Month: May 2012

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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