Month: April 2012

Earth Day Pick – PaperStatement art and jewelry

Discovering the Paper Statement Etsy shop was like looking at your own perceived craftiness in the mirror and laughing at it. I am absolutely blown away by the things true artists can do out of paper and cardboard. The first thing that caught my eye from German artist Dorisse is this very cool paper necklace made from corrugaged paper beads. It looks great with multi-colors like this, but the simple natural beads or single-color options are pretty amazing too. [see more incredible paper jewelry and sculptures after the jump] Really impressive book sculpture. Statement bracelet from paper beads. Very...

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Earth Day Pick – Eco friendly wooden toys

On Earth Day or any day, I love the feeling a wooden toy creates; fresh, clean and perfect for a creative little mind. It’s no secret we are fans of Little Sapling’s all-natural wood toys. Now the husband and wife team, Nick and Kimber, have done it again with this charming little piece just added to their collection. The wooden toy camera makes it pretty obvious why the Christensens have the top selling toy shop on Etsy. (Not that we don’t have other favorites, of course.) It’s an excellent, original gift idea for the kid who has everything or for your...

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Earth day pick – Neat-os reusable snack bags

Of all the ways my family has gone a little greener, perhaps the easiest has been ditching plastic bags for reusable bags. And since discovering this new brand, we’re almost completely plastic bag free when it comes to snack time and school lunches. The Neat-os reusable bags are some of the coolest I’ve seen, made right here in the USA and feature a cool clear section so you can actually see what’s in the bags (smart, right!). Created using food-safe materials that’s free of BPA, lead, and all the icky “p” words (like pvc and phthalates), these bags will...

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Earth Day Pick – Kiwi Crate’s green boxes

When I first read about Kiwi Crate’s monthly craft subscriptions (here, in fact), I couldn’t wait to gift one to my niece. She clapped in delight each time her box arrived because she knew it’d be packed with fun, engaging, and lovely activities that were perfect for her four-year-old hands. And now that Kiwi Crate has announced some new boxes–two of which seem perfect to mention on this Earth Day–I can’t wait to sign my niece up for a few more. Kiwi Crate’s monthly boxes come jam-packed with loads of activities built around a certain theme, and their fun/educational gardening theme...

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Kids’ furniture that boosts creativity? Why not!

When designing a kid’s bedroom, it’s always important to find functional yet fun pieces to fill their space. Kids are attracted to color and texture; my son’s own favorite chair was the most colorful yet ugly thing that you’ve have ever laid eyes on. (I hid it when guests came over.) Jekca however, has created a line of kids furniture that is colorful, modern, whimsical and like nothing we’ve seen. Essentially they’re made from a series of blocks that can be configured all different ways. The recommendation is for kids 8 and up, but younger ones will love to...

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Fancy clothes for baby boys…with a twist

When you are invited to a fancy affair with a baby boy, it can be tricky to navigate the waters. Girls are so easy (Yes, I’m a mom of boys so this is all just speculation tinged with jealousy), no matter the age. You’ve got dresses, tunics, and little headbands and clips to tie the look together. And boys? Not so much. Until now. Meet the Shirtzie by Andy & Evans. This dressy snapsuit for boys is absolutely genius and I’m only mad that I didn’t think of it myself. This shirt is business in the front, party in...

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Willa Skincare for girls just old enough to care about such things

I learned two things painting faces at an Easter party: little boys really like to be painted as zombies, and wow, tweens and teens have seriously oily skin. So oily that you have to blot it before you can paint it. Yowza. I’m so glad to see that the products I used to combat my own pizza face as a kid have been replaced with far more sophisticated options. Willa skin care is a new line of tween and teen beauty products available online and exclusively in Target and JCREW Crewcuts. The look is fresh, the products were developed...

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Gorgeous jewelry that every mother would love

I’ve already got my eye on a few of the necklaces we’ve featured in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide, but then I saw this beautiful one from Anna Bee Jewelry and well, let’s just say my husband should have no issues figuring out what to get me this year.  I love the simplicity of the Mini Circles personalized necklace, which is completely made to order. Whether you want your own initial in gold and your kids’ in silver (pictured), or you want to get more creative and pick the metal tones based on gender, the choice is completely yours. ...

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Preserving kids’ artwork has never been so pretty (or organized)

You should see my car–or actually, you shouldn’t. It’s filled to the brim with my daughter’s preschool artwork, which gets hastily shoved onto the passenger seat during the always-harried pickup time. It’s a mountain of artwork, really, but I believe I’ve found the perfect way to conquer it–without transferring the mountain to an already-overflowing-with-art house. Plum Print will take your kids’ paintings, doodles, and construction paper creations and turn it all into an absolutely gorgeous coffee table book from children’s artwork. The company professionally digitizes as few as 20 pieces of art–or as many as 220–and arranges them onto high-quality...

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Web Coolness – Earth Day activities, the best Mother’s Day gifts, and Survivor moms

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. (photo) Celebrate this Sunday’s Earth Day with this round up of Earth Day Crafts at Living Locurto. Also, check out this easy and cool way to make a play-dough Earth! (via apartment therapy)  Mother’s Day is May 13th and our Mother’s Day Gift Guide is now here to make that gift hunting so much easier. Have you heard the most awesome follow-up to Caine’s Arcade? The Goldhirsh Foundation has pledged a $250,000 dollar-for-dollar matching donation to help foster creativity and entrepreneurship in...

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