Month: December 2011

Nutella’s got competition. And it’s organic.

I have a hardcore crush on Nutella. Although I must admit, I think their ads that tell you to serve it to your kid as a breakfast food are a little hard to swallow–like my kids need more help eating waffles? Even so, the combo of chocolate and hazelnut is absurdly perfect as a treat. And now I’ve found another option that’s similar–but totally organic, from Nocciolata. From the Italian company Rigoni di Asiago is a hazelnut spread with dark chocolate and milk that’s fabulous. It’s made entirely from organically farmed ingredients without artificial ingredients or palm oil. It’s a little more...

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Great shirts for stylish dreamers, wanderers, and do-gooders

It should always be a joy to do a little online shopping, especially when you’re hoping to see your money do a little good in the world. That’s why Jedidiah is so nice. Every one of their lovely adult shirts and accessories you buy contributes to a worthy cause. This season, a portion of all proceeds from sales goes to StandUp for Kids to help homeless teenagers and at-risk youth. Jedidiah recently raised over $24,000 for their previous charity, Amor, including building two houses and stocking a food pantry in Tijuana–so this is serious business. What do I love...

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Little Choux – Toys like the elves would make

If Santa’s elves make everything, why do the boxes say “made in China?” my little sister asked me several decades ago. Her prescient question rings more true now than ever, where it seems unlikely that the handiwork of elves had much to do with the toys I see on store shelves. If you’d like some of the gifts under the tree to look a little more like toys that might have been created in Santa’s workshop, check out this neat little store with gifts and stocking stuffers for all the young kids in your life. {hurry! free shipping offer...

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Bookmarks. For people who still read real books.

I still have fond memories of certain bookmarks I had when I was young. I remember loving to return to a book, not just because I was eager to get back into the story I was reading, but also because I couldn’t wait to peek at the special bookmark holding my place. I think it might have taken me a little longer to make it to the reading stage if I’d had the beautiful illustrated bookmarks from Felix Doolittle. Designed to present a “story within a story” if you will, these gorgeous bookmark sets will take any reader on...

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Your kids will be speaking three languages before you can say one, dos, trois

How often do you find yourself struggling to come up with a special holiday gift for the trilingual baby in your life? Heh. Well, look no further than the two new books from Little Pim, makers of the wonderful foreign language learning videos. And if baby isn’t trilingual yet, she will be soon. These sweet little books teach both Spanish and French in a fun, lift-the-flap-and-pull-the-tab kind of way. There are two in the series so far: Feelings and Colors. All three of my kids enjoy reading them, though I think they’re most suited to my preschooler as the...

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Web Coolness – Christmas help, Hanukkah treats, and school fundraisers

We’re here to spread some holiday cheer with cool links from around the web. . . A truly “green” Christmas tree, made from 40,000 recycled plastic bottles!  If you still need a great tech gift, Kristen’s rounded up a few of her favorites. A dreidel made of marshmallow and chocolate? You’ll want to give these a spin. (via Steamy Kitchen) Karen Walrond’s list of gifts that give back remind us of the true meaning of the holidays. Loving this list of eight last-minute homemade Teachers Gifts at 4 Kids and More. Foodies and cooks: Check out this advent calendar full...

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Our favorite colorful handbags to brighten your winter

Once the diaper bag years are over, it’s time to move on to a great day bag. You’ll still need something big enough to tote toys and snacks and enough Kleenex for a small village, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty. A basic black or brown bag is practical and versatile — and kind of boring. This winter, opt for a bright colored bag; it’s so on trend right now, and I promise you’ll be happy to tote it, even if it is chock full of kid stuff. Here, just a few of my favorites. –Susan Lancaster...

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Stuff kids’ stockings with these eco-friendly paints

Santa has three stockings to fill here, and I’m sure it’s a tough job trying to find the perfect not-junky/not-too-expensive little trinkets. Especially when the mama of these children is also eco-minded and prefers open-ended creativity projects instead of, say, a foot-long sticky candy cane. Which is why Santa, or whoever is bringing your kids their gifts, will be pleased by this line of eco-friendly stocking stuffer paints. GLOB’s Stocking Stuffer Paint Packets look like little seed packets each holding a pouch of dried coloring made from all–natural ingredients like fruit, vegetable, flowers and spices. What we love most about...

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Sprinkle your holidays with new kid-friendly tunes from The Jimmies

Last year, kindie music favorites The Jimmies came out with a five-song downloadable EP right before the holidays with the best holiday title ever: Mama Said Nog You Out. Well, like our favorite eggy concoction, The Jimmies are back for the holidays, but this time their collection features even more songs, more silly, and even a little something for your dual Chrismukaah celebrants. Mama Said Nog You Out is the musical equivalent of a tinsel fight and a Wear Your Goofiest Christmas Sweater party: Total fun that doesn’t take itself too seriously. That’s not to say all the songs are...

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If the shoes fit…

Having three kids means I also have a lot of shoes sitting by my front door. Aside from the fact that the messy pile is probably bad enough to give the president of the neighborhood association a minor heart attack, I’m also pretty tired of tripping on them every time I walk past. Which might explain why I am in love with the look of the adorable Japanese shoe racks over at My Sweet Muffin. In love. They aren’t just ridiculously cute. They’re also brilliant. Four pairs of shoes where I’d otherwise fit one. Perfect. I think I need...

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A portable easel for whenever inspiration strikes

My kids are what you might call serious artists. No they aren’t selling their paintings for thousands, they just can’t leave the house without a bunch of arts and crafts stuff–just in case inspiration hits in the minivan, I suppose. Fortunately, one of our favorite brands for neatly-designed, high-quality kids’ toys has come up with a portable easel for an artistic playspace on-the-go Long-time CMP favorite B. Toys’ Take it Easel—gotta love their creative product names—pops up to be a two-sided magnetic easel with a whiteboard on one side and blackboard on the other. Hooray for families with two...

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Kawaii Five-0

If you’re a go-getter sewing type who hasn’t quite go-gotten around to making all of your Christmas presents yet, you need to check out two adorable sewing books by Choly Knight. Sew Kawaii! and Sew Your Own Pet Pillows will have you practically delirious from all the cuteness. Seriously. I can hardly type this post because I’m overwhelmed by the all-out adorableness of the jellyfish purse in Sew Kawaii! I haven’t tried any of the projects, but most look doable by a novice like me – only a few are marked as intermediate level. So I love the approachability...

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Kid mittens that war with each other instead of you

I sometimes feel like my son’s mittens are at war with me. I’m either always searching for one or trying to battle against my son’s hands to put them on. Finally, an adorable pair of mittens that appreciate the hand to hand combat we moms have to face every winter. The new handmade Vs Mittens Juniors are a genius way to get your kid to actually look forward to wearing mittens. Each pair comes with one animal predator…and one prey. You can choose from dog vs cat, frog vs fly or bird vs bee. My personal fave is the...

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Sponsored Post + Giveaway: Coffee as Holiday Survival Essential

There’s hardly a parent who doesn’t understand the essential joy of a cup of coffee in the morning. So Eight o’ Clock Coffee is doing one of our readers a humongous favor, in giving away a new Cuisinart coffee maker, and a year’s supply of their own coffee. (That’s a lot of coffee, for some of you!) First, here are five unexpected ways to bring the beans into your holiday revelry in delicious ways: 1. Make a coffee bar Instead of the typical cream and sugar, offer natural sugars, and toppings like fresh cinnamon, grated nutmeg, cocoa, even candy...

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Creativity inside the box

I love living in Boston, but every once in a while something so great comes along that it gives me serious New York envy. The Moomah NYC creative arts cafe is one of those things. But for those of us not within taxi distance of their organic cafe, cool classes, and drop-in kids craft station, they’re offering some of their craft projects now in handy kits just in time for holiday gift-giving. These kits include everything — down to the kid’s scissors — so you can bring the arts home, or really, anywhere you go.  I love the Imagination Creation Do-It-Together...

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Dry winter skin? No thank you.

I’ve never been much of a shea butter gal. I know there are women who swear by it, but at least for my skin, it tends to be a little too gloppy and a little too rich. So I was somewhat surprised to find a shea-based face cream that I’m actually loving for these drying days of winter. [don’t miss a fantastic discount after the jump!] All of the products from beauty writer turned beauty product creator Elizabeth Dehn are 100% natural, with lots of nutritious minerals and no toxic ingredients at all. And oh the packaging is so...

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6 easy holiday treats, no culinary degree required.

As much as I like to tap into my inner Martha Stewart during the holiday season, this year there just isn’t enough time to crochet snowflake ornaments, whip up petit fours wrapped in fondant, and glue-gun wreaths made of pinecones and milkweed. (Okay, I’ve never done any of those things. Ever.) But on the bright side, we’ve scoured the web for some fabulous holiday recipes to make you look like Martha in the half the time, mess and stress. You’re on your own with the holiday decor, but check out these sweet and simple holiday treats great for both...

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Personalized gifts you can still get in time for Christmas!

If you caught our Editor-in-Chief Liz on TODAY this morning talking about those awesome last minute personalized gifts today that you can still grab for Christmas or Hanukkah, don’t panic if you didn’t catch every single URL! We’ve got them all right here. Just make sure to check the sites for shipping costs, as rush and overnight fees may apply to these dates.   WOMEN:   Custom Embroidered Initial Necklaces Last date to order: 12/18   Personalized Journals Last date to order: 12/18 Buy any three gifts at Minted and save 15% with code “TODAY15” through 12/16   Custom...

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Hatch – The chic line of maternity fashion, now on sale

When I first saw the new maternity line, Hatch, I wanted to order every single piece in the collection. Now here’s the funny thing–I wasn’t even pregnant then. [don’t miss a great discount and a tie-in with one of our favorite charities after the jump] Hatch was born when designer Ariane Goldman, the founder of twobirds Bridesmaid, wanted to create a line that stylish women would wear before, during and after pregnancy. She totally got the fact that mamas–no matter how much money they did or didn’t have–loathe the idea of shelling out for something they can only wear...

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Stuffed toys for kids with asthma? – Reader Q&A

My twin 9-month-old daughters were just diagnosed with asthma (and) I’m having a really hard time finding hypoallergenic stuffed animals. Do you have any ideas or tips? Thanks! -Heidi As a fellow asthmatic, I totally understand the need to keep the amount of dust down, and so I’d love to help you find some safe toys your kids will love. Elks and Angels Cuddle Bear is 12″ of soft sheepskin. I love that the material is naturally resistant to bacteria, dirt and odor and is so fluffy, it doesn’t need stuffing to be huggable–something that cuts way down on...

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