Month: January 2008

Bloomin’ Cute

It’s not coincidental that Bloom: A Little Book About Finding Love, comes out just in time for February’s Hallmark holiday. And yet Dutch-born author/illustrator Maria Van Lieshout’s sweet little tome on loving the one you’re with will delight kids the rest of the year as well. In fact my daughter can attest to this after making me read it about sixteen times in a row. It’s a simple, charmingly illustrated tale of a pig who’d rather smell flowers and chase butterflies than wallow in the mud with a potential soulmate. One broken heart and one overdramatic display of self-pity...

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Upping the V-Day Sweetness Factor

Valentine’s Day is the kind of holiday that challenges progress. In other words, Snoopy is about the most cutting edge character I like on my cards. When there are so many beautiful, vintage-y, lacey tokens of the day to be found, it’s hard to succumb to something crass and commercial. I suppose that’s why I just love the "Be Mine…" primer card from design studio Sweet Pea Ink that harkens back to simpler times. Designer Cristina Sequino’s olde time-y designs (along with her cool invitations) are charming, the cardstock is substantial, and the printing quality is excellent. Christine is...

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All Natural Teddy

I tend to avoid buying friends and family plush animals as new baby gifts. I figure that like me, the last thing they need is another stuffed bear to collect dust on an already full shelf. But then, browsing online shop Petit Baby, I saw the new organic bears from French company Kaloo. And I changed my mind immediately. This classic boutique line of stuffed critters features 100% organic cotton fibers, hold the pesticides and chemicals. So aside from being incredibly soft and huggable, you can feel good about giving one to a sensitive newborn. The 100% recycled round box...

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Valentine’s Chocolate Gets a Run for Its Money

Let’s face it, the last thing I want to be doing February 14 is baking cookies. Especially now that we’ve discovered the adorable Sweet Lil’ Gems Valentine cookies, available exclusively at Tiny McSmall. Bakers Lisa and Margie make each tin of eleven treats to order and then hand-decorate them way better than I ever could, although admittedly my sprinkle technique leaves much to be desired. The heart-adorned hippo, ladybug, doggie, and owl look almost too good to eat. Not you’d ever make that choice. –Liz Make sure to order by 1/31 to ensure shipping in time for...

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Fine Drooler-y

Now that I understand that every nanosecond of a child’s life (especially that first child – sorry siblings) will be photographed and documented, I can make a helluva good case for getting chic with the drool bibs at my friend’s baby showers. Plastic ones are nice and all but…no. No, they’re not. What is nice however are the swanky bib/burp sets courtesy Febe Bebe. Each one is handmade in Canada with just beautiful fabrics, and backed by about the softest minkie fabric in existence. They’re thick enough to do the job they’re meant to do, and absolutely the kind...

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I Want to Be the Girl With the Most Cake

The sigOth and I had this great idea to save all of our daughter’s birthday hats, ostensibly to watch the progression from Elmo to Diego to Toodee, if one day Yo Gabba Gabba licenses their characters to party supplies. The only problem with our plan: We didn’t count on her wanting to recreate her celebrations over and over, leaving her flimsy paper hats in less than keepsake condition. I just love that San Fran artist Leigh Metcalf is making delightful handmade party hatsthat might even last a few years in the costume box. In fact her main site, Note,...

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Minimizing to the max

After a day of lugging around The Diaper Bag That Can Hold Everything and Often Does, I am more than excited to head out for a rare night on the town with nothing on my shoulders but a spritz of No.5. Oddly, motherhood has turned me into a clutch girl. Hooray for the new pleated clutches from CMP rock star handbag designer, Crystalyn Kae. They’re as amazing and original as her matching pleated drawstring bag that we raved about here last year, made with the same faux leather exterior with contrasting vintage fabric pleats. The wrist strap even comes...

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What Are Other Children’s Albums Missing? Oh Yeah, Samuel L. Jackson

It’s rare that my toddler will instantly take to music that she hasn’t already seen on TV, but that’s just what happened when I pressed play on A World of Happiness. No Wheels on the Bus here, this is an album entirely filled with original messages of kindness, compassion and tolerance, all brought to life by an impressively diverse roster of celebs. The opener, the anthemic, inspiring Lou Rawls-led title song set the bar high from the get-go, and yet the rest of the album did not disappoint. My faves included a lively reggae tune from Debbie Harry (my...

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Going Nocturnal

Now that I know there are more mobile options than some ugly plush "registry essential" that plays a robotic rendition of Twinkle Twinkle, I’m determined to spread the word to all the new moms out there. Take this artful Wise Ol’ Owl mobile by IGE, beautifully carved out of plexiglass and found at my new favorite boutique Cape Weekend. It’s artful, simple, and can snazz up any nursery before transitioning to the big boy or girl room. The way I see it, if your baby is going to be awake at night anyway like mine was, might as well offer him...

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Parachute Pants Not Included

It’s the plight of pregnant women everywhere, and I’m not talking about constipation. Damn that belly grabbing! No matter how hard I tried, I could never get people to stop pawing at me. So maybe people will heed the words of everyone’s favorite rapper-turned-minister-turned-dad, MC Hammer, eloquently quoted on this Disco Belly maternity shirt. Handscreened on 50/50 poly-cotton (good for stretching over the belly), these shirts will get you a guaranteed chuckle all while telling everyone to back the heck off in the most catchy of ways....

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