Archives for December 14, 2016

Make your Nurseries and Playrooms stand out above the Crowd! Think Cute (or very cool) and Educational!

I know it was a long time ago when my now Teenage son was a little one. He reminds me of this daily. But, really it isn’t so long ago that I don’t remember planning his room. I loved Winnie the Pooh so it had to be Classic Pooh. Why? Well, I loved Pooh and especially Tigger and yes, they were cute!

But, is cute and your favorite really the way to go?

I’m not so sure as I am now older and a little wiser!

My son would have preferred something less cute but cool and educational.  He loves other countries, maps and different places. He always did when he was younger and he still does. So, I am quite excited to share about this company called Pictureta. The founder of children room décor firm Pictureta also found that there was a lack of nursery art options that were both cute and educational, so she decided to design a world map that would give her Ukrainian-American son a global perspective. The result? A really cool map that would make any Playroom or Nursery stand out!



I just love this Map! My son is older so I gave the one I received to a family member and her son just adores it!

Pictureta  now makes modern and educational world mapsthrow pillowspersonalized and bilingual world maps. Now, how cool is that?!

The fun world map can be personalized with the location of the child’s birthplace and makes a cute gift for both new parents, first birthdays and toddlers ages 0-5. Pricing starts at $35 and is available on

Also, there is  a Christmas Around the World edition of the world map for this holiday season. It features Santa’s from around the world and would make a perfect holiday decor for kids for years to come. In addition, they have a  personalized My First Christmas world map which will make a perfect baby’s first Christmas gift.  Any of these would make wonderful holiday gifts this Holiday Season!

More info:

Pictureta was born out of a creative spirit and desire to offer modern and educational room décor for children that helps create a positive impact on the child’s development. Based in California and owned by a mom and professional graphic designer, Katya Belitskiy, Pictureta products are made in the United Stated.

For more information about the Pictureta brand and all of the products, please visit Like them on and follow them on

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. I highly recommend Pictureta! Photo and info was provided.

Holiday Treats for the Foodies this Holiday Season! Greater's Ice Cream..Yum!

Looking for delicious snacks and treats this holiday season besides candy and cookies?

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Ice cream is always a favorite of mine!

Did you know that you can ship one of America’s best ice creams to your friends and family across the country? Go here!

If you’re not familiar with the dessert brand, Graeter’s Ice Cream is a nationally recognized and awarded ice cream brand that was founded over 146 years ago in Cincinnati, OH. The fourth-generation family owned and operated company has perfected the art of using the French Pot, a traditional, small batch artisanal process of making ice cream. Known for their indulgent, premium flavors and ingredients, they’re also widely recognized for their gargantuan gourmet chocolate chips.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip are my two favorites! I can find them at my local Ralphs in Redondo Beach! Look for them this holiday season!


Self Disclosure: I received free coupons to try out a few flavors to facilitate this post. Photos were provided.

2016 KIDS FIRST! Holiday Gift Guide


Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. That’s why, KIDS FIRST! has created our annual Holiday Gift Guide featuring DVDs, games and music for your loved ones. We know you look for that perfect gift for your niece, nephew, sister-in-law and of course, your own kids and family members and, we’ve got your back! You most likely know what those closest to you want and need, but for those who you don’t see as often it’s more of a challenge. Check out our recommendations of DVDs, music and games to help you find the perfect Holiday gift. Many of these have been reviewed by our in-house team of youth KIDS FIRST! Film Critics and, if so, you will find their video review right next to the item. Of course, you can find many more reviews at and, if you order anything from Amazon, please use our Amazon Smile account so a part of your purchase helps to support the ongoing work of KIDS FIRST. Happy Holidays from all of us at KIDS FIRST! to all of you.

Click here for our 2016 KIDS FIRST! Holiday Gift Guide: