Though it’s certainly easy to hand our kids a screen when we want to keep them busy at the doctor’s office, on a long road trip, or when work needs to get done (and I am as guilty as anyone), I’ve found there is one alternative to handhelds that keep my kids focused, occupied, and truly content: A great sticker book. So I’m thrilled to have discovered the new My Nature Sticker Activity Books series by Olivia Cosneau. Related: Stickers for boys. Or girls. Cool how that works. In the Age of Dinosaurs is ideal for a dino-loving child who is eager to learn all about the peaceful Stegaosaurus and funny...Read More
It’ll be a beautiful day in the neighborhood for someone who gets a set of these awesome Mister Rogers sticky notes I just found. Featuring the iconic images of Mister Rogers and his comfy cardigan, as well as Lady Elaine Fairchild, X the Owl, King Friday XIII, and Daniel Striped Tiger, you or your kids can tab pages in a book you are reading or leave little notes around the house. For best results, tab all the smartest pages with X the Owl and save Lady Elaine for anything that makes you feel kind of cranky. Daniel Striped Tiger would only go on my very...Read More
The very first thing my son does when we sit down to eat at a restaurant (well, after ordering both ice water and milk) is ask for my iPhone. I’ll admit that I’m often tempted to hand it over because it’s such an easy way to keep him entertained while we’re waiting for our food in restaurants. I mean, I always have it on me, and he can play any number of kids’ apps, watch a movie, or find kid-friendly clips on YouTube. But, he’s four. I know doesn’t need all that extra screen time. (Do any of us, really?) Plus,...Read More
When we were growing up, the best part about back-to-school season was always shopping for school supplies. But things have come a long way from the small thrill of finding a Trapper Keeper pattern that matched your personality. In fact, our friends at Minted are back as a sponsor (yay Minted!), and they’ve gotten into the back to school shopping game, too. You thought Minted was just stationery? Turns out they’ve now got personalized notebooks, name labels, cards and more, all to help your kids express themselves through a few special school supplies. Plus, we are so thrilled that Minted is offering 15% off all their kids’ essentials for back...Read More
If Spring Break or Easter has you heading out by plane, train, or automobile, you may be wondering how to keep your kids happily occupied beyond the iPad, as you travel from Point A to Point B. And since we all know how hard it is to hear “are we there yet?” for the 200th time, I’ve pulled together 11 of the most portable, fun, and quiet travel toys for kids that we can all vouch help make the miles whiz by. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Road trip help for families: Tons of sanity savers, tips and our favorite essential products Magnetic Toys I...Read More
I’m in love–with closet dividers. I know, it’s weird, but I am. I don’t derive much pleasure from organizing, but these Lucy Darling closet dividers actually make me want to organize my baby’s closet. They’re so, well, darling. Available in multiple designs, each as adorable as the next, Lucy Darling’s closet dividers are thick, luxe and come in sets of eight from newborn through 2T. Perfect for baby boys or girls and certainly cute enough for a cool little baby shower gift. However my one piece of advice before you buy is to make sure there is enough clearance between the closet rod and...Read More
Stickers can be the bane of a parent’s existence, especially when they’re plastered to the car windows or gumming up the vacuum cleaner. Ask me how I know. But a mom-and-pop company from Massachusetts caught our attention among the Martha Stewart American Made finalists for turning boring old stickers into a craft project for kids, a nifty wedding gift, a way to make the world a prettier place, and a great business employing people with disabilities. Sweet… basil! Plant Stamps are made in the USA and come in a variety of styles to suit any occasion from a wedding to a baby...Read More
As parents, one of our favorite things about the web is the ability to find so many cool–often free–printables for kids of all kinds that make us all look like crafty geniuses. They’re especially abundant this time of year, as back to school printables help make back to school time easier, more organized, and sometimes just more fun. So in this installment of our Back to School Guide, we share some of our very fave back to school printables, with gratitude to the awesome designers who put their talents to work for all of our benefits. Of course one thing you...Read More
I developed asthma as an adult. So I can only imagine how scary it is for a young child to have to deal with the coughing, wheezing, and breathlessness that comes with the disease. Not to mention the fear of being “different” from all your friends when you’re reaching for an inhaler in class or before soccer practice. The good news? Kids can breathe easier now, thanks to one Australian company that’s taking a creative, colorful approach to helping kids with asthma to stay medicated–and healthy. Asthma Peeps’ unique line of asthma-management products were developed by one family who wanted...Read More
I’ve always been envious of those crafty upcycle types who can turn a cardboard box or egg carton into an adorable toy or trinket holder. I just don’t have enough of the craft gene to make trash look like much more than…well, trash. But now that I’ve discovered these seriously adorable stickers, that’s all about to change. Eco-friendly craft stickers from Box Play for Kids give regular old recyclables like a quart of juice, a tissue box, or an egg carton a second life by turning them into a bright fire truck, a smiling kitty bank, or a clever place...Read More
We’re about to head on one of our annual summer road trips, which means packing plenty of toys for the car. We try to avoid the DVD–and generally succeed if we’ve planned ahead. Here, some of my favorite toys for the car for toddlers and bigger kids, for when you’re tired of I Spy, and need a little quiet time in the front seat. Best of all, none of them beep or boop or require 18 AAA batteries. The only noises you’ll hear in the back are your happily entertained kids. At least until the next “I have to...Read More
On most days, I don’t even know why I bother folding and putting the kids’ clothes away because the drawers just end up in complete shambles. Forget even trying to maintain any level of organization within a drawer, I’m lucky if the underwear doesn’t end up with the tees with the single socks. That is, until I found these handy little stickers that have completely changed our lives. All for just $5. Ever since I started using the I-Know-Where-It-Goes drawer stickers, I’ve had no issues with the kids getting themselves dressed and even better, putting their clothes back where they belong....Read More
My kids are no strangers to candy, though I have to admit that the amount of sweet stuff they collect at Valentine’s Day is over the top. I may not be able to stem the tide of lollies, pixie stix and chocolate hearts that come their way, but I’ve found a seriously cute way to hand out something a little less artificial: Valentine’s messages that go right onto a piece of 100% naturally sweet fruit. How great is this? So simple and yet so smart, Twig & Thistles little Valentine’s Fruit Stickers turn an ordinary apple or pear into...Read More
If my kids are any indication, Stickermania may in fact be an actual medical condition. It strikes kids between 2 and 3, can last as long as a decade, and side effects may include weak and broken nails–your own–after scraping stickers off the living room floor and the dog. On the positive side, however, it means stickers become a genius distraction on long car rides, doctor office waits, or dinners out. My kid are in love with the Incredible, Outrageous Sticker Book by Klutz thanks to Grandma and her excellent gift-purchasing skills. With more than 450 pages filled with...Read More
Yes, I know that you can use a Sharpie to scribble kids’ names on their drink cups at birthday parties. But for a more stylish option, consider the reusable drink stickers from clinQs. My favorites for kids are the colorful Happy Birthday stickers that can keep up to 25 guests from sharing germs in style. But the kids themselves would probably prefer the fun Peter’s alphabet stickers or the Mr. Potato-head style (although a little more deranged) Mr. clinQy face stickers which let them turn their cups into characters. This smart little Brooklyn company has made sure their decals...Read More
I’d argue there’s little more useful than a chalkboard, especially the two beautiful new chalkboard stickers at Zoe b Organic in the shape of either the endangered Isabelle butterfly or a koala bear. They’re made from potato starch, which results in a 100% biodegradable chalkboard, believe it or not. And because they’re stickers, they’re ideal for small spaces–no jutting out from the wall. You might say they’ve got a lovely little actual footprint to go with that little carbon footprint. These erasable stickers work with regular chalk (which yes, you’ll have to clean up as the chalk dust accumulates),...Read More
Ever on the search for more money-saving ideas that don’t compromise your design sense, we’ve found there’s no need to pay for stickers when you can download awesome designs for free and print them right in the comfort of your own home. Lotta Bruhn is now offering a free downloadable stickers PDF with an adorable space theme, and all you need is a printer and some adhesive paper. Actually, if you’ve got kids like mine who’ll be happy with a glue stick, just print the designs on regular paper and let them go nuts. I certainly won’t tell anyone....Read More
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