Month: May 2013

7 sizzling summer burger recipes

Fire up the grill! Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and that means burgers. And grilling. And yum. To kick off hamburger season, we’ve rounded up a collection of 7 sensational, mouthwatering burger recipes. There’s something for everyone: griller or broiler, carnivore or vegetarian. Sizzle on. Let’s start big and bold: Blue Cheese Burger with Bacon Onion Marmalade from Serving Seconds (above). I honestly don’t know what to say about this burger except that it must get in my belly. Now.   I’ve been looking for a great Tex-Mex inspired burger recipe for a while. Mission accomplished! Introducing the Green...

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A celebration of motherhood firsts: 7 smart tips for the first picnic with kids

This post is part of a monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap, on our tips for celebrating motherhood firsts. And there are lots! The official start of summer is just around the corner and that means time for playgrounds, parks, and that very first picnic, one of our very favorite rites of passage for new babies. (We’ve been through quite a few of those, so we know.) But before you pack up your entire kitchen in the trunk of the car and cram your basket full of goodies you might not need–or eat– here are...

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Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects. Yep, dads are crafty too.

I like to think of myself as a closet crafter, someone who secretly loves DIY projects but can never find the time to do them. Well, now that my kids are almost out of school for the summer, I’m determined to roll up my sleeves with them, and I found just the book to help me do it.  [Don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects is chock full of more than 2 dozen DIY projects for families to enjoy together, all inspired by author Mike Adamick’s time as a stay-at-home-dad with his daughter...

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How to help those affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes

Our hearts are so heavy with the news of the devastation caused by yesterday’s tornadoes in Oklahoma. Along with keeping those affected in our thoughts, we have pulled together a list of resources that will bring much-needed help, both now and in the near future. photo: Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press On Cool Mom Tech, we’ve rounded up smart ways to use technology to help Oklahoma but in addition, here are some other truly effective ways: A $50 donation to Feed the Children will help deliver 375 pounds of relief supplies to those in need. Or, donate as little as $10 and...

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Sewn Natural: handmade girls dresses that can clear away the May showers

I’ve always loved peppering my daughters’ wardrobes with just a few special handmade pieces from indie artists, from Courtney Chu to Ses Petites Mains and Baby Bean. Not only do they freshen up an otherwise ordinary wardrobe of leggings, tunics and tees, I find they are constructed amazingly well. When my two girls are done with them, Kristen’s younger daughters get a care package! I’m so happy to discover Etsy Shop Sewn Natural, which uses classic but contemporary patterns in their handmade girls dresses, brought to life with gorgeous organic fabrics, vintage-inspired prints and textiles from names like Marimekko....

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Wooden bowls + color = fabulousness

I have a special place in my heart for wooden bowls. My Eastern European grandmother used to make these beautiful and elaborate green salads and serve them to us in small wooden bowls, so I’ve been looking for bowls that remind me of my sweet Bubbie ever since…to no avail. Until now. Why I didn’t think to look to Etsy is beyond me.   Check out the super funky shop for perfectly sized bowls with just the right pop of color for my salads, or cereal, or giant displays of fresh fruit, for that matter. The artist, an interior design...

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7 of the coolest swim trunks for boys. Bring it, summer!

Our neighborhood pool opens at the end of this week (whoo!), so I’m busy tracking down stylish, swim trunks for my son that will last us all summer long. While last week we found some great swimsuits for girls, for those of you with a boy like me, here are some of my favorite boys’ swim picks for the upcoming pool days and beach trips in your near future. We’re big fans of the quality and fit of the Red21Boys’ swim trunks. I’m digging the Jack Thomas plaid for your preppy son, especially since he could just toss on...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks from this week just in case you missed them. 1. This amazing iOS app for letter writers is taking the world by storm. And us too! 2. You won’t believe what this gadget does to your Android phone! 3. Big news for Amazon Kindle owners, especially if you like a good deal. 4. A bluetooth hat. Yes, they actually make one. And we found it. 5. Such a smart space saver for any home...

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A maternity dress you can really live in

It’s pretty well established at this point that we curvy girls are ever grateful for the wrap dress as a wardrobe staple. And now when those curves extend (and extend and extend) to your baby bump, there’s a cool maternity dress that will get you through months of pregnancy and back down again. I really like the Judy maternity wrap dress from Isabella Oliver. The shape is flattering, the blue color will look dazzling on any skin tone, the short sleeves take care of some of our (ahem) problem areas on the upper arms. It’s just the perfect day...

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Jewelry perfect for Bat Mitzvah gifts and other special occasions (And no zillion dollar price tags, promise)

Twenty years after my own Bat Mitzvah, the world now caters to the preteen universe in ways it never did. Still, finding the right gift for a young adult’s special occasion can be tricky in a market that usually consists of accessories that are overly mature, overly expensive, or just…uh, not very nice. There are some companies out there that do get it right though, and Rucakids is one of them. Rucakids is a wonderful jewelry line founded by a set of cousins who wanted to create a collection for kids and young adults that really lets their personalities...

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