Peekawhoo Stocking Stuffers

It’s that time of year again! There’s snow on the ground, a chill in the air, and Christmas songs are playing 24/7 on the radio. Yes, it’s the holiday season!

If you have little ones in your life, whether they are your children, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews, you know how joyous the holiday season can be for them. There is a certain magic in the air, with days filled with family, friends, and lots of presents!

And one of the favorite presents of children everyone is their stocking! A stocking is a Christmas tradition going back hundreds of years. In fact, it’s a line in the poem “The Night Before Christmas.”

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care/In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;”

It’s essentially a gigantic sock hanging on the fireplace to be filled with presents. These aren’t usually the “big” presents. Instead, they are lots of little gifts (and there’s often an orange stuffed down at the bottom of it). At Peekawhoo, we have everything that you need to assemble a fantastic stocking for your little ones, no matter what age they are!

Let Us Take Care of It For You!

Here is the thing about the holiday seasons: it’s a mess. You have so much to do that it can get out of hand. There are school concerts, food to cook, the rush to finish all your work before the holidays, and the joys (and stresses) of spending time with your family. On top of all that, you have to buy presents.

Well, why not let us take care of that one for you? At Peekawhoo, we can stuff a stocking full of fantastic presents for the little ones in your life! 

It’s easy. You choose your desired stocking color, the gift value, whether it’s for a boy or girl, and their age. We will go through our entire product inventory and handpick the perfect presents for them. Even better, the stocking and one (or more) of the items will be personalized for them. It’s the easiest way to make sure that you have an incredible stocking for them this year!

Pick Out a Stocking

If you’d prefer to pick out your own selection of gifts, we can help there too. You can start by picking up a Personalized Holiday Stocking. They come in three different colors and can be personalized with a monogram or the name of your little one. And there’s plenty of room inside for presents, as it’s approximately 16.5′ long and 8′ wide! 

An Outstanding Stocking Stuffers Selection!

Now all you need is stuff to go in the stocking!

Small children of all ages love stuffed toys, and we have some of the fluffiest, huggable stuffed toys you’ll ever find! Jellycat makes incredible stuffed toys with lovely super-soft “fur.” Whether they want a lovable bunny, adorable elephant, or magical unicorn, your little one will be delighted to find a new friend in their stocking! And, of course, they all can be personalized with a monogram or their name.

A gift that will be usable for years on end is our Christmas Hooded Towel and Washcloth Set. Designed with a Christmas scene (starring Rudolph), your little one will be super excited year after year when it’s finally time to pull out this Christmas-themed towel and washcloth for bath time! 

If you have a newborn, there will probably be a few things in their stocking that will be useful to you too. For example, this Christmas Bib and Burp Cloth. The extra-thick bib is backed with 100% cotton terry, and the burp cloth is super absorbent. Plus, they can be monogrammed!

Gift buying can be one of the most stressful parts of the holiday season. Thankfully, Peekawhoo is here to take care of all your stocking stuffing needs! Even better, every item inside can be personalized with a monogram or their name! 

Is getting a stocking your favorite part of Christmas? Do you have fond memories of getting one as a child? Please share in the comments below!

15 Best Children’s Books for Christmas!

Do you remember what Christmas was like when you were a child?

Sure, as an adult, the winter holidays can be filled with all kinds of stress. You have to worry about family, hosting a big dinner, making sure that all of the presents are under the tree… It’s crazy!

But if you’re a child, it can be pure magic. Santa Claus and snow and reindeer and stockings! They get to be around all of their favorite people for days and be showered with nothing but love and attention. It’s little wonder why kids love Christmas.

And if you really want to build up the Christmas spirit in them, you can work in some fantastic children’s books about Christmas into the evening bedtime story rotation! Here are some of my favorites that I highly recommend you share with them:

The Polar Express: 30th Anniversary Edition by Chris Van Allsburg

Before it was a Tom Hanks movie, The Polar Express was one of the most beloved Christmas books ever written. If you’ve only seen the film, then you should definitely check out the original it’s based on.

On Christmas Eve, a little boy boards a mysterious train bound for the North Pole. Once there, he meets Santa himself, who gives him any gift he desires. His choice isn’t what you might expect and leads to a magical tale filled with beautiful images.

Arial the Secret Santa by Mary Nhin

In Arial the Secret Santa, children will follow Arial the unicorn through school, in her community and in nature as she models how easy it can be to share kindness. From giving a compliment to smiling at someone who’s having a bad day, Arial shows children that, no matter how small, words and act of kindness MATTER, especially at Christmas! Included in the book is the Kindness Tree Activity to help encourage your child to give praise and spread positivity into the world.

I love Christmas. It’s a time of peace and kindness. And kindness and compassion are the traits I most want to instill in our kids.

If you’re looking for a book this Christmas to help teach your kids about the power of kindness, then this is the book to have under the tree. I highly recommend this book!

Festive Flamingo by Shaula Maitland

If you would like a moment of calm this Christmas (and a brilliant night’s sleep, shh…) then Festive Flamingo is the book for you!

Flamingo shares a festive selection of breathing exercises and relaxing visualizations. She joins you for twelve magical meditations, where you explore positive themes such as perseverance, curiosity and self-belief. Build a magical camel out of snow, learn to ice-skate with the woodland animals and create an exciting game for the elves.

Enjoy the benefits of meditation, alongside adventure and festive fun!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

I mean, do you really need a summary of How the Grinch Stole Christmas? It’s one of the most celebrated children’s books of all-time, let alone one of the all-time great Christmas books! It’s also a brilliant cartoon, two big-budget movies, and the basis of countless toys. And you know what? It deserves every single bit of praise it gets.

The Grinch that Stole Christmas perfectly communicates the meaning of Christmas and is filled with stunning art, hilarious rhymes, and some truly funny jokes. It’s a true classic that should be on every child’s bookshelf. If you’ve never encountered it before, you owe it to yourself to give it a read (even if you’re an adult)!

Little Squirrel Squish Gets His Christmas Wish by Ross Hammond

Do you remember the story of Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer? Everyone told him that he couldn’t be a member of Santa’s reindeer team. Well, here is a children’s book that reflects that story, putting a whole new spin on the idea of following your dreams!

Little Squirrel Squish is a tiny squirrel who wants to be part of Santa’s flying crew. But because he’s so small (and because he’s not a reindeer), everyone keeps telling him to forget about his dreams. But one Christmas, he decides to go for it, changing everything! This book will teach your children that their every dream, no matter how seemingly out of reach, is worth exploring!

Santa’s Reindeer by Brooke Stevens

Getting back to Santa’s reindeer, let’s talk about Santa’s Reindeer, the book!

Discovering that everyone is different is one of the most important lessons a child can be taught. In this adorable Christmas book, all of the various personalities of Santa’s reindeer are explored. It’s a perfect read for small children, full of cute illustrations and a lovely Christmas message!

The Mouse in the Hammock, a Christmas Tale by Bethany Brevard

If you think it’s only Santa who does good deeds on Christmas Eve, you need to meet a very special mouse!

Spinning off from the “Not a creature was stirring…” line from Twas the Night Before Christmas, this wonderful book features a mouse who is busy all Christmas night doing small acts of kindness, such a cooling the cocoa for Sanata, hanging up the mistletoe, and taste testing the cookies! It’s a fabulous lesson for kids who are looking to drive the meaning of Christmas home: that you’re never too little to make a big difference!

The Elf Who Couldn’t Read by Sonica Ellis

Do your children know how to read yet?

Countless children learn how to read their first words while sitting on their parents’ laps. And if you want a book that will help them sound out letters while also embracing the Christmas spirit, then this is it!

In it, Jingles the elf doesn’t know how to read yet, but needs to figure out Santa’s Christmas list. With the help of your child, they read the list together and make sure that Christmas is a huge success!

Secret Santas And The Twelve Days of Christmas Giving by Courtney Petruzzelli

One of the reasons why I love Secret Santas so much is that it makes giving anonymous. You aren’t giving someone something with the expectation of a “thank you” from them. Instead, their enjoyment is its own reward.

In this wonderful Christmas book, your kids will learn about Secret Santas and why it can be such a wonderful Christmas tradition. Beautiful art and a wonderful message make this a Christmas must!

A Christmas Cookie Exchange by Sheri Wall

Who doesn’t love Christmas cookies? But have you ever noticed that there tends to be one seemingly plain oatmeal cookie left on the plate after all the other cookies are eaten? Well, this is HIS story!

Meet Phil, an insecure fruit-filled oatmeal cookie who longs to be more fancy and famous. With help from his cookie friends, he learns what’s on the inside is more important than fancy sprinkles. Self-love and acceptance are essential qualities for kids to learn, and this rhyming Christmas tale teaches them that character and self-confidence really do matter.

How To Catch An Elf by Adam Wallace

Have you kids ever wanted to catch an elf? It turns out that it’s trickier than you might think…

In this fun and silly story, a clever elf manages to elude all of the traps that children set for him on Christmas Eve! There are lots of fun rhymes and some inventive illustrations that your kids are sure to love!

Never Let A Unicorn Meet A Reindeer! by Diane Alber

If you’re looking for a Christmas story with a twist, this might be the book for you and your kid!

Instead of it being Christmas in the book, it’s about a birthday wish gone wrong. A little girl (who has a unicorn) sends a letter to Santa to ask if she can borrow one of his reindeer during their “off-season.” He sends one with a note saying that the reindeer should never meet any unicorns. It turns out that unicorns and reindeer get highly competitive around each other, so the little girl soon has a mess on her hands! This is a funny and delightful book that can even be read when it isn’t Christmas!

The Adventures of Pookie: Mission Fat Hearts by Rebecca Yee

Everyone loves a secret agent story, especially kids.

If you want your kids to take lessons of kindness and caring into the real world, this book might be the perfect way to do it. It not only tells a Christmas story about three of Santa’s helpers doing missions of good deeds before Christmas but gives your children some missions of their own!

For example, their Christmas mission might be to give an extra hug to someone they love that day. Or to leave a “thank you” note for the mailman. With these Christmas missions, your kids will be brightening up someone else’s Christmas, a wonderful lesson to learn!

God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren

If you worry that presents, tinsel, and trees are distorting the true meaning of Christmas, then this might just be the book for you and your child.

In it, a Mama Bear and her cub explore what Christmas truly means, from what Santa truly represents (the spirit of giving) to the birth of Jesus. It’s filled with beautiful art and a wonderful Christian message.

Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Have you ever read any books from the Construction Site series? If not, this might be the perfect place to introduce you and your children to some fun and entertaining characters!

In this Christmas tale, all of the vehicles of the construction site get together to build a new home for the fire engines and, after they finish that important job, find Christmas surprises of their very own! A lovely message and some adorable art make for a great Christmas book!

What are some of your favorite Christmas children’s books? Please share them in the comments below!

Personalized Bags of All Shapes and Sizes!

One thing is universal for parents: you can never have enough room.

Kids and their “stuff” tends to fill up all the available space. If you buy an oversized toy box, chances are that it will be spilling over with toys in no time. Think that their dresser is big enough for all of their clothes? You might be investing in a second one before long as they grow bigger and bigger.

And don’t forget about portable storage! Whether it’s a backpack or a bag, you can almost always depend on them becoming overfull and then tearing, wearing down, or becoming unusable. This goes for both your kids’ backpacks and your own purse or handbags. That’s one of the reasons why you need to invest in quality. But not just any bag offers the quality you want. What if you could get sturdy, dependable bags for both you and your kids that were also super stylish and could be personalized with your initials? 

Well, that sounds like an outstanding reason to visit Peekawhoo and check out all of the fantastic types of bags we offer!

Bags for Kids

For kids, the best possible storage medium is a backpack. This leaves their hands free to run, play, and explore while also allowing them to carry everything from their school work to portable gaming systems to take to their friends’ houses. We have several different style options for your kids’ backpacks. For smaller kids, check out the Mint Seersucker Toddler Backpack and our Personalized Toddler Backpacks. For older kids who are heading to school, the best options are our Sweet Little Things Seersucker Medium Backpack and our Personalized Backpacks. All of these are beautiful and sturdy options as compared to the vast majority of disposable backpacks you’d find on most department store shelves. 

For school storage, we offer several fun options. Our Personalized Pencil Pouch is a step above cheap plastic-y models and features an easy-to-clean insulated lining. Our Personalized Lunch Boxes are made from sturdy polyester, are super easy to clean, and provide a perfect method of transport for food storage containers and a water bottle. You could also check out our Personalized Seersucker Gumdrop Lunch Boxes or our “Sweet Little Things” Lunch Box

If your kids are heading to a sleepover at a friend’s place or a weekend at the grandparents, they are going to need something for their clothes, toiletries, and other essentials. We highly recommend our Medium Mint Duffle to carry the big stuff and the Mint Traveler for their smaller things. While these are perfect for a baby or toddler, their timeless style actually makes them ideal for kids of all ages. Or even adults! And if you need both, we sell them in a handy bundle!

Finally, absolutely everything can be monogrammed with your kids’ initials or first name, ensuring that if they are ever lost, they will likely be found soon after. Plus, having their name or initials on their bags will give them a sense of ownership that many kids lack about their belongings. 

Bags for Mom

Remember pre-kids when you could simply take a small handbag out with you? Boy, are those times long past!

Part of the reality of having children is that they come with a lot of accessories. If you have a baby, then you’re going to need spare diapers, wipes, toys, tissues, and much much more. If you have a toddler, you might want to bring along a toy or two to keep them occupied. On top of that, you probably need your phone, tablet, makeup, keys, wallet, and everything else that you would normally have with you on your day-to-day. A purse simply isn’t going to cut it. You need something equally stylish but has a little bit more room in it for all of a modern mom’s essentials. 

For larger bags, you might want to check out our WB Summer Tote Bag or our Large Weekender Bag. With these, you will have all the portable storage room you want with eye-catching designs! Inside these large bags, you might want to throw our Monogrammed Cosmetic Bags, available in many different colors and styles. If you have lunch on-the-go with your kids, you can take a “lunch box” of your very own with our Monogrammed Cooler Bag. And if you have any random bits and pieces that you want to keep together, take a look at our super-cool Burlap Zip Pouch!

But what about if you want to take some time off for yourself and do something fun, like playing a game of tennis? Our Monogrammed Tennis Racquet Backpack has more than enough room for your racket, plus room for a change of clothes and other bits and pieces. It’s made from heavy-duty canvas in vivid colors, so it’s as stylish as it is functional. And best of all, you can get it monogrammed with your initials, so if you accidentally leave it at the club, they will know whose it is and hold onto for you until you can return to pick it up!

What kind of travel bags do you use? Are you always strapped for space? What about your kids? Do they love their backpack? Please feel free to share in the comments below!

How to Outfit Your Child for a Dip in the Water!

Does your toddler love to splash around in the water?

Just a few weeks ago, we talked about how bath time can be a massive point of contention for children. Some love them; some don’t. So, it’s kind of funny that there is rarely that sort of “debate” about kids going to the pool!

Whether you are heading to a community pool or you’re checking out the hotel pool on a trip, children of all ages absolutely love to go for a dip! Depending on their age, you might need to restrict them to the kiddie pool or be with them at all times. If you have an older child around 5 to 6 years old, they might even enjoy going to swimming lessons. Regardless of the situation, heading to the pool is usually a great time! 

But if you want to make sure that the maximum possible amount of fun is had, your children need to be appropriately outfitted. There are some genuinely hideous swim trunks and swimsuits out there, so make sure you buy some pairs that your kids will love! And if you want to make them extra special, get them monogrammed!

Bathing Suits

For girls, we have two different swimsuits, depending on their tastes. The first is our Monogrammed Pom Pom Swimsuit. This has a fun seashell-like pattern that we call “Mer-mazing!” The swim top strap criss-crosses in the back with a slightly flared bottom. There are also ruffle accents! If that isn’t to their tastes, you could also check out our WB Monogrammed Girls Swimsuit. These come in two patterns, perp stripe (black and white horizontal lines) and summer paisley (colorful shapes and swirls). The top of those swimsuit doesn’t have the same flare as the Pom Pom, but there are still the accents on the bottoms!

Both swimsuits are available in small (2T-3T), medium (4T-5T), and large (6-6x), and are 82% nylon and 18% spandex with a polyester liner. If you really want to give them ownership of their swimsuit, we highly suggest getting an embroidered name or monogram on it (Camp Monogram or Tipsy Font are outstanding picks)!

If you have a boy, you’re going to want to take a look at our Boys Monogrammed Swim Trunks. They come in two potential patterns: Oh Buoy (covered in buoys! Get it!?) and Finn (lots of little blue fish). With these trunks, a faux drawstring ties in the front to guarantee an excellent fit. This also means that you will never have to go hunting in the trunks for a lost drawstring that got pulled too far out on one side. 

These swim trunks are made from 100% polyester with a polymesh lining. They come in small, medium, and large, and, of course, can be monogrammed with initials or the name of your child, giving them ownership over the trunks! We would recommend Stacked Monogram or Tipsy font for the boys.

Time to Dry Off!

Of course, all good things must come to an end, and that includes pool time. When they get out, you want to get them dry as soon as possible so they won’t get chilly. 

To do this, why not check out our Kids Monogrammed Hooded Swim Towels! These personalized hooded towels are perfect for the beach, pool, or anywhere you go for a swim. Made from 100% cotton, they also match the patterns of one of the trunks (Oh Buoy) and one of the swimsuits (Mer-mazing). Just like the bathing suits, they can be monogrammed with your child’s name or initials. The towels measure at 30″ H x 50″ W. Hood 11.5″ H with a 10.5″ depth.

Going for a swim is one of childhood’s great joys. It gives kids a sense of freedom and fun. And heck, who doesn’t love doing a cannonball into the pool, regardless of their age? To make sure that your children really make a slash, Peekawhoo’s bathing suits and towels are the perfect pool-side clothing and accessories!

So, do your kids love swimming? Or are they still a little shy of the water? Please feel free to share in the comments below!

The Importance of Personalized Gifts for Kids

How often do your kids lose things?

Now, I’m not playing the blame game here! Kids, on the whole, don’t lose their belongings much more frequently than adults. You can just look at stories about lost iPhones to know that’s true! You get on a plane, you’re desperate to get off when you land, and you accidentally leave your good pair of headphones sitting in the seat. It happens, and it happens to kids too.

However, there are some very simple things that you can do to mitigate the forgetfulness of your children. With just a little preparation, you can make sure that the vast majority of things that your kids lose will hopefully be returned to you! 

Give Them a Sense of Ownership

Being a kid is tough for so many reasons. While they might have many possessions, the vast majority of them are bought by you, their parents.

And that’s totally fine! How else are they supposed to get clothes, toys, and school supplies? The problem is that, while the child might say these items are “theirs,” there is often no sense of ownership or personalization. These are items they use on a daily basis, but it isn’t like their name is on it, right?

But something special happens when a child gets something personalized for them. No longer is it just a random item that they use. Instead, it is absolutely 100% theirs. When a child has this sense of full ownership, they are often much, much more mindful about the potential of losing that treasured possession.

So, how can you foster these feelings of ownership?

Embroidery & Monograms

When you watch old movies, monogrammed handkerchiefs were always the height of fashion and class. And, to be honest, the same is true today!

If you want your child to feel the pride of ownership, then put their name on it. I’m not talking about in semi-permanent marker that can be worn off over time. I mean, you get it embroidered, just like those old monogrammed handkerchiefs!

At Peek-a-Whoo, you can get almost every single item we sell monogrammed with your child’s first name or initials. 

Having a monogrammed piece of clothing, backpack, or stuffed toy won’t just give them a sense of ownership either. It will also allow their beloved item to find its way back to them if it’s ever lost in a known place.

For example, let’s say that they forget their backpack at school one day. Well, one look at the name or initials on it will tell the teacher exactly who it belongs to, and they can get it back the next day. The same thing if a favorite stuffed bunny is left at a friend’s house. A simple and elegant monogram can make sure that they will soon be reunited with their belongings!

Make It Beautiful

Another reason why monogramming items can be a great idea is that they can be beautiful. With Peek-a-Whoo, we aren’t just quickly darning the initials into the fabric. Instead, we offer high-quality monograms in your choice of font. 

For example, check out these available monogram fonts. They range from professional to fun to silly to stylish. And don’t think that we forget about the fonts we use for names. Here, you can examples of the full style of font we use for our names (both capitals and lowercase).

One Step Above That

While we would not recommend putting your child’s full name on their belongings, as that could give people information that you don’t want them to have, we could highly suggest slipping one of your business cards into backpacks or bags. That way, the person who finds it will have a number they can call to return the item. 

So, when you’re looking for a stuffed toy, a backpack, or even clothes, monogramming them with your child’s name or initials is the way to go! We invite you to explore our entire site to see what’s available, along with our recommended fonts to go with each item. Everything we offer can make fabulous gifts for the upcoming holiday season! And just think how excited your kids will be when they get the perfect gift that even has their name embroidered on it! 

Do you already put your children’s names on all of their belongings? What method do you use? Please feel free to share in the comments below!

My Favorite Things: Halloween Tiered-Rack Edition

Do you like to trick out your home with all of the trappings of the season? If so, then you might have some tiered-racks in your home!

If you’re one of those people who envies seeing meticulously-staged, tiered-rack Instagram photos like I do, then this is the blog post for you! When I look at the pitiful tiered-racks in my home, I often dream about them looking way more festive for the season. And this season is the favorite of kids everywhere: Halloween!

Thankfully, your (and mine) tiered-racks don’t need to remain bare and boring. Instead, you can use Etsy to find some seasonal decoration that will embody the spooky spirit of Halloween!

Here are some of my favorite Etsy finds for tiered-rack decor:

Faux Shiplap Halloween Sign from TrishaAnnsCreations

TrishaAnnsCreations has a variety of seasonal decorations that are perfect for tiered-racks, but with Halloween on the horizon, her current offerings all have an adorably spooky vibe.

For example, these little Faux Shiplap Halloween Signs immediately caught my eye as the perfect addition to a Halloween-themed tiered-rack! They’re available with the “31” painted orange or black. They are 4.5″, the perfect size for your display. Don’t you just love the adorable spider detail on them?

Witches Brew Felt Pom Bunting from TheHonakerHomeMaker

Bunting is a traditional seasonal form of decoration, but it takes a real eye to come up with a perfect balance of strung-along items. Thankfully, TheHonakerHomeMaker is a master!

As you can see, this Witches Brew Felt Pom Bunting is perfect for the scary holidays, but what really makes it is the addition of the cute spider! Taking up much more room than the other ones, it almost looks like he has caught everything else in his web! I guess even spiders love decorating their homes for Halloween!

Felt Monster Eyeballs from shopcherrysprinkles

When you were a kid, did you ever do the Halloween game where you got blindfolded and someone stuck your hand into a bowl of unpeeled grapes? Ew, eyeballs! Well, you’re unlikely to make that mistake with these creepy/cute felt eyeballs from shopcherrysprinkles!

These eyeballs are made from 100% wool and are the perfect accessory for your tiered-rack for Halloween. Where you want to use them to create your own seasonal garland or simply leave a bowl of them sitting there, they’re a wonderfully chilling addition to your tiered-rack. Even better, you can mix and match eye colors!

Letterboard Halloween Icon Pack by Honeycomb Heights

Letterboards are one of the most versatile additions you can make to your tiered-racks. Whenever you want, you can create brand-new messages and collages on them to spice things up and add a little variety to your décor. So, why not add a little Halloween pizazz to your letterboards, thanks to Honeycomb Heights! 

This Halloween Letterboard Icon Pack is made of durable plastic and available in a variety of colors and shapes, including witches, jack o’lanterns, ghosts, and bats. When used on your letterboard, these fun Halloween icons are sure to be a hit!Oh, and just in case you don’t have a mini-letterboard, you can find one here.

Pumpkin Coffee Mugs by ChickenCoopGifts

When the days start to get shorter and colder, nothing can warm them up like a nice cup of coffee. And if you’re feeling particularly festive about Halloween, I suggest making sure that your coffee mugs have some of the décor of the season!

These Pumpkin Coffee Mugs by ChickenCoopGifts are lovely, coming in two different Halloween colors. More importantly, they can pull double duty. If you buy two of them, one can be sitting on your Halloween tiered-rack and another can be in your kitchen, keeping you awake with a steady supply of hot joe!

Mini Pumpkins by DroppinStitchesCo

Around this time of year, whenever you drive up to a big grocery store, you tend to see hundreds of pumpkins out front in tons of different colors. It’s one of my favorite parts of fall!

Well, if you have a tiered-rack, you can have that feeling every time you come home with these Mini Pumpkins by DroppinStichesCo! They are the perfect last piece of the puzzle for your Halloween tiered-rack. If you have a gap anywhere, stick in a mini pumpkin!

With this list of some of my favorite Halloween things I’ve seen on Etsy, I know that my tiered-rack this season is going to reflect the spooky spirit of the season perfectly!

If your kids love Halloween as much as I do, then guarantee that they will have a fun-filled trick-or-treating with Peekawhoo’s Personalized Halloween Tote Bags. They come in a variety of fun and bright colors, helping your children be visible to oncoming traffic on a dark Halloween night. And they can hold a TON of candy!

What kind of Halloween decorations do you have on your tiered-rack this season? Please feel free to share in the comments below!

Make It a Safe Halloween for Your Kids

Many people think that the winter holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. But if you’re a kid and love dressing up, chances are that Halloween takes the crown!

Halloween has something for everyone! If your kids love pretending, then they get to put on a fun costume and run around the neighborhood. If they love candy (and what kid doesn’t?), then they get to knock on strangers’ doors and ask for treats! It’s a super fun time!

That said, there are also some dangers associated with Halloween. If you want to make sure that your kids will be protected this upcoming October 31th, check out some of these Halloween Safety Tips:

Avoid Fully Black or Dark Costumes

Halloween tends to be associated with dark colors. We think about scary witches and black cats as fantastic costumes, but here is the problem: no one can see those colors in the dark.

One of the biggest Halloween safety tips you can put into action with your kids is to help them pick a costume that can be seen by cars or other passers-by at night. If they’re dressed in a witch costume, there isn’t likely to be a lot of light reflected from cars that will tell them your little one is crossing the street. 

That said, they can still go out as a witch or a black cat; the costumes only need a little bit of adjusting. You can quickly put reflective strips on their back and around their arm and leg cuffs. These won’t spoil the effect of the costume, but it will allow people to see them from far off.

Another way you can make them seen is by making sure their Halloween bags include bright colors. When designing our Personalized Halloween Tote Bags, we made sure that all of them included at least one large patch of bright, light-reflective color. Check out our Frankenstein Halloween Tote Bag. It’s instantly identifiable in a bright green color that people can’t help but see! Our Witch Tote Bags are actually white, making them impossible to miss. Even our “Black Cat” Halloween Tote Bag includes a bright orange section and green eyes that can easily be seen. These tote bags are another way you can augment traditionally dark costumes in a way that is thematically-appropriate, while also making sure that no one will be able to miss your kid in the dark.

Plan Your Route Ahead of Time

Planning makes perfect, especially when it comes to a logistically-packed holiday like Halloween!

You want to hit as many houses as possible in the shortest amount of time. After all, you don’t want the kids to be out past their bedtime (or at least not TOO far past it!) One of the best ways you can do this is by utilizing Google Maps (or whichever mapping app you use) to plan yourself a Halloween route that will get you around the neighborhood in an efficient manner.

It’s important to remember your kid’s age here. Little ones might not have the energy to do much more than a block or two, while pre-teens might have enough energy to do half the town. If people get tired, you don’t have to strictly stick to your plan. If your kids (or you) start to get tired, you can always head home with your sacks full of candy. 

And don’t feel that you need to force your kids to enjoy Halloween. Some kids simply don’t much care to knock on strangers’ doors to ask for candy. If they aren’t enjoying themselves, don’t force them to stay out. Instead, abandon the plan and head home. I’m sure there is plenty of leftover candy there for them that can be found there!

Make Sure You Can Track Them

If this is one of the first Halloweens that your child is doing on their own, you’re going to be a nervous wreck. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Being a nervous wreck is just part and parcel of being a parent.

To calm your nerves a bit, you can do something that will help give you peace of mind on a night where your kids are knocking on the door of every stranger from blocks around. If they have a smartphone (and they should if they are heading out on their own), then you should have tracking features turned on. You can find these features in the “Family Link” app on Android and the “Find My” app on iPhones.

Now, there are some parents who feel that tracking features intrude on their kids’ privacy, and there is some truth to that. But there are occasions when turning on family tracking is justified, and Halloween is such a holiday. Make sure that the feature is activated on your and their phones. Then, at any point in the evening, you can see where they are located at a glance. This can give you peace of mind that they’re safe and not heading into an unknown or unsafe area. 

They should also have instructions to text or call you on their phone at periodic intervals, just to check in with how things are going. If they miss this check-in (Halloween can be fun and overwhelming, after all), don’t feel shy about interrupting their night by calling them. You don’t need to get angry with them for missing their check-in, but be sure to remind them that it’s a condition of them heading out in the future. 

Aren’t smartphones great (sometimes)?

These are just a few of the ways that you can ensure your kids have a fun and safe Halloween. If you’d like to check out some other ways you can enhance the holiday, we invite you to take a look around the Halloween section of our website! There are tons of great Personalized Halloween Tote Bags that could make your kids’ costumes even better. And don’t forget to take a look around the rest of the site for some great tote bags you could carry full of candy as you walk alongside them this Halloween!

What are some of your favorite Halloween safety tips? Please share them in the comments below!

Halloween Costume Ideas and Matching Candy Bags!

If there is one thing that any child loves doing, it’s dressing up!

Get a kid a costume, and you are basically guaranteeing a good time. Whether it be a princess outfit, an animal, or some pieces from your jewelry collection, there is something about costumes that makes it even more fun to pretend! And when it comes to dressing up, no holiday is more fun than Halloween

Halloween isn’t just about getting a massive amount of free candy (although that’s certainly a fringe benefit). It’s also a fun occasion for kids to look forward to! Making plans a few weeks ahead of time for a costume can build up their anticipation and make the holiday even more exciting! Here are a few ideas for super-fun Halloween costumes (inspired by Peekawhoo tote bags)!

Personalized Halloween Tote Bags

Part of the fun of Halloween is coordinating costumes. If your little one is going as a Frankenstein monster, chances are that they won’t want to take a reusable grocery bag to carry candy. It would ruin the entire effect! 

Instead, you can customize their candy bag to their costume. All of our Halloween Tote Bags are made from durable polyester, and at 12x5x12, they will be able to handle however much candy ends up inside them. And they also come in a ton of fun styles and colors.

For example, that Frankenstein costume would be a perfect match with our adorably “scary” Frankenstein Tote Bag! If you have a little kitten prowling the streets looking for candy, then our Cat Tote Bag would be the perfect match! If they want to go as a witch, then our Witch Hat Canvas Tote Bag will perfectly complete the ensemble!

Oh, and while Halloween and Easter are pretty far apart (although they both involve an awful lot of candy), a bunny Halloween costume might be a fantastic idea. And that costume would perfectly match with their Easter Bunny Basket from earlier in the year!

Backpage for Candy Storage

But what if your child doesn’t want to carry around a tote bag all night? No problem at all, because we have several Back to School Backpacks that will likely match their costume, no problem.

Let’s say that you have a little airplane pilot wanting to take off into the neighborhood? Then our Take Flight backpack would be the perfect complement to their costume. If your child is going as some kind of green reptile or monster, then our Later Gator backpack will match the color and give them an easy way to transport all of their candy. And if their costume theme doesn’t match any of the backpack patterns? Then why not go with a classic Black backpack that will basically become invisible, not clashing at all with their costume.

The best part about buying a Back to School backpack is that it serves double duty. They can take it out on Halloween, and then take it to school in the morning! Our backpacks are made from sturdy polyester and are 12x 5×17, more than large enough for the candy haul!

Bags for You (To Carry ALL of the Candy)

Here is the thing about children. When they are excited, it’s nothing but overflowing energy that you never think will run out. But when they started to get tired, boy, they crash FAST! And if you are out with your child, enjoying Halloween, they probably don’t want the fun to end. And one surefire way that it will end is if they get tired of carrying a gigantic bag full of candy.

The best way to make sure Halloween lasts a little longer (and you get a bit more candy in their haul) is to take along a bag of your own and dump the candy from theirs into it at periodic intervals. 

Unless you are planning on having an all-night neighborhood candy crawl, you aren’t going to need something as big as a garbage bag. Instead, why not choose one of our WB Summer Tote Bags. They are surprisingly large at 13×5.25×14, perfect for all of the spillover candy that your child will be collecting. You have your choice between a parker paisley or posie color and, like the vast majority of our offerings, you can have it personalized with your name, monogram, or first initial. This bag will ensure that your child gets all of the candy they want, without having to haul around an old, heavy pillowcase-sized bag!

If you want something a little more neutral (if you are planning on going in costume yourself), then we could recommend our Monogrammed Large Weekender Bag. It’s a bit bigger than the tote bag (more room for candy) and is neutral enough to blend in with just about any costume you can think of!

And don’t forget, we also have some less flashy Halloween Tote Bags, including in Stripes and Orange Dots.

If you’d like to see everything that we have to offer for a fun and stylish Halloween adventure, we invite you to take a look around the website! You might come up with some Halloween costume ideas that we haven’t even dreamed of! 

Do you love Halloween? What was your favorite costume as a kid? Please share your thoughts with our community!

Cozy Fall Must-Haves for Your Kids

You blink, and there goes summer! It’s officially time to trade in those tiny polka dot bikinis, floaties, and popsicles for knit socks, pumpkins, crunchy leaves, and all things fall. Is your family ready? 

There’s a reason why the anticipation surges for the pumpkin-spice-everything craze each year. There’s just something about autumn! It’s the perfect season of transformation…for you and the kids.

While the leaves outside are changing, and the sun starts to disappear earlier and earlier each day, your family also has to transition into a new routine. 

Whether you have kiddos who are getting into the swing of a new school year or you have toddlers at home who are entering their first season of mom-and-me gymnastics, you’re going to need fall cozies to keep your family warm and oh-so-snug this season!

Before you bundle up, make sure your family is equipped with essentials that will ensure autumn is the absolute coziest time of the year! 

Little Giraffe Luxe Blanket 

Nursery rhymes, late-night fairy tales, lullabies—what’s your favorite way to ease your little ones into a blissful night’s sleep? While the wind beats on the window on a chilly night, they’ll need extra warmth so they can sleep tight. 

Tuck your loves in with a Little Giraffe Luxe Blanket! It’s so incredibly delicate to the touch—made of extra warm materials—each blanket has faux fur with a satin border for added softness. And as usual with Peekawhoo, you can get personal! Add a monogram or your little ones’ name to make them feel special every time they grab their blanket. 

From whimsical dandelions to minimalist pinstripes, and even a special Heart Army blanket that benefits kids and babies in need with every piece sold, you will have a blast picking the right blanket for your kiddos! 

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Little Giraffe Luxe Blanky 

Are you sitting on the sidelines of your little soccer star’s game with baby in tow? The Little Giraffe Luxe Blanky is the perfect sidekick for your bundle of joy—no matter where you go! 

Its small size makes it easy to bring along to grocery store trips, doctors appointments, or brisk afternoons spent shopping. Its poly microfiber and suede finish are so soft to the touch; your baby won’t want to put it down. 

Choose between creamy colors of white, blue, silver, and pink, and of course, add a special touch with your baby’s initials! 

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Little Giraffe Luxe Hooded Baby Towel

Suds, toys, and bubbles, oh my! There’s nothing more fun than bath time with baby. But when you have to take baby out of the warm water into the brisk bathroom air—brrrrr—that’s no fun! 

With adorable ears on the hood and a super-absorbent cotton terry, you’ll love swaddling your baby in a Little Giraffe Luxe Hooded Towel for extra comfy, squishy warmth after an evening bath. Get yours on sale now before they’re gone!

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Can you smell pumpkin chocolate chip cookies in the oven? Now’s the time to snag your fall essentials before the temperature really dips!  

What are you looking forward to the most this season? We’d love to know!

Sleep Simplified: How to Get Your Baby on a Sleep Schedule

Sleep Simplified: How to Get Your Baby on a Sleep Schedule

Are you ready to get your bundle of joy into the habit of that whole sleeping thing? After four or five months of broken up sleep for you and baby, you’re probably spinning your wheels to develop some daily routines that organically ease your little one into a solid schedule.

Kids are joy, laughter, happiness, and love! But, fussy babies on the late-night shift can turn the entire household upside down. Here are a few simple tips that will ensure both you and your bundle of love wake up energized and ready for a day of cuddling, cooing, and crawling! 

Make Naps a Priority 

There’s generally not a one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to napping. Just know that babies between 3-12 months should be getting around two to three hours of daytime sleep. 

Where your little love naps is just as important as how often they nap. Experts say that the best naps take place in the crib! So although it might be tempting to let your little one snooze wherever they crash, it’s important to create a cool, comfortable environment so they can enjoy every minute of uninterrupted rest. 

When it comes to naps, timing is everything! You don’t want the last nap of the day to go too late, but you also don’t want your baby to be cranky throughout dinner. Find your sweet spot so that the entire house can get into a rhythm that feels right! 

Keep an Eye on Patterns 

In the beginning, you’re going to have to do a bit of research on your snoozer to log which hours your baby gets the longest stretch of sleep. Once you get a good idea of your baby’s sleeping trends, you can start their bedtime routine at an hour that organically aligns with the time they’re ready for some shut-eye. 

If your baby’s natural sleeping rhythm starts at 9 p.m., you’re going to want to start your nighttime routine at about 8:15 or 8:30 p.m.! You’ll be amazed by how easy sleep can be when you actively work with your baby’s natural rhythms.

Create a Bedtime Routine

Think about how wonderful you feel each night when you’ve had time to unwind with your evening routine. Whether it’s a face mask, a cup of tea, or slowly reading a chapter in your book, it helps your brain and body get ready for sleep. The same is true for your baby! 

Creating a calming bedtime routine is such a special way to bond with your little one. Ease those tiny muscles with a warm bath that’s totally free from fillers, synthetic fragrances, and chemicals! 

Start by having a splish-splashing good time with Jack N’ Jill Bubble Bath—a plant-based, hypoallergenic, aromatherapy blend loaded with all of the calming goodness to get baby in the sleeping mood. 

Next, you’ll want to soap up your little one with Jack N’ Jill’s Simplicity Shampoo & Body Wash! Made with Soap Bark, which acts as a natural foaming agent (an alternative to scary SLS-Sodium Lauryl Sulphates), and a range of native extracts and organic oils, your baby will be smooth, clean, and nourished—naturally!  

This gentle formulation contains antioxidants for anti-inflammatory benefits and loads of essential amino acids and vitamin B2 to help strengthen connective tissue and promote hair growth.

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Finally, swaddle your sweetie, and enjoy the last ten minutes of their bedtime routine by reading a story about fairy tales and far away adventures. Now, you can rest easy knowing that your precious one is clean and oh-so-sleepy with our planet’s purest ingredients. 

What steps do you take for your nightly routine? Our community would love to hear them!