Month: September 2012

32 Ways to Dress a Fox? Is that a personal challenge?

I’m smitten with kittens–of the fox and rabbit variety. And piglets, too. If you like open-ended, simple, beautiful activity books that leave plenty of room for imagination and fun, then you’ll want to buy all three.  That’s a total of 96 outfits, by the way. More than I have in my closet. Just saying. Each sweet new Activity Book from CMP favorite Wee Gallery includes 32 pages of artsy fun. Each image is slightly different, with head, hands, feet, and tail rarin’ for dress-up fun, plus occasional accessories added to help spark imagination. Whether you’re looking to dress a...

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Show Me a Story: low on tech, high on terrific

When my kids were really young, they loved to tell me long, adorably nonsensical stories about just about anything that crossed their minds. Now that they’re a bit older, I miss their elaborate tales. These days, it’s easy for tech-savvy kids to lose themselves in their electronic games and gadgets. But guess what? Armed with a new book packed with loads of interactive tips, crafts, and games, I’ve found a fun way to engage their imagination and encourage old-school play and storytelling, all over again. {Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy!} The beautifully designed magazine-style...

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Trend alert: supercool military jackets for boys

With a husband in the Air Force Reserves, the hot military trend is one of my favorites–not to mention it’s pretty easy getting a jacket on a finicky boy when you tell him he’ll be just like Daddy. In my search for the perfect winter coat for my son, I found some on-trend winners well worth sharing. Here are my top picks for boys’ military inspired jackets at some of my favorite online shops.    The pilot wife in me was immediately drawn to this adorable faux leather bomber jacket at the Gap (above left.) But even if Daddy doesn’t fly...

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Bowled over: vintage bowling lanes get new life as kids’ furniture

Every now and then I spot kids’ furniture that makes me wish I had a little expendable income, and that’s exactly how I feel about these amazing pieces from CounterEvolution.  Table Tots are quite possibly the coolest kids’ table sets I’ve ever seen. And “cool” doesn’t even cover it. This is heirloom-quality furniture with an amazing story worth telling for generations to come. Each set is completely handcrafted from recycled wood and steel rescued from closed-down bowling lanes and other buildings scheduled to be demolished, then finished using green-friendly practices. Fab.  And if the artistry looks familiar, it’s because designer Jim...

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DIY Crafts meets toys meets awesome

One of my son’s favorite activities is creating DIY roads and parking garages for his collection of Matchbox cars. So when I saw this super easy tutorial, I thought it would be a cool way to take his imaginative play to the next level. These DIY chalkboard city blocks from hellobee are brilliant, imaginative fun. Requiring only a few supplies (and crafty genes are NOT on the list of must-haves), you and your favorite car-lover can whip up an entire neighborhood in a couple of minutes. Vroom-vroom!   All you’ll need is chalkboard paint, sandpaper, and a bunch of old blocks...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? If so, here are 5 pins we loved this week.Tons of cool Halloween ideas on our new Halloween board, including this icky-yummy treat idea. One of the prettiest apps we’ve seen for preschoolers, and educational, too. The awesome bracelets that every mother needs. Easily the funniest video for parents that we’ve come across in a long time. A no-carve Halloween pumpkin idea incorporating this year’s biggest design trend. (Can you...

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Stylish threads for on-trend little guys

Moms of boys, you know it can be a full-on hunt to find cool threads for our little guys. Especially if, like mine, your son happens to love fashion.  So when I discovered Aven Clothing, I actually squealed with happiness. Aven founders Angie Monson and Mitch Harris have created an all-boys clothing line that is wonderfully stylish. The line includes blazers, pullovers, chinos and the cutest cropped vest, all with an edgy European flair. This definitely isn’t your average jeans and t-shirt line, though you will find lots of denim (and even a cool hoodie).                                         ...

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Beautiful birth announcements that are a cut above

I spent a lot of time looking for the “perfect” birth announcements for my three children–something unique and beautiful, and worthy of tucking away in a special place and not immediately hitting the recycle bin (gasp!). And if CMP favorite Minted had been around in the early 2000s when I was having these kids, I’m sure I would’ve been all over their brand new, indie-design birth announcements. Gorgeous!    With its eight new shapes (yes, shapes), Minted now offers numerous options for its birth announcements. In other words, good luck to you new parents, because in addition to settling on a...

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Web coolness: musical swings, special needs kids, and free museum passes

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. This cooperative musical instrument in Montreal has passersby stopping to smile and swing a tune or two.  If your child is asking questions about his or her special needs, you’ll want to read this thoughtful piece on Alpha Mom. Do you judge other moms? Hear what gets Kristen and her Coffee Shop Confessions panel all riled up. An important post to read after last week’s Suicide Prevention Week, written by our own Delilah. Cool story about an entrepreneurial teen’s nifty...

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6 of the best funny parenting books. Because what new moms really need is a new laugh.

Along with a housecleaner and a personal chef, what I really could’ve used when I was a new mom was a good laugh and a lot more funny parenting books. Because while I sat and rocked my newborn as she screamed, it was sometimes hard to not take it all so seriously. If your new-mom friend is not the type to devour the very serious “expert” books on parenting, instead get her one that’s guaranteed to put a smile on her face. Plus, tucked inside all the “funny” is plenty of sage advice that will give any new parent...

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