As much as my older kids love their electronics, good old-fashioned crafts still hold some appeal for them, especially if the finished product is something really worth making. And with summer vacation fast-approaching, I really want to find smart, interactive projects for them that don’t require a battery life. So, I’ve rounded up 7 of the coolest craft kits for kids ages 10 and older that are sure to impress. Related: 3 brand new nature-themed activity books will keep kids busy…without screens. CMP is an rstyle affiliate If your kids already get basic origami, they’re probably love this adorable Origami Playhouse by illustrator, author, and teacher of...Read More
We’re fond of baby rain ponchos as easy, pull-on-and-off alternatives to the traditional raincoats with all those snaps and buttons. You too? Well then your rainy day blues are about to get a little brighter since we discovered these bright and totally charming baby rain ponchos from Seattle-based small biz, Satsuma Designs. We’ve been fans of this company for a long time now, since featuring their gorgeous bamboo blankets wayyyy back in the dark ages 2007. But we think their USA-made rain ponchos for babies take cuteness to a whole other level. With six different designs and an easy-to-wear style, you’ll be out strolling in the...Read More
Everything’s coming up roses… and daisies and poppies and all the other flowers of springtime. And, lucky for our girls, we’re seeing these fashionable florals all over the most stylish rain coats of the season. Enjoy a burst of color on even the dreariest of days. Related: Modern floral Easter dresses for girls: 8 picks our girls love as much as we do From soft, lightweight jackets our girls can put on whenever a drizzle looks imminent, to hardcore performance coats that will keep them dry in a downpour, we found eight stylish options in all sizes to cover our toddlers and our tweens. Rain, rain go away? Maybe not, with...Read More
My criteria for selecting rain boots for my kids is pretty simple: The boots need to keep their feet dry. But, now that I’ve found Western Chief Kids’ lighted boots, and I know my kids are going to be begging for their boots to do more than just keep them warm, I am certain I’ll be adding one more box to that checklist: Light up. With a bright neon light in the heel that is activated with every step, Western Chief’s lighted boots will make jumping in puddles a bit more dazzling. I also like that their blinking steps will make our kids a bit more visible while...Read More
What is it about kids and rain boots? Given the choice, my preschooler would wear his bright red firefighter boots every day of the week — rain or shine. Whether he’s puddle jumping, playing with his classmates, or trudging through the supermarket, you can tell how proud he feels with them on. If a pair of rubber boots is all it takes to give his self-esteem a quick boost, I’m happy to supplement his shoe wardrobe with some cool rain boots. However, my son’s at the age where his feet might grow three sizes in his sleep, so I don’t want to spend...Read More
Go ahead, spring. Rain on my parade. There are so many chic women’s rain boots available nowadays that I’d be happy to slosh around in puddles from now until… well, maybe just May. Stylish rain boots may elevate my wet-weather ensemble, but my hair will still be a frizzy mess. Although if my shoes make a big enough statement — and any of the ten rain boots below certainly would — maybe nobody will be looking at my hair. Plenty of these are investment rain boots, but unless you’re living in the Pacific Northwest and wearing them 200+ days a...Read More
23 ideas for fun, educational indoor activities for preschoolers and young kids. Because we need all the ideas we can get!
After the initial “yay, snow!” cheers comes the realization that you now have to come up with educational activities for your preschoolers or kindergarteners, to help keep them busy–and ideally, learning–all day long. And while I totally understand letting PBS air a few more shows than you might normally allow, I also think an unexpected day stuck indoors is a great way to try out new activities that give their brains a workout and help reinforce important skills. It’s the kind of stuff you may not have time to do together on a regular old day. That’s why I’m so pleased...Read More
An indoor s’mores recipe in case your campfire plans get rained out. Consider it a chocolately, silver lining.
Monday is Memorial Day, and my family has big plans for swimming and grilling which of course means s’mores. I’ve been hoping we’d be outside all day, lathering on the sunscreen and catching up on some summer reading but there’s one problem: The weather forecast. Boo. Our just-in-case back-up plan includes making s’mores indoors with Style Me Pretty’s one-bite s’mores recipe that we just found. They’re simple enough to make that the kids can help–which keeps them from running through the grandparents’ house like crazy people–and these s’mores look so delicious they may just move from plan B to plan A. Even if we’re singing, Rain,...Read More
Playing in the rain isn’t as much fun with wet feet, so along with a styling raincoat, grab your kids some keep-dry boots for their fast-growing feet. Then, when they go to walk through the biggest puddle on the block, you can relax and let them go. –Christina Bogs for Kids’ rain boots have pull-on handles built into the boot to make it easier for kids to get up on their own. My favorite, the Daisy style, comes in a bunch of color combinations and adds a bit of pretty “May flowers” to the April rain. (toddler/youth sizes, $50 at Zappos) Ahoy!...Read More
With snow hopefully behind us, we’re happy to pack away our heavy coats and mittens. But when these days of spring turn rainy, a bright cheery raincoat can help keep our kids dry…and maybe even coax them outside to sing (and play) in the rain. –Christina We all know that April showers bring May flowers; I hope they are as pretty as those on Marimekko’s Hili 1 raincoat with its iconic pattern. (Yes, we’re on a Marimekko kick lately with their new dishes for kids and fun baby clothes.) And for those extra-stormy days, I appreciate the reflective safety...Read More
I love my Hunter rain boots. Unfortunately, I live in LA where it almost never rains, even as the rest of the country wades through those upcoming April showers. Okay, I lie; It drizzles, sometimes. And that’s when I climb into my fabulously green Hunters and I rock them all day long…even when the sun comes back out. But you may not know Hunter makes more than boots. [don’t miss some of their most gorgeous spring items after the jump] In addition to those signature boots, the Hunter collection also includes cute sandals, bright clogs, trenchcoats, and a fantastic...Read More
It’s one of those rare faults of nature that moms don’t sprout a few extra arms after they have a baby. Even simple walks get tricky when you have only two hands: you have to push a stroller, shoulder your purse, hang onto a shopping bag, pick up a fallen sippy cup, slurp a much-needed cup of coffee, field a call on your cell…. And what if it starts raining? Tough luck, soggy mama. You’re out of hands. Thank goodness motherhood makes invention a necessity. We will never again sport the drowned-rat-steering-a-stroller look, thanks to the smart thinking of...Read More
This week we had a taste of spring – not the sunny, warm spring, but the rainy, cold spring that you know is right around the corner. And nothing cheers us up around here on a rainy day like a fun new pair of rain boots ready for puddle jumping. Ever since I got my first monogrammed LL Bean bag, I’ve had a soft spot for monogrammed items. Rain boots by Zou Baby are the first monogrammed rain boots I’ve seen and I love the classic design. Available in adult and youth sizes, both you and your child can...Read More
I’m officially giving up on cheap kids’ umbrellas. We’ve gone through far too many in far too short a time, so I’m kind of done with that. At 3 and 5, my girls really are old enough to remember to bring their umbrellas home–and if that seems like a lot to hope for, well you don’t know how much they love umbrellas. It would be like me going somewhere without my iPhone. Hatley does some really nice things with kids rain gear including child-safe kids umbrellas, in designs that won’t be outgrown so fast. I think my girls would...Read More
As my poor waterlogged friends in the Pacific Northwest know all too well, June can be a wet one. It’s as if Mother Nature doesn’t give a hoot that we have bored little faces staring up at us waiting for summer to begin. I think it’s better to wrap the kids up in a raincoat and throw them outside to puddle jump, but good luck finding any gear in the stores right now. Instead, turn to some of our favorite online shops who seem to know that rain happens, sometimes much more often than we’d like. The new limited-edition...Read More
As a kid, I always wanted a cool pair of rainboots. I had one of those mothers who never got around to buying them and when a rainy day came, she instead sent me outside in a pair of plastic sandwich bags wrapped around my shoes.Read More
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