Go USA!!!

IMG_6978I’m thrilled to see that my 7-year-old son–who hasn’t been much of a sports fan–has taken a keen interest in this year’s World Cup. In fact, he and I watched the whole U.S. vs Portugal match on Sunday night; this was the first time he had watched an entire sports game on TV. Today at day camp he’ll be cheering again for the U.S. versus Germany, while wearing his World Cup T-shirt that I nabbed for ten bucks at Old Navy last week. It’s no longer available online, but you can get a ringer tank version for $14.94 (plus, if you’re buying online, use code “ONSAVENOW” for an additional 15% off). Enjoy the game!

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Artistic Board Books for Early Readers

homegrownbooksI first discovered Home Grown Books when I judged the Baby & Child division of the NY Now trade show, and I was pleased to meet its founders at another show recently. This little company makes “art-based eco-friendly books” for beginning readers. Think board books, but more artistic and original, and grouped in soft-bound sets of 9 volumes.  The content of each book set–whether “City & Country,” “Environment,” or “Play,”–is simple but child-friendly, catching the attention of the youngest readers.

We got a sample “Play” set for seven-year-old S. to check out, and even though he has advanced beyond this reading level (thanks to his excellent special education school, he is reading at an age-appropriate level!) he definitely enjoyed them and even offered this review:  ”These are good for kids who just started reading. I like the pictures.” There you have it.  I’d add that I think these typically would be good for kids ages 2-6, i.e. kids who won’t rip up a softcover book!

Plus, something else for moms to love–the books are entirely eco-friendly. The printing process used by Home Grown Books is green from start to finish, using wind power, recycled paper, and no-VOC vegetable inks.

Browse all of the titles and buy a set for $19 at Home Grown Books.

I received a sample book set for purposes of this review. All opinions are, as always, entirely my own.

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Paloma’s Nest Furniture

colonial_chairRemember Paloma’s Nest? I had no idea they also made this charming, architecturally-minded modern nursery furniture, some of which you will now see featured at The Land of Nod.   This furniture is entirely handmade and arrives fully assembled (something I very much appreciate).  The Children’s Neighborhood Chair: The Colonial  shown above is perfectly sized for preschoolers and later can double as a bookshelf or side table.   Or a little hideout for dolls, stuffed animals, and figurines….It’s a definite heirloom-quality keepsake.  Buy it for $278 at Paloma’s Nest.

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Bargain Alert: Everything $12.99 and Under at Gymboree

gymboreeI happened to check my Gymboree shopping cart this morning and found that every item in the store (yes, every one) is marked $12.99 or less today. Which means it was the right day to “splurge” on some new items for my daughter (who is at Gymboree’s very last size now…12 years) from its new Red, White & Chic line.  Although she has outgrown a lot of Gymboree’s appliqued styles (like the ones shown above, which are top sellers), she likes its simpler pieces in navy, white, and chambray, so I nabbed her some mid-summer threads like a Dots Ponte Shift Dress (just $12.95; regularly $36.95), Rope Belt Chambray Skirt (just $12.99, regularly $29.95), and some tops and leggings. Plus I found this Tropical Splash Rashguard Set (each piece now $9.99, regularly $21.95) for her little brother. In total, I got about 5 complete outfits for $100–not bad at all!  If you’re a Gymboree fan, head over there today before popular sizes sell out on these great deals.

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Today Only: 25% off at Janie & Jack

Disclosure: The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

janie-and-jackJanie & Jack sales don’t come around that often, so take advantage of today’s One Day Only Janie and Jack sale to get 25% off all regularly priced merchandise with code SUNNY25.  Looking for some picks? Check out what I found during my last in-store visit; I also recommend the crisp, brand-new “Nantucket Breeze” line for girls.

June 21st only: Enjoy 25% off at Janie and Jack with code SUNNY25.



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Flashback Friday: If I Could Keep You Little

Editor’s Note: This post was first published in 2011. Today is my 10-year-old daughter’s last day of elementary school, and last night she let me read this book to her before she went to bed. I was in tears (and she did not make fun of me!).  I hope she and her brother let me keep reading it to them for a few more years.  If you’re a sentimental mom, too, do yourself a favor and order a copy for you and your kids.  

I got a review copy of If I Could Keep You Little… at a trade show. I cried the first time I read it. It is right up there with books like You Are My I Love You and Someday as my favorite bedtime books to read to my kids on special occasions (the night before a birthday, or the night before a first day of school, for example). When I had a few moms and kids over for a playdate recently, I passed this book around and, shortly afterwards, a box of tissues. “Don’t do this to me again!” one mom said. Seriously, it is a very sentimental book that highlights the fleeting moments of childhood in a sweet but un-cheesy way. It is beautifully illustrated and the verses rhyme, too, so your child will enjoy it too. Can’t recommend it highly enough as a baby shower gift or a new baby gift. Check it out at Amazon.com (where it costs just $8.79, regularly $16) to take a peek inside.

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Airport Code Pillows

ORD_grandeThis is a clever idea–Airportag makes throw pillow covers featuring IATA codes (the 3-letter codes for most airports around the world). There are a few dozen available so far, but visitors can vote for which airport will be included next. In the meantime, see if your favorite travel destination (or hometown) is available; each pillow costs $24.90 and does not include filling but it’s a standard size that’s easy to find (you can use either 17×17″ or 20×20″).

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Skip Hop Duo Turns 10


This year, Skip Hop celebrates the 10th anniversary of its signature diaper bag by relaunching it with new features. Meet the new Skip Hop Duo Signature. It’s added a new “no-tip” design, grab handles, 10 pockets, and custom hardware with a metal ring for toys. Of course, it still has Skip Hop’s patented Shuttle Clips to easy transfer from stroller to shoulder. Plus, there’s a new quick-access “tech pocket” in front to hold most popular smart phones. It’s available in several solid colors and patterns; my favorite is the gray and white chevron. Buy it for $60 at Skip Hop.

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Bargain Alert: Additional 30% off Tea Collection Sale

Too bad that my 10-year-old is already packed for camp because I would have liked to get her another tee and pair of shorts from Tea Collection, since Tea’s separates are a staple of her summer wardrobe.  Maybe I’ll buy her something new for her return instead. Tea is having its big Semi-Annual Sale and with the coupon code below you’ll get an additional 30% off sale items (most of the summer Morocco-inspired line is already on sale so you’ll enjoy up to 50% off). Besides the tees and shorts, check out another one of my favorites from this season: the Blooming Lily Shift Dress (on sale for $26.95; originally $39; with further discount now on sale for $18.87).

Get another 30% off Tea’s Semi-Annual Sale with code “MORE30″ through Thursday, June 19th.

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First Birthday Shirt

1st-birthday-shirtsCharlie & Sarah has been one of my favorite t-shirt shops on Etsy for years–and I just spotted this cute chevron 1st birthday shirt that works for a baby boy or girl (a unisex hand-me-down: win win). Handmade in Philadelphia, it’s available in 3 colors in sizes 12-18mos, 18-24mos, or 2T, for $26 at Charlie & Sarah.

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