Month: June 2013

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

Here are 5 of our favorite picks from this week just in case you missed them.   1. A budget laptop for kids that the whole family can use. Score! 2. One of our favorite kindie rock stars now has an app and we’re in love. 3. Facebook charges for messages? You’ll want to read this. 4. The best kids’ downloads on Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, all free. Not a member yet? You should be. 5. An entirely waterproof phone. Need we say...

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Shine and the Moonbeams’ debut CD: The one our kids have been waiting for for 2 years. Really.

Ever since Shine and the Moonbeams turned an entire room of kindie-music industry folks into speechless putty at Kindiefest 2011, I’ve been anxiously waiting the release of their first full-length CD. When you consider that lead singer Shawana Kemp’s voice is featured on three of my top five kindie songs of 2012, well, that should give you an idea how ridiculously happy I am that the wait is over. And if Shine and the Moonbeams is new to you, keep reading to find out what makes their sound so special. [Win a free copy of this amazing CD: details after the...

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The best (and easiest) Fourth of July party ideas and printables

I love me some red, white, and blue around Independence Day, but I’d rather not break too much of a sweat prepping for our Fourth of July festivities. It’s hot enough as it is! So here’s a few perfectly easy, perfectly patriotic ideas for your July 4th celebration. Then all you have to do is kick back with a cool drink…and leave the fireworks to the pros. –Christina This free printable Patriotic Subway Art (above) would look great leaning on the picnic table, or even just in the entryway of my house. Or follow The 36th Avenue’s links to find out...

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The super pure moisturizer that’s great for kids’ eczema…or fickle grownup skin

I always look for facial moisturizers that are oil-free and chemical-free. So that basically leaves…uh, water. Until now. This amazing, natural, one-ingredient spray not only treats eczema and dry skin for babies, kids, and adults, but it also makes my face totally glow, without any of the cystic acne I usually get from oils. You might say I’m…coconuts for it. Heh. CapriClear has only one ingredient: fractionated coconut oil, also known as caprylic triglyceride. Basically, you get the benefits of coconut oil without the scent and waxiness, leaving a clear, pure, all-natural spray that’s non-staining, odorless, and a great...

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Gorgeous Danish kids’ furniture that we can covet, if not afford.

Great design doesn’t need to end in the living room. It can continue into the kids’ room, much to our surprise. When I designed my kids’ bedroom, my whole goal was to mix great design with childlike moments. These chairs would be perfect for their space. Utzon Kids is a Danish company that makes exclusive, made-to-order modern furniture for kids, but the pieces would look just as great in an adult living space as they would in a child’s bedroom. All pieces are made in Denmark, using only natural materials. You can choose from a variety of colors and...

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Stars, not so many stripes — tasteful hostess gifts made for July 4 weekend.

Should you be lucky enough to score a Fourth of July party invite somewhere in the vicinity of fireworks–or better yet, a whole weekend at a beach house (can you tell I’m dreaming of this?)–we’ve got a host of star-themed hostess gifts that are perfect. A little different. And definitely not cheesy. That smell? That’s a blend of good etiquette and freedom, baby. –Liz Star Tea Towel Set by Anna Joyce Stars and dots are just a little more original and practical than stars and stripes, aren’t they? ($28, BRIKA) Custom Constellation Spoon This may be one the coolest...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out 5 of our favorite Pinterest pins from this week that you might have missed. 1. Our Editor Kristen has her eye on this gorgeous, affordable bracelet and we can see why. 2. Who knew the best homemade guacamole could be so easy to make? You’ll want to pin this recipe right now. 3. Coolest kids’ t-shirts ever. In fact, we want them in our size. 4. You soooo need these, Game of Thrones fans. 5. All you need is construction paper, tape, and a sunny window to make...

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When you chomp upon a star: unique handmade teething toys

Move over, Sophie the Giraffe. There’s a bright star of a new chew toy in town, and it’s handmade, eco-chic, and…deliciously pointy.  These luscious fabric balls from Timo Handmade in Israel are a sparkly new addition to the galaxy of chewy-but-pretty baby toys. Each star-shaped toy is around six inches across, handmade in Tel Aviv of new and vintage natural fabrics. They’re safe to chew, baby-sized, and oh-so-pretty, sure to get quite a few oohs and ahs at a baby shower. In addition to nifty, nubby stars, Timo also makes some pretty funky rabbit, bird, and mouse dolls (like that...

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Web Coolness: Vintage Sesame Street, July 4th eats and cool IKEA hacks for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too.   When Oscar was orange: Design Mom takes us back with the first Sesame Street episode. A great post from our editor Liz in defense of kids’ music. (The good kind.) And we love Stefan Shephard of Zooglobble’s A Kindie Manifesto–which lays out why kids’ music IS important for kids.  This Summer Camp Word Game printable will make for some zany Mad-Libs type notes from your little camper. Our Editor Kristen shares what she thinks is the best lesson you can teach...

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