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Today’s Darling, Sophia (21 months-old), is very lovable and caring. We hear this delightful little doll just lights up the room and puts a smile on everyone’s face! We can see why!

She loves to sing, dance, and read. Her favorite songs are “Happy Birthday” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.  Sophia enjoys playing outside with mommy and thinks that grandma’s chicken soup is oh so delicious. She is OBSESSED with Minnie Mouse –thanks to mommy!

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

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My nieces love going into Central Park in New York City or out in the yard in the Hamptons and digging for worms. Not exactly my cup ‘o tea digging for worms, BUT its very entertaining for the kids and can be educational too! With summer here and in need of afternoon activities, why not dig for worms with your kids? Here are some fun facts: 

  • A worm has no eyes, legs or arms.
  • There are 2700 different types of earthworms in the world.
  • There can be up to 1 MILLION earthworms in just 1 acre of land.
  • 22 foot long earthworm was found in South Africa.
  • Worms help plants by mixing the soil. So gardeners love them because they are ‘free’ help!
  • Even without eyes, a worm can still sense light and will move away from it.
  • Earthworms come to the surface when it rains because they need oxygen to breathe, and they would drown if they stayed in the soil.
  • Regular earthworms can live 15 years.
  • Although native to Europe, earthworms are found throughout North America and western Asia. They do not live in deserts or regions where there is permafrost or permanent snow and ice.
  • They are often called night crawlers because they are often seen feeding above ground at night. Said to be shy of the light, they burrow during the day and stay close to the surface, but they can dig down in the soil as deep as 6.5 feet (2 meters).
  • The worm’s first segment contains its mouth. As they burrow, they consume soil, extracting nutrients from decomposing organic matter like leaves and roots. Earthworms are vital to soil health and to plants growing in it because they transport nutrients and minerals from below to the surface via their waste.
  • As they move through the soil, their tunnels aerate the ground. An earthworm can eat up to one third its body weight in a day. That would be equal to a 75-pound (34.1-kilogram) youngster eating 25 pounds (11.4 kilograms) of food in one day!
  • Earthworms are a source of food for numerous animals, like birds, rats, and toads, and are frequently used in composting and as bait in commercial and recreational fishing. Their numbers are strong throughout their range—they’re even considered agricultural pests in some areas—and they have no special status.
  • Earthworms are invertebrates—they don’t have an internal skeleton made of bone.
  • There isn’t a fossil record of earthworms because they are soft-bodied invertebrates.
  • Most earthworms will live for about six years in the wild.
  • Many people believe that if a worm is cut in half, the two pieces will grow into full-size worms. This is not true.

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I feel like everyone I know, including me, went to summer camp as a kid. One of the best and most unexpected things? Care Packages!!!  Inexpensive and sold in bulk, these drawstring backpacks can be a treat for your little one and his or her whole cabin. Include fabric markers for campers to autograph one another’s bags, and it’s a sweet and memorable item to keep for years to come.

Happy Camping!
 

 

 

Where to find the Items for your Care Package?

  1. Design Your Own Drawstring Backpacks, $20.50 for 12, Oriental Trading
  2. Crayola Fabric Markers, $5.79, Crayola

Other ideas?

Flashlight and Batteries
Perfect for ghost stories, shadow puppets, or finding their way in the dark during late-night pranks.

Favorite Blanket/Pillowcase from Home
If your child is feeling homesick, help her drift off to sleep with the familiar comfort of a blanket or pillow from home.

Bug Spray
You’d be amazed how quickly supplies of bug spray vanish. Send an unscented brand with aloe vera to soothe skin and keep the skeeters away.

Warm Clothes
Summer weather can be unpredictable. If the camp gets chilly in the evenings, send a sweatshirt, light jacket, or even a warm hat.

Mad Libs
These never get old! They’re fun for rainy days or while lounging around on a lazy afternoon. Check out the Mad Libs Website for a special “Letters from Camp” edition.

Sweet Treats
Send homemade treats or favorite candies, but stay away from chocolate — it’ll be a melted mess by the time it gets to camp.

Nondisposable Water Bottle
Keep kids hydrated while helping out the environment by sending a reusable water bottle to quench thirst and cut down on plastic waste.

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Looking for the perfect Father’s Day present? This six-piece desktop decoration showcases family photos on two sides when it’s assembled and doubles as a brainteaser when Dad needs a distraction.

You will need:

  • 6 (1 1/2-inch) wooden cubes
  • Acrylic paints and paintbrushes
  • Rubber band
  • Thin black marker
  • 2 photos (3×5 or 4×6)
  • Double-sided adhesive sheets
  • Scissor
  • X-Acto knife
  • Letter stickers (optional)

How To:

  1. Paint the sides of each cube, leaving the top and bottom bare.
  2. When they’re dry, arrange them in a rectangle, unpainted sides up, and wrap a rubber band around them to hold them together.

    Step 2

    Using the marker, trace the rectangle onto the picture side of each photo, making sure everyone’s faces fit within the rectangle. Apply a double-sided adhesive sheet to the back of each photo and cut along the tracing lines. Peel off the adhesive’s backing and adhere one photo to the top of the cubes and one to the bottom (since it’s a bit tricky, it’s a parent’s job).

  3. Divide the photos by cutting along the edges of the cubes with the X-Acto knife (another job for a parent). Add letter stickers if desired.

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How are you going to celebrate Memorial Day with your family? Gear up for your weekend BBQs and celebrations or even your local parade with these fun star batons for your kids! Boys and girls love them! These batons promise to be the stars of any Memorial Day celebration.

What You’ll Need:

  • Scissors
  • Pieces of red, white, and blue felt
  • Red, white, and blue ribbons (available at local craft stores)
  • Tacky glue
  • 3/8-inch dowel

Instructions:

  1. Cut a pair of 6-inch stars from red, white, or blue felt.
  2. Cut a slightly smaller pair (ours were 4 inches across) from a different color of felt, and an even smaller pair (ours were 3 inches across) from the third color.
  3. Use tacky glue to affix the stars to each other. Glue together the 2 sets of stars, sandwiching a 3/8-inch dowel between them.
  4. Allow the glue to dry, then finish the baton by tying a length of red, white, and blue ribbon around the dowel.

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I am back! Sorry I have been M.I.A. the past few weeks – I just got married and was out of the country for a bit, but I am back and ready to send you my love with fun blog posts and (hopefully) fun ideas! Now that the sun is out, and the excitement of Memorial Day is approaching, why not have a picnic? I live in New York City with one of the most beautiful parks – Central Park! My goal is to have a family picnic with my new nieces this weekend! Here are two fun recipes you can enjoy with your family too – lunch and dessert! Yum!

FOR LUNCH…

Pizza Scones

My savory scones recipe features sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella. And this portable dish, complete with do-ahead and packing tips, makes a great addition to your picnic menu.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup fine cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup diced sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pepperoni (optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

INSTRUCTIONS:

Fun To-Go Tip: Take smaller scones to a gathering. Use a 3-inch-round biscuit cutter to make 12 smaller scones, and reduce the baking time to 10 to 15 minutes. The scones should be cooled before packing.

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, basil, oregano, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Place the diced sun-dried tomatoes in a medium-size bowl and cover them with boiling water. Let them stand for 30 seconds, then drain the water and stir in the cheese and pepperoni (if using).
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and the buttermilk, then add them and the tomato mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir until the mixture forms a sticky dough.
  4. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Gently knead the dough until it holds together, about five times. Divide the dough in half and pat each half into a 1-inch-thick disk. Slice each disk into four wedges.
  5. Place the wedges on a lightly greased baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake them until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve the scones warm or at room temperature. Makes 8 scones.

Per serving (1 scone):
Calories 340 ● Total Fat 17 g (27% DV) ● Saturated Fat 10 g (49% DV) ● Cholesterol 95 mg (32% DV) ● Sodium 525 mg (22% DV) ● Total Carbohydrate 37 g (12% DV) ● Fiber 1 g (6% DV) ● Sugars 3 g ●
Protein 11 g (22% DV)

FOR DESSERT…

Frozen Watermelon Dessert

When is a watermelon not a watermelon? When it’s a refreshing frozen confection combining tangy raspberry sorbet, sweet honeydew, and chocolaty chips.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 honeydew
  • Raspberry sorbet
  • Chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS:

Note: make sure to make freeze packs in your cooler for your picnic so that your watermelon dessert doesn’t melt.

  1. Halve the honeydew, discard the seeds, and chill it overnight in the fridge.
  2. The next day, put the halves in the freezer for 15 minutes, pull them out, and pack them with sorbet, gently evening off the top.
  3. Using a chilled knife, slice each half into halves again (make sure the melon is sorbet side up).
  4. Finally, insert a row of chocolate chip seeds and serve immediately.

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Axelle Bauer-Griffin

Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrósio and her fiancé Jamie Mazur welcomed a son, Noah Phoenix, into their family on Monday in Florianopolis, Brazil just two days after her baby shower.

Today Ambrósio tweeted, “Well, the day just arrived and we couldn’t be more happy!!! Noah Phoenix was born yesterday afternoon and already stole our hearts. Anja is a proud big sister now and we are so thankful he is with us…”

We think little Noah would look so stylish in Rabbitmoon’s “Explore” collection striped footed coverall. The 100% combed cotton would be super soft against his skin.

Rabbitmoon “Explore” Striped Footed Coverall


The couple who have has been together since 2005 are already parents to daughter, 3½-year-old Anja Louise.

Congratulations to the whole family!


This comfy, soft copen blue striped
combed cotton footed coverall features
a green boyish raised felt moto-biker
graphic. Blue paneled shoulders
and footies with racing stripe
grosgrain ribbon trim add racing
hero charm. Button up front and
underneath diaper snaps
for easy dressing.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, 34, and Peter Sarsgaard, 41, welcomed another daughter into their family. Gloria Ray was born on Thursday, April 19 in New York City, her rep confirms to multiple sources.

We think this little bundle of joy would look so cute in Le Top’s Calico Cutie Smocked Calico Puff Sleeve Top & Panty which is available in 3m to 24m at www.letop-usa.com.

Your little buttercup will look so sweet in this soft and stretchy cornflower blue calico floral smocked top with scoop pockets and ruffle cuff panty. Puff sleeves and dainty crochet flowers make this a breathable and vintage look for summer.

Le Top Calico Cutie Smocked Calico Puff Sleeve Top & Panty

The couple, who have been together since 2002 and wed in Italy in 2009, are already parents to daughter Ramona, 5.

Sarsgaard was concerned about preparing Ramona for sisterhood. “I’ve seen kids with siblings — I don’t have any siblings, so I don’t know — but they generally go for about five minutes, ‘Oh, cool! Anyway, what are we going to do now? Can we return it?'” he told reporters in February. “I think it gets boring quickly, at first, and it takes a while for them to bond.”

Cheers to the new addition to the family Maggie and Peter!

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Today’s Darling, Hope (2 1/2-years-old), comes to us from New York City. She is a true New Yorker that loves taking art classes at the Met and going to see children’s theater. Mom says that Hope is an outgoing and mature little gal that looks forward to her sports classes each week (soccer and basketball are her favorites). Wow, what a Renaissance girl!

We’re told that she lives in Le Top clothing and gets lots of compliments on them from her fellow classmates. In the photos above she’s wearing Le Top  clothing from our Botanical Garden, Silly Swimmies, and Tulip Garden collections. Simply gorgeous! 

Congratulations to Hope for being today’s Le Top Darling of the Day!

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April Fool’s Day is this Saturday – here are some fun jokes to teach your kids in the holiday spirit, as well as the history behind it.

April Fools’ Day happens on the first day of April, but do you know why we play tricks, gags and practical jokes on one another? Find out here!

April Fools’ Day is about more than playing jokes and pranks. That’s just the most fun part of the day! Check out why we’re all so mischievous on April 1st. In the 16th century, France celebrated the New Year just like we do today, except they partied on April 1st. In 1562, Pope Gregory changed the calendar to the one we use today and from then on, the New Year began on January 1st. Lots of peeps didn’t know about the new calendar, or they ignored the new calendar and kept celebrating on April 1st. Everyone else called them April fools and played tricks on them.

Here are some fun ideas for jokes:

  1. Put food coloring in milk.
  2. Superglue coins to a sidewalk. This works best on an old, worn sidewalk.
  3. Go with a couple of friends, stand near some busy street corner – stare and point up at the sky. Watch the reactions of people around you!

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