Month: May 2009

Duct tape goes designer, and metrosexuals everywhere rejoice

Anyone with a baby knows the brilliance that is duct tape. No! I kid! Duct tape is only for older children and only when they’re very very loud. But for real, I do love duct tape and its 1001 uses and obviously I’m not alone. So it was only a matter of time before someone came up with designer duct tape to patch up basement furniture and garden hoses and tennis rackets with a little more panache than the age-old industrial silver stuff. Grab that swanky blue paisley one and go get to work fixing something. –Liz Find designer...

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Supermom might be a myth but SuperCook is all real

On a good week, I plan our meals but in reality, I sometimes find myself facing a nearly-empty fridge, wondering what I can cobble together for dinner out of half a lemon, some mustard, and a handful of mushrooms. (Oh, like that’s never happened to you.) Thanks to SuperCook, those what-to-make-for-dinner panics are a thing of the past. Simply type in the ingredients you have on hand and it generates a list of links to recipes from tried and true sites like Epicurious, AllRecipes.com, and Recipezaar. It even sorts by missing ingredients, so you don’t have to wrack your...

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Comicon fans, this one’s for you. Or your kids.

From skateboard and sneaker design to children’s picture books, Australian artist Luke Feldman has created quite a cult following of his waif-like illustrated characters known as Skaffs. They hang in the Cartoon Art Museum, they delight hipster animation fans, and now they come to life in the vibrant children’s book Chaff n’ Skaffs: Mai and the Lost Moskivvy, created along with illustrator and co-author Amanda Chin. Mai (the lead Skaff in this story) heads on an outrageous adventure with her strange, large, round, gray, top hat-wearing Chaff pal and escort Moskivvy, the lost Australian mosquito, while meeting monks and...

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Sales whoo! Special Saturday Edition

We’ve rounded up the best sales and deals from this week just for you. Get 15% off all new kid cape styles at Little Capers with “NEW15” or take 20% off everything else with “UNIQUE20” through 6/7/09. For one week only, you can grab a pair of Eleven shoes (pictured) for $20-35, plus with a purchase of two or more pairs, you’ll get free shipping. Offer ends 6/5/09. In case you missed our features, you can snag 25% off the beautiful organic summer clothes at Scout Baby through 6/30/09 and 20% off the lovely kid’s dress clothes at Velvet...

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Maybe not the final frontier, but possibly the cutest

Ever on the search for more money-saving ideas that don’t compromise your design sense, we’ve found there’s no need to pay for stickers when you can download awesome designs for free and print them right in the comfort of your own home. Lotta Bruhn is now offering a free downloadable stickers PDF with an adorable space theme, and all you need is a printer and some adhesive paper. Actually, if you’ve got kids like mine who’ll be happy with a glue stick, just print the designs on regular paper and let them go nuts. I certainly won’t tell anyone....

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The lighter baby bootie

My six-month old is at a point where she could use a little something on her feet other than socks, but doesn’t yet have a need for heartier leather (or fake leather) booties. Enter Wombagully Wonders cotton baby booties, handcrafted by Aussie mom Charlotte Northrope, and perfect for those in-between babies like mine. The baby shoes feature cheerful cotton uppers and a soft microsuede sole for early walkers. I’m loving the adorable apples (pictured), but am also digging the bluebirds and the vintage Japanese fabric booties. Similar in style to various more popular leather baby booties, these cloth baby...

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A whole new level of gift organization

I pride myself on my “gift closet”–I always have a few goodies stashed for those unexpected invitations, and it saves me tons of time and money to stock up at my leisure (and when things are on sale). But if I had a nickel for every time I had to stop and ask the kids if we gave one of those games to Jonathan at his party last year–well, I could buy my gifts at full price. Other gifting organizers let you input people and dates, and send reminders, sure. But Gift Elephant does all of that and it...

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Camp stationery the kids might actually use (we say now)

I went to summer camp for five years, and I loved every minute of it. I also almost never wrote home, despite my mother’s exhortations, because it just seemed too much trouble to write a whole letter when there were things to do. But maybe if I’d had this adorable Note From Camp Kit from Hollycake Press? Each kit contains ten letterpress cards in orange or blue, just the right size for sharing a few choice tidbits. The camp stationery kit also comes with envelopes, a tiny pen, and a “write more” booklet about the joy of writing, so...

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No passport required for this European playground

It’s already been ten years that Putumayo’s eclectic playground series has been introducing families like mine to kid-friendly music from around the globe — from New Orleans, Brazil and even a multi-cultural Sesame Street. And now the new European Playground takes us on a spirited jaunt across the Atlantic. Even if your kids are too young to know the difference between Switzerland and Spain, they’ll still love listening to this collection of diverse family-friendly songs. Starting off with the bouncy Trampolin from the Finnish/Swedish Sas & Kopp and ending with a pretty instrumental Sandy River Belle by Sharon Shannon...

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Organic play clothes of a different stripe

When I first discovered Scout Baby organic children’s clothes at the Bubble trade show a few years ago, it was still a big deal to find fair trade organic clothes that were so soft and so vibrantly colored. Now a lot has changed in that world, and a lot has changed with Scout too. Mimi Leinbach’s organic kids’ clothing line still features soft, high-quality, made-for-play clothes for babies and toddlers, but the spring/summer collection has evolved from featuring esoteric tribal symbols to more classic motifs like monkeys and sharks, all on lovely solids or thick stripes. I totally love...

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