Month: September 2013

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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