Tips + Tricks :
POSTED Jun 29, 2014
Independence day is this Friday! Here are some last minute, kid-friendly activities, recipes, & outfits from around the web if you’re looking for ideas… Let us know if you have anything to add!
What to do with kids if you’re staying in New York City.
A fun DIY: 4th of July sprinkle fireworks.
Baby & toddler clothes for the holiday.
A summer classic: Blueberry Pie (& S’mores, of course).
Plus, 101 picnic dishes that take 20 minutes or less.
Temporary tattoos for the kiddos.
4th of July-themed crafts and projects.
Tags Blueberry Pie, Holiday Cooking & Recipes, July 4th, July Fourth Kids Acitivites, Summer
Category Blueberry Pie, Holiday Cooking & Recipes, July 4th, July Fourth Kids Acitivites, Summer
Father’s Day :
POSTED Jun 4, 2014
Father’s Day is less than two weeks away, but that’s still enough time to prepare. Here are some ideas for gifts & ways to spend the day with dad that we’ve found around the web…
A photo gift is always a wonderful option, and these leather bound photo books are a both sweet and practical idea.
A mustache baby rattle, decorative pillow, or blanket for dad, from baby.
Great gift tech ideas for the fitness fanatic.
For families that love to travel, the The NY Times 36 Hours Guide: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada will guarantee a fun weekend adventure, whether it be in a big city or undiscovered town full of character and charm.
A superhero doll for a superhero dad.
For the car enthusiast, a sweet father/soon book to enjoy together.
Breakfast recipes the kids can definitely help out with.
When in doubt, a witty Father’s Day card is always the perfect finishing touch for dads who appreciate a sense of humor.
This custom wrapping paper will make whatever you give dad that much better. Personalize it with his face, and then give your kids a marker to add fun (or funny details) like a mustache or pirates patch.
P.S. In NYC? Check out one of these brunch spots (here are some other Father’s Day outing ideas happening around the city this year).
What are some of your favorite gifts to give on Father’s Day?
Tags Baby Gifts, Designer Baby Gifts, Father's Day, Father's Day Gift Ideas, Gifts
Category Baby Gifts, Designer Baby Gifts, Father's Day, Father's Day Gift Ideas, Gifts
Tips + Tricks :
POSTED Nov 13, 2013
Adding one wall of polka dot wallpaper (as seen here) is a simple way to add a punch of color and personality to your child’s room. It could be an easy DIY with paint, too!
Tags Decorating Ideas, Kids Decor, Unique Nursery Decor
Category Decorating Ideas, Kids Decor, Unique Nursery Decor
Tips + Tricks :
POSTED Nov 1, 2013
We hope you had a fun Halloween yesterday! If you’re anything like us, then you currently have way too much candy on your hands. Here are a few ideas on what to do with the leftovers:
1. Send it to our troops overseas. Organizations like Operation Shoebox (which is specifically asking for candy for holiday shipments) and Operation Gratitude accept items to include in care packages sent to those serving abroad, and while candy may not be at the very top of their wish lists, it will certainly bring a smile to their faces (especially if your kids were to include a hand-written letter!).
2. “Sell” it. Many dentists and local businesses participate in candy buy back programs where they use coupons, toys, toothbrushes, etc. to “buy” candy from kids and then send it to one of the organizations above. You can find participating businesses here (if you live in NYC, Red Tricycle has a list of local options).
3. Give it to children who were unable to trick-or-treat. Ronald McDonald House Charities accepts candy donations for kids who couldn’t take part in the holiday. Search for your local branch here.
4. Donate it. Food pantries, nursing homes, and local shelters will be more than happy to take your leftover candy off your hands! In NYC, you can check out Citymeals, an organization that provides nutritionally balanced meals to homebound seniors. Organizations like Meals on Wheels or YWAA have local programs throughout the country as well, and don’t forget your neighborhood shelters, food banks, and places of worship.
4. Support the unsung heroes of your community! Your local Police & Fire Departments, mail carriers, teachers, and sanitation workers will appreciate the kind gesture.
5. Save it and get crafty: make an advent calendar, decorate a gingerbread house, or incorporate it into your holiday baking (candy has a long shelf life!). Or, if there are any November/December birthdays in your family, use the candy in a piñata!
What do you usually do with all your leftover candy?
Tags Halloween Candy, Halloween Candy Donation, Leftover Halloween Candy
Category Halloween Candy, Halloween Candy Donation, Leftover Halloween Candy
Halloween Tips + Tricks :
POSTED Oct 10, 2013
With Halloween just around the corner, your little one might already be asking you to throw a spooky Halloween party complete with costumes, friends, and candy. Create a brouhaha in your neighborhood by surprising your little witch with a truly terrifying witches’ gathering that includes themed decorations and Halloween activities for kids.
Cast a spell over your guests, convincing them to come with invitations that feature a bubbling witches’ cauldron.
Then, as the many goblins, ghosts, and ghouls arrive, serve them a witches’ brew full of worms, eyeballs, and magical potions.
After a night of cauldron-tending and broom-flying, send the coven of guests home with witchy gifts like Halloween coloring pages, miniature brooms, and witch hats. Happy Halloween!
Tags Estella Halloween, Halloween, Halloween Party Ideas, Witches Themed Party
Category Estella Halloween, Halloween, Halloween Party Ideas, Witches Themed Party