Stuff We Like: the New Back to School Supplies

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Gone are the days of marble notebooks and pencils topping families’ back-to-school shopping lists. Presenting our choices for the coolest new and necessary items to stuff your kids’ lunchboxes, cubbies, and lockers! SoCal Hair Curling Tie Step away from the damaging curling iron and use the SoCal Hair Curling Tie ($18.99) to achieve curls, instead. The accessory takes only... Read More

Stuff We Like: ETHNIKOS Toys


Ajuma Ataguba, creator of ETHNIKOS toys Ajuma Ataguba is a toymaker with an ambitious goal: To inspire children to learn about and appreciate the world, especially different ethnicities and cultures. She aims to do so through a new collection of plush toys and books called ETHNIKOS, and she’s asking for a little help to make this line a reality. On July 21, 2014, Ataguba launched... Read More

Stuff We Like: Letter Perfect

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The ABCs are more than just letters. NYMetroParents editorial director Dawn M. Roode shares products that show how the ABCs can be used to communicate, stylize, and entertain! Living Pictures     With the nostalgic charm of those iconic gold-spined books of our youth paired with the detailed elegance of an Audubon study, the vibrant illustrations in Susi Martin’s Animal... Read More

Stuff We Like: Martha Stewart’s Blackberries and Oregano Pie

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This gorgeous pie combines the sweetness of blackberries with a savory note of oregano, all wrapped up in a flaky, handmade pie crust. Since July is typically peak picking season for blackberries (find where to pick your own here), a Fourth of July barbecue would be the perfect time to debut this sweet treat. Whether you opt for traditional treats like burgers (get a recipe for... Read More

Stuff We Like: Backyard Games with a Twist


Does your household have a king of croquet? How about a captain of cornhole? Get ready to challenge his or her reign of the backyard with these quirky outdoor games. Stray from the traditional horseshoes matches and bocce games this summer and try one of these fun but lesser-known family lawn games, either in your own backyard or at a park nearby.   Ringer Toss Ringer Toss... Read More

Stuff We Like: Just for Dads

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“When I get stuck on my homework, he helps me.” “He does good voices.” “When I’m sad, he cheers me.” “He gives me a lot of kisses and huggies.” What makes your dad special?, a Shutterfly site, asked a few kids what they thought about their dads, in honor of Father’s Day. Their answers are heartwarming, precious, and sometimes maybe a bit too honest... Read More

Stuff We Like: Baby Shower Gifts

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Buying for babies doesn’t have to be hard. NYMetroParents editorial director Dawn M. Roode shares her favorite baby shower gifts, culled from items she found essential when her own son was born, and cute ways to celebrate a child’s arrival. Oh, baby!   For the Greater Good I have a few go-to baby shower gifts, and they are inevitably the things that I could not... Read More

Stuff We Like: Just for Kids

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Silly parent, these things are for kids! Equip your children with the best headphones, the cuddliest nightlight and more with these items we like, just for kids.   The Monster Next to the Bed Calm your child’s fear of the dark by letting a monster light the way—Mike or Sulley from Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., that is. Philips Disney SoftPals are soft, cuddly, portable... Read More