Do you know about Etsy for Animals? A group of Etsy artists have banded together and they donate proceeds of their product sales to charities that support animals.
How do you find these Etsy sellers? When you go to Etsy, conduct a search using the term "Team EFA."
It's pretty clear I spoil my puppy. But if I'm going to buy her dog gear, I love the idea of purchasing it from sellers that participate in Etsy for Animals.
This week, I'm digging these adorable pet collars made by TheModDog. I'm partial to the collars that are dainty and bright for my Luna. Plus, I love that they all have a sassy look and are made of strong, heavyweight nylon webbing. Price ranges vary, but you can find some for as low as US$10 all the way up to 20 bucks.
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- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Work + Money – Tue, Apr 7, 2009 8:58 PM EDT
Do you know about Etsy for Animals? A group of Etsy artists have banded together and they donate proceeds of their product sales to charities that support animals.Read More »from "Etsy for Animals" pick of the week: Sassy pet collars by TheModDog
Your baby can dress like Harlow Madden...Read More »from Nicole Richie auctions off Harlow's baby gear
I'm a big fan of hand-me-downs, an online classified "store" for parents. You can buy, sell or give away used and new baby gear, and you can also donate it to charity. But the site also offers some fun celebrity auctions, with proceeds going to celeb-chosen charities.
This week, Nicole Richie and Benji Madden are auctioning off some adorable baby clothes and gear used by their 14-month-old daughter, Harlow. The proceeds will all be donated to The Richie-Madden Foundation.
The big-ticket item is an Nicole Richie-autographed Maclaren stroller (bidding is now over US$250 and rising). My personal favorites are a bright, snazzy rainbow-striped sweater and this Gymboree Red Apple dress. The shoes, sweaters and hoodies are also super cute and right now, the bidding is still very low.
Are you interested in buying used celeb baby clothes?
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Mon, Apr 6, 2009 8:46 PM EDT
Did you know you're in the middle of National Kite Month? (It started on March 28 and lasts through May 3.) And if your weather permits, you can enjoy gorgeous spring weather by taking your kids out to fly a kite.Read More »from Cool kite: Let your kid fly a "Star Wars" Millennium Falcon
As part of National Kite Month, more than 150 events are taking place all over the country to teach kids about the joy of flying a kite. (Our town hosts Kite Day at the end of April and they charge five bucks for lunch and a kite--a sweet deal!)
Now, if you take your kite flying seriously and your kid is a "Star Wars" fan, behold the "Star Wars" line of kites. While the Darth Vader's TIE fighter and the X-wing are available, I prefer the big, bad Millennium Falcon. But let's face it: either kite will make for some serious outdoor fun.
You can find the Millennium Falcon kite at Toys R' Us for US$30 and apparently some Target stores carry it as well.
More "Star Wars" goodness on Shine:
Star Wars birthday party 101
DIY Star Wars lightsaber pencil holders
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesIn my neighborhood, the streets were quiet and empty. The daily buzz of kids going to school is gone because today marks the start of spring break.
My two sons have spring break at opposite times. The preschooler is home this week; the big(ger) kid is home as of Thursday at noon. At this stage, I'm more stressed out about planning an Easter dinner for 20+ people rather than thinking how to keep my kids busy while they're home over this quick vacation.
I did do some homework (heh), though, to come up with a few activities to make their Easter break fun. If you're not planning on sending your child to some sort of spring break camp, these three tips could help you out. Plus, these activities are easy on the budget.
- Get ready for Easter or Passover. Seriously. You could spend every day this week creating something for an Easter celebration or preparing for a Passover Seder. Instead of taking on all the planning on your own, get the kids involved. From making Easter eggs (check out
In Monday's episode of the "Tyra Show," Levi Johnston, 19, talks in detail about his relationship with Bristol Palin, his ex-fiancée and the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Bristol Palin and Johnston have a newborn son, Tripp. The couple recently ended their engagement.Read More »from Liberal parenting: How far should it go?
In the interview, Johnston tells Banks that not only did he share a room with his girlfriend under Gov. Palin's roof; the teens also practiced safe sex "most of the time." He also said he was confident that Gov. Palin knew the teens were engaged in sexual relationship.
My kids are really young, so the topic of teen boyfriend/girlfriend sleepovers is one I don't think about often. I'm still savoring Little League baseball, preschool, "The Backyardigans," and lullabies. But news stories such as this one do make me wonder how liberal moms and dads can be in their parenting styles (especially when those parents are more authoritative).
You'd expect more conservative parents, like Gov. Palin, to completely shut down
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Fri, Apr 3, 2009 6:38 PM EDT
photo credit: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)Someone said no to Madonna. And I'm a little surprised by it!Read More »from Malawi court rejects Madonna's latest adoption attempt
While we're all talking about the ethics and pros and cons of Madonna's attempt to adopt 3-year-old Mercy James, we may have to hold that discussion until a later date.
Malawi's Supreme Court denied Madonna's request to adopt Mercy. This comes after days of much speculation that the courts would approve the adoption without question, especially after the Malawian government issued statements of support in Madonna's favor.
Judge Esme Chombo's ruling said that the adoption request was denied because Madonna was not a resident of Malawi. In addition, he noted that he felt Mercy was receiving "suitable" care in the orphanage where Madonna first met the girl one year ago.
Madonna has three other children: 3-year-old David (whom she adopted from Malawi), 12-year-old daughter Lourdes and 8-year-old son Rocco.
Should Madonna's adoption request have been granted?
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Fri, Apr 3, 2009 6:01 AM EDT
I was on the phone with actor, director and author, Sean Astin, last week. We chatted about parenting, music and of course, his new animated Disney children's television series, "Special Agent Oso." (FYI, "oso" means "bear" in Spanish.)Read More »from Daddy dish: Actor Sean Astin goes undercover as "Special Agent Oso"
Sean and I laughed and traded stories about our kids. (Sean and his wife, have three daughters, ages 3, 6 and 12.) At the end of the call, I felt like I wanted to invite his family over for little backyard party so we could drink margaritas and make burgers while our kids run around, giggle, catch bugs and climb trees.
I saved my notes and went about my work. Days later, I tried to find those notes. Guess what? Gone. Poof. Like black magic. I had that awful ache in my stomach as if I'd I walked into AP Chemistry class and forgot to study for a test. And I remembered finding my kids at my desk last week next to my opened laptop. This parenting thing? It can really interfere with work in the most unexpected ways.
Lucky for me, my conversation with Sean
photo credit: charlene prince birkeland/crazedparent.orgSince we're talking about how much we spoil our pets, I immediately thought about how I recognized my puppy's birthday last weekend.Read More »from Do you celebrate your pet's birthday?
Little Luna Lovegood, my black Labrador Retriever, just turned two years old. Here's the thing: My dog makes me smile often throughout my day. She listens when I tell her to behave. She's a goofball when I need to see some silliness. When the kids are in chaos mode, she walks over to me as if to say, "Sister, we have a problem." And she cuddles into the cutest little ball next to me at night while I'm reading. (And she also makes me do some embarrassing things.)
So Luna is definitely worthy of a birthday celebration.
My kids wanted to bake her a cake, but I had to talk them down by letting them know how sick it would make her. We settled on making her a really crazy-filled Kong (peanut butter, chunks of cheese and her favorite dog treats), the boys sang to her, and we put her birthday hat on for a few photos (and more treats).
But there are some dog
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Wed, Apr 1, 2009 8:19 PM EDT
photo credit: AFP/File/Amos GumulirMadonna can pretty much cause a ruckus if she looks at someone the wrong way. It's clearly not a surprise that her efforts to adopt another child from Malawi have ignited more stories about celebrity adoption and whether or not it's fair that wealthy, high-powered families are put on the fast track.Read More »from Madonna's latest adoption saga: Cruel and unethical?
But Madonna's attempt to bring 3-year-old Mercy James into her family fold brings up another discussion: Is it ethical or cruel for Madge to take kids away from their family?
There are those who believe this situation is completely wrong and unfair. I disagree. To know and accept that your child would have a better life in someone else's care is heavy on the head and heart. To give your child up for adoption so that your child can have a life you cannot provide? It's the ultimate parental/familial sacrifice.
When Madonna adopted David Banda, the then 2-year-old was in the care of the Home of Hope orphanage. David's biological father, Yohane Banda, allowed and encouraged the adoption. When
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Tue, Mar 31, 2009 11:51 PM EDT
The experience of raising children is priceless (most of the time). But have you ever played with online calculators that try to tell you how much it will cost to raise your children? According to one at BabyCenter, we'll have spent more than $450K on our oldest kid, assuming we'll pay for college. My eyes are slightly glazed over.
Given our current economic climate, I imagine most parents are looking for ways to adjust their spending habits. Families might find themselves spending more time together at home as they cut back on activities like going to the movies, eating out and attending other events. Let's call it "Family Night In."
It's never fun to feel like you're forcing your kids to spend time with you, especially when it's part of a plan to maintain a family budget. But you can also look at it as an opportunity to create a new tradition: Family Game Night.
Check out my picks for five games that could make your family game night an event your kids will enjoy.Read More »from Family night in: Games to play when you're hanging out at home with the kids