Month: November 2009

iPhone cases for the terminally hip

I could count the many ways in which I am completely obsessed with Threadless, the original crowdsourcing art-to-product site, but who has that kind of time? Suffice it to say that the whole family enjoys their t-shirts, and I dream of rooms festooned with their Blik decals. But with this, their latest, my life may just be complete–Threadless has teamed up with Griffin to make cool iPhone cases. Catch me; I’m swooning. Now sadly, they don’t fit my geriatric first-generation iPhone, but for you 3G and beyond folks, have at it. So far you can choose from either Clouds...

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Keepsake jewelry for moms with more to say

There’s a good reason our readers are tremendous fans of the keepsake jewelry from Julian & Co, and that’s because you are all smart. And have good taste. And like things that make you cry. (Seriously, her pieces will make you cry. Especially those little baby footprint charms.) Designer Tania Condon has just come out with what I think is one of her coolest pieces yet; the Life-Squared Wax Seal necklace which is an actual ye olde time-y wax seal fob. It even comes with a set of correspondence cards and sealing wax – so cool. I just adore...

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Putumayo comes out with a new Christmas CD, and my ears feel like they got a gift

With all due respect to the latest pop star du jour, most modern renditions of my favorite classic holiday songs leave me wishing for stronger eggnog. But now that I’ve started playing the Putumayo Presents awesome new A Family Christmas CD well before Thanksgiving, I’ve found the perfect soundtrack to take the kids and me straight through to the new year. Starting with Johnny Bregar’s peppy acoustic version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town and ending with a Mardi Gras-esque Frosty the Snowman, A Family Christmas will get me through even my Scroogiest moments. Traditional songs like Sleigh...

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Love the children’s book? Get the artwork.

We’ve been keeping our eyes open for those extra special holiday gifts, like for a baby’s first Christmas. I’m very intrigued by Picture Book Originals which offers which offers original illustrations and signed giclee prints from children’s picture books. It’s not like you’re going to find Maurice Sendak here – or not yet, anyway. Publishing vet and mom of two Anna Johnson has assembled five artists for starters, including a nice selection of signed Rosemary Wells illustrations which Max & Ruby fans like my kids will appreciate. Prices go from very affordable up into the hundreds, but there’s also...

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Shutterfly photo books – more than just baby books

Our recent learning photo book contest for our awesome sponsor Shutterfly, was one of the most fun contests we’ve ever done here. Our readers submitted so many inspiring ideas for turning the photo books into learning books, that we wanted to go back and create even more ourselves. (And actually, Liz did.) So we’re excited to be working with them again and hosting another contest, so that all of you–clearly a very creative bunch– can share your best ideas for custom photo books, especially now that the holidays are approaching. As for me, this time, I created a photo...

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Dolls for boys? Heck yeah.

Mixed in with all the stuffed animals and toy trucks, my son also had a doll that he loved to play with. His name was Alex. After all, it’s just as important for boys to learn to be loving and nurturing. While it was cool that I was able to find a decent boy doll back then, I have to say that the Custom Paxton boy dolls, by warm sugar are way cooler. Every single doll is made to order so you can customize your kid’s new “buddy.” Choose skin tone, hair and eye colors, and even what color...

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Holiday shoes that get use beyond the holidays

I’m actually pretty practical when it comes to my girls’ dressier shoes. I am willing to spend more than average, but I demand great design and excellent construction, and I don’t want shoes that will either fall apart or feel out of season come January 1. To get the most for my money, I want a holiday shoe my kids can wear Christmas Eve, that will also allow them to jump into an impromptu game of “kick the basketball around the school gym.” Tall order? I’ve always had great experiences with Umi Shoes (as I say over and over)...

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Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker, now with the all-important pause button

I find The Nutcracker a bit hard to explain to fidgety kids, so before I fork over $50 a seat to take them to see it in person, I’m going to let them watch Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker to their heart’s content. What makes this DVD’s production different from what you’d see in person is the fact that the gorgeous San Francisco Ballet performance is edited way down for shorter attention spans; and there’s narration from a (not entirely cheesy) cartoon fairy who helps kids understand why Clara is so happy to receive a nutcracker, or why there is...

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On America Recycles Day, we’re recycling some of our favorite picks

Our kids have been separating paper from plastics since they were only yea high, but today on America Recycles Day, we’re taking a look at the RecycleBank website for Tessa Hills’ Recycling Tips for Kids to find easy ways to make big changes in how our family impacts the environment. For help in bringing these lessons on sustainable living to life, here are some of our favorite past products and services to make going green all more fun for you and the kids. 1. Swap everything: We love getting rid of the things we don’t need in exchange for...

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Hey, cupcake: The Melissa and Doug cupcake kit is an awesome birthday gift for your preschooler.

My kids can play “birthday” pretty much every day. We have a ridiculous number of play cake sets, and if they’re not around, my girls are happy to crumple up a piece of paper, stick a Q-tip in it and belt out Happy Birthday anyway. So when I got a look at the brand new Bake and Decorate Cupcake Kit from Melissa & Doug I knew we had a home run. The latest offering from the most famous little toy company that made it big is another great option in their line of toys that inspire imagination and creativity....

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