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    Parents: A Child’s First Teacher

    Monday, September 9th, 2013

    School is all about the ABC’s and 123′s. Children learn how to read, write, count, calculate, and question the world around them. As parents, we teach our children from the moment they are born though. We help them learn how to talk, walk, and understand the world around them. One of the best ways to start a young life on the right track is to take the opportunity to spend quality time with your children. That means hugging and cuddling them from the time they are born. That looks like slowing down enough to take the time to see the world through their eyes. Sometimes, that is getting down on the ground to inspect insects with them. Sometimes, that is boosting them up to the sky, so that they can better reach the stars. Sometimes, that is cuddling into a comfy chair to read stories and connect over a good book. It is called love, and it comes in so many ways. When we teach children how to love, we give them a bigger piece of the world to grow and learn in. There is no better gift.

    At, we appreciate the bond between parent and child. We are all about quality time and the joy that it brings. That is one of the reasons why we offer our high-quality products, so that you can easily and comfortably spend more time with your children while they are young and keen to soak it all in. You have the opportunity to give your child a head start on the more formal schooling they will receive later when you teach simple color recognition, counting, vocabulary, and more over fun one-on-one games, during mealtimes, in the bathtub, and when getting ready for bed.

    Think what your child can learn during any of those moment. At bathtime, they can count their fingers, toes, arms, and legs. At mealtime, they are introduced to the senses of taste, touch, smell, sight and even hearing (have you ever heard a fajita being made? sizzle!). At bedtime, grab a book and inspire an imagination that soars when you flip through the pages of a book together.

    If you think about it, by the time your child reaches school age, they have learned a vast amount of knowledge already. Even if reading and writing haven’t been completely mastered yet, I bet you have taught your child enough to make it an easy jump. Most preschoolers recognize stop signs, whether it be by color, shape, or the words upon the sign. The concept of history might still be a vague notion, but children certainly can grasp dinner time, bathtime and bedtime. Politics is a far cry to understand for the young learner, but children have already been introduced to some of its concepts, like sharing, listening to others, taking turns, compromising, and voting (think about when a group of kids has to agree on which movie to watch, game to play, or snack to eat). Sometimes I think our politicians could learn something from kindergarteners!

    Regardless, learning is something that we begin upon birth and follows us til death. When you take the time to be your child’s first teacher, you set them on a path for quality lifelong learning. Think about that. And think about what you learn from your children along the way too.

    What have you learned today?

    Getting Ready for Back to School

    Monday, August 19th, 2013

    Are you enjoying the last of your summer? Have you started the transition back to the regular, daily grind? School start is coming at us fast and furious, so now is the time to get ready for back-to-school routines, if you haven’t started yet. That means going to bed earlier, getting up earlier, and cleaning up in order to be organized for school, extracurricular activities and the faster pace that is life most of the time.

    organic sateen pillow - toddler, queen or king size (spot clean) So how do you convince kids to start going to bed earlier? How about fresh pillows to rest their heads on? The Naturepedic Organic Cotton Toddler, Queen or King size Pillow combines Organic Kapok/Cotton which are made with soft sateen organic cotton fabric and an organic cotton/organic kapok blend fill. These pillows are completely organic and are very comfortable, but they must be spot-cleaned only, please note. They are a luxurious 300 thread count organic cotton fabric, filled with a 50/50 blend of organic kapok and organic cotton. Now how is that for a little inspiration to rest your head?


    basket weave nightstand As far as getting up goes, it might be time to turn back to the alarm clock for everyone in the family. Do you need somewhere to put it? How about here! The hand carved Basket Weave Nightstand is traditionally styled by Seabrook Classics. Keep your bedroom clean and tidy with this well-constructed drawer having multi-storage capacity. It is made up of environment-friendly, hand carved wood in black shade. This graceful, time-honored nightstand stylishly compliments your magnificent bed and helps in giving orderly look. It can be used to support a lamp, alarm clock, mobile phone, book, medication or any other handy items, required during the night.

    madeline bookcase

    Now that you are awake, how about tackling some of that organizing? First step is to clean the house, and then move on to organizing. Why not try a bookcase in your child’s room to help keep the clutter at bay? The Madeline Bookcase is just what your little girl’s room needs! This 9-hole cubby storage system is shown in Swiss Coffee, but you may select any of Country Cottage’s distressed finishes to match your kid’s room perfectly. They can tuck books, collectibles, nick nacks and NO more than that on these pretty shelves.


    personalized children chore chart (set of 2) Now the only thing left is to re-start those routines. A little hard work never hurt anyone and just might help to keep the whole family on track. Our custom children’s chore charts are unique and fun. With custom option specific to your child’s age and chores, each column can be personalized. From “practice piano, water plants, make bed, to practice violin, walk dog, make bed, each can be original to your own household. Cuter than any that we have seen, your little one will be eager to earn gold stars with our adorable chore chart. Specify up to nine tasks and we include the classic gold star stickers to make marking accomplished chores a breeze. Set a goal each week and fill in the “prize” that will be won if the child earns enough stars. An age-appropriate reward system that will encourage responsibility and independence. Your child will be scrambling to clean up those toys in order to “win” a scoop of ice cream, a new Matchbox car or a trip to the Zoo! Printed on natural white, text-weight paper. Order includes (2) pads with 50 sheets per pad, plus 275 gold foil stickers. Additional stickers available for purchase. Pads measure 9″ x 7.5″ inches.

    Homework Station

    Friday, August 16th, 2013

    How are you doing on your back to school shopping? Do you have backpacks, lunch boxes, and a new outfit to send your child back to school with? Super! Have you thought about what happens when they come home from school though? It’s time for homework to resume! The kids might not be thrilled by that, but if you create a space for them to work in that fits their needs, that is half the battle. Doing homework on your bed might seem good enough, but a proper work space can make all the difference. They need dedicated space where they can open their books, lay out their pens, pencils and calculators, and focus on the task at hand (vs the distraction of TV, video games, cell phones and other electronica). The faster they can get their homework done, the faster they can get back to what they really want to do – Play!

    How to set up a child’s workspace

    • choose a child-sized chair and desk for them to work at. Ensure that it will have enough space for all of their homework essentials, like books, computer, lighting (if necessary), and whatever else your child might need

    • remove distractions like televisions, gaming systems, and electronica from the area
    • make sure that they have any materials they might need handy, like pencils, rulers, erasers, extra paper, etc.
    • provide sufficient lighting for the task at hand

    • locate the workspace in a handy location, so that you can help out as necessary
    • if a computer is part of your child’s workspace, set up parental controls to ensure their cyber-safety while surfing the net
    • set up rules about when homework will be completed. Will it be immediately following school, after a snack, when you come home from sports practice, after dinner, before bed?  Whenever it is, is up to you, but making sure there is enough time to complete any assignments will help your child to succeed in their school careers and set up good lifelong scheduling habits

    • make sure that the space is your child’s own. Let them add some finishing touches that make them feel comfortable and that they own the space, whether that is photographs, a special trinket, or picking out their own bulletin board


    Remind children that homework is part of their schooling and it will help them in the long run. Having a space to do it in, is key. It is one step in helping them do the best that they can and will get them farther in life. Ultimately it is up to them, but starting them on the right path today is something you can help them with, and they take that into the future.

    A Trip to the Sea

    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’s Adeventure at Sea today.

    Adventures at Sea

    by the sea pink splash rosey sunset personalized wall hanging 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.


    starry sea nightlight 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.


    sweet william by the sea sailboats boudoir pillow and case 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.


    picket shelf - sea scape 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!


    red seaside girls side pocket shorts 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.

    Keeping Cool with

    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

    personalized camp water bottle 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. 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.


    children's outdoor table 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.


    children's growth chart - solar system

    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!


    state square personalized canvas by donna ingemanson 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?

    Road Tripping

    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 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’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!

    Time For the Cottage – Country Cottage Custom Furniture!

    Friday, July 5th, 2013

    I think it is high time to head to the cottage, don’t you? 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 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. 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. 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. 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!

    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?

    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’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!

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