Month: June 2013

16 of the funniest Father’s Day cards. Hold the tired remote control jokes.

Looking for the perfect (and perfectly funny) Father’s Day card, it’s hard to find ones that aren’t all about tools, beer, golf, remote controls and yardwork. Stereotypes abound in 2013, whoo! Instead, here are ones that made us chuckle. There’s a lot of sex references here. And yeah, we couldn’t resist one good fart joke. You’ve been warned. –Liz   Pulling Out ($4, The Defiant Peanut)If he has a good sense of humor…well, only you know for sure. Bucket Card (Seas and Peas, $3.75)Truer words have not been spoken.   Thanks for Teaching Me (Pink Orchid Press, $5)Because some...

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Web Coolness: Super Father’s Day links, teacher appreciation, and being the relaxed parent this summer

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.  Artist Giulia Pex turns her dad into a superhero, just in time for Father’s Day.  (via Laughing Squid) Get the kids some crayons for this fun, free Father’s Day Card/Printable Coloring Sheet. We love being included on this great “For Dad” Pinterest feed. And don’t miss our own Father’s Day board for great gifts and cards for dear ol’ dad. Sage advice: Make Time for Your Friends Because Moms Need Them Most of All. These printable School House Gift Boxes could hold something sweet for...

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A thoughtful class art project for a thoughtful end of year teacher gift. (Nothing to do with apples.)

For those of us in the northeast and beyond, we’re in luck! Our kids are still in school, which means a little extra time to think of a thoughtful end of year teacher gift. I always love gifts that come from the whole class, which are more personal than a mere gift card, and this is such a simple, fun project for younger kids. This class art project teacher gift from Deliah Creates is so lovely. It mostly involves taking abstract art created by the kids, cutting it into triangles and assembling mosaic style, but all the instructions are...

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Jacadi Paris summer sale — whoa, the discounts!

featured partner We get excited when Jacadi Paris, the awesomely luxe baby and kids’ brand that pretty much never goes on sale…is going on sale. Yay! And we’re partnering with them today to share our favorite picks from the sale. (If we can even narrow it down, because zomg…the shoes.) If you’ve got a shower coming up or a kiddo you’re excited to spoil for up to 50% less, here are some of our very favorites from the vastly discounted collection, at some of the best values. Don’t miss some great picks and amazing discounts on Jacadi Paris after...

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French stripes from skip*hop, ooh-la-la!

My obsession with stripes runs deep, so much so that I’m coveting yet another  skip*hop diaper bag (love them!) even though I’m waaaay past the diaper bag stage. But…but…this one is limited edition! Snatch up the Duo Luxe French Stripe bag while you can. This looker features everything we’ve always loved about skip*hop bags, but in a cool limited fabric pattern and with rolled handles, which makes it look a bit swankier than some of their other choices. But just because it looks stylish doesn’t mean it’s not functional. You can still wipe it clean, and pop it easily...

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Gifts for the stylish dad: 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

This post in our Father’s Day Gift Guide series brought to you by Dove Men+Care. Next up in our series of Father’s Day Gift ideas, some of our favorite swanky gifts for the stylish dad. You know the one–trousers pressed, hair always in place. He probably even says “trousers,” doesn’t he. Or maybe he’s just a dad who wants to step up his game a bit? Either way, we can think of quite a few fellas who’d be delighted with any of these. Handcrafted Pocket Square ($24 at Fox and Brie Haberdashery) We’re having trouble narrowing down a favorite...

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Superfood alert: Snack like an Aztec warrior with these 5 chia seed snacks (and yes, they’re good)

Want to get in on the superfood fun, but have no clue what to do with a bag of chia seeds? (Other than turn them into a grassy novelty pet?) I’ve got five delicious ways to enjoy these wonder seeds, which were once the go-to survival food of Aztec warriors. Almost as cool as astronaut ice cream, right? –Stacie   So rumor has it that one tablespoon of chia seeds could sustain your average buff Aztec warrior for 24 hours. Not sure how many chia seeds it takes to sustain a busy mom on the go, but get this:...

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We love Method, we love animals, Method is protecting animals. Everyone wins.

I just love how Method keeps reinventing itself with new scents, limited edition designs, and now, an awesome new charity effort that helps show Method’s commitment to the fair treatment of animals. Method has never animal-tested (one of the things we like about them), is totally vegan and cruelty free, and now they are offering new Designed for Good hand wash to help raise awareness about it. And presumably to exert a little nudge-nudge pressure on other bath and body brands to follow suit. The packaging is adorable. My kids are begging for the bunnies hand soap, which has...

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Adorable baby booties that actually stay on. It’s real! We swear!

There is some unknown force that prevents socks from staying on babies’ feet. Probably the same one that makes socks magically disappear from dryers. Luckily, a new line from guava kids, guavaboots, is an answer to this ongoing conundrum and will be the solution for all those one-socked babies in the world. The new baby footwear from guava kids (we love their guavamitts!), are adorable bamboo-derived, organic cotton sock-booties that miraculously stay on through all those little baby kicks and wiggles. Thanks to Velcro enclosures which are completely adjustable, the guavabooties will stay on babies’ feet, regardless of how...

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2 great DIY Father’s Day ideas, including the best printable Father’s Day coupons we’ve seen

I always look forward to my free online subscription to Moomah, which always has tons of fun craft ideas and other creative inspiration for parents. Today, their Father’s Day issue hit my inbox and I love the two projects they’re featuring. First there are some of the best looking printable Father’s Day coupons I’ve ever seen. Trust me, I’ve searched the web and most look kind of hokey. These happen to be clever and modern, offering a free uninterrupted Goodfellas screening, a coupon to wear whatever you want with no criticism, and even a little spicy from mama. If...

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11 great homemade Father’s Day gift ideas: 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

There are great gifts for dads, and then there are the great gifts they’ll always remember. This next batch of our 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide series offers up incredibly thoughtful Father’s Day gift ideas with heart and homemade charm. We always love handmade gifts, because there’s no price you can put on thoughtfulness. And these shouldn’t take you all day either. DIY Father’s Day art We totally love this Daddy art which is backed up by your kids’ own watercolors, for something extra special. There are two templates you can download that read DADDY and GRANPA but you could probably...

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Sweet dreams are made of these: handmade summer quilts

Oh, hello there, Summer! Long time no see. The weather is warmer, the kids are sweatier, and it’s time to pull out the summertime linens. Or, um, it might be that time if I were the kind of person who’s organized enough to have summer linens. And if I were? Well, CMP fave OM Home would be making an appearance on every bed in my house. Serious loveliness. And a special discount for CMP readers! {Don’t miss the exclusive 20% off CMP sale code after the jump!} OM Home has expanded its line of amazing crib-sized Handmade Kantha Quilts to include twin, queen...

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Bigger, stronger, hotter. Yes, coffee.

I like it hot, strong, and bigger than usual. And a little on the sweet side. And now I can have it all with one press of a button, just the way I like it. Coffee has never been hotter with this very clever new offering from Keurig. And Dad might like it, too. We tried (and loved!) the original Keurig, thanks to the way it can replicate your favorite fancy beverages at home in seconds. Now we’re digging on the new Keurig Vue, which allows you to brew your drink in a broader range of sizes and strengths....

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Tiptoe over the tulips while slacklining.

When the weather turns warm, I am on the hunt for fun new ways to get the kids outside–and off their various electronic devices. My latest find may be low-tech, but it’s so high on fun, we’re all waiting in line for our turn to play.  Slacklining is one of those new-to-me outdoor activities that’s growing in popularity this season, as companies like Gibbon Slacklines and Slackers promote this sport for fun families hankering for more exercise and outdoor time together.  For families who are just starting out, I love Slackers’ soup-to-nuts Slackline Classic Series kit which has everything you...

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Get in The Shade: the all-purpose, all-weather protector for baby

I firmly believe that the rule that applies to dogs should also apply to babies: always ask before touching. (Hey, let’s add pregnant bellies to that list, too). When my son was an infant, I was at the grocery store and a total stranger walked up and just started touching his face. Um, excuse me? But now there are a few new products that comes in handy when people are being, well, a little too handsy, the newest being The Shade from Imagine Baby. It’s a stretchy cover (think spandex material) that pops onto almost any size baby car seat...

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The best Father’s Day tie just might be a bow tie. Or, a Bowie tie.

We might have found the best Father’s Day gift ever. And yes, it’s a tie. We’re crushing on the retro-cool ties made from hand-drawn images by Etsy artist Kayci Wheatley. Whether your dad’s into pin-on bow ties or tie-em-yourself neckties, you’re covered with illustrations of David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and Tupac, who probably never wore a bow tie himself.  If you have deep pockets, she’ll even design a 100% cotton fabric just for you, print it with one of her original designs, and then make it into a tie. Hello, coolest Father’s Day ever. Checking her past sales on Etsy,...

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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. One of the coolest apps we’ve found to help you organize and share your iPhone photos. 2. Say goodbye to cord and earbud tangles with this handy, affordable gadget. 3. A cool tech charger you can keep in your pocket. (Psst: Makes a great Father’s Day gift too). 4. Make sure you download this huge round-up of kindie rock songs for your next road trip while they’re still free! 5. This might just be the coolest tech toy we’ve ever seen....

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This Father’s Day, let the kids show their love on their chests

Everyday dads are heros, from giving superman flights in the hallways to chasing away the monsters in the closet. So this Father’s Day, why not let Dad know how their biggest fans really feel with these awesome Father’s Day tees.   The adorable Daddy Is My Super Hero shirts from Alison Scott’s Etsy shop Once Upon A Story will make any Daddy’s heart swell with love. Bold comic book colors combined with the hand cut and stitched designs give this shirt a really sweet homespun quality. Available in toddler and youth sizes, this made to order shirt is a great standout that beats...

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Epic Movie Review: Is it really epic?

On a whim, my children and I wandered into the local theater and plonked down an absurd sum to watch Epic in 3-D, a movie I knew very little of at the time. All I had heard was that there was a strong female lead, a great voice over cast, and something about fairies, and all that seemed good enough for us on a hot afternoon. As it turns out, that was just scratching the surface. I’m not sure this is one that will stand the test of time the way The Secret World of Arrietty does (after a...

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The scoop on cute custom embroidered hoops for kids’ rooms

Lately, we’ve been loving this trend of personalized embroidery hoops for babies. And now, we love this troop of adorable animals that will be a major hit for unique kids’ room decor. These Personalized Embroidery Hoops from Otak on Etsy are a fun way to add a pop of color to a kid’s room. Each hoop is a little over five inches wide and can be personalized with a hand-embroidered name, and your choice of four animals on various background fabrics. The hoops can go super girly, traditionally boyish, or as gender-neutral as you wish. And we love how...

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