Month: April 2008

The Perfect Spring Skirt

I was surprised to realize, after having written up Louise Hedley and her wonderful little girls’ skirts last year, that she in fact was the designer behind one of my own favorite Spring skirts. Who knew? Not that I’d match my daughter at all – Louise’s one-of-a-kind handcrafted Spring skirts may be light and a little twirly, but they’re definitely made for mamas. Me and my pear shape are partial to the A-line bias skirts which alternate strips of complementary fabrics into sort of a tromp l’oeuil pleat. (How’s that for pretentious fashion speak?) The other standouts are the...

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Rockabye by Rebecca Woolf: A Shining (Yet Tatooed) Beacon in a Sea of Mom-oir Sameness

When former CMP contributor Rebecca Woolf left us to pursue other writing opportunities, we were terribly disappointed but hugely anxious to see what brilliance she was brewing up. The result: The must-read Rockabye: From Wild to Child We knew it would be funny and insightful because everything this popular blogger, author, and now memorist writes simply is. What we didn’t expect was just how touching, beautifully uncomplicated, and accessible it is too. The can’t-put-it-down memoir describes the author’s journey from twenty-something LA party girl to doting mom with poignancy, style and especially humor – let’s say this is not...

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Hey, Someone Forgot to Make the Online Invitations Look Ugly

In an increasingly paperless world, online correspondence is rapidly replacing snail mail even for major events. Does evite ring a bell? But I haven’t lost my love for beautifully designed correspondence, whether offline or online, and the folks at pingg feel the same way. This www invitation service features hundreds of gorgeous – and free – designs for all kinds of events that are infinitely more sophisticated and personal than the standard templates you’re used to. Even cooler, if you’re a budding artist/ photographer/control freak yourself, you can upload your own artwork or photos to create a custom invitation....

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Breastfeeding Just Got More Beautiful

It’s taken me three children in six years to reach this point, but I’m finally comfortable nursing in public – with a nursing cover. And in my search for the ideal one, I’ve found that most of them are the same. The JOIA Mommy Cover however blows the others out of the water. I love this nursing cover. Love love love love. All thanks to a major defining feature: A retractable cord and velcro tab that fastens the cover securely around you. The tiny reel holding the cord is sewn snugly into one side of the cover, and the...

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Tea For The Twos. And Threes.

While I’m not a member of the matchy-outfit fan club, I’m definitely partial to mix and match clothes from Daily Tea, the everyday knitwear from CMP fave tea collection. Frankly with the amount of sleep I get these days, I hardly remember to put shirts on my girls, let alone shirts that match the socks that match the skirts and Tea makes it easy. The quality is superb, the cotton soft and stretchy, the colors sophisticated but still kid-like, and while everything coordinates, nothing looks like a set swiped out of the J.C. Penny catalog of 1974. You’ll find...

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Art, Charity and Shoes. Three of Our Favorite Things.

Raise your hand if you owned a white pair of Keds in Junior High and drew all over them and then your mom yelled at you but you didn’t care because they were your Keds and you could do what you want with them, so there.   Seriously, I can’t be the only one. Well now kids everywhere have an excellent reason to go all Jackson Pollack on their white shoes – only they’re not Keds, they’re Airwalks (cool!) and you get them at Payless. It’s called The Friendship Shoe and you not only can color on them, you’re...

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I See Some Cute Socks In Your Baby’s Future

In my mind, "lucky socks" means that I don’t lose one every time I do the wash. But in the case of Fortune Tootsies, I think it means your baby will have extra luck when he wears them. Each pair is emblazoned with fortune cookie wisdom for those too little to read them themselves. Like Your smile is a treasure to all who know you. And you will soon sleep through the night.  (From their toes to God’s ears.) Even better, the set comes with two pairs of white socks and one pair of red, all mix and match....

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Putting Stuffed Animals to Shame

If you are like me and think you don’t need yet another stuffed animal, then you have not met Bla Bla Kids’ newest addition to their cuddly family, The Boogaloos. Similar to all of Bla Bla Kids’ amazing pieces, the 15 various Boogaloos are handcrafted by fairly-paid Peruvian artisans and are clearly a step above the typical stuffed animal. (Which is also why favorite pieces are often out of stock.) Some are too cute for words, some are girlie, some are just hilarious, but all are really original. Their soft cotton knit exterior makes wash and wear a bit...

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Paging Doctor Mom

My kids have an uncanny sense of medical timing. Exactly two minutes after the pediatrician’s office closes, one (or both) will develop a high fever, raging earache, or troublesome cough. Two minutes after that I’ll be consulting my friend Mr. Google to determine if we need to call the answering service or can wait for a morning appointment.  So I’m thrilled to have found a reputable source of information at MommyDocs.com. Founding doctors Jamie Freishtat and Rachel Schreiber bring a practical perspective to their site — they’re both moms themselves. So they understand that frantic need to help a...

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What Mama Couldn’t Use More Zen in Her Life?

I’m fascinated by tales from other parts of the world, and being from Iowa, equally fascinated by all deer not on the grill of my car. Tenzin’s Deer by Barbara Soros is lyrically written and illustrations from Danuta Mayer keep little squirmers glued to the page. The book (which apparently has a cult-like following among some moms) is about a young boy who finds an injured musk deer and learns in his dreams how to cure the deer and then finally to let it go back to the wild. It’s also about the value of letting answers come to...

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