Month: December 2007

It’s a Bird. It’s a Train…

We’ve got our first ever two-child plane trip coming up and I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t a little nervous. I figure if I can pack enough fun stuff to keep the two year-old entertained, maybe I can actually suck down a cocktail and relax. On my must-pack list: The very clever First Train Sets from high-end Swedish toy company, BRIO. The cute little penguin (or dog or cat or frog or squid) may look like your ordinary plush toy, but unzip it and out comes all these miniature penguins on wheels. So it’s like two...

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Not Late, Just Picky

If I don’t count the looooovely dress my mother-in-law bought my daughter (note the sarcasm inherent in the word loooooovely), I technically don’t yet have a Christmas dress for her. I’ve been waiting for just the right dress to call to me. Except there’s only one week left. Whoops. Fear not you selective mamas; when you see the dresses by NoKo, you’ll be very glad that you waited. These gorgeous clothes are a collaborative effort between two American moms Maureen Chianese and Jennifer Friese who met while living in Tokyo. Using traditional Japanese silhouettes as their inspiration and authentic...

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When You Just Have to Give In To the Cuteness

Maybe it was all those bad seasonal sweaters we grew up wearing in the 70s and 80s that somehow infiltrated our consciousness, but sometimes we just can’t help ourselves – we must must have a snowman-emblazoned onesie for the kid this winter. The limited edition winter wonderland onesie that we spotted at Beebee Mod lets you indulge your sentimental side with style. The hand-stitched appliqué created from beautiful Japanese fabrics definitely puts that sparkly snowman monstrosity in the mall store windows to shame. Better yet, it looks cute on kids on the 25th or beyond – no matter what...

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Lightweight Bags, Heavyweight Fashion

Lord knows I love me some leather diaper bags, but as great they look, they’re heavy. Jimeale has devised a fashionably fabulous solution in its Emily and Edward diaper bags (spotted on a few celeb mamas recently – ahemcoughislafishercough). They’re light as a feather, but don’t let that fool you. The tough nylon exterior looks like it can take a beating, while the swanky double-lined mod fabrics inside are wipeably ready for any leaky mishap.  I really love that the bags were made with moms in mind and not just paparazzi. There’s an adjustable cushioned shoulder strap, zippered compartments...

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The newest teething solution for babies: Mushrooms

Continually asked for safe teething toys by parents, we’re always quick to suggest Sophie Giraffe, Vulli’s European fave for decades. But now the company has transitioned from the animal kingdom to the vegetable garden, with a trio of totally cute mushroom teethers. Blue Chan, pink Pie and yellow Gnon (a play on the french word for mushroom, champignon)  might even be safer than their real world counterparts–they’re made from sustainable rubber, painted with food dyes, and free of phthalates. Also? No fungus. Which, come to think of it, is a mushroom first. Find the Chan Pie Gnon teethers at...

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Cute Bear ISO Good Home. Fingers Will Do.

All I can say about Cheryl A Smith is that she’s a nut. A crazy, creative, crafting nut. Why else would she personally number each and every sweet little finger puppet that she makes and sells? Especially considering that she’s now past the 2,000 mark. That’s a whole lot of felt. While Cheryl’s selling out fast for holiday orders, hit her shop now and you can still delight a child with a totally adorable pengin, a bunny rabbit, a vulnerable bear, and a not entirely menacing green dragon. Put them together and that’s one interesting finger puppet show you...

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New, and In No Need of Improvements

It’s been said that babies are a marketer’s dream – if only they could make purchases themselves. Which is why I’m quietly chuckling over the new New! onesies from new mom/pop run shop, Huddy Buddy. It’s the newness trifecta. Of course there’s inherent hilarity in packaging a baby like laundry detergent or breakfast cereal so what’s more to say? It comes in blue or pink in size 0-6 months (natch) and is nicely handscreened on good quality US-made cotton onesies. Also, a percentage of sales support the Hospital for Sick Children. That’s not a new idea, but it’s a...

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Estrogen surges: preserve the memory

So I always thought estrogen was exclusively about raging hormones, hot flashes, and that lovely monthly visitor that comes knocking at the most inopportune times. But not according to Raven Hanna, a jewelry artisan and self-proclaimed science geek. Thanks to her artistic-meets-biologist brilliance, estrogen looks pretty great as a handcrafted sterling silver necklace. Who knew? The molecular structure of estrogen preserved in silver definitely makes a way better gift than hormone suppositories. God knows we’ll all have plenty of time for those later....

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Attention: Lazy Gift Card Redeemers

Not to look a gift (card) horse in the mouth, but I when I get one I often forget to use it in time. I guess it’s people like me who account for the $8 billion in gift cards that gets wasted each year. Yikes. If you anticipate a few gift cards this holiday season, you must know about Leverage, an innovative new service that lets you register your cards for free (along with frequent traveler and reward programs) so you won’t lose track of them. It seems you can earn interest on what you’re not spending and best...

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Going Soft

After having two babies, I am a certified blanket snob. There’s just no reason to settle for a mildly soft blanket when there are so many amazing ones to pick from. Take this simple yet gorgeous velour blanket from Satsuma Designs. Now I was instantly sold on its velvety texture alone, until I realized it’s good for the earth and for your baby too, thanks to thoughtful bamboo construction. If you’re not familiar with bamboo–at least as a fabric and not a wallpaper motif in your local Chinese restaurant–it’s known for its anti-bacterial qualities. Plus it’s also odor fighting and super absorbent, which...

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