Month: October 2008

It’s okay to stick that in your mouth – you know where it’s been.

Is there any better time to reintroduce the joys of tooth-brushing to your kids than Halloween? I’m going to say no. Which gives me the perfect segueway to introduce all of you to the joys of  Recycline’s Preserve toothbrush. The handle is made entirely of recycled Stonyfield Farms yogurt cups (but don’t worry, the bristles are brand new nylon). When you’re done with it in a few months, send it back postage-paid and it will be turned into a picnic table. If you love the idea, and really, who wouldn’t, Recycline also makes a dandy, colorful selection of tableware,...

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Eleven Shoes get a perfect 10

When my girls hit shoe sizes in the double digits, I was dismayed at how grown up some of the styles were.  Heels for a preschooler? Eek. Thankfully, the new line of fall shoes by Eleven, the big brother/sister line of CMP fave See Kai Run, gives my growing five year old a slightly older look while still remembering that she may want to climb a tree or turn an impromptu cartwheel. My daughter loves her new funky orange Eleanor Mary Janes with their rubbery-gripping bottom and easy-on velcro strap. I also love the sparkly silver Sofia’s, and the...

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Baking kits for your own little Betty Crocker

My daughter loves cooking with me. Loves it. And, while a mother/daughter cooking extravaganza might sound good in theory, the reality is actually quite messy. So I was intrigued by the many promises of Zebra Mix. These brownie, cupcake and cookie kits gives kids the ability to manage their own baking project in the kitchen? To own the entire process and be successful? All while caregivers step aside? Count me in. True to its word, Zebra Mix was a revelation. My 7 year-old laid out the mapped instructions and got to work. My role was limited to the dangerous...

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Baby bedding has come a long way, even since having my son just under two years ago. And what’s amazing to me is that designers, like Catherine Fitzsimmons of Rikshaw Design, formerly of Pottery Barn and Ralph Lauren, are still able to impress us with their unique take on the baby registry¬†staple. This amazing line of bedding, bibs and accessories, features printed Indian textiles with a decided bohemian feel that’s still accessible. It’s a lovely mix of traditional meets modern, with my personal fave being the Jaipur collection (pictured) followed closely by the Lali. The designs definitely skew feminine,...

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Take note. Or better yet, give one.

This past weekend, no one was going to mistake my son for the MVP of his soccer team but he did try his best. It was the perfect occasion for one of the playing card-sized notes from Kiddo Kards: One that said Especially for you on the front and on the back, I am so proud of your hard work and effort ________.” I filled in the rest: For getting in there and helping the Ninja’s win. You rock! then snuck the card into one of his books. When he discovered it later, words could not express his excitement....

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What’s in a baby name? Everything.

Sure, I slogged through 8 Hundred Million Names For Baby (or whatever that well-thumbed paperback was called) each time I was pregnant, but did that tell me which celebs picked which baby names just last week? Or what names were on the rise in the last month? Of course not. No book could take into account the ever-changing landscape of name popularity which is why you need a website… say, a delightfully tongue-in-cheek one like Nameberry. They’ll give you name meanings (which you might want to cross-reference) and variations, of course, but what’s especially fun is checking out the...

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Safer Toys for Kids – Back by Popular Demand

We launched our very first Safer Toy Guide last October during the “Year of the Recall” (remember that?) but just because we haven’t been overwhelmed with toy recalls yet this year, doesn’t mean parents don’t want safer toys for their kids this holiday season and beyond. And so, we’re happy to present our 2008 Safer Toy Guide. We’ve scoured our favorite shops to find the coolest toys and play things, like safer teethers and rattles, to fantastic cars,dolls, ride-ons and much more, all of which are handcrafted, locally made, organic, fair trade, or simply safer alternatives for your kids–and ours! And oh...

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Modern moms like plush baby blankets too

I’ve never quite understood why the plushest baby blankets have to be made out of the most unnatural of materials (hello polyester!). Apparently, mom Tamre Sutphen and owner of Shi Shu Style didn’t get it either, and when her son had an allergic reaction to those traditional blankets, she decided to make something equally as plush only without the man-made fibers. And so, Shi Shu Baby blankets were born – handwoven with cotton and bamboo, and trimmed with a bamboo sateen, thus making them look and feel like a gorgeous keepsake blanket except without that pomp and stuffiness. They’re super soft and breathable...

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Rollout – Some enchanted wallpaper

One thing we haven’t seen a whole lot of for some reason is cool kids wallpaper. And then we discovered Rollout, a creative design studio in Canada, which is doing some truly dandy things with wallcoverings. Their artists series features some amazing patterns from artists (obviously) and designers, some of which would be very cool for a kid’s room including Sonja Schneider’s Adopt-a-Monster and Peng Creative’s enchanting Forest Paper shown here. Prices are pretty great at $10 a square foot. What rivals their existing designs in coolness however, is the custom wallpaper option–the studio will design and print something...

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Buttoned-up baby gifts

As far as I’m concerned, the greatest gifts are the ones that you’d feel far too frivolous buying for yourself, but are unexpectedly practical.  That theory goes double for new baby gifts. That’s why the Car Seat Cardigan from Pomegranate Babies is my new go-to baby gift for the extra special new babies I know. We’ve never seen anything quite like these hand-knitted infant car seat covers adorned with hand-felted embellishments like frogs and flowers.  Not only are they ridiculously cute, they’re absolutely useful. No need to wrestle the baby into a bunting (which makes buckling the car seat...

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