Month: October 2008

Put your money where your child’s chest is

If you want to make a statement, and you’re not above using your baby as a billboard (we’re not), try +E (positive energy) Awareness Apparel. These soft, 100% certified organic cotton tees and onesies are designed to deliver the social, environmental or political message that’s nearest to your heart. And your baby’s butt. Seriously. Check out the one that says “DIRTY,” for example. The single bold word is displayed on the chest, but I love the strategically-placed blurb about air pollution on the back that delivers the details. Other designs are more serious, but there’s a cause for everyone...

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Mommy cards get smarter, even as mommies don’t

I used to be really good at remembering names and faces.  A little stalkerish even. But then I had children and a good percentage of my brain cells expired from lack of sleep.  Now I’m lucky if I remember my own name, let alone the names of those three super-cool moms I met ten minutes ago at the park. So when I checked out Thumbprint Trading Cards, I fell immediately in love.  Much more than mere mommy cards, these two-inch square cards incorporate custom photos along with contact information–ideal for those of us who need a visual memory cue...

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Jamie Lee Curtis’s children’s books give me another reason to be jealous of her

Like it’s not cool enough that she’s married to Christopher Guest and has started in A Fish Called Wanda, and exemplifies the phrase “hot mama”–now Jamie Lee Curtis has an entire children’s book library to her name, and they’re all terrific. (Okay, yes so I totally have a girl crush on JLC. Guilty.) Her recent release, Big Words for Little People once again incorporates Laura Cornell’s engaging illustration style that keeps my daughter ogling all the fun little stuff on the page long after I’m ready to turn. But the content itself is really the star–a series of big...

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New for Baby gets color happy

Last weekend I had to buy baby gifts for two kids who are now toddlers, because the pressure I put on myself to buy something so useful and practical and cool and life-changing is so great that I end up procrastinating. For more than a year. Too bad I didn’t know about the awesome new colors and styles at New For Baby. Back when we first wrote about this company, we loved the baby-friendly features  on their yummy cotton layette basics like tagless necks, fold-over cuffs, and easy-to-use snaps. And now the company has expanded from basic pink, blue...

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Paper Mobiles – Design Meets Function for one very happy baby

One of the great things about having a baby now as compared to even four years ago when I had my first is the ton of choices parents have as far as nursery decor. Take the mobile, which is no longer something you just buy in a themed set along with your bedding. I’m happy to have found the lovely Butterfly mobiles from Almost Sunday. Handmade by artist Karen Yi, these lovely paper mobiles will float happily from your ceiling, keeping your little one mesmerized without the help of stuffed bears or a robotic rendition of Twinkle Twinkle. As...

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Ghost Clusters!

I’m happy to say that these adorable little Halloween goodies from New Hampshire’s L.A. Burdick’s Chocolate are definitely treats and not tricks. Each ghostly center is made up of the kind of gourmet hazelnut and dark chocolate ganache that makes my eyes roll back into my head, and the white chocolate draping provides a creamy outer layer of awesome. I love seeing all of these little chocolate ghosts in a row, but you may prefer a coffin of assorted chocolates or some individually wrapped ghosts to hand out as favors to some very (very) lucky party goers. Ideally those...

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Babywearing with utter and complete warmth–for both of you

Allow me to set the scene: It is January in New England, subzero temperatures, and I need to get out of the house with my newborn in a front carrier. I used to routinely wear my husband’s coat over the baby, which somehow managed to both be too big and too drafty, all at once. Also, I looked enormous. Yeah, those were not exactly the good old days. Back then I might’ve sold my soul for a Peekaru, a positively heroic Polartec vest-slash-front carrier. Yes, heroic. This ingenious little garment puts an end to freezing babywearers. Large enough to...

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C’mon, cooler weather! Mama needs a new pair of children’s dresses.

When I lived in the frozen north, my favorite part of warmer weather was definitely the bright colors and flounces of my daughter’s spring wardrobe. But that was before I discovered Kit + Lili and realized that all that vibrancy can be a winter staple too. These colorful, bold-print long-sleeved dresses come by way of two Brooklyn moms who’ve made a name for themselves designing the modern, adorable clothes that the trendy moms go nuts for. The always wonderful boutique Moxie Kids has a great assortment of Kit + Lili in sizes 2-8, but good luck choosing just one...

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Utterly charming cards. Really.

While I’ll happily spend hours browsing through all types of stationery, searching for just the right mix of simplicity and elegance, greeting cards almost always leave me cold.  Blame it on years of searching for some idealistic notion of preprinted sentiments that probably doesn’t even exist. So I was quite literally charmed when I got a peek at Jaimee Tassio’s charmed cards.  Simple and elegant, yes; smothered in schmaltz, not at all. In fact the only adornment is a tiny charm, suspended from a thin wire–a thoughtful touch to underscore your own thoughtful words inside....

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Shop Nest, improve women’s lives

If only there was a way to get fabulous clothing, accessories, and other merchandise while helping others in need. Oh, wait–there is. Shopping at Nest is truly the best of both worlds — the money from your purchases of various artisan goodies are given out as micro-loans to artisan women in developing countries to buy supplies. They even sell some of their resulting work right on Nest in the Global Goods category. (We love those Turkish placemats.) So just by indulging in some pretty jewelry or a cute outfit for the kids, you’re getting a chance to take part...

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