Archive for July, 2012
Monday, July 30th, 2012
It’s just about time to set the alarm again. You know the one. It beeps and instantly creates grumpy kids that complain about getting up, when all summer they have slept their lives away. Well, hopefully not, but it is almost time to start planning for back-to-school routines. I think I just heard a hurrah from a few thousand Moms out there doing a happy dance and counting down the days. Let’s make you a little more happy, by helping you out with your back-to-school shopping. Babybox.com has lots of ideas of how to go back to school in style.
The most important item that every child needs when heading off to school is a backpack. They hold junior’s lunch bag, homework and those chirpy notes that come home from the teacher praising how great your child is doing in school. Help your child start off on the right foot, by giving them a backpack that they will be happy to don on the first day of school.
Be the envy of all the kids at your school with this cool Mad Pax Back Pack! We cannot keep these fun back packs in stock. Grab them while you can. Why blend with the same old style bag? Store your books, your gear, dangle your widgets or bury your treasures with a style that says you are one-of-a-kind. There’s a new pack in town, introducing the Spiketus Rex™ from MadPax, creators of cutting edge design backpacks for kids and big kids alike. The Spiketus Rex is part dinosaur and mad scientist with a dash of double dare. It is a backpack covered with soft fabric spikes available in an array of both vibrant and neutral colors. Mad Pax book bags are three parts funk, a pound of punk, a dash of dare and a tab of turbo…the perfect way for kids to express their inner creature. Perfect for someone who wants to stick out from the crowd, we have mixed fabric form with function to create a progressive spin on the ordinary backpack,” continues Huber.
You also want your child to be alert and ready to learn. The best way to ensure that is to make sure that they have nutritious and delicious snacks and lunches available to them during the day. They will need a lunch box to tote that in and Babybox.com has plenty to choose from. Like this one here! Your little ones are going to love this bugged out lunch box! This bugged out 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?
Now that your child has food in their belly and a backpack to carry it in, how about they put their best foot forward in a new pair of shoes! Yup, it is time to kick off the sandals, but a personalized pair of converse kids sneakers more than makes up for that. Make a statement in your Converse All Star Chuck Taylors Monogrammed any way you like. Dream of a design, and we can embroider it. Your boy or girl will be the most popular kid in school with our child size chuck taylor converse sneakers personalized any way they want. The best part is that they will never get lost – everyone will know whose sneaker is whose. Featured in Town & Country, these will be your child’s favorite birthday gift.
Now all they need is the perfect outfit to top it all off with for the first day of school. And this is it! What a fun tee to wear the first day of school! Let your child announce that he/she is excited to start Kindergarten with this personalized Kindergarten Rocks tee! This logo is printed on a high quality 100% ringspun cotton tee. These shirts are not pre-shrunk, but come in a variety of sizes and styles, including short and long sleeve tees in classic or girly styles.
This shirt can also say: Preschool Rocks, 1st Grade Rocks etc…..just let us know what Rocks!!!
Happy Shopping! Start counting the days.
Friday, July 27th, 2012
Forget hippos. There are bigger mammals that swim the deeps. Have I got a tale for you today! It’s a Whale of a Tale, in fact.
Whale of a Tale
Found in all of the world’s oceans, whales are not hard to find. In fact, here is one now!
This “Whale & Crab” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Steve Haskamp depicts the beauty of co-existence in the deep oceans and would add vibrance and color to the decor of your little sea lover’s room. 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 Steve Haskamp and it comes with the designer’s biography attached to the back.
These magnificent creatures might swim in the water, but one thing that the wide variety of whales all have in common is that they breath air. You might wonder how that can be so, when they spend all their time in the water, but it is their blowholes located on the top of their heads that make it possible. Just like the one demonstrated on this cute shirt.
This personalized whale pattern classic long sleeve tee shirt (youth size) will look adorable on any boy. Designed with blue, green and white whale print, it is classic and unique. Same style as our classic style long sleeve tee, but available in larger sizes for older children. Made from 100% cotton and easy to care for.
The fact that they are always swimming in the water brings up the question of bedtime though. When or how do whales sleep? The when isn’t very long, as if they slept for too long they would drown, but the how is that only a portion of their brain sleeps at any given time. Interesting, but if you prefer your little swimmer to get some shut-eye, then how about tempting them with this whale-themed bed instead.
Perfect for older children or an additional bed in your nautical theme nursery, Seabrook Classics give you the opportunity to furnish your little one’s place with this cute and appealing Whale Daybed. Fine edge-cuttings and vibrant color finishing. Designed to prevent little ones from falling due to its tall headboard and foot board made of high-quality wood.
Unlike us bipedal mammals, whales actually don’t need to drink water. Good thing as saltwater can’t be that great to drink. Instead they get their water from the food that they eat, like krill, plankton or other species. I don’t know about you, but I prefer a water bottle over that any day. This whale water bottle is just the thing!
Well-made, the Whale h2o bottle will facilitate easy drinking for your child on the go. It is non toxic and BPA free. This exciting bottle comes with an exclusive option of personalization as per your requirements. You can select your favorite color, font and name to be imprinted on this bottle. This bottle is made of aluminum and can hold up to 600 ml of liquid. This wonderful creation makes a great gift item for your adventure loving child.
And now my whale tale is all done.
It has been a fishy one,
but informative none the less,
and far less wet than actually swimming with whales, I guess!
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
You did the home pregnancy test and were thrilled to see the positive result. You’re pregnant! Congratulations. What you might not have anticipated though was the trip to the doctor when they announced the other big surprise – “There’s more than one heartbeat! It’s twins!”. Wow. Doubly blessed. Once the shock wears off, you need to take stock of what that means; twice as many clothes, beds, diapers and more. Double wow. Perhaps it is time to start stocking up on everything that you might need to take care of with twice the blessings on the way.
First things first, you are going to need an outfit or two. Possibly more. This twin “perfect pair” gift set is so cute, you’ll want to eat it up! This set comes with two 100% organic cotton bodysuits decorated with an illustrated pair logo in a sweet mailable gift box. This “perfect pair” set is made especially for your favorite set of twins and makes a great gift for boys or girls! Sizes: 3-6 Months and 6-12 Months.
Clothes are one thing, but diapers are a whole other kettle of fish. I hate to tell you this, but you are going to need a lot of them. Its time to start dropping hints for the baby shower now and send your guests a link here for this pretty and novel idea – the diaper cake! This sage green peonies diaper cake is both elegant and sophisticated. If a diaper cake could be called “upscale”, we have found the perfect collection. Bloomers Baby Diaper Cakes offer a fresh, simple and modern design and are offered in a variety of styles/colors and sizes. All cakes arrive on a silver scalloped cake platter, are decorated with silk flowers of your choice, and topped with a lovely porcelain “abc” baby block before being wrapped in white tulle, tied with a satin bow, and secured with an old-fashioned diaper pin. (This cake is designed with each tier tied with your choice of sage green tulle or sage green circle print satin and adorned with elegant sage green peonies.) Don’t forget to tell people you need two of them!
Although you won’t need them right away, you might want to take a look at these beds now, as this week the Curvy Wonderland Double Twin Corner Platform Beds are on sale! Kids grow up fast and it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. This beautiful bed includes Slat Rolls by Relics Furniture beadboard collection, taking their inspiration from early american and traditional cottage styled architecture, relics have created a handsome line with their beadboard collection. The tops of all the cabinets feature the traditional ogee moulding inherent to the traditional cottage style and most pieces feature recessed side beadboard panels and sculpted drawer face mouldings. The beadboard collection is a classic and inviting collection for any home or decor.
Once they are nestled into bed, you will have to read them their favorite story as well , their very own personalized child’s book – who loves me (twins). Who Loves Me? features the names of family members and friends who love the twins. This beautifully illustrated book reassures the twins that they are loved “so much” by each person, with melodious rhymes describing the depth of each individual’s love. Written by Jennifer Dewing, with colorful, whimsical illustrations by Maria Carluccio, this 8.5″ x 8.5″ hardcover book with 20 pages is perfect for babies through age 6.
Congratulations times two!
Monday, July 23rd, 2012
Who doesn’t love a big, fat hippo? With their short, stubby legs and large, round bodies, it is a wonder that they can even walk, but in fact, they can outrace a human and have been clocked at almost 20 mph over short distances. Not bad, for a species that can weigh anywhere from 1 ½ to 3 tonnes! I certainly wouldn’t want to race one of those herbivores on land or water. I am quite content to see “river horses” at the local zoo or even better, in my child’s room. Here are a few of Babybox’s favorite hippootamus.
Not sure if you have ever dreamed of the life of a hippo, but I don’t see why you wouldn’t. They spend most of their time in the water, have a natural sunscreen and only come out onto land in the evening to get a bite to eat. Have I changed your mind? If so, you have to get this cute book about hippos for your little one. If I were a hippo book by jellycat is a fun story about your favorite animal complete with tails! The Bashful Lilac Hippo is a great compliment while reading this book. The hippo is so soft and cuddly that it will be your child’s constant companion! A great gift idea. Jellycat toys are hip and humorous and always soft and sumptuous. Jellycat has a passion for design. They are heavily influenced by the fast changing world of fashion and as a result of this they introduce hundreds of new, innovative and original designs each year while using the most interesting and distinctive materials. May not be appropriate for newborns.
And here is the stuffed animal to go with it. The Bashful Lilac Hippo by Jellycat is so soft and cuddly that it will be your child’s constant companion! A great gift idea with the coordinating book!
Jellycat toys are hip and humorous and always soft and sumptuous. Jellycat has a passion for design. They are heavily influenced by the fast changing world of fashion and as a result of this they introduce hundreds of new, innovative and original designs each year while using the most interesting and distinctive materials. May not be appropriate for certain ages.
This poor hippo looks like it has been sat on by a real hippopotamus! Don’t worry though. This cute stuffie is quite intake and perfect for children aged 3 months +. Flatopotamus is a small, blue hippo with a rich, silky feel, making him the perfect security blanket and a sweet first friend. Approximately 8 inches square. Made of a very soft velour blanket. Cuddly, machine washable and baby safe. Promotes sensory skills.
Babybox.com even has hippos to hang on your wall! This “Hippo and Birds” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by artist Stephanie Bauer is a jubilant and unique picture with exquisite lines and shapes sure to catch anyone’s attention. 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.
So Hip, hip hooray for Hippos today!
Friday, July 20th, 2012
Thank goodness its Friday! Finally time to relax and unwind after a long week. With the weather patterns jumping all over the place, but HOT seeming to ride through it all, I am in mind of a nice cool drink to sip at. Would you care to join me for some downtime this weekend?
Let’s head out to the patio with a Special Friday afternoon cocktail. Anyone up for a mojito? They are being served up in our very own personalized cocktail glasses today!
- 2 leaves fresh mint
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
- 2 cubes ice
- 1 1/4 fluid ounces rum
- 1 fluid ounce carbonated water
- 1 sprig fresh mint
In a cocktail glass, muddle (crush) mint leaves with simple syrup. Add ice and rum. Top with carbonated water. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
That hit the spot! Now how about some nibblies? Maybe I will bring out a few appetizers, while we catch up on our week. The personalized lucite tray should be just large enough to handle my delicious smoked salmon canapes!
Smoked Salmon Canapes
- 12 slices 1/4-inch thin pumpernickel bread
- 6 oz. thinly sliced smoked salmon
- 3 oz. dill butter (room temperature) – recipe below
- 24 sprigs fresh dill
Spread each bread slice with dill butter. Arrange a single layer of smoked salmon over each slice. Use a flower or round shaped cookie cutter to cut out 24 canapé’s, 2 from each slice of bread. Garnish each with a sprig of dill. Arrange beautifully on a serving platter and cover with a lightly dampened cloth until ready to serve.
Dill Butter (for Smoked Salmon Canapes)
- 1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 1 cup of cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well incorporated. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Now we’re talking! In fact, I might even slip into something more comfortable. Oh, how about some lounge wear! The Women’s Pima Loungewear by Bella Bliss offers comfort and style. selected by Oprah’s “O” list! The pull-on pant has drawstring closure. The top has three-quarter sleeve and button front closure. Available with and without patches on the sleeves and with many color trim. Makes a great gift!
Ah, the perfect way to end a week. As the stars begin to peep out one by one, I might even curl up under a cozy blanket to watch the moon rise. This cotton herringbone fringed throw should do the trick. Perfect! On that note, I think I will have to wish you goodnight.
Have a fabulous weekend! And make sure you find your own time to relax too!
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Summer is heating up and vacation time is in full swing. If you haven’t been to the beach yet, what are you waiting for? A better place to go to escape the heat waves of summer is to the quiet reaches of the cottage. You just can’t beat cottage life to help you forget the hot hustle and bustle of the city. What do you take along though?
blue pool bear activity mat
Playmat – cottage life can sometimes get dirty. When you pack for the baby, don’t forget to bring along a clean, safe place for your baby to stretch, wiggle and explore, without having to worry about them eating pine needles, ants or worse!
- Blankets and other miscellania - You can never have enough blankets. Whether it be burp cloths and bibs, swaddling blankets or nice cozy blankies to keep your baby warm on those cooler nights by the lake, babies require lots of extra packing. Better to have and not need, than need and not have, right!
- Child-sized chairs – There is nothing more frustrating for children, than trying to function in a world that is not sized right for them. Banish that issue altogether with these children’s personalized adirondack chairs that are perfect for cottage life.
- Swimwear – The kids will probably live in nothing more than their swimsuits while you are at the cottage. I would even suggest taking more than one! The only other thing they will need will be a towel (or two, depending upon if your kids hang them up or leave them in a wet pile that never dries), a long pair of pants to guard against bugs in the evening, and a set of pjs to sleep in. That, a hot dog and their imagination should fill all the hours at their disposal.
- Worry-Free Dining – Who wants to worry about chipping the fine china when you are living the laid-back cottage dream? Forget about it with this personalized melamine tableware! Better for the environment than paper, and certainly less worrisome than breakable dishes. Easy to clean up and cute too! The perfect choice for easy living.
- Good Books – Even leaving the bigger routines behind, there is still some work to be done at the cottage. In between making meals and putting children to bed, adults get a little more down-time though, so why not bring along your summer reading list to indulge in.
Enjoy cottage life!
Monday, July 16th, 2012
surf ‘n sun girls wall art
Lets go surfin now
Everybodys learning how
Come on and safari with me
(come on and safari with…)
personalized kids notes – surfer dude
Early in the morning well be startin out
Some honeys will be coming along
Were loading up our woody
With our boards inside
And headin out singing our song
boy’s swim trunk by mn bird – lime surf
Come on (surfin) baby wait and see (surfin safari)
Yes Im gonna (surfin) take you surfin (surfin safari)with me
Come along (surfin) baby wait and see (surfin safari)
Yes Im gonna (surfin) take you surfin (surfin safari)with me
hand painted wooden letters-nantucket surfs up
Lets go surfin now
*Lyrics for Surfin Safari by the Beach Boys
Everybodys learning how
Come on and safari with me
(come on and safari with…)*
Friday, July 6th, 2012
The long days of summer are upon us. Summertime is a wonderful time full of trips to the beach, swimming in the pool and lazing around enjoying the free time that summer brings. As many a parent knows though, sometimes that free time gets to be a little too much for the younger set. It doesn’t seem to take long before the kids, so recently sprung from school, are whining about being bored. What do you do? It just doesn’t seem kosher to tell them to go and play in traffic anymore, so what else do you suggest? How about bringing out some of these fun activities!
How about backgammon?!
Are you looking for a fun yet interesting gift for your little girl? If so, then this Preppy Cards Backgammon Set will be the right choice! This wonderful candy-colored backgammon set will let your child learn while she plays with it. It definitely makes an ideal gift for every girl with the zeal to learn new things. No preppy coffee table is complete without our personalized backgammon set.
This set is super chic and quite clever, if we do say so ourselves!!! A colorful backgammon board that can be personalized with the icon, font and text of your choice. In four fabulous color combos with candy-colored game pieces and dice that resemble ice cubes, this is certainly a delectable take on a classic game, certain to make cocktail hour fun! Available in pink & green, coral & turquoise, navy & kelly and blue & brown.
Everyone loves playing cards.
Personalized Playing Cards by Dabney Lee are sure to add some glamour and fun to your game night. Easy to carry and travel with in lucite box and perfect for those spontaneous poker games! These stylish cards will look great on your coffee table. They come boxed as a set of two in a clear lucite box. A terrific hostest gift for those long weekends in the hamptons!
How about a puzzle for the younger set?
This pirate puzzle is perfect for your little buccaneer. Piece together the galleon, anchor, barrels, maps, a treasure chest, cannons, parrots, a skull and cross bones, shells. Watch out for crocodiles while you’re digging for treasure.
Illustrations are by Olivier Latyk.
Or why not let your little one get creative with their own ideas!
This Doodlebugz doodlebag is one of the most useful gifts for any big brother or sister. The Doodlebag comes with the following:
- 24 washable crayons
- Pad of Paper
- 12 pieces of Chalk
- Mini Chalk Board
- Front pocket perfect for stickers
This handy art bag comes complete with what any toddler will need to keep them busy and is perfect for the car or at home! It opens to reveal a pad of paper and 10 washable crayons with additional pockets to hold your child’s favorite colors.
Turn the page and start a whole new adventure with chalk and a mini chalkboard. Complete with an eraser and 5 colorful pieces of chalk, the Doodlebag also has numerous pockets that can hold additional chalk if desired. It even has a front pocket perfect to hold stickers and a zipper closure to keep everything in place when not in use. You know this spells hours of fun!
Have a super summer!
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Happy 4th of July America!
Break out the bubbly. Grab some hot dogs and hamburgers for the grille. Don’t forget your sunscreen and a hat, as it will be hot out there on the parade route. And make sure that the kids get a nap in, so that they can make it through the fire works tonight. It’s time for a party and you are all invited!
Before you leave the house, make sure you put on something festive for the celebrations. This 4th of july personalized baseball tee (toddler) should do the trick. This personalized 4th of july pattern baseball tee shirt will look adorable on your child. Designed with white, red and slate blue 4th of july print, it is classic and unique. This fun baseball style shirt is one of our favorites. Available in three colors; white with blue sleeves, white with black sleeves or white with pink sleeves, it works on any child. Made from 100% cotton and easy to care for. Don’t forget you can switch up the design to wear it as a tank top, short or long sleeve lap tee, short or long sleeve tee or even a capsleeve tee. Whichever style that suits you best!
With the heat that we have been having so far this summer, a hat will be in order for all the outdoor fun as well. The Bella Bliss sunhatis the perfect summer accessory. The adorable hat looks great and protects baby at the same time. Available in many fabrics– it is also the perfect coordinate to Bella Bliss outfits! It comes in sizes XS (6-12m), S (12m-18m), M (18m-24m), L (2-3), plus can even be monogrammed, if desired. Perfect for boys and girls.
Don’t forget to grab some water (or beverage of your choice) before you head out to the parade. Scaled down for the little ones, these personalized water bottles make a perfect addition to a lunch box or tucked in a backpack. This top-quality sports bottle is made from durable BPA-free aluminum so there is no aftertaste and the design is embedded in the surface of the bottle so it will stand up to everyday wear and tear. The pop-off cover keeps the drinking spout clean at the playground or on the go, and the screw off top allows you to pour your drink or add ice. Bottles hold 13.5 oz. and include a screw top with carabiner clip as well as a spout top with cover. Just right for keeping hydrated on a hot day out!
At the end of the day, a barbecue is a must. Serve up your burgers on dogs on these patriotic plates! This adorable personalized 4th of July plate by Clairebella will add the perfect touch to your festive holiday party decor! However, note that maximum limit of characters for name (including space) is limited to 14. You can make these plates your own with your choice of font to compliment your name. Please take into account that 2-3 weeks time is required for shipment and delivery of items.
Hope your 4th of July is fabulous!
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
STOMP, STOMP, STOMP
Holy cow, look at that perfectly, pleasant pachyderm! In fact, there are more than one of them. I think I can spy a whole parade of elephants making their way down the hall. Yup, Babybox.com has got a strong case of elephant fever today and is going to parade out a whole herd of them for you today!
This personalized elephant pattern long sleeve tee shirt will look adorable on your little girl. Designed with fuschia and white elephant 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. It comes in sizes 2T, 4T & 6T and is available in white, pink, red, black, brown, navy, light blue, baby blue or gray. Of course, you can also order this tee shirt as a short or long sleeve lap tee, a short sleeve, a capsleeve, a baseball tee or tank top. The choice is yours!
What’s that sound? No, its not the trumpet of an elephant about to charge. Its the soft tinkle of this sterling silver personalized elephant baby rattle. A far cry smaller, so as to fit into your baby’s little hands. It is just adorable! You could not ask for a more precious keepsake. This beautiful and classic design will be treasured for a lifetime. You can even personalize it to make it that much more precious. Makes for a perfect baby gift.
Of course, sometimes you just cannot hear elephants at all. Like these sweet elephants on this whimsical mobile. This colorful elephant mobile will delight your child. The bright red, yellow and blue elephants will stimulate your little one with its gentle, subdued movements. This unique mobile is made in Denmark. It makes a great addition to any room. Best of all, they won’t keep your child awake with any sounds at all.
And if your little one likes elephants, than they will love this beautiful pillow to rest their head on. This embroidered elephant pillow, finished on the ends with elegant brown grosgrain ribbons, will add a beautiful decorative touch to any nursery. Perfect for a boy or a girl, this cushion can also be personalized with the baby’s name and/or date. For the ultimate gift, add the matching fleece receiving blanket. Made from white, ultra soft lightweight fleece and finished at the corner with elephant embroidery.
And the last elephants to come stomping through today are these delicate beauties. The “Elephant Walk About” personalized canvas wall hanging by Dish and Spoon Productions with spectacular pictures will be loved by your child. It is embellished with glitters and bright colors making it an art piece that defines craftsmanship at best. 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 by taking the original design of lovely children’s artist Nancy Edwards.
It is hand-trimmed that brings to life the detailed edges of this canvas. This “Elephant Walk About” wall hanging is available in “Exuberant Pink” 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 (e.g. McKenna) or a standard phrase (i.e. Parade). Or, order the standard version of the artwork without text. The canvas arrives ready to hang with a wooden dowel, finials, and decorative color-coordinated ribbon. Please specify your canvas size, color, embellishment, and personalization preferences when ordering.
Enjoy stomping through the rest of your week!