Le Top Darling of the Week: Carlosabel

Posted on July 31st, 2014 by Diana

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This little maritime cutie is 3-week-old Carlosabel. He is the precious Le Top Darling of the Week today. Carlosabel is pictured here wearing a nautical outfit from the Le Top Baby line – nautical really seems to be the theme for many of the Le Top Darlings!

Carlosabel weighed 7 lbs. 13oz and was 20 and half inches when he was born. He is spending his days doing the regular newborn baby duties – sleeping, eating, and figuring out how to balance his head. We are told he smiles a lot while he is sleeping – how sweet! Carlosabel’s parents are excited to start exploring with him as soon as they can, they plan to take him on bike rides around beautiful California and on family road trips in the semi that his father drives – how fun! We see lots of adventure in Carlosabel’s future! They are also looking forward to having Carlosabel baptized later this year.

Congratulations to Carlosabel on being the youngest Le Top Darling of the Week!
Shop more nautical looks from Le Top for babies here!

Le Top Spring 2015 Photo Shoot & Tips for Photographing Kids

Posted on July 29th, 2014 by Diana

If you’re an avid Le Top follower you should know that last week we had the Le Top Spring 2015 Photo Shoot – so much fun! We had some seriously adorable boys and girls at our corporate office in sunny Concord, California model 28 brand new collections from the Spring 2015 line. Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids Photography and her amazing team took over 3,500 photos – yes 3,500!

Now, by no means am I a professional photographer, however after a few days on the set I thought I would share some tips on how to take that perfectly adorable Instagram and Facebook worthy photo of your number one model.

  1. Have Patience – Sometimes when you really want to take their picture you will get a lot of nothing for a while or they may start to act shy or (don’t say it) cry.  Even kids that like to take pictures can act this way when they are natural hams any other day. It’s like stage fright. For example my niece on most days will demand that I take a picture of her with my phone, but the day I actually want to snap some cute photos she will hide behind her hands for a solid 30 minutes until she is ready. You (the photographer) just have to wait it out, eventually they will come around.
  2. Have Fun- The team we had on the set of the photo shoot was great at having fun with the kids and warming them up before taking pictures which definitely put the kids at ease. So be silly, tell them a story, tickle them, so that they focus less on the camera and more on the fun they are having.
  3. Be Ready - Be ready for anything with kids! Expect the unexpected and be ready to shoot it. Take lots of pictures then choose the best one.
  4. Get On Their Level- I noticed that our photographer, Sarah, always shot at eye level with the kids and asked everyone in the room to stay low. You don’t want to intimidate your model by looking over them. Get on their level when shooting their pictures; it’s also the best way to capture their beautiful eyes and adorable smile.
  5. Let the Child Run the Show- The sooner you accept that the child is in charge the smoother the photo session will go and the more fun you both will have. Don’t try and make them do anything and don’t get upset if they don’t want to do something that you want them do. Just go with the flow!

We cannot wait to share all the adorable photos we took from the Le Top Spring 2015 Photo Shoot! Here’s a peek at a few favorites!

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Le Top Darling of the Week: Max

Posted on July 24th, 2014 by Diana

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Today’s nautical cutie is 14-month-old Max. The picture here was taken this past 4th of July.  Max is wearing a t-shirt from the Le Top Spring 2013 Anchors Away Collection – we are told he loves how soft Le Top clothing feels against his gentle baby skin!

Max loves to spend his days chasing after his dog siblings and helping his Mommy water flowers – how sweet! His favorite food at the moment is watermelon. A fun fact about Max is that he was almost 10 lbs. when he was born!

Congratulations to Max on being the handsome Le Top  Darling of the Week.
Shop more nautical looks from Le Top for boys here!

Anytime S’mores Dip

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Diana

If your family loves to go camping this is the perfect recipe for you – Anytime S’mores Dip! It tastes just like s’mores, but you can make it at home and anytime you want to. This dip is absolutely delicious and your kiddos will thank you for this special treat that doesn’t include bug bites and sleeping outdoors – not like that isn’t fun too!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1-¼ cup Marshmallows, Divided
  • Graham Crackers For Dipping

Directions:

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, add chocolate chips, milk and 1 cup of your marshmallows.
  3. Mix continuously over medium heat until all your ingredients are melted and smooth.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, scrape chocolate mixture into a small casserole dish.
  5. Top with remaining marshmallows.
  6. Place dish under broiler for approximately 60 seconds or until the top has started to brown.
  7. Dip your graham crackers and enjoy!

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Cosmic Glue Suncatcher

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by Diana

The other day when picking up my 3-year-old niece from pre-school I noticed an array of the most beautiful and colorful suncatchers in the windows of the school. I asked one of the teacher’s aids about them and she told me that the kids had made them. My mind was blown! To me they looked store bought. The neat part about the suncatchers was that they are made from recycled materials and supplies you usually have at home. Also, this project only takes about 10 minutes to create from start to finish so great for younger not so patient kids.

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Supplies

  • White Glue
  • Food coloring of choice
  • Toothpicks
  • Plastic lids (plastic lids from tubs of yogurt, salsa, sour cream, etc. work best; metal lids are okay as well)
  • Single hole punch
  • String or ribbon

Directions:

  1. Pour a generous amount of white glue into one of the lids and swish it around to cover the entire inner surface.
  2. Have your child put one or two drops of each color of food coloring around the glue.
  3. Give your child a toothpick to swirl the colors around in the glue. Stop swirling before the colors get too combined or the final result will be muddy and brown.
  4. Let dry.
  5. As the colors settle they will continue to expand and create a dyed cosmic effect.
  6.  Depending on how much glue you used, the suncatcher will take one to three days to fully dry.
  7. You will know it’s ready when the edges start to peel off the lid.
  8. When fully dry, peel the suncatcher off the lid, punch a hole through the top, add a string or ribbon, and hang in a sunny spot.
  9. Enjoy! The colors will shine bright on both ends bringing warmth and happiness to any room.

Le Top Darlings of the Week: Chloe & Jake

Posted on July 17th, 2014 by Diana

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Today we have a special treat – two darlings! Siblings, Chloe (3.5 years-old) and Jake (1 year-old) are our adorable Darlings of the Week today. Chloe and Jake are bundles of energy! Chloe loves to cook with her Mom and ride her bike, while Jake loves to dance and play with his sister –how sweet! It’s a good thing Chloe loves to cook because Jake loves to eat everything that’s put in front of him, while Chloe is partial to Noodles – yum! Some darling fun facts about Chloe and Jake are – Chloe has super curly hair that when wet is down to her waist, she likes to call it her “Rapunzel hair” and Jake likes to point at everyone and anything – how cute!

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Congratulations to Chloe and Jake for being the Le Top Darlings of the Week!

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We think that the Happy Sails Brother & Sister Collection would look awesome on Chloe & Jake!

Teaching Your Toddler the Basics of Hand Washing

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by Diana

Your toddler’s hands are irresistibly cute, but unfortunately, regardless their size, they’re the biggest germ carriers. With so many fun things to discover and touch – door handles, elevator buttons, leaves, bugs, etc., your child’s hands are guaranteed to pick up more than their fair share of dirt and germs. While you can’t stop your toddlers curious spirit you can stop the germs from spreading by teaching them regular hand washing.  Here are a few tips to help your little one learn the basics of hand washings.

  • Explain to your child WHY they must wash their hands and WHEN they need to do it. Little kids should wash their hands before and after they eat, after they use the potty, and whenever they come home from an outing. And if they’re sick, it’s important they wash even more often, especially if they pick their noses, sneeze, or cough into their hands.
  • Make it accessible. Provide a step stool next to the sink, so your child can reach the faucet. That way they won’t have to wait for your help to get washing.
  • Get some fun soap in the bathroom and towels with their favorite characters on them so that they get excited when going to wash their hands.
  • Help them prepare to wash their hands. Get their hands wet, get soap in your hands and scrub hard. Teach them how to scrub their hands by themselves, by mimicking your movements. Then rinse together. The goal is for 20 solid seconds of scrubbing. That’s the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” or the ABC song. Sing it out loud with your toddler as you both wash your hands.
  • Build it into her routine. Before every snack and meal, announce that it’s time to wash hands. Do the same after your toddler goes to the bathroom or sneezes into her hands. Eventually, they’ll link these moments to the need for a good lathering. Make sure that their child-care provider does the same.
  • Repeat, Repeat, Repeat! Repeat until they can wash their hands by themselves.

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Indoor Fishing Fun

Posted on July 10th, 2014 by Diana

A fun activity to do indoors on a hot day or to keep in your back pocket for those rainy days!

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Supplies:

  • Stick or pencil
  • Magnet
  • Paper clip
  • String or yarn
  • Assorted pipe cleaners
  • Tray
  • Blue paper

Directions:

  1. Tie a piece of string or yarn around your stick or pencil.
  2. Tie a knot at the end of your string or yarn and loop the paper clip in.
  3. Stick your magnet to the paper clip.
  4. Cut pipe cleaners in halves.
  5. Bend each one into a loop and twist the ends to make the tail.
  6. Lay down a piece of blue paper on your tray for the “water” and distribute your “fishies”.
  7. Now you are all set for your fisher-man or fisher-woman to star fishing.

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Circle Project

Posted on July 9th, 2014 by Diana

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This is such a fun project that has lots of different variations for hours of entertainment. All you need to do is dip cups in black paint, press on white paper, let dry, and let the kiddos paint or color inside the spaces.

I like to make these ahead of time so that they are always handy for road trips, doctor’s appointments, rainy days, or just an afternoon indoors. The kids love seeing their works of art on the fridge or in frames around the house.

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Le Top Outfit of the Week

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 by Diana

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Outfit: Striped Shirt & Capri Pants

Collection: Happy Sails Spring 2014

Description: Nautical striped stretch cotton cap sleeve top and sailor-inspired navy capri pants with white twill bow accents. Front anchor buttons and big dot sailor collar with over-sized bow.

Why we love it: Nautical style never goes out of style! This outfit is classic, but retro, made from the most lightweight cotton material. It is perfect for hot summer days while providing perfect coverage from the blazing sun. Elasticized waist for easy dressing.

This outfit from the Happy Sails Spring 2014 Collection is perfect for this weekend’s 4th of July celebrations to keep her feeling comfy while looking cool.