Month: May 2010

Mini portraits of your minis

The ghosts of bad desk tchotchkes of Father’s Days past still haunt me: Paper weights, coffee mugs, mini voodoo dolls. Sorry Dad! Sometimes you’re hard to shop for. But grandpas and new dads — not too hard. Especially if they’re sentimental about the kiddos. A framed photo of the brood is always sweet, but if you want to be a wee bit more original, check out the mini custom portraits from Etsy’s Blue Day Designs. You provide the portrait, and in return the artist sends back a black and white gel transfer on canvas, the perfect size for displaying...

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Check out the kids’ music spilling out of Pandora

I’m not always on the cutting edge of technology, something that was evident when I said to my husband, hey, you should check out this Pandora web site! It streams music to your computer or iphone, and it’s really cool!, and he looked at me with pity. Seems all the cool kids have known about Pandora for the past decade while I was getting the hang of breastfeeding and drawing happy faces on the peanut butter crackers. But now I hold a little bit of news about Pandora that maybe even the cool kids don’t know: Pandora now has...

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Congratulations! You now have $170k in college loan debt and a Flip Cam

If you’re still scrounging for a cool graduation gift for the high school/college set, the new line of graduation themed Class of 2010 Flip Cams are so clever. The Year of the Tiger skin would have been awesome back when I graduated high school (go MHS Tigers!) but I think my favorite is El Diablo Graduated, shown here. But definitely look beyond the grad category, for designs that pack the conceptual punch you’re looking for, like a simply happy face emoticon. They start at $199 like all Flip Cams. The advice from you to be careful uploading drunken post-grad...

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Pegs are not just for legs

If bobblehead dolls have taught us anything, it’s that adults can now play with toys in public. Hence my complete lack of shame in adoring the simple yet amazing hand-painted peg dolls from mooshoopork on Etsy. Especially the sassy pirates. And girl pirates too! Sure, your kids would love to have a charming trio of ninjas or rainbow girls. But I suspect the mother-daughter peg dolls, the Victorian couple, and the nesting circus clowns are subtly aimed at grown-ups who never got over the cuteness of tiny things. Sure, they’re all hand-painted and varnished with water-based, non-toxic materials and...

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With a KaBOOM!, we can get kids outside to play

One of the greatest joys of suburbia is the big green playground in our back yard–which makes not having decent sushi down the block almost worth it. But it bums me out that there are loads of kids who can’t just walk to a great place to play because there are no safe playgrounds nearby. How else will kids learn how to play Four Square or how to jump from a high swing if we adults don’t step in to help?  Fortunately, Chicago-born Darell Hammond has been thinking about this since ’95 when he read about kids who died...

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Web Coolness – DIY gift tags, a big announcement, and diapers George Michael might have worn

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Want to donate a book to a child in need? Of course you do! Simply leave a comment about the one book that’s made an impact on your life on this this blogher post and BookRenter will do the rest – up to 1000 books. We love the new Etsy Loves Dads series over at the Storque blog. You crafty mamas will dig the Pretty Fabric Scrap Gift Tag tutorial at Creature Comforts (shown) The race car party ideas at Make and...

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Eating out just got way more family-friendly

When it comes to eating out with my kids, we make sure to go to our favorite family friendly restaurant early in the evening with an arsenal of activities to keep them occupied. Seriously, I think planning a wedding is easier. But thanks to Knock Knock’s fun new Kids’ Night Out Bingo, my husband and I actually get to eat at fairly leisurely pace rather than gulp down gigantic cold bites as we put on our jackets. The twelve cards include simple graphics of everything from a server to a booster seat, even music and good manners (how cute...

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Paperless Post gets thank you notes. Emily Post rejoices.

The thought of sending a note card via the internet would generally make my inner Emily Post faint, but after seeing the gorgeous new paperless thank you cards, from CMP fave Paperless Post, I think I can hear her applauding. Just as lovely as a real, life paper note or thank you card, the new beauties from Paperless Post are devoid of nothing but the actual paper. Well, and the gas used to power the planes, trains, and mail trucks. But who’s keeping track? However, what you do get is the thoughtfulness of a carefully chosen and pretty darn...

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Baby sun protection in handy blanket form

We rarely leave the house without our Rain or Shine Kids waterproof stroller blanket – whether it’s a cool fall picnic, winter jog, or spring walk in the park. And now, with their organic sun protection blanket, I think they’ve pretty much got us covered for summer too. Literally. This simple, organic cotton blanket is made from UPF 30+ fabric, which helps keep the sun rays away from your baby or kiddos without roasting them in a little fabric oven. So smart. And the extremely handy ties let you attach the blanket to your stroller, infant carrier, or infant...

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Clek monkeys around with their booster seats

Sometimes I think I’m a 12 year-old trapped in the body of a…well nevermind. But I think that’s why I such a huge fan of Paul Frank. His ubiquitous monkey, Julius, is one of the staples of the teen-hip market and now it’s it’s available for the younger set in the new boosters seats from CMP fave, Clek. The new Paul Frank backless booster seats feature two great designs for both girls and boys: The Julius Hearts Me (shown) and the Skurvy Camo will brighten up even the most mundane of minivans, and are available as a complete seat,...

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