Month: January 2011

Love, cupcakes, and other indoor sports.

For some reason my daughter has been obsessed with the idea of make your own cupcakes lately. Oh wait…I remember why. Because cupcakes are good. Or at least they’re supposed to be. We’ve tried a few DIY kits recently have been hardly worth the calories. (HFCS frosting? Yuck.) And then recently we sampled the goodies from Saint Cupcake, whose cupcake kits give new meaning to OH GOD YES. Portland’s Saint Cupcake does as magnificent a job as I’ve ever seen with a make-your-own cupcake kit. Start by choosing your fresh-baked cupcake flavors, from vanilla, chocolate and red velvet to...

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Paper dolls meet building blocks

My go-to standard baby shower gift was, for a long time, either a baby bathtub, or infant footie sleepers. Useful, and admittedly a little uninspired. These days, I want to give something unusual, beautiful and creative: both moms and babies deserve them. My latest find? Blocks for more than building. Another offering from one our fave shops, Magpie Lovely, these chunky 2″ Paper Doll Blocks feature sweet vintage illustrations and are priced at $20 for the set of three. They’re hand-sanded and sepia-inked to achieve an heirloomy look and feel, but they’re safe and eco-friendly, with untreated wood and...

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Great boy stuff for Valentine’s Day? Reader Q+A

I always find so much cute stuff for girls, especially for Valentine’s Day, but I don’t know what to give the boys. -Shannon As a mama of a son, I am definitely on the lookout for great boys’ items for Valentine’s Day. And while you had a great idea for a handmade gift in the comments of our post about handmade Valentine’s crafts for girls, you inspired me to look for even more items for the little guys in our life. Hope you find something in what I’ve dug up for you! -Christina Want a project the whole class...

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That’s right honey, you can’t win

While I’ve never taken my husband to task for only buying three lemons instead of the dozen I requested (“Who asks for a dozen lemons anyway?”), I have to confess that I avoid sending him to the grocery store because…well, whatever he gets is usually wrong. So when I saw this reusable grocery bag from CMP fave Twisted Twee, I felt like it was made just for me. Or actually, just for my husband. Hand printed on washable cotton, “Whatever I get, it will be wrong” is absolutely right. I think I’ll buy it and stash it in his...

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Valentine’s table for two. Hold the whining.

During these days of expensive childcare and daytime exhaustion, I’d imagine that for many of us, a romantic Valentine’s Date means putting the kids to bed and praying they stay there while you sit down to a romantic dinner in the dining room. Fondue perhaps? I thought this Valentine’s Card from Cocodot was kind of a cool thing–send it to your love digitally or the ye olde fashioned snail mail way, and make a stay-at-home date for the 14th. Then put on something lacy under your clothes, grab some bubbly and you’re ready to go. Romance is still alive....

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The guy who told us to “Whip It Good” is all about doing good

Oh the red, plastic upside down flower-pot-ish hats, and the throbbing techno beat — Man did I love Devo back in the day. Frontman Mark Mothersbaugh has always been a visionary and an artist (maybe your kids know him from Yo Gabba Gabba?) but he also happens to be quite the philanthropist. Mark and fellow artist Shepard Fairey collaborated on a brand new art exhibit in LA called The Big Picture that’s worth a visit if you’re in SoCal. The exhibit features fascinating and fanciful prints that don’t just challenge the viewer to look deeper, but also raise awareness...

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5 great picks you might have missed this week – let’s hear it for the girls

While we love finding cool things for the cool boys of the world, this week, we want to hear it for the girls– little girls, big girls, and uh… “the girls.” 1. Who needs expensive hair clips when you can make them yourself? This free, easy Valentine’s tutorial will yield heaps of happy handmade hearts for her hair. 2. We’ve found the holy green grail of breast pumps. Finally, an environmentally conscious choice that you can legally lend or resell! 3. The prettiest, fanciest, twirliest, sparkliest, most princesstastic girls’ dress up clothes we’ve ever seen can be found here....

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NOM NOM NOM your kid’s nightmares

Four is a magical age. And for us, it includes a daily account of closet gremlins and nightmares that involve an epic battle between Scooby Doo and armored Transformer/My Little Pony hybrids. I love the imagination. The fear of bedtime, not so much. That’s why I love the idea of this Nightmare Nibbler. After all, if you can’t beat the monsters, you might as well get an even scarier monster to chase them away and eat the nightmares, right? This handsome stuffed monster just happens to be named Norbert, and he’s part of the Nightmare Nibbler Nation, sent from...

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Baby proofing with a new kind of outlet cover

I know all about baby proofing, considering my toddler is absolutely fascinated by electrical outlets. For some reason, the combination of the right height plus holes you can poke your fingers into equals a good time. Whee! Luckily, there’s a new outlet cover in town and this one is impossible for curious hands to pry off–but a cinch for parents when they have to actually use the outlet. Kid-E-Covers were designed by a dad who designs car parts for the automotive industry, and realized he could build a better electrical outlet cover that covers the entire thing and not...

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Modern kids furniture for your modern kids

Sweet, pastel-colored, vintage-inspired furnishings all have their (very well-deserved!) places. But lately, it’s the modern stuff that really makes me go, awww. And that’s exactly what I said when I saw this gorgeous furniture. Pretty sure you will, too. Weego Baby is interminably cool. I mean, check out the lines they carry, like Argington’s Uffizi bunk beds—I want to curl up in one of those babies. Built as a complement to Weego Home, Weego Baby was made with clean lines and uncluttered spaces in mind–but without forsaking any of the fun and color of kids’ decor. (This elephant bookshelf...

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