Du Iz Tak?

i knew i was going to love this book even before opening it. du iz tak? by carson ellis is a quirky journey into the tiny world of bugs and their invented language. henry is a total bookworm and reads everything he can get his hands on. i couldn't wait to see what he thought of this odd little tale. he was fearless tackling bug-speak. he delighted in the esoteric language and had fun playing with the pronunciation of each word. the great thing about this book is it lets little ones interpret each word and scene on their own. no two readers would read the same story! now, whenever we don't know what something is we say, "du iz tak?"  get it here


Draw & Discover Series by Yasmeen Ismail

this new series of coloring/activity books is just in time for summer vacation, perfect for a  long road trip or flight! i still need to do a proper introduction, but i've added a literary expert to the writing staff at coos & ahhs..my husband! of course, he gives all the heavy lifting of the review process to the kids. (ha!)

the draw & discover books by yasmeen ismail gives me kid envy. i see adela filling all the prompts: making the bathtub full, the train longer, drawing the big bear shoes and I just wish it were me, because i would do a much better job. she can't even color inside the lines.  but she loves them, she hums bebe reixha while drawing on them. i am pretty sure she is learning a ton of stuff while scribble scrabbling these pages, but at the very least it gives me time to update my instagram and make a wholesome dinner.

i think the fad of grown-up coloring books could take a page from this series: color your ideal congress; draw some luxurious amenities to your beach front cabana; mow your lawn with an eraser.

shop series here

star wars + the gap

by now you know i am not typically into licensed/character graphics on kid’s clothing, but every once in awhile a great collaboration one comes along and i have to share. for this year’s may the fourth (may the force) celebration, the gap has teamed up with the star wars folks to celebrate the 40th  anniversary! (if forty years of star wars doesn’t make you feel old, then you were born in the 90s.)

i am crushing on the retro feel of the denim jacket and the bold classic star wars graphics. the capsule collection includes a range of clothing and accessories for the whole family. shop the collection here

oh and yes, i had a crying seven year old. it was cupcake related. #keepingitreal still looking stylish tho!

Seedling Littles

you’d literally have to be living under a rock if you don’t know about the seedling collection of activity kits. they are our go-tos for birthday gifts or road trips. we are big fans of them around our house.

just when i thought i’d seen it all, seedling comes out with a new line: seedling littles. these new kits are for the toddler set, ages two to four. (although i’d like to argue that, more on that later…) the seedling littles collection is designed to nurture the imagination and inspire early learning with awesome kits for both boys and girls: magical hero dress up cape; farmers market playtime; let’s roll, i love sushi ; and much more!

seedling sent henry and adela kits to test drive. first of all, you are going to love the packaging it is exquisite --if you can call packaging that? both kits are made out of quality materials—felt, canvas, wood— that feels like good old fashioned toys. inside the box, you’ll find fun facts about the theme and make sure to download the app. for much more play!

i was a little worried since henry is 7 and adela is almost 5 that these might be too baby-ish for them. the opposite was true. we cracked open the kits sunday morning and they were both totally enthralled for a good hour playing sushi restaurant with such exclusive clientele as unicorn supergirl! the unicorn get-up actually didn’t come off till bath time that night.

H & M Kids Spring: Playtime

and here we are with the essential stripes, shorts and sandals for summer! i am excited about a lot of these pieces from h&m, but perhaps most of all the super soft leather birkenstock inspired sandals for boys and girls. obsessed. the kids chose a more urban location for these looks. before i know it they will be writing this blog (crossing fingers).

shop new spring styles here

h&m gifted pieces for both posts. the words and opinions are obviously mine.

H & M Kids Spring: Occasion

happy easter, passover, and spring break! every year spring feels like a golden burst of energy and joy that wakes my family up after a long winter. the season of weddings and, in my case, babies (not me, friends) is among us. today i did two photo shoots with the kids with some h&m styles: dressy and summery.

henry and adela love these clothes.  h&m really knows how to design for children. the materials are soft and light. the styles are simple with just the right amount of embellishment. i think you can tell from the pix that they were having a blast and love to dress up. (stay tuned summer looks will post tomorrow)

shop the styles here

h&m gifted pieces for both posts. the words and opinions are obviously mine.

Susu Littles

i met indira villalobos-starr a few years back at the children’s trade show playtime. we both lived in brooklyn. i blogged, she created quirky handmade stuffies from recycled materials—snuggly ugly. we’d run into each from now and again. flash forward to 2017 and indria and i now both live in the same township in new jersey (aka brooklyn-west) and she has expanded her collection to these gorgeous handmade rag dolls, susu littles.

just like the snuggle ugly line these dolls are made from high-quality recycle materials—hello cashmere! and she collaborates with some the most talented indie designers in the region, muny, kallio and two els to create truly unique dolls and décor for children.

each doll is handmade by with the care and quality of old world craftsmanship incorporating exquisite details like golden tread, liberty prints, recycled cashmere, and hand felted accessories. 

indria describes her passion in handmade goods as, “we believe handmade goods are invaluable resources to incorporate into our daily lives while connecting us to each other in a personal way that cannot be compared to mass-produced and factory-made products, handmade products are more than just a product. there is love, care, creativity and uniqueness, because handmade items are what your great, great grandma used to buy.”

 i couldn’t agree more! adela was lucky enough to get one of these dolls at a recent pop-up – she loves this doll more than any plastic dolly or toy.

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