Month: January 2013

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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