Month: May 2006

They Take the Words Right Out of My Mouth

Sometimes I get tired of being the go-to gal for any kind of creative writing. Need a poem for your second cousin’s daughter’s fifth grade graduation? An apologetic letter to overbearing in-laws? A newsletter for the softball team?I’m the one who gets the call. So when I found Story People, I felt like I’d happened upon my own personal nirvana.

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Reversible Can Be Cool, I Promise

I have to admit that I haven’t had much success with reversible stuff. I mean, sure, it’s great in theory. Butit always seems like one side is way better than the other, and that just sort of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?

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These Pants Were Made For Crawling

Trade my gorgeous hardwood floors for wall-to-wall? No chance. Fortunately I’ve been alerted to crawling pants. No, I’m not kidding. Crawling pants. Pants. Just for crawling. These inventive and thoughtfully constructed toddler trousers from mom Tammany Atkinson’s company Bees Knees come in three styles at Imagine Baby: A sporty microfiber, a stretchy dark denim, and our favorite, the Hahvahd-esque baby chinos. Each one has reinforced knee pads "for high performance crawling," and they’re conveniently removable once your toddler actually starts toddling. Besides, a long list of parents who own them absolutely swear by them. Including Courteney whatshernamefromTV. Crawling pants....

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Better Than Cucumbers

As if I don’t have a hard enough time falling asleep already, I am constantly dealing with my night-owl neighbors whose bright kitchen light shines right into our bedroom window. Tying to avoid any neighborly conflicts, I’m thinking of scoring an eye pillow from Pillows for the People. Parisa started selling them on the chic streets of Soho and has since moved to a larger venue due to their poularity. Handmade from vintage kimono silk and filled to the brim with the soft scent of lavender, geranium rose, or chamomile peppermint, these pillows might just be the ticket to...

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Word to Your Mother

Feeling a little unhip these days? Having a hard time understanding "the kids" on MTV? Don’t worry. We’ve all been there. Weknow how those Gymboree classes, playgroups, and never-ending Barney episodes can suck the cool right out of you. Sodon’t despair — there’s hope! Slang Flashcardswill have you talking street in no time at all.With definitions, graphics and "use-it-in-a-sentence" examples (almost as good as the spelling bee), these cards are hilarious. And even if you don’t need any help being more “with it,” they’re worth having purely for their comedic value. Coffee table books? Pshaw. Lay these puppies out...

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Give Your Pringles to Someone Who Really Needs Them

Do you really need to be eating that can of barbeque pringles? Or that bag of red hot cheetos? I’m thinking that perhaps there’s no time like the present (cough-bathingsuitseason-cough) to put the junk food away and send it to someone who could actually use it – like our troops overseas. We figure since it’s Military Month, the best thing you could do to show your support, other than sporting the whole flag-yellow ribbon combo, is send a care package to a soldier. Founded by a Denver Business Woman, Treatsfor Troops offers a variety of care packages chock full...

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Stop and Frame the Flowers

I always think I’m taking the most beautiful, professional, ready-to-be-blown up to 22×30 photos–only to process the film and realize just how mistaken I was. Not Alicia Bock. A mother of two, ecclectic gardener, and award-winning photographer who "records the passage of time through fading flowers and weathered landscapes."

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These Clips Make Me Giddy

Giddy1We’re just getting to the point that my daughter might actually have enough hair for a clip. However, I have been forced to put the kibosh on my victory dance due to the poor offerings of sassy hair clips that work on a head with barely any hair. Seriously, if you are not into satin bows or glittery claw clips, you are way out of luck.

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Tee shirts squared

New moms of twins need everything. EVERYTHING. Times two. But that doesn’t mean you want to be the practical friend who shows up at the shower with two packs of diapers, two boxes of wipes, and two snot-sucking nasal thingies. At least not without throwing in something a little indulgent, just for fun. The sets of twin onesies at Allison Friedland’s Uncommonly Cute are, appropriately, uncommonly cute. With a mantra like "no princesses, trucks or puppies allowed," we’re not surprised at the clever slogans and clean graphics she employs. Choose from lines like baby-squared, copy/paste, and 1 of 2...

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Washi and Wear

While I’m a huge fan of origami art, I never know exactly what to do with them. I’m thinking a row ofswans on my mantle may not be the greatest design decision I ever made. But, now I can actually wear my washi (the beautiful paper used to create origami) in beautifully handcrafted pendants by Blend Creations.

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