Tweens change their clothing almost as often as their minds! Their love-hate relationships span from Justin Bieber and The Jonas Brothers to belted dresses and skinny jeans. Spinning up trend-setting fashions capable of grabbing the attention of this fickle bunch — while also snaring parental approval — is a sticky design challenge. Charlotte Tarantola skillfully meets this task and has successfully captured the spirit of young girls with her distinctive fashion collections.
Kids have a mind-boggling array of choices when it comes to electronic entertainment. Between high-end gaming systems, online interaction, handheld games, and TV on demand, most youngsters have more than enough to keep them glued to an audio-video set of some kind. Still, there’s something about traditional, creative, real-time forms of fun that can capture a child’s attention and interactive imagination in a way that pixels simply cannot.
7 A.M. ENFANT, the stylish line of on-the-go baby accessories, incorporates top-quality craftsmanship with chic yet functional materials that are as pleasing to discriminating parents as they are to little ones. French designer Rebecca Campora is the brain behind the brand that encompasses many award-winning products, such as Blanket 212evolution and Le Sac Igloo. Accessories are meticulously designed to work for moms who enjoy the combination of practicality and style. On the road and suddenly need to stash a wet diaper? Check. Toting a phone? Just pop it into the tidy compartment and clip on keys for the ride.
The days of lugging an overstuffed, humdrum diaper bag with little to no finesse are gone! Ju-Ju-Be brings a hip new look with fortified uses to baby bags, backpacks and accessories. The brand is the brainchild of Kristen Hunziker and Joe Croft, who are both parents themselves. Boasting years of experience working with top companies, such as Lands End and Oakley, they turn what was once considered utilitarian type items into remarkably stylish and desirable products. Kristen applies her impeccable fashion sense in apparel merchandise, production and design, while Joe puts his inventive and technological skills to work.
Parents of young children appreciate items that make everyday life with a baby easier and more convenient. This is especially true for parents who travel frequently; being on the road with a baby or toddler is a challenge. Feeding, in particular, can be tricky business for the intrepid family. Young children tend to be rambunctious at mealtimes, and let’s not even talk about the mess factor! BambinOz, an Australia-based company, offers products that make it a snap to feed baby whether at home or on-the-road. These unique, ultra-convenient items leave parents wondering how they got by so long without them!
Family traditions serve a couple of different purposes: first, they instill a pride and awareness of a person’s heritage, and secondly, they help keep precious memories alive of dearly departed family members. Traditions can range from naming a firstborn child after a grandparent to giving a specific gift on a certain birthday. Even families that have current traditions in place can start new ones, and The Giggle Guide™ has a great suggestion: a Jubilee Keepsakes First Birthday Cake Knife. This novel gift is given to new parents for their baby’s first birthday, then used on every subsequent birthday, or saved for use at the child’s wedding.
What is black and white and cute all over? Tutortogs! Discover a new innovation in this captivating line of infant and women’s clothing. Tutortogs apparel initially appeals to moms with its bold patterns and classic designs. However, Tutortogs takes the concept of infant clothing a step further by featuring colors and designs that babies enjoy. Studies have shown that babies prefer high-contrast edges and patterns and later become aware of colors. The rompers, infant gowns and caps featured in the collection have a dual purpose in stimulating an infant’s visual development while making a stylish fashion statement appreciated by all.
“Eleanor the hippo talked a lot, which is good sometimes… but sometimes not. It’s fine to have a conversation full of honest information, But sadly what she’d sometimes do is tell a tale that wasn’t true.” People, famous and not, have been making observations about truth versus lies for centuries. Andy McGuire, author of Eleanor the Hippo Learns to Tell the Truth, adds his sage observations to the mix with an engaging children’s book teaching kids ages 3 through 8 the benefits of, and reasons to practice, honesty.
New parents swell with pride when they first lay their eyes on their newborn bundle of joy. A trip to the nursery window to show off their little one to family and friends leaves parents beaming. Then comes the announcement of the birth to the world. Gone are the days of passing out cigars; today’s parents look for unique ways to share this special event that everyone — young and old — can enjoy. Lil’ Feet Candies is an adorable, edible product that celebrates sweet arrivals in delectable style!