01
Oct
14

Fall Style in the Rain

Kids – like everyone else – express who they are through how they wear what they wear.  Their personal style can reflect their family and culture as well as their own personality.  Fashion communicates who we are to the world. From colors to layers to textures, it all makes a statement. We love to see how that comes across for kids. They know who they are and what they are comfortable in and they aren’t afraid to mix things up and break some rules. As adults in the kids’  fashion world we play and they play and hopefully it all comes together.

For sky gazers we have a few things from Little Lark 

Bear Ursa Major and Moon Raglans

So loose and soft, for a dreamy, relaxed feel.

tri blend moon raglan

Soft tri blend full moon raglan for kids

Tri Blend Ursa Major Raglan

Tri Blend Ursa Major Raglan

 

Glow in the Dark Solar System or Cetus the Whale on a slim baby ribbed long sleeve.

This tee will hold close to you and remind you of your length and form.

Glow in the dark solar system tee

Glow in the dark solar system tee

Cetus costellation - the whale printed in silver foil

Cetus constellation – whale printed in silver foil

Cashmere arm warmers style up any outfit and keep those joints warm. Pianists and dancers know that keeping the joints warm helps keep your movements fluid. For parents you will not mind as much if your kiddo always takes of their coat or refuses gloves.

Upcylced Cashmere arm warmers.

Upcylced cashmere arm warmers.

The signature piece!  Seattle fashion is all about layers. We always need to layer. Is it the sporty Go Jacket that transforms into a back pack?

Seattle designed Globo water resistent jacket. It turns in to a back pack too.

Seattle designed Globo water resistant jacket. It turns in to a back pack too.

Or a one-of-a-kind sweater from Ricicli;  each one embellished with details that tell their own story…

Star Hoodie

Baby Bottun hoodie

Sweater hoodie

Old Man Style Baby Hoodie

Melon Hooded Sweater

Melon Hooded Sweater

Toddler Hooded Cardigan

Toddler Hooded Cardigan

Or maybe you want to punk it up and dress it down with hand stitched applique from Spider Baby Designs. These hoodies really make an outfit.

spider babies hand stitched hoodie

spider babies hand stitched hoodie

24
Aug
14

Lunches – What can I put it in?

Which one will work for you and your kiddos?

from lunch bags to containers we have what you need!

from lunch bags to containers we have what you need!


There are a lot of strategies for lunch boxes. There is the complete system and there is piecing it together with a mix of containers.

Salad and a sandwich!

Salad and a sandwich!

Keep it all together in a luch tote

Keep it all together in a luch tote


 Metal bento style containers are easy to pack and make it so you are not worrying about plastic leaching. You can focus on what to put in the lunch not whats getting in the lunch.

Fresh fruit, veggies, quesadillas, a little of this and that…

  Fresh fruit, veggies, quesadillas, a little of this and that…

Duo bento boxes are great for bigger appetites.

Duo bento boxes are great for bigger appetites.


 

With so many things to consider and here are a few tips we have come up with.

  • Bento boxes keep things neat. – You can add a little of this and that. fresh veggies and left-overs in different compartments.

  • Snap lids keep things from leaking. Great for saucy left overs and salads

  • Wrap mats are great for sandwiches, wraps and burritos.

  • Thermos bowls are great for cold salad when it’s hot for warm cozy soups stew and rice dishes when it’s cool

Lunch bowls keep you lunch the right temp.

Lunch bowls keep you lunch the right temp.

ladybug dabbawalla

Insulated lunch Tote


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17
Jul
14

For the Love of Wild Apples

Bootyland was introduced to the fantastic Wild Apples Toys about ten years ago. One of our beloved mamas, Jessica, told us  about a toy maker in Ithica who had a heart of gold and looked like St Nick.  We were delighted to see the beautiful, locally-sourced hardwoods that give these toys great texture and a wonderful feel. The dragon is by far a favorite for toddlers through age 4. The action is fun and also inspires creative play.

Take this Dragon on a flying adventure. The wings spin as to rolls along the floor.

Take this Dragon on a flying adventure. The wings spin as it rolls along the floor.

Hours of creative play in a beautiful hand crafter bunny shaped box.

Hours of creative play in a beautiful hand crafted bunny shaped box.

Roll along the beach with these hand held delights

Roll along the beach with these hand held delights

The hand carved rolley animals and sail boat are a great ones for little hands to roll and take with on adventures in the city, park , or woods.  The carved and dyed wood play sets have proved them selves through hours of play. Even making their way to be shown in the Smithsonian. The unique slant on classic wood toys have kept the love alive!

27
Jun
14

Local Tee’s Designer Eight3One

Wear Local with Design team Eight3One

kids party seattle style

kids party seattle style

Screaming eagles, space invaders, a toothsome T-Rex and stately Koi fish are some of the creatures that adorn local designer Eight3One’s fabulous T-shirt collection. These shirts are bright and bold, fun and unusual – just like we think childhood should be.

Wife-and-husband team Aimee and Sven couple their inventive graphic designs with high-quality cotton garments – tees, onesies, dresses, hats and pants – to ensure that your baby or toddler will not only look amazing, they’ll be comfy as well. And Eight3One’s generous sizing means your little one’s new favorite shirt won’t be outgrown five minutes after they try it on.

Whether your taste runs to  whimsical, sweet, hip or edgy; Eight3One’s designs are sure to delight. We love their vintage skateboarder shirt, printed on a softly frayed, vanilla tee. Pair it with your favorite flannel and you’ll be the Seattlest kid on the block.

These fresh tees are well designed with a combination of soft tee’s that are size to last. The T-rex is a favorite for boys and girls. We love the classic skate board tee on and amazingly soft vanilla with frayed edges. It is a perfect match with you favorite flannel. The are in the moment with a distressed eagle head on a smooth soft grey short sleeve. They are keeping out Seattle kids hip with a classic Seattle esthetic. Eight3one represents a search for the well designed in a way that merges the imagination an view of a child. They enhance the child experience with use of line, simplicity and perspective that  come to life.

eagle 831

vintage style eagle in this moment

 

02
Jun
14

Seattle Made with Simply Sweet Makings

 “Live your life in a way that helps others.”  – Simply Sweet Makings Image

Cherise Derheim’s mice live in match-boxes, or sometimes in cigar boxes. They wear tiny polka-dot dresses and hand-knit sweaters.  At night they snuggle under miniature blankets and rest their heads on wee pillows. Each hand-made mouse is adorably unique, evoking the beautifully simple toys of yesteryear and capturing the imagination of children of all ages.

The creative spark that would grow into Simply Sweet Makings struck Derheim before the birth of her daughter, Emma.  She was living in a studio apartment when she felt inspired to begin sewing. With no television to occupy her evenings, she conceived and created her first hand-sewn quilt.

After her daughter Emma was born  her inspiration was renewed. From baby blankets for her daughter she progressed to making gifts for friends and family, who enthusiastically convinced her to continue with her creations. Now the Simply Sweet Makings collection includes booties, bibs, changing pads, onuses, match box mice, a felt tree with mice to play in and foxes in a box

bike baby booties

snap over baby booties

match box mouse

match box mouse, made in seattle

fox web

There is always something new being crafted in the Sweet Makings sewing nook. If you ask she will even add in some custom embroidery. When all this is being created her playful kiddos of 4 and 6 years take the time to play and create a world of their own.

 

10
Nov
13

Cloth Diapering at Night

When talking about cloth diapering the question often comes up – What do you do at night? Is it possible to get adequate absorbency and leak-protection overnight with cloth diapers?

Yes! It’s not only possible – it’s actually pretty simple.

Help keep these out of the landfill!

The Real Diaper Association polled experienced cloth-diapering parents and created a tip sheet for night-time cloth diapering. We’re expanding on their basic advice – start with good absorbency, add good moisture resistance and finish with simple tweaks to adjust for your baby – with some specific product recommendations.

We selected the following products based on our collective personal experience in cloth diapering (4 mamas, 6 kids, 14 years), the experience of our friends and customer feedback. These items are all ethically made in the U.S. and meet our standards for sustainability and quality. We’ve used these products on our own babies and believe that they are truly the best – for you, your baby and the planet.

1. Start With Good Absorbency

Growing Greens Hemp & Organic Cotton Fitted Diaper

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This diaper rocks for both absorbency and coverage. Hemp is more absorbent than cotton and is naturally anti-fungal and antibacterial – making it a great material for cloth diapers. Growing Greens fits babies from 5 to 35 lbs using a snap-system to adjust the size of the diaper. For newborns use just the contoured insert that converts to a snap-in doubler later.

Pair the Growing Greens diapers with wool soakers  for breathable, all-night protection that even works for heavy-wetters. This style of diaper is also excellent for babies who sleep on their sides; that extra bit of absorbency in the hip area makes all the difference.

Hemp & Organic Cotton Prefolds

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For the mamas (and papas) who love their flat or prefold diapers, this hemp & cotton blend is a great option for overnight cloth diapering. Made from 55% super-absorbent hemp and 45% organic cotton fleece, the they are soft, trim and highly effective.

We love using this diaper with Polar Babies Fleece Diaper Covers at night; it will also work in any diaper cover that works with prefold diapers.

2. Add Good Moisture Resistance

Babee Greens Wool Soakers

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Wool is like a miracle fabric for overnight cloth diapering. It’s natural, soft and breathable, so it’s more comfortable for your baby. Wool can absorb a lot of moisture without feeling wet, and the lanolin present in wool fibers creates a natural moisture barrier – so you won’t have to worry about leaks. Long or short wool soakers (pull-on wool pants or shorts) work best with fitted diapers or prefolds that have been pinned (or snappied).

Polar Babies Fleece Diaper Covers

ImagePolar Fleece diaper covers are another great night-time diapering alternative. The outer fleece is soft and breathable and a laminated inner panel prevents moisture from escaping but still allows air to circulate. The microfiber leg-bindings on these covers are soft and comfortable while still being snug enough to prevent leaks. These covers are really easy to care for – machine wash and dry – and they dry quickly. We recommend using this cover with a hemp/cotton flat or prefold diaper.

Babee Greens Wool Diaper Cover

These beautiful diaper covers give you all the coverage and breathability of wool soakers but are designed for use with flat or prefold diapers. The outside layer is constructed from super-soft, upcycled wool sweaters, the inside layer is made from Oeko Tex 100 certified Merino Wool, with three rows of snaps to ensure you get a good, leak-proof fit for your baby.

3. A Couple of Tweaks to Perfect Your System

Now that you’ve addressed absorbency and moisture resistance, you’re almost done. Our final suggestion is to add a diaper liner or barrier cream to help keep your baby’s skin dry overnight. We love these options:

Polar Babies Hemp & Microfleece Diaper Liner

The ultra soft microfleece side of this liner goes face-up, so it’s next to your baby’s skin. Moisture passes through the fleece, keeping baby’s skin dry and comfortable. The hemp/cotton blend layer on the other side of the liner helps wick the moisture through and adds an extra bit of absorbency.

Babee Greens Wool Diaper Liner

Once again, wool’s amazing ability to absorb moisture without feeling wet saves the night. This wool diaper liner will add a bit of absorbency to your diaper while also wicking moisture away from your baby’s skin.

Magical Childe Bunbutter

We love this product so much that we should probably just marry it. We’ve carried (and used) it for years and it is by far our favorite diaper balm. Sweet Almond, Olive Oil and Beeswax based and infused with healing herbs, it is safe for your baby, safe for your diapers and it creates an effective moisture barrier to protect baby’s skin.

We hope these tips and recommendations help you along the way to successful night-time cloth diapering. Please feel free to ask questions or share tips of your own in the comments. Happy Diapering!

Click here for more cloth diapers at Bootyland

06
Aug
11

August 11th 2011

Bootyland began in 1995, It has been a hub for creative families. Given that Bootyland has been around for 16 years, you would assume that we would have had a launch party sooner. Yet, with the babies being born, the buying out of the other business owner that Ellie had originally bought the  company with and the tides rolling in, we just haven’t gotten around to the celebration of the wonderful success of Bootyland. Bootyland has been a part of my life, long before I started working here.

I remember the days when I was pregnant and I was super scared (cause I had no idea what I was getting myself into), I would come into Bootyland and sit in the rocking chair reading up on the joys and woes of parenting. I remember I bought my first  parenting book “Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn” and wooden teething ring from Allison! She happens to be the Manager and has worked at the Land of Booty for about 1o years. It’s funny the little things we remember, like the people whom eased  us into parenthood. The nurse whom told us it only gets easier and all the friends whom, literally rolled over with laughter when told that you want them present at the birth.

Throughout all the people that have made my life as parent easier, BOOTYLAND has been the bestfriend, staying up with you when your son spikes a fever, telling you what they recommend you to do to decrease his fever. Or when he gets hives from eating oyster sauce, or his first ear infection, or how the hell do I wrap these f-in diaper covers. BOOTYLAND has been the beacon of all beacons for going through parenting with style as well as ease knowing that whatever you get from Bootyland is safe for the wee babies we cherish from the moment we meet them. AS well as safe for the environment that we live in. So, hats off to bootyland and to all the customers that have made this neighborhood shop,  my and your new family!  So come on down on Thursday, August 11th at 3pm and join in on the festivities as we give a big shout out to all the wonderful customers that have made BOOTYLAND  a success.

Please come celebrate our 11th anniversary with us at our Eleven Party this Thursday, Aug 11th at 3:00. We will have a fashion show, face painting, a DJ, and more. We look forward to seeing you all there for a great time!

“I am so happy to have had a business on capitol Hill for the last 11

years. As the visual landscape shifts we still see inspiring neighbors and

families come through the doors.During the last eleven years I have been able to meet and know so many

inspiring people and and families. From all of the customers, co -crew,
local artists and small businesses. Our memories are flooded with faces
and stories.  After 11 years we still find ourselves saying we are have
the most awesome customers and have had pleasure to see such inspiring
families grow.A few years ago I read an article in the new york times the discussed
how local shops provide more that just goods and services. The small
businesses in an urban environment create places for people to connect. It
is a place where you meet your neighbors or those with common ideals. It
reflects the richness of the culture.”- Ellie Cassidy




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