When Jennifer Toenjes, owner of Sweet Baby Bowtique, gave birth to her baby girl, she was so ecstatic for the bows and ruffles that were about to enter her life. But all the bows and hair accessories Toenjes found at local retailers were not up to her standards, so she taught herself how to make her own. “My daughter Abbie is the entire inspiration behind my business!” says Toenjes. Sweet Baby Bowtique is mainly an online retailer specializing in baby headbands and offering baby hair bows, big girl larger size hair bows, tutus, leg warmers, bloomer/ diaper covers, hair bow instructions and a soon-to-arrive Mom’s Corner.
With the unblinking glow of screens just about everywhere, many families are turning towards simpler times… and simpler means of entertainment. Simple toys like marbles and wooden cutouts encourage creativity. Simple craft projects inspire kids to explore their artistic senses and then utilize their personalized artwork in imaginative play. The attraction of simple toys and games lies in the ability to gently challenge, bring people together, and entertain. Companies like Maple Landmark Woodcraft, House of Marbles, eeBoo, and Seedling New Zealand are bringing some of the best in children’s products to generations of families.
Hollow Woodworks began in a barn in 1985 with a mission to provide high quality personalized name stools and puzzles. Over the years, Hollow Woodworks has made significant additions to their product line, mostly due to the inspiring customer suggestions they receive. The company takes great pride in producing products with innovative designs and styles, while providing quality customer service. Attention to detail, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service have created a large customer following, not only in the U.S.A., but spanning worldwide.
With the intense competition in the marketplace, many business owners have turned to manufacturing in other countries in order to save money. However, overseas manufacturing has led to recalls of products that were found unsafe, and has hurt the United States economy with the resulting job loss. Manufacturing products in America helps to rebuild our economy and provide jobs for American residents. Customers that buy American made products know that standards and codes are in place to help ensure products are safe. Elizabeth Cate, UnBOWlievable, Fat Rat Family and PunkinWrap are four companies that are committed to manufacturing their goods in America with great pride.
It’s time to PLAE! This unique shoe company is at the forefront of design and function, offering customizable shoes that look great and promote healthy foot development. One look at this fancy footwear will make most kids beg to have a pair, and will have grown-ups wishing that they’d had shoes this cool when they were young. What’s so special about PLAE shoes? They look great for many reasons, but it’s all about the tabs. All Velcro shoes have fastening tabs, but PLAE takes it up a notch. Customers can purchase additional fastening tabs in a mind-boggling variety of colors and prints, so that they can create a whole new look for their shoes whenever the mood strikes.
Summer in the city inspires and informs the latest look from British brand Tootsa MacGinty. The company, which offers distinctive, unisex designs and high-quality knitwear, has nailed good looks with colorful appliqués that draw from vibrant city streets around the globe including New York, London, Barcelona, Rio and Paris. Brand-new looks for this summer include six city-themed embroidered patches created by artist Jennie Maizels.
“Time to get clothes out for tomorrow!” It seems like an innocuous phrase, but in homes across the world, it’s really the call to battle. Dawn Farver understands this type of combat only too well: the Indiana mother of four is a veteran of many closet conflicts and has extended a helping hand to desperate families. She founded Girls Looking Cute with a strong desire to promote children’s budding style choices while still allowing for parental guidance. GLC delivers the dream: a life-sized (48” or 56”), laminated wooden doll that is ready for the child to dress in her (or his) own clothes.
NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle (formerly the NY International Gift Fair), ran from August 17 to August 21 in typical grand style at the Javits Center. New companies as well as seasoned veterans basked in the updated venue. The LIFESTYLE Collection featured the Baby + Child category, where over 100 companies congregated to show the freshest ideas in the market. The Wind & the Sail, Hickies, PishPosh Mommy, and Fluf were just a few of the in-demand product providers that exhibited at the show.
Peace. Passion. Positivity. is a company that makes colorful, soft, braided bracelets and assorted pewter bracelet charms. First, customers pick the bracelet color they like best. Next, they can choose from a wide variety of charms that reflect their passions and interests. It’s a long list that includes themes like dance, sports, faith, music, and animals. They make great gifts and kids enjoy trading them, so it’s not surprising that their popularity is on the rise. These bracelets have the look and appeal of a trendy tween accessory, but the real draw lies in their message and the vision of their creators.
There are many things parents can do to ensure their older child feels secure and prepared in the face of becoming an older brother or sister. Resources abound to help teach young children about the pregnancy and birth process, to help them relate to the newborn, and to normalize common feelings of envy, wonder, and nervousness that can accompany welcoming a new sibling. Here are a few t-shirt and book ideas to help children transition to becoming big brothers or sisters: Just Tees Please, Tee With Sugar, Jabberwocky Books and I See Me! Inc.
Enter Our Magical Door to the World of Make-Believe at Fairy Finery. Discover our magic where we bring the Wonder of “Once Upon A Time” to life! The Fairy Finery is studio made in the USA. We are dedicated to creating beautiful heirloom quality clothing, accessories and gifts that enchant you!
Our versatile fairy princess dresses can be for special occasions, make a great flower girl wedding dress, holiday photos, birthday celebrations.
We make the best capes for kids and adults in great washable fabrics, ready for a super hero adventure or even to be pageant wear.
Time magazine’s “Curious Capitalist” Rana Foroohar penned these words that always seem to elicit sighs of relief from some quarters and cheers from others: “Made in the USA is making a comeback.” Having products made in The States not only supports local communities, but also provides other tangible benefits. Quality control is high on that list: a quick walk down to the factory floor can straighten out an issue. Small quantities of well-made products can be created without trouble. Plus, more customers are interested in purchasing US goods. Companies that continue to provide goods made in the USA, like Alex Marshall Studios, Little Korboose, Connor’s Kits for Kids, and Harrisville Designs, are staying strong.