Month: September 2013

The greatest quotes from the greatest female role models: Bookmark The Reconstructionists, stat.

As we move to empower our daughters, to help them find strong role models (you know, whose accomplishments don’t include “twerking”), and to get them excited about their potential, I’m so delighted to find a new website that helps do those very things.   The Reconstructionists is a Tumblr blog which is celebrating remarkable women for a whole year. Created as a partnership between Maria Popova of Brainpickings and amazing illustrator Lisa Congdon, I cannot stop poring through it. Gather your daughters–and sons–around, read the short bios, explore the quotes, and get some good discussions going.  You’ll of course find ususal female role model...

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Is it ever too early to introduce your kids to Saved by the Bell?

Ah, the 90s. It was a time of tight-rolled jeans and cell phones the size of a couch cushion. But we will always have a soft spot for the TV shows that kept us company after school every night. If you loved Saved by the Bell, Full House, and Rainbow Brite as much as we did, get ready to relive it all with cute shirts for babies who have never heard of Screech and Slater.  Time out, mamas. Ro Sham Bo Baby has an adorable line of super soft 90s TV baby shirts that rock harder than Zack Attack. And...

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Places to go, people to see

Because I have a thing for typographical art, I’m geeking out over the typography shop online at Fab right now.   There’s so much cool stuff to see right now, from prints of the litograph book shirts we recently featured, to lots of cool tees and artwork. But the thing that really grabbed my eye is this You Can Do A Lot In A Day embroidery hoop art. Not to play too much into the whole “women can do it all” thing that drives us all crazy–but at least for me, it’s a nice reminder that if I spend a little less time...

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A car seat for dolls: Safety gets more fun

Ever since the AAP changed the car seat recommendations for children, kids are staying in rear facing car seats and eventually, booster seats, even longer. So I’m happy to find a car seat accessory for dolls, which can help kids understand car seat safety by taking care of their own little babies.  The new Car Seat for Dolls by German company Gotz, is perfect for dolls up to 16.5 inches, like a Corolle Baby Doll–but not quite an American Girl Doll, which might have been your next question. It even has a retractable top, should the baby doll need a little protection from the...

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J Crew Baby clothes are here! Yes, please.

As if they didn’t already fit the bill for most everything, J Crew has gone baby. It’s almost hard to believe that this is a new line, but yes, now J Crew Baby is here, meaning your tiniest members of the family can be groomed from day one to start craving cute cardigans and classics with a twist. It begins with the basics which they are notorious for. The new baby collection features totally adorable onesies, baby hats in a dozen colors, pants and leggings, baby shoes and baby booties, bibs and more. There are wearable solids and easy stripes and dots–even graphic prints...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks from this week just in case you missed them.   1. Here’s a bracelet we think every parent should own. 2. One of our favorite toys as a kid gets a 21st century twist. 3. You won’t believe where you can keep this awesome charger. Insane! 4. Now here’s a cool way to use an old gaming console. Who’s making one? 5. If you’ve got an iPhone, you need to see these beautiful yet sturdy...

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Mamas & Papas Armadillo stroller review: minor investment, major ride

I’ve been noticing a trend lately away from some of the fancier budget-breaking dollar strollers and toward excellent quality strollers that do everything you want, but still leave room in the budget for other things. (Like, say, an iPhone 5s.) It’s not that I’m not into the fancy-schmancy strollers–because I am–it’s just that sometimes we parents want more than just a stroller. And the latest stroller from CMP fave, Mamas and Papas, is just that kind of budget-friendly baby ride. The Armadillo stroller (and yes, the name sounds like it could be from Bugaboo) has a lovely array of bright canopy and...

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Easy kids Halloween crafts: Grateful parents say thanks, Kiwi Crate

If your kids are as excited about Halloween (already!) as mine, check out the fun and not-too-scary DIY Halloween craft kit from CMP favorite Kiwi Crate that will keep little hands busy and out of the Halloween candy stash. Even if you’re not quite ready to drag up the Halloween decor from the basement just yet.   Kiwi Crate’s Glowing Halloween crate includes a couple of easy Halloween crafts for kids ages 3-7. In other words, no bloody eyeballs or severed hands to worry about in this box. Watch them turn little votives into Frankenstein’s head or a crawly spider that can then...

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Map happy? This chic handmade bracelet keeps your favorite place close by, wherever you go.

Aren’t the lines on this handmade cuff striking? If you’re from Boston, they might even be familiar. Here’s why. ShopJoyo on Etsy offers tons of pretty cuffs, each one made of laser-cut cherry wood over brushed aluminum, lined with soft ultrasuede. We’re especially smitten with the Map cuff, which can be custom made using the roadmaps from the city of your choice. The example above is Boston, but the shop owner is happy to use any address you supply. And the other bracelets are cool, too. Of course, the map idea is the one that intrigues us most since...

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Unique nursery decor ideas: vintage toys galore

If you’re looking for a unique nursery decor idea, sometimes the best inspiration can be found right in your grandparents’ attic–if you’re lucky. I love the look of vintage toys framed as cool artwork for a baby’s room, or placed on bookshelves as striking accent pieces. But if you don’t have a relative who has saved every family heirloom for decades, then, hey, at least you have Etsy.  Here are 16 favorite finds (from zillions) that would make for great baby and kids’ room decor staples. Happy decorating! Vintage Walkie Talkies; Vintage Toy Clock; Vintage Metal Airplane Toy; 1958 Vintage Toy Sewing...

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The loveliest literary prints we’ve seen. And you can quote us on that.

Thoughtful quotes from amazing writers rank high on my list of favorite things. And a favorite literary quote deserves only the loveliest of typography. Fortunately, this collection of hand-lettered designs fits the bill, with beautiful words and beautiful art. These beautiful prints spring from a collaboration between artist Emily McDowell and Design Mom, who we just love. Each print features a favorite quote from a classic book, hand-lettered digitally and printed in archival ink.   Li Each print is available in several different sizes and also as a greeting card. That Shakespeare quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is...

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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. Check out our new DIY Halloween Pinterest board for fun ideas you can actually do like this easy pumpkin decoration idea. (Hey, we’re busy too!) 2. A keepsake baby gift like we’ve never seen before. Whoa.  3. Genius new app for parents specifically looking for kids room inspiration. 4. A favorite book turned into a favorite t-shirt in a pretty insane way. 5. Best baby photos ever? You tell us. ...

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Trendy specs that give back to kids in need

For some reason, finding cool eyewear at decent prices is one of the great impossibilities of our time. Sure, you can clip coupons for the discount optometrist in the mall, but you’ll never find affordable, straight-from-Paris frames or those to-die-for vintage shades. That’s why we’re such big fans of this online company with seriously sweet eyewear and a mission we love. The philosophy behind Ivory + Mason is similar to so many other products that give back, most notably Warby Parker.  You get gorgeous eyewear, fair prices, and for every pair of frames you buy, they’ll give a pair to a...

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Web Coolness: Superhero princesses, real mothers’ bodies, and the snarky letter every parent wishes they’d written.

Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. Hope you like them too.  In love with this illustrated series of Disney Princesses in superhero costumes. The post every parent wishes they could have written to non-parents who complain about their children. [h/t craig brockman] Great idea for parents and kids this Saturday: Celebrate the International Day of Peace with Music Together.  Funny post from our own Christina about overscheduling your kids.  Love this Please Draw Me A Wall photo series, that portrays people cleverly interracting with street graffiti. [via laughing squid] Cutest little animated video ever: The Knitted Slipper Book Trailer. Jade Bealle’s A Beautiful...

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It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day! Here’s a way for your kid to score some extra doubloons.

Fun fact: scurvy can make your teeth fall out, which means that many pirates had the same problems as our gap-toothed elementary school kids. So what a perfect little way we’ve discovered to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day! This ceramic Tooth Fairy Dish hails from CMP favorite mom-run shop The Brick Kiln on Etsy, and makes tooth-to-booty transformations cute and easy. Plus? How great to find one that doesn’t have a fairy on it for our sons (and daughters) who may not like such things. Even if they do like the actual tooth fairy.  You can personalize the name, hair...

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Classic children’s illustrations meet gorgeous clothes for little girls: The new Anna Emilia Collection for Jacadi

featured partner If your girls are anything like ours, they loooove flowers. And birds. And pretty much any cute woodland creatures. Fortunately, just because we’re moving toward fall, doesn’t mean we can’t find all of the above, thanks to the breathtaking new Anna Emilia Collection for Jacadi, created in collaboration with Finnish illustrator Anna Emilia Laitinen, whose work we’ve admired for ages. If you’re looking for a great gift or maybe a special piece for a baby or girl’s wardrobe, here are just a few of our own favorites from the collection. [don’t miss a sweet special offer below!] (above: Anna...

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More to love: Rent the Runway adds plus sizes

You could say a few of us here have become quite the evangelists for Rent the Runway. After seeing Kristen strut her stuff on a Las Vegas business trip in two gorgeous designer dresses, I tried it myself for an event this past spring, and fell in love with the clothes, the service, the style–everything. So I’m glad even more women will get to reap the benefits with the addition of their brand new plus size line.   Rent the Runway Plus is so awesome for women sizes 14-22 who feel more Badgley-Mischka than Lane Bryant. In fact, they happen...

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Halloween clip art and templates from Martha Stewart: Too early? Not for her.

I will admit that we have been completely holding back on posting Halloween decor and craft ideas just yet. Can’t we get through September yet? Well, we guess not. Because Martha Stewart’s Halloween Issue just hit the stands, and we’ve got some exclusive template and clip art to share. Just, you know, to bookmark for later.   Now admittedly a lot of the designs are very classic–nothing too cheeky or outrageous. However I happen to love these printable Halloween beverage labels which turn any beverage a little more scary. Maybe the cyanide soda label goes on some rice wine? (Sorry.) Halloween...

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Keepers: a book of tried-and-true weeknight recipes kids will love, every time

For most of us, the school year is all about “keeper” recipes. Dinners you can rely on. Easy sides that the whole family will eat. Recipes that make life easier and more delicious. We’ve shared some of our favorite weeknight dinners and best veggie side recipes to help you get back into the swing of school night cooking and now, thanks to two cool moms and former Saveur editors, we’ve got a whole book of keepers–and a couple of sample recipes right here to get you started.  The cookbook is appropriately called Keepers: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the...

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Who are you wearing? Oh, Jane Austen.

Shirts with a book cover or favorite quote are pretty cool. But you get even more bibliophile points for wearing a shirt with the entire book’s text permanently embedded in the fabric. If you loved these book posters we covered, get ready to shop. Wordies, listen up. The Litographs site is heaven for bibliophiles. They take your favorite classic books and use 75,000 words from the text to create interesting designs that go with the story. And then you can have it hand printed (front and back) on a soft cotton/poly blend shirt, poster, or bag in a variety...

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