Month: August 2011

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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