Valentine's Day Gifts for Babies, Kids, and Moms 0
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. We have some great Valentine's Day gifts for babies, kids, moms, moms-to-be, and families. Click on the links to shop Kabana Kids for lots of fun Valentine's gifts for the ones you love.
Here are some gift ideas for the moms and little ones in your life!
Bundles of Love and Adorable Gift Sets
For the mom who loves pink and her adorable little mermaid, this diaper bag and play mat set is just the thing to give. Save when buying our Pink Sand Beachy Diaper Bag and Mermaid Friends Beachy Play Mat bundled set! Purchase here!
For the cute little mermaid, this sweet Mermaid Baby Gift Set includes the fun, whimsical, sparkly Mermaid Friends Beachy Play Mat, Mermaid Vibes onesie, and Pink Waves Beachy Baby Sun Hat, all tied in a pretty pink bow. Purchase here.
For a tropical vibe, the Sweet Pineapple Baby Gift Set includes our Green Pineapple Beachy Play Mat, Sweet Pineapple onesie, and Pink Waves Beachy Baby Sun Hat. Purchase here.
Show your baby boy you "whale-y" love him with our adorable Loving Whales Beachy Play Mat, featuring cute little kissing whales and hearts! Pair it with our whimsical Red Lobsters Beachy Baby Sun hat to make a gift set. Shop Loving Whales play mat and Red Lobsters hat.
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A Little Something Extra
For fun (to use with Valentine's decor, a Valentine's Day craft, or to make Valentine's day cards), here are some Valentine's Day related printable digital downloads.
For more Valentine's Day fun with kids, here are some ideas for making Valentine's Day snacks, treats, and meals! Read here!
- Lori Granieri
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Planning a Ballerina Birthday Party – Free Download 0
Do you have a little ballerina in your life with a birthday coming up? Throw her a ballerina birthday party!
At Kabana Kids, we’re all about families enjoying life and making memories together. This includes special occasions and celebrations. We love planning fun, themed kids’ birthday parties and other parties. One of our favorites is a ballet themed, or ballerina themed, birthday party for a little girl.
We wanted to share some of our ideas with you. Here is a free printable, digital download with tips and ideas for planning a ballerina birthday party for your little twinkle toes!
DOWNLOAD FREE GUIDE HERE: Ideas for Planning a Ballerina Birthday Party
Add the guide to your cart and check out. There will be no charge. Then, you can download the free PDF downloadable, printable guide! It will also be emailed to you shortly.
This free guide features tips and ideas for the following:
- Setting the Stage
- Cake and Sweets
- Table Tutu
- Fun Activities
- Lori Granieri
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Family Fun Foods for Valentine’s Day 0
Ideas and Recipes for Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Valentine’s Day is such a fun time to celebrate with family! Make it extra fun with some Valentine’s Day inspired foods that kids and parents will love. Anything red, pink, or heart-shaped is perfect for Valentine’s Day. You can make just about any food heart-shaped with a cookie cutter or by shaping it by hand.
Here are some fun, festive, simple ideas for fun Valentine’s Day foods for families to make and enjoy together!
A Heart-y Breakfast
Start the day with a lovely meal. A Valentine’s Day breakfast might include any of the following: pink hardboiled eggs (dipped in beet juice), heart-shaped toast (cut with a heart-shaped cookie cutter) topped with strawberry or raspberry jam, heart-shaped “Hole-In-The-Middles” (egg fried in the middle of a piece of bread with a heart-shaped cutout in the middle), heart shaped eggs (heart-shaped frying pans are available at Target or Amazon), and heart-shaped pancakes or waffles (heart-shaped waffle makers can be found at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, or Urban Outfitters) topped with strawberry syrup and fresh strawberries and raspberries. Some other ideas include strawberry yogurt, red Jell-O cut into hearts, pink grapefruit, and cranberry juice.
Valentine’s Day Snack Ideas
Some fun Valentine’s Day snack ideas include a pretty tray with cheese and salami (cut into hearts) and crackers (you can find heart-shaped crackers at various markets and on Amazon); cream-cheese stuffed cherry tomatoes; red pepper slices to dip in ranch dressing; fruit salad with strawberries, raspberries, red grapes, watermelon and cranberries; pink smoothies (with any combination of red fruits like strawberries, raspberries, frozen cherries, and yogurt); and shrimp cocktail.
Valentine’s Day Lunch and Dinner Ideas
For some simple and fun-to-make Valentine’s Day meals, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make heart-shaped mini sandwiches, quesadillas, and pizzas. Make heart-shaped calzones or wontons (recipes below).
Other Valentine’s Day dishes include: pasta and any red/marinara sauce (you can also purchase heart-shaped pasta from World Market, Williams-Sonoma, and Pastashoppe.com), and meatballs; salad with red leaf lettuce, pomegranate, cranberries, cherry tomatoes, olive oil and red wine vinaigrette, pine nuts, blue cheese or feta, heart-shaped croutons.
Valentine’s Day Sweets and Treats
Of course, Valentine’s Day would not be complete without some sort of sweet treat – just ask any kid. Some simple and fun Valentine’s Day sweets and desserts to make together include chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry shortcake, red velvet cake or cupcakes, strawberry milkshakes, and heart-shaped cut-out sugar cookies.
Tried and True Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Recipes
Mini Heart-Shaped Chicken Quesadillas
Ingredients (for making 7 minis):
2 large/burrito-size flour tortillas
1 heart cookie cutter
½ cup diced (in really tiny pieces) cooked chicken
½ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
Using heart cookie cutter, cut out 14 (more or less depending on the size of your cookie cutter) hearts from tortillas. Mix chicken and cheese together in bowl. Top seven tortilla hearts with spoonfuls of chicken/cheese mixture, and top with remaining tortilla hearts. Broil in oven or toaster oven about 5 minutes, turn over and broil another minute. Serve with salsa, sour cream, and/or guacamole. You can add more spice to these by using Pepper Jack cheese instead of regular Jack, or by adding chopped green chiles (from can) to chicken/cheese mixture.
Mini Heart-Shaped Calzones
Ingredients (for 8 servings)
2 rolls/balls refrigerated pizza dough
About 1 cup prepared pizza sauce
1 pound mozzarella cheese
1 cup pepperoni slices
2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out pizza dough one at a time, and cut each one into 8 squares. On 4 of the squares, drop a teaspoon of pizza sauce in the middle, followed by a teaspoon of grated mozzarella and a teaspoon of pepperoni (cut into smaller bits). Top each of these with the 4 remaining dough squares (like sandwiches). Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter on each “dough sandwich” and then press the ends of each heart-shaped calzone lightly together. Place calzones on a non-stick cookie sheet. Brush calzones with olive oil.
Bake for about 10 minutes (or until lightly browned). Meanwhile, cut 8 thin slices of mozzarella cheese and use a cookie cutter or knife to make into small heart shapes. Take 8 pepperoni slices and use kitchen scissors to cut out heart shapes (you can do this by folding the pepperoni slices in half and cutting a teardrop shape). After removing calzones from oven, top them with the cheese hearts and the pepperoni hearts and return them to the oven for about 5 more minutes (or until the cheese melts).
These can be made the day before, refrigerate and reheated (at 350 degrees for about 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and they are heated through).
Heart-Shaped Chicken Wonton Appetizer
The following recipe is an easy-to-make take on wontons, using premade crescent roll dough.
To make 8 wontons:
2 cans of 8 oz. Pillsbury crescent roll dough (each can has 8 triangles of dough)
1 cup of chicken, cooked, diced
½ cup of asparagus, steamed to just tender, chopped
½ cup of broccoli, steamed to just tender, chopped
1 teaspoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray cooking oil on cookie sheet. Mix chicken, asparagus, broccoli, soy sauce, ginger, and pepper in a bowl and set aside. Unroll dough triangles and place half of them on cookie sheet. Spoon chicken mixture onto dough triangles. Cover mixture-covered dough triangles with remaining dough, and pinch seams together, forming stuffed, sealed triangle pockets. Form them into hearts. Cook for 25 minutes or until nicely browned.
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- Lori Granieri
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Getting the Nursery Ready for Baby 0
Baby Room Ideas, Tips and Suggestions
Planning for your baby’s arrival is a very exciting time filled with anticipation, happiness, awe, maybe a little anxiety, and lots of preparation. There are so many things to do to get ready for that little bundle of joy! One of them is setting up the nursery. Here are some of the basics on getting baby’s room ready!
After you’ve designated a room, or part of a room, as baby’s very own, you’ll want to start thinking about what will go where and the overall flow. A baby’s room should be sweet, peaceful, comfortable and functional. It’s where baby will (eventually) sleep, where you’ll change baby’s diapers and clothes, where you will rock, feed, comfort and read to baby, where his or her things will be kept, and most likely will continue to be his or her room long after babyhood.
Envision where you might want to put things like the crib, rocking chair or glider, changing table, storage, and more. This is also a good time to start thinking about colors, themes, and other decorating elements. And if you’re into Feng Shui, you’ll want to think about that too.
Take care of major room fixes and changes long before baby arrives. This includes any reconstruction, renovations, painting, wall covering, flooring/carpeting, window treatments, shelving, and changes to lighting (such as rewiring or hanging a light fixture). Make sure paint’s dry, fumes and dust are gone, and the room and nice and clean, and ready to fill – with baby’s stuff and with lots of love.
Your furniture style and colors are a matter of your own tastes and preferences. You may want to go with a cohesive furniture set, or something more eclectic. Baby furniture can widely range in style, colors, and price. Regardless, here are some of the basic pieces you’ll most likely want: crib, a firm crib mattress (waterproof), changing table (or dresser that can serve as a changing table), changing pad and covers, comfy chair (or rocking chair or glider), dresser, and other pieces that serve as storage.
There are lots of extras you might consider having in your baby’s room. Some accessories for the nursery might include any of the following: a rug, storage bins, shelves, a book shelf, a diaper receptacle, waste basket, toy box, and hangers and other organizers for the closet.
Baby’s bedding is pretty simple. All you need is a fitted waterproof mattress cover and fitted sheets. There is some controversy about baby bumpers, so proceed with caution there. If you’re going to use then, don’t go for really thick or puffy ones. Instead, opt for thin ones and fasten them securely to the crib. You don’t want them coming loose. Skip the comforter and any blankets in the crib. They aren’t safe. A bed skirt (for decorative purposes) is optional.
How you decorate your baby’s room is a matter of taste and preference. You may go with traditional pinks for a girl or blues for a boy, or neutral colors. You may want to incorporate a theme, such as a character from a favorite book, movie, TV, or Disney; a beach, ocean, mermaid, surf, or sailboat theme; or other themes, such as garden, cars and trucks, animals, travel, jungle, ABC’s, sunny or starry sky, Paris, woodland, glamour, sports, and so on. The possibilities are endless.
Some decorations for your baby’s room might include: wall art (such as pictures, other artwork, plaques, decals, tapestries, murals, garland, wall shelves); curtains/drapes/valances; light fixtures (i.e., chandelier, ceiling light, wall sconces, lamps); mobiles (hanging from the wall, ceiling, or just above the crib); and other fun props (such as a rocking horse, carousel horse, fairies hanging from the ceiling, a surfboard hung on the wall, and so on.)
Once your baby’s nursery is arranged, you’ll be able to stock it with baby essentials and everyday items. These include: blankets/swaddle blankets; toys; books; diapers; diaper rash crème; lotion; wipes; wipe warmer; hangers; baby monitor; baby clothes; nightlight; and so on.
Here are a few extra things that I found helpful and that I would recommend. Install a dimmer switch on the light switch so you can adjust how soft or bright the lighting is. Get a blackout shade for the window/s. It really helps with napping as baby gets a little bit older. Have any tall, big, or heavy furniture (such as a standing shelf) mounted/tethered to the wall for safety.
Preparing the nursery is one of many special ways to get ready for your baby’s arrival. I found it to be a fun and memorable experience. Enjoy it. Have fun with it.
Please share your recommendations for preparing a baby’s room. We would love to hear from you!
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- Lori Granieri
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Simple, Spooky Halloween Snacks 0
Here are some fun and festive food ideas to get you in the spirit of Halloween. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or just celebrating with your family, these simple spooky snacks are sure to be a treat!
Bell Pepper Jack O’Lanterns
Hollow out some orange bell peppers, and then carve their faces as you would with a pumpkin. Fill in the carved out parts with pieces of black olives, cut to fit. Fill them with Ranch Dressing, dips, and snacks. Serve them with chips and veggies.
Spray or spread some cheese or other dip or topping on round crackers. Top each one with a whole black olive and olive slices (for legs).
Chipotle Cream Cheese Spread
Top cream cheese with chipotle jelly and serve with crackers. Also, serve a cheese ball with crackers.
Cute and Creative Themed Baby Gift Baskets 0
Are you looking for creative baby shower gift ideas? Themed gift baskets, bundles, boxes or sets make the perfect gift for babies and moms- and dads-to-be. Pick a theme based on something cute and fun, maybe something the baby's parents are in to, and create a bundle from there!
Start with a cute basket. box, bin, container, or hamper, that coordinates with your theme, and fill it with fun and useful baby items like clothing, toys, teethers, books, accessories, decorative items, night lights, blankets, bibs, burp cloths, pacifiers, and more.
You can also include essential items (great for filler for larger bins), such as diapers, wipes, toiletries, swaddle blankets, etc.
Here are three themed baby gift basket ideas based on three of Kabana Kids' Beachy Baby Bodysuits -- Pineapple, Surfer, and Mermaid.
Pineapple Themed Baby Gift Basket
For our Sweet Pineapple themed gift basket, we used a small pink and white bin and filled it with cute pineapple products. You can also use this large pineapple print storage bin (pictured in the back) if you have lots of items to fill it with (this would be a good one for including large packages of diapers). Pineapple themed items include Kabana Kids' Sweet Pineapple Beachy Baby Bodysuit, a pink bow that matches the onesie, a coordinating pineapple plush toy, (the cutest ever) pink sparkly pineapple embellished sandals, a yellow pineapple teether, pineapple print sun hat, pineapple swaddle blanket, and a pineapple baby wipes holder.You can get our Sweet Pineapple Beachy Baby Bodysuit here! Our little matching Sweet Pineapple plush will be available soon. Other items can be found on Amazon.
Surfer Themed Baby Gift Basket
This one is perfect for surfer families with a little surf baby on the way! We started with Kabana Kids' Surf Baby bodysuit (get it here) and found some cute surf-related items that coordinate with it. For the basket, we used a great storage bin with waves on it (at Target). We filled it with our surf baby onesie, a blue waves blanket (coming soon), light-up surfers bath toy (Target), toy ring (Target), nautical teethers, little toy crabs, and "Surfer Baby on Board" car sign (all on Amazon).
Mermaid Themed Baby Gift Basket
For a mermaid themed baby gift basket, we found this adorable mermaid storage bin (on Amazon) and filled it with goodies that coordinate with Kabana Kids' Mermaid Vibes bodysuit (get it here). Items included a crocheted mermaid tail, mermaid themed head bands, mermaid pacifier holder, mermaid doll, and "Three Little Mermaids" book (all on Amazon).
- Lori Granieri
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