Confetti Pop


The kids will love it, even if mom, dad and the vacuum are less enthused. Just push, old-school push pop style, and watch the confetti fly. Available for $10 at UrbanOutfitters.com.

Getting Into Animation


How cool is this? This stop motion animation kit includes easy to manipulate figures, camera and stop-motion software that’s easy enough for a 6-year-old to use. (Includes 101 pieces though, so keep away from toddlers and anyone else who enjoys swallowing plastic.) Available for $70 at UncommonGoods.com.

Sales This Week

It’s time for one of my favorite events in the city, the 12th Annual Renegade Craft Fair. Indie crafters set up shop along Division Street between Damen and Paulina avenues, hawking everything from jewelry to clothing to home decor. Kids are welcome (there are plenty of kid-friendly crafts) but navigating a street fair with a stroller is as fun as it sounds. The fair runs September 6th and 7th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Street parking is available (and in years past, I have not had trouble finding a spot within a six block radius).

Once Upon a Child (4616 N. Harlem Ave., Harwood Heights) unveils its collection of Halloween costumes on September 5th. Stop by early for the best selection.


Quarterly Baby Updates

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Backseat Activity Book


Taking a road trip over Labor Day weekend? Try the “In the Backseat” activity book to keep the kids entertained. Available at Anthropologie.com for $16.


These adorable personalized birthday crowns are perfect for the kid of the day. Customize with initials or name, depending on the design. Available for $38 at ChloeInStyle.com.






Maternity Milestone Cards


Here’s a cute gift for the pregnant lady in your life. The Milestone Pregnancy Cards are illustrated with messages like “Today You Kicked for the First Time” and “We Found Out You Were On the Way.” The idea is to take the card, write down the date and snap a photo of belly and card. 30 6″ x 4″ illustrated cards per box. Available for $26 at PerfectlySmitten.com.


Pom Pom Headband

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These pom pom headbands are simple adorable. Available for $24.50 at Garnet Hill.

Sushi Baby



I honestly can’t decide is this is hilarious or super weird, so I’ll let you draw your own conclusion. This seaweed swaddler makes a newborn look like a sushi roll. It’s a funny shower gift, anyway. Available for $48 at UncommonGoods.com.

Everyone wants to instill kindness in their children, but it can be hard to lay out a plan to do so. Teaching through action is the most important, but there are little lessons in shows found on Netflix that can reinforce the concept. (Because Daniel Tiger is just cooler than me, as it turns out.)

Here’s a list of shows (which link to specific episodes) that can teach young children a thing or two about kindness, a great lesson to instill just before school (and recess) start.







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