Month: April 2009

Me Gusta Spanglish Sing-Along!

I know less Spanish than the average eighth grader, so I was a tad skeptical about my ability to review a CD called Spanglish Sing-Along! (Exclamation point theirs.) I shouldn’t have worried. Miami’s Spanglish Wrangler, aka Will Thomas, moves between English and Spanish effortlessly, making it possible for even this gringa and her ninos to follow along with the lyrics. Accompanied by his acoustic guitar, the Spanglish Wrangler’s lyrics take center stage. Unlike a typical “learn Spanish” CD, Spanglish Sing-Along! helps kids (and adults) remember Spanish words and phrases through music, something I totally understand as someone who grew...

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Ring-ing in spring

At the top of my go-to accessory list are big chunky rings, mostly because they’re cheap, fun, and my kids can’t do to them what they’d do to, say, a pearl necklace. If you like the big ring look but aren’t really into the costumey stuff, take a look at the one-of-a-kind handmade rings from Bel Kai Designs. Their sterling silver rings featuring sweet flower prints are the perfect compromise between lovely and loud. Check out the Cherry Blossom (pictured) or the oval Pink Blossoms (love those colors!). And while they’re bigger than your simple bands or solitaires, they’re...

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Growing an organic garden: Sasha, Malia, and now your kids

Last week, I used Earth Day as an opportunity to introduce my girls to the idea of being good to the planet and all that other stuff we’re supposed to do as (mostly) responsible moms. A week later, the organic heirloom tomatoes we planted from the My First Organics seed kit we received are just starting to sprout, and now the fun really begins. The kits comes with everything you need to grow your own organic veggies, lettuce or herbs — just like the Obama girls! as I told my kids. Only we’re using our windowsill until we can...

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This is what happens when Star Wars geeks grow up and become parents

Last week my daughter had a playdate with a four-year-old friend and it blew my mind that he was drawing Darth Vader and Princess Leia figures on the sidewalk with chalk. (Actually, I was less blown away by the Princess Leia which was pretty easy with those big ovals where her ears might be.) It seems the next generation has discovered my generation’s sci-fi classic, and if you need any proof, check out the awesome child’s Star Wars cape at Little Dudes Only. Also check out the number of boys in your kid’s school named Luke. I totally love...

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Mother’s Day gifts that give back to one of the best dot-orgs of all

I love the idea of a Mother’s Day gift this year that gives back in some way, and I especially like the idea of giving back to the March of Dimes, a cause near and dear to our hearts since the recent loss of a prominent blogging mom’s little girl to complications related to her premature birth. Red Envelope is on the ball this year with that very thing, offering 10% of the purchase price of any item to the March of Dimes when you order through this link. There’s an entire selection of Mother’s Day gifts that we’d...

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Personalized stationery where you’d least expect it.

Personalized stationery is one of those things I never think to buy for myself, but when I get it as a gift I tear through it. So when I was looking to maybe be a little proactive and refill the stash, I was shocked to find what it cost — or at least the stuff I like. I guess I have expensive taste like that. I’m delighted to see that Shutterfly is now expanding their line past photo cards and offering personalized designer stationery at very reasonable prices. They’ve collaborated with stationery bigwigs like Boatman Geller and Stacey Claire...

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Cool budget tip: Make your own popsicles

Now that the weather is actually starting to be spring-like in these parts, the kids are asking for ice cream. So I was thinking that maybe this year, to save a bit of cash, we’d do more delicious frozen treat making instead of delicious frozen treat buying, which got me on a hunt for cool popsicle molds. I found what I was looking for from a company called Tovolo which sells at a lot of professional chef stores as well as Amazon. There’s a funky shooting star popsicle mold, the nostalgic favorite rocket pop mold¬†(above) and a groovy pop...

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Springing for a Kit + Lili dress

Last fall, we couldn’t wait for the weather to cool off so that we could dress our girls in the gorgeous Kit + Lili winter line. Now it’s May and we’re itching to save our pennies so we can get our mitts on their new girls’ dresses for spring. With trademark bright colors and bold prints, plus styles ranging from shoulder-tie sundresses to puff sleeve A-lines, these are the dresses that little girls can live in all summer long. Splurge on one dress and you’ll get a whole ton of use out of it depending on whether you pair...

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Better living through less chemistry – natural cleaning products from Better Life

One of the first things I did when I started working again was hire a house cleaner, so when I needed to test Better Life’s natural cleaning products, I called in the pros to try them out. Of course my request was initially met with skepticism by my professional house cleaners: Evidently lots of their clients hand them all-natural products and the results are never quite as good as the chemical stuff, as most of us know. But with Better Life’s amazing smelling What-Ever! all natural all-purpose cleaner, they liked it! They really liked it! What-Ever! (exclamation point theirs)...

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Blooming adorable

I’ve suddenly become completely infatuated with bloomer sets this spring for dressing baby girls on special occasions, and at the top of my list is the gorgeous Petal V Dress from Go Gently Baby. I’d like to say I’m being practical by purchasing a pricey outfit that’s more versatile than your average “we have to bring the baby to a wedding” dress. The lovely organic cotton and bamboo dress can be worn alone, or over leggings or jeans as your daughter gets a bit bigger. And the bloomers (shown) are so beautiful on their own with that little ruffle,...

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