Month: May 2008

The Possible End to Empty Baby Book Syndrome

Kidmondo is the baby book 2.0 — a do-it-all destination combining photo storage, blogging, and all of the traditional info you’d put into a conventional baby book. Because let’s face it, as much as you want to chronicle everything your baby does, it doesn’t always happen. My poor second-born has a baby book containing his vital birth statistics and nothing else. Because I’m a terrible mother. And because Kidmondo didn’t exist back then. You control the privacy settings, so you can keep everything private or make specific information available to others. And there are different levels of service too,...

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Small apartment solution: Hang the stroller. Duh.

Thank you StrollAway, oh thank you so much for preserving the precious commodity that is our floor space. I just don’t have room for strollers cluttering up my entranceway – that honor would be reserved for kids shoes, small toys, and the sigOth’s many jackets – and now I have a better option. It’s a pretty basic idea: A sturdy steel over-the-door hanger to store your wheels off the ground and out of the way. It’s so thoughtfully designed that it works with really any stroller at all, and the hooks even flip open flush to the door when...

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Putting Art in Children’s Hands.

When we got our first look at the Mummysam Shop, we knew right away to file this selection of softies under decor as well as playthings. Why? Well just look at them. Artist and former painter Samantha Cotterill turned her talents towards softies after having children and we’re just flipping over the artfulness. The felt and lambswool-stuffed townhouse shown here is wonderful for urban kids who don’t know from the likes of farmhouses (or McMansions). And the bakery trucks and soft pastry shop would look wonderful along a bookshelf if you can manage to keep it out of your...

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Your Child’s Name in Lights. Or More Accurately, Leaves.

Self-obsessed much? Despite my best efforts, my daughter is. Thanks to our video camera, she’s been watching movies of herself for years. And oh, they are her favorites. Now, thanks to Frecklebox‘s personalized Nature Namebook, she can see her own name written in the stars, in the leaves, in the sand, in ladybugs too. It’s easy to customize your own book and prices aren’t bad – $19.95 for a softcover, $35 for something a little more durable. I can tuck my little egomaniac into the back seat and listen to all the Fleetwood Mac I want while my prodigy...

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Congratulations! You’ve Made it Through Block Building 101

Take a look around the web for graduation party invitations and you’re pretty much stuck with variations on three design themes: 1. Diplomas 2. Hats 3. Tassels. Sure enough there’s a selection of all of the above at Tiny Prints, but we were happy to also see options more fitting for a kindergarten or grade school graduation. Like the School Days graduation invitation shown here. The design is tasteful and age-appropriate and I actually get a kick out out of the lower case typeface. Just tell the guests your kid picked it out herself after falling in love with...

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Petite Luxe: French for What Recession?

La vie really is pretty rose-y if you’re looking at it from the pov of new online shop Petit Luxe. If you’ve got a francophile in you yearning to breathe free – or just super picky taste in baby gifts and gear, you’re going to fall in love like a newlywed couple sipping Montrachet in the honeymoon suite of the Georges V. There’s the most goooorgeous selection of fancy frocks and dapper threads at this mom-run shop from the likes of Flora and Henri,  Baby CZ and Dagmar Daley (shown). The Eliza Gran sundresses are to die for. But...

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A Father’s Day Gift for the Resident Oenophile

Mother’s Day is hardly behind before we scramble for Father’s Day gift ideas and I’m loving the idea of personalized wines from the aptly named PersonalWine.com. Forget the foo-foo curliecue wedding style labels and go for a design that’s bold and manly, with personalization to match. Like MIKE’S JUG O’ HOOCH. Or BIG DOUG’S VERY BIG CAB on a nice Rutherford Napa for $169 a bottle. (Don’t worry, plenty of options are cheaper than that.) You can also go sentimental by uploading your own family photo on a sparkling wine label personalized with something like Anthony’s 2008 Father’s Day...

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Easily 9 Million Percent Prettier Than Cabbage Leaves in the Bra

Before I was a breastfeeding mama, I snickered at the idea of tucking cabbage leaves into my bra. If my breasts ever swelled to the size of footballs, I’d celebrate – not curl up with the makings of cole slaw across my chest. Oh, how wrong I was. Engorgement and weaning are no laughing matter and neither are bags of frozen peas or sopping wet washcloths. So instead, I’m grateful to have gotten a chance to try out Blossumz breast therapy packs. These cute fabric-covered gel disks can be warmed in the microwave or chilled in the freezer, then...

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Oprah’s Book Club Just Got a Little Competition

We realize that a good book, be it for your own weary eyes or your kid’s, can be pretty hard to come by these days. So, lucky for you, we’ve rounded up all our past and present book picks into one CMP Book Club and put them all our shop page. Whether you’re looking for a funny kid’s book that you won’t mind reading 4000 times, or a great book that you’ll actually make it through once (interruptions aside), we’ve got them all neatly categorized for your perusal and shopping pleasure. We’ll also be rotating our faves on a...

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Photograph Our Girls Wearing This, Vanity Fair

No, this is not another Miley Cyrus post. But with all the mixed messages our tween girls are getting in the media, sometimes it’s nice to shower them with the idea that we love them just the way they are. (Yes, I just quoted Billy Joel. So sue me.) Jan Thomas’ Loved Unconditionally leather bracelets are a simple way to let girls know that they rock, regardless of their size, hair color, or ability to earn $6mm a picture. Way nicer than the ubiquitous rubber wrist band, the buckle band holds a pewter plate with messages like I Am...

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“Photo Album” Doesn’t Do It Justice

I figure if I’m going to take the time and trouble to print my favorite photos, I sure as heck won’t be putting them in some album off the drugstore rack. But the gorgeous books from Enji Beck? Most certainly worthy of my precious 4×6’s. Handmade by artist Angela Beckwith, these photo books are complete custom, starting with size and ending with the gorgeous Asian-inspired cover paper and linen binding. Filled with hearty acid-free pages, these books can work equally as well as a guest boo (you know, if you’re planning a black tie 1st birthday party for your...

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Oh Deer

Every time I see a friend’s nursery with decals on the wall, I think rats, that’s what I should have done. Especially since at not quite three, my oldest daughter is already expressing rather strong preferences about what may and may not be displayed in her room. Wall Candy Arts by all accounts is the design leader in removable wall decals for kids rooms, and their new Deerly Beloved set, besides being our kinda pun, is super cute. Add it to a wishlist at the shop and get yours in a few weeks when it ships. I could see...

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Birds of a Feather Rattle Together

Considering the BlaBla handknit animal rattles were my son’s ultimate favorite, I was super excited to find out about their new line of little birdie rattles. (See, I knew there was a good reason that I got pregnant again). This adorable line of six music-themed bird rattles are just as pleasing to me as they are to my son. Translated, that means they are quiet, soft, and washable — the trifecta of baby rattle perfection. My advice to you is buy more than one. Once they’ve been tossed aside for something more interesting – like kitchen utensils and toilet...

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I Enjoy Being a Girl

I might not be a huge fan of the lacy froo-froo get-ups for my daughter, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get sucked in by some of our awesome girlie picks – like these custom wool felt crowns from Cakies. Granted, they’re not really that girlie, except for those of us more likely to dress our daughters in pants and a baseball cap than a tutu. Mom Rubyellen Bratcher creates each simple and sweet crown (love the flower one too!) by hand, adding a comfy fabric covered elastic to the back of each, so the crowns actually fit and...

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Lanolin Goes Beyond Nipples

Ask just about any former nursing mother about lanolin and she’ll flinch and cross her arms over her chest. I’m having a nasty flashback myself now. Believe it or not, lanolin can be used on other parts of your body too, like those chapped lips that are an inevitable side effect of pregnancy and nursing. LanoLip is a lip balm made with real medical-grade lanolin and a host of other soothing ingredients but the packaging makes the stuff almost glamorous – yummy flavors like wintergreen and dreamsicle re even carried in fancy spas like Bliss. But the real appeal...

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Mommybloggers Take Over the World. Or at Least the Bookshelves.

There is one book that the editors of CMP have been waiting for more eagerly than any other: Sleep is For the Weak: The Best of the Mommybloggers. Because it will be awesome. Because you won’t be able to put it down. Because you will laugh your arse off then cry, shaking your fist at the world’s injustices, and then laugh again, and then generally feel delighted that you are not alone in all the parenting mayhem. Also because we’re in it. But no, really. We’re totally objective when we say this a wonderfully curated anthology of spectacularly good...

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Sitting Still is Highly Overrated

At first glance, the shell-shaped plastic Bilibo seemed sort of odd to me. Is it a seat? A stool? Another container for junk? I was skeptical when it came our way to say the least. But then I gave it to my three-year-old and she literally played with it for a solid hour. Geared for kids 2 and up, the Swiss-made seat/stool/whatever found at toy shop The Crimson Wagon allows your kids to let their imaginations run wild.  My daughter made it into a spinning seat, a reading chair and a balancing stool, all on her very own. My...

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Ignoring Your Parents Just Got a Little Harder

Everyone knows that Jet Blue is God’s gift to traveling families. Even those who turn their noses up at TV for kids have to be at least secretly psyched for a few hours of Nickelodeon distraction. But I do admit a little hesitance to stick those earphones on my kids. And not just because I don’t know where they’ve been. Last trip we tried a pair of Air Drives kids headphones and at least some of that worry went away. They were a bit small for me and a bit big for my three-year old but that didn’t stop...

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Shopping Cart Covers as Organic as the Stuff Inside the Cart (Right?)

Why have we not seen any organic shopping cart covers yet? Think about it, it makes perfect sense: If you’re the type who is freaked out by what might be on that rickety cart in your local Albertsons, you’re probably also worried about the chemicals that are treating the fabrics your kiddos come in contact with. To say nothing of whatever’s being sprayed on those apples and berries to keep them shiny and produce aisle-friendly. CMP fave Just Peachy Baby is coming to the rescue of germaphobe ecomoms everywhere with their fabulous new organic shopping cart seat covers.  So...

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I Never Thought I’d Utter “Perry Farrell” and “Juice Box” In the Same Breath.

While we Gen-X parents may have outgrown our Lollapalooza days (Primus so rocked it in ’93) it doesn’t mean we’re ready to hang up the proverbial Docs just yet. Which is why the Kidzapalooza summer concert has become such a rollicking annual success. This three day family-friendly rock festival was put together by Perry Farrell himself along with producer extraordinaire Tor Hyams, and I can’t think of a better reason to plan a trip to Chicago the weekend of August 1. Scheduled performers include CMP faves The Terrible Twos, the Dream Jam Band and The Jimmies. Plus expect mainstage...

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