Month: January 2013

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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