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Hats Off to Hats On at Babesta

Hope everyone’s summer is going great!

We here at Babesta are very busy trying to organize pictures for our catalog (the release date is a secret!), and everyone has been helping out! We have been smooth-sailing, so our summer is awesome! Thanks for asking. :)

Everyone is probably going to the park, to work, to the pool, to bbq’s, and spending a lot of time outside! However, we bet that some of us forgot to apply sunblock most of the time!! The sun has been shining bright, warming us all up and tanning/sunburning our skin. But do not fear! We here at Babesta decided to introduce our summer hats that will be very useful for the summertime (and all seasons!).

We picked out three awesome summer hats that come in all sizes and colors! Our adorable trucker hats, fedoras, and awesome character caps really will not only liven up our kids’ outfits but will block the sun’s harmful UV rays from their faces!

1. Trucker Hats: $18 USD

Gray and Red Trucker Hats!!

Gray and Red Trucker Hats!!

Both our lovely boys and girls will look awesome donning a cute trucker hat! These hats will be great for playgrounds due to the adjustable straps. These hats will be comfortable and stylish!

 

2. Goorin’s Lil Hagar Plaid Fedora- only $15 USD

Goorin's Plaid Fedora looking stylish!

Goorin’s Plaid Fedora looking stylish!

Once again for both boys and girls, these Fedoras will look so stylish with simple attires, such as a white tank top and black shorts. Fedoras are just too adorable and chic. These can also be paired with cute summer dresses, too!  Your adorable kid will look even more scrumptious!

 

3. Hot Biscuit Mikihouse’s Animal Caps! – only $70 USD

how adorable!! Just fell in love!

how adorable!! Just fell in love!

These hats are a definitely a must-have for your child’s wardrobe! Look at the adorable eyes and ears! These hats are made for young infants, up to 4 months. Babies can rock awesome snaptees AND these cute animal hats! The Bear Caps will block out the sun for your even more stylish babe!

 

4. Floppy Hats – $13 USD

adorable floppy hats!

adorable floppy hats!

These hats will be great for the beach and just any outdoor activities! The floppy-ness will block the sun’s rays. Greatly matched with tank tops and simple yet cool summer outfits. There are three different sizes and colors for all children! Pink, Navy Blue, and White (not shown above) are ready to block out the sun’s rays!

Remember to check out these cute hats in-stores, at Babesta Threads, located on 66 West Broadway, New York, NY. You will definitely not regret it!

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all our cute hats together!

AND! Please check out our fun hat Vine video here!

Monster Mondays!

Our roaring collections!

Our roaring collections!

Beware of cute, cuddly monsters!! They are hiding out in Babesta, awaiting your visits! We brought together Babesta Cribz and Threads for an even better experience! These will be great summer fashions, as well as back to school fashions. After seeing all these monsters, don’t you get the feeling that monsters are actually cuddly and lovable?

Please check them out in-stores and online!! (click on the links below!)

From the left corner to right:

Top left corner: 

1) Every fashionista needs the Akamay Fashionista Fur Vest! It is warm, stylish, and fuzzy! This vest will definitely go well with any outfit, as long as the fashionista dons a nice pair of Sons and Daugthers sunglasses and a stylish attitude! 

2) The Skull V-Neck Sweater  will look so nice with a pair of jeans or even the leggings, which will be talked about next! A great fall essential! It can even be worn on rainy days during the summer, with a cute pair of shorts. Great for both boys and girls!

3) The Hob Goblin Baby Legs do look a little scary, but when your baby wears it, I’m sure the “ehh” will immediately change into “how adorable!”. Baby Legs keep your babies’ legs warm and safe! Babies’ bodies temperatures vary with adult’s bodies. So inside air conditioned rooms, I’m sure your baby will appreciate that you put on their Baby Legs!

4) Cosy Ruched Leggings will look amazing on your babe! It sure seems comfortable, and I really want one! They can be worn with not only the Skull V-neck, but with any shirt or tank! It is definitely an essential to your babe’s wardrobe!

Top Right Corner:

1) The Ulm Crib is made from beautiful and sustainably harvested solid birch and birch plywood. This mattress platform has three adjustable positions for your growing babe! It has a beautiful color that certainly reminds me of the mid-century- very elegant.

2) All the Ugly Dolls are trapped!! They are certainly the cutest dolls ever! At Babesta, there are so many different Ugly Dolls that you can get to know. From Nimah to Chef Babo, they are such lovable creatures with different personalities. They do have one thing in common besides being cute… they are oh so lovable!!

Bottom Left Corner: 

1) Mad Pax’s Bubble Backpack is probably the best thing created!! At Babesta we have it in two different colors, but all of them are so cool! Very spacious backpacks that every kid will want! It is overloading with greatness!

2) Mad Pax’s Spiketus Rex Backpack  reminds me of a mini dinosaur. Your babe will look so adorable with it! They come in different colors and will match with any outfit. All of Mad Pax’s backpacks are spacious. Even teens and adults can wear it!

Bottom Right Corner:

Our most monster like collection of snaptees and tees! 

1) The Big in Japan Tee is in black, pink, light blue, and gray. Just choose a color and we got it!

2) Our all time favorite Snaptee/Tee… I Believe in Snuffleupagus !! How adorable will your babe look in this snaptee?! Definitely for the imaginative souls! Warning: you might be stunned by cuteness!

3) Monsters Need Love Too!! This snaptee/ tee really makes monsters look cuddly and adorable. They have feelings too! Pair it with a cute pair of leggings, or with a cute pair of yellow jeans!

4) An Outerspace Tee? Sadly these are not snaptees! However, your kid will look exceptionally cool with this tee. A comfortable tee that can be paired with a pair of jeans, shorts, leggings, or even with skirts!

 

Do you finally feel that monsters are adorable and lovable?

Thanks a ton for checking it out!!

DIY yummy eateries !!

No one can resist ice cream, cupcakes, pizza, and cookies! I know, it’s not the healthiest choice of foods, but once in a while, it doesn’t hurt to take a bite of a moist chocolate peanut butter cupcake, or indulge in a large bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream. This post is for those who love cooking, whether amazing at it or not. This post is dedicated to all those people who love creating their own recipes! This is for the people who love eating new things! Upon scrolling down Pinterest, I came across so many homemade recipes that I just couldn’t resist. It’s lunchtime and my stomach is extra grouchy now! Can’t wait until I go home and make some of these! I’ll list the top three recipes that I really want to share to everyone!!

Remember to click on the photos for the recipe sharers’ websites! 

Number One. Homemade Funfetti Sugar Cookies.

Soft and yummy sprinkle cookies! Photo by Averie Sunshine.

Thank you to Averie Sunshine for this amazing recipe. Just staring at the pictures make my mouth water. When I usually make Funfetti cookies, I use the typical Pillsbury Funfetti Cupcake mix and just add more flour. This seems so much better, and from now on, I’m pretty sure I’ll get rid of the boxes and make cookies from scratch!

What you will need: 

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoons clear imitation vanilla extract (real vanilla extract may be substituted)

1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons corn starch

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

pinch salt, optional and to taste

3/4 cup sprinkles

Directions (my short version):

1) In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, mix the butter, sugar, egg, and extract, on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, for about 5 minutes (or use a hand mixer and beat for at least 7 minutes).

2) Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add in the flour, cornstarchbaking soda, and salt. Mix well for about 1 minute.

3) Add the SPRINKLES and mix briefly!

4) Using a mini cookie scoop or ice cream scoop, form mounds on a large plate. Flatten them gently and place them in the fridge for 2 hours to 5 days.

5) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with wax paper, or spray it with cooking spray. Place all cookies at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 minutes, no more than 9! Take them out, let it cool for 5 minutes, then place on the plate and devour it!!

6) You can store these cookies for up to one week in room temperature, or you can freeze them! You can use these for toppings to ice cream sundaes as well!

 

Number Two. Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet Pizza.

Yummy lookin’ pizza! Photo by how sweet eats.

Traditional pepperoni pizzas and Hawaiian pizzas can get a bit boring. Thankfully, how sweet eats has shared such an amazing recipe!! A Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet Pizza. Yes. A BACON CHEESEBURGER PIZZA.

What you will need:

dough
1 1/8 cups warm water
3 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

pizza
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2/3 cup ketchup
2/3 cup mustard
8 ounces freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
4 slices bacon, slightly cooked
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 cups butter lettuce, chopped

A lot of ingredients that will serve your stomach justice.

Directions:

DOUGH:

1) In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey, and olive oil; mix with spoon, then let it sit until foamy (about 10 minutes). Add 2 1/2 cups of flour and salt. Mix with spoon, until a sticky dough forms.

2) Using your hands, form the dough into a ball, while using the 1/2 cup of flour, kneading it onto a floured surface.

3) Lather the same bowl with olive oil. Put dough inside, roll it around to get an even coat of olive oil everywhere. Place a towel over it, and let it sit in a warm place to rise, for 1 1/2 hours.

4) After it has risen, place onto the floured surface, punch it down, and divide it into two or three pieces (depends on the size of your skillet).

5) Place one of the dough onto a heavily floured pizza peel. Roll it out to the size of your skillet.

TOPPING:

1) Heat a nonstick pan. Add seasoned beef (salt, pepper, onion powder). Bread the beef into small pieces. Cook for 5-6 minutes. Drain any liquid from the skillet.

2) Combine ketchup and mustard. Use half for one and half for the other!!

3) Spread half of sauce onto dough. Sprinkle lightly with cheddar.

4) Add half of the beef on top. Sprinkle with more cheese and some bacon!! (Lightly cook bacon so it doesn’t burn while cooking!)

5) Put an oven rack directly under your broiler. Set it to the highest setting!

6) Place iron skillet on the stovetop burner on HIGH heat. Heat the skillet for 10 minutes. (If it smokes a lot, turn down the heat!)

7) Remember to cover the handle of the skillet with a potholder or a thick towel. Gently slide the pizza onto the skillet.

8) After 30 seconds, turn off the burner. Stick the skillet under the broiler.

9) After one minute, turn the skillet 180 degrees. Wait another minute.

10) Take it out. Let it cool for five minutes. Cover with lettuce and tomatoes (and whatever else you would like!).

Enjoy!!

Number Three. Homemade Pop-Tarts.

Yummy pop-tarts!! Photo by smitten kitchen

Pop tarts are one of my favorite snacks. The strawberry and s’mores pop tarts are my weaknesses! Everyone must have eaten a pop tart once in their life! But no one probably thought of making them at home! Imagine creating a new pop tart flavor that no one has ever tasted before! What’s amazing about this recipe is that you can add any flavor you want; you can also create your own color to frost the pop-tart!

What you will need: 

Pastry
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into pats
1 large egg
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) milk

1 additional large egg (to brush on pastry)

Directions:

1) Mix the flour, sugar, and salt.

2) Work in the butter with your hands or a food processor until it is pea-sized.

3) Mix One Egg and the milk. Add the liquid mixture into the dough.

4) Knead the dough briefly on a floured countertop.

5) Divide the dough in half. Roll out into rectangles, sized 3 x 5. (You may refrigerate the dough if not immediately baking.)

6) Roll the divided doughs to a thickness of 1/8″. Trim both to an even 9″ x 12″. Cut each piece to thirds (There should be 9 rectangles.)

7) Beat the additional egg. Brush it over the entire surface of the first dough. (The egg will help hold the two doughs.)

8) Add any filling you desire. (Nutella, Jam, Fruit, etc.). Put the second piece of dough over the first. Press around the dough with your fingers; use a fork to gently press it and seal it completely.

9) Preheat the oven to a nice 350 degrees! Chill the dough, uncovered, for about 10 minutes as the oven heats up.

10) Bake for 20 – 25 minutes! Let it cool before eating!

Note from smitten kitchen: They stated that their kitchen was a typical NYC kitchen that gets really hot! Your dough may be too warm and soft to work with if your kitchen is too warm. So if this describes your kitchen, you can freeze the dough for about 10 minutes to get it to the perfect consistency.

 

ENJOY!!!

I bring dinosaurs to school !

I believe that to every great outfit, there should be a great bag that follows (of course, shoes should match well, too!). With our city kids in mind, I felt it necessary to gather a lot of backpacks from Babesta that would be light, cute, and stylish! These backpacks can be used for: mini vacations, trips to the pool/beach, and even for school! All bags are adorable and have the same theme: animals !

I love animals of all shapes, colors, and sizes. Sharks may seem scary, but in reality, they are very adorable creatures…on our backpacks that is! Dinosaurs may seem scary, but they are pretty friendly! They always give a hand by carrying my lunch and books! They can carry yours, too! Adults and children will love these animal styled backpacks by Skiphop, Mad Pax, and Anais & I.

Not so scary animal backpacks!

Not so scary animal backpacks!

Bring these friends along everywhere and make great memories!

Check them out online and in-stores! Also check out our shoes post! Thanks a lot!

 

-LK

kickin it with new kicks!

our stylish kicks !

our stylish kicks !

No one enjoys hot, sweaty feet!! How stinky! P. U.! I have gathered all of Babesta’s summer kicks that provide a lot of comfort and coolness for the hot, sticky weather! These adorable and stylish kicks will go well with possibly any outfit! It is very important that our stylish babes look even better with awesome shoes!

Check out our kicks online or in-stores! Also check out our animal bags post!

Toys, toys, toys!

We have new plush toys that just came in stores at both Babesta Cribz and Threads! These join some old faves that we try to keep on our shelves (though it’s hard, they’re soooo lovable)

We received new plush toys and mini figurines from kidrobot. Their Yummy Plushes range from: black & white cookies, blue frosted donuts, chocolate frosted donuts, etc. We also received key chains of these Yummy Plushes! Be sure to check it out!

We also want to show off SkipHop’s collection of toys aimed at our city babies! Hug & Hide Stroller Toys, activity gyms,  duck bath toys, alphabet zoo mirrors, and more! Playsam also has babystroller toys and YoYos!

Toys are a great way to raise a child’s imagination! Toys will definitely entertain our awesome city kids!

Also check out Kushies and PlaySam!

And please check out our Vine Video of all our toys at Babesta Cribz here!

How do I beat this heat?

There’s a simple solution to that! At Babesta, we did a bit of research and discovered… SWIMMING POOLS. You can never go wrong with taking a dip in the water to beat the hot summer heat. We found many locations in New York, so no worries about whether it is too far!

According to timeout, there are 11 (that’s right ELEVEN!) different pools, which most are free of cost!! Here are three of the eleven that sounded coolest:

  1. Astoria Pool: located in Astoria Park, 19th St at 23rd Ave, Astoria, Queens: This pool has “Olympic-size lanes.” The pool is ginormous with a lot of space for you to lay out your towels and tan! This is a local favorite of many New Yorkers! It is also free of charge.

    Astoria Pool; {via weheartastoria}

     

  2. The Floating Pool; located in Barretto Point Park, Intersection of Tiffany St. and Viele Ave.  That’s correct. You read correctly. A floating pool. This is a seven lane pool that is atop a movable barge. It was once located in Brooklyn Heights but was moved permanently to Barretto Point Park. There are locker rooms, a great view, and plenty of space to sit down and enjoy a floating pool! And of course, it is free of charge!

    an actual floating pool!!

     

  3. And critics’ choice, McCarren Park Pool; located at Lorimer St between Bayard St and Driggs Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 
    This is a37,571 square-foot pool, which is very spacious! There is plenty of space around the pool for beach chairs and towels. You will certainly have a great time with your families and friends. However, there is usually a large crowd due to tourists and families who want to enjoy the sun! It was renovated and reopened in 2012, and ever since, more and more people have been visiting. It will certainly be a fun time! Once again, free of cost!

    an enormous pool!! via papermag

     

Babesta also gathered a few summer outfits and essentials that can be worn to the pool or to the beach!

We have a few favorite swimwear for our city kids!

  1. One of our most favorite tiger face swimsuit by popupshop. This cute swimsuit dons the face of a fierce tiger! Your cute city kid can rock this out with a pair of matching Mini Rodini sunglasses. How adorable would that look?!
    Roar! Tiger Swimsuit!

    Roar! Tiger Swimsuit!

    Mini Rodini Tiger Sunglasses!

    Mini Rodini Tiger Sunglasses!

  2.  Our favorite pick for our city boys is A for Apple’s boy Swimshorts. This will match well with Sons & Daughters’ Blue Hunter Sunglasses. Our city boys will definitely rock this well!
    A for Apple's boy swimshorts!

    A for Apple’s boy swimshorts!

    Rockin' the blue!
    Rockin’ the blue!

     

  3. Our final favorite swimsuit is Stella Cove’s Hepburn Bathing Suit. This is for the retro ladies who know what style is all about! Son’s and Daughters’ printed sunglasses will go so well together!! Fashionista! Ow ow!
    Hepburn Bathing Suit

    Hepburn Bathing Suit

     

    Fierce printed sunglasses by Sons & Daughters.

    Fierce printed sunglasses by Sons & Daughters.

     

PS:Most of these pools do not allow electronic devices like kindles, laptops, etc.

Thank you!

What do you call a city without water?

The answer? A city without…water…

Imagine a city without water? New York City would not be the awesome New York City without the bridge and ferries! Governor’s Island would not be an island, either! In order to celebrate how awesome water is, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is hosting A City of Water Day!

  • WHEN: July 13
  • TIME: 10AM- 4PM
  • WHERE: Governor’s Island, NYC && Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ.
  • COST: Free
  • FOOD: check here for all the vendors!

A City of Water Day will have so many fun activities for families, teens, couples, and friends. There will be a boat tour you can sign up for here. You will have to provide a $3 reservation fee that is fully refundable. There will also be a Waterfront Activities Fair, Free Ferry Rides, Live Music, Amazing Food, Water activities (kayaking, canoeing, rowboats), and more! You can also have your own picnic and ride bikes.

MWA started this event to show that water brings us all together. We should be thankful for water!! This is a great event to learn about the importance of water while meeting new people.

Be sure to check it out! Afterwards, maybe you can go visit the mahattanhenge!

 

Check out MWA’s official site for more information and pictures!

Beat the heat with a Fun Movie!

Who doesn’t enjoy movies? It is a great getaway from the burning sun on summer days! Here are a few that have been (and will be) released this month of July. Let us know how you like em!

1) Despicable Me 2

minions are throwing an ice cream party!; photo by: universal studios

A personal favorite. Even as an adult, I enjoyed this movie so much. It is the sequel to Despicable Me that was released two years ago. Despicable Me 2 was released on July 3, 2013. D.M. 2 is filled with more action and more funny and heartwarming moments. The main character, an ex-villain, Gru must find a villain that took all his minions! He has a few leads on who the villain is, but he faces so many obstacles! Gru also falls in love, can’t tell who it is!

2) Monster’s University

Mike & Sulley; photo by: disney/pixar

Children will almost absolutely love this movie! I’m hoping everyone watched the first, Monster’s Inc. In it, Mike and Sulley are best buds, scaring kids, and also saving them. However, in Monster’s University, it takes the audience back in the past, to when Mike and Sulley first met. This unfolds the journey of how they become best friends; they were not close in the beginning!

3) Turbo

Turbo and his clan of snails; Photo by: dreamworks

A super fast snail? No way. Snails that talk? Snail Indy races? Too much to believe? Released on July 17, Turbo is the story of a snail who wishes to be the fastest snail. He gets his wish, but now he strives to become a racer in the Indy 500. Will he make? If he does, who wins? You will meet so many talented snails!

Definitely a great way to beat the heat! Afterwards, you and your young babe can whip up something yummy at home! Babesta has yummy food making kits that will teach our city babes how to cook while having lots of fun! Check out our chefs post!

-LK