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My Little Garden

A popular favorite for girls: My Little Garden

Are you the second le•top playwear and rabbit moon Favorites Contest winner? Our first winner, Annika D. chose her favorites, and now her adorable nephew and the children of her friends will be getting their new outfits very soon!

Even though we’re delivering our Spring ’09 collections to stores now, it’s still pretty darn cold out there! So, for your chance to win $500 (retail value) worth of fabulous (and warm!) baby and kid’s clothes from le•top and rabbit moon Fall/Winter Collections, just go here, and tell us what your faves are.

Whether it’s for your own kids, grandkids, gifts for future baby showers (it’s been a cold, long winter!), or gifts for all your nieces, nephews and other darlings (like Annika!), just choose your le·top playwear and rabbit moon favorites, and you might win them! Share…tell your friends, because there are THREE more winners still to be named! One winner will be announced each Wednesday, ending with our final winner on February 18th. Enter to win and check back here at le•top blog to see if you’re the winner. Good luck!

Railway

A popular favorite for boys: Railway

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Annette and Anne over at Smarty Pants in Tampa, Florida, received a very exciting phone call the other day. The TV show Extra! asked Annette if she would provide a little gift for Jerry O’Connell, who, with his wife Rebecca Romijn, just became parents to twin girls, Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip, on Dec. 28. O’Connell is in Tampa to host a Super Bowl event. Of course she gladly accepted and sent over a Smarty Pants gift box containing some cute, mooshu trainers shoes, and none other than our own Daisy Dot Dress and Bloomer Set from the le•top Spring ’09 Collection! Annette said O’Connell’s reaction was great. He loved the le•top items and just seemed like the nicest guy. Make sure to catch Smarty Pants’ and le•top’s 15 minutes of fame (oh, and Jerry O’Connell and the Super Bowl festivities!) on Extra! tonight! 😉 Click here for local listings and times.

Daisy Dot Dress and Bloomers from the le•top Spring 09 Collection

Daisy Dot Dress and Bloomers from the le•top Spring 09 Collection

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No, I did NOT say that!

No, I did NOT say that!

submitted by: Julie

Out of the blue one day, my son asked me if he could become Jewish. When I asked him why, he said:

I want to celebrate harmonica like my friends do.”

– Joseph, age 4

(you might have guessed that he really meant to say “Hanukkah”!)

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layette3“I have two boys whom I love dearly. My husband and I want to get pregnant again but want to try for a girl this time. Any secrets on how to make a baby girl?”
— Michelle, Renton, WA

Is there a secret to making a baby girl (or boy)? My friends and I have had many discussions about this topic…whether it’s dependent on the time of the month the woman is ovulating, or the time of year the couple conceives…I wonder if there is a science to this? So, I did some “research”, and here are some interesting theories on making a baby girl:

  • The older the man, the more likely it will be a girl.
  • If the man has recently been on a flight, the chances of having a girl is higher.
  • Male sperm swim faster but female sperm live longer. If you try for conception earlier in the woman’s ovulation cycle (when the egg isn’t present yet), chances are the female sperm will be around when the egg finally does come out. The male sperm will get there faster but will die off before the egg appears.
  • A woman who eats more dairy, fish, vegetables and chocolate can increase the chances of producing a baby girl.
  • Moms-to-be should initiate sex.

Do you have your own theories? Family lore? Old wives’ tales? We would love to hear from you!
(Stay tuned tomorrow for tips on how to make a baby boy.)

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Girly, yet casual... go for le•top's Flower Power collection.

Girly, yet casual... go for le•top's Flower Power collection.

Earlier this month, Miranda had her “Special Day” at preschool. Special Day means that since her birthday is during the summer when there is no preschool, she gets to have a Special “Miranda” Day to celebrate all things Miranda. She brought her favorite book to read in class (Baloney Henry P. – she likes all things outer space-related) and shared her favorite board game with her classmates (Caribou by Cranium). She was also the teacher’s helper: the flag holder during the “Pledge of Allegiance” and the calendar pointer while reciting the months of the year in front of the classroom all by herself. This is a great opportunity for parents to take oodles of photos of their child!

As it was her “Special Day” (and because I was going to take oodles of photos!), I wanted to get her more dressed up than usual for preschool. I decided on le•top’s Flower Power shirt and pant set, thinking the outfit provided that little extra to make her stand out, while still being comfortable enough to sit on the floor (as well as the other activities of school!). It certainly did! I love the bright colors and the soft fabrics. The aqua shirt is velvety soft, and the corduroy pants are colorful and pliant (unlike most corduroy pants which are usually heavy, scratchy and stiff.)

After 2-1/2 hours of “Special Day” activities, we drove home with a crown atop her head and a big smile on her face! Miranda usually starts peeling off her clothes the moment we set foot in the house, wanting to change into something more comfy. But not that day! She loves wearing all her le•top clothes – even the dresses! – to play in, jump around in, and even for just sitting around in at home (which is fine, because these clothes are durable!).

I keep getting reminded: though le•top clothes are very stylish and adorable…they are made for comfort…with REAL kids in mind! And who’s a better judge than a 4-year old girl who is special in so many ways – not just one day, but every day!

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Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

The View’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck and husband, Tim, are expecting Baby No. 3 this August. The happy and surprised couple have two children: Grace Elisabeth (3 years old) and Taylor Thomas (14 months).

Source: Celebrity-Babies.com

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Good Charlotte guitarist Billy Martin and wife Linzi welcomed a baby boy on Monday, January 26. Their son’s name is Dreavyn Kingslee Martin.

Source: People.com


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Rayna, the magical birthday girl and niece of the magical uncle!

Rayna, the magical birthday girl, and the niece of the magical uncle!

Sweetie has many nieces and nephews, and until recently, Rayna has been the youngest niece. For her third birthday, Sweetie sent Rayna a very cute card. It was the kind that folded accordion style, with 3 different kittens on it, all dressed up in intricate outfits, with cut-out layers and so on. I think we’ve all seen these kinds of very cute cards. Well, according to Rayna’s mom, Rayna thought it was the BEST thing EVER! She kept it at the table while eating breakfast, just so she could look at it some more. They went out in the truck, and she had to bring it with her. Over and over, she talked about the cute dresses they had on, the cute little baskets they were each holding, the pretty purple hat one was wearing, the sparkly glitter that was all over the card, etc., etc., etc.!

Finally, there was a pause in her awestruck monologue…and then she said, in utter, wide-eyed wonder, “Howww did Uncle Matt MAKE this??!!”

And of course when Rayna’s mom told us this story, we all had a riotous laugh about it because Uncle Matt, I mean, Sweetie, is one of the least likely people on this planet to do any such thing as hand-making a card with kittens! 🙂 But it’s always amazing to be let into the mind (and very interesting perceptions!) of a young child, as well as seeing anew, something we adults see as just a cute birthday card. Even though it was her birthday, Rayna was the one giving us all the gifts.

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You are le•top blog’s first Favorites Contest winner, Annika D.! Congratulations! (Check your inbox for an email from the editor!) Below are some outfits from the collections Annika chose as her favorites. We can’t wait to see what her final selections will be from each collection!

Zebra and Vintage Flight

Annika's favorite le•top collections: Zebra and Vintage Flight

Flight, Orchid and Bougainvillea

Three outfits from Annika's favorite rabbit moon collections: Flight, Orchid and Bougainvillea

If you have entered our Favorites Contest, you still have three more chances to win your favorite le•top and rabbit moon exclusively-designed children’s clothes. For those who have yet to enter, get your favorites in now for your chances to win our fashionable children’s clothes…then, stay tuned…every Wednesday, from now to February 18th, a new winner will be announced! This contest isn’t just for moms…c’mon dads and grammies and grampas and aunts and uncles…you’re all welcome, too! 🙂 Enter now, and good luck!

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No, I did NOT say that!

No, I did NOT say that!

I’m going to have the GIRL-cheese sandwich and Noah can have the BOY-cheese sandwich.

– Miranda (age 3)

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