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the cutest hunchbacked animals you’ll ever meet

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I’m browsing through a favorite online shop of mine, just seeing what’s what. And then, bam, I see Frida. Who is Frida? Well, she’s the adorable hunchbacked monkey by Franck & Fisher. She’s all sweet-faced, open-armed, and ready to love. Her body is 100% organic cotton, and her clothes are all created from repurposed fabrics, […]

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make your cards a rainbow!

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I’ve been thinking our family needs to learn some classic card games, because I can tell my husband finds board games a little blasé when we have a game night. Then I saw this gorgeous deck of rainbow cards and now I’m determined to learn some games so we have an excuse to use these cards! […]

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let’s say hello to dodobob

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Pugs. The most adorable and simultaneously the strangest dog I can think of.  But they’re a great source of inspiration. Take the world of Dodobob, for example. These sweet stuffed animals are all inspired by the creator Arzu’s own little pug and people’s reactions to her dog. There are three different families of pugs that […]

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the only beach pail you need

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The one thing on my summer to-do list that we haven’t done yet: go to the beach. You’d think that wouldn’t be so hard to get to in a state with the tagline “Land of 10,000 Lakes”. But, well, between summer camp schedules, rainy days, sick days, family travel, you know the drill – things keep […]

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mr. pom pon, lalylala & some animals

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I consider myself a jack of all creative trades – anything from welding to knitting and I’m interested. But there’s one thing I’ve tried several times and always walked away flummoxed: crochet. I know, it’s silly, but I just can’t seem to get the hang of it. Single chain, sure, but what I want to be […]

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6 baby must-haves for summer time

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Summer is such a wonderful time, but when you have a baby it can sometimes feel so much more complicated! Dragging things around, remembering everything you need or might need! The obvious esssentials were what always ran through my head first. Things like pacifiers, snacks, diapers, wipes and changing gear, and sunscreen. (I always forget the […]

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interviewing a play designer: Toca Boca’s latest app

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Toca Boca continues to be our favorite resource when it comes to kid-friendly apps. They are one of the few app companies out there that focuses on open-ended play for kids. There is no winning, losing, time limits, coins, levels, etc. t’s just kids playing with virtual toys instead of real ones. Plus, their design aesthetic […]

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round about: kid car hacks & virtual summer camps

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We’re in the thick of it now, aren’t we? Summer camps, summer road trips, the boredom of our children, the hot sun, and all those other summer things that keep us occupied. And yet our regular lives are still there demanding our attention too: workloads, house cleaning, to-do lists, and responsibilities. Why is it every […]

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animals of all shapes from bleebla

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A little cork, a little sycamore wood, some gorgeous animals … Bleebla makes high design toys look deceptively simple. Look at how perfectly all the sea animals in the Critters Box nestle into their cork box home? Or, once they’re removed, how beautifully they stack together. That kind of detail makes me want to see […]

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a new balance bike system: Leg&Go Bikes

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I was watching Birdie practically fly down the street with her new bike the other day (we just graduated to a 20″ salmon pink hottie), and thinking how far she’s come. We started with a balance bike when she was around 3, and I can’t recommend them enough. It was almost exactly a year ago […]

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vintage becomes timeless with willowynn

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Somehow summertime always feels timeless to me: there are certain smells and activities that never change. The moment you experience them it’s like remembering all the summers before at the same time. Willowynn’s dolls feel a bit like that endless summer experience. They’re like a timeless moment from my childhood, or my girl’s, or maybe from yours. […]

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gaining control over our kids viewing choices

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Birdie is now capable of typing in her own searches on her iPad. Ok, she’s 6, so most of the time her spelling isn’t accurate, but that’s probably even more dangerous than if she was able to type in “Grumpy Cat” correctly. I’m not ready for this, and I don’t know how to manage her […]

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making paper dolls with hipfits

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You know me, I love paper dolls. So many ways to dress them up, and so many creative ways to draw and illustrate them too. So when HipFits was looking to collaborate, I knew we had a match made in heaven! HipFits creates super sweet backpack hangers that you can collect and accessorize. Used to […]

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the most fashionable pandas

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Finding the perfect something that you didn’t know you even needed – that’s the most addictive side of shopping. Gets me every time. Like when I stumbled on these fashioanble panddas from Szmacianki. I mean, come on. Those scruffy sweet faces paired with the of-the-moment clothing? Who knew a panda could look so svelte? It kind […]

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round about: straw monsters & quilted bubble wrap

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With Birdie in school full days, our art-making time has been sorely lacking over the last months. I finally realized the solution – she needs to know the schedule. Just like piano lessons every Thursday, I’ve decided this summer to try and have an “art day” one afternoon each week. I’ve found with her, if […]

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