Month: April 2008

Gate Checking Your Car Seat Just Got a Tad Less Nasty

Why why why why why oh why did no one tell me about the Car Seat Gate Check Bag until now? Oh, it would have been so handy on those flights where we were promised the airline would block the middle seat for us…and then didn’t. And then we gate checked the car seat. And then it came out on the other side filthy and dripping wet. And then we had to put my daughter in it anyway. Good times. It folds up into a teeny little pouch, and is just under $15 at Tots On the Go, which...

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I’m This Many Years Old

With my kids’ birthdays now close enough on the horizon that I can smell the beer bill (what can I say, we have fun parties) I’ve definitely got their birthday attire on the brain. I’m partial to the cute photo-ready outfits that may or may not make it through the chocolate ice cream cake. But after the actual birthday, I know kids really love the number shirts. One of the more original ones we’ve found – the "this many" shirt for threes and fours proclaiming your child’s age in language he can understand. They come courtesy the snarky tee...

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Hey There, Georgie World

If bowling shirts for little boys ever went out of style I’d be sad. No, scratch that – I wouldn’t be sad, because I’d continue buying them for all my friends’ kids regardless. And hopefully, even then, I could continue to count on Georgie World to hook me up.  We loved the surfer dude/sk8ter boi label when we first found it last year, and now we’re happy to know they’ve opened their very own online shop shop. This way, we can always find their South Bay-inspired tops, rad patch pants, and breezy board shorts all in one convenient place....

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A play mat without the ugly

When I was expecting, I dutifully put a tummy time play mat on my registry. It came complete with lights, music and hanging rattles, and to be honest, it was slightly less than beautiful and slightly more than stimulating. If I had only known about the awesome play mats from Agent Mommy, I could have avoided the sensory overload – for both of us. The mat comes with an over-the-shoulder carrying case and boasts generous proportions, really nice construction, and a waterproof backing. I would totally take it to the park or the beach.  And with all the beautiful...

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Your Mama Wears Last Year’s Combat Boots

If I woke up Mother’s Day morning to two smiling children bearing breakfast I would be delighted. If I woke up to two smiling children bearing breakfast and roses I would be extra-delighted. But if I woke up to two smiling children wearing the super cute screenprinted My Mom Is Cooler than Your Mom tee I think I would just collapse from the joy. Provided those children were my own. Of course. Find it at Childish, along with tons of awesome gear from bona fide rock mama (and all around amazing gal) Skye Hoppus. Hope you’re reading, cool dads....

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Mommytrack’d Helps Gets Moms Back On Track

When a product is presented as the "Ultimate Family Organizer" it’s setting the bar pretty high. You nearly expect it to come with a personal assistant and three more hours in the day. But Mom’s Ultimate Family Organizer from our friends at Mommytrack’d, well that comes pretty darn close in my book. I don’t care if you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home mom with sixteen nannies; if you have anything to do with grocery shopping, remembering the kids’ schedules, planning birthday parties or simply finding cool stuff for yourself online (ahem) you’ll love this looseleaf binder. And I’m...

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Like Steven Sprouse for the Toddler Set

I have a wee bit of high-fashion envy, knowing very well that a size (mumblemumble) mom can’t walk into the fancy designer stores and actually expect to find something that fits. And so I do what every style-conscious woman trapped in a postpartum body does: I project it onto my kids. The Steven Sprouse-esque Tokyo Skirt at Spunky Sprout is so ridiculously pretentious that it’s awesome. On the right kid. As in not the kid of a former Spice Girl, but possibly on yours. Slip it on over a pair of colorful Con high-tops and she’ll rule the preschool....

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Classic Baby Gifts to Replace the Stuff Your Great-Grandma Never Saved

Not every mama in my life has the same taste in baby gifts that I do. Shocking, I know, but some of my friends really do prefer smocking and gingham and sweetness and light to some of the more, um, contemporary items I gravitate to. One of the really nice labels that I’ve recently discovered for classically oriented newborn gifts is pears + bears. They’re best known for their traditional girls’ and women’s dresses, the kinds that make my Southern in-laws’ hearts go pitter pat. As for me, I gravitate towards their adorable baby gift selection, and particularly the...

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Tax Day Splurge: The Summer Dress Love-Fest Continues With Room Seven

We have to be careful that Cool Mom Picks doesn’t turn into Cool Dresses For Little Girls Picks. But man, it’s hard to avoid when there are so many sweet offerings this season, particularly as this year’s hot floral print trend suits the preschool set just perfectly. If you’re not familiar with Room Seven, well it’s time to nip that in the bud. This chic kids label is helmed by Dutch designer Brechtje Olsthoorn who grew up watching her mom and dad create the Oilily empire (mmm….Oilily). So retro florals mixed with checks and prints is definitely in her...

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Tax Day Splurge: Italian Tricycles the Grown-Ups Will Covet Too

Buying the kid’s first tricycle was wrought with way more emotion than I had expected. It’s like the first time you tell your kid Go! Be free! Off on your own! Despite the fact that she’ll still need the occasional push off an uneven sidewalk square. The Triciclino trikes from Italitrike (Italian, of course) immediately struck me as the must-have three-wheeled gift of the season. The craftsmanship is amazing and those rubber wheels keep the ride smooth and comfy for little pedalers indoors and out. Plus the styling is so gorgeous, it will distract onlookers from the teary mom...

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