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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