Month: June 2011

Patriotic kids wear for the 4th of July that still looks cute on the 5th, 6th, 7th and you get the idea

I still remember the ’76 bicentennial (yes, I am that old), dressing in head-to-toe red, white and blue and waving to beeping cars at the end of our street. Now that I have kids, I try to find something patriotic for the kids to wear on the fourth. But since my wallet frowns upon one-day-only wearables, I have been on the lookout for tasteful, adorable and, yes, patriotic items the kids can look cute in beyond just a single day. –Christina Whether they’re marching in a Fourth of July parade or just standing on the sidelines, these Chuck Taylor Flag...

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Posterous – Safe and easy summer photo sharing for families

We’re thrilled to be working with Posterous, a free service helping parents safely and easily share photos and videos. With four kids and very photo-hungry grandparents, you can only imagine how much we get badgered every time we return for vacation. Before we can even get the laundry unpacked, we’re flooded with requests to send photographs and videos of all the fun. Facebook is a little too public for my personal taste (plus not all our family members are on Facebook). And family videos on YouTube? Uh, no. It takes all of five seconds (or three if you’re a...

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Savor some socially savvy Safi Coffee

I’d like my cup of Joe with a cup of kindness. Instead of sugar, I’ll take straight-up sweetness, especially towards the farmers. That’s the idea behind Safi Coffee. Safi (pronounced saw-fee) is Swahili for honest, clean, transparent. In a world where coffee farmers often make less than $20 per year, Safi pays at least fair trade prices and invites the farmers to join the company as stakeholders, where they receive dividends and are treated as partners. And the coffee itself? I tried the Direct Trade Medium Roast, which is grown in the lush foothills of Mount Kenya by local organic...

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Sweet baby gift in the Year of the Rabbit

Bright and cheerful doesn’t have to mean garish, and when it’s British-based Lulabird it’s even downright stylish. One of our favorite modern, hip nursery designer clockmakers are back (we’re pretty much in love with their quirky owl, too) with a freshly re-envisioned retro design in time for the Chinese year of the Rabbit. What a sweet baby gift for a little guy born in 2011. There’s nothing loud about this bunny clock, from the understated design on sustainable birchwood (choose coral or a deep teal), to the mechanism that keeps the tick-tocking to a minimum. Nice touch when you’re...

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Tender tot knees get stylish protection

Look; I really can’t get behind putting a pair of kneepads on a toddler. Aside from the hassle (and how dumb it looks) I’m of the “we all crawled on our bare knees and survived” camp of parenting. But when mom Kathryn Ames was faced with her hemophiliac crawling son’s bruised knees, she decided to come up with a solution that would be stylish enough for everyone. Thus Bruz Wear padded-knee pants were born. They offer protection for a crawling baby or rough-and-tumble little kid, plus support and advocacy for the hemophilia community with every purchase. No need for...

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3 insanely crazy high-end cribs. Prepare to gawk.

At the end of the day–and there really is an end of the day, when baby has no choice but to conk out, at least for a little while, anyway–all you really need is a good, sturdy crib so that your little one is safe and snug, right? Well, maybe not. For some parents, crib aesthetics figure prominently into the equation. Maybe basic is too boring? Maybe they’ve got a million dollars that they need to spend before midnight to win a Japanese reality show contest? In which case, these cribs really up the ante. At Nurseryworks, unique cribs...

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Cybex Onyx – The umbrella stroller of my dreams

I do believe I have just discovered the umbrella stroller to end all umbrella strollers. All hail the Cybex Onyx. First, let me say, the Cybex Onyx is a high-end umbrella stroller. Which means it’s not a $25, throw-in-the-trunk, department store special, nor does it have that kind of price tag. But it will spin circles around most other umbrella strollers. And, it just so happens, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with it. How could I not? On top of the smooth ride and easy fold I would demand of any luxury umbrella stroller, the Onyx comes in five...

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Stencils that help draw out the creativity in anyone

I bum out watching my daughter draw a self-portrait, or even a dog, stop midway, then scribble all over the entire thing in frustration because her picture doesn’t look “perfect.” Maybe that’s why I am particularly fond of these new artist-created stencil kits that are more about being creative, and not so much about what the piece is “supposed to” look like. Although the end results are pretty cool too. {don’t miss a great art supply giveaway after the jump!} After running a bunch of popular creative workshops featuring nature-inspired stencils, LA artist Karen Kimmel decided to make them...

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Gourmet popsicles in under 10 minutes

Around our house, homemade popsicles are the treat of the century–a huge score for mom since they’re a relatively healthy dessert. Well, now that I’ve found this amazing new gadget, they’re not just a treat for my kids. My husband and I are enjoying them too – and best of all, you only have to wait about 10 minutes until you can eat them. Meet my new buddy, Zoku, a brilliant popsicle maker which I’m probably insulting by calling a popsicle maker because holy cow you, should see the pops you can make with it. You start by freezing...

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