Month: September 2012

Pop art placemats that pack a punch

Ah, the poor humble placemat. Sure, placemats serve a noble purpose: to keep spills and mess (somewhat) contained. But have you ever fallen in love with one? I have. I’m totally smitten with Pop Placemats. These puppies demand attention with their hip styling and personalized pizzazz. They scream: “I am functional and fabulous, KAPOW!” Their old-school cartoon flavor, reminiscent of my favorite Batman episodes of yore, make me so darn happy…and that’s before coffee. Bold graphics keep young Warhols-in-training inspired, and 100% easy-wipe polyester (with no-skid bottoms) keep mama and papa smiling at all the, uh, mealtime art all over the table.  -Eva...

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The Fresco Chrome from Bloom is one hot high chair

Until now, I’d never realized that a highchair could be a style statement. I’ve always steered toward simplicity when it comes to kids’ furniture, but the dazzling new highchair from Bloom has me positively wowed. The Fresco Chrome Special Edition highchair from Bloom is an even cooler version of their already amazingly fancy Fresco highchair. The Fresco, if you hadn’t heard, is every design-centric parent’s dream highchair. The Fresco Chrome offers a metallic seat and some pretty rad updates to the original. It’s stylish, slick and futuristic–but trust us, this highchair does a lot more than just look cool....

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

We’ve got tech in the bag–get it?–with a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. And of course, we’re serving up the big iPhone 5 news! 1. These stylish bags are utterly amazing. Wait till you read how they’re going to make your life easier and keep you from missing magic moments. It doesn’t hurt that they’re gorgeous, either. 2. What does Pam from The Office–er, Jenna Fischer–use to calm her one-year-old on the plane? Click here to find out! Hint: it’s not her Dundie award. 3. We’ve got the scoop on...

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Things to do in Manhattan that aren’t your typical things to do in Manhattan

Even as a lifelong New Yorker (more or less), I love that there’s always something new to do in Manhattan. Not just because there are new shops and museums and restaurants popping up all the time; but because there are so many old ones that you simply never noticed before. It’s probably why when visitors to Manhattan ask me, “what should I do when I’m here?” It’s hard to offer a quick answer besides Central Park and walking the Brooklyn Bridge. That’s why I’m excite about a super clever new website that helps turn you onto the Manhattan you...

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Run 10 Feed 10: running with a purpose

I’m a huge fan of FEED. If you’re not familiar with this amazing company run by Lauren Bush, let me give you the CliffsNotes version: you buy a funky bag, shirt or more, and you are directly helping to feed a school child through partnerships with organizations like the UN World Food Programme, UNICEF, Room to Read, Donors Choose.  Different from other retail organizations that promise to give a portion of proceeds to charity, the FEED donation is built directly into the cost of the bag. A bag with the number ten stenciled on it will feed ten children–it’s...

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Raise a Ruckus with Hullabaloo’s latest CD for kids

Steve Denyes of Hullabaloo has the kind of cool Johnny Cash-esque voice that would be right at home in a honky-tonk country bar. Fortunately for our kids, he and his childhood friend Brendan Kremer have decided to make great kids’ music instead of crooning to boring old grownups. And their latest release is a real barn-burner. The dozen songs on Raise a Ruckus mix swing-your-partner country with story-telling folk and good ol’ rock-and-roll for a toe-tapping, upbeat sound. The fiddle-and-banjo-filled title song alone begs for dancing (and could exhaust even the most energetic five-year-old).  I love that Hullabaloo has such a...

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Turning kids’ art into accessories with My Pretty Monsters

There’s an avalanche waiting to happen. Somewhere in your house, a pile of drawings and paintings is teetering, just waiting to collapse and terrify the cat. At least, that’s what happened to me.  Here’s a better way to honor your kid’s creations: by wearing their art as accessories. My Pretty Monsters transforms children’s artwork into lovingly crafted keepsakes. Whether you choose a messenger bag, a phone zippy, a purse, or even a giant stuffed animal, this gift will please your child as much as it pleases you.                      These aren’t assembly-line works, either. For example, each...

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A stylish solution for storage needs

Finding storage solutions is one of our obsessions. I love buckets and bins, but I need them to be on budget and, just as important for me, not boring to look at. Chewing The Cud has solved both of those problems by creating these adorable fabric storage buckets that are modern, whimsical and easy on the wallet. You can choose from a variety of colors and patterns as well as different sizes. These buckets are perfect for for display, gift presentation and storage. I can already think of so many ways to use them around my house!                                   Use them...

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What’s new (and awesome!) for families at Azul Beach Hotel

My family’s trip to Azul Beach Hotel in Cancun a few years ago was one of our all-time favorite vacations. And that’s saying a lot, considering we traveled with our (then) three kids under the age of 4, including a 3-month old. Since our first visit, this boutique family hotel has undergone a huge multimillion dollar renovation, and I was thrilled to be invited back to experience it firsthand. And based on what I saw, you’ll want to be sure to add Azul Beach to the top of your list for your next family vacation. Snazzy New Accommodations The biggest...

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Before Rowling there was Tolkien

This week, at their father’s insistence, we introduced the kids to Lord of the Rings–he wanted to get a head start before The Hobbit finally comes out. Well, my older daughter is now officially obsessed, roleplaying Frodo at every turn. (She didn’t want to be Arwyn, surprisingly. Kind of cool.) If you’ve got a kid who’s smitten with Tolkien, but you’re not ready to fill their room with giant full-color posters of Orcs, this minimalist design option is awesome. Designer Jamesy has created this lovely Minimalist Lord of the Rings series of posters. I think the Fellowship of the...

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