Month: May 2008

Making an Uncomfortable Time of the Month a Little More Comfortable

Of course the one month I think ahead and stash tampons and other “lady items” in my purse is the month I get pregnant. But most of the time, I’m a fly by the seat of my panty liner type woman, making me the perfect candidate for the TomKIT. No, it’s not a slightly freakish tabloid couple, but Time Of Month KIT, a handy, super eco-friendly pack to prevent any type of girlie emergency. With the tomKIT, you can flush away your landfill guilt along with these special feminine wipes, and yes, pads. There’s also organic hand sanitizer and...

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What a Hoot

There’s nothing like the smell of freshly washed baby clothes, except thanks to my kids’ sensitive skin, their clothes don’t really smell like anything at all. So I’m thinking of grabbing a few of these adorable owl sachets to toss in their drawers. Handscreened and stuffed with buckwheat and lavender, this bird is sure to brighten up the scent of any baby drawer, closet, or maybe better, your goldfish-encrusted back seat of your car. They’re just about $5 each at UK shop Betty Joy  which is awesome considering the conversion rate these days. Besides, when your other scent choices...

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Baby Book, Minus the Book Part

  I failed Baby Book 101. I started with good intentions: She rolled over! Must write this down in the baby book! Then something would distract me, and I’d forget until the next milestone occurred. Which I’d forget to record as well. I wish I had known about Plot-A-Tot back back then. These brightly illustrated wall calendars  (which also double growth charts) begin with your baby’s birth date, and include 96 stickers to mark first-year milestones without ever lifting a pencil. There’s everything from “My First Crawl” to “My First Tantrum” – as if you could forget that one...

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Organic, Fair Trade, and Cute Beyond Belief. Score.

One of the best fashion trends to hit children’s wear – no, not custom bling shirts – is the use of fair trade organic cotton. The more demand there is for it, the more companies are working hard to come up with really appealing fabrics and the designs to incorporate them. One of those companies is Scandinavian Serendipity, which we discovered at one of our favorite online hot spots, Hazel Wood Children. Their prints are all originals, which we really admire, and they keep the lines really classic and lovely. I’m digging the empire waist dress (shown) and the...

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The Cool Mom Picks™ Father’s Day Guide

Looking for a whole bunch of cool Father’s Day picks all in one place? Look no further than our Father’s Day Gift Guide, graciously sponsored by Diaper Dude. (Yay diaper dude! We love diaper dude! And have you seen the actual diaper dude? Totally hot.) Our newsletter subscribers got a sneak peak at it a few days ago – one more benefit of being a subscriber. And if you need another, how about a chance to discover your inner twelve year-old with a Nintendo Wii giveaway courtesy of Nestlé Crunch. Like the dad of the house needs help with that. Details are on the guide. Happy shopping! [tee: childish...

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It’s Official: Wear White Shoes, Iron the Linen Skirts, and Stock Up On Sunscreen

We love when two of our favorites companies join forces and do something collectively cool. So when we found out that top notch sunscreen Super Goop! teamed up with smart summer play and swim company Cabana Life, we put their Cabana Kit at the top of our summer must-have list. You’ll get a refillable trigger bottle of their organic and water-resistant 30 spf sunscreen (a really great sunscreen by the way), a handy touch up stick, and an adorable 50 + UV protection hat of your choice from Cabana Life, all packed in a handy reusable zip bag. Look...

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Keyword: Ties That Don’t Suck for Father’s Day

It’s not that we’re entirely averse to giving ties for Father’s Day, it’s just that for dads who wear ties to work, it seems a little…perfunctory. But for the hipster dad that doesn’t have to sport the cravat daily, we love the idea of getting him something a little special in the neckwear department. We’ve found just the thing at Bethany Shorb’s Cyberoptix Tie Lab, where every fanciful design is screenprinted by hand then beautifully packaged. There are skinny ties for the truly fashion forward; microfiber ties emblazoned with everything from funky Victorian gears to kitchen knives; and lightweight...

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A Children’s Book That Answers Many Questions, Except What the Title Means

Ever wonder what a butterfly is worth on the black market? According to Alastair Reid, author of A Balloon for a Blunderbuss, quite a bit. Especially if you trade it for a bigger thing and then a bigger thing and then an army. Or any island. Maybe even the world. If you’re not familiar with this book it’s because it’s just now being reprinted and released for the first time in forty years. If it’s beloved from your own childhood, it’s time to get a fresh, not-so-dogeared copy for the kids. Illustrated by infamous graphic designer turned children’s book...

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Love, Dad

Why do men not write thank you notes? I always thought it was genetic. Or poor breeding. And then I realized, wait – it’s just that all the thank you notes out there with their swoopy flowers and curly script-y typefaces are entirely emasculating. Or “candy-ass” as the awesome stationery company Pretty Bitter will have you know. That’s just why they came out with Man Notes, card sets designed to be all cool and manly, like a stick of Old Spice deodorant or a Sam Peckinpah movie. Instead of icons like lady bugs and flowers, you’ll find toy soldiers,...

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Time Keeps On Tickin’ Tickin’ Tickin’

So you think decorating your baby’s room is hard, right? Just wait until they get older and have opinions, none of which match anything you suggest. We’re betting that any cool parent and any music obsessed tween will equally go ga-ga (or whatever it is they do these days) over these vinyl wall clocks from etsy shop The Grateful Thread. Handmade using recycled vinyl and 7-inch albums, these functioning timepieces feature custom hands that actually look like a record needle. If you want to add a special twist, they’ll even design custom labels just for you or your kid – whose...

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