Are you enjoying the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics? We sure are. My kids like watching the figure skating (I must admit it is a guilty pleasure of mine, too, though I also really like slope style). And, we’ve all become faux Olympians ourselves thanks to our new Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games – Nintendo Wii U. Using characters from Mario and Sonic to Princess Peach and Amy, you can try out 24 Olympic events including bobsleigh, skiing, figure skating pairs, and, yes, even slopestyle. The games are pretty easy to figure out (and I don’t usually say that) and I have even perfected my own triple lutz. Which is unlikely to happen in real life! Buy Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games – Nintendo Wii U for $41.95 at Amazon.com.
Today only , our affiliate Tea Collection is having a sale of an additional 25% off all sale items. This includes the final markdowns on its best-selling Fall/Winter “China” collection, which is already featured at up to 50% off (my 7-year-old son has gotten so much use–and many compliments–on his Tea Collection “China” outfits which he modeled here last Fall). So if you need a few more comfy cotton items to get your kids through the last (we hope) of the chilly weather, today’s the day to shop at Tea Collection.
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Have you seen the Facebook meme where you offer to do something nice for 5 friends just to be nice, such as surprising them with movie tickets, a book, a gift, or a visit? I love gift-giving (obviously) so I was thrilled to post this on my personal FB wall and send some goodies to 5 friend who replied. I opted for jewelry (who doesn’t love jewelry???) from Etsy shops that I’ve never ordered from before. The gifts were big hits, and they shipped lightning fast, so I was very pleased and wanted to highlight two of them here:
I was recently invited to a spring press preview for The Museum of Modern Art’s Design Store, which was exciting for me since I used to work in the art world (my first job after college was at The Whitney Museum of American Art). And The Museum of Modern Art has one of the best gift shops in NYC, featuring both products that are inspired by specific objects or artists in the Museum’s permanent collection as well as gifts that just please design lovers from an aesthetic perspective. Here are 5 new and noteworthy gifts for kids that caught my eye (all are now available for purchase online at MoMA’s Design Store:
MoMA Sculpture Garden Play Set ($35). A paper play set version of the Museum’s famous outdoor sculpture garden, this Bauhaus-inspired model includes eight reversible blocks, one reversible floor, two pools with bridges, four people, five trees, seven sculptures, and accompanying storybook. Ages 6 years and up.
ABC Stamp Set ($30). A classy birthday gift for city kids, this eco-friendly wooden alphabet stamp set by French toy company Janod helps develop fine motor skills through both puzzle-solving and stamping. Two non-toxic ink pads included. Ages 3 years and up.
3 Doodler ($99). I watched MoMA staffers demonstrate this incredible 3D printing pen (the first of its kind) which lets you doodle freestyle or trace shapes from templates in order to create larger sculptures. It’s incredible to see the pen “spit out” a steady stream of plastic that stays suspended in space as it cools into your creation.
Mini Stovetop Playset ($40). A great play kitchen if you’re short on space, this gender-neutral cooking station includes a pot, pan, and utensils, and folds up for easy transport. Ages 3 years and up.
KidsErgo Stool ($75). I love how these corkscrew shaped kids’ seats look when grouped together, but even one will add a colorful punch to a child’s bedroom or playroom. With a backless and flexible design, KidsErgo allows kids to rock gently and balance themselves, which provides great sensory benefits both to typically developing children as well as children with special needs. Ages 5 years and up (80lb. weight limit).
Look for more gifts for kids at MoMA’s Design Store.
I’m so happy to see this “Beatles Collection” sale at Zulily in commemoration of the Fab Four’s 50th anniversary of its U.S. debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. There’s something here for everyone–babies, kids, and nostalgic grown-ups and grandparents, too… my own parents’ first date took place the same week as the Beatles debut 50 years ago! Here are some of my favorites from the Zulily sale:
“All You Need is Love” bodysuit (on sale for $10.99, regularly $16)
Beatles Yellow Submarine Buildable Figure Set (on sale for $9.99, regularly $15)
As a sentimental mom, I love unique takes on “keepsake” artwork, like Stuffed Animal Art, a NYC husband-and-wife company that turns a photograph of your child’s favorite lovey or stuffed animal into an original fine art painting. What a sweet way to immortalize your child’s beloved friend before he/she turns gray after years of use–I should know because my daughter’s beloved “Blankie” turns 10 this month and is decidedly gray rather than its original pink! Stuffed Animal Art celebrates the security and comfort provided by this special bond between children and their “fond friends.” For a flat fee of $225, you’ll get your original commissioned 8 x 10 painting set in 11 x 14″ matting within 2 weeks. Check out Stuffed Animal Art’s gallery to see some fantastic examples.
Stuffed Animal Art, as you might imagine, is a company with heart. When I approached them about donating a custom painting to the auction at my son’s special education school, they immediately replied “yes”. So one of my son’s schoolmates is in for a special treat to hang on his or her wall. Thank you, Stuffed Animal Art, for your generosity and your commitment to children!
Visit Stuffed Animal Art for more information about ordering a painting for your own child.
I’ve had a lot of success recently finding cute, age-appropriate, and affordable clothing for my tween daughter at Crazy 8. She loves this new “Bon Voyage” outfit for spring and summer (so do I–this is one of my favorite color palettes)–Bon Voyage sequin tee on sale for $10, aqua anchor-patterned skinny jeans on sale for $14, and colorblock espadrilles on sale for $18.66. We also nabbed a stylish, sun-protecting Anchor Rash Guard Set for $18.88. Browse the blue, yellow and aqua “Seaside Bright” collection at Crazy 8.
At any given time I have several unpurchased items in my Gymboree shopping cart. Since the company’s prices have gone up in recent years, I wait until it’s offering discounts to complete checkout. Today through February 10th, you can get a generous 30% off your entire purchase at Gymboree–including both full-price and sale items (plus you’ll get free shipping over $75 or flat rate $5 shipping otherwise). My pick: Mini Mariner Rashguard set and Hat (6-12mos to 5T, now approximately $42 including the discount). No coupon code needed–all prices are already marked down.