Author: Mir

Picky clothing kids rejoice: Soft now makes jeans

I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when Soft Clothing first arrived on the scene, bringing flat-seamed, soft cotton clothing basics for kids who have sensory issues. My own son isn’t as picky as he used to be, but he still goes for the Soft stuff over anything else, every time. But life just got even better. Soft has expanded their offerings, and they now have a unisex jean that, yes, is more like a “jean”–a pair of french terry pants with gold topstitching. Do they look exactly like jeans? No, of course not. But they’re a reasonable...

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PDFs for DIY PB+J

This is one of those times when I find myself wishing I owned a sewing machine. And that I had a single crafty bone in my body. Check it out: Gulf Coast Cottage, a wonderful shop filled with soft toys, has an entire category filled with nothing but PDF patterns for felt toys you can make yourself. Many of the patterns are food–like the PB&J lunch set or the toaster set shown here (ah, so kids can play with the toaster!), but there’s also a doctor’s kit, tools, a child’s tea set, and even a retro robot plushie. If...

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Gummy bears that won’t wreck your teeth

Despite the fact that looking at this kids furniture got The Gummy Bear Song stuck in my head (no, I won’t burden you if you don’t already know it), I’m totally grooving on these adorable gummy bear chairs from yam & toast. They’re sweet without going overboard–a great alternative to neon and licensed characters, but still colorful and appropriately kid-like. yam & toast makes all of their furniture in Brazil, using wood harvested from managed renewable forests, so it’s a choice you can feel good about, too. And if the wee gummy bear chair delighted you, they also have...

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Dear Dad: I found you the perfect book for Father’s Day

Stumped for Father’s Day? Maybe it’s because I’m married to a photographer (though I don’t think so), but I’m thinking that if Dear Dad from Chronicle Books doesn’t bring a little tear to his eye, he might not actually be human. The volume is filled with breathtaking photos of dads and grandfathers and children all doing what they love best–just enjoying each other, every day. Throw in a few snippets of wisdom about the powerful role dads play in our lives, and you’ve got a little book that packs a wallop. But don’t take my word for it; check...

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Family travel, four-star, and discount all in the same breath.

When my husband and I talk about taking a trip, it always goes along the same script:“How about here?” “Too expensive.”“How about here?” “No good with kids.”“How about here?” “Are you kidding??”“Fine, let’s just go camping.” And don’t get me wrong, I like camping, but I’d be okay with a luxury getaway once in a while. Which is why, I suppose, I’ve recently become addicted to Hotwire’s Travel Ticker. The prices appeal to my penny-pinching side, and the wealth of available information appeals to my mom side. Why, perusing the Family Travel section yields all sorts of possibilities I...

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Practical parenting. Period.

Do you suppose our parents agonized so much over what kind of parents they were as we do, today? Probably not. And yet, I hate to cast aspersions on folks genuinely seeking guidance on the right way to raise little people into fabulous adults. It’s what we all want, right? It’s also why we all thought “good job!” was the magic phrase… right up until studies informed us that “good job!” was, in fact, ruining our kids. Whoops. Never fear; Ellen Galinsky’s Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs is where data meets common...

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Exercise baby’s memory, crave fudge ripple

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… well, okay, I lied. I didn’t scream over these adorable soft ice cream-festooned beanbags, but I did squeal just a little bit. The Baby Gardner brings us Lisa Bacigalupi’s exclusive hand-stitched take on the traditional memory match game: 16 beanbags, 8 different pairs of matching cones, 1 muslin bag to store it all in, 100% chance of delight. This one is pretty to look at, soft and interesting for little fingers, and guaranteed to last longer than a flimsy deck of cards. This isn’t the item to grab when you need...

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There’s still time to wow Mom

Mother’s Day is creeping ever so close, and dads, you may have remembered to order flowers for your mom, but did you remember to do something awesome for the mother of your kids? (Sorry, dudes. That’s your responsibility, too.) Don’t panic! There’s still time to go create the perfect Mother’s Day video to show her how much you love her, over at Animoto. You choose the template, then upload your photos and choose what song the 30-second homage is set to use. Animoto takes care of the rest–the animation, the special effects, the complete wow factor. It’s easy, it’s...

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Yep, they can hear you now

I gave up on my Bluetooth headset for my mobile phone a while back; I was always forgetting to charge it, and on the rare occasions when I didn’t, I had trouble getting it to stay in my ear, and the sound quality was terrible. So despite all the hype about Jawbone’s new line of ICON headsets for mobile phones — which, I have to admit, are pretty cool-looking, with an option to suit just about any style — I wasn’t sure I’d actually, you know, use it. This is one of those occasions when I’m delighted to have...

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The perfect little black (and white) maternity dress

Back when I was pregnant with my kids (you know, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth), “nursing dress” was synonymous with “giant chest flaps on something shapeless and ugly.” Sad but true. So you’ll have to pardon me for feeling like you pregnant and nursing mamas today have it easy when there are options like this striped jersey dress from Polarn O. Pyret that we just came across I mean, forget that it’s totally versatile and on trend, and the soft jersey will work through the summer and well into fall with the addition of leggings; forget that the...

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