Month: May 2013

The smallest Father’s Day gift he’ll love: An awesome DIY

There’s no doubt that our three kids are on their dad’s mind during the day while he is off at work. But I’ve just found a hilariously awesome (and easy) Father’s Day craft that will have him seeing them hanging around too.   I cannot look at Oh Happy Day’s Shrinky Dink Father’s Day ideas without grinning, imagining all the poses my three kids will want to try in the making of this unique craft. I love how a tiny photo easily becomes a tie tack that is bound to get noticed in the office. More than one child?...

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Kids’ superhero party ideas: the ultimate roundup of invitations, decor, printables and favors

Boy or girl, a superhero party remains one of those party themes that never goes out of style. Don’t feel you have to stick with the licensed character stuff in the big party stores–there are so many cool superhero printables and decor out there that let your kid be their own superhero. Here I rounded up some of my very favorite options from Etsy artists and smaller designers, all of them pretty amazing looking and best of all, easy. In other words, don’t expect to see any of those insane, ready-for-television 16-layer cakes here. I’m a mom, not a...

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7 smart ideas for trimming waste and saving money

featured partner We love that the notion of cutting down waste has gone from something for the uber-frugal, to something we all want to do, both to save money, and make sure the earth as we know it is still here for our kids in years to come. After all, the little differences we all make individually can add up to big change, right? So we’re happy to share some of our favorite ways to cut back on unnecessary waste, brought to you by our sponsors at Glad who seems to be thinking the very same thing these days–and...

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Juuuuust right: baby bottles go thermal

Oh, the bottle stage. I remember jiggling wailing, hungry babies whose only goal in life was to get some warm milk, and those minutes of waiting for bottles to warm would seem like hours. This time around, I’ve discovered a fantastic alternative to those dreaded bottle-warming-minutes. The organicKidz thermal baby bottles not only feature great designs, they keep liquids cold or hot for up to six hours. Genius! Now I did test that claim and found it to be mostly true, although it really worked best if the liquid was either super cold or super hot to start with...

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Flying high

Personalized nursery art is one of our favorite baby shower gift ideas, especially when it’s as sweet and affordable as this custom print.   I love this simple little personalized airplane art print which can feature a letter or name on the side–though I love the single initial. It’s a great option when you want something that will look great in a newborn nursery, but won’t be so easily outgrown. –Liz Find the personalized airplane print for kids and lots more very cool art online at Let’s All Make Believe....

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Gorgeous waterproof picnic blankets: if only they kept the rain away too.

Even though it’s not quite summer feeling everywhere just yet, it’s the official start of summer, which means picnics. Yay! We recently featured this post with our top picnic tips for parents with new babies, and number one: Use a waterproof blanket. Fortunately, we found a great Etsy shop selling a ton of them.   Sewn Natural makes lovely handmade blankets of all kinds, but it’s the thoughtfully-designed waterproof picnic blankets I’m really digging right now. In polka dots, chevrons (of course), traditional checks and even Marimekko fabrics, they all roll-up into a super convenient 14″ roll and button closed. They’re...

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How to support our troops on Memorial Day

With a husband in the military, our troops are always on my mind, even beyond Memorial Day. Even though today is a great day just to celebrate family and the beginning of summer, if you’re so inclined, here are a few very simple ways to show your thanks, and honor military service today and every day. Support a worthy cause: You’ll find no shortage of amazing military charities, from Operation Gratitude and Fisher House Foundation that help provide support for military families, to Team Rubicon, which utilizes the skills of veterans to help people in need and has blown...

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

In case you missed them, here are five of our favorite tech picks from this week! 1. Our lucky Editor Kristen got the scoop on Ethan Hawke’s favorite app. It’s perfect for Father’s Day! 2. Are you as excited about Arrested Development as we are? If so, you’ll love this! 3. A new camera app that’s become our fast favorite. 4. Make your Facebook experience a whole lot better, thanks to this handy website. 5. If Dad loves his iPad, this is the Father’s Day gift for...

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Chocolate whaaat? Kids’ vitamins just got awesomer.

I grew up eating the vitamins of a certain prehistoric cartoon and turned out pretty okay. Still, now that I’m a mom, I’d love for my own kids’ vitamins to be a bit more naturally sourced. And maybe not so, well, chalky. Yum-V’s Multi-Vitamin Jellies are totally delicious and soft, packed with good stuff and not the artificial ick. They get their softer chewiness from pectin, not gelatin, which makes them not quite as sticky on the teeth–something my forever-losing-a-tooth grade-schooler really appreciates. Now, no artificial colors means your brain may need a second to realize that the happy...

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Summer camp backpacks with serious standout style

The first summer I sent my son to day camp, I tried to cram his lunch, towel, bathing suit, rain jacket, and various other doodads into his cute little preschool backpack. Epic mommy fail. This summer, we are ready with a standout backpack. It’s got plenty of room for camp gear, all with a personality that really pops. We’ve been big fans of MadPax ever since their Spiketus Rex backpacks hit the scene. My son adores his big red BUBBLE pack, which always gets a ton of comments wherever he goes.  Their latest creation, the MadPax BLOK, has a...

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