Happy Valentine’s Day

Neon Heart Poster Unison by Banquet Atelier

This Neon Heart Poster by Banquest Atelier is perfect for this day of love or any other. $140

P’kolino Little Reader Patterned Chair Covers

P’kolino’s Little Reader was already one of my favorite chairs for toddlers and preschoolers, but now they’re even more attractive with these patterned chair covers. The new patterns include Pink Leaves, Blue Planes, Grey, Pink and Blue Chevron, and Orange, Pink and Blue Stripes.

P'kolino Little Reader Chair Covers

You can purchase the chair with cover for $70 or you can purchase a cover for the chair you already own for $25.

10 Feb 2015, 1:10pm
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Tray Dinner Sets from DOIY

I’ve been waiting for the new designs to come out before sharing these with you, but now that you’ve got a selection to choose from, get shopping! These Tray Dinner Sets from DOIY will impress even the pickiest eaters and their parents as well. I LOVE these.

The Landscape Set is the original.

Landscape" Melamine Kids Dinner 7-piece Set

Now DOIY has added the Princess Castle

"Princess Castle" Melamine Kids Dinner 7-piece Set
and Space Set.

"Space" Melamine Kids Dinner 7-piece Set
They are currently available via our Amazon affiliate for about $35.

9 Feb 2015, 7:51am
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2015 Caldecott Books

The Caldecott Medal is “awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.”

What this means to you is that when you buy one of these books, you’re buying an instant classic. A great gift idea for a baby born this year? How about a set of all seven 2015 award winners? They’re bound to enjoy the gift for many years to come.


Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books 2015

2015 Medal Winner:

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat- $17

2015 Honor Books:

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo- $17
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales- $18
This One Summer by Mariko Tamai (author) and Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)- $22
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by by Barb Rosenstock (Author) and Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)- $18
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant (Author) and Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)- $18
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett (Author) and Jon Klassen (Illustrator)- $17

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6 Feb 2015, 8:15am
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Jacques and Esther: New from blabla kids for Spring 2015

Two hippos are joining the blabla knit dolls collection this spring– Jacques the blue sailor and Esther the purple bathing beauty (at least that’s how I’m going to describe her).

Jacques and Esther

You KNOW I’ve got to be partial to Esther, even though she’s a hippo, because we Esthers have to stick together!

Esther Hippo Catalog



There’s also this adorable collection of new roly poly family rattles. I’m gonna call the little blonde one Esther too. I think we’ve got a strong resemblance.

blabla peg people


Trianimals from NUMI NUMI Design

NUMI NUMI Design recently released its new collection of geometric wall art. The Trianimals series is perfect in the nursery or anywhere else in the home. Prints are 8.5″ x 11″ on silk finish paper and include an 11″ x 14″ mat. A few of the designs are also available on canvas.

NUMI NUMI Design Nesbitt Canvas

Each animal is surprisingly soulful and expressive. They include Bond the fox, Geo the panda, Mira the dachshund, Nesbitt the Siamese cat, Nikey the cheetah, Sima the pig, Slim the Labrador, Weezer the Guinea pig and Yael the ibex.

NUMI NUMI Trianimals

Which is your favorite? I seriously can’t decide, but for $20 a piece, you could just get the whole collection.

Now they just need to add a lion (or tiger?) to go with Katy Perry’s Super Bowl puppet ride.

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NY Now Winter 2015 Baby + Child Best New Product Awards

The show wraps up today, but the finalists and winners from the NY Now home + lifestyle market in the Baby + Child category are:


Innobaby LLC (Barrington, IL) for its Innobaby Stainless Bottle and Aqua Heat Warming Pod, which features BPA-free, eco-friendly aqua heat packs to heat bottle without need for batteries or electricity.”

Innobaby LLC Stainless Bottle and Aqua Heat Warming Pod


Winner: “Kid O (New York, NY) for its Mix-and-Match animals, featuring puzzle pieces that can be sorted and snapped together to encourage early creative thinking and social storytelling.”


Finalist: “KidKraft® (Dallas, TX) for its KidKraft Orange Play Teepee.”

Kidkraft Teepee

Finalist: “Uncle Goose (Grand Rapids, MI) for its Odd Galaxy Lunar Rocket.”


Winner: “HABA® USA (Skaneateles, NY) for its Swing Ship Ahoy, which features an “anchor” that can be thrown out to slow the swing down. Includes a support and extensions.”

Haba Swing Ship Ahoy

Finalist: “Uncle Goose (Grand Rapids, MI) for its Chord Cubes.”

Finalist: “Cate and Levi (Toronto, ON, Canada) for its Tooth Fairy Pillow.”



Winner: “Katesplace LLC (St. Helena, CA) for its Kupp’, a children’s drinking glass made in Maine from European glass, enclosed in a colorful silicone sleeve.”

kupp' a drinking glass for kids

Finalist: “The Manhattan Toy Company (Minneapolis, MN) for Travel and ComfortTM Tablet

Travel + Comfort Tablet Wedge (Cloud)
Finalist: “i Rock the Block (New York, NY) for its Safety Slap


Some of these products are super new and aren’t on the company’s website just yet, but you will want to keep your eye out for them!

3 Feb 2015, 10:07am
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New Cedarworks Modern Outdoor Playsets

We usually talk about the modern indoor playsets from Cedarworks, but they’ve finally taken the style I love and taken it outdoors. When we first moved into our current home about 6 years ago, I was looking for the perfect outdoor playset for our spacious fenced backyard. I never found anything that quite fit my vision so we didn’t get anything, but if the Playhouse 8 was available at the time, I would have snapped it up in a heartbeat. This is just what I was looking for!  I wanted a modern style with a slide and swings and here it is!

 Cedarworks playhouse_8

There’s also a simple Playhouse 4 version.

Cedarworks playhouse_4

The Playhouse 2 adds a slide…

Cedarworks playhouse_2

And the Playhouse 6 adds a second story.


You can also work with Cedarworks to create the perfect combination to make your playhouse dream a reality. Thanks to Cedarworks for finally bringing my dream to life. Alas, only 6 years too late for me.

Bestnest: Beautiful Cosleeping Option to Buy or Rent

I know everyone is clamoring for a co-sleeping option that will look beautiful in their bedroom, and since we’re out of luck with the Culla Belly co-sleeper, I’m going to recommend the Bednest. Read the information on their website to see all the reasons why the Bestnest is amazing, like the SafeBridge side panel, adjustable height, safety assurances and ease of setup. But you just need to get a look at it to know that you want one.


The price is high at $500, especially since this is something you’re only going to use for about 6 months, but they’ve already thought of that. You can RENT the Bednest for 6 months for $200! Genius.

bednest 2

bednest all combinations

There’s also a special right now with the code USrental for up to 7 months with the Bednest, a new mattress, two white fitted sheets and free shipping and returns for $179.

Valentine Books

There are just two weeks until Valentine’s Day. For the kids, a sweet book about love beats a paper card and it’s something you can share throughout the year. Order one today, whip up (or pick up) their favorite sweet treat, and you’re set for the 14th!

Valentine Books

Day It Rained Hearts- $14
Plant a Kiss- $12
Love Monster- $16
Consider Love- $12
Hug Time- $12
See a Heart, Share a Heart- $10
The Ballad of Valentine (Picture Puffin Books)- $6
All the Things I Love About You- $12
The Shape of My Heart- $12
Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book- $6

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