Month: December 2012

Our most popular posts of 2012 – from recipes to baby gifts to DIY crafts for dad

With more than 1000 posts this year covering the coolest baby gear, recipes, crafts, children’s toys and more, we thought it was fascinating to look back at our most popular posts of the year, based on the number of visits. Turn out, you all like iced coffee. A lot! The Sh*tty Mom Book – DIY Father’s Day Gifts from the Kids – Baby Baths Get Plush – Fantastic S’Mores Recipes Easy Cake Pop Recipes – Stylish Boys Wedding Clothes – Best Karaoke Songs for Any Situation – 6 Best New Products for Babies 6 amazing iced coffee drinks –...

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The coolest children’s books of the year: Editors Best of 2012

We can’t think of a nicer way to end our Editors Best of 2012 than with our very favorite kids’ books of the year. Especially because they will still be relevant in 2013 and beyond–unlike handbags or even tech, books never go out of style. Here, three of our editors present their very favorite books for children that we discovered this past year. Enjoy! Liz Baby Lit Books by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver I can’t help it. After suffering through the same board books for months on end when my kids were little (you know the ones!) it’s...

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Outstanding ideas for that last-minute charitable contribution for the year

We can’t think of a better way to bid farewell to the year than by highlighting our editors’ and contributors’ favorite charities and non-profits, just in time for a final contribution–and tax deduction–for 2012. Do any of your favorites line up with ours? Or hey, maybe you’ll find a cause you hadn’t considered before, that strikes the right chord with you. Even better, some of these great causes are offering matching funds if you donated by the end of day today, ensuring that your contribution will do double the good in 2013. Happy New Year, indeed. Liz: Baby Buggy...

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

Whether you’re curled up in bed with a new gadget or outside taking pics of snow angels, we’re excited to bring you our favorite picks from the last week, including our Editors’ Best tech picks of the year! 1. If you take oodles of photos with your iPhone, this free app will be an organizational lifesaver. 2. Did your kid get a tablet for Christmas? Here’s how to get peace of mind and make sure they’re safe while using it. 3. Check out the gadget cases our editors are coveting. Shiny and pretty! 4. We have all the best apps...

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The coolest kids’ albums of the year: Editors Best of 2012

Whether your family wants to get the party started with some kid-hop beats or needs to settle down to some gentle folk tunes, our top kids’ music picks of 2012 has a little something for every mood. And, you’ll find great musical options for the youngest babes all the way up to the ficklest of tweens.  [click the links for our full reviews] 1. Can You Canoe? by The Okee Dokee Brothers 2. In Tents by Recess Monkey 3. Make Believers by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo 4. Radio Jungle by The Pop-Ups 5. Tumble Bee by Laura Veirs 6....

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The coolest jewelry, bags and accessories of 2012: Editors Best of 2012

This year felt like an extra amazing year for discovering gorgeous jewelry, bags, and accessories that keep mamas feeling cool. (Even if we’re just faking it.) Here, a few of our editors’ very favorites of the year. And phew…it wasn’t easy paring it down. So congrats to all our favorites! Kristen Leigh Luna braille jewelry It’s no secret that I love braille; I have my kids’ initials tattooed in braille on my wrist! But even I can appreciate the gorgeous braille jewelry from from this artist, which is a personal but much less permanent option. Metallic Cambridge Satchels I...

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Rockin the winter white

I’m a sucker for winter white jewelry, because that whole no white after Labor Day thing? Bah. Not that you’ll ever catch me in white pants (before or after Labor Day), but a bracelet like this one–totally. The White Beaded Bracelet from Etsy’s By Jodi is made of a combination of white turquoise, magnasite and a single sparkly sterling ball. Because everyone needs a little sparkle. You can even customize it with gold instead, if that’s more your color. I love that it’s a great way to pair with flashier metal earrings or a necklace, so you don’t shine from limb to limb. Or pair...

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5 New Year’s Eve appetizers with cocktails and mocktails to match for a chic, family-friendly party

Whether you’re cozying up with family or hosting a big New Year’s party, New Year’s Eve calls for party food that’s easy, potentially kid-friendly, but also elegant for us cool parents. High maintenance? Nah. We’ve got New Year’s Eve eats and drinks that hit all those marks and then some, no problem. These five appetizer recipes are just as easily turned into a fun family tapas style dinner. And the cocktails pairings? They’re just as good spiked with booze as they are without, so that everyone can have a fancy sip. Celebrating the New Year with fabulous family style...

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The coolest kids toys of 2012: Editors Best of 2012

We love nothing more than finding toys for kids that are handmade, or at least, don’t require an on and off switch and 300 batteries. Instead, our favorite toys of 2012 are all powered by the imaginations and little hands of kids. Liz LEGO Friends As one of the original they’re doing WHAT with LEGOS? cynics, I have come full circle, completely respecting the way that LEGO Friends sets give more girls the chance to combine building skills with imaginative play. I will say I prefer the veterinary clinic, flying club, or invention workshop to the uh, beauty salon; but hey, no one says...

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The coolest ways to decorate a kid’s room: Editors Best of 2012

Decorating the baby’s room may be the most fun thing about being pregnant. (Unless you eat a lot of chocolate chip pancakes, which would make it a tie.) We had so much fun rounding up our picks for the coolest nursery and kids’ room decor of 2012. Liz Aden + Anais muslin crib bedding Muslin is so genius in all seasons, that I’m so happy this mom-run company finally turned their uber-popular swaddler designs into sheets for your baby’s crib. Also? Utterly adorable. Amanda Vissel Boys Posters In a world where so-called boys’ artwork is either super precious or el destructo, I...

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