Month: October 2012

5 geeky, spooky, and altogether kooky cookies for Halloween

Get out the flour and sugar. Crack the eggs (better use than egging the grouchy neighbors, trust us). Monster mash everything up. And then select the perfect creepy cookie cutters for a very happy Halloween snack. First we brought you NINJAbread Men. Now we’re digging these GingerDEAD Men! Just cut out the shape with one side and impress the bones with the other. Mmm…crunchy. Future mad scientists might enjoy the four fun shapes in the Labcutters Science Cookie Cutters. Some iced beakers and test tubes would be the perfect accompaniment for chemistry homework. Baking involves tons of science, you know. Don’t...

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The spookiest DIY spiderwebs for Halloween

It’s been nothing but Halloween crafts in our house for the past week, but with still another week to go, I’m stockpiling ideas to keep the kids busy. Next up on my list: these adorable spiderwebs that only require scissors and paper.  You won’t believe how easy these DIY spiderweb kirigami Halloween decorations are to make, and how cute they’ll look hanging on your window or strung together in a fun banner. If you don’t have origami paper, you can cut the paper you have into squares. Then you and your kids can follow the simple instructions and boo! You’ve...

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New! The perfect party decor kits from Minted.com. Now your parties can look like Those Parties without much effort at all.

We’ve loved the beautiful cards and invitations from Minted.com ever since we discovered them on day one, so it makes perfect, brilliant sense that they’d evolve from cards and invitations, and launch a gorgeous new Party Decor line. Hooray! Plus, like all their items, these are also sourced from talented indie designers, many of them moms themselves. Back as one of our favorite sponsors (yay!) we love that we have the opportunity to pick some of our very favorite party themes and designs from the new Minted Party Decor line. They’re perfect for busy parents like us who are...

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Huggalos: the huggable friends helping families heal

No matter how hard we try, there will be times when our kids will be scared or sad and we won’t be right there with hugs. From overnight trips to hospital stays, we found a great, snuggly friend to help keep a kid’s heart warm when they need it most. And as a bonus, 20% of proceeds will go toward breast cancer research during the month of October! The Huggalos were invented by mom Donna Broder to help her son transition to preschool, but the idea has blossomed into a wonderful way to help kids with family members overseas,...

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

From everyone’s favorite droid to the only phone compatible with LEGOs, here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. Would you give your preschooler a cell phone? We never thought we’d say yes until we saw this. 2. It was tough, but we tracked down the four best Halloween apps for kids. All treats, no tricks! 3. Star Wars geeks, you don’t have to bargain with Jawas to get your hands on the cutest droid this Halloween. 4. Turn your Instagram and smart phone photos into holiday gifts...

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Block party: printables that let you create your own mix-and-match stackables

It’s nothing new to us mamas that kids love blocks. But it’s double the awesome when kids get to build their own. And that’s where Olliblocks come in. These adorable children’s blocks are assembled by you and your child. All you need to do is download the PDF, print, adhere the paper to 1.5″ or 2″ wooden blocks, and start mixing and matching. They come in three sets of characters: animals, girls and boys. Get your little one’s favorite for $5 each, or download all three for $12.                                                                                                      ...

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9 of the coolest, easiest no-carve DIY pumpkin decorating ideas that your kids can actually do

It took a while for me to get the appeal of no-carve pumpkin ideas. However every year, we grab some pumpkins in anticipation of carving them into fabulously silly or scary faces–then reality hits, and I remember that carving pumpkins involves my children wielding sharp, pointy things. And a guarantee that we will all be covered in pumpkin gunk in about ten minutes. And studded with sticky, slimy seeds. Now I get it. A lot of the no-carve pumpkin ideas that I’ve seen on the web are uh…advanced, to say the least. So here, I’ve rounded up a bunch...

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Personalized animal art prints for every kid, from Althea to Zephaniah

Can’t find an “K is for Kunegunda” art print for your little one’s nursery? We’ve got just the thing. You can even add a special message for baby Kunegunda, if you’d like. Kustomizing is kool, you know. The Wee Alphas Personalized Prints from Wee Society are one of the most customizable options we’ve seen for high-quality baby name artwork. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a different adorable animal whose shape is a sly nod to the letter. But everything else on the print? Well, that’s up to you. (Yeah, I thought you’d like that.) You choose...

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Method soap: cleaning your hands, your dishes, and now, your oceans

Every square mile of our oceans has an average of 46,000 pieces of plastic swirling around there. It’s killing nearly one million sea birds a year that swallow it, and another 100,000 turtles, dolphins, whales and sharks. I don’t know how to say it any other way, but that’s disgusting. So I’m so delighted to see that none other than Method is doing something good about it. For more than a year, Method has worked with volunteers from Hawaiian environmental groups to scour local beaches and collect (by hand, no less) more than a ton of plastic. With help...

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Crazy legs: the funnest kids’ socks, tights and leggings for fall and winter

My girls have fallen in love with funky socks. I figure it was bound to happen. And truth be told, I think it’s better than falling in love with those flower headbands that are bigger than their heads. Lucky for them, funky socks and tights are all the rage right now. And since I can justify spending a little more on socks–at least now that I know we get about three years and two kids out of them–here are a few that I know they’d go crazy for. Luna Leggings I love this company that we discovered earlier this...

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