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    Happy Easter

    Friday, March 29th, 2013

    It’s Good Friday; the start of the Easter weekend holidays for people of the Christian faith. The celebration is a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus Chris made. He was arrested, tried and hung on a cross to die by the Romans of the day. Christians believe that he died for their sins, so that they may be given a new life. He is seen as the Son of God and the proof of that is in his resurrection three days later on Easter Sunday. It concludes the forty day fast of Lent, incorporates Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and of course Easter Sunday. Many attend church to listen to the Gospels, get baptized (newly converted), and receive the Eucharist (High Communion). Nowadays, a newer custom of collecting Easter eggs left out by the Easter Bunny has children looking forward to the holidays with glee. Regardless of how you celebrate, this weekend is a special one, and Babybox.com is excited too.

    Easter Tidings from Babybox.com

    Fresh and cheerful for Easter, we love our Vermont made soap bar set. Each bar is a generous 5 ounces, vegetable based and triple-milled for long lasting lather. Our bars are intricately carved. These are the industry’s most desired monogrammed and personalized soaps and not only do we offer you the deepest, crispest, and most defined personalization, we make sure your order leaves our Vermont studio within 24-48 hours from your order placement

     

    Dress your little girl in this soft cashmere bunny dress and they will feel cozy but be the cutest baby on the block. Perfect for baby’s first Easter. 100% fine quality cashmere and available in blue green or pink. Add the matching cashmere pants for those babies on the move.

     

    Celebrate your Easter meal for your child with this super cute Bunny plate. This non-toxic and dishwasher safe plate is BPA free and ideal for children of all ages. It is made of melamine and is virtually indestructible. This matte finish plate has 10 inches diameter that can also be personalized in your choice of dish style, color and font. It also makes a perfect gift for the child that will be cherished for the long time.

     

    Our special “God Loves You! personalized book” explains to children just how much God loves them… and that they are God’s special creations! Each book comes personalized with your child’s name on the cover and it is used repeatedly throughout the text. God Loves You! features beautiful poetry by award-winning children’s author Jennifer Dewing and colorful, whimsical illustrations by award-winning artist Maria Carluccio. Measures 8.5″ x 8.5″, is hardcover and includes 20 interior pages. The book is perfect for the a christening, birth of a baby, baptism, naming ceremony, first communion, Easter, Passover or everyday occasion. It makes a perfect gift for children of the Christian, Jewish or Muslim faith. Ages 0-8 years

     

    Happy Easter!

    Babybox.com’s Bunnies

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

    Tis the season for rebirth, renewal and rabbits. That’s right, the Easter Bunny is coming to town this weekend! That cute bunny delivers eggs all over the place just in time for Easter celebrations. Yes, rabbits don’t normally leave eggs behind, but if its good enough for the White House, then its good enough for MY house. I say bring on the bunnies and Babybox.com can deliver those too!

    Babybox.com’s Bunnies

    This “Rae The Bunny” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Meghann O’Hara portrays a cute and funny bunny; one that would make the perfect companion for your little one in his or her room. This top quality canvas reproduction is stretched over wood bars with no glass to break. This piece is made using the Giclee printing process and has the look and feel of an original painting. It is equipped with a wire hanger on the back for easy wall displaying so no framing is required. 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. Designer’s biography comes attached at the back.

     

    These sweet bunny sneakers are a great choice for your little girl. Each white shoe has a happy bunny face and pom pom tale at the back. Designed with a curly laces and strong durable sole, these shoes are perfect for your active child. Hop Hop Hop! Your little one will love to hop around in her very own little bunnies (complete with tail!) Hand painted bunnies on a cute pink sneaker with no-tie laces. Also make a great baby gift and addition to any wardrobe. Available in sizes ranging from infant to youth.

     

    The Bunny in the Garden changing table dresser by Sweet Beginnings features the French Country Daisies design element. Charming and sweet, this 4 foot dresser has 5 drawers, a scalloped top and traditional feet. The two top drawers are perfect for storing diapers and other necessary items and there is also a pull-out caddy that makes it easy to get diapering supplies. The versatile design pattern works with all room decors. Hand crafted from solid maple, birch and poplar wood and then hand painted, this dresser can be customized in many colors to complement your decor. The piece is of heirloom quality and will be appreciated for generations.

     

    This classic Flopsy Mopsy bunny crib bumper by Sweet William is perfect for any nursery. Featuring your choice of Flopsy Mopsy Pink or Blue, this bumper can be designed for boy or girl. Crib Bumper Pad can be ordered in several different fabric combinations. It is 100% cotton and fits most standard-size crib mattresses.

     

    This special prayer plate will become a treasured baby gift for years to come. Each plate is hand-painted with an adorable bunny design and graced with a mealtime prayer, aimed at teaching children a variety of mealtime graces. What better way to entice your child to say grace as well as bring your family back to the dinner table. It’s a tradition that will not only be remembered but, hopefully, passed down through the years…along with the plate. A wonderful christening or baptism gift.

     

    Happy Easter!

     

    Chag Sameach

    Monday, March 25th, 2013

    Welcome Pesach! Happy Passover!

    hand painted waste basket – single script monogram

    The eight-day celebration of Pesach (or Passover) begins this evening at dusk. Passover is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays and is marked with the seder. The Passover Seder is a traditional meal during which time the story of the Exodus from Egypt is recited from the Haggadah (text that explains Pesach). There is much feasting and drinking of wine, although leavened products are strictly forbidden. In fact, in the days leading up to Passover the home of any practicing Jews are thoroughly expunged of any chametz (any products made from wheat, rye, barley, oats or spelt). Not an easy task!

    personalized red wine bottle tags

    By the time the seder finally arrives you are well deserving of that wine! The presence of wine is not to be taken lightly either though. It represents the celebration of the Jews freedom and there are four glasses that need to be drunk during specific parts of the Seder; during Kaddesh (Sanctification of holiday), Maggid (retelling of the story of the Exodus), Barekh (grace after meal) and finally during Hallel (final blessings, psalms and praises). All that wine helps to wash down the matzah (traditional unleavened bread eaten during Passover), bitter herbs (reminder of bitterness of slavery), charoset (reminder of mortar used to make bricks during slavery) and the rest of the feast.

    If you’ve never tried charoset before, its delicious and well worth anyone making and enjoying! Here’s a recipe;

    Charoset

    apples and inchworms wall art

    Ingredients:

    • 4 medium apples, 2 tart and 2 sweet
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
    • 1/4 cup sweet wine
    • 1/4 cup dry wine
    • 1 Tbs. cinnamon

    Directions:

    Shred the apples. Add all other ingredients. Allow to sit for 3-6 hours, until the wine is absorbed by the other ingredients. Serve on matzah. Goes very well with horseradish.

     

    star of david baby plate

    As with most any celebrations though, Pesach is about the people. It is a celebration of Jewish freedom and family. Children figure heavily in the Seder celebrations, in part because they represent the future. That is why the task fall to them to find the Afikoman. The afikoman is a piece of the matzah that has been broken earlier in the feast. Close to the end of the seder, the children are given the task to either find it as reward or demand payment from the adults for its return. Little do the little ones know that it is also a tool to keep them awake during the proceedings. It is all part of the ceremony and fun though.

    Chag Sameach!

    World Water Day

    Friday, March 22nd, 2013

    Into each life some rain must fall. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    And we have seen rain (mixed with snow here) across the country this week. While it can sometimes feel like a dreary thing, that rain is all-important, especially when we note that today is World Water Day according to the United Nations. In fact, their website notes that;

    “International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.”

    They further go on to note that 1 in 3 people live in a country where water stress is either moderate or at high stress. That is due to competition between agricultural, industrial, rural and urban uses, as well as the needs by the rest of the creatures that depend upon water to survive. It is a highly valuable resource and one that needs more recognition in protecting it to ensure there is enough freshwater for generations to come. How do you use water? In what ways do you ensure that it will be around for future generations? Now is the time to think about that and do what you can to make sure the world has access to freshwater for years to come.

    We all need to drink it to survive! Think about that when you reach for your water bottle. When you do, Babybox.com can help you make a statement at the gym, park or beach with our Clairebella personalized water bottles. Apart from being stylish and comfortable, they are Eco-friendly as well. Take it any place from gym, park, office or even for shopping girls! It comes in 8”t x 3”w size with 20 oz. The bottle is extremely handy with two lids and a carabiner key clip for attaching it easily. It is BPA free as well. The maximum characters that can be written are 7.

     

    Appreciate water in all its essences with this beautiful nursery decor. The “Little Sailor Oceanic Water” let your little child’s thoughts sail high through the deep blue sea with custom canvas wall hanging. 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 x 3ft that brings to life the detailed edges of this canvas. This “Little Sailor” wall hanging is available in oceanic water 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. Captain Evan), our standard text (e.g. Little Sailor), or one of your favorite phrase. Please make sure to specify your preferred choice of color and personalization before ordering this wall-hanging.

     

    Here’s a little more water here. This attractive, star shaped Whoozit water mat by Manhattan Toys is a fun way to develop motor skills in your baby. The beautiful color will attract baby’s attention immediately. The friendly Whoozit encourages baby to watch and touch. This mat is easy to fill and has floating foam pieces that move when baby touches the mat for cause-effect learning.

     

    Water better way to appreciate water, then by cooling off in it for a delightful swim! One of our favorite new styles for 2013. This brand new style, Candy Stripe 3 Piece Sport set Bikini with pink rash top is gorgeous. Features sports top with matching UV50+ sun protection rash top. Comes with Ruffle bikini bottom. For all those girls who loves bikinis and the moms who want sun protection.

     

    So this year, take responsibility into your hands to make sure that generations to come will still have fresh water at hand…

    Welcome Spring!

    Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

    It’s the first day of Spring. Finally it has arrived! Did you hear birds twittering this morning to welcome in the Spring Equinox? We did at Babybox.com. And we even captured a few of them to share with you. See…

    Babybox.com’s Birds

    The Birds of Paradise decorative Pillow by Whistle & Wink is a pretty accent for your room. The pillow features a charming bird of paradise surrounded by a border of the leaves. It is finely embroidered on linen/cotton and finished with handmade tassels at the corners The charming accent will add a bit of classic charm to your decor.

     

    This “Birds In A Tree” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Rachel Taylor is an attractive wall art which depicts the picture of friendly birds sitting on the tree, colorful butterfly and beautiful flowers. This top quality canvas reproduction is stretched over wood bars with no glass to break. This piece is made using the Giclee printing process and has the look and feel of an original painting. It is equipped with a wire hanger on the back for easy wall displaying so no framing is required. 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 or playroom. Designed by artist, Rachel Taylor and designer’s biography comes attached to the back.

     

    This notepad from the Bonnie Marcus Collection features four birds on a branch with a background of vines. Text on note pad: A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, touches a heart, and inspires the future

    Note Pads measure 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. It is printed on recycled white text weight paper. 60 lined sheets per pad.

    A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this product will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and other organizations promoting breast cancer awareness.

     

    The Corsican Canopy Crib with Birds is a beautiful addition to any nursery. 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.

     

    These beautiful “Counting Birds” wall cards are great for any children’s room or nursery. This card set can be displayed loose on a molding or shelf or framed. Cards 1 through 10 come tied with a ribbon in a perfectly designed gift box. Cards are 8″ x 10″ and are printed on quality laminated cardboard, for easy, quick clean-up.

    Now let’s bring some warmth into the season and celebrate Spring for all its worth.

    Umbrella Days

    Monday, March 18th, 2013

    Don’t know about your part of the world, but March didn’t exactly come in like a lion. So now we get all the fun of continued wet rain, snow and slush falling on us. I don’t know if I should reach for my winter coat and hat or galoshes and umbrella! Ugh, where is Spring when you need it? I am going to opt for umbrellas today, as Spring IS on the way on the 20th. Close enough for me!

    Umbrella Days

    This “Puddles” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Sally Bennett depicts a singing bird holding an umbrella, emanating a calming state of mind. 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 Sally Bennett and it comes with the designer’s biography attached to the back.

     


    This baby “shower” key chain tape measure in the shape of an umbrella is the perfect favor – all wrapped up and ready to go. The creative packaging displays a cute little umbrella giving shelter to all the little presents. This handy little gift for guests is sure to be a hit and will be appreciated by any stylin’ momma.

    These white “shower” umbrellas come neatly packaged in a clear box and finished with a white satin bow. Labeled with a the words “A Baby Shower”. Minimum purchase of 24.

     

    Perfect for a Baby Shower invitation. This card features a beautiful Mom-to-be holding a paisley print pink and green umbrella and matching purse. This stylish invitation measures 5″ x 7″ and is printed on luxurious warm white card stock (recycled). Warm white envelopes are included.

    A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this product will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and other organizations promoting breast cancer awareness.

     

    This Oopsy Daisy “Umbrella Birdies” nightlight portrays a colorful bird in bright pink; ideal for your little girl’s room. This nightlight can be easily wiped clean with a soft, dry cloth and is ideal for your child’s room as it does not have a glass surface to break. You can personalize the nightlight with your child’s name or any other word or phrase like “Good Night”. This nightlight is designed by Megan & Mendy Winborg, whose biography is included with each unit.

    Wearing the Green for St Paddy’s Day

    Friday, March 15th, 2013

    It will be St Patrick’s Day this weekend and Babybox.com is ready to turn a jig! Sunday is St Paddy’s Day and to celebrate we are sporting some of our favorite green items on our blog today.

    Wearing the Green

    Personalizing your cell phone with the classic green with envy pattern is not only a fun way to hone your individual fashion, it is a smart way to differentiate your phone and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. We love this classic green with envy pattern phone cover for its style and ease of use. They simply snap on your device. Each case is custom designed with your initials and heat printed, so no chance of rubbing off or fading. Choose your initials and personalize.

     


    We love these girls green seaside print shorts with ric rac detailing. Each features two back pockets and buttons on each. The elastic waist makes these super comfortable. This fun print makes us think of a days by the sea. We love it paired with a white knit top and espadrilles. Size 18m – size 10.

     

    Get this green & pink quatrefoil plate and add joy to your mealtime. It can be personalized in your choice of design, color and font. It measures approximately 10 inches in diameter and is BPA free, non-toxic and dishwasher safe. The plate features a matte finish and is made of melamine that makes it indestructible and safe for children of all age groups. It makes a pleasant gift item for the child that will be treasured for the long time.

     

    This 25″ froggy in soft silky green plush comes with a green ribbon around the neck and embroidered facial features. A classic first soft toy for any child, each has a wonderful whimsical charm making them a perfect gift. Irresistible and huggable, this adorable froggy is all infant safe and machine washable.

     

    This green gingham duvet cover by Whistle & Wink is the perfect way to complete the Butterfly Party Twin Bedding Collection. The cover is constructed with button closures and inside corner ties so that it doesn’t slip as your child sleeps. Made from 200 count thread and is 100 % cotton percale it is soft, and comfortable.

     

    Happy St Patrick’s Day!

    Babybox.com’s Spring Flowers

    Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

    Spring might not officially arrive for another week, but flowers have been popping up all over the net already. I’ve seen pictures of crocuses, hellebores, and even the tips of a few daffodils. Well, Babybox.com has a few flowers of our own. Welcome in Spring with a few of Babybox.com’s flowers!

    Babybox.com’s Spring Flowers

    Give your child an undivided care and attention by personalizing this Spring Flowers plate in her name. This non-toxic and dishwasher safe plate is BPA free and ideal for children of all ages. It is made of melamine and is virtually indestructible. This matte finish plate has 10 inches diameter that can also be personalized in your choice of dish style, color and font. It also makes a perfect gift for the child that will be cherished for the long time.

     

    The “Spring Jazz Panoramic” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Gale Kaseguma puts on display the freshly bloomed flowers of spring in glorious hues. This top quality canvas reproduction is stretched over wood bars with no glass to break. This piece is made using the Giclee printing process and has the look and feel of an original painting. It is equipped with a wire hanger on the back for easy wall displaying so no framing is required. It can be wiped clean with a soft, dry cloth. Makes a wonderful addition to any child’s room, playroom or even beach house. Designed by artist, Jenny Kostecki with biography attached to the back.

     

    The Spring Blossom changing table dresser by Sweet Beginnings is a wonderful addition to any nursery or child’s room. The 3 foot dresser features 5 drawers and a a beautiful flower garden design. Hand crafted from solid maple, birch and poplar wood and then hand painted, this dresser can be customized in many colors to complement your decor. This sturdy furniture is of heirloom quality and will be appreciated for generations.

     

    This personalized spring flowers pattern lap tee shirt will look adorable on your little girl. Designed with mint green, fuchsia, blue, red, green and pink spring flowers print, it is classic and unique. Each lap tee short sleeve shirt is designed with convenient envelope shoulder opening and is best suited for children ages 3-18 months old. Made from 100% cotton and easy to care for. Shirts available in your choice of several colors: navy, pink, red, lavender, baby blue, brown, gray or white.

    A Few New Tees

    Monday, March 11th, 2013

    It’s not quite swimsuit weather in Connecticut just yet, but t-shirts are certainly in order with the warmer winds that are blowing now. With less than a week to go, I think that Spring is certainly in the air. Finally! I think that calls for a little spotlight on some of the fabulous tees that Babybox.com carries. Don’t you? Here are a few of our newest t-shirts that we have on offer.

    A Few New Tees

    This personalized ladybug pattern long sleeve tee shirt will look adorable on your little girl. Designed with fuschia and pink-brown ladybug 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.

    Shirts available in your choice of several colors: white, pink, red, black, brown, navy, light blue, baby blue, or gray. They come in sizes 2T, 4T or 6T. If you prefer, this pattern is also available in short and long sleeve lap tees, capsleeve, baseball, tank tops and of course short and long sleeve shirts in a variety of sizes.

     

    He is going to love how soft this polo stripe tee is and you are going to love how put together he looks in it, well at least for a little while! Comes in a beautiful bright turquoise, a muted gray and a crisp red. Great for any beach club outings. New from Kayce Hughes/Pears & Bears!

     

    Sweet ruffles and a gathered cap sleeves accent our Short sleeve ruffle crewneck tee. Features single button in back for easy dressing. 100% Pima cotton; machine wash. Available in solid white. Sizes 12m-6y (please note that infant sizes do not have a snap closure).

     

    Our new favorite polo shirt reinterpreted for the little man in your life features sweet peter pan collar and reinforced snap closure for easy diaper changes. Throw this on and off you go! Select from three of the season’s best stripe combos! Comes in mini red stripe, navy & white stripe, sky blue & white stripe.

     

    Soft and easy to wear, our new favorite outfit for baby girls, the Sally Swing Top with bloomer is simply precious. Soft pima throughout with easy ties at the shoulder. Available in rouge/blue stripe or pink circles print. Sizes 3m – 24m

     

    There are plenty more tees available for girls and boys from Kayce Hughes/Pears & Bears, Bella Bliss, Busy Bees, plus our many personalized tees!

    March 8th: International Women’s Day 2013

    Friday, March 8th, 2013

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    Women; we are strong, passionate, caring, understanding, sympathetic, empathetic, intuitive, inspirational and so much more. We hold jobs, run households, raise children and act as friends, companions and confidantes to many. So why is it that women still earn unequal pay, as compared to male counterparts in much of the world? Why do women still suffer violence at the hands of their partners, fathers and others? How is it that women are still underrepresented in government positions and boardrooms alike in many of the world’s countries? When are all women going to be offered education, regardless of their sex. What is it going to take to improve the health of women worldwide?

    The answer? Recognizing and celebrating International Women’s Day.

    cutout monogram necklace (14k white, yellow or rose gold) by moon and lola

    At the turn of the 19th Century, the state of women was very different than it is today. Working conditions for those who took employment out of the home consisted of long hours, poor pay and a lack of voice. In 1909, the first National Women’s Day was held on February 28th in the United States, to increase recognition of women’s inequality and oppression. By 1911, women around the world rallied to create an international day to celebrate women and on March 19th the first celebration was held in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. This date was moved to March 8th in 1913 and has been celebrated on this day ever since.

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    The theme for International Women’s Day this year is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”. While the safety, equality and health of women has improved immensely in many places in the world, that is not the case everywhere. According to statistics from the United Nations website, Worldwide today:

            • Up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16.
            • Globally, 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.
            • Up to 70% of women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.
            • Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18…

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    Those numbers are completely unacceptable. They also let us know that there is still much to be done to improve the health, safety and recognition of women worldwide. How do you improve the condition of women? Does the company you work for recognize International Women’s Day or celebrate it in any way? Do you help to organize, or even take the time to attend any events for International Women’s Day? Please take the time to add your voice to a movement well worth recognizing for all the girls and women in the world today that need all the help they can get.

    All women deserve to feel safe and empowered today and every day…

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