Kids outgrow trends so fast, there’s something wonderful about animals, which our little kids love — and our tweens and teens too. So next up in our 2017 Back-to-School Shopping Guide, we’ve put together a selection of the absolutely most adorable animal themed school supplies we’ve seen. Whether you’ve got a preschooler obsessed with dinosaurs, a grade schooler who wants everything puppy, or a teen who relates to sea creatures and sloths (ha), check out this awwww-worthy, super cute animal gear and fun school supplies to make fall more fun. CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate Scottie Dog...Read More
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I think it’s safe to say that this is the year of Wonder Woman. Okay, so on this site, every year has been the year of Wonder Woman, but with the hit movie introducing her to a new generation, our kids are clamoring for Wonder Woman gear for back-to-school that celebrate both the classic cartoon superhero, and Gal Godot’s arse-kicking modern movie heroine. So this next post in our 2017 Back-to-School Shopping Guide is dedicated to all things Amazon Princess, from backpacks and lunch totes to school supplies and those fun little gifts that let us all tap into our...Read More
What’s better than safe, kid-friendly nail polish? Safe, kid-friendly nail polish you can wash off with water.
My daughter loves nail polish, but she’s not so crazy about taking it off once it starts to chip. As for me, I cringe a little when I soak her little kid fingers with strong nail polish remover. Because, chemicals. Right? So I love our latest discovery: Nailmatic kid-friendly nail polishes which promise to wash right off with water, and actually do. To be more specific, the package says to use soap and water, but I find it comes right off without much soap required. Plus, it goes on really smoothly, which means I can actually get the polish on my...Read More
Creative ideas to help little kids with school anxiety: 7 small items that can make a big difference.
Preschoolers or kindergarten students often feel really nervous about their first day of school. Or their first month of school. Even older kids may feel anxious about a new teacher, new friends, or just getting back into a more rigorous schedule after a long and lazy summer. While family discussions should help ease their worries, I also love the idea of giving kids a little gift that can help ease anxieties about going back to school, like these seven items I put together here. But hey, whatever works for your kid — that’s the very best idea of all....Read More
Australian brand Cotton:On Kids makes some really cool kids’ clothes, and they may have just outdone themselves with a new line of 100% cotton scratch n’ sniff tees, PJs, and accessories like a fun popsicle pencil case and jelly bags that all have this 70s child feeling really nostalgic. I mean, if I close my eyes, I can totally recall the smell of my album full of scratch n’ sniff stickers. Memories. Sweet, smelly memories. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Bitchen! Found totally tubular 80’s clothes for rad babies, like, yours, you know? The food graphics on the clothes and accessories actually...Read More
It would hardly be 2017 — or heck, the 21st century as a whole — without a look at the coolest unicorn school supplies as part of our annual back to school shopping guide. Because if there’s one theme our kids show no sign of getting tired of, it’s got to be unicorns. And we can hardly blame them. Hope there’s something here to make September a little more magical and a little more sparkly. If only we had saved our own Lisa Frank unicorn supplies from our own childhoods! CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate Related: 23...Read More
Attention muggles: we’ve just discovered the fidget spinner of your Harry Potter-loving kids’ dreams.They will love taking pretend-play to the next level with this totally on-trend Golden Snitch fidget spinner. Even if a real game of quidditch is still just out of reach. (Maybe.) Related: The danger of fidget spinners: Miniature death traps! Or…not. I’d say it’s just about the perfect reward for a kid finishing their first Harry Potter novel for summer reading; or a cool desk accessory for more (hi!) grown-up HP fans. It’s a limited edition fidget spinner, though, so order ASAP if you want your kid...Read More
One look at the short video of the color-changing rainbow unicorn mug in action and you will want it too. You may even scream, I WANT IT! like I did when Kristen sent me the link. Just pour in hot water and — magic — the mane slowly becomes a rainbow, while the unicorn’s eyes go blue. (Okay, so it’s not magic, it’s thermal reactivity, but really. When you think about it, isn’t science pretty much magic?) Related: The coolest rainbow unicorn gifts for kids and kids at heart The one catch: You have to order it from French...Read More
My daughter has been completely obsessed with Hamilton because she is a normal 2017 kid. And as an artist, she’s just as obsessed with these Hamiltones Hamilton crayons by Thespian Swag. Enough that she’s been forwarding me pictures of them for days. Now that I’ve finally clicked through…well, I get it! The dozen colors are so clever, including Alexander Hamil-tan and Burr’ple along with a green Your Daddy’s Got Money. But I admit I’m giving my own standing O to whomever came up with Maroon Where it Happens. Related: The best Hamilton party ideas: Decor, invitations, treats, and more. I’m hoping there...Read More
There are few better moments for traveling families than the day your child is ready to carry their own luggage through the airport! (Can I get a woot?!) I’ve put together some fantastic hard-side luggage for kids that makes for fantastic first-time luggage, whether they’re a tot or a young teen. I wanted options that were rugged enough for the beating kids can give all of their items, but something fun and cool enough that they’ll want to grab it before you can even ask them to yourself. Now that’s a win! CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate...Read More
When Hasbro’s new Star Wars: A Force Awakens Monopoly set came out in late 2015, fans discovered something was missing. Well, someone was missing: Rey. And one 8-year-old wasn’t okay with that. (And honestly, neither were we.) So Annie Rose Goldman wrote Hasbro a letter, which her mom tweeted to the company, explaining how critical it was to include Rey in the all-male token set. Without her, THERE IS NO FORCE AWAKENS! It awakens in her” she wrote, echoing so many of our own feelings. She ended her plea with: Girls matter! Boy or girl, who cares? We are all...Read More
It’s that time of year again: Shark Week! Which is a favorite of ours around here. And it’s become a bit of a tradition for us to round up our favorite shark picks for kids. This year, we couldn’t help but notice how many awesome kids’ shark shoes there are. (Seriously, do they make these in our sizes too?) So here are our very favorites. Be sure to snatch up a pair this summer. Just don’t go dangling them off any boats. At top: Joules Shark Flip Flops | Nordstrom CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Hey, swimmers! Scare your...Read More
Fans of the interactive children’s books from Hervé Tulle, Press Here and Mix it Up, now have another wonderfully charming, engaging book to add to their kids’ bookshelves in Say Zoop! Once again, children are asked to perform a series of tasks related to the graphic, primary color dots on the pages, starting with putting a finger on a blue date and saying OH! From there, it gets more zany and fun, as kids OH! and AH! their way through the pages in all kinds of ways until finally, ZOOP! — those primary colors combine to create a page full of dots...Read More
I mean wow! One bowl is made of woven grass. One bracelet is crafted from a parachute cord. And there’s so much more! These gifts are truly unique.Read More
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If you thought Michael Phelps racing a great white was the summer’s biggest shark-in-a-pool news, that’s because you haven’t seen this hot water accessory yet. Yes. It’s a wearable shark fin. We know our own aquaphiles will get themselves into a frenzy the second they see them, so be prepared if you’ve got a kid reading over your shoulder right now. Related: The coolest pool floats for the whole family (dibs on the chocolate donut) Just know the shark fins aren’t flotation devices, they’re scare-your-friends-in-the-pool devices, made with lightweight foamy material and adjustable straps to fit swimmers of all sizes....Read More
Since unicorns show no sign of going away — nor would we want them to — I couldn’t wait to share the most adorable baby gift ever: The soft, cuddly new unicorn hooded bath towel from Pottery Barn Kids. I saw it at a recent press event for all the new goodies coming out in time for holidays and uh, yeah. No way I was waiting until the holidays. Related: The coolest unicorn gifts for kids or kids at heart It would be such a jaw-dropper of a baby shower gift, or fabulous for your favorite toddler, especially when...Read More
Kids like rocks. Kids like painting. Kids like giving gifts. So it’s pretty brilliant for Creativity for Kids/Faber-Castell to come out with the brand new Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit which brings all three together. Admittedly on first glance I was like, okay, someone found a way to sell you rocks and paint. But then, I am a big fan of random acts of kindness. So the company sent over a press sample, and right away I could tell it was way more special. Not only does it come with everything you need including the brushes, but there are...Read More
If your kids are headed to sleepaway camp — or already there — you’re probably already planning out a great summer care package, filled with items your kids will love, to help ease the anxiety, keep them busy during quiet hours, help them make friends, or just make them even happier campers than they already are. But with a lot of camps banning the sugary stuff or discouraging food altogether, I know it can be hard to think of care package ideas besides gummi worms and Oreos. So I’ve spoken to our resident sleepaway camp parents, and we’ve put together...Read More
We discovered the cool parent-run company that creates personalized Lost My Name books for kids nearly four years ago, and became instant fans. From the gorgeous art to the compelling story, and the clever customization that makes every single book different, they remain one of our very favorite gifts for kids. Now they have two brand new stories to choose from — Kingdom of You and The Birthday Thief. Which means two more easy gift ideas that kids of all ages are going to love. (My kids will vouch for that.) Related: Personalized books that get kids with special needs in...Read More
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