Month: February 2012

Presenting our 2012 Baby Shower Gift Guide!

We are so excited to announce the launch of our annual baby shower gift guide, our biggest and best ever, if we do say so ourselves. We’ve worked so hard, scouring the ends of the internet to track down more than 150 of the most clever, creative, and covetable baby shower gifts in every price range, many from indie artists, Etsy crafters, and the small boutique brands we love. If you’re visiting from our Martha Stewart Show appearance today (welcome!) you might even recognize a few of our picks from the show. We really hope you’ll love the guide as...

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Web Coolness – Creative birth announcements, a space-saving doll house, and getting started on Pinterest

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week.  We hope you like them too. Want a really clever birth announcement? Check out this list of ten creative ones that will have you going awwwww again and again. [see more after the jump] Shine and The Moonbeams’ soulful sound brought down the house at last year’s Kindiefest. Now we can help them get their first record made with this new Kickstarter project.  Would “Designed in the USA” labeling matter to you? (via @trendoffice) Kristen has discovered a sweet line of tees that looks at the...

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We’re on Martha Stewart! Yipeeeee!

Our editor Liz Gumbinner practically skipped out of the 26th Street studios after her taping of the Martha Stewart Show this week. (Okay, she did skip, according to some reports. Just a little.)  Please catch Liz on Martha’s big baby shower episode, airing this Friday, February 17! Set your alarms (or DVRs) for Friday at 10AM on the Hallmark Channel or again at 1PM if you miss it. We’ll post a link when we’ve got it. Don’t worry– Liz won’t be making a cake shaped like a diaper from scratch, or hand-varnishing a crib. But she and Martha are hosting...

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The perfect cupcake for any party

The standards for kids’ birthday cakes have gone up a bit since I was little, when we just stopped by the Piggly Wiggly and had the teen behind the counter misspell my name between the lumpy sugar roses. Now we want them to be beautiful, unique, delicious, customized, truly exciting, and–the big kicker– allergen free. Luckily, we’ve found a way to make almost any cupcake fit the bill, even if your kid has an unusual name or non-mainstream hobby. And there’s nary a lumpy rose to be found. Cake Sugar takes edible icing cupcake toppers to the next level....

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Girls that aren’t afraid to get muddy, we salute you!

Forget sugar and spice and everything nice; more and more parents are looking for art that depicts heir daughters the way they are, and not the way they were in Victorian times.  You may remember our post on the princess who saves herself. In artist Amanda Visell’s newest print series, she takes on girls who are completely unafraid to: get dirty, explore, dream big, and be themselves. I really appreciate how Amanda Visell breaks out of the defined gender molds–not that there’s anything wrong with rainbows and glitter, but you won’t find them here. Every time I look at...

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Born angry.

ust when we thought we might be over Angry Birds, one of our favorite little baby companies goes and makes a brand new, very well-done Angry Birds for babies collection. Happily, the birds all look more happy than anything. Guess they just cleared level 6-12? Swaddle Designs, makers of the flannel receiving blankets that my own firstborn spent many months in, now has a whole Angry Birds Baby collection. You’ll find your favorite characters beautifully printed on high quality flannel blankets, muslin swaddlers, lovies, and even snapsuits. I saw them at Toy Fair this past week and color me...

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Food themed birthday parties for kids. AKA No dessert until you finish your milk and cookies.

If you need a break from superheroes and princesses, I’ve got a fabulous kids birthday party idea, and it’s so easy: Food themed birthday parties. Move over tea parties, we’ve got three new themes worth checking out. Milk & Cookies FestThis inspiration board by Kara’s Party Ideas is the place to start if you want to celebrate your cookie monster with a milk and cookies-themed birthday party. You’ll also find fab party ideas on Tea and Lime, including a custom color palette. And I love this vintage take on a milk and cookies theme, complete with printables by custom designers (and...

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Fab.com knows parents want cool stuff too

Our love for fab.com is nearing on obsessive (and we all have the credit card bills to prove it). And as if we needed one more reason to love them, today is the launch of their brand new dedicated shop just for kids stuff. Visit the all new http://fab.com/shops and you’ll find a different, well-curated specialty boutique each weekday–with Wednesdays being Kids Day. It starts at 7pm ET (quick, get the kids fed!) or 4pm PT which means you west coasters better download the new fab.com iphone app if that normally cuts into carpool time. The kids shop starts...

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Coolest soft book ever.

We’ve seen plenty of soft books for babies, but none quite like the ones from this Etsy artist. Let’s just say your J Crew catalog may now be safe from that adorable baby stage when your playful little angel mimcs reading magazines just like Mommy–and then destroying them. Crafter Alison James of Mini Me Papers was looking for a safe baby paper option to fit her style, Alison came up with a clever process making protected pages baby can get into without any worries. The result is a clever baby toy made from found and recycled newspapers, magazines and...

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Origami has never looked better

When I was a little girl, my dad would create the most beautiful origami creatures for my brothers and I. Of course they only lasted a few hours before we demolished them with one good move. I’m sure my dad really appreciated our care and concern for them. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I first discovered design studio Dottir & Sonur, because now you can decorate with these modern and cool shapes–without worrying about them being pummeled. Dottir & Sonur have created a product line that is whimsical and colorful, leaving lots of room for...

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