Month: August 2009

Pencil cases for the bookish

I was clicking around etsy this past weekend and discovered this adorable handmade girls’ pencil case that I love for so many reasons. The illustration is beyond precious of course, but the I Heart Books slogan is really the kicker. It comes courtesy of Vancouver’s Kukubee, and I might just need one for myself too. Enough with the “My kid can beat up your honor student” bumper stickers. I want my daughters to be proud of being smart and working hard. Also? Of having cute school accessories. –LizFind handmade pencil cases and more from the Kukubee etsy shop.And for...

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Shampoo made just for pregnant women because when you’re pregnant, yes, the world does revolve around you.

I suppose if you’re pregnant and avidly avoiding microwaves and runny cheeses and car exhaust, it makes sense to avoid things like parabens and phthalates too. Which is why I was intrigued by a very caring company called Nine Naturals which has created a nice little line of natural hair care products made just for moms-to-be. The light, clean, minty Oh, Baby! shampoo and conditioner have ingredient lists that read like a trip to the natural foods market: Olive oil, salt, wheat protein, corn sugar, aloe vera and so on. It sure does inspire a whole lot of confidence,...

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Toys R Us launches guide for differently abled kids: Big Brands Doing Cool Things

While we try to support our local mom and pops as much as possible, I’m delighted to hear that the behemoth that is Toys R Us has just put out their 15th annual guide to toys for differently-abled kids to help support the special needs community. I love that all the toys are categorized not by ability or age, but by ten skill sets in part determined with the help of the nonprofit National Lekotek Center. That way you can decide what’s best for your own kid, whether it’s fine motor skills, language skills, social skills or self-esteem. The...

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DIY Shutterfly photo learning book winners – Behold the creativity

We’re so happy to announce the twelve winners of the Shutterfly learning photobook contest. Each was drawn at random and yet, all so clever. Suddenly we want to go make like a hundred Shutterfly DIY photobooks ourselves. Thanks so much to our sponsor Shutterfly and to Federated Media for so generously offering free photobooks for all the winners. We can’t wait to see the results! GRAND PRIZE: (Because wow, we love this) Suzanne Bastien‘s Grandma’s Molasses Cookies Recipe Book(read all about it after the jump) I would love to do a DIY book that gives the kids my grandmother’s...

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Jungle love

If your kids are like my kids, then it doesn’t matter what the toys were intended for, they all still end up in their mouths. Hence my appreciation for the new sets of pretending and teething toys from Little Alouette. Hand carved from maple wood with love by Ohio-based mom and dad team Amy and Joe Sharp, these adorable play sets feature a set of five animals (well, four and a tree if you’re being technical) that older kids can use for creative playing while their younger siblings use them for chomping. And don’t worry about splinters; the toys are super smooth and finished...

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Cooking for kids just got 150 recipes easier

Recently, my Michael Pollan-obsessed sigOth and I have had some conversations about stepping up our meal preparation game for the kids. So I’m pleased to have discovered two new cookbooks that seem primed to help us find some options that lie somewhere between spaghetti with butter sauce and hiding vegetables in the cupcakes. The Toddler Cafe: Fast, Easy and Fun Ways to Please Even the Pickiest Eaters is a wonderfully helpful resource from chef, mom, and Food Network stylist Jennifer Carden. 50 truly creative family-friendly recipes for all times of day range from the imaginative (PB&J French Toast) to...

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Who wants to come see the Rockettes with me next week? No, seriously.

One of the fun things about what we do here is getting the occasional invitation to an event so cool, we have to pinch ourselves. Next week, I’m heading to Radio City Music Hall with my kids and some other bloggers for a behind the scenes look at one of my favorite NYC landmarks. The afternoon includes a meet and greet and photo ops with the Radio City Rockettes and Santa (hellooooo, holiday cards!) to help promote the annual Christmas Spectacular, plus cupcake decorating courtesy of Magnolia Bakery, and then a chance to join in the public Christmas in...

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Packing school lunches gets more fun. And more eco-friendly.

I pack school lunches for my kids every day. I don’t mind actually making the lunches; it’s the packaging that gets me, all those little plastic bags bound for the trash, stored in a garish character tie-in lunchbox. That part is depressing. CMP has brought you plenty of alternatives lately and now here’s one more: Citizenpip’s Soup to Nuts Kit brings cool design and eco-friendly storage together — for lunch. Each stylish, insulated lunch box holds a thermos, water bottle, four airtight reusable food containers that can be opened by little hands, a fork and spoon, and five washable,...

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Love me tender

After inheriting yet another useless stuffed animal courtesy of my in-laws, I have officially put the kibosh on any and all such toys. With one exception, of course. The King. If you’re an Elvis lover, his spirit and likeness can now live on in your own home with the hilarious Elvis Beastly doll from UK’s The Grateful Thread who we already love for their guitar softies and recycled record clocks. Made from soft polar fleece, this handsome devil will put all those other poor, neglected plush dolls to shame with his deep voice and swoon-worthy dance moves – none...

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Happy birthday, hot stuff

Eh, I’m over the ironic birthday cards with the cartoon characters telling you how saggy your boobs are or how you’ll burn down the neighborhood with all those candles. Sure they were cute when I was 22 but maybe they hit a little close to home now? With my own birthday around the corner, I want something like the adorable Lookin’ Good Mirror birthday card by Hello Lucky. Because if it’s the thought that counts, then that’s the thought to count. I’d stock up on them and hand them out with abandon to everyone I know – especially because...

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