Myklo Designs began in 2003, when artist Heather Handler incorporated her artwork and poetry into a small collection of greeting cards. Her unique style is now featured in an entire line of products, including 100% organic baby shirts. Myklo Designs’ Baby Mantra shirts are silky organic cotton with an original silkscreen design by Heather. Manufactured in California, each shirt is uniquely created not to conform to trends, but to be a piece of true artistic expression. Heather’s whimsical art is combined with her beautiful, soothing poetry that captures the hopes of new parents for their child.
Kids enjoy making things and are also very curious about animals, so what better way is there to get them excited about nature than assembling a fun birdhouse kit? Tweet Tweet Home offers easy-to-assemble birdhouses that make a great family craft for kids of all ages. These colorful, attractive birdhouses are made from durable, 100% recyclable plastic and are perfect for the outdoors. Kids will love making the houses and then choosing the ideal outdoor spot to watch as birds settle in and make a home.
A feast for the eyes, the captivating Bequita line of children’s apparel is an artful collection inspired by both Eastern and Western cultures. Rebecca Bardes, a.k.a. Bequita, is the creative force behind the brand’s clean lines and beautiful fabrics. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in NYC, Rebecca traveled to China in 2004, where she met her husband, contemporary artist Hu Renyi. Rebecca says of her collections, “I consider Bequita to be Traditional Culture Redefined. Each collection is made to honor and redefine the traditional by creating modern fashions for children of the East and the West.”
By Lauren Rollheiser - Tuesday, September 21st 2010
Along with a new school year come new challenges for children and sometimes, frustration. The best teachers use innovative tools to help kids learn more easily. As an experienced teacher and new mom on maternity leave with a pile of Thank You cards to write, Ellen Richard was inspired to create a business to help children, called Letter Learning. While thinking about learning exercises to help children learn how to read, write and spell correctly, she had the idea that by making their own greeting cards, kids can learn while having some creative fun. As a bonus, the cards make wonderful keepsakes for grandmas!
Exposing children to scenic and educational places provides memorable life experiences for them. Whether kids are visiting new locations in real life, or reading about exciting places in stories, i get around books and activities encourage little ones to be curious about the world around them. Deb Miner, the creator of award-winning concepts for top companies, is the creative muse behind the i get around books and products. Her enthusiasm in helping kids discover the wonders and beauty of the world led her to develop travel scrapbooks and board books made especially for young children.
By Lauren Rollheiser - Wednesday, September 15th 2010
A talented duo, husband and wife team Michael Glenn and Colleen Monroe collaborate to publish children’s books that entertain, educate and celebrate the beauty and life lessons found in nature. The Monroes live in Michigan with their three children. Michael is a gifted artist, with a special knack for painting nature. He is recognized as an award-winning painter of wildlife, but has the most fun creating children’s books with Colleen. Each of their books is a gift of love, with a poetic and engaging style in both words and illustrations.
By Lauren Rollheiser - Monday, September 13th 2010
A for Apple is an up and coming line which outfits kids in such cutting-edge style, that customers have been known to ask for adult sizes in this collection! The clean lines and understated colors give A for Apple a grown-up, yet relaxed feel. In addition to its great style, A for Apple focuses on creating pieces that are good for the environment and the kids that wear them. Tencel is a fabric used throughout the line that is sustainably made from Eucalyptus trees. This innovative fabric is chemical and allergy free, delicate on the skin and super soft.
Claire Boudreaux Bateman is on a mission to write books that inspire children of all ages. Her most recent book, Call Me Hero, is based on true stories of heroism and service that she witnessed firsthand in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It is a story about service written for tomorrow’s heroes. A fictitious mutt called “Hero,” who is rescued from Hurricane Katrina’s flood waters and given a chance for a new life, narrates Call Me Hero. Little Hero has lost his home, his family, and, worst of all, his name. As he searches for his owner, he discovers the true meaning of “hero.”
Looking for something different in trendy, super-cute clothes for tots? The Giggle Guide® has discovered a standout collection from decaf plush, that features whimsical yet modern designs and vibrant colors. Original illustrations, crafted with felt appliqués give this brand a fresh look for infants and toddlers. The line ranges from graphic tees and one-piece bodysuits to retro-inspired cotton print dresses, rompers and jumpers — each topped off with a cute, one-of-a-kind appliqué.