23 Sep 2014, 9:19pm
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ABC Kids Expo 2014: Thanks for Reading!

Hope I didn’t miss anything!  But I’ve been home for almost two weeks now, so it’s time for the show coverage to come to an end.

That's a wrap!

And now back to our regularly scheduled posting! Well, it’s not actually “scheduled”. I post things fresh as I write them in an effort to bring you the latest information as soon as possible all year long, not just during our trade show coverage.

2014 JMPA Innovation Awards at ABC Kids Expo

As part of the festivities at the 2014 ABC Kids Expo, the JPMA announced its 2014 Innovation Award winners.

Judges Pick Award: Cloud Q Infant car seat from CYBEX
With safety and quality comparable to the Cybex Aton 2 and Aton Q, the innovative Cloud Q can recline completely when used on a stroller.  (coming early 2015)

Cloud Q Infanct Car Seat from CYBEX

Parent’s Pick Award: Baby Camera 0 Emission by Babymoov
The first and only video baby monitior with no electromagnetic wave emissions. (coming March 2015)

Feeding/Bathing/Changing category: Wow Baby Spill Free 360 Cup by Wow Gear, LLC

Wow Baby Spill Free Cup

Safety category: Buddy Tag by Le Vise Products

Buddy Tag

Child restraint category: Doona Car Seat by Simple Parenting

Doona Car Seat

Nursery category: Duux Bluetooth Baby Protector with Lullabies and Nightlight by Duux

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Play/entertainment category: SoapSox

SoapSox

Infant/parent care category: Love to Dream 50/50 Transition by Regal Lager, Inc.

Love to Dream 50/50 Transition

On-the-go category: Chicco LullaGo Bassinet by Chicco USA (*less than $100*)

Chicco LullaGo Bassinet

Carriers category: Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier

Ergobaby 4D Stretch Baby Wrap

Stroller category: UPPAbaby Vista Stroller

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Congratulations to all the winners.

5 Sep 2014, 8:30am
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ABC Kids Expo 2014 Preview

It’s that time again!  I’m packing up and heading to Vegas tomorrow for my 5th year at the ABC Kids Expo, the nation’s largest kids and baby trade show.

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I’ll be meeting and visiting with many of our favorite brands and companies as well as other bloggers and retailers.  It’ll be a busy few days.  Coverage on the blog will start next week and run through September, but you can follow on twitter, Instagram and Facebook to catch some of the early news and photos.

Follow our coverage to preview what the year ahead will bring!

4 Jul 2014, 10:53am
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Happy Independence Day!

Here’s to 238 years of the U.S. of A!

Enjoy this festive day and stay safe!

15 May 2014, 9:05am
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Skip Hop Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Laura I., the winner of a new Butterfly Zoo Pack and Lunchie from Skip Hop!  Laura, this is going to be so perfect for your little girl!

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If you want to get the latest addition to the Skip Hop Zoo– either the Hedgehog or the Butterfly, you can find them on the Skip Hop website or on amazon.com.

Some affiliate links included.
11 May 2014, 12:14pm
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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mothers Day 2014

We managed to take our annual Mother’s Day photo this year without too much fussing or fighting so I’m calling the day a success!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you modern moms, moms-to-be and mothering types.  Give yourselves a pat on the back.  I hope you’re getting all the appreciation you deserve– today and every day!

with love,Esther

The Most Expensive Crib

I’m merely posting this for your entertainment… at $16,320,000, the Dodo Bassinet Solid Gold from Suommo has got to be the most expensive bassinet of all time.  I imagine it being the bed of choice for the offspring of ancient Pharaohs.

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Fortunately, the bedding is included.  How about throwing in the child’s college education while we’re at it?

For the older baby, the Bela Luxury Cot Gold Edition is merely $62,288 but I’m afraid the bedding is an additional $5,168.  For some reason they throw in a free bottle of water.Suommo-Bela-Gold-0631

You could also choose the La Perla Crib Gold Edition for $81,600 or the Limited Edition La Perla Crib in Gold Rosé ($353,600), also with a free bottle of water.

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I’m not even going to mention the pacifier– oh wait, I just did.

Have I sufficiently knocked your socks off?

10 Feb 2014, 10:20pm
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Miller Bedding Set Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Dh Jax, the winner of our Olli & Lime Miller range giveaway! She has chosen the Miller set with the patterned sheet and stone skirt.

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Congratulations Dh!  I will email you shortly.  I can’t wait to see photos of it in the nursery!

Thanks to Olli & Lime (one of our lovely friends and advertisers) for this generous giveaway.

 

20 Jan 2014, 2:45pm
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30 Dec 2013, 11:13pm
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What We’ve Been Up To: Big Boy Room

This weekend was terribly busy as my family scrambled to get my little one’s big boy room finished before the new year.  Here are a few photos of our progress!  I’ll show photos of the completed room as soon as we get all the details filled in.  I’m still shopping for a bookcase.

Here’s what I’ve been looking at:

fjalkinge-shelf-unit from ikea

From Ikea, the FJÄLKINGE shelf unit has the perfect look and a great price at $130.  The problem 46.5″  is too wide for our space.

stairway-96-wall-mounted-bookcase

The Stairway Wall Mounted Bookcase from CB2 is the perfect width at 30″, but the problem with this one is it’s too tall for the room.  96″ won’t work with the 8′ ceilings (96″ = 8′).                                  Slim Etagere

I love Room & Board’s quality and I’ve always been a fan of the Slim line, but this shelf is getting a bit pricy at $500.  I could pick white or this fun yellow color though…

What to do, what to do….

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