Tag: Asian

If the shoes fit…

Having three kids means I also have a lot of shoes sitting by my front door. Aside from the fact that the messy pile is probably bad enough to give the president of the neighborhood association a minor heart attack, I’m also pretty tired of tripping on them every time I walk past. Which might explain why I am in love with the look of the adorable Japanese shoe racks over at My Sweet Muffin. In love. They aren’t just ridiculously cute. They’re also brilliant. Four pairs of shoes where I’d otherwise fit one. Perfect. I think I need...

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Boots! Boots! B-O-O-T-S!

“Made in China” isn’t necessarily a selling point these days. Unless you’re the founder of Kazowe Shoes. And you’ve designed and manufactured those adorable kids shoes and boots specifically so your own children, adopted from China, can retain some ties to their homeland. [don’t miss an exclusive discount code after the jump!] In addition to having a backstory that a mom like me wants to support, the funky, stylish shoes from Kazowe, all adapted for Western tastes from Eastern styles, are the kinds your kids will fall for hard. The Kazowe Fall Rider Boots are the star of the...

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Egg-cellent lunchbox idea

In light of our recent peanut butter alternatives post, I’ve been really thinking about other ways to get protein into my kids at lunchtime, whether it’s school mandated or not. They’re hot-and-cold on hard-boiled eggs, but I’m wondering if this fun little doodad I just spotted might give them a nudge in the right direction. You just pop a freshly hard-boiled egg into the Japanese Egg Shaper, let it cool in cold water for ten minutes, and suddenly you’ve turned a boring old egg into a cute fish, car, heart or star. And as any parents know, if it’s...

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Hello Kitty BabyLegs. Prepare to squee in Japanese.

If you don’t yet know how awesome BabyLegs are, we’re happy to remind you every few months or so. They not only respect the accessibility of the onesie and keep little legs warm in heavily air conditioned places, but diaper changes are a breeze. Now we’ve got one more reason to love them: The all new Hello Kitty collection. The Hello Kitty BabyLegs are not only cute and sweet, but practical, too. Any of the seven styles will funky up any outfit, but without interfering with the business at hand. You know, the free wheeling crawling kind. Plus she...

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How to help Japan–and make dinner–with a beautiful new cookbook

I feel fortunate to have three kids who absolutely love sushi and will attack a plate of it as if it is a pile of french fries. But beyond that, I haven’t cooked much Japanese food at home–I am pretty sure they’d love the noodles, the crispy panko-crusted meats and, of course, the chance to eat with two sticks. But that may change, now that there is a gorgeous new cookbook which makes traditional Japanese cooking accessible for families to create in their own homes. And your purchase can also help Japanese families recover from the recent natural disasters. PEKO...

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What’s up, doc? Baby gifts for the Year of the Rabbit.

Today starts the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac, and after last year’s “Year of the Tiger”, I’m more than ready to settle down with something a little more cuddly and sweet. This means our kids will roar less, right? To commemorate the start of the year 4709, I’ve dug up a bunch of adorable Chinese New Year gifts for the little bunny in your life — or any that may hop your way before the year is done. -Christina Gotta love the little buck teeth on Colette Kids’ Beta Bunny Onesie (at top), and the bright red color...

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Crafty gifts for kids with an artist’s eye

Kids need a little ink too. (No, not tattoos. We may be hip and fashion-forward, but we’re not crazy.) I’m talking about the kind of ink that creates together time, yields beautiful artwork, and teaches an interesting lesson. The all-in-one handy sumi-e painting kit by the award-winning art educators at Eye Can Art provides everything you need to share the art of Chinese brush painting with your kids. Even better: no needles are involved. Sumi-e, also known as Chinese brush painting, is the ancient art of capturing an image with carefully controlled brush strokes. You’ve probably seen them on the...

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What’s new is what’s old

What is it about vintage prints that I am so drawn to? Maybe it’s that the quirky quality, mixed with a nostalgic feel just make happy when I see them. Now there’s an online shop that taps directly into that feeling an an extensive collection of vintage and retro-inspired imported Japanese fabrics. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] Girl Charlee was actually a child’s clothing boutique we adored, and mourned when it closed, but now owner Heather Peterson has reopened its doors just for you crafters and stitchers out there. I say “you,” as, sadly, I am...

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Hello Kitty gets in on the pop-up store craze

Is it wrong that I’m still a little obsessed with Hello Kitty? If it were up to me, I’d still wear those HK barrettes I had from the third grade. But, alas, I’m a grown-up now (ish). Well, this holiday season, I’m going to indulge myself in full-on Hello Kitty nostalgia as Sanrio celebrates its 50th anniversary. In honor of the big 5-0, Hello Kitty and her friends will be traveling around the country in a trailer festooned with graphics of all the Sanrio characters from over the years, including my other fave, Keroppi Keroppi. Small Gift, the mobile...

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Not just a nightlight, a magic nightlight. Magic, I tell you!

My kids are in that nightlight phase right now. (They’re also in a Silly Bandz phase, a make me a sandwich and then I won’t eat it phase, and a fighting about who gets to drink out of which princess cup phase. But that’s besides the point.) So when I see something that calls itself a magic nightlight, how can I not check it out? The magic nightlight spotted at Chloe in Style is not one for the eco-istas out there, but it is one for those who covet quirky little Japanese bits of random coolness. It’s like your...

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