New to the Zoo: Hedgehog and Butterfly from Skip Hop with Giveaway

Two new zoo pals join the crew at Skip Hop.  Meet the Hedgehog and the Butterfly!  These cute characters join the menagerie as Zoo Packs and Zoo Lunchies.

Skip Hop Zoo Packs Butterfly Hedgehog

These should just be mandatory for all preschoolers.


To celebrate the launch of these two new styles, Skip Hop is giving away your choice of a Hedgehog or Butterfly Zoo Pack and Zoo Lunchie.

Hedgehog and Butterfly

Enter to win via the rafflecopter widget below.  You must leave a comment telling us which pack and lunchie you’d choose.  There are a few additional entry methods you can take advantage of to increase your odds of winning.

This sweepstakes is open to US resident over the age of 18.  It starts right now and ends May 14th, 2014 at midnight.

Thanks to our friends and advertisers at Skip Hop for this fun giveaway and good luck to you!

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Cat Kidston Maclaren Quest

In case you want your stroller to look like your great-grandmother’s favorite armchair, Maclaren’s Cath Kidston Spray Flower Quest Buggy is back.  $335

Cath Kidston Maclaren Quest

Nothing against Cath Kidston, I just prefer her modern vintage English style in smaller doses…

Cath Kidston kids

Clockwise from top left:

Garage Kids Mini Backpack- $26
Penguin Double Duvet Set- $90
Puppies and Kittens Nursery Set- $20
Kew Sprig Kids Backpack- $42

Cath Kidston Changing Bags Diaper Bags

Posy Zip Changing Bag- $120
Spot Changing Bag- $105
Spot Zig Changing Bag
- $120
Cowboy Changing Bag- $100

And now please excuse me as I redecorate my son’s bedroom to suit that penguin bedding!

Back To School: Wooden USA Puzzle

So everyone who’s going is back in school now, right?  Whether your children are in the classroom or still at home with you, start them off right this year and make geographic literacy fun with a great puzzle.

This beautiful “My Puzzle Tis of Thee” ($69) wooden puzzle of the United States is a Nod exclusive and includes 45 pieces and the tray.

my puzzle tis of thee US puzzle from The Land of Nod

Another USA Jigsaw puzzle to consider if you’re interested in having colors is this one from Puzzle Man.  ($40)


I also like this one from Hollow Woodworks because of the little pegs on each piece.  ($58)


Montessori USA puzzle map ($35 + shipping) is always a great choice.

Montessori USA puzzle

This laser cut magnetic US puzzle from Steven Mattern Design features the continental interstate highway system though they also have one with rivers and lakes. ($102)

USA Map Puzzle - Continental Interstate Highway System

Hope everyone has a great school year!

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Perfect Pairing for Back to School- DwellStudio + Thermos

We’re in the middle of Back-to-School season and in case you haven’t found the perfect backpack / lunchbox combo, you’re in luck, because I have!  I love this partnership between DwellStudio and Thermos.  Not only do you get a cute DwellStudio pattern backpack and matching insulated lunch box, but the Thermos straw bottles, food jars and sippy cups round out the set perfectly.  One of my little one’s favorite lunch options at preschool is macaroni and cheese in his food jar, but ours isn’t nearly as cute as these.

DwellStudio and Thermos

In case you’re not quite ready for back to school yet, the diaper bags are super and stylish as well.  The messenger diaper bags are $110, the Madison bags are $70 and the Hudson bag (teal) is $180.

DwellStudio Thermos Diaper Bags
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New to the Zoo: Skip Hop Dinosaur and Hippo!

I’m happy to introduce you to Skip Hop‘s newest zoo creatures.  The Hippo and Dinosaur Zoo Packs are now available for $20.  They are also available as Zoo Lunchies for $14.  They join the bee, dog, elephant, fox, frog, ladybug, monkey, mouse, owl, penguin and zebra.

This collection just keeps getting cuter and cuter.  Keep these in mind for camp or back to school.

I Buy Modern: My Recent Purchases

One of the hazards of this blogging game is that I’m always shopping online for you, and every so often, I find things that I can’t resist myself.  These are a few of my most recent purchases.

1- Once I spotted this I Will Never Lego print on swiss-miss, I knew I had to have it.  Not sure which of my two boys will get this one, but it’s got to be in my household.  I have a few days to decide before it arrives.

2- We purchased a Mini Kanken when my youngest started preschool a few months ago, and while it was the perfect size for him, the only thing that fits into it is his lunchbox.  There’s no room to stuff anything else like a jacket, so I’ve just upgraded him to this Classic Fjällräven Kanken backpack in Ox Red, his color of choice.

3- Beaba’s Pixie Night Light and Lantern now sits on my son’s nightstand.  It’s the perfect thing for him to grab on trips to the bathroom in the night.  I just wonder how long we’ll be able to go before the Pixie gets a little smile added to his face.  For now I’m hiding all the permanent markers in the house!

4- I finally purchased a Boon Stash for myself.  I’ve got it hanging at my desk to store little odds and ends without taking up space on the table top.  I’m very pleased!

5- Finally, speaking of my son’s nightstand, this was a recent addition as well!  We needed a place for his alarm clock, books, a glass of water and of course, the nightlight, so I purchase the Ayres Nightstand from Argington to go with his Ayres bed.  So far so good!  And he loves the little drawer on the bottom for storing all his “valuables.”

Let me know if you have questions about any of the products!

Norman Copenhagen Play Board (and more)

In the spirit of back-to-school, check out this Normann Copenhagen Play Board in Yellow.

Designed by Jesper K. Thomsen, the “Play” series is handmade in Denmark out of Lacquered Beech.  Other items in the collection include the Play Soapbox Cart ($3150), a table ($380), bench ($370) and chairs ($315). (the Play collection is available at our affiliate All Modern Baby)

Some newer Norman Copenhagen items that might be fun to use in your modern nursery include the Watch Me Wall Clock ($50) and Woofy, the cable concealing dog ($200).


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