Thursday, November 4, 2010

Buy 4 Get One More!

Attention Canadian Fans: Our friends at LMNOP Magazine have teamed up with one of our favorite retail partners Raspberry Kids to offer you a great deal on Hopscotch Kids!



From now until November 30, 2010, buy 4 Hopscotch Kids nail polishes and get one more - FREE!



Canadian fans, when you visit Raspberry Kids fill your cart with 5 of your favorite polish colors, then enter the following code at checkout: buy4get1more

But you'll need to be quick - you won't want to miss out on popular colors Heads Up, Seven Up, or Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater. Pick up a bottle of Hopscotch Kids' accompanying polish remover whilst you're there. It's free of icky toxins too!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Munchkins and Goblins and Witches – Oh My!

You can green your Halloween.
It’s Halloween time again, and while we want to enjoy all the spooktacular aspects of the season, we believe it’s possible to have all the scary fun you want safely. Where costumes are concerned, there are loads of eco friendly options. Swapping costumes with other families or altering existing costumes means less waste and gives kids the chance to create their own one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Of course, no costume is complete without the finishing touches of the perfect Halloween manicure. Hopscotch Kids has specially created Halloween Party Packs for the season and our eleven vibrant colors are sure to match any costume from superhero to princess!




Pumpkin Patch Party Pack - Our orange, green and black create the perfect pumpkin! Start by applying our Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater orange to the nails. Two coats works best and allow drying time in between. (3-5 minutes) After the nails have dried completely, dip a toothpick or unwound paper clip in our Miss Mary Mack black. Then you can draw the face of the jack (or jane) o’lantern right on the nail bed. Add a square of green on the top of the nail and presto! The perfect pumpkin. Options are endless with our orange and black – from little bats and cats on each nail to spiders and witches brooms. For Mom’s who want to keep it simple, Halloween polka dots are always an adorable option.

Witchy Poo Party Pack - is a great costume completer for your little witches, ghouls and goblins. We love to just alternate our Heads up Seven Up lime green, Say, Say oh Playmate Purple and Miss Mary Mack black. We love a black witches hat on our lime green or purple nails. The sky’s the limit and creativity is key. As always,Hopscotch Kids is non-toxic and safe for our little ones!

And to tie the whole look together, check out these great non-toxic face paints from Terra Firma Beauty, available online at Terra Firma Cosmetics And if you feeling adventurous you can make your own click here for a fun how-to provided by GreenHalloween.org.

Speaking of Green Halloween® we are proud to be included in their grassroots movement created in 2007 to create healthier, earth-friendly holidays. While Halloween is generally associated with loads of candy and crazy makeup, there are ways to green your Halloween and create a fun memories for your kids by choosing crafts and costumes with a conscience. Some of the amazing ideas brought to us by Green Halloween® learn more here include hosting and participating in a “costume swap” locally and creating non-toxic face paints at home found with readily available ingredients. Simple and cute felt bag crafts are perfect for trick-or-treating and save the planet from yet another plastic bag. There are so many simple and creative ways to do your part to help the planet and each other.

Enjoy your Green Halloween from all of us at Hopscotch Kids!

Together, we can make a difference and change the world. Play Safely.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

TRICK OR CHIC



Phew.

That went by fast. Summer is officially over. Well, at least that's what the calendar says. In Phoenix, the weather has yet to hear this news. That's OK though because we are already looking forward to fall and we have added a new color to our line up just in time!

Yes, everyone - we are so excited to have our perfect pumpkin orange in stock and shipping NOW! Its' name is, of course "Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater". This is a great opaque orange that goes on easily and dries quickly just like our other awesome colors. We are introducing two just for Halloween Party Packs, the "Pumpkin Patch Party Pack" featuring our Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater Orange, Eeenie Meenie Greenie, and Miss Mary Mack Black, the perfect trio to create the perfect Jack (or Jane) O' Lantern Mani and Pedi. We are also featuring the "Witchy Poo Party Pack" featuring our Miss Mary Mack Black, Heads Up Seven Up Lime Green, and the sought after Say Say O Playmate Purple. Tress their tips to complement their costumes! As always, our Party Packs come with a Hopscotch Kids remover and buffer and are now selling online for the new reduced price of $42.99. That's a 15% savings on our individual bottle retail price!

Check out the look of our new website as well. We have been hard at work updating the Hopscotch site and introducing our new design, making it easier than ever to order online. In addition, we are now offering free standard shipping on all orders over $35.

We have been the talk of the town lately, and were so thrilled to have some amazing recognition in the press lately. In the month of September alone, we were featured on People.com, Daily Candy Kids, BeautyNYC, Tiny Pants Kids, Safe Mama and more! Everyone is loving our product and we are adding retailers daily as to where you can purchase our products in the US and Internationally. Check our website for our growing list, there is Hopscotch Kids coming to a store near you!

Back to work! We've got less than 100 days till Christmas and we are already hard at work creating some e fabulous new Holiday colors for all of your little ones. Remember always, we are 100% non- toxic, Eco friendly and salon quality. Play Safely. Hopscotchkids.com.

Moms - don't forget - we launched our super Eco-Chic adult line of nail polishes Scotch Naturals this month. We are shipping nine of the hottest colors for Fall and you can order online at Scotchnaturals.com. Cheers!






Saturday, August 14, 2010

New York Daily News


What a trip...literally. As we walked out of the enormous Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan this afternoon, after a sales training with our amazing and revered North American rep Karen Alweil for the New York International Gift Fair, we realized that one very short year ago, at this very moment we were cleaning up after our first launch party.

What a difference a year makes.

In the last year, and really in the last few short months, our little Hopscotch Kids line has come into it's own. We are so lucky to have such a great team of professionals working with us that share our passion and love of our product. It's amazing, the growing momentum that is taking place. While in New York, we have had some incredible meetings with huge national publications and online blogs. Everyone we talk to and everyone who tries our product is literally blown away by the technology and playfulness of our line. It has left us with no doubt that we have created a major buzz about Hopscotch Kids and we will be a household name in no time.

We know, for a fact, that none of this would be possible without the support and love we have been showered with from our families, friends and fans. We have worked our tails off to get to where we are, and we know that from here, the hard work really begins. We want to let you know that as always, we are dedicated to providing you the safest salon quality nail polishes for your little ones. We pride ourselves on customer service and fulfilling every order, from single bottles to birthday packs in a timely and professional manner. We are looking forward to introducing new colors and researching and producing an entire line of non-toxic cosmetics for kids.

That being said, we are hard at work tonight in New York, prepping media samples and making sure we are totally prepared for the madness that is the Gift Show. Cheers from the Big Apple, and lots of Hopscotch Love!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Hopscotch Kids!!



We're turning 1 tomorrow!

It has been a wild and crazy ride thus far. We've enjoyed so many exciting changes from our fabulous Mother/Daughter Tea party (check out our beautiful party pics from one year ago
here), a fantastic and groundbreaking new formula, a trip to the Oscars gifting suites, a trip to Santa Monica for Eco Baby World, then back to Los Angeles where we picked up a US rep and publicist--how very Hollywood, baby.

And now, as I write this, Ginny is on her way to NYC for a whirlwind media tour and the International Gift Show. Oh, and I'm sure you've heard by now that we are getting ready to launch our absolutely gorgeous, eco-chic adult line, Scotch.

We have a lot to celebrate on our first birthday and we want you to celebrate with us... After all, we couldn't have done it without you!!

Please use promo code ANN20 to receive 20% off your next order.

Many thanks from all of us at Hopscotch Kids. We're looking forward to another amazing year.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Great Review from Natural Mommie!



A BIG thank you to Natural Mommie for the spectacular review! We love you too!!

I’m always happy to feature
Raspberry Kids on Natural Mommie. This online lifestyle store is Canadian, full of the newest products for babies and kids and just a happy little place to shop on the net. It’s a bright, cheery and inviting webstore much like owner, Sue Sinclair! Her refreshing approach to shopping for safe and fun children’s products is contagious – take a look at the site, twitter and facebook page and you’ll know what I mean!

A new product in stock at Raspberry Kids is an item that’s making noise all over the web. It’s eco-friendly SALON QUALITY nail polish called Hopscotch Kids!

These nail polishes are truly non-toxic and safe for children. They are water-based nail polishes that are produced without toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, acetone, or heavy metals. There are no noxious fumes or odors and no yellowing or drying of nails! Salon quality means that mommies can wear them too!

Along with this gorgeous collection of brightly pigmented nail polishes is non-toxic polish remover. It’s all natural, corn based and is formulated with Aloe and Vitamin E conditioners.

My experience? Well since I don’t have little princesses in the house {though I do have a few handsome princes haha}, I tried the polishes out on myself! The Bubble Gum in a Dish is sooo pretty. It’s a sort of a raspberry/fuchsia/hot pink color. Incredibly shiny, dimensional and quick drying – it’s definitely salon quality. It dries perfectly even without any lines from the brush {I can’t think of the proper word for this – estheticians, help me out!} and the color is consistent. Even though it’s called the Water Color collection, the polish isn’t watery or too thin. How pretty is this?? {Please ignore my hangnails and dry cuticles, I’m in desperate need of a manicure}

With safe polishes like this on the market, I’m surprised that the toxic ones are even an option. At $12.99 a bottle, they’re more than the brand I normally reach for at $8.99, but in the end, what’s $4 extra when the bottle is going to last me over a year and I don’t have to inhale noxious fumes to have nails this pretty for my date with hubby tonight!

Mommies of little girls, you’ll love this polish and the huge array of colors you can pick from. Check out the collection
here.

Check out the Hopscotch Kids giveaway on
Natural Mommie and become a Fan/Friend/Follower.
Natural Mommie

Monday, July 26, 2010

The case for non-toxic nails….but, what does it all mean?



As most of you know, or have heard, or read about recently there is increasing concern over the toxicity of our cosmetics in this country. A landmark bill was introduced in Congress last week dealing with this very issue. As a whole, the FDA is very lax about what chemicals are allowed in our beauty products. Chemicals that have been known to cause all types of cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive issues and more.

Nail Polish – Traditional vs. “Big 3 Free”

Traditional nail polishes are one of the most toxic cosmetic products you can buy, and most people are not even aware that these toxins are absorbed as quickly into your nail bed as they are into your skin. Not to mention the toxins your are breathing into your lungs. Traditional nail polishes include nasty ingredients like Formaldehyde, Toluene and Dibutyl Phthalate otherwise known as “The Big Three”. Removers and hardeners associated with acrylic nails and shellac treatments contain an even longer, harder to pronounce list of damaging ingredients.

Many nail polish manufacturers have agreed to be “Big 3 Free” and tout themselves as "non-toxic" or “safe.” Is it true? The fact of the matter is NO - they are neither safe nor non-toxic. You can be “Big 3 Free” and still contain a bevy of petrochemicals, solvents and unsafe colorants. What are glycol ethers (butyl and ethyl acetates)? Solvents that have been shown to cause reproductive damage. Nitrocellulose? That's the main ingredient in dynamite and a highly flammable hazardous material. What are FD&C colors? Cancer causing colorants shown to increase hyperactivity in lab rats. Lake and coal tars? Petrochemicals. Check other “safe” kids and adult nail polishes and see the results. It might surprise you to see what’s hiding in “safe” nail polishes.

Why Hopscotch Kids?

Hopscotch Kids is truly the safest nail polish for kids on the market. We have three ingredients. Three. Water, water-miscible acrylic polymer emulsion, and natural colorants. That’s it. While we are not “completely natural” - no nail polish is, we have made it our mission to be the safest and highest salon-quality product available. We are using the same formula for our adult line, SCOTCH Naturals, using amazing natural colorants that make our polish truly safe and “Eco-Chic”.

What do you mean “Salon-Quality?”

Hopscotch Kids is the only water based nail polish on the market that has such vibrant, rich colors that dry in 3 minutes to a high gloss. With the proper preparation of little nails, our colors will look and last like traditional nail polishes. There is no need for a basecoat or topcoat, so professional looking nails are quick and easy to achieve - which makes the manicure and pedicure process fun for Mom and kids.

But it is more expensive than other “kids” nail polishes.

You’re right. We are a little more expensive than other kids “non-toxic” nail polishes. That’s because we have such a high quality, truly safe, non-toxic product. Our polishes are designed to last with just two coats of polish, eliminating the need to purchase separate topcoat and basecoat (saving you money and time). Our bottles of polish contain cutting edge technology providing ease of use and a longer shelf life than other “water-based” polishes. Every aspect of Hopscotch Kids, from our lead-free Italian glass bottles, to our specially designed kid-sized brushes makes us a superior product. We named each of our colors after playground and nursery school games in order to celebrate the innocence of childhood. Your kids deserve the best, and we have made it our mission to keep kids innocent and playful for as long as possible. Our two coat colors will last for weeks, but the memories created by using our products will last a lifetime.

For more information, please consult the following websites and links. If you would like any additional information regarding Hopscotch Kids, please email us at info@hopscotchkids.com. You can find all of our products for sale at hopscotchkids.com.

http://www.safecosmetics.org/

http://www.ewg.org/Safe_Cosmetics_Act_Of_2010

http://cbs5.com/local/manicures.pedicures.nail.2.1815784.html

http://hubpages.com/hub/The-dangers-of-food-colorings

What About Me?







“Don’t Forget the Little Dude!”

When we were in LA last month at the awesome Sweet Pea Organics launch party at the COOP LA, we were so excited at how many cool little dudes wanted their nails and toes done! It doesn’t surprise us though because we have the best shades of red, blues, greens and a black that make a great little “man” icure!

Here’s a couple fun ideas to try if little brother doesn’t want to be left out of the fun:

The “Spider-Mani” Take our Red Rover, Ink – a – Bink Blue, and Miss Mary Mack Black and alternate fingers and toes red, blue and black. Three minutes to dry and he’ll be ready to climb to greatness.

The “Aqua-Mani” Take our Eenie Meenie Greenie, Miss Mary Mack Black and Heads Up 7 Up Lime Green and alternate dark green, light green and black. The perfect colors for a little under-sea superhero.

The “Super-Mani” – Take our Three Sailors went to Sea Sea Sea Blue and alternate fingers and toes with our Red Rover. Unstoppable!

Find and purchase all of these great kid friendly colors at our Hopscotch Kids website. Keep an eye out for our new website design with our updated colors! Coming Soon!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

SUM15 - Spreading some sunshine!

Oh my goodness, is it mid-July already? We at Hopscotch Kids have been so busy with all the exciting developments around here we have hardly had time to keep up!

Right now we are in the process of updating and redesigning our website with the new Hopscotch Kids colors and information. Ordering online from Hopscotch Kids will be so much easier and more fun.

For some, summer is coming quickly to a close. For those of us in Phoenix, it can’t come soon enough! Time to get those nails in ship shape for school time. For our facebook fans, we would like to offer everyone a 15% discount on all our products this month.

Our summer promo code is SUM15. Go to www.hopscotchkids.com and input the code at checkout and we will take 15% off your total order. Please feel free to share SUM15 promo code with all your friends and family.

And just in case you missed it...COMING SOON! Scotch Naturals - our beautiful adult line. Sneak peak of the fall/winter 2010 colors can be found on our Scotch Naturals face book fan page.

You can follow us on Twitter and our blog for all the latest and greatest news.

Friday, July 23, 2010

In the News

Hopscotch Kids has had a very busy summer, click here to read all about it. In addition to adding key team members here in Phoenix, we are so pleased to announce our partnership with Karen Alweil Studios as our exclusive North American Sales Representative. We debuted Hopscotch Kids to the masses and gave buyers a sneak peek at our Scotch Naturals adult line during the Los Angeles and Atlanta International Gift Shows. We will be wrapping up the summer at the International Gift Fair in New York City, August 15 - 19. If you’re in the neighborhood, feel free to find us at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Accents on Design, at the Karen Alweil Studio Booth #4054 & #4056.
Hopscotch Kids and Scotch Naturals is also so excited to be working with Grand Avenue Baby Public Relations and the amazing Barbie Davalos as our public relations diva! A fellow mom and expert on all products kid related, Barbie and her hard working team bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our company. She has been hard at work getting our name out there for the gift fairs and making sure we are on all the hottest “Holiday Gift Guides”. We are so lucky to have Barbie and her public relations team in our corner.





COMING SOON! Scotch Naturals - our beautiful adult line. Sneak peak of the fall/winter 2010 colors can be found on our Scotch Naturals face book fan page.


Find us and “Like” Hopscotch Kids and Scotch Naturals on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all the latest and greatest news.

For wholesale retail orders, please contact Karen Alweil Studios, in the L.A. Mart, 1933 S. Broadway Ste. 338, Los Angeles, CA 90007.(213)746-5363 Phone (213)746-5414 or info@karenalweilstudio.com.

For marketing and public relations opportunities, please contact Barbie Davalos at Grand Avenue Public Relations, barbie@grandavenuepr.com www.grandavenuepr.com

For Salon and Spa orders and Scotch Naturals pre-orders, please contact Heather Candelaria at hc@hopscotchkids.com

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Do You Know the Truth About Cosmetics?




Thank you Annie Leonard for getting the TRUTH out there. We are so frustrated that many nail polish companies are touting themselves as being toxic-free just because they took out the 3 bigger toxins out of their products. BUT they are still full of industrial grade solvents and chemicals.

Hopscotch Kids is TRULY non-toxic - we are water-based and use natural colorants.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

EcoStiletto - The Ultimate Guide to All Things Chic and Eco


School may be out for summer, but if you want to be in the eco-know we have a site you'll want to add to your summer reading list. A big THANK YOU to EcoStiletto for recommending Hopscotch Kids WaterColors nail polish in their enlightening piece on the hidden hazards of nail polish!




BYE, BYE BIG THREE: HELLO, RESIN
Most of the major polish brands are going “big three free,” meaning they’ve taken the most well known toxic ingredients—formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate(DBP)—out of their formulas. But some still contain chemical solvents, typically acetate derivatives (that’s the stuff that makes it stinky). And some have gotten flak for “hidden” ingredients like formaldehyde resin, which may not be listed on
labels.


The article starts off listing some of the bigger chemical offenders and then some lesser, let's say misdemeanor, options. And finally you get to the water-based category where you'll find us:



The Hopscotch Kids WaterColors line is designed for rugrats, but moms-in-the-know grab it first. Hopscotch founder and mother of four Ginny Cardenas says that when you first use water-based polish, you may notice that it peels and chips because the polish is drawing away the solvents that your old polish left behind, but after a few treatments with water-based polish, you’ll never know the difference. We’re not sure on the science, but our pretty polish stayed on and we’re counting the days until Scotch Naturals for adults launches next month.


We love that they saved the best--and safest--for last! Read the full article on EcoStiletto and be sure sign up for the newsletter and enter to enter to win a Hopscotch Kids WaterColors Twin Pack.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Livin' Large - Check us Out on Laura Day Living!





First of all, if you don't know what Laura Day Living is, please go check it out... I mean now... go ahead. I assure you you'll curse me later. We are driven to distraction by this webazine and could spend hours--literally--meandering through each room, enjoying her her visually stunning layouts and exploring the different sources of inspiration. It is truly a visual treat. Like a treasured and engrossing coffee table tome that changes content every few weeks.


So you can imagine how over-the-moon we are about being featured in Volume 3, which is all about summer and her home in the Hamptons. Check out Hopscotch Kids WaterColors nail polish in Bubble Gum Bubble Gum in a Dish. We are in the Closet with the accessories... you can take your time and go room by room, or you can take the shortcut.


Main image from Laura Day Living Vol.3

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lovely Little Ladybugs




Now that we have some new colors in our lineup (and a great new formulation!) we're really starting to play around with fun and simple paint techniques that are so quick to do, even our busy girls volunteer to be testers. The ladybug is so simple, and adorable on little toes for summer:

You will need
Soap and water
Buffer
Hopscotch Kids WaterColors nail polish in Red Rover Red Rover
Hopscotch Kids WaterColors nail polish in Miss Mary Mack
A toothpick (or small paperclip bent straight)
A rag or moist paper towel to wipe the toothpick if needed

1. Make sure hands are super clean to start.
2. Buff nails to remove surface oils, then rinse and dry well.
3. Apply 1-2 thin coats of Red Rover Red Rover.
4. Carefully remove brush from Miss Mary Mack and set aside.
5. Dip the toothpick into the polish and gently apply little black dots.

Keep your squirmer occupied for 3-5 minutes and then let your little buggies fly.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Oh Canada... Here We Come!


We are so thrilled that you can now find us on two FANTASTIC Canadian online retail sites: Lavish and Lime and Raspberry Kids.


Countless hours and research have gone into finding products that embody Raspberry Kids tagline of Fresh, Healthy and Fun and we are very excited and proud of our Raspberry Kids collection. We have focused on quality, craftsmanship, usability and good value versus quantity, price and simply accumulating stuff. We look for unique products and products that tell a story. We are pleased to feature many products that are made in Canada, the USA & Australia, several items that are made By a Mom, For a Mom as well as many award winning products and products that are environmentally friendly and/or socially responsible.



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If you're looking for contemporary eco-friendly products to help you live life a little greener, Lavish & Lime is a great place to start. We source unique, contemporary products that look good. Green is no longer a fad, it’s a way of life and the smartest, most efficient way to do things when all true costs are taken into account. Everything at Lavish & Lime has been selected because of its inherent quality and style. Each product must successfully pass through one of three filters: Eco-friendly, Natural/non-toxic and Made in Canada.

Hopscotch Kids WaterColors on Lavish and Lime

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Flag Day!





In honor of Flag Day--and as our own prep for the coming 4th of July holiday--we found a fantastic project for you and the kiddos, courtesy of Skip to My Lou. I never do anything quite put-together enough for the centerpiece, though I might have to this year because it is so adorable! However, we do love to make home made pinwheels and Skip to My Lou provides pdf instructions for three different sizes. They are fun and festive and you can use them in all sizes to decorate your backyard or beach BBQ. Or you can make little 4 or 6 inch versions as cake or pie decor. And of course they are an ideal, safe alternative to sparklers for your tiny tots.



Once you clean up the project mess, gather your girls and your Hopscotch Kids WaterColors. Our Ink a Bink a Bottle of Ink and Red Rover Red Rover will give your fingers and toes a little patriotic flair. Paint nails one color and toes the other, or alternate one red, one blue. If you're feeling really creative you could do red nails with blue dots (or stripes) or vice versa... the possibilites are endless!
Be sure to order the Twin Pack and we'll include a free buffer.


Centerpiece image via Skip to My Lou.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Color Me Safe - Home Made Play Dough





We are all about color... Obviously! But more and more we are trepedatious about the safety of the products our kids love, namely play dough and paint. Thanks to eco ike we've just come across this fantastic recipe for homemade play dough. Be sure to check out the link below for all natural (vegetable) food coloring.



1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup salt
1 Tablespoon oil (any type)
2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
1 Tablespoon peppermint extract (or cinnamon or vanilla)
1+ Tablespoon natural food coloring


(1.) In a pot, mix dry ingredients then stir in the wet ingredients while the burner is on medium heat.
(2.) Once it thickens a little, lower the heat and keep mixing until it looks almost solid and there are no gooey parts.
(3.) Dump out, let cool and wedge.
(4.) Keep in a glass or bpa-free airtight container.
* recipe courtesy of Simple Bliss

Monday, May 3, 2010

Hopscotch Kids Adventures in Malibu!

We met so many wonderful people at the EcoBabyWorld/Red Cross Event. We had a great time! The Bel-Air Bay Club and it's staff were amazing. The views were stunning. And all the vendors and people we met were fantastic. Really awesome eco-friendly products hitting the market. Can't wait to take another trip to Santa Monica and Malibu.


One of the perks to going to these fun events is trading product with the other vendors and coming home with the coolest goodies for our kiddos. Click here to see a quick video of Mary sporting her Moo Moo Moosica shirt, Organic Baby Couture yoga pants and zo-li's On-The-Go snack dispenser which Mary quickly filled with all her favorite snacks. And anyone who knows Mary knows she luvvvvvvvs her snacks. We think she has a hollow leg.



Organic Baby Couture
Yoga Pants are Oh soooooo soft!




zo-li has so many cool products

Luvin' Paper Culture's modern designs


Cutest piggies ever!

Big Fat Hen's sleep sacks were so beautiful, soft and looked so comfy and cozy. So wish they were around when my kiddos were babies.




From the makers of Epicuren Baby comes Episencial, an organic line of skin care products at a great price. I love the feel of their sunscreen, so easy and quick to put on our kids - definitely not sticky.




Jana from Beltz4Kids was so sweet. She uses vegetables to "tan" her leather - cool!




The name of this product says it all Booby Trapper AND it really is a great design. Again, another one of those items I wish I had when the kids were babies.




Sooooo soft and not too bulky! I really loved using bumgenius with Mary but if I knew EcoBumz was available I would have bought them instead.


OrganicKidz

These are just plain COOOOOOL!




And, of course - we were there representing the Hopscotch Kids WaterColors line and gave a sneak peak of our adult line, Scotch Naturals.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Goin' Green for Easter... or How to Dye Eggs With Spinach Juice



It is only natural that our complete aversion to all things toxic extends to easter egg dye. Here you have what should be a fun and engaging project for your children, but YIKES, commercial egg dyes are riddled with things we really don't want our kids messing with, much less ingesting. If you have a budding cook or chemist in the house, going natural with your egg dyeing project is a fun way to get them experimenting with color and saturation. And if you are among the many who say, "Is this really necessary? Are we being paranoid?" Well, I say if you find healthier alternative, something that you know for sure is safe, then why wouldn't you give it a shot?

By using plant-based dyes for coloring Easter eggs, not only do you know exactly what you’re getting (hold the bugs, thanks) but the colors are far lovelier than their synthetic counterparts. They are muted yet vibrant, and knowing their source is gratifying on a deeper aesthetic level. Children seem to find that mashing food is also much more fun that simply dropping a tablet in a cup. As well, it is a great lesson in exploration—kids get to experiment with which plant materials work in which way, and can get creative with items in the refrigerator or pantry. By Melissa Breyer, Senior Producer, Care2 Green Living

See the full article from Care2.com
Then check out the COLOR CHART on About.com

Monday, March 22, 2010

Make: Paper Easter Baskets



I was so excited when this came across my desk. I have been looking everywhere for the perfect Easter basket (not too small...not too large...but just right). I can't wait to make these with my kiddos! Don't you think they're the perfect size for a couple of Hopscotch Kids WaterColors polishes?

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Easter Fun

We are so excited to be invited to Daniela Jay's Easter Party! If you live in the West Valley you won't want to miss out on all this fun. Of course, Hopscotch Kids will be there to do manicures. Can't wait for Saturday!


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Mary's Day!



Our youngest finally knows her name so much fan fare for the past two days have been centered on Mary, Mary, Mary. So you can imagine her confusion when we started talking about this Patty girl. "No, Patty. I Mary," she would say as she pointed to herself. Many attempts to get her to understand and we just weren't making any headway. So when I said "you mean Happy St. Mary's Day!" She responded with an enthusiastic "YES!" Happy St. Mary's Day!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fun at the Oscars!


Mom-blogger and StyleIt TV host, Nicole Seidman visited us while we were giving away swag in Hollywood. We were happy to send her home with a twin pack for her daughter--who gave us the "diva approval!"

Check out her piece after the jump: Hot Mom Spot