Month: December 2008

Rosy cheeks and everything

I wrestle with the idea of what to get my two-month old daughter for Christmas, because well, she’s two-months and what the heck does she care about what’s sitting under the tree for her, right? But then I have to wonder if it’ll come back to bite me in the butt down the road. So when I saw the completely handmade dolls from Poppy Seed Tree, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. Artist Meredith Franz uses a variety of fabrics (some recycled, some not) to create adorable one-of-a-kind dolls that come with a name card, back story, and the...

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Oh the weather outside is frightful

I’ve not yet met a mom who loves stuffing he baby in some sort of hot, fuzzy baby bunting for a trip outside in the cold. Well, all that’s about to change thanks to Kate Quinn Organics’ baby bunting, found at Portland shop Little Urbanites. Made from soft sherpa and knit lined, this bunting features side kimono snaps for easy on and off, and reversible hand mitts to keep their hands warm without the old mitten struggle. Plus, there’s just something about the beautiful green with the furry trim that makes me want to put this on my baby...

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Calendar girl

I’m a minimalist where it comes to calendars.  I know some moms live and die by their beloved organizers, but give me a compact monthly view calendar at my fingertips and I’m set. The 18-month Mouse Pad calendar from Ann Kelle Designs is perfect for me.  Bright colors, hip designs, and since it does double-duty as a mouse pad, it’s literally at my fingertips–because it’s no secret I spend far too much time at the computer. Browsing around the rest of the shop, I found several more items featuring the same cheery graphics.  Perfect stocking stuffers for stationery lovers....

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Warm as a lamb. Under a blanket. Next to a heat lamp. In Cancun.

I often have feelings of envy as I push my 19 month-old in her stroller on cold days, thinking it would be nice if it were she pushing me around town instead. Eh, I guess there’s plenty of time for that when I’m 80. Now I’m feeling doubly jealous, since giving the Warm as a Lamb Winter Stroller Coat Cover a whirl. Designed by mom Christine Kosteas and available at Amazon, this thing is seriously amazing, if you live in colder climes. (I’m talking to you, Minneapolis/Chicago/Boston moms.) It’s basically a heavy, thermally insulated stroller cover that completely shields...

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So that’s what all those blank walls in the nursery are for

If you’re a sleek-lines-and-minimal-fluff sort of a mom, you’ll want to check out Nashville artist Michalle Sessions’ gorgeously simplistic prints for your progeny’s room via her shop, LJ Ink.  From the red-sock-wearing giraffe and monkey in the “Sock It to Me” series to the stick girl and her mommy in matching striped tights in the “Love Me” series, I want it all. Enough so that the the little girl print is now gracing the wall in my daughter’s newly remodeled bathroom. Michalle can also do some really cool personalized pieces with an initial under a set of  old-school knicker...

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My little kittens have lost their mittens

It is four days before the official start of winter and we are already down one scarf, 1 1/2 pairs of gloves, and two hats. Some of them mine. While I’m reluctant to shell out big bucks on replacing them, I’m sort of having trouble resisting the warm, wooly ruffle scarf and matching mittens from fancy kids clothes purveyors, Best & Co in a choice of two colors-none of them involving pink. It’s especially appealing at the super discounts they’re offering right now. Score another one for the procrastinators and mitten-losers among us. –Liz Best &Co is currently having...

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Oi! Christmas!

Eight days to go until Christmas and I’m already tired of the same six holiday tunes that seem to be in rotation in every store, taxi, and coffee shop in NY.  If you’re looking for a slightly more irreverent alternative, check out the virtual Punk Rock Advent Calendar courtesy of UK’s Plastic Punk Records. Each day connects you to a different MP3 of a punk Christmas cover, complete with lyrics. My fave so far: The Jam’s Old Christmas Card on December 4. You can download each song to make your own headbanging holiday playlist, but there’s no cheating allowed like...

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Let’s face it, a man’s first true love is meat

If you are still looking for a last minute gift for that hot, carnivorous man in your life, we have found the very thing: The men’s Meat Tees from Brooklyn’s Wooster Street Meats. These shirts are emblazoned with your man’s (or your kid’s) favorite part of his favorite Italian sub – brasciole, capicola, soppressata, or the #1 pig part around our place, prosciutto. I just ordered one for my sigOth and I know it will go over second only to actual prosciutto. For the vegetarians, don’t feel left out. We have it on good word that Cannoli is on...

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Forget Sugarplums; I’m dreaming of Kitchen Witch Brownies

I love to bake, but with all this “raising children” stuff, there is little time for me to create treats from scratch on a regular basis. So, when Casey of Pennsylvania’s Kitchen Witch asked if I’d like to try some of her all-natural homemade treats, I jumped at the offer. A few days later, I received a box of uncooked frozen brownies, cookies and scones, all packed carefully in dry ice.  I baked soft, chewy, sweet Oatmeal, Peanut Butter Cup and Ultimate cookies. I tried two different flavors of scones for breakfast and savored the combination of ginger and...

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Attention procrastinators, there’s still time to make Christmas cards

Shameless holiday card procrastinator #87146B here, hanging head low and admitting that I have not yet picked out our family’s holiday cards. Most likely we’ll do what I generally do, which is send out New Year’s cards instead. But for you Christmas card purists, we’ve taken the time to scout out a few last minute options for you. 1. Shutterfly has a nice selection of designer cards from some great modern graphic artists and they’re printed on a nice matte card stock. They also have photobooks, calendars and this cool photo recipe book which make great last minute gifts....

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