My Newest Gift Picks at Bumblebean

bumblebean_logoTime to check out what’s new in my expert collections at Bumblebean.  All of the items below have been handpicked by your truly to represent the best in new children’s clothing, accessories, decor and gifts. And, shipping is free on all orders through October 14th, no code needed:

Holiday Plaid Necktie ($28, sizes infant through 7 years) by Stinky McGee (from the Kids’ Holiday Clothes collection).  Picture perfect for holiday gatherings!


Silver Wool Felt Crown ($24) by Oliver and Adelaide (from the Halloween Goodies collection).  Handmade in L.A., this crown will help your costumed princess stand apart in the sea of Elsas:


Personalized Baby Boy Bib ($25) by Oliver and Adelaide (from Best Personalized Gifts for Kids collection).  Nothing sweeter than a personalized seersucker bib for a new baby boy!


Studio BGD Storage Bins/Dollhouse ($100) by Studio BGD (from the Stylish Nursery Furniture and Decor collection).  Such a clever idea…these brightly colored storage bins can be used individually for toys and knick-knacks, or stacked for any creative purpose like building a dollhouse.
Gingham Footy in Pink ($36, 3-6mos to 9-12mos) by Dondolo (from the Pretty Pink Clothing collection).  I have fallen for Dondolo’s gorgeous, classic Pima cotton infant footies.  A lovely, traditional baby gift.

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Flashback Friday: National Stationery Show 2011: Kid Stuff

Editor’s Note: This post was first published in May 2011.

I spotted lots of unique stationery products for babies & kids–everything from birth announcements to camp notes–at the National Stationery Show last week. Here are the best ones that I want to share with you (when available, I have included links and prices):

Elum Designs makes these adorably-packaged My First Thank You Notes kits for kids. Maybe, just maybe, this will make writing thank you notes less cumbersome.

A newcomer to the show, “Up Up Creative” (the company was named by the toddler son of founder Julie Green), makes these “Terrible Twos” cards. My favorite is “Dah-Wee” (Sorry) ($4).

Always a favorite at NSS, Brooklyn letterpress shop 9 Spot Monk offers Little Artist color in-cards with crayons ($4.50). A great option for younger kids who can’t quite draw a picture on their own yet, but would like to leave their mark.

I know my tween would love these new scented Twisty Stix ($2.99) by International Arrivals, the same company that brought you Smencils.

Framed birth announcement prints are wonderful keepsakes that do double duty as nursery decor. I liked these Baby Wall Announcements by Abbey Malcolm Press.

Looking for some stationery that feels different? Check out “Fabrinery” fabric-backed notecards by HB Designs. Lots of cute designs available for your little boy or girl to choose from.

I used one of these soft linen Baby Photo Albums ($23) by Estelle Billot as a brag book when R. was a newborn. After several years off, Estelle has returned with a new color palette for this top seller, as well as other new products.

I would love to decorate a kids’ bedroom or playroom with the colorful, customized buckets, bins and tubs by The Macbeth Collection. Guess what? We might have a giveaway coming up with them. :-)

If you’re looking for a big sib gift for a child older than preschool age, you can’t go wrong with the fill-in Big Sibling Book: Baby’s First Year According to ME ($11.55 at by Potter Style.

And, finally, for older kids…check out these camp notes by Oh My Word. Hey, at least it’s more personal than an e-mail.

I hope you’re enjoying my National Stationery Show finds. I still have much to show you, including top trends, party invitations, and birthday/holiday goodies!

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Modcloth: 15% Off Everything Including Halloween

If you’re a fan of the clothing and accessories of our affiliate Modcloth, shop there through tomorrow, Oct. 7th at 10am PT to get 15% Off Sitewide with code YAY15.   Browse the Halloween Shop for all of your festive needs–from costumes to Halloween tabletop and entertaining.

Think Outside the Box:  

Favorite Favor Earrings:

All Bat and More Heel:

Enjoy 15% off everything at Modcloth through tomorrow, Oct. 7th at 10am PT with code YAY15.

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Halloween Cards by Lure Paper Goods


When I saw these gorgeous original screenprint Halloween cards by Lure Paper Goods (formerly L2Design Collective) at the National Stationery Show this past May, I knew I’d have to order some for myself this October.  My purchase of several of the cards shown above just arrived (packaged beautifully too!) and I am thrilled with them.  Even *I* need a break from letterpress cards sometimes and these richly-hued, orange-saturated cards do just the right trick for Halloween.  I plan to put some of them in frames, too.  Check them out at Lure Paper Goods (each card costs about $4.25) and stay tuned for a sneak peek of their newest holiday cards, too.

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25% Off Friends & Family at Janie & Jack

Here’s a rare and very useful Family & Friends’s coupon code for Janie & Jack. It’s valid this weekend only, so shop soon! I was actually in our neighborhood Janie & Jack store yesterday and there are some really beautiful holiday outfits for both boys and girls. My favorite is the organza rosette dress ($199 before the code, sizes 3-6mos to 12 years). Be sure to use code “JJEXCLUSIVE” to get 25% off your entire purchase at Janie and Jack.

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Flashback Friday: How to Make a Candy Corn Wreath

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted in October 2010.  It remains one of the blog’s most popular Halloween posts. 

You know I haven’t ever considered myself a crafty person, but maybe that is changing. And if anything could make it change, it certainly is Halloween, my favorite holiday (and my birthday). When I saw this candy corn wreath on the cover of my October 17th issue of Woman’s Day magazine, I knew I had to try it.

So, the next time I was on the Upper West Side, I went to Michael’s and bought some supplies, including a foam wreath, black duct tape, and my very first (low temperature) glue gun. And, of course, some Brach’s candy corn. You know what? It was pretty easy to do. And somewhat relaxing. I think I get why people like crafting.

Here is the finished product. I didn’t hang it on our front door (we’re Jewish, so that didn’t feel comfortable to me), so I placed it on a closet door instead. The kids are fascinated by it and understand that it is not for eating. But it is awfully nice to enjoy that candy corn scent each time you walk by.

I did a bit of other Halloween crafting, too, which I will post next week. Enjoy the weekend!

p.s. I’ve added a DIY label to the blog as I hope to add some more (beginner level!) projects to this category. I’d love for readers to share their ideas and projects with me as well.

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30% off Personalized Kids’ Books at I See Me

I’m happy to share this 30% discount to our affiliate, which produces some of the most popular personalized kids’ books on the market.  This is a good opportunity to save some money shopping earlier for the holidays!  Here are two of my favorite picks from the site:

Who Loves Me? and Personalized Lovie Blanket Set.  This award-winning gift set–which I’d recommend as a baby gift or 1st birthday gift–includes a soft, satin-trimmed personalized lovie blanket plus a coordinated Who Loves Me? book.  The book features the names of family members and friends and has a gentle, rhyming storyline that’s perfect for bedtime.  A definite keepsake gift that will last through childhood.




I’m An All Star Personalized Book (boys’ version available too). This personalized 24-page hardcover storybook, perfect for ages 2-6, teaches your child how to be a team player, including how to have a positive attitude, encourage others on the team, and play by the rules. You select up to 5 of your child’s 5 favorite sports to appear in the book, and you can even upload your child’s photo to appear through the front cover.


Enjoy a 30% discount sitewide at with code PRIVATESALE now through October 5th.

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