Month: November 2008

Because a screaming baby in velvet doesn’t say “holiday cheer”

Even though my mother-in-law insisted on photos of my then 6-month old daughter in this ridiculous lace and velvet number, when it came down to holiday parties and Christmas day, we stuck her in a comfy, festive one piece. You can bet we’ll be doing the same with our 2-month old this holiday, perhaps in this super cute double breasted candy cane one-piece from Bean New York. Decidedly cheaper than most of the snazzy holiday wear out there yet not over the top with smiling Rudolphs, this outfit is made out of 100% un-stuffy cotton. Just don’t get a...

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Expressing our thanks through acts of do-gooding

Happy Thanksgiving cool moms. In the spirit of giving thanks, we thought we’d share with you each of our favorite charitable orgs, some of whom are really getting whomped by the economy this year. Not from individual donors per se (you guys are always so great!), but from the fortune 500 companies and Wall Street firms they tend to rely on. Maybe we’ll turn you onto a new charity, maybe we’ll inspire you to give some extra love to your own. Kristen: As a military wife, I’ve been fortunate to have my husband stateside. But many families are not,...

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Yes Eye Can

I am never going to be the mom who walks around Michael’s picking all the supplies for origami finger puppet ornaments or hot glue gun 3-D stuffed animal baskets or whatever the heck other moms are making with their kids these days. I am the mom who instead grabs one of the fantastic art kits for kids from Eye Can Art, spreads some newspaper on the table, and gets going. So if you want to know what to get my artistically inclined three year-old for the holidays? I’d say one of these. The printmaking kit absolutely engaged my daughter–and...

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Hanging out on the Loquat Rooftop

I’ve never thought of the Blues as particularly cheerful until I heard Brooklyn’s Randy Kaplan sing Good Morning Blues, the first song on Loquat Rooftop. Amidst the amazingly nimble-fingered guitar work, I heard him ask, Good morning blues….blues How do you do? to which a little voice shouted back, Good…hungry! It’s that happy-go-lucky feel throughout that had me wishing that Randy was sitting in our living room telling his stories directly to the kids. Songs like the hilariously odd No Nothing has a catchy chorus which makes me croon, I know nothing, you know nothing all day long. And,...

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Big brands doing cool things – Skip Hop’s new baby toys at Toys R Us

We love finding cool gifts and gear from small, up and coming designers, so we especially love when the humongo chains get smart and help turn them into big, up and coming designers. That’s why we were excited to discover mom and pop founded Skip*hop has created a brand new baby toy collection exclusively for Toys R Us. Their smart and sophisticated design sense that started with their infamous diaper bags is now translated in two lines of bright, aesthetically pleasing baby toys–our fave being the adorable Garden Floral Activity Playmat. Considering how much room these mats generally take...

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The sweetest announcements. Literally.

Out of consideration for my post-baby figure, I rarely bake any more. It’s just one of the sacrifices I make in the name of vanity. But at holiday time, my no-bake resolution goes out the window (and takes my willpower right along with it).  Send me a recipe for anything involving butter and sugar, and I’ll whip the kitchen into a frenzy. Naturally, the Holiday Recipe Cards from Ringo Baby–who we always love for their inventive cards and announcements–caught my eye. Your photo and greeting go on the front like any other holiday card but on the back, you...

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The It Sling: This Year’s It Bag.

According to all the magazines and certain recent ad campaigns of over-the-counter pain remedies, babies are the new hot accessory. Carry yours everywhere and you’re sure to be in the in crowd this year. Or so we hear. So if you’re slinging your tot along to some swanky holiday party or museum benefit, you wouldn’t think of grabbing the stained Ergo and strapping it on over the LBD, right? Instead, allow us to offer up the fur mei tai carrier from Bronwen Handcrafted. Made of black silk dupioni and faux fur which reverses to a beautiful red floral, it’s...

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Picky tweens: No longer a holiday shopping nightmare

My mom used to try and convince me that it was actually cool to have jewelry that no one else had, rather than sport the same brand name baubles as everyone else in my class. Of course, she wasn’t trying to get me to wear these adorable heart earrings from Anne Kiel. These thread-thru earrings feature sweet silver hearts hanging from a silver chain that allow your daughter to decide how she wants to wear them. And we love that they’re still completely hip without dripping in bling.  I’m pretty sure if you’ve got a young jewelry lover on...

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Pinnington Bags – A celeb fave that we can get behind

A few years ago, this handbag fanatic would have fallen over had someone told me I’d be hoarding diaper bags, but considering how amazing they’ve all gotten, you might understand my obsession. And since finding the Bohemian inspired Pinnington Bags, I’m thinking you’ll not only understand my point of view you’ll probably find yourself in my camp. Designed by Carly Liberatore and completely handmade, these bags combine function, fashion, and fabulous fabrics in an extremely artistic way. On one hand, you’ll feel like you’re carrying a work of art in head-turning patterns, but on the other, you’ll definitely be...

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Peace on earth. I mean it. Now.

I totally dare you to buy this New Year’s Card by Robyn Miller Design, customize it with your own message, sign it with a beautiful heartfelt note — and upload a photo of your crying, screaming, tantrum-throwing baby. Or maybe your kids hitting each other? I’m actually tempted myself. I think everyone would get it except my mother-in-law who would go, “Aw…why did you do that?” Find it at Groovy Paper, along with plenty of other great holiday cards, ironic and not....

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