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Wear Your Heart on Your Wrist: Shains Customizable Bracelets for Kids

Wear Your Heart on Your Wrist: Shains Customizable Bracelets for Kids

Kids love to express themselves through crafts projects, personalized products, and colorful accessories. Shains brings all of this together in a fun, hip, eco-friendly and affordable way! Kids can easily spell out words and add icons to a variety of fun bracelets, necklaces or other accessories. And, according to Shains, all products and packaging are made of recycled and recyclable content and everything Shains produces is certified lead free. My daughter had a great time customizing her … Read entire article »

Filed under: Crafts, Eco-Friendly, Fashion, Featured, Hip Find, Jewelry (Children), Kids Gifts, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children

Summer Art for Tweens

Summer Art for Tweens

Summer is a great time for enrichment activities. Free from the daily grind of classes and homework, your child can explore his or her creative side. Shop for art supplies on sale at local craft stores, or find wholesale arts and crafts supplies online at DollarDays. Many moms have a craft box (or craft closet) full of supplies to keep their kids occupied during school vacations and on rainy weekends. While some parents splurge on summer art classes … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Books, Books (Activities), Books (School Aged), Crafts, Educational, Featured, Play

Eye Can Create Art…So Can You

Eye Can Create Art…So Can You

I wasn’t bored much growing up. On rainy days and lazy Saturday afternoons, I’d be engaged in some craft project or interesting game. My mother, a teacher, has a gift for finding and organizing fun activities on a moment’s notice. Now that I’m a mom, I appreciate how easy she made it all look. Some organized moms dedicate entire closets to craft supplies and keep file folders full of craft-ideas clipped from magazines and newspapers on-hand. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Crafts, Developmental Toys, Educational, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Learning, Play

Color Your Own Rainbow

Color Your Own Rainbow

The ultimate in customization (and super fun play) is to make your own toys. You don’t have to be an expert artisan to build and decorate a quality Calafant Cardboard Toys from Creative Toy Shop. Calafant Cardboard Toys are a custom toy, imaginative craft, and enjoyable family project all in one. These toys are easy to assemble. The cardboard is pre-cut so no glue or scissors necessary.  Small and medium sized toys come with non-toxic markers; large … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Contests, Crafts, Eco-Friendly, Hip Find, School Aged Children, Toys (Pre-School)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are so thankful that you have joined us throughout this year for our chic picks, hip contests and fabulous deals! Enjoy your family and have a bountiful and happy Thanksgiving tomorrow.  If you are looking for some fun fall crafts to occupy the kiddos, we recommend: Construction Paper Hand Turkey with a Twist from a Video Tutorial via MOMformation (my daughter loved how the Turkey was her footprints and handprints) A Stuffed Hand Turkey from Bella Dia … Read entire article »

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Keep Crayons and Art Supplies Organized with Doodlebugz

Keep Crayons and Art Supplies Organized with Doodlebugz

My daughter enjoys drawing, carrying her things in bags, organizing her toys (must have gotten that from Daddy). Doodlebugz offers Crayon Keepers, DoodleBags, Crayon Aprons and Toolbelts, and Crayon Purses and Duffle Bags that allow her to do all three. These licensed Crayola products, available at Princess Linens, allow your little artist to keep supplies handy so she’s ready to create! My daughter is especially fond of the DoodleBags ($25.50), which include a drawing pad and crayons … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Bags (Children), Contests, Crafts, Gift Ideas, Organizers, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toddlers

Art Studio on the Go

Art Studio on the Go

One of the biggest challenges in traveling with children is keeping them occupied between stops. Time will fly by for your little artist with The Car Valet by Alex ($28 at Little Jet Set) and he can keep an illustrated journal to have a fun, personal record of the trip, too. This adorable, easy to clean carrying case and fold out desk attaches to the back of front seats and the surface is adjustable for the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Crafts, Organizers, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Travel

Unique Gifts for Your Child

Unique Gifts for Your Child

Personalizing a gift can make the present more memorable. And adding a custom flourish makes the item a perfect fit for its recipient. Copper Hill Kids allows you to customize and personalize a variety of gifts for babies and children. When a business is a labor of love, the joy shines through in the products. New mamas enjoy seeing the name they carefully selected for their baby and young children, like my toddler, feel … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Gifts, Bags (Children), Crafts, Personalized, Shower Gifts, Snapsuits

Is my (Doll)House Safe?

Is my (Doll)House Safe?

A reader e-mailed us because she had concerns about the Melissa & Doug Victorian Dollhouse ($150, unfurnished) she had purchased for her daughter. After checking out the research we e-mailed her, she felt comfortable keeping this child-safe dollhouse. Melissa & Doug manufactures in China and many parents are understandably concerned about the lead paint recalls. We have faith in Melissa & Doug’s safety procedures and testing and Melissa & Doug has not had a single … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Crafts, Dolls, Made in the USA, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toys (Pre-School)

Win a $50 Gift Certificate from Hanes.com

Hanes.com recently launched a site designed just for moms and kids Hanes.com/kids. Hanes Kids features features “Smart Solutions” (e.g. activity organizers, packing lists, two-for-one offers, spring cleaning tips, etc), online games for kids, and easy craft ideas for the whole family. The craft ideas are easy, fun and affordable. One of my favorites was tip on how to make clothing for American Girl dolls using an adult-size sweatshirt. (One sweatshirt makes two dresses.) Parents looking for affordable party ideas might appreciate the Hanes T-Party guide, which has helpful hints on throwing a t-shirt decorating party. Win It: To celebrate the launch of Hanes.com/kids, Hanes is giving away a $50 shopping spree to one lucky Mamanista reader. To enter the contest, check out Hanes.com/kids and leave a comment on this post by March 17th … Read entire article »

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