Month: February 2012

TOMS jumps on the ballet flats trend

My TOMS wedges might just be my favorite pair of high-heeled spring and summer shoes, but even as comfy as they are, they’re still high for chasing after four kids. And while I’ve yet to feel hip enough to pull off the Classic styles, the new TOMS ballet flats might just be the shoe for me. Available in a slew of different patterns and fabrics, like suede, burlap, even leather, the TOMS ballet flats are not only on trend this year, they’re the perfect combination of fashion and function for me. They’ve got a a sleek square-round toe with...

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We <3 this bottle because it's #twittering

Why is this new SIGG bottle awesome for Valentine’s Day? Because no one can live without water. (And lots of us can’t live without Twitter.) It’s a child-sized bottle, but I would totally drink from it. Damask, birds, flowers, bright colors, and all the usual things we love about SIGG, including BPA- and phalate-free aluminum lining and near-unbreakability (that’s a word, right?). Perfect for a little girl’s lunchbox. Perfect for a Twitter-addict’s laptop bag. And perfect for Valentine’s Day, especially when filled with Hershey’s Kisses.~Delilah Find the Twittering .4-liter SIGG bottle at the SIGG site or check for a...

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The ultimate new baby sibling gift

When I saw this amazing DIY kit at Bundle, it screamed “sibling gift” so loud at me I almost considered having another baby just so my kids would have a reason to make one. Truly, this is one of the coolest ideas I’ve ever come across. If you’re looking for a completely unique and utterly amazing sibling gift for your new baby, then you absolutely must see the Design Your Own Romper and Hat kit, which allows you to take your kids’ artwork and turn it into a baby outfit. The kit itself comes complete with written and DVD...

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The perfect board book for baby’s first Valentine

If you’re looking for a ridiculously adorable Valentine for your baby too young for sweets, we’ve got just the thing. And it’s not edible. But that doesn’t mean your baby won’t try to eat it. Created by Joyce Wan, the artist behind Kiwi and Pear, We Belong Together a board book with a simple message: sometimes love is as simple as peanut butter and jelly–it’s just meant to be. It’s a soothing message that the youngest children (and their parents) will appreciate. The board book features sweetly illustrated pairs that go perfectly together like cookies and milk or marshmallows and cocoa, and...

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Why French paper dolls are superior for Valentine’s Day

I adore paper dolls, probably because I used to hand-draw them for hours as a child, but have to admit that the lovely vintage style paper dolls from French-website and CMP favorite TinyUs is way better than anything I drew. Especially when they can turn your very own child into a doll. Rather than charging you, say, $10 for the chance to turn your sweetheart into a paper doll, TinyUs just asks you to make a donation, in any amount, to Présence, a school for children with developmental disabilities in the south of France. I felt like I was giving...

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Turn around! It’s a total ellipse of the heart.

Once upon a time there was bare space on the wall Now I’m really digging this art. Let’s go hang it up, this Total ellipse of the heart! Math geeks and fans of Bonnie Tyler will dig this Total Ellipse of the Heart print by Michael Paukner from the Design Milk Dairy collection on Society 6. It’s available in four different sizes, all printed on archival-quality 100% cotton rag with advanced digital dry ink. That means it has a much longer shelf-life than Bonnie’s feathered hairstyle.   For extra points, combine it with one of our favorite mathematical gift picks...

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Web Coolness – Valentine’s Day links, cool Disney picks, and the blogging community mourns

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We’ve got everything you need for Valentine’s Day–from printable cards, to last-minute gifts, and even adorable lunch box treats. Let them sip their morning OJ through Cupid’s arrow with this easy DIY from Wild Olive. Kristen wants you to get your sexy back with her hot series this month on Mom 365. These beautiful modern staircases may not be safe for kids, but they have such big impact in this Design Milk roundup. We love what happens when Disney characters meet indie design. And speaking of Disney, we...

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Betsey Johnson. Now making…cupcakes?

Just in time for fashion week, one of our favorite local cupcake bakeries is getting all dolled up for the occasion from one of our favorite designers and we couldn’t be more excited. Seems like pink cupcakes are the new black. New York’s Baked by Melissa mini cupcakes has teamed up with fashion designer Betsey Johnson for a New York Fashion Week confection oozing with fabulousness. The mini pink-a-licious Betsey Johnson cupcakes, made with pink tye-dye cake, pink vanilla icing, pink popping (think Pop Rocks) chocolate and glitter (of course!), are a fashionista’s dream come true. Johnson sent a...

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Star Wars in 3D gives everyone a chance to see it on the big screen

My seven-year-old can tell you whose lightsaber is purple (Mace Windu) and what sound a Droideka makes (em! em!), but he’s never been able to sit in a movie theater and see one of his beloved Star Wars movies on the big screen. Until now. The two of us were fortunate enough to be invited to spend an out-of-this world weekend with other media types at Skywalker Ranch and the Presidio in advance of the big release of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 3D.  If you have a young (or old) Jedi who is quaking in their...

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Some of the best Valentine’s gifts for kids – and a red-hot scooter giveaway

For years we’ve been putting together some of the best ideas for Valentines gifts for kids. So instead of making you do the work, we’ve dug through our archives for some of our favorite kids’ Valentines gift ideas that you can still order or make in time for the holiday. You can also check our Valentines Day Board on pinterest for lots of cool craft and DIY ideas too. To start, if they’ve been verrrrrry good kids, or have a Valentine’s Day birthday, we love the now red Mini Kick and Maxi Kicks. I own both and they get some...

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That doll? My kid made that. Sort of.

I spent a good portion of my childhood coloring, drawing and creating and was very proud of what my mother assured me was some serious talent. I can’t even imagine how excited I would have been if she then had one of my creations turned into a doll from my very own artwork. Child’s Own does just that in an incredibly accurate and impressive way. What started as a way to make one boy’s wildly imaginative drawings turned into this uber cool home-based business. Their attention to detail what makes these handmade works of art so so special; if your kid’s monkey...

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Motivational posters that don’t suck

Thank you, internets, for sometimes making us feel less than fabulous. When your friends and family use the Facebook to share only their children’s premature accomplishments, their own wildly Photoshopped portraits, and pictures of themselves with your imaginary boyfriend, John Krasinski (ahem, editor Liz!), it’s easy to feel jealous. But you know what? You’re awesome. And these fantastic prints will remind you exactly how awesome you are. Seriously, I can’t stop loving the BettyTurbo shop on Etsy. First, there’s the colorful series of Motivational Speakers prints that use old-fashioned boomboxes to tell you how hard you rock. Then there’s...

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Dinosaur dresses for girls? Reader Q+A

Do dresses with dinosaurs on them exist? – CMP reader @homawoodrum As popular as dinosaurs are with boys, dino dresses seem like an endangered species. Fortunately, they’re not quite extinct! We’ve tracked down some cute togs that will fill your dino-loving daughter with veloci-rapture. I love the deliciously rich magenta and olive jersey dinosaur dress for girls at TeenyBunny on Etsy (above), featuring an appliqued Apatosaurus. It looks soft and comfy, with no buttons or zippers, and is available in sizes from 12M to 6.   We’re avowed Jusami fans, and we love that they make a DinoGirl Dress which...

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6 Valentine’s Day lunchbox ideas made with extra love

Ready for some Valentine’s Day sweet talk? You can pack a festive Valentine’s Day lunch that’ll make kiddo swoon without even relying on those candy conversation hearts. That means you get to keep lunchtime fun and healthy while saving the chocolate for when your little cupid gets home. Where she can share. With you, of course. It doesn’t get any easier than this sweet idea for a heart-carved apple (above) spied on Crush Cul de Sac. It makes for a quiet, little surprise; a perfect way to say, I love you.  Just be sure to rub lemon on the exposed part...

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Build your own adorable robot army without a single wrench

It’s never been so easy to build your own robot army. All you need is a wall and some imagination. Oh, and these amazing decals. Our friends at Pop & Lolli have struck wall decal design gold again with the Build-A-Bot set of fabric wall decals. The kit includes everything you need to build a variety of mechanical people, with 47 pieces including heads, glasses, bodies, appendages, and limbs. And they’re big, too, with each robot character topping out at 18 inches to 30 inches. This a company who won our love not only because of their unique and...

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Umi kids shoes go sporty. And we likey.

Ever since discovering Umi shoes, my kiddos and their long, narrow feet live in their sandals all summer long. But now they’ve added a new sport line which I’m completely in love with. Once you see how fab they are, you will be too. I admit that discovering the new UmiSport kids shoes are completely machine washable is a big seller for me. And that they come with a removable anti-bacterial footbed that will help keep your kids’ feet stay fresh and dry. (I’m not the only one with a stinky, sweaty-footed kid, right?) But really, I’m impressed that...

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Arrrrrrr that’s a cute Valentine’s Day carrrrrd!

On Valentine’s Day, not every kid wants to hand out cards with Barbies and Care Bears. For the rest of them, we love these too-cute pirate themed Valentines cards that you can make yourself (for almost free!) Mer Mag’s free printable Pirate Valentines are a little more involved than the list of super easy Valentines printables I just rounded up, but not so involved as to eat up your entire weekend. In fact, after you print either the boy or girl pirate cards from the free PDF, the only thing left to do is affix a wee felt heart...

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Wearing your heart on your toes. Your super cute, scrumptious little baby toes.

If you’re looking for a sweet Valentines gift for a baby too young for chocolate bonbons, here’s a totally adorable idea. I’ve been a fan of Trumpette socks ever since I got a set for my own baby and realized they were the only socks that actually stayed on–while still looking adorable. Ever since then, they’ve been one of my favorite go-to baby shower gifts. And now I’m adding these Valentine Pixie socks to the list of possibilities. The gold is actually a lot more subtle in person than in the photo, and they’d look cute year round. But...

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Customized coffee mugs for keeps

I’ve always loved coffee, but it took becoming a mother to truly appreciate the wonder that is take-out coffee. Yes, the coffee is more expensive than if I made it myself, but my daily latte is an indulgence I allow myself for a few minutes of peace. However, there is one thing about my little coffee habit that’s been bothering me: All those paper cups can’t be good for the planet. In fact 500 billion disposable cups are made every year. So I’ve been looking for the perfect reusable cup. Enter KeepCup: barista-approved, thoughtfully-designed, BPA-free, reusable coffee cups. Pick your...

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Easy Valentine’s craft ideas that we heart

I always love seeing what’s new and fun at Martha Stewart Crafts around the holidays, and especially Valentine’s Day. Or as we like to think of it, That Day That All The Glitter Ended Up in The Rug. But I’ve taken the time to parse the ones that require professional letterpress machines and MFA degrees, to find the ones that even the less crafty among us could pull off with the kids. First of all, the sweet spot hearts craft (left) is just brilliant. All you need are sheets of candy dots cut into hearts, then some construction paper...

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