Month: February 2013

6 amazing hot chocolate recipes to warm your bones after a winter storm (or, really, whenever)

Hot chocolate is always a requisite to get us through winters here in the Northeast. And while Nemo didn’t quite pack the punch that we thought it might here in NYC, it’s still been reason enough to bundle up for a snowball fight or hunker down for a cozy day in. (Or maybe one following the other.) No matter how you play it, hot chocolate is in order. And not just any old hot chocolate, either. These 6 hot chocolate recipes are worthy way to enjoy winter just a wee bit more. And don’t worry if there isn’t any...

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The coolest gifts for Year of the Snake babies

Happy Chinese New Year, mamas! I have to admit that I’ve always loved the Chinese Zodiac and it’s not just because I’m Chinese American. There’s just such a fascinating history behind each of the animal signs and what they mean. Now if you’ve got a little Year of the Snake baby or are expecting one, here are some wonderful gifts to help celebrate. Kung Hei Fat Choi! I’ve been a long time fan of Tree by Kerri Lee, whose Chinese Zodiac gifts, like the Birth Year Blocks, are simply gorgeous. We received one of her birth year wooden music boxes for our youngest and...

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What snow? Think swim! Tea Collection debuts girls’ swimwear line

Despite the current snowpocalypse conditions on the East Coast, groundhogs across the country insist that warm weather is just around the corner. (We think they had something to do with the storm being named Nemo.) So we’ve decided to think positive and dream of sunny days ahead–not hard to do when we spotted the new Spring 2013 line of little girls’ swimwear from CMP fave Tea Collection. Here’s a first look at the new swimsuits that will have you wishing for warmer climes and times. As a kid, I was fortunate enough to spend a few years in gorgeous, colorful South Africa....

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The household cleaner so safe that I licked it

If you’re worried about scary chemicals around the house, you’re going to love the new organic cleaner so safe that you can use it to wash fruit, shine the counter, or wipe out your dog’s ears. Or, yes, even lick it. And I know, because I totally licked it. For the record, it had no taste, which is kind of crazy considering the smell of most of my cleaning products. That says something right there. iGozen is an organic household cleaner made from 100% natural calcium particles straight from the ocean. It arrives in tidy packets all in a...

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6 simple and sweet Valentine’s Day breakfast recipes

It used to be that Valentine’s Day meant a romantic breakfast in bed with my husband. These days, we’re lucky if we wake up without a sneaky child nestled between us. And by nestled I mean sleeping perpendicular to us with with his heels firmly planted in my cheek. But even though I haven’t seen my breakfast-in-bed tray for, oh, 6 years, that doesn’t mean I’m not down for surprising my boys–big and small–with a special Valentine’s Day breakfast. The catch is that Cupid visits on a Thursday this year, so breakfast can’t be complicated. After all, I’ll have to...

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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 these every day. 1. Super gorgeous new tech cases from one of our favorite accessory designers. 2. Ack, cutest baby toy! 3. A fun Valentine’s gift for you children of the 80’s. 4. We love this look for little girls. (Nothing hoochie about it!) 5. Here’s one designer who knows what’s on every toddler’s...

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What to do with your kids during a snowstorm

With the big snowstorm about to hit the Northeast, we’re gathering activities to keep our kids busy and happy while the snow falls outside. So make sure your fridge is stocked, grab some hot chocolate, and check out these helpful suggestions. Stay safe and warm, mamas! – Here’s a round-up of cool board games beyond Candy Land that even your littlest ones will enjoy. -We love this adorable paper craft tutorial that’s easy for kids of all ages. Just grab some paper, scissors, and a bit of glue and you’ll be ready to go. -Charge up your iPad or iPhone...

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The most wearable spring trend for your kids: big bold stripes. (And a chance to win $1000!)

featured partner We’re so happy to see one of the hottest fashion trends this spring is one we actually love our kids in: Big, unabashedly bold, colorful stripes. So fun because you can mix and match them–something kids love to do anyway–and hardly go wrong. We’re excited that our sponsor Old Navy asked us to put together some style boards so you could get some ideas for your own kids, and how to combine their basics with some other stuff you may own. Besides…by putting together outfits like we did, you could win a $1000 shopping spree plus daily...

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Web Coolness – Valentines ideas, Chinese New Year with Kids, and some required reading for parents

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!  Need to get ready for Valentine’s Day? Don’t miss our huge Valentine collection of cards, gifts, treats, and other goodies to love. And don’t miss our Valentine’s tech gift picks too! Think you’ve seen enough winter? Wait until you see this other-worldly winter wonderland at the International Ice and Snow Festival. Does Valentine’s Day give you and your spouse a reminder to reconnect? Today is National Girl Scout Cookie Day: Those of you in New York City can even follow...

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A is for Anakin: the coolest Star Wars alphabet in the galaxy

Just try to resist this super cool Star Wars print. Or as Yoda would say, Do or do not; there is no try. So just give in to the awesomeness and find a spot on the wall for this galaxy of alphabet cool. This Star Wars alphabet print from Concepcion Studios on Etsy is the most sophisticated piece of Star Wars art I may have seen yet. Screenprinted by hand on thick, rich stock, each letter is represented by an elegant silhouette of a character, weapon, or vehicle from the Star Wars universe–all of which are listed at the...

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15 of the absolute cutest hedgehog gifts, all handmade

When we first started this site it was birds. Then owls. Then foxes. Now, neck-in-neck with the fox, the cutest animal trend to emerge is definitely hedgehogs. (Not that owls show any sign of going anywhere.) If you think the spiny mammal of the subfamily Erinaceinae is cuter than its Latin name might suggest, well I do too! So I’ve combed the web to share 15 of the cutest handmade hedgehog gifts, toys, tees, artwork and more, all at great prices. After all, they’re too adorable just to come out at night. –Liz Wooden Hedgehog Pendant by decoylab ($16)...

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Say “I Love You” with leggings

I’m always reluctant to fork over cash for Valentine’s Day clothing for my girls that they’ll only wear on February 14. But the new spring collection from CMP-fave Luna Leggings is perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day. And even better, your purchase could make a child in need’s day special too. We’re big fans of Luna Leggings for good reason: the funky designs are made to last through lots of rough and tumble play (yes, girls can be rough too!) and many washes. And they’re dedicated to keeping their carbon footprint low, using organic fabrics, recycled packaging and...

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5 easy red velvet desserts for a red hot Valentine’s Day

Red may be the official hue of Valentine’s Day, but you don’t have to give red roses or wear a splash of red to get in the official Valentine’s Day spirit. You can also whip up something red. Red velvet, to be exact. Using a simple red velvet batter makes anything from pancakes to brownies festive. These five red-colored, cocoa-flavored sweets are proof. They’re also super easy to make and cupid approved. The color of love never looked–or tasted–so good. Be still my heart: Red Velvet Milkshakes! (above) These babies are so potent that Courtney at Pizzazzerie, the mad genius behind this...

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Wunway clothing for girls: Hooray for another non-hoochie option!

The new site Wunway first piqued my interest for their awesome, affordable accessories for women–check out the cool wrap bracelet in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide which I’d wear long after the chill of February is over. But mostly, they’re a fabulous resource for stylish yet totally age-appropriate children’s clothing. And now that I’ve gotten a chance to see some of the line in person, I’d say this is one worth checking out. Put together by 3 mothers with 10 children between them, it’s amazing that they still have time to craft beautiful, wearable, original designs for kids at...

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How to give your kids monthly gifts of awesomeness from littlefox

There are so many amazingly unique and gorgeous baby products out there. But when I was a new mama, I was so exhausted and preoccupied, I found it hard to find the time to actually buy all the cool baby clothes, toys and gear I would’ve loved to have. If only I had a personal shopper who could have sent me some of the best things every now and then.   So I think it’s pretty cool that there is a company that selects a few of the most-beautiful and thoughtfully made baby items and delivers them every month...

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Gorgeous spring clothes for kids that keep my mind off today’s windchill.

Nununu is a baby and kids label I recently discovered, and instantly fell for. (My daughter owns this alphabet dress in grey, and it’s the best.) The construction is amazing, the cottons are soft but sturdy and I really love the styling for little girls which is a little edgy and a lot playful. We’re so excited to get to give you all sneak peek at their upcoming spring line launching in a few weeks because…gah. The cuteness! Above: Cotton galabiya. Here, Skull a-line dress Patch tee and dyed skirt Sprinkles playsuit Patch tee and french terry shorts NO! tee...

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The Valentine’s gift baskets that should never ever be called gift baskets.

Gift baskets have a bit of a bad reputation. Most of them reek as corporate or impersonal, which are the last things you want your sweetie to think about your gift on Valentine’s Day. But then there’s New York Mouth, which is doing such cool, curated, and dare I say clever Valentine’s tasting boxes, I would personally be thrilled to get any one of these. And yes, that’s a hint. You can check out their jerky sampler that we included in our Valentines Day gift ideas for him, but there is sooooo much more to drool over here. The artisanal...

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The water bottle that never leaks. Ever.

I’m kind of floored to admit that the new Active Top Smart Drinking System from SIGG absolutely refused to leak no matter how much I abused it. This new line of bottles for adults and kids has a liner that’s eco-friendly, BPA-free and phthalate-free, plus it’s recyclable and practically unbreakable. It’s designed so that kids can drink out of this bottle without tilting it–not to mention carry it upside down in a backpack full of report cards or fall asleep with it in their lap during a long car trip and wake up with dry pants. And I know,...

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Falling in love with Rose Gold

Everywhere I look, from fashion magazines to the fingers and earlobes of the Meatpacking District fashionistas in NY, it seems that rose gold jewelry is here and it’s not going anywhere–prepare to see loads of it this spring and summer. It’s not just pretty though; it’s practical. The subtle pink sheen means you can pair with silver or gold, and you never feel that idgy feeling when you mix metals (is that just me?). Here are just a few pieces I tracked down in a variety of price points that I could definitely see myself wearing. If you’re the...

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: 17 sweet gifts you can make yourself

Next in our series of Valentine’s gift ideas, ideas for gifts you can make yourself. It’s brought to you by the US Postal Service’s new limited-edition Sealed With Love Stamp–because what’s Valentine’s Day without Valentine’s cards in the mail? And isn’t the stamp just gorgeous? (We want it on all our letters, not just Valentine’s cards!) Whether you’re super crafty, a maestro with the convection oven, or just handy with construction paper and the kids’ leftover glue sticks, here’s a great array of 17 DIY Valentines Day gift ideas you can make yourself–with varying degrees of help. clockwise from top Cupid’s Arrow Cupcakes,...

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