Month: October 2007

And Then There Was The Time I Barfed On My Boss…

While I spend a whole lot of my life online, I understand that not every mother does. In fact, there are some pregnant women who actually (gasp!) don’t have blogs. So how’s a expecting mama to keep track of all those memories? With Expecting Tales, the latest offering from momtrepreneur Lara Frankovitch, the creator of baby book alternative Baby Tales. This fabulous early pregnancy gift includes a notepad with prompts to help you jot down that day’s pig out session, new hair in unwanted location, or unsolicited advice from strangers on the street. At the end of the day,...

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Grow, Baby Hair! (Damn You.)

When I find gorgeous ribbon ponytail holders, like the handmade ones at Gazzu, I can’t help but wish that my daughter had long thick hair. And I know I shouldn’t complain considering I thought we’d be stuck in baby hair clip land forever.  Mom Angie Sloan has channeled her love for sewing and designing into artful hair accessories that combine ribbon and fabric. I’ve never seen anything like them, and as a self-proclaimed hair accessory addict, that’s saying a lot. One day my daughter will be ready for these. In the meanwhile you’re going to be finding Gazzu holders in my...

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Baby Jail Makeover

As a fairly frequent flyer, I’ve always packed my own portable play yard because, well, you know why. The thought of using a hotel crib or that borrowed play yard that’s been growing mold in your friend’s basement for a few years gives me shivers on top of shivers. Well hooray for the briliance of mom Allison Costa who came up with safe and adorable covers for the things called, simply enough, Coverplayards. They are absolutely perfect for avid travelers ,or parents who are tired of that playpen fabric that was the best of what was available when you registered for it....

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Organic? Yes Way.

While I want to reduce the number of chemicals in and around my kids these days, I still want to get them dressed in the morning and think "Cute!" before I think "Organic!" Which is why Scout is a label worth knowing about. Mom Mimi Leinbach’s vibrant baby tees, bodysuits and pants feature unique appliqués and hand embroidery from Peruvian artisans, with her designs inspired by images like Tibetan clouds or the origami peace crane. Okay, so the concepts might be a bit esoteric for all but fans of Whale Rider, but the results are not – well-styled kids...

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Logs Abe Would Approve Of. Honest.

Recently I mentioned having discovered that the beloved Lincoln Logs of my youth are now mass produced in China, and a savvy reader pointed me towards Roy Toy. Score! If you’ve got a budding Bob the builder (or Brayden or Bianca) on your hands, I can’t imagine he wouldn’t love the Roy Toy log camp sets. They were first made in Maine in the 1930s by Roy Dennison and now, two generations later, his grandson is continuing the tradition. The company continues to employ hand-cut pine logs stained with non-toxic dyes that fit together tightly and beautifully. The prices...

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Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Snow

Whether you spend the weekend with your kids on hiking trails or just braving the sidewalk sales like me, I can safely say we have one thing in common: We want our kids comfy when we’re out and about. So I was so happy to learn that my favorite drizzle-proof stroller blanket, the All Weather Woobee, now comes in a scrumptious shaggy plush. Created by mom Heather Correa, the wind and water-resistant nylon combined with the extra plush polyester makes these blankets invaluable on rainy days, cold nights and everything in between. Plus the handy ribbons tie right onto...

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Murals You Can Move

As a first-time homeowner, I’m faced with the new and daunting challenge of decorating my kids’ rooms. I’ve weighed all my options: Wallpaper? Heck no. Murals? You obviously haven’t seen me draw. Decals it is! And so when the new wall images from one of our favorite designers, Mel Lim, popped into my inbox, I was ever so grateful. Known for exquisite stationery, Mel Lim has created an equally sophisticated series of six wall art designs for Blik, the chic parent’s go-to spot for wall graphics. Some, like hare hopping take more design know-how than others (with results to...

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Argyle Isn’t Just for Sweaters

If there was ever a time I that I wished my son would keep a hat on his head, it is now. The leaves are turning, the wind is chilling, and Kitsel is mocking me with their fantastic selection of Born to Love beanies. I’ve even considered super glue. Okay, I’m not that desperate just yet, but when you see these hats, the thought might pop into your head. Designed by a stay-at-home-mama and her artistic husband, these locally made beanies are way cooler than your classic baby skull cap but just as effective in keeping head and ears warm for...

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The Cow Jumped Over the Calico Moon

From the calicos to the bold geometrics to the disco dots, I’m a confirmed retro fabric junkie, always searching for kids clothes I won’t see on every other child on line for the slide. If you’ve got a love for vintage, the onesies and kids’ tees from mother-daughter designer team Lily+Amy (isn’t that cool?) will be just your cup of tea. Cotton onesies and tees are decorated with hand-cut appliqués made from truly vintage fabrics, not reproductions. In fact, Lily+Amy search for out-of-production finds that would otherwise be headed for the scrap heap. That way you won’t see the...

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Rake leaves? No thanks, I’ll wear them.

As we move into Fall and the greenmarkets in most parts of the country get sparer and sparer, it’s time to start putting some of the springier floral jewelry back into the jewelry box for the next six months. In their place, we found a beautiful and seasonal geranium leaf necklace from one of our favorite online jewelry shops, Blend Creations. The talented Vancouver couple (now new parents too) behind the designs have pressed real leaves, protected them with acrylic, then inlaid them into in smooth, sturdy stainless steel. Don’t miss the other pressed flowers while you’re there. That...

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