Month: March 2010

Put your lips together and blow for National Bubble Week

I’m starting to see the signs of spring everywhere: Robins on the front lawn, crocus buds poking through the soil, and the kids lugging out the big jug of bubble juice so that they can blow bubbles outdoors to their hearts’ content. They are right on cue, as March 20 starts National Bubble Week, a ten-year-old celebration of those soapy floating orbs that kicks off the season of warmer weather. Oh sure, I’ve heard of kindhearted — albeit insane — parents who let their kids blow bubbles inside the house, but for us, it’s a treat reserved for those...

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Web Coolness – Easter crafts for kids, baby shower cookies, and 0-10 in one blog post

Here are some things we’ve been liking around the web this week. We hope you will too. At Makes and Takes, a list of great kids’ crafts for Easter. We love the crushed egg shell art, shown. We love Ohdeedoh’s list of five great bathroom night lights, none of them with animated princesses on them. Also, they’ve got photos of baby shower cookies that are nearly making us squeal. Nearly. Stroller Traffic introduces us to Scrapboxing with Darcy Miller of Martha Stewart Weddings, and it’s pretty darn impressive. Rookie Moms, as always, has a cool tip for new parents:...

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The heart–and art–of a mother

One of the most amazing aspects of being speakers and attendees at the recent Mom 2.0 summit, a conference from the collaborative team of Kirtsy and The Tasteful Life, was the joy of attending the launch of the unbelievable Mom 2.0: Defining a Movement Art Exhibit. This exhibition was filled with gorgeous photos and interpretive art created by some of our favorite fellow bloggers and mothers, exquisitely capturing what it is to be a mother today. We only wish you could have been there too. Well now, you kind of can. Because every single piece is available for purchase...

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Wacky Packs are back – as tee shirts!

I grew up in the heyday of Mad Magazine and Wacky Packages and clearly my son has inherited both my twisted sense of humor and appreciation for fine parody. We both did a happy dance when we saw these new kids’ Wacky Pack T-shirts from 10 Again Clothing. Moms and dads will appreciate the 70’s flashback of great labels such as Slam Jims, and Cap’n Crutch, with some clever new additions, my favorite being Slacker Jack. They have the vintage look of a 35-year old t-shirt that’s been washed so many times it’s super duper soft. The toddler shirts,...

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The best nest for your toy chest

I spent so long reading the instructions on a card game yesterday that I finally gave up and took my kids to the playground, where they invented a game that involved dumping sand on each others’ heads. This morning’s bath was grittier than Paula Deen, but I was reminded that sometimes the best toys don’t need an instruction manual. Our friends at Natural Pod have a sweet new toy for spring that runs on pure imagination and would be perfect in an Easter basket. It’s called simply: Birds Nest. A cute little bird’s nest of reclaimed wood holds three...

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Green beer for every other day of the year

I may put a few drops of food coloring into tonight’s frosty beverage of choice, but otherwise, the only green beer you’ll catch me drinking will be from those innovative brewers who are keeping the environment in mind as they craft their brews. Yes mamas, we thought it would be fun to tip you off to a few ways to go “green” with your beer, that may even make the pain of a next-day headache a little easier to bear. With a model green philosophy, Vermont’s Wolaver’s Certified Organic Ales considers not only organic materials, but also energy, waste...

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Go for the green

I have always loved pretty much everything at KLT:Works. Kristin Loffer Theiss makes the beautiful artwork, plush, nursery decor and apparel that just makes you smile in every way. And I’m smiling even more since discovering that for St. Patrick’s Day, through midnight, if you buy anything in her shop that’s green it will be 20% off. And not just green green–like emerald, lime, or kelly–but eco green. Organic. Neat. Personally, I love this organic birds nest tee, right in time for all things springy and new. But if I had a baby gift to buy, or a nursery...

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Putumayo Kids’ Jazz Playground wants kids to love jazz, but it worked on me too

I’ve never been much of a jazz fan, maybe because it conjures up images of being stuck in a smokey bar during an endless amatuer improv-and-scat sessions. But, I have to admit that when packaged into bite-sized, three-minutes-and-under portions on Putumayo Kids’ new Jazz Playground, I kind of dig it. What really holds my interest in Jazz Playground is the wide variety of jazz forms presented. There is the cool Latin jazz of Cumbamba from US/Cuban Jose Conde as well as the horn-full jazz of Australia’s Kinderjazz in Gazooba. And even though I don’t understand a word of Dutch,...

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Versatility – the hot trend for moms any season

As someone who used to have a reputation for keeping up with style trends, I have to admit that it pains me now, as a busy mom, to have to shop for everyday clothes with limitations – you know, can I wear it with almost all my outfits? Will it hide my post-partum belly rolls? But sometimes you find pieces, like the reversible short sleeve open sweater from Smitten, that are stylish and versatile. Now while I don’t own this particular one, I’ve got a few like it, and let me just say I wear it all the time....

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The Princess and the Frog and the DVD player

I have not been so eager for a Disney DVD release since…well, ever, as I have been with the Princess and the Frog DVD which is just out today. After seeing the film a few months ago with my kids in theaters (my full gushy raving review here), I knew right away that this is one DVD we’d be needing at home. Let’s face it, if you’ve got to live with any kids’ movie on a constant loop in the background, pick the one with the cool jazz, big band, and zydeco soundtrack. Of course Disney does that annoying...

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