Month: August 2012

Characters with character: alphabet prints for superhero fans

In this fontastic alphabet, J stands for James…James Bond? I’m in. Especially since I is for Iron Man. I just love the way Helvetica is used to depict some of my favorite superheroes and famous characters, and wow, how great would they be in a cool kid’s room? Helvetica, My Hero is a typography project by French design student Rene Mambembe. Each letter of the alphabet is depicted as a famous character from comics or film using what’s essentially the most simplistic and well-known of fonts: Helvetica. And yet each character has such…character. As they’re superheroes or movie villains, a disproportionate...

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Lunch bag and sandwich bag value packs make back to school eco-friendly and affordable

I’ve always liked BuiltNY’s lunch totes, so much so that I own a few of them myself. I can assure you they’ve all stood the test of time. And the test of peanut butter. Now they’re offering new kid’s lunchboxes and brand new reusable sandwich bags that are so cute, we featured them last week on the TODAY Show, and in our back to school shopping guide. I think it might have also made me their new biggest fan. Their adorable Big Apple Buddies are some of the cutest and well-priced lunch bags I’ve seen, with insulation, sturdy construction, a wipe-clean...

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Designer diaper bags for fall: fashionable + affordable

As we start heading towards fall, I’ve got new diaper bags on the brain. (Why should back to school shopping time be just for the kids?) It’s been a while since I took a look to see what diaper bag label JP Lizzy has been up to, and it’s a good thing I had a mind to do just that this week. Ages ago we liked their diaper totes, but they don’t quite feel like something I’d wear today. And wow, turns out JP Lizzy has come a long way with their 2012 styles. The new diaper bag satchels...

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13 healthier versions of kids’ favorite lunchbox snacks

Healthy lunchbox snacks seem to be one of the frequent requests from our readers. I’m generally a from-scratch girl, but life–and lunch packing–with two little ones can get hectic. Despite my dedication to all foods homemade, I rely on a pantry stocked with healthier packaged snacks for when we’re in need. These may not be as wholesome as homemade, but they are among the best of the bunch in their category. And easy, too.    If you’re going to hit the supermarket for kiddo’s favorite snacks, these healthier picks are the way to go. – Stacie The Best Veggie...

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Natural relief from things that make kids go OUCH

My kids entered a phase around 4 when bug bite creams and sting-stoppers terrified them. I’m sure it had a little something to do with the one we “promised them” wouldn’t hurt but turned out to be made with alcohol. (It wasn’t totally our fault; we were traveling abroad and couldn’t read the ingredients.) CMP favorite Mayron’s Goods has a terrific new product however, that takes all the hurt away. This time, Melanie Mayron (along with her adorable chemist dad) has taken a break from directing to put out OUCH Stuff, aptly named because it’s the stuff you put on those cuts...

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Oh my oh my oh dinosaur

If there’s one awesome baby gift for any kid at all anywhere, it’s a bunch of books to start his library. Which means if there’s one more awesome baby gift, it’s going to be a sturdy bookend that does more than just sit there and look pretty on the shelf. Or in this case, look fierce. The weighted faux leather animal bookends at Serena + Lily come in all sorts of fun animals, but I think the dinosaur bookend is my favorite. At his height he’d be perfect for holding up all those palm-sized board books the new mom...

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Affordable bangles for fall that you can start wearing now

August is a bit of a weird jewelry-buying time. I want things that will feel all light and happy with my sleeveless dresses, but I’ve also got an eye towards fall. Which his why these affordable skinny bangles are the perfect thing to take me from one season to the next. The Adele Skinny Bangles by Voz Clothing and Art are stained walnut, which means they’re not as summer-like as say, embroidery or light beading; but they’re hand-painted with colors that can suit any season. I happen to love this combo of black, peach and gold, but the Karen O set (named for the...

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Augie to Zebra: a fab alphabet book from a favorite duo

It makes perfect sense that Caspar Babypants, the kindie music favorite whose song titles include My Flea Has Dogs and Stompy the Bear, would create an alphabet book with prose way beyond A is for Apple. But what really makes this picture book a must-have for any beginning reader in your life is the unusual creative collaboration of the author and the popular artist he convinced to create the gorgeous illustrations in Augie to Zebra. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that hard to convince the excellent Kate Endle to illustrate the book, considering she and Chris Ballew (aka Caspar Babypants) are a husband-wife...

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The Busy Mom’s Cookbook – isn’t that all of us?

Antonia Lofaso was absolutely captivating on Top Chef. I loved watching her seamlessly perfect results every single episode, and I appreciated her passion for being both a full time chef and full time mother. And now she’s offering wisdom to parents who want haute, mostly Italian-inspired cuisine in minutes, sans microwave, with her new cookbook. The 100 recipes in The Busy Mom’s Cookbook appease both your own sophisticated palate and your carb-loading, goldfish-loving toddler’s. Madras curry chicken, anyone? The recipes are really easy to follow, and I like that the total cooking time and serving size is found at...

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This book belongs to…

With school starting soon–or for some it’s already started–books are being bought and soon, books will be lost. There’s nothing like a “this book belongs to…” label to make sure that the rightful owner remains the rightful owner. Especially when that rightful owner is your own child. You can find the cutest (and I mean cutest) personalized book labels at TinyMe.com, the same website with those great Olympics printables we loved.  With more than 50 different styles and lots of colors to choose from for each style, the possibilities are endless. And fun.                                This vintage style, also seen...

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