Category: Around the House

Trend alert: Balloon dogs!

Jeff Koons may have popularized the balloon dog as pop art icon, but as a figure in so many of our own childhoods, its no wonder we’re starting to see all kinds of artists and brands finding inspiration in them. Here are a few super cute balloon dogs that are finding their way into home decor and modern design. Balloon dog wall decals? Magical! These, from CMP fave Wall Candy Arts, look like they’re floating around the room. The set comes with all five colors that you can reuse and reposition. And the best part–no long line of other...

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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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If toddlers could write poetry, it would go something like this

Poems about children and parenting can be kind of, um, hit or miss. Whether it’s too saccharin or just too earnest, I’m not sure–all I know is that it often leaves me vaguely uncomfortable. (And I was a creative writing major!) Not the case with To What Miserable Wretches Have I Been Born? Revenge Poetry for Babies and Toddlers. Although you might have guessed that from the title. Written by Suzanne Weber–also known as Anita Liberty, the author of books such as How to Stay Bitter Through the Happiest Times of Your Life–it’s a book of poetry from your baby...

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Double Time: Raising twins with hilarity

I’m a big fan of Jane Roper, because I love any author who is willing to laugh at herself. Since 2007, Jane has been baring her soul for the world and now, she lets us into the nitty gritty details of raising twins with a fantastic new book that will speak to all mothers. Presenting Jane Roper’s new Double Time: How I survived–and mostly thrived through the first three years of mothering twins. No issue is off limits, and this is what makes it so endearing. It’s as if you are sharing a good laugh with an old friend–with a...

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Somewhere over the rainbow

Rainbows are a classic design staple.  When I was a little girl, my entire room was decorated in rainbows, which might have been a little too much, come to think of it.  But one here and there adds color and whimsy. This hand painted rainbow wall shelf is a not-so-distant cousin of the handmade cloud shelf from the same artist, and it’s simply adorable! More than just decor, it offers storage and a place to display your child’s favorite books and knicknacks–up to 75 pounds of them.                                   The cloud detail on each side of the shelf isn’t just...

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Hey kid, your underwear goes here!

On most days, I don’t even know why I bother folding and putting the kids’ clothes away because the drawers just end up in complete shambles. Forget even trying to maintain any level of organization within a drawer, I’m lucky if the underwear doesn’t end up with the tees with the single socks. That is, until I found these handy little stickers that have completely changed our lives. All for just $5. Ever since I started using the I-Know-Where-It-Goes drawer stickers, I’ve had no issues with the kids getting themselves dressed and even better, putting their clothes back where they belong....

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Original art for you or the kiddos. Maybe both. At the same time.

Our love of Minted goes way back to their inception. A card shop that’s all about supporting indie artists? Right up our alley. Of course their roster of artists is so talented, it was only a matter of time before customers started asking for their artwork in slightly bigger sizes than your average greeting card. Say, wall art size? And behold–here they are. The new original art prints at Minted range from stylish and modern, to romantic abstractions, some original photography, even quotes that you won’t mind hanging on a kitchen wall or over a desk. It’s a lot...

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I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag – bring tissues and optimism

I’ve known Jennifer Gilbert a long time. Long before she was an author. Long before she was a high-powered party planner to the stars. Long before she was a mom. And long before she was a Real Housewife of NYC–the “nice” one who wasn’t trainwreck-y enough to make it past one season. Even so, I never knew that all these years, she’s harbored a huge, horrible secret. [Don’t miss more about the book after the jump – plus the chance to win one of two really amazing giveaways. REALLY amazing.] As it turns out, Jennifer was the anonymous New...

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Light the way for someone you love

When is a candle not a candle? When it becomes a vessel for love, hope, and even water. That’s when. If you love gifts that keep on giving, gives that give back, and gifts that are made by hand with love, then we’d like to introduce you to glassybaby. glassybaby is the brainchild of Lee Rhodes, mother of three and survivor of a rare type of cancer who discovered glass and glassblowing while trying to find a few moments of serenity during her fight with cancer. After learning that the warm light emanating from hand-blown glass helped lift the...

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6 cool picnic essentials for a Mother’s Day in the park

Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays and not just because my boys spoil me silly with kisses. It hits at the best time of year when the weather turns warm, the flowers bloom and the farmer’s market begins showing signs of bounty. If your mama is a breakfast in bed kind of lady, check out our easy recipes for a make-ahead Mother’s Day brunch. Otherwise, so long as the sun is shining, why not celebrate Mother’s Day with a laid back picnic. Grab your mama, some bread and cheese, and these 7 picnic essentials to celebrate al...

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