Month: May 2008

Nursing Pads That Stem Both Leakage and Landfills

While I’ll readily admit that I’m not the greenest mama out there, it’s not for lack of trying. Let’s face it: a lot of environmentally friendly products aren’t as effective as their counterparts – and they’re more expensive. I have no interest in spending more money on something that doesn’t work as well. So you can be assured that if I recommend an environmentally friendly product, it’s definitely worthwhile. The bamboo nursing pads from Kai Kids get my highest accolades. Far superior to any other washable nursing pads I’ve tried, they’re invisible under a fitted tee and fantastically absorbent,...

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Sk*rt Is Now Kirtsy. Cool.

What is cool? This site. And now it’s got an even cooler name: Kirtsy. Just makes you want to flit around in a little floral twirly skirt to the Nutcracker Suite, doesn’t it? Click over and check out the same awesome link sharing, same enjoyable time suck. In fact, leave a comment anywhere on the site and email about it and you’ll be entered to win $1000 worth of prizes. Seems fair. By the way, any time you see something you love on CMP, feel free to share it with the world just by clicking that little "add to kirtsy" button below the post.  Seriously, try it now. Just for fun. To see what happens.   This concludes our kirtsy public service announcement for the day.  -Team CMP    ...

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Somewhere on the children’s swimwear continuum between innapropriate and modesty suits.

It’s bathing suit season and I’m not ready. Not for me (although really, I’m not ready) but for my three year old daughter who, if this year’s crop of children’s suits are any indication, is supposed to be wearing a string bikini, a flirty tankini that says “hula honey” across the chest, or something with cherries on the nipples. I’m not kidding. It’s freaking me out. Thank goodness for Cabana Life, a fantastic company dedicated to making protective SPF clothing for kids. Turns out they’re doing a dandy job with their burgeoning new swimwear line, as we recently had...

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A Princess Book for Anti-Princess Parents

Despite my husband and my efforts to foist sidewalk chalk and softball bats on my daughter, she prefers the sparkly, the frilly, and the delicate. I’ve often changed the words to fairy tales while reading them to her because they seem so dang sexist. Enter Princess Bubble, the best princess book I’ve ever read.  This is a book in which the main character joins a dating web site for royalty to get her mother off her back; a book in which the princess finds out in the end she doesn’t need a prince to be happy. Princess Bubble is...

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The Shower Invitation No One Can Ignore

Fact: Moms like cookies. It is based on this statement of truth alone that I can highly endorse Sweet Talk Boutique, which turns yummy homebaked cookies into custom shower invitations, baby announcements, birthday cards and more. It may seem tough to mess up flour, butter, sugar and eggs but plenty do. This is not one of those cases. These cookies seriously rock – and I have the crumbs under my laptop keys to show for it. Everything is baked fresh to order. Everything. Owners Erin and Jen, longstanding pros in the bridal business, don’t like to send orders more...

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One-of-a-Kind Dolls For Kids Who are Pretty Unique Themselves

I have never seen my 12 month-old daughter take to a doll quite like the handmade cutie that arrived from Poot & Boogie. Mostly she’s happy to entertain herself with blocks or turn things like paper clips and dog kibble into playthings. It’s not surprising considering each one-of-a-kind little rag doll made by Canadian SAHM Leanna is the perfect size and weight for a little one. I know the artist’s reco is 3+ but unless yours has buttons for eyes I wouldn’t worry. The dolls are available at CMP fave shop Natural Pod so naturally the craftsmanship is stellar...

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The Medela Freestyle: Holy Heck, It Actually Works

You’ll never guess what I was doing while I typed this post. Even if you guess, you’ll never believe it. I didn’t believe it either. I was pumping. Given my dubious relationship with my old breast pump, which caused total work stoppage (and parental incompetence) three times a day, I’m blown away by the new Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Electric Pump. It’s incredibly compact, it’s rechargeable, and it really and truly is hands-free. Yes, there’s a bunch of gear that comes with it that might look a little overwhelming at first, but the instructions are clear and concise and getting...

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The Greening of Playtime

Okay so it’s like that old joke about grandparents who look at your kids’ video games and say VIDEO GAMES? Back in my day we played with twigs and rocks and we LIKED IT. But the truth is, is there really anything so bad about playing with twigs and rocks? That’s exactly what Kimberly Monaghan was thinking when she wrote Organic Crafts, a book with 75 activities that get your kid out of the house to forage for art supplies. Masks can be made from grass, puppets from pebbles, even a gourd birdhouse. Plus I like the info on...

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Happy Mother’s Day, cool moms

Hope you’re enjoying plenty of pampering, relaxation, a few goodies to unwrap, and most of all, the love of your doting family. With major emphasis on the doting. Big, big big time doting. That’s almost as important as the love part -Liz, Kristen, Julie, Nancy, Tina, Laura, Mir and Rita  [card via...

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Slainte Bags: Giving the Hippie Diaper Tote an Overhaul

I can certainly appreciate some moms’ love of the classic fabric diaper tote. It’s not too bulky, not too heavy, and can be tossed in the wash without thinking twice. But what I don’t get is why they’re still making them in the same old lame "mommy" fabrics. If you’re a die hard diaper toter, then you’re going to love the Slainte Supertote diaper bag. Handcrafted in San Francisco, this is definitely an improvement on its predecessors. With fantastic, updated fabrics, these low-maintenance zip-top totes come chock full of pockets (inside and out) and are lined in vinyl for...

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If Your Breastfeeding Boobs Wrote a Book

There’s not a lot of fun involved in breastfeeding in the beginning, as I can attest as a two-time, soon to be three-time nurser. Unless you enjoy the feeling of your boobs about to explode. But moms Shannon Payette Seip and Adrienne Hedger certainly found the humor in it all in their new book If These Boobs Could Talk… Truly, they had me laughing at page one. There’s everything from a comic strip called "Bad Times to Breastfeed" to hilarious lists like The Top-10 Things You Can Do When You’re Up for a 2:15am Feeding and Can’t Fall Back...

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Cookies That Hold the Allergies, Not the Taste

“Hey cool! My mom gave me a high-fiber vegan cookie bar!” Okay so phrases like high fiber, no refined sugar, no dairy or eggs aren’t generally an indication that kids will be excited about the resulting snacks. That’s why the newest goodies from Nana’s Cookie Company, "O”Mega-Fiber Cookie Bars, are such a treat. Chewy, moist, sweet and delicious, these cookie bars sneak a whole bunch of good things like Omega-3’s (that’s the "O") into a relatively allergen-free vegan cookie without losing the most important thing – the “swoon” factor. And swoon we did as my family gobbled up the...

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Avoiding Your Own Version of the Nanny Diaries

Oh, the problems most moms are facing these days: Top tier pre-school interviews, PTA meetings conflicting with opening night at the opera, challenges with the live-in help. Okay, so that’s not actually the lives of most moms unless you’re watching that Housewives of NYC show. But if we were even remotely in that social strata, we’d be on the phone with The Nanny Doctor faster than you can say hedge fund. The doc is actually Dr. Lindsay Heller, a licensed clinical psychologist who works to improve parent-caregiver relationships. And she’s not in NYC, she’s in Beverly Hills. (Surprise.) While...

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Use Your Head, Save the Earth (Or At Least Your Baby’s Head)

I’m trying to be a more environmentally-friendly mom when I can, and fortunately I’ve found a way to conserve while indulging my shopping habit. The handmade knot hats at the bluemchen etsy shop are made from colorful pre-loved (or recycled, if you prefer) fabrics each in two contrasting fabrics. Founding mom Ellen Carlson creates these jaunty baby hats – perfect for keeping bald little newborn heads warm and covered. At just $7, find a Springy fabric that works for you.  I’m still carrying a modicum of guilt for the size of my carbon footprint, but decking my little guy...

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Crafty Moms, This One’s For You

Okay you mamas with the crafty gene. Now don’t be coy, you know who you are. You’re the ones who see some of the awesome handmade stuff we feature here and turn up your noses and say pfft, I could make that myself for THREE CENTS. And you might be right. So I’m going to put aside my envy for one moment and say you’re right! You can make some cool stuff yourself. All you need is The Softies Kit from Therese Laskey. It’s more than a book, it’s an entire kit including 15 laminated cards with instructions for...

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Baby Zen Guarantees No More Screams…Er, Tears.

My babies aren’t babies anymore, but that doesn’t stop them from acting like babies on occasion. In particular, my son is prone to shrieking like a lamb at the slaughter if a single molecule of shampoo or conditioner hits his precious eyeballs while he’s in the shower. Most tear-free shampoos for kids either can’t stand up to real mops of hair or smell like fruits on steroids. Call me crazy, but maybe I don’t want my kids reeking of "wacky watermelon." NewBornMom is a new mom-run online source for eco-friendly baby products, and quite frankly it never would’ve occurred...

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Sok-O: The Cabbage Patch Kid for the Next Generation

For some time now, we’ve been hearing about these $49 sock animals and we just had to see what it was all about. Cashmere socks with diamond chip eyes perhaps? Nope, turns out that Sok-O is even better. These 100% handmade, one-of-a-kind, embroidery-embellished, earth-friendly creatures are the design snob’s answer to stuffed animals. Not only do each of the eight characters look like as if they were lifted right out of a Cartoon Network series, but every one is wonderfully packaged and comes with its own birth certificate. Holy 1983 redux! Although in this case it’s actually a style...

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Babies Get the LA Treatment

Chic moms and non-moms alike are fans of the great tee shirt basics from LA’s  Michael Stars. That capsleeved scoop neck does such a nice job of containing my cups that runneth over, that I own one in nearly every color. (Seriously, look at my summer photos – it’s embarrassing.) And now babies, long before they have to worry about such things, can get in on the yummy supima cotton goodness with the brand new Michael Stars baby line. I am totally digging that sweet bubble onesie – grab a couple for an excellent baby gift. Or if the...

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Message Shirts We Can Definitely Get Behind

I had decided that 2008 was going to be the year to move past the message shirts. But then BreeAnne Clowdus, owner of CMP fave Tiny Revolutionary sent me her new "This Shirt Saved a Life" tee (available in mama sizes now too!) and I was totally sucked in. It’s hard to hate a super soft tee featuring original screened art in new non-toxic ink. But then add the fact that a whopping $20 from the purchase of each shirt will be donated directly to Africa Aid to fund a child in a Ghanaian school lunch program for an...

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Peekaboo Just Got A Little More Challenging

My almost one year-old’s favorite game is easily "Where’s Sage? There she is!" which is played as she pulls a blanket up and down over her face. Um, I mean chess. Her favorite game is chess. But for the rest of you with average children who enjoy the trite game of peekaboo, may I suggest upping the stakes? Alex Casey Baby is now offering Portland company Baby Star’s sweet Little Dipper blankets and coordinated snap suits. The fabric is a super soft cotton and the prints are fun and funky. But most importantly, it all matches. So children up...

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