Author: Eva Glettner

The Perfect Puff

Boys need accessories. It really takes their outfits to another level. The trick is one or two key pieces that emphasize fun, comfort, and flavor. That’s why I am just loving Little Z Kids green puff vest. If you don’t know Little Z Kids, it’s a great company to support. It’s completely family owned and priced just right. The styles are all so different and worldly, with lots of Japanese influence. It’s like Harajuku meets hipster. As for their Puffer Vest, it’s the perfect piece for layering this winter, and I know all three of my boys will fight over it....

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Organizational simplicity + brilliance

I have a confession to make. I have a hard time finding my stuff, and I am always losing something. It’s usually my cell phone (do you even know HOW many times I end up calling it just to locate it?), my keys (darn buggers are always missing), and my purse. Flip and Tumble understands my troubles and is helping me out in a huge way. The clever hooknook serves as the perfect place for my purse, but the coolest part is that it is essentially one big pocket that’s mounted on the wall. My phone, my keys, and all of the other small...

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A new holiday tradition, and it involves cake!

I love teaching my children about different cultures and how to appreciate the beauty of family traditions. This lesson is most important around the holidays. There is a Christmas tree on every corner, sometimes with a Hanukkah menorah making its presence known. Kwanzaa is being taught in many school children nationwide. But it’s the lesser known holidays that seem to get lost in the shuffle. One perfect example is a Greek tradition on New Year’s Day that I honestly never heard of. Thankfully, The Lucky Cake to the rescue! The illustrations are so fun. They remind me of the...

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My first tools. Ideally not followed by my first stitches.

My boys love woodworking. It certainly helps having a super handy husband and grandpa to keep them busy and tinkering away in the garage. But I have to admit, seeing them wielding heavy tools does frighten me some. A while back, I searched high and low for kid-sized tools. We found an entire section of mock tools at the toy store, but nothing that would actually get a project done. (Why would anyone pretend to drill? they wanted to know.) Thankfully, Red Toolbox has answered their call. They make legitimate, quality tools for small hands including a screwdriver, hammer,...

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Luchador Love

Nacho Libre happens to be one of my all time favorite movies. Something about Jack Black in “stretchy pants,” as he calls it, just puts me in a good mood. Well these posters bring out the giddiness in both me and the kids. Rebecca Paragine is my kind of artist–whimsical and full of energy. Her newest pieces are based on luchador wrestling culture from Mexico, and I can’t help but chuckle. I want to hang them all up because I really can’t pick a favorite print. The vibrant colors, the funny faces, and the silly names all make me...

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There was an old lady who lived in a graphic novel…

My middle son loves graphic novels. They really get him excited about reading, and I’m certainly down with that. I want him to excitedly pick out a book from the library and read it on the ride home. So he about nearly flipped when we saw Nursery Rhymes in comic form. In Nursery Rhyme Comics different artists from Roz Chast and Gahan Wilson to slightly more obscure ilustrators offer  their take on various nursery rhymes, so each strip offers its own modern take on the classics. Wait till you see the Old Lady who lives in the shoe–my son couldn’t...

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Sibling Pride

When new babies make their grand entrances, their bigger siblings can sometimes feel the shaft. It’s important to include them in welcoming the new addition–or, you can do what I did and have them so close together the older one doesn’t know what hit him. (Not recommended). I am loving this Big Brother tee from one of my favorite ever labels, City Threads. It’s got a super vintage collegiate style, makign it so much cooler than some of the goofy version out there. This one says: “I rock. I’m proud. And it’s still all about me.” Party on, my...

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From Cradle to College

I love that furniture designers have stopped looking at cribs as a utilitarian object, and started embracing their artistic nature. GroFurniture is a stunning new eco-friendly furniture line, all made in the USA by real furniture artisans. It was started by a husband and wife who created these cribs for their own children. And now make them for everyone. Each crib is made to order and from what I can see, the assembly is easy. Of course, this all comes at a price. But fortunately, it’s meant to grow with your baby; you can purchase the bundle set which...

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Always Saturday – music for your permanent weekend

Always Saturday makes me happy. While this is technically a “kids” band, the beats are appropriate for big people, too. I’m thinking of their CD as a dance party waiting to happen, and I just want to be a part. After all, any band that evokes the feel of a fun and lazy Saturday has my vote. What’s really cool about Always Saturday is that not only do they rock, but they also have heart. The first song on their new album, Love is Plural, just blows me away; it’s called  A Guy Named Bob, and it’s the greatest...

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75 ways to eat pancakes

I love pancakes. They are soft, sweet, and super fun. Oh, and my kids love them too. So I love that Jim Belosic has captured pancake pride so beautifully with a new book, all about pancakes, that could turn you into the favorite parent on the block. The book OMG Pancakes: 75 Cool Creations Your Kids Will Love to Eat is based on a site that we are big fans of, jimspancakes.com. For those of you not familiar, Jim got into creative pancake production as a way to gain some “cool cred” with his own daughter, Allie.  Allie thinks...

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An affordable toddler bed to swoon over

Toddler beds are really glorious things. They ease the transition from the warm and cozy crib of yore, and the big bad bed of the future. And they’re awesome for small spaces. The problem is that these little beds can come with a big price tag, and since they are only used for a finite period of time, it can be hard to justify. Fear not, moms and dads of toddlers–we’ve got a new option just for you. The new P’Kolino Cafe Con Leche toddler bed is everything you could possibly ask for, and so much more. It’s got...

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Learning how to really take pictures of our kids

I take a lot of pictures of my kids. Some of them end up in the digital abyss crying to be turned into scrapbooks and canvases on my wall. But then there are plenty that I look at and think hm. That should have turned out better. Now, there’s a way to make sure that happens. [don’t miss an awesome giveaway and a great discount after the jump] Photographer Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick has come up with a brilliant solution for a parent’s busy life: Photosanity. It is a twelve week online workshop that covers all of the fundamentals of proper...

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How to turn IKEA into MyKEA

I’ve got a love/hate relationship with IKEA. I love it, because it’s reliable, dependable, and honest. I know what I’m getting, and there are no surprises. I hate it at times, for all of the same reasons. IKEA furniture can be dreadfully boring. Sometimes a room calls for more punk than practical. What to do? Thankfully, MyKea offers a solution that rocks awesome. It’s like Threadless meets Ikeahackers. Pick an artist’s motif, and then choose the piece of furniture to cover. The result is an artistic, colorful set of decal stickers that are professionally produced and made to fit....

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Making breakfast a breeze

School mornings get chaotic. Kids are running around, remembering things that were supposed to be put in their backpacks the night before. Shoes are untied while sandwiches are turned crustless. I get anxious just thinking about it. Oh, yeah. And you need to send the brood off to school with full stomachs eager to absorb. Since i don’t have more than two hands, I will happily let this brilliant breakfast gadget lend me a knob. I pour the cereal into the clear Zevro cereal dispenser and it stays fresh and crisp until it gets eaten. My little ones can...

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Lunch notes that do more than tell your kid you love him

When my son started Kindergarten last year, I never realized how confusing the snack/lunch situation can be. As opposed to preschool, my son had to navigate his food choices on their own. I found he was devouring his sandwich at snack instead of lunch, and that some classmates were skipping lunch altogether. Fear not! We found a simple note/sticker combo that can help out. We love us...

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Bumbleride Indie Natural Edition – the stroller of our dreams

UPDATE: On 2/3/12 there was a CPSC recall of Bumbleride Indie strollers: model numbers I-107, I-110 and I-205 with a Date of Manufacture from 1/09 through 8/11.The front wheel can crack causing the stroller to tip. There have been no major injuries.If you own the stroller, stop using it until you’ve received the free front wheel retrofit kit. To do so, or for info, visit support.bumbleride.com or call (800) 530-3930 during business hours. When I say I have found the stroller of my dreams, you’d better believe it. Bumbleride Indie Natural Edition is that very thing, and here’s why....

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A Street Through Time : Timeless

It is rare to find a book that all three of my boys can enjoy together. With such varied interests, I long for something captivating (and non-electronic) that has the ability to sustain their attention long enough for me to take a shower. DK Publishing has answered my prayers. A Street Through Time is a beautiful book, and educational to boot. The premise is simple; each page follows the same street through thousands of years of history using hyper-detailed illustrations. The book begins with stone age hunters, and each page that you flip takes you to another era in...

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I am loving Motherlove

Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. Cracked nipples? Not so beautiful, and painful to boot. The problem with a lot of the nipple creams on the market is their super chemically feel. Since your little one will be ingesting said ointment when she suckles, is it too much to ask that it be as pure as they come? Enter Motherlove. You can pronounce every ingredient and each one is organic. Every single one. A dab of this wunder cream will bring much needed relief to the not so fabulous side of breastfeeding. It feels light and super soothing to the...

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Pop art for tots

If you know kidrobot, then you know its team of artists create masterpieces of culture. Lots of words have been used to describe the appeal, and I love all of them: quirky, pop-art, Warholesque, cartoonish, comical….the list goes on. There are even a few of their toys on display at MOCA in NY. Well, now it’s your child’s turn. My kids dig Dunny, kidrobot’s creature (monster? robot? animal?) that absolutely takes on a life of its own once the artist gets her hands on it. Now there’s also Munny, Dunny’s friend with smaller ears. With some markers and a...

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Butt Art that isn’t raunchy, promise

As all parents know, kids laugh at the word “butt.” There is something very funny about a word that is used constantly as a conjunction, a sometime preposition and also as a word for your behind. What could be funnier than that to a five year old? The answer? Nothing. Now combine the humor of a butt with a bona fide art book. It doesn’t get any cooler than Everything Butt Art at the Zoo. The premise is awesome: all of the animals that you see at the zoo can be drawn with the fabulous gluteus maximus as the...

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