Month: February 2008

Anchovies? Yes Please.

While it’s definitely gotten easier for moms to track down cool onesies, commandeering an entire funky baby layette can be challenging. I suppose "funky" and "layette" aren’t necessarily synonymous, unless you’re browsing Anchovies, a new shop that’s neither salty nor stinky. Their original line of baby duds never gets annoyingly ironic or uncomfortably edgy. It’s just modern, graphic, and cool. I’m particularly smitten with their layette options, featuring sleepsacks and beanies like the post-modern girlie Dream or my favorite, Rocket Man, shown here. And the gift wrapping is awesome – your purchase comes "Pickled to Perfection" in a mason...

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Not-So-Basic Basics

We’ve had the awesome Netherlands kids label Buisjes En Beugels, or BB+++, on our radar for some time now, just waiting (and hoping) for it to arrive on North American shores. Or at minimum, in North American websites. Damn that exchange rate. At last we’re happy to have spotted it online at the very cool Love You Baby. This stretchy, heavyweight cotton dress is such an awesome transition pieces for kids right now, when it’s not quite Spring and not quite winter. Simple but with fantastic details, it would look superb over jeans, or in a few months, accessorized...

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Art for All My Sisters and Me

I don’t have a little girl, but if I did, I’d definitely want to decorate her room with positive, joyful, encouraging, you-can-do-it-girlfriend types of things. Things a little less princess and a little more like the mixed-media artwork of Kelly Rae Roberts. A former medial social worker turned full-time artist, Kelly creates vivid collages with a feminine flair that incorporate girl-power positive affirmations – in a cool way, not a Stuart Smalley way. You’ll have fun perusing her etsy shop for titles like Standing Tall, Leap Fearlessly, and Believe. Awesome. Pieces like Side by Side and Grow would be...

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Tastes Like Chicken

Okay so they say that newborns aren’t exactly ready for poultry. But when it’s this funny little MiYim pink chicken rattle spotted at Essere Organics, I suppose you could make an exception. It’s guaranteed free-range, hormone free, and 100% organic. And despite the fact that it’s probably a little undercooked judging from the rosy color, I’d say it’s safe to let your little toothless one gum it to his heart’s content. –Liz Enter code coolmom10 in the promotion box for 10% off all orders  at Essere...

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The All-Purpose Thank You Note

I’ve been looking for thank you notes that would be equally suited for job interviews, baby gifts, and preschool directors. (God help me). Tall order, perhaps? Not once I discovered the lovely line of m: studio stationery from stationer Margot Madison. Each box set of ten is perfect for minimalists like me who still want a bit of flair without going overboard. They’re sophisticated but not stuffy, charming but not cutesie. I especially love the Mandarin Damask style, featuring your name in a nice clean brown on a heavy, rounded-corner white card, with a contrasting orange damask both on...

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My Kingdom for a Horse

Okay so I know that most any child is imaginative enough to grab a broom or a Swiffer or even a paper towel roll, and turn it into a horsie. But if you’re like me, your heart will ache and swell and torment you until you break down and get that kid a real hobby horse. A beautiful option can be found at Craftsbury Kids, which is now selling the heirloom-quality horses from Irish toymaker and dad, Dan Hillman. These handcrafted wooden playthings are each hand painted and stained usiing only eco-friendly, plant-based paints, then signed and numbered by...

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Cupcakes? Who Doesn’t Like Cupcakes?

Every so often, I have occasion to visit friends with a couple of young kids of different ages, and I’m stumped about what little gift will appease them both. Then I stumbled upon the Kids Mini Cupcake Kit at Pink Olive Boutique and I thought, Yes! Yes! What a great way to make you the world’s greatest grandma, aunt, or friend of the ‘rents. Okay so they will have to fight over who gets to wear the chef’s hat. But other than that, this everything-but-the-convection-oven cupcake kit will excite kids from toddlerhood to, um…how old am I again? Oh...

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Buddy Has Two Mommies

One of my greatest reservations when considering a move away from New York was the perceived lack of diversity in middle America. Happily, I’ve been surprised by the different kinds of families we’ve gotten to know, even in our little suburb. (Even if the ethnic food choices could use some help.) Another sign that diversity is becoming more widespread is Buddy G – My Two Moms and Me, a new cartoon that educates and celebrates well, kids with two moms. Parents Donna Colley and Margaux Towne-Colley sought to create a show that reflected their own family, but Buddy G...

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Your Right to Chews

The baby may be bor (and yes, he’s wonderful, thank you!) but thanks to breastfeeding, I’m still taking care to reach for nutritious food. Well, most of the time anyway. The rest of the time: Peanut M-n-Ms. So lately I’ve been motivating myself to stuff my face with a bag of Bellybar Chews instead. You might have heard of these Tootsie Roll-sized bundles of vitamins from NutraBella, the same company that makes the Bellybar nutrition bars that so many pregnant mamas are toting around. And you might even be as skeptical about them as I was. While I can’t...

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The Cow Says Moooo. Also: Carry Me, Mama!

I love to browse the CMP archives for children’s artwork, because thanks to Liz and Kristen’s discerning taste, it’s all worth exploring. But I have to admit that I get an even bigger thrill out of bringing a new artist to their attention – and getting a nod of approval. My latest find is the stick-leg art from BeesKneesStudio. Artist Erica Vess creates original acrylic paintings of farm animals which are simple, colorful, and cheerfully unique. Treat your child’s bedroom to an original painting for just $65, or group a few digital prints together (available at her etsy shop)...

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Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Thanks to my "slopey" shoulders, I have an incredibly difficult time finding non-athletic bras with straps that stay up. Reaching into my shirt to reposition the boulder holders has become a part of my regular routine. Since skipping a bra is absolutely not an option, I am sooooo glad I found Strapsecret, the smart invention by Canadian mom and farmer Paula Fraser. Frustrated with sliding straps like 50% of us are, she decided to do something about it. Her clever invisible strips of silicone magically stick to the inside of your bra straps and anchor them in place for up to...

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When Mini-Adult is Perfectly Acceptable

I probably sound like an old fuddy-duddy everytime I go shopping for my kids, but when I see "Chick-magnet" shirts and too-short mini skirts that look like something right off an adult rack, I can’t help but cringe a little. Except when I saw Rileyroos, these fantastic parent-designed kid’s shoes that I’d actually wear if they came in my size. While these stylish kicks still definitely imitate barefoot walking, they’ve got a padded rubber sole, sort of like a driving shoe, that provides comfort and traction on your carpet and at the playground. And their signature curled toe actually provides your walkers with leverage between...

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Bringing the Rat Back

I used to look forward to my Chinese great-grandmother’s new year celebration every year — the gorgeous decorations, the yummy food, and new lucky animal. She could even make the boar look cute. But rats? Well, that’s a pretty tough task for anyone. Except Jennifer Wong Tam, designer and owner of Turtle Papers. She’s created the perfect personalized Chinese New Year stationery with her own modern interpretation of the little old rat. Thanks to Jennifer, he’s transformed into a cute and almost loveable character that, along with your name, adorns a wonderful set of blank notes. And even if it’s not your lucky year, there’s...

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The Alphabet Spells Her Name

It was quite a big deal around here when my daughter learned how to spell her name. And now when we’re out, she points out every Q, the first letter of her name, anywhere we go–which, really, is almost not annoying after the 134th time. So when I saw this custom ABC name poster at Madebygirl, I knew I had found the perfect birthday present for my little speller. Just send in your kid’s name and color scheme, and you’ll get a fantastic personalized twist on the traditional alphabet. Besides, kids are narcissists. If they’re going to be the center of the...

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Robeez Hits the Pavement

My kids spent most of their crawling and early walking days in Robeez leather booties. But when it was time for them to go outside, I was always bummed that the company didn’t offer something that was still like a bootie but had a little more to offer in the sole department. The powers that be at Robeez must have heard my pleas, since their new Tredz line, launching today, is perfect for those little walkers and runners who are ready to venture outside, needing a non-slip, water-resistant and extremely flexible sole.  All twenty stylish designs, from ultra conservative to rockin’ flames, are available in...

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It’s Better to Give and To Receive

Feeling feisty? Log onto a mommy message board and tell everyone you’re considering doing a "no gift, make a donation in our name instead" birthday party for your kid. You’ll be called everything from progressive and cool, to snobby, to a child abuser. Me, I take the progressive p.o.v. although I do think it’s nice for a kid at least to get something on his birthday. Hey, kids like gifts. ECHOage is an interesting service which aims to show kids both the joy of giving even while doing a little receiving, all in a way that’s kinder and gentler...

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The Only Thing Missing is a Diaper Changer

I’ve seen grown women fight it out over the need for a changing table on those baby message boards. I understand the problems faced by parents with limited space, but trust me, a diaper change on the bed can go horribly, horribly wrong. Well, if these moms knew about the Ubi Deluxe Changing Table, the only thing they’d be fighting about is which design they liked the best. Less of a table and more of a changing seat, the UBI Deluxe actually stores and dispenses diapers, holding them in place with a special little gripper. It wipes clean in...

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Wow, It Really Is a Super Tuesday.

Some days just get people excited. October 10, 2007 was one of those days in our house, because that was the day Radiohead released their new album online. And as exciting as it was, that much-anticipated day was nothing comparison to today, Feb. 5, 2008. No, not because it’s Super Tuesday And no, not because it’s Fat Tuesday. Duh. Because it’s Tuesday, Feb. 5th, the day that They Might Be Giants release their new two-disc, CD/DVD combo Here Come the 123s. This follow-up to Here Come the ABCs is, obviously, about counting. So 90% of the songs are about...

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Swaddled, Snuggled, and a Little Spoiled

When you think of swaddlers you don’t think of anything particularly luxe. Mostly I conjure up the pilled receiving blanket we swiped from the hospital (shhh). Or at best, some ugly yellow thing that you find on your friend’s baby registry. But then I discovered the Baby Bonkie swaddle blankets at the trendsetting West Village kids, and suddenly swaddlers have even more appeal as shower gifts. Lovely designer fabrics from edgy to sweet are lined with a soft-as-anything chenille. But they aren’t just pretty, they’re practical – they close with velcro so I imagine that after a late-night feeding,...

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Lucy’s Name in the Sky, Without the Diamonds

Thanks to my husband the pilot, I’m definitely into planes as children’s room decor; but that doesn’t mean I’ll just grab any old picture of an aircraft and slap it up on my son’s wall. So when I saw artist Bret Herbert’s Skywriter series, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Using a series of backgrounds, like a farm field, beach, or my favorite, the New York City skyline, Bret creates an original piece of art with your child’s name as if it was written in the sky by a bi-plane. The canvases look amazing unframed, and make a...

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