Month: May 2008

“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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