Month: January 2014

Web Coolness: Breastfeeding confessions, celebrity dads on fatherhood, free printable crafts

Every Friday we share our favorite links that we’ve found around the web. Here they are, and we hope you like them too!   Must buy:  Mike Boon’s Pixar Alphabet. [h/t whatanart] Must see: The worst apps for kids. Beyond what we could have imagined we’d find in the App Store. Must read: How one woman got over breastfeeding in public. Must watch: Hank Azaria’s new video series on Fatherhood featuring every awesome celebrity dad. [h/t blurbomat] Must look: London photographer Chino Otsuka‘s amazing series of her..with herself as a child. Makes you think: Adoptee Brett Hunneycut’s memoir of meeting his birth mother...

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Trend alert: heart-shaped sunglasses and cat eye glasses straight from the ’80s.

As if the legwarmers, puffy sleeves, and the neon weren’t indication enough, the 80s are back in full force — as evident in the crop of campy heart-shaped sunglasses just in time for Valentine’s Day. In fact, we’re seeing tons of cat eye glasses all over the new spring collections. Okay, so maybe it’s really the ’10s with a nod to the ’80s with a nod to the ’50s. Isn’t that how fashion goes? Should you be daring (and fun) enough to give it a go, here are a few favorites. At top: Hollywood If I Could cat eye glasses...

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The Crabtree book will make your kids laugh, make them think, possibly make them want to clean.

I don’t know about you, but when I pick up a kids’ book published by McSweeney’s McMullens, and endorsed by the likes of Maira Kalman, Lemony Snicket, and Patton Oswald, it’s a pretty good bet that I will need to bring it home immediately, hand it to my children, and insist that they declare it their favorite. Enter: Crabtree by Jon and Tucker Nichols. Fortunately I didn’t have to insist on such a thing, since my children, especially my six-year-old, fell immediately, madly in love with the quirky, hilarious story of Alfred Crabtree’s search for his missing false teeth. His quest requires...

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A Valentine’s cupcake frosting recipe, hold the artificial colors

With a heightened awareness of kids’ increasing sensitivity to artificial food colors, more parents are turning to natural alternatives for those Valentine’s cupcakes and bake sale treats. And no, that doesn’t mean you have to puree and strain down your own beets either. A while back, we discovered the wonderful natural food colors, sprinkles and other decoratifs from India Tree, and wow, how they’ve grown since then. They even have a nice recipe section right on their own site, with proportions especially measured for their own products. Check out their creamed frosting recipe right in time for pink Valentine’s...

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Powdered stuff? Bah. How to make perfect homemade hot chocolate from scratch in 5 minutes.

Homemade hot chocolate is not only better for you than those just-add-water packets, but it’s also just as easy to make. Seriously. And it tastes way better, too. You’re about to learn how to make luscious, homemade hot chocolate in 5 minutes, without a recipe. And really, you just need whatever chocolate you have in the cupboard and some milk. Top image: Ginger Hot Chocolate | Minimalist Baker   Start by grabbing the milk. I use about 1 cup per serving.   Now grab some chocolate. Real chocolate of any variety: chocolate chips, that last bit of Hershey’s bar you’ve been...

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Organic swaddle blankets from Aden + Anais join with the The Honest Co., and babies everywhere fall to sleep in style

We were wrapping our wee babes in Aden + Anais’ soft muslin swaddle blankets long before today’s babies were even a twinkle in their fathers’ eyes. But, for today’s lucky kids, Aden + Anais has partnered with another one of our favorites baby brands, The Honest Company, to develop an exclusive collection of organic swaddle blankets that are ready to put your baby to sleep and here’s a first look at them.   Aden + Anais’ Up in the Air boxed set of three swaddlers features gentle designs in non-toxic, low-impact dyes that will have your baby dreaming about stars,...

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WipesWraps: Something cute on the changing table besides your baby’s tush.

After the birth of my third baby, I was quickly jettisoned back into the world of nonstop diaper changes. For those of you still in that 12-a-day phase–or even if you just keep wipes in the car or the kitchen–the affordable, handmade WipesWraps by CleverRelish are an adorable way to make that generic wipes case a little prettier around the house. Some of the designs are a little off for me (that is the strangest “camo” fabric I’ve ever seen), but there are some nice simple stripes, chevrons, and prints like Cool Nordic that feel a bit more sophisticated. As for function,...

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Valentine’s Day cards and gifts for people who don’t take Valentine’s Day too seriously

As much as I love funny Christmas cards and sarcastic Mother’s Day cards, I have to admit I have a thing for beautiful, artful Valentine’s Day cards — although yeah, I like funny Valentine’s Day cards too. So much to my delight, I found an artist on Etsy who delivers on both fronts. Look at this beautiful Valentine’s Day card from Emily McDowell Draws on Etsy. Then look closer…and suddenly I love it even more. That’s kind of the spirit of the whole shop — beautiful, feminine design with a whole lot of edge. The same goes for the...

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A packable, portable mini kitchen play set for small spaces. Can you smell the Play-Doh burgers already?

If you’re looking for the “to go” version of a kitchen play set  or one to suit a smaller space, we think you’ll love this adorable toy set that packs into itself for easy transport. Pull it out for all the pretend pancake flipping you can handle, then slide it right back under the bed. Yeah, I wish I could do that with my real stove. The Mini Stove Top Play Set available at the MoMA Store has beautiful, gender-neutral design and just enough details to make it fun without being twee. With a pot, a skillet, two utensils, and...

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Bklyn Beauties Tumblr: an extraordinary perspective from a 15-year-old

This week, I met the most lovely young girl in my local coffee shop. Aminata is a first-generation American (her mother, her biggest fan, is from Sierra Leone) and she publishes the Bklyn Beauties tumblr, in which she simply documents the cool, interesting people she meets all over Brooklyn. I couldn’t stop scrolling through it, and it’s not hard to see why. The thing that drew me in was how positive the site is. Aminata defines beauty as kindness, warmth, positivity — something that radiates from the inside. Then I was struck by the notion that while there’s so much...

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