Rocking the ruffle

Ruffles are a spring trend that’s overlapping into summer.  Nothing says girly quite like ruffles; it’s no wonder ruffles are everywhere lately.   And since summer is all about being fun and whimsical, these ruffle dresses from Baby Eggi certainly rocks this girly trend.

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Looking for a little more edge?  How about this butterfly dress featuring artwork by famed tatoo artist Mark Maloney and for the dudes, this Tee-Rex. (heh, get it? Tee-Rex!)

If you’re in the NYC area, starting tomorrow, Baby Eggi will be having a sample sale.

Baby Eggi sample sale
June 9-12
boys & girls 12 mos – 4T
Tues – Thurs 10:00am – 7:00pm / Fri. 8:00am – 5:00pm
141 West 36th Street – Suite. 1804 NYC
Prices:  $3- $15

*A big thanks to Brett for forwarding me the Baby Eggi email and reminding me of the awesomeness that is Baby Eggi.

Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 to hit full force

Mattel announced several products to go along with the launch of the new series, Hot Wheels Battle Force 5, set to debut in August on the Cartoon Network.  The CGI-animated, Battle Force 5 is said to feature a team of drivers in super fast, super cool vehicles who must work together to save the Earth.

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The Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 line features a full range of toys including battle vehicles and figures, a vehicle assortment, a trackset and vehicle assortment two-packs with a DVD containing the first episode of the show. The full Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 line will be at stores in October 2009.  Activision Publishing will release a Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 videogame to Wii and Nintendo DS platforms this November.  Also be on the lookout for a litany of Hot Wheels Battle Force licensed products for boys including clothes, footwear, role play toys, graphic novels, skateboards, bikes dvds, watches and more.

So many cute dresses, so little time

A few moms that I know have complained how their girls have so many cute dresses, but not enough chances to wear before they grow out of them.  The Baby Sports Dress by Agoo Apparel remedies this dilemma.  It’s made of stretch fabric that touts 50+ UV Protection, which makes it appropriate for playtime and everyday wear.  The dress, which comes in various colors and sizes ranging from 0-12 months, is made of fabrics that use bamboo and recycled fleece, making it sustainable and eco-friendly.
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I love that this dress is stain-resistant and is specifically designed for active babies, especially those who are just learning to crawl and toddle.  The Baby Sports Dress by Agoo Apparel is functional, sustainable and pretty darn cute.   Want to complete the ensemble? If you order a Baby Sports Dress, top or tank, you get a free pair of special edition LegHuggers!  It doesn’t get any cuter than that.

Because kiddie shows can only teach so much

Beyond the unofficial start of summer with cookouts and the 3-day weekend, we shouldn’t forget that Memorial Day is a time for remembrance and gratitude.  And so when I stumbled upon the Toddler Virtue Tees, I thought the messages conveyed were so relevant for Memorial Day.   Kids are such sponges, and it’s true what Monika Hall, the founder and mom entrepreneur of Toddler Virtue Tees says, ” children often do as we do rather than as we say.”  True that.

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Toddler Virtue Tees available are: Kindness, Courage, Patience, Tolerance and Gratitude for $20 each. There are also Ladies Virtue tees which are $22 each. Toddler Virtues offers free shipping as well.  Be sure to check out the 5 steps to teach virtues.

Etsy Find: Full Moon Flower Prairie Dress

Despite those scorching days we had here on the east coast, summer isn’t exactly here yet.  But just because summer isn’t here yet, doesn’t mean we can’t bolster the kids’ closets with warm weather frocks.  Need some summer dresses?  How perfect is this adorable prairie dress from Earth Groovz?

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With its bold, contrasting patterns, this dress is light and versatile–perfect for spring and summer!  Not only is it cute, eco-friendly, too.  The prairie dress features organic adjustable knit straps that tie in the back, organic natural elastic and the sustainable cotton material, leaving no carbon footprint.  The dress is made to order and comes in sizes 6M, 12M, 2T, 3T, 4T.  Be sure to check out Earth Groovz’ shop on Etsy for even more cute, eco-friendly spring/summer dresses.

There’s no place like home

As Dorothy infamously chanted, There’s no place like home…there’s no place like home.  Earth Day is a perfect reminder of just that sentiment!  Little Chickie Wear’s earth-loving onesie features a life long message that even the littlest tree hugger should live by.

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Designed by Gwen of Gwen Designs, this fun line of eco-friendly onesies, t-shirts and hats are all printed on 100% organic cotton.  The cuteness is endless.

Why choose organic cotton for babies and kids?

Of all the materials out there, organic cotton has to be one of my favorites.  On laundry day, in a sea of freshly laundered t-shirts, without even looking, I know exactly when I’ve pulled out my favorite organic cotton Quicksilver t-shirt to be folded—there’s that much difference in softness!  But besides the super soft texture, many companies and manufacturers are adding and increasing organic cotton options to their existing lines. In some cases, new companies are emerging altogether because of this trend that’s here to stay.

cottonSo, what’s with organic cotton anyway?  What makes it so special and oh so soft?
Organic cotton is the version of its conventional counterpart grown without pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, chemical fertilizers or any other chemicals, making it an ideal textile for baby and children’s products.  Conventional cotton is one of the most chemically-dependent crops, sucking up 10 percent of all agricultural chemicals and 25 percent of insecticides on 3 percent of our arable land; that’s more than any other crop per unit. That adds up to 1/3 of a pound of chemicals to produce enough cotton for a t-shirt, and 3/4 of a pound for a pair of jeans.  Organic cotton on the other hand, uses agricultural methods designed to help sustain the land it grows on, the people who grow and harvest it, and the planet in general.  (via Treehugger)

Once again, like with other greener alternatives, organic cotton products tend to cost a bit more—for now.  As the demand for organic cotton products continue to increase–and organic products in general–prices will begin to balance out.  In 2006, organic fiber linens and clothing sales in the United States grew by 26 percent over the previous year, to reach $203 million, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2007 Manufacturer Survey.

Because of its healthier composition and sustainable aspects, organic cotton is a great option for baby and kids’ products.  It certainly helps that organic cotton goodies are super soft and always hard to pass up.

To read more about organic cotton and its benefits check out these resources
Gaim on organic cotton
Cleaner cotton
The difference of organic cotton
The case for organic cotton
Organic cotton fact sheet

Sunday Best

With Easter Sunday next weekend, there’s still time to find affordable, practical outfits.  I’m all about buying outfits and clothes that can be used beyond that one major celebration.  As pretty as that super-frilly dress might be, consider opting for a spring dress that can be used throughout the rest of the season.  Many stores are having great spring sales right now, and even better, use those coupons many stores mail out, and you’re bound to find great deals on clothes for everyone. Here are just a few ideas on some versatile options that are out there right now.  Happy shopping!

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Etsy find: Buttered Toast

il_430xn62816427Speaking of Sunday Best, I’ve been on the lookout for a fun, funky kiddie tie for Jack.  Of course, Etsy always comes through.  This time, I stumbled upon Jessica’s fun shop, Buttered Toast. She makes handmade, unique ties and bowties for the little guys.  With all of her selections, you can choose between pre-tied tie, big boy tie and bowtie.
As hard it was to choose which tie to go with, this was my second choice tie.  I love Michael Miller prints, especially these bold colors, making it perfect for a Spring outing.  For you Anchorman fans, she even has a Ron Burgundy tie–you know, because your little guy is king of a big deal and all.  Be sure to check out all of her fun patterns.

I just ordered mine, barely getting it in to ensure we get it before Easter.  She does all the work herself, so be sure to contact her if you need yours by a certain time.