Thursday, December 31, 2009

Spoil with Babycakes

If you have a little girl that you love to spoil, Babycakes is the perfect place to start. The owner was nice enough to send us a “sprinkling” of great products for review – and well, we almost couldn't contain ourselves as we pulled them out of the box.

Twinkle Toe Slippers ($42) is the perfect pair of first shoes for your princess. Her feet are sure to twinkle in these adorable slippers.

We also found a great gift for those expecting. If you have an older sibling, the Cross Necklace ($32) is sure to be a hit to remind her of the great job she is doing. Bring it to the hospital for the new little one to give to the big sister; a great memory for them to share in the most fashionable way.

And make sure you cuddle her up with My First Mink ($99), a baby luxury. We just couldn’t get over how soft it is – it is also the perfect size for a newborn, or to carry around as a lovey.

Just a few of our faves from Babycakes….. We totally understand the huge celebrity following now!

{Images are from the Babycakes website}

e l e g a n t b a b y

Just recently we feel in love with the oh so chic clothing and great shower gifts from a classic online store. Thanks to elegantbaby if you're expecting a little one of you own or you need to find a shower gift - they have plenty of unique finds to offer.

The cable knit jumpsuit is the perfect classic must have for every baby. Not only is it elegant, stylish and very practical – it keeps your little one warm and cozy. The snuggly soft jumpsuit ($38) is made of 100% cotton and will soon be baby’s favorite outfit. Don't forget to add a special touch - make the chic jumpsuit one-of-a-kind by personalizing! Comes in 3 colors – pink, blue, and cream and in sizes 6 and 12 months. The flannel baby blanket ($18) is a perfect baby shower gift to go along – it is practical with playful appeal. We love the modern squares and how affordable it is – it also comes in a variety of colors and styles.

elegantbaby has plenty of adorable items to spoil the new little bundle of joy.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Complete Odor Control System Powered by ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda Allows Parents to Breathe Easy

Munchkin, Inc., designer and manufacturer of clever infant and toddler products, in partnership with Church & Dwight Co., Inc., makers of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda, today unveiled the ARM & HAMMER™ Diaper Pail, a breakthrough diaper disposal system. The ARM & HAMMER™ Diaper Pail neutralizes odors in the nursery through a patented odor control system with the power of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda at its core.

“The most important thing about any diaper disposal system is that it controls odors. This new system employs the built-in power of ARM & HAMMER® baking soda to provide natural, safe and effective odor elimination.” said Doug Gillespie, Munchkin Vice President of Marketing. “We also knew the pail had to be easy for parents to use, so we developed a patented self-sealing system and refill bags that you simply snap, seal and toss in the trash.”

The ARM & HAMMER® name has been trusted for generations to eliminate odors, and Munchkin is known to today’s parents for delivering clever solutions to their everyday needs. The ARM & HAMMER™ Diaper Pail has numerous innovations that reflect the respective strengths of the two brands.

· Baking Soda Dispenser: A built-in, vented dispenser sprinkles odor-eliminating baking soda each time the lid is closed and continuously absorbs and eliminates odors even when not in use.

· Self-Sealing System: Munchkin’s patented system automatically seals the bag when the lid is closed and keeps it sealed when the lid is reopened.

· Snap, Seal and Toss Bags: The disposable refill bags, each of which can hold up to 25 diapers, shut tight with a snap and can be easily tossed and replaced without cutting or tying.

The ARM & HAMMER™ Diaper Pail and refills will be available in stores nationally in November 2009.

For more information, visit

About Munchkin, Inc.
A privately held company headquartered in North Hills, Calif., Munchkin, Inc. creates baby products that excite, delight and make life easier for today’s parents. Founded in 1991, Munchkin, Inc. has placed great emphasis on innovation, redefining what baby products can be. As a result, Munchkin has reinvigorated the category with improvements like a 2-in-1 design on bottle brushes as well as pioneered numerous breakthroughs like the White Hot Technology
® that lets moms know if the bath water or the car is too hot. In addition, Munchkin has been granted more than 50 United States patents and has won over 30 industry awards, including the coveted Target® Corporation Partner Award of Excellence. Endorsed and recommended by lactation consultants, medical professionals, toy specialists and parents, Munchkin products can be found at more than 25,000 retail outlets internationally. For more information, visit

About Church & Dwight
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. manufactures and markets a wide range of personal care, household and specialty products, under the ARM & HAMMER® brand name and other well-known trademarks.

ARM & HAMMER, the ARM & HAMMER logo and the distinctive trade dress are trademarks of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Used under license by Munchkin, Inc.

This YouTube video clearly demonstrates the benefits/features of the ARM & HAMMER DiaperPail by Munchkin -

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sweet Little Shop -- My Princess Closet

A few weeks ago when doing some online shopping we came across what is now one of our favorite online stores for our little princesses.
My Princess Closet is a fabulous collection of clothing, accessories, unique gift items and everything your special princess needs in her life.

We just can't brag enough about the swell customer service, budget friendly shipping and fast delivery. The owner, Dawn, sent us a few things for review, and we fell in LOVE with them.

First on the list is the exclusive award winning Hada the Hippo Zoobie! Not only is it a plush toy ($30) but it is a comfy blanket and soft pillow - all in one! Hada makes the perfect traveling companion for your princess! It is so super soft and cuddly and great at her keeping her entertained when she is awake but perfect for keeping her very comfortable while she gets her beauty sleep! Have a little one? BABY ZOOBIES ($25) are the perfect companion for the tiniest of princesses. Very similar to a full-size Zoobie, these little babies open to a pillow and then a blanket - a perfect place for your princess to nap. And just for babies, this blanket has a comfort corner for grabbing and teething.

For those little ones who love to tote things - the Fancy Prancy Princess Goody Bags ($10) are the perfect stylish totes with tricot handles and velcro closure. Pick one out to match your princess' hair color and she will love carrying it around town.

The perfect additions to your little fashionistas wardrobe are the Pinky Tessa by Morgan& Milo. The most popular Mary Jane in beautiful brushed twill has a delicate grosgrain bow, cushioned insole and protective rubber toe bumper - she won't want to take them off! And for a great price - on sale now at 40% off! - they are a little under $23! To go along with the shoes you may want to check out the oh so chic dresses, tops, skirts and pants - all on sale! We love the Ava Dress by Chase 'n Sky but hurry, limited sizes and styles are available. Get shopping NOW! We are sure The Princess Closet is a place you will surely LOVE to shop.

Disclaimer: All items were Cupcake Mag tested and PRINCESS approved. We received items as samples for review so we could give you our opinion.

Etsy Faves

Is there a website that you can just spend hours on? Well for us, it’s Etsy. We’re obsessed. We love supporting local designers, small business and crafty ladies - all reasons why we LOVE Etsy and the designers they feature.

Sweet Little Shop: Hootiebee’s

From woven headbands, bows, toddler sets, ponytail holders, bottle cap necklaces and woven headbands with detachable bow – Hootiebee has it all along with great customer service and superior quality. You are sure to get happy faces when your box of goodies arrives from Hootiebee. The quality hair bows for affordable prices are mostly high quality grosgrain ribbon but you will occasionally see some satin and velvet ribbon. And don’t worry about fraying – all bows are heat sealed so it won’t become a problem. We love the variety they offer for every age. You can see the designer’s passion and how her hobby of making bows has turned into a business we are very thankful for this holiday season.

Creative Finds: HappyBabeeandBeeyond

HappyBabeeandBeeyond is the perfect shop for finding unique items for the little babe in your life. With a great selection of Crayon Roll Ups, bibs and Tummy Time Support Pillows you are sure to find something that best suits your needs. We LOVE the “123 Sesame Street” Crayon Roll Up because it is small enough to easily fit in a purse or diaper bag but also convenient for your little one to tote around. For only $5.50 we suggest picking out a few from the adorable fabric collection. Another fave in the shop – the “Pears and Apples” Bib ($7) was like something we have never felt before. Soft is an understatement. The chenille fabric is to die for and your little one will be happy to put it on day after day.

Cutest Crochet: Mimi’s Babies

Since getting two very special customized beanies in the mail from Mimi’s Babies, two little girls have hardly taken them off. We just can’t get enough of the Flower Crochet Beanie Hats for $12. They are super soft yet oh so chic to keep your little ones warm during the cold months. Shop around for other cute little findings.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Need a Stocking Stuffer? We got the perfect gift!

We love anything that is eco-friendly fun so when we came across a great product from a preschool teacher from Manhattan's Upper East Side we couldn't help but share.

Miss Brittany's Organic Preschool Fun Dough is perfect for any crafty guy or gal on your Christmas list. It is a sure hit wrapped up under the tree or stuffed in a stocking. So great that even Brooke Shields and Marcia Cross have picked it up for their little babes for the holidays. We are sure you will LOVE it too!

Try the gift set for hours of fun! The deluxe play dough makes the perfect non toxic eco-chic present for children ages 2 and up. The Fun Dough Gift set includes three 7 oz containers of Miss Brittany's Organic Preschool Fun Dough, a 100% organic toddler apron (perfect for pretend play) featuring the logo "Organically Awesome!", a child sized made in the U.S.A. wood rolling pin, and four wooden shape stampers. A perfect gift for under $30!

If you're looking for more of a stocking suffer opt for the Fun Packs or add the additional colors to build your deluxe kit. Each fun pack contains two 7 oz containers of Organic Fun Dough ($14.95) in two color combinations.

So what ingredients are used in the dough: filtered water, organic flour, mediterranean sea salt, organic canola oil, kosher cream of tartar, organic vitamin c, and nontoxic USA made liquid watercolor. All orders of Organic Fun Dough are handmade for you in Chicago, Illinois.

We also suggest picking up a Make-a-Mess Eco Playdough Mats. The nonstick durable activity mats ($15) are perfect for using Organic Fun Dough products and TONS of other art projects. The best part - they are made in the USA from 100% recycled rubber tires!

We are sure your crafty kids will love Miss Brittany just as much as we do - especially how easy it is to clean up!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

these are a few of our favorite things........

Pottery Barn Kids is a brand every chic-mom is sure to be familiar with as they bring classic beauty to our homes. Over the years they have helped us bring well-designed classic chic furnishings and textiles into our home. Now they are furnishing playrooms to help inspire an imaginative place for our little one’s mind.

Classic toys made out of wood are timeless favorites for all – this is why we love the Pack & Go Farm ($39). It opens to reveal a farm, tractor, corral fencing, tree and four animals for hours of pretend play and imaginative fun. A momma friendly toy (not to mention one of our all time favorites) making for easy clean up as everything can be stashed inside the farm after play and tucked away to look cute just sitting on the shelf. It can easily fold for simple carrying as well. Just to top it off – the farm is crafted of eco-friendly tea wood and engineered wood – only the best for yours.

For the girls in your life, the Polka Dot Doll Pram Stroller ($79) is anything but your average “toy” stroller. Designed after vintage English prams in a soft polka dot pink print, the sturdy (easy to assemble) stroller is perfect for taking leisurely walks in the park. It is well crafted with metal tubing and features an adjustable rubberized handle for those a little shorter or taller – perfect to fit many ages. The little girls who reviewed it for us loved “shopping” with their doll as it features a shopping basket below for all the little things they picked up on the way. The large rubber wheels are perfect for the not so perfect sidewalks and easily accommodate bumpy rides. If you have a tight space, don’t worry, as the stroller easily folds flat for a simple way to store.

When they are all finished playing for the day the Hybrid Anywhere Chair ($39-$90) is the perfect place to curl up in their own corner with a book. With the all new eco-friendly insert ($80-$90), the popular chairs are better than ever. We love how lightweight the chair is making it simple, with a handle for toting from room to room. The insert (sold separately) is made in the USA (always a plus) with recycled foam containing up to 30% soy-based materials. Moms love the machine-washable zip off slipcovers ($39-$59) for easy cleaning and the durable twill, denim or canvas material – it is tough enough for any tot. They are a sure hit in any room.

To get more information on our favorite items to spruce up any play room click on the links above or check out Pottery Barn Kids. Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Bibi & Mimi was the proud recipient of "2009 Seal of Excellence of the Year Award" in the baby apparel category from Creative Child Magazine last week. CG Gurkan, the Vice President of the company, said "We are extremely honored and happy about the award as a young company who is establishing itself in the baby accessories industry as a solid brand. It is also a great satisfaction to see that our hard work, attention to detail, packaging, quality, and value of our shoes is being recognized."

Creative Child Magazine Award Program has all products reviewed by moms, moms-to-be and child educators. Participants are asked to sit and review all products individually so that each product is given multiple reviews. Forms are to include written comments and a score value based on criteria that corresponds to the product's category to establish award winner. Only one "Seal of Excellence of the Year" winner is given per category.

Socks: Sets of six in an adorable gift box with ribbon handle, sets of three in clear gift box with ribbon bow or individuals. More than 17 sets or 30 individual designs to chose from. Also 6 different designs 3 pack are available. All cotton blends, fits most 0-12 months babies. Set of six pairs wholesale for $9.50, set of three pairs wholesale $7.00 and singles for $2.00.

About Bibi & Mimi;
Located in New York City, NY, Bibi & Mimi is a newborn in the baby industry. Founded in January 2007 by CG Gurkan, the company which started with a single one-piece design has blossomed and now offers baby gifts, accessories, shoes, socks, apparel, leg warmers and diaper bags. First adored by local stores in NY, now enjoys a great following in retailers around the country and the world. High quality, innovative design, comfort and unique packaging of soft-soled leather shoes, socks and one-piece made Bibi & Mimi one of the fastest growing brands in the baby industry. For more information on how Bibi & Mimi can fit into your publishing schedule, please call (718)383-1452 or visit

Monday, December 7, 2009

Top Pick --- So Smart! (plus a giveaway, well 5 giveaways!)

The multiple award - winning So Smart! brand has become one of our favorites when it comes time to entertain our children, especially when making a conference call. In 1997, Alexandra Tornek, an early childhood researcher and artist collaborated with her husband, a media producer to make the simple stories, adorable characters, and catchy songs come alive!

What makes So Smart! so great? Many little things.

We found that when watching So Smart! dvds they even engage the youngest of babes with their simple images, bright colors and classical music – but still will occupy your toddler and older siblings.

We loved the slow, easy-to-follow pace that encourages your child to interact and participate by clapping, dancing, laughing or “talking”. The specially-selected classical music or original music scores are not just enjoyable for little ones but relaxing for parents too! And the adorable characters and original artwork are engaging for the appropriate age group.

With over 20 DVDs ($15.99) to choose from for babies to ages 3 and up you have plenty to watch! Here are our top picks:

Baby’s First Word Stories: The brand-new DVD line from So Smart! is created especially for 1 to 3 years olds who are beginning to explore the rich world of language. In these DVDs, So Smart! friends Edward, Iggy, Larry and Dee Dee will first introduce little ones to simple words, and then build sentences and stories around them. We found we were pushing repeat quite often when it came time to watch HOUSE and PETS.

Baby’s Beginnings: These bright, bold DVDs provide babies 6 months and up with an exciting introduction to the world around them. They are each filled with gentle animation, soothing music, and engaging imagery. Our fave? Letters.

King Otis and the Kingdom of Goode: For those young children ages 3+ you learn valuable life lessons like sharing, respect and patience through catchy songs, lovable characters and captivating stories. Make sure you check out all the titles.

The So Smart! award-winning classical CD collection ($6.99) was a big hit too! The baby music collection is performed by live, world-class symphony orchestras. We suggest taking a listen to all three – playtime, sleepytime, and cartime!

So Smart! will quickly become a favorite for you and your little ones. Can’t wait to get shopping? So Smart! is giving our readers an exclusive discount on your entire order from (offer valid util 12/23/09) so get shopping! Code:Cupcake

In the meantime we are giving FIVE lucky readers a chance to start their own So Smart! library!

Giveaway Details: Enter our giveaway to win your own So Smart! DVD of choice!

So Smart! is giving 5 lucky readers a chance to start their own So Smart! library. All you have to do is visit So Smart! here and comment below by telling us what DVD title your little one would LOVE! Then take a quick second to become a fan of So Smart on Facebook by clicking here. As always make sure you are a Cupcake Mag & Sprinkles follower too!

*All comments must be received by Friday December 11th, at 11:59 EST. The winners will be chosen randomly and emailed the following day. Open to U.S. residents only.*

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

TravelKiddy Exclusive Promo in Honor of Our New Blog!

In honor of our newly launched blog, Sprinkles the lovely and kind owner of TravelKiddy is giving an exclusive discount for our readers!

From now until December 12th, you can receive 10% off your order with coupon code CUPCAKE10!

All TravelKiddy products make perfect gifts for the holiday especially for those planning to travel!

In case you missed it check out our review on Cupcake Mag and Sprinkles just a few weeks ago to find out just why we LOVE TravelKiddy!

Don’t delay, start shopping today – just click here. Don’t forget to check out the TravelKiddy blog for great travel tips too!


With the holiday season in full swing we wanted to give you a heads up on what is hot this season from Alex Toys. From your babe to your tike to your creative child with a great imagination – we wanted to make sure you have everything you need under the tree.

Ready, Set, School: For those who love to be creative the skill building set ($29.99) for pre-school children is full of fun and activities that will last for hours. The 15 pages of learning fun with stickers, drawing, cutting and stencils is perfect to pull out on a rainy day or to play school with your child. We loved the easy wipe away learning pads complete with wipe away marker. Teach your child to tie with tie my shoe lacing. Scissors and stackable finger crayons are also included.

My Wall Easel: A perfect addition to any play room – the hanging easel ($64.99) turns any wall into a workspace or display area for your child’s art. It includes a paper roll, safety cutter, and four multicolored cups to keep your paint and supplies organized. Your artist will just adore this easel. We also love the fact that is comes already assembled and ready to use!

Mix, Stack & Farm: This is a great toy for your tot and the price is right – only $14.99. As your little one stacks the pieces to create a scene they are taught simple identification and counting while improving manual dexterity. The nine chunky, double sided wooden beads complete with a wooden base is a must have for your toddler. Check out the Mix, Stack & Splash and Mix, Stack & Beep! All are sure to be a hit.

First Snaps: The brightly colored, textured snaps ($17.99) with faces make for a great push pull motor skill game for infants. They can be tucked away in a stackable jar for easy storage. Our little ones were entertained for hours!

My Giant Floor Puzzle: With many awards under its belt we can see why it is a big hit. The 36” soft round mat ($32.99) is also a giant 17-piece floor puzzle. The puzzle pieces are big and simple making it easy for children to learn and put them together.

Round The Farm: Until now, we really didn’t know balls could be so cute. We love how you learn motor skills through catching, rolling and grabbing the super soft toy ($26.99). Roll the ball around and you hear the sounds from ‘Round The Farm’ as it features four farm animals in one. As you press the right ear of each animal you child learns their sound – Bark! Meow! Oink! Ribbit!

Sew Fun: We just can’t say enough GREAT things about this product as you discover the delights of sewing with this EASY to use sewing machine ($69.99) - perfect size for little hands. Be creative by making your own clothes and accessories as it comes with everything you need to start sewing right away! We were shocked by how simple it was to use – completely hassle free. It features adjustable stitch lengths, easy drop-in bobbin and two speeds that allow a safe and easy introduction for young sewers. The sewing machine is super lightweight and portable – it can easily be carried from room to room to find your inspiration to sew. You can use the included AC adapter or battery operated. It all easily tucks into a carrying case for perfect storage. Try making your own wrap around skirt with the 2 yards of floral fabric and ribbon trim included.

Spiffy Spa: The complete pedicure and slipper decorating kit ($21.99) for your little one who loves style. Decorate a pair of slippers with precut felt shapes that slip on over buttons. With 30 shapes included, 3 bottles of kid-friendly nail polish, 2 toe separators, over 100 nail stickers and a nail file – your girly girl is sure to have a good time.

My Art Case: This goes perfect with My Art Easel! Your artist can get to work with everything they need in one place. My Art Case ($19.99) includes 12 crayons, 12 colored pencils, 18 broad tip markers, 18 watercolors, 24 oil pastels, paintbrush, glue, scissors, white paint, ruler, pencil, erase, sharpener and sponge. It is great to carry on the go too!

Sweetheart Café: Little girls will love this 40-piece Let’s Play Restaurant set ($34.99) with lots of pretend plastic food for serving. They will love the convenient carrying case for take-me-along fun. They will have lots of fun dressing up with the waitress apron and hat. The guest check pad & pencils, credit cards, menus, cloth napkins, place mats, plates, cups, forks, knives and spoons are included for hours of pretend play.

For those who aren't familiar with ALEX – we wanted to give you a little background.

About ALEX (taken from Alex Toys website)

ALEX's mission is to provide children with quality creative products that foster personal expression and build self-esteem. The best children's activities provide lots of fun and they open a child's mind to new skills, new ideas and new worlds.

We started ALEX in 1986 with a line of high quality basic arts and crafts products for children. Over the years, ALEX has grown and today produces over 1,000 items in expanded categories of toys: imaginative and dramatic play, fashion and jewelry, whimsical children’s furniture, Rub A Dub® and Tub Tunes® bath toys, ALEX Little Hands® preschool products and ALEX Jr.®, developmental, plush and bath toys for baby!

Our attention to quality and design has not gone unnoticed. Many ALEX products have received the most prestigious honors in the industry including over 300 awards from toy review organizations and leading consumer magazines. ALEX products are currently sold in over 80 countries worldwide in the upscale specialty market through a myriad of retail stores, catalogs and websites.

ALEX is a lifestyle. ALEX helps start children on a lifetime of learning and discovery. It all begins with a brushstroke... It all begins with ALEX!

Chic Ways To Carry Your Little Bundle of Joy

Out of the entire selection of baby carriers we tried & tested we finally have decided on must- have ways to carry your little one. But, don't just pick one, grab them both – as a chic mom you have to remember your baby carrier is now an accessory to your outfit so it is nice to switch it up every now and then!

Baby Carrier: BABYBJÖRN

We all know BABYBJÖRN – a brand synonymous with design, style and Sweden, recently launched the new colorful Spirit collection – a range of baby carries that incorporates the latest fashion colors (we love!) with the practicality of all BABYBJÖRN Baby Carriers we have fallen in love with over the years. The Spirit collection showcases the popular BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Original in eight new colors. The vibrant colors make a bold statement against the contrasting black straps. These new color offerings reflect the company's ongoing dedication to providing consumers fashion-forward selections to express their personal style while enjoying carrying their baby close. Our fave: Pink Passion!

Perfect for the mommaista who wants colorful comfort; perfect for every chic mom and her babe. Pink passion is the color of physical tranquility as it suggests nurture, warmth, and soothes rather than stimulates. It is a powerful color (for us supermoms) and represents the survival of the species. Ideal for everyday activities both indoors and out – the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Original is a classic carrier perfect for multi-tasking. It is easy to use and comfortable and provides excellent support for baby's back and head and guarantees that the child's legs and arms are in a physiologically correction position. It is the perfect carrier that makes a bold fashion forward accessory in mommywood.

The new BABYBJÖRN colors are available in department and juvenile specialty stores throughout the United States and Canada in early with a suggested retail price of $79.95. To learn more visit the BABYBJÖRN website by clicking here.

Baby Sling: Serena & Lily

For something whimsical and oh so pretty, opt for a sling from Serena & Lily if you're a style maven momma. The Peacock Market Sling displays bold, vibrant colors perfect for any season. The sling lives up to the name with vivid, multicolored crewel embroidery and is a must-have accessory. Made from one seamless piece of fabric without buckles, belts or strap - we found it snug, sleek and easy to wear for any new Mom. It features a lining of 100% organic cotton that is more than gentle against baby's delicate skin – it really is an ode to chic moms everywhere and will make you look and feel fabulous - as we all know the peacock has long been a symbol of fantastic beauty. But, this sling isn't just for looks, its practical too – just toss it in the washing machine – surprisingly they get better looking with every wash!

The Peacock Market Sling is available for purchase from Serena & Lily by clicking here.

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