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Celebrate Friends and Sisters on August 3–and Every Day!

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Whether your kiddo has a great group of buds, one bestie, a sister, or a sister who doubles as a BFFL (best friend for life, of course!), she’s in luck, because Sunday, August 3 is Friendship Day and Sisters Day!

While presents certainly aren’t necessary for this fun holiday (friendship is free, after all), those looking to amp up the celebration may enjoy gifting a pal one of the goodies below. Click the images to shop.

Your child can print out a picture of herself and a BFF and then add “captions” using these fun, inexpensive stickers. ($2.50, Amazon.com)

This clever set of bodysuits is great for twins (talk about a built-in bud!) or just for friends. Even better, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Save the Children charity. ($30 for set of two, BabyBasket.com)

Friendship bracelets never go out of style! Pals can make their own using this set, which is recommended for kids ages 3 and up. ($15, Target.com) Your daughters can show their sisterly spirit by wearing one of these pieces! (One-piece: $10, Babies R Us; Carter’s Top, $18, Boscov’s)

Whip out this book next time your child has a friend come over! They’ll never run out of activities. ($10, Barnes and Noble)

It’s always fun to meet new playmates! Here’s how you can help your child expand his social circle.

Back to School: How To Help Kids Make New Friends
Back to School: How To Help Kids Make New Friends
Back to School: How To Help Kids Make New Friends

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Posh Presents that Give Back

Monday, December 16th, 2013

PikolinosWith the holiday season comes the gift-giving spirit, and I, for one, have always been a fan of gifts that “give back.”

It all started with a proverb my mother told me as a child: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” Ever since then, I’ve favored what I like to call “experiential gifts,” those that you can do or share with someone, or charitable gifts, which in some way support a cause I value.

This year, I’m going the charitable route. (Sometimes, the giving of an “experiential gift” feels like I’m selfishly giving myself a present, too. Anyone else ever feel that way when you buy two tickets for your special someone to a concert you’re both dying to see?) Fortunately, I was introduced to Pikolinos’ Maasai Collection, a line of shoes and bags featuring traditional beadwork embroidery. The brand partnered with over 1,600 women from the Maasai tribe of Kenya, one of the most threatened on the planet according to the UN, to design the collection. This sustainable collaboration wins my vote for the fashion-forward gift that gives back this year because 100% of the proceeds from this line go directly back into the Maasai Community in the form of fair wages. Thanks to this unique partnership, more than 1,600 families have a stable source of income that allows them to obtain basic needs items, like food and medicines.

As I browsed the collection, I thought, now here’s a gift I can feel good about giving—with comfort and style that’s so worth receiving.

Image: Olivia Palermo wears Pikoloinos via stylist.ca

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Share Your Kid’s Wish List with Santa

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

North Pole PIXMA…and with family and friends, of course! Canon’s new, interactive Facebook app, North Pole PIXMA, lets children write letters and electronically draw pictures to send to Santa’s workshop (and to your Canon printer using Cloud Technology) through December 24th. Once your child sends her creation to Santa through the app, she’ll be shown a video of the crew, including Santa, Ms. Claus, the workshop elves and Abominable Snowman, receiving her wish list at the North Pole. There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit. Plus, you can save the printed copy as a keepsake or share the list with all your little one’s prospective gift givers this year.

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Rosie to the Rescue: The Gift of You

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Rosie PopeCheck out blog posts by multitalented mompreneur Rosie Pope every week at Parents.com!

As parents, we try to be the very best that we can be. And it’s easy to fall into making comparisons: What is everyone else doing with their kids? What gear do they have? What parenting techniques are they practicing? The list of questions goes on and on.

With all this looking outward for answers, we have the tendency to turn these thoughts inward in an anxious, “I’m not doing enough” kind of way: Am I playing with my kids as much as I should? Do I encourage creativity? Do I make time for my partner? Just think of the many questions we ask ourselves in, I suppose, some desire to be perfect. Quite frankly, its exhausting! And it’s no wonder that by the end of the day we don’t feel good enough about ourselves and our contributions to our families. Instead we feel overwhelmed, irritated, and ready to dive into a random box of cookies! Your day’s good intentions are shot. Forget going to the gym—it’s just not worth it since I won’t be running as fast or as long as that person on the treadmill next to me. After satisfactorily feeding our frustrations, we then vow to make tomorrow a new day! As much as you hate to admit it, you’ve probably gone through this same roller coaster of emotions at one point or another… maybe even last night.

Well, my lovelies, I have decided that being perfect is no fun and the endless journey to achieve it certainly isn’t either! If everything’s perfect, what can we laugh at? Perfect hair and perfect pancakes in a perfect house simply isn’t that amusing! And laughing, after all, is one of the greatest joys we can share with each other and especially our children.

I’m starting to learn that owning up to imperfections and letting our children see us embracing and dealing with them is what can teach them more than anything else. If they see us being happy and confident in the face of imperfection, focusing on our strengths and not swamped by our weaknesses, they, too, will do the same. Being perfect after all (or at least trying to be) doesn’t really teach them a great deal—other than sending the message that you are totally distracted, not relatable, ridiculously unapproachable, and absorbed in reaching some standard. Our kids don’t need us to be perfect; they need us to teach them how to deal with real life.

When we are constantly trying to be the best moms we can be, so many of us ignore perhaps our greatest gift to our children—ourselves, faults and all. However, I see it every day with the moms I meet: the insecurity. They have nothing to feel inferior about; they are doing a fantastic job, but somehow they are not able to see themselves as the great mothers they are. If you feel insecure about yourself and your contributions to your family, your anxiety will take hold. You won’t be able to be yourself and that is when things can go wrong as a parent. I am convinced that if you can let go of all the self-criticism and comparisons, you will find the confidence to just be the real, no-walls-up you. And that is one of the greatest gifts you can give your little ones as a parent.

So maybe I drank some wine on a Monday night, and maybe I slept in this morning and didn’t go running, but you know what I did do? I played a darn good game of “Mommy is a horsey,” and I’m feeling pretty fab about it!

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Feel-Good Gift Ideas

Monday, December 19th, 2011

For the person on your list who already has everything, why not give them a gift that gives back by donating to a charity on their behalf. Here are a few we love.

88Bikes donates bicycles to children around the world who face hardships such as poverty and war. For $88, you can donate a bike in a friend’s name and make a child immeasurably happy. Read our story on the organization to find out just how huge of an impact a bike can have on a child’s life.

DonorsChoose.org lets you give to classrooms in need, to help make sure that kids have the essentials they need to learn and teachers have the tools required for teaching.

Share Our Strength aims to end childhood hunger in American by 2015. Your contribution will help ensure that families have access to food that’s healthy and affordable. And if you give by December 31, your tax-deductible gift will be matched, dollar for dollar.

What’s your favorite organization or charity to give to?

 

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Homemade Gifts for Father’s Day

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and we have plenty of ideas to make the #1 dad in your life feel extra special.

Nothing quite says “I love you” like homemade gifts the kids spent time putting together.  We have 12 Father’s Day crafts that moms and kids can make — from a super neat desk organizer to a personalized paperweight.  Print a “Greatest Daddy in the Galaxy” certificate or create a royal crown to make dad king for a day

If there’s a new dad in the house, alleviate his new father fears with these tips and teach him the how to be an awesome dad.

Handmade cards are also great to give, like these printable Father’s Day cards kids can color and decorate. 

Happy Father’s Day!

More Father’s Day ideas on Parents.com

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Last-Minute Shopping, Anyone?

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Well-Traveled Pocket Journal $30.00Confession: I haven’t started my holiday shopping. Nope, not at all. The thought of braving the mall at this time of year turns me into a Grinch, which is why I have a feeling I’ll be making most of my present purchases online. One of my shopping destinations is CambriaCove.com, which is seriously a gift giver’s paradise. Their selections are thoughtful, beautiful and useful, like these cheerful pocket journals. And if you need more inspiration, our holiday gift guide will help you choose the perfect present for even your pickiest have-it-all-already recipient.

Any other site suggestions for last-minute online shoppers?

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