Month: July 2011

Booty Wrap – The fanny pack gets a much needed makeover

I’m dying to make a reference to the fanny pack as being the butt of all tourist jokes — oh wait, I think I just did. But let’s be fair, there is something to be said to a hands-free way of carrying a little cash and your keys when you’re out for a walk. One that doesn’t make you look like a Jay Leno punchline. Kathy Kramer, inventor of the very cool Invisibelt has done it again with the Booty Wrap – which is so simple, it’s brilliant. Think fanny pack-meets-faux-sweatshirt. The Booty Wrap ties at your waist with...

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Join the Smirkus like you wanted to…

This weekend, I had the pleasure of taking my kids and some friends to one of the greatest circuses I’d ever been to. The one thing that made it different than any other–the performers were all kids. Before you roll your eyes and imagine some tedious high school production of Barnum, let me assure you, Circus Smirkus is just amazing. If you are anywhere near New England or upstate New York this summer, run and grab tickets for their traveling show. Now in its 24th year, Circus Smirkus is a single-ring circus show that’s just the right size and...

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Social Goodies blends great shopping deals with great causes

I don’t know about you, but these days, my inbox is totally overwhelmed with messages from good-deal sites. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all awesome deals–I’m glad I signed up for all of them, and wish I could nab every bargain. But for me to sign up for a new one these days, it has to be different from the others. That’s why Social Goodies is rocking my casbah. Social Goodies is the newest in daily-deals sites–but with a twist. Every day, there’s a new, awesome deal up for grabs, like $12 for $24 worth of trendy sunglasses from 80’s...

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A five second baby book for moms – when five seconds is all you’ve got

Leave it to a mom to know exactly what other moms want – a baby book. But not a time-consuming baby book. And maybe it’s not really a baby book at all, because that just opens up all sorts of expectations about what goes inside and just how perfect it has to be. Mom’s Five-Second Memory Journal is a wonderfully clever effort from writer and mom Lambeth Hochwald and designer Alison Oliver. It’s filled with fun prompts, checklists and fill-in-the-blanks to help you remember some of those moments as a parent that you might be otherwise too busy to...

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Last day to help us give $10,000 to Baby Buggy.

This post is sponsored by Yahoo! Every time someone clicks here to make Yahoo! your homepage, you’re showing your support for our charity. Last week we told you how thrilled we were that our sponsor Yahoo! is donating $10,000 to our truly deserving charity, Baby Buggy. And all you have to do is make Yahoo! your homepage today to show your support for our charity, and their work with families in need. We think that’s a darn good reason to do it, but here are a few more: 1.The Yahoo! homepage customizes content for you based on your interests...

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I dream of India

The chevron just might be the new hot motif of the season. I’m seeing it everywhere these days, from the new line of bedding at West Elm, to tea towels on Etsy, to the gorgeous little girls’ dresses I just discovered from Ode Kids. This family-run shop that makes girls’ dresses out of the most beautiful Indian fabrics and I’m so happy to have found them. The A-line Amparo chevron patterned dress is gorgeously constructed from hand-loomed Ikat fabric, then lined with cotton so it has a nice heft to it. Perfect for summer, but it will be fantastic...

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Happy Camper cards make me a happy mama back home

Though I have not yet packed up my kids for overnight camp, I imagine that writing home will be the last thing on their minds. Too bad, since hearing from my kids will be the only thing on my mind. A little bit cheeky, the trio of Happy Camper cards from Oh My Word makes sure they scribble a bit more than “hi mom, doing fine” onto a postcard. Though you can bet I’ll cringe when I get the “Things I’m not doing at camp because you aren’t here to make me” card. My guess is “brush teeth, make...

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A star spangled banner

Every year, my kids look forward to our neighborhood 4th of July party, where they gorge themselves on hot dogs and watermelon, and the adults take turns manning the margarita machine. But until the party starts later today, I figured it might be fun to keep the kids occupied by making this adorable banner. This Star Spangled banner is made from paint chips (so smart!) – 21 to be exact – and it’s just as simple as cutting out stars and sewing them together, either with a machine or by hand. My 7-year old happens to be pretty handy with the machine, so...

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3 ways to get your daily dose of cool

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The economics of a better marriage

I’ll just say it: I’m not a self-help book kind of person. Spousonomics arrived in the mail and languished on my desk for months; because, really, a book about using economics to master love and marriage? Ooooookay. But then one day I started reading it, and I couldn’t put it down. Authors Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson not only use economic theory in Spousonomics to explain why a 50/50 split in housework won’t work for most couples, they manage to make the explanation interesting. And it’s funny–like, laugh-out-loud funny–even as it explains that, hey, this is all about finding ways...

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The 411 that can stave off the 911

Summer is finally here and at our house that means lots and lots of family field trips. To the farm, the zoo, the local wading pools and more. If it’s kid-friendly, we’ll be there. But this year I’ve got a whole extra kid to keep an eye on (sure, he can’t walk, but still), so I’m thinking I might get a lot of use out of these wristbands specifically designed to keep kids safe. The Mabel’s Labels My 411 Wristbands are exactly like the kind you might remember from the pre-kid, pre-internet days of lining up for really great...

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The secret of my summer culinary success

I have discovered that fooling your friends into thinking you are a culinary goddess is fairly easy. All it really takes is having trustworthy taste buds, a few signature dishes and a willingness to share. Honestly, the majority of my most requested dishes come from found recipes to which I apply minor edits.  Now that summer has arrived, the calls for my key lime pie are pouring in and the super busy me is saying, “No problem!” Why? With only 4 ingredients (including the crust) and a 20 min prep/bake time this is one wish I am happy to...

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It’s raining younger looking skin. (Were you expecting men?)

I tend to shy away from products specifically made for anti-aging. As much as I love my skincare, I figure a good moisturizer and tons of sunblock should do the trick in terms of fighting old father time. But when I heard the philosophy behind Luxtural, which is all about hydration, I was immediately intrigued. I’m always a little wary of skincare products touting dubious new ingredients like Pacific Ocean rainwater, but it turns out Luxtural works for my fickle skin. The line consists of a tightly edited collection: Mystique Fountain (a hydrating mist), Silk Premonition (anti-aging/hydrating lotion) and...

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A puppy for your future veterinarian

I am a sucker for stuffed animals. I love the fact that they are gender neutral (mostly) and don’t have an “on” button, which means you are putting the creative power into your child’s hands. If you have a wannabe vet in the family, this kit I recently discovered takes dramatic play to another level completely. Patrick, the adorably sweet and cuddly puppy needs your help. As part of the sweet toy veterinary kit, he also comes with medicine, shots, and a stethoscope to aid you. Oh, and a bone, which is a must have for every dog owner....

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Web Coolness – Fourth of July treats, dad-made feats and hitting the books (instead of cleats)

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.     Who wants to make us some of these 3D Cookie Cupcakes for the Fourth of July? Pretty please? Some tips on how to find balance between work and play this summer.   Help us earn $10,000 for a great charity–it just takes a couple of clicks. Love Kristen’s pick for cool patriotic wear for kids. And don’t miss this post on red white and blue clothes for kids that still look cool after the Fourth.  Some great comments here about the role...

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