Le Top Outfit of the Week

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by Diana

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Outfit: Floral Pleated Top & Capri Leggings

Collection: Lexi’s Garden Spring 2014

Description:  Vibrant floral garden print pleated swing top with lettuce-edge neckline and airy flutter sleeves. Raspberry dot capri leggings with double ruffle accents. Available in sizes 12m to 6x.

Why we love it:  Made from stretch cotton which offers breezy comfort on warm-weather days. Back snaps and elasticized waist assist dressing. This two piece outfit can be worn together or mixed and matched with other pieces to create wardrobe variety.

This vibrant outfit is perfect for school, play, or a spring celebration.  She will always feel the ultimate comfort in Le Top’s Floral Pleated Top & Capri Leggings.

Spring Cleaning with Kids

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Diana

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Now that spring is (mostly) in bloom it’s time to do a little bit of good old fashioned Spring Cleaning. Spring Cleaning is great! It’s a chance to open all the windows, let some fresh air in, and make the home clean, happy and efficient. However, you don’t want to be the only one cleaning – that could take all weekend! Instead get your kiddos involved (yes, it can be done!) by assigning some age appropriate Spring Cleaning chores. Here is a great list to help you get started:

Spring Cleaning Chore List for the Kids

BEDROOMS

  • Remove everything from under the bed and put away
  • Pick up everything off the floor and put away
  • Put all the dirty clothes in the hamper
  • Strip off  sheets and pillow cases from the bed to be washed

PLAY ROOM / ENTERTAINMENT AREA

  • Throw away dried up markers, pens and paints
  • Organize remaining supplies in drawers or baskets
  • Organize books/reading materials on shelves
  • Put video games and movies into correct cases
  • Organize controllers, games and movies in a drawer, shelf or basket

HALLWAY

  • Put shoes away
  • Move jackets, sweater and coats to closets
  • Hang up bags, totes, and backpacks on hooks

CAR

  • Collect every item from floor, seats and cup holders
  • Take out the car rugs and shake them out

Remember to keep Spring Cleaning with your kids FAST, FUN, AND FAIR. The faster it’s done the sooner you and your cleaning kiddos can go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.

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Now that Spring Cleaning is done, he is ready to play! Dress him in the Happy Sails Striped Pelican Shirt from Le Top for comfy, care-free style.

 

Homemade Ice Cream

Posted on April 15th, 2014 by Diana

Who doesn’t love ice cream?! Here is a very easy homemade ice cream recipe that does not require an ice cream maker or much time. It’s so easy, even the kids can do it. The best part is that you probably have all the ingredients at home and it takes less than 10 minutes to make – that’s faster than going to the store to buy ice cream!

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Supplies:

  • 1 pint-size plastic food storage bag
  • 1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk or half & half
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons rock salt
  • Ice cubes
  • Toppings of choice

Directions:

  1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt and seal the bag.
  2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
  3. Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.
  4. Shake until the mixture is an ice cream consistency (about 5 minutes).
  5. Wipe off the top of the small bag, and then open it carefully.
  6. Dish out the ice cream into bowls and add toppings if wanted.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Le Top Outfit of the Week

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by Diana

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Outfit: Ocean Whale Shirt and Navy French Terry Shorts

Collection: A Whale’s Tale and Safari

Description: Pacific blue slubbed cotton t-shirt, made of gentle material that is soft to the touch. Features cool graphic of a navy humpback whale among schools of swimming fish. Navy, French terry cargo sport shorts that are super soft inside and out.

Why we love it: The t-shirt is made for easy over-the-head dressing and will last through multiple washes keeping colors true and bright. The shorts are versatile and can be dressed up or worn casually with their understated stitching and functional button cargo pockets. Elasticized waist for easy pull-up dressing

Dress your little guy in this warm-weather friendly outfit for school, play, or a day around town. He’ll always feel the utmost comfort wearing the Ocean Whale Shirt and Navy French Terry Shorts.

 

Easter Bunny Envelope

Posted on April 9th, 2014 by Diana

The Easter Bunny is almost here! Help your kids create cute Easter Bunny Envelopes that they can fill with a small treat or a sweet card to give out for Easter.

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Supplies:

  • Bunny patterns (found here)
  • Small square envelope
  • White, black, and pink craft paper
  • Pink pom-pom ball
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Print bunny printable and trace shapes on to white and pink craft paper.
  2. Cut two 4″ long strips out of black craft paper.
  3. Glue the pink ears on top of the white ears and glue to the back of the envelope.
  4. Turn envelope around and glue teeth below the envelope flap
  5. Glue the whiskers on the flap tip
  6. Glue pink pom-pom ball on top of the whiskers and draw eyes with the black marker to finish the bunny.

Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Posted on April 8th, 2014 by Diana

Satisfy your kids after school craving with these Oatmeal Fudge Bars. The oatmeal crust and crunchy topping  are a perfect complement to the delicious chocolate filling.

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Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • Baking spray with flour

Filling:

  • ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso granules
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Crust:
    1. Combine flour, old-fashioned rolled oats, and brown sugar in a medium bowl.
    2. Add canola oil and butter; toss with a fork until crumbly.
    3. Remove 3/4 cup of oat mixture; set aside.
    4. Press remaining oat mixture into the bottom of an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with baking spray.
    5. Bake at 350° for 13 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly.
  3. Filling:
    1. Combine flour, granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa, packed brown sugar and baking powder in a large bowl.
    2. Combine milk and espresso granules in a bowl, stirring with a whisk until espresso dissolves.
    3. Add canola oil, butter, vanilla, and eggs to milk mixture, stirring with a whisk.
    4. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring to combine.
    5. Fold in chocolate.
  4. Spread batter over prepared crust in pan.
  5.  Sprinkle with reserved 3/4 cup oat mixture.
  6. Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging.
  7. Cool in pan on a rack.
  8. Cut into bars.
  9. Enjoy!

Paper Bag Jellyfish

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by Diana

This is a great toddler friendly craft to make and lots of fun. While the paint is drying you can even sneak in a quick lesson about jellyfish, here are a few facts to get you started:

  • Jellyfish live in the sea and are found in all oceans.
  • Some jellyfish live in fresh water.
  • Jellyfish look a little like umbrellas.
  • Jellyfish can be large and brightly colored.
  • They can often be transparent and can be nearly invisible to the human eye.
  • Although the word is mentioned in their name, jellyfish are not fish.
  • Jellyfish don’t have brains.
  • Jellyfish use their tentacles to sting. Most are harmless to humans but stings from some species, such as the box jellyfish, can be very painful and sometimes kill so make sure to be cautious if you do spot one!

Paper Bag Jellyfish

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Supplies:

  • Paper bags  (one per jellyfish)
  • Googly eyes
  • Assorted paints
  • Glitter glue
  • Regular Glue
  • Scissors or pinking shears if available

Directions:

  1. Start by having your toddler paint one side of the bag
  2. Add glitter
  3. Let the bag dry
  4. Sneak in your lesson, get some lunch, take a nap
  5. Once the paint is dry help your toddler add the googly eyes
  6. Use scissors or pinking shears to cut the bottom of the bag into stripes to make jellyfish legs
  7. Done!

Have your toddler make a whole jellyfish family and name them. Paper bag jellyfish are a great indoor activity to do with your toddler and can be really cute spring decorations for the playroom or the fridge!

 

Le Top Outfit of the Week

Posted on April 4th, 2014 by Diana

Outfit: Pink Dot Dress with Eyelet Skirt & Panty

Collection: Summer Sweetie

Description:  Fine pink dot print cotton sleeveless dress with a white cotton eyelet overlay skirt, paired with matching pink and white dot cotton panty.

Why we love it:  Lovely eyelet lace ruffle bottom and soft circle yoke neckline gives this outfit a sweet and summery feel. Back snaps and elasticized panty assist in dressing.

This outfit is perfect just in time for Easter or as a beautiful baby shower gift for an expecting mommy.

Le Top Darling of the Week: Zoe

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by Diana

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Our adorable Darling of the Week today is 2-year-old, Zoe. Zoe loves listening to music, reading, coloring, and building with Lego’s – future architect over here! She spends her free time going to the park, the library, and the zoo. Zoe loves to eat any kind of noodles – who doesn’t love the slurpee sound they make?! We are told that Zoe is bilingual in English and Vietnamese and her favorite song right now is “Happy” by Pharell from the Despicable Me 2 movie. We can tell that Zoe is one HAPPY little lady. It’s no wonder she is Le Top’s Darling of the Week!

We think Zoe would look absolutely sweet in the Watermelon Cutie Velour Watermelon Romper from the Le Top Spring 2014 line.

Congratulations Zoe!

 

How To Get Your Child To Drink More Water

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by Diana

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Water is extremely important to a child’s health. It hydrates, helps regulate body temperature, and helps prevent constipation and urinary tract infections – all without adding calories or sugar to their diet. The earlier your child develops the habit of drinking lots of water, the better. This is definitely one habit you will want to instil for their lifetime.  However, getting your child to drink water on a regular basis can be a challenge for many parents. Here are a few tips on how to get your little ones to drink more water.

Limit their options

Keep it simple by only keeping a few beverages in the fridge at all times – water, milk, and one type of watered down juice (1/3 juice, 2/3 water). Alternate the beverages throughout the day, making water the number one choice at all times. Don’t allow them to have a new beverage until they finish whatever is in their cup.

Lead by example

If you want your child to drink lots of water you and everyone else in your family needs to drink lots of water as well. Don’t send confusing signals by drinking soda, but only allowing your child to drink water – it’s not fair!

Make it fun

Invest in some fun looking straws and cups, making the chore of water drinking something your child will look forward to. For example you can tell them that they can only use the bright green straw if they drink water. You can also purchase ice cube trays that freeze the ice into different fun shapes.

Add some flavor

Adding a few pieces of fruit to water or a few drops of juice will add a bit of flavor so that your child gets used to drinking the water and doesn’t complain about it not having any taste. Or freeze some fruit in an ice cube tray and add the cubes to the water.

Make it a challenge

Make it a contest on how many glasses of water your child can drink in a day. Keep track by putting stars on their chore chart.  Or have a water drinking challenge if you have more than one child – whoever drinks the most water in a week wins a small prize.

Make it available

If the fridge or cooler is stocked with water then that’s what they drink. Pack it in their school lunches and always have a bottle or two handy in the car that way if your child gets thirsty it’s right there.

Remember – 60% of the human body is water!