Month: July 2012

Amazing kids’ craft kits that we might steal ourselves

This past week on a trip with a few families, I was so glad we had a few little art projects for rainy days or just quiet (forced) downtime. If you’re not familiar with Todd Oldham’s awesome craft collection, Kid Made Modern, it’s a wonderful one-stop-shop for that kind of stuff. Plus now, Target has a whole Kid Made Modern craft collection with some really creative, affordable ideas that expand the collection. I feel like a kid in a candy store browsing the Kid Made Modern craft kits–from basics like glitter paints, gorgeous colored pencils and even duct tape...

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Fly kicks for superkids

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s your kid’s shoes… but more super. Every kid wants to be a superhero, but laundering all those capes can be a real drag. These Superhero Shoe Wings from Etsy shop smallfly, however, strap on to any kids shoes to encourage super speed and agility. And, um, putting on shoes extra-fast to go to the grocery store. The wings are available in baby, kid, and adult sizes (should you adults need them) in a variety of colors and textures, including gold, green dragon scales, pink, blue, and purple. You can also nab some...

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Can I get a witness? Sugar Free Allstars latest CD will make you a believer in their funky sound

If I had to pick a CD to take with my family onto a desert island this summer, it’d be the Sugar Free Allstars’ latest release. The ten tracks pack a whole lot of funky deliciousness into 36 minutes, with lyrics that always perk us up and make us smile—which would come in handy as we look for coconuts and leave messages in bottles. {keep reading for a chance to win a copy!} All on a Sunday Afternoon’s title may sound like music created for hammock swinging, but it’s better suited for a playful backyard cookout or post-bath dance party. And...

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Steampunk building blocks for the junior mad scientist

Finding that Higgs Boson particle is pretty cool, I guess. But maybe it’s time to go back to the roots of invention and adventure that make America so great. Namely, dirigibles, freeze rays, lasers, and zombies. all of which come to life in this most wonderful set of handmade blocks. The Young Mad Scientist’s First Alphabet Blocks by husband and wife team Xylocopa Design on Etsy are probably my very favorite wooden blocks ever. They had me at T is for Tentacle and kept me at I is for Invention, and this Invention is half axolotl and half tractor. I’m...

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7 hostess gift ideas that you can make your own

I have a big love for finding the perfect hostess gifts for those overnight or weekend invitations that crop up over the summer–if we’re lucky. (Hint: feel free to invite us! My kids eat nothing and we bring good hostess gifts.) While some friends have very specific interests and are easy to shop for, some require something a little more general. So I’m happy to have found hostess gift central, all in one cool online shop. Canoe online, the online offshoot of the popular Portland store, is well-curated with charming, lovely, and often unusual items from all over the...

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

Whether you’re exercising your brain or your body this summer, we’ve got the tech scoop on how to make it easier and more fun. Here are some of our favorite tech picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. The only question asked more than Are we there yet? is Are the burgers done yet? Check out these handy grilling apps to find out. 2. If your Facebook feed seems to show posts from the same few people over and over, here’s how to make sure you see the Facebook updates you want, from the...

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Relief from teething pain–and baby mealtime drama

Getting babies to transition to solid foods can sometimes be a bit of a struggle. But while this new set can’t make the taste of rice cereal more appealing, it can make mealtime more enjoyable for both of you.  The Oogaa baby mealtime set is so clever. Instead of plastic or wood, it’s made of a super soft silicone that is BPA and toxin-free, and delightfully bendy. Your little teether can even gnaw on the spoon for relief. Then, as your toddler gets older and transitions to more foods, the design is still smart with spoons shaped like an...

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Birthday party ideas for a 4 year old with a garden theme? Reader Q&A

I am planning a garden-themed 4th birthday party for my daughter in a few weeks. I need some creative inspiration! So far, we’re going to have the kids each plant something in a pot to take home .. And that’s all. I need ideas for other things – decor, food, goody bags – that will play up the theme, but not in a cheesy/over the top/super expensive way. Help? -Cheers & thanks, Jen H. Wow what a fun theme for a kid’s birthday, especially in the summer. Here are some ideas for your daughter’s party. Hope they help!  ...

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If you believe they put an owl on the moon

When I find myself with a little square of wall space to fill, I’ve found that ornaments can add nice texture and dimension, instead of another poster or print. And this Etsy shop makes ones that are so cute, I might just clear some space. The little red moon with owl ornaments from the Intres shop look adorably cute for a nursery that needs some brightening up. Considering you get two for just $15, it’s even worth the international shipping from Vigo, Spain. Although having been there last summer, I’m thinking maybe I’ll just fly back there again and...

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The ultimate beauty product for busy moms

One of my favorite times of the month is when my Birch Box subscription arrives on my doorstep. As much as I love beauty products, I’m hard-pressed to find the sans-kids time to casually peruse the aisles of Sephora to find a new lip color or facial cream.  I’ve been more than pleased with all the new products I’ve been introduced to thanks to Birch Box, but this month I found something so fabulous, I had to purchase it in a full size bottle.  Stainiac by theBalm is a fabulous two-in-one lip and cheek stain that I’ve used every...

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Fun with moose and squirrel

Let’s not limit it to moose and squirrel shall we? We’ve also got racooons and badger and that popular fox, plus skunk and one very smug wolf. What can we say? We’re smitten with the critters in this whimsical woodland creature print that’s been turned into artwork, stationery and more.  Artist and illustrator Dale Keys makes us want to kiss moose and squirrel in this sweet Woodland Critter print, which is available in several sizes and forms at Society 6. It’s a note card (shown), a framed archival quality print, or or even a very cute a smartphone case. Check...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Some of our favorite pins on Pinterest this week, ready-made for saving and sharing. Custom gift labels for kids make gift-giving a breeze. (Also cute!) Traveling with a baby this summer? This onesie may be required wearing. (Or at least required laughing.) Very clever way to get kids to eat their veggies. And so easy. Stylish summer flip-flops that aren’t expensive, and aren’t made of rubber either.A delicious sorbet recipe we could eat any time of year. But especially during blueberry season....

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A safe sunscreen to use all summer long

We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun. But the confusing thing is that some sunscreens contain scary ingredients that may actually cancel out their sun protection benefits. I’m always on the lookout for a more natural, toxin-free SPF, which is not an easy task. Thankfully I found a new one that delivers safety and effectiveness with no yucky white streaking. The new sunscreens from Suntegrity Skincare at Lion’esque Style are free of all potentially harmful chemicals, including parabens, phthalates, and nano particles. I definitely feel safe smearing it all over myself and...

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Web Coolness – Can you unplug? Also gifts for geeky girls, cheers for Seventeen Magazine, and new life for an old sandbox

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Do you have trouble unplugging? Liz shares her thoughts in her new column at the Katie Couric website. (And psst…Katie’s new show debuts September 10. We’re excited!) Kristen’s list of cool gifts for geeky girls includes great picks for brainy boys too. They Might Be Giants needs your help to get their Alphabet of Nations video finished!  Turn that old sandbox into a planter box and get your kids gardening before the weekend is through. (h/t Modern Parents Messy Kids)...

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Are foxes the new owls?

Last year, owls were the hot animal motif of the season. While they’re not going anywhere, I do think that the cool cute animal du jour is now the fox. Which is replacing the dragonfly, butterfly, and octopus trends I’ve noticed over the years. If it were up to Delilah, narwhals would be huge, but until then, here are some of the coolest of the fox art and decor we’ve seen around lately. This fox print from Gingiber for children is beautifully done. It might even be my favorite of the set of animal prints she’s created, and is...

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Tip for flying with babies – Buy this.

Does the thought of flying with your baby on a long journey completely stress you out? When your little one is small and doesn’t have his own child’s airplane seat, you cross your fingers that you get a seat up in front with more leg room that could be easily used for your baby. But, those seats are hard to get and you need a backup plan. This amazing device: the backup plan of your dreams. [editors update 2013: it is listed as “compliant with FAA regulations,” but still not FAA approved at this time as far as we...

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Maternity loungewear for the first, third, and fifth trimesters

I admit that a few kids ago, I’d probably roll my eyes a bit at the idea of maternity loungewear. But after seeing the gorgeous dresses from one of our favorite brands, Belabumbum, I’m almost wishing I had a real excuse to wear them. They’re so amazing that whether you’re in your 1st, 3rd, or 5th trimester (or 15th? Ahem), they look and feel fabulous. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] To me, the standout in their newest line is the beautiful reversible maternity dress that’s incredibly soft and comfortable. The crossover neck gives you easy nursing access, and...

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3 cheers for the Pantone 186, Pantone 12-4302 and Pantone 286!

I’ve always been a sucker for the Pantone licensed products, which let you show your allegiance to lavender or mimosa through desktop goodies. Now, they’re available in folding chairs which are pretty darn great for outdoor lounging season or when you need to pull up a few extras to the picnic table for the kids. While I’ve got red and blue featured right now, on Fab.com today you’ll find 11 gorgeous colors from neutrals to a gorgeous turquoise my kids would beg for if I showed it to them. Though sadly? There is an orange, but no tangerine tango....

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Grilling on the go

This week we found ourselves unexpectedly in need of a grill at a summer rental. We didn’t want to invest a fortune–we apartment dwellers can’t quite throw a few steaks on the grill in the middle of our living rooms. So I just love the idea of this compact grill on sale, that’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the wallet. The attractive little BBQ Grill at West Elm is now on sale for–get this–$19.99. Nice price cut considering it was originally $49. The pretty blue powder-coated steel grill is just under one-foot in diameter, so...

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A DIY puzzle that helps you keep the United States, united

Before the hamburgers are done, before the sparklers come out, and before it’s dark enough for fireworks, you can take a few minutes to put the United States back together with this easy printable from my favorite new DIY craft site. At Mr. Printables (cute name, right?) the Map of the USA Jigsaw Puzzle sneaks a bit of geography learning into your holiday with this totally customizable printable. Just print out the colorful map, mount onto a piece of cardboard and then cut out your pieces with a craft knife. Or do a shortcut version and just paste it...

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