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rmBStlsBktsOur limited-edition rabbitmoon plush blankets are the exclusive steal-of-the-day on BabySteals — these four beautiful, plush, double-layer blankets are soft chenille on one side and deluxe velour on the reverse. They come in colors: rose, blue, pomegranate, navy (reverses to tan). 30 x 36 crib size. Washable and snuggly! Go to BabySteals and get a steal on this exclusive — for yourself, or as a very special baby shower gift (or, an effortless replacement of a magic blanket, as we did for Nadine)!

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clayFlowerIf your kids are like my child, then they  probably enjoy playing with clay. I know my daughter can’t get enough of clay at home and at preschool. Play Doh can get old and hard, or the colors get all mixed up. Buying more gets expensive. So I had to ask my daughter’s preschool teacher how they make their “Play Clay.” Here’s a recipe to make at home. And if your child is old enough, s/he can even help you. Makes for a great activity!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • food coloring

In a pot, mix a few drops of food coloring with the water. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture becomes really thick and stiff. Cool, then knead. You are ready to play!

(Store in a resealable plastic bag.)

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No, I did NOT say that!

No, I did NOT say that!

…submitted by a le•top blog reader

My husband and I are “trying” again, so we can give our 4 year old daughter, Siena, a sibling. I give answers that are more scientific in nature than the fairy-tale kind because Siena is seriously unsatisfied with my answers unless they’re very systematic and every facet of her question is explained (yes, of course I think she’s a genius) 😉 ! When she asked me (yet again!) how babies are made, I explained by saying that daddy puts something in mommy and plants his seed so the baby can grow. My daughter then started yelling:

I want to see Daddy’s seed!! I want to see Daddy’s seed!!”

Startled, I said calmly, “Sweetheart, you can’t see Daddy’s seed”, and Siena got SO UPSET!! I could hardly control myself from bursting out in laughter in front her, as I thought, geez, wait until I tell everyone at work about this one!

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sleeptoysStuffed animals! How many can one child get?! I used to “collect” stuffed animals as I child until I was in high school, then I had to “send them away to a farm.” Who am I kidding? I either sold them at a garage sale or donated them to the Goodwill. Of course, my daughter has TONS of stuffed animals. In this picture (when she was 3 years old), she took all her stuffed animals and lined them up. Then she asked me to take a picture of her with her “friends.” Haha! How could I resist? It was too cute to pass up.

So as much as I would love to “send one animal to the farm” each month without her knowing, I just couldn’t. She LOVES them all and named them all. In fact, she also sleeps with a different “friend” each night.

Here is this week’s line up (as far as I know):

lineup

When we go on vacation somewhere, she carefully selects one to take along on the trip. “Hmm… Mommy, which sleep toy should I bring to San Diego? Can I bring two sleep toys so that Mr. Green Bear doesn’t get lonely in case I forget him in the car?” (Adorable, right?)

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So, I wore my fabulously dramatic (not-so-cheap) black and white striped cotton Zara jacket to my friend’s birthday dinner the other night. Her 3-year-old daughter sat across the table and persistently tried to get my attention by shouting, “Excuse me! Excuse me!” Finally, the entire table stopped talking and turned to her. “What is it sweetie?”, I asked. She looked at me urgently and yelled, “You look like a ZEBRA!!” As we all burst out laughing, I thought how silly it is for us to sometimes go out of our way to look “fashionable”, and in an instant, a child can bring us back to the innocence and beautiful simplicity in which life should be lived! Then again, some kids do wear tutus all year around – but those kids grow up to wear “zebra” jackets! 😉

If you have one of those kids, or are just a fan of stripes – don’t forget about our Anchors Aweigh baby dress and coverall in a lovely stripe, and the Butterfly Wishes, black and white stripe swimsuit and cover-up dress!

le•top baby: Anchors Aweigh (top) and le•top playwear Butterfly Wishes, both from le•top Spring 2009 Collection

le•top baby: Anchors Aweigh (top) and le•top playwear: Butterfly Wishes (bottom), both from le•top Spring 2009 Collection

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No, I did NOT say that!

No, I did NOT say that!

Sneaky Spellings

My sister-in-law and nephew, Noah, were over for lunch the other day, and before serving him juice, I asked his mother first.

Me: Is it okay if I give him a J-U-I-C-E box?

Mom: Yes, that’s fine.

Noah: What’s J-U-I-C-E?

Mom: That’s “juice.”

Yes, I’d like to have some J-U-I-C-E then.”

– Noah, Age 5

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MAX RECORDS as Max in Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Where the Wild Things Are' Photo © Warner Bros. Pictures

MAX RECORDS as Max in Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Where the Wild Things Are' Photo © Warner Bros. Pictures

The last movie I saw in the theater with my daughter was “Monsters Vs. Aliens.” Before the movie came on, there were (of course), a plethora of movie previews. There are so many FUN kids movies coming soon, some are remakes from MY childhood. I’m excited! What movie(s) are you looking forward to seeing?

May 2009

  • Up
  • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

June 2009

  • Land of the Lost
  • Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
  • Transformers 2

July 2009

  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • G-Force 3D

August 2009

  • G.I. Joe
  • Shorts

September 2009

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Hotel Transylvania

October 2009

  • Toy Story 3D
  • Where the Wild Things Are

November 2009

  • Disney’s A Christmas Carol 3D
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Old Dogs

December 2009

  • The Princess and The Frog
  • Avatar
  • Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey
  • Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel

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