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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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the surprising tale of a girl who floated

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Princess Hyacinth has a problem (don’t we all?). She floats. In fact, she floats so well that all of her princessy clothes are weighted, and her crown is extra-heavy to ensure that she stays put. I love the subtle allegory to the weighty nature of being a real princess in the real world, where responsibilities […]

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the anti-bully: bully in a box

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Bullying is one of those things that just shouldn’t happen. As a kid, I definitely had my run-ins with bullies, taunting, and name-calling. If you love art, learning, theater, and music in a small small town, things can be a little rough sometimes. OH yeah, and don’t even get me started on Phys. Ed. classes. […]

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a modern princess in training

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Viola Louise Hassenfeffer is not your ordinary princess. I suppose that’s probably true of most princesses, but Viola seems to be a special case. She is really horrible at behaving in a traditional “princess” way, which is precisely what makes Princess in Training (by Tammi Sauer, and illustrated by Joe Berger) so fascinating! Princess Hassenfeffer is […]

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raise your babe’s design IQ

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If one is encouraged to learn their numbers and colors at an early age, surely one should do so in the best way possible? If one’s parents want to ensure their child has a discerning eye, a love for beauty, and , of course, the ability to recognize their numbers and colors, then shouldn’t they […]

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peas pass the reality of a princess

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When a young girl enters the Princess phase, there is only one thing to do: drag your feet while kicking and screaming. I might mean that metaphorically, I might not. Either way, I’m looking to find that magical word – moderation – when balancing her interests while reminding her of the big wide world beyond […]

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