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Candy-less Easter Basket

Every kid loves receiving Easter baskets—some might even say it’s the highlight of their holiday. This weekend at zulily we’re giving you new gift ideas that will make your basket a favorite among every kid. Although chocolates and candy are sweet, these fun finds are even sweeter!

Let’s start off your candy-less basket with this Peeps plush toy set ($6.99). They’re cute, cuddly, and best of all, sugar- and calorie-free!

Every girl deserves to be a princess, and with this Disney Princess Charm Necklace Set by H.E.R. ($5.99), she’ll feel as regal as Cinderella or Belle. Interchangeable charms make it a fashionably fun piece.

This Night, Night Peter Rabbit Cloth Book ($10.99) is sure to be a huge hit among little ones with its soft, plush material.

 

The Rainbow Hide ‘Em & Hatch ‘Em Easter Egg Set ($16.99) will keep kids busy for hours on end.

For a truly unique idea, why not use this Easter Chick Shoulder Bag from Fiesta ($7.99) in place of a basket? Fill it up with the picks above, and you’ve got one standout gift.

The ideas don’t stop here. Browse through our Easter Gift sales this weekend to find even more fun pieces to create the best basket on the block. Have a hoppy holiday!

Brand Spotlight: RuffleButts

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In 2007, twenty-something Amber Schaub was working her day job and dreaming of something different to do with her life. Within three months, she quit her job and brainstormed her product idea­—RuffleButts, based upon the ruffled bloomers she loved to wear as a little girl and could no longer find in stores.

As a long-time entrepreneur (she started a grocery delivery business and babysitting clubs when she was a kid), Amber threw herself wholeheartedly into her dream. She took sewing lessons, made samples and worked with factories. In less than a year, RuffleButts was officially born.

By 2010, RuffleButts had already gained a following for their whimsical designs and incredible attention to detail and quality. And that’s when a children’s apparel start-up appeared on the scene. When Amber first heard of zulily, she was skeptical. But as she explains, “The more I heard about them, the more I could understand that they were creating an avenue to share products with millions of moms around the world. We’re a small company and zulily has so much reach. It’s fantastic because we’re able to share what we’re doing with so many more moms out there.”

RuffleButts, along with brother brand RuggedButts, is a company to watch. They’re one of the fastest growing brands in the children’s apparel market and they’re launching new lines, new sizes and new styles while still maintaining the quality and customer care they’re known for.

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For Amber, one of her favorite parts of running her own business is the interaction with the people who love RuffleButts. As she says, “We have the most incredible customers. They’re über supportive and have really cheered me on since the beginning. We have over 160,000 Facebook fans and they’re constantly sharing photos of their children in our apparel along with words of support. As the creator of this brand, I find it incredibly touching and also so rewarding to see.”

Check out the event today on zulily.

Ten Songs for Your Next Living Room Dance Party!

There’s no denying that most kids love to boogie – try turning your living room into an awesome dance party this weekend! We asked our Facebook fans for their kids’ favorite songs and created this playlist from the most-popular responses!  Time to boogie!

  1. Happy (From “Despicable Me 2”) – Pharrell Williams
  2. Roar – Katy Perry
  3. Let It Go (From “Frozen”) – Idina Menzel
  4. Applause – Lady Gaga
  5. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton)
  6. Love Somebody – Maroon 5
  7. Pontoon – Little Big Town
  8. Best Day of My Life – American Authors
  9. Story of My Life – One Direction
  10. Some Nights - Fun

This playlist is guaranteed to get the kids movin’ and shakin’ – so go ahead and shake your groove thing!

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Farmers Market Essentials

Daylight saving is this weekend, the weather is warming up (well maybe not), and Spring is approaching. With so much in bloom, Spring is a great time to get outdoors and get to know your local Farmers Market. Whether you’re a first-timer or a market-vet, we’ve got some of the essentials you’ll need to have before you go.

First things first, you’ll need to find your local Farmers Market. Local Harvest is a great resource to find Farmers Markets and other local food venues.

Of course, you’ll also need to look the part. Bright colors, beaded jewelry and flowing skirts are great look for the market, but wear what is comfortable.  

Once you get there you’ll need a great tote. If you are really going all out with your shopping, a roller tote is a convenient way to transport your goods, like this one from Olympia.

Once you get home, make sure you’ve got all the fruit and veggie prep tools you’ll need. To start, you’ll need a quality cutting board, peelers of various shapes and sizes and some good paring knives. To wash those veggies, we really like collapsible spinners and colanders. This salad spinner from Progressive does the job without taking up precious space in your kitchen.

Canning is also a great way to keep those fruits and veggies for longer. Progressive has a nice starter-kit for canning that makes it super simple.

Happy market hunting!