Author: Lexi Petronis

Yes you can, kids.

What happens when an artist from Pixar and a designer for the Gap meet, marry, and combine their talents? Tiny Teru tees. And the results are inspirational and awesome. The designs in this line of babies and kids’ shirts are inspired by classic children’s animation–so adorable (my daughter especially loves this baseball tee)–aand are all originally hand-drawn in pencil, mixed media or water colors. But what I love is that each sports a very important message: “I am able.” In fact, every design has some variation on the word “able,” like unforgettable and huggable.                                              ...

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Finally, the comfiest, most easy to clean, most stylish booster seat. (Can you tell we’re excited?)

If there is a stage called “Booster Seat Battles,” none of the parenting books have mentioned it–but that’s exactly what my family is currently dealing with. The 2-year-old has refused to sit in a booster, preferring instead to reach up over his head with his spoon and try to dribble his cereal down to his mouth. And the 5-year-old suddenly must have a booster seat to sit in–or at least be offered one–or we’re in for all kinds of dinnertime drama. So let’s just say Luv Chicken is helping us out tremendously right now. Besides being awesome to say...

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Kids’ name labels get the chevron touch

We love chevrons around here–on everything from baby blankets and hats to birthday favor bags and onesies. Their cool, retro School House Rock vibe somehow translates into the perfect pattern for modern kids. So the name labels from Namemaker, for things like water bottles, sippy cups, and containers, are right up our chevon-loving alley. Even better that these are stickers with serious substance. They’re made with a special durable polyester that renders them totally waterproof–even in the dishwasher, which is a huge plus. You can have up to three lines of text if you so choose, and, even though the stickers are durable,...

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The Serenity Star is here, and every new parent’s dream has been answered.

Let me tell you a little about why I’m in love with the Serenity Star: when our daughter was first born, we were– like all parents of newborns– suddenly ruled by sleep and eating schedules. It was exhausting and stressful, made even more so because she came five weeks early. I know my story isn’t unique. Which is why I think this just-released baby product from Aden + Anais is about to be the new must-have baby product of the year. I so wish the very brand new Serenity Star had been around when I was a new mom…...

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4 ways to give back this Father’s Day, in honor of Dad

As much as we know that dads love a present on Father’s Day, not every dad expects one. In fact, certain charity-minded dads might not even want one. That’s why we’re highlighting these four nonprofits that are doing cool things–and who need donations to keep on doing those cool things. So even though Dad might not need anything this Father’s Day, he’ll be happy that you’re helping people in the world who do. -Lexi Make a Loan to an Entrepreneur Who Needs One Kiva, the wonderful micro-lending website, has dedicated the month of June to helping out fathers and...

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Swirls for baby girls (and baby boys)

If you have a baby girl, you’re probably up to your ears in pastel pink. Not that there’s anything wrong with pink–I love pink!–it’s just that change might be nice. The same goes for baby boys, in reverse (kind of). Does your little guy really need another navy tee with a car on it? [don’t miss a limited time discount after the jump] That’s why I’m enamored with sweet swirly prints from Little Giraffe. The Soleil Pocket Onesies are everything a baby’s onesie should be: supersoft cotton in sweet muted colors that go a different direction than the typical pastel...

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Because every tot needs a jalopy or six

My kids’ rooms sometimes remind me of Las Vegas, and not because of there’s always the possibility I might win a multimillion dollar jackpot when I go in them. No, despite my best intentions, they each house a lot of beeping, whirring, brightly-colored plastic toys that go off at will (usually in the middle of the night, which is too creepy for words). That’s why it’s always such a welcome–and quiet!–relief to find toys that do nothing of the sort. Tree Hopper Toys is a small company in Illinois that produces some of the most adorable handcrafted toys around, using nothing...

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A Father’s Day gift from the kid. Of the kid.

We’ve recently shared 10 of our favorite personalized Father’s Day gifts, and now there’s one more we’re in love with. Now let me first tell you, normally, I get a little panicked about Father’s Day gift-giving, while consoling myself with the knowledge that, worse comes to worst, my husband always sincerely appreciates a card from the kids. But with this discovery, I’m totally calm–because he’s getting personalized cards of the kids. [don’t miss an exclusive, limited time discount after the jump!] Cool Mom Picks loved the unique holiday cards from Dear Ida, and now we’re completely smitten with their new...

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The perfect pre-K gift for your new graduate (sniffle)

I didn’t expect to have tears streaming down my face at the very idea that my baby girl would soon graduate from pre-K, but here I am–and here they are. How did she get so big? But despite the unexpected sniffles and “but she was just born two days ago!” feelings, I’m every inch the proud mama–especially because she’s so proud. So I was happy to find the perfect pre-K gift for my new little graduate. Meet the Crayola Doodlebag at Two Blue Peas. The cool bag is filled with chalk, an eraser, crayons, a pad of paper, and a...

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How do hoodie bath towels for kids get better? It’s a snap.

Standard hoodie bath towels for kids seem to have one major drawback: they slip off. Once you let your damp toddler loose, there’s no way that towel’s staying on that newly clean little head. [don’t miss an exclusive limited time discount after the jump!] So the new Bella Bundles collection of hoodie towels is really nothing short of magic.   In addition to being soft, plush, and super-absorbent, the towels come with a key ingredient to stay-on-age: a snap a few inches under the chin. Brilliant. The towels stay on!  Plus, they’re available in some of the coolest prints...

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If toddlers could write poetry, it would go something like this

Poems about children and parenting can be kind of, um, hit or miss. Whether it’s too saccharin or just too earnest, I’m not sure–all I know is that it often leaves me vaguely uncomfortable. (And I was a creative writing major!) Not the case with To What Miserable Wretches Have I Been Born? Revenge Poetry for Babies and Toddlers. Although you might have guessed that from the title. Written by Suzanne Weber–also known as Anita Liberty, the author of books such as How to Stay Bitter Through the Happiest Times of Your Life–it’s a book of poetry from your baby...

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It’s a lovey. Or a rug. Or a stuffed animal. Or wait…

Confession: I’ve never totally understood the stuffed-animals-that-turn-into-blankets thing. Pulling a blankie out of a stuffed animal’s middle always seemed kind of… weird.  Of course, it’s not up to me–kids seem to love them. And luckier still, I just found a handmade version that’s way cuter (and more sense-making… to me, at least) than some of those seen-on-TV versions. Kenzie of Bewhiskered makes adorable stuffed animals that she calls Ruggles because they–you guessed it–also convert to teensy little rugs. Teensy little man-cave style tiger skin rugs. Of course there are plenty of other choices, from cute lambs to fuzzy unicorns,...

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Belated Mother’s Day Gift – Up to 70% off nursing and maternity wear. The cute stuff.

The sad news is that CMP favorite Polarn O. Pyret is discontinuing the maternity and nursing items from their MAMA Collection. The good news? The entire stock has just gone on crazy sale. Save 70% off maternity and nursing wear now while you can still get it. This is the good stuff: super-cute leggings, shirts, skirts, nursing tops, blouses, and more, all in extra-soft, stretchy fabrics that you can wear them at every stage of your pregnancy and beyond. If you’re pregnant, planning to be, or planning on not planning, stock up on some fabulous fashion staples while Polarn...

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How does your garden grow? With SeedBallz

If there are three things I was sure would never happen in my life, it would be: 1) writing the word “SeedBallz”; 2) knowing what to do with something called SeedBallz; 3) having kids who would fall in love with something called SeedBallz. The lesson? Never say never. All three not only happened–they happened simultaneously. And it was a blast. SeedBallz are a mix of clay, compost, and seeds, all rolled into little marbles, and they happen to be hand-rolled by developmentally disabled workers, who find fun and therapy in the task. The ball shape makes SeedBallz easy to plant (perfect...

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A cute talking elephant helps the medicine go down

In our household, dealing with kids’ flus and colds is a sticky process. I mean this literally: we are usually well-doused in prescribed medicine before any of it actually ends up inside the child. It’s not necessarily that the kids don’t want the medicine itself–the stuff tastes like Kool Aid these days–it’s more that the actual procedure is kind of scary for them.  To Tiffany Krumins, the solution was perfectly clear: make medicine-giving fun. She even went on ABC’s “Shark Tank” to debut her idea: AVA the Elephant, a cute, talking medicine dispenser. You just remove the dropper from AVA’s trunk...

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Sensory and developmental toys for kids on every level of the autism spectrum

I’m on a mission to find a birthday present for one of the smartest, sweetest, most wonderful little guys I know. That’s never an easy task. But Creative Kidstuff has made the process much simpler with a special new section on its website. Why? Because the awesome kid I’m shopping for has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Creative Kidstuff, in partnership with St. David’s Center, has identified the best of its educational toys for different skill and developmental categories and put them into one easy-to-shop category of toys for children with special needs. For example, if you’re looking for fun toys to...

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Preserving kids’ artwork has never been so pretty (or organized)

You should see my car–or actually, you shouldn’t. It’s filled to the brim with my daughter’s preschool artwork, which gets hastily shoved onto the passenger seat during the always-harried pickup time. It’s a mountain of artwork, really, but I believe I’ve found the perfect way to conquer it–without transferring the mountain to an already-overflowing-with-art house. Plum Print will take your kids’ paintings, doodles, and construction paper creations and turn it all into an absolutely gorgeous coffee table book from children’s artwork. The company professionally digitizes as few as 20 pieces of art–or as many as 220–and arranges them onto high-quality...

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Personalized stamps that prettify anything. And everything.

Ever since my penpal days (I had 31 of them! At the same time!), I’ve loved personalized stamps. I was a preteen, so they were of the unicorn-and-rainbow variety–oh, and penguins. I had way too many penguin stamps. My tastes–and time–have obviously changed a little in the last 20 years, which is why I’m over the moon about these elegant new custom stamps. CMP favorite stationer Red Stamp has teamed up with Paper & Ink to create a line or gorgeous,  personalized self-inking stamps. They’re available in 24 different designs, from clean and contemporary to bold and beautiful. It’s really nice...

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A vacation resort kids club that’s actually educational? Oh yeah.

I have a recurring fantasy these days: it involves the beach, gentle waves, a good book, a nap… and something amazing for the kids to do while all of the above takes place. So I’m about two seconds away from booking this vacation. [don’t miss a huge offer after the jump!] We’ve been fans of the gourmet inclusive Azul Hotels by Karisma in Cancun for a long time (check out Kristen’s experience there with her familyl). And now the hotels are even more family-focused with a very cool Mini Mayans program.  While most kids clubs offer the standard pool/crafts/snacks, the new interactive classes for...

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The most eco-friendly, “aw”-worthy organic nursery bedding probably ever

You know, it’s ironic. I’m on the precipice of moving my baby into his first big-boy bed (sniffle), meaning big boy sheets, and it’s only now that I’ve found all the most adorable organic nursery bedding for the perfect nursery. Smiling Planet is a CMP favorite–we’ve long been impressed with the small company’s devotion to teaching children about the environment via its truly special and truly eco-friendly housewares. Smiling Planet’s new bedding line is no exception. The Smiling Planet Casa Collection made with 100% organic cotton, so it’s super-soft, and the whimsical designs on every item — from the...

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