Growing Kids

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Melissa & Doug...Item of the week!

Fashion Press

The Fashion Press is great for young girls to show off their design skills. It features an amazing tri-fold playboard featuring two models. With different settings such as neighborhood and fairytale settings, and 12 fabric swatches, kids can create hundreds of designs. They can even add their own swatches! It is a great gift for birthdays and holidays.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Feel Fresh Fridays: Sweats

After Thanksgiving, the madness of the holiday season begins. If you're going to be running around today, joining us for mimosas and a fantastic sale here at the store or braving the crowds at the mall, you might as well be comfortable while doing it. Here at Renewal we have tons of comfy hoodies and sweats to keep you looking good while checking things off of your list.  

Rubbish, sz. Sm.;  Urban Renewal, sz. Sm.;  Forever 21, sz. Sm.
Joyce Leslie, sz. Large;  BCBG; sz. Med.;  SJB Athletic, sz. Sm.

Hurley, sz. Sm.;  Volcom, sz. Sm.;  Roxy, sz. Large

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Melissa & Doug...Item of the Week!

Ok, lets face it, cooking with kids is fun but it also has a time and a place.  While you are slaving over your stove all day and night getting ready for Thanksgiving, the last thing you want is little hands grabbing everything and "helping you" - but how can you say no without hurting everyone's feelings?  Don't sweat it, you can keep the little ones involved with their very own food to prepare.  
Here are some we have in stock right now...and if you mention this post you will receive 20% off all play food TODAY ONLY!  Don't forget - we are open until 8pm tonight :)

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

Unpack these "chilled" wooden groceries into your play fridge and freezer for delicious food play. Perfect for make-believe play, or as novel manipulatives for counting, sorting and more. The Pantry Products are some great staples every little chef needs to have in the pantry. This 9-piece wooden set of dry goods includes tuna, ketchup, spaghetti, soup, sugar, crackers, salad dressing, mustard and cereal.

Add wasabi, if you like! This elegant 24-piece wooden sushi play-food set is packed in a beautiful storage box and includes sliceable sushi rolls, shrimp, tuna, easy-use chopsticks, a cleaver and more. Sushi rolls make realistic chopping sounds when sliced!

The "Cutting Food" set contains eight pieces of wooden food, a cutting board and a wooden knife. Cutting the food makes a satisfying "crunch"--and a playful introduction to concepts of "whole," "part," and fractions.

Young hosts and hostesses will want to add elegance to every tea party or special occasion with this selection of fancy wooden desserts! Mix and match toppings increase the fun and variety of this three-tiered presentation, and the recessed shapes on the trays make this a great shape-sorting activity, too.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Shades of Gold

With Thanksgiving 5-days away, we are officially about to kick off the holiday season.  I don't know about you but, since the storm essentially made 2-weeks of my life disappear, this really crept up on me a lot quicker than it has in the past - never thought that was possible!  Aside from the fact that our plans for the day aren't even all ironed out yet, I just realized, I have not given any thought to what I am going to wear on Thursday!  So, to the racks of Renewal we go...and here is what we found.

Shades of gold are the perfect way to ease into the holidays, you aren't ready for the bold red just yet and you want to save the glittery silver for New Years.  Pairing different shades of gold together is an easy way to achieve a classy and elegant look that's not too over the top.

If you still want to wear some color but want to work the gold into your style go with some champagne accessories.  They will compliment nearly anything and work well the earth tones everyone loves to wear at this time of the year.

Friday, November 16, 2012

What are you wearing for Thanksgiving?!

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week! The last thing anyone wants to think about with last minute preparations for dinner is what they're going to wear. The most important aspect of your Thanksgiving outfit is comfort, as we will be gorging ourselves with turkey and mashed potatoes. Here at Renewal we have the perfect pieces to help you look good for dinner but stay comfortable during the inevitable food coma that follows.

Sweater: Ava, sz. Large; Dress: Gap, sz. 10; Shoes: Ann Marino, sz. 9

Sweater: Aphorism, sz. Large; Boots: Colin Stuart, sz. 7.5

Cardigan: Loft, sz. Sm; Shirt: Forever 21, sz. Med.; Jeans: Delias, sz. 00; Purse: Albi

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Melissa & Doug Item Of the Week!

Sprayza is the "no-fuss airbrush" that's powered by kids! Create unique airbrushed designs without batteries or electronic equipment. Just attach the Sprayza tool to the pen and blow to "airbrush" vibrant colors. Use the sturdy stencils to make shapes or freehand original creations onto the page.

The Sprazya fashion kit is great for those little fashionistas, let them use their creativity to make adorable shirts!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Maternity Style

Pregnancy is quite possibly the most beautiful thing a woman can endure.  Embracing your new body shape can sometimes be a struggle but it is important to keep in mind the incredible miracle that is happening inside of you!  Even with the cold months upon us you can still show off that baby bump, and save money while you're at are some of Renewal's maternity fashions for this winter.

Sweater: Loved by Heidi Klum, sz.Sm;  Shirt: Old Navy, sz.Sm;  Jeans: H&M Mama, sz. Sm

Sweater: Gap, sz. Sm; Shirt: Ella Moss, sz. Large; Jeans: Loved by Heidi Klum, sz. Sm

Shirt: Loved by Heidi Klum, sz. Sm;  Jeans: A Pea in the Pod, sz. Large

Friday, November 9, 2012

Feel Fresh Fridays: Winter Coats

It's no secret that it is actually freezing cold outside!  If this weather is any indication of what we are in store for, we are in for a long and cold winter!  The last few days, our customers have been running in stocking up on heavy coats and warm clothes for their kids...but don't forget about yourself!  Here are some of Renewal's winter coats, and if you mention this post before Saturday 11/10/12 you can have 30% off your outerwear purchase!

                                        Alfani, sz. Sm;    Therapy, sz. L;    Kenneth Cole; sz. M

Juicy Couture, sz. Sm.;   UGG, sz. Med.;  Guess, sz. Med.

Moda, sz. 8;   Option by Shani, sz. Med.;   Loft, sz. 8

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Recycled Wardrobe: 18-24M Girls

It's a common misconception that when you shop resale you can only find bits and pieces to accent your wardrobe.  We're here to show you otherwise!    We will be featuring different sizes later on, but here is an example of an18-24M girl's wardrobe. 

Everybody knows that dressing yourself or your children is easier in the summer, you can just throw on a dress and some sandals, or shorts and a tee.  In the winter, however, it's a little harder to match up your layers effectively.    
Shirts (left to right): Beetlejuice 2T, Copper Key 2T, Gap 18-24M
Skirts (left to right): Children's Place 18M, Haute Baby 18M, Children's Place 24M

The key to maximizing your children's wardrobe for the winter is to choose items that can be easily mixed and matched to make every outfit feel like new.  Pick items within the same color schemes and pair them with black and white staples. 
Dresses (left to right): Gap 18-24M, Blueberri Blvd 18M, Gap 18-24M - Sweater: Ooh! La! La! 2T
Leggings (left to right): Gymboree 18-24M, Gap 18-24M, DKNY 24M

Don't forget to add some basics...
LS Shirts: Children's Place 18-24M - Grey Jeans: Gap 18-24M - Blue Jeans: Gymboree 18-24M
  And some warm layers...
Denim Jacket: Gap 18-24M - Beige Jakcet: Zara 18-24M - Fur Vest: Gap 2T
Gap Sweater: 2T - Pink Juicy Hoodie 2T Brown Carters hoodie 2T

Is there a particular size you are interested in seeing?  Comment below and let us know!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Melissa & Doug Item of the Week!

    While we are still all recovering from the unfortunate damage and power loss resulting from Hurricane Sandy, many of you may have run out of ways to keep the kids busy. And with the snow already moving in with today's nor'easter, it's a great time to stock up on toys to entertain them over the next few days. Here are some of Melissa & Doug's arts and crafts kits to get you started.

                                                       Decorate-Your-Own piggy banks.
Sand Art

Decorate-Your-Own wooden chest.

Decorate-Your-Own Figurines