Month: April 2010

Dog lovers of the world, unite!

I’ve seen first hand the joy that pets can give to people who really need it, which is why we’re so honored to be part of the It’s Good to Give series sponsored by Milk-Bone, which helps support the Canine Assistants Program. Since I was never allowed to have any pets growing up beside a couple of lame hamsters (insert much hand wringing and wailing for my entire childhood), I was thrilled that my kids would have our dog Indy to grow up with. While knock wood, my kids are healthy and don’t need a dog the way the kids in...

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Oh, okay. Wire hangers.

Normally, wire coat hangers kind of skeeve me out. The way they get all tangled together makes me a crazy person. Therefore, you must understand what it takes for me to fall in love with anything made of wire with a pesky hook on top. These Original Personalized Wire Hangers from Lila Frances are simply too cute to pass up. Whether you use them for a unique wall decoration or to hang up that super-special-Princess dress, you’re going to smile every time you see your sweetie’s name in powder-coated metal. Hangers are available in 8-inch or 12-inch versions (while...

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For kids who walk around with a light bulb blinking over their heads

Earth Day is fast-approaching, but this isn’t just any Earth Day. This year happens to mark the 40th anniversary of the eco-celebration and to celebrate, Design Squad on PBS KIDS GO is launching the nationwide 2010 Trash to Treasure competition on April 5th. Think your genius of a kid has what it takes to beat someone else’s genius of a kid in an attempt to recycle, reuse and re-engineer everyday materials into the world’s next how-did-we-live-without-it invention? Well, if they’re between the ages of 5 and 19, this is their chance. The rules are simple: Kids have to invent...

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A different kind of nesting

Writing for CMP I’m exposed to a ton of the most unique, clever and eco-friendly products around, but I have to admit, this may be the one that combines those three elements the best for me so far. The Baby Egg Nest by The Baby Bunch gets major props for its huge “oooooh,” and “awwww” factor, making it a perfect baby gift. The packaging itself is almost too cute to unwrap, but you’ll be glad you did. Inside there’s a tiny metallic bird’s nest, complete with soft moss-like lining. But the real gift are the three 100% organic cotton...

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Easy Readers

Even though I homeschool, I’m more than okay with farming out some subjects. Especially if my kids will do them happily on their own, instead of fighting with me for an hour. So, when Headsprout asked if my five year-old beginner reader would like to test out their phonics-based Early Reading Series, I jumped at the chance.  I know my son isn’t rushing over to the computer because of his innate love of phonics. Rather, it is the fact that the program makes it fun for him to practice things like his “ish” words. And this isn’t just a bunch...

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Let your baby pay it forward, right from birth

Sure, it’s awesome to be gifted all kinds of needed gear and cute outfits when you’re having a baby. We’re the first to tell you that! But maybe you’re doing well enough to afford all of that stuff on your own. Or maybe this is your second (or third or fourth) baby. Or maybe you just hold children-focused charities near and dear to your heart. If that’s the case, head on over to The Baby Effect to print out little enclosure cards explaining that you believe that every birth represents a chance to make a better world for the...

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Computer games for toddlers that we can get behind

I first discovered Kneebouncers about a year or so ago, back I was looking for easy toddler computer games that my kids could play on their own. But since then, the completely free computer games for toddlers website has undergone a pretty hefty makeover, adding everything from free coloring page downloads to an online shop to my favorite part – more awesome games. Created by two dads with seven kids between them (phew!), Kneebouncers offers a slew of simple games and learning exercises that only require your little ones to push one button on your keyboard. Or if you’re my 17 month-old,...

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World Autism Awareness Day, because 1 in 110 is a huge number of our kids

Today is World Autism Awareness Day, although to parents with autistic kids, so is tomorrow. And the next day. Chances are, you know a child who is on the autistic spectrum, so let’s use today to raise awareness of this disorder and to support our favorite small businesses who try to help the kids with autism every day of the year too.   The Rugh Family Workshop uses their art to raise awareness of autism through a series of limited-edition posters for homes, schools, libraries and other public spaces. My favorite poster, shown above, features lyrics from Dan Zanes’...

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Web Coolness – Easter crafts, fun free kids activities, and hilarious children’s products,

Here are some of the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week, and we hope you will too. Quick Easter craft projects from the Purl Bee, including a free pdf pattern download for these adorable felt finger puppets shown here. (via babyccino) Mommy Poppins launches their wonderful new Downtime column, featuring fun activities to do at home with the kids – where was this when we were surviving two weeks of spring break! Hilarious post from Ohdeedoh: 10 real products we wish were April Fool’s Jokes. (Not including the My Virtual Nose Job: Children’s Edition iphone app,...

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Girls Gone Green – Get ready to be inspired

I admit that when I first saw Lynn Hirshfield’s new book, Girls Gone Green, I mistakenly assumed it was a collection of tween and teen celebrities sharing how they use eco-conscious nail polish or consume locally grown avocados in their California Rolls vegetables prepared by their personal chef. Much to my surprise and delight, I was completely wrong. Instead, I found a fantastic compilation of stories from real live tween and teen girls who are making a huge difference on the eco frontlines. Take 10 year-old Millie Passacantando who is dedicated to saving polar bears, and has a thriving...

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An iPhone application you can’t turn your nose up at

Of all the iPhone apps we’ve reviewed lately, this one is definitely giving us the biggest chuckle: Virtual Nose Job: Children’s Edition. It’s the brainchild of a top Palm Beach plastic surgeon, who realized that when his patients’ daughters hit about six or seven, they often notice that their mommies have different, more appealing noses, which can lead to serious self-esteem problems. The application was designed to offer hope that their noses can in fact be changed. Sometimes earlier than you think. The interface is easy for even a young child to use all on her own – just...

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Baby gifts with a sense of humor. No April foolin’.

We figure if we weren’t be laughing at all the challenges of motherhood, then we’d probably be crying, so it’s no surprise that we’ve been long time fans of the hilarious selection of baby gifts at Wry Baby. And we’d be completely remiss not to mention their huge annual April Fool’s Day sale. Today only you can snag almost everything in the shop, like the twins onesie set that just so happens to be featured in our Baby Shower Gift Guide. Or my personal favorite – The Wheel of Responsibility – for 50% off. I’m not sure there’s a...

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