Month: June 2012

Goody bag gift ideas for kids: ready-made crafty party packs

I haven’t thrown that many birthday parties for my kids and it’s like I’m already out of goody bag gift ideas. It might be easier if you have a theme in mind–wands and a spell book for a Harry Potter Party, a toy boat for a sailboat themed party–but how about when you just want the kids to have something that they’ll enjoy. And uh, that their parents won’t think of as, “oh good. More junk around the house.” Well now there’s just the thing–crafty, eco-friendly, totally fun, and they’re affordable too. CMP favorite Kiwi Crate has recently launched...

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Board shorts for boys go Japanese pop

I’m a sucker for Harajuku-inspired goodness. The colors are so fun, the designs are loud and perfect for kids who are confident and love standing out. Which is all of them in my house. And now there’s a new line of awesome clothes that do all of the above. [we’ve got an exclusive discount after the jump!] Mom-run business, Little Z Kids is a previous pick of ours, and they hit a home run with the new Japanese Pop line. You’ll find monsters (cute ones), and candy, and superheroes, just as you might expect from a Japanese Pop line. You...

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Kids’ name labels get the chevron touch

We love chevrons around here–on everything from baby blankets and hats to birthday favor bags and onesies. Their cool, retro School House Rock vibe somehow translates into the perfect pattern for modern kids. So the name labels from Namemaker, for things like water bottles, sippy cups, and containers, are right up our chevon-loving alley. Even better that these are stickers with serious substance. They’re made with a special durable polyester that renders them totally waterproof–even in the dishwasher, which is a huge plus. You can have up to three lines of text if you so choose, and, even though the stickers are durable,...

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The Serenity Star is here, and every new parent’s dream has been answered.

Let me tell you a little about why I’m in love with the Serenity Star: when our daughter was first born, we were– like all parents of newborns– suddenly ruled by sleep and eating schedules. It was exhausting and stressful, made even more so because she came five weeks early. I know my story isn’t unique. Which is why I think this just-released baby product from Aden + Anais is about to be the new must-have baby product of the year. I so wish the very brand new Serenity Star had been around when I was a new mom…...

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Take a hike, kid.

Keep it simple is my personal motto. So l get an extra kick when I see simple meet clever. And a little bit of cute doesn’t hurt either.  Canadian “picturemaker” Terry Irwin achieves all of the above with his funky retro vibed prints and I am really digging these designs. This lil’ hiker print is a clear winner to jazz up a kids room. Makes you want to step out for a brisk morning walk and take on the day doesn’t it? I also happen to love Terry’s happy monster kids’ prints. That would solve some bedtime issues here. See? They are...

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

Here five of our favorite tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this week, just in case you missed them. 1. Our Facebook fans went gaga for this snappy handmade onesie. Is your favorite photographer’s assistant a point-and-cute? 2. This addictive puzzle game app is free, educational, and fun for you and your kids. 3. The top news from Apple this week that parents will be excited about: we’ve got the scoop! 4. We can’t believe we’re going bonkers over a camera strap. Once you see it, you’ll know why. 5. You now have permission to rock out at the...

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Stroller technicians are the new massage therapists.

Raise your hand if your stroller needs a good fixin or deep cleaning? Great! Now that I have your attention–every single one of you–I’m thrilled to tell you about a new baby gear detailing service that will reduce the stress of maintaining kiddo’s wheels. At the height of my insanity, I had three strollers. Yup, three. I’ve dealt with nearly every kind of stroller issue imaginable, from flat tires to torn handle bar foam, a bent chassis to missing rivets. All. On. My. Own. (Can you tell I’m a little bitter?) Thanks to Stroller Spa, you don’t have to...

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An alphabet book for your little road warrior

The very first word my son ever spelled was S-T-O-P, which is not surprising given how many hours he spent accompanying his older sisters to their many activities. If you also have a little road warrior who’s more interested in street signs than a DVD player, you’ll want to take this unique new alphabet book out for a spin.< Backseat A-B-See is a simple ABC book for beginner readers or kids who just like looking at the bold graphics, and then exclaiming when they see the same signs whizzing by the windows. Street sign graphics really pop as they...

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Happy Father’s Day, dads!

We are so happy to wish you all a Happy Father’s Day. We sincerely hope it’s filled with all the love he deserves, whether you’re all spending the day together, or making heartfelt Skype calls to all the dad-types scattered around. (Psst..stepfathers too. Don’t forget them, our friend David reminds us!) Of course we do have a sweet spot in our heart for the new dads of the world–or even the dads-to-be. Which is why we love this sweet, simple, and handmade, Dad Tattoo Onesie. The design is hand-embroidered by Sweet Tea Sundries on Etsy. It’s 100% cotton, machine...

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Well, here’s one way to eat more cleanly – clean what you eat

Summer means more fresh produce, more smoothies, more road trips, and more buying and eating on-the-go. It’s the perfect time to stop by a road stand or a Farmer’s Market, but then there’s the whole “Who touched this apple last?” thing. And more importantly, the “What did YOU touch last?” thing. I think the food-grade, biodegradable food wipes from Eat Cleaner are pretty nifty. Designed by mama and food writer Mareya Ibrahim, just tuck a few of these little “Grab-n-Go Produce Wipes“ in your bag or in your car for so you can clean off those apples without wiping them...

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