Category: Helpful Services

Calling all you mama inventors

Are you one of those people who is always coming up with good ideas for products? In our support for you mama entrepreneurs and all the genius we seem from you in our inboxes every day, we thought we’d tip you off to a chance to audition for season for the PBS show, Everyday Edisons. They’re looking for people with ideas for kids toys, kids gear, and products for the home, kitchen and bath.  Got any? Go to Edison Nation and submit your idea and maybe you’ll be one of the ten inventors chosen for the show–meaning you’ll actually...

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Like a little box of Farmer’s Market sunshine delivered right to your door.

We are what you’d call foodies at my place, despite my sigOth absolutely hating that term. Whatever it means when your pantry is filled with lots of little jars, and you tend to have more kinds of mustards in your fridge than most supermarkets have, that’s what we are. So of course, we’re huge fans of Foodzie, the online marketplace for artisanal and handmade foods. They’ve just come out with a new service that I am ridiculously excited about. Especially in time for the holidays. Subscribe to the new Foodzie Gourmet Tasting Box and receive a monthly selection of...

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Kitchen Helper

I really enjoy cooking for my family. What I don’t enjoy are the non-cooking parts of cooking – deciding what everyone is going to eat, and all that chopping, mincing prep work. Well we just found a really revolutionary service that take those two items off the dinner menu. Dream Dinners, with storefronts in 30 states, is like your very own sous chef. You purchase a set amount of freezable meals online from up to 18 choices or so, then book the time you want to head in and assemble them. Choices this month include Cider Braised Chops, Toasted Pecan...

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The League of Extraordinary Nannies

I promise Sean Connery isn’t involved in this elite nanny placement service we just discovered. So that’s one point in its favor, right? There are a few more too, especially if you’re looking for extensively screened, college educated nannies who have a list of qualifications a league long. The Nanny League is pretty incredible in fact, in terms of screening and tracking down fantastic candidates. We’re talking CPR training, good swimmers, non-smokers, confidentiality agreements, and signing a no-cell-while-driving guarantee, not to mention background checks, drug tests, and reference reviews. There is no placement fee, but The Nanny League is...

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For some of us, 30 minute meals take about 20 minutes too long

I really do like to cook, but I also like to keep my meals simple. Especially since my family eats like a pack of wolves and the meal that took me an hour to make is gone in about 8 minutes. So I’ve decided that, at least a few times a week, I’m going onto Funny Spoon and making one of their super simple, ridiculously quick and tasty recipes. And I don’t have to run to the store to buy ingredients I’ve never heard of. For instance, no matter how easy everyone tells me it is to make regular...

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Custom Sigg bottles at Cafe Press. Copyright: You.

Remember when CafePress first launched? They offered what seemed to me like a whole lot of not much, onto which you could have imprinted your website logo or your dog’s photo. Because you know, everyone needs a dog photo lucite key chain. But there’s so much more now. First off, you can design your own SIGG bottles now, and right in time for back-to-school season. Indeed Sigg reusable water bottles had issues last year when their older bottles were recalled due to BPA concerns with the liners–and these aren’t those. For those of you still in the market for...

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Picky people holla! Then go cook with Yummly.

Although it makes my southern grandmother fan herself and say, Lawsy, I’m not much of a cook. When I do need a recipe, I hop on the internet and zap from recipe site to recipe site, trying to find just the right one. Oh, and it has to be dairy-free and be utterly devoid of capers, raisins, warm apples, or tuna.. But there’s a new site in town, and  it’s made just for picky people like me. Yummly is basically a match.com for recipes, meets food website search engine, with a little Yelp thrown in for fun. Here’s the...

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Tastebudding helps make mealtime my favorite time

Some like Epicurious, some prefer FoodNetwork.com. But me, I tend to head straight to Chef Google when I need help finding a specific recipe, even though it takes a decent amount of time to nail down something that’s quick, simple, and kid-friendly. But then I stumbled upon the new, fabulous recipe site Tastebudding and it’s completely changed my life–and my dinner table. The brainchild of parents Jon and Sharon Yeatman, this smart, well-organized website allows you to search for healthy recipes with only fresh, natural ingredients that are great for the whole family. Similar to many recipe sharing sites...

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Paperless Post gets thank you notes. Emily Post rejoices.

The thought of sending a note card via the internet would generally make my inner Emily Post faint, but after seeing the gorgeous new paperless thank you cards, from CMP fave Paperless Post, I think I can hear her applauding. Just as lovely as a real, life paper note or thank you card, the new beauties from Paperless Post are devoid of nothing but the actual paper. Well, and the gas used to power the planes, trains, and mail trucks. But who’s keeping track? However, what you do get is the thoughtfulness of a carefully chosen and pretty darn...

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There’s still time to wow Mom

Mother’s Day is creeping ever so close, and dads, you may have remembered to order flowers for your mom, but did you remember to do something awesome for the mother of your kids? (Sorry, dudes. That’s your responsibility, too.) Don’t panic! There’s still time to go create the perfect Mother’s Day video to show her how much you love her, over at Animoto. You choose the template, then upload your photos and choose what song the 30-second homage is set to use. Animoto takes care of the rest–the animation, the special effects, the complete wow factor. It’s easy, it’s...

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