Month: March 2011

The Giving Effect – Spring cleaning meets targeted giving

Every year at about this time, I start digging out my kids’ closets, then the other closets, and before I know it, I’m on a veritable sort-and-chuck rampage. When the dust settles, I usually have an entire carload of garbage bags ready to go to charity. Usually I drop off at the big national charity that’s got a donation dumpster right down the road. But. I don’t ever do cash charity donations to “whatever’s closest,” so why am I doing that with my stuff? Probably because–until now–I didn’t know about The Giving Effect. Just  input your zip code on...

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The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood. (Which are no longer secrets.)

I’ve been a long time reader of Meagan Francis’ blog The Happiest Mom, not only because any mom of five who can string together coherent sentences has my utter respect, but because her straightforward, friendly, and non-judgmental approach to motherhood is refreshing. So when I heard that her blog was the inspiration for a new book, you can bet I wanted to get my hands on it. [See why you need a copy of this awesome book after the jump] The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood is the book I wish I had read instead of all...

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dearjohnnies – Hospital garb you’ll want to wear after your stay

I’m getting closer and closer to the pregnancy finish line and as I do, I’m starting to mentally pack my hospital bag. I remember from last time that I basically lived in a bathrobe and hospital gown for the duration of my stay. The thought of lounging around Hugh Hefner-style sounds appealing, if only it weren’t for those drab and dowdy (not to mention used) hospital gowns. This is where dearjohnnies comes in. We’ve praised the collection of designer hospital gowns when we first discovered them, and are excited to share that they have launched some lovely new prints along...

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Girl superheroes with the power of cute

For one brief night in third grade, I was Wonder Woman. Though my polyester Halloween costume was pretty unremarkable, I loved those superhero wrist cuffs that had the power to deflect everything from bullets to spit balls. Now I have two Wonder Girls of my own who still love to rummage through the dress-up box whenever my younger niece stops over. And I know that they’d jump the tallest building when they check out the cutest handmade cuffs that are sure to stop anyone in their tracks. These ZOMG! adorable Girl Power Superhero Cuffs from a talented British Columnbian...

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Tangled now on DVD. Let the hair puns begin.

When I took my six-year-old to see the newest Disney movie Tangled last Fall, I think I may have laughed, cried, and enjoyed it more than she did. Of course, I was also 40 weeks pregnant and hopped up on hormones. In honor of its DVD and Blu-Ray release this week, I grabbed my lucky press preview copy and hosted a little viewing with a couple of my daughter’s friends as well as my other children. And even without the hormones, I had the same reaction. So, if you’re still on the fence about this movie, here’s a little...

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Grow your own. Easter grass, that is.

Every year I decide this will be the one where we will finally avoid that annoying plastic Easter grass that somehow makes its way out of the baskets and all over my house. But this time, I really mean it. Because we grew our own. Since trying out the Easter Grass Kit from Spots and Ladybugs, we’ve got four baskets full of beautiful green grass that no Easter bunny could refuse. These smart little kits come with all you need to grow two basket’s full of grass. You simply line your kids’ baskets with foil, and then take the...

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HOP will make you smile, crave candy, and want to kiss Russell Brand (I did all three)

It’s interesting how few movies there are about the magic of Easter. In fact–wait, are there any? Regardless, HOP, the adorable new Easter film, would jump to the top of the list anyway. [don’t miss the scoop on Russell Brand and James Marsden after the jump!] HOP is a big dish of eye candy. E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) lives on Easter Island (get it?) with his dad, the Easter Bunny, who sounds a whole lot like Hugh Laurie. E.B. wants to be a drummer, so when he learns he’s in line to take over as boss bunny, he...

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Further proof that we go-go-go crazy for our subscribers

Once you have kids, you’re on the go for the next– oh, eighteen years. Going to music class, going to preschool, going shopping to replace all the shoes they outgrow. But one way you can stay put is with our free newsletters which deliver exclusive deals, discounts, cool editors’ picks, celeb trends, and giveaway opportunities right to your inbox. Sign up now (did we mention it’s free?) and you’ll get more than that this month. Because we know your kids are constantly on the go too, we’ve arranged a super sweet subscribers-only giveaway, hooking up two of you with...

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Saggy bottom britches begone!

Just when I was about to complain about how girls always seem to get the coolest accessories, our stylish friends at Knuckleheads launches their spring collection, and looky what the newest trend is for the cool boys in your life. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump!] Whether you’ve got a skinny kiddo who puts even those adjustable elastic waist bands to shame, or you just want to add a little style to your son’s regular old jeans and t-shirt get-up, these awesome little boys suspenders will do just the trick. I think it’s a brilliant alternative to...

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Handy hooks, hold the hammer

Kids seem to require an inordinate amount of Stuff Corralling, and I’m okay with that; but I’m not okay with putting holes in the walls every time I want the kids to stop putting everything they own on the floor because “I don’t have anywhere else to put it.” Up until now, every so-called “non-marking” hook I’d found either 1) left a mark or 2) fell off the wall the first time you actually hung something on it. These Jelly Bean Bath Hooks from Slip-X are different. Maybe it’s because they’re nice and big, but their suction cups grab on...

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Someone get the phone? It’s Celine Dion.

It’s been truly an honor to be a part of the More Birthdays campaign from our amazing sponsor, the American Cancer Society. Not only is it a cause near and dear to all of our hearts, but we’re so impressed with the generous mega-stars and artists who’ve jumped on board to share their talents to bring it to life. We’ve already described how you can send a personalized birthday video greeting from a celebrity (The Biebs! Ricky Martin!) or purchase birthday gift wrap especially created by top artists and illustrators. Now there’s another option: Create your own celebrity birthday...

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New crib bedding sets from Maclaren – the inside scoop from David Netto himself

I’m a firm believer in color therapy, especially when it comes to kid’s rooms. So when I saw the bold and peppy new crib bedding sets from Maclaren, which happens to be the complete opposite of their very chic and very white nursery furniture, my mood magically began to lift. [don’t miss a huge awesome giveaway after the jump!] “If you look around at children’s bedding, it’s vastly light blue and light pink,” Maclaren’s chief designer (and modern design icon) David Netto explained to me. And who could disagree? “I wanted to create something that didn’t exist in the marketplace, which was...

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A t-shirt that does a pretty darn good job of hiding my bump

While my belly has been massively expanding over the last eight months, my wardrobe hasn’t. My pregnancy dressing tactic has been to buy a few key maternity pieces and then fudge the rest with my regular threads. Fake it ’til you make, if you will. I hate spending money on something with such a short lifespan. But then I found a middle ground where maternity meets postpartum wear. Aussie brand Elk Accessories makes a line of A-line T-shirts that are insanely soft (thanks to a blend of cotton, modal and spandex) and incredibly forgiving. The swingy bottom half of...

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5 great picks you might have missed this week – March Madness Edition

If your kids have acted a little nuts this week, it’s totally not your fault. Blame it on supermoon–we do. Here are a few of our favorites from the last week, in case you were too busy pulling out your hair to have caught them. 1. The new AAP’s new car seat and booster recommendations for kids 7-12 may your big kid hopping mad. Luckily, we’ve rounded up 3 awesomely cool booster seats for the car to keep everyone legal and safe. 2. If you’re going crazy trying to find the perfect baby book, we’ve rounded up some of...

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Kids pajamas from Tea Collection lead to very sweet dreams

My kids have a thing for pajamas the way most kids have a thing for race cars or princess crowns. Each night is an exercise in patience as I wait for them to pick the very perfect pair, then argue about whose is the snowflakes and whether the striped ones can be worn yet another night in a row. Fun for the whole family! As pajama connoisseurs, I can tell you that an all-time favorite pair hailed from one of Tea Collection’s winter offerings, so I’m thrilled to see them come out with so many more styles this spring....

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These prints are kind of a big deal

It doesn’t take long for new parents to realize who’s in charge once a tiny, squawking baby makes an appearance in their house. And I love the idea of making it official with Penny People’s newest print. Bright, bold colors and the option to put any name–or combo of names–that fits across the top make this Big Deal print an amazing new baby gift. So perfect for the nursery. Or the front door, for that matter. Like all Penny People prints, these will fit into standard frame sizes, making it so easy to give those new parents an immediately...

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Finally, a made-up holiday I can appreciate. Hint: CHOCOLATE.

Guess what, mamas? It’s American Chocolate Week! Or at least the end of it. The way we see it, you just have to suck it up and do your patriotic duty by gorging on chocolate, right? If you love chocolate as much as we do, here are some of our favorite picks from the past for every occasion. Because we’re all about helping you celebrate the very important holidays of this world. [don’t miss a deeeeelicious giveaway after the jump!] For moms who want cocoa without the calories: Crio BruThis “drink of the gods” brews up in your coffeemaker...

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Vamplets – The most loveable vampires ever (besides Edward, natch)

The next Twilight movie doesn’t come out until this November– don’t ask me how I know. So for now, if you’ve got teens into Twilight or tweens into goth gone adorable, you might want to check out the Vamplets. This coven/nursery of snuggly stuffed babies is supposedly rotten to the core… except that they’re pretty darn cute. From Evilyn Nocturna’s skully-sweet pigtails to Count Vlad VonGloom’s bottle of blood, the Vamplet dolls and accessories are a fun way to bridge the gap between baby dolls and sparkly Team Edward baby doll shirts. If it sounds morbid, well, it is....

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Pink cadillac? Try pink race car.

My love runs deep for Green Toys and for good reason. Their sturdy, inviting toys made from recycled milk jugs never fail to make my kids squeal with delight. But the new addition to their line has me as happy as it does my kids. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] Their brand new eco-friendly race car toys are simply awesome. Made with the same detail as their bigger trucks and toys, these cars come in three colors – red, blue, and pink. Yes, pink. They race quite well on hardwood floors, and even though they don’t...

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A chic accessory for your growing bun

I’m in the final stretch of my third trimester and no matter what I put on, I have a tendency to feel like, well, someone who’s eight months pregnant. So when I spotted a recent pic a of a pregnant celeb with a multi-hued scarf from new accessories line Theodora & Callum effortlessly tied around her neck and covering her belly just so, I knew I had found what I was looking for–an accessory that actually made me look and feel less huge. Theodora & Callum is created by former Scoop owner Stefani Greenfield and co-creator/executive producer of Project...

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