Friday, December 6th, 2013
We live in the world of the Jetsons. I remember as a kid I thought it would be SO cool to be able to talk on the phone and actually see the other person. Well, now we do that without even thinking twice. And our kids are going to grow up never having known a day when we couldn’t do this. We can also log into an app on our phones and check out our sleeping baby in her nursery. Being away from our kids is simply not what it used to be.
Enter Toymail—an absolutely adorable (and genius) new device that lets you send messages to your kids’ toy via an app on your phone. Each little character has a name and an identity (read their funny descriptions!) and on the back of these aptly shaped animals (note they are shaped like a blue, curbside mailbox), there is a play button and a record button. Once you record a message to your kid, the device will alert him that there’s a message waiting. After he plays it, he can record a message back to you.
So you know when you have that urge to call your daughter from work, and you call your babysitter and have a usually unfulfilling conversation? Well with Toymail you can just send a message, with your smoochy sounds and goofy voices, and then hope one comes back to you.
I’m not sure who will love this toy more…you or your child!
For more toys and games your little one will love, visit Shop Parents.
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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Honestly, I never met a garland I didn’t like. Some might say I’m obsessed with garlands, and I’m totally okay with that. So you can imagine that this time of year, with cuteness swagging all over the place, I’m really in my element. I seriously am of the belief that with a little paint, glitter, paper, or ribbon, any object can become a cute garland. Here are 3 that prove that very point!
Wedding blogs are one of the best sources for cool garlands these days. I’m in love with the colors of this gemstone-like garland from Ruffled. And you can even reuse this garland come Valentine’s Day! And Easter too while you’re at it!
Stars are not the most original symbol when it comes to Christmas garlands, but this color palate really shakes up the traditional red and green. And guess what? It’s made with free paint chip samples from the hardware store. This is so easy to make with a star paper punch and the kids can really get into it! They can even punch stars as they are re-watching A Charlie Brown Christmas (one of my all time faves). How-to found here.
Here is a classic pasta craft that really feels festive and celebratory! Cover bowties with gold glitter, let dry, then tie a string around the centers to hang. If there’s anytime to allow glitter into your home, it’s Christmas! You can also see a red on at The Gold Jellybean.
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