Friday, March 31, 2017

$2 million raised for No Kid Hungry, BCRF

The housewares industry came together for "A Purpose. A Plan. A Promise," to raise nearly $2 million at the Housewares Charity Foundation's (HCF) 20th annual gala on Monday, March 20. Proceeds from the event, held at Chicago's Navy Pier, benefited the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the HCF's legacy charity, and No Kid Hungry, a campaign by Share Our Strength that works to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food where they live, learn and play. Since the first gala in 1998, HCF has raised more than $49 million and has been credited with donating more than $28 million to BCRF. The 21st HCF gala will be held March 12, 2018.

For more information about the Housewares Charity Foundation, its honorees and its charities, visit

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

IHHA Show wraps up in Chicago, honors retailers

The 2017 International Home + Housewares Show took place in Chicago from March 18-21, and 13 housewares suppliers ranging from well-established brands to first-time exhibitors won an IHA Global Innovation Award (gia) for product design. 

To view the list of finalists, visit HERE.

"Congratulations to these winners of the IHA Global Innovation Awards for product design; they are excellent representatives of the cutting-edge innovation and creativity that is driving the housewares industry today," said Phil Brandl, IHA president and CEO. Additionally, the IHA Show announced the 2017 gia Global Honorees for Retail Excellence: Potten & Pannen – Staněk; KitchenAid Concept Store & Gourmet Academy, Czech Republic; The Loft Co., Ltd., Japan; Green with Envy, New Zealand; Rustan's Department Store, Philippines; Borough Kitchen, United Kingdom. Both gia national winners and Global Honorees were recognized and prominently featured at the IHA Show.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

All About Baby Expo to host tour around Utah

This year marks the five-year anniversary of the All About Baby Expo in Utah. The expo is celebrating with a spring tour of Utah, taking All About Baby on the road to numerous markets around the state, highlighting great options for moms and dads and hosting a fun and informative event. 

The Expo is accepting quality partners that cater to moms with babies and young children. There is exhibitor space available, and there are options for national businesses who can't attend to still participate in a strong way. 

Find the application HERE, or visit HERE.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

MOBY adds Ring Sling options to its line of carriers

MOBY now offers a Ring Sling in addition to its classic Moby Wrap, Meh Dai, and Buckle Tie carriers. "A sling-style carrier is a classically comfortable and simple way to carry babies," says Gillian Beerman, founder of MOBY. "We have wanted to introduce a Ring Sling option to our family of baby carriers for years, and are so excited to finally make that dream come true." The new Ring Sling is made of sturdy 100 percent woven cotton and features a fully customizable fit with three color options: Ocean Twist, Jet Ribbons, and Silver Streak.

Find more information at

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Baby K'tan continues commitment to philanthropy

Following in their tradition of philanthropy, Baby K'tan is donating nearly 150 Baby K'tan Diaper Bags to Twice As Nice Mother & Child, a nonprofit that strives to ensure that every mother and child has his or her most basic needs met. 

The donation will provide moms in need with the brand's innovative diaper bag which features a built-in wetbag with antimicrobial lining, a much needed compartment for dirty baby items. The pocket keeps in moisture and liquid while preventing the growth of germs and odor causing bacteria.

For more information, visit

Friday, February 17, 2017

Ju-Ju-Be releases limited edition tokidoki prints

Ju-Ju-Be today released the limited edition prints "Super toki" and "Sweet victory," the latest addition to its collaboration with tokidoki. The print will be showcased on a number of Ju-Ju-Be's backpacks, diaper bags, wallets, bibs, totes and a duffle, among others. 

Super toki is an all-star cast of colorful characters from the tokidoki universe displaying hero-like qualities as they soar across bright comic book frames. In 2012, Ju-Ju-Be launched its first collaboration with tokidoki, and the two companies have since released a number of successful collections together.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Modern-day Piggy Box teaches kids to manage money

The is a modern day piggy bank that's fun and engaging. Designed by a working mom, each three-tiered piggy box is made from handcrafted recycled paper and features three separate drawers with built-in dividers.

The original, easy-to-use piggy box helps children learn how to: spend, save or give (donate) money as well as organize and arrange money based on denomination.

Kids can also track spending with the free included app.

Visit for more information.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

25th Party for Life opens auction bidding

Gift for Life, the gift and home industries' charitable organization, announced that more than 40 auction items–including luxury experiences and unique gift and home décor products donated by leading suppliers–will be offered during the 25th annual Party For Life on Monday, Feb. 6, in New York City. The auction items are available for pre-event online bidding this week.

Among the notable auction prizes are a Simon G diamond ring, pearl earrings, business consultations, wardrobe/interior consultations, a New York Jets signed football, and a private wine tasting for 10 in Napa. "The 25th Anniversary Party for Life is gearing up to be and fantastic party and most likely our best event yet," said Frank Joens, Gift for Life, Chair. "The silent auction is going to be outstanding this year and I am very grateful that the industry's leading suppliers have been incredibly generous with their sponsorships and their support through auction prize donations."

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Babyganics reveals reusable Natural Wool Dryer Balls

Babyganics' Natural Wool Dryer Balls are made of 100 percent natural, American wool that works to soften fabrics, reduce static, and speed up drying time up to 25 percent.

Reusable up to 1,000 loads, it's a compostable alternative to traditional fabric softeners. There are no chemicals, PVC, fragrances or dyes.

In addition, it's non-allergenic and biodegradable.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DOUGLAS Company launches Princess Mermaids Collection

Soft toy maker and lifestyle gift creator Douglas Company has just introduced Princess Mermaids with brushable hair. Ciara, the 15-inch large Aqua Mermaid, is elegantly serene in shades of aquamarine with a fancy, textured tail with translucent blue organza fins. Her hair is shades of aqua and platinum blonde and she comes with a brush included. Designed for ages 3 and up, 

DOUGLAS Mermaid Collection will debut at all the Winter Gift Shows including Toy Fair in Booth #1669 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. 

The entire Mermaids Collection is expected on specialty gift store shelves in March 2017.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Product Launch: Pure 'N' Clean Baby Laundry Detergent Strips

Dapple, a line of plant-powered cleaning products made specifically for homes with babies and toddlers, announced a new patented innovation in laundry: dapple Pure 'N' Clean Baby Laundry Detergent Strips. Lighter and thinner than a dryer sheet, they're super-concentrated with powerful stain elimination that's gentle enough to protect baby's delicate skin. They work for the entire family and are perfect for travel.

With 32 strips to a pack, one Baby Laundry Strip instantly dissolves in water to handle one load of laundry. It's a gentle alternative to conventional baby laundry detergent and it's hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, making them safe for sensitive skin or eczema. 

They're also compatible for use with cloth diapers and are biodegradable, giving them an added environmental-friendly nod.