Month: July 2010

Web Coolness – Everything ice cream edition!

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this hot July week. We hope you will too. Five popsicle recipes at Ohdeedoh. Yum. Mom Finds recommends five ice cream makers worth a look if you want to make your own. Or if you don’t have an ice cream maker, on Alpha Mom we found a recipe for ice cream in a bag. Mommy Poppins gives us the scoop (get it?) on five great ice cream shops in New York City including editor Liz’s neighborhood favorite, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. If you’ve checked out the other links then...

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3D movies now (duh) more for kids

You’d think it would stand to reason that companies would understand that most of the movie-goers to animated 3D movies are, you know, kids. And yet, until last month, any cinema showing a RealD 3D movie offered just one (ginormous) size of 3D glasses for your viewing pleasure. But now it’s kind of cool that you can hit the movies and leave the cries of Mommy, they’re too big, they keep falling! behind; RealD now offers kid-sized specs for the little ones. They come in the same sanitary single-pair wrapping as their adult-sized counterparts, but are sized to be...

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Light up the night

It’s hard to imagine right now — as the kids run around outside in pure daylight until well past 8:00 — that the days are getting shorter, again. And before we know it, we’ll be back to those early mornings of heading out to school when it’s still dark out. Alas. Fortunately, thanks to these cool reflectors from Firefly, you can easily make sure your kiddo is plenty visible and feed their need for cool. There’s tons of different options, each reflector handily masquerading as a bit of standard kid-bling to hang on a backpack or jacket zipper pull....

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Like an audio scrapbook of awesomeness

Ever been the person in charge of a group gift, and discovered that special circle of purgatory that involves trying to contact large numbers of people and keep track of who’s done what and who still needs to contribute? Yeah. Not fun. And then there’s the icing on the cake, which is deciding whose names to put on the finished product even if not everyone participated. Well, SpeakSake offers a unique and very personal way to make a gift for one from many say, for a retiring teacher, Grandma’s 90th birthday, or a great germ-free way for everyone to...

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Modern children’s furniture for modern tight budgets

There’s a lot of adorable children’s furniture out there, but the big problem is the cost. At least for the stuff I tend to like, which is vibrant and modern and doesn’t have the word Shaker anywhere near it. Then I discovered the affordable custom children’s furniture from Jesse Dirk and wish I had found her sooner. This Illinois woodworker makes beautiful modern children’s furniture to order, at truly great prices. You can have the wood grain stained to your specs, or even go with a blackboard top shown here plus two chairs, all for $195, which is amazing....

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Breaking news – CPSC votes to ban sale of all drop side cribs

With the recent slew of crib recalls, and now Pottery Barn Kids voluntarily recalling 82,000 drop side cribs today, it seems that the CPSC has had enough, so much so that they voted unanimously to ban the sale of drop side cribs in the United States. The issue with drop-side cribs is not a new one, mostly due to poorly constructed and installed sides on specific brands and models coming loose and babies getting dangerously and sometimes fatally trapped. However, this new ban now applies to all brands selling this type of crib. So, once again, check your cribs,...

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Living on a Shoestring? Not such a bad thing.

My biggest complaint about fashion magazines, besides the perfume samples, is… well, the perfume samples. But I also hate it when my eyes fall in love with cuteness before hitting the huge price tag printed below. Shoestring Magazine solves both problems: It’s online, and therefore not smelly, and it is devoted to, and I quote, “resourcefulness, the look for less, and attainable, affordable luxuries.” Sound good? Well, it is. Shoestring has well-written and fashion savvy articles on nearly all the topics that I want to hear about– from lifestyle to DIY to Kids & Pets, which, grouped together, cracks...

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Starting babies on organics early

I still remember my daughter’s first “friend” – a garish stroller toy that we dubbed Guy the Giraffe pronounced the French way, Gee, because it was the one sound my three month-old made. Oh how she loved that thing. And sucked its antlers. Every chance she got. If MiYim had been making their adorable organic stroller toys back then, I’d have traded in Guy in a second. Or at least found him some company. There’s an adorable bumblebee (shown) with equally suckable antennae; plus a ladybug and caterpillar, all made in subtle, subdued shades of organic cotton. There’s even...

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Popsicles for the wall

With the temperature finally reaching holy mama, it’s hot out there–and that’s the technical term–I love looking at artwork that makes it somehow feel cooler inside. The popsicle print from LA’s Mint Buttercup is giving me goosebumps, with a combination of cool color palate and striking graphic of a double popsicle. It would look pretty cool in a summer house, but knowing my kids, they’d be happy to look at it year round. And for just $12, I’d be happy to buy it for them, as opposed to the HFCS-laden stuff from the ice cream truck. –Liz Find artwork...

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Spotting bargains across the pond

Most of the online shopping I do at UK shops is of the window variety. As in, browsing only, do not pass go, do not add to my cart, do not pay international shipping. But sometimes I stumble on a sale so good, it makes it worth it to do more than drool. At the UK’s Alex and Alexa, their chic kids’ and baby’s clothing are on sale now at up to 50% off. Click on sale, sort by price, and you’ll find all sorts of goodies to love from labels like Imps + Elves, No Added Sugar, Diesel...

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