LEGO is, in my mind, the quintessential building toy of childhood. I played with it when I was little; both of my kids–their ages in double digits–still love to build with it. The problem, of course, is that no matter what LEGO storage solutions I come up with, there seems to always be a stray brick or ten on the floor, waiting to skewer my foot. While this BOX4BLOX LEGO organizer hasn’t solved all of my LEGO woes, it’s gone a long way towards keeping the mess contained, and I’ll tell you why: It’s the only storage system that...Read More
I can’t stop giggling over these printable cupcake wrappers available from the Spaceships and Laser Beams Etsy shop. The description says it’s so hard to find anything for Valentine’s Day that appeals to little boys… and sure, I can see the elementary set loving the germy depiction of love, absolutely. But honestly? Forget the kids. If you have coworkers or a beloved who works in science/medicine, I think the adults will get a huge kick out of these hearts-turned-bacteria cupcake wrappers. A few bucks gets you a downloadable PDF so you can print your own. Or just use them...Read More
Having both a boychild and a girlchild, I can assure you that–despite both being wonderful and having their respective proclivities and attributes–dressing girls is just more fun. I’m sorry, but it is. Especially when there are these gorgeous appliqued A-line dresses available from 24 Shades of Green on Etsy. Creator Catherine Byrne brings ten years of New York City Garment District experience to bear on her designs, combining simple, modern lines with just enough color and texture to keep things fun. What little girl wouldn’t love the stripes and whiskers of the kitties on this jersey cat dress (shown),...Read More
Let me be absolutely clear, here: While I don’t necessarily agree that yoga pants can only be worn for yoga, I do believe that they’re closer to sweatpants than to jeans. That is to say, I don’t condone the wearing of yoga pants on date night, mamas. There’s a time and a place. That said, yoga pants are awesome for exercising and lounging around wrapping gifts, and if you think that your options are to be comfortable or to look good, I’m about to change your mind. Meet your new favorite exercise gear. They’re yoga pants. Rather, they’re ultra-comfy...Read More
As a longtime reader of Karen Walrond’s blog Chookooloonks, I expected her first book, The Beauty of Different: Observations of a Confident Misfit, to be gorgeous. I’m familiar enough with her pictures to expect the photography to be stunning; I’m familiar enough with her probing writing style to know that her narrative would touch me. I knew these things, because I know Karen. What I didn’t know was how substantial this book would be, and I mean that in every sense of the word. The physical book itself is coffee-table-worthy in its heft and glossiness, and the stories captured within...Read More
I’ve been gluten-free for coming up on a couple of years, now, and while I’ve learned to bake a few essentials, I’ve mostly given up on cookies. Because gluten-free cookies–by and large–suck. And I love to bake, but I’m certainly not going to spend hundreds of dollars on specialty flours and xantham gum and stuff. So when my package of Purely Elizabeth cookie mix arrived, promising gluten-free, vegan, organic goodness… I was already imagining exactly how “delicious” that would be (hint: not very). Sure, the ingredient list is impressive (including my new favorite superfood, chia seeds), but… gluten-free cookies...Read More
We’ve all heard the standard wisdom that if we each gave up one daily luxury–say, your morning latte–you could put that money towards charity and really make a difference. And I happily gave up my frou-frou coffeeshop runs for brewing at home to save money, but you can pry the coffee cup out of my cold, dead hands, thanks. Now there’s a way to both buy your beans and have your charity, too. Enter the One Cup Project. Let’s start with the coffee itself: It’s a wide variety of blends from Seattle’s award-winning micro-roaster Silver Cup Coffee, and good...Read More
I can’t tell you for sure what longtime CMP favorite Envirosax was thinking with the creation of their new Kid Series reusable bags, but I can tell you what I thought when I saw them: this is going to make demanding help with the groceries even easier! No more bickering about who takes what bag; I can simply tell my daughter to grab the paper dolls bag and direct my son to the rocket bag shown here. Awesome. And I’m sure these eco-friendly reusable bags can do double duty as overnight bags for sleepovers or sub in for a paper...Read More
I switched over to reusable grocery bags at the supermarket a long time before I managed to break the plastic produce bag habit, I confess. Because back then, the only “produce” options seemed to be bulky cotton bags that added weight (and therefore cost). But with Flip & Tumble’s new mesh produce bag set, you’re equally good to go at the farmer’s market or the grocery store. They fold down to next to nothing when not in use, and they’re machine washable, too. While you’re there, check out their new 24-7 Minis, too. How adorable are those? Perfect for kids...Read More
I’m not going to bore you with facts and figures about childhood obesity in America, because we’ve all heard it before. What I will tell you is that there is little my kids enjoy more than receiving their own mail, and in particular, magazines addressed to them. The intersection of these two issues–on the one hand, a real problem when it comes to kids and food, and on the other, kids loving their own mags–is where the new quarterly magazine ChopChop comes into play. Research shows that one of the best ways to broaden kids’ palates and get them...Read More
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