Month: June 2013

A Batali cookbook. From a different Batali, or two.

As a New Yorker, Mario Batali is everywhere, from the impressive Eataly and the tantalizing Otto to the places a little farther out of my budget. Batali is known more for his amazing cooking than just his TV personality, and the word on the street is that Batali is also a fairly normal, cool, NYC family man who goes around town doing his thing just like the rest of us…well, maybe not just like us. So we were stoked to hear the chef has just released a fabulous new cookbook, which stands out as pretty special. And those with...

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A celebration of motherhood firsts: tips for traveling with baby on the first vacation

This post is part of a monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap celebrating motherhood firsts. And there are lots! The first time you travel with baby doesn’t have to be horrible at all. (Or…as horrible as you think it will be.) We’ve all been longtime advocates of traveling with your kids early and often. It’s something you’ll never regret, whether you’re flying across country or making daytrips to the cousins’ house. Here are some of our top baby travel tips, from years of experience of traveling with children under 12 months. Ask us if you...

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An all-natural, organic solution to those pesky summer itchies

When I was a little kid, I just scratched mosquito bites until they bled. Like a boss. But now that I like to shave my legs, wear breezy dresses, and not look totally grody, I’m super excited to have found an all-natural salve to help calm the itchies. And it’s great for kids and pregnant women, too. I’d been waiting to test Anti Itch Balm until I had, you know, an itch. A very helpful mosquito heard about my plight and proceeded to spend an entire night in my bed. I woke up clamoring for the little pot of...

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5 no-bake summer desserts for when it’s already hotter than an oven

The heat of summer is on, so I’m turning the heat of my oven off. I’m bidding a temporary farewell to cookies, cakes and brownies until the weather cools down, but fear not, there’s plenty of dessert to be had with these 5 no-bake, all-time-great sweets. Icebox cakes, puddings, cheesecake, oh my! It’s going to be a cool, delectable summer. –Stacie   This Strawberry Milk Cheesecake (above) from SprinkleBakes is proof that bakeless doesn’t mean slacker. How gorgeous is this? It’s a little bit involved, I’ll admit, but it’s also the perfect no-bake solution if you’ve got a summer birthday party...

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Take a ride on the Peace Van: hand knitted toys and rattles with purpose

If you’re into peaceful babies and peaceful communities, you’re going to love this sweet collection of hand-knitted rattles and toys that helps artisans in Bangladesh rebuild their lives. The toys and rattles from Kahiniwalla are all hand-knit of 100% cotton by artisans at Hathay Bunano in rural Bangladesh. They’re so fabulous we even included them in our 2013 Baby Shower Gift Guide. The program centers on providing livable working conditions and fair trade wages in rural areas so that women aren’t forced leave their families to work in larger and more dangerous garment facilities. Each piece is carefully designed...

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High quality, kid-friendly SPF to go. Ooh la la.

I tried carrying a tube of sunscreen in my purse once. Once. And then I got a new purse. So I’m head over heels for individually packaged, safe sunscreen for kids that even I can’t spill. Bonus: it works. And smells great. [Don’t miss a chance to win this wonder sunblock, after the jump!] If you’ve ever wished for a kid-friendly sunscreen that can’t be spilled, can fit in your pocket, and actually works, we’ve got good news. These Sun Protection Wipes for kids from Le bébé Coo are practically perfect in every way. Each box includes 40 packets, and each packet includes a...

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Geek-tastic babies, your wardrobe awaits.

We discovered the awesome pop culture baby tees and onesies from Austin artist Kayo Master over a year ago, and loved them so much (zomg, that Princess Leia onesie?) that we featured them in our Baby Shower Gift Guide. Since then she’s expanded her line, with some awesome new designs and even some baby gift sets than any geeky mama will swoon for. With Dr. Spock, Captain America, Mr. T, and a huge host of baby Star Wars characters in training (sorry…Star Wars inspired characters) you can find lots of these cool handmade Kayo Master baby clothes at BRIKA...

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Take some of the guesswork out of shopping for carpet with the new FLOR Possibility Studio

I’ve been itching to replace our dark, faux-Oriental rug in the family room for years. As much as I love shopping from the comfort of my home online, there are times when I could use the advice of a real, live sales associate to talk me through options, color choices, and patterns. You know, so I don’t end up with another dark, faux-Oriental rug. So I’m excited to discover what cool modular-floor carpet tiles company FLOR has just started doing to personalize the online shopping experience, and help insure that everyone loves their floor. Or FLOR. [Don’t miss a...

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The walls are alive with the sound of music

This collection of prints in bright colors will make you as happy as a nun on an Austrian hillside. But if you’re not a Sound of Music fan (cretin!) there’s so many other wonderful prints in this super Etsy shop we found. These lively, vibrant prints from Ali G Douglass, an Asheville-based artist, are based on her gouache paintings and printed in archival inks for art that lasts a lifetime. And what’s great is that they’re perfect for that very thing, going beautifully from a nursery to that between-little-kid-and-tween time. Frankly, if my kids were sick of them, I...

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Space boy to the rescue! Or…to the lunchroom!

As I start to take inventory of our end-of-school-year bento boxes and food storage options, I ask myself, where did all the freaking lids go? Then I quit complaining and start looking for replacements. {Don’t miss a great limited time offer after the jump!} I cannot hold back my love for this spaceboy lunch bento box. It’s not cheap, but it is on sale for a limited time, and it is adorable. And hopefully the lid makes it back home this time. Made from BPA-free plastic with EU standards (always reassuring) the design isn’t only cool, the 6″x5.5″ size...

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