Month: July 2012

Turning the cities you love into amazing works of art

When traveling, I find myself falling in love with places I go. I usually try and find something to take home with me that will always remind me of it, which is probably why I love when artists create that same feeling with their artwork. Susan Taylor of Taylors Type has created these eye-catching typographical city prints.  Each print is colorful and complete with iconic image that will look familiar to fans of Berlin, Chicago, Rome and more.  There are 11 cities to choose from in this collection, all beautifully captured. All you need to do is frame them....

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Gift wrapping made easy (and pretty!)

Have you ever been to a white elephant gift exchange? Then you know how everyone goes for the box with the prettiest bow, even though we all know that’s the one that has the stale apple and branded notepad in it. That’s because presentation counts when it comes to gifts — pretty packages are irresistible. They make the recipient feel special, which is the whole point of gift giving, if you think about it. But there’s nothing worse than running out to buy a gift, and then having to run out, again, to pay for overpriced gift wrap and...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as much as we are? Here are 5 pins we loved this week 1. Gorgeous leather cuffs that can go from summer to fall and beyond. 2. One of our favorite retro kids’ books turns out to be one of our readers’ favorites too. 3. Yummy herbal teas made just for kids make extra yummy iced tea for them when you want a break from juices and sugary drinks. 4. A cool way to keep your desk beautifully tidy. 5. Hilarious merit badges made just for moms. Are you following Cool Mom Picks on Pinterest? We’d love...

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Safer bathtime for babies thanks to the help of a blue elephant

Why does bathing our young in a tub have to be so darn hard? The bottom is slippery, so we’ve got to outfit it with a non stick mat. Then there is the problem with the water spout. It’s shiny (so kids gravitate towards it, obviously), and it’s also metal. I can’t tell you how many times my kids bumped their heads on the spout. [don’t miss a huge limited time discount after the jump] I know I’m not alone here, when you consider all the baby-safe bathtub spouts out there. And now there’s another one that adds a...

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Turning any table into the best playhouse ever

Its been a while since we first discovered Imaginative PlayToys, and the gorgeous handmade felt table covers she makes to turn your card table into oh…say, a pirate ship. Checking back again after awhile I discovered a new shop name and a ton of inspired new designs. In fact, while writing this post my kids saw the photo below and started shrieking WE WANT THAT! WE WANT THAT! CAN WE GET THAT? like nothing I’ve ever seen. Can you blame them? Red Double Delight Playhouse (at top) Under the Ocean Playhouse Paper Doll Boutique Playhouse   Outer space playhouse Animal sanctuary...

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Web Coolness – DIY sewing cards, the coolest crochet playground, and things we wish we had known as new moms

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Handmade Charlotte has some of the cutest printable sewing cards that you can print right from home. Great hand-eye coordination practice for kids! New moms: Don’t miss Liz’s list of the 12 things I wish I had known as a new mom at Babycenter. And if you’ve got some wisdom of your own, please stop by and leave a comment. Reading about how these moms got into the best shape of their lives after having kids is totally inspiring. And...

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Read your veggies.

It seems a lot of baby toys are awfully loud these days. They light up, crinkle, beep and blast music, so sometimes its nice to just have some low-key playthings to appease our easily overstimulated little ones. These quiet handmade soft books from Cutiful Baby and artist Vanessa Giguere are a perfect example of what I am talking about. Vanessa, a fashion industry gal, started making fabric toys for her daughter while on maternity leave and soon found herself taking orders from friends and family, and we can see why. For a household dabbling in vegetarian living, I especially adore these handmade fruit and...

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International Mat of Mystery

Merely a place mat for children? Perish the thought. It can be a hat, a brooch, or a pterodactyl. Or just a handy color-your-own disguise kit for a messy kid who needs a mustache. The Paper Disguises Place Mat at My Sweet Muffin is a fantastic addition to any meal or party. Not only does it keep your table tidy, but it also keeps little hands busy and on the right track, if that compass is as accurate as it looks.  Each pad includes twenty-five big mats printed in the USA on thick, high-quality paper. The disguises can be popped...

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Needs more bluebell.

You know how sometimes, when you’re walking down the sidewalk, you can smell someone’s laundry in the dryer? I’ll admit it–I love that smell. And I’ve missed having it at my own home, since I gave up the high-chemical detergents and started making my own. Good news: one of our favorite brands, Mrs. Meyer’s, has melded the natural with the deliciously-scented, and it smells like bluebells. I’ve been to the Mrs. Meyer’s headquarters, so I’ve seen firsthand how hard they strive to make their products biodegradable and as natural as possible, without phosphates or other harmful chemicals. Having participated...

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Hey Girl, You should totally buy this Ryan Gosling tea towel

I make it no secret that I have a huge crush on the Canadian Ryans: Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling. But since I’m not 15 anymore, I’m pretty sure the glossy posters on my ceiling or calendars on my wall are out of the question. But a tea towel? Oh that’s more than fair game. You better hurry and snatch up the Hey Girl I’d Rather Be Doing Dishes tea towel before I buy it. Artist Colleen Pugh has translated the hugely popular Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” Internet meme into a must-have kitchen accessory for R-Go fan. (I just made that...

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