Monday, October 29, 2007

La Folie Knits Introduces New Fall Styles

We all have our favorites when it comes to kids products. One of my absolute favorite knit lines for kids just introduced its new styles for fall.

La Folie Knits first hit the A-list baby last winter when Gwyneth Paltrow took daughter Apple out for a winter walk wearing their "Babe in the Woods" hat. Not only have the created some new styles, but some of my favorites are back in new color combinations.

Some of our favorite new additions:

Hoodie Sweater
Price: $52

Raya Sunshine Hat
Price: $42

Celebrity fans of this line include Gwyneth Paltrow, Courteney Cox-Arquette, and Brooke Shields

Photo credit to Audrey Woulard Photography

Bugs and Blossoms: Super Cute Rain Coats for Unpredictible Weather

The weather at this time of year is unpredictible at best. One days its gorgeous and sunny, the next its cold and rainy. Bugs and Blossoms has these adorable rainjackets by Hatley for those rainy days. Made of incredibly soft rainwear resistant fabric. Designed for comfort, they don't have the stiff and sticky feel of traditional rain jackets.

Priced at $32.95 at Bugs and Blossoms.

For a limited time only you can take 10% off your order of $100 or more at Bugs and Blossoms. Just enter the code "TAKE10" at checkout.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Samantha Harris Shows Off Josselyn's Nursery

Dancing with the Stars co-host Samantha Harris gives us a glimpse inside her 1-month-old daughter Josselyn's nursery. With the help of the designer company, Nursery Couture, Harris created a regal nursery fit for her little princess.

"I love pink and chocolate together. I think it's a more sophisticated and modern take on traditional baby colors," says Harris.

Already the baby's room is becoming her favorite in the home. She says, "I think it's modern with a vintage edge, and I couldn't be happier with it."

The walls were custom painted a pretty pink and a mural artist brought in to create a focus wall over the crib. The tree itself is accented with rhinestones spelling out mom and dad's initials inside a heart.

The crib is the Chelsea model from Bratt Decor in buttermilk. Available for $1,320 from

The bedding and blanket resting on the chair is by Caden Lane. The Cassie nursery set available at $450 and the pink stripe blanket is $28.

Harris must have accessory has been the Moses basket in pink candy stripe from Clairebella. "It's been great for bringing Josselyn into every room I'm in," Samantha says. Available at $185 at The Polkadot Platypus.

There's even a special spot for a little stuffed friend.

For the wall over the changing table, Samantha had another mural painted. She says, "It's fun to have a crown for my little princess.

The changing table is the Chelsea dresser / changing table combo from Bratt Decor priced at $1,738. The top is accented with personalized photos in handpainted frames and fun burp clothes.

Source: Life and Style

Komfortpets: Surrounding Your Pet in Comfort

We've all seen the pampered pets of the stars swaddled in luxury.

The latest pet pooch must-have is the Komfort Pets Climate Controlled Pet Carrier. The A-list carrier is equipped with with both heating and cooling capabilities to keep your pet comfy while travelling.

All this comfort comes at a price - $299 at

Celeb Style Find: Nicole Richie's Casual Burnout Tee

Nicole Richie was spotted leaving the Neil George hair salon earlier this month sporting an ultra casual maternity style.

Nicole was wearing a "Burnout" tee by Nation Ltd. The soft and cozy tees by Nation are known for their aged feel and ultra comfort. Other celeb fans of the line include Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Tori Spelling, Courtney Love, and Reese Witherspoon.

Holiday Gift Find: Connectagons Building Endless Possibilities

One of my boys is an architect in the making. He loves building with towers, houses, inventions, and laboratories (his current obsession).

I've been looking for some fun, creative toys to help foster this interest for the holidays. When I stumbled upon Connectagons I knew I hit the jackpot.

Connectagons is a creative building set comprised of 240 wooden circles multiplied by 8 slots each multiplied by 5 bright colors and countless patterns of circles, stripes, dots, and diamonds. The building possibilites are endless and every creation is new and unique.

Available for $19.99 at Heartsong.

Credit to for the find.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Oopsy Daisy: Peel and Place Murals to Keep Up with Your Child

Last Spring I spent weeks repainting the entire house including the boys' rooms. They each got to pick out their own color and theme. I worked for two weeks painting the walls and even painted a mural for each child. The outcome was beautiful. Everyone was happy until two weeks later, one of my four-year-olds declared he no longer wanted to have his room to feature airplanes as they were "boring". He wanted a jungle theme. Sorry kid, mommy is done painting for a while.

The Fine Art for Kid's Peel and Place collection by Oopsy Daisy helps parents keep up with their child's ever changing interests. The wall cutouts are easy to apply and won't damage walls. Plus you can use and move and reuse again.

The collection is available in 14 patterns of removable wall stickers made out self-adhesive, removable vinyl.

Available at

TreBimbi: Putting Some Puppet Fun Into Dinnertime

Anyone who has dined with a difficult toddler knows that it can be challenging. A new line of tableware is available at Target that can make it a little easier.

The TreBimbi line of children's tableware incorporates a spirit of play into diner time making it more fun for everyone. The collection is full of bright colors and interactive designs that will allow you to turn dinnertime into a fun, learning experience for your child. The collection offers a selection of puppet inspired dining sets and flatware sets specially designed for little hands.

Each dining set includes a knife, fork, spoon, egg cup/condiment holder, bowl and mug made out of polished stainless steel and plastic. The pieces are like a dinnertime puppet set with smiling faces and tiny feet so your little one can entertain themselves while enjoy a family meal. They are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. The utensils even snap together for easy storage.

The dining set retails for $44.99 at

Crewcuts: Casual Winter Dress-up

Crewcuts is out with their Winter line.

For girls, the collection is full of casual dress-up clothes including puffers, pouf skirts and ballet flats.

For boys, the collection features rich tones, argyle patterns, and a feel of play inspired warmth.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Monte Designs: Streamlining the Bassinet

A few weeks ago we received an email from one of our readers, Paige, who was trying to identify a bassinet she had seen in a pregnancy magazine. I did a little bit of searching and couldn't fit it anywhere. This morning an email from Coochicoos arrived in my inbox with the bassinet in question.

The Ninna-Nanna bassinet from Monte Designs is described as a "streamlined and practical bassinet to keep the focus on your gorgeous new baby and to show off your great sense of style!"

Of course all this style doesn't come cheap. Available for pre-order for December shipping at Monte Designs for $395.

The Silly Wagon: Made U Look Tees on Sale!

It's Fall Sale time at The Silly Wagon! They've included one of my favorite tee shirt lines in the sale -- Made U Look.

Made U Look is one of the most sought after brands and has been seen on the children of celebrities including Pax Jolie-Pitt.

Some of my favorites:

Miso Sushi Long Sleeved Tee
Price: $38.95
Sale: $29.21

Rocket Tee (Seen on Pax Jolie-Pitt)
Price: $28.95
Sale: $21.71 (Check for availability -- it was sold out when I looked)

Cotton Kandy
Price: $29.95
Sale: $22.46

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Mango Ink: Early Bird Special on Holiday Cards

It doesn't seem possible that the holidays will be soon approaching, but it is that time again to start getting ready for holiday cards and shopping.

One of our favorite online card retailers, Mango Ink, is offering a discount for those of us who order early. The collection by Mango Ink is full of fresh, retro holiday designs.

Through October 31, use the code "earlybird07" to receive 15% off of any of their holiday cards.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Celeb Style Find: Baby K'Tan Baby Carrier

Actress Sarah Gilbert was spotted at Mr. Bones pumpkin patch in Los Angeles earlier this month toting her daughter, Sawyer, in a Heather Gray Baby K’tan Baby Carrier.

One of the most unique carriers I've seen on the market, The Baby K’tan Baby Carrier is a soft baby carrier in a style that is a cross between a sling and a more structured front carrier.

Priced at $57.75 makes this an affordable celebrity style find.

Thanks to Baby Chic 101 for the find!

Zac Posen’s Tote for Teachers

DHL (yep, the shipping company) has teamed up Zac Posen to created the "Tote for Teachers".

For each one of these limited-edition Zac Posen totes sold, DHL will donate 100% of the proceeds to TeachersCount, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a permanent culture of teacher appreciation.

The limited edition bag is made from all natural Italian leather. Lined in cotton twill, the bag's expandable interior is roomy enough to carry magazines, a cell phone, a digital camera and all your daily necessities.

Created in DHL’s vibrant colors -- red and yellow -- to serve as a powerful reminder of how teachers help us to expand our minds and our horizons. Priced at $400.

Purchase yours here.

Momagenda: A Must-Have for the Organized Mom

I am a list-maker. I was a list-maker long before I had kids and the number of lists has only increased as our family grew. I have notepads, calandars, and organizers for home, work, family, school. I am the queen of to-do lists.

The best planner for my busy life is the Momagenda. A momagenda is similar to other planners -- only customized to fit a modern moms life. Rather than starting the year off in January, the momagenda kicks off with the start of the school year. The page design allows you to keep all of your mom and non-mom activities organized and in one place.

The momagenda starts off with the standard monthly calandars and then more detailed weekly schedules. Individual boxes are set aside with room for each child allows you to keep everyone's schedule on one page.

The makers of momagenda have even done the work in organizing lists of useful websites (for school projects and research), online publications, toll-free numbers, and holidays (for the next four years). The back of the book has room for your own personalized lists -- birthdays, parties, vacations, books, wines, movies, and more.

It even has a notepad section in the back for the miscellaneous stuff that doesn't have a home anywhere else.

I love my momagenda and couldn't imagine managing my busy life without it!

Available in fuschia, indigo, azure, lime, and chocolate. Priced at $42.

Salma Hayek Picks Petunia Pickle Bottom Cake Collection

Petunia Pickle Bottom already has a long list of celebrity mom fans. Following the birth of her daughter Valentina last month, they can add new mom Salma Hayek to the list.

Hayek requested and received both the "Midnight Blackberry" Society Satchel and Cameo Clutch from their "cake" collection.

The Society Satchel is crafted from European cut velvet with coordinating wool tweed for the busy mom on the go. The satchel is easily adapted into four carrying styles with a hand clutch, shoulder strap which can convert to a backpack strap, and valet stroller clips. Priced at $325.

The Cameo Clutch is a mini version of the satchel perfect for short day trips. The smaller size allows for the necessities for a quick change on the go. Priced at $105.

Both styles are available online at Baby Browns.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Livie and Luca: Livie's Wings for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is breast cancer awareness month and we will be featuring a bunch of promotions for this great cause.

One of our favorite shoe companies, Livie and Luca, will be donating 10% of the proceeds from the sales of Livie's Wings this month to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Society.

Livie and Luca shoes are a European inspired collection designed to capture the essence of childhood. Each pair of shoes combines classic styling with fun and whimsical accents. Perfect for navigating the busy streets, backyards, and playgrounds all without missing a step.

Read our review of Livie and Luca here.

Celebrity Store Opening: The Little Seed

When former Punky Brewster star Soleil Moon Frye announced that she is four months pregnant with her second child last week, she also announced that she was opening an eco-friendly children's boutique, The Little Seed, in Los Angeles.

The Little Seed is located in the hip, urban enclave of Larchmont Village in Los Angeles. The store specializes in green childrens products including sustainable furniture, organic toys, non-toxic art supplies, and much more.

"It's an opportunity to make the planet a little greener," Frye, 31, said at the store's opening on Monday. "I haven't slept at all these last few months. It's probably a combination of pregnancy and opening this store. It's so exciting."

"I had such a hard time finding great organic and non-toxic items for my daughter," says Frye. "I wanted to create a place where parents can come and find products that are safe for their children, as well as good for the planet."

The store is definitely designed by experienced parents with parents in mind. The store has a changing station, a discreet nursing room, and an arts & crafts area to keep the little hands busy. They will also offer creative classes for kids and educational seminars for parents to help provide succinct information on improving the health of our families and of the planet.

Their website is minimal right now and doesn't have products for sale yet.

On Soleil's Pregnancy:

Frye says that her reveals her second pregnancy hasn't been easy so far. "The first trimester was rough," she says. "I don't know why you call it morning sickness, because I was sick all day and night!" Still, she adds: "I'm finally feeling good."

Frye says her daughter Poet is already getting ready for her little brother or sister who is due to arrive in the spring. "She talks to the belly all the time and tells the baby she loves it."

The couple are keeping the gender of the baby a surprise, but have already started discussing names. "Poet is such a unique name," she says about her daughter 's name. "And we have a family of crazy, wonderful names so we have a lot to live up to."

Source: People

WeeGo Bottles: A Modern Twist on the Classic Glass Baby Bottle

There has been alot of press lately about reports of chemicals in plastics leaching into your water. To protect babies from this risk BabyLife has introduced WeeGo as a modern twist on the classic glass baby bottle.

The Weego is basically a traditional glass baby bottle covered with a colorful modern silicone sleeve. The sleeve portects the bottle from breakage and bumping. The bottle ring and cap are polycarbonate-free and FDA approved while the nipple is latex-free and non-toxic.

The bottle and sleeve can be boiled or washed in the dishwasher (the nipple should be handwashed).

Available in stores later this year at $18 per bottle.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Celeb Style Find: Hazel Moder Wears Fig Kids

Julia Robert's daughter Havel Moder, 2, is in the latest issue of Star magazine wearing a dress by fig kids. The folks at fig kids let us know Hazel is was wearing their organic cotton dress in ice blue. Priced at $39.

Fig Kids is a brand new Canadian childrens company which feature certified organic and sustainable fabrics. They even have a grown-up version, Twice Shy.

Julia just finished building her environmentally friendly house in Malibu and its refreshing to see a celeb tot dressed in an affordable, eco-friendly, super-cute outfit!

Monday, October 1, 2007

The Lexington Jacket: Classic Style for Fall

I love the classic styling of the new Lexington jacket at J Crew.

Beautifully tailored in soft wool, with dramatic contrast piping and hand-painted enameled buttons.

It's fitted style make it the perfect fit with trousers, an A-line skirt, or some stylish jeans.

Available in either black, heather nickle or ivory.