Month: December 2008

Welcome, eco baby!

When a little organic cotton onesie or a mere wooden rattle doesn’t cut it for the new baby in your life, you’ll want to order up the Eco Baby gift basket from Treadlight Gifts which is probably the first gift basket I’ve seen where I’d truly appreciate and use every single item They’ve sought out the best green-minded gifts for new babies, like a BabyWit organic onesie, a gorgeous wooden rattle, and even a baby food mill, and packed them with a few other goodies in their signature reusable cotton gift tote. Heck, even the gift tag is plantable....

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Caterpillar dresses for your ever changing daughter

Now that I have two girls, I look at every article of clothing I buy as a future hand-me-down. But self-professed “fabriholic” Devorah Miller, designer behind Canada’s Red Thread Design, is one step ahead of me – she created a Catepillar Dress that actually looks great on both my 3 year-old and my 8 month-old at the same time. My youngest can wear it as a dress with tights and little boots, and my oldest wears it like a tunic over jeans. Although  truth be told, she calls it a jumper. It helps her “jump really high” too. Poke...

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Could celebrity dreidel tournaments be far behind?

Comedian Louis Black said that he gave up on Hanukkah when he realized the only thing Jews had to compete with Christmas was spinning a wooden top. Well Louis, Good news! You can come back to the tribe thanks to the No Limit Texas Dreidel Game found at PopJudaica. As the shop name suggests, you’ll find a ton of hip and hilarious Hanukkah gifts here which, trust me, is a much bigger miracle than the oil lasting for eight days. Jealous of your neighbor’s Christmas bling? Decorate your house with Menorah String Lights. Looking to reflect your inner fashionista?...

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Pregnancy weigh-in time! Hooray! Hooray!

Up until very recently, I would have told you that no pregnant woman should even own a scale. I can remember very little of the first year after each of my children were born, but I remember the dread with which I’d tiptoe onto that scale at the doctor’s office like it was yesterday. But now that I’ve seen the hilarious designs by Wendy Gold at art de toilette, I’ve done a 180–I now believe every pregnant woman should have a scale provided it’s this bun in the oven scale. It’s not only pretty (and funny), it’s blissfully free...

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kidthing: Like iTunes for kids too young to give your iTunes password to

There’s no question that today’s kids are computer-savvy; my daughter can Google the answer to her burning questions before I can even find my reading glasses. But just because they can surf the web doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to just turn them loose out there. Unless you have kidthing, that is, which is now in beta. Created by parents, kidthing is both a free, downloadable browser/player that kids can easily operate themselves as well as a treasure trove of books, games, and videos through the kidthing Store. Your kids will feel like they have the run...

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Vintage inspired hats from the era that kids might have actually kept their hats on

If I’ve learned anything from having three kids, it’s that I’ve got to take advantage of the baby stage when it comes to head wear. Before you know it, they’re old enough toss anything on the ground unless it has Dora’s face all over it. If you’ve got a baby girl (or a bigger one who actually loves hats) then I suggest checking out the romantic vintage inspired crochet hats created by mom Amber Blazina of Timberdoodles Designs. The fresh picked winter hat (pictured) is trimmed with sweet crocheted cotton flowers and vines, and are definitely a step up from the heavy...

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Lights, camera, action

With so many creative minds behind the picks we feature on a daily basis, it was just a matter of time before two of them decided to work together. And so when we heard about Blue Poppy Jewelry and photo community Shutter Sisters’ creative collaboration on the new Flash Bulb Necklace, we just had to take a look.This sterling silver pendant, fashioned after a vintage flashbulb, hangs daintily from a ball bead chain and features a lovely bright blue stone. And if that’s not beautiful enough, the ladies are donating a portion of the proceeds to Girl Power Africa,...

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Magical Apparel makes pretend play a snap (and a zip and a button)

As a mom to a kid who had his share of sensory issues, I was intrigued when I found out about a line of dress-up clothes called Magical Apparel that don’t just expand a child’s imagination, but also his fine motor skills. Sold by Fun and Function, girls can chose from two different sparkly and fully adjustable princess costumes, and little boys (or girls, I’d hope) can imagine themselves as a firefighter, policeman or an emergency technician. For those needing sensory input, secret interior pockets can hold small beanbag-like weights. But I’d think any child would love all the...

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For the grandmoms who don’t want to be “grandmom” all the time

My mother-in-law is one of those grandmothers who prefers not to cover herself in all things grandchildren. I learned that the hard way when I found the adorable photo bag I bought her shoved in the back of a drawer at her summer-only beach condo last year. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t love the kids as much as the next grandmom–she just likes her personalized gifts a little more subtle.That’s why the personalized sterling keychain from Vintage Pearl caught my eye. Handstamped by artist and mom Erin Edwards and very affordable at $20, the keychain can reflect whatever...

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When a card is so much more than just a card

The idea of pediatricians formulating baby skin care products–as the MD Moms have done with the much beloved Baby Silk line–is easy to understand. But I love that they’ve outdone themselves this holiday with the brand new and extremely special Oscar Litwak Foundation Charity Notecards. I thought they were cheerful and fun even before I read about the foundation and its mission to lift the spirits of kids in hospitals. But I especially like the cards knowing that a full 100% of the proceeds goes towards the Mobile Playroom Program, which brings fun and games to bed-ridden kids. Buy...

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Possibly the hottest gift of the year: The chance to make your very own muppet

In television and film, the miscellaneous humans hanging around in the frame are called extras. In scenes that call for additional bodies of the Muppet variety, those are called Whatnots. And while FAO Schwarz’s Muppet Whatnot Workshop is basically to gift a favorite child with the ability to create his very own Muppet pal, those of us who grew up with The Muppet Show may find this opportunity even more enticing than our kids do. (Hey, I had a little crush on Kermit back in the day. I rocked out with Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. I’m not...

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Airfork One – Fly me to your mouth

You know you’re a parent when you try to “zoom” any bit of food into your kid’s mouth. But who cares, right? If it works to get them to eat, then by all means, fly that plane! If you’re a licensed utensil pilot, you will need the proper flying apparatus–say Airfork One, an actual fork that is shaped like a plane, so either you can play captain yourself or let your budding fly boy (or girl) take over the controls. At $10, it’s worth adding to your arsenal of tricks to get your kids to eat. And it’s way...

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Ponoko – Our new favorite time suck

There’s a reason the new online marketplace, Ponoko, is taking the design world by storm. It’s sort of like etsy meets Flick’r meets the Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, all with an underlying current of eco goodness. Browse the showroom if you’re all about the shopping. If you’re all about the making, you’ll find free instructions and kits that artists share, or you can submit an idea to a panel of designers who just might bring it to life for you. Of course us–we’re all about the shopping. With a quick look, we found a whole lot of affordable...

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Lesser Evil makes getting coal in your stocking a thing of pure unadulterated awesomeness

I am so excited that Lesser Evil, the cool little indie snack food company that is rocking my carb-craving world lately, has come out with a crate of Christmas Coal. And by coal I mean chunks of gourmet cocoa kettle corn. And by rocking I mean oh my lord, please get the samples out of my house before I end up having to go back to my fat jeans. Good thing I can justify the indulgence since it’s free of transfats, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup. That makes up for me being able to eat 16,000 boxes in...

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Livie & Luca shoes score again. And by score, I mean I’d like them all, please.

After trying more shoes on my daughters than I’d care to admit, I keep coming back to Livie & Luca. These are the handmade, beautifully-styled kids shoes that pretty much make you hate all the other shoes in your kids’ wardrobe. They’re comfy enough for kids to wear every day with a flexible, durable sole, but the nice leather uppers means they look fantastic even with dressier clothes. This season, we’re just loving the two-toned Laksmhi mary-janes, and for boys, the Emilio loafers (at right) especially in black and taupe. As for my girls, you’ll see them sporting their...

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1977 Stocking stuffer flashback

I fondly remember those goofy frustration pencils with the googly-eyed gnomes at the top, and how you’d spin them between your palms to make the neon hair get all crazy. You know, to unload all the frustration we had pent up in fourth grade. Artist June Pfaff Daley remembers too, and she’s put together all the supplies you need to make six of them in her Frustration Pencil Art Kits For just $8 they’re a super little gift, or make them yourself and now you’ve got six stocking stuffers. There is even a holiday version just for the season....

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Let your monsters make your monster pendant

We love the Metal for Monsters pieces at Blend Creations so much, we were delighted to hear that they’ve expanded the line: Now you can design your own monsters, or–better yet–let the kids design one for you and Blend will laser-etch their design right on the pendant including a signature or inscription on the back. You could also supply a thumb print, or pretty much anything, making this a really cool personalized gift. And $16 from each pendant goes directly to UNICEF. I’m not telling you what to do, lurking dad readers…I’m just saying that some signed, wearable art...

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Play food for the future foodie

If you’ve got a budding foodie in your house like I do, he just can’t cook pretend Eggs Benedict or Strawberry Chantilly Crepes on some nicked plastic pan nabbed from a garage sale. The utterly gorgeous Soop Sori Breakfast Chef Set from mom and dad owned Design for Play will ensure a child’s gourmet dishes are cooked to imaginary perfection. This stunning, heirloom-quality set of  is designed by a well known Korean artisan and made in China from natural woods and oils using fair labor practices. In other words, the fake food here is probably healthier than some of the actual...

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A poppy quilt that makes my uterus jump

If I were to have another baby, there is no question that at the very top of my wish list would be this Poppy Quilt from Boston’s All the Numbers. With its big childlike poppies the motif CMP has been crushing on of late, I’d use this oversize quilt for snuggling time or for playing on the floor. This is the kind of blanket that begs to be touched with its cool satin edge and bury-your-face-in-its-soft flannel backing. And I wouldn’t even cry over any drool (or worse) that my babe gets all over it: It can stand up...

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Giving your kids’ wardrobe a Kico in the pants

For every rule I think I have, there is always one pesky exception that crops up. Like when I say I don’t love ruffles on my girls, suddenly I find Kico Kids and their modern, preppy-meets-flouncy woven and knit girls clothes that are more Milan runway than scary pageant costume. The boys clothes are pretty styling themselves, with incredibly inspired sweaters and separates like denim cargo pants that will put to rest the old complaint that moms of boys can’t have fun buying clothes. Provided they have the cash, of course. Fashion-forward kidswear does have its price. By the...

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