Month: April 2014

Easy DIY Cinco de Mayo party ideas and recipes. Including guacamole. Of course.

I don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the same vim that I used to, but it remains one of my favorite holidays. It might have something to do with the fact that I’ll drink a margarita any day, any time, because it really is always 5 o’clock somewhere. I’ve even found a bunch of super fun, family-friendly, easy DIY Cinco de Mayo party ideas from crafts to decorations to very yummy recipes, all of which make me love it even more. Check them out, so you can do the same. With a margarita on the side. Even a virgin...

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Cool cloth napkins bring ombre to your kitchen

I weaned my family off of paper napkins awhile ago, and we’ve never gone back. This is mostly thanks to my ever-growing supply of cool cloth napkins, like these ombre napkins at Nine Space. I love that the ombre trend is hitting kitchen accessories, and these napkins are the perfect way to introduce it into your home. They’re a fun pop of color for your dinner table, outdoor BBQ or picnic basket, and a nice change from the often simple, subdued napkins I’ve seen and own. And considering how much time you spend at the table–or if you’re me, in...

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19 funny Mother’s Day cards for moms not worried about peeing when they laugh.

If you have a mom who responds more to humor than sentiment, here are some of the absolute best (IMHO) funny Mother’s Day cards, all created by independent artists and small companies on Etsy. Warning: some are not safe for…well, for moms who don’t have a sense of humor. But don’t worry, not a single MILF joke. Too 1999 for me. Related: 15 funny Mother’s Day Cards for mamas with sass   Lucille Bluth Mother’s Day Card ($4.25, Seas and Peas) Is mom an Arrested Development fan? Eh, it almost doesn’t matter. Toddler Years Mother’s Day Card ($4.50, Row House 14)...

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Presenting our 2014 Mother’s Day Gift Guide with more than 100 gift ideas for every mom on your list. Whoo!

We’re thrilled to launch our 8th annual Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Eight! We can’t believe it either. This year, we’ve rounded-up over 100 of the coolest Mother’s Day gifts for every mom in your life. New moms, seasoned moms, homemade DIY gifts for moms from the kids, gifts for grandmothers and stepmothers and not-your-mothers but maybe could be. Hopefully there’s something for anyone you want to shower with love (and presents). You’ll find no shortage of awesome gift ideas to fit every single budget, whether you’re looking to splurge have a strict budget. Even free.  And we’re so happy to be...

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You’re guaranteed to love Babiators kids’ sunglasses, even if they lose them.

Along with SPF 10,000 and a good hat, I’m all for protecting my kids and their baby blues (and browns and greens) this summer with a good pair of sunglasses. We’ve tried a lot, but one of my favorite brands of kids’ sunglasses may be Babiators, which not only shield their eyes from the sun, but also come with an amazingly forgiving replacement guarantee that seems to be made with my forgetful kids in mind. Babiators’ Lost and Found Guarantee insures that if your kids misplace their glasses at the beach or accidentally sit on them at the playground,...

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Pink Chicken: The girls’ dress that’s lasted for 7 years

There is the most beautiful Pink Chicken dress hanging in my girls’ closet that I can’t bear to part with. And maybe I don’t have to. It’s got a beautiful floral pattern, adorably puffy sleeves, the perfect a-line shape, and a comfy cotton fabric that’s so unfussy, it looks great a little smushy right out of the wash, or more nicely pressed for dressier days. It’s gone from a 2-year birthday gift dress for my oldest daughter, to a tunic over jeans or leggings, and now it’s a tunic for her younger sister. I’d say that was $64 well spent by...

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Everything is awesome when you’re part of a custom Lego family portrait

When it comes to family portraits, everything is awesome when you don’t have to wear matching shirts and comb everyone’s hair. With Legos, this is possible, and everyone’s going to look fabulous. Plus, you won’t have that one photo where everyone is smiling and looks great–except for the kid who had to make a monster face. These Lego Family Portrait prints from Peanutoak Print in Lisbon, Portugal are a great way to capture your family in a playful way that appeals to kids and doesn’t require them to say cheese. Just tell the artist what everyone looks like, and she’ll...

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Gourmet chocolate for Mother’s Day that says I love you, provided you don’t eat them all first. (That would say something else entirely.)

I dare anyone to tell me that Mother’s Day chocolates are cliché, especially if you’re giving the kinds of gourmet chocolate that a mom might not buy for herself every day. (With all due respect to the good folks of Hershey.) I will happily accept any fancy chocolate gifts, anytime, any place. One more option you definitely want to check out: the handmade gourmet chocolates from Norman Love Confections, featuring a new collection made just with moms in mind. – Don’t miss a special limited time offer below – This new-to-me little company was founded by an award-winning pastry...

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Sponsored Post: National Thank a Police Dog Week

This is a sponsored message from PetArmor.   Police dogs are cool. Fact. But it’s easy to take for granted those four-legged officers that are so essential to helping our men and women in uniform do their jobs and keep us all safe. In fact, most law enforcement agencies don’t even have the budget to provide the thousand-dollar protective vests to their K-9 officers. That’s why PetArmor has declared the week of April 28 National Thank a Police Dog Week and is working with the non-profit Vested Interest in K9s to help donate the protective gear they need. It’s a great opportunity...

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Pretty herb labels that help you tell your sorrel from your sage

It’s the time of year that I can go for a nice, beautiful little indoor herb garden on my urban windowsill. I love the idea of always having fresh basil for pesto, and fresh mint for lemonade or iced tea.  A Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden is a great way to start, but when you’re ready to replant into larger individual containers, it’s nice to make them pretty. These herb labels for flower pots can help. And aren’t they sweet on a simple, handpainted, two-tone flower pot? Even I can do that. It’s a neat idea if you have...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. We found the ultimate geeky baby gift, and it’s cracking us up. 2. This handy gadget lets you charge up to 9 devices at once. So awesome. 3. No need for wearable fitness tech devices if you’ve got this smart (and very accurate) app. 4. Just what we needed: Another reason to shop at Target. 5. We take a closer look at Sprint’s new cell phone for kids. Is it worth...

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Plated’s home meal delivery service. Delicious, but is it worth it?

When you’re feeling frazzled, winding down at the end of a busy day, the last thing you want to do is dig through the freezer to figure out what to fix everyone for dinner. Or worse, make a trip to the grocery with kids in tow. That’s what makes the new Plated home meal delivery service so appealing. Select from their gourmet meals online, and they don’t deliver the meals, but the fresh ingredients you’ll need in the exact portions for the recipe.   Plated responsibly sources their ingredients, using local, seasonal produce as much as they can. They’ve partnered with groups like...

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10 colorful bags for spring. Hold onto your credit cards, mamas.

With warmer temperatures finally here, I can toss my beloved black bag to the back of my closet and brighten up my wardrobe with bolder, more colorful bags for spring. So pull out those flip flops and take a peek at my ten personal favorite bags in every price range. Good luck picking just one. Or, you know…don’t.   I’ve been filled with accessory envy ever since I saw our Editor Liz sporting this Rebecca Minkoff mab tote in black . However this bright aqua is so perfect for spring and summer. It fits a laptop, too, in case...

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Plants vs. Zombies, now on your windowsill

There’s a zombie on your la-awn… and on your windowsill, thanks to this fun new Zombie Plant Growing Kit from our pals at TickleMe Plants. Since I kill most of the plants I try to grow, I’m intrigued by the idea of a plant that is actually supposed to die when I touch it. And my kids will get a major kick out of watching it come back to life, which that tomato plant from NASA definitely didn’t do. Please don’t tell Bobak Ferdowsi. The Zombie Plant is actually Mimosa pudica, which was common in the wild where I...

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The eyes have it.

Thanks to the wonders of Photoshop and plastic surgery, I have become highly skeptical of ads touting any sort of miracle that comes in a bottle. With the combo of my mid-thirties and a perpetual sleep deficit, I’ve just come to label those purple bags under my eyes as punk rock. So you can imagine my surprise when a little glass bottle of eye serum made me pick up the mirror, move it into natural sunlight, and say the S word under my breath. It’s no surprise that I’ve found another product to love from Blissoma, a woman-run company...

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5 healthy chicken nugget recipes. Because sometimes you’ve got to go there, and not just for the kids.

As an outspoken proponent of healthy, homemade family food, I often find myself dispelling the myth that my family and I live on quinoa and kale alone. Though we’re fans of both (well, most of us), we also love burgers, pizza, and, like plenty of American families, chicken nuggets. Our key to enjoying these foods is to make them at home where I can use fresh, whole ingredients and less sugar, fat, and salt than what you might find at your local drive-thru. If you want to try the same, keep it easy and delicious with these  5 ideas for...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like this every day.    1.  A charging kit for every traveler that happens to be the prettiest we’ve seen. 2. Keepsake mom jewelry that’s subtle and symbolic. 3. Cute sandals we’re coveting. 4. Thinking entertaining? Here’s a fabulous party idea. (Though probably not for the kids. 5. The perfect sentimental Mother’s Day gift idea for a mom or a...

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Unique personalized jewelry for moms: Say I love you in Morse code.

I’ve seen my fair share of personalized jewelry for moms, and I tend to lean towards more unique pieces that don’t have me wearing my kids’ engraved names, birth dates, and shoe sizes around my neck. (Well, maybe one, but not all three together.) That’s why think these Morse code name necklaces is a spectacular addition to my Mother’s Day wish list. It turns out that Morse code translates exquisitely into jewelry. Just choose your color and length of silk cord, plus a name, and artist Rebecca Coagan Sharlatt will turn it into a beautiful necklace of gold-filled dots and dashes....

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My new favorite product? Caffeinated chocolate. Caffeinated chocolate, people!

The only downside to my newfound coffee geekery is that some mornings I just don’t have time to grind, brew, and enjoy the amazing cup of coffee that I need so badly to function. Quick, crappy coffee just won’t do anymore. But the substitute I’ve found is almost as good as the original. Awake Chocolate is a game changer. True story: the day Awake Chocolate sent me a box of samples, I dove right in before reading their adorable packaging. Turns out that amazingly yummy Caramel Chocolate bar is the equivalent of a full cup of coffee. Oops. I...

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Web Coolness: the power of family, parents who judge, what to do with leftover Easter candy.

It’s Friday again, and we’ve collected our favorite links from around the web for you to enjoy too!   Adorable pics of a rescue dog and her little boy at Zoey & Jasper, with a great story too. (And if you don’t already follow Theo and Beau on Instagram, this is a good time.) Parents: You’re doing everything wrong. Words of wisdom from our editor Liz that’s struck a cord. Kristen write about learning to stop judging other moms. Frank Bruni’s column on the power of the family connection: Absolutely moving. 10 simple things to make you happier at...

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