Tag: princesses

Props in a Box: The gift box that turns dress-up time into an exercise in filmmaking.

Even though Halloween is long over, my kids are still running around in costumes most days, as they’ll continue to do. It’s fun to see the stories they come up with when they dig through our dress-up box — like when Cruella deVille and an astronaut went to a French bakery to have croissants. It happens, you guys. This is why I think so many families with creative, imaginative kids will appreciate the old-school fun meets high-tech fun of Props in a Box. I will say right off the bat that these are definitely splurgey gifts for kids, bu tthey are incredibly thoughtful and really innovative....

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Adorable handmade baby crib mobiles let your baby fall asleep dreaming of Cinderella. Or ninjas.

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...

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The Princess and the Pony: A perfect princess book for a new generation

When you think of a princess book, and what the lead character wants, what springs to mind? Classically, the story would be about meeting her true love or escaping her horrible life to live in a luxe castle. Then we moved onto more modern princess books including my favorite, The Well at the End of the World, in which the princess demonstrates that beauty isn’t everything, and kindness, loyalty, and good math skills matter more. Well now there’s comic artist Kate Beaton’s brand new The Princess and the Pony, just out today, which brings a fantastic new twist to the genre....

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14 smart ways to get your young kids excited about reading this summer

As big-time book lovers here, we’ve learned that a love of reading is acquired and not something kids are necessarily born with, like the color of their eyes or their uncanny inability to sleep past 6 AM on a Saturday. So we love putting together tips for parents on ways to get kids excited about reading — and ideally, keep them reading — especially now that summer is here and we all get a little more lax about things like that. Plus, our bookshelves do tend to have some stiff competition with all that extra daylight after dinner. One of our top ideas,...

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The motherlode of free printable paper dolls for pop culture junkies

Several years ago, my youngest daughter fell in love with paper dolls, so I scoured the Internet for tons of free printable paper dolls for her, then shared my favorite ones with you all. Well now she’s gone through them all–multiple times. She’s insatiable, I tell you. In looking for more for her, I found the most remarkable artist in Cory Jensen and I am officially obsessed. Also known as Cor104 on Deviant Art where I originally found him, Cory is seriously a master of illustration. I adore his style so much, and his clear devotion to the fan art he creates. The fact that he’s made so many (many,...

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A printable rewards chart to get kids to do anything. Almost.

We started a rewards chart with my daughter a month ago, and—although I’m scared to say it out loud—it’s working to keep her in her bed at night. So, consider me a brand new fan of rewards charts whether you’re starting potty training or well past it, and allow me to introduce you to these really cute printable rewards charts from the Key Lime shop on Etsy, makers of those awesome  free closet organizer printables we recently featured. These charts aren’t free, but they are fun. And they could be used for anything you want to motivate your kids to do. I’m going...

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Web Coolness: The best apps for new parents, hilarious tips for dads, and should you let your daughter wear princess dresses?

Here are our favorite links that we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Words of wisdom to start any day. 10 of the very best apps for new parents – and some of us BTDT parents too. Bumni Laditan on missing the village she never had. Baby gift alert: Check out the new exclusives in the Cool Mom Picks indie shop. 6 tips for new dads. Must watch. And laugh. Who really created Batman? Geek out on this article. Old washers + nail polish = trendy DIY necklaces your kids will love making. Thanks to the Guardian UK for...

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Strong princess gifts for for a modern-day royal baby

Though we are still waiting to hear if the royal baby is a he or a she, we can’t help but help fuel the rumors that it will be a little princess that makes her royal appearance any day now. And because we know in this day and age that princesses are about more than tiaras and ballgowns, we offer up a few baby gift ideas for strong princesses–and knowing Will and Kate and their own amazing parents, we imagine she’d be nothing less. Strong Princess Posters A princess who can save herself while riding her own steed? That’s...

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A crown fit for a queen

She already thinks she runs the house, why not adorn her tiny little head with something that will fit the role? Plus, you’ve got to love a princess-y dress up prop that isn’t pink, plastic, or sparkly, but is still totally adorable. Rita J Felt’s Petite Crown Headband will make any child feel regal during dress-up, a birthday party, or just when her heiness travels to the supermarket. Handmade in Lithuania of golden-yellow wool and affixed to a flexible headband, this comfy crown not only conveys stature, it keeps the hair from fluttering into her eyes. Just make sure...

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The coolest kids’ bedding: guaranteed to get them into bed the first time you ask

We’re always asked where to find cool bedding for kids, especially once they’ve advanced out of that toddler bed and outgrown the cutesie sheets of preschool and early grades. Well, whoa, I’ve found some that might even redefine the idea of cool bedding for kids. The duvet sets from the Netherlands’ Snurk Bedding are mindblowingly clever. Behold, as the combo of duvet and pillow case suddenly transform your kid’s bed into a life-size astronaut, princess, or even a trampoline. But what’s even cooler is how it looks when your kid is actually under those sheets. The prices are in...

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