Author: Julie

Super nerdy blocks for super scientists

There aren’t many wooden toys for toddlers that I can imagine an older kid would love too, but these super nerdy ABC blocks from Uncommon Goods are a major exception. They’re made from locally sourced wood and printed with non-toxic inks, featuring letters, illustrations, and scientific vocabulary words. They’re safe for toddlers to gnaw on, sturdy enough for preschool architects, and offer such cool reading material that middle schoolers might use them as a study reference for science class. Or hey, maybe your kindergartner will wow her teacher with talk of buckyballs and the water cycle. It’s never too...

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Creative no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas that go beyond Sharpies and glitter glue.

Pumpkin decorating might be my kids’ favorite part of Halloween–second only to gorging on candy, of course. So I’ve been on the lookout for new and different ways to dress up our pumpkins this year, and in addition to last year’s round up of awesome no-carve Halloween pumpkin decorating ideas, I found a bunch of new, very fun,  no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas that I really love. Hope you can put them to good use!   These painted mini pumpkins at Studio DIY (above) look so much like frosted donuts that you may need to remind the kids not to take a bite. They...

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Meet fall headfirst with the coolest hoodies for boys

If your boys are anything like my own, falling temperatures aren’t going to keep them inside, so it’s officially time to make sure they have some cool new hoodies to keep them warm on brisk days. We’re pretty sure none of the other kids, boy or girl, will have one of these comfy, stylish hoodies, but if they do, commend them for their great taste. We raved about the boys’ tees from Warrior Poet last spring, and we’re loving their Lion’s Tooth hoodie (at top) for the fall. The houndstooth pattern is on trend, and that lion is fierce. This J Crew...

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DIY brings all the birds to the yard

It hasn’t yet snowed here in Colorado, but it’s only a matter of time before the flurries fly and the birds are scrambling for food. Because I love to craft pretty things that are also useful, I’ve been looking for DIY bird feeders. I’m so excited about all of these ideas that I can hardly wait to get started. Don’t tell, but I might even make a few of them without my kids. These cookie cutter bird feeders (above) from eighteen25 use gelatin to make the birdseed stick together. Then kids can press it into cookie cutters to make fun...

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DIY with the Makr app: Getting crafty in an app-happy world

We love finding gorgeous designs from indie artists, but sometimes what you really need is a way to make your very own custom design–preferably without hiring an artist or earning a degree in graphic design. The new Makr app for iOS helps you do exactly that, and it’s fast, easy, and a lot of fun, even if you’re not artistically inclined. Interestingly, the same free Makr app is different whether you’re using iPad or iPhone, including how it looks and what you can do with it. I’ll cover both here, but keep that quirk in mind when you download it. (Because...

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A onesie almost as fierce as the baby wearing it.

Lately we’ve seen a lot of quotes misattributed to Shakespeare, but this great one from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the real deal: Though she be but little she is fierce. And we love it on these onesies and tees from mod & mini on BRIKA.   This is such a cool new baby gift; no matter what size she is, we’re betting she’s got a fierce set of lungs. Or get it for a toddler who’s got a spirited personality. (So pretty much all of them, right?) My only teensy gripe? I wish the sizes went up to...

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Duvet covers from Society6: What all the cool beds will be wearing this year.

We’ve loved the cool indie designs at Society6 on everything from art prints to gadget cases for a long time. So we were pretty stoked to discover that those gorgeous designs are now king-sized. As duvet covers, that is. And yes, queen too. They have hundreds of fun designs, so we’re still narrowing down our choices. It’s not easy.     \       The covers are super soft, machine washable, and include a hidden zipper that doesn’t mar the design. My one disappointment is that they are only offered in queen and king sizes, and I don’t know many kids who sleep in beds that big–unless they’ve...

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Chocolate LEGOs! Suddenly everything is awesome, after all.

Our house contains roughly six million LEGOs, from teeny tiny pieces that can’t be seen until they are rattling inside the vacuum, to giant blocks the size of bricks. And yet, I’m coveting more bricks. At least when they’re chocolate LEGOs created by Japanese artist Akihiro Mizuuchi. Aren’t they amazing? (And probably less painful to step on too. If a little messier.)   Not only are they edible, they’re functional. The design of the molds is so precise that Mizuuchi even built little characters out of his chocolate LEGOs, which feature a tiny LEGO on each circular connector — just like the real plastic version. Mizuuchi’s...

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Great Sand Dunes National Park: The National Park family vacation idea you might not have considered.

With all the United States National Parks for us to explore and enjoy with our families, there are probably certain ones that pop to mind first: Yosemite, Yellowstone, Acadia, Sequoia, the Grand Canyon. But if you haven’t heard of Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, we opted to go there for our own family vacation this summer and I can’t recommend it enough. And yes, I’m biased as a Colorado resident, but I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. If you think that strolling on soft, warm sand and hiking a ten thousand foot mountain pass can’t be done in the same...

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Pharmaca delivers an eco-conscious, calming shopping experience. That’s a good prescription.

We’ve covered tons of smart skin care and beauty products, along with natural and organic products for babies and kids over the years. As in…tons. And so I’m really excited to discover so many of our favorites at Pharmaca, a natural, integrative pharmacy specializing in eco-conscious brands like the ones we already love and trust. Pharmaca’s headquarters are in Boulder near me, and they have over two dozen brick-and-mortar locations from Washington State to New Mexico. (Sorry east coasters, but that’s what online shopping is for.) I explored their newest location in Colorado, and I had the best time pointing out all of the awesome products on their shelves that we’ve featured on...

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