Archive for October, 2011

Halloween Costumes for Your Lil’ Goblin

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Personalized Army Soldier Costume

With Halloween just around the corner, kids (and parents) everywhere are thinking of the perfect costume. But finding that perfect costume is sometimes easier said than done. Balancing creativity, comfort, warmth, and even safety can be challenging, especially with younger kids like I have. To help you and your kids in this quest for the best costume, here are some tips and ideas that may help you out:

Babies

Good news is that there will be no need for negotiating with your baby about their costume – trust me, this will change when they get a little older! For me, warmth and comfort were priorities. My daughter spent her first Halloween asleep in her stroller in a bunny bunting passed down to me from my sister-in-law. My son was born a few weeks before Halloween, so I put an orange hat on him and called him a pumpkin as he slept in my ERGObaby Carrier.  Perhaps these were not the most creative ideas, so here are a few others to consider:

Toddlers

Once your little one can walk, the main goal is for the costume to be comfortable and easy to keep on.  Your little one’s favorite character may be a safe way to go, but try to keep it as simple as possible. You want to stay away from toddler costumes that are bulky or that have too many zippers and snaps. Your toddler will probably last a lot longer in a toddler costume that allows a lot of movement and a lot of breathing room.  Check out these:

Preschoolers

Your preschooler’s mind is always going.  It amazes me the amount of information they are retaining and their curiosity.  I think this is a good opportunity to dress them as an everyday hero like a policeman or a doctor. They learn a little bit about some noble professions, plus it’s never too early to do some career planning!

To make sure that you have the greatest selection to choose form when it comes to trick-or-treating on Halloween it is important that you start looking for your costume early. Even if you get it early, you can let your little one wear the costume before Halloween to make sure that he or she is used to and likes to wear it. This makes it much easier when Halloween actually comes and your toddler needs to put on the costume.

Hopefully you can use some of these ideas to come up with the perfect costume. Tune back in next week when we discuss ways to trick your kids into sharing their Halloween candy with you.

A holiday that is fun, full of surprises and safe is what you want for your little ones.

A World of Possibilities – the ABC Kids Expo 2011 Recap

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

One of the largest events in the baby industry each year is the ABC Kids Expo.  This is the premier trade show where many of the companies in our industry come together to show off their latest, trendy products.  If you love baby products, then this is the place to be.

About a week ago, our team (which included Jonathan, Sara, Alan, Leah, Rose, and yours truly), headed up to Louisville KY – aka possibility city for those of you city nickname buffs out there – and as we found, there were possibilities galore at the Expo!

In the decor department, we found some amazing new items to add to our website as we do our best to offer you a comprehensive nursery decorating experience. We reconnected with some old friends from previous shows, met some new ones and even spotted a celebrity or two (that is, if you count Pauly D from Jersey Shore as a celebrity).

It was a great couple days, during which I missed my family dearly.  But I did take home some great memories.  Here are a few hightlights:

We really loved the show decorations – beginning with the giant (hagrid-sized?) rocking chair.  Notice how Jonathan only looks about 6 feet tall next to the giant furniture?

Jonathan and Sara

We had lunch with Pam, Melisa and Kristin from Project Nursery! These gals are talented and fun!  Project Nursery is an incredible resource for nursery decoration advice and inspiration.  We’re excited about some upcoming projects and really enjoyed meeting with them.

Me, Sara, Jonathan, Pam & Melisa (yin and yang of Project Nursery), Rose, Al, Leah

We couldn’t help but check out the Itzy Ritzy showroom, even though we don’t carry their products. Their stylish and functional baby, toddler, and adult products are sure to make things easier for parents, and look good while doing it!  I particularly loved these reusable and washable snack bags, called Snack Happened.  My daughter really likes them for her lunchtime carrots at school – a great alternative to plastic baggies!

We were also lucky enough to meet up with the creative duo from Little Crown Interiors!  They’re nursery design experts whose projects have included numerous celebrity nurseries, and are featured in the industry’s hottest magazines, websites and books.

Me, Al, Leah, Naomi, Gerri, Jonathan, and Sara

We also had a great time with Michael and Jessi in the Farrallon showroom – showcasing their stylish parenting products (Peanut Shell), unique wall art for nurseries (Studio Arts), and high quality kids products and toys (Alma Designs).  I loved the new wall clocks (without the actual clock) and the fabric growth charts!

Jessi, Jonathan, Michael, Al, Leah, and Sara

We had a few fun days meeting vendors, bloggers, and media … and enjoyed getting to know possibility city!