Ten Hanukkah Titles for Tots

There’s still time to add some Hanukkah book titles into your little one’s library. These are my picks— with “My First Menorah” being my choice as the best first Hanukkah book.

Hanukkah Library

Chanukah Lights Everywhere by Michael J. Rosen- $7
My First Menorah by Salina Yoon- $7
Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale by Eric A. Kimmel- $13
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Hanukkah by Roger Priddy- $5
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins: 25th Anniversary Edition by Eric A. Kimmel- $14
Maccabee!: The Story of Hanukkah by Tilda Balsley- $6.60
The Story of Hanukkah by David A. Adler- $15
The Dreidel that Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah by Martha Seif Simpson- $14
Hanukkah Haiku by Harriet Ziefert- $17
The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket- $10

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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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18 Sep 2015, 7:00am
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Fri-yay! Giveaway: Bel Bambini Gift Baskets

To celebrate the re-launch of their BelBambini.com, the famous baby boutique to the stars is giving away one of their luxury Gift Baskets to one lucky winner.


Welcome baby into the world with Bel Bambini’s Newport Baby Gift Basket. Available in Boy, Girl and Gender Neutral – this basket is filled with a fun mix of essential goodies for the little one. Baskets retail for $100.

Items include:

Aden and Anais Hooded Towel & Washcloth- Jungle Jam
Callison So’Pure Sophie Teething Ring
Natursutten Butterfly Rounded Paci- Small
GoumiKids Mitts- Chevron Stone
Honest Co. Wipes- 72
Angel Dear Blankie- Giraffe

You can enter to win a Bel Bambini’s Newport Baby Gift Basket (retail value $100) via the rafflecopter app below. Note: this sweepstakes is open to US resident over the age of 18 only. It starts right now and ends September 25th, 2015 at noon EST. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In addition to the Newport Baby Gift Baskets, you can find other luxury gift baskets on the new site including the $10,000 Royal Baby Supreme Gift Basket. This pretty much includes the top of the line of everything you could possibly need for baby. I’d love to know how many of these they sell!

Bambini Front

If I ever get out to California again, you can be sure I’ll be visiting Bel Bambini in person, but for now we can all shop their new website!

Teethers from Manny & Simon

A Manny & Simon push toy is pretty much a requirement for any modern nursery (just search our archives to prove it!), so I know their teethers are going to be standard for any well equipped toy box and diaper bag.Print
We got to preview the teethers ($14) at last years ABC Kids Expo, but I really love the shakers ($24) as well.

Manny & Simon Shakers

Keepin’ Em Busy in the Car!

So today was the last day of school and I’m facing three months of summer with both excitement and trepidation. Travel is definitely part of the excitement of vacation and you can face it with less trepidation if you’ve got great travel activities to keep the kids busy.

Road Trip

I really recommend the great travel games from Melissa and Doug. With the pieces firmly attached to the board, you can have all the fun without the tragedy of pieces spilling out of reach on the floor. I seriously have the USA License Plate Game
and Hangman in the car with me at all times, but next I would add Travel Bingo and the Travel Memory Game. Bring these out as needed (or when the ipad battery dies)!

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Donna Wilson Hobby Horses

I love a new twist on a classic toy and when it features the unique style of Donna Wilson, it’s a must-see in my book.

Donna Wilson Hobby Horse Giraffe Zebra

There are three styles of Hobby Horses including a Giraffe, Zebra and Llama (my boys’ favorite!). $94

27 Apr 2015, 12:58pm
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Etsy Find: Produce Rattles from Chipper Rattles

How cheerful is this collection of Produce Rattles from Chipper Rattles?!

Produce Stand Basket: Produce Rattle, Entire Collection

The entire collection ($95) includes a carrot, turnip, radish, squash, strawberry, banana, lemon and pear. You can also purchase the rattles individually for $14 a piece. Once you’re done with the rattle stage, move them on to your play food collection!

24 Mar 2015, 12:15pm
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Kid O New Favorites for 2015

Wooden toys are typically the choice for design-snob parents (and I mean that in the kindest way possible), but Kid O has elevated plastic toys to an irresistible level. Their newest products are terrifically tempting.

Simmer & Saute Set

Rise & Shine Set

Mix & Match Animals

Pattern Stacker

Pour & Spin Submarine

Take a look at the entire 2015 collection.

Baby’s First Easter Basket 2015

I was afraid that after several years of creative sugar-free Easter basket ideas, I wouldn’t be able to find anything new, but believe me that when it got to it, it was hard to narrow down my finds into these four basket ideas!

Easter 2015 gold
Gold Glitter Easter Banner
from Fetti and Fizz- $9
Rabbit Lamp from Egmont Toys- $71
Organic Bunny Rattle with Handles (gold)- $16
Mod Cube Bin- $29
Easter Illustration Bunny Ears- $12+

Easter 2015 aqua
Nesting Owls
- $37
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons- $7
Chick Teether- $28
Bunny Tote Lagoon from blabla kids- $28
Bunny Plush Doll with Turquoise Bow Tie from poosac- $38

Easter 2015 Neon
Necktie Rabbit Embroidery Hoop Art
from Lemon Cucullu- $25
Neon Rabbit Pillow Cover from Lalalabel- $55
Maileg Bunny Medium- $44
Spring is Here- $7
Grand Canvas Bag – JE T’AiME Lilac- $56

Easter 2015 navy
Bunny Felt Baby Slippers- $32
The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds by Marisabina Russo- $8
Juliette Rabbit Hazel Village + WWF Limited Edition- $42
In Print Floor Bin- $32
Ikea Duktig Doll Bed- $20

You can find all our previous Easter basket ideas on Pinterest!

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22 Jan 2015, 11:57am
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Colette Bream Games

When Colette Bream does games, you know they’re also going to be works of art. I love this selection of familiar classics as well as original board games. Why settle for the usual when you can choose something really extraordinary?

Slides and Ladders- $48


Tiddlywinks Game- $34

Giant LUDO Game- $68

Square City Race Game- $54

Checkers/Chess Wooden Board $48 and Ladybug Checkers Game Pieces- $24il_570xN.590061029_o05r

Tic Tac Toe Game- $15

Travel Size Memory Game- $19

These are just SOME of the games available. Visit Collette Bream’s etsy shop to see them all.

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