Month: January 2014

How to make diaper changes easier? Just Zipit.

I’m continually amazed at the advances in baby gear since I had my youngest three years ago. And this Zipit playsuit for babies are a perfect example of the genius I totally missed out on. Not only do I love the bold colors, I’m digging how the ankle to chest zipper makes it a cinch to change a diaper. If you’re like I was, with a very active baby and early walker, you know how annoying even simple snaps can be. Don’t even start on buttons. Just a quick zip with this playsuit though, and you’re done. Even better, there’s a...

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DIY cross-stitch patterns meet pop culture? Inconceivable.

Of course we love Westley, even in tiny yarn form. But it doesn’t stop with the crew from The Princess Bride. Whatever your favorite iconic movie is, chances are, the adorable Wee Little Stitches shop on Etsy has a DIY cross-stitch pattern and instructions ready for instant download. In fact there are more than 100, from the geeky to the 80s to a custom design of your family. So grab your needle, you’re going to need it. Does anybody want a peanut? Check out patterns from Star Wars and Doctor Who, to Labyrinth and the Goonies with a quirky shot of The...

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We love this fresh, modern nursery print to Neverland and back

Yup, we believe in fairies. Because we have a hardcore Peter Pan fan in the house. I can’t tell you how many times I have needed to tell my daughter that I needed a break from pretending to be Peter (she then suggests I be Captain Hook instead). When I found this Peter Pan themed print by Australia’s Seal Design Studio while looking for art for her new big girl room, I realized how surprisingly well Neverland could fit into the decor. I find this modern take on a retro movie poster completely charming. It captures the sweet wonder of the...

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Sexy maternity lingerie for Valentine’s Day: Yes, you can go there. And you should.

Sexy maternity lingerie when you’re pregnant or nursing? I’m on board! When I was pregnant and nursing, I always felt a little bummed about Valentine’s Day; it was hard for me to feel really attractive when I ballooned up to the size of a Smart Car or was leaking breast milk. So I’m super excited for my new-mama friends who get to buy from lingerie designers who are making women feel sexy in beautiful, sweet and even a little racy maternity lingerie like the ones here. The maternity bra-and-panty sets from You! Lingerie (at top) are super hot — and affordable....

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Winning Super Bowl recipes that you can make ahead in your slow cooker

There’s something about made-to-order food that doesn’t feel right for the Super Bowl, especially with amazing Super Bowl recipes so easy to whip up. I’m not dissing you pizza delivery fans, but if you think that make-ahead Super Bowl recipes are the winning way to go, you can do it more easily by making them in your slow cooker. These quintessential football snacks, from dips to meatballs, cheesy potatoes to nachos, are low-maintenance and sure to satisfy even the heartiest eater in your family. And I say that as both the cook and the heartiest eater in my house....

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for great finds on Pinterest daily, like these.   1. A handmade baby mobile we’re going nuts for. 2. Whoa, sexy shoes for spring we could actually walk in. Must. Have. Now. 3. Hilarious board book for babies. Smart babies. Nerdy babies. 4. A Valentine’s Day gift that’s making us all sentimental. Sniff. 5. Kitchen drawer organization tips from Martha. We need these! Also, don’t miss our Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board, chock full of gift ideas, crafts, recipes, and a whole lot of things with...

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How to refinish old picture frames: the best tips from around the web

If you’ve ever tried to refinish old picture frames you know the look is so gorgeous. As for me, I am such a fan of the distressed frames from O’Brien Schridde, whose frames I now own quite a few of, and more recently, the stunning array of refinished frames above from The Art of Chic on Etsy. That said, my inclination is generally to buy great frames from artists like these, since I don’t always have the time to do major DIY projects. But if you want to refinish old picture frames yourself, here are a few resources to help you...

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Web Coolness – Fun fashion tips, surprising news about autism, and two of the coolest Celebrity moms

Here are some of the stories we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   A little fashion help: Our friends at Modern Kiddo share 8 fun ways to wear vintage pins. Lots of chatter about this lingerie campaign featuring unretouched models (though they all happen to be gorgeous). Great design blog to check out: Little Green Notebook. The coming Common Core meltdown: required reading for all parents of school-aged kids. Why autism rates may be dropping soon. Based on her Instagram selfie, we love how Gwen Stefani is owning that baby bump. Also the shoes....

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A new way to wear cashmere: around your neck.

Mmmm, cashmere. I mostly appreciate this indulgent glorious material from afar, because my lifestyle can’t really support a cashmere habit (although I might make an exception for these Ivory Row cashmere sweaters.) So here’s a fabulous–and affordable–new way to wear cashmere: the innovative, handmade textile jewelry designs from the Aliquid Textile Jewels Etsy shop. Wow, are we are happy to add this totally original shop to our recent cool jewelry finds. These statement pieces are guaranteed to garner compliments from everyone at the dinner party. Or you know, the other parents at curriculum night. The designs all hail from Italy where the...

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8 of the most amazing DIY snowflake patterns, from beginner to whoa.

DIY snowflake patterns have such a place in my heart. When my grandfather would come visit from New Mexico when I was a kid, the first thing he’d do after he pulled his big RV into the driveway was grab a gin and tonic and some copy paper, then sit down with us to cut out paper snowflakes. But they’ve come a long way since then, so  I’m so glad to have found these amazing tutorials that show how truly creative you can get with paper and some scissors. But maybe hold the gin. (For the kids, at least.)...

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How to decorate with tea lights: creating ambience, not a shrine

I’m a big fan of tea lights and votive candles around the house, especially in the winter months when the light is gone so early. I’ve started lighting candles at the dinner table with the kids, even to make a mac n’ cheese dinner feel a little more special–and you know? It does. But there’s a fine line between creating ambience and creating a scene out of Carrie. So here are some tips for how to decorate with tea lights that can warm things up when you need it most. And by the way, I totally cop to my...

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Stylish kids’ jewelry that’s safe to chew on. If you’re into that kind of thing.

My babies have all been big chewers. Part puppy, we used to say. So no surprise that CChewbeads s afe teething necklaces have been a huge hit with moms of little teethers. These 100% silicone beads are the safest of safe for your kids — no BPA, no phthalates, no cadmium, no lead, no metals. In fact, it’s the same material used to make pacis and bottle nipples. So now we’re flipping out over the new Chewbeads Juniorbeads line of safe, non-toxic kids’ jewelry — especially since my kindergartener still chews on sleeves and backpack straps when she’s lost in a...

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6 easy, delicious dinners to make from a single roast chicken

Gather around, mamas, I’m about to share one of my best family kitchen tricks: Roast a chicken on the weekend, serve for dinner, and shred leftovers to use in these super quick and tasty chicken recipes you can serve for the next few days. In about one hour of cooking, you can cover dinner for nearly half the week. Really. Just keep two things in mind: You’ve got to start with good roast chicken and there needs to be a lot. If you’re a family of four big eaters, roast two chickens to ensure that you’ll have plenty of leftovers...

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Free printable sewing cards for kids: Save them for a snowy day

If you’re in our neck of the woods, you are looking for lots of indoor activities to keep the kids occupied. While we recently rounded up 12 snow day activities for kids, here’s one more: Printable sewing cards for kids. And these are more than adorable–they happen to be free. Spotted at one of our very favorite craft sites, Handmade Charlotte, you pretty much just need good card stock, scissors, a needle and pin, and embroidery floss. All the instructions are on the site, but your kids will end up with pretty much the cutest sewing cards to play...

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Custom map artwork makes our heart thump for Valentine’s Day

Whether your heart is in San Francisco, Madrid, or some little town on the outskirts of Quebec, a piece of custom map artwork for your beloved would make a most heartfelt gift for Valentine’s Day. Created by Bombus — that neat London-based company whose wooden storybook letters we recently discovered — their bespoke framed artwork is sentimental without being sappy. Plus, how cool would it be to show the kids that Mommy and Daddy met right there?   Globetrotters who can’t settle on any one spot should check out their trio of hearts, shown above, or the round-the-world 16 hearts (though...

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Mmmmm….donut cake recipe

We have no problem pinning (and drooling over) all the outrageous birthday cakes that parents make for their kids on our Party Time Pinterest Board from time to time. But once in a while there’s an idea that looks beyond awesome–and is actually easy to make. So thanks today go to A Subtle Revelry for turning us on to the idea for a Donut Cake recipe adapted from a version from Catherine Newman (who we love). While you do use a bundt cake pan, this ten-minute cake actually tastes more like a donut, with the glazed frosting and sprinkles on...

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We’re head over heels for Willo Baby’s eco-friendly treasures for babies and mamas

You know we are always on the lookout for fabulous resources to support our goals of easy, beautiful, and natural living, but our latest one-stop shop find, Willo Baby, impressed us beyond expectations. We are totally kvelling over their collection of affordable, original, and thoughtful indulgences for baby and mama. Willo Baby’s wonderful new online shop of eco-friendly family items is curated by an L.A.-based husband-and-wife team who clearly know what they are doing — and most importantly, what they like. The finds at Willo Baby include sweet baby bibs and swaddles in stunning prints and fabrics, clever mobiles and wall...

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Baby Penguins: Two happy little books for Penguin Awareness Day

Yesterday was Penguin Awareness Day, but you probably already knew that. (Right.) Still, how fun is a day celebrating penguins? At my house, we read one of our new favorite picture books, Baby Penguins Everywhere by Melissa Guion. Here, Mama penguin has lots and lots of babies. She’s happy to be a mama, but taking care of a family is hard, and Mama could really just use a moment alone every now and then (maybe without having to lock herself in the bathroom, right?) , making this a playful story that my kids ask for again and again. And now,...

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Josephine: A children’s book as complex, vibrant, and endearing as Josephine Baker herself.

It’s clear that Josephine Baker is one of those few celebrity icons who transcends generations. My parents loved her, I loved her, and now my girls love her thanks to the new book, Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker. And despite it being a book for kids, if it weren’t for Christian Robinson’s wonderful illustrations, you might think it was an adult-targeted poetic ode to the legendary performer. Patricia Hruby Powell’s prose feels like jazz itself, dancing across the pages with a kind of defiant playfulness; the random line breaks, indentations, metaphors, erratic use of all-cap words are writers’ tools...

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10 of the most awesome alphabet posters for nurseries of any style

It’s no secret that we love alphabet posters around here, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorites from the past few years. Whether you like it when X stands for X-ray, X-wing, or Malcolm X, we’ve got an ABC poster you’ll love.   1. The Cutest French Alphabet Poster Pourquoi? Because it’s si mignon and that’s a fact. Also because it’s fun to see the bee under the letter A, for Abeille. 2. The Most New York Alphabet Order an entire set of Joanne Dugan’s funky alphabet decals (complete set shown at top) or just the letters you need to spell a certain...

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