Month: May 2012

Great breastfeeding dresses – But no one has to know but you and the baby

The one summer wardrobe staple I missed wearing when I was breastfeeding was a simple, easy dress. (Yeah, not too many of us are willing to lift an entire dress over our heads in public.) But these days, there are so many cool options for nursing moms, like the new collection from CMP fave Milk Nursingwear. And even better, these dresses won’t break your budget.  I’m partial to the smocked waist nursing dress, which can be dressed up or down, easily taking right through summer and into fall. I really like how the crisscross neck allows you to nurse easily,...

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Trend alert: Balloon dogs!

Jeff Koons may have popularized the balloon dog as pop art icon, but as a figure in so many of our own childhoods, its no wonder we’re starting to see all kinds of artists and brands finding inspiration in them. Here are a few super cute balloon dogs that are finding their way into home decor and modern design. Balloon dog wall decals? Magical! These, from CMP fave Wall Candy Arts, look like they’re floating around the room. The set comes with all five colors that you can reuse and reposition. And the best part–no long line of other...

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A DIY Father’s Day gift, no crafty genes required

As much as I love to give my husband a handmade DIY Father’s Day gift from the kids, I’m not the craftiest person in the world. They make their own cards and we call it a day. But after discovering this awesome DIY gift idea, I think I might have the kids forgo the cards and help them make this instead.  This awesome photo book design project from Design Aglow is so simple even I can do it. Really. Using their Interactive Guest Book feature, designer Ashley Campbell created a unique photo book that I’m pretty sure any dad will love....

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What? We’re recommending a cover album for kids? Why yes indeedy!

We are not generally fans of albums of popular music covered by band that dumb down the music for kids–or worse, have kids sing the music. I’ll take my Beatles sung by the Beatles, thanks very much. That said, I was nervous when I heard about LA duo Renee & Jeremy‘s CD of cover songs, especially since it included picks from REM and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now there is no question in my mind that few voices in kids’ music sound more perfect together than these two, with their gorgeous harmonies that are ideal for those times when...

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Clothes for tween girls that you’ll both like

One of the biggest requests we get these days are for clothes for tween girls that aren’t slutty. (Their words, not mine. Okay, mine too.) It should not be so hard to dress a ten year-old like a ten year-old, right? Well I’ve discovered a beautiful, classy collection of girls’ wear out of Australia and bonus–it’s on sale right now. At One Sunday, you’ll find lovely dresses, skirts, tanks and shorts for 8-14 year olds, all designed and ethically produced in Sydney by designer Henrietta Cheshire. I’m loving her sensibility–so classic and pretty, but not stuffy at all. And...

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Reef rash just got fashionable. Thanks, Cynthia Rowley!

Cynthia Rowley’s back in the Band-Aid business, and this time, she skipped the mall and gone straight to the beach. If you recall the last Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids, you’ll know how quickly these blingy bandages are going to sell out. The collection features eight sunny, colorful designs from sunsets to sharks to, no suprise here– the designer’s logo. (Your call on that one.) They’re available only in the Cynthia Rowley Beach Sport Kit, which also includes Neosporin single use packets, and a waterproof, resealable plastic pouch that’s apparently pretty handy for keeping your smartphone dry. They are a little pricey...

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Disney Pixar Summer Movie weekend – $6 movies, whoo!

As much as I’m excited about spending Memorial Day weekend outside with my family, I anticipate we’ll need a little break from the pool and the 90 degree heat here in Atlanta. So I’m happy to have this awesome Pixar movie promotion on my radar just in case we need a little rest and relaxation.  This weekend only, you can see four of your favorite Disney Pixar movies exclusively at AMC Theatres for $6. If you missed seeing Up, Wall-E, Ratatouille, or the much loved Toy Story 3 on the big screen, now’s your chance. Hooray for good movies. And air...

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Marc Jacobs honors kids with two daddies, or two mommies. And we honor Marc Jacobs.

Obviously, we’ve got Father’s Day on the brain lately. Which means we’re also thinking about fathers of all kinds. Like single dads. And those dads with a second loving dad at home. Evidently, Marc Jacobs is in the same place. So we’re standing up and applauding this beautiful t-shirt he’s created for those very kids. This limited edition organic cotton tee reads If Dad Says No…Ask Dad, and was designed by Jacobs to support the Human Rights Campaign. In fact, a full 100% of the profits go towards the HRC effort towards LGBT equality. (Go, Marc!) It’s a limited edition, with only...

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Web Coolness – Father’s Day gifts, the LEGO Art Movement, and one really big slice of cake

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  This delicious photo series has a big message behind it. But, first get a look at the size of that burger! (via Design for Minikind) Don’t miss our list of 10 great personalized Father’s Day gifts, and your chance to win an amazing gift basket for that special man in your life. (Really. Truly. Amazing.) That’s my last baby: A funny and poignant post about a husband’s decision to uh, get snipped. Our own Liz tackles stupid dad stereotypes and...

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On Father’s Day, just remember the way to a man’s heart is not always through his remote control.

While you can expect a lot more ideas for dads in our upcoming Father’s Day Gift Guide series, we couldn’t wait to share this awesome one for the food-loving father in your life. After all, isn’t that all of them? (Seriously, a love of food must be a requisite for procreation. I’ve yet to see otherwise.) I am completely obsessed with the new website, New York Mouth, which offers all kinds of indie-minded gourmet gift baskets mostly sourced from local NY area purveyors, as you might have guessed from the name. Best of all, it’s available to those of...

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Organic kids pajamas that might bring more pleasant dreams

Why my kids have an obsession with sleepwear and pajamas I’m not entirely sure, but yep, obsessed pretty much sums it up. Over the years, I’ve learned to invest a little more in their pjs because I find the cheap stuff stretches and loses elasticity and pills and generally doesn’t hold up for long at all. Especially considering how often my kids want to wear them. I’m so happy to find the brand new line of kids pajamas–er, loungewear–from Skylar Luna. Made by super eco-conscious California designer Wen C. Reese, you’ll find both summer-ready short sets and long pajama...

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4 ways to use technology for social good. Good!

This post is sponsored by Chase — a strong supporter of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a program that helps find jobs for veterans of the US armed forces. Learn more here: As if I needed yet another reason to love technology, it’s worked wonders in opening up opportunities for busy parents like me who want to support the causes we care about, but don’t always have the time. As much as we value hands-on charitable work, between working and chasing after four kids, our bandwidth rapidly disappears. I’m looking forward to supporting my own favorite causes through hands-on volunteering...

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Custom birthday books for kids that are beyond adorable

I love the look on kids’ faces when they open a book and see their names in the pages of the story. So in celebration of the biggest day of all—their birthday!—here are a couple beautifully illustrated books that will make the birthday boy or girl feel even more special. In Paper Hat Press’ Whose Birthday Is It? all the toys come together to throw a party for your favorite birthday child. Illustrated by the amazing Micah Player, who we’ve loved as the cover artist for Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band and as author/illustrator of Chloe Instead, this...

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Taking tangrams to new places: Your walls

I’ve seen enough tangram activities in my kids’ math books to know that they are supposed to be great at fostering an early understanding of geometry, spatial reasoning, and design. But eh, my kids just think they are fun and make neat pictures. So when we had the chance to play with some tangrams with a twist, I knew they’d be so much more willing to try them out. (Wish they were so eager to do their math lessons.) {Keep reading for your chance to win a set for you–and sets for the school of your choice!} Walls 360...

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Personalized Gifts for Dad – 2012 Father’s Day Gift Guide

We’re so excited to present this roundup of awesome personalized and custom gifts for dad int the first in our Father’s Day Gift Guide Series brought to you by the wonderful folks at Dove Men+Care. Don’t miss the super amazing giveaway info for one lucky reader, below! Nothing makes for a special Father’s Day for a special dad more than something he knows you had made just for him. (In other words, not a gift card.) Here, some ideas that range from thoughtful to Wow, you shouldn’t have…but I’m so glad you did!     For the dad who’s...

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Homemade popsicle recipes for the Zoku Single Pop Maker

Memorial Day is this weekend, which in my world means the beginning of popsicle season. It’s hard to talk diy popsicles without talking the Zoku pop maker, so it’s a good thing they’ve given us something new to talk about!This summer, you can indulge in the new single Zoku pop maker which makes a frozen popsicle in just seven minutes. You can make up to three pops in a row before the unit needs to be put back in the freezer.  Even better: The Single comes in five bright colors so that each kiddo can choose their own. Because nothing brings...

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Twin baby gifts that are two of a k1nd.

Looking for a cool twin baby gift? Move over, Baby A and Baby B. You, too, Thing 1 and Thing 2. We found a clever new way to proudly proclaim your twin status on your chest.  Our friends at mom and pop design shop Snug Attack are back with even more fun, handprinted styles to make being two-of-a-kind totally different. The Tw1n/Twi2 designs are available in four different permutations to differentiate twin boys and girls who were first and last in that race from the womb. With onesies running from 3 months to 24 months and tees from 2T to 6T,...

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Polos meet t-shirts in these clever shirts for boys

My son’s drawers are full of two kinds of shirts: casual tees and dressier polos, and absolutely nothing in between. That’s why I’m digging new-to-us apparel that’s perfect for doing double wardrobe duty.  The cool iNTAKT polo shirts are made from soft cotton and are rare slim fit, something that works well for my skinny son. Unlike so many of the other polos we own, these shirts are on the thinner side, and because they feature playful graphics, like the Home Run King (featured), I don’t have to beg him to wear something “fancy” (as he calls it). They’re perfect for playtime...

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Join the Culture club for good karma

Love bright prints, colorful toys, and cottons that will really breathe this summer, since they were crafted to withstand the sweltering heat of Africa? Love knowing that your purchase helps babies all over the world?  Us, too. That’s why we’re digging Culture Baby.[don’t miss a terrific offer after the jump–for both you, and others in need] Culture Baby is a global fair-trade emporium bringing international goods to you, right from the artisans. And we can’t help but loving a lot of their finds, like the Ghanaian Baby Shoes and Dresses, which are handcrafted from batik-printed 100% cotton.   I...

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Warm leatherette

My summer wardrobe uniform remains the same season after season–flowy skirt, plain tee, and chunky cuff–all of which I update with a few trendy pieces. Take a peek at what I have my eye on right now to complete the outfits! This gorgeous circle cuff by designer Mimi Jung of LA-based Brook & Lyn is an eye-catching piece that’s completely hand molded from saddle leather. I love the simple nude circle centerpiece which stands out against the black, making this super versatile for night or day as well as summer or fall, though I’m digging the stencil pair cuff as well;...

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