While I wholeheartedly support the idea of grandparents getting outside to play with the grandkids, don’t let the fact that this downloadable Go Play Outside guide is being offered through Grandparents.com dissuade you from checking it out yourself, mamas. It’s packed with 97 different suggestions for outdoor fun for just about anyone. And it’s totally free. As are plenty of the suggestions. Of course if you can con, er, convince a grandparent to hang out with the kids in the great outdoors and log their hours on the site, Grandparents.com and KaBOOM! will donate up to $10,000 towards building...Read More
Month: June 2009
My husband is a photographer, and the good news is that we have countless professional-quality photographs of the kids. The bad news is that almost all of them exist only on my husband’s computer. Ahem. Because just as the shoemaker’s children go barefoot, the photographer’s wife tires of reminding him to please, just order some prints already. Now I can take matters into my own hands–or pocket, or purse–with these adorable ZoomAlbums; each kit comes with everything I need to make three 3″ square photo books, and the best part is that I just drop the family pictures into...Read More
We’ve been eagerly following artist Amy Tavern’s jewelry of the month project and we like the June piece so much, we wanted to share it even as June is coming to a close. (Huh? How’d that happen?) This limited edition “east meets west” necklace is a collaboration with ceramicist Masaaki Shinko who Amy met through a flick’r group for arists – a true 2009 social media story. The result is just lovely – delicate yet substantial, earthy and modern. It would be so cool with a scoopneck black top, and some gladiator sandals down below. But if you like...Read More
I’ll confess that I don’t really have the time or the patience for most community bulletin boards and the drama that sometimes seems to come with them. But the concept has always appealed to me — a quick way to pose a question to the masses and get feedback. If only there was a way to take that model and streamline it. Ah, wait! There is! Meet Mamapedia. The site not only allows you to ask your question and gather responses from other moms, it allows users to rate answers as useful or not — ostensibly to get rid...Read More
Camp season is nearly upon us, at least for some lucky mamas. The first place we tend to think to see what’s new in the exciting world of labels is CMP reader fave Mabel’s Labels. Their newest offerings are the Teeny Tags, colorful mini 1.2″ ID tags personalized with up to 60 characters. You could do your kid’s name, phone number, address, or just initials and one of fifty cute icon – my daughter has a guitar on hers. (Had to nix the princess crown. I know, I’m a horrible mom.) These ID tags are really smart for labeling...Read More
Summer’s here, and I’m getting ready to bare some skin. Along with sit ups, a quickie pedicure and hedge clippers (you know what I mean), I’ve added The Spoiled Mama Orange and Chamomile Sugar Scrub to my bag of tricks. In those fleeting moments I get to myself in the shower, I’ve been sloughing off the dead skin and leaving a light fresh citrus scent in exchange, all in less time than it takes for my kids to realize I’ve locked myself in the bathroom. Based on the few I’ve tried, I could pick out a bunch of all...Read More
When my son was younger, he’d shuffle around the house balancing a stack of his favorite books in his overloaded arms. I was thrilled to have raised a mini bibliophile, but after seeing countless board books tumbling onto his little toes, we both could have used P’Kolino’s cool looking Book Buggee. The Book Buggee is unlike any pull toy you’ve ever seen. As a mom, I love how easily and neatly a toddler can slide a few books into the finger-like spokes along with a favorite animal or sippy cup up front. Plus I appreciate that the light-colored wheels...Read More
I’m a complete sucker for keepsake jewelry, but not enough to sacrifice my style. These days, there are plenty of keepsake necklace options, but not so many keepsake bracelets in a style that I would actually wear around my wrist. But when I found the “M” Memory Bangle at Lush Design Studio, I knew I had a winner. Handcrafted from sterling silver, each smooth, thin bangle features two personalized handstamped sections, each dainty and completely unassuming. Add your child’s name and birth date to the bracelet, or be creative and do something personal to you. If you’ve got more...Read More
I am definitely digging the logic behind the “reflective learning” alphabet tees at Milalu – that by screen printing the alphabet in reverse, a kid can get to know the ABCs every time he looks in the mirror. But I also like the notion that the other parents will think you have a lock on some sort of newfangled genius-enabling parenting methods. Which maybe you do. After all, the label was created by an early educator-graphic designer team. They also offer the design as a onesie. Because heck, if a kid hasn’t mastered at least up to M by...Read More
I don’t consider myself to be particularly girlie, but when I was forced to install the safety gate at the top of our staircase, I realized that my screwdriver and wrench skills were not on the level with say, my straightening iron skills. I hope it doesn’t offend the feminists among us that I am really liking the idea behind TomBoy Tools. They’re not so much girlie tools, as really smart ones with sizing and ergonomic details that are suited to women. You’ll find everything from hand tools, to gardening tools, even emergency auto supplies – all no, they’re...Read More
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