Month: January 2013

5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and catch cool new picks like these every day. 1. Fun, free retro Valentine’s printables that make great DIY cards too. 2. The essential guide to making an iPod Touch safe for kids. 3. The cutest black boots that don’t even need breaking in. 4. Children’s tees to make your kids look smart. Which they already are. 5. Pretty new mom keepsake jewelry that’s actually...

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9 DIY Valentine card kits for crafty kids

Last week, we shared an adorable DIY Valentine Card Kit and–wow!–so many of you wanted to grab a set, the artist had to temporarily shutter the shop while she made more. Happily, there are now a few more kits back in stock, but we also decided to find some more awesome Valentine’s card kits that are high on fun, but low on mess and effort. No need to send us a love note in thanks. –Christina This Robot Valentine’s Card Kit from Etsy’s NickWillJack is such a nice break from all the frill and foo-foo out there. Designed by...

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Handmade quilts for some very lucky babies

Nothing finishes off a nursery like a beautiful handmade quilt. A mix of modern and handmade can create a stunning element of decor, especially in a child’s space, but there’s no reason artfully crafted baby quilts can’t be put to use as real blankets too, when they’re made as well as these are. These breathtaking handmade baby quilts by Painted & Patched are each unique, original work of art. Made from the finest fabrics in England today plus hand-dyed silks, soft eco cottons and peace silks, each quilt is made look better and better over time. All of Painted...

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Web Coolness: Brotherly love, Valentine pins, and how movies teach manhood

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Such a wonderful story about an older brother’s love for his younger sibling which made the duo the Sport Illustrated Kids 2012 SportsKids of the Year. Our own contributor Eva writes lovingly in the uplifting My Brother Used to Have Down Syndrome. Our Valentine’s Day Pinterest board is packed with much to adore. Check it out! How Movies Teach Manhood: Such an interesting TED Talk about what messages are out there, and how they could be improved for our boys. (via Shelly Kramer) This sweet...

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Handmade crib mobiles for those looking for something a little…different

What does it take to get a jaded mother of two excited about baby mobiles? Ninjas, circus animals with mustaches, and angelic pigs, apparently. All handmade, and all so very different. Not to mention customizable. That small, squishy boom? Eh, just my ovaries exploding. Carry on. (But not until you take a peek at these gorgeous squee-worthy works of art.) Pink Cheeks Studio on Etsy is a treasure chest of beautiful, bright, handmade-by-a-mom goodies that add color, cheer and outrageous charm to almost any decor. As I may have mentioned (ha) we’re especially smitten with the utterly adorable handmade...

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A new kids’ book that’s a real page-turner

I love the fact that my kids can carry around dozens of their favorite books on one compact tablet instead of lugging around a giant backpack. But, we still find it so satisfying to snuggle on the couch and share an actual storybook together, with pages to turn and no screen to tap for “special effects.” So check out this new picture book that is such a fun page-turner, I think it’ll make kids really appreciate how cool a paper book can be. Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier isn’t just one book, but actually a bunch of little...

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A musical playdate you indie-music parents won’t want to skip

Still have your kids’ attention? Lucky you! That means there’s still time to fill their ears with music that will make your own indie-music-loving soul happy–before the siren song of Call Me Maybe has imprinted on their poor susceptible souls for life. So you’ll want to check out a new CD that is full of indie cred from the new label by Skankin’ Pickle’s Mike Park, but with lyrics for those who can’t stay up past 8pm.  Fronted by Greg Attonito, singer in punk band Bouncing Souls, Play Date has him joining up with his wife Shanti Wintergate in their first release, Imagination.  And while...

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5 healthy lunchbox snacks that make that healthy snacking resolution a little easier

This year, a lot of parents are resolving to buy healthier lunchbox snacks that are kid and cool mom approved. Seem like a tall order? Not with these five healthy snacks. I know that healthy snacks can be hard. So many taste, well, healthy. These five products are different. They get high marks on health and taste, and I’m not the only one doing the grading. My boys have signed off on these treats, too. Hooray for one no-brainer resolution! –Stacie I Heart Keenwah clusters (above) Thought the quinoa trend was over? Think again. The most genius product churned out...

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4 fabulous outfits to match 4 fabulous pairs of glasses

There’s no faster way to make people say, “Wow, you look great–what’s different?” than new glasses. Faster even than a haircut. Seriously. And possibly cheaper, considering there is hardly a pair over $95 on Lookmatic, including your prescription. So we’re thrilled to welcome them as our newest sponsor (yay!), especially because they were so kind as to allow me to put together some cool outfits around some of my favorite Lookmatic frames on their site. And there’s a lot. Narrowing them down may have been the hardest part. –Liz [Don’t miss a big giveaway PLUS an exclusive, limited time...

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Turn your kids’ drawings into figurines

I’ve seen no shortage of brilliant ideas for showcasing kids’ artwork not to mention ideas for turning kids art into gifts–which by the way are always a hit with anyone who receives them.  So when I saw these adorable figurines created from kids’ drawings, I immediately started mining our artwork storage boxes in preparation for Mother’s Day gift awesomeness.  Meet Crayon Creatures, a company based out of Barcelona, Spain that turns your kids’ drawings into adorable sandstone figurines. Once they receive your kids’ artwork, a 3D artist uses specialized technology to translate your little one’s 2D drawing into a...

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The perfect first dollhouse

I still remember taking my girls to a friend’s house for a playdate, and realizing that my youngest daughter, then about two, could lose herself for an hour or more with the little girl’s dollhouse without making a peep. I knew from then on that imagination-building toys would rule her world and the hunt for the perfect dollhouse would begin. If you have a boy or girl in the same boat–or house–I’ve found just the one to get them started. This new child’s dollhouse, simply called “Playhouse,” is the perfect first dollhouse. With just three floors, enough furniture to...

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Saying I love you en citron

It’s been a long time since I checked in with the Paris Print Shop (formerly known as Little Brown Pen), and with Valentine’s Day coming up, it reminded me to stop by their Etsy Shop and see what they’re up to. I’m so glad I did. I think this yellow heart photograph is just so lovely. Taken from graffiti on a Paris wall–the fact it’s Paris just makes it more romantic, right?–it’s the kind of thing I could convince my sigOth to mayyyybe hang on the wall, when red or pink would never fly. If you really love it,...

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Free printable paper dolls: the ultimate collection, from Betsy McCall and beyond

I’ve never let go of my love of paper dolls, ever since I played with them myself. (No, not last week with my kids; I mean a loooong time ago.) While our paper dolls apps on my iPhone get a ton of play, so do the regular old paper variety. A little more mess, but also a lot more creativity. It’s funny that recently the New York Times covered them like a new trend, even though we (and plenty of design blogs) have featured plenty of paper dolls over the years. In any case, nice to be validated! Since...

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Offer a warm welcome with eco-savvy guest toothbrushes

While I will never come close to the Martha Stewart level of preparedness, there are some nifty tricks I’ve picked up along the way to help me appear as a super hostess-goddess always at the ready for guests (even of the unexpected overnight variety). And I’ve just found a classy new item to add to my hostess-with-the-mostest stash. My newest discovery is these guest toothbrushes from Izola. I’ll definitely be adding these to my guest arsenal (right along with my frozen Trader Joe’s hors d’oeuvres). Made out of sustainable bamboo and nylon bristles, with “guest” charmingly stamped on the handles,...

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Babywearing dolls? Whoa, the cuteness.

I’ve done a lot of babywearing in my day. A lot. And though my “baby” is a hand-holding toddler now, my daughter still remembers her little brother’s carrier days and wears her own doll babies with pride. While it’s no secret we at CMP love babywearing, it’s not often I’ve come across a really great babywearing doll. I just love the adorable Babywearing Mommy Doll (with equally adorable baby, of course!) from the Freja Toys Etsy shop. She’s so sweet and happy toting her baby around in what must be the world’s tiniest ring sling. And with several hair...

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A book with illustrations worthy of Dr. King’s most famous speech

Yes, having a day off from school is exciting for the kids, but on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’d also like for them to reflect upon the reason they are getting a day away from lessons. And even though they are old enough to have heard Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech a few times, there is a new book that brings it to life with such compelling illustrations, I don’t think they’ll mind cracking a book today. The recently released I Have a Dream book and CD take the unforgettable words of Martin Luther King Jr. and make...

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

Here are a few of our favorite tech picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. The latest Facebook announcement has sent us straight back to our privacy settings. We’ve got the need-to-know scoop on the new Facebook Graph Search. 2. Turn your smartphone into funky camera with this hip mod case. Or check out this crazy new photography gadget, if you’re a little more retro. 3. Feeling iffy about Instagram? Here are some fabulous, free photo apps that will give it a run for its money. 4. We’re beyond excited about this technology for those...

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So I had to say I love you with an initial charm necklace

I was never really able to get into the humongo Carrie Bradshaw-style name necklace. But this tiny silver initial necklace? Now that I could do. Right in time for Valentine’s Day, or for a new mom who likes her keepsake jewelry subtle. And it happens to be wildly affordable. I just discovered jewelery designer Angela Parker Kennedy of Olive Yew and I’m really liking her simple, pretty, and very reasonably priced work. The rose gold plated initial necklace is a great deal at $38, and you can even add a second letter for $6. Perfect for you + your...

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What Does the President Look Like? A book to help make history cool.

With the Inauguration coming up, a lot of us will be watching and following the day’s events on TV. That also means a lot of questions from curious kids about…well, all kinds of things. There are a lot of books that talk about politics for kids, but my own girls have been enjoying What Does the President Look Like?, an original book that describes presidential history through the lens (no pun intended) of media and technology through the years. Author and political historian Jane Hampton Cook’s premise is that while we’re all familiar with President Obama’s face from TV...

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Twin sets for babies we love. Because roses are red, onesies are…mustard?

If pink and red are a little too sweet for your taste on Valentine’s Day, try some mustard. As in, these gorgeous mustard and cream organic onesies that feature a hip, understated version of hearts and arrows. So cute for twins! Or a singleton who likes options. The Baby Heart and Arrows Gift Set from eleventyfive on Etsy (don’t you love that name?) is an adorable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day that’s not too cutesy and totally wearable year-round. The set of two 100% organic cotton onesies is hand-printed in Austin, TX using environmentally friendly inks and available up...

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