There aren’t many small businesses, let alone local shops, that can boast being in business for 18 years. Congratulations to the excellent Building Blocks Toy Store (3306 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 773-525-6200; 2130 W. Division St., Chicago, 773-235-1888), which is celebrating its anniversary by offering 20 percent off everything in stock from Friday, Oct. 17th through Sunday, Oct. 19th.
Northbrook-based Deco-Plate.com combines playful designs with a new plastic resin technology that is microwave, dishwasher and oven safe, BPA-free and made in the USA. (The design is also free of formaldehyde, which is used in melamine.) The plates are substantial rather than flimsy, and very break-resistant, a theory that both my sons put to the test.
But beyond the practical considerations is the fact that each plate and platter can be customized. Either choose a pre-existing design or upload photos, text, or any other design of your choosing, through an intuitive, easy-to-use interface. For instance, a birthday plate with your child’s photo and name or a design with their name and birth date customized inside of it. Enjoy!
Every new mom struggles with compiling a registry. Huggies Little Snugglers partnered with Lindsay Pinchuk, founder & CEO of Bump Club, to provide Baby Registry 101, covering diapers and wipes to car seats.
A recent survey by Huggies Little Snugglers found nearly 75% of new moms anticipate changing less than 2,500 diapers in the baby’s first year, but the reality is the average mom will change more than 3,500. Before I share Lindsay’s tips, enter to win a pack of new Huggies Little Snugglers and Natural Care Wipes because who doesn’t want free diapers? Enter by Oct. 20th by emailing email@example.com with the subject “Diaper Giveaway.”
And Huggies doesn’t stop the love there. If there’s something you really want but could never ask for on your registry (like a vacation or a year supply of diapers), submit it at Huggies.com/registerwish for a chance to see it come true.
To check out Pinchuk’s comprehensive registry recommendation list with links to products, click Registry Must Have. Enjoy!
The kids will love it, even if mom, dad and the vacuum are less enthused. Just push, old-school push pop style, and watch the confetti fly. Available for $10 at UrbanOutfitters.com.
How cool is this? This stop motion animation kit includes easy to manipulate figures, camera and stop-motion software that’s easy enough for a 6-year-old to use. (Includes 101 pieces though, so keep away from toddlers and anyone else who enjoys swallowing plastic.) Available for $70 at UncommonGoods.com.
It’s time for one of my favorite events in the city, the 12th Annual Renegade Craft Fair. Indie crafters set up shop along Division Street between Damen and Paulina avenues, hawking everything from jewelry to clothing to home decor. Kids are welcome (there are plenty of kid-friendly crafts) but navigating a street fair with a stroller is as fun as it sounds. The fair runs September 6th and 7th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Street parking is available (and in years past, I have not had trouble finding a spot within a six block radius).
Once Upon a Child (4616 N. Harlem Ave., Harwood Heights) unveils its collection of Halloween costumes on September 5th. Stop by early for the best selection.
Keep the grandmas satisfied with quarterly baby updates. Each pack of 10 letterpress cards is devoted to 3 month, 6 month, 9 month and 12 month milestones, asking both tongue-in-cheek and practical questions. Each pack is $16 at ElumDesigns.com.
These adorable personalized birthday crowns are perfect for the kid of the day. Customize with initials or name, depending on the design. Available for $38 at ChloeInStyle.com.
Here’s a cute gift for the pregnant lady in your life. The Milestone Pregnancy Cards are illustrated with messages like “Today You Kicked for the First Time” and “We Found Out You Were On the Way.” The idea is to take the card, write down the date and snap a photo of belly and card. 30 6″ x 4″ illustrated cards per box. Available for $26 at PerfectlySmitten.com.