Growing Kids

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Melissa and Doug...Item of the week!

Play food is an all time favorite amongst the youngsters, pretending to be like Mommy or Daddy cooking and serving meals is always so fun for them.  At the same time, they are learning important life skills and enhancing their imagination.  Melissa and Doug have some incredible pretend play items in their collection...

The Bake and Decorate Cupcake Set is awesome because you can actually decorate the tops of the cupcakes with the markers provided and they will wipe clean with a wet paper towel.  The Ice Cream Cone set is great because there is a magnet inside the scooper and when you press the button it releases the ice cream into the cone, they have also added the ice cream container to this set, so it's perfect for storing all of the pieces when it's time to clean up.
The waitress role play set is a new addition to their dress up collection and it's absolutely adorable!  It comes with a serving tray, a menu, name tag and a book to write up orders.  If your little one prefers to do the cooking over the serving...the chef costume is perfect, it has cooking utensils, an oven mitt and a chef hat...super cute!!
Who doesn't love dessert?  The cookie set is so cute because it has the container for the cookie dough, utensils, an oven mitt and a cookie sheet, it also has individual cookies that have mix and match toppings.  The doughnuts are the same in the way you can mix and match the different toppings and the brownies are so cute because they have a box of brownie mix and serving utensils!
Pretending it is someone's birthday is always a great time!  You actually decorate this cake with velcro toppings and candles and you can actually cut and serve this cake!  The same goes for the pizza can roll it with the pizza cutter and when you cut the velcro apart it sounds like you are cutting a real crispy crust!
Cutting fruit and the Sandwich Making set are also some classic items...the fruit is so fun to cut up and make fruit salad out of, and the sandwiches can be made to fit anyone's order!
Food groups are fantastic because it really helps the kids to understand the different food groups and learn a little bit more about nutrition!
Felt Food is a new addition to Melissa and Doug's collection as well...this Create Your Own Cookie Set is awesome because it comes with a cookie sheet, cookie cutters and decorations!!  You can also add your own felt pieces for a little art project.

Don't forget all of our toys are brand new and we also have lots of brand new clothing and accessories!  Make sure you add us to your holiday shopping stops this year!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

feel fresh fridays...Juicy Couture

The holiday season is an exciting time of the year where we can enjoy time spent with family and friends, but it tends to leave everyone exhausted. Whether you hosted Thanksgiving dinner in your home this year, or traveled to visit loved ones, I'm sure there was a lot of running around in preparation.  

Those of you that ventured out for Black Friday shopping must be especially tired and ready for a cozy weekend at home. Slip into one of our Juicy Couture sweatsuits, put your feet up, and pop in your favorite movie to give your body and mind a rest. After all, the holiday season has only just begun, I'm sure you'll need it!

Here are some of the Juicy items we have in stock now...

Don't forget about our Black Friday, Small Business Saturday Sales, and our Coach raffle going on now!

It truly is Black Friday done don't have to battle the crowds, we have mimosas, coffee and snacks (Meghan brought cookies from Judicke's Bakery in Bayonne and Becca brought some munchkins)...who can beat that?!  Stop in to see us!

black friday...done right

Monday, November 21, 2011

what are you wearing for Thanksgiving?

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is in 3-days!!  Where is the time going?  Better yet, what in the world are you and your kids going to wear on Thursday?  Don't worry, we are here to help!

InStyle magazine highlights timeless fashion...

And Renewal shows you how to accomplish that look for less...

Lucky magazine highlights modern romance as another chic fashion trend that is perfect for the holidays...

Ruffles are a classic and easy way to pull off this look.  Pair it with a blazer for a more formal touch.
Elegant little dresses are the easiest way to dress up your little girl.

Little man will look so handsome dressed up for the day...and Grandma will be very happy!

If you're celebrating at home, it's always good to go for a casual and comfortable look...
Sweater dresses and knit tops are great for achieving this casual style

Leggings are perfect for those little girls to run around in

Boys can look sharp even when they are dressed down

Make sure you add us to your list of errands to run in the next few days so we can make sure you are lookin' good for turkey day.

Friday, November 18, 2011

feel fresh fridays...dress up the drab

Winter is quickly approaching and everyone is stocking up on warm and comfy clothes but, with gray skies outside and gray sweaters in your closet, everything about the season can seem a bit drab. At Renewal we believe style shouldn't be sacrificed for warmth...besides, with Thanksgiving coming up, we want to make sure you are dressed to impress.

Pairing brightly colored scarves with dark knits is a great way to liven up your wardrobe and stay warm at the same time.

Accessories are also a winter must-have. You can match various necklaces and rings with your favorite sweater or long-sleeved shirt to give it a fresh feel every time.

Stop in soon so we can help you feel fresh for Thanksgiving!

We've also had so many compliments on our jewelry racks that Becca made and I thought I'd share a little 'how-to' in case you want some in your bedroom or closet!
What you'll need and 4 simple steps...
1.  Take any shaped piece of wood and sand it until it's smooth to avoid splintering
2.  Stain it whatever color you wish
3.  Put a coat of polyurethane to seal it with a shine
4.  Hammer finishing nails randomly into the wood to hang the jewelry from.

Make sure to let us know if you decide to make one...we'd love to see it!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

thankful for thrifting contest...

We've been having so many contests for the kids, we figured lets give the ladies a turn!  No one loves a second hand find more than us and hearing a great story behind it makes it even better.  Have you ever purchased something second hand that your wardrobe can't live without?  Or even found a great piece of furniture that just needed some love to make it fabulous?  Please share your experiences with us...besides, you will get a coupon and a chance to win $50!!  (ladies and furniture finds only please)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

little style

Each year when we celebrate another year of business my family reminisces about where it all began.  It's not uncommon for the family videos to come out and remind us of the enthusiasm and happiness from such an incredible memory.  No matter how many times I watch those videos, I am still amazed at my Mom's courage and drive to complete such an undertaking.

A few weeks ago we stumbled upon a tour of the store (narrated by my sister) on October 22, 1993, the night before our grand opening.  It reminded me of one of my Mom's original idea's 'Little Elegance' which was a section of our store for fancy party and holiday outfits.

So, last weekend when my Mom went on vacation, I surprised her by re-introducing Growing Kids - Little Elegance...Check it out!

One of my favorite things to do is create corresponding children's holiday outfits and there is no better joy than receiving the Christmas card and seeing those outfits in action...stop in so we can help you put some together and make sure you are ready for holiday photos!!


Who said you can't find matching outfits in a resale store??

Looking for a more casual look?  We have items for every style...

Don't forget the dress coat and shoes!