June, 2006

The 45-Watt Cocktail Umbrella


The poor little cocktail umbrella. It begins its life the adored centerpiece of your favorite frozen beverage, only to be brought home from its tiki bar paradise and crammed into a nighttable drawer.

Baby Wears Barley

Organic is all the rage these days. Even the big bad box stores are getting into it. The two Williams sisters behind Spunky Sprout,…

A Little Birdhouse In Your Soul

When it comes to baby gifts, I don’t want to be the practical mom who gives the ten-pack of store brand burp cloths. I want to be the fun mom! The one who gives something that will never be spit up on, peed on, or pooped on over the course of its lifespan.

Food Allergies, Now In Fashion

I have a child with a peanut allergy and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told people about it, only to watch them cluelessly offer her something made with that very ingredient. Hello? Stop trying to kill my daughter, thankyouverymuch.

Love at First Flush

Like most of you, I’ve got excellent environmental intentions. And yet, even as I toss my soda cans in the recycling bin, I’m still creating my own personal landfill of disposable diapers.

The No-Nanny Diaries

Remember the days of sassy hair dos, perfectly pedicured toes, and slim fitting couture? I do. But no one would ever have guessed that I hadany sense of stylebased on my current wardrobe of ponytail, t-shirt, and flip-flops.

Sling Low Sweet Chariot

I met another like-minded mom at this indoor playground the other day. As she packed up to leave, she picked up her one-year-old, popped him into her ring sling, and away they went – her hands free with him comfortably nestled on her hip. Then I thought. I need one of those.

Clay Achin’

I am a jewelry snob of the highest order. So if I say I’m coveting something, you must believe I’m talking full-tilt, biblical scale, commandment-busting covetousness.

The Future’s So Bright

Last summer my now one-year-old was just a little worm who spent his days in the shade of his stroller. But this year we’re grabbing the sun by its rays and getting dirty in the sand. Only problem? It’s bright out there y’all and sometimes a cute hat just ain’t enough.

Knit One, Laugh Two

Back when I was decorating the nursery, I was not exactly in love with the cookie-cutter mobiles in all of the baby chain stores. Come to think of it, if they had actually been cookie cutters I’d have liked them way more than the cheaply assembled satin ballerinas or polyester barnyard animals hanging from plastic hangers.