Month: November 2012

Irresistible nursery decor that has us swooning (and snuggling)

With winter upon us and a chill in the air, warm, snuggly blankets, soft pillows and cuddly toys are officially a hot commodity in our house–the cuter, the better. Betcha you and yours will be smitten with this adorable, sunny-bright nursery collection as much as we are. Snuggle up. Introducing Sunday In Color, a brand new online store dedicated to colorful children’s decor and toys. They carry the sweetest selection of baby blankets and cushions. I’m in love with the bold, fun colors and patterns in each blanket and pillow from Petit Pan sold here–can you think of a better...

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Rounding up the best mustaches for kids in honor of Movember

For the past few years, my husband has kicked off November cleanly shaven and ended it in full mustache-mode. I don’t even complain because he’s doing it for Movember, an annual worldwide mustache-growing fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for male cancer charities. So in support of all those men who are smack in the fuzzy middle of growing a mustache this month (and with empathy for us women who have to get used to kissing them in various prickly phases), we’ve rounded up some fun mustache-themed items for kids that will stick around long after the facial hair...

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The ultimate resources for cooking a foolproof Thanksgiving meal

Please, for the love of turkey, do not do a web search for “Thanksgiving recipes,” “Thanksgiving help,” or “Save me,” in your effort to seek out Thanksgiving meal guidance. Sifting through the long list of search results will only confuse you more. Just for you, I’ve hunted and gathered the best resources the web, your tablet and phone have to offer. I’m serving them up to you, here, in one perfectly bookmarkable post, because I am good like that.Save this, and save Thanksgiving dinner. Trust me! Thanksgiving Dinner Meal Planning [Photo: One Hungry Mama] The first step is planning...

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Tea Collection’s new holiday fashions = major kiddo cuteness

I’m finding it hard to believe that I’m already thinking holiday clothes for the kids, but…yep. Already thinking holiday clothes for the kids. And since my children pretty much live in Tea Collection, it’s always one of the first places I turn for affordable, adorable clothes that last. And last. So I’m thrilled that this awesome mom-run business is back as one of our sponsors (yay, Tea!), and that they gave me the chance to share some of my favorites from their new Nordic-inspired holiday collection. I’m not exaggerating when I say this may be my favorite winter collection...

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Clever photo gifts aren’t just for grandparents, you know. 5 great photo gift ideas that kids will love.

When you think of custom photo gifts, most people probably think of calendars for Grandma–sweet, but a bit predictable. So why not use photos to make gifts for the littlest members of your family too? Kids love to look at faces–especially familiar ones–so we think it’s a terrific idea to make custom photo gifts for our kiddos. For a few years, we’ve happened to love the quality of Pinhole Press holiday cards and photo products, so we’re thrilled to see some of the amazing new products they have out just in time for the holidays. Check out the collection...

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A coloring book as lovely as the little girl behind it

If you don’t know Elizabeth Mitchell’s music, you’re missing something special. She invokes a vibe of simple joy that’s been part of our daily soundtrack as a family for the past few years.  Daniel, Elizabeth’s husband, and Storey, her beautiful daughter, make up her band, the sweetly named You Are My Flower. Over the past few years, Storey’s creative role has evolved…and coloring-happy kids (and parents) will adore the results. Storey partnered up with her very talented grandmother Bonnie Brooke Mitchell on a delightful collaboration featuring Storey’s words and Bonnie’s drawings. Page by page, Storey’s Sunny Day Coloring Book is a wonderful reminder to...

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A trucker hat with big attitude…and big compassion

I couldn’t help but giggle out loud when I caught wind of these awesome trucker hats. Available at Barnabas Clothing in four colors, the COOLio trucker hat is kind of more coolio than sticking Pabst Blue Ribbon up there which, you know…so Williamsburg circa 2004. But what’s really cool to me is that this small company donates a portion of all sales to The Living Room International, to care for HIV/AIDS patients in Kenya. –Liz Find a mix of cool accessories and clothing that gives back online at Barnabas...

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N is for nitrogen (and nifty nursery prints)

N is for…nitrogen? And: nerdy niftiness. We’re not about to quibble when N stands for something far more unusual than nest. We brought you the Periodic Table Blocks, and now we’ve got something to hang on the wall over Little Miss Curie’s crib: the Nn is for Nitrogen print from ModernPOP on Etsy. Printed in stunning red and navy archival inks against radiant white watercolor paper, this 8″ x 8″ marriage of science and art has the contrast that attracts baby attention–for serious babies who dig mostly inert gases. And don’t all babies love gas? –Delilah Find the Nn...

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Because retro rocks: vintage concert tees for hip kids

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m probably the least cool parent there is when it comes to music. I did have a brief David Bowie-loving phase, but other than that hip hiccup, my tastes tend more towards maudlin musical theater and 1970s story songs. Which is why I was delighted to find these uber-hip-retro-rock tees for kids–my children won’t suffer the music dork label I’ve carried my entire life. The 60s concert t-shirts from Wolfgang’s Vault carry an amazing pedigree. In the heyday of the rock concert, Bill Graham commissioned incredible works of promotional art, and lucky for us, he preserved quite...

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Wishing for a great kids’ CD? Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well

My singing voice is best kept in the shower. But that didn’t stop me from singing to my kids when they were younger, though I’d usually do it along with the lovelier voices of Laurie Berkner, Frances England, and Charlie Hope. (I think my kids appreciated this.) Here’s another wonderful voice I can’t help but sing along with. I think you will too. Canada’s Jennifer Gasoi recently released her second kids’ CD, Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well, and it is packed with 18 oh-so-pretty original tunes. And though the lyrics speak directly to kids who might wonder...

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5 ways to support our troops on Veterans Day (and every day)

As a daughter of a veteran and a military spouse, Veterans Day isn’t just another Monday off from school. It’s when we take a moment to honor our own family members and others who have sacrificed so much for our safety and freedom. If you’re looking to provide support to our troops and their families in honor of Veteran’s Day, here are 5 ways you can help today and on any day of the year. -Kristen   [vintage flag: rusty lantern] 1. Support a worthy cause Your monetary donation, no matter the size, can help provide services and support...

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Threadless + Makedo: a match made in creative heaven

Some partnerships make beautiful music together, but this one makes fantastically creative artwork. If you order from Threadless soon, you might find a very special surprise packed in with your artist-designed t-shirts. Our pals at Threadless have partnered with our other pals at Makedo to celebrate and reward thinking outside the box. Right now, Threadless will randomly pack Makedo kits into their regular orders, encouraging customers to create unique and wacky projects using what Wired magazine has called, the “World’s Best Toy.” The artists are then encouraged to upload their creations to the Threadless website, which enters them in...

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

Here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. This free kids’ app is so amazingly simple, which is exactly why we (and our kids) love it. 2. Which app does Angela from The Office use to keep her daughter entertained on the plane? Hint: it’s not a cat calendar. 3. One of our favorite apps goes to the web, finally. Whoo! 4. If you’re already holiday shopping for gadgets, this site is going to save you plenty of money and trouble. 5. Like we needed another reason to...

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Change the world by changing your socks. Really.

I don’t tend to spend much time thinking about my sock purchases. Half of my socks tend to get lost in that treacherous journey from laundry hamper to dryer, anyway. But I’ve just found an incredible site that makes shopping for socks–and good-looking socks, at that–an opportunity to change the world. I kid you not. The good folks at PACT have what they call “a movement designed as a clothing company.” (Love.) Each season, they design a collection of clothing inspired by someone doing something good. And then they donate money from the sales of the clothing to that very cause. ...

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Ring, ring! Cuteness calling

Here’s a sweet phone for your little one that doesn’t require a contract, an upgrade, or even a fancy power cord. And it even rings! You know, like phones used to do? The ring ring! phone available from our pals at ROMP is the apex of heirloom toys for kids 3 and up. Handmade in Germany of cherry wood and finished only with vegetable-safe oil, it’s good for the environment and for little hands. The dial spins, the bell rings, and you never know who’s going to be on the other end of the line when you pick up. (Knowing most...

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Alphabet awesome: cookie cutters as easy as A-B-C

My son has been obsessed with the alphabet since he was two years old–so much so, that he was the alphabet for Halloween two years in a row (ask me how I pulled off those costumes). And his nickname? Letter Boy. I kid you not.  So you can imagine how excited I was to find these alphabetastic cookie cutters. Because what’s better for an alphabet-obsessed kid than the ABCs masquerading as COOKIES? LETTERPressed cookie cutters, from the always fun company The Spoon Sisters, come with all 26 letters, an ampersand and exclamation point, packed into a reusable storage tray–all this for a friendly $21....

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Cast a spell on little wizards with this DIY Harry Potter Quiet Book

Kids may need to wait until their 11th birthdays before they can start looking for a Hogwarts acceptance letter, but there’s no reason to keep the magical world of Harry Potter away from our youngest wizards.  If you’ve got some good ol’ muggle sewing skills and a penchant for the Boy Who Lived, here’s one quiet book for which you’ll want to yell, Accio!  Created by Julie Gillrie, whose quiet books we have loved for quite a while, Harry Potter and the Quiet Book has totally put a spell on me with its special little details and hands-on tricks. With...

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Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2012: shop local today and score discounts and karma points

Whether or not you’re ready to deck a hall, or any other symbol of holiday festivity that will be here before we know it, we’re pretty sure that some of you are already starting to make your holiday lists. Well, today just so happens to be a brilliant to day to start checking the kids in your life off your list, help your community, and maybe score a few discounts while doing it. Eli and Sheri Gurock of Magic Beans in Boston, one of our favorite neighborhood toy stores! As a site that’s always been committed to supporting the...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find fun stuff like this 1. Ready for holidays? Here’s a great link to 9 of the most beautiful printable gift tags. 2. Terrific free kids’ app that’s perfect for those upcoming road trips. 3. We never thought about sending Thanksgiving cards until we saw this one. 4. Liz is drooling over these shoes at Zappos. Can you blame her? 5. A really smart emergency kit made just for...

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ICU for worn stuffed animals and assorted loveys

My son has a very special lovey called Meow that he sleeps with every night. She is still his happy bedtime companion, but after being hugged tightly night after night for almost eight years, she is starting to look a little worse for wear. Gulp. The good news: I recently read the most amazing story about the sweetest little girl and her mother who are doing all they can to make sure all of those beloved–and well-hugged–loveys get the fixing they need to last as long as necessary. Started by Brooklyn’s Rebecca Benghiat and her little girl Amalia, NYC...

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