Lemonade 25 Cents!

We know this is a little off-season, but what better way to celebrate Bitsy’s 200th (!) post than to share with you a glance at our Lemonade Stand (from August!)?! We had a blast planning, creating + selling yummy lemonade (recipe below)! And we loved transforming the “Bitsy Retail Shop” we built for the girls last Christmas into a lemonade stand…

It started with Lucy + Greer creating their very own “Lemonade” sign to temporary replace the “Bitsy” sign…

Then, of course, we had to create a sign with our pricing:

Bitsy's Lemonade Stand!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, it was show-time!:

It was such a blast and we can’t wait to do it again next summer!

HOMEMADE LEMONADE RECIPE

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup boiled water

6 large lemons

3 ¾ cups chilled still or sparkling water (we used still)

Mix the sugar and hot water in a heatproof bowl. Stir to dissolve sugar, then set aside to cool. Roll lemons to release the juice.

Squeeze the lemons. You need about 1 cup of lemon juice.

Pour the juice into a pitcher and stir in the sugar syrup. Finally, add the chilled water and mix.

Makes 5 cups.

And, yes, we kegged ours. It was a great way to keep the lemonade fresh and cold. It was also easier + more fun for Lucy to pour!

ENJOY!

Making a Splash! (We’re Talkin’ Water Shoes)

We are going to be honest, water shoes are never something we are excited to buy. They all look a little funky and don’t really roll out an outfit like we had pictured. So, Bitsy took some time to find some sassy water shoes that will really make a big splash this summer! We would even let our kiddos wear these when they are NOT planning on making any sort of a splash – for real!

Take a look why:

water shoes for kids

Chikipikas on Etsy Gummie Slip-Ons, $13.35-

water shoes for kids

Mini Melissa Aranha VIII Yellow, $47.01-

water shoes for kids

Natives Regatta Blue/Begonia Orange Jefferson Block, $37-

Now go get your little explorer a pair of one of these adorable options. Their toes will need them and you will thank us!

Happy Summer!!

 

An All-American Summer – Poppy + Hen!

As we get ready for another season and gear our bellies + minds up for parades, picnics + warm summer nights (hopefully!) we thought a brand like Poppy + Hen only fitting to share with you! Get excited because this one is going to steal your hearts and create some nostalgia…

Girl's Summer Dresses

Girl's Summer Dresses

Girl's Summer Dresses

Girl's Summer Dresses

Poppy + Hen was created by Allie and inspired by her daughter, timeless fashion, vintage patterns, the value of childhood happiness, the value of innocence, a love for the outdoors and generations of sewers in her family (she grew up with her mom sewing her clothing – from debutante dresses to day-wear…so cool).  Made in the US with 50s/60s patterns, the collection pieces are made to last a lifetime both physically and aesthetically. Say no more.

Poppy + Hen‘s first collection (a few bits featured above) was designed to reflect “children wearing summer”. Think vacation, happy, carefree, fruit, travel, family, outdoors, summer, happiness. It is obvious that Allie has a true love for what she creates. As she explained to us, she wants this collection to be worn by all happy little girls however they please – fancy or free, with high-tops or Mary Janes – and feeling happy while wearing them. Even though these prints scream summer months, the dresses are extremely versatile – they can be carried into the fall/winter months with knee highs and tights or over leggings. The prints are exceptional and conversation starters. We can’t really choose which we like best, but the chickens definitely have a special place in our Bitsy heart.

GUESS WHAT?! Poppy + Hen is kindly offering BITSY followers FREE SHIPPING TODAY on all orders! So go get your summer on and be ready for your little ones to impress at the start of the season!!!!

*Photos credited to Poppy + Hen

hard to pass up a good thing…NELLYSTELLA!

We’ve been waiting and today the Nellystella Claudia Dress is finally available in Nellystella’s awesome new spring/summer 2016 combos at Mini Ruby! And for more of Nellystella’s full spring/summer collection head to Nellystella!

A preview here so you can see why we’re so obsessed:

Psst – we loved this “dress” so much when we previewed it that we scooped one up for ourselves to rock as a top! We’re ready for you to arrive summer!!!!

*Photo Credit: Nellystella + Mini Ruby

cheeseburger in paradise

We could not resist this Kira Kids tee when we spotted it. Or these shorties from SweetpeaclosetDesign on Etsy! Perfection. We thought we’d share how Lucy will be wearing them this season. This is an outfit to celebrate all things summer, that’s for sure!

Enjoy + don’t forget the pickle!

Find them here:

Kira Kids Burger A La Carte Crew Neck Tee, $35-

SweetpeaclosetDesign on Etsy Summer Shorties in Red, $18-

stars + stripes

Kikkerland Pinwheel Paper Straws, $4- (Amazon.com)

Since summer officially starts in a few weeks, we thought we would get your little firecracker squared away for the Fourth of July. Check out our festive finds!

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Boden (Boy’s + Girl’s) Towelling Poncho, $40-

Lula Land Vintage Gingham Shirt, $66-

Lula Land Marky Gingham Pants, $62-

HerJoyfulStudio on Etsy 4th of July Headband, $10-

SweetpeaclosetDesign on Etsy Rocket Pop Crop Top, $20-

SweetpeaclosetDesign on Etsy Custom Shorties, $18-

Acme Party Box Company Stars + Stripes Straws, $7- (pack of 24)

Petidoux Red, White + Navy Blue Stripes Play-Set, $49-

on the road again

Bitsy recently had the opportunity to be featured on Bump Club + Beyond to share some fun summer spots in Connecticut!  We thought we’d get the word out as well so you don’t miss the chance to hook the family up with some awesome plans this summer!

Check out our fun list here:

BUMP CLUB + BEYOND

Thank you BCB for thinking of BITSY and including Connecticut as a destination in the bucket list!

ENJOY + HAPPY SUMMER!!!!

meet me at the ferris wheel

This is a favorite time of year for Bitsy. We WELCOME SUMMER with a very happy heart!! Everyone is outside and carnivals are popping up all around us. The feeling is care-free + fun!

In anticipation for the start of summer, we found this funky little frock and thought it was the perfect introduction to our favorite time of year! This organic, eco-friendly girl’s ferris wheel dress from SewnNatural on Etsy features the beautiful photography of Raceytay (also on Etsy – Raceytay.Etsy.com). SewnNatural turned Raceytay’s photograph into this colorful and adorable pinafore. We really can’t take our eyes off of it!

GET YOUR RIDE TICKET HERE!

*WOOP WOOP! SewnNatural has generously offered Bitsy readers a 10% discount on anything in the shop until Thursday, May 28th! Use Promo Code BITSY at check out.

Enjoy + Happy Memorial Day!

LIBERTY for all

Liberty of London has made quite a splash in both the adult + children’s markets over the past several years. Bitsy is always keeping an eye on their prints. Lately that hasn’t been hard to do…it is everywhere! We love these fabrics, especially on our little ones. Take a look at what we love…

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a. crewcuts baby tunic + bloomers in liberty nina taylor floral – tunic, $64-, bloomers,$34- **this link does not want to work, so in order to locate please go to “www.jcrew.com”, “baby” and type in the search box “baby tunic/bloomers in liberty nina taylor floral”

b. no added sugar fun bow digi spiral liberty, $23.39-

c. h&m girls jersey dress, $4.95- **we cheated here – a little liberty of london look-alike frock for some hot summer days that won’t break the bank

d. anais & i annabelle dress in liberty of london print, $118-

e. tinker and belle on etsy girls liberty print smock blouse (for baby to 10 years!), $75.78-

f. stag handmade on etsy blue children’s liberty of london print bowtie, $32-

These are some vibrant options for this season that hopefully capture your eye as well. A lot of hand-me-down options!

Let the Sun SHINE (please)!

Ut Oh – looks like the Seed Heritage Bird Bather Swimsuit was pretty popular (I totally get why)! Since it seems to be sold-out, here are a few other options that are quite adorable…

a. (Another super cute – and funky! – option from Seed Heritage) girls parrot bather

b. bon voyage kids luca bynn swimming costume floral

c. bon voyage kids tucana kids swimming costume polka (LOOK at the back pockets!!)

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This time of year I almost always find myself dreaming of sunny summer days. We head to Florida in April every year with my family (usually for Easter). So, right after the stroke of the New Year I start thinking about what to pack. Call me crazy, but it gets me through the Connecticut January, February + March months – ohhh these dreadful months.

Having worked in retail I’m also trained to think “resort wear” – even if it means doing so while building a snowman in my yard. As I dream of palm tree breezes, I thought I’d share what I’ve found for the mini shes and hes in a warmer climate – whether it be their hometown, a vacation or a countdown to a vacation. These sunny outfits will keep your little one’s bod looking fresh…

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outfit 1 (top left)

carters relaxed checked shirt

(green, also available in blue)

seed heritage boys chino pant

(brilliant yellow, other colors available)

seed heritage canvas pull on runner

(navy, also available in “red bug”)

– outfit 2 (top right) –

eloise and oliver swim trunks

toms chambray bimini tiny toms classics

(also available in youth sizes)

– outfit 3 (bottom left) –

thumbeline djaknemala palm bubble dress

soludo classic stripe original

(navy, also available in “white red”)

– outfit 4 (bottom right) –

seed heritage birds bather swimsuit

(soft aqua)

seed heritage fisherman jelly sandal

(navy, other colors available)