Tag: organization

How do you store LEGOs? We’ve got a brand new answer.

Once my kids were past the put-everything-in-their-mouth, choking-hazard stage of development, their toys seemed to instantly shrink. And multiply. I was faced with pieces and parts and tiny shoes everywhere. I’ve kept most of the toys organized using bins, boxes and tubs, but now there’s an entirely different storage system for their most vast collections. Using the same basic design for a storage bag that was passed down from her grandmother, mom Sarah Kirk has created the Swoop Bag to take care of those collections of tiny toys that seem to breed. With bright modern colors and American-made of...

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Toy Box Toy Box Toy Box

If ever there was a “We knew her when,” it has to be one of our favorite mom designers, Kiersten Hathcock of Mod Mom Furniture. We featured (and purchased) her gorgeous mid century toy box waaaaay back in 2007 and since then, not only has she been featured on Shark Tank and the Nate Berkus Show, she’s recently added to her array of toy box designs for kids. We’re thrilled that Kiersten recently welcomed the Maude toy box to her family of handmade storage chests. It’s similar to her well-loved Owyn toy box, only Maude has a large storage...

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Bring home more than bug bites from camp

The first time I packed my kids up for a week of summer camp, I couldn’t get believe all the stuff they needed, even for day camp. And everything, everything, needed a name attached to it, something I unfortunately left to the last minute the first year.  This year, I’d rather spend a few moments with CMP fave Mabel’s Labels and their new camp pack, than an hour spent with a Sharpie and a cramped hand. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] The Mabel’s Labels camp labels combo pack has a specific label for just about everything...

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Moleskine at Target. Be still this journal addict’s heart.

I’m a self-professed journal addict, which means I often feel as though there will be a sudden shortage and I must buy all of them just in case. (You fellow journal addicts know what I mean.) But I only have an eye for cool journals that won’t completely bust my budget, which is why the new Moleskine line for Target fits the bill. Yes, Moleskine line for Target. Crazy, right? If you don’t quite understand the infatuation with the uber popular Moleskine journals, let this connoisseur enlighten you. Their sleek design, crisp quality paper, and leather portfolio make them...

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A picture is worth a thousand crayons

Do you love nice, crisp boxes of brand new art supplies as much as I do? And do your kids somehow manage to rip those nice, crisp boxes within about eleven minutes of opening them as often as mine do? Well, take a look at this adorable tutorial for DIY art supply storage pouches. Far better than a Zip-loc, if you ask me. To make the bags as shown, you need to be able to sew in a zipper, but if you can’t, the concept can still be applied to drawstring bags, too. And though I haven’t tried to...

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The sporty convertible that won’t mess up your hair.

It’s sleek, sporty, and goes from backpack to messenger bag in less than thirty seconds. But, unlike those $60,000 convertibles, it won’t mess up your hair, and you probably won’t swallow a bug while using it. Oh, and it’s called Annie. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] If you’re looking for something stylish to take you from the playground to the airplane to the hiking trails, the cool Annie bag from Ellington is just the ticket. Made of easy-to-clean nylon, Annie is the right size for someone who’s done with the gigantic diaper bag but still needs...

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I’m a real fan of the meal plan

A year ago, I never would have thought I’d be excited about weekly meal planning. I was far too cool and spontaneous to be one of those people who actually planned what dinner we would be eating a day in advance. Please. What a silly mama I was! A year of meal-planning later, I have come to my senses. So I was excited to have a look at e-mealz recently and check out a couple of their family-friendly meal plans. With a variety of specialty plans available (think gluten-free, low fat, vegetarian) based on sales prices at the grocery...

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Design, organization, and playfulness all in one space. The mom trifecta!

My kids have some of the greatest toys in the world. In one of the messiest playrooms in the world. If there’s anyone who needs some design and organization tips, it’s me. And I’ve found just the resource. [don’t miss a cool giveaway after the jump!] Mariah Bruehl’s inspiring Playful Learning Spaces e-course has a new session starting on April 13 and it runs every Wednesday for six weeks. Sign up and learn design thoughtful environments that encourage kids to learn and create. It may sound like a tall order, but with weekly updates that include a video, assignments,...

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The Giving Effect – Spring cleaning meets targeted giving

Every year at about this time, I start digging out my kids’ closets, then the other closets, and before I know it, I’m on a veritable sort-and-chuck rampage. When the dust settles, I usually have an entire carload of garbage bags ready to go to charity. Usually I drop off at the big national charity that’s got a donation dumpster right down the road. But. I don’t ever do cash charity donations to “whatever’s closest,” so why am I doing that with my stuff? Probably because–until now–I didn’t know about The Giving Effect. Just  input your zip code on...

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Handy hooks, hold the hammer

Kids seem to require an inordinate amount of Stuff Corralling, and I’m okay with that; but I’m not okay with putting holes in the walls every time I want the kids to stop putting everything they own on the floor because “I don’t have anywhere else to put it.” Up until now, every so-called “non-marking” hook I’d found either 1) left a mark or 2) fell off the wall the first time you actually hung something on it. These Jelly Bean Bath Hooks from Slip-X are different. Maybe it’s because they’re nice and big, but their suction cups grab on...

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Best baby books? – Reader Q+A

Any suggestions for a good baby book? I saw the “Baby’s First Year Journal” in your Ultimate Baby Shower Guide but I’m wondering if you have any other cool things you’ve found out there? -Janet First of all, our all new 2012 Baby Shower Gift Guide is going to be out any day now. You’re in for a treat! But back to your question–we’ve found no shortage of super cool baby books of all varieties. What we seem to be lacking, however is the time to fill them out. For you motivated mamas who are ready to document those...

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Gorgeous bookends to hold up those 16 copies of Goodnight Moon

On a trip to LA last week, I stumbled into the most adorable little Los Feliz children’s boutique called La La Ling. It was one of those shops where you don’t know what to buy first; even my colleagues without children were scanning their brains for friends’ kids in need of some cool gifts. While I loved seeing CMP faves like Rowdy Sprout and Giddy Giddy, something new to me were the spectacular handmade children’s bookends from the LA-based Wolfum. Designer Annibel Inganni has a thing for vintage tableware and you can see it reflected in her collections. I love the subdued,...

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A chore chart for kids that gets five stars, a smiley face, and a “well done!”

We’ve long extolled the benefits of a chore chart for kids. It’s remarkable the things you can get a preschooler to do in exchange for a little star sticker. (Free child labor!) Now I’ve found a new chore chart that not only keeps the kids motivated, it looks fantastic and it’s actually fun to use. The colorful new Good Habits Job Chart from one of my favorite companies, eeboo, is just delightful. Nine little windows suggest daily chores like Brush your teeth, Eat a healthy food, or Put the dirty clothes in the laundry. Spin a knob when it’s...

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Who’s holding your diapers?

I am addicted to cool organizing products. That’s not to say that I’m the most organized person out there–that would be my sister-in-law and she is a goddess. (But not the Charlie Sheen kind. Ew.) I just like fun boxes and containers which really do help wrangle the piles of stuff that accumulate around here. So I kind of flipped when I saw this fabulous new diaper caddy from one of CMP’s favorite little brands. The new 3 Sprouts diaper caddy is quirky and fun, featuring their signature felt animals on canvas. The caddies are shaped perfectly to keep...

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Diaper bag chic, minus the diapers. Nice.

Over the course of a mama’s diaper bag carrying years, there will be times she may curse that heavy bag and long for the carefree and fabulous purses of her youth. But as time goes by, that longing to be rid of the diaper bag turns into–or at least it has for me–a wistful longing to keep it around forever. Diaper bags aren’t only practical and convenient, but if you’re buying the right ones (of course you are, you’re reading CMP, after all!)  they’re also beautiful. Never fear diaper bag loving mamas! Petunia Pickle Bottom has come to your...

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Two-step program

Okay, I’ll come right out and admit it. My bathroom has one of those mass-produced step stool eyesores in it that just about every one of my friends has, too. Yes, it works. My kids can climb onto the toilet with ease, reach the faucet to wash their own hands and climb up to places they aren’t supposed to be, just by moving the step stool into, oh, every other room of the house. Somehow I think I’d care far less about their step stool overuse if they were using one of the delightful new modern stepstools from Manny...

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The stackable storage shelves of your super-organized dreams

Stuffed animals, princesses, puzzle pieces, barrettes, stickers, play food, books…Walking into my daughter’s room makes me to want to scream in a fit of frustration and horror. With all the options for toy storage out there (and we’ve covered quite a few), there is one that I find I keep going back to. Q Collection Junior’s Stella Stackable Storage looks so fabulous, I would want it even if we weren’t in dire need. But, I do need it. Bad. Stella Stackables, what don’t I love about you? This modern marvel of toy storage is available with or without doors,...

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Hang your coat up on your spoon, right this instant young lady.

One of the fun things about judging the children’s category of the Handmade Olympics this past week, was discovering so many super incredible new finds for you all. Some of which aren’t even necessarily for children. One of my favorites–and also one of the voters’–was this ingenious handmade solution for hanging coats and scarves. The personalized spoon racks from Wisconsin artist JJ Evenson lets you add up to ten names–or categories like scarf, keys, leash. Your children will never have an excuse not to hang their coats up again. (Or so we’d hope.) Although truth be told, it’s so...

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Meal planning just hooked up with your local grocery store

There’s plenty of websites where you can go check out this week’s grocery sales, if you’re into that sort of thing. (Not judging, just, um, snore.) And we’ve reviewed plenty of websites and apps to help you do your weekly meal planning, too. But this is the first we’ve seen of a glorious melding of the two. At Food on the Table, you enter some basic information like your family’s food preferences, plus your preferred grocery stores, and then not only can you then pick from amongst suggested recipes, it’ll highlight items on sale this week with approximate savings...

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One Year to an Organized Life with Baby

Even if I had known about One Year to an Organized Life with Baby when I was first pregnant, I probably would have been too disorganized to read it. We had recently moved to a new house and to say we were unprepared is an understatement. We were fools. No, we were crazy fools. This book would have rocked my world. One Year to an Organized Life with Baby, by best-selling author Regina Leeds with Meagan Francis (one our favorite bloggers) is a week-to-week guide that helps parents prioritize what they need to know and what they can do...

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