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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