Awesome Gifts for Toddlers: Top Ten Favorite Toys on Wheels

The toddler stage is fascinating... don't you all agree? ...A recently found independence allows our little explorers to move around on their own. From that point on walking, running and jumping are just new challenges that must be conquered every day. A fantastic imagination comes along with the development of those motor skills, and all of a sudden, you find yourself surrounded by a different character, everyday.

A fireman, a taxi driver, a sheriff, a bike rider, anything can be... and to encourage these restless motion and creativity, a good set of wheels is always an important toy to select. It should be, not only safe and sturdy, but also nicely designed, considering that because of its size, in many cases, it will become part of the decor in the bedroom or playroom.

Based on that idea, we have selected our ten favorites toys to promote motor skills, from the early years with rockers and walkers (toys that can be pushed), to the later stages with ride-ons and trycicles... Scroll down for links to all of these beauties:

1:: Crocodile Rocks Wooden Rocker by Pommette available here. (on sale now)
2:: DIY Trolley Construction Set by Janod available here.
3:: Purple Wooden Pram by Moulin Roty available here.
4:: Rocking White Rabbit by Playsam available here.
5:: Riverside Sheriff Pedal Car by Baghera available here.
6:: Mint Wooden Scooter by Janod available here.
7:: Yellow Taxi Sedan by American Retro available here.
8:: Wooden Trike by Plan Toys available here. (on sale now)
9:: Cool Ridel Metal Balnce Bike by JIP Present Time available here.
10:: Silver Speedster Ride-On by Schylling available here

What do you think?... Don't you love them?... Not finding what you are looking for? ...Visit our Pinterest board "toys, toys, Toys!!" for a bigger selection of safe toys for little ones... Follow us there!!


Awesome Gifts for Kids: Baby's Favorite Toys (0-12 Months)

Entering the world of toys can be a little overwhelming... The variety of designs, styles and functions is endless. Trends are constantly changing, and unless you are taking frequent trips to the toy store, you might end up lost in a ocean of useless, mass produced items, not knowing what is best.

Don't let that happen!! ...We have gathered a list of gorgeous toys appropriate for babies from their newborn stage through the first year. Safe toys made out of natural, raw materials, free of toxic elements, and ...oohh, yeahhh!! noiseless. We have picked toys that promote observation with contrasting colors and diverse textures for baby's first three months, as well as toys that engage other senses and stimulate motor skills for later months. Softies, rattles, teethers, blocks, nesting dolls, pull-alongs, and even a ride-on sheep made it to our list. Eighteen toys to keep baby company during her fascinating journey discovering the world in twelve months...
      Our Favorite Toys in Black and White (above)
1:: Reflex No. 2 Crochet Camera by Single Hook available here.  
2:: Nesting Dolls - Set of Three by Wee Gallery available here.
3:: Pull-Along Zebra by Plan Toys available here.
4:: Rocking Sheep Black/White by Danish Crafts available here.
5:: Hug the Panda by Crowded Teeth available here.
6:: Pablo the Pigeon by Oeuf NY available here.

      Our Favorite Toys in Neutral Colors (above)
1:: Harry Hedgehog Cushion by Cardigan LTD available here.
2::Cuddly Doll Esquimaud by Phildar available here.
3:: Felt Food Chocolate Pie by Creation ByM available here.
4:: Little Lark Teething Toy by Little Alouette available here.
5:: Waldorf Soft Bunny Doll by Woolies available here.
6:: Rattle Peter by Esthex available here.

      Our Favorite Toys in Many Colors (above)
1:: Tattoo Baby Walker by Janod available here.
2:: Go Car Blue by Kid O available here.
3:: Pastel Blocks by Tree by Kerri Lee available here.
4:: Swedish Nesting Dolls by Angela Arrhenius available here
5:: Wobble Towers at Romp available here.
6:: Baby Car by Plan Toys available here.

...Need more toy inspiration? Head over to our "toys, toys...Toys" board at Pinterest. We are pinning daily our favorite toys for kids of all ages. Follow us!!


Awesome Gifts for Kids: Christmas Ornaments from Tree by Kerri Lee

With a delicate fusion of vintage and modern, these Christmas inspired ornaments, music boxes, and stuffed friends make a great holiday present for babies and kids... Don't you agree?

Tree by Kerri Lee, the name behind these beauties, is a studio dedicated to create thoughtful gifts and accessories for little ones, meticulously handmade using responsibly harvested wood.

Their Christmas/ Holiday collection includes personalized keepsakes like these cute snowmen with  the year handwritten at the top, and wooden musical boxes with the baby's name and year stamped on the sides to commemorate a child's first Christmas. If looking for original, creative stocking stuffers, Tree by Kerri Lee has also come up with a line of super sweet stuffed puffs, wool felt sleep-awake signs, doorknob hangers, and magnets... Really tasteful!

Tree by Kerri Lee, Christmas/Holiday collection available here.     


Inspired by: A Winter Celebration with Sweet Paul Magazine

Once again, a new edition of Sweet Paul Magazine is out and I'm totally captivated by it. Sweet Paul has become my quaterly eye-candy and inspiration for the season ahead. This time, the Winter 2012  publication is packed with holiday crafts, festive recipes, gift picks and the always gorgeous photography that makes the most simple things look so elegant and whimsical, almost unreal.

Simple and perfect, that seems to be the motto for Sweet Paul's holiday celebration. From Christmas ornaments made out of walnuts to origami evergreen trees, every single DIY project looks so easy to make that I just wish I could take a two-week vacation, just to dedicate myself to cooking and crafting. 

Of course, that not being my reality, I will comfort myself admiring the pictures and reading about these inspiring ideas.  Maybe, I'll pick a recipe or two during the winter break to test my cooking abilities... I think I'll try something like the Brie with Pear and Honey shown above or the fantastic Champagne Cupcake with a glittery bottle on top... Fabulous!!

Enjoy the full volume of Sweet Paul Magazine, Winter 2012, here.


Awesome Gifts for Babies: Our Eight Favorite Picks for the Littlest Ones

Baby's First Christmas is a special occasion for the baby, the parents, the grandparents and everyone around. The fact that a new little person has been added to the family, and is already there to join the celebration, makes it completely different, sweet and unforgettable. 

Choosing the right gift for that precious angel also becomes special, kind of a friendly competition among relatives to see who gets the cutest, funniest, chicest or trendiest present of all, something so beautiful that parents could even save it forever. A unique pair of booties, the softest blanket, a squishy rattle,  the first dinnerware set, it's a lottery to guess what will turn into the parents' favorite and baby's BFF.

Don't fall behind and keep up with the latest. We have picked eight fabulous gifts for the new people in your family, based on the most popular trends in color combination, preferred brands, and the use of natural and ecofriendly materials in the manufacturing process. So, go ahead, select your favorite and show off your good taste when it come to the youngest ones.

1::Tiger Cushion by Ferm-Living available here.
2:: Mushroom Rattle Gray by Tane Organics available here. 
3:: Gigoteuse Starprint Cloudy by April Showers available here.
4:: Raindrop Shapes Swaddling Blanket by Petunia Pickle Bottom available here.
5:: Personalized Cup & Bowl Set - Elephant by Giggle available here.
6:: Rocks Chickadee Booties by Blabla Kids available here.
7:: Bunny Romper by Stella McCartney available here.
8:: Alpaca Mittens by Egg by Susan Lazar available here.