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    Summer Activities for Kids

    Friday, June 28th, 2013

    How long have your children been out of school for now? Are they still excited, or have they started to whine about being bored yet? Do you still have items on your “fun stuff to do with the kids” list? Do you need a few more ideas to add to it, before they drive you insane?

    Summer Activities For Kids

    personalized kitchen stickers

    Personalized kitchen stickers are perfect for labeling your strawberry jam!

    Young children love to help. They make natural gardeners, especially when it is time to harvest yummy goodness from the garden. While there might not be too much ready for harvesting in your back garden yet, June is the perfect month for berry picking. Strawberries are coming to a close in many areas, but blueberries are taking over in the picking department. Both are delicious to eat, and make for a fun family excursion to pick. Once you get home you can continue to eat them raw, or get creative with making pies, jams and jellies. A little strawberry jam mid-winter is enough to bring back warm summer memories and the fun you had together as a family.


    personalized double deck playing cards

    Anyone up for cards with these personalized double deck playing cards?

    We have had our fair share of rain so far this summer, which makes for not the best beach days, but perfect for indoor activities. Instead of watching the rain fall, why not grab a game and make the best of it with some family fun indoors. Teach your kids how to shuffle with these personalized double deck playing cards. They will be the envy of their friends next school year, especially when they show off how many new card games they have learned. Think Memory, Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Rummy, War, or even introduce the game of Cribbage for the more advanced card players out there.


    road hog tricycle

    Why not host a road hog tricycle play-date?

    How about arranging a play-date with some other neighborhood kids? Don’t feel like you need to spend every waking minute with your children. Sometimes they just need to spend time with friends their own age. Kids need to laugh, giggle and be silly, and doing that with someone your own age is sometimes the perfect remedy to boredom. All you need to do is provide snacks and a drink or two, and your kids can provide the rest of the magic, while you enjoy a little freedom from being entertainment organizer for a few hours.


    camping wall art

    Relive the fun memories all year with this camping wall art

    It wouldn’t be summer without a camping trip getting planned. There is just something about escaping from the everyday and exploring all that Mother Nature has to offer. Discover wildlife, go boating and swimming, or just relax by the campfire at night with a scary ghost story or two. A camping trip is not only fun, but a great way for your busy family to reconnect after a long school year has come to a close.


     What activities do you have planned for the kids this summer?

    Nursery Rhyme Time with Bunnies

    Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
    fatboy co9 rabbit bean bag lime

    fatboy co9 rabbit bean bag lime

    The Funny Bunny

    Here is a bunny
    With ears so funny,
    And here is her hole
    In the ground.
    A noise she hears.
    She pricks up her ears,
    And jumps into the hole
    In the ground!



    organic cotton hand knit bunny

    organic cotton hand knit bunny

    Sleeping Bunnies

    See the bunnies sleeping till it’s nearly noon
    Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
    They`re so still, are they ill?
    Wake up little bunnies!
    Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
    Hop, hop, hop – Hop, hop, hop
    Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
    Hop, hop, hop…



    classic enchanted forest rabbits framed art print

    classic enchanted forest rabbits framed art print



    Little Peter Rabbit

    Peter rabbit had a fly upon his nose,
    Peter rabbit had a fly upon his nose,
    Peter rabbit had a fly upon his nose,
    so he flipped it and he flapped it and the fly flew away.



    changing table a bunny in the garden

    changing table a bunny in the garden

    Run Rabbit, Run

    Run rabbit, run rabbit
    Run! Run! Run!
    Run rabbit, run rabbit
    Run! Run! Run!
    Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
    Goes the farmer’s gun
    Run rabbit, run rabbit
    Run! Run! Run!
    Run rabbit, run rabbit
    Run! Run! Run!
    Don’t give the farmer his fun!
    Fun! Fun!
    He’ll get by without his rabbit pie
    So run rabbit, run rabbit


    What’s your favorite bunny rabbit nursery rhyme?’s Summer Wear

    Monday, June 24th, 2013

    Summer has arrived and with it the heat. Can you say HOT! I say bring it on. With all the great summer outfits to be had, we need some summer loving to show off’s summer wardrobe.’s Summer Wear

    milling racer back overall - madras plaid Instantly fall in love with our classic, red madras plaid refined Milling Racerback Overall, a comfy warm-weather essential for playdates and picnics.

    100% Cotton. Snap bottom closure. Front pocket perfect for a monogram. Comes in sizes 3m – 4t.


    pink and orange fish bubble by cpc designs The pink and orange fish Seersucker Bubble by CPC Designs is comfortable and pretty for a Spring/Summer day. The timeless bubble features flutter sleeves, tie back and snaps between the legs for easy changes. 100% cotton. Machine washable. This product is made in the USA. Sizes 3-6 m up to 3t.


    camp shirt turquoise gingham We love the new crisp and bright turquoise camp shirt for this coming season. Perfect styling, this new camp shirt on boys is not too dressy or too casual. Perfect with a pair of jeans, khakis or a pair of our boy’s shorts. Sizes 18 m – 8.


    molly dress with bow The Sweet Molly dress will be a nice addition to any little girl’s Spring or Summer wardrobe. With fluttering cap sleeves, shoulder bow and pleated a-line shape, she will love twirling in this beautiful dress. Easy to care for, the self tie bow is detachable. Buttons in back. Fully lined. 100% cotton; machine wash.


    green seaside girls side pocket shorts 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.


    sun hat by busy bees kids  (many prints available) Busy Bees classic cotton lined sun hats with velcro closure give an effortlessly chic flair to essential sun protection. 100% cotton. Adjustable velcro strap. Available in white eyelet, blue/pink floral, red gingham check, raspberry red dot, navy seersucker stripe, navy eyelet, white twill, navy twill. s, m, l, xl.

    First Base with

    Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

    On June 19, 1846 in Hobocken, New Jersey the first official game of (knickerbocker) baseball was played. There had been other versions of our national pastime played in the US since the 1830s, and earlier games of a similar nature played in England in the 1700s, but that inaugural game on June 19th between the New York Knickerbockers and the New York Nine began a love affair that continues to this day. America’s national sport has evolved since that day, but it is still grips the hearts of fans all over the continent every season. And for that reason, salutes baseball today.

    First Base with

    baby's first baseball glove The first thing you need to appreciate the sport of baseball is your very own glove. Now this is the Perfect Gift for any All-American Baby. It will certainly 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. Block font is the only font available.


    personalized baby baseball cap Almost as important as the glove is the essential baseball hat for any budding pinch hitter. What better gift for a baby who has everything than a personalized baby baseball hat. Available in two sizes; Infant (sized for babies up to 12 months old) and Toddler (sized for babies 12-18 months). This gift is not only adorable, but practical as well. White hats with your choice of embroidery colors – perfect for a baby boy or girl. Choose a first name initial, last name initial or any letter you like.


    america's favorite pastime wall art Now how about a little inspiration? Some baseball themed wall art is just the ticket. The “America’s Favorite Pastime” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Aaron Christensen is created with a vintage style that combines all the best aspects of old-time baseball. 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.


    personalized baseball blanket with name Now all you need to do is wrap your little pitcher into a baseball blanket. Just because Baseball and Boys are a match made in heaven. This baseball blanket is perfect for your little slugger. Each features their Name, Baseball Bat and Ball. This blanket will look perfect in any little boys room. Measuring 36î x 53î this will become their favorite cuddling companion. With wide varieties of available hues and fonts, it is perfect to match any decor. 100% soft acrylic never shrinks or fades as it is very long lasting. Also available in luxury cashmere. Sample shown in Navy/Bleach White and Copperplate Font.


    Now take me out to the ballgame, cus I don’t care if I never get back…

    Safari Adventures

    Monday, June 17th, 2013

    Up and at em! Today is the perfect day for a Safari. Whether there be blue skies in your world or not, grab your imagination and set out for adventure. Animals await…

    Jump on this life size giraffe for Safari adventures!


    safari embroidered puff pants sun set - blue - by gordonsbury First things first, you need to dress for the part. This Safari Puff Pants Sun Set by Gordonsbury is perfect for your baby’s day out. The puff pants are blue gingham with check edging and adorable safari friends embroidery. The hat is blue gingham embroidered with a monkey and palm tree that reverses to a blue check. The t-shirt is 100% cotton with a monkey and palm tree. Each piece is hand embroidered with great attention to detail. This set with the puff pants, hat, and t-shirt will definitely be your baby’s most fun and functional outfit.


    safari parade framed canvas wall art by doodlefish A little inspiration for the hunt doesn’t hurt either. These animals will be just the thing! The Safari Parade giclée prints on canvas by Doodlefish is a wonderful addition to any room or nursery. The classic and adorable animal print is a reproduction that looks and feels like the original artwork. They are mounted on canvas mats, feature hand painted detail and are finished with a sweet frame. They also coordinate perfectly with the Doodlefish Bedding Collections. Choose your frame color and make this wall art a unique addition to your decor.


    personalized safari friends plate girl Going on Safari can be hungry work. Anyone in need of a snack? Bring joy to any mealtime with this hand painted safari plate in soft pastel pallette. This sweet and fun plate is 100% hand painted featuring blue skies and safari friends marching in line across the center. Finished along the rim with your child’s name and birth information. This safari plate can be ordered in small 8 inch diameter or larger 10 inch diameter. This plate is painted with eco-friendly glazes to make it lead free and food safe. It is a wonderful gift idea for any baby as well as for a baby shower occasion. This beautiful tableware will be celebrated and cherished for years to come. It will make a beautiful childhood memory that will bring smiles to any little girl.


    safari in sand crib bedding set After a long day on Safari, it is time for a little shut-eye. New Arrivals Inc. Safari in Sand crib baby bedding set is the perfect choice for any aspiring adventurers, either girl or boy! The bumper is made of our White Denim fabric with Safari in Sand cording and ties. The bumper is slip covered for easy cleaning. Crib Sheet is made from Petite Dots in Khaki fabric. 17″ tailored skirt is made of Safari in Sand with panels of Biscuit Solid. The three piece baby bedding set includes bumper, sheet and skirt. Make it a four piece set by adding the coordinating blanket, made of Safari in Sand fabric with Biscuit Solid flange. Choose optional monogramming for your baby bedding, which is available in a variety of fonts & colors {Monogramming Examples}. See coordinating accessories. Handmade in the USA.


    Hope your Safari is great with a little help from!

    Flag Day

    Friday, June 14th, 2013

    Here’s to the good ole Stars and Stripes! We have had them since 1777 and have been celebrating Flag Day on June 14th since President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it should be so in 1916. Congress was a little slower to agree, only establishing an Act of Congress in 1949, but I suppose we can cut them a little slack since our allegiance is still going strong today. And why not?! America is a beautiful country where we should be proud to fly our glorious flag! Do you have your flags flapping this week?’s Flags

    Put your little guys best foot forward with the STARS & STRIPES SHORTALL. He will be a hit at the parade! The blue seersucker shortall features double buttons on each shoulder and snaps between the legs for easy changes. Front pocket features an embroidered American Flag. 65% cotton/35% polyester. Machine washable.

    This product is proudly made in the USA.


    Celebrate the USA with fun fourth of July  or Flag Day photos in this hand painted frame…all year long! The red, white and blue, American Flag design is patriotic and decorative. A coordinating gingham ribbon along the outside border of the frame completes the fabulous design. The frame is available in a couple of sizes. Makes a great gift!


    Stars & Stripes handpainted mary jane shoes for your little girl are oh so patriotic! Available in infant/toddler whole sizes 1 – 10, to ensure your little girl can celebrate in style.

    Maryjanes do not come in sizes larger than a 10. If you would like this style in a sneaker (comes in youth sizes) please let me know – the cost is $3 more for this on a size 11/12 sneaker.

    Shoes come with coordinating removeable hairclip bows (may or may not be those pictured, depending on what is in stock)


    These Nantucket hand painted wooden wall letters (“Simply Patriotic” Design) are the perfect addition for any nursery, children’s bedroom, playroom or bathroom. Each wooden wall letter is hand painted and is one of a kind. The letters are sanded, primed and then painted to match ANY theme you desire. (If you provide us with a sample or the name and manufacturer of your child’s bedding, we will coordinate the letters to match. We welcome swatches as well as links so that we may match your theme as closely as possible.) You can spell out your child’s name for the bedroom or the words “bath”, “let’s play!” etc. to add some fun to the bath and playroom. Please let us know if you have something special in mind for the designing of your letters. Ribbon is available upon request, otherwise hardware will be attached to your order. You are not limited to the designs you see on this web site. Custom order requests are welcome…


    Happy Flag Day America!’s Boats: Grab a Paddle!

    Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

    I might have to trade in my umbrella for a boat with all this rain!

    Rain, rain,
    PLEASE go Away!

    Grab your galoshes folks. The weather is crummy in our parts, so I am bringing out the… Boats!

    The Nautical Toile hand painted toy box by Sweet Beginnings is a beautiful and practical accessory for your room. The toy box features a charming hand painted toile drawings of boats, compasses, anchors and other nautical symbols. The chest is designed to function as a spacious toy bin and bench seat. The elegant and beautifully detailed box can store all of your child’s toys as well as extra pillows, blankets or comforters in any room. Available in many base colors, we recommend using a light shade to enhance the design. Finely crafted, there is a space between the base of the chest and the lid to prevent a child’s fingers from becoming caught. The toy box is a great addition to your room!


    This “Boy of the Sea” personalized wall art from Oopsy Daisy by artist Shelly Kennedy brings the colorful and exciting world of boats and ships into your little sailor’s 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. 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, Shelly Kennedy with biography attached to the back.


    This classic embroidered sail boat crib bedding entitled “sailing seas” is custom made to order and a classic choice for any nautical themed nursery. Sparing no detail, this adorable crib linen collection delicately combines white and pima pique, with detailed sailboat embroidery. The bumper is exquisitely tailored with white grosgrain ties finished with piping. Our coverlet is pima pique on one side, flannel on the reverse side, with a ric rac edge. All fabrics are 100% fine cotton.


    This deluxe Gordonsbury Sailing Away Layette Set is a wonderful outfit for your new baby. The 4 pieces include a long bodysuit, short bodysuit, hat and bib. They all feature a charming sail boat hand embroidered motif and are made with the finest attention to detail. The 100% cotton clothing is soft and comfortable – perfect for your little sailor. Makes a great gift.

    This set includes:
    One Long Bodysuit – White 100% cotton with Embroidery, snap legs, and blue stitched edges
    One Short Bodysuit – White 100% cotton with Embroidery, blue stitched edges, envelope shoulders, and snap bottom
    One Baby Bib – Embroidered on White 100% cotton with blue stitched edge

    Optional white 100% cotton baby beanie.


    This classic sailboat mobile glides smoothly overhead in any room. Lovers of the sea and others will enjoy watching the colorful boats sway gently. Introduce your baby to the tranquility of the sea and sailing by adding this to your nursery. This beautifully crafted mobile is made in Denmark. Makes a great gift.

    Grab an Umbrella

    Monday, June 10th, 2013

    This Spring has been all over the map weather-wise, hasn’t it? We’ve had rain, wind, sun, snow and everything in between. Back to rain again today, and it looks like it is going to continue into the week. Do you have your umbrellas handy? It looks like you are going to need them!

    Grab an Umbrella!

    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”.


    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 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.


    This gift card will complement your baby shower present beautifully. It features a beautiful Mom-to-be holding a paisley print pink and green umbrella and matching purse. “Baby Shower” is written on the bottom in pink.

    This stylish gift card measures 2 1/8″ x 3 1/3″ 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.

    The Gift of Babies

    Friday, June 7th, 2013

    On June 7th, James Young Simpson (Obstetrician [used chloroform], b. 1811), Virginia Apgar (American physician & childbirth specialist, b. 1909), Virginia McKenna (Actress [Born Free], b. 1931), Johnny Clegg (South African Musician [Album 'Third World Child'], b. 19530), and Louise Erdrich (Author [Love Medicine], b. 1954) were born. They are all great people and have contributed much to the world. Do you see the link between them (think babies)?

    birthday banner – vintage sports

    personalized luggage tags – wedding rings

    They share their birthdays with another very special date in American history. On June 7th, 1965 the Supreme Court of the United States decided that the law against contraceptives was unconstitutional. The Griswold vs Connecticut case led the way to the legalization for married couples to access birth control. As of 1965, contraception was legal and became a matter of choice for consenting “married” adults (oral contraceptives had been approved by the FDA in 1960).


    drawstring gown (blue trim)

    As much as loves pregnancy and babies, we can certainly appreciate what that ruling has meant for future generations. Children are a blessing and a joy when sought by a loving couple. We all know that sometimes timing can be key to being able to provide for children though. Having the opportunity to choose when to conceive, or not, just makes the process that much easier for all involved. While there have been many blessings in disguise from “oops” babies, taking the time to ensure that you are able to offer your all means a lot too. Whether it is waiting to have a baby until after you finish school, or once you have established a career, these choices can be wise ones to make, financially, emotionally and even socially. Even having the option to decide the number of children to bear can potentially benefit everyone in your family. Birth control has certainly shown its benefits over the years.


    ultimate swaddling blanket by swaddle designs

    Whether you choose to have babies when you are younger, older, alone, or with a partner, it is an important decision to make. Children are a huge responsibility that deserve a little forethought before being brought into the world. Once they are here you must feed, clothe, nurture, educate , love and cherish them for years to come. In fact, hopefully that love just continues to grow as your children do. Whether they turn out to be painters (Paul Gauguin [Post-Impressionist], b. 1848), actors (Liam Neeson, b. 1952), musicians (Prince, b. 1958), tennis players (Anna Kournikova, b. 1981) or just your very own special kids, they are treasures that have been bestowed upon you. Treat those gifts with care.

    No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education. ~ Plato


    Strawberry Season is Here

    Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

    Now that the calendar has flipped to June, I can’t wait for that delicious bounty of strawberries to become ripe! Rhubarb is nice, and I can handle a feed or two of , but the real treat of the Spring season is that first taste of strawberries fresh from the farm or garden. You can make jams, syrups, shortcakes, pies, and even stuff them into you raw by the handful! They are full of potassium, manganese, calcium, dietary fibre, and count for a whopping 149% of your daily recommended vitamin C with a 1 Cup serving. Wow. Bring them on!

    You know that can’t resist something as sweet and nutritious as that. We’ve got strawberries on the brain today and want to share them with you.

    wall art – stay sweet

    Strawberry Season is Here

    Let the food be as sweet as the juicy strawberries on this personalized Strawberry plate. It can also be personalized with the name of the child in your choice of design, color and font. The plate features a matte finish and is made of melamine that makes it indestructible and safe for children of all age groups. It measures approximately 10 inches in diameter and is BPA free, non-toxic and dishwasher safe. The plate makes a perfect keepsake that will be cherished by the kid for the long time.


    One way to keep those juicy berries out of your hair when you are picking them is by tying your hair back. has the ideal solution of where to store all those hair ties; in your hand painted round wall letter hair bow holder – strawberry.  This beautiful, personalized wood holder is the perfect answer for the berry lovers in your home.


    Strawberry Fields crib bedding from New Arrivals Inc. is a cheerful way to decorate your baby’s nursery. The delightful pinks and red is sweet and enthralling. The three piece set includes bumper, sheet and skirt. 17” tailored skirt is made from Birdseye Pique, Raspberry Polka Dot pleats and a Lime Green Stripe band. Sheet is made from Raspberry Polka Dot. The bumper is Suzani in Pink (inside and outside) with Raspberry Polka Dot cording and ties. Bumper is slip covered for easy cleaning. Make it a 4 piece set by adding the coordinating blanket, made from Suzani in Pink with a White Flannel back and a Lime Green Stripe flange. Handmade in the USA. You will have a strawberry lover from the word go when you nestle your baby in these sheets!


    This Pima Romper by Bella Bliss is both soft and adorable for your little girl, with your choice of whimsical hand-embroidered strawberries or pink circle pattern on this playful romper in front and back. Also with a peter pan collar with contrasting piping and three button placket.

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