Trust me–this idea, although hard to see, is a good one. Take the candles off a birthday cake (this one looks to be from a 70th birthday party), and glue them onto a piece of wood. You could make it as rough or as complex as you like–the idea is what makes it. I wish […]


Our friend and contributing editor Maca Huneeus gets around, so when she says that a kids store is amazing, we listen. Tantrum is in San Francisco, in the Cole Valley neighborhood, but you can order from them online, and you should. From a clever selection of books (lots of Bruno Munari, one of our favorites!) […]

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Every season, I look around for new summer blanket for my boys. We have some Ikea blankets that are functional, but disappoint me with the thought of my children swaddled in acrylic fuzz every night. I can do better! My guilt was alleviated last week when a mother at school told me that her children’s […]

iq test

Remember these IQ test games you used to see at diners every once in a while? We picked one up recently, and it is one of the favorite weekend games that our friends and their kids pick up and play with.  We are always on the hunt for unusual gifts to bring to friends we […]

handcrank flashlight

I just saw this well-designed flashlight from Ikea (Ljusa, $4.99) powered by a handcrank so you never have to worry about it running out of batteries. So cute next to a kids bed and also really great for kids who are learning about electricity and power.    


This weekend we visited Pilar and her family on Fire Island, and Clara brought with her a whole bag of Tattly tattoos. (She had come to my office the day before and got a whole lot of them from an editor who had been working with the Tattly creator on a project.) When the tattoos […]


Our friend Rimjhim turned us on to the great of idea of a frozen yogurt gift card as birthday present. Our kids happen to be obsessed with Pinkberry in particular, but of course the idea applies to any frozen yogurt shop in your neighborhood. My 7-year-old proudly keeps the card in his wallet and even […]

honey bee

We picked up a copy of this Pictorial Webster’s Pocket Dictionary before a recent road trip, thinking it would be fun for our kids (one a solid reader, one starting to pick out a few words) to flip through. The pictures are amazing–about 200 super detailed antique engravings that once filled the pages of Webster’s […]


Here’s a gift you can stack up, comes with a gift card, is $39, and is made in the USA. We love these kid apron sets from Odette Williams, a mom based in Brooklyn, who is going to also be making them adult sizes soon. Let’s hope in time for this Mother’s and Father’s Day?! […]


Are these the most incredible paper bag puppets you’ve ever seen? I thought so too. Our friends kindly made them for our son, Soren, who was amazed to see his favorite Where the Wild Things Are characters in 3D. Max’s private boat is a reoccurring theme in our sidewalk chalk drawings, and we’ve read the […]

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