Month: April 2011

You can leave your hat on

My son will pretty much live with a baseball cap attached to his head for the next few sunny months, since getting sunscreen applied to his mane of light-blonde hair is a messy disaster.  But, there are many times when his sports-logo’d baseball cap seems out of place, like wearing dirty sneakers with a spiffy suit. So I’m so happy to have found lids for kids that are way cool. {keep reading for a great discount and giveaway!} Made by the same people who brought us these too-cute argyle beanies, Born to Love’s lightweight kids’ fedoras have a sharp, grown-up look...

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The perfect Mother’s Day: French toast, bacon and just the right card

Now that I’m a mom myself, I realize that Mother’s Day is not just about getting breakfast in bed (not that I would turn that down) or a day off from housework (also, sounds awesome). Rather, I want to do something to honor my mom for all her hard work and I want her to feel appreciated. With a great card being a must (don’t all moms save all their cards?) CMP favorite, Shutterfly, has an incredible selection of Mother’s Day cards that will make any mom or grandma weak in the knees. You can upload your child’s artwork...

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Silicone Ally

Sprucing up for spring usually doesn’t include my kitchen utensil container, but I have long been a convert of silicone spatulas. And these swirly, pretty, funky spatulas are exactly what my kitchen needs right now.   Silicone spatulas are not only easy to clean, they’re heat-proof up to 500°F, and trust me, once you start using well-made silicone for cooking, stirring and pancake-flipping, your collection of old, cracked wooden and plastic tools will be nothing but a faded, slightly stained memory.  The green spoonula is great for working with doughs and frostings, the red spatula is perfect for spreading and clearing out that peanut...

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Last minute Easter crafts to counteract the jellybean crashes

Sometime after the thrill of the Easter egg hunt, but before dinner is ready for the table, my kids hit a sort of jittery, must-do-something phase. This is when I had best have a few tricks up my sleeve before they decide to see how far they can toss the black jelly beans. So to keep some semblance of sanity after the candy is consumed, we’ve rounded up a few easy (and free!) crafts that you can have at the ready for when you need it today. Oh, and you can send those black jellybeans my way. These adorable...

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Popsicles without the sugar or HFCS

With the weather getting warmer, the big treat around our house is popsicles. Sometimes we make our own and other times, I’ll splurge on the fruit juice-only ones from our supermarket, even though I know they’re loaded with sugar. But now I’ve found an awesome popsicle alternative with only 5g of sugar per serving that my kids actually love. I was just whipping through my grocery store freezer section when I saw the Power of Fruit bars and decided to give them a try. They only contain fruit – that’s it. Nothing else. Seriously. Hence the super low sugar...

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The Royal Wedding – Wills and Kate Plus Eight Million Fascinated Viewers

Just because America broke up with England a few hundred years ago doesn’t mean we’re not still desperately interested in their royal family. Especially since it’s about to be infiltrated by a commoner like us. If you’re as excited as we are about the Royal Wedding a week from today, we’ve got some great ideas for a Royal Wedding Watching Party that will knock your Union Jack socks off. First of all, you might have fun playing around with the Keep Calm O-Matic, which lets you substitute anything you want for the famous KEEP CALM and CARRY ON poster....

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Keep your bunnies busy with this great Easter craft

My kids love Easter, but the hours leading up to festivities can get a little hairy with me trying to get ready for the holiday and them trying to “help”. There just isn’t enough of me to keep three kids happily occupied while I make sure the colored eggs/baskets/food/cleaning routine gets done. So when I saw this amazingly cool Easter project that my craft-loving kids would adore, I threw my figurative Easter bonnet in the air. Hello Clementine’s rabbit garland printables would make the coolest Easter decor in our home with a quartet of hip bunnies that prefer you...

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A picture is worth a thousand crayons

Do you love nice, crisp boxes of brand new art supplies as much as I do? And do your kids somehow manage to rip those nice, crisp boxes within about eleven minutes of opening them as often as mine do? Well, take a look at this adorable tutorial for DIY art supply storage pouches. Far better than a Zip-loc, if you ask me. To make the bags as shown, you need to be able to sew in a zipper, but if you can’t, the concept can still be applied to drawstring bags, too. And though I haven’t tried to...

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GoodWood Blocks are, well, good wood

We’ve got no shortage of toys in our house, but of all the ones my kids consistently play with, their simple set of building blocks win over anything else they own every single time. So when I saw the GoodWood Deconstructive Blocks, I knew my kids would flip. Because I did. These super cool blocks are ethically made in China from forest-friendly rubber wood, and painted in beautiful bright colors using water-based acrylic paint. The sets feature cool shapes that allow kids to get super creative with their structures, which is a nice change from the typical squares, rectangles,...

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B Kind 2 Earth Day

I can hardly believe that Earth Day is older than I am. (Ah, feeling young — what mom doesn’t love that?) Begun in 1970 as a means of demonstrating broad public support for the environmental cause, Earth Day is a reminder that this planet is a pretty cool place to live, and we don’t want it to look like it belongs on an episode of Hoarders. To that end, the National Wildlife Federation, Nickelodeon, and our friends at The Motherhood have joined forces to create B Kind 2 Earth Day. We’re super excited to be on board too, and...

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