Category: Around the House

A Calder mobile? No, more like a Mahler.

I still remember what it was like picking out the perfect mobile for my children’s nurseries. I wanted something modern and chic but that still felt whimsical and child-like. I also wanted something unique and original that every other nursery on my street did not have. Marco Mahler, a sculptor specializing in modern art mobiles and hanging kinetic art commissions, has created 32 airy mobile creations that seem like they are floating in space.  Some are colorful and bold while others are more simple and elegant. Marco uses a variety of materials including acrylic glass, foam and metal.  ...

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Personalized journals at prices as irresistible as the designs

We’ve been fans of Minted going way back to when we first discovered their gorgeous stationery and support of the indie designers who create them. We can’t tell you the number of notes we get from readers (okay, a lot) thanking us for introducing them to Minted. So we’re excited to be partnering with them again to showcase their amazing new custom journals and notebooks. Also, we’re offering a gihugic giveaway. Consider it our early Mother’s Day gift to you. [After the jump, don’t miss our favorite new designs, plus details about our $500 giveaway!] If you’re looking for...

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Organize your books from A to Zombie

Run, don’t walk, to get your hands on this sharp set of bookends. From Boneshaker to World War Z, you’ve finally got a place to keep your favorite books about how to survive the coming zombiepocalypse.  Not into zombies? That’s okay, too. This awesome Etsy shop offers cool bookends for book lovers of all stripes. Handmade and designed from solid steel by Knob Creek Metal Arts, these Zombie Bookends in hammered black cut steel would even be helpful in case of zombie attack. I mean, can you imagine facing the undead with those adorable balloon dog bookends we covered?...

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Treat.com: the best of ecards meets the best of real cards

Though I love the convenience of sending e-cards to those near and dear, there is still something special about getting an honest-to-goodness “real” card in the mailbox, especially on holidays like Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, I’m never, ever going to be that person who remembers to get to the card store on time, so I sheepishly type a meaningful happy whatever into my Facebook browser and hope that counts. For those of you like me, who want the convenience of an ecard with the specialness of a paper card, I think you’ll totally dig this new e-card site from the...

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From piggy banks to paychecks, one chapter at a time.

I’d prefer one dozen versions of the “where do babies come from” talk with my kids before I’d sign up for even one “and this is how money works” discussions. I can cheerfully rattle off twenty-seven slang terms for body parts, but ask me how something amortizes and I break out in hives. Piggy Banks to Paychecks: Helping Kids Understand the Value of a Dollar, written by accountant and financial consultant Angie Mohr, explains it all to help me explain it to my kids.      Each chapter focuses on an aspect of financial savvy, from learning how to explain earning,...

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The new Dyson Canister Vacuum – Watch the dust bunnies cower in terror

I had never given much thought about the old canister vacuum I used for years and years: It was a fair little vacuum with a dust-belching bag that I never remembered to replace, and a “retracting cord” feature had stopped retracting years before. But once my mother bought me a Dyson upright, like so many Dyson fans, I was converted immediately and never looked back. Can Dyson tempt me back to a canister with their latest offering? And, if you are still living in the dusty world of vacuum bags, is this the vacuum that will get you bagless? The...

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A four thousand-foot high classroom

Trish Herr takes homeschooling to an entirely new level. Instead of white boards, we are talking white peaks. Her children carry backpacks with more than just pens and pencils–think emergency supplies, whistles, and trail mix. In this very unique memoir, Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure, Trish details the challenges of signing on to an extraordinary adventure with her young daughter. Parents walk a fine balance these days. Between Helicopter Parents, Tiger Moms and Free Range Kids, it’s hard to know where you stand. The good news is that you don’t have to subscribe to any one parenting manual....

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You don’t have to love fairies to love this tooth fairy pillow

When a child loses the first tooth, it’s one of the greatest “becoming a big kid” moments we parents get to witness. I love how special that very first one is. So when things get wiggly, it’s fun to get prepared with something like a cool tooth fairy pillow. Sparkle Power has created these adorable Tooth Fairy pillows that will add to the tooth celebration. This pillow measures 6 x 6 inches with a small blue pocket on the front, which is the perfect size for holding a lost tooth and the money that the tooth fairy wishes to...

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The baby shower gift that’s definitely not for the baby

This year, I thought one of the more inspired picks in our Baby Shower Gift guide was the Keurig coffee maker. I figure for those moms who thrive on caffeine (or will, once they start to accept their new sleep patterns, or lack thereof), it beats a sixteenth receiving blanket. But even if you’re not a new mom–or a mom at all for that matter–there are a lot of reasons to consider one. We’ve been using the Keurig Platinum Brewing System at home for the last month, and truly, it couldn’t be easier. Plus, it’s already paid for itself,...

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So uh, we understand that sometimes new moms have questions?

How much allowance is too much? When can kids start playing video games? Will it kill them to eat dessert first? All important parenting questions, but the first few months (and really, for the first few years) you won’t care about much more than the basics. What I needed — and most new parents need, too — is some easy advice that can be read with both eyes at half mast. New mama Erin Bried, author of the advice-ful How To Sew A Button, went looking to seasoned moms for some solid, time-tested tips on soothing, feeding and general...

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