Month: June 2013

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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