Month: July 2010

Pucker up for The Lemonade Tour by Baby Loves Disco

Yeah there she was, like disco lemonade… You know we love to party hearty with the fine folks at Baby Loves Disco. And you really know we love to shop. Now, thanks to the new Lemonade Tour, you get to do both at malls all across the country–with proceeds going to a great charity, too. If you don’t know Baby Loves Disco yet, you should. They turn hip nightclubs into child-safe, family-friendly parties on Saturday afternoons with music that appeals to both rockin’ parents and their kids. But for those of us– like myself– who can’t get to a...

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Hallmark.com launches personalized baby announcements. Finally.

I guess I must have just assumed that Hallmark already offered customizable baby announcements because they’re pretty much the greeting card pioneers. But apparently, that was not the case, since I just got word that their brand new line personalized baby announcements just hit their site. From what I can see, they look pretty darn cool. I’m equally impressed with the simple, stylish designs as I am with the ease of ordering and sending them (I tried out their thank-you cards¬†myself), and the fantastic prices. Hallmark has got everything from the cute girl announcement that turns your full-frame photo...

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How to parent smarter, with a little help from an expert

Betsy Brown Braun’s You’re Not the Boss of Me promises to brat-proof your 4- to 12-year old, and so my natural aversion to parenting manuals was overcome by curiosity as to whether such a thing was actually possible. I quickly fell deeply, shamelessly in love with Braun’s no-nonsense, straightforward approach to parenting productively. “Don’t bother with ‘good job,'” she says. “What does that even mean, anyway?” A simple change to our automatic inclination to offer praise — mention how responsible your child was for making that particular choice, for example — and now you’re fostering good choices rather than...

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Hey Kid – Make your own cupcakes

My three kids, and even my 2-year-old, are super eager to help me in the kitchen. And surprise, they seem even more eager to consume what I’ve prepared when they’ve had a hand (or entire arm as it seems to go) in making it. Granted, they probably won’t need any prompting to chow down on cupcakes, but this awesome My First Baking Kit is a fabulous way to give any kiddo a little kitchen inspiration. Each tin is made to order, featuring a slew of baking essentials including cookie cutters, sprinkles (or jimmies, ahem), and cake toppers just to name a few. There’s also...

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Couture diaper bags without the couture prices

I’ve owned my fair share of diaper bags, and I’ve definitely got a sweet spot in my heart for the huge, honkin’, very pricey bags that might just fit all your personal belongings and your baby. But by the same token, it’s just not feasible for me to lug something like that around, especially with three kids and another on the way.   [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] Thus, my infatuation with the Diaper Satchel from the Everyday collection at Momma Couture. This is a bright, sporty nylon bag that could easily pass as your everyday purse,...

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Summer sales – Stock up for next year!

I’m a huge fan of hitting end of season sales to outfit my kids for the following year. The clothes are still cute one year later (imagine that!) and even better, I can usually score the more expensive designer brands that I’ve been coveting all season long. Take the big summer clearance sale at the very stylish Lollie boutique where you can snag up to 70% off on some amazing brands. I love this Wrecking Ball tee by CMP fave City Threads (pictured left) for my truck-obsessed son, now $14 down from $28. I’m also digging their great selection...

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One more reason to love Klean Kanteen

We all know that drinking lots of water is essential, especially since this summer has been hella-hot. And while the reusable bottle movement is hardly new, these special-edition Fill. Drink. Repeat. bottles from Klean Kanteen give you even more incentive to switch over to an eco-friendly drink container you can use over an over again. First of all, they happen to be designed by Shepard Fairey in partnership with SHFT.com; he’s the awesome contemporary artist behind the Obama “Hope” posters. Secondly, 10% of the proceeds from the sales of these bottles go to water.org, a non-profit organization, co-founded by...

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Kids name labels go designer

If you’re like me, then you probably try to have a nice stack of name labels on hand for all those things your kids have to take to camp, school, daycare and everywhere else their busy little social calendars may take them. But when kids start to outgrow those ubiquitous frog and heart design options, what do you do? I’m delighted to see the new fashion print label offerings from Oliver’s Labels. How could I resist the London Bouquet–you know, as in, Liberty of… Or the Burberry Inspired plaid? There’s also a swirly, Pucci Inspired print that girls will...

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The 3 Little Pigs go 21st Century

I have a soft spot for nursery rhymes and classic kids’ stories, both of which seem to be slowly dying in our age of technology and television. But the folks at Sprout San Francisco have revived one of my favorite tales with a cool new set of kid’s t-shirts. Their adorable 3 Little Pigs construction t-shirt (pictured) offers a smart, modern twist on an old classic – with these pigs specializing in “sticks, straws, and bricks.” Cute, right? And the Big Bad Wolf Demolition shirt is just as clever. Both of the shirts are printed on soft, organic cotton right...

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Snowflakes in summer

It seemed like yesterday that I was dying to put a hair clip in my oldest daughter’s nearly bald little head. And now with her bangs all grown out and her hair all grown in, she really can’t leave home without one, so I’m always on the lookout for cute hair bling sans the big bows. These subtle felt hair clips from Modern Bean are right up my alley. Handcrafted from Holland felt and featuring a simple snowflake detail inspired by mid-century design, these sweet hair clips are perfect for any season – regardless of whether your kiddo is in shorts...

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