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Hip Bibs {Baby Gift Idea}

18 Jul

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July is turning out to be a huge month for baby gift giving in our family – from new births, to baptisms – we are blessed with lots of beautiful babies to buy for.  I just received my fairly large order from my favorite source for adorable and durable bibs: Baby Sophia Gifts.  There is an array of fun fabric choices for both boys and girls and the bibs can be personalized with names or monograms.

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I have found that the way these bibs are cut is very comfortable for my kids (who often wore the bibs all day during their teething months) and the fabric cleans up nicely if you rinse out the baby food with a little dish soap before it dries.  My babies are drool machines, but they rarely soak through these thick bibs.

The sweet potatoes rinsed right out of this bib!

The sweet potatoes rinsed right out of this bib!

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Favorite Things: Djeco Doggie Pull-Toy

25 Jun

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We don’t have an actual dog, but this doggie pull-toy by Djeco – a gift from a friend – has become our household pet and one of my toddler’s very favorite toys.  He was quickly named “Doggie Chia” (we had chia seeds that day in our oatmeal), and he and the little miss became fast friends.  Doggie Chia has cute little wheels as legs, a springy head and tail and a red string that allows the little lady to walk him around town.  Doggie Chia has accompanied us on hundred of walks to the park, twirls around the apartment, and even on road trips.  Other children at the park flock to Doggie Chia and ask for a turn to walk him around the playground (or at least their parents do).  He is light, easy to pull and there is no mess to clean up on walks (phew!).  Doggie Chia and the rest of his family are designed in France and made of solid wood with non-toxic paint.  If you are looking for a family pet, this little guy will be a welcome addition.

Favorite Toddler Toys Pull Toy Dog from Djeco

 

Favorite Things: Green Toys Chef Set

11 May

Green Toys Chef Set

Green Toys Chef Set

It was pretty chilly in SF the other day so we headed to our favorite kiddo store down the street, Sprout, which has an awesome playroom in the back. My little one was obsessed with the Chef Set by Green Toys. It’s made from 100% recycled milk containers and is dishwasher safe (yay!). The set meets FDA food contact standards and is also BPA-free. Of course I bought the little guy his own Chef Set before we left and he hasn’t stopped playing with it since. Fourteen months isn’t too young to get started in the kitchen, right?

Initial Necklaces {Gift Idea}

7 May

K Letter Necklace - Vintage Brass Initial Pendant on Sterling Silver Chain - Free US Shipping

Initial necklaces are such a great gift idea and you can give them without spending a fortune by finding an artisan designer.  I adore the tiny initial necklaces made by Sarah Feingold of Feingold Jewelry.  Sarah is a multitalented childhood friend who is both a jewelry designer and Etsy’s in-house counsel.  Sarah’s handmade vintage brass letters come on a sterling silver chain; the petite letters are simple and modern.

Sarah’s initial necklaces would make a great gift for any mom, grad, bat mitzvah or sweet sixteen.  It’s a thoughtful and reasonably priced “push gift” if any of you out there are looking for a hint to pass on to your significant other.

Check out Sarah’s full jewelry line here.  Initial necklaces are $18 each.

Ratio Custom Shirts {Daddy Gift Ideas}

19 Apr

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I know it’s a little early to be thinking about Father’s Day, but men can be hard to shop for.  Why not skip the tie for Father’s Day and buy your favorite daddy a custom-made shirt?  My husband loves custom shirts and I have been buying them from a British company for years.  Then I heard about Ratio Clothing, a company that makes custom-made shirts in the USA for about the same price as a shirt from J.Crew.  Ratio Clothing is well-know among the personal shopping crowd, selling directly to customers online.  I first heard of them from an acquaintance – a butler in NYC.  They sell dress shirts, casual flannels and oxfords.

My husband’s biggest gripe with dress shirts is that they’re cut too wide.  He likes a nice slim fit so I ordered several for the holidays.  I used the measurements from my husband’s suit jacket and dress shirts (neck, chest, arm, etc.), without taking any actual measurements, and the online ordering was simple.  The shirts are beautifully made – the fabric is soft and strong, the fit is amazing (custom – can you believe?) and the fabric choices are both classic and modern.  The main gripe I have about the shirts is with how long they take, which is no different from the British company I was ordering from and is par for the course for custom-made shirts.  It means planning ahead and ordering at least 6 weeks in advance to guarantee delivery in time for your occasion.  For the procrastinators out there, you can print a picture of the shirt and gift wrap it.  I’ve had to do that in the past for gifts (tsk, tsk).

Also, I often order shirts for my husband with a monogram and I didn’t like the way the monogram turned out on these shirts.  It wasn’t crisp enough and the letters were very small.  Ratio was very responsive to my feedback and looked into the monogram issue.  Apparently they got a new monogramming machine and that’s the look of the new monograms.  They may change the monogramming machine in the future so you should ask before ordering if you want a monogram.  I’ll definitely order more shirts in the future, sans the monogram.

You really can’t go wrong with one of the Ratio shirts for daddy; it’s an indulgence that will make him feel appreciated.

Special thanks to Ratio Clothing for providing a sample for review purposes (I purchased 3 shirts after the initial sample and plan to order a few more for Father’s Day).

Hip Finds: Zutano Baby Clothing at Target

26 Jan

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Have you seen the new line of Zutano kids clothing available at Target? It’s super cute and a great value – all of the pieces are $4-12. The line is mostly for infants (newborn – 18 months), with some toddler sizes for socks (up to 4T). My daughter has some of the original Zutano pieces and many pairs of their socks. Very excited to see this line for Target. Check out the entire line here.

Sock Monkey Baby Gifts {gifting}

19 Oct

I recently hosted a sock monkey themed baby shower, and came across some pretty amazing sock monkey baby gifts that would make gifts for any themed baby shower.  Here are a few of the adorable ideas for a little monkey.

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Organic Sock Monkey Onesie Gift Set – $34
Organic cotton and a coordinating hat make this set special

New Arrivals Sock Monkey Burp Cloths.Opens in a new window

Sock Monkey Burp Cloths – $28/ set 3
Standard cloth diapers get a makeover with sock monkey-inspired patterns

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Sock Monkey Blanket – $40
This adorable blanket from Uncommon Goods is made with recycled materials

Sock Monkey Gown & Cap – $30
A cozy sleep set that makes diaper changing a snap

Reusable Gift Bags, Sock Monkey by Lucky Crow

Reusable Sock Monkey Gift Bag – $6-12 per bag (depending on size)
Perfect wrapping for a sock monkey theme gift