The Biz: Feature Articles

Mealtime with kids can sometimes prove to be a challenge. Often more food ends up on the table than in little ones’ bellies! On top of the mess, children tend to get bored sitting and waiting for their parents to finish. Modern-twist has designed an eco-chic solution to mealtime mayhem, while making a trendy statement in any modern home. Modern-twist’s stylish, silicone placemats offer a non-porous, germ-free surface, making clean-up a breeze. Equally appealing are the placemats’ cool graphics, which invite children to channel their creative side by using wipe-off markers to express themselves.

Check out the softer side of organic baby and toddler clothing and bedding with Frenchy Baby Organics. In just three short years from its 2008 launch, Frenchy Baby has created brand awareness with certified 100% organic cotton clothing that is low impact on the environment but high impact on style. The Spring 2011 line features a color palette of black and white that is anything but basic, with finishing touches of ruffles that elevate the contrasting solid and stripes fabrics. Items available are easy to mix and match to create a wide range of chic outfits which feature simple, timeless elegance and charm.

They have been immortalized in marble, regaled in poetry, noted in song, and celebrated with commemorative days. They have been reflected in the adoring faces of little children, had their names tattooed on their sons’ arms and their figures captured in crayon on their daughters’ refrigerator art. In whatever language — madre, muti, moeder, mère, mãe — they are mothers! Recently, www.Babble.com chose the “Top 50 Mompreneurs of 2011” to honor for their entrepreneurial spirit and prowess. Among the distinguished honorees are Kelly Meyer Douglas of Itzy Ritzy, Jenny Ford of Monkey-Toes, Julie Aigner-Clark of Baby Einstein, and Aileen Chen of Belly Armor. Congratulations!

IMAGINE GreenWear
Wiggy Studio / Angel Toes

Today’s parents are determined to protect their children from harmful chemicals, and raising their little ones to take care of Planet Earth is also a priority. Organic children’s clothing is growing in popularity, but consumers are often disappointed by bland color choices, scratchy textures and ordinary designs. The Origany brand has overcome these objections as it satisfies aesthetic sensibilities and strives to provide “Clothing Made Organic by Nature™.”

For youngsters, nothing’s more exciting than a sleepover with their best friends. Pajama parties are a timeless tradition, and sleepover supplies are always in demand, so why not revitalize tired sales with some up-to-the-minute slumber party products? The Giggle Guide® is here to help with some super stocking suggestions! For little ones longing for the hippest, coziest pajamas, New Jammies are a dream come true. Imaginations run wild with fun craft activities by Janlynn. Mint sports posh backpacks, duffel bags, and travel pillows for the night away from home, and kids will want to pack some classic clothing from Olive Juice for playtime the next morning.

February is the month for love! To celebrate, The Giggle Guide® has some love in store with fun party ideas that are innovative and on-trend. Children’s birthday parties range from traditional backyard get-togethers to all-out themed events. Become an invaluable resource for all your party-planning customers by stocking a colorful party-time display with a broad selection of everything from invites and favors to gifts and treats. RSVP to these festive products from Meri Meri, Kids Central Kitchen, Feeling Smitten, and Find It Games, and be sure to look for additional supplies for sensational shindigs throughout The Giggle Guide®.

Wee Ones, LLC
Bumkins

Girly-girls rejoice! Whether she wants sequin shoes, big bows, or chic tailored and elegant items; being a girly-girl is all about expressing femininity and a vibrant personality. One of the funnest parts of having, or being a girl is living it up with clothing and accessories! Girly products should be well-crafted to last; we know how attached girls get to their favorite pair of shoes or that perfect fitting dress. They should also be trendy and fun. The Giggle Guide® has found these fabulous fashions and accessories that are sure to make a girl feel twirly and girly: Girl Gotch, Maggie Breen Too, No Slippy Hair Clippy and China Doll Shoes.

The holidays are past, the New Year is officially in full swing and trade show season is upon us. Trade shows are great for getting out in front of buyers, networking with industry peers and writing orders. For all the benefits, however, there is a cost. The financial investment, not to mention the time away from the office, can put a strain on a business. Choosing the right shows, making the most of your time there and seeing a positive return on your financial investment can make or break a marketing budget. Following are some tips for determining which shows make the most sense for your business, ideas for maximizing your presence and strategies for ensuring a good show.

Animal, vegetable or mineral? Unlike the children’s game, no guessing is involved when products are labeled “certified 100% organic,” manufactured as food, fiber/textile or personal care products to confirm the quality, prevent misrepresentation, and encourage organic commerce. Since 1985, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) has been an advocate and force of change in promoting organic standards for certifying products and instilling consumer confidence. The Giggle Guide® showcases four OTA members to highlight some of the ways their products support the certified 100% organic label: Sckoon Organics, B nature, Pure Blankz, and Fresh Organics.

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