Month: April 2008

What’s In a Name?

Our friends at Sk*rt, soon to be known The Website Formerly Known as Sk*rt, are in a bit of a pickle. It seems they want a new name, stat. We suggested Pilot Inspektor but rats, it was already taken. Maybe you have a better idea? Head to their What’s In a Name contest and suggest it in the comments or just vote for one of eleven possibilities by Friday at midnight. You’ll be entered to win all sorts of expensive goodies but more so, you could be helping some of the coolest women on the www. (Is it cheating...

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An Organic Carrier With the Soul of a Backpack

Back when I was carrying my babies around, if you wanted an earth-friendly choice you could’ve gotten a really ugly hemp sling. If you wanted something earth-friendly in a structured carrier, well, you were completely out of luck. Today’s green moms have it easy though with options like the Belle Baby Carrier. Belle’s commitment to environmental sustainability goes beyond the organic cotton it’s made with They use earth-friendly dyes and package with recycled cardboard, plus the carrier features a piece of recycled yoga mat for padding. It’s all made right here in America, too. Better yet, the company was...

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A Silver Cross stroller we B-listers can afford too

When I had the chance to try out the new Silver Cross stroller, the Dazzle, I jumped at it. This is the stroller brand ("pram" if you’re fancy) favored by the likes of Jennifer Garner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Lopez…you might have heard of a couple of them? (Not that I care what strollers they push, but it’s always interesting to me what people buy when they can afford anything.) The Silver Cross Dazzle, in a word, dazzles. First off, the streamlined style, appealing curves, and modern colors are great – see all four at Estella-NYC. It’s a little heavier...

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Laying Down Roots for Mother’s Day

Not every mama wants something on Mother’s Day. Plenty of mamas are very happy with just a phone call, a handmade card or a contribution in her name to a decent cause. For that latter group, TreePeople is a great dot-org that does some good in the actual US of A. Since a group of teens founded the not-for-profit thirty years ago, they’ve helped to green up the L.A. landscape with more than 2 million trees (!!!) and if you’ve ever caught the wildfires or recent Griffith Park fires on TV, you know what a big deal that can...

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Simple words. Simple necklace.

While I’m definitely a sucker for jewelry with lots of bells and whistles (okay, diamonds too), I was surprisingly taken with the simplicity of the concentric circles necklace by Lisa Leonard. The smooth sterling circles hung from a dainty ball bearing chain are hand stamped with whatever two-word phrase you’d like. Granted it only took me a few days to come up with just two words, but when I did, the result was a lovely, inexpensive little everyday necklace. Make sure to peruse Lisa’s site for a plethora of affordable hand stamped designs in the $50 range just in time for Mother’s Day. There...

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Feeling Glam in L&D. If That’s Even Possible.

In the final weeks of my pregnancies, I was alphabetizing my CDs, scrubbing out the kitchen cabinets, and laundering everything in sight. I most certainly was not thinking about packing my hospital bag. If I’d known about the ready-packed Mom to Be Bags from new shop 5 Minutes Apart, I wouldn’t have had to wear a pair of hospital-issue socks for four days, cursing myself for my misplaced priorities. Instead, I’d have been wearing a pair of fluffy slippers on my tootsies with a lavender aromatherapy mask over my bloodshot eyes. The three different labor and delivery bags are...

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A Baby Blanket Just for Their Heads

I confess, I’m one of those "crazy" moms who’s taken all three of my newborns out and about right away. If they can come home from the hospital, then they can come to the grocery store, the mall, and the park too. I refuse to be stuck with cabin fever, especially as the weather warms up. The only problem? How to protect that brand-new baby skin from the sun. I’ve found one solution in Baby Blanket Suncare. Their Tender Scalps Spray is ingenious. Spray it on, smooth it down (or spike it into a mohawk), and voila – that...

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Go Ask Alice When She’s 10 Feet Tall

I’ve always had a thing for Lewis Carrol but most of the Alice prints that would be cute for a little girl’s room have a 19th century feel that doesn’t jibe with my modern decor. Then I came across the Tea With White Rabbits print from artist (and mom of two) Lindsay Bracken and I thought ooooooh. Now the girls she features aren’t Alice per se – Alice never had the hipster bangs that I know of – but they do have that storybook heroine feel about each of them. Prints like Come a Little Closer and Candlelight look...

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International Man-Child of Mystery

My daughter regularly has twice as much in her closet as her brother does. But shopping for a boy doesn’t have to be boring anymore, as CMP is constantly assuring you. One more example: mom-run Ochanga, which features boys-only hip international fashions that can hold their own against the latest boutique duds. You can search by country of designer, if you like, to maximize your global experience. Or you can do what I do and head directly for the stuff that’s just plain the cutest. For casual days I’m partial to this chromosome t-shirt, and for any upcoming soirees...

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Baby Shower Invitations That Come With a Makeover

I was That Person who spent like six hours online creating my Simpsons avatar. (Yeah, so I’m a 14 year old boy at heart. Gotta problem with that?) Needless to say I got completely sucked into playing around on the Pose Prints website, which lets you do that very thing on custom invites and cards – only a little more flattering. Prices are good at about $2 a card, card stock is nice, and the process is totally fun. You can even get a pic of the man of the house in there if you want to throw an...

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