That’s right. Every mom needs a pair of boyfriend jeans. Seriously those “Mom Jeans” have sneaked into your closet and now its time to bid them farewell. Don’t beat yourself up, it happens to the hippest among us. Frumpy and unflattering we have all succumbed to a pair of jeans that seem to cover our tush and tummy post baby, as our bodies just are not the same. And well, you need your jeans to function differently — those low risers just don’t work when bending and kneeling to pick up our little kids. Sheesh. But what’s a mom to do when, shreik, she catches her mini van reflection and screams in horror at the woman sporting mom jeans, a pony tail and some plain ol’ tee shirt? Deep breath. Rip those denim disasters off, stuff them in your purse and head on over to the Gap. Pick out a new pair that makes you feel like the rock star suburban goddess you are. I recommend the distressed boyfriend jeans but honey Gap recently restyled all of their fits and I have to say as former designer denim slave I was sold. Now, hit the register and hand over those dreaded mom jeans and save 30% off your new pair. Gap will recycle your old jeans turning them into eco-friendly housing insulation – love that! But go now, its only on until the 14th of March. Enjoy.
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Oh my, are these the cutest Spring shoes or what? These fresh little “bloom” sandal style shoes from Livie & Luca will make you swoon. Love the fresh lime color and the pink “bloom” flower on the toe. This season Livie & Luca has slimmed out their famous rubber sole, keeping the good grip and super flexibility but a bit more streamlined in style. Eco-friendly footwear on those kids feet never looked so fabulous!
Chi Chi Bean Winter Clearance Sale is on! Massive markdowns that won’t disappoint. Come see all the sale goodies from Lunchbox kids, Pink Chicken, Angel Dear, Morgan & Milo and so much more. Sale ends January 10th, 2010. All sales final.
Great news! Our top selling Explorer Kit by Dumpling Dynasty is back in stock at Chi Chi Bean. Come grab yours today before they sell out again. At $18 they are a perfect gift. Enjoy!
Adorable red jacket from Lunchbox kids clothing! The perfect little jacket for this festive time of year! Wear it now over a holiday dress, then with jeans and a little white turtle neck. Timeless yet fun. Best of all its 20% of the next two days, click on over. Enjoy!
Ahh, the first day of summer break….cloudy skies and forecast for rain. That means at 11 am we were already in line for the movies, Disney’s Up! Alas, the 11:30 screening was in 3D, darling daughter was going to have to NOT freak out about wearing the glasses….oh boy. (FYI it was $24 for an adult and one child for Monday morning movie, good lord)
Okay, so we sit down and there is but one other mom in the ENTIRE theatre. Good thing for theatres admission prices are up but you think they might take note that they are out of control and out of reach for way too many. Can’t imagine what its like for a family trip to the movies including snacks! First, there was the preview for the next Harry Potter flick, which is so scary Ava nearly jumped into my lap and repeatedly kept asking “mama, is this the movie?”. Poor kid was terrified that I was taking her to some fright show. Next, a preview for Toy Story 3! Thanks goodness for Toy Story, that had her (and me, I love Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head!) laughing out loud. Okay, Pixar redeemed. Now, onto the short animated film the preceded the main event. It was some cloud depiction with storks and babies, cute enough but then there was the villain cloud. Again, child in lap clamoring, “mama, is this the movie?”. Phew, it ends.
Alright, main event, here we come. The movie begins with two goofy kids, adventure seekers, who grow up and fall in love, forever. This tear inducing sequence culminates when the main character Carl and his wife Ellie are in their golden years. Beautifully executed to the point that my darling daughter exclaimed, “I want to go home. I miss gramma Suzen”. Stunning animation and a thoughtful presentation with virtually no dialogue. Well done. Next comes the reality that Carl is alone, cranky, and surrounded by looming urban developments. Eventually he snaps and whacks a construction worker, injuring by means of violence – enter blood, police and an ambulance. Not good, especially when trying to instill in a young child that yelling and hitting are wrong. Ugh, now she is scared and angry. And this is only just the beginning. Enter, packs of violent barking dogs, a mean villain who is trying to take a mother bird away from her babies, and cranky old man being cold to a young boy. As an adult, I love Carl and Ellie. I can empathize with their plight and really love that the story comes full circle back to their adventure book (which, actually does make for a great activity with your kids this summer, see the template here). I believe in them as characters and so forth but I am 32, clearly not the target audience. Disney, I must ask, are you suffering from a personality disorder? Wildly swinging from something so good to something going down so quickly. Perhaps maybe and perhaps they just can’t seem to make a movie for children under 5 that won’t scare the crap out of them that doesn’t involve the sexual stereotyping of princesses. Thank goodness we have Toy Story 3 to look forward too. Bad news is we have to wait an entire year.
Every parent knows that we do this job for the times when darling child says, “I love you” in an unprompted moment because on any given day we face more than a few challenges. “I want goldfish for breakfast!” was the battle cry of my darling 3 year old this morning before the survival fluid aka coffee had even hit my lips. For those days when the rainman keeps us inside for what seems like an eternity and the electronic babysitter aka TV can only entertain them for so long it can be difficult for even the best parent not to become a loathsome shrew. Enter The Little Experience, eco-friendly activity kits for kids. These creative, intelligent and thought provoking craft kits provide hours of imaginative play and teach problem solving skills. Everything about them is well thought out right down to the reusable packaging. The little experience gets the creative juices going, breeds artisitc development and builds hand/eye coordination all with a little price tag of $7.50 to $15. So stock up for those rainy days and birthdays, like the good shrew mama you are.
It’s here! It’s here! Yes, spring is here and we are delighted too. Adding to our fervor is the arrival of a new collection of cool! For those spunky boys its Original Penguin by Munsingwear. Resurrected cool, this fresh collection for boys 12 months to 4 years is retro golfer chic. Think modern prepster. Whether you need to dress the little guy for Passover or Easter take a look at the Original Penguin argyle knit vest paired with the Original Penguin plaid button down shirt. Signed the little guy up for swim lessons have you? But you have not the proper pool attire enter Original Penguin swim trunks and your little man will be dancing with happy feet. Hungry for more, check it all out here…and wait until you see Fall. Oh and did we mention the exceptional quality and great prices?
to buy for next Fall! Can you believe it. Seems like we are just coming to end of the LOOOOOONGEST Winter. Today I hit the playground of New York City for “market” to search for the best new finds for Chi Chi Bean. I absolutely adore going to market, its energizing and fuels my creative juices. Although, it is work, to edit and select the absolute best for my customers and I am completely toasted at the end of each day, I find it rewarding and satisfying to be with all the designers. There are many good things to come: new styles from Sweet Shoes not to mention new colors in our favorite metallic sweet shoes mary janes, a stunning collection of dresses from Whitten Grey, and Original Penquin is coming too for those spunky boys. There is much much more but we have to keep you interested…so check back often…better yet join our mailing list. I promise, we dont send too many emails — who needs all the mail box clog — just a few updates here and there.
…until then, Twirls & Twigs new spring arrivals are here! I just love their blankets, made from recycled cotton, and this season Twirls & Twigs are back with the sweetest Penguin and Octopus motifs on the blankets. Shawna Dalton, the creative force behind Twirls & Twigs, has brought us some things too. She dreamed up these little soft toys and boy are they a hit with the little ones. Also made from recycled cotton and corn stuffing, Twirls & Twigs soft toys delight the babies for hours without all those yucky toxins! Check out this little Spider toy — babies love his knotted legs! Here’s another bit of good news — these delightful toys from Twirls & Twigs take it easy on your wallet at just $16.50.
Soon new clothing from Twirls & Twigs will be here — you won’t believe how great it is. Skirts, tanks and dresses all from Twirls & Twigs for Spring. Check out all the Twirls & Twigs clothing here!