Month: October 2010

3 of the cutest jackets for kids. AKA it’s good to be a Jersey girl

As a resident of the Deep South, my kids tend to not need a heavy duty coat until mid-winter, which means we’re generally relegated to the plain old sweaters, hoodies, and fleece jackets. But with this year’s trend of jersey knit jackets, we’ve got a bunch of fantastic options that are perfect for us mild weather folks, or those of you just looking for a nice change from itchy wool and sometimes stuffy fleece. The adorable french terry pea coat from Tiny Pants Kids (above) is absolutely superb, with adorable styling and beautiful bold colors–love the orange! And with girls that are...

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The only thing better than making photo memories is reliving them hilariously

You loved Awkward Family Photos. You haz a cheezburger. You enjoy a good FAIL. Now we’ve found one more awesome place to waste even more time on the web. At Young Me Now Me, regular people re-stage their childhood photos in hilarious ways. This giggle-inducing new(ish) blog by online performance artist Ze Frank has me aching to sort through that huge box of unmarked photos in my mom’s attic to find something funny that doesn’t involve a leotard. The user-contributed content ranges from old women recreating the somber sepia-toned portraits of their childhood, to grown men swaddling themselves in...

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This cup is made from plants. Yup, plants.

I have a huge sweet tooth. But, I don’t want to eat yogurt that’s impersonating a strawberry shortcake or alcoholic beverage. If I want shortcake, I’ll have shortcake! That’s one of the reasons I’m a big fan of Stonyfield Farm’s yogurt: It tastes like yogurt. I also like their organic, all natural ingredients and its yummy taste. And, now, there’s another reason to love my yogurt of choice. Stonyfield Farm is the first yogurt company to develop a plant-based cup for all their multipacks. The cup is still plastic, but it’s BPA-free, phthalate-free, plant-based plastic which is better for...

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Oshi Mat: Don’t go to baby music class without it

Looking back to my baby’s first music class, I see a woman in sweats, no make-up and a silly grin on her face. I was just so happy to be, finally, out of the house! New to my neighborhood, I was also convinced I was going to meet all my new best friends that day. Every time my baby clapped to the music, I burst into hysterical laughter. (No wonder I didn’t meet any friends in that class.) But, I stopped laughing when I noticed how my daughter was crawling around on a dirty looking carpet and how the...

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Milk Nursingwear – Does a breastfeeding mama good

As a long time breastfeeding mom, I tend to just pop on a nursing tank under a regular shirt and go on my merry nursing way. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the value of a great nursing top, particularly when I’m out in public or traveling. So I’m glad to have discovered a new one to add to my arsenal of breastfeeding shirts. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] The discreet and well-priced nursing tops designed by mom Elisa Hartstein of Milk Nursingwear. are a smart addition to any breastfeeding mom’s wardrobe; whether you’re just...

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Cupcake kits that turn ho-hum cupcakes into a party

The UK’s Meri Meri has put together these smart Cupcake Kits and my party-throwing life just got a little easier. With 24 colorful cupcake wrappers and assorted toppers, the designs are way cuter than the plastic licensed character stuff I see everywhere.  I think every party theme I’ve ever used for my three kids is reflected in the dozens of styles available. Along with the super-cute Space Cadets kit shown above, check out the cat lovers’ Meow cupcake kit, and the thank-goodness-I-have-girls Fairy Magic cupcake kit whose fairies have real fabric skirts. While these paper designs may not make it past...

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Silhouette yourself into the bride of Frankenstein

Anyone can pick up a package of boring old jack-o-lantern paper plates at the grocery store. But guess what you can’t get there? Customizable Halloween plates featuring your kiddos, all Halloween-ized with a spooky bride of Frankenstein hair, devil horns or a witch hat. [don’t miss an awesome giveaway after the jump!] Simply Silhouettes, a longtime CMP favorite, just launched their Halloween shop on Etsy, allowing you to turn your favorite pics into tableware. Commemorate your son’s goblin costume or your daughter’s princess getup, by sending them an image of your little one all dressed up. They do head...

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Get in the Halloween spirit in a pin(ch)

As the final countdown to my favorite holiday of the year begins, I can’t help but want to break out the package of fun size M&Ms and throw fake cobwebs around my foyer, like right now. Since I know I’ll only eat all the candy and end up accidentally vacuuming the cobwebs, one thing I can do to get in the holiday spirit is sport some adorably festive accessories. Made with super soft felt and stuffed with polyfil, these plump little Happy Ghost Brooches from Em & Sprout will add a touch of Halloween cheer to any outfit, be...

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Web Coolness – Halloween pumpkin decoupage, weird foods, and the magic of daddies

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week – we hope you will too. Make and Takes has a fun tutorial to decoupage a Halloween pumpkin – great for kids who aren’t yet ready for carving knives. At Slashfood, a fun story on weird foods kids love NASA and Etsy – an unlikely pair? They’re partnering to host a space-themed crafts contest that looks out of this world. (Couldn’t resist.) As we start to think holiday gifts (eek) a smart discussion on Design Mom about families’ Christmas gift rules. Bullying is big news right now...

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Shop for a cause at Happy Chickadee

As if I needed another reason to scour the virtual shelves of Happy Chickadee, one of our fave mom-owned boutiques, I just got another really awesome one. And it’s not even because of my new baby (that has yet to arrive, argh). It’s because every penny spent there this weekend will help someone who really needs it. Now through Sunday October 17th, Happy Chickadee is donating 100% of purchases (yes, 100%) of in-stock clothing and decor items to One Day’s Wages, an amazing org that’s alleviating extreme world poverty. In this instance, the proceeds will benefit two organizations assisting...

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