Month: January 2013

Watch out! These wooden timepieces are stylish and sustainable

Watch out, world. (Ha, get it? Yeah, sometimes we can’t resist.) Whether you’re a hip mom, a cool dude, or someone with metal allergies, we bet you’ll groove on these natural wooden wristwatches, and the fact that each watch purchase funds the planting of a new tree.   WeWood Timepieces crafts light, comfy, breathable watches out of real wood–it’s that simple. They’re truly little pieces of art, and definitely conversation starters. The pics on the WeWood website support their assertion that the watches are ridiculously pretty for a girl or ruggedly handsome for a guy. Considering I wear a...

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DIY Valentine card kits for the semi-to-not-very crafty

I’m never going to be the mom who looks at the DIY Valentine’s craft project for kids on Pinterest–the one that requires a Cricut and a hot glue gun and six trips to the craft store–and says aha! That’s the one for us! But still, I’d like my kids to put a little bit of effort into their own Valentine’s cards for the class besides just handing out the store-bought ones. So I think I’ve found the perfect compromise in this cool Valentine’s kit on Etsy. The DIY Valentine Card Kit from Miki of Fresh Lemon Blossoms (love that name!) is...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us, and find cool finds like this daily. 1. Nutella hot chocolate recipe! We could drink this every day this winter. 2. Is this gift the secret to a great marriage? (If nothing else, it shows you both have a sense of humor.) 3. A new fitness bracelet that offers the motivation you need to get in shape? Maybe to help you work off that hot chocolate recipe? Ha. 4. We’re adding this personalized necklace to our Valentine’s wish list, stat. 5. One of the most clever ideas for organizing kids’ craft...

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Well-dressed and literary – not bad traits for a kid

I loved Out of Print Clothing as soon as I discovered their clever tees featuring original cover art of classic books. Next came e-reader covers. And The launch of their kids’ t-shirts wasn’t far behind, only they tended to include the same adult classics. (My own daughter has Darwin’s Origin of Species tee – she thinks the animals are cute.) Now they’ve got kids’ shirts featuring kids’ classic books, and what’s better is they just went on sale for a limited time Hit the flash sale site The Mini Social right now, and you’ll find beautiful, original cover art...

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Don’t miss this huge sale at one of our favorite baby boutiques

We love finding cool, unique baby boutiques, especially ones owned by moms (and their moms). The downside is that sometimes these amazing shops close as the owners move onto other endeavors, which is the case with Bean New York.  The upside, however, is that they’re offering 50% off everything in the store, from gorgeous layettes to special occasion dresses, and all sorts of beautiful items for babies in between. Here are some of our favorites, but act fast! At these prices, they won’t last long. {Don’t miss our picks at these amazing prices after the jump} The beautiful knitted swing...

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Web Coolness: Valentine love notes, talking to kids about Dr. King, and IKEA hacks

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! What do your kids love? Grab Mr. Printables free Valentine’s writing activity sheets and see how your kids fill in the blanks.  And don’t miss Kristen’s picks for The Sweetest Valentine’s Gifts for Babies. Talking to Kids About Martin Luther King Jr  gives us some great jumping-off points for talking to our kids about Dr. King’s contributions to history.  Some of our kindie music favorites, like Gustafer Yellowgold, Uncle Rock, and Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke, have come together to raise money for Hurricane Sandy Relief with...

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Trendy kids’ clothes at awesome sale prices. Yep, they’ve got our attention too.

With the holidays over and out, the sales are all in full affect! Immediately following New Years, I’m always on the hunt for cute threads for my kids. Mostly online, because I seem to find the best deals here. One of my all time favorite children’s fashion sites, Nonchalant Mom, is having their winter sale now, and it’s a good one. Especially because these tend to be the kinds of splurgey clothes that most parents won’t pay full price for. Don’t miss a great discount code on already reduced prices after the jump This sweet plaid Lucky Wang Kimono...

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This personalized set of pins will bowl them over

Growing up, I used to love spotting my name on keychains, toothbrushes, shoelaces, and whatever else happened to be hanging on those spinning racks by store cash registers. Kids today–well, my weirdly named kids, at least–don’t always have the same fun name-spotting opportunities as I once did. That’s why I always get excited when I find great customizable gifts for kids, especially keepsake-worthy ones like this. These Personalized Wooden Toy Skittles (no, not the candy) from KeepsakeToys fit the bill perfectly. Durable and plenty of fun for indoor play, this 10-pin wooden bowling set can be personalized with up...

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The baby keepsake for parents short on time. So, like, all of us?

Quick, how old was your baby when he started rolling over? What were her favorite foods? When did he first laugh? If you’re anything like me (seriously, I’ve been known to forget their birthdays and mix up their middle names on occasion), it’s nice to have a little help in the remembering department. Which is why I am such a big fan of everything from Strange Birdy Studios, a cool design shop just for parents that we recently discovered. Infographic meets baby book meets family heirloom in the new Milestones Poster, with over 40 spaces to fill in. Parents...

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A bird in this tree? Worth years of fun for little hands

Puzzles really need to pop to stand out amongst the competition these days. When you give a puzzle, it can sometimes go unnoticed in a sea of blinking lights or licensed Harry Potter allure. I am absolutely in love with this handmade Bird Tree Puzzle that your child can use for creative play or as a good old fashioned manipulative. Plus it’s so beautiful it could serve as a dinner centerpiece at a funky shabby chic affair. (Maybe?) The birds are simple and sweet thanks to the gentle colors and nontoxic dyes. But don’t get me wrong, this will be...

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5 beloved Girl Scout cookie recipes that you can make at home

It’s Girl Scout cookie time. Which means I’m in trouble. I love Girl Scout cookies. Every year I’m taken by surprise by a cute little girl with a dangerously powerful sell. Whether I resist or not, I always end up baking a batch of my own homemade Girl Scout cookies. (An especially good way to stave off the craving while I wait for the order, but still support our local troops.) Making Girl Scout cookies at home is easier than you think, and it’s a fun way to spend time with the kids. The only problem with baking Girl...

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Art with a beautiful message, for a beautiful cause

I’m not usually someone who posts inspirational messages or quotes on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for that matter, let alone on the walls of my home;  but when I saw this lovely print, I decided to make an exception. Especially because of where the money goes. This sweet Be Fearless print is an original collaboration between Fresh Words Market and the LIFT campaign, and 100% of the proceeds from its purchase will go to this organization which helps eradicate poverty and create more opportunities for people in need, right here in the United States. So cool!  I love the simple...

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Sleeping on a cloud: heavenly handmade pillows

My girls have a weird obsession with pillows. While they won’t seem to sleep with the proper fluffy kinds, anything that’s an animal, a shape or a giant stuffed doll will do. So add these pretty ones to the list. The handmade cloud pillows hail (ha) from Etsy’s Oh No Rachio, which we’ve already admired for their great stationery and handlettered cards and notebooks. The pillows, however, will make you happy to look at them on a couch or against the back of a rocker. They would make my girls happy to sleep on. And hopefully, I can convince them that...

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Bugaboo stroller recall – no reason to panic but worth a read if you own one

Today, Bugaboo voluntarily recalled the Cameleon and Donkey strollers that have detachable carrycots/seats. A button on the seat carry handle can become disengaged and detach. No injuries have been reported, and the safety risk has been deemed low. Bugaboo Cameleon Even so, you’ll want to get a free replacement handle right away if you own a stroller with one of these serial numbers under the seat:  Bugaboo CameleonSerial Number 04011090900001 to 04031101009999Serial Number 08011090900001 to 08021100800386Serial Number 140100093600531 to 140103123350418 Bugaboo DonkeySerial Number 170101105300001 to 170104130900500 To get your free handle replacement, call Bugaboo at (800) 460-2922 from 7AM...

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Dinosaur Valentine’s gifts that kids will rawr for.

I’m always on the lookout for cute Valentine’s Day gifts for kids that aren’t of the sugar-packed variety. Not that there’s anything wrong with a little candy, but I know they’re already getting plenty of it from friends. And uh, Daddy. I think this awesome print fits the bill perfectly. I know my kids would love designer Jessica Sutton’s adorable I love you dinosaur prints any time of year, but especially in February. It comes in three colors with three different dinosaur silhouettes – ask your kids. They’ll know which ones are which. It’s on sale right now at...

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Vending machines that are healthy for kids? Please, sir, I want some more.

Kids like pushing buttons. Kids like snacks. So it isn’t a big mystery when my kids drag me towards every vending machine they see. Fortunately one of our favorite healthy snack companies, Ella’s Kitchen, is doing something to make vending machines healthy too. The new invention is a todder-sized vending machine, designed specifically to sell their healthier organic kids snacks like Nibbly Fingers and their classic smushed fruit and veggie blends. What’s especially cool is that it’s not only fun and colorful, it’s actually under 4-feet tall so kids could be more inclined to go for this one than those that...

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It’s National Hat Day! Why not celebrate with a new hat?

Cover your noggins, people! It’s Hat Day, a tragically overlooked holiday, in my opinion. Here it is, January 15. And to my knowledge, there have been exactly zero fez parties planned, zero berets exchanged, and zero Viking helmet cards sent. A crying shame, particularly given how much we here at CMP like hats, hats, and more hats. And so in honor of National Hat Day, I’m going to let you in on two little hat secrets of mine. I’m talking hats so spectacular, you will get stopped in the streets daily by people wanting to know where you got...

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Baby board books that show love from all parents, not just mommies.

Illustrator Lorena Siminovich of Petit Collage is one of those artists who just keeps producing lovely things. From her line of nursery decor to flash cards to adorable dolls, count us as ongoing fans. And now she’s giving us two more reasons, with two new baby board books that will be terrific additions to that starter library. You Are My Baby: Farm and You Are My Baby: Safari are as great for manipulation and motor skills as they are for those little eyes and ears. The prose is a simple, repetitive story that matches parent to child; things like You swim in the...

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Free Valentines printables that beg the question: How much for a triple word score on VALENTINE?

You’ve officially got one month til Valentine’s Day. And the word nerd in your life is going to adore this free DIY Valentine’s Day message that takes a little bit of scrabbling to puzzle out. The clever folks at Oh Happy Day have a delightful little present for you: a free printable PDF to create Valentine’s Day Scrabble Grams. Simply download, cut along the lines, and slip the right squares into an envelope for a just-challenging-enough-to-be-cute message for your honey. You can go with their pre-made selections, which are refreshingly kid-safe, or combine the available letters for your own...

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12 cool kids’ toy storage solutions

What do you get when you combine an influx of holiday toys with a New Years resolution to declutter? A great reason to explore new toy storage solutions, that’s what. Whether you’re into DIY, Etsy shopping, or heirloom-quality furniture, here are a dozen of our favorite toy storage solutions that keep kids’ toys of all shapes and sizes where they belong–which is anywhere but under your tender feet. DIY Toy Storage We’re still excited over these easy DIY craft storage jars that’s doable even for moms who didn’t inherit the crafty gene. Buy a dozen Mason jars for $10,...

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