I was never a musical crib mobile kind of parent. And now that there are so many options for piping in lovely music into a child’s room — as in, lovelier music than that tinny awfulness in most crib mobiles — I love the idea of just a simple, pretty crib mobile that you can hang above a crib or changing table to dazzle a baby and lull her to sleep the old fashioned way. I just discovered an Etsy artist called Wonderfeltland who is doing the cutest things with handmade felt baby mobiles. Check out the selection from...Read More
Cool handmade Halloween costumes for kids that can be worn long after Halloween. Like everyday if you’re our kids.
We’ve been huge fans of designer Courtney Chu of Courtney Courtney since she launched her fabulous dresses maaaaany years ago, but these handmade Halloween costumes for kids might just take the cake. Courtney brilliantly upcycles t-shirts into dresses our own girls have loved and worn for a very long time. They’re stylish, comfortable, and wow, do they last. And now just in time for Halloween, she’s got these fantastic Halloween-inspired dresses, along with ideas on how to make them actual costumes. So smart! It’s hard to pick a favorite but I’m partial to Animal from The Muppets, which ironically is exactly what...Read More
Once again, Martha Stewart has announced her American Made competition finalists and I always love supporting them. It’s such a great platform for smaller, indie makers to get more exposure, especially those producing wonderful products right here in the U.S. There are pages of 2015 finalists you guys! If you need a little help knowing where to start, here just a few (very few) of the dozens and dozens finalists who stood out to me in the categories of crafts, design, food and style. I’m sure I missed plenty more that I adore. In fact, let me know in comments if you have a favorite...Read More
Sometimes you just see some random thing that you didn’t know you were looking for at all and say okay, now I want that. But in the case of the fun music genre pillow covers from Quirk & Rescue, I also get to okay, I want to carry those in our Indie Shop. So now you can want them too. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. I’m totally smitten with these colorful pillows that proclaim your love for pop, funk, rock, disco or punk, or possibly...Read More
Decorating the nursery ain’t what it used to be; the lace and bows and safari animals of nursery decor past have made way for emerging indie artists who are creating vibrant, fun, original designs for stylish parents who want more selection. We are are always on the lookout for something new and special, which is just what I found in the whimsical handmade baby bedding and beyond at Madly Wish. Related: The sweetest and sassiest new swaddle blankets, from bunnies to birds to zoonicorns Madly Wish hails from a mother of five who saw that while there was plenty of chic nursery bedding out there, none of it seemed as durable as...Read More
When you are pregnant or have a new baby, you are suddenly super aware of all the ingredients in everything you put in and on your body. Decoding labels can be a chore and while we’re all for splurging when it counts, it’s even nicer when we can find affordable, natural, safer options. So hooray for Dear Baby, a handcrafted line of all-natural baby and pregnancy skincare products that makes it easy to treat yourself — and your baby — while protecting all that extra-sensitive, precious skin. Dear Baby was founded by mom Kate Ansari after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer during her pregnancy–...Read More
What’s making me happy right now? Totally randomly, I’d say really good tart lemonade, extra daylight while we still have it, an available outdoor table at my favorite local Italian place, the 80’s station on Sirius/XM, the latest episode of SPAWNED, and now, The Legendary Tastemakers series of plush pillows from designer Brian Nesse. You have to check out these adorable, and pretty accurate depictions of some of your favorite pop culture icons, from Minnesota’s Loch Ness MPLS on Etsy. There’s definitely the perfect one for anyone ultra cool on any gift list you may have right now: Jon Waters for a film buff. Jackie O, Iris Apfel, Karl Lagerfeld or...Read More
Do you know how much the average parent spends on back to school shopping? Let’s just say, a lot. We love supporting smaller indie brands, and finding the cool school supplies out there that helps make this time of year a little more fun — but we also love a great bargain. Which is why we are beyond happy to be working with our sponsor Ebates, which is now helping us all do both. From July 21 to August 3, when you sign in with your Ebates account, you get double cash back from tons of online retailers you may be shopping anyway, like Old...Read More
We’ve always been big on recommending personalized gifts for people asking us for great baby gift ideas. Personalization makes any gift extra thoughtful, turns nearly anything into a keepsake, and it doesn’t even have to cost a fortune. So my latest find to add to the recommendation list are the personalized baby shoes from UK Etsy shop Born Bespoke. Samantha Gillan’s sweet, entirely handmade leather baby booties are fit for a royal prince or princess, but priced for many of us commoners, which I like. The styles range from not-at-all-scary dinosaurs to the cutest birds and woodland creatures, birth signs and classically simple monograms, hearts, and stars. I...Read More
The second I saw this Love You night light on Etsy, I thought it was the most perfect thing for about a zillion parents. For every child who wakes up in the middle of the night, trying to will themselves back to sleep, could anything be more comforting than both the soft glow of a night light, plus a little reminder that they are loved? Even if we’re not right there in bed with them? Even if we don’t want them to come into our room every hour on the hour and cuddle right up to us which is cute...Read More
7 fun, modern, handmade wooden step stools for kids. Because nice ones are harder to find than you’d think!
My kids’ step stools are basically these kind of industrial plastic ones you find at the Container Store. Nothing wrong with it and it’s served us well, but I will say it was the fallback option after searching for years for cute step stools that didn’t have freaky clowns, weird frogs, or curliecue monograms painted on them. Well turns out that cute step stools for kids are either more plentiful now, or I’m just a better web searcher than I was a few years back. Check out these lovely handmade options that make fantastic baby or toddler gifts, not just because they’re practical now,...Read More
Cute new gender neutral onesies for babies who refuse to be pigeonholed thank you very much. (Lots of progressive babies out there!)
To beat the summer heat, like lots of parents I like going with a simple and light wardrobe for our new bundle. I am currently on the hunt for some awesome onesies to showcase my baby girl’s sweetness. Yes, baby boys are sweet too. They all don’t have to be FUTURE SPACE NINJA SUMO WRESTLING GALACTIC LORDS. So I love the new gender-neutral baby onesie collection from Susie Ghahremani of CMP fave indie shop Boygirlparty. Your little boy or girl can wear these gender-neutral, extremely charming, very cute onesies all summer long and still lounge in comfort and style. – Don’t miss an exclusive discount...Read More
I love the popularity of crowdfunding independent projects, especially since it’s helped to launch so many companies we love on platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. And now there are two new platforms I’m so happy to learn about, because they really are dedicated to artists and indie makers, and have yet to be taken over by companies that already have $4 million in VC funding: Fund on Etsy, and Seed & Spark. FUND ON ETSY Fund on Etsy is just as it sounds — a pilot program to help support makers who want to stretch beyond “mom who sews things on...Read More
We all know, of course, that the amount of money you spend on a Father’s Day gift has no correlation with love whatsoever. Not that there’s anything wrong with splurges. But if you’re on a tight budget, if you’re not a spendy gift kind of a family, or if you have the kind of dad on your list who really is just comfortable with a small token, we’ve got you covered with 17 super cool Father’s Day gift ideas for you that all ring in under $25. They’re also great for kids who are saving their allowances, and maybe buying their very own...Read More
I’ve been admiring the stylish oxfords, loafers, and sandals for kids from Zuzii shoes ever since I saw them on Joy Cho‘s Instagram feed, which is one of my favorites. Joy’s style is so bright and cheerful, and these shoes fit that vibe perfectly. So of course I couldn’t help but click over to take a closer look, and wow. Zuzii shoes are beautifully handmade to order by a mother-daughter team in LA, and they work really well for an easy but still stylish summer look. That is, for those fashion-conscious toddlers of the world. You’ll find oxfords, loafers, sandals, even those perforated...Read More
It’s not often I discover a new Etsy shop and automatically think okay, every single thing in there is adorable. But that’s the case with Babee and Me, which I can forgive for being based in Byron Bay, Australia, considering what beautiful work is coming out of the shop. From soft handmade baby toys, to funky teething rattles (oh, those cameras!), and tons of gorgeous personalized wooden blocks in all kinds of styles, everything just has a wonderful sensibility about it with terrific typography, and modern color combination. I like that the selection also includes lots of black and white gifts,...Read More
Next up in our 2015 Father’s Day gift guide, are some of the coolest gifts for grandpas. Or grandfathers. Or papas, pop-pops…you know, that awesome patriarch in your family. We’ve got a fun range for you from thoughtful gifts from the grandkids, to spendier gifts that make a big statement, should he need a little extra love this year. And of course, don’t forget the card. Whatever the gift, they’re nearly always the best part. And hey, don’t miss our fabulous (seriously, like all-caps worthy FABULOUS) $800 Father’s Day gift guide giveaway below. Entering is easy and we think, totally...Read More
We’re always happy to discover new online shops that feature some of the small label designers for kids that we love, and now there’s another to add to our list: Wynn Ruby. Right away I knew it was going to be a fun selection when I saw they carried Eleventy-five clothing for kids. But there’s so much more fun to discover. Austin mom Katie Hall opened the shop less than two months ago and I’m already seeing the selection growing by the week. It’s hard to pare down my favorites, but I’m partial to the Kupukupu Kids baby clothing, organic leggings from Babysprouts &...Read More
June is going to be a busy month in the studio of one of our favorite modern kids’ furniture makers, Kiersten Hathcock of Mod Mom Furniture. The Shark Tank winner, cool mom, and handmade toy box builder extraordinaire — along with her dad (love that!) — are going back to basics, and building some really beautiful custom toy boxes in the garage by hand, just like she used to back in 2007 when she founded the company. And when we first shared her toy chests with you. If you need to get your playroom or a kid’s room more organized, this is a perfect opportunity. While all her...Read More
We are so excited to launch our 2015 Father’s Day gift guide, because as our longtime readers know, we just love tracking down fantastic gift ideas for the dads we love in our lives. (Yay cool dads!) So we’re starting out with the coolest personalized Father’s Day gifts — not just because we really like them, which we do, but because personalized or custom gifts often require a little lead time. So if one of these strikes your fancy, get moving! Father’s Day is June 21 this year. And we’re thrilled to welcome back Pinhole Press as our sponsor of this post...Read More
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