Month: July 2012

Kids’ purses that don’t try to be anything but

With three little girls in my house, you can bet I’m completely addicted to the handmade barrettes at Giddy Giddy, one of our very first picks a long time ago. Since then, the original felt hairclip designer has added a slew of amazing items from hair clip holders to accessories. And now, I’ve got my eye on their new line of pouches that might just be the cutest little purses for girls that I’ve ever seen. I was completely smitten with the elephant pouch handbag when it first launched on their site, but now they’ve got even more options, like...

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5 summer drink recipes: Copy your favorites from Starbucks and more at home

Other than my morning cup of joe (like one of these iced coffee recipes, yum), I tend to drink water. But when the heat is on, I find myself craving lemonade, frosty coffee drinks, and other summer coolers. I can down icy drinks from Starbucks and Jamba Juice all of the time, which can add up. So instead of hitting the coffee house, I recently found copycat recipes for a few of my favorites that use more whole ingredients and a lot less money. -Stacie My number one summer drink treat: a Frappuccino from Starbucks. This copycat Mocha Frappuccino recipe from...

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Adorable toddler backpacks and big kid backpacks that you won’t be replacing by October

I learned the hard way, as have many parents, that if you buy a cheap backpack for your kid, even your toddler, you will be buying a second (and possibly third) backpack before the school year is through. So now I look for good quality, functionality, and still a cute design. Because another thing I’ve learned: it’s harder for my kids to forget their bag at home every morning if they actually look forward to showing it off. CMP favorite mom-run SoYoung Mother now is meeting all these criteria with an adorable new selection of kids’ backpacks made out...

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5 must-haves for chic summer travel

If you haven’t yet checked out the beautifully designed online style mag, CeciStyle, from the custom stationers of Ceci New York, we think you might like it. In fact, today is a pretty good day to do that very thing. Not coincidentally, we’ve even contributed a little piece about our 5 must-haves for chic summer travel. If you’re looking for the links to the items, find them here: 1. Longchamps Le Pliage Bag2. TKees Leather flip-flops3. An ereader + a great case4. A Sony Cybershot or other camera that didn’t come as part of your smartphone5. Sunscreen Swipes by...

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Serious rad upcycled childrens clothes for seriously special occasions

[updated with corrected info] There is something so special about children’s clothes with history. Hand-me-downs aren’t just a frugal choice: there’s often meaning in seeing your child in his grandpa’s favorite college sweatshirt. And now there’s a talented artist who’s preserving those memories–and clothing–in a truly special way. Kindred Cloth (even the name is divine) is a family owned business that runs on love and extraordinary talent. They’re applying remarkable talent to creating special outfits for children, by transforming a parent’s old shirt or other garment into something gorgeous and new. You can choose from their own ready-made designs...

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A coat rack almost too cute to hang your coats on

My favorite pastime is visiting flea markets and discovering items that will bring character to my child’s space and my own space.  And finding great deals adds to the excitement. But now there’s an adorable shop online that’s giving me the same thrills. All Lovely Stuff carries a collection of, well, lovely items that are sure to bring a smile to your home and space.  My favorite item, Animals of Whittling Wood, is a beautiful natural coat rack with fox, rabbit and cat profiles.  I think that I need this.                                 This moose rack would work great in an...

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The sunblock that turned us into a family of sunblock snobs

This sunblock is so good, so easy, and so waterproof that my kids call it only “the good one.” Well, not my three-year-old. He calls it “dat good can dat you spray.” Translation: winning product. The brand is MD Solar Sciences, which bills itself as a physician-driven skin cancer prevention company– unlike, say, companies that also make SPF 2 body oil and post-sun aloe gel.  “The good one” refers to two different products that work equally well. The Quick Dry Body Spray is our very favorite, as it sprays cleanly and, believe it or not, clearly. With almost no...

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Say chubby baby

In some neighborhoods, where feeding a baby a single french fry will earn you the disdain of onlooking parents everywhere (would I know of such a thing?) my anti-authority side is loving a line of vaguely irreverent baby and kids clothes that walks right into the realities of our fast food nation. [don’t miss a great discount AND a giveaway after the jump!] How can you not smile at the poppy colors and bold full-color photos of the Eat ‘Em Up Collection from our friends at Psychobaby? From baby tees and flip-flops to to baby bibs (my favorite) I...

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How five kids built a better lunchbox

Between summer camp and school, tossing an ice pack in with a sandwich, apple and yogurt is pretty much a no-brainer at this point. But when you consider that not all lunch boxes and ice packs are made for each other, there are plenty of times when I hesitate to pack a yogurt or a container of sliced fruit. Challenged with that scenario, a group of five smart kids came up with a lunchbox design that ensures cold food stays safely cold. And their design is so smart, one of the biggest retailers has snatched it up and made...

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

Here are some of our top tech picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. Finally– an easy way to let your toddler enjoy your iPhone without breaking it… or calling China.  2. Whether your kid loves science or just thinks they hate it, these three amazing free apps for iPad will have them mesmerized. Yes, free. 3. Toss your fancy camera’s instruction manual. This phenomenal photography book will have you taking photos like a pro and our readers are going nuts for it. 4. This fantastic website is like Wikipedia for kids, but even...

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