Tag: animals

Tips for taking your baby to the zoo: A celebration of motherhood firsts

This post is part of our year long series celebrating our favorite milestones and motherhood firsts on behalf of babyGap and their new Red Wellies Collection. Some of our fondest memories of our own children are taking them to the zoo for the very first time. There’s hardly a child whose eyes don’t light up seeing their favorite animal from picture books in real life for the first time, hearing the sound of the monkeys, or watching the sea lions underwater from behind glass. [above: stuffed elephant via kaleidescope stitches] Here are just a few tips to help make your first...

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Mr. Sharky says lights out: switchplate covers with big personality

Light switches are boring. Mostly. But thanks to our clever friends at Graphic Spaces, we’ve now got these fun switchplate covers in shapes like owls, octopi, and a rocket ship. So it’s a little more fun to turn off the lights for bed. “Mr. Shark says it’s bedtime…or else!” also has a nice ring to it. You know how much we love it when a company we’re keen on surprises us with something new. Right now we’re digging the way Graphic Spaces’ knack for unique designs and heirloom quality wood translates into switchplate covers.  Each switchplate cover is handmade of...

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Storage so cute, you’ll be tempted to buy your kids more toys

We’re big fans of the clever, charming designs over at 3 Sprouts. I mean, have you seen their adorable warthog hoodie towels and their fun walrus bathtub storage caddy? Too. Cute. Well, 3 Sprouts has combined modern and playful once again–this time with a new collection of kids’ toy storage boxes. At my house, the kids’ playroom has a way of encroaching on the living room. I frequently find myself tearing hrough the house, stashing toys away just as guests are headed to the front door. That’s why I love these stylish storage boxes from 3 Sprouts. They’re both efficient–hey,...

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Whimsical animal prints served à la française

Our Bastille Day celebration continues with these stunning French animal prints that are perfect for a kids’ room, although I think I’d like them anywhere in my home. The Blackboard Animal French Prints at Etsy’s Eviva Prints are so striking, with that inky chalkboard-black background contrasting with the clever animal forms made from ephemera suggesting the description. So for example, Le lapin qui ecrit (the rabbit who writes–my own favorite) is made of old French postcards; The cat who sings is made of sheet music; The elephant who bakes has been cut from an old recipe; The horse who...

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A baby shower gift with bite

Babies are warm and cuddly and thinking about them helps us conjure up images of teddy bears and pillowy clouds. Well, unless you actually have one and you know that in reality, babies have more bite than we give them credit for. So for the next baby shower, opt for something with some edge, like these shark baby pajamas from Black Wagon. After all, aren’t babies really at the top of the food chain in a way? Plus, like sharks, babies have the ability to fascinate and frighten us all in the same breath. –Eva Hatley Shark Footed Coveralls are...

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Wonderful wooden blocks for multitasking kids

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Petit Collage here at CMP. It’s also no secret that we think wooden blocks are an absolutely perfect gift for occasions of all kinds and children of all ages. But when the two combine? Well, to say we’re excited would be an understatement. The new Safari Jumble from Petit Collage is a set of wooden animal blocks, a brainteaser puzzle, and stylish bedroom décor all rolled into one. Talk about multitasking. Nine wooden animals fit together just-so in a small wooden tray (don’t worry, the animal outlines are laser-etched right onto the tray,...

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Nice narwhal necklace!

Owls, foxes, hedgehogs. They’ve all had their day. But if you want to stand out from the creature crowd, we recommend narwhals. Not only are they adorable, but they’re the unicorn of the sea! And this one’s handmade…and way affordable. Which is pretty magical. The Narwhal Necklace from oneeyeddog on Etsy is hand-sculpted and painted with several layers of glimmering gold, making each one unique. The wee narwhal is around 1.5″ long and hangs from an 18″ gold-plated chain. We can’t promise the narwhal will actually be magic, although Vikings once traded their unicorn-like horns for gold. And did...

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Stock up on soap from method and save cute animals. We like!

As the happy owner to a sweet black lab who was once abandoned on the streets–and as a former animal rescue volunteer–I have a soft spot for any initiative that helps unwanted animals live a happier and healthier life.  This weekend, you can help those furry friends too by buying items you already need for your home. It’s so easy, that even those of you who normally sneeze when you come to my house can get in on the action. From now through Sunday, March 24, buy any of the method cleaners from Soap.com, and they will donate 15%...

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Home is where you hang your hat on a bunny

Need to get those coats off the floor? The bunny can help! In fact, there’s an entire menagerie ready to help keep things tidy. The source for these adorable coat hooks is Pomme, the superhip kids’ outpost in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Whether you go with the rabbit, cat, frog, or cow, each coathanger is about eight inches tall and four inches wide and made of enamel-coated metal with four round hooks. And each one looks just as trustworthy and earnest as the last. We adore these fine fellows, but keep in mind that while each coat hook is only $12,...

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Bathtub toy storage that’s the cutest ever. (Ever!)

There’s a walrus in my bathtub. Luckily, he’s a very tidy walrus and will be glad to store all of our bath toys for us. Plus, he has friends that are just as cute and helpful for wet toy storage. We love pretty much everything from 3 Sprouts, and now they’ve moved from bedroom and changing table storage solutions into the bathroom with these adorable new bath storage caddies. Whether you’re into blue walruses, orange foxes, or purple owls, each mildew-resistant organizer has a stretchy mouth for NOMing your toys and a suction cup to hang securely from tile...

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15 of the absolute cutest hedgehog gifts, all handmade

When we first started this site it was birds. Then owls. Then foxes. Now, neck-in-neck with the fox, the cutest animal trend to emerge is definitely hedgehogs. (Not that owls show any sign of going anywhere.) If you think the spiny mammal of the subfamily Erinaceinae is cuter than its Latin name might suggest, well I do too! So I’ve combed the web to share 15 of the cutest handmade hedgehog gifts, toys, tees, artwork and more, all at great prices. After all, they’re too adorable just to come out at night. –Liz Wooden Hedgehog Pendant by decoylab ($16)...

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It’s National Hat Day! Why not celebrate with a new hat?

Cover your noggins, people! It’s Hat Day, a tragically overlooked holiday, in my opinion. Here it is, January 15. And to my knowledge, there have been exactly zero fez parties planned, zero berets exchanged, and zero Viking helmet cards sent. A crying shame, particularly given how much we here at CMP like hats, hats, and more hats. And so in honor of National Hat Day, I’m going to let you in on two little hat secrets of mine. I’m talking hats so spectacular, you will get stopped in the streets daily by people wanting to know where you got...

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Rounding up the best mustaches for kids in honor of Movember

For the past few years, my husband has kicked off November cleanly shaven and ended it in full mustache-mode. I don’t even complain because he’s doing it for Movember, an annual worldwide mustache-growing fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for male cancer charities. So in support of all those men who are smack in the fuzzy middle of growing a mustache this month (and with empathy for us women who have to get used to kissing them in various prickly phases), we’ve rounded up some fun mustache-themed items for kids that will stick around long after the facial hair...

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Creature comforts

My first thought after seeing these handmade plush cameos and pillows was, “So cute that it hurts.” I mean, look at these faces! And shapes! I have a list of children that I want to make happy with these adorable creatures.                            Three Bad Seeds have created this collection of quirky and modern pillows. Each one is made from reclaimed, upcycled and repurposed linen and wool clothing. They cut every piece by hand and design its color combination according to the materials that they find locally. So cool!                                                     Look...

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Personalized animal art prints for every kid, from Althea to Zephaniah

Can’t find an “K is for Kunegunda” art print for your little one’s nursery? We’ve got just the thing. You can even add a special message for baby Kunegunda, if you’d like. Kustomizing is kool, you know. The Wee Alphas Personalized Prints from Wee Society are one of the most customizable options we’ve seen for high-quality baby name artwork. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a different adorable animal whose shape is a sly nod to the letter. But everything else on the print? Well, that’s up to you. (Yeah, I thought you’d like that.) You choose...

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Vampire shirts for halloween, hold the cheesy factor

Nope, it’s not Dracula. It’s not Edward, either. This little guy is waaaaay cuter (sorry, Team Edward). This shirt’s vampire is the real deal: a vampire bat. And he’s pretty adorable, for something that sucks blood. We’ve told you before how much we love the authentically depicted creatures on tees and onesies from BioME5, and this dashing fellow is no exception. Seriously, what could be cooler than a Vampire Bat tee, especially around Halloween? This stylin’ bat is anatomically correct, without a googly eye or hair bow to be found. I especially love that the words “Vampire Bat” are printed upside down on...

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Baby hats that will make you squee. (We won’t tell, promise.)

It has always been a fight to persuade my children to keep their winter hats on their heads. Even when the sky is dumping snow, I find their hats behind the couch and stuffed in coat pockets–anywhere but on their poor freezing heads. Thankfully, I’m hopeful this scenario is about to change. I’m thinking they might fall in love with these hats, just like I did. (I have a hunch you might, too.) You might recall that Cate and Levi is a longtime favorite of ours. Now they’ve gone from upcycled dolls and handmade wall art to these adorable...

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Oh my oh my oh dinosaur

If there’s one awesome baby gift for any kid at all anywhere, it’s a bunch of books to start his library. Which means if there’s one more awesome baby gift, it’s going to be a sturdy bookend that does more than just sit there and look pretty on the shelf. Or in this case, look fierce. The weighted faux leather animal bookends at Serena + Lily come in all sorts of fun animals, but I think the dinosaur bookend is my favorite. At his height he’d be perfect for holding up all those palm-sized board books the new mom...

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Crayons straight from the farm. In France. Via schoolbus.

Since a shiny new box of crayons is de rigeur for back to school season, I am loving this awesome set of crayons that might make a perfect “You’ll do great, honey!” gift for a new preschooler or kindergartener. And of course, her mom can borrow them too. The French-made Animal Crayon Set at Giggle is beyond cute. It’s those plastic based crayons (you know the ones) and not wax, so they’re not only semi-erasable, they’re great for keeping little hands–and your coffee table–clean. Yes, even if you use the piggie. –Liz Find the Animal Crayon Set and other...

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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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