Month: November 2007

Yet Another Reason to Wear Your Baby

After wandering around a conference for two straight days with my son in a sling, I realized a couple of things: 1. He’s pretty darn heavy. 2. It didn’t matter what I wore because the only thing anyone could see all weekend was my sling. Knowing your baby carrier is going to be the focus of your wardrobe for months, I strongly suggest these ones designed by mom Tonjia Coverdale of Divas n Babes Boutique. A college professor turned momtrepreneur, Tonjia’s slings are extra stylish, featuring gorgeous fabric combinations including luxe cottons and dupioni silks, plus her signature asymmetrical tail. While the ring...

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The Ultimate Bottle: According to the Company, and According to Me

Confession: I used to think nipple confusion was a myth invented by lactivists to keep kids on the boob. And then my second girl came along and, holy sleepless night, Batman, she would not take a bottle, no way no how. I asked – no, begged – friends, family, strangers on the street for any help and a few benevolent, wonderful souls me towards the Adiri Natural Nurser Ultimate Bottle. My lifesaver! This super innovative bottle looks and feels enough like a boob to get you kicked off a United Flight when you whip it out. It’s supple, soft,...

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How Many Trees Have Died for Our Mindless Bathroom Reading?

I cannot be the only mom dreading the walk up from the mailbox these days. It would be fine if it was filled with all sorts of cards and gifts and, you know, envelopes of free money. But nope. Just bills and about sixty million pounds of catalogs that I totally don’t need. Now first of all, most of my shopping is online today. Second, this is an environmental nightmare. (Hello, West Elm – love you but I don’t need three catalogs from you.) So I’ve been spending the last few days on Catalog Choice which is a one-stop...

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Gifts That Make You Wish You Had Cooler Friends

Each holiday season, I make sure to stock up on emergency hostess and holiday gifts. They’re the kinds of things you can pretty much give to anyone when you get a last minute invite, or–horror of all horrors–someone hands you a gift and you haven’t reciprocated. This year, I’m thinking about doing some one-stop emergency gift shopping at Pop Ink, whose printed products will be immediately recognizable to modern design fans. You’ll find fabulously designed boxes of luxury soaps, and more than 30 styles of awesome boxed note cards that make a bigger impression than the price tags let...

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Christmas Tea

Every time I click over to Tiny Prints for a little virtual window shopping for Holiday Cards, I’ve found myself drawn to the same kinds of designs–they’ve got a slight Asian flair, and incorporate more unusual motifs than holly, like birds and delicate flowers. Well duh. It turns out they’re all a part of the Paper by Tea Collection line of cards. Tea Collection as in Tea Collection? One of our favorite lines of children’s clothing? Who even knew that they made the leap from cotton to paper? I absolutely adore the white bordered Blossoming Season style (shown) and...

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You’ve Got Guts, Kid

I’m not sure why strangers feel the need to go up to my little girl and call her "Princess." Is she wearing a tiara? Waving a wand? Setting me up in a 60 room castle filled with jewels? If only. Perhaps she can deflect the moniker with the tee from Tough Girl Charm proclaiming More Gutsy Than Girly. The goth calligraphy is printed in pink on black–no surprise–with the teeniest crystal accents on the back. It’s almost like something Madonna would have worn back in the day. Not that I want anyone calling my daughter that either....

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7 Crazy Nights Plus 1 Semi-Responsible One

I remember as a kid getting the choice of one big awesome present for Hanukkah, or eight smaller ones. Of course, eight being more than one, the decision was a no-brainer. If your kids use the same logic, and you’re still out there scrounging around for that seventh or eight Hanukkah gift, we’ve found something pretty neat. Okay so it looks like a set of bar glasses by way of Pee Wee Herman’s interior designer, but actually it’s the Tzedakah Bank from LearningCents. There’s one slot for spending, one slot for saving, and a third for giving to charity,...

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Come on Baby, Do the Locomotion

There’s a rumor going around that boys love trains. I wouldn’t know for sure, but I will assume that every boy I’ve ever seen who needs to be pried kicking and screaming from the train set in our local toy store speaks for his brethren. If you want to indulge your little man in the world of coal carriers, engines, conductors, and most importantly, the bar car, this cotton Lissoos Locomotion tee has all of the train coolness with none of the animated characters. We tracked it down at the very fun new shop, Start a Food Fight, which...

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And The Award for Least Annoying Kids Music of 2007 Goes To…

If you have one long car ride to the in-laws planned this holiday season, or even one trip to the mall where you’re likely to get stuck in 16 hours of traffic just to get out of the parking lot, you might want to consider updating your savage kid-soothing music selection. Pronto. If you’re looking for a little guidance, we’re pleased to inform you that the results of the 2nd annual Fids & Kamily music poll are hot off the virtual presses. Voted on by a long list of kids music connoisseurs, DJs and artists, you’ll find the top...

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DaScoop on DaBib

With Baby #1, I made the mistake that some parents do with gear, putting aesthetics ahead of practicality. Let’s just say that a cream-colored cashmere cardigan on a baby is only worth it if it’s $7.99 at Daffy’s, and that a gray flannel sling in the summer is just stupid. So this time around, I’ve been sticking with more products that work as they should, and DaBib has been right there with me for the ride. The defining characteristic of the two styles, Giggles and Hugs (okay, so it’s a bit cutesie) is this very smart scrunchy collar –...

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