Month: September 2012

Breaking news: Trader Joe’s and Sunland peanut butter recall expands *Now updated

NOTE: It appears that Sunland Inc is now out of business. Check your pantries, mamas! The recall of New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. peanut butter sold at Trader Joe’s has now been expanded to 76 types of products, including almond butter, cashew butter, and tahini. The original recall was for Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter due to numerous salmonella illnesses across 18 states, however, additional products that are made on the same equipment by Sunland Inc. have now also been voluntarily recalled, including Archer Farms (sold at Target) and Harry & David. The good news is that none...

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A DIY kids’ craft to brighten up fall

I know it’s just a matter of time. Soon, my kids will be bringing home school craft projects made with fading leaves, twigs and pinecones. But I refuse to abandon the bright, bold colors I love just because we’ve officially hit fall. That’s why I love this supersimple DIY kids’ craft that even I can pull off. This craft tutorial for bright paper ornaments takes nothing more than paper, scissors, glue, and some string for hanging. Think snowflakes, only round. Considering how excited my five-year-old gets about wielding her own scissors these days, a project like this will be a...

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Nursing for good: The Bravado Nursing Tank by Rebecca Minkoff for Baby Buggy

I love good products that help support a good cause, but I love them even more when they’re actually tied to the cause. (As in, I still question that strange fast-food fried-chicken campaign to fight breast cancer.) This is why I’m so happy to give you the first look at a beautiful new designer nursing tank by Rebecca Minkoff, to benefit one of my very favorite charities, Baby Buggy. The Bravado Designs Essential Nursing Tanks by Rebecca Minkoff  are worth a look just knowing this awesome designer is partnering with one of moms’ all-time most-loved nursing bra brands. There...

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Rabbit Days and Dumplings serves up deliciously different family music

Thanks to an Austrian grandmother and a healthy selection of Putumayo Kids music, my kids have been exposed to a fairly diverse tapestry of children’s music…although I will admit that our knowledge of any music from East Asia is almost nonexistent. But now that versatile musician Elena Moon Park from Dan Zanes and Friends has released a collection of songs from her homeland, that’s all about to change. {Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of this CD!} Rabbit Days and Dumplings is especially exciting if you’re like me and have a preconceived notion in your head of what an...

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Aubrey Anderson-Emmon’s Emmy dress: will it be your daughter’s dress next?

Anyone who caught the Emmys last night probably oohed and ahhed over Modern Family’s adorable Aubrey Anderson-Emmons. In case you’re wondering where she got that awesome little purple dress, it’s none other than Tea Collection, believe it or not. And we’ve got a first-hand look at how it came together (zomg, the picture of Aubrey with her dad is killing us) and…an exclusive chance to win one of your own. [don’t miss a chance to win your own dress after the jump!] Knowing my own girls, I can only imagine that it’s every 5 year-old’s dream to have a...

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Watch it wiggle, see it freak out your party guests

Browsing through our archives for cool Halloween ideas, I came across this old link to a post highlighting a recipe for super spooky eyeball Jell-O shots. Non-alcoholic for the kids, of course. Poking around the site, turns out there’s a ton more great ideas for any upcoming Halloween parties you might have on the calendar. At Jelly Shot Test Kitchen, the updates are now few and far between but the recipe archive is still quite good. Do some searching and you’ll find recipes like Candy Corn Jello and Polyjuice Potion made with gingerale, pineapple and lime, and topped with gummy worms....

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Volcom, Yo Gabba Gabba and Jack Black = skate culture awesomesauce

Volcom is my kids’ absolute obsession around these parts. They’re hardcore skateboarders, and Volcom represents everything that is awesome about skater culture. One of my sons insists on only wearing shirts emblazoned with their logo. He has two, and if they’re dirty? No worries. He will gladly dig them out of the laundry basket. Talk about brand loyalty at six years old!  And now Volcom’s newest collaboration is the raddest thing since sliced bread, because they have figured out a way to raise the roof on cool. Intrigued? Oh, you should be. Volcom and Yo Gabba Gabba have joined...

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We’ve got the buzz on a sweet new line by Burt’s Bees

We’re used to slathering our babies in products from Burt’s Bees, but now you can dress your baby in them, too.  Sweet! [Don’t miss a great giveaway and discount code after the jump!] The new Burt’s Bees Baby line includes a complete layette in sizes preemie through 9 months for your sweetest little honeybee. From cozy elf caps and onesies to footie-pajamas and tees, you can expect supersoft 100% organic pima cotton in muted hues with minimalistic but natural designs.  I love the soft beige stripes and sleepy pastels–and the adorable bee graphic. And I’ve tried those darling little...

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

From saving your gadgets to saving your sanity, here are a few of our favorite picks from the past week, just in case you missed them. 1. Our very favorite developer is back with a brilliant new kids’ app that rocks. Literally. 2. If you need a good laugh, we’ve rounded up 7 funny parenting videos that actually are funny. In fact, none of them contains poop jokes or swagger wagons. 3. This fantastic science app will turn any kid into a budding mad scientist. You wanted Alien Monster Eggs in your kitchen, right? 4. This gorgeous camera won’t...

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A free family-savvy tour guide, at your service (LAX, we’re starting with you)

I love finding the best activities and spots to check out in my city. When a site does all of the legwork and offers me a list of proposed activities to check out each week, what’s not to love? That’s why I’m digging the new site The Family Savvy. An evolution of an old CMP favorite, Kids off the Couch, we are psyched to follow author Sarah Bowman on this new adventure around Los Angeles. Until they expand to a location near you, why not use this as a family-friendly guide on your next vacation to the City of Angels?...

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