Wheel of Misfortune


A kind of “I’ll cut and you pick” egalitarian way to divide the less than sweet childcare chores. The Wheel of Responsibility with Real Spinner Action makes misery almost like a fun game! But in order to be really useful at 2 a.m., this thing ought to glow in the dark .


Take a seat!


Hunky Hub thinks orphaned vintage chairs should stay in the crap heap and not be brought home to live at his house. Junking is an illness for which modern medicine is agressively seeking a vaccine. Wait until he gets a load of MOMA’S challenging game of skill and balance. Grab the gaffer tape, he’s gonna blow.


Project Funway


College is going to be so expensive. Might better get her into thrifty mode now by teaching her how to make her own clothes. SEE and SEW by Tina Davis, is a charming little book that may even spark a career. That, or a smack down on a reality show.

$14.16 at Amazon

Haunted Housework


The Widow’s Broom, by Chris VanAllsburg, is hardly new (1992) and is unjustly overshadowed by his other seasonal classic, The Polar Express. Much more fairy than scary, this autumnal tale of a widow who finds herself in possession of an extraordinary broom contains page upon page of frame worthy illustration. A creepy twist on cleanliness for readers as young as five.

$12.89 at Amazon

Handy Hint


Each one of these clever hardware alphabet cards is a generous 8″ x 10″. With strategic placement above her crib they will be a subtle reminder for Daddy that, until she can wield the hammer herself, perhaps Mommy’s honey-do list could use some attention.


Crumby Character


COOKIES by Amy Krouse Rosenthal teaches “bite-size life lessons”. How does a child of four know what patience really means? Character qualities are exquisitely illustrated with one cookie and an everyday situation. Brilliant in its simplicity, it is certain to be an award winner. Go ahead, take a bite!

$10.39 at Amazon


Newborn Nosegay


Flowers die, but this baby bouquet is a sweet, permanent reminder that baby is on the way. As if your Vienna sausage toes aren’t reminder enough. The new “diaper cake”for hip moms.


Ladybug Choos


Spring is a state of mind. Ladybug baby booties may not hasten Spring’s arrival, but for most girls, its all about the shoes anyway. Relax Emily, at least they aren’t white.


Mom’s Little Black Book


So its technically not a kid item. But without this sleek leather Mom Agenda , Junior and Precious might be stranded at some soccer tourney while you are getting your monthly Brazillian. If only dental appointments and Room Mom meetings could be as sexy.


Don’t lose your lunch.


Made of crisp oilcloth, this earth friendly lunchbag can be mongrammed in three different fonts and comes in five different cottage colored ginghams. A charming bag for when that hideous Bratz lunchbox loses its luster. Or it loses itself.