Darling of the Week: Charlie

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 by Iliana

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He’s active, energetic, and loves to be on the move! This week’s darling, 3-month-old Charlie, shows us his stylish side in the ‘Mad for Plaid’ buffalo check bodysuit & corduroy pant! Read more on “Darling of the Week: Charlie” »

Darling of the Week: Alexander

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 by Iliana

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Our darling of the week is 8-month-old Alexander! This little cutie was chosen as a model for our upcoming Fall 2015 Le Top Baby line! Here he is wearing the ‘Counting Stars’ long-sleeve footed coverall with asymmetrical front kimono snap styling (pictured above).

Alexander is a super happy baby! He loves to laugh and learn new things. He also like’s running in his walker and crawling, and with three brothers, a sister, and a teacup Yorkie named Sulley, we are sure he is always on the move! Read more on “Darling of the Week: Alexander” »

Finding a Preschool for Your Child

Posted on February 20th, 2015 by Lennore Merz

 

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Childhood milestones are precious, and often emotion-filled.  One big milestone in a child’s life is when he or she ventures off to preschool for the first time.  Finding the right preschool can be a tough decision for parents to make, as there are numerous factors to consider.

It’s a good idea to start this process early, as spots can fill up quickly at the popular preschools.  I have heard stories about some couples putting their children on preschool waiting lists even before the kids were born.  Luckily, I never had to deal with this situation.  When I was searching for the perfect preschool for my kids, I took the task very seriously.  I must have visited 6-10 preschools, and felt I had to explore all of the available options in order to make the best possible choice. It was a very important project to manage.  After all, if I was not there to care for my kids myself, then I wanted the next best thing!

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Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards

Posted on February 11th, 2015 by Lennore Merz

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Valentine’s Day – It’s a holiday that gives us warm, fuzzy feelings.  It’s a time to celebrate, share the love, and show the special ones in your life how much you appreciate them.  What better way to do this than to give them a handmade card!  Each card is special, made with love, and comes straight from the heart.

Every year, I enjoy making handmade Valentines with my family. It’s easy enough to go to the store and buy Valentine’s Day cards, but what a statement of love it makes to give a card handcrafted by you!

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You don’t have to be super-crafty or have a ton of craft supplies to make a nice DIY card.  Just make sure that you have some red, pink, lavender, and white construction paper (or thicker stock paper).  Markers, glue, and scissors are enough.  But if you want to go all out, buy some glitter, gems, stickers, appliques, felt ribbon, and decorative tissue paper.

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My all-time favorite valentine’s crafts supplies are paper doilies (you can usually get these at the dollar store). When folded in half and cut into a half of a heart, they are always a hit!

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Once all of your supplies are gathered, have fun with it!  Keep it simple or go wild. Draw or paint hearts, cut out images of cupids, add stickers of roses – the sky is the limit!  You are only limited by your imagination.

 Enjoy & have fun!  Your special someone will love the homemade gift and will appreciate the time you put into making it.

Do you have any favorite Valentine’s Day craft ideas?  We’d love to hear about them!

 

Le Top Cares

Posted on February 4th, 2015 by Lennore Merz

Monument Crisis Center Letter

Monument Crisis Center Letter

Here at Le Top, we care. We care about children and want them to thrive and to greet every day with smiles on their sweet faces.  Donating high-quality clothes to the kids who need them is a great way to help accomplish that goal!  At Le Top, we regularly donate to organizations who distribute to recipients directly.  Our clothing donations go to the end users – to the kids who really need them.  We do this because we care.

Recently, we donated outfits to The Monument Crisis Center. This local non-profit organization serves low income families and individuals in Contra Costa County through dynamic service programs focused on providing nutritious food, education, general assistance and referrals. They stated in a letter (image above), “The entire team, here at Monument Crisis Center, was so appreciative of your wonderful donation of new baby and children’s clothing during December 2014. What unique and beautiful outfits! Our clients were thrilled with the gifts that they received. You made so many children and parents so happy – and gave them such a special feeling of joy during the Holiday season. Your generosity truly makes a difference in our community”.  We thoroughly enjoyed reading this thank you letter. It warmed our hearts knowing that local at-risk families could enjoy our outfits, and that being clothed in our wares made their holidays more joyful.

We also make a donation every year to the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts. It is a non-profit organization that provides free legal assistance and related services regarding education, juvenile justice, immigrant status, and child welfare matters to low-income children of the Commonwealth.  The center said in a thank you letter (image below), “…you saved our holiday drive this year.  Not only was your donation plentiful, but it was comprised of beautiful, seasonally appropriate outfits.” They went on to state, “Again, your gifts were a tremendous hit with those children, both in and out of foster care, who received them. As I have stated before, those recipients of your donations here in Massachusetts would ordinarily not have the opportunity to secure such high-quality clothing, so your clothes inevitably bring a smile to their faces. You deserve much credit for making the holidays of these children and families a real treat.” They even wrote about our donation in a Facebook post of December 22nd here:

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Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts Letter

 We hope you enjoyed reading this blog post! 

Do you have a favorite children’s charity that you like to donate to?  Please share!