Month: December 2009

Family game night goes deeper with Family Matters

Look, I’m going to be honest: When I read that Family Matters is the family game for ages 8+ that helps your family get to know each other better, I steeled myself for my daughter rolling her eyes and my son sliding underneath the table, declaring his boredom. Nonetheless, my family took it for a test drive–and I couldn’t be more pleased to report that I was completely wrong. Each family member takes turns “driving” the family car around the board and through the various cards. We all loved guessing the answers to the My Favorite Things cards (guess...

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Need Santa? There’s An App For That

I don’t need to tell you that it might be handy to be able to program calls from Santa into your phone, for when you want to remind the kids that he knows when they’re naughty or nice. Or to be able to pull, right out of your pocket, video to show a fidgety preschooler what Santa is doing right this minute, the better to point out that if he can feed his reindeers in a snowstorm, we can eat our carrots, right? Call From Santa is exactly what it sounds like: it’s an app that allows you to...

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C’mon by Renee & Jeremy is easy listening, not cheesy listening

My kids are bouncing off the walls with cabin fever already and the constant refrain of “Santa is coming” isn’t helping out. For those moments when we need to seriously chill out without falling asleep, Renee & Jeremy’s new kids’ music CD C’mon suits us perfectly. The LA duo of Renee Stahl and Jeremy Toback follow up their much-loved debut CD It’s a Big World with a dozen mellow beauties. With a sound I’d describe as Jack Johnson meets the coed Indigo Girls, C’mon is full of pretty harmonies and uplifting lyrics, like the opener Share. I’ll play that...

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For when that BBQ apron just won’t cut it.

You’re having a holiday party. You’re dressed up. You’re serving food  and drinks. An apron would be nice to protect your perfect cocktail dress, but who wants to drag out the old marinara-stained “Kiss the Cook” monstrosity? Well if it were me, I’d prefer covering it with something like this Rollings of Cinnamon full apron from IceMilk. Not only will it protect your clothes from those delectable hors d’oeuvres you’ve whipped up from scratch (right?) but it will make you look like you have it so together that even the tiniest details in your life are full of style....

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Henry Road bears – A stuffed animal we can get behind

Unless a plush animal is on a kid’s holiday or birthday wish list, I tend to steer clear from giving them because as a mom, I know how maddening it can be adding another stuffed bear to the already full toy bin. But when I saw the Kindred Things bears from Henry Road, I’m making an exception to my own rule. These adorable handmade toy bears are created using vintage chenille and the gorgeous Henry Road fabric scraps and remnants. Place your order based on you or your kiddo’s favorite color palette (red, blue, pink, or green), and they’ll...

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My favorite girls’ dresses go on sale and suddenly I need 47 of them

Last night I was yapping with my sister-in-law about holiday dresses, when I clicked over to the Noko Baby site to show her some of my all-time favorite dressy dresses for girls. And wouldn’t you know it, I get an email this morning, letting me know that for the first time ever, all the dresses are all discounted by 25%. Even if you’ve already got your Christmas clothes and New Year’s Clothes and Valentine’s Day clothes picked out for your girls this year (I’ve heard there are in fact moms like this out there, even if I don’t know...

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Not your same old Nutcracker story

We’ve amassed quite the collection of Christmas-themed picture books, but I’m always on the lookout for cool new titles to replace some of the ones we were given when the kids were little (I’m looking at you, Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Merry Christmas). Perennial CMP favorite publisher, and beloved 2009 Holiday Gift Guide sponsor, Chronicle Books, has just released the new A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas which looks like it will make a lovely addition to our collection of holiday stories. With a whimsical new spin on the original tale (you know, a girl, her prince, and a whole lot of...

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Get your holiday music the (very, very, very) easy way with Slacker

So what’s a slacker mom like me to do when she’s having a Christmas party for sixty of her closest friends and her entire selection of Christmas music was wiped off the hard drive in the Great Computer Crash of Summer, 2009′? I don’t know about you, but Slacker.com sounds right up my alley. Slacker is an amazing, very customizable internet radio station where I can get all kinds of holiday music–and lots of other music, too. But somehow just the holiday ones disappeared from my computer,  and yes, I often wonder if maybe my grinchy husband had something...

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Affordable girl’s tights – Reader Q&A

I’m looking for simple, solid color winter tights in 3T that won’t break the bank. -Kristina As the weather has officially turned here in Atlanta, I’ve also been on the lookout for winter tights for both my girls, Kristina. I dug around to find a few high quality options that will hopefully last the entire season. We’re huge fans of Baby Legs, and lucky for us they’ve just started making adorable toddler tights (above). While most of the tights are patterned, they’ve got solid pink, which can work well for most girls’ wardrobes, from what we hear. (Ha.) I’ve heard excellent...

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iPlay’n Learn – They should’ve named it iDistract’n Calm

A few weeks ago I had some friends over to the house, and one of them brought her three-year-old, who immediately commenced leaping around on the furniture like a chimp on crack. Given that my children are past that phase (or can be reigned in with a simple, Knock it off!), I began to fret about his safety — and my upholstery — a bit. But then, a miracle occurred: My friend whipped out her iPhone and handed it to her tot, and for the next twenty minutes he happily busied himself with iPlay’n Learn, a new app from...

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