Month: August 2013

Best lunch containers for kids (and other goodies that make lunch boxes more fun): Back to School Guide 2013

There’s no shortage of cool lunch containers, bento boxes, water bottles and other fun accessories to help make your kid’s lunch a little more appealing than our own brown-bag days of yore. Here, we’ve pared them down to a few of the very coolest for our 2013 back to school shopping guide. Bonus: So many of them are reusable and eco-friendly, saving you plenty of money in the not-so long run. We like that. Ninja Reusable Napkins A warning to those who might try to steal your kid’s sandwich. ($10, Funkins) Space Robot Lunch Containers Love these adorable, practical...

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Our lips are sealed…and safe from the sun.

I’m a sunscreen addict. I won’t leave the house unless I’m slathered with the sunscreen. (And you wouldn’t be mistaken if you saw two kids leave my house in the mornings looking like they were dipped in white paint.) But finding moisturizing lip stuff with good SPF? Not so easy. So I’m a little happy dance about this new one from Sun Bum.   The SPF Lip Balms from Sun Bum are just the ticket, packed with moisturizing ingredients like aloe and vitamin E, but with the added benefit of serious sun protection. I’ve always been a little wary of chemical sunscreens on my skin,...

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9 simple school lunch ideas that have nothing to do with making (yet another) sandwich

At some point this school year–sooner than you think–both you and your child will grow weary of the humble school lunch sandwich. It’s a known quantity, which is comforting some days, but not every day, right? So here are 9 easy school lunch recipes–most of which require zero planning, the rest of which can be made ahead and stored in the freezer–that will inspire you to throw caution to the wind and ditch that sandwich bread. –Stacie Threading yummy ingredients onto skewers is maybe my favorite way to change up school lunch, especially when the results are as cute...

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Zippy nighttime diaper changes? We’re in.

As excited as I am about the impending arrival of Baby #3, one thing I am not particularly looking forward to is the sleep deprivation that arrives on the scene with a newborn. I recall with vague familiarity the middle of the night feedings and changings–and realizing in the morning that all the snaps on the baby’s PJs are mismatched. That will no longer be an issue with this adorable onesie.   The ZIPaboo is a revelation for all those weary-eyed parents fumbling with diapers and fiddling with snaps in the middle of the night. With a single zipper...

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Making the first day of preschool a little easier. On the kids, if not you.

As kids go back to school, some are ready to jump right in, make friends, and get busy with the water table, while others need a little more help separating from mom and dad. So I love this craft that could make that first day of preschool, daycare or kindergarten a bit easier for a lot of kids. At Moomah, you’ll find an easy tutorial for a DIY family necklace which incorporates photos of loved ones so your kiddo will know you’re always “with her.” Even when you’re not with her. With any luck it will make the transition a little...

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The Day the Crayons Quit: A very cool creativity manifesto

I have a child who once angrily crumpled up any coloring page if it didn’t turn out “perfect.” Grass had to be the perfect green, sky had to be the perfect blue, and don’t even get me started on the perfect cherry red needed for superhero capes. So maybe that’s why now–a few years later–she is crazy about a book featuring crayons which plead with the reader to reconsider boring old color roles and rules. Let’s hear it for creativity. And talking crayons. The Day the Crayons Quit is a delightfully funny book about a box of crayons who...

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Going back to school with Gap, and a nice shiny Gap gift card from us to you.

We like back to school shopping for kids, obviously. And we like giving things away. So we’re super excited that our sponsor Gap is hosting an amazing event in more than a dozen of their stores–and letting us give one of our readers a $200 to spend with them. Whoo! [Enter to win a $200 gift card from Gap by leaving a comment after the jump] As part of the Gap Back to Cool Event, you buy one pair of Gap Kids 1969 Premium Jeans, and get a second pair at 50% off. Smart, because as we parents know,...

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The only thing cooler than Hoth is this Star Wars book shelf

You can’t buy your kid a life-sized AT-AT or landspeeder. But you can give them the coolest Star Wars-themed book shelf we’ve ever seen. This AT-AT Imperial Bookcase from WhittledinWood on Etsy is a masterpiece of engineering. Handmade of birch plywood, it’s made to order in Vidor, Texas and arrives raw and unpainted.  The cool thing is that the company can make a bookcase out of almost anything your heart desires–the website currently shows this AT-AT, a Millennium Falcon, an unbelievable tree, and the Incredible Hulk. The prices aren’t as insane as they could be for bespoke geek furniture,...

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Birchbox limited edition box for teens: A great value for the budding cosmetics junkie

While I am still the one mom who thinks my daughter should wash off her play nailpolish before heading off to elementary school, I understand that the teen years are different. Instead of ducking perfume-sprayers in the department store for hours while trolling for product samples for her, CMP fave Birchbox has come out with a fun box just for teens, and the young-at-heart. And nails. And face.  And wow, is it a value. The limited edition Head of the Class Birchbox for Teens is a fun new offering just in time for back to school, or really, any time that...

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Comfy seating for your growing reader

We’re always happy when one of our favorite companies surprises us with a cool new design. P’kolino has done just that with a perfect new perch for your favorite little reader. Leave it to one of our favorite brands to win us over again with their new Reader Children’s Chair. We know that the junior version, The Little Reader Chair, is wildly popular with the toddler crowd. But now kids 4 and up can get in on the cozy action with the “grown-up” version (should 4 be grown-up), in bold, graphic new styles and patterns. I’m partial to the cool...

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