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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