Category Archives: Family

The Great Gifting Giveaway!

‘Tis the season for giving! This year Posh is giving you a guide to help with every gifting need AND a chance to win our new Peppermint Zig Zag Teepee!

There’s nothing like a giveaway to get you in the holiday spirit. Enter before 12/13/13 at 11:59PM EST using the form below. One random winner will have a lucky Friday the 13th afterall!

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The Gift Guide

Finding that perfect present for some can be a challenge… especially a new dad! He may still be growing accustomed to his role, so he’ll appreciate a little nudge in the right direction. Get great gear that will help prepare him for fatherhood and still give him a stylish young look, such as our Sons of Trade bags! Find more gifts for Dad here.

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Want to give a gift that makes someone in your life feel super special? Personalization is the key to showing you hold them dear to your heart! Whether it’s a keepsake bracelet or monogrammed letters for a bedroom, personalizing a gift shows an extra bit of thought. Find more personalized gifts here.

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Trying to stay within a certain budget? We know holiday shopping can get pretty pricey, but there’s no need to splurge to show you care. Instead of picking one extravagant item that can be rather expensive, try going with a few cute gifts that won’t bust the bank! From adorable velvet headbands for girls to classic wooden toys for boys, find gifts under $50 here.velvet rose headbandsHaving other gift giving dilemmas? Give us a call or send an email and we will help you find the perfect gift for your loved one! 1-866-767-4868 or [email protected]

Happy Holidays!

To Swaddle, or Not to Swaddle?

When it comes to your baby, you want to know every safety detail about the products you choose and methods you use. So the big question is.. to swaddle, or not to swaddle? We vote yes!

You may have the initial concern that swaddling will restrict your baby’s movement. As long as the blanket is not too tight or covering the baby’s face, they will be very comfortable. Swaddling feels natural for infants since it reminds them of being in a mother’s womb.

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To make swaddling a little easier, here are some Do’s and Don’t’s from OnlyMyHealth.com:

Do

  1. For swaddling, just dress your baby in a cotton made short-sleeved bodysuit. Thick and heavy clothing may make it too warm for the baby. Also, use a light-weight cotton sheet slightly larger than baby’s body.
  2. Some babies seem more comfortable with their arms free. In this case, swaddle your baby only under its arms. Some babies comfort themselves by sucking their fingers or thumbs. Swaddling under the arms allow a baby to learn self-soothing skills.
  3. Once you have swaddled your baby, ensure that your baby can still freely move his legs. Baby’s bottom should be in normal position, flexed and not pressed together.
  4. Make sure to place your swaddled baby on his back with his feet at the bottom of the cot. Putting your swaddled baby to sleep on his stomach can be life threatening.
  5. If your baby has started kicking the sheet off, it is a sign that now it does not want to be bundled any longer. You can stop wrapping your baby once it turns one month old, as this may interfere with baby’s growth, development and mobility.

Don’t

  1. The idea behind swaddling is to make your baby feel secure and safe rather than keeping him warm. Do not wrap him in a thick blanket. A linen sheet may be best when the room is warm. Swaddling the baby in a thick blanket may cause overheating which makes the baby restless and cranky.
  2. Don’t cover your baby’s face while swaddling as this can cause difficulty in breathing and may lead to suffocation. Make sure that the sheet is not too loosely wrapped as it may possibly come undone and cover the face of the baby.
  3. Too tight a swaddle which makes the baby’s legs straight and compressed together may result in legs’ decreased flexibility and movement, or development of hips dysplasia (abnormal development of hip).
  4. Never place a swaddled baby on his stomach. Always place him on his back in bed. If you place a baby on his stomach, he may find breathing in difficult. Being swaddled while sleeping on their stomach increases the chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  5. Never swaddle a baby, who is ill or has a fever. This can overheat the baby by further increasing baby’s already elevated body temperature. An overheated baby may fall into a deep sleep and you may find it hard to arouse him.

At Posh, we believe your baby should be swaddled in style and comfort. Check out a few of our organic Petunia Pickle Bottom Swaddling Blankets!

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Happy Safe Swaddling!

Super Sustainable (and stylish) by Design

Happy Earth Day Posh Pals!

As great lovers of nature and all its inspirational beauty, one of our desires is to be responsible stewards of the Earth. A very wise Native American sentiment states this perfectly: “We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”

Being able to come to work on a tall grassy hill beside a pond is such a joy for us. What is your favorite thing about the Earth where you live?

Did you know?

  • More than 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day in 1970. The celebration grew to more than one billion people in 192 countries in 2012.
  • Earth Day is held on April 22 because that is considered the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of Fall in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • 11% of the Earth’s surface is used to grow food.

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In honor of Earth Day, we want to introduce you to one of our newest “green” designers. It is said that Mother of Necessity and we recently met the Brother, Vincent!

Architect Vincent V. describes his work as Nature-Inspired-Kid-Approved-Sustainable-US-Made-Earth-Friendly-Non-Toxic-Colorful-Exciting-Cool-Creative-Fun-Smart-Modern-Designed Children’s Furniture. (We agree and think you will, too!)

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After seeing that his two young sisters had to do their homework at the kitchen table, the architect was inspired to create a compact desk and chairs for them. His goal was simple – create unique, modern furnishings inspired by organic shapes found in nature with a sustainable and Earth-friendly approach to construction and materials. This started Vincent down his new design path, which brought him straight to PoshTots and we couldn’t be happier!

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“I thought to myself, ‘I can design something better, inspired by nature. I was on my way to designing a unique product that mattered to my family, and, I hoped, to many others who felt as I did.’ ” –Vincent V.

This super-talented designer/craftsman truly believes and practices conservation and preservation. Each sheet of material is plotted to maximize the pieces cut from it, allowing up to 97% of the material to be utilized to craft furniture.

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So why waste that 3%? Don’t worry, he wouldn’t dare. Vincent created a line of Second Life products to make use of that small bit of extra material. These include Standard Puzzles, Custom Puzzles, and Wall Art – mobiles will be added soon! Stay tuned; all of Vincent’s ingenious offerings will be available on poshtots.com very soon.

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March Madness Baby Name Bracketology

The “Madness” has begun. You’re counting down the days until your baby is born and still haven’t picked that slam dunk of a name. Have no fear, March Madness Bracketology is here!

Believe it or not, brackets are useful for things other than sports and Daddy is sure to love the idea. We’ll show you how to pick the champion name for your baby no matter the decision-making dilemma.

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Keeping your baby’s gender a big surprise? Make half of the bracket with girl names and the other half with boy names. The championship will literally come down to the final buzzer when your bundle of joy arrives!

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Can’t decide whether to use a name with family meaning or an original that you love? Play them against each other until the championship comes down to one of each. You may just find that they go nicely together and create a winning first and middle name combination!

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Has a battle begun between the parents’ name picks? Just because you can’t agree doesn’t mean you can’t combine. Each parent should complete half of the bracket until your final picks are in the championship match up. You may find that you actually agree on a name or that both names combine nicely to make the first and middle names.

Get your family and friends involved in the fun – have them all fill out Baby Name Brackets from your original choices and see who can guess which name was picked. You could even throw a small name reveal party or wait until the baby is born to keep the suspense!

We scored when we found this b-ball artwork complete with name personalization!

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Do you have a baby name dilemma? Tell us about it and let’s get in to the March Madness together!

Necessary Nesting

We all know women don’t lay eggs, but building their nest is an essential process in becoming a mother. First time mother-to-be and Posh Pal, Priya Marie, was compelled to share her story when nesting into a cozy, owl nursery helped her create a special bond with her baby on the way.

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“My nesting pretty much started the day I found out I was pregnant. I’m already a little OCD/control freak-ish, but being pregnant took it to a whole new level. Being pregnant has given me something to obsess about 24/7 without feeling the least bit guilty because I want every little detail PERFECT and ready for when my daughter arrives! I found myself constantly doing something in preparation for the baby. I made list after list of things to be returned, things we still needed, ideas for decorations, you name it.. I had a list for it. Sometimes it would almost feel as if I blacked out and when I came to, I had washed two loads of baby clothes, reorganized her dresser and put together her swing. I couldn’t stop if I tried!

Day after day I have been in the nursery organizing and decorating. Sometimes I just sit in the rocking chair (that my mother saved from when I was a baby) and just look around and think. I imagine what it would be like to have her here in my arms and think of all the fun memories that will be made in that room. I find it therapeutic. The space calms me and excites me all at the same time!

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Now that her room couldn’t possibly be more organized, I’ve moved on to scrapbooking. I started her baby book, as well as a scrapbook of her ultrasound pictures, baby shower pictures, etc. I want every little piece of her saved. I want her to look back on all these things and see how excited we all were and how loved she was even before she arrived!

Nesting.. It can’t be controlled, it can’t be stopped. Actually, I think it’s healthy! It allows the mother to mentally prepare herself for what is to come. Although we go through the physical changes, there is still the reality of it all that doesn’t really start to sink in until the crib is put together and all the little clothes are hung up. There have been several instances where I’ve been in the nursery and stopped for a second to say ‘I’m having a baby.’ Nesting makes me feel like I’m bonding with the baby even though she isn’t here.. And I love it!”

**Posh Baby Update**

An amazing coincidence occured on March first, the day we posted this guest blog. Our Posh Pal, Priya, gave birth to her beautiful baby girl on the same day! We were so happy that our nesting blogger shared Arianna’s newborn pictures with us.

The photoshoot took place in the very place where she had first bonded with her daughter – the nursery! Since the pictures put a huge smile on our faces, we wanted to share a few with you. Congratulations to Priya on having a happy and healthy baby girl!

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Priya’s nesting story and owl nursery have inspired us! Here are some of our favorite feathered friends.

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Do you have an inspiring pregnancy, adoption or design story to share? Want to tell the tale of your amazing kids and how they inspire you?  We would love to hear it. Contact the Posh Team to be a guest blogger: [email protected]

We Love Lucy!

Our fuzzy friend, Lucy Lamb, has been a beloved member of the Posh family for many years. With a coat made for cuddling and soft floppy ears to listen to your every word, Lucy is a perfect friend. Many families have the joy of experiencing her loving company, but recently she has felt as though that isn’t quite enough. Lucy wants to spread her love and knowledge to as many families as she possibly can, so she has decided to go where most little lambs would never dream to… the Internet!

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She recently began to update her Facebook and loves making new friends there. Taking things a step further, Lucy now has Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts under the name LoveLucyLamb! Through these outlets, you will find that Lucy is a lamb of many talents. Best friend, design consultant, fashionista, photographer, parent advisor, therapist, and professional cuddler are among her impressive list of skills. So if you connect with Lucy on any of these interests, she would be delighted to form an online friendship with you.

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We love Lucy and you will too!

Destination Vacation: Escape to the perfect family getaway!

While winter’s chill lingers in the air, you can still add a spring to your step with an exotic island excursion. Whether it’s spring break with the whole family or a romantic getaway from the everyday, these dreamy destinations will inspire you to live life out loud.

Mark Twain once said, “”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Heed Twain’s advice and don’t let too much time pass before you take a peek at travel enthusiast and avid blogger Jordan Rozum’s top picks for a great getaway.

1. Mustique Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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The many islands of the Caribbean offer such a wide variety of wildlife, terrain, atmospheres and prices, it’s a daunting task to narrow in on just one island to visit. From the vast rainforests of Puerto Rico to the migrating whale sharks in Utila and the pulsing nightlife of Cancun, the Caribbean offers it all. One of my favorite dream destinations has always been Mustique. It’s a private island, technically part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, owned by the aptly-named Mustique Company. There are scheduled flights to several nearby islands as well as many operators that provide private charters. The island’s main draw is its beaches and its privacy, both of which have drawn celebrities and royalty from around the world. In fact, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently visited in January. Mustique also boasts some of the most gorgeous beaches in the region, like Macaroni Beach. The kids won’t be disappointed either with an equestrian center complete with pony camp, a tennis club and family-friendly films screened under the stars.

There are many villas and houses on the island varying in size; one of the most impressive is named Gingerbread. It’s a private six-bedroom home with an open floor plan perfect for enjoying the sea and its gentle breeze. The house comes complete with two private pools, a private vehicle, the most modern amenities and complete privacy.

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2. Mauritius

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My second destination takes us halfway around the planet from Mustique to the Indian Ocean. No, it’s not that more well-known island nation starting with an “M” in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius is located east of Madagascar and south of the Seychelles; it’s remoteness makes it a bit more difficult to reach but that much more intriguing. Flights are available from several major European and Asian air hubs (like London, Paris, Dubai or Hong Kong) as well as many major cities on the African continent (Johannesburg, Nairobi). Mauritius was originally settled by the French and it’s quite evident in the island’s unique cultural identity. (While the official language of the island is English, French remains the de facto language.) The island is surrounded by calm, temperate waters that make exploration of the thriving coral reefs a must-do. When taking a break from water activities, hiking and enjoying the island’s dramatic landscapes and local flora will leave you breathless!

Unlike Mustique, there is a wide range of accommodation available on the island. Backpackers can find budget options, while those looking for a more serene getaway can escape to places like The Oberoi where you can enjoy a sea-view villa complete with a private pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

http://www.oberoihotels.com/oberoi_mauritius/index.asp

3. Koh Samui, Thailand

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From the coast of Africa we travel next to the Gulf of Thailand, a region that has attracted travelers seeking fun in the sun for years. Koh Samui is the more well-behaved older brother of party-haven Koh Phangan, though good times still abound. Reaching Koh Samui requires travel through Bangkok or Singapore (the local airport has flights daily to both cities). Once on the island, be sure to explore the island’s vast rainforests and beaches, either by foot or by elephant. An easy way to do this is by arranging transport with a local tour provider to Ang Thong National Marine Park where the native fish and monkeys welcome visiting tourists. Afterwards, reward your body with a Thai massage at any of the island’s numerous spas.

While camping in the marine park is an option for the adventurous, The Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui provides accommodation that is a bit less rustic. Its villas carefully balance luxury with the natural beauty of the island – so you don’t feel quite as guilty sneaking in some time on your iPad while visiting one of the most stunning places in the world. The resort’s “Kids For All Seasons” program offers ample kid-friendly fun from coconut painting and seashell collecting to traditional Thai games and cooking classes.

http://www.fourseasons.com/kohsamui/

For more of Jordan’s amazing advice, anecdotes and adventures, check out his blog: http://noshirtnoshoesnoac.wordpress.com/

Have a travel story you’d like to share or a dream destination to add to our list? Let us know!

Reading Across America

What develops curious minds and is a distinguishing factor in student achievement and long-term success? Well, reading, of course!

Celebrating its 15th year this Friday, March 2nd is National Read Across America Day. Founded by the National Education Association in 1998 on the birthday of Dr. Seuss, Read Across America Day is dedicated to promoting the importance of reading. With more than 50 million kids and adults taking part in Read Across America Day in 2011, it’s the largest reading event in the nation.

Besides picking up a good book and reading to your kids, here are some other creative activities you might want to consider courtesy of Education.com:

Top 5 Seussational Celebrations:
1. Make a Cat in the Hat-Inspired Hat: What better way to embrace the world of Dr. Seuss than to dress up like one of his classic characters? This accessory-making activity celebrates the fun of this famous feline.
2. Make a Green Eggs and Ham-Inspired Placemat: Before your kindergartner devours her own version of green eggs and ham, she’s going to need a one-of-a-kind placemat to match! Here’s how to get started.
3. Play Hop on Pop Hopscotch: Celebrate Seuss and develop your child’s reading and vocabulary skills with this happy hop-filled game!
4. Make a Horton-Inspired Elephant Nose and Ears: Encourage your child to celebrate Read Across America Day by making his own elephant costume inspired by Horton from Horton Hears a Who!.
5. Play an ABC Balloon Game: Looking for a fun and active way to celebrate Read Across America Day? Try this great balloon game inspired by The Cat in the Hat Comes Back.

For more information on Read Across America and the NEA:

https://www.facebook.com/neareadacrossamerica
http://www.readacrossamerica.org/
http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm

Last but not least, inspire your child’s imagination with a Seussical space!

Have a recommended read or unique activity for Read Across America Day? We’d love to hear about it!

Bargain!

I love this time of year.  I mean, have you been to Target lately?  I got a pair of boots (leather!), 2 pairs of kids jeans, slippers, kids’ tennis shoes and fleece pajamas — and I spent less than $50.  Ca-ching!

I love a bargain.  And with three children who all need stuff and who are all now at an age where they’re doing stuff (soccer, music lessons, swim team, etc….times 3!) I need them more than ever.

Posh Outlet

Speaking of bargains, have you checked out the Posh Outlet?  I just ordered 5 of these pewter spoons, which make the most excellent baby gifts.  And while I was at it, I decided to gift myself with this clutch.  Because I love it so very much and considering all the snow days we have had lately I DESERVE IT.

Happy bargain shopping!

Link Love

It’s time for a little link love.

A while back, we blogged about the room we helped furnish for Gwyneth Paltrow’s children in Nashville (where she was filming Country Strong – have you seen it yet?).  Of course, we had heard about her blog, GOOP, and ever since she featured her rooms (and our products!) on her site, we’ve been avid followers.  Simple and clean in its design (it’s broken down into categories of Get, Do, Be, Make, Go and See), we’ve loved reading about her finds and recommendations.  It’s a little escape from our every day.  Isn’t that what it’s about?

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Check it out here.