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Capture your child's details with child-inspired fingerprint jewelry from Brent&Jess

A few of you might recognize Brent&Jess as long-time Empire sponsors — they've been featured on Offbeat Bride quite a few times. If you've been a fan of their custom fingerprint wedding bands but the rings haven't seemed relevant to you, get ready for some relevancy! Brent & Jess just launched a new line of kid-inspired jewelry that I'm excited to tell you about today. Think baby feet pendants, custom fingerprint cufflinks, and rings with a child's signature stamped on.

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Oompa Toys: where wooden and organic meet FUN for little and big kids alike

If you follow our shenanigans on Facebook, then you might have already seen my recent freak-out over Oompa Toys. I often get frustrated with toy websites that seem to only cater to babies (or their parents), but happily Oompa has toys for kids between birth and 9 — and we're talking some seriously cool stuff. There are tons of wooden alternatives to the plastic you might see elsewhere (look at this super cute wooden bus!), and they offer free shipping on all orders over $65.

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Last minute gifts for that mom or mom-person in your life

I was going to avoid drumming up yet another "stuff you can buy for Mother's Day" post UNTIL I realized that ThinkGeek has already done all the hard work for me and put together this collection of awesome Mother's Day gift packs for the mom or mom-like person in your life. All you need to know is this: is she happy, caffeinated, a gamer, into Doctor Who, a gardener, Big Bang Theory fan, a n00b, or totally ready for the world to end?

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5 ways SimpleRegistry helps you register for the baby gear you actually want

Those of you who are somewhere on the baby registry spectrum, get stoked: today we're talking about (probably between "ehhh, maybe?" and "YES PLEASE GIVE ME ALL THE REGISTRY INFO!"), longtime Offbeat Families sponsor SimpleRegistry. In case you missed out the first few times, here's the skinny: SimpleRegistry has awesome tools and features that make gift-giving and receiving process streamlined to near perfection.