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    Teacher Gift Ideas

    Friday, May 31st, 2013

    Tomorrow is June 1st. The last month of school for the kids! If your children are anything like mine, they must be bursting at the seams with excitement. They just can’t wait for those lazy days of summer to begin! First they have to get through the last of those school days though.

    That reminds me. Have you picked up a teacher gift yet? Are you still looking for ideas? has some solutions for you!

    Teacher Gifts Ideas

    This stationery set is the perfect gift for the teacher in your life. Your teacher friends and family will love to send notes on these simple and cheery cards.

    • Available as a set of 12 flat note cards or 24 flat note cards – 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (A2)
    • Two colors – red and sour apple green
    • Printed on bright white 100% cotton stock
    • Coordinating red and sour apple green envelopes
    • Packaged in a recyclable kraft brown box***


    Celebrate a special teacher with our hand painted frame featuring their name and school. Can be custom designed in the color of your choice and is finished along the edge with coordinating grosgrain ribbon. A very welcome and special gift. Available in size 4 x 6 and 5 x 7. Shown here in white with navy writing.


    Any teacher would appreciate this thoughtful gift! Our Aqua Mineral Signature Spa Soaps are some of the finest quality soaps available. This three soap set features Aqua Mineral: Antique White in color (Safe for Sensitive Skin & Noses ? water based fragrance) simple, gentle & clean. Each Vermont made soap is a generous 5 ounces, vegetable based and triple-milled for long lasting lather. Each bar is individually & intricately carved.

    This special carving style, beyond engraving, is uniquely definitive with each bar elegantly presented. Refresh, cleanse, rejuvenate, and be spoiled with these quality personalized soaps deserving of your discerning taste. Our Signature Spa Collection is a gorgeous blend of today’s most intriguing and sought after colors & fragrances all in one! Made using pure essential oils, you will feel like you are taking a spa escape, a true aromatherapy experiences full of botanical and herbal scents. Never ending personalization options to suit any taste level or style! A complete sensory experience.


    We love this classic green with envy lucite clipboard and we think your child’s teacher will too! Dry erase clipboards are great for office, school or home and are multifunctional. For to do lists, cards, coupons, homework, these clipboards are great for so many uses and especially any time you need a hard surface to write on. Features dry-erase board on the back. Measures 9 x 12.5. Included in the price is the option to personalize your board adding a gentle touch of sophistication as well. A must have grab and go accessory for anyone. This gift beasts a fruit basket, hands down!


    What else do you think your child’s teacher would appreciate?

    Nursery Rhymes at

    Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

    french changing table (nursery rhyme)

    There was an old lady
    who lived in a shoe.
    She had so many children
    she didn’t know what to do…

    Regardless of how many children you have, there will be space for them all on this Art For Kids french changer in nursery rhyme motif. That is if you change them one at a time…


    nursery rhyme motif table set

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
    All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
    Couldn’t put Humpty together again!

    If you had set poor Humpty up at the nursery rhyme motf table set he would have had a much better time of it, I’m sure. It comes with two chairs, so there is only space for one of the kings to sit with Humpty, but I’m sure they could figure it out…


    hand colored nursery rhyme – simple simon wall art by green frog art

    Simple Simon met a pieman,
    Going to the fair.
    Said Simple Simon to the pieman,
    “Let me taste your ware.”

    Said the pieman unto Simon,
    “Show me first your penny.”
    Said Simple Simon to the pieman,
    “Indeed I have not any.”

    A shame indeed to not have a penny when in need, but the morals unfold as Simple Simon’s story unfolds. You can share them with your child on this hand colored nursery rhyme – Simple Simonw by Green Frog Art.


    personalized nursery themed birth tile

    Hey, diddle, diddle,
    The cat and the fiddle,
    The cow jumped over the moon.
    The little dog laughed
    To see such sport,
    And the dish ran away with the spoon.

    That’s quite the game to play, but the personalized nursery themed birth tile captures it all nicely, don’t you think?


    Or enjoy all kinds of nursery rhymes with the delightful images on the french full door armoire (nursery rhymes). Don’t forget to read to your children. It is the best gift you can ever give to them!

    french full door armoire (nursery rhymes)

    *All verses are traditional nursery rhymes

    Last Day For Memorial Day Sale!

    Monday, May 27th, 2013

    Happy Memorial Day!

    The sun is shining and it is a glorious day. Want to know what makes it even better?’s Memorial Day Sale is still on! You better hurry though, as today is the last day of this super sale. The more you spend, the more you save! How’s that for a good reason to get shopping?!

    Memorial Day Weekend Savings

    To Get 15 % Off Use Coupon Code: MEMORIAL15 (orders over $100)
    To Get 20% Off Use Coupon Code: MEMORIAL20 (orders over $200)
    To Get 25% Off Use Coupon Code: MEMORIAL25 (orders over $1000)


    So what to buy? How about this festive sleeveless party dress with heart smocking big blue gingham! There’s nothing like delicate fine hand smocking to make a girls dress special. This dress is perfect for all your summer and spring parties with its beautiful details and fun pattern. Your girls will have fun spinning in this easy to wear, gorgeous dress. Great choice for a Patriotic celebration as well with classic blue gingham and white and red heart smocking.


    Maybe you could also pick up some stars & stripes children’s mary jane shoes! Stars & Stripes hand-painted mary jane shoes for your little girl are oh so patriotic! Available in infant/toddler whole sizes 1 – 10. These cute shoes are the perfect thing for your little girl to run around in this summer, and oh so comfortable. Shoes come with coordinating removable hair-clip bows (may or may not be those pictured, depending on what is in stock).


    Dad might also like one of these patriotic cutting boards. Add a modern feel and style to your kitchen counter top or outdoor patio with our personalized Clairebella stars pattern tempered glass cutting board! Just in time for 4th of July! Make your festivities the ones to be at. This is definitely not your run-of-the-mill cutting board that you keep tucked away in a drawer when you’re not chopping something for dinner or cocktails. These boards are stylish enough to be left out after use purely as decoration. Perfect for practical cooking, but equally useful when used as a serving board (cut and arrange cheeses for the buffet table) or a decorative addition to the kitchen island. Custom designed in any design or colorway with a monogram, name or cute phrase suited to taste. Perfect gift for weddings, bridal showers or the holidays.


    You can’t beat a making a new friend on the holidays though. Meet our friend, the Sweeters Knit Pal – USA, made of 100% cotton and hand-knit brightly using patriotic bright colors. It is sure to bring joy to all little boys and girls.

    Great as a 4th of July gift or to display your patriotism on days like today.

    With their zany stripes and colorful clothes, these adorable friends are the perfect combination of color and imagination. So soft and cuddly, Sweeters Pals make a truly unique gift.


    Whatever you are thinking, is sure to have something to tempt you, what with the thousands of items that we carry, many available personalized. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Have a great Memorial Day!

    Memorial Day Savings!

    Friday, May 24th, 2013

    Well, I don’t want to put a damper on your weekend, but a day splashing at the beach might not be in the cards this Memorial Day weekend, at least in Connecticut. Hopefully the long weekend will bring warmer temperatures in your part of the world, but don’t let the cool weather get you down. Who cares what the thermometer says, it is still the start of summer! That is worth a celebration in’s books any day. That is why we are hosting our Memorial Day Sale.


    personalized red, white & blue shirt

    That’s right, with a nod to the fine men and women who have fought and sacrificed for this great country of ours, we are slashing 20-30% off everything in the store. For every order of $100+, take 20% off with code MEMORIAL15. The savings grow the more you spend though! Spend $200+ and use code MEMORIAL20 to get 20% off your order. Orders over $1000 receive 25% off with code MEMORIAL25. Or taking a whopping 30% off orders of $4000+ with MEMORIAL30. Now THAT is something to get really excited about!


    personalized insulated tumblers

    So what’s on sale? Well, how about EVERYTHING! There is plenty of fabulous summer wear to choose from in our children’s clothing lines. We’ve got great items to buy for Dad in celebration of this upcoming Father’s Day. If you don’t have teacher gifts yet, you can peruse’s Teacher Gifts section as well. Plus, we know that the weather will eventually improve and you might need a hostess gift or two for all the swank summer soirees you will attend. has everything you need!


    wine stemware set of 4 – (glass) personalized

    Think about the hot, lazy summer days to come. You’ll be sipping cool drinks poolside. Chasing kids at the local splash pad. Jumping waves at the beach. Or maybe just relaxing with a good book on your new kindle or iPad. That is what summer is all about! And in case you forgot, here’s a reminder of our wonderful savings to expect when you’re shopping this weekend!


    del mar ipad 1, 2, 3 folio cover

    Memorial Day Weekend Savings
    Use Coupon Code: MEMORIAL15 (orders over $100)
    Use Coupon Code: MEMORIAL20 (orders over $200)
    Use Coupon Code: MEMORIAL25 (orders over $1000)
    Use Coupon Code: MEMORIAL30 (orders over $4000)

    Coupon Offer Expire: 5/27

    Have a great Long Weekend everyone!

    Do You Have A Towel?

    Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

    children’s wall mural – in space

    “Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the drug store, but that’s just peanuts to space.” ~ Douglas Adams


    personalized vinyl labels – outer space

    That it is. And while contemplating the vastness of the galaxy from the comfort of a field one night (there may have been some alcohol involved), Douglas Adams came up with the idea for “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. The original premise of a young man being cast adrift in the galaxy after the Earth has been destroyed to make way for an intergalactic super highway, spawned a highly successful weekly radio show on the BBC. It later made its way to the US, but really got its claim to fame when Adams turned the series into the Hitchhiker’s trilogy (in 5 parts) of books. You have to understand his humor to get it.

    personalized space name plaque


    People from all over the world have read the amusing tales that saw Arthur Dent exploring the many corners of the Universe with various alien folk. Adams sold over 15 million books in his lifetime, as well as receiving several Golden Pan awards (paperback sales of 1 million) and seeing three of his books make it onto the New York Times Bestseller list. He also received the Waterstone’s Books/Channel Four list of the One Hundred Greatest Books of the Century in 1996, making these space exploration books very popular indeed.


    shark hooded towel

    Sadly, his days of creating hilarious space exploration novels were cut short when Adams died in 2001, of a sudden heart attack at the age of 49. He left behind a legion of followers who very quickly organized a fitting tribute to the author of the Hitchhiker’s trilogy – they organized Towel Day. If you haven’t read the series then you probably don’t understand the significance of a towel, but it is considered one of the most important items for any interstellar hitchhiker. On May 25th, 2001, a mere two weeks after Adams’ death, the first Towel Day was held. Every year since then, fans have been encouraged to carry a towel to commemorate their appreciation of their favorite author.

    This weekend holds May 25th. Do You have your towel?


    Books in the Hitchhikers Trilogy by Douglas Adams;

    • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
    • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
    • Life, the Universe and Everything
    • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
    • Mostly Harmless



    Getting Ready for Memorial Day

    Monday, May 20th, 2013

    Only five more days til the first long weekend of summer!Is everyone excited? Do you have plans for Memorial Day? Maybe camping, a day at the beach, gardening or opening the cottage? Or perhaps you would rather just relax and enjoy the long weekend in your backyard, possibly poolside? Now that sounds like a plan!


    Whatever your plans, if the sun comes out you will need a hat. The Bella Bliss sunhat is 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! Perfect for boys and girls. Features:

    • Available in navy, blue and pink stripe, solid white or kelly green dot
    • Sizes XS (6-12m), S (12m-18m), M (18m-24m), L (2-3)
    • Can be monogrammed (Additional Cost)

    If you are itching to get to the beach, then grab sunscreen and some swimsuits for the kids. If you love bikinis then you’ll love our new 3 piece mint green stripe bikini set. Our halter style bikini in fun summer stripe that comes with a matching hibiscus UV 50+ rash top. The girls will be happy and look great and the moms are happy they are safe from the sun. To be extra sun safe please wear your rash top between the hours of 11-3pm when the suns rays are at there worst.

  has suits for the boys in your life too. We love our new Snapper Rock short sleeve sun suit in Marine Blue, Green and White. This will protect your baby boy at the beach or pool this summer. The charming sun suits provide broad-spectrum sun protection, blocking 99% of all harmful rays. Less sunscreen is needed on delicate skins. Match with Flap hats for complete sun protection.


    A towel might come in handy too, if the plan is to get wet at all. These amazingly soft and plush terry cabana stripe towels are a must have for every household. They can be personalized with each child’s name, lending a hand to a very well organized beach bag! Great to bring to the beach clubs and country clubs as well.


    Now all you need is a bag to tuck all your essentials into. I think the large coral monogrammed becky basket bag will do. This unique and sophisticated Becky basket bag features coral single letter monogram shown on black ribbon. Single initial only. 11″ tall x 13.5″ x 5.5″ deep. Big enough to carry your sunscreen, towels, a snack  and drinks, plus maybe even that first summer romance novel of the season.


    Welcome summer!’s Tribute to Queen Victoria

    Friday, May 17th, 2013

    There is a long weekend in Canada this weekend. Those lucky Canadians are celebrating Victoria Day with a holiday on Monday! I suppose wishing happy birthday to anyone is worth celebrating though, don’t you think? This celebration is for the late Queen Victoria, who was born May 24, 1819 in London, England. She took the throne when she was a mere 18 years old and reigned for the next 63 years, effectively becoming the longest reigning British monarch, as well as the longest reigning Queen regent in the world. They have been celebrating her birthday (May 24th) in Canada since 1845. It wasn’t until 1952 that the date was fixed to the Monday before May 25th. And so a permanent long weekend was born!

    So grab your tiara’s and let loose this weekend Canada. We’ll get our long weekend next weekend for Memorial Day. Until then have fun celebrating your unofficial start to the summer.

    Babybox’s Tribute to Queen Victoria

    It wouldn’t be a royal celebration with recognizing Victoria’s country of birth. Time to wave the British flag! The “British Flag” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Aaron Christensen turns the classic British flag into a modern masterpiece with cool shades and paint splatter design. 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, 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 Aaron Christensen and it comes with his biography attached to the back.

    This Queen Mom notepad from the Bonnie Marcus Collection features a hip pink and orange background with Mom’s official crown! The text on the note pad reads ‘Mom is always right (even when she is wrong)”. I suspect Queen Victoria would have approved.

    Note Pads measure 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

    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.


    Do you think that baby Victoria would have liked these royal sheets? The Victoria crib bedding ensemble by Lulla Smith, shown here in all ivory, is ethereal. The Ivory Dupioni silk bumper is shown with a Striped Silk Organza overlay and Organza flange, and signature 4″ Ties. Solid silk skirt with Striped Silk Organza hem is a nice finishing touch. Fit for royalty and your little one too!


    Every princess and of course queen needs a tiara, so here is one of’s finest. The “Royal Princess Tiara” personalized canvas wall hanging by Dish and Spoon Productions will make your child the queen of her own fairyland. This lovely designer dress twinkles with organza ribbons, iridescent glitters and Swarowski crystals and pearls. 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, from by taking the original design of lovely children’s artist Stacey Harnisch.


    Your little princess will love to Pretend with our Oopsy Daisy growth chart. Pretend to be a ballerina, pretend to be a queen or a movie star as your child gazes at this piece. Beautiful artwork covers this growth chart and it will be the perfect addition to any girl’s nursery or room. Your child is going to grow quickly, so celebrate every magical milestone with this wonderful growth chart! Measures 12″ x 42″, enough to take you all the way from the infant years to late toddler years. Along the way, there’s pure fun — the chart features whimsical images in eye-catching colors to compliment every child’s room. Can be personalized with child’s name.


    Happy Victoria Day Canada!’s Gardens

    Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

    I think its safe to say that Spring is here to stay. In fact, we just might be able to look forward to summer-like weather. There is sunshine in the forecast for this weekend in Connecticut. How is your weekend shaping up where you are?

    With temperatures finally feeling warm enough to get outside, garden centres are open for business again. I have seen people planting pansies, but it might almost be time to get some other annuals out there to spruce up your yard.That is if have a green thumb I suppose. Of course, if you would rather just appreciate the garden without the work, you could always hire a neighborhood kid to do the digging for you!’s Gardens

    This “Garden Party” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Caroline Blum is a gorgeous and varied landscape full of life that lives up to its name. 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 Caroline Blum and it comes with the designer’s biography attached to the back.


    The 5 Arm Pink/Green Flower Garden Chandelier with Pink Daisy Petal Shades is a charming addition to any room. The pretty lighting fixture features scrolling soft green arms dotted with leaves culminating in a beautiful white washed pink petal flowers. A splattering of crystals and draping beads add a little sparkle. The fixture is adorned with exquisite daisy petal shades. These scalloped edge pink dupioni chandelier shades are sprinkled with pink pearl daisies and bright pink embroidery. It is sure to enhance your decor.


    This Trellis Garden bookcase by Sweet Beginnings features a charming and delicate hand painted sweet design. The bookcase is designed to be extra sturdy with deep shelves that hold just about every size of book that your child might imagine and still have room for future favorites. Most bookcases have many colors to choose from, so that you can truly customize the piece to match any child’s room or decor. The bookcases top and bottom styles can be customized as well. Perfect for girls, the bookcase works well with other pieces in the Sweet Beginnings collection or by itself!


    This Oopsy Daisy “Flower Garden” nightlight brings all the colors and beauty of a garden into your little nature lover’s room. This nightlight can be easily wiped clean with a soft, dry cloth and is ideal for your child’s room as it does not have a glass surface to break. You can personalize the nightlight with your child’s name or any other word or phrase like “Good Night”. This nightlight is designed by Jill McDonald, whose biography is included with each unit.


    Hope your garden grows well this year!

    Teacher Gift Ideas from

    Monday, May 13th, 2013

    School is rapidly coming to an end for another year. The kids are writing their final reports and projects, as well as studying for the last of their tests and exams. Or in the case of the younger grades, continuing to paint, draw and learn their ABCs and 123s. I’m sure it has been an exciting year for your little ones. It has also been a busy year for their teachers, in the process of getting to know your children and their likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. Now times that by the 15-20 other kids in your child’s class, and you’ve got a super-hero of an individual trying to assist your child to excel in their school career to the best of their ability. Those teachers deserve kudos for all they do.

    The end of the school year is an excellent time to say thank you to the hard-working teachers that have been a part of your child’s life all year. Hand-written heart-felt sentiments go an awfully long way in expressing that, but sometimes a little something to show your appreciation doesn’t hurt either. has some suggestions for fabulous teacher gifts that will let them know how much you appreciate all they do.’s Teacher Gifts

    Make sure this one is stocked and ready when you hand it over, as the last day of school is sure to be teary! Add a special touch to your teacher’s classroom with our custom painted tissue box covers. Every classroom has tissues so every teacher would love this on her desk. Features teacher’s name and or/ grade. Shown here in red, blue and white but available in any color of your choice. If you want us to color match a room, send us an image once ordered and we will match it as best as possible.


    Looking for the perfect teacher gift that is both unique and useful? These custom bookplates are the ideal thank-you gift for your child’s teachers!

    This set of 16 personalized bookplates are printed on adhesive backing, so they’re ready to peel and stick into favorite books.

    They’ll arrive packaged in a clear cello sleeve. Measure Size: 2.5″ x 3.75″

    Makes a great gift for your child’s teacher!


    These personalized Memo Sets “Apples to Apples” 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!


    Or go for something your favorite teacher will appreciate after a long day at school – personalized soaps. This soap set is fabulous, both for its meaning and for its fine quality. This large set of six luxurious soaps, features an individual message written on each paired with the scent of each. Each soap is 100% Vegetable Based, Triple-Milled for Luxurious Lather. The freshest Personalized Soap in the Marketplace, all presented in scent complimenting colors, with gentle yet intoxicating scents (all oils are balance-infused with no over-powering perfume fragrances).
    Just in time for Mother’s Day, end of year teacher appreciation gifts, Birthdays, Summer Hostess Thank yous and Weddings! Doesn’t that special friend need a little spoiling for the Journey? You know YOU deserve it!

    Happy Mother’s Day Ladies

    Friday, May 10th, 2013

    This weekend is all about MOM!

    It is Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, May 12th. What better time to celebrate all things MUMMY? knows a thing or two about Mamas. I bet you do too. Can you relate to these sentiments about your own dear Mum?

    Happy Mother’s Day

    market sling from serena & lily – flax/sky blue

    • Mummies bring babies into the world
    • Moms kiss booboos after their little ones fall down
    • Mamas give the best goodnight hugs and chase away any nightmares when they threaten
    • Mothers teach children Right from wrong
    • Mommies reward their kiddos with dessert after feats like saving the world from dastardly blanket invasions

    Plus, they have been known to perform a few other actions that aren’t always understood right away, despite maybe being good for you;

    personalized plate diamond pattern

    • Mothers aren’t afraid to scold kids when run they into the street before looking
    • Mums have been known to give evil eyes after dinner is eaten with fingers instead of forks
    • Mammas send their babies to bed when they are too tired to function anymore, despite adamant denials otherwise
    • Mommas make children try all kinds of food before they are allowed to pass judgement on whether it is liked or not
    • Ma forces kiddos to get dressed before heading out to school every day

    For all that they are, we love them and want them to know it. So we do whatever we can to show it, like;

    crayola crayon apron – pink stripe

    • Make our beds the best we can (lumps notwithstanding)
    • Give big wet, sloppy kisses, just because
    • Create artwork to fill a multitude of fridges
    • Pick flowers to present to her, whether they be your prize petunias or simple dandelions
    • Surprise you with breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day morning (we love burnt toast and coffee with grinds in it!)

    And for our part at, we’d like to add a few more suggestions of what Mom might really want this Mother’s Day. She wants;

    personalized baby announcement frame

    • To sleep in
    • To not have to do laundry
    • To have a meal made for her
    • That homemade card from her precious children (and maybe a bought treat or two!)
    • To receive a million and one hugs and kisses from the people she loves best in the world – her KIDS


    Happy Mother’s Day ladies! Hope it’s a special day for you.

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