Month: February 2008

Wonder Woman, Mom…Same Difference

Ah, at last "mommycards" that recognize the true nature of the mommy has nothing to do with juggling grocery bags and walking a dog while wearing a Bjorn. They’re the WonderWoman notecards from Pink Sugar Dots. And they’re personalized, so yes, they’ll have your name on the front and not Linda Carter’s. Okay, so they’re not actually from the shop’s Hot Mama collection – they’re from the retro collection. Surely that’s an oversight. They’re $40 for a set of 20 printed on a textured linen stock. With just a 2-day turn around, apparently designer Delina Breeding is some kind...

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Congrats, You’re a Babysitter. Er…Grandparent.

Often seen on message boards: How should I tell my parents I’m pregnant? My answer is usually, well, just tell them. But if you’re looking for something with slightly more oomph (although not quite as oomph-y as giftwrapping the stick you peed on), we’ve tracked down some awesome new grandparent cards at mom-run Alternate Greetings.   Chief cardmeister Kiki Parry hand-prints all kinds of cards (on eco-friendly paper, natch) that justify the shop’s name and keep you giggling. But I really love the card that says To the proud new grandparents: Isn’t this why you had a kid in...

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The gifting tree

With a slew of Spring birthdays among my family and friends, I’m always on the lookout for appealing jewelry gifts that won’t break my piggy bank. So when I found the tree necklace at CnK Designs, I knew I had this year covered off. Designed by experienced silver artist Wendy Seebohar, the tree necklace features a dainty hand-etched tree on a silver tag with a green-stone accent, all dangling from a dainty three-strand silver chain. The details are simply fantastic. At just $42, I’d consider grabbing one for a gift and one for yourself. Because when you see it,...

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Ground Control to Major Aidan

We joke that since the lead paint recalls, that we’re all happy to let our kids play with cardboard boxes. But the reality is – kids like to play with cardboard boxes. So when is a cardboard box better than a cardboard box? When it’s actually a rocket ship. If you live in a more temperate climate, stick this sturdy, recycled paper rocket in the backyard and watch the kids go nuts. If you’re still in the tundra zone like I am, make space in a playroom or den, get out the crayons and paints, and keep the kids...

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Doing Good Meets Looking Good

I’ve got a thing for alpaca. And not just because my daughter wants one as a pet. (Thanks, Diego.) It’s eco-friendly, it’s soft and warm, and it doesn’t pill. The only thing that can make alpaca accessories more appealing to me is knowing that they’re handknit under fair trade conditions to help struggling artisans in small communities. Too much to ask for? Enter Mayu, Kate Robertson’s wonderful shop inspired by the years she spent working with Peruvian artists through the Peace Corps. The shawls, scarves, hoodie wraps and throws (oh God, how I want a throw) are the kind...

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A Remedy For That Not-So-Fresh Feeling

Once they’re past that delicious newborn phase, kids (and their rooms) do not continue to smell like sunshine and rainbows. After a couple of serious playground sessions, my girls’ rooms take on that not-so-subtle twinge of sweaty sneakers and I’ve been eager to find a remedy that doesn’t reek of eau de artificial vanilla nastiness. I didn’t immediately assume the Nursery Spray from Sweet Grass Farm’s baby collection would be the answer to my dilemma: We’re way past the nursery stage here, folks. But fortunately for me, first impressions aren’t always, er, on the nose. The spray has a...

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Speaking of cool…Tell us more about you

If you, lovely CMP reader, would be so kind (seriously, seriously kind) as to fill out this simple little anonymous survey and tell us a little more about you, we will do you one in return and automatically enter you to win the beautiful freshwater pearl and silver Motherhood necklace from Blue Poppy Jewelry. Why do we want to know more about you? We’re proud to have entered into a new partnership with Federated Media, joining the very exclusive FM-Babycenter parenting federation, along with some of the best blogs out there – think Dooce, Amalah, Sweet Juniper, Parenthacks, Mommytrack’d....

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Born with a silver spoon. Or bracelet.

If you’re looking for a special baby gift – I’m talking reeeeally special – we’ve just found a designer who can absolutely give that blue box store a run for its money. I am totally swooning over the outstanding children’s collection from San Francisco jewelry artist Jeanine Payer. Not to drop names or anything, but I can see why Julia Roberts and Hilary Swank are fans. You too will be smitten with the beautiful metalwork and the charming hand-engraved J.M. Barrie or Shakespearean quotes that adorns the pieces. (Seriously, who doesn’t like J.M. Barrie quotes?) Any new mom would...

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Banz Bonanza

Last month, a family trip to Mexico found my daughter, hilariously, in the same Gap swimsuit as half the kids on the playa. I guess there aren’t a whole lot of shops selling swimwear these days, huh. Baby Banz, makers of the much beloved kiddie sunglasses, is just relaunching their site today (today!) and we’re excited to be the ones to make the announcement. They have logically extended their line to include smart SPF50 swimwear and beachy accessories for the junior set. We particularly love the swim socks, which are a great shoreline alternative to the ubiquitous (ahem) rubber...

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Longing For the Days When We Wondered What the # Button Was For

I still remember my childhood fascination with our old rotary phone. I mean, they looked pretty cool and you could crush a coconut with it, although it did take way to long to dial a freaking phone number. But boy did they make really fun toddler toys. I admit a pang of nostalgia when I saw this old Fisher-Price phone from long ago. No, I wasn’t digging through consignment shops and garage sales, but perusing the pages of Warm Biscuit, a vintage kid decor shop that just so happens to carry some oldies-but-goodies. (And yep, it’s made in China, but Fisher-Price...

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Even if Your Playlist is Embarassing, Your iPod Doesn’t Have to Be

I know that I’m probably the last person on this green earth to own an iPod, but I figure that since they come out with a better one every year, I might has well wait until then. God. I sound like my mother. But when I saw these fantastic iPod holders by Aster and Sage, I’ve decided that I’m officially in the market for a little Apple-y musical goodness. These padded appliquéd cases are created using recycled fabrics, and a a spring hinged opening gives you easy access to the tunes. Find them at Arte Bebe, our one stop shop for...

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Swan Lake on a Budget

As an avid ballet lover, I’ve been waiting for the day my daughter was old enough to make it through the Nutcracker. But considering she can’t make it through a Disney movie without a snack and at least one dance break, I’m not willing to shell out the dough to take her to an actual performance. But thanks to Prima Princessa, she can get an almost real live ballet right in our living room. Created entirely by moms Mary Kate Mellow and Stephanie Troeller, Prima Princessa features the world-renowned Paris Opera Ballet performing Swan Lake, with kid-friendly story narration by a cartoon...

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Allergy Mom: Not Quite the Title Anyone Hopes For

It was over seven years ago, but I will never forget that day: My perfect, happy toddler stuck one chubby finger into the square of peanut butter sandwich I’d just handed him. In less than five minutes he was covered in welts, eyes swelled shut, gasping and wheezing. I was calling for help, completely panicked. Surprise — that’s how we discovered my son had a deadly allergy to peanuts. There’s no page in the baby book for "Baby’s first anaphylactic reaction," even with food allergies on the rise. If you’re feeling anxious and alone in all this, check out...

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Letter of the Day

I was warned that toddlerhood would bring with it a series of bizarre preferences – I want the pink sippy cup. I want to wear my green socks with my purple shoes. I want to eat alphabet soup but only the letter Ts. Yes it’s true, your child will, one day, have a favorite letter. And when that day comes, you might consider turning to ABCD Tees, which makes heavyweight oatmeal-colored cotton tees, printed with crisp, flashcard-inspired animal images for most letters of the alphabet. (Aw, poor Q. Always left out.) You’ll be particularly lucky if you’ve got a...

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C.W.A. (Cards With Attitude)

Nothing lifted my spirits as a new mom like a card in the mail, but the printed sentiments never quite nailed the realities of my situation. Like, Congrats on your baby. Now get ready for your hair to start falling out. So when I found the cards at Motherhood with Attitude I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. The brain-child of moms Janalee Chmel and Tiffany Hauber, MA! offers a series of hilarious greeting cards (and free e-cards for the extremely budget conscious) featuring real-life pictures from real-life moms and best, real-life sentiments. The cards are for moms...

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Livin’ the Green

It’s clear that everyone’s going green this year. But some retailers seem to be jumping on a trend, while others actually seem to be living their values. In the latter category, the very impressive Zia & Tia. This shop was started by parents and organic vegan bakery owners, Julie and Danny, after adopting their daughter Zia from China. Already living a totally earth-friendly lifestyle (seriously, they compost), they figured heck, why not sell all of these awesome luxury organic goods we’ve been finding, and while we’re at it, for every product sold we’ll donate some cash to Half the...

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Tell Me More Stories

Amy Friedman’s wonderful multicultural Tell Me a Story compilation was easily one of our favorite CDs of 2006. So of course we’re thrilled that she’s at last released a follow-up with Tell Me a Story 2: Animal Magic. This is the kind of children’s storytelling you won’t mind – no annoying farm animal sound effects, no painfully performed sketches. Instead, this amazingly produced album features 6 original kids stories from around the world, all brought to life with composer Laura Hall’s rich, culturally appropriate music, evocative narration from pros like Len Cariou, and a lovely children’s chorus. The 4-8...

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It’s Valentine’s Day, Mamas. Now Go Out and Get Some.

My husband definitely has the lesser of the two libidos. So after a long day of wiping butts and chasing after the kiddos, I’m ready to go, and he’s the one complaining about a "headache." That’s why I had to chuckle when I saw artist Mo Ganey’s hilarious Love Pak cards, the perfect way to put the ball back into your spouse’s court. You’ll get a set of six handmade cards with the artist’s charming illustrative style, all of which offer a not-so-subtle hint about your intentions. Now if you’re the type who tends to fast forward through the sex...

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Rainy Day Barrettes

I’m the type of mom who, when barricaded in the house by a torrential downpour, needs to get out of the rut of  the paints- crayons -dvd routine. For something extra special for my daughter on those kinds of days, I’m loving the Kid Craft Kit at Happy House Quilts, created by mom and art therapist Jodi Doody. You will indeed be the coolest mom ever when you whip out one of these kits, which includes everything you need to make three adorable felt barrettes. Stick with the basics, or make use of the sequins and beads if you–or...

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Cool Mom Picks Hearts Real Simple

We just wanted to let out a little annoying girlie squeal, sorority party-style, for finding ourselves in the March issue of Real Simple Magazine in their Best Blogs feature this month. We’re honored to share top parenting/family blog kudos along with our dear friends at the must-visit ParentHacks, and the fantastically named Working Moms Against Guilt. Thanks so much Real Simple – you totally made our Valentine’s Week and you didn’t even have to send chocolate. -Liz and...

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