Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Crayons become tiny works of alphabetical art. Amazing! Did you see our brand-new and super amazing (if we do say so ourselves) Baby Shower Gift Guide? Don’t miss all the great picks, and the chance to win $500 from Gap! That bittersweet moment when growing-up-kids stop believing in “magic.” We parents of tweens wish this clever app for parents was more than an April Fool’s joke. Hilarious! No, this one isn’t a joke, and it’s not from 1952: New Study Says Dads Want Moms...Read More
Custom artwork is such a sweet gift and keepsake. These pretty, hand-embroidered hoops are affordable, unique, and light enough to hang over the crib without worrying about concussing those squishy little babies. The personalized embroidery and felt hoops from Blue Without You on Etsy are an adorable and customizable pop of pretty for your wall, starting at only $20. Really! Each design is available in colors of your choice on a four- or six-inch embroidery hoop with pretty paper backing. Select from flowers, trees, arrows, pennants, and clouds raining hearts and add your favorite word–or baby’s name. Or just...Read More
There’s something about wallpaper that feels like more of a commitment than paint. Maybe it’s the glue. Maybe it’s the hours of labor spent lining it up juuuust right. But I think I’ve found a cute wallpaper idea that might be worth the investment. The new i see you wallpaper from Cavern is covered in black googly eyes on white paper. That’s it. Sounds kind of weird, right? That’s just until your kids have at it with an array of rainbow-colored crayons. (Uh, just make sure they’re old enough to understand exactly which walls of the house they can draw on.)...Read More
In a world dominated by explosions, CGI, and overly detailed movie posters, we’re loving this affordable collection of posters with an iconic and refreshing spin on our favorite films — and our favorite films to share with our kids. We fell braid over umbrella for these minimalist fairy tale posters for kids at Society 6, and now we’re digging on a similar collection by Hyl& Design pairing famous and beloved films with the alphabet. From movies you love watching with your kids, like My Friend Totoro, Charlotte’s Web, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, to movies that still give you nightmares,...Read More
Decorating Easter eggs is a tradition in our household, but after doing it the same way for over ten years, we’re thinking of changing things up. Instead of dropping white eggs into colored dye, I’ve rounded up a bunch of non-dye Easter egg decorating ideas that look fun (and pretty easy) to do with the kids. So grab your hardboiled eggs, your wooden crafting eggs, or even your vegan-friendly ceramic eggs from EggNots and get cracking. I mean, crafting. –Christina Grab a few rolls of colorful tape, and that’s all you’ll need to recreate Washi Tape Easter Eggs from...Read More
Web Coolness: art on a plate, awesome Easter and Passover ideas, and calling a truce to the “Mommy Wars”
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Check out artist “RED” Hong Yi’s Instagram project, where she will create a mini work of art on a plate every day this month. Wow. If you’ll be celebrating Passover, love this post and comments with Tips for a Successful Family Seder. Our editor Liz takes issue with the media’s constant talk about the “Mommy Wars”, and what we should be talking about instead. Do you agree? We’re thrilled to see one of our own editors–and lots of women we...Read More
I’m a big fan of everything from Strange Birdy Studios, so I was excited to hear that they’ve expanded their My First Year Poster range to include some gorgeous limited edition colors, as well as a customized version. There are five new color combinations available, each one cooler than the next. And for a really special new baby gift, there is also a customizable version of the poster. Imagine how much a new mama would love a poster with her precious baby’s name and birthdate printed right on it. These posters are so great for busy parents (which...Read More
We love it when geek goes chic. These gorgeous posters are a great way to bring your obsession with Doctor Who to the walls with style. Whichever Doctor is your favorite–I’m a David Tennant girl myself–it can be hard to find geeky posters that still have major style and work with your decor. Thankfully, those talented Etsy artisans are here for you with a rainbow of Gallifreyan goodies. The adorable Dalek & Tardis poster, for example, is available in almost any color you like, printed on nice, heavy satin paper. Pop that baby in an IKEA frame, and you’ve...Read More
Web Coolness: Art from breakfast food, empowering books for girls, and Sesame Street’s major milestone
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Cracking up over these famous works of art created out of breakfast food. These ten empowering books for girls are ideal for starting a mother-daughter book club with your tween. Knowing when to hit delete: From our editor Liz, a must-ready post about life and our many relationships, whether you’re a parent or not. More fun with cardboard, this time to create an impressive play kitchen! Loving Mermag’s new site, especially those sweet newborn photos. Congratulations to Sesame Street for...Read More
If you’re a LEGO fan, a fine art photography fan, a kid, or just a cool adult (which, of course you are) you’re going to flip over this exhibit. Nathan Sawaya, an inspiring LEGO sculptor, has put his talents together with those of photographer Dean West to create the InPieces Collection currently on display at New York’s OPENHOUSE gallery. And wow, is it cool. Look closely at the photos, and you just may catch a dog, a beach flip-flop, an umbrella, a fluffy white cloud, or even an entire red gown on a woman made out of LEGOs,...Read More
I love big, sculptural statement jewelry–especially rings. So this designer is now ranking high on my want-list. This gold “diamond” ring from San Francisco’s Fathom and Form is calling my name. Loudly. They make such spectacular architectural, 3-D jewelry, but I love the simplicity of the design, the subtle rock n’ roll styling, the unapologetic size. Mom jewelry? Not even. It’s not cheap, but the quality is amazing. Or for nearly half the price, you can grab it in silver instead. I just know it’s the kind of super special piece you can wear and without even a single...Read More
When I first decorated my baby girl’s room years ago, I designed it around a giant, kitschy vintage poster that I had owned for years. It was a surprising, fun focal point–and it sure made it easier to narrow down the six zillion options for crib sheets. So I nearly flipped when I found this site which features printable vintage posters–all free! Aptly named Free Vintage Posters, the selection is pretty amazing, to the tune of more than 500 free printables. I especially love the foreign language ones, but they’re all so wonderfully fun. How cool would a vintage...Read More
Although I’m a passionate lover of words, I’m in love with this gorgeously illustrated picture book for kids that tells an entire story about friendship, acceptance, and beauty. . . without a single word. Flora and the Flamingo is pure delight for the young (and young-at-heart.) Even if your kids don’t typically adore all-things-pink, or don’t have a yearning to be a ballerina, you’ll find that this book is so much more than that. The story shows little Flora beside a tall, proud flamingo. She immediately tries to copy his poses, until the cheeky bird squawks at her, which...Read More
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Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for fun finds like this daily. 1.Turning Instagram photos into artwork just got easy and affordable. 2. The most hilarious baby hats we’ve seen? Entirely likely! 3. A gorgeous handbag in one of the season’s hottest colors. Want! 4. The ultimate road trip coloring book for kids. Especially loooooong trips. 5. Okay, can’t stop laughing at this one. Are we just hopelessly...Read More
There are so many options for decorating your new baby’s nursery walls with gorgeous artwork, from custom posters to colorful growth charts to giant wall decals. And now I’ve just found another amazingly creative option that you have to see to believe. Marcelle Crosby’s Folded Paper Dresses look like large-scale origami pieces made of folded maps and other cool-looking printed paper. Measuring about 17 inches in length, I would’ve loved to hang the Miss Paris Pink dress in my daughter’s nursery. It would have had me dreaming of crepes and the Louvre during those 3AM nursing sessions. If you’re...Read More
Dinosaurs: they’re timeless, they’re great for both boys and girls, and now they can liven up a child’s room without ruining the walls. We’re digging these three new sets of decals that can turn any kid’s cave into a strange new world. Oh, and one includes Godzilla. We’re big fans of the mod, hip collaboration between Blik wall decals and Babybot design, which is why we just had to show you their three newest dinosaur creations. There’s the straight-up dino collection of Strange New World. And then you can add the slightlier wackier (and more purple!) creatures of Crash...Read More
I’ve been a long time fan of artist and designer Marisa Anne Cummings of Creative Thursday, who’s created some of the beautiful artwork, growth charts, and calendars seen on these here pages. So when I finally got my hands on her new book to help you get your creativity on too, it met every expectation. Boy, I love this book. The thing I love most about Creative Thursday: Everyday Inspiration to Grow Your Creative Practice is that it isn’t really just about illustrating or painting or for professionals or people who have their own “crafting rooms.” Really, it’s for...Read More
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)...Read More
We love it when princesses don’t need saving. But we’re also big on seeing what happens when the genders are reversed in classic fairy tales, turning princesses into dames in shining armor. So if you love empowered women, we think you’ll fall for these gorgeous illustrations, too. I discovered the work of Yudi Chen on tumblr and had to find out more. As it turns out, she’s an illustration student at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her Gender-Reversed Fairy Tales series is available on Society 6 in the form of prints, framed prints, or stretched canvas. I...Read More
Funky t-shirts are my kids’ uniform. Since my boys share clothing, I need a material that can stand up to my kids’ rugged routines. Oh, and eco-friendly threads are always welcome. Now imagine all this, complete with cool designs created by artists with special needs to support great causes. Yeah, I’m excited too. I am in love with Paper Clouds Apparel. The sweet guitar you see here was designed by an artist with special needs. For every purchase of a bamboo or cotton blend t-shirt printed with organic paints, 50% of all proceeds go directly to a rotating charity–currently...Read More
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