says baseball has to be about jerseys and beer?
Scrapbooks are so last decade. All the cutting, pasting,
stickers, spilled glue. Take your scrapping into modern times with
Scrapblog, scrapblog.com an online company that offers
everything you'd ever need to scrap, including cute templates,
soundtrack and video capabilities, the ability to grab photos from
Facebook and plenty of creative freedom. Imagine scraping on
Photoshop, only easier.
One of the site's biggest pulls is its sharing capabilities.
"People are increasingly sharing on Facebook," says CEO Jill Braff.
"It's connected all of us to our friends and family we don't live
down the street from anymore. It's a much richer experience." Not
only can you e-mail your latest photo creation from the family
vacation to the grandparents in Florida, you can also upload photos
from Scrapblog to Facebook. The site offers the Share the Love
application on Facebook, which allows you to create directly. And
much like gaming applications such as Farmville, you can increase
your abilities as you move up in levels.
Scrapblog also offers publishing services, so when you're
finished creating a Scrapblog from your daughter's first birthday,
you can have it made into a book. Card and calendar designs are
also available, which is perfect for last-minute Father's Day
For Braff, Scrapblog is all about connecting people and doing
that simply. "It really enriches people's lives and it's not
complicated. It's the sweet spot of it." Scrapblog is free to join,
but some templates and extras require the swipe of a credit
Breastfeeding never looked so good
a night, the Hotel Monaco on North Wabash is worth every penny.
When it comes to fashion, new moms have it tough. Maternity
jeans do a wonderful job of reminding you how much smaller your
pre-preggo body looked, and nursing tops just don't cut the
mustard-until now, thanks to Milkstars, www.milkstars.com. The
year-old company's secret is in the underlayer of its shirts and
"A lot of nursing shirts have a line across the chest: it's
really functional and great … but it's not fashionable," says owner
Jamie Ruben. "I thought, what can we do to get that functionality
and cover it?" Although Ruben won't take credit for inventing the
idea of using the underlayer and cutouts on the side, she's running
with it. There is something to be said about the vital belly
protection the clothing designs provide, offering moms comfort and
less socially awkward opportunities to breastfeed while out and
Milkstars currently offers eight styles, with more ideas in the
oven. "The way I see it, the more companies are putting out cute,
attractive nursing clothing, the more women (want this type of
clothing)," Ruben says. "Breastfeeding is really important. I'm
certainly someone who thinks it's a healthy way to feed my baby …
but I do want to look good." Milkstars is available online and
retail, $55-$60 for shirts and $85 for dresses.
Although your favorite pair of pumps look fabulous, they don't
always feel fabulous. Take a break from the heels with comfortable
and foldable ballet flats from City Slips, www.cityslips.com. The
adorable flats come in a zippered carrying case that unfolds to
reveal a bag for carrying your pumps, which is ideal when you're a
mom on the go. City Slips are available in black, gold and silver
and retail for $24.99.
always better than one.
Growing up, you made wishes upon stars. Although your dreams and
wishes didn't always come true, there's still a kid inside you who
still believes. Home in on your inner kid by reinventing the way
you wish and dream. Brazilets, brazilets.com, has adopted the 200-year-old
Latin American tradition of making three wishes as you tie three
knots and wearing the bracelet until it falls off. The belief is
that your wishes will come true when the Brazilet naturally breaks
off. The do-good bracelets do more than make you feel good-proceeds
from the bracelets are donated to environmental organizations such
as Plant A Billion, an organization dedicated to planting at least
one billion trees. Brazilets are available in 13 colors and retail
for $5. Thinking positive and helping the planet isn't such a
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