I'm feeling a little giddy today, high on the excitement of the inaugural ceremonies. Sure, it's easy to get older kids to share in this momentous occasion, but what about wee ones?
Check out these "Change We Need" diaper covers (US$11), inspired by President Obama's quote. The covers are available through the bookstore of Occidental College, the school he attended for several years before transferring to Columbia University.
If you want a pair for your baby, you're going to have to wait a spell. As you can imagine, these diaper covers are selling out as soon as they are available.
But they're so cute; it'd be worth the wait.
Blog Posts by Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff
I'm feeling a little giddy today, high on the excitement of the inaugural ceremonies. Sure, it's easy to get older kids to share in this momentous occasion, but what about wee ones?Read More »from Change we need...even on diaper covers
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Thu, Jan 15, 2009 9:37 PM EST
http://iheartguts.comSo a company called I Hate Guts makes plush "guts, innards and organs." But one of their products has, er, issues.Read More »from Things we don't get: Plush uterus and its subsequent recall...it's a choking hazard
The stuffed uterus is being recalled because it poses a -- get ready for it -- choking hazard to young children. Specifically, "the ovaries may be pulled off and become a choking hazard."
I'm serious, y'all.
The company said that while they designed the plush uterus for adults, they are marked them for ages 3 and up and "want to be absolutely sure no harm comes from playing with our guts."
One, who would buy a stuffed uterus and two, who would let their toddler/preschooler play with it?
Photo Credit: Irene SuchockiThanks, Ali Edwards, for my Etsy purchase of the day.Read More »from Artwork that inspires love (or wanderlust)
I saw this beautiful image while scrolling through my list of blog reads this morning and yes, I immediately clicked over and purchased it. The photo is called "Looking for Love" (US$30, etsy.com) by freelance photographer Irene Suchocki, who calls her photos "little poems for the eyes."
I adore the blurred building images with the glowing hearts. Along with snuggling up with my sweetie, this photo makes me want to get on the next plane to Florence, Italy (even though I think it was shot in France).
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Wed, Jan 14, 2009 8:34 PM EST
Photo Credit: tangarangblog.blogspot.comIt all comes back to the simplicity of a cardboard box.Read More »from Crafty mamas help their kids make...a cardboard zoo
Forget the LEGO blocks, the Polly Pocket dolls, Fisher-Price Little People and whatever else your little kid is into at the moment. Break out a box and some little animals, and help them make a zoo.
I fell in love with this idea from Tangarangvia The Crafty Crow. I know my preschooler would play with this cardboard zoo for hours. Would yours?
photo credit: tangarangblog.blogspot.com
More crafty mama ideas on Shine:
Crafty mamas help their kids make...cardboard masterpieces
Crafty mamas can try making...a DIY color book for little ones
Crafty mamas help their kids make....homemade playdough
Crafty mamas help their kids make...wooden robots
Crafty mamas let their kids...make postcards out of cereal boxes
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesI can hardly believe I'm even writing about this topic, but guess what? It's the second week of January and I've already received three application packets for my kids' summer day camp. I was glad for winter break to be overRead More »from Summer camp: Start thinking about it
(sort of...if only we could still be on the beach), but I'm not yet prepared to deal with summer vacation. Mostly because for the first times since we started utilizing summer camp, I really would love for my kids to be home so we could enjoy their time off...together. What a concept, right?
Since many parents are in money-saving mode, I'm wondering how this will impact summer camp enrollment. (Side question: Are you readjusting your summer childcare plans?) But if you are planning on sending your child to a summer day camp, even for a half-day program, chances are very high that you'll need to start looking into those camps now.
So take this post as a gentle reminder to begin the summer camp search process. Heed this advice because trust me, if you wait until
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesShine user TC recently asked us all to write about our weird pregnancy cravings. But a comment by she with the little feet over on my post about treats to pamper an expectant mom reminded me of another question: When you were pregnant, what smells made you nauseous?Read More »from Pregnancy tales: What scents made you nauseous?
During my pregnancies, two things would send me into a queasy tailspin -- cooked broccoli and public restrooms. The latter posed the biggest challenge, since I had to pee every two minutes.
Your turn: What did you have to avoid when you were pregnant because the smells made you sick to your stomach?
Related links on Shine:
Gifts to comfort (and spoil) an expectant mom
Trying to get pregnant? You should sign up for a Booty Call(er)
DIY maternity jeans for the craftalicious expectant mom
Baby shower gifts don't have to be for the baby. One of my favorite things to do is give a gift to the expectant mom -- something to pamper her because I knew how rough that last trimester is on the pregnant body. Check out the slide show for the products you can put in a baby shower gift basket. Your expectant mama friend will love you for it.
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 7, 2009 10:54 PM EST
A sketch by my kid...better than what K-Fed can do?We're scared in that train wreck sort of way.Read More »from K-Fed to launch new children's fashion line -- could your kid come up with better designs?
Apparently Kevin Federline will be launching a children's clothing line called Otzi. No other deets are available.
My kid sketched a little design, which he calls a hut on a mountain. At first glance, I thought it was a strapless dress (I imagined a purple bodice, green organza skirt).
But I wondered, would my kid design a better children's clothing line than K-Fed? Could your kid?
It's hard to say since the man hasn't shown us the clothing line. But I'll assume the answer is a big "Yes" since we still have bad memories from this video (file under: "so bad it's good".
A Shine Parenting Challenge:
Have your kid sketch some clothing ideas. Upload them to Shine parenting and title your post "Better than K-Fed's Otzi." Drop a comment below with a link to your post and I'll do a little slide show roundup, say, in a week.
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesI've read several columns in the past few days from parents resolving to be better parents in the New Year. Being a mom or dad is one of the toughest gigs. Ever. And even that is an understatement. But I think every parent has many moments where they think, "I know I can do better."
I, too, am like those other columnists who are resolving to be a better parent in 2009. I'm forever a rookie parent, learning the ropes as I go with my two young boys. (I still can't believe I have a seven-year-old kid.)
Here are four ways that I think we can all be better parents...let's call this list the "4 L's." Chances are you've probably heard or read about all of these things before, but they are easy to forget in the heat of parenting moments. If you can remember to do one of these a day, you'll realize how simple yet powerful these tips are for you and your kids.
- Lighten up. It's pretty easy to get into that cranky rut when your kids are running around and you know they know they shouldn't
...I'm sitting on Poipu Beach watching the surf...I used to tease my big brother because he was never without his ChapStick. The moment his lips felt dry, you could spot him applying the lip balm as if he'd been dragging himself across the desert and his lips were scorched.Read More »from What's your lip balm addiction?
I can't say much about it now because I'm fully addicted to lip balm. When I was a teenager, I used lip gloss (still do...but over my lip balm). I loved Kissing Potion by Maybelline and my favorite flavor was Green Apple. Remember how tingly your lips would feel after putting it on? I used to keep a bottle in the glove compartment of my then-boyfriend-now-husband's '66 Mustang. I'd always re-apply it before a kiss. (Sometimes he'd actually apply the gloss to my lips and request a smooch, though he will deny this.)
I'd moved on to Carmex (too medicine-like) and finally to Aveda Lip Saver, since I spend tons of time outdoors with my kids. But the Aveda lip balm is pricey.
Now I'm back from a holiday vacation in Kauai, Hawaii, and I've a new lip balm addiction: