Month: October 2008

Who are we to say that 9 year-olds can’t vote?

Apparently the upcoming Presidential election is a hot topic at the local elementary school, so I’ve become a little more careful when spouting off, lest my words be repeated at recess: Well, MY mom says… Thank goodness Linda Ellerbee has stepped in to stop my bloviating, at least temporarily.  The veteran Nick News anchor is hosting a kids’ special entitled Kids Pick the President airing tonight at 9ET–good thing tomorrow’s not a school day. Then starting today kids can head to a very cool microsite to cast their own votes. Never mind those pesky laws about voting age or...

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Halloween hair clips that do all the talking, if not the candy collecting

I love Halloween, but prefer it when all the decor falls into to the realm of tasteful instead of “ohmigosh, did you see that crazy thing?” That’s one reason I want Details soft felt Halloween hair clips at The Silly Wagon which are full of Halloween cheekiness but won’t squirt blood, emit smoke or make a screaming sound when touched.  In fact, these bright orange and spooky black clips do absolutely nothing but hold back my daughter’s hair which is exactly why I think they are perfect.  She likes that she could tease her friends and neighbors by pointing...

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To the moon, little adventurers

It’s really nice to see a different kind of illustrator lend her talents to childrens clothes–one that seems more suited to a Caldecott winning book than a local flea market with the table between the funnel cakes and the guy with the batteries in the Spanish packaging. The 100% cotton clothes from designer/artist Kimberly Owen of the new label Moonfly Kids are whimsical, charming, and made for exploring, with a comfy fit, ample pockets, and imagery that helps tell the story of adventurer Owen and his friend Chimley the monkey who capture the moon and turn it into a...

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Time to start thinking holiday photo outfits, mamas

Does a baby girl need a faux fur vest like the one from France’s Jean Bourget? Of course not. But would it totally make your day every time you dressed her in it? Absolutely. Especially when holiday card photo time rolls around and you want  her in something festive and fun, hold the red and green. I would totally get one if I had $53 lying around that demanded to be spent on something a little outrageous in sizes 12mo-4T. Yes, my money often demands how to be spent–doesn’t yours? –Liz Find lovely things for kids at Arte...

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Bugs don’t have to be gummy to be yummy

Take a moment to suspend your disbelief (and perhaps the eyeball damage caused by the googly-eyed neon bugs on the packages) and hear me when I say this: My kids love kefir. My kids beg for kefir. But only when it comes in the form of Lifeway Probugs, a drinkable organic kefir snack made just for kids. Don’t know what kefir is? It’s similar to yogurt, but with even more of that good bacteria that stays with them, helps with digestion and wards off various bad stuff. My kids don’t know that, of course. They just know it comes...

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Another Libra is born.

We’re so pleased to announce the birth of CMP editor Kristen Chase’s daughter, a.k.a. Baby #3, a.k.a. the beautiful Margot Laine. (Loving the name!) She weighs in at 7 lbs, 15 oz, and an even 20″. And she shares a birthday with both John Lennon and Sean Lennon. Considering her own mama’s musical background and penchant for overachievement, we’re expecting great things from her. Feel free to send notes of “whoo!” to Kristen@coolmompicks.com – just don’t expect a note back any time soon. Did we mention this is baby...

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Just try to keep your costumed little hands off these cookies

When I first received the package of beautifully-decorated Halloween cookies from Fancypants Bakery, I thought they were just too cute to eat. Five minutes later, with mouth full of shortbread, I changed my mind. And they were just as good on day nine, too. The cookies are made with ingredients I can find in my own kitchen, and since we know plenty of kids with nut allergies, I was happy to learn that Fancypants Bakery is a 100% nut-free zone. They have plenty of designs for Halloween and beyond, but in keeping with the season,  I have fallen hard...

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Rocket girl

There’s certainly no dearth of tween jewelry themed around flowers, hearts, and pretty pink beads, so when we come across something that appeals to girls who’d rather meet Sally Ride than Hanna Montana, we’re all for it. Take this adorable rocket necklace courtesy of Chicago-Based West Byron. Handcrafted from sterling silver and hung from a dainty ball-bearing chain. It’s a sweet gift for your science-obsessed daughter, or just a fun way to tell any little girl that she’s “out of this world.”...

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Definitely not your grandma’s book club

Giving the gift of bibliophilia just became effortless–certainly more effortless than spelling bibliophilia. Left to my own devices, I’d pick an assortment of books for a kid and wrap it up and call it good. GiftLit definitely makes it stupendous with gift series that keep on giving. Choose 3, 6 or 12 months worth of book gifts, targeted by very specific age, gender, and even genre, all of which are recommended by a very impressive panel of selection experts. You’ll find series about animals or things that go for little ones, young adult classics, and even several series of...

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Mookimoo keeps babies in their pjs better than…well, ones that don’t

I love the story behind Mookimoo: A seasoned US Coast Guard couple has a baby and six weeks later, she has to go back to work so he turns stay-at-home-dad. He slowly grows into the role managing diaper explosions and feeding routines like a pro. And then he hits one stumbling block: His baby girl likes to take off her clothes when she should be napping. Sound familiar? The clothes-taking off part, at least? Thus, Officer Randy Reid invented a line of cotton “Mookis,” or snapsuits with–get this–the zippers and the top snap on the back. So obvious, so...

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Colour Lovers: Saving babies from bland nurseries since 2004

When planning my firstborn’s nursery a few years ago, I did what many before me have done: I looked at a dozen uninspiring paint chips in muted shades of yellow, sage and ecru, and even contemplated a “theme.” Eek. If only I had known about Colour Lovers back then. This interactive, interesting and totally fun website lets you scroll through hundreds of color palettes with often engaging names like A Puddle of Boy, 1950’s or, my favorite, Lucky Bubble Gum (pictured).  Oh, how great these colors would look in a nursery with some mod furniture and a gurgling newborn....

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Aaah toilet paper foam: Because you-know-what happens.

I will admit, there are times I am envious of my girls’ use of diaper wipes instead of regular old TP. What? It’s refreshingly indulgent! But of course, wipes aren’t flushable, they’re expensive, they’re terrible for the planet, and…well, yeah. They’re diaper wipes. Maybe in another 40 years for me. I recently had the chance to try something called Aaah, a “toilet paper foam” you pump onto the Charmin to make it more effective, absorbent, and soothing for you–or, if you prefer, turn it into a more eco-friendly alternative to wipes for the kiddos. The stuff is all-natural and...

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Hey, if you can’t laugh about Yom Kippur…

Not that Yom Kippur is a Hallmark holiday or anything, but oh, how I am sending this Yom Kippur e-card out today to all my friends and observant family. It, along with a whole slew of other atonement-themed cards (seriously), comes courtesy of someecards, which makes the egreetings that pass for humor on other sites look like they were created by the staff at the DMV. Non-members of the tribe? You can get in on the fun too with the card that says Have a good whatever Jewish holiday it is–also handy to have bookmarked for Purim, Tu Bishvat,...

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Gorgeous baby gifts in the $20-30 range? Totally.

I can’t believe I’m already starting to bookmark holiday gifts but yep, that’s just what I’m doing. And right in time, I discover Happy Chickadee, an online shop featuring absolutely wonderful clothing, accessories, toys, and gear for (mostly) baby girls, all carefully selected by mom-and-mom team Amber Spinello and Shari Brownfield. What really caught my eye are the stunning wooden blocks from mom-run Hiccup Inc. Handmade right here in the US with from solid wood blocks covered in cool design-y papers then finished with non-toxic sealer stuff so the paper doesn’t peel (my kids tried hard) the result is...

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Even busy families should relish dinnertime

I’ll confess: When I first saw that Relish! required a small monthly fee for their meal planning service, I was skeptical. Sure, current economics and busy schedules have put me on the weekly meal planning train, but do I really need to pay for help here? And then I had to eat my words, because oh man, Relish! is fantastic. Started by two busy moms, they’ll mail you every Thursday to remind you to plan for the following week, then provide an ever changing assortment of dinner suggestions for you to choose from. Each menu is coded for various...

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Care.com is every mother’s (father’s, pet owner’s, cleaning-challenged couple’s) dream

An agency is great if you’re looking to hire just one person for just one thing. You pay your fee, they find you a nanny or a petsitter or a house cleaner. Done. But what if you need a nanny and a petsitter and a house cleaner and someone to run errands for you on Friday afternoons? Well, then you check out Care.com, the much lauded service founded by mom Sheila Lirio Marcelo. A single membership fee gives you access to every personal service you might be seeking while you juggle the life of a busy mom. Find background-checked...

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Designing the wipes case of your dreams. Should you dream of such things.

My husband gives me gift cards for a special occasions with the excuse that I’m just way too picky. Most of the time, I roll my eyes at him, however, had he given me one to 1154 Lill Studio, I would say he was a very smart man. We’re already big fans of 1154 Lill Studio’s design-your-own bag service, which allows you play designer and create everything from a swanky purse to a travel bag. But now with a site redesign and cool new offerings, we can make our own pillows just the way we want them, or accessories...

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Super cute barrettes for some lucky little girl besides mine

It is just so very O Henry that I’ve got a job giving me access to the cutest barrettes on the planet, and a little girl who refuses to wear them. Even so, when we opened up the package from Little Chirpy Bird and examined designer Cindy Hsu’s utterly adorable wool felt creations, even my daughter went “ooooh….” She went right for the teeny tiny cupcake. She played with it. She asked me to put in her hair. Then she promptly took it out. Maybe your little girl will be more open to hair accessories. And if she is,...

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Make your household safer for your kids with GoodGuide. Or, very GoodGuide.

Look, it can be really hard to suss out which mainstream household cleaners and personal items are better for you and your family than others. Unless you’re willing to just beat your laundry on some river rocks and brush your teeth with a twig, or pay top dollar for boutique organics all the time, it seems like you’re stuck, right? Wrong. Now you can click on over to GoodGuide and see how well your own shampoo or glass cleaner rates on a 10-point scale of good karma. In other words, how safe, healthy and green it is. Really, go...

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Mairzey Dotes starts making bibs, and suddenly, I start liking bibs

Bibs have made great strides, even since having my son 18 months ago, and now I’ll be far less reluctant to pop the dreaded things on my soon-to-arrive new daughter All hail CMP fave Mairzey Dotes and mom/owner Sarah Kronland, winning us over this time with her new applique bibs and burp cloths. The sweet, simple designs like the paisley bird or my favorite, the pink owl shown here, reflect Sarah’s penchant for vintage styles. Grab a set for your next baby shower or add them to your own arsenal of bibs and burps as a special treat. Considering...

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