Tag: Valentine’s Day

Web Coolness: Brotherly love, Valentine pins, and how movies teach manhood

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Such a wonderful story about an older brother’s love for his younger sibling which made the duo the Sport Illustrated Kids 2012 SportsKids of the Year. Our own contributor Eva writes lovingly in the uplifting My Brother Used to Have Down Syndrome. Our Valentine’s Day Pinterest board is packed with much to adore. Check it out! How Movies Teach Manhood: Such an interesting TED Talk about what messages are out there, and how they could be improved for our boys. (via Shelly Kramer) This sweet...

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Watch out! These wooden timepieces are stylish and sustainable

Watch out, world. (Ha, get it? Yeah, sometimes we can’t resist.) Whether you’re a hip mom, a cool dude, or someone with metal allergies, we bet you’ll groove on these natural wooden wristwatches, and the fact that each watch purchase funds the planting of a new tree.   WeWood Timepieces crafts light, comfy, breathable watches out of real wood–it’s that simple. They’re truly little pieces of art, and definitely conversation starters. The pics on the WeWood website support their assertion that the watches are ridiculously pretty for a girl or ruggedly handsome for a guy. Considering I wear a...

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DIY Valentine card kits for the semi-to-not-very crafty

I’m never going to be the mom who looks at the DIY Valentine’s craft project for kids on Pinterest–the one that requires a Cricut and a hot glue gun and six trips to the craft store–and says aha! That’s the one for us! But still, I’d like my kids to put a little bit of effort into their own Valentine’s cards for the class besides just handing out the store-bought ones. So I think I’ve found the perfect compromise in this cool Valentine’s kit on Etsy. The DIY Valentine Card Kit from Miki of Fresh Lemon Blossoms (love that name!) is...

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Web Coolness: Valentine love notes, talking to kids about Dr. King, and IKEA hacks

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! What do your kids love? Grab Mr. Printables free Valentine’s writing activity sheets and see how your kids fill in the blanks.  And don’t miss Kristen’s picks for The Sweetest Valentine’s Gifts for Babies. Talking to Kids About Martin Luther King Jr  gives us some great jumping-off points for talking to our kids about Dr. King’s contributions to history.  Some of our kindie music favorites, like Gustafer Yellowgold, Uncle Rock, and Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke, have come together to raise money for Hurricane Sandy Relief with...

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Dinosaur Valentine’s gifts that kids will rawr for.

I’m always on the lookout for cute Valentine’s Day gifts for kids that aren’t of the sugar-packed variety. Not that there’s anything wrong with a little candy, but I know they’re already getting plenty of it from friends. And uh, Daddy. I think this awesome print fits the bill perfectly. I know my kids would love designer Jessica Sutton’s adorable I love you dinosaur prints any time of year, but especially in February. It comes in three colors with three different dinosaur silhouettes – ask your kids. They’ll know which ones are which. It’s on sale right now at...

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Free Valentines printables that beg the question: How much for a triple word score on VALENTINE?

You’ve officially got one month til Valentine’s Day. And the word nerd in your life is going to adore this free DIY Valentine’s Day message that takes a little bit of scrabbling to puzzle out. The clever folks at Oh Happy Day have a delightful little present for you: a free printable PDF to create Valentine’s Day Scrabble Grams. Simply download, cut along the lines, and slip the right squares into an envelope for a just-challenging-enough-to-be-cute message for your honey. You can go with their pre-made selections, which are refreshingly kid-safe, or combine the available letters for your own...

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Kiss your feet? Don’t mind if I do.

The only thing cuter than adorable baby feet is adorable baby feet wearing sweet little baby booties. And if you’re planning some Valentine’s Day photo ops, we’ve got the shoes for you. These lovely little Valentines Baby Booties from Good Wishes Quilts on Etsy are cozy and fleecy and ideal for keeping sweet baby feet cozy warm if they’re smaller than 6 months. Each pair is hand-made in red felt and hand-embroidered with a Valentine-appropriate X and 0, but you can also buy them with hearts or snowflakes.  Once your baby’s outgrown them and moved on to big kid...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for cool finds like these every day. 1. Really interesting children’s room inspiration. Love the pillows. 2. Cool Valentine’s Card Printables for kids that even rough and tumble boys will dig. 3. The phone that’s making us want a landline again. 4. An easy way to make your desk look pretty. (You know, besides cleaning it up.) 5. One tech device our readers are going nuts for. And we don’t blame...

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Red baby gear that will look great all year round

Other than wearing hearts on their clothing and looking at us with love in their eyes, our babies are still a little young to be celebrating Valentine’s Day with lollipops or big messy chocolate hearts. But since we love red all the time, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite red baby gear, that will look bright, fresh and modern all year long–more than I can say for those roses. We are in love with the contemporary shape of Bloom’s new Coco Rosso lounger. No noisy bells or batteries required, this simple self-rocker lets our babies gaze at the...

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Last minute Valentine’s Day ideas. As in, super last minute.

Don’t panic, mamas, if you realize you’ve forgotten cards for the sitter, or the teachers or uh…your actual Valentine. We’ve got you covered with some last minute crafts, recipes and more that you can have done before the kids get home from school. And well, if all else fails, there’s always chocolate. – Send a little love from your iPhone with the Treemail app, which lets you carve a sweet message into a tree, virtually, of course. – Hit Paperless Post for Valentine’s ecards that look way prettier than a plain email. – Pack the kids special Valentine’s Day...

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We <3 this bottle because it's #twittering

Why is this new SIGG bottle awesome for Valentine’s Day? Because no one can live without water. (And lots of us can’t live without Twitter.) It’s a child-sized bottle, but I would totally drink from it. Damask, birds, flowers, bright colors, and all the usual things we love about SIGG, including BPA- and phalate-free aluminum lining and near-unbreakability (that’s a word, right?). Perfect for a little girl’s lunchbox. Perfect for a Twitter-addict’s laptop bag. And perfect for Valentine’s Day, especially when filled with Hershey’s Kisses.~Delilah Find the Twittering .4-liter SIGG bottle at the SIGG site or check for a...

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The perfect board book for baby’s first Valentine

If you’re looking for a ridiculously adorable Valentine for your baby too young for sweets, we’ve got just the thing. And it’s not edible. But that doesn’t mean your baby won’t try to eat it. Created by Joyce Wan, the artist behind Kiwi and Pear, We Belong Together a board book with a simple message: sometimes love is as simple as peanut butter and jelly–it’s just meant to be. It’s a soothing message that the youngest children (and their parents) will appreciate. The board book features sweetly illustrated pairs that go perfectly together like cookies and milk or marshmallows and cocoa, and...

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Turn around! It’s a total ellipse of the heart.

Once upon a time there was bare space on the wall Now I’m really digging this art. Let’s go hang it up, this Total ellipse of the heart! Math geeks and fans of Bonnie Tyler will dig this Total Ellipse of the Heart print by Michael Paukner from the Design Milk Dairy collection on Society 6. It’s available in four different sizes, all printed on archival-quality 100% cotton rag with advanced digital dry ink. That means it has a much longer shelf-life than Bonnie’s feathered hairstyle.   For extra points, combine it with one of our favorite mathematical gift picks...

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Why French paper dolls are superior for Valentine’s Day

I adore paper dolls, probably because I used to hand-draw them for hours as a child, but have to admit that the lovely vintage style paper dolls from French-website and CMP favorite TinyUs is way better than anything I drew. Especially when they can turn your very own child into a doll. Rather than charging you, say, $10 for the chance to turn your sweetheart into a paper doll, TinyUs just asks you to make a donation, in any amount, to Présence, a school for children with developmental disabilities in the south of France. I felt like I was giving...

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Web Coolness – Valentine’s Day links, cool Disney picks, and the blogging community mourns

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We’ve got everything you need for Valentine’s Day–from printable cards, to last-minute gifts, and even adorable lunch box treats. Let them sip their morning OJ through Cupid’s arrow with this easy DIY from Wild Olive. Kristen wants you to get your sexy back with her hot series this month on Mom 365. These beautiful modern staircases may not be safe for kids, but they have such big impact in this Design Milk roundup. We love what happens when Disney characters meet indie design. And speaking of Disney, we...

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6 Valentine’s Day lunchbox ideas made with extra love

Ready for some Valentine’s Day sweet talk? You can pack a festive Valentine’s Day lunch that’ll make kiddo swoon without even relying on those candy conversation hearts. That means you get to keep lunchtime fun and healthy while saving the chocolate for when your little cupid gets home. Where she can share. With you, of course. It doesn’t get any easier than this sweet idea for a heart-carved apple (above) spied on Crush Cul de Sac. It makes for a quiet, little surprise; a perfect way to say, I love you.  Just be sure to rub lemon on the exposed part...

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Arrrrrrr that’s a cute Valentine’s Day carrrrrd!

On Valentine’s Day, not every kid wants to hand out cards with Barbies and Care Bears. For the rest of them, we love these too-cute pirate themed Valentines cards that you can make yourself (for almost free!) Mer Mag’s free printable Pirate Valentines are a little more involved than the list of super easy Valentines printables I just rounded up, but not so involved as to eat up your entire weekend. In fact, after you print either the boy or girl pirate cards from the free PDF, the only thing left to do is affix a wee felt heart...

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Wearing your heart on your toes. Your super cute, scrumptious little baby toes.

If you’re looking for a sweet Valentines gift for a baby too young for chocolate bonbons, here’s a totally adorable idea. I’ve been a fan of Trumpette socks ever since I got a set for my own baby and realized they were the only socks that actually stayed on–while still looking adorable. Ever since then, they’ve been one of my favorite go-to baby shower gifts. And now I’m adding these Valentine Pixie socks to the list of possibilities. The gold is actually a lot more subtle in person than in the photo, and they’d look cute year round. But...

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Easy Valentine’s craft ideas that we heart

I always love seeing what’s new and fun at Martha Stewart Crafts around the holidays, and especially Valentine’s Day. Or as we like to think of it, That Day That All The Glitter Ended Up in The Rug. But I’ve taken the time to parse the ones that require professional letterpress machines and MFA degrees, to find the ones that even the less crafty among us could pull off with the kids. First of all, the sweet spot hearts craft (left) is just brilliant. All you need are sheets of candy dots cut into hearts, then some construction paper...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Need a little Super Bowl Break today? In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite tech posts from the last week, including some gorgeous red gadgets for Valentine’s Day–pair it with blue to honor the Pats. Or uh, the Giants. You tell us. 1. You know what you need on your iPad? More butts. Seriously. 2. For you non-iOS users, take a peek at these 3 cool new Android apps for kids.  3. Turn your smartphone into a real phone, beautifully. And without all that cell radiation. 4. If you’re freaking out about the demise of...

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