Monday, June 29, 2009
Hooray! The June gloom is gone and it's sunny and beautiful. Perfect weather for a water fight! Around here a good fight is always a sign of a good toy and that is exactly what happened when we tested out the Max Liquidator this weekend.
Available from Prime Time International, the Max Liquidator is a simple and super effective water blaster. We were recently sent one to try out and I think it's inevitable that I will be purchasing about 3 more... With only one for our family of four (yes, I am including myself and my husband) there was a battle over who was going to use it first. I won. The Max Liquidator looks like a small foam "noodle" pool toy, but secretly it's the best water blaster on the market I have tried to date. We've gone through several name brand water guns/toys, all being just mediocre. Some don't hold enough water, some are hard to fill, and some last about a day before they end up in the trash totally useless. NOT the Max Liquidator. This baby is easy to load, simply dip it in your water source, pull out the end and it sucks the water right up. Smooth and slick, it does not stick. Even my 5 year old (who's not as strong as he thinks he is) did it with no problems at all. Push the end forward and the water blasts over 30 feet. The Max Liquidator comes in various colors and retails for under $15.00. Don't be fooled, there are other "look alikes" out there, make sure you get the Max Liquidator. Lots of fun for under $15, I'm sold!
The Max Liquidator is available at retailers nationwide. The best online price I could find is here. Looking for a Max Liquidator retailer near you? Email Prime Time International and they'll be happy to help!
In addition to exceptional quality, all the clothes by Baby Butter are high in comfort, washability and wearability. I was a bit worried that maybe the appliques or crystal embellishments would start to come off with continued washing and drying, but I was assured by Tracey that they would not. And she was right. I have washed and dried my daughter's Baby Butter shirt over 20 times and the only thing it has done is made the shirt softer. The color has not faded at all (it's fire engine red) and no damage has occured to the applique or embellishments.
Baby Butter's sizing is true to size (not too big and not too small, just perfect) and the proportions are ideal. The sizing ranges from infant (3 Months) to little girls (size 6). The little girls line includes thermal tops, tees, tanks, lounge pants, skorts and racerback and long sleeve dresses; and the infant line includes thermal tops, tees, tanks, skorts, diaper covers, pants and onesies. The items in the line range from $38.00 - $68.00 in price.
My favorites (yes, favorites as in multiple.....it was so hard to choose only a few pieces from this line as everything is amazing) from the Baby Butter line are the Daddy's Little Girl tank, Lil' Cupcake onesie, Batter Up tank and bell bottom set, Royal Chic tee and faux fur skort set, the Super Star onesie and the I Am Who I Am Owl tee. Honestly, there isn't a bad design in the whole line. All of it is fabulous (can you tell I am fan?).
Baby Butter also has a group of tees with sayings that are designed to inspire and empower little girls. With sayings such as “Free 2B Me”, “Little Girl Big Dreams” and “The mirror doesn’t tell my whole story”, these tees are designed to let all little girls know that they are special. Some of these amazing, inspirational tees are designed by Tracey Martin's own 9 year-old daughter who suffers from Alopecia Universalis. How cool is that? Finally, the line also offers SUPER CUTE burp cloths that are packaged in sets of two. The burps come in an array of designs that match many of the onesies and tees. They are almost too cute to use (of course use them because they withstand multiple washings and use, just like the rest of the Baby Butter line).
Okay, so there are a lot of kids clothes available that look great. But a lot of them may not be able to withstand numerous washes, fit well, last long or use quality materials. Baby Butter clothing, on the other hand, looks just as good after multiple washings as it did new, has a great fit, is super comfortable and uses only high quality materials. That's a good thing too, since your kids will want to wear their Baby Butter clothing all the time, like mine do. And honestly, can you blame them? Check out Baby Butter Clothing and see for yourself.
PLEASE NOTE: The Baby Butter e-commerce site is currently undergoing an update and expansion, so online ordering is unavailable at this time (this is temporary). However, you can view the Baby Butter collection on their website and order any of the items by calling their toll-free number (1-877-311-2887). The customer service staff at Baby Butter are amazing and totally helpful, can answer any of your questions and take your order. So call them today to order some amazing Baby Butter Clothing for your little ones!
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
All the shoes by Jack & Lily are adorable. More importantly, they have all the reasons why parents should buy any shoe for their child: the shoes are soft and flexible with a skid-resistant sole; they have an adjustable ankle; they are made from a non-toxic premium 100% cowhide leather; they are easy to put and off and actually stay on when you want them to; and the biggest bonus: they are hand or machine washable. And did I mention they are handmade? Talk about amazing!
The Jack and Lily shoe line is composed of two collections: Original and My Shoes. The Original line is primarily for indoor use and best for pre-walkers because they have a skid-resistant suede sole (not enough support for an expert walker) with an elasticized ankle. The My Shoes line can be used both indoors and outdoors and is best for walkers (although non-walkers can wear them just as easily) because they have a flexible, skid resistant and cushioned TPR sole sole and a velcro ankle. Both the Original and My Shoes line are available in sizes ranging from 0-6 months up to 3 years old. The Original collection is priced at $26.00 and the My Shoes collection is priced at $30.00.
Okay, now for the designs. Jack and Lily have some of the most adorable designs I have ever seen for infant/toddler shoes. With over 70, yes that's right 70, amazing designs, there is a Jack and Lily shoe for everyone. My favorites are the Dragonfly shoes from the My Shoes collection and the Baseball shoes from the Original collection. But really, you can't go wrong with any of their styles. And just when I thought Jack and Lily couldn't be more perfect, I discovered that they have the BEST customer service. The company offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee behind every one of their shoes. So hurry over to Jack and Lily and get a couple (it's impossible to order just one) pairs of phenomenal shoes for your little one. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!
*Right now Jack and Lily are having a great promo: Buy any 2 pairs of shoes and get Free Shipping!! Go to http://www.jackandlily.com/ to check it out!
Ok, these are the swankiest shoes a baby could possibly have!! They are absolutely a ‘must have’ for your little diva in the making!! Heelarious are fun crib shoes for babies ages 0 - 6 months, designed to look like high heels. They are not meant for walking on, just for show! Perfect for pictures and special occasions, get your daughter her first pair of heels! These fabulous crib shoes are selling like hotcakes all around the world and even celebrity babies have been rockin’ these Heelarious heels!Visit www.heelarious.com
As a mom, we always have lots to carry around and not enough arms, unless you are an octopus! The Lil’ Tag Along blanket is a super cozy blanket for babies and tots. It has minky fabric on one side and cotton on the other. You can attach links to the Lil' Tag Along and attach your baby’s favorite toys, teething rings and such. You can also attach the Lil' Tag Along blanket to your baby's stroller or carseat. No more falling blankets and toys with the Lil’ Tag Along!
FREE shipping from now until June 30, 2009!Visit www.liltagalongs.com
Monday, June 22, 2009
Oh how I wish I had one of these when my boys were in strollers! Created by Swanky Mom, Angie Wagner, The Little Lasso is a GENIUS invention! Perfect for walks in the park, cruising the amusement parks, or or strolling at the mall, I'm deeming The Little Lasso the must have accessory for the summer (or maybe just the must have accessory for babies and toddlers for life). This great little item completely solves the mommy/child game of playing fetch. I don't know how may bottles and sippys that went overboard when my boys were little. I know for a fact that some fell into the abyss of life....
The Little Lasso securely holds bottles, sippys, toys, and blankets. It protects your little one's precious possessions and your sanity. Machine washable with a "bungee" type cord and an adjustable "lasso" that secures the item, The Little Lasso uses a plastic link that easily attaches to a stroller, crib, shopping cart, or baby carrier.
Little Lassos can be purchased online and are available in several adorable fabrics. We had three different mommy testers try out the Lassos and guess what? All three gave it raving reviews! Visit the site today and pick up some for yourself and all the other little bottle tossers you know. A great shower gift, a great first birthday gift, a great stress relieving item. You can't go wrong with The Little Lasso.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
We recently received a pair of Nowa Li moccasins to try out. My five year old immediately asked me what a moccasin was. As I handed over the blue striped footwear, I wasn't sure how to explain them. Well, no need... He immediately said, "Cool! Sock shoes!" Next thing I knew, the socks and tennis shoes were off and the sock shoes were on. Perfect description indeed. Warm weather and all, he wore his comfy new moccasins the next 18 hours (yes, he slept in them).
Made in Sweden, Nowa Li moccasins have been worn by children and adults for more than 50 years! They are super soft and comfy, and amazingly, they are one of the few products on the market that are still sewn by hand. When "inspecting" my son's moccasins, I noticed that the craftsmanship was impeccable. The non-skid leather of the soles is soft and pliable, yet thick enough to make them sturdy and long lasting. The upper "sock" is made of cotton and features a double elastic at the ankle to keep them from falling off. My favorite feature though? They are machine washable!
Nowa Li moccasins are available online and they come in several adorable styles. Their sizes range from 3 months to adult (I really want my own pair!) and they'd make a great gift for the favorite feet in your life! I really love the idea of getting a pair of moccasins as a gift. It's an item that you wouldn't expect to receive, most people don't have them, and guess what? Once you did have them, you'd love them!
Visit the Nowa Li site today, and pick up some moccasins for yourself and any other feet you adore! While you're there, be sure to check out the clearance section, you can get some styles for as low as $12.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
My daughter loves to wear shoes without socks. I was afraid to say yes because usually all fancy little girl shoes will cause blisters without tights or sock, but NOT Vincent shoes! They are made of the highest quality materials. She was able to wear her shoes all day without one complaint! The sparkles have also stood the true child test. She wears these shoes everyday and not one sequins has fallen off.
Vincent Shoes has a large varitey of shoes to choose from. They have shoes for boys and girls as well as sandles, dress shoes, tennis shoes, and rain boots to mention a few. They have shoes to fit your every need.
I am sold on Vincent shoes. Please check out their website at vincentshoestore.us. This a a very user friendly website. They have easy to follow guides to help you find the right shoe and fit for your child. Each pair of shoes has a name and little description that explains their inspiration. The description for the Lilly shoe posted fit my daughter perfectly. I knew those shoes were the ones for her. I am always hesitant to purchase shoes and clothing online, you just never know how they are going to fit. Vincent Shoes took all that worry away. On their site you will find a shoe size guide with a printable shoefitter vincentshoestore.us/shoefitter/ to take out all the guessing.
Visit vincentshoestore.us/shop/index.cfm?onsale=1 and check out their fantastic 75% off sale.
I have always loved giving and receiving personalized gifts for kids. The problem is, they are very typical; a monogrammed shirt, an embroidered burp cloth, an alphabet initial onesie. But recently, I stumbled upon a company called Mitetees that makes super cute and totally original personalized onesies and tees. Mitetees is anything but typical.
Creator and founder Cindy Hoeppner based Mitetees on the idea of celebrating parenthood with cute, smart designs, and practical garments. The line uses high quality white American Apparel garments to custom print their original designs. Every design is available in four fabulous colors and sizes ranging from infant onesies (sizes 3 months to 18 months) to toddler tees (sizes 2T to 6T).
I have fallen in love with all of Mitetees designs (it's hard not to), but my absolute favorites are the "production" onesies and the "another year older" tees. The "production" onesies (shown above) are a clever and fun way to welcome a new baby and make for a perfect baby shower gift that is original and fun. The "another year older" tees (shown at right) are a must-have for any child, especially on their birthday. My daughter wore hers at her 3rd birthday party and loved it so much, she is already asking for a "birthday shirt" for her 4th birthday.
Mitetees even has onesies for twins, siblings and birth order. I highly recommend getting a personalized Mitetees tee for any child expecting a sibling. They are so much better than those standard, boring big sister or little brother tees that are out there. Mitetees also offers several fun, non-personalized designs as well that have quirky sayings such as "eye candy", and sports-related styles such as "born to dribble". Creator Cindy Hoeppner has truly thought of everything because Mitetees has a perfect onesie for every baby and a perfect tee for every child up to age 6. Visit the Mitetees site today to find some clever onesies and tees for your little ones. I promise, you will not be disappointed.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Noodlehead is a website filled with toys designed to inspire creativity in children. Toys that require your children to use their imagination and creativity. Noodlehead has the following wonderful toys and kits:
Adventure Logs – journal for travels
Back Sack – denim bag decorating kit
Bag Buddies – stuffed animal luggage tags
Chinese Kite Kit – color your own Chinese kite
Flip Flop Fun – decorate your own flip flop kit
Jelly Flyers – silicone flying disc
Pawparazzi – a line of collectible miniature plush toys each with a celebrity personality
Sassy Silk Halter – silk halter painting kit
Travel Buddies – stuffed animal neck pillows
Young Picasso – canvas painting kit
The Pawparazzi line is simply adorable!! The Celebrity Style Set is the perfect gift for a little girl. It comes with a pet, purse, leash, collar, blanket, name charm, celebrity magazine, silver dish, dining mat, chew toy, and a pearl necklace for the child and matching collar for their pet!! You can also buy additional accessories such as jewelry, charms, pet beds, spa sets, birthday sets, and much more! You can even buy a hotel for your pet!! Also, your child can join the Pawparazzi Fan Club!
To find out more about any of these products, visit www.noodleheadfun.com
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
“Losing your baby weight is a Cinch” with the Cinch, patent pending, abdominal wrap. Charlene Williams watched her mother, who was an Ob-Gyn, from the time she was a small child wrap new mommies tummies after they had given birth. So when the time came for Charlene, her mother did the same thing for her. Every day her mother and husband would wrap her tummy with a white cotton band and they would have a tug-o-war to make it super tight. This ritual took about 15 minutes every day. Charlene thought there must be a better way, so after three years of development, the Cinch was born!
It is a cinch to use as well, no more tug-o-wars needed. Simply choose your present waistline, then smooth down the front, zip it up on the side, then cinch it to the desired fit with the velcro tension side wings. The Cinch is very light weight so it can be worn under your clothes, day or night! It comes in two sizes XS-M (26”- 34”) & L-XL (33”- 43”). You will be able to see your results with the internal measuring tape! It also comes with a fancy storage bag that you can hang in your closet! So Cinch away Swanky Moms!!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
There are a lot of onesies out there with sayings and tons of graphics, and a lot of them just look too busy or cheap. But all the onesies by Urban Smalls are simple, quirky and just plain cute. With clever sayings in fun colors and fonts, Urban Smalls brings simplified style to baby onesies and tees. And it's not just the clever sayings that have made me a huge fan of this brand....the quality and fit of their clothing is the best. The line uses 100% super soft interlock cotton and a generous sizing scale for all their clothes. My favorites from the line are the "My Moms A Fox" and "Smile If You Want To Buy Me Things" onesies. Matching track pants are available for all the onesies as well. I love all the colors that Urban Smalls uses too; subdued yellows, blues, pinks, greens and browns. And the packaging! Everything by Urban Smalls is packaged so cute! Perfect for gift-giving, all the onesies and pants come in the signature Urban Smalls green window box. You can find Urban Smalls at over 800 stores nationwide or you can order directly from http://www.urbansmalls.com/.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
For more information, visit the Ampli-Phone site today. If you need a gift for an iPhone owner, I promise, this is one that will impress. Fun and functional, the Ampli-Phone kicks it old school style. Who would have thought? A simple speaker for a high tech phone, I love it!
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
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Thursday, June 04, 2009
Mag-tagz is a fantastic magnetic changeable necklace. These necklaces have a magnetic base which allows your daughter to change her necklace as fast as she can change her mood. This is an ultimate outlet for expression. The tags can be easily switched or even traded with friends. This necklace never gets boring with limited-editions tagz coming out every few month. Try something new for every mood.
My daughter loves her mag-tagz stretch choker necklace. The elastic choker fits gently and softly around any size child's neck. My daughter often complains about things rubbing, itching, or irritating her, but not about the mag-tagz choker. She said that it was so soft and felt good around her neck.
The mom-inventor created not only the line of children's jewelry, but a way for girls to form interactive friendships. Visit www.mag-tagz.com for games like "Tag, You're It!" and to enter their design contest. Girls can express their creativity by designing a tag and entering it into the contest and then voting on the Mag-tagz blog for their favorite. The wining tag becomes a limited edition tag for sale, and the designer's name is engraved on the back.
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Be the second person to email me firstname.lastname@example.org and win a necklace base and either a Special Edition Green Earth tag or a Special Edition Bee tag. Please go to mag-tagz.com/designcontestwinners.aspx to see the tags.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
If you have a formal occasion coming up, Puddle's Collection is THE place to shop!! Their prices are amazing and the quality of the clothing is absolutely fabulous!! My son has a Puddle's Collection suit and he looks SO handsome in it. He went to a birthday party in his suit and was the only boy, and all the girls loved him and his little suit!
This is definitely not your average formal wear store. Puddle's Collection items are classy and yet still very stylish outfits for children. I am truly impressed with Puddle's Collection and they definitely get the Swanky Seal of Approval.
To find out more about this fabulous children's boutique, visit www.puddlescollection.com