Archive for July, 2013
Friday, July 26th, 2013
Ok, we admit it. We’ve got British Fever! All this talk of the Royal Baby has got Babybox.com yearning for crumpets, bangers and mash, and maybe a nice spot of tea, while we fold some baby nappies. Images of Big Ben, Kensington Palace, the Tube, polo matches and cricket games are all swirling about in our noggins. Blimey, I’m feeling crackers! Would you fancy a taste of our spin on all things British?
Cor, you’ve got to start with the flag mate! 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.
If you’re feeling knackered, why not rest your noggin on this new Nurseryworks Uptown Twin Bed. It is quickly becoming a favorite among our customers. Designed taking inspiration from the architecture style of 15th century Britain, the Uptown Twin Bed is both modern while having old world charm. Available in black lacquer combination, the bed is enhanced with high contrast reveals and accessorized with over-scaled brass hardware.
Now here’s a smart look! When you don the tartan, you can’t help but take on English airs. It is a classic British look. This classic tartan plaid boy pant by CPC Designs is just so cute your little one. Made of 100% cotton, this pant will be your little ones go-to for Fall. Smaller sizes feature an elasticized waist, while larger sizes are flat front with button waist.
And about that spot of tea…
Your little ones are going to love this tea party lunch box! This tea party 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 it with the child’s name!
These lunchboxes are made of 0.30 millimeter lead free tin and covered with high-tack adhesive on all sides. As an added bonus all lunchboxes comes with a chalkboard on inside lid. This is perfect for drawing or leaving a note for your child. How sweet is that?
Now Bob’s your uncle! How do you fancy that? I’ve got to suss out what’s going on this weekend over a plate of fish and chips just now, so’s I’ll let you get on with it. Brilliant! Cheerio!
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
I am sure you have all heard by now that Kate Middleton and Prince William were thrilled to announce the safe arrival of a baby boy into the world. Weighing in at 8lb, 6oz, this little tyke has held the media in its grip, as the world anxiously awaited his arrival. While speculation abounded about whether it would be a girl or boy, the secret was kept until the royal announcements went out on July 22nd, 2013. Born at 4:24pm in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, the third in line to the throne is already said to have a good set of lungs on him. I bet he will keep the folks at Kensington Palace hopping in the next little while! Babybox.com couldn’t be happier for the new royal family!
The Royal Prince is born!
Gifts Fit for a Prince
This Deluxe Royal Gift Basket has everything a new baby needs from : a deluxe crib blanket; a hooded towel; 2 infant tees; 2 diaper burp cloths; white kimono 3 piece layette set; 2 pc dot short set; baseball cap and micro fleece baby blanket. Makes a wonderful new baby or shower gift. Arrives wrapped in our signature tulle.
For the ultimate gift, upgrade to the premium royal gift basket (*additional $150.00). In addition to items already included in the Royal Basket, we would include: 3 piece bib set, take me home top and pant set with matching blanket.
This charming bassinet is truly fit for a prince! Crisp white cotton is accented with classic blue and yellow woven plaid on the hood ruffle, bias sash and the perfect placed bow. The interior sides of the bassinet are done in a soft yellow fabric and the fitted sheet is baby blue minky chenille. The look is balanced with a blue and yellow plaid band around the bottom of the gathered skirt. Set includes, Jumbo Badger Bassinet, linens, mattress pad and fitted sheet. Dry cleaning is recommended for all bassinet linens and for your convenience the bow is detachable. Coordinating bassinet blanket, petite pillow, and extra fitted bassinet sheets may be purchased as options below. Please remember this item is custom made especially for you and may not be returned once your order has been processed.
The Prince Personalized Birth Tile is a great way to commemorate your little boy’s birth. The 6″ x 8″ plaque features a hand painted whimsical prince design and the important details of your prince’s arrival. The birth plaques are heat-sealed with a high gloss protective glaze, ensuring a high-quality finish and a long lasting keepsake. Each tile comes with coordinating ribbons, already assembled and ready to hang. Makes a wonderful gift!
Light up your baby nursery with one of these elegant designer nightlights. Your little boy will love this handsome blue prince night light. Nightlight includes on/off switch base with bulb…ready to give as the perfect gift!
What would you give to the newest member of the royal family?
Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Have you been following the news of the royal birth? It seems that Kate Middleton has finally gone into labor, with the newest heir to the throne due to enter the world at any point. Babies are always exciting for us at Babybox.com, and a royal birth is no exception. Will it be a boy or girl? What will they name the prince or princess? Will the baby look like Prince William, Duchess Kate or maybe have some of Great-Grandma Elizabeth in them? We will have to wait and see! As details have been fairly hush hush, it is a waiting game for anyone with royal fever, but we are finally down to the crunch. What is your guess on how the royal birth will turn out? Regardless of the baby’s sex, Babybox.com is excited for the expecting couple. And if we were asked, here are some of the “royal” items we would suggest for them…
Fit for Royalty
First off, you need something to bring the royal baby home in. This beautiful royal layette collection includes 6 pieces of luxurious 100% pima cotton essentials for any baby. The outfit includes three pieces–a long sleeve shirt that snaps on the side and is edged in picot trim, with a matching footed pant and hat. Our signature long sleeve onesie trimmed in the coordinating picot trim is also included along with a bib edged in picot. The double layered blanket measures approximately 26″ x 36″ and is truly luxurious and features the same picot trim. Personalize the shirt, onesie, blanket and bib to make this gift extra special! Outfit available in sizes 0-3 months. Onesie available in sizes 3-6M and 6-12M. Select choice of picot trim: baby blue, baby pink or navy (as shown). Monogram thread color will coordinate with picot trim.
Once you are home, the regal heir needs someplace appropriate to sleep. We all know that first-time Mums like to keep their babies as close as possible, and a cradle by the bed is perfect for Kate and William’s present two bedroom space at Kensington Palace. Luxurious, rich fabrics in tones of gold and ivory add to the elegance of our new Royal Palace cradle linens set by Little Bunny Blue. Cream satin and cotton stripes are accented with a sheer and gold scroll print.
The Royal Palace (3) piece cradle bedding set includes: bumper, sheet, and light cradle blanket. Boudoir pillow may be purchased in the option box below.
We offer window treatments and coordinating crib linens and fabric yardage as an additional request.
Once the new family has moved into their four-storey, 20-room house with a nursery, they will have a little more space for this Royal Iron Crib. Perfect for any royalty, it is one of Corsican’s newest and finest. Corsican has crafted extraordinary iron furniture for more than 40 years. They remain true to classic designs and attention to detail and through their custom designs – reflect the personal taste of each client.
The craftsmanship on this crib is truly regal. The antique brass accents can also be painted at your request. This crib is made with stationary side rails. Mattress height is adjustable. Shown here with an antique white finish.
So the debate is, will the nursery be painted pastel pink or royal blue? We shall find out soon enough! In the interim, give us your best guess.
Should we start measuring the monarch on this “her royal highness” growth chart?
Or shine up the personalized crown for a new little prince?
Friday, July 19th, 2013
Summer has hit with a vengeance. The temperatures are just soaring! I think that the only option open to me is to switch over my internal clock and take advantage of the (marginally) cooler weather after dark. Goodbye scorching sun, and hello starlight. It’s time to become a moon lover for a spell.
Let your child relish meals with this Stars & Moon Theme Plate featuring a glossy ceramic finish and bring liveliness to your surroundings. It can be personalized with the child’s name and a complimentary message for your little bundle of joy. This 10” X 10” lead-free plate should not be put in the micro-wave and should be cleaned in the dishwasher.
Make your child’s room special with Flavia vintage “pink moon” wall decor. Created from solid wood, each can be personalized with your child’s name. Award winning artist Flavia Weedn creates original artwork in her timeless vintage style. The text is customized and personalized to your own specifications then applied by hand onto a planked wood board. This wall art makes a most uncommon gift and will become a treasured keepsake to the recipient. High quality wall art comes ready to hang. This item can be customized to your preferences and is made especially for you upon order.
Give your baby the moon and stars with this adorable embroidered Moon and Star Layette Set. This set comes with 100% cotton pieces; long gown, burp cloth, blankie, bib, and beanie hat so that your baby will match wherever they go. This makes a great gift for a boy or a girl!
The craftsmanship on this Cow Jumped Over the Moon crib is truly old world style. Decorated with a blue cows jumping over yellow moons, this stunning canopy brings the nursery rhyme to life. Great for both boys and girls! One side can be lowered, the other is stationary. Mattress height is adjustable. Shown here with an antique white finish. This iron crib has a vintage design. Beautifully handcrafted by talented 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.
Babybox.com can’t help but throw in a little something from our favorite jewelry designer Moon & Lola as well. Feel proud to wear your monogram with this gorgeous cut necklace by designer Moon and Lola. Cutout monograms are the hottest jewelry trend ~ seen around the necks of so many celebrities. This necklace is available in 4 sizes in your choice of gold filled or sterling silver. This necklace will become a treasured keepsake that you will wear so often, it will become a jewelry staple in your closet matching everything and great for layering. Custom ordered and designed for each order, each is as unique as you. **If you do not have a middle initial, it will still look fabulous and will features your two initials and an ampersand (i.e., M&L) Available in four size options all attached on a 16″ chain with a 3″ extender: Large measures (1 5/8″), Medium measures (1 1/4″), Small measures (1″). Most popular are our Medium and Large sizes due to the interlocking letters and design being viewed well. Also available in 14k gold.
Hope you can find some heat relief by the light of the moon this weekend.
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Another scorcher out there my friends. I think it is time for a trip to the sea. The ocean’s cool breeze is the best way to escape the soaring temperatures. Dive into Babybox.com’s Adeventure at Sea today.
Adventures at Sea
The “By The Sea Pink Splash” bring the beach memories back home with our 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.
The surface of the canvas is glazed with a UV protective finish that preserves the integrity of this artwork to makes it a keepsake item that will be treasured by the child for the lifetime. The canvas arrives in a ready to hang form with a wooden dowel, finials, decorative color-coordinated ribbon or optional hand-painted wooden topper that adds approximately 3 inches to the overall height of the canvas.
Hand-crafted and custom-made in the USA, the” By The Sea Pink Splash” wall hanging makes a perfect addition to a play area, girl’s room or nursery as an inspiring piece of interior decoration.
This Oopsy Daisy “Starry Sea” nightlight brings the colorful and beautiful world of the deep ocean into your little sea 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 Gale Kaseguma, whose biography is included with each unit.
This ”by the sea” sailboats boudoir pillow will be the perfect touch to this perfect little boy bedding set. There are also more pieces in this Sweet Williams by the sea crib set to choose for your from. Collect them all for a sea inspired theme for your sweet sailer.
The Sea Scape Picket shelf by Sweet Beginning is great for displaying your most cherished photographs, trinkets, or trophies and in any room. decorative, sturdy and versatile, this piece features beautiful hand painted anchors, light houses and other sea symbols. The shelf is made from the finest wood and is available in many colors so that you can truly customize the piece to match any room. Perfect for any home, the wall decor works well with other pieces in the Sweet Beginnings collection or by itself!
What better thing for a trip to the sea than these red seaside girls side pocket shorts. We love these girls red tropical 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 to pair these with a white knit top and espadrilles. Size 18m – size 10.
Monday, July 15th, 2013
It is going to be a HOT week here in Connecticut, and many points beyond. Whew! Now is the time to think about all the ways you know how to keep cool and try them ALL out. Grab your water and let’s keep cool this week.
Keeping Cool with Babybox.com
Ok, water. It is essential for human life. We cannot live more than 36 hours without it. That is under ideal situations. When temperatures skyrocket, water becomes that much more important. So grab your water bottle and keep hydrated my friends. Babybox.com has a wide selection of personalized water bottles to choose from. So all you have to decide on after purchasing your new water bottle is if you like your water on the rocks, with lemon, mint or just straight up.
The heat might make your appetite seem to evaporate, but we still need to fuel our bodies to enjoy the summer fun. Forget indoor cooking though. Summertime is all about barbecues, picnics and dining after dark. So cut into those refreshing watermelons, hand out cool grapes by the bunch, and think nice crisp veggies to tempt your wilted appetite with. All served up at your children’s very own outdoor table, and you just might find the kids eating again, without you slaving over a hot stove.
Another option is to avoid the heat of the day altogether with activities after dark. Get outside after the sun goes down and enjoy the cooler night air while taking in a little star gazing. Can you find Venus, Saturn or simply recognize the phases of the moon? How are you at tracking down constellations like the Big Dipper, Orion’s Belt or Virgo (which you could spy tonight if you headed outside)? With the heat we will be feeling this week, you could be an expert at astronomy by summer’s end!
Now how about that road trip we suggested the other day. There is still plenty of time to point the family car to points unknown. And do you know one of the other perks of a road trip? Most vehicles have air conditioning nowadays! So slide behind the wheel of your air conditioned ride and relax along the way to wherever. How about Louisiana to see the pelicans, bald cypress trees or the capital city, Baton Rouge? What about the Florida coast, where you might spy a mockingbird, cabbage palm or even a Florida panther. Armed with your a/c, you can let the compass be your guide. Once your summer road trip has come to an end you can keep the memories alive with a personalized state square canvas by Donna Ingemanson. Just pick the state and you can enjoy the snapshot of it every day all year long.
What is your favorite way to keep cool?
Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Summertime is wonderful for so many things; swimming, relaxing, getting together with friends. It is also a wonderful time to plan a family road trip. Whether the destination is the family cottage, a local campground or destinations unknown, road trips have long been a staple of many an American family. Why not join Babybox.com on a road trip today…
Going on a Road Trip
How about Newport for a destination? Ah, but the question is which one to choose? Should you point towards Newport, Rhode Island, part of the New England go-to summer destinations, filled with colonial homes, and a great place to take in some sailing or yachting? How about a little further afield to Newport, Oregon. Nestled on the Pacific Coast, this quiet town still has plenty to offer. How can it not, with the ocean on its doorstep, lighthouses to explore, andthe Oregon Coast Aquarium to marvel at!
Where else might tempt your compass point? How about the bright lights, big city feel of Manhattan! If you want excitement, you’ll certainly find it here. One of the 5 boroughs of New York City, it is the smallest, but most densely populated of them. Home of Times Square, the Empire State Building, United Nations Headquarters, Wall Street, and the iconic Greenwich Village, there is literally something to see and do in Manhattan for anyone’s tastes.
Once you have had enough of the energy of Manhattan, it is just a hope and a skip to the Hamptons on the other side of Long Island, New York. The playground for the rich and famous have been using The Hamptons as a summer retreat for years. With some of the most expensive zip codes in the country, you might not be able to make this part of the US your permanent home, but it certainly is fun to see how the other half lives as part of a summer road trip.
It is difficult to make suggestions appropriate for all of Babybox.com’s fans though. We live in an amazing country with so many incredible sights to see from East to West, and North to South. You could take a road trip a simple as a trip to the beach, or as extensive as a journey to see all of our great states by land. The best bet is for us to provide you with a map and let you pick your own destination. Then the world is your oyster, as far as destinations go.
Don’t forget to let us know where you go and how the trip goes!
Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
Midsummer fun can only be beat by midsummer savings. If you are in the Darien, CT area you are in for a treat then, as Babybox.com has been invited to take part in the Darien CT Sidewalk Sales! We will have a tent set up at 1020 Post Restaurant showcasing our wonderful children’s clothing and accessories, as well as plenty of gift ideas. We will even have our newest line of Beautycounter products on hand for you to see (and possibly win!). The sale runs from July 11-13, from 9 am – 5 pm, rain or shine. Think savings, savings, savings!
Curious as to what you’ll find? We’ll have Snapper Rock swimwear, like the Snapper Rock green, chocolate and white short sleeve rash tops. They are perfect for a day outside at the pool, beach or yard. The shirt offers 98% protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays. With no chemicals added, the sun protection is due to the weave and density of the fabric. Stylie colors, these tops are fresh and fun all summer long. Match with board shorts and hats for complete coverage.
We’ll also have a wide selection of Skip Hop Diaper Bags. The SKIP*HOP corduroy duo is just one of the diaper bag for savvy and stylish parents. Its groundbreaking strapping system lets it move smoothly from stroller to shoulder, and its clean, modern design looks fantastic on both moms and dads.
This duo is designed to clip neatly and securely over the arms of any stroller, then easily convert to an over-the-shoulder messenger-style bag. Its multitude of pockets and compartments easily organizes diapers, bottles, sippy cups, food and toys, while keeping mom and dad’s phone, PDA, wallet and keys safe and dry. It even comes with a waterproof changing pad, so parents are always prepared. Made from water resistant corduroy, the duo is water resistant, cleans up easily and will last for years.
Corduroy diaper bag is available in black, red, and pink.
We’ll even have our Layette collection from Petit Bateau. Available in both long and short sleeves, these classic white smooth cotton bodysuits have snap crotch closure for easy diaper changes. Made from 100% cotton, the best thing to wear next to baby’s delicate skin. Easy-care, long-lasting, made in France.
You’ll want to remember your child’s baby years and the perfect way is with one of Aimee J’s Keepsake albums, of which we’ll have plenty at the sale. Our best-selling, Jungle Baby’s First Book is perfect for recording the loving sentiments of baby’s first years and is sure to become a treasured family keepsake.
Wondering what else we’ll have? Well, you’ll just have to stop by Babybox.com’s tent to find out! See you there!
Monday, July 8th, 2013
It is summertime. The temperatures are soaring and heat advisories have been forecast from Darien, CT to Wichita, KS. Everywhere you look from East to West and North to South, this summer is a hot one. Make sure to drink plenty of water and NEVER leave pets or children in unattended vehicles. Here are a few more ways to beat the heat this summer for both kids and adults alike!
Beat the Heat By…
- SIPPING AN ICED COFFEE OR LATTE FOR THAT PICK ME UP WITHOUT THE HEAT
- RUNNING THROUGH THE SPRINKLER
- DIVING FOR TREASURES (double check with lifeguards first if you are at a public pool and make sure the items are large enough that they won’t get stuck in pool filters)
- HAVING A FROZEN TSHIRT CONTEST (who can wriggle into a frozen t-shirt the fastest?)
- ENJOYING HOMEMADE POPSICLES WITH JUICE, FRUIT AND OTHER YUMMY INCLUSIONS
- THROWING ICE CUBES INTO THE BATH FOR A CHILLY CLEANUP OF CHILDREN (a drop or two of food coloring or bubble mix adds another level to the fun)
HOSTING A LEMONADE STAND
- PLAYING BOARD GAMES IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED SPACE TO AVOID THE WORST HEAT OF THE DAY
- GOING TO THE MOVIES TO WATCH YOUR FAVORITE NEW FLICK (in a dark, cool theatre)
You can have plenty of wet fun with a (personalized) pail of water, paint brushes large and small and a surface to showcase your creativity
- WATER PAINTING OUTSIDE (think fence, sidewalk, house or wherever you can create a masterpiece with brushes and a pail of water
- TAKING A TRIP TO LIBRARY (they are usually air-conditioned, plus you can keep the keep the kids’ brains active over summer break)
- DINING AFTER DARK WHEN THE HEAT OF THE DAY HAS SLACKENED OFF AND APPETITES HAVE RETURNED
Hope you find a way to keep cool!
Friday, July 5th, 2013
I think it is high time to head to the cottage, don’t you?
Babybox.com knows a special cottage that we love sharing with you – Country Cottages Custom Furniture! With a fine line of furniture perfect for any child’s room, you know that you have a long history of quality to back up your purchase. Country Cottages has been making furniture for over 30 years and Babybox.com is proud to offer it to you, our loyal customers. If you haven’t checked out their exceptional furniture yet, its high time we shared it with you.
Country Cottages Custom Furniture
Huntington Beach, California is where this designer first found its niche. The company started with importing and refinishing antiques, and has slowly expanded their business since the doors opened in 1976. Crafting their hand-made pieces locally, they have drawn quite a following for their custom made furniture. Babybox.com couldn’t resist adding this exquisite designer to our lines of children’s furniture.
Not only does Country Cottages build custom beds, but they have a full line of beautifully designed furniture perfect for any nursery in a wide variety of styles. Using only the finest materials and construction, they create furniture perfect for any room. Whether you are looking for something feminine, like the Sweetie Pie Collection, or furniture with a simpler line, like the Nantucket Collection, you are sure to find the perfect accompaniment to your child’s room.
So what has over 30 years of craftmanship developed? Country Cottages employs highly skilled employees who are dedicated to their work. They create custom pieces to your specific design size, color, and shape, including unique distressed looks. Babybox.com carries 17 of their collections alone, which include beds, change tables, dressers, armoires, book shelves, night stands, desks, and more.
If you dream of a nursery or child’s room that is decorated with pieces that will stand the test of time, then Country Cottages Custom Furniture is the designer for you. Babybox.com will happily help you pick out your custom furniture, then make the right decision on how best to finish the piece. The choice is yours as to whether you choose standard finishes, shabby chic finishes, or inheritance finishes. You also have a wide variety of knobs, pulls and other accessories to choose from.
I suppose the question then becomes, how much furniture will fit in my child’s room, and do I want any of these exquisite pieces to spill over into my own room? Answer, YES!