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Here is a very, very sweet recipe that we know your kids will love and think is fun looking! For this Valentne’s Day we decided to make “windowpane heart” valentine’s cookies! If you don’t have time to make the sugar cookie dough, just buy some store made cookie doe that you can roll out and Jolly Ranchers. You will have a whole lotta lovin’ cookies in no time!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • Hard candy for cookie center (try Jolly Ranchers)

To make the dough:

1.  Using an electric mixer at medium-high speed, cream the butter, gradually adding the sugar. Beat in the egg until evenly mixed, then blend in the vanilla extract and salt.

2.  With a wooden spoon, stir the flour into the creamed ingredients, about one third at a time, until evenly blended. The dough may seem soft, but it will firm up when refrigerated.

3.  Divide the dough in half. Flatten each portion into a disk and seal in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

To create the cookies:

1.  Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover a sturdy baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat the foil with cooking spray. Between 2 sheets of waxed paper lightly dusted with flour, roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Remove the top sheet.

2.  Cut out the cookies with a large cookie cutter. Use a spatula to transfer the shapes to the baking sheet, leaving about an inch between cookies. Remove the centers of the cookies with a smaller cookie cutter. (Save the centers to bake later.)

3.  Place a hard candy (we used Jolly Ranchers) in the center of each heart and bake until the cookies start to brown lightly around the edges and the candy is melted, about 8 to 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely. To prevent sticking, line your serving plate or tin with waxed paper and place additional waxed paper between layers. Makes 30.


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St. Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and why not have a fun craft at home tonight that your kids can wear to school tomorrow with love and pride? The design on this shirt is so delicate and sweet, you’d never guess how easy and quick it is to make! 

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner…how to make your kiddo’s morning complete with sweet love? Are you feeling “soft-hearted” (ha ha)? Make hot cocoa for your little one this Valentine’s Day with cute heart marshmallows.

Reach for some marshmallows and transform them into confections of affection. Start by greasing a heart-shaped petit four cutter or aspic cutter with vegetable oil or cooking spray. Cut several marshmallows in half horizontally, and then press the cutter into the center of each one. Float the marshmallows and the cutouts on hot chocolate.


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus one teaspoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons finely chopped or shaved semi-sweet chocolate


  1. Bring all ingredients to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until chocolate has melted (do not let boil).
  2. Pour into mugs, and serve.


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It’s never too early to get a jump-start on the most heartfelt holiday of the year. Here is a super cute idea, easy and always stress-free because it takes no time at all for your kiddos’ Valentine’s Day at school! Snip candy hearts for an entire class in a snap.

What You’ll Need:

  • Candy Dots (you can find at local drug store, candy store or even grocery store)
  • Colored construction paper (you can find at a craft store, local drug store or Staples)
  • Glue stick
  • Scalloping scissors (you can find at an arts and crafts store like Michael’s)

How to:

  1. Cut a heart from a strip of candy dots, and glue it to a piece of construction paper.
  2. With scalloping scissors, cut construction paper to create a border around the heart.



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His wife’s bun in the oven is out and so sweet! Cake Boss star, Buddy Valastro, is a dad for the 4th time and welcomed son Carlo Salvatore Valastro yesterday on Valentine’s Day! Wife Lisa is on the show and both are thrilled about their new bundle of joy. Carlo weighed in at 7 lbs., 3 oz. and measured 20 inches long. We think this adorable Le Top Baby “Playtime Pups” gown with mitten cuffs will keep son Carlo warm in the New Jersey cold. The easy convertible closure transforms the ensemble from a coverall to a casual gown with elasticized hem and snaps for easy closing. Makes changing your little pup a walk in the park. Soft cotton and mitten cuffs keep your babe safe and snug.

Le Top Baby Playful Pups gown

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What better than to celebrate the official Heart Day (a.k.a. Valentine’s Day) with delicious, scrumptious heart shaped brownies. They are easy (and you could used boxed brownie mix if you are in a rush) and festive. Here is how to go about it:

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It’s Friday and we are all pooped! Plus I am freezing in New York and cannot stand the thought of even stepping outside. Looking for a 30 minute activity to show the one you love how much you care? Make a hand-shaped construction paper card for Valentine’s Day! It could be great way to greet your hubby, wifey, kids and family!

What to do? Send a lovey-dovey message (a.ka. candy sweetheart message) with valentines traced from little hands. Just cut from construction paper, and then decorate. Let the love of your life (your kids) know they are hands-down your favorite.

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One of my friends gave me heart shaped soaps that looked like the age-old candy conversation hearts. I thought it was adorable and found these instructions on how to do it too! This could be a really fun (and relatively cheap) way to make gifts with your kids for their class or even for family and friends (or the neighbors)! You simply put your homemade soap in cellophane bags tied with tags and throw a little glitter inside!


Makes: 16 heart shaped soap bars

Tools and Materials:

  • Nonstick 9-inch square pan
  • Heart-shape cookie cutter
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Glycerin soap
  • Bench scraper
  • Soap colorant or food coloring
  • Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
  • Cutting board
  • Needle nose pliers
  • 1/8-inch metal letter stamps
  • Masking tape

How To:
Note: Use a 2-inch cookie cutter (1 inch high) and 2 1/2 pounds of glycerin soap-sold at crafts stores-to make 16 hearts.

1. Depending on your equipment, yields may vary. To determine how much glycerin you’ll need, fill pan with water to 1/4 inch below height of cookie cutter; pour water into measuring cup. Record amount; discard water.

2. Cut soap into small pieces with bench scraper; fill measuring cup. Microwave on medium heat until melted; stir. Add soap and heat until you’ve reached the water amount. Add colorant; stir. Pour liquid into pan. Spray with alcohol to eliminate bubbles.

3. Let harden at room temperature, 2 hours. Freeze 10 minutes.

4. Turn upside down onto cutting board. Create soaps with cookie cutter; pull cutter out with pliers if it sticks. Tape stamps together to form words, and imprint on soap, applying light, even pressure.

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Doodle, doodle, doo! We are thrilled to have interviewed children’s boutique extraordinaire, Ginger Gray, owner of Doodlebugs in Georgetown, South Carolina this week for our “Premier Store Spotlight”. She gives us the scoop on snow on the beach in South Carolina this winter, upcoming trunk shows, the “tutu craze,” and how to transition your holiday red clothing to a very special Valentine’s Day outfit! Read more to find out about the best boutique in Georgetown, South Carolina!

721 Front Street
Georgetown, SC 29440

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1.    What was the inspiration behind the name Doodlebugs?
Ginger: Doodlebug was the nickname that I had for my daughter when she was 6-years-old, which was the same time that I purchased my store.

2.    Describe the neighborhood where your store is located. Tell us about Georgetown, South Carolina. Did you grow up in the local area? Is it the same as it was growing up?
Ginger: Our store is located on the water in the downtown Historic District of Georgetown, which was the center of the business district as I was growing up. Now, as some of the bigger businesses have moved out of this central location, it has become a quaint and charming area for tourists and locals to travel, shop and dine.

Growing up in a small town, I always longed to move away to a “big city,” but now that I am older and have children of my own, I realize just how much I love living and raising a family in a small town.

3.    Winter storms have been hitting the nation – for any new mom – what would be 3 essential wardrobe items and 3 must-haves for their new baby.
Ginger: Living on the coast we are normally not accustomed to needing the heavy coats or warm clothing that we have needed this year (Brr!).  Every year we are wishing for “just” a snow flurry, and it has snowed three times in the last year here!   

3 essential wardrobe items:

  1. Le Top’s velour outfits because they are warm enough for the cold days but not too heavy for when it is just a little chilly out. 
  2. Turtlenecks and tights
  3. An awesome and stylish winter coat

3 must-haves for their new baby:

  1. Muslin blankets for swaddling are great
  2. Some type of soft lovie or blankie for them to become attached to
  3. Convertible gowns are wonderful for those middle of the night diaper changes

4.    Where are your favorite family hangouts in the local Georgetown area?
Ginger: The beach, the beach and the beach! We are only a few minutes away and there is nothing more relaxing than sticking your toes in the sand with a good book and the sun shining down on your face.  Having grown up on the coast, it would be very hard for me to not live near the water.

5.    Tell us…before you “had kids or grandkids, what is one thing you swore you’d never…?” Please share!
Ginger: Say, “Because I said so,” to my kids, but sometimes there is just no other answer!

6.    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Sweethearts, flowers, chocolate and all, would you dress your little girl or boy in for Valentine’s Day?
Ginger: My daughter is 14-years-old and my son is 11-years-old and what I wouldn’t give to be able to still dress them in all of the adorable clothes that we sell! But because Valentine ’s Day is normally in between seasons and Fall merchandise is usually picked over by that point, many of our customers like to purchase an extra dress or outfit for Christmas that can be converted into a Valentine’s outfit as well.  We always like to throw out suggestions on how they can change a button from green to white to transition into Valentine’s Day. We have also sold a few Spring pieces from the Heart’s Delight Collection by Le Top for Valentine’s Day.

7.    With the winter weather in the air – what would be your favorite rainy day recommended activity?
Ginger: Our family loves to rent movies or play board games on a rainy day.

8.    Any special events that you have planned at your store for the next few months?
Ginger: We have a trunk show scheduled later this month and we are participating in a local fashion show in March. We are also excited about some new items that we will be adding to our product selection in the next few months.

9.    Tell us your best parenting tip or mom advice that your mom passed on to you that you would like to share with a new parent.
Ginger: I think that the best advice I could give is to enjoy every single minute while they are young. My mom would always tell me just how fast time would fly by and I never quite understood until now. When our children are small we are so ready for them to move on to the next phase (walking, talking, potty training, etc). While it is nice not to have to worry about late night feedings and changing diapers, I would surely love to go back a few years and be able to relive and cherish it all over.

10.    What is the hottest trend for kids clothes and toys right now?
Ginger: It seems that tutus are a big hit right now, especially for more than just dress-up. They are perfect for birthday parties, holidays or to just make an outfit more fun. 

11.    What collection or piece from Le Top or Le Top Baby line or Rabbitmoon do you love from the Spring 2011 or Fall 2010 collection?
Ginger: I look forward every year to see what new inspiration Le Top has for their duck group. It is probably one of my favorites.

721 Front Street
Georgetown, SC 29440

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Actress, Christina Applegate, welcomed baby girl Sadie Grace LeNoble, with fiance and musician Martyn LeNoble, this past Thursday, January 27th in Los Angeles. It is almost this couple’s engagement anniversary! They were engaged last Valentine’s Day! In honor of this V-Day engagement, we think this Le Top one-piece “Heart’s Delight” Collection bubble sunsuit would be perfect for their new baby girl Sadie.

Le Top Heart's delight bubble sunsuit

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