Month: February 2013

Not just another LEGO tee for kids

When I think LEGO blocks, I see a wide open world and imagination abound. That pretty much describes how I feel when I listen to Black Flag. So, it’s only fitting that I am obsessed with this t-shirt ode to Black Flag that your kids can rock proudly any day of the week. The Lego Black Flag tee is just a whole new level of awesome. You’ll find it at Hatch for Kids which is a sweet site. They have odes to Banksy and Bowie on comfortable American Apparel t-shirts and plenty more. Every time that I think that I’m done...

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Gro Crib: Giving “convertible crib” a whole new meaning

I thought long and hard about our crib purchase back when my oldest was a baby, and I still remember wanting to find something that I could still use after she had outgrown it. Back then, that meant it could be used as a toddler bed–which I thought was pretty awesome. But these days, I’m blown away by how creative designers have become in making a simple crib something parents will be able to use even when their kids are in high school. Seriously.   The GRO convertible crib is like nothing I’ve ever seen. Not only is it...

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Shake things up with great new music from The Not-Its!

If there’s a month when I need to shake things up around here, it is February. Summer seems so far away, the fun of the holidays is over, and we’ve got a serious case of the blahs. As if arriving on cue, the crazy cats who make incredibly authentic indie music for families have just released their fourth CD…and it’s my favorite one yet. [Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of this great new CD!] What I have loved about Seattle’s The Not-Its! from the first time I heard their debut CD, We are the Not-Its!,...

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Web Coolness: Calvin & Hobbes IRL, hilarious Pins for Parents, and great books for strong girls

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Calvin & Hobbes in real photographs – love these! (via Laughing Squid) Big smiles for this mama who fulfilled her adoptive 13 year old son’s wish for a birth announcement in such a warmhearted way. Is Girl Power Hurting Our Boys? Interesting read for those of us raising sensitive sons. Kristen’s parody of Pins for Parents takes a hilarious look at what reality looks like for parents. Does your daughter need some reading material? Some great picks in this list...

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It all adds up to one very adorable personalized pillow

We’re entering the gift-giving season around my house, with a series of family members’ birthdays evenly spread out of the next few months. And as many personalized gift ideas I’ve got in my arsenal, I’ve found one that I think will be perfect for a couple of lucky people on my list.   I’ve found all sorts of lovely gift ideas at Wicked Stitches, and the Family Math pillow is no exception. It’s such a sweet, simple gift for mothers or grandmothers in particular, with up to six names embroidered in black and red, or the colors of your choice, and something...

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See yourself in LEGO

Ah, LEGOs, you who are so much fun to play with and so painful to step on in bare feet, it appears that you have reinvented yourself again. You already teach math, you’re a cell phone,  you appear in Escher art, you’re even a dreidel, and now you can create a custom LEGO mosaic portrait? Seriously little bricks, you are just too versatile. If you’ve ever wanted to see yourself in LEGOs (or a loved one, favorite celebrity or a LEGO-friendly landscape) then Brixels is for you. With Brixels, you can create your own Pixel artworks out of LEGO...

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Sustainable suds that do good (and smell great)

This soap looks gorgeous, smells amazing, and saves lives while helping the environment. Meaning we suddenly need to wash our hands. A lot. We love soaps that do good in the world, and the brand Hand in Hand has a lot to offer. The brainchild of a husband-wife team who wanted to found a business based on sustainable giving, Hand in Hand goes the extra mile to improve the world on two fronts: for every bar purchased, they provide one bar of soap to a child in Haiti and save 50 square feet of rain forest. But we know...

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DIY Valentine’s Day craft video: Embroidered heart handmade card

Last up in our DIY Valentine’s Day craft video series, here’s an embroidered heart handmade card that your kids can easily sew and send, created by Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte and brought to you by the U.S. Postal Service and its new limited-edition Sealed with Love stamp. If you’re like us and get a little nervous when you see the word “sew,” you won’t believe how easy this card is to make and how truly wonderful it looks. You’ll just need a few craft supplies plus the free, printable heart card or XOXO card. For more Valentine’s Day...

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DIY Valentine’s Day craft video: Secret code Braille handmade card

We love Valentine’s Day cards you can make yourself, and up next in our DIY Valentine’s Day craft video series that’s brought to you by the U.S. Postal Service and its new limited-edition Sealed with Love stamp, here’s a DIY secret code braille card that your kids will love making and sending to their friends and family created by the amazing Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte. All you’ll need is a few simple supplies that you’ve probably got in your craft drawer, plus this free, printable Braille alphabet download. For more Valentine’s Day gift ideas you can make yourself, check out our...

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Say it with heart: 3 last-minute Valentine’s Day sweets made with one Valentine’s Day cookie cutter

No need to fret if you haven’t made a fun Valentine’s Day treat for the kidlets yet. Thankfully for us last-minute types, simple surprises always do the trick. All you need to make one of these three sweet surprises is a basic recipe and a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Don’t have either? Hit the bakery and grab a knife. We can still make this work. See how easy this is going to be? Now Hug Me, you Cutie Pie! –Stacie, xox No sweet is as easy to whip up as Rice Krispie treats. And that’s a fact. Throw a heart-shaped...

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DIY Valentine’s Day craft video: Keepsake handmade handprint card

When it comes to Valentine’s Day cards, we think the best ones are those handmade by our kids. So how exciting that we teamed up with Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte (love her!) in a DIY Valentine’s Day craft video series brought to you by the U.S. Postal Service and its new limited-edition Sealed with Love stamp. Sweet! Up first, here’s a DIY keepsake handmade handprint Valentine’s Day card you can make in just a couple of minutes with your little one. And even better, we bet you’ve got everything you need right in your arts and crafts cabinet at...

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Celebrate Mardi Gras at home with these great DIY masks for kids

Happy Mardi Gras, mamas! Even if your kids won’t go near crawfish etouffee, or do anything with those shiny beads except put them in their mouths (don’t let them, by the way), you can have a fun Mardi Gras celebration at home tonight by making some colorful masks. Then, crank up some New Orleans-flavored tunes and have your own little parade around the living room. You can use blabla’s Mardi Gras Bird Mask template for a mask with lots of room for creative license. I like that the template prints out all on one page, though you could probably free-hand...

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Mom keepsake jewelry that doesn’t look like it

I always love finding original ideas for keepsake jewelry, especially to mark the birth of a child. (Just please don’t call them push presents. Argh.) And there’s something about this bracelet that’s so different than the typical curliecue letter stamped into silver, that I’m really digging it.   The Save the Date Bracelet by Mitsymoto Designs lets you add up to 6 numbers on a cool, vaguely industrial brass plate with bronze rivets. It reminds me more of a door number on a house without the hyphens or slashes to separate the month, date, and year, which makes it a little...

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Bathtub toy storage that’s the cutest ever. (Ever!)

There’s a walrus in my bathtub. Luckily, he’s a very tidy walrus and will be glad to store all of our bath toys for us. Plus, he has friends that are just as cute and helpful for wet toy storage. We love pretty much everything from 3 Sprouts, and now they’ve moved from bedroom and changing table storage solutions into the bathroom with these adorable new bath storage caddies. Whether you’re into blue walruses, orange foxes, or purple owls, each mildew-resistant organizer has a stretchy mouth for NOMing your toys and a suction cup to hang securely from tile...

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The coolest kids’ bedding: guaranteed to get them into bed the first time you ask

We’re always asked where to find cool bedding for kids, especially once they’ve advanced out of that toddler bed and outgrown the cutesie sheets of preschool and early grades. Well, whoa, I’ve found some that might even redefine the idea of cool bedding for kids. The duvet sets from the Netherlands’ Snurk Bedding are mindblowingly clever. Behold, as the combo of duvet and pillow case suddenly transform your kid’s bed into a life-size astronaut, princess, or even a trampoline. But what’s even cooler is how it looks when your kid is actually under those sheets. The prices are in...

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15 of the best free printable Valentine’s cards for the classroom (no cheesy ones, promise)

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, many of us will be getting our kids ready for the Annual Valentine’s Day Card Exchange, held in classrooms all over the country.  Get ready with this carefully curated list of attractive printable classroom cards. With just a color printer and some paper–and a few minutes of cutting time–voila! Your kids can all have beautifully designed, modern cards for their classmates. And they are all free! Isn’t it sweet that so many artists spread the love freely this time of year? -Christina and Liz   Book lovers will adore Positively Splendid’s Free Printable Valentine...

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Congratulations to Grammy winners, The Okee Dokee Brothers!

We are so thrilled to learn that last night’s Grammy for best children’s album went to a longtime favorite of ours, the Okee Dokee Brothers’  Can You Canoe? In fact, our own kids’ music expert, Christina Refford, called it the best kids CD of 2012, so we’re glad to see the (clearly brilliant) Grammy judges agreed. I still remember when Christina first shared the Minneapolis duo’s 2008 release, Kids With Beards, and told me, “these guys are great! Really different…but I think they could be really big.” She included them in her favorite kids’ albums of 2008, and again in 2010. And now…the big time! Can you tell we’re just thrilled for them? (Plus, they’re so nice!) Justin Lancing and Joe Mailander with Christina and Liz’s kids at Kindiefest, 2010 As our regular readers know, our heart has always been with the small artist, the little guy, the moms and pops on their way up the ladder. And the same goes for our ongoing coverage of amazing Kindie Rock musicians who make listening fun for everyone in the family, even if they’re not all household names. Yet. Be sure to check out our review of Can You Canoe?, download, and see for yourself why this bluegrass and American roots band is just so captivating. You don’t even have to be a...

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Eep aap ork ah ah, that means I love you

Last week I discovered the adorable world of finger puppets from Lindy Brown of Stay Awake when I included her adorable finger puppets in our round up of awesome hedgehog toys and gifts. But it turns out, the Ontario artist is pretty good with the cute inanimate creatures as well. I’m geeking out over these love robot finger puppets totally handmade out of felt and guaranteed not to rust or need battery replacements. I could see giving the set to a lucky kid for Valentine’s Day, or even to your robot-loving sweetheart. Just include a card about the nuts...

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

From helpful apps to the gadgets and bling we’re swooning over for Valentine’s Day (hint! hint!), you won’t want to miss our favorite picks from the past week. 1. If you love your tech, this will be the best $19.99 you spend, hands down. 2. Got family overseas? Frequent traveler? This app will be a lifesaver. 3. We’ve all embarrassed ourselves on Facebook. Here’s a brilliant way to find any bad Facebook photos or updates and save face stat. 4. A QR code as the perfect Valentine’s Day gift: You’ve got to see this! 5. We’re swooning over these new...

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Hunger Games Valentines: May the odds be ever in our favor

If you like your Valentine cards less frilly pink and more, uh, dark, then would you perhaps consider these Hunger Games Valentines? French graphic designer Yenniper has created these Hunger Games Valentines as free printables, which means even District 12 could afford them. I’d say the Effie Trinket card is my favorite, though several of them are quite clever. Even if the President Snow card gives me the creeps: Will you accept this rose? Still, there are so many more to be done! How about for the next round: Remember, we’re madly in love, so it’s all right to...

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