Month: September 2013

Sew your own Grumpy Cat. Trust us, he’ll hate it.

Even if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can totally sew your own Grumpy Cat plushie. And then pretend he hates you. And Mondays. And everything. And if you like more cheerful critters, the shop has oodles of patterns for owls, seals, polar bears, and other characters capable of actually smiling. Little Hibou Shoppe on Etsy specializes in printable sewing patterns to create your own adorable plush critters. Each purchase includes the PDF, and thorough instructions that will get you sewing even if you’ve never sewn before. There are woodland animals, farm animals, arctic animals, and more. And of...

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CVS Extra Care Rewards: It does a lot more than you think. Like, uh, feature us!

featured partner Hi, I’m Liz and I’m a CVS addict. It’s been a long slow build, only made worse–or better?–with the establishment of a brand new CVS in a charming old building a mere two block’s walk from my home. Danger! Danger! Now, I’ve become That Mom who gets all excited when I pay, waiting to see if my receipt is one of those 8-foot long deals with a zillion ExtraCare rewards printed all over it. Seriously. [Visit the CVS Extra Care Adventure video series to learn more about saving money at CVS doing the things you already do.] One of the things...

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Sheer Addiction Jewelry: It’s true. I’m an addict.

This week, my glorious, generous business partners picked out the most stunning belated birthday gift for me: a necklace from designer Tamara Schafhauser. I admit, I’ve been coordinating outfits around it all week long. Can you blame me? The array of necklaces, bracelets and earrings from her line, Sheer Addiction Jewelry, comprises everything I love: vintage styling, statement pieces that are still super wearable, beautiful craftsmanship, and limited-edition designs so not every person on the street will be wearing the same one you are. (Admit it, that matters. A little.) My own Alexa necklace (above) is a combination of chains, crystals and...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this week just in case you missed them.   1. We cannot wait to get our hands on this new gadget. When you see it, you’ll understand why. 2. Looking for a unique school fundraising idea? We’ve got it! 3. Wondering whether you should upgrade to iOS7? You’ll definitely want to read this post first. 4. A cool, free app for kids that will help you talk about a tricky, but very important subject. 5. This pillow is cracking us up. And yes, if you’re wondering, it...

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Coffee rings that prevent coffee rings

Need a clever coaster for that grande pumpkin spice latte? We’ve got you covered. We love how Coastermatic can turn any of your Instagram photos into coasters. But we also love the way photographer Jennifer Daniels has turned her images of disposable coffee cup lids into actual kiln-fired ceramic coaster art. Because what better way to protect your table from coffee rings and drips than images of coffee lids with drips? Oh, irony. You’re delicious. Especially with extra cinnamon. Find Coffee Lid coasters by Jennifer Daniels at Coastermatic. [h/t swiss...

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10 birthday party craft ideas that can double as party favors

I’ve noticed a cool trend that has many parents eliminating the traditional end-of-birthday party goodie bag filled with cheap trinkets, and instead opting to have the kids craft something themselves that they can take home later. Smart, right? So if you also hate running to the dollar store for quick-to-break tchotchkes and cheap candy, here are 10 fun birthday party craft activities (beyond color-your-own placemats) that kids will enjoy long after the cake is gone. –Christina Partygoers of any age have fun decorating anything at all, like this cute wooden birdhouse craft for kids seen in Make it Do’s Woodland Party. Love how a...

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Beautiful little jewelry for girls at just the right prices.

I will never be the mom who gets my tween daughter a Tiffany anything (besides maybe a charm for her charm bracelet that I’m still holding onto for her) but on the other end, I’m admittedly about those $4 necklaces that are probably made with more lead than precious metals. Still, I love the idea of getting her something that feels special and all her own without spending a fortune, and I found some great ideas in a surprising place. At RH Baby and Child–that’s Restoration Hardware, only rebranded–there’s a sweet selection of jewelry for girls that’s spot-on perfect for tweens...

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Handmade Halloween costumes for kids who don’t really want to wear costumes

I still remember trying to coax my then 18 month-old into the carefully selected Halloween costume. Nothing. The best we could do was stick an apron on her over her diaper, put a wooden spoon in her hand and call her the Naked Chef. (It actually went over very well with the neighbors!) That’s why I love this shop that makes a ton of Halloween costumes–for kids who aren’t necessarily ready to wear a head-to-toe costume. The handmade Halloween costumes for kids at LA’s seven white rabbits are beyond adorable. Each one is actually a cape, not a full...

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3 adorable craft kits for tween girls

It can be hard to find quality, not-neon-and-rubber-bands craft kits for girls in the ten to twelve age range (not that we don’t love Rainbow Looms!), but these three projects are sweeter than tea and crumpets. [Don’t miss a big exclusive discount for our readers after the jump!] Our pals at Cattiwampus have three sweet craft kits for tween girls from Brit company The Little Experience that are just right for those outgrowing the little kid stuff. The Tea Time Cakes Pincushion Sewing Kit pictured above includes everything needed to make three delicious-looking tea cakes, including felt, thread, needle, pins,...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and for great finds like this every day.  1. Adorable baby clothes that can do double duty on Halloween. 2. Our new tech-must have. As in, want it so much we must have it.  3. The world’s cutest snack for kids and for a change, yes, it’s easy to make.  4. Will someone buy us this gorgeous handbag please so we can stop talking about it? 5. Hilarious DIY Halloween costume idea for kids. But will they get the reference?...

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Grammar police: Your mugs are here.

We all have our pet peeves, and one of mine happens to be spelling and grammar. Even a text message with they’re/there/their used incorrectly is enough to make me cringe. (To say nothing of all the pitches we receive daily that assure us “mom’s will love this!”) That’s why this set of mugs would be perfect for starting every grammatically-correct day. I love how the Grammar Grumbles mugs from The Literary Gift Company illustrate the proper use of two/to/too and clarify that no one will actually die if they don’t get what they’re yearning for. (It’s a figure of...

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Heading to NY? Free author events for kids at MoMA Design Store NYC!

If you are going to pick the perfect time to visit New York City, you could do a lot worse than fall. The family-friendly options here seem endless this time of year. So whether you live in town or you are building an itinerary for your special Saturday visiting the Big Apple, we’d like to suggest adding the MoMA Design Store to your schedule. Yes, for kids. Set on the charming Spring Street in Soho, the MoMA store has been a long time shopping favorite of ours. We were extra pleasantly surprised to discover that in addition to the killer...

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Web Coolness: Powerful women, iPhone iOS7 problems, hilarious kids’ music parodies, and lots of freebies for kids

Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Don’t miss this Tumblr blog that’s celebrating remarkable women for a whole year. Read this before you upgrade your iPhone: 7 big problems with iOS7 Finally, a toy store realizes that girls like trucks and boys like dolls too. Did your kids look like this on the first day of school? Love the inspiration! You’re not alone if you’re an adult wearing Rainbow Loom Bracelets. (And here’s a great roundup of Rainbow Loom how-to’s.)   How insane are these homemade Halloween cookies?  NYC parents: Visit the Artstar/Little Collector...

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New photo gifts for kids: The ultimate vanity project. Not that that’s a bad thing.

My kids love nothing more than looking at photos of themselves. In fact, if I’m hard pressed to find something to amuse them in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or on the train, my go-to source is the camera roll on my iPad. Now if only there was a way to get them to do something meaningful with their vanity. Enter the new photo puzzles and drawing pad from one of our favorite sites for gorgeous personalized photo gifts, Pinhole Press. When it comes to creative and cool ways to display photos, Pinhole Press is a great destination....

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Tips for taking your baby to the zoo: A celebration of motherhood firsts

This post is part of our year long series celebrating our favorite milestones and motherhood firsts on behalf of babyGap and their new Red Wellies Collection. Some of our fondest memories of our own children are taking them to the zoo for the very first time. There’s hardly a child whose eyes don’t light up seeing their favorite animal from picture books in real life for the first time, hearing the sound of the monkeys, or watching the sea lions underwater from behind glass. [above: stuffed elephant via kaleidescope stitches] Here are just a few tips to help make your first...

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Help Laurie Berkner put your kids to sleep

For years, my kids and I turned to Laurie Berkner’s upbeat and catchy tunes like Victor Vito and I’m Gonna to Catch You to give our day a little pick-me-up and a reason to sing and dance around the living room. But we’re also really excited to hear that she has a lullaby CD in the works, and you can help get it produced! Plus get some awesome perks that won’t be available for long. Because we know her pretty voice would make the nicest sound to hear at naptime, bedtime, or just mommy’s “quiet time”.  [We’re the first...

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How to make (or buy) the coolest Rainbow Loom bracelet patterns: The ultimate guide

If you haven’t yet heard of the crazy success of Rainbow Loom Bracelets, you cannot be a parent. Or you are a parent, but for some reason, haven’t noticed that every single kid on the planet seems to be wearing them up to their elbows these days. They’re like the love child of the lanyard of my own summer camp days, and the Silly Bandz craze of a few years ago. If you want to make your own, or your kid is tired of making the same old style, I’ve put together a comprehensive roundup of good YouTube Rainbow...

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9 playdate recipes and snack ideas that will make your house the most popular spot on the block

I can confidently cook for nearly anyone, but one type of guest stumps me over and over: the little ones who come over to play with my kids. In fact, figuring out what to serve on my kids’ playdates is way more stressful than planning a party for 10 hungry adults.  If you want something a little more than cracking open a bag of fruit snacks, I’ve rounded up 9 play date recipes all made with kid-approved ingredients in a mom-approved amount of time. And, of course, they are tasty, because what would be the point if they were’t?...

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Two cute animal crafts for kids that also benefit other kids.

When two of our favorite peeps get together to raise awareness of two of our favorite animals with fun, free DIY kids crafts, the results are four times the fun.  Our pals at Moomah and Tea Collection have joined together to work with the Global Fund for Children to provide a safe place for migrant children in China to play while their parents work. Now, inspired by pieces from Tea Collection’s China-inspired clothing collection, Moomah hopes to raise awareness of two of China’s threatened species and popular kid favorites, tigers and pandas. Each craft includes free printable templates and...

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3 cool Halloween treat ideas for classrooms or Halloween parties.

I know I know, kids get so much candy on Halloween that sometimes it’s fun to find treats and goodie bag ideas that don’t involve candy at all. Sometimes, yes, and sometimes now. Instead of handing out plain ol’ bags of candy, here are a few treat ideas for your classroom Halloween party that I really love, complete with the printables to pull them off.  At the Anders Ruff shop, you’ll find a Halloween printable for pretty much any need at all, including this very awesome DIY S’mores Bag topper. Just insert a mini chocolate bar, graham crackers and a marshmallow...

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