Month: January 2008

Shiny Happy People Dreaming Jam Band

Imagine if the B-52’s, Abba, REM and Devo moved into a house with four keyboards and a giant dress-up closet. And then imagine that they sang Beatles and Queen and Carpenters songs and sometimes rapped. Dream Jam Band is like that. One of them is related to Abraham Lincoln, one opened for The Who and sang with Bruce Springsteen, one was a Shakespearean actor, one is a music teacher, and one plays 87 instruments. So together, it’s not surprising that they make a sound that’s as eclectic as they are. Eclectic and joyful. When you and your kids start...

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Give Me Liberty!

I’m always on the look out for something to do with my favorite pictures, other than frame them. Custom bags, jewelry – you name it, I’ve got it. But puzzles? Not until now. While it’s easy to be mesmerized by Liberty’s unique vintage children’s puzzles with images from classic nursery rhymes, don’t stop there.  Click over to their custom page and you’ll see the masterpieces they can create with your own photos, which go well beyond some ordinary slice-and-dice grid puzzle that some of the photo sites offer. In fact Liberty does this really cool special thing in which...

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Lady in Waiting

We’ve seen a whole lot of handmade felt hair clips, but none that made us grin quite like The Little Lady Clip at Lily-Pie designs. Let’s just say Kristen and I had a grand old time coming up with other names for it – although granted The Bathroom Door Clip really doesn’t have the same sales potential. Besides being totally cute, think of the additional benefits. You’ll not only keep your daughter’s hair pristine, you’ll insure she never stumbles into that other bathroom by accident. You know, the one with the weird fountains on the wall. –Liz  Congrats to...

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Gotta Get a Dwell

A reader recently emailed asking about cool toiletry cases for kids. My answer was that most of them are pretty lame, and you’re better off sticking with something basic from your local CVS. (Not that he knows it though – my email bounced back twice. Grrr…) But that was before I discovered the beautiful new DwellStudio travel cases at Giggle, like the transportation style shown here. (Get it?) There’s also a throughly modern animal print and each come in smaller sizes as well as matching canvas weekenders. Who knows, maybe a kid-friendly print like this will inspire your child...

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Mr. Destructo

If there’s one huge difference between my son and my daughter, other than the obvious, of course, it’s that my son has a penchant for total destruction unlike anything I’ve ever seen. And so what’s more perfect than this Robot Destroyer tee from mom-owned shop Wee Wee Wear that comes complete with warning label on the back — "I destroy everything in my way." From the shop name you might think that they’re pawning some sort of special potty attire. But actually, they’re just kid’s clothes with a little something extra, handscreend by mom Karry Brook. Putting her background in art to really good use, Karry...

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Keeping Clips From Getting Clipped

No one tells you when you start buying cute hair clips for your daughter–probably long before she’ll even keep them in her hair for more than two seconds–that you might want to consider some way to put them away properly each night. As in, not a pile on the changing table, and not a green melamine cup on her bookshelf that the baby can get to. Ahem. Designer Kim Marable of Ribbies Clippies has such an awesome solution in her clever Clippie Holders. Maybe this is like some old skool barette storage trick or something, but basically two parallel...

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Little Details Making a Big Difference

My husband decided to invite a few more people than I had intended (um, that would be none) to my son’s first birthday celebration. Instead of freaking out and slapping together some terrible goody bag, the personalized favor tags from Cocoblu Studio turned me into an actual Martha Stewart. Okay so that’s a stretch, but even non-crafty moms will get kudos with a set of mom/designer Sarah Lemoine’s sleek and sophisticated favor tags. Have a set created for a specific event, or make them more generic so like me, you can use them in a pinch. If you’re not hitting the party...

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Little Love Monkeys

I know a few moms who think that Valentine’s day is strictly for adult-sized people. But knowing how much my toddler adores holidays, there’s no way I could leave her out entirely while her dad and I pop the Moet and scarf down truffles.  If you’ve got a pint-size love monkey come the 14th, check out the Luurve Monkey tote from etsy screenprinting shop Dogbone Art. It’s just the right size to fill up with inexpensive little goodies – maybe even from Dogbone Art? The shop also sells kids tees, magnets and cute sticker packs. But don’t forget the...

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The Eco Nursery is Here and It’s Not Crunchy At All

When I hear that baby furniture is eco-conscious, I admit the first image that comes to mind is some unfinished knotty pine something or other that would look more at home in a hunting lodge than a modern nursery. But then I got an early look at the new offerings from Spot On Square and…just wow. The lines of the brand new hiya collection are clean and appealing, the wood against polar white works with any decor and every piece is made right here in the US. Plus it makes me feel great knowing not just that the wood...

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The Friendly Skies Just Got Friendlier

I’ve just returned from our first ever overseas trip with two children in tow. Thankfully (seriously, thank you powers-that-be) they were both exemplary travelers. While I’d like to think that my stellar parenting skills are entirely responsible, I have to throw a hat tip to the FAA-approved CARES restraint system. No traveling parent should be without this genius grandma-invented five-point belt that hooks around the back of the seat and keeps restless kids up to 44 pounds from aisle surfing during take-off. I’d bet it’s especially great for more rambunctious kids, along with the under-two set who can’t be...

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