Month: May 2011

A pacifier case to keep you feeling groovy

Here’s one for you combination germaphobes-70s nostalgia buffs: A vented neoprene pacifier case that will keep two binkies close at hand, and deliver twice the smiles of the leading pacifier case. The Keep on Suckin’ pacifier case might be my favorite of all the styles from our friends at Wry Baby. And a smart, simple design means you just  clip it to your diaper bag or right to your stroller. It’s definitely better than “If this stroller is a-knocking…” Yeah. You know the rest. –Liz Find 10 clever styles of pacifier cases online at Wry Baby For more awesome...

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Spend-and-save piggy banks? Reader Q&A

My daughter is 4, and we would love to get her a piggy bank that has the spend, share, save theory, but we can’t find any that fit that bill. We’d also be willing to just get a regular piggy bank, but then we would like one that is a little cooler than your average ceramic pig. -Melissa Ooh, good question! We think it’s great to start teaching kids the value of saving and sharing early. One of our favorite options for this type of saving/spending bank, Learning Cents, is unfortunately no longer available, but we did find some...

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One word: Caramels.

With a lactose-intolerant family member, I’m always on the lookout for sweet treats that aren’t made with cow’s milk. Whether you’re dairy-free like she is, you’re a vegan, or you just like yummy things, I just found a brand of handmade caramels made with coconut milk, that fits the bill perfectly. [don’t miss a super cool offer after the jump!] Discovered through a recent Foodzie tasting box (I’m addicted to my monthly box!) the handmade caramels from JJ’s Sweets are quite nice. The coconut milk infuses them with vaguely tropical flavor, and the sweet-salty balance was perfect. The chocolate-cover...

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7 two-piece bathing suits that don’t make little girls look like teenage girls

I’ll say it: the bathing suit choices for little girls are abhorrent these days–teeny string bikinis, plunging v-necks, high cut briefs, ruching at the “cleavage” presumably to create more of it. It’s making me crazy. To say nothing of a certain retailer (ahem Abercrombie) that recently introduced–then backpedaled on–padded bras for 8 year-olds. Still, I do like two-pieces for girls. They’re cute and make changes easy, especially when you’re in the diaper phase.  So I’ve spent a little time tracking down a few picks for summer that will let your little girl look like your little girl for a...

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Special jewelry for special kids

The end of the school year is almost here, at least for those of us in the deep south. Although my daughter is homeschooled, I love the idea of giving her a little gift to celebrate her upcoming violin recital, dance performance, and first grade graduation. And oh my do I think I found the perfect little bauble. Look how adorable these beautiful handmade necklaces are, designed and handcrafted by our friends at Bloesem. Inspired by the bright neon elastic cotton threads they discovered in Kuala Lampur, each necklace features an original Swarovski crytal and a sterling silver closure....

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A guide to responding to those really bad emails from family. (You know the ones.)

We’re happy to be working with our sponsor Yahoo! Mail, who’s helping encourage families to stay connected via email. Which, as we know, is a good thing! While email (and email etiquette) seems to have been around for a million years or so, oddly, we all still have those well-meaning folks in our lives who insist on filling our inboxes with chain letters, photoshopped pics passed off as real ones, and dated news about the Y2K virus. (Oh noes!) While even the best of us might be tempted to get a little snarky with our responses from time to...

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One sterling silver bead says it all

I’ve been a long time fan of the personalized jewelry from Julian & Co, the brainchild of mom Tania Condon, but I have to admit that the versatility of the recent addition to her beautiful line has me smitten. [don’t miss a jewelry giveaway after the jump!] The new custom silver bead allows you to add anything you’d like on each of the four sides, which, as a mom of four kiddos, means I only have to wear one pretty bead rather than a jumble of jingly tags. But even if you’re not a mom of many, you’ll get...

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Thinking of you, Japan.

“Thinking of you” is most definitely what our hearts and minds are saying about our friends in Japan, so why not our shirts? Or our kids’ shirts, for that matter.  The Japan Appeal T-shirt by Caramel Baby + Child of London is just brilliant. What I love most about this design is how it reminds people that even though the devastation in Japan might not be front-page news anymore, it is still a massive crisis that needs our attention; and it says all of that in the sweetest and most gentle way. I also appreciate that it gives to...

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Cute kids’ underwear, hold the licensed characters

As those of us past our post-potty training days (hooray!) can attest, cute underwear is a brilliant incentive for kids to ditch the diapers. But a quick look around your local “we sell six-packs of kids’ underwear” store, and it’s clear that the briefs are either plain white, or thin and flimsy, festooned with images of cartoon characters. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] I am beyond happy to have found Underdoodles, a mom-run shop offering adorable 3-packs of organic cotton kids’ underwear that not only steer clear of TV characters, they steer clear of stereotypical imagery....

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The perfect pint-sized party clothes

We have a bunch of special occasions coming up–Father’s Day, our favorite sitter’s graduation, the grandparents’ anniversary. My eyes have been open to some especially special occasion clothes for the kids. You know–something fancy. Without sauce on it. CMP highlighted the fabulous Kico Kids a while ago, and their new spring/summer line proves to be the perfect place to find special-occasion kiddie couture. They have twirly princess dresses, fabulous bolero jackets, and even a two-in-one flower girl dress (it converts into a cotton shift!), which manage to be sweet, fashion-forward, and timeless, all at the same time. Plus: comfortable, made with kid-friendly...

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