Month: June 2013

Toy boxes made better than most toys these days. Also? On sale.

From the day we discovered Kirsten Hathcock’s beautifully handmade storage pieces at Mod Mom Furniture, we fell in love. A Mod Mom toy box looks as beautiful as any other furniture in the house, even if it is made to hide decapitated Barbies and wayward LEGO pieces. And now, there are not only some gorgeous new styles, but some of the classics are on sale at great prices. Check out the toy box sample sale and while supplies last, you can score some great deals on the Gracie toy box–of which Kristen and I each own one–along with the...

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The hippest paper dolls in the history of paper dolls. (Possibly a true fact.)

My kids have definitely developed an obsession with paper dolls since I unearthed the ultimate guide to free printable paper dolls on the web. But if you’re willing to spend just a few dollars, I’ve found some that are seriously fantastic. And uh…not just for kids. The paper dolls by illustrator Clauda Varosio are mindblowingly fun, because they’re based on pop culture icons from David Bowie to the Big Lebowski, and even (be still my heart) Annie Hall. They’re as arcane as Vincent Gallo from Buffalo 66, and as sweet as Holly Golightly which would happen to be adorable...

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One way to get kids to eat their fruit. If you don’t steal it first.

My kids, as with all kids, are obsessed with gummies. But I find that fruit chews give them the same satisfaction with a little less guilt. On my part. Hooray for a new brand that avoids the guilt entirely, and just in time for me to seek out new lunchbox snacks for camp.   Stretch Island, the company I love for their 100% natural fruit strips, is now making Stretch Island Fruit Chews, which are also made from real fruit puree with no additional sugar added. Just what’s naturally in the fruit. They are nut-free, gluten-free, and come in...

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Father’s Day ideas for family fun: 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

This post in our Father’s Day Gift Guide series brought to you by Dove Men+Care. We all know that the gift of time can be the best Father’s Day gift of all–along with a handmade card, of course. If you’re looking for some family fun ideas, here are a few that can make the family the gift. Father’s Day Room Service Download this adorable Father’s Day printable (top), tell him to hang it on his door the night before, and then get the kids to take care of his order in the morning. Be sure to make enough for everyone–it...

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6 bacon-tastic recipes for Father’s Day, from breakfast to dinner to cocktails

Father’s Day is this Sunday, so we’re talking bacon. I know: so predictable, so genderist, and yet…so right. Take one look at these six recipes using bacon and try telling me otherwise. (Coffee Bacon Waffle Sandwich? C’mon, daddy!) Let me say that again: Coffee Bacon Waffle Sandwich (above). This thing of beauty from Bakeaholic Mama, and adapted from a Coffee Bacon Sandwich by one of our favorites, Joy the Baker, works for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Because, lets face it, candied coffee bacon is an all-the-time food. If you’re looking for a non-traditional Father’s Day breakfast idea, these Beer and Bacon...

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Sending beautiful birth announcements and baby shower invitations just got easier. Way easier.

Paperless Post has saved my hide on more than one occasion in the last 3 years since they launched. I’ve used this wonderful service to send digital kids’ party invitations, adult party invitations, thank you notes, and yeah, apology notes for not sending a thank you note sooner. We’re so excited that they’re now launching an extensive collection just for new parents starting today. And we get to be the first to tell you about it! Also? It’s gorgeous. The Paperless Post baby collection is as comprehensive as it is beautiful, with 250 (!!) designs that include shower invitations,...

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Fun DIY place card ideas for children’s parties. Makes us want to go to a party!

Should you be the type of parent who is actually able to wrangle the kids into assigned seats at a child’s birthday party (or say, at the children’s table at your adult party?) you’ll be needing place cards. You can even hand out the place cards when the kids walk in so they can claim their own seats. Either way, these fun ideas are so much better than a folded piece of card stock. (And psst…wedding blogs can be a great source of inspiration.) –Liz Candy necklace place cards Would any child say no to these? Or come to...

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Super Scandinavian modern design for kids. Without the plane ticket to Scandinavia.

Oh, Internet, how I love thee. Chic NYC boutiques await me on my laptop, 24/7 even when I’m nowhere near. And my latest online thrill is a children’s shop stocked to brimming with gorgeous Scandinavian style. Ja, takk! (Yes, please!) {Don’t miss an exclusive discount for CMP readers after the jump!} Recently, I’ve been obsessed by the imaginative offerings over at Modernmini. This kids’ shop is made up of mostly Scandinavian brands, all of which are pretty spectacular, especially if you love incorporating modern design into your decor. This is a place to find items that serve a functional purpose and...

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A seriously rugged (and really cool) balance bike for older kids

Watching your kids learn how to ride a bike is one of those nerve-wracking yet awesome moments of parenting that you don’t soon forget. For some kids, it can take a bit longer to learn this fine art of balancing. And that’s where this bike comes happily into play. We’ve covered awesome balance bikes for toddlers in the past, like the Kazam and FirstBIKE. But this STRIDER SS-1 balance bike is geared toward kids a little older. Because of its larger size (designed for ages 6 and up), the STRIDER SS-1 16″ can benefit many kids — those who are a little older and haven’t...

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Splurgey gifts for the dad who has everything: 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

You know the dad who has everything? The one who’s impossible to shop for? Yep, so do we. So here, we present some of our favorite splurgey Father’s Day gift ideas for that very guy. Not that he wouldn’t love something from the rest of our Father’s Day Gift Guide, but if you want to spend a little more this year, here are some gifts that wow us. Vintage Scrabble Set For family game night, there is just no comparison between this originali style board and those flat cardboard ones. To say nothing of the digital version on your...

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Happy birthday Maurice Sendak! From Google and from us.

Today would have been Maurice Sendak’s 85th birthday. And while we’re still missing him, just about a year after his death, he lives on through some of our favorite Maurice Sendak children’s books. And today, through one of the coolest Google Doodles ever.     Check today’s Maurie Sendak Google Doodle and don’t stop until it finish playing. And pst, let the kids watch too. Also, be sure to click over for some our favorite Maurice Sendak children’s books (including some you might not remember) and use today as an excuse to get that Sendak library up to snuff....

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Dream a little dream of your baby (finally) asleep in a cozy bassinet

With my first two kids, the bassinet was a bedside fixture for at least the first month or two after their respective arrivals. Clunky and awkward, it was not exactly a charmer — and my wakeful babies didn’t seem too impressed, either. This time around, I’m trading up.   I’m betting the Babyhome Dream will create a luxe enough sleeping environment for the baby to convince him/her sleep through the night. It could happen, right? Dream, by the genius designers at Babyhome, can be used as a bedside bassinet, a travel cot, or a convenient, comfy place for a napping baby...

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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. Seriously awesome news if you’re an Amazon Prime member. Whoo! 2. A completely unique way to turn your photos into amazing gifts. 3. The coolest Father’s Day gifts for the techie dad, all under $50. Happy shopping! 4. With this unbelievable gadget, you may never need your keys again. Which means you’ll never lose them. Double win! 5. Here’s a huge round-up of Father’s Day tech gifts if you’re feeling a little spendy. Warning: You might want them for...

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The ninja lovey you didn’t see coming. Because it’s sneaky like that.

This sweet ninja is soft, cozy, and comes with a minky sword. Who better to protect your baby from nightmares? This sweet ninja security blanket from Koddalie on Etsy is a unique and cuddly way to keep your baby happy–and safe from the bad sort of ninja. Because all new moms have ninja problems, right? Handmade of black dimple-dot minky and soft pink cotton, it measures in at 12×12, but can also be made at 18×18 or 29×29, if you need extra ninja protection for the little one. She’s washer and dryer safe, and even comes with her own...

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Play with your food: 11 awesome ways to serve a watermelon

We love, love, love watermelon season, and why not? Sweeter than candy and just  a wee bit healthier, here are some of the coolest ways to serve a watermelon at your next picnic or kid’s party, that you can actually do. I mean, I’m a mom too. I’m not going to invest in a suite of professional tools and three hours each day to make a lifesize replica of the Hindenburg. But some of these do get you close. Related: Turning delicious fresh fruit into smoothies? There’s an app for that.   Watermelon Punch Bowl: Any drink at all made...

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Your kid, the fairy tale star? Handmade personalized dolls we adore

Soft, sweet dolls that are handmade with love and look like art? We’re big fans. And when you can add personalization? Even better. We love the simple, lovely elegance of these handmade dolls from the blita shop on Etsy. Each one is carefully double-sewn in Portugal of quilting cottons and felt, stuffed with polyester, and given a sweetly embroidered face. Just like our kids, they’re tough and beautiful and ready for adventure. There’s even a personalization option on this Red Riding Hood Doll: just tell them which name and which fabric you’d like for the hood, and your doll will...

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The multitasking mug for moms

Coffee to wake up with in the morning. Wine to relax with at night once you’ve sung your last lullaby. Luckily, this mug is perfect for the yin and yang of beverages. Of course, this adorable mug from ChantillyStay on Etsy wouldn’t work for me, because my voracious reader would let the secret out. Still, one opaque mug that handles my morning coffee IV and my evening wine session is a pretty good deal.  Each 14-oz ceramic mug is hand-stamped with shhh…there’s wine in here, or another quote of your choice, including the substitution of your favorite spirit in...

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Father’s Day gifts from the kids: 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Nothing is sweeter than a Father’s Day gift that really truly comes from the kids. Whether they make a card (still our all-time favorite gift), get crafty, or pick out something a little fancier, here are some fun Father’s Day gift ideas “from the kids.” Even if they’re not the ones paying. Yet. Also: Don’t miss our huge Father’s Day Gift Guide Giveaway! Details below. Father’s Day photo from the kids (above) It’s so easy to have them hold big letters from a craft store, or just their own letters hand-colored onto construction paper. (Free tutorial at No Biggie) Custom...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool picks like these, daily. 1. Adorable Father’s Day gift idea from the kids. Mostly free. 2. We’re so coveting these shoes! Anyone have a time machine so we can get them? 3. The yummy recipe that would make a great Father’s Day gift. If you don’t eat it yourself. 4. One of our new favorite baby gifts. So cute! 5. 12 of the coolest tech gifts for dads under $50. (No, not an XBox...

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The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 works its magic again

I can’t get my son out of this stroller. This is a good thing. Trust me. My two-year-old gives the Energizer Bunny a run for his money. That is, until I introduced him to this new ride from Bugaboo. Before the new Bugaboo Cameleon 3, this kid was not having any strollers. But a miracle happened when I received the new Bug to test drive–my little guy suddenly loved to go on stroller rides. Really. The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 is an even greater version of the original and much-loved Cameleon stroller. First of all, hooray for the larger underseat...

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