Month: December 2007

The Last Giveaway of 2007…

We would like nothing more than to give you (yes, you) a $250 gift certificate to The Silly Wagon that you can spend all sorts of wonderful toys, chic baby and kids clothes, artwork and gifts for mama. All you have to do is sign up for our newsletter before midnight Monday, when we’ll draw one winner at random and help ease that New Year’s day hangover. Not only will you love (99.6% guaranteed) getting exclusive picks and discounts that can’t be found on our website in your in-box once a month, you’ll also be privy to special offers,...

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Editors Best of 2007: Clothes and shoes

Baby clothes Kristen: Maybe it’s because my husband and I are both avid guitar players, or because it’s one of the most amazing shirts I’ve ever seen. But either way, Damestarbaby’s handsewn guitar tee has won my heart. Liz: The cozy sweatshirt-styled baby sac from Sir Hayes makes me hope that my friends will start having more baby boys. But as long as they keep having girls, I love Matilda & Co. and their one of a kind rompers and infant bubbles made from vintage fabrics. Kids clothes Kristen:  Abe Jones makes duds that are just lovable, particularly their...

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Editors Best of 2007: Stationery and announcements

Birth announcements Kristen: I have to pick Bird and Banner’s completely handmade custom invites and announcements. Their personal touch is the next best thing to making all 100 announcements yourself. Liz: For totally custom, designed just-for-you announcements, the portfolio at Pink Dot Press will absolutely blow you away. Custom stationery Kristen: I love my Posh Peacock personalized note cards so much that I feel bad writing on them. At least I know that no one is looking at my terrible handwriting. Liz: Maybe it’s cheating to call it custom, but when your kids take their Crayolas to the Color...

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Editors’ Best of 2007: Blankets and Baby Accessories

Blankets Kristen: The blanket we have from Ellabalou is a favorite of both my children. In fact, I should probably grab a second one and make my life incredibly easier. Liz: Hooray for Martha of Blankets by Martha, who makes funky lovies with ribbon tags all over them that babies love–all handmade in the US from non-crappy fabrics. Accessories Kristen: The collection sets by Goober Baby are smart and gorgeous. If only I had owned one when my babies were still babies. Liz: The plush pad from Ah Goo Baby is simply luxurious. (I mean memory foam? Wow.) The...

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Editors’ Picks of 2007: Reads and Tunes

Kids books Kristen: Thanks to Taro Gomi’s Scribbles book, I’ve gotten many an uninterrupted shower and bathroom break. That’s almost priceless. Liz: Joanne Dugan’s 123-NYC counting book (at top) goes all the way up to 20 for a change. You don’t even have to be from New York to appreciate the wonderful photography of kids and dogs, manholes and bagels. Kids music Kristen and Liz: Do we have to narrow it down to one? How about two? That way we can pick new kids band The Terrible Twos (Have You Ever Seen an Owl) for amazing original kid-friendly music...

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Editors’ Best of 2007: Jewelry and Handbags

Bags Kristen and Liz: We agree! The gorgeous handcrafted faux leather bags from Crystalyn Kae are original, stylish, practical and way more appealing than some purse with big corporate logos all over it. Jewelry Kristen: I’m definitely hoping for a necklace from Blend Creations’ new round line. The foliage pieces makes me believe that spring really isn’t that far away Liz: Jacqueline Sanchez’s whimsical, inventive LEGO and diamond line make you want to be a kid again, but with an adult budget. Diaper bags Kristen: I’m loving the Haiku To-Go bags. They’re a little bit sporty and a lot functional–perfect for everyday...

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Editors’ Best of 2007: Art & Decor

Art Kristen: My son’s walls are decked out in Avalisa art (at top) and we both couldn’t be happier. Her modern designs and custom color combos were a no-brainer. Liz: Ida Pearle’s custom alphabet prints are so charming, they’re fast becoming my go-to new baby gift. (Just ask Kristen’s son.) Plus, you’ve got 26 to choose from. Honorable mention: Robin Rosenthal’s counting birds poster which brightens up any nursery. Nursery decor Kristen: Our toys are happily stored with love in our ModMom Mid-Century toy box. Mom and designer Kiersten Hathcock knows what she is doing. Damn lucky toys. Liz:...

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Editors Picks of 2007: The coolest of Cool Mom Picks

We know we’re not supposed to have favorites, at least when it comes to our kids. But when it comes to our kids’ stuff…well, some things we love just a teeny bit more. So this past week, while you’ve been wrapping the lead-free toys and decorating the wholesome organic cookies you’ve made, editors Kristen and Liz been combing through our archives to bring you the best of the best of 2007 which we’ll post through the rest of the year. Think of us sort of like a postpartum Siskel and Ebert. Yikes, now there’s an interesting image. And if you’re new ’round here, don’t forget to sign up for our fabulous newsletter by 12/31 for your chance to win a $250 gift certificate to The Silly Wagon. We’ll be back in ’08 with all new cool picks. Until then–happy happy and merry...

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Editors’ Best of 2007: Dolls and Toys

Dolls Kristen: I’m still hoping that Santa will bring my daughter a Bamboletta doll (at top). I’m not sure who will love it more–me or her. Liz: The limited edition mod Gina dolls at Craftsbury Kids are more for older girls and less for sticky-handed, doll head-sucking toddlers. If your kids are too young, get them while you can and stash them away for later. Toys Kristen: I can’t wait for my daughter to play with her handcrafted stick pony from Little Green Beans this Christmas. It’s definitely as great to look at as it is to play with....

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An Amazing Gift for Any Kid: Values

It’s important for me that my kids grow up understanding the concepts of charity and benevolence, and that the holiday season isn’t only about what’s under the tree. Not everyone can spend Christmas volunteering at soup kitchen or collecting Toys for Tots, but thankfully a brilliant dot-org has another option. Click pronto over to Markmakers, created this year by a Virginia husband-wife team and their four kids. Essentially they sell gift cards for kids with a twist – instead of using the cash towards building a stuffed bear or procuring six pounds of gummy worms, children shop for services...

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Solid as a Clock

Thanks to frequent military moves and furnished rentals, my daughter’s baby room decor was an eclectic mix of favorite items and gifts. Which is a nice way of saying that it had no style whatsoever. But now that’s we’re settled in one place, I’m excited to actually put together something tasteful and soothing and sweet that we both will love — and so I’m excited to have discovered this gorgeous Marie Ricci clock. At first glance they look like carved stone, which might seem a bit impractical for a child’s room. But actually, these totally custom handmade clocks (and all...

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The Anti-Bling Pacifier

With all the scary news lately (toxins and plastics and pthalates, oh my) I’m starting to look at everything that goes into my baby’s mouth in a whole new way. Starting with her pacifier. Well hooray for Zoë B organic, a shop stocked with all kinds of organic (duh) goodies. Although the one that gets me most excited is the new Natursutten pacifier. It’s made from soft, all-natural rubber and conforms to E.U. safety requirements which, forgive me, I’m starting to trust more than the U.S. ones these days. There’s no latex, no plastic, no artificial colors, and none...

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Stroking the Kid’s Ego With the Printed Word

In African folklore the aardvark is much admired for its diligence. This is a completely appropriate characteristic for the Aardvark Adventure Stories namesake, because this can-do online shop has some of the best, most on-top-of-it customer service that I’ve encountered. Oh, yeah, and they also make cool personalized books for kids These books include up to six different photos of your favorite kid, plus more specific details about him than any I’ve seen. Since my son can only count to six, he needed help to count up the 16 different "me" photos placed throughout his Zoom Zoom Zoom book...

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No Designer Fabric is Too Good for My Kid’s Poopy Butt

Lately, I’ve got a new baby gift plan. Along with something the mama’s requested from her big baby superstore registry, I like to surprise her with something handmade and gorgeous and still essential. The beautiful baby accessories from Baby Dry Goods fit that bill in style. Run by a mom/designer with high standards and a great eye for fabrics, there’s a nice selection available online at A Bella Boutique. The diaper/wipes consolidating attaché is a good choice that a mom’s not going to get ten of at her shower. You can even coordinate with all kinds of blankets and...

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Merry Christmas to All and To All, Free Legally Dowloaded Music

With all my gift budget tapped, I tried to save some cashola by searching the (extremely picked through) Christmas music offerings at the library. Bad call.  Instead I’m turning to Magnatune, the brainchild of John Buckman and "the first real internet-era record label." (USA Todays’ words, not ours.) Basically, they actually share profits with their artists, and at the same time, offer listeners streaming music along with free and totally legal music for the taking. You’ve probably never heard of most of it, so don’t expect the White Stripes, but there’s a pretty nice variety. In the spirit of...

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Paying it Forward (and Jewelry Too)

As the year draws to a close, we hope you’re looking for a few well-deserving organizations to which to bequeath a few tax-deductible dollars. Not that there’s any lack of such dot-orgs in the world, but we thought we’d add a really cool one to the list: Trickle Up. Taking a page from the "Teach a (wo)man to fish…" school of thought, the charity gives seed money, training and support to women in developing countries to help them start or grow businesses. We’re talking like 10,000 businesses a year. That’s a whole lot of women pulling themselves out of...

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My Blanket is Smarter Than Yours

Calculating the formula for the seasonally correct baby blanket is almost as complicated as the quadratic equation. Do you get a winter baby a heavy blanket that can only be used for a few months, or do you give her something that she can use later, even though the new mom might stash it away somewhere and then totally forget about it? My brain hurts. But thanks to Ellabalou blankets, the new offering of moms Kerri-Lynne Menard and Laura Sternbenz, we’ve got a solution. The lovely colors alone are enough to make me love them, but even better, they’re...

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Good Vibrations

With my son working on teeth numbers 7 and 8, I’m desperate to find anything that will keep him chewing on something other than me. You think I’m kidding. But with all the research on the effects of some plastics out there, it’s tough to do better than a frozen bagel. I traded crumbs all over my floor for a chance to try out the JeJe Vibrating Teether from Baby Vibe (that always cracks me up), a completely safe teether that is BPA, Pthalate, and PVC-free. We found at one-stop safe baby gear shop The Soft Landing – a really...

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Shopping with an eye towards warmer days

I’m definitely in the "One for you…one for me…" camp when I’m holiday shopping, much to the annoyance of the sigOth who says he can never get me something without me having bought it for myself first. This time around I might just do him a favor in pointing him towards the casually swanky Ora Kiely shoulder bags at one of our favorite shops, Twig. The canvas fabrics in three different happy colors are laminated, making them ideal for moms who want to remain fashionable in the face of sticky-fingered toddlers and infants with unpredictable digestive systems. Plus I’ve...

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