Posts in the ‘Cool Kids Stuff’ Category

Fancy Paper & Scissors

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

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I was carpooling to school the other day with a few kids and watched one of the boys totally entranced with a piece of paper and a pair of scissors. It instantly reminded me of that kid’s really do love the simple things. We don’t need iPads and computer games and RC vehicles to keep kids enthralled and amused. All it took was a simple piece of paper and a pair of yellow plastic child proof scissors. Every one else in the car wanted to see his inventive creations. When I logged in later that night and popped over to The Land of Nod, I knew I had found some perfect birthday party gifts and stocking stuffers. They had the perfect balance of keeping it simple but making it super cool.
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Over at The Land of Nod I found these Kids Crafts: Play Paper Snowflakes (a.k.a. sheets of fancy paper) and these cool Kids Arts: Fancy Half Circle Zig Zag Scissors. These will be great for my son’s art table and I am going to stock up because I know they will make great birthday gifts for boys and girls alike. My son is in kindergarten now and loves cutting paper into various shapes. If I am going to have little scraps all over the floor, I figure they might as well be cute and colorful. So come join me and stock up on some new art supplies today.

Sperry Kids Glitter Shoes

Friday, November 16th, 2012

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This original just got fancy! I am always on the look out for glittery shoes. I can’t help it – I just like things that sparkle. Now I just need a reason to buy these silver glitter classic Sperry Kids Top-Siders just for toddlers & kids. I am having a major flashback to high school (Was that when we wore those dark brown Sperry Top-Siders to school?? Did you tie those funny knots on yours too? It was all so long ago….). These actually make great shoes for kids because they are easy to slip on, that ‘boat shoe’ rubber bottom keeps the kids from slipping and of course what little girl isn’t going to love a little glitter on her feet? These could make really fun shoes for the holidays. And yes – they are on sale & FREE shipping too!

Layla Grace Relaunched

Friday, November 9th, 2012

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One of my favorite online shopping destinations has just gotten a little facelift & tummy tuck of sorts, just in time for the holidays. Layla Grace is a fabulous place to shop for holiday gifts and also happens to be a great place to pick up little treasures for yourself. Layla Grayce recently launched their newly redesigned website so now it is better than ever. They’ve added some new bells and whistles like customer reviews and a brand new design board, where you can mix and match different products and perfect your look before you purchase. You simply drag the product over to this little widget on the side of the screen. You can also create your own ‘I love this’ list which comes in super handy when you are picking out Christmas presents.  Luckily they have kept their great mix of products in every price range – from furniture & decor to table top, baby items, personalized gifts and more. Be sure to visit the newly designed Layla Grayce website today and get a head start on your holiday shopping.

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Tea Collection Party Dresses

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

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Whether you are shopping for a cute outfit for your kids to wear in your family photo Christmas card or you want to pick out something for upcoming holiday parties, time and again I always tell moms to start at Tea Collection. Your children don’t have to look like Christmas tree ornaments to look adorable for the holidays. The main thing is that they actually look like children. Don’t you agree? And if your kids are comfortable, they are more likely to be happy (less complaining about the velvet sleeves), which will in turn make for a better day for mom. Cheers to that!

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Nobody combines colors in such a creative and fun way as Tea Collection. Their prints are bold and bright, but in a very subdued way – does that make sense? Your kids can wear festive colors and look vibrant without wearing a neon sign. And these colors always look great in photographs so if you are trying to pick out some great holiday clothes for your Christmas picture, Tea is the place to shop.

Being half Swedish I am very excited that Tea Collection Fall 2012 collection was inspired by the people and cultures of  Scandinavia. Check out their wonderful Nordic Design story boards to see more.


Personalized Books for Kids

Monday, October 8th, 2012

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Every now and then when I am reading aloud to my son I will change the name of the character in the book to Carl. In that split second he spins his head around and his eyes light up in excitement with a sprinkle of disbelief. My son get a huge thrill hearing a story about himself or a story about a favorite character that shares his name. He loves it. Needless to say I purchased the entire collection of Alexandra Day’s Carl books!

I am thrilled to let you all know that Chronicle Books now offers personalized books so your kids can see their names in print. There is the Personalized Princess Book for your little princess, a Personalized Speedster Book for your little racer, and big brother and big sister options too.

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Chronicle Books has also launched the option of personalized dedications in a number of their top selling children’s titles. You can upload a photo of your child and write a little note that will be printed in the book. How fun! Not sure what you would write? They have some sample messages to help. I think I am going to order a personalized copy of Dinosaur Bones for my little guy.

A little tip – Shop early for Christmas!


30% off Chronicle Kids Books

Cool Boots for Girls

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

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With fall right around the corner it is time to find a great pair of boots for your little girl. There are so many options and styles to choose from this year – it should be pretty easy to find a funky pair your daughter will love. Pictured above are some very cool Kenneth Cole Reaction Heart Wink Boots in plum. I love this color with the patent finish. They are also available in pewter and black too.

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I know a lot of girls like pink but I just love the yellow and green color combination of these Sorel Tivoli Rain Boots. Yes – you can buy them in ‘pink lady’ or ‘bright rose’ but if your daughter already has too much pink her her wardrobe – go for this pair. How cute are the little polka dots?

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Yes – when in doubt I always opt for metallic footwear. Silver does go with everything….even when you are just 5 years old…These Sperry Top-Sider Pelican With Fur Boots are great rain boots that will keep your daughter’s feet dry and warm. Love the faux fur! They are on sale right now for less than $20. Hard to pass up such a great deal And yes – of course they come in pink too…

 

LEGOLAND

Monday, September 10th, 2012

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My 5 1/2 year old son loves Legos. Virtually every table in our home is covered with Legos – the dining room table, the table in the playroom and the coffee table in the living room – you name it. We are left with the small table in the kitchen for all of our meals and are forced to get very creative whenever we have guests over to eat.

Right before school started I treated my son to a trip down to LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad, which is just north of San Diego. It turned out to be a perfect 2 day adventure that he absolutely loved. I can’t recommend it enough.

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We stayed at the Grand Pacific Palisades Hotel & Resort that is literally right around the corner from LEGOLAND. Overall the hotel was great – the rooms were very clean and the beds were comfortable. I do have a few little tips and things to share. As you can see by the photo above – we carried our own luggage up on the luggage cart. My son thought it was so cool, but I wish we had valet parked so someone else could have dealt with our over-packing…I liked the fact that the hotel had a free shuttle over to the park that was relatively easy to catch. On our first day the driver gave us the wrong phone number to call for our return trip. That was a bit unpleasant after 9 hours at the park, but we got back to the hotel eventually. The second day things went more smoothly with the shuttle. As far as food goes you have to walk over to the restaurant across the parking lot to eat – it is not right in the hotel. I wished they had had a coffee shop or lobby bar right in the hotel so I could have more easily picked up a latte in the morning or a glass of wine after my long long day at the park. The restaurant was a little on the loud side so the 2nd night we ordered dinner to our room. My son loved his mac ‘n cheese and I had a great grilled shrimp salad.

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If you were to ask my son, the highlight of the hotel was definitely the kids pool and water play area. After a long drive to get down to Carlsbad he was thrilled to throw on his bathing suit and head to the fun. In addition to the slide and water attractions they had a huge pool that was just 3-4 feet deep. All of the kids were splashing and playing together and there were plenty of chairs for the parents. One piece of advice – be sure to ask for pool towels at the concierge or front desk before you head over – just to be sure you get some.

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LEGOLAND was made for my son. I bought the two day pass and am really glad I did. We were at the park for 9 hours the first day and 5+ hours the second day. Going during the week was wonderful because the lines were very manageable. At some of the more popular rides, they brilliantly have tables of Legos strategically placed so kids can build and create while parents hold their place in line.  The Lego play area is all gated and you can always see your kids while you are in line.

One thing I especially liked about LEGOLAND California was the variety of activities and entertainment for my son. He got to drive a car (four times in fact), ride a pirate ship, watch a 3D movie, dig for dinosaur bones, splash in the water, play miniature golf and build and race Lego cars with other kids. I was surprised by how much he loved just playing with the Legos – in some instances more than being on the rides themselves.

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My number one tip is to bring a stroller – even if you don’t have a baby. I was happy not to have to lug my bag around. It also helps in case you bring a change of clothes or food. (We were soaked after the pirate ship ride and I would have done anything to get out of my wet pants.) I love the fact that they let you bring in your own food and beverages too. I was happy to have a few snacks I could just grab from my bag. They also have some of the best amusement park food. Right near the entrance there was a little store where you could get turkey sandwiches, string cheese, yogurt, fruit, granola bars, gluten free cereal, and that much needed morning latte. You weren’t stuck with 5 pound chicken legs, blue cotton candy and 80 ounce soda cups like you are at some parks. I even spotted a room for nursing mothers and a vending machine with diapers and other mommy essentials. So smart!

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And yes – I would recommend a little visit to the LEGOLAND Water Park. Pictured above is an area where kids can create their own Lego rafts and float around a little river. As you can see it was great fun for my son. I was lucky that I never had to put my bathing suit on and actually join him in the water at the water park – I just wanted to stay dry (and yes I can’t help but wonder what hundreds of children are doing in the water now that they are newly inspired by Ryan Lochte’s admissions) and I was still able to keep a close eye on my son.

So yes – I would highly recommend a trip to LEGOLAND California to anyone. To be completely honest, I would say my son actually enjoyed it more than Disneyland. If you have any questions at all about visiting the park, please don’t hesitate to send me an email. I am sure your kids will love it just as much as mine.

 

Custom Stamps on SALE

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

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Enjoy 35% Off Tiny Prints collection of custom self-inking stamps. Just use the promo code SEPTDOD to save now through tomorrow morning – Friday, September 6th at 8:59am PST. You have all night long to design your stamps! Instead of buying address labels for your Christmas cards and wedding invitations – you can use your personalized stamp. Custom stamps also make great stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and presents for friends who have just moved. Each stamp comes with a black ink cartridge that will let you stamp away 1000 times. Now, that’s a lot of envelopes.

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So get your creative juices flowing and think about all of the ways you and your family can use stamps. From book plates to recipes and gift tags too – there are so many ways to can put your own personalized stamp to good use. Happy stamping!

Small Kids Computer Desk

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

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First comes school – then comes homework! Many kids are already back in school and are bringing home lots of homework. When I was growing up the most important thing was having a dedicated spot where I would study. A lot of people opt for the end of the dining room table or create a workspace on their bed (guilty!) for their go-to homework spot, but there is something to be said for a good old fashion desk. When I look around my son’s room I am not sure where a desk would actually fit, and that is why I really like this Kids Little Sloane Leaning Computer Desk from The Land of Nod. It is such a great size for kids who don’t need to spread out mountains of textbooks.

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And if you are lucky enough to have a little more room – you can add these super functional leaning bookcases with storage bins for additional storage. You can start with the desk and grow from there depending on your child’s needs. The small computer desk and the side units are available in both java (but you can’t drink it!) and white.

Now enough about the kids and their homework… A number of my mommy friends have set up “offices” in their kitchens or playrooms where they keep their laptops, mail and calendars. This small computer desk is perfect! It is simple enough that it can easily blend in with any decor and it can be easily moved from here to there as you adjust to find the perfect spot for your workstation. For $149 you can’t beat it!

Vogue Tennis Balls

Monday, August 27th, 2012

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Vogue recently commissioned custom designer tennis balls for the US Open and they are extraordinary. You have to pop over to the Vogue website to see the full collection. Peter Som, Tory Burch, Monique Lhuillier and many other designers created the fabulous tennis balls with lace, spikes, rhinestones and more. Each tennis ball is little work of art. I would love to have the whole collection in my own home. I am thinking that this could be a really fun art project to do with the kids. Don’t you agree? I think I will try it next weekend…

Photo Credit: John Manno