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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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gotta get app: endless alphabet with endless laughter

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Birdie seems to cycle through iPad/iPhone apps much like she cycles through toys: rapidly. Most new toys and apps have an obsessed life-span of 2 days. Then they are replaced with something else. But, there are a few apps that she returns to with surprising regularity – and for lengthly amounts of time too. Endless […]

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girl power in the guise of a fairy

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Sometimes accidental purchases turn into serendipitous solutions. As Birdie continues to dive head first into the land known as pink, sparkly, jeweled, and all things glitter, I continue to find ways to remind her that there’s more to life than Pretty. We found this book at her Montessori School’s book fair last year, but You […]

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these books will make your clothes amazing

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Need an inexpensive, DIY, and totally FUN way to update and personalize your kiddo’s wardrobe this spring (and yours too!)? I didn’t realize how many cool iron-on options there were, but thanks to Chronicle Books, I think every possible fashion dilemna you might have could be solved with Suzie, Julia Rothmann, Mike Perry, and Gamago. […]

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yes please, open this little book

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Children’s books are best when they encourage imagination, free thinking, and a healthy dose of surprise. That’s why I cannot wait to get a copy of Open This Little Book because it’s so unique. Leave it to Chronicle Books to find such a gem (because frankly, I bet the printing/binding discussions to get this thing published […]

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