Month: October 2007

Don’t Drop The Soaptopia

When you’re a parent, one of the first things to go–besides your figure–is personal grooming. My feeling is that you’ve got so little time in that shower, you’d better be using products that make it enjoyable as possible. As in: Not Safeguard.  This week, I have been adoring my sixty second soaks thanks to the naturally delicious homemade soaps, scrubs and rubs from the lovely folks at LA-based Soaptopia. You sense that founder Jolie Chitwood and her peeps love soap the way most people love pets. They clearly had a great time dreaming up names for yummy, natural, herb-infused...

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A rare high-end pick from Cool Mom Picks: The Mutsy stroller

I fully admit to gawking in disbelief at my friend who had bought a $700 stroller. I mean, unless the stroller self-propels itself down the street AND gives you a foot massage when you arrive at your destination, I just didn’t see the need for it. But then I encountered Mutsy, a smart and sophisticated Dutch company that has been making strollers since 1937, and (forgive me, friend!) I’m now totally sold on the expensive stroller concept–provided it’s as fantastic as this one. Mutsy’s 4 Rider Light is basically four strollers in one — use it as a baby...

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Baby Got Bag

So you work in interior design, you’ve got all these gorgeous fabric scraps lying around – what do you do with them? Well me, I’d be like, "Hey, someone get over here and clean up all these fabric scraps!" But if you’re Daina Levine, you go and make some seriously beautiful handbags, form a company, then name it after your daughter, Jenna Claire. The workmanship of these fabric bags is impressive. While each one is cut to order and hand tailored, they don’t have those crooked label/wobbly hem indicators that handmade bags often do. The totes and diaper bags...

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A bird on the neck is worth, I don’t know…16 in the bush?

Some restaurants have that one dish you love so much that you keep coming back for it. But my favorite spots have so many tantalizing choices that each time I want something different. That’s exactly how I felt when I stumbled on Amy Bengtson’s jewelry. It’s hard to even decide what to feature here (I’ve switched the photo three times). Her pieces are at once substantial and demure as she plays between the lightness of mother of pearl hand inlays and the earthiness of sleek laser-carved woods backed by metals. I love the funkiness of her mod floral necklace,...

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We Love Us Some Ben Sherman

I’ve always adored Ben Sherman, the label that became synonymous with UK mods and rockers since the late 60s. Show me a guy in Ben Sherman on match.com and I’ll show you a guy I would have clicked on in my single days. Now? They have a kids line. Wow, is that hot. Boys from 2-8 get to sport the easy, wearable styles at prices you don’t have to be a Carnaby Street shopper to afford. Tees start at $20 but even oxford styles are relatively reasonable like the Stedman shirt at just under $40 or the cool zip-front...

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It’s Just a Fantasy (Whoa Oh Oh Oh)

Halloween is going to be here before you know it wouldn’t you know, I still don’t have costumes figured out yet. If you’re looking for a little PVC-free inspiration, one of our favorite shops, Quiet Hours Toys, has a dandy little dress-up department. You’ll find inspiration in the form of beautiful fantasy gear like wings, crowns, knight’s gear and even some sparkly velvet capes – Just add black glasses and a wizard hat and you’ve got a great Harry Potter get-up without paying any licensing fees. This is the stuff your kids will want to dress up in over...

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Even Superman Doesn’t Glow in the Dark

I haven’t yet found the perfect handmade Halloween princess get-up for my extra particular toddler. But I have found the requisite light she’ll need so that drivers can see her as she parades through the neighborhood with her large pillowcase full of candy that mommy will eventually eat while she sleeps. Check out these pretty fantastic Boing Swing Light Balls found at one of our favorite spots on the web, Sparkability. Better than some lame plastic flashlight around the neck, these handy lights have three modes – constant, slow, and strobe light fast. Just squeeze them and you’ll get...

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Sort of Like an Undershirt Only Nothing Like It

The belly-baring maternity trend has to go down as one of the single worst ideas ever. Or maybe I’m just bitter because I did not have that cute little bump worth baring. If you think I’m wrong, go enjoy your size 0 hoochie-wear (Bitter! I told you!) and leave the rest of us in peace with our Blush Topless Undershirts. You heard me: Topless undershirts. In other words, a layering piece under your tees, over your open button-flies. They are super soft and comfy, not at all girdle-like. More like a slouchy tube top. They’re also great for belly-hiding...

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Fighting Colds Without Cold Medicine

In light of the recent recall of kids cold medicines, parents everywhere are purging medicine cabinets and looking for natural alternatives – all while secretly praying for a runny nose-free Winter ahead. Like that could happen. Right in time, we’ve come across the now essential Boogie Wipes: Saline-infused wet wipes for snotty little noses, created by two moms. The saline helps break up all the mucus and the moisturizing Vitamin E keeps your kids from running away every time they see you coming at them with a tissue. Plus they don’t smell half bad. (The wipes, that is. I...

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Baby Food That’s Yummy Enough for Mummy Too

Now that my son is a full-fledged food eater, I’m on the prowl for something other than that jarred food that I swear all tastes exactly the same — gross. And while I know many savvy mamas out there choose to whip up their own meals, that’s not one of my skills. So I’m relying on my new favorite find Yummy Spoonfuls, an Atlanta based mom-owned business. They create 100% organic baby food that’s free of everything bad and full of everything good, including taste. They offer three texture levels — creamy, mushy, and chunky — all of which...

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