Month: January 2013

The best Schoolhouse Rock videos on YouTube – Happy Birthday Schoolhouse Rock!

Schoolhouse Rock for me, is more than just a part of my childhood, it’s a part of my family. As a kid, my dad worked at the ad agency with creator David McCall, and the other writers and art directors who brought us this genius educational series. In fact, one of my favorite memories as a kid was sitting in the agency screening room with my brother, watching them on the reel-to-reel (yes, I’m dating myself!) without waiting for Saturday morning TV. I love so much that now my own kids are fans of the series, and in fact...

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Montessori style fun in a box. Actually, it is a box.

One of the neat things about sending the kids off to preschool is seeing all the fun developmental toys they get to play with. It’s also one of the mildly guilt-inducing things. Like, uh…was I supposed to be giving them all these fun developmental toys to play with at home? I love that Little Alouette, one of the very best mom-and-pop artisans of handmade wooden baby toys and teethers, is increasingly moving into some neat stuff for toddlers. Check out this nifty sensory literacy sand tray, which looks like it could be found in any Montessori classroom, only probably...

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Mighty mittens that stay put so kids stay warm

In my neck of the woods, it seems the snow is now here to stay. And with the cold, snowy weather comes the whining. And the complaining. And the putting-a-pair-of-mittens-on-your-toddler-sixteen-times because you know, he keeps pulling them off. So I’m happy to see that CMP-fave mimiTENS has now created a new line just for babies and littler kids. MimiTENS stay on and the kids keep warm because these Canadian-made mittens have a long, stretchy cuff that goes over a child’s arm, keeping their mittens right where you want them. We Canadians know a thing or two about keeping warm, after...

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

Happy New Year, tech-fabulous moms! Here are a few of our favorite finds from the last week, just in case you missed them while engrossed in that e-book. 1. Don’t we all wish we had more time to read? We can help you read more in 2013 thanks to tech. Possibly for free! 2. Want to go paperless in 2013? It’s easier than you think, and we can show you how. 3. This amazing app can help you chronicle the little moments of every day, easily and beautifully. A parent’s dream. 4. If your New Year’s Resolution involves losing weight,...

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Give old books new life while giving yourself more storage

Fabric bins are fine for the kids, but this gorgeous storage solution is just for you. If you love books, you’ll be glad to know you’re giving a new home to abandoned tomes, all while enlivening your bookshelf with the prettiest box on the block. And, yes, they’ll fit perfectly on that Expedit shelf from Ikea. The Original Modern Library Storage Bin from Able and Baker on Etsy is an elegant new solution for maximizing storage space on your bookshelves. Each 12″ by 12″ by 8″ box is handmade in Southern California of furniture quality 9-ply maple and completed...

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Bundling the kids up in winter jackets you’ll want for yourself

It happens to us every year–midwinter hits and we realize that the fall jackets won’t cut it, and last year’s cheap parkas are now outgrown and looking ratty. This year we took the plunge over to what might be one of the best kids’ winter coats ever. Indie label Appaman (one of my favorites since my girls were born and they sold that iconic bulldog tee that Maddox Jolie-Pitt wore nonstop) has grown their collection to include a terrific selection of girls’ outerwear, but I think my favorite might be the long parka. While the jacket is perfectly wonderful...

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Downton Abbey returns to the States tonight! Oh, how we missed you, Cousin Matthew

It may be so very middle-class, but as a Downton Abbey addict, I’m so happy to see that season 3 is kicking off tonight–and along with it, some awesome Downton Abbey goodies on sale at Fab.com. For a limited time, Wonder-Shirts’ Downton Abbey totes and tees will proclaim your love for the Crawley family and their entourage. Thomas fans can wear his image with a cheeky “Trust Me” message under it, while those of us who are still upset about his uh, legal troubles can grab a “Free Bates” tote. But my absolute favorite item is the tote that captures the...

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It’s maple season. Maple earrings.

I’m definitely a fan of big statement jewelry–big rings, big earrings, chunky necklaces–but the thing about it is, too much of it at once makes the wrong statement. So I’m always on the lookout for great earrings that tamp down the bling so that the neck or the fingers or the wrist can shine instead. Amy Bengston is such a popular designer with the team at Cool Mom Picks, I think that at least half our writers own something from her collection. Now there’s one more piece to covet: her sleek new polished maple earrings. I love that they’re...

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Dr. Adorable to the OR, stat!

Move over, Future Diva. There’s a new girl in town, and her future’s so bright, she’s got to wear a glittery pink stethoscope. The Future Doctor onesie from Technigirl is an adorable way to let everyone know there’s going to be a surgeon in the family in, oh, about 30 years and 8 million dollars of tuition (accounting for inflation). It’s made in the USA of 100% cotton with phthalate-free inks, and while I don’t think the stethoscope has to be pink or glittery, it will prevent some of those awkward “what a cute little boy” conversations in those...

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Starbucks gives you one more reason to drink too many caramel lattes – reusable cups

As someone who has greatly increased my Starbucks consumption as of late, I was thrilled to hear the news that this week, they introduced $1 reusable cups to help cut down all that paper waste. Starbucks is definitely on a roll with it’s good-global-citizens business practices, and their environmental goals only add to that. Sadly though, they recently modified these goals which were originally to see 25% of all their beverages served in reusable cups by 2015. Now that number is 5%–it would seem that most customers are just not ready to commit. Still, for those of us frequent...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool pins like this every day. 1. This genius app idea may be the digital mom’s answer to a baby book. 2. Liz is drooling over this fabulous new metallic accessory. Is it going overboard to get one in every color? 3. This decor idea for a kid’s room is a huge hit with our followers, and we can’t say we’re surprised. 4. Want to get bathing-suit ready? This app can help. A lot. (Though it can’t stop you from eating coffee cake for breakfast, ahem.) 5. The perfect...

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Cool thank you cards from kids (that they’ll actually want to write)

One of my resolutions this year is to be a little more diligent about getting kids to write thank-you cards. So the first thing I did was order some that they got to pick out themselves. They were so thrilled to see them arrive that they jumped at the chance to start scribbling sweet notes of thanks. Here are the cards my girls picked out, along with some others that might strike a chord with your own kids; boys or girls, little ones to teens. The thing that matters most of course is that they love their thank-you notes....

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Rock star science shirts for rock star kids

The thing about smart kids is that most t-shirts out there are not made for them. You know what I mean. So I was so excited to find this awesome shop that pays homage to everyone from Carl Sagan and Marie Curie to Tesla and Dr. Who. (Who smart kids know was not actually a real doctor.) If you’ve got a science-minded kid who rocks, you’ll both see stars over these science t-shirts for kids from meganlee on Etsy. Science, astronomy, geek chic, and Doctor Who feature prominently. Trust us–they have about the coolest Hawking or Copernicus shirt around....

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The best handmade American Girl Doll clothes on Etsy: Should you succumb?

I caved. After years of avoiding the store and hiding the catalog, I finally gave in and bought two American Girl Dolls for my daughters for Christmas. But in doing so, I swore that I’d support Etsy artists and crafters by buying as much handmade clothing for American Girl Dolls as possible. With help in part from Grammy (thanks Grammy!) who helped find so many of these great designs, here are a few shops to keep your eye on should you be looking to style Kit or Kaya or McKenna in something a little off the beaten path. And...

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Web Coolness: Resolutions for parents, interactive wallpaper, and a sledding party

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Nature Trail, the interactive LED wallpaper, makes boring walls so much more fun. We especially love that it was installed in the UK’s Great Ormond Street children’s hospital to make the journey to surgery a little less scary for kids and their parents alike. (via Inhabitots) These 10 tech resolutions are much less painful than going to the gym, and we think you’ll love the results. Five New Year’s Resolutions for Parents by Caleb Gardner has some great advice as we...

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The 9 best recipes of 2012 from the 9 best food bloggers of 2012

We food bloggers are a prolific crop. Here, I’ve narrowed it down to my favorite nine (and, yes, I’ve shamelessly included myself), and I’ve asked them to all share a favorite recipe that they posted this year. Some of them are moms, some not, but regardless, all of them make fresh, laid-back food that I’d be happy to serve at my family table. And you will, too. Enjoy these nine best recipes from nine of my favorite food bloggers of 2012. Oh, they are delectable. -Stacie Is it wrong to start with sweets? I dare you to look at...

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Nursery art for Maurice Sendak Fans. Is that all of us?

We’re all big Maurice Sendak fans around here, and his passing in 2012 was one of the toughest for a lot of us. So it’s wonderful to see his amazing vision live on through his books that fill my kids’ room. If I had found this adorable print when they were babies, it just might have hung over the crib. I love this printable Where the Wild Things Are artwork featuring a silhouette of one of the esteemed Wild Rumpus guests, filled with the words I’ll eat you up, I love you so. Now that I’m a mother, that line has new...

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The Board of Education makes smart music the kids want to hear in Binary

They Might Be Giants makes it sound so easy to put together educational music that is fun and doesn’t sound like a lesson plan, but–take it from this homeschooling mama–it isn’t so easy to do. In fact, I’ve found that there isn’t a lot out there that the kids want to hear in the realm of educational tunes. But thanks to this band from Seattle that has the touch, we’ve found a CD full of smart songs the kids choose to listen to at any time of the day. {Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of...

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The superhero of winter skin creams

What can destroy the yearly family photo calendar, ruin the shoulder of your holiday sweater, and repel grandmothers in a single bound? Answer: It’s the little kid with the green snot waterfall and the gnarly red snot rash. And that, dear friends, was my kid this year. Luckily, we found two new products that work together to stop this problem and make that adorable kid kissable again. It’s no secret we love MD Moms, and now I love these two new products too. The Baby Silk Dry Skin Rescue Cream is formulated to relieve dry, itchy, sensitive skin that’s...

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A DIY LEGO Star Wars Clock: a better way for kids to ring in the New Year than champagne

You have to love any DIY tutorial that includes among the instructions “print out Death Star from the Internet.” And I especially love it when it combines two of our favorite things–LEGO and Star Wars. I love this tutorial for a DIY Star Wars LEGO Clock at Instructables. I wouldn’t say it’s quite for beginning crafters, but it could be a lot simpler if you buy a ready-made wooden clock and just get out the glue. The best part is that, being LEGO, the minifigs are interchangeable. So if you would prefer, say, a LEGO Friends clock, you can do that too. Just maybe...

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