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Happy 3rd Birthday to Nameberry!

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You know you’ve been around a while when you forget your birthday.  The third anniversary of Nameberry’s launch, earlier in October, came and went without any of us realizing it.  But now that we have, we want to pause and take stock of how far we’ve come with the help of all you wonderful berries over the past three years:

Number of visitors: Nearly 12 million

Number of page views: Almost 90 million

Number of countries populated by berries: All of them.  Even you, Chad!

Most-read blog: Baby Names 2011: The Hottest Trends, with nearly a million readers.

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Nameberry Style columnist Elisabeth Wilborn goes back in the nursery this week, gathering prime examples of another fresh nursery theme: Robots.

Robots are the mascot of contemporary children’s design.  You will have much to choose from if you opt for a mechanized nursery theme.  Children across the board are fascinated with robots, or “o-bot!” as my two-year-old says.   They embody the suspension of disbelief that reigns in a child’s imagination, and yet they are all too real.

Here is a modern nursery that will truly grow with the child.  Each object echoes the theme.  The lighting could break into a robo dance at any moment, and the crib hops on legs!  Is that chair a transformer?  Links in the rug help put the ‘bots back together, and its circular shape softens the room.  Unify the elements against a cool grey wall – the brights will pop.

Our selection, with buying links below the picture:

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Nameberry Style columnist Elisabeth Wilborn, doyenne of The Itsy Factor and You Can’t Call It It, has a wonderful treat for all our Facebook friends and their friends this week: a chance to win a beautiful, personalized art print by Sarah & Abraham.  Here’s her scoop.

Here at Nameberry, we’re big devotees of the unusual name. We’re thrilled to hear of a new little Eloise or Aloysius. But we don’t take much time to consider the fact that our beloved, uncommon monikers are never to be found on a personalized placemat.

Until now.

Meet Sarah + Abraham, a company that specializes in monogrammed wares for children. They don’t just stop at the name either. You can order customized placemats, plates, bowls, water bottles, announcements, invitations, wall art and more — that’s a whole selection of their wares pictured above — to match the spitting image of your child! How fun is that?

As much as I try to emphasize sharing, my own daughters are already very much in tune with what is “their own.” What better way to celebrate individuality than a gift made especially for your favorite person in the world? Young Thisbe will certainly appreciate it.

Today we have a special giveaway from Sarah + Abraham! One lucky winner will receive a personalized wall art print of their choice, either 8” x 10” or 11” x 14” in any of the styles pictured below.

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This week’s Nameberry Style column by Elisabeth Wilborn, creator of The Itsy Factor and You Can’t Call It It, looks at the freshest new nursery theme: mermaids.

Is anyone sick of owls yet?

It’s definitely smart to come up with an original theme, or at the very least a color palette, when designing a nursery.  A theme makes for a cohesive look and feel and also frees up precious brain space for other, more important baby-related decisions – like, yeah, names.

As themes go, owls made a lot of sense – for about three minutes.  Unlike bunnies or bears, owls are quirky animals, neither too passive (read: girly) or macho.  Plus, they symbolize wisdom, an eminently desirable role model quality for any child.

Yet design companies world over have honed in on owls as the second coming of nurseries.  Don’t get me wrong, I love owls as much as the next gal, but really, they’re starting to breed like rabbits.

My nomination for a substitute theme: Mermaids — in a cheerful palette of aqua and orange.   Yes, mermaids.  Not the Disneyfied Ariel kind, who usually manifest in polyester and plastic, but a more homespun, natural fiber kind of mermaid.

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As the mom of both a June and an August (eeeeek!) baby, I totally relate to this week’s Nameberry Style column by Elisabeth Wilborn, creator of The Itsy Factor and You Can’t Call It It, on hot weather maternity style. How to make it through those final weeks and months (and hours!) of pregnancy in both comfort and style? Elisabeth has the answer.

This is the year of the Maxi dress, and if you’re pregnant, you are in luck.  The perfect maternity dresses can be found everywhere, for super cheap, and you’ll be in style!

One of my favorites is this stripey number from Old Navy.  The inverted V celebrates your burgeoning belly, and will accentuate your new best feature(s).  Added bonus: no one will see those swollen ankles (I feel for you, I’ve been there and I’m so sorry!)

A necklace will help elongate your look.  Anthropologie has the most luxurious collection, and remember that accessories will long out last your maternity wardrobe.  These wedge heels from Tom’s add height without sacrificing comfort, plus,  with Tom’s One for One project, you are automatically purchasing a pair for someone in need.

Scarves add a finished look to every outfit and are all the rage this season.  Choose a color that flatters your skin, and avoid being matchy-matchy with it.

This market tote from Madewell is perfect for the beach, and can even double as a diaper bag later!  I hope you always have a big bottle of water on you, something salty and something with a little sugar, like green grapes.  Summer can be brutal on mamas-to-be, and this satchel will help you stay prepared for anything.  With two toddlers in tow I use mine all the time—might as well get used to giant bags now.

Keep cool with a nice hat—a fedora or a wide floppy, something that you feel comfortable in and would wear anyway even if you weren’t pregnant.  Don’t go crazy, you can still dress like yourself.  But try to embrace your new sexy fertility goddess frame.  The piece de resistance?  The perfect pair of shades.  We love this glam pair from Oliver Peoples.  They’re an investment, but as long as you always put them back in your woven bag and promise not to lose them, they’re a good one.

Finally, treat yourself to a fresh haircut.  In keeping with the idea of lengthening, preserve the locks as long as possible and and try to frame that pretty face.  YOU are who we want to see, and we cannot wait to meet the person inside.  Enjoy summer mamas.

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