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1. BITE BEAUTY Multistick // Perfect for the busy woman, who loves makeup, but is also tight on time. These multisticks apply like a cream and wear like a powder for weightless color application—just apply with your finger or a brush on the eyes, lips, and cheeks.

2. Pacifica Sugared Amber Dreams Spray Perfume // Pacifica spray perfumes are micro-batched in our factory in Portland, Oregon, using the best natural grain corn-based alcohol. Each incredible scent is carefully crafted to take you to the places of your dreams with the highest quality ingredients including essential and natural oils from all over the world. May your dreams be filled with sparkling sugar, heady vanilla and warm amber. An intoxicating aura of rainbow wishes, magic and love for the bravest hearts. All Pacifica products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

3. Honest Beauty Luminizing Powder // Silky, baked face powder gives your skin an instant, healthy-looking glow. Lightweight texture and subtle shimmer create more even-looking skin tone in one sweep.

Honest Beauty True Velvet Eyeliner // Vivid color in a creamy finish blends smoothly with built-in eyeliner smudger. Innovative plant based formula conditions and protects sensitive skin with naturally derived antioxidants including mango seed oil, vitamin E, and macadamia oil. Scribble. Smudge. Smile.

4. FRESH Sugar Lip Treatment // Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 moisturizes, protects, and smooths the lips with a blend of moisture-preserving sugar and nourishing oils, delivering long-lasting moisture.  The coveted lip treatment offers SPF 15 protection and features grapeseed oil and vitamins C and E, which help to smooth and soften and are rich in antioxidants known to protect from damaging free radicals. Best of all, Sugar Lip Treatments have a bright, citrus scent!

5. Lush Golden Wonder Bath Bomb // Fancy an uplifting cocktail? Zesty cognac and lime oils get this bath party started with their mood-brightening scents while sweet orange oil refreshes your senses. In the water, this present-shaped fizzer unwraps itself to reveal glittering golden luster and a sparkling turquoise explosion.

 Lush Christmas Sweater Bath Bomb // Ugly Christmas sweaters are the norm these days, but there’s nothing unsightly about this festive fizzer. Drop it into the tub and watch as the magical display of swirling colors brings the water to life. You’ll be snug as a bug in a rug when you dip into a warming blend of spicy clove bud, refreshing coriander seed and cleansing Sicilian lemon oils. Christmas has never been so cozy!

6. Butter London Nail Lacquers // The perfect stocking stuffer idea! Butter London is the first healthy nail lacquer coining the phrase “3-Free” to bring a good for you approach to beauty. The formulations are beautiful, but best of all, are safe and free of harsh chemicals, found in most nail polishes. “Pure, Posh & Playful!”

7. Origins Drink Up Intensive Face Mask // Put dry skin to bed with this ultra-rich, hydrating overnight mask. Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oils deeply and instantly quench compromised moisture reserves and help build a reservoir for tomorrow. While Japanese Seaweed helps repair skin’s barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature aging. Skin awakens comfortable, refreshed, supple.

Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream // Give the gift of bright eyes! This eye cream feels indulgent, and like a spa treatment for your eyes. Formulated with Coffee Beans, Panax Ginseng, Magnolia Extract and natural optic brighteners. Rapidly wakes up, refreshes and restores radiance to tired eyes.

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1. Kid Made Modern Wondrous Watercolor // Perfect for the artsy kiddo, this Wondrous Watercolor Kit has everything you need to paint the day away, including paint, brushes and paper. These watercolors are artist quality, manufactured through a pressing process to achieve rich pigments and maximize the amount of paint in each well.

Kid Made Modern Comic Book Kit Playset // This all-in-one kit has all the supplies needed to create your own superhero story! this kit gives you a Jumpstart on the design process while your inner narrator does the rest. Will your hero have out-of-this-world superpowers? be an ordinary human with extraordinary courage? the possibilities are endless as you decide what your story is when you open the blank pages of your comic book kit.

2. Kidkraft Vintage Kitchen // Your little chef will love cooking in the KidKraft Vintage Kitchen. Kids ages three and up can pretend to whip up all kinds of new concoctions using the refrigerator, microwave, stove, oven, and sink. The kitchen’s durable design and moving parts will keep your child entertained, even as it stands up to rough play.

3. Beatrix New York Little Kid Pack: Alejandra the Strawberry and many other designs Beatrix New York Backpacks // These adorable & beloved little packs hold everything a tot needs for a busy day. Constructed from durable nylon and easy-to-clean laminated canvas. These sturdy bags have a large interior space containing a smaller zipped pocket, a padded back panel and padded shoulder straps

4. Anthropologie Wooden Piggy Bank // Darling and the perfect modern decoration in your little one’s room. The early starter’s financial wizard in the form of a too-cute piggy!

5. LEGO Architecture London Skyline Collection Gift // Put London’s architectural diversity on display with this buildable set, featuring five of the city’s best-loved landmarks. 

6. Cubebot Multi-Color // Cubebot is a wooden toy robot inspired by Japanese Shinto Kumi-ki puzzles. Made from wood and elastic, Cubebot can be positioned to hold dozens of poses. When it’s time to rest, Cubebot folds back into a perfect cube. A classic toy for all ages that will endure generations of play.

7. Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug // The wheelyBUG offers a fun, entertaining way to encourage gross motor skills and physical activity. Designed with kids in mind, a low profile, easy-to-grip handle, and 360º casters enable children to hop on and off by themselves, and move and spin using their legs without ever getting stuck in a corner.

8. Magna-Tiles // Pick up these tiles and, just like the magnets built into the edges of each shape, you’re immediately drawn into hours of creative construction exploration.
Build houses. Build towers. Build vehicles, people, animals, abstract structures – Anything! – It’s extremely difficult to stop once you’ve started.

9. Land of Nod Jetaire Camper Playhouse // Perfect for imaginary vacations, this camper kids playhouse brings road trips right into your home. It features embroidered and patchwork details (including an awning and curtains) that look just like the real thing. 

1. Vince Camuto Dafni Leather Crossbody // A smooth leather crossbody bag provides a casual-chic complement to your everyday style, while the expandable zip gusset offers plenty of storage space for all the essentials. 

2. Superga 2750 COTU CLASSIC // Step into style with Supergas international favorites in footwear! Whether on a daytime adventure or a midnight escapade, these cotton classics are hot with cropped pants, a tank and your favorite accessories.

3. Rifle Paper Passport / Bon Voyage Passport Pocket Size Journal Notebooks // When embarking on your next great adventure, bring the perfect companion to chronicle the journey. Passport Pocket Notebooks are the perfect size for your backpack or back pocket. These notebooks provide the perfect opportunity to take some time, wherever you are, to pen some personal observations.

4. Henri Bendel Centennial Stripe Passport Cover // Travel in fashion, with this modern and classic passport cover. Pretty and practical, with 4 card slots and space to store travel documents. 100% Saffiano Leather.

5. Satechi Rose Gold Headphones // Featuring advanced Bluetooth 4.0 technology, a luxurious design, and premium sound, the Satechi Aluminum Wireless Headphones allow you to listen to your music effortlessly and in style. We love it, because it comes with auxiliary cord for situations when you cannot connect to Bluetooth, like on an airplane.

6. Henri Bendel Centennial Stripe Bag Tag // This tag provides a fun and unique way for the traveling fashionista, to find her bag in the crowd. Classic with a modern twist, that will never be out of style. Pair with the matching  Henri Bendel Centennial Stripe Passport Cover, for a complete gift set.

7. Madewell The Lorimer Backpack // This backpack is the perfect travel companion, as it is as useful as it is beautiful. Made in a rich Italian leather. The same familiar sporty shape as previous designs (zip pocket and all), this updated version has playful fringed pulls and can be personalized, with initials for an additional fee.

8. Away Luggage Set // Quite simply: the perfect suitcase. Developed from hundreds of travel stories from friends and seatmates, and designed for the way people actually travel. Featuring unbreakable shells, interior compartments, and built-in USB chargers—using the best materials in the world. The result is luggage that is beautifully, functionally minimal. It’s luggage that helps you find your way by staying out of it.

 

Paris is as much a feeling, as it is a place. The land of love and dreams. The city of lights. Walks along the Seine, rows of buttery croissants and colorful macarons in the endless pâtisseries, and architecture that will make you swoon, are just snippets of what make Paris so magical.

There are countless things to do in the city, but here are a few adventure pairings that we found to be equally enjoyable for the adults and the kids.

 

1. Musée du Louvre & Jardin des Tuileries

Of course, you probably are already planning to see The Louvre, as it is one of the most iconic museums in Paris and the most visited museum in the world. However, here are a few things that are helpful when visiting with kids…

  1. Children under 18 are free. The Louvre is open every day except Tuesday and is open 9 am to 6 pm (with extended hours on Wednesday and Friday).
  2. Strollers are allowed within the museum and most of the museum is stroller friendly. There are plenty of elevators, but they can be difficult to spot. Upon entry into the museum, there are pamphlets available with the floor plan and the locations of every elevator. If you do not have a stroller or baby carrier with you, not a problem….you can go into the visitor assistance area and borrow one of their complementary strollers or baby carriers, in exchange for them holding onto some form of ID. The borrowed item must be returned before departing the museum.
  3. Though we didn’t do an official tour, you can explore the museum on your own and at your own pace, using their audio guide on a  Nintendo 3DS.
  4. There is the Tactile Gallery, where kids (and anybody), are encouraged to touch the exhibits.
  5. Tickets can be purchased in advance, but this doesn’t seem to be much of a time saver. What takes the longest time is going through security, so be prepared to wait for a bit while the line processes through the security stations and into the museum.
  6. There are several food options within the museum, such as Le Café Mollien , Le Comptoir du Louvre , or Les cafés de la pyramide. If you can wait to eat, just grab a snack at Denon and Richelieu wings and save your appetite for an outdoor lunch in the Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries).

 

1. RED DOUBLE-DECKER SIGHTSEEING BUS

Just about every major city has a ‘hop-on hop-off bus’, so this isn’t particularly special in and of itself…however, the benefits we experienced, having a three day pass, far outweighed the fact that it’s a bit of a cliche tourist activity. Comfort, entertainment and function are all important elements of traveling with kids and this met each qualification. London is a very walking-friendly city and we did a lot of it; however, for much-needed rest during the day, it was incredible just to sit on the upper-deck, eat a snack, feel the breeze and take in the sights. Included in the ticket price, is a headset for each member in your party, which can be plugged in at each seat (with multiple language channels), giving you an overview of the history of the sights as you go. There is even a kid-friendly channel, so your kids can get a fun and age-appropriate educational experience while relaxing. There are stops at just about every major tourist attraction, as well as other stops sprinkled around the city, which will save you the hassles of the tube, the expense of taxis and sore feet. We chose this bus option, but there are a couple other options as well. Keep in mind that usually kids under 5  years old are free and there are often family deals available. Tickets can be purchased online, or you can get them at just about every major tourist attraction bus stop. We may have just gotten lucky, but we purchased 2-day tickets and got a 3rd day for free (this offer was not available online).

2. NOTTING HILL NEIGHBORHOOD

During our time in London, we stayed in an Airbnb in the Notting Hill neighborhood. We absolutely LOVED everything about it! So charming and a short bus or tube ride into central London. Stunning pastel Victorian architecture, scattered boutique shops and diverse food offerings, making it quite the foodie scene.