With a 138-year history, Liberty London's dainty floral prints have long been a hallmark of classic British style. The brand has recently experienced a resurgence, partnering with everyone from J.Crew to Petit Bateau to Nike. Since the look lends itself so well to warm weather, and little girls, we've rounded up 11 of our favorite Spring Liberty print finds for kids. It's a garden party!
In a perfect world, we'd be supermoms — never leaving the house without being fully prepared for any and all surprise circumstances. But in reality, we've all been caught off guard by things like flight delays, traffic jams, and visits to friends or family when there's absolutely nothing to keep the kiddos busy.
We've found an in-case-of-emergency solution. Whether you're in a major metropolis or out in the country, there's sure to be a drugstore either on the street corner or a car ride away. We perused the aisles of our nearest spot — a Duane Reade across the street from POPSUGAR's NYC headquarters — and came up with 10 cheap and easy ways to entertain tots when you're in a bind. Leave the credit card at home — they all ring in at less than $10!
When most people think about retirement, they dream of picking up a leisurely new hobby, traveling the globe, or spending more time with their families — but starting a new family of their own? The New York Times reports on the growing number of retired individuals or couples adopting children. Some of the families featured were empty nesters who had already had a "first round" of raising kids, some were taking over for family members who were unable to care for their own children, and still others were first-time parents.
"Children do far better in families than in institutional or temporary care," said Adam Pertman of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and author of Adoption Nation. "These are competent, vetted people." The approval process for becoming an adoptive parent is a rigorous one, and the need for qualified families in the US is great. According to federal data, in 2011, more than 50,000 children were adopted with the aid of public child-welfare agencies, with more than 104,000 waiting to be adopted, the Times reported.
What do you think of couples or individuals in their 50s, 60s, or even 70s adopting children? Weigh in by voting in our poll below.
When it comes to kids' clothes, timeless most always beats out trendy. While quickly growing little ones don't last long in their threads, opting for classic pieces increases their hand-me-down potential and means that when you look back at photos years down the road, your kids won't cringe at what they were wearing.
Our favorite new line that exemplifies classic cool is California-based Frankie & Ava. Founded by British designer Natasha Lee Thomas, the brand draws upon Thomas's years of experience in menswear at Ralph Lauren, Levi's, and Donna Karan. The Frankie & Ava collection blends Thomas's English heritage and California lifestyle, including a special group of hand-knit pieces. Everything is made in the designer's hometown of Venice Beach using sustainable practices. Check out some of Frankie & Ava's best looks by clicking through!
Discovering a great new maternity line is like finding a diamond in the rough. Fourth(Love) Maternity was founded by a mother of two who found herself limited by the options on the maternity market while pregnant with her second son. Fourth(Love) features a collection of simple, chic, and easy-to-wear pieces that are designed to flatter your form both during and after pregnancy. We love the layer-ability of many of the line's looks, and their wear all-year-round quality. Check out some of the highlights from Fourth(Love)'s Spring collection!
We've come to rely on Etsy's online marketplace of handmade goodies and one-of-a-kind finds for almost every facet of our lives, and decorating for kids' birthday parties is no exception. Where else would we be able to score such a wide variety of artisanal goodies (many personalized), with just the click of a button? To make the search a tad bit more manageable, we've rounded up some of our very favorite Etsy resources for planning your child's ultimate birthday bash. Click through to see where we're shopping!
Paul Frank's iconic Julius monkey face has long been beloved by hip tots, and this Fall, the brand's range is especially adorable. We scored a sneak preview of the collection, and while you can't shop it just yet, you can start out by scheming to shop your favorite back-to-school styles a few months in advance. The collection will be available on Amazon.com, with select pieces at major department stores. Click through to see some of the cutest picks for your little Paul Frank-o-phile!
As the leading lady of a family known for broadcasting their lives on television, Kim Kardashian has always felt right at home in the spotlight, and her pregnancy's been no exception! For the past several months, Kim's been strutting her stuff across the globe, and making headlines by dressing her bump in seriously high fashion.
Now that she's into her third trimester, take a look at some of the starlet's best maternity style moments. Lights, camera, Kim!
Graduating from breast milk and formula to solids is a major milestone in a baby's first year. If your little one is ready to make the leap, throw away your preconceived notions that baby's first foods have to be monotonous and dull. These 15 recipes incorporate unexpected flavors and ingredients to make the early days of eating a whole lot more fun!
If your kids have regular household responsibilities, then you've already conquered half the battle. Now holding them accountable for those responsibilities is the next step. Keep your tots on task with a clever chore chart that turns even the most mundane of tasks into a game. We've found nine unique ways — from a smartphone app to a DIY reward system — to keep your family functioning efficiently.
If your design aesthetic tends towards the classic, your baby's nursery is most likely to do the same. While traditionalists tend not to take as big of design risks as their mod counterparts, that doesn't mean that your little one's room can't wow with thoughtful decor elements and original touches. Here, 15 tasteful, traditional nurseries designed to inspire!
There's a new secret way to cut the lines at Disney, but it involves a serious moral sacrifice. The NY Post reports that a wealthy set of visitors has been hiring disabled "tour guides" to accompany their families to the Orlando theme park, affording them access to handicapped entrances, thereby bypassing the lines for rides. The tour company, called Dream Tours Florida, was uncovered by Dr. Wednesday Martin, a social anthropologist who discovered the disturbing trend while researching her book, Primates of Park Avenue. "It's insider knowledge that very few have and share carefully," Martin said. Apparently, you need a referral to even get through to the business, as Dream Tours' number is unlisted. Disney allows each wheelchair or scooter-bound visitor to bring up to six guests to an accessible entrance for each attraction. A woman who employed Dream Tours' services told the Postthat she hired a guide to accompany her family of four through the park in a motorized scooter with a "handicap" sign on it, and the group received special access throughout the park. We're pretty sure that we can all agree that this practice is reprehensible, but whom do you think is most at fault? Sound off!
For modern design at an incredibly affordable price point, no one does it quite like Ikea. The Swedish megastore is known for its kid-friendly practices, from supervised play areas to shopping strollers, baby care areas to healthy, hearty children's meals at in-store bistros and restaurants. Here are 25 of our favorite Ikea finds for little ones — from kids room essentials to fun, affordable playthings.
Just about everyone has an opinion about whether or not kids belong at a wedding, and if you've elected to include them, then we salute you! Inviting tiny feet to join you in your walk down the aisle does require some additional planning — from what the little ones will be wearing to what they'll be eating. Here are 67 inspiring photos and ideas to ensure that the smallest members of your guest list have a blast!
Before heading out for sun-filled days of fun this Summer, it's important to take babies' extrasensitive skin into account. While sunscreen is one precautionary measure, topping off little heads with a wide-brimmed sun hat is essential if they're going to be exposed to the elements for any extended period of time. Here are 10 sweet options for your baby boy or girl to sport all Summer long!
Would you let your kids shop at a store that goes against the values you're trying to instill in them? Recently, inflammatory comments made by Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries in a 2006 interview have been recirculating on the web, instigating anger and outrage amongst the brand's would-be consumers and moms looking out for the best interest of their kids. According to Huffington Post, Jeffries made the following statement in a 2006 interview with Salon.com:
In every school, there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don't belong [in our clothes], and they can't belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don't alienate anybody, but you don't excite anybody, either.
Abercrombie's sweet spot has always been the teen and preteen market, which makes Jeffries's comments especially alarming. At a time when kids are at their most impressionable, most self-conscious, and most susceptible to being teased or alienated by their peers, what sort of a message does this send?
For years, the brand — which encompasses an "Abercrombie Kids" line — has garnered attention for its controversial practices and marketing methodology. According to the Salon.com article, in 2004, Abercrombie paid $40 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by minority employees who felt discriminated against. In 2005, a group of high school girls made the media rounds in protest of t-shirts with phrases like "Do I make you look fat?" and "Who needs a brain when you have these?" And now, Jeffries's candid commentary is igniting a new flame.
What do you think? Do the CEO's remarks mean your family will be boycotting the Abercrombie & Fitch brand?
Hello, Kitty! The world's most famous feline has made a major resurgence, and Hello Kitty can be found in just about any kids' store you walk into these days. Tots are rendered helpless against the smiling character's charms, and before you know it, your kiddo will be smitten with the kitten — if she isn't already! Check out these 11 adorable finds for the Hello Kitty fan in your life.
From infancy on, winding down the day with a bedtime story is a favorite way for kids to fall asleep. Lest you grow weary of reading the same book again and again and again, we've rounded up seven favorite books about bedtime to read before your kids go to sleep. Check out our ideas of books to add to your little one's library, from the beloved Goodnight Moon to some options you may not be familiar with. Sweet dreams!
As new moms will quickly learn, there's a fine line between baby shoes that look adorable — but are more or less useless — and those that actually stay on an early toddler's tiny feet. The trick is to find a pair that stays secure around the ankle — whether with elastic, a higher cut, or Velcro straps that keep everything in place. Here, seven practical pairs that will actually stay put . . . and don't look half bad, either!
Whether your family's Summer plans involve vacations, routine weekends at the beach, or adhering to your standard routine (just in better weather), we think you deserve a new diaper bag for the season. From floral prints to neon brights, here are 10 of the best bags out there right now for toting your tot's gear all Summer long. It's in the bag, baby!