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    Rosh Hashanah is Here!

    Monday, September 17th, 2012

    L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu!

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    If you aren’t exactly sure what I just said, you probably aren’t Jewish, but I won’t hold that against you. Just joking! It means, “May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for a good year” and it is the traditional greeting when you meet someone during Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. Today is the first full day of Rosh Hashanah, which encapsulates a 10-day period of the Jewish calendar’s highest holy days, ending with Yom Kippur. It is a period of judgement, forgiveness and the rebirth of a new year. During these Days of Awe, Jews perform Teshuvah, or repentance, in the hope that their names will be written in the “Book of Life” and they will have a good year to come. That first means recognizing that you have sinned, then performing acts to atone for them, which might include tfiloh (prayer) and tzedakah (charity).

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    While Rosh Hashanah is not about giving presents or akin to the wild celebrations that one sees on January 1st (that other New Year’s celebration), it is an important part of the Jewish calendar and is recognized by certain rituals and foods. There is the dipping of apples into honey, to signify the wishes for a sweet new year. Challah is also eaten, which is a round loaf symbolizing the cycle of time. You dip the challah in honey as well, as sweet is always the hope for things to come. Another important dish that is often eaten is the head of a fish, in recognition that Rosh Hashanah is the “Head of the Year”. Not quite so sweet, but full of significance and that is hard to knock.

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    Aside from food customs, there are also other rituals that are observed. The most essential Mitzvah (commandment) of Rosh Hashanah is of course the sounding of the Shofar. A shofar is a symbolic horn, often made out of a ram’s horn, that is meant to remind people of the importance of reflection. We remember the story of Abraham and God’s order for him to sacrifice his son Isaac, as a symbol of his faith. Just as Abraham is about to do God’s bidding, an angel appears to stop him and points out a ram to sacrifice instead. The shofar is sounded many times during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, again reminding those that hear it of God’s presence and kingship over them.

    So today, we wish Jews everywhere success in their tashlich (sins that are symbolically thrown into the water). May you be written and sealed for a good year, Ketiva ve-chatima tovah!

    These feet were made for walking

    Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

    Feet are a precious and often under-appreciated part of our bodies. Over an average lifespan, you can expect to put approximately 115 000 miles on them. Our feet get us from point A to point B whenever we so desire. They prop us up while we are unloading the dishwasher and while we are standing at the stove making that millionth meal. So why is it that, this resource that we rely upon every day is often so underappreciated? Goodness knows.

    While babies do not put in a lot of miles in their early days, their little tootsies are still very precious things. They need to be pampered with kisses and protected just like the rest of their perfect little bodies. While there is some debate as to whether babies should be barefoot and fancy- free or running ragged in a pair of racy runners there is certainly a place for socks and shoes. Experts suggest that as babies are taking their first steps, feet should be bare to help strengthen them and prevent restriction of growth. That being said, the uneven surfaces encountered out of doors are better met by the protection of socks and shoes.

    So if we must protect our little ones tender and fast growing feet, what better way than  with these little darlings! These are some of the most unique baby shoes we have found. Ribbit, Ribbit! We are Leap Frogs! Fun and fancy fellows who like to leap from lily pad to lily pad and spend our days sunning in the swamp! We enjoy insects and worms and catch them with our quick sticky tongues. The charm of Monkey-Toes is their individuality, because these shoes are hand painted and no two friends alike. With them being  available in children’s sizes 1-10 and custom made to order, why not get more than one! You will need that extra pair, as your babies feet grow approximately two sizes a year for the first five years!

    While you are stocking up on shoes,  don’t forget the little socks to go with them. Here are twelve pairs of baby socks packaged in an egg carton. They are 100% cotton with a little bit of spandex, so your little one won’t lose their little socks. Each has a non skid bottom. There is a mixture of twelve assorted solid colors in each dozen. If that doesn’t strike your fancy, they are also available in dots or solids.These little gems are hand “gathered” in America.

    While having a beautiful pair of shoes and socks is crucial for your little one, you will still  have to stay close. As toddling feet get more comfortable and experienced they just seem to move faster and faster. While you are at it, don’t forget your own feet and runners!

    Antique White Cradle

    Monday, June 1st, 2009

    This Antique White Cradle by Green Frog Art makes is an excellent choice if you’re looking for something traditional.

    There are so many ways to use this cradle. You can place it in any room of the house so you can be close to baby. There are two kickstand style brakes provided so that the cradle can go from gently rocking to stationary with simply the flip of your foot.

    A wonderful piece of baby furniture that will last a long time.

    Spring Baby Clothes from Bella Bliss

    Sunday, February 8th, 2009

    Bella Bliss Spring 2009

    We are thrilled to announce the newest baby clothes and children’s clothes by Bella Bliss have arrived for Spring! Choose from the finest embroidered sweaters, jackets, tops, bottoms for children ages three months to twelve years! The Bella Bliss collection also includes the nursery collection of adorable crib bedding, pillow cases, bibs, burp cloths and more.
    Celebrities also love the Bella Bliss line including Liv Tyler, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Brooke Shields, Jaime Presley, and Mariska Hargitay. This designer baby clothes and accessories have been featured in People, Martha Stewart, Parenting, O Magazine, Vogue and Town & country magazines.

    We know you will love this collection for Spring for you children and much as we do!

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