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Flippin’ Sweet (For Girls)

5 gifts for crafty kids (without crafty parents)

December 1, 2011

If you have a DIY kid and you don’t have the time, energy, or interest to get crafty, here are five fun gift solutions: 1. Kiwi Crate Subscription Each month, a collection of hands-on activities based on a theme (like color, gardening, or dinosaurs) – including arts, crafts, science – arrive with all materials in […]

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You’ll totally wear that again: Cowgirl costume

October 6, 2011

My super special guest today is Dottie from Modern Kiddo! I asked for Halloween costume ideas that were based around items that can be used again and again. Dottie told me she was inspired by some charming Livie and Luca western boots and I can see why. Sources for these adorable finds, all of which […]

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Inside our closet: What’s in my kids’ dress-up boxes

September 20, 2011

Today I thought I’d post pictures of what’s in my children’s costume stash. To say that our dress-up boxes overfloweth would be an understatement. But in my house, this stuff gets a lot of use. Some of the pieces are versatile and some are, well, just an astronaut helmet. First, the headwear collection. Wizard hats […]

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My very strong feelings about socks

August 4, 2011

Socks? Yes, socks. I’m talking baby socks, toddler socks, preschool socks, and all manner of little kid socks from infant on up. I realize in confessing this, I might sound a little crazy. But the truth is that I only buy certain makes, models, and colors of socks and I’ve come to have very strong […]

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Games preschoolers play

July 26, 2011

When I was a little girl, I had no siblings. At my birthday parties, I frequently received board games as gifts, but they mostly sat on the shelf in my closet until I got too old for them. Sure my mom and step-dad and I played Monopoly from time to time; I played Sorry! with […]

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How to make slime

June 8, 2011

Call it gak. Call it slime. Just don’t call it messy, because this amazing stuff is easier to clean up than playdough and offers as much tactile fun as the dreaded finger-painting. So if you have found yourself saying, “I am not THAT mom, the one who does craft projects,” this is one that might […]

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54 clutter-free gift ideas (wrap-up)

December 13, 2010

We wish you a very happy holiday season whether you’re winding down from Hanukkah or gearing up for Christmas, or doing some shade of both like our families. We’ve created the best no-stuff shopping guides we can think of with the guiding principal to focus on experiences over things. And we’re trying to take our […]

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Win a cute preschooler bike from YBIKE

December 7, 2010

This sweepstakes is now closed. Random winner is… 53. Also known as a “wobbly bike” in my house, a good balance bike teaches balance and bicycle coordination without the hassle of pedals. Skip the training wheels forever. The YBIKE has motorcycle-styling (but in candy colors) and can stand independently lending to the feeling of greater […]

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Win adorable organic clothing from Scout

December 3, 2010

This sweepstakes is now closed. Random winner is… 37. I’m extra excited about this giveaway because the founder of the company Scout is a friend of mine. Mimi and I worked together during our first pregnancies and she invited me over to show me the ropes of postpartum life when I was about 8 months […]

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Win this awesome DUPLO set

November 30, 2010

This sweepstakes is now closed. Random winner is… 133. I recently found myself describing DUPLOs as the “gateway LEGO.” The are the perfect intro to construction for chubby-fisted toddlers and the parents who can’t wait til they’re old enough to play with the real thing. Our family’s first set was a Bob the Builder bundle […]

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Costume Kits for DIY-ish Parents

September 21, 2010

Like what you see? Scroll down for more awesome. I adore these costume kits from Etsy shop, DIY Costumes. Last year we gave one away, but this year I’ll ask you to support the creator of the kits, Cassie Divine, and just buy one. I mean, she has provided us with a way to produce […]

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Inside Scarlett’s closet: jeggings

September 7, 2010

Scarlett, age 3, refuses to wear any pants that are not leggings. No zipper nor button shall pass over her hips. “Stretch pants or no pants” is her motto. Ryan and I are partial to jeans. Her big brother Julian has been wearing denim since he was a couple months old and wears them most […]

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