Month: November 2008

Holiday cookies way better than the ones you’ll make. Trust me on that one.

There are definitely some folks on my holiday list who deserve better than the lopsided bells and gingerbread amputees that pass for holiday cookies around my kitchen. In other words, everyone but Grandma. The holiday cookies from Better Bit of Butter are exactly what you’re looking for if you want holiday cookies that make a serious impression.  Baker/artist Christine Mehling bakes these gorgeous bits of high-calorie heaven fresh to order using organic ingredients like sweet Amish butter and cage-free eggs. Then she tops them off with fondant and royal icing designs that have that a wedding favor kind of...

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Glass Bottles That Don’t Look Like Glass Bottles

Can you imagine there are actually people out there who don’t coordinate their baby’s bottle to his blanket, bib, and onesie? Heh. But seriously, if you’re a glass bottle user or just want to take the plunge from plastic, make sure to check out Smitten Baby’s cool new line of glass bottles, available at eco-friendly super shop Cooler Choices. Completely BPA free (of course), we love the fun polka dots in pink or blue. Depending on your nipple preference, you might find these to be on the soft side, so Cooler Choices made the extra effort to sell them...

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Fresh air fun

I am constantly looking for: 1) Winter clothes for kids 0-12 2) Clothes that are designed to stand up to the rigors of hard play  3) A way that kids won’t get suited up in and announce they need to use the bathroom. Item 3 may just be Murphy’s Law at work (sorry), but for items 1 and 2, check out Play Outdoors. Founders (and parents) Sarah Laufer and Justin Rae decided to raise their kids in Oregon just to maximize opportunities to get out into nature, so it makes sense that their new shop offers eco-conscious products that...

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If you don’t know Jack. . .

I love receiving a birthday card in the mail, but when it’s my time to send them out, I usually resort to a hastily typed email. Forgive me, but taking three kids anywhere near a rack of greeting cards is just asking for a headache. I have fewer excuses now that Jack Cards has appeared on my radar. Started by Boston-based friends Katherine Santer and Kim Dowds, Jack Cards is like my own personal card store. From the comfort of home, I can brows cards from designers such as CMP faves Bumble Ink and Binth without worrying that the...

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Designer stroller pads turn even that third generation MacLaren into a swanky ride

Stroller pads seem to be the new hot thing now and we totally see why. It’s a smart way to keep from investing in a whole new stroller when money is tight–says the mom who’s now on baby number three. Our latest find is the stylish Ajo Bebe stroller pad. You definitely have to be into fluffy for this one – it’s super soft and thick and a little feminine with the ruffle trim. It fits easily on most strollers and can turn it into a comfy, swanky ride, regardless of whether you’re driving a $20 umbrella stroller or...

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The Coolest Advent Calendars

I’m always the one in the drug store on December 5th shopping for an advent calendar–and wondering why the selection stinks. This year, I vowed to start earlier (albeit by just a few days) and wanted to share three options that I think are way cooler than anything I’d find in my local CVS. I love 24 Penguins Before Christmas for its quirky twist on the traditional Christmas scene. Inspired by author Jean-Luc Fromenthal’s original 365 Penguins book, it features the same turquoise-and-orange landscape which includes little doors which open to one or more adorable penguins. My kids will...

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Custom Christmas ornaments, delivered on doves’ wings

It’s not that I don’t go “awwww” just a little bit over the beautiful hand-cut  ceramic dove ornament with a customizable message from Paloma’s Nest–it’s that mentally I’m sometimes still about nine or ten and imagine all the hilarious words I could put in there. Of course it would be nice to personalize the ornaments with believe or adore or your kids’ own lovely names, but with up to twelve characters I am tempted to do familygate08 or hide me. In the end I’ll probably just get fly.  Darn sentimental side always triumphs over the internal 9-year-old....

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Ingrid & Isabel Leggings – A maternity wardrobe essential we’d swear by

If you had told me that I’d be wearing leggings almost every day during my pregnancies I would have laughed at you. Well, politely of course. But when I realized how great they felt and looked, I got over myself and gave in to the trend. So if you want the ultimate maternity leggings, snatch up a pair (or two) of Ingrid & Isabel’s belly leggings. Made from the same nylon/spandex combo as their super duper BellaBands, these leggings are somewhere between footless tights and thick cotton leggings, making them extremely versatile for any style and season. Fit them...

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Applique tees worth the double take

I know, I know, another appliqued t-shirt for kids. Or at least that’s what I was thinking until I got my hands on the adorable creations by sisters and moms Autumn Durbin and Erin Payne of Noodle and Meatball. There was something appealing about their classic hand sewn designs that made me want to see more, and I’m so glad I did. Each piece is carefully appliqued using a variety of fabrics on soft, bright cotton shirts. Of course, I’m partial to the Ready for Take-off shirt for my plane-obsessed son, but I’m loving the 25 Cents gumball machine...

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fin + roe: For parents who still get to pick out the Christmas cards

Since I’ve got a house full of kids, it’s a safe bet that my holiday cards are going to feature photos of those kids.  But I still want those cards to reflect my taste–which means no cards with ice-skating penguins or dancing candy canes. The holiday cards from fin + roe are just what I’m after.  With fresh, crisp designs and bright colors, the simplicity of these cards is what makes them so appealing to me.  I love the customization options–not just colors, but patterns too.  Plus, the customer service is out of this world, with personal design attention...

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