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    Happy Canada Day Canadians!

    Monday, July 1st, 2013

    Is there more to Canada than this?

    IGLOOS (How do you get Wifi in those things?)

    This “In the Arctic” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Marisa Haedike depicts a polar bear next to an Igloo during the perfect and white Winter Days; a great addition for your little one’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, Haedike Marisa with biography attached to the back.



    HOCKEY (That Wayne Gretzky player was pretty popular)

    Would your hockey fan enjoy a personalized hockey stick to show his love for the game? Our hat trick mini hockey stick is made of a lightweight wood composite, allowing it to be easily hung on any wall by our leather, old-time hockey strap. And the hat trick mini stick is durable enough for your passionate young hockey player’s rousing game of knee hockey. Make your classic mini hockey stick even more special by choosing his or her favorite team’s color hockey tape available in black, blue, green, red, and pink. Personalization is laser-etched directly into the wood composite stick creating a gift made especially for your hockey fanatic. Stick measures 21″ long with a 5 1/2″ blade. Personalized with one line of up to 20 characters and wrapped with your choice of tape color.



    BEAVERS (and Canada Geese, Moose and Loons)

    This “Beaver Lodge” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Amy Schimler depicts beavers making their small house, teaching your little one virtues of hard work. 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 Amy Schimler and it comes with the designer’s biography attached to the back.


    acrylic party bucket

    BEER (Have to admit that Canadians make a decent brew) 

    This fabulous acrylic party bucket is a must for your next gathering! Vinylized, waterproof material with an additional laminate coating for added durability. It comfortably holds a 6-pack of your favorite beer or soda, with room to add a few bottles of wine and Seltzers. Alternatively, you can also use it to store pool towels, sunblock, flipflops, dog toys, or kids toys in the playroom.


    Of course Canadians are also well known for their Mounties, totem poles, coffee (they love their Timmies), maple leaves (and maple syrup), toques and the great outdoors (although Vermont makes a fair amount of maple syrup, and we’ve got some beautiful natural settings of our own). Plus, they make a great neighbour, and can’t help to salute our neighbors to the North on their birthday today.

    Happy Canada Day neighbors! Hope you can take a little good-natured ribbing. Have a great long weekend. We’ll be celebrating next weekend!

    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!

    Come Out to the Show

    Friday, April 26th, 2013

    monogrammed wine glasses – set of 4 (clarus)

    Psst, I want to tell you about an event going on next week. It’s happening at 22 Tower Drive in Darien, CT and YOU are invited! That’s right, wants you to personally stop by to say hi. Why? Well, we’ve got a sale going on is why!


    hand engraved single initial leather cuff bracelet

    It is time for our annual End-of-Year sale, featuring lots of great items for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Teacher Appreciation gifts and more! Now that Spring has arrived, Summer can’t be far behind and we want you to be ready. We’ve got summer hostess gifts, monogrammed bags and clutches, personalized glassware and stationery that just can’t be beat. Don’t forget our luxury towels, swimwear, decadent throws, personalized trays and cutting boards too!


    square carved personalized guest soaps

    With that introduction, need I say more? Hmm, I suppose knowing the hours of when to stop by at 22 Tower Drive might help. We will be happily waiting to serve you from;

    Tuesday, April 30th 9:30am – 4:00pm

    Wednesday, May 1st 9:30am – 4:00pm

    Thursday, May 2nd 9:30am – 4:00pm

    Friday, May 3rd 9:30am – 1:00pm

    Beautycounter – the Face Collection

    PLUS, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our newest line at the show – a new face and body skin care collection from This product is a very exciting addition to the line. It contains products that cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, as well as creams for your eyes and face. It is not tested on animals. The packaging is made from recyclable or sustainable materials, as well as it also being able to be recycled after use. The line contains no parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, SLS, or secrets. The only ingredients used are ones that are  and appropriate for all skin types. Don’t just take our word for it though. Try it and see the difference quality skin care products make for your whole family’s skin.


    personalized fringed throw blanket
    (several colors available)

    And in case you are wondering where the sale part comes into all of this, don’t worry. Just for reading all the way to the end of this post, we are offering 15% off any purchases made during the show. Click on this link to take you to our coupon, print it and present it at the show. If you are shopping online, use the code BBSHOW1513. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on our popular Spring and Summer savings this year.

    See you starting Tuesday!

    Thanksgiving Prep

    Friday, November 16th, 2012

    Ok folks. This is your last weekend before Thanksgiving. That means you are down to crunch time. Now is the time to bake your cookies, thaw your turkey (if its frozen) and make space in the fridge for all the Thanksgiving vittles that are about to be stuffed inside it. Not to mention, you’ve got to clean the house, prepare the guest bedroom and iron your table linens. Are you ready? On your mark, get set, GO!

    Thanksgiving Prep

    • personalized recipe cards & box

      Start with making messes and work your way to cleaning at the end. No point in mopping the floor, only to have to mop again after the flour settles from the baking. Grab those recipe cards and start baking up a storm. You need pie people!

    • With your baking done and stored, move onto more shopping. Buy your potatoes, yams, cheese, cranberries and other non-perishable items. This will allow you to get a head start on making your cranberry sauce! Save the perishables for the day before, so that they are nice and fresh.
    • personalized wooden carving board (large)

      Don’t forget to make sure you have all your cooking equipment on hand. That means strainers, graters, meat thermometer, cutting boards and maybe even a fresh set of rubber gloves! If you don’t have it before Thanksgiving, you certainly won’t find it at the gas bar the day of!

    • melamine tray – peppermint

      How about giving a thought to your table now. You’ll need napkins, a table cloth, wine glasses, silverware, serving platters and more. Make sure your silver sparkles, your crystal is clear and the serving platters are spotless in anticipation.

    • peacock alley pique robe

      Have you slowed down yet? Why not take a sip off of one of those wine bottles that you bought and move onto the guest room. Fluff the pillows, change the linens and set out special items to make your guest feel at home. That might include a soft, cozy robe, warm, fluffy towels, personalized soaps or even scented candles. carries all of these luxury items and more to make your guest feel invited. Would a mint on the pillow be pushing it too far?

    Whew! That’s a lot of work. Perhaps you should take a break. There will still be plenty of tasks to tackle next week, but only so many hours in the day. Good luck with your Thanksgiving Prep!


    Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

    It’s mid-August and you can tell that the summer is marching on. The days are getting shorter and the temperatures at night are definitely dropping. While there certainly will be plenty of time left for shorts during the day, pajamas are beginning to look more appealing again after so many hot summer nights. is going to rifle through its sleepwear selections to offer you a look at what you could be snuggling into this Fall.


    Baby feels cold first, so make sure they are nice and warm at night in one of these hand embroidered footies. Our luxuriously soft embroidered footed stretchie is the perfect cozy piece for any baby. These cute footies come in sizes from 3m-12m. They are available in designs for boys and design for girls. Just perfect for the cooler evenings of Fall!


    Just because your kids are a little bigger, doesn’t mean that they miss out on the newest sleepwear styles. Our printed jammies by bella bliss are as soft as they come. Adorable prints, perfect for boys or girls, will keep your child both happy and cozy. Your children will want to wear these over and over again, so you may consider purchasing more than one in a few different prints!


    Don’t worry Mom. can’t forget about you either. The Women’s Pima Loungewear by Bella Bliss offers comfort and style. selected by Oprah’s “O” list! The pull-on pant has drawstring closure. The top has three-quarter sleeve and button front closure. Available with and without patches on the sleeves and with many color trim. Makes a great gift!


    Even Dad will appreciate one of these fabulous robes when the temperatures drop. This sumptuously soft, cushy robe is made from CozyChic®, a machine-washable microfiber that won’t ever shrink or pill. Oprah recently Picked the CozyChic Adult Robe as one of her “Favorite Things”. Envelope a new mom or dad in our luxurious CozyChic® Robe by Barefoot Dreams, and discover peace and tranquility. Made of ultra soft CozyChic® knit, exclusive only to Barefoot Dreams®, this plush robe will turn your home into a spa. Barefoot Dreams® CozyChic® Robes are featured at 5-Star Resorts and Spas, and are top sellers at major department stores such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Fred Segal. A favorite among celebrities and the modern mom on the go! The Robe is shawl collared, double belt looped, washable/dryable, and available in 16 yummy colors defining style and comfort for him or her.


    Happy Father’s Day ♥!

    Friday, June 15th, 2012

    Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful fathers out there! Without you there wouldn’t be Mommies, babies and the family unit would be a thing of the past. Dads help to open stuck jar lids, teach kids how to tie knots and fish, plus are pretty handy when it comes to mowing the lawn and taking out the garbage. There is so much more to love about our Daddies though. Fathers are special in a way that no one else can be. The look in their eye when they gaze at their children speaks volumes of their capacity to love. I don’t know any father who wouldn’t lay down their lives to provide and protect those their families. For all that you do, you deserve a special day when we can give back to you. You deserve silly-faced smiles, sloppy kisses and the chance to dole out horsey rides all day long. Who loves you? Well, certainly does! We can prove it! All weekend we are offering special savings in honor of Dad.

    Here is our gift to you!

    15% off any orders under $100
    Use CODE: DAD15

    20% off any orders over $500
    Use CODE: DAD20

    And here are a few suggestions of what to get for dear old Dad to let him know how loved he is.

    The ‘Daddy and Me’ Frame is perfect for placing those father/son and father/daughter photos. The sweet and simple design features “Daddy and Me” across the top and a coordinating ribbon on the side of the frame. It is available in 4×6 and 5×7 frames. Choose from blue/white, pink/white or white/sand colors. Plus you can personalize the bottom part of the frame to make it extra special with place and/or date. (additional cost). Makes a great gift all year long.


    These personalized Memo Sets “Tee It Up” 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!


    Our clairebella personalized cell phone case with links pattern will give your expensive smartphone the ultimate protection while still keeping it stylish and sleek. The links pattern has that extra feel of class. These are made out of Lexan, higher than the status quo plastic which is extremely durable and easily snaps onto your device. Custom design your cell phone by pattern, color, and font. The inscription of your choice is heat printed onto the case, so there is no chance it will ever rub off or fading. This is a fantastic gift for pretty much anyone!


    The one diaper bag that’s always with you! The SKIP*HOP duo is 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.

    Combining versatility and innovation in a highly functional diaper bag, the duo provides exceptional value for families who appreciate flexibility and style.

    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 poly-canvas, the duo is water resistant, cleans up easily and will last for years.


    And that is just the tip of the iceburg. You can start in our Gifts for Dad section and then see what else has available in the rest of our site for Dad. He’s a pretty special guy, so make sure you let him know it. Happy Father’s Day Dads!

    Happy Birthday Thomas

    Friday, April 13th, 2012


    “I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another” ~ Thomas Jefferson


    Today is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday! Author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd President of the United States of America and responsible for the Louisiana Purchase, we owe a lot to this great man. He was instrumental in abolishing the doctrine of entail and primogeniture (process of property being handed down to heirs & the oldest son getting the entire inheritance), organized the Lewis and Clark expedition, was the first Secretary of State and the second Vice President of the US. He even managed to father six children with Martha Wayles Skelton! Way to go Thomas! So to celebrate our venerable leader, is putting up balloons, cutting the cake and pulling out all the stops for the best virtual party for Mr. Jefferson around. Care to join us?


    First up, we need to invite some people. Balloons are festive for the occasion as well, so why not throw the two together in these delightful invitations.These personalized invitations “Party Balloons” are perfect for inviting friends and family to a party or other special event such as engagements and anniversaries! Choose from several font styles (shown here is Cinderella font). Personalize these invitations with 10 lines of text to announce your special event. These 5″ x 7″ flat cards are perfect for invitations or announcements!


    Before anyone arrives, get the birthday boy to slip into one of these personalized shirts so everyone knows who he is. What an adorable way to celebrate your little boy’s birthday. This birthday t-shirt comes in a choice of three logo options and is personalized with your child’s name. The classic heavyweight t-shirt is pre-shrunk, 6.1 ounce and 100% cotton with double-needle stitched bottom and sleeve hems. This loose, classic fit, wears well on anyone. And don’t worry about it not fitting the big birthday boy in your life, as not only do child sizes range from 0-3 months up to 12, but there are also adult small, medium and large too!


    Now we need some cake! We can serve it on a very special birthday, perfect for birthday boys everywhere. The Birthday Boy Plate is perfect for baby’s first birthday and beyond. The handpainted plate design features a cheerful boy on a confetti background. “Happy Birthday and child’s name” are written along the top and bottom. Choose from Green, Blue, Pink, Yellow, or Lavender. Plates measure approximately 8 1/4″ and all writing appears in lowercase letters. Makes any celebration fun!


    A birthday present is in order and as Jefferson was a man of letters, he would love his own writing papers. We’ve never seen a more elegant and well thought out stationery than this gorgeous, hand-letterpressed four-set silk box from Haute Papier. What a stunning wedding or anniversary (or special birthday or housewarming) gift this will make. The large silk-covered box holds four different sets of 25 notecards each, for a total of 100 notecards and envelopes letterpress-printed with on rich, heavy cardstock. Choose the four different styles of correspondence cards to suit your taste: You can designate one set for him, one for her, one for the couple (formal Mr. and Mrs.), and one casual, using single first names –or mix it up any way you choose. There is a full range of distinctive monograms, motifs and typestyles to choose from. The only thing that needs to be the same across all four sections is the ink color. A return address can be flat-printed or letterpress-printed on the envelopes for an additional fee. The silk boxes come in an array of silk colors, and you can customize the ink color and fonts for the text on the cards.

      Twas The Night Before, The Night Before Christmas

      Friday, December 23rd, 2011

      pretty in pink pedal car

      Twas the night before, the night before Christmas and all through the malls
      There were more creatures stirring than I had seen all Fall
      Jostling for parking and juggling for space
      I’m so glad I shopped online and avoided this race!



      matouk luxury cairo robe

      So Papa in his new matouk luxury cairo robe
      snuggled in to read to the kids beside the snow globe
      While I finished Christmas baking and wrapping
      then took off my apron and gave it a fling!



      gordonsbury monkey business snuggle sack

      I was done! No more presents. No more prep work to do!
      After 50,000 straight hours the bustle was through!
      All that was left to get done
      was to snuggle tight and have fun!



      blue dream hand painted wooden letters

      So with a long sigh and sharp clink of ice
      I turned off the laptop & other devices.
      I survived another holiday season it would seem
      So tonight I would sleep soundly, with maybe a sugarplum dream.


      Merry Christmas from all of us at May your holidays be merry and bright!


      Happy Parent’s Day

      Friday, July 22nd, 2011

      Pssst! Did you know that it is Parent’s Day on Sunday July 24? I don’t know who comes up with these things, but I want to kiss them! Oh look at that, it was Bill Clinton back in 1994. Well, maybe we will hold off on the kissing thing then, bt certainly we would like to shake his hand and say thank you. And what do you think he said it was all about? If you said “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children”, you’d be right! As the many hard-working parents at can attest to, all parents deserve that recognition and support.

      Today, we say Happy Parent’s Day to all you wonderful parents out there. Without you, there would be no next generation. So go out and celebrate. You deserve it for all that you do.


      So first things first, call up the babysitter and book her for the night. When Mom and Dad get the chance to go out alone this is the perfect note pad to leave behind with important notes for the babysitter! From bedtime to favorite foods and allergies, you can jot down any important info before you go. This pad comes beautifully wrapped in a cello bag with a grosgrain bow. And it also gives you the piece of mind to enjoy those precious few hours alone to be a loving couple. Perhaps you will even be able to remember why you decided to become a parent in the first place!


      If you want something a little more extensive, why not check out this! This is the perfect gift for a new mom. Instead of scrawling instructions on the kitchen notepad every time you hire a sitter, jot them down once and for all in “A Parent’s Journal for the Babysitter“. An extremely well-organized diary of all your baby’s routines, special likes, dislikes, and important phone numbers. Comes equipped with tabbed sections and categories. There’s even a separate pad for contact information and schedules. It’s so simple, stylish and useful, this will be one of the most valuable gifts you can give. No more worries about leaving your child to new caregivers or visiting relatives.


      You don’t have to go out for date night to recognize the value of parents and celebrate them though. If its good enough for the like of Eva Longoria, Jada Pinkett Smith and Salma Hayek, then it is a perfect way to let Mom know what a great parent you think she is. This revival tassel necklace is a wonderful way to show your appreciation for all that Mom does. The vintage brass chain tassel swinging from handset crystal pave balls and a string of ivory colored beads is just gorgeous. Designed by Nancy Liebowitz, there is a 30″ length of beads, plus the Pave balls and tassel that measure approximately 6¼”. This necklace makes a statement, just like Mom. Beautiful.


      Now don’t forget Dad in recognizing parent’s day! How about this decadent robe to let him know that despite being a strong man, he is still soft and worthy of lots of hugs. Our luxurious Egyptian Cotton Terry Cairo robe is extremely plush with bias tape. Without a doubt one of the finest robes you will ever wear or give, each Cairo robe can be ordered in classic white or ivory or custom with any color tape from the Matouk Tape Chart and require 3-4 weeks lead time. For an added touch each robe can be monogrammed. Dad will feel like the king he is in this considerate gift.


      And remember that the best way to recognize, uplift and support parents in their roles is always free. Why not give Mom and Dad a big hug, plus a heartfelt thank you for all that they do. It’s just the right thing to do, don’t you think?

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