Sunday, July 31, 2011

Can I Have This:? iPad Arcade Cabinet

Talk about a fun way to use your iPad. And the joysticks and buttons on the cabinet really work.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

All About the Packaging: Candy Party Labels

We used these at our Maddie-licious party (more to come about it), but you can use these labels for just about anything. Print them on cardstock or sticker paper. Click here to download.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Love Links: Make It and Love It

We've made a couple things from Make It and Love It and we do love them. We're sure if you click on over that you'll find something you'll want to make (and will love), too.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What to Do: Go to Bed

Very few of us get as much sleep as we need, so skip the evening news one evening and go to bed early 30 minutes earlier than usual.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Five Faves: Books for Boys

Last week we gave your our five fave books for girls. Now it's the boys' turn. Of course, girls will enjoy these, too.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Anyone can have a bad day, even a kid.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

A sweet story that will charm everyone.

The Missing Piece Meets the Big O

See what happens when something comes from outer space and lands on Earth on Halloween.

Space Case (Puffin Pied Piper)

Full of funny pictures and situations that will change to mood of the grumpiest child.

What Are You So Grumpy About?

Good Night, Pillow Fight by Sally Cook
The perfect bedtime story that both your child and you can relate to.

Good Night Pillow Fight

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Can I Have This:? Glass Balloons

As whimsical as the real deal, these hand blown glass balloons by Robert Custer would be a wonderful addition to a child's bedroom. If only a bunch didn't cost close to $1000.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Love Links: So You Think You're Crafty

Each week, for ten weeks, a group of crafters are given a craft challenge on So You Think You're Crafty. You can then vote on which project you think is best. Kind of like Project Runway for crafts except no one gets cut.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What to Do: Ask For Help

Kids know to ask for help but, as adults, we're so inclined to show that we can do it all that we can overextend ourselves. Remember that it's okay to ask for help from time to time, and that your friends are more than willing to give it.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Five Faves: Books for Girls

If you're a bored with your home library, here are our five fave books for girls. Boys will most likely love them as well.

Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox
A re-telling of Rapunzel that is full of funny misheard requests between the prince to Rapunzel.

Falling For Rapunzel

This book tells the story of Cinderella's neighbor Cinder Edna and shows how things go for her the night of the ball. 

Cinder Edna

A great story where the princess uses her brains to rescue the prince.

The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch)

Kids will love hearing how Isabel faces a bear, a witch and much more in this book. 

The Adventures of Isabel (Poetry Telling Stories)

Read along to see how JoJo overcomes her nervousness in testing for her yellow belt and her fear of the tree in her backyard.

JoJo's Flying Sidekick

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Can I Have This?: Handmade Nesting Lotus Bowls

These amazing nesting bowls are handmade by ceramist Whitney Smith. Use them individually or keep them nested on display. Either way, they are beautiful. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Things That Make Us Smile: Crayons

We just love all these brand new crayons waiting to be used.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

All About the Packaging: Napkin Flowers

Nobody throws away the few napkins leftover after a party. Soon you have a stack of multi-colored napkins. What do to? Well, besides using them, you can turn them into amazing flowers. Mayi Carles at has a fantastic tutorial that will have your place abloom with paper flowers in no time!

Photo: Mayi Carles

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Love Links: Crap I've Made

We'd love this site just for the name alone, but there's more. Char has filled her site with great tutorials, projects and tips. And don't even get us started on the Slurpee costumes.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What to Do: Try It

If there's something you've always wanted to do, go for it. Maybe it's pottery or rock climbing. Most places have beginner and one-day classes. Take a look, give it a try and you might just find your newest hobby.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Five Faves: Kids' Travel Items

Summer time means vacations and weekend get-aways. Here are our five fave travel items for kids.

It's not always possible to pack light when kids are involved but the BoostApak sure helps. Not only does this backpack hold your child's toys, it then converts into a booster seat.

Melissa & Doug License Plate Game
Here's a fun, low-tech game that will keep kids occupied in the back seat for quite awhile.

Everything your child may need for the beach is in the Fozzils Discovery Pack and the beauty of it is that it all packs completely flat!

Make bringing our child's car seat less of a hassle with gogo Kidz Travelmate. Simply attach it to the car seat and you're on your way.

Most kids are going to need snacks of some sort while in transit and you're going to need containers for them. Lunchbot Rounds fit the bill for containers: leakproof, compact, free of BPAs and eco-friendly.