Month: September 2009

Steal this CD

Any band that uses solar power to make their CD then encourages people to copy it for their friends makes me feel all warm and fuzzy before I’ve even heard a note. Thankfully, The Harmonica Pocket‘s new kids’ music CD, Ladybug One, is filled with such cool, trippy harmonies and smart, offbeat lyrics, it’s as satisfying as all their do-gooding. Starting with the sultry, lush Firefly which has me wishing for a hot summer’s night, Ladybug One moves into my fave, the bouncy Spider in my Breakfast–a lot more adorable than it sounds, and my kids find the lyrics...

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Even more justification for playing Sudoku online

I am always amazed by the number of online gaming pitches we get and then I realize -duh- I am totally addicted to online games, and have been ever since I was first introduced to Snood back in the day. Let’s just say there is no better way to keep your hands busy on a three hour conference call or while you’re sitting alone in the dark waiting for your kids to fall asleep. Of course there is that guilt factor of indulging in a totally useless time suck (and don’t even try to play that “hand-eye coordination card)...

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More scanimation, please.

I am so excited about artist Rufus Butler Seder’s third “scanimation” book, Waddle!. Um, I mean my kids are. If you’re not familiar with these so cool they’re almost magic books, they blend engaging rhyming prose about animals with graphic images that give the illusion of animating when the previous page is turned. My kids can hardly resist acting out the alliterative, evocative descriptions, whether they’re prancing like a pig or slithering like a snake, and it is probably the only thing keeping them from fighting over who gets to turn the page next. Plus the cheeky ending about...

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Great schools deserve free money

It’s music to any educator’s ears: The chance for big bucks for the school, just because it’s great. GreatSchools.net and Care2.com have partnered up to create the America’s Favorite School Contest, and they’re giving away everyone’s favorite recession prize — cash. And while I’m happy to send in Kleenex and wipes and extra pencils, and even to write a check to the PTA now and then, I’m certainly not going to turn my nose up at the opportunity to help my kids’ school win the $20,000 grand prize. There’s another $11,000 to be split amongst four runner-up schools, and...

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Arrghhhh, ’tis Talk Like a Pirate Day, mateys

We may not speak proper pirate but that doesn’t stop us from trying on Talk Like a Pirate Day. (Yes, that’s an actual thing. Swear.) So we’ve got a round up of some of our favorite pirate booty from past months. The kids’ pirate shoes from Sweet Shoes are listed under “boys” but we beg to differ. Pirates old enough to swab their own decks (so to speak) may get a kick out of Small Threads’ Pirate Skivvies which we just discovered last week at Magpie Lovely. Selecta’s pirate-themed pacifier clip at Kangarooboo just makes us smile. Miss Natalie’s...

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Let’s hear it for the girls!

CD audiobooks, or what I still call “books on tape,” are my secret weapon against boredom in the car. Our newest gem is Tell Me a Story 3: Women of Wonder which follows in the footsteps of its much loved predecessors, Tell Me a Story and Tell Me a Story 2: Animal Magic. And, as the mother of two girls, I am thrilled that the heroes of these new stories by Amy Friedman are actually heroines. In just over an hour’s drive, my kids move from Cambodia to Turkey to the old, Wild West in these six stories culled...

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It looks so wise, because it’s so smart

Of course my child, like yours, is an absolute genius, but even he wasn’t able to tell time when he was a newborn. So why get one of this adorable bamboo Baby Owl Clocks for the nursery? How else can you regale your friends with stories of how you were up from 3:12 to 4:52 without knowing what time it is? All kidding aside, I think these wooden wall clocks are really smart, because they are made from sustainable bamboo, and they’re unisex (check out the Baby Elephant version) which means if you have to paint your pink walls...

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Six more weeks ’til bobbing for apples!

I am a total Halloween loving dork, and if I had more hours in my day, I’d be That Mom who does the whole crazy haunted house thing, throws the awesome costume party, and gives out the best candy. I’d also be the mom who gets my you know what together in time to send out cool invitations, and I love this modern, graphic Halloween invitation from Red Stamp. The price is quite nice for a personalized, printed card, but if you like the boxed sets where you can write in the info yourself, they have a nice selection...

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Where the wild things are? How about right here.

Give us a few cold rainy days and my kids will be climbing the walls and snarling at all my attempts to cheer them up. So I’m stashing away the downloadable Monster Mania ebook from Make and Takes to help me out with a few easy craft ideas when crayons just aren’t cutting it. I’m fairly craft illiterate — I don’t own a glue gun and can barely sew on a button — so take my word that this Monster Mania ebook and its 15 clearly explained kid-friendly craft projects will not send you over the edge. You’ll find...

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Halloween baby onesies that look just as good November 1.

I used to feel bad when my baby wasn’t the only one sporting holiday themed clothing. But when your kid only has a week to wear it, it’s really not the smartest budget choice anyway. So here’s a way to stretch a buck — grab something that works for Halloween and the rest of the fall – like this adorable dinosaur baby onesie from mom-owned boutique Cattiwampus. Made from super soft organic cotton and designed by artist Rebecca Foster, this spooky T-rex glows in the dark, making it a fun Halloween choice that’s different from your standard issue bats...

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