For a few reasons, I’m sad to hear that NYC toy site Gift Hero is closing shop. First, it was a business run by two lovely NYC moms. Second, Gift Hero was involved in the community (they even contributed to the auction at my son’s special ed school). Third, the site had high-quality, carefully chosen toys that made gift-giving easy–categorized by age, price, etc. Anyway, the silver lining is that Gift Hero is having a major close-out sale where you can nab great birthday gifts at up to 70% off their original prices. My pick from the remaining inventory is this Microscope with Carrying Case (originally $55, on sale for $33). Browse Gift Hero fast, because items are selling out quickly.
I’ll be enjoying some sun and surf with these cuties (shown here four years ago) over the next few days. I’ll be posting again next Monday, August 4th (in the meantime you can find me on Twitter and Instagram). Have a great week!
Did you see these colorful enamel initial pendants featured in a recent issue of Oprah magazine? They’re from Maximal Art and they make great gifts for a few reasons. First, everyone loves initial jewelry. Second, this is a unique take on the trend–these initials are made from colorful enamel-coated letters (and you can choose which color you want for your particular letter). Finally, the price is reasonable–$38 for one necklace including a 17″ gold or silver-plated chain. Buy them at Maximal Art.
Next month marks 20 years that I’ve lived in New York City, and I’ve seen my fair share of disasters during my time here–everything from 9/11 to Hurricane Sandy, with lots of big blizzards, storms, and blackouts in between.
Ever since 9/11, I’ve kept emergency supplies in our apartment, but like most busy moms, I do a pretty lousy job of keeping them up to date (when my daughter was 4, I realized I still had size 2 diapers and jars of baby food for her in our “go bag”). Plus I had some emergency gear that was both scary looking and impossible to use (like the 2 high-tech camouflaged gas masks my then-boyfriend ordered for us the week after 9/11). None of this was particularly helpful when Hurricane Sandy struck! So, naturally, I was happy to have the chance to review a new line of emergency kits by Boltwell, a clever company that provides families with essential kits with everything you need during unexpected events–without going overboard, or scaring you or your kids with army-type packaging. Having one of these kits means you have the piece of mind without worrying “But do we have surgical masks and duct tape, too?” I got to review a B*72: Foundation Kit which provides your family with emergency supplies for up to 72 hours, including the following, all of which are packed in clearly marked see-through bags so you won’t be fumbling in an emergency: Nylon Twin, Tube Tent, Rain Ponchos, Trash Bags, Fleece Blankets, Hand Warmers, Water Purification Tablets, Medical Kits, Masks, Tools, Disposable Lighter, 4-in-1 Emergency Tool, Headlamp, and more. It costs $325 and would probably cost more (plus a lot more time) to hunt down everything yourself.
You can also purchase more comprehensive kits or add-on kits for specific crises (such as a floods, fires, or even car emergencies). Hopefully you won’t have to use these, but, if an emergency arises, you’ll be awfully glad you have these items on hand.
Browse all of the emergency kits at Boltwell.
I received a sample Boltwell kit for purposes of this review. All opinions are expressed here are, as always, entirely my own.
Washington Square Park, NYC, July 22, 2014.
Earlier 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To see more of my top picks for babies, kids, and moms, visit Bumblebean.
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.
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.
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.