Month: July 2013

5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for cool finds like this daily. 1. Found a few fascinating kids’ playhouses like this one for our cool toys board. We can dream. 2. We are so stealing this genius travel snack idea. 3. The best kids’ tablet for kids 6 and under, and affordable too. 4. The new baby bottles everyone is clamoring for. 5. Who’s going to buy these awesome shoes so we can live vicariously through...

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Tattly tattoos just got 100% cooler. Because they’re 50% off.

We can hardly believe it’s been two years since we first told you about the launch of the hippest, best-looking temporary tattoos ever made. And we’ve got the zillion photos of our kids covered in them to prove it. Well in honor of their second birthday they’re having a huge limited time sale and we have the scoop!   Starting…now (seriously, you heard it here first) you can get 50% off anything in the Tattly tattoo shop. If you need classroom or camp party treats when cupcakes aren’t allowed, goodie bag favors, or just a fun treat for your...

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Web Coolness: Disney princesses redressed, NYC for free, and more LEGO women

Here are some things we’ve loved reading around the web this week. We hope you do too!   Disney princesses get beautifully outfitted in more historically accurate clothing. (via Laughing Squid) If serving dinner to your kids is a big production, you’ve got to see this hilarious video that turns it into just that. The kids will have geometric fun making these smiling polyhedra characters from Minieco. NYC for free: Check out Mommy Poppins list of free New York attractions for kids. Do you remember fourth grade? This photographic series captures the wishes and worries of special kids from around the globe. (via Design Mom) Ice Cream...

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Wardrobe brought to you by Judy Blume and Richard Wright.

I like shirts that kids and adults show we’re smarter than we are sassy–not that a little sass is so bad. The kids tees from Out of Print Clothing featuring classic book jacket art are a fave; we own Origin of the Species which my daughter picked because of “all the pretty animals” and I can hardly blame her. Now there are some new designs for adults including one in particular just for us children of the 70’s and the 80’s.   I seriously cannot believe that this Superfudge kids tee is old enough to be called classic, but...

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Peet’s Coffee comes home with you. One at a time.

It’s only from years of business travel to LA that I got to know the delight that is Peet’s coffee. And now that I don’t have access to their coffee shops in NYC (sniff), I’m glad that now it’s even easier to bring it home. Peet’s K cups are here (oh sorry…let’s use the generic “Peet’s single cups”) so rejoice all ye Keurig users. Yes it took a while, but evidently the company has spent 5 years getting it to where they want instead of settling for meh. I have to respect that. You can get five of their...

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Store your stuff in a bean bag. Or is it a macaron bag?

It’s a clever storage container, a cozy chair, a toy, an ottoman…and it looks just like a giant French cookie. What’s not to love? The Storage Bean Bag from Mimish Designs combines almost everything we look for in furniture: hip design, a useful home organization tool, a cozy place to sit, an object that intrigues children to spark imaginative play…and, okay, the looks of a delicious macaron cookie. (Not to be confused with macaroon.) Available in 14 vibrant colors, each chair is made in the USA of microfiber and cotton, so it’s comfy, it’s filled with post-consumer recycled “beans”,...

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5 brilliant DIY travel snack ideas for kids that will save the day.

My family and I are hitting the road soon and, having learned the hard way to never be caught empty-handed on a long trip, I’ll be prepared with an arsenal of travel snacks. Ideally healthy ones. Since you might be traveling soon too, whether a flight across country or just an afternoon in the local park, I have tracked down 5 seriously genius and creative DIY ideas for packing travel snacks that kids will love. You’ll not only save money, and possibly back seat fights if you’re driving, think of the time you’ll pick up not having to stop...

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Warhol meets Bugaboo. And the fancy parents go wild.

We like classic cars for kids’ gear, but in this case, it’s “cars” with a lowercase C–more Soho than Radiator Springs. If you’re in the market for an eye-catching stroller and you happen to love Andy Warhol’s trademark style, check out the latest special edition of one of our favorite strollers. We love the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 for comfort, ease of use, and storage space. Now we adore the latest Andy Warhol special edition Bugaboo fabric set featuring the pop artists iconic automobiles print. Note: the price you see here is for the fabric set only; the actual Bugaboo...

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Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids: Thanks, Alastair Moock.

Though there are already many wonderful charities and benefits to help support kids with cancer, we are so touched by one effort by dad and musician Alastair Moock who is using his musical talents to speak directly to these special kids, one of whom includes his own young daughter. [After the jump: Learn how you can win a copy of this CD for your own family, or to donate to your local children’s hospital] Alastair’s own daughter’s leukemia diganosis influenced the creation of a most-excellent collection of songs for the family: Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s...

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The elephant in the room: Actually a gorgeous new crib from Oeuf.

For years now, Oeuf has been known for its beautiful, modern nursery furniture that’s meant to last. I’m personally a huge fan of their Perch Bunk Bed (visit us sometime and see it in action) still could use the Oeuf Toy Store to wrangle the 8 zillion little toy pieces we have all over the place. Now, they have a brand new crib that is simply awesome. And not a zillion dollars either. While the new Oeuf Elephant Crib is not an IKEA $199 special, it’s not a mortgage payment either. Especially because the key aspect of the design...

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A DIY family craft kit for everyone–even ninjas!

We can pick our friends, our noses, but not our families. But thanks to this kit? We can pick exactly what the fam looks like and what they’re wearing. Including ninja relatives. Here’s what I love so much about this DIY Fair Trade Wooden Family Craft Kit from our pals at the Brooklyn Makers Shop: no matter who’s in your family, you can paint ’em. You can paint two moms, two dads, grandparents, or a mom and dad. You can paint the four smaller dolls as kids of different ages, friends, pets, or, yes, ninjas. And you’re not limited in...

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A new baby card with seriously awesome sass

Sweet little bundle of joy? Yeah, right. Anyone who’s already a parent knows exactly what’s swaddled in that cozy blanket. I salute our pals at Hello Lucky for telling the truth about that adorable new baby with this stylish card: she’s a tiny little dictator, and you’ll serve her for the next eighteen years at least.  The gorgeous design is letterpress-printed on thick 100% recycled paper and is blank on the inside, which means you have plenty of space to write out your tips for surviving the first few weeks of the tiny dictator’s regime. This card would be...

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Delicious recipes using overripe fruit. A.K.A. kids can’t complain about the “mushy part.”

I feel like the most awesome mom when I bring home bags of fresh fruit–until I realize the bananas have become overripe in two days, and the mangoes and strawberries are threatening to do the same unless I use them, stat. Morning smoothies have become a staple, but I’m so grateful there are other wonderful recipes to help me use all that fruit…even after it’s less than perfect.   Overripe Banana RecipesThanks to Serious Eats, I’ve got 17 ideas for what to do with overripe bananas, as in the three brown ones sitting in my fridge right now. I’m...

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Instant heirlooms: custom ceramic plates fired with handwritten family recipes

If your family is anything like mine, all their famous recipes are tucked away in over-stuffed folders and recipe boxes…and only the chef knows for sure where they are. How wonderful would it be to start serving some of Grandma’s famous oatmeal squares atop a handmade pottery plate, with the recipe for those very squares right underneath in her sweet handwriting? The custom recipe plates and serving ware, from Prairie Hills Pottery are pure awesome. Truly, the gifting possibilities are endless. Scan a copy of Dad’s secret lasagna recipe, and the artisans at Prairie Hill will fire it onto...

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Baby bottles that come close to the real thing. Or so we can hope.

When my daughter was a baby, she was a hardcore bottle protester. I went through every single bottle brand I could get my hands on at the local Target, hoping that one would magically work on the kid. Luckily, with Baby #3, I think I’ve found a bottle that I am hoping will avoid some of that hassle right from the get-go. This line of baby bottles from Comotomo might do the trick for any baby suffering from what experts call “nipple confusion.” (anyone else hate that term and want it banned forever? Not just us? Okay). The inventive...

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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 just in case you missed them.   1. A helpful round-up of the safest search engines for kids. 2. Meal planning just got a whole lot more awesome with this free app. 3. Here’s a fabulous, free way to snazz up your laptop or iPad. 4. A new site for finding family-friendly movie recommendations. Check here before you rent or stream anything. 5. Shop tech for much less with this fabulous new service. Join...

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Taste the rainbow of adorable felt play food. But don’t really taste it.

If you love showering your children with all-natural goodness in a rainbow of colors, you’ll love this veritable smorgasbord of vibrant veggies, scrumptuous sushi, and fruit fit for a king. Just don’t let them eat it. Because it’s all handmade felt food. And felt on your tongue feels pretty gnarly. We’re salivating over the colorful array of beautiful felt play food from Creation by M on Etsy… which is kind of weird, because we do know it’s not real. Each piece of play food is lovingly hand-stitched of eco-felt, which is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. And many...

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What I did over my summer vacation

With so much talk about summer brain drain, I’m always looking for activities to keep my kids learning without realizing it. That’s why I love this DIY that helps kids answer the perennial question: What did you do over your summer vacation?   At Dana Made It, you’ll find a tutorial for handmade summer story journals that you can hand sew, although if you’re me, I’d bet a binder or some staples would be just fine. She includes a 3-page template you can copy too. I know my kids would have a blast filling it out with their memories,...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find great picks like these every day. 1. Love this easy DIY idea to keep everyone’s towels separate. 2. A hilarious poster that every writer (or wannabe writer) will nod along to. 3. The one cell phone that every parent needs. And every non-parent, come to think of it. 4. Wow, these make some impressive baby gifts. 5. Will someone buy us this gorgeous necklace please? Pretty...

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Corolle’s new doll is ready for bathtime. Even if your kid never is.

Despite all the water play of the season, summertime means extra bathtime for my kids to wash off the grimy residue of the day’s sunscreen, sweat, and sand. To keep the kids company, long-time favorite Corolle offers plenty of dolls for the bath, and this new one is adorably suited up for some serious bathtub swimming. We’ve always liked Corolle, which make about the least creepy of all baby dolls. (Admit it: some are very creepy.) And since kids want to take them in the tub anyway, the new Corolle Mon Premier Bebe Bath Doll comes outfitted for snorkling in the...

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