Author: Stephanie S.

Instant heirlooms: custom ceramic plates fired with handwritten family recipes

If your family is anything like mine, all their famous recipes are tucked away in over-stuffed folders and recipe boxes…and only the chef knows for sure where they are. How wonderful would it be to start serving some of Grandma’s famous oatmeal squares atop a handmade pottery plate, with the recipe for those very squares right underneath in her sweet handwriting? The custom recipe plates and serving ware, from Prairie Hills Pottery are pure awesome. Truly, the gifting possibilities are endless. Scan a copy of Dad’s secret lasagna recipe, and the artisans at Prairie Hill will fire it onto...

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Go Dutch with this dashing (and affordable) stroller from Nuna

The thing about high-end strollers is this: sometimes it’s hard to imagine spending all that money when what you really want is a fancy vacation. Or an iPad. Or gorgeous new patio furniture. Not every family needs a break-the-bank stroller. Especially now that there’s a great new affordable option available–with undeniably good looks, to boot. The PEPP stroller from Nuna abides by simple Dutch design to create a less-is-more approach to stroller-ing. For starters, this stroller is a looker. Plain, bold colors (which can be enhanced with optional add-ons like seat liners and foot muffs) pair with black to create a...

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Alphabet lovers young and old will swoon over these gorgeous blocks

We bet you’ve at least once bought a set of alphabet blocks as a new baby gift. But buying a set of alphabet blocks that a new baby can enjoy all the way into adulthood? Now that’s a really cool gift for a baby born into a home full of, say, graphic designers or word-lovers. Fine fonts rule!     These beautiful mahogany and pine alphabet blocks from Areaware will make sure that baby gets off on the right foot when it comes to a love of great design and excellent craftsmanship. What I love most of all, though, is that these...

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Handmade baskets so pretty you might be surprised what went into making them

In a small house like mine, things have a tendency to pile up. Knickknacks and papers find coffee tables and countertops and sneak their way into every nook and cranny that doesn’t have a pile of stuff already on it. I suppose I could try to get a bigger house, but what I really need is better storage solutions. Like these amazing baskets. The gorgeous baskets from Find Your Happy Design on Etsy are all handmade from found materials, appealing to my eco-sensibilities as well as my fondness for great design. I love that the designer creates the baskets...

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Sweet dreams are made of these: handmade summer quilts

Oh, hello there, Summer! Long time no see. The weather is warmer, the kids are sweatier, and it’s time to pull out the summertime linens. Or, um, it might be that time if I were the kind of person who’s organized enough to have summer linens. And if I were? Well, CMP fave OM Home would be making an appearance on every bed in my house. Serious loveliness. And a special discount for CMP readers! {Don’t miss the exclusive 20% off CMP sale code after the jump!} OM Home has expanded its line of amazing crib-sized Handmade Kantha Quilts to include twin, queen...

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This summer an eco deck chair is the place to be

With patio season finally here, my thoughts turn to warm summer days lounging in the backyard, sipping margaritas while the kids play cooperatively in the sandbox. Sure, the last part is but an impossible dream, but there’s nothing to stop me from making the lounging and the margaritas happen. And I think I know the perfect deck chair in which to lounge quite stylishly. The beautiful chairs and stools from Gallant & Jones are nothing if not drool-worthy. They are handmade in western Canada from North American White Oak, which, I have now learned, is both water- and rot-resistant....

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A cool free Scandinavian online magazine for parents and kids: Ja tack!

Every once in a while, something amazing comes along in the land of kids and parents that makes me giddy with excitement. And more often than not, whatever that amazing thing may be ends up costing me a lot of money. Not so with my recent discovery of a totally free online magazine devoted to all things Scandinavian.   The brand new Danish online design magazine from the website Lille Nord, is dedicated to showcasing Scandinavian designers, artists, products and shops in the trendiest of ways. And it’s all free. Which I love, of course. The fourth issue of...

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The prettiest coloring book in the world

First thing each morning my kids usually plop themselves down at our kitchen table and proceed to sketch, color, and print until they’re practically late for school. I love how focused they are on their little projects. I also love that it gives my husband and I some peace and quiet while we prepare for the day. Having just discovered The Secret Garden coloring book, I think I’ve found the perfect way to enrich their morning art party (and my quiet breakfast) for weeks to come. The Secret Garden is an “inky treasure hunt” filled with elaborate black and white...

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Affordable art makes a very cool mom gift. Maybe even for yourself.

When we were young and carefree (i.e., had no children), my husband and I decided that nothing would grace our walls but original artwork. Flash forward ten years. Yes, there’s original art hanging, but most of it was created by our kids. It’s not that we gave up entirely on our art-collecting dream; it just took a backseat once the babies came along. And that’s where a very nifty site saves the day. Tappan Collective is a terrific site designed to encourage young student-types to decorate with something other than cheap framed Monet posters. But, psst, guess what? I think it’s...

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Hopscotch mat: fab indoor fun for rainy spring days

We’ve been having what feels like a particularly cold and wet spring in my neck of the woods. Which means we’ve been spending a lot of afternoons rushing home from school in the rain and then pulling our hair coming up with fun new indoor activities. But now I have a mighty excellent idea for our next rainy day. This sweet hopscotch mat by Etsy store CoolSpacesForKids fits the rainy afterschool bill perfectly. It’s simple, cute, easy to use, and easy to store. And I love that it offers a controlled way to keep kids active without tearing apart the house....

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