Children’s Lighting from Slide Design

Cheerful decor in the daytime, colorful glow at bedtime.

The adorable modern children’s lamps from Slide Design come in a wide variety of colors and cute designs. My kids would go crazy for the penguins in the form of the Koko Light.


The Pure Light is a modern teddy bear. At 17.7″ tall, this critter makes a big statement!

Pure Light

The Bubo Owl lamp is another great nursery option, and you can also find the Mr. Bot robot light and Jumpie rabbit light.

Owl Light

Take a look at all the plastic possibilities  from Slide Design on yliving.

P’kolino Nursery

With P’kolino’s new customizable nursery pieces, the possibilities are literally endless. They have just introduced three nursery furniture collections as well as bedding and wallpaper.

My favorite new items are the Luce Collection. As with all the P’kolino nursery furniture items, there are different panel color and pattern options. You can even upload your own artwork to truly make it your own.

P'kolino Luce Convertible Crib - Evolve - Wood/White

Luce Crib Customized

The Luce Convertible crib transforms into a lovely toddler bed with no additional pieces to order and the Luce Dresser features up to two customizable drawers.

Luce Toddler Bed

The second P’kolino collection is Bianco.

 P'kolino Bianco Convertible Crib

It looks lovely in all white, but the side panels and drawer fronts can be customized.

P'kolino Bianco Convertible Crib Customized

The matching P’kolino Dresser features up to three customizable dresser fronts. The crib converts to a toddler bed which is shown below with the optional crib drawer accessory.

 P'kolino Bianco Convertible Crib toddler bed

The third crib is Grigio which also has customizable panels and converts into a toddler bed.


P'kolino Grigio Toddler Bed

The bedding collections coordinate with the colors and patterns, and removable tempaper tots wallpaper finishes off the look.


These are exciting additions to the modern nursery world and with cribs starting at $500, they’re worth considering for your baby’s space.

Halloween Books for Kids

From cute to just a little bit creepy, these are my picks for your October reading. For more choices, shop the 2014 list. They’re still good!

Halloween Books 2015

From top left:

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett- $17
Ghost in the House: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Ammi-Joan Paquette- $10
Frangoline and the Midnight Dream by Clemency Pearce- $17
The Monsterator by Keith Graves- $18
Have You Seen My Monster? by Steven Light- $17
Only a Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee- $17
Crankensteinby Samantha Berger- $17
This Is NOT a Pumpkin by Bob Staake- $7
At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman- $17
Spooky Pookie by Sandra Boynton- $6

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Cubic Dollhouse Set

I’m ready to move into the new Cubic Dollhouse Set, though I must admit, personally I’d be more interested in a three bedroom place.

Seriously though, this amazing dollhouse is a MoMA exclusive and features a glazed roof, double height living room, and modern furnishings throughout. Furniture is included but the dolls are sold separately (and the patio isn’t currently available).

Cubic Dollhouse Set MoMA EXCLUSIVE

Just look how happy this little boy looks with his flat panel tv and ipad!

Cubic Dollhouse Set MoMA EXCLUSIVE detail view

For ages 4+ $200

Find more dollhouses we love on Pinterest.

Black Cat Bag for Trick or Treat

Actually it’s a white cat on a black bag, but it’s still perfect for trick-or-treating. I have at least a dozen Baggu bags and have been using them for years. I can vouch for the durability and longevity of these bags . You’ll be able to fill your Baggu with as much candy as you can carry.

Halloween Baggu trick or treat bag

Order your Black Cat Baggu before they sell out!

Oeuf Plush Vegetables

We’ve seen Oeuf’s apples and cherries, but if that’s too sweet for you, they’ve expanded the offerings.

Oeuf Vegetables

Pick a Cauliflower, Eggplant, Broccoli or Radish Pillow. $100-$130 each


I’d snuggle up with a super soft baby alpaca wool radish, wouldn’t you?

The Land of Nod Holiday Gifts Preview

I’m pretty sure that I say this every year, but if you had to choose just one store for your holiday gift shopping, The Land of Nod would be the one to pick. They assemble the best collection of beautiful, unique gifts that stand the test of time. They also work with makers and designers to develop exclusive products for the season. But I’ll quit talking about them and just show you a selection of my favorites.

First, there’s a number of fun playhouses.

The Gearhead Garage Playhouse is too fun. The Gas Pump and Speedster Sit-On are sold separately. I also like the idea of getting their Speedster Racer and/or the Fire Engine Speedster with the garage.


The canopy playhouses are great because they add a lot of whimsy but don’t take up a lot of floor space. The new styles include the Skyhouse Playhouse Canopy, London Calling Playhouse Canopy and Woodsy Playhouse Canopy.


The Land of Nod Canopy playhouses london phone booth and tree house

The Misha Lulu designed Log Cabin Playhouse is a super one that can be accessorized with Felt Stepping Stones and Leaf Welcome Mat.


There’s one other crazy new playhouse, the Monster Playhouse, but it’s a little weird for my taste so I could bring myself to post a photo of it.

In a world saturated with play teepes, the new Dip Dye Denim Teepee is a unique version worthy of note. Denim style canvas + ombre is a really cool look and the floor cushion they have to go with it is pretty as well.


If the full play tents take up too much space or if you prefer something more temporary, I love Suzy Ultman’s Hanging Around Hallway Playhouse that just hangs in a doorway or hall and included the welcome may.


Gingiber has created three unique versions of the Executive Nod Chair– Sheep, Bunny and Fox. They are like favorite stuffed animals that you can sit on.

Gingiber Furry Animal Nod Chair

Another soft, plush place to hang out and play is the Day Trip Plush Canoe that is part of the Camp Wandawega collection.


And if you like giant plush toys and don’t want the teddy bear from Costco, the Giant Simon Sit On or the Paleo Plush might be more your style.

giant-simon-sit-on paleo-plush-green

You may know I have a thing about rocking horses, and the Thoroughbred Rocking Horse designed by Adam Greber is a new favorite of mine.


I love how the What’s That Stand For can transform into a great number of places for pretend play. It comes with curtains, banners and theater, produce, ice cream, drive thru and bank signs as well as a chalkboard/whiteboard sign so the kids can add anything else their imaginations come up with. This might be my #1 top must-have pick for holiday gifts.


The Future Foodie Play Kitchen Sink, Fridge and Oven form my new favorite play kitchen items. When did my kids get too big for toys like this? Oh, so unfair.


Now we did have a nice wooden workbench when the boys were little, but this If I Had a Hammer (and a Workbench) looks even cooler. With so many black and white kids rooms, this one fits right in.


My final new toy pick from The Land of Nod for the holidays is the Modular Dollhouse. It is compact, can be arranged in different combinations and best of all, comes with the furniture and dolls.


I’ll just say this, I’m a little envious of all the kids getting The Land of Nod goodies for the holidays this year. I wouldn’t be mad if you tag me in your holiday Instagram photos to show off.

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24 Sep 2015, 9:44pm
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Cute Culinary Creatures by My Natural Eco Feeding Collection

While we wait for our little boy to be born in October, we have been spending time decorating the room our preschooler will eventually share with his baby brother. Their space revolves around camping, canoeing, and nature. When Esther told me about the new My Natural Eco Feeding Collection, I knew it was something I wanted to both own AND share with you all. Let’s take a peek!


The pieces are created using corn, potato, and sugar cane starches, and the entire collection is free of BPA, phthalates, PVC, and Latex. The Safety & Health page is detailed and explains everything a parent wants to know about giving their child something safe for mealtime.

A modern Fox, Deer, Owl, and Raccoon are displayed in a on each uniquely shaped bowl and plate. Little anti-slip feet create a fun visual of the animals’ feet, while keeping the feeding-friendly plate in place. Both bowls and plates are designed with a contoured front-edge lip and an anti-topple structure, with the plate geared towards more developed eaters.

my natural eco feeding bowls
The chunky, bistro-style spoon and forks are perfect for little hands learning to self-feed. With rounded tips on the fork, I would feel safe letting my infant explore his plate with these versus other, more pointed options on the market. I’m already adding the Raccoon set and blue utensils to my baby list!

Now, where would we put these adorable creatures on our table? On the Eco Place Mat, of course!

my natural eco feeding
I am dying over the green forest landscape and how fun the place setting looks on this clever layout. This would even be a great mat for using modeling dough or creating animal crafts. I see many uses for this piece.


What do you think? I am excited about this new collection! Which animal would you like to see setting on your forested placemat?

21 Sep 2015, 8:03pm
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Modern Bunny Stacking Toy from Petit Collage

The cutest new stacking toy in ages, the Modern Bunny from Petit Collage, is just as fun to play with as it is beautiful up on a shelf.

MODERN BUNNY  Wooden Stacking Toy from Petit Collage

Grab a couple now for easy gift giving later! $24

With Petit Collage puzzles, art, and craft sets, you can give Petit Collage gifts to kids no matter what their age.

Acrylic Baby Gym

As if the Wee Workout Baby Gym wasn’t beautiful enough, now it’s available in clear acrylic. This makes your baby gear nearly invisible in your space, but it’s just as fun for your little one. The Acrylic Wee Workout Baby Gym retails for $190 with your choice of car or animal rattles or you can buy it without the rattles for $170 and add your own favorite hanging toys as shown below.

Acrylic Baby Gym

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