Month: October 2008

Ancient Chinese Secret tote bag

I’ve long questioned the appeal of the cotton *coughVeraBradleycough* handbag but that all ended when I met Nankeen. Okay, so I might be slightly biased since I’m Chinese and the bags are created using a combination of cotton, indigo dyes, and a traditional and centuries-old Chinese art form. But even without the Asian connection, you’ll be blown away by the bright, hand-dyed patterns, and equally as pleased with their fair labor and eco-conscious manufacturing practices. For Winter, I’m drawn to the bold Bengal tote. It takes the structure of a leather duffel, but transforms it with the lighter weight cotton...

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Shower invitations just like you, if you were well-rested and a watercolor

Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a picture of a pregnant woman on your shower invitations and thank you notes, but you don’t want something all realistic, right? Because what would your “glowing” sciatica-suffering, never-sleeping, puffy-ankled self look like as an invitation anyway? The Expecting in Style cards from the Bonnie Marcus collection are as stylish as you wanna be, underneath the stretch marks and food aversions. The Glamour Mom card seen here fit the bill for a perfectly chic thank-you on recycled card stock, plus a chunk of the cash gets donated to The Breast Council Research Foundation. Personalization...

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Big Tent helps parents hook up online. (Not hook up hook up…you know.)

I’m online all day long: On the computer in my office, on my handheld on the go. If you want me, text or email is the way to reach me, which is why I sometimes simply blink at you with incomprehension when you suggest we do things via this paper mail thing or telephone I’ve heard so much about. That’s why Big Tent is a dream come true for an online junkie like me — I can finally handle all of my PTA interfacing and charitable involvement in one, very nice looking online place. Big Tent is an absolutely...

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Dolls as cute as your kid’s artwork. There’s a good reason for that.

I admit it, I’m a sucker for just about any convert-the-kid’s-art-into-a-keepsake service. And while art2believe will take your child’s drawing and turn it into a stuffed doll, they’ll also also turn it into a pillow, if you’d rather. Or an embellished shirt. Or an ornament. Or maybe something else you have in mind. Art2believe’s Graf family (a mother-daughter team!) has been bringing little imaginations to life beautifully since 2001, painstakingly creating every piece by hand. They use cotton, fleece, buttons, beads, vinyl – whatever it takes to really capture the spirit of the original. Grab one now because–and you’ll...

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Because what good is Halloween week if you don’t get to say “ew” at least once.

So now I totally know what I’ll be handing out along with the candy on Friday. Presenting the totally disgusting–and I mean that in the best possible way–Scabs Bandages. Created by a friend of a friend, I’m so glad she turned me onto the hilarious bandages that cover minor flesh wounds with with imagery far worse than the real thing. Think flesh-eating worms, bloody eyeballs, and my daughter’s favorite, the zipper. The site is pretty perfunctory for the next few weeks, but you can still click the little paypal button and plunk down your $6.95 for a box of...

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Sleep sacks with style

With my roly-poly sleeping toddler, sleep sacks are most definitely my friend, except they either tend to be completely dull or made of materials that I would never buy as a blanket. Go figure. That is clearly not the case with the CoZi Sac, a collection of modern sleep sacks that combine bright fabrics on the outside and soft plush on the inside. While they feature shoulder snaps and bottom zipper for easy diaper changes like most sacks, we really appreciate mom/designer Sonia Larsson’s attention to eco-details – recycled tags and a resuable bag come with every sack.  In fact,...

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You’re never to young to say “Argh”

I am about the biggest binkie clip evangelist on the planet. What can I say, I’m not a fan of picking up my daughter’s dirty pacifiers off the ground every 4.2 seconds. One of the cutest ones I’ve seen is the new pirate-themed pacifier clip spotted at Kangarooboo. While sticking something with a skull and crossbones on it in your baby’s mouth may seem counter-intuitive, it’s comes from the very respected German brand, Selecta. I wouldn’t hesitate. Now all you need is a parrot to stick on your kid’s shoulder. –LizCongratulations to Deborah B, winner of the pirate-themed pacifier...

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Recycled gifts from Celery Street – Not actually the same as regifting

When I think of recycled baubles, pop top pins and earrings made of paper clips spring to mind. But in the case of  Metal Pointus jewelry from Parisian artist (and father of nine!) Bernard Bouhnik, recycled pewter, copper and silver are recast into just lovely, elegant, organic pieces that don’t look at all procured from some flea market table. The line is pretty emblematic of the kinds of eco-friendly, organic, fair trade and upcycled gifts that you’ll find at the new online shop, Celery Street. This husband and wife-run boutique (awwww) is a terrific one-stop resource for gifts this...

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The next best thing to bringing your kids to the polls – leaving them with a sitter

I’m all for taking my daughters with me to the poll on election day and introducing them to the cornerstone of our democracy. Besides, in New York, we’ve still got the old skool voting booths, and there’s no way my three-year old would miss out on any kind of button-pressing, lever-pulling opportunity,  civic-minded or not. But for parents who just can’t bring kids out with you on November 4 for whatever reason, you’re in luck. The Mama Vote promotion is an incredible collaboration between Today’s Mama, Sitter City, and the League of Women Voters, to help parents get their...

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Halloween costumes that do some good

With just a week to go, it’s time to admit that your grand plans for making your kid’s Halloween costume are simply an overambitious fantasy. Really, points for good intentions and all, but it’s time to get back to reality. Fortunately, I’ve got some excellent news. Not only does Costume Studio offer a wide array of costumes (for kids, adults, and even pets) which typically ship the very next day, they donate 100% of the profits to Invisible Children, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids in war-torn Uganda. Every single product page shows you the exact...

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