Month: July 2011

Web Coolness – Found hearts, cooler strollers, and a truck with a huge nipple on the top

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.  Boy Sees Hearts: Such a simple idea with results we love. (via Design Mom)   Waitstaff tells you to nurse your baby in the bathroom?! Who you gonna call? The Milk Truck! (via @royhandy) The simple joys of a tire swing, with a few tips for getting it just right. Muppets invade Manhattan? Actually, it’s the new Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit at the Museum of Moving Image. If you feel like freshening up the kids’ bedrooms, we love these three DIY...

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Personalized alphabet blocks help you spell BEST BABY GIFT EVER

We’ve long been fans of the beautiful handmade wooden baby toys from family-run Little Sapling Toys, and now there’s one more item that can make you the most awesome gift-giver ever. These personalized wooden alphabet blocks are lovingly handcrafted out of walnut, cherry and maple woods, and I think it’s about the greatest baby gift. Especially considering it’s just $12.50 for 5 blocks. (Or $31 for 13.) Even cooler–you can also personalize them with recessed Braille letters too, should you need a great gift for a visually-impaired child. The first time I had heard about personalized name blocks was...

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Sponsored Message: Take your kid to “The Smurfs” in 3-D

This is a message from our sponsor, The Smurfs Movie Every Saturday morning as a kid, you may have watched “The Smurfs,” the original 1980s animated series featuring all those little blue guys that taught life lessons and entertained kids in countries around the world. Now, you have the opportunity to share the Smurfy fun with your own children. Coming to the big screen in 3-D on July 29, “The Smurfs” stars Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays as a couple that helps the tiny creatures after they accidentally enter a portal outside their magical village and wind up in New...

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Handsome in Pink

Did you know that pink was originally a color for boys? It’s true. Up until the 1940’s, boys were dressed in pink and girls in blue. And then it got all confusing. But we live in a time when barriers are being broken all over the place. In the wake of our review of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, if you have a boy who likes pink or a girl who likes tools or a child of any type who just wants to be hip, you’re going to want to check out the boutique Handsome in Pink. Or HIP, as...

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Banish bug bites without using any nasty chemicals

The first sign of summer for me is always my first mosquito bite. I always consider bug bites to be the price I pay for good weather and barbecues. But now that I have kids, I feel the need to douse them in something to ward off bug bites, and I’ve never been a fan of that hideous bug spray smell mixed with all those nasty chemicals. Thanks to Erbaviva, I’ve found a way to fend off the bugs, while still keeping my family chemical-free. The new Organic Buzz Spray bug repellant from natural mom and baby skincare line Erbaviva...

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Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones and Piperlime partner up for charity

I have always loved wearing jewelry with a story behind it, and I’ve never really been a fan of the mass produced status pieces that everyone else and her mother is sporting too. So naturally I was thrilled to hear about Piperlime’s new partnership with Project Runway season 8 winner, jewelry designer Gretchen Jones, that just launched today. For a limited time, the popular shopping destination and the now Brooklyn-based artist are offering an exclusive line of jewelry with 100% of profits going to Aid to Artisans, a wonderful and necessary charity devoted to providing economic opportunities to help artisans worldwide....

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The latest stroller accessory is off the hook

You know what I love most about my stroller? Having something to toss all my stuff in whenever I’m out. I’m not kidding. I really do depend on a stroller to be my pack mule. And now there’s the simplest little invention that helps me do it. The Jumbo Swirly Hook from the mom inventor of the brilliant Buggy Cup, is right up my alley. It attaches to a stroller handle bar (think Bugaboo type, not umbrella handles) with a velcro strap. And then you’ve instantly got yourself a handy-dandy hook to put lots of bags on, even with...

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American Eagle 77Kids NYC Style Lab just made Times Square 18% cooler

Today is the official launch of American Eagle’s 77Kids Style Lab shop in Times Square, and while that’s not a sentence I ever thought I’d utter with any level of excitement, after getting a sneak press preview yesterday I gotta say…I’m excited. Let’s just say the ghosts of CBGBs are in there somewhere, hold the nasty dressing rooms. When you walk down the industrial staircase right towards a giant LCD screen projecting music videos featuring the kids in the shop, Jib-Jab style (kids can take pics in a nearby “rock band” photobooth), you know this is no ordinary mall...

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Beach toys that are good for toddlers and the earth

I’m almost embarrassed to think about how many plastic buckets and beach toys we’ve gone through in my seven years of parenting. If only one of our fave brands, Zoe b organic, had come up with this amazing earth-friendly alternative back then. Their new biodegradable beach toys are the perfect size for your beach happy toddler, with a bucket with built-in handles, a sifting lid, two little cups and a shovel that’s more like a scoop, which is great for little ones who aren’t really concerned with digging holes. The best part, however, is that the entire set will...

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Empowering Ugandan women from the ground up

Designer Elizabeth Bohannan has an inspired mission: to help young women in Uganda achieve their higher learning goals. And she’s doing it through beautiful sandals. Yes, sandals. Sseko Designs (sey-ko) was created to provide women with jobs during the 9-month gap between secondary school and university, that exists so that students can earn their tuition. Many young female students are unable to compete for fair work in this very conflicted and still majorly male dominant society, making Sseko an an amazing success story that helps women beat the odds. The sandals themselves:  fun, flexible and durable. Pick your size,...

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