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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