Month: November 2012

Affordable designer goodies right from home? And a happy holiday to you too, eBay!

Holiday shopping is here. Even with Black Friday approaching, I still feel not ready.  Could it be the hour-long lines and giant crowds that give me this sense of panic?  Ummm, yes. Well, friends, even eBay has stepped up with an amazing online shopping destination for the holidays…and I think you’ll love it.                                     I’m so excited to tell you that eBay has collaborated with seven of my favorite designers, including Billy Reid, Tibi, and Jonathan Adler, to create the limited edition eBay Holiday Collective. You will find gifts spanning men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry, travel and electronics...

Read More

Custom books for kids from Chronicle Books. We like it when they get personal.

Search our archives and past gift guides for the publisher Chronicle Books, and it’s pretty obvious we’ve been big fans of many of their printed products, from the helpful Chore Board chore chart, to the sweetest tooth fairy keepsake book, and loads of other titles in between. Now, just in time for the holidays, they have added personalization to some of their titles, which makes them an even more special book to gift or receive. {Keep reading for a big limited time discount AND a chance to win a free personalized book!} Of the new books in Chronicle’s personalized section, my...

Read More

Bonjour, organic baby playmat. Au revoir, fussy baby.

Sure, babies are cute and all. Still, sometimes a mama has to set her wee one down in a safe place so she can do something really exotic–like wash her face, or maybe flush a toilet. Quelle horreur! When they can’t crawl yet (oh, the luxury), those baby playmats sure do come in handy. Bonus points if they happen to be chic, fair-trade, organic cotton playmats designed in France. Created by a pair of French sisters who were looking for a comfortable, safe, modern design option for one of their own babies, this delightful, interactive Organic Baby Playmat from Deuz is bright...

Read More

Finally! Crayons for every skin tone

Recently we found a wonderful pin on Pinterest that our followers loved too–an editorial photo of a dozen shades of crayons all labeled flesh. Awesome!  We’ve been actively trying to track down the creator of the photo (any help is welcome). And it’s not just a pic: we’re delighted to see that you can indeed buy fleshtone crayons from Crayola now. Gone are the days of one-skin-fits-all, icky peachy-orange. Now, it’s not like they’re perfect–I have yet to see a snow-white person who wasn’t made up for kabuki theater, and I have yet to see a shiny licorice-black person,...

Read More

The most gorgeous holiday cards this year are to die-cut for.

[Don’t miss a huge $250 Minted holiday card giveaway below PLUS an exclusive discount code for our readers!] There are those of us moms who swear we’ll get our holiday cards together in plenty of time this year, not have to race for a subpar photo, and not have to call them “New Year’s Cards”–and then…well, people who aren’t me. This year I’m vowing to start now. As in now. And the new collection from Minted gives me a good reason to actually do it. I’m so happy that this wonderful company is back as a sponsor, especially because...

Read More

Mmmmmmmarshmallows!

I have this inkling that gourmet marshmallows just may be the new macaron (which was the new whoopie pie which was the new cupcake). And when you see the flavors like the ones from Wondermade, you are going to agree with me completely. Wondermade Marshmallows are no child’s play. Made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup,the flavors include a sophisticated Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Maple Bacon (zomg), or Guinness, which couples the dark beer with cane sugar, crushed pretzels and pure vanilla extract. If you like your gelatin-based dessert treats a little more sobering, there’s Honey Pear, Pumpkin Pie,...

Read More

Snuggly faux-fur fashion for your fave baby girl

I remember once dressing my daughter like a mini-fashionista–just for a trip to the grocery store. Yeah, I was that mom. But hey, you have far better excuses for a fabulous baby girl outfit right now, like say 6 weeks worth of holiday visits coming up? So join me in drooling over this furry set by CMP fave Funky Shapes on Etsy (I mean, have you seen their baby booties)? Seriously, if this baby fur boots and vest set had been available when my daughter was a baby, I would have pounced on them. A few things to note: the...

Read More

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

It’s beginning to look a lot like Black Friday, and we have the lead on great gifts for the techie in your life–not to mention some easy ways to keep track of wishlists. Here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. You won’t believe what this high-tech baby gadget can do! Hint: helping you get more sleep is just the beginning. 2. Want to enjoy your music without the help of batteries, electricity, or wires? No problem! Looking for something more high-tech? We’ve got that, too. 3. We just love...

Read More

A natural wooden puzzle that let kids play with fire…and water, earth and air.

This is the time of year that my kids become obsessed with games, puzzles and any activity that can keep their attention without them having to be outside in our freezing cold weather. Usually for Christmas I stock up on a little new inventory of things like natural wooden puzzles so that we’re not running out of options. And now this set from long-time favorite toy shop, Natural Pod, is on my must-have list. This children’s natural wooden puzzle introduces your children to the wonders of the four elements. Earth, fire, water and air are represented by a cave, flames,...

Read More

Look, honey, it’s snowing Stormtroopers.

They say every snowflake is unique, but snowflakes featuring Star Wars Stormtroopers and Clone Troopers may just take the cake. If you’re into Star Wars, you won’t want to miss this collection of 19 DIY snowflakes featuring your favorite characters. After all, it’s beginning to look a lot like Hoth! Matters of Grey is a geek collective specializing in social media and nerd-excellent DIY, and they’ve improved on last year’s collection of snowflakes with even more free Star Wars templates. Whether you’re into spaceships like Boba Fett’s Slave 1 and the Millenium Falcon, or you want a room glittering...

Read More

Follow us on Instagram!

Subscribe