Must-Haves for Preschool

Preschool-Must-HavesBe sure to check out my new collection–“Must-Haves for Preschool”–at Bumblebean right now (with free shipping on nearly every item through August 19th, no code needed). In this new collection, I’ve included everything the littlest students need–including personalized storybooks, lunch pouches, nap mats, and comfy clothing.  And, if you also have kids who are bit older, check out my new collection of The Best Back to School Clothes for kids up to age 10, too.

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Hot Toy Alert: Lego Research Institute

lego-research-instituteYou may have heard by now about the awesome new Lego “Research Institute” playset for kids ages 10+.  Now, although everyone is talking about how wonderful it is that the set features 3 FEMALE scientists (paleotologist, astronomer, and chemist) for girls to play with, I see no reason that this should be a girls-only toy.  Boys are well aware of female scientists, too!  In addition to the 3 scientists, the set includes paleontology, astronomy, and chemistry scenes on a 6 x 6 baseplate and tons of essential ad-ons including a skeleton, microscope, telescope, sky chart, and chemistry bottles and flasks. With all the buzz surrounding this new set, of course it’s sold out (unless you want to nab one on Ebay for $40 and upwards…), but I expect it to be back in stock soon at the Lego Store website for $19.99.  I am buying one myself for my 11-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy both to enjoy.


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Bargain Alert: Llum Dresses on Zulily

llum-dressOne of my favorite kids’ dress designers, Llum Kids, is having a sale at Zulily this week. I love Llum’s clean, modern lines (with just a hint of a retro vibe) and soft cotton fabrics. My pick: this perfect-for-Fall Sunset Geometric Mock Dress (on sale for $34.99, reduced from $69; sizes 2T-12).

p.s. While you’re at Zulily, check out the brand new Hanna Andersson sale, too.

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Popular on Pinterest: Fluffy Monster Pencil Cases

If you’re not already following me on Pinterest, you really should. Here’s why:

1) I post tons of finds that I’d never otherwise have time to blog about here.
2) Some of my pins go semi-viral; I’ll share some here that have hundreds of repins.
3) I pin everything from my favorite categories, including kids clothing, favorite home decor, and Growing Up 70s & 80s. There’s something for everyone, I promise.


The Fluffy Monster Pencil Case that I pinned a year ago (shown above) is seeing lots of back-to-school traffic again. Want to know where you can buy it? It’s just $6.95 at International Arrivals.

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Our New Backpacks (Plus 40% off Backpacks at Hanna Andersson!)

Ever the “take charge” big sister, R. (almost age 11) has chosen her own backpack and that for her little brother this year as they enter 6th and 3rd grades, respectively.  Luckily he agreed with her choices.  Looks like we’re going with stripes this year!

R’s 6th grade backpack: Striped Fleece Backpack ($38, sold out in grey but available in other colors) at Poketo:


And S’s 3rd grade backpack:  Hanna Andersson’s There & BackpackAnd guess what? You’ll get 40% Off Backpacks on Saturday, August 9th only and otherwise 20% off backpacks at Hanna Andersson through 8/17.  This is the time to buy! No codes necessary–prices shown as marked.    



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Mistaken Lyrics Coaster Set

mistaken-lyrics-coaster-setYou may remember I picked these “Mistaken Lyrics” coaster sets as one of my favorite new products at this past May’s National Stationery Show. They weren’t for sale yet, but they are now, and they make an awesome hostess gift. They’re made by MakeATX in Austin, TX, and a set of 6 laser-cut cork coasters costs $25. Browse all of the mistaken lyrics (they are pretty funny…I love “Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza…”) at MakeATX.

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What to Wear to Middle School: Mini Boden

My daughter R. is about to start 6th grade. She’s never been a clothes-crazy type of girl, but lately she has taken more of an interest in what she wears.  She doesn’t like anything too girly or too cutting-edge.  She loves the color charcoal gray, anything soft and fluffy, comfortable jeans, and owl motifs.  This year, she’s taking an active role in choosing her Fall clothing, which she agreed to model here. Here are her 1st looks, from Mini Boden:

Big Applique Owl T-shirt ($30, sizes 1.5-2yrs to 11/12 years) with Cozy Vest ($38, sizes 1.5-2yrs to 11/12 years). Polka dot jeans from Gap Kids (no longer available), women’s polka-dot Gatas Slip-On Shoes from Lands End (on sale for $24.99).


I love this Mini Boden Ruffled T-Shirt ($30, sizes 1.5-2yrs to 11/12 years), too. She’s paired it with Skinny Jeans from The Children’s Place (on sale for $10, sizes 6-12).


Posted in back to school, clothing | Leave a comment Bobbi Pins

Bando-Girl-Talk-Bobbi-Set-Oh-Wow-Yay-Hooray_0Have you seen yet? It’s a fashion accessory site I discovered on Instagram. There are hair accessories, tech gifts, and more, but my favorite items are the Bobbi Pins, especially sets like the Girl Talk Bobbi Set ($15) pictured above. How fun are these to spiff up your hairstyle? Really cute gift idea for a ‘tween, teen, or (ahem) a grown-up. And if you buy today (August 4th) you’ll enjoy a 15% discount–see the site for details.

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30% Off Personalized Baby Blankets & Pillows


I’m a big fan of personalized baby gifts such as these Personalized Birth Story Pillows and Personalized Birth Story Blankets by Merle & Velma.  The 16″ square muslin pillows (on sale for $62.30, regularly $89) can be personalized with your baby’s stats in your favorite fonts and colors, and make a great addition to any nursery, and also are a fun prop for those monthly baby photos. And the blankets (on sale for $90.30, regularly $129) are the best “birth story blanket” I’ve seen in ages, chock full of all the details you want to provide printed on a generously sized 100% organic cotton blanket.

Enjoy 30% off personalized Merle & Velma baby gifts at Bumblebean this week only–you’ll spot them in my Bumblebean collections Best Personalized Gifts for Kids and Luxe Baby Gifts. No code needed; discounts are marked as shown.

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