Archive for December, 2011

Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel — I made it out of pretty paper card stock! These cute place cards are perfect to celebrate the holidays with and decide “who-sits-where” on your family dinner nights. Plus it is fun if you add glitter and let the kids help decorate!

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I have always secretly wanted to buy the lollipop cake pan you see on TV or at Bed Bath and Beyond and make really cute lollipop cake pops for guests as a cute dessert or for my nieces. I just read about this recipe and it’s perfect for family’s to make together without having to go out and buy a special lollipop cake pan! Kids will love rolling the cake ball and dipping them into the delicious icing. As a note to any last minute Christmas/Hannukah shoppers, this is a great idea as a holiday gift for the neighbors on your block. 🙂

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You made this a very difficult decision for us. We laughed and awed at all the fabulous photos our readers sent in. However, there must be winners so here goes.


The winning for “Cutest” photo with Santa is…


And the winning photo for “Most Scared” photo with Santa is…

If one of these photos is yours, please send an email to service@letop-usa.com to redeem your $100 shopping spree! Also, be sure to check out our online boutique at www.letop-usa.com to start picking our your favorites. Thank you all for your participation.

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We interviewed one of the most festive and cute boutiques in Baltimore, Maryland this week – The Corduroy Button. Owner, Alison Schuch, is cute as a button and definitely knows the ins-and-outs of child fashion style. She gives us tips on the best items for last minute Christmas shopping for kids, fun holiday traditions at their store and winter essentials (and must-haves) for boys and girls this chilly season! Read more for the best hangouts in Baltimore and her favorite holiday book as a child (hint, hint – pick this book up for your kiddo too!). Enjoy!


The Corduroy Button

1625 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

Mon – Thu: 11am-7pm
Fri – Sat: 11am-8pm
Sun: 11am-7-m

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1.    Tell us the inspiration the name The Corduroy Button? How long has your store been around?
The inspiration for the name” The Corduroy Button” came to me one day while I was driving. I think a lot when I drive. I was trying to come up with a name that embodied everything that the store would be about. I went through several ideas before I settled on The Corduroy Button. We opened in October 2005.

2.    The holidays are only 2 weeks away and only 1 weekend left to buy holiday gifts before Christmas Eve. What are your top 3 items (clothes, toys, giftables, etc.) for any parent shopping for the holidays at your store?
Our top 3 items for the holidays would be Ambajam blankets, Skip Hop Stroller Toys, and holiday outfits from Tea Collection and of course Le Top

3.    Any special events or fun holiday traditions that you have planned at your store for Christmas or the New Year? Tell us the inside scoop about any special events and especially the fun deals we can expect!
We are currently wrapping up a toy drive that we have been working with a foundation on to give toys to Kennedy Krieger. We announce most of our events and deals through our store email list and Facebook page. We can’t wait for all of the great things that will be happening in 2012. Our biggest excitement is the launch of our shiny new website!

4.    What’s your favorite holiday tradition and or nostalgic moment and why? Whether it be decorating the Christmas tree to eating peppermint bark to lighting the menorah candles to baking in the kitchen, etc….
My favorite holiday or nostalgic moment would have to be when my father would read The Night Before Christmas to my sister, brother and I on Christmas Eve. We would all gather on the couch near the fireplace and listen to the story before leaving milk and cookies for Santa and of course carrots for the reindeer. 

5.    What would you suggest as the top 3 essentials in the winter that any parent should buy to brighten up their child’s wardrobe this winter – especially for the east coast kiddies?
The top 3 essentials that I would suggest to brighten up a Childs’ wardrobe would be a 7am Enfant igloo sac. Not only will it keep your child warm, but it is a super stylish stroller accessory. Babylegs, which are super cute and colorful and can be worn as tights or even on arms under S/S shirts to pop some color. You can mix or match them to any outfit that you own. Zutano fleece hats and aviator hats. They come in a bunch of fun colors, are perfect for the playground and your child will want to wear their hat.

6.    What is your favorite holiday film past or present for kids/family?
As far as holiday films, I have 3 favorites: Elf, The Santa Clause and Love Actually

Tell us…before you “had kids or grandkids, what is one thing you swore you’d never…?”
Haha. I don’t have any kids yet. 

8.    Describe the neighborhood of your store location in Baltimore, MD? Did you grow up in the local area?
The Corduroy Button is located in an area of Baltimore known as Fells Point. The neighborhood runs right along the water, a little bit east of the Inner Harbor. Fells Point is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Baltimore filled with quaint locally owned shops, hip restaurants and bars and cobblestone streets. I grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, specifically Timonium.

9.    Where are the best/essential family hangouts and places to go around your store location?
There are many great family friendly things to do near The Corduroy Button. There is Urban Pirates, a family friendly pirate ship that sets sail on the harbor with stories and adventure, The National Aquarium, The Science Center, Port Discovery and of course a nice playground right down the street from the store.

10.    What Le Top or rabbitmoon Winter 2011 collection is your store’s favorite and why?
We are obsessed with the Le Top baby holiday collection. Especially the candy stripe dot dress from “Candy Cane Cutie” Collection. 


 The Corduroy Button

1625 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

Mon – Thu: 11am-7pm
Fri – Sat: 11am-8pm
Sun: 11am-7-m

The Corduroy Button’s
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Hanukkah is quickly approaching – it starts on December 20th! Have you decorated the house yet? Here is a fun activity that everyone in the family can take part in! Plus its fun to decorate the house together. Did we mention our Le Top “Starry Night” Collection midnight blue velour dress would be so cute for Hanukkah too? Check it out HERE 

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Photo by Jennifer Wolohan of Photographie51

Today’s Darling, Andrew (almost 9-months-old), is looking dapper in the Le Top “Frosty Days” holiday stripe shirt and velour overalls. We’re told that he’s a very happy little guy who is loved to pieces by his parents and grandparents!

Andrew knows what he likes and dislikes and is uber expressive about it. He enjoys being read and sung to with his favorite song being “You are my sunshine.” So cute! This Michigander spends a little of his day napping but mostly enjoys hanging out at Sweet Peach Baby Boutique and being a “helper” to his mom.

Congratulations Andrew on your title of Le Top Darling of the Day!

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Christmas vacation is quickly approaching and its usually customary for parents to send their kids with gifts for their teachers (it never hurts right?). I remember bringing See’s candy as a child to my teachers with a nice holiday card, but why not make your own homemade candy jar – its personal, cute and very festive! Plus your kids will enjoy putting it together! Here is how to do it (it is also cheap!)!

For teachers, neighbors, and baby-sitters, label jars of candy with a sweet illustration. Have your kids draw directly onto individual labels…

Materials Needed:

–        Mason Jars
–        Any kind of candy you want
–        White labels (you can get these at a local art store or even staples.com)
–        Red and Green markers
–        Glue and glitter (optional)

How to:

  1. Fill the jar with candy
  2. Take a white label and have your child address the teachers name (or you if your child is starting to write) and also color or put glitter on the label to make for a festive gift
  3. Close the candy jar
  4. Deliver to teacher!


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No, I did not say that!

You sound like a broken record. Do you know what a record is?

Yeah, it’s one of those things people used in the olden days before CDs.”

– Anna, age 10

Editor’s Note:
Please spread the giggles and share your funny quote with us by sending it to editor@letop-usa.com!

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Don’t forget! You have 3 days to submit the cutest and “most scared” pictures of your babies and kiddos photographed with Santa! Make sure to tell your family and friends at school to submit pictures of their children too!

We want to ring in the holiday season with a few laughs (and smiles) and have a contest on the best “scared of” and “cute” Santa pictures. We know it is only December 7th, so that’s why we are running this contest until December 16th to give you enough time to snap your photos. We will pick 2 winners – one will be for the cutest Santa picture with your child(ren) and the other will be for the funniest “I’m scared of” Santa photo with your child(ren). Submit your pictures – dead is Friday, December 16th. (A little blurb about the pic would be great too!)

We will choose our winners (at random) who will win a $100 shopping spree from our Le Top online boutique – www.letop-usa.com. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday, December 16th.

So, where to send these photos?

Email service@letop-usa.com or Facebook your image with a blurb on our fan page by clicking here: Le Top on Facebook

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One of my favorite (and nostalgic) things about Christmas is waking up as a child (and still now when I go home to see my family) and having Christmas morning breakfasts.

Here is a delicious breakfast recipe that is sure to have your kids drooling and ready to eat before opening their stockings and Christmas gifts from ‘Ole Saint Nick!

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