one thousand things to learn in a book

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Did you have Richard Scarry books when you were a kid? The mysteries, the word books, the Best Story Book Ever (no really, that was the actual title of one of them!) I’ve brought some of them back out to share with Birdie, and they fascinate her as much as they did me. Of course, […]

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monsters ate my birthday cake

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As Birdie gets older (the ripe old age of 6!), a lot of her favorite iPad apps aren’t holding her attention anymore. So many of the good ones we’ve loved – educational, open-ended play, fun characters, fun graphics – are geared for younger kids. And we’re entering the minefield of gaming for kids filled with everything […]

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code your own apps with bitsbox

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Even with so many subscription boxes out there already, I’m still not sick of them. The joy of getting a “present” in the mailbox every month is just too awesome. And it’s doubly so for kids! Bitsbox is one of the newest to the subscription category, and I’m super excited about it. Every month, Bitsbox […]

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anorak mag goes digital

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This is such great news for cold, dreary, boring, Winter days with the kidlets. The kind of days where all you want to do is get home stat and curl up under a warm blanket – and the last thing you want to do is run around stores to hunt down the latest issue of Anorak […]

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appy day: toca boca’s nature creator

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You can never steer wrong with an app for the kids from Toca Boca. I could review all of them, and run out of superlatives pretty dang fast – each one is amazing for such different reasons. The beauty of Toca Boca’s games is there no winner, no loser, and no end to the games. […]

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these infographics are actually for your kids

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I’ll admit it, I’ve been swayed by an infographic or two in my day. Bite-size chunks of information, organized beautifully into visually pleasing maze-like layouts – you had me at hello. They’re like a designer’s ideal way to communicate. But I’d never really thought about what kids might think of them. I guess I assumed […]

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going with the flow magazine

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I love the bookstore. My husband starts rolling his eyes every time I start huffing the book bindings, which I do, liberally. They smell so damn good. And now, I can finally see Birdie loving bookstores too – for more than the chance to beg for a new toy or another coloring book. Today, my friends, […]

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give your kids an adventure

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Every time we see a plane in the sky, I always ask Birdie: “Where do you think it’s going?” Lately she’s decided they’re all going to Paris. That sounds like a perfect destination to me! Travel and adventure are something she finds very fascinating – and what kid wouldn’t? It’s a time when rules are […]

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stage and play

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Sometimes I love a product before I’ve even read the description. Such was the case with these Stage & Play sets from Chronicle Books. It’s either  the retro illustrations, the pack it up and take it anywhere pieces with their very own drawer, or the open-ended storytelling. Nope, it’s actually a combination of all of those things. […]

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clear out your kids closets with the new Kidizen app

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Are you in the throes of Spring cleaning? Perhaps you’ve just realized, as we have, that the kids have absolutely nothing to wear in this warmer Spring weather, and way too many winter clothes left. I think I’ve found the perfect app to get us through the shift in seasons (and every other week thereafter): […]

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how about an incognito halloween?

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For those of you looking for a less-obvious way to be in the Halloween spirit, or perhaps you’d like to sit at the mall and simply spy on all of those crazy kids wandering by, this is just the thing. I want to laugh every time I see it – imagine the reactions you could […]

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getting to their insides

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Sometimes explaining the insides of anything to a child feels like an overwhelming task. If they can’t see it, how do you describe it? Kiddos are just too literal, and my hand gestures and rudimentary language just don’t cut it. Luckily we are in the age of good books and amazing apps like The Human Body, […]

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you will be my friend

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Birdie takes the term “social butterfly” to an entirely new level. She has been known to introduce herself to complete strangers, then tell them her life story of the day, and she takes charge of the older neighbor kids and directs playtime like she’s on the Lido Deck. So lately I feel like we’re spending […]

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the youngest pantone yet

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Yes, Pantone is taking branding to an entirely different level these past couple of years. I remember when all they sold were swatch books, anyone else? Now there are Christmas ornaments, mugs, chairs, etc. etc. etc. It’s cool, and my geeky designer side went ahead and geeked out in the beginning. But part of me […]

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don’t live in a vacuum

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You know  me, I’m a geeky designer artsy type. So I looooooove color. I might even need a couple extra “o’s” to make my point. Because I really really loooooooooove color. Which means the Color Vacuum App intrigued me as soon as I saw it’s name. The steampunk elements are a hidden fascination of mine, […]

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