Month: February 2008

Socks To Be You

Socks don’t tend to be something moms get excited over. In fact, aren’t they the butt of jokes about bad gifts, along with fruitcakes and Dustbusters? But then mama-run Nix Baby came along with their awesome All-Star collection of socks, and now I’m giddy about the poor, underappreciated footwear. These awesomely soft, cotton knee-high kids socks are a throwback to the White Shadow era, when the socks were worn high and so were the satin gym shorts. But don’t pair them with satin gym shorts. Please. What you can do is choose from 16 yummy color combos, from bold...

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The Drool On the Diaper Bag Will Be Your Own

While we love tracking down cool, smaller label diaper bags, there’s something extraordinary about finding one that really – no, really – no other mom on the playground will be carrying. How can we make that guarantee? Well in the case of the Nathalie Bag, there were only six made. And because it’s entirely constructed of a gorgeous vintage floral fabric, even those six bags each have differences among them. But uniqueness isn’t everything; the bags are beautifully constructed, with a wipeable lining (no PVC, yay), adjustable leather straps that go from shoulder to stroller, a matching changing pad,...

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Dropps it Like it’s Hot

I really wish someone had warned me about the crazy amount of laundry that one tiny baby requires – and the crazy amount of extra-special baby detergent that, truth be told, doesn’t work worth a damn. But now I have Dropps, a fantastic enviro-friendly detergent alternative that almost make doing laundry a pleasure. Created by an award-winning Philadelphia-based company that’s all about reducing wasted water and plastic, Dropps come in sealed, pre-measured pods that you toss right into the washer. No mess, no harsh chemicals or enzymes, no detergent bottles in the landfills. Just lots of clean clothes. if anything can make you feel better...

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And the Seasons, They Grow Round and Round

My philosophy is if you’re still looking for a desk calendar in late February, then you’re the type who needs one the most. Take this Plantable Eco Calendar found at the Olive Barn. At first glance, I was taken by the whimsical artwork, but when I realized that you could actually plant the acid-free, tree-free pages to grow flowers, I was sold instantly. Just think, instead of tossing your calendar pages or using them as scrap paper (and then tossing them), you can plant them in soil and wait for your Poppies, Snapdragons, or Bird’s Eyes to sprout. The only thing missing...

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Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Drool Catchers

No doubt that when the punk subculture began back in the mid-70s, the hope was that one day the iconography would be co-opted and mass produced on waterproof baby bibs, then sold through major retailers for $5.95 plus tax. All cynicism aside, the new Urban Chaos bibs from Bumkins are pretty darn cute, and Phthalate and PVC free to boot. Why shouldn’t mamas on a budget get cool prints to remind them of their Doc Maarten-wearing days too? Now before you get mad at me, true hipster parents, it’s not real punk. C’mon – the skulls are smiling....

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Pak Nak Fever

As a child of the 70s, I remember insisting that my mother sew my soccer patch, my daisy patch, and two souvenir patches from a family trip to Europe right on the top of my Osh Kosh overalls. Ah, my early days as a fashion trendsetter. Patches may have gone the way of the pet rock, but a modern update is here in the rubber decorative thingies (not the technical name) from the Portland mom team behind PakNak. Each soft, colorful soccer ball, flower, robot, peace sign, or cupcake is backed with strong Velcro you can stick right onto...

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Time To Work Off Those Pregnancy Kit-Kat Cravings?

Now that the baby is out and spring is on its way, I’m itching to get back on my bike and out on the trails in my neck of the wild, wild west. But breastfeeding the kiddo through three layers of activewear isn’t feasible – or is it? Turns out, it’s not only feasible, but fashionable as well. Founded by an outdoorsy Canadian mother, Mountain Blue Eyes combines real athletic activewear with nursing-friendly functionality. They’ve got tees and fleeces in lightweight, breathable fabrics with easy (and modest) nursing access. But these clothes aren’t just for athletes;  stroller-pushing moms on...

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“I’d Like to Thank Cool Mom Picks…”

Motherhood means giving up more than your waistline, I realize, as Oscar weekend is upon us and of all the nominated flicks, I’ve managed to catch only one of them. If you’re in my (sad, pathetic) boat, we have the solution for you: Get yourself a sitter tomorrow and head to a nearby AMC theater for their Best Picture Showcase, a single ticket that gets you access to screenings of all five best picture contenders. You can come and go as you please (say, you’ve already seen Atonement four times), and the popcorn is gratis. You’ll start with Michael...

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Pillows Almost Too Cute To Hurl at the Kids

We know. When it comes to kids, sometimes you just have the urge to, you know, toss something about. For such an occasion, we humbly suggest the throw pillows from the Modern Basics brand new Baby Boo collection. Designer Page Ikeda (about to be a mama herself) has made sure they’re cool. They’re cute. They bring a splash of fun to the room. And with four color and three animal options – and matching blankets and bedding – you can make it work with your space. Plus they’re completely fleecey and downy (oooh, soft!) so when you feel the...

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A Long Way From Dumbo

I’m not always enamored of animal artwork for the kid’s room because much of the time, you end up with baby-ish images longer than you have actual babies. But in the case of the elephant canvases at Modern Dose, heck, I could live with them in my own bedroom. Artist (and interior designer, and design mag junkie, and Modern Dose owner) Estela Luego personally signs each hand-stretched canvas which is ready to brighten up any wall, no framing necessary. The fun calico style prints in lime, orange or pink are possibly the long awaited cure for Seasonal Affective Disorder....

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