everyday to extraordinary: make these tea cups for your next tea party

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I recently visited the Children’s Museum of The Arts New York as a guest of American Express to learn about the new Amex EveryDay Credit Card (which I am an ambassador for). The current exhibit was all about the artful collection of everyday objects, and it reminded me that it’s possible to turn everyday things […]

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let’s toast the 4th with lemonade!

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I’m so proud of this little gem of a recipe that I just had to share it. We crave lemonade in the summer – it’s Birdie’s favorite drink. But I’m loathe to add all that sugar into our daily routine. And squeezing 8 lemons to make homemade lemonade is quite the process. I’ve discovered we can […]

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worth 1000 words: shape sorting shelving

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For those days (months?) when all I wish for is an organized home. This shape sorting customizable shelving system looks like the perfect answer, by designers Erik Olovsson and Kyuhyung Cho. via Dezeen.  

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floating like a bath toy

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Birdie is deep into her summer swim lessons, and I just love watching her float around in the pool like a little fish. Watching your children learn and grow is a truly amazing process.   Her teachers are always telling her to practice her swim moves in the bathtub at home. But, as I’m sure you […]

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whoa, it’s the whoa-bots

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It is a rare thing for me to let a product description speak for itself. I almost never quote from someone else’s website verbatim. But these Whoa-bots deserve their original bio: “Aside from just being a bunch of goof balls, WHOA-BOTS™ pride themselves on their mesmerizing acrobatic feats, ceaseless wit, and impeccable taste in music.  […]

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animal jam paper toy printables – appondale

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National Geagraphic Kids and Small for Big are starting a great new partnership! I’ll be creating printable animal toys for you to download, print, and assemble your own animals and environments: with a different land and its animals featured each month. Today marks the beginning of the series! Created in partnership with National Geographic, Animal […]

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round about: serious spirit kitties & summerific birthdays

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Today is my mom’s birthday, so before I say anything else: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I’m hoping you have a fabulous, wonderful, knock-out, amazing day filled with chocolate, birthday cake, flowers, plants, and maybe some knitting. I’ll call ya later mom to confirm that list. That’s the best part of this day, that and the fact that […]

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worth 1000 words: kyoto playhouse

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Do you have a spare $7500? Good, then you can buy this playhouse for us to share. Read more about the Kyoto Junior SmartPlayhouse.

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to play, or not to play with your food

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As a general rule, most parents I know would probably agree that we shouldn’t play with our food at the dinner table. And yet, when Birdie decides her half-eaten bread is shaped like a dinosaur – ROAR – I usually go with it. Maybe that’s why this Dinner Winner plate makes me smile so much. This goal-oriented […]

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music geeks? you need this stylophone and beat box

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At my very inner deepest darkest rather secret core, I am all kinds of geek. To be specific: I prefer the areas of sci-fi, art, theater, and music geekdom. Considering that inner music geek, my eyes popped out of my head when I saw this amazing re-issued Stylophone. This is the coolest gift your music-loving kids will […]

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let’s get minimals

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The peculiar thing about the internet is this: even when you believe you are thoroughly plugged in (perhaps too much so), well-connected, reading the right things from the right sources, and basically obsessed in general – you still miss things all the time. Take these hilarious animals, the Minimals, as an example. Apparently they showed […]

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round about: crafting the future one link at a time

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Wow what a whirlwind of a month I’m having! I really feel like this is the year of creative opportunities and new job directions for me: it’s so much fun to see it all happening. This week I spoke at a Communicators Conference with the theme “Craft Your Future”. We talked about my background in toy design, […]

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worth 1000 words: mr. moon

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I loved the print, and I love the DIY hack just as much. Read more about it over at Mommo Design.

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summer craft projects – stack’em high!

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After only a handful of summer vacation days, Birdie and I are still trying to figure out some sort of summer way of being. She wants to go places constantly, or have constant playdates. While I, on the other hand, would prefer some semblance of my own childhood: when days were endless and we played outside […]

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teeny tiny pink friends

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Today I just felt the need to share something pretty and girly. Maybe it’s the stormy weather, or my over-tired body, but I’m in the mood to cuddle with a sweet little thing. Rose Minuscule (which translates to Tiny Pink) is filled with exactly the kind of doll I fall head over heels for. Anthropomorphized […]

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