Month: April 2011

The dream room that dream rooms dream about

I still remember when my mom painted a mural in my room. I was five, and it was a 70’s-style jungle scene. I got to help. Seven years later, I took up the muralist’s brush myself and even helped pay my rent in college by whipping up Snoopy nurseries and flower gardens and my own, 90’s style jungles. Sadly, painted murals have mostly been replaced with those clever stick-on decals, which are cheaper and easier to switch out when princesses are out and owls are in. But we’ve found a muralist taking kids’ rooms to the next level– and...

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Princess books for our modern-day princesses

Though they slept through most of the Royal Wedding live coverage, my girls were riveted by the images they watched in the many recaps. And while I was also transfixed by the royal pageantry of it all, I also was quick to talk about some of the qualities I hope Princess Catherine will embody as a modern-day princess: strength, charity, kindness and a strong sense of self. In other words, the same qualities I hope my girls will have.  So, with the images of yesterday’s ceremony fresh in our minds, I’ve decided to round up some of my favorite...

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Dog days of spring

Spring allergies are a) here, and b) not just a human misery. If you have pets, you probably know what I mean when I say I am really, really tired of falling asleep to the arrhythmic snorfling noises of my dog scratching and biting furiously at her itchy skin. I was so excited about this natural dog shampoo alternative I found at a local shop, I couldn’t wait to write about it. And that’s saying something. Shampoo can just exacerbate the issue, unless you use a shampoo gentle enough to actually help and not introduce new irritants. And that goes for people too....

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Missoni loves Havaianas (and So Do I)

Let’s face it: flip flops are a summer must-have. But instead of defaulting to a cheapie pair that will fall apart or fade the first time you wear them, think about investing in a really good pair and wearing them all summer — or forever. My pick for perfect summer flip flops is always Havaianas, and this summer, they’re cuter than ever. Havaianas has teamed up with Missoni (designers of the world’s best retro-pattern knit dresses) for a line of fun and funky flip flops that will make your toes happy all summer long. Made of the same high-quality...

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The anti-photo mug for grandma

Finding a non-cheesy Mother’s Day gift for grandma is no easy feat. There aren’t many obvious options, besides the expected grandchildren paraphernalia (ie anything that bears a photo of said grand-spawn). Not that we don’t love giving grandmas something with your kids’ actual mug on it, but an alternative is an actual mug–if it’s as cool as this one. The Postcup allows you to write a sweet message for grandma to see every time she goes to have a sip of her morning coffee or tea. Making the gift is half the fun. Create a fun message with your...

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Mother’s Day gift for newly divorced mom – Reader Q&A

Do you have any advice for Mother’s Day gifts for divorced mothers? My partner has two young children with his ex-wife. . .and this is their first Mother’s Day being really split up. She’s a wonderful woman and a wonderful mother. But, seeing as how I am something of an outsider in this, I don’t want to overstep my bounds. What sort of Mother’s Day gift is appropriate? – Alexandra Hi Alexandra, what a thoughtful question! We think that a personal Mother’s Day gift from the kids would be a lovely gesture. We’ve looked through our Mother’s Day Gift Guide...

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The beauty of Blissoma (or, how I learned to stop frying my skin and love the vitamins)

Sometimes, I feel like my face is a battlefield. Since that first, confusing teen pimple, I’ve tried everything from earth mama oil cleansing, to whatever Glamour told me to use, to a more…. well, scorched earth policy of serious prescription retinoids that made me peel like a lizard. Ouch. But for the first time, I’ve found something that makes my face feel blissful. Which makes sense, since “bliss” is right there in the name: Blissoma. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump!] The line of Blissoma skincare from Irie Star is an award-winning collection of 100% natural and...

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Web Coolness – royal wedding gifts, rainy-day crafts and the $6400 toilet

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. A simply lovely, colorful DIY mobile that requires nothing more than paper and thread. A great roundup of what moms really want for Mother’s Day Great design meets a great cause in the Kids of Kathmandu Desk Project. . .and you can bid on these one-of-a-kind pieces. Here are some great ways to reuse plastic Easter eggs for learning games and playtime activities.  The Okee Dokee Brothers‘ new video tells The Naked Truth, and it’s great fun.  Four favorite kids crafts. No need to check...

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Hopscout – The coolest stuff for families at even cooler prices

There are no shortage of deals sites out there these days, and I’m all for it. Who wouldn’t want a few extra bucks in their wallet? But after getting hordes of emails for 55% off dental services and a bunch of other stuff I wouldn’t consider buying in a million years, this new site is a refreshing addition to the sea of discount shopping sites and coupon services out there. Enter Hopscout, my new obsession, and I’m guessing in about two seconds, it’ll be yours too. This beautifully designed site makes deal shopping a high-end experience, with cute sketches, ...

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Mother’s Day jewelry ideas for my husband. (Not that I didn’t love last year’s vacuum.)

Our fabulous Mother’s Day Gift Guide just came out and already I’m ogling the mom jewelry section and crossing my fingers. (Don’t worry. I will also send the link to my husband with detailed directions because, we all know, finger crossing alone would get me nowhere.) I’m head-over-heels in love with the silhouette pendants from Vicente Agor. So very simple, yet also exceptionally sophisticated. What a fantastic new spin on mom jewelry. But with three kids, I’m not sure I’ve got a shot; not unless each kid gets a job and pays for one themselves. But that’s kind of...

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