Tag: Japanese

The Perfect Puff

Boys need accessories. It really takes their outfits to another level. The trick is one or two key pieces that emphasize fun, comfort, and flavor. That’s why I am just loving Little Z Kids green puff vest. If you don’t know Little Z Kids, it’s a great company to support. It’s completely family owned and priced just right. The styles are all so different and worldly, with lots of Japanese influence. It’s like Harajuku meets hipster. As for their Puffer Vest, it’s the perfect piece for layering this winter, and I know all three of my boys will fight over it....

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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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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, cute back to school clothes! (Also, Hello Kitty)

Every year, I promise my kids one special back to school outfit, and now that it’s officially September (eek!) I guess it’s that time again. Generally I’m a big believer in $8 jeans, but one splurge always seems reasonable, especially when they love it love it love it. Fortunately, we’ve scored you an exclusive discount on some of the special new fall kidswear at one of my favorite online boutiques. Arte Bebe always showcases all that’s hip and stylish for babies and young kids, and this fall is no different. I’m loving the new line of Misha Lulu Hello...

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Hello Kitty. In yo face!

When Hello Kitty launched Hello Kitty Beauty a while back, I was thrilled. Sure, I’m a Hello Kitty fan, but I was mainly excited because the collection offered perfect gifting ideas for all the teens in my life, like my makeup-obsessed niece. But now with Hello Kitty’s fall makeup collection, Graffiti, I’m thinking I need to snap up a few pieces for myself, believe it or not. The Hello Kitty Beauty Graffiti collection, sold exclusively at Sephora, gives the world’s most famous cat some major street cred. The line includes an eyeshadow and blush palette, roller-girl perfume and a...

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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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Thinking of you, Japan.

“Thinking of you” is most definitely what our hearts and minds are saying about our friends in Japan, so why not our shirts? Or our kids’ shirts, for that matter.  The Japan Appeal T-shirt by Caramel Baby + Child of London is just brilliant. What I love most about this design is how it reminds people that even though the devastation in Japan might not be front-page news anymore, it is still a massive crisis that needs our attention; and it says all of that in the sweetest and most gentle way. I also appreciate that it gives to...

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10 beautiful items to help support Japan

It’s been just over a week since the earth shook just off the coast of Japan, and the devastation and loss has rocked us all. However I’ve been heartened to see how families and companies are so quickly finding ways to help raise money for the people of Japan, from the family organizing a community yard sale in our neighborhood, to the fantastic Chronicle Books which held a bake sale out of their San Francisco storefront. Some of our favorite small business owners and artisans are doing what they can too, by donating as much as 100% of their...

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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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