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    Return to Summer

    Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

    It is beautiful out again! Summer has returned in time for us to enjoy the last bit of it before the kids head back to school. It is a lovely day to be outside, so get out there and enjoy it. Go for a walk, run, ride a bike or do whatever makes you happy, while you soak up some sun. The seasons will change before you know it, so enjoy this before it’s gone.

     

    personalized converse sneakers The last of summer deserves the slower pace of a walk. Make a statement on that walk in your monogrammed custom Converse All Star Chuck Taylors. Dream of a design, and we can embroider it. Nice way to show off your style and favorite colors adding a “kick” to your everyday slip on converse. Featured in Town & Country, these will become one of your favorite shoes. Get ready for loads of compliments “where…did you get those shoes”

     

    personalized water bottles If you are going to pick up the pace to a run, don’t forget to take along some water. The temperatures have risen, and so too your need to stay hydrated. Make a statement at the gym, park or beach with our Clairebella personalized water bottles. Apart from being stylish and comfortable, they are Eco-friendly as well. Take it any place from gym, park, office or even for shopping girls! It comes in 8”t x 3”w size with 20 oz. The bottle is extremely handy with two lids and a carabiner key clip for attaching it easily. It is BPA free as well. The maximum characters that can be written are 7.

     

    sky king tricycle blue Here is a bike that your child will never want to get off of. Now you can own the road in this reproduction of a 1936 Sky King Tricycle. A true classic! It will be a collectible for years to come! Designed with child safety standards in mind, it is made of heavy gauge steel, and comes complete with sealed ball bearings in the front wheel, a functional headlight, solid rubber tires and an adjustable coil seat. This model features an adjustable seat with spring for comfort, a working headlight for when playtime runs into dusk, and solid rubber tires for whatever terrain the day may bring.

     

    modern chic teepee by teepee for me Do you know what makes most children happy? Some down time to just be kids. Whether that be giggling with friends, going on wild adventures with siblings, or quietly playing in their very own space; and they can do it all from their very own teepee. Modern colors and shapes make our Modern Chic teepee a must for any girls room. Lively and happy, this teepee will become any little girl’s favorite place. Our teepees are made with high end designer, drapery-weighted fabric.

    The teepee is extremely lightweight yet durable. Weighing only 9 lbs., it is very easy for a child to move and carry around on their own. The poles are 78″ long and the teepee sits about 5 1/2 feet tall when opened. Conveniently there is NO assembly required. This Teepee is easily put up and then just as easily taken down in only seconds and stores away easily in a corner, a closet or under a bed. Great to bring to your weekend home or visit to Grandma’s house. It’s even perfect for those backyard escapes on lazy summer afternoons, like today…

    Things to Do When the Power is Out

    Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

    It has been a heck of a week on the Eastern seaboard. Hurricane Sandy knocked the stuffing out of New York City, New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, even stretching up into Canada! Incredibly low pressure systems, winds, rain and snow devastated wide swathes of land, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses. Babybox.com was just one of them.

    While everyone tries to pick up the pieces, there are still many people affected by the storm. Power has returned to many, but some folks are still sitting in the dark waiting for the lights to come back on. This post is for you.

     

    THINGS TO DO WHEN THE POWER IS OUT

    • Get a head start on wrapping your Christmas Gifts

    This beautiful letterpress personalized “Holiday dots” gift wrap is truly luxurious. This personalized gift wrap is a distinctive and meaningful way to decorate the exterior of your gift with any wording of your choice. Personalized wrapping paper is the perfect way to gift wrap holiday gifts, birthday gifts and baby shower gifts. It is different from others as a unique nine step stamping process is used to produce each roll.

    • Read a book snuggled under a warm blanket

    Our favorite new blanket, measuring a generous 36″ x 53″, this features classic blocks and initials throughout. Perfect for cuddling in a chair or just about anywhere – even for an adult room. Perfect design for a baby girl or boy and can be designed in any color combination you wish. With a wide range of colors and fonts to choose from, this blanket can be ordered in either easy to care for soft acrylic or luxury cashmere. The acrylic fabric never fades or shrinks, is very long lasting and is available in 18 colors. The cashmere is simply heaven and is available in 9 colors. and 6 fonts. (Antique Roman font only). Sample shown in Sand/Bleach White and Antique Roman Font.

    This 100% Palm Wax Monogrammed Candle is hand-poured in Vermont. Each Vermont made, hand poured candle slowly melts (tunnels) into itself as it burns, creating the perfect holder for a tea light. The carving actually illuminates as it burns down! Our signature tunnel burn means the carved candle is yours to enjoy for years to come. It’s the perfect keepsake!

    • Play an old-fashioned board game, minus the electronics!

    This set is super chic and quite clever, if we do say so ourselves!!! A colorful backgammon board that is personalized with the icon, font and text of your choice. In four color combinations with candy-colored game pieces and dice that resemble small ice cubes, this is a chic take on a classic game, certain to make cocktail hour fun! There are also 7 different colors available for the gaming pieces. Please note that the turquoise & coral pieces are opaque and the white & light blue pieces are frosted. The rest of the pieces are clear jewel tones. Available in pink & green, coral & turquoise, navy & kelly and blue & brown [not shown]. If you want a different color combo for the board other than what is shown, we can customize the colors on the board to coordinate with any of the game pieces for a $25 set up fee. Set includes glossy game board, 30 plastic game pieces, pair of crystal clear dice and ivory organza storage bag. Board measures 9” x 12.5” inches.

     

    And for those of you unlucky enough to be missing out on trick-or-treating tonight, due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, we feel for you. Why not tell spooky ghost stories tonight by flash light? Hmm, unless you have had enough of a fright already this week, then why not a feel good story like this one to cuddle up to as we all reflect how important togetherness and family time truly is.

    personalized child’s book – who loves me

    Summertime Activities

    Friday, July 6th, 2012

    The long days of summer are upon us. Summertime is a wonderful time full of trips to the beach, swimming in the pool and lazing around enjoying the free time that summer brings. As many a parent knows though, sometimes that free time gets to be a little too much for the younger set. It doesn’t seem to take long before the kids, so recently sprung from school, are whining about being bored. What do you do? It just doesn’t seem kosher to tell them to go and play in traffic anymore, so what else do you suggest? How about bringing out some of these fun activities!

     

    SUMMERTIME ACTIVITIES

    How about backgammon?!

    Are you looking for a fun yet interesting gift for your little girl? If so, then this Preppy Cards Backgammon Set will be the right choice! This wonderful candy-colored backgammon set will let your child learn while she plays with it. It definitely makes an ideal gift for every girl with the zeal to learn new things. No preppy coffee table is complete without our personalized backgammon set.

    This set is super chic and quite clever, if we do say so ourselves!!! A colorful backgammon board that can be personalized with the icon, font and text of your choice. In four fabulous color combos with candy-colored game pieces and dice that resemble ice cubes, this is certainly a delectable take on a classic game, certain to make cocktail hour fun! Available in pink & green, coral & turquoise, navy & kelly and blue & brown.

     

    Everyone loves playing cards.

    Personalized Playing Cards by Dabney Lee are sure to add some glamour and fun to your game night. Easy to carry and travel with in lucite box and perfect for those spontaneous poker games! These stylish cards will look great on your coffee table. They come boxed as a set of two in a clear lucite box. A terrific hostest gift for those long weekends in the hamptons!

     

    How about a puzzle for the younger set?

    This pirate puzzle is perfect for your little buccaneer. Piece together the galleon, anchor, barrels, maps, a treasure chest, cannons, parrots, a skull and cross bones, shells. Watch out for crocodiles while you’re digging for treasure.

    Illustrations are by Olivier Latyk.

     

    Or why not let your little one get creative with their own ideas!

    This Doodlebugz doodlebag is one of the most useful gifts for any big brother or sister. The Doodlebag comes with the following:

    • 24 washable crayons
    • Pad of Paper
    • 12 pieces of Chalk
    • Mini Chalk Board
    • Front pocket perfect for stickers

    This handy art bag comes complete with what any toddler will need to keep them busy and is perfect for the car or at home! It opens to reveal a pad of paper and 10 washable crayons with additional pockets to hold your child’s favorite colors.

    Turn the page and start a whole new adventure with chalk and a mini chalkboard. Complete with an eraser and 5 colorful pieces of chalk, the Doodlebag also has numerous pockets that can hold additional chalk if desired. It even has a front pocket perfect to hold stickers and a zipper closure to keep everything in place when not in use. You know this spells hours of fun!

    Have a super summer!

    Summer Fun

    Monday, June 11th, 2012

    School’s Out! Well, it is for a lot of kids already. The kids have tossed their backpacks into the back of their closets for another year. Lunch bags need to be fumigated or tossed in most cases (there will be time enough to replace them later in the summer). Homework is forgotten. Bathing suits become the standard garb for a season. So bring on the summer fun!

    What are your plans for this summer? Will the kids live in the backyard pool or is summer camp on their horizon? Perhaps you pack up for the cottage for a long retreat from the city for a slower, simpler life.  That sounds great to me, but as an adult, it can sometimes be difficult to ditch that job for the few months that the children are off. Realistically, in this day and age summer fun for adults is relegated to a mere two weeks, so entertainment is in order for your kiddos. If summer camp all season long is beyond your reach, that means coming up with fun and maybe even educational activities for the kids to do around the house this year. Take a gander at some of Babybox’s playtime fun ideas for your kids.

     

    SUMMER FUN IDEAS

    If the backyard is the playground of choice this summer, you might want to think about upgrading from the old, rusty metal climber that is sinking into the grass back there right now. Think modern and long-term fun for your children’s playtime enjoyment. The Vinyard Cottage playhouse is a work of art, designed to enhance any home’s exterior and provide a whimsical and interactive environment for children to play. Each playhouse is custom designed to appeal to your taste. Any look – from a fairy tale cottage to a miniature replica of your own home can be created. These luxury playhouses even include basic amenities such as water and indoor/outdoor lighting. Designs range from cozy cottages to rugged forts and tree houses. This house, designed and built by Alan Mowrer can be customized in any way you like to meet your specific needs. As an added safety feature, the design team can install a wireless communication hook-up with the main house. Ceiling heights average eight feet, allowing adults to stand comfortably inside – yet retaining a charming scale and appeal. Principles of good design are utilized and applied on a scaled-down version.

     

    If the summer heat already has you beat, then what about a play structure for indoors? This indoor playset will keep your kids busy all day long. Make lunch. Do your laundry. Call Dr. Reed. Phone a friend…. Thank you, Rhapsody for creating such a great playset. Since we all want our kids to be healthy and more active – now be it rain or shine, they can. Children spend more than 90% of every day indoors where healthy active play is a challenge. This playset is your answer.

    Now, whether it’s raining or snowing, or too early or too late, or too hot or too cold, or you’re simply too busy keeping up with what’s inside your home to go outside, Rhapsody is the playfully beautiful solution for active indoor play. Certainly beats the heat and uncertainty of what your local play ground might have on offer on any given day.

     

    If these ideas are grand, but a little too large for your space, don’t fret. Take a look at this play tent and tell me you don’t have space for the fun it will certainly bring! This Helen play tent by Lucy and Michael is perfect for any baby’s big brother or sister to play in. Imaginative play at its best! Children love the lined doors and paned windows in each lucy & michael play tent. Parents love the design – solid, painted wood and great prints. The Charlotte model is black and white baroque floral with yellow and black accents. Parents love giving their children an heirloom-quality toy that requires no whistles or lights to delight. And children are amused literally for hours on end as they thrill in occupying a space of their own. Without fail, your child’s friends and play dates will beg to “go in the tent!”.

     

    Whew, feel that heat! If it feels like you are burning up, then a fire truck’s the perfect solution for hours of hot fun for your little one. The pedal car deluxe fire truck has a flashing light and a ringing bell that will delight every would-be fire-fighter. Just like the originals, this pedal car is made of heavy gauge steel and is ready for hours of play. Inspired by the famous and highly collectible “SAD FACE” pedal Fire Truck of the 1940′s, it is true in all details. There is no tailgate, but a rear step just like the originals. The fire truck comes in a deep red highlighted with white graphics. Real high quality wooden ladders grace the rear resting on their own chrome plated, high hoop, grab bars. Speaking of chrome, this vehicle has lots of it, the windshield, steering wheel, ringing bell and the hubcaps are all chromed. Even the flashing light has a chrome base. Adjustable pedals. Recommended ages 2 to 6 years old. Adult supervision required.

     

    If you want to get in on the fun, tossing a ball back and forth has always been a great way to spend an afternoon. The Perfect Gift for the All-American Baby and this will 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.

     

    What are your plans for summer fun this year?

    Holiday Crafts with the Kids

    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

    If your kids are anything like mine, once they see the decorations coming out they are right there wanting to help. While we always want to encourage children’s independence and a sense of accomplishment, you cannot always just hand them the fragile snow globes to place on the edge of the end tables. I have a better idea for how to get the kids to help with the holiday decorating. How about getting your children to create their own holiday trinkets! Here are a few simple craft ideas that your kids will love to create, then decorate the house with.

     

    A simple craft is to pull out the crayons and card stock paper, then make the suggestion for your kids to make their own Christmas cards for their friends at school. Add in the glue and some green, white & red pompoms to see where they take their holiday cheer. You might find Frosty the snow man waving hello or Santa brushing the soot from his jolly red suit. They will love any excuse to pull out their doodlebugz crayon apron (pink stripe) anyway. Get drawing! You just might find that you get one too to add to your Christmas cards!

     

    If you think that you can handle a little bit of confetti at the craft table, then grab some scissors for another classic winter craft that all kids love – paper snowflakes! Give your children a stack of paper and watch the snowflakes appear. I bet you won’t see two the same! They can even decorate the edges with a little silver or gold glitter glue once they are done creating their delicate flakes. Stick them to your windows. Hang them on the tree. You could even use a few for personalized Christmas cards for Grandma  and Grandpa. You certainly won’t fret over these ornaments, as there will be plenty more where they came from over the weeks to come! Heck, you could even try your hand at making a chain of them to dangle from the mantel, instead of the simple paper chains that are always so popular with young artists!

     

    This cute craft is a great one for the kids to make for Holiday gifts for their teachers -Rudolph paper cups. Grab some left over paper cups from your Thanksgiving gathering and put paint smocks on the kids to get dirty! You will need brown and pink paint, pipe cleaners for antlers and of course a red pompom for his nose. Little thumbs are perfect to make Rudolph’s cheeks rosy. Now you just need to add googly eyes, some felt ears and some tasty nibblies to fill your cup with!

     

    One of my favorite holiday nibblies has got to be shortbread cookies. Why not try Lemon Lavender Shortbread this year! The kids will love to put their aprons back on and help with this too. And Babybox.com has star is born cookie cutters to help your little ones shape the stars too!

    Lemon Lavender Shortbread

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 cups unsalted Butter, softened
    • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup icing sugar, sifted
    • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted (approx.)
    • 1/2 cup cornstarch, sifted
    • 1 1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest (about ½ lemon)
    • 1/4 cup coarse sugar
    • 2 tbsp finely chopped dried lavender
    • 1 egg white, beaten

    Directions:
    In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sugar using an electric mixer, for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch and lemon zest. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture; stir until just combined. Form dough into a 1 1/2-inch (4 cm) thick disc; wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm.

    Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Roll dough out, on a lightly floured surface, to be 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick. Cut dough with a 2-inch (5 cm) cookie cutter of any shape. Re-roll scraps and cut additional cookies until all the dough is used. Place cutouts on parchment-lined baking sheets; refrigerate for 10 minutes.

    Meanwhile, combine coarse sugar with lavender. Lightly brush cookies with egg white and sprinkle with sugar mixture. Lightly press the tops to ensure the lavender sticks to the dough.

    Bake cookies, in batches, for 12 to 15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

    NOW you just have to make sure that enough of them last to share with the children’s teachers! Have fun decorating!

    First Day of Autumn

    Friday, September 23rd, 2011

    The chill in the air just won’t go away. The sun has begun to set noticeably sooner and rises a little later each morning. A warning of frost drifts on the breeze and I know even before I look at the calendar what day it is. Today is the first day of Autumn.

     

    It would not be Autumn without the beautiful leaves that blaze into their glory in shades of reds, yellows and oranges, before drifting on the  wind to their winter homes. Caroline Blum has captured the beauty of the season here in this gorgeous piece. This “Autumn Blossom” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Caroline Blum is an incredibly vibrant and colorful depiction of the autumn season. 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.

     

    It isn’t just the trees busy at this time of year. Farmers are also out toiling in their fields, collecting the last of the season’s bountiful harvests. As their wares pile up at farmer’s markets everywhere, they offer temptation to all to take the fruits and vegetables of the farmer’s  labors home to the supper table. If you are thinking about sharing some of the harvest feasts with friends or relatives, then better start planning now and get those invitations out! These personalized invitations “Autumn Harvest” 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 Sweetheart 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!

     

    And while there might be some heat left later in the afternoon on some days, the mornings are starting to feel pretty crisp nowadays. That isn’t bound to change any time soon either. While  Babybox.com already highlighted some warm new clothes for Mom, we thought that you might be worrying about the kids too. The new Bella Bliss quilted riding jacket is an ideal choice for the cool Fall days ahead. Medium weight, with snaps up the front, this jacket is both cozy and easy to wear. Coordinating gingham border along lining which peeks out at cuffs and front when open. In both camel and red, in sizes 4-12 years, you might want to get one for the fall and another for the spring!

     

    Let’s face it. There will be more wet days ahead, and we are bound to see the mercury drop even further before we are ready for it, so perhaps now is a good time to take stock of the kids toys too. For those wet days, when you just don’t want to face the fact that Autumn has arrived, why not pop up the charlotte play tent by lucy and michael, and let the children go wild inside instead.

    This Charlotte play tent by Lucy and Michael is perfect for any baby’s big brother or sister to play in. Imaginative play at its best! Children love the lined doors and paned windows in each lucy & michael play tent. Parents love the design – solid, painted wood and great prints. The Charlotte model is black and white baroque floral with yellow and black accents. Parents love giving their children an heirloom-quality toy that requires no whistles or lights to delight. And children are amused literally for hours on end as they thrill in occupying a space of their own. Without fail, your child’s friends and play dates will beg to “go in the tent!”

    You can’t beat that on a rainy Autumn day!

     

     


    Time to Think About Extra-Curricular Activities Again

    Monday, August 22nd, 2011

    Across the country children have returned to school for another year, or are anxiously counting their last few days of freedom before it begins. Honestly, we don’t know why back to school time can be dreaded so much though. The start of the school year is an exciting time of learning and fun! Children get to see friends they haven’t seen all summer, meet new friends and teachers, plus get to start participating in all the great extracurricular activities that have been dormant all summer. Yes, after the day’s learning is done and the bell has rung, it is time to head out for the extracurricular activities that help to make your child a well-rounded individual. Whether it be football, ballet, lacrosse or piano lessons, get your children signed up for something soon and watch them blossom into the fabulous people they long to be. In honor of all the fun, Babybox.com would like to highlight some of the sports and activities that are available out there for your child, and that you might like to bring home for your child.

     

    If lacrosse is the game of choice at your house, look what we have here. The “Lacrosse Athlete” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Aaron Christensen uses large icons of the game and bold colors to make modern artwork. 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.

     

    When football is on your child’s mind all the time, why not think about putting it on their chests too! This personalized football pattern classic long sleeve tee shirt (youth size) will look adorable on any boy. Designed with red, brown and white football print, it is classic and unique. Same style as our classic style long sleeve tee, but available in larger sizes for older children. Made from 100% cotton and easy to care for. While youth sizes come in 8, 10 and 12, we also carry infant and toddler sizes, as well as short-sleeve, capsleeve, tank tops and baseball tees available in this design.

     

    For your little prima ballerina, give her a ballerina all her own to love. The Ballerina Pal Knit Doll is the perfect way to enjoy a playdate. The adorable ballet dancer is decorated with a hand knit dress complete with fun tutu. So soft and cuddly, this Sweeters Pals can be personalized and done with brown or blond hair. She can practice her pliés, then get her knit doll to copy everything that she does! It makes a great companion for any girl.

     

    Every baby boy will love this sports-themed baby blanket personalized with their name! Choose from three super-soft fabrics in a wide array of colors to make this blanket the perfect complement to any nursery, stroller or play area. Part of the charm of this blanket is that each is handmade. Each design is hand-traced and cut by hand, and a lot of attention to the special requests made for each blanket. As a result, it generally takes four to six weeks for an order to be completed.

     

    Do your kids live, dream and eat everything sports related? Here we have perfect thing for just that child – the sports baby plate. It is ideal for your sporty little boy or girl! With fun, kid print in the center and sports equipment bordering its edge, this plate will bring smiles to every meal. The border is hand-painted including items from all sporting activities, from football to tennis. In the center you can personalize the plate with any name you wish. The plate is orderable in two sizes, 8.5 or 10.5 inches and can have a custom message on the back.

     

    Do you have a budding musician at your house? This Schoenhut’s® “Elite baby grand piano” is designed keeping the three-to-nine-year-old in mind. This toddler sized piano is the perfect choice for introducing a young child to the world of music. This piano is fun and educational (and also extremely durable). It is the ideal instrument to promote eye-hand coordination and develop musical creativity. This smaller version of grand piano is designed for a child with serious musical aspirations. Perfect for practicing at home after music lessons.

     

    How to Beat the Heat this Summer

    Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

    Whew, is it ever HOT out! Is there any end in sight for this heat wave? My goodness, I think North America is melting, with us along with it.

    It feels like we are in Connecticut anyway.

    How are you staying cool this summer? Do you have the central air blasting? Is the window shaker taking the edge off the humidity in your house? Or are you living at the pool, be it yours, the neighbors or the public pool up the road? Anyone living near a beach want to share some of the luxury of lapping waves against the shore with us here at BabyBox.com? All great ideas to stay cool, but maybe you could share some more ways you stay cool too!

     

    One of the ways we stay cool is by quietly relaxing under the shade of the old oak tree in our fatboy headdemock hammock with stand. The Fatboy Headdemock, created by Finnish designer Jukka Setälä, is the perfect place for reading the paper or taking an afternoon snooze. If you don’t have a tree available, it comes with an optional stand, as well. Made from Nylon fabric in padded layers with internal frame and water-resistant and stain-resistant coating.

     

    How about running through the sprinkler? Look at this cute bathing suit that we have, to slip onto your little girl for some outdoor fun. New for summer 2011, Bella Bliss has introduced their ruffled swimsuit. Made of nylon/spandex with ruffle detail, halter neckline, fully lined. Hot pink and navy sizes 12m-12year. She will squeal with delight as the water cools her off from the sprinkler’s spray. You can breathe easy knowing that she is not only cool and happy, but also stylish too.

     

    Don’t forget the cold drinks! Whether it be lemonade for the kids or an icy cold bottle of zinfandel for the adults, these ice buckets will keep all of your beverages cold this summer. You will even add some style to your next cocktail party with our fabulous new personalized lucite ice bucket. This also makes for a perfect hostess gift! Choose from our stylish swatches + monograms to create your one-of-a-kind gift… or design one for yourself! When you pull a refreshing bottle of water out of the bucket and quench your thirst with it, you will appreciate that you thought to get one of these.

     

    Or maybe your answer is to just get away from it all for a night. Pack your pajamas and your pillow and you are ready to go. Whether you are headed for an air conditioned hotel, campground or just sending your little one down the street for a sleepover at a friend’s house, you need the overnighter by barn dandys. Our drawstring bag holds everything you need for a sleepover. In a variety of fabrics, reminiscent of the beach, camping and more, you might need to get more than one to satisfy your child’s every whim and fancy. Just don’t forget your toothbrush!

     

    So, how are you staying cool this summer? Why not leave us a comment here, on Facebook or with a friendly tweet on Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

     

    Fun Ideas for a Rainy Day

    Friday, June 24th, 2011

    Aw, its raining! What are we supposed to do now Mom?

    What indeed? When the rain keeps your little ones inside for the day, do you have any go-to items that help to pass the hours? Do you pull out the puzzles? Grab your apron and bake? Cuddle into a chair to read some of your favorite books? Or maybe you just go back to bed and pull the covers back over your head. Believe us, we’ve been there! We understand!

    So the next time you find that the sun has gone on hiatus and you aren’t sure what to do with the kids without going stircrazy, why not pick up a few of these activity ideas. BabyBox.com has loads of ideas on how to keep sunny dispositions in your house, despite gray skies outside. Check out these Mommy sanity-saving ideas for your next wet day this summer;

     

    If it is too wet to go out, then it is a perfect day to work on puzzles! This pirate puzzle is perfect for your little buccaneer. Piece together the galleon, anchor, barrels, maps, a treasure chest, cannons, parrots, a skull and cross bones, shells. Watch out for crocodiles while you’re digging for treasure. You will be laughing before you know it, as you try to find that buried treasure of Family Time between you and your child.

     

    If you have a budding chef in your family, when not pull out the flour, corn starch, icing sugar and butter for shortbread cookies! All kids love to make these easy cookies and will clamor to put on their hot pink children’s sized chef apron and hat set.  You can even personalize it for the young chef! Who can resist a personalized apron and fancy hat to go with it? Not my kids!

     

    Once the flour has been swept off of every square inch of kitchen surface, take your plate of cookies and curl into your favorite chair for story time. The Super Incredible Big Brother book is the perfect choice to make your child feel special. Add to that that it makes for a great gift for a new brother and you will read this book over and over again.  The book comes personalized with the big brother’s name and the name of the new baby. The book reassures big brother that he is loved and appreciated… and it rewards him for helping out and being a “super star” with his new sibling. It comes with a coordinating Super Incredible Big Brother award medal with a place on the back of the medal to write the proud brother’s first name! When you take the time to read it to your little guy, he will know that he is loved and always will be.

     

    If you have done all that and it is only scratching 10 AM, it is time to slow down! While we have loads more ideas in the toys and book departments, you might want to check out our Big Brother & Big Sister gifts as well. Or you could always just hand them an umbrella and shoo them outside for a bit while you clean up and recover for round two in the afternoon!

     

     

    Black Friday

    Friday, November 26th, 2010

    We’re in the money! Or so we hope anyway. Yes, it is Black Friday today. The day to celebrate when we are out of the red and into the black. So, let’s paint it black today;

    The Art for Kids Evan Armoire with caning is a decorative choice for any room. The piece has doors with a lovely caned doors and is done in a black base finish and gold gilding. It is crafted from 100% birch and alder wood and made with the finest attention to detail. This is a classic piece that is sure to bring elegance to any room.

    The Black Tea Cate Diaper Bag is a stylish way for Mom to bring along all the stuff she needs for herself and baby. The bag is made from wipeable microfiber and equipped with lots of compartments inside and out. Includes a changing pad. You’ll have everything you need and look great.

    Here we have the black and white toile silk crib bedding by art for kids. These silk crib linens feature classic gingham combined with sophisticated toile to help create an elegant nursery for your baby. This Four-piece set includes a ruffled black toile bumper, toile and gingham coverlet, 100% cotton fitted sheet and a dust ruffle of gathered black gingham crib skirt.

    This fabulous black racer pedal car will zoom with your racer in it. Our Racer was inspired by the famous 1952-1957 Ferrari F2 Racers and other Grand Prix type racers of the era. It’s a beautiful car and so well proportioned that most people are unaware of how big it is. Almost 50% bigger than our other pedal cars, it comes with chrome rims, a chrome steering wheel, chrome knock off spinners, chrome windshield, and a big chrome grille. Adult supervision required.

    This Charlotte play tent by Lucy and Michael is perfect for any baby’s big brother or sister to play in. Imaginative play at its best! Children love the lined doors and paned windows in each lucy & michael play tent. Parents love the design – solid, painted wood and great prints. The Charlotte model is black and white baroque floral with yellow and black accents. Parents love giving their children an heirloom-quality toy that requires no whistles or lights to delight. And children are amused literally for hours on end as they thrill in occupying a space of their own. Without fail, your child’s friends and play dates will beg to “go in the tent!”

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