Month: January 2012

Beauty and the bike

Once upon a time, we fell in love with a pink t-shirt of a princess riding a T-Rex. Guess what? Now she’s riding a hog. Forget bad to the bone–she’s bad to the bow. (Because her pigtails have bows, of course.) Our pals at Jusami have struck gold again with the adorable Chopper Girl shirt that proves princesses don’t necessarily need towers or unicorns or princely rescue. This girl just needs her trusty motorcycle (and helmet!), and it’s time for adventure. We love Jusami not only because their designs are delish, but also because their shirts are of super-soft...

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How to do smoky eyes. A.K.A. If I can do it, you can do it.

For ages now, I’ve wanted to learn how to do the smoky eye thing–those perfectly smudged, beautifully lined eyes that manage to find that sweet spot between “racoon” and “morning after.” And yet, for ages now, I have tried…and failed. This is one beauty trend that has eluded me. Until now. As it turns out I just had the wrong tools. I was introduced to the Laura Mercier Kohl eye pencil last year and wouldn’t you know it–I’ve already bought two more since then. The Stormy Grey color is the perfect charcoal hue, with the perfect level of smudgeability....

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Your fortune: A very sweet Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day creeps closer, I’ve been looking out for treats that don’t list corn syrup or “chocolate-y” filling among the ingredients. One ingredient I do like: Felt. And that’s pretty much all these adorable fortune cookies are made of. The Valentine’s Fortune Cookies from Helen of CMP favorite Curly Birds is ridiculously adorable. You can tuck your own fortune inside and send it off in your kid’s lunchbox on the 14th, leave one at each place setting at breakfast. The box of 3 cookies plus fortune slips is only $8, but Helen, being as awesome as she is,...

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This sheep rocks!

My kids inherited a rocking horse that’s all bells and whistles–it whinnies, neighs, clip-clops, and plays some sort of country song. I’m pretty sure it says “yeehaw,” too, which doesn’t really make sense. It’s too much, even for them. Who wants to rock on something that shrieks and beeps the whole time? If you ask me, this Rocking Sheep by Bright Spark Design is the ideal rocker. Inspired by a Danish design, it’s handmade with Baltic birch plywood, reclaimed scrap wood, and real sheepskin. Plus, every one is test-ridden by the designer’s own 18-month-old daughter before it’s deemed acceptable. Beautiful, classic–and...

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Heart tattoos for Valentine’s Day! (Don’t worry, they wash off.)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, and plenty of parents’ quests to steer clear of cavity-causing treats to pass out in the classroom (not that there’s anything wrong with it!), our friends at Tatt.ly do it again, with a totally fabulous line of indie artist-created Valentine’s temporary tattoos. And by the way, they’re not so bad on adults either. Hit the What’s New section to see designs created by designers Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss, Julia Rothman, Bianca Gomez and more. When I was in high school I would have been all over those besties heart tattoos, but...

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Shirts for books

I believe in the essential power of reading–my kids have the stuffed bookcases to prove it. But not every kid does. So I love the idea of this website that lets you buy an amazingly cute, supersoft, combed-cotton T-shirt to get more books in the hands of little ones who don’t have access to them. Did I mention amazingly cute? [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] I can’t get over this StoryTee from the website, OffOurChests. I mean, “Not Photoshopped”–how perfect a statement for our naturally adorable kids in this digitally-enhanced age. The best part: for every StoryTee you...

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Pictures worth at least a thousand words

I want my kids to be book lovers, as in sneak a flashlight under the covers, beg for a nighttime story, know their way around the library kind of book lovers. So along with a sturdy bookshelf packed with favorite childhood titles and their very own library card, I love these prints that turn a storybook into something as magical as the story itself: Art. Spineless Classics takes those beloved stories like Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and the Wizard of Oz and uses the words to form an image from the story, like Peter Pan with Tinkerbell or...

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Infinitely beautiful

Wabi sabi suki is a Japanese concept that means “tranquil beauty.” It is based on the simple elegance of form, texture, and color and occurs when human hands bring out nature’s beauty in a way that echoes the material’s inherent nature. Or, in other words, THIS. THIS SCARF. GIVE IT TO ME. The Orla Cowl by Tickled Pink Knits on Etsy is utterly gorgeous in its simplicity. Hand-knit in 100% certified organic fair trade cotton, it’s a wonderful scarf alternative for those with allergies to wool or… ahem… super-cheap acrylic accessories. If you like the idea of lush, stylish...

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5 cool ways to ring in the Year of the Dragon

Happy Chinese New Year, mamas, or as my Chinese relatives say: Kung Hei Fat Choi. I’m doing a little extra celebrating this year because it’s the Year of the Dragon, which just so happens to be my own Zodiac sign. For those of you with babies being born this year, or kids who just want to get into the spirit, I’ve rounded up a bunch of cool gifts, crafts, books, and cards to help you and your kids celebrate The Year of the Dragon right along with me. I’m a huge fan of Tree by Kerri Lee, whose Chinese...

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Lately Lily – World travelers R Us

I don’t have many strong beliefs but one thing I feel very passionately about is travel. We have just this one world provided to us and I believe it is our responsibility as global citizens to get to know it a bit beyond our own backyards. I fully plan on showing my daughter as much of the world as I am able and encouraging her to go out and explore on her own…. but she’s 2. So for now, we’ll start the global education at home with this amazing site.  I was so thrilled with the discovery of the...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

We joined Wednesday’s blackout to protest SOPA and PIPA, but we’re glad to be back online, sharing some of the coolest tech finds from the last week, many of which we found through the very web sites we’re hoping to protect. 1. If you like Words with Friends, here are two new apps to add to your word game addiction. 2. We found a thermostat so smart, it practically thinks for you. Our Facebook fans went nuts over it! 3. This adorable app for kids is the next best thing to having a dog. 4. The prettiest iPad cover...

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Close like Chopsticks

We do quite a bit of reading in our house especially now that bedtime has somehow extended to an hour. The hour mostly involves the reading and re-reading of a single book over and over and over. So I know a book has gotten a major kiddo thumbs up when it makes the evening rotation. Our newest addition? Chopsticks by New York Times best seller and CMP favorite, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Overall it’s a very cute story about the importance of friendship and independence. Similar to its predecessor Spoon, Amy’s story, accompanied by Scott Magoon’s adorable illustrations, is centered on the friendship of a...

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Potty training, now a lot less stinky

I thought my three-year-old was a total potty pro until I learned today that he has been peeing in his closet every night for a week. Oops. If only we had this fresh and truly inventive new potty, I think a lot of things would stink less.  You might think it would be hard to improve upon something as simple as a potty, but Munchkin has joined Arm & Hammer to create the Munchkin 3-in-1 potty that eliminates odors (with baking soda, of course) and encourages better bathroom habits than evidently I did. It functions as a step stool,...

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Is that a Picasso on your fridge?

Dan Consiglio is the amazingly talented and funny author of the blog What My Kids’ Art Says. It’s a great site because Dan isn’t afraid to call it like it is. He looks at children’s artwork with the lens of an erudite art critic, not a “my child is amazing and therefore everything associated with her must be” parent. The results are absolutely hysterical, and now they are now in a clever paperback that will have you in stitches. Is That a Picasso on Your Fridge? is like taking an art history class on a roller coaster. You know...

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The coolest new water bottle on the block

I fully admit to drinking way more bottled water than I should, even though I’m aware of how bad the plastic is for the environment, let alone the risk of water that’s been marinating in chemicals used to produce said plastic. But now I’ve found alternative that could truly change my water-drinking habits forever. I just discovered the incredibly cool looking glass bkr bottles and have fallen in love. Although the concept of a reusable bottle is not exactly earth-shattering, the people behind bkr have managed to get me excited about just that. Yes, it’s made of glass, which...

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Crushing on Pantone’s color of the year: Tangerine Tango

Pantone has decreed that 2012 is the year of Tangerine Tango, which they describe as “a spirited reddish orange that continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” I couldn’t agree more. It doesn’t hurt that I’ve been nurturing an orange obsession for years. It’s a bright look-at-me neutral. Yes, a neutral. That may sound like a contradiction, but it’s a color that amazingly goes with everything. Plus you don’t have to wear it head to toe in order to feel its power. A little pop of orange goes a long way.  If you’re...

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Now I know my ABCs

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by all the cool, modern updates to alphabet decor, like this recent Etsy discovery which almost makes me wish that I had another baby’s room to decorate. The Now I Know My ABCs mobile from MiChiMa L.A.N.D. on Etsy would be a lovely addition to any nursery, but would also translate well to a toddler room or kids’ play space as well. Made by hand using stuffed felt letters flying freely from a wooden ring, it’s got just the right amount of whimsy and color, a welcome change to the spinning pastel critters that never...

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thredUP’s new Concierge service – the easiest way to resell your kids outgrown clothes

It is a sad moment when I put a barely worn outfit on one of my kids and realize they’ve outgrown it before they’ve even had a chance to spill something on it. But now the smart people at online clothes-swapping site thredUP have come out with a new service that’s perfect for parents who love buying their kids cute clothes, but hate when they’re outgrown. Let’s just say it’s not so bad knowing your kids outgrow their clothes when you can get paid for them.  {keep reading for a chance to access this service before it goes live...

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Web Coolness – the coolest face book, Valentine’s Day treats, and the organizational advice we’ve been looking for

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Love these “face” books in 3D that feature the actual autobiographies of the figures captured, like Anne Frank (shown) and Vincent Van Gogh.  Kristen has found some great Valentine’s Day outfits for kids without a drop of pink or red. Cool! We can’t wait to see the International Museum of Women’s latest exhibition, MAMA: Motherhood Around the Globe which launches January 24th. Love these free printable Valentine’s Day coupons. (via How About Orange) A clever way of  sneaking veggies into puff pastry...

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Candyland, now on your wall

For an awesome kids’ room design quick change, I head straight for removable wall decals, which are such a smart choice for parents like me who have large wall spaces, fickle kids, and no desire to add more holes in my walls. My latest obsession: The brand new wall stickers from Wallcandy Arts designed by the talented folks at French Bull. And not surprisingly, they are fab. I’m pretty sure my kids would freak out over the Cupcake Land wall decals, a Candyland-inspired game that covers your wall in a bright game “board” that kids can actually play on....

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