• The Accessorized Walnut Archive

    As soon as spring break rolls around and my kids have been home bothering…ahem, spending time with me for a whole week, it makes me  realize that summer vacation is not too far away. I feel like we’ve gotten a bit of a jump-start on getting our summer gear, thanks to off-season swimming lessons, but still haven’t found a decent bag for toting all my kindergartner’s stuff…until now. PaddlePak is a water-resistant backpack for ages 2 and up that’s both pretty and practical. You can stash a wet suit or towel without worrying about ruining the fabric. A special roll-top seal keeps everything safe and secure, while the Trunki grip keeps sunglasses or water goggles within easy reach. Our favorite “de-tail” is the tail that [&hellip

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    Do you know a kid who’s bogged down by their bag? I see it nearly every day when kindergartners can barely manage to traverse the steep step up on the bus, thanks to a bulky backpack. It’s even more heartbreaking when it’s a preschooler who seems to be toting enough luggage for an overnight flight than a half day at school. And a lunch bag to the mix, and you’ve got a date with the chiropractor in your kid’s near future. Maybe that’s why we like SuperMe! bags so much. It’s perfect for the pint-sized Superman-in-the-making who can’t quite part with this special powers when headed off to school or daycare. You can choose between the Cape Backpack, a sturdy model that converts into a [&hellip

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    I never dreamed that my kindergartener would visit a spa before I did, but lo and behold, hell hath frozen over. She has since attended two beauty-themed birthday parties–all at the ripe old age of 5–and seems to have had her fill (for the time being, at least). But one take-away that never seems to get old is the experience of having her nails “done.” While she loves the glittery glow and the endless array of rainbow hues in which to adorn her digits, she admits that the stinky chemical smell is something she can live without (you and me both, kid). Because yours truly only breaks out the polish for her own twice-yearly at-home mani/pedi (if you call air-drying on the back deck a [&hellip

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    Valentine’s Day is almost here; did you stock up on a candy and flowers yet? Sure, it’s a day to show your family how much you love them, and that doesn’t just mean heart-shaped pancakes for the kiddies. (Don’t forget how they got here in the first place!). If you want to remember your favorite guy or gal this Friday, you can bring out their inner geek with some fun novelty items brought to you by Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Comics. Give his old sweatpants a much-needed break with a pair of DC Comics Batman Men’s PJ Pants. Hip enough to wear in the man cave. Of course, you’ll eventually want to lure him away from the Xbox, and what better way to [&hellip

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    Every year for Valentine’s Day, my dad bought me a heart-shaped box of chocolates. While my candy box only held 3 or 4 candy treats, I savored each one as though it was a precious gem…and couldn’t wait for the day I would graduate to the deluxe-sized box that my mom received. We were never too big on jewelry (too flashy) or flowers (they look pretty, but don’t last very long) in our house, so candy was king. As I got older, I noticed how many girls favored charm bracelets, diamond studs other jewelry, but that just wasn’t me. To this day, aside from my engagement ring and a special sapphire pendant, I haven’t accrued any, shall we say, safety deposit box-worthy possessions. Because I [&hellip

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    We’re starting to understand what it feels like to be a bear. With 10 inches of fresh snow on the ground and two more storms on the horizon (and that’s just this week), we’re inclined to pack it in and not come back out until spring. But of course, that would mean missing way too much: the Olympics, Valentine’s Day, the Oscars…the list goes on. Instead of hiding out, maybe we can act like a bear and play dress-up in a new  collection too cute to keep to ourselves. Introducing Paddington Bear for babyGap, a limited-edition clothing line for baby boys and girls (up to 24 months) inspired by the storybook bear himself. From a sweet toggle rain parka, to a soft hoodie complete with [&hellip

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    Anyone with a new baby knows all too well how many diaper changes they go through in one day. And when you’re in a frazzled, sleep-deprived state of mind, trying to close up a squirming baby’s pajamas at 3 a.m. can be a little daunting. Ollie and Bess two snap crawlers aims to simplify the diaper changing experience. These sleepers are designed with just two snaps–strategically placed in the back–so your little one is ready to go…hopefully, back to sleep. Your first thought might be like ours: only two snaps must mean gaping holes. And yet, that’s not the case; these crawlers provide ample coverage without a tight-fitting feel. Made from 100-percent pima cotton, these one-piece outfits are soft and snuggly, and come in a [&hellip

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    Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? I sincerely hope not — that would hurt!! Silliness aside, you’d be hard-pressed to find a tween today who doesn’t know her emoticon vocab. And if you’re super-cool, you’re also familiar with Emoji, a series of  texting symbols courtesy of our Japanese friends. No matter where you roam, we think the new Emoji Icons line from The Maya Group will know just how to speak your language. These collectible accessories let kids express themselves in a way that’s instantly understandable, without saying a word. With Emoji Bands, you can arrange the icons on a bracelet and let the world know how you’re feeling. Change of mood? No worries, simply change your message. With over 80 icons, you [&hellip

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    Our first day of snow this season, and I’m already sick of the white stuff. OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration (it does make all the outdoor Christmas decorations more picturesque). But the freezing temps and slippery travels that go along with it? Yeah, I’d be happy to skip all that. Because we can’t exactly fast-forward to spring (heck, it’s not even technically winter yet!), we can fantasize about hopping a plane and flying far, far away to a remote tropical island, “a land where palm trees sway,” as a favorite Christmas song of ours goes. Once you’ve gotten your head out of the clouds and your feet are back on snowy ground, consider getting creative with your decorations to make all this [&hellip

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    My daughter’s bus driver just told me it’s supposed to snow on Sunday. Already? I was just admiring the still-ripe roses and their unseasonal bloom on our garden trellis. We’ve been so spoiled by the mild fall here in the Northeast, that it’s hard to believe it’s nearly December. Since so many of you will be sitting down to Thanksgiving leftovers in the coming week, we thought we’d share a useful product idea to make your oven accident-proof. Spud Spikes are a cooking nail that, when inserted into a pre-cooked potato, prevent blow-outs and allow for even cooking. The result is a tasty side dish, and less clean-up. We think they’re more effective than jabbing a fork into your pretty potato skin over and over….And [&hellip

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