Month: October 2008

Get your harvest on

The Indigenous Harvest Dress is definitely a misleading name. It sounds like something you’d see in in a museum gift shop, but in reality, it’s a fantastic fall/winter wardrobe staple for little girls who are indigenous to pretty much any town in the US. Just stick a long-sleeve shirt and a pair of tights underneath the organic cotton dress and send her off to charm the schoolyard. We found it at Green Edge Kids along with a whole line of items from the label Indigenous Designs, which only recently started making their beautiful fair trade items for kids too....

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Painting without fear. Or formaldehyde.

When I was pregnant, I painted three pieces of furniture out in the cold because I was so freaked out about what the paint fumes could do to the bébé. But when you’re pregnant is precisely when you decide you must paint right now. Fear not, panicked mamas, there’s a solution in Devine Color paint. These designer colors were created by artist Gretchen Schauffler to be eco-friendly, sustainable, low-odor and low- or no-VOC. No formaldehyde in the vapors! And they go on “like yogurt” – only, not actually like yogurt. More like smooth, premium, no-drip paint. Nest fearlessly, my...

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A car seat cover that’s…elegant? What are the chances.

Car seat covers serve three excellent purposes: They make older seats look new, they cover the ugly fabrics, and they wash up more easily than the existing covers which don’t actually wash at all. Only problem is, some of the fabrics are so wild, they’re like HEY LOOK AT ME! I’M A CAR SEAT COVER! Hooray for mom-run Nomie Baby, which goes daring with their quilted car seat covers in that they’re (gasp!) solid . Katie Danzinger has designed these covers to be soft, waterproof, machine washable, and yep, they do make your car seat look a whole lot...

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How to build a better sock monkey

The recent proliferation of organic stuffed animals makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, but the story behind these latest creations is one that really shines. Since 1992, Maggie’s Organics has been making cozy clothing that’s both environmentally and socially sustainable. As if that’s not fab enough (it is), they recently solved the problem of a surplus of not-quite-perfect socks by creating these adorable sock monkeys. They’re made in in the US in a worker-owned co-op from said “imperfect” socks (which are Maggie’s own American-made, organic cotton crews) and stuffed with polyester mill scrap. The result isn’t quite soft...

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They call it “vintage revisited,” but I call it hilarious

What do you get when you combine vintage photos with snarky captions like Why do dishes when you can do daiquiris? The delightfully cheeky line of Anne Taintor products, of course. I’d seen these in local boutiques before but for some reason, never thought about who made them. Well, now I know. Take your pick of various utilitarian items made fun: Fridge magnets, purse-sized notebooks and scratch pads, luggage tags, even, um, air fresheners. Great stocking stuffers if that’s on the brain already. And for that trusted friend in need of a special pick-me-up, you won’t want to miss...

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Hell’s Angels, eat your hearts out

With a son who is obsessed with all things that go, it’s not a surprise that his favorite shirts are covered in adorable little planes, trains, and automobiles. And now, a new addition: The ultimate motorcycle shirt from our good friends at Ooh La La Mama. While it’s decidedly not cutesy, it’s absolutely 100% worthy of any little kid’s chest. With the rebel print boldly stated on the softest tees around (no lie), this shirt will make your little Harley lover – boy or girl – giggle. Or growl. Or whatever it is that cool kids do these days. ...

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Serena & Lily supports breast cancer month with a blanket you’d totally buy anyway

When I first saw the gorgeous Harper Stroller blanket by Serena & Lily, I knew it’d be the perfect accessory for any pink-cheeked baby girl. Fluffy and soft on one side, silky smooth on the other, it almost makes me wish I had a newborn of my own to swaddle and rock. Don’t worry, dear husband, I said “almost.” While it would be beautiful any time of the year, I was especially touched to learn that Serena & Lily will donate a whopping 50% of the blanket’s proceeds in October to support breast cancer research. Don’t be fooled: this...

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Because not all baby smells are…pleasing

Yes, there’s the scent of their yummy heads and soft skin, but babies do a lot of stinky things. But using a big fake room scent machine just doesn’t seem like the healthiest choice, nor does spraying a ton of chemicals into the air. If you’re looking for a little scent relief, I highly recommend the reed diffusers from K.Hall Designs, the brain-child of Missouri couple Kelley and John Barr. Made from the purest essential oils with absolutely no additives or enhancers, you just pour the oils in the glass jar, pop in a few reeds, and your chosen...

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An eco-friendly kid’s rocking chair that hits the Spot

Back when I was shopping for nursery furniture, eco-friendly meant the crib wasn’t painted with lead-based paint. Well looky looky how much has changed in a relatively short period of time. Today, cribs with “a conscience” are becoming much more readily available from companies like Spot On Square. CMP introduced this amazing mom and pop operation back in January, and since then they’ve added several more products we’re loving including the gorgeous new Hiya Rocker. This sleek, extra-wide kiddie rocking chair features a book bin in the back to hold a stylish kid’s favorite page-turner. The MDF is finished...

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Cool big-boy bowling shirts for your little man

As my son marches out of toddlerhood, I find myself swooning over clothes that bridge the gap between baby and big boy. Take this pint-sized black and white bowler shirt by LilaFrances, just one of the adorable options at the shop. This one however is the real McCoy with incredible detailing (check out those back pleats!) and white stitching; I could see it on the playground or at the holiday dinner table. During the colder months, put a long-sleeved tee underneath, and he’s good to go. This RISD graduate and mama of her own little guy can even hand-embroider...

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