Piloting airplanes and running a children’s fashion business are certainly different career paths. Two ambitious ladies, however, have melded these vocations seamlessly to soar to new heights! To take on the challenge of flying, a pilot must be level-headed, a good multi-tasker, trustworthy, detail-oriented, organized, and a team player. These skills also come into play in running a successful business, as Wendi Shaffner of Gigis Apparel and Marta Sala-Rothwell of Baby Bella Maya have shown. Shaffner and Sala-Rothwell fly the skies as pilots, while ascending the mountain of the children’s accessory industry in flawless style.
Toy Company Noodle Head expands Pawparazzi, a collection of plush collectible toys, by launching a companion virtual world, Planet Paparazzi. The line - aimed at girls 6-11 - “borrows” celebrity characteristics for its plush dogs, such as Woofgang the celebrity chef in homage to Wolfgang Puck, and the virtual world plays up the star appeal by allowing girls to virtually visit the Hotel Pawparazzi or become a contestant on a celebrity Quiz Show.
In an effort to be more conscious of the needs of Mother Earth, parents often look for ways to “go green” while raising and guiding the next generation. Many caregivers choose cloth diapering as part of their commitment to protecting our planet. In this endeavor, however, they have run into a new problem… finding clothes that fit over the sometimes bulky cloth diapers. Lucy and Kurt Jewson experienced this problem first-hand and decided to attack it head on with their creation of the Frugi clothing line.
“Made in the USA” is a declaration stamped on goods made in America — a hallmark that instills pride in the heart of the manufacturer and confidence in the mind of the consumer… and so it should, because turning a product over in our hands to reveal the “Made in the USA” label sets an expectation that the item represents quality and value. Meet four terrific manufacturers who embrace “Made in the USA”: PAIGELAUREN baby, ROCK ME!, Sara Kety Baby & Kids, and BabyFeet Jewelry.
The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® opened on Wednesday, January 12, and by Saturday the buyers had packed the halls. Unseasonably cold weather made it snowy and chilly outside, but inside the showrooms, the sales were hot, hot, hot!
As always, the products showcased were fascinating and fun. Enjoy this photo review of the really big snow… I mean show!
With 35,000 attendees, over 85 countries and all 50 states represented, the New York International Gift Fair is the place buyers and sellers will want to be this January 29th through February 3rd. Held twice annually in January and August, the NYIGF showcases the best and newest in gift merchandise. Stationery, candles, seasonal, houseware and kitchenware are among the categories displayed, in addition to, of course, games, puzzles, toys, baby and child products. Today, The Giggle Guide® gives you a sneak peak of GRIMM’S, Kidlandia, Jaxxwear, and BabyBindle to whet your appetite for the big event!
Young children are not always sugar and spice and everything nice! When parents get desperate for tools to help calm their kids’ tantrums, steer them toward effective solutions from Time Out Spots, TOTO Products LLC, Teamson and Moms on Edge. These brands specialize in products to help kids learn right from wrong. Both practical and ingenious, these products encourage parents to manage their children’s behavior in a consistent manner, and send kids a potent message about their misdeeds, so they’ll be careful to think critically about the consequences of their actions.
By Michelle Armstrong - Thursday, January 20th 2011
As harried parents know, life is generally filled with more demands than there are hours in a day to meet. Given a family’s long list of daily activities and goals, parents who want both themselves and their children to be more organized and accountable can benefit from a helpful selection of tools by The Homework Caddy, Creative Changes, Prosperity4Kids and The Reward Chain. These products help parents teach kids the importance of responsibility when it comes to activities like tracking homework assignments, performing household chores and saving money.
Young children display innocence, purity and simplicity. With their funny thoughts and inspiring insights they can teach us about life in their own easy-going way. Bente Nilssen, the designer of FROSK wear, a Texas-based children’s clothing brand, believes in the wonder of children and makes clothes that reflect their inner beauty. Pulling inspiration from nature, each piece creates a timeless quality without fancy designs that may distract from the most important element — the child who’s wearing it.