Do you have a crafty kid at your house? Someone who sees potential in old cereal boxes and milk cartons? We have just that person living with us and she was thrilled to get Box World Adventures by Suzy Ultman. It’s this super neat craft pack that comes with everything you need to make everyday cardboard boxes into such amazing things like British double deckers, Dutch windmills and Scottish castles. You and your mini artist can even re create the Great Wall and the Eiffel Tower. It comes with lots of stickers and an instruction book that’s very easy to follow. What do we like most about it? The slick design and attention to detail used. The finished projects look good enough to display and have provided hours of entrainment at our house. It’s certainly much easier for the 7 & up crowd, but with a little help and guidance, even your 5 year old can get in on the fun. The whole book of crafts will make you want to check out all the last minute flight deals to Europe and will keep you day dreaming of Paris all day.
Still searching for that perfect toy for the little boy in your life? That hard to buy for 5 year old? Well we found just the toy for you. It’s fun, educational, creative and encourages imagination. All that and no batteries required (music to any parents ears). The Stage & Play Dinosaurs is a really neat three dimensional, prehistoric play set that any child who loves dinosaurs will be thrilled to open up Christmas morning. The keepsake box it comes in is chalk full of 18 double sided characters and scenery. Each days its a new toy just waiting to be re-invented. Dino’s are pretty popular in this house…now even more so thanks to Bab Barner’s cool designs. Perfect way to entertain your kids on a cold, chilly winter day.
It’s that time of year when you will be invited to all sorts of fun dinner parties and family get togethers. It’s important and very thoughtful to not only have a hostess gift ready to go, but a hostess gift you know will impress. Look no further then celeb and magazine editors fave, Archipelago, a bath and body product company that believes in natural ingredients and essential oils. Featured in just about every magazine we can think of, Archipelago is a beauty insiders go to for luxurious bath bars, gorgeous smelling soy candles and amazing hand creams. We are currently drooling over their Pomegranate line. The soaps and creams in this particular line are full of natural extracts of pomegranate and chamomile. The hand cream smells way too good not to eat (totally dont eat it…) and leaves a fresh soft feeling on your hands. Perfect scent for the Holidays. We have a Pomegranate gift set all ready to give away to one random reader. Leave a comment on our Facebook page telling us which Archipelago product you’d love to see under your tree. Share our post and we’ll give you a second entry. Contest closes December 10th, midnight Mountain time. Best of luck!
What makes a great gift for a 3 year old? A game that teaches, entertains and one that sparks imagination and role playing. We have been on the hunt for a matching game that looks as good as it teaches. Impossible? No…we found the perfect one at Chronicle Books. The Princess Matching Game is based on the gorgeous book Twelve Dancing Princesses by Bridgette Barrager. The illustrations are amazing…full of bright detail and lavish embellishments. Matching games are great for learning to memorize, concentrate and teaching your wee one to take turns. The drawings on Barrager’s matching game are so lush and inspiring that when your tot has mastered the game and doesn’t want to play anymore, you could get super crafty and use it as room decor. Chronicle Books has a special on right now of 35% off with coupon code FRIENDS. That’s something to memorize!
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Ok moms…it’s nearly Christmas…how’s that lunch tote holding up you bought for back to school? Yep…same here. Ours was toast by week two. Kids are rough on stuff, which is why its best to go for the tried and true when it comes to back packs, lunch bags and items they use each and everyday. We knew better then to just pick any old lunch bag…but when your a busy mom and it’s the night before school starts, you’ll do wild and crazy things. We’re very excited our new lunch bag from Beatrix New York arrived to save the day. A total celebrity favorite and well known to be the best of the best when it comes to kids suitcases and backpacks, Beatrix NYC makes products that can take a tumble on the playground and an accidental kick during soccer practice. We unfortunately know this first hand…thank goodness the lunch totes are machine washable. We love all the whimsical designs, and found it hard to choose just one. It was a toss up between the adorable Penelope the Octopus and Dolce & Panna the ice cream cones. The lunch bags are insulated and come with a back zipped pocket and a place to write your child’s name. For all you worriers out there, and frankly we all should be, no need to fuss because these lunch bags from Beatrix are PVC free, phthalate free, lead free and BPA free. So, let’s see here…adorable, functional, celeb loved (we’re talking about you Halle, Victoria and Katie) durable and safe. What more do you need momma? We ended up picking Penelope as our little girl loves any and all things purple…but now that we see Fernado the Bear, we may have to add one under the Christmas tree for our bear hunting little man.
Wall decals have come a long way since our first baby. A long, long way. We just received the World Map fabric wall decal from Raincoast Books By Petit Collage. Based on patterns from their vintage wallpaper collection, they have taken the world and made just about the coolest fabric wall decal we’ve ever seen. The colors are vibrant, and the animals take center stage…the details will appeal to both children and even the most style conscience parent. Made of biodegradable fabric, it was super easy to apply and tons of fun to do so with the little man of the house. His favorite part? Choosing where he thought each school of fish should go. Even though we chose his bedroom to display the map, it could really easily fit into many other rooms of the house. With it’s classy vintage vibe and easy to peel off an put on pieces, you can change your mind and move it to wherever you see fit. Versatile, a learning tool and stylish…we feel so lucky to own it. We think it would be the perfect gift to “sneak” onto the wall Christmas Eve…so they can really see how far Santa goes that night.
There are very few things better then a delicious cupcake. If the cupcake happens to be from Sprinkles Cupcakes, a celebrity mom well known favorite (yes, we’re talking about you Katie), then even better. We were invited to try out Sprinkles Royal Baby Gender Reveal Cupcakes today in Chicago. Everyone is anticipating the birth of the new prince or princess and Sprinkles has a creative and yummy take on the lead up to Kate having her baby…gorgeously decorated chocolate or vanilla cupcakes topped with a crown that are either filled with blue or pink cream. The cupcakes will be available until Kate & William’s baby is born, then Sprinkles Cupcakes will start baking “It’s a Boy” or “It’s a Girl” cupcakes for the entire week following the birth. How fabulous is that? We only hope that Kate is lucky enough to have a few specially delivered to her before her delivery day…and in case you are wondering we “had a girl”. Most delicious cupcakes ever.
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