Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Best Celebrity Baby Names of the Year

Best Celebrity Baby Names of the Year

Stars—they’re just like us. Except when they pick some really offbeat names like Moxie Crimefighter or Pilot Inspektor. But there are plenty of stars out there who give their kids names you might actually want to consider for your own baby—even if they are a little offbeat. Here are some of our favorites from 2014!
Exotic Picks
Kaya Evdokia Chosen by Hayden Panettiere & Wladimir Klitschko, this unique name combines a Native American name with one common in Slavic countries.
Esmeralda Amada Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes picked this gem of a name, which means emerald.
Elizabella Dylan Alyssa Milano opted for this rarely heard mashup of Elizabeth and Isabella.
Word Names
Delta Bell Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard gave their daughter a name with a bit of Southern flair.
Gus Two different actresses picked the cute nickname Gus for their sons this year—Poppy Montgomery and Ashley Williams.
Viola Philomena Actress Megan Hilty chose this name, which has a musical bent.
Hazel John Krasinski & Emily Blunt picked the color/nature name Hazel for their daughter.
River Rose Kelly Clarkson liked this melodic combo of nature-themed names.
Booker Jombe Thandie Newton chose this occupational name for her son.
Rose Dorothy Scarlett Johansson gave her daughter a sweet, old-fashioned name (that had an inadvertent shout-out to the 80s sitcom Golden Girls).

Old-School Names

Ophelia Saint Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl went with this Shakespearean name (and the offbeat word name Saint) for his daughter.
Georgia Marie SNL’s Kenan Thompson picked this vintage place name and a traditional middle for his daughter.
Evelyn Penn Bruce Willis chose an on-the-rise old-fashioned name for his fourth daughter.
Otis Alexander Jason Sudeikis & Olivia Wilde may be bringing back the rarely heard Otis from obscurity.
Bridget Monroe Rosie Pope went with Irish favorite Bridget for her daughter.
Tell us: What was your favorite baby name of 2014? Would you consider any of these?

Thursday, December 25, 2014

5 Tips For Celebrating Baby's First Christmas

5 Tips For Celebrating Baby's First Christmas

A first Christmas is a very special time for the whole family. Although your baby is probably too young to wait up for Santa or help you bake cookies, there is a comforting sense of warmth and joy that fills the home — not to mention all the interesting smells and sights for a little one that make an appearance at this time of year! This holiday season, make it memorable for every member of the family with these five great ideas for baby’s first Christmas.

5 Tips For Celebrating Baby's First Christmas

1. Choose a special stockingMake sure Santa knows that this is an extra-special Christmas in your house by giving your baby a stocking that celebrates their first Christmas. Stuff it with a few small, sweet gifts and a plush animal or two.

5 Tips For Celebrating Baby's First Christmas

2. Take lots of photos. Print out a few and preserve them in one of your family albums. When planning for Christmas morning, think about a place your baby can sit or lie to be part of the action and make sure they have their own small chair or a cozy blanket spread on the floor.

5 Tips For Celebrating Baby's First Christmas

3. Hang a commemorative ornamentIt can be a small figurine that reminds you of their favorite plush toy, or one that’s designed to be a lifelong keepsake, such as a hand print kit or an engravable frame.

5 Tips For Celebrating Baby's First Christmas

4. Snuggle them up in personalized pajamasFestive sleepwear that’s personalized with their name looks sweet, and the apparel itself may become one of those treasured keepsakes you hold onto long after your baby has grown.

5 Tips For Celebrating Baby's First Christmas

5. Give one very special giftA tactile, colorful quilt, an extra-cuddly new plush toy, or a music box that plays a sweet lullaby are all gifts that you’ll enjoy giving as much as they’ll enjoy receiving.

Source: Pottery Barn Kids Blog

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Camp IN

Stake out family fun with an indoor camp out under the Christmas lights, your little ones are going to have the best Christmas of their lives!

Christmas eve

Cozy up this holiday season with a Christmas camp out in your family room—complete with shining stars, a comfy tent, snacks, s’mores and a glowing campfire where you can spin yarns all night long. 

Christmas eve

Sleep in sheer comfort

Christmas eve

Create a sleeping oasis by draping sheets or gauzy curtain sheers over the backside of a couch, a large table or a clothesline tied to some heavy furniture. Add white string lights to the outside of your tent for an extra-starry night.
No room for a tent? Just roll out the sleeping bags around your campfire for a night under the stars (i.e., your Christmas tree lights).

Make indoor s'mores

indoor s'mores

No camp out is complete without marshmallows, graham crackers and lots of chocolate. Create this deliciously gooey concoction with the help of the broil setting on your oven. After all, you’re all warm and cozy indoors—why not make s’mindoors? Try this indoor s’mores dip recipe.

Light a fire

camp fire

If you don’t have a crackling fireplace to gather around, make your own glowing campfire:
Gather a wide, shallow container, a few strings of Christmas or fairy lights (we used several strands of battery-operated LED lights), some birch logs and some baling wire. Form your wire into flame shapes, and wrap your lights around the wire so the lights are close together. Stand the flames up in the container and hold them in place with the birch logs.

String along stars

Christmas eve

Create a starry night with this easy garland you can hang above your tent. Just cut out star shapes from different metallic and glittery papers and attach them to a string. The lights from your tree and campfire will give them a cheerful glow.

Set the scene

Christmas eve

No camp in is complete without breathtaking scenery. And if you haven’t taken your family Christmas photo yet, now is the time! Cut out some large triangles from poster board and paint them nice shades of majestic purple. Then add some white snowcaps to the tops out of the poster board scraps. Attach them to the wall with painter’s tape. Then you can set up a rustic bench in front of the mountainous backdrop for a scenic holiday pic.

Make it cozy

hot chocolate recipe

Warm your insides with our yummy hot chocolate recipe, and keep your hands comfy with this easy-to-make mug cozy. Wash and dry an old wool sweater to felt it (use a sweater you’re willing to part with). Cut it into strips that fit the height of your mugs and then sew the ends of the strips together at the corners. (Leave the center parts open so they will fit around the mug handles but can be removed when washing the mugs.) Sew jingle bells, pom-poms or other decorations to the top handle areas for a festive finish.

More Ideas

  • For more sustenance throughout the night, try our reindeer crunch and trail mix recipes.
  • Braid leather strips into bracelets or tackle some friendship bracelets out of embroidery thread to keep your hands busy while you trade stories.
  • Scatter stuffed animals and potted plants around the room for some woodland ambiance.
  • Bring flashlights and teach each other shadow puppets, or send Morse code messages to each other from across the room.
  • Cut out paper snowflakes and hang them from the ceiling. Paint them with glow-in-the-dark paint so you can see them when you turn out the lights.
  • Play “I spy” with ornaments on the tree.
  • Watch old home movies or look through photo albums of Christmases past.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Most Luxurious Holiday Gifts For Kids

Welcome to the Good Life! The Most Luxurious Holiday Gifts For Kids

 Because only the very best will do for your little ones, we've curated a list of the very best luxury gifts for the playground set. While we don't believe in around-the-clock spoiling, treating them to a little something special here and there (especially during the holidays) is a practice that we stand by. Check out these luxe finds for your precious tots — from itty-bitty babes to bigger kids who love to live large.

1- Ralph Lauren Luxe Channel-Quilted Bunting

Welcome to the Good Life! The Most Luxurious Holiday Gifts For Kids

This is how the poshest of babies venture out in the cold — in Ralph Lauren's faux-fur channel-quilted bunting ($205, originally $275).

2- Jennifer Delonge Ava Child Chair

Welcome to the Good Life! The Most Luxurious Holiday Gifts For Kids

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

10 Gifts for Baby's First Holiday

10 Gifts for Baby's First Holiday

Babies are so fun to shop for because you can let your imagination go wild, and they will appreciate it no matter what. The first holiday season with your baby is a special time for everyone. Make it memorable by giving them gifts that they will enjoy now and in the future. Here are some of my favorites to consider this season:

1. Elks & Angels Cuddle Bear

Every baby wants a lovie and this one is the softest around. Made of Australian sheepskin, this cuddly bear will soon become your little one’s favorite. And parents love it too because it’s hypoallergenic and naturally repels stains and odors. So when your little one wants to take it everywhere with him (and I do mean everywhere) you can gladly say yes!

2. Jumbo Knit Stacker

A fun spin on a classic toy. This knit stacker has quadrupled in size and is the perfect toy to grow with your child. It’s soft enough for your baby to crawl all over and then once they are a little bit older they can have fun developing their motor skills by stacking the rings one by one.

3. Owl Clacker

Shake, shake, shake! This wooden owl clacker is a great toy for your little one to shake around. Made of all-natural wood, it’s safe for your baby to put in their mouth to soothe their little gums when teething.

4. Bannor Toys Rattle

Show some love for your home state with these wooden state rattles. If your little one is anything like mine and enjoys putting everything in their mouth, they will love chewing on these. Each rattle is handmade from cherry wood and finished off with an organic mix of flaxseed oil and beeswax, making it totally safe for your little one to slobber all over it. It’s completely customizable with an option to put baby’s name on it — and you can even pick out the disc colors in the middle.

5. My First Phone

It seems like we are always trying to grab the phone from our little one’s hands so don’t you think it’s time to get them one of them own? Made of a rubber wood, this phone is completely safe for your little one to chew on for as long as they desire.

6. Skylar Luna Pajamas

Every year on Christmas Eve, our family gets a new pair of pajamas, and this year is no exception as I have a new son to join the tradition! Skylar Luna makes all of their pajamas with 100% organic cotton and have tons of stylish prints to choose from. I can’t wait to see my little one in a pair on Christmas morning!

7. aden + anais Bamboo Dream Blankets

Cuddle up with your little one in this super-soft blanket made from bamboo fiber muslin. This will quickly become your baby’s favorite thing to snuggle up with — and probably yours as well. It’s big enough for both of you to wrap yourselves in on the couch, or you could lay it on the ground for playtime. (Plus, I give you permission to cuddle up with it while your baby sleeps. I won’t tell anyone.)

8. Freshly Picked Moccasins

Whether your baby is just learning to walk or still has a few months before they’re mobile, these handmade, soft-soled shoes will keep their feet nice and warm. Ditch the socks and shoes that always end up falling off; these moccs feature elastic at the opening so you can be confident that they will stay on!

9. Eric Carle’s Very Little Library

It’s never too early to start reading to your baby, so why not start with the classics? Revisit your childhood favorites with stories like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Lonely Firefly, andThe Very Busy Spider. The perfect collection to begin baby’s own library!

10. Finn + Emma Wooden Play Gym

Baby gear doesn’t have to be an eye sore. This play gym won’t only be loads of fun for your baby, and it’s stylish enough to be on display in your living room. The play gym comes with four wooden toys and knit rattles that can easily be taken off and then put on your little one’s stroller for playtime on the go.
Source: Babble