Where You Can Get a Sweater Like Prince George’s

Cambridge_WEB.jpgAs a Royal Family fan, I am of course fawning over the wonderful new photo of Kate, William, and 8-month-old Prince George. There is a lot of talk about the charming personalized pale blue sweater that George is wearing. Apparently it was a handmade gift sent to them personally, so can’t purchased online.  But I think I may have discovered a possible source for who gave them this gift….

Last Fall, the famous Missoni family (yes, the Missoni fashion family) announced the arrival of a new baby boy with a picture of this sweater for him:


Isn’t it awfully similar to George’s sweater?  The neckline, the font, and the color (though the lighting makes George’s sweater appear paler blue).  Perhaps the Missoni’s sent Prince George a sweater just like Otto’s as a baby gift?

Want a sweater like George’s for your own baby boy?  So does everyone else right now!  I think we can expect copy-cats very soon, but in the meantime here are some similar choices:

Personalized Name Sweater ($88, available in light blue) at The Pink Monogram:



Personalized Knit Stars Sweater ($80) at Baby Box:

Personalized Baby Boy Sweater ($51.11) at Etsy:


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Flashback Friday: A Visit to Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on March 28, 2011:

Updated: Buddy from Cake Boss mentioned us on Twitter! R. is going to be so excited when she sees this.

Have I mentioned that my 7 1/2-year-old daughter is obsessed with TLC’s Cake Boss? She knows every episode by heart. I’m not kidding. So during our “mommy/daughter” weekend this past weekend (S. went to the ‘burbs with Grandma and Grandpa), I knew that a perfect field trip would be an outing to the famous Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey.

I did my research and learned that to avoid the longest lines, you have to arrive at Carlo’s verrrry early, i.e. as close to the 7am opening as possible. We got there at 8am on Saturday morning, and there were already about 20 people ahead of us in line outside (plus the bakery was already filled with customers inside).

R. posed for a picture outside and got some ideas about future celebrations of her own…

We had to wait outside for about half an hour, but it was totally worth it when we were called inside the warm bakery and got to view (and sniff) all the delicious goodies:

Most of the customers were fans of the show like us, and/or tourists. But some people were actually there to pick up cake orders, mostly for birthdays:

We eventually chose two cupcakes, plus 1 “lobster tail” (a flaky croissant-like pastry filled with vanilla custard), and some coffee cake. These were the cupcakes which we gobbled on the way home:

Of course, there are souvenirs to buy, too. R. conned me into buying her a talking Buddy bobblehead for a whopping $27.

The customers of course are all on the lookout for Cake Boss “Buddy.” He wasn’t there (he was touring in Ohio), but R. immediately recognized these supporting cast members:

Mauro, Buddy’s right-hand-man and brother-in-law:

Grace, Buddy’s eldest sister:

And Buddy’s mother Mary, who is absolutely hysterical. She had the crowd in stitches. R. took a little video of her which you can watch here.

It was definitely worth the trip for us. If you have a Cake Boss fan in your family, I highly recommend a visit to Carlo’s!

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Tunnel Vision

IMG_5365The tiled graphic inside the Holland Tunnel that separates New York from New Jersey was very much a part of my childhood (and probably for many of my readers, too). So I adore the clever “Tunnel Vision” collection at NYC housewares emporium Fish’s Eddy. And when I popped inside the store the other day, I saw that this “Tunnel Vision” tray was on sale (regularly $22.95, in-store $13.95). I bought one thinking I’d give it as a hostess gift, but, in reality, I will probably keep it for myself! Browse this and other fun collections at Fish’s Eddy.

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Kids Say the Darndest Things

my-quotable-kidThrough this Friday, you can save 40% on all personalized items at MyChronicleBooks.  There are plenty of great keepsake books here, including one of my favorites–My Quotable Kid Personalized Memory Journal, a 44-page handy keepsake journal where you can jot down your kid’s priceless quips easily and effortlessly. Each page features a personalized section to record the quote along with the child’s age, and where and when the quote was said. The inside front page also features the child’s birthdate and first word.  The keepsake book costs $39.99 ($23.99 after the discount) at MyChronicleBooks.  It makes a super gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or for the grandparents anytime.

Enjoy 40% off your order at MyChronicleBooks with code MYCB-EASTER through Friday, March 28th.

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You Need New Makeup, Right?


I admit it.  My first few years as a mom,  I barely bought anything for myself. Clothing? Nah. Make-up? Nah. I was lucky if I was wearing clean sweatpants, a tee shirt, and a scrunchie in my hair.

Gradually, I got my groove back. And now that my kids are well out of the baby/little kid stage, I am treating myself to more things that I deserve…like new makeup.

My dear friend Maria (who was my son’s former occupational therapist, and now is mom of two baby boys) encouraged me to try some new products from Younique, where she is a rep. Historically, I’ve been skeptical about higher-end makeup products, but now that I’m (gulp) past 40, I’m starting to see the benefit. Turns out that a little bit of good quality make-up goes a long way, especially when your exhausted shows on your face!

I bought a few products from the Younique line, including two of the “Lucrative Lipglosses” ($15) in coral-colored “Ladylike” and fire-engine red “Lethal.” I am really pleased with them–they go on smoothly and last all day without clumping. By the way, the eco-friendly packaging is very pretty, too.

Also, having seen a spot on the news recently about all the bacteria lurking inside of our old makeup brushes, I’m also seriously considering buying Younique’s complete brush set ($99) to make a clean start with my makeup this Spring.

Finally, friends of mine have tried and swear by Moodstruck Minerals Concealers ($29) and Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powders ($10 each, shown below):

If you’d like to purchase Younique products, you can do so via this link. Tell Maria that I sent you!

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Boys’ Swimwear from Gap Kids

IMG_5289Speaking of swimwear, S. got a lot of mileage on our trip from his new Gap Kids swimwear. In the photo above (which I love–it was taken by my sister) he’s wearing his new long sleeve graphic rashguard ($19.95) in Caribbean Blue, plus patchwork swim trunks ($29.95). I love these colors, and appreciated that the sleeves on the rashguard were fully long-sleeve to protect his very fair skin (I’ve noticed that some other long-sleeve rashguards have sleeves that are more 3/4 length).  Plus, it is so hard to find stylish but not babyish boys’ swimwear if you’re NOT a fan of sharks and skulls!  I like that Gap Kids has some simpler options for boys.  Browse the boys’ swimwear at Gap Kids and enjoy 35% off your purchase (online only) with code DEALFORU today and tomorrow.

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Spring Handbags

emilieAre you in the market for a new spring pocketbook? You may already know that coral and mint hues are on-trend for this Spring’s accessories–they look especially warm and soft after this harsh winter. Check out the selection at Emilie M., a handbag site with stylish but affordable options that won’t break the bank. My favorite picks from the new Spring bag, shown above: Morgan Satchel w/Detachable Shoulder Strap ($85) and Irene Ostrich Shoulder Bag ($95).

Disclosure: I received a sample Emilie M. bag for purposes of this review.  I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are, as always, entirely my own.  

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Mod Squad Rashguard Set

mod-squad-rashguard-setAmong my the catalogs in my mailbox when I got back from vacation was one from Garnet Hill with tons of new girls’ swimwear. Too bad I had already bought my 10-year-old some new suits for our trip, because I love Garnet Hill’s stylish but modest additions like this very trendy Mod Squad Rashguard Set by Cabana Life. I’m a big believer in rashguards not only for modesty but also for sun protection since my kids are quite fair. And I love the 60s vibe of this on-trend navy-and-coral graphic pattern. It’s available starting in size 4T, all the way up to 14 (sizes 7-14 include a lined bikini top, too) for $48 at Garnet Hill.

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