Month: February 2008

Pediped Goes Big

Pedipeds are a dream come true for those of us in need of a stylish yet baby-foot friendly alternative to leather booties for our crawlers and cruisers. But now our big kids can enjoy Pedipeds too, thanks to their brand spanking new Flex line. The styles are eye-catching and the soles are sturdier but still amazingly flexible, making them perfect for my active preschooler (and her footwear snob mama). If your kids’ feet tend to be hard to fit, the shoes come with with an additional insole that can be taken out as your kid’s feet grow, so you get more...

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“Just One More Book,” Definitely Preferable to “Just One More Cookie”

My three-year-old daughter (the little angel) has entirely too many dumb books, which is killing me softly, because why waste time on dumb books ever in your life? My problem: Only children’s boutique bookstores have the right level of selection, and libraries can be so chaotic. Proper research takes time, and I don’t have any time, except…when I’m commuting. Just One More Book is a site full of podcasts about children’s books. How smart! Why didn’t I think of that? The site is organized very well and the first podcast I listened to was number 317. I can’t believe...

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Giving Cold Shoulders the Cold Shoulder

I admit (don’t kill me, urban fashionistas) that I mourned the day the pashmina went out of style. I loved the versatility of this great piece and was glad to tuck one into my bag to keep for unexpected forays into too-cold offices or airplane cabins. Last week, when I first got my mitts on the Shoul Shoulder Wrap, I knew I had found a wonderful alternative. The Shoul (pronounced shole. Like, um, a shoul-der.) is a lightweight knit acrylic wrap that’s soft as anything, drapes beautifully, actually stays on your shoulders (really!) without tying, and doesn’t have the...

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Eau de Notbabyfood

If you’re suffering from Postpartum Fragrance Rut (PPFR) but you’re not ready to delve back into the world of $70 an ounce eau de parfums, here’s a thought: Elizabeth Morrison’s artisanal theme fragrance collection of hand-poured perfumes. I will be honest, with little roll-on style purse-friendly containers and prices high school girls could afford on allowance, I was not expecting a whole lot. But hey! They’re nice! Personally I liked the gentle floral Lotus Lake scent, but grab a sample box – just 4 bucks – and have fun picking your own fave. Then come back for the full...

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You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Wallhanging

Looking out on the morning rain, I used to feel uninspired. But then I found wooden wall art. And super cuteness transpired. What? You were going to hang paper prints on your wall? Weird. Because wood is the new, um, paper. And to celebrate the closer-to-nature format, Pop Ink’s cool, hip, organic Décor-a-Board art works (like this here Woodsy Robin) are printed directly on unfinished birch veneer of recycled wood scraps and unused parts of lumbered trees. Timbertastic!...

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Tees That Inspire Imagination

I always get happy every time another talented graphic designer decides to spawn, because it means the talent gets redirected from gig posters or shampoo packaging to cool duds for kids. Case in point: The utterly fabulous new design (and parenting) team of Julio and Anissa Dwiggins at Pickle Papaya, who are about to delight hipster parents from coast-to-coast with their imaginative but totally wearable kids tees. Nothing is exactly what it seems on first glance – bicycle streamers evolve into a flock of birds. A pair of chopsticks dangle a child’s swing like a soba noodle. And a...

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One Way to Distract Them From the Overcooked Meatloaf

So say your name is Matte Stephens. And say you’re this way-cool, modern artist. Wouldn’t it only be a matter of time before your original Mattes are matted on a mat? We’re thinking that’s an obvious yes. This new limited edition placemat collection from Modern-Twist features two of Matte Stephens’ well known designs – the monster (orange) and the owl (mustard). And the silicone is completely washable, so this may be your only chance to feel good about your kids smearing ketchup on a limited edition masterpiece. Or Mattesterpiece? Snatch yours up from one of our favorite online destinations,...

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Just don’t call them push presents

Let me start by saying that the idea of "push presents" creeps me out. Hate the name, hate the notion that we’re entitled to a Birkin Bag or $5,000 tennis bracelet because we employed our uterus. (Okay, so maybe I’ve been spending too much time on NYC message boards.) Now that said, I think that commemorating the joys of new motherhood with a little something something is absolutely awesome. Which is why I’m really taken with artist Kirstin Pinit’s Maternal Journey necklaces. The three styles of silver charms bring to life conceptual takes on motherhood, my favorite being the...

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Pillowcases That Could Keep You Up Giggling

I have so much respect for designers who really do innovative things with nursery bedding. And if it’s got a sense of humor – all the better. I mean, who says kids sheets have to be all about super heroes or butterflies? So of course I was instantly taken with the Sleepyhead Pillowcase found at the always surprising (and veddy veddy British) Twisted Twee. the embroidered outline provides a convenient guideline for sleepyheads right alongside their stuffed companions. Who are evidently never quite as sleepy. Chose from either an insomniac bunny or insomniac bear. Hey, if you can get...

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Children’s Books the Way They Used to Be. Literally.

I’m so excited to have discovered (at Toy Fair, of all places) the wonderfully named Seattle-based Laughing Elephant Books. If you’re feeling nostalgic for beautifully illustrated, printed and bound books of your youth – or more likely the ones passed down by your grandparents – then skip the local Borders and hit their website for your next literary gifts. You’ll find all kinds of books and gift items incorporating ye olde time-y artwork including my favorite, the soft-covered, sturdy die-cut children’s books which faithfully reproduce originals from the early 1900s. Don’t expect dumbed down prose or touchy-feely 21st century...

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