Month: January 2013

Hilarious new baby cards, because heaven knows new parents need to laugh

When I laugh out loud reading a new baby card, that’s saying something–especially on the floor of the NY International Gift Show where there’s oh, 600 million or so greeting cards. But hey, I should expect no less from CMP fave design studio 9 Spot Monk. Typeset perfectly in the most understated, gentle, letterpress font, these hilarious new baby cards are such a refreshing break from the same old “welcome baby!” They’re sold individually, but personally I’d stock up on about ten, ready for each new baby that comes into our lives in the coming months. Or should I...

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What to buy a 7 year old girl: 13 gift ideas according to mine after the NYIGF

I had such a great time discovering so many cool new picks at the NY International Gift Fair this weekend. But what was maybe more interesting, was letting my 7 year-old daughter tag along so I could see her own favorites from the show that are now making the great birthday gift list in her head. With zero censoring from me whatsoever, here are just over a dozen gifts and toys that captivated her 7 year-old imagination.   Related: The coolest gifts for 7-year old boys and girls   Color Your Own Placemats by Modern Twist  More than two...

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Special kids’ tees you’ll fall in love with for so many reasons

Funky t-shirts are my kids’ uniform. Since my boys share clothing, I need a material that can stand up to my kids’ rugged routines. Oh, and eco-friendly threads are always welcome. Now imagine all this, complete with cool designs created by artists with special needs to support great causes. Yeah, I’m excited too. I am in love with Paper Clouds Apparel. The sweet guitar you see here was designed by an artist with special needs. For every purchase of a bamboo or cotton blend t-shirt printed with organic paints, 50% of all proceeds go directly to a rotating charity–currently...

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

Here are a few of our favorite transformative tech picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. See that gorgeous Epiphanie bag? It is going right onto your want list, especially if you’re a shutterbug. Plus you have the chance to win your own! 2. You won’t want to miss this essential tutorial on how to make your kid’s iPod Touch safe. 3. We still can’t believe what this $17 gadget can do to your iPhone. Kids will love it too. 4. This geeky Valentine’s day card is cracking us up. Enjoy the giggle. 5. We...

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A lovely journal for your little traveler…other than a ticket to Paris

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have a father who traveled for work and could take us with him on many of his trips. The sad part: I don’t have much of a written record of all our flying adventures.  Now that I’m married to a pilot, my kids are afforded a similar luxury, but unlike me, I want them to be able to record their travels. And I think I found just the way for them to do it.  The adorable Children’s Flight Logbook is a creation by Australian mom Bronwyn Darnoc, who got the idea during a long...

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How do you spell “excitement” for tonight’s Downton Abbey? “B-I-N-G-O”

It’s Sunday which means another episode of Downton Abbey airs on PBS tonight, and you can bet that I’ll be on the couch, ready to see what happens next in the lives of the Crawley family and those around them. For those of you who gather around with friends to watch the show, you can make things even more exciting with Downton Abbey Bingo!  {Don’t miss these free printable bingo cards after the jump!} These four Downton Abbey Bingo cards from Paste Magazine with spaces like “Daisy Gets Jealous of the New Kitchen Maid” and “Thomas Checks Out The New Footman” are ready-made for...

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Making Valentine’s cupcakes a little sweeter

If you are one of those crazy cupcake baking parents (you know who you are. Own it! Wear it proudly!) then you probably have your secret sources for everything decorative. Here’s one more to add to your list. Dress My Cupcake has everything you need to making your cupcakes more impressive than everyone else’s cupcakes. Not that it’s a contest. But it totally is. You’ll find hearts, chevrons (but of course!), florals and even reusable glitter cupcake wrappers calling your name. There’s also a small section of cupcake accessories, including cake pop sticks, matching wooden cutlery and individual domes...

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6 winning Super Bowl mail-order eats? Touchdown!

The Super Bowl is right around the corner. I’m not a football fan, but I am definitely a fan of game day eats. If you are, too, you’ll be happy to know that some of the best makers of classic game day foods–from burgers to wings, hot dogs to BBQ–now deliver via mail order. Check out these 6 purveyors of the best Super Bowl party foods in the nation. No matter where you live, you can order up, sit back and enjoy the game. Or just the commercials, like me. –Stacie My favorite mail-order option (above) is an amazing selection...

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Humble wooden blocks get a beautiful makeover

Whether you are looking for a stunning first-birthday gift for a special child in your life, or your preschooler just loves to build, this beautifully designed set of colorful blocks is one toy they’ll treasure. Especially when they are building the Land of Lollipops or whatever they dream up in their imagination. Land of Nod’s It Makes a Village Building Set would create the village (or previously mentioned Land of Lollipops) of my kids’ dreams, with swoopy arches, wavy roads, and even little shapes that could become anything from a rock wall, to a cluster of bushes, to a...

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You had me at Bacon Peanut Brittle.

It seems that our society might be seeking out a few too many reasons to celebrate each and every day of the year (Penguin Awareness day anyone?). That said, I have found room for some elite exceptions. With today being National Peanut Brittle Day. In this house, brittle is king. My husband is quite the connoisseur and in our foodie expeditions in and around our eclectic island city we are happy to share that we have struck pure gold. Seeing as how it only comes once a year, I think today is a perfectly good excuse to buy some. Straight...

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