Author: Stephanie M.

Chopsticks get a cool fix for little fingers

Going out for Chinese food was a regular event during my childhood, and we kids always loved it. Chinese restaurants are the great crowd-pleasers of the culinary world, kid-friendly environments where veggies are magically hidden in almost every dish.  However one frustration I clearly recall from our excursions was not sharing my parents’ masterful skills using chopsticks. For little fingers, it’s awfully hard to get a good grip with two skinny sticks, let alone scoop up a pile of slippery lo mein. Luckily, we’ve found an answer to help simplify things. These Safari Stix chopsticks holders from the family-centric cooking shop Cook in...

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Bite-sized happiness from Ella’s Kitchen

I must admit, once or twice I have bought boxes of lovely, organic snacks only to find they’ve gone stale before we’ve had a chance to get through them. What can I say? My daughter is picky and not every snack is her style. Leave it to Ella’s Kitchen, the creators of the awesome Red, Yellow, and Green smoothies that have saved my neck once or twice, to come up with a great solution. The new line of Nibbly Fingers and Yum Yummy Baby Cookies has been well received by the bottomless (and picky) pit that is my daughter....

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The cuddliest interspecies squid doll yet

Imagination is in no short supply around these parts. One of our toys can have half a dozen alter egos and we love and encourage the unstoppable creative flow. And so when we were introduced to the Clump-O-Lump crew of stuffed animals that can mix and match body parts with the tug of a zipper or two, we knew they were going to be a hit in the playroom. In other words, welcome to our interspecies creation lab. The Clump-O-Lump family was conceptualized by industrial designer Max Knecht who has a knack for looking at things with a fresh...

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Read your veggies.

It seems a lot of baby toys are awfully loud these days. They light up, crinkle, beep and blast music, so sometimes its nice to just have some low-key playthings to appease our easily overstimulated little ones. These quiet handmade soft books from Cutiful Baby and artist Vanessa Giguere are a perfect example of what I am talking about. Vanessa, a fashion industry gal, started making fabric toys for her daughter while on maternity leave and soon found herself taking orders from friends and family, and we can see why. For a household dabbling in vegetarian living, I especially adore these handmade fruit and...

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We scream for New York’s best ice cream

Being named the #1 anything in New York is a major badge of honor. Not to brag, but this city is chock full of the best of pretty much everything our country has to offer. Knowing that, when I found out there was a new #1 Zagat rated ice cream shop but 4 blocks from my office, the little kid in me did the happy dance right on over. If you’re in the NY area or heading here this summer, it’s a must-visit. Ample Hills Creamy in Brooklyn, NY is not your typical ice cream shop. Founded by Brian...

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Summer sights from your child’s room, even with the blinds down.

Every summer for the past few years, my entire family makes a pilgrimage to the Jersey shore for a week of pure old fashioned beach and boardwalk fun. I spend the other 51 weeks of the year making solo trips to the beach… in my head. But thanks to Meg Venter and her SUN-drenched photography series, I now have a little help getting there. A short pass through the September Wren Etsy gallery and you’ll be wishing you had a brand new beach house to adorn the walls with the entire collection. In reality, I am thinking a few...

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Puzzles lovely enough to frame.

Puzzles are the new family time favorite of our preschooler who is outgrowing her wooden pegged farm animals for more complex designs. I am happy to indulge her, but I refuse to throw down any more money on unimaginative cartoon character puzzles. I think puzzles can be considered more like an artform and not junky space-eaters. (In my world of apartment living, every inch counts).   I am so glad we found the gorgeous artistic puzzles from artist Sarah Nicholas Williams of Radish Moon. Her dreamy designs instill a feeling of childhood whimsy and backyard imagination that I welcome with open arms. The...

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What’s the best sippy cup? We may have just found it.

The sippy cup. Ah, how I wish we were past this stage of life. For now I accept my fate that is the avalanche of cups and lids falling on my head every time I open the cabinet. My disdain however only makes me more appreciative of those times I find a sippy cup that is easy to manage and stands up to the elements- and by elements I mean aggressive toddler. We love pretty much everything that inventive company Zo-li does, which is why they’re a mainstay in our Baby Shower Gift Guide, and this new entry is...

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Take a hike, kid.

Keep it simple is my personal motto. So l get an extra kick when I see simple meet clever. And a little bit of cute doesn’t hurt either.  Canadian “picturemaker” Terry Irwin achieves all of the above with his funky retro vibed prints and I am really digging these designs. This lil’ hiker print is a clear winner to jazz up a kids room. Makes you want to step out for a brisk morning walk and take on the day doesn’t it? I also happen to love Terry’s happy monster kids’ prints. That would solve some bedtime issues here. See? They are...

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The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store – where else are you going to find Kryptonite at 2 AM on a Sunday?

If you have got super hero fan at home, and we are talking a comic-con diehard, we have found the place to make all of their comic book dreams come true. Welcome to The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. Sure, we have featured capes and costumes here before, but this clever shop has waaaay more than that to offer. Selections start with a fabulous superhero baby romper, but you’ll also find mind readers, vacuum suction cups for scaling walls, x-ray glasses, gallons of antimatter and loads more in their wide selection of must have real hero items. It’s like the back page of those comic books of your youth,...

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UV swimwear lets girls play it safe, and adorable, in the sun.

Hooray, it’s unofficially summer this week! That mean fun days at the beach, and for parents, the grand hunt for UV swimwear and the perfect sunblock to keep our kids safe. My daughter is not the yellow polka dot bikini kind of gal anyway; she’ll be digging in the sand until high tide, which is why we’re glad to find a brand that provides some needed coverage. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] I am very excited to have found another adorable collection of sun-safe UV swimwear for toddlers and girls, from smart company Girls4Sport.   These...

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The new, non-committal family tree.

Once your little one starts growing up and you realize just how temporary each stage is, the hammer and nail type of wall decor can seem a too permanent. So naturally we love the wonderfully easy changeable trend of wall decals.  Moms Carin and Maria of Wall Stories have created some delightful designs to brighten our walls like blossoms, birds, trees, and dinosaurs. But if you are anything like this sentimental mama, you might want a more personal touch in the art that surrounds your little one. (I still have my ultrasound printout framed in her room). That’s why I particularly...

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BOB gets into the stroller accessory game and the kids aren’t complaining a bit.

Toddlerhood is a mover and shaker kind of lifestyle, which is probably why our first lower budget stroller wore out its welcome fairly quickly, and our replacement umbrella stroller is handy–but not souped-up enough for a long day bopping around. It seemed the timing was right to find a ride to fit our new lifestyle and we have with the BOB Revolution SE, launched just last year. Is it right for you too? Because they’ve got a sweet new accessory that might sweeten the deal. The newest addition to the BOB Revolution line that kids will undoubtedly appreciate as...

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123’s with Orla Kiely

London designer Orla Kiely has had me under her spell for a few years now. I have always found her patterns and designs bursting with life, color, energy and a wonderful sense of playfulness. Orla has shown her love to mommies before with her gorgeous line of diaper bags. Now, she has gone even further catering to our little ones with her two new baby books. Orla Kiely’s Colors and Orla Kiely’s Numbers are board books featuring Orla’s signature shapes and patterns–stems, flowers, cars, pears and beyond.  The books are rewarding to fans and are delight to the child’s...

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There are pop-up books for kids. Why not pop-up clothing?

Who doesn’t love an old fashioned pop up book? For Jane of the Etsy shop Little Blue Frogs, her childhood love of pop up books resurfaced when she had kids of her own, and lucky for us, her fascination resulted in a crafty and completely adorable collection of Pop Up t-shirts for baby.  Nature-loving parents can choose from designs like puffy clouds and sun or a leaf and ladybug while hipsters can indulge in the retro record album and music note combo. I personally can’t decide which one I like best, but even this music lover finds the cloud...

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Earth Day Pick – Eco friendly wooden toys

On Earth Day or any day, I love the feeling a wooden toy creates; fresh, clean and perfect for a creative little mind. It’s no secret we are fans of Little Sapling’s all-natural wood toys. Now the husband and wife team, Nick and Kimber, have done it again with this charming little piece just added to their collection. The wooden toy camera makes it pretty obvious why the Christensens have the top selling toy shop on Etsy. (Not that we don’t have other favorites, of course.) It’s an excellent, original gift idea for the kid who has everything or for your...

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Keeping it clean

Sippy cup: check. Snacks: check. Wipes: darn tootin’. This is my leaving the house with a toddler checklist, and they come even before my own sunglasses and lip gloss. If wipes are still one of your must-haves when you head out, then, this nifty new carrying case for them can’t hurt. This adorable and bright wipes case by Funktion is both handy and cute. This bag comes from Mommassentials, a new line of mom and baby goods designed to fit a not so frilly family lifestyle. As a woman drowning in princess accoutrements, I am thankful.  We road tested...

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On International Women’s Day, give the gift of education

Today, is International Women’s Day. And hey, we’re women! Which makes it a pretty big deal to us. It’s so easy to take for granted that we can live and work in the land of the free, and hard to imagine how women have it in other countries, where education is discouraged and dreams of careers are nothing but. So I’m so happy to learn about Vittana, an amazing non-profit with a global campaign that we’re happy to help support, especially today. Vittana has raised over $1.5 million for ambitious students from countries like Bolivia, Peru, Vietnam, Paraguay and the Philippines who desperately...

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Wonder pets for the walls.

Ok, say it with me…. Awwww. A huge pet peeve of mine when it comes to kid décor is the overabundance of safari and other unoriginal animal themes. However, thanks to the new Animal Print shop from animal photographer extraordinaire Sharon Montrose, I’m a convert. Baby animals for your baby’s room? Perfect fit. Commercial photographer Sharon Montrose blended her passions for photography and animals, becoming the go-to pro for animal photography and we can see why. Her new publicly available series the Little Darlings are incredible individual intimate close ups of baby lions, tigers, bears and a variety of other...

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Get your popcorn ready: New York’s International Children’s Film Fest is Coming.

Film fans in the New York area are preparing for the New York International Children’s Film Festival and we are too! Over the past 15 years, the NYICFF has become a huge family event, and a great chance to expose our kids to more than 100 films from 34 countries, that obviously go beyond your usual big box-office fare. If you’re thinking about going (and make your reservations now, it sells out!), the festival runs from March 2-25. And if you need some help figuring out what to see and what your kids will love, we’ve got the scoop–straight...

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