Month: July 2013

Bugaboo’s game-changer: the new all-terrain Buffalo stroller

I have always loved Bugaboo strollers. They’re lovely to look at and easy to push. The design is always exceptional and functional. And they’ve got pretty darn good street-cred. But until now, my existence in a city that’s covered in snow for at least half the year has kept my lust in check.   All of a sudden, however, the all-terrain Bugaboo Buffalo stroller has charged onto the stroller scene and I’m ready to forget everything I ever thought I knew about Bugaboo strollers. The Buffalo is everything the Cameleon 3 is, only–in my humble opinion–better. It’s bigger (literally–the seat is higher and...

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The portable picnic blanket

I love picnics, but I hate schlepping giant picnic blankets with me, especially because in New York, we don’t always have car trunks to shove everything into. I was so excited to find this Picnic Bag that converts to a blanket, at Yield Design Co. In five great colors, the duck canvas bags are made with zippers in lieu of seams, cleverly allowing the bag to unfold flat so you can plop right down without adding extra ground cover to your load. When you’re done, zip it up and sling the tote over your shoulder. It’s also great for...

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9 al fresco recipes for summer picnic perfection

One of my favorite things about summer is dining al fresco. Backyard meals, beachside bakes, picnics in the park: you name it, I’m in. If you’re grilling your eats, try one of these delectable 8 summer BBQ recipes. But if you’re planning an outdoor feast with no fire source, prep these easy recipes at home for a killer picnic spread. With your basket full of these picnic dishes, all you need to do is grab your pretty waterproof picnic blanket, portable speakers and, of course, the kids. No dinner clean-up required! Sandwiches are the obvious move for a picnic, but these Pressed...

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Gorgeous, fashion-forward accessories straight from…Tibet

I’ve loved Shokay since I first discovered their gorgeous baby clothes and gifts, all made from a yak hair cashmere that’s unbelievably soft and gorgeous, and all made sustainably to support Tibetan artisans. Now they’ve redone the site and made the leap into a lot of great fashion-forward accessories. I love the Turkana necklace, which is all knit out of bamboo, cotton and yak hair. (And yes, I wish there were a sexier term for “yak hair,” the way we don’t call cashmere “goat hair.”) There are also some spectacular shawls and scarves, like the spring/summer-weight black and white...

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Safe rubber teethers for a teething baby? Reader Q+A

Q: Hi! Do you have any suggestions for rubber ducks for the bath or any teething toys that don’t have paint that can come off when my 10 month old chews on them? He loves the feel of rubber toys but we worry about the paint that comes off when he chews. Thanks. -Melissa A: Melissa, we’ve got you covered. Fortunately there are an increasing number of safe rubber teething toy for babies, hold the paint. We happen to love the Natursutten safe teethers, like the adorable fish here. (Perfect for the bath, right?)  Although there’s also a cute...

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Kickstart some cool play with mighty awesome Olliblock block sets

If you love the idea of toys that represent kids of all sorts, we think you’ll dig the way one of our favorite indie companies is Kickstarting some even more fun mix-and-match block sets. And the higher-level rewards might just blow you away. Our pals at Olliblocks/Mixmates have a Kickstarter going through August 3  that takes the next step in evolution: instead of just buying a PDF and making the blocks yourself, you can grab some extra special, artisan-made sets of beautiful blocks. (Edited to add: Olliblocks are now available for sale at the Caravan Shoppe Site) We loved these blocks...

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It’s finally time for Recess with Justin Roberts

We have waited three long years to hear Justin Roberts’ newest kindie-pop album. Oh, sure, he gave us an awesome Lullaby CD last year, but we’ve been eagerly awaiting another rollicking CD full of his imaginative lyrics and stick-in-your-head choruses. Today? The wait is over, everybody. {Keep reading for how TWO readers can win a copy of this new release! And you can hear THREE songs from this release for free!} On Recess, Justin Roberts has once again crafted a collection of songs that seems fresh out of the mind of a child. Or a dog, as in the...

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The most gorgeous handmade birthday crowns and party hats. Oof.

We’ve always loved supporting the Etsy artists making handmade birthday crowns and hats for birthday parties and special days thereafter. (Like, Tuesdays. Or Fridays.) But here’s one, in honor of all the royal baby talk this week, that just may take the candle-covered cake. At Mosey on Etsy you’ll find a remarkable array of birthday decor, including some of the most exquisite and imaginative handmade party hats and birthday crowns I’ve ever seen.   Themes include space travel, woodland critters, and of course the traditional prince/princess for a day, complete with felt and ribbon adornments like butterflies, fairies and...

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Happy 50,000 Pinterest followers to us!

Clearly you all are as obsessed with Pinterest as we are, and for that, we thank you. 50,000 followers? We’re so honored! So in honor of this awesome occasion we’re celebrating with a big giveaway of five of our most popular Pinterest pins of all time. Whoo! Take a peek at them (like the Shh… there’s wine in here mug) and then enter to win them all. It’s easy, trust us. And if you’re not on Pinterest, now’s the perfect time to join. {Don’t miss our big Pinterest giveaway!} Esperos Hope Bag to help support people in need Zoku...

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Xavier Deneux board books to make babies touch, think, and learn. And probably laugh.

Books make the best baby gifts, especially when you know it’s not a book that the mom has already been showered with 14 times. And now there’s a whole new kind of board book series just launched that’s aiming not only to freshen up the genre, but maybe even reinvent it. Xavier Deneux is a wonderful French illustrator who jumped into the baby book game a few years ago. Now he’s out with TouchThinkLearn: Colors and TouchThinkLearn: Opposites, the pages of which feel more like works of art or interactive sculpture, designed encourage kids to engage with the books in...

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Strong princess gifts for for a modern-day royal baby

Though we are still waiting to hear if the royal baby is a he or a she, we can’t help but help fuel the rumors that it will be a little princess that makes her royal appearance any day now. And because we know in this day and age that princesses are about more than tiaras and ballgowns, we offer up a few baby gift ideas for strong princesses–and knowing Will and Kate and their own amazing parents, we imagine she’d be nothing less. Strong Princess Posters A princess who can save herself while riding her own steed? That’s...

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

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our favorite picks from this week.   1. Coolest soaps ever, especially for us geeks! 2. If your kids love Mad Libs as much as ours do, you need to get this app. 3. Make your tablet safer for your kids with our 3 simple tricks. 4. Don’t miss your chance to download this lovely kids’ tune for free. 5. Charging on the go just got a whole lot easier....

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FEED plus Target: a collaboration we can get behind.

I’m a big fan of the FEED mission, which sells products to directly feed schoolchildren both at home through Feeding America and abroad via the UN’s World Food Program. Whenever I carry my FEED bag, I’m reminded of the good it did. So I’m excited about their collaboration with Target–but it’s ending soon. So if you haven’t checked it out, now is a great time.        The FEED + Target collaboration includes so many kinds of products; check the Target website and there’s surely something in there that you want, especially considering it supports Feeding America. And...

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13 of the most outrageous playhouses: Don’t show your kids!

Every so often, it’s fun to see how the rich and famous live, especially those with kids. Should you have a spare 10, 20, or 50k lying around, check out these unbelievable kids playhouses. Or hey, if you buy one yourself? Invite us over! Related: 7 cool playroom ideas for kids that let you reclaim your living room Attention Tolkien fans: this Hobbit playhouse (above) is mindblowing, and built right into the landscape. Just get your kids some big feet. (Wildflower Turf) A Mondrian playhouse is awesome for fans of mid-century modern. Like me. (Barnes Vanzes Architects) Little astronauts would love...

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The cutest backpacks and bags for little kids just got cuter

Back to school shopping season gets earlier every year, doesn’t it? I have to say, there’s something about a shiny new backpack ready for new learning and new adventures that makes the season more fun. I mean, for the kids. Of course. We’ve loved, owned, and cherished Beatrix NY kids’ backpacks, wheelie bags and lunchbags since the day they launched. And while the adorable owl and the dinosaur are old friends, I’m happy to see some new designs added to the menagerie. The new little kids’ backpacks add some slightly more feminine options, like Katarina the Frog (Katarina was...

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Collecting treasures from the garden. Hopefully not the live ones though.

I have to say that one of my proud parent moments is realizing my girls aren’t afraid of bugs or worms or things they see in the garden. Of course I can’t take credit for it at all (thanks, grandparents!) but nonetheless, I love encouraging their affection for the treasures they find and collect as the rummage through the grass. The garden treasure box at Romp is one of the most lovely little gifts for curious explorers and collectors of any age. There are little boxes for storing flowers, leaves, acorns, feathers and more, each marked with charming illustrations...

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Happy Birthday! Six perfect party tunes from our fave kindie artists

Sure, we all know what song to sing when the cake comes out, but the day becomes even more special when the music cranking at the party is all about your birthday girl or boy. And, when some of our favorite kindie artists get together to make an entire EP of birthday music? Well, that’s definitely something to celebrate. Four of our favorite kids’ bands from the Pacific Northwest, Recess Monkey, The Not-Its, The Harmonica Pocket and Johnny Bregar, recently collaborated on a unique (and totally original) collection of birthday songs for kids. The result is Kindiependent’s The Happy Birthday...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest like we are? Here are some of our favorite pins this week. 1. Cutest baby shoes ever? Possibly. 2. If you’re hitting a beach this summer you need this.  3. A bracelet we’re coveting–if we could ever afford it. 4. We’re addicted to this awesome new app. Stop us! 5. New moms are going crazy for this simple solution to an annoying problem. Bonus: a fun new board for summer all about outdoor...

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One baby shower game we love. And it’s printable. And free.

I am not shy about my dislike for baby shower games. When people ask, “So then what do you do at a baby shower party?” I wonder, well, what do you do at any party? Cool people, good food and drinks usually do the trick. But then I saw this adorable baby shower game as a part of a new set of baby shower printables and I thought…okay. That could be fun. At Love vs Design, there’s a brand new set of free baby shower printables including these awesome baby Mad Libs, with a Western-themed design. Starting with “My...

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Taro Gomi’s new board books. Not bored books.

When there is a new board book from Taro Gomi, I am always interested. Because that means a near guarantee that I’ll have fun reading it to my kids too. And hooray–the prolific writer/illustrator has not just one but three great new board books out. Wiggle by Taro Gomi is a delightful little board book which, in the spirit of Pat the Bunny and other “interactive” books, allows you to stick a finger through a hole and wiggle it, creating a cat’s tail, elephant’s trunk, crocodile’s fang and more. No plot, no surprise ending–just fun for the youngest babies...

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