Month: December 2011

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: 12/18Buy any three gifts at Minted and save 15% with code “TODAY15” through 12/16 Custom Embroidered Yoga Mat Last date...

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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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