Emily + Merritt for PB Teen

emily+merrittEarlier this year I told you about PB Teen’s Emily + Merritt Collection, which truly makes me swoon. The collection has been expanded for Fall 2014 with new furniture and bedding collections, including this Emily + Merritt Heart and Star Duvet Cover and Sham ($29.50-$109). Why doesn’t this come in king size??? Enjoy this and other new arrivals at PB Teen.

Psst!  Want to see more of my decor picks?  Follow my Pinterest board:  Kids’ Decor and Favorite Home Decor.

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New Gifts for Babies, Kids & Moms at Bumblebean (Plus Free Shipping)


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It’s been a while since I updated you about my latest favorite finds as “expert curator” at indie kids’ boutique Bumblebean. Here are some of my top Bumblebean picks for the summer. Note that almost everything ships for free today and tomorrow..no code needed!

Geleeo Cooling Gel Pad ($50, pink or blue).  This is a summer must-have for those sweaty outside walks.  You may be sweltering, but Baby will stay cool with the only cooling gel pad for strollers on the market.  Plus, it doesn’t need refrigeration–it has a proprietary hydrogel inside the pad that constantly stays cool.

 

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The Stripes N Bow Dress ($30, sizes 2T-3 to 7/8).  This new dress by Alexander & Sophia clothing (a fantastic indie clothing designer introduced to me by Bumblebean) features adorable navy stripes, pink trim, and a large accent below.  Also available in light pink.

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Finn & Emma Dark Play Gym–Girls ($135).  Probably the most stylish play gym I’ve ever seen. This organic beauty is made from 100% birch wood and all non-toxic stains.  All of the detachable toys are (including flowers and Cat & Mouse rattles) are made from organic and phthalate-free materials. Another version–featuring different hanging toys–is available, too.

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Open Heart Bar Necklace ($85) by Isabelle Grace.  This pretty hammered silver bar necklace is a top-seller at Bumblebean right now. It can be personalized with up to 2 lines of text, 8 characters per line–celebrate an anniversary, birthdate, or other milestone.

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Classic Baby Boat Shoes ($55, baby sizes 1-5) by The Coral Pear. The cutest boat shoes ever for your baby boy…and so comfy, too. These baby Boat Shoes are easy to take on and off, and stay put on wriggly baby feet.  100% geniune leather.

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To see more of my top picks for babies, kids, and moms, visit Bumblebean.

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Princess Leia Organic PJs

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These brand new Star Wars Princess Leia Long John Pajamas In Organic Cotton ($42, sizes 10mos-12 years) are, by far, my favorite item in Hanna Andersson’s Fall 2014 collection.  Hanna has made Star Wars PJs for boys for years–I love that they now make a pair just for the girls.  Of course, any character pajamas are better when they’re made of Hanna’s soft organic cotton–I’ve written here before that Hanna PJs last for years and years (I often buy unisex PJs there so both my kids can wear them–we’ve used some pairs for up to 4 years).  They are well worth the price.  Also, note that the Princess Leia PJs are available as Short Johns, too, for $36.

p.s. While you’re at it, nab one of these Good Night Darth Vader parody bedtime books ($14.95), available in the gift section at Hanna Andersson.  The PJs + book are a winning combo.

 

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Bargain Alert: Sight Word Pads from Frecklebox

Psst! This post is from 2012, but Frecklebox’s Sight Word Pads are still one of my favorite back-to-school products AND today only they are marked 40% off! No code needed.  Order by midnight tonight EST.

One of my favorite back-to-school products at our affiliate Frecklebox is this Personalized Sight Word Pad designed especially for kindergartners. As the mom of a six-year-old with a learning disability, I know just how important it is to keep reinforcing those most-often-used words in the English language. These color-in word pads make it that much more fun for your early reader. Buy them for $24.95 each at Frecklebox.

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This Girl’s Tees

Having just returned from a fantastic “Moms’ Weekend” at my daughter’s all-girl sleepaway camp, I really like these “girl power” tees I stumbled onto at the Etsy shop This Girl’s Tees. I’d love to get one of these for my daughter, and I love that they are available in sizes for all girls, from young girls to teens (there’s even a tee for Mom, too). Prices start at $15–visit This Girl’s Tees.

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Visiting Day

I am slowly getting back to my routine after a fantastic “Moms’ Weekend” with my daughter at her sleepaway camp.  Two nights in a tent with her, participating in all of her activities, and making lots of memories.  On the last day, her little brother joined us for Visiting Day.  Here they are seeing each other for the first time in three weeks.  I hope this honeymoon phase lasts for them when she returns home for good!

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Trend Alert: 5 Motifs at the 2014 National Stationery Show

Editor’s Note: I will be visiting my daughter at sleepaway camp this weekend and will resume posting next Monday.  Have a great weekend, everyone!  

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One great pleasure of walking the aisles of the National Stationery Show is noticing certain themes and motifs that appear across many designers’ work. Here are some of my favorite examples from this past May’s show:

1) Cassette Tapes.  As our own media and entertainment options grow exponentially, many people of a certain age seem nostalgic for the old mix tapes:

Cassette Tape Notecard ($3.50) by Isabell’s Umbrella:

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Cassette Tape Flat Notes ($12 for a box of 12) by Paper Trail:

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Mom or Dad Rock Cassette Letterpress Card ($4.50) by Kiss and Punch:

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2) Instagram and Texting.  For paper-philes and stationery designers, it was only natural that Instagram and texting would be skewered on paper.  

Letterpress Printed Friendship Greeting Card ($4.50) by Paper Bandit Press:

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“Thx” card ($4.00) by Warren Tales:

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“Texting Thanks Just Wasn’t Gonna Cut It.”  Didn’t get the designer on this one, sorry!

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“Dog on Instagram” coaster.  Again, no designer on this one.  Sorry.

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3) Siracha and/or Bacon.  Last year it was macarons.  This year, designers are celebrating everything spicy and smoked.

Have You Tried It? Letterpress Cards ($5) by Grey Moggie:

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“You’re the Siracha to my Everything” by 9th Letter Press:

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“Bringing Home the Bacon” Father’s Day Card by AzulineDesign:

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“You’re Bacon Me Crazy” coaster (another press sample that wasn’t marked with the designer’s name…sorry).

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4) Word Plays.  These are fun to send, especially when they’re a little risque.   

UnPhoGettable Birthday Card ($4.50) by Kiss & Punch:

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Oh Phuket Letterpress Card by Pink Orchid Press:

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5) Retro-style Fonts and Illustrations.  Not surprisingly, paper lovers happen to adore old-style pictures and typography.

“You’re a Gem” card ($5) by The Paper Cub Co.:

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Hello? Hello? Hello? Letterpress Card ($4.50) by Steam Whistle Press:
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Happy Divorce Letterpress Card ($5) by Ladypilot Letterpress:

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Want to see more from the 2014 Stationery Show? Check out my picks for this year’s best kids’ stationery, gift wrap, and overall favorites (parts 1 and 2).

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Bargain Alert: Old Navy Pineapple Umbrella

IMG_6954I spotted this cute umbrella with a trendy pineapple pattern at Old Navy near the checkout line two weeks ago. They cost just $10. I scooped one up for myself and wish I’d bought a few more as summer hostess gifts. Unfortunately, I still haven’t seen this umbrella appear on the Old Navy website, but check for it if you’re in an Old Navy store anytime soon.  It’s a cute gift for a ‘tween or teen girl, too!

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