Baby’s First Easter Basket 2014

In our annual effort (see 2012 and 2013) to inspired the most incredible, inedible Easter baskets, we present these five modern collections for your shopping and gift giving pleasure.  In case you’ve been able to resist the Easter aisles at Target since February 15th, the time to shop is now!


Playme Magical Beans- $65
Soft Bunny Rabbit Pillow
from Mini Boheme- $50
Lilac Pixie Wooden Toy Camera from Twig Creative- $40
Grey-White Stripe Laundry Hamper- $40
Welcome Baby! Baby Keepsake Book- $28


Personalised Easter Egg from Summer Svenson- $12
Tina the Bunny- $25
Bunny Easter Nesting Dolls- $22
Red Stripes Around the Cube Bin- $13
Jojo’s First Word Book
by Xavier Deneux- $17


Chick Pal from Corl & Tusk- $20
Melissa & Doug Slide and Seek Egg- $8
Sidewalk Chalk Eggs- $18
An Egg is Quiet
by Dianna Hutts Aston- $14
Naturally Neat Jute Bin- $20


The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers- $12
Bunny Chalkboard- $25
Personalized Rabbit Teether from Smiling Tree Toys- $12
Rabbit Thread Drawing Plushie from KLTworks- $24
Heart Print Cotton Floor Bin- $50

Playme Pluck Carrot- $45
Bigjigs Toys BB012 Chunky Puzzle Mom and baby Rabbit- $20
ZoLi Bunny Teether- $11
P’kolino Book Buggee in Orange- $40
Green Rabbit Lovey from Baby Cool Creations- $23

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Must-Have Lego Duplo for Toddlers

You may know about my fondness for Lego Duplo, okay I admit, I’m more of a fanatic!  And while it saddens me deeply that my boys have nearly grown out of Duplos, perhaps your kids will be able to enjoy these amazing sets!

I first saw these this weekend at Legoland Florida (one of my favorite places!) but you can pick these up at your local Lego store, Target, etc…

Bath time will be infinitely more awesome with Toddler Build and Boat Fun.  $20

Lego Duplo Toddler Build and Boat Fun

Unlike the previous cake set, this Creative Play Ice Cream Set is not packaged in pink and is equally suitable for both boys and girls!  Love!

Lego Duplo Creative Play Ice Cream

Of course a “healthier” option would be the Creative Picnic Set.  So much fun to be had with these!
Lego Duplo Creative Picnic

Put these or any other Duplo sets on your gift buying list and they’re sure to be a winner.

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Holiday Gifts 2013: Oeuf Goodies

The winter holidays are a perfect time to indulge a little and snuggle up with some cozy alpaca knit plushies from Oeuf.    These are just a few options that will be treasured gifts for babies and kids of any age.

Oeuf Goodies

Rainbow Pillow, Soccer Ball Boy, Rat Pillow, VW Bus, Roger the Pirate, Boy Snake, Coral Apple Pillow

MiniParker Doll Bunk Bed from Casa Kids

If your kids are too young or you don’t have the space for a full sized bunk bed (one of Casa Kids‘ specialties), you can still enjoy Roberto Gil’s amazing design talent in this doll-sized version.  Perfect for your holiday gift giving, the MiniParker Doll Bed is designed for your favorite 18 inch dolls.

The MiniParker is inspired by the Marino Bunk Bed and the new LoLo Bunk Bed (which is incredible) and features a bunk over day bed with a built in storage box.


The bed is made up of slotted pieces of birch plywood that are designed to be simple enough for your children to assemble themselves.  Mattresses are included and personalization is optional.


$185 or $200 with name.

Here are a few of my favorite 18″ dolls that might love a bunk bed…

18" inch Dolls

Clockwise from top left…
Lambswool Knitted Dolly Bright Fairisle from Sally Nencini- $64
Lola the Rocker from Blabla Kids- $56
Adelaide 18″ Cloth Doll- $52 from piggyhatespanda
Trudi African Culture Rag Doll, Jamila, 18″- $32

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22 Nov 2013, 7:50am
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Holiday Gifts 2013: Play Dolls from The Land of Nod

For pretend play purposes, not much beats a loveable doll and the accessories to go along with it.  Both my boys loved their baby doll and we’ve only just gotten rid of the plastic toy stroller we had for him.  I could never getting rid of the doll, Doobie, though.

If your little girls or little boys don’t yet have a baby doll to love, these dolls and accessories from The Land of Nod will make an amazing grand finale gift this holiday season.

Play Dolls from The Land of Nod

Pick your favorite Wee Wonderful Doll ($39) and then the wooden cradle, stroller and high chair will add a world of play.

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Holiday Gifts 2013: giggleBABY Toys at JCPenney

giggleBABY at JCPenney

The toy collection from giggleBABY at JCPenney is colorful and affordable.  I particularly like the wooden toys.  They’re gender neutral basics that every child can use in their toy box.

Color and Shape Sorter- $15
Tapping Bench Toy
- $15
3-pk Mini Vehicles- $30
Wooden ABC Standup Puzzle- $20
Frog Stacker- $15
Wooden Count to Four Stacker- $10

Etsy Find: Twig Creative

Twig Creative is a great place to find handmade holiday gifts for your little ones this year.  The husband and wife team have a sweet collection that includes wooden toy cameras,


…these amazing orchard nightlights,

Orchard Nightlights from Twig Creative

…and a child’s chair (also available in blue).

twig creative child's chair

They’ve also teamed up with Oh Joy! for extra special editions of each of their products.

I adore the colors on the special edition Child’s Chair.

Child's Chair — Twig + Oh Joy Studio

The special edition nightlight is white with gold…


… and the Pixie Dust Camera is highlighted with gold as well.


If these items are sold out in the etsy shop, check Twig Creative’s website as well.  These are available for a limited time so be aware that if you want the special editions, you’ll have to act fast!

Finally, Instagram fans (like myself) might be partial to the Anagram (wooden camera inspired by Instagram).


Are you shopping handmade this holiday season?

Flatout Frankie

If you saw my toy post from the ABC Kids Expo, you already got a sneak preview, but I want you to get a closer look at the lovely range of cardboard toys from Flatout Frankie.

These are the kinds of toys that make a big splash when they’re given as gifts, they look beautiful while you’re playing with them, but when you’re done, they can be folded up and recycled without trouble or guilt.

Here is the complete line:

Little Aeroplane- $44

Flatout Frankie Little Aeroplane

Little Racer- $44

Flatout Frankie Little Racer

Little Kitchen- $36

Flatout Frankie Little Kitchen

Princess Castle- $28

Flatout Frankie Princess Castle

Little Roar Head- $26

Flatout Frankie Little Roar Head

Little Unicorn Head- $26

Flatout Frankie Little Unicorn Head

Order your favorites now for holiday gift giving!

15 Nov 2013, 8:39am
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Holiday Gifts 2013: Gorgeous Janod Toys

Janod has finally become widely accessible in the US, which is wonderful because they just make the most beautiful toys in such cheerful modern colors.  Even the packaging is lovely and makes it easy to give the perfect gift.  These are just a few great gift ideas from Janod.

Janod toys and gifts

Crazy Scotty – Black- $33
Janod Chic Maxi Cooker Wooden Kitchen Toy Playset for Kids- $100
Janod 40 Letters and Numbers Blocks- $25
Confetti Grand Piano- $80
Owly Clock- $40
Janod Large Wooden Xylophone- $20
Janod Xylo Roller- $35
Janod 50 Geometrix Blocks- $26

My little one is getting this Magnetic World Puzzle- $45  I love it as an educational toy and something to hang as art.

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Holiday Gifts 2013: Uncle Goose Blocks

Uncle Goose Blocks

There’s a set of Uncle Goose blocks that’s perfect for every family.  These are just a small sampling.  Which one’s right for yours?

Uncle Goose Alphabet Blocks with Uppercase and Lowercase Letters- $22
Baby Blocks
- $12
Uncle Goose Groovie Blocks (28 pcs)
- $37
Nursery Rhyme Block Set by Uncle Goose- $34
Periodic Table Building Blocks- $36
Uncle Goose BUG Blocks (28 pcs)- $37

I gave my little one a set of Presidential Blocks last year, but I also love the new State Blocks set!

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