Month: February 2008

The Journey to Adoption Just Got More Beautiful

While adoptive parents can certainly document a baby’s first steps, first foods, and first booger-flnging incident like any other, the baby book pages about prepartum cravings can be a little awkward in their emptiness. So I think it’s absolutely smashing to discover author Zoe Francesca’s My Family, My Journey, a memory book for adoptive families that we spotted at illustrator Susie Ghahremani’s BoyGirl Party Shop. Susie’s lovely artwork beautifully complements sections relevant to these special families – the book even includes two family trees. And I really like that it gives you space to write about your first year...

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100 Billion Calories Never Tasted So Good

So if you asked me what I most certainly do not want (or need) for Valentine’s Day, you know, other than a pair of red leather chaps, it would have to be a 100 billion calorie box of chocolates.  But the organic artisan chocolates from Lilliebelle Farms found at Kate’s Caring Gifts could absolutely make me change my mind. Handmade using fresh regional ingredients, it’s the perfect something special for a culinarily adventurous valentine (or anytime lover). How can you resist passionfruit caramels, macadamia nut chews with ginger, or the hot bonbon of 2008 – a lavender caramel topped with a...

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Sometimes Six More Weeks of Winter Isn’t So Bad

It’s only the beginning of February in the Deep South and I’ve already had it with the cold. But then I was introduced to Kaching Design’s new shirts and I realized that maybe I could live with the chilly temps a little longer. San Francisco graphic designer Pearlyn Tan features endangered animals in a series of three whimsical, gender-neutral designs that I dare you to try not to love. My personal favorite is the polar bear, but the less ubiquitous wolf is definitely worth a look. 5% of each shirt purchase goes to the World Wildlife Fund. So if the groundhog does happen to see his shadow, don’t...

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Tattoo Valentine’s Card: Next Best to the Real Thing

If the sigOth skipped the flowers this year and came home with a permanent heart on his arm with my name in it, well I’d just be tickled. But since the bicep is already claimed by the outdated tribal armband (yeah, he regrets it) I’d be satisfied enough with the Forever Heart Tattoo card at Red Stamp cards. If you haven’t scored just the right printed correspondence yet, the shop’s modern V-day collection runs the gamut from the sweet to the simple, from the eerily possessive to the darkly edgy. Seriously, check out the Luv You To Death card...

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Canine Love

I swear, we don’t have a house filled with junk food (so back off, Sanctimommies). Yet for some reason, my toddler already equates each holiday with what crap she will get to eat that day, and candy hearts are on the horizon. Maybe I need to temper Valentine’s Day treats by packaging them with this adorable tooth shirt from Pinecone + Chickadee. In sizes 2-6T, it’s never too early to get your kids to understand the essential co-dependent relationship between tooth and toothbrush. Especially as those chocolate-filled holidays roll around....

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Oh Boy, a Boy!

If you’re wondering why things are moving a bit slower around there these past couple of days, it’s because our right hand woman and senior editor Julie Marsh had baby #3, a boy, yesterday afternoon — 12:46pm to be exact. We’re soooo pleased to announce that Oliver Sebastian has finally arrived, weighing in at 7lbs 9oz and measuring 20 inches long. Not even a day old and he’s being spoiled by his two big and very loving sisters. We’re sending all our and your Cool Mom Picks love their direction. And lots of sleep too — at least what we can...

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Art That Sparks Imagination

When you’re looking for figurative art for a nursery, the selection is often limited to happy kids playing with happy animals under a happy sun. But I’m intrigued with taking a more Waldorf approach to the art, in which the kids’ expressions leave room for interpretation – and story telling. This is just the thing that drew me to the work of Philly-area painter and mom Lisa Hurwitz. I will admit that on first glance I believed her style a bit moody for kids. But the more I stared at individual pieces like her Girl With Bird and Red...

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Make-Your-Own Valentine

Upon scoping out the selection of Valentine’s Day cards at our local card shop, I was nearly eaten alive by the sea of licensed characters professing their love. Eek! I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I think my daughter and I might just be making our own valentines this year, thanks to the vintage Valentine’s Day stickers from one of our favorite online shopping spots, Quiet Hours Toys. You’ll get a set of thirty sweet old-school labels to embellish your own homemade cards, letters or packages, all featuring characters that have never made an appearance on your television...

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