Month: June 2010

Ballet for beginners – and their wistful moms

As a budding young ballerina, I was simply in love with A Very Young Dancer by Jill Krementz. I used to just lose myself in those marvelous photos until the pages were as dog-eared as the copies in the used bookstores that now carry it. So when I saw the new Ballet for Beginners by Mary Kate Mellow and Stephanie Troeller, it brought me right back to that same place–dreaming that one day I’d be the girl being whisked off to the Kingdom of Sweets on a magic sleigh with a prince and a mouthful of marzipan Ballet For...

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Free movies are back!

I don’t care that it’s only the first day of official summer, when it’s almost 100 degrees every single day. And in the Deep South, that means planning a lot of indoor activities–preferably free ones–like the Free Family Film Festival from Regal Theaters back again for 2010. Regal is offering free (free!) G and PG rated movies throughout the summer at their movie theaters nationwide. Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10AM through mid-August, you can catch some fantastic kids’ movies for free on a first-come first-served basis. And they’re good ones too, like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,...

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Summer is here, which means good news for moms of boys from Tea

Two of my favorite words are “simply elegant”, but I’ve never gotten to apply that concept to my son’s wardrobe before. Which is why I have a total adoration for the summer Daily Tea collection just out for boys and girls. We’ve already described how much we love the spring collection, and the summer collection is a perfect follow-up. [killer giveaway after the jump!] I love the gorgeous but masculine palette of the boys’ clothes, which goes from newborn to age 8. The designs marry boy-friendly symbols with Korean aesthetics for animal shirts that are miles from cutesy. I...

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Picky clothing kids rejoice: Soft now makes jeans

I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when Soft Clothing first arrived on the scene, bringing flat-seamed, soft cotton clothing basics for kids who have sensory issues. My own son isn’t as picky as he used to be, but he still goes for the Soft stuff over anything else, every time. But life just got even better. Soft has expanded their offerings, and they now have a unisex jean that, yes, is more like a “jean”–a pair of french terry pants with gold topstitching. Do they look exactly like jeans? No, of course not. But they’re a reasonable...

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No nasty, icky, rotten, disgusting chemicals

There are loads of companies jumping on the eco bandwagon, but this is the first time I’ve ever heard of one that started in an eco village. Heck, this is the first time I’ve heard of an eco village! But this is indeed where New Zealanders Melanie and Malcolm Rands developed an ecostore of earth-friendly products for their neighbors 15 years ago. And now those products have made it over to us, even if the closest I have to an eco village are my recycling and compost bins. I found their brand of baby shampoo rinses nice and quickly,...

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These dads really rock

My kids have a dad who rocks, but not a dad who “rocks.” (Guitar Hero doesn’t count.) But a lot of kids do, considering there are some very cool dads who have put out fantastic CD’s in the recent past. We thought that Father’s Day would be a great time to celebrate their contributions to kids’ music, with singing that doesn’t need to be confined to the shower. –Christina [see the giveaway after the jump!] Change the lyrics from stories about riding a Bike and being told to take a Time Out, and much of the second CD from...

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TOMS Wedges – The perfect summer flip flop alternative

I’ve kept my eye on TOMS shoes for a long time, hoping for a style that might just fit my fancy over their classic flat slip on that I just don’t think I can pull off. And I think I just found it in the newest member of the TOMS shoes family. Lucky for me, TOMS’s awesome new canvas wedges launched just when I was on the hunt for some summery footwear other than my beloved flip flops, and they do not disappoint. These sporty, ridiculously comfortable shoes are like your favorite bright canvas sneaker with a little “umph”...

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Thanks to Happythought’s free printable garland, our Father’s Day message will be loud and clear

We’re sure you’re all set for tomorrow, but if you are still looking for a way to wow dad when he first stumbles down the stairs for breakfast, check out the awesome free printable banner that you can have ready and hanging before the coffee is finished brewing.  Happythought Printshop’s free We Love You Daddy garland will be emailed to you in an easy-to-print pdf. With some scissors, string and a few minutes, you can have a ready-to-hang message that will make any dad’s Father’s Day. -Christina To get your copy of Happythought’s We Love You Daddy printable pdf garland,...

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A little father’s day gift for all the new dads of the world, no gift wrap required

When we discovered the movie Being Dad last August, Mir gave it an enthusiastic thumbs-up. She loved this look at 40 normal, often funny new dads (no “touchy-feely over-earnestness”) and a few experts confessing the real scoop on newborns in a way that will appeal to even the dads who will pick up your copy of What to Expect when hell freezes over. This weekend, in honor of Father’s Day, you can watch the next version of the movie totally free. Just click over to this link at indie movies online and voila – the sequel, Being Dad UK...

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Last-minute Father’s Day cards that are worthy of the World’s Greatest Dad

I’m not exactly a procrastinator, I just tell myself  I can always do something tomorrow. As in, I’ll go out and get that great Father’s Day card tomorrow. Guess what? Tomorrow is now, and the Father’s Day card rack at the local store looks like it was attacked by hungry wolves. But, no worries, because some of our favorite websites have got our backs covered, with great Father’s Day ecards that won’t look like we waited until “tomorrow” to get. -Christina Start his day off with a song, preferably one sung by someone who sounds better than I do before...

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