Author: Mir

Mix, match, stack, stun

I have a thing for rings, so when I first saw these recycled sterling silver stacking rivet rings from the very talented Julie Booras of Heart and Stone Jewelry I was immediately drawn to them for all of the obvious reasons. But I realized that — while getting your rings personalized with your kids’ names is very nice and all — part of what I really liked about them was the ability to wear one, two, or three as the mood struck. And so getting them with my kids’ names was not going to fit the bill. (Imagine that...

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Where’s the fun? Goby knows.

I’m a somewhat nervous traveler, but unlike most of our kind, it’s not the flying I hate. More like I need to know exactly what we’re doing when. My husband, on the other hand, is happy to just plan “camping” and “figure it out when we get there.” Ack. Thanks to goby, a new online search engine dedicated to activity planning, I can now just smile with him, agree, and then turn to my laptop. Input your location, dates, and what sort of fun you want and Goby hooks you up with all the available activities, plus links to...

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Prayers for the modern mama

The short, tongue-in-cheek “prayers” you’ll find in Tracy Mayor’s Mommy Prayers are perfect for believers and non-believers alike. Because no matter our faith, we can all agree that yes, we’ve all recited some version of the Before the Meltdown prayer–you know, the one that ends with a desperate plea to just please please please please let us get to the parking lot before all hell breaks loose. It shouldn’t surprise me that a Brain, Child magazine editor like Mayor brings a cheeky we’ve-all-thought-it-even-if-we-haven’t-said-it approach to the parental quest for serenity. This is the perfect gift for every new mom,...

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The skinny on scrumptious, kid-friendly recipes

We’re all trying to eat better, right? And preparing fresh, healthy food for our families is no problem at all, what with our busy lives, children’s picky palates, and our own dietary restrictions as we head into swimsuit season (ahem). Yeah. Here comes chef Jennifer Iserloh, a.k.a. The Skinny Chef, to the rescue. This media maven is something of an everycook–not only does her site boast an impressive category of kid-friendly recipes that are as delicious as they are nutritious, she makes it all palatable for the entire family. Read: She offers up a wine pairing for that Butternut...

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Let your baby pay it forward, right from birth

Sure, it’s awesome to be gifted all kinds of needed gear and cute outfits when you’re having a baby. We’re the first to tell you that! But maybe you’re doing well enough to afford all of that stuff on your own. Or maybe this is your second (or third or fourth) baby. Or maybe you just hold children-focused charities near and dear to your heart. If that’s the case, head on over to The Baby Effect to print out little enclosure cards explaining that you believe that every birth represents a chance to make a better world for the...

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Just Let Me Lie Down – The working mom’s ABCs of BTDT

Kristin van Ogtrop is the editor of Real Simple, which means that her life as a working mom is full of high-power glamour and nary a regret. Right. Okay, I’ll confess I was worried that might be true, but it turns out that Kristin is someone with whom I’d share a margarita any day, and her upcoming Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom is a hilarious must-read for any mom who’s ever struggled to balance home and career. Just Let Me Lie Down takes us through the entire alphabet of the trials and...

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A better way to put their heads on plates

Somehow I think my oft-repeated empty threat of serving my kids’ heads on a plate might have carried even less weight if we had owned had these adorable It Looks Like Me! personalized plates from Olliegraphic. Choose hair, eye and skin color, hairstyle, and (of course) add their name for the final touch. I can think of no small child who wouldn’t be utterly delighted to have a cherubic, cartoon version of themselves smiling up from underneath a variety of foods they’re probably planning to refuse. Note to Olliegraphic: Might want to consider adding in devil horns as an...

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The little desk set that could. And will.

There isn’t a single thing not to like about the functional design of these groovy desk/chair pairings from midesk, from their hand-crafted here in the USA wooden cut-outs to the non-toxic paints used to finish them. These desks are a marvel of storage — the chairs have two shelves tucked inside the base — and they’re sized just right for small scholars. On top of that, they take up remarkably little space, when the chairs are tucked neatly into the desks. So, sure, love them for all of that, but prepare to really love them: For every ten desks...

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Tween cool, entirely 100% hoochie free

As the mother of a fashion-conscious tween, I am here to tell you that sizes 10-14 or so are a forgotten wasteland when it comes to outfitting your kid. Little kid clothes are plentiful and varied, but the choices taper off with each successive size. Most days I’m faced with the choice between Too Mature and Too Boring, with precious little in between. I tell you this to explain my elation over discovering Axl’s Closet, which not only stocks plenty of kid-approved options in the 8-14 age range, but does so from trendy labels that don’t succumb to skimpy...

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Make your picture worth more than a thousand words

It’s all well and good when I shoot a picture or two off to my parents from my phone while the kids are at an event, but then sometimes I forget (or don’t have time) to type in a complete explanation. Later, my dad calls me up and says, That was great, but what the heck was it? But now that I can either visit the free Fotobabble photosharing website or load up the Fotobabble iPhone app, I’ve got everything I need to make sure that each picture can tell its story. Just load in a picture, record a...

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