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    To The Beach! Top 10 Things To Take Along

    Friday, June 29th, 2012

    Holy crow, it’s supposed to be hot this weekend! How are you planning to keep yourself cool? A trip to the local pool is always nice, but I bet it will be packed. Have you made a trip to the beach yet? No? Well, I think it is time to go! Before you go though, make sure you pack essentials to ensure that you all have fun in the sun. Not sure what to take? Here are Babybox’s Top ten things to take to the beach!
     

    TOP 10 THINGS TO TAKE TO THE BEACH

    1. Towels - We have you covered there. Personalized Beach Towels are a great idea for summer. No more pool side fighting over whose towel is whose this summer. And best of all, you will never lose your towels again at the next beach outing or pool party. These beautiful monogrammed terry velour towels feature classic wide-stripe, and are luxuriously soft and absorbent cotton velour. These luxurious towels will last through the summer and are top quality terry. Made from the finest long staple pure cotton yarns. Towels are pre-washed and preshrunk. 
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    3. Beach umbrella - Catching a few rays to banish that Casper-like gleam is one thing, but too much sun isn’t good for anyone. Take along a beach umbrella to give your brain a break from heat every once in a while. 
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    5. Bathing suits - You can’t head to the beach with a bathing suit! Babybox.com has lots to choose from in swimwear. Like the red/white uv50+ ultra cool board shorts for boys and girls, babies to teens are a perfect way to enjoy the outdoors. The vibrant pattern and sun protection offer style and safety for trips to the beach, pool and all outdoor fun. The Hawaiian prints and solid colors mix and match with our swim shirts, and new bucket hats. 
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    7. Sunscreen - No matter how much time you spend under the beach umbrella, there is no excuse not to slather up with sunscreen first. A trip to the beach might last all day, and the sun’s rays can be punishing without a little protection. Make sure to grab sunscreen with at least a UV protection of 30, if not 60, plus make sure it is waterproof! After splashing in the water, reapply to keep your protection up and your risk of sunburn down. You want to have memories to take home with you, not a red-hot burn to keep you up all night! 
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    9. Coverup - Even with the protection of a bathing suit, sunscreen and a beach umbrella, sometimes it is a good idea to give yourself a break from the sun. That’s why we always make sure to take along a beach cover-up. This adorable white with pink trim kaftan is perfect for the warm Carribean sun. Offers even more sun protection when paired with one of Snapper Rock’s sunsuit sets. A must have for the Summer. 
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    11. Beach toys - A trip to the beach isn’t complete without a shovel and bucket to make a sand castle with. Plus, you might want to make room for a pool noodle, beach ball, kite, and whatever else you can fit in for fun! 
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    13. Snacks - Now we are talking about it! You cannot live on sunshine alone. Tuck in some sandwiches, granola bars, fresh fruit or whatever else might make for a perfect picnic at the beach. You can’t play on an empty stomach. Yum! 
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    15. Drinks - Along with a few nibblies, it is essential to make sure you keep hydrated. Bring your water bottle, juice or whatever wet refreshements that you and the family prefer. Let’s go to the beach and sit by our pools with our insulated tumblers! These are the stylish, personalized way to keep your beverages cool and no one will mistake which glass of ice tea is yours! Holds 20 oz and includes straw. BPA free. Hand Wash Only. These tumblers are proudly and safely made in the USA. To see your choice of patterns and typestyles please click on the photos at left. Personalize with one initial or monograms only – maximum of 3 characters. Please allow 2-3 weeks for personalization. 
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    17. Sunglasses - Don’t forget  to grab your sunglasses on your way out the door! Your eyes need protection from the sun’s harmful rays and sunscreen won’t cut it there. Make sure you protect them to ensure that you’ll be enjoying the view at the beach for many more years to come.  
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    19. Tote to carry it all in – Unless you have an army of porters, taking all that stuff along might seem like a hassle. That is why you need to tuck it all into a handy tote!  This summer bag is a popular choice and has been a best seller for years. Made of indoor/outdoor fabric and is water, stain, and fade resistant. Very light weight and can be personalized any way you wish; your boat name, house name, logo, or club. A perfect choice to carry all your beach needs!

    Keep Baby Close

    Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

    Women are pregnant for nine months. We feel every gentle twist, kick and sway of our little ones as they are growing inside of us. Then the time comes for us to bring these beautiful babies into the world and with a few (thousand?) pushes and grunts we get to formally meet our new bundles of joy. When baby is placed into your arms though, you just might realize that all of a sudden there is now a new distance between you two. No longer are you both tied by your heartbeats. That is no excuse not to keep baby close though. You may not have your child pressing on your bladder or squeezing the air out of your lungs anymore, but you can still wrap them up in your arms and keep them as close as ever, but perhaps a little more comfortably. Here are a few suggestions continue to keep baby close.

     WAYS TO KEEP BABY CLOSE

     

    The best way to keep baby close is to wear them. Then you can take them wherever you go and still have the security for both of you in feeling that warmth and tender heart beat close by. This market sling for baby from Serena & Lily is the perfect solution. It is shown here with the Grass(exterior) and Marigold(interior) combination, which is perfect for any baby. It is crafted with beautiful hand-embroidery on 100% organic cotton with a super-soft brushed interior that is gentle against baby’s delicate skin. The simplified design – one seamless piece of fabric without buckles, belts or straps – is snug, sleek and easy to wear. It also folds down small for easy storage. Available in Small, Medium & Large Sizes.

     

    The sling is perfect for when you are out and about, but what about when you are at home? You can try co-sleeping, but if you are worried about hubby (or you!) rolling over on top of your little one, then how about a bassinet? The “Baby Chic” bassinet by Lulla Smith is simple, elegant and sophisticated. The bassinet bedding design features a 100% Dupioni Silk skirt with chic contrasting trim and is available in many colors to suit any decor. The bassinet and trim can be done in any silk color of your choice – see drop down menu to view choices. You can choose any combination to go with your room. The bassinet includes an underskirt of net, 2″ mattress with a 100% Swiss Cotton batiste fitted crib sheet and a decorative matching pillow. A coordinating blanket is available to keep your infant warm and snuggly. This is a beautiful piece for your new baby.

     

    While bassinets have baby at arm’s reach overnight, for an ease of feeding and changing, what about when you go out of town? Realistically, your child will inevitably need to sleep in other places aside from home. Its summertime! You might have a trip to the beach planned, or a getaway to the cottage. Where do you put your infant then? How about a versatile moses basket that is easily moved from one room to the other in an instant. Unlike the ancient times when reed baskets were crafted to keep the fragile babies safe, today they are kept safe inside a basket covered with soft cushions and padding, wrapped inside the delicate fabrics designed as per client’s choice. All these pampering accessories are decorated inside the basket and the baby is covered with a soft blanket. Same is the story of this Carlos Linen Moses Basket. A perfect solution to keep baby safe and close wherever you go!

     

    Even as your newborn grows, there will still be lots of time for cuddles. Whether it be breast-feeding, story-time or just plain cuddle-time having the space to enjoy that closeness is key. The slipcovered Emma Chair from Taylor Scott is the way. It is one of our favorite glider rockers. Elegant rolled back and charming style will make his piece the center focus of your nursery or child’s bedroom. The chair features both the soothing movement of a glider and swivels for convenience. Chair features white goose down wrapped cushions and goose down blend back cushions for maximum comfort and turned wood legs. The ultimate in luxury. For convenience, all of Taylor Scott’s slipcovered furniture pieces are made with slipcovers that are easy to remove and can be machine washed and dried. Skirt options to include, ruffled, kick pleat (as shown), or tailored (no pleats). It measures 36″w x 40″d x 38″h. Additional slipcovers are available for purchase. Custom sizes available to accommodate you and your family.

    Monkeying Around

    Monday, June 25th, 2012

    Babybox.com is monkeying around today. We’ve got monkeys climbing up the walls, clinging to people and eating bananas like there is no tomorrow! What do you do when everyone is going bananas at your house? I guess the best bet is to join them! So join Babybox.com today, as we monkey around with some of our favorite monkey items.

     

    Hmm, have you seen any crazy monkeys around? Ah-ha, there’s one now with that small, smiling child! This hand-made monkey sweater will become your little one’s favorite go to sweater. Shown here in ivory and chocolate combination, but may be ordered in any colors. What little monkey wouldn’t love to wear this, especially with their name on it!

     

    Holy bananas, there’s another one in our storeroom! They are eyeing up the bananas on that delightful lunch box. Wouldn’t you though? Your little ones are going to love this monkeys lunch box! These fabulous lunchboxes are perfect for storing toys, crafts or snacks in your home, car, class or for play dates. Personalize it with the child’s name!

    These lunchboxes are made of 0.30 millimeter lead free tin and covered with high-tack adhesive on all sides. As an added bonus all lunchboxes comes with a chalkboard on inside lid. This is perfect for drawing or leaving a note for your child. How sweet is that?

     

    And now they are going a little funky, as those monkeys are climbing the walls! Check it out! A monkey on the nursery wall! The Monkey Safari Canvas Reproduction by Doodlefish is an adorably charming addition to your nursery. These wonderful prints look and feel like the original artwork. The gallery wrapped pieces are printed giclees that combine original painted and graphical elements. The artwork can be personalized with up to 10 letters.

     

    I know what we can do! Hug that monkey and turn him into your child’s best friend. This friendly, cuddly, easy-to catch monkey is hard to put down. Full of endearing character, and infinitely poseable, he will soon become your best friend. He is made of a soft cuddly polyester and enhanced with a partially bean filled body.

    Summer Savings!

    Friday, June 22nd, 2012

    There’s nothing that anyone doesn’t like better than a sale, right? Well you are in luck, as Babybox.com has a sale on right now! Not only do we have 15% off everything storewide for our Summer Solstice sale, but there are other savings throughout the store. Our Summer Solstice sale ends today though, so you better hurry to catch it. Enter coupon code SUMMERSOL to receive 15% off your entire purchase, but keep these other sale items in mind while you are browsing!

    Happy Shopping!

    For starters though, the Relics line of children’s furniture is all an additional 10% off! They feature children’s beds, baby cribs, change tables, dressers, armoires, cubbies, vanities, bookcases, toy chests, night stands, mirrors, desks, kids tables and chairs. Enough to fill any boy or girl’s room!

     

    Check out this Wonderland Wood Door Armoire by Relics. It is part of a beautifully handcrafted line of furniture. Made from solid hardwood and then hand finished to insure the character and longevity of each piece, this armoire has both contemporary and traditional style. This Wonderland Armoire comes standard with painted wood doors and a hidden storage drawer inside the armoire. In addition, there are two shelves (one adjustable) and a clothing rod provide to maximize the storage options. The armoire can be finished in any of the colors offered above OR we also offer the option of finishing this item with ANY other Benjamin Moore paint color, for an additional charge. Hardware options include painted wood knobs, cast iron knobs or crescent pulls and crystal knobs. This item can only be shipped within the contiguous states 48 states. Made in the USA. This charming armoire is a great addition to your decor.

     

    Look at the Relics Beadboard Convertible Removable Top Convertible Changing Chest. It is perfect for your nursery. This furniture is inspired by traditional cottage stylingsand features recessed side beadboard panels, on most of the pieces, and sculpted drawer face mouldings. The tops of all these cabinets are trimmed out with a traditional cottage style ogee moulding. The changer has 2 Drawers, 2 Doors and 1. Adjustable Shelf. Hardware options include painted wood knobs, cast iron knobs or crescent pulls and crystal knobs. The changing table can be finished in any of the colors offered above OR we also offer the option of finishing this item with ANY other Benjamin Moore paint color, for an additional charge. This item can only be shipped within the contiguous states 48 states. Made in the USA.


     

    Here’s a sweet spindle crib. The Relics Furniture Spindle Crib is a classically styled beautiful piece for your nursery. Finely crafted from beautiful hardwood, the crib can be finished in one of the many hand painted Benjamin Moore colors listed in the options OR we also offer the option of finishing this item with ANY Benjamin Moore paint color, for an additional charge. This item can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous states. Made in the USA. Works well with the other pieces in the Relics Furniture collection.

     

    Everyone needs a book shelf for their room! The Relics Beadboard Bookcase is a classic piece for your books and other nic nacs. The bookcase has four shelves in a design that will work with any decor. This design is also available in other sizes as well. The beadboard line is inspired by traditional cottage stylings. This piece has flat sides and the tops of all the cabinets are trimmed out with a traditional cottage style ogee moulding. Shown above in brick, the bookcase can be finished in any of the colors offered above OR we also offer the option of finishing this item with ANY other Benjamin Moore paint color, for an additional charge. This item can only be shipped within the contiguous states 48 states. Made in the USA. This charming bookcase is a great addition to your room by itself or with the others in this collection!

     

    And don’t forget a mirror! The Relics Furniture Lily Rae Mirror is a beautiful accent and accessory for any room. It is part of the Lily Rae collection – a beautiful new line of furniture featuring soft scalloped edges, a look that is both classic and feminine. The mirror frame is handcrafted from solid hardwood and then hand finished to insure the character and longevity of each piece. The mirror can be finished in any of the colors offered above OR we also offer the option of finishing this item with ANY other Benjamin Moore paint color, for an additional charge. This item can only be shipped within the contiguous states 48 states. Made in the USA. Works with the Relics Furniture collections and all other furniture.

     

    Don’t forget your entire purchase is on sale for 15% off only until the end of today though!



     

    Summer Begins!

    Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

    Your children might have been out of school for a few days or weeks now, but according to the calendar today is the first official day of summer! I know that you have had your sunscreen out for a while, but what about those swimsuits? Are the kids bathing suits going to make it through another season of swimming fun? And do you have enough shorts and tees to keep everyone cool this summer? Well, with today marking the first day of summer, there is still lots of beautiful weather to enjoy and many days to plan for hot-weather fun. If you would rather spend your time playing with the kids, than shopping in the mall, why not order some new summer duds online via Babybox’s fabulous children’s clothing lines. We have summer wrapped up in stylish fun!

     

    As it looks like its going to be a hot one this summer, start out with a swim suit, as that will caretainly be the most utilized article of clothes this season. This new cap sleeve flower swim set by snapper rock in pink and brown floral is one of the hottest looking UF50+ sets you can find. Gorgeous floral panel compliments solid fronts. Cap Sleeve Rash tops and Water shorts block 98% of harmful rays, and have the same great features as our solid color styles. Your little girl will love the feel and look of this swim set, while you appreciate the protection that it brings.

     

    Don’t forget the little guys at your house too! The Snapper Rock Skulls Hawaiian uv50+ swim shorts are ultra cool board bottoms for boys and girls, babies to teens. The Hawaiian prints and solid colors mix and match with our swim shirts, and new bucket hats. The boys suits are mesh lined with a soft, elastic waist with draw string. The shorts are quick drying, soft fabric with side and back pockets with velcro closures. You can even match them with our rash shirts! Perfect for a day outside at the pool or the beach.

     

    Sadly, you can’t spend every waking minute by the pool or in the ocean/lake/river.  When it is time to towel off, your little girl will love to slip into this comfortable and cute katharine dress (short sleeves). The flowing jersey with button closure at the neckline, has a small gathering at the sleeves, and a detachable belt. It hits at the knee, for a sense of modesty, but with lots of room to move. This pretty dress comes in sizes 2 year-12 year. It is also available in a navy jersey, for twice the fun. Your daughter might just live in this dress when she isn’t in the pool!

     

    Your little boy will want something equally as nice to run around in, and here is just the thing – the classic john john (nautical plaid). During the lazy hot days of summer, your little boy will love his nautical plaid john john. Easy to wear and comfortable, but classically designed in crisp summer plaid fabric. He will fit in from backyard gatherings to play dates at the park any day this summer.

     

    And if you are worried about what to put the new baby in, what about one of these cute onesies? Package your child in this “This End Up” Bodysuit for a guaranteed smile. Each bodysuit is shipped in a fun to open and ready-to-mail kraft tube (postage is $1.09 to send the tube from home). This bodysuit is 100% white cotton with bottom snaps and envelope shoulders. Available only in one size: 6-12 months. This makes the perfect gift for a baby boy or girl!

    Time to Purge

    Monday, June 18th, 2012

    I was chatting with a few folks on Twitter recently about “stuff” and how we tend to accumulate a lot of it. Sometimes we can feel like we are drowning in junk, especially if we don’t keep on top of it. And that causes undue emotional stress, not to mention the challenge of trying to maneuver around it all. The result inevitably is to throw things out, donate items to charity or re-purpose articles into fab new finds. When it comes to children’s items, this can sometimes be even more challenging. I always feel liked stuffies breed in the middle of the night and can’t believe how many toys exist in my home! Don’t get me started on clothing either, as that is a whole different ball of wax altogether.

     

    You’ll be able to find all your toys on this toy bookcase

    So how do you deal with it all? I try to encourage my children (and myself!) to realistically decide what items they no longer play with and donate them to someone who might still gain joy from them. Clothing is the same thing, as if it doesn’t fit anymore, some other family will gladly breathe new life into an outfit. It feels good to clean and purge, so that you can truly appreciate what you still have. Because it is not about getting rid of everything. You are only discarding items that you no longer use, making space for those that you do. And once you can see what you have, you gain a whole new appreciation for it.

     

    Think under-bed storage with the Ducduc youth bed

    If you are still challenged after the big purge with where to put your precious remaining stuff, why not think about some dual-function furniture pieces for your home, like the DucDuc’s Parker youth bed. It has the under bed option of 2 drawers for storage or a trundle bed for sleepovers. DucDuc’s Parker bed comes with an upholstered headboard and footboard, and you can choose from a large selection of fabric options or you can even use your own! Like all DucDuc furniture, made of all sustainably harvested hardwoods. Made in the USA. Note: The images shown are the Parker bed in twin size.

     

    Classic storage idea – the toy box!

    And a toy box is always a great solution for those odds and sods that don’t have another home. Plus, you don’t have to look at it after it has been put away! The Art for Kids toy chest hot air balloon motif is hand painted and a beautiful place to store toys and other items. It is made from the finest of wood and crafted with great care. The balloon design is available with a solid top or stripe top. You and your child will enjoy the toy chest for many years to come.

     

    If you are intrepid enough to run a garage sale with some of your purged items, you might find you have enough money to celebrate with. Think pizza party, new storage ideas or a trip to a local fun park as a reward for all the hard work. Happy purging!


    Happy Father’s Day ♥!

    Friday, June 15th, 2012

    Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful fathers out there! Without you there wouldn’t be Mommies, babies and the family unit would be a thing of the past. Dads help to open stuck jar lids, teach kids how to tie knots and fish, plus are pretty handy when it comes to mowing the lawn and taking out the garbage. There is so much more to love about our Daddies though. Fathers are special in a way that no one else can be. The look in their eye when they gaze at their children speaks volumes of their capacity to love. I don’t know any father who wouldn’t lay down their lives to provide and protect those their families. For all that you do, you deserve a special day when we can give back to you. You deserve silly-faced smiles, sloppy kisses and the chance to dole out horsey rides all day long. Who loves you? Well, Babybox.com certainly does! We can prove it! All weekend we are offering special savings in honor of Dad.

    Here is our gift to you!

    15% off any orders under $100
    Use CODE: DAD15

    20% off any orders over $500
    Use CODE: DAD20

    And here are a few suggestions of what to get for dear old Dad to let him know how loved he is.

    The ‘Daddy and Me’ Frame is perfect for placing those father/son and father/daughter photos. The sweet and simple design features “Daddy and Me” across the top and a coordinating ribbon on the side of the frame. It is available in 4×6 and 5×7 frames. Choose from blue/white, pink/white or white/sand colors. Plus you can personalize the bottom part of the frame to make it extra special with place and/or date. (additional cost). Makes a great gift all year long.

     

    These personalized Memo Sets “Tee It Up” come with 200 loose sheets tied in a grosgrain ribbon in a reusable acrylic holder. Choose from several font styles. Personalize these 2 lines of text at the top and up to 1 line of text at the bottom of the note sheets. Consider these whimsical notes as a gift for teachers, friends, coaches and kids!

     

    Our clairebella personalized cell phone case with links pattern will give your expensive smartphone the ultimate protection while still keeping it stylish and sleek. The links pattern has that extra feel of class. These are made out of Lexan, higher than the status quo plastic which is extremely durable and easily snaps onto your device. Custom design your cell phone by pattern, color, and font. The inscription of your choice is heat printed onto the case, so there is no chance it will ever rub off or fading. This is a fantastic gift for pretty much anyone!

     

    The one diaper bag that’s always with you! The SKIP*HOP duo is the diaper bag for savvy and stylish parents. Its groundbreaking strapping system lets it move smoothly from stroller to shoulder, and its clean, modern design looks fantastic on both moms and dads.

    Combining versatility and innovation in a highly functional diaper bag, the duo provides exceptional value for families who appreciate flexibility and style.

    This duo is designed to clip neatly and securely over the arms of any stroller, then easily convert to an over-the-shoulder messenger-style bag. Its multitude of pockets and compartments easily organizes diapers, bottles, sippy cups, food and toys, while keeping mom and dad’s phone, PDA, wallet and keys safe and dry. It even comes with a waterproof changing pad, so parents are always prepared. Made from water resistant poly-canvas, the duo is water resistant, cleans up easily and will last for years.

     

    And that is just the tip of the iceburg. You can start in our Gifts for Dad section and then see what else Babybox.com has available in the rest of our site for Dad. He’s a pretty special guy, so make sure you let him know it. Happy Father’s Day Dads!

    Get Waving For Flag Day

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

    The United States adopted the good old Stars and Stripes as its National flag on June 14, 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson decided that we should celebrate that day, and signed a proclamation that went out to the people. It wasn’t until August 1949 that Flag Day became a National event though, as issued by an Act of Congress. There is no stopping this patriotic day now though and Babybox.com looks for any excuse to wave our flags too. Come wave with us!

     

    We encourage flag waving for folks of every age, so why not start your children off young with this personalized flag baby gift set! All these personalized baby gifts in one adorable bucket hat! Your baby will look perfect this summer for their July 4th weekend, on Memorial Day and especially on June 14th for Flag Day. Patriotic American Flag designed as your choice of heart or star and personalized with your baby’s name.This (4) piece gift set includes:

    • an extra soft short sleeve bodysuit made of 100% cotton interlock; Choose bodysuit size 6 or 12 months, or both
    • 2 coordinating burp cloths beautifully wrapped and tied with a bow;
    • an infant size pink twill bucket hat – to keep the sun off baby’s delicate skin
    • personalize with baby’s name, up to 10 characters. (choose thread colour – red or royal blue and font type – block or script

     

    Your toddler can get in on the fun too by sporting their own patriotic stars and stripes shortalls. The blue seersucker shortall features double buttons on each shoulder and snaps between the legs for easy changes. It comes in sizes 3-6 months up to 3T. The front pocket features an embroidered American Flag. It is made from 65% cotton/35% polyester and is machine washable. The best part is though, that this product is made right here in the USA.

     

    Here is a way for the whole family to get in on flag-wearing fun; with our USA striped knit hat with ear flaps. In sizes ranging from preemie all the way up to adult, the whole family from baby to Grandpa can sport the stars and stripes as they line the parade route. This custom knit cotton ear flap hat is perfect! Here’s a patriotic hat, a fun, peruvian style cap to keep yourself warm! Made from 100% Cotton. Knit in the USA. Stars and stripes, finished with braided ties. Wash by hand, cold water; dry flat.

    A functional momento ~ this cotton hat is great for hiking, biking, boating; all your outdoor fun activities ~ a fun 4-season’s accessory. Knit with organic cotton that was cultivated with organic methods under fair-trade practices.

     

    After being surrounded by flags all day, you might be inspired to add a few more to your home. After running “Old Glory” up the flagpole in front of your home, where else can you put it? How about proudly displayed in baby’s nursery with the sleigh crib Americana! The Americana sleigh crib by Sweet Beginnings brings a patriotic theme to the room. The crib features stars and stripes and custom details. Handpainted and made from fine wood, the crib is available in many colors so that you can truly customize the piece to match any child’s room or decor. There are three mattress height settings. This crib is heirloom quality and sure to be enjoyed for years to come.

     

    Happy Flag Day to all our American friends on June 14th!

     

    Summer Fun

    Monday, June 11th, 2012

    School’s Out! Well, it is for a lot of kids already. The kids have tossed their backpacks into the back of their closets for another year. Lunch bags need to be fumigated or tossed in most cases (there will be time enough to replace them later in the summer). Homework is forgotten. Bathing suits become the standard garb for a season. So bring on the summer fun!

    What are your plans for this summer? Will the kids live in the backyard pool or is summer camp on their horizon? Perhaps you pack up for the cottage for a long retreat from the city for a slower, simpler life.  That sounds great to me, but as an adult, it can sometimes be difficult to ditch that job for the few months that the children are off. Realistically, in this day and age summer fun for adults is relegated to a mere two weeks, so entertainment is in order for your kiddos. If summer camp all season long is beyond your reach, that means coming up with fun and maybe even educational activities for the kids to do around the house this year. Take a gander at some of Babybox’s playtime fun ideas for your kids.

     

    SUMMER FUN IDEAS

    If the backyard is the playground of choice this summer, you might want to think about upgrading from the old, rusty metal climber that is sinking into the grass back there right now. Think modern and long-term fun for your children’s playtime enjoyment. The Vinyard Cottage playhouse is a work of art, designed to enhance any home’s exterior and provide a whimsical and interactive environment for children to play. Each playhouse is custom designed to appeal to your taste. Any look – from a fairy tale cottage to a miniature replica of your own home can be created. These luxury playhouses even include basic amenities such as water and indoor/outdoor lighting. Designs range from cozy cottages to rugged forts and tree houses. This house, designed and built by Alan Mowrer can be customized in any way you like to meet your specific needs. As an added safety feature, the design team can install a wireless communication hook-up with the main house. Ceiling heights average eight feet, allowing adults to stand comfortably inside – yet retaining a charming scale and appeal. Principles of good design are utilized and applied on a scaled-down version.

     

    If the summer heat already has you beat, then what about a play structure for indoors? This indoor playset will keep your kids busy all day long. Make lunch. Do your laundry. Call Dr. Reed. Phone a friend…. Thank you, Rhapsody for creating such a great playset. Since we all want our kids to be healthy and more active – now be it rain or shine, they can. Children spend more than 90% of every day indoors where healthy active play is a challenge. This playset is your answer.

    Now, whether it’s raining or snowing, or too early or too late, or too hot or too cold, or you’re simply too busy keeping up with what’s inside your home to go outside, Rhapsody is the playfully beautiful solution for active indoor play. Certainly beats the heat and uncertainty of what your local play ground might have on offer on any given day.

     

    If these ideas are grand, but a little too large for your space, don’t fret. Take a look at this play tent and tell me you don’t have space for the fun it will certainly bring! This Helen play tent by Lucy and Michael is perfect for any baby’s big brother or sister to play in. Imaginative play at its best! Children love the lined doors and paned windows in each lucy & michael play tent. Parents love the design – solid, painted wood and great prints. The Charlotte model is black and white baroque floral with yellow and black accents. Parents love giving their children an heirloom-quality toy that requires no whistles or lights to delight. And children are amused literally for hours on end as they thrill in occupying a space of their own. Without fail, your child’s friends and play dates will beg to “go in the tent!”.

     

    Whew, feel that heat! If it feels like you are burning up, then a fire truck’s the perfect solution for hours of hot fun for your little one. The pedal car deluxe fire truck 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. Adjustable pedals. Recommended ages 2 to 6 years old. Adult supervision required.

     

    If you want to get in on the fun, tossing a ball back and forth has always been a great way to spend an afternoon. The Perfect Gift for the All-American Baby and this will become a favorite gift received. Welcome a new baby to the Big League of Life with this commemorative Nokona first baseball glove! Available in Pale Pink, Baby Blue, Dark Blue, Natural or Red Customize your glove with your choices of color, and include the child’s full name, birth date, and a center icon. My First baseball glove by Nokona? is branded with the Nokona signature logo and name, and is an authentic mini child’s size 9″ glove made of genuine leather. Handcrafted from Top Grain cowhide by the 75 year old Nokona Athletic Goods Company, this custom embroidered glove will mark the birth of your little ballplayer to be. This is not only a great baby gift, but is loved by toddlers as well. It’s the perfect size for them to use! Wonderful as a gift for grandchildren, nieces, nephews or family friends, these gloves are the exact same gloves used by generations of Nokona customers.

     

    What are your plans for summer fun this year?

    Babybox’s Bugs

    Friday, June 8th, 2012

    How many of you are gardeners out there? Now how many of you are wanna-be gardeners, but are too afraid to step foot in the garden for fear of the bugs? Very interesting…

    Kids have a natural curiousity about the world around them. When it comes to the garden, bugs or no bugs, they have to get in there and get dirty. And you know, the bugs are almost always the main attraction! I don’t know how many wriggling worms I have seen held up proudly by beaming toddlers. Ladybugs always produce smiles for adults and children alike. Now ants are sometimes a different story and snakes seem to only be for the hardy of soul, but they all belong in Mother Nature’s garden plots. Would you care to take a peek at the bugs in Babybox’s garden plot? Take a look and see if your child doesn’t squeal with delight at our finds.

     

    BABYBOX’S BUGS

     

    We have hand painted ladybug mary janes shoes. These ladybug mary janes shoes are perfect for your little girl. Each shoe is handpainted in bright green and adorned with pink ladybugs (can also be done with red ladybugs by request!)

    Available in infant/toddler whole sizes 1 – 10 only! Designed with a strong durable sole, these shoes are perfect for your active child. Also make a great baby gift and wonderful addition to any wardrobe. Available in sizes ranging from infant to youth.

     

    The ants have found their way to the lunch table too, care of this ants lunch box. Your little ones are going to love this ants lunch box! This ants 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!

    These lunchboxes are made of 0.30 millimeter lead free tin and covered with high-tack adhesive on all sides. As an added bonus all lunchboxes comes with a chalkboard on inside lid. This is perfect for drawing or leaving a note for your child. How sweet is that?

     

    If there is a fisherman/woman living at your house, they will appreciate your toddler collecting all those worms from the garden. As you can see in this bait and tackle wall hanging, they can always be put to good use! Wiggle worms and rubber boots, grab your fishing pole! Let’s GO!

    Each wallhanging is painted on medium weight canvas with child friendly acrylic paints. Most wallhangings can be personalized with a name or an initial. Wallhangings are generally 2’ x 3’ although some of the lengths vary slightly. Wallhangings are not suitable for floor or exterior use. Custom color matching is available for special orders. Up charges may apply – please ask!

     

    Well, we managed to scare the snakes away for you, but look what else we found – a very hungry caterpillar that will delight both young and old alike! Put the nine pieces together to assemble Eric Carle’s much-loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar puzzle. Then turn the pieces over and put together part of what he ate. Be sure to read the book with your child. And for extra fun, cut apart an egg carton and paint it to look like the caterpillar!

     

    And you can’t leave the garden without taking a look at our bug collection! From A to Z, they are all there. This “My Bug Collection” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Amy Schimler is an educational tool which teaches your little nature lover about many types of bugs at the same time teaching about alphabets. 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 kids’ 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 Amy Schimler and it comes with the designer’s biography attached to the back.

     

    Have a very buggy weekend!

     

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