We come across quite a few personalized products at CMP. Apparently if you put someone’s kid’s name on something no matter how useless or inane (monogrammed bottle sterilizer, anyone?) it’s a surefire hit.Read More
Month: May 2006
Remember when you were both younger and would go see bands play at the local club? If you’re like me, your kids came along and put an end to that. Is it really worth forking over seventy bucks for a sitter to see your nephew’s garage band fumble its way though Sweet Home Alabama?Read More
You know what about impending fatherhood freaks me out more than anything else? That my nice little sleek-and-minimal- with-a-side-of-organic-cotton aesthetic will be buried under the inevitable onslaught of pastel plaid ruffles and battery-powered, light-flashing, muzak-emitting "baby crack".Read More
As a military wife, I’ve been fortunate to have avoided deployments. And while some days I wouldn’t mind if my husband took a short trip across the ocean, I imagine it really stinks for the kids.Read More
Ironing, cooking, cleaning, scrubbing: Hardly my description of a day well-spent. But we may have discovered one way to overcome your reluctance to plow through your chore list on a sunny Sunday. BlipShop, the online boutique of British mum and designer Emma Carey, has taken all the accoutrements of housework and dressed them up in fab fabrics. You’ll find oven mitts, ironing board covers, table cloths, and aprons that look good enough to wear out of the house. Let’s admit that housework stinks. But if you (or the man of the house) can look somewhat fashionable while pressing the...Read More
It’s hard for me to keep track of my multiple kids with their bursting-at-the-seams schedules, food allergies, bedtimes, assorted likes, dislikes and various pertinent telephone numbers–let aone for the sitter or the grandparents. From now on, I’m going to sync my sitter to my kids in style, with The Original Babysitter Board from Teacups and Tadpoles. The fact that it’swrite on/wipe off means the information can change as often asit needs to, i.e. all the time. But what really appeals to me are the individual spaces to hold information for up to four kids — which means that it’s...Read More
I found the perfect solution fighting over the old way-too-small-yet- still-kind-of-cute-and-comfy Air Force Academy shirt that my husband refuses to get rid of. Instead of allowing it collect dust in the huge box labeled "Old tees that I’m forced to save because if I throw them away we will surely get divorced," I’m sending that old thing to Nancy Dene so she can create a fabulous onesie romper out of it for my daughter. Along with various vintage t-shirts that she finds herself, Nancy creates cool outfits from your comfy vintage t-shirts. Maybe it’s that Police Concert Tour shirt...Read More
Oh the poor diaper wipe. It spends its brief time here on earth smashed against its brethren, crammed into some cheap plastic sheath, and finally covered in human waste and tossed away without so much as a goodbye.Read More
If you had a best friend that was really friendly, smart and level-headed and knew a thing or two about parenting, she might be a lot like Moxie of Ask Moxie. Ask Moxie is an advice blog where parents can submit questions and receive answers on a plethora of parenting issues ranging from how to combat pushy in-laws when you’re about to give birth to how best to handle a toddler that likes to streak. How is Ask Moxie better than any of the twenty seven parenting books you already own? Her advice is personalized to YOU. Some “expert”...Read More
For moms who aren’t quite ready to be a mom again just yet, an exceedingly chic solution: The Prophopot. These ceramic pots were made for the very singular purpose of nestling your condom collection in style, as the tell-tale lids cleverly indicate. You can find them through UK online boutique Hidden Art Shop. Or if you want to keep the whole rubber theme going, they’re available in bubblegum pink or gobstopper red rubber as well. While I’d buy one for the conversation-starter potential alone, there’s a better reason: just to see your mother-in-law’s face when she gets a closer...Read More
Today the sun enters Gemini. Oh admit it, you love that stuff. Who among us doesn’t feverishly turn to her local paper’s horoscope page on her children’s birthdays and look up "For those born on this date…" In any case, it’s hard to resist the line of children’s zodiac tees from AG Bella. Every one of the charming illustrated birthsigns is printed on a colorful patch and hand-stitched onto super high-quality tees, bodysuits or loungepants. I’ve seen them in person and they’re really nicely made. Besides, we love the story behind AG Bella; more than a mom-and-pop, it’s a...Read More
I’m one of those mothers who always forgets to put a picture of myamazingly adorabledaughter in my wallet. Maybe it’s because I feel like she’s always with me (not so far off, really), or because all our pictures are still stored on our digital camera.Read More
One of the coolest and most underrated nonprofits I know is City at Peace, which uses performing arts as a way of promoting positive development in urban teens. They bring together a diverse group of kids for a year, during which time they mine their lives for stories and compile them into into a big musical production. It’s sort of AmeriCorps meets Theater Camp.Before you roll your eyes, I’ve seen one of their New York performances myself and the show is remarkably moving (and a cut above the standard high school production of Our Town), with true stories of...Read More
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