Month: May 2012

How does your garden grow? With SeedBallz

If there are three things I was sure would never happen in my life, it would be: 1) writing the word “SeedBallz”; 2) knowing what to do with something called SeedBallz; 3) having kids who would fall in love with something called SeedBallz. The lesson? Never say never. All three not only happened–they happened simultaneously. And it was a blast. SeedBallz are a mix of clay, compost, and seeds, all rolled into little marbles, and they happen to be hand-rolled by developmentally disabled workers, who find fun and therapy in the task. The ball shape makes SeedBallz easy to plant (perfect...

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Maurice Sendak lives, through some of the best books ever

Live your life. Live your life. Live your life. That quote is from Maurice Sendak’s last interview on NPR. We’re so sad that the great curmudgeon, writer, and artist has passed away, but his books will live on in our hearts–and bookshelves–forever. In fact, we’ve all been reminiscing about our favorite books, pages, illustrations or lines from the brilliant author/illustrator. Here are our very favorites that Sendak both wrote and illustrated. We fondly remember them all today. Where the Wild Things AreArguably Sendak’s greatest masterpiece, every single page of this Caldecott-winner comes to life before you’ve even read a word....

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Make every outfit itch-free for sensitive kids

Listen, there are some fabulous clothing companies out there who are making cute kids’ clothes with sensory sensitivities in mind (oh, Soft Clothing, how we love thee). But sometimes your kiddo has to wear something specific, like a school uniform. Or he has a t-shirt he loves because it has that great picture on it, but the tag is itchy, so you cut the tag off for him, but then he complains that where the tag used to be is itchy, and you go through this over and over because he wants to wear it but it “feels funny.”...

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If you can read this, make sure you thank a teacher this week

Though we sooooo appreciate our kids’ teachers every day of the school year, we make a special effort to thank those special ones during Teacher Appreciation Week, which happens to be right now. While a kind note goes far, we have rounded up a few delicious choices for your kids’ favorite educators to enjoy while they read that letter.  Want something you can DIY at home and have your child hand to the teacher in class? I love The Celebration Shoppe’s chevron-patterned free candy bar wrapper printables that can be customized, and would look equally cool on a healthier granola...

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5 custom Mother’s Day gifts you can still get in time for Sunday!

With less than a week until Mother’s Day, you might have given up on the idea of custom Mother’s Day gifts, but that’s not actually the case. While you may pay a little extra for expedited shipping, you can still order a slew of cool personalized gifts from our Mother’s Day gift guide and get them on your doorstep in time for Sunday. But hurry!   The beautiful You Inspire Me bangle from Red Envelope (left) can be customized with a birthstone as well as special message, and is such a wonderful way to honor an inspiring mom (or...

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A baby book that’s not so babyish

I have to admit that when it comes to baby books, I don’t have a great track record; I have three kids and one half of one completed baby book. It’s bad. I wish that I had this option back when my kids were babes because then I would be more likely to be 3 for 3 in the baby book department. Why am I so sure? Because This Is Your Book is tantalizing and aesthetically pleasing and absolutely original. This is  place to write down things that aren’t typically included in baby books, like the price of a...

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7 adorable mermaid toys and gifts that have nothing to do with Ariel Barbie

What’s that old adage about how spring is coming, and a young girl’s thoughts turn to mermaids? Oh right, that’s not an adage. Still, my girls seem to be extra interested in them these days, and I’m happy to see so many cropping up that don’t have a wide-release animated feature tie-in. Here, six adorable indie picks for a mermaid-loving little girl. Or hey, little boy. And I wouldn’t blame him one bit. –Liz The Su Chi mermaid t-shirt at Tea Collection (above) is inspired by a Balinese wood carving. Call me stodgy, but I kind of like finding...

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A mom ring for the chronically undainty

Anyone who knows me will tell you: I’m not dainty. And so much of the personalized jewelry for moms that I see is polished silver, beautifully engraved curlicues, glass photos, and things that, in general, I would break on contact.  But this custom ring has a tough, rustic edge that would totally work for me. And it looks hard to dent, too. That’s not to say a dainty mom wouldn’t like it, too, because there’s lots to love in this Personalized Copper and Silver Ring. Just tell Etsy seller Monkeys Always Look up to 30 letters/spaces, and they’ll hammer...

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

We’re starting off the month of May with cool cases, gadgets, and apps galore. Here are some of our favorite Cool Mom Tech picks from the last week, in case you missed them. 1. This awesome iPhone case is so retro it comes with a B-side. Remember those? 2. Here’s why we think this computer is so perfect for busy moms.  3. We found a cool app and website that’s better than Craig’s List for buying and selling all your used goods.  4. Take charge of your smart phone contact list with this smart, handy app. We’re wondering how...

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Gardening. You know, for kids.

I’m not the best gardener — my entire vegetable haul, from June to September probably equals little more than one large salad — but gardening really is good for the soul. And, there are always gardening chores that even the smallest kiddos can do, even if it’s just pulling weeds or digging a hole. Smear on some sunscreen, pull on some gloves, and dig in! The super cute, super durable children’s gardening gloves from Ethel Gloves might just be the thing to lure your little ones into the fresh air in early spring. Made with breathable stretch fabric plus a...

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Easy retro cupcakes for modern parties

Everybody loves cupcakes, but decorating them can be majorly intimidating. You can always outsource, of course, but spending a fortune at a fancy bakery for a kid’s birthday isn’t very appetizing either.  This is why I’m in L-O-V-E with these adorable Belle and Boo cupcake wraps; they add a touch of whimsy with very little effort. And they’re perfect for either a boy or a girl — what could be easier? Now you don’t have to stress in order to serve homemade cupcakes you can be proud of. Just slip these over your lovingly made but lopsided creations and...

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Fedoras for boys – so much cooler than trucker hats

My boys dig hats, and I must admit, I love when they rock them. A cool lid can provide the perfect pop to any outfit–but it’s gotta be the just the right size otherwise it just looks like something out of a dress up closet. That’s why I love finding well-made hats designed just for kids. Liv and Lily is an accessory brand that gets kid-sized dimensions and honors them in the most rad possible way. The girls stuff is a little frilly for my tastes, but I think they excel with boys hats. While the newsboy cap is...

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Our favorite Mother’s Day Gifts (And we should know. We’re moms!)

With Mother’s Day creeping up, we thought it would be fun to ask our contributors which special goodies from our Mother’s Day Gift Guide they’ve got their eyes on. Lots of different mamas, lots of different choices. Do they match up with yours? What a gorgeous, personalized, grown-up, non-diaper bag! With no diapers in it! – Lexi I am one of Those Moms who can’t bear to part with any of my kids’ artwork. But there’s one “family portrait” in particular that I’d love printed on canvas so I could hang it over my desk and sigh over it...

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Light the way for someone you love

When is a candle not a candle? When it becomes a vessel for love, hope, and even water. That’s when. If you love gifts that keep on giving, gives that give back, and gifts that are made by hand with love, then we’d like to introduce you to glassybaby. glassybaby is the brainchild of Lee Rhodes, mother of three and survivor of a rare type of cancer who discovered glass and glassblowing while trying to find a few moments of serenity during her fight with cancer. After learning that the warm light emanating from hand-blown glass helped lift the...

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The Beastie Boys Adam Yauch – Parents everywhere will miss you

Yesterday, Beastie Boys lovers everywhere collectively gasped with the passing of Adam Yauch. For so many of us, MCA will live on in our MP3 players and iPods–and for some of us, in our mix tapes that are still packed away in boxes somewhere. To celebrate his life and the nostalgia we’re feeling, we rounded-up a few of our favorite Beastie Boys shirts for kids and babies, that will have us singing Brass Monkey in our heads all week long. Above, we’re digging this No Sleep Til Brooklyn onesie from Baltimore-based LittleAtoms on Etsy, available in blue as well as white.   We...

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Hot Chili Pops are sugar and spice and all things nice

Even on Cinco de Mayo, Hot-chili lollipops sound like one of those joke candies I never want anywhere near my mouth, like those worm-in-the-lollipop “treats” sold in every gift store in Texas. But these all-natural, sweet-and-spicy treats from Yummy Earth are no joke. Yummy Earth’s Organic Hot Chili Pops really surprised me with their delicious and sneakily spicy taste. On first lick, both the Chili Lime Lambada and Chili Mango Mambo flavors taste like sweet, fresh lime or mango. But then…whammo. That chili really packs a punch. As someone who hasn’t craved a lollipop since I was about ten years old,...

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Earrings made just for your ears. But also your eyes.

As my kids (and I) get older, I’m a little pickier about the jewelry I buy. Not just because there’s less chance of them tearing it off my neck, but also because I’d like to think that everything I wear will eventually be passed down to my three girls. And that’s why I’m in love with the made-to-order earrings from Anna Bee Jewelry.  I was a fan of the beautiful personalized necklaces from Anna Bee Jewelry and now I’ve got my eye on the Malia earrings (pictured), which feature black onyx beads on vintage frames — sort of a modern take...

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a hair clip holder!

We finally found an adorable hair clip holder that doesn’t have a princess on it. Or a fairy. Or a fairy princess. Now how super is that? Straight from girls’ hair clip pioneer and longtime CMP favorite, giddy giddy, the handmade Hero Hair Clip and Ponytail Holder is here to save our smallest citizens from evil villains like Dr. Disorganization and the Haphazard Hair Band Hulk. Instead of a grappling canon, it’s equipped with twenty-one inches of ribbon for hair clip clipping and a convenient S-hook for rubber band wrangling. You can even personalize the heroine’s hair color and the...

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The online baby registry that keeps things natural

I will never forget that rush of giddy power when they put the baby registry gun in my hands. I had no idea what I was doing. I had no real concept of what I needed; just that I had the power to build my tiny nursery empire. Then the baby showed up, and I realized that, sadly, most of the things I really wanted could only be found online: the truly natural and organic products, the baby carriers, the wooden toys.  Now there’s a new kind of baby registry in town that lets you find those very things....

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Web Coolness – Mother’s Day help, super finger puppets, and getting boys to read

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Superhero Finger Puppet!  (via Laughing Squid) Mother’s Day will be here in just over a week, so check out Kristen’s 3 cool DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas, as well as our Mother’s Day Collections page. Plus you still have time to order from our Mother’s Day Gift Guide and make use of some of those great discount codes. Is reading a “girl thing”? Such an interesting and important post about boys and books. Lunchbox Awesome...

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