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The prettiest Chinese New Year craft brings good fortune all year long.

This Saturday marks the start to Chinese New Year, and we’ve found a fun craft for kids to celebrate in the prettiest way possible. Using these easy instructions at Handmade Charlotte, and just a few materials you probably have in your craft bin already, you can DIY Chinese New Year paper lanterns in any color combination you like, whether you choose traditional red and gold to symbolize good fortune, or your kids’ favorite colors. Related: How to make tea eggs with kids for Chinese New Year We love how easy this craft is for kids, although if you want the paper lanterns to...

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You’ve got to see this cool DIY dragon craft for Chinese New Year. So fun!

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to celebrate Chinese New Year with the kids this weekend, we have just the thing for you! This DIY craft from our friends at Alpha Mom imitates the fabulous street parade dragons we all know and love from Chinese New Year celebrations around the globe. I love the festive red and gold sparkles of this craft, and the slinky, slithery motion the dragon makes when assembled. Related: Easy dumpling recipes for Chinese New Year that kids can help make.  Click over for the easy-to-follow instructions; I love their BTDT tips to make it...

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Happy Year of the Monkey, baby. You’re intelligent, creative, and darnit, people like you!

Today starts the Lunar New Year, and lots of little Year of the Monkey babies are soon to be born. If not already. I’ve always loved Tree by Kerri Lee‘s beautiful wooden birth year blocks, which a make sweet gift for a special little someone. Handcrafted by artist Kerri Lee and featured in her sister’s Etsy shop, you can order these in three colors, all of which feature characteristics of a Year of the Monkey baby. I think they make such lovely, affordable keepsakes, whether the lucky recipient is super into the Chinese zodiac, or just appreciates the thoughtfulness of a...

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Festive Roots: Very cool craft kits for kids that help them be smarter global citizens too.

My kids can easily spend an hour at the kitchen table working on a good DIY project, so I’m always on the lookout for cool crafts kits that will pique their interest. Lately, it’s been the globally-minded kits from Festive Roots, which helps teach kids about cultural celebrations all across the world through crafting. Which is such a fantastic idea! Each kit includes three crafts inspired by a holiday from countries like China, India, and Mexico. The trunks come straight to your mailbox with everything — and I mean, everything — you’ll need to complete the craft. There’s no dreaded, Mom, where’s our glue stick? halfway through. The kit we...

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Web Coolness: Birdman interpreted by children, mom style secrets, and possibly the next big children’s author.

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Ready to laugh until you cry? Watch Michael Keaton and Jimmy Fallon reading children’s Birdman scripts. 10 Academy members reveal their Oscars votes. Get out your scorecard! Kristen shares some mom style tips and secrets that you don’t even have to be a mom to put to use. Liz has some brief thoughts on the 50 Shades of Grey movie. How to celebrate Chinese New Year without stereotypes. The next big children’s author: Pharrell? A ban on selfie sticks: Whatever will the world do?   New to our Indie...

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The coolest free printable Year of the Goat coloring page to ring in the Chinese New Year

For a little Chinese New Year celebration this evening, I’ll be tracking down some delicious take-out dumplings at my local Chinese food joint (in lieu of my Chinese mom’s amazing cooking, sniffle), and printing out a few copies of this free Year of the Goat printable coloring page that I know my kids will love. What a cool, modern design to bring the Chinese Zodiac to life–which trust me, is pretty hard to find, if you’ve ever searched for free Chinese New Year printables. All you need is your printer, some crayons, and you’ve got a fun, simple way to share a cultural experience with your kids....

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8 of the coolest Year of the Sheep baby gifts for your little lamb

I’ve always loved the Chinese Zodiac and not just because I’m a Chinese American. I am fascinated by the history of the signs and their meanings. So with the Chinese New Year just a couple of days away, we thought it would be fun to round-up cool Year of the Sheep baby gifts. If you happen to be expecting a little baby lamb (we’ll go with the lamb instead of the ram) in 2015 or know someone who is, here are some wonderful Year of the Sheep baby gifts to help celebrate. Kung Hei Fat Choi!   The beautiful knit dolls from BlaBla Kids have...

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Easy dumpling recipes for Chinese New Year that kids can help make. We predict a very tasty Year of the Sheep.

What better way to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year than with a crafty project that you can easily do with kids? And, yields dumplings! If you hit the kitchen with the kids to make one of these six  easy dumpling recipes for Chinese New Year, the results of your labor will not only be delicious, but dinner will be done too. Now that’s a fortuitous start to the new year. Oh, and none of them are lamb dumplings. We want to honor the sheep here, not necessarily eat one. Of course all of the recipes here can be made with...

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Happy Year of the Horse: How to celebrate Chinese New Year at home

Growing up as an Asian American kid, the Chinese New Year was a pretty big deal with my family. I admit that I’ve let that tradition go a bit as I’ve gotten older, but it’s so fun for kids to discover how to celebrate Chinese New Year at home, whether you’re of Asian heritage or not. Here is a ton of inspiration for ringing in the Year of the Horse with your own kids. GIFTS If someone you know is welcoming a Year of the Horse baby this year, Tree by Kerri Lee’s Chinese Zodiac Birth Year Boxes (pictured above) have...

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The coolest gifts for Year of the Snake babies

Happy Chinese New Year, mamas! I have to admit that I’ve always loved the Chinese Zodiac and it’s not just because I’m Chinese American. There’s just such a fascinating history behind each of the animal signs and what they mean. Now if you’ve got a little Year of the Snake baby or are expecting one, here are some wonderful gifts to help celebrate. Kung Hei Fat Choi! I’ve been a long time fan of Tree by Kerri Lee, whose Chinese Zodiac gifts, like the Birth Year Blocks, are simply gorgeous. We received one of her birth year wooden music boxes for our youngest and...

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Web Coolness – Valentines ideas, Chinese New Year with Kids, and some required reading for parents

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!  Need to get ready for Valentine’s Day? Don’t miss our huge Valentine collection of cards, gifts, treats, and other goodies to love. And don’t miss our Valentine’s tech gift picks too! Think you’ve seen enough winter? Wait until you see this other-worldly winter wonderland at the International Ice and Snow Festival. Does Valentine’s Day give you and your spouse a reminder to reconnect? Today is National Girl Scout Cookie Day: Those of you in New York City can even follow...

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The Year of the Snake: coming soon to a shoe near you

You’d have to know that the Chinese Year of the Snake, which starts on February 10, would be the perfect excuse for designers to get down with some snakeskin prints. Which is perhaps why we’re starting to see the print everywhere, including this one unexpected place: the Converse shop. The Chuck Taylor Year of the Snake line includes some really fabulous styles for both women and men in the Converse “Premium” category. In other words, $100 sneakers. But what awesome $100 sneakers they are. The pricey ones are real snakeskin on a leather upper (I’m crushing on the tawny...

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5 cool ways to ring in the Year of the Dragon

Happy Chinese New Year, mamas, or as my Chinese relatives say: Kung Hei Fat Choi. I’m doing a little extra celebrating this year because it’s the Year of the Dragon, which just so happens to be my own Zodiac sign. For those of you with babies being born this year, or kids who just want to get into the spirit, I’ve rounded up a bunch of cool gifts, crafts, books, and cards to help you and your kids celebrate The Year of the Dragon right along with me. I’m a huge fan of Tree by Kerri Lee, whose Chinese...

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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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Web coolness – Valentines treats, heart-y crafts, and hostess gifts

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Tutorial for a spectacular Valentine’s Crossword cake from i am baker (shown). Not for beginners, but wow. An easier option: spelling out L.O.V.E. with candy. Cool Valentine’s Day cards for kids from Kristen–all free of licensed characters! This Design Blahg post on bangin’ hostess gifts is not only handy–it’s hilarious. Have you entered the Handmade Olympics yet? Do it! It’s awesome! Chinese New Year is coming up – here are some fun craft projects for the Year of the...

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Web Coolness – Displaying your kids art work, and your own pregnant belly

Here’s some stuff we’ve liked reading this week and we hope you will too. Design Sponge has a post on three great ways to display your child’s artwork. Parent Dish describes a new desensitization treatment program currently in clinical trials that gives hope for parents of children with peanut allergies. Foodies and wannabes will love this post at Leites Culinaria from mom and cookbook author Pat Tanumihardja putting together an awesome Chinese New Year meal for her family…or did she. Boston Mamas tips us off to this eco-minded, family friendly vacation idea that we would die to experience, right...

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It’s the Year of the Tiger (it’s the cream of the fight…)

I may not have an ounce of Chinese in my heritage, but I still love baby gifts that reflects the Chinese zodiac. With the Chinese New Year starting The Year of the Tiger today, I’ve put together some of my favorite tiger-themed baby gifts. And a fun giveaway too! Tigers on clothing abound, but I prefer them to be more cartoon-cute than Ed-Hardy wild, which is why I have a soft spot for Colette Kids’ Organic Cotton onesie. It’s also available as a tee-shirt for bigger kids. We at CMP have long been fans of Oliver Chin’s Chinese New...

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