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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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The time finally arrived! My three-year old son has learned how to share. This is a picture of him sharing cars with a friend in his Mommy & Me class. I remember last year when he and two other boys would eye the same car/truck/train, look at each other, then dive for the toy as they each tried to yank it from each others’ grasps. Oh, boy! That was a nightmare because all the mommies had to deal with the crying, the fighting and giving our sons “The Talk” about sharing. It’s a good thing we mothers are all on the same page regarding this, and know that we need to teach our children how to play together.

A year later, I stand in the classroom with pride (and with my camera) as I listen to my son say, “Do you want this car?” and proceed to play nicely with his friend. He’s growing up!

Paulo is wearing the rabbitmoon “discover” striped zip hoody. For this comfy cotton layering piece and more mix and match stylish kid’s clothing go to www.rabbitmoon-usa.com.

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Today’s Darling, Ruby (15-months-old) likes emptying her big sister Cam-Ly‘s puzzle toys all over the floor, but clearly has no idea how to put the puzzles together… yet.  She also enjoys skooting around on the floor, big breakfasts and never tires of the fact that a baby in the mirror looks just like her. Sooo precious! Ruby has a cheerful, relaxed disposition and loves people. Congrats beautiful girl on your being crowned the Le Top Darling of the Day!

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Every holiday is filled with holiday themed candy, candy and more candy…so why not decorate your hard-boiled eggs with candy? Get inspired!

What You’ll Need:

– Corn syrup or royal icing (see recipe below)
– Any kind of candy

How to:

1.  Hard boil your eggs.
2.  Let your eggs cool.
3.  Dip your eggs in corn syrup and then roll in candy OR use icing (almost like its glue) and attach various candy elements to make it totally edible.
4.  Use the egg carton to let the eggs dry with their sugary decorations

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Recipe for Royal Icing:
Royal Icing is a pure white icing that dries to a smooth, hard, matte finish. Besides its lovely finish it also colors beautifully which makes it a favorite of professionals who use it not only for frosting cakes and cookies, but also for intricate piping of decorations (flowers, borders, and lettering) on eggs! There are two ways to make royal icing. My preference is to use one made from a mixture of confectioners sugar (powdered or icing), lemon juice, and raw egg whites. However, because of the risk of salmonella when using raw egg whites, some may prefer the recipe I have included using meringue powder. Meringue powder is a fine, white powder used to replace fresh egg whites and is made from dried egg whites, sugar, salt, vanillin and gum. You can purchase it on line, in cake decorating stores or Michael’s or Joann’s.

To make a small batch, beat together one large egg white, one teaspoon of lemon juice, and about 2 cups (230 grams) confectioners sugar, or until the frosting is stiff (like a meringue) and of piping consistency. Then place the icing in a piping bag, fitted with a small plain tip, and pipe a border around the outside edges of the cookies. Let it dry completely before covering the surface of the cookie with royal icing.

It is important when working with royal icing to keep it covered (with plastic wrap) as much as possible as it dries out very quickly. Another way to prevent a crust from forming on the icing’s surface is to add a few drops of glycerin (glycerol) to the icing. Glycerin is a sweet, odorless, clear, and syrupy liquid (chemically an alcohol) that comes from fats and oils.

For Royal Icing with Egg Whites:
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the egg whites with the lemon juice until combined. Add the sifted powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined and smooth.  (If your icing seems runny, using a small knife, push the icing to the edge of the egg. If the icing runs off the edge, thicken the icing by adding a little more confectioner’s sugar. Conversely, if the icing is too thick, add a little water.) The icing needs to be used immediately or transferred to an airtight container as royal icing hardens when exposed to air.  Cover with plastic wrap when not in use.

For Royal Icing with Meringue Powder:
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the confectioners’ sugar and meringue powder until combined.  Add the water and beat on medium to high speed until very glossy and stiff peaks form (5 to 7 minutes). If necessary, to get the right consistency, add more powdered sugar or water. To cover or ‘flood’ the entire surface of the egg with icing, the proper consistency is when you lift the beater, the ribbon of icing that falls back into the bowl remains on the surface of the icing for a few seconds before disappearing.

The icing needs to be used immediately or transferred to an airtight container as royal icing hardens when exposed to air. Cover with plastic wrap when not in use.

Makes about 3 cups

 

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Today’s Darlings are Henning (3-years-old) and Whitman (6-months-old) who come to us from South Carolina where their mom owns and runs Hannah B’s in Murrells Inlet. It’s plain to see how much they enjoy spending time together relaxing at the beach. I hear tell that these siblings have wonderful smiles and great dispositions…always happy!

In the photo on the left both boys are wearing swimwear and matching bucket hats from our Le Top “Big Splash” collection. Henning is in the lined swim trunks and Whitman is wearing the one-piece tank swimsuit. On the right, these loving brothers are showing off their matching “Under the Sea” collection pull-over hoodie shirts and lined swim trunks.

Congratulations to these handsome kids on their title of Le Top Darlings of the Day!

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Howdy partner!

This little dude, Nate (almost 3-years-old), loves superheroes and cowboys, and enjoys “saving” his friends on the playground while wearing a real or pretend cape. In this photo he’s wearing his favorite cowboy costume on top of his Le Top “Bumper Cars” collection shirt from a past season. Too cute!

Nate also has fun directing family music jam sessions while playing his toy piano and wants to be a tiger or firefighter when he grows up. Awwe! Congratulations Nate for earning the title of Le Top Darling of the Day!

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Today’s Darling, precious Marion (20 months-old), looks like she’s ready to get into some mischief. In this photos she was enjoying a day playing at the beach and wondering just how far she would be allowed to go in.

Congratulations are in order to Marion for being our Le Top Darling of the Day!

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This little outdoorsman, Benjamin (22 months-old), is today’s Darling. He jumps at the chance to go on walks scouting for deer, birds, and other wild creatures. Playing with Play-Doh, and watching Oswald and Toy Story 3 (it has to be 3!) are some other things this handsome boy loves. Thanks mom for sharing his photo. Congrats to Benjamin on being crowned the Le Top Darling of the Day!

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Beautiful buttercup, Ellie (15-months-old), is today’s darling. In this photo she is all decked out in her holiday best for her second visit with Santa. Smiles for Santa? Mom assures us that it’s the norm. She has been all smiles since the say she was born and keeps her mom laughing daily!

Congratulations to Ellie on your title of Le Top Darling of the Day!

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