Author: Lexi Petronis

12 gorgeous holiday jewelry picks for less than $50

As mamas, sometimes the only sparkle we get to wear with any real regularity is what sticks to our shirts from our kids’ glitter-and-glue projects. And while we obviously love our kiddos’ creations, it’s nice to have some purposefully placed glitter every once in a while…like the holidays! We love these beautiful baubles–holiday jewelry that’s sparkly, fun, and all costs less than $50. -Lexi [DON’T MISS AN AWESOME JEWELRY GIVEAWAY (WORTH MORE THAN $50!) AFTER THE JUMP] Proof that holiday jewelry need not reference the snowman pin your great-aunt Maude wears to Christmas dinner every year: this It Girl Collar...

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8 of the coolest (and easiest) holiday crafts for kids

If you score not-so-high on the Official Scale of Craftiness (which, I swear, should be a real thing), fear not. You and your kids will have a blast making these eight super-easy, super-cute holiday crafts we’ve rounded up just for you.   This Christmas tree craft by LooLeDo is so very cool and colorful–and, best of all, it’s made entirely with things you have lying around the house anyway, like paper clips, a paper towel tube, tape, construction paper, a paper plate.   The prettiest solution in the kajillion holiday catalogs clogging up your mailbox? Gorgeous DIY paper snowflakes...

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A Santa-approved personalized book: The Mouse Who Saved Christmas

Ready or not, mamas, the holiday season is on us. Here’s a good way to get a jump on Christmas morning: an adorably customized book with your kid as a main character–and a major part of the plotline. ‘Twas the Mouse who Saved Christmas  is a sweet and welcome entry into the your-kid’s-name-here category of gifts. Occasionally, personalized kids’ books seem to have pretty random placements of your child’s name in the text. But the creators of this book incorporate your child’s name in a thoughtful and unique way, making your little one a truly central character in the...

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Launch a successful home business with a little help from Mom, Inc.

As a mama, I have big dreams: making cute-yet-healthy snacks, being a role model, kissing boo-boos like a champ. As an employee, I have the same dreams (except maybe the boo-boos part). I want to do it all…but I’m not always sure where to start. You know how it goes. This new book might help us accomplish our lofty goals–well, at least a few of them. Mom, Inc., by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto, is full of smart, accessible advice for busy mamas seeking to launch home businesses. And believe me, these women know their stuff: Ilasco is an...

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Can you tell me how to get…a really cool Sesame Street shirt? (Yup.)

CMP has long adored Kiwi Industries for its super soft, US-made organic kids’ clothing–and we’ve always been partial adorable line of Sesame Street characters. So how excited are we to learn they’ve now given Elmo–and our kids!–some new friends to play with? {Keep reading for an exclusive discount for our readers!} Kiwi Industries‘ interpretations of the Sesame Street characters are awesome: they’re vibrant, artsy-abstract yet totally recognizable. Here’s proof: my addicted-to-Cookie-Monster two-year-old went nuts when I showed him the new Cookie Monster sweater (pictured). And then he asked for an actual cookie…but that’s beside the point. Like before, there’s still a lovable...

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PAIGELAUREN Baby’s terrific new collection is now for toddlers, too

We fell in love with the lovely baby clothes from PAIGELAUREN Baby years ago–oh, that tailoring! Those stripes! Those polka dots! And now, our mama-fashionista hearts are swelling once again as they get into clothing for the actual walking and talking set. Everything we adored about PAIGELAUREN’s teensy baby-sized outfits is now available in their new collection of toddler clothes including 2T and 4T sizes. And there’s a lot to adore: every piece is made with impossibly soft modal supima cotton, in classic mix-and-match designs that are way too adorable to be called basic. The color palette for everything is earth-inspired,...

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Party perfection: raise the roof AND raise money for your fave nonprofits

Planning a kids’ party isn’t for the faint of heart, even though the end results (adorable cake-face photos! happy wee ones!) are always worth it.  Let’s face it: life is crazybusy. So I can totally see why more and more parents are turning to online party-planning services to lighten the load. But we’ve found one with a little extra do-gooding awesomeness to sweeten the deal. A few years back we discovered ECHOage, a site which helps you can organize a fete for your kiddo that directly benefits more than 120 nonprofits. They’ve evolved since then, with adorable invitations, and even...

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Esperos Backpacks – Buy a bag and help send a kid to school

During this back-to-school season, it can be kind of easy to forget that there are some kids in the world who don’t go to school at all. But you can help–all with the purchase of a super-cool bookbag or backpack from an amazing company. After a trip to rural Central America, ESPEROS founder Oliver Shuttlesworth was struck by how few children were able to attend school because their parents just couldn’t afford the $20 a year tuition. The philosophy behind ESPEROS was born: buy a bag, help send a kid to school. The process is blessedly simple: ESPEROS subtracts...

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Stylish clothes for kids, no shopping required

We’re happy to introduce you to our new sponsor, Wittlebee. We think you’ll like them! The hard thing about buying nice kids’ clothes is facing the inevitable: the clothes will be outgrown. Quickly. What that means is yet another trip to the store, spending more time scouring the web for sales, and dropping even more cash to basically redo your kids’ wardrobe. Again. That’s why WittleBee is genius: it’s a subscription clothing club where stylish kids’ clothes come to you. All you do is sign up for the service, have a phone chat with a stylist about your clothing preferences, and...

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It’s map time

My 5-year-old showed almost zero percent interest in maps until we went on vacation to a beach town. Suddenly, it was very important that she be the holder of the map at all times. It was ultimately a good thing, even if said map ended up covered in melted chocolate ice cream and ripped in random places. Her newfound awareness about the world around her made me appreciate the genius behind Soft Cities even more. Soft Cities are exactly what they sound like: maps of your favorite places printed onto soft blankets and napkins (“mapkins”!). You simply write in the...

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There’s a whale in the tub!

Having just returned from a week at SeaWorld–during which we were splashed by sea critters no fewer than five times–I can attest to the fact that, to kids, whales rule.  This whale may not be doing twists and turns in the air, but it might do something that’s just a little bit cooler: it makes bathtime enticing. There are few parents that will say that’s not a good thing. While so many non-slip bath mats look like something Great Grandma Ruth might use, this Whale Rubber Bath Mat from Urban Outfitters takes it six steps cuter. The rubber mat has traction...

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A cool passport holder – you won’t believe what it’s made out of.

Not everyone gets excited about cool passport holders. But I do. While I’m not the most organized of people in my normal, day-to-day life, I turn into an organizational queen when my family travels, so I’m always on the lookout for organizational tools so amazing, I might actually get to relax a little. All the better if said tools are upcycled and totally gorgeous. Poketo’s Upcycled Leather Passport Holders will do the job quite nicely. These sleek cases are handmade entirely from leather of vintage sofas. Cool right? The results are textured collages, and no two are the same. Kind of a...

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Glow-in-the-dark glasses. What a bright idea.

These days, there’s no doubt that prescription glasses are totally cool. Exhibit A: Justin Bieber. (Oh, OK, his aren’t prescription. But the fact that the kid likes geek chic enough to fake it says something, right?) Still, it’s always possible to make something cool even cooler. And that’s exactly what Converse did with its new glow-in-the-dark Flutter frames. Made for kids 5 to 15, these are a sophisticated version of glow-in-the-dark. During the daylight hours–while the frames are soaking in all of the sunlight and getting ready for their big glow–the frames look cool, like pink ice. Then, once they’re...

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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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