Category : Kids

Matilda Jane Clothing + the holidays = perfection

Matilda Jane Holiday

In our minds, there really isn’t anything better than the holiday styles for girls from Matilda Jane Clothing. Their sweet, whimsical, colorful dresses are like a dream come true for moms who love to dress up their girls up for the holidays and this year, they’ve pulled out all of the stops with dresses that truly bring life to the holidays. Take a peek at some of our holiday favorites from Matilda Jane… and keep reading for their latest (and coziest!) holiday announcement!

Our favorite holiday styles from Matilda Jane

Matilda Jane Holiday Outfits


Sweater: Meow Meow Cardigan, $50
Dress: Party Season Dress, $64
Leggings: Red Rover Bennys, $23 (currently on sale!)

Dress with Removable Overlay: Special Snowflake Dress, $56

Don’t miss their new pajamas!

Matilda Jane Mix and Match Pajamas

And, likely the most exciting news for Matilda Jane Clothing fans is the launch of their pajama collection, Dream Weavers. With the most adorable mix-and-match pajama tops and bottoms, in super-soft, cozy cottons, these pajamas are perfect for the holidays… and beyond. We love that you can create the perfect pajamas for your own little girl, based on her personality — the funky Seeing Stripes Pajama Bottoms with the sweet Dancing Kitten Pajama Top or the bold Bookworm Pajama Bottoms with the pretty Just Dottie Pajama Top or any combination she falls in love with!

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Pureeing a few of your holiday favorite foods and using the Sili Squeeze reusable food pouch, is a great way for your little one to join in on holiday dinner fun with the family. The Sili Squeeze is easy to fill, leaves little to no mess on your kid and it is easy to clean out the reusable pouch when your kid is done with their food.

Sili and baby girl

Here is a great holiday recipe for your Sili Squeeze:

Fills one 6 oz Sili Squeeze

  • 2 oz meat, fully cooked
  • 2 oz mashed potatoes or yams, cooked
  • 2 oz green vegetable, such as spinach, green beans, kale etc, cooked

Puree the ingredients together until smooth, adding purified water or breast milk as needed for a smoother consistency. Serve warm when the family sits down for dinner.

Sili Squeeze Is Your Holiday Helper

The Sili Squeeze reusable food pouch is also great for feeding your kids on-the-go, it keeps them content while carting them around running errands, shopping and going from house to house. The Sili Squeezes‘ price point is also under $15, so perfect as a stocking stuffer for kids of all ages.


Some other great Sili Squeeze reusable food pouch features:

  • Eco Friendly and BPA Free- All Sili Squeeze materials are made of certified food and medical grade safe materials, that are BPA-free, Phthlate-free, PVC-free, latex-free and lead-free.
  • The Sili Squeeze is freezable- Just fill your Sili Squeeze with food and freeze it with the cap on. Then add it to your kids lunch box to keep it cool, and by lunchtime it will be perfectly defrosted.
  • The original Sili Squeeze has a spill-proof spout and the Sili Squeeze with Eeeze has a free-flowing spout for bigger kids.
  • Perfect for squeezing vitamin rich, fruit and veggie blends and lets your little one enjoy delicious, freshly food including smoothies and soups, yogurt and applesauce, purees and baby food while on-the-go!



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Baby, it’s cold outside!

The official start of winter is still a few weeks away, but Baby, it’s getting cold outside! If you have a little one to keep warm this winter, take a peek at these cozy ways to keep baby warm in the not-so-sunny weather. Whether you’re just keeping the chill off for a winter walk on the beach (we’re jealous, if you are!) or fending off the next polar vortex, we have winter gear to keep baby warm.

10 Ways to keep Baby warm this winter

Keep baby warm

1. Patagonia Baby Reversible Puff-Ball Pants, Patagonia, $69
If a full baby bunting or snow suit isn’t a good choice for your baby, consider at least keeping her bottom half cozy with these warm winter pants. We can’t resist Patagonia’s cool pattern and reversible styles, either!

2. Grab & Go Stroller Blanket Clips, Skip Hop, $8
Stroller blanket clips are a mom must-have to prevent a slipping blanket on cold winter walks. Simply clip your baby’s favorite blanket to the sides of your stroller and you’re on your way.

3. Baby Carrier Cover, Kowalli, $69
If you’re a mom who loves her baby carrier, grab one of these baby carrier covers. They are universal, fitting most baby carriers and can easily be slipped on and off, over Baby.

4. Kushies Blue Banana Stroller Blanket, buybuy Baby, $90
Finally, a blanket that is designed to clip straight onto our stroller to keep baby warm! These blankets are perfect for moms who aren’t into using a bunting for their stroller.

5. Blanket 212 Chevron Stroller Bunting, 7 AM Enfant, $172
Speaking of buntings, 7 AM Enfant has a huge selection of high-end buntings that are made to keep Baby warm and cozy on outdoor winter adventures. This chevron bunting is one of their latest designs.

6. Channel Stroller Blanket, Pottery Barn Kids, $40
Sometimes, all you need to keep Baby warm when you’re outside or running between the warmth of your car and the store is a thick, soft blanket. The selection at Pottery Barn Kids is always a favorite and their stroller blankets are warm and stylish.

7. Urban BundleMe, JJ Cole Collections, $50
The brand that knows its way around how to keep baby warm is JJ Cole and their stroller and car seat accessories for winter will become an instant must-have for your baby.

8. Owl Booties, Stonz Wear, $40
One of the biggest challenges in keeping your baby warm when you’re outside is her feet. Stonz Booties slip over whatever she has on her feet already — socks, moccasins, soft-soled shoes  — to keep her feet warm and dry.

9. Tundra Boots Kids Snow Stopper Mittens, Zappos, $20
Equally as tricky to keep warm in winter is her hands. Finding mittens that will stay on your baby’s hands is next to impossible, which is why we love these super-long Snow Stopper Mittens that reach all of the way up her little arms.

10. Warm Fuzzy Fleece Infant Suit, REI, $45
Perfect for babies who love to ride in a carrier, these infant fleece suits are easy to zip on and off around Baby’s clothes and will contain her warmth while she’s being worn.

What’s your favorite way to keep your baby warm?
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Peppa Pig can help you embrace winter

The December holidays are only weeks away, and winter lovers have been looking forward to the snow and chillier weather all year. If you need a little encouragement to get into a winter frame of mind — or live in a place where you’re experiencing temperatures closer to swimsuit season than snowsuit season — Candlewick Press wants you to enjoy these precious Peppa Pig books.

Peppa Pig


Peppa Pig sweetly celebrates family

You may have seen Peppa Pig on Nick Jr., and now your kids can enjoy her during story time. My kids relate to Peppa Pig, in part because of the relationship between Peppa and her little brother. Unlike many kids books, Peppa’s adventures generally involve her family members, and Peppa Pig and the Day at Snowy Mountain and Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List feature all four members of Peppa’s family.

Peppa Pig
Peppa Pig and the Day at Snowy Mountain

My own favorite snowy day activities involve curling up with a blanket and a warm beverage, but there’s something magical about spending family time out in the snow. When the little Pig family tries sledding, ice skating, and skiing in Peppa Pig and the Day at Snowy Mountain, all sorts of silliness ensues, making it the perfect book for little ones who love to laugh (Candlewick Press). The book is a fun introduction to winter sports, especially for kids who may be nervous about trying something new — we love seeing Peppa become a better skater as she practices with help from Mummy!

Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List

Christmas lists are huge in our house, 50% fueled by my kids’ active imaginations, 37% fueled by the piles of toy-heavy catalogs that start arriving in October, and 13% fueled by scissors, markers, and glitter glue. We’ve had several conversations about making sure Santa sees their “real” lists, and they adored Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List, a story centered on what happens when Santa loses his master Christmas gift list (Candlewick Press). Peppa might have to save Christmas, but not until she and her little brother, George, help decorate the extra-large, extra-special tree Daddy chooses.

Peppa Pig

Enjoy the Peppa Pig books this winter

We’re happy to offer you a chance to bring the Peppa Pig books into your home this winter. Whether you’re going to enjoy them with your own little ones or gift them to some of your favorite readers, Peppa Pig and the Day at Snowy Mountain and Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List will soon be must-read seasonal books for your favorite readers.

Who would you read these precious books with?

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Trend spotting: Winter coats for boys

We can’t guarantee that your little guy will actually keep his coat on, but these winter coats for boys are cool enough that you might just have a chance. We’ve scouted a few different styles to get you through the winter — coats that are on the dressier-side for days when he needs to step up his outfit, puffy coats that boys will live in all winter long and even the best vests for boys that he can wear on the days that are a little warmer.

Have a girl to shop for too? Check out our favorite Winter coats for girls

5 Handsome dressy (ish) winter coats for boys

Dressy Winter Coats for Boys

Sometimes, his favorite down jacket or rain coat just won’t do the trick and he needs a winter coat that’s a tiny bit dressier. One of these winter coats for boys will come in handy on those occasions  — they’re a bit more handsome, but not spiffy enough that he’ll refuse to wear them.

Left to right:
Plaid Utility Jacket, GapKids, $88
Wool Duffel Coat, ZARA, $80
Colorblock Barn Jacket, Peek, $58
Wool-Blended Duffel Coat, H&M, $50
Boys’ Allagash Cargo Jacket, L.L.Bean, $60

5 Super puffy winter coats for boys

Puffy Winter Coats for Boys

If your boys are like ours, they’ll want to wear their puffy coat 24/7. And, these are puffy winter coats for boys are cute enough that you won’t mind if they do! Just remember, puffy coats are great for cold weather, but not so great for rain!

Left to right:
Big Brr Down Jacket for Boys, REI, $90
Kapital K Boys Quilted Hooded Jacket, Henry and Lola, $48
Mini Boden Padded Water Resistant Jacket, Nordstrom, $78
Boys Hooded Frost Free Jacket, Old Navy, $32 (on sale!)
Appaman Kids Super Soft Down Filled Allen Puffer, Zappos, $100

5 Cool winter vests for boys

Winter vests for boys

When all else fails, he’ll probably wear a vest, right? They’re easy to put on, since there are no pesky sleeves to wrestle with, and vests come in some of the coolest outerwear patterns and styles out there right now.

Left to right:
Kapital K Quilted Puffer Vest, Amazon, $35 (on sale!)
Boys’ Grizzly Fleece Vest, J.Crew, $70 (on sale!)
Puffer Vest, Crazy 8, $15 (on sale!)
Boys’ Print Puffer Vest, Lands’ End, $35 (on sale!)
Toddler Boys’ Puff Vest, Target, $15

What kind of winter coat does you boy love?
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I’m one of those people who can barely make it past Halloween without digging out my Christmas decorations. And my kids? Well, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree! When we got this super fun Gingerbread people kit in the mail from Foodstirs, we couldn’t wait to start having some gingerbread fun!


Full disclosure here: I don’t bake. While I love cooking, I’m notoriously bad at baking. So, as a result, I don’t keep most ingredients for baking stocked in my pantry.

This is where Foodstirs came to my rescue. They sent me (in a perfectly packed box!) all of the non-perishable ingredients that we’d need to have a fun afternoon of baking. For these gingerbread people, all I needed to round up was an egg and a stick of butter. Those, I always have on hand!

The geniuses over at Foodstirs include everything in clearly labeled packages that still require the kids to practice their measuring skills (fun!). And the directions are so clear and written in a way that empowers little ones. My daughter absolutely loved that she could read the steps herself and understand exactly what she needed to do next (and which tasks she could delegate to her little brother…like holding the bowl).


Her favorite step was cracking her first egg. Have you ever explained to another person how to crack an egg? Try it and you’ll see why I loved this insert so much. She followed every step and was positively beaming when she nailed it on her first try. (I’m expecting omelets in my near future!)

foodstirs, how to crack an egg

foodstirs, kids baking

gingerbread people, foodstirsThis was the perfect afternoon project for us to kick off our holiday season. From the anticipation of opening the box to placing the last (organic!) jelly bean on the final gingerbread person, the kids truly loved this kit.

I’m thinking this is the beginning of a tradition at our house. And we’re already making a list of some little friends who’d love this kit this holiday season. And if you’re looking for a bigger gift, you could try the 3 Kit Culinarian Series (which comes with a cute apron and three monthly deliveries). Forget fruit of the month. Foodstirs is where it’s at for the kid crowd.

Ready to kick off the holiday season? Gingerbread fun is just a box away.

Happy holidays!

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Kids Mittens & Gloves
Mittens, mittens, everywhere…

… And so many of them are boring, aren’t they? You can pick up a plain old pair of kids’ mittens or gloves just about anywhere, but if you’re looking for something with a little more flare, we have 30 pair to choose from.

30 Cute, cozy and cool kid’s mittens and gloves

All about the mittens

Mittens are the obvious star of this show, not only because these styles are stylish and fun, but because they’re easy for kids of all ages to slip on-and-off themselves. Some of these styles are meant for hardcore snow time, while some are simply meant to keep her hands from getting a chill.

1. Cable Knit Mittens, GapKids, $15
2. Zip Pocket Mittens, GapKids, $15
3. Sherpa Mittens, GapKids, $13
4. “Cool” Intarsia Statement Mittens, GapKids, $13
5. Knitted Mittens, Boden, $18
6. Wool Faux Fur Mittens, H&M, $13
7. Shark Ski Mittens, H&M, $13
8. Kids’ Microfleece Mittens, Garnet Hill, $20
9. Be Awesome Mittens, Crazy 8, $7 (on sale!)
10. Camo Mittens, Crazy 8, $5
11. Leopard Fuzzy Mittens, The Children’s Place, $10 (on sale!)
12. Striped Knit Mittens, The Children’s Place, $8 (on sale!)
13. Baby Puff Mitts, Patagonia, $35
14. Hatley Kids Fuzzy Animal Mitts, Zappos, $24
15. Spyder Kids Twisty Mittens, Zappos, $30
16. 686 Kids Mitt, Zappos, $30
17. Stonz Mittz, Zappos, $40
18. Plumtastic & Lime Smiley Mittens, LittleMissMatched, $11

Gloves for big kids

When your kids are old enough to keep their fingers in, well, the fingers, gloves can be pretty cool. Grab a pair of these gloves for kids that will give them a little more function for winter play.

19. Kids’ Printed ThermaCheck 200 Gloves, Lands’ End, $16 (on sale!)
20. Kids’ Waterproof Flame Gloves, LL Bean, $25
21. Star Gloves, ZARA, $15
22. Tech-Compatible All-Season Gloves for Boys, REI, $17 (on sale!)
23. Boys’ Chat Colorblock Gloves, J.Crew, $30

Going hybrid: Part mittens, part gloves

A little bit mitten and a little bit glove, convertible mittens and gloves are an awesome option for kids on-the-go. They can keep the mitten portion closed when they’re running around, then easily pull it back when they need to use their fingers for zipping up their backpack or for tending to an untied shoelace.

24. Rock and Roll Graphic Convertible Mittens, Jack Spade & GapKids, $30
25. Kid Boy Convertible Mittens, Joe Fresh, $10
26. Tucker + Take Icon Pop Top Mittens, Nordstrom, $12
27. Penguin Mittens, ZARA, $18
28. Girls Patterned Convertible Knit Gloves, Old Navy, $12 (on sale!)
29. UGG Nyla Flip Mittens, Zappos, $65
30. San Diego Hat Company Kids Skull Knit Popover Fingerless Gloves, Zappos, $22

What’s your vote? Mittens or gloves?
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Cool gifts for Teen Boys

This is a sponsored post written by on behalf of Microsoft — all opinions about shopping, gifts, and teens are our own. 

Awesome gift guide for teen boys

Shopping for teen boys — well, teens in general — can be tricky. Their wish lists can run the gamut from sporting goods to new cars, and finding something that is fun, but not frivolous, might leave you shaking your head in confusion. We’ve got you covered this holiday season, with eleven gift ideas for teen boys.

gift ideas for teen boys

Give the gift of technology this holiday season

The countdown is on to Black Friday, but The Microsoft Store wants to help you get a jump on your holiday shopping. Get your favorite teen the gift of the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet, a fabulous holiday deal you can pick up before Black Friday. Shoppers will love the $99 price tag — maybe even enough to snag one for themselves during the holiday deal. You’ll won’t want to wait until after the holidays for this fantastic tablet. The tablet comes with Office 365 Personal — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook — and 1TB of OneDrive online storage, which is a $69.99 value, all for FREE. The free inclusion of Office will only be available throughout the holiday season as long as supplies last.

gift ideas for teen boys


Why your teen will love the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet

Getting a great holiday deal isn’t the only reason to stuff his stocking with the HP Stream 7, available exclusively at The Microsoft Store, this year. The Intel quad core processor is designed for super-quick streaming for video and page loads, without a super-quick drain on your battery’s life. It’s lightweight and sleek, and it will operate just as sleekly with premium, free anti-virus software that never expires. Best of all, it comes without any annoying junkware or trialware, so your teen can watch videos, Skype with friends, and stream his favorite movies and TV shows with the peace of mind that his tablet will always be clean, fast, and protected.

More cool gifts for teen boys

1. Awkward Moment Card Game — Playing the Awkward Moment Card Game is a silly, comfortable way for teens to think about how they would react during the awkward moments life throws at them (Uncommon Goods, $19). Teens will have fun playing, but it also gives them a chance to really consider how they would — or wouldn’t — react during cringe-worthy moments.

2. Punch Bag Laundry Bag — Whether you’re sending your teen to college soon or simply teaching him to do his own laundry, the Punch Bag Laundry bag makes the chore just a bit more fun (Not Socks, $50). Hang it in the corner of the room or stow it in the closet, and let him work up a sweat lugging his clothes to the laundry room.

3. Tuis Wireless Headphones — Whether your teen wants them for gaming purposes or simply to listen to music without getting tangled in cords, he’ll appreciate the Wireless Headphones from Outdoor Tech (Nordstrom, $150). The stream-lined headphones are Bluetooth-enabled and collapsible, so they’re perfect for traveling.

4. Darth Vader Money Clip — Your favorite Star Wars fanatic will love trading in his current wallet for this black and silver money clip engraved with the iconic Sith Lord (, $45). Everything he needs will stay securely in the clip, thanks to the sliding grip security closure.

5. Bluetooth Ear Warmer — Cold weather doesn’t have to stop your teen from walking around with his favorite playlist unscrolling with each step. The HD II Bluetooth® Ear Warmer keeps his ears warm while playing music and answering calls on the built-in speakers (Nordstrom, $80).

6. Haters Gonna Hate Tee — For the teen who secretly loves watching vintage Muppet Show DVDs with his younger siblings, this tee is the perfect way to pay homage to the original “haters” (, $20). The balcony critics from the Muppet Show would probably find a way to critique this t-shirt, but it’s a great way to combine vintage characters with current language.

7. Neon Highlights Ani-Digi Watch — There’s no reason for your teen to be late, ever again, with the Neon Highlights G-Shock watch (Nordstrom, $99). The rugged watch boasts neon green details and a dual analog and digital display.

8. Mechanical Gaming Keyboard — Any teen gamer would love to be gifted this G710 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Logitech, $150). The keyboard is equipped to maximize game skills, with rapid-response key surfaces, a back-lit keyboard, immediate access to media controls, programmable keys that allow users up to 18 unique functions, and anti-ghosting technology.

9. GRID-IT Gadget Organiser — If you’re tired of your teen complaining about losing things in the bottom of his backpack, pick up the GRID-IT this holiday season (Not Socks, $30). The organizer helps keep everything in place, from earbuds to phones to pens.

10. Scrabble Mug — He might technically play Words with Friends, but your teen will get a kick out of the Scrabble® Mug from Wild and Wolf (Nordstrom, $10). Stuff it with candy and a gift card for him to invest in additional games apps, and this little mug will be a favorite gift this season.

Are you buying for teens this holiday season? Do you have any savvy gift ideas to add to our list?


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Hello, Irene from designstiles, an interior design firm specializing in kids rooms and kids parties, here to share tips on adding a personal touch to your little one’s birthday celebration.

My son just turned one a couple of weeks ago. My husband and I decided it was best to rent a birthday party space rather than host it at our home. Planning a child’s birthday party can be stressful enough, which is why renting out a Birthday party location in your city is such a great idea!

However, while most people may see it as a perk to have the space set up and decorate as part of their birthday package, I worried that it wouldn’t feel personal enough. And rather than purchase completely all new decor and add those extra expenses, I tried to incorporate what was provided with the venue with pieces that represented more personality. If you’re a mom looking for kids party places and still want to make the birthday party experience here are some of the ideas I used to make my son’s birthday feel more unique.


Kids Party Place

We chose Kidville, an establishment with several locations throughout the US, as our party venue. They offered to send digital invitations to our guests or a discount to printed invitations through Paper Culture. I wanted a keepsake so I felt a printed invite was the route to go. I went with these orange and yellow Cat Face invitations. My son’s name is Felix and most people associate the name with the cartoon character so I felt it was a cute nod and the colors coordinated with the Kidville brand color. I wanted to tie colors in as much as possible while creating something to call my own.

I based my decisions off birthday party set-ups on the Kidville site. I kept the multi-colored balloons but decided to offset the colors with some solid pastel blue plates. For contrast and pattern mixing, I added a darker blue striped tablecloth. These adorable napkins brought in a special, playful touch and felt the little cat on them tied in with the invitation. These party hats were used to add to the festivities. I also purchased a simple Happy Birthday banner with polka dots to tie in with the dots used on the Kidville Logo.

The icing on the proverbial cake was the illustration I had Little-Biscuits make of Felix that I used for tags on party favors.


As the kids enjoyed pizza and juice, also provided by Kidville, the adults delighted in gourmet hot dogs catered by Let’s Be Frank.

I’m a little bummed I didn’t have professional pictures taken. I actually thought I would have enough time to take pictures myself. Never the case when you’re hosting. But I’ll share a few shots I did manage to capture.


I wanted a different approach to the monthly photo display I often see at first birthdays, so I used these air quotes I found at my local Michaels and wrote funny sayings on them, another way to show personality. And there’s the birthday boy in all his pizza eating glory. From Michaels I also bought these letters and had my sister cut out eyes and whiskers to match the party invite. She made his crown as well.

I was worried that I would have to lose all control in decorating and setting up for the party, seeing as event planning is part of my profession, but the amount of stress that was alleviated was well worth the small amount I had to hand over to Kidville to execute my vision. I can’t speak for all venues, but they were very open to my ideas and detailed instructions. Plus a kid place is catered to kids a lot more than my home could’ve been and when kids have fun, parents are more likely to enjoy themselves too.

It was a win-win for Felix’s first birthday!

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