Month: September 2012

A giant gumball machine filled with cupcakes? Oh lord, yes

We’ve seen gumball machines. We’ve seen the ones that give out terrible lead-paint drenched toys, tattoos and decoder rings. But finally there’s one that tops them all: A cupcake machine for your next party. Whoa. CMP and all-around New York City favorite Baked By Melissa, makers of those irresistible bite-sized cupcakes, took Fashion Week as an opportunity to roll out a 6.5-foot tall cupcake pod machine. Drop in a token, and one of 2,000 delicious, fresh cupcake will roll out, sealed in a little plastic pod. You never know which of the inventive flavors you’ll get, which is a...

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Party perfection: raise the roof AND raise money for your fave nonprofits

Planning a kids’ party isn’t for the faint of heart, even though the end results (adorable cake-face photos! happy wee ones!) are always worth it.  Let’s face it: life is crazybusy. So I can totally see why more and more parents are turning to online party-planning services to lighten the load. But we’ve found one with a little extra do-gooding awesomeness to sweeten the deal. A few years back we discovered ECHOage, a site which helps you can organize a fete for your kiddo that directly benefits more than 120 nonprofits. They’ve evolved since then, with adorable invitations, and even...

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Put a letter on it with a Jana Feifer custom tote

As we moms know, when your belly and butt are often times growing and shrinking thanks to your kiddos (not just me, right?), handbags and purses are the one thing that will always fit. Well, at least that’s the rationale I’m using to snatch up one of these gorgeous custom totes.  I’m not generally one to wear my name or initials, but for the Letters for Literacy tote by Jana Feifer I will make an exception. Known for her gorgeous color-blocked leather totes and hobo bags that even scored a place on Oprah’s Favorite Things List, Jana took a hiatus from...

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The Weelicious cookbook – the cookbook every family should own

Remember our list of 6 cookbooks that every parent should own? Well, make room on your cookbook shelf for one more: the new Weelicious cookbook by Catherine McCord. [Like great food? Then don’t miss a super giveaway for two readers after the jump] Before I get to the many reasons why Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes is fabulous, allow me to digress for a moment. When former chef Anthony Bourdain wrote his breakout book Kitchen Confidential, he caught flack for calling out his kitchen brethren. I’m about to do something similar, and not just because I’ll do nearly anything...

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Ahoy! Plunder this treasure of adorable shirts for your favorite matey

Avast me hearties, it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day! And if you have a little landlubber who likes to plunder your desk drawers and yell arrrrrrr at all hours of the day and night, we have got the cutest little tee to add to your booty. The Pepe the Pirate tee from b. childrenswear features a kid-friendly design for kiddos with an affection for life on the high seas. I’d call the design “pirate lite” since Pepe looks like he’d be perfectly amenable to swabbing the deck a second or third time, instead of doing something truly lawless. If...

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Puzzles that are curiouser and curiouser (and cooler and cooler)

I’ll admit it–puzzles don’t normally pique my curiosity. But when you combine a beautiful painting with intricate laser-cut wood pieces that are works of art in themselves, you have me grinning like a Cheshire Cat. Artifact Puzzles is pure puzzle genius, with offerings like we’ve never seen. Alice in Wonderland by artist Justin Hillgrove is just one option–they’ve got tons of others to charm you as well.  Each sophisticated puzzle is laser-cut of 1/4″ thick wood in the most interesting shapes. From cats to octopi and teacups to toadstools, these are not your average wiggly bits. And they’re not for...

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Color your own cake-venture!

Confession: I once baked a birthday cake so ugly my daughter cried. I’m not kidding. So for those of you without culinary arts degrees, here’s one way to make the birthday kid feel special and ensure that her cake will be exactly what she wants. With a bouquet of food-safe edible ink markers, the¬†Sweetapolita blog shows us how a white birthday cake became the perfect canvas for budding artists and we’re smitten! We’ve recommended this cookie and food marker combo before, but any set will do, like these gourmet food writing markers. You can order a cake covered with...

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Baby-friendly bling: necklaces safe for little nibblers

When my son was a baby, he was fascinated by my jewelry–a fascination that led to his stuffing fistfuls of my necklaces into his curious mouth. Worried that my necklaces might be sporting some not-so-friendly chemicals, I stopped wearing them altogether. At the time, I didn’t have any other option–because I didn’t have any Chewbeads. Chewbeads, which we love so much you’ll find them in our Baby Shower Gift Guide, are every bling-crazy mom’s salvation. These non-toxic, silicone jewelry pieces are stylish for mama and intriguingly colorful (and mouth-safe) for babies who like to chomp. And now I’m loving...

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Got an awesome idea for a kid’s t-shirt? It could win you $5,000.

Think you can do better than “diva,” “boob man,” or the ever popular “my dad can beat up your dad?” Of course you can. And Threadless and Gap think so too. Which is why in their continued partnership, they’ve just introduced a contest for your kid–or maybe even you–to create the most awesome kids’ t-shirt design. The Gap Kids/Threadless T-shirt Design Challenge is pretty simple: think of  a wonderful, glorious, joyful design for a baby or child’s t-shirt and the winner will not only be sold at Threadless and Gap, you’ll win $5,000. I love the idea of them...

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Don’t you worry about a thing

While we’re big supporters of all the cool kids’ music out there, there’s so much great adult music that kids love too. And no, not just the Beatles. So I’m really happy to see one of my kids’ favorite “grown-up” songs has been turned into a joyful, colorful, exuberant children’s book that brings the timeless lyrics to life. Admit it: you sang Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds to your kids when they were babies like I did, right? If so, you’ll instantly fall for the children’s book Every Little Thing, which has been adapted by his daughter Cedella Marley...

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