TIA Reveals Toy of the Year Award Winners for 2016

  At its recent 16th annual Toy of the Year awards program, winners of Toy of the Year honor were announced. Among them are: TOY OF THE YEAR WINNER: Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center by Just Play People’s Choice Award: Uptown Espresso Kitchen by KidKraft LLC     ACTIVITY TOY OF THE YEAR WINNER: Bunchems by Spin Master Corp. Other Nominees: Chocolate Pen by Skyrocket Toys Roominate™ Amusement Park by Roominate Shrinky Dinks Bake & Shape 3D Jewelry by Alex Brands Strand Bands Designer Set by The Bridge Direct Upcycling: Garbage to Glam by Fashion Angels Yummy Nummies by …

Feed Sales with a Hearty Newsletter

By Caletha Crawford Yes, your business is highly visible on social media, but your marketing efforts are half-baked if they don’t include newsletters. Your strategy could go from feast to famine if Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter decide to change or limit when, how, or to whom it will display your posts. And, if a new social media platform becomes the flavor of the month, it could leave you scrambling. Here are some tips to help you spice up your subscription numbers, create a healthy open rate, and fatten up your click counts. Offer a Carrot Most fans won’t simply sign …

Kids Fly Safe-CARES Airplane Safety Harness elimnates car seat carry-on, increases safety

  The CARES (Child Aviation Restraint System) is designed specifically for aviation use for children age 1 and older who weigh between 22 and 44 pounds. Old enough to be in their own seats, these children are too small for the seat belt alone to protect them and provide the safety required during airplane travel. Their bodies cannot withstand the jolts that are common in routine air travel, much less emergency situations, and they flail forward or slide beneath the seat belt if they are not held securely in place. invented by Louise Stoll, former assistant secretary of the US …

ULUBULU offers variety of quality pacifiers

Taking its name from the chorus of a Danish children’s song called Hulubulu, ULUBULU was founded in 2005 and focuses on producing quality pacifiers. Its pacifiers come in a wide variety of styles such as the company’s Color Vintage Collection. These can be grouped into five primary categories, including the various personalized pacifiers which can incorporate a total of 36 characters. Ulubulu’s personalized products are permanently engraved. The name will not come off with regular use which includes, but is not limited to, sterilizing, boiling, dishwashing, or dropping. Other assortments include the various collections such as Monster, Lots of Love, …

Cotton-bamboo layette from Romantique Bebe

Romantique Bebe’s Lisa Collection features an eco-friendly cotton-bamboo jersey newborn take-me-home layette adorned with embroidery and signature lace trims. The bamboo content offers skin-soothing properties for tender skin. Found in the collection are footie sets, rompers, baby sacks, and a collection of vintage-inspired christening and blessing gowns. For older girls, the company offers a seasonal collection of dresses and accessories. Romantique Bebe was founded by Jeffri Tori who has an extensive fashion design background. To create Romantique Bebe, she was inspired by her mother’s and grandmother’s collections and love for antique laces and trims. Size ranges from 0 to 6/9 …

LÍLLÉbaby introduces ColorMe baby carrier

LÍLLÉbaby introduces ColorMe baby carrier LÍLLÉbaby is embracing the international adult coloring trend with its latest release, the ColorMe. The sturdy cotton ColorMe baby carrier features a black and white “coloring book” design that invites parents to customize the carrier themselves with non-toxic fabric markers or paints. ColorMe seamlessly blends LÍLLÉbaby’s signature comfort and function with the popular, and therapeutic, art of adult coloring. Numerous counselors, therapists, and doctors have weighed in on the benefits of adult coloring as a calming, meditative process, one that is potentially especially helpful for parents of infants and young children who are often coping …

DOM introduces Evolur in variety of pieces, designs, and finishes

  Evolur, designed to evolve with a child, was recently introduced by DOM (Dream on Me). The affordably luxurious brand is available in a variety of styles, colors, finishes, and coordinating pieces, the line features convertible cribs that convert easily into a toddler bed, daybed, double bed, or double bed headboard.                   The fixed stationary sides mean there are no moving parts and all cribs fit standard crib mattresses. Cribs feature three mattress adjustment heights. Made of solid wood and wood products, the furniture is completed with non-toxic finishes. Finishes include Cloud, …

RuffleButts serves up inspiration from owner’s childhood memories

Inspiration, determination, childhood memories, and a splash of destiny are all ingredients found in the apparel created by RuffleButts. It was 2007 when Amber Schaub coined the name of her brand and RuffleButts was born.                   Seeking an entrepreneurial passion based on business ethics and faith, Schaub built her business on the Golden Rule. She created an apparel line based on the ruffled bloomers of her childhood memories. “I dreamed of creating a company that was so much more than just apparel, one that pays it forward and impacts the lives of …

February/March 2016

About the Cover Cocoa the Bear, part of Maison Chic’s new Cocoa the Bear collection, is an adorable and very huggable bear. The collection includes three plush bears with coordinating gift items featuring a lime green and brown tree print. Cocoa features soft textured brown fur with cream knit trim. Maison Chic’s collections give retailers plenty options and ease of display. For more information call 800/ 653-5048 or visit www.maisonchiconline.com. <

DOM introduces Evolur in variety of pieces, designs, and finishes

Evolur, designed to evolve with a child, was recently introduced by DOM (Dream on Me). Available in a variety of styles, colors, finishes, and coordinating pieces, the line features convertible cribs that convert easily into a toddler bed, daybed, double bed, or double bed headboard. The fixed stationary sides mean there are no moving parts and all cribs fit standard crib mattresses. Cribs feature three heights for mattress adjustment.             Made of solid wood and wood products, the furniture is completed with non-toxic finishes. Finishes include Cloud, Coffee Bean, Distressed White, Espresso, Linen Grey, Pebble …