Tag: organization

Eco-friendly felt name tags – back-to-school awesomeness

I’ve been staring down the task of tagging a bunch of different items for my daughter’s foray back to school. I don’t know if it’s because she’s now a pre-K-er–a.k.a., one of the “big kids,” (sniff)–or if that eau de Sharpie isn’t my favorite scent in the world. Either way, I’ve been putting it off. Not anymore, thanks to these adorable personalized felt name tags. Hand-stitched on soft crafting felt and available in 17 different colors, these, personalized nametags from Chloe in Style are as cute as can be, and totally reusable. Of course you’re not going to buy...

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Getting organized just got a whole lot cuter

In the name of back-to-school for the kids and a new full-time job for me, it is high time to get the bills, to-do lists, paperwork, random photos and kiddo artwork into some kind of workable order.  Yes, I’ve said that about 87,000 times this summer alone. But this time I really, really mean it. After all, I didn’t have these cool stick-ems before. Stickr pockets from BUTCH & Harold are going to help me seem more organized than I am–which, in my book, is almost as good as actually being organized.  For $14.95, you get a packet of three adorable...

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Back to school shopping – the best lunchbox accessories

You can’t have a back to school lunchbox without all the cool goodies inside. We’ll let you take care of the yummy food and snacks. But we’ve got you covered when it comes to all the cool accessories that definitely make lunchtime every kids favorite subject. [Don’t miss eleven tasty school lunch accessory picks after the jump!] shinzi katoh bento boxThese sweet Bento boxes are perfect for preschool snacks or lunches. ($18 at My Sweet Muffin) Lunch LinesIf their lunch doesn’t make them smile, these silly riddles will. ($10 at Chronicle Books) Robot Sandwich KeeperWe love these cool one-piece...

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5 picks you might have missed

Whether they’re dog tired after their first week of school or howling like baboons, chances are your house has a lot in common with a zoo this week. Here are five picks you might have missed while tending to your herd. 1. This board game based on the Awkward Family Photos website will have you laughing like a bunch of hyenas. 2. Forget a better mouse trap. We’ve found a better sleep sack. 3. A portable restaurant high chair based on a lobster? We’ll belly up to the table for that! 4. Put this pretty peacock box on your shelf...

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Peacock Sighting!

There was quite a bit of peacock hype this past week in NYC with the escaped one from Central Park Zoo, and I am fully expecting a summer trend of feather flaunting as a result. If so, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for this new storage box from the masters of cute storage and a CMP regular, 3 Sprouts. I have personally been eyeing this company’s useful and quirky items for a while now and as I happen to be currently transforming our dining room into a playroom (because that what New Yorkers have to do), it might...

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Back to School Shopping – Parents’ lifesavers

We’re so excited to introduce our much anticipated 2011 Back to School Shopping Guide! Every few days, check back for more categories, more great picks, and of course, discount codes for all the coolest back to school goodies. Today’s category, Parents’ Lifesavers, is brought to you by our amazing sponsor Mabel’s Labels, who happens to be one of our longtime favorite sanity savers. Their adorable personalized labels, like this Ultimate Back to School Combo pack have made September way easier for us and our kids (and thousands of moms and their kids) more than a few years in a...

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The best food on Fresh Direct for the time-starved NYC parent

Like so many New York area parents, I’ve been an avid user of Fresh Direct for years now. For me, shopping for groceries online is the best way to avoid the stress and mess of supermarket shopping with a curious toddler who wants to stick his fingers into packages of raw chicken and take bites out of everything in the produce section. So I did not need convincing that it’s a seriously great way to stock my kitchen. What I did need convincing about, was that the prepared meals didn’t taste like hospital food. Fresh Direct sent me a...

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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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