Month: October 2011

Etsy Kids makes online shopping even more fun!

I am a total Etsy junky; it’s my first stop when I’m looking for cool, quirky accessories or for gifts for friends and family. I’m always particularly amazed by the beautiful handmade kids’ clothing on Etsy, which is why you see so much of it on these pages. Now Etsy has made it even easier to find the best of the best in one-of-a-kind children’s wear — and all other things kid-related. We’re so happy to discover the launch of the Etsy Kids hub. Here, all of Etsy’s offerings for the wee folk are gathered in one convenient and...

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Web Coolness – Halloween decor, ethical holiday ideas, and an online art museum for your kids’ work

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. This printable Spooky Russian Doll Garland isn’t just adorably unique. . .it’s free! (via poppytalk) With all the new changes, here are some ways to make sure your Facebook feed has more of what you want in it. We’re so happy to be part of this great Publishers Weekly article on mom blogs and book reviews. Preppy personalized iPhone cases that we love. Have yourself a more ethical Halloween with these smart ideas and tips. Painted pumpkins? Why not! Great artwork from...

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Cool race cars and trains – hold the plastic

My son’s car obsession knows no limits, which is why we’ve got tubs and tubs full of plastic race cars and trains packing our playroom shelves. But the play life of those tiny cars seem to be pretty short, which is not at all what I can say about this new toy set from HABA that’s kept his interest (and my girls’ too) for weeks now. Meet Discover Techniks, a cool building set that allows kids to create their own moving vehicles from wooden blocks using clamps, clutches, and wheels. My near 5-year-old son and even my 3-year-old figured...

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Trick or Treating for UNICEF is sweet

Consider this your annual reminder from us about Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. If it’s never something you’ve done before, the premise is that your kids can ask for more on Halloween than just another sugary treat, on behalf of kids who need a lot more than a mini box of Junior Mints. Just like I remember doing when I was a kid, UNICEF makes it so easy for kids to collect donations as they go door-to-door. Since they’ve been around for sixty years and have a name synonymous with Halloween, I know that most of my neighbors will have no...

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Hey baby, what’s your sign?

A blankey is the the one gift that I didn’t care we received way too many of when my daughter was born. It’s a perfect idea when you have no idea what the new parents have or need, but want something more keepsake-y than diapers. But this one takes it up a notch, should you want your blanket to be just a wee bit cooler than the others at the shower. This hand stitched super cozy astrology baby blanket is so very sweet, and a more interesting way to personalize it than a mere monogram. It’s made from repurposed...

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No glove…

When the heat started clicking through the radiator this past week, I knew it was time to start trading the cotton for wool and bringing the gloves out of the back of the closet. The handknit gloves from Etsy’s Reflections By DS are making me mourn the loss of summer just a little less. While I love the look of the mohair fingerless gloves and cowl set, I’d have to save them for non-child days. (Not sure how well they’d hold up against the velcro of diaper bags.) For every day, I’m totally digging those wool fingerless gloves in...

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Because every mom could use a third arm. Or uh, giraffe’s neck.

Sometimes I wish I had another arm. Like to feed my baby with or to hold a toy for him to play with or to cook spaghetti while doing both of those things. A cool new bit of gear for babies (that happens to look like a giraffe’s neck) aims to be just that–a third arm. Baby Giraffe is a flexible “spine” that clips to a stroller or car seat, and holds everything from bottles to toys so your real arms can do other things–like push the stroller or eat sushi. It was created by an inventor dad who...

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Gorgeous holiday tags that also help feed hungry kids

I’m often of the “do it quickly” school when it comes to holiday presents–I sometimes forgo the little touches (like tags!) in favor of just getting the gifts wrapped. (And yes, we’re thinking holidays already. Forgive us!) These beautiful gift tags, however, are inspiring me to be a more mindful wrapper–especially since each one helps feed a child in need. Share Our Strength, a nonprofit devoted to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015, has come out with the loveliest gift tags. These No Kid Hungry cards are printed on Crane’s Lettra Pearl White paper (that’s quality stuff, mamas)...

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Judging a book by its cover

If you’re a bibliophile like me, then you know that nothing smells as good as an old book. Age, ink, paper, maybe a dash of cracked leather cover. But we’ve discovered a gorgeous trio of classics with a redesign so spectacularly beautiful that… well… the new books kind of take the cake. Behold the Penguin Threads series. These three book covers were specially commissioned from Brooklyn artist Jillian Tamaki to celebrate the 65th birthday of Penguin Classics. Jillian designed and painstakingly hand-embroidered the covers for The Secret Garden, Emma, and Black Beauty, and the translation from art to book...

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Trick or splurge!

Halloween myths we’d like to clear up: 1. Halloween isn’t fun after age 12. 2. Adults can’t dress up. 3. Parents are stuck eating the kids’ leftover candy. So put on that costume, scare the pants off your kids, and order a few of these luscious gourmet chocolate pops for after the little goblins are asleep. Our friends at Vosges have outdone themselves with this delicious trio of Haute Chocolate skull treats for Halloween and the Day of the Dead. There’s the Red Fire Skull Lollipop with chilles, cinnamon, and dark chocolate. There’s the Barcelona Skull Lollipop with hickory...

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