Month: May 2012

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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