• The Accessorized Walnut Archive

    Tomorrow is my newly minted 6th grader’s middle school orientation (gasp!!). That means getting her schedule, figuring out how to get to her classes (in 2 minutes or less!) and checking out her locker. It’s all new territory for the both of us, and while it’s exciting, it’s also a bit nerve-wracking. To take the edge off, we went out shopping for school and stumbled upon the latest in must-have supplies. LockerLookz has an entire line of decor items that turn any boring old receptacle for books and backpacks, into a personalized space that’s uniquely your own. Call it a tween girl’s home away from home, if you will. We were in awe over the sheer number of ways you can outfit your space, from [&hellip

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    Have you noticed it is getting darker, earlier? As summer reaches its half-way mark and the daylight hours are slowly dwindling, nighttime seems to set in sooner than we’d like. Anxious to take advantage of those lovely nights before they’re out of our grasp, my husband and I happily sat down to dinner al fresco last Friday night…only to be greeted by some unwelcome guests. Enter the ever-pesky mosquitoes (what would summer be without them?). Because we were determined to eat without having them ruin our meal, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to try out the new Stinger All-Natural Mosquito Repellent Lantern. At first glance, it looks like an ordinary outdoor light you’d have on your deck or patio. But underneath its [&hellip

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    Who doesn’t love baby clothes? While my kids have well out-grown their onesies and footed PJs, I just can’t part with a few choice items of when they were younger. (In fact, a cardigan sweater with multi-colored buttons is now being worn by a stuffed teddy bear!). For moms who can’t get enough of those sweet baby basics comes a line designed by a name they may already know. aden+anais, makers of swaddling blankets, bibs, burp cloths and more, are now lending their expertise to a just-launched layette line. Made from their signature muslin cotton, a breathable fabric that feels just right against a baby’s soft skin, this collection contains all the baby basics for a complete first-year wardrobe. Among the fashionable assortment are short- [&hellip

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    Now that summer is in full swing, we’ve officially moved onto camp season. My older daughter has decided that she’s outgrown her lunch bag, so we’re in the market for something a bit more, shall we say, “sophisticated?” (read: middle school cool). While out shopping the other day, I came across some bento boxes, which seemed like the perfect upgrade to the lunchtime routine. But upon further investigation, I decided the plastic containers appeared a bit too flimsy, and figured they wouldn’t hold up to a rough-and-tumble camp day. So when I heard about PlanetBox, a line of stainless-steel, multi-compartment lunch boxes, I was determined to check it out. There’s so much to like about this product line…where do we start? Kids with fussy appetites [&hellip

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    Back in the day, how cool was it to get an Alberto VO5 hot oil treatment? I remember seeing the commercials on TV and in my sister’s fashion magazines, hoping that someday, I’d be grown-up enough to do something more sophisticated with my hair than a plain old ponytail. (Little did I know, my mother would torment with endless perms, but that’s a story for another day.) Today, I may have graduated to salon status, but that doesn’t mean I still can’t benefit from occasional at-home hair maintenance. But because I’m a mom who works from home and manages two kids, I’m not exactly in the market for an all-day beauty fest. Fortunately, Alberto VO5 is in tune with modern women’s needs with its Shine, [&hellip

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    Are you still on the hunt for a last-minute Father’s Day gift? Me too, and since guys are notoriously tough to buy for, I’m looking for something that will knock my husband socks off. Too bad he’s not a golfer or the new Coolcore line from Imperial Headwear would be the perfect present. This hat is outfitted with a specially cooling technology that keeps moisture away from your body, so you can concentrate on your game. At first glance, this may look like an ordinary baseball-style cap, but go beneath the surface (literally), and you’ll find there’s a whole lot more in store. Coolcore fabrics boast a chemical-free design that produces a cooling effect by “wicking” (a fancy way of moving sweat away from the [&hellip

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    What a great day to be out for a stroll! And if you’re out with your baby in tow, it’s the perfect excuse to strap on your front carrier and let her take in all the sights and sounds of a warm, spring day. We’ve got our eye on the brand-new BABYBJORN Ice Cream Collection of carriers that make a fresh statement for today’s babies. Available in a mouthwatering palette of four refreshing colors–or should we say “flavors?”–including Pear, Strawberry, Blackberry and Blue Mint, the Baby Carrier One can be worn either forward-facing or back-carrying as your baby’s needs changes. Because it is designed to accommodate children from 8-33 lbs., you can use this carrier well into the toddler years. A baby product that lasts? [&hellip

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    Homework is a real drag. And at this point in the school year, with the warmer weather beckoning kids outdoors, it’s getting even harder to sit still and get that work out of the way and done! In the spirit of finding innovative (read: inexpensive) ways to entice my newly minted 7-year-old to breeze through her math problems, I presented her with Wild Animal Scented Erasers and boy, did she perk up. These soft erasers are designed in colorful animal shapes–purple gorilla, blue elephant and green frog–and sit atop an easy-to-grip decorative holder. With 5 refills in each pack, your kid can make as many mistakes as she pleases. And don’t be surprised if some of them are intentional; one whiff of those erasing animals, [&hellip

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    As April turns into May and thoughts of summer vacation are on the horizon, it’s the perfect excuse to update your little one’s wardrobe (as if you needed a reason to shop!). If you’ll be planning a trip to a seaside destination this summer, why not speak the language of the natives and go for some beach-inspired baby wear? We are loving the newest collection from SoftBaby, makers of designer organic cotton clothing for infant boys and girls. From soft tees, to one-piece rompers, this all-natural assortment is entirely non-toxic and features whimsical prints that are both playful and fashion-forward. We especially love the long-sleeved play suits that protect little ones from chilly sea breezes…utterly adorable. So, stop dreaming about your summer vaca and start [&hellip

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    As I begin to enter the tween years of parenting, I’m faced with challenges that I never would have dreamed of (social media madness, anyone?). To help curb my own pity party, I sometimes remind myself of those early year moments that fortunately I won’t have to experience ever again…like teething. The sheer agony of watching my then-toddlers cry in utter pain and writhe their little bodies mercilessly was enough to convince me that mothers do, in fact, experience their children’s discomfort as though it were there own. Perhaps if I’d been able to inject some humor into the situation (as I tend to do with so many other uncomfortable moments as a mom), I’d be able to smile through those tears. That has got [&hellip

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