Emerald City: Kids’ Fashion in the Color of Spring!

Spring is sprouting up everywhere! By Angela Velasquez

With Spring around the corner, there’s no better time than now to enjoy the 2013 Color of the Year: Pantone 17-5641, also known as Emerald. Lively, radiant and lush with feel-good springtime vibes, the color was chosen for its association with growth, prosperity, clarity and renewal.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explains, “Green is the most abundant hue in nature—the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum.” And now, thanks to a treasure trove of rich emerald-hued children’s apparel and accessories, you’ll be seeing it a lot more in your favorite stores.

From sporty to preppy, green compliments a range of must-have spring trends. Whereas previous Colors of the Year skewed towards ultra-girly shades of pink and coral, this time both boys and girls can refresh their wardrobes with a pop of this gem of a hue.

Here are some trendy, easy-to-create looks with items that your tots may already have in their closets.

 

Varsity Rules

Every boy needs his lucky team t-shirt, but on days that call for something a little more tailored, collegiate-inspired layers with sporty stripes and preppy green plaids polish up an otherwise simple and easy casual look.

Captions: Old Navy cap, Tee and shorts by Gap, Andy & Evan cardigan, legwarmers by BabyLegs (Yellow & Green BL12-0147).

 

 

 

 

 

Palm Beach Girl

Green and pink smacks of classic Palm Beach preppy. The go-to spring trend allows little girls to indulge in their favorite things including bows, flowers, frills, and pink—while offering an easy look for moms to replicate for an adorable “Mommy and Me“ look.

Captions: J. Crew tank top, Pants and straw tote by Gymboree, BabyLegs armwarmers (Desert Rose BL12-615).

 

 

 

 

Color My World

Women’s designers have long been obsessed with color blocking.  It’s a look that is as bright and vibrant as a well-kept box of Crayola crayons and comes to life in childrenswear. Pair green with shades of blue to create a look as cool and crisp as a springtime breeze.

Boys captions: J. Crew sweater, Gap pants, socks by BabyLegs (Philip BS13-0199).

Girls captions: Cherokee sweater, J. Crew purse, legwarmers by BabyLegs (William BL13-0197)

     

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the writer.

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About the Author:

Angela Velasquez

With 4 years of experience as a children’s stylist and magazine editor, Angela brings you an insider’s perspective on trends and seasonal looks that will make babies and toddlers shine in their holiday photos and at birthday parties!  Angela also has a way of making everyday clothes and accessories look special — she’ll show you how.

Avoiding Poisonous Houseplants

Poison control centers nationwide receive many calls yearly regarding children ingesting houseplants. And with summer ending, many people are bringing their prized plants inside. Most plants are safe and beneficial, helping to purify our stale indoor air. However, some plants contain toxins and should not be in reach of children and pets.

Angel's Trumpet

Angel's Trumpet smells heavenly but keep it away from children.

Do you know which plants are toxic? Many lists are available on-line that name toxic houseplants and tell you which parts of the plants are toxic; however, you need to familiarize yourself with what they look like. The best way to avoid toxic plants is to brush up on your plant identification. Don’t bring plants inside that are known to be toxic. Or better yet, don’t grow them. If you do have a toxic houseplant in your home, keep it out of children’s reach and label it. It is recommend that you tie a label on the plant’s branches. Include the botanical name of the plant and label it at toxic and name which parts of the plant are toxic (roots, leaves, berries, etc.) Ask others to do the same in their home (grandparents, family members, friends).

It is also important to teach your children to not consume plants and berries found outside or inside that are not edible. However, we know that children learn about the world through oral exploration. Children at this stage will stick things in their mouths and it is our job to make sure harmful items are out of their reach. For children old enough, The American Association of Poison Control Centers have tips for poison control for children. Their site also has a section of Poison Control Tips for Children with a short educational video.

Families should have the number to their local poison centers handy in case of accidental ingestion. You can find the number on the American Association of Poison Control Centers website. There is also a standard 1-800 number that will work anywhere (great for when you travel to grandma’s or if you’re on vacation). Put this number in your phone. Share this number with your babysitter, family member, anyone that watches your child while you are away.

The good news (being optimistic here) is that very large quantities of consumption of toxic plants will cause a severe reaction. Small quantities may only cause mild irritation and discomfort. Most children that are exposed to toxic plants usually consume a small amount and suffer only from mild irritation.

Do you have more tips regarding toxic houseplants? If so, please share.

-Victoria

*Beautiful Angel’s trumpet pic from Ewa in the Garden.

Dream Deferred

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Yesterday, since we were “trapped” in the house by sickness, I decided to tidy up a little. I saw Meg’s closet and how there was no more room on the rack for any hanging clothes. I decided to put some of her 18 month summer clothes away. It got me thinking about a blog entry that I have wanted to write… about the dream deferred. I have been thinking a lot about this, given our latest happenings with Meg. Putting away the dresses and the slightly too-big tanks and tees reminded me of the visions that I had had of Meg when I first bought them all last year.

If you know me, you know that I buy clothes well in advance. Maybe sometimes too far in advance. The strategy always served me well with my son. He has been pretty easy to predict in the growth area, staying constant and consistent throughout his three and a half years.

Meg on the other hand, has been super little from the beginning. I brought her home in a newborn outfit that was waaaay too big for her. The outfit that fit her best for the first month was a sleeper for preemies. Trying to predict seasons for her pre-bought outfits is like trying to predict which way the wind will be blowing five years from today in some far-removed, remote village.

Well, when I see a sale, I try my best in the prediction department. At the end of summer last year at my favorite Target, I found a rack of dresses that were just fit for a princess (I had a little girl! I could buy these beautiful dresses now!) at the bargain price of one dollar, two dollars and three dollars. What a deal! I started getting these visions of Meggie as a toddler, taking her steps slowly and awkwardly, getting her bearings as new walkers tend to do, her sweet little dresses bobbing up and down with her as she walked across the room to offer a toy to me with a smile. Or her in this pretty striped dress, toddling across the beach that we were almost certain to visit before we moved back to Ohio. Or her in the pretty purple dress, walking across the lawn on a beautiful summer day, her mom searching for that perfect photo op with the expanse of green lawn behind her and the sun high in the blue sky. I imagined her going to Sunday school in dresses. Maybe there would be a heat wave at Easter, and the possibility of a strappy dress for the kids’ Easter egg hunt. Imagine 18 month pictures in a beautiful dress! The possibilities for putting my perfect princess in dresses seemed endless.

Endless, that is, until reality comes crashing down, in my case. If I am being 100% honest, we will find that I have secretly been putting off my disappointments. It is not just dresses that were ultimately never worn. It’s the milestones hit a little too late… late enough to evoke a feeling of suspicion in me. It’s those moments where Meggie just doesn’t seem interested in something. Or the baby dolls we got her for her first Christmas, and the little accessories to go with them that have yet to be used or examined. Or that my two year old has yet to walk independently or eat solid foods. The dresses were ultimately never worn, because my daughter is still just crawling.

It’s that I have been hoping that, like in so many stories, the magical age of two was when things were just going to somehow align and work out, and she would start growing and fitting into the clothes that she was supposed to fit in two or three seasons ago, or she’d find some interest in the dolls, or she’d even magically start running around the coffee table in the same fashion her brother used to cruise, and by birthday number two, she’d take those steps across the room from Mommy’s arms to Daddy’s arms. That would save me the dreaded calls to the pediatrician, seeking services for a delay that I didn’t want my daughter to have… didn’t even want to believe that it was possible for her to have. Two was going to be my magic number… a glorious time. A truly, truly thankful Thanksgiving time.

Instead, we are now on our way to a destination into an unknown land. My tentative arrival there is marked with much anticipation. I feel ill-equipped to be traveling here. I don’t speak the language; I am not sure where I am going. I have never imagined myself sitting on these beaches or even in the homey little cafes. I am not sure which road connects with what… have no idea if a shortcut even exists. There is no map, and that makes me uncomfortable.

All road analogies aside, I say all this in hopes that the dresses are just a dream deferred. You know, just thoughts that came to my head…well, hopes really. Thoughts and hopes that may not have happened yet, but eventually will.  We’ve had some moments…some really great things…they’ve just not been what or when I was expecting them.

 And you’ll never believe what happened to me the other day: I found some dresses on sale and I bought them. Now if I could just find some fancy walking shoes to match…

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About the Blogger:

Jen P. lives in Ohio, with her husband, son, and daughter.  Being a parent of a child with special needs is an incredible blessing, and she is glad that she was chosen to be Meg’s mom. 

 

 

BabyLegs Fall 2012 Carnival Collection

We have some really beautiful styles for Fall 2012. Step right up for The Carnival Collection! The Carnival Collection is a collection for girls inspired by the circus! The main colors in the collection include heather gray, bright pink, lemon-lime green and black raspberry.

BabyLegs Carnival Legwarmers

The collection contains 7 pairs of legwarmers:

  • Big Top – raspberry with hot pink polka dots. It has 3 layers of ruffles at the ankle!
  • Showstopper – This is my personal favorite pair of legwarmers from the collection. It has lime green and black raspberry stars and hot pink and white polka dots.
  • Ringmaster – heather grey featuring a lime green bird in a hot pink top hat. It contains a thin ruffle on the top and on the bottom.
  • Peanuts – black raspberry warmer with a pink circus elephant. It contains ruffles on the top and bottom.
  • Balloons - A white warmer with multi-color polka dots. This is a really versatile warmer that will go with many outfits.
  • Tightrope – Multi-color stripes with lime green, hot pink, heather grey and black raspberry. This is another very versatile design!
  • Carousel – A hot pink with a show pony. The top and bottom have a baby pink and lime trim.
BabyLegs Carnival Tights
The collection contains 2 tights:
  • Acrobat – A hot pink and black raspberry star print footless tight. I love the multi-layer of ruffles!
  • Trapeze – A polka dot and stripe footed tight.
BabyLegs Carnival Socks
The collection contains 3 pairs of socks:
  • Top Hat – This set contains a heather gray sock with the lime green bird featured on the Ringmaster warmer. The top of this sock has a pink ruffle! The other pair is a multi-color stripe sock.
  • Juggle Knee High Socks – These are my favorite of the socks :) One pair is the design of the Showstopper warmer. The other sock matches the design of the Balloons warmer.
  • Applause Knee High Socks – One pair is a bright pink with black raspberry stars. The other pair is a black raspberry with pink polka dots. These will go with so many fall fashions. I can imagine them with a cute pair of little mary janes!
Our Carnival Collection will be available in September at www.babylegs.com. The Legwarmers retail for $12. Knee high socks retail for $12 and ankle socks retail for $10.  Footed tights retail for $16 and footless for $15.
What do you think? Which ones stand out to you?
-Victoria

One Mom’s Tips for Avoiding Sibling Rivalry

When I had my second child, I wanted to make sure that they would become best friends. I wanted to avoid sibling rivalry as much as possible.

The first thing I did was whenever I talked about the baby it was “our baby” or “her baby sister”. We casually talked about how she was going to be a big sister and she would get to teach the baby lots of new stuff. After my second daughter was born, Princess G, we had her big sister come right away. Princess A was 28 months at the time. She remembers coming to the hospital and meeting her little sister.

When I got home I followed some great advice: don’t always go to the baby first.  If I was doing something for my oldest I would say out loud “Princess G, I will be there in a minute I am helping your sister.” Of course the baby did not understand me but my oldest did.  I think it really helped that I did not always rush to the baby. My oldest felt as though she was just as important. I also used one of the baby’s naps to take the time and play with Princess A. Her favorite memories of that time were when we would play in the snow and then have hot cocoa to warm up. We were never outside more than 15 minutes (dressing took longer, lol) but to her it was an eternity with just mommy. She also got to go on a few dates with Daddy too!

I made sure that things were pretty even or at least appeared even to them.  As they got older I emphasized that we share in our house. They have their special stuffed animal and a doll or two that they don’t have to share but everything else they share. I point out to them that if they share toys then they have a bigger variety. For example, instead of buying them both the same doll, I buy one in blue and the other in pink. They now have different dolls. I knew I was getting through to them when at my oldest birthday she received a present with two Barbie ballerinas in the package and she turned to ask me which one was hers. I told her since it was her birthday she could pick.

BabyLegs Spring 2012
They do argue with each other on occasion but it does not last long. First, they know I won’t be happy and they also won’t like my solution. If they do argue, which is about once a week, it is over a toy or that my oldest wants to read instead of playing. In our house sharing and kindness is how we are as a family. My girls see my husband and me being kind and sharing. My husband and I rarely argue, about twice a year, and we always talk softly and very respectfully.

The best way to avoid sibling rivalry is to treat your kids fair and with love. Things are not always perfectly even but when things are not I ask them what I can do to even things up, and usually they come up with a great idea and everyone is happy!

*Post by Noreen, a BabyLegs Mom.