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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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