“Sound bites” are the news teasers of the airwaves. Lightening-speed information demands that we express ourselves in a snappy way much of the time. This new paradigm is what gives rise to slang, abbreviation (aka “text speak”) and sometimes, just plain poor English. While this may sound like the beginning of the end for our linguistic heritage, there is a ray of hope. Parents can teach their children the skills necessary to communicate succinctly and efficiently, in a style known as “talk less, say more”. Publishing house Little Snail Series encourages this type of heightened communication.
Girls remember their first one: the glamorous exterior with rich colors, the graceful winding staircase, the upper stories with fabulous sleeping rooms fit for princesses, and the model kitchen that set every cook’s heart aflutter. Yes, before you moved into your first place, your first “dream home” was your dollhouse. Dollhouses have evolved, and there are homes for every taste — from little girls to avid collectors to (yes!) boys. Rooms with a view include dollhouses from En Gry & Sif USA, Greenleaf, Teamson and brinca dada.
Kidz On Safari is a North American-based company designed to bring the African Safari experience to the Western world. Kidz On Safari realizes that very few North American children have the opportunity to go on an African safari. They want to give these children a chance to vicariously enjoy such an adventure, and interact with their favorite animals in the comfort and safety of their own home. Their casual eco-friendly clothing, plush toys, educational DVDs and music CDs provide an immersive global experience that opens children’s eyes to the diverse wildlife and experience of an African safari.
Retailers may still be making final buying decisions for the 2012 fall and holiday season. Top off the season with one of the biggest trends: hats, hats, hats! From traditional pom-pom caps to fantastical ski masks, the perfect hat should go with any coat, dressy or play, but have enough detail to set it apart from everyday stocking caps. Our picks all have unique elements, plus are warm enough for little ears while also being adorable enough to make parents skip the local drugstore 2-for-1 sale and head to your store: Ambler, 2HKnits, Virginia Dunn and Patouche.
The 4th edition of Playtime New York was held in March at 82 Mercer. Retailers are drawn to the cutting edge and modern selection of creative, exclusive and upscale merchandise that demands a setting that is different from traditional trade shows. Within an increasingly strong dynamic nourished by the international network of the Playtime trade fairs, this New York edition took place in an atmosphere that was stimulating and relaxing. Many fresh designers, including Neve Inspired, JUMINA, LOUANN and boy+girl previewed their fall/winter collections.
Moms love Silkberry Baby bamboo onesie with applique. Thanks for all the support from boutique stores and moms. We are excited to announce our new designs for Spring/Summer 2012. Keeping the premium quality we committed to, we have added bamboo tee, bamboo skirtsie and ruffle dress and short sleeve romper for coming season.
Skirtsie (skirt/onesie) and ruffle dress are the perfect little dresses for every sweet little baby and toddler. Both functional and fancy, the onesie dress has the ease and casulness of one onesie yet adds a funky, fun flair withthe full skirt.
Whether it is one princess and a table full of stuffed guests, several little girls gathered in their finest, special tea time with grandma, a pouting little brother forced to be the two in his sister’s tea, plain or fancy, tea parties are a cherished, timeless pastime. Tea sets can be found in a variety of styles: made of plastic, enamelware, porcelain or wood, modern or classic, brightly colored or painted by hand, there is the perfect set for every little girl. The Giggle Guide® serves up a party that includes sets from Jack Rabbit Creations, Beatrix Potter by Reutter Porcelain, I’m Still Me and Melissa & Doug.
Parents are more conscious than ever about making their child’s life as green and healthy as possible, right from the start. Many more consumers are also determined to do business with companies who support “fair trade,” ensuring that everyone in the supply chain, from the cotton farmers to the pattern cutters and everyone in between will be treated fairly, paid a fair wage and work in a clean environment. A good example of brands that support these environmental and socially responsible virtues are Green Kids and Green Baby.
Furnishings and decorative accessories for kids were dominated by boring wood stains and shades of dull. That was then. Now there are several manufacturers that offer good looking, quality crafted products that fit into a variety of trend-driven lifestyle decors. Whether a customer lives in a contemporary home, a traditional house or a French Provincial setting, there are designs that blend in harmoniously. Here are some examples of new designs from Bratt Décor, Muralistick, indoTreasures, and SweetSeat.
What feels as soft as a cashmere sweater? As weightless as a cloud? Bamboobies, the new choice for nursing moms who want a washable breast pad that doesn’t leak and won’t show through their clothing. Heart-shaped Bamboobies are smooth and soft on chafed nipples, the bane of many a mom trying to do her absolute best for her baby. The top-most layer is certified organic cotton and bamboo; underneath that is an ultra-absorbent hemp layer that soaks up breast milk and disperses it. The top-most outer layer is totally milk-proof to prevent leaks.
Remember the tale about how a tiny pea kept a princess from sleeping soundly? The restless royal could not sleep the whole night and woke up achy and cranky. Think is would help if the pea were organic? Offering eco-friendly products to help little ones sleep makes sense for everyone. When children have a restful night and wake refreshed, the day gets off to a wonderful start. We are showcasing some terrific companies that make little ones’ nights silent and peaceful. With a bit of help from Greenbuds Baby, Woolly Boo, Crib Critters and New Jammies, children drift to the land of sweetest dreams.
What makes a baby grow and thrive wrapped in smiles? The Green Creation that offers clothes for babies and toddlers likes to think it’s the garments they make of one hundred percent organic cotton to which they add another hundred percent love. The garments are made of ultra-soft, all-natural, organically produced cotton in India, certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) as well as being certified Fair Trade. Green Creation clothes have been featured in many magazines and praised for being eco-friendly, fashion-forward and stylish without breaking the bank.