in Snapper Rock.

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