Author: Christina

Shine and the Moonbeams’ debut CD: The one our kids have been waiting for for 2 years. Really.

Ever since Shine and the Moonbeams turned an entire room of kindie-music industry folks into speechless putty at Kindiefest 2011, I’ve been anxiously waiting the release of their first full-length CD. When you consider that lead singer Shawana Kemp’s voice is featured on three of my top five kindie songs of 2012, well, that should give you an idea how ridiculously happy I am that the wait is over. And if Shine and the Moonbeams is new to you, keep reading to find out what makes their sound so special. [Win a free copy of this amazing CD: details after the...

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The best (and easiest) Fourth of July party ideas and printables

I love me some red, white, and blue around Independence Day, but I’d rather not break too much of a sweat prepping for our Fourth of July festivities. It’s hot enough as it is! So here’s a few perfectly easy, perfectly patriotic ideas for your July 4th celebration. Then all you have to do is kick back with a cool drink…and leave the fireworks to the pros. –Christina This free printable Patriotic Subway Art (above) would look great leaning on the picnic table, or even just in the entryway of my house. Or follow The 36th Avenue’s links to find out...

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Take some of the guesswork out of shopping for carpet with the new FLOR Possibility Studio

I’ve been itching to replace our dark, faux-Oriental rug in the family room for years. As much as I love shopping from the comfort of my home online, there are times when I could use the advice of a real, live sales associate to talk me through options, color choices, and patterns. You know, so I don’t end up with another dark, faux-Oriental rug. So I’m excited to discover what cool modular-floor carpet tiles company FLOR has just started doing to personalize the online shopping experience, and help insure that everyone loves their floor. Or FLOR. [Don’t miss a...

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Classically cool American tunes for your Fourth of July celebration

Whether you’re planning a July 4th BBQ or just want to share some classic American music with your family, I’m pleased to introduce a brand new Putumayo Kids Presents CD that will get your toes tapping as you get into the spirit of red, white, and blue. {Keep reading for your chance to win a copy of this new CD!} Beginning with Johnny Bregar’s harmonica-accompanying She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain and ending with a spirited This Land is Your Land by folk-and-bluegrass musician Phil Rosenthal, Putumayo Kids Presents American Playground breathes new life into tried-and-true tunes, many of which...

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A fun numbers book for your happy little punks and hipsters in training

With their penchant for throwing things, screeching at high decibels, and staying up way past bedtime, toddlers are naturally great punk rockers. But since they still need their parents to tuck them in at night, here’s a great bedtime story that will fill their heads with visions of fun music and friends (not anarchy) as they drop off to sleep. They can save the anarchy for when you try to serve mashed peas again. Happy Punks 1 2 3: A Counting Story runs up the numbers from 1 to 12 in a charming story about friends getting together for...

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Personalized puzzles that make perfect birthday gifts. Maybe not just for kids.

I just finished spring cleaning my kids’ bedrooms and, while I was able to part with many things, I held onto almost anything that had been personalized with their names. If you too find that personalized gifts hold a special place in your heart, then you won’t be puzzled by my enthusiasm for something beautifully made–yet affordable–that could become a treasured plaything to hang onto for a long time. We’ve loved TinyMe’s colorful personalized labels, and we’re also smitten by their adorable wooden jigsaw puzzles that come in a huge array of styles and colors. The lovely muted color...

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4 “fantastico” children’s CDs in Spanish

Whether you’re fluent in Spanish or can’t even count past ten (er, diez), hearing songs sung en español is such a great way for kids to become more familiar with the language while they are playing, dancing, or nodding off at naptime. And I’ve found four great CDs sung in Spanish that will make a great addition to your kids’ music collection. So, iÁndale!  –Christina [Keep reading for your chance to win all four of these CD’s] From CMP favorites Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Fantastico is one collection of songs that will have you sweaty dancing to...

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Bring it on home with the coolest summer camp labels for kids

The first thing I learned about summer camp was that kids take a LOT of stuff with them. And all of it needs to be marked with a label if you ever hope to see it again. Here, four cool summer-camp themed label sets that will cover everything your kids takes along for either day or sleep-away camp. And may you never have to suffer the smells from the lost-and-found bin full of sweaty-kid stuff. I love the retro tent-camping design on Kidecals’ Camp Labels featuring a cute tent on a die-cut decal. Made with a super-sticky adhesive that...

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Take the plunge with Recess Monkey’s Deep Sea Diver CD

On their last two CDs, The Final Funktier and In Tents, Seattle’s Recess Monkey cleverly pulled together songs that either overtly or subtly referred to life in outer space — or under the big top. And now, in their ninth release, and just in time for the hot days of summer, they’ve released an ocean-themed CD packed with 15 tunes. Jump right in, the water’s fine. {Keep reading to find out how you can win a copy of this new CD!} Deep Sea Diver covers sand and sea with catchy rockin’ pop songs, from Beach Ball to Making Waves. But,...

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They’ll scream for this ice cream truck playhouse

As soon as school wraps up for the year, my kids want to know when the ice cream truck is going to come jingling down the street. But I know they’d scream even louder for their very own ice cream truck to manage any day of the year. Famous OTO’s cardboard ice cream truck is a little playhouse with special details and a clever design that turns it into a mini food truck. The neighborhood kids will come running to play (even without the bells), but unlike the real thing, this one is even better it only requires imagination...

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