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Mom & KidsThe “Littlest” Holiday Gift Guide

16001_4-cozy-muslin-dream-blanket-fateIt can be a daunting time coming up this week with Black Friday and the frenzy that follows. We aim to keep the joy in giving, and the excitement in finding that perfect gift. This year we’ve whittled down our shopping list for the littles into the best products on the market, so you don’t have to go crazy looking! Whether you have a baby or know someone who does, we’re sharing a few of our favorites today.

The new Cozy Muslin collection from Aden + Anais is not only soft and warm, but modern and luxurious. Every baby needs a gorgeous keepsake blanket to be loved in and grow up with. My favorite is the Cozy Muslin Dream Blanket, in a soft gray with sweet stars, in a perfect weight to stay warm but still breathable. It is versatile and works as a soft mat for tummy time and will last through toddlerhood for those early mornings that are made for cuddling in the big bed with Mommy. Made from soft brushed cotton, the cozy muslin dream blanket offers cushion-like comfort thanks to its premium flannel muslin with a hypoallergenic fill. Its uses go beyond cuddling though, as  I’ve trusted Aden + Anais for years with my kids, from swaddling on the first day out in the world to keeping them warm in bed at night, no matter what the season. The quality of each piece is unmatched, and they only get softer with washing and time.

 

swaddleThe best gift for a new mother is sleep! It’s priceless, but fortunately not unattainable. Our thoughtful friends at the Nested Bean have built their Zen Sleep System around the simple idea that a mother’s touch, felt on baby’s chest with a lightly weighted sweet spot will soothe and allow for longer sleep periods. Babies feels security and comfort as they sleep swaddled, and mom can rest easy knowing that the softest material (seriously, you’ve got to feel it to believe it!) of eco-friendly bamboo (70%) and cotton (30%) are incorporated. The bamboo has a breathable, moisture-wicking property that keeps baby warm and comfortable. The five new prints are gender-neutral and irresistibly cute.

lion_small_production1204x683A game-changer in baby toys, the Yoee Baby toys are highly researched and uber-cute. However, the toys are more than just cuddly, Yoee Baby takes advantage of a baby’s developing senses to teach and advance. With young ones, brain synapses are forming by the hour, there’s no time to waste! Designed by social scientists, the line includes features such as gentle rattle and crinkles, high contrast colors, playful characters, silicone teethers, and so important for moms, they’re washable! The valuable skill set being honed includes interaction and bonding, sensory development, body awareness, language development, gross motor skills, and fine motor skills. Be the first to get or give this revolutionary toy for the newest member of the family, it’s available via the online store which is up and running for the holidays!

yummie-by-heather-thomson-womens-briana-long-3-panel-shaping-tankLast but definitely not least, a new mom is learning to embrace her new life as well as some new curves. I still struggle with trying to get just a little more baby weight off, and I always turn to Yummie by Heather Thomson for my loungewear and workout needs. These versatile pieces run with me to grab a carton of milk or getting that precious workout time in. Slimming and well-made, the collection is a great mix of comfort and style. There’s nothing more appreciated than some support, both literally and figuratively!

 

Mom & Kids, New YorkBonpoint Sample Sale

bonpoint_braderie_octoberOne of my favorite sales of the year, where I wish everything came in my size. Some of my favorite pieces have come from this sale which I’ll keep forever, even when they’ve been outgrown!

Mom & Kids, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Motherhood x Jessica Simpson Moon & Stars Maternity Tee

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Beauty, Insider's Obsessions, Mom & Kids, SkincareBest of the Best: 2015 Roundup

Our year-end wrap is an amazing time to look back and select our favorites, the indispensables that we could not imagine life without. The Best-of-the-Best list is all about tried and true products in every category. There’s something for everyone!

luxeSkincare. La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Cream has maintained a cult following among the beauty-obsessed for good reason; it has legendary transformative properties which start skin glowing after only 3-4 days and with consistent use, lasts for years. I refer to it as my miracle cream, because it’s saved me from breakouts from pregnancy hormones and keeps me looking rested despite sleepless nights.The caviar extract coupled with La Paririe’s exclusive Cellular Complex recontours by working on age-lines and tightens skin. The amount of moisture it retains is nonpareil, and it’s really a long term investment in your skin to maintain and augment dewy, youthful, and well-nourished skin. The caviar is perfect for dry and sensitive skin, especially with cold snowy days in our near future. A small pearl of the luxe cream will go a long way, and the 1.7 oz jar will last for months, keeping skin looking much younger than its chronological age. The clean and luxurious scent doesn’t linger long, but the effects of the creme, under makeup and overnight, can rival a facelift.

 

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Gift Guides, Mom & Kids, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Little Passports Early Explorers Kit

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Gift Guides, Mom & KidsHoliday Gifts for Kiddos

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We’ve rounded up some fun gifts for the kiddos this holiday! Let’s start with…

1. Anything from June & January. Whether you’re welcoming a friend’s new baby with J&J’s perfect ‘basic’ blanket or want to spoil your niece with swing dress and tights, they have you covered. Made with love in Brooklyn from the softest, safest fabrics for stylish wee ones.

2. A festive sled! It makes for a big gift under the tree (read: buy lots of wrapping paper!), something fun to do outside in winter when you’re experiencing cabin fever and it’s got lots of bang for it’s buck. We went with an option on Amazon that ships free for Prime Members and you can throw in a pair of cute, yet functional, Crocs snowboots while you’re at it!

3. Melissa & Doug is carried in toy stores around the country plus they have a website that easily sorts by age, price, skill, theme and more so you can check all your littles off your list and easily buy in bulk. Water Wow! is a mess free activity to do all the way to Grandma’s House for the holidays and their pretend toys allows everyone to take part in festive prep!

4. LEGO A long-time favorite for all ages – there are endless possibilities when it comes to creating whatever pops in to their little minds and can be easily brought to a friend’s place or out for dinner to keep busy ones even busier. What’s even better? At long last someone has thought of an amazing invention to combat pain from stepping on LEGO in your very home – a stylish pair of slippers (designed by a French PR firm naturally!)

5. No matter what age you’re looking to buy for – these sweet, playful Jellycat animals are fan favorites in homes all around the globe. Catering to itty bitty babies from their first soft stroller toy, to loveys, squeaky and books with tails and simply everyone’s favorite bashful bunnies, nothing is more adorable than a Jellycat menagerie. Be sure to buy back ups for those particular favorites that your kids jut can’t live without.

6. JJ Rabbit dipPLATEs make mealtime more fun – so a win for parents and kids on this one! They come in cute animal shapes – like bunnies and piglets – and can keep condiments in a divided section. They’re dishwasher-friendly, biodegradable and free of BPA, PVC and Phthalate.

Mom & Kids, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Enjoy Essential Mickey Sugar Skull Tee

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Giveaways, Mom & Kidsaden+anais & freshly picked giveaway

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As we previously covered, aden+anais recently launched their clothing collection for babies, and we could not have been more thrilled that their line of essentials now has expanded into styling our little ones. And of course, when we think about the first pair of shoes, many of us now think about the soft leather moccasins by freshly picked. We’ve partnered with these two brands to bring you an amazing giveaway…to win a pair of freshly picked moccasins of your choice, along with an aden+anais bodysuit of your choice. Enter below!

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Mom & KidsArt for Kids

bradfordbook1It’s never too early to expose the younger set to the world of art, especially since imaginations run wild and creativity abounds in fresh minds. An introduction easily made at home is with the bright and colorful book SIX, which is no ordinary counting board book. The author Katherine Bradford is an accomplished New York artist who is known for her portrayal of ships and water, which I find luminous and whimsical. Her work is displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Portland Museum.

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Mom & KidsDreft-ing with Bebe

Before baby, all the mamas in my life told me that there will be a lot of stains coming into my life. And boy, were they right! I never know how much spit-up, diaper blowouts, etc. there would be. Dreft literally has been saving my baby’s clothes (and my sanity). Most moms rely on Dreft’s detergent to clean their baby’s clothes gently, but did you also know they make fantastic stain remover?

I love the pen version to stick in my bag always. It’s really simple to use. Just remove excess residue from stain by placing something absorbent (like a napkin, wipe, etc.) behind the stain, while squeezing pen. Then use scrubber like an eraser to get rid of the stain. If I’m at home, the spray version is great. I simply spray the stain remover onto the stain and let it sit for a few minutes, after which I rinse and scrub under the hottest water the fabric will allow. In just minutes, voila – clothes are stain-free!

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