My new fabrics are finally here!!!!

My new fabrics just arrived and they are so very cool and funky. I am in love with them and I think you will be too! In fact, I know you will be in love with them.

You know what this means don't you? Well just in case you don't let me tell you what it means.

It means a whole new line of clothing, new bags and new baby and mom essentials. It also means new fabrics for those custom orders you have been dying to place! Custom orders are always an option and with these fabrics I think it is time to get thinking. What do you want made especially for you with these great prints?

A dress or pants set for you little guy or girl? Maybe a new reversible handbag for yourself or a tote? How about a complete co-ordinating baby gift set? The options are endless. Now is your turn to tell me what you think of these AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS FABRICS!!!!

I am waiting for your comments!!!!! Aren't they just YUMMY!!!!


Remember the bunny painting I was working on?

Remember the Bunny Painting I was working on? Well he is done and up for sale in the A.B. Baby Boutique. What do you think? Beth suggested I add daisies. I think she was totally on the mark! Thanks Beth!

Just in our new selection of BabyLegs

If you have not yet gotten hooked on this adorable accessory/necessity let me tell you a little about these fabulous leg (or arm) warmers for infants, toddlers and yes even big kids and adults!

Besides their coolness and fantastic selection of colors and designs these little pairs of fun serve a multitude of purpose!
  • Make diaper changing a breeze
  • Protect soft knees from harsh surfaces when crawling
  • Keep legs warm year round
  • Provide lightweight sun protection
  • Make EC'n & Potty Training easier
  • Jazz up any dance class
  • Make a fun fashion statement with styles for every occasion
  • Have fun with them and wear then on your arms
  • Fits newborn to 10 years old
  • How can you resist them?

BabyLegs are made of a very soft blend of 80% cotton, 15% polyester and a 5% spandex.

We have a great new selection of 17 different styles, so come and check them out. Click here for more info or get a pair or two of you own! They are only $12!


Entertaining Toddlers: A WAHM’s Guide

When you work from home, keeping your toddlers entertained when business matters arise can be a challenge. One of the reasons you chose to work from home was to be with your children, but there are times that you need a few moments to concentrate on work. While we do have a wide array of educational programming available to us today, TV isn’t always the answer to keeping young ones occupied. This list of suggestions might help and if it doesn’t fit your situation exactly, they will spark your creativity into tweaking it to suit your needs.

1. Set up a child-sized desk next to your own. By equipping it with some paper, crayons and perhaps a toy telephone, this set-up will allow your daughter to work right by your side.
2. Bring your laptop to one end of the dining room table while creating a Play-doh station at the other end. Your son will enjoy creating works to rival Michelangelo while you are able to catch up on email.
3. Set up your shipping area in the kitchen. Serving up a healthy mid-morning snack to your child will allow your hands to be free to package up your orders and get them ready for the post office.
4. Grab your legal pad and head on out to the back yard. You can enjoy the outdoors, feel your children’s joy as they explore nature and jot down your list of things to do for after they have gone to bed for the evening.
5. When they are very young, you can read anything to your child. It doesn’t matter if it is the phone book, because it is the tone of your voice that is important. So, print out that marketing eBook you have been waiting to review and read it out loud while they snuggle on your lap.

Multi-tasking is a key component to work from home success. You want your business to succeed and that takes a lot of work. You also want to be there with your children, enjoying their laughter and spending quality time with them. You can combine work with parenting when you take a moment to apply creative solutions to your day to day challenges.


Picky Eaters

Sitting down to eat a meal can become something you dread as a parent if you have a picky toddler to feed. Perhaps it feels like your child is in a food rut and only wants that one food and nothing else. Or maybe it doesn’t matter what you try, they just won’t eat. It doesn’t have to be that way though. There are two parts to creating fun at the dining room table.

First, as challenging as it may be, it might be your attitude that could use some tweaking. Toddlers are exploring everything at this stage, especially food. If you approach meal time as an adventure of sight, smell, touch and taste then you have already won half the battle. Come to the table armed with the abilities to laugh and play, because if you are tense your child will be too and will not be as willing to try new things.

Singing is also a way to take their mind off of the food and onto you instead. It doesn’t matter if you would never make it onto American Idol; your child loves to hear your voice. Use finger play and even full body movements to go along with the songs. Before you know it, they will be moving in their booster seats right with you.

Second is presentation. A sandwich on white bread is boring to look at and after the initial touch, there isn’t much else to explore. Instead, create “This ‘N That” plates for them. Cut up a variety of fruits, meats and vegetables in small amounts and just place them in small piles around their plates. Include some whole grain crackers for crunchiness and even use some dips like ketchup or your favorite salad dressing. Children love to dunk and have fun with food.

There will be times that you will have to think outside the box to get your children to try something new. Perhaps your son is really big on meat, bread, milk and not much else. Grab that blender and start whipping up some real fruit smoothies and other concoctions. The boy that would never eat a banana just might love a banana and strawberry shake. If your daughter is great about fruits and veggies, but could care less about meat, you could start looking into some vegetarian cookbooks to see what other protein options are out there.

It is said that it can take introducing a new food up to 20 separate times to a child before they will eat it, so don’t give up on providing a healthy, well-rounded diet for your young ones. If your meals are stressful, it could cause food issues later in life. Feeding children shouldn’t be overwhelming. Just take a step back, see if you can start approaching meals differently and don’t limit your creativity when it comes to presentation.


Work in progress for the Bunny Photo Shoot

March 24th the A.B. Baby Boutique will be involved in a special Easter Bunny Photo Session with my friend Angela Reyes and her fantastic photography business Framing Lives. I am working on a painting along with some handmade bunnies. Here is a peek at the bunny painting. I am thinking he should be sitting in a field of daisies.....(thanks Beth). What do you think? I think he is just adorable. Anyone want to come up with a name for him? Feel free to post!