Month: June 2008

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That’s it, it’s official. Organic baby gifts are officially taking over the world. Not that we take issue with that, mind you. What could be better than knowing that the bibs and blankets your little one is bequeated are free of icky chemicals and helping the earth to boot? Well, one thing: Knowing that the bibs and blankets your little one is bequeathed are super cute and look good in family photos. That’s just what you’ll get when you shop at ja*lu, a brand new mom-run label out of Spokane. Their certified organic cotton stroller blankets and swaddle blankets...

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Birth Announcements on Acid

If you spent less time picking out baby names than trying to find a birth announcement that’s unique, fabulous, quirky, and perfectly free of gingham and teddy bears, you are very much in luck. We found some of the coolest, most inventive, and occasionally insane announcements online at Inventing Matilda. Some of our faves: Blueberry, Birds of a Feather, the very funky Every Girl Loves Flowers, and for the truly avant-garde, Cool Scribbles or Little White Bird (shown here). These are the tamer ones. Poke around designer Bonnie Belle’s shop for the more outrageous styles if you’re a parent...

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From Snapshots to Art

I’d love to decorate my walls in big black and white framed photos of my kids. But until I start taking super fantastic pictures, I fear that’s not the best idea. Instead I’m turning to Fat Kat Design. Granted they’re not framed photos, but based on what I’ve seen, I’m thinking they could be better. The folks at Fat Kat Design take your regular old photo (or awesome one if you happen to be good with the camera) and add a collage background of your choosing, turning it into a stunning gicle√© print stretched on high quality canvas and...

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Like Personalized Baby Gifts But Hate Most Personalized Baby Gifts?

Nothing says “welcome baby” like a personalized gift. But aside from all the economically unfeasible keepsakes out there, I’ve only found a few options that 1) I can afford and 2) won’t end up shoved in the back of a closet somewhere. So, take my advice and bookmark jig, a sweet shop that carries the most adorable personalized onesies I’ve seen in a very long time. Artist Alyssa Coberly turns unique graphics (love the seahorse or the flags, pictured) into iron-ons, transforming a plain cotton onesie into the perfect baby gift which comes beautifully wrapped in a wooden box and sealed with a ribbon and...

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If You Were Turning 232 You’d Want Someone to Make a Big Deal About it Too

I have some friends who do this insane July 4 party every year as if heads of state were showing up. The food is awesome, the drinks plentiful, and the local parade passes right by their home, guaranteeing a perfect day, humidity not withstanding. If this sounds familiar  (yeah, we mean you, you crazy Martha wannabe party-thrower) , you have to check out the fabulous July 4 party labels from Erin Condren. They’re festive without being cheesy, and a rush order will still get it to you in time to wish America a happy birthday with 100 of your...

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A Year in the Life

Here is how I recall my daughter’s first year of life, seven years later:  Birth. . . blur. . .neediness. . .blur. . .crawling everywhere. . . .blur. . .  The big memories are there, but the details have become blurry over time. It’s the photos that help me focus on the blurry parts. I stare and will myself to remember how she smelled, how her tiny hand felt on my cheek, how she grinned when that first craggy tooth peeked out.  But, after seeing these Baby Photo Albums by Wishing Fish, I definitely wish I had these when...

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A Coat Hook Made With Love

We’ve had a thing for funky coat hooks around here lately, it seems. (See also: Elephant hook, j hook, and rock star monkey hook). And now there’s another one that’s just meant to love. In fact, it’s all about love; it’s the LOVE double coat hook from one of our favorite shops across the pond, Rockett St George. It would look totally sweet in any little girl’s room, especially since it’s available only in pink. As it should be....

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Summer Travel With Kids Just Got 10% Easier

As a wife of a pilot who takes advantage of the perks and does a fair bit of traveling alone with two kids, I’m always on the lookout for travel helpers that make the experience a bit more tolerable. First tip: A bag of jellybeans. Second tip: Mom Kathy Drury’s invention, the Tray Bien – a smart in-flight organizer that hangs over the seat tray turning it into a flying diaper bag. It took me all of two seconds to get past the punny name and onto the thoughtful design. It includes two front pockets for books and games, plus...

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Pretty. Bitter. Awesome.

How can we resist falling instantly, madly in love with a card company called Pretty Bitter? We can’t. And we didn’t. Which is why you’re reading about them today. We’ve already told you about their awesome Man Notes. But the fabulously cynical Sentimental Journey cards are adept at turning Hallmark occasions on their arses. Enlarge the images to properly appreciate the hilarious wall-to-wall copy. An excerpt from the  Little Bundle of Joy card: So tell me, is it harder than expected to pretend that it’s like a million times cuter than every other baby we’ve ever seen? Because we...

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Turning All Your Kids’ Clothing Into UPF Clothing.

Since moving my fair-skinned family to Georgia last year, I’ve really had a baptism by fire(ball) when it comes to sun protection. Oh, sure, we took precautions in the sun up north, but the sun here is fiercer, hotter, and completely relentless. And is there anything worse than a little kid with a painful sunburn? So, yes, I never thought I’d be excited about a laundry additive, but SunGuard may just be the answer to this southern mama’s prayers: Add a package to a load of laundry to wash in UPF 30 sun protection that lasts for 20 more...

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