Month: December 2008

You’re the onesie that I want

Since my sweet third child will most likely be relegated to a life of shared toys and hand-me-down clothes, it’s always nice when someone sends her a personalized gift that makes it 100% clear that it was meant for her and her alone. So if you’re looking for the perfect 2nd or 3rd baby gift, you’ll want to check out the hand embroidered onesie from Baby Gardner. The sweet vintage-inspired elephant design is personalized with your choice of name and is packed in a delightful coordinating personalized drawstring bag. It’s a keepsake that can at least make up a...

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Our favorite shops around the country – Making the last-minute holiday rush easy

With the last shopping weekend before Christmas and Hanukkah, we’re down to the wire. To save you from the dreaded rush shipping costs, we’ve asked our editors, contributors and some of our favorite savvy shoppers around the web to offer up their favorite go-to shops in their (and maybe your?) hometowns to help you snag some indie or artisan gifts for those you love best. NYC– The Union Square Park Holiday Market is always a great source for last minute stocking stuffers and recession-friendly gifts like hand-knit scarves, handmade toys, candles and personalized wooden ornaments from Chiosonne. You’re not only...

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Say goodbye to terry cloth

I realize that drooling over a baby towel might seem a bit ridiculous, but when your closet is stuffed to the gills with old, rough towels, then you’d be just as excited as I was to wrap your baby up in a Bamboosa Bath Wrap found at Peekagreen. The combination of 80% bamboo and 20% recycled polyester makes for a super absorbent, soft, almost chamois-like towel that will keep that baby toasty warm and dry. Known for its antibacterial and hypoallergenic qualities, Bamboo also washes extremely well, which works well when you’ve got a couple of kids that are...

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When good things happen to good people

Remember that awesome $5k Intel tech makeover we got to help give away this fall? And you helped vote for the winners? And you were kind of hoping it was you but realized that the people who won were so deserving that you felt perfectly great about it? Right! That one. Well Marco and Dave, the two cool guys from Hot Hardware, just hooked up the three winners and caught the transformations on tape. From a recent cancer survivor, to a non-profit community theater, to a cool family farm, if you want to feel the goodwill and high-tech holiday...

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All hail great handbag of exceeding awesomeness

I am reluctant to give away my most Awesome Bag Ever tip, but…okay. The holiday spirit has grabbed me this week and I’m feeling generous. The Elsa Carry-All has been my handbag mainstay since I won a free one (seriously, I won something myself!) earlier this year from most excellent indie shop Darlybird. The shiny faux patent leather in black (or red) makes it look cool for daytime with plenty of pockets for all the crap I seem to accumulate, but it can hold its own when I end up racing right from work to some cocktail-laden function. Plus...

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Redefining Christmas: The gift that really keeps on giving

My extremely generous in-laws keep bugging me about what they can get me for Christmas, and quite frankly, unless it’s some magic bubble that I can place over my children so that they will healthy for longer than one week at a time, I’m really fine without receiving a holiday gift. But since they insist, I’m asking them to give to my favorite charity instead, and Redefine Christmas makes it a bit more festive than just having them send twenty bucks to the Salvation Army. Simply choose a holiday e-card like the cute snowman seen here, fill in your information, and they’ll send it...

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas table

I’ve been a fan of white serving pieces ever since my mother taught me that the food should be the star of the dishes, and not the dishes themselves. (Of course that presumes that I am capable of creating star-like food to begin with. Thank goodness for catering.) The handmade Lotus Nesting Bowls from California potter Whitney Smith are just my kind of thing: Useful, elegant, clean. Although by the looks of some of her other items, I could just be convinced to break my own rule and invest in a cake stand in a gorgeous robin’s egg blue....

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Adventure, True Love and Seafood

We hosted 16 relatives (seven in our house) over the long Thanksgiving weekend.  My job, besides cooking some stuff, was to read to the four little children in my daughter’s room each night before bed. And each night we read The Sign of the Seahorse:  A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts. By request. Begging, and requests. And more begging. Graeme Base had me at Animalia, but this Aussie children’s book writer and illustrator just keeps getting better. Base shows his lyrical side with the writing of this tome, which is epic and rhythmic and descriptive...

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Four hot toys for 2008 (says us)

Recently, Better Homes & Gardens’ Better.TV asked me to show them four hot toys for the holidays and while it was nearly impossible to cull it down from about 6 million, I did my best to oblige. I didn’t decide based on what was selling out at the megastores this year, but what I thought were cool toys from responsible companies who actually care about the environment and the quality of the toys they put out. Plus, my kids really dig them. -The Recycled Tea Set from Green Toys available at Kangarooboo-All-natural Anamalz from Hape available at Oompa Toys...

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Plain [organic] jane

It’s no trouble finding a range of organic onesies bedecked with humorous sayings and adorable designs these days. But I’m a fan of the solid, slogan-free organic play clothes as well, which can be a little harder to track down unless you’re a big fan of oatmeal and white. Apparently moms Katie Winburn and Kristen McNicholas felt the same way and so they created Rattled, featuring bright organic basics for babies and toddlers. I’m loving the saturated colors and soft fabric, but most of all I appreciate that they won’t thin and pill after a few washings. And from...

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