Month: October 2012

Morphology Jr: Pictionary for the 21st century

Board games have a lot to compete with these days. Ever tried to get your older kid to put down Angry Birds in favor of Monopoly? That’s why I’m thrilled to find this interactive (albeit battery-free) board game that’s not boring in the least. And my kids agree. Meet Morphology Jr. It’s like Pictionary (remember that game??) for the 21st century. Teams have to guess secret words from a stack of cards, but instead of drawing the objects, you have to assemble them using things like string, and blocks which are all provided with the game.  It’s really fun...

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Book log for kids? Reader Q&A

Do you have a recommendation for a good “Books I’ve Read” journal or notebook for kids? -Suzanne, via Facebook Book logs or journals are a great way to give kids tangible pride in all the reading they’ve done, as well as a place to look back to remember some of their favorite titles. Keep reading for some of my favorite options for helping kids keep track of the books they’ve read. –Christina I love The Bookworm Journal for younger kids because it offers a nice, simple format to record the books they’ve read. Kids are also encouraged to tear...

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Launch a successful home business with a little help from Mom, Inc.

As a mama, I have big dreams: making cute-yet-healthy snacks, being a role model, kissing boo-boos like a champ. As an employee, I have the same dreams (except maybe the boo-boos part). I want to do it all…but I’m not always sure where to start. You know how it goes. This new book might help us accomplish our lofty goals–well, at least a few of them. Mom, Inc., by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto, is full of smart, accessible advice for busy mamas seeking to launch home businesses. And believe me, these women know their stuff: Ilasco is an...

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Get inspired to pursue your life list at Go Mighty

My boring ol’ to-do list may grow hourly, though it’s way more fun to think about my “want to do” (often more morbidly called a bucket list) which is filled with all those things that sound like fun, an adventure, or just something I know would make my heart sing. And now there’s an amazing place online where I can share these thoughts, no matter how crazy or trivial, and maybe even find others who might be able to give me the nudge to check them off my list. Go Mighty is a new community website that offers a...

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Need a pretty alternative to pierced ears? Try temporary tattoos

So you can probably guess what happened when my 8-year-old got her ears pierced, right? My two younger daughters freaked out and begged to get their ears pierced as well. Too bad I didn’t have these cute temporary tattoo earrings back then.  The Poppy Drops temporary tattoo earrings are an adorable alternative to pierced ears. And while they look pretty realistic, they’re just applied with a bit of warm water and pressure: no needles involved.  You’ll find all sorts of different styles for every different taste, all of which stay on very well. In fact, we’re going on two weeks...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are 5 of our favorite pins this week Ooh, we’re kind of loving this skull patterned lace. Not just for Halloween, either. The app that we’ll get for our kids…but kind of want to play with ourselves. Super easy last-minute pumpkin decorating idea. No carving required, yay! A pretty baby shower party kit that works whether you know the sex of the baby or not. Awesome easy way to display kids’ artwork. Which seems to grow exponentially each...

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Special delivery: awesome DIY cardboard toys for kids

When I was a kid, my father ran a factory and on the rare special evening he would come home with big cardboard boxes for my sister and I to play with. I have memories of late nights setting up giant playhouses in the basement where we spent hours cutting, decorating, coloring and making it all our own. I had kind of forgotten about that feeling until I was introduced to Metamorphic Toys. Metamorphic Toys is a green toy company that provides kids creative freedom by enabling their imaginations through design. We’ve featured cardboard DIY toys before, like this cardboard playtown, an...

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Count us in: BabyLit scores with a spooky number book

Jennifer Adams and Allison Oliver hooked us with their beautiful BabyLit counting and color board books based on classic literature like Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre. They’ve done it again–this time, with a counting Count Dracula. Little Master Stoker’s Dracula is a very different counting count, spookier than the snuggly number-maestro of Sesame Street, and perfect for Halloween. Just a little bit dark (think semisweet chocolate), and just as modern and pretty as the other books in the BabyLit family, Dracula uses imagery from Bram Stoker’s original Dracula tale to teach counting from one to ten. The illustrations are atmospheric and...

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Web Coolness: superhero photo opps, resonant moments, and healthy-ish Halloween snacks

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Cereal boxes, duct tape, and some high-flying kids create the cutest superhero photo booth from One More Mushroom. (via mer mag)  Paying Attention to Resonant Moments: A gorgeous post about those important moments in time. This amazing piece in the New York Daily News about our own Editor Liz’s trip with ONE to Ethiopia is a must-read. (Yes, we’re biased, but for good reason). We are so touched to read what one woman is doing help her young nephew who was...

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Sew sweet: DIY embroidery gifts for under $15

I realize it’s not even November yet, but since I’m a fan of DIY holiday gifts–especially for my family from my kids–I try to start early. And in my search for easy, affordable crafts that my daughter and I can make, I found these lovely little needlepoint kits from Red Gate Stitchery. I snatched up a bunch of these affordable DIY embroidery kits that include everything you or your kiddo needs to make a pretty holiday gift. These are so small and easy that your child can finish one in only a sitting or two, like the pretty DIY bamboo pendant...

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