Month: June 2013

Up to 50% off the coolest toys, gifts and more at Kangarooboo

We’ve loved the wonderful mom + pop owned toy shop Kangarooboo since we first found them back in 2007, so we admit we were super bummed to hear that they were closing shop after all these years.  Road and Rail Crane Train, $20, now $12.79 As we wish Justin and Jennic well on their new adventures, we wanted to share their big closing sale, where you’ll find the coolest indie toys, accessories, and more at pretty awesome discounts while supplies last. Here are just a few of our favorites: BlaBla Baby Sookie, $52, now $31.79   Recycled Plastic Tool...

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Life is a colander of cherries

We’ve officially entered hostess gift season, which happens to coincide with fresh produce season season. Which gives me an awesome idea.   Visit Ross Lab on Etsy for this gorgeous made-to-order, handmade ceramic berry colander and then hit your local farmer’s market or you know, Whole Foods, for the proverbial (and actual) bowl full of cherries. There are also lovely salt and pepper cellars, coffee mugs, and a really pretty, rustic sugar/creamer set. Just present with artisanal salts; the mugs with some good coffee and so on. It just amps up the gift that much more.   It’s such...

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Classically cool American tunes for your Fourth of July celebration

Whether you’re planning a July 4th BBQ or just want to share some classic American music with your family, I’m pleased to introduce a brand new Putumayo Kids Presents CD that will get your toes tapping as you get into the spirit of red, white, and blue. {Keep reading for your chance to win a copy of this new CD!} Beginning with Johnny Bregar’s harmonica-accompanying She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain and ending with a spirited This Land is Your Land by folk-and-bluegrass musician Phil Rosenthal, Putumayo Kids Presents American Playground breathes new life into tried-and-true tunes, many of which...

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A fun numbers book for your happy little punks and hipsters in training

With their penchant for throwing things, screeching at high decibels, and staying up way past bedtime, toddlers are naturally great punk rockers. But since they still need their parents to tuck them in at night, here’s a great bedtime story that will fill their heads with visions of fun music and friends (not anarchy) as they drop off to sleep. They can save the anarchy for when you try to serve mashed peas again. Happy Punks 1 2 3: A Counting Story runs up the numbers from 1 to 12 in a charming story about friends getting together for...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week just in case you missed them. 1. A new Toca Boca app. Our kids are freaking out! 2. If you’ve got a tween or teen with a smartphone, you need this app, stat. 3. A little Chanel case for your iPhone without the hefty price tag. 4. Headed to the beach this summer? You’ve got to see this cool tech toy for kids. (And no, it’s not a bucket and shovel.) 5. Some of our favorite designer laptop cases and bags are on super sale. Don’t miss out! Bonus:...

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DIY printable invitations you’ll love to send and they’ll love to get

As much as I love the ease of dropping an email to friends to invite them over for a summer BBQ or pool day, there’s something special about sending invitations the old-fashioned way.   These DIY printable party invitations from Girl in Gear Studio make sending real paper invitations super easy, and not to mention, stylish. Just purchase the PDF and then instantly download and print it. Here are a few of my favorites:      Of course, you’ll need to grab the brown paperstock and typewriter to make them look this cool , but honestly, the simple, bold...

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Geeky cookie cutters from Game of Thrones, Dr Who, and more. Because who doesn’t want to eat Jamie Lannister’s hand? (Eh, forget we said that.)

NASA recently announced a 3D printer concept that could potentially cure world hunger. We’re not there yet, but here’s a cool way to use 3D printers to make food more fun. And more geeky. Introducing Tyrion Lannister, the cookie. WarpZone Prints is an ever-evolving Etsy shop by a geeky mom of two, producing one-of-a-kind cookie cutter designs to showcase your favorite geeky and otherwise fun pop culture references, including Doctor Who, My Neighbor Totoro, My Little Pony, Mario Brothers, Monty Python, and many other fandoms.  You won’t want to miss the chance to eat your favorite characters considering the results...

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Rock n roll tees for kids so authentic, you can almost smell the overpriced concert beer on them.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have a way of taking me back in time. As a parent, I play Under the Bridge for my kids and encourage them to appreciate how the music affects them. Cooler still, Flea, RHCP’s bassist, is a big supporter of children in the arts and a regular in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles. So I’m digging this new collaboration for kids between classic bands and classic style, courtesy of a very surprising source. At J Crew, of all places, you’ll find a very cool selection of rock n roll tees for kids in...

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Personalized puzzles that make perfect birthday gifts. Maybe not just for kids.

I just finished spring cleaning my kids’ bedrooms and, while I was able to part with many things, I held onto almost anything that had been personalized with their names. If you too find that personalized gifts hold a special place in your heart, then you won’t be puzzled by my enthusiasm for something beautifully made–yet affordable–that could become a treasured plaything to hang onto for a long time. We’ve loved TinyMe’s colorful personalized labels, and we’re also smitten by their adorable wooden jigsaw puzzles that come in a huge array of styles and colors. The lovely muted color...

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Monsters University Review: You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll say, wait…was that a Carrie reference?

It’s an interesting thing, settling into a seat in a theater filled with squirmy, popcorn butter-fingered children for a G-rated movie, knowing that half the references will be to movies like Animal House,  Revenge of the Nerds and Back to School. And yet that’s exactly what Monsters U is: a witty, irreverent, sweet and frequently hilarious take on the classic college comedy. Only, you know. Animated. By Pixar. With monsters. But is it right for your kids? To be sure, my children, 6 and 8, adored Monsters University. And they’re not even super familiar with the original Monsters Inc.,...

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4 “fantastico” children’s CDs in Spanish

Whether you’re fluent in Spanish or can’t even count past ten (er, diez), hearing songs sung en español is such a great way for kids to become more familiar with the language while they are playing, dancing, or nodding off at naptime. And I’ve found four great CDs sung in Spanish that will make a great addition to your kids’ music collection. So, iÁndale!  –Christina [Keep reading for your chance to win all four of these CD’s] From CMP favorites Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Fantastico is one collection of songs that will have you sweaty dancing to...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are, or just hoping to finally get started? Follow us and we’ll show you the ropes! 1. Dying over this adorable collection of summer dresses for girls. 2. Kristen’s coveting these hot summer shoes for herself. We don’t blame her. 3. We’re loving these iPhone cases for the fashionista. Hilarious! 4. Fabulous totes and tech cases on sale from one of our favorite designers. Go! 5. A sweet project if you have kids going off to camp this summer....

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Bring it on home with the coolest summer camp labels for kids

The first thing I learned about summer camp was that kids take a LOT of stuff with them. And all of it needs to be marked with a label if you ever hope to see it again. Here, four cool summer-camp themed label sets that will cover everything your kids takes along for either day or sleep-away camp. And may you never have to suffer the smells from the lost-and-found bin full of sweaty-kid stuff. I love the retro tent-camping design on Kidecals’ Camp Labels featuring a cute tent on a die-cut decal. Made with a super-sticky adhesive that...

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In a past life, these sunglasses could do a mean Ollie

I love upcycled art and design, but more so when the designs are so fantastic, you’d like them even if you didn’t know a thing about their past lives. And in this case, that past life was a little dangerous, a little edgy, and had nothing to do with UV protection. Update 2015: The shop is no longer making sunglasses but they are making very cool handmade watches! The family run Ontario shop, Second Shot, was born from a passion for skateboarding, art, eco-mindfulnes and well, cool stuff. In a collaboration with BotanyCo Eyewear they’ve created an awesome line...

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Web Coolness: LEGO hits the big screen, DIY summer fun, and is expensive baby gear worth it?

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.  The LEGO Movie in 2014? Whoa. We have some very excited kids here. So proud to see our own editor, Liz Gumbinner, chosen among the Beast Best Awards winners on the Daily Beast for her entertaining Tweets. If you need ideas for DIY summer fun with kids, check out Welcome to Camp Whattawedo. And NYers: This weekend is the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn! Love hearing kids’ music favorite Lucky Diaz singing this commercial jingle. Great way to teach the value of a dollar: Motivating Children To Save...

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This Star Wars onesie is where it’s AT-AT

Can we keep her, Mommy? I’ll feed her and walk her and clean up the oil spills–promise! If there’s a special baby Star Wars geek in your life, this sweet onesie is a great way to induct her–hold the cinnamon-bun Leia knitted hat. The My Star Wars At-At Pet Onesie from EngramClothing on Etsy is everything we love: unique, geeky, and high quality. The onesie is availble in sizes 6m to 18m in super soft 100% cotton with soft printing designed and done by hand in Calgary. And the design is such a marvelous take on “Star Wars is...

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30 decadent ice cream recipes in one drool-worthy downloadable cookbook

Chill, my new favorite e-cookbook ever, is an homage to ice cream complete with more than 30 recipes that any and every ice cream lover must have. Hyperbole, you say? Well I say: Red Velvet ice cream, S’mores Ice Cream, Peanut Butter Nutella Chip Ice cream, and Coffee and Donuts ice cream. (Coffee and donuts!!!). No exaggeration, these are real flavors, real recipes, that you can really make with this gorgeous book. So, yeah, I’m basically leaving you no excuse to keep from making killer homemade ice cream all summer long. If you don’t appreciate that, your kiddos will...

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Take the plunge with Recess Monkey’s Deep Sea Diver CD

On their last two CDs, The Final Funktier and In Tents, Seattle’s Recess Monkey cleverly pulled together songs that either overtly or subtly referred to life in outer space — or under the big top. And now, in their ninth release, and just in time for the hot days of summer, they’ve released an ocean-themed CD packed with 15 tunes. Jump right in, the water’s fine. {Keep reading to find out how you can win a copy of this new CD!} Deep Sea Diver covers sand and sea with catchy rockin’ pop songs, from Beach Ball to Making Waves. But,...

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Wunway dresses turns every sidewalk into a runway for your girls. Or wunway?

This is precisely the time each year that I realize my oldest daughter has outgrown all her summer dresses (grrr) and that her younger sister is not quite ready to reap the benefits. So looking at the adorable new dresses from Wunway, I’m having a hard time keeping my twitchy “add to cart” finger off the keyboard keys. We love this brand for their appropriately modest but still feminine and fun clothes in sizes 3-8; it’s a godsend for parents of tweens-to-be who hit the big shops or even designer boutique and realize that once you hit size 6,...

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Summer vacation memories from top parent bloggers and a great way to share your own. Safely.

With school out and summer almost officially here, say hello to 4000 new smartphone photos and videos of our kids being adorable at Kindergarten graduation, on the beach, watching fireworks, and running through the sprinkler on the lawn. [Don’t miss an amazing giveaway for 20 readers below!] Of course, we love sharing our photos with friends and family–don’t we all? But we’re also aware of the increasing privacy issues on certain uh, large social media sites. So we’re thrilled to be partnering with Origami, a really brilliant new website and iPhone/Android app that’s just perfect (and perfectly safe) for...

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