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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