August 25th, 2011
Looking for that perfect gift for a preggo friend or cutie-pie kiddo?
Look no further than Urbanmist.
The tees-to-please one-stop-shop dresses every member of the family in funny-bone-tickling tops.
Here, we talk to Urban Mist co-founder Ian Heller about his snark-meets-style maternity and baby clothes company, the hot designs of the season and his new organic line.
THE FAMILY GROOVE: Why did you start Urban Mist?
Ian Heller: There are a few websites out there that cater to this niche, but I didn't think the other sites were funny or thought provoking. As a new parent, I was inspired to create a new website dedicated to funny baby & maternity shirts
. In fact, shortly after my baby was born, I literally remember sitting in the hospital room and writing the first list of sayings for the shirts. Baby and maternity shirts seemed like a good canvas to express fun and cute messages. The more I started working on material for children and maternity, the more I realized it opened up creativity I never knew I had.
IH: To fulfill my creative desires I decided to learn graphic design by taking classes and reading books and now I am a self-taught graphic designer. When we make a new design first we come up with a slogan for the shirt and then try to develop a design related to the slogan, so it’s the slogan that is a big part of the design aesthetic. When that doesn’t work we sometimes get inspiration while doing kegs stands but we fill the kegs with Similac. Similac keg stands are a part of our creative process (just kidding). We are just inspired by the cuteness of maternity and baby clothes in general, they are just a great canvas that our hearts want to fill.
TFG: What are your most popular styles?
IH: That is top secret information but off the record, our most popular styles are Maternity t-shirts, Onesies and the Organic styles. My personal favorite slogans that I have designed for the Maternity and baby categories are as follows:
Maternity Shirts – 1) Delivery Methods - Digital Download
and 2) Pregnant Women are Beautiful
Infant Shirts - 1) I Used To Live In A One Womb Apartment
and 2) I Was Owe How Much Money To The Government
TFG: What is your proudest moment as a business owner?
IH: Every time an order is placed it makes me proud. It shows that someone really likes a design that I personally created and that is the best feeling in the world.
TFG: What exciting things are on the horizon?
IH: On the horizon we are planning to create an alphabet and nature based line of designs and will be letting our imaginations run wild. Expect the unexpected and check back frequently or sign up for updates on our homepage here.
For more cool tees, go to www.UrbanMist.com
.Belly bonus: Free shipping with purchase of five or more shirts!
Tags: Baby clothes, baby shirts, baby tees, Kids' clothes, maternity shirts, Maternity wear, tees, Toddlers
Posted in FABS: Stuff We Super Dig |
May 4th, 2011
Delight your wee one with the wonder that is other languages—and teach him or her about other cultures in the process. Little Pim is a fun, award-winning series designed to introduce foreign languages to babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Research shows that young children who learn a second language have greater cognitive and verbal skills. Children up to the age of six can learn multiple languages with ease. Cool, right? Trusted by parents and loved by kids, each 35-minute DVD features Little Pim, a cutie-pie animated panda as well as real kids doing everyday activities.
For more info, go to www.littlepim.com
Tags: babies, cultures, foreign languages, panda, parents, second language, Toddlers, verbal skills
Posted in FABS: Stuff We Super Dig |
October 18th, 2010
All I want for Christmas is (pause to clear throat, open eyes widely and stand up straight):
Two pairs of Louboutins (your choice but seeking one pair not-so practical looking and one very much not so practical looking—because practical heels are a waste of time)
A pair of winter boots (again, not
looking for practical here)
Pajamas (because my daughter is starting to point out that I sleep in the next day's gym clothes)
Gym clothes (lululemon only)
More blond in my life (because not a creature is stirring except for my verging-on-mousy-brown hair)
(organic and luxe—because the make-d0 I've been making-do simply will not do anymore)
A retainer (because I think my teeth are shifting)
Ummm . . . world peace
Please get back to me asap to let me know that you got my letter.
Fat chance on the reply, you are thinking, right? I mean Santa is sooooo busy this time of year. Duh.
Lucky for us, Imagination Destination
is here to help out old Saint Nick.
On this oh-so-smart, ever-so-cheeky site, you can personalize a letter from none other than Santa, Frosty or Rudolph (and the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy).
Sending a letter is a snap. Choose the character, select your letter head and sending option (can be sent via regular mail with appropriate postmark or you can print it out on your own) and customize a letter specially for your child.
We absolutely love this idea! It's just a neat thing you can do to keep the magic of the holidays and childhood alive. Love. That.
Get sent! Go to www.imaginationdestination.com
Tags: Christmas ideas, Kids, Letters to Santa, Toddlers, Unique holiday gift ideas
Posted in FAVES: Dy-no-mite, Outta-Sight Sites |
September 6th, 2010
I saw about half of This Is It
late on Saturday night. As exhausted as I was after a day of cleaning, cooking and entertaining a two-year-old and a five-year-old, all while working an 8-hour day, I found my energy rising as I watched the movie.
Man, oh, man in the mirror, are Michael's energy and passion palpable. He's so ubiquitous, even in death, and you forget why sometimes.
Watching the movie made me at once sad (I mean, he's clearly out of it) and inspired (even when he's out of it, he's a performer through and through, a true professional and an obsessed perfectionist—I so admire that).
Anyway, it's a great movie to watch with your kids because the music and the dancing are unparalleled.
And speaking of days of cooking, cleaning, entertaining two little kids and working (or not so really speaking of it), behavior was a big issue this weekend. The no's
(as said to me), the tantrums (after I say no
) and the know-it-allness (of both of them) were remarkable.
Witnessing these new stages of development and seeing little human beings explore their boundaries and flex their independent muscles is fascinating from an intellectual point of view but from a harried--mother-whose-already-on-empty-and-whose-patience-skipped-town-a-while-ago, it's frustrating (and that's putting it nicely).
I expected the two-year-old to act as such but not the five-year-old. Apparently, however, five (as in five going on fifteen) can be a tough time for the wees, especially the girl ones. All of my daughter's friends' moms report back on the same kind of exasperating behavior.
Knowing that it's not just my kid (and it's probably not because I work too much) makes me feel a lot better and stops me from buying a one-way ticket on the guilt train for a long and bumpy ride to Woe-Is-Me-Ville.
If you're feeling my pain, chug-a-chug-a-choo-choo your way over to our helpful Q & A with a prominent child psychiatrist on how to effectively handle bad behavior called The Discipline Dilemma
I hope your weekend was more good than bad, unless you still use the word bad
to mean good
Have a good/bad Labor Day!
Tags: babies, Child psyschiatrist, Michael Jackson, Parenting, Positive discipline, Toddlers
Posted in TIPS: Don't Stand Up in a Canoe and Other Things You Need to Know to Navigate the Often Rough Waters of Parenthood |
August 11th, 2010
Guess what's back. Back again. Back-to-school's back. Tell your friends.
In honor of back-to-school's official arrival, Little Zen Minds
, a site teeming with children's educational and learning toys, is offering 15 percent off of all merchandise until August 30.
Just use code SCHOOL2010
Big savings, engaged children, solid purchases you don't have to second guess—sounds pretty zen to us.
Tags: babies, Children, Developmental toys, Educational toys, Learning toys, Sale, Toddlers
Posted in FREEBIES: Shazam! Giveaways, Sales, Discounts, Coupons Just for You |
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