Month: April 2013

A personalized gift for Mother’s Day from the whole family. Even the ones with the funny names.

Personalized gifts are an interesting challenge in our home. My long-suffering children have the unusual kind of first names that turn heads in the grocery store when I’m hollering for one of them to climb down from the produce bins. Which means we aren’t exactly overrun with items bearing their names. Still I love their names. Dearly. I helped choose them, after all. So I can only imagine how sentimental a gift like the personalized throw pillow from RedEnvelope would make me. Imagine: a simple cotton throw pillow emblazoned with all the reasons they love me and, as an...

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It’s a chair! It’s a dollhouse! It’s genius!

Welcome to our home full of teeny kids’ chairs that are good for one thing. Or two if you count tripping over them. But these cool handmade chairs from CMP-fave Paloma’s Nest are good for three, or more. Just when I thought we were done with kids’ furniture, I spy the amazing Children’s Chair from Paloma’s Nest that actually doubles as a doll house. Or “colonial house” to be specific. Unless you prefer the Victorian House chair. So genius, right? They can sit and then play underneath, or play while someone else is sitting, or… you get the idea....

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Homemade with Love: Simple scratch recipes so full of love that you might just find yourself making homemade ricotta. Seriously.

Some of you may already know Jennifer Perillo, the food writer and recipe developer behind the wildly popular food blog In Jennie’s Kitchen. If you don’t, allow me to introduce you to one of the most talented and expressive bloggers–and now cookbook authors–this side of of your wifi.  There’s a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always endearing emotional honesty with which Jennie shares herself online. Her food comes to us straight from the heart, and now we can get even more of Jennie’s delicious cooking and heartfelt stories in a wonderful new cookbook, Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking...

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Poppin: Desk organization that actually gets you psyched to organize

If you’ve got spring cleaning your desk or home office on the brain, I’m so happy to have this fabulous new website that’s all about desk organization with colors and styles that will just make you happy. Poppin feels like the IKEA of office supplies with a little DWR and Muji thrown in. You can shop by item or by color–should you need an entire aqua desk set. Or hey, just shop by item. You’ll have fun discovering modern tape dispensers, rulers in 18 different colors, colorful pushpins (just $5 for 100!) scissors, notebooks, file folders, and pretty much...

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Birdhouse trailers = Home tweet home!

One of the cardinal rules around my house: birdwatching is better than television. My little chickadees love to sprinkle seed on the back porch and see who comes a-peckin’, especially when that family of wrens returns every year to nest in our grill. But if you can sparrow some change (ha), this fancy birdhouse might be the perfect home tweet home for your feathered friends. And unlike us, you can still use your grill. These adorable birdhouse trailers from birdhouse20 on Etsy are an unusual combination of fine craftsmanship, quirky style, and sneaky backyard biology lesson. Each one is...

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The best, toughest natural cleaner we’ve found, hands-down

What’s all-natural, odorless, has a bajillion uses, and can even clean up that two-year old cat barf that’s ossified under the couch? Answer: the last cleaner you’ll ever buy, Mamas. Really, it’s that good. We’ve covered oodles of the best natural cleaning supplies to keep all those icky chemicals away from your family, but Branch Basics is truly extraordinary. Made of all-natural ingredients including minerals and enzymes from seed-bearing plants, Branch Basics arrives in a concentrate that you can customize to your cleaning needs. Just add water to the handy spray bottle, which is clearly marked with dilution levels...

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April showers bring 7 of the cutest kids’ rain boots

Playing in the rain isn’t as much fun with wet feet, so along with a styling raincoat, grab your kids some keep-dry boots for their fast-growing feet. Then, when they go to walk through the biggest puddle on the block, you can relax and let them go. –Christina Bogs for Kids’ rain boots have pull-on handles built into the boot to make it easier for kids to get up on their own. My favorite, the Daisy style, comes in a bunch of color combinations and adds a bit of pretty “May flowers” to the April rain. (toddler/youth sizes, $50 at Zappos) Ahoy!...

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Peace.

Today, we celebrate these 6 artists who find inspiration from peace. Thank you. Peace on Earth card box set, Rifle Paper Co Dove ornaments, Cookie Dough Creations   Mod Dove Brooch, Anthaus   Dove pillow, Joom   Dove illustration art print, Orange Optimist   Peace, Love, Bird wall decals, Great Walls of...

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How to talk to kids about the Boston Marathon tragedy: A list of great resources

As a runner who lives just south of Boston, and whose husband spent his lunch break photographing sites at the beloved Boston Marathon that ends mere blocks from his office, yesterday’s tragic events all hit way too close to home. Like so many people, wherever you may live, I spent yesterday afternoon fighting back tears, checking my Twitter feed, sneaking glimpses of the news when the kids were outside playing, and feeling sick over what had happened. Then, I turned to the internet for help. Mr. RogersSince it was impossible for me to come up with something meaningful to...

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15 funny Mother’s Day Cards for mamas with sass

Last year we tracked down 10 of the funniest Mother’s Day cards, because you know what? Not all of us have mothers (or are mothers) who want sappy prefab poems served up with breakfast in bed. Some of us are happy to know we’re raising a kid with a sense of humor. I had the best time tracking down even more of the funniest Mother’s Day cards. Apologies in advance to some of you. Related: 19 funny Mother’s Day cards for moms not worried about peeing when they laugh. Above: The Lady Parts Mother’s Day Card. Some of us might be...

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