Month: June 2011

Cool board shorts for boys – Reader Q&A

I’d love to find some boys’ board shorts that don’t look like gangster-wear. Can you help? -reader question via Twitter With his fair skin, I love board shorts on my son for the simple reason that they cover more of his body that shorter swim trunks. And I’m pretty certain that any little boy would look surfer-dude cute, and not gangster tough, in these great board short options that we’ve pulled together. –Christina Our editor Liz recently raved about Zio Sport’s great sportswear for boys and girls, and their brand new board shorts are pretty cool too. I love...

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Flip flop chic

We all know socks and sandals together are a big no-no in civilized society, but there are exceptions. Jazzy Toes, the clever people who bring us some of the cutest baby shoe sock designs, have come up with a new design just in time for summer- the flip flop sock.  Necessary? No. Cute as a button? Yes. These ultra cutesy accessories are a conversation piece for sure but will also keep your wee one’s tootsies cozy in over-air conditioned places through the summer months. Bottom line- if you have a friend expecting a baby girl this summer, show up...

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The Kids Grow Up… way too fast

As my oldest daughter fast approaches her 7th birthday, I have become more acutely aware of how fleeting childhood really is. And the urgency to bask in her little-ness is now even more present after seeing a fascinating new must-see HBO documentary. The Kids Grow Up is a documentary from dad and award-winning filmmaker Doug Block, who offers a rare look from a father’s perspective at the emotional side of parenting, as he chronicles his only daughter’s last year at home before college. (Something we all know is coming, but don’t really want to think about.) Early in the...

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9 Last-minute (but totally great) Father’s Day gifts

Unless you just stumbled here for the first time (Welcome!), you probably already know that Father’s Day is THIS Sunday, since we’ve been sharing loads of great Father’s Day gift ideas all month long. But, simply knowing about Father’s Day doesn’t mean we’ve all finished shopping right? No worries: we’ve pulled together some of our favorite last-minute gifts that you can have ready before the big day. Then just sit back and watch the big guy tear up as he’s reminded what an awesome dad he is every day of the year. –Christina All those dads stuck in a...

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Just call me Princess Sparkleknuckles

I used to be into understated beauty. Then I had kids. Now I have to shout just to be noticed, so not surprisingly, I favor bright skirts, dangly earrings, and statement shoes. Oh, and big fat rings that keep people from noticing my unpainted nails. That’s where this shiny treasure comes in. The crystal and eco-friendly Sono wood Treteaux ring from Objets D’Envy melds tough and feminine together into a highly wearable, everyday ring that really packs a punch. And I mean that literally. It would be so cute with a sundress, or even just a tank and jeans. ...

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Web Coolness – super play spaces, secret poetry and saving the environment with an app

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.   Need some design inspiration for the playroom? Check these amazing ideas out. If you missed the live chat this week, you can still see some great Father’s Day gift ideas we shared to answer reader questions on The Motherhood. One more tip from Kristen about a cool free last minute Father’s Day gift. The coolest thing to hit thrift stores: Poetry bombing. See which earth-friendly app our hero Dr. Harvey Karp thinks is tops. Are blogs our modern-day photo albums? Love this Kickstarter...

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Baby, you look good in wood

I like my mom jewelry like I like my men: wooden, flexible, and hanging from a brass chain. (Ha.) Okay, that came out all wrong. But this unique photo necklace still rocks my socks. The Chunky Old Camera photo necklace by Etsy shop VectorCloud really is everything I love in statement jewelry. It’s unique– or have you seen laser cut Alder wood before? It’s big and chunky and a little bit retro, of course. And you can insert any 1″ photo you want, which means you can go from squishy newborn photos to pudgy toddler smiles to portraits of...

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A printable Father’s Day card fit for a hero

I bought the photo mug for Grandpa, and the Kindle for my husband (lucky dog!), but I’ve yet to find the perfect card. Leave it to new discovery TinyUs to do the work for me, and even better, for free. All you need is a printer to give the dad in your life this adorable “Dad, You are my hero!” card, available as a downloadble, printable PDF on the TinyUs blog. Whether or not he has the ironic moustache, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate that special dad in your life for free. Besides telling him...

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Go anywhere booster – The baby travel essential of the summer

Whether you’ve got one kid or four like me, it’s tough traveling on a long road trip. Hey, it’s even hard just going out to dinner with all your baby gear essentials sometimes. But this new pick is so practical, so cool, it’s become far from an extra for our family. In fact, I’d call it the baby travel essential of the summer. [don’t miss a giveaway after the jump!] The Go Anywhere Booster seat is by far the best-made and best-looking of this type of baby seat I’ve seen yet. What appears to be a pack about the...

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Samuel L. Jackson reads the “Go the F*** to Sleep” book

After reading the encyclopedia of bedtime stories, singing four rounds of Twinkle Twinkle, and then providing my kids with snuggles, kisses, and several glasses of water, I go from sweetly shushing to sleep to bribing and begging them through gritted teeth and eyes rolled back in my head that silently say “Go to sleep already!” Except usually with a few expletives involved. Apparently I’m not the only one. The awesome new bedtime book “Go the F*** to Sleep,” which is for us parents, not kids, obviously, will have you nodding your head–that is if you can control it while...

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