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Gender Surprise for Girls! is a new send-up of a really sexist Kinder marketing campaign

Gender Surprise – For Girls!

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If you’ve turned on a television recently, you’ve probably been confronted by new marketing from the people who make Kinder Eggs: Kinder Surprise For Girls! Here’s the icky-sweet original commercial. As many have noted, from time immemorial the toys and marketing of Kinder Eggs has been decidedly gender-neutral. The introduction of Kinder Surprise for Girls has already… Read More »

Lego Calendar by Vitamins Design

Lego Calendar for Your Family

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Thanks to a London, UK-based design firm, organizing your family’s lives may become fun. Vitamins Design has created a wall-sized Lego calendar. Time is organized by snapping bricks into the right slot on a board representing a three-month period. Each row represents a person, each column represents a day, and each colour represents a different project… Read More »

grandmothers and food

Grandmothers and Food Around The World

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Maybe Food Is Love or maybe it isn’t, but we’re pretty sure that your Gramma, Babi or Bubbe or Baba, Abuela, Tita, Teta, Lola, Jadda, Dādī and Nānī,  Nana or Nonna or Oma or Gran have some thoughts on the matter. Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti, whom you might recall from his ‘Kids and Their Toys’ series, portrayed grandmothers from 58… Read More »

Secret Kids’ Hideout in Hall Closet

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Noticed this morning on Apartment Therapy: a family in Cleveland Heights, Ohio discovered they had some unused space underneath the stairs in their front hall. So they installed a magical kids hideout — a SECRET ROOM complete with its own tiny secret door just visible behind clothes in the hall closet. Check it out. The… Read More »

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Toronto Goes Googly-Eyes for Aiden Glynn

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Toronto animator Aiden Glynn has been making the streets of his city a little friendlier – by seeing the monster potential of simple street fixtures. His monster-garbage-can (pictured above) caused a bit of a stir when it appeared at the Air Canada Centre a while back. But since then he’s been busy. As he explained… Read More »

CAT SCHOOL in Germany raises the bar for design

Cat School Wins For Cuteness

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A preschool in Germany has caught our attention with its adorable and highly functional design. Kindergarten Wolfartsweier is a cat school, or rather, it’s a school shaped like a cat. The eyes make for large windows that fill the play room with sunlight. The cat’s back is a fuzzy green roof and its tail is… Read More »

Bird Conquers Fear

Animation: Bird Conquers Fear of Flying

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There’s something about this time of year. While I cherish a new routine and the gradual approach of fall (please, please let it be gradual) the fact that IT IS SEPTEMBER and absolutely everything is going on all at once fills me with a nervous inertia, which turns to dread, which turns into paralysis. In… Read More »

Adorable Korean Toddler Skypes with Dad

Toddler Skyping With Dad Basically The Cutest Thing Ever

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Do you know Yerin? She’s an insanely cute and cheerful toddler whose dad Kwanyoung Park posts regular video updates to youtube and to the family blog, and we’re just warning you: you are about to fall in love. Jezebel posted this clip of the Korean toddler skyping with Papa last night. Her parents also call her by the… Read More »

fat little girl in ohio: miranda july says don't give up

Tips For The Fat Little Girl In Ohio Whose Art Will Change The World

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There’s a lot of creative hope resting on a ‘fat little girl in Ohio’ right now. Though truth be told, said girl is imaginary — dreamed up by Francis Ford Coppola as a potential future “Mozart” of film and more recently by screenwriter and director Rian Johnson, who tweeted: “To me the great hope is one day some little fat… Read More »

kids in colourful boxes: a little girl in a white dress stands in front of the ocean surrounded by orange light.

Kids in Colourful Boxes: Tierney Gearon

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Artist Tierney Gearon has made a name for herself with controversial photographs of her own children and also the Mother Series, in which she photographed her own mother without embellishment. Her work is nuanced and usually unsettling. Her style often feels very documentary but a recent collection of photographs titled the Shapes Series is also just plain beautiful.… Read More »

Monochromatic Lego bricks in white and translucent, part of Lego Architecture Studio, are being officially launched tomorrow in the USA

Tiny Design Nerds: Monochromatic Lego!

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It’s been a while since there’s been any truly gripping Lego news. This one is for everyone who went crazy for the Lego Architecture series – the build-it-yourself Lego versions of iconic structures such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Launching tomorrow on the U.S. Lego online store is Lego Architecture Studio: 1200 monochromatic Lego pieces in white and… Read More »

Kids and Their Toys Around the World

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Just yesterday, I found myself driving home from a big box toy store with a trunk full of plastic junk for my toddler. I was feeling mostly okay about it, since it was the first time in almost two years that I’d bought brand-new. Just being in that store made me dizzy, and it wasn’t… Read More »

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