Author: Lexi Petronis

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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60% off pre-loved French couture for kids. Ooh la la!

We absolutely hate watching one of our favorite boutiques go… especially when it’s a sweet shop like Apricot Culotte. The one good thing about it is their closeout sale. We said je t’aime to Apricot Culotte when we fell in love with its concept: pre-loved baby and kid clothing from top French designers like La Queue du Chat and Petit Bateau offered at astonishingly low prices. Now, those prices are even lower: 60% off the entire site. Apricot Culotte is closing its doors, so every last item of gorgeous French clothing has got to go. Sigh. We’ll miss you, Apricot Culotte, but...

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Getting creative with kids clothes. And chalk.

We have reached the maximum level of licensed- character and logo tees in our household. Granted, the number is not all that high–our kids are lots of things, but “miniature billboards” doesn’t exactly top the list–but still. We are at capacity. So how excited was I to find a T-shirt that they could truly make their own? We first discovered the Chalkboard Tee by Class Attire a few years back, and were instantly smitten. Now, the company has debuted even more chalkboard tee styles to choose from. The 100% cotton, made-in-the-U.S. tee comes in 18 adorable designs–I love the frame,...

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Putting your toddler on the map (er, the map on your toddler)

When I lived in New York City, pre-kids, I always imagined that I’d someday stroll the streets with my theoretical future babies. We’d meet other mini-Manhattanites in Riverside Park, hit Mister Softee for a cone, head downtown to the South Street Seaport Museum, and life would all be so very grand.  But I ended up moving out of the city–way out of the city–a few years before the kids actually materialized. But you know what? Even though my kids aren’t in New York, that doesn’t mean that New York can’t be on them. Or Portland or Paris or Miami...

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Childproofing window blind cords – that should be the least of a new mom’s problems

Our new house has lots of windows, with lots of brand-new window blinds. That means lots of window blind cords — and, to parents, those are serious business. That stats about kids strangled by the cords each month are pretty disturbing. So I was really happy to find these fabulous window blind cord winders by one of our favorite, eco-friendly childproofing company. In fact, they may be the only eco-friendly childproofing company. The window blind cord winders from Rhoost, made of non-toxic, BPA-free, 100% recyclable plastic, require absolutely zero tools to install–all you do is loop the cords securely through the appropriate...

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Fighting evil with rock ‘n’ roll, Aquabats style

The minds behind Yo Gabba Gabba! are not content to settle with one successful kids show. In fact, they have just hooked themselves a certain daughter I know with a brand-new show–and some truly awesome rock music. And I’m betting a lot of other daughters and sons will be hooked when this new show premieres today. “The Aquabats! Super Show!” (I bow down to the generous-yet-not-totally-annoying use of exclamation points) focuses on a band of crime-fighting musicians who are on a mission to vanquish evil using the power of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s totally comical and campy in a...

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A special book for a mama’s special thoughts

When our daughter was born, I did what so many mamas do: I started a baby book. I wanted to capture everything about her, along with the wonderment of being a new mom; I’d lost my own mother to cancer a year earlier, to the date, and I thought writing about motherhood would somehow connect grandmother, mom, and baby. At least I hoped so. But because our daughter arrived five weeks early, I wasn’t entirely prepared–so the “baby book” is a little slapdash. It’s, uh, not even a book. It’s an ever-growing Word file. Inspiring? Not so much. That’s...

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Adorable, eco-friendly baby clothes and gifts, 50%-80% off until they’re gone (sniffle)

It’s bittersweet when we see a mom-owned boutique that we love, close up shop. What Every Baby Needs, say it ain’t so! But if there’s an upside, it’s the amazing discounts. You can now score 50% off everything on the site and up to 80% off sale and clearance items. Serious steals here, mamas. We’ve always adored the huge selection of cute baby boy shirts and toddler boy shirts shirts (so hard to find!) at the shop not to mention the great selection of girls clothes, baby slings, baby toys (like these awesome crochet rattles from Anne Clare-Petit) and...

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This sheep rocks!

My kids inherited a rocking horse that’s all bells and whistles–it whinnies, neighs, clip-clops, and plays some sort of country song. I’m pretty sure it says “yeehaw,” too, which doesn’t really make sense. It’s too much, even for them. Who wants to rock on something that shrieks and beeps the whole time? If you ask me, this Rocking Sheep by Bright Spark Design is the ideal rocker. Inspired by a Danish design, it’s handmade with Baltic birch plywood, reclaimed scrap wood, and real sheepskin. Plus, every one is test-ridden by the designer’s own 18-month-old daughter before it’s deemed acceptable. Beautiful, classic–and...

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Shirts for books

I believe in the essential power of reading–my kids have the stuffed bookcases to prove it. But not every kid does. So I love the idea of this website that lets you buy an amazingly cute, supersoft, combed-cotton T-shirt to get more books in the hands of little ones who don’t have access to them. Did I mention amazingly cute? [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] I can’t get over this StoryTee from the website, OffOurChests. I mean, “Not Photoshopped”–how perfect a statement for our naturally adorable kids in this digitally-enhanced age. The best part: for every StoryTee you...

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New Year’s Resolution Help: Take a family vacation!

All week long we’re offering our tips and ideas to help you tackle your (and our) New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’re a staunch believer in resolutions or not, we hope our cool picks will help motivate you as we hope they do for us! Like so many families out there, we made a resolution to go on a fabulous family trip. Uh, last year. The problem with family vacations is that they can be stressful and expensive to plan–never mind really getting on a plane or in a car and going somewhere. Once you’ve got the money saved, luckily, there are...

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Great gifts for your kids that benefit their school, too

I admit it: I’m a fan of pretty much every one of those daily-deals sites. Hand me an exclusive membership to sweet deals on designer merch and I get a little thrill.  And this new site totally supersizes that thrill in the coolest way possible, because every purchase I make goes to my daughter’s own school. Treehouse Tykes is a private-member site that features awesome brands of kids’ clothing, toys, books, and furniture–up to 70% off. But here’s the key difference between it and other sales sites: 10% of your purchase goes to the school, or charitable organization of your...

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