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The Most Interesting Ones are the Monsters

The Most Interesting Ones are the Monsters

Kids love to design their own–customizing gives them sense of accomplishment, plus it is creative and fun. Why choose an ordinary gift that anyone can buy when you can make your very own unique CurlyQ Cuties plush monster? CurlyQ Cuties gave my daughter an opportunity to design her own plush monster and my preschooler is delighted with the results! First, we had a fabulous time choosing the shape and color for the body, belly, mouth, and eyes. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Birthday Gifts, Charity, Featured, Hip Find, Made in the USA, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Stuffed Animals, Toddlers

Mama’s Got a Brand New Old Recycled Bag

Mama’s Got a Brand New Old Recycled Bag

For Mother’s Day, how about an eco-chic gift that also helps women in impoverished areas avoid or overcome slavery? The Emancipation Network (TEN) is an international organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking and modern day slavery. Through Made by Survivors, TEN provides survivers of slavery and people at risk of being trafficked into slavery with an opportunity for a  sustainable income, education and help reintegrating into society. They had me at saving women from slavery. As if that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bags, Charity, Earth Day, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Grandparent Gifts, Hip Find, Mommy Gifts, Mother's Day, Women's Issues

Grow Organically With Natural Pod

Grow Organically With Natural Pod

Natural Pod has one of the most unique selections of heirloom-quality, natural and organic toys, clothing, and gifts. This Canadian-based store only stocks eco-friendly and child-safe wooden and cloth toys, organic clothing, and sustainable items, most of which are made in Canada, the USA, or Europe. My tot checked out a few of Natural Pod’s toddler toys and pre-schooler favorites. She’s carrying around the Poot & Boogie Doll from their Natural and Organic Dolls section. Poot … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boutiques, Dolls, Eco-Friendly, Featured Store, Musical Toys, Organic, Toddlers, Toy Stores, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School)

Come On, Let’s Bounce

Come On, Let’s Bounce

I’m happily discovering that expecting a little baby boy does not mean sacrificing fun baby clothing shopping. Bouncing baby boys will look hip in the stylishly retro shoes from Buskins. Buskins has been in the biz since the early 1980s–far longer than other soft-soled baby shoe makers. And the experience shows in the quality. Buskins has the softest barely-there leather I’ve felt–perfect for tiny feet. I want a pair in my size to wear indoors. And … Read entire article »

Filed under: Footwear (Baby), Hip Find, Shoes (Baby)