Give back to teachers and classrooms this back-to-school season.

Yoobi, pronounced “you-be,” means “one for you, one for me.” This dynamic new school supply brand makes colorful, vibrant tools to spark learning and creativity, while also giving back.


For each Yoobi item purchased, the company donates additional Yoobi merchandise to a classroom in need, right here in the U.S. –helping to solve a very big problem: With at least 92% of teachers spending their own money on classroom materials and parents struggling to cover the average $635.00 back to school shopping bill, Yoobi hopes to  reach 30,000 classrooms and 750,000 kids by 2015!

Watch their story below to see how:

The idea from Yoobi comes from co-founder and CEO Ido Leffler, who is inspired to give new inspiration, not only to the school supply isle, but to so many classrooms in need of school supplies -a fundamental issue for students and teachers nationwide. For the launch of Yoobi in June, the company contributed an item to a Classroom Pack, which contains essential school supplies, for every Yoobi item purchased. Together with the Kids In Need Foundation, a national nonprofit, Yoobi identified U.S. schools with students who have the greatest need for school supplies to receive the Classroom Packs. Yoobi initially focused on distributing Classroom Packs to the youngest students, K-3rd grade classrooms, because ensuring access to supplies at an early age has the most impact on academic potential.


Adding a fresh pop of color and personality to an aisle that hasn’t been updated in years, Yoobi offers more than 80 different items, from pens to journals and highlighters, all available exclusively at Target, retailing for under $10.


The Spunky Stork

072914_CRTPost_SpunkyStork_04Certified organic baby one-pieces and toddler tees that’ll make you smile.

The Spunky Stork is a Florida-based,100% GOTS certified organic clothing company that cleverly designs products and packaging to stand out from the rest.

Charming. Ever-changing designs. Single one-pieces and tees, hand silk-screened to order. Every print differs slightly with its own variations in texture and form.

The folks at The Spunky Stork only use eco-friendly, organic clothing pieces made from 100% GOTS Certified Fair Trade Organic cotton = super soft, environmentally-conscious clothing that makes moms and babies happy. Affordable, too.


From personalized rompers to gift sets of rompers as well as tees for the parent, sibling and newborn to offering a romper of the month club (where you receive a different romper every month for a year!), The Spunky Stork also has the most creative gift wrapping options – packaging in an adorable white crib or a film reel canister or a fun little box – additions that make your gift extra special and unique.

072914_CRTPost_SpunkyStork_01The creative mind and owner behind The Spunky Stork, Aliya Jiwa quit her job as a hospitality executive and now operates her online organic clothing business in a proper studio. Why kids clothing? Aliya found a niche in the market after shopping for baby shower gifts for all of her friends. She simply couldn’t find adorable unisex items that aren’t covered in pastel-colored teddy bears or that add a little ‘spunk’ to the fashionable kid – so The Spunky Stork was born! Wholesale available, too.


Uglydoll Makes Headlines

Thirteen is a lucky number for Uglydoll and 2014 is a very good year!

As Comic-Con opens in San Diego, CA today – be sure to visit Uglydoll … because there’s a whole lot of exciting things going on in their world these days.

072314_CRTPost_Uglydoll_GraphicNovelAs David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim announced earlier this year that they were heading to their new Asia headquarters in South Korea, home of their flagship Uglydoll retail store in Seoul, the company has been making headlines for itself ever since. In addition to expanding its retail presence and licensing program throughout Korea, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines and beyond, Pretty Ugly™, LLC, parent company of the award-winning Uglydoll® brand based in Green Brook, New Jersey, granted license to Howard Keys to produce keys, key chains and lanyards in North America, Canada and selected International Territories, announced a partnership with Fetch…for pets!, a leading manufacturer of pet products in North America, and débuted the latest original graphic novel release from San Francisco, CA-based VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint, Uglydoll: My Hero? The novel features 10 full-color stories by  veteran Uuglydoll writer and artists Travis Nichols, Ian McGinty and Phillip Jacobson, with help from Sun-Min Kim, Theo Ellsworth, renowned pop culture artist/writer Junko Mizuno, and two talented design teams from Japan -Mad Barbarians and Devilrobots.

And there’s more … as I say, Uglydoll’s 13th year is a very lucky one!

072314_CRTPost_Uglydoll_StarTrekIn June 2014 alone, David and Sun-Min’s company strikes these fabulous deals:

  • caseable is now licensee for the latest global line of fun and collectible soft and hard cases designed for tablets, smartphones and laptops, distributed through caseable channels and its partner Hewlett-Packard
  • A collaboration with CBS Consumer Products on the iconic Star Trek™ characters, set to launch in 2015. Products include Wage™ as Captain James T. Kirk, Ox™ as first officer Spock™, Ice-Bat™ as chief engineer Scotty, Babo™ as Doctor McCoy and Tray™ as communications officer Uhura
  • A new partnership with Chasing Fireflies to create an exclusive line of costumes for release in 2015
  • 072314_CRTPost_Uglydoll_WizardOfOzA co-branded collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to create plus based on The Wizard of Oz™ and fan-favorite Uglydoll characters, Moxy™, Wage™, Jeero™, Babo™ and OX™ to follow along the Yellow Brick Road.

Being different and unique is what Uglydoll™ is all about!

Just this month, Uglydoll announces a groundbreaking partnership with 3D Printing innovator MakerBot on collectibles featuring four of the most popular characters, Babo™, Wage™, Ice-Bat™ and Ox™, which can now be 3D printed on MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers. “Taking Uglydoll into the world of 3D printing seems like a natural extension for our Uglydoll characters,” David says. “Sun-Min and I have been fans of 3D printing for a while and we are excited to be working with MakerBot on bringing our characters to life in a whole different 3D world.”

072314_CRTPost_Uglydoll_3DPrintingThe first wave of characters are in T-pose format, designed to be 3D printed and fully poseable; the second wave are Uglydoll characters in a dynamic stance, posed to enjoy the real world of their owner. A third wave include a 3D printable Uglydoll bus that takes miniature Uglydoll characters on a fun-filled summer vacation; and a fourth wave are 3D printable environments for the 3D printed Uglydoll characters to live in. Jenny Lawton, president of MakerBot and a huge Uglydoll fan, says, “The story behind the creation of the Uglydoll characters by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim showcase how creativity can positively impact lives. We love the fun, light-hearted stories behind the Uglydoll characters and hope that they will help inspire a whole new generation of makers with their 3D printed adventures.”

How cool is that?



Little Italy Kids

Explore this magical world of Italian-inspired wonders.

071514_CRTPost_LittleItalyKids_02Little Italy Kids is a Peruvian cotton clothing line for boys and girls ages 0 to 24 months. The whimsical collection of separates and one-pieces draws from Argentina-based designer Jimena Belen Leyria’s Italian roots and is made from Pima cotton, harvested by hand and hypoallergenic. Little Italy Kids combines lovable designs in fabric that does not irritate the skin, washes beautifully and does not lose its shape, featuring intricate embroidered details, classic colors such as blues and pinks as well as illustrations in red, white and green -for extra Italian flair.

Jimena brings her memories of Italy to life with Little Italy Kids, and her team is spreading that magic all around the world – from Peru, where they make the fabric and products, to Buenos Aires, where the create and design the line, from Miami, where the head office and logistics team is located, to the United States and Europe, where their sales team represents the collection … and the beautiful clothing.

071514_CRTPost_LittleItalyKids_logoEvery process that we carry out inside Little Italy simply makes us happy… a perfect blend of classic designs, with sparkles of trendy topics, handmade embroidery details, sweet illustrations, a lot of love and dedication.


Hatch Things

070914_CRTPost_HatchThings_logoSimple solutions for smart parents.

A city-dwelling Mom to three boys –and an industrial designer to boot- Sonjie Feliciano Solomon founded Brooklyn, NY-based Hatch Things so she could focus her design skills on kids and the stuff that surrounds them. Speaking of designing smart, modern products for urban parents, Hatch Things recently introduced two products to the market:

SureShop™ is a reusable shopping bag with a patent pending design that that won’t let your stroller fall over. It redistributes weight towards the stroller’s center of gravity to keep it standing upright. The bag clips to umbrella strollers, most single handlebar strollers, shopping carts, chair backs, bike handles and more – plus it holds up to 10 pounds on each side. Watch a video:

070914_CRTPost_HatchThings_ColdsnapColdSnap™ is a coat extender that uses body heat and an optional thermal insert to keep mom and baby warm and dry. The patent-pending, waterproof, draft-proof design clips to the edges of your coat and wraps around either your baby bump (when coats don’t fit anymore) or your new little one. It also comes with a reversible hood, so baby can face inward or outward. Plus, I love the name!

HatchThings got ink! “Since we introduced SureShop in October at ABC Kids, the response has been very positive and momentum is building,” Sonjie tells me. “It has been featured as a great problem-solving product  in many online and print magazines including Real Simple, Pregnancy & Newborn, Apartment Therapy, All You Magazine, Stroller Traffic, A-List Moms and MomTrends.” And now, Children’s Retail Today!



070814_CRTPost_PlaqueMaker_suncatcherMoms and Dads everywhere know that one of the best ways to make any day a celebration is to personalize it.

  • You’ve got a fabulous picture from vacation with grandma? Custom frame it.
  • Getting ready to celebrate your son’s special birthday? Create a puzzle card.
  • A beloved kid’s best friend? Memorialize him.

It’s faster, easier and more affordable than you’d think.

070814_CRTPost_PlaqueMaker_ArchedPhotoPlaqueMaker.com is an online retailer for personalized plaques, signs, trophies, tags, memorials, awards and gifts. The Indiana-based, family-owned and operated business is a wonderful resource for all types of engraved products. From glass and wood to metal and plastic, the custom engraved plaques and gifts are designed in the USA, using materials sourced from all over the world – and for PlaqueMaker, that’s 4 million plaques and counting since 1999!

PlaqueMaker ROCKS! This was my first order with PlaqueMaker and their customer service is THE BEST! The product was gorgeous and when I had a problem, customer service was on it immediately and resolved it with no delays. I was really floored with how quickly they took care of it and how professional they are — these days customer service doesn’t have a lot of “service” in it but not here, they truly believe in customer first! Delivery is another plus — I had my order so quickly I really couldn’t believe it! Love these guys and have already told all my friends, including Facebook, how wonderful they are!

-Kathe Kelly, new customer

062314_PlaqueMaker_Materials_Puzzles_02Get inspired to make any day a celebration. PlaqueMaker’s graphic designers, craftsmen and customer service specialists help you bring your inspiration to life, no matter what you’re celebrating. Creative types will enjoy customizing plaques and gifts right on the site, and if anyone needs a little help –that’s available too. PlaqueMaker takes the guess work out of personalization by emailing you a digital proof of your design the next business day. You get to see what your creation will look like, customized with your artwork, wording and specifications, before you even buy it – with no obligation! That’s right! Upon approval, 99.7% of PlaqueMaker orders ship within two business days of payment and arrive with a 100% money-back guarantee. How sweet is that? Make sure to check out the PlaqueMaker blog for all sorts of new personalized gift ideas.

PlaqueMaker’s website is easy to navigate and once you’ve submitted your item for a proof they are extremely fast about sending you a proof, and are very open to making changes until it’s perfect. The product itself came JUST as it was in the proof, and the materials itself were perfect. I would highly recommend.

-HPC Hollywood


Babyhome Dream Bassinet

Introducing the exclusive Dream Premium. 

070214_CRTPost_Babyhome_DreamBassinet_02Barcelona, Spain-based Babyhome is an award-winning manufacturer of high-quality children’s products. This summer, the company is introducing the Dream Premium, a stunning exclusive edition of the Dream bassinet made of natural leather and polished black aluminum.

Sophisticated and glamorous, Dream Premium is designed for parents who appreciate the value of the unique and the authentic. Made of high quality natural, micro-perforated leather to enhance breathability, the bassinet’s characteristic style combines elegance and durability in its materials and finishes.

Babyhome’s Dream line of bassinets is the first and only authentic aluminum mini-cradle with three interchangeable, easy-to-use positions: rocking, wheels and stationary.

Included with the Dream Premium are a Naturalmat-handcrafted Coco Mat organic mattress, organic mattress protector and sheet. Made of organic lambs’ wool, the mattress is naturally flame retardant and thanks to the coco husk fibers, it facilitates natural ventilation, helping the baby keep a consistently pleasant and uniform body temperature.

070214_CRTPost_Babyhome_logoIn addition to the Dream bassinet line, Babyhome offers a dynamic range of award-winning high quality stylish, functional and affordable child care products including includes a stroller, highchair, bed rails and a wood collection that includes a mini cradle and a bounce chair.  Babyhome’s U.S. offices are located in Budd Lake, New Jersey.