Month: March 2008

Eco Friendly Dolls That don’t Look Like Eco Friendly Dolls (If You Know What We Mean)

When it came to finding that perfect baby doll for my daughter, I quickly realized that most of the traditional ones are mass-produced in China. While I’m not averse to Chinese-made toys as a rule, my standards have definitely gone up since the recalls. Too bad I never knew about the gorgeous, Petitcollin dolls. Made at the last remaining doll factory in France, these sweet little vanilla-scented things are created using pthalate-free vinyl, which will make you rest a bit easier when you see your child chomping on its face. The clothes are all spectacularly handmade – just take a look...

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Idle Hands

My three-year-old must always be doing something with her hands – coloring, painting, or her current favorite, going through my entire jewelry box. Twice on a good day. So, when I saw these Maple Landmark Lace-A-Shapes I figured it was worth a try to save my sanity and my jewelry. Created from sustainably harvested local wood and covered in a completely non-toxic finish, your preschooler will have a heck of a good time lacing up the four different animal shapes included in this pack. Great for the car, the plane, or at home when you’ve simply exhausted all other busy work...

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A High Chair That Grows With Your Kid: Magic? No, Mutsy.

I’ve definitely had several registry regrets, like my high chair for example – that ugly, cumbersome, "good for only 2 years maybe" high chair. Not one of my finer decisions. But at least I have an excuse for that choice because back then, there was no Easy Grow High Chair from Mutsy. The sleek, attractive Easy Grow is more of an eating seat than a high chair because it takes your kid from barely sitting up and smashing applesauce in his nose, to the years he’s able to write in his applesauce using cursive. Complete with eating tray, bumper bar, foot...

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If the Easter Bunny Used Labels

As the mom of two little ones these days, I’m probably not going to go overboard with the Easter baskets. But the fantastic Easter tags from Tattered Tags, a paper shop owned by designer Brooke Campbell, almost make me want to. These vintage-style, hand cut and printed tags are great for personalizing the contents of your kiddo’s basket, using to make your own cards, or topping off all kinds of Easter goodies with style. And make sure to click around the shop, where you’re bound to find something papery and cool for any occasion. None of it will break your bank,...

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I Am Woman, See Me Wear Metallics

I’ve never been one to thrust all my eggs into one basket, so why would I toss all my baby’s belongings into one diaper bag? Truth be told, I’ve got one for almost every mood and outfit. And so, I give you the bag that will have you counting the days until Mother’s Day — the new Sheri bag from designer and mom Lavinia Lobo of Baby Kaed. Modeled after her popular Sanya bag, the Sheri is fashioned out of fine leather and comes complete with oodles of pockets and every accessory you need,including diaper wipes case, changing mat, and a drawstring...

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Argyle Goes Rock ‘n Roll

We can’t look anywhere without stumbling into something argyle for kids this Spring. Take these hot argyle shirts from new mom-pop run label, Modestod. A bit more practical than your run-of-the-mill argyle sweater vests and definitely more rock ‘n roll, these super soft hand-printed shirts feature the now trendy pattern highlighted with a funky winged monogram. Choose your kid’s letter, grab one in gray or pink (which actually comes off a bit more on the purple side in person), and you’ll be the trend-setting Angelina of your playgroup. Except without the 12 kids. Or Brad. Damn. -Kristen For a bunch of other...

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Easter Baskets That the Tooth Fairy Approves of Too

Not every mom is a fan of doling out the high fructose corn syrup or imitation chocolate treats on Easter. It doesn’t make you a Sanctimommy – just a little more responsible than those of us who keep the crap around the house as an excuse to eat it ourselves. Behold, the handmade felt Easter basket at the Baby Gardner. The size is just right for little baby hands and the five "cookies" inside are absolutely 100% sugar-free. Not that it will stop your baby from sucking on them all day. Babies aren’t too particular that way. –Liz Save...

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The Perfect Shoes for Laps Around the Coffee Table

My little 10 month-old track star can do about a 6 minute mile on hands and knees, if only she’s got the right traction. So who am I to hold her back? Time to transition from the cute crib shoes to something with a little more stick-to-the-floor action.  The casual collection from Jinwood shoes is fitting the bill perfectly. We spotted these cute, totally handmade shoes at Simple Me Boutique and they’re even better in person. The soles are suede but the uppers are real, soft-as-buttah leather. I love that they’re more structured than your average soft-soled slip-ons, but...

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A Pirate’s Life for Me

While my husband is definitely on the conservative side, I tend to push the envelope when it comes to what our kids wear. He’s been willing to concede on a few of my more interesting choices, but he has yet to give in to the now nearly over skull and crossbones fad. I did find a rad happy medium in the awesome pirate ship tees found exclusively at two-mom owned boutique Cattiwampus. Hand drawn and screened on funky burnout tees by artist Rebecca Foster, this eery pirate ship will certainly satisfy a mom’s (or kid’s) hankering for some alternative duds....

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The Chaiken Diaper Bag: What Recession?

Apparently not all moms are created equal, because some will be strutting around this Spring toting their leaky bottles and dirty diapers in swanky Chaiken diaper bags. It was only a matter of time before the celeb fave label-turned-maternity- label branched into mom accessories with a buttery, yummy $528 diaper bag spotted at Mom’s the Word Maternity. $528. You heard me. Angelina, you reading?...

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Matryoshka Dolls: Hard to Spell, Easy To Love

As a wee lass, I was obsessed with a matryoshka doll my parents had brought me back from Eastern Europe. All the time spent banging those little schmata-clad wooden nesting dolls around yielded plenty of chipped paint and battered edges, turning a stunning keepsake into a well-loved but fairly sad looking plaything. A more durable option can be found in the amazing, totally handcrafted soft matryoshka dolls by artist Denise Mollison. There’s close to a dozen beautiful girls to be found on Quiet Hours Toys, each one made of cotton socks, Japanese kawaii fabric, and hand embroidery. They’re just...

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Surf’s Up

So it might be a little premature to be thinking about warm sand and wave jumping when we’re still focused on cold dirt and mud puddle jumping. But when I saw this surfer tee from Fierce Hugs, it made those summer beach days seem almost with my reach. A two-mom owned company, Fierce Hugs features original designs from independent artists, all of which are printed on the softest and brightest organic tees I’ve seen. And while these eco-minded moms have worked hard to ensure that every part of their business promotes sustainability and social responsibility, we love that their shirts don’t...

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Stick ‘Em Up

We love when readers tip us off on their own great picks around the web. So when two readers wrote us gushing about Mayfair Lane, we most definitely had to check it out. After one peek at owner/designer Susan Hirsch Russell’s products, then you’ll get why moms are crushing so hard on her site. Her Hapeez line (okay, so we could live without the spelling there) of  notepads, clips and frames magically stick to mirrors, glass, and more importantly, those fancy fridges that turn their nose up at magnets. They don’t even leave any gluey residue behind. You’re sure...

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Easter Shoes That Will Take You Right Through Summer

It pains me to purchase a pair of fancy Easter shoes for my daughter only to see them used once or twice. But thanks to Bugaboo Shoe Co (no relation) I’ve found ones that will take her from Easter dress to summer shorts –  without people thinking she dressed herself. While adopting her daughter in China, mom Robin Wise fell in love with her new daughter’s shoes as well. So much so that she and her husband returned to China, found a factory, and began making some themselves for parents everywhere. Lucky us! The unique styles combined with really impressive craftsmanship make them...

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Custom jewelry without the custom jewelry prices

Like the other CMP writers, I don’t usually gravitate toward keepsakes. If it’s engraved or personalized and it’s not a wedding invitation, it’s probably not my style. But there’s an exception to everything, and my beautiful mother’s necklace from ohana by Lea definitely flies in the face of my "get that engraved thing away from me" policy. Designer Lea Speakes lovingly creates custom silver jewelry with careful attention to every detail down to the packaging. The sterling silver discs are each hand-stamped with my children’s names and a tiny design, then dangle from a delicate silver chain that make...

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Cool-ing Up the Nursery

We love Skip*Hop because everything this mom-run company makes is smartly designed, good-looking, and generally affordable. Well as of yesterday, after having conquered the world of diaper bags and feeding accessories, Skip*Hop has come out with some pretty snazzy looking nursery decor. Not that you want to get too matchy-matchy, but you could. If you wanted to. Because the two collections include everything from crib bedding and pillows, to a lamp and a soft wall pocket organizer. (There they go again with that smart thinking thing.) I especially dig the Mod Dot collection, Damien Hirst fan that I am,...

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Green. Practically.

If you love the idea of being that cool mom who brings her own canvas tote to the convenience store – but know that you never in a million years will be able to cram a canvas tote in your already overstuffed diaper bag – have we got a solution for you. The Flip and Tumble 24-7 bag was designed by two Stanford design program grad students and it’s a totally smart and stylish way to get a little greener. Basically it’s this sturdy but crazy lightweight, sweet little tote that scrunches up and tucks inside its own inside...

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Children’s Car Seats: Better Safe Than…Not Safe

Of all the things most likely to make a new parent’s head spin, I submit that it’s not the colicky baby or the first diaper blow-out that’s the hardest. That honor belongs to the selection of a car seat.  The Kyle David Miller Foundation was founded to both educate the public on proper car seat safety, and to provide 5-point car seats to those who can’t otherwise not afford them. Make a donation, if you’re so inclined – that would be great. Or, you can simply shop for your child’s own car seat at Hip Monkey, also run by...

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The Modern Mama’s Teddy Bear Motif

While I wanted to avoid baby gift thank you notes that were too babyish, I found that scribbling heartfelt words of appreciation for the squeaky rabbit toy across note cards bearing funky geometrics, was definitely a thematic disconnect. If you’re ready to to embrace the duckies, embrace the teddies, and – let’s face it – embrace parenthood – but you’re not ready to sell your soul to Pooh, we’ve found a brilliant option in the new kids cards from the always exciting BINTH design studio. Nursery-friendly creatures are framed like modern cameos, and the striking color combos printed with...

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Wait, So Girls Like Robots Too?

It’s amazing how quick some boutiques are to put the robot tees under "boyswear." Man, aren’t we like 3 decades past the notion of girls only wearing pink ruffle shirts with ballerina spelled out in glitter? So we’re very impressed with hip San Franciso label Bunny and Bee’s fresh graphics on their new Spring/Summer line of girls’ tees.. Starting with that funky robot. I mean, we love their new Little Thieves designs for boys too – but I’ve got to give props to any designer who can dream up fresh ways to serve up flowers, bunnies, and birds for...

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