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The KbK Home Collection


Kidz helping kids, one masterpiece at a time.

032515_CRTPost_KidsBKids_pillowAt the recent NY Now, The Market for Home + Lifestyle, CGG Home Fashions in cooperation with non-profit Kidz b Kidz, introduced the KbK Home Collection, featuring sheets, coverlets, quilts, shower curtains, decorative pillows and more with artwork and designs “that hold the voices and stories of the kids that created them.”

“It is a product with a purpose,” says David Ziegler, CGG’s president and director of marketing. The designs range from the cheery and whimsical to looks that are “really quite sophisticated.”

Powered by Kids and Supported by Celebrities and Philanthropists

032515_CRTPost_KidsBKids_cookiesNancy Corderman and Jan Weinshanker co-founded Kidz b Kidz (KbK) to teach children about empathy, empowerment and the importance of helping others simply by drawing a picture at the organization’s KbK Art Parties, held at hospitals and schools. “It’s Kidz helping kids, one masterpiece at a time,” says Gail Parenteau, Kidz b Kidz spokesperson. “We inspire kids to be empathetic by sharing the feelings of another child who is sick. We tell ‘our story’ about Usher Syndrome and encourage other kids to tell ‘their story’ or feelings by drawing a picture.”

032515_CRTPost_KidsBKids_LogoThe drawings are used in the design of KbK Products With Purpose such as the non-profit’s KbK-branded cookies and the KbK Home Collection, and are sold retail and to hospitals nationwide. Proceeds from KbK Products With Purpose benefit Usher Syndrome and Pediatric medical research.

 

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Earth Baby Outfitters


031815_CRTPost_EarthBabyOutfitters_logo_edited“We believe in our brand, our employees, our customers and our family and hope you will find this reflected in the Earth Baby Outfitters line.”

031815_CRTPost_EarthBabyOutfitters_01Vancouver, Canada-based EarthBabyOutfitters ® (EBO) is a children’s clothing brand designed with eco-conscious parents in mind, using only the best certified organic fabrics available.

“The designs are simple, adorable, fun and creative,” says CEO and lead designer Sharon Thomson, who started the line last July after she and her husband Brian become parents for the second time. Wanting only the best in quality and design for her own baby Jaxon, Sharon used her years of fashion industry experience to source and manufacture an all-natural and organic line of clothes for babies that fits the bill.

031815_CRTPost_EarthBabyOutfitters_06“We know your baby will love our silky soft materials, whilst parents can rest assured with the multiple benefits for their own little bundles of joy.”

Members of the Canadian Organic Association, EBO uses only GOTS and Oeko Tek100 certified organic fabrics such as bamboo and organic cotton. Features and benefits include:

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  • Superior softness and durable design
  • Breathability and excellent body temperature regulation
  • Reduced carbon footprint
  • Easy care and machine washable
  • Safe, heathy and hypo-allergenic materials
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable manufacturing practices

After working in the fashion industry for 20 years, for some of the world’s most recognized brands and labels, the new parents are inspired to pour their energy and creativity into the new EBO. They say, “Our commitment to social responsibility is reflected in all of our products and mission statement, ‘to provide quality, cute and eco-friendly apparel and accessories while being socially and ecologically responsible.’”

The collection includes, one-pieces, tees, pants, coveralls, pajamas, rompers, hoodies, newborn knit essentials, hats, soft toys, bibs, burp cloths, blankets, scarfs, sweaters, jeans and swaddling presented in creative packaging and made from certified organic bamboo and cotton, and naturally colored cotton. Very nice!

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Full Circle


The Hydration Collection includes five environmentally responsible and innovative water bottles.

Full Circle is a brand that “balances style, function, sustainability and affordability in every single product.”  The company creates green products for the home made with eco-friendly materials and a fair amount of panache, too.

031115_CRTPost_FullCircle_BthechangeFull Circle is a Certified B Corporation, one of over 750 from more than 60 industries in 27 countries that uses its muscle to solve social and environmental problems. The goal is to redefine success in business.

Full Circle makes products for cleaning, wiping, sweeping, scrubbing and drinking that not only get the job done, they’re stylish, functional products made from sustainable and renewable resources.

Which can only be great for families and their homes, yes?

Drink Up

031115_CRTPost_FullCircle_WaterCucumberI especially like the Wherever Water Cucumber water bottle that “turns any cucumber into beautiful green spirals that deliciously infuse your water with subtle flavor,” and the

031115_CRTPost_FullCircle_WaterLemonWherever Water Lemon water bottle, equipped with a built-in lemon reamer to easily add lemon essence to your drink.

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Babyhome’s New Products


030415_CRTPost_Babyhome_Air-purple+cloudBabyhome’s newest bassinet model is called Air and it comes complete with an easily attachable changing pad that can also be removed with just one hand –allowing parents to multi-task to their heart’s content. Air also has a practical mesh window hidden on its side under the fabric for better ventilation and the side pockets are the perfect way to keep everything organized and at hand.

Air for Travel

Air is ideal for use in smaller quarters or during the first months of a baby’s life in the bedroom with mom and dad. It’s light weight and easy of assemble, too –with an innovative adjustable leg system that changes from stationary to a rocker to wheels with the click of a button. Air comes with a high-density, totally airtight and waterproof foam mattress that prevents the baby from getting caught between the edge of the mattress and side of the bassinet and a honeycomb structured mattress pad that is safe and breathable.

Introducing Wave 

030415_CRTPost_Babyhome_wave_walnut_clayWave is an innovative bounce chair, that’s stylish enough to blend in to a contemporary, modern décor. Wave’s structure, which features simple, soft lines, turns its design into one of the warmest and most comfortable for baby on the market.  It offers a pleasant, steady, front-to-back rocking motion which relaxes baby to ensure their utmost restfulness and also comes with the option of a stationary position. Wave folds easily and compactly so it can be stored in small areas.

Based in Barcelona, Spain, Babyhome’s award-winning, highly designed, extremely functional and lightweight baby products are made with the utmost attention to function and safety. Babyhome’s U.S. offices are located in Budd Lake, New Jersey.

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Cricket’s Circle


A baby registry with interactive, hand-holding features for new parents.

022515_CRTPost_CricketsCircle_CLogo - CopyIn less than a year since its launch, Rachel Blumenthal, founder and CEO of Cricket’s Circle, is living up to her promise of simplifying the baby registry process for parents-to-be by combining a holistic, interactive registry with personalized content.

“We created Cricket’s Circle to give every expectant and new parent their own ‘Cricket,’ a one-stop shoppable resource for trusted product recommendations and helpful advice.”

In January, Cricket’s Circle expanded to eCommerce, launching its baby registry service. The company researches and tests products, and then –along with parent-knowledge-narrows down the vast array of baby products to three recommendations per category, all in an effort to make shopping easier for parents. They even partner with retailers to get the top baby and toddler items into one registry and shopping cart. What’s more, Cricket’s Circle’s blog is fully shop-able, too.

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Earlier in her career, Rachel worked for Yves Saint Laurent, jeweler brand Rachel Leigh and eyewear company Warby Parker, which is cofounded by her husband Neil –as well as having her their son, Griffin, before creating Cricket’s Circle. As a new mom and entrepreneur, Rachel is in the business of giving and receiving advice – she welcomes yours, too, at rachel@cricketscircle.com or share your comments on social.

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Happy Birthday, Raggedy Ann!


“Fairyland must be filled with rag dolls, soft loppy rag dolls who go through all the beautiful adventures found there nestling in the crook of a dimpled arm.”

-Raggedy Ann doll creator Johnny Gruelle

Plush toy, gift and doll manufacturer Aurora World Inc.® is celebrating Raggedy Ann’s 100th birthday! The company just introduced brand new, “Stars and Stripes” special edition Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy rag dolls to the market that feature an all-American, red, white and blue theme, exclusive 100th year embroidery and commemorative hangtags on every doll.

Raggedy Ann’s Betsy Ross-inspired white shawl collar, printed dress with navy and white stars and elastic cap are reminiscent of the bygone era while Raggedy Andy’s Uncle Sam-inspired outfit features a matching printed jacket top, red twill bow-tie and pants, and his classic matching sailor hat.

021815_CRT_RaggedyAnnClassic“The Stars and Stripes dolls celebrate the goodwill, kindness and compassion that the Raggedy Ann doll creator Johnny Gruelle envisioned for the people of our nation,” says Michael Kessler, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Aurora.

The Stars and Stripes dolls, complete with their signature red yard hair, are available in large sizes and feature custom cotton, embroidered fabrics, finely detailed faces with button eyes and exclusive outfits highlighting the birthday of Raggedy Ann – perfect for collectors.

Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls are part of Aurora’s ever-expanding soft doll category featuring dozens of award-winning doll designs including the Sea Sparkles™ mermaid collection, fashionable Sweet Lollies™, new Cutie Curls™, ballerinas and activity dolls for toddlers. As part of the birthday celebration, the company gave away a three-foot Raggedy Ann doll at the recent Toy Fair New York in February. “Stars and Stripes” special edition Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy rag dolls are available now in stores everywhere.

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Kid President


021115_CRTPost_KidPresident_SealIf you haven’t been introduced, please say hi to the Tiny President of the United States.

Kid President, aka über adorable Robby Novak and Brad Montague (the guy behind the scenes of his videos and new book), is a fabulous fixture on actor Rainn Wilson’s website, SoulPancake.

Wise beyond his years and wonderful to boot, his new book, Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome is now available. Take a look:

The book launch also introduces an awesome challenge: The #BookItForward Campaign, which promotes literacy. Kid President spells it out for us:

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THE PROBLEM In low-income neighborhoods, there is only one book for every 300 children.

THE SOLUTION Access to books and other reading materials greatly increases a student’s chance of success in school. Create an anonymous and free “take one, leave one” book drop to donate reading materials to those who may need it most.

WHAT YOU GET Sign up for facts on literacy and tips on starting your own community book swap with Kid President … Plus, you’ll enter for the chance to win a seasonal $10,000 scholarship!

How will you #BookItForward? What story has inspired your life? Help Kid President get 10,000 people to gift someone a book they love. Let’s be AWESOME, people!

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