Month: August 2011

The perfect fall shoe for the grayer days ahead

Even though school days are starting up, it will be a while before my kids will need their new cords and warm sweaters. But the slightly cooler days mean it’s time for my girls to toss off their worn-out flip flops and tuck their toes into something a bit more fall-worthy. And I’m practically drooling over these comfy kicks from CMP favorite Morgan & Milo. Alas, my children have have inherited their father’s big feet and can’t cram their toes into the Avril Mary Janes, but I’m hoping someone younger I know will buy these shoes just so I...

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School fundraising ideas, hold the agony

There’s little I hate more than fundraising time at school. It’s not that I don’t want the school to have money, it’s just that there’s only so many stinky candles and rolls of wrapping paper and overpriced magazine subscriptions a person needs, y’know? Plus, I can’t be the only one who’s just not terribly comfortable with my kids being drafted into sales force servitude. But I’m totally digging this fabulous new school fundraising idea from Portrait Press. Two Brooklyn parents–daunted by the amount of money their schools always needed (but couldn’t seem to raise)–realized that if they sold an...

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Lunch notes that do more than tell your kid you love him

When my son started Kindergarten last year, I never realized how confusing the snack/lunch situation can be. As opposed to preschool, my son had to navigate his food choices on their own. I found he was devouring his sandwich at snack instead of lunch, and that some classmates were skipping lunch altogether. Fear not! We found a simple note/sticker combo that can help out. We love us...

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An unsweetened tea for kids? Sweet!

When I was a kid, we drank Purple Drink and Red Drink, and then we licked the walls and hung upside down from the ceiling fan gibbering like monkeys, because that stuff was 100% sugar. Nowadays, I feel like even 100% orange juice has enough natural sugar to keep my kids wired. Imagine my surprise to discover a drink my kids love that’s all natural and contains less sugar than those we-already-added-water-to-your-juice drinks.  It’s called Little Me Tea, and it’s a mixture of caffeine-free tea, herbs, and organic fruit and vegetable juices created by a mom and dad for...

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Getting organized just got a whole lot cuter

In the name of back-to-school for the kids and a new full-time job for me, it is high time to get the bills, to-do lists, paperwork, random photos and kiddo artwork into some kind of workable order.  Yes, I’ve said that about 87,000 times this summer alone. But this time I really, really mean it. After all, I didn’t have these cool stick-ems before. Stickr pockets from BUTCH & Harold are going to help me seem more organized than I am–which, in my book, is almost as good as actually being organized.  For $14.95, you get a packet of three adorable...

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Turn your kid’s doodles from art to artifact

There’s a box on top of my fridge overflowing with punk-rock ponies, witches on broomsticks, and smiley-faced dolphins, each one representing a special stage in my daughter’s artistic development. They’re amazing in two dimensions. Can you imagine how incredible they’d be in 3D? If your kid has a favorite doodle, we’ve found a way to make that dream come true. Stuff Your Doodles is a sweet little enterprise by artist LucyMoose, who uses imagination, recycled fabric, and thread to turn drawings into heirlooms. You send her your child’s favorite doodle, and she translates it into a beautiful, hand-made stuffed...

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Because every child deserves a loving “om”

It was only upon attending an awesome preschool class a few months ago that my daughter learned there was a difference between “yoga” and “yogurt.” Now, she is a huge fan of both. Presumably for different reasons. That’s why I was excited to introduce her to these adorble kids’ yoga mats–designed by a real yoga teacher mama. The Little Yoga Mat is a pint-sized mat for kids. Each is just a quarter of the size of grown-up mats, so they’re lightweight and easy for small bodies to carry, put down, and use. They’re gorgeously designed in chakra-friendly colors (so pretty),...

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Just call it “the same toothpaste Ariel uses”

Yes, friends, we live in a world where even toothpaste can start a debate between parents and children: What’s in it, what’s not in it, whose picture is on the tube, whether or not it burns like fire, mommy! (by which she means it’s mint.) But here’s a toothpaste just for kids that harnesses the power of coral–yes, coral–for maximum dental health. It’s called Coral Kids, and it uses EcoSafe ionic coral to protect from cavities, whiten teeth, and freshen breath, all without the use of fluoride or sodium lauryl sulfate. Never fear– it doesn’t harm our coral reefs;...

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Bumbleride Indie Natural Edition – the stroller of our dreams

UPDATE: On 2/3/12 there was a CPSC recall of Bumbleride Indie strollers: model numbers I-107, I-110 and I-205 with a Date of Manufacture from 1/09 through 8/11.The front wheel can crack causing the stroller to tip. There have been no major injuries.If you own the stroller, stop using it until you’ve received the free front wheel retrofit kit. To do so, or for info, visit support.bumbleride.com or call (800) 530-3930 during business hours. When I say I have found the stroller of my dreams, you’d better believe it. Bumbleride Indie Natural Edition is that very thing, and here’s why....

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Put an end to the plate wars

I want the pink plate. I want the blue one. If I have to use the orange one, I’ll die, because I hate orange more than a thousand. (All actual quotes from my dinner table.) And if Mommy has to hear the kids argue over plates again, she’s going to go berserkypants. So here’s a beautiful and safe way to insure that you know who gets which plate. Forever. The lovely personalized melamine plates from CMP fave Little Uni are available in eight sophisticated designs that mix backgrounds mom will love with silhouettes the kids will adore. Trucks, owls,...

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Finally, you can register for anything, and we mean anything.

It was so empowering, the first time I held that price gun and started registering for baby stuff. I assumed that the store would have everything I needed. (Yes, you can laugh at me now.) As I now know, the best baby carriers, bibs, and swaddlers are generally found online, not in the big baby stores, and you can’t register for them. But wait–now you can! And it’s easy! BabyList is an idea a long time coming. This free service allows you to build a baby registry for anything at all that you can find online, including stuff on...

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will.i.am is here to tell your kids that science rocks

Science is awesome! Who said that? Maybe DJ Lance Rock. And parents trying to convince skeptical kids. Well, now we parents have the help of mega pop star and Black Eyed Peas front man, will.i.am, of all people. He is currently using his star power and celeb connections to support a side project meant to get the brainy science kids some positive attention and the respect they deserve. And it involves something even the most reluctant, science-phobic kid can appreciate: Robots. {keep reading to see our exclusive interview with will.i.am} Kicking off with a special program, i.am.first- science is...

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5 picks you might have missed

It’s still dark outside. You clutch your coffee and yawn. Here comes the bus. Grab your bag and hop on. Next stop? Coolville. But not for your kids: For you. We’ve been collecting all the coolest gifts, best deals, and most helpful gadgets, just for you. In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite cool picks from the last week.  1. Want to wow a new mom with a gift that knows what her baby needs right then? Try this amazing new gift subscription that times things right, and then sends them right to her door....

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Hide the good scissors!

Hide the good scissors isn’t just something you say because the kids will just ruin them cutting cardboard and digging holes in the dirt. It also happens to be the name of a super-sweet Etsy shop that we’re digging hardcore. The good news is they’ve got the freshest take on embroidery we’ve seen. The bad news is that they’re so adored that the shop is currently empty, although accepting orders by convo. Ping the artist, and hook yourself up with the beautifully hand-embroidered animals and plants that make our inner graphic designer swoon. These bad boys would be so...

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A Street Through Time : Timeless

It is rare to find a book that all three of my boys can enjoy together. With such varied interests, I long for something captivating (and non-electronic) that has the ability to sustain their attention long enough for me to take a shower. DK Publishing has answered my prayers. A Street Through Time is a beautiful book, and educational to boot. The premise is simple; each page follows the same street through thousands of years of history using hyper-detailed illustrations. The book begins with stone age hunters, and each page that you flip takes you to another era in...

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Magnetic wall paint: Redefining the term babe magnet

Am I the only one running out of space on the fridge due to a cheesy collection of state capital and alphabet magnets? It seems like my attempt at uncluttered living is in constant jeopardy… so what’s an OCD mama to do? Thanks to the brilliant minds at Kling Magnetics there may hope for us yet. These folks have cleverly developed a simple magnetic paint primer that can actually transform any wall in your home into a giant magnet friendly space. If you were amazed by the genius of chalkboard paint then this will be right up your alley. I think...

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Treat yourself to a natural nail polish

We tend cover the kind of eco-friendly nail polishes that come in tiny little bottles with colors like Bubblegum and Blueberry Slushie.  But not today. This one’s just for mom. The Megan Miller Collection of nail polishes is sold through Anthropologie, if that tells you anything, and they’re a fabulous mix of high quality ingredients and grade A pretty. They’re Big 3 Free, which means no dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde or toluene. So you’re breathing minimal fumes–although I wouldn’t recommend them for your little ones, mainly because they’re pricey and, like most premium polishes, take longer to dry.  But...

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Back to school shopping – the coolest kids’ shoes

With metallics being all the rage in footwear, our kids can shine in more ways than one this school year. But as with any trend, too much of a good thing can take a metallic detail from “cool” to “disco ball” pretty quickly. So take a look at some of our favorite fall footwear finds that do metallic right—no sunglasses needed. Livie and Luca Buck Gold Cowboy BootsThe cutest mini cowboy boots get a bit of shine to fancy up your little cowpoke.($47.50 at Livie and Luca) {keep reading to see 8 more fabulous back to school shoe styles...

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Raise a glass of bubbly (water of course) to this neat machine

Summer may be coming to an end (noooooo!) but my family’s consumption of “fizzy water” is never going to slow down. To say we’re fans of the bubbly stuff would be putting it mildly. But we’ve got a new secret this year. A fun, eco, delicious secret. It’s the SodaStream Jet and it’s absolutely amazing. This water fizzifier (okay, not the technical name) adds carbon dioxide to plain old tap water–or filtered water if you’re feeling chichi–and, voila, instant bubbly drinks. I’s simple to use. You just attach the bottle of plain water to the SodaStream, press a button...

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Web Coolness – back-to-school crafts, BPA in unexpected places, and bloggers come together

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Leave it (pun intended) to Martha Stewart to come up with this clever alphabet project (via ohdeedoh) Kristen asks Are We Overbooking Our Kids? and gets so many intelligent, thoughtful comments. Definitely worth a read. Why ground turkey’s troubles should be a wake-up call to all of us. Such a beautiful story of kids whose dream of being soccer stars comes true, even when their only practice field floats on water. Love this roundup of Back-to-School DIY’s from Modern Parents Messy Kids....

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