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Tips & Tricks :

Last Minute Costume Ideas

By - POSTED Oct 22, 2014

Siaomimi Play - Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just over a week away! Still need to get your toddler’s costume? We have a few of Siaomimi Play‘s beautiful costumes and dress up clothes for toddler girls and boys still in stock. Hilda Yim (the brand’s founder and designer) takes classic costumes and gives them a modern twist with luxe fabrics and unique details that are even more spectacular up close and in person. The brand’s creations are imaginative and whimsical – perfect for Halloween or an ordinary afternoon playing dress up.

If instead of a full-out costume, you or your toddler are just looking for a few accessories or something designed for everyday wear that is also appropraite on October 31st, here are some ideas…

Bobo Choses AW14 - Girls' Leggings

Bobo Choses Shiny Leggings add a glamorous/futuristic/galactic touch to any outfit (see also: NUNUNU‘s leather leggings and metallic crewneck).

Siaomimi Play Monster Head

These monster heads from Siaomimi Play require no outfit – slip it on and you’re ready to go.

Girls Tutu - Atsuyo et Akiko

Girls’ tutus, tiaras, crowns, & wands from Atsuyo et Akiko are girly, fun accessories that will add a touch of sparkle and whimsy. They make an easy ballerina or princesses costume but are also perfect for a rainy afternoon and girls who think every day is the perfect opportunity to dress up.

Soft Gallery AW14 - Leopard Print Jumpsuit

This leopard print girl’s jumpsuit from Danish brand Soft Gallery was designed for the everyday, but makes a super simple feline-inspired costume!

P.S. More ideas here & here.

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Style Spotlight :

Girls’ Coats & Jackets

By - POSTED Oct 21, 2014

Bobo Choses AW14 - Faux Fur JacketNununu FW14 Toddler Army Jacket

It is finally that perfect time in the season when it is cool enough to need a fall jacket, but stuffy layers and down-filled winter coats are not necessary (yet!). We still have these two fun toddler girls’ coats by Bobo Choses and NUNUNU in stock. Both the NUNUNU Army Jacket and Bobo Choses Faux Fur Jacket are practical without sacrificing style – they can be worn now on their own and even as it gets colder with an extra sweater or scarf.

P.S. If you are looking for baby coats, snowsuits, & outerwear, we’ve got options from Moncler & Album di Famiglia as well!

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Guest Post :

Fall Cooking with Kids

By - POSTED Oct 20, 2014

Apples

We are excited to have Rebecca Washa, the resident nutritionist at HelloFresh, guest post for us today. HelloFresh is a weekly recipe-kit delivery service. You choose three delicious recipes each week, and the ingredients are delivered straight to your door! Thanks, Rebecca!

As the golden days of summer nestle away for a slow slumber, and the cool of autumn begins to settle in – nothing reflects the changing season better than the produce we find in our local supermarkets or farmers markets.  I get excited thinking about all the new flavors and recipes I will cook – healthy comfort foods that invite me to turn on my oven and turn up my taste-buds.

This time of the year I love to roast the season’s bounty with aromatic herbs, whip up hearty soups, and spend time in the kitchen making slow-cooked stove-top braises. In the abundance of the fall’s harvest, my go-to vegetables include:

-Beautifully colored and shaped squashes; acorn, butternut, kabocha,turbans, spaghetti
-Sweet and delicious pumpkins
-Wholesome root vegetables; carrots, parsnips, potatoes, beets, and turnips
-Nurishing dark leafy greens; spinach, swiss chard, arugula, kale, collard greens

And to marry the savory and sweet, I include seasonal fruits like pears, apples, persimmons, pomegranates, oranges, and figs.

Butternut SquashPears

With a plentiful variety to choose from, I often get asked by parents how to help their children enjoy all these delicious fruits and vegetables.  Well, here’s a bit of advice; while it’s the parent’s job to provide nutritious and healthy meals for their children, it’s the child’s job to choose what they will eat.  You can’t control everything your child consumes, and you shouldn’t want to!  It is important for children to develop their own sense of control and confidence surrounding food and eating.  Moreover, it will often take 12-14 exposures before kids might try something new – so parents don’t give up!

The most important thing a parent can do for their kids is to provide variety.  There is no better time than the autumn season to show children the wide spectrum of colors, shapes, and textures that fruits and vegetables come in.  We all experience the foods we eat differently – take your children on a sensory journey as they experience new ingredients.  Use mindfulness to consider how the sights, sounds, touch, smell, and taste help us enjoy every bite even more.

Fall Produce - Beets

-Sight:  Fall reminds me of the color orange…think about all the fruits and veggies in this gorgeous shade (pumpkins, carrots, persimmons) or think about another color you like.  Just remember that the more colorful a fruit or veggie is – typically the more nutritious it is.

-Sound:  Experience how crunchy an apple sounds when you bite into it.  Or how roasting vegetables sizzle when they are cooking in the oven.  Food can be a symphony of sounds!

-Touch:  Feel how bumpy the surface of a squash is or how rough the skin of a beet can be.  A fun game to play with kids is to load up a brown bag with different kinds of fruits and veggies and have kids guess what they are feeling!

-Smell:  My favorite part of cooking is filling up the kitchen with the delicious smells of rich herbs and spices.  When it comes to fall, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves come to mind as sweeter spices & thyme, rosemary, and sage are my go-to herbs.  For an exotic flair, try za’tar – it’s a middle eastern spice blend made of dried herbs, sesame seeds, and sumac.

-Taste:  There are 4 main flavors; sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.  The best meals seem to have a mix of these flavors.  When preparing for a meal, have kids try different ingredients and sort them into the different flavor profiles and ask them to make a combination they like best.

As the rhythms of the season changes, so should we also slow down, reconnect with what’s important, and surround ourselves with the people that make our lives healthier and happier.  Perhaps put on a cozy sweater and take a walk to marvel at the streets covered in fallen leaves – and then come home to a table set with a fragrant and dazzling dinner to share with one another.

Roasted Beet Salad

Here’s a simple, fast, and nutritious Roasted Beet Salad recipe that both you and your kids will love and we hope will inspire you to cook at home (HelloFresh provides recipe cards with ingredients & directions for all its meals). Enjoy!

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Happy Weekend :

Estella’s Weekly Roundup

By - POSTED Oct 17, 2014

Girls Dresses

TGIF – have a good one & we’ll see you Monday!

The best squash recipes to make this fall (also: DIY pumpkin ghosts).

The NY Times treated a group of 2nd graders to a 7-course tasting menu.

The best times and places to view fall foliage across the country.

Have you ever considered taking a day trip up to Storm King?

Little Humans of New York, the book, is out now (a preview here).

What a fun way to add color & personality to a room.

Halloween is exactly 2 weeks away! Shop toddler costumes now!

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Lines we Love :

Beau Loves, Part 2

By - POSTED Oct 15, 2014

Beau Loves AW14Beau Loves Fall 2014Beau Loves AW14 - Girls' DressesBeau Loves - FW 2014Beau Loves AW14Beau Loves AW14

A few more images from the Beau LOves‘ AW14 collection! Founded in 2010 by Faye Wilde after she had her son Beau, the line is full of comfortable, 100% cotton designer baby & toddler clothes for boys and girls that are modern, bold, and practical. For fall 2014, the collection includes t-shirts, sweatshirts, & harem pants in elegant grey, green, and blue colors with bows and arrows, crosses, and mask prints. Most styles are gender neutral and designed to be mixed and matched. Sophisticated, stylish, and highly-wearable, Beau LOves is a practical and comfy brand to check out this season. Plus, how beautiful are these pictures?

P.S. See part 1 here.

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