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StberryMono2Well, maybe not quite bikini weather, but perhaps MONO-kini weather? This little darling shows us how they wear it in the Pacific Northwest. You have to wear clothes UNDER your swimsuit to stay warm. 🙂

This photo was sent in by one of our loyal blog readers, Jennifer from Seattle. Her daughter, Olivia (age 2) is sporting her birthday present — a new monokini from the le•top’s 2009 Strawberry Fields collection.  Jennifer explained that she “had to have something from the Strawberry Fields line” when she saw it featured in our “Swim Classes for Fun, Exercise and Safety” entry on our blog. (She’s a huge Beatles fan and, of course, loves the song “Strawberry Fields Forever.”) When her daughter opened her present, she refused to undress and proceeded to put her swimsuit on…OVER her clothes!

Hey, Olivia! It doesn’t matter how you want to wear it. You still look fabulous in le•top, dahling!

Visit the le•top website and click on “Online Shopping Options” to purchase your own Strawberry Fields Monokini and other outfits (some pictured below) from this fruity collection! Or you can visit our store locator to find a store near you. Whether it’s our online retailers or our walk-in boutiques, you’re in for a treat! OK, so tell us, do your kids have unique ways of wearing their swimwear?

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There is still time to enter our Father’s Day contest! Send us a photo of a dad and his Mini-Me (look-alike) for a chance to outfit his Mini-Me in le•top’s new Fall 2009 Collection. Like this hooded sweatshirt and pant set from Bicycle Lane. Olive green and baby blues emblazoned with bicycles and puppy dogs. Perfect for cycling dads who like to show off their hobby on their adorable little boys!

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Click here to share your photo with us!

Contest ends/winner will be announced on June 19. $100 retail value. le•top and rabbit moon employees and their families are exempt from entering.

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Paulo in Popsicle Buddies from le•top's 2009 Spring Collection

Wearing Popsicle Buddies from le•top's 2009 Spring Collection

I forgot to mention…as Big Sister was graduating from Preschool, Little Brother was so elated that the only way he could show his excitement was by sleeping through the entire program! Is that the sweetest? He’s the best little brother EVER! 😉

Here is Little Brother wearing the cutest shorts and shirt set from le•top’s 2009 Spring Collection: Popsicle Buddies. I absolutely adore this line! The moment I saw it, I really, really hoped I would have a boy (I didn’t know the gender of my baby while I was pregnant). I love the subtle candy color palette and the embroidered zoo animals. And the best part of this shorts set is the monkey on the tush! (There is also a matching girls line, Ice Cream Kitty, which comes in pink.)

Don’t miss out! Check our store locator to find these sweet collections at a store near you, or click on either collection to shop!

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Our Father’s Day contest is sooooooo simple: Send us a photo of a dad and his Mini-Me (look-alike) for a chance to outfit his Mini-Me in our new Fall 09 Collection! Be one of the first to dress your kids in le•top’s fabulous Fall collection! Click here to share your photo with us!MiniMe

Contest ends/winner will be announced on June19. $100 retail value. le•top and rabbit moon employees and their families are exempt from entering.

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As of this moment, I know 10 women who are pregnant – all due at different times of the year. These are people I actually know, not just celebrities and their pregnancies. I remember a couple of years ago, I knew 14 women who were expecting! That’s a lot of babies. And a whole lot of baby showers! And then the birthday parties! (And we don’t need to mention all those diaper changes, clothing changes and laundry, right?) 😉

So it got me thinking, could it be something in the water? Or is it a cyclical pattern that women get pregnant every so often? Or is it, perhaps, that I’m just at a phase in my life when almost everyone in my age group is moving on to the next phase of life? Whatever it is, it’s quite amazing that I know so many women who will be giving birth and holding a new bundle of joy within the year.

Congratulations to all my family and friends!

Just for fun, here’s my list:

  1. Kisha – Due June 2009
  2. Anya – Due June 2009
  3. Jessica – Due August 2009
  4. Minnie – Due August 2009
  5. Abbie – Due August 2009
  6. Ana – Due September 2009
  7. Kimmy – Due October 2009
  8. Lisa – Due October 2009
  9. Christine – Due October 2009
  10. Grace – Due January 2010

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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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Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine's baby swimsuits issue, May 2009, featuring le•top's Butterfly Wishes

Pregnancy & Newborn magazine's baby swimsuits issue, May 2009, with le•top's Butterfly Wishes one-piece tank swimsuit getting top billing.

Woohoo! le•top’s adorable swimwear is featured in the May issue of Pregnancy & Newborn on newsstands now. We’re so excited! Butterfly Wishes swimsuit is available in sizes 3m through 4T at 0ne of our favorite stores: Klassy Kids in Waldorf, MD (3305 Plaza Way, Waldorf, MD 20603. Phone: 301. 645. 8081)
. Also featured in the May issue is Deep Ocean surf suit (available in sizes 3m through 24m) and striped bucket hat. Try fun online store Gazoodle Kids, located in Winston Salem, NC to shop this adorable suit and hat! And last but not least, le•top’s Strawberry Fields monokini, available in sizes 12m through 6x can be found at Jenson’s Store in Anoka, MN. Of course there’s always our le•top store locator to find a le•top retailer nearest you. Summer is here/coming soon, so get your bathing beauties in top le•top swimsuit form! And don’t forget your May issue of Pregnancy & Newborn for some pool or beachside reading, or check them out online.

le•top swimsuits from l-r: Butterfly Wishes, Deep Ocean, Strawberry Fields

le•top swimsuits from l-r: Butterfly Wishes, Deep Ocean, Strawberry Fields

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Where would we be without friends? We are so fortunate to work with retailers who are wonderful partners in business – and even more privileged when we can call some of these wonderful people our friends!

Welcome to Reverie Baby!

Reverie Baby welcomes you!

We wanted to share pictures and information about one of our “best friend’s” beautiful store – Reverie Baby, located in Santa Rosa. This part of California is home to beautiful countryside, fabulous wineries and one very distinctive children’s boutique! The owners – Eva and Arnie Levine – are very special people. They operated stores that specialized in fine linens for over 35 years – and just when they began to consider retirement, they happened upon the idea of opening a children’s specialty boutique. The store has been open for 5½ years, and is located adjacent to their linens store, Reverie Linens, in Montgomery Village Shopping Center. I don’t want you to get any mistaken ideas about Eva and Arnie being ‘ready for the rocking chair’ – when we go out to dinner they can “out-party” me!  Everyone needs friends who work hard…and know how to have fun!

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Arnie with his friendly smile, ready to help

Their beautifully merchandised store specializes in clothing for children in sizes newborn to toddler – and is known by some as “Grandma Heaven!” Arnie tries to buy merchandise that is ‘special’ – and would appeal to moms and grandmothers who are looking for the classic baby outfit or gift. The moms especially love playwear that is unique – but never ‘over the top!’ Reverie Baby offers beautiful gift wrapping, and for years had one ‘signature paper’ – only the ribbon colors would differ. They have now added choices in gift wrap, because at baby showers in the area all the gifts would be wrapped in identical wrap! A gift from Reverie Baby is cherished and valued as something truly special and exceptional.

We asked Arnie, “What is the key to your success?” I loved his answer, because it is fundamentally simple – yet so difficult to achieve: “Everyone comes in my store happy, and they always leave happy.” The staff at Reverie Baby always greet you with a genuine smile and have excellent product knowledge – so nice, when compared to many retailers these days. We love Arnie’s philosophy, maybe THAT’S why he is our good friend!

Reverie Baby at Montgomery Village, 2406 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa, CA  95405

Reverie Baby at Montgomery Village, 2406 Magowan Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Click on photos to shop Reverie Baby online.

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3weekpauloMy newborn, Paulo, is now three weeks old. Sadly, he no longer fits in his newborn-sized clothes. He has now moved on to 0-3 months, and will be wearing size 1 diapers very soon. Although he is still tiny, he has grown so fast. And right before my eyes!

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stjudestoreNear the St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton is a little boutique called Mother-Baby Boutique inside the St. Jude Wellness Center. I found this store using le•top’s store locator. Unfortunately, when my husband and I got there, the store was closed. But that didn’t stop me from peeking through the windows. The store is similar to gift shops you would find at the lobby of a hospital, but much smaller. They carry only a select few items, but what they sell are premium products, such as the Parent Award Winning Miracle Blanket and specialty clothes for mommy and baby, such as le•top and other designer brands. (I swear I spied le•top baby’s Pretty Primrose receiving blankets rolled up and tied with fancy bows displayed in their wicker baskets!)

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This little boutique is located in the perfect area: 1901 Sunnycrest Dr., Mother-Baby Boutique, Fullerton, CA 92835. It’s near the St. Jude Medical Center on Harbor Blvd., where if you were visiting a friend who may have recently given birth, you could pop in the Mother-Baby Boutique and purchase a le•top baby gift for their newborn!

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