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Throw Your Own Summer Evening Garden Party

As summer’s temperatures climb, there’s no better way to celebrate than kicking off an evening garden party. This midsummer’s eve, take to the backyard with your closest friends and unwind in style.

Paper crafts:

Perfectly prim and easy to replicate, paper crafts are ready to add charm to your garden party and will stay looking fresh in the heat!

Serving dishes:

Showcase that layercake in style with a perfect serving platter. Plenty of kitchen accessories make serving up a bevy of snacks a… well, piece of cake!

 

Décor:

Nautical themes or effortlessly aged accents create a low-key theme with minimal effort. Add lots of candle light for a romantic feel at night.

 

Kids’ Apparel:

Make sure kids stay cool and casual with bohemian pieces. From lightweight dresses to cozy tops, little ones will be ready to play all evening long.

Women’s Apparel:

Rife with vintage charm, these dresses are sure to catch compliments and evoke all the sweetness of a simpler time.

Trend Report: Citrus Color Crush

We’re crushing hard on citrus this season. From lemony yellows to popping pink grapefruits, these tangy and vivid tones have us coloring everything from the kitchen spatula to a pair of pumps with their summery sensibility. Get ready to pucker up because we’re ringing in warm-weather with a kiss of citrus that’s sure to bring a refreshing slice of summer to every corner of your home.

LEMON

Not ready to commit to citrus? Subtly incorporating these bright hues is a cinch. From throw pillows to switching out the linens, these accent pieces add a pop of color to any space.

Pillow by Frog Hill Designs featured in Color Crush Citrus: Home

LIME

Pairing these playful hues with a neutral tone like white is a great way to keep them from clashing with skins tones while still adding a splash of summer to your favorite brunch ensemble.


Dress by Reborn Collection featured in Color Crush Citrus: Women’s Apparel

GRAPEFRUIT

Marvelous minis sport brilliant hues on the daily, but adding a dash of grapefruit brings a girlish touch to playground-ready attire inspired by nature’s goodness. Who doesn’t love that?

 

Tunic & Shorts by Freckles + Kitty featured in Color Crush Citrus: Kids’ Apparel

ORANGE

Orange might not rhyme with anything but when it’s dressed up in stylish accessories is guaranteed to go with just about anything.

 

Clutch by Melie Bianco featured in Color Crush Citrus: Accessories

Best Birthday Gifts by Age

There’s a universal question when it comes to kids’ birthdays: What’s the best gift to get a __ (fill in the blank)-year-old?

Well worry no longer because we have the answers. We asked our buyers and here’s what they came up with.

Shop all our picks for birthday presents by age today.

Infant: Stimulating toys that keep babies minds occupied and growing.

Farm Gym Play Nest from Galt Toys

Jungle Teether Soft Book from Galt Toys

Age 3-5:  Pretend play toys for budding imaginations.

Kayleigh Dollhouse from KidKraft

Rosy Cheeks Big Sister Ballerina Doll from North American Bear

Age 6-8: Educational toys to keep them learning even when they aren’t in school.

Nancy B’s Science Club MoonScope & Activity Journal Set from Educations Insights

Metro Mags Clear Color 60-Piece Building Set 

Age 9-11: Anything with a motor or some sparkle

Message Bracelet Set

Yellow Gen-X Infrared Remote Control Helicopter from Mach 10

Age: 12-14: Outdoor fun to keep them moving.

Zip Line from Spring Swings

Giant Shoot Ball Set from Swimline

Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas

It’s that time again. Father’s Day is right around the corner and you don’t have plans or a gift yet. So once again, we asked around the office to get some creative ideas. Here are 12 last minute gift or plan ideas for your father, husband, partner, doggy daddy, etc.

Cook. They say food is the way to a man’s heart. (I’m pretty sure it’s the way to a woman’s heart, too, but that’s beside the point.) Cook for your dad! Round up the troops and whip up breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. The bonus is, if you did a terrible job, he most likely will pretend to have loved it anyway. It’s the thought that counts.

A card. Write a sincere Happy Father’s Day/Thank you card. They LOVE this stuff. “Are you crying?” “No… I just have something in both my eyes.” Fathers put the “men” in “sentimental.”

Show him this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jpb2_YdxYM Did you just skip this? It’s ONE minute long and will seriously tug at your heartstrings…

Spend time. If you don’t get to see him all the time, chances are, he just wants to spend time with you. Even if it means watching tv, hanging out in the living room chatting it up, going out to eat or taking a stroll around the neighborhood, it’s time well spent with you. Aww!

Don’t spend time. See him all the time? Maybe leave him be for an hour or so to watch tv, read or just be alone with his thoughts. Once that time is over, ask him how his time was, what he did, what he thought about, how that time made him feel, if he missed you, etc. Resume back to normal.

Wash his car. There is a good chance he’ll tell you that you’re doing it wrong and take over… once again, it was the thought that counts.

Clothes. Dad could always use some new clothes, even if it’s a shirt printed with a photo of you on it, he will probably think it’s the coolest thing ever.

Game it up. Engage in some good old-fashioned games. Bowling, cards, board games, one on one basketball or soccer… you don’t even have to let him win.

Father’s Day Throne. Yep. http://spoonful.com/crafts/fathers-day-throne

Call him. If you live far from dad, call, FaceTime or Skype him! Show him your new interpretive “Happy Father’s Day” dance. He will probably think you’re weird but you can just say you got that from him.

Mail your card NOW! Seriously, get off your computer and mail that thing… you have 3 days! Get out of here.

Once again, the bacon bouquet. These things are pure gold. Bacon Bouquet Recipe

5 Co-Stars Turned Couples & Parents

Parents-to-be Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher - along with Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas – join a long list of Hollywood A-listers who’ve found love at work.

Our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop take a look at 5 celebrity couples who met on-set, and later became parents.

Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas:

Parents-to-be Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas are taking their fairy tale from the screen to real life.

The Once Upon a Time co-stars were wed in April 2014, and are currently expecting their first child together.

The couple met in 2011 while filming the hit ABC show. For the pair, life imitated art as their own romance started after playing on-screen loves Snow White and Prince Charming.

Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher:

Although they met in 1998 on the set of the hit television series, That ’70s ShowMila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher didn’t start dating until 2012.

In February 2014 it was announced that the couple were engaged. And in March, news broke that they are expecting their first child together — reportedly a girl.

Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos:

Longtime couple Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos first met on the set of All My Children in 1995. The pair eloped the following year in Las Vegas.

The couple are now parents to three children: Michael 16, Lola 12, and Joaquin 11.

Of their 18-year marriage, Kelly says their inspiration comes from their own parents.

“Together our parents have been married for almost 100 years. We’re all swans; we mate for life,” she shared.

Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer:

The stars of True BloodAnna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, first met on-set of their hit television series in 2007.

The pair were wed in 2010 and welcomed fraternal twins Poppy and Charlie in September 2012.

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie:

A-list couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie met on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005. Their union attracted much media attention since Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston when he first started the film. But in April 2005, one month after Aniston filed for divorce, “Brangelina” were spotted canoodling on a beach in Kenya.

Together now for nine years, the power couple have six children: Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 7, and 5-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

The happy couple became engaged in April 2012.

“We’d actually like to [get married],” Pitt said prior to their official engagement. “And it seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.”

More Hollywood mom & baby news:

Olympic Swimmer and Mom Janet Evans Gives Life Saving Tips

Kim Raver: “Family Is Extremely Important To Me”

Tamera Mowry-Housley: “I’ve Learned To Trust My Mother Instincts”

Rosie Pope Shares Details of Nursery

Terri J. Vaughn: “I’m A Great Mother”

CelebrityBabyScoop.com is one of the most popular blogs on the topic and the foremost provider of everything celebrity-baby, featuring baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip and pics. Get all the latest news, updates, and photos about Hollywood’s most beloved celebrity moms, dads and their babies. Who’s the latest Tinseltown baby? Who’s due next and who just announced a pregnancy? It’s all on CelebrityBabyScoop.com

Q&A with Heather Thomson, Founder of Yummie

We sat down with Heather Thomson, Founder of Yummie and real housewife on the Real Housewives of NYC to dish about her inspiration for Yummie and balancing work and life. 

You’re all about women feeling confident from within. What inspired you to create Yummie by Heather Thomson?

The inspiration behind Yummie hit me shortly after I gave birth to my two kids and struggled to loose the baby weight, a problem so many other women have.

I wanted a solution that would help me feel confident and sexy as I worked to get my body back in shape, and I found it impossible!  I visited my local department stores here in NYC and the only shapewear I could find resembled my grandmother’s girdle.  So I took out my sewing machine and leaned on my 20 years of design experience to develop my first signature patented 3-panel tank – a comfortable and fashionable everyday foundation piece.  I knew that if I needed that boost of confidence, other women needed it too, and the collection grew from there!

What pieces of Yummie would you pick for someone who is pregnant?

My seamless collection. When you’re pregnant, feeling comfortable and having movement is the most important thing! Yummie tanks, leggings shorts and briefs are meant for everyday and feel so yummie on the body. Most are designed with outlast technology which is a fabric knit into the garment to regulate your body temperature - - which is crucial when becoming a mama!

 What has motherhood taught you about yourself?

That multi-tasking is bologna and you need to focus on the task at hand! When I’m at work, I’m at work and when I’m at home, I try my best to focus on my family. I also have an amazing husband and we divide and conquer often!

What’s your favorite piece of Yummie to wear on date night?!

Our Magda Slip (a little lace goes a long way!)

As a working mom, how do you stay balanced?

Working out with my trainer WillSpace or Bikram Yoga helps me clear my head and feel healthy. I also am totally focused because when you’re boxing, you’re not thinking about anything else! My family and I go to the Berkshires on the weekends which is my happy place.

See our Yummie sale on today through Thursday.

Devon’s Discoveries: Energetic Toys

In our efforts to keep Bean from destroying the house with her creativity and energy, we’ve been looking for products to channel her energies appropriately.

Bean loves to color and she is a vigorous colorer, as you can see here:

The only problem was that her coloring was starting to make it’s way off of the coloring book pages and onto whatever surface she was coloring on: the table, the floor and the high chair tray, to name a few. The P’kolino easel has been the perfect solution! It looks great, and it provides three coloring surfaces: a white board for dry-erase markers, paper for crayons and regular markers, and a chalkboard. Bean spends hours each day creating beautiful masterpieces!

She has also been jumping in her crib for quite some time now. But I really want to make sure she sees bed as a place for sleep, not for wide-awake fun… so we needed a jumping solution.

Enter the Galt folding trampoline. The trampoline is compact and securely constructed, so it doesn’t take up too much space in our house and, more important, I know it’s a safe surface for Bean to work on her bouncing, stomping and jumping. Her bedsprings are thanking us!

Now if we could only figure out a way to channel her exuberant and sticky mealtime habits…

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Devon is a wife (of “DA”), mother two, former History professor, and lifelong shopper.  She grew up with a self-proclaimed shop-aholic and sale-aholic mom, so she’s been in training for discovering cool stuff and great deals since she can remember.  Devon lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is mostly okay with the rain but sometimes pines for her hometown in Southern California.  With a little one at home and a crazy life, Devon is all about doing her shopping on the internet and zulily has been a dream come true for her with its variety, value, and quality.

Time to Embrace the Hue of the Season-White on White

With the passing of Memorial Day, it’s time to user in the haute-white hue of the season. Known for its versatility and contemporary style association, white is quickly becoming the new must-have for your summer wardrobe.

You can go soft and simple with a snow white eyelet sundress.

Or edge it up with a structured blazer or dress that boasts modern notes.

We suggest doubling up with your accessories for white on white accents. Block out sun rays with a pair of pearlescent mod-shape sunnies.

 

When paired with an ultrasoft infinity scarf and ivory satchel, you have a Jackie-O inspired look just ready to take on trendy city scenes.

Shop our White On White accessories event on Tuesday, May 27th.

Q&A with Shark Tank Judge and Entrepreneur Mark Cuban

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Whether you know him as the wheeling and dealing judge on NBC’s “Shark Tank” or the boisterous owner of the Dallas Mavericks, we can all agree that Mark Cuban has a sharp instinct when it comes to investing in companies. And lucky for us, he’s introducing zulily customers to many of his most favorite companies. From bikes to beauty to healthy bites, we’re featuring 14 of Mark’s unique and innovative companies in our very special Shark Tank events. And for a special treat, we sat down with Mark to ask him a few questions.

What are the top three things you look for when selecting companies to back?

Intelligence, Commitment, Knowledge.

Define the qualities that make a solid entrepreneur in one sentence?

Ability to grind on A B and C  while preparing for D E and F and strategizing on G through Z.

When choosing Shark Tank companies geared for kids, how much do your own kids have a say in what you back?

They don’t have any say because we have to make a decision on the spot but I’m always considering  whether it’s a product or service they would use.

How do you balance being an entrepreneur, investor, reality TV personality, husband and father of three?

I don’t.  There really is no balance in my life. It’s family, and then a daily battle for my time between everything else.

Is Mark Cuban, entrepreneur on Shark Tank, anything like Mark Cuban, dad at home?
Yes . Other than during a Mavs game I’m the same person everywhere  all the time. During games I tend to be a lot more boisterous :)

Did your parents have any advice for you growing up that you instill in your kids?

Yes.  Definitely.  To treat all people the same.  With respect.  With consideration.  And to recognize that you can’t take life for granted.