Justina Blakeney at Pottery Barn Kids

The nursery sets from Pottery Barn Kids usually run a little too mainstream for my tastes, but this collection from Justina Blakeney is a surprise in the very best way. The Jungalino Baby Bedding is the centerpiece of the nursery set. The wonderful collection of colors and patterns includes a quilt, fitted sheet, bumper and decorative pillow.

I’m feeling the Geo Storage Basket with the bedding or anyplace in your home really. $80

I’m also really excited about the Felted Llama Mobiles as llamas are favorites at my house. $60

With the collection or on its own, the Justina Blakeney Sticks Activity Gym is a winning design. $127

Finish off the nursery design with the Ceramic Turtle Nightlight. $70

And if you want that Justina Blakeney flavor on the go, consider the Tigress Diaper Bag. It kinda reminds me of some bedding my parent had back in the 70s, and I mean that in a good way. $150

Shop this special collection while you can and check out the rest of it at potterybarnkids.com.

Lovevery Play Gym

Modern, beautiful, easy to use, organics sustainable, and easy to adapt as your child gets older. There are a few play gyms that meet some of those criteria, but none that cover them all until the Lovevery Play Gym.


Modern in style with wood legs, this play gym is easy to set up and comes with a variety of toys and accessories.

The side panels unfold to reveal five different development zones.

And the biggest game changer is the cover that turns this infant toy into a toddler tent.

How perfect?! The Play Gym from Lovevery retails for $140 and can be ordered via our amazon affiliate. This play gym is going straight to the top of my favorites list!

The Land of Nod Holiday Gift Preview 2016

It is not too soon to start shopping (or at least saving!) for holiday gifts for your favorite little ones. Year after year, The Land of Nod curates the best holiday gift collection and I’m here to share the most impressive best-bets for the ultimate in gift giving for 2016.

For the littlest ones, one of these new activity gyms or play mats are perfect! Choose the Blooming Baby Activity Gym designed by Elizabeth Olwen($100),


the Ringmaster Baby Activity Gym from Roxy Marj ($90),


or the Emoji Baby Play Mat from Michelle Romo ($80).


Designed by Colin Walsh, the Carry Home Rocket Ship is portable fun for kids 3 and up. ($80)


The Street Vendor Cart will make the ultimate lemonade stand or whatever other entrepreneurial plan the kids dream up. ($250)


For the performers, the Superstar Stage ($300) and the Superstar Microphone ($60) will make the up the gift of their dreams.


The Land of Nod always has the most exciting and creative play tents and this holiday season is full of new introductions. The Decorate a Teepee and Patch Set add and extra layer of fun to the now ubiquitous teepee. ($200 for the complete set)


Suzy’s Cottage from Suzy Ultman is a charming play home that will look incredible in a little girl’s space. ($180)


The Floral Applique Pavilion Playhouse is another beautiful play space that might look perfect in a little girl’s room. ($200)


With a print designed by Virginia Crofts, the Perennial Playhouse has that look of your grandmother’s bedsheet turned into a tent. Of course the tent is a fancy framed camp tent so you’ve got the best of all worlds. ($200)


The most unique playhouse is this Horse Stable Playhouse ($200) designed by Danielle Croft. Don’t forget to throw in Scout the Horse Ride-On to complete the scene ($150).


The dreamiest playhouse of the bunch is the Planetarium Playhouse Canopy. I love these space-saving hanging canopy style tents. ($190)


This season there are also tons of new dolls for both boys and girls. The Ringside Pals are fun playmates designed by Colin Walsh. ($15)


My favorite dolls for the ladies are the Fairytale Dolls from Nun Studio. Choose Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel or the Princess. ($40)


Dolls can be just as spoiled as the kids this season. There’s the Rosa Doll Size Teepee by Leah Duncan. ($34)


There’s also a Mod Doll High Chair ($50), Mod Doll Pram ($70),


as well as the Mod Doll Bed ($60).


The Pint Sized Table and Chairs are just as cool as the doll-sized furniture, but for kids 1 to 3 years old. ($200)


I love the Off-Broadway Puppet Theater. It’s all the fun without taking up any space. ($40)


This year’s new giant plush is this friendly Dragon designed by John Murphy. ($150)


I’m always on the lookout for the coolest rocking horses and the Zebra Rocking Horse, designed by Dinara Mirtalipova, is my pick of the season. ($150)


Finally, Suzy Ultman’s A-Frame Dollhouse Deluxe Set is going on wishlists nationwide. I’m blown away by all the adorable details like the kettle grill, the crib and the swimming pool! ($300)


What’s going on your holiday shopping list?

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Jonathan Adler for Fisher Price

I have to applaud Fisher Price for recruiting Jonathan Adler to bring some much needed style to their brand and Jonathan Adler for really working his magic for Fisher Price. The first items to come from this partnership are the baby gear and toys, which are available now for pre-order from buybuy BABY.


First you have the Deluxe Bouncer. $120


Or you can choose the Deluxe Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. $150


The Deluxe High Chair can also function as a booster. $200

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The Deluxe Umbrella Stroller features the same stylish fabric. $180


I think my favorite item thus far is the Sensory Gym. $120


And the Projection Mobile is a fun and functional piece with classic Jonathan Adler motifs! $80


More items will be released in the fall.


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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Playspot Geo from Skip Hop

Skip Hop‘s newest foam floor tile design, Playspot Geo, is the most parent pleasing modern foam floor tile they’ve released yet. Just because you may want a soft, safe area for your tot to play, it doesn’t mean you want your home to look like a daycare center!

Skip Hop Playspot Geo

I love how you can arrange the cream and gray triangles to form your favorite pattern!

$80 for a set of 40 triangles and 32 edge pieces that form a  70″ x 56″ area.

23 Jul 2013, 8:10pm
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Etsy Finds: Interactive Floor Play Mats for Babies and Toddlers

Before baby can walk, floor mats work great to keep younger children entertained. But even after walking begins, these interactive floor mats could easily transition from baby to toddler with a few new accessories. From soft quilted play mats to vinyl custom options, here are a few of our favorite play mats for young children.

Felt play mat from Fancy Fancy Handmade on Etsy ($40) allows children to move buildings and roads around to create a new play option every day.

Flip Mat-transportation or zoo editions by Mama May I ($35) on Etsy even come with soft play animals and vehicles for children. Mama May I offers several fun flip mat options.

The large I am Here custom play mat from Board Stiff on Etsy ($75) is a washable vinyl play mat designed specifically for you. Include your street names or pick a city or neighborhood you love. Your kids will quickly learn the names of your favorite streets.

The play/nap quilt from Wehlbuilt Concepts on Etsy comes with two wooden cars, perfect for toddlers and is soft enough for even very young babies.

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Etsy Finds: Handmade Wooden Baby Gyms

It’s not easy to find an attractive modern baby play gym, but I found two options on etsy.

First is the Natural Wood Baby Gym from Highland Wood.  This one is about $90 plus $30 shipping to the US from Canada.

This Wooden Baby Gym from Studiomishela is another terrific design.  I love how this one folds up to nearly nothing.  It is $78 plus $16 shipping from Israel.

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