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    Jump Up for Leap Year

    Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

    Jump up for Leap Year! We are bouncing around at today, having fun celebrating the extra day we get this month. Since we only get those extra  24 hours once every four years, it is worth a little jumping around, don’t you think? If we didn’t get them , we would eventually lose a whole lot more too, as over a 100 year period, without those leap years thrown in every 4 years, we would be minus 24 whole days! Of course for those born on February 29th, you remain forever young , at least according to your ID. So happy birthday to you young folks and Happy Leap Day to the rest of you!

    Let’s start the fun with this whimsical wall art! This “Jumping Robot” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Megan & Mendy Winborg is a very popular choice for boys as they generally love robots. This wall art is also available in three different sizes. This top quality canvas reproduction is made using the Giclee printing process and has the look and feel of an original painting. Each canvas is stretched over wood bars, glass-free, and comes ready to hang! No framing is required. This is the ideal surface for kid rooms as there is no glass to break! Artwork is finished on all sides and comes with a wire hanger for wall mounting. It can easily be wiped clean with a soft, dry cloth. Makes a great gift idea. Designed by artist Megan & Mendy Winborg and it comes with the designer’s biography attached to the back.


    You can’t think about leaping without bringing the classic “Cow Jumped Over the Moon” nursery rhyme to mind. We have captured this charming rhyme in this beautiful baby crib by Corsican. Corsican has crafted extraordinary iron furniture for more than 40 years. They remain true to classic designs and attention to detail and through their custom designs – reflect the personal taste of each client.

    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.


    Who has more fun jumping than a froggie! So after a day of pond and puddle jumping, wrap up your favorite amphibian fan in this adorable frog hooded towel. The soft, green, 100% cotton terry is accented with plastic eyes applied using extreme pressure. (Due to the addition of plastic pieces of this towel, we recommend adult supervision if it is to be used by children under the age of three, just to be on the safe side.) Made in U.S. Machine wash.

    Say goodbye to bath time troubles!! Your little ones will beg you to bathe just so they can get out and wear these fun and imaginative hooded towels. These top quality, 100% cotton, hooded towels in a variety of unique styles. These 54″x30″ (plus hood) towels are big enough for kids from 2 to 8 years old and sturdy enough to last until they grow out of them.


    There is another critter that has been known to jump and hop through nursery rhymes and children’s minds. Can you guess what it is? Why, bunny rabbits of course! This bunny mobile is made of 5 playful circular bunnies hopping, jumping and rolling along. The bunnies are in shades of grey and white which is ideal for newborns whose eyes.


    Stun Your Audience With This Gold!

    Monday, February 27th, 2012

    Ok, guilty pleasures here. Who caught the Oscars last night? Whether you watched the celebrated movies or not, for so many people it is all about the red carpet strut. You know what I’m talking about;”Who rocked which outfit” and “What dress should be burned after the awards”. We can all be a little guilty of that I’m sure, can’t we? Last night, there were red dresses, black tuxes and gold everywhere, from the actual awards, to Meryl Streep’s stunning gown that she rocked accepting the Oscar for Best Actress in “The Iron Lady”. Wow. If only we could all look so stunning in gold! Heck, why can’t we though ladies! Let’s deck ourselves out in a little gold today too and stun everyone from the carpet in your home!


    Let’s start with the most obvious gold and move on from there, shall we! If you want to make a big impression on the adoring fans in your house, why not put on this stunning Bianca Tassel Necklace. Designed with mixed antique and shiny 12k gold plated brass chains, this necklace is sure to please even your most rabid critiques. The chains are anchored within 12k gold plated facets and drop to a perfect swinging tassel, for a flair that none can match. With a unique front hook closure, this necklace is adjustable for length and can be worn multiple ways. So you can rock anything from the black tie affairs at the office to romantic dinners with just you and your loved ones and know that you look your absolute best!


    If you need something classy to pair with your gold necklace, look no further than the Devi CZ Hoop Earrings. These simple, yet elegant hoops have an approximately 1 3/4″ inner diameter and post back for ease and comfort. The versatile silver or gold plated hoops are adorned with cubic zirconiums for a touch of glam to your lobes. They are lead & nickel safe, so you can wear them without fear of being uncomfortable at any point. With these delicate, yet pretty earrings you will be the envy of all the other Mommies at your next (playdate) affair!


    Another option is to skip the necklace and make your outfit pop with this exquisite Paradise Brooch. The gold plated brooch with white bead accents is a beautiful addition to any wardrobe. It is a versatile piece that can be worn with any La Coco necklace or alone! It is approximately 1 5/8″ in diameter and comes with a pin backing. This brooch by Stella & Dot will quickly become the favorite piece of all your accessories.


    What woman among us doesn’t love a ring upon her hand? The Renegade Cluster Ring is a ring that you will cherish from the moment you slip it on your finger. Gold plated spikes and pave balls sit atop a gold plated band. With an adjustable band that fits sizes 5-9, feeling like a movie star is a certainty with this bit of gold bling. The unique ring is lead and nickel safe for even the most sensitive of fingers, so why not sport one on your hand today. You are worth it!


    Spring Fashions from

    Friday, February 24th, 2012

    The weather this winter has been so wacky! From one day to the next, you don’t know if you should put on sweaters, sneakers, snow pants or sandals! The front closet is a mess with coats, rainboots, umbrellas and mitts! I suspect that it isn’t quite done yet, but I think now is the time to lighten up for the weekend. is going to dream of Spring and show you some of our newest Spring fashions for the little ones!


    Here we have the kate shift dress by busy bees. This new Busy Bees style is sure to become an instant classic! This dress comes in timeless classic fabrics, as well as featuring a sweet eyelet design. There is gently gathered fabric at the neckline for an easy A-line swing in 100 % cotton with single pearl button closure. Ultimate, easy-to-wear cotton summer shift dress with a-line shape framed in heavenly white cotton. Your little girl will claim this as her favorite dress instantly!


    The ever so sophisticated seersucker pant by CPC designs is a staple pant for every little guys wardrobe. The elasticized pant comes in sizes 12 months to 3T, features an easy pull-on waist, belt loops, and back patch pocket. The flat front pant is available in sizes 3T to 8, features a concealed adjustable waist, button at center front, belt loops, zip fly, back patch pocket and on-seam side pockets. Adorable for big brother and little brother.


    How about an embroidered boy pima romper for those warm spring/summer days ahead! This romper with Peter pan collar has contrast piping, button closure in back and snap closure at leg. It comes in sizes 3m-24m and is available in Blue/White with Sailboat or Navy/White with Sailboat. Your little man will be comfortable and look super smart when he goes out to play this season!


    The Bailey Bubble by Bella Bliss will look adorable on any little girl. One of our favorites for the season! Brilliant ruffle detailing at arms, neck and on the rear is complemented by the three-button closure on the chest and a comfy empire bodice. Cozy to wear and just darling for this Spring and Summer. It comes in Sizes 3m-24m and is available in Primrose. Too cute!


    And for your older girl, the tibi top by Bella Bliss! The Tibi Top by Bella Bliss is a chic and fresh addition to your daughter’s closet. This top will please both parents and girls wanting to look hip. A must have this Summer! Available in sizes 5 – 14 years. Available in 2 fabrics; Coral Paisley or Wisteria.


    You’re Pregnant!

    Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

    Do you see those two little lines on the stick? Do you know what that means? You’re pregnant! What an exciting time. There are doctor appointments to attend, ultrasounds to view and of course a list a mile long of names to debate with your significant other on potential titles for the new person growing inside of you.  So better start eyeballing your hubby’s closet for some extra-wide shirts and pants to steal and make that shopping list for the cravings that baby is putting you through. You have the next nine months to anticipate, so make every moment count!


    If you are lucky, morning sickness will pass you by, but you may not be as lucky with stretch marks. That is why offers elasticity belly oil by Belli Cosmetics. This is one of the most popular products from the Belli Cosmetic line. It is their signature product and cult favorite! Elasticity Belly Oil is a luxurious blend of medically researched ingredients that helps protect against stretchmarks. Features Gotu Kola Extract, Vitamin E and Collagen Hydrolysates. Lavender and sweet almond oil soothe and calm the senses, while nourishing and moisturizing to help skin stretch without damage. The bottle measures 4 oz and it is worth every penny.

    During pregnancy your uterus will grow rapidly, stretching the skin over the abdomen and tearing the connective tissues in the dermis, possibly resulting in stretchmarks (striae gravidarum). Many dermatologists recommend moisturizing and massaging the abdomen to prevent stretchmarks. The only published research article focused on stretchmark prevention showed that a combination of Gotu Kola extract, Vitamin E, and Collagen Hydrolysates decreased the risk of getting stretchmarks by about 39%. All of these ingredients can be found in Belli Elasticity Belly Oil. Our suggestions is to use the belly oil morning and night throughout pregnancy. Rubbing in a circular motion, apply to stomach, breasts, hips and buttocks. The only thing that you need to anticipate is baby!


    As your baby grows inside of you, so to does the excitement. Things change so rapidly though, that you won’t want to forget a minute of your pregnancy. That is why a pregnancy journal is such a special book to have. This Butterflies & Hiccups Pregnancy Journal, beautifully illustrates the miracle of pregnancy with such grace and charm. Each month contains thought-provoking questions that prompts the new mother-to-be (and father!) to capture the most important moments of pregnancy. There is plenty of room to record practitioner visits, baby’s development, the physical changes and symptoms as well as special circumstances during pregnancy so you can customize your journal to reflect your unique experiences during this exciting time in your life. There is even room to include a picture each month, if desired! You will love filling this journal with the special moments from your pregnancy to one day share with your child.


    As the days turn into months and the big day gets closer, it will be time to think about packing a bag for the hospital too. You will need a layette set to bring the new baby home in, diapers and of course a beautiful blanket to swaddle junior in. All of that needs a home too, so better get packing that diaper bag that will be a constant companion over the months to come. Now this is a diaper bag extraordinaire! Leave it to L.A. based designer Fifi & Romeo to create a diaper bag that makes moms feel like glamourous stars! Crafted from canvas, with sturdy italian leather trim and 10” handles, it’s as glam as a designer clutch. It measures a generous 15” by 12”, too, so it neatly stores baby gear. The bags are stylish while being maximally functional. Metal “feet” keep bottom from wearing out. Inside you’ll find deep side pockets, plus four mesh pouches and a changing pad. There are pockets on every outer surface, too, for quick-grab items. And the best part is that long after the diapers are gone this bag becomes a great overnight must have!


    Once baby is finally home, you are going to want to keep them close too. The best way to do that is to keep them right next to you as often as you can. And how can you get any closer than by wearing your precious angel in a sling where you can see and feel them constantly. This market sling for baby from Serena & Lily shown here is the cloud and petal combination which will compliment any mom’s wardrobe. Each baby sling is crafted with beautiful hand-embroidery on 100% organic cotton with a super-soft brushed interior that is gentle against baby’s delicate skin. It folds down small for easy storage and  is available in small, medium  and large sizes.  And for those not sure what size to buy when it comes to baby slings, visit to get more details.


    Happy Presidents Day

    Monday, February 20th, 2012

    Today we celebrate the birthday of the first President of the United States of America; George Washington. While we can waffle on the actual date (Feb 11, 1731  OS, or Feb 22, 1732), the official celebration for the nation is always the third Monday in February. While some states recognize the day as Washington’s birthday, others declare the date Presidents Day, to recognize the fact that Abraham Lincoln’s (16th President of USA)  birthday was also close at hand, falling on February 12th, 1809. Both men were instrumental in helping to build this country into what it is today though, so is going to give nods to both men and any other individual that has helped to make this country great. Other presidents are in this group, but the military men and women that risk their lives every day for this great nation of ours deserve special praise today. Bless you all and thank you for everything you do.


    Show your little one’s military pride with this Army Baby Moses Basket from Olena Boyko. Camouflage printed accessories and Army green embroidery make this Moses basket especially unique. Keep your little hero close by in this cozy Moses basket. This Moses basket is a perfect gift. Olena Boyko’s Moses baskets are extra special because they are both portable and elegant. By using high quality fabrics, your baby will be wrapped in luxury when cuddled up in a Moses basket by Olena Boyko.

      The “S.S. Maritime Nautical Navy” nautical-inspired custom canvas wall hanging will invoke the right sense of achievement in your child while creating the right course of direction. This detailed painting is wonderfully reproduced on the museum-archival-quality canvas into an original design by using the giclée method of fine art printing.

      It is hand-trimmed and measures 2ft.x3ft that brings to life the detailed edges of this canvas. This “S.S. Maritime” wall hanging is available in nautical navy color or it can also be ordered in the choice of your favorite color. You can also get the canvas personalized with the child’s name and birth date (e.g. S.S. Gavin – Est. 08.23.10), our standard text (i.e. Ahoy Mate), or one of your favorite phrase. Please make sure to specify your preferred choice of color and personalization before ordering this wall-hanging.


      This pedal car is a replica of a classic U. S. Army Scout plane. High flying fun awaits your child. Inspired by the famous 1941 Steelcraft U. S. Army Patrol Plane, this model is made of heavy gauge steel just like the originals. But extra chrome has been added and lots of it — on the windshield, steering wheel, hubcaps, exhaust ports, hood scoops, and propeller. When this plane is pedaled, the propeller turns. Adult supervision required.


      And what better way to show your pride in the USA, than with this beautiful hand-made sweater. Celebrate America with this classic American Flag Sweater, that comes in a range of sizes from 6 months up to size 10. Hand knit from 100% soft cotton, this pullover sweater is of excellent quality and workmanship. A classic American flag covers the front of this sweater, and is sure to look adorable on any baby. A wonderful gift.

        Time for a Holiday!

        Friday, February 17th, 2012

        Mid-February is such a rough time of year for those of us in the Northern climes. We might get a day of sunshine once or twice a week, but those gray days just seem to drag on and on. You know what you really need – a holiday! Pull up one of those last minute fly-aways and point yourself in the direction of the sun. You deserve a bit of heat to warm those chilly toes. Imagine what the soft sands from a Caribbean destination could do for your body, mind and soul. Oh yes, let’s get packing!


        If you are going to be lying poolside for a week, you need to grab a bathing suit. For those of us who haven’t seen the sun on our skin for months, the extra protection from a long sleeve sunsuit might make the difference to prevent a nasty sunburn on delicate skin. The Baby UV50+ pink, green and white long sleeve sunsuit will keep your baby protected at the beach or pool. Each sun suit provides broad-spectrum sun protection, blocking 99% of all harmful rays. Less sunscreen is needed on delicate skins. The cheerful floral print will also keep her looking charming and pretty. You can even match the sunsuit with Flap hats for complete sun protection.


        While lying beside the pool is necessary to help release some of the stress from your daily living, you might also want to make a trip into town one day or perhaps head out for an adventure on the sea. That might mean ditching the swim suits for a bit and getting back into street wear. Ditch those long pants and sweaters while down south though and think summer fun with the mystic shortall by CPC Designs. The green seersucker shortall from CPC Designs is adorable for your little sailor. Green and Navy are classic boy, so sophisticated. It features double navy covered buttons on each shoulder and snaps between the legs for easy changes. The front pocket features an embroidered sailboat, but if you prefer it can be monogrammed instead. On this vacation, your little man will be happy and stylish in his new shortalls.


        While you might be able to leave your worries behind, you better not forget the sunscreen!  What better way to tote sunscreen, snacks, drinks, books and towels than this monogrammed gg canvas bag. 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. Price includes 3-letter monogram or up to 8 letter word.


        Is there anything else you are forgetting for your mid-winter break? How about a coverup for when you have had just about enough sun for the day. Here is one for Mom! This popular tunic is one of the favorites with Moms who love Bliss. We love this cover up so much for our daughters, we had to have it for ourselves! Sizes come in XS (0-2), S(2-4), M(6-8), L(8-10), XL(12). A variety of colors are available too, with wisteria, coral paisley and white gauze as options to match up with your swim wear. Now all you need is that plane ticket and a nice cold daiquiri in hand, as you run away from winter in the surf down south. Just what we all need! Enjoy!

        It’s a Boy!

        Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

        You get the announcement and are overjoyed for the new family. While they are settling into their new life, you remember when you were there and know how hectic it can be. Laundry, cleaning and even making meals takes a back seat to the demands of the new baby. That is why you want to help. How can you help though, you wonder? How about dropping in with a casserole and leaving behind a few new items for the baby to push off laundry for a day (or hour).


        Some babies are droolers. Others spit up at every feed. Even if you have a relatively clean baby, when they start eating solids you will need a mountain of bibs. The sailboat bib set is a great gift for baby. The set includes a bib and burp cloth with bright cheerful color pattern. The bib can be personalized with the baby’s name or initial. Choose your own font style and color to make the item unique. Perfect for mealtime and any occasion!


        Another thing that you can never get enough of is baby blankets. One is just NOT going to cut it. You will use it to keep baby warm, to protect your shoulders from spit-up and to discretely breast feed your little angel. So presenting the new Mom and Dad with another baby blanket is a gift that they will appreciate over and over again. Swaddle Designs make some of the best receiving blankets available. This is one of our most popular newborn baby blankets. Every new parent knows that swaddling a baby is one of the first things you are taught before leaving the hospital. Now with the exclusive 1-2-3 Swaddle Tip Tag, the Ultimate Swaddling Blanket makes it easy. Securely swaddling a baby helps them feel safe, cozy and relaxed. The double napped blanket also offers a soft decorative non-slip finished edge for added functionality and style points.


        You can’t go wrong with another outfit for the new baby. This adorable take me home outfit is made from a luxurious 100% pima cotton, suitable for the most precious of babies! The outfit includes three pieces–a long sleeve shirt that snaps on the side and is edged in navy picot trim, with a matching footed pant and hat. For additional comfort, add the double layered blanket measuring an approximately 26″ x 36″, perfect to wrap baby up and take him home. This luxurious little outfit makes an extra special gift monogrammed! Outfit available in sizes Newborn and 0-3 months. Monogram thread color will coordinate with picot trim.


        If you want to get away from practicle, then how about a toy! This charming Lamaze musical toy is a delight for both parents and babies alike with its soothing sounds; bright, friendly colors; and adorable design. The bright bouquet of five happy colorful flowers has three musical modes that are activated by baby’s touch and help to develop visual and auditory skills and teach cause and effect. In the exploratory mode, baby can produce a different chiming tone by pressing the center of each flower. The second mode requires baby to continue pushing the flowers to finish out the full version of If You’re Happy and You Know It. In, the last mode, baby plays one of two classical tunes with a light pat of any flower. The flower’s faces light up during play to keep baby’s attention, and fabrics of different textures (and some with crinkly sounds) make up the petals of each flower and the leaves, promoting tactile stimulation. The chimes, although electronic, are a pleasure to listen to and parents won’t mind hearing this toy over and over again.

        A Valentine’s Poem

        Monday, February 13th, 2012 cannot resist sharing a Valentine’s poem with you today for all of you lovely people out there that are in love this week. We ♥ you all!


        knit heart pillow with name

        My heart is like an apple
        full, ripe and oh so red
        forever presented
        with a love unsaid.



        floating heart hat

        Yet today I pause
        and cannot deny
        this love for you
        that makes me want to cry.



        angel drawer pull

        You have beauty uncompared.
        Grace that none can match.
        A face that angels dream of
        and a heart I dream to catch.



        frog wall art canvas reproduction by maria carluccio

        Lo, but then you turn
        and to my surprise (which makes you smile)
        I find your hand in mine
        ‘twould seem you too are beguiled.



        Oh cupid’s arrow
        flown straight from you.
        Thank you so much
        for my Valentine’s wish come true!*


        sweet cupcakes - valentine


        Happy Valentine’s Day!

        *Poem written by Katherine Krige

        Christening Gifts

        Friday, February 10th, 2012

        Like your weekend isn’t busy enough, now you have a Christening to attend as well! When was the last time you went to one? Do you remember what the etiquette is? Do you know what to bring as a gift? Let help you chose the perfect Christening gift to present to the newly blessed child in the world.


        Here is a lovely gift to offer on this special day. This beautifully made Christening Frame with cross 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. Measures 4 x 4.


        Another wonderful gift idea is a Christening plate. The Christening or Baptism plate is a classic way to mark these special occasions. The plate features a hand painted cross on a pink background and is finished around the trim with a prayer. For a special touch, baby’s name can be hand painted 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!


        Here is another special gift that will be cherished with love – a personalized christening announcement tile. These hand painted ceramic tiles are some of the most original we have found. Using original hand-painted designs, each 6×8 tile is personalized, and individually hand-finished with your baby’s name. This original artwork is heat-sealed into each tile, ensuring a high-quality finish, and a long lasting keepsake. The tile comes with coordinating ribbon.


        What better christening baby gift than a blanket for their special day. This gift will become a cherished keepsake for years to come. Made from 100% high quality cotton, extremely soft and perfect for wrapping a baby! This classic white blanket is embroidered with a beautiful cross and can also be personalized with a baby’s name and Christening or Baptism date. Available in white with your choice of blue, green, pink, creme or yellow embroidery.


        If the Christening is a little closer to home and your own baby will be the star of the day, you might want to take a look at our Christening Gowns as well. Our collection of christening gowns is unique and special. Each gown is made with the finest materials including silk and cotton. Choose from a variety of styles to suit all tastes. So whether you need a special outfit for a girl, boy or even sized for your sweet little preemie, be sure to see what we have available.

        shamrock christening gown

        I’m In the Mood for Love

        Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

        Today, I am in the mood for love*…


        Love Bunny - wall art by Kaori Watanabe


        I’m in the mood for love simply because you’re near me
        Funny but when you’re near me, I’m in the mood for love.

        love birds personalized short sleeve tee (youth)


        Heaven is in your eyes, bright as the stars we’re under,
        Oh, is it any wonder, I’m in the mood for love.

        family cluster coin necklace with rimmed discs


        Why stop to think of whether this little dream might fade,
        We´ve put our hearts together – now we are one, I’m not afraid.

        personalized pillow with love


        If there’s a cloud above, if it should rain, we’ll let it.
        But for tonight forget it, I’m in the mood for love

        *Lyrics to "I'm In the Mood For Love" by Dorothy Fields © 1935
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