Month: April 2008

Your Child 2003-2008: An Artistic Retrospective

I seriously underestimated the constant flow of paper coming into our house once my daughter started kindergarten–teacher notes, newsletters, progress reports, to say nothing of her artwork. I know I have to pick and choose among the art projects to display, but how can I possibly part with that watercolor rendering of a blue-footed boobie? Founding artist and fellow mom Zoe Grave of Tada Baby has got a brilliant way to help me keep the art but minimize wall space: A personalized poster featuring my daughter’s favorite artistic creations.  The process is nearly painless. You just fire up the...

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Cool Mom Picks and The View From the Bay

Hey, Bay Area CMP readers – got anything to do at 3PM PST today? Well stick the kids in front of the computer with a DVD so you can tune in to watch co-editors Kristen and Liz live today on ABC’s The View From the Bay or watch it streaming online if you’re in any other part of the country. We’ll be the ones showing off some of our favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas, not the ones demonstrating fun and easy exercise tips to get your body beach ready. In case you were...

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Handmade Dolls for Your Little Doll

Until I got involved with CMP, I confess that I had no idea there were so many wonderful handmade dolls out there. I assumed that you either had a crafty grandma in the family, or your children were pretty much stuck with whatever was on the toy store shelves. Well hooray for all of us missing the crafty gene, because that’s not the case. And the latest handmade softies we’re adoring are the enchanting dolls from Shannon of Project Grab Bag, which we spotted online at Bella Symphony. My fave is 18" tall Posie who comes dressed in one-of-a-kind...

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Flowers for Mothers Day? Oh yeah.

I have to seriously stop clicking over to Twig, because every time I do my covet list gets a little longer. Also because I could write forty posts just about what’s for sale there and then suddenly this will be the Cool Twig Picks blog. (Which, come to think of it, isn’t so bad.) But this choker-length flower necklace of mixed metals from UK jewelry artist Laura Baxter? I just can’t resist. Especially when those metals are sterling, 18k and rose gold forming 15 little flowers nestled along a substantial chain. The limited edition piece is feminine without being...

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Gifted At Birth: You. And Yeah, Maybe the Kid.

I only wish Gifted at Birth had been around when my daughter was born. A service that delivers newborn essentials then has a premiere NYC doula on call either in person (in the city) or on the phone (everywhere else) to tell you how to use it all? H to the double-hockey-stick, yeah. It can go on from one week up to twelve weeks – but can it go on FOR LIFE? Because that would be great. The Gifted at Birth site is yummy and Flash-y, yet never jams up, which is so helpful to the sleep-deprived. But more...

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Shrinkage. The Good Kind.

I realize that pregnancy does give you some type of justification for those wiggly bits that would ordinarily drive you nuts. But the third time around, I have no patience for the extra juicy thighs or my favorite, the five part wave —  hand, hand, elbow, arm flap, arm flap. Hence my new twice-daily regimen incorporating CMP fave Mama Mio’s new Shrink to Fit cream. Apparently using it morning and night for 30 days leads to visible differences in the elasticity of your skin. Just smooth the yummy smelling lotion on any part that needs a little firming up and watch as your...

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Today’s Nursery Decor is Brought to You by the Letter J

Personalized gifts are always a huge hit at baby showers but the problem is, so many of them are kinda lame. (Sorry, fans of personalized picture frames with little dots at the end of every curliecue letter in the name. But lame.) Not so the sweet handmade letter cushions from Netherlands shop Yvestown.  While G, S, Q, U, W and X are notably absent (better luck next time, Quinlan)  you can custom design every other letter with the colorful patterns and contrasting side fabrics. Or if you’re more open, check the sample sale section for 20% off ready made...

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Dear Husband, Get In My Head.

One would think that because I run a shopping website, my husband would have no trouble finding me gifts. Every year I tell him to just click on anything in our Baubles and Bags category and he’ll be the world’s greatest husband. But every year, he ignores me and decides to go out on his own. Unfortunately for me (and him) that’s just never a good idea. Well, entrepreneur Cole Kelly had the same problem when it came to his wife Kate. So together, they started GetInHerHead.com, a free service that enables you to enter your birthday, anniversary, and...

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Earth Day Pick: Old Tees Made New

After discovering Courtney Chu’s original recycled t-shirt dresses, I am pleasantly reminded that eco-friendly kids wear doesn’t necessarily mean expensive organic onesies. Hooray for that! Her sweet, definitively cool kids dresses combine sometimes old and sometimes new adult t-shirts along with the artist’s own limited edition screenprints. The result is totally one-of-a-kind dresses that your daughter (and you) are sure to love. And since Courtney is working with existing materials, you can show your find off to your eco friends with pride. This is a site worth checking in on often; you definitely won’t want to miss when she happens to put...

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The Rorshack Mobile

I have a soft spot for felt crafts, pun only intended a little. So of course when I discovered UK etsy shop Lupin from brilliant felt crafter Laura Howard, of course I got click happy. The brooches are darling of course, but I really swooned over this abstract felt mobile made of 160 individually hand cut pieces of the fuzzy fabric. Well, they’re supposed to be abstract; but I see peacock features or mod olives or crazy pink eggs, sunny side up. Each disc is two-sided, so each strand looks consistently beautiful as it dangles and sways in the...

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