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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