Month: October 2011

Sibling Pride

When new babies make their grand entrances, their bigger siblings can sometimes feel the shaft. It’s important to include them in welcoming the new addition–or, you can do what I did and have them so close together the older one doesn’t know what hit him. (Not recommended). I am loving this Big Brother tee from one of my favorite ever labels, City Threads. It’s got a super vintage collegiate style, makign it so much cooler than some of the goofy version out there. This one says: “I rock. I’m proud. And it’s still all about me.” Party on, my...

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Indie meets affordable with Dana Kellin for Target

My first job out of college was managing a fantastic gallery of artisan crafts in Philadelphia. It was in that glorious place full of so many beautiful things that I began a love affair with handmade designer jewelry. Let’s just say that a decent part of most paychecks went to purchases for myself (at least I had a good discount!!).  Those relationships lasted and I still love and support many of those artists, but one more than the rest, the oh so talented L.A. based Dana Kellin. So imagine my shock and extreme excitement when I found out Dana...

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Take a musical spin through the decades with Laura Veirs and Tumble Bee

The good ol’ days sort of lose their luster for me when I think about a life without indoor plumbing, internet access and Starbucks. But, I will give them one thing: Their folk songs sure were beautiful as evidenced in this lovely and playful collection of tunes by American singer-songwriter Laura Veirs. Laura Veirs’ Tumble Bee may be packaged as a children’s CD, but I could listen to this on a quiet afternoon when my usual “loud and fast” fare is too much. Even my older-than-preschool kids are charmed and not begging me to change to the nearest pop-music...

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Web Coolness – TV for tots, chat with Michelle Obama, and tips for Halloween

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Loving this gorgeous black nursery that is super hip, yet still perfect for baby. (via lil magoolie) Kristen’s found the cutest new toddler pillow for your little one’s head. Beloved children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth turns fifty years old, and you can help get its documentary made through this Kickstarter campaign. Creepily clever, this Itsy Bitsy Spider party would be great for Halloween. The AAP steps back a bit from their “No TV Ever” stance for kids under 2. You mean Michelle...

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Go thermal for fall

Every year I go through my son’s clothes to see what has stood the test of a season, and what needs to be retired. Since discovering Red 21 Boys last year, I’m delighted to say he’s still wearing everything. And for my crazy active boy, that’s saying something. This fall, my son is already living in their super soft boys’ thermal shirts featuring cool designs (love the dino!) without over-the-top sports references or licensed cartoon characters. I also appreciate that the thermals, along with their other boy’s t-shirts, can be worn for school or play, but easily dressed up...

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Shop. Get deals. Give back. Why we love Pure Citizen.

Oh, honey. You know we love our flash deal sites. Gilt for designer duds? Check! Fab for home goods? Totally! Little Rue for kids? Please! Ideeli for splurges? You get the picture. And it goes on. But this one has a unique twist that makes our hearts feel as light as our wallets. It’s called Pure Citizen, and it’s making the world a better place through shopping. Pure Citizen works like similar deal sites–daily curated collections of goods that are available for a very limited time. But here’s the twist: everything on the site is carefully vetted to be...

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Your kid: The next Paul Klee

I’ve tried to encourage my tween’s intense love of all things art since she was a wee thing. To fuel her fire, we have loads of art books from “open-ended” coloring books like Rosie Flo’s and those by Taro Gomi, to more academic tomes with pages of famous artwork from which she can draw (heh) inspiration. Our latest find brings together the free drawing she loves with the works of some of the world’s most famous artists, and it is the perfect addition to any young artist’s studio, even if that “studio” is also your dining room table. Let’s...

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We’re wishing for Wishbone. The bike, not the salad dressing.

My oldest daughter, now 7, learned how to ride a bike in a matter of minutes thanks to a few months spent on a balance bike beforehand. However, when it comes to my littler kiddos, they tend to get more frustration than fun out of riding it. Or really, falling over on it. But that all changed when I discovered this unique transitional balance bike. We welcomed the Wishbone balance bike into our home a few months ago, and my kids are still fighting over who gets to ride it. The brainchild of a pair of smart parents, the...

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The coolest Halloween printables – go forth and be crafty!

With the money I’m spending on Halloween costumes and bags of candy, I’m not about to drop a fortune on decor too. So, I’m so pleased to have found so many affordable (and free!) printables that don’t require me to do much of anything or spend much of anything. This is way easier than finding a costume that my precocious ten-year-old and I will agree on together. Throwing a bash? Anders Ruff’s Haunted Halloween Printable Party (above) includes such pretty hues and special touches, it’ll look like you spent a fortune. You don’t have to tell a soul that it...

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Smencils: A no-sugar Halloween treat that is no trick

My kids are at the age where their Trick-or-Treat bags return home weighing almost as much as they do. At this rate they’ll be up to their knees in mini-treats until 2012. So I’m often looking out for other things to hand out at Halloween parties, or when the doorbell rings–but that are still cool enough to keep your house from getting egged. Well hooray for Smencils’ new Halloween packs! The new Spooky Smencils and Spooky Smens would definitely make my kids forget about another pack of Sweet Tarts. For years, my kids have been sniffing these yummy-scented pencils...

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