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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