Month: June 2013

They’ll scream for this ice cream truck playhouse

As soon as school wraps up for the year, my kids want to know when the ice cream truck is going to come jingling down the street. But I know they’d scream even louder for their very own ice cream truck to manage any day of the year. Famous OTO’s cardboard ice cream truck is a little playhouse with special details and a clever design that turns it into a mini food truck. The neighborhood kids will come running to play (even without the bells), but unlike the real thing, this one is even better it only requires imagination...

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Father’s Day recipes for breakfast and brunch the kids can help make

I loved Stacie’s recent post on Father’s Day recipes all using bacon, but some of them are arguably more for the semi-pro home cook to take on as opposed to say…the kids. If your kids are into helping you whip up something yummy and easy for dad, here are some recipes for breakfast or brunch that any parent would be thrilled to have the children make. Also, clean up. And psst…if they do a good job, maybe have older kids start making you breakfast every weekend? Just a thought.   Sour Cream Pancakes I’m smitten for this rich pancake...

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Hearts.com: Gorgeous accessories for a cause. Is there a better kind?

I hardly need an excuse to shop for new jewelry or handbags, but hey, when they support an amazing cause, I have to buy them, right? Here are a ton I’m coveting for more reasons than one. Hearts.com is a new-to-me site that works with more than 2000 artisans all over the world to make a positive impact on world issues and support people who need it most. And their original designs actually help the environment too, thanks to low-impact manufacturing processes and responsible materials. Here’s just a few of my favorite items. Be sure to click over and...

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The coolest embroidery kits just for kids, hold the needle!

With all the fun my oldest daughter had making the DIY cross-stitch keychains and necklaces I found on Etsy, I can’t wait to try this awesome embroidery project with her.   This amazing DIY embroidery kit for kids is perfect even for your younger but still dexterous kids since it doesn’t require a needle. Instead, it uses scoubidou tubes (don’t ask me to pronounce that!), which are thin, plastic “threads” that are easy for littler children to manipulate through the wooden holes.    And the final product, with a little help from an adult to attach the metal hangers,...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find great pins like this daily. 1. Make your own popsicles. It’s that time, whoo! 2. Awesome free coloring printable for the kids for road trips or rainy days. 3. Fabulous decor idea for your home. We’ve never seen photos used like this. 4. A healthy summer snack for kids that they’ll actually like (and you can make in seconds). 5. A birth announcement that’s cracking us up! Still need last minute Father’s Day ideas? That are actually good? Search Pinterest forever and ever, or just visit our Coolest Father’s...

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Say cheese. This fun LEGO Polaroid “camera” has us grinning.

Summertime is serious LEGO time around here. The kids and I are always looking for novel ways to enhance LEGO play. So I’m really digging this new LEGO hack (meaning it’s not an official LEGO product, but it’s officially fun). This groovy “camera” comes from LEGO wizard Chris McVeigh. It takes ninety-nine pieces of brick-building goodness, and some sweet Instagram-y looking decals really seal the deal.  Although the camera doesn’t actually work (well, duh), it’s fantastic for imaginative play. My favorite part? It even has an ejectable photo tile. Who knows? Maybe the next edition will sport some working parts....

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13 awesome last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas, most of them free. There’s still time!

My kids are still young enough to need me to “help” them get their Father’s Day gifts, so we’re usually scrambling to finish things up before Father’s Day arrives. If you’re in the same boat, keep reading for some great last-minute, yet still awesome, Father’s Day gifts, cards, and “awwwwww” filled ideas. -Christina + Liz WE LOVE DAD shadow photograph Pray for a sunny day this weekend and get the kids photographed with a sign proclaiming their love for dad, cut out the letters, and…awesome. This tutorial at Crafty Gator calls for a Cricut Machine but we think an...

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Web Coolness: Father’s Day and bacon, chalkboard babies, and Sesame Street tackles a tough subject

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Take one cute baby and some basic supplies, and you’ve got the  most adorably inventive photographs of babies against chalkboards.  This Father’s Day, say “I love you” with bacon. Yum. Taking on one of the most difficult subjects, Sesame Street tackles incarceration. Our editor’s Liz piece on the Huffinton Post, There Is Only Now, really has parents thinking. Support Climb Out of the Darkness on June 21st to help raise awareness for postpartum depression and other anxiety disorders. (via Boston Mamas) Breastfeeding Wouldn’t Matter to Me...

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I promise not to wear other sneakers. I promise not to wear other sneakers. I promise not to…

If your kids are suddenly behaving just a little too politely for your liking, we’ve got just the remedy. In the form of this awesome new collaboration between Converse and The Simpsons. The new Simpsons Converse Collection for kids and adults will be available on the site starting Saturday, so mark your calendars, Groenig worshippers. There are three awesome designs on the Chuck Taylor All-Stars: one featuring Homer in a d’oh moment, one with Bart at the chalkboard he’s been hovering over for the last 25 years (!!), and one featuring the whole family with all the secondary characters...

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