Two days ago I had the pleasure to meet all of this year’s Shopify Competition winners. One of the winners, Ryan French, left a huge impression. He is a student at the University of Washington, majoring in Applied Computational Math Science and the inventor of the GameKlip.

The GameKlip attaches your Android phone to a PlayStation3 controller and allows you to use a real controller to play your games on your smartphone. I’ve tried it, it’s all kinds of fantastic.

Ryan has single handedly built this business and created everything himself; the clip, the packaging, the site and he even currently still ships the items himself.

If you are a buyer for a big retailer, please reach out to Ryan. He is currently looking for large retailers to carry his product. He deserves to be picked up by a big chain.

Shopify Build-A-Business Competition Winners


Shopify just announced the five winners of this year’s Build-A-Business competition!

During the 8 months of this year’s Shopify competition, over 10,000 entrepreneurs created Shopify online stores that sold more than $55 million in products. The five businesses that sold the most over any two months of the competition each win a $50,000 US investment.

But not only that, the fine folks over at Shopify are also sending each of the winners on a trip to New York City to meet with the industry experts who served as mentors to the participants throughout the competition (Tim Ferriss, Daymond John, Eric Ries and moi).

I can’t wait to meet and hug Debbie Sterling, the winner of my category, Art & Design! Debbie is a female engineer from Stanford University and created GoldieBlox, a construction toy that encourages young girls to get into engineering, develop spatial skills and hone problem-solving abilities. What’s not to like?


The other four category winners are: Freshtops, Game Klip, SinnyMe Tea and Canadian Icons.

Congratulations to all the winners! And congrats to team Shopify for making this comeptition happen! I am honored to have gone from winner to mentor! Yay, for e-commerce! Yay internet!

Read about the competition over on the Shopify blog.

(A year ago, the phone rang at Tattly HQs and Shopify’s CPO, Harley Finkelstein, told us that we won the Shopify competition in our category! Oh, the memories!)

The Last Bookshop

The Last Bookshop short film by Richard Dadd and Dan Fryer imagines a world in which only one bookstore survives.

(via explore)

Lunch Bag Gone Art Work

Sandwich Art

David Laferriere has been drawing illustrations on his kid’s sandwich bags since 2008. While he won’t win the go-green award, he sure deserves the creative dad of the year award. Made me smile! Make sure to see the entire Flickr set.

(thanks Keef)

Hopscotch | Coding for Kids


Hopscotch is a brand new iPad app that teaches kids coding. It allows them to create an interactive program on the iPad by dragging blocks of code and dropping them into a scripting area. No typing required. Beautifully designed! This makes me so happy! Can’t wait to try this with my daughter tonight!

Le Phant

Le Phant Elephant Tattly

Le Phant Elephant, by the talented Greg Pizzoli. Wrooommmm. Wroooommm.

Big Thinker Paper Dolls

Neil deGrasse Tyson

I was expressing how much I respect Neil deGrasse Tyson to my team this morning. I ended my admiration-rant in saying “I wish I had a Neil deGrasse Tyson doll!” which prompted Bekka to swiftly Google just that, and five minutes later I had a paper doll of Neil with two outfit options on my desk. I love the internet, so much.

Also available are Carl Sagan and Jane Goodall.

Children’s Market Stand


IKEA came out with this incredibly adorable cardboard kids market stand. It’s a mere $15. Imagine the fun to be had.

Tiny Ping Pong Table

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I am all for multifunctional furniture like this kids ping pong table gone coffee table gone chalk board surface by Huzi.

Distance to Mars

Distance to Mars

Distance to Mars illustrates quite beautifully, well, you guessed it, the earth’s distance to Mars.

Ampersand Piñata

Ampersand PInata

How ridiculously wonderful is this Ampersand Piñata?



This Billosaur Piggy Bank made me laugh.

(via kid crave)

Big Questions


I truly love the concept behind this book: Big kids questions answered simply by truly great minds. A sample question would be: If you’re on a boat, with no food or water, what do you do? The answer is by Roz Savage, first woman to row three oceans. Or, Why is space so sparkly? Answered by Martin Rees, an astronomer.

Get it here: Big Questions from Little People: and Simple Answers from Great Minds



The 0.99$ I spent on MaddieCam on Sunday have already paid off a hundred times over. Haven’t had this much fun with an app in a while. Maddie is the famous internet coonhound that stands on things and now, you can put her on anything you’d like, thanks to MaddieCam.

There’s also a fantastic book out about her: Maddie on Things. Oh, and she once stood on my desk.

Yes, I am a fan.

Rainbow Spaghetti

Rainbow Spaghetti

I know for a fact that my kids would get a total kick out of these Rainbow Spaghetti.

Yes, food coloring is bad for you. I get that. Obviously, I wouldn’t feed these to my kids daily.

(via meandering)

A Brief History of 7 Baby Basics

vintage car seat

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a vintage carseat. I admit, it made me laugh. As a parent of two, and having researched a lot of baby gear, I enjoyed this post over on Mental Floss titled: A Brief History of 7 Baby Basics.

Donkey Kong: Pauline Edition

A supercool dad hacks Donkey Kong so that his three year old daughter can play as Pauline and rescue Mario. Made me smile.

(via Wesley)

Letters Puzzle

letters puzzle

Tilo’s recent obsession with everything ABC makes me want to splurge and buy this Wooden Letter Puzzle.

DIY Stories

DIY STories

DIY, the fantastic maker network for kids, launched Stories today. I would have *loved* this as a kid. So much.

Space Dog Piñata

space dog piñata

I have never been thrilled about the idea of a piñata at my kid’s birthday parties until now: The Space Dog Piñata won me over. Definitely made me smile. Even though for that price tag, I don’t think I would let my kids smash it. Hmm…

Also this.

The Diver

The Diver is a short short narrative about a diver in red speedos. Congrats to James Lancett and his collaborator Sean Weston

Wooden LEGO Blocks

Wooden LEGO blocks

I cant’ understand a thing on this site but I am excited about the idea of wooden LEGO blocks.

(via the awesomer)


My three year old, Tilo, is in love with two iPhone games I recently discovered: WeeRockets (above) and WeeSubs. I admit, I play with them as well.

(Thanks Cameron)

Petting Zoo

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While visiting NYC last week, Christoph Niemann stopped by Studiomates and I got to see his brand new kids iPhone/iPad app called Petting Zoo. At the time he had just submitted it to the App Store, but it is live now! YES!

Interacting with Petting Zoo made me laugh, squeal and giggle. Yes, it’s *that* much fun to play with. Trust me, download it, and laugh away with your little ones (or alone). I can’t wait to show this to Tilo tonight!