There's an old song that says, "We made it through the rain." That rings true each spring as we weather the storms that the warmer temps bring. Then comes May – with babies and birdies and blooms abounding. Here are a few fabulous floral finds we spotted at nifty little southeast Michigan stores – all sure to put some spring in your step.
Note: All of the listed merchandise is updated as of May 2013. To be safe, however, we recommend that you check with the shops to see if products are still available. When possible, we've provided a link to buy the item online, too.
Keep kiddies busy with Build-a-Bouquet by Green Toys. Made from 100-percent recycled, BPA-free milk jugs, this cute kit keeps flowers blooming year-round. Even better, it's made and tested in the United States. Find it at GreenToys.com for $27.99. Ages 2-plus.
Hang this adorable mobile over baby's bed and she'll be dreaming of sunshine and fields of flowers. C. Cooper Designs makes this fabric flower mobile, sure to inspire sun-drenched dreams of beautiful blooms. Get it from Yellow Door Art Market for about $40.
Buy it exclusively at Yellow Door Art Market, located at 3141 12 Mile Road in Berkley; 248-336-2038.
Little girls can design their own flower hair accessories with the fashion headbands kit by Creativity for Kids. A total of 10 headbands, assorted flowers and various add-ons give girls a new look for any mood (and they have a lot of them!). Runs about $20.
Buy it locally at Adventures in Toys, 250 W. Maple Road, Birmingham; 248-646-5550.
Now that April showers are over, we move into baby shower season. This charming flower growth chart by Eeboo makes the perfect gift for mom- and dad-to-be. It includes 19 stickers to mark kiddo's height on birthdays or special occasions. It runs about $20.
Buy it locally at Catching Fireflies; locations in Ann Arbor (734-531-6293), Berkley (248-336-2030) and Rochester (248-650-3318).
Get your toddler's toes twinkling with Skechers' twinkle toes sneakers, adorned with glitter and colorful flowers. She'll be the belle of the ball. Good thing they come with adjustable hook-and-loop closure; moms can take them off easily after the little princess wears herself out! Snag a pair for about $43.
Dress your darling in this Kate Mack baby biscotti bathing suit, turn on the sprinkler and you'll think a flower garden has sprung in your yard. This colorful two-piece suit is inspired Mother Nature herself! This print runs about $48-$74, depending on style.
Find the one pictured locally at Bec & Sam's for about $48; 142 W. Maple Road, Birmingham; 248-593-8650.
Bring spring inside with these fanciful floral printed letters by Pottery Barn. Measuring 2.5-7 inches wide by 5 inches high, the die-cut metal letters are covered with printed paper and come with a grosgrain ribbon for hanging. Get them at the Pottery Barn Kids for about $10 each.
Baby can take a bouquet with her everywhere when she's wearing these striped flower socks by Mud Pie. Featuring a pretty pink flower atop a handmade bow that snaps off for easy washing, these custom cuties keep baby's toes toasty. Pick up a pair for about $10.50.
Buy it locally at The Moon and Me in Northville, 116 E. Main St.; 248 344-1016.