Month: May 2008

Space Travelers: Your Book is Ready

The Way Back Home, written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, is the most randomly appealing book I’ve read. For one thing, the main character discovers an airplane in his closet on the second page. For another, he gets stuck on the moon with a Martian who looks just like him, only green. And finally, after he parachutes back to Earth and swims home, he almost forgets to go back to help the Martian because he’s distracted by the television. There’s a surprise ending that had my daughter and I discussing possible storylines for as long as it took for...

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The Gentleman’s Diaper Clutch

When it comes to diaper carriers for the menfolk, there’s definitely a trend towards the heavy duty camo bag that screams “I’m a dude!” But for dads that want something sleeker and swankier, we suggest the new Gents line from two mom-owned Goober Baby. This isn’t an actual bag but a diaper clutch, which is perfect for the dad who wants to carry as little as possible then shove it under the stroller or into his backpack. Like our other faves from Goober Baby, we loooove the thick corduroy exterior lined with a hint of brightly colored argyle. If you’re thinking about grabbing one for Father’s...

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Have a Ball

I don’t care how technologically advanced baby toys get, how many bells, whistles, batteries, voice chips or solar panels  they have – a baby’s favorite toy is still going to be a jingly clutch ball. Also a spatula. Massachusetts mom Kwan Chan-House of Apple Blossom Baby makes such beautiful handmade jingle balls for babies that it’s hard to believe we were ever satisfied with the made in China stuff from the big stores. The fabric combos are lovely and for an extra $2.50 you can even get them filled with an eco-friendly corn-based fiber instead of poly. Kwan is...

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A Taste for Popadum

Boy, am I liking this new flowy peasant top trend for kids this season. With any luck it will stick around, while the prematurely provocative belly shirts and tight blingy tees take a permanent hiatus. In hell. As a change-up from the Mexican-style blouses, take a good look around online shop Popadum where mom Bipasha Shom has gathered a small but stellar collection of tunics and tops for kids inspired by classic Indian artistry. As soon as I laid eyes on the jaipur tunic I needed two; in person the natural cotton weave is luscious and the embroidery work...

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Just What a New Mom Needs, Her Own Laundress

I figured out real fast that that baby laundry detergent that’s supposed to be so great? Not so great. Overpriced and frankly, doesn’t seem to actually get anything clean. Lesson learned. If you want to keep your baby clothes looking great for the next wearing, the next kid, or the next generation, The Laundress is your new best friend. This luxury line of baby laundry products are absolutely wonderful. The detergent smells classic and yummy, it gets stains out, and it doesn’t contain anything bad for baby’s sensitive skin. And I love having some wool and cashmere shampoo on...

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What Do May Flowers Bring? Around My Place, Broken Vases

I love fresh-cut flowers as much as the next person, but what I don’t love is putting a tippy glass container in the middle of my kitchen table. Maybe I could just add a sign: "Hey, kids! I’m breakable! Please knock me over so that Mom can pick broken glass out of her roses!" My kids are old enough now that I can set out a vase without too much worry, but if you have little ones, check out the brilliance that is the Jill-able Fill Me Up Vase. It’s a plastic bag! Made from recycled materials, each vase...

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A Cherry of a Kids’ Tee

I am beyond tired of kids clothes that don’t hold up after oh, say three washes. The bargain tees I picked up turned out to not be such a bargain when I threw them out before the season was halfway over, reminding me that often times, you really do get what you pay for. Along those lines, Cherry Tees (who already does great tops for women) has just come out with a line of amazing quality kids tees in 2T-6 that are meant to be worn – and washed – over and over. They’re priced a bit higher than...

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A Cookbook For Moms, By Moms, So You Know There’s No Twinkie Casseroles in There

Last year’s Cookbook for Moms from our friends at MothersClick was such a resounding success, they did it again. The second volume includes more than 40 new recipes from more than 40 new contributors, all created and voted on by moms like us. Or at least moms like you; my contribution would be calling up for take-out. The forward comes courtesy of Sneaky Chef author Missy Chase Lepine, and  100% of the proceeds – as in all of them – go to the Boys and Girls Club of America. How very, very mom. –Liz...

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Bubalah!

My grandmother used to call me Bubalah, and so I was probably predisposed to find the Bholu Bubalah Critters utterly charming on name alone. I mean, come on — of all the Yiddish endearments my grandmother used, Bubalah is probably the most wonderful of all. Bholu comes with a great back story, too: Put together Australian designer Jodie Fried and female artisans in India, and the result is a fair trade and climate-neutral company making sweet baby gifts you won’t want to resist. Find the Bubalah Critters as well as their hand-embroidered swaddling blankets and throw pillows at Pajama...

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My first shades, hold the gratuitous use of bling

Sunglasses are at the top of my list of fun kids’ accessories – it’s a riot to watch my three year-old push her sunglasses on top of her head "just like Mommy." But fashion aside, sunglasses on kids are really about protection and My First Shades delivers just that. These basic glasses (no bling, no star shapes) are designed to fit a child’s face snugly yet comfortably, whether a newborn or a grade-schooler. They’re shatter-proof (good thing!) and you can drop in a prescription lens if need be. Most importantly, they stay in place with  a stretchy neoprene band....

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