Month: July 2013

How to throw a camp-themed party. (Cheaper than buying all those uniforms)

Sometimes kids with summer birthdays (ahem–mine) feel a little ripped off because their friends are out of town. I love the idea of a summer camp themed party right in your own local park or backyard. It’s a great way to make the party special, even with a smaller group. Here are lots of fun ideas to help.   Camp Party Themed Invitations and Printables This birthday camp invitation printable (above) at Etsy’s Cyan and Sepia is just so fun. They’ll customize all the information for you on the gorgeous vintage design, then you just print and send. ($18 including customization)...

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Affordable, adorable, and organic: not three things you usually can find in a baby gift

Burt’s Bees Baby has gone from making cute little bathtime gift sets you can find at CVS to a serious contender in your baby gift shopping arsenal. Yesterday I got a sneak preview of some of the adorableness coming your way, but there are some gorgeous baby clothes and gifts sets that just launched this week. And I love how affordable they are–especially considering they’re organic. Check out the new arrivals at Burt’s Bees Baby and you’ll see a ton of sweet options for baby gifts that are cute on the website, but even more so in person. I...

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Muppets go modern with the coolest prints for your nursery

Of all my parenting achievements, I’m particularly proud that I’ve passed on a love for The Muppets to my own three kids. And now that they carry their own torch for Kermit, Beaker, and Fozzie Bear, I think they’ll love decorating their rooms with some very cool, very style-forward prints of the gang. Designed by London’s The Retro Inc, our iconic Muppets friends have gone through a mod makeover of sorts, and I just love the results. Grab a trio of your favorite characters for only $10, and the 5×7″ prints will be shipped to you. Or, if you can’t...

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Mixing up colors with Martha Stewart mixing bowls

Last year, we got a set of Martha Stewart ice cream bowls that have become favorites with my kids, whether they’re holding ice cream, peanut butter for dipping carrot sticks, or maple syrup in the morning. So I’m excited to see now she’s added to the collection with a beautiful set of mixing bowls. The Martha Stewart mixing bowls are so gorgeous, aren’t they? They would get so much use at our place, from mixing up pancake batter to serving kettle corn on movie nights. I especially love that they’re light enough that kids can lift them themselves (not...

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Can’t stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen with 8 of the best summer BBQ recipes, beyond burgers

My first reaction to the wicked hot summer heat was to turn off the oven in favor of these no-bake desserts. Now, midway through the season, I’m turning away from my stove all together and opting instead for some of the very best, simply grilled, summer BBQ recipes. These eight dishes are great for grilling in the park or on the beach, at a BBQ with friends, or when you just need to whip up a quick summer dinner (and dessert!) away from the heat of the kitchen. Whew. This Honey Chipotle BBQ Chicken (above) from Feasting at Home? I want...

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Tips for taking the first family photos with baby: A celebration of motherhood firsts

This post is part of a monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap celebrating motherhood firsts. We hope you enjoy our tips! Great close-up of baby June Blair with her older sister, via Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom. We all remember that first big gathering with a humongo group of relatives to meet the baby for the first time. For some people it’s in the hospital but for others of us, it’s a big party or even a trip, where you can count on dozens of hands begging for turns with the newest members of the...

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You can finally stop threatening to destroy whoever wakes the baby.

You know how it goes. You spend an hour rocking the baby to sleep, carefully tiptoe to the crib, nail the arm-to-mattress transfer, and slip out the door. You’re home free. You’re almost downstairs to the brownies, wine, and Hannibal. And then some horrible monster comes home and closes a door, and WHAMMO. Tears–until now. The Latchy Catchy is a nifty little device that slips over your doorknobs to ensure that all closing doors are silent, happy, friendly closing doors. It’s thick enough to keep the door tightly shut and fits all door shapes and sizes–even French or lever...

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You’ll be pleased to meet Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke’s new CD

These hot and humid days of summer have my posse looking pretty sad and sluggish. It’s time to kick things up a notch around here, and we’ve got the perfect CD from fab fellows Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke. So get your groove on and break a sweat to their seriously fun sound.    {Keep reading after the jump for a chance to win a copy!} As they’ve done on both Rise and Shine and Hey Pepito!, Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke have compiled a totally entertaining group of songs on Pleased to Meet You, a must-have addition to...

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LEGO: The Art of the Brick. And by art, we mean whoa.

And here I get all excited when my six-year-old puts together a LEGO Lord of the Rings set and only asks for my help twice. Recently opened, artist Nathan Sawaya’s solo show Art of the Brick features unbelievable creations all created out of LEGOS. If you happen to be a New Yorker or just visiting my fair city any time through the fall, this looks like one to take the kids to for sure.   They may not get the references to the Winged Victory, Girl with the Pearl Earring, or Edvard Munch’s Scream, but I’m sure their minds...

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Snazzy handcrafted baby shoes that really steal the show

If the baby I’m having next month is anything like me, the kid will appreciate a really good pair of shoes. (I’ve already passed that gene onto my daughter, who clamors for any beautiful pair of heels she sees.) I find most people focus on the baby clothes, but adorable shoes really make the outfit. And in the case of this Etsy shop I discovered? That cute romper set from Grandma might go unnoticed if Baby is wearing these. Sorry, Grandma! Warning: Visiting the Ajalor shop on Etsy will either make you want to have another baby stat, or you’ll...

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The elixir for your lips

I’m skeptical of products that promise plumper lips–unless it’s chemical injections, which deliver, but which I’m not doing any time soon. I’m talking about products that contain irritants like cinnamon or pepper, which would drive me crazy. So I was intrigued to try out an organic one from Vapour Beauty to see just how it would do its thang without any of that. {After the jump, details about a sweet deal!}   Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss from Vapour Beauty is one of the best natural lip glosses I’ve tried. We’ll get to the plumping part later. The gloss goes on...

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The best beach umbrellas to keep those hot summer days a little cooler

Yes, I’ve become That Mom, the uncool one sacking out under the big beach umbrella while everyone else on the beach bears the heat for that lovely glowing tan. What can I say–I’m a delicate flower. And I definitely want my kids to have some respite from the sun at the first sign of pink shoulders. Here are just a few beach umbrellas and tents worth checking out when shade is as essential as a swimsuit that stays on when a big wave hits. CMP is an rstyle affiliate   The Sport-Brella One of the big issues with big...

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Respect and protect rainforests with supercool reusable water bottles

I’m a hardcore fan of SIGG reusable water bottles. They’re seriously durable–and I know, because my kids put them through the wringer, dragging them from school to skatepark. Now I’m in love with a new collaboration between SIGG and Cuipo (a clothing brand dedicated to saving our rainforests) and here’s why.     Eeach purchase of a Cuipo-branded SIGG bottle saves one square meter of rainforest, preserved in your name. I think this eco-happy skate mama knows what she wants for her birthday. I’m most obsessed with the logo “Be the Solution, Not the Cause.” I can’t wait to...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite picks from this week, in case you missed them.   1. If you’re a teacher or know someone who is, you’ll want to see (and share) this awesome initiative that’s helping keep our kids safer online. 2. We’ve found quite possibly the best tablet for kids. Don’t buy anything before you read this. 3. We’re still amazed at what this photography gadget does with your smartphone. We bet you will be too! 4. This brilliant gadget helps keeps kids safer around water. 5. A fitness tracker unlike anything we’ve ever seen....

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Bon appétit! Even the play food from France is amazing

Though my kids’ bin of play food has been a source of countless hours of play, from “grocery store” to “let’s make mommy breakfast,” I can’t say the food (which includes an orange hot dog and floppy slice of pizza) is all that inspired. I may have to look across the pond to import some delicious play food that I might actually want to pretend to eat. Created by much-loved Moulin Roty, the Monday Market Groceries set, or Marché du Lundi, consists of beautifully illustrated cardboard cans and cartons packed neatly into a little storage box. I love that the “French market”...

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Whimsical animal prints served à la française

Our Bastille Day celebration continues with these stunning French animal prints that are perfect for a kids’ room, although I think I’d like them anywhere in my home. The Blackboard Animal French Prints at Etsy’s Eviva Prints are so striking, with that inky chalkboard-black background contrasting with the clever animal forms made from ephemera suggesting the description. So for example, Le lapin qui ecrit (the rabbit who writes–my own favorite) is made of old French postcards; The cat who sings is made of sheet music; The elephant who bakes has been cut from an old recipe; The horse who...

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Celebrate La Fête Nationale with your very own French village playset

I dream of taking the kids to Paris, strolling past little cafes, and gazing at La Tour Eiffel. On this Bastille Day those dreams are still just that–le sigh. But I’ve discovered the cutest handmade play set that will have visions of croissants and crepes dancing in my kids’ heads too.  With incredible handpainted detail on both sides, this three-part French Village playset by Melbourne’s Red Loves Green would be equally at home as room decor or as a toy on the floor. Kids will love opening the “doors” to the two stores and finding a happy mother and child...

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Future’s so bright, I need posh origami shades

There comes a time in every parent’s life when the cat knocks over the cheapo 10-year-old lamp in the nursery and it’s time to make a tough decision. You want something sophisticated, but still soft. You could pick something like the last lamp, or you could see a shade this gorgeous and splurge on a very bright future. This stunner collection of Moth origami lampshades from Studio Snowpuppe is handmade in the Netherlands. They’re attracting us like, well, moths to light. Available in a range of solids, color blocks, and delicate gradations, each piece is hand-folded from special Butterfly...

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Big-city baby tees with undeniable urban cool

Having lived in big cities through my entire pre-kids existence, I admit to a pretty intense fondness for designs with an urban edge. So it’s no surprise I fell hard for this creative, city-inspired collection of cool tees for babies (and by proxy, for nostalgic moms). Miki Miette, a small Los Angeles boutique, offers a cute but limited online selection of clothing for newborns to 24 months. Created by a Japanese designer with a fab eye, the clothes offer a mix of both traditional and urban styles. They offer the usual adorable baby wear–like this sweet lavender ruffled outfit...

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Teaching kids good manners at the table, thanks to what’s on the table

If you’ve ever wondered how to get your children to practice good manners at the dinner table, perhaps these adorable plates can help do it for you? After all, it’s hard to refuse polite advice from a princess in pearls or a fancy-looking guy in a turban with a soccer ball. The collection of Manners Plates for kids at the awesome online shop Little Circus are just delightful. They are written in French–after all, France is a place where they really do know good manners (unless you happen to be an American trying to speaking English in a Champs-Élysées-area...

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