These are not the scary monsters hiding in the closet or under the bed. These friendly monsters are full of fun for Halloween and beyond.
1- Lovely Monsters Nursery Mobile from Verati Design- $95
2- Yikes Twins Maddie Monster One-Eyed Orange Hooded Towel– $40
3- Monty the Monster from Manhattan Toy- $40
4- Handsome Panther from Uglydoll- $20
5- Nuby Monster Backpack & Lunch Bag Set– $25
6- Mess Eaters Monster Storage Bin– $25
7- Invisible Creature Stack and Scare Blocks from Uncle Goose
8- “Jax the Dreadful” Cool Mist Humidifier from Crane- $50
9- Tattly Monster Set of Temporary Tattoos- $15
10- Striped Critter Nap Mat– $69
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coming soon! shopping guide: nursery furniture rocking chair
Designed to be the most comfortable seat in the house, this modern rocking chair features easy to clean micro-fiber upholstery with aluminum legs and solid beech rockers. Pre-orders are currently available at the special price of $400. Regular retail price will be $450.
Pottery Barn Kids stays current with modern kitchen trends year after year, and 2016 is no exception.
Their Charlie Kitchen, which is on sale right now, is a current blend of rustic and modern with nickel hardware and a smoked gray oak finish.
Order this one now (while it’s still available!) and stash it away for the holidays. It might be worth remodeling YOUR kitchen to match, no?
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It is not too soon to start shopping (or at least saving!) for holiday gifts for your favorite little ones. Year after year, The Land of Nod curates the best holiday gift collection and I’m here to share the most impressive best-bets for the ultimate in gift giving for 2016.
For the littlest ones, one of these new activity gyms or play mats are perfect! Choose the Blooming Baby Activity Gym designed by Elizabeth Olwen($100),
the Ringmaster Baby Activity Gym from Roxy Marj ($90),
or the Emoji Baby Play Mat from Michelle Romo ($80).
Designed by Colin Walsh, the Carry Home Rocket Ship is portable fun for kids 3 and up. ($80)
The Street Vendor Cart will make the ultimate lemonade stand or whatever other entrepreneurial plan the kids dream up. ($250)
The Land of Nod always has the most exciting and creative play tents and this holiday season is full of new introductions. The Decorate a Teepee and Patch Set add and extra layer of fun to the now ubiquitous teepee. ($200 for the complete set)
Suzy’s Cottage from Suzy Ultman is a charming play home that will look incredible in a little girl’s space. ($180)
The Floral Applique Pavilion Playhouse is another beautiful play space that might look perfect in a little girl’s room. ($200)
With a print designed by Virginia Crofts, the Perennial Playhouse has that look of your grandmother’s bedsheet turned into a tent. Of course the tent is a fancy framed camp tent so you’ve got the best of all worlds. ($200)
The dreamiest playhouse of the bunch is the Planetarium Playhouse Canopy. I love these space-saving hanging canopy style tents. ($190)
This season there are also tons of new dolls for both boys and girls. The Ringside Pals are fun playmates designed by Colin Walsh. ($15)
My favorite dolls for the ladies are the Fairytale Dolls from Nun Studio. Choose Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel or the Princess. ($40)
Dolls can be just as spoiled as the kids this season. There’s the Rosa Doll Size Teepee by Leah Duncan. ($34)
as well as the Mod Doll Bed ($60).
The Pint Sized Table and Chairs are just as cool as the doll-sized furniture, but for kids 1 to 3 years old. ($200)
I love the Off-Broadway Puppet Theater. It’s all the fun without taking up any space. ($40)
This year’s new giant plush is this friendly Dragon designed by John Murphy. ($150)
I’m always on the lookout for the coolest rocking horses and the Zebra Rocking Horse, designed by Dinara Mirtalipova, is my pick of the season. ($150)
Finally, Suzy Ultman’s A-Frame Dollhouse Deluxe Set is going on wishlists nationwide. I’m blown away by all the adorable details like the kettle grill, the crib and the swimming pool! ($300)
What’s going on your holiday shopping list?
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The Weekender comes with blue-gray fabric, a cognac faux leather handlebar and carry handle and faux leather detail on the canopy. It’s just as much of a fashion accessory as it is a stroller!
Like all Bugaboo Donkeys, the Weekender can also be converted to a duo.
Do weekends in style wherever you choose to roll.
The choices for modern baby activity centers are really slim. I think that in the past I’ve only recommended two others, so a third option is entirely welcome.
An activity center is one of those giant pieces of baby gear that is completely optional, but for some families, a safe and engaging place to put an active infant (4m+) can be really useful.
The Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Center (really long name!) features a 360-degree rotating seat and colorful, easy to reach toys. The foot platform can be adjusted to the right height, removed for toddlers and the activity center transforms to a play table when baby has outgrown it.
Retails for $120. You can find it right now at Babies R Us.