Month: June 2014

Go ahead, break my day.

I’m currently trying to stage a ban on plastic (probably not ideal for our health) and paper (definitely not ideal for the environment) cups from our household. So when I saw the newest launch from Lifefactory — durable drinking glasses protected in the same silicone wrap as their Lifefactory water bottles and glass baby bottle  — I did a little happy dance.   We’ve been dining al fresco every night since the weather turned warmer and I’m not a big fan of breakable stuff on our deck since most of us are always barefoot. I can feel totally safe though with these awesome glasses. They come in a smaller 11...

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The coolest custom invitations for all kinds of summer parties. Even better, they’re on sale.

Over the summer months, we love any excuse to host a party–July 4th, birthday parties, backyard barbecues. And the more we do it, the better we get at finding the right places to find the right stuff to make it easy. So we’re so excited to welcome back one of our very favorite sponsors, Minted, which also happens to be one of our very favorite sources for beautiful custom invitations. And right now, this is a great time to visit. Oh, did we mention the sale? The Minted Baby & Kids Summer Event Sale right now gets you 15% off all baby announcements, kids’  personalized stationery,...

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X is for Xantus and M is for Modern with these vibrant animal alphabet flash cards

Okay, so M is actually for Monkey in this set of flash cards for kids, but X really is Xantus–Xantus’s Hummingbird, to be exact. We’re stunned by the modern, gorgeous, high design illustrations on these Animal Alphabet Flash Cards by illustrator Paul Lee. Hey, we’re just impressed that someone finally found a real animal that starts with X. Lee, a father of two, originally designed the cards for his own kids, but we’re so glad he made the pack available for the rest of us. Whether you want posh cards to teach your own little monkeys the alphabet, need a stunning gift for a...

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World’s cutest wallpaper and wall decals for kids’ rooms? Entirely possible.

For a while we’ve been fans of the creative wall decals and wallpaper from Pop & Lolli made just for kids’ rooms –and so have our readers. So much so, they’re always getting requests for more designs, more styles, more colors. So weren’t we thrilled to get a first look at their new collaboration on new wallpaper designs (and decals too) with one of our favorite illustrators, Sarah Jane of Sarah Jane Studios who’s one of our Etsy mainstays. There is so much cuteness for both boys and girls, it’s hard to focus on one. Behold…     Also, how great is this custom...

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5 great tips for eating healthy on the road with kids

With summer officially here and schools pretty much out almost everywhere, many families (like ours) are getting ready for summer travel and trying to figure out how to eat healthy on the road. With a fair share of road and plane trips under our belts (yes, we’ve survived) , we’ve gotten pretty good at the art of feeding our kids healthier foods while traveling. Well, for the most part anyway. It is vacation, after all. Here, we share five of our favorite tips for eating healthier with kids on the road helping us parents manage fewer meltdowns and avoid terrorizing the people in the seats next to us...

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Summer camp care package ideas so cool, the kids might even miss you. Maybe.

If your kids are headed to camp this summer, sending them a cool summer camp care package will make their day. Or week. Even if they didn’t even look back to wave when you dropped them off. We’ve got a whole bunch of fun ideas for care package goodies that, according to our own kids, will make yours proclaim you the best parent in the world to all of his or her bunkmates. Short of sending a life’s supply of candy. Just be sure to check with your camp before sending one out–they all have different care package rules, especially when it comes...

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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 tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. We’ve never seen an activity tracker like this before. So pretty! 2. A chic, hands-free way to carry your smart phone. 3. A brilliant method for managing your kids’ screen time this summer – our readers are flipping for it. 4. A cool board game that teaches kids programming? We’re in. 5. One of the most protective smart phone cases on the market just got waaaay more stylish....

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Teaching kids bathroom manners through art

When I was growing up, my grandmother had a lovely little poster on her bathroom wall reminding us of all kinds of old fashioned bathroom manners. My favorite was the reminder not to “keep the bath an hour or more when other folks are wanting one” because, well, I always thought that seemed like a pretty long bath. All those years reading that poster, though, and I’m now surprised (and admittedly a little disappointed) that my current bathroom wall is completely bare. But, that’s about to change now that I’ve discovered these sweet bathroom manners prints from Etsy shop, Niko + Lily. They are...

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Cool umbrella stands: From modern to traditional, glam to just doing my job, ma’am.

I remember getting that last big piece of furniture for my house–years after moving in, of course–and thinking, “Finally, this is it!” It took no time to realize that a house truly comes together in the small, pretty details–at least the ones that the kids don’t destroy. My umbrella stand is one of the lovely accents that brings me a lot of joy and does an important job. Bonus: it doesn’t break easily. Check out these fab umbrella stands to add a touch of color, whimsy, or design to any size or style of entry way.   Traditional Umbrella...

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9 cool, free summer coloring pages. Because…it’s summer!

Happy summer solstice everyone. Whether you’re celebrating or just enjoying having your kids wake up at 5:15 AM with the sun, we thought we’d share a few cool free summer coloring pages we’ve seen around the web, just to get the kids into the spirit. There are nine here, one for every 10 degrees of mercury that will happily keep me inside crafting, in air conditioned comfort. My kids like to turn coloring projects into puppets, cut them out and paste them on other things (like walls or each other), make cards, or just stick them on our front door. In other...

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Handmade travel bags and accessories that get you more excited for travel.

I have an obsession with toiletry bags and dopp kits. As in, I believe that you can’t have too many for travel. I use them for my many cords and adapters, for wayward pens and a small notepad, for toiletries of course, and even for underthings–tuck a little lavender sachet in one and fight that not-so-fresh feeling on the road. Ha. So I got all happy finding the beautiful handmade travel bags and pouches from Hallie Gray that we’re carrying at our indie shop through GREAT.LY. Clockwise: Tribal Stripe Toiletry Bag, Zip Pouch Travel Bag , Raspberry Toiletry Travel Bag, Moshi Toiletry Travel Bag They’re all...

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Yellow Tail Sangria: The taste of spain without all that fruit chopping

I am definitely a sangria gal in the summer–or whenever tapas is around–and while I am dying to make all of Stacie’s recos for great skinny sangria recipes, I’ve gotta admit, I’m lazy. Unless I’m entertaining a group of friends, I’m probably not going to take the time to cut up all that fruit and look for the right brandy blah blah. That said, I’m fairly skeptical about anything pre-made in a bottle. And yet Yellow Tail Sangria? I have to say, surprisingly tasty! I was worried that it would either have that sickly, oversweet taste like a bad wine cooler from...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week: Summer’s Here!

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find fun pins like this every day.   1.  Pro tips for building better sand castles. 2. Perfect recipe to bookmark for summer cooling off. 3. Our new favorite fashion accessory: If you have a phone, you need this. 4. Check out these sexy summer shoes for date night. 5. A no-frizz hair solution we swear by this time of year.   Ready to get some Vitamin D? Our Outdoor Play Pinterest board has lots of toys and...

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Pretty leather summer totes, now made in the U.S.A.

It’s no secret that I’ve got an obsession with bags, so when I saw these leather summer totes from CMP fave Ellington (so pretty!) the only question in my mind was which color to get.   I really love that Ellington took their popular classic totes and went back to figure out how they could be made in the U.S.A., which is really something extra special these days. And the colors are amazing. I’m immediately drawn to the turquoise, but the bright red is definitely an eyecatcher. Take a peek at the other more subtle color swatches if you prefer your shades a little more neutral....

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12 favorite sloth picks to kick off Sloth Week. Yes, that’s a thing now.

They aren’t as sly as a fox, as wise as an owl, or as puffy as a hedgehog, but the unassuming sloth is poised to be the next big thing for kids, as Liz and I noticed as we toured Toy Fair earlier this year. These slow-moving, surprisingly adorable creatures even have their own week dedicated to them, with Sloth Week 2014 beginning today, June 20 so you and the kids can view online videos and sloth-related TV programming on Animal Planet all week long. (Kind of the kinder, gentler alternative to Shark Week.) If you too want to surround yourself or your kids with all things sloth,...

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Web Coolness: Important sunscreen news, what to do with bored kids this summer, and totally fun Orange is the New Black trivia

Here are the links to what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Important sunscreen news: Why not to spray. (Also, our favorite non-toxic sunscreens.) OITNB Junkies: A guide to all the books the women of Orange is the New Black are reading. We’re proud supporters of this mom’s right to breastfeed somewhere people say she shouldn’t. The best grilling and cooking apps for summer  10 hotels to visit before you die. Probably not with the kids. Wow, twins delivered holding hands at birth. Confessions from our editor Kristen about really listening to your kids when their words hurt....

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It’s World Cup time, and this new soccer book for kids is a winner.

Everyone’s eyes are on World Cup soccer for the next month, and The Soccer Fence by Phil Bildner, a thought-provoking and hope-filled soccer book for kids set in the waning days of South African Apartheid, is perfect for reading breaks between games. The book tells the story of Hector, a soccer-loving young Black child living in a Johannesburg township. When he travels to the wealthier “whites only” sections with his mother, he notices the stark difference between his neighborhood’s dirt-and-gravel makeshift soccer fields and the white kids’ lush green lawns. He also sadly notices how he is ignored and not invited to play by...

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Sponsored Post: Generation Grit retro-inspired action figures that come from history, not cartoons

This is a sponsored message from Generation Grit Mom of four, Laura Hale, was looking for action figures for her sons that would offer some of the wholesome, creative play accompanied by thoughtful storybooks that so many girls had already discovered with their own line of popular dolls. That’s why she set out to design Generation Grit, a new line of retro-inspired action figures, which has just launched a Kickstarter campaign. The series will kick off with Mac Mason, an adventurous fourteen-year-old boy from 1943 who loves ciphers, camping and baseball. An accompanying book describes his courageous adventures with his British cousin William back in...

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Pucker up, natural remedy fans: Urban Moonshine is bringing back digestive bitters.

Owners of a grumbly tummy or troublesome digestion, I have good news. There’s a new old-fashioned weapon in your arsenal, and it’s all-natural and even helps me be more aware of what I’m eating. Whether you fight bloating, crave sugar, or just ate too darn much, Digestive Bitters might help you as much as they’re helping me. The company is called Urban Moonshine, and the idea is that the human body craves bitter flavors but is often denied them by today’s diet. Digestive Bitters come in three flavors: Original, Maple, and Citrus, all based on organic roots and herbs...

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5 truly phenomenal milkshake recipes that will bring all the kids (and grownups) to the yard.

Popsicles and icies are good, but when you want something great you need to grab some ice cream, milk, and your favorite mix-ins to make a killer milkshake. This summer, if you want to make a frozen treat that will bring all the kids (and grownups!) to the yard, try one of these 5 milkshake recipes. I guarantee results. I can’t promise as much for your dancing. Key lime is one of my favorite flavors, and I’ve been curious about key lime-flavored marshmallows for a while now. I know that goes against all my natural food tendencies but, you know, everything in moderation....

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