Month: May 2012

Long live disco

The news that The Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb died this weekend seems particularly poignant following Donna Summer’s passing last week: Two of the most significant voices of my childhood, gone. I, for one, am thrilled that their music will live on for generations.  And though I have no desire to throw a Staying Alive tee on my kids, I’ve found a few cool, not cheesy, clothing ideas for children with a nod to the 70’s disco era that seem a perfect homage. Crank up the Baby Loves Disco album and put on your boogie shoes. –Christina The boogie shoes...

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How do hoodie bath towels for kids get better? It’s a snap.

Standard hoodie bath towels for kids seem to have one major drawback: they slip off. Once you let your damp toddler loose, there’s no way that towel’s staying on that newly clean little head. [don’t miss an exclusive limited time discount after the jump!] So the new Bella Bundles collection of hoodie towels is really nothing short of magic.   In addition to being soft, plush, and super-absorbent, the towels come with a key ingredient to stay-on-age: a snap a few inches under the chin. Brilliant. The towels stay on!  Plus, they’re available in some of the coolest prints...

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The new, non-committal family tree.

Once your little one starts growing up and you realize just how temporary each stage is, the hammer and nail type of wall decor can seem a too permanent. So naturally we love the wonderfully easy changeable trend of wall decals.  Moms Carin and Maria of Wall Stories have created some delightful designs to brighten our walls like blossoms, birds, trees, and dinosaurs. But if you are anything like this sentimental mama, you might want a more personal touch in the art that surrounds your little one. (I still have my ultrasound printout framed in her room). That’s why I particularly...

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Ooh la la! A market tote at a not so upmarket price.

Only a few days until pool season officially starts for us here in the the deep south, which means I’m stocking up all our swimming staples: swimsuits, flip-slops, and our pool bag.   With all the straw baskets and totes taking up shelf space in almost all of my favorite shops, I’m thinking I might forgo our typical canvas bag for something a little different. And I found just the one that I want.  I’m completely in love with the look–and price–of this French Market basket from Harabu House, which is hand woven in Morocco by farmers looking to earn extra income....

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

Just in case you missed them, here are some of our top tech picks from Cool Mom Tech over the last week. 1. Move over, gourmet cupcakeries. This beautifully designed cupcake app makes delicious DIY a piece of cake. With sprinkles. 2. This free app is so helpful for shoppers, that we liken it to the secret menu at In ‘n Out. Why did it take so long? 3. A pretty (and water-resistant!) piece of jewelry that can help you remember when you last nursed and how long the pizza has been in the oven. Our Facebook fans went...

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If toddlers could write poetry, it would go something like this

Poems about children and parenting can be kind of, um, hit or miss. Whether it’s too saccharin or just too earnest, I’m not sure–all I know is that it often leaves me vaguely uncomfortable. (And I was a creative writing major!) Not the case with To What Miserable Wretches Have I Been Born? Revenge Poetry for Babies and Toddlers. Although you might have guessed that from the title. Written by Suzanne Weber–also known as Anita Liberty, the author of books such as How to Stay Bitter Through the Happiest Times of Your Life–it’s a book of poetry from your baby...

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LEGO Minifigures are breeding!

Living with three LEGO-obsessed children, it does seem like these little bricks multiply like magic. But now, it appears that those innocent-looking little minifigures have been busy doing a little uh, multiplying on their own. Oh, yes, we’ve got babies. Citizen Brick’s new Minifig Babies are ready to add a little family time to your kids’ LEGO play. And, at only a buck apiece, you can afford to Duggar-ize your brood. Or is that Octomom? I love that the expression on the baby’s face is exactly the same one that I make when I step on a LEGO in the middle...

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Double Time: Raising twins with hilarity

I’m a big fan of Jane Roper, because I love any author who is willing to laugh at herself. Since 2007, Jane has been baring her soul for the world and now, she lets us into the nitty gritty details of raising twins with a fantastic new book that will speak to all mothers. Presenting Jane Roper’s new Double Time: How I survived–and mostly thrived through the first three years of mothering twins. No issue is off limits, and this is what makes it so endearing. It’s as if you are sharing a good laugh with an old friend–with a...

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The one Potluck where everything is tasty

Since returning home from this year’s Kindiefest, I’ve been listening to loads of great kids’ music I can’t wait to share, like this brand-new release from one of our kindie favorites, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. Their latest collection of songs is a like a wonderful smorgasbord of treats for your family to love. {Keep reading for your chance to win this new release!} Sandwiched between the spoken word pieces Morning and Night, A Potluck is filled with a meaty middle of catchy, pop-y tunes. Lucky Diaz’s voice is cool and mellow which I love best when it...

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Two adorable Kokeshi dolls that are made to be read

As much as my kids and I love Japanese Kokeshi dolls, I can’t bring myself to let another collection into the house, what with all the stuffed animals and favorite rocks already displayed around my girls’ room.  But, I’ve found a way to combine Kokeshi cute with another collection I can totally get behind: Books! And, trust me, these adorable stories are just as sweet as a shelf full of dolls. Chronicle Books’ two new stories, Yumi and Aoki, follow the “day in the life” of two Kokeshi–little Japanese wooden dolls. What I love about the titles is that...

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Somewhere over the rainbow

Rainbows are a classic design staple.  When I was a little girl, my entire room was decorated in rainbows, which might have been a little too much, come to think of it.  But one here and there adds color and whimsy. This hand painted rainbow wall shelf is a not-so-distant cousin of the handmade cloud shelf from the same artist, and it’s simply adorable! More than just decor, it offers storage and a place to display your child’s favorite books and knicknacks–up to 75 pounds of them.                                   The cloud detail on each side of the shelf isn’t just...

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BOB gets into the stroller accessory game and the kids aren’t complaining a bit.

Toddlerhood is a mover and shaker kind of lifestyle, which is probably why our first lower budget stroller wore out its welcome fairly quickly, and our replacement umbrella stroller is handy–but not souped-up enough for a long day bopping around. It seemed the timing was right to find a ride to fit our new lifestyle and we have with the BOB Revolution SE, launched just last year. Is it right for you too? Because they’ve got a sweet new accessory that might sweeten the deal. The newest addition to the BOB Revolution line that kids will undoubtedly appreciate as...

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Cool vintage toys, gifts, and clothes for kids, all in one place

When I had my first daughter almost eight years ago, I decided that my gift to each of my children would be to start a collection of some kind. And so, whenever I’m at an antique show or making my weekly Etsy rounds, I look for the perfect items to add to their collections– from old vintage pretzel tins from the Quinlan company (my daughter’s first name) to vintage Fisher Price fire truck toys for my son.  So of course I was instantly drawn to the well-curated Wary Meyers Kids Shop, which is chock full of some of the...

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Web Coolness – Changing fatherhood, summer ideas, and encourage kids to read

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Changing fatherhood starts with mothers: Kristen’s inspired call to mom to let dads step in more often. Love this collection of literary-themed artwork that encourages kids to read more books. (via Pinterest) We also want to let kids have their books and eat them too with inspiration from Playing By The Book’s Edible Book Festival. (via Colour Me There) Ready to start Father’s Day shopping? Check out this gift recommendation site, and keep your eyes out for loads more Father’s Day gift ideas from Cool...

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Lollipop Theater Network – Bringing movies to kids who can’t go themselves

As a music therapist working with kids in the hospital, I saw that one of the biggest challenges parents faced (among the many) was providing their kids with as much of a typical every day experience as they could. From keeping up with school work to listening to music with friends, it’s so important for parents, therapists and staff to work together to help bring normalcy to kids’ lives, not just for their own development but for their morale as well.  So, when we got wind of what the Lollipop Theater Network does for kids, we just had to...

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Olive Us gets kids excited to move and make and do.

We imagine that anyone who’s ever read Design Mom has instantly fallen in love with Gabrielle Blair, her adorable brood, and her positive approach to beautifying life. So we’re thrilled to be able to announce Gabby’s exciting new video project that we think you’ll like. And so will your kids. Olive Us is an exquisitely produced short video series that reminds me of the little films in Sesame Street. In the first episode, we catch the absurdly cute Blair kids (dressed in Polarn O Pyret and Hunter Boots, observant readers might notice) taking care of the garden behind their...

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Hey kid, your underwear goes here!

On most days, I don’t even know why I bother folding and putting the kids’ clothes away because the drawers just end up in complete shambles. Forget even trying to maintain any level of organization within a drawer, I’m lucky if the underwear doesn’t end up with the tees with the single socks. That is, until I found these handy little stickers that have completely changed our lives. All for just $5. Ever since I started using the I-Know-Where-It-Goes drawer stickers, I’ve had no issues with the kids getting themselves dressed and even better, putting their clothes back where they belong....

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Original art for you or the kiddos. Maybe both. At the same time.

Our love of Minted goes way back to their inception. A card shop that’s all about supporting indie artists? Right up our alley. Of course their roster of artists is so talented, it was only a matter of time before customers started asking for their artwork in slightly bigger sizes than your average greeting card. Say, wall art size? And behold–here they are. The new original art prints at Minted range from stylish and modern, to romantic abstractions, some original photography, even quotes that you won’t mind hanging on a kitchen wall or over a desk. It’s a lot...

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6 cookbooks that every parent should own

Love it or hate it, if you’re a parent, you’ve got to feed your kids. Whether you already cook nightly or…not so much, but want to cook more, these, six of my staple cookbooks, provide just the inspiration you need to get food on the table with a minimum of stress. Fresh & Easy: What to Cook and How to Cook It by Jane Hornby Jane Hornby makes cooking simple dishes using fresh ingredients easy. Like super easy. Think you’re not the kind to throw together Grilled Asparagus with Poached Egg? You might be if you own this book. Every recipe...

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What to Expect about the What to Expect When You’re Expecting movie

The What to Expect When You’re Expecting books have spent a million years on the bestseller list. Author Heidi Murkoff has definitely found a way to tap into what expecting and new parents are looking for–although the series is not without its detractors, as you seasoned mamas may well know.  So how does a set of non-fiction advice books on parenting and pregnancy translate into a What to Expect When You’re Expecting movie? That seems to be the question everyone is asking this week, and since catching a preview, I have the scoop. In a nutshell, this movie is trying...

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