Month: January 2011

Big sister tees that don’t make anyone feel little

Even though my youngest is still a baby, I can’t tell you how many times I hear the other girls argue No I’m the big sister! And technically, they both are – however, my six-year-old is insistent that she’s the biggest sister. I don’t even try to explain that to my two-year-old. (And my son, he could probably care less. Ha.) I’ve always loved the idea of big brother and sister tees to welcome a new baby, but what do you do when you have more than one? Now with the Big, Bigger, Biggest t-shirts from one of our...

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The easy secret to an artful life.

Do you know what the secret is to raising a child who loves art? Love it yourself, and have it around, and make it, and talk about it. That’s it. Easy. And we’ve found a really easy way to enter the wide world of art, learn about it, and maybe even invite a few special pieces into your life with a fabulous new website. Little Collector is designed to connect you with a wide but carefully curated selection of kid-friendly contemporary art by recognized artists like Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey (whose elephant print is shown here), David Levinthal, and even designer Cynthia Rowley,...

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Pantone’s 2011 color of the year keeps you pretty in pink. Or honeysuckle.

This week on Blogher Style, I wrote about the new 2011 Pantone color of the year: Honeysuckle. Well slap me silly, I would have thought it would be some sort of yellow shade but nope. It’s pink all the way. And why yes, I am laughing a bit at Pantone’s promises that honeysuckle elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life. Will pink nails and rosy scarves instill us with the confidence to meet life’s exhaustive challenges? Maybe not. But I do like the...

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The baby book that almost writes itself

My first daughter’s baby book is a masterpiece of elaborate details, funny stories and photos. But my second child’s baby book? Almost empty.  Every time I open it, I’m overwhelmed by all those blank pages and I’m struck with such intense guilt that I invent an excuse that I’m too busy (or maybe I am) and put it down. I know I’m not alone here. My Own Little Story (love the name!) is exactly what I need. This website was designed to make recording all the details and memories easy and fast. Seriously, you can create a baby book...

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The glider chair has come a long way, baby

One of my most tedious nursery purchases nearly six years ago, was our glider. I went with that ubiquitous glider brand, whose styles were just…not me. It did the job of course, but it never made me happy to look at and it didn’t feel right when the nursery was no longer nursery. If you’re looking for a beautiful modern glider, and you’re willing to invest in something that will be part of your decor longer than that baby will be a baby, there are a few really beautiful options out there now. Dwell Studio’s Savoy Glider (at Arte...

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Thank you, oh thank you

One of my resolutions this year: Get better at sending thank you notes. Have I broken that resolution already? No comment. But I’m here to tell you that it is not too late to send out thank you notes for your holiday gifts. I know how it gets as the weeks blow by and suddenly you’re like eh…I’ll thank her in person when I see her in a few weeks. However I can’t think of a nicer surprise at the end of a blustery, dark January than a handwritten note in my mailbox. I was browsing the selection of...

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What are your dreams for your children?

 No matter how you choose to spend Martin Luther King Jr Day–either at a local event commemorating his contributions to society, by participating in a volunteer event on this Day of Service, or simply using it as an opportunity to start a meaningful conversation with your kids–may you see the light of his vision reflected all around you today.  My dream is that we all continue to work to bring our children up in a world where Dr. King’s vision of equality, fairness and brotherly (and sisterly) love is much more than a dream but a reality. We’d love to hear...

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This week on Cool Mom Tech

A few recent posts on Cool Mom Tech we think you’ll like An Etch-a-Sketch iPad case that will totally make you want an iPad. Edible cupcake toppers for the video game obsessed. 5 upcoming tech products at CES made just for moms. The iPhone is finally coming to Verizon! Video calling options to keep you in touch with long-distance family. Children’s book illustrator Todd Parr creates an iPad app and it’s awesome. If you like underwear...

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Martin Luther King Jr’s dream coming to a city near you

Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr Day or, as many kids will tell you, a day off from schooooooool! And while sleeping in is definitely a benefit, there are loads of kid-friendly, educational activities going on all over the country that’ll give you good reason to get out of your PJ’s. Along with the parades, birthday celebrations—Dr. King would have been 82—and musical performances, there are also plenty of ways to mark this National Day of Service by doing something to help those in your community. Just check out their extensive searchable database for volunteer...

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Look ma, there’s a monkey in my food!

My son is the proud owner of a Skip Hop Zoo Backpack (a froggie, in case you were wondering), so when I found out they were making a line of tableware to match, I got excited about the idea of luring my son to dinner with something besides bribery. Skip Hop’s new collection of children’s tableware feature matching plates and bowls, which come in bee, monkey, owl and dog. (For some reason the frog didn’t make the cut. They’re BPA-free, phthalate-free and PVC-free, but because they’re made of melamine we’d still recommend hand-washing. And if you can’t get enough...

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Why yes, I do want to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes, thank you very much.

I have never been what you’d call a fitness guru. I never mastered downward dog, and I haven’t had a gym membership in years. But about two years ago, with 40lbs of my third baby weight to lose and my sister-in-law’s bridesmaid’s dress to wear (I know, cry for me) I decided I had to do something. And so I tried out fitness guru Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. Well wouldn’t you know it, few dietary modifications and a very mom friendly 20-minute workout every day later and I lost 12lbs in a month. Since then, I’ve been one...

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You can even eat the dishes

Having recently introduced my girls to the joys of Willie Wonka (yes the original. Sheesh.) they became instantly fascinated with the idea of a teacup that you could actually eat. I had to explain that it was just a movie, and that no, we can not actually eat our dishware. But wait! Turns out you can. A clever group of entrepreneurial Parsons grads calling themselves The Way We See The World devised some fabulous edible cups from a vegan JELL-O substitute, aptly named Jelloware. I’m not sure about Rosemary-Beet, but Lemon-Basil and Ginger-Mint sound pretty darn good to me....

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Cardboard blocks – My kids’ current obsession

Every week at my daughter’s violin lesson, my kids would head straight for the cardboard brick building blocks and play quietly for a solid 30 minutes. That was enough for me to send them as a Christmas gift idea to my mother-in-law, who thankfully heeded my request and sent them our way. These cardboard brick building blocks by Melissa & Doug are now a house favorite, with my kids using them to build castles, houses, and yes, even a makeshift Angry Birds game. Keep in mind that they do take a bit of time to assemble, mamas, and if...

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Cribstyles of the rich and famous

If MTV’s show Cribs was actually about cribs, this is what you’d see: Custom, handmade, super-luxe linens for only the poshest of tots. As narrated by Robin Leach. Of course, you can also buy it retail, but it’s still going to cost you. Olena Boyko is pretty much the celebrity wedding cake of the nursery linen world. From her sumptuous crib sets to her confectionery bassinets and high style Moses baskets, every piece is handmade and can be ordered completely custom, down to embroidery color, font, and monogram style. (What? Your own baby didn’t have monogrammed silk sheets?) The...

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Web coolness – tooth fairy tips and snow day fun

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. What’s the tooth fairy’s going rate? A fun post at Boston Mamas. 5 board games for snow day fun – Kristen has the scoop at Momformation, for those of us not living in Miami. Our friends at Stroller Traffic and A-List Mom have collaborated to bring you the Cribsie awards. Nominate for your go-to brands and websites (hint hint) and help support your own favorites. We’re heading to the Alt Design Summit this week – follow our updates on twitter for lots...

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A winter clearance sale at the beginning of winter? Count me in

I love how when my son loses his glove–yes, glove; always the left–the stores are completely sold out of them. In January. Well, there’s one “make way for the spring inventory even though winter just started” clearance sale I think you’re going to want to know about. [don’t miss a great discount after the jump!] Estella is a fancy pants (and tops and onesies) Children’s Boutique in New York City which carries fabulous kid’s clothes in sizes 0-6 that most of us could normally only lust after. Until now; starting today they are taking 75% off all their winter...

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No ifs, and, just lots of butts

“Eyes and ears are much respected, but the butt has been neglected.” And so begins the masterful and hilarious The Butt Book, by Artie Bennett, illustrated by Mike Lester. Let’s face it, few things are funnier to a little kid (and those of us who are young at heart) than butts. [don’t miss a fun giveaway after the jump] Bennett has channeled Dr. Suess to create a picture book that sings the praises of this particular piece of anatomy in perfect bouncy rhymes. Even my 10-year-old son, who has outgrown picture books (but not butt humor) cracked up from...

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Putting the “need” in needlework

Any hipster with a scarf can tell you: The fiber arts are enjoying a renaissance. I can knit (poorly) and spin (horribly), and I sometimes consider trying needlepoint. But no kittens and flowers for me. No, I’d start with the wacky but lovely PDFs from bombastitch to make a charming Valentine’s or Father’s Day gift. Okay, fine. Knowing my life right now, I’d just order a finished piece. The wonderful bombastitch offers a selection of hilariously sharp cultural references through the fine and noble art of cross-stitch. From Tron and Dexter to Donnie Darko and the Blues Brothers to...

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3 tech tips for getting organized for the new year

Not surprisingly, one of the biggest New Year’s resolutions for all kinds of folks is getting organized. But for moms, we’d imagine it’s the biggest of all. (Even us, we admit it!) Can you ever be too organized? So we’re thrilled to be working with AboutOne.com, a cool family management site that we discovered last year, that really helps make a mama’s life easier by storing all your family’s important info in one safe, accessible place. Did we mention safe? In this newfangled online world, there are actually a ton of easy, affordable ways we’ve discovered that technology can...

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Make your own adorable monster army

We’re installing a hook-and-eye on my daughter’s closet today because she’s desperately convinced that the Gremlins live in there and come out to mess up her room each night. I don’t buy it. But here’s a book of monsters that I’m pretty sure she’ll welcome into our home, even if they cause paper cuts. The Papertoy Monsters book from Workman Press and edgy graphic designer Brian Castleforte brings together the world’s best designers and illustrators to deliver an adorable collection of make-it-yourself monsters. From Yucky Chuck to Zumbie the Zombie, there are fifty unique, die-cut monsters for you to...

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