Month: October 2007

Click. Take a Pic.

I’m beyond tickled that my daughter has taken an interest at being behind the camera. But for now, I’m thinking the wooden version from North Star Toys is probably the safer bet than my Canon. This nearly functional camera, including a turnable focus "lens" and a button that actually clicks, is one of the many wonderful wooden toys we found at this shop. And considering this family-run business has been making safe wooden playthings since 1979, I’m willing to bet they know exactly what they’re doing. It’s a fantastic way to foster creativity in your kids. And the best...

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Keeping the Boogeyman At Bay

So what do you do when you and your sweet little fairy princess or cute pea pod or happy clown run to answer the door tonight only to find…17 year-old trick-or-treaters wielding machetes with bloody eyeballs hanging off the blades? 1) Hope it doesn’t require therapy. 2) Jot it all down in a Nightmare Snatcher Journal from Spiderbite Boutique. Artist Sarah Jane Evans’ brilliant handmade journals are equal parts fuzzy, fun and ferocious. Each one features 50 tea-stained pages, a tail for a bookmark, and an incantation to ensure the monster takes those nightmares off your kids’ hands. (Although...

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For Moms Not So Good With the Glue Gun

I can barely find time to take pictures of my kids, let alone actually get them off my computer and into a photo album or scrapbook. Or even a shoebox. If like me you’re not a contender for Organized Mom of the Year then Baby Memory Frame is worth a look. Mom/company owner Maggie Pearce will work closely with you to create a really beautiful keepsake out of that stuff that’s gathering dust in a closet somewhere. She’ll go as sweet and traditional or as funky and modern as you’d like – you supply the pictures, memorabilia, and handprints, and she...

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Alterna-Sleepers

As easy as it is for us to track down modern baby outfits out there, finding a sleeper that’s not soaked in pastel teddy bears or demure rosebuds is more of a challenge. What’s a slumbering alternababy to do? Answer: Check out the must-have sleepers from my one of my new favorite stops on the web, M.O.M. Designs. Created by a mom and dad team, the Yite Bub line (think "light bulb" in toddler talk) is full of quirky, refreshing prints on so-soft cotton that you haven’t seen anywhere else. I’m a freak for the Busy Bots pattern for...

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Yo Ho Ho, The Reading’s Life For Me

My son has decided he wants to be a pirate. For Halloween. And for a living. This is in large part because recently he’s become the star of a wonderful personalized book called Here There Be Pirates from Flatten Me. Just seeing his cute little face immortalized in a store-quality printed pirate adventure makes him want to major in plundering and pillaging. But when I think about it, isn’t that what reading is all about? Putting yourself in different shoes and situations? Mom of four and entrepreneur Margo Redfern gets this. She knows if kids are personally invested in...

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Sleep Is In The Bag

I think we can all agree that parents do not need another reason (teething, teething, teething) for our babies to wake up in the middle of the night. (Did I say teething?) With the right baby bag, like this incredible find from the Canadian designers, 3 Sprouts, you can certainly cross "too cold" off the list. The bag is a wonderful combo of poly fleece and cotton that will keep even your most mobile baby warm and safe on those cold nights without the worry of using a blanket. Having seen it in person – holy cow is this...

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A New Take On the Old Lunch Bag

Ever since we started poking around the web for alternatives to paper lunch bags for our back to school shopping guide, we can’t stop ourselves! There are so many great options to help us reduce that carbon footprint you keep hearing so much about. Our latest find: The oilcloth lunch sacks from Tatermash. Oilcloth is super durable, easy to clean and water resistant (you can even use it to keep a wet swimsuit in if your kid is taking lessons), and the styles are beyond cute. We particularly like the option with handles for kids–get it personalized so you...

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I’m in Love With the Milkman

Apparently the milkman is not some mythical figure we all hear about when no one can explain why cousin Marty looks nothing like his dad. Rather, he’s a Nashville based t-shirt designer with fantastic taste. Who knew? The Milkman (a.k.a. Alan Douglas) along with his wife Laura have created an awesome collection of handscreened, 70’s influenced kids shirts and onesies. Their simple alternative designs, made right here in the USA, keep it simple with cool fairly gender neutral icons. As a music lover, I’m partial to the headphones and the guitar, both of which would make fabulous gifts when...

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Rockin’ the True Spirit of the Holidays

Aside from stressing about what toys won’t poison my kids this holiday season and trying to communicate that clearly and effectively to my in-laws, I’ve got our Christmas cards on my mind — what to wear, what should they say, how are we going to strap down my son long enough to get his picture… But when the folks at Rattle-n-Roll sent me an email last night about their new holiday cards, I think they may have just solved my dilemma. This family-run business (and one of our very faves) has decided to donate 100% of their proceeds from...

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And Another Generation Gets To Love Paul Simon

With a non-stop flow of kid’s music producers using all kinds of schtick to sell their (sometimes not-so-great) albums, it’s hard to track down simple music that you and your kids will want to sing along to. Apparently musical parents Rob and Lisi Wolf felt the same way. Already known for their successful Jewish music CD/DVD Oy Baby, they’ve collaborated on a new effort, That Baby CD: Acoustic rock Classics For Kids and the Grownups Who Love Them. The album (a soundtrack to their newly released That Baby DVD) features beautifully sung acoustic covers from Bob Marley to Fleetwood Mac...

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