Your daughter loves to play Extreme Makeover with her dolls.
But just ask Barbie how she feels about her Bic eyeliner, Magic Marker blush, and hot new mullet.
Harness Little Miss Creativity before she defaces any other property with a custom handcrafted doll. Crafted by a mom, the toys recall a simpler time — when playtime meant using your imagination (and not your arsenal of art supplies).
Made of a heavyweight, super-soft French terry spun from bamboo and organic cotton, the dolls are stuffed with Canadian wool (that won’t collect dust mites). Facial features are hand-sewn with embroidery floss; clothes are made from vintage dead stock fabrics.
The heavy stitching will be done, but kids get to choose the outfit, eye color, freckles (or not), hair color, hair length, and skin tone.
Kind of like being her skipper.
Available online at chloeinstyle.com.
30% off Umi Shoes
Start off on the right foot with nearly a third off all merch, including new styles for fall. The popular kiddie shoe line uses quality nappa and nubuck leather and pays careful attention to design — meaning they don’t just look good, but they’re also good for growing feet. Enter dailycandy30 at checkout; valid thru Sept. 3.
ImagineChildhood.com Store and Blog
If the wooden yo-yo, weaving loom, and paper-making kit don’t encourage you and your kids to get back to basics, the inspiring photos and project ideas will. Need help channeling Nature Mom? Family Field Guides is a good place to start.
Eco.Kid Lice Bomb
Every mother’s worst nightmare: The school nurse calls to say your kid has lice. Specially formulated to ward off the critters, Prevent shampoo and Nourish conditioner supposedly have a scent that bugs the bugs (but smells good to the rest of us). Plus, no artificial ingredients make it worth a try.