Flower Power: Marimekko’s Unikko Print Turns 50

Sunny prints and Marimekko go hand in hand, but one of the Finnish mega-brand’s most recognizable motifs almost didn’t see the light of day. In 1964, despite founder Armi Ratia’s company-wide ban on florals, trailblazing designer Maija Isola was inspired by the flower power revolution of the times and rebelled to create the classic Unikko pattern, celebrating its 50th birthday this year. The striking poppy graphic has made its mark on everything from double-decker buses and Finnair jets to super-cute clothes for baby and kids. Want to get your own little ones in on the festivities? Shop our mix to score this signature set and soft cotton onesie stamped with Unikko blooms, plus more colorful picks for pint-sized wardrobes.

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MomTrends.com: Pack Their Backpacks!

Shopping for the perfect back-to-school wardrobe is only half the battle. The other half = finding school supplies that get your little one excited for the new year. We asked Serena Norr, managing editor of MomTrends.com, to fill a backpack with classroom must-haves — here’s a little lesson in her favorites.

1. Pink Fjällräven backpack
2. Bright and colorful spiral notebooks from Poppin
3. The cute and super-functional picnic lunchbox from Neat-Oh!
4. The always-essential ruler from Staples
5. So-So Happy Character Homework Pad from Hallmark (blue and red)
6. A 24-pack of classic Crayola crayons
7. Pencils in different colors from Staples and Poppin
8. Oil pastels from Pentel
9. Fun dice erasers from Staples


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Top 5 Back-to-School Trends

Weekday mornings in September can be a bit “challenging” (well, that’s the PG version of what we really want to day). Usually, “Mom, I don’t want to wear thaaaat!” echoes through the house, but this year will be different. The solution is simple: Buy kids exactly what they want to wear. Focus on these five fads while shopping for your school-bound trendsetter.


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Have a Sesame Street Birthday Party!

Shia’s 2nd birthday was inspired by his love for Elmo, but it was hard to make the theme cute and chic! Every party decoration I found was cheesy, and didn’t go with the feel I wanted: kid-friendly, but with some personal touches. We chose Kidville (there are lots of locations), because we knew the 26 2-year-olds needed to be constantly stimulated. There was a Play-Doh station, tattoo station, kids’ gym, bouncy castle, and a music class with puppets. Here is a list of where the birthday party accessories came from (they’re almost all from Etsy) — I hope this helps when you’re planning your Sesame Street party!

— Sam Cutler, Shia’s mom 

1. My friend did a Sesame Street theme for her son in Washington, DC. She shipped the chair covers to me for his party, and they were a big hit. They’re from chasing-fireflies.com.

2. One of my first purchases for his party was the “Shia Street” sign. I got it here.


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