Month: November 2007

Look Prettier As You Wrestle That Turkey into Submission

Next week, as you tirelessly slave over a hot turkey and your eighteen meticulously prepared and garnished side dishes (What? You don’t do that? Really?) I can only hope that you are looking as lovely and fresh as can be. This of course is nearly impossible. So instead, I’d happily settle for a flattering handmade apron from Domestic Darlings. And really – they are flattering. The two moms, best friends and neighbors behind the shop created surprisingly slimming aprons out of light and medium weight modern cotton fabrics. So even if you do end up nibbling while you cook,...

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The Breast Advice

In my experience, the average book on breastfeeding is about as interesting-slash-entertaining as your 6th grade health text. While it may contain valuable information, how much of it can you absorb when you’re nodding off from third trimester narcolepsy anyway? That’s why I’m recommending that you grab a copy of Andi Silverman’s book, Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding. This sweet little beginner’s guide is not only jam-packed with information to keep you (ahem) abreast of the latest breastfeeding recommendations, it’s also a light-hearted, fun, and very reassuring read. You’re sure to enjoy sections on breastfeeding etiquette,...

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Dear Santa, Please Don’t Bring Me Anything On the Recall List

I admit I’m cynical about a lot of things, but Santa, for some reason, is not one of them. I am already having the best time telling my 2 year-old about how this guy sneaks into the house while she’s sleeping and eats the cookies that she’s just made. (Come to think of it, no wonder she’s a little freaked out by the concept.) By next year she’ll be old enough for the very cute Santa’s Little Helper Kit from Red Stamp. It’s includes, among other things, a wish list notepad, a pre-addressed letter to Santa, a cookie recipe,...

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It’s Never Too Early for Custom Shoes

You might think that baby shoes made to order are merely something just for the rich. Allow me to correct that misperception.  While perusing the wares at haute mama-run shop, Tiny McSmall, I lingered over all sorts of wish list-qualifying goodies from the likes of Oeuf, Neige, and other brands that made me glad I minored in French. But then I found the snail baby shoes. Handmade in Idaho out of a beautiful felt and recycled leather, the snail appliqué is beyond cute–but it’s the left foot that totally got me. Instead of "scoot" (pretty adorable in itself), you...

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C’mon, Get the Kid a Pony Already

I honestly didn’t understand the appeal of stick horses until I set my two year-old loose on a toy store display filled with them. My God, you would have thought they were real ponies the way her face lit up as she mounted one and took off down an aisle towards the train sets. If the horse heads hadn’t been made of some kind of ugly molded plastic, I’d have bought one then and there. Needless to say, my horse-loving lass will be on the moon next month when she opens up her handmade stick horse from CMP favorite...

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Meta Ornament

I have this thing about choosing holiday cards – if there’s any chance that mine ends up shoved to the back of the mantle behind the 8 million other cards, I’d just as well not send one.   The Ornament card from Sprinkles Invitations is a very clever idea for a Card Attention Whore (C.A.W.) like me. Because it doesn’t just look like a mod little ornament – it is a mod little ornament. Swing the top part back to reveal the custom printed message inside, then afterwards, insert a hook right through the hole at top and hang...

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Because You Pushed it Real Good

Of all the unspeakables that go along with pregnancy, can we agree that hemorrhoids take the cake? Chances are if you pushed out a baby, you’ve got a few of your very own, um, badges of honor. Thanks to parent-owned¬† Least Likely 2 Breed (who CMP readers might remember for their awesome Bad Ass Butt Balm and other irreverently titled mama lifesavers) we shall no longer be contributing to the retirement funds of Preparation H executives. Their brand new Roid Rage is easily the classiest and flashiest ‘roid remedy out there, all sealed up in a crystal-accented tin. There’s...

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The Chosen People

This month is National Adoption Month and we’ve been keeping our eyes out for cool things to honor the little people who had to make two tough journeys early in life – the one through the birth canal, and then the one to their meant-to-be-parents. We absolutely love the beautifully illustrated Chosen tee from our favorite source for progressive kids clothes, Tiny Revolutionary. The wonderful message is brought to life with an assortment of multicolored babies–even blue. Making it suitable for every kind of chosen baby. Smurfs too. Sizes 3 months to 4T.-Liz CMP readers: Use code CHOSEN for...

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You Say Draidel, I Say Dreidel…

Calling all Hanukkah revelers: You have 3 weeks–that’s 21 days–left until the first night of the Festival of Lights. Man, we got a little ripped off with the limited shopping time this year, didn’t we. If you’ve been looking for some Hanukkah cards that feel a little more you and a little less Great Aunt Rose, you must stop by Pop Judaica, otherwise known as ChosenCouture.com.   This is where we found some of the coolest Hanukkah cards including the box set of retro draidel cards (at left) or retro menorah cards. The handmade 8 nights card is awesome...

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Christmas Cards For a Song

We’re always on the lookout for something a little special and different in the way of holiday cards. I mean, anyone can hit the local Hallmark for a box set–if you don’t mind your generic card blending in with all the other generic cards on your loved ones’ mantles. So we’re pleased to introduce you to a card shop so fresh that still has that new card shop smell: Your Every Whim. Our favorite of their seasonal cards interpret classic lyrics from the likes of Holly Jolly Christmas (shown) or Christmastime is Here featuring their interpretation of a Charlie...

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The Modern Family Tree

Sometimes you just want a little something to send to a new parent, something with a Cool Quotient that exceeds the price tag. We’ve found that very thing in the limited edition Fill-in-the-Blank Family Tree at Sarah Neuburger’s always awesome shop The Small Object. For just $18 it looks cool, and it couldn’t be easier – just fill in mommy, daddy, grandparents and great grandparents, then display proudly in the nursery. You don’t even need to include weird Uncle Al with that thing on his chin or those cousins in Luxembourg who you’ve never met.  Good thing the kid...

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Bamboo For Babies

While we’re busy paring down the plastic in our kids’ toy boxes these days–whoops–totally forgot about the plastic in the kitchen drawers. If you’re looking for some greener feeding options for your baby or toddler, there’s a fantastic line of Bambu utensils at the always ahead-of-the-eco-curve Branch Home. Bambu is a great reminder that not everything made in China is scary these days. This amazing company is extremely committed to health, worker safety, and the use of sustainable materials like…well, bamboo. I love the baby fork and spoon set which Branch can hardly keep in stock. Plus there’s one...

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Keeping the baby close to your heart. Literally.

So you’ve done the ID bracelet. You’ve done the locket. You’ve done every cool keepsake-y baby gift known to man and yet you’re still not satisfied. You want the newest, freshest, coolest, latest. Voila: The brand new Baby Coins from perennial CMP fave, Julian & Co. Artist Tania Condon has created this absolutely innovative pendant inscribed with an image of your own kid from a photo. (The clearer your picture, the greater the oooooh/ahhhhhh factor.) They’re shiny and bright, but still have a slightly rough-hewn look that makes them really special.  I like the tiny sterling Piccolo coin (shown)...

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The Real Meaning of Christmas (And Also Toys)

Here’s a story for the holidays we absolutely couldn’t resist: A couple falls in love, gets married, she’s diagnosed with cancer soon after, she survives (beautifully!) and goes on to give birth to two wonderful babies. Then they open an awesome toy shop to help spread joy to other kids, all while helping to support children’s charities. Wow.  Such is the story of Jennic and Justin Law, the owners of KangarooBoo. The shop plays host to a wonderfully curated selection of our kind of toys and gifts including CMP fave brands Haba and Vilac, as well as the always...

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A Pillow Worth Grabbing

Everyone knows that babies go nuts for tags, but not everyone loves the mass produced tag blankets made from synthetic materials. (Raising hand here.) In which case, the Grabby Taggy pillows from the wonderful shop, Nico & Zoe might be more your style. We found them under the boutique’s lovely Made in the USA section, and indeed they are. Handmade in Seattle by Nico & Zoe owner Pamela herself, they’re formed from vintage and new fabrics and backed with super soft fuzzy goodness. As far from mass as it can get, each one is absolutely one of a kind....

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96 Pictures Are Worth 96,000 Words, Plus Your Signature

Living far from friends and family means that the holiday card has the burden of making up for a whole lot of missed milestones. But who can pick just one picture to represent a whole year’s worth of cuteness? Well, now you don’t have to thanks to Ringobaby‘s brilliant solution: The CD Cover Holiday Card. While mom/owner Kristen Ringo promotes them as a great way to send along that holiday mix CD (all tunes legally downloaded, of course), we say consider it for a CD full of pics. She’ll customize the front and inside with photos, like a regular...

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Laptops All Around!

As the day of giving thanks approaches, I think it’s important to think about how privileged we all are just to be able to sit behind our computer screens, connecting to other parents, doing a little shopping, playing a little Snood. Starting tomorrow, not-for-profit One Laptop Per Child launches their Give 1, Get 1 campaign across North America. Through the 26, for every very cute, kid-friendly XO laptop you buy for $399, they’ll donate one to a child in a developing country, particularly in places where schools can only afford to spend less than $20 a year per child....

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Tuning Out

I used to say that I’d never lie to my child. But the older he got, and the more obsessed he became with watching registered trademark cartoon characters, the more often I’ve found myself saying, "Sorry honey, the television is broken again."  BOB gets that and has my back. See, BOB is this cool little time manager gadget that connects to the TV, computer, or video games to keep track of time. You just program the hourly, daily or weekly limits, and once kids reach those, BOB goes right on ahead and shuts off the screen. You can even...

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Psst…Girls Like Trains Too

I know that traditionally, it’s boys who like cars and trains and trucks and girls who like…I don’t know. Sparkles. I guess. So what do you do when you’ve got a daughter like mine who likes the cars and trains and trucks? You hook her up with a pair of super cute car/train hair clips from mom-run boutique Cherry on Top. If your daughter is more traditional, don’t worry. With 60 different designs to choose from including a custom option, I’m sure there’s something for her too. Even the weird choices like flowers and ladybugs. –Liz [via design mom] ...

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Peace, Love and the Blankies

I think we can all conjure up a few music artists today whose tunes are snappy, but whose life choices and lyrics might be a little, um… toxic. That’s why I dig the idea of cartoon character pop stars. For starters, their managers can make sure they’re focusing on the music. Plus, if they get out of line, no one will draw them in the next album. Meet The Blankies, the latest group in the toddler-rock invasion, featuring four "members" who each sing and play God only knows how many instruments. Each singer has a style and personality of...

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