Month: February 2011

Hello Kitty the water bottle, inspired by Hello Kitty the now retro-cool icon

I’ve been a fan of Hello Kitty since long before she was retro. Which, now that I write it down, makes me feel kind of old. But truly, that Hello Kitty watch I wore so proudly back in the day would be totally amazing to have now that she’s all cool again. Until someone invents a way for me to shrink my wrist to fit a kid-sized watch, though, I figure I’ll just go with something equally cute. Like this SIGG Hello Kitty water bottle. It just so happens to be on sale right now at one of our...

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Sweet Valentines for the classroom that even a dentist will love

My kids are no strangers to candy, though I have to admit that the amount of sweet stuff they collect at Valentine’s Day is over the top.  I may not be able to stem the tide of lollies, pixie stix and chocolate hearts that come their way, but I’ve found a seriously cute way to hand out something a little less artificial: Valentine’s messages that go right onto a piece of 100% naturally sweet fruit. How great is this? So simple and yet so smart, Twig & Thistles little Valentine’s Fruit Stickers turn an ordinary apple or pear into...

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Zarbees – Natural cough syrup for children that alleviates natural worrying of parents

This may not be a popular stance, but I curse the day that a bunch of dodos couldn’t figure out how to properly medicate their children, leading to a ban of all those fabulous multi-symptom cold medicines and over-the-counter cough syrups for kids. I keep swearing I’m going to bring home a ton of pharmaceutical contraband from my next trip overseas.  In the meanwhile, this winter has been brutal on my family’s healthy, so I’ve been on the hunt for natural (and legal) remedies to ease the symptoms of endless coughs, colds, and the otherwise unattractive expulsion of bodily...

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My valentine is one sexy bastard

My husband is definitely one to give the spicier Valentine’s Day gifts, and you won’t see me complaining. Unless he happens to buy the wrong size negligee, in which case I just try to act flattered that he thought I was an extra-small. This year, I’m thinking about to follow his lead and maybe even up the ante with a little something-something just for his own underthings drawer. Now, in my humble speculative opinon, boxer briefs look fabulous on any man, so you really can’t go wrong with these Andrew Buckler long boxer briefs. What makes them particularly apt...

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Organizational tips from Sarah Welch of Pretty Neat and Get Buttoned Up

I consider myself to be a pretty organized person, save for the junk drawer and my backpack graveyard of a hall closet (shhhhh). But since adding another kiddo into our mix, I can use all the organizational help I can get. That’s why I was anxious to get a copy of Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch’s new book Pretty Neat. These ladies are the masterminds behind the ButtonedUp organizational products we love, and they also share their expertise over at Babycenter’s blog (like we do!). While there are a ton of awesome, real life, easy to implement tips in...

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Heartfelt Valentines musings, totally erasable

I love the idea of leaving sweet little notes for my son and husband on a daily basis. You know, like: You’re perfect; I love you; and Put your dirty socks in the hamper. Which is why this Chalkboard Heart from Wall Candy Arts is the perfect accessory for my daily musings and directives. Less of a commitment than painting a wall with chalkboard paint, these chalkboard heart wall decals still let you and your little ones have some erasable fun. You can peel and stick this set of fun hearts (including some XOXOs) multiple times without worrying about...

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Go ahead. Make my cookies.

We were delighted with the Martha Stewart makes Cookies app when it was introduced this past fall for the iPad, and now there’s one more reason to like all this four-color, interactive deliciousness–more yummy cookie recipes and a new lower price. At least for a limited time. The app is just $2.99 for the next week; a nice discount over the original $7.99 price. Especially since there are now more heart-shaped treats that look so fantastic, my five year-old just enjoys scrolling through the pages as if it were the best storybook in the world. (A story that ends with me eating...

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Collaborative board games means everyone wins

When I first became a mother of two, my own mom introduced me to the concept of collaborative board games. Think less “I did it!” and more “We did it!” In other words, less “I hate you, I’m never playing with you any more ever again!” and more…well, yeah. You get it. Peaceable Kingdom (pun intended?) happens to make a series of collaborative board games that are a great break from the Molasses Swamp and Queen Frostine–which no doubt have been getting quite the workout in your playroom this winter. The Hoot Owl Hoot! game is my five year-old’s favorite,...

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Put a little love in your (h)EAR(t)

I’ve never been the biggest fan of heart-shaped anything. But now that I have kids–and one in particular who likes to draw hearts on just about everything–well, they’re starting to grow on me. Especially around Valentine’s Day. These darling little heart earrings from Kris Nations would be so perfect to wear on the 14th and any time thereafter. Made in the United States from reclaimed sterling silver or 14K gold fill, these little studs are as simple as it gets. One solid piece of metal hammered into a heart shape. That’s it. No backs to fiddle with or lose....

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Fine & Raw ruins me for regular chocolate

I thought I knew good chocolate. I rather pride myself on favoring the high cacao content and richer taste of the more expensive brands. But I had never even heard of raw chocolate when one of my readers was kind enough to ask if she could send me a “little something” she thought I would enjoy. Raw chocolate? Wouldn’t that be… a cacao pod? Well, yes and no. According to Fine & Raw, the difference between their methods and conventional chocolate-making is that their end product is much closer to the source than most–they use low temperatures which preserve...

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BOB Strollers – rolling out the Revolution SE for 2011

There’s a running store on my block with a BOB stroller displayed in the window. Every time I pass it, I marvel at the lean, mean, baby-transporting machine. So when I had the opportunity to give their new 2011 Revolution SE a road test, I was both excited–and a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to handle the three-wheeled speedster. What I discovered surprised me. First, BOB jogging strollers are not just for marathon running moms. Yes, their line does include special strollers made in collaboration with Stroller Strides and Ironman, but I chose the sidewalk-friendly Revolution SE....

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7 great picks you might have missed this week – Gimme some sugar edition.

More snow? Valentine’s Day? Groundhog’s Day? Any time is a good time to indulge in a little extra sweetness, like these totally sweet picks from the last week. Bonus: only one of them actually involves calories. 1. Your honey needs some sugar, and that can be in the form of wine, gourmet chocolates, or… um… super-eco-fabulous luxury watches? Check out our curated Valentine Gift Guide for AHAlife to see some other choice picks. 2. Girls might be made of sugar, spice, and everything nice, but boys are pretty freakin’ sweet, too. Check out our round-up of Valentine goodies for...

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A Super Bowl requires super cupcakes

It’s Super Bowl Sunday(tm), that day of pigs-in-a-blanket, three-million dollar commercials featuring talking animals, and of course, Puppy Bowl. Also there’s a football game. Or so we hear. Without any Green Bay or Pittsburgh mamas among us, we’re going to remain impartial today, and instead turn our attention to the snacks. Like, say, cupcakes?If you’re scrambling to pull together some themey treats for guests, or to haul over to a wide-screen owning friend’s house today, we love these printable football-themed cupcake wrappers. A recent fun Etsy find for us, Spaceships and Laser Beams, makes it easy to get these...

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Be still my beating heart… shoes with hearts.

My mom gets teary-eyed when talking about a pair of red Mary Jane shoes I had as a little girl and so I’ve always envisioned getting a similar pair for my daughter. And then I saw these red Mary Jane shoes with white hearts. Seriously. Can it get any cuter? See Kai Run’s Smaller Collection for babies and toddlers does it again with their handcrafted leather Monica shoes. Mixing the perfect amount of sweet and modern, the Monica shoes are ideal for Valentine’s Day but can also be worn well into the spring and summer. The whole Smaller collection...

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You can heart punch all over my page, any day.

We’re perpetual fans of Martha Stewart’s craft supplies and if you’re a DIY-er, it’s a good investment for Valentine’s Cards and crafts this month. Their new heart punch aptly called Heart Punch All Over the Page lets you achieve the impossible–an absolutely perfect heart shape anywhere on the page. Even in the center. For someone like me (an imperfect crafter with ridiculously high standards), this heart punch is a coveted tool. For someone like my daughter (a three-year-old who expects me to create perfection), this is a headache saver. We’ll be using it to decorate her class valentines, to create...

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Hooray, it’s Hooray by Cynthia Rowley’s spring collection

I love it when a cool designer creates a less expensive line for the masses. I’ve swooned over the adorable styles and appealing price tags of the Stella McCartney for Gap Kids and Baby and Splendid Littles for Target lines; and now I can add Hooray by Cynthia Rowley to the list. Rowley’s collection of baby and toddler clothing and accessories, designed exclusively for Babies R Us, does in fact make me want to do a little cheer. The spring 2011 offerings from Hooray, which just hit Babies “R” Us stores yesterday, feaures a line of cute clothes for...

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Need a reason to celebrate? It’s World Nutella Day!

It’s only February 5, and my New Year’s resolution to eat healthier is about to be severely tested: It’s World Nutella Day! To celebrate, I’ve pulled together a few super easy recipes that sound perfect for today, or really any day in which a jar of that creamy chocolate-and-hazelnut goodness is in the house. We’ve even got a homemade version that sounds delish if you’d rather go the DIY route. Take a peek, but I’m warning you—you’re about to become very, very hungry. –Christina Nutella for breakfast (on VERY special occasions) is a sure-fire way to get my kids to think I’m...

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The Disney Dream Cruise – is it actually dreamy?

When my kids begged us to take them to Disney World, our first thought was the park of course. And last year when I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon in early spring and was then invited to experience Disneyland, we did just that. But as we’re not really a cruise-type family, a Disney cruise just never even entered our minds. Recently, Disney invited us to be a part of their new Disney Dream inaugural cruise media event, however. With a four year-old son who’d sooner just ride the monorail back and forth from the hotel, and littler ones...

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Valentines Day treats for your foodie sweetheart

My husband spends his spare time watching Top Chef, reading restaurant reviews and weeding through the artisanal chocolates at our local gourmet markets. So needless to say, a box of red hots isn’t going to cut it for his Valentine’s Day gift. Which is why I breathed a sigh of relief when I found Tasting Table’s Valentine’s Day marketplace. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Tasting Table, it’s a free daily email that delivers delicious tidbits of culinary info to adventurous foodie types. Their city editions, which at this time include New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC,...

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Kids backpacks that make you go rawr, and other cool new baby + kids gifts

This past week, I had a dandy time perusing the 600,000* aisles of the NY International Gift Show, scouting out what’s cool in gifts and gear and design for our fair readers. I was also honored to be one of ten judges of the Best New Product Awards in the Baby+Kids category. One of my favorite finds of the whole show turned out to be the winner in the gear category: A new set of totally funky, punky, animalistic backpacks from a new company called Madpax. The fabulous Spiketus Rex backpacks from Madpax are going to be a huge...

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